I asked Sug if she’d like to have Thanksgiving dinner in Annapolis with us. At first, that’s all it was, an early dinner in a nice restaurant on the Severn River in the state capital. Since I’m not a fan of turkey I chose a restaurant with a wider menu. My guess is that none of the three of us will order turkey.
Then I checked my AirBnB app and found a room on the Severn River with major water views. This will be the perfect one-night place to stay about halfway between our house and Annapolis.
Naturally we’re hoping for good weather so we can sit out on the terrace and watch the boats go up and down the river as well as tour around the harbor in-town near the U.S. Naval Academy.
I’ve been to Annapolis many times in my life but I still enjoy a day there.
The question is: Did anything get done in October? I had very specific plans.
Charlie brought down 5 boxes of books, mostly children’s books, from the attic. My goal to donate at least 50 to a rummage sale was not accomplished.
The only thing I did was to salvage my baby book from the pile. How pathetic! I must simply box them and deliver them.
I planned to stain the interior doors that have not yet been stained. This just never happened. Again — pathetic!!
Finally the door to the entrance of the laundry did not get hung.
Consequently I did not make any progress on my 101 in 1001 list.
Entertainment is the area where I did have a lot of success.
Charlie and I have went to see the newest remake of A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.
I thought the film and the music were very good. Bradley Cooper played his part well and can actually sing also.
Sug and I went to going to see a touring company production Les Miserables. This production was not as good as the other two I had seen. The turntable on the stage had been omitted and I felt it hurt the performance.
Then Charlie and I went headed to the Baltimore Symphony to see hear Tony DeSare playing the piano and singing.
He was loads of fun and could really, really play the piano. So much fun.
We did host a costume party in October.
The invitation suggested guests come in an international costume.
There were lots of ladies in kimonos.
The three of us have joined a choir for Christmas comprised of members from a number of churches in our area.
We have been rehearsing and listening to our audio files so we’ll be ready for our performance early in December.
Finally the most successful task was Sug’s trip to Guatemala where she painted classrooms and built a swingset.
Sug is planning to spend more and more time in Guatemala working to improve the mission school near Antigua.
While we didn’t actually get a lot of projects completed last month we did have loads of fun. So much fun in fact that I’m making a master calendar so we can plan some more get-togethers.
We had some fun in England figuring out what people were trying to tell us.
“Take away” is “carry out” as in food. We usually “ate in” at restaurants because we did a lot of walking and needed to rest.
Fringe is bangs. I had my hairdresser trim up my fringe.
Diversion is a detour, specifically for traffic.
Parking suspension means no parking or parking is prohibited.
Free vehicle recovery, as far as I can tell, means road service for one’s car if it breaks down.
“Mind the gap” is the much repeated phrase which means to “watch your step” when exiting the subway, I mean underground or tube.
Busker (a person who busks) or busking is an art form that is practised by professional artists, amateur performers and those who are just starting out. Buskers put a lot of thought and effort into their act, they give a performance, entertain the public and receive tips in return. Generally busking is well-received and legal except where posted.
“What do you fancy?” is asked when we might say “What would you like?” In London we fancied crepes everyday.
“See it. Say it. Sorted.” is like our American phrase “If you see something, say something”. People are encouraged to say something to an official if they see something unusual and the authorities will sort it out.
What phrase do you find unique to a region or country?