One left to go. Where does the time go. It seems like just yesterday that the summer and parade season was arriving and now it is gone. Well summer is parade season ends this coming Saturday with our final parade.
Well I thought today was going to be just like the last 4 month end days, very quiet, but boy was I wrong. I wish I could say I was busy with things for the 5 sales reps I have accounts with. The majority of the work came from the 4 additional sales reps I get to work with for the next 2 weeks while my coworker/friend is on vacation. It was so busy that the first paragraph of this post was written and saved at 12:35.
There hasn’t been too much happening around these parts, dinner with my Dad last weekend, work, more work, house work, yard work. You know the usual domestic stuff that keeps us all busy.
Last Monday was the annual nomination of officers for the Drum Corps. I am currently nominated for Drum Major and Asst Drum Major, I will see what happens come the end of October whether the group decides to elect me for either position.
Speaking of the Drum Corps this past weekend we went to The Big E, or The Eastern States Exposition, in Springfield, MA. This is the 2nd year in a row the Drum Corps has marched in the parade on the last Saturday of the 3 week fair. It was a full day of walking and eating and people watching. We had a wonderful day, the weather was beautiful, and we got to visit with about 160,870 of our closest friends.Seriously though we did have a good old fashioned tweet up. It’s not often you wind up in the same town as people you tweet with live, so when I mentioned we were going to the Big E, Eric (@darkraynbow) and Max (@JMaxR) tweeted back that they might join us. Now Max has never been to The Big E in all the time he has lived in MA.
Aside from just walking around and then the parade at 5pm we ate and shopped, it seems though all we bought was food. Deep Fried Pickles, Sausage covered in Pulled Pork and Bacon, Chocolate Covered Bacon, Maple Cotton Candy, Cabot Cheese (XX Sharp and Horseradish Cheddar),Beer, and Martinis. Oh and I can’t forget the Wicked Whoopie Pies I had to get, even though one didn’t last the bus ride home and the other we ate Sunday night. Max really got into the experience and had a Smoked Turkey Leg, guess he thought he was at a Renaissance Fair. We had a great time hanging out with both of them and hope to see them again sometime, especially since we live pretty close in internet standards.
So on a sadder note, not only was today Month End at work but it was all the last day for one of my colleagues who has retired. She worked in our database services dept and has sat on the other side of my cube wall for the last 3 years. Not only have I learned so much from her but she told me today she has learned alot from me and is impressed with my product knowledge. It just won’t be the same but she has earned this time to spend with her family and enjoy life.
Friday night, normally known as Date Night, the Hubby and I have made a plan to hit up a local restaurant The Redding Roadhouse to partake in their Oktoberfest menu. This also happens to be the restaurant that hosts our Monthly Gay Social Group the first Monday of the Month. Since they give to us, as good homos it’s only fair we give back. It’s a win for all because they get repeat customers and we get delicious delicious German food.
Here is just a sampling of what they have to offer:
Bit of the Wurst: sausage sampler of smoked bratwurst, weisswurst and bauernwurst steamed in beer with sauerkraut
Kartoffelpuffer: potato pancakes with applesauce & sour cream
Charcuterie Plate: zurgenwurst, teewurst, pepper-coated cervelat & wuerzburger, cornichons, purple mustard, grilled bread
Burgoo: german immigrant stew
Wiener Schnitzel: breaded veal cutlet with lemon butter and fresh parsley
Schnitzel a la Holstein: weiner schnitzel with capers, anchovies, fried egg
Sauerbraten: bavarian style pot roast, sweet & sour gravy thickened with gingersnaps
Best of the Wurst: smoked bratwurst, weisswurst and brauernwurst steamed in beer & sauerkraut
Kasseler Rippchen: smoked center-cut pork chop baked in sauerkraut with apples & grapes
Dessert: Apple Strudel a la Mode, Black Forest Layer Cake
The hubby and I and some friends of ours (one of whom is German) went last year and vowed we would go back this year if they had the menu again. Now the only problem is to figure out what to eat.
On a recap note, the hubby got all the pieces he ordered for my laptop so I can now get a few cruise update posts, with pictures, and some videos posted now that I have the access to them. Look for those later on this week.
Happy 4th Quarter!