A Weekend in the ‘Burg

This past weekend Kate and I took our summer vacation. By “vacation” I mean “two days of non-stop eating and hanging out with good friends”. We traveled the four hours down I-81 to Blacksburg, VA, home of the Virginia Tech Hokies. We are both alumni. Wow that word sounds old. Alumni.

Of course, I can’t visit my alma mater (again with the old-sounding words!) without stopping by Lane Stadium to see how the construction is progressing. As you can see from the photo above, the new addition is really going to change the face of the stadium. Kate is concerned that they might not put “Home of the Fighting Gobblers” back on the outside once they’re finished.

While Kate was taking a nap, I took the opportunity to visit campus book stores and laugh at the outrageous prices, tour around campus and the surrounding area to see what all has changed (lots!), and of course do a drive by of my old apartment. Yeah, I’m overly sentimental sometimes.

We spent a good amount of time walking around campus, eating good food (there is an unexpectedly good amount of food in Blacksburg), and hanging out with Carrie, her husband Brian, and their rambunctious dog, Rex. Now, I certainly don’t want to give Carrie and Brian short shrift, but Rex might just give Casey a run for CUTEST DOG EVER.

In an effort to sway the voters on this important issue, I would like to present you with Exhibit A (below). Tell me, can you really in good conscience vote for a dog that would let another dog sniff him here? Could you? I didn’t think so.

So thanks to Carrie, Brian, and Rex for a fun weekend in Blacksburg. Maybe we should make it a semi-regular event!

An Anniversary Celebration – At the Zoo?

It has been 10 days since I posted, and I feel like an enormous deadbeat. For not posting. On my blog. Actually, that’s kind of sad in a way.

Kate and I spent yesterday at the National Zoo. Our anniversary was on Wednesday, and being the overacheiver that she is, Kate blogged about it. However, due to various scheduling mishaps and other miscellaneous annoyances, we didn’t get to celebrate until yesterday.

I’ve always been a big fan of the zoo, and when Kate expressed interest in going, I was all about it. So we sucked up an early morning on a Saturday and rode in to DC, bright and early. Let me tell you, if you’re going to visit the zoo, bright and early is the way to do it. We arrived just before eight in the morning, and there were so few people there we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. And the animals were active! They’re not kidding when they say that the animals at the zoo are more active during the morning and evening.

We even got to see this little fellow. He’s a capybara. He’s in the rodent family, so he looks kind of like an enormous rat. Yuck.

I got tons of pictures, but won’t post them all here, because I’m sure there are plenty of giraffe, elephant, cheetah, tiger, etc pictures on the Web. So we combined the morning at the zoo with an Outback dinner out, and called our 3rd anniversary celebrated! That’s 3 down, and lots more to go!

In other news, our chicks are growing way fast, and soon will be flying off into the wild blue yonder. Which is good, because with all the rain and the extra added weight of the larger birds, it seems as though their nest is hanging precariously in the tree. Hopefully they learn to fly before they’re forced to!