I was driving in the car with Amanda to my right and our girl in the middle seat behind us.  Amanda was talking about something and we were at the stop light at Eastwood and Market.  I waited for her to finish talking, then I told her that I didn’t feel like I had unwound yet.  The last  couple hours of my day had been spent doing a lot of thinking with an emphasis on marketing and search engine strategies.  We had plans to meet the Johnsons for dinner at 5:00.  They called and pushed it back to 5:15 and we ended up being a little later than that.  I was hurrying through emails to finish things up for the day, then I was rushing to get out the door.  I just didn’t have any unwind time.  My mind felt like it was running laps around my head.

I really liked Islands.  I’d never been there, though it’s a popular spot.  Amanda went there for the first time with some girls from our old small group.  The main attraction is that after 5:00 you can buy up to four tacos for a dollar each with the purchase of a drink.  I’d always assumed that meant some kind of alcoholic drink, but no, it’s just any drink.  I got my full allotment: one soft with chicken, one soft with beef, one crunchy with chicken and one crunchy with beef.  They were all good and I really couldn’t say what I liked best.  Milly even ate parts of one that Amanda gave her.

After that we all walked over to The Fuzzy Peach.  Milly knew where we were when we parked the car before eating.  As soon as we pulled into our spot she was asking for ice cream.

Milly and Jacob were pretty entertaining.  Jacob seemed to have taken it upon himself to be the eatery’s greeter.  It wasn’t very crowded so we let the kids run back and forth and make loud noises at each other.

At The Fuzzy Peach they have games of Connect Four set up at the tables.  I played Amanda first and beat her, then Reece challenged me.  After I beat him I told him I was undefeated in Connect Four for the past 15 or 20 years or so, so he challenged me again.  I’m now 3-0 in Connect Four over the past 15 or 20 years or so.

After that we all headed over to Port City Community Church for a night of worship.  It’s something they do every few months on a Thursday night.  Lots of music, a little talk, communion and some more music.  It tends to be pretty nice, and the energy is always great.

We saw Gregory and Brynn Mason when we walked in.  Allison was going to be onstage singing with quite a few other people tonight.  I stayed back and talked to him for a few minutes and he told me that Callie has said something about Eli, Milly and the pool now and then.  She remembers when they all got in and played a few weeks ago, which is cool.

Milly was a little restless so I took her walking around the church a bit.  She kept saying, “Run run run!” and to her she was.  We joined Amanda and and Johnsons once everything got underway, though they left a few songs in for Jacob.  Milly was good the whole time, but she was obviously tired.  She wanted to be held and tended to nuzzle me or, for most of the time, Amanda.  She was very friendly in greeting people though.

On the way out we saw, or I should say were seen and hailed by, Kyle and Lorin van Zandt.  We hadn’t spent any time with them since they came by the house right after Milly was born, so it was great to catch up with them for a few minutes.  Lorin’s pregnant and is due in a couple weeks.

We put Milly down when we got home and Amanda went to bed at some point.  I finished A Dance with Dragons.  The end of one of the chapters towards the end made me toss my iPhone at a cushion.  After I thought about what prompted me to do that I came to the conclusion that it was misleading and that what happened probably will be… undone.  I don’t want to give too much away for anyone who might read this and is reading the book, or for anyone who watches Game of Thrones.

I enjoyed the book overall.  I can’t really get into specific thoughts on here though.  One thing to note is that I’ve been spoiled I was able to read all five books of A Song of Ice and Fire with the longest interruption between any of them being a couple weeks while I waited for the last one to come out.  The books were published in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2005 and 2011.  There’s a disturbing trend in the last two books.

Zach Dotsey