It’s hard to summarize a month. I certainly intended to update a few times throughout the month, but one day it was July 1, and the next it was August 1. So, this month went by a little fast for me. I think we had something going on every weekend. July 4 found us at a small party in our backyard, thrown by our neighbor Max. It consisted of beer and delicious grilled food. Afterward, Daniel and I walked over to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park to watch fireworks. That following weekend found us at a party at Luke and Carrie’s place. As I’ve mentioned, Luke graduated from the University of Rochester and Carrie grew up in Pittsford, so they are very familiar with Rochester. That was a fantastic party. Our other neighbors Glenn and Mary were there, along with two of Mary’s sisters. I learned that I’m really awesome at Flip Cup and that there is no way of knowing just how many back-up plans Big Boi has. Luke and Carrie actually live right around the corner from Daniel’s best friend’s mom. Speaking of Daniel’s best friend, we went out to dinner last week with Jeremiah, his girlfriend Mae, and his parents. This is the second time we’ve gone out with them in the last two months, and they are good people. We also met up with one of my co-workers, Nic, and his girlfriend Chelsea for drinks at Bull City Burger and Brewery. Nic insisted on driving us to Sam’s Quik Shop, which used to be a run-of-the-mill gas station, but is now “Durham’s Craft Beer Specialty Store”. I bought a beer on tap there while I browsed and got to keep the glass. It was very cool, and they have every type of beer imaginable.
This past weekend was a bit more quiet; Daniel and I drove to the western part of the state to visit my grandmother, aunt, and uncle. I found out all kinds of interesting things about my uncle, like how he has a meteorite collection and built a decorative water fountain from scratch.
As always, I will strive to update this thing more often during August. I should have more time, since I will be on a lovely beach vacation in two weeks. It’s the annual Baroff Family trip to Bald Head and I am so excited.
Yesterday already feels much farther away than it actually is. It was good to see my family. All of the regulars were there, like my parents, Kelly, and Dillon, but I also got to briefly visit with my grandmother, my aunt Colleen and uncle Jamie. I haven’t seen them in months. Colleen’s and Jamie’s daughter just had a baby, so I got to see pictures of him. Jamie spent most of the time detailing my dad’s truck and Kelly’s car. He wanted to play guitar with Daniel; I hope it happens in the near future, since they didn’t have a chance to jam this time.
Nate, Lori, and the three kids also made it. I was not expecting to see Paige again so soon after meeting her on Sunday, but it was wonderful. She’s a very chill baby. I’m going to say it now: that’s the best kind of baby.
Even my uncle Alan stopped by our house, and I haven’t seen him in years.
We ate burgers and hot dogs, played more Kan Jam, and generally enjoyed the weather until Daniel and I had to leave around 2:30pm to come back to Rochester.
Overall, it was a really nice weekend, and I’m so happy I got to see everyone. My only complaint is that I was not able to sleep as much as I would have liked. My parents have a wretchedly uncomfortable futon that has a slight slope to it, so if Daniel and I try to sleep on it, we kind of just fall towards each other in the middle. Other than that, it was a fine weekend.
This was taken in Unadilla. You know, so you can park your horse.
I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend. As you might have read, I went to Unadilla and spent it with my family. My sister was kind enough to surprise me with an update yesterday while I left my computer unattended. I went to Herkimer to visit my brother and his family. I have a new niece as of just over one week ago. They named her Paige. She’s adorable and very good-natured, not fussy at all. I also got to see my niece Lily, who is turning into a very pretty little girl. And then there’s Gavin, a pretty typical 6-year-old. He and Daniel certainly seem to have a good time entertaining each other.
We had steamed shrimp, steak, potatoes, corn, and salad for dinner on Sunday night. It was a heavy meal, but it was delicious. It was the first time my family had peel-and-eat shrimp, not just shrimp in a salad or pasta dish, or cocktail shrimp. They seemed to enjoy it. It’s good when you can expose people you love to new things.
My family and their food. It was a delicious meal.
So, while it is true I’ve made myself a list of post topics for this blog, I can’t devote the proper time to any of them tonight. But coming soon:
A Top 10 list (the topic is a surprise), my new favorite tv show, my all-time favorite hip-hopera (and the only one I’ve ever seen), and spring break!
But, it’s bedtime for me right now, so I can’t do justice to any of these particular topics tonight.
I depart with my daily photos. These were both taken on campus this afternoon, before Daniel and I came back and watched Independence Day. And oh, what a movie that was.
We love George Eastman here.
He's pointing to the library. And holding a cigarette.