Welcome to August

Spent a great weekend with the family in Minneapolis. It didn’t start so well; I took last Thursday afternoon off to take Megan over to Grand Forks so she could head back to Kansas City for the fall. “Send Megan Home” days are my least favorite days of the year, by a significant margin.

The weekend wasn’t what we had planned; we originally were going to take Minneapolis with us and have her hang out there, then meet up with her mom in the usual place on Saturday. But plans changed, and we ended up taking her over to her great grandma’s in North Dakota on Thursday instead. She got a chance to see a friend of hers on Friday that she otherwise wouldn’t have, so that was cool for her. But it was a letdown for me to not have all of my girls together in Minneapolis for the weekend. It’s how things go.

Aside from that, the weekend was great; we spent time with some of Mel’s friends, including one who drove up from Iowa City for the occasion, and had a great few days of eating and shopping — which, really, the best visits to Minneapolis all have in common. I found a really great shirt and a jacket to go with it, and about a half-dozen super-cheap t-shirts and buttonups on crazy final clearances at various Gaps; that was nice, as Mel is the one who typically finds the deals.

Not much else to report. I’ve spent the last two of my post-Megan nights, where kids are tucked away in bed by 8 or so and not up until 9:30 when she’s here, watching Anchorman and playing the bonus single-player campaign in Warcraft 3 — in other words, being ridiculously and pretty stupidly non-productive. I’ll get back into the flow of… something… eventually… maybe. Whatever.

We’re taking Helen over to Bagley tonight for the Hubbard County Fair, since we missed out on taking her to the one here in Bemidji last week due to rain and our Grand Forks trip with Megan. That’ll be fun. Then, the Bemidji Fire Department is running a full-response high-rise drill in a dorm on campus, complete with smoke and everything; we may take Helen to check that out when we get home, just because it’ll be cool and unusual and she’ll love it.

Mel and I got new phones this week; we started with HTC Heros, hated them, and traded them in the next day for Samsung Intercepts. I’m still not remotely sold on Android; it’s sluggish and not at all intuitive to use. I’ve just been spoiled by how easy iOS is on my iPad and iPod Touch, even though I’ve never had an iPhone. I’m still very much trapped in the learning curve; things are improving slowly. Expect more photos, etc., here and on Facebook now that I can very conveniently shoot and upload them from the same device; that’s the plan, anyway. We’ll see how it works out.

That is all. I started a couple of new drawings – a four-pack of bounty hunters from Empire Strikes Back and a new Lego Gaga; I’ll try to get them finished up and posted soon(ish).

Signing off.

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