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Sunday, April 16, 2006

At Loose Ends

All of my usual Easter holiday plans failed to materialize this year.

As a kid, Easter meant a family brunch, but that was sometimes a little uneasy as half the family was off to the Southern Baptist church in the morning, and some of us were not. So, I started moving away from that to celebrate Easter with my friends.

Some favorite past years have included Easter at Tate's house, roasting rabbit on the grill, with a chalk outline of a large bunny on the driveway with evidence flags for the overturned basket and eggs.

Another favorite was placing little gifts and promises in plastic Easter Eggs, then hiding them, and hunting for as many eggs as you hid. Promises were things like "a mix CD" and "doing all the dishes after a party" and "three quiches". They had to be redeemed before Easter next year.

Last year when spent at Crimson for brunch (thanks again, Kevin!), and then celebrated the circle of life, placing Easter Eggs in the cemetary.

But this year, no plans emerged. Instead, we slept late, and had a breakfast of oatmeal and turkey maple breakfast sausage and dried fruit. Then we went and investigated a gym near home to see about signing up. Then we went to the Toyota dealership and signed on to the waiting list for a Prius. Next we headed downtown and ate at the Sonoma Chicken Coop for the first time. We split an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. The desserts there are just amazing. We had a Banana Phyllo Sundae was the best thing I've eaten in a while. Pure elegant perfection. Finally, home to fold laundry and patch walls. It was all very mellow. We were surprised to find so many places closed for Easter - the mall, Target, some restaurants. I don't think of Easter as a holiday on the caliber of Christmas with many closed businesses and such, but I guess it is the other big Christian holiday.

It's a little odd. I didn't even encounter an egg today, let alone a chocolate bunny. Thankfully, I didn't run into anyone frothing at the mouth about it not being Easter and it being Resurrection Sunday. Easter has always seemed such a silly pseudo-Christian holiday to me. First there's the whole date issue - the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox, unless that Sunday is the full moon and then it's the following Sunday, because Christianity is not a lunar religion. Right. And the holiday is named after Eostre and has many of the traditions of the original pagan holiday. So, let's hope all this celebration of spring brings some dryer, sunnier weather soon. I've got some broccoli and cauliflower that needs planting and it hasn't stayed dry long enough for me to get them in the ground.


  • "I don't think of Easter as a holiday on the caliber of Christmas with many closed businesses and such, but I guess it is the other big Christian holiday."

    Except for car rental places, I had to rent on Saturday and return to the airport on Sunday for an effectively 2 day rental (but I did the whole lemons to lemonade thing by going to a game night in Milbrae on Saturday night).

    By Blogger Chris S, at 2:54 PM  

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