Friends and family

I give. I’m just way too busy right now to even update this blog weekly. I’ll do it when I have time.

So, we start at the beginning of September. We had a couple house guests Labor Day weekend – first Meg stayed with us on Friday the 3rd, and we had the Jewells over as well and grilled steaks and veggies for dinner. Sharon was also down Friday, but was out with friends Friday. She had a wedding Saturday afternoon, but was back by the evening and Mom cam over to for dinner. This time I went to Whole Foods and picked out a buffet of foods for dinner, it was another nice night.

We celebrated our anniversary on Sunday the 5th by heading over to Clifton and eating at Trummer’s On Main. I had a tangy tuna starter, the grilled lamb and the Titanic cocktail, very nice. For dessert we both had the oreo ice cream – sounded better than it tasted.

On Labor Day we returned to Herndon for the Labor Day Festival, now with beer! The music was good and it’s always fun to do a festival with the Jewells. Afterwards we retreated to their house for pizza on the deck with all sorts of people, including Lorna and Dave.

Thursday the 9th I found out I’d been picked to see Dar Williams at the SIRIUS XM studios, so I headed out of work “early” (I’d been putting in a lot of hours and had more than enough). I got to the studio with 10 minutes to spare, and they started right on time, Dar came in with Bryn Roberts and sat down. I was up on stage right immediately to her left – it was a bit odd as I could hear her guitar and the piano, but her voice was coming out of the monitors. It was an intimate take on all her hits, very enjoyable.

Friday the 10th I went to Wolf Trap for The Return Of The King with a live orchestra. What a great movie, only the second time I’ve seen it. And the live accompaniment really adds something.

Saturday the 11th we headed up to New Jersey in the morning, had White Castle for lunch. My grandmother had passed away in July, and the service was that day. She was actually my step-grandmother, but my grandmother passed away before I was born. All my immediate family was there, and it was a fine memorial. My uncle and aunt had other obligations, and my younger cousin couldn’t stay either, but my older cousin and his family went out to dinner with us, Mom and Sharon. We had dinner at the Pompton Queen Diner, I had a nice Reuben variant.

Jeff’s wife Leanne made a crumb cake for dessert, and we were up a while chatting. The next morning we gathered for breakfast at Lox Stocked & Bageled and had bagel sandwiches – the bagels were so good we picked up an extra dozen to take home. The drive home was similar to the drive up, fairly uneventful – Delaware has completely remodeled their rest area and it’s very nice. Sunday night the pro football season started, saw the Skins eek out a close one against Dallas, then watched the VMAs (not as exciting as last year).

Friday night the 17th the Jewells picked us up and we headed over to Alexandria. We had dinner at Rustico, lots of beer samples and Jill and I split a salad and each had a pizza (the grilled for me, fried green tomato for her). Then we headed over to the Lyceum to see Red Molly. The first trio with a new member I’d see that weekend, Molly Venter had just joined the group. And it was a very good show, her songs integrated well with the existing ones (Jill loved “Happier Now”, insisted we buy her CD).

The following day I picked up the Jewells and we stopped at Popeye’s prior to getting to the Lube. It was finally time for Rush, and it was the first tour since 1994 I hadn’t seen them multiple times. I regret that a little, they were just as great as always – new song BU2B was really good, Moving Pictures start to finish was awesome (especially with the first ever live “The Camera Eye”).


Sunday we finally cleaned out the laundry room, found the rest of the books. Too bad it looks like we don’t have enough bookshelves for them. We had leftover pizza and watched the Skins lose a close one to the Texans. I took a nice long walk with Illa in the morning on the lake next to ours – he seems to like the water.


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