Day 175, Day 176, & Day 177.
This is what Days 175, 176, and 177were all about. The truth is, I had dinner each night – Day 175 was a homemade quiche, Day 176 was PF Chang’s after picking up Asher his first pair of shoes, and Day 177 was an impromptu visit to our local Beef O Brady’s. So by the time I got to Chick-fil-A, I was all about the Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake. I have to tell you, I am going to miss a lot about my Every Day with CFA runs, but what I may very well miss the most is the Peppermint shake. I don’t even really like Peppermint all that much – but when you froth it together in vanilla and chocolate chip creaminess, man, you’re really cooking with peanut oil at that point (Duck Dynasty reference).
It’s cool to see the college kids back and working the drive thru. On day 175 it was Nick, back from his first semester at FSU. I wished him and his ‘Noles the best of luck in their upcoming Championship game efforts. As an Ohio State fan, it pained me to say it.
Day 176 it was Megan who was back from college, and she was happy to jump in with [drawing a blank] for the Peppermint Chocolate Chip shake pic:
Mind you, this was on the way back from Countryside Mall after picking up Asher his first pair of shoes. I was a touch worried, as he’s fairly proficient at motoring around the house and on any surface in just his bare feet. But I have to say, he took to shoes like I take to cheesy Lifetime holiday flicks – like a champ! It was hilarious to see him run all around the store with this high-stutter-step, proud as can be.
To celebrate, we decided PF Chang’s would be a good option, and here’s the memory of that event:
(George Orwell 1984 moment. When I posted this pic to Facebook, it suggested I tag the dude in the green over Liza’s left shoulder, whom I’ve never met. The world is getting much, much smaller.)
Asher was so excited about his shoes he nearly jumped in the bath with them:
Well, not really, but hyperbole sounds so much better.
Okay, so on to day 177. I don’t have a server pic as this time I grabbed my shake at the Gulfview Mall, and she declined to be photographed, politely of course. In all fairness, it is very weird for some guy you’ve never met to ask to take your photo and post it on a blog. But in all fairness to me, Facebook can suggest a tag of a random guy I’ve never met with relative ease, so in the digital world in which we live, I imagine our photographs are all over the Net without our permission – at least I ask. 😀
I should note that I ran into a very good friend of mine at the mall who was also doing some last minute Christmas shopping, and it was great to see this dear brother of mine. I left the mall encouraged, both because of him and because of my Chocolate Chip shake with peppermint pieces (yes, there is a difference, and this was perhaps even better than the original)!
I had actually hoped to get the Chicken Tortilla Soup, but alas, they were out. But as I mentioned earlier, the belly was satiated for the most part anyhow, courtesy of the Beef’s nachos. To prove we were there, here’s a pic of little man, who we think finally for reals might be getting some teeth, which means this is finally the reason we can blame for his crankiness:
He really loves that darn green spoon. To chew and strike things with, of course.
Welp, one more day to Christmas. We’re all spent in our house, and I’m looking forward to a couple of days off. Celebrating Christmas really should be a year-round thing for the Christian, but sadly we cram it in to a couple of December weeks without spending five solid minutes to meditate on the purpose and meaning of the season. I’ll probably post more about that tomorrow, but for now, just know that I’m happy it’s Christmas, in more ways than one.