This week has been one of the easiest I’ve had since moving to Charlotte, thanks to having my sister and brother-in-law in town. Every night this week, I got to come home to a spotless apartment, a home cooked meal and a bathed, clothed and fed little boy, bubbling with infectious joy over having some of his favorite people in the world in the same room. As effortless as this week has been, it did bring some challenges, like the resurgence of Bean’s spoiled and bratty behavior in the presence of his Aunt and Uncle. Still, the positives far outweigh the negatives.
Avon and I took advantage of having babysitters and had a date night at Charlotte Magazine’s Best Restaurants Party at The Fillmore. The sold out event featured unlimited food tastings from over 20 different restaurants named on this year’s 50 Best Restaurants List. I started to share the experience on my Instagram stories, but quickly gave up in favor of grabbing more tiny plates of food. My favorite dish of the night was the jalapeño sausage with sweet onion from Oak Steakhouse. Avon loved the pork belly donut from Stone Table, which also won the Judge’ Choice award of the night. I already knew that my guy had good taste. And speaking of good taste, can I take a moment to appreciate my handsome date?
(By the way, I’m going to wear this dress again, and again and again, if I’m lucky. When you see it, please treat it as if its the first time. My dress deserves some respect.)
Bean got to meet Carolina Panthers OG Tyler Larsen at school this week. I told him to take a picture with him and, well…he had a different interpretation of what I meant. I bought that camera when he was born to capture and gifted it to him last week to support his growing interest in photography. So far, the camera is full of shots of the floor, the sky, the backseat of the car and the most unflattering, blurred photos of me I’ve ever been mortified to see. But, everyone has to start somewhere, right?
Thanks to my sister, my apartment is clean and dinner is ready through Sunday, so I’m looking forward to devoting the weekend to passion projects. I learned that Charlotte Mecklenburg Library card holders get a free subscription to Lynda.com, an online educational site that includes over 3,000 courses (and over 130,000 videos) in popular fields like web design, web development, IT, education/instruction, media production, and business. I’ve already added several blogging and photography courses to my playlist and also plan to get out and practice what I’ve learned, especially since my town recently announced a photo contest with prizes from local businesses. There’s even a category for submissions from photographers ages 15 and younger, so Bean and I could both win!