Monday, November 15, 2004

Weekend Outings

After spending a long day on Saturday cleaning the garage and waiting for the Sears guy to come and repair our microwave (he came, but didn't repair it) we took a day out on Sunday.

In the morning we went to start the Christmas season by seeing "The Polar Express", which is playing (among other places) at the IMAX at the Carnegie Science Center. The boys loved it, and Valerie and I enjoyed it too, much more than the New York Times reviewer seemed to. The IMAXing worked well too, given a number of swooping chasing scenes that occurred in the film. Definitely a thumbs up from our small band of reviewers.

After that, we had a picnic lunch down in the cafeteria and let the boys play for an hour in the exhibits. Some of the best entertainment money we spend in Pittsburgh is our Carnegie Museum membership. It gives us access to four museums, and we don't feel guilty about leaving when the boys' attention span collapses since the marginal cost of any visit is nothing. And they are good museams, for us and even for Vincent, who is 2 1/2.

After the museum we headed out to Greensburg to look at a couch. We had hoped that the boys would fall asleep in the car during the hourlong drive out there, but they didn't. Luckily, anticipating a furniture shopping trip, we had brought enough electronic entertainment during the hour or so that it took us to decide to buy it. Then they both fell asleep in the car on the way home.

Nothing frantically exciting, but a good day out at a glorious time of year.