The Final Hotel Dinner

Ryan and I didn’t have very high expectations for this evening’s buffet dinner at the hotel. The menu delivered to our room at the start of the month read “herb crusted tilapia” for tonight’s meal. 

To me, fish and a buffet just do not mix.

I brought a whole wheat tortilla and some cheese to dinner to make myself a quesadilla in the microwave.

As my ‘dilla was heating up, I checked out the goods at the buffet and get this: The fish actually looked good.

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Okay, so it doesn’t look that great in the above picture, but the tilapia was actually quite flavorful. We found out from the head chef that it came from Sam’s Club! herb crusted tilapia 006

Along with the tilapia, I ate my quesadilla with a side of Caesar salad and rice. I went back for seconds of the salad and rice.

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This will actually be my last hotel buffet dinner. Tomorrow I am heading back to my parents’ house because my flight for Philadelphia leaves from Tampa Thursday morning.

Then, on Friday, Ryan is officially moving out of our current hotel because his company will no longer be paying for our stay here. He’ll be moving into a less expensive hotel until we move into our rental home on September 1. I will likely be staying with Sadie and my family during this time, and Ryan will stay with us on the weekends.

It’s going to be a lot of shuffling around and the separation is definitely less than ideal, but we’ll make it work and will have a real home soon. I can’t wait for Ryan, Sadie and I to begin living a normal life as a family in Ocala. I really miss making healthy meals in a real kitchen and laughing as Sadie hops off the couch every night around 9:45 p.m. and puts herself to bed… in our bed. Yes, she really does this and waits impatiently for us to join her.

If we take too long, she comes back out of the bedroom and gives us the stink eye before going back to bed.

Book Time

After dinner this evening, Ryan and I were both in the mood to lay around in the hotel bed and read the books we both started last week. We read for a few hours and both ended up finishing our novels!

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Talk about a heavy read. The Kite Runner was one heck of an intense and graphic book. I really enjoyed it, but it’s definitely not for the fainthearted.

Ryan actually finished reading before me and got antsy waiting for me to finish, so he started blasting YouTube videos of music from our boy The Biebs to make me hurry up.

I wonder what hotel guests thought if they walked by our room and heard “One Less Lonely Girl” blaring. Maybe they’ll think a teenage girl is clearly living in our room… or, you know, a 27-year-old man.

Sleep well tonight, friends! Smile


  1. says

    Enjoy your trip! Long distance is never fun- my fiance and I did it while I was in college up in Boston and every day felt like forever… But as ironic as it sounds, the days dragged on but quickly added up- before you know it, y’all will be in your new house!


  2. says

    I loved the Kite Runner! But you’re so right – not for the faint of heart indeed. I’ve got so much catching up to do on your blog now that I’m glad to be back from the honeymoon! I’ve missed my daily doses of PBF 🙂


  3. says

    That fish actually really does look good. Isn’t it the best when you’re happily surprised with stuff like that?

    And yeah – Kite Runner, definitely a heavy read but SO good. Glad you enjoyed it!


  4. Angela says

    Your situation seems similar to ours. We bought a house, but can’t close on it for another week at least, and we have to move out of the place we’re renting. I HOPE we don’t have to stay in a hotel but we might. Weird question: What do you do about mail? Can you forward it to hotels? I have no idea.
    I will look into The Kite Runner!


  5. says

    You must be so thrilled that you are dunzo with the hotel buffet. It must have been difficult to be living in a hotel – but you have held it together incredibly well! Have a blast at HLS – so sad I won’t be there! Can’t wait ot read about it AND your new diggs!


  6. says

    I see others have already said this, but A Thousand Splendid Suns is REALLY good, too. I liked it more than the Kite Runner.

    I’m also in the middle of The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obrecht and it’s phenomenal.


  7. Kasey says

    That’s too funny! That’s the same tilapia they serve at my sorority house. We all love it, but call it the Fruity Pebble fish because the breading looks like the crushed up cereal.


  8. says

    You are such a positive person. It’s refreshing to see your attitude on even the not so greatest situations. You are really handling your living situation so great! Soon you will be living in a home with your family! 🙂

    Have fun at the HLS! Let me know if any meet-ups are happening. I live in Philly but I’m not attending the hls.


  9. says

    Dude. When you said you were reading The Kite Runner, I wanted to warn you. I almost stopped reading because of the graphic nature. I plundered on, because yes, it was a good novel, but no I was not expecting that. Also, I read Hunger Games because of you! So friggin suspenseful. And my bf would not read it with me. =P


  10. says

    The Kite Runner is SO graphic and disturbing. You should definitely read A Thousand Splendid Suns. Graphic, but I felt better at the end of it. In Kite Runner, I did not sympathize with the main character, but in ATSS I loved all the characters.


  11. Ann says

    I love the kite runner!! I read it a few years ago, but it’s one of those books I heal onto just in case I wanted to read it again! I couldn’t put it down! The movie is really good too, so when you have the time you should rent it!


  12. says

    Have you ever made tilapia oreganata? So simple (once you’ve moved, obvie.) and sooo good. It’s just breadcrumbs toasted in a teensy bit of butter, mixed with lemon zest, dried basil and oregano, salt and pepper, piled up on the fish and baked. YUM!!!


  13. Katherine says

    I have had that book on my to-read list for awhile. I just picked up the first Divergent book that you talked about, its really good so far! 🙂



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