I Feel Like Some Kind of Party Animal!
Feb. 12, 2012 11:04 am
Updated: Feb. 16, 2012 12:42 pm
Hubby and I had a busy weekend - it was a party from Friday until today! Friday evening we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant our friends own - Acapulco Mexican Grill. We weren't planning on partying. We were just going to eat and see if we could
"borrow" our adopted Mexican grandchildren. I hadn't seen the little cuties for a while and I missed them. I also had to ask our friend if he could make me a pot of his delicious Mexican Guacamole for a luncheon we're having at work on Monday. We ordered
a drink and I asked my friend to make his guacamole for me. Of course he said he would. His kids weren't there - turns out their aunt wasn't working so she had taken them home with her. But, we could go pick them up after we ate if we wanted.
While waiting for our food to arrive a couple that we have been friends with for years walked in. Of course we asked them to join us. Let Party #1 begin. Jack is a really funny guy and when he gets going with his stories I laugh until my sides ache. Friday
night was no different. He had recently been to Florida to hunt alligators with a guide and his story was very funny. It involved a cooler with the gator head in it and how he managed to not get arrested. Anyways - by the time we had finished eating and
catching up with our old friends it was too late to get the kids. We'll get them another night real soon.
Saturday morning we awoke to a snowstorm getting underway. We've had a really mild winter so far here in Northeast Ohio. That changed yesterday. My nephew was home from college for the weekend to meet the new puppy his family just got so my sister decided
it was also a good time to celebrate Nate's birthday. We left our house just after noon for Party #2. This is the same sister's house we go to for Thanksgiving. The one where the power went out before dinner was ready and how she carted her turkey halfway
across town to finish roasting. There's always some little twist to any get together she hosts, it seems. Yesterday it was the journey that had the twist to it. Ten minutes down the road (it's about a half hour to her house) it became white-out conditions;
and the cars up ahead of us on the highway were at a dead standstill. We come to a stop about 50 yards from an emergency access turn around. We figure there's some sort of accident. I know my daughter and parents had left her house and could very well
be ahead of us somewhere. I call my dad's cell phone to be sure they're ok. Yes, they are. In fact, they had taken a bit of a different route and had tried to get on the highway only to find the entrance blocked due to an accident. They were well on their
way to the party. Not us. We're just sitting there watching the backend of a semi. Jon decides he can drive on the berm up to the turn-around, make an illegal u-turn and go back the way we came and use a few back roads to get there. So, we arrive to the
party about a half hour late, but all in one piece. We had a great lunch. Little Sis made some really yummy appetizers and we had ham and various sides for the meal. My nephew had picked a spice cake with caramel icing for his birthday cake. A yummy meal
and a good time with family. But - we had to leave. We were hosting our annual neighborly get-together with our 2 neighbors so I had to get home to prepare my reuben dip for Party #3.
It is 4:30 and we head down the highway. The other side is still closed! There were cars and trucks everywhere and tow trucks were busily hooking up crashed vehicles and hauling them away. We turn on the radio to news and hear there had been over 25 vehicles
involved in various crashes. There were people taken to the hospital via ambulance but unbelievably there were no life-threatening injuries. God was looking over this stretch of highway for sure.
Later in the evening our neighbors arrive bringing yummy desserts and wine. We live pretty rural and on a dead-end street so there aren't a lot of houses nearby. These two neighbors live fairly close but we are separated by a creek. One neighbor can walk
to our house, the other has to drive - and driving takes a good 5 minutes at least. If there hadn't been all the snow they could have walked across the "bridge" (it's really only a steel beam) and been here in about a minute. Anyways we spent several hours
catching up with each other and munching away until we were stuffed. These are great people and through the cold months we really don't see very much of them, so this has become a fun tradition.
This morning we got up and spent the morning just lounging around. I made a batch of Mexican White Cheese Dip for the luncheon tomorrow and later on we'll go pick up the Mexican Guacamole my friend made for me. If I'm lucky I'll get to see the kids. Who
knows - that visit could turn into another party!