A Splendid Table, Indeed…

I believe “soaker” is the word the weatherman used to describe last Saturday’s weather. But the Irish Spirit is not water soluble and the St. Pattie’s day events took place as planned. The festivities in Lexington apparently started well before I woke up at about 10am.  When I peeked out the window, I saw about 20 runners sloshing by, with their fancy running clothes saturated by a misty drizzle. Apparently, running a St. Patrick’s Day 3k is a good way to justify drinking 10,000 calories worth of Guinness later on.  Smart people, those runners. 


Later, David and I got ready and walked down to Alfalfa for brunch with Raven and Donnie.  We got a table right by the window and realized about 5 minutes later that we are the smartest people in all of Central Kentucky.  Why? Because the street right outside our window (where it was now raining in earnest) was lined with dozens of sad and wet merrymakers waiting on THE PARADE TO START!  We got to watch the parade pass right by us while enjoying our Alfalfafries and cheesy grits, without getting wet!


Over the last year, we have watched several of Lexington’s parades and we now realize that they all have the same ingredients: Horses, fire trucks, one marching band, one bagpipe band, cloth banners followed by disorderly and ragtag groups of children/dogs/roller derby women, one float and about 12 delivery trucks with streamers taped on. 


This parade, however, had 3 things that we’d never seen before. The Acolyte Precision Drill Team, Awesome Girls Dancing with Hoops and a Small Group of SHEEP Herded by Two Sheep Dogs. 


Thus, Lexington’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was the best one yet.


After the parade, we walked across the street to the library, where Raven and I annoyed Donnie (who had the flu, but we didn’t know at the time…sorry, Donnie!) and David (who did not have such a good excuse to be annoyed) by looking at all the knitting books page by page, in order to find something for Raven to knit for her sister’s baby (A BOY!). We also checked out the Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper cook book.  Oh man, what a good one. Last night, David and I made the Chicken Curry with Gentle Spices, in which you discover that curry does not come from a curry plant, but is a mix of other spices.  Apparently, we are the last to know.  Anyway, we served it over instant brown rice (a food miracle in itself) and it was our best curry ever! As an added bonus, it did not stink up the entire house! So we paired it with Chardonnay from a box (please don’t judge us—it’s cheap and better for the environment) and ate on the balcony.  A lovely evening, indeed. 



We ate it all.  And when I say we ate it all, I mean we pretty much squeegeed the pot with old bread.  I probably shouldn’t tell you that, but it’s true.  See?



4 Responses to “A Splendid Table, Indeed…”

  1. 1 Andrea March 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Acolyte Precision Drill Team??? Where were they when I was acolyting? Am I too old to join?

  2. 2 hasenfefferinc March 17, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    There is no age limit on this worshipful expression. One thing I failed to mention: They were doing their routine to U2’s Vertigo. Awesome.

  3. 3 David March 18, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    This is what sold me on the box o’ wine….


    Love it!

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