Yesterday, after dropping Zeke off at the vet, I got on the road to head up to Albany to visit strausmouse and rmstraus. I was on the road by 8:20 AM and made surprisingly good time. In fact, I’d covered the entire 360 mile drive in under 6 hours and arrived at Eric and Ryane’s at about 2:15 PM. The new GPS worked great. I didn’t use Eric’s directions, and instead, followed what the nav unit told me and it got me to their house without trouble. There was no traffic at all, which helped.
Once there, I met little Damian for the first time, and what a cutie he is! He is energetic, but quiet. He smiles and laughs. All told, he is very much the way Eric describes him. I got to see Cali, too, who was her usual calm self. Ryane and Damian and Cali and I hung out until Eric got home from work. Once Eric was home, I helped him out with some computer-related stuff (like setting up his webcam) and then we headed out for dinner. We went to a Vietnamese place that they like and it was terrific. I don’t remember the name of what I ordered, but it was the same thing that Eric had and it was great! Especially the spring rolls and the sauce that they use. It was also way more than I could eat so there were plenty of left-overs.
We have about half the day to hang out today and then I head down to Stony Point, New York, to spent some time with vickyandnorm.
I ended up leaving for Nanuet at 1:15 PM and I didn’t get to Norm and Vicky’s until 7 PM, almost 6 hours later! I hit about an hours worth of traffic in Delaware, where several lanes were shut down for construction. And I hit about another hour’s worth of traffic in Newark.
But I got here, and shortly after I arrived, Norm, Vicky, and I headed out to get some dinner. On the way, we stopped to do a few errands (an art supply store where Norm bought some carvable pumpkins and a Radio Shack where Vicky got a new Sirius radio to replace one that had broke). We then headed over to Ruby Tuesdays at the Nanuet Mall for dinner.
When we got back to their house, we spent the rest of the evening watching wedding video samples (and making fun of them), and an episode of CSI Miami (making fun of that). Eric and Ryane are coming down tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow evening is “game night”.
As I mentioned earlier, we headed to Harpers Ferry today. It is the first time that either me or Dad has been to West Virginia, or up into the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was very quaint there where the rivers come together. And not too crowded either (although we got there as a tour bus managed to bottom out while turning into a parking lot, and ended up blocking the street).
Dad wanted to go someplace “historic” while here this weekend, so in a little while, we’ll be heading off to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. I’ve never been to West Virginia before, so it will be another state that I can check off the list. Also, Harpers Ferry is supposed to be a very pretty town, nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains where the rivers meet. It’s only a little over an hour away from here. Should be fun.