Paul and I celebrated our 13th anniversary this weekend! The actual date — June 28 — is Wednesday, but Paul is living part-time in Nashville for work so he'll be out of town on the real date.
We started our anniversary celebration at the BubblePOPP As If 90s party at Minglewood Hall on Saturday night. These pop-up parties have decade themes (the last BubblePOPP theme was the 80s) and feature a DJ spinning songs of the era and projections of iconic films. EVERYONE dresses up, which is awesome. Paul and I were both teens in the 90s so that is our era! I wore a crushed velvet dress and borrowed some platform boots from my friend Shara. Also lots of body glitter, butterfly clips, and a choker! Paul wore JNCOs, a chain wallet, and (not pictured) a pager (!!!) that he borrowed from Shara (she never threw anything away!). We danced all night to Nirvana, Montell Jordan, TLC, No Doubt, and so many awesome 90s songs.
On Sunday morning, we slept in, and then I made Pancakes and Vegan Sausage for brunch! I added fresh, local berries from Curb Market to mine, but Paul likes his pancakes plain. I had Hilary's Eat Well Apple Maple Sausage, and Paul went with Gimme Lean.
We smothered our pancakes in Miyoko's VeganButter and maple syrup. Served with mimosas, of course.
After brunch, we headed out to the new IKEA because Paul hadn't been yet. We spent a good hour in the store, pretending we were shopping to remodel our house. Of course we're not actually remodeling, but it's fun to pretend. We sat on all the couches and laid on all then beds.
Next, we rented the new Batman Lego movie and had some snacks at home. And then it was time for dinner! We both LOVE ramen noodles more than just about anything, so we went to the Lucky Cat Ramen pop-up.
Lucky Cat started as a pop-up in bars and breweries, and they've since graduated to a semi-permanent location at Peabody and Cooper (next door to Cafe 1912). In the fall, they'll be opening a permanent place in Crosstown Concourse (where I work, yay!). They always offer a veg option, and last night, that was Yuzu Veggie Ramen with charred corn, enoki mushrooms, and shishito peppers. So good! I cleaned my bowl.
Lucky Cat doesn't have a beer or alcohol license, but you can BYOB without a corkage fee. We brought a bottle of Chalkboard pinot grigio. This is such a smooth, easy-drinking wine, and it paired well with ramen.
Paul and I met over a game of pool at Newby's beer bust night 13 years ago. Newby's is a college bar, and we rarely go there these days (we weren't in college then either, but we were much younger — in our early 20s). But we have a tradition of ending every anniversary night with a drink at Newby's, so we're there at least once a year.
We had a couple of shots and some local beers, and then we played a game of pool before heading home for the night.
Love this guy! I'm so glad we've been together for 13 years, and I look forward to many, many more.