Weekend Recap: Drunken Debauchery

by Courtney Sirotin on October 29, 2012

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Just kidding. You guys know me better than that by now.

(It would be fun if it were true, though. Right?! Maybe someday I’ll surprise you.)


Date night! Jay and I had a babysitter for four hours Friday night and couldn’t decide what to do. We tossed around many ideas and gave ourselves few limitations but ultimately what appealed to us the most was food, drink and unrushed conversation.

We started at the hidden speakeasy, Eleanor’s, located behind the door of a walk-in freezer at Muss & Turner’s. I ordered a nice glass of wine and pumpkin hummus for an appetizer. Jason had beer and fancy pork rinds.

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We then walked around Vinings Jubilee and grabbed a second drink outside at Garrison’s.

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The last time we tried to go there Dylan threw a fit and we had to leave before eating, so it was nice to go back under less stressful circumstances.

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These helped too:

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I could only drink half that glass of wine. Not to sound like a lightweight but…I’m a lightweight. Sad smile

When it was time for dinner I wanted to go anywhere that didn’t have chicken fingers or French fries on the menu again. I narrowed it down to Italian, Mexican, Indian, Japanese or Thai food. From there, Jason nixed Mexican and Indian and then we ended up in a plaza that had good Italian and Thai restaurants. The coin-flipping app on Jay’s phone finally decided on Thai.

I staged a couple pictures outside the restaurant.

(Kelly, these poses are for you!)

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(Kelly, remind me to show you the pose of me that I am not including for the world to see because its awesome.)

Dinner was relaxing and flavorful!

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For dessert we drank Starbucks and scratched lottery tickets.

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And then we scored some blow, got tattoos and trashed a hotel room.

(Okay, not really, but we did win twenty bucks on a lottery ticket!)


The weather Saturday morning was divine so we decided to check out the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Going there has been on my bucket list since we moved to Georgia so I was happy to finally make it happen.

When we got there we were creeping up on Dylan’s naptime/imminent fussy time so we walked directly to the Children’s Garden to make sure he’d have a chance to have fun.

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One thing I love is watching Dylan explore somewhere new. Everything is still so and magical for him.

Highlights included these butterfly doors:

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A tunnel slide:

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A giant watering can (that he thought was tea pot).

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New animal friends like this cow:

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And this chicken:

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A waterfall with Mama:

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And posing like this toad/frog family with his Daddy:

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(What’s the difference between a toad and a frog anyway?)

Dylan actually runs into statues of toads often because there are three at our local library. Whenever he sees one, he offers it a snack:

Later in the day, after Dylan’s nap and a trip to the grocery store, our friends Bridget and Savvy came over for a Brain Bytes Creative board meeting.

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Jason and Bridget talked seriously while Savvy and I goofed off as usual.

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Not gonna lie, today has been rough. It started with so much promise, too!

You see, Dylan has been super, duper, stressfully stubborn in regards to his (not) eating food lately (even moreso than usual). He’s basically on a hunger strike. He knows it gets a rise out of me when he doesn’t eat anything I make him so he refuses food to gain some power. Its all messed up but as much as it bothers me, I get why he’s doing it and can’t really blame him for wanting to find a way to control his environment, especially when he comes from two very stubborn parents who do the same kind of things! But anyway, today started with promise because after I had a break down during Dylan’s lunch yesterday, Jay offered to feed Dylan all three meals today. For me, that’s like, the best gift ever. The only part of parenting that stresses me out and makes me feel like a failure is feeding Dylan, so I am always grateful when someone else wants to steps in. I don’t even feel bad if they have more success than me. In fact, I hope they do. I just want my little man to like food!

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So anyway, while Jay (unsuccessfully Sad smile)gave Dylan breakfast, I made some treats to him my appreciation. I baked Jay a Paleo-pumpkin pie with a pecan crust and Paleo biscuits to go with his breakfast. I love baking when I get the time!

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After breakfast we went to TJ Maxx and Marshalls for a couple returns. Dylan’s favorite part of shopping is automatic doors.

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He also liked picking out new toys.

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Though, the shelves at Marshalls were a little overwhelming. Toys were literally raining down on him!

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Here’s where things start to go downhill. On the way to these stores we popped into a local coffee shop. I ordered a large coffee and Jay had a large latte with four shots of espresso. Something in his coffee was off and by the time he got home he was feeling nauseas. He had to go to a quick meeting and when he got back from the meeting he was throwing up violently (and has been since). He is sure it was the coffee. He’s in bad shape. Sad smile

(Also, selfishly, I’m sad that he couldn’t take over Dylan’s lunch and dinner meals after all because they went horribly).

Dylan had a Halloween party to attend at The Little Gym so we left Jay in bed and went out for a bit. The gym was packed with kids. I followed Dylan around and tried to keep him safe from flailing bodies.

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My favorite moment was when a little girl noticed Dylan and took a bit of a liking to him!

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I actually have a ton of pictures of her following him around and giving him hugs but I don’t want to show her face without permission so you’ll have to imagine them. It was very sweet!

The rest of the day was spent just surviving! Jason stayed in bed and I played with Dylan. (He’s getting more and more into make-believe/imaginative play lately which is cool to watch happen.) Its definitely been an emotional kind of day and one where I really wish I lived closer to my family! I also think I’m more nervous about Dylan’s first day of preschool on Tuesday than I’m letting myself realize.

(p.s. I have a lot to be happy and grateful for, so I hope I don’t sound like a complainer! I’m just blog-venting. Hmmm…”Blenting”…that could be a word. )

It’s almost midnight and I need to get to bed! Tomorrow is a new day and things always seem better in the morning! G’night!

Oh, I almost forgot! This video from Saturday makes me instantly happy…

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

DONNA October 30, 2012 at 10:19 am

The Botanical Gardens look awesome! The dinner looked delicious. I love hearing about what you are doing. I think Jay should try fewer shots of expresso in his coffee. I drink a lot of coffee but even getting an extra shot makes me feel a little off and sick I loved the abc video too! I hope the daycare experience goes well. Keep me posted. Blent! I love it!


KELLY November 4, 2012 at 2:33 am

Oh what lovely pictures of you and Jay outside the restaurant! Send me the other one! I love you all!


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