Saturday, April 18, 2009

Oh, Ichiro, you are so collectible!

I finally finished grading the big stack of essays that has been hanging over my head for two weeks. Thanks to the five students who decided not to write one and got me out of the building even sooner (I don't really mean that; now they are failing). I left work without homework for the first weekend in a long time, so the boys and I headed off to Friday night Mariner's game to celebrate. It was a really nice night and we didn't even need the extra sweatshirts and blanket that we took with us.

The M's got a slow start, but then Simon did some sort of magic dance.

Simon at the M's Game from Jen Robinson on Vimeo.

After the dance, we went to the team store for a foam thumb to cheer them to victory, and they scored 5 runs before we got back to our seats. I guess Simon's dance worked.

Saturday we were up early for a lacrosse game on Vashon Island. I can't really remember the last time I went to Vashon. It could have been almost 30 years! We did a little exploring before the game.

After the game, we had a bit of a wait before the ferry and stopped at this country store. Just in case you decide to go to Vashon sometime and find yourself in need of a pit stop after exploring, you should know that this is not the place. There was a sign outside that made it very clear there is no restroom. And the lady who runs the place was a bit cranky, so I wouldn't go asking if you can use the restroom that you know they have, but for some reason don't want you to use.

Actually, it wasn't really that bad of a place (the lady was cranky, though). We picked up a gummi pizza, because pizza and gummi totally go together. And they had these really cool mini boxes of Boston Baked Beans for only a quarter. You can hardly get anything for a quarter these days, so we had to pick up a few boxes.

You may have noticed the sign that says, "Sludge Fest." It was definitely not as cool as it sounds. Simon had visions of people chucking mud at each other, but it turns out that it was just a discussion of sewage. Like that deserves to be called a fest.

On the way to the ferry, we saw a sign that said "Road-Side Attraction Ahead." This is the only "attraction" we could find, although "attraction" might be a bit of an exaggeration.

Just in case you wondered about the history of Vashon: (apparently, it can be summed up on the face of a rock)

This is what Steve thought of the road-side attraction:

While waiting for the ferry to Tacoma, we enjoyed some sun. It was one of those days where you feel like living in the Northwest is awesome. Simon helped Grandma find some beach glass.

On the ferry, we were parked next to this giant daffodil.

We ended the day with some lunch/dinner at Chevy's and a trip to Trader Joe's. After that we were pretty much beat.

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