I am happy to report that the baby will not be going to the state if something terrible should happen to Toad and the Professor. On Tuesday evening we signed our names a bunch of times, wrote a check (gulp) and left the attorney’s office with all sorts of fancy legal documents. Of course, if you pay any attention to the news you know that all of this effort could be for nothing should just about anyone decide to refuse it. It’s what we can do at this point in time though, so we’re doing it. Toad is breathing much easier. 😉
On Thursday night I left my pregnant wife at home with the dog and went to a Wine Tasting dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in town. My friend Jess had the idea and though I felt a little guilty about doing something so spendy without Toad, I got over it. Ahhhhhhhh is the main thing I have to say about the evening. Jess and I arrived to find that three of Toad’s colleagues and their wives/husbands were also in attendance. Wasn’t expecting that. Of course the wine starting coming pretty soon and the Aussie from the winery actually sat with Jess and I. That turned out to be great fun as he had a fabulous accent and a very funny, down-to-earth way about him. Throughout the evening we had five different wines (four white and one red) and all sorts of yummy food (shrimp, oysters, passionfruit sorbet and pork wrapped in bacon). The wine came from Pikes Winery in the Clare Valley of southern Australia. That area is known for its Riesling and I was surprised that it is a very dry Riesling, not at all the sweetish wine I think of. The evening was lots of fun. Food, wine and good conversation. Happy.
The next day brought weekend visitors. Toad’s brother and his wife arrived on Friday just in time for another movie festival flick. This is the trailer from Casino Jack and the United States of Money, the movie that kicked off the weekend. Wowza. I knew that Jack Abramoff had created quite a fuss, but I had NO IDEA it was this bad….
Saturday morning brought a run with Baker and brunch on the patio at our local Latin restaurant. We spent the afternoon wandering around town from one neighborhood block party to the next. This town loves an outdoor festival in the Spring. I think the New Yorkers were a little amused by the scope of our festivities (the block party was literally a block. One), but it was a good afternoon for wandering. Not all that sunny, but warmish. We crashed at home early evening and settled in with delivery pizza and another movie. This time it was The September Issue. For reasons yet to be understood, my wife is fascinated by this woman:
Toad and Anna Wintour make a curious pair (she finds the fashion world appalling and I doubt that she has ever even leafed through an issue of Vogue), but since The Devil Wears Prada, she’s had her ears tuned for news of this woman. It wasn’t a fabulous documentary, but it was certainly rentable.
If you can even BELIEVE it, Toad and her brother ran a trail race (a half marathon actually) on Sunday morning. The 22nd week of pregnancy ain’t what it used to be people. They braved rain and not a little thunder and wore identical grins at the finish. He agreed to be her Sherpa (carrying water and snacks) and he promised me that he would keep her hydrated and watch her pace. It made me so happy to hear him bragging about her later in the afternoon. He said that whenever they would pass a guy he would yell “make way, pregnant lady coming through”. I love that.
The afternoon brought ANOTHER movie (this time the Grabs joined us) and dinner at the wine bar. I’m pretty sure that Toad and I were the only ones that enjoyed the movie, but we did. Why did we enjoy it? Two words. Tilda Swinton.
The movie was called I am Love and it was just beautiful. Not the greatest story ever told, but absolutely lovely. Oh and there was Tilda Swinton. Did I mention that?
Now it’s Monday and our visitors are on the road. Ahhh….. life as usual.