well, i took my first friday night off in a looooong time. my neice was the lead in her school play, cinderella. months and months of work for one magical night. she was awesome, of course. she acted well and sang beautifully. she is 12.
so we had about 20 family members there for that last night, with a dessert reception afterwards at my sister’s. it was a good time. my sisters husband is in the military and so they move a lot. in a few weeks they are moving to colorado… this play was in orange park. my brother-in-law made lots of the sets for the play, and an amazing horse drawn pumpkin carraige, and then was called away by the navy the day before the play for a special assignment… i am amazed at the level of commitment, loyalty, and integrity required by the military.
then we went to stay at some friends house in jax. actually very close friends that we don’t see often enough. Brent and Jennifer are great hosts with an immaculate house. brent is the co-president of lightnin’ salvage, and the guy who creates both the satchel’s and LSE websites. besides his regular job and his side job of web design for us, he also finds time to be a great painter and carpenter. we walked in and were amazed by the simplicity and beauty of his latest painting of a stretch of cumberland island. before we left he was offering me the painting. i refused and refused until finally i accepted. we’ve had the same tired old artwork over our couch for over 6 years i think, and hanging this new painting was the first thing i did when i got home. the photo won’t do it justice but i’ll show you anyway…
i’d guess it’s about 30 x 36 inches. what a beauty.
back to work tonight, saturday, and business was slowish and good. mistakes were minimum, although spinach was forgotten on a large white to go pie and so it was sauteed and added after the fact. it looked like it would be delicious, i hope they didn’t mind. i meant to go out and say something but we were busy and it slipped out without my noticing it. now i’ve got to quick like figure out how to deal with mother’s day, what to do for my wife. my mom is in jax and we just saw her last night, and she’ll be with my sister there tomorrow and back over here monday. i just don’t have it in me for another trip over there for some long wait at a restaurant. and with my sister moving soon, i’ll let her take this holiday…
easter to mother’s day… i’ve been on a no alcohol, no caffeine fast. although brent did make me the most incredible latte this morning, but that’s the only time i cheated. i must admit it has been an enlightening experience. although, i don’t drink as much beer as some, i’m sure i drink my fair share. after 5 weeks without it, i feel quite refreshed, clear, and different. i’m glad i did it. the more distance i get from those 2 drugs, the more i can see how strong they are and what a addictive quality they can have. the first couple weeks were hard, after that it has been delightful.
anyway, that’s my story. monday morning i’ll wake up and make a budweiser mixed with coke… just kidding.