Wow. What an awesome weekend.
For any of you who managed to not catch xtingu
's weekend summary post... Friday September 7th, 2007:
I worked a little late. Ok - maybe not worked so much. A co-worker sold me a motherboard and cpu to update my sorely antiquated home PC. It took a little work, some prayers in long dead languages and a couple of virgin sacrifices, but we got it working. The power supply, in fact, wasn't the right pin out, but my handy pocket knife explained the situation
to the cabling, and now it sees the error of its ways. Now I'm able to do things like play music AND browse the web at the same time
. What a concept.
After that, I swung by my place, dropped the pc off, got packed up for the weekend and headed over to see xtingu
for a nice relaxing evening of 'chill with my girlfriend' - which is not a euphemism - it's just really good. Saturday September 8th, 2007:
We headed up to my folks' place to celebrate my brother
and my birthdays. Our middle brother and his lovely wife
came down to join in the festivities. Brunch at Pickles (more on that later) and then we lost Josh, Ben, and Trina to other plans. My folks, xtingu
, and myself headed back to the house to drop off crap and consolidate vehicles, then it was off to the Allentown Art Museum
to see the Looney Tunes Exhibit
After a delightful time at the museum (which included sitting and watching cartoons with my Mom and Pop in the 'kids section' and getting bemused looks from security guards) we headed to lunch and to do a little shopping. I needed to update a couple things in my wardrobe pretty badly and I annoyed Llij and my Mom with my efficiency in that department. To illustrate:
Step 1: Walk into the shoe store.
Step 2: Grab the first pair of shoes that I like after a quick glance.
Step 3: Try on one other size in the same 'model' shoe.
Step 4: Pay for shoes.
Step 5: There is no Step 5. Nor is there any spoon.
I did much the same thing with some other clothes, a new tie, and so forth. Since I was going to a wedding reception with xtingu
and I both seem to really just enjoy the hell out of 'farting around' with my folks, and this was some good time with them that we don't get nearly often enough. My brothers and their significant others were sorely missed, but Ben and Trina were at a good friend's wedding and Josh doesn't get to see enough of Angie these days, so he was visiting her, so I guess we can forgive them.
and I caught up with kar0na
at The Starlite Diner (which - as a side note - is INcorrectly located on Google Maps) for some munchies. We called it a fairly early night because my Rock Star Girlfriend had a date with a recording studio on Sunday. I won't point out that I'm getting to be an old man and really like to get to sleep at a decent hour myself or anything. Sunday September 9th, 2007:
We got up and spent a little time just nibbling muffins, drinking freshly brewed coffee, and chillin with the fam. Again - good times. The folks even brought out the photo album of my < one year old baby butt. [Insert 'Awwws' here.]
After Llij took off for her studio time, I got ready for the reception with kar0na
and then headed out. We got some good hang time with good peeps at the party (which was at the Sheraton Jetport). First a couple drinks at the bar with munchies - then to the banquet hall where people with much more nimble feet than my own danced after we ate a delightful meal. And had a couple more drinks. (Don't worry kids - Yours Truly was exceedingly well behaved since I knew that I had a lot of driving ahead of me.) kar0na
looked lovely, I got to meet some new folks as well as see old familiar faces, and I even got to snap a couple pics/vids. All in all? I had a pretty damn fine time.
Headed down to Delaware and more or less collapsed - only to get up entirely too soon for work since I'm 'the early guy' this week.
Ugh. Can't we go back to the weekend?