A Post-Grad's Attempt at a Healthy, Joyful, and Blissfully Sweet Life

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Very Lucky Girl

friends (and matt),

i am a very lucky girl.

the other day as i was talking to luke, he told me to make sure to pack a nice dress when i visited him over the weekend.  "i'm taking you to a fancy dinner." he said, nonchalantly.  my ears perked-a fancy dinner? like actual grown up couples do?  woah.

when the night came, i donned my pearls and chanel no. 5 (i wish) and hit the town, with a dashingly handsome man by my side. we went to besito, a highly praised mexican restaurant near his house.  it was very beautiful inside, with a whole wall of candles offering very warm lighting and guacamole magicians walking around.


well, maybe they weren't magicians,  but they were pretty talented guacamole makers! a specialty besito offers is "guacamole en molcajete", and what happens is a lady wheels a table over to yours, on it all the mixings for guacamole and a stone basin called a "molcajete."  it's similar to a mortar and pestle and is used for grinding things.  she cuts open avacados, puts them in the "molcajete", and then adds in cilantro, jalapeno chiles, onions (but we opted out of those...gross), tomatoes, and a sprinkling of salt. then she mashes it all together, and wa-la! freshly made guacamole! delicious as well, let me tell you.

this guac was so good that it transformed me into an avocado fan! previously, i greatly disliked avocados.  their taste, their texture...everything.  but they are so good for you (all those heart healthy fats!) that i always wished i liked them.  this distaste for them was beyond my control!  however, i kept eating small bites of it when ever it was presented to me, and then at this dinner i decided to just dive right in.  with that colorful, flavorful bowl in front of me, how could i not?

and i loved it. 

give me MORE!
the same story goes for tomatoes.  i used to hate the taste of them!  but i slowly stopped asking for my food sans them and instead tried to find a way to appreciate them.  again, with all their nutritional benefits, i was determined to make my taste buds like them!! (what did i say about my determination?) and i'm so proud to say it worked. you can change your eating habits, it's true!

i did, and i feel like a whole new woman for it!

anyway, the dinner: amazing.  luke had chicken tacos and i had stuffed peppers with mushrooms, goat cheese, pine nuts, spinach, and raisins (which truly knocked it out of the park.) i would have taken pictures of them but i couldn't put my fork down, it was so delicious!

we also got wine, because we are sophisticated and needed wanted everyone to know it.

this is luke, laughing and saying "let me live my life!!" as i made him hold that pose for about seven pictures because each kept coming out blurry. he puts up with a lot...
and with our check came churros and these sweet little guys!

they are called "mexican worry dolls" and you are supposed to tell all of your worries to them, then sleep with them under your pillow.  in the night they take away all of your worries so that by the time you wake up the next morning, you are worry-free! precious.

the dinner was wonderful, and i felt very blessed to be able to have such a decadent and rich meal.  however, i felt more blessed beyond words to have shared it with luke.  when i asked him why he wanted to do this, he said "well, i haven't taken you out to a nice dinner in a while, and you deserve it. i like to pamper you!"  friends, luke does pamper me-all the time.  with his words, with his actions, with his heart.  yet he still wants to give more.  he claims i deserve it. and you know what? i do. he does, too.  as do you, dear reader. we were created out of love, and love is what we should receive.  every woman deserves a man who will look at her and go "you look more beautiful than ever" every time he sees her.  because that is what God thinks every time He looks down on us.  He adores us, loves on us, cherishes us.  i believe the love two humans share is supposed to mimic that of the One who first created love. and i have a man who is constantly showing me what that looks and acts like, simply by how he looks and acts towards me.

i am a very lucky girl.

don't think you deserve anything less.

Love is patient, 
love is kind. 
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
 Love never fails.

~1 Corinthians 13:4-8


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