Weekend, Interrupted

The plans I made for this weekend were way different than what actually ended up happening. I was going to have the house all to myself for the whole weekend! I made a bunch of plans with friends–even double booked Saturday so I got to see two friends that day! But my body had another plan, apparently.

Michael was in Seattle Thursday-Sunday for work. I spent Thursday night watching the first disc of “The Closer” (why has it taken me so long to watch this show?! It’s so good!) and making holiday cards from scratch. I was starting to feel the beginnings of something…sinus headache, kind of achy. Unfortunately, as the weekend progressed I came down with a full-fledged head cold.

The good news: I was able to do some fun things before the black plague took over my body and kept me on the couch. Friday night I met my friend Robyn for dinner at Stickers Asian Cafe in Sellwood. I wasn’t feeling too sick yet, just congested. I ordered a bowl of the hot and sour won ton soup with the hopes that it would clear me up.

The soup was spicy and delicious. I ate some of the soup and saved the rest for lunch the next day. Robyn and I shared an order of Jiaozi dumplings. They were lighter than potstickers and really good. We ordered them with shrimp in it and I was glad we got a full order.

Then we split the Bangkok Tangy Sesame Noodles. It was yakisoba noodles with chicken and peanut sauce. The noodles were just okay. While I like sweet things, and I do like peanut sauce this dish was a little overpowering for me so I didn’t eat very much of it. I liked Stickers a lot and will probably go back. It was a diverse menu with Chinese dishes, Thai and Indian curry dishes. It’s a good place to go to satisfy lots of different cravings.

It was nice to see Robyn and I also got to hang out with another friend. My friend Debby and I saw Lincoln. What an outstanding movie! The costumes and sets were wonderful and there were so many scenes that had “Oscar” written all over it. Daniel Day-Lewis was mesmerizing as Abraham Lincoln and I found myself riveted when he spoke. When the film was over the whole theatre clapped. I really recommend this movie!

On Sunday I had planned on attending the memorial for Kirk Reeves, a legend here in Portland who died recently. For years, Kirk sat at the end of the Hawthorne Bridge downtown playing his trumpet and waving to people passing by. I saw him nearly every day on the way home from work as my bus passed him by, or I rode by him on my bike. He was the happiest person I’ve ever seen and no one could be in a bad mood after seeing him!

He always wore a white tuxedo with a Mickey Mouse hat. He passed out toys to kids and waved to everyone that went by. I was really saddened by this news. The bridge seems empty without him there now. I wish I could have made it to the memorial and contributed some money for the statue they want to commission but I was too sick by Sunday to do much of anything.

So most of my weekend was a bust. My nose is raw, my sinuses are congested, and my body aches. It’s not a fun way to spend the weekend. I’ve been resting and watching so much TV on Netflix that my eyes hurt but I’m trying to do as little as possible so I’m well enough for the upcoming holiday. I hope you guys are all healthy and taking your vitamins!

QUESTION: What are your plans for Thanksgiving?

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  1. My wife is the Thanksgiving hostess for our family. It’s her turn this year. So I am the staging crew. I prep the day before by vacuuming the steps, cleaning my office and making it presentable. I get to open up the tables, install the leafs, put tables back together, add extra chairs, and other chores as assigned. Afterwards, I do the table breakdown and extra chairs put away routine. Oh…I guess I’ll eat a little of this and little of that too. Happy Thanksgiving!
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    1. Nice work, Marc! I bet it reduces a lot of your wife’s stress by doing all that stuff. How many people are you guys hosting this year? A few years ago Michael and I hosted our very first Thanksgiving and invited friends over that had no where to go. I think there were about 8 or 9 of us. That was fun but a lot of work!

      1. Well Lisa, since you asked…we are having a smaller group this year. Only 15 adults (that includes 4 teenage young men) and also 4 young girls ages 10 to 4. So 19 all together. We have hosted as many as 35 before for Thanksgiving. We have the room and I have accumulated extra chairs and folding tables over the years, enough to host a small banquet. We had a funeral reception at our home in the backyard in July in 2007 and I had tables and chairs for 75 people without renting. Maybe I should rent them out to make back my investment:)
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        1. Wow! 35 is a huge number! My grandparents used to host thanksgiving for all of us too and it was about 40 or so people. I remember it being complete chaos in the house. But happy memories. 🙂

          Good luck with your shindig!

  2. It’s very rare that our plans get changed so, obviously, it was meant to be. Sorry you’re so sick. Please tell Michael that we’d always be happy to see him when he’s up this way.

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