I needed a quick first today, and because I had not eaten much since yesterday’s chili incident, ice cream sounded good. In honor of new experiences and the holiday season, I opted to scout out Baskin Robbins and their 31 flavors and find a seasonal treat I had not tried before.
I was hoping for egg nog flavored ice cream, and that’s exactly what I found! There were several other seasonal ice creams that looked tempting, yet I stayed with my first choice. I don’t think I’ve ever drank real egg nog, the kind with alcohol in it. That could be another first! I do remember a non-alcoholic egg nog that my mom used to serve when I was a kid. At least, I think it was non-alcoholic. Maybe I should ask Mom!
The ice cream today, a single scoop in a small waffle cone, tasted exactly like the egg nog I remembered from my childhood. And the rich, creamy cold confection didn’t upset my stomach. It was quite satisfying, actually. I’m glad I tried it.
My second “first” for today is to do a second blog, a Day 352.5, something I have not done this entire year. It is my opportunity to do a full review for the movie, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which I enjoyed again this evening. Check my blog to catch this additional post.
This is another holiday that I had never heard of, before this year, even though it has been in existence since 1921. Created by a group of confectioners in Cleveland, Ohio, the day was designed to increase the sale of sweets on the date originally set aside for Sweetest Day, October 8.
Called the Sweetest Day of the Year Committee, the group of candy makers distributed more than 20,000 boxes of candy to newsboys, orphans, the elderly and the poor on October 8, 1922, aided by several movie stars of that era, including Theda Bara and Ann Pennington. By the 1930’s the Confectioners Association had launched a movement throughout the candy industry to rank Sweetest Day up there with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day.
Although the holiday has not become as popular or well known as those other special days, Hallmark and American Greetings both have lines of cards devoted to Sweetest Day, with about 80% of those being romantic in nature. Now the day is always celebrated on the third Saturday of October. It is still a day to share sweets with the sweet people in our lives. This prospect made it a day to celebrate, for me!
Today presented many opportunities to spend time with some of the most important people in my life and partake of several sweet treats, since it is a day to indulge, after all. Grandson Dayan and the Bulldog Marching Band competed in Rogers, AR for their final competition of this semester. I joined Greg, daughter Elissa, her fiancé Josh and grandson Jonathan for a trip to AR to watch the Bulldog Marching Band perform. We began the trip by filling the car up with gas, and small sweet treats from the convenience store. After the band completed their routine we joined Dayan, the band members and family members who had also made the trip for a celebration of the wonderful year that the band has had with…..cake! How appropriate for Sweetest Day. On the way back to Joplin we stopped for an early dinner at Dairy Queen and finished up the meal with mini blizzards.
Back in Joplin I had the brief but sweet opportunity to wave at daughter Adriel as we drove by her house as she was preparing to go to work. I did get to call out, “I love you!” but did not get to share a sweet treat with her. After dropping Elissa and her family at their car, Greg accompanied me to son Nate’s house to pick up granddaughter Aubrey. Nate and Megan had friends over this evening and I got to have Aubrey for the night. That in itself is a sweet treat! We enjoy our sleepovers. After a short visit with Nate and Megan, Aubrey and I then picked up my sister Linda and met my mom and stepdad at Baskin Robbins for the last sweets of the day. Our merry little group gathered around a table and chatted as we enjoyed Aubrey’s stories and each other’s company AND….scoops of ice cream. Aubrey even topped her rainbow sherbet with gummy bears. Each of us had a different flavor of ice cream and offered each other sample bites.
After spending a bit more time with my sister at her house, playing school with Aubrey, who played the role of Teacher, my little granddaughter and I returned home to call it a night. We started the movie Frozen on the TV/DVD player in the bedroom and colored in a puppy coloring book for a few minutes before my little princess drifted off to sleep. What a full and fun day. I got to spend it with people I love and care about, who are very sweet and dear to me, which is the real intent of Sweetest Day. I missed getting to see grandsons Joey and Oliver and family in OK but I got to see, even if briefly, most of my immediate family today. I believe I’ll include this special day next year. I have many sweeties to celebrate!
Today was another busy day on the cusp of my departure. I am grateful for understanding clients who allowed me to move from appointment to appointment with little delay. I also appreciated Greg’s help in measuring houses and interior rooms during two listing appointments today. I moved steadily through the paperwork and signatures and counter offers.
As dinner time approached, I had the joy of pausing to have a meal with my two daughters and my grandson. I got to see my son and his family Saturday. I wanted a chance to visit with my girls and grandson too. I picked Dayan up and as we headed to the restaurant to meet the others, he and I discussed what my first for today would be.
I love how Dayan not only keeps me accountable in this journey of new experiences, but so readily comes up with suggestions. I shared with him that Joplin had a new ice cream shop that opened on south Main this afternoon. We decided if we had time, after dinner, we would have a treat for my first. If that didn’t work out, Dayan had several great suggestions for other firsts that were very creative and doable.
I enjoyed a quick dinner with my family at Cheddars Restaurant. Dayan and I left together to do some secret shopping for his mom’s upcoming birthday. He accomplished that with ease and we found we had time to try a Baskin Robbins treat.
Located in a new shopping center, at 3025 S. Main in Joplin, we pulled into a full parking lot. Joplin has not had a Baskin Robbins for many years. Apparently we weren’t the only ones excited to welcome them back. The new store opened at noon today. A friendly crowd stood in lines inside the brightly lit store. We wound our way toward the front. I loved how people stood in line and took turns walking along the long glass counter, making decisions about which of the 31 flavors of ice cream to choose. Dayan scouted out the choices and returned with three possible flavors. I already knew I wanted something with coconut in it.
The line moved quickly and it was our turn to order. Seeing Dayan’s dilemma in making a choice, we opted for two dips of ice cream each. After all, it was my first, and Baskin Robbins first day of business. I think the event called for a celebration! Dayan chose a dip of chocolate mousse royal and a dip of peanut butter chocolate in a cup. I had a scoop of coconutty and one of pralines and cream in a waffle cone.
We enjoyed our treats on the drive to Dayan’s house. He’s a great person to share firsts with and we discussed some interesting possibilities for continuing this journey, together, next year. I’m thrilled that he sees the value in having first experiences. It was wonderful to take a break and be with family. And an ice cream cone was the perfect pick me up as I returned to work. Welcome to Joplin, Baskin Robbins!