Weekend!

This is a first. Like, in 18 years of marriage.

I have two social events this weekend. Maribou has none. And both of mine are with co-workers!

Both happen to be on Saturday. Early Saturday Afternoon, there is a one-year old who is having her first birthday party and I am going to the present/cake smash. I am intending to get a stuffed animal for the kid. A cow. This would allow grownups to grab the stuffed animal, shove it in the child’s face, and yell “MOOOOOOOOOO!”

I figure that always goes over well.

Late Saturday Afternoon, a co-worker invited us all over for us to do “gaming”. I immediately envisioned showing up at their house wearing my monk outfit and walking in on a bunch of people playing Chutes and Ladders and yelling “I THOUGHT YOU SAID WE WERE GOING TO BE GAMING!”

“We’re going to be playing Cards Against Humanity”, she said with a glint in her eye.

Still tempted to show up with my monk outfit.

Which means that all of the chores and errands will have to be back loaded onto Sunday. That’s okay. I can get it all done on Sunday. I mean, so long as I can recharge on Saturday night and do some laundry.

So… what’s on your docket?


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35 thoughts on “Weekend!

  1. We have the annual holiday party with friends this weekend. The food they serve is amazing and my wife and I are both dieting, so I had this idea to get up tomorrow, park the car 4 miles away, and then walk back home. I told my wife we would call it the Epic Walk (the bar is low for us). Problem is, with the windchill it’s supposed to be about 33 degrees this morning so we’re having second thoughts.

    Beyond that, now that Oscar has told us what movies we should really care about, we want to see Hidden Figures at the theater this weekend and Hell or High Water on video.

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  2. Wow, CAH with co-workers. That can be dangerous ground. Of course, the first time my daughter’s boyfriend visited us, I made him play CAH with us.

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  3. I actually do have a social event this weekend it’s just tonight and I had to take time off work for it. Dinner with my ex-book-club :).

    Otherwise I’m wiped from my first full week back at work and looking forward to lying down a lot.

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  4. A friend of ours is in from Montreal (well, in-ish – still an hour out of town at his parents’ place) so we’ll visit him tomorrow.

    I had been thinking of going to a dancey thing tomorrow night, but the bank balance is looking pretty slim for this far from payday, partly because I just signed up for a whole eight-week series of other dancey things. So I might pass on Saturday night out.

    Sunday the kid goes to episode three of her gymnastics class. I took her last week, and it was a blast to see how happy she was, how resilient as she tried, picked herself up, tried again at pushing her physical limits (she’s a pretty unathletic kid much of the time, and I’m a plenty unathletic dad too).

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  5. My new bed is finally being delivered on Saturday. I’ll be 14 weeks pregnant this weekend, so I’m hoping not to vomit and to get to sleep on the new bed. That’s all I want.

    Saturday after the bed is delivered I will leave it at home all alone while I begrudgingly attend my niece and nephew’s joint bday party with Junior and my ex-husband. I hated these when I was young because my brother and I have birthdays only two days apart. This is probably one reason I *love* birthdays so much as an adult – I celebrate the way *I* want to. These kids just happen to be in the same month, so their parents have decided to screw them as well.

    I applied for a new job that I know I won’t be the most qualified for so I’m hoping not to hear from them this weekend. The longer I don’t hear from them, the longer I stay in the running.

    I always make friends with my co-workers. We are going to a movie next weekend. I have been bowing out of our monthly trip to the bar due to pregnancy. Two of my best friends are from a previous job we all did together and have since gone our separate ways. I have a lunch date today with co-workers that I used to work closely with but got all spread out when the company was bought out. Break out of your shell, JB!

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    • Despite Jaybird’s protestations he actually does make work friends everywhere he goes. We game with 2 of his once work friends, a friend of his from high school who has written for these pages, and my boss (who is also my dear friend and has been since long before he became my boss). So, like, HOURS, every second week. Obviously these people are close to his heart :D. We also regularly do stuff with one of his work spouses and that person’s family.

      I think the thing that weirds him out is hanging out with a bunch of coworkers at once. On a weekend. Because it means he has to *admit* he makes friends with his coworkers :D.

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  6. I can’t decide whether to work or to slack.

