Sunday, January 26, 2014

Nights on the town.

My younger son and I went to an fundraiser downtown for an organic community farm.  There was music, a beard pageant (seriously) and several local restaurants participating in a soup competition.  The only problem was that it was very crowded, so we stood for a long time to get a bowl of soup and then in another line to get something to drink.  It was at a restaurant with a big selection of beers on draft so I got a Lagunitas IPA.  After second bowl of soup I decided it wasn't worth the lines, so that's all I had.  The butternut squash bisque was fine but not as good as the one I make myself.  But the cheesy onion soup with croutons was delicious.  It got my vote.
When the pool table in front of us opened up, so my son and I grabbed it.  I don't play pool, but I did anyway.  I'm terrible.  However, that did not stop me from doing a victory dance when I won by default when he accidentally sank the 8-ball.  We played pool for a couple of hours in spite of my complete lack of skill.
Last night my son was heading out with his friends, so I met up with a friend of my own for dinner. I've got male friends, of course, but this is the first time since college when I've had a platonic relationship with a guy I actually spend a lot of time with. Afterwards we stopped for hot chocolates and split a giant dark chocolate turtle. Whenever I see those, I always think about the discussion about chocolates in the office where I had a work-study job in college. One of the secretaries said in her very Southern way, "You know them turtles?  I could eat 'em till they just don't make 'em anymore." The tiny coffee shop was toasty and the night cold, so it was nice to huddle inside for a while and talk.

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  1. cheesy onion and crouton....hey i could get down with that...a beard pageant..nice...i could enter....we used to play pool all the time when i was young...we used to have a table in our basement....

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    1. We had a pool table in the basement here for several years. I never touched it. Turns out, I don't like being in the basement.

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  2. "The butternut squash bisque as fine but not as good as the one I make myself."

    OMG...butternut squash bisque is one of my favorite soups! And I bet yours is faaaaabulous!

    I don't play pool either. I'm terrible. But I'm also terrible at BOWLING - gutter balls!

    Love what the secretary said about the turtles. Hilarious!

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    1. It is pretty good - if I do say so myself. :-)

      I can't bool either! Really, all sports involving eye-hand coordination are not my thing.

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  3. That kind of evening sounds like a little bit of alright. A lot actually, a heck of a lot.

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  4. Sure your son did not let you win? I used to do that when playing pool with female friends. Ok, so that was just the excuse I used. Glad you got your dance and scored chocolate on the separate outing.

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    1. Nope, he has no reason to curry favor with me.

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  5. I love reading about the time(s) you spend with your son. Knowing his age, and knowing what my son was like at that age, it is refreshing to know there is a son out there that enjoys spending time with his mom and doing fun things like playing pool together! Spending time with a friend in a toasty coffee shop sounds like another delightful time! I know you treasured both!

    betty

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    1. I know he'd rather hang out with friends, which is fine. But I'm thankful that he's okay to spend time with me, too.

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  6. beard pageant - I just read today that Proctor and Gamble latest report shows razor sales down. They blame the Movember thing and recent beard fad.
    Playing pool with no money involved is the only way I try to play it.

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    1. I'm not a fan, myself. But seems like the sales would go down in the winter and back up when Spring hits.

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  7. Playing pool with no skill is a lot more fun to me. When I started to get good at it, I got bored and gave it up.

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    1. Well, that won't happen with me since I don't plan to play much, if at all.

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    2. I had a boyfriend who was into it. He taught me to play while I was drunk, now I have to have a few in me to do well.

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  8. There was a billiard table when I was at boarding school and your social status definitely sent up if you were a whizz at billiards. Unfortunately like you I was pretty inept.

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    1. If I cared, I'm sure I could at least improve. The problem is, I don't.

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  9. I haven't had a hot chocolate or a turtle in ages. Sounds good though!

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  10. I wonder when I will be able to walk out with my son somewhere else than to a park or playground:)

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  11. Sounds like a great evening with your son and a nice dinner out too with your friends. I love chocolate turtles....

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  12. Chocolate turtles? Anything chocolate has my vote; wonder if they’ll ever do the turtle variety over here.

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    1. Caramels and pecans dipped in chocolate. Delicious!

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  13. Sounds like a great evening, apart from the queues. You eat turtles? ;)

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  14. Awww... That sounds like great bonding time. :)

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  15. I'm starting to really love soup, especially now in the winter.

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