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It's Family Party Time Again!

Friday night, my parents came down because my grandfather's birthday party was yesterday. The three of us went to Friendly's. I hadn't been there in awhile so that was different. My mother and I went in to get a table while my father parked. We told the hostess there was three us. She asked if the other person needed a kid's menu. Thinking about this question later, "Yeah we have a two year old parking the car." When my mother said this, I responded, "Well, this is Maine..."

Afterwards we soaked in the hot tub at their motel. This may have been the first time I went hot tubbing since my move to Portland...

The party the next day was in two parts. We were joined by my grandfather and his wife at Applebee's. Also in attendance were two aunts, an uncle and one of my young cousins. Most of us were set to order from their "pick two item lunch menu" when the waitress noticed us reading it and informed us that was just Monday through Friday. I personally think that they should shell out the extra few bucks and print out weekend menus but maybe this is just me...

This may be be only funny for those who are there but my little cousin order a burger from the kids menu and was asked if he wanted fries, apple sauce or celery sticks with it. He said fries and his father joked on what a hard decision THAT was...

My grandfather was very interested in my new book. Even before he knew what it was about he already planned to buy a copy. I know he's just proud of me but the thought of him reading it freaks me out a little...

After lunch, we went over to his house for cake and to see my aunt and uncle up very briefly from Florida. They had a baseball cap from when I was down visiting them about three years ago. If their grandson knew about this, I'm sure he'd insist they mailed it up to me...

In other news, on Monday morning, I twisted or tore something in my rib cage while performing inventory at the library. It hurt to breathe, yawn, laugh etc. Also, I couldn't sneeze. I'd start to and then it would just stop which hurt more than actually sneezing. Lying down was very uncomfortable. As the week went on, it's greatly improved. I hardly notice it today and I actually sneezed!

My cousin/roommate went to church with me today. During the prayer concerns, the pastor mentioned someone with my name was having surgery this week. Everybody came up to me and asked about it. I told them it was news to me too...

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