A day of cultural exploration

I’m up early this morning … and this is my last day of vacation! Go figure.

I’m going to have to be up early Saturday and Sunday, too. I’m getting a make-over on Saturday and then I’m going to the sunrise service on Sunday at 7 am. (Yikes – that’s early) Ah well, though. Should be a fun – but busy – weekend.

I’m trying to wrap up the contest, but I had ten electronic entries that needed a new home. Luckily, I had several people willing to volunteer to read them. And I’m waiting on two print entries to arrive in my mailbox so I can read them. I’m so ready to get this thing over with and the finalists announced.

Yesterday we had a really great day. The kiddo and I had lunch with the girls from the office at Pei Wei. He can really plow through their food. He was so good, too. Very patient as we spent just over an hour at the place and came out smelling like a wok. Afterward, he asked if we could go to my office. When I asked him why, he said, “Because I get candy there, Mom.”

He’s not stupid. 🙂

We visited the folks at the office – he and the receptionist get along swimmingly – and he got his candy fix (though where he put it after all that food at Pei Wei, I have no idea!).

After that, it was off to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. I was pleased to inject a little culture into his young life. He was fascinated by the stuff there. Especally the ladder that went way up high and got smaller and smaller. Some of the stuff in the museum is…odd. There a flouresent light at an angle…and then this gigantic light sculpture in the shape of an upside down light bulb. I could tell he really wanted to touch the art (because you can walk right up to it) and I kept reminding him not to. At one point he stuck his hands in his pockets.

In one area, there’s these two huge red granite slabs – they look like two big pieces of rock. He goes up to it (and it’s taller than he is), stands there, looks at it and says, “And they call this art.”

HA! I cracked up. This from my 6 1/2 year old.

On the back side of the museum. there’s a water feature. It’s about six inches of water along the back of the building (which is all glass, by the way), and so when you look out from the museum, you see this rippling water that’s almost like a lake. Very cool.

We went through the museum store before we left and he wanted a big postcard of his favorite thing – the ladder. So since it was only $1.00, I got that for him. Then he found this box about the six of a matchbox (maybe a little bigger) with a sliding door that when you opened it, a snake popped out. And of course, he talked me into that. I spent a whopping $3.50 there.

After our cultural experience at the museum, we headed to the Botanical Gardens with 5000 of our closest friends. I should have realized that since it was such a nice day, people would be out in droves. Sure enough, they were. The Butterflies In The Garden was all sold out, which was disappointing to both of us. It goes through the 30th, so maybe we can get by there before it’s gone.

We walked around the gardens for about an hour and then headed back to the car. We were both thirsty, so I stopped at Sonic for their happy hour and we got drinks. Then it was on to home where I wanted to collapse. I couldn’t face dinner, so we headed to Chick-Fil-A.

That evening, he played Wii and then with his new light saber and we had a very low key night. I watched Lost (which was kinda boring, but it was interesting to see where Michael has been all this time. They left us in a cliffhanger, of course, and are going to make us wait until APRIL 24. Those scumbags…)

I headed to bed early with my research material and then crashed. This morning, I got up about 6:30, made coffee, checked email, and now I’m off to write before the kiddo gets up. I managed to get in about 1200 words the other day, rewriting one of the chapters into Delilah’s POV. We’re going to have another low-key day.

And then on Monday, it’s back to reality. BOO. hehe

Hope everyone has a GREAT Friday!

By Michelle

I wish you all could be inside my head. The conversation is sparkling.