I don't do as many swaps on SwapBot as I used to. But I do like exchanging post cards and journals. This year there have been monthly journals, where you keep a journal for a whole month and then send it off to your partner. There has been one of these journal swaps every other month, and they've all been fun to do.
The day before I began the current (May) journal, Walt and I met our friends Jeri and Phil (the other Jeri and Phil) for lunch at Fenton's in Vacaville. At that lunch, I discovered (after years of eating there) that they have (free) post cards, including the one at he left, which is one of my favorite pictures--a larger-than-poster size copy of this picture adorns one of the walls of the restaurant.
I brought home a couple of the free postcards and so the first page of my May journal was this photo and a description of Fenton's.
Today is the 30th of the month and the journal will end tomorrow, and yesterday I met Char...at Fenton's, so I got a different free postcard that that will be at the end of my May Journal. It's kind of like Fenton's was bookends for this particular journal.
Given the distance from Davis to Vacaville it's definitely rare that I would eat at Fenton's twice in one month.
As usual we had a great lunch. We started with shakes (I had a vanilla malt) and I learned a great secret for next time. It used to be I would get a small sundae which comes heaped high in a small bowl and dripping with so much topping that the topping all rolls off the ice cream and pools at the bottom of the plate that the bowl sits on. Awhile ago I asked for my sundae to come in a LARGE bowl and that was just GREAT. For the first time I didn't have to try to figure out how I was going to get hot fudgs off of a flat plate without licking it.
They deivered the shakes. The waitress had asked us if we wanted whipped cream and we both said yes, but my malt had no whipped cream on it. When I complained to the server who brought it to me she said she would get some more. She came back with a whole little bowl of whipped cream -- easily twice what would have been squirted on the top.
(the whipped cream was actually heaped on this bowl)
Next time I will order my malt with whipped cream on the side and see if I get that much whipped cream again.
My new favorite menu item is a crab melt sandwich which is different from the usual crab salad sandwich I have gotten on several trips to Fenton's. The melt comes with avocado and I like it a lot better.
The sandwiches are huge and I usually bring half of my sandwich home to Walt, if he doesn't come with me. Today he was here with Ned while an assessor came to check the house and give us an idea of what it might be worth. We have no plans whatsoever to sell it, but Ned thought it would be good to get the assessment before he and Marta start doing major rennovation around here..
When I finished the first half of my sandwich, I did consider taking the other half home, but it just tasted too good, so I ate it.
After lunch, my plan had been to stop at one of the other stores in the mall where Fenton's is located, but once I got into the car, I felt so full I couldn't see getting out and wandering around a store again, so I just drove home.
I got home in a full post-prandial exhaustion. I thought about the standard Mexican siesta after heavy meals and what a good idea that was. It took me a good, oh, 5 or maybe 10 miutes to get to sleep and I slept for an hour or two. I woke up still groggy, was up for an hour, trying to think about what to cook for dinner, given that there was no way I was going to eat anything. I was so groggy that I went back to sleep for another hour.
I finally woke up and made dinner, but gave it all to Walt and stumbled back to the recliner. It was probably 8 p.m. before I actually felt "normal" again!