I entered a few blog drawings and won some stuff, and since it was all stuff I liked, I’ve been meaning to put up a post to say thanks to the businesses who gave us the stuff.
A while ago it occurred to me that I could use Google to find good restaurants in my home town, not just while on vacation. So I found out about “Communal,” which had many glowing reviews. Then I started noticing friends online talking about how good it was, and then Dean came home one day and said he’d gone there with colleagues for lunch and had liked it. I was jealous. And then I won a gift certificate to eat there.
It was very good. I didn’t care for the barley/sweet potato dish, but I should have remembered I don’t like sweet potatoes–and the barley seemed rubbery. Everything else was fabulous. I’ll definitely eat there again. It’s a little pricey, so we probably won’t try to take our ungrateful children, but it will be perfect for a fancy date. (I’ve heard some people go on fancy dates.)
(Trivia: I kept saying the restaurant’s name the French way, as “Comm-yoo-NAHL,” and that’s how Dean was saying it, too, but my sister was pretty sure it was pronounced the American way. So I asked Twitter, and not only did my friends know (it’s the American way) but someone from the restaurant immediately replied to my tweet. Good food AND fast tweets!)
I won two sets of ties for my guys from The Matching Tie Guy. I think this is a great product idea, and the ties are nicely made, attractive and reasonably priced. I had a really hard time deciding which ties to get, because I liked so many.
Then I had an even harder time getting photos of my guys in their ties (it’s been about a year since I won the ties). I snatched and cropped this photo from my sister’s blog:
If you look closely, you can see a lipstick stain on Isaac’s right shoulder here. His teacher and friends were asking him about it at church and he had no idea where it came from, and then our whole family was teasing him about it after church. He was baffled. Then it occurred to me to try hugging him and see what level my lips were at. Sure enough, I must have given him a hug before church and left the scarlet mark.
If the ties and gift certificate haven’t made you jealous, this one might: I won a family membership to Thanksgiving Point. I found out the day before Christmas, and it was as nice a surprise as if it had been wrapped under the tree. I like to take my family there anyway, and my kids are at a pretty good age to take places, so we’ll get good use from it. Maybe this year we’ll even make it there during tulip season (it’s a short season and a very busy time of year for us, so we keep missing it).
Even if we miss the tulips again, there are other fun things to do and nice things to see year-round. Most recently we took advantage of a day my kids had off from school and visited the dinosaur museum. My kids, including Isaac, spent ages building dams and rivers in the sand-and-water play area. Then we left the museum and headed to “Farm Country.”
Then we decided maybe she was big enough and the ponies were gentle enough that we should let her try it. That was a happy child. Isaac’s too big to ride, but all my other kids really enjoyed their pony rides.