Beat the Bearcats

Today I’ll go to the game with a credential, maybe my last time ever. I’m excited to go and soak it all in. Should be a gorgeous day.

Friday before Gameday

I walked around campus today at lunch to see what the energy was like before the first home game. It was a bit chilly and I went to get a coffee beforehand. There diag was packed with students, visiting parents and the usual random Ann Arbor colorful people. 

The sun was shining through the fading green trees and there was a slight breeze. I saw that the union was having their poster sale which took me back to loving on South quad, when Jordan and I would go to the union to fit out our special room on 6th Bush. 

Day Care Test

The kids will both start day care next week so they spent a good amount of time yesterday hanging out there with Jess to get a feel for the different rooms and to meet the teachers. Cece was the social one, meeting every kid and playing every toy. Sully was a bit more reserved, but you could tell he was interested too. I am excited for them to start since it will be a lot of new interaction, new things to learn and an entirely new social situation for them to figure out.

Heat?

We almost need the heat turned on, our house didn’t get above 66 degrees today. Is it really that time of year already? I think I’ll make sure the windows are closed tight and then have my kids run around instead of firing up the furnace already.

Buses are Back to Normal

They finally opened the new roundabout on the street near me, so the buses can go back to their normal bus stops. It’s a relief because starting next week, we’ll be taking the kids to a daycare on a route that goes through the new roundabout. Not having that open would cause it to take an extra 20 minutes to get them there.

It also lets me return to the closer, more convenient bus stop so I don’t have to walk as far or leave as early as I have for most of the summer.

Driving home on Labor Day

Today, we pack up the car and drive home with the end of summer in mind. Summer doesn’t actually end until Sept 21, but Labor Day is the unofficial end, much like Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning.

To avoid the traffic backups on I-75, we’ll be trying to leave early and watching our Google Maps closely for alternate routes should we need them.

We’ll be back in the fall sometime to winterize the cottage and maybe enjoy some of the fall colors, but we won’t be back en masse until the winter when it’s time to ice skate, snowmobile and play in the snow.

 

Michigan Wins

Michigan beat Florida to open the season yesterday. They had some miscues in the first half, but the defense held them to only 3 points throughout the entire game. The offense steamrolled Florida’s defense. It was a satisfying game to watch. I hope there are many more of those to come this season. Happy football season!

19th Annual Tournament

My wife’s family has been going to the same cottages on the same lake for over 20 years. They used to have an event day where everybody joined up to play some games, but they wanted to do it their own way on their own schedule. So began, The Tournament, to be held every Labor Day weekend marking the end of summer up north.

They have a clipboard with scores from the last 18 years of tournament games, including soccer, banana relay, badminton and poker. Every year, a different group of people participates and the scoring changes a little bit, but the spirit remains the same.

 

Fall is back

The students are moving in. I watched college football last night. It’s chilly if I leave the windows open at night. It’s back. The best season of the year.

It’s fleeting though, so enjoy it while you have it.

Dinner Delivery

We’re trying out a meal delivery service called Sprinly. I was never interested in most of them because they either weren’t healthy & plant-based OR they made you chop stuff up and cook it yourself. Buying ingredients is not the hard part, especially thanks to Instacart.

We had our first meal last night and it was pretty dang good. It was a zucchini noodle pad thai. My only complaint with zucchini noodles is that it can be super low-calorie. We have 2 more dinners to try this week and I think they will be great too.

What I appreciated most was not having to cook or clean up. It saved us like 1 entire hour, at least, in my evening and an untold amount of mental effort. I’d much rather hang out with the kids and do something else with my time. I got a 3 mile run done and Jess started building our Ikea dresser, both of which would not have happened if we had tried to make dinner last night, at least not both of those things.

I think Sprinly is great and I hope we can use them for a long time to come.