Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Quick Visit With My Parents

Greetings faithful blog readers! 

I hope everyone's week is off to a good start. We had a fun weekend when my parents stopped by for a visit. The next several weekends are busy for all of us with travel, so we figured it was now or never as "weekends" become more like "grading time" for Brendan and I once the semester is in full swing. 

My parents arrived in town around 7PM on Friday. Brendan and I were busy preparing this dish since my mom recently started eating low carb. We needed something that was both low carb and vegetarian, and that was not an easy find. This dish seemed to satisfy everyone though. It was exciting to show my parents our backyard and catch up with them before bed. 

The next day, we were up early for brunch at The Bar. My dad's favorite meal is breakfast, and Brendan and I are always searching for new spots to take him to. The Bar was dad approved. They don't open until 10AM, which is my dad's only complaint (he is an earlier riser). After breakfast, my mom decided she wanted a pedicure. I'd had one recently, but I took her to my favorite spot (Midland Nails & Spa) and sat and visited with her. Brendan stayed home to grade, and my dad watched football. Once we were back, we all played a new game, Saboteur, which we all ended up really enjoying. When it was time for dinner, we headed to Basin Burger and made it home just in time for the UT/USC game to start. The game was actually the most entertaining football game I've ever watched (probably because I actually paid attention + there were two overtimes). While the longhorns lost, it was such a close game, and they played well. Graham facetimed with us during the halftime. I was exhausted by the end of the game (it was almost midnight!) and I slept soundly. 

The next morning, it was time for, you guessed it, more brunch! We took my parents to Twist (inside the Sheraton), which was good other than the miss advertised price of the mimosas. I'm still dreaming about the Nutella stuffed french toast I ate with berries (yum!) 

After brunch, we played more Saboteur and then my parents left at 2PM. Brendan and I spent the remainder of the day resting and prepping our classes for Monday, which came way too fast. 

Hard to believe that after this week we'll be a full month into the semester. I'm ready for fall to begin officially (it was 99 degrees when I left work today, and I'm ready for fall weather!) but I also have a lot I need to accomplish between now and early October. 

I was thankful to get in some time with family before things become too chaotic. Also, we now have confirmation that our sleeper sofa is actually comfortable for sleeping on. 

Cheers to family & weekends; now, back to reality: time to read for tomorrow's classes before we head out to hear Elizabeth Smart speak at the college tonight. I read her book, My Story, last week, and it terrified me but also inspired me to see Smart overcome a harrowing ordeal and not let it define the rest of her life. I'm looking forward to hearing all she has to say. 

Happy Tuesday everyone! 

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