St Paddy's Day weekend

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Registered: 06-16-1998
St Paddy's Day weekend
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 11:59am

Will you be observing St Patrick's Day in any way? Serving corned beef, or wearing green? Drinking green beer or eating green bagels lol? Is it "an excuse for a party" in your area?

What do you have planned for this last weekend of winter? Does it still feel like winter at your house or are you seeing signs of spring?

Avatar for suzyk2118
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Registered: 07-30-1997
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 4:40pm

Nothing particular for St Pat's.  Tonight we hope to go to the Forest Park Boathouse (was part of the 1904 World's Fair) for a ride on a paddleboat including ds20 (he's been sick for like 6 weeks and has had a lousy spring break because of it), and then stay for dinner.  So hopefully we can squeeze that in; tomrrow I have lunch with a friend and we'll go to our Butterfly House, tomorrow night it's to rain then through Monday. Otherwise just chores and reading and such. Definitely warming some, which is nice.


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Registered: 08-22-2009
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 8:33pm

If I remember I will wear green.  Do not like corned beef.

We may go see Lincoln this weekend.  I have heard mixed reviews and was waiting for it to get to the discount theatre because I would rather spend $2 than $8 on a movie I may not like.

Sometime this weekend we will be taking DD2 to her apartment to check her mail and pick up some things.  We will also take her to her school because it looks like she will not be ready to return to work on Monday so has to get her sub notes ready.

We never did get much of a winter this year, even for us it was very mild.  It was 81F/27C when I got off work today and will be in the 70s and 80s for the next week,  On the way home from work I stopped and got some shorts for work.  DH finished planting the garden today.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 8:35pm

We're not doing anything to observe St Patrick's Day although I will probably wear something green on that day. There will be plenty of partying going on...there is a huge parade here every year, we've gone once or twice but its so crowded that I don't care to go back. Lots of bar-type partying being advertised, again, not our scene.

Our weather is already pretty spring-like although they're saying it might rain in the middle of next week. This weekend I'll try to do yardwork, as much as my old joints will allow lol. 

Dh saw the orthopedic doc today about his knee pain. They think the problem originates in his back so he needs a lumbar MRI. In the meantime he still cannot run but he's cleared for cycling and yoga.  He's getting antsy so I'll be glad when he resumes exercising.

Avatar for deenow17
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Registered: 10-12-2004
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 11:19pm

Nothing much happening here this weekend. We will go to an update meeting at the retirement home tomorrow & tonight was our last Friday night curling which was a lot more fun than I had expected. I won't be doing anything for St Pats unless I remember to wear green. We are looking forward to cleaning up now Noah has gone & I will be starting my baking for next week's shower. We are both a little sad now Noah has left. The hardest part of his being here is his leaving. We miss him more just after he has gone.


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Registered: 10-30-2011
Sat, 03-16-2013 - 1:13pm

Well, I married first-generation Canadian-his father grew up in Belfast, Ireland. And it took me years to understand why "wearing the green" was not an option for either father or son (or daughter)on St Patrick's Day. It is because my FIL was Protestant Irish-& the green is the symbol of Catholic them, it is wearing of Orange to symbolize Irish Protestant.

However, that said, Adam & I will drag out whatever green we can find-Mike will roll his eyes & put up with us. I don't have any Corned Beef to serve, & the cabbage I have will probably be in a slaw-not cooked. I might even put on my phony Irish accent to make Adam laugh (& Mike roll his eyes even more!)

As for Spring-nope, not yet. The snow is melting-though we are forecast to receive another 10cm between Monday & Tuesday...UGH! On Friday we drove home from an appointment through horrid conditions-there must have been a "Fast Freeze" even before the snow started falling because the roads were very slippery-& with the reduced visibility of a snow-squall-a nail biter to get home again. And Monday won't be any nicer to get home-Adam has an appointment then too.


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Registered: 04-29-2000
Sun, 03-17-2013 - 1:46pm

My only concession to celebrating the day is that I bought some grocery store bakery made cupcakes with green icing and decorations to have for dessert after our meal tonight.  Our two sons will be here for dinner and I'm making a beef stew.  Not an Irish stew...just a beef stew...LOL. 

When we were in Yuma, the day before we were to leave, the park resort where our friends are staying had a communal St. Patrick's day supper of corned beef and cabbage (plus lots of salads and cooked vegetables and desserts supplied by the residents).  We attended that and it was good.  I can't recall having corned beef other than one other time in my life, I think.  It was never on our family's meal menu when I was growing up.  I enjoyed the meal. 

Oh it is very much winter here in Calgary.  It's  not that we have tons of snow but there is snow still and it's been quite cold since we got back.  The weather report doesn't predict any warming trend for the week.  I am so looking forward to the snow melting and the temperature warming up.  It was a lovely respite to be in San Diego and Yuma for the ten days but it sure went fast and I think I could have used a few more days there for sure!