…Vacation, Had to Get Away…

I’m certain everyone figured out that I was on vacation what with the zero blog posts and everything. I’m quite pleased with my time off – while I didn’t get anything done around the house I did get to spend quality time with L. and I. which really is more important that installing safety latches on all the cabinets.

We were in St. Louis for Christmas. Trip down and up are taking 6+ hours now thanks to Mr. I. I shouldn’t be so cruel – but I’m still getting adjusted to not being able to drive fast and not stop. However, he did do well in the car thanks to his entertaining mother. The highlight/lowlight/creepy light of the trip was visiting Eureka’s Jellystone park to see the Christmas lights. It was definitely festive, but I think it was downright creepy.

When we got back to Chicago we took Mr. I to the Chicago Botanic Garden to see the Wonderland Express. I don’t think L. or I could have imagined how much fun he had. Fascinated by the trains and the fake snow. It was great.

Re-reading Dan Simmons’ Ilium. I think I’m going to give Olympos a try even if Bjurk gave it negative reviews. We watched:

Once
Bourne Supremacy
Ratatouille

All really good.

One More Thing

Did I mention we have bipedal movement? Yes! It’s in short bursts, but Mr. I is walking. It’s quite hilarious.

Comments 5

  1. theffer wrote:

    I suggest reading:

    Fiasco: The American Military Adventure In Iraq (Thomas E. Ricks).

    Currently reading
    See No Evil (Robert Baer) – he’s arrogant and I am not enjoying it as much as Ghost Wars (Steve Coll) or First In (Gary Schroen)
    Next Up:
    Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War (Michael Isikoff and David Corn)
    Counterinsurgency Warfare: Theory and Practice (David Galula)

    I’ve totally become a war buff

    Posted 02 Jan 2008 at 10:05 am
  2. mike wrote:

    Sounds like you’re a product of your environment Billy Ray…

    Watched “The Lives of Others”, I supppose its worth a Netflix for a weekday viewing.

    Also watched “SuperBad”, which had its moments, and is particularly relevant when jogging memories of similar classy past experiences…

    Posted 02 Jan 2008 at 1:01 pm
  3. theffer wrote:

    Saw SuperBad Monday night. I was in tears. McLovin was money.

    Posted 02 Jan 2008 at 1:52 pm
  4. mike wrote:

    my favorite line of McLovin’s was “the joint can’t hold me” as his cop pals are dragging him out of the party…

    Posted 02 Jan 2008 at 3:21 pm
  5. Lara wrote:

    Loved “SuperBad”. But “Lives of Others” was inspired. That movie was fantastic.

    We do not have a walker, but we do have a kid that says “wow!” at everything he sees. It’s really funny.

    Posted 02 Jan 2008 at 10:42 pm