Thursday, August 3, 2017

Candles, fudge, Turkish pizza, and a walk by the river.

Last Tuesday was the anniversary of when my S.O. and me started dating. Unfortunately, Tuesday isn't exactly the best time to try to do anything fancy -- it's hard enough trying to get out of the house on a work night as it is! So, we pushed everything into this past weekend, which I am simultaneously grateful and slightly cranky about.

I'm grateful because it was awesome to be able to do so much. We checked out MOM's Organic Market (which we'd both been meaning to do -- I know a grocery store doesn't sound much like a date, but we make it fun to check out new places together, even if they're mundane) and stopped by Pidzza, which neither of us had tried before. It's Pizza with a Turkish influence, and the artichoke pie was very, very good. The cream sauce wasn't heavy or overwhelming, and the toppings combined to make for a very flavorful, well-balanced pizza.

[caption id="attachment_3707" align="aligncenter" width="513"] Artichoke, baby spinach, jalapeƱo, fresh mozzarella and spinach artichoke cream. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it right now.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3704" align="aligncenter" width="513"] I even dressed all fancy, in my $5 secondhand dress.[/caption]

The next day, the beautiful weather kept up, so we took a day trip down to Occoquan. Occoquan was where we spent our first anniversary after moving to Virginia. It's a cute little waterfront area, very touristy, but full of gift shops, art galleries, and other places that're just fun to poke around in. We stopped for fudge from NazBro Chocolates, and I hit up 13 Magickal Moons for some supplies (it's harvest time, and I also have a lot to work on). After doing some walking and shopping, we picked up a couple slices of pie from Mom's Apple Pie Co. and went looking for a park.

I will freely admit that, though there were a lot of things I didn't like about living in Virginia, their parks are gorgeous. I loved being close to Prince William Forest Park, and I wanted to go back. Not being up to another half hour of driving, we chose Occoquan Regional Park instead.

You guys, I'm so happy we did! It's right on the water, so it was breezy and cool. The trails are paved, so it was much easier for someone with balance and mobility issues (hi, hello, it me) to navigate. You can rent kayaks for about $40 for an entire day. (We didn't this time, but we're definitely going back.) The weather was beautiful, I had a belly full of delicious coconut cream pie, and it was a great way to spend time with my S.O. I couldn't've asked for a nicer way to spend an anniversary.

[caption id="attachment_3709" align="aligncenter" width="513"] Seriously.[/caption]

I'm kind of paying for it this week, though -- while it was fantastic to feel well enough to do all of that this weekend, I have definitely pushed myself more than I have in awhile. Exercising regularly, though I can't do much more than light upper body stuff, yoga, squats, and walking, has definitely helped. Unfortunately, the past couple of days have been a sharp reminder that I'm still a very long way from "well." But, whaddya gonna do? I have a sleep mask, ice packs, a pile of pillows to keep my head elevated, and a hospital three minutes away if I need an emergency LP. There's not much else I need, other than time to recuperate.

How was your weekend?



  1. That sounds like a fun and eventful weekend! Also, that artichoke pizza sounds delicious! I'm jealous!

  2. It definitely was, on both accounts! I wish Pidzza had locations outside of DC -- it was really good.