Meanwhile, back at home, I asked R. and his mother to take A. to the mall to get her a Buildabear, since I had ordered one for T. and of course once he had his, it didn't seem fair for her not to have one also. I feel very mildly bad about not having the full experience for T., however, I wasn't sure how that would go. A. enjoyed it; C. even captured some of it with pictures and video on her phone.
At some point, I discovered that there was an iPad adaptation of Ticket to Ride, complete with 4 AI characters with distinctly different and internally consistent strategies. Unbelievable. I sometimes pretend that I am no longer the kind of person who thinks it's fun to go a party at some guy's house where we then all sit around and play European/German board games for 6-12 hours, fueled only by soda, terrible snack choices and the pizza that I wind up ordering because no one else in the room is prepared to actually make a phone call. I was never a regular at any of these parties. I swear. But I sure didn't ever have any trouble finding one when I wanted one, and I always knew more people there than the person I arrived with. My attempts to pretend I'm no longer like that went down like so many paper dolls in the face of high quality AI opponents; I don't remember much of the weekend, beyond feeling a lot of frustration associated with the tunnels coming out of Lugano.
ETA: C. came for a visit and it was very nice to have her. The kids had a ton of fun and were very sad when she left. I told them I'd try to arrange a visit in May (and we already have), but I think T. is still hoping she'll come back next Friday. And the kids actually ate burgers on Sunday evening. Food repertoire is expanding! (<-- Don't ask.)