2. Li'l' Duce's birthday was on Thursday, and her birthday party was Saturday. Good times, they were had by all, most especially the three-year-old herself, who got enough presents to fill two cars. One of them, from her dad, was a miniature automobile that was roughly as hard to assemble as an actual car, but which costs far less to insure. Her dad and I assembled it in the garage, cursing floridly as the girls sat inside in air-conditioned comfort and laughed at us. On the way home from the party, we had the sun in our eyes for a lot of the trip, and Li'l' Duce yelled from the back seat "SHUT UP, SUN!"
3. Cities & Knights of Catan was played (Shauna, her brother-in-law, and myself), and ninafarina beat us down like mangy gutter dogs.