This was one of those weekends I was hoping was going to be quiet and relaxing, but it ended up being pretty jam packed.
1. We took my parents out to Jasper White's Summer Shack to celebrate my dad's birthday. No one had been there before but everyone loved it. We had three seafood lovers in the group and they were particularly pleased. Also of note, although my son is a tall 11 year old and the kids' menu is for those under 10, the waiter asked if he wanted a kids' entree. That was a bonus because the kids' meal came with a whoopee pie dessert that was freshly made and out of this world (according to my son and my mom, who couldn't resist sampling some).
2. The whole family continued on to Symphony Hall, where we were to have seen John Williams conducting the Boston Pops playing selections from his many movie scores. Unfortunately, he was not well enough to come, and needed to rest up for the recording of the latest Star Wars soundtrack, so we had a substitute. I was feeling a little meh about that until the concert. The substitute conductor was Richard Kaufman, and he was delightful. He shared stories about John Williams and Steven Spielberg, and he was actually a violinist in the orchestra that recorded the Jaws soundtrack. He also taught Jack Nicholson to play piano and violin (and Susan Sarandon cello) for their work in The Witches of Eastwick, which was filmed here in Massachusetts. (By the way, those are his arms and hands shown on the piano in the movie!) I would welcome the opportunity to see Richard Kaufman again.
I swear that Roger Ebert was in the audience, but I don't know that for sure. There was someone who looked a lot like him. We did, however, have a celebrity doppelgänger sighting - one of the cello players in the Pops looks like Johnny Galecki, who plays the cello-playing Leonard Hofstetter in Big Bang Theory.
3. Among other things, I went to the bookstore to pick up a couple of books that I had ordered. That was the best shopping part of the day.
4. I took my daughter and her friend to Boston Calling. That's an outdoor music festival held twice a year on City Hall Plaza. The big draw for the girls was Gerard Wey, formerly of My Chemical Romance. He was awesome. He, like most of the artists we saw, indicated his support of gay marriage (and the referendum in Ireland). He also asked that people be friends with transgender or non-binary folks. Finally, he said that he always likes to talk about mental health at his shows and that he had suffered from depression. He said that he worked in a grocery store and was grateful for the health insurance he had through that job because he was able to find a therapist who accepted his insurance, and he recommended that anyone who needs it find someone to talk with. And, of course, he rocked out.
5. After the girls had enough of Boston Calling, I took them out to dinner and then we headed home. On the way home, we got stuck at a railroad crossing. I decided to enjoy it - we got to the crossing right as the arms were coming down, so we saw the whole train. I counted the cars, just like I used to do when I was little. There were four engines and 75 cars. According to one of my teenage passengers, the entire experience took six minutes.
6. I made it home just in time to watch Orphan Black and Graham Norton with El Esposo. Can Orphan Black get any better? We laughed and laughed during Graham Norton, and my daughter even came to watch the end of the show because Brandon Flowers (The Killers) was the musical guest. It's wonderful to be able to watch these shows with the kids now that they are older.
I wanted to go to Massachusetts Sheep and Wool, but, yet again, that didn't happen.
7. We had a nice family breakfast and then watched most of the Chelsea match on tv, including some of the celebration as Chelsea were the 2014-15 Barclays Premier League Champions. One side effect of this game is that my 11 year old took in a few too many commercials for erectile dysfunction medications and announced that his heart is healthy enough for sex.
8. We took said 11 year old out to get new sneakers (men's size 9.5/42.5). He got Star Wars Vans and Riddler (Batman) Chucks. Then we took him to the comic book store. I had to do *something* to get him back to his regular fifth grade self. We also stopped at Target for a few things. He asked for some Zone Perfect bars, and I bought them for him. He ate one in the car on the way home and announced, "I'm in the Zone and my heart is healthy enough for sex." *sigh* Maybe that is regular fifth grade boy nonsense.
9. This was supposed to be my sleep in day, but I was up at 7:00 with the dogs and the delivery guy from the dairy. I took advantage of some quiet time before the family woke up and watched the first two episodes of HBO's True Detective and got some knitting done. I have to say, I am mesmerized by the show. And I mis-crossed a cable and need to rip my knitting back a few inches, lol.
10. What would Memorial Day weekend be without dance? We didn't make any exciting plans because the princess had tech rehearsal for her recital next weekend. I am volunteering. I am not so sure about that waiting until the last minute to volunteer, as they assigned me to be the hallway manager for the older dancers. That's a good amount of responsibility. Then again, I'm a performance team mom and my kid has been dancing there for eight years, so it's time to step it up.