Nice Fall Weekend

Another busy weekend! We started carving pumpkins on Friday night, which was fun, though I think really we were just after the pumpkin seeds..! GG cut the tops off of them, and then I scooped out the insides and started roasting the seeds. GG drew designs on both of them and started working on the first one, which was a clown face. He wanted to try that style of carving where some areas are cut out completely and some areas just have the skin peeled away. I think he started out a little too advanced, and he was disappointed with the way it turned out, but it’s still a kind of creepy clown. I ended up carving the second one, which was a skull face that turned out relatively well. Oh, and also I tried putting Sacha in a pumpkin, but he wasn’t really into it. Too bad, it would’ve been cute. When everything was finished and cleaned up (which wasn’t until about 8 PM), we went out to pick up some dinner and gifts for the two parties we’d be attending over the weekend.

On Saturday there was a parade in our town for a new firetruck or something. And the fire station is a block away from us. So that kind of sucked because we went out and did all our errands early to be home before they closed off all the streets around us. And then there were the bagpipes. And then I was trying to take a nap before we had to go out for the night, and I was rudely awakened when every fire engine from both fire companies in town sounded their sirens for like ten minutes straight, right at the end of our street.

Then we went to Pete and Kristen’s house for their second annual barbecue. It was fun, and there was lots of good food and nice people. And they had an excellent mix CD playing! We left there around 8 PM, stopped for some coffee, and then went to see Jim Gaffigan at the Tower Theater! It was the 10 PM show, and by the end I could barely stay awake, but it was really good and he was funny. Of course, he did the bit about Hot Pockets, though not until the end. He also did about ten minutes just about bacon. “He sure has a lot of jokes about bacon!” I think he and I would get along pretty well, based on his level of laziness, love of sleeping, and enjoyment of bacon.

I really wanted to sleep in on Sunday morning, but the cats weren’t really letting that happen, so I got up early and did laundry and stuff. In the afternoon, we left for Joe’s birthday party in New Jersey. Driving across the Walt Whitman bridge, GG realized there weren’t any cars coming from the opposite direction. Then traffic on our side came to a halt. After listening to the traffic report on KYW, we learned that there was a car fire in the middle of the bridge on the west-bound side. So while our side eventually inched across to New Jersey, the people heading west were totally stopped as far as the eye could see, and they were just hanging out outside their cars. I saw the car that had been on fire – it was just a black shell of a car by the time we saw it. So we finally got to Joe’s and had some food and hung out, but we only stayed for about two hours. We went home a different way, which involved taking a tour through south Jersey. But we were home in time to catch most of The Simpsons, as well as Family Guy and American Dad. Plus, a sewed a bunch of stuff for etsy.

This should be a busy day at work – there’s SOPs and Policies getting issued and becoming effective, which means lots of updating for me, plus we have to announce the migration of our web site..!

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