Fear not

I am still here. I haven’t disappeared into the unknown.

The last month or so has been filled with lots of stuff, some happy good times, some not so happy good times.

The urge to blog hits me, and just as quickly it goes away. So I guess a quick recap of the goings on around these parts is long overdue.

After the Orchid show the hubby had a week long trip to Nashville for work. It was a little break from the routine of life for both of us after a week of family togetherness.

I caught up with a couple friends for dinners, went over to my brothers, and just overall kept busy.

The week after his trip we had plans with some friends for a day in NYC to see a couple shows and have some meals. The first stop was lunch at House of Brews with 2 of our friends. The burger I had was good and the ambiance was nice. After lunch we headed over to the Theater to meet up with 2 more friends to see A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. This show was Amazing! If you get the change to see it, DO IT! I will say that this show is on the list of those I would see a 2nd time, if it doesn’t win a Tony or 10 there is something seriously wrong. Jefferson Mays who is one of the leads plays 8 characters throughout the entire show and has some of the fastest costume changes I have ever seen.

After the show we had plans to see a friends Improv group called ComedySportz, they were having a special March Madness night and it was People vs. Puppets. We always enjoy seeing the group perform especially when Glennn is there. After that it was time for dinner so we walked over to Matt’s Grill. We arrived and told them we had a reservation and they had this deer in the headlights look, guess someone forgot to tell someone else about the OpenTable reservation I made. They said it would be a few minutes so they bought us a round of drinks. Well done on their part.

Next up was another trip into the city back on April 5th to meet some more friends, this time it was just a late  afternoon pop in for Dinner at The Glass House Tavern (which at one point I referred to as The Crystal Gayle Palace) and a visit to The Top of The Roc (Rockefeller Center). The views up there were amazing and I would have enjoyed them more had it not been so damn cold and windy up there. After that we stopped for cupcakes at the Magnolia Bakery and then walked over to the Hell’s Kitchen area for Drinks at Boxers NYC. We were originally going to go to the Gay Bar Posh but we walked in and it was loud and crowded so we moved over a block to Boxers which calls itself a Gay Sports Bar. The crowd was cute, as were the shritless bartenders in their Boxing Shorts (not to be confused with Boxers), and the hubby and I decided it would be someplace we went back to when in the city.

Last weekend was the annual Drum Corps awards dinner. Although I knew there would be no awards for me this year, I was there along with Dad, and my 2 Sisters-In-Law to support my older Brother who was receiving his 25 year Trophy and my Youngest Brother who was Receiving his 15  Year Trophy. Next year will be my year as I will be receiving my 20 Year trophy (I am in my 20th year this year but get awarded the following year). I would have gotten it this year but I took a year off due to some drama caused by another member.

That brings us to the shenanigans of my younger brothers (the one right after me) Birthday. He seems to be either growing up or Mom’s passing made him not want to be so elaborate years Pub Crawl of 30 beers at 30 Bars for his 30th. As a side note he only made it to 21 bars before calling it quits. We had a nice dinner with a couple of  my uncles and their girlfriends, dad, my youngest brothers wife and a family friend. Although not a restaurant I would pick to go to the food wasn’t as bad as I recalled. I mean how can you really go wrong with Steak and a Salad Bar.

This weekend is more family fun, No Bowling because it is Easter. This will be the first holiday without Mom, so it remains to be seen how it will be. We are gathering at my youngest brother and his wife’s house, though The Hubby and I are bringing a good portion of the menu with us. All told I understand there will be about 20-25 of us, a much larger crowd than normal. We are in charge of the Mac and Cheese, Bread, Cheesecake, Nutella Cake (saw this recipe and HAVE to make it), and the Smoked Turkey. We gave the Ham to my brother to cook with whatever else they are making. Guess I will be a busy boy Saturday baking up a storm.

Well that pretty much wraps up the past month, I still get sad in between all the good times, and I know that good days and bad days are still ahead of me. I promise to get back on the horse and post some more. We do have a lot of good stuff coming up in the next few months, and Parade Season is right around the corner.

Til next time………..

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2 thoughts on “Fear not

  1. Kathy Bacon says:

    Thinking of you often – Losing a family member is hard – losing a loved one even harder – I admire your love for your mother – having a mother and being a mother – thoughts of your loss breaks my heart even more because you adored your mom…..which in part I think is why you are so easily adored.

    My grandparents are my first loss – 1996 & 2002 and not a day goes by I don’t think of them.

    I am sure I am not the only one thinking about you … hope you find comfort in knowing that.

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