Sunday, March 28, 2010
Jan and I met almost thirteen years ago, just after I started dating her brother-in-law Russ. She was going through her divorce and I'd been there, and we formed a fast friendship. We didn't commiserate so much or wallow in our misfortune as enjoy each others' company. Jan has a very positive and energetic outlook on life. We found we think the same way about a lot of things. She's raised two great kids. Like me, she works in an academic setting and she is a writer.
Here for just an overnight visit, yesterday we had fun enjoying a casual lunch at Panera and then shopped at my favorite place, Trader Joe's. I stocked up on things I can only get there. I've written to the company and begged them to put a store in Saratoga Springs, but got a post card back from "Joe" saying that wouldn't be happening any time soon and to please visit their stores in other locations. The challenge to that, though, is that the closest TJs to my home is in Amherst, Mass., two hours away.
Last night we ate in. Jan made a salad and baked a Rising Moon Organics Margharita pizza. Our "formula" is to spend a day like that and then watch a movie. We saw "Hurt Locker" which clearly deserved all the accolades it has received. The acting was incredible, and Kathryn Bigelow deserved Best Director at this year's Oscar Awards. It was a hard movie to watch, but one that shouldn't be missed.