It had been a very busy week at work - the Big Cheese was gone which made me Acting Big Cheese and there were more politics and meetings than I want again in a 5-day stretch. I remember coming home and having a piece of ciabatta bread and a glass of wine, feeding my husband and then going to bed to sleep for 10 hours straight.
That Saturday dawned much brighter. Silver dollar "World's Fluffiest Pancakes" and a game or two.
If you have never played Ticket to Ride (especially if you love trains) check it out - it is VERY fun and can be quite competitive.
Then, we met with two couples who are our closest friends. You'll remember MC and Mr. B., from The Book of Barkley (the house with all the rescue cats) and Mike H. and his wife who show up on my Facebook and whom I've been friends with offline for many years. With them was Mike's best friend from childhood, still his best friend today. With MY husband actually home, it was going to be a great day. Abby knew something was up when I got the house tidied up earlier than normal
It's MC! It's MC! Mom's best friend!
Everyone started with appetizers, fried pickles, corned beef bites, and fried cheese curds in beer batter, but I forgot to take pictures as it was late when we ate, and I was getting hungry.
There was lots of conversations on science, and mechanics, and engineering including sharing some telephone photos of "projects gone really wrong" with lots of laughter and refills on our beverages.
I bet Abby is at home thinking "don't forget the doggie bags"
Back at the house, we got caught up on things we'd been doing or reading. Mike spotted the "F is for Effort (more of the very best totally wrong test answers)" book and was reading it out loud making us all crack up.
"Explain one reason why people are concerned about rising water levels in the world's oceans?"
"Dolphins will invade coastal cities in phase 1 of their plan for world domination!"
Then there were horror stories of world travel, including the very worst of Five Star Hotels and why the passenger in the seat next to you drooling on you can only get worse.
She looked at them as they left as if to say, "I am so happy you all visited. Please come back - I love you!"