Aaaaaah, the weekend arrived. Friday morning Erin and I had a few things to do around the house, and then we dropped Henry off at Grandma and Pop Pop’s to join his sister for a sleepover.

Normally, Henry wakes up full of energy and pretty chipper, but we noticed he was kind of sluggish and even a little glum on Friday. He was a little extra clingy with both of us, and we asked him if everything was OK.

It occurred to us that this was probably the first time in months that he and his sister had been apart. He did indeed tell us he missed Sissy (his nickname for Amelia), and was very anxious to go over to Grandma and Pop Pop’s to see her.

Henry and Amelia were always close, but have definitely gotten even closer going through quarantine together. We feel very fortunate that they get along so well and that they have each other during a time like this, and this was a reminder of how strong that bond is.

I’m sure families all over are experiencing different reactions to being cooped up for long periods of time together. There are elements of exhasution and raw nerves, for sure, but hopefuly there are positives as well. I know we definitely see all sides of it here.

Anyway, the kids were excited to be reunited and to have a sleepover at their grandparents’ house. Erin and I had to run a bit of an errand. We’ve been getting rid of some old stuff on Next Door, and had offered up an old office chair of mine for free. Someone agreed to pick it up the day before, and we had forgotten to put it out before going to Erin’s parents place for dinner. We felt bad and offered to drop the chair off for the guy the next day, thinking he was probably in the neighborhood.

Well, you could say he was “in the neighborhood” in a galactic sense. He was closer than say, the Kuiper Belt, but he was in fact way on the other side of Denver, in Centennial. So we took a trek down there to drop off the free chair to a nice young fellow. Oh well, it got us out of the house for a little while anyway.

Back home, we had a nice lazy afternoon and then ordered in some Olive Garden carryout and watched Hamilton on Disney+. We had been waiting a long time for this, and were excited.

A bellyfull of carbs and an amazing musical. It was awesome. We are big fans of the show and have seen it twice live, and I thought they did a great job of filming it and bringing it to the small screen. I am curious how it plays for someone who hasn’t seen it live, and whether it’s as powerful seeing it for the first time on TV.

So it was a nice day off. And speaking of carbs, I’m also going to share a fun little social media story from a few days ago. I exist on Twitter and while I seldom post, I do occassional comment here and there and sometimes even sneak in a link to this blog in a celebrity’s feed.

Well, if I had a time machine and could communicate with my 10-year-old self, I know he’d be extremely impressed with me right now because a childhood TV crush, Alyssa Milano, responded to a comment I made and Tweeted at me. We exchanged a few comments about love of pasta and carbs, and I got a like from her on the pasta with kale and garlic chili oil recipe I posted a few days back.


Yes indeed, Who’s the Boss star Alyssa Milano has acknowledged my existence. Don’t worry, I won’t let it go to my head. Now if I can just get Mr. T to Tweet at me (and believe me, I’ve been trying), I can retire from Twitter having achieved my 1980s pop culture connection dreams.