Taste: The bread was soft and fresh. The Groton’s fish was good but definitely dry as compared to every restaurant experience I have ever had. I did not like the coleslaw – it was very mayo heavy. I did not have a second side dish. I drank Starbucks dark roast iced coffee in my Bubba, which is my drink of choice and something restaurants don’t serve.
Restaurant Experience: I love the kitchen in my turn of the century bungalow! I bought new Samsung appliances last year. I usually have almost nothing in the refrigerator and I use the oven once a month if that, so it is pretty clean. I had to wash the dishes – I don’t have a dishwasher.
The whole meal cost about $20, but that included four pieces of fish, four buns, at least four servings of coleslaw and a large container of tartar sauce. Everything came from Wegman’s.
Location: I live in central New York.
Parking: I have a garage. I pay a plowing service a lump sum for the season to keep the driveway clear of snow in the winter.
Yesterday was this beautiful, sunny day. I hiked seven miles then ran errands. Today, so far at least, is an indoor day. We had a snowstorm.
Here are some pictures of my cat. The weather is not a factor in his life. He’s not conditional – unless I don’t get up at 5:00 am to feed him. Pablo eats a gastrointestinal prescription diet of dry and wet cat food provided by Royal Canin. I would love to see his face on the packaging. I mean, who wouldn’t want their pet to have his own modeling contract?
Cats are a recurring theme in my artwork. Did Pablo’s namesake paint cats? Yes!
Here are my outfits from the past couple of weeks. Just getting around to posting – I am on Mid-Winter break right now. For a while there, I wasn’t even feeling like having my picture taken because we were knee deep in an acrylic painting project and I was washing brushes every day. I was wearing some of my back-of-the-closet stuff paired with smock and apron layering.
They have lifted the mask wearing rule in regular life but not yet at school.
I’ve been removing the mask for my photo ops with the exception of this one (above). It is a denim mask from Mother – the first one I bought in 2020. This is the first time I wore it. The fabric is super thick and I could barely breathe in it, lol, but it was the only thing pulling this look together. Oh, and I sounded like the teacher in the Peanuts cartoon that day. No one could understand a thing I said.
I wore the red jacket for a Valentine/Heart Association day combo. I wasn’t feeling like wearing red that day because I am not a fan of the “let’s all dress the same” scenario. I prefer to choose outfits based on how my body feels, what I am doing lesson-wise and what the weather is like.
Our school does this “Purple Thursdays” fashion statement, which was initiated by a previous violet-loving principal. Purple is not my vibe, although I have a couple of things I could wear once in a blue moon (purple moon?) so, I partake only occasionally.
I got my hair cut again – this was mask related. It is easier to go without hair accessories while wearing a mask. My hair is actually a lot lighter than it looks in the pictures. Chalk that up to fluorescent ceiling lights. The lighting seems to be better in Katy’s room, though. We take the pics during our mutual planning period in the mornings.
I have been watching a lot of YouTube videos and learning about “content creators”. They are lifestyle vloggers who share their lives and do product placements for a fee. (I stumbled upon this young lady, who happens to be a Syracuse University grad – Margot Lee.)
I am fascinated by this concept and may investigate how I can do something similar in the future. I really love YouTube.
I attended Winter Fest kick-off on Friday night – cover band Hard Promises performed in the Persian Terrace of the Syracuse Marriott (formerly the Hotel Syracuse). Two hours of dancing to music from the ’70s and ’80s was soooo fun!
At 7:30 pm, we headed to Shaughnessy’s for fish and chips.
Presentation: So beautiful! It was a huge piece of haddock with a beer battered crust, a small cup of coleslaw, two helpings of tartar sauce and fries. I selected tater tots instead and they arrived in a separate basket.
Taste: I love haddock. I had to disrobe it from the fried batter, which was too salty for me. The fish was so fresh and delicate, and moist. I brought the tater tots home and turned them into breakfast hash browns.
Restaurant Experience: I love Shaughnessy’s. There is a huge bar space – and plenty of booths to accommodate large groups. They had live music as well. The hostess and waitresses were lovely – upbeat and positive. We were seated immediately and it did not take long to order and receive our dinners. All four of us ordered the same thing so it was easy-peasy.
Location: Shaughnessy’s is located on the ground floor of the Syracuse Marriott – 550 South Warren Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 Contact them at (315) 554- 3542.
Parking: There is a parking garage next door for a fee. On street parking is available if you are lucky. We parked across the street for free.