This and that

I had a fantastic birthday weekend.  M and I went to visit with our granddaughter and her parents.  I don’t think I could have asked for a better gift.  I was feeling some angst about turning 50 (I didn’t realize how much angst until afterwards) and the Exquisite Emma was the perfect remedy, giving me a much needed attitude adjustment.

I came home filled with  joy and love.  There’s nothing like an Emma-fix to help me prioritize things in life.

In case anyone is looking for words of wisdom now that I’m half of a century old, I will tell you this:  Being 50 isn’t nearly as difficult as anticipating 50.

(Swim lessons.)

One of the things we got to do was watch Emma at her swim lessons.  She’s like a fish in the water!  I thought she was swimming quite well, and it’s good to see that she’s not afraid of the water.  It was nice, though, just to be a part, albeit small and just a watcher, of one of her activities.

(Touching bottom.)

I have better photos, but as you  may recall, I’m not posting clear images of Emma on the blog anymore (unless enough time has elapsed to have changed her a bit).

It snowed while we were away.  Not here at home, but where we were.  I think we must have brought the snow storm with us.  Or perhaps it’s true that I do have a superpower and that superpower is the power to bring on snow.  Either way, we got a few inches of the white stuff.  They aren’t as prepared to handle the snow there as they are here.  The roads were pretty bad for a while on Saturday afternoon, with cars slipping and sliding their way into accidents.

Besides spending time with Emma, we had drinks and dinner with friends on Friday evening.  It was fun and I came away with a great gift/book:  Fifty Things to Do When You Turn Fifty: Fifty Experts on the Subject of Turning Fifty.  The first essay in the book was written by Garrison Keillor and offers the best piece of advice:  Stop Complaining.  There are more bits of wisdom throughout that one essay, as well as in the others I’ve read.

A big thanks! to my friend for giving me the book.  I’ll be sure to return it when you turn 50.  (When is that, anyhow?)

Sunday morning, when I woke up, I felt much better than I had in ages.  Free, light, glad to be past the stress of anticipating such a big milestone.  I received some beautiful gifts from M, although really, just the trip itself and being with him and family was good enough.  Still, the earrings are very nice.  🙂

We had dinner at Lindey’s, a lovely restaurant in the German Village section of Columbus.  The food and service were excellent.  There was a small SNAFU with our entrees.  M had ordered the duck and it wasn’t ready when the rest of the food was prepared to be brought out so he had to wait while we started our meals.  A manager stopped by to check on us and to apologize for what happened.  I’d heard something going on in the kitchen just before our food was served (someone saying “the lesson for tonight is…!”).  M mentioned to the manager that the problem is we’ve all watched Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, and know that the food should be cooked so it’s all ready to be served at the same time.  The manager laughed and said it certainly was a kitchen nightmare for the cook staff.

We did all enjoy our food, and it should be noted (in case that woman from Harpers Ferry stops by again) that we neither asked for nor had any of our meals comped.  I’m such a slow eater, anyhow, that M was finished his dinner before I finished mine.  Even with a 5 minute or so head start, I can’t beat him to the clean-plate finish.  (Or to the put-the-rest-in-a-box finish.)

(Luminaries in German Village.)

After dinner we took a little stroll around German Village where they had luminaries lining the buildings.  There was even a band out on the street playing Christmas music.  The photos I took are all pretty terrible (it’s difficult to take night shots without a tripod), but they’ll give you a general idea.

Your eyes are ok.  It’s the pictures that are blurry.

The snow, the lights, and the music all combined to put us in a festive, very seasonal mood.  Some of the businesses had treats out (Lindey’s had s’mores and the chocolate shop had cookies and hot chocolate).  I was too full from dinner to partake, but Emma had a s’more and a cookie.

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend, and a wonderful way to spend my 50th birthday.

If you don’t see much of me around here in the coming months, blame it on Emma’s parents.  They gave me 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die for a birthday gift.  I’ll be busy reading.  I’ve decided I can’t die until I’ve read all 1001 books so I expect I’ll be alive for a very long time to come.  I already have a start on them, having read some of the classics as well as the modern novels, but there are still plenty left for me to read.

It’s cold and gray and gloomy here in the Bogs today.  The sun was supposed to put in an appearance but I think someone forgot to book it.

A quick Move 2008 update and then I am outa’ here.

  • Total mileage for the year:  983.361

I’ll be at 1,000 very soon.  Yay!