I think I was cuter for this Valentines Day than anytime since our wedding. While in London this weekend Joelle and I found 5 pound dresses and she bought one for me which meant that for the first time ever I was wearing an dressy outfit that was entirely mine (except accessories). We then spent the afternoon yesterday making me over - Back combing hair, plucking eyebrows, eyeshadow, nail painting, and accessorizing. Also known as Primp Fest. I'm so glad to have another lady here.
After beautification we caught our uber late bus into town. We had to wait a while for Jon to be ready so we went and bought (read: Joelle bought) some posters and a meal for her which consisted of a beautiful basil, mozz, tomato panini, a disappointing cappuccino, and the best apple pie a la mode I've tasted in a while. I saved my stomach for Jon though.
Time spent, we walk to meet him at school. Nathaniel was all spiffy looking since he was Joelle's date for the night. He actually had two valentines, which I'm sure he didn't mind. We all felt pretty special.
Jonathan and I then adjourned for dinner. We headed over to the Eagle and Child which was, like the cappuccino, disappointing. I'm fairly certain that Lewis and Tolkien didn't listen to Shakira and Vanilla Ice while discussing their writings, and wouldn't have wanted to during a romantic dinner. Despite nostalgic value of the one, I have to say I think I like the Lamb and Flag better. The guess is that is because the E&C is chain owned and the L&F not. This is yet to be confirmed. Upon arrival there was an eccentric French woman who had planted herself at our reserved table and was insisting on ordering before she would move to another. We eventually got to sit and order. We started with Deep Fried Brie with a mixed seasonal salad and salsa (aka. jam) and a bottle of Wolf Blass Chardonnay. If I could stoop so low as to call them "cheese sticks" they were the best I've ever had and the wine was sweet and fruity without being too much so and a peachy/oaky finish.
For his main Jon ordered Apple Glazed Chicken with salad and chips. It was served with a slice of bacon and white cheddar on top. I don't usually like chicken, but this was tasty.
I had Grilled Salmon served on Roasted Root Vegetables with a Tomato and Herb Sauce. While the chicken was a smidgen richer in flavor, the fish was very moist and perfectly done and the roasted veg put the dish over the top.
For dessert we ordered a Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream, but were too excited to try its gooey fudgeyness that we forgot to take a picture.
All in all it was a wonderful day and I was so glad to have a couple hours to just sit with my husband and share life. He had to get up at 3 this morning make up for the time he gave me. I'm so proud of him.