We had breakfast for dinner last night at the area IHOP. It was a pleasant winter’s walk from the downtown square – the kind that makes a warm restaurant all the more enjoyable! I had their new meal, the BIG Country-Fried Steak and Eggs dinner, which included a huge slab of battered cube-steak, white gravy, three eggs, hash browns, and pancakes too! Let me tell you – it was legendary. I felt thoroughly satisfied afterward, if not a bit over-stuffed. We had our walk back, which I like to think mediated the metric ton of food in my belly, but it probably didn’t. Hell, it’s winter; I’m just trying to build-up a blubber layer to survive.
- @DinoRubble That volleyball match was awesome! 108 consecutive wins… #
- @HamWithCam One donut hole? I had four rings, myself. Could have made it an Olympic breakfast if it weren’t for the bowl of cereal first! #
- Congrats to a friend of mine. He’s back at work days after his first morotcycle crash. Having trouble moving around though. #
- @MEaves What? You don’t just pick one out of your closet? #
- Turns out, eating @ PTA night alone is lame. #
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- @HamWithCam With the exception of the beach part, that sounds like a normal day using bike panniers. #
- Muffin, banana, granola bar, and yogurt. That’s a pretty good breakfast! I normally try for the biscuits and gravy @ work cafeteria. #
- Captain’s Wafers, coffee, and almond granola – ready to ride! #
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We’re at Chik-Fil-A this morning for some Black Friday breakfast when I see a familiar face/figure in our midst. I tell Amy to go check it out for a confirmation…she hits the women’s restroom, checks twice, and then strikes up a general conversation with Rodeo from VH1’s “Rock of Love.” It’s fitting if you know anything about the show at all. Quality programming it’s not, but entertaining it is. Rodeo was the first season’s loser that shouldn’t have been. She was clearly the right choice for Brett Michaels from the beginning, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be.
She’s filled out a little and it makes her look younger. Pretty funny to see her in a chicken spot in Buford, GA. She gave my wife the advice to see the second season, so we’re on the hook for that. I imagine she’ll give a shout-out to us, so keep watching.
There’s a place on this Earth where reality fails, excitement is on tap, and prices are only limited by your imagination. Walt Disney’s Disney World creation is the most spectacular piece of manufactured tourism in the world. It’s also one of the only places that truly caters to the whole family, thereby nailing such a broad audience that it’s pure marketing genius. It would make even Microsoft proud.
Saturday morning marked two firsts for us. One was that we were in Atlanta for DragonCon early enough to actually see the parade. The second was that we were actually in the parade! Not only that, we were part of the debut of drumming and dancing in the parade’s attendance. We got up at 7:00am to get ready – Jeff and I had an ultra-expensive breakfast in the hotel – and get out the door by 9:00am to walk to the parade starting point. It was an awesome expanse of Star Wars characters, pirates, anime, superheroes, and things I couldn’t quite explain. For 7 blocks, Atlanta became a nightmarish spectacle of everything good and evil about science fiction, fantasy, and the geeks that love it. We headed up the parade with loud drumming and louder costumes (the dancers) like a high school marching band. Good times – I hope to do this again next year.
Later that morning we arrived at MARTA to pick up Balthazar and treat him to day at DragonCon as well. He had to nap almost immediately upon arriving, so he and Amy took care of that while Jeff and I (he as Boba Fett) strolled around the con. We met up with Bob (Vader Painter) and his wife, Kristen (Sith Vixen). They took us on a celebrity strole to meet David Prowse and others before Boba Fett and I split. By the time Balthazar woke up, Jeff was Willy Wonka and I was Superman. We gathered up the family and took them down for some costume walking. Balthazar really wanted to see the monsters and he got a good eye-full. He was so excited to point them all out to me. Everyone was very kid-friendly too, so we were able to reinforce that “monsters are our friends.” That’s something we tell him to help push away the in-grained childhood fears of monsters in the dark.
We stayed in costume long enough to get some pictures made, meet and greet, and sweat a healthy bit. After that, it was off to dinner in the hotel – a bad choice. We thought it would be convenient and quick. We were dead wrong! It took us nearly three hours to get fed and of course it cost an arm and a leg. Three hours is waaaay to long to expect a 3-year-old to be patient. By the end, I was tempted to just allow Balthazar to do whatever he wanted to do in the restaraunt. Joshua had joined us for dinner, though he didn’t eat anything they had. We had good conversation between the four of us, and we taught Balthazar some tricks he could play on his friends. He had a pretty good time playing them on all of us, including Joshua whom he had just met.
We are crashing relatively early tonight because we have the boy and because we’re just plain tired. Tomorrow, we take Balthazar back out to MARTA to join with the grandparents again and we’ll be childless parents for our last day at DragonCon.
I stopped in at QuikTrip this morning for some breakfast and coffee. I stopped at the display housing all manner of protein and meal replacement bars. Amongst this presentation of health were the Rice Krispy treats we all long for. It turns out they have a king size version too. What’s peculiar about this is that the Cliff Hanger bar I bought had more sugar in it than a standard rice krispy bar, though more protein to be sure. How in the world could a protein bar top the sugar levels pure marshmallow provides?!? Wonders never cease.
Yesterday the family celebrated Christmas Adam with my mom. It’s a traditional ceremony for us – one that I invented when I was very young, so a long-standing one at that. Christmas Adam is the day before Christmas Eve. Christian mythology teaches us that Adam came before Eve, though there are no days celebrating that. Incidentally, it’s also another day ou can open a single present. If you’re a family that opens all your gifts on Christmas Eve, this gives you an opportunity to open a single gift and get a taste of what’s to come. These days, we celebrate Christmas Adam with my mom and Christmas Eve/Day with Amy’s parents. Christmas Day is typically just breakfast as we open all our gifts on Christmas Eve.
Of course, it’s actually Yule that rings the truest of all to our family. That gives us yet another day of celebration for the holiday season. This year, Yule (the winter solstice) occurred on the 21st. I anticipate teaching Balthazar the Scandinavian legends surrounding Yule (Jul in Swedish). Stories of the tomte are quite fun and rich with folklore. Santa Clause is referred to as Jultomten in Sweden. Literally, “The Christmas tomte.” There’s your cultural lesson for the year – enjoy your holiday!
What does a dad do on Father’s Day? My first inclination was to shirk all responsiblity and play games all day. I’m thinking that this is in stark contrast to the role of “father,” so how could I spend “Father’s Day” as a bachelor? So I spend the day as super-dad instead. So far, I’ve gotten up early this morning with Balthazar and made cherry pancakes for breakfast. It turns out Balthazar is not all that crazy about cherries. We watched cartoons until mommy woke up, and I cleaned the trash up that Yang tracked around in the night. We’re going out shortly now to wash Yang and splash around in the water. Amy said she’d wash my car for me. That’s cool. She always does a good job of it. The guys in the carpool have been telling me to get my car washed for a week now. I’ll recap tonight with the results of my day. Until then, Happy Father’s Day!