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27 Friends, 4 Dogs, and . . .

One Very Nervous Cat.

Brandi realty gets into the whole Easter thing, including an Easter wreath. I didn’t know they even made Easter wreaths.

Brandi's Easter Wreath

Everyone sat out around the fire pit last night, enjoying the nice weather and the lighting.

Brandi's Backyard at Night 1

Brandi's Backyard at Night 2

Today people started pouring in around noon, with the kids hitting the pool

Brandi's Easter Pool Battle

and the adults hitting Brandi’s Moscato Punch,

Brandi's Easter Moscato Punch

and Jan’s Sausage Balls.

But everyone showed up for the Easter Lunch Buffet with Brisket, Turkey, Jalapeno Sausage, Baked Beans, Ham-Wrapped Asparagus, Salmon, Mac N Cheese, Salad, and more.

Brandi's Easter Buffet

Later, after everyone was stuffed, the older kids hid Easter Eggs all around the backyard with each child having his own color eggs to find, so no fighting over them.

Brandi Easter Egg Hunt

Then it was more pool time for everyone.

Brandi's Easter Pool Layout

Brandi's Easter Pool Party

Jan and I finally got home about 6:30, trying to get to bed early for week-long sprint to Friday.

Brandi sent us home with a couple of her full-size suitcases for our upcoming trip. They looked awfully big so the first thing I did was to measure them to be sure they meet Lufthansa’s requirements.

One of the cases measures 31”H x 18.5”W x 11”D for a total of 60.5”

The other one measures 29”H x 19”W x 10”D for a total of 58”

Lufthansa allows a total size of 62”, so we’re good to go.

Well, also with the 50# limit, too.

But I did figure out that the laptop bag I was planning on using as my second carry-on is too large, so I’ll have to find something smaller that will still fit all the electronics I want to carry, i.e. laptop, power supply, Samsung Tablet, Kindle, Kindle Fire,etc.

Tomorrow is my second-to-last day at work before we leave, and I still have a lot to wrap up. So I’ve started to prioritize things, things that must be done, things I’d like to do, and things that would be nice, but that I can blow off.

One thing I’ve decided to do is to take the rent car back Thursday afternoon rather than early Friday morning, since we won’t need it after that.


Thought for the Day: 

“In all large corporations, there is a pervasive fear that someone, somewhere is having fun with a computer on company time. “ — John C. Dvorak



I Tried, I Really Did . . .

But I couldn’t get my phone to sync up with my laptop, so I have no photos to post.

About 10:30am, Jan and I headed up to Brandi’s in Katy to spend Easter weekend, our last time together until the end of May.

Jan made her world-famous Sausage Balls, while I went with Lowell to get the dogs washed at a nearby do-it-yourself doggie wash. I dog-sat with one of them in the car while Lowell did the first one and the other. Otherwise the one left in the car by himself gets jealous and creates havoc.

Normally Lowell takes one from home and then comes back and takes the other one, so this just saved him a trip.

Brandi 8

Tomorrow we’re having a whole horde of folks over for a combo Easter dinner/pool party, with at least two dozen or more people here.

Should be fun

A longer blog tomorrow..


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