Monday, July 08, 2013

Update- 4th of July Edition

Howdy!  Well, we had a pretty nice 4th of July weekend.  Despite the fact that it lasted almost 4 days, it went by way too fast.

(party on the patio!)
Thursday I got up and went for a bike ride.  On Thursday evening we went out to my parents house
(The Admiral on neighborhood watch.
Actually, there was a small fire on the
hill behind the house.  No bueno.)
for a pretty traditional Independence Day cookout.  We ate burgers (both turkey and beef) and hot dogs.  Amy made some really good German chocolate pecan fudge bars and lemon icebox pie.    Our whole family was there, as well as some family friends and one of my parents' new neighbors.
We chatted, ate dinner, watched fireworks from the balcony, and lit some sparklers.  It definitely felt like the 4th of July.

On Friday Amy had the day off, but I had to go into the office for a while.  I had some problems with a flat tire, so I rode the bus.
Friday night we had dinner with Reed and Jen Shaw.  They were just recently back from a summer trip to Colorado.  We went to Jack Allen's kitchen, and then afterward we went back to our house for dessert.  It was really good to see them and get a chance to hang out and talk for a while.  We really enjoyed it.

Saturday we went to Barton Springs.  We ran into Ryan and Jamie when we got there, which was really cool.  Ryan let me borrow his float.  We hung out on the hill and cooled off in the water.  It was good to catch up with little brother because he's headed off to Canada this week for work.  (apparently they have libraries in Canada- who knew?)  By the time it started getting crowded at the springs it was time for us to leave. 
Saturday night we grabbed dinner at Central Market and watched Prime Suspect.

On Sunday we ran a number of errands.  We went to the book store, the auto parts store, the grocery store, and Target (the everything store).  I went for a bike ride around South Austin and rode through some areas that I had never ridden through before.  Nice ride.  Amy made some slow cooker ziti for dinner that was really good.  She said she usually makes her ziti in the oven, but this crock pot dish turned out really well.

Anyway, that was pretty much the weekend!  There was also some book reading, dog walking, guitar playing, and generally hanging out (it's kind of warm out, but you can still enjoy the shade on the back porch if you have your dog at your side and a cold beer in your hand).

Hope everyone is having a good summer!


Anonymous said...

FYI, I stopped by the fire department yesterday. Yes, they found a smoldering stump and area around the stump. Never could figure out what started the fire.


J.S. said...

Well, I definitely understand the concern. You guys need another exit route other than Quinlan Road in case there's ever another wildfire!