Less-Than-Graceful Moments

Mondays Sometimes Gracefully

Happy Monday! The first Monday of March! One more Monday closer to warmer, sunnier, chirpier Mondays much like this one from Cinderella. Wouldn’t Mondays be so much easier if cute birds and strangely dressed rodents helped you get ready in the morning? Le sigh. It’s just too darn cold to leave my bedroom window open.

As I mentioned last week, Friday night was date night here at the Beekman household. And how was our Netflix marathon, you oh so politely ask? Well my friends, we went OUT on Friday night for our date night! {cue gasps} Yeeeess ma’am! Right on out into society like the rest of America. Even held hands at one point and shared a mushy, lovey-dovey look for all the world to see (or at least just that teenager working as the restaurant’s valet).

So what, you oh so politely ask again, inspired you to leave the comforts of your living room couch and venture out into Minneapolis on a Friday night? Restaurant Week! The most wonderful time of the “Is It Almost Spring Yet?!” season!  Where some of the more expensive restaurants in the city offer a special menu for customers at a reduced price. AKA, a DREAM for graduate student budgets! So we met my sister and her husband at the beautiful Seven Steakhouse Sushi Ultralounge (a must-visit if you’re looking for a place that serves melt-in-your-mouth steak and an amazing selection of wine) and did our best to add a little “fancy” to our Friday night.

We were all there for the reduced menu prices, but we less-than-gracefully attempted to act like “regulars” who were out for yet another fancy-schmancy steak dinner. This, of course, failed miserably. First of all, we were NOT dressed for the occasion. Jeans and a sweater you bought on major sale just doesn’t blend in with a room full of glittering cocktail dresses. We made sure to spend some time mulling over the regularly-priced menu (“I wonder how the duck will be tonight….“), even though we all knew that we were going to order from the discounted options printed on the little menu card in front of us. After I ordered a glass of their cheapest wine, our waitress guessed as much. My jeans might have also given us away. Nevertheless, we did our best to sip our wine with our pinky fingers out and made sure to plough through our basket full of homemade bread in a socially acceptable amount of time. And no one spilled! Which, we concluded, meant that we were too darn fancy for our own good. 😉

How was your weekend? Darrin and I have a few Mountain Dew Kickstarts tucked away in our fridge, so we’ll be ready and energized all week!


  • Reply Carol March 2, 2015 at 8:41 am


    I’ve been following your blog for awhile now. I don’t think I’ve ever commented though. Have you ever done book recommendations? I would love to see your favorites from your studies!

    • Reply Grace Beekman March 2, 2015 at 10:08 pm

      This is such a great suggestion! I’ll work on a post! There are just so many wonderful books to read! 🙂

  • Reply Abby March 2, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Loving your blog 🙂

    XoXo One Stiletto At A Time

  • Reply Tailored and true March 2, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Haha I love this. I feel similarly about my Friday nights. Sounds like a successful outing though, if no one spilled… 🙂


    • Reply Grace Beekman March 2, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      Haha! If we can make through one evening with no one staining their shirt with red wine, it’s a GOOD evening… 😉

  • Reply sepatuholig-Grace Njio March 3, 2015 at 1:20 am

    nice write up!

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