Weekend things: all dressed up and having fun!


Happy Monday!

(wait, what?)

Hope you had a great weekend!

We did – which is why I regret to inform you that I shall not be sharing food prep with you today.

Because I didn’t do any.

In fact, I’m lucky I actually got dinner made yesterday rather than relying on take-out.

(psst…it was so easy, even a slightly hung over, definitely exhausted person could do it. 🙂  Crockpot Indian Chicken and Chickpeas – delicious!)

Anywho, Saturday was the Khaki Ball – the annual celebration of the new Chief Petty Officers. It’s called the Khaki Ball because, in the Navy, when you go from E-6 to E-7 (Chief Petty Officer), you change uniforms and wear khakis. It’s a pretty big deal in a sailor’s career (I don’t think it’s AS big a deal in the other services but it’s still impressive, no matter how you look at it) and definitely worth celebrating. Not everyone can become a Chief.

It’s not ‘ball gown’ formal but it is a cocktail affair so I broke out my LBD.

(honestly, it’s the only one of my cocktail dresses that still fits. Darn that CrossFit and my back muscles!) 😉


My sailor was a little slow with getting me the location/hotel information so we were unable to secure a room where the Ball was held in Portsmouth.

So, we stayed at a hotel on the Norfolk side of the water.

We were going to take the ferry across the water but there was a water taxi sitting there (seriously, a water taxi!) and we decided to see how much he charged. We had a bit of time to wait for the ferry and there were quite a few people who were standing around the ferry stop.

Well, that man took one look at us and said he wouldn’t charge us a thing to take us across the water. No kidding!

Turns out he was retired military and he was more than happy to give a fellow servicemember, and his gussied up wife, a ride. 🙂

And it was a really nice ride.

(And, in case you didn’t know, that’s a really big deal for me to say. I get seasick just THINKING about a boat. Seriously, swings can do me in – don’t even THINK about sticking me on a merry-go-round. Barf city.)




Of course, we couldn’t just ride without paying so we tipped him quite well for his services.

(And no, it wasn’t $.20.)

We spent some of the cocktail/social hour before the actual ceremony started outside watching the water traffic.  It was such a nice evening even though it was overcast.


thought this tree was pretty interesting, all peel-y bark and stuff.



There was lots of food and drink and fun!


There was camaraderie and love.


There was definitely some dancing. 🙂


But first, let me take a selfie.


The next morning, we found a cute little (and very busy!) diner about a quarter of a mile from the hotel.

Took a bit for breakfast to make it to our table but when it did, it was pretty darn delicious!

I couldn’t decide if I wanted pancakes or not and was still thinking when she came to take our order. So, I decided on the spinach and feta egg white omelet with home fries and wheat toast. Had to have some bacon, too!


om nom nom!

We got home around noon, unpacked, got dinner in the crockpot, and settled in for some football.


I’ll be honest. I didn’t make it past 8pm. #toooldforpartying

Talk to me: pancakes, french toast, or waffles? bacon or sausage?

– jennifer

A traveling circuit &an airport hangout

Hello! Happy Saturday!

You know I had to pack my running gear so I could get a workout in while we were in Great Lakes for boot camp graduation. I considered sleeping in but convinced myself to get out of bed. So glad I did!

I warmed up and created my own circuit. I’m not sure how far I ran since I didn’t bring my Garmin but I was out for 30 minutes. I kept it slow and easy because I’m still recovering from my injury. I essentially did 2 rounds of run/3 strict pull ups/run/10 push ups/run/15 air squats. It was fabulous!

It was about 60 degrees this morning which, in my book, is perfect for working out! It was bliss because you KNOW I’m not going to have that when we get back to Florida.

Then, we went to a cool diner for breakfast.


Thing 1’s flight out was from Midway airport so we trekked down there to hang out for a bit.



But, it was totally worth it!


Best. Sandwich. Joint. Ever!

And, there isn’t one less than a day’s drive from where we live. We really need one. I should really work on that.

Of course, we had to have a treat. 🙂


She looks good, doesn’t she?


Questions: Do you workout when you travel? Is there a Potbelly’s near you? What’s your favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor?

– jennifer