Monday, April 9, 2012
This is the last day of what has been a four-day holiday for most and a five-day holiday for some. Most businesses have been closed since Thursday although some were open on Saturday. Traffic in the city has been very light and most of the streets are rather quiet. My physical therapy sessions resume tomorrow, as does Susan’s Photoshop class.
Saturday we had a very pleasant lunch at La Fórcola and at 8:00 we headed down to visit with Nacho at Mantequerías Chisbert to take him up on his offer of a beer and snacks, but when we walked past the store was closed. We assumed that business was so light that he closed early so that he could enjoy some of his Saturday.
Sunday was a low expenditure of energy day. We had leftovers for lunch and read for most of the afternoon. At 7:00 PM Brian came by and drove us over to his and Ofelia’s house for Easter dinner. While the meal was cooking we sat in the living room and chatted about this and that. One of our topics of conversation was how seemingly unimportant choices in our lives can drastically affect the course of our lives and how we can only appreciate or understand this in retrospect. When dinner was ready we moved the conversation and ourselves to the dinner table.
Brian went all out and we filled out plates with leg and shoulder of lamb, haricots vert, carrots seasoned with ginger and cinnamon, and oven baked potatoes. Bran had also baked a cake that was topped with raspberries and to which we could add either a chocolate hazelnut sauce or whipped cream. Some of us added both. While we eat we talked about a future visit we are planning to make to Lisbon. Brian and Ofelia talked about things to see and do and lent us a number of books so that we could do a bit of homework before we go. The discovery that Lisbon is very hilly means that my knee will have to be in very good shape before we go.
After coffee I did some magic and I was able to do a couple of effects for the first time to get an idea of how they play in a real setting, as opposed to practicing at home. I gathered some valuable information and will make a few changes when I perform those effects next. It was a little after 11:00 when we said our goodbyes and Brian kindly drove us home.