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Friday, May 27, 2011

Blondie's Birthday

Blondie and I had a nice little vacation for his birthday this week. We took a short trip to Red River Ranch Retreat for two nights and really enjoyed ourselves. We arrived on Tuesday evening and had a tasty dinner of enchiladas and rice with "Apple Crapple" for dessert, served family style with the ranch staff and other guests. On Wednesday morning, we ate biscuits and gravy with eggs, then went for a trail ride. We ate our sack lunches by the river, then spend the afternoon relaxing in our room. Wednesday's dinner was chili and cornbread, with a frozen strawberry dessert. We sat on the porch and visited after dinner on Wednesday. On Thursday morning we ate pancakes, sausage, and eggs before we left. We felt really lazy eating breakfast at 9:00 on a ranch. We decided we could get really fat eating ranch food three times a day and not doing ranch work.

Here are some photos from our little trip.

Blondie called this "the little napping bed."



And this was "the big sleeping bed."



We spent a lot of time relaxing, which Blondie doesn't do at home. If there's work to be done, he thinks he has to do it. On our way home, he was already talking about all of the chores that he needed to do.



We ate our lunch by the river, which was really nice. We were very pleased with the weather during our trip. It was pretty windy, but nice and cool. I can be pretty cranky when I'm hot, so I was very thankful for the cool temperatures.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Business Cards

I'm somewhat of a collector of business cards. I pick them up everywhere I go to remember a restaurant I like or a store I want to visit again and I like to gather them on vacations to remind me of special places I visited.

This week I had to purge my Rolodex because it was packed so full that it would not close. Here are a few that I could not part with

The mechanic who keeps my car in tip-top shape:





The restaurant in Washington, D.C. where I ate with my colleagues during Small Business Week 2009 and a handsome stranger invited me to share his dinner:





Blondie's aunt, who was recently featured in Make and will make her artistic debut at Maker Faire demonstrating cyanotype printing:





A charming salon in a neighboring town:





My cousin, who makes fantastic jewelry:





The Japanese hardware store in Berkeley where Blondie splurged on his fancy Santoku knife:


The restaurant where Justin and Christina took us for dinner the evening we got engaged:





The restaurant where we ate dinner on our wedding night:



It was sad to see the cards that belonged to friends and acquaintances who had passed away and sweet to see the ones whose names had changed due to marriage. I will continue to collect these small reminders of people and places that mean something to me.