Labor Day Weekend

I do love the long holiday weekends of Labor Day and Memorial Day. I was originally intending on working on Friday, at least half a day, since we had a go-live with a customer in Iowa. They decided to postpone for a weekend for further training on the software. Since that was my only planned event for the day, I took the day off to spend with Jen on her big birthday weekend. Thursday we had takeout from Jen's favorite Chinese restaurant and watched V for Vendetta to round out the evening. I got a late start on making her a chocolate cake, but I did bake that Friday morning (better cake then never). After a quick breakfast, I dragged Jen kicking and screaming from the house to go see the new glass pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art (to be fair, it was a rather pleasant overcast and cool day...perfect for doing nothing...and she wasn't really kicking and screaming). When we arrived to the new building, the information desk informed us they would be giving glass blowing demonstrations several times during the day. There was one already in progress (almost over) and it was rather crowded so we milled about the exhibits until the next demonstration. We had a nice gourmet lunch in their cafe and finished just in time to catch their next show. We found some great seats and watched the artists warm up by creating small animals (birds, cats, etc.) as an exercise to loosen up their hands. The new pavilion has an amazing setup for teaching glass blowing and other forms of glass art work. They have multiple blast furnaces and work stations that are bright and viewable from all directions (the walls of the building are also glass). Anyhow, it was very interesting to watch the demonstration as the three artists made a split neck vase...I felt so cultured...

After the demonstration, we walked around the main museum as long as our legs would carry us (it's a very big museum), noticed many new pieces, viewed their Ansel Adams display, and finally decided to call it a day (after 5:00pm by that time). It is so wonderful to have a world class museum, open to all with no admission charge, right in our back yard. If you ever have the opportunity, I highly recommend seeing the Toledo Museum of Art.

The rest of Friday included left over Chinese, frosting Jens cake and eating portions of said cake while watching ghost shows and old SciFi (incredible shrinking man). There are still a couple of days left in this long holiday weekend and they are full of possibilities. Perhaps a trip to the Fulton County Fair (although we have tickets to the demolition derby this Thursday) to gawk at the livestock. Perhaps a trip to Mcqueen's Orchard for cider, donuts and apples followed by an immediate trip to Oak Openings metro park for a walk around the lake...many possibilities...

For now, it's time to get the biscuits cooking for biscuits & sausage gravy on this mornings menu...