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 Let's be honest, how many of us wanted this to happen to the Cheshire Cat? (Go here for more goodness from Beaton)

Kate Beaton's Hark, A Vagrant - Cheshire Cat
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Thursday evening, Amy and I had planned on attending a sushi class, so Lillian spent the night with the grandparents. The class itself was fun - there was some fun fruit-infused honey, a ton of Japanese Kit-Kat varieties, and some sake.

The instructor was very insistent that we remember that sushi, at its most essential level, is cooked rice with vinegar. We learned how to create some rolls and nigiri, which was fun. It was a little sad that we learned little to nothing about sashimi; I think most of the people in class (including me) were hoping to learn more about how to prepare fish.

Friday morning, we went on a quick jaunt down to Galveston to explore potential wedding venues. The Moody Mansion has several rooms that would be awesome... but are not for rent. Gah. Victory of the day: we found some Stewart's Key Lime at the Galveston Spec's!

Saturday morning was for egg sandwiches. The weather was delightfully cool (in comparison to the last 3 months), so we went to the park and had a blast throwing the frisbee and playing on the playground. We cleaned up and then headed into town - Lillian was dropped off with her aunt and uncle, and Amy and I went to a fun party with Mo & Er; much pork was consumed, adult libations were poured, and I got to play Cards Against Humanity for the first time (verdict: fun!).

Amy was feeling under the weather (as was I, to a lesser degree) - I think all of us have a bug. We had a pretty lazy Sunday, watching some TV and catching up on our reading.

All in all, a great weekend. :)
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 This was a long weekend - I have quite a bit of vacation time saved up, and will lose some if I don't use it in the next couple of weeks. Amy came in from a conference late Thursday night (technically Friday morning, I guess, but who's counting when you're meeting someone you love?) and I drove up to the airport to meet her. 

Friday morning was spent snuggling and lazing about; after a late lunch at Nobi (I had a good beer - Sixpoint's Spice of Life - I'm guessing it was the June 2014 'Centennial') we went to the local credit union and we refinanced my car loan.  Awesome! I now have a very good interest rate and a better note. We then ran into town to watch Lillian's VBS perform a number of songs that we both recognized from our childhoods.

The pool beckoned on Saturday; the weather was great, and the pool was finally warm enough to not shock me as I entered. 

Sunday was another late start, after some wonderful snuggling. Lillian got to ride on a Big Wheel for the first time - she's starting to get the hang of pedaling, but steering needs a bit of work; she tends to be distracted by anything and everything (as are many 3-year-olds), and the wheel goes in whichever direction she's looking. She's also still deep in the 'infinite questions' stage, which can be pretty exhausting. Amy and I cooked some pulled pork and we all had some really good sliders; there's also enough pulled pork for the next week (at least!).

All in all, a fun weekend; we've already got plans to see the last fireworks show of the season this coming Friday, which should be lots of fun!

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Father's Day (and the weekend as a whole) was great!

I received a last-minute babysitting offer for Saturday, so I was able to help Amy (she had plumbers and drywallers in, so the house needed some cleaning and painting). I was only able to do a little sanding and cleanup of the drywall, but every little bit helps! By the end of the day, I looked like someone had emptied a can of flocking on my head. And my body. And my clothes. :)

Sunday morning, we had some early fun and snuggling, and then I got some super cool presents - a set of easy-on/easy-off clamps for my Olympic bar (these are amazing!) and a Bee House teapot!!!

We then went to The Cheesecake Factory, and made it in early enough to avoid long lines or a wait of any sort; I had a very coffee-flavored cheesecake, which was nice (I am a sucker for ganache, every time), and Amy had Chris's Outrageous Cheesecake (I might have to get this one next time). There was a bit of a snafu on our food, but we finally received our Monte Cristos, which were delicious. We had a ton of  leftovers, as we were stuffed with cheesecake. The rest of the day was spent in wonderful laziness.

The rest of this week is going to be focused on packing - I've made a lot of headway in my room, and Lillian's stuff is next up. After that, the kitchen!
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This weekend, work and play commingled; we spent a lot of time cleaning up some seriously neglected areas of my apartment in preparation for the move, and packed quite a few boxes and even some of my smaller/lighter pieces of furniture. There is no way I would have this much done without Amy's help!

We were also able to hang out with some of Amy's friends - we went to Cru (the River Oaks location) and had some _great_ food; my short ribs with sage gorgonzola polenta was fantastic, and the company was excellent as well! We picked up Lillian from the grandparents and took her home for a short nap while we did some more cleaning; after she woke up, we went and met some more of Amy's NASA friends at the 59 Diner. Many burgers (with eggs and bacon, of course) were consumed, along with various shakes and malts. 

We also had some delightful sleep-ins, with plenty of snuggling. :)

I was introduced to Top Gear (UK) and Doctor Who - both were a lot of fun! The Top Gear episode had the hosts trek from the rain forests of Bolivia to the coast of Chile in some clunkers; the Doctor Who episode was very creepy and fun, but didn't showcase the good doctor as much as most episodes, according to Amy. I'm looking forward to more episodes of both!

There's still a lot to in the coming weeks, so most of our nights will be spent in preparation for the move (less than a month, hooray!!). 
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 Friday, I took the day off for Lillian's parent-teacher conference; her teachers were happy with her progress, with the exception of toilet training, which is now a primary focus at home - I have her on a regular schedule now, and I'm already having some success.

I drove down to Amy's afterward to help with a couple of home repair tasks and to have some _amazing_ barbacoa tacos; we had a fantastic afternoon and then drove into town to attend the Menil after hours (note to self: the provided food seems to disappear in moments, so get there early).  We viewed quite a few paintings by Magritte (one of my favorite Surrealists) and some very interesting pieces by an artist I'm unfamiliar with (Lee Bontecou). 

We then went to Numbers; I haven't been to a club in 12 years or so! It was a lot of fun - there were enough songs that I was familiar with that it was nice, and my general awkwardness on the dance floor was not a problem. Plus, I got some good tips. :)

Saturday, we collected Lillian and headed to the Art Car Parade; I got to meet a couple of Amy's friends (Mo & Er) and their parents. There was some confusion about the actual start time of the parade, but we arrived with plenty of time to spare and had some delicious gelato. Next year we might pick a spot further away from the start of the parade, though; there was no real need to hear the announcers, and there were plenty of shady spots along the route that would have been nice. I'm already thinking about good picnicking dishes and beverages to bring. We returned home for a quick nap and then headed to dinner; my earlier craving for fried onions took us to Outback and a ridiculous wait time (I had forgotten that the Saturday before Mother's Day might be problematic. EEP!). 

Sunday was mainly for being lazy, but we did head over to Baba Yega's for brunch; I had been before, but never for this meal.  WOW. This was the sort of meal that makes me wish for an extra stomach. Or two. Even though it was Mother's Day and the place was packed, Amy and I were able to get in quickly; not many two-tops were coming in. We headed out for a short round of frisbee golf (Amy's first!) and she acquitted herself quite nicely. Later, we picked up Lillian and everyone had a nice nap. 

This was a beautiful weekend - there were some cranky toddler issues, and Amy was fighting a nasty cough, and we got tired and sunburned, but I wouldn't trade it for anything; sometimes it's nice to know that even when things aren't perfect, they are.

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