Jill and I visited our good friends Al and Al in Washington, D.C., over the weekend. We arrived on Friday and came back to Iowa on Tuesday.
We had a lovely trip, with lots of laughs, good food and memories. We don’t get to see Al and Al nearly as much as we would like. They are our best friends — by a mile.
Having said all that, I’m ecstatic to be back home. I’ve made a vow not to take another trip for a good, long while. I just can’t stand being away from my daughter for more than one or two days.
Maisa certainly would have been welcome at Al and Al’s. But we didn’t really have the cash to buy another plane ticket, and Maisa wouldn’t have had much space to run around. So we opted to keep her at Gramma and Grampa’s house, where she had a grand time.
I also loathe the act of traveling — especially air travel. It’s scary, uncomfortable and frustrating.
I’m slowly turning into my Uncle Hub, who prefers to play it safe and stay close to home whenever possible. If you ask me, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that lifestyle.
I don’t know why I’m noticing this more lately, but is there anything in our homes that isn’t made in China?
Every single time I see one of those “Made in …” labels, the last word of the sentence is “China.”
I bet if you take any 10 random items in your house, at least four of them will have been made in China. It’s amazing.
On the other hand, maybe I’m just noticing the “Made in China” labels more now because I constantly have my hands on toys for toddlers. The Chinese clearly dominate the toy market, from what I can tell, but perhaps they don’t fare as well in every other area.
Lots of hoops to watch last night.
Iowa State endured a maddening loss at Oklahoma State. ISU led by nine points late in the game but ended up losing in overtime. The same thing (more or less) happened against Kansas and Nebraska.
I feel bad for Fred Hoiberg and his troops. They are so clearly outmanned (the Cyclones only have about seven guys who can play) yet they compete like warriors. The Big 12 should consider itself lucky that ISU has no depth.
Iowa, meanwhile, fell to 0-6 in Big Ten play for the first time in history. Ouch.
The Lake Show rode an awful third quarter to a frustrating loss at Dallas. Hard to keep the two-time defending champions motivated in mid-January.