Thursday, January 24, 2008

My weekend.

For all of you who could care less about the commune thing, I'll change the subject for at least one post and tell you about my weekend.

Last Friday I headed down to Columbus with Ell and Brad. I was delivering a woodworking saw that my Dad had bought on EBay and Brad and I picked had up for him. As we always do when we go to Columbus, we stopped to eat at (cover your eyes Kim) Chipotle. Since I get home so late from my new branch, we barely made it to Chipotle before they closed. As I often do, I ordered the Vegetarian Fajita Burrito. It comes with onions and peppers instead of beans and it also has guacamole without paying extra for it. You can get the beans if you want, which I did, but it makes for a bigger messier burrito than they usually are. When I finished eating it, I wasn't full at all. I know I've mentioned it before, but ordering the Vegetarian is much less filling than the ones with meat. So much so that I've often joked I could probably eat two if I wanted. Well ladies and gentlemen, I went for it.

I went back up to the line just as they were getting ready to close up shop. And you know what that means? It means they wanted to get rid of all their leftover food so they piled it into my burrito. So the second one ended up being even bigger and messier and absolutely amazing than any burrito I've ever had before. And yes, I finished it. One more life goal off my list. Hurray for me! :-)

After the eating extravaganza (yes that's what we're calling it now) we dropped Brad off at his Dad's house in Westerville. He was going to stay for a few days and visit and maybe do some of his school. After a few minutes of tears and hugs at our impending seperation, we pulled away and headed to my Dad and Mom's house. We got there around 11 pm and almost immediately Mom pulls out a pile of Christmas presents. We try to tell our family we don't need things but I have a feeling Mom's can't help themselves. She had made most of it, so that made it pretty cool. One of the gifts were monogrammed towels for our bathroom with our last name and different scenes of outhouses. We love outhouses, so they are perfect. Mom's are awesome aren't they?! I was drained from driving for 5 hours so we hit the sack pretty soon after that.

I slept in till around 8 am but still made it downstairs to watch This Old House. But it turned out to be last week's episode. I guess the Columbus PBS network is a week behind the Akron-Youngstown network. That means I may have missed the end of the current series. That sucks because I really wanted to see how this house turned out. The owners dumped a crapload of money into it and it was turning into a pretty amazing place. Oh well, maybe they'll re-show it at some random time this week.

After that, Dad and I went out to his shop and put the new saw in it's (temporary) home. I asked Dad if he wanted me to plug it in to hear it run and he said no. I could tell he did, so I did it anyway. Big smile. But once that was done we needed to go back in. It was so dang cold my Dad was actually freezing to his chair and I swear our skin was going to break.

When we got in Mom was getting ready for work, so Ell and I headed towards Downtown. My middle sister (the not-blood one) went to Capital University after high school which is right on Main Street in Columbus. While she was going there, her and her husband (then boyfriend) used to eat at a place called the Drexel Radio Cafe. With their constant raving about it, and Ell's new curiosity at all things "Cafe", we decided to go there.

I see why they loved it so much, because the place was awesome. And so unique! They had a make-your-own Panini menu, the usual muffins and bagels and cheesecakes, seven or eight interesting sides, a burger menu, wonderful salads, a great alcoholic-coffee selection, three beers on tap (one being Guinness), and eight or ten craft brew selections. And three of the beers were Great Lakes, which is hard to find too far south into Ohio. All in a tiny little place that couldn't have seated over 40 people. So cool. I got a Panini, a medium side of broccoli salad, and a Great Lakes Commodore Perry. Ell got a Panini and a coffee drink called a B-52. She swears it was mostly alcohol and very little coffee; in other words: really good.

After leaving the Drexel we headed to my sister Karin's house. It's so fun to hang out with my nieces and nephews. They get so big in such little time. Karin posted some pics on her blog if you want to check them out. (Karin in my blogroll.) We stayed for dinner of some amazing pizza from some place I missed the name of. They sold the pies uncooked so you could eat them fresh. If I hadn't still been stuffed from the extravaganza and the Drexel I could have eaten a whole pizza.

