Friday, May 29, 2009
Memorial Day Weekend
Well, because of my awesome 9/80 work schedule, we had a glorious 4-day weekend! Friday was spent looking at more houses. We finally found one we both really liked, and were both excited about. We put an offer on it, and we're waiting for this weekend to hear back from the sellers. There's a competing offer, so we're anxious/nervous going into this weekend. But, let's get back to Memorial Day weekend. Saturday we hit the Farm Museum and the sustainable living fair. It would have been cool to investigate the solar and wind power companies if we had a house. But we don't. One cool thing we saw was blue-jean insulation. It's amazing what these wackadilies think of to be sustainable.
After we ate lunch at the fair, we were packing our stuff up and Brooklyn fell off the picnic table pretty hard. Her lip was bleeding a bit and she was crying pretty hard. Then, instead of allowing me the time and focus to comfort my child, some nutso lady came by and started blabbing away about the amazing powers of homeopathic magic crystals that seriously reduce bruising. Of course my polite sensibilities kept me from doing the right thing, paying attention to Brooklyn! Instead I nodded my head and feigned interest. This lady was about to give some of her crystal powers to Brookyln but I think she finally realized she was an absolute stranger (crazy?) and that administering mysterious pills to children wouldn't fly too well. So she finally left us alone, but it bothered me that she didn't have the decency to allow me to comfort my child, and also that I didn't have the nerve to dismiss her immediately to do what was best for my kid. In the end, Brooklyn was fine and we had a lovely rest of the day, but I definitely won't make that mistake again.
Sunday was routine church. Busy, busy, busy. But Celeste and I both enjoy our callings and serving the ward.
On to the main event of Memorial Day celebrations! We took a trip to the National Zoo! We saw pandas, lions, monkeys, exotic birds, cheetahs, bald eagles, sea lions, and elephants. It was fun...except for 20 minutues in when Brooklyn fell down, skinned her already scabbed knee, and started bleeding all over the park, crying her eyes out. And continuing to cry for 10 minutes afterwards. Yeah, that part wasn't so cool. But the rest of the day was great.
After the zoo, we went to a friends house in the ward for a BBQ. It was delicious food (especially the jello!) and great company. We're really starting to settle in here, and we're looking forward to getting into a house and putting down more roots. Celeste just got cast in a children's production at the community college, and she's taking a photography class, and she's started doing some grading to bring in extra skrill ($$). Work is going great for me, and I'm excited that we're starting to test our physical robots in the field. That's the best part!