Monday, December 5

How was your weekend? And, just like that we are already almost a week into December. Eek! I am linking up today for Hello Monday with Holly and Sarah.

Friday night I had plans to meet up with Erica for a drink before we went to our school’s Madrigal Dinner. We were going to be dressed up so we picked a really pretty bar area of a restaurant called Mesh. It was also really close to the venue we were going to. I have not had cocktails this good in a bar or restaurant in a long time. I am willing to pay if they are good, you know? I got an espresso martini…

and a cocktail called a Leafblower (bourbon, maple syrup, lemon juice, and apple cider), which is ironic because my neighbor has the loudest leaf blower on the market and chooses to blow leaves all year round with it and especially every time I go to sit outside. I am serious – he goes to Home Depot and says “Give me the loudest you’ve got”. Also, he continues blowing while Tom and I are eating dinner and we can hear it as clear as day in our house. You want to hear something even more strange? He doesn’t even live there. It is his ex-wife’s house. Anyway, the drink was really good but it could use a name change.

We also ordered grilled Blue Dog Bakery bread.

It came with whipped butter and oil and balsamic.

We stayed for a bit over an hour and then headed to the dinner.

We had broccoli cheddar soup in a bread bowl, wassail, salad, chicken, rice and carrots, and bread pudding.

It was really nice and is quite the professional show! The kids are always so happy that you come and I got to see a couple of former students. I was beat, though, when it was over. Five day weeks and two evening outings – whew!

Saturday morning was hair day! I had had to cancel the day before Thanksgiving because I was sick and didn’t want to give it to anyone at the salon.

I got a spontaneous call to eat Mexican/Cuban breakfast from one of my Heathers and my default is now YES instead of NO!

I went home and did my nails and watched the telly and then also did some chores and got a head start on Soup Sunday. I made skinny lasagna soup but added spinach and zucchini. This is also one of my two lunches for Erica and I in addition to being our Sunday dinner.

At 4:45, we headed to our friends’ house and then to walk around for Bardstown Road Aglow. Bardstown Road is a happening street with tons of shops and restaurants. It was hopping. Our friends live right off of this street.

We stopped to eat at a bbq place called Mark’s Feed Store.

We shared onion straws:

I had pulled chicken, slaw, and fries.

Then, we walked a bunch more. I saw this interesting Coca Cola car with a skeleton in it:

Most places had a warm drink and cookies outside:

A Christmas tree made of cigar boxes in front of a cigar shop:

We saw a few people we knew while we were walking. It was nice to see so many people out and about.

We headed home around 9:00. I watched a bit of tv but couldn’t keep my eyes open.

Sunday morning I slept in a bit and then I did some reading, quiet time, and my breakfast meal prep for the week. I did trash emptying, cleaning, and laundry, too. I also had to work on the blog and run to the store for a few extra items I didn’t get in my grocery pick up Friday. I was kind of lazy until we left for another church concert of Jack’s.

And, that was a wrap on the weekend!

What was the highlight of yours?


21 thoughts on “Hello Monday

  1. That leaf blowing neighbor who doesn’t live there cracks me up – maybe he is trying to drive his ex crazy?? That coca cola car is quite the show stopper – ha!! The dinner your school did looks so nice. I swear you have the best weekends! We went to a tree lighting in a small town near us. But our church yesterday was my favorite. I love that we sing carols this time of year and the advent candle gets lit plus the sanctuary is just stunning. I love this time of year!


    1. I just about died when I saw the name of the cocktail that looked so good. Lol! So ironic! I feel like I have been boring lately – it’s all about perspective. I got to work on my December bucket list! That is a really nice tradition at your church!


  2. What a great weekend! So what is a Madrigal dinner? Just curious. The food looked yummy! I was laughing over the Leaf Blower drink. I detest any high pitched repetitive sound- my ears are super sensitive and nothing irritates me more than that noise. We have several neighbors who LOVE their leaf blowers. Even early on weekend mornings, which is always fun.

    That walk on the Christmas street looked fun! I love that cigar box tree. We need to do that here, because we have so many pretty areas in our city. I always love going downtown at Christmas! Such a fun time of year!


    1. A madrigal dinner is like a medieval times situation – they were clothing and sing songs and the menu is also spelled in Old English spelling. I guess it is from 16th-17th century?
      “a part-song for several voices, especially one of the Renaissance period, typically arranged in elaborate counterpoint and without instrumental accompaniment. Originally used of a genre of 14th-century Italian songs, the term now usually refers to English or Italian songs of the late 16th and early 17th c., in a free style strongly influenced by the text.”
      I meant to also share the menu, but maybe I will do that on Friday. The spellings are interesting.
      I am so sensitive about noises. We live in a very quiet neighborhood except for this. It was a very busy street but I am glad we went.


  3. One of the things I miss the most about school is doing Madrigal dinner. It was always so much fun. One of these days I’ll make it back for a performance. But it always falls on a weekend with a kid’s concert and other things.


  4. Wow, what a weekend you had! Yummy food! Terrible with your leaf blowing neighbor… How can those things be so loud!? I hate it when the neighbor at the cabin uses his, but fortunately it’s very seldom… I use an old-fashioned rake!
    For best of weekend… cabin is so cold and electricity bills for warming up the place are huge… we’re spending more time in the city now, and I actually enjoy it a lot!


  5. Love the neighborhood gossip 😂😂both drinks looks amazing! I love the pic of you and Erica. So pretty! We used to go to Bardstown road quite a bit (when we’d go to Louisville more often …& didn’t have kids 😂) The Madrigal dinner looks like such a fun event…& the food looks delish.


    1. Ha! Tom says I am too nosy. The drinks were worth it! Thank you! Yes, it has become a little less nice I would say, but it still has a lot to offer. We have two sets of friends that live right off of it – we could never live that close – too peopley. And, it is very close to our kids’ college so we have spent even more time there over the last few years. It was very professional and nice!

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