Thursday, February 13, 2020

Looking Forward

It's been quite awhile since I did a looking forward post. We are at that point of winter where it feels like it's endless so I need to focus on the good things ahead to distract myself from the cold (-31F windchill this am - yay) and piles of snow around.

Tonight I am looking forward to seeing Brandi Carlile! Brandi Carlile is hands down my favorite artist. I've been a fan since the early-2000s when she released her first album. Her career has taken off big-time since then as she won 3 Grammys last year! Tonight's concert is a small, 1800-person venue that just opened this week. I'm going with my good friend Amber and it's going to be the best Galentine's Day ever!

This weekend I'm looking forward to going on a date with Phil! We haven't gone out for dinner sans Paul since Memorial Day weekend. Eeks. That is a long drought of dates but it's really hard to justify spending money on a sitter when Paul will sleep for most of the date. We are going to an amazing restaurant 2 blocks from our house. It features cuisine from the Oaxaca (pronounced "wah-hah-kuh") region of Mexico so everything in naturally GF since they don't use wheat in that region. I went here last summer with a good friend and had the most delicous meal. Our dinner reservation is at 5:30 so it's going to be an early dinner but oh well. The alternative was 8:30 and that is way too late for me! I think we'll probably tag on a drink at another place after dinner so we are home past bedtime!

This month I'm looking forward to going to Florida with my parents! We leave next Wednesday. Our winter hasn't been terrible this year, but it's dark and cold so a winter getaway is kind of a must for us. We are spending 4 nights in the Tampa region in a condo on the beach - I can't wait to eat breakfast on the patio while listening to the waves crash into the shore. #bliss

This spring I'm looking forward to getting the interior of our home painted. The walls have so many huge holes in them from nails and other hardware and the paint just looks... not great. In the past I've rushed to get paint up on the wall but this time around we are going to buy some paint samples and put them in various areas that get different types of lights to see how they look. That way we will know what to expect when the paint goes up on the wall. It's never quite what it looks like on the paint chips!

This summer I'm looking forward to hopefully going on our first mini-trip without Paul. Phil and I have each spent nights away from Paul due to work travel, but we've never been away together. Initially I was thinking we would go to Colorado to go hiking, but I don't feel ready to be a flight away from Paul. So instead we are hoping to go to a resort in northern Minnesota for a couple of nights while my parents watch Paul at the lake. We haven't booked it yet, but the fact that my mom hired a replacement for her gives me confidence that she'll be able to take a few days off during the week to watch Paul. I want to go away during the work week as I only see Paul for about 2.5-3 hours on week days so missing a couple of week days with him isn't a big deal. I don't think I'm ready to go away for an entire weekend yet as then I'd miss out on a much larger chunk of time.

And that's as far ahead as I am thinking at this point! What are you looking forward to?


Jean | said...

Lisa, love the sound of your plans! I'm looking forward to doing more watercolor painting since I've adopted a "lighter" blogging schedule. Today's post, a gluten-free (or not) almond-rum cake, was ready way before the two-week mark, but I waited for the two weeks to post it! It's a great idea to get paint samples rather than relying on the chips. I've been living with a "wrong" color in my office for many years because I went by the chips!

Nicole said...

Love Colita! What fun things to look forward to!!!

Jeanie said...

Oh Lisa, so much to anticipate both immediately and in the future. I love it to the max. Let's see -- I'm looking forward to getting the last of the kitchen done and things put back; a night at the theatre with Rick next week; more time to do my watercolors and needlefelting; the first of spring (and the rest of it too!); daylight saving time; and a visit in March to see my friend in Canada!

katielookingforward said...

That's a great point about taking a mid-week trip this summer! I understand the justification of not doing independent date night, but I'm glad you guys have reservations! This is my first valentines day with a partner in a long while, but we are headed to my grandparents house to celebrate their anniversary. we don't have reservations, so I'm not sure if we will go out on Saturday night or not.

Stephany said...

I'm hoping our weather warms up slightly for you next weekend, but I'm sure the temps will feel WONDERFUL when you're dealing with -30F! OOF.

Let's see... I'm looking forward to a photoshoot with my book club at the end of the month and a trip to see family in GA over the Memorial Day weekend. And the start of DST! Only a few more weeks of darkness - I'm so excited!!

dailycandy said...

That breakfast with the waves crashing sounds amazing. I am in Mpls too so I feel your pain of the current cold and darkness.

Colita is awesome and hey, no shame in your 530 game. Thats the time I wouldve chosen too :)

I am simply looking forward to melting snow and longer days ahead.

Amber said...

I love looking forward posts and should really do another one soon-ish! Always good to have things to look forward to. I'm looking forward to hearing about what you decide to do for a child-free getaway this summer!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I haven't even heard of Brandi Carlile. I'll have to look up her music!

I think we will be painting the interior of our house soon too. It doesn't look bad, but I feel like it needs a refresh - maybe a lighter and brighter color.

We were looking forward to a trip to Japan over Easter, but now we're not :-( I am pretty choked, as this was our bucket list trip. Oh well, there's always next year.