instead of blogging.

by Janetha on November 14, 2011

in eating out,love life,random rambles

hello and welcome to another monday!

i didn’t turn on my computer once all weekend long. it was fabulous. sometimes it’s nice to just forget about the interwebs. i was really excited for last weekend because it was actually the first weekend since mid-august that i had absolutely zero plans or obligations. pair that with my doctor’s orders of no working out, and you can guess what i did… NOTHING. i welcomed that whole lot of nothing with open arms.

let me clue you in on a few of the highlights…

instead of blogging…

i slept in until 12:51 PM on saturday.

yes, that’s right, i am a professional sleeper. i hear people say they slept in until 9 AM and i laugh. that’s early! on saturday, i woke up around 11 AM only to roll over and go back to bed for another couple hours. some may say that sleeping til 1 is a waste of a day—but when you have nothing on the agenda, how is it a waste? sleep is a necessity, and if i need to sleep til 1, so be it.

and yes, that is yet another reason i am not really wanting a human child any time soon. my dogs were quite content sleeping in with us into the afternoon. they’re equally as lazy.


they are also best friends.

instead of blogging…

i went out to eat.. twice.. with a nap in the middle.

after rolling out of bed on saturday, marshall and i headed to a (very very very) late breakfast around 2:30. we went to the park cafe. fun fact: i used to be a waitress at the park cafe. the owner was a coke head and was totally upside down in the money department, so he sold the restaurant without telling any of the employees and i walked into work one day and was told i no longer had a job. that was rad. right.

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anyway, the park cafe is still good.. but it was a lot better under the old ownership. the menu had better, tastier options and they served enormous buttermilk biscuits while patrons looked over the menu. i definitely miss the old park cafe. not complaining about my french toast and overeasy eggs, though.

there was a nap between four and five o’clock.. i am not sure why i was so tired! but why fight it? if you had no agenda, i say embrace the nap.

around six o’clock kristen asked if we wanted to meet her and rory for dinner. i wasn’t really hungry yet, which was no surprise since all i’d done is eat and sleep, but i like the company of kristen and rory, so we went.

i kept it light with a side salad, broccoli cheese soup and some pinot grigio that kristen brought to dinner. all restaurants should let you bring your own wine.

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we did have an appetizer. it was a southwest bruschetta–toasted bread covered in smashed black beans, strip steak, pico, guacamole and.. hair. um, yeah.. marshall found a very long hair in his bruschetta. that’s always a treat! we didn’t let it ruin our meal, though.. i mean, hair happens.

instead of blogging…

we bought a new bedspread!


it’s reversible.. we opted to use the pattern on the left.

we have been looking for a new bed set for awhile because our old one was just getting a little old and haggard. we ended up buying this one at kohl’s because i had $10 kohl’s cash and a 15% off coupon. does anyone else feel like they are getting away with robbery when leaving kohl’s and checking out how much you saved? i swear they just mark things up and then mark them down to make you (a) feel good about your purchases and (b) buy more crap. whatever the reason—it works. i actually scored $20 more in kohl’s cash from saturday’s purchase.. so yep, they’re going to have me coming back to spend even more. smart marketers.

instead of blogging…

i meal planned on sunday. and i did all the grocery shopping. i made an initial plan, then told it to marshall and he had a few, uh, problems with my plan. so i revamped the whole thing. here it is:

  • sunday: we had lightened up lasagna
  • monday: pizza + salad (and monday night football with the packers!)
  • tuesday: BLTAs + tomato soup
  • wednesday: mushroom stroganoff (with beef instead of turkey) + asparagus
  • thursday: greek chicken pita pockets (recipe to come)

i never plan the weekend meals because i’m not sure what our plans are and we usually end up going out to eat at least one of the nights.

instead of blogging…

marshall & i cleaned the WHOLE ENTIRE HOUSE on sunday. top to bottom. organized. scrubbed. packed up the summer clothes. got rid of a huge basket of clothes and shoes. dusted, swept, vacuumed, mopped. even folded all the laundry. and if you know me, you know that never happens. i guess sleeping until 1 on saturday gave me a lot of cleaning energy on sunday!  i wonder how long it’ll last?

i even remembered to bust out the thanksgiving banner that my sister made last year. super cute, no?


instead of blogging…

we went to a movie with vibrating seats. YES. you read that right. it was a 3D movie with vibrating seats. it’s some new technology called D-Box MFX motion. i was baffled. i had no idea such a thing existed!


we went to see immortals for our buddy james’ birthday. marshall snagged the tickets and handed me mine, muttering something about the $40 better be worth it. i looked at him, puzzled, then looked down at the receipt. the movie was $10.50 per person—typical for a 3D movie, i guess. but the kicker? an $8 “service charge” per person for the vibrating seats. that brought to total to $37 for both of us. sheesh!

