July 29. Sanger, TX.
Now that I'm back at home, I've been catching up with posting my WITL blog entries. I've watched the number of pictures taken decrease sharply day by day, which means I had fewer pictures to choose from and that I had to rely on words to cover some of the activities. There were more pictures to work with for Friday's activities than Thursday's, but that's not saying a lot. Most of my pictures still have to do with meals!
Today (day 6) is the first of two birthdays we celebrate during the WITL dates this year. Paul turns 30 today and Jaime is turning 28 tomorrow. I know we'll have lots of pictures associated with the celebrations so they will probably dominate my WITL blog and layouts for these two last days.
Flipping back to Central Daylight Time from Pacific on Thursday night meant that I found it hard to settle down and go to sleep. I think I finally drifted off around 1:30 in the morning, and I didn't stay asleep for very long. By 6:30, I was up and about and had turned on a movie on the TV to keep myself entertained. (Right now, I can't even remember which movie it was—and no, I didn't write it down!)
I had a very busy morning at work. I had to check in with some co-workers in England and take a couple of conference calls. I took my first photo of the day at 11am, capturing a photo of my watch which I had placed on the ottoman.
I finally got a break in my work schedule at 12:45, so we dashed out to the Old West Cafe for lunch. I was really hankering for one of their Some Beach Salads. In fact, I was so eager that I just plowed into it as soon as the waitress set it on the table. I didn't even think to take a picture until it was almost gone. You can still see all the goodness of the strawberries, mandarin oranges, and blue cheese.
I carried my Kindle with me to lunch and continued reading Deadly Gamble by Connie Shelton.
While we were out for lunch, we ran by the Sanger Public Library to pick up a book they were holding for me. I had requested that they find a copy of Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters, and it had arrived while I was out of town. They were able to locate a copy in a library in the regional consortium, so I didn't have to pay any InterLibrary Loan fees.
The afternoon went pretty much like the morning—conference calls, e-mail, and working on the online systems.
Finally it was time for supper. Steven wanted to go over to Krum to Miguelito's, one of the Mexican restaurants that we frequent. The road between here and there is still under construction, so we had to drive the long way around, but I didn't care. After all, I had my Kindle with me and I was helping Charlie Parker solve the mystery of who killed Gary Detweiller.
At Miguelito's, the waitress talked me into ordering Pollo Loco and it was really good. Grilled chicken with grilled vegetables—including asparagus—and a light dusting of cheese melted on top.
While at dinner, I finished reading Deadly Gamble and started in on In Enemy Hands by David Weber. This is the seventh book in his military space series starring Honor Harrington. I've had it on my Kindle for a LONG time, but other books have been higher on the TBR list until now.
Although he doesn't like to have his photo taken any more than I do, I did make sure to take some pictures of Steven during the day since I was finally getting to spend some time with him. I took pictures of him sitting across the table from me at lunch and dinner.
One other recurring theme for Friday is how HOT it is! Dallas hit the 100-degree mark for the 28th day in a row on Friday. I enjoyed the cooler weather in San Francisco and it was quite a shock when I got off the plane at 11pm on Thursday night and walked out of the terminal into the 90+ degree heat. Since returning home, I've been taking periodic photos of the weather station in our family room. Here are two shots from late in the day on Friday:
And now that I'm caught up with posting my photos and narrative, I'm going to go get a shower. Today is Paul's birthday and I heard a rumor that he's coming to my house to celebrate.