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Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve, 2010

Didn't do much today, a little cleaning, a little bill paying.  Gary ate out all three meals.  Breakfast at Sweet Charlie's with Fred (blueberry pancakes), lunch with Keith at a Chinese BUFFET (!), and pizza at Twin's.  He has decided to attempt beef rouladen for New Year's dinner and invite the Edgcombes and the Rodmans.  Gary always makes our New Year's dinner.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thursday Night, December 30, 2010

Today we ate at da Edoardo's on Holly Road, east of I-75, the blue buildings housing Big Apple Bagels and Dr. Silverton's office.  I had a coupon to use, which provided for $10 off a $20 or more lunch. 

Our waiter never cracked a smile during our entire stay.  We soon learned that after every time we saw him, it would be a long wait before he returned, although the restaurant had few customers, and he appeared to only be waiting on our table.  Eventually he returned after taking our drink orders ($3 for a Diet Coke).  Then there was another long wait before our bread basket arrived, along with icy cold butter.  Gary ordered char-grilled tuna from the lunch menu.  It came with a small side of pasta with an unremarkable tomato sauce. That was $15.95, and he added a side salad, which should have been $2.60.  He ordered it with bleu cheese dressing, but did not request the added bleu cheese crumbles. That was how it was served anyways, making the salad $4.00, for a $20 lunch for him with water as his beverage.  I ordered the Chicken Milanese salad, substituting bleu cheese dressing for the vinaigrette.  Again, bleu cheese crumbles were added, which I believe added $2.00 to my order. Two breaded chicken breasts were under the salad, but there seemed to be no seasonings in the breading.  Neither of our meals were flavorful. 

No drink refills were offered by our waiter.  The bill came to $36.99, with an 18% gratuity added in and our $10 coupon being deducted.  Imagine paying $47.00 for lunch for two with only one beverage!  On the good side, I did take home a third of my salad.  I do enjoy the view there, even though it is basically a swamp.  We watched a muskrat poking his head out of one spot of open water and then another.  A pheasant was strutting across the ice for a drink, too.

So-o-o-o-o, our bill came to $36.99 as I stated and, out of my $40, change was brought in the amount of $3.00! I was shorted one cent! I really don't think it is up to the waiter or the restaurant to decide whether I get my penny or not!  As we left our table, I noticed that other diners had received seasoned olive oil for dipping their bread and I remembered that we had gotten that the other time we were there. It was not offered this time.

Then I went in the bathroom on the way out.  Out of three stalls, stall one had no toilet paper and stall two had very little.  I guess I should've checked stall three out of curiosity.  A jug of liquid soap was on the counter, as if someone was waiting for the dispenser to run out before refilling it.  The wastebasket was overflowing all over the floor. This was definitely not what you'd expect in the restroom of an upscale restaurant.  Roadside rest areas are better kept! Generally, I make it a point to tell the staff of a restaurant or a store if the bathroom isn't clean, etc., but no one could be found to tell, so I left and am now telling the world.

So that will be the last time we dine at da Edoardo's.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ate at Sweet Charlie's in Clio at noon.  Gary enjoyed his crispy hash with two sunny-side up eggs on top and rye toast (thin) on the side ($3.50).  I had the turkey club sandwich, served with potato chips and a pickle for $4.75. We split a dense caramel pecan brownie (only $1.50!). Everything is reasonable and tasty. The decor is well-planned.  When we were there at noon, business was steady with most booths taken. Right now they're open every day until 3:00 (closed Sundays). After the first of the year, they plan to be open until 8:00 on Thursdays and Fridays (fish fry).  I will write a review soon for the Journal. 

Gary loves this hash!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Church again.  Amanda sang O Come All Ye Faithful.  Very nice.

Our family Christmas party was tonight at my mom's apartment community room.  Two families didn't come because of sickness that they didn't want to expose Grandma to.  The grandkids all had a great time playing together.  Amanda sang O Holy Night with Heather (quietly) in the foyer.

The cousins enjoyed each other's company!

Christmas Day, 2010

Christmas breakfast guests began arriving at 10:00 a.m. We had cinnamon raisin French toast and blueberry crumble French toast, Canadian bacon (Gracie called them Canadian steaks), and peaches with golden raisins.  Amanda and Laura's families were with us.

Christmas Eve, 2010

Finished up my Christmas shopping today. Planned on having a day and a half to do that, but lost yesterday.  There were virtually no shoppers at the outlets in Birch Run.  I got the closest parking spots and no lines!  Ate at Twin's and had pizza.  Spent the evening getting ready for Christmas breakfast.  We decided to open our presents.  Gary got me a purple sweater, longish with a tie belt.  Also a necklace that looks good with it.  I think the sweater will go nicely with my grey pants.  I also got 2 pair of pj's.  I got Gary a remote-control helicopter and slippers.

