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What a day - Erik
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What a day
Had the most fantastic day yesterday. Jamie and I wake up relatively early after a good night's rest and immediately feel the need to make the most of the day. She had an incredibly busy week previously, staying up at school late several nights and almost 12 hours saturday, so we wanted to cram as much fun into one day as possible. I think its safe to say we succeeded.

We invited Kirk over, got the apartment amazingly clean before he arrived, then served up a delicious breakfast of eggs over easy, toast, and grilled pineapple. Mmmm, grilled pineapple (drool). Then we got our bike gear together, filled up the water bottles, tossed a few discs into backpacks, then headed off for what Jamie and I call our "Tour De Houston!" (copyright E&JA, not mayor Bill White).

Took 18th to Heights, down Heights to Allen Pkwy, this into and through downtown taking Leeland to Cullen, rode through UH pointing out many of our favorite or memorable spots to Kirk, then took an hour break at MacGregor park so Jamie could listen to tunes and lay out in the shade while I introduced Kirk to the really challenging course there. Continued the ride, followed the bayou to Herman park, rode around the zoo and the museums, paused in front of MFAH to appreciate "Yellow Penetrable," took Montrose then Waugh up to 11th, then paused for a late and well needed lunch at Berry Hill. Damn we were some starving mofo's. Carb heavy mexican food downed, crazed appetites abated, we pushed the last few miles home on exhausted and sore behinds.

After showers and recoup time (aka, talks with doug and a pint of beer), we began brewing our group effort Honey Brown. We're taking a standard english brown ale recipe and swapping out 2 pounds of malt extract for honey. Kirk brought over many of his honey's, and after a delicious sampling, we settled on a combination Buckwheat and Colorado wildflower to make up the honey component. Flawless brewing, it could not have been managed any better. During the brew time we were also able to keg our cherry bock, giving Kirk a keg breakdown/clean/use demonstration.

Kirk left before 7, Jamie and I put the dog in the car, ran a few errands including getting some cherry concentrate to help perk up the flavor of the bock, then returned home with enough time to make lunch for today and relax on the couch before passing out. A very filling, satisfying, exhausting, accomplishment heavy day. Ahhh, life is good

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From: byathread77 Date: February 27th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great day. La vida es buena!
nochew From: nochew Date: February 27th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
um, Leben ist gut? Lebst ist gut? hmm, I need to learn which form to conjugate that verb in...
love337 From: love337 Date: February 27th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a great tour de Houston!
nochew From: nochew Date: February 27th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh it most certainly is! I had been thinking about trying to buy a home out west (hwy 6 area) to get more space for our money instead of staying in town and getting a cramped hovel for the same price... but after this ride, I was reminded how much I love the variance of the inner city and how badly I would miss it if we moved. This ride took us through so many diverse neighborhoods, architecture styles, public libraries, parks, museums, universities... where else can you live and take a 25 mile looped ride from your home and see all this?

Oh, I should have included this part just for you (as I think of you everytime I drive by or go into the place), one of the errands last night included stopping at the Tapioca Tea House to get some bubble tea. Jamie's hooked, she absolutely loves the stuff! Look what you've done, you've ruined us! :P
atendea From: atendea Date: August 22nd, 2006 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Wish you updated more on here

Please call if you need anything dear. I love you and miss my "little brother". ;-) (That was a mean message btw...I'll let you know exactly how 30 is when you get there yourself!!! lol) PLEASE give Jamie my love and a HUGE HUG for me. I think Shannon could probably use some lovin in the house this week too. *HUG!*
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