Friday, September 30, 2016

Hat Day

Today was “Hat Day” for Sam at school. They have various spirit days on Fridays throughout the year. Usually Sam disregards them, since they are things like "Emoji Day" or "Dr Seuss Day" or "Dress Like Your Career Day". Dad tried to get him to wear his top hat, but he decided to go more conventional with an Eagles cap. Which worked out well since the Eagles are now 3-0 this season under their rookie quarterback, Carson Wentz.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ottoman Blanket

Pete seemed a bit tired this evening. He fell asleep with the huge ottoman on top of him like a blanket. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Breakfast for Dinner

Tonight was “Breakfast for Dinner” night. Everyone enjoyed some pancakes, eggs, toast, and bacon. And Sam helped Dad with the cooking too. After dinner, Tom came over to help Dad carry the new treadmill downstairs.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Pete has decided to apply to National Honor Society. This may sound glamorous, but at the moment it means that there are papers and envelopes strewn all across the kitchen table. Pete has decided to get 7 or 8 references, each of which has paperwork. Add to that his application, which is spread everywhere. Not a good situation with tonight being “Taco Night”. Dad will have to decide whether to have Pete move his papers on to the floor in the family room, or try to clean Mom’s piles of junk off of the dining room table.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Presidential Debate

Pete and Dad watched some of the Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. They enjoyed a good laugh every time Trump said something ridiculous. At 11pm, they did the traditional evening activity which was Dad heading off to bed and Pete starting to work on all of his homework assignments that he hadn’t started yet (tonight was English and Psychology).

Sunday, September 25, 2016

College Fair

Mom and Dad went with Pete and Eve to the College Fair at Briar Woods. There were representatives there from about 200 colleges. Dad was worried that Pete would be overwhelmed, but he seemed pretty content with the experience. Pete took brochures from Penn State, James Madison, William & Mary, and University of Virginia.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Herndon Competition

Mom and Dad went to Pete’s band competition today at Herndon High School. They also watched about 6 other bands in Pete’s division. Dad took Sam to Hair Cuttery for a much-needed trim. After dinner, Mom and Pete went over to Village Fest. Dad had some customer activity scheduled for work, so was not able to join his friends at Penn State or go on the whitewater rafting campout with Sam’s Scout Troop. Sam also did his first New York Times Crossword puzzle today (“Monday” puzzle) - with a lot of help from Dad.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Hyper Slide

Occasionally Dad will wander into the playroom (aka "Mom’s hidey hole") and pull out a few games from the archives. Pictured above are Mom and Pete playing a spirited game of Hyper Slide.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ethos and Pathos

Pete has been putting his English class to good use. Mom was crafting a letter to the Principal (Mr. Spage) to get permission for Pete to take 8 credits in the Spring (a request that was already denied by his Guidance Counselor, Ms. Harris). So Pete was helping Mom update her e-mail to include more ethos and pathos, so it would be more persuasive to Mr. Spage.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Watch Your Step

Sometimes Dad feels like he is living in a cartoon. Case in point, the other day he found this banana peel at the top of the stairs. If this were Mario Kart, it would be a catastrophe.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Too Fibrous

Sam has interesting descriptions for why he doesn't like to eat certain things. Above is a picture of a Pop Tart with one bite in it. This is typical of what might come home in Sam's lunch box. Here is a sample conversation:

Dad: "Sam, why didn't you like your ham sandwich today?"
Sam: "It was mushy"

Other adjectives Sam might use for why he didn't eat something: damp, fluffy, stiff, bland, fibrous, etc.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Carson Wentz Era

After band practice and Boy Scouts, Dad and Pete went to Tom’s house to watch the Eagles/Bears Monday Night game. Reagan let them play with Jackson’s hamster (Teddy) a bit. Everything in that place is named after a President. The Carson Wentz era is now in full swing, with the Eagles winning to go 2-0 to start his career. It is important to overlook the fact that they defeated two of the worst teams in the league this year. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Not Done Yet

Dad was able to mount Pete’s TV on the wall above his bed, so he finished getting that hooked up today. In case Dad thought he was done after the sagas of the TV, couch,  and wall mount, Pete casually announced today that next he needs a coffee table.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Tale of Two Competitions

Pete and the Broad Run Marching Spartans were away at a competition from 8:15am until 9:30pm at the Millbrook HS "Battle on the Blue Ridge". They did a great job (despite not having their uniforms yet) - 1st place win (out of 4 bands), as well as securing all captions in their Class. With a score of 78.98, the Marching Spartans also scored Best Overall Music, Best Overall Percussion, and were named Grand Champions of the competition.

