Spent a week visiting the in-laws. It was hot, but uneventful, really. One day we went here, which I really liked. Ate a lot of pie.
Got some sun at the swimming pool. Read the Julie and Julia book, a Lucas Davenport mystery, and a chick-lit novel called Certain Girls while I was there. Went on a few bike rides with The Spouse, including a 35-mile jaunt from his Ancestral Home in Bryan, Ohio to the bank in Edon, Ohio.
Did you know that the Etch-A-Sketch factory is in Bryan? Well, it was anyhow, before they shipped all the manufacturing to India or China or something.
The Spangler Candy Company is still in Bryan. They make Dum-Dum lollipops, Circus Peanuts (ugh), and most of the candy canes sold in the USA. We visited the factory last year, and I can tell you that the only suckers we saw there were those of us on the tour.
Have now seen the guinea pig movie (G-Force?), Aliens in the Attic (when did Kevin Nealon get old?), Night in the Museum 2 (when did Hank Azaria get so buff?), and the latest Harry Potter movie (in 3-D and on an IMAX screen).
Now we are all back at the Summer Dacha in my Ancestral Village. Been doing the 22-mile bike ride every morning with The Spouse. One day I was able to do it in 90 minutes, but I've been dragging ass since then. The Spouse, of course, doesn't even get sweaty.
I bought a Kindle. I am loading it up with books to read during the long, dark Moscow winter.
Tomorrow, we are taking the girls to King's Island. On Friday, 16 of us are celebrating Skittles' and her cousin's birthday (they were both born on August 21) at the Chum Bucket. Chum-balaya. Chum-on-a-Stick. The Akron branch of the Expatresse Clan will be joining us, so it should be loud and chaotic.
The Spouse returns to Moscow mid-day on Saturday, August 22, and the girls and I follow on August 27.
The two months have gone so fast.
At least Moscow is more likely to produce interesting blog entries.