Hello Bloggy Friends,
I hope you're doing well. Can I mix you up a mint julep?
I'm sure you heard that yesterday was Derby Day in Kentucky. It's a busy, exciting time there, especially in Louisville. Growing up, Derby was a big deal. At school we'd treat it like it was a major holiday. The week before we'd decorate our classroom doors, make derby hats out of construction paper and even set up a game where we could bet on their favorite horses. At the end of the week we'd have a derby party where we could show off our hats and sip on virgin mint juleps, which were basically dixie cups of sprite garnished with a sprig of mint. Oh, the memories.
I was shocked later in life when I tasted what a REAL mint julep tasted like. Whoa, Mama!
I hope you had a nice weekend. It's still rainy in Philadelphia. I don't think there was a single moment today when there wasn't a raindrop falling from the sky. We didn't let that stop us from getting out and about though. We saw three open houses, got our grocery shopping finished and.... and... well that's about it.
Right now Alan is preparing Arctic Char with Mustard and Ginger. Instead of Nina, we've decided to listen to Ella tonight. I was shocked when Alan suggested her. I didn't even know he knew who she was. I love Ella.
Last night we were invited to our friends Kaushik and Kaushiki's house in Ardmore. Kaushik works with Alan at GSK. They were also lab mates at UCSF in San Francisco. He and Kaushiki were married nearly a year ago in India. We love spending time with them. They're a great couple.
Kaushiki's been promising to make us an authentic Indian meal for a while now, and last night her promise finally came to fruition. She served an impressive assortment of traditional Indian fare that I can't even begin to spell, but they were so delicious. I'm not sure I can ever be happy in an Indian restaurant again. To top it off she served a wonderful Indian dessert, that I also don't remember the name of, but it was fantastic. I could have eaten all night. We had a wonderful time. It's experiences like this that remind me of how blessed I am. Thank you, thank you!
Before I close I want to inform you about a new BLOG in our midst that I think many of you may find interesting, especially you Mimi. It's called "Unraveling My Tapestry." The author is Bloggy Friend Bill's partner Gary. His interests lie mainly in politics (hence the Mimi recommendation), gay issues, music and art. I am always fascinated at the amount of information he digs up. It's very informing, intelligent and an excellent way to get the news that applies to many of us. Thanks for your contribution, Gary. I've been looking forward to this one! You can find it HERE or by clicking the link in the "Blogs I Read" section. Stop by to say hello!
I hope you have a great week. I'll be working on a final project for my radio class, and taking my first exam on Thursday. Wish me luck!
Enjoy a few pictures from the weekend below. I'll chat with you soon.
After having one too many mint juleps with our friend Tim.
We all deserve a Miss America moment.
Mary Todd and Doris napping together. How cute is this?