Last night was the birthday dinner with a bunch of friends. We met at a steak house, one that I've really enjoyed since moving here. Eight of us at one table was probably a challenge for other diners, but we had such a great time, that I honestly didn't give it a thought once we were seated. Zoë was the birthday celebrant, and I won't say how old she is! We are all happily mature women!
|Gertrude, Jennifer, Lynne|
This is such a fun bunch of women. Some of them I see just once a year or so when we do dinner for some event, a birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc. But any time we are together, a good time will be had!
|Dorothy, Zoë, Carolyn|
|Can you tell we were having a good time? :)|
After dinner, we shared desserts. Zoë was given a complimentary dessert, a rich chocolate cake, and we bought three others, then shared them around the table. We had bread pudding with whiskey sauce, a creamy pistachio thingy, and a Jack Daniels/caramel sundae. They were all excellent!
Linda became very attached to the pistachio one.
|Turning loose of your favorite dessert could be painful, obviously!!|
We tied up a table for the waitress for more than two hours, but she didn't seem to care. We had excellent service throughout, and she was amply rewarded with an extremely generous tip.
|Much laughter, much chatter, much good times!!|
As I was driving there before the dinner I had a little sad experience. A darling little kitten ran into the highway. It was just a few weeks old! No, I didn't hit it, nor did anyone else, but I was so scared for the poor thing. You know me .... I stopped right in the highway and went after it! It got off the highway, so I pulled my truck off to the shoulder and resumed trying to catch the baby. I called it and talked to it, but it kept moving away from me. Unfortunately, it ran into the woods, mewing loudly, so I'm hoping the mother found it. For a few minutes, I thought I was going to have a cat at my house, planned or not. Caroline, it looked a lot like Echo and Anna, black with a few white markings on the face and chest. :'( I really hope it is OK. As I drove home last night, I drove very slowly in that area and looked for it. At least I saw no carcass beside or on the road, so I have hope.
This morning feels like a lazy day for me. I might go out and putz about in the garden a little, but I don't plan on doing much that requires sweat. (I say that now, but when I get to the garden .....) I'm thinking I'll take a fairly easy day, and just relax. Next week is going to be a busy one. I'm going to be helping with the art tour, as I mentioned a few days ago, and I somehow have upped the busy-ness ratio. I learned last night that Lynne, who usually helps Zoë at these events, is going to be out of town, so I volunteered to help her on Saturday and Gert is going to help on Sunday. And on Sunday, Dorothy and I are going to make the trip around the tour ourselves. Thursday night is the reception, and I'll be greeting people, serving, whatever at that, and I'll be there early in the afternoon to help set up and figure out what's what. Oh, I guess I'd better fill up Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday quickly! What a horrible gaping hole that is!! LOL!