Boat Tour + Date Night

Tonight’s date night was wonderful!

Ryan and I kicked off our date nice and early with a 4 p.m. boat tour of Winter Park, a small city right outside of Orlando.

Winter Park Boat Tour

It was warm outside, but a little chilly on the lake when the wind got blowing. Thankfully the boat company had blankets to snuggle under, and I took advantage of a big fleece blanket to keep warm.


We had fun looking at all of the multi-million dollar homes on the lake. Horace Grant, a former Orlando Magic (and Chicago Bulls!) basketball player used to live on one of the lakes. His house was ginormous, but I guess a guy who’s nearly 7 feet tall would need a big house.

Ryan loved this house:

Lake House

He was a big fan of the boat house. I thought the little boat house would be cool if inside was a neat little dining room to enjoy dinner on the lake. Fun, right?

The boat tour took us through several canals so we could visit a bunch of different connected lakes.

The canals were beautiful, but very narrow.


The boat tour lasted an hour and went by very quickly. Ryan and I both said we were glad we took the tour. It’s nice to learn a little history about the area where you live.


After the boat tour we headed over to Park Avenue, a street lined with shops, boutiques and restaurants to wander around until it was time for our dinner reservations. We stopped by a chocolate shop and sampled an amazing chocolate ganache truffle and chocolate-covered movie-theater popcorn. Both were delish!

Eventually we made our way to Luma, an upscale restaurant we both were anxious to try.


We were seated immediately and our waiter informed us that all the food was organic and bought locally. A good start! He brough a basket of fresh bread to the table which Ryan and I polished it off with ease. The basket had two different types of bread in it and one tasted like Thanksgiving stuffing! It was delicious and I had one too many pieces.

Ryan ordered a duck confit salad to start. 

Duck Confit Salad

The duck was moist and very tender. The strawberries in the salad were definitely a highlight.

For my entrée I ordered the local organic beet salad with avocado, hazelnuts, goat cheese, oranges, figs and grapefruit.

Beet Salad

 It was very good, but I was glad I ate a couple (4) slices of bread before so I wasn’t hungry afterward. I also shared a lot of Ryan’s fries and had several bite of his burger.

Ryan’s entrée was a hit! He ordered the Angus burger with a poached egg, white cheddar cheese and bacon. Wow-zaa!

Angus Burger

We asked our waiter for his dessert recommendation and he suggested the sweet potato cake with marshmallow fluff ice cream.

Sweet Potato Cake

The cake really was delicious but when it arrived we couldn’t help but quote Zoolander:

“What is this? A cake for ants!?”

Apparently we like our dessert portions “plus-sized.”

Though the dessert was teeny by our standards, it was moist and very yummy.

January date night was a success! February is Ryan’s turn to plan a date night, but he’s getting off a little easy… it’s our anniversary and Valentine’s Day in February, so no matter what he plans it’ll be extra special. 🙂

10 Hours

Ryan and I got 10 hours of sleep last night… 10 hours! I truly believe it’s been at least a year since I’ve slept for that long and it felt amazing. Clearly my body needed the rest.


Sometimes when I sleep for too long, I wake up feeling lethargic and sleepy for the rest of the day. Today I woke up feeling rejuvenated! 

How many hours of sleep do you need to feel your best?

I think I function best on 7 – 8 hours of sleep.

Almost immediately after waking up, Ryan and I went to the gym for a Saturday morning workout. I did 20 minutes of light cardio on the elliptical while flipping back and forth between watching puppies play on the Animal Planet and Sandra Lee make a fabulous looking peanut butter mousse pie. I then took a BodyPump class that killed my legs.

After BodyPump, I joined Ryan on the basketball courts for a game of around the world. I held my own, but he still beat me. Ryan was on his game today. The boy wasn’t missing a shot!


Ryan and I came home two hungry people! I made us a filling breakfast of dippy eggs, Canadian bacon, whole wheat toast and sautéed mushrooms.

Saturday Morning Breakfast

Yummy Breakfast

I ended up topping half of my whole wheat toast with peanut butter to satisfy my peanut butter craving after watching Sandra Lee make that delicious looking pie at the gym. 🙂

Dog Park

After breakfast, we took Sadie to the dog park to enjoy the sunny weather.

I rescued this lil’ guy from the doggie madness right when we arrived.

Ribbit, Ribbit

To show is appreciation for me saving his life, the little toad decided to pee on me. How sweet.

While I was placing the toad outside the dog park fence, Sadie was scouring  the area for the perfect stick.

Sadie and Her Stick

Sadie loves playing with sticks. For some reason she is not a good sharer when it comes to sticks. Balls and other toys she’ll share, but sticks? Oh no.

Eventually Sadie found an abandoned ball to play with and coerced us into throwing it for her a million times.

Catchin' the Ball

"Gimme, Gimme"

Ryan and I ended up lying in the grass soakin’ up the sun for a while. Since we’re both basically iridescent from the lack of sun we’ve been getting, it felt great. Sadie opted to relax in the shade.


We’re about to dig into some lunch before running a few errands.


Tonight we have a date night planned! January is my month to plan a special date and I’m taking Ryan on a boat tour of Winter Park. Winter Park is a cute little city right outside of Orlando.  After the boat tour we have plans to go to Luma, a restaurant on Park Avenue in Winter Park for a romantic dinner. Ryan and I have never been and people rave about this restaurant so we’re excited to give it a go.

Happy weekend! 😀