But it’s not! It’s the story of our weekend! I told you that for my birthday (Saturday) I had to go to Gainesville for work, and thought I would be there by myself and moderately lonely, although I generally enjoy free time with no other humans.
BUT THEN as a surprise Jay came with me at the last minute. He’d planned for several weeks to take Friday off, come to the show to work with me, the whole shebang.
I actually figured out what was going on on Thursday night (we left Friday), because that kid is utterly terrible at keeping secrets. He had an entire month to keep this to himself, and by Thursday he was kind of beside himself. I had a few ideas of what he might do, and when I finally said “are you coming to Florida?” his face just cracked. It was kind of the best ever, and made Thursday night super fun because we went out for dinner and drinks and laughed about all the crap he’s been feeding me for the last few weeks!
Also, several friends and family members managed to lie really convincingly to my face. Buttheads, but also well done to each of you.
So, Friday morning, off we went. 8 hours in the car due to stopping at an effing Chili’s for lunch. Awful, but kind of fabulous at the same time? We couldn’t be bothered to find somewhere cool near the interstate, and I wanted to GET THERE. On Friday night we had dinner at Dragonfly, this ridiculous sushi/Asian place that was one of the best meals we’ve had in a really long time. Expensive, yes. Worth it, HELL YES. I will probably go back, even by myself, every time I go to Gainesville from this moment on. Seriously. Try the beef tataki.
Saturday, my actual birthday, we had some free time before I had to start work in the afternoon. After some fun internet research we went to Emiliano’s for lunch, which was great. Patio seating! Latin food! Perfect. We shared the chorizo sliders and ropa vieja and both were super delicious. The service was wonderful and we both really loved the atmosphere. Usually when I come to Gainesville I work and hibernate in the hotel, so it was really fun to have some extra time to actually see the downtown and what the area has to offer.
Saturday afternoon and into the night I did the show, which of course turned out great. Show number 6 of the season, and I still left so giddy with that post-show WE DID IT I’M TOO TIRED TO SLEEP feeling. The group below, from Texas, won and will be joining us for Finals in NYC next month! I’m super psyched to see them again. After the show we went out with a few friends and made it about an hour after the show before exhaustion set in and we gave in to being old.
Yesterday we didn’t have quite as successful of a trip going home – there was lots of rain, wrecks, and traffic, so we decided to make the most of it and stop in Macon, GA for some lunch. We found a cool bar that had great food BUT it was rainy and also the town was having their cherry blossom parade, which meant tons of blocked off streets in a city we were unfamiliar with. BUT, The Rookery was excellent (black and blue burger. holy shit.) and worth the extreme amount of time it took for a “quick” lunch stop. …you’re only 29 once? That logic works for me.
So, we made it home. We had a wonderful weekend together and it was SO great to not be overly scheduled and just kind of exist together. Jay and I don’t get a ton of time to do that, so when we do it feels extra special. Also. Birthday surprises that involve someone driving you the entire way on long trips so you can play Candy Crush? Heaven, in my very specific book.
The memory of the weekend made Monday more bearable, that’s for sure.