You know, we only live about 60 miles from the city, but we might as well be a thousand miles because we just don't find the time to make the trip very often. The weekend was arranged by Leon and his partner, who are members of this underground contractors organization. All I can say about these guys is.....they DONE GOOD!
You sure would have been surprised. They work hard managing a company where everybody gets dirty and cold or dirty and hot depending on the season. And they give an honest days work for an honest days pay. Once a year the guys managing these businesses get together, get all cleaned up and have a first class holiday party.
We arrived at the hotel after a bit of circling, because the streets are pretty confusing and the cabbies were honking furiously at us. We were driving like tourists I guess. When we drove up in front a very well dressed guy ran over and opened the door for me, and he took the car to the garage. I was sure glad I'd bought a new outfit because the lobby was very, very fancy. So fancy, in fact, that I felt myself standing up real straight. It seems like to me that standing up real straight lends you an air of sophistication, don't you think?
The room was fantastic, nothing like that hotel outside of St. Louis, that smelled moldy and creepy. The Fairmont was top notch all the way. There were gigantic pier mirrors everywhere, and artwork and it seemed like every member of their staff was wearing white gloves. There was a tiny woman who kept madly mopping the marble dry (it was raining outside), and when we sat in the lobby to have some coffee, she was polishing the glass doors like a wild woman. I think she's the one that put white gloves on everybody, cause she didn't want them mussing up her windows with fingerprints.
I felt like I fell in a bed-a-roses when I saw our room and the bathroom from heaven. I think this is what Oprah's bathroom must look like. Creamy colored marble, a private toilet with a sliding door, a beautiful glass shower and a big bathtub. I kept looking at the marble over the bathtub. There was a little silver square where the shower head would usually be stuck, and on the other side was a smaller silver square. I asked Leon to come and check it out.
"What is this?" I asked. "The shower is over there, so what could this be?"
After a bit of fiddling we figure it out. They got a danged clotheline that stretches over the tub!! Heck, it's just like being out in the country after all. Well, except for all the creamy marble. What a snazzy invention, cause heaven knows, sometimes a girl's gotta rinse out her pantyhose.
We took a stretch limo back and forth from the party. Woo Hoo! It's pretty cool to drive around and have everybody wonder who's living large in the back of that ride.
The party was fun and the food was good. The room was as huge as a cavern. I've never seen anything that big in my life, probably the size of two big hay barns, stuck side by side, and twice as tall as the biggest hayloft.
We slept in late, and I just enjoyed that big king size bed. I kinda felt like the Princess and the Pea, cause those were some big mattresses. Almost got a nosebleed sleeping up there.
We were thinking about having breakfast in the hotel, but I checked the menu and the bacon and eggs was $24, and besides the brochure said that the dress code was "snappy chic". I can't even guess what snappy chic is, and for $24 I can get about 20 dozen eggs warm outta the chicken, at the egg farm on Bowes Road.
So Leon and I decided to stop in the lobby for a cup of Spiked Hot Chocolate, and head out to the Cracker Barrel in Elgin for some biscuits and gravy.
Well, that was a darned good decision, cause I've never, EVER had nothing like that Hot Chocolate. It's gonna be on the menu at Ruby's come Tuesday when I can get all the supplies together. Now mind you, make this at home and make sure you're not driving anywhere. Just sit in front of the fire and sip. Make sure it's a comfy chair, because you probably won't be get up outta of it anytime soon.
Spiked Hot Chocolate
- 1 large coffee mug
- powdered hot chocolate mix
- 1 shot Frangelico liquor
- 1 shot Grey Goose Vanilla Vodka
- 1 shot espresso coffee
Make hot chocolate according to package directions. Add the Frangelico, Vodka and espresso and mix well. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows, if desired.
Oh - here's a picture of some of that fancy glass that the poor lady was trying so hard to keep clean. As you can see, she's doing a real good job.