The Spawn were with their father this weekend, Saturday through Monday, and Missus JB and I had three day weekends from work, so we sent the girls on their way, packed a light bag, left a bowl of food for the cats, loaded the dogs into the Heep, and headed north.
Went to visit our parents (hers and mine live in the same town), and had a little cookout party* Saturday night. Brats and burgers and chicken and assorted side dishes** and company and beer. LOTS of beer. More beer than I should have had in one night, but what the hell.
Her parents came over for the party, and we discovered that her dad and my uncle were 2 years apart at school, and still know some of the same people. Small town life, you understand.
Sunday we slept in late (for us... we're typically up by 5:15am, but Sunday we slept until almost 7:30), then went to breakfast. Went to her parents' house to "watch the Indy 500" -- which, according to tradition, involves tuning in to hear Jim Neighbors sing "Back Home Again in Indiana", watch the first lap, then promptly fall asleep until Lap 180 or so -- and just relax.
Another grilling meat party Sunday at my sister's place, then a final beer with my uncle Jan, recently returned from a "spirit quest" to Cambodia (he's weird, don't ask), and we hit the sack.
Left Monday to return to Casa d' JB, girls came home around 7:30p, and everyone was asleep by 9:30.
Tuesday was my birthday, and Missus JB made me biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast (she makes the BEST), then I had a job interview, grilled a MONSTER sirloin, and went to bed again a happy and content (and older) man.
There have been worse weekends.
* My mother doesn't do "little" parties. Her idea of a "little" party is 25 people.
** Including the avocado-lime deviled eggs that Missus JB made. Boil a dozen eggs, cool rapidly, and peel. Mix the yolks with the meat of two avocados, 5 TBSP lime juice, a few shakes of cayenne pepper, and spoon it into the egg whites. Scatter some diced green onion on top, chill for a half hour to help firm up the filling.