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Nine years on Walkabout Farm, longest we have lived anywhere, including in our childhood. We used to know when things had happened in the past 35 years based on where we were living. This is getting tricky now with such a long span in the same place. It's not a bad thing. It's just new for us.

Miss E passed her own milestone, turning 12. She had bought a dress (under protest) for her promotion ceremony out of Elementary School, but ended up with a nonspecific fever and didn't attend the ceremony. She thought it wasn't much fun to have the dress and no occasion to wear it. So I asked her if she wanted to dress up and go out for her birthday dinner. Yes, that suited her, especially at a restaurant that doesn't sing to you.

I like Clyde's a great deal, a local chain with restaurants at various points along the spectrum of formality and menu. Willow Creek Farm is not their fanciest nor their most casual, but is the closest. The restaurant was built out of old buildings that had been disassembled and stored. Back when Clyde's was on my client list at AA&Co, these timbers were a joke. A company that contained nothing but a bunch of numbered bits of wood. It's a personal pleasure to see them reassembled into a beautiful dining experience.

Taken with a cell phone.

There were other milestones. She already had her laptop, but she and I went down to the bank and opened her own local bank account. She was tired of having her money parked in our account and wanted a bank she could walk into. She's been handling money since she was about 5 (and not very well, back then, but we all have to start somewhere) so even though the age for these things is typically 13, she seems ready. So off we went, all very grownup, with our various IDs into town to speak to the bank.

She has also, oddly, raided my cabin for two romance novels. I didn't expect this to happen and I'm wondering which books she'll like best, historical or modern? She's enjoying a Zebra Regency Romance at the moment.

Frog Out


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Jul. 7th, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
Clydes! Nice place. A friend of mine always goes to the one in Bethesda. She always orders the Cobb salad. I always have the Reuben.
Jul. 7th, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
They were my client in 91-93. I hit most of the existing restaurants at that point: Clyde's, Old Ebbitt Grill, 1789, Clyde's of Tysons, Clyde's of Reston. Tomato Palace in Columbia was just opening up. I never made it to Chevy Chase or the original Columbia restaurant. It was an interesting client.
Jul. 8th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
business lunches
I still miss the steak salad at the Clyde's near the office. I think you were the one who turned me on to that in the first place. Or at least I watched you eat one and it looked so good I had to try it the next time we were there. . .

Happy birthday to E! I can't believe she's 12, how time flies!
Jul. 7th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to her, and such a lovely dress!

I can't believe I've lived 5 years in Florida.
Jul. 7th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
I can't, either! (other than it's relatively cheap and your parents live there, of course...)
Jul. 7th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to E! I like it that she's reading a Regency. Good taste.

Sorry she missed the big to-do after all. What is her objection to a dress? She looks quite nice in one.

You say Clyde[']s, I think Budweiser. There's no hope for me.
Jul. 7th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
Dresses are pretty useless, though she likes them well enough. Can't wear them to school because they don't change for gym. And we never go anywhere dressy, like, ummm, church. She used to wear them a lot up through Kindergarten. Then they became impractical. She hates tights.

And yes, there's no hope for you.
Jul. 7th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
You have romance novels?
Jul. 7th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
Doesn't everyone? Tho, usually, people recycle them in used bookstores. I've mostly kept certain authors and series, but yes, they take up several bookcases.
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