What a weekend! My friend Maureen was in town with her sister to celebrate’s Mo’s birthday and they invited me along! I should’ve gone Friday night, but I wasn’t really sure they’d want me the whole weekend…what was I thinking!
Mo had brought me Christmas gifts from her (toffee peanut butter, oatmeal mix and granola mix from Great Harvest Bread Company, and a gorgeous bracelet), and from Kim and Betsy (who I didn’t get to see on New Year’s Eve). Kim gave me a couple of LOTR lego sets, one of Frodo & Gandalf that I loved, and this one.
After that we headed to lunch at Rock Bottom Brewery
and then we saw a movie (Parker, a crime thriller, I hadn’t even HEARD of, but enjoyed)
back to the hotel to change and then walked to Newbury Street and beyond. yes it was chilly, but we stopped for a good long time at the Apple store so Mo’s sister could buy a new phone.
Then to the Prudential Center to walk in warmth at the mall to kill time before our dinner reservation at 730.
Dinner at Lucca Back Bay was wonderful! Salad course was “Insalata di Cesare”: Romaine lettuce, perfectly dressed with parmigiano dressing, white anchovy (lovely whole filet right on top), pickled shallots and deviled egg on the side (which was so good!). It also included diced toasted focaccia, but I’d had enough bread to start.
My delicous dinner was pappardelle tossed with bolognese sauce ground beef, veal and pork) with mascarpone and parmigiano reggiano. It was heavenly, but I could barely eat 1/3 of it.
For a drink, I had The Yarmouthport which is cranberry and sea salt infused Grey Goose vodkas, Campari and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. YUM!
We wandered over to the lounge afterward to join Mo’s sister’s friend and her boyfriend. I had quite an interesting conversation with him about the DAR, Rosicrucians, the Mayflower, etc. We had a shared history of sorts LOL!
Back to the hotel via cab, then basically straight to bed for me…I’m not used to staying up so late LOL! Mo went to work out in the hotel’s gym til 130! Crazy lady! The lobby of the hotel turns into a nightclub and boy, did we see some dressed up folks! They were like peacocks LOL! Men AND women!
The next morning, Mo’s sister went across the street to Panera to get us coffee and a few pastries, all of which were fantastic. We sat around chatting and relaxing before checking out.
Mo’s sister headed back to the Vineyard, where she lives (lucky gal!) and Mo and I headed to Wegmans to complete out weekend.
Dave encouraged me to spend the night with them and took great care of Wolf while I was gone. I’m a lucky gal to have him in my life, that’s for damn sure!
Hope you all had a great weekend! Tell me about it!
The other day, I was walking down the hallway at work and looked out the window. There was a square cloud! I did a double take, took a closer look and I’ll be damned! It really was a square cloud! Have you ever seen such a thing? Go ahead, click on the picture and take a closer look. Amazing!
Got me thinking about things I was grateful for…things like the chance, and the eye to notice things like this. Grateful to be alive…that my friends and family are healthy and happy…that I found love so late in life…and so much of it!
Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving to you all. What are you thankful for this day?
Saturday: Didn’t hear Dave get up at 6 to go to his daughter’s house to get Ralphy. He hung out there awhile so I could have some quiet before the storm (that is Ralphy lol).
I did two loads of laundry, walked and fed the dog, relaxed with a combo of FB, email & the book I’m reading (Two Coots in a Canoe) and fixed myself a breakfast of leftovers (cold corn off the cob, bbq chicken, cherry tomatoes, radishes with a bit of olive oil, balsamic vinegar & salt). Just as I sat down to eat it, Dave & Ralphy came home. Dave asked me to fix Ralphy something to eat (my turn now lol) but he said “he had food at home and didn’t want anything (this was a theme all day). I had boiled some eggs that morning and noticed one of them had not only cracked but the end of the shell had popped off. I showed it to Ralphy, he giggled and I had him touch it which made him giggle even more. Then he asked if he could taste it, sure! He liked it, so that was his breakfast (with ketchup on top, of course). Funny how those things work out!
Then Ralphy and I went to my boss’s house, she was having a yard sale (Dave went to practice with his brother and some other guys…turned out they had a great time and stayed for almost 5 hours, the brat LOL). Ralphy had the time of his life at her house…her grandson was there, whom Ralphy had met once before at a local park. They played with remote control cars, ran through a sprinkler, and shot baskets (both of them are obsessed with basketball).
While I was there, I got stung by a yellow jacket (there is a nest in the siding of my boss’s house, I am to remind her to CALL THE EXTERMINATOR on Monday). This ruined my string of only getting stung once in my life (I was 3 the first time, I loved grasshoppers and ooh look, there’s one on the stairs, let’s play with it…OUCH! Wrong bug…it was a wasp.) My screams of terror at this yellow jacket on my foot alarmed, then amused the kids. My boss, after apologizing all over the place, laughed and said she’d never seen me move so fast Anyway, we were there for about 4 hours and I was on my feet for a good portion of that time helping the kids shoot baskets.
Came home and fed the snapping turtles down by the slowly dwindling pond.
After that, we crashed for a bit in the AC watching a nature show.
Poor Ralphy had the poops twice (post dinner pre-and during ice cream eating) (he didn’t have ice cream. I did. Ever try to wipe a kid’s butt holding a cone in one hand in a port-a-potty? YUCK!!!) (too much apple juice was the cause, Melissa said). After the second time he said that poop was REALLY loud and I laughed to myself
Sunday: Same as Saturday, except I had two boiled eggs and watermelon for breakfast.
How was your weekend?
Last Monday, I had the pleasure of finally meeting Mrs. G., her lovely daughter Caitie and another long time blog friend, Erin! Also got to see Erika again and that was a pleasant surprise! I was happy to meet some new
derfs folks, one of whom, Deb, lives less than 5 miles away from me and at whose lovely home we all met. She put on quite an amazing spread and her children (in their late teens or early 20s, I believe) helped her by doing most of the cooking, serving, and cleaning up! It was a magical night, truly. Lots of laughter, good food and drink and some new friendships made. Thank you, Deb, for opening up your home!