We had a low-key yet delightful holiday weekend! We just hung out together and took care of our friend Brock's dog Mack. Matt made the decision to take a complete break from research & that made such a difference! We kicked the weekend off Friday evening at Ma’s Suds with two rolls of quarters and $5 footlongs from Subway. As many of you know, we don’t have a washer/dryer connection so we usually spend time at the laundry mat on Friday nights. Though it’s a bit of a hassle & not particularly clean, we’ve been able to get up to 7 loads completely washed & dried in just 90 minutes. Can’t beat that!
Saturday we took care of Mack the dog, grabbed an early lunch from Chick-Fil-A, stopped at Wal-Mart to buy sun-block, then headed out to a friend’s neighborhood pool for the afternoon. (Thank you Mark & Julie for lending us your key!) I had a great time reading in the sun & Matt had a great time reading in the shade. We then drove to Baylor to conquer the Bear Trail (path around campus) in the 95 degree weather. I barely completed my walk, but Matt duked it out & ran! Yikes. After a brief recovery from that we had supper at home followed by our new favorite indulgence… milkshakes from Health Camp!
Sunday morning we skipped out on church and got ready to drive up to the Dallas Zoo! But before getting on the road we went over to feed Mack then stopped at Rudy’s BBQ for breakfast burritos, Matt’s absolute favorite. It was a beautiful & easy hour or so drive. Our favorite animal was the White Cheeked Gibbon. They were hilarious & attracted a big crowd as they swung around playing tag. At the lion habitat I was thinking in my head, as any true Auburn fan would, "War Eagle," just as I saw Matt do a double take at the guy next to us & yell "War Eagle!" at him. He had on an AU hat! Unfortunately he wasn't as excited as we were & I don't think he even returned the friendly battle cry. It was pretty neat... running into a fellow AU fan in the Dallas Zoo while watching a live Tiger! Oh well if he didn't want to be too friendly back. I'm sad to say there are some collegiate party poopers out there. After gawking at the animals for 4 hours, we headed home.
At the Tiger Habitat
Monday was yet ANOTHER day of play... and taking care of Mack. We ate blueberry muffins for breakfast on the front porch, piddled around, then armed with smoothies, sun-block and reading material headed out to the pool again. I had a good time in the sun & swimming laps and, once again, Matt had a good time reading in the shade :o) We concluded the weekend with a cajun dinner on the river at Buzzard Billy's.
Thank you to all veterans & active duty people who have so faithfully & diligently done your job! I can not imagine all the challenges you have and will face. It's worth celebrating every day.