Yesterday marks the end of a whirlwind week for me. My cousin and her wonderful family came from Germany to stay with us for Easter and four days afterward. While it may be a lot of work having four people stay over, these days were a much needed break from the every day and didn't seem like work at all! It was so refreshing to go to Manhattan and play tourist, to share Easter, to visit a museum, and to go shopping "just because."
The week was full of discoveries as well, which just goes to prove ... you learn something new every day! Like what, you ask?
SATURDAY: When it comes to some people in your life, you can see them after ten years and pick up right where you left off! How great is that?
SUNDAY: There is a bakery in South Windsor, Connecticut called David Glass. Whoever David is, he now owns my tastebuds. http://www.davidglass.com. The flourless chocolate cake is to die for and just a little bit is enough. (But why stop there?)
MONDAY: There is one nut/bolt setup on each side of the back suspension of a Saturn Vue for keeping the tires in place. When that bolt disappears ... it's a bad thing. There we were, calling AAA for a flatbed, right in the parking lot of the Orange County Choppers showroom in Newburgh, NY. It dawns on me now ... maybe we should have just asked Paul Sr. for help?
TUESDAY: People in Manhattan are a lot more polite than I have given them credit for. I grew up in New York, and I don't remember such politeness in the city. Between the man who overheard our group looking for somewhere to change euros into dollars and stopped to point out possibilities, to all the clerks from American Girl down to sidewalk vendors who first asked how we were before doing business, I can't believe how nice it was. According to my cousin, this doesn't happen in Munich. Score one for the U.S.! Or at least for New York!
WEDNESDAY: Middle school boys lie ... a lot. They also believe each others lies quite readily. Why wouldn't another kid believe my son sprained his ankle fighting alongside Chuck Norris? Why wouldn't my kid believe the boy who claimed to catch a great white shark last weekend?
THURSDAY: Apparently, the speed of the Autobahn is nothing for a stomach to handle compared to the stop-and-go chaos of Manhattan driving. Always carry plastic bags and paper towels in your car. Score one for Germany!
FRIDAY: I have to get my butt in gear and save to visit my cousins in Germany soon! (So please, friends and fans ... pitch Treehugger big-time, will ya'? )
What have you learned this week?