Sunday, April 17, 2022

Easter Weekend 2022

Happy Easter!!!  I hope that you're having a wonderful weekend!  Our weekend has been fairly busy, but not extremely exciting or eventful... 

Originally, Eliot and I were supposed to be going up to Bar Harbor this weekend to help my parents out with the end of tax season.  Plans changed and I was planning to go up on Monday instead since they really didn't need me over the weekend.  And then this past Wednesday night, plans changed one last time.  One of Eliot's co-workers (that he has been in close contact with) tested positive for coronavirus.  As soon as I found out, I called my parents Wednesday night to tell them I wasn't coming just in case.  Five days from then is Monday, but I still didn't want to take any unnecessary chances.

Instead, we've been using this weekend to try to get stuff done.  Eliot had the day off Friday (for Good Friday) so he spent most of the morning and afternoon cleaning while I was working at the office.  Friday night we went to the Maine Mariners hockey game up in Portland.  Then, most of the rest of the weekend we've been trying to get ahead on orders and do more spring cleaning!  And we've also made some time to have fun!

I still can't help feeling down though.  I'm disappointed that I wasn't home this weekend for Easter.  (I'm more disappointed I can't go home at all... but that's another story.)  

I haven't been home for Easter in years.  My Mom and Dad are always busy since it falls during tax season, so Jeremy usually comes to visit us and the three of us "kids" do something together.  I know it wouldn't have been like when I was a kid... but I was hoping to recapture some kind of Easter magic like when I was little.

Easter used to be magical like Christmas morning.  Jeremy and I would hop out of bed excited to see what the Easter Bunny had left for us that year.  Some years, we'd do egg hunts; while other years, the Easter Bunny would hide our baskets and we'd have to look for clues and follow them in order to find the hidden surprise.  There was a simple magic in the air... and it was just like Christmas opening our Easter baskets.

We used to get toys we could use for spring.  I remember getting things like coloring books, crayons, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, kites and puzzles.  I won't lie, I honestly had all of those things written down in a list hoping that the Easter Bunny might have a few tricks up his sleeve for us Easter morning.  Instead... I awoke to absolutely nothing.

Sometimes, being an adult really stinks.  But I still desperately wanted Easter to feel special... because it was certainly shaping up to be just another ordinary Sunday in the Cady household.  At first, we weren't sure what to do since most places are closed on Easter.  But, Eliot had told me earlier in the week that our local ice cream store was opening this weekend, so we decided to go there for the first time this afternoon!  

I'm so glad that we did.  Both Eliot and I got an ice cream (he got orange pineapple and I got cookie dough), and then we bought a 12" pepperoni pizza to bring home with us to share.  Everything was delicious.  I still can't believe that it's taken us over six years to go there, but we've finally been there now!  Plus, it was one of the things I didn't get checked off my summer bucket list last year so that feels good!

Once we got home from the ice cream store, there wasn't too much time that we had to wait before the Sharks hockey game was on.  They had back-to-back games this weekend.  Last night, they played against Joe Pavelski and the Dallas Stars in an 8:00 pm game and today they played an early game against Minnesota at 6:00 pm.  We lost to the Dallas Stars 2-1 and we lost against the Minnesota Wild 5-4 in overtime but it was still fun to watch our Sharks... especially since they only have a few more games before their season is over.  (We aren't going to make the playoffs this year.)

Speaking of hockey... Eliot and I also had fun Friday night at the Mariners game.  It was their second to last home regular season game and we wanted to see at least one more before the season ended.  Eliot asked the ticket office to put us in seats away from everyone else- which made me feel better in case we were contaminated.  

It was a fun game to go to as well since it was fan appreciation night.  There were a lot of giveaways going on.  Eliot and I randomly won tickets to Shinedown's rock concert that's tomorrow night, but we're not sure if we're going to go since they aren't a band that we know or follow.  It was cool to talk with the giveaway game hype girl though!

The highlight of the game was when Beacon (the puffin mascot) walked right by our seats and stopped to give Eliot a thumbs up on his Bowser jersey and wave to our donkeys sitting in front of us.  It was their first live hockey game so we took a few pictures of them enjoying it from their backpacks.  Beacon even gave one of them (Meep Meep- the gray one) a little boop on the nose! 

Thankfully, the game ended up being a lot more exciting towards the end of it.  The Newfoundland Growlers scored early in the first, and then no one scored again until there were only about 5 minutes left in the third period and the Mariners tied it.  The game ended tied at 1-1, so we had to go into overtime.  

The Mariners won in overtime!  We needed the win since they were fighting for a playoff spot.  (Eliot informed me this morning that they made the playoffs!)  We left the game in good spirits, with our donkeys and the new Mariners t-shirt and rainbow logo winter hat that Eliot surprised me with during the first intermission.  On the way home, we made a quick stop at Applebee's for take out to bring home.

Basically, Eliot's and my Easter weekend was a lot of watching hockey and food... along with a bit of spring cleaning and working on orders.  (That's pretty much the usual around here.)  Although it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for, our Easter weekend hasn't turned out completely awful.  I think we made the best of our situation and while it's been a bit of a disappointing weekend for me, it was still good! 

Plus, this upcoming week is shaping up to be a good one.  Since I was originally going to be away for a few days this week anyways, I'm trying to treat it like a week of vacation.  (The chiropractic office is also closed so I don't have to work there.)  I'm hoping to get a bunch of stuff done around the house as I focus more on that than our businesses.  (We've been working really hard to get ahead thinking that I would be away... so I've got wiggle room.)  Plus, I've still got a bunch of blog posts planned!

I hope your weekend was a good one and that you were able to celebrate (if you celebrate Easter or Passover) with your family and friends!

Happy Easter!!!!!°o° 

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