Dinnertime Lego Assembly

Vacation 2016: Day 5

Today I decided I was rested enough and needed to accomplish something, so after dropping the boy off I went to Home Depot for supplies. Several hours later I had re-caulked all around the tub and stripped the old spray frosting off the bathroom window, which was flaking off, and reapplied a new coat. Then it was off to meet Elaine at Nate’s preschool with gift bags I put together last night and cupcakes from Cupprimo. You can see pics of that here.

Scorecard:
Activity: School birthday party.
Movie: 0.
Naps: 0.
Home improvement: 2.

Vacation 2016: Day 4

Today I dropped the S40 off at the dealer for some maintenance on the way to the boy’s school. When I told him en route what we were doing he was opposed. “No, I don’t want to leave mommy’s car!” As soon as we got into the 2016 XC70 loaner he changed his tune. “This is nice! Is this our new car? I don’t want to pick up mommy’s car, it’s old, I want this car!” Me too, buddy.

I went to the Blanton at 12:30 to see a docent led tour of the current Goya exhibit, made up of almost 150 prints and exactly 3 paintings, and Xu Bing’s Book from the Sky.

After this was lunch at Sala & Betty, with one of my favorite sandwiches (the Betty) and an Alewise IPA.

Scorecard:
Activity: Blanton & Lunch.
Movie: 0.
Naps: 0.
Home improvement: 0.

Vacation 2016: Day 3

I came home from dropping the boy off today, started a 7 day free trial subscription to PlayStation Now, an overpriced streaming service that allows you to play older games for $20 a month, and loaded up Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, a well reviewed game from 2011. It played like I remember the better Tomb Raider games playing, and I stopped playing at 4:30 when I needed to leave to pick up the boy. Now I just need to remember to cancel that subscription.

Scorecard:
Activity: PlayStation.
Movie: 0.
Naps: 0.
Home improvement: 0.

Vacation 2016: Day 2

I had big plans today which all came to naught. I was going to go see a matinee, then thought better of spending the money, so instead I sat at home and dropped $80 on Amazon for party favors for 3 year olds. I watched Zero Dark Thirty, enjoyed it, then felt kinda bad for enjoying it. I did make and consume a delicious pot roast sandwich, so that was awesome. Overall not a bad day of not working.

Scorecard:
Activity: Shopping for toddler gift bags.
Movie: Zero Dark Thirty.
Naps: 0.
Home improvement: 0.

Vacation 2016: Day 1

It looks like the last time I entered anything here was vacation 2015, and I made it one day into a vacation that included a trip to Norway, arguably something more interesting to write about than anything that’ll happen this week. Vacation 2016 is really just me taking a week off in between work projects, so I’ll probably post everyday.

Day 1:

Peter Pan putt-putt with Sophie and Molly. Sophie paid because she was the only one with cash. It was fun, but really, really muggy.

Lunch at Whole Foods downtown, also with Molly and Sophie. So many well off white people. I had a pretty good bison sandwich, the girls ate… fruit. And discussed buying yoga pants to husband hunt at WF.

After lunch we came home and I took a nap. Picked up the boy. Went to store. Watched a movie.

Scorecard:
Activity: putt-putt.
Movie: Housebound.
Naps: 1.
Home improvement: 0.

Vacation 2015: Day 1

The Boy went to daycare, Sophie, El and I went to Julio’s for breakfast, then to the Slaughter Drafthouse to see Mad Max Fury Road.  Busted The Boy out early and the four of us went to the pool.  Came home and made stir fry in my new wok, now I’m laying in bed with a book and a bourbon. A pretty great day overall.  

Goal Trip

Ilse is getting married in Ål, Norway next summer, and we’re invited. My plan is to pick up a Volvo in Gothenburg, Sweden, drive to her wedding, and then take this road trip. I’m going to need to start planning now.

Old Pictures

I’m cleaning out old work emails and coming across a bunch of stuff I don’t want to delete. These were taken at the wedding of Michael Trice and Shannon Vyff, I’m guessing by Ilse as she emailed them to me on 05/21/2007. The wedding probably would have been that weekend. We all look so young.

June, finally.

May was a tough month. Elaine got sick on the 8th, got bounced around by different doctors as her fever kept going up, was admitted to the hospital on the 13th with 105.5° fever, was there until the 20th with what they think was Typhus, got slightly better, went to the ER on the 25th with chest pains where they made sure she didn’t have pulmonary clots, went back to the hospital on the 26th with another fever, and got out again on the 29th after being diagnosed with an opportunistic secondary infection (a cold). Though Elaine is still weak from being sick for so long, none of this is supposed to have had an effect on the small person we are increasingly calling Nathaniel.

While all this was going on we were living in Ilse’s house while she was in Europe and then at my parent’s house for a bit while the plumbing in our house was being repaired. (Thanks Ilse and parents.) We’ve since moved back in, though the floor in the hall is covered with plastic sheeting until our new flooring is installed on the 10th.

Also occurring during the month of May: both our cars went to the shop and when we moved back in to our house it was infested with fruit flies, some bugs that looked like mosquitos but didn’t bite, and a mouse that I beat to death with a suitcase only to have Sadie abscond with the corpse.

Here’s to June being a better month.