Monday, June 29, 2009

It's a Long One....

What a weekend!

We started things off on Friday night with dinner and drinks at Ye Olde Standish Grille. As always – we had a great time, but it was even better because we were joined by our friends Karen, Barrie and Kirsten. It was so much fun and we laughed a LOT. Karen and Barrie we’ve known forever, but Kirsten is someone I only met recently. Karen and Barrie met her through a children’s play group they’re a part of (made up of gay parents) and they became friends with her.
As it turns out, she grew up with Jim and has known him since he was little. Not only that, but we run into her parents at the Grille just about every Friday night.
Yes….another example of what a crazy, small world it is.

First thing Saturday morning, I headed to the grocery store to grab a few things (for the appetizers I was making that afternoon – more on that later) and by the time I had woken up, Jim was already hard at work getting the hot tub drained, cleaned and re-filled. In fact, when I got into the shower….he had already drained it and cleaned it out. Clearly he had been up for a while.
Once I got home from the store, I headed into Boston for my softball game.
We won, which was exciting, but it wasn’t a very close game. It was against RG’s team - so THAT was fun, but as I said….it wasn’t very close.
After the game, I headed back home to get ready for the party we were going to that afternoon.

Since I was the one who volunteered to bring 2 appetizers to the party and Jim was super busy doing 1,000 other things, I had to make both appetizers all by myself. Now – I know that to some people that wouldn’t even be an issue, but seriously – it was kind of huge for me. I don’t cook AT ALL, and not that this was ‘cooking’, but it was certainly more than running to the store and throwing chips and salsa into a bowl.
The first appetizer, I’ll admit, was very easy. All they were, were little cucumber sandwiches, so it was only a matter of making the ‘spread’ – putting on the bread and throwing a cucumber slice on top….easy, and delicious.
The second one was a bit more involved. I decided to make roasted pepper and mozzarella bites which involved roasting two peppers, getting the skins off them, slicing them up, seasoning them and then wrapping them around little mozzarella balls. I won’t go into the details….but it was a bit of a challenge for me.
I must say they came out pretty damn good and I received lots of compliments about them at the party.
The party itself was very fun, and in spite of having to deal with a little rain (shocking, I know) we had a really great time.

This is what they looked like…..but these aren’t pictures of the ones I made….but seriously, they looked just as good.
Seriously….I’m not lying.

Yesterday, Jim and I woke up, showered, got dressed and then immediately headed out to the grocery store. Once we got home, we began getting the house ready for the cookout that was happening at 3pm (for our niece’s 12th birthday). Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t all that great, (again, shocking) but at least it wasn’t raining!
I had to take off at 2pm for a softball game, but by that point the house was in excellent shape and ready to go!

I won’t get into the specifics of my softball game, but I will say that it was probably the most disappointing loss I can remember. I never get upset about losing games, but this one was really depressing. Put it this way – our games are 7 innings long, and we were winning 1-0 (which is unheard of in slow pitch softball) going into the bottom of the 7th inning (we were the ‘away’ team, so this was their last at bat) and they ended up scoring 2 runs.
Whatever…I’m totally over it now, but there were a few things that happened during the game that really got me annoyed....but I’m not going to bring it up again…it’ll just get me angry. And who needs that?!?!?

OK – this has been a MARATHON post, but no one told you that you had to read the whole thing!!!!!

Have a great Monday and thank the LORD it’s a short week…..xoxo


RG said...

Ha! Now I don't feel so bad about the blow-out loss to you guys!

Honey, we couldn't pitch to save our lives on Saturday. We kept count and we walked 20 people! 20! bwaaaa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha I wish I had know I was going to step in to pitch, I would've at LEAST warmed up before the game! Jeesh.

And for the record, just to show I'm not a bad sport, to all you readers of John's blog, the Pirates lost 27-3, mkay?

AJohnP said...

I had no idea what the score was...yikes.
As we discussed, at least when you were pitching, the ball made it over the plate!!!!
It's still always fun playing you guys and that certainly counts for a lot....and I LOVE your scooter!!!