Monday, June 09, 2014


Quick rundown of the weekend.  On Friday night we ate a quick dinner and headed over to Zilker Park to catch the Austin Civic Orchestra's free summer concert.  Their theme was "That '70s Show", and they played a lot of music from... the 1970's.  Tunes included The Star Wars theme, "Pinball Wizard" by The Who, "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas, selections from Jesus Christ Superstar, Abba songs from Mama Mia, a Led Zeppelin medley, and some Barry Manilow songs.  It was a fun evening.  Our friend Laura plays clarinet in the orchestra, so she initially got us started on going to see the civic orchestra, but now we just go because they're fun.  This is our second time to attend the free summer concert (plus we've been to other performances), and it's really pleasant to sit on the grass, listen to music and watch kids break out plastic lightsabers and launch into battle once the Star Wars theme begins (they also seem to really enjoy dancing to Abba's "Dancing Queen", but who doesn't?).

(see Laura in there playing clarinet?)
On Saturday we exercised and then headed over to Barton Springs.  Initially we were a little grumbly when we got there.  The back parking lot was closed, and when we got into the springs, they had almost three quarters of the grassy areas closed off to work on the lawn.  The admission was free, though (probably due to the inconveniences), and once we found ourselves a spot and plopped down, we had a nice time relaxing in the sun and enjoying the water.  We fled before it got too crowded, and we had a nice time.
(Me?!  Excited about summer?  Mayyybe...)
So we had a good time at the pool, and then we went home and ate sandwiches and went to the store and ran errands.  Amy made some sort of pineapple frozen thing in the ice cream maker which was really good (not really ice cream, not really frozen yogurt, so I'm not sure what to call it.  A little icier than creamy).
Saturday night we went to a birthday party for our friend, Jason.  We met some new people and played Cards Against Humanity (which, as Amy, the tactician, pointed out, is really more of an activity than a game).  I drank a couple of beers.  Pleasant evening.
Sunday we got up and went to Curra's for breakfast (hooray for migas!).  We had some thoughts of going swimming again on Sunday, but it was sort of rainy and muggy and cloudy.  Despite the weird weather, we got some chores done around the house and ran some errands.  Eventually I went for bike ride, which was okay, but not great because of aforementioned humidity.
For dinner, Amy made mushroom spinach enchiladas with tomatillo sauce.  (I really like them and had asked her to make them, and she did, and it was awesome).
After dinner we watched Game of Thrones.  Big battle at The Wall.  Pretty cool, but all of the other plotlines on the show (and there are a lot of them) were put on hold for this battle.  Still, we got snow giants and oversized mammoths, and that was pretty darn cool.

Okay, that was it.
Nice weekend.
Hope everyone else has been doing well.
My brother, Ryan, is in Finland this week on a work trip.  Very cool for him.  My mom's parents were Finnish, so he's making the trip to the homeland.  Someday I'd like to see it.  Hope he has a good time.

Have a good week!!

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