there was most definitely tweeting going on with lindsay and bonnie beforehand..


sex jokes aside.. the vibrating seat experience was definitely interesting. the movie had a lot of fighting, so there was a lot of vibrating. you could turn your seat level vibration up or down—there were four settings ranging from the least to the most intense.

i am usually not a fan of 3D movies because they give me a headache, but this one wasn’t so bad. the vibrations were fun, but in no way worth the extra money. the fancy seats didn’t make the movie any better than it would have been had i been in a normal seat (and $16 richer.)  my conclusion is that it was fun to try out and it was a fun experience, but not one that we will be doing ever again.. well, not at that price, at least.

oh, and the movie, immortals? it was really good. i liked it a lot. if you are into ancient greek battles and seeing men with nice abs, this one’s for you.

considering the amount of time i spent relaxing on saturday AND the productivity that occurred sunday, i think i should keep my laptop closed every weekend.


1. would you pay an extra $8 for vibrating movie seats?

2. what would you do/have you done when you find a hair in your meal when dining out?

xo. janetha g.

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Krissie J November 14, 2011 at 9:27 am

LOL I love the seat jokes. I think I went to a movie with them once, but I don’t remember so clearly my experience was not noteworthy. I love sleep-in Saturdays! Our cats are perfectly content snoozing with us on the couch when we have lazy time.

Heather (Where's the Beach) November 14, 2011 at 9:31 am

Yay for unplugging. I did the same thing and it was fantastic!

Lauren November 14, 2011 at 9:49 am

I am incredibly jealous of your sleeping ability!! If I tried, there is no way I would be able to sleep that late. I don’t think my body has ever allowed me to sleep past 10am. Sounds like a fantastic weekend!

Nicole C November 14, 2011 at 9:50 am

Nagative on the $8 seats. I won’t even go pay regular price for a movie. We have $6 movie nights (they just upped it $1) every Tuesday so I only go on Tuesdays now. Especially since they offer $2 popcorn too!

Ben won’t even use the same bathroom as me because he hates hair. Once single piece in his food and he looses his appetite. So, no go one the hair situation.

I was in the worst funk ever saturday, spent all day in bed. Got up yesterday and went to the park to exercise, came home and cleaned my hoarders paradise of a spare room. Creating an office in one room = another full of shit. But alas, no longer.

Janetha November 14, 2011 at 9:58 am

We are working on making use of our two extra bedrooms–an office and a TV/gaming room.. and there is so much SHIT! i feel you.

Nicole C November 14, 2011 at 10:50 am

First off, let me apologize for my quick fingers and lack of proof reading. I know how to spell negative. I often say things in a funny accent in my head but when you type them out no one understands. I’m a nerd.

Secondly, I had to put my true interior designer skills to use. I don’t use them any other time. So designer/organizer extraordinaire to the rescue. Let me know if you need my help around Christmas time ;)

Janetha November 14, 2011 at 10:55 am

hahaha i wish i could hear your funny accent that lives in your head!

Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 14, 2011 at 9:53 am

I feel like Kohls pays me to buy their stuff. I used a 30% + 15% code online and got free shipping and $20 in Kohls cash. Craziness!

Janetha November 14, 2011 at 9:55 am

Hahaha I said that to Marshall upon checkout. I was like “Sometimes people get out of here with Kohl’s paying them!”

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning November 14, 2011 at 9:55 am

1. Sleeping is awesome. I would love to take a day to catch up on it!
2. I say the same thing about Kohl’s. Notice how EVERYTHING is on sale all the time?
3. I LOVE the wedding photo with the doggies and am SO JEALOUS that I don’t have one just like it! Mine were not allowed to the reception. :(
4. I just purchased our 2nd new bedspread in a little less than a year. The dogs are NOT allowed on this one.

Janetha November 14, 2011 at 9:57 am

We had our wedding/reception at a retail greenhouse, so the dogs weren’t allowed, either. But we opted to do our wedding photos before the ceremony (totally nontraditional) and had the dogs meet us in a park for the photos, then they went home. So glad we did this!

Oh man, having a bedspread with the dogs not allowed on is not possible for us. I am pretty sure they think they are doing us a favor by giving us a tiny bit of room on the bed each night ;)

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning November 14, 2011 at 11:10 am

We took our photos beforehand too. Damn, I should have paid someone to bring our dogs and take them back home! But, actually, (I’ve posted this before) we technically got married that morning on a hike with our dogs, and there are some photos of that, but we’re all sweaty and in hiking gear. Not exactly the same. :)
Oh- and our dogs are the same- they own the house and just let us live there. I told my husband that if he bought a coverlet to put over our nice bedspread, they could sleep on there SOMETIMES. :)

Kerryne November 14, 2011 at 9:59 am

You girls are HILARIOUS. I was dying at the seat jokes. I wouldn’t pay for vibrating seats though… some things are just better… at home ;)

You must have needed that sleep good heavens girl. I actually spent the entire day Friday (with my daughter) sleeping. Literally in bed all day. We were sick though. I am not a big sleeper. Normally 5-6 hours a night is perfect for me!

