Sunday, September 23, 2012

Tapas Dinner, Chocolate Buffet, and My Critters

It’s a pretty diverse title this time, I know, but it is also the main highlights of this past week for me.

Saturday of last week I dropped Jasmine at my friend Terri’s home – to be boarded for a week… Sunday morning I took Missy to the Blackberry Hill Kitty Kottage (the boarding kennel) for her week-long stay, and then Sunday evening I flew over to Vancouver (under much protest, I must admit) to attend a week-long training session for work. 

While the work-related pieces were interesting and will, I am certain, prove valuable, the highlights of the training week for me happened on Tuesday night and on Thursday night. 

Tuesday night I was able to connect with a long ago love of mine to have a delicious Tapas dinner at La Bodega and, more wonderful for me, a great long catch up and visit.  I can’t say he hasn’t changed a bit – he has – but then again, we all have. The years are being beautifully kind to him. He’s also changed somewhat on the inside, from what I can see.  He’s matured.  He was always sweet and kind and very thoughtful – but the years have refined him somehow, and the person I see when looking at him now is someone that I would want to get to know better, even if I didn’t know him already. Truly, I would like to get to know better the man he’s grown into. I hope we don’t end up going another ten years between visits, but lives have a way of getting busy and so if I am unable to see him for another ten years I will content myself to Facebook updates.

Thursday night I was able to meet up with a couple of high school chums for the purpose of partaking in the Sutton Hotel’s Chocolate Buffet.  OH MY! The highlight of the food portion of the evening was, most definitely, the crepe station. YUM. While I didn’t hit ALL of the samples I wanted to try out, I did manage to make some inroads into some delicious options and all in all the food review of the portion of the evening is a positive one. Catching up with my girlfriends? It was truly wonderful to see some great friends.

Friday afternoon I headed back home – got here around 6:30 in the evening… Blackberry Hill was closed and I just didn’t have three hours of driving in me, so Saturday morning I headed down to get Jasmine… When I arrived Miss Jasmine was up on the grooming table being brushed and combed, blown out and beautified.  She wasn’t exactly thrilled with the process, but I did get climbed on and kissed when I got close enough for such attention (and I LOVED it!)

I missed the “lunch break cut off” time and so headed home and had a small nap & then went and picked up Missy around 2PM.  She was also happy to see me (not as thrilled to see the dog though) and told me in no uncertain terms (in loud and plaintive tones) that I was missed and not to do that again any time soon please and thank you!

Since arrival at home, Missy has been in and out (and in and out and in and out!) and has so far brought a red collared bird and a snake into the yard.  The snake was alive, the bird not so much. Jasmine is not letting me out of ear-shot at the moment.  I stand up from the computer and she comes to find out exactly where it is that I think I may be going.

How does the old saying go? East or West, Home is best?


With love across the waters,

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