Sunday, January 27, 2013

My 5th Anniversary with Vaughan

The all-stone Olive Garden
Vaughan and I met on our first date at an Olive Garden 5 years ago on January 25th, 2008.  The Olive Garden was in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  Now, each year that we've been together, we go back to an Olive Garden to celebrate.  All except for January 25th 2009, because he was still in Iraq at that time.

This year we went to the Olive Garden in Manhattan Beach, California.  I'd seen this restaurant while I was working in the area last summer and thought is was beautiful because it was all stone.

Enjoying a pitcher of Sangria
We stayed at the Crimson Hotel just a mile down the road from the restaurant, that way we could drink and not have to worry about the ride home.  There was a heated pool, and a jacuzzi in the courtyard.  Vaughan took a swim in the pool a couple times, and we used the jacuzzi once, but in started to rain while were out there.  That was really the only downside to the stay in Manhattan Beach, was that is rained off and on the whole time we were there expect for the day we left.  The sun came out to kiss us goodbye.  I'd wanted to take photos around the pool, but that didn't work out because of the rain.

We reserved a room for the 24th and 25th.  Unfortunately, we didn't get checked in until after 6pm Thursday night because I was working in Hollywood.  We didn't even know there was a pool at the hotel but once we found out there was, we walked up the street to a Target and Vaughan bought a pair of swim trunks.

For lunch on the 25th, we ate hot dogs from a place called Hotdoggers on Sepulveda Blvd.  I remember seeing that restaurant when I was in town before, as well.

A little after 6pm we headed to the Olive Garden.  There, we ordered a pitcher of the berry sangria, which was delicious!  I had two glasses with my Steak Toscano, which was also delicious and cooked well done which is the way I like it.  I was a little worried about ordering steak because I've had it sent to me still pink or red so many times before, but they got it perfect!

What we wore

Vaughan wearing the leather cover-alls he wore on our first date five years ago.  I'm wearing the same top and black sequin skirt by Charlotte Russe that I wore that nigth.  This is another tradition we keep, always wearing the very outfits we wore that night.  It's fun to see we still first in them!

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