Phew, that was close!

Today had the potential to be yet another monster of an expansion day, but my tummy is kind of relieved that it was not!

When I got up this morning, I went downstairs (ohhh, to live in a multi-level house again …) to the living room so I could do my Self Challenge 2009 workout. What can I say … I’m serious about fixing my legs! I can feel my poor little muscles getting stronger again, too, and I was able to do some of the exercises that hurt too much to do last week, yay!

My dad picked me up a bit after 11 am, and we headed over to LA Roberts, a NaMA (that’s coolspeak for North Attleboro, MA) restaurant, to enjoy Easter all-you-can-eat brunch with Rae Ann (my stepmom) and her family.


Some background on LA Roberts: it was the fanciest place in town in 1987. In 1987, I distinctly remember that the all-you-can-eat brunch included yogurt because it was the only thing I would eat. The famed LA Roberts brunch seems to have devolved over time because there was no yogurt this morning, hmph. Nor was there cereal, toast, peanut butter, or jam.

The brunch did, however, come through with lots of lukewarm serve-yourself buffet platters full of foods that are not my favorite: ham, sausage, hash browns, other potato things, scary quiche. Because I’m good at scavenging, however, I put together a lovely little big spread.

Let’s play a game. I’ll show you a picture of the item, and you see if you can guess what it is. I’ll provide the answers at the end.

Item #1:


Item #2:


Item #3:


Item #4:


Item #5:


How do you think you did?

The answers, clockwise from the beans: (1) baked beans (I found them in a tin between the maple syrup and the whipped cream, hmmm), (2) broccoli (I spooned out all the broccoli from a giant vat of chicken penne alfredo), (3) fruit salad topped with apples in syrup (I found this teeny bit of fruit salad on a table by itself in the corner, floating in a flood of its own juices … or the juices of its originating can), (4) piece of berry scone (yes, the scones were pre-cut into fourths, but that ended up being fine with me since it was actually too sweet, if you can believe that coming from me, the cake queen. I ate half and gave the other half to my dad), and (5) the star of the show, a slice of French toast with thawed frozen strawberries.


I think I managed to do pretty well for myself, and I was pleased the the food was good enough to eat but not good enough to lead to further expansion.

The company was also quite enjoyable. My step-uncle (?) David brought bunny ears for everyone to wear. My dad was serious about arranging his perfectly. It was clearly a multi-step process:



img_7833As soon as we finished eating and the bunny ears were properly arranged, we all headed back to my dad and stepmom’s house to relax for a few before I had to leave to catch the bus. I received some fun Easter goodies that will surely be making an appearance quite soon.

At 2:15, dad and I left to go pick up my mom so they could both take me to the bus station in Providence. I heard through the grapevine that, after the big drop-off , my mom went back to my dad’s house to hang out with my stepmom’s family and they all passed a lovely afternoon together.

What a whirlwind trip! It’s relatively easy to get to MA from here, but I so rarely have the time and it always ends up being very rush rush rush. I hope I can go back for a more leisurely visit this summer!

As you know already, my bus came equipped with Wi-Fi. So excited that Peter Pan is moving with the times! If only my computer could have lasted longer without a charge …

On the bus, I ate my packed “snunch” of 1/2 cup matzo muesli with 1/2 cup plain yogurt and a cup of fruit left from yesterday’s chocolate fountain. Pardon the blur. We had some bumpy roads, and I wasn’t about to wait for smoothness to dive into this!


I got back to my apartment just before 8 and made a little snacky plate while I raced around to get ready for the week. The plate included the final two pieces of pumpernickel baguette with cashew-almond butter and coconut, a pile of peanut roasted chickpeas, and some overflow fruit salad from home that I couldn’t fit into a container for the fridge.


I also had this itty bitty piece of a slice of my mom’s birthday cake.


She saved and froze (now you know where my dessert-freezing compulsion comes from) the slice for me from her birthday celebration with my step-dad’s family. Wallen, step-grandpa (I’m realizing I’ve never had to explain these family members in writing before, so I’m suddenly having to concoct labels I’ve never actually used!), makes the most amazing chocolate fudge frosting from scratch, so my mom requests it on yellow cake every year.

I’m in bed now and it’s wayyyyyyyyyy past my bedtime — not how I wanted to start the week! — so I need to hit the sheets stat.

What is your favorite activity when traveling as a passenger in any kind of vehicle? Sleeping is mine.

Don’t forget about the pistachios!

20 thoughts on “Phew, that was close!

  1. Hallie says:

    Your dad is so cute!!

    If I’m going somewhere new, or new-ish, I like staring out the window at the scenery. Otherwise, I like to sleep or read when I’m traveling.


  2. Kristie says:

    I’ve gotta say, that is one straaaange load of of breakfast options at that breakfast buffet. Or I guess brunch. But broccoli in the am just seems to out of the ordinary! I kinda dig it though.

    I also dig the bunny ears. Your dad totally rocks them πŸ˜‰

    When traveling? I SING. I could sing for hours and hours along to whatever songs are being cranked out. And seat dancing of course. I do these as a passenger OR driver. When it’s less appropriate (umm bus or plane perhaps?) then I’ll just read, do crossword puzzles and/or zone out to music.


  3. snackface says:

    Wowee, I just did some major catching up. I don’t even know where to begin???

    Let’s just say I loved dinners number 1 and 2 with your sistah, and I LOVED getting a glimpse into your family traditions. I didn’t know anything about a Seder plate, Haggadah, or yummy-sounding charoset. Thank you so much for sharing!

    I didn’t do more expanding this weekend than I usually do, which is almost a bummer. I’m glad you made it back home safe and sound! My favorite things to do as a passenger: sing, seatdance (like Kristie), sleep or eat. I wish I could read in the car, but it makes me sick as a dog.

    Have a great start to the week!


  4. Ashley says:

    No cereal, toast, peanut butter or jam??? What is this place?? In any event, the fruit salad looks… nice(ish). I’m glad you had some cake to finish the day on a positive note!!

    In answer to your question, I like to read when I’m a passenger. But only if it’s a good book otherwise I’m with you – sleep!


  5. Erin says:

    Looks like a good day! Love the bunny ears. And you are a first rate scavenger.
    I definitely prefer sleeping in vehicles. I can’t read or do much else without feeling sick, haha.


  6. Maureen says:

    Broccoli and beans before noon? Haha, you’re very brave. Looks like a very tasty spread and I’m glad you had such a lovely brunch with the fam. My fave activity in a vehicle is to THINK! Nothing makes me more pensive than the hypnotic lull of a car drive.


  7. brandi says:

    love the bunny ears πŸ™‚

    I LOVE Reading in the car. My husband can’t do it – he gets car sick, but I’m glad I can. I get some great reading done while riding in cars. Plus it passes the time.


  8. Gina Boland says:

    Love Dad’s bunny ears. Definitely sleeping and listening to my Ipod in the car/bus. I did lots of that today on the way back from Philly!


  9. verbalriot says:

    Looks like you still managed to get together an awesome plate for brunch!

    Bunny ears make everyone look awesome πŸ™‚

    I am SO GLAD Peter Pan is keeping up with the times as well, hellooooo blog reading for 4 hours ahhaha.

    I love sleeping and listening to music while driving somewhere. It’s relaxing, sort of “me” time…unless the dude next to me is snoring, which is 95% of the time I travel


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