After eight crazy days, which included Dennis’ trip to Rome book-ended by out-of-town dance competitions for the girls, everyone landed back home late Sunday. Phew! How nice to gather the family around the dinner table and eat together and do nothing at all that night. Life is good at the Poust House. So, without further ado, here’s the Manic Monday recap.
Viewfinder: With two dance competitions back-to-back, the girls and I had lots of together time, and lots of fun. Especially this past weekend, which we spent in Springfield, Mass. (Previous weekend was in Gloversville, N.Y. I wouldn’t recommend it as a travel destination.) But Springfield was a nice little getaway, only 90 minutes from home and with things to do and good places to eat. We were based at the Marriott, which was a great location for our competition, as well as our visit to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. Here I am with the girls hamming it up with our Seuss favorites. Please excuse the bright blue eye shadow — competition dance requirement. (You can also see Chiara and fellow dancers stretching before their final dance in that Degas-like photo above.)
On the menu: Since Dennis had been eating pasta for eight days straight, I tried to change things up this weekend. I left him some porterhouse steaks and Ommegang Rare Vos for a welcome home dinner treat, even though I wasn’t around to join him. Yesterday we went with roast chicken. Meat and potatoes to balance out the pasta and gelato. On the dining out front, we found a great Italian spot in Springfield, the Red Rose, just down the road from the Mass Mutual Center. No reservations, so be prepared to wait if you go. The girls and I hung out at the bar drinking Shirley Temples and Merlot (guess who had what) for close to 45 minutes, but it was worth the wait. Best fried calamari ever, and the pizza was amazing. So good, in fact, I forgot to take a picture of it.
Soundtrack: “Peace” by O.A.R. seems to be on the radio every time I start the car, and on almost every station. Fortunately, I love the song. New favorite.
“I just wanna make you laugh
I just wanna see that smile
Babe, we’re only here, oh, for a little while
I just wanna hold you till you fall asleep
I want love, I want us, I want you, I want me, I want peace.”