No public buffets for a birthday

Maggie’s 23rd birthday comes in a few days. Of course, she’s abandoning us to spend the weekend with friends up in San Francisco. We know our social standing. So we celebrated it on Thursday, a few days early.

The original plan was to go out to soup plantation for a buffet. Bob and I got a 50 dollar gift card for christmas. That combined with a 20 percent discount coupon would have meant dinner for 7 adults would have cost less than 10 dollars total. Great plan–good food, no planning needed, and almost no out of pocket costs. Except……

I read an article about the flue in the NY times talking about how awful this season was.
It included a description of a disease, norovirus, that includes projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea. Yuck, I don’t want that disease. And all I could think about was how many people going through the buffet line might be contagious. Not an appetizing thought. And the reports are not good. Massachusetts has closed most of the elementary schools in the state. Many of my coworkers were sick over the holidays or their families were sick. Bob was sick for two weeks and a good friend of mine just got out of bed after days of illness.

Once the thoughts were vocalized, no one else wanted to go out for dinner. Everyone agreed that Soup Plantation was not the place to eat. So instead we had take out dinner at home. From the grocery store. Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, 4 bean salad, a variety of chinese foods, and a greek salad. Delicious, everyone was delighted to be eating at home. Food was good and we felt good about the surroundings. Had a wonderful cake from a great bakery. And best of all, we had silly hats. Even the dog had a silly hat. You can see her below. Overall a great party. Everyone was happy to be home instead of the buffet line.


Happy Birthday Maggie. Have fun at your concert.


Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

2 thoughts on “No public buffets for a birthday”

  1. Eating a “community” meal at home is so much more fun (and safer) than going out. So happy you were able to celebrate the grand occasion with your daughter. Watching our children transition into independent adulthood can be shocking, but also a beautiful experience…kind of like a farmer reaping his harvest. You raised a wonderful crop! Congratulations. Poor Elle looks embarrassed with her hat, but sooooo cute.

  2. I’ve been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all webmasters and bloggers made as good content as you did, the web would be much more useful than ever before.

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