A few weeks ago my bestie Jo-Ann texted me and asked if I had any plans for Monday, December 9th. I said nooooooo. And then I said what’s up? And she said, “I’m giving you your Christmas present that night. It’s a surprise.”
Now. That sounds very nice, doesn’t it? Thoughtful, even. There’s just one thing.
I don’t like surprises.
I worry and I stress and well, I just don’t like surprises.
But, this is Jo-Ann and she knows me pretty well and I figured it wouldn’t be something I’d hate. So on Monday morning I asked her what I should wear and if I should bring my camera. (I also tried several times to get her to ‘fess up about where we were headed but she was a vault.) She picked me up at 5 and finally told me we were headed to the Hingham Beer Works.
Beer is a great start to any adventure, even I will admit that. Especially when it’s this delicious Christmas Ale.
And so are delicious appetizers – which is what we decided to order instead of entrees. There were those butternut squash stacks – squash, figs, mozzarella cheese and red peppers with pomegranate sauce.
We also had these fabulous pretzel dough bites with cheese fondue.
And cheeseburger sliders. Yeah, we weren’t really worried about carbs and calories. It’s Christmas, right?
Of course, when we got there I realized the true reason for the location. She had dragged me to Paint Nite.
Seriously? Paint Nite? Seriously! Paint Nite!
She has been bugging me to do this with her for a while now and I kept saying no. I have no artistic talent. I can’t draw a straight line much less a circle. I had lots of excuses and that
little brat dear friend knew the only way to get me to do this was to give it to me as my Christmas present.
Truth be told – it wasn’t that bad. It might have even been fun.
Because, as we always say, Jo-Ann and I could have fun in a paper bag. Throw in some beer and some paint and it’s pretty damn good. I might even kind of want to go again.
Even if I still can’t draw a straight line.