September 25, 2015

It Was My Birthday, Nothing But VIP



As you have been told, oh say, 5,432,000 times, September 9th was my birthday. And now, I am going to brag about my birthday. AGAIN.


I know, I KNOW. Last time, I SWEAR. 

On my actual birthday, Military Husband arrived home early and surprised me with this:


And a box of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies from the Nestle Tollhouse Cafe', which has become my go-to cookie place ever since our last little getaway. The cookies and cake were amazeballs and I highly recommend Nestle Tollhouse Cafe' over the Great American Cookie Company. He also gave me a new handbag, which has become a tradition since we first started dating - new handbag for every birthday. 

My mom and dad gave me a gift on Thursday:


A Swarovski crystal pug necklace. I totally fell in love and wore it every single day of my birthday trip. Does it not look JUST like #MaddiethePug?

On Friday, September 11, Military Husband and I, plus our pugs, headed to our destination. Initially, we had a tiny snafu with our trip plans as we were supposed to stay at a golf resort. When I called to confirm our reservations, they quickly let me know our pugs were not allowed at the hotel. Even though the hotel's website CLEARLY states otherwise. Needless to say, I was not happy.

It was pretty much like this:

I go NOWHERE without my pugs. #pugmommy4life

But, Military Husband called the hotel, Le Meridien, where we stayed during our last trip and got us a suite and extra goodies for my birthday. I was totally stoked like R Kelly in a bar full of Remy Martin.

Or something like that.

Once we arrived at the hotel, we checked into our Premier King Suite and it was HUGE. The pugs absolutely adored our room. We chose an inner view room of the hotel because it is still rather warm outside and large hotel windows = heat. Here was the view from our room:


I really love the lighting and ambience in the hotel at night. Cozy and romantic. In the lobby, there are little tables and chairs set up with chess tables so you can play, and there are iMacs and printers available for your use. They also provide complimentary copies of the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Here is a view of our living room in the suite; there was also a small area in the left hand corner with another chair, table and full length mirror. The door you can see entered into the bedroom.


Here is a view of the sitting area, which was located in the back of the living room.


There was a refrigerator and another table in front of the sitting area (not pictured) where I stored the pugs food and treats. Le Meridien also provides guests with complimentary bottled water in each room.

Here is our bedroom:


The bedroom had an additional door leading to our bathroom. The bathroom was quite spacious and had a large dressing counter. I did not take a picture of it because Military Husband was like:


Every single time I stopped to take a picture on our trip for the blog. Le Sigh. 

After we settled in, Military Husband and I headed downstairs to the bar for a drink and to order the pugs some of the hotel chicken fingers, #MaddiethePug's FAVORITE food. We absolutely love this hotel bar; all of the bartenders are local folks, and super friendly and conversational. 


While we enjoyed our drinks, Military Husband realized it was September 11, and he mentioned to me how we almost did not meet (from danger I would rather not know about during his deployments in combat zones). I suppose the bartender overheard because to our surprise, we received this check:

Military Husband was so honored and moved. 
He is NOT the type to go around asking for "free" anything.
We left a nice tip.

Later on that evening, a waiter arrived at our suite with this for my birthday:


I was so surprised! Cheesecake is one of my favorite cheat desserts. And this was absolutely delectable. The food at Le Meridien is one of the highlights. I enjoyed my cheesecake so much I insisted we eat at the hotel restaurant Saturday night, September 12. On Saturday, after a rather leisurely day of resting and enjoying the city, we ended up enjoying a fantastic meal at the hotel. Afterwards, we headed back to our suite and rented Love & Mercy.


Friends, this movie was phenomenal. I will be writing a review in the near future, but until then, please watch this movie and report back after you witnessed the magic.

On Sunday, September 13, Military Husband and I headed down to the hotel's breakfast buffet with one thing on our minds - PANCAKES. As we headed towards the station to place our order, we saw this:


A Ratchet, with her Ratchet child and Ratchet mother. Now, you all know I love me a good #ratchet, but this one was just all kinds of #no. We shall call her "Ratchetella." Ratchetella was popping off at the staff, demanding all kinds of food and standing in the way of ALL the other patrons. Military Husband managed to navigate the scene and ordered me a plate of three pancakes. When the pancakes were finished, the cook handed the plate towards Military Husband and Ratchetella snatched them away, said "THANK YOU" and looked at Military Husband all:


Needless to say, Military Husband was livid. 

