We went to Olive Garden. We tried a few days earlier but she started crying in the parking lot so we didn't even go in and ended up getting cheesesteaks and heading home.
It was so hot inside Olive Garden, that we took of Ella's socks. We knew she would not cooperate. It was awfully warm outside that day but was worse inside. I decided to take Ella outside after we ordered and before the salad arrived. I thought she might be able to cool off a little and allow us to eat. She wouldn't stay in her carrier though. She started to cry and we didn't want her ruining everyone else's lunch so I held her.
I held her while I ate my salad. It was hard to cut up the lettuce with 1 hand.
When the meal came, I held her and took a couple bites. Once Dave was done, he held her and I ate.
He ended up taking her to the car a minute or so before I was done eating. That wasn't too bad. We at least made it through our first sit down meal. I think she would have lasted in her carrier if it wasn't so hot in the restaurant. People around us had on sweaters or light jackets. They must have been dying.
There are more pictures from January 15.