Tuesday, March 01, 2011

A Little Bit O' This . .

. . . and a little bit of that. 
Don't you love my "personal" wine glass? The teenager's girlfriend made it for me! She's a very sweet and kind young lady. Awwwww.

It's been a busy couple of weeks. I am still cleaning the basement out, with many trips to the dump, filling both wagon's up with JUNK! Just about there, folks.

I had a quick trip back home to get some Executor things done in the Arlington Co. courts for Johnny's estate. The hub had business, so I jumped on board of that train! (Wish we had trains--a car train would be perfect!!)

When we arrived, we drove into Old Town (Alexandria) to have a meal at one of our old haunts. 

I was born in Old Town and the hub lived here when he first moved to Washington. In fact, our first dinner together was here. Anyway, it was good going home this time. 

 Gotta love the old pubs.

The second night, I was able to meet up with Mary Jane, my SIL, and my niece Kelly and her two boys, my grandnephews. We ate wonderful American fare at Sweetwater.  Jack, the oldest, drew this while we were waiting for a table. Simply amazing. The kid has had no training whatsoever.

The second night, the hub and I were able to go out with my brother Jim and his family. These were not part of that dinner, we had Italian. Really good Italian, although you would never have guessed it coming from a place called Pasta Plus in a strip mall.  Ha, that's where you always find the best restaurants! I had the most delicious stuffed shrimp (with crab) on risotto. The hub and I had a quick lunch earlier in the day at a place that was near my mom's old house in Potomac Yard (where there are actually trains!), Hops. They have the most divine "rolls." In actuality, they are croissants with a little Krispy Kreme-ish drizzle. Oh my.

Staying in the old neighborhood (in a hotel) was a little bit of a trip. I have walked these streets many-a-time. Our house was less than a mile from here. This is Crystal City. To the right, in between the two buildings, is Pentagon City. In the background is Arlington Ridge, where my elementary school was. Pout.

To put things in perspective,  here's a map. I sure do miss it.

Unfortuantely, this trip, I was unable to meet up with any friends.  I plan on driving up next time so I can see my buds.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A lovely trip!



Jeanie said...

First of all, the girlfriend is a keeper.

Second, Crystal City is where PBS is located.

Third, you write food commentary better than anyone I know -- and your pix are always the best!

Lena said...

I love to take the train. Unfortunately though, I'm going to be flying when I visit that area sometime around the end of April, and first part of May. I love all the history in that part of the world. It must have been pretty cool to grow up with that. I'm not as excited about PNW history. It's mostly Lewis and Clark, growing up here.

I'm glad you were able to visit some with family. That must have been nice.



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