Meanwhile, Dad and Sam went to Fredericksburg for a Melee tournament at UMW. Sam started off well, defeating Kenpachi 2-1 (Falco ditto) although being down to his last life. He lost to Joak, who was the top seed and ended up winning the tournament.  Sam lost his next match in the lower bracket. After the tournament, Sam and Dad walked around campus a bit – getting some pizza, pokestops, and defeating a gym before arriving home at 9:30pm.

Friday, September 16, 2016

In Da Club

Today was an URF day on League of Legends so Sam used his time before school to play a quick game. Dad dropped Sam at the bus since he was driving Pete into school early (for the third time this week). So far, Pete is doing Improv Club, History Club, and whatever he went in for this morning. Dad told him to be careful of Marcia Brady syndrome.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

La Villa Roma

Everyone piled into Nana and Poppy’s car to pick Pete up from band practice and go up to La Villa Roma for dinner. There was a Pokestop reachable from the table, which along with the 18 garlic knots made for an enjoyable dinner. Nana and Poppy shared stories about Sarah’s moving into the townhouse, Taylor’s job at Auntie Anne’s, Bart’s finger, Cathy’s chickens, Alan Michael, and so on.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Dreaded Phase 2

This morning was Sam's orthodontist appointment. He asked Dr. D not to rip any teeth out this time. This is the appointment where Dad found out that Sam would, in fact, be needing "Phase 2" braces next year. Dr. D advised Dad to "put as much as you can into your Flexible Spending Account next year" (not the words you want to hear on any appointment).

Sam had his usual problem with his English homework this evening. He had the same issue last year. The assignment was to read in his book and find four words that he doesn't know. He reads and reads but can't find any words that he doesn't know. And he refuses to just pick some words and say that he didn't know them. So it's going to be another long year in English class.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Evening Walk

Pete and Dad walked over to the “Cheltenham Gym” around 10:45pm to defeat it. They put a Flareon and Scyther in there. The paths in Ashburn Village don't get much traffic at that time of day on a school night.

Monday, September 12, 2016

A Day Without Dad

Dad left at 7am for golf with Doug, so Pete and Sam had to get themselves out the door this morning for school. They did a good job. Also, Mom had to go to Pete’s “Back To School Night”, so the boys ordered pizza delivery for themselves.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Do Not Admit Fault

Dad told his “Raj” story at dinner this evening, which he had been saving up for 3 days. The punchline of the story was “My Uber is here”. Then Dad and Pete had to quickly run out because Giancarlo was home, which meant they could go pick up the new couch. They went to Giancarlo’s, then Home Depot, back to Giancarlo’s, then home to drop off the couch, and a final trip (Dad only) back to Home Depot. Pete was amused by the instructions in the glove compartment of the truck rental. Rule #2 of the “what to do in an accident” pamphlet was “Do not admit fault”. Also, there were witness cards included in the packet. Dad and Pete were able to get the sofa in the house, up the stairs, and into Pete’s room! Pete had “lowered his standards” to accept a smaller couch. Even so, it barely squeezed through his door (standing on its side) and it takes up most of the space on that wall.

Saturday, September 10, 2016


Sam decided to skip the W&OD Trail Cleanup again today for his Boy Scout Troop, so once again Dad went by himself. 

Mom went out with Pete’s band for TAG day. She didn’t get to ride around with Pete’s group this time though. 

Pete went in the evening to Eve’s birthday party.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Kayak Devotee

Whenever listening to the song “L.A. Devotee” by Panic at the Disco, everyone is reminded of Dad’s story when he was on the Potomac with Brian in the inflatable raft and had that song stuck in his head. This led him to paddle way too frenetically, but it did not help them get anywhere since the kayak was not very hydrodynamic and Dad was often paddling by himself in the 2-man kayak.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Stand Chaperones

Mom and Dad were the official “stand chaperones” at the football game tonight, so they got to see Pete play at halftime with the band. Sam decided to stay home. Pete’s secret buddy is not the best this year. Before each home game so far, he has gotten one bottle of Hawaiian Punch and a bag of Sour Patch Kids. Well, at least his buddy is consistent.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Good Luck Harambe

