After Abby's Confirmation on Saturday and driving my sister to Logan Airport on Sunday, I took a couple of days off to spend with my dad. A big highlight of that break was on Monday: our annual autumn road trip to Weston, Vermont to see the original Vermont Country Store, The Weston Priory, and have lunch at the Bryant House. Some pictures of that trip follow...

We arrived at Weston around 11:30 and shopped for ~1½ hours. I picked up a decadent Irish sweater. At the priory we walked the grounds, joined the monks at mid-afternoon prayer, and stopped by their gift shop. I bought a book for the boys, a book for me, and a beautiful plaque that says "Ora et Labora". We stopped back at the Bryant House Restaurant for a nice lunch before heading back to New Hampshire.

One thing dad and I will never forget is that on the way back, one of the key roads was closed. Dad pulled out a map and gave me a promising alternate route. Unfortunately little did we know that it included about 10 miles of unpaved, dirt road. It was about the smoothest dirt road I've ever been on (certain better than some "paved" roads I've seen in Massachusetts), but unnerving to drive on because of how narrow and unprotected they were. Curvy with no guard rails.

That night we took the children for dinner at Amigos. Monday had marked the three year anniversary of the passing of my mom. Dad and I had prayed for her at Mass that morning. Amigos was the last restaurant night out that mom had enjoyed with us. A few days later her health got worse from the metastatic cancer and things deteriorated quickly.

Tuesday was much closer to home. Dad and I went to morning Mass. We worked together to prepare a slow cook dinner for that night. We parted ways when I went to the gym and he went to Tractor Supply. We enjoyed a lunch together at Red Arrow Diner. In the afternoon he worked in my yard while I prepared for tonight's CCD and picked up Abby's Clarinet from getting re-corked. Sister Marcelle joined us for the dinner and brought Abby to Youth Band at St. Patricks. I taught another CCD -- this time with an emphasis on the upcoming All Souls Day.

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Saturday October 25th at 10am was St. Patricks annual Confirmation Mass with Bishop Christian. This year there were 39 young adults confirmed and Abby was among them. Seems at though it was just yesterday it was Claire. It's already Abby?! Click the thumbnail images below to enlarge.

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As a man who has owned 4 Honda's, I would never have guessed I'd one day own three Volkswagens. I certainly would never have guessed that two would be turbo diesels... It's only going to look more like a VW ad next weekend when my dad arrives in his Jetta TDI Sportwagen.

2006 Red Jetta TDI, 2014 Black Beetle Convertible TDI, 2006 Tan Jetta 2.5

Claire is home today studying for midterms but will likely take a late morning class at Hampshire Hills. She also drove her younger sibs to school this morning.

I went to 7:30 Mass and picked up a huge bag of cough drops & a hot pumpkin spice coffee on the way back to the house. That post nasal drip tickle in the back of my throat that started two weeks ago today just will not let go. I'm going to be working from home today, debugging what could literally be called a corner case. I'm making sure we handle the 8 corners of cubemap textures correctly in the newest generation GPU. (i.e. something you can buy in about two years)

Abby has band practice after school, but hopefully when she gets home we can all go out for dinner before Claire has to get back to college. Tomorrow morning she'll head with her cross country team to a meet at Lake Placid, NY. Sounds like it should be a lot of fun.

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Over on Google+ some friends in my circles participate in what we call Thankful Thursday. The tradition goes back further than the recent meme of Throwback Thursday. In this meme you're supposed to name at least three things that you're thankful for this week.

With all that I've been through this past year, I usually try to go for far more than three. So let's see...

  1. Surprise! Claire is coming home tonight. I figured since her cross country team was going to Lake Placid this weekend (road trip!!), she'd just stay at the college tonight. But no, she'll spend a day enjoying the quiet, preparing for midterms, and doing her laundry. Perhaps I'll work from home tomorrow so that we can enjoy a father-daughter lunch together. We haven't done that in a few months.
  2. I had a brief break from teaching CCD this week. I only had to focus on RCIA. And next week I only have to focus on CCD. No RCIA.
  3. All the main things for my car -- town registration, insurance, Vet plates, and state inspection -- are behind me. I'm still hoping to get a vanity plate notice soon, but for now she's legal enough.
  4. Timothy is about 2/3's through his new Rick Riordan novel. When he's into a story, no tome seems too intimidating to him.
  5. Today is my sister and brother-in-law's 25 anniversary. They got married a little over two months after Michelle and I did. I'll admit that it was a bit bittersweet remembering that I had an "empty" 25th anniversary two months ago. Thanks to Teh Bookface I relived pictures from those early days. Man! What kids we all were back in 1989!
  6. I finished my latest audiobook on the drive home this afternoon. Most folks don't expect a practicing Catholic to listen to an extended work on skepticism, reasoning skills, logic fallacies, etc. but I'm an engineer too. Worse yet, I'm a Verification Engineer. In our domain we assume that if something hasn't been tested, it doesn't work. Don't bother hoping it might.
  7. Yesterday the lawn crew came by and the cleaning ladies did too. By noon yesterday the household looked nice inside and out! Today I ordered autumn cleanup for after most of the leaves are down.
  8. This Saturday is the Youth Mass and there will be an event for them afterwards too.
  9. Timothy is up and running again -- thanks to some replacement uSD cards -- on his new Raspberry Pi Model B+. And in geeky fashion, he experimented with putting RISC OS on it.
  10. Had a good lunch with my Spiritual Director yesterday.
  11. The ability to receive the Eucharist every morning this week.

Here's hopin' for as good a week next week...

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