In other exciting news, this weekend mostly centered around touring Virginia State Universities with my son, Brandon. Mary and I set up visits to three schools: Old Dominion University, Christopher Newport University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
First up, we hit ODU. It was early morning and there was a nice breeze in the air throughout the tour from being close to the water. Mary actually went to ODU her first year of college before transferring to VCU, so it was interesting to see what had stayed the same and what had changed about the school over the years.
Next up we hit CNU, which neither Mary or myself had ever toured, so it was great getting to learn about and see another great VA University.
Between the two tours, we had lunch at Harpoon Larry's — an old classic stop I've made during work trips down to the Hampton and Norfolk areas:
Last up on the school tours this go round was VCU:
Mary and I now live within blocks of this University campus and Mary graduated from VCU's Art School, so again, it was fun to get a different look at the school and a new perspective on our own neighborhood from the student point of view.
We still plan to tour William and Mary and Brandon has already toured James Madison University, where his sister currently attends. It's been fun getting to look at all the different schools first hand.
We were all pretty worn out after touring 3 schools, but we did squeeze in some time to visit the spray paint section of the hardware store for a little project we've got up our sleeves:
We also continued with a couple more summer harvesting and fall planting projects:
I got up on the ladder, yet again, to make some more improvements to our back dining room that Mary should be sharing more about later this week:
Then Brandon got up on the ladder to help me re-hang the last of the string lights that the summer storm took out at the end of June:
I have to say as a Dad, it's pretty surreal when your son gets to the age where he's taller than you are. Also makes me pretty proud.
Sunday evening we tried out a new red wine variety made especially for Ellwood Thompson's, locally:
Learn more about Ellwood's new house wine, called "our wine," here.
Last but certainly not least, here's how we ended out our weekend:
Tell us we aren't the only ones with this problem. Basil probably had the time of his life destroying this toy, feeling quite proud of himself — we just wish we could find things like this that last longer than an hour. We always get suckered in to trying new "soft toys" that claim to be tough and indestructible. Basil goes crazy over a soft toy but we always end up only being able to give him rubber toys like Kong grade material that he isn't able to break through.
Any advice for dog toys that claim to be indestructible for "tough chewers" that actually are?