Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The Professor and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary Friday, August 8th. Our whole weekend turned out to be a wonderful celebration of some of the things we like to do best.
1. Listen to and play music.
The band that the Professor is in, "The Durty Nellys", played the talent show at the Irish Fair that was going on all weekend down at Harriet Island.
So, we started off Friday afternoon, listening to the various acts that were competing for $250 and the chance to open up for "Flogging Molly" on the main stage on Saturday.
In my humble and biased opinion, "The Durty Nellys" were one of the best bands in the talent show. The Professor dressed the part and put his heart and soul into it. They didn't win but it was good experience for all involved.
2. Stroll downtown.
After we listened to some of the bands, we walked over the Wabasha bridge to downtown. We considered going to the newest art museum downtown but it was closed already. So, we meandered the streets a bit until we came to one of our favorite bars. Which brings me to the third thing we enjoy doing.
3. Have drinks at the St. Paul Hotel.
The St. Paul Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in the area. It is elegant, regal and filled with history. When you sit at the bar, you can imagine F. Scott Fitzgerald having a pint, jotting literary notes on a bar napkin. You can envision the plots being hatched in a nearby booth by John Dillinger and his gang during the 1930's.
It was in the late '90's that The Professor and The Godfather passed Liv Taylor sitting at a table conversing with rock legends. My father was a bus boy at the hotel in the '40's . This bar has HISTORY and we love it.
The bartender treated us to this tasty beverage called a cucumber martini. Very refreshing. I would definitely have one of these again.
4. Keep Healthy.
Part of my incredible anniversary weekend included running the Irish Fair 5K. I haven't been able to run for the last 7 years. My knees and back have been bad and until I started swimming, I never thought I would be able to run again. Swimming has strengthened my back AND knees and I have started to run a bit. It felt so good to actually finish the race. I was very proud of myself. I hope that I can keep on running...just a little bit.
5. Nap in the shade.
This isn't us but it could be ...we were doing the same thing come Sunday under a tree nearby. What a fabulous weekend we had and what a great way to celebrate our ten years of marriage.