Operation girlie weekend was supposed to launch on Friday night. But we got roped into watching Rambo with co-workers. The payback for last weekend's country fried road trip to Weaverville started on Saturday morning instead! Two days to subject Rob to all my favorite girlie activities.
First on the agenda: Gump's! We took the subway downtown to my favorite department store to look at things for our wedding registry. Rob and I both fell instantly in love with one china pattern...unfortunately $465 a setting. Maybe we could just register for the pattern's dessert plates along with something more affordable?
After Gump's, we went to the Garden Room at the Palace Hotel for a fancy lunch. The "sunny" faux glass ceiling is perfect for counteracting a cold winter storm. I had the dungeness crab salad and Rob had a steak, crab cake and asparagus dish. Heaven!
We walked up to Macy's after lunch to look at more china. Unbeknownst to me, this was the registry weekend downtown and Macy's was packed with brides attending a special event. We snuck in with the pack and grabbed free gift bags before making an exit. Free whisks! We also stopped in at Crate and Barrel, where I picked up the Real Simple wedding guide.
Loaded with free wedding goodies, we went to see Juno at the Metreon. Loved it! Afterwards, Rob needed something from the downtown Cole Hardware store. This counts for the girlie weekend because I love city hardware stores. The density! The fact they have jammed everything you need to build a house into 1,500 square feet! The ancient brickwork ceiling and sense of impending earthquake danger!
Back at home around 5:00, Rob and I had a simple dinner and worked on a 750-piece puzzle of the Eiffel Tower we bought downtown. I love doing puzzles, especially at breakneck speed (which tends to drive my family nuts). We finished it just in time to watch Northanger Abbey on PBS.
I slept in on Sunday morning until Rob brought me the Sunday New York Times. We spent the morning reading with coffee and baked apples.
At 11, I took Rob for his first ever pedicure! He was a bit undecided about it:
It started to rain when we drove over to the Legion of Honor. It was packed with people trying to see the Marie-Antoinette exhibit. Maybe it was the crowds but I wasn't that impressed. After the museum, we went to lunch at an old burger place on Clement Street called Bill's that is decorated with chandeliers and replicates of presidential china. We went by Guitar Center on the way home to ask about amplifying my acoustic bass.
Margaret came up from the peninsula at 5:30 to borrow a laptop, talk wedding planning and get dinner. We went for Ethiopian at a place up the street. What a perfect way to end the perfect girlie weekend! There are a couple more photos to see online here.