Monday - a full day at work and a lunch out with a co-worker Laura. After work I drove to Morrisville and had dinner with my friend Kelly from College. It was great to finally connect with her after a couple of years. I also got to have yummy pizza at the House of Pizza... which I didn't get a chance to this summer.... something about 6 days of 90 degree weather and no ac... means you are not hungry at all or for hot food!
Tuesday - another full day of work with more meetings but lots of progress. A nice lunch out with a few co-workers (and my boss!) Rosanne, Laura and Darcy at McKees Pub. A nice walk around the mall - which is eerily empty in spots, a few long sleeve shirts purchased (hey - my old things were 10+ years old and a few landed in the trash before I left!) and then I headed to the bowling alley. I used to bowl on Tuesdays with the ladies when I lived up here. It was so nice to see them and chat with Carolynn and Wanda for a while. Then.... it was nearly 8 and I figured I should find something to eat. Yes, way too much eating out up here. I had a craving for montreal coleslaw (vinegar) so tried a few wings at Chicken Charlies. They have the best coleslaw... I remember going there for lunch when I was pregnant with Aidan and just getting a big container of it for lunch! The mashed potato and gravy was yummy too.
Wednesday - how is the week half over already? A full day of work with a 30 minute Skype session with the kiddo's... as the wifi at the hotel was not the greatest last night so I promised I'd make it happen today. I was good for lunch and popped out to pick up the photo's of the kids I had printed to hand off to Mom and 2 other siblings tomorrow and picked up a chef salad at the gas station deli I usually ordered from when I was at my company's office. I was a consultant and was usually at clients sites but sometimes I got to be in my office.
I met my good friend Michelle for dinner tonight at Burger Bar - a neat little place near St. Michaels college. I got soaked getting from the car to the door but it was worth it. You know how you have that one person that no matter how long it has been since you last saw them you just pick up where you left off like it was yesterday? That is Michelle. We were walking buddies living in the same neighborhood where I bought my first house in 2001. We also popped in the knitting group at the library that we went to years ago and saw Rita - Margarita Rita! Awesome to see her - 84 years young and lively as ever! It has been 6 years since I have seen her and it was so great to reconnect. Another walking buddy from that first house with Thursday night Margaritas at her house! We ended up at her place after and she had made her Pumpkin pudding (the one my son loves and loves to make!) and home made whipped cream. Well, her hubby Jim made the whipped cream. So great to see them both and visit for a few hours tonight.
As for all those projects I brought with me.... yup, one crocheted towel got made. But... lots of visiting has happened and sometimes that is what a person needs.
Tomorrow is my conference - the whole reason I wanted to come up here this week. I'll get to see my other brother there and then will pop back to Mom and Dad's to visit tomorrow night before I fly home Friday afternoon. Somehow I got 2 meetings booked on Friday morning at the office... at least the first one is a breakfast one with my boss! I have a great boss =) Then it will be off to the airport for the flights home to hot and humid Florida.