change of plans

I had big plans for Wednesday.  Joe was scheduled to close the store so I was going to meet Kristina, Megan & Mandy for happy hour at the Bonefish after work then head over to a bridal expo to meet with a florist.  Thus putting us both home between 9-10pm.  So naturally, I was surprised when, on Tuesday night, Joe asked what our plans were for the next evening.  I said, well you're closing & I'm going to happy hour and the bridal expo.  A confused look played across his face...  Apparently they had changed his schedule and he was now opening.  I felt bad to have to leaving him to his own devices since we rarely get evenings off together but I couldn't bail on the girls.

Wednesday morning came, I packed up everything I'd need for my various evening stops, kissed Joe goodbye and said I'd get home as early as I could.  Everything started to fall apart late morning.  Mandy texted me that her fiance's grandfather had passed away and they were spending the evening with family so she wouldn't be able to come out.  Then I got an email from Kristina about happy hour on Thursday... What?!  I wrote back, "uhhh, we're going tonight."  I must have missed an email where things were switched to the following evening...  With my newly open schedule I called Joe and asked if he was interested in happy hour & a floral consultation.
We met up at Bonefish right after work and I was pleasantly surprised with their prices & selection of happy hour treats, everything is $5!  I ordered a watermelon martini (not $5) on Nicole's recommendation and it was delightful.  For dinner we went with 1 of each available dish (minus the Lollipop Rolls because they were out of them).  My favorites were the Fresh Fish Ceviche and the Bang Bang Tacos.  The regular Bang Bang Shrimp are too spicy for me but the tortilla shell, sauce and lettuce/tomato really helped cut the spice.
We also ordered Bang Bang Shrimp and Bang Bang Chicken but decided next time we'd just do the ceviche, 2 tacos and cross our fingers they have the Lollipop Roll.  They should really add a few more options without bang bang...

Once we were sufficiently full it was time to head to Atlantic City, the expo was conveniently being held at our venue!  I believe this was the first year they've held the event and I found it odd that it was on a Wednesday.  There weren't a lot of people in attendance, again probably since it was Wednesday.  We talked with Ken for Accents by Narcissus and I really liked him.  He seemed open to my ideas and willing to work with us to find something that would be beautiful and within our limited floral budget.  I was shocked when I received his estimate on Thursday for $8,000!  Seriously, does that sound like it would fit in a limited budget?!?  I wrote back asking he rework things to under $2,000 and made appointments with a few more florists...perhaps I should have been more specific about the definition of limited...

We also got a sneak peak at what our "good bye" station will look like.  The venue sets up coffee, tea & cookies for guests to take on their way out.  Melissa, our event coordinator, could tell I wasn't thrilled with the set up and immediately asked what was wrong.  First, I asked if the cookies had to be individually wrapped because it looked kind of institutional.  She explained that they do this because guests may not be eating them right away.  Ok, that makes sense.  Next, I asked if we could slap a personalized label on them.  She said absolutely, we can do whatever we want, we can even get the cookies in different shapes, colors, etc.  I was relieved but also not thrilled to add another item to the TO DO list.

On our way back to the car I spotted this woman in a really cute outfit.  Love the peplum and leopard flats!  However upon closer inspection I realized that HER ENTIRE BRA was hanging out.  Terrible!
My calories were not great for the day.  Those happy hour goodies added up fast and without a workout to counteract them I was in trouble!
I didn't get my steps either, only 7,531 for the day.


  1. I love going to Bonefish for happy hour! My favorite!! That martini looks awesome.

    And just make some cute address labels for the cookies. Design them in Microsoft and print! Easy Peasy. Don't think of it as another stress!

  2. I can totally make you personalized labels!!!