Despite the fact that I joined the blog world we had actually only met 3 times in person before last weekend, and hadn't really spent much one-on-one time. Which is important when getting to know me. I tend to disappear in crowds (Exhibit A). After leaving Sass's on Friday, I rolled into Gwen's about 5:00.
Her, I'll call it an Arts & Crafts Bungalow even though I don't know what those words mean, was instantly home. Beautiful woodwork throughout, and great Frank Lloyd Wright-esque stained glass in the windows. I got a quick tour (the basement is still clean) and we headed out on our missions before the others arrived. At our first stop, "Eric the Engineer" showed up. I have a NEED to understand the process. I want to know why you made the decisions that you did. Not to judge, but to get closer to understanding the nature of the universe. Okay, not that deep, but that's how I am. I want to know. So when I asked Gwen why she chose this particular dry cleaners, she shot me a look. I apologized, but explained the above, and was confused as to why she would go somewhere that was not handy. (Coupon, near shops, etc.) And we were back on track. A little more shopping, a quick hit at the liquor store (where she alerted me to the fact that the thunder jug of Captain I grabbed didn't have any beads on it) and then back to her house, in her cute little 5 speed silver Spyder drop top. With the sunglasses she was sporting? Total-package-got-my-shit-together-modern-woman.
Into the kitchen we went, where I assisted in the making of the chocolate covered strawberries, the monkey bread, and the puppy chow. She was the sous chef. (More like the Seuss Chef, el gato in the sombrero). We wrapped everything up, sipping beverages and talking all the while. Not really about you all this time, sorry. Great fun getaway weekend. My one regret is that I didn't get to spend too much time with H. Just circulating in different pools of the crowd.