As The Pizza Cooks – Episode 6

There was no pizza this week, so the title is incorrect, but thinking of a new title is just too much work.  Actually we’re having pork chops, so this could be, “As the Pork Chop Fries.” And it’s not Sunday (I had to check that just to make sure).  For those of you who are following along, sunset was 5:08 pm today.

The reason for no pizza is that it’s our birthday weekend.  Heather and I have birthdays exactly one week apart so we often have a special meal or party on the weekend between our birthdays.  This year we did both. Saturday night we went to a local steak house for an expensive evening of recreational overeating. Then on Sunday we invited the family over for a birthday dinner.  This one we just catered from a local restaurant so we wouldn’t have to worry about cooking.

I think I overate on Sunday too.  I figure I’ll need about a three month diet to undo the damage from a steak dinner followed by Italian dinner the next night.  It could be the end of March before I stop feeling overstuffed.

Anyway, that’s why we didn’t have pizza this weekend.

Both meals were good, but marked by slow service.  Not horribly slow, but slower than I wanted.  We arrived at the steak house at 5:30, but didn’t leave until about 8:00.  In the UK or Europe that might be normal, but I’m sure we could have enjoyed the filet mignon, salad and desert in one and a half hours and been very satisfied with our meal experience.  I don’t know if the kitchen was slow or whether the waiter was slow or just had too many tables to look after.  We’re not allowed to call them waiter or waitress anymore so I should say server.  There are times when I wonder when we’ll be calling them “Food Facilitator” or “Meal Experience Manager.”  Perhaps table runners (formerly busboys) will be called, tableware renewal engineers.

The meal on Sunday was only 15 minutes late so I guess that’s not bad.  The food was still hot when they put it in my car.  The only real complaint was that the salad did seem much smaller than expected.  That, and I was expecting the chicken alfredo to have the sauce already poured over the chicken and not in a separate foil pan.

There is so much more I could talk about, but Heather got a special flower Lego set and I’ve promised to help build it.

Later …

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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33 Responses to As The Pizza Cooks – Episode 6

  1. Debra says:

    I went into my first Lego store on Monday and was amazed at the intricate, beautiful and exceedingly challenging projects available to adults. I had no idea. I don’t think I’d have the needed skill, but they sure are tempting to me! And you’ve also made me very hungry!

    Happy belated birthdays to you and Heather.

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  2. Happy Birthday to you and Heather 🙂

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  3. Happy belated birthdays to you both! Overeating day, this sounds so fun.
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  4. Happy belated birthday to you both. Our 34th anniversary was Saturday, so we also participated in recreational overeating (and wine-ing) and it was so much fun. But back to the normal lighter work week. I’ve been craving pork chops lately, too. 🙂

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  5. Grace Daniel says:


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  6. False Advertising! But it sounds like you’re having wonderful birthdays.
    Rob and I are a week apart so we take the entire month of February to celebrate. It’s not like we can remember our anniversary!

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  7. “Recreational overeating” – I love it! What a perfect description of my favourite activity. Wishing you and Heather very happy (belated) birthdays! 🙂

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  8. Love the ‘recreational overeating’.

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  9. Happy Birthday Andrew & Heather! Hubs, Son#2 and I all have January birthdays PLUS my DIL & oldest grandson have late Dec birthdays. It’s all exhausting! I’m trying to get back into the WP thing – should I go back to read Episodes 1 through 5?

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  10. Dave says:

    We share January birthdays. Maybe all bloggers were born in January?

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  11. Elita Sheen says:

    Birthday cheers to you both!🌼

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  12. A shared birthday weekend is a great idea. My hubby’s birthday and mine are 10 days apart so we should do that too. Sounds like you had good food even if the service was slow. It’s happening here too and I think there just aren’t enough – what should I call them? – workers.

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    • When I made the steak house reservation, I clicked the “birthday” button. When we arrived they asked whose birthday is it. So fun to say, “Both of ours.” They gave us a free desert because it was a birthday.

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  13. Happy birthday to you both! We’ll all be waiting to see how the Lego bouquet turns out.

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  14. Happy Birthday to you both! 🙂 Despite the hiccups, both meals sounded wonderful. 🙂

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  15. jfwknifton says:

    After much thought, I came up with “While dinner defrosts” which would fit my cooking skills perfectly. Incidentally, why can’t we call them “waiter” or “waitress” any more?

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  16. SusanR says:

    Almost shared birthdays. What fun!

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