Military Husband: May I have three more pancakes because someone just stole my wife's.

Ratchet's Mother: She did not steal them; those were handed to her.


This made Military Husband even more infuriated. But, we decided to get our food, take it back to the room and keep it classy. 

Besides:


Let's press on. We had another lazy day, enjoyed a quick lunch at an Italian restaurant and played with our pugs. For dinner, we decided to eat at the hotel restaurant again because it was just so damn amazing. 

Here is the hotel restaurant menu:


During our stay, Military Husband tried the Wings (he said they are the best wings he has ever eaten) and the Classic Burger with fries (he LOVES the hotel fries). I tried the Classic Caesar Salad (which has a house made dressing to DIE for, along with real Asiago cheese), Thai Prawns (the pineapple slaw makes them BOMB), Penne Pasta with Prawns and the Classic Burger with fries. All of it was delicious, and the bartenders make fantastic martinis (of which I drank a few). The hotel restaurant also has the SWEETEST waitress named Heather. She took care of us at all our meals. 

I also enjoyed a few glasses of wine and another piece of cheesecake back in our suite.

I had quite a few of these, too. #wheninRome #AAisforquitters

It was just SO good. #myhipsdontlie

Yep, all we did was eat and drink. BUT, you have to understand with Military Husband's schedule, we never have time for dinners or drinking.

Plus:


On Monday, September 14, we were supposed to leave, BUT Military Husband went downstairs and booked the room for another day. I was super excited! We ended up getting dressed and going out for lunch. At lunch, I had a really yummy Peach Bellini.

#daydrinkingAGAIN #forthewin

At this point with me and my camera, Military Husband was just like:


So, that was my last picture! It was pretty much the perfect birthday. This post is mainly to thank Military Husband because, once again, he really spoiled me on my birthday and I do not think I tell him enough how much I appreciate him. My one wish is that all my single friends find someone who loves them as much as Military Husband loves me.

Remember this - do not wait around on Prince Charming. His lazy ass is sitting around the castle waiting on you to chase him. Love yourself, work hard, be strong and stay amazing and your knight will come around when you least expect it to fight for your heart.


Many, many hugs (and pug hugs) to you all, 

64 comments:

  1. Snazzy suite you stayed in! Once in a while, my husband and I will stay at a local hotel for the night. It's kind of nice to just get away and stay somewhere else, even if it is in the same town.
    Love the pug necklace!

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    1. Yes!! Staycations are awesome!! You can get great food cooked by someone else, cleaned up by someone else..not to mention housecleaning that doesn't involve us as the maids!! Haha
      Thank you!! :)

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  2. Looks like it wuz one pawsome birthday!

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  3. HAPPY BURFDAY!!! Glad to see you wuz spoilt, you deserves it!
    Oh and a Swarovski crystal pug necklace, wow that is sumfinks very very specials!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  4. I want to move in there and try everything on the menu.

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  5. Your birthday should be talked about....dang girl that all ROCKS! Especially the thank you for your service free tab! YAY! Loves to you! Amanda

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  6. Bahhahaa, I would have punched someone who stole my pancakes. Assholes. This hotel look marvelous, what a wonderful time! Have a great weekend!

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  7. Awwwww! What a special birthday! And sounds like a pretty great hubby too!

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  8. MADDIE
    MILITARY DAD NEEDS TO GIVE CLASSES ON HOW TO CELEBRATE HIS GIRLS BDAYS IN SUCH GREAT CLASSY STYLE!! WE LOVE THE NECKLACE TOO
    PLEASE THANK HIM FOR IS SERVICE FOR US TOO
    HUGS MADI AND MOM

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  9. Fancy schmancy!! Le Meridiens are always nice!!! Ok, cheesecake is on the menu for today!!

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  10. Wow that sounds like you had a great time, and your husband is a great guy also..................stella rose

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  11. Wow what a great birthday trip! You are so right, when mom quit looking that is when Mr Right came around. she just wanted a date for the company party so she did not have to go alone. Nothing more, so her coworker set her up with her brother inlaw. They decided to have a "get to know each other" before the event and they have been together ever since! 23 years!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  12. Sounds like an amazing birthday weekend. The cookie looks delicious. And the hotel sounds amazing. I love your new pug necklace too.
    Thanks for the movie reco. :)

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  13. So happy you had an amazing birthday!! And even more happy you have a man who treats you like a queen!! You deserve only the best!! xo

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  14. That sounds like a fantastic birthday. I like the necklace you got.

