Why Friend Weekends Are the Best Weekends

Brett came to visit me and as always we found something new to explore: Kettletown State Park. It was a pretty easy trail for a mile. I haven’t hiked since last fall so it was nice to get out in nature. The weather was 60s and pretty and partly cloudy–perfect hiking weather.

I was delighted to learn I could go about 45 minutes before my brain started to feel fatigued (from the vertigo). Luckily we were near the road and could walk there which is much easier than navigating around tree roots and rocks.

The overcast day made everything seem a little sinister/haunted–which I loved. I may have to write  a short story about this place!

The sound of water rushing toward us was invigorating.

Afterward, we found an amazing Thai place nearby in Southbury–Samui. The lunch special was awesome soup & salad and entree for $11!


My Tom Yum soup had two nice shrimp and was packed with flavor.

The Chicken Pad Pik Pao was savory and delicious.

We split the mango and sticky rice. It’s the perfect way to end a meal. Tart and sweet and warm.

We did some belated birthday present opening for Brett and caught up over tea at home.

Then we headed to Ideal Tavern in Southington for dinner. I love this place. It’s got a nice setting and delicious twists on old favorites.

We started with the nachos with steak. And by the time we were finished, we looked at each other and admitted that we were kinda full. Seriously awesome nachos with caramelized onions, spicy-sweet pepper, guacamole, manchego cheese, and delicious steak pieces.

Then came my meal. The reuben with a side salad. Both were delightful. The reuben was packed with meat and the side salad had a pear vinagrette. My taste buds will be thanking me for the next week.

Brett got the mac and cheese, but it was a decadent not-your-mama’s mac and cheese.

We both ended up taking home half our dinners and having them for lunch the next day because we had to try their lemon tart. It had a caramelized marshmallow on the top and a strawberry rhubarb compote. Perfect balance of tart, tangy and super sweet.

We went home to curl up with a good movie and discovered Amazon Prime has a lot of junk. My Netflix was malfunctioning and Prime was our only option.

After 5 false starts–including annoying amateur short films which were bundled in with all the other horror movies–that we quit in 5-10 minutes, we settled on an 80s slasher flick, The House on Sorority Row. It was pretty funny–at least to us. We had a few rewind and rewatch and giggle moments.

Then we talked until we fell asleep.

It’s great to have someone to adventure with, who gets your humor, and enjoys the food you do.

Do you make time for a friend weekend? What are your favorite things to do?


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25 Responses to Why Friend Weekends Are the Best Weekends

  1. I’m so happy you were able to go out for a hike and enjoy some good food with your friend, Kourtney. Getting outside on a beautiful day with a good friend, is always nice.Glad you’re feeling better!

  2. Lori says:

    What a lovely weekend. I love the sound of babbling brooks. I like making fun of silly movies too. Ever watch Mystery Science Theater 3000? Love hearing their jokes for the really bad B movies. Glad you had a weekend to relax with a friend.

    • Kourtney says:

      It’s such a cool sound. It’s one of our things. No I haven’t. I do love bad B movies though—especially horror. Thanks so much!

      • Lori says:

        Check it out (Mystery Science Theater). It’s on Netflix. The old ones are better. They’ve remade the show with new people. It’s the same title with “the return” after it. If you decide to look for it, don’t start with that one. Start with the original (does not say “the return”). I watch it when I’m laid up to laugh.

        • Kourtney says:

          I will. Right now I’m in the midst of a Sabrina the Teenage Witch marathon. Thanks for the insider info. 🙂

  3. Carrie Rubin says:

    Glad you had a chance for a relaxing weekend with a friend. You’ve earned it. I’m sure it was both a physical and mental relief. You’ve had a rough couple months.

  4. Its wonderful to have a good friend in which to share a walk and a meal with Kourtney.. And that woodland walk looked amazing as did that meal.. 🙂 Glad you managed ok.. Keep taking things one step at a time.. xxxx <3

    • Kourtney says:

      It really is wonderful to be around someone who you have decades of history with. 🙂 The walk was pleasant and not too taxing until the end. Exactly. Every month, I notice a shift toward better. My mind and my balance are so much better than they were. Hugs.

  5. TBM says:

    Sounds like a great day, minus the vertigo. That’s kinda scary.

    • Kourtney says:

      Thanks. I’ve had it since November so I’m sort of just used to that constraint impacting my activities. It’s slowly improving but it’s very scary when your perception goes haywire and you swear things are moving when they aren’t.

  6. Mayumi-H says:

    It looks like this was a great weekend, Kourtney! Thanks for sharing it with us. So glad to hear that you’ve been enjoying some “me” – or, “we”, in this case – time, too.

    The main issue with Prime in our house is that some things come free (with Prime), while other titles one still has to pay for. Netflix’s technique of offering everything they’ve got for that one monthly subscription price makes it a lot easier, even with their rolling licensing. I guess that’s why they represent over 35% of total downstream traffic in North America (though, according to Sandvine, Amazon is gaining ground). Thank goodness B-movies can be found almost anywhere!

    • Kourtney says:

      Thanks, Mayumi! Happy to post pics. It’s been nice to get out a bit and enjoy little things like hikes and meals again.

      I really don’t like how hard it is to search Prime too. Lately my Netflix hasn’t been working through my Fire TV, so I’ve had to rely on Prime more or watch Netflix on my iPad. I like Netflix better because it’s clear that it’s all under the subscription and not going to cost extra per item. I definitely prefer Netflix to Prime.

  7. Aquileana says:

    What a great weekend…. In company of dear ones…. Outdoors and good food, included!… You couldn´t have asked for more! 😀 I hope you are doing well, dear Kourt. Missed you! 🙂

    • Kourtney says:

      Thanks, Aquileana. Indeed good friend, good time, good weather. We lucked out. Thanks so much! I am on the mend. 🙂

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