Happy Birthday and What Does a Vegetarian Eat at a Steakhouse?

It fun to start this with a happy occasion.  Last night we all went out to celebrate my nephew Patrick’s 40th birthday.  He probably won’t see this so he won’t know I gave away his age!  He’ll always be a little red haired elf to me.  I was disappointed that Ralph wasn’t feeling well and couldn’t be with us.  Everybody loves Uncle Ralph!

Patrick and his lovely wife, Carrie with little Michael (you’ll probably hear lots about him in the coming posts.)

Of course when it’s your birthday, you get to chose the restaurant.  Patrick’s choice…Outback Steakhouse.  What’s wrong with this picture?  Steakhouse, great for all the meaty boys and girls in the group, not so good for the lone vegetarian. 

This is usually how I look when faced with this dilemma.

Fortunately, we had to wait awhile for some folks to get there giving me time to peruse the menu.  Slim pickings, even the pasta dish had shrimp in it beside the fact that it was an alfredo sauce and I didn’t want all that fat and all those points!  So I went with my go-t0 choice when I’m at a steakhouse. ( I spend a lot of time with meat lovers!)

Caesar Salad with the dressing on the side.  I just love a plate with boomerangs!  Thank GOODNESS I asked for it on the side.  It was extremely salty and garlicy.  I’m a big garlic fan, but not a real salty fan so it would have been difficult to eat if I’d let them put it on.  More often than not, restaruants like to drench Caesar salads.  It was good.  I had a delicious side of veggies.  If Id know they were that good, I would have asked for just the veggies over plain pasta and some parmesean cheese.  I’ll keep that in my aresenal for my next visit to a steakhouse.

So, all in all, we all

Heather and Brian (newly engaged!)

Lisa and Evan (too cute for words!)

Patti and Russ (off to Phoenix tomorrow and 80 degrees!!)

Michael3 and Michael4

Ele (sometimes known as Grummy) and Michael4

and Me (sometimes know as Ahnt Frahn) and Michael4 (aka Little Michael, Mikey and since the day he was born…Monkey Boy, to Me.)(Great photo courtesy of Brian, Thanks, Brian!)

After a week of feeling very much at loose ends as it was my first week off from work and then a weekend of Ralph and me being VERY sick (virus, flu, plague??) this was a wonderful treat to spend time with so many people that I love.  I had a rude awakening when Brian said “see you next Friday!”  What’s next Friday? says me.(DUH!!)  “Christmas Eve, you remember Christmas Eve…” Well, by brain had a meltdown!  But you know what.  I’ve gotten it together in less time with less time to work with and further behind.  At least we have the Christmas cards printed…if I could just find them!!! I know they’re here somewhere…

5 responses to “Happy Birthday and What Does a Vegetarian Eat at a Steakhouse?

  1. I love it! What great pictures! You are so funny! I can’t wait for other entries! (an you tell I’m excited?!!!!!!)

  2. Beautiful! Heather looks like Mama Pea in her photo. And I’m glad you got over your little bout with the black plague. I’m sorry I missed it, I didn’t realize you were sick too!

    Christmas Eve in a week? I don’t think I believe you…. It always jumps out at me. And the waiting-for-it-to-get-here is the fun part!

    • I’m so glad you said that Heather reminds you of Mama Pea without me saying it to you first. The really scary thing is, Mama Pea had a video on the blog yesterday and she SOUNDS like Heather. I’m going to have to show it to Heather and Brian. So funny. So glad you like it! I’m working on it, but as I said, there won’t be a lot of pretty shots just yet. I’ve been trying out some new ways of displaying things. I’ll be interested to see what you think! Thanks for your help and support on this. You ARE the BEST!!

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