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  15. sounds like the best birthday! and also your husband sounds so awesome! xo

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    1. Aw thanks girl!! Yes wish we lived closer so we could all meet!!

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  16. HOLY HANGOVER!!! OMD, what a FABulous weekend!!!!!!!!!! Ma wishes she could live in a hotel so she didn't have to cook (I wasn't aware that microwaving WAS cooking, butts that's a fight for another day....) and clean and do laundry and .....you fill in the rest! BOL
    Oh, and Ma would have gotten in a GIRL FIGHT if someone had taken HER pancakes! (don't mess with her food! ☺)
    okays, lookin' at all that food is makin' Ma hungry...hmmmm, I thinks there is a frozen pizza in the freezer....don't judge ~ it's organic!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥
    pees: please tell hubby..Thanks a Million for his service ♥ (and you...the families never gets enough recognition ♥)

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    1. Aw thanks but really I do nothing lol! Military Husband does it all and he would tell you it's his pleasure (he loves his job).
      I was pissed at the ratchet but you know, just another chapter in my ratchet novella.
      I wish I could live in a hotel too!! Like Dylan on BH 90210!! Oh if only!! Haha

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  17. WOW!!! You all sure know how to celebrate! What an awesome weekend! Maybe it's a good thing that the other hotel didn't work out, right? LOVE it!
    Much happiness,
    KZK

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  18. Sounds like a fantastic birthday to me! :) I love it.

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  19. On my last birthday I sat in my pajamas and ate popcorn while watching a lame ass movie in our living room. I'm taking notes for this year!

    Glad you enjoyed yourself; you deserve it. Happy b'day once again!!

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    1. Thank you doll!
      Aw if I lived closer I would have taken you out!! Xxoo

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  20. Happy birthday!!!!
    Your celebration looks amazing!!

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  21. What a fantastic birthday! I'd kill to go to a hotel like that right about now. LOVE that pug necklace--wow!!

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    1. Yes it was awesome!!!
      Thank you so much! I'm pretty certain they got it at Macy's!

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  22. Here's to a phenomenal birthday!!!! I love that your pug-babies came along AND that you celebrated with food & liquor. That's mandatory for me, too ;-)

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  23. YAY. What a great birthday! And I'd definitely leave a bad review for that resort...they need to correct their website, for sure. So glad it turned out well!

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    1. Oh I know! It made me so angry! What a bunch of clowns.
      Thank you!

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  24. What a fabulous birthday!! You deserve it!! And what a sweet surprise for your hubby! He deserves that too! :) Have a great weekend!!

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  25. Awesome! I love getting away for my bday. And kudos to your hubby for the cookie cake ;)

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  26. I'm new to your blog and enjoyed reading my first post :). It sounds like you had an awesome birthday. Looking forward to reading more about you and Maddie.

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    1. Hi Julie!! Thank you so much for coming by doll! Welcome to my blog. Xxxxxooo

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  27. Your Military Husband sounds amazingly romantic. #LuckyYou
    Everything looked perfect with the exception of the Rachettella. There's one on every vacay! I'll bet you are one of the few people that look forward to another birthday! ♥

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    1. Aw yes he is!
      And I do. He always makes it fun. Which keeps me from being depressed about getting older! Haha.

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  28. WHAT??!! No pugs? Well, looks like you got the better end of the deal. That place is gorgeous. What a perfect birthday celebration. Happy (Belated) Birthday!

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    1. I know right?
      Thanks so much!! All these birthday wishes from you all are so sweet. Made my birthday even more special!

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  29. What a great birthday, and I love your hotel. Pancake stealers gotta go. A handbag every year? He's definitely a keeper :)!

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    1. Haha thanks!!!
      I know..freaking ratchet stealing my flapjack.

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  30. Soo fun!! I love cookie cake...who am I kidding I just love cake ;) All the food sounds amazing. I am glad you had such a lovely time with the exception of Ratchetella but yes leave that to God LOL!!

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    1. Thanks so much girl friend!! It was a blast!!

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  31. First Happy Birthday, next, I love that necklace, so cute, Finally, you did not tell me Military Husband looks like Ian Sommerhaulder. Swoon!!!

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    1. Lmao!
      Actually he looks a lot like Jason Segel!

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