Swee's going away party on Saturday went off without a hitch. Everybody showed up (except the neighbors who we had hoped to make nice with...the wifee gave birth to her first child, a boy, last Sunday...so we're late, but have definite plans to pay them a visit bearing gifts) and had a great time. Since it wasn't a birthday party, and there was a cake, we figured we should sing something before the cake was cut. After giving a short, sweet speech, Billy scooped one of our acoustic guitars and rocked the house with "Swee(no T) Home Alabama" and we all sang along. He was a hit. When he finished somebody yelled (with an Asian accent), "Play something else...Sweet Home Texas!" Fun:) Swee gave a neat speech as well as her husband Gene...he owns a restaurant in Alabama and promised future visitors free sushi...Oh Yeah:) Afterward, somebody broke out a poker set, complete with chips, and started a game. Those of us who were either lacking in the poker skills department or not interested, played some high stakes games of Uno. Everybody hung out for a good while. After the party, we cleaned up and got packed up for our trip to Dallas.
After church Sunday morning we hit the road. The weather was so beautiful! It was a great ride. Billy and I reminisced about our college dating days and sang along with John Legend the whole way there. Zare's party was cool. I think we may have had more fun than he did with the party hats and whistles and bubbles. The decorations were Elmo and Sesame Street. We wore party hats and had cupcakes and ice cream and pizza and sang and danced around to the kids songs we all know and love. It was fun.
After two days of entertaining and being entertained, you would think we were done, but Billy called me this afternoon and told me that he met a colleague from the Massachusetts team who's from the West Indies and around our age. He'd invited him over for dinner, so I got into hostess gear again. It was a good way to spend a Monday evening. They sat at the kitchen island and snacked on cheese, crackers, shrimp and pickles while I cooked and we ended up having dinner there too. Our guest was a really interesting guy. I'm positive we've made a new friend. Oh! And he was a twin too! How cool?!