Surprises are good.

(Looking back, it will be easy to tell in which month we had the most problems with our webhost.)


It was Newt's birthday on Saturday and after much planning and several emails and with the cooperation of grandparents, Ice and I made the trip to the city for a surprise visit and birthday party. Sure, mailing a card would have been easier but not nearly as much fun!


Friday - Ice got home, we finished packing things up, dropped the girls off with one set of grandparents, dropped J off with the other set, it started to rain and got considerably colder, stopped at one small town's version of a strip mall (a liquor store with cold beer and a grocery store, it's practically perfect), I threw two bags of ice on the checkout counter and the woman in front of me looked at them, then looked at me, and said, "You're expecting warm weather?" Stopped at McD's on the 401, finally got to the city and found their place without any trouble just before 9:30pm.

She was (mostly) surprised.

We talked, laughed, and caught up on things, had a drink or three, discussed the squishy-ness of the only male in the room, then watched Star Trek: Enigma while MA fell asleep on the floor.


Saturday - Got up in reasonable time, MA gave Newt her birthday presents, not one but two new monitors, lovely things, if I do say so myself. Told Newt that I thought we should go out to celebrate her birthday, asked her where she wanted to go, convinced her that she didn't really want to go to Canoe, suggested Mav's instead, she said we couldn't go because we didn't have a sitter, MA said she'd find someone and proceeded to make a phone call to the already pre-arranged sitter.

Went to Mav's, watched Newt be more and more surprised as people she knew kept showing up, Ice and I met a bunch of really nice people (hey Harv!), had some great chicken wings, had some yummy cake, had a few drinks, played some pool, played some darts (yes, they're still in my purse, they're always in my purse), left at 2am-ish, kept Newt away from the Hummer, met her friend Donna while squished in the back of a cab, got home, had one more drink, and everybody crashed. Suddenly.

Sunday - I was the second one up (that hardly ever happens), talked some more, then Ice and I headed for home. Stopped for a late lunch (good beef dip!), stopped for groceries, unpacked, tidied up the house a bit, and waited for the kids to get home. J had a great weekend (you were right, Newt), the girls not so much (probably going to get a year's worth of guilt trips out of that one weekend but it was worth it). Put the kids to bed, Ice played his new PS2 game, and I fixed multiple problems with the website.


So it was a really great weekend! I'm sure I've forgotten a lot of stuff but the important thing is, we got to see Newt and MA again. That was wonderful and something I needed. Can't wait for Canada Day weekend!


Posted by Ripley on May 27, 2003




And then you said

What a weekend! I couldn't have done it with out you...oh Great Goddess of Researching Good Products. I had a blast and you are really good at steering Newt into doing what *we* want while still making it *her* idea!! I love that.

Newt is *still* really happy with her monitors...the drooling and inability to pry her away is a good indicator :) oh yeah, and the bragging to anyone who will listen. (did I mention the drooling?)

Thank you again for all you did. Send the kids a hug from me! We can't wait for Canada Day weekend too.

Posted by Maryann on May 28, 2003 9:20 AM

It was nice to meet you final Ripley, Newt has talked about you a lot. I'm very impressed with this website in it's format and content!

Hope to see you again!

(H)

Posted by Harv on May 28, 2003 6:25 PM

MA: I was happy to help. :) Thanks for inviting us and for letting us crash at your place and especially, for all the work you did to pull off the surprise. We had a great time.

H: Thanks. :) Say hi to your wife for me and I hope you have (or had, depending on when you read this) a great time in Vegas!

Posted by Ripley on May 29, 2003 12:18 AM



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