It is finally a bit warmer (which is important when one lives in an unheated trailer with no insulation at all in the walls) and, more importantly, a few days without many obligations, so the weekend was a lot of fun.
On Saturday Southern Man went to the monthly "coffee talk" with his church friends, which is always both fun and refreshing. There was an interesting moment that demonstrates how technology can actually make our lives easier: one of the girls was talking and it occurred to Southern Man that there was a book that she'd really like. With the iPad it took only seconds to find the book on amaazon.com, buy it (no charge for two-day shipping, yeah for Amazon Prime!), and have it ordered and sent to her address.
He then met up with old pal RCJ at his mom's house and we spent a few hours taking down Christmas trees and ornaments and such and toting them up to the attic. But it was not all work; we took a break for lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant (they make terrific 'ritas, too) and then picked up several geocaches.
RCJ logs a cache.
Southern Man got home at about dark-thirty to enjoy his leftover lunch and watch movies and relax.
And Sunday was much of the same: a quick workout and shower at the gym, Sunday School (a good teacher and a terrific bunch of friends), lunch with Southern Parents, and then off to RCJ's (his wife is out of town for the weekend) for another afternoon of geocaching - which was interrupted by a nice long phone call from Teen Daughter the Elder, who is stationed up at Fort Meade and perhaps a little homesick. Southern Man is even now plotting how to get her car up to her sometime this month. There may be a 1400 mile road trip on Martin Luther King Day Weekend.
This geocache was hidden in a plastic dove.
And then Southern Man headed home, dropping by the office to download photos from the camera and update the blog and verify that is is indeed 1400 miles to Fort Meade, and then to the store for a few groceries, and then home for dinner and movies and more relaxation. He has Monday and Tuesday free and reports back to work on Wednesday. Spring classes begin a week from tomorrow!