Can't resist blogging even though it's late. We are home from our birthday/father's day adventure. We shuffled off to Buffalo early today for some food and fun. We being me and the captain, our son and his girlfriend, and the captain's mom. First stop was Casino Niagara, where both my MIL and I were up over twenty bucks each in the first couple of minutes -- playing the penny slots! What's up with that? That's too early to be winning, it just gives you time to lose it all. Which, um, we all did. But it was a lot of fun and we only lost what we thought we'd lose anyway. Then a fast, easy border crossing and off to IHOP for lunch -- where it was very crowded. We waited about 20 minutes for our table, but the wait was worth it as all enjoyed our lunch very much. Carrot cake pancakes! They were different and yummy; I want to try to make them myself. Anyone got a recipe?
Then we shopped for the rest of the afternoon -- SuperWalmart and Target -- then dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. Big surprise -- no wait! I was sure there'd be a huge lineup but we got there about 5:30 for dinner and they seated us immediately. The captain and I have been to The Cheesecake Factory in Columbus (OH), Indianapolis and Buffalo, but this was a first visit for the other 3. We stuffed ourselves silly. The border crossing back into Canada was a breeze -- no lineups, empty booths! -- and the drive home was uneventful except for a rainstorm and some heavy traffic once we got closer to Toronto.
It was a wonderful birthday and I was terribly spoiled with great gifts, and I had such an enjoyable day out and about with the ones I love. A GREAT way to start a new personal decade!