See? I’m not dead. A year older, but not dead.
I’ve just been recuperating and trying to get back into the swing of things. I stopped working overtime as of Saturday. So I got all of Sunday, Monday and Tuesday off. I spent Sunday relaxing and getting a couple of errands done.
On Monday we went to hit a happy hour at a place called Armadillo Grill. The place had good drink specials, a small but tasty-sounding happy hour menu and free pool. Alas, it was closed for something that day. Rude!
So we used my birthday coupon at Lonestar Steakhous and got a free appetizer with entree. Perfect because I only order cheese fries and steal one of Tim’s sides to get a salad. (That balances, rigt?) Our favorite server lets Tim order the lunch special — $5 less and just the right size — which means we always save money. In this case, we paid for two sodas and Tim’s $13 steak.
We walked a few blocks to another bar, which had pool tables and good daily drink specials. Specifically, $3 blueberry kamikazes.
On the way home, we stopped by The Cheesecake Factory so I could overpay for a big ass slab o’ chocolate cake. I’d been looking forward to it for a couple of weeks.
Tuesday, my actual birthday, we started with my free birthday breakfast at IHOP. You gotta start your birthday with French toast. I think it’s the law. Later we went to Victoria’s Secret to use my $10 birthday GC. I ended up paying $0.56 for a cute pair of undies. Then it was over to Auntie Anne’s (directly across from Victoria’s Secret) to use a BOGO coupon.
We decided to give Armadillo Grill another try. I got $3 Armadillo Teas (Long Island Iced Tea plus a dash of peach tea). The happy hour menu was $3.50 per dish. Tim got black pepper cracked calamari. I got mozzarella “wedges.” Each wedge was roughly the size of half a piece of Wonderbread cut diagonally. Both dishes was hand-breaded and came with homemade marinara.
Unfortunately, Mondays are the only day that pool is free. The rest of the time it’s a staggering $1 per game. (!!!) We played a couple of games while we ate.
Then I decided it was time for a round of tipsy mini-golf. It was fun, but $7.99 per person? Even for 18 holes that’s… Well, unfortunately around here’s about about par for the course, if you will. So I gritted my teeth and paid it. Even so, that’s $17.50 after tax for mini-golf. Compared to a post-tip $20 for two large appetizers and three strong drinks. Sigh.
By the end, a storm was rolling in. We decided to just pick up some hard cider and Peanut Butter M&Ms, then we went home to watch dumb reality shows. All in all, a good birthday.
Despite the title, I don’t think I actually gained any weight. What I was referring to was my present from Nadine and from myself. Tim had suggested I get ankle weights to help tone my legs even while I’m not exercising. Nadine got me a really cool pair. They’re adjustable, so each one can be 2.5 to 5 lbs.
Meanwhile, Sears had sent me a $10 off $30 coupon for my birthday. Perfect because I’d wanted to buy some 8- and 10-lb dumbbells anyway. In the end, I paid $26.50 including tax.
All in all, a good birthday!
What do you guys like to do for your big day?