What a weekend! I haven't seen my mom since before Christmas even though we only live 100 miles apart. Between me getting hosed at work over the holidays, a very bad winter in her part of the state, my back and Daddy #2's health, we just haven't been able to make it happen. We sure as hell made up for it this weekend!
My mom arrived about 3:30pm On Friday. The next 48 hours were a whirlwind of shopping, eating, cooking, more shopping, and a little bit of local theater. It was a blast, but damn, she wore me out! I slept almost 11 hours last night.
It started with gifts: my early birthday and Christmas 2011 gifts were some Le Creuset cookware
(in cobalt blue).I'll never be as good as heathers
, but I do like to cook. And I can't wait to try preparing Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon for Easter (Mrs. CB gave up pork for Lent and there is bacon in this recipe.)
The MamaCB and I headed out to Brio so she could have her Lobster Bisque. We had a delightful meal then poked around at a couple stores in the mall. I found a beautiful corduroy/micro plush reversible comforter and hesitated on buying it. The first comforter we got for our queen bed was a steel blue corduroy/non reversible and I loved that damn thing. After 9 years or wear and tear, and cats, we finally tossed it this past autumn. I have been searching for MONTHS for something similar, so when I found this I thought it was too good to be true. So on the way out of the store, I decided to get it. You should have seen the look on my face when I saw the price ring up at 50% off! What a freakin deal!! And it looks so pretty on the bed, covered in cats..
MamaCB and Mrs CB also gave input on my Big Decision 2011. My crackberry has been having battery issues, so I decided to check what was available for upgrade. The only two I was interested in were the LG Optimus S Android
and the Blackberry Style
. After trying to type in a touch screen, I decided to go with the Blackberry. It had to have been something watching my mom and myself trying to type as we struggled seeing with our trifocals and bifocals respectively. Anyway, I liked the look and feel of the phone, and it dropped in price from $49.99 to Free over the past week, so I ordered it last night. It also has a better camera for all my food pr0n. Yay new phone!!!
When Mama CB visits, it is a given that we will hit every gourmet grocery/food store in the area. I think we hit about 7 while she was here, and at east 1 of those twice. My feet have still not recovered, lol. But she found all of the goodies she was looking for including fresh Pappardelle pasta and Sweet Italian sausages for Daddy #2. I have been tasked with finding dried red peppers that she can put in her olive oil bottle...also purchased on one of our trips. She's not Italian, but damn, she can cook like she is!
One of the reasons she came to visit was to see Mrs. CB perform in a local theater production. Here
is a trailer for "The Male Animal". Not only is Mrs. CB performing, but a close friend directed. MamaCB LOVED it! While she has been to a couple of the touring Broadway productions, she hasn't seen a local play since my sibs and I were in highschool. We really had a blast. I can't wait to go visit in a few weeks.
And that has been our weekend. Mrs CB has another 4 shows this Thurs-Sun then she is on Spring Break. In May, I will start taking Fridays off instead of Mondays. It will be just like when I started on LJ...Fridays full of mundane crap from cabenson
again,lol. Interesting stuff happening at work. Was asked to work on 2 other projects which I hope will lead to a department shift in July when the fiscal budget kicks in. Keep your fingers crossed!!