We left there and headed to where my Mom works. She showed us around and then tempted Ell with her 15% off employee card. They did have some really good deals, so we bought some stuff. Then we headed back to Dad and Mom's house for the evening. The next morning while my Dad did his morning rituals, I put new wheels on his wheelchair. We watched some church shows on TV and one of the guys brought a VW Bug right onto the stage as an object lesson. Now that's cool! We headed for home in the afternoon, but only after stopping at Chipotle for another burrito. (Only one.)

Before I tell you this next part, you need to know that this past weekend in Ohio was the coldest of the winter so far. That said, when we got home, our kitchen thermometer read 28 degrees. (Remember we don't have a furnace or anything, only the woodburner.) It was so cold our leaky kitchen faucet had formed an icicle out of it. The pitcher where the water leaks into was frozen solid too. Surprisingly, our pipes weren't frozen but it seemed like they may had been because the toilet had overflowed. It wasn't broken, so no problem a few towels wouldn't fix. I made a fire but it never really warmed up the house. It did warm up the space right in front of it so Ell and I spent the night sleeping right there wrapped up in ten or so blankets. Ahhh, the joys of an old log house.

Monday was MLK Jr. day, so I was off work and Ell didn't have school. She did go to work though, and when I finally crawled from underneath the blankets I saw that she had texted me to call her. When I did she told me she thought the car had been broken into. My dad had given us gas money to bring the saw down, and Ell said it was on the ground and the money was gone. The ashtray, where I keep all my loose change was emptied and thrown on the ground. The glove box had been opened and rummaged through. But the cd's, my wallet, some stuff in the back of the car, none of it was gone. All they did was take about 22.92 and run so it had to be some kids or something. But whoever it was, it's still kind of creepy.

That afternoon I went to my friend Chip's house and we smoked our pipes and talked for an hour or two. We haven't done that in a while, and it was really nice to catch up. We talked about my whole job situation and hashed out some ideas. It's good to have friends that think out loud on your behalf. Know what I mean? I left there, picked Ell up at Starbucks, and we headed home for some sitcom watching and another cold night in our old house.

So there it is. My weekend.


Blogger Kristen said...

I'm glad you guys were able to come down. Too bad we didn't get to see you, I know the kids would have loved it, so I didn't even tell them that you were here until after you left because I knew Jackson would be very whiny and crabby about going over there. I ended up working 11 hours on Saturday and with Church and work all day Sunday we just didn't have the chance to make it over to mom's to see you. I guess if you ever come down again you can always stop and see Aaron and the kids at my house even if I'm at work. I know they would like that. Anyway, I'm glad you had a good time.


2:59 PM  
Blogger Kimmy said...

Sounds like a great weekend, aside from the break-in.

I love all the food talk, you're starting to blog like me;-)

I do think we'll have to try that Drexel Cafe sometime. Thanks for the info!

7:06 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

My mom's bedroom & bath are so cold that her tub and toilet freeze. One day, she went in late and there was ice on her shoes(she sweeps parking lots, ya know) and when she got up in the morning, the ice was still there.

She swears by her woodstove though.?

10:26 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Yeah Kristen, it was too bad we couldn't have seen the two cuties of your's. Mom said she didn't know when you worked so we took the odds and hit Karin's. Next time we'll make sure we see them. I miss them a ton.

Kimmy, as for trying out the Drexel, I liked it so much I'd go back every weekend. The sides were so interesting I'd make a meal or two out of just those. And yes, I could talk about food all day. :-)

10:46 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Adrienne, there's nothing like the warmth of an actual flame. And people that use it could never imagine life without it. But as for overall heat, it's not the most encomapassing choice.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I wish that we could make B-52's at the Encore Cafe. That would be flippin amazing! As for everything else that you wrote it was a really fun relaxing weekend. I got a ton of studying done at your parents warm house while we were there and to spend time with your family was really great too. I really wish that the whole "break-in" thing hadn't of happened. That was a downer especially since that was the first time that anything like that has ever happened to us. But overall fun, fun, FUN....and cold.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Sweet Peripety said...

Drexel sounds great. Now I want Chipotle though. oohhh maybe tomorrow. Hey, I think that was a book you just wrote LOL!

6:17 PM  

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