I've been very, very busy the past few days. I haven't been working, cleaning my room, or doing anything else especially productive, but I always seem to have something to do. I like to keep a lot of momentum going in my current unemployed state, and while I haven't had any time to repaint my nails after they got all chipped from wading through rocky riverbeds, I'm OK with that because I've had many other little adventures.
adventure #1: stop by one of my usual haunts in the area: the On the Rise Bakery in Richmond. one of my good high school friends and I always manage to spend hours sitting and chatting here whenever our schedules allow us both to be in the state at the same time. they have delicious vegetarian food that is often supplemented from their own vegetable garden right in front of the entrance, but it was way too hot to eat anything substantial yesterday. we both got smoothies, and i tried the Strawberries and Cream one. it was a little pricey at $4.75, but the simple concoction of frozen strawberries, soy milk, a dash of vanilla, and a solid swirl of Vermont maple syrup was exactly what I needed to fuel an afternoon of wandering in Huntington Gorge, looking for the perfect swimming hole in which to cool off.
adventure #2: I had to take my brother to his annual physical yesterday, and like any normal 16-year-old boy, he promptly declared himself hungry as soon as we were more than 10 miles away from home. I decided to appease his hunger by stopping at Al's French Frys, a popular burger joint on Rt 2 in Burlington. I stopped here often in high school before going to shows at Higher Ground, and it still had that nostalgic, super cheap appeal. he got a double cheeseburger to satisfy his ravenous hunger and I had a grilled cheese, which is simply a bun with a piece of melted American cheese. simple, easy, and delicious.
adventure #3: there are 2 of my good friends from high school that I've kept in touch with, but for whatever reason, they haven't been keeping up with each other. so after I had a wonderful dinner at Mexicali with my family, I insisted that they both meet me for a drink downtown. I'd been hearing rave reviews about Switchback, a local beer that can only be obtained in keg form. since I'm no longer in a college environment and have no interest in purchasing an entire keg, we headed to Akes' Place, a bar on Church St in Burlington to try it for ourselves. the verdict? light, flavorful, and delicious. real Vermonters will be impressed if you request a frosty glass.
and while all of this excitement has left me pretty drained with no real time to do my own thing, little delights like this wonderful sunset help me to deal with it all. I insisted that my sister drive by the Burlington waterfront on my way to the bar on Friday night. totally, totally worth it.