Janetha November 14, 2011 at 10:05 am

i saw that on FB! i hope you are feeling better.

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather November 14, 2011 at 9:59 am

Geez $40 for a movie is craziness.. Pure craziness! I’d like to get one of those chairs at my house though :). Ya know cuz babies like vibrating chairs right???

Glad you had an awesome weekend!

Janetha November 14, 2011 at 10:04 am

i know. i was pretty shocked when i saw the receipt! that’s more than we typically pay for concerts! but i guess once in a lifetime is ok.. trying not to beat myself up over it, it’s just money, right? ha.

Callie @ Callieflower Kitchen November 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

“if you are into ancient greek battles and seeing men with nice abs, this one’s for you.”

Check and check! ;) I definitely wouldn’t pay the extra $8 fr the seats though, unless if it was supposed to go with the nice abs rather than the battle scenes, ifyaknowwhatimean. Aha.

I actually got a hair in my sandwich at a restaurant a while ago and it surprisingly didn’t bother me too much, but really grossed out my mom so I spent the rest of the meal pretending to hack up a hairball because I’m really mature. The waitress heard me (oops) and actually ended up not charging for the sandwich, so it worked out pretty good, and the sandwich was still delicious.

Janetha November 14, 2011 at 10:03 am

hahaha yesiknowwhatyoumean

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List November 14, 2011 at 10:04 am

I swear I don’t have sex on the brain all the time…just most of the time. I accredit it to exercising and the increase of testosterone.

Janetha November 14, 2011 at 10:05 am

there’s nothing wrong with sex on the brain. in fact, i think most women don’t admit how often they actually are thinking about it!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List November 14, 2011 at 10:13 am

I’ll just leave this link for wondering eyes (and to get people to Eden’s blog!) –

lindsay November 14, 2011 at 10:45 am

haha, nothing wrong with that motive. Travis is a lucky man. But we knew that. teehee. Actually I’m surprised you only have 2 kids.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List November 14, 2011 at 10:46 am

I know, right!?! We’re working on it. ;)

lindsay November 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

why do you think i go get pedicures when the hubs is out of town? foot rub, plus vibrating chair equals pure PLEASURE.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List November 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 14, 2011 at 10:11 am

Hahah those seats sound fun! Haha glad you enjoyed a relaxing weekend :)

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) November 14, 2011 at 10:27 am

Good for you on all counts. Hilarious stream on FB. I should really check my FB more than once every 3 months or whenever someone @’s me.

I <3 blogs and blogging too, but it goes to show you how much more time opens up without it. It's enriching though so it's a tradeoff :-)

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 14, 2011 at 10:36 am

I had a nice relaxing weekend too – although I don’t think I have ever slept until 1 PM. I was up and at ’em at 6:00 both mornings. ::sigh::

Christin November 14, 2011 at 10:39 am

LOVE lazy weekends like that…vibrating seats? for $8 a pop? dang man! was it worth it?

I’ve definitely found hair in my food before, but usually it’s been mine because my hair is so long lol! If I saw a bug or something I would send the dish back, but if it’s just a hair, I’d just scoop that part of the meal onto a napkin and eat the rest…no biggie to me :)

Paige @ RAN November 14, 2011 at 11:02 am

Shane wants to try out those box seats SO bad. I think I feel like you do about them. I probably would think they weren’t worth the money. So I told him he should go see a movie with his friends soon :)
Sounds like it was stupendous weekend!

Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile November 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm

You definitely must have needed the sleep! I wouldn’t have fought it either :D I wouldn’t pay the extra $$ for vibrating seats, I don’t really like 3D movies either. I haaatee hate hate hair. If I find one in my food I cannot eat anymore and I send it back, no questions asked.

Lindsay @biking before bed November 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Your Kohls observations are so true! The Kohls cash always tempts me. And I always leave there with at least one thing I hadn’t intended on buying. Always.

Mary Legare Whaley November 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I don’t think I’d pay $8 more to be rattled/motion sick in a theater. I have a hard enough time coughing up money for a movie as it is. And loose hairs repulse me. Even if they are from my own head. So mystery hair in my food at a restaurant? Assuming I didn’t cause a scene and barf upon finding it, I would politely ask for my plate to be removed from the table, and I would expect anything I’d already eaten/drank to be comped. I would NOT want another plate of food. I would need to get the heck out of there ASAP.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Ewww on the hair. That just is such a deal breaker. I would immediately stop eating, tell the restaurant, and nothing they could do would bring my appetite back. I am squeamish about hair so no offer to re-make the food would even really work. I would just run outta there and not go back!

