There are no words to describe this weekend.
Which doesn’t bode well for a blog post, does it? Well, I guess I’ll do my best to put it into words anyway.
Friday: First thing’s first. I decided to get in a workout Friday morning because I know my weakness for road trip snacks and I wanted to be prepared. Ashley got to the house around 9 and we decided to stop at the store to get snacks so we would have a more healthy variety. I decided on jerky, 100 calorie snack packs, and a Diet Coke. After we finished at the store we hit the road. I love road trips, especially with someone like Ashley. We talked and talked and before we knew it we were in Indianapolis.
We decided to head straight to the hotel and see if we could score an early check-in (which we got as well as a late check-out the next day!) Everyone at the hotel was super helpful and even gave us a room on the top floor with a view (it was a gloomy, industrial view, but a view nonetheless. It’s the thought that counts, right?) I really need to pop over to Trip Advisor and leave a review. After we checked in, we decided to head to Circle Centre Mall to browse the shops.
Almost as soon as we went up to the top floor of the mall THIS happened…
My first ever Cinnabon store.
It was hell…
The smell was absolutely unbearable…I had to leave the food court immediately. I knew that more than 5 minutes in the area would be more than my willpower could take. We did decide to compromise and get a couple of Godiva chocolate covered strawberries (only 40 calories!)
The mall is right in the middle of everything so it couldn’t have worked out more perfectly. After we walked through the mall we decided to try funny looking place for lunch called Dick’s Last Resort.
It was such an amazing experience! The food was subpar (however, the margarita was huge and delicious) but the service more than made up for it.
Their MO is to act like “Dicks” to all the customers. They were very sarcastic, but in an extremely funny way. They also put huge paper hats on everyone’s head that said things like, “Ask me about my rash” or “For $5 I’ll show you my Wookie” (yes, I was wearing my Star Wars shirt). Our waiter was fantastic! He was telling us about their t-shirts and other souvenirs and he brought over a really cute pair of panties. Ashley told him that we really needed him to model them to get the full effect, and he DID! Priceless!
After lunch we went back to the hotel to relax and decided to take a swim. After about 45 minutes of swimming (the only reason I was able to earn enough calories for slice of pizza!) we decided to get dressed and head back towards the Circle Centre to get dinner and stop at the Hard Rock Café for my trademark t-shirt. Ashley spotted a quaint looking little pizza place that had the best crust I’ve ever had. Ashley got a Stromboli that looked amazing, but I stuck to just one slice and a pepperoni stick.
We had taken a cab to Hard Rock but we decided to walk back. The National Convention for Catholic Youth Ministry was in town and there were hundreds of teenagers everywhere we turned. As we were walking back to the hotel a large group came out of the mall singing “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling” and then broke into “Hakuna Matada.” It was so much fun! We did get a little lost on the way back, which was less fun, but we finally found our way. We finished off the evening listening to prank calls from Tom Mabe and Ron. D Mercer.
Saturday: We got up semi early on Saturday and went down to the bistro and had breakfast. I kept it light with a banana, cereal, and some apple juice. After breakfast, Ashley headed back to the room to study up on her management training and I hit the gym. I finally watched the episode that was dedicated to Cory Monteith and tear jerker doesn’t even begin to describe it. I’m sure I looked like an idiot huffing and puffing on the elliptical while I cried over a sitcom.
After I finished working out I headed upstairs and started getting ready for the show. Ashley had brought her hot rollers and she was nice enough to fix my hair and I loved it.
The hotel had given us a late checkout which timed it perfectly for us to arrive at the show 30 minutes early. The parking was a pleasant surprise (and I mention this because it was brutally cold – as in 20 degrees – brutally cold). We decided to stop at the merch stand before the show started. We got matching sweatshirts and I picked up a paid of socks that I adore! When we checked our coats we asked the attendants to snap a quick picture before going in.
The theatre was gorgeous and our seats were unbelievable. We were in the Orchestra center, five rows back from the stage. It was a dream come true to see the performance from that angle. I can’t wait to see it on Broadway! The show was absolutely amazing and Ashley seemed really excited. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I’m so glad everything went off without a hitch.
After the show we had dinner at Ruth Chris Steakhouse (which I had just found out was actually on Ashley’s Bucket List) and it was delectable. We started the meal with a shrimp cocktail (well, Ashley had it, I’m not a fan) and something called Lobster Voodoo (which was AMAZING!).
The steaks were cooked to perfection and the sides were super tasty. Again, the service was superb and the ambiance was indescribable. I absolutely love that place and already can’t wait to go back.
We got back into town around 10 Saturday night and I was sawing logs less than an hour later.
Sunday was pretty uneventful and filled with homework.
Today, I haven’t stopped since I got out of bed this morning. I had to go to three different grocery stores to get everything for Thanksgiving. Once I had finished shopping and picked up the ham I came home and cleaned the kitchen from top to bottom and started cleaning the bedroom. So much for being on a vacation…
This weekend was definitely one of those life moments that I know I’ll never forget. Ashley was so surprised and happy and I will always remember the look on her face when the show started. I’m very lucky to have a friend like her and I’m ecstatic that we were able to finally do something like this together. I can’t wait to do it all again in a new city!