The Christmas Eve service was at 11:00 and Amanda came with Emily only, and sang Mary Did You Know.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

 Ate at Lucky's in Davison.  Monterey chicken for me and prime rib for Gary, as usual!

December 22, 2010

Got out of work/school at 11:00 today.  I love my job, but was glad to be out to get ready for Christmas!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Today we went to Holiday Pops at Whiting Auditorium. Such a fun, festive event! It featured the Flint Symphony and more.  My favorite part was the gospel Christmas segment with the Flint Jubilee Singers. 

Friday, December 17, 2010

Tonight was the party at Joe's amazing house on a lake in Fenton. Not many people came, but that was OK.  We snacked on finger foods.  Gary made hummus and brought chips.  I was introduced to Apples to Apples, a fun game for all ages that takes no skill!  My kind of game!  Enjoyed the night with friends.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Amanda & the kiddos were at my house when I got home from school.  When they left, we went to the funeral home for the mom of a couple students.  It was packed, so we left shortly thereafter.

We ate at Sorrento's.  I don't think I've ever been there.  It is near the funeral home on Pierson Road towards Flushing.  The decorations were amazing!  All red and gold for Christmas.  The food was just typical Italian, which I'm not real big on.  I quit eating pasta when I lost my 43 pounds and never regained a taste for it.  I wish I could say the same for desserts.  I liked that the owner was always visible and spoke to patrons.  In fact, we had a conversation with him about the previous location and the decorations. 

Then we ran in Aldi's.  Gary plans to make cookies for Joe's party tomorrow night.  We had a choice of two parties, and that one won out because we will know everyone there.  At the other party, we would only know the host. 

Honey Bear the clown died today after a too-long bout of Alzheimer's.  An old family friend.  I wonder what the arrangements will be?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wednesday, December 15,2010

Back to school after the weekend and two snow days (more like ice days).  I had to be there early for a staff meeting.

Wore my yellowish-gold argyle sweater for the first time this year and got lots of compliments. I guess I should've been wearing it all along.

So sleepy after school.  Went to Tom's Classic Coney Island for dinner, about $9.00.  We each had a hamburger.  Mine was a bacon cheeseburger.  I got pop and Gary just had water with lemon.  When you consider that to have that meal at home we would have had to buy tomatoes, lettuce, bacon and onions in addition to the hamburger and buns, the price wasn't that bad.

Genesee Road was finally clear tonight.  Better get away from here and get ready for school/work and get to bed and sleep before Stray Black Kitty decides to harrass me in the night by getting in my face.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Another snow day! Roads are STILL icy! I couldn't stay home a day longer, though, so I went to the new Dollar Tree in Clio.  Hadn't been there yet, and I needed a few gift wrapping items.  Took me forever to get there! 

Laura sent some noodles with chicken home with Gary.  I didn't realize there was chicken in it, so I made strip steak with onions to go with it.  Also broccoli with cheese sauce.  She also sent home some chocolate chip bar cookies, and I just ate the last one.

I did go to ma's tonight.  The roads looked the same as they have for the last three days, but tonight I think they might have been sanded or something and they were better.  School tomorrow?  Probably.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Snow day today, due to icy roads.  Cleaned off my desk.  Well, kinda. Ma called and suggested I not come. I'm glad she called me before I called her!

Didn't leave the house today. What a waste of eye make-up!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Weather was bad when we went to church, and the roads were terrible.  We didn't get all the snow that was expected, but it was blowing and snowing all day.  No school tomorrow!!!  Our school was the least in our area to call in.

We went to K-Mart after church, because I wanted to find slippers for ma, and they did have them.  She just likes thin-soled ones, and most now are cushy.  It makes sense that she wants something that gives her close contact to the floor for surer footing.  They we ate at Arby's.  I wanted to go there and check out the glasses they had.  They were NOT holiday ones, and WERE ugly!  Gary had a chicken sandwich and I had a regular Arby's for the calorie-saving benefits.  Then we went to WalMart to find boots for Clark.  Their boots were $5 cheaper than K-Mart.  He wanted boots, and Gracie told him to tell Papa, because Papa bought hers last year.  I don't know how she remembers everything that happened when she was two!

Stayed in out of the weather all afternoon and made an alfredo pasta with sundried tomatoes and parmesan on top.  Also made hot Italian sausage, but didn't add it to the pasta, as I didn't want to change the pasta's intended flavor. 

So blustery that I decided not to go to ma's.  The snow feels like needles hitting your face. 

Stray Black Kitty has not shown his face at our house since I let him out last evening.  I hope he is in a safe, warm place.  I've actually been checking at the front and back doors very often, sometimes every 10 minutes!  Usually when he disappears like that, he comes home as soon as it's dark, but not tonight.  He's staying out of the weather someplace.

Yay for the snow day tomorrow!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Today I decided at the last minute not to go to Penney's.  My order isn't in yet, so maybe I'll just wait until Saturday.  I also have a $10 jcp rewards certificate and a $15 certificate!  I did go to Kohl's.  Got my co-worker, Laura's, Christmas presents.  I also got Layna something.  She's not too picky, but I stress out over getting her something really wonderful!

