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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Party's Over

Well, it had to end at some point, eh? This morning at 6AM Cheryl caught an Uber for the airport and her flight back to Florida. In 30 minutes, Jen and I will drive Della and Logan up to South Station and their train south to NYC.

It’s been a fabulous, cozy, comfortable, fun week.

Della arrived Sunday night. By the time we got back to Valhalla there was energy enough only for Oni’s brill mushroom soup and rack time.

Monday – Della and I did nothing in particular. We ran errands, shopped, had a tasty-ass lunch and then a dinner of roasted veggies and spicy, cheese infused red quinoa (I actually cooked and it didn't suck!!!) with Jen and Oni.

Tuesday – We met Cheryl and then Logan’s flights, motored home and then off to lunchie at Froggy’s and a visit to The Fuller Craft Museum. How many people does it take before you call a sit down dinner, a party? Sara Gillingham at Kitchn mag feels that six is the perfect dinner party number. We were now perfect. Of course we were!

Wednesday – Awesome Cousins took the T into Back Bay for a day of wandering and window shopping. Dinner was a feast of spectacular Thai cuisine.

Thursday – off to Cambridge for wandering, poking around MIT, Central Square (and lunch at Mary Chung’s!) and up to Harvard Sq. Hillel joined our already six strong party. He brought veggie Sloppy Joes and the MOST amazing cornbread. Hillel, by the by, is a stone fabola cook.

And yesterday, Friday – the last day of our vaca party, Awesome Cousins hiked around the Neck, taking in the local beauty. Afterward, we hit Louie’s for a humble lunch. Joe came over for the nightly banquet bash, bringing a box full of Christ-I’m-Gonna-Die-These-Are-SOOOOOOOO-Good pastries from Modern Pastry in the North End. The main course – ya know, before our sugar fix – was Oni's absolutely BRILL Jamaican fish stew.

Turns out I didn’t have to worry about fun stuff to do and show my cousins. They’re wonderfully cool and low-key. Just being all together, sharing a meal or just a cuppa was grand. The house is gonna feel pretty damn empty this afternoon.

Also, there’s a very good chance I won’t eat again until next month. OOOF, such a LOT of tremendous food!

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