First off - pictures. When Cat and John came to the house before dinner, we realized that we were dressed identically. So of course, we had to have a picture. It was truly sad :). Then here's the after - dressed up and ready to go.
Those are our night out pictures. There were more things we should have had a picture of. Catherine and I had an Animal House moment when we went dancing. We had some guys that were quite interested in dancing with us and it was kind of a " May we dance with your dates" scenario. But the guys found it amusing and no one was hurt :).
After recovery on Sunday, Monday was the Joe Cocker/Steve Miller Band concert( pictures to come). We went to our friend Penny's early, had some lovely drinks:
Here's the recipe:
Mix 3 Beers( any kind)
3/4 cup of vodka
1 can of frozen lemonade
Garnish with cherries
I can't remember what Penny called it - Pink Panty something. We used to have a drink called Pink Panty Pulldowns, but we used Sprite and a LOT more vodka. Now I know it sounds a little strange, but the drink was really quite refreshing and I am NOT a beer drinker. Vodka yes, beer no. I plan on making them this weekend for some friends.
Anyway, once we polished off a pitcher of those, it was time to go to the concert. It's at the new outdoor ampitheater in N. Ga. I LOVE watching concerts outdoors. It's much more relaxing than being squashed in with a bunch of people.
Joe Cocker was AWESOME - truly a master. He played my favorite song of his " You Can Leave your Hat On" and also all of his hits. Then Steve Miller came on. He was good till he had some blues guy come and sing in the middle of the set. The guy sang like 5 songs and while he was very good, it was kind of a downer.
I did get up and dance some though, despite the dangerous slope on the lawn. And I had an admirer come and dance with me which was fun. He was very polite( not scary like the guys from Sat night) and kissed my hand as he left to go back to his seat.
The concert was on very late and we didn't get home till 1:30. Reilly had been left in the capable hands of a petsitter but he was very happy to see us.
So I am off to continue my quest to catch up on a little sleep. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Robin came to town this weekend and Anglea had us over to her house. While the boys played pool we chatted and played with the dogs. Tucker wasn't too interested in company her position was strictly to be admired from afar. Reilly was in the thick of everything and therefore was admired and petted quite a bit.
We had a great visit and dinner with Robin and Jack and they had to leave way too early. Once they left Doug and Daniel got into a raging game of Motorstorm for the PS3 while Angela and I chatted some more. I finally dragged Doug away from it around 11:30 bc I had an 8am dr's appt for Reilly.
So come Sat morning, Reilly and I are off to the vet. Doug wasn't able to manage to get out of bed to come with us. But I wanted to get Reilly's wart looked at so off we went. Dr Meg was laughing at Reilly as usual, and said that she would take the wart off for us, no biggie. It was in a bad place on his foot and I didn't want him to rip it off, which would have been an even bigger issue.
Saturday night was our big birthday celebration. Catherine, John, Doug and I had an elegant dinner at Canoe on the Chattahoochee river. ( Cat and I share the same birthday) We enjoyed our meal tremendously! I had the quail stuffed with duck appetizer and then the pheasant for dinner. They brought us special birthday desserts :).
We were really dying to go somewhere fun and there used to be a cool piano bar here in Atlanta near us, but it has turned into a regular dance club. We thought what the heck, we'd go ahead and go. We had a blast. Well Catherine and I did. We danced and danced and danced. Doug and John drank and watched us dance and laughed. Two am found us at the Waffle House. Note - don't ever order the LITE waffle at the WF. It's not low calorie it's RAW. They mean light as in the COLOR. Ugh. It was NASTY at 2am.
SIX am found me up with Reilly who couldn't sleep anymore ;)..... Cat and John had spent the night so Doug and I got up with Reilly while they slept in a bit. Then we had a nice breakfast at Cracker Barrel and that was the end of the birthday celebration. My wonderful husband bought me a beautiful Tissot watch and gave me a very sweet card. It's definitely a keeper - the card ( well and the watch).
I have been remiss in posting pictures from our baseball game this past weekend, so here they are. Above is a shot from our seats in Turner Field. The Braves lost it in the 9th, but we had a great time with our friends Angela and Daniel.
I had a picture of Angela and I but I can't get it to upload, so check out Angela's blog for the picture :).
As for Birthdays - today is mine and it is also the birthday of some people who are very special to me. My friend Ginny and I share a birthday - I am honored to be her Birthday Sister. And also my good friend Catherine and her sister Elizabeth celebrate on this day also.
I am calling this my "mini" birthday bc it seems like everything was small ;) Hubby sent me beautiful - but petite- flowers.
Also, the gift given to me by my mother, which I specifically requested was a lot smaller than it looked in the catalog ;) No matter, I will use it anyway. And the card from my mom? You guessed it - mini. Again, beautiful but small ;).
So here's a picture of all my bountiful gifts ( so far) on the patio table.
Its not been the best birthday in terms of celebrating. Unfortunately I have been battling the stomach flu and it's very difficult to celebrate when you are throwing up. I am hoping that will all be past me by this weekend. Lots of partying to do and no time for throwing up!!!
And here's a picture of the best present of all, my smiling dog!
There was a nearby agility trial on Sunday so Reilly and I decided to go and check it out. Amy and Sarah went with us so that Amy could watch all the dogs. She loves dogs. I just wanted to take Reilly so that he could check out the atmosphere and I wanted to see how he would act.
Well he was wonderful! I hate to brag... :) But he got many compliments on his calm demeanor and how fit and well he looked.
I was heartened by watching these dogs go - it gave me hope for Reilly and I. Not that they were bad, not by any means, but they were a far cry from what you see on Animal Planet and it showed me that it's ok to NOT be perfect at a trial and we won't be laughed out of the ring if we mess up.
It was encouraging that most of the handlers came out of the ring blaming themselves and not the dogs. Very refreshing.
So I think we make our way into the ring someday soon. It's not as far off as I thought.
But as a lovely side effect of the trials I picked up a bug somewhere - either the agility trials or at the ball game Sat night. I've been home with the stomach flu and it SUCKS to have the stomach flu the week of your birthday!
I am feeling better now, in fact, I think I will head to bed.
Below is the patio set that I saw at our local Home Depot clearance store last weekend. I have been desperately wanting a patio set bc we love to sit on the back porch in the evenings and I have been wanting to eat out there.
So I got it! It was marked down almost 1000.00 dollars and we couldn't pass up the deal. Mind you we had to rent the HD truck to get it home. And THANK GOD our neighbor was home. There was no way Doug and I would have been able to carry the table top to the back of the house. The silly thing is made of slate and weighs a ton.
Mike and Doug put the tabletop together and one of the chairs while I took the truck back to HD. But then Doug and I had to put the rest of the chairs together which took another 3 hours. But I am happy with it and Reilly is very happy, since Mom and Dad will spend more time out here with him.
Somehow though, in the midst of the day, he managed to hurt himself and was limping around pretty pitifully..... But he's better now, and running around like a maniac despite my attempts to keep him in check.