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Steelers tried to Ruin my Date Night

So when you achieve certain goals, like marriage, great career, say like having 4 kids; you enter a world very people have lived. There’s no normal. You’re in a perpetual state of a “new” normal.

Fortunately (I think) our daughter’s volleyball tournaments take us all over the country. The boys tend to stay with my in laws, which used to mean the hotel room to ourselves. And you know what that means… Napping. Lots of napping. Except with the baby, since I’m still her food (aka I’m breastfeeding), we can’t “nap” and being by ourselves is just a lot more difficult. This one trip to Richmond, my mom went to and agreed to watch her for a few hours. Soooo, after a quick pumping, we were free to go. IMG_1388

I did not anticipate the Steelers sabotaging my date before it even started.  I mean they didn’t lose, they got destroyed. And being married to one of the biggest Steelers’ fan, meant my night was screwed.

He did try to act like everything was okay. He took me to CineBistro at Stony Point Fashion Park.

It was pretty cool inside. Dark though. Sorta hard to see your menu. IMG_0381I just had to get used to the ambience, obviously not your typical movie theater.  So you can eat while you wait for the movie to start; or once you’re in the theater they’ll be waiters/waitresses ready to take your order and bring you your meal before the movie begins (remember you must arrive 30 minutes before the movie)

While we waited 45 minutes for Jumanji (I love what the Rock is cooking), I decided to have my first drink since well election day (got pregnant that night while on a cruise lol).  There was definitely a lot to chose from.  The Berry Breeze would be my first drink in a year and a half, and it did not disappoint! We ordered some perfectly seasoned wings, which we devoured in minutes lol.

The movie theater wasn’t too big, all seats were great seats basically. The chairs lounged back and were very comfy.

I know when you go to an upscale movie theater, the last thing you order should be popcorn. But I’ve never seen a movie without eating popcorn, and I wasn’t about to start now.  I want to say more about the in theater dining experience, but it was pretty seamless, didn’t take away from the movie experience, which is surprising because everyone in the theater was basically getting their meals at the same time. You would think it would be disruptive but no, it was just well run. IMG_0393(Hubs order a hamburger which he said was fantastic.)

The movie was fun, you really can’t go wrong with the Rock and Kevin Hart, like ever. Afterwards, it seemed like Hubs spirits were uplifted, we played a little chess, laughed even held hands.

But then we turned our phones back on, reality set back in, he became a sad Steelers’ fan and I went back to being a Ravens’ fan secretly laughing inside (Boooo, Steelers !!!)

 

Naomi

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Rekindling our love, Fogo-style… Our 5th Wedding Anniversary!!!

So it’s hard to celebrate when work schedules do not permit. On our 5th wedding anniversary (Shout out to us!), I was working 12 hr nightshifts and hubs was working during the day.  Since this is pretty normal us, usually happens once a month, we vowed to try to go out together soon.  We exchanged gifts when I got home from work Saturday morning before he went to work.  The theme was wood, as usual Brent, made my gift look just dumb. He got me a carved cutting board, and we’re just not even going to discuss my weak gift, lol.  IMG_2015

Hubs seemed pretty satisfied with yet again destroying me the gift department, and I felt bad vowing to do better next year.

*Just to give you an idea of how stellar he is; 6 yrs ago on Christmas morning, he proposed to me with build-a-bears, dressed with a wedding gown and tux; and I gave him UGG mocassins 😦 *

Apparently our lackadasical attitude was unacceptable to my mother-in-law, and rightfully so.  We’ve been bogged down with life stuff,  kid’s tuitions, baby on the way, new house search… Still as she said so eloquently to me,” that’s no excuse.” So she bought us a Fogo de Chao (brazilian steakhouse) gift card, which also so happens to be our 1st anniversary spot.

2 weeks later, despite the fact the opposite work schedules again, we went on a hot date to Fogo.  To maximize my experience of salad perfection, and fine meat galore, I only ate cream of wheat that morning, oh my stomach was going to be sufficiently empty to take it alllllll in!

