Yes, we are DINKWADs: Double Income No Kids With A Dog

Saturday was a DINKWAD kind of day.

I got up early and went into work for a few hours. Not my ideal way to spend my Saturday morning, but I was feeling really behind on my work, so it felt good to catch up. Naturally, Craig slept in until 8:30 a.m., took Sadie for a walk, and then spent some time with his dad. I got home around 9:30 a.m., went for a run, and took Sadie with me for the last mile.

It was so enjoyable not to run in frigid temps. I think the temperature was in the mid-30s and very tolerable. I only ran 4 miles because I don’t want to push it too much now that my hamstring is better after the dry needling session.


Before heading out, I painted my nails and let them dry during my run.


I came back and made lunch. I’ve been bringing back Spinach Protein Smoothies (a.k.a. Green Monster) into my diet. I still love my Green Balance Juices, but I also like to mix it up from time to time. I also had a corn tortilla with melted cheese on it. (Thanks to my sister for introducing me to this snack. I have it on a regular basis.)


Afterwards I did a few things around the house, showered because I was freezing, and then took a nap. I never take naps, but I didn’t sleep very much this past week, so I was in need of one. I, of course, felt more tired after that hour, but it was the novelty of actually be able to take a nap that counted.

Next it was off to the dog park with Sadie. We try to take Sadie to the dog park at least once a week. She loves running around and exploring. Craig and I can actually talk and have a conversation and not worry about her pulling on her leash constantly.


By this time I was hungry, so we decided to head downtown and try a new restaurant that had been recommended to us. Plus, I saw the sign a couple of time when downtown this summer, and I just knew by the sign it was going to be my kind of place.

Fat Ptarmigan


We absolutely loved the urban, hip decor. There aren’t a lot of places like this in Anchorage, so we were excited to finally find a restaurant like this. The space actually used to be a gift store that Craig worked in while in high school. DSC_0033

It was fun watching the guys toss the pizza dough in the air. I have no idea how they got the dough so thin without tearing it.

DSC_0039There was even a wine named after me.


While we waited for our food, we practiced taking pictures—making sure to follow the rule of thirds.

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The service was fast and we started with an appetizer (artichoke dip) and a pesto salad.

Both were awesome. I didn’t think I would be a fan of the artichoke dip because it can get really heavy for me, but I was really impressed with the flavor, and it didn’t seem as heavy as I thought it would be. I loved the salad as well. DSC_0047

For our main entrees, Craig had a smoked salmon pizza. Since moving to Alaska, I’ve overdosed on salmon, so I wasn’t too excited about the flavor he picked out, but it was actually much better than I expected. DSC_0048

I had a vegetarian sandwich, which was pretty much a veggie calzone. It was supposed to contain vegan cheese, but apparently they ran out, so they used mozzarella cheese instead, which is fine with me. I liked the veggie sandwich but probably wouldn’t get it again. DSC_0052

After dinner we walked over to the mall to go to the Gap because I had $50 in Gap cash to use. We did have to spend $100 in order to get $50 off. We ended up with the following: a pair of women’s jeans, a nice button-up dress shirt for myself, a skinny belt, scarf, and Craig got a Star Wars t-shirt. I’d say that’s pretty good for just a little over $50. DSC_0058

We weren’t ready to go home, and I was craving something sweet, so we made a stop at Paris Bakery & Cafe for a couple of sweet treats.DSC_0060

I had a Christmas log, which, I was told, is a traditional French dessert.

I have to admit we definitely felt like DINKWADs after reflecting on our day. DSC_0061Our night ended with another walk with Sadie over to our friend’s place to hang out and watch random YouTube videos. Classic.


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