She was 19.
As she is now vegan, and has been for the better part of a year now, the party dinner was entirely vegan. OK, I did do a bit of pork, but in the end this was totally unnecessary, most of it being fed to the dogs. Mrs RC pulled out all the stops and made us a wonderful buffet of mainly Indian and Chinese style food. It was amazing! Even my mum, a certified carnivore, got stuck in and was full of compliments.
I took Monday off work, so that Mrs RC, our daughter and I could have a day out. Our daughter wanted to have a day at the Natural History Museum, to feed her rediscovered interest in dinosaurs. The trip started off badly - our first train was late, the second broke down,
and the third one stopped at every single stop along the way, but once we got to London it was all plain sailing.
The ride on the underground/subway was fun. The girls had never been on them before, and I could see that Mrs RC was expecting it to be like the scene in Deathwish where the gang of knife-wielding thugs goes through the train robbing people. I suspect she was a little disappointed by the lack of threatening people there, but she still did not enjoy the ride.
The museum was great fun, and we spent hours admiring the various skeletons and animatronic dinosaurs around the place. I had not been there since I was a child, and had a strange mix of recognising the place but feeling that things had moved around a lot too. Of course, the familiar dinosaur skeleton right inside the entrance was still there (though it is going to move soon, I hear) which probably did a lot to jog my memory.
Our daughter had the foresight to book Tuesday off work too, unlike me. I try to ignore the sings that I am gradually getting older, but it was really hard that day. Maybe they can make space for me as an exhibit at the museum?