Today kicks off the 35th Annual Park Avenue Festival. We woke up shortly before 10am this morning, and left the apartment around 10:30am. We walked to Alexander Street, which is at one end of the festival, and then made our way to Culver Street in the opposite direction, which is the other end of the festival. There are so many booths with interesting crafts. Kelly bought a little plastic star to fill with colorful sand (as part of a church’s fundraiser) and then she bought a bamboo plant.
Kelly and her star.
Dillon bought some fudge from Stever’s for his family. Yes, there is quite a variety of goods here, and we haven’t even gotten to the festival food yet. For lunch, Daniel had fried calamari, Kelly had coconut shrimp and fries, and Dillon had nachos with a cheeseburger. I opted to find something at the apartment that was NOT fried. For dessert, Kelly and I bought some Abbott’s custard. It was phenomenal.
Daniel went to work at the comic store dressed as (wait for it!) The Thing from the Fantastic Four.
Matt was dressed as Captain America. I helped him accessorize by finding a shield. He attracted a lot of attention. Tonight we will go to his house to play poker and drink. It’s been a good festival so far. I think Kelly and Dillon have enjoyed it, but they are currently splayed out on our apartment floor, exhausted.
This was all Kelly could get when I tried to take a picture with Matt. Her hilarious inability to use a digital camera still amazes me.
I am tired. Today I came home from work, collapsed on the bed, and immediately fell asleep for 20-30 minutes. After this power-nap, Daniel and I went for a walk. I bought some wine, and we went back to the apartment to begin dinner. I made Quiche Lorraine again. We drank half the bottle of wine, then went to Abbott’s for dessert. What’s great about the Park Avenue Abbot’s Custard shop is that they have these cards where, each time you make a purchase, they punch a hole in the card. After 10 punches, you get a free cone, milkshake or flurrie. The greatest thing about this system is that on Tuesdays, each purchase is worth 2 punches. Despite having the requisite 10 punches tonight, I still felt like I was cheating the little old man who runs the shop out of $4. We eat a lot of custard on Tuesdays.
Tomorrow night, Daniel and I are going to (once again) play poker at Matt’s and Jessica’s house. I love the game, but I’ve been terrible lately. I don’t blame myself so much as I blame my lack of decent cards. But it’s still fun and I get to drink beer while I lose chips. I’m happy either way.
On a small side note, you find all kinds of interesting things around the Park Avenue Neighborhood. It’s not that uncommon to find a few dollars laying on the sidewalk. But this…this is just ridiculous.
This was IN the sidewalk.
We also spotted at least one other bill in this condition, and various coins that were glued or cemented to the sidewalk. Anybody want to share any theories?
I couldn’t ask for a better Friday. Daniel and I came home, I cleaned a little, and then I took a quick power nap. I made dinner for Daniel, which consisted of sun-dried tomato stuffed pasta with alfredo sauce and broccoli. We drank nearly a bottle and half of wine between us, so I am still feeling pretty good. We went to visit Matt at the comic store before getting Abbott’s. (I had sent Matt a text earlier in the day saying that drunk!Christine would make an appearance before the night was over.)
So I’m entirely content. And now Daniel and I are about to watch some film noir. Like I said, I couldn’t ask for a better Friday.
Strong Museum of Play. Look how happy I was. On Tuesday, of all days.
Today was Kelly’s last day in Rochester. After a breakfast of leftover quiche, Daniel, Kelly, Dillon, and I went for a leisurely walk until Abbott’s opened. It was so good to have frozen custard in my tummy again. Yes, some Abbott’s locations remained open during the long, long winter. However, it tasted that much better when I had not had any in six months.
Then, since the weather was so beautiful, we took a trip to High Falls. I guess Kelly really loves High Falls and wanted to show Dillon.
We also saw the iconic Kodak building.
The area around High Falls feels a lot like parts of Downtown Durham (except for the chilly weather). Especially for the buildings overlooking the river, it is a very depressing area. Everything is just empty, and it is obvious that there were businesses that may have been there recently, but failed and closed. If Rochester ever sees a another boom, I hope the area overlooking High Falls experiences prosperity once again.
High Falls Historic District
I think everybody knows my sister was visiting this weekend. She and her boyfriend, Dillon, arrived last night around 8pm. Daniel made a delicious meatloaf for dinner. His is the only meatloaf I have ever craved. He severely overestimated how much we would need and made two pounds worth of ground beef. It was gigantic, but between the four of us, we were able to make it through half. Leftovers are good.
This afternoon Daniel had a job interview, which sounds like it went well. Then we went the George Eastman House again. I think they enjoyed the museum. Earlier tonight we played Setters of Catan and Apples to Apples, then Daniel and I made dinner. I made a Quiche Lorraine and a mushroom quiche (both of which I had discussed recently in a post about Simply Recipes).
One of the major reasons Kelly decided to visit this weekend instead of last weekend was because we thought Abbott’s would be open. Abbott’s is a frozen custard shop. Kelly loves it. And yes, the store was open today, but we didn’t walk over there until after 9pm, after eating a late dinner. Unfortunately, they close at 9pm, so my sister will have to wait until tomorrow afternoon if she really wants some frozen custard before she leaves.
So, after that debacle we came back and played some Cranium. We had played last night; a men vs. women game that Dillon and Daniel won, so tonight we decided to play Couples Cranium. Daniel and I won. Are you seeing a theme? Daniel wins Cranium pretty often.
Dillon and Kelly.
He looks startled and she ducked out of the picture before I was finished taking it. Here is something much more beautiful:
It was gray today...but this cheered me up.