|Carburritos with Mubbs|
|Jessica Long and the New Kind|
|Church Picnic: Keri and Abby|
|Church Picnic: Mom and Dad at horseshoes|
|Mr Beamer's BBQ|
I travelled up to Chapel Hill to see some old friends play in Jessica Long and the New Kind. They were on tour with the River Whyless and I would recommend you see them both. Halli from Whyless played the violin so well it made my heart ache. It made me want to play it well too. Why is simply listening never enough? I laugh at my feeble attempts to sing along in tune and key with Gotye. It was so good to see old faces, visit old haunts, and meet some of the New Kind and Whyless. All are ridiculously talented.
I spent Friday morning trolling through the stacks of UNC library. As an undergrad I didn't realize how exceptional they were: it was just the library. Now I walk among them in awe and gratefulness. We drove home that night and attended the church picnic Saturday. Horseshoes, frisbee, and a three-legged race, which I lost to my mom and sister. Mr Beamer made his own BBQ. I wish I could take it back to Scotland and say, "Taste and see that this is good. Now how can your life ever be the same?" That or lemonade.
That night we went on a walk and took a detour to the culverts. We used to race through these as kids, one in each tunnel, blindly competing, hoping desperately not to fall in, get stung by yellow jacket, or worse, lose. We also used to swing across the creek, with it's pathetic shallow bed, on a rope swing, and catch crawdads in the shallow rocks. I wonder if we weren't half wild. I wonder more that we didn't see more snakes. Annabelle had never seen them before. Silly dog. She pushed Abby in the water in her excitement. On Sunday dad and I worked on making our own cornhole, perhaps I will post more on that later, and all of us watched the new Sherlock Holmes on PBS. (Won't Martin Freeman make the most adorable Bilbo?? Much better than my childhood vision of him as this.) Sunday night Mystery has been a family favorite for ever so long and I love the introduction PBS uses to accompany the series.