Dad went to Sam’s “Back To School” night at Farmwell. Mom was stuck doing the same at her school (Sterling Middle School), meeting with the one parent who came in to see her. The highlight of the evening was Dad signing the board where you leave messages for the kids. He signed it “Good luck Harambe. Love, Dad”. Pete somehow knew about this before Dad made it home. Apparently a student had already snapped a picture and posted it on Twitter. When Pete saw the post, he immediately suspected it was Dad who was responsible.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Entrance Names

Pete was pretty hungry this morning at his allergy shot, so he was pleased when the third song played was Bruno Mars; which means he gets donuts on the way to school. Dad was able to pay with his phone at Dunkin Donuts. He dropped Pete at the new entrance at 8:59, giving him just enough time to scurry off to Psych class without having to wait in the tardy line. Dad and Pete have code names for each of the entrances, such as “Dolores”, “We Park for 24”, “Rickety Bridge”, etc.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Garrett's Birthday Weekend

Today was Labor Day. Sam went to Top Golf in the morning for the continuation of Garrett’s birthday weekend, and then to the pool with Jacob immediately after that. Dad and Pete went to Claude Moore Park for a few hours.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Communal Experience

Dad and Pete went over to the Cheltenham Pokemon gym and quickly defeated it on behalf of Team Valor (red). Pete placed a Charmander in the gym, and Dad a Cubone. Then an Asian lady and her daughter leveled up the gym prestige and put a few more Pokemon in there. Then another couple came and leveled it up further. It was an interesting communal experience. (However, the gym was defeated anyhow later in the day.)

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Notebook Quest

After lunch at Friendly’s, Pete and Dad walked over to Office Depot to look for his 200-page notebook. Pete stopped briefly to sit on the red ball in front of Target, which was temporarily painted like a pokeball. After securing the notebook, they went to Claude Moore for about an hour to get some Pokemon. 

Sam went out in the evening with Garrett, William, and Shakti for Garrett’s birthday. They went to an escape room in Herndon and then Jimmy Johns. They did not successfully escape, but Sam had a good time. They actually had a better time throwing water bottles around than they did in the Escape Room. This is the current craze, taking a partially filled water bottle and flipping it so that it lands standing up.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Iron Chair Adjustments

Sam decided that he didn’t want to sit in the iron chair anymore at the computer desk in the kitchen (pictured, left). Notice the scratched out area on the floor, which was created by this chair over the past few years. Mom and Dad tried several iterations of raising it, with power tools and shims and hardware store trips, but could not come up with anything that Sam was content with.  

So Sam’s new chair is the stool (pictured, right). Dad snapped this photo at a rare occasion when Sam is not seated at the desk. Also notice the Ethernet cable coming out of the drawer. This is what Pete pulls across the floor to the counter and plugs into when he is in a high-bandwidth situation (e.g. League of Legends).

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Hidden Pillow

Dad started a new bedtime game where he hides Sam’s blue poop emoji pillow while he is brushing his teeth. The first time it was hidden overhead and fell onto Sam’s pillow while he was looking for it. On the second night Sam spotted it behind Dad’s head while he was taking off his socks. Dad is starting to run out of ideas now that it has been about 20 nights.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Cheeseburgers and Fries

Jacob came over to hang out with Sam after school today, and decided to stay for dinner tonight (good choice since it was cheeseburgers and fries).

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

School Schedules

The second day of school was actually a good day for Pete to leave all of his folders at home on the kitchen table, since it turned he didn’t really need them anyhow. After school, Dad served as stand-by assistant as Pete worked through some of the Monday puzzles in the New York Times archive. His average time is down to about 20-25 minutes. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

First Day of School 2016-17

The first day of school went pretty well. Sam got up rather early (6:50am) and was ready to leave by 8:04 for the 8:08 pickup. Pete also got himself up with plenty of time to spare. Pete will need to take the bus for about 2-3 months, until he is officially allowed to drive by himself on November 16th.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Better Meatballs

Today was the last day before the first day of school. Mom made some meatballs that everyone agreed were a lot more palatable than the raisin balls they had a few weeks earlier from Blue Apron. William came over in the afternoon to join Sam and Pete in watching TSM defeat C9 in the finals of the NA LCS. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Closing Out Summer

Mom and Dad went to watch Pete’s “friends and family” band performance at the new football field on the last weekend before school would start up again. They swung by home to pick up Sam and went to Ledo for lunch. They got stuck on a level of Guess Up Emoji, but after a few hints Pete finally figured out that it was “Victoria’s Secret”. Later in the afternoon, Pete, Sam, and Dad (for a bit) watched the League of Legends LCS third place match between CLG and Team Immortals on Chromecast. Wild Turtle led Immortals on a comeback and they ended up winning in 5 games.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Football Season

Jackson came over today and then went with Sam to the first football game of the year. It’s going to be a long season for Broad Run, since their quarterback decided to play Lacrosse instead of football. They lost on the last play of the game when they could not push the ball in from the 1 yard line. 

