Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Getaway

This weekend was a whirlwind let me tell ya. I could definitely use like...another two days off. Like a loser, I spent Friday night at home working myself to the bone because this one right here was going to have a work-free Saturday/Sunday.

I really couldn't get all my shit together fast enough the following day. I was looking forward to quality time with the soon-to-be hubs and it turned out to be the PERFECT weekend before the wedding. Oh wait, but first let's get this golf ball-sized hail and flippin' crazy storm out of the way first...okay good...now we can enjoy the EmJo weekend starting....NOW. (Yes I obviously gave us a celebrity nickname...because if Jennifer Aniston can have one, so can I damnit...and I enjoy being obnoxious.

When we were on our way, we were already joking about the place we visited a few years back. You can read all about that little adventure here. Luckily, this resort had zero history of murders or being a gangster hideout back in the day....we're lookin' good so far!

Once we checked in, we stopped by our room and dropped off our cooler full of wine, unhealthy snacks and other bags we drove on over to the downtown Lake Geneva area where they had a bunch of cute little boutiques and restaurants. I usually spare Josh the pain and agony when it comes to shopping since I know he HATES it...but sometimes there is just no avoiding it. He was a trooper and he didn't even complain once! No stares, deep sighs, etc. I was thrilled. We also found this little guy hanging out in front of one of the stores. If that isn't one of the smartest marketing techniques, I don't know what is. We definitely went inside...


As we were walking along, we came across this amazing place that made their own bread and sauces. AND they were having a complimentary wine tasting. Move out of the way folks! Coming through!


Josh and I picked out some amazing things. I got this bread with pesto and basil..yeah it pretty much tasted like pizza. It satisfied my inner carbavore nicely.

 
 The wine tasting was in the back. We tasted three different red wines (not a fan) and a few whites (more my style). Josh and I snagged a bottle that was absolutely delicious and on the sweeter side. I highly suggest it for the upcoming spring and summer days! We will be opening this baby up when we get our marriage license!


After we walked around some more, it was time to find a place to eat dinner. We decided on Sopra, an unexpectedly pricey place...(oops didn't Yelp it first), but the food was to DIE for. Lobster wontons? Don't mind if I do. The appetizer came with three of them...they obviously wanted us to start a fight over who would get the last one...we ended up splitting it. Foodgasm.


Josh got the pork and I got Gnocchi with roasted chicken. I obviously didn't even want to fathom what the cal count on this dish was. It was really good, but very cheesy.


Since we couldn't really move much after dinner, we sat and talked for awhile. Josh then took out his wallet to pay and what in the hell did I see? The state of his wallet. This guy cracks me up. He hates letting things go so much, he's had the same wallet since childhood. His reasoning is "hey look, at least now it has an extra pocket!" -_- Just look at that sad thing...

 
After dinner we went to a local chocolate shop down the street. We got an assortment of chocolate champagne truffles, strawberry bonbons and mocha truffles. NOMS.


As you can see, I totally indulged. Zero fucks given because everything was SO delicious. We checked out on Sunday morning and got home just in time for our appointment with our realtor. We looked into four houses and we did have a couple of favorites! It'll definitely be a process though to find the perfect one for us. During our visits though, we really came across a "WTF?" property... I have no idea how a person could design a place and say to themselves, "yes, a bedroom with NO doors and odd layout will definitely attract buyers." NEXT.

Once we parted ways, I of course didn't unpack anything from this weekend because that's the worst....and got ready for my makeup trial for the wedding. I SO wish I could post before and after photos, but I definitely want to knock Josh's socks off and surprise him. I even got a "holy shit!" out of his mom and she never says stuff like that! Maybe she's just hanging around me too much. Haha. if you're in the Chicagoland area or are willing to fly out an amazing makeup person for any special event or your wedding, I highly suggest Jean Ramos. She is beyond talented if she can make my face look THAT amazing. Watch out ScarJo...if I rival you at any time...it will be my wedding day! Oh and my current wedding planning status: 





Next stop is getting the marriage license this afternoon! 

















21 comments:

  1. bahahahaha I have been sitting here for the past 10 minutes trying to think of a mashup for Mark and I.....and nothing is happening. I am all about wine tasting for sure!

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  2. Sounded like an amazing weekend filled with lots of YUMMY food. Seriously...yum. Xx.

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  3. I love your celebrity couple name. Every couple needs one. I wonder what mine could be? Hmmmm.

    What an amazing weekend. Homemade bread and wine tasting? Just shut up and take my money! I love gnocchi and it has been far too long since I made some. Those truffles look like they were to die for as well. Basically my stomach is growling and all sorts of angry over all of this.

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  4. That looks like a very fun weekend!!! And that gnocchi!!! Omg to die for! Can't wait to see pics of that wedding makeup!

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  5. Awesome weekend ! Good luck with wedding license!

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  6. all i got from this is i am ready for spring and summer wines :)

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  7. That looks just like my dog, though he would bark at everyone and not attract any customers. I really must check out that wine, sounds delish! Such a fun weekend.

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  8. That looks like such a blast! Any time I see "Wine Tasting" I move at a faster pace in that direction! Yes, please! Also, I'm so glad you are getting your marriage license. Hubs and I forgot until the day of our rehearsal before our big day! We ended up getting it the morning of our wedding. Talk about stressful.

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  9. OMG!! Congrats on getting the marriage license!! Your weekend sounds amazing. An impromptu wine tasting is always a good thing! :) And that dog is the cutest little thing ever. I'd go in just for him too!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  10. That dog is so damn cute, I want one!! The wallet had me ROLLING!! Just this morning my friend posted a pic of her hubby's boxers because they were all torn and tattered. The funny part was that they had a giant rip through the seem and no more separation through the legs.... they were a kilt, maybe?

    I always love gnocchi 'sept for all the carbs & other shit which means I cannot eat again for the rest of the week! But always a treat :)

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    1. Seriously, my mouth dropped when I saw it lol. He's hilarious. I couldn't even handle looking at it and all he could say is "until I start losing cards or something, it stays." SIGH. Looks like I need to secretly replace it with a new one haha.

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  11. That last ecard is fucking hilarious. Calories don't count on vacation, getaways, birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas. Or Thanksgiving. And more. It's science!

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  12. Looks like a great time!

    xo,
    Al
    www.sparklesandstilettos.com

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  13. what's that red sauce that came with the wontons? i'm seriously jealous of that dinner... wowza

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    1. It was hard to say, it was like a spicy type sauce that went amazingly well with the wontons. Josh is lucky I didn't eat them all before he even had one. Haha.

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  14. This looks like such a fun weekend and all those food pictures are making me HUNGRY! :-)

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  15. Now I want pasta, wine, and chocolate. Cheers to giving zero fucks. I give zero fucks more often than I'd like to say.

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    1. I always want pasta, wine and chocolate hahaha. Cheers to more wine and giving zero fucks!! :D

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  16. All the food, particularly the bread has made me super hungry now. Sounds like a lovely weekend!

    Franchesca | City Mermaid

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  17. I had breakfast this morning but I saw that gnocci and chicken dish and my mouth straight up started watering. That looks delicious. YUMMMMM. And my innerself is a carbavore too. I ate pasta, just pasta for dinner last night. Healthy right!

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