Bugs & Roger arrived around 4:00 on Fri and we had blueberry-based cocktails on the screened porch by 4:05. Spouse came home, and later the 4 of us headed out for our Fri night dinner with the 'usual suspects'. Since it was Scott's birthday, I picked up a cake and candles and smuggled them into the restaurant before Scott arrived, and gave instructions for our server to bring the cake out after clearing away our dinner plates. Scott was pleasantly surprised and we had a good time.
Something happened at dinner that became a source of laughter for Spouse, Bugs, Roger and me for the rest of the long weekend. After each person had looked at the check and put their money in the folder, it came to me. I determined that mine and Spouse's meals and tip should come to $40, but that would leave $25. unpaid, so I suggested we pass the bill around again so that each person could check to see if they had missed some upcharge. Someone asked what might have been overlooked so I mentioned that I wanted fries instead of chips so there was a 99 cent upcharge for that, and then said "There's also a coleslaw on here for a hundred twenty nine dollars," rather than a dollar twenty nine.
This caused much comical commotion at the table, as well as many references throughout the weekend to "$129.00 coleslaw".
Sat morning we had assorted bagels (mine was blueberry) with cream cheese and raspberry and blueberry scones for breakfast on the porch.
Bugs and Rog had brought some new CDs so we listened to them and talked and read magazines and drank coffee on the porch. I love leisurely mornings like this.
Afterward we went to a few yard sales where we picked up 2 chair cushions and 1 love seat cushion for our porch furniture for $10. for the set. At another one I got 2 beautiful antique satin-looking throw pillows for a quarter each, and Spouse picked up 4 small glass bowls with colored rims for $1.
Later Spouse & Rog went to the grocery store while Bugs and I had more blueberry-based cocktails on the porch. By 8:00 we were all hungry but rather than dragging our half-drunk blueberry asses out to a restaurant, we ordered individual gourmet pizzas. Spouse & Rog picked them up while Bugs and I enjoyed more blueberry-based cocktails and seemed to do a lot more laughing than our Spouses.
On Sun we had pancakes and bacon for breakfast, followed by multiple cups of coffee on the porch while we listening to more music and reading more magazines. Then the 4 of us met up with Rick & Nick at the beach. It was a little chilly so we simply wore shorts and shirts, although there were plenty of sun worshippers in their bikinis and speedos. We went for a nice long walk on the beach, just like those people do who write personal ads. (Dislikes: brussel sprouts, rap music, and boxing. Likes: kittens, knitting, and long walks on the beach.)On the way home we stopped at the grocery store for pomegranate-blueberry juice (essential for that night's cocktail concoction) and a few other necessary barbeque items.
While waiting for Rick & Nick to arrive for our little barbeque, Bugs and I experimented with different proportions of ingredients until we perfected our very own cocktail:
1 1/2 part Minute Maid Pomegranate-Blueberry juice
1/2 part Cointreau or Triple Sec
We all enjoyed burgers and dogs from the grill, Roger's homemade potato salad, doctored-up baked beans, chips and dip. It was a gorgeous evening and we ate and hung out on the porch the entire evening. When it got dark I lit a bunch of candles.
After we'd managed to digest a minuscule amount of our meals, it was time for dessert. Spouse made Sandra Lee's Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding, although he followed her verbal option to substitute doughnuts for the cinnamon rolls and blueberries for the raisins. Let's just say it was... interesting. It looked like a bowl of vomit, but it tasted good. It didn't seem like a dessert to me. It seemed more like a breakfast dish so I ate it the next morning for breakfast.
After a leisurely breakfast followed by more coffee and reading on the porch, the 4 of us went for a walk down to the bay. It was a lot warmer on Mon so we returned to the house, had a quick lunch (I ate the last blueberry scone and Bugs ate the last blueberry bagel) and grabbed our beach chairs and suntan lotion.
When we arrived at the beach the people were streaming toward the parking lot as if Nordstrom had just opened the doors to their Half-Yearly sale. Like salmon attempting to swim upstream we parted the sea of bathing beauties headed to their cars.
One guy told us "The wind shifted and now its cold" but we didn't care. We set up our chairs on the now nearly-empty beach and enjoyed the sound of the crashing waves and the warmth of the sun on our pasty while skin.
After about an hour we returned to the house to clean up, then had dinner at Crabby Dick's before saying goodbye to our friends at about 6:30.
It was a terrific weekend and I consumed so many healthy blueberry foods and drinks that I can't understand why I feel tired and lethargic today. Just my luck, I have my work out this evening with Rick. I hope I can make it.