Friday, September 26, 2014

Day #2

Yesterday started with me dragging myself to a 5:30am spin class.


Aspen Athletic Club got bought out by Gold’s Gym and they finally changed their sign.  So now I have two gym memberships.  Both to Gold’s Gym, but separate.  One’s corporate and one is a franchise. WHATEVER!

The spin class was made extra rough by the leg workout I did on Wednesday.  It felt good to get in there and sweat out all the junk.

Back at home, I ate the usual oats and eggs and when Justin woke up it was time for his

Birthday-Week Day #2!

His birthday gift was Skechers Go Walk shoes.


He mentioned them weeks ago and thought he might like a pair. Done. He said they are like slippers!

I had some ideas mapped out for us to do for the day, but Justin wasn’t feeling quite up to my plans, so we had a nice relaxing day full of good food and each other!


We took advantage of the beautiful weather and enjoyed our Lunch at Bravo outdoors.


On the table: Bravo chop salad, Shrimp Napoli, Sicilian Pizza


Our first stop was Wines by Jennifer.



We did a tasting, picked our favorite, and enjoyed a glass outside on their front porch.


Wines by Jennifer is definitely one of our favorite places.  It has a such a friendly, laid-back atmosphere with great wine!  It feels like we are at home, just enjoying a glass of wine on the front porch.

For food, we have been hearing about Justus Drugstore and keep meaning to go, but a friend had texted me and said Grease was on at 7pm so I was torn.

We went to Justus!


We were not disappointed!

It’s located in Smithville, which is a little lake town about 20 minutes from us.  This restaurant is so cute and modern. It’s small, maybe about fifteen tables but there is also outdoor seating.  We chose to sit inside for our first visit.

The service was friendly and welcoming.  All the staff were attending to us and helping one another.  I love when restaurants do that.  It puts out a certain vibe.  One person sat us, then someone else came over, poured our water and greeted us, the bartender brought Justin his drink, then someone else took our order but the first person delivered it to us.  You get the idea.  Lots of people circling around the restaurant, helping each other and all the customers.  It just felt good.

The atmosphere is very comfortable, yet classy.  The kitchen is open to the restaurant, which I love.  It was cool to watch all the cooking from our table.  The kitchen staff moved around effortlessly with each other. No one seemed panicked or stressed. I think anytime I see cooks in a kitchen, I immediately think Hell’s Kitchen is about to break out!

I never once heard anyone get called a donkey.

There is also a bar area and the waiting area has a large couch and looked super comfy.  I was a little bummed we didn’t have to wait for our reservation. Next time we need to get there a little early and sit on that couch and have a drink.

They don’t rush your meal.  We were there for two hours and enjoyed three courses.  I didn’t take any pictures because I was too busy eating. #blogfail  The food is definitely made to eat slowly and enjoy. They packed so much flavor into every dish.

Justin and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.  Lots of talking and laughing!  We left there with fully bellies and happy hearts!

We arrived home at 10pm and I was asleep by 10:15pm.


  1. Sounds like the PERFECT day! (well, except for being out and about at 5:30 a.m. Eeeek!)
    I need to find a place near us that does wine tastings, that would be so much fun!
    You are a great b'day week planner!! Any chance you could be in Alabama in February? lol! ;)

    1. Thank you and I hope you find a wine tasting place. It's such an easy and great way to start a date night! Alabama in February sounds warmer than KC in February for sure!

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