At least Pete did a good job as part of the halftime performance.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pillow Investor

Tonight was a late dinner at Fuddruckers. After the meal, Dad gave Pete and Sam each $1 to play some video games. Sam came back almost immediately. He had tried to win a poop emoji pillow in the crane game. Dad agreed to give him one more dollar if it would make him at peace with the crane. To everyone’s amazement, Sam returned quickly again – but this time with a fantastic bright blue poop emoji pillow. Dad tried to claim the pillow as the investor, but Sam was apparently either not aware or not in agreement with that basic legal principle.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Trampoline Impalements

Sam had a busy day today. He went to locker setup at Farmwell, and then walked to Lindsey’s house, followed by Jackson’s house. Hung out at Jackson’s house for several hours, during which both Jackson and AlexE got impaled on the trampoline, in separate incidents. Alex went to the hospital and later returned to the trampoline (kudos for dedication). Sam later walked to 7-11 and back with Jacob. Sam’s meals for the day were a few tortilla chips, a popsicle, and a Slurpee. He also had a bowl of cereal at about 10pm.

For the record, Pete and Sam's trampoline at home is still free from major injury after all these years.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Five Trips

Dad is pretty busy the last week of summer, when Mom is back at work (school). For example, he drove to Broad Run five times today. Twice to drop off and pick up Pete from Band Camp, twice to drop off and pick up Sam from Jacob’s house (in development across the street from Broad Run), and once to pick up Pete’s parking permit. The good news is that hopefully the parking permit will save Dad a few trips over the course of the upcoming school year. Also, Dad drove twice to Falls Church, to drop Pete off and pick him up from work.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Congressional School

Mom dropped Pete off for work at the ritzy “Congressional School” campus in Falls Church, and headed off to work. Dad picked Pete up at 3pm and took him over to Band Camp. 

Dad then took Sam to Scotto’s and the Troop meeting. They got there early, so Sam had time to defeat the gym at the NRPA. There was even an extra space for Dad to place a Pokemon in the gym as well. Sam got a lot of sign-offs from William for being grubmaster at the last campout. He also collected some of the “grub fees” from the other Scouts.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Heading Home

On the final day of the campout, Sam and Dad woke up once again at 7am to get everything packed up for the ride home. The planning was good, since they made it back into the car just as the rain started coming down. After dropping Jude and William back at NRPA, it was time to relax for what little was left of the weekend.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ropes Course

Sam and Dad woke up early so Sam could cook the French toast sticks for his large Werewolf Patrol (which included two older Scouts this time). After cleaning up and heading over to the adventure park, Sam and Dad had a great time at the Sandy Spring ropes course. 

First they did one of the green courses, then upped the difficulty to the “Waterfall” blue course. They went with William, Alex, and EthanC. It was quite challenging, and Sam had one obstacle in particular (a ladder with a lot of space between log rungs) that took every bit of strength/luck/will for him to make it to the top. They finished with one of the yellow courses. Then Sam hurried back to prepare lunch (sandwiches) for a late 3pm lunch. The afternoon was relaxing, with a brief activity in which Sam earned his Firem’n Chit. Then Sam cooked cheeseburgers for dinner. All in all, it was an exhausting day but a good one.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Campout Arrival

Dad picked Sam up at his last day of Chess Camp and then they packed up for the Ropes Course Campout. Dad drove Sam, Jude, and William to the Sandy Spring adventure park. They arrived at the campsite after dark, so quickly set up their tent and kitchen, and got ready for bed.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summer Sweatshirt

It has been one of the hottest summers on record. People can debate whether this is due to climate change (answer: it is!), but it has been pretty brutal regardless. However, this has not stopped Sam from wearing his new TSM (Team Solomid) sweatshirt on any occasion. For example, on a trip to the grocery store with Mom to purchase the food for this weekend’s campout (he is the grubmaster).