    On the work side: I have a manuscript that should be done and in in a bit less than a month. And an exam to write. And an exam to put together for the Science Olympiad next month. And probably something I’m forgetting.

    On the slack side: I’m dang tired because the tree pollen is starting up extra early this year, and this has also been a week of alarums and excursions and I am an ocd introvert who doesn’t deal well with that sort of thing.

    But I can’t think of anything particularly “fun” to do that wouldn’t also cost a bunch of money, and I need to start being careful again about how I spend.

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  7. Ame wants to go watch some wrestlin’ so we’ll be going to San Antonio WWE Royal Rumble. I liked that stuff more in the early 80’s. Something about Hacksaw doing crazy stuff with a 2×4 was just a hoot. Wrestling was always followed by that Bizarre TV show with the blurred out portions and all the honks over the spicy language. That John Byner guy was a kick, I just read he was on the Carol Burnett Show, may have to find that one.

    Anyway it’s been a helluva week at work, too many projects out the door to count. Time to cool my heels tonight and tomorrow.

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  8. More job hunt.

    Chinese New Year is this weekend, so plans for a dim sum brunch seem like a bad idea.

    Go see La-La Land (it’s got to be still showing somewhere in LA county) and there’s a sushi place I’ve been wanting to try.

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  9. Annnnnnd I just found out there’s a “fun run” in my town tomorrow morning. Which means EVERY street I would use to get ANYWHERE will be blocked off between 7 am and 11 am.

    Dammit. Hard to get to work, hard to get out to the wal-mart (the ONLY local grocery of any size). Maybe I just get out on the highway and drive the hour’s round trip to the Kroger’s and shop THERE.

    (There are about fifteen fun runs a year and they always block off the same streets. It’s like they don’t believe any of us ever might go anywhere on a Saturday morning)

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  10. Lady Marchmaine and I are in NYC this weekend. Keeping a sharp eye open for Lee Esq and/or Saul… so far no luck. It seems everyone we’ve asked hasn’t heard of your two yet, and they give us quizzical stares just for asking. Strange place, NYC.

    We saw Carmen last night… only the girl dies, so relatively optimistic by opera standards.

    Nice dinner before the show at Boulud Sud… I’d recommend and go again, if eating near the Met is key to your evening’s success. Arugula w/Grilled Octopus and milk soaked almond puree was perhaps the best… Foie Gras was excellent (nice touch with an Orange marmalade almost chutney), and the Scallops w/Seafood risotto were distinguished by the Tarragon creme fraiche that moved it from prosaic to inspired. Although probably the best course was the pasta primo, we had a foraged mushroom agnolotti – and fortunately they offered truffles for an extra $7 per gram – to really set the plate apart, it was outstanding. Though, to be honest, I have no idea where NYC gets all these truffles (not to mention the foraged mushrooms) we haven’t seen a tree in three days.

    Went back to 5 Napkin Burger the night before (the long day, after we dropped our eldest off at JFK for her flight to Rome) and enjoyed their Truffle Burger… which, apart from the Truffles, handmade Porcini Ketchup, and Teleggio cheese, is exactly the same as the Gus Burger I used to get at the Corner at UVA… a good burger with an egg on top.

    Now off to (more) touristy stuff and the Strand.

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  12. I remember hearing an interview with Paul Stanley, and he was asked which Kiss song was his favorite.
    He said that it had to be 2000 Man, because they took a Stones song and made it into a Kiss song.
    Exhibit A.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pm6Xh7x9i40?rel=0&showinfo=0&w=560&h=315%5D
    Exhibit B.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rip_CoRVZto?rel=0&showinfo=0&w=560&h=315%5D

    It is something of a stretch, but really it’s more of a typical punk song than a Kiss song.
    From this
    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfHyA0kjltQ?rel=0&showinfo=0&w=560&h=315%5D
    to this
    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGBGqMXpEr0?rel=0&showinfo=0&w=560&h=315%5D
    is actually working some magic.
    It amazes me that he heard a Kiss song through that gawdawful crap.
    It’s something along the lines of Ted Nugent Plays the Bay City Rollers, but it works.
    Works well, actually.

    EDIT:
    Of course, I screwed up the links. I have to observe consistency at some point in my life.

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