We went to Genesee Church's barbeque dinner tonight.  The Rodmans, minus Doug, were there. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday is finally here!  Payday as well! Longevity added into the check for a nice bonus of $350. 

Today I had two senior edp groups.  It's a good thing they like me, and I like them, because they can drive me NUTS!  "But it says I'm already 100% done!" "That doesn't mean you don't have to update your goals and career planning activities!"        "But why do I have to update my Matchmaker questions?" "Because you're not the same person you were in 8th grade!"

Of course, we ate at Twin's tonight.  We ordered a large Greek grinder.  It was good, but not the best I've had there.  I guess it could've used more feta, and I think they are making some of their things at too high of a temperature.  Overdone and crusty on the outside.

I managed to stay awake throughout What Not To Wear tonight.

Thursday Night, "Z Night", December 9, 2010

It really worked out well that on "Z Night" we had a county-wide school board dinner to attend at Zehnder's!  I just don't like Zehnder's as well as I do the Bavarian Inn across the road from it.  Zehnder's is usually OK, except that I don't like their dressing.  The texture is as if it has been put in a food processor.  Tonight the service was unbelievably slow!  It seemed like they only had half the waitstaff there, and they were all moving slowly.  Just being in Frankenmuth at Christmas time is always nice, though.  Jeff and Pat and Fred all rode with us.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Laura and the boys came to church today, and that was nice.  Amanda & her kidlets were quite late.  Afterwards we all went to McDonald's for a noisy-good time.  Amanda's kids ('cept for Emmy) stayed at our house while their mom got groceries.  I used the opportunity to zigzag Gracie's new coat which had a tear in the papery-thin material. 

I stuffed my comforter into the washing machine, as it had cat hair on it.  Now I'm going to fold a fleece throw and put it across the foot where the cats lie.  Easier to wash than the comforter.

We had a quick dinner at Rally's , 2 for $4.  Gary had the Philly steak sandwich and I had a chicken club, which had plenty of crispy bacon.  Both were delicious and flavorful.  Gary grabbed two fountain pops at Speedway when he got gas, and that saved a little, as Rally's pops are quite pricy as I remember.

It was snowing hard around Genesee when I left for my mom's.  On the way home it was snowing and sleeting. 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

I ran to Penney's this morning and got A.J. a hooded sweatshirt for Christmas.  It was regular $30 and on sale for $9.99, but I had a coupon reducing it to $7.99.  Good deal!

Then I went to Sam's in Grand Blanc and got my mixed nuts and Babybel cheese.  The cheese is about 60 cents each, but after going without for a couple weeks, I realize it's worth it.  After all, you'd pay that much for a candy bar!  I had to renew my $40 membership.  I don't like paying so much for as little as I go there, but what I get is necessary.

Then I went to Big Lots and spent almost $30, which is a lot to me for there.  I spent $11 on two boxes of unique Christmas cards, a doll for Emmy for Christmas (I think it's black, not sure), fall candle rings (about 20 cents each!) that I'd been looking for, and some other odds and ends.

I put my video of Amanda singing O Holy Night to a backdrop of others' Keweenaw photos on Facebook tonight.  I did a very good job making that video!  Then Mary Drew of pastycam saw it and wants to use it on that site Christmas Eve or Christmas Day!  I'm so excited!  People from all over the world look at pastycam every morning.  Charlie is removing it from youtube, so it won't link to there.  Here it is!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Always glad for the weekend!  I need to decorate and organize excess decorations this weekend.  Should find the time to clean off my desk, too.

We met Amanda and the kids at Twin's.  We ordered two chicken strip dinners and probably took half of the chicken home.  Actually, Amanda is taking it for their lunch tomorrow. 

My brother was down today, so I thought he'd be with my mom tonight, and I wouldn't have to go.  I called her at 6:30 p.m. and he had left at 4:00.  I didn't go though, because it was so late.  OK with her. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

There are a few Chinese and Japanese in the area that we could have used for "Y Night", but instead we went to Uno's and will probably go to Ya-Ya's a different night, as it is not a Thursday night restaurant.  Too much like fast food.  We had a coupon for Uno's providing for a free entree if we bought something from the new Holiday Menu.  Gary utilized that menu and got the beef short ribs with a side of baked, stuffed potatoes and smashed cauliflower.  He also ordered a side salad.  I don't remember the name of my chicken dish, but it's basically chicken breast rolled around feta, broccoli, tomato and more.  I also had the baked, stuffed potatoes and my dinner came with a side salad.  Everything is always savory-good there.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The first day of December has officially arrived.  Tonight was potluck at church, and it was Jean's birthday, so we sang to her.  Lots of good food.  There was practice afterwards for the Christmas program, but I went on to my mother's.