So, Saturday was a pretty solid day.

I originally wrote this Saturday night, lost my draft in some weird software mishap, then rewrote it yesterday and forgot to post it. So, two days late, my Saturday was pretty good. Just pretend “today” means “Saturday” when you read this. Or something.

Today was a pretty good day – family things together, time with each kid, the works. Today was a pretty good day.

We started by making our way to the third annual indoor garage sale at Sanford Center; Helen loves going to this thing, and I’m a fan of garage sales, so this event is always fun. It’s like a treasure hunt; and there are enough booths there that it’s hard to imagine not finding at least one thing to come home with. We didn’t get much this year, but what we did get was fun.

• A Series 1 Hex from Skylanders. This kid had a bunch of Skylanders in a basket for a dollar, all Series 1 – Helen had them all, but we bought Hex for a buck because she’s cool.

• A Lego Creator mini-plane kit for 50 cents. We already had this kit, but for 50 cents it couldn’t be passed up simply as an addition to the parts pile. Another table had a BARC Speeder for eight bucks; the girls got this kit for me for Christmas a few years back, so I passed on it. I kinda wish I would have offered them five dollars for it, again just to throw the parts into the collection.

• A KRE-O Sentinel Prime) for three bucks. This was a $40 set when it was available at retail, and we only had to raid one part out of our Legos to finish the robot mode. This was a steal. I suspect the parts we are missing are due to Helen opening the box in the car and not because the set was incomplete; it looked like the kid who owned it originally got about halfway through the first build of the alt-mode firetruck and quit on it. The stickers weren’t even all applied yet.

• Helen found a few Pokemon books and was really excited about those.

• I passed on a vintage MPC/Ertl model kit of the Hoth Rebel Base from The Empire Strikes Back. I had the Battle of Hoth companion set to this when I was a kid and remember it being pretty great. I didn’t want to pay the $25 sticker price for it, and wasn’t really in any sort of mood to negotiate a lower price (mostly because I don’t have any idea what I would’ve thought was acceptable – I’d have bought it without hesitation if it would’ve been priced at $10, but the odds of talking the table-holder down that low seemed slim). They go for about $50 on eBay, so maybe I should’ve just picked it up.

• Millie found, and was completely enamored by, a Hoberman sphere, so we picked that up for a dollar. She spent most of the afternoon starting with the sphere fully extended and saying “big,” then collapsing it a bit and saying “medium,” then fully collapsing it and saying “small” before giggling herself into a lather and repeating the process.

• Mel found a Fendi scarf and some books.

Bemidji High School fundraiser dinner prep
After the garage sale, we went and spent about 90 minutes helping get food ready for Bemidji High School’s fundraiser fish fry that will be held tomorrow night. We were on carrot duty; we probably peeled 12-15 pounds of carrots, and for awhile Mel was on chopping duty. Good stuff. Helen was an awesome helper, and Millie even helped for a bit too – although she ultimately probably stole more carrots than she peeled.

After that, Helen went swimming with a friend and Mel wanted to clean the house, so I took Millie to McDonald’s to play. After that we went to Home Depot and picked up some tool organizers for the Legos in the basement and she wanted to go look at books at Target, so we did that too. In total we were out for maybe two and a half hours.

Later in the evening, Helen and I worked on the Lego Chamber of Secrets from 2002, from the huge pile of Legos my parents found at the garage sale in Kansas a few years back and brought up for us. Making really good progress, but running into missing-part issues; I’m making a list and am hopeful that most of what we are missing can be acquired from Lego’s Pick a Brick site. We’re missing one of the tower walls, and those aren’t on Pick a Brick and are pretty expensive when they show up on eBay. I’ll keep looking…

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