>> Sunday, November 22, 2009
I couldn't exactly buy Jenni anything for her birthday this year, so I did what I thought she'd appreciate most: I dropped in on her dad to keep him company. I didn't tell him that I was coming. In fact, I intended to just pull into the parking lot of Wallace & Sons Tire Center just as he was closing up for the day... but I miscalculated how badly I'd be slowed down by Friday afternoon traffic in Charlotte.
Instead, I ended up barely making it in time to grab some dinner and catch the Tar Heels play Syracuse. Unfortunately, they lost... off to a terrible start in both halves... recovered pretty well in the first, but never quite caught up in the second half. Somehow, it felt appropriate that they'd lose on Jenni's birthday.
Jim and I spent Saturday riding around Rockingham and Southern Pines. We looked at flooring (something Jenni would have been a much better help with), looked at computers, tried to find the hobby shop where I used to play cards, and visited a Christian book store with a museum. That museum was interesting... more stuffed animals (real ones, not teddy bears) than I think I've ever seen in one place. And just before you leave, there's a wall with a bunch of sports memorabilia, including these two gems:
I'm not quite sure what the connection was between the sports stuff and the rest of the museum, but I'm not complaining.
Saturday was a much better day than Friday... less emotional... with the strange feeling that I'd weathered a storm and survived. But the season is far from over, and I'm still dreading December 10th. They say not to wish your life away, but I can't help wanting to skip this season. Thankfully, it isn't too much longer until January...