Look, no photos for a change! Not that photos are a bad thing, I'm quite fond of them myself. But I just didn't take many this weekend, and really nothing worth sharing. So.. yeah.
It wasn't a bad weekend, though. Started out nicely Thursday afternoon, when the wife e-mailed me to say we could go get my Father's Day present that evening. Nothing too shocking, just another kayak. Yes, ANOTHER one! This is the single-adult one I'd had my eye on, so that we can all go out together when we want to, and also for me to take out on solo excursions. Actually okay, you can have a photo after all, even though it's not my photo:
It's purty! It's also much lighter to haul around than the big 3-person one, and a good deal faster on the water as well. Once we got it home, we took it down to the neighborhood lake so I could take it on a test run. It's definitely less stable than the big one--it's a sit-on-top, but as you can see, the seat is still down pretty low in the hull, and I think the bottom is less flat than a lot of sit-on-tops as well. So that will take a little getting used to. There's a little waterproof hatch between the legs, which will be handy for wallet and cell phone. And the watertight black box in the stern is removable so it can be towed behind, which is kinda nifty. But it did seem like a wetter ride than the big kayak too, though maybe that can be remedied with some scupper plugs. Anyway, I think I'll need a few times out to get comfortable with it before I dare to take a camera along. The iPhone will have to do for a start!
On Saturday we headed over to Dad's in Sebastian, which is about a 2-hour drive. Along the way we stopped at a park we like in St. Cloud, which was fun. But Amy left her little stuffed animal on the playground, and realized it once we were about 10 minutes away, so we weren't about to turn back. But she complained about it the whole rest of the way. Not very fun. We met Dad for lunch first--there don't seem to be many restaurants to choose from in his area, which kinda sucks. Then we went back to his place to hang out for a while, and he and I went to his bank so he could add me to his accounts. He's trying to be prepared in case anything happens to him, I guess, though so far the cancer is still in remission so that's all good. We stopped at the grocery store on the way home to pick up some fried chicken for dinner, and that was about it for the day. Spending 4 hours in the car is exhausting!
Sunday was Father's Day, and initially I'd planned to take the girls and meet a friend at a park. But the girls all slept in late, and then said they didn't want to go anywhere since we'd been gone all day Saturday. So that was out. Instead I worked on the pressure washer a little more and cleaned a bit of the driveway, and then we went out for lunch. We stopped by a music store too, where we almost bought Hallie a new violin--she's interested in keeping up with it but needs a larger size. But we restrained ourselves and found it on Amazon for cheaper, thankfully. In the afternoon I took Hallie and Amy out to the second-run movie theater to catch Muppets Most Wanted. Hallie and I enjoyed it, and Amy fell asleep for about half of it, which was not a bad thing at all. Heather made one of my favorites for dinner, I got in some video-gaming time, and again that was about it for the day.
Back to the grindstone today, and it's been a busy one since my employee is on vacation until tomorrow. And tomorrow I'll be on the road to St. Pete, which I'm actually rather looking forward to. It's nice to hit the road and groove to some tunes for a while. And earn mileage money too. :)
I hope everyone's week is off to a good start!