Monday, September 26, 2005


On Saturday Tim and I dropped the kids off at Grandma and Grandpa's, then spent the rest of the day doing whatever we wanted to do. For me that consisted of a luxurious morning spent drinking half a pot of coffee, reading the paper cover to cover (uninterrupted!), and taking a leisurely shower.

Around noon we drove into a fun part of town that we hadn't been to in a long time, got a sandwich, and Tim occupied himself at a used book store while I got my hair cut. (Every four months, need it or not!)

After that we went to the office store to pick up a new scanner (!!!!) and then we walked around doing some leisurely window-shopping. It was a beautiful day and I had an overwhelming urge to sit on a deck somewhere with a beer, so we ended up at the Brick Store in Decatur.

The Brick Store is a very fine institution -- it does pretty much everything right. The beer is great, the service is great, the food is fantastic, and I love the atmosphere. Tim and I went for the first time the same week it opened, in 1997. We were living in the area at the time and had no kids, so we frequently went out for dinner. The Brick Store looked appealing and we ventured in, only to find out that it had been open for just a couple of days. We've been back many times since, and it's been really fun to watch it evolve.

So we sat outside around a table made out of a huge cask, and watched the people go by while we ate appetizers and drank great beer. You really couldn't ask for a nicer way to spend a pretty afternoon.

We stayed there chatting until it was almost time to pick up the kids. On our way back to the car we got an ice cream and stopped in a book store, where I was able to pick up the latest book in a series I've been reading for about the last 10 years (Diana Gabaldon's Outlander saga).

When we got to Tim's folks' house, it was perfect. The kids were tired and glad to see us, and we were rested and relaxed, and therefore glad to see them too. We took them home, bathed them, and popped them into bed. It was really a very nice way to celebrate an anniversary.

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