I had spent the day working the opening shift at the store.
That’s 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., helping customers, hustling paint, stocking shelves, whatever it takes.
My dear wife Karen worked her equally tough day in the advertising department at SMG, making sure her many and varied tasks are done right and well.
When I pulled out of the driveway of the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood to navigate the 15 miles northwest and arrive in plenty of time for my starting time, I thought that night was bringing an after-work bowling party and finger foods with some of our friends who work with Karen.
When I got in my car to return home, I checked my phone and saw a text from dear wife saying that outing had been canceled.
I suggested we use the Christmas gift cards given to us from terrific daughter Elisabeth and great boyfriend George Three for a trip to Red Lobster. Good replacement date, Karen said when she entered our side door past happy Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle, because it’s Lobsterfest time.
So here’s what I order after a shift at the store. The Lobster Lover’s Dream, lobster three ways with biscuits and a salad (already eaten by the time I took the picture) did, indeed, meet my appetite’s needs. Maine, split. Rock, meaty. Linguini Alfredo, lobster with shrimp mixed in. Fries as the side. Vanquished by fork, no rush.
The Lobsterfest specials, though, we’re all too much in my dear wife’s eyes. Her query to our waiter about ordering a side Maine tail that’s usually requested as an add-on to another meal, with one side, was answered to the affirmative. Karen picked sweet potatoes. She loved the split tail, and said the potatoes tasted like pie, in a good way.
Good thing Karen was willing to wait patiently after she was done, huh?
We went home filled, both of us, and happy about our Christmas gift.
What’s your usual lobster preference? What sides would you order? How long do Christmas food gift cards last in your house?