Usually, my life is routine. I don't think it's boring--it's just "settled." I teach on campus two days a week, teach two online classes, grade papers, mow the grass, clean the house...
Every so often, I have a hectic week full of meetings, lunches, errands, and sundry things that take me out of my routine. Those weeks wear me out, and I'm more than willing to go back to my routine.
This weekend was one of those hectic ones. I had a Guy Fawkes bonfire on Friday night that broke up around 10:30pm; I had to clean up, wash dishes, and get the cats' food bowls filled for the weekend, because my mother and sister were coming to pick me up around 8am Saturday to go to my uncle's 70th birthday in a town called Montz, LA.
Here's a picture of the funny Guy I made to burn in effigy:
We had fun, ate a bit, drank a bit, and talked a great deal. I love spending my evenings with my friends.
On Saturday morning, I headed south with my mom and sister. My sister drives a Tahoe, which is too big for me to maneuver, so she drove there and back, bless her heart, with my mother as the GPS system. That was enough to convince my sister to buy a REAL GPS system for the next trip we take.
I took quite a few pictures, which I've posted on a Facebook Group Page for my family. But here's one of my uncle and his kids:
I hadn't seen Janey since she was a baby, so I was glad to have a chance to see her as an adult and meet her three children. I also had some pictures of her father that I emailed to her. He died several years ago, and I miss him terribly.
I discovered that many of my cousins resemble my immediate family, which shouldn't be a shock, since we share some of the same genes. But, sometimes, the resemblance is shocking. Here's my brother Mike, on the left, next to my cousin Alan, on the right. The resemblance in person is more striking than, perhaps, is evident in this picture:
I had a great weekend, which, of course, put me behind on my grading. But, really, I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I had a great weekend.