Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Toodles for a few

Last day in town today. Gotta buttload of things to do including an early morning class and an evening class. Tomorrow is American Thanksgiving day and for the first time in 10 years, I get to be in America to celebrate it! Woo hoo! We're driving down to the Boston suburbs in the morning to visit some old California friends who now live there. According to Google maps, it's a 5 and a half hour drive but I don't think that takes into consideration any wait time at the border. I think I'll have time to post while we're there unless the house doesn't have a computer or internet. That seems highly unlikely since one of the boys still works for his California job, only from Massachusetts. This will be a new place for me to visit which always brings out the giddy giddy. Plus turkey! And Trader Joes! I can't believe I will be able to bring my favorite Trader Joes items home with me in the cooler I'm planning to take along. Now it's been a long time since I've been able to shop there and I'm sure there have been some product changes. Those of you who know, tell me what I should bring back! I think I'm overkilling on the exclamation point thing, sorry, it's just that giddy giddy. Also, we'll be driving down through New Hampshire and driving back through Vermont. I've never been to New Hampshire so that will be new though I suspect it will look a lot like Vermont. I don't think we'll get to Maine this time but that is definitely on my list, maybe next year? This has been a very traveling year even though I've got a pauper's salary. Los Angeles, Chicago, Napa, Mendocino, Las Vegas, Los Angeles again, New York, cruise to the Bahamas, now Boston and who knows, there might be a little December junket as well. Probably not, but if there's a bargain..... (Actually there is one - a 7 night cruise out of Baltimore for $549 for a balcony room. Unheard of! But we already cruised to the Bahamas this year.) Okay, I'm outa here. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Gratitude oozes from my pores.

24 comments:

Lemuel said...

You've never been to Boston? I love Boston. The younger son went to college there. When we dropped him off in September each year, we would take a few days to bum around town and do things.

I love the "old marketplace" and shops near the government buildings. History. Cheers. The "T". Boston Pops. Have a great time with your friends whatever you decide to do!

Have a happy [American] Thanksgiving!

Mel said...

I wouldn't typically expect to get very held up at the border, unless there are lots of quebecois heading south to celebrate Second Thanksgiving.

Larry Ohio said...

Have a save and happy Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

Have a happy Thanksgiving! Is Georgie going with you? ed

Birdie said...

You know what, that last sentence is totally unnecessary. We can tell with every post.

You will love Boston. Follow the trail!

Rox said...

I'm a big fan of exclamation points! Have a great time and travel safely!

Polt said...

You might want to take some Handi-wipes along to clean up that trail of gratitude you'll leave in your wake. :)

Have a fun Boston, have a great Thanksgiving, and wishing you no delays at the border! :)

HUGS...

Jeffrey C said...

I never leave Trader Joes without the cheddar and onions cheese (delish), honey whole wheat pretzels,and a few bags of Harvest Grain blend.

Java said...

My favorite quote of the day: "Gratitude oozes from my pores." I'll try to fit that into conversation this weekend.

Have a great time in New England. Let me know if New Hampshire differs significantly from Vermont.

Patricia said...

Have a lovely time back in the U.S.! I can't go to Trader Joe's without getting some of the (frozen) spinach artichoke dip. YUM. Where's Georgie on holiday?

Chris in Long Beach said...

2-buck chugs from Trader Joe's. Can't go wrong with them!

GayProf said...

Huh -- You never visited me when I lived in Boston.

I am not sayin', I am just sayin'.

Rebekah said...

You know where I believe your December Junket should be... perhaps visiting a friend who has NOTHING to do and NOWHERE to go?

What gayprof said.

I was born in New Hampshire. It's a beautiful place but lots of snow.

Trader Joes:
Mini peanut butter cups (as big as your fingernail but oh-so-addictive)
chocolate and salt covered almonds
plantain chips
dark chocolate covered Edamame
dark chocolate covered ginger cookies
OOO OOOOH! Christmas JO JO Cookies! they are decadent! Minty and covered in dark chocolate... (do you see a theme here?)

There's a mixed grain (dry, near the rice) that's really good. Harvest grains or something like that.

White stilton with cranberries
cheddar cheese with caramelized onions
Sweet, Savory, and Tart trail mix


Chocolat covered dried cherries

Gorgonzola Gnocchi (frozen foods, I know, but you said you had a cooler)

I could go on and on. I'm missing trader joes right now. Yummy food...

Patrick said...

Travel always brings out the giddy giddy and exclamation points in me as well. Hope it's a fabulous trip, I can't wait to hear about it. The drive both ways may look similar, but will probably still be gorgeous.

A Lewis said...

Hehehehe....you said BUTTLOAD. Hugs.

Mark in DE said...

Enjoy your trip to Giddytown for Thanksgiving! I love Trader Joe's dried fruit, nuts, olives, salsa varieties, pretty much everything.

anne marie in philly said...

happy (usa) thanksgiving to you and serge!

and yes, what about georgie?

"Just David!" said...

hope it's a great one!!!

Anonymous said...

Torn - Have a safe (albeit oozing)trip!
And don't miss the wasabi mayo, lemon/pepper paperdelle, and frozen flourless chocolate cake at the Trader Joe's. They will each travel easily.....
I am thankful for reading your blog with my coffee every morning(!)....
-KevInAtl

Kelly said...

Have a great Turkey Day!!!

Snooze said...

I hope you had a fantastic meal and a safe drive. if you pass through Burlington, please go and have an espresso at Muddy Waters

Billy Boy Dee said...

Cruises OUT of Baltimore should be free! Happy Holildays ......

David said...

I'm going to guess that either you were just too busy being giddy or your friend's didn't have computer access after all.

We've had a Trader Joes in NYC for several years now but it doesn't excite me the way so many other folks seem to get. Maybe it's the checkout line that always takes at least a 1/2 hour that dampens my enthusiasm.

Hope you had a great time.

David said...

That should have read "friend's house"

:-/