So, it really is funny to take a few sentences and take them outta context and see the reaction. Rabbit on a Treadmill will from here on out remain a classic.
To put it all BACK into context, we had houseguests for 6 out of 7 days, without any time off from work for either of us. First, Randy had his friend Charlie in town for their sales meeting Aug 1. They've been friends forEVER and they currently work for the same company. Charlie is great. Sleeps on the couch, eats whatever, mostly was at the company functions that week. Also, he lives in San Diego, and his financial adviser lives here in Boston, and the financial adviser offered to take Charlie and two friends to the baseball game. Yay, he picked us, the third time this year with FREE Red Sox! And great seats and great game. Sox beat the Orioles, Beckett wins. We get to see the weird JD Drew called-a-double-non-home-run-that-was-a-home-run and the Lugo grand slam (don't ever recall seeing a grand slam live, pretty cool!)
Saturday Aug 4, Randy's other since-forever friend Tim, (is there such a thing as BMFs by the way) came into town with his wife, daughter, rabbit, tomato plant, groceries, mixing bowl, towels, etc. to stay with us on the way to Cape Cod for a week with Tim's family at their beach house. These folks do not travel light. Imagine our expressions when the live rabbit comes in the front door contrary to any expectations.
I thought, cool, great to have company on the weekend. Sunday their friend from Seattle, Jason, arrives, 'cause he's in the northeast too. The more the merrier! We discover they're staying Sunday night and Monday too. Not part of the original thoughts, but it's all cool, these folks are really cool to hang out with. That's how I wound up getting dressed in a room with a rabbit on a treadmill. Tim's family stayed in the "guest room" which is really my Princess Room (my personal dressing room with many of my clothes and all of my makeup and jewelry-I feel like a princess having one). The rabbit was in our poorly-used exercise room, in her cage on the treadmill, with me getting dressed, and some very curious kitties who couldn't figure out what this furry similar-sized animal was.
Anyway, Tim and Jason are avid bike riders and used our bikes to go all over the place which is how my bike wound up in Providence, and the Wine and Cheese Cask, and I didn't. We all had a great time hanging out for a few really nice summer days and evenings. Tim's daughter gave us a pretty plant and really sweet cards to go with it, which nearly made me teary 'cause she's 7 and it was so sweet and thoughtful, her parents gave us some cute gifts and baked us some fresh bread, and we all went out to dinner Monday night at this Korean BBQ/Sushi place we love in Harvard Square.
It was all very fun, and Randy and I were looking forward to a quiet Tuesday evening, until they were going to leave and couldn't find our cat Emmie, after they she disappeared for hours after they accidently left the door open. Repeated vast, detailed, unfruitful searches through the house for her, by 5 adults and one child including Randy and me who left work early due to the emergency. So, 6 hours of meeting our neighbors, posting signs, trespassing, climbing rocks, and not yelling at our very cool guests who are afraid they can't ever come back, Emmie mysteriously shows up again like, "Where's my dinner?!"
We have no idea if she ever left, but all indications were that she was not anywhere in the house (remember this is the weightier cat who would never miss an opportunity for belly scratches or food!) Well, all's well that ends well! She's getting microchipped like Mimi is, and they're getting collars with names and phone numbers on them after that scare!
The weekend before that (I'm all over the place time-wise on this post) I went to visit Karen in Albany. We went up to Saratoga for the opening weekend for the horse-racing season. Now we don't bet, but it's a really fun time to hang out there, the track scene is very cool. these are many of the horses you'll see next year vying for Triple Crown and all that. We cruised into the very cool town after the races for the also very cool bar scene and live bands all over the main street. We had a blast.
This past Thurs/Fri I took off from work to go visit my family. Turns out though, my sister in law was out of town with my nieces, so it was just me, my brother, and 2 very cool convertibles cruising around the beautiful Berkshires. Plus, my mom FINALLY re-booked the trip to Egypt that she gave up when my dad got sick the first time 2 1/2 years ago. I'm so excited for her, she's going for 18 days, on her own, and she'll have a great time. It was really nice to get her and my brother all to myself. On a tough note, my sister in law's brother had a heart attack Wednesday night. I think he's out of the hospital today. He's only about 36 yrs old but led a very unhealthy lifestyle. Hopefully he cuts back to 0-to-2 packs a day and starts eating some veggies and getting some exercise now. Anyway, a big wake-up call for all of us and any of the things we do in our lives that are unhealthy.
That's all from here. Woke up to a beautiful day today, got some supplies for the house, might go to the beach or maybe just the deck tomorrow. Gearing up for a very busy 6 weeks ahead.