Saturday, December 31, 2011

Oh Won't You Choo Choo Me Home


We are in Chattanooga. How the heck are you? I have been hounded in three states about not blogging the last week, but since one of my Rules for Ladies is Never Apologize, Never Explain, I will just say: Hello and Merry Christmas! It is wonderful to see you. You look swell. Yes, those are cake crumbs on my face.

(My mother-in-law's dear friend brought a rum cake over to the house yesterday. Today when I thanked her and complimented her on its deliciousness, she said, "Oh, but you know what? I was out of rum when I made that rum cake so I used a lot of really good bourbon." That works.)

Today that friend and my mother-in-law Betty and a third friend hosted a ladies lunch downtown for everyone to meet my sister-in-law Robin. She's been in the family for two years now, but she's never visited Chattanooga, so this calls for a lunch. It was at the same south side restaurant where I had a bridal luncheon, 99 years ago. And today I was there with Laura, who was not even thought of on that long-ago afternoon. Time, it flies for real.

Blurry but happy.

In other Chattanews, Matt's mom put a new bed in a basement bedroom, so the sleeping situation described in this post is no more. Never say that this blog lacks influence.

It's New Year's Eve! What are you doing tonight? Matt and I went out last night with some friends, and found a place that served really cute drinks with hard-to-find liqueurs in them. This bar was in an old building that had been a bombed-out crack house when we used to live here. We sat on industrial-chic stools that I loved but which hurt Matt's behiney, and we were beautifully lit from below by a glowing tabletop. So that was a lot. Tonight we are going to stay in with his brothers and Robin and play Dominion or Ticket to Ride.

2011 was great--I really can't complain, so if 2012 could just keep it steady, that would be fine with me. Happy New Year from the Sub Mat family. I hope you have a sweet, cozy, or thrilling night with people you like and even love.

13 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Becky said...

Happy New Year, Elizabeth! Here's to thriving in 2012!

Amy said...

Happy New Year!! Sounds like a pretty ideal weekend to me--from the good lighting to the cake crumbs. Love y'all!

Star said...

Wonderful post, as usual, thanks! (Any chance of getting the rum-bourbon cake recipe?!) Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year to you and yours!

Veronica said...

Happy New Year! Sounds like a great weekend.

delaine said...

What a great picture of you girls! I remember well that other day at a luncheon in that restaurant.Laura is a fantastic addition to any party. Such a beautiful young lady! I am glad you've had a wonderful holiday. It has been on our end also. What a joy to have two thirds of our children home with their families! Blessings everywhere.

Camp Papa said...

Cake and bourbon! If there is any chance of adding pork fat to what would then be a sublime treat?

Erika W said...

Ticket to Ride!! I'm jealous. Happy New Year. My resolution is to spend more time with you and your wonderful family.

Amy said...

Lol, Dad! And also, ew.

Beth said...

Happy New Year! I can totally tell in that photo with Laura that you are at your ideal weight. Nice!

Elle said...

I am astounded by the level of civilization Betty is bearing aloft way down south. I would have to have a bayonet to get people to participate in something so simple as a ladies' lunch. The fact that I would consider arming myself to entertain + socialize might be one of the problems. Hm. xox

Aimee said...

Dominion and Ticket to Ride?? I KNEW I liked you. Dominion's my absolute fave, and we play TtR allll the time.

New game rec (sent to us by some GA friends) - Castle Panic. Fun for the kids, and keeps us entertained, too.

Happy New Year, Becky!! Hope 2012 is fantabulous.

Common Household Mom said...

Happy New Year from the Common Household! and congrats on having raised your daughter in such a way that you can take her to a Ladies' Lunch and still be able to stick to the 'Never Apologize, Never Explain' rule.