Sunday, March 19, 2017

Western Tour: Part the First

So, as we are sometimes wont to do this time of year, my husband and I took off to visit spring in the southwest.  This year, we decided to take some extra time and see some of the western national parks, something we've been wanting to do for a while, and just hadn't gotten a round tuit.

But as we so often do, we started in Dallas, at the North Texas Irish Festival.  I can't recommend this festival highly enough- flights to Dallas are inexpensive, the hotel rates are reasonable, and the festival tickets are a bargain- for the price of a single concert you get an entire weekend of music on multiple stages.    For example:

While this piece isn't especially Irish, this is an example of the caliber of musician we saw- we've seen this couple a number of times over the years, and they are never less than brilliant.  They play in both the Celtic and swing styles- this is an original piece Chris composed in swing style.

(Okay, if you're thinking this looks hard?  You're wrong.  Professional musicians think this is really really hard.  For the rest of us it's inhumanly insanely impossible.)

Aside from that, we strolled around Fort Worth, ate Mexican food, caught up with musical friends we only see at the festival and generally had a great time.  Fort Worth was sunny and warm, and we took in the water park there:

As well as strolling along the river.  We also discovered this:
Yes, it's the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center
According to the internet it was named after a longtime district attorney, and not the actor.

The Monday after the festival, we embarked for Las Vegas, eager to see its greatest attractions!   Remembering that we're geeks, can you guess?  If you thought Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, you'd be absolutely correct!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Not Much and Altogether Random

Thoughts for the day:

  • I have to wonder about Jake.  He licked my bowl completely clean after dinner.  He's the only cat I know who loves spaghetti sauce.
  • I just finished "Night Drive" by folksinger Garnet Rogers, reminiscences about touring with his brother Stan in the 70s.  I enjoyed it a lot- it's well written, and parts were funny, and sad and nostalgic.  Also there is more alcohol consumed in this book than in the entire city of Las Vegas in year.  It's amazing they didn't kill themselves.
  • My husband is currently attempting to conquer the galaxy*.  This happens a lot around here.  
  • I have discovered why the person knitting the baby afghan gave it away.  After the first couple of strips, the charm starts to wear off.  But I am determined to finish. 
  • This may be why I volunteered to knit some adult mittens in bulky yarn.  I'm really feeling the yearning for FOs right now.    
  • I've hardly touched the sweater lately, despite wanting to finish it and wear it.  I may have to take drastic action**. 
  • About the only thing that did get completed this week is taxes.  It helps to hire someone else to do them.
  • Obligatory cat pictures.  Because this post needs something to redeem it.
Cookie and Jake snuggling.

Biscuit is helping organize the tax paperwork.

* Playing Eclipse online. 
**Project monogamy.  Though I'm not certain I'm able....