Katie November 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Hooray for sleep!! And dates with your hunky husband. I’m not sure about that vibrating seat thing – I’m barely willing to pay the $10 regular movie ticket price.

And hair in the meal? I think I’d just gag, and tell myself to get over it….eeech, I’m getting the heebie jeebies just thinking about it.

Tee @ She Writes, Bites, and Window Shops November 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Nah, I wouldn’t try out the vibrating seat thing. I don’t think it would add THAT much to the movie – at least not $8/ticket! And you are better than I am about the hair in the food thing. The few times that’s happened to me I immediately felt nauseous and lost my entire appetite. Blech!

Emily November 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Sounds like a wonderful break! Love the new bedspread!

Amy November 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

1) No way would I pay the extra $8! I’m cheap enough as it is and only go to a Sunday matinee if I want to see a movie. 2) I would say something to the waitress and expect it to be taken off my check. I wouldn’t throw a fit, but that’s unsanitary and totally grosses me out.

Liz @ Southern Charm November 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Hmmm … I don’t think I’d pay. I’m just thinking about massage chairs when I get a pedi … and I’m not sure it is worth the extra money … then again, I’m sticking to my budget right now!

mcintosh November 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Sounds like a perfect weekend….hope you just stayed in your pj’s. Now THAT would have been bliss (:

As for the vibrating seats/3-D price…not a chance. I would have walked right out unless of course someone else was paying.

Hair, shmair, not an issue for me though a big clump might have grossed me out or well, the curly ones…

naomi(onefitfoodie) November 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I love sometimes not opening my computer. We really all need a break every now and then!

i have to say if I sleep in until 9am that is late for me lol…i am used to getting up at 6 everyday, thats not to say I cant sleep past 9 but I love it when I do!!

Amanda November 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Andy won’t sleep in with me. I was excited that he slept in with me until 9am on Saturday. For us that’s a big deal. I could sleep all day no problem on the other hand.

uh yes on the Kohl’s question. They totally mark everything up just to mark it down. I am a sucker for their sales.

Erica November 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I wasn’t on my computer all weekend either! Totally refreshing. I love seeing your instagrams! Great meals out are a nice treat! Extra money for a vibrating chair? Nope!

Alexandria November 14, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I am a cheap skate and wouldn’t shell out the cash for the chairs. If I do see a movie in 3D, I pay the extra money very begrudingly.

Hair in food is one thing I can not stand & it runs the entire meal for me. No matter how many times I tell myself it happens, I can’t get over it.

Tara @ Sweat like a Pig November 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Ummm…..3D movies in Australia cost $30. Minus vibrating seats!

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats November 14, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Sounds like such a good weekend! My boyfriend is obsessed with that Immortals movie. lol. He’s already gone to it twice. Clearly, he is very bored without me. :P That’s the way I like to think of it anyways. I think I would try the whole vibrating chair thing once just to see what it was like. Hair in food is pretty gross. I usually won’t finish the dish but I don’t make a gigantic scene about it either. I shed with the best of them so I can’t get too upset!

Toronto Girl West November 14, 2011 at 9:22 pm

What a glorious weekend you had! :)

As for the whole hair in food thing – that happened last week when someone thrust a home-made baked good my way. Honestly I didn’t say anything but I couldn’t eat the rest. It was absolutely impossible!

Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 15, 2011 at 5:54 am

Sounds like a fun weekend! I wish that I could sleep until 12. I don’t remember the last time I slept that late. My sleeping schedule is completely off because our upstairs neighbors are obnoxiously loud all the time. I can’t wait until we can buy a house. ;)

Ew, if I find a hair, I send the food back. That grosses me out completely. I don’t think I would have been able to continue eating.

Juliette November 15, 2011 at 11:12 am

I agree with the sleep situation. So important and sometimes you just gotta go for it.

Why not – You’ve gotta try thr vibrating seat at least once:)

Eww, gross – I have had a couple different hair in food occasions and it really grosses me out. I notify the waiter or waitress and get something else. This usually dicourages my appetite and from eating at that restaurant again.

Annette@EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I am a total sleeper too. I NEED lots of sleep and its awesome :)

Pure2raw twins November 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm

one of my random jobs after graduating college, I work at kitchen- bath showroom and we sold a toilet that had heated seats and vibrated…would you like that?? haha

Tiffany @ Snack Snark Bark November 15, 2011 at 10:22 pm

I don’t think I even read most of this post because I’m still in awe of your sleeping skills. Can you please teach me how to sleep??

Susan November 16, 2011 at 5:36 am

“i mean, hair happens.”

It sure does! Ever since my hair started falling out, it has become a new food group around here. I try to wear hats when I cook, but there are still a lot of strands on my head that want to sneak in. I have a very kind and understanding family who subtly pick the hair out of my dishes, god love ’em.

Also, still jealous of your ability to sleep in <3

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