Thanksgiving

Mental note: Tell everyone to laugh like they’re holding a salad and pass the potatoes so my Thanksgiving photo will look like that Normal Rockwell painting. As it stands, family and friends gathered potluck-style at mom’s and we were hyper-focused on digging in. By the time desserts were sampled, we were all smiles. My nephew […]

Pokémon tournament

“What’s your favorite card?” I asked. The answer was Gengar. Then the special decks were distributed, these being the big motivating reason to drive an hour and join a Pokémon tournament.

Butterflies

Butterfly show with the family at Krohn Conservatory. I kind of wish they had “expired” specimens on display for photos, because these suckers are hard to pin down* and photograph. * insert rim shot

Double birthday celebration

My sister and her husband came into town to help celebrate my great-niece and mom’s birthday. The weather cooperated beautifully. We grilled out. Strolled around the farm. Flew kites. Jumped on trampolines. Pet dogs. Pestered the turkeys. And capped it off with some homemade schnecken (Virginia bakery recipe). A wonderful day.

Chuck E. Cheese

The phone rang and it was nephew. Want to go to Chuck E. Cheese? You might see a theme here… Friends and family ask me to do stuff and I say yup. I’m usually game. Turns out? Chuck E. Cheese has pretty decent pizza. And if you go on a weekday for lunch, you pretty much get […]

Family

My sister swooped into town with her fella all the way from upstate NY. Went out to see her and say hi to my nephews and niece. I also lost miserably at Euchre. This was also the day I learned about the awesomeness that is Ubisoft’s Just Dance line of games. For everyone’s protection, no […]