D&E Day 44

E decided that 2:30 AM was a good time to eat this morning. That isn’t unusual or bad, but then he got the idea that 5:00 AM was a good time to wake up. It would be one thing if he woke up and quietly relaxed until we told him it was ok to be loud, but does he do that? No. He decided to come up with a solution to climate change and lay in bed, enthusiastically, telling all of us about it. Anyway, I’ll get over it. I guess. Moving on.

E and I are hitting the road again!

We’re off to Virginia Beach to visit Nana, Uncle J, B, B, Aunt N, and J. E’s having breakfast right now, and I’m off to get ready. We’ll see you all again when we’re back in town.

We’re back! What a day. E slept the whole way down to Virginia Beach. When we pulled into the driveway at Nana’s house, and E’s eyes opened up like he knew there were fun times ahead. Nana and I got E inside, and she got down on the floor and played with him.


After a few minutes of playing, E decided it was time for lunch #1. Nana and E took care of getting E some lunch. While E was eating, Uncle J, B, and B showed up.

Uncle J got down on the floor and played with E too. So much playing! It’s very exciting.


He’s getting much better at rolling around.

B and B joined Uncle J and E for some play action too.


Even Wendy got on the floor and played with E.


We were all hungry after so much playing, and we loaded in the car and left for Gordon Biersch. We got settled in, and we were joined by Aunt N and J.



As you can see, E is happy to see everybody. A and I are fortunate that we have such a happy boy. On the way out of the restaurant, E and Uncle J had a debate over the state of the economy. As you can see, things ended amicably.


We stopped by Senator Kaine’s office on the way back to the car to continue the discussion, but he wasn’t in.


We got back to Nana’s house with just enough time left to play a little more, get changed, have a bottle, and get back on the road.

Everything was going smoothly until we got to the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. About 5 miles from the tunnel, everything stopped. E and I can’t seem to travel anywhere without hitting traffic, so we weren’t surprised. We waited it out like pros, and before long everything cleared and it was smooth sailing the rest of the way home.

In case you’re interested, here’s the playlist from today’s trip:

  1. David Bowie – The Next Day
  2. Golden Grrrls – S/T
  3. Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
  4. Jacco Gardner – Cabinet of Curiosities
  5. Marnie Stern – The Chronicles of Marnia
  6. Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
  7. Jack White – Blunderbuss

A beat us home, so she was ready and waiting to feed that boy and then whisk him off to his bath.

We had a great day. E and I love our trips to Virginia Beach, and we look forward to the next one! Stay tuned, tomorrow is going to be jam-packed with excitement and adventure!

Tonight’s Bottle: Three Floyds Alpha King Pale Ale.


This was one of the beers that made its way to me from Indiana (thanks again A, K, B and B!). That’s right, it took, at least, four awesome people to get those beers to me. This beer is wonderfully made and perfectly balanced. The hops are bright, fresh, and citrusy, and if I could get this beer in Virginia I think I would drink it all the time. Here’s the description from the brewery:

3 Floyds’ flagship beer, Alpha King is a big American pale ale that pours a deep amber with a creamy head. This ale is brewed with Centennial, Cascade, and Warrior hops giving it an intense citrus aroma and a crisp hoppy finish.

A Final Thought: I’m realistic. Next week is going to be tough.


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