Not identifying with any one organized religion, I am not a huge Easter celebrator, but I've got some fun tales of the holiday weekend to share:
DB was away camping with some guys this weekend (I decided not to go because I wanted/needed to spend some time with my mom on Easter -- a holiday that DOES mean something to her) so I was on my own for a couple of days and it was generally fun although I did miss him! :-) I lived alone for a lot of my life so it is an adjustment living with someone who is also my favorite friend to DO things with...we are joined at the hip a lot! I love it, but some alone time is good for both of us...the whole time we have been living together, he has been gone to Nearby Town for a week per month so we're now in a new phase with us living together all the time. We both really enjoyed our two days away...and our reunion yesterday!
Friday night I went home, leisurely walked Doglet at the beach then had a martini and ordered in Chinese food from a great new place that has very light choices. I had shrimp and asparagus and asked them NOT to send the rice. I also had some steamed chicken dumplings. Yummy. Then I watched a movie (The Namesake...liked it a lot) before bed. DB was out of cell range so we didn't even get to say goodnight! There is only one other time in our whole almost-5 years that we've been out of contact for as long as this weekend. I don't love it. ;-)
Slept in on Saturday, then took the Coffee Walk down the beach. After breakfast I went shopping for some Easter gifts to take to PD2's kids (more on that later) and, of course, bought quite a few things for ME (work shoes, two bathing suits that look nice now and will look nicer in 15 pounds, two tops). After shopping, I headed to the gym and then to Home Depot for some gardening supplies. When I got home, I worked on planting some beautification projects around the house and fed our fruit plants. Then shower and out to dinner with a friend (whose husband was camping with DB) and home for lots of talking and wine-drinking (eek, I don't drink wine anymore and yesterday morning I remembered why!).
Sunday I got up early (ugh) and went to get my mom. Brought her back to our place for a little bit before heading to PD2's house. PD2 being DB's daughter (read: not the best planner-aheader in the world), I didn't know until late Sunday morning what time we were supposed to show up for Easter dinner...and I also didn't know that PD1 and her kids were coming too!! This was a happy surprise, but I had to get more stuff from the Easter Bunny to take to the 3 more kids that were going to be there! While shopping to get the veggie plate to take over, I found some amazing Easter stuffed animals...I got one for each of the grandkids....it was hilarious walking into the house later in the afternoon with arms full of snuggly stuffed animals! (No, I am not a pretend grandmom that will encourage too much candy-eating...that is ALL I remember from childhood Easters...candy. No Easter-egg hunt, no new dresses. Just Easter baskets full of candy. Oh yeah, we did dye eggs...that was incidental to the CANDY. I did not have a single piece of candy yesterday.)
At PD2's house, there were the most amazing deviled eggs. I had about 6 (not 6 eggs, but 6 half-eggs). I think. ;-) Needless to say, by the time we ate at 4 or 5 I was not hungry! ;-) The food was not healthy: roast, ham, fatty-Costco salad, fatty-Costco scalloped potatoes...green beans with garlic were the only healthy thing. Oh well. I didn't eat much of the actual meal. And had about 2 bites of lemon cake. Not bad, but I felt stuffed.
It was super-fun to watch the kids do the egg-hunt and be all dressed up in their finery. We also found out that Grandchild Number Six (arriving in July) is going to be a boy...and we learned his name too! I am hoping that by then Cry Baby will look at me (he's stopped crying, but he hides his face when I look at him!)...on the way to loving me! When he gets a little brother, maybe... ;-)
The funniest story (I was going to just send this to Vickie, but I realized you all would enjoy it too):
On Friday, I was looking in the cedar chest that I have in my office to store my personal stuff (mostly files, but other things too). I remembered that I had bought some baby Easter stuff for a friend who was due around Easter one year and had never sent it...I thought that I might use it to give to one of the grandkids this year. I found the stuff (chick booties and baby stuffed rabbit -- all with tags on) and packed it to take home. Then I started thinking about how long I had held on to that stuff...and I realized that I got it for Vickie's middle child...who just turned 15!!!!!! LOL Vickie, please tell Middle Child that the New Grandchild is going to enjoy her gifts. ;-)
Back on the food wagon today. I didn't do great over the weekend, but it could have been worse. And I was thrilled that one of the bathing suits I got is a size 10! :-)