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Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Party


I walked in with butterflies in my stomach. I met up with Twinhead before walking into the "exquisite" restaurant (see last post for a tour and the menu). I sat in the "lounge area" to put on my heels before walking to the back, seeing looks from other diners that said "Who's that nut job with the "Officially Retired" Tiara on her head???" Ha, doncha wish your girlfriend was hot like me, I shot back to them with my eyes.....hehe.

People started to arrive. I felt like I was getting married.....it's tough work to meet and greet and hold conversations with people you haven't seen in a while. I was determined to be cheerful and happy about it. I knew hub would want me to be. I just wish he could have been there. He was, in spirit. I could just see him giving me "the look" when I cracked a joke or tried to flirt.....He was sooo conservative and I was just the opposite. I guess that's why we went well together.The food was fabulous.......the salad bar was filled with everything you can imagine...from greens to spaghetti bolognase to sushi to corn salad with hot peppers, every kind of vegetable and rice you can imagine cooked every way you can imagine. I didn't take pics of the place cause I was too busy gabbing and hugging and laughing with old friends and colleagues. (you can see it if you go back to my last post). When we finally got settled in at the tables we were bombarded with five waiters carrying saber like sword skewers with every kind of cut of meat you can imagine. They stopped at your place and slid off filet mignon wrapped in bacon, sirloin beef sliced right off the roast, chicken, pork, sausages, and they kept coming back again and again. OMG! It was so much food it was outrageous. Besides the meat they give you big bowls of mashed potatoes, fried yucca and french fries!

After finishing the roasts of every kind, it was time to roast me! Everyone who spoke had really nice things to say, even if they were funny about it. After all I always had fun when I worked....it made life a lot easier that way. I wasn't sad at all about leaving in spite of the fact that I made good friends there. It's just time to travel a new path. I realized how blessed I am though. I have good friends and a good life, in spite of the twists and turns it takes. Bring it on!

Peace

30 comments:

Patti said...

Odat, I got a lump in my throat reading this. I was thinking about you Friday afternoon, just knowing you were enjoying yourself at that fancy eatery!

Yesterday morning I heard an ad on WCBS radio for that very same restaurant..I thought I was hearing things. What a coincidence. I had never heard of the place until I read your post and looked at the site.

You forgot to tell us about the dessert, my dear.

;-)

Sarge Charlie said...

It sounds like a fitting treat for such a fine person, I love your comeback......

Dana said...

Wow! What a wonderful event and an even better attitude!

Christy said...

It sounds like an amazing party with tons of delicious food!

Akelamalu said...

What a lovely send-off they gave you and the food sounds amazing!

Loving Annie said...

It sounds like a fabulous place to eat, and that it was a wonderful retirement party Odat, that everyone enjoyed for the surroundings, the food and the company/each-other.

You wouldn't be human if you weren't sad for a bit and missed you hubby.

Your life has changed dramatically and unexpectedly, and you've done everything you could to adapt to it gracefully.

It just doesn't mean that it's always easy.

Cyber hugs,
Loving Annie

buffalodickdy said...

Sounded like quite the feast! I'm glad you had a good time, and are looking forward to the future!

Ian Thomas Healy said...

I'm hungry, darnit.

Good thing you didn't post pictures of the food or I might be trying to gnaw on my laptop screen. LOL

Sounds like you had a wonderful time - I'm happy to hear that.

Ian

Palm Springs Savant said...

I think that's teriffic Odat, nice way to spend time with folks you got to know so well. Your entering a new chapter in life...as you say, Bring It On!

Sandy & Dick said...

I just knew you'd have fun! The food sounds oh so yummy. Have fun with this new phase of your life.

leelee said...

Odat...Big HUGS GF.. sounds like a good time..and you do have some good friends..

I like your retired pic..

HUGS!!

On a limb with Claudia said...

I'm so glad you went. I bet it was hard to just open the door! This is such an exciting phase of your life - no way to know where you'll end up. Congratulations on opening the door.

You inspire us all! of course.

Roger said...

I wish I could have been there! I bet it fun roasting you!! :D

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Thanks so much for allowing us to be part of your retirement party. What a grand event. Big hug and lotsa lovies. :)

Dianne said...

Bring It On indeed!

You wear an invisible tiara every single day Odat.

I'm so glad you had fun.

Travis said...

Congratulations on your retirement!

Paul said...

Odat you rock !!!

brat said...

to all those who weren't there .....food was YUMMY and all (especially ODAT) had a great time........enjoy your retirement my friend......youdeserve it !!!!

Matt-Man said...

Fantastic Odat. Sounds like fun. Now, I am going back to the aprt where you put on your hi-heels. Cheers!!

Slip said...

Way to go. I bet you are somewhat relieved it is over with.

The CEO said...

Outstanding! Sorry to have been MIA, Judy has been sick. I am so glad your party went well, and that you ate well. You are moving on to interesting times, and you aren't alone.

Monty

Lois Grebowski said...

BRING IT ON, BABY! :-D)

I like the new retirement you... It looks extry good on you!

Now get out there and have the time of your life! There are adventures to have, places to see, and people to meet!

WOO HOO!

Miao said...

Glad you had fun. :)

Michael C said...

Sounds great! I'm glad you had so much retirement fun. You deserve it. And the 'retired you' photo look great. You look very happy. I can't imagine why with you not working and all...

;-)

M@ said...

Plus, you've got a good blogroll...

Star8278 said...

Sounds like it was an evening you will never forget. Hope you take away many warm and happy memories!

And...

Congratulations, you are one of my three winners of the bloggy giveaway for my 1000th post!

Jeff B said...

Sounds like a grand time. Glad they were nice to you on your roasting.

Julie said...

Oh man.....this was just wonderful for you wasn't it? Thanks for sharing...I told my husband about this place and showed him the website. He quietly chuckled..."Yeah like we'll ever get there."

I'm so happy for you!

katherine. said...

a nice roast?

well hopefully it wasn't so nice you were tempted to go back...smile.

Sunrunner said...

Congrats again! It sounds like you had a lovely party. You deserved it!!!