We got into Ft. Myers, yesterday, maybe half an hour late. Kelly’s parents picked us up from the airport and took us back to their house. The weather here is outstanding! It was in the 70s when we got here. Before dinner, Kelly and I went for a bike ride around the community and I got a tour of the recreation area, the gym, pools, spa, etc.
After that, I helped decorate the Christmas tree with ornaments. Kelly actually did most of the work, with her dad helping out too. I just handed them ornaments to place on the tree.
We had an outstanding caesar salad for dinner with salmon and chicken and garlic bread. I even tried a couple of olives in my salad for the heck of it. (I don’t really like olives, but I figured I’d give them a second chance. They weren’t as terrible as I remember them, nor were they delicious. We sat around chatting until almost 10 PM when we finally went to bed. Kelly and I watched more of the movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks and still haven’t finished it. I keep falling asleep during our attempts to watch the film and the movie is something like 2-1/2 hours long!
Having already attempting waffles, Kelly and I decided to make pancakes this morning. I had stopped at the grocery store last night to get he necessary ingredients and when we got up this morning, we headed into the kitchen to prepare them. We mixed the pancake mix, milk and egg (no oil–healthier) and made the actual pancakes. It was pretty easy and they came out good. Kelly likes hers thin, so I tried to guess how to make them thinner (we added more milk) and so we had a batch of about 12 pancakes, some thick and some thin. The last two or three came out nearly perfect in color and shape.
I had a handyman over at the house in the morning, doing some repairs above the front door, as well as cleaning out the gutters. It didn’t take them long to get it all done. (The gutters in the back were frozen so he’s going to come by next weekend to finish them up.) Once they left, we ran a few errands, and then headed to Kelly’s place. We lazed around for much of the afternoon, but eventually, we set up and decorated her Christmas tree. We had A Christmas Carol muted on the TV while we worked, and were listening to a terrific “sessions” CD by Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington from back in 1961. When I was a kid, I thought of that kind of music as “adult” music, the kind of thing grown-ups listen to at dinner parties. It was great.
We left the house at 6:55 in order to be at AJ and Denisse’s by 7:25 or so. We met them at their place and then headed out to dinner for AJ’s birthday. We went to a nice seafood joint in Georgetown called The Sea Catch Restaurant. The service was a little slow, but the food was good. AJ’s friend Jim joined us and we lingered over our meals, drinking, talking and having a great time. They brought AJ a slice of cake with a candle and we sang Happy Birthday. Kelly and I shared and excellent chocolate mousse for dessert.
Once dinner was over, it was late and we walked back to Foggy Bottom and then headed home.
The last two mornings I have been extremely focused at work. This morning, for instance, I tossed my backpack on my meeting table chair, sat down at the computer, and without prelude, started right in on a number of tasks I wanted to get done. I worked for nearly 4 hours straight, with the office door closed and barely taking a breath.
When I finally came up for air, it was after 10 AM and I was hungry. I ran down to the mall to get some food, passing by the Santa booth as I did. I noticed that Santa was just sitting there by himself. It was too early for the crowds, so I suppose he was killing time. Hey must have noticed me looking, and noticed my focused countenance, for he tilted his head slightly, smiled, and waved at me.
Well, that made me smile at once. A grinned and waved back at him. The entire time I stood in line to get my food I was smiling. Twenty minutes later I am still smiling.