Olga, Amanda, and I refer to ourselves as The Buddy Mommas. We came up with the name as teenagers, but that story deserves its own blog post. Since everyone else is on Spring Break this week, I decided to just steal that for the title of this post, even though none of us are on Spring Break. Olga just flew in this week to visit friends and family, and Amanda and I took Wednesday off so we could hang out with Olga.
Buddy Mommas wear Converse and corduroys.
We started with our traditional brunch at Legal Grounds, which was Olga’s first visit. After filling up on prom cakes, french toast, and coffee beverages, we headed towards Dallas Blooms.
This is Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth. These people were all over 120 years old before they found it.
Blooms in Dallas
Olga — “Ooh, Shamrocks!”
Me — “Aren’t these just clovers?”
Olga — “Yeah, but they’re still pretty.”
Amanda — “Yeah, that’s why I’m taking a picture of ’em.”
Me — “Oh, yeah, they are pretty. Someone could tell me they were called ‘Cow Poop’ and I’d say, ‘Well Cow Poop sure is pretty.'”
Whoville tree amid the tulips
The phone in Mr. DeGrolyer’s library as compared to an iPhone. The iPhone came with no instructions. The DeGrolyer phone tells you to call information for instructions on how to place a call.
Durned pretty flowers
When we finished admiring the flowers and people-watching, we decided to go to the mall. While there, Olga and I got the brilliant idea to go to the Mermaid Bar at Neiman Marcus to get some of the tea and snacks that we always hear Amanda talking about (she works at the store). Amanda had some kind of orange spice tea (that I wish I had gotten) and shared some cookies with Olga. I split a piece of lemon cake with Olga and we both had tea. I liked the tea, but wasn’t at all impressed by the lemon cream cheese cake – very pretty, very yellow, too sweet, cream cheese frosting tasted like buttercream, cake had good texture, but little-to-no lemon flavor. Then, we went across the street to kill time at an outdoor mall until it was time to meet Olga’s parents for dinner. (Yay! We got to see them afterall!) We decided to go to Twisted Root since neither Olga, nor her parents, had been there before. We gorged on great burgers and root beer (this particular location had regular and maple syrup root beer, the last of which seemed to have a richer flavor than the regular root beer). Then we headed up the street to Krispy Kreme for dessert.
Olga had that cream filling from her Oreo donut on her face for 10 minutes while she made fun of how ridiculous the rest of us were. She sucked it up and allowed us to take a photo though. Jolly good sport!
Amanda and I were all class, as usual. Note that I didn’t finish the last bite of my Oreo donut because it didn’t have any Oreo on it, thus, saving space for my donut with sprinkles; I’m a sensible eater.
After all of that delicious junk food, I went home and worked out…possibly too hard. Between standing all day and working out so hard, I could barely walk the next day. I intended to make lime shortbread to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at work on Friday, but I couldn’t stand up long enough to make it. Even so, all that pain was completely worth it. Now, without further ado — Quotes!
At Legal Grounds:
- “They need to be stabbed in the mouth so they’ll shut up.” — Me, we had just told Olga about the last time Amanda and I were at Legal Grounds, then we discussed the trend of people calling you rude when you shush them at the library or during a movie
- “You get excited and start slobbering…” — Amanda, describing her reaction to someone she knows that talks too much and tends to be overly excited about everything
On our way to the mall:
- “I don’t even want a guy I like calling me, ‘sweetie’. He needs to call me, ‘Master,’ or something.”– Me, on how annoying it is to be called “sweetheart”, “sweetie”, etc. by people that you aren’t close to/are younger than you/you have no interest in, as a friend or otherwise
- “Dad’s up to his ass in pope.” — Olga’s Mom, on what Olga’s parents had been doing that day (Note: Pope Francis was chosen that day. Olga’s Dad is usually up to his ass in Aldi’s wine and The Weather Channel.)
- “It’s amazing how many kids turn 15.” — Olga’s Dad, on Quincineras
- “If there ever was a female pope, it’d be my cousin, Nancy.”– Olga’s Mom, after our discussion on women’s roles (or lack thereof) in the Catholic Church
- “Roaches scare easier.” — Olga, discussing the downside of grandchildren (Note: Her parents’ grandchildren, not hers)
- “Best fried chicken I ever had! I ate ’til I threw up! I felt like a Roman!”– Olga’s Dad, on the first time that he went to his wife’s annual family reunion (Note: Olga’s parents are going to Rome this summer. I’m looking forward to seeing how her well her dad blends in with Romans.)
- “What am I gonna have for breakfast?” — Olga’s Mom, as she sat in front of a box of 8 uneaten donuts
- (as I took a bite of an Oreo Cookies and Cream Doughnut) “I’ll go to hell if you can drag my fat ass down there.” — Me, responding to our conversation of how certain religious folks cast judgement upon others so freely
- “Just push on it you numb nut!” — Olga’s Dad, to Olga’s Mom as we tried to leave the soon-to-close donut shop
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!