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If you haven’t been, and even if you’re a vegetarian, I highly recommend Fogo de Chao.

It is an upscale experience, and somehow made fine dining and buffet synonymous.  In Baltimore, ours is located in the Inner Harbor downtown, right near the water.

How it works: Once you get seated, you’re served drinks of your choosing, then you can immediately start at the beautiful salad bar.

Everything looks so fresh and crisp, you almost dont want to touch it and ruin the display.

Then once seated again, you get a circular card, green on one side and red on the other.  IMG_2214If green side up, the “gaucho” will continue to bring various meat dishes  around, slice the amount you request, and move along. Red side up, means you need a break or you are incredibly full.

My favorite is the bacon-wrapped anything lol.

Delectable pork, lamb, chicken dishes menu here.  Steak options include: Beef Ancho (ribeye), Filet Mignon, Picanha (prime sirloin) and more!

Of course, made room for dessert!

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They were so thoughtful!

So, sufficiently full, we made a pact to do better, make time for each other. Then we rushed home because the teenager was watching her little brothers and had to study for a big test in the morn.

Naomi

Ghostbusters Was Great! 

On Thursday night/Friday morning me and Naomi went to see a midnight release of Ghostbusters. The movie has received some controversial reviews and had a somewhat cloud of doubt held over it because of it’s all female cast.


This version of Ghostbusters is a completely different take on the original Ghostbusters film that released in 1984 and  featured an all male cast. That movie was an instant hit

and has become a classic that has stood the test of time in terms of brand awareness and sales of merchandise over the last 32 years.


Now when I saw the original film I remember being about 6 or 7 which means I didn’t see it until the film was almost ten years old. Sorry I wasn’t born until 1987 but remember being mesmerized by the visual effects and scary/humorous nature of the Film. The movie was viewed on VHS which looking back now wasn’t the best format for watching movies but was the best we had back then.

The new reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise

does a great job of keeping the bones of he movie the same and delivering a stellar performance that is unquie unto itself. The cast has great chemistry and the jokes are funny and come in abundance. I never like giving any part of the movies away but this is definitely a movie I would recommend to all.

What also added to our experience was the fact that we were able to view the film in 3D and with D-Box seats. For those that are unfamiliar with these technologies 3D allows for the action to pop of the screen in a very life way and brings the action to you with truly immersive and eye popping visuals letting you feel like you could touch the action on screen. D-Box seats are motion controlled seats that are synced perfectly with the action on screen allowing the user to feel every punch, jump and explosion on screen. If the main character is looking around the corner slowly to get a perfect shot or to scout something out the seat will lean to the side to simulate you moving with the action. These two technologies together really made this movie a great experience and a fun time for our date night!!!!

Thank You Pittsburgh

Soooo, blogging has helped me realize our date nights revolve around the 6 month club volleyball season…FullSizeRender 9

Anywho, our kid’s tournament took us to the beautiful town of Pittsburgh (hubs hometown) this past Memorial Day Weekend.

Hubs drove me up (4hr drive) then turned back around went home, went to work, and drove back up a day later. Crazy, I know, but you know how husbands are when they are trying to save a dollar. I was like I could just catch a train, he was like absolutely not. I digress.

We went to the Waterfront and did the standard movie then if any money left, dinner, lol… We went to what we call a romantic comedy aka Xmen-Apocalypse.  IMG_8571

 

After getting entertained on an already determined plot redesigned in a fantastical way; we had a tough decision. Burgatory or Bar Louie. IMG_8570

Even though we wanted burgers, we chose Bar Louie, I guess we wanted the option to have something else, lol…

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IMG_8575IMG_8573 So, it took about 40 minutes for our burgers to come, I guess they’re used to people getting a bunch of drinks prior so the wait time is obscured

Anywho, the food tasted great. Thank goodness. Now, we didn’t do the touristy stuff, i.e. incline, mostly because we’ve been to Pittsburgh millions of time. But Brent will make a quicky post to let you know top 4 things to do.

