Sunday we traveled up to Baltimore and had a delicious lunch at Clementine with my super awesome friend Becca, who was in town for the first time in a long while from Cincinnati, and her sweetie K.D. It was so good to see Becca and meet K.D.! Then we traveled just over the city line into Baltimore County for Ruby's field hockey game. It was so beautiful and sunny outside, and her team won! I got to play around with my camera a bit more...I'm still trying to figure out all of the settings and get the best pictures possible. It's coming along.
Monday morning I jumped out of bed and set to work on finishing up a repair I promised my future father-in-law two years ago. He entrusted me with fixing and repainting various chips and dents in this plaster hand-painted Christmas horse he acquired a long time ago in Germany; it didn't survive their move 10 years ago and it's been relegated to a box for every Christmas since. The biggest issue was with the front of the mane...or as Em called it, "the horse's pompadour". The entire front of it was knocked off. I rebuilt the front portion with air-dry clay, carefully guessing what it should look like based on the rest of the mane and horse. I now know what it feels like to be a dentist, sculpting a crown or reshaping a tooth after a cavity filling. Then I pulled out all of the appropriate paint colors and set to mixing the right shades to finish off the horse. In the end, it turned out better than I expected! Admittedly, I felt like Santa Claus, working away in my toy shop. Then we went over to the in-laws' for the first sockarooni** of the season, with Em's aunt and uncle in town to boot, which was as delicious as ever.
Thus, it was an awesome weekend.
** This is what Em's very Italian father calls meatballs and sauce.***
*** I happen to love it. I mean, eating it and calling it that.