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

First Puzzle

Tonight at dinner, Pete tried his first New York Times crossword puzzle – which he quickly completed without any difficulty. Also, Dad introduced everyone to a game that they played at his recent crossword tournament. Everyone starts on a certain word, and then has to find a series of words after that which match certain categories, and come after the previous word in the dictionary. The winner is the person who ends up with a word as close as possible in alphabetical order to the original word. Once you figure out how to play, which took a while, it is a fun game. After that, Sam shared with Dad some of the boneheaded moves that people made earlier that day in Chess Camp.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sweet Sixteen

For Pete’s 16th birthday, everyone went to Nagoya for dinner and then had Costco cake at home. Pete opened his presents. First the “Happy Birthday Son” birthday card that Grandma had inexplicably given to Dad (blank) when he visited her in February. He found the hidden guy that Sam had drawn on the lighthouse. Then he opened his TV Wall Mount, portable charging block, ear buds, HDMI cables, and Chromecast (with floppy dongle). It seems that electronics are a big thing these days.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Thriving Community

Dad picked up Sam and William from Chess Camp and they walked over behind the Heritage Farm Museum to grab a few Pokestops. They were rather surprised to find the thriving community of about 40 people sitting in front of Frogshackle Cabin, hunting Pokemon. They stayed for about 10 minutes, catching a number of Pokemon which had been lured there. They made it back to the car just before the rain started.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Pokemon Pun Game

Mom went to visit her friend Dawn in Annapolis. Dad went with Pete and Sam to Ledo for lunch/dinner. They played the Pokemon pun game. For example, the clue is “Emily dazzled the guys with her __________ wit” and the answer would be Charmander. Or “Betty was anxious for her __________ grow up to become a horse. (Answer to be provided by the reader)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Planning for Future Trip

Mom took Sam and Pete to Red Robin, since Dad was still at his Crossword tournament in New York City.

Dad decided that he would have to take Sam and Pete next time, so they could hang out for a few hours in the Southeast corner of Central Park.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Outdoor Activity Night

Mom went with Pete to the band outdoor activity night at Fincastle Field.

Dad headed off at noon to his crossword puzzle tournament. He texted Pete a screen shot of all the Pokestops near his hotel in New York City. But sadly his phone was not able to handle it and kept crashing.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Band Camp

Sam went with his friends today to see Suicide Squad at the mall, while Pete was enduring 105 degree index at band camp. 

White shirt and blue shorts

Tonight was the last night of the Blue Apron experiment. Mom and Dad worked together to prepare cod with purple potatoes. They took a few bites and then got pizza for everyone.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Pork Chops

Sam was not too thrilled with the pork chops for dinner. He took a few bites and then had some taquitos later in the evening. He has declared that most meat is too bland. This includes Dad's steak on the grill and pork. The only meat he seems to like is chicken with a lot of seasoning.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Family Reunion

Mom and Sam returned home this evening from Myrtle Beach. Before then, Pete and Dad shared their final meal which was Chicken Burgers (Blue Apron) prepared by Dad. They were not too bad, but they were thinking about making a Five Guys run later in the night for some real burgers. However, that would not happen as they worked right up until midnight to get Pete’s myriad module 12 assignments submitted for his Econ class – the final module of the class. 

Meanwhile, Mom arrived home and examined the K’nex template Dad had built to see whether the new sofa had any chance of fitting through Pete’s door. The verdict is that there is a chance it will fit, if the feet are removed and it somehow can make it up the stairs. 

Everyone rounded out the evening by watching the US win Olympic gold medals for Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, and the entire women’s gymnastics team. Sam showed off his new red Nike Free Runs that he got in Myrtle Beach and regaled everyone with stories of the Pokemon that he caught along the beach and boardwalk.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Family Schism Day 4

Dad picked up Pete after band camp and they continued the sofa adventure. They went to Home Depot to rent a truck, which Dad drove over to Gala Circle. They loaded up the couch and drove it to the house. Mr. Cary helped a little bit with getting the sofa into the foyer. Dad declared that it may be too big to get up the stairs or into Pete’s room. Pete declared that there is a 100% chance they will get it into his room. They decided to rest up and postpone any further efforts until Mom and Sam return from Myrtle Beach tomorrow night. They spent the rest of the night on the couch in the family room watching the Rio Summer Olympics and working on Modules 11 and 12 of Pete’s summer Econ class (until Pete remember that he wanted to play Roblox). 

