Tuesday, July 6, 2010

motivation, thy name is... Michael's?

My fourth of July weekend was great. Hubs had a two-day work week, so it was a REALLY long weekend. My in-laws came down on Wednesday and we headed to Target Field to take in a ball game.

We took the ILs to El Patio in Lakeville for dinner, along with my mom and I have to say, that restaurant is a great deal. All five of us ate and drank several margaritas for a very reasonable $66. The food was delicious too. We liked it significantly more than the linked reviewer, but that reviewer is known for his high standards and that review is basically glowing, coming from him. I found the food great, and particularly liked the queso sauce.

Thursday was another baseball game for Hubs, he took my uncle Denny, since I'm still battling that cold. Friday we headed up northwest to spend the beginning of the fourth weekend with them. We came back on Sunday morning, to clean up and spend the actual 4th at my parent's house for their annual 4th of July bash. A good time was had by all.

Monday, a couple girlfriends and I had an 11:30 reservation at Fogo De Chao. We made lots of bad dietary choices, and had a great time. (We're also pretty sure the guy sitting next to us ate an entire side of beef. Man could put it away.) We then decided to turn right instead of left on the way home, to kill some time, and ended up spending a good hour at Michael's.

I was quite inspired. Right after our wedding two years ago, I started making my own wedding album. I started student teaching in the fall, and well, I haven't really looked at it since. Yesterday at Michael's though, a few pieces of brown, patterned paper reawoke my creative side. I purchased some paper, and replenished my crafty glue supply. My goal? Finish the danged wedding album! Fatefully, today my latest order from Crop Chocolate arrived in the mail too!

I'm currently cuddled on the couch with the dog watching Veronica Mars, but I have big plans for my new craft room and that wedding album. (I should get some photos of the craft room up too, pretty proud of how we utilized an otherwise wasted space!)

Oh, we also got some kick-arse pedicures last night too! Nothing like a little pampering!


  1. I have been to El Patio four or five more times and each time I leave without a shred of interest in returning. I don't know why I continued to do so. I haven't been there in nearly two years and I don't plan to ever go back.

    There are 100s of better Americanized Mexican places around town which are better tasting (although this is a relative term being that Americanized Mexican is lame to begin with) and cheaper.

    Seriously next time head to El Parian in Eagan if you want cheap Americanized Mexican and margaritas. If you want real Mexican food please head to Taqueria La Hacienda #3 in Burnsville--you won't be disappointed.



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