Friday night I got home after work, only to find out that one of my neighbors had passed away that morning :( This woman was nothing short of amazing. She was the type of person who dropped by with some "left overs" when she knew that you and your boyfriend had broken up. And you probably weren't eating.
She always called to say she had the most recent trash pick up schedule if I wanted a copy. And she taught me how to spray my bushes for bugs, so I didn't have to keep paying True Green gobs of money. And gave me all of her husband's left over wood from his woodworking to use as kindling for my fires. Because she knew I loved to have fires.
I was devastated when I heard the news. So were the other neighbors. We spent all of Saturday cooking. Lasagna, cavatini, manicotti. Her family is Italian. We wanted to be sure they had plenty to eat when all of the out of town family arrived.
Saturday night was just what I needed to put a smile on my face :) Dinner with slively & his wife. And I FINALLY got to meet their new baby boy, Clifford the Big Red Dog. He is absolutely precious. I rocked him in my arms for a long time, and quite honestly...I didn't want to let him go. He is so handsome. And happy. And I think I need one. Well, maybe not right this sec...but you know....
Sunday I took Louis Wellington to the Dog Park! We were supposed to meet BFF & her Labradoodle, Buddy, at the park on Saturday...but with all of my neighbors over to cook and such there wasn't enough time.
I didn't end up taking any pictures because I STILL HAVE THE 8-TRACK FLASHBACK FLIP PHONE THAT VERIZON WIRELESS GAVE ME WHEN MY BLACKBERRY BLEW UP ON FRIDAY AND I AM NOT PLEASED, CAN YOU TELL?!??!?!?!
But, I will tell you that Louis had a lovely time. And he is now a very dirty pup. Again.
Sunday was also TEN's birthday. I had all of these plans that included cooking dinner (paella...yummm!!) and other such things. He said he wanted a "low key" evening. I planned for low key.
He came over and opened his gifts. He then declared that he wanted to eat mexican and drink margaritas.
So that's what we did. We laughed bunches. We drank too many margaritas. We watched a movie, and both fell asleep before the end of the movie was over.
We are getting old.
Monday we were both off for President's Day. Shopping was on our agenda, and we started by picking out some new Zumba shoes for me.
I love them, and I can't wait to wear them next week!
Next up, the TJ MAXX Le Creuset section. My favorite!!! I ended up with:
8" square baking dish
(i am slowly replacing my clear Pyrex=BORING baking dishes with Le Creuset. finding great deals at TJ Maxx is making it so much easier!)
12" rectangular baking dish
(this is the IDEA of what i bought. the blue was more royal. the inside is apple green. and it is HUGE!! most importantly, it was $9.99. i haven't a clue what to do with it. but i love it.)
We decided to try Cheddar's Casual Cafe for lunch. It is somewhat new in Smalltown, VA, and neither of us had been.
Let me just say...if you go to Cheddar's...bring you appetite.
TEN ordered the Buffalo Chicken Wrap. When the server brought it out TEN exclaimed "my gosh! i only ordered one!"
(what they brought TEN was actually BIGGER than this. seriously. i wish i had my bb and i could have taken a picture!)
I ordered the Chicken Fajita Quesadilla.
(what they brought me was actually BIGGER than this.)
Our bill was UNDER $30. Next time I think we will split the Buffalo Chicken Wrap with 3 others and call it a day. The food was delicious, and super reasonable. I would definitely recommend Cheddar's Casual Cafe if you are looking for an inexpensive lunch from a chain restaurant.
Next we were off to Old Navy. TEN doesn't wear a lot of jeans. But, those that he does have were getting a bit frayed and ratty. He decided Old Navy should have some jeans for him. He had success, and so did I!
(we decided I couldn't pass this up :)
(i thought this would probably be more acceptable than the OTHER SHIRT I wanted to purchase)
(oxford shirt dress for $15. it had work written all over it, and it came home with me!)
(as did this one)
Last night I had got together with the girls for a few drinks, and then TEN and I watched Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. I liked the movie. I never saw the original Wall Street, I know...shoot me, so I didn't have anything to compare it to. I think that perhaps I should order that on Netflix to see :)
Today it is dreary and cold in Smalltown, VA. I'm trying to keep a smile on my face though, because we were truly blessed with a BEAUTIFUL LONG WEEKEND! And...hopefully I will have my new blackberry (and will actually work) by this afternoon.
Life is good,
P.S. My $40 CSN Stores Giveaway ends TONIGHT at 5pm EST.