Beemer (dr_tectonic) wrote,

Nebraska Birthday

I'm in Nebraska! Today is my step-dad's 80th birthday and my step-brother Dave and his girlfriend Michelle were heading out here to surprise him, so yesterday afternoon I hopped in the truck with them and came along.

After a long and uneventful drive (other than spilling guacamole all over my shirt while eating dinner), we got in a bit before midnight (successful surprise!) and socialized for a bit before bed.

This morning I went for a walk with my mom and the dog (Squirt) and one of the cats (Toodle). Then after lunch all of us walked over to the little defunct cafe on main street (well, what passes for it in a town of less than a hundred) that my parents bought and are going to renovate into a bunkhouse for the hordes that come into town for hunting trips. So they're going to expand the bathroom and contract the kitchen, wall off part of the main room to make some bedrooms, and have a place that a bunch of hunters can stay.

Later on we all hopped in the truck and drove down to the lake and walked around on the shore (very muddy!), then drove around looking at various properties for sale to get a sense of what's available for a friend of my brother's who's looking for a place to buy.

We grilled some steaks for dinner, plus a salad, baked potatoes (for everybody else), and some cauliflower I roasted. There was no birthday cake, so my mom stuck a few candles into a bowl of peanut M&Ms to create a symbolic cake.

We just finished a game of Illimat, which my Mom won, and will be heading to bed soon so we can get back to Denver tomorrow in time for the Superb Owl (for them what follow the footballs).

Pretty low-key overall, other than the phone ringing all day with birthday wishes for Larry. A nice visit. Good to hang out with my brother, who I don't see very often.

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