A Little Visit

There’s this author I like, Tony James Slater, and he and his wife, Roo, are currently on a trip around the US. Of course traveling in this country is rather expensive so they are couchsurfing along their way. I offered a place to stay (a little more than a couch… they got to stay in what we call my parents’ wing – their bedroom is gigantic and their bathroom is bigger than any I’ve ever seen before and then there’s a walk-in closet, too) and so San Antonio was added to their itinerary. They arrived on Sunday evening and went home yesterday morning. It was awesome!

Soon after they got here we had dinner and then we just sat and talked until 11. Tony is as funny in real life as he is in his book. He can seriously tell a good story. Roo is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. She’s just truly likable. Time just flies talking to them.

A Little Visit

Monday morning we went downtown. Only Adrian came with us. He loves museums and stuff like that. We went to the Alamo first. They had some living history stuff going on including a gun firing demonstration. We left there and headed down to the River Walk. I think it kind of blew Tony and Roo’s mind. We ate lunch at a really good barbecue place (bonus: they had a list of what was safe for Adrian and me). Then we went on the river boat tour. That’s the third time we’ve done it and it’s different every time. On the way home from downtown we stopped at SubZero and got ice cream made right in front of us with liquid nitrogen. Then Roo stayed at the house (she had a headache and needed to rest) while the rest of us went to our friends’ house for a Labor Day cookout.

A Little Visit

Last time we tested for new belts, the parking lot was pretty full when we got there so we parked in a place we don’t usually. Fritz looked across the road and saw a sign for Premier Escape Rooms. I’ve wanted to do an escape room ever since I heard Rider Strong talk about them on an episode of Literary Disco. So we decided doing one with Tony and Roo would be awesome (it was). We booked the Conspiracy Cure room. The storyline was a disease had been unleashed that was killing everyone and we were working on a cure. We walk into a lab and discover a tube of the disease open infecting us all. We had one hour to solve the puzzles, figure out which potential cure was the right one, and find the key to escape from the room. We found the escape key with 30 minutes to go, but we still needed to figure out which one was the cure. And so we spent the next 25 minutes trying and trying to figure out the final puzzle to get the answer. Once we found it, it was so obvious. I can’t believe we overlooked it all that time. But, we won with 5 minutes to spare. The last 5 or 10 minutes were pretty nerve-racking, though. We’ll definitely have to do another escape room in the future.

We stayed up until 11 again Monday night. Seriously, time flies talking to Tony and Roo. Ani and Cameron had to get up early for seminary on Tuesday. They were back in bed and the little guys were almost done with their on their own work by the time Tony and Roo were up and ready for the day so that worked out nicely. We had breakfast and chatted a bit more and then it was time for them to leave. Roo had fallen in love with our Little Ladies (aka our sugar gliders) and spent a lot of time just watching them play in their cage when the ladies got up for the night. It’s illegal to keep gliders as pets in Australia. So I asked her if she wanted to hold one. I pulled Filli out of the pouch and handed her to Roo (and gave Filli a yogurt drop which she loves – I picked Filli because she’s so much calmer than Kree and when you add in a yogurt drop, Filli’s not going to go anywhere). I think Roo was in heaven.

A Little Visit

I made sure to get Tony’s autograph before they left. I read almost exclusively on the Kindle and that’s how I read his books so it made sense to have him sign the back of it. I have a pretty old Kindle Keyboard and it’s in pretty rough shape (but it works and I love it so I haven’t felt the need to upgrade yet) so I know it’ll die before too long. I guess when it does, I’ll just have to pry the back off and keep it.

If you haven’t ever read any of Tony’s books, I highly suggest you do. As I read them, I’d laugh so hard and my family would say, “Tony again?” I’m so glad I gave that freebie (Kamikaze Kangaroos!) a chance last year. It’s not too often reading a freebie leads to buying a bunch of other books to read… and it’s never led to having the author come visit before. Here’s my reviews of his books (which include links to buy them on Amazon): That Bear Ate My Pants!, Don’t Need the Whole Dog!, Kamikaze Kangaroos!, Can I Kiss Her Yet?, and Shave My Spider!.

