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A Night Out

My mom visited this past weekend and watched Alexander on Saturday night so Jason and I could go out for our anniversary.  We had 6:45 reservations at Cakes & Ale, a restaurant that I’ve wanted to try forever.  By some lucky fluke, I happened to get an email the day before advertising a wine tasting at a Decatur wine store, Wahoo Wines & Provisions. It’s normally the type of email that I would have ignored, but since we had nearby dinner reservations and a babysitter…

Wahoo wines

Wine bar

We sampled five or six different wines and while I don’t remember what they were, it was fun and the store had lots of fun stuff to look at like unicorn salt.

Unicorn salt

Apparently, it’s delicious on avocado toast.

Cakes & Ale was good too, though I think I had more fun at the wine tasting. Atlanta needs more wine bars.  Or any, for that matter.

Swordfish cakes ale

Steak cakes ale

Swordfish and steak.  Can you guess which is mine?

Five Years

Five years ago yesterday, Jason and I got married.  Now our gay and lesbian friends can finally do the same.  My son will never remember a day when “Uncle” Jamie and “Uncle” Dave didn’t have the same right as us.


Jason and I are both excited that the ruling happened on our anniversary.  And also if Uncle Jamie and Uncle Dave do decide to get married, that would be a bomb-ass wedding. Just sayin’.

(And now I ruined a nice post by including the word “bomb-ass.”)

A Hot and Happy Father’s Day

Our Father’s Day plans were Jason’s choice and he chose going to a classic car show and out for barbecue.  So that’s what we did.  The car show was at Stone Mountain Park, which we have a yearly pass to.

Alex jason stone mtn

There were some cool cars and an auction, but it was so ridiculously hot out that I couldn’t enjoy myself.

Crazy hair

Apparently, my hair couldn’t enjoy itself either.  Jason had fun looking at the cars though.

Classic cars

I might have been a tad bit whiny and forced him to leave (sorry), but I perked up again when we went out to eat and I stopped feeling like I was going to melt.  Food > Car show.  I think Jason would agree with me there.  Maybe?

We went to The Greater Good Barbecue at Jason’s request.  Alexander enjoyed crackers…


and mac and cheese…

Mac n cheese

while I got a nice salad with pulled chicken.

Chicken salad

Jason had chicken and pulled pork, but I didn’t get a pic.  Happy Father’s Day!

Greater good

Morrissey Concert

So, it’s really just us being lazy more than anything, but Jason and I still don’t have a go-to babysitter for Alexander.  So we pretty much only go out on dates when family comes to visit and they can watch him.  We have some friends with kids and we’ve talked about trading on and off but the logistics of it make it difficult.  Kind of hard to babysit for someone else’s kid in their house when your own kid needs to fall asleep at your house.

That was a long-winded way of saying that Jason’s parents came down last Saturday night and watched Alexander while we went to see Morrissey.  Morrissey is one of Jason’s favorites and even though he’s cancelled his Atlanta tour dates at least four or five times in the past few years, Jason bought tickets for this show anyway.  Spoiler:  he didn’t cancel.

The theme of the night was “While the baby’s away, the parents will play.”  I mean, even though the baby was technically at home.  So we decided to go somewhere we absolutely couldn’t go with Alexander – The Vortex. The Vortex is a burger bar that doesn’t allow patrons under 21.


And because we were pretending that we were 21 again, we ordered some disgustingly sweet shooters.  One of them had bubble gum vodka in it.  Why is that even a thing?  And why did we order it?  Anyway.


After dinner and some drinks, we headed to Symphony Hall for the show.


And while it was fun to have a date night, the concert was boring and I might have fallen asleep.  A sign that despite the shot, I’m definitely not 21.

Our Trip to Naples

Last week, we flew down to Naples (Florida, not Italy, though we did have Italian food one night) where my father and stepmother live for part of the time.

I kind of had it in my mind that Alexander, being 16 months now, would love the beach and the pool.  Umm, he was mostly interested in eating his snacks.  And sand.  But not the water, at all.

Naples beach

(PSA – babies with super small feet, Toys-R-Us has cheap water shoes.)

Really not a water baby.

Screaming pool

Crying pool

Crying pool2

But after a while, he got used to it.

Ball pool

And I got to live out my fantasy of my little boy enjoying the water on vacation.

Family pool

Though he still was mostly interested in his snacks.

Beach club

Sunglasses.  You’re doing it wrong.

We also had a nice dinner at the Ritz on the ocean.  Check out the view from our table.

Ritz view

Lee dad

Even though Alexander wasn’t the water baby I’d hoped for, we still had a great time.

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