Today exemplifies why I am enjoying living here. It's our first day (of hopefully 3 in a row) of the year over 60°F. (OK, obviously *that's* not what I enjoy about here - no 60's til mid-March STINKS! Esp. when we have the possibility of snow showers forecast for the weekend, but) there's no denying that spring is thoroughly appreciated here. It's impossible to live through the nasty winters & take spring for granted.
We had no St. Patty's plans this afternoon, but after I picked Will up from school, we went downtown to eat & revel in the sun! Downtown is so vibrant - full of delicious restaurants & cool shops. Since Sis & I hadn't eaten lunch, yet, we went to Five Guys for the *best* burger & fries (and fountain caffeine-free diet coke for me! :-)) The kids LOVE eating the bulk peanuts there, too. After "tea", we took our left-over fries and headed over to the riverwalk. We passed people partying on the patio at Jimmy's Grill, but we weren't strong enough to walk past Sugar Monkey Cupakes without opening the door. We got one Brown Butter Vanilla cupcake to go and headed down to the riverwalk.
It feels SO GOOD to sit there in the sun!!! And something interesting *always* happens. The kids fed our extra fries to the ducks & geese, and our wood duck was with them!
(All last year, we saw one single wood duck hanging out occasionally with the other waterfowl, and here he was on day 1 of the season!) He has this hysterical high, light quack that sounds more like a mouse than a duck. :-P We divvied up the decadent cupcake,