Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!!

I celebrate Christmas but I have a lot of Jewish friends whom I adore so I want to wish everyone a happy holiday for whatever you are into.

This is my last post until after Christmas.  I am wrapping presents but I had to take a little time out—boring.  Honestly, I’d rather do dishes.  I wish I had enough bags so I could just throw every present into a bag but in our new quest to save money because of new baby I am wrapping.wrapping

This afternoon I go to my sister’s so we can make the appetizers and desserts for tonight’s party.  My niece shows up and we all cook together.  I wish Sarah could be there but she has to work.  It was more fun when it was the four of us but times change which to be honest with you I always have a tough time with.  I am a glutton for routine but things are going to be changing for me fast in the future and I will just have to roll with it.

Tonight we attend the party and tomorrow we go to Obie’s father’s and step mom’s  for dinner.  Usually we go to my sister’s but from now on we are going to alternate families.  Fortunately Obie’s family is awesome and I am sure we will have a great dinner and a wonderful time.  They are very laid back and fun to be with.

I’ll take lots of photos and hopefully videos.

I want to take time now to thank all of my wonderful blog buddies for a great year.  You have all been there for me through thick and thin.  I can’t believe I am fortunate enough to have made such good friends.  I don’t say this lightly either.  I really freakin’ mean it. I love you all.

Merry Christmas and to all a Goodnight!!!

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Trip to the Big City And the Easter Bunny

I will start off with my trip to Boston on Saturday night. My son-in-law’s friend was giving a small concert in Cambridge.

Cover to his album. You can find Tom Thumb “here” tom-thumb-cover.jpg

The kids were going with some of their friends and my wasband and his new female friend. I was invited because they were going to park right in Cambridge and could drop me off at the venue so I wouldn’t have to walk far.

Boston’s about 80 miles from where I live. This is the longest distance I have been from home since my Dad died in a Boston hospital 8 years ago. My daughter’s husband was driving. Fortunately, it turns out that he is a good driver and I was comfortable with him at the wheel.

We had to go through the Ted Williams Tunnel. “The tunnel is 8,448 feet (2,575 m) long, of which approximately 3,960 feet (1,207 m) is underwater. On July 10, 2006, at approximately 11 p.m., a steel tieback that suspends the concrete drop ceiling inside the tunnel structure failed in the I-90 Connector eastbound tunnel leading to the Ted Williams Tunnel, causing four three-ton sections of ceiling to collapse. A section of ceiling fell on top of a car traveling through the tunnel, killing 38-year-old passenger Milena Del Valle and slightly injuring her husband Angel Del Valle, who was driving.” I got the previous quote from Wikipedia. I did not like the tunnel but nothing fell on us.

tunnel-1.jpgThe Ted Williams tunnel

The concert wasn’t supposed to start until 11:00 PM (I had to take a nap that afternoon so I could stay awake- I didn’t want to fall asleep during the concert because I think I drool when I’m sleeping). We got to Boston early, so we went to a bar next door to the building where the concert was to be held, basically in an empty small room used for poetry readings, gallery, concerts, etc.

the-druid.jpgThe Druid, the Irish bar we went to first. Really cool place, awesome decorations.

The Lily Pad, not the best photo, It came out dark, but if you look good you can see Tom Thumb.

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I had two drinks at the bar.(Don’t worry, I counted my weight watcher points). The concert was great. It reminded me of the sixties. Tom Thumb (nom de guerre) writes all his own songs, played acoustic guitar and had a really nice voice. Then we went back to the bar. We met up with Tom Thumb and I had a couple more drinks. Sarah was designated driver so she had one beer before the concert and one beer after.

Sarah and I at “The Druid” (I’m wearing my “going out costume”me-and-sarah-at-the-druid.jpg

We didn’t leave Boston until 2:30AM. We got home at 4:00AM. I actually was able to walk back and forth to where the car was parked myself. I was high spry as a kite. It was a really fun night. I had to stay awake for the whole drive home so that Sarah would stay awake. We talked for the whole 1 1/2 hours while her hubby slept in the back seat.

I should do this in two posts but I’m not, so there. But you are welcome to read it in two visits.

Part 2 Easter Brunch and Easter Baskets!!!!

We went to an Easter brunch at a local restaurant. It just so happens to be the restaurant where my weight watcher meetings are held (the restaurant is closed when we have the meetings, thank goodness. Can you imagine 50 weight watcher people having a meeting in an open restaurant?).

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I sat next to Leslie, my wasband’s new friend. She is awesome and we talked the whole time. Poor Barry couldn’t get a word in edgewise. She’s smart, funny and very easy to talk to. She’s the best one yet. I hope she keeps him.

Leslie and I (talk, talk, talk)leslie-and-me.jpg

I did good with the eating part of it. I had salad (no dressing) some vegetables, one scrambled egg, and 1/2 of a roasted potato. I walked right by the bacon, sausage and desserts.

There were 26 of us. We took up half the room. Most of them were Obie’s family, the English side, not the Japanese side.

We then went to our house for Easter baskets. We gave Barry his and then he and Leslie had to leave so she could see her children.

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Later on in the day, Sarah and her hubby and I did our baskets.

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I can now set up “Stonehenge” on my bureau. Cool stuff in my basket but no candy.

I did miss my son. He was working on Easter in Buffalo.

So, I had a great weekend with my family and now it’s all back to cooking and shopping and giving out handicapped tickets, errands and laundry and drives to the beach with coffee (decaf). I am headed to the beach now.