Nope! Just Jess. I haven't posted in about three weeks so I figured you might not recognize me! We've been busy, to say the least. Here's a little catch-up.
Here are the clams that Chris collected at the bottom of Long Island Sound during our dive three weeks ago! He cooked them on the grill and made a tangy sauce to go with them. I actually didn't try them, but Chris said they were great! He wasn't able to get all the grit out of them though...wonder what we should do different next time?
I had hoped to go diving again that following Sunday, which was Halloween, to do my 3rd and 4th open water dives, but that didn't end up happening. Somehow on my second dive in the sound, water got behind my right ear drum. A week later my ear felt better and the water was slowly making its way out, but my Dr. strongly suggested I not dive again so soon. Bummer.
Another week went by and we found ourselves in Boston for Jill and William's engagement party! Chris found a bed and breakfast in Newton, MA that was just a quick 15 minute drive into the city.
We had dinner in the North End before the party. Restaurant look familiar?? It's Il Villagio, where we got engaged two and a half years ago! It was the first time we'd been back since that night, and just as good as we remembered. The night we got engaged I had chicken parmesan, but my new favorite dish is gnocchi. Yum.
We had planned on finding a Starbuck's where we could change clothes for the party, but we didn't pass one on our walk back from dinner. So...we changed into our party clothes in the parking garage! More specifically, in the car, in a very dark, unlit corner of the parking garage. Once we both had the chance to get dressed, however, Chris moved the car. Dark corners are good for changing clothes, but not good for keeping your car safe.
But back to the party. We had such a great time! It was wonderful to see everyone. We can't wait for the wedding in August...congratulations Jill and Will!
We woke up early the next morning (daylight savings helped) and drove straight to Bridgeport, CT...so I could do my 3rd and 4th dives! We knew Capt. Steve was taking the boat out one last time, but originally he'd been planning to take out a group of 10 hedge fund managers (or investment bankers? I can't remember) who were getting certified together as a team building exercise. With 10 students there wouldn't be room on the boat for me. But luckily half of them dropped out by the end of the course so I could go! There was room for Chris to go too, but diving in 52 degree water didn't sound like much fun to him. :)
The other guys on the boat ended up being a lot of fun and by the end of the day, we were all certified SCUBA divers! Now I'm even more excited for our trip to St. John. It was definitely worth freezing my tail off in Long Island Sound!
After another week of work (the weeks just fly by when you're busy!) and it was the weekend again. This past weekend we ate a LOT of food. And it was all FANTASTIC! Friday night Chris and I went to the Inn at Newtown (one of the few restaurants here in Newtown we like) for dinner with a couple from our church. Saturday morning we drove into the city for breakfast at Sarabeth's with a few Texas friends who were visiting the city.
After breakfast and a quick stroll through NYC, we drove back to CT and straight to our pastor's house. He and his wife had invited the whole church (it's a small church) over for BBQ ribs. Even though I'm from Texas, I can honestly say these were THE best ribs I've ever had. Wow. When we got home that evening we both fell asleep before 8:00. Nothing like a baby-back-rib-coma!
And that's what we've been up to lately!