Usually I make my husband do all the weekend updates, but figured this week “What the heck, give it a shot”…. so here goes, your Templeman family weekly update, Kellie-style!
Friday night was most welcomed for the both of us, it had been a long week where Chris had pulled a few longer-than normal days filled with some various problems that had developed with computers/software at the office. My husband arrived home with a few surprise bags filled with goodies from Publix — some 2L of diet soda, a few bags of chips, two kinds of french onion chip dip, cheese Bagel Bites (for me!), and some Weight Watcher microwave dinners that had been on sale and had been bringing for his weekly at work brown-bag lunches. We sat down to “stir-Friday”…. most appropriately named as I had whipped up a delicious chicken stir-fry for our dinner and an added bonus for Chris that he had not been expecting…. I had also baked him a cake for dessert, yellow cake with a yummy whipped milk chocolate icing.
With full bellies, we landed us on the couch for a while where we caught up on some DVR’d TV and after a while my husband decided to sit at the computer and crunch out his taxes. With Government refunds assured, we headed up to bed for sleep…..ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz.
Saturday we awoke rather early, lollygagged for a while then had a quick cake-y breakfast and awaited the arrival of James and Masako to the homestead for our planned group outing to Vortex. If you haven’t been to the Vortex, it’s a “need-to-visit-at-least once” kind of place if you love burgers. Not only do they have unique and delicious burgers, but their portion sizes are on the larger side and if you leave hungry it’s your own fault. We made it to midtown and waited on the arrival of Ben, Kristin, Johnathan and Anna.
Once our party had arrived, we were seated and the lunch madness ensued. Burgers of all kinds were consumed…. the collection included a Yokohama Mama (terriyaki, pineapple) for Masako, a Buffalo Blu burger (w/ med-rare Bison patty) for Chris, three standard cheeseburgers for James, Johnny and Anna and a buffalo chicken wrap for me. Ben and Kristin went all out and shared the Double Bypass…. a half-pound burger that is smothered with 3 fried eggs, a whole pig’s worth of bacon strips, 6 slices of cheese and all this is sandwiched between TWO grilled cheese sandwiches. Needless to say, no one went away hungry! After lunch, Ben and Kristin had packing/moving things to accomplish as this is Kristin’s last week in the ATL and starts her new job in Boston soon so we bid them adieu. The remaining 6 of us decided to head up to the Perimeter mall to walk around and possibly do some shopping.
James, Masako, Chris and I arrived at the Perimeter Mall and waited for Johnny and Anna to meet us. We walked around and mostly window shopped until the call (and smell) of delicious chocolate chip cookies and Starbucks coffee swayed us into some purchases. After walking off the lunch lag for a few hours, we headed over to Johnny and Anna’s apartment for a bit since James and Masako hadn’t seen it yet. A short 10 min ride to their apartment turned into a 35-40 min epic roadtrip though an expensive section of Dunwoody after I prompted my husband to take the wrong way down Ashford-Dunwoody road out of the mall parking lot. My iPhone GPS did not help me very much in the navigation department. Eventually, Chris found our way back to the direction we should have been heading and we arrived at the apartment unscathed except for my brother-in-law’s jokes about my sense of direction. We all sat, chatted and relaxed for a bit until once again our stomach’s demanded some attention and a plan formed for a Chinese food outing.
We arrived at China Delight, a well hidden restaurant in Chamblee not too far from Johnny and Anna’s apartment. Originally thinking it was going to be a buffet, we walked in to a well decorated and upscale sit-down type atmosphere and one of the best Chinese dinners I’ve ever had in my life. All the food was fresh to order, it was brought to the table steaming and in large portions. I don’t really remember the specifics of what everyone ate (I was so focused on digging into my own General Tso’s chicken at that point!) and we left there with ample left-overs. We headed back to Fairburn to relieve the pooches after a full day of activities out and retired to bed tired and happy.
Dinner Orders were the following: Johnathon – Sesame chicken, Anna – Cashew nut chicken, James – Mongolian chicken, Masako – Seafood combination with pan fried noodles, Kellie – General Tso’s chicken, Chris – Combination Hot pot, Kellie & I also shared a serving of their pork fried rice. Everyone cleaned plates or carried it home, no food was turned away or wasted.
Sunday started out lazy as Chris and I slept in a bit, started some laundry and caught up on on a few episodes of Castle that we had missed. Around 2pm we headed out to do some shopping, only to find out that the brand spankin’ new Kia had a flat tire on the rear driver’s side. My husband jumped right into repair mode, pumped up the flat and found a nail sticking right out of the center of it. We inflated it and drove down to Peachtree City, where we dropped off the car at Tires Plus for a patch job. Since we had some time to blow, we walked over to the PTC Wal-Mart…. which in my opinion is by far the best Wal-Mart around as it’s cleaner, more organized and much friendlier than the others close to us. We picked up some odds-n-ends then stopped for a quickie snack in the in-store McDonald’s. We left hauling a few bags of stuff back down the golf-cart path to re-claim the car, which luckily for us cost us nothing to repair since we’re “Preferred customers”. Another quick stop at Target for more odds-n-ends, we rescheduled our grocery trip to Publix for later in the week and then we headed back home for a snacky DiGiorno pizza dinner. A little later Chris joined my brother Randy and our friend Ron online for some guy time to shoot some mofo’s up in MW2. I relaxed on the couch, watched the husband shoot-em-up for a while and finished the laundry before heading off to bed.
Another fun-filled weekend is in the books (Many thanks for the Fries for hanging with us on Sat!) and the cycle starts anew on Monday….. Already looking forward to next weekend!!
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