I was just going to write “July has just started” when I realized that its already half way over! The first two weeks of July have been non-stop. It all started with the annual “Cap of July” party. Which ended up being a 4pm-5am marathon – due in part to Dave’s insisting that we hit Tai’s on our way home. Thankfully, at about 2am, I realized that I needed to start drinking water. I did find out that David and Paige are engaged – congrats to the two of them!
I decided to take Thursday and Friday off after the 4th to extend the holiday through the weekend – a good choice, as it turns out! I spent the 3rd in McHenry, IL visiting Ben and Corrie. Ben, Mark and I used to work together and Mark and I attended their wedding a long time ago! They are doing great and it was a blast spending the 3rd and most of the 4th with them!
Visiting the Volo Car Museum
I finally met their new baby Ganon as well. Yes, Ganon. Lets just say that Corrie didn’t realize this until Ganon was born. That being said, he is adorable! What a wonderful family!
After spending a few hours at the Volo Car Museum – I headed back to Chicago and spent the rest of the evening hanging on Mel and Mike’s deck. They had quite a spread – just when I thought I couldn’t eat more! We played some bags and talked the night away. Dave and I ended up on his porch polishing off two bottles of champagne – for you see, he was a bit nervous… I’ll get to that. I did manage to get him inside before he toppled over the edge of the porch, thankfully.
Thursday I spent most of the day at the beach! What a gorgeous day it was as well! The water was the perfect temperature and I was blissfully unaware of any swim advisories! Friday I worked on the car at my parent’s house as I needed it to pass emissions before the 24th. It was quite a productive day, and ended with a phone call from Dave – he had proposed to Keri!! I wrapped up what I was working on and headed out to meet with them for dinner. We ended up having pizza and champagne on the back porch while listening to The Police concert!
The following day we headed to LaSalle, IL to visit Wourms and Gwen as it was her 30th birthday! I had my camera but somehow didn’t take a single picture! I guess I was winding down from the rest of the week. We had a blast playing ping-pong, darts, bags, foozball and even put some money down in a game of Texas Holdem! The 5 day holiday was perfect as I came back to work last week refreshed and was quite productive.
After borrowing TK’s rear bike rim on Saturday we went for an hour and a half ride on the lakefront it was beautiful out. Later that night TK’s parents threw an engagement party for him and Jos – had a fantastic time! It was great to finally meet Jos’ parents as well!
I took a break from most things computers during the five day weekend – it was actually quite nice. Though returning on Monday I had a ton of e-mail to respond to! Reconnecting has been a week long process – but I do want to start posting more so that I don’t end up with huge summaries like this one… more to come!