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Very relaxing weekend. Took walks along the beach, went biking, watching videos (Chasing Amy, Bottle Rockets), sat around a lot, chatting. Many thanks to Craig White for hosting us. Craig is the editor of MapArt maps, the best map company in the universe, by the way. They have mainly done Canadian maps but are gradually starting to cover U.S. territory as well.

Thanks for the explanation of Monimals, Lissa and Annie! I would say I want one (yes, Sherman, I am an Ideal Yuppie Consumer :-)) except I might be switching to a laptop soon, which might not be as conducive to fuzzy animal head covers. Also, I'm happy to hear that I'm not the only one easily manipulated by small children. :-)

We had dinner at my sister's place last night. Sara made spice soup with Jeff (they're very into 'science experiments' these days) while I bonded with Annie. Annie dragged a giant lift-the-flap farm theme board book to me for reading. When I got to the page with a tomato on it, she got all excited and tried to eat the tomato off the cardboard. Ruth took pity on Annie (I just laughed, I'm such a Cruel Aunt) and cut up a real tomato for her, which she seemed to enjoy much more. Then she wanted to kiss me; she's just learned how to kiss people, and so of course we're all lined up in hopes of getting Annie-kisses these days. Anyway, she was still munching on her tomatoes when she offered me her kisses, but of course I took them anyway...big, juicy, tomato-laden kisses that left squishy bits on my cheeks. I love being an Aunt. :-)

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