This past weekend was surely a whirlwind. Friday we went out for dinner together at a pho restaurant we've been meaning to try. Although it wasn't the best pho broth that we've ever had, the meal was a great deal for our dishes and a bottle of sake to share. It was nice to go out to eat, just the two of us, trying a new place like we used to do all the time.
Saturday, we brought Mordechai to GPA GO which is where we adopted him so that he could visit with some of his kennel-mates. We also had a wedding that evening for a friend that I went to college with. She and I had classes together every semester so naturally, we'd always sit together. She was the first person that I ever met that had a blog and by being able to chat with her about it, it gave me the confidence to blog as well. She was there for me during my entire wedding planning process, so it was wonderful to see her own wedding day come together. Her reception had twinkle lights strung on the ceiling, just like our reception did and it was a magical ambiance. I've never seen her smile so much and I am so happy for them!
After the wedding, we went downtown with friends to some bars. It's great to be able to walk from our house where it's a little quiet and sleepy, to a few blocks over where it's downtown and bustling. We tried a cigar bar for the first time, grabbed a slice of our favorite pizza in the area, and made our way to our favorite bar where they serve absinthe. They laid a slotted spoon across the top of the glass with a sugar cube and poured the absinthe over top. After it was drenched with alcohol, they lit the sugar cube on fire and it glowed blue with red smolders. Off to the side was an absinthe fountain filled with ice water. The base was silver with a gilded woman holding up the taps. The bartender opened a tap and let the water slowly drip over the sugar cube until it disintegrated. It was a theatrical show that ended in licorice goodness.
On Sunday, we started the morning with a doggie photoshoot. Our wedding photographer, Live Happy Studio offered to do a family session for us since we have our new addition, Mordechai. We took her up on it because we would love some photos of him with the both of us! Normally, I'm behind the camera or I persuade S to snap a few shots of me and Morty.
Later in the day, we had doggie training! GPA GO recommends a company that had a great introductory, at-home training session. Turns out, we have a quietly dominant dog on our hands. He tends to ignore our commands and does things on his own time. The trainer taught us training techniques to show more leadership with Mordechai so that he realizes that things will be on our time. We're already seeing progress with him walking by our side steadily, but we still need to work on the "come here" command. But overall, he's a sweet dog who needs leaders to teach him the way. I'm already proud of his little accomplishments!