Friday, December 20, 2019

Matt's Nicer Than Me

I picked up Mel and Matt from campus last night.  This morning Mel practiced the piano.  This was very lovely.  She has a beautiful touch.

By lunch time, Papa had returned from the airport with company for Christmas!  We went straight to our new favorite restaurant.

Will joined us for lunch.  I can't explain the gift from his mother even though I was sitting directly across from him.

Matt ordered fried potatoes as a side.  These came early, three, actually.  Matt shares his food with people who ask.  I was surprised, and I told him I didn't share food.  He said, "I'm nicer than you."  There is clearly no other explanation.

This is my favorite restaurant meal:  K's Katsudon. I can't say enough good about this.

The proprietor took a photo of us.  Please notice Carolyn at the end of the table.  It's the only picture anyone took of her today.

Dave enjoyed the food.  In fact, Ben commented that he'd never seen Dave eat this much, which included all of his meal, half of Ben's and some of Julia's.  I was nonplussed.  No one has ever said anything like that before.

I will confess that there was just a bit of horsing around after our meal.  I love being with these kids.

No matter that everyone was full when we got home, we still broke into the chocolates Sammie and Melissa sent us.

We began settling into the dining room.  Listening to Dave play the guitar is one of our favorite things.  Even Matt and Mel on Thursday night told me how much they were looking forward to this part of our vacation together.

However, there has been a lot of work going on in my home.  Today was the last day I allowed them to work this year.  Drilling.  Sawing.  Too much noise upstairs.  We moved downstairs.

I had the best time.  Jacob beat me at Blink.  Three times.  Way fun.

Some of us played pinball.

Julia knew how to play, but she didn't know how to read the score.  I was able to teach her that.  She beat me twice.

She and I played Blink, too.  I don't usually spend much time in the basement, but we had such a fun time together today.

I played pool with several people.  The only time I won was when my opponent hit the 8 ball into the pocket before it was time.

Magic happened.

Everyone wanted to play with Melanie.  Everyone wanted to sit by Melanie.  It was pretty funny.

This is Jacob trying to beat his score from two summers ago.

Julia and I sneaked up the stairs several times to get various necessary items.  I taught her how to light up the Christmas tree.  She's playing Deck the Halls.  But she's watching the tree.

It lights up when people play the piano, play the guitar, even talk or sing.  Or burp.

Julia introduced me to Ribbon, who tucked herself away into a suitcase.

About 6 pm the workmen told me they were getting ready to leave.  Julia offered to help clean up.

Steven has been in my house for months.  He was in charge of putting the electronics back together, no small feat.  I asked him if the television worked, and he said, and I'm quoting, "Well, it's Schrodinger's Cat."  He could tell by the look on my face that I didn't understand, so he explained the details about a radioactive pellet, a box and a cat.  "The cat is either alive or dead, or both," he said.  "Fine," I replied, "But does the television work?"  At that moment Dave walked into the room and asked if the television worked.  I said, "Well, the cat's either alive or dead, or maybe both."  Dave said, and I'm quoting, "Oh, Schrodinger's Cat."  Hands in the air, I gave up.

I made this cheese ball yesterday, anticipating that we might need something quick and easy for dinner tonight.  Please notice the jalapenos and the bacon.  This is quite tasty.  However, the best part of this meal was being back in the dinning room, chatting, laughing and talking with each other.  We were all pretty tired, which for some reason made for lots of laughing.

The evening ended on a high, with Mel reading an email exchange about her being accepted onto a capstone project where she will be involved with building a Mars rover.  This was a wonderful day, and our two weeks together has just started!

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