And you know that was a long time ago!! :o) Tonight was our annual Sunday School class Christmas party. Joy-Lynn's husband was working so she and I decided to travel together. She picked me up and we were on our way. She quickly put my mind at ease with, 'Don't worry. I know where I'm going' as we drove right through the intersection that we needed to turn at! :o) After a quick whirl around a grocery store parking lot we were back on the road and heading the 2 kms. to the place we were going....but....we kept taking wrong turns and ended up laughing until our sides hurt as we went around and around the same streets of the subdivision we were in! We laughed about being stuck in a National Lampoon's movie that was a cross between the Christmas movie and the European holiday as we kept passing the same house with the blow up snow globe Santa on the front lawn and another with waaayyy too many lights and ornaments for any house with good sense! Some people just don't know when to stop!
After a 'short' 15 or so mins we arrived at our destination. Grace had been said and they were digging into the appetizers. Yummm!!! There were close to 40 of us there so the selection was wonderful! I could skip the main meal and dessert...just bring on the appetizers....unless there's a chocolate fountain involved! :o) I'd heard about chocolate fountains from Mary-Mia's blog, and seen chocolate fountains but mmmm...this was my first experience and we'll just say we didn't leave disappointed by this amazing treat. My hat's off to the wonderful person who realized that chocolate could be melted and flow in abundance in waterfall fashion. Oh baby!!!
Terri was the owner of this delightful little machine (and the hostess of our party) and she knew how to set up this buffet of goodies that were to be bathed in hot, flowing chocolate. Now, I enjoy fruit but probably don't eat as much of it as I should. Let's just say that wasn't a problem tonight!
Joy-Lynn (who's going to be Hannah's babysitter after I return to work!) braved the waters...err chocolate...and showed me how this fountain thing was done! Oh yah...she was a great teacher and I quickly followed her trail of dripping chocolate! Mmmmm...
Yup.... looks like I had no problem learning how to do this! Ya grab a wooden skewer, put as much fruit on it as you can possibly squish on and then hold that puppy under the flowing chocolate until nare ye a bit of fruit can be seen! Now that's a dessert I can handle!
Joy-Lynn and I stayed at the party for a couple of hours but then I found out just how much fun this quite girl can be!! There are new theatres that opened up near us tonight so we left the party early and hit the show. We didn't know what we were going to see or what time it started, just that we wanted to be spontaneous and see where it took us!
Once again the trip between the party and the theatre was an adventure as we traveled up and down the winding streets of the subdivision we were in, all the time with Joy-Lynn saying, 'I know where I'm going.' Eventually ;o) we pulled up to the theatre only to see that the movie we decided to see, 'The Santa Clause 3' didn't start for 45 mins. Did we sit quietly and chat as we waited? Ummm nope! We were on a sugar high and turned our wait into an adventure.
We called back to the party and tried to lure our friend Jen away but she couldn't make it although she found it hilarious that we tried! We went in and bought our tickets then realized we still had half an hour before the movie started. Back into the car we went and drove to one of Joy-Lynn's friend's homes to try and kidnap her and take her to the show with us. Sadly nobody was home. Once again we wound ourselves in and out of streets all the time laughing and repeating, 'I know where I'm going' as we drove in circles! (Amazing Race candidates we'd never be!)
We pulled into the theatre parking lot for the second time and went in. When we went to go into our theatre they said they were still cleaning it so we'd have to wait. This time, did we sit and wait? Umm...nope again! Realizing we didn't have anything to drink we piled back into the van and headed across the street to Wal-Mart to buy pop from the machines out front. If I'm going to pay $5.50 for a small popcorn (oooo...can you imagine dipping that in the chocolate fountain???) I'm gonna balance out the cost by saving on the pop. Thought they might say something as it was the first night and they might have been being strict but they didn't.
Anyway, after entering the theatre for the 3rd time we found seats (that still smelled new and weren't even sticky!) and enjoyed the movie. I love Tim Allen and this series of movies is one of my very favourites. Having this new theatre close-by will be wonderful! It has stadium seating so I was afraid it might be expensive but it's not so I'm sure I'll be visiting fairly often. Next movies on my wish list to see will involve taking my niece: The Nativity and Charlotte's Web.
Joy-Lynn, hope you arrived home safe and sound. I wasn't worried about you because you assured me that you 'knew where you were going!' :o) Thanks SO MUCH for such a fun, spontaneous, crazy evening! My stomach is still smarting from all the laughing we did...and maybe some from the vast amounts of chocolate injested! Yup....felt just like we did as teenagers! What fun to have an evening like that! We'll have to do it again in the new year!