Meanwhile, down South, Sam walked the boardwalk playing pokemon go while mom sat on the beach. It was extremely hot - mom gave Sam $10 and he bought himself a slice of pizza, coke, and ice cream. They had Nana’s ribs for dinner, and then played 3 games of Pickleball. Sam got in lots of time cuddling with Shadow on his final day of vacation.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Family Schism Day 3

Pete mowed the lawn, and then went with Dad to look at a sofa in a garage on Gala Circle, then to the music store to pick up some valve oil. After dinner, Pete went with Chandler to Top Golf (free Sunday night play for local restaurant employees). 

Sam and Mom went to the boardwalk for dinner, and ended up at Friendly's. After dinner, they went into the Gay Dolphin gift shop, rode the sky wheel (Poppy is afraid of heights), and of course some more pokemon go.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Family Schism Day 2

Dad arrived home from his overnight camping trip and found that Pete and the house were still there. 

Meanwhile, Mom and Sam went to dinner with Nana and Poppy in Myrtle Beach, after which Sam looked around for a few Pokemon. He played some more Wii in the morning while mom went to store with Nana. Later in the day he played Pickleball, pool, and ping pong at clubhouse. Dinner was at Olive Garden with Aunt Jo and Dave, after which they went to the outlets across the street where Sam played some more Pokemon Go. He got some new sneakers for school as well.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Family Schism Day 1

Sam and Mom headed off to Myrtle Beach today. Dad picked Pete up from work and then went to his IOLS Scoutmaster training class in Bluemont. Pete was by himself for the evening. He went with Jennifer to the mall and got some “asteroid fruit slices”. Sam arrived in Myrtle Beach and set up the Wii and small TV in his private room.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Meatball Incident

Tonight was the “meatball incident”, in which Mom spent about 90 minutes cooking meatballs in tomato paste and squash from Blue Apron. Pictured are the boys trying to pick the raisins out of the meatballs. Later in the evening, everyone had SecondMeal. This is the meal you cobble together later in the evening on Blue Apron nights. Dad has cereal and some leftover rice he found in the refrigerator. Sam had toast and a milkshake. Pete had a box of Whoppers at the movie theater.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016


Pete went to Heath’s house for game night so Sam had the Blue Apron catfish and zucchini with Mom and Dad. Sam took a small bite, comprising about 0.0004% of the available catfish.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

National Night Out

Pete and Dad drove up to Sterling to pick up Pete’s TV from Tammie (Craigslist). It just barely fit on the back seat of Dad’s car. It was pretty heavy, but they managed to lug it up to Pete’s room and get it on the floor. Then Pete, Dad, and Sam walked over to the Lakes Pool for the ice cream social and "National Night Out". They snagged some free ice cream bars and a few Pokemon along the way. Pete picked up some interesting flyers with useful information such as: “On Halloween, avoid the deadliest hours of 5pm – 9pm”. Also, there was a flyer about what to do if you see a gun, and another with safety tips for playing Pokemon Go. 

Today was also the first meal from Blue Apron. It was supposed to be chicken sandwiches, but the biscuits to be used as the buns were extremely small and flaky, so it was just “ordinary piece of chicken with side of biscuit plus collared greens”.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Scouting Will Occur Next Time

Dad dropped Pete off this morning at Spring Hill and then headed to the office in Reston until heading back at 12:15pm for pickup. Sam got a ride with William to the troop meeting, and Dad met up with them. The meeting ended with the following announcement from Lowell: “Guys, I know Pokemon Go is fun and all, but you guys are going to need to put your phones away and do some Scouting activities next time.”

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Cut and Color

Sam got his haircut today, which turned out to be a bit complicated. He wanted to cut all of the green out, to avoid having green tips, but that would mean cutting it shorter than he wanted. So he had to get a $50 “cut and color”. He made a 3:00 appointment with Nelly and everything worked out pretty well. 

Later in the day, Pete drove Dad and Sam to Ledo for dinner, since Mom was at Katie’s house with Ryder. On the way home, they drove past a guy walking backwards and then Pete put gas in his car for the first time. Dad gave Pete an S+ grade for the impressive lengths to which he went to secure his PIN as he was entering it.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Gym Captured

Pete and Sam captured the local gym today for red team (Valor) at the playground near Chris Korrie’s house. This would be the first of many conquests at the local battlefield.