Yesterday, we drove the new car up to Bronxville where we are staying with Jen and Jason while I attend the variously Writerly Events I have scheduled for today in New York City. We left at 8am and stopped in New Brunswick to meet Kelly’s cousins for brunch at a place called Old Man Rafferty’s. The brunch there was quite amazing and included some crabs legs which were particularly good.
After brunch, we headed over to the neighborhood that I grew up in–Somerset, New Jersey. We drove past the house that I grew up in and except for the color it looks very much like I remembered it:
When I lived there, it was the early-mid-1970s. Thirty years later, the cars are the most noticeable changes in the neighborhood. We drove past my school as well, and then continued up to Broxnville to Jen and Jason’s place.
Zach and Sadie had a blast together, chasing each other around the apartment, laughing and wearing out their parents who merely stood on the sidelines watching. We all headed out to the Outback Steakhouse for dinner and then came back home and began to wind down. At first, it seemed that Zach was going to have a quiet, easy night, but that wasn’t to be. He was uncomfortable, overtired, and itchy and that made for a rough night for him, and Kelly. And me. But he finally got to sleep and he’s still asleep this morning as I write this.
I tried getting up this morning to do a little writing, but it wasn’t to be, so it looks like today will be my first missed day since I started on the novel. That’s okay. I’ve done a pretty good job so far and I think I’ve earned a day off.
We’re heading into the City a little later this morning. I have a lunch around noon, a dinner at 5:30, and the big SFWA event at 7.