Over Labor Day weekend, I visited Nate (Than the Moa) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I flew out early on a Thursday morning and arrived a few hours later than anticipated since my flight out of Atlanta was late getting in causing me to miss my connecting flight in Houston. When I landed, I caught up with Nate at the airport. Over the weekend, we managed to visit Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Nate graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, so it was neat seeing the place where he lived for four years. One of our favorite beers is brewed in Chippewa Falls, so we visited the Lienenkugel's brewery. I've never had a brewery tour, so it was cool to see a small-to-medium sized brewery house. We even got some free samples! Later in the weekend, we rented bikes and rode around Minneapolis. The scenery was absolutely stunning around some of the lakes and the weather was equally pleasurable. I couldn't have picked a greater time to visit. I enjoyed every minute (Friday morning was kind of rough, though...) of my visit and it was great catching up with one of my best friends in person rather than over Xbox Live.
Oh! We also visited the Mall of America, which is much larger than you can imagine. While there, Nate and I met up with Takuma Nuva (Dunkaroos at the time). Obviously, we met up at the LEGO store. From there, we walked around the mall for a while and chatted. Towards the end of our meet up, we decided to go to the aquarium on the lowest floor of the mall. I have some pretty decent pictures I took with my phone. Maybe I'll upload them some time...
Now, for a sudden change in tone. A few months ago, my family found out that one of my nieces (they are twins) has a benign tumor growing between her chest and heart. When I first heard the news, I was somewhat shocked. How could my sweet, precious niece who isn't even a year old have some sort of twisted sickness growing in her body? It felt wrong. It felt like a violation. My sister and brother-in-law took her to some of the best pediatric doctors in the country and received similar suggestions from both, a relief to our family. The precious girl needs surgery. The sooner the better. The operation was schedule to be about a week from now, but problems with anesthesia during a last-minute CT scan has postponed the surgery. It is difficult for me to come to terms with how this may affect my niece. Having to cut her body open feels like a major violation of her innocence to me. The sweet baby girl has been a trooper since before she was born and I know beyond a shadow of any doubt that she will fully recover from this surgery and live a perfectly normal and healthy life.
Still, prayers (if you believe that way) and positive thoughts are highly appreciated. This is the main reason I've been absent the previous two weeks or so. The twins' first birthday was a week ago. And now one of them will be undergoing surgery soon. I'll probably be caring for my nephew whenever I'm needed over the coming weeks, so activity on the forums may still be scarce.
Lastly, if you didn't know or needed reminding...Borderlands 2 is an amazing game and I am completely addicted.