Kevin's mom and grandma arrived by train on Friday and stayed with us for the weekend. We went to dinner at the Zuni Grill on Friday night. The restaurant accidentally threw out my leftovers instead of wrapping them up, so they gave me a free dessert - cranberry & pomegranate crème brûlée. Score! Now I have to figure out how to get the new guy to help our table every time.
Saturday, the ladies had a luncheon to attend, so Kevin and I ran a round of errands. The lunch was for a group that Kevin's grandma belongs to called Eastern Star. Or I guess I should say Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. Women have to be related to a Master Mason in order to join. What the heck is a Master Mason? The highest degree you can obtain in Freemasonry, duh. Gah, you ask? I agree. Copying from the Internet (so it HAS to be true): "Freemasonry is a fraternal organization, religious in character, based on the principle of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man which does charitable work in the community through its members. In addition, its teachings and ceremonies seek to make good men better and thereby make the world a better place in winch to live." In winch to live, indeed.
Basically, if you've seen the Stonecutters episode of The Simpsons, you probably get the idea. I find it intriguing that they offer Tetris on their website under the menu Masonic Fun. Perhaps the game was designed as a type of mind control over unsuspecting non-Masons? Anyways, both ladies avoided the special Kool-Aid and came home unharmed.
Saturday evening, just before dinner, we headed out to Louise's Belgian Chocolates and picked up desserts and chocolates. Their St. Mateo cake (kind of a raspberry mousse thing) is awesome.
Sunday, we went for brunch at Cora's then started preparing for dinner. We had 3 other people over from Kevin's family - his Grandma's 2 brothers and a first cousin once removed (I had to look the cousin chart up on Wikipedia). They all live in Ottawa but I had never met them before. We cooked a whole whack of chicken and vegetables, and have a ton left over.
Kevin's mom and grandma are heading back on the train today, and then we have 4 days to prepare the house for Kevin's cousin Jeff and his girlfriend Michelle, who are coming in next weekend.