Wednesday, May 21, 2008

'Tis the time of year for life-changing events (for other people).

Ever since I wrote my last post about reading, it seems as if life has conspired to keep me from reading much of anything. I've been a busy camper as of late, but that's not a complaint.

Two weekends ago, my step-sister graduated from Avila with a degree in theater. She'll be attending graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University in the fall, so that means we'll eventually be visiting Pittsburgh to see her incredible set designs. At her graduation party, there were tables set up displaying some models of her work:


The Glass Menagerie


The Grapes of Wrath

Very cool. Everyone wish Danielle a happy graduation and huge success for the future.

Last Friday, our friends Stephen and Becky got married at the Kansas City Club. The ceremony was beautiful, the reception was terrific (they even fed us dinner! YAY!) and right about now, they're cruising somewhere around the Caribbean. Everyone wish Stephen and Becky congratulations and lots of happiness.

Last week, Brian and Courtney rescued the cutest border collie ever. He came pre-named Tagan, and since that's a cute name, they kept it. On Saturday, we all went to Penn Valley Dog Park and had a terrific time (we left Roy at home so we could check the place out first - he'll be going soon).

Saturday afternoon, we had grand plans to do some shopping before meeting my parents for dinner. Those plans got thawarted by road construction on I-35, which threw off our schedule since it took 45 minutes to get from Roe to Metcalf. Way to go, KDOT. Thanks for making Saturday extra special. We hung out at the bookstore for a few (I did get to read for a short while) and then headed off to dinner.

Afterwards, it was off to Zona Rosa to see one of my all-time favorite comedians, Dave Attell. Surprising fact: the crowd was significantly older than I expected it to be. I mean, like, bingo hall old. It was really, really weird. But the show was hilarous and crude - in other words, a great Dave Attell show.

Sunday, I went up to Bethany, Missouri and had breakfast with my dad, sister and her new boyfriend. Good times were had by all, and I liked the boyfriend.

Sunday evening we took Roy over to Tagan's. Now that was fun. Tagan tried to herd Roy like a sheep, while Roy tried to defend sections of the yard as if they were his own. At one point, both dogs climbed into a baby pool and just chilled out.

Monday evening was the same thing, except that Courtney cooked an incredible (as usual) dinner of orange roughy foil packets with home-grown asparagus, tomatoes and tomato pesto. There was also brown rice, the best fruit salad in the world, and lots of wine. We didn't leave until after 11pm. I can't remember the last time I willingly stayed up until 11 on a Monday night. We had a blast, and I have the mosquito bites to prove it.

Last night, we cooked sesame chicken and then went to visit Brian and Tagan for a few before heading to the nephew's baseball game. It was a great game - we won huge, Nate made an incredible catch involving him jumping about 2 feet straight off the ground before hurling the ball to second base for the out, and one of the kids, Vince, hit a grand slam to finish off the game. Good times, indeed.

I have to say, I like being busy - there aren't enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do. Choices are a good thing.

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