April 10th, 2006

Texas

The rest of Spring Break

I never did get around to posting about the rest of vacation.

Wednesday:

16 minutes in The Container Store - possibly my fastest trip there, ever.
Got Critter's hair cut and played with a puppy at Mom's friend's who cuts hair. She complimented me on my haircut, preen.
Saw the Alamo. Took the boat tour on the Riverwalk.
Met Daddy for dinner at Texas Land and Cattle Company.
Shopped at the Apple Store - Mom and Dad got Playuh a shuffle for his birthday; Flar and I got him an AC Adapter.

Thursday:

Drove to the Dr. Pepper Museum & back.
Stopped by at Tiger and Cougar's for all of 30 minutes.
Bought souvenirs and a case of Dublin Dr. Peppers.

Pattern: Mom will complain about a drive, predicting much traffic. Then she will go, over her own protests. Then she will proclaim the traffic to have not been so bad. Not sure why this irritates me as much as it does.

Friday:

Travel day; saw Lucky Sleven in the evening. Good movie. See it. Enjoy it. Pay attention to the details.

home now. back to busy, after sleeping in.
Renata reading book, Bookworm

Vacations are for reading, right?

No matter how busy or short a vacation, if there's car-riding or plane-travel, I'm reading.

17. Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back, by Norah Vincent
16. Skinny Dipping, by Carl Hiaasen
15. Social Crimes, by Jane Stanton Hitchcock
14. Fluke, or I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings, by Christopher Moore
13. Velocity, by Dean Koontz, unabridged audio book read by Michael Hayden
12. Codex, by Lev Grossman
11. The Big Over Easy (Nursery Crime, book 1), by Jasper Fforde, unabridged audio book read by Simon Prebble
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bundled up, walkabout, snow

home now

Saturday, I slept until 3, catching up on sleep, I suppose. While I slept, Flar spear-heading cleaning the dining room. With five people in the house, our kitchen table is no longer convenient for eating dinner. When I woke up, I was in charge of changing out the table centerpiece, after convincing Flar that it was time to replace, not put away, the Christmas lights.

We had a family meeting to discuss summer and Christmas vacation. Time is more of the issue than money this year, with is a welcome change. We settled on dates for Gaucha to visit, for Playuh to go and return, for Flar and I to travel for our 25th wedding anniversary, for me and the boys to drive to Texas, for me to attend a couple of conventions, and -- the biggest decision -- decided to take a Christmas cruise with my parents, instead of trying to fit in a summer vacation. When I get around to it, I'll post some sort of calendar of events.

After that, I drove Critter over to spend the night with a friend, and then had dinner with Ro and Knight. We watched Walk the Line and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Sunday, I picked up Critter in time to get to late service a bit early. That was nice, as I got the opportunity to chat with friends I haven't seen for a few weeks.

After church, we made a quick run to Meijer, then let Critter practice driving in the Kohl's parking lot. He got enough confidence to make the drive home from there. He is still stalling out sometimes, making the engine shudder other times; I'm not sure he'll be ready to test in my car, but he should be able to spell me on driving this summer.