We attempted to be responsible, and went straight to the hotel, since our kid’s first game the next morning was 8am, for the 3rd day in a row! Oh and as an aside, they won Silver in East Coast Championships which was huge for us!!!  Definitely one of those times, where you learn something from your child. Despite highs, lows and way lows that her team endured, she stayed focused, continued to work hard, and had unwavering faith and belief in her teammates.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!!! I’m heading to New York to cover a show in the Bronx tomorrow… stay tuned!!!

Naomi

For it’s 1, 2…

So last Thursday, Brent and I had big plans to head to NYC, for the 2nd half of a technology conference IMG_8197and maybe a fashion event near Times Square.  However, by the time we got there from Baltimore, we thought lets ditch content and chose bonding 🙂

When blogging with your husband there is a fine line between events Continue reading For it’s 1, 2…

Hardcore Henry + D BOX =EPIC!

This weeks tech post comes via a late Thursday night/early Friday morning date night with the wife. I had been scoping out a new movie named Hardcore Henry that was released yesterday. I had high hopes for this film for a variety of reasons:

1. I love action movies

2. I love new and groundbreaking films

3. I love a new experience and truly got that with d-box seats!

First of without any type of spoilers
this movie is about a badly injured man who is reconstructed into a half robot/half man and spends the majority of the movie trying to find his kidnapped wife. The plot is pretty vague but leaves  a lot of room for the action and twists and turns to happen throughout. I love the use of cinematography (the art of making motion pictures) and amazing true first person film work. This film really is a testament to creativity and ingenuity in that it is the first film that made me feel like I was truly part of the production.

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Second part is how groundbreaking this type of film is with regards to the first person camera view. This could have been captured in a variety of ways but Continue reading Hardcore Henry + D BOX =EPIC!

My ‘Knight’ in New York

So have you ever wondered how to convince your husband to drive 4 hours to New York for a Italian Fashion Magazine Launch
Party?  Now since I share this blog with my husband, Brent, I can’t reveal too many secrets but I’ll share some.

1st: It has to be free.

2nd: Mention briefly the event two months ahead of time, gauge his interest. Make sure you have asked nothing of him out of the ordinary during those two months.

3rd: The weekend of the event, it’s crucial that he has 2 days off work in row and his favorite professional sports team is not playing that night. This is critical.

4th: It should be a new experience that both of you will share. You know, be awkward together.

5th: Relish in the moment. Even though he wishes he was on the couch watching NBA highlights on ESPN, it’ll be all worth it when he looks at the genuine enjoyment on your face. Who knows, he may be willing to do it again…

Our date night of the month of December ended up being a date weekend.  We drove up Friday from Baltimore, IMG_5790going to straight to Uomo Moderno Launch Party and Fashion Show  at the Hudson Terrace Rooftop. IMG_5810We had to park pretty far away, but you know
how Manhattan is. It was a brisk walk to the event, but I figured it was a good sign that hubs was willing to participate in my snapchatting along the way.


Now, I will admit we are not party animals. Sooo, we were slightly out of our element, but it made it more fun. IMG_5803 (1) I feel its easier and safer to try new things when we’re together.

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Although the editor, Francesco, was going through a tough personal loss of his partner, he, as usual, threw an amazing event. One of my favorite elements of any fashion show is the anticipation. The designer has worked all year or longer for this 5 minute moment.  There were designs from WYWoL and DueDiLatte (clothes made from 100%milk!!!), and I love love love a creative runway!!! It was literally 2 feet away from us! We thought we were laying low behind the scenes, but no, we were so close we might as well have been in the show.

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After the show, I enjoyed dancing to Beyonce – Run the World by myself on the dance floor, while hubs went to get the car so I wouldn’t have to walk in the cold again!! It’s the little things, you know?  Sometimes you have to get away, break the monotony of your crazy everyday life to give your ‘Knight in shining armor’ a chance to shine!

 

Naomi

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