Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Swinging along

Hi friends!  What have you been up to lately?

We're trying to get back into the swing of things.  The polar vortex really mucked our back-to-school mentality last week.  School on Monday, no school on Tuesday, delayed start on Wednesday…  By the weekend, we were all a bit exhausted and confused…but happy!  Hubby and I went out to the movies on Friday night like a real couple on a date.  It was pretty exciting!  The movie (Catching Fire*) was pretty good too!  

On Sunday, we drove into Pittsburgh to treat ourselves to lunch at Il Pizzaiolo (delicious!) and then went to Schenley Park to do some geocaching.  Oh, the wind was cold!  The first geocache we sought took some doing to find (fun!) in the mud (yuck!…but fun!), so we were all a bit chilly by the time we had bagged it.  

We tried a second one, but we're pretty sure it has been removed (the space was fairly public).  Afterwards, we wandered over to Phipps to thaw out and to visit their awesome new miniature train set-up.  I only had my phone camera, which doesn't at all do it justice.  I'll have to go back with the SLR so I can show you how great it is.  The design is incredible, full of bonsai trees and everything perfect to scale…plus the added fun of dinosaurs run wild throughout.

Just to mix things up, we experienced a major blast of drama (outside our family unit but still very intense) that seems to have subsided in the past few hours.  Settling down again.  So, how are you?  What are you up to?  Doing, reading, seeing anything fabulous these days?

*If you haven't read The Hunger Games, I recommend you do so before watching the movies.  We watched the first one on Netflix without having read the book.  Although we thought it was interesting, we really didn't get what was happening for quite a while.  We found the second movie even more engaging and intense than the first one, perhaps partly because there were a lot more adults in it so it felt a bit less teenager-targeted.

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