Love and Food in the Big D

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Happy hour at the Oceanaire

Three days later...

Chad invites me (and my coworkers) to taste test his new happy hour menu at the restaurant. Always up for free food and a good time, my troops at work jump at the chance to not only meet the man behind the yummy food at the Oceanaire, but also to be his guinea pigs! :) Needless to say, they all fall in love with his charming personality and give him the stamp of approval. Good thing cause I was planning to marry him anyway. ;)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Our second date...

I think it's safe to say that things were pretty much done for after our first date. From that moment on, we were inseperable. :) I was loving every minute of it... I just couldn't get enough of him! Our second "date" started with a very unusual trip to this GI-NORMOUS Asian market he wanted to check out. Going along for the ride, and not really caring where we were as long as we were together, I found myself enthralled by just watching him wander the aisles of unusual ingredients with the fascination of a baby first descovering their toes. lol.. It was fantastic! I STILL love to just sit back and watch him as he roams the grocery store looking for that perfect ...SOMETHING.. We ended up hanging out at his apartment where he worked his magic on a stunningly simple, yet oh so tasty home cooked meal for two. It was the beginning of the weight gain.. lol.. What a life! :)

Although not a very good picture, you can see the scallops with broccoli rabe that Chad prepared. It also came with a yummy crab salad....mmmm... you're jealous, I can tell. :)

It's obvious that I was trying to play hard to get... lol..
Who are we kidding here???

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Chef Kelley.. :)

May 25, 2008 (The day changed my life…awwww.. ;)

I have to start this by saying that the decision to pick up everything I owned to move to a city I had only been to once in my entire life… to start a job where I didn’t know a soul… to live in a city where I had no friends, was actually an EASY decision to make. Moving to Dallas was the best thing I’ve ever done. I actually realized that BEFORE this particular day…but on this day, it all of a sudden became clear as to WHY I had actually found myself in Dallas. His name was Chad Kelley, and on May 25th, we met for the very first time.

If anyone reading this blog knows of anyone working at Match who also might be in need of a success story, I’m volunteering Chad and I for any commercial you want to star us in. :) How 21st century of us to find each other online!! ;) As lame as it may seem to some, was a perfect fit for us. Two years ago I landed in a strange city in a new job at an Architecture firm where the average age of our office staff, was close to 50!! Balding, big bellied, divorced men was NOT my ideal future husband!! So it didn’t take me long to realize that I needed to take matters into my own hands. I soon joined the other 3 million people on Match in search of my one and only. I know now that it was the BEST IDEA EVER! :) :)

I’m going to go ahead and take FULL credit for the incredible bliss that Chad and I are in right now. I was the one that found him… staring back at me so handsomely in his hottie chef coat. :) Two winks exchanged, and a few emails later… and we were all set for our first date!!

Right from the get-go, I knew this date was going to be unlike any other I had ever been on. I still remember the giddiness I felt while deciding what to wear… I remember driving around the parking lot of the mall across the street, wasting some time before meeting him so I didn’t “seem too eager”. When I finally did get the nerve to park and walk into the waiting area of the Galleria (where I was to meet him outside of his restaurant), I still remember the first moment I laid eyes on him. It literally did feel like slow motion. How cliché right? BUT IT’S TRUE!!! :) Our first date was my LAST first date and it was INCREDIBLE!!

Hanging out at Lone Star Park on our first date!!
If my parents had realized I had driven from Dallas to Grand Prairie with a "stranger", this date wouldn't have gotten very far at all.  Needless to say, I'm glad Chad wasn't a psycho... eekkkk!! Watching our winnings dwindle...Hanging out in a fancy suite, munching on yummy food and watching our money go down the drain. We had no idea what we were doing but we had the best time doing it! :)  It was cute to see Chad so nervous around me.. I think it made me feel more at ease seeing his nerves (almost) get the best of him.  ;)
After the track we headed to downtown Dallas.  One of the sights before heading to dinner : The famous Cattle Drive

When I told people later that he had taken me to Fearing's for dinner that night, I think I saw more jaws drop than ever before.  Funny thing was...sitting in that was OBVIOUS it was uber fancy, but I never felt uneasy with Chad.  He took charge, sweetly pointing out the menu items I might not recognize and made suggestions as to what to order.  It was heavenly!  My only question:  With such a fancy restaurant right off the bat, WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE?!!?!  Settin' the bar high Mr. Kelley, settin' the bar HIGH!  ;)

What a CUTIE!!

Monday, May 05, 2008

New Stomping Ground...

Sometime in the beginning of May of 2008..
So along with all the hooplah of waiting for Addie to arrive, I managed to run around town with my realtor attempting to claim my FIRST little piece of real estate heaven. And boy can I just say...WHAT A TASK!! I must have seen nearly 20 or 30 properties… and although most of them proved to be an easy dismissal, I can honestly say I was having a tough time finding “The One”. My luck finally changed sometime around Addie’s birthday when my realtor found this quaint little gem in Carrollton and….it was a STEAL!! I would've been nuts to let this one go so... there were two attempts at a bidding war and another test of my patience...BUT it finally proved to be successful for me. I had FINALLY closed on my VERY first TOWNHOME!!! 1,800 sq. ft. of MY very own place…. Almost THREE times the size of my now seemingly cell like apartment. It was BEAUTIFUL and all M.I.N.E.!!! So much work still to be done, but here's a glimpse of Home-Sweet-Home! :)