groovin’… on a sunday afternoon

Sunday, August 5:

There’s always lots of things that we can see
We can be anyone we want to be
And all those happy people we could meet just . . .
Groovin’ . . . on a Sunday afternoon

~The Young Rascals

This afternoon,  Mike gets back from his “recovery bike ride,” a 33 mile, 1 3/4 hour ride to recover from his 80 mile, 5 hour ride the day before.  He then starts to tackle the weeding in our yard, which is not too dissimilar from hacking through a jungle with a machete.  While weeding, he takes a few breaks to demonstrate Bailey’s head-butting ability with the soccer ball, where he tosses the ball to Bailey and Bailey knocks it back to him with his nose.  (Note that there is no offer by me to volunteer to help with the weeding…one of many chores I hate with a passion, especially in Virginia’s August humidity).

Mike tosses the ball to Bailey
Bailey knocks the ball back to Mike ~ it’s almost like watching a real “football” match!
Bailey and the love of his life ~ his ball

A little later on this Sunday afternoon, as twilight begins to settle over Virginia, Mike and the boys and I head to Busara, a Thai restaurant at Reston Town Center, to meet Mike’s mother and sister for dinner.  Luckily, Busara has a lot of vegan options, although Nana and Barbara don’t choose to be limited by the boys’ self-imposed vegan diet.

vegetable spring rolls at Busara
Mike at Busara
Mike’s mom, Shirley
Alex sampling his green salad
my eggplant pad ped (with basil) ~ YUMMY!!
vegetable fried rice
Tofu pad thai
Mike’s sister Barbara

After fully enjoying our meal, we head back to our house where we play Bananagrams, a word game where lettered tiles are used to spell words.  Game play involves arranging one’s tiles into a grid of connected words faster than one’s opponents. The object of the game is to be the first to complete a word grid after the pool of tiles has been exhausted. The tiles come in a fabric, banana-shaped package.

Adam strategizes with his Bananagrams tiles
Adam and Alex at a rousing game of Bananagrams!
my pathetic attempts to make words

The Olympics are on the TV in the background as we play the game.  We get caught up watching Jessica Ennis of Britain wrap up the gold for the heptathlon in the 800 meter run.

Adam and the Olympics
Jessica Ennis of Britain wraps up the gold for the heptathlon, after winning the 800 meter

Our family is definitely a “game-playing” kind of family. Over the years, we’ve played Guesstures, Ticket to Ride, Scrabble, Monopoly, Life, Scattergories, Yahtzee, Farkle, Balderdash, Pictionary, Charades, Chinese Checkers and Taboo.

What about your family?  Do you like to play games? What are some of your favorites?

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travel theme: leading lines

Sunday, August 5:  Today I took a drive out to the countryside from northern Virginia to search for Ailsa’s Travel Theme of Leading Lines.  To participate, see Where’s my backpack?

Ailsa writes: this week’s travel theme is to share your interpretation of leading lines. If you’d like to join in, create your own post entitled Travel theme: Leading Lines and put a link to this page in your post so others can find it.

Here are some leading lines near Aldie, Virginia.

i love the leading lines of white fences in Virginia’s rolling farmland
split-rail fences near a battleground from the Battle of Aldie (June 17, 1863)
rolling farmland and the fence boundaries
“country road, take me home, to the place i belong” ~ john denver
the leading lines of this fence keep this blindfolded horse in check