Thanks to Delurker Day, we had the opportunity to meet and spend a wonderful Friday night dinner with "Brad" this week. And in return he was treated to an eagerly awaited first taste of gruenkern soup (of course it doesn't reach its peak of flavor until Shabbos morning, but he was very understanding).
An added bonus was that "Brad" already knew some of our other guests so it was like one big happy family, sitting around and catching up on our lives. (I must say that some of us have more colorful lives than others (with police and FBI involvement) - - - those guests should REALLY have blogs of their own, I tell you....!).
We were also excited to have Louisa, who is in the United States for a brief visit, reclaim her rightful place as our havdalah girl (now woman?). Since this was Joey's first week back at Yeshiva, it sure lessened the void.
All in all a pleasant Shabbos (with lots of leftover dried fruit so come on over!).