Spring Grove, MN
I stayed home with Rachel today and we cleaned the house to prepare for dinner with her Grandmother and father. The meal was excellent, we had fun playing cribbage, but Leona became ill, and we called for the ambulance to pick her up.
We had lunch with Faust, soon to be a daddy, at Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant. It is Rachel's last day at Luther for the semester, possibly ever, and Faust captured it with his new Canon T2. I can't wait to see the pictures.
I made hash-browns for Rachel and Laurel, who stayed in the guest room overnight. After she left with my honey colored table and chairs that I'd purchased just after moving into my house in 2004, we decorated the tree even more, and I think it is about full. Rachel went to Caledonia to teach voice lessons and came home with amazing home made cookies, which we devoured from one of her students. I made a huge batch of wild rice meatball chicken soup and we watched "Community" and then "House" before bed. I increased my new home server to 10 terabytes.
We organized in the large garage at our second house so we could put the beetle away for the winter. Then we went to Giants of the Earth for the Juletree fest and a beer tasting. Then, caroling with a great many neighbors. It was a full and wonderful day.
After an overnight to 1340 power outage that happened in Decorah, I didn't have to go to work until 1400 to start up the servers. One power supply didn't come up, so it became a bit of work to get everything to synchronize to the proper time. We had a work Holiday party at T-bocks upstairs bar, afterwards. But then I rushed off home to host a reading of the new Steve Martin play, "Meteor Shower" with some good friends over dinner and drinks inspired by the show. It was one of the best evenings ever. We opened the bottle of Pino Gris that we'd been saving for 14 years since our California trip to wine country, Storybrook Vineyard. It was fabulous, and I'm so happy we started with that one as our pre-wine. The wine before the wine. So it doesn't count. Then appetizers with crab Petrale (ok, I just had fancy canned crab), eggplant parmesan, then gin-martini's and some key-lime pie with blue berries and raspberries. The show takes place in august, so it was important to make it feel like summertime in California. Our house was ready, and we poured wine in the piano room, read a few scenes in the kitchen for hors d'oeuvres, then the living room, then dinner, followed by gin martini's and then deserts in the living room again, after a brief stint in the kitchen. What fun. We need to perform that show.