Applebee’s Rocks!

My RAA (Recreational Aircraft Association) group had our meeting on Monday night.  I didn’t ask my guest speaker if I could put his name on my blog, so I’ll just call him by his first name, Leon – he was great!  I felt so bad that he was dealing with a cold and still came to speak to us.  He is a retired Air Canada pilot and had some amazing stories to tell.  More than half way through his talk, he asked if he was boring anyone and the whole group quickly responded “No!”  I think we all could have listened to him much longer.  He was educational, informative and quite humourous.  As President of the group, I did the more formal part of the meeting after our guest left – he was a tough act to follow!  So, the night was great.  The next time our group will meet is for the Christmas dinner next month.

Today was a rather emotional day for me (and I’m sure MANY others!) as it was Remembrance Day.  I miss being in the Army so much.  I’m grateful and proud to have served for eleven years, but wish I could go back for eleven more.  Health-wise, it would never happen.  Being part of the Remembrance Day parades while I was serving was such an honour.  I was even on Cenotaph Duty one year.  The hardest part was when we stood directly across from the Veterans during the ceremony – I was very emotional whenever they teared-up. 

As a government worker, we had today off.  My friend Laura and I went to the Falls and did some Christmas shopping.  She got some amazing deals on things she bought for her kids and hubby.  She also bought me for my birthday later this month, a Benedikt & Friends figure:

I LOVE it!  I’m going to put it on my cabinet at work.

After the Outlet Mall, we went to Niagara Square.  She found more great deals there, especially in Winners.  I found some items for my mother and Chuck for Christmas. 

One of my favourite restaurants is Applebee’s.  I usually get their Oriental Chicken Salad, which is one of the best salads I’ve ever had.  They did something really wonderful today – they provided free entrées to all Veterans and those currently serving in the Armed Forces.  I figured after serving for eleven years, I may as well go to my favourite restaurant and take them up on their generous offer.  For some reason, I decided not to get my usual salad today.  Instead, I ordered an 8 oz sirloin steak (medium) with broccoli.  They accommodated my “issues” with garlic and substituted a big, ol’ pile of broccoli in place of their garlic mashed potatoes.  This was the first steak I’ve had in over five years and it was out of this world – seriously!  I could not believe how amazing it was!  It was cooked PERFECTLY!  What a perfect meal.  Our server was very nice, which just made the experience that much better.  I got a little teary-eyed when she handed us the bill:

What a perfect end to a perfect day!

Today’s symptoms:  I had quite a bit of jaw pain and body aches today.  I took some pain killers, which I try to take a little as possible.  I didn’t want to poop-out on my shopping day or my dinner plans!  I’m hoping to recover well from the day and possibly take some vacation to go flying tomorrow.

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