"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien.
"If you wish to be happy, think not of what is to come nor of that which you have no control over but rather of the now and of that which you can change."
Oromis, Brisingr, Christopher Paolini.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

15th Reunion

This weekend was DH's and my 15th Stanford reunion. The festivities ran Thursday through Sunday, but we just went for Saturday. We left Reno after dinner on Friday, arriving at the hotel around midnight. The snow that was falling all day on Friday cleared just in time for us to leave.

After a quick continental breakfast (we were too late for the one at the reunion) we headed to campus. The kids enjoyed the face-painting and temporary tattoos at the "kids tailgater," but were a bit suspicious of the clowns! We showed them around, and spent most of the day at our "class tailgater" -- a big tent with a bar and food where we could hang out and connect with classmates. The food was good, and we saw most of the people we wanted to see. The kids went to "camp" in the afternoon while we went to the football game. Stanford even won, by one point at the very end of the 4th quarter! A fun day, all in all.

For dinner we hit Su Hong, our favorite chinese restaurant from our Stanford days. At the time my parents lived quite close to campus, and Su Hong was also their favorite. DH and I were married on campus, and the next morning had a family-only present opening brunch with food from Su Hong. Good memories. Unfortunately the stars were not aligned this time. DD2 had an upset tummy, and by the time I got out of the bathroom with her the others had finished eating and the (very tired) kids were misbehaving. There's nothing like eating cold food by yourself in a crowded restaurant! It was still yummy, though...

On our way out of the bay area on Sunday morning we ate at the Country Way in Fremont. This is a few blocks from where one of my sisters lived for many years. We found it one time when we were visiting them, and have made it a tradition when we go to the bay area. I think I'm going to have to insist that we go to the Su Hong Sunday brunch sometimes though; we always used to enjoy that!

The drive home was noisy but uneventful. My ILs were unexpectedly staying with us on Sunday night, so our poor kids didn't get to bed early.