Since I started this blog, I’ve gone from posting three times a week to twice a week to once a week. Last week, I didn’t post at all.
It was a combo of being busy, being exhausted, and being lazy. One of my best friends was visiting me from out of town last weekend, so I spent last week procrastinating about getting my apartment ready for her visit. Then she visited, so there was no time for blogging. I’ve known Temika since 1988, but we didn’t become (best) friends until 1992. Since then, we’ve been inseparable, except for the fact that we haven’t lived in the same city since 1996. It doesn’t stop us though! We have been through international plane trips, marathon road trips in the Texas summer without air conditioning, towed vehicles, and, as of last weekend, running over giant sheets of metal on the highway. No matter what, we stay in touch and visit each other.
Temika, her girlfriend, and her son came to visit me last weekend. I hadn’t met Melinda before, but she turned out to be one of the coolest chicks both sides of the Mississippi. My precious little Zakk is turning into my goofy kid Zakk, which simultaneously breaks my heart and makes me proud. When I was little, I always thought it was lame how adults always said that kids grow up too quickly — I completely get it now. Friday night, we met up at my apartment. Amanda met us, too, so that we could all get dinner together. We went to Cafe Brazil, which made such an impression on Zakk that he kept asking to go back for every meal afterwards. Zakk fell asleep on the way back from dinner, leaving Temika, Melinda, Amanda, and me to talk and laugh to the point of exhaustion. We also learned that Temika developed a zebra impersonation after hearing the noise on some show. Then Amanda did her version.
This is the sound that a zebra makes (skip to the 1:00 minute mark).
This is Temika doing her imitation of a Zebra, followed by Amanda doing her version.
This is Amanda making a second attempt at the sound.
Saturday morning, I made biscuits and a potato, sundried tomatoes, and feta frittata for breakfast. Afterwards, we headed to the Ft. Worth Zoo. I’m not actually a fan of zoos because I think it’s sad to keep animals caged. Then again, some zoo facilities are safer from human destruction than animals’ natural habitats. I am a fan of taking kids to zoos, though. On the way to the zoo, I ran over a big piece of metal in the road. Actually, it flew at me after a giant truck passed it, then flew into my bumper and got stuck under my car. Due to construction, there was no shoulder and I was in the far left lane. I had to slow down, ease over four lanes, and drive until I could find a bit of shoulder where I could stop. Once I pulled over, Melinda and Temika tried to pull out the metal, but it was stuck. Melinda used a jack to lift the car while I crawled beneath it and pulled out the metal. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, the car was still safe to drive, and I have full coverage. (As I type this, a rental car sits outside of my apartment. I had to get up two hours earlier than normal to drop my car off for inspection/repair, but the rental car guy looked like a much cleaner and less skeezy version of Shia LaBeouf, so that was cool.)
It actually turned out to be a great day to go to the zoo – too hot for my taste, but not too hot by most people’s standards. All the animals were out and about, curiously exploring items in their areas, bathing, eating, and playing. When we were ready to head back, we took the toll road to avoid more construction, but there were multiple things in the middle of the road there too, all of which gave me mini-heart attacks. We grabbed dinner at Eddy’s Pizza. Then, Melinda and Zakk went to Main Event to play games while Temika and I tried to find a dress for a semi-formal event she needed to go to back home. It was our lucky day because she found it at Burlington Coat Factory, the first store we tried! Since we still had time, we also made quick runs to Ross and Old Navy. Temika found great deals at all of the stores. I think she bought enough clothes for her, Zakk, and Melinda to wear for a weekend, plus her semi-formal dress, for less than $100 in less than an hour. We made a quick stop at Yogurtville for dessert before coming back to my place to end the night with some Redbox movies. We watched Pitch Perfect (which was way funnier than I expected), but were all too sleepy to watch Hotel Transylvania (which we had all seen before anyway).
Sunday morning, we had breakfast at The Original Pancake House. This time, I was told that I couldn’t make any substitutions on the combo meals, so I ordered á la carte. I still don’t understand why I can’t substitute bread for meat — the restaurant saves money this way. We said our goodbyes, and then Temika, Melinda, and Zakk headed back home. It was a busy weekend with lots of food, lots of driving, but mostly lots of love & laughs. We were all exhausted, but in a good way. So, that’s why I never got around to blogging last week. As an additional penance for missing last week, I offer you, dear reader, Amanda’s impression of a goose.