An excellent weekend

It almost wasn’t.

Instead of driving two hours north to Flagstaff to interview Arron Strump at 316 Motorworks Saturday, I went to the Wildlife World Zoo on the far west side of Phoenix. Arron and I got our wires crossed, and I couldn’t get up the hill before his other engagements. We were able to reschedule for Sunday.

The zoo was a good time. Perfect weather—warm in the sun, cool in the shade. And P actually walked the full 2.7 miles without once asking to be carried. It was a bit pricey, at about $150 all in (exit through the gift shop, after all), but it’s probably pretty expensive to run a zoo, too.

Sunday proved an excellent use of time. I got to sit across a big, break room table from one of the most successful gearheads I’ve ever met and talk shop. And four hours later, when I got home, I got to speak with another one over the wire.

I even made dinner, did the dishes, gave the kid a bath, and entered the final stretch of a book I’ve been casually reading for about a year.

It was an excellent weekend.

A Norman Rockwell kinda evening

Sometimes things go surprisingly well for a change…

Picked up P from school. She was bent she would miss playground time. Until I told her I needed her help taking care of Mommy, who didn’t feel well.

She sat on the center armrest, hugging me the entire way home. (Hey. It’s only a couple quiet, residential blocks. And it’s our little secret. Shhh.) Switched into Nurse P mode the minute she walked through the door. Aw.

After work, I caught a desperately needed haircut and beard trim at The Spot, where I’ve come to understand why guys hang out in barber shops when they’re not getting haircuts. before driving 11 miles across town for my weekly T and B shots.

Stopped at QT for some egg nog, the annual half gallon, on the way home. Where I discovered V and P hung Xmas decos, singing Xmas carols the whole time.

I had my leftover mac & cheese dinner. We all got into jammies and watched Adventure Time before getting to bed right on time.

Just felt kinda Rockwell for once.