My life at the moment – 2.10.19

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope that you’re having a good weekend and not too stressed about work tomorrow.

How about a little catch up?

A few months ago, my brother got a job and we decided to go out to celebrate. It was my mom and brother, two of our friends, and me. We picked Ale House because we’d been there once before, but at a different location further away. It was a great night, so we figured we’d go again but closer to home. When we got to the restaurant, we essentially were turned away because the only “accessible” table could only accommodate maybe one of our wheelchairs and it was currently taken. Obviously, we were a little bummed, but we picked a new place and went on our way to celebrate.

My mom sent an email to let them know how disappointed we were. She wasn’t gross or aggressive, but simply stated that it’s unacceptable to not have accessible seating in a popular chain restaurant and how they violated the ADA.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when the manager called my mom to apologize again (he had called her fairly soon after she sent the email to offer his apologies) and to invite us back for a free dinner. They’d installed new wheelchair accessible tables and asked if we’d give them a do-over.

Yesterday everyone’s schedules finally aligned!

If you’ve never been to Ale House, all you need to know about is the mountain melt. Chicken tenders on a mountain of french fries, cheese, and bacon bits. It’s an atrocity and it is so good. Ugh. I don’t even care how many calories or how unhealthy. It’s worth it.

They treated us all really nice and picked up the tab as promised, which was obviously wildly appreciated among the five of us. And the tables worked great! My brother and I were able to sit next to each other with plenty of room to spare, which is a rarity when going out to eat.

I’ll be honest, I still think it’s ridiculous that it took them this long to make their restaurant accessible. It shouldn’t take an upset family being turned away for you to realize it’s time to make a change when the ADA has been around for this long. And it’s not like it was any huge renovation that had to be done, it was literally just installing a different kind of table and seating.

I’ve said it a million times before and I’ll say it again. Accessibility shouldn’t be optional.

That being said, I’ve found my fair share of inaccessible venues and it’s not every day the managers remember your names and re-invite you for a free dinner as an apology. Honestly, most times they don’t ever bother to make their venues accessible. I could rattle off a pretty sizable list of places I know my family can’t eat at for that reason. So, any negative feelings aside, I’m really grateful that the changes were finally made and for their do-over dinner. I’m sure we’ll be going back before too long.

Can’t stay away from those mountain melts. Seriously, I’m sitting here lusting over my leftovers. It’s so good.

[IMG: my mountain melt – french fries, chicken tenders, melted cheese, bacon bits, and scallions piled up on the plate.]

Other than eating our weight in fries and cheese, my little friend group and I have discovered a new love. And it’s probably our dorkiest yet.

We’ve started playing Dungeons and Dragons.

[IMG: set of dice on a D&D character sheet. photo reads “I’m about to live my best nerdy life”]

Yep. We’re going there. My friend Lexi introduced me to a show called Critical Role and we both fell in love hard and fast. Basically, it’s a bunch of voice actors who get together every week and play D&D. They’re great at role playing because they’re actors, but you can also tell that they’re just a bunch of friends having a blast. It’s become a real true obsession and I can’t get enough.

I’d always been lowkey interested in trying D&D but wasn’t sure I’d ever have a group to play with, but it turns out we’re all the same brand of nerd. Yesterday was our second time playing and we definitely have a lot to learn. A loooot. But it’s so much fun. There’s just something special about sitting at a table with your friends while you laugh and play pretend.

What I’m loving right now:

My Canon Ivy mini photo printer

I used some gift cards from my birthday to get this lil cutie and I’m in love. It prints out 2 by 3 inch pictures with a sticky back. Ya girl’s bullet journal game has reached a whole new level.

[IMG: small white canon ivy photo printer laying on top of pastel pink bullet journal cover.]

This Might Get Weird Podcast

I’ve been a huge fan of Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart for years and years now. They recently started a podcast called This Might Get Weird where they catch up on their weeks with each other. It’s 40ish minutes of them just hanging out and you kind of just feel like you’re sitting on the couch with them. They’re both so funny and their conversations are always absurd. And Grace has the most contagious laughter I’ve ever heard. It’s great, absolutely recommend.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild

It’s taken me f o r e v e r to cave and start playing Zelda on my brother’s Switch, but I’ve done it. I’m fully on board. I could explore and cook on that game forever. The colors are so vibrant and pretty it’s hard not to get addicted to running around and smacking stuff for hours on end. I’m not that great at it, but it’s great. Not that anyone needed my recommendation for this game because I’m pretty sure I’m the last to play it but oh well. I’m obsessed.

What were you up to this week?

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