My brother Matt and his girlfriend Shelley visited us this weekend, and we had a fabulous time. On Saturday we took the water taxi to the Inner Harbor and walked around. Here’s a nice shot of them (minus the wind blowing Shelley’s hair). Craig cooked a great dinner and we enjoyed multiple bottles of malbec, played some games, and caught up on a week’s worth of episodes of The Daily Show. Today we enjoyed a big breakfast and stopped at Fort McHenry on the way to the airport. It was a short visit, but I really enjoyed it. It was also nice that it was just the four of us. The larger family gatherings are great, too, but a bit more hectic.
I need to be closer to my family. We are all spread out and I don’t like that too much. Our tentative long-term plan is to move to Denver. We absolutely love the city of Denver and the access to the mountains. Matt and Shelley live there, and my other brother David and his wife Chelsea live in Rifle, Colorado, on the other side of the mountains. My parents are still in Michigan, where we all grew up. We’ll see how things work out.
Matt is also a big Cake fan, and he said he’s been waiting for me to reference a line from their song “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” on the blog. Long-time readers might remember that the title of my blog comes from a phrase in that song, and the part he’s thinking about comes right afterward:
I want a girl with uninterrupted prosperity
Who uses a machete to cut through red tape
It’s perfect – I can’t believe I haven’t thought of this yet. From here on out, I’m going to work on having the attitude that we’re using a machete to get through the red tape and the paperwork and the rest of the adoption process. I can even visualize it, and it makes me feel good!
We have our final home study visit tomorrow evening. Our social worker is coming to our house for the first time (our other meetings have been at the agency’s office). We had some extra zucchini from our CSA, so I am baking some zucchini bread – I thought that would be a nice snack to offer while we meet (plus, boy do I love me some zucchini bread). We’re excited to wrap up our end of the home study!