Friday, January 27, 2012

The Foxtrot, Rodeo, and Sushi

I am happy to say January isn't over yet and I have accomplished some, or parts, of things on my list.  One idea I had was to take an adult dance class.  It just so happened that the Baptist Healthplex in Clinton was offering Ballroom Dancing classes.  I jumped right on top of that.  Yes, a hip hop dance class or ballet class might seem a bit cooler, however, this was free and convenient....seeing as how I work at the gym part time and it's a few minutes from my house.  

Some how I convinced my friend Jason, aka Dizz, to be my partner at ballroom dancing.  The schedule was supposed to be for 4 Friday nights, however, we only made it to two.  But hey, that is two more classes that we didn't have before so I am happy with that!  There are no pictures from the first night of dancing, which is probably good seeing as how I was absolutely terrible.  Now I will go ahead and say if I am just dancing for fun, dropping it like it's hot, or shaking that groove thing, then I am not THAT bad of a dancer.  But put me in a choreographed dance, a step aerobics class, or ballroom dancing, then we may have some problems.  For some reason, I am just not that coordinated.  So the first night of learning the Foxtrot, The Waltz, and the Samba were not all that great.  We did redeem ourselves the second night though.  Good thing we had our friends Michael and Jessica there (newbies) to make us look better.  Ha, just kidding guys, so glad y'all were able to join in the fun!  We finally got the steps and turns, and I think we would almost be pros if we were able to finish those last two classes.  Oh well.  Maybe one day.  We had fun and crossed something off my list which was the goal.  I said I just had to do these things, not do them well, right?
Ballroom Dancing:

Michael and Jess
Dizz and me....we may not look like pros, but trust me,
we were getting there!

Dixie National Rodeo!
Another thing that was recently added to the list is go to the Dixie National Rodeo.  I have been to the rodeo before but it's been years, so I thought, well it is coming in town, they have good music, and it's something I think I would enjoy.  Plus, seeing all those cowboys won't be such a bad thing.  And I do love me some country music.  So my partner in crime, and now my Valentine's date, and I went to buy tickets for the Dixie National Rodeo!  Our cowboy boots are ready to go!  We are going on Valentine's night and seeing the Eli Young Band.  Thanks, Leslie, you'll be a great Valentine, ha!  
Getting our tickets!



Are you gonna eat that?
Finding 12 new restaurants to eat at throughout the year won't be any problem for me.  One because I don't go out to eat very often at lunch, maybe once a week, and two because if I go out to eat on the weekends, you can pretty much guarantee that you will find my friends and me at the local Mexican restaurant Margaritas, our fav.  Leslie, my co-worker, friend, and partner in crime, is helping me mark some things off my list.  Not too bad a gig if I do say so myself.  We will sacrifice one day of eating lunch at my desk watching "our shows" for our lunch break to branch out and try some new places.  We work in downtown Jackson so there is a good many places to walk and drive to that we can try out.  Our first new place to try  was Wasabi, a sushi/hibachi place.  I love that we have a great group of girls to go out to lunch with.  We laugh a lot during those lunches.  Gina's birthday weekend is Sunday so on Friday she picked the place to eat...Wasabi.  And just my luck, it was a new place which gave me a chance to add it to my blog.  The girls didn't know they were going to have a photo shoot for lunch but they were troopers.  Let's just say Wasabi is a nice change of pace from the usual downtown dining.  I can't think of any other sushi/hibachi place that close.  If you want my advice and you only have an hour for lunch, don't do it, even if it is in walking distance.  The food was good....once we got it all.  

They have a great lunch special where you can get a meal that includes tons of stuff: I got the teriyaki chicken which came with a salad, an appetizer, rice, california roll, and a dessert.  Wow.  And it was very reasonably priced.  

The hard part was actually getting all of the food at the same time.  You know how some restaurants like to make a pretty display and set everything on the plate and bring it out all at once?  Yeah, some do, and I think Wasabi's intention was to do that, it just didn't happen.  So our lunch hour was completed and Leslie and I still hadn't gotten our food.  Nor had a couple of the girls gotten their sushi.  I did feel bad for the poor waiter because as soon as he came to our table to bring my lunch (not Leslie's), I had to ask him to put it in a to go box.  He so nicely complied and put both Leslie and my lunch in a box and brought it to us.  But we were both missing our appetizer.  And we definitely weren't leaving without a portion of our meal!  
I took Kim's plate so I could at least get a picture with food,
yeah, I faked it, sorry

So after we told the waiter, I don't know four or five times, that we were missing our appetizer and the other girls still hadn't gotten their sushi, we finally got it.  Well, I don't really know if the other girls got their sushi because Leslie and I literally ran out of the restaurant, after an hour and fifteen minutes of lunch, with our to go boxes in hand.  The setting of the restaurant was nice, wish we would have actually gotten to enjoy our food there though.  Everything was good too...except maybe the dessert?  The lunch plan I was referring to earlier comes with chef's choice of the day's appetizer and dessert, so you don't really know what you are going to get.  And we sure did not know what we got.  It was orange and it was square.  That' pretty much what we know.  So after evaluating it we had to decide who was going to try it first.  Leslie took the challenge.  
Leslie being a dare devil

  Her face, priceless.  Of course the other girls had to try it too.  I love the expressions.  So our lunch adventure was fun.  Wasabi, despite the not so timely lunch, was good.  The poor waiter was new and the restaurant itself is pretty new too.  But every good manager should know training is key when it comes to your servers.  So if a customer ask a question about something on the menu or a sauce, he shouldn't have to go back to the kitchen three times to get the answer.  But the lunch was fun and I am looking forward to a lot more fun lunches with these girls at new places around Jackson. 
Kim loved it.
Fun times with all these ladies!

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