Over the last (extended) weekend, my friend GG and I went on our annual road trip to visit people.
We both feel like we haven’t seen enough of each other this summer, so being stuck in a car together for nine hours (twice) was really quite refreshing. We laughed a lot, and listened to a lot of music. At one point I observed that the percentage of songs we listen to that we both know has drastically increased since our first road trip. It’s great.
We spent the first couple nights of the trip at Gaby’s house. Getting to talk about our fictional characters and give hugs in person was nice.
We all got together with D and had some adventures. One day we went to Barnes and Noble, which has become a tradition. We always discover interesting things. My favorite discovery this year was an adorable picture book about a dragon called Too Hot to Hug. (Spoilers: They found a way to cool the poor dragon down to a huggable temperature.)
The other day we visited a natural science museum and a history museum. My favorite part of the science museum was a room where they had different things you could touch, animal pelts and bones and preserved plants and the like. Whatever desire I may have had for a bear skin rug is now greatly diminished; the bear fur was not soft at all.
We didn’t have much time in the history museum, but we went through an exhibit about World War I. It was interesting, but it made me rather sad. (At one point, there was a machine gun set up that occasionally flashed and played machine gun noises. I noticed this while standing directly in its line of imaginary fire when it went off. That was a bit disturbing.)
The next two nights of the trip were spent at D’s house. D read us some entertaining stories, some fictional, some true from her journals. We played a lot of games. Mainly Apples to Apples (always a favorite), but also Clue and Imaginiff. We also went to Applebee’s because D had been wanting to go back and see the decor from her childhood, but unfortunately, it had been redecorated. She was a bit traumatized.
Sunday, after church and lunch and more hugs, GG and I drove home.
I’m trying to figure out a good way to explain the title of this post. It’s related to a character from The Lego Movie (which I’ve never seen), who gets very excited when he gets to build a spaceship. We have a character who loves architecture. In his story, he gets to design houses for his friends. Somehow, his excitement about that got compared to the excitement of the spaceship building character, and we laughed a lot. So there, hopefully that makes some sense.