Weekend of 11JUN11 Thats kind of cool, 11JUN11... I know its not really it, thanks to the "2011" thing, but its still neat to look at, right? Friday - Work sucked. Thats really all there is to say on that matter. Boring, no real good projects, and busy work made up my day, though I did have a bit more fun than normal, thanks to some advice I had gotten. Its simple really... "Walk around". My buddy is currently a 2nd LT in the Army National Guard in OK, and since he doesn't really have a specific job yet, he walks. He goes around checking up on work-sites, finding out what could be done to make it better, and taking on every job that comes across his desk. The simple act of moving yourself around and searching for work really makes a differance in getting neat projects, and in feeling good and energized. But no matter how much I walk... it still sucks. So, I was quite excited when the day was finally over, and I was able to head home and finish prep work for the BBQ that I had planned for that night. My friend Emma arrived while I was still finishing up my shower, so I rinsed off quick and headed downstairs. We gossipped for a bit about the girl I'm currently dating, talking about what Emma knew about this girl, and whether or not I should invest myself in a real relationship. The outcome was rather hazy, requiring more research and personal experience... but a good outcome, seeing as the last few people I've been interested in have all been comeplete asshats. Allison's only at the "may be crazy" level, versus the "holy crap she's totally nuts" level I'm used to, hehe. After about an hour of relaxing and gossiping about each-others sex lives, people finally started to arrive and we kicked the BBQ into high gear. Allison arrived and started getting a bit dramatic over me paying attention to other girls, but my patented "thats stupid, you're awesome, lets party" persona won through, and she was finally able to shed her thick shell and partied just as hard as the rest of us. Maybe harder, since I can't really take as much Tequila as she could :P Once Big T, Maureen, and Filipe showed up we started cooking; everyone had pitched in for food, so we had a lot. And by a lot, I mean "holy shit we have too much food", I literally couldn't get people to eat all the burgers I cooked; half the food we made is still in my fridge as leftovers. We prepped about 30 Jalapeno poppers as appetizers, I made 12 Burgers, Mike brought over a pan of Lasagnia, Gene had a 16oz Rib-Eye steak, and my neighbor Don brought 6 lbs of lamb-kebabs that he had marinated over the last three days. Everything was amazing, and none of us could move by the end of the night... poor Allisons cake barely even got touched, since by the time we were ready for dessert none of us could even look at food. As a post-dinner-relaxation, we put on a movie. Not just any movie, but THE WORST MOVIE EVER, Battlefield Earth; made off L. Ron Hubbard's "epic" Sci-Fi novel with John Travolta ruining his entire image by taking the part of a "Psychlo", AKA a heels-wearing, dreadlocked alien obsessed with mining gold. Not really sure what they use it for, but their totally badass, and you can tell because they wear heels. Yep... Horrible movie, but I was quite entertained until Maureen threatened to drive her car through the wall if we didn't shut it off :) After the movie we relaxed a bit more, drank some really nice Tequila that Filipe had brought, sipped some wine Kelly had provided, and then got ourselves ready to pass out. Filipe, Big T and Maureen left under their own power, Mike stumbled his was to the porch, and then back into my place to sleep in the attic, and Allison and I retired to my room. Saturday - The first time with a girl is always exciting. Not just the first time having sex, but the first time you can actually sleep in together, with no reason to wake up and no alarms to jolt you both out of sleep. Getting to wake up and slowly realize theres another person next to you, getting to slowly and gently wake them up with a well-placed kiss or caress... Its one of my favorite things, and Saturday morning was the first time Allison and I had been able to sleep in together, since every other morning had been a weekday, or at the Loj. One word describes: "Ideal". We finally got out of bed, quickly traveled to PantsLand (AKA got dressed), and headed downstairs to make ourselves some quick breakfast. I cooked up some Bacon, and we slived up cake and veggies from the night before to create a simple and quick, yet amazingly delicious, breakfast. Afterwards I gave my friend Emma a call, and we planned up the rest of the day; meeting at NEU, then heading to the mall for some shopping and hanging out. See, Emma and Allison have been in the same club together for almost two years, yet never really talked to each other, both thinking that the other hated them. As the peace-maker I am, I decided that I'd try to help them out (I hate forcing things on people, but I figured two friends of mine, may as well give them some time to hang out), so we had made plans at the BBQ to meet up. We did a bit of window shopping in the mall, chatting idly the whole time. I had the ood fortune to visit Victoria's Secret with both girls, definitely a fun situation, but overall the afternoon was a pretty tame and relaxed one. We hung out for almost two hours, then Allison and I headed out to run a few quick errands, then we chilled at my place for a bit, took a nap, and then I dropped Allison back off at her place after some rambunctious fun :) The rest of my night alone was spent with the company of my computer; playing Video Games with my Dad in the early evening, doing a run through a new game (The Witcher 2) 'till about 0100 in the morning, and then playing a few quick games of Starcraft against Chirag before finally heading for dreamland. Sunday - I woke up at my usual 0630, realized that it was Sunday, rolled over, and went right back to sleep. This repeated about once every two hours or so until I realized that I actually had to wake up for real, pulling myself out of bed and into the shower around 1130. I was showered, dressed, and ready to go by about noon, on the way to Brookhaven to visit my grandparents for a big family party. You see, the whole family gets together twice a year, give or take, and this was the summer birthday party. We all met up at Brookhaven at 1230, and chatted for a while before heading down to the dining room for a big early-sunday dinner. Dinner was excellent, a perfectly cooked tenderloin for myself, and we all had a great time swapping between telling our own trip stories and interupting other peoples stories. You see... thats what my family does; interuptting each other, talking over each other, and trying to control the whole situation. I've gotten used to it by now, which is why I don't generally tell stories with the family, but for some reason today it was especially annoying. I did somehow survive without trying to kill my aunt, though she did leave the room at one point to escape my snarky comments. One exciting part was getting to hear about my cousins trip to Spain, and watching the slideshow that she had put together earlier. It was definitely a fun time, and I'm really jealous of her getting to go when she did; the "Royal De Luxe" was in Barcelona while she was there, so she got to see the 30ft puppets that they bring out for the event. She even went to "ile de machina", which is effectively an entire island dedicated to clockwork artists and machinists; the whole island looks like something out of a steam-punk novel, and I desperately want to go and see it. After the family visