After a busy week at work I was really looking forward to the 3 day holiday weekend. Friday night Jessica went to the going away party for her chef at Azul, so Ava and I stayed in and I got ready for my trip to the Gracie Academy in Torrance the following morning. My "Bubba Gracie" grappling dummy was ready for pickup so Donnie and I went up there for a class. Unfortunately I haven’t been feeling that great lately and had a hard time in class because of it, but we got to meet Rorion Gracie (oldest son of Helio – the inventor of Gracie Jiu–Jitsu) and that made the whole trip worth it.
Having the day off tomorrow will allow me to get well ahead on my school assignments for the week so I don’t have to worry about them while we’re in Vegas over the weekend. Ava is getting more and more active every day, which can make it tough to get studying done, but is so fun to watch. She’s really trying to stand up but always ends up in this funny ‘downward dog’ yoga pose. We took the dogs out for a walk today and Ava seems to love it more than anyone so we’ll probably do it again tomorrow. The plan is to leave for Vegas on Friday as soon as I leave work, but of course I have a deadline on a project that day and may end up getting stuck late at the office. Deadlines on Friday’s should be illegal if you ask me but it’s motivation to finish early. We’re really looking forward to the wedding and seeing everyone next weekend. I’m sure I’ll have plenty to post about by the time we get home.