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And that's the weekend that was

I'm currently in the office at my sweetheart's house, enjoying a cup of tea - hence the icon. I thought I'd share a bit about my weekend, which was pretty fabbity fab.


My sweetheart and I got up verrrrry early on Friday morning (4:45 a.m., to be precise) so that we could hit the road before 5:30. Why so early? Well, we were headed for Massachusetts, you see, which requires us to shoot through/around New York City, and we really wanted to beat rush hour traffic. We got to see a gorgeous sunrise as we drove past the city, and we ended up plenty early for our first stop, which was a visit with Kevin Slattery (aka slatts) and Jeannine Atkins (jeannineatkins).

Actually, we were so early that our first stop was at the Yankee Candle Factory in Deerfield, Massachusetts. My sweetheart and I are agreed that we need never go there again, although it was clearly a favorite spot and tourist destination for lots of people. But I digress.

Our first planned stop was at the hospital in Greenfield, where Kevin's marvelous collection of caricature portraits are on display. I've seen all, or at least most, of them online, and I own prints of a number of them. (You can shop his works in various forms (prints, mugs, bags, and cards, as well as his graphic novels/magazines) HERE.) But seeing them all in person, in their original sizes, and being able to see the layers and textures in his collages and such, made the art come alive in new ways. It was a really great gallery tour, with lots of time for conversation about process and inspiration and stuff.

And then the four of us went to lunch, which was absolutely delicious (at least mine was - I had superlative food all weekend, lucky girl that I am!). I had the "ham cristo", which was ham, swiss, and cranberry jelly sandwiched inside French toast. With mashed potatoes on the side. It was nomulent. But I digress, since the conversation and companionship exceeded the excellence of the food.

After lunch, we went to the local art center, where a number of Kevin's "life drawings" were on display, along with the works of other local artists who'd attended life drawing classes. If you think it means there were a lot of pictures of naked people, you are right. And they were spectacular. Again, it was great to be able to hear about Kevin's process and to talk about art and writing and more.

When my sweetheart and I took our leave of Kevin and Jeannine, it was so we could go to Amherst to visit my Maggie, who is a freshman at UMass. It was terrific to see her, especially since she is so happy at school. We met a couple of her friends, and took them all shopping at Target (for Halloween costumes - the three girls are going as Nickelodeon characters from back in the day), and then my beloved and I checked into our hotel after dropping the kids off. We followed that up with dinner with Maggie at a place of her choosing - the High Horse Tavern, which featured excellent food (Maggie and I both got the mac & cheese, and my sweetheart had a burger), and I had one of the beers that they make on the premises - a stout infused with coffee, which was stupendous. We dropped Maggie back at her dorm to let her finish an assignment that was due by 10 p.m. and spend time with her friends, and we headed back to our wonderful hotel room, where we collapsed because it had been a long day.


My sweetheart and I enjoyed the continental breakfast at the hotel, then picked Maggie up for a trip to the mall down at Holyoke. (It was a very nice mall, and my girl enjoyed being there, even though she did very little shopping - though what shopping she did was important.) The three of us went to lunch at Red Robin, where I had a bangin' chicken sandwich (in case you were curious - my, but I do talk about food a lot, huh?), and then we went to Barnes & Noble, where my sweetheart wandered off to the sale section while we headed up to YA and adult fiction. Maggie grabbed the last book of Veronica Roth's Divergent series, about which she is quite excited. And after a bit of browsing and shopping, we checked out and headed back to campus, where we hung out with my girl for a bit, and then took off for home, leaving her to study for biology class.


I was really happy to have a chance to sleep late, let me assure you of that. And I'm looking forward to an early bedtime tonight. In the meantime, we did a bit of additional downsizing at my house, which included letting some lovely guys from a local church in to take the TV and entertainment unit out of my family room. (Both items were extremely heavy, and both are extremely welcome in the "teen room" at their church, so WIN-WIN!) One of them kindly helped my sweetheart put my grandmother's corner cupboard into the back of my minivan (much appreciated by me, since it had to come up the seven steps from my basement, which is too heavy of a lift for me, though I could manage helping with the short distance from the garage into the ranch house here). And now the cupboard is in the corner of the dining room here, looking for all the world like that's where it's always belonged.

And I need another cup of tea.

Tell me about your weekend?

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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 28th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed Massachusetts! I've spent many an hour in that Barnes & Noble. :)
Oct. 29th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
It was a BIG store!
Oct. 28th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a lovely weekend!
Oct. 29th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
It was! (Tiring, though.)
Nov. 2nd, 2013 12:18 am (UTC)
Oh, that was a good weekend. Thanks for doing so much driving and including me. It's very cool when your daughter is happy where she is. High Horse -- I hope you got some fries in those cute cups with those burgers! Glad those guys could haul out the entertainment center -- I bet they're thrilled to have it!
Nov. 4th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
It was so great to see you! Maggie and I got the mac & cheese, which was excellent, but Morris got a burger and the "bottomless" fries, which he shared (and refilled, which is unlike him!).
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