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Meet Filli and Kree

We are Filli and Kree. We are very loving and happy sugar gliders who have very distinct personalities. We were born (came out of our mother’s pouch) on St. Patrick’s Day.
Meet Filli and Kree

*Kree must do everything first before Filli will. She has to eat the food, drink the water, play with the toys, climb the cage wall before Filli will follow her example because it’s safe.
Meet Filli and Kree
*Filli usually steps back and lets Kree do whatever she wants because Kree is a bit rougher and more energetic unless apples are involved… then Filli shoves Kree out of the way so the apple can be hers.
*Kree will stand on Filli’s head if things aren’t going her way. She has to be the dominant sister.
Meet Filli and Kree
*Filli will happily sit and watch everything Kree does and get the same enjoyment out of it that she would if she were doing it herself.
*Kree will lunge at Filli to play fight and then stop just before we collide and we start grooming each other and then we chase each other around our cage or the tent happily.
Meet Filli and Kree
*We are not good at sharing so the people we own must give us each our own apple slice when in the bonding pouch so we don’t fight over one. They even had to buy us a second food dish so we wouldn’t shove each other anymore.
*Kree is a little bit smaller than Filli which amuses the people we own because Kree acts younger, but also tries to glide more which is an “older glider” thing.
Meet Filli and Kree
*We don’t really know what to think about the dog yet… she just growls at us like we’re a danger.
*We love to play together, but we always play with separate toys because, again, we’re very bad at sharing.
Meet Filli and Kree


Meet Filli and Kree
Hello, my name is Kree. I’m one of two Sugar Gliders that adopted a family of Duks last weekend. I figured I should introduce myself to everyone.

*I am hyper, clumsy, outgoing, jumpy, brave, and trusting.
*I like climbing, toys, chewing on everything plastic or fleece, sleeping, standing on my sister, crabbing (my annoyed “LEAVE ME ALONE” sound), drinking, my ball pit, and my banana sleeping pouch.
Meet Filli and Kree
*I DON’T like when my sister gets too close, when my sister tries to eat my apples, when anyone tries to wake me up and I’m not ready to get up, and being picked up and not being allowed to run around that person’s back and shoulders.
*I love dangling toys and running in my wheel.
*I will crab at you if you attempt to wake me up before I’m ready.
*I will happily bury myself in my ball pit and sleep for hours.
Meet Filli and Kree
*I will chew on the bars of my cage loudly if I want to run around in my family’s tent.
*I will try to do things as fast as possible because I’m so excited and then get confused and fall down because I don’t know where I should go next.


Meet Filli and Kree
Hi, I’m Filli. I’m the other Sugar Glider… Kree is making me introduce myself.

*I am shy, nervous, sleepy, slow, happy, friendly, loving, cuddly, and curious.
*I like playing with my toys, cuddling my tail, cuddling any fleece blankie around, cuddling my plastic frog, sleeping in my toy bin, cuddling my sister, chattering, hanging upside down, watching my sister do everything, and chewing hair and fingernails.
Meet Filli and Kree
*I DON’T like when my sister crabs at me, when anyone looks at me, when I can’t climb, and when my sister is asleep and I’m awake.
*I love apples and watching Kree run in our wheel.
Meet Filli and Kree
*I will chew on everything in the toy bin. I especially love the frog, snake, and rings. The bracelet is okay, but it’s a little big for my mouth.
*I will find the smallest hiding place possible and hang out because it’s warm there.
*I will try and wake up my sister if I’m awake because I need entertainment.
Meet Filli and Kree

Filli running in the wheel.  Usually Filli is content to curl up behind the wheel in the x-mount or just hang out watching Kree run (and run and run) in the wheel, but sometimes she gets in the wheel, too.  This is a Stealth Wheel from AtticWorx.Com.

(This is a slightly modified form of three posts my daughter made on Facebook. She took all the pictures and I took the video.)