Hello friends! I hope you are all having a fabulous week. I also hope those of you in the Omaha area are gearing up for Lobster Fest this weekend! Admission is now free, so I’m even more stoked than I was before.
So, the last few weeks have been very stressful for Adam and I, what with pressures at work, Adam’s seasonal job ending a month sooner than he planned, and personal struggles on both ends. In turn, we haven’t really been ourselves lately and it was starting to seep it’s way slowly into our relationship. So we decided, Friday at noon, that we needed a weekend getaway, pronto.
We began brainstorming get what we could do. There was a small comic con that we had previously thought about attending in Saint Louis, but with a six hour distance and no prior planning, we didn’t think it would be the stress reliever we were looking for. We also discussed Kansas City, Des Moine, and even just getting a hotel here in Omaha (which the College World Series would’ve made impossible). In the end, we landed on a two night stay in Lincoln.
When I got off work, I met Adam at Westroads mall where he started off the weekend by buying me a necklace with the letter A hanging from it. This comes from the Taylor Swift song Call It What You Want which has the line, “I want to wear his initial on a chain round my neck, not because he owns me, but ’cause he really knows me.” And, of course, if you know me, you know Taylor’s my girl!
After that, we booked a hotel and immediately made our way there. We spent the night meeting strangers in the hottub, ordering Toppers pizza at 12:30am, getting mad at Lincoln roadwork, and, to Adam’s joy, watching Impractical Jokers almost non-stop until 3am. Needless to say, the next morning was slow going. After we got up and about, we headed downtown to AmuManu Ramen Bar (I had wanted to go to my favorite Vietnamese restaraunt, Vang Tau Pho Grill, that was just five minutes from our hotel, but apparently Adam has something against Pho. We’re working on it. So this was a good substitute). I can’t remember what I ordered, because it was a word I’d never heard before, but it was chicken broth, chicken, egg, cabbage, mushrooms, and Ramen. It was delicious. Unfortunately, all the sodium put me in the mood to crawl back into bed. So we went back to the hotel and took a nap.
When I woke back up (since Adam can only seem to sleep in 40 minute intervals, and was awake well before me), we headed back downtown to Sandy’s, a bar that Adam used to work at. We spent about an hour just hanging out and catching up with his former coworkers. We were about to leave when a group of college age kids came into the otherwise empty bar. Because Adam is an impulsively nice guy, he bought shots for their group. They were very grateful and said they’d only do them if we joined in. So we did.
After leaving Sandy’s, we walked over to this liquor store Adam used to go to when he lived in Lincoln so he could get his cousin, who works at Sandy’s, a present because he was still in a giving mood. On the way, we spotted my go to tattoo place, Iron Brush, and decided right then to make appointments for impromptu tattoos the next day. Unfortunately, they are closed on Sundays, so that idea didn’t see the light of day.
After heading breifly back to Sandy’s, we walked down to the Haymarket and had dinner at LeadBelly. Adam ordered this huge hotdog with sourkraut that was so massive he had to eat it with a fork. He said it was unbelievable though. I stayed simple with fish and chips, but the breading on this fish was so crispy and so light, and the fries were phenomenal.
Next, we walked over to The Beacon for karaoke. Unfortunately, they were having technical difficulties, so the mics kept cutting in and out. But like every karaoke night we participate in, we had a blast. However, because we are both 80 years old, we decided to wrap it up after one song each and went back to the hotel. We spent the next hour just laying in bed, talking, and watching TV. We hadn’t had the most eventful night, but this, right there, was what we had come in search of.
In the morning, we packed up and headed out. Before we left town, we hit up Southgate Mall, which was the mall I frequented in college. Because Yonkers is going out of business, we stopped in to see if they had any good deals, and guys! They had yoga mats for $10! Well, you best believe we each walked away with one. After that, we went to Red Lobster, my fav, for lunch before taking off for home.
I know I preach a lot about getting out there and doing new things, but this weekend, for this purpose, just kicking back, taking sometime to focus on us as a couple, was exactly what we needed. I highly, highly recommend tiny getaways or even a staycation for couples, friends, or even individuals who are overly stressed and maybe feel like that are losing who they are. It will do wonders.
Thanks for reading guys! I hope to see some of you at Lobster Fest this weekend. For the rest of you, I encourage you to get out there and do something of significance, whatever that means for you, with someone who is important to you. And as always, I hope you find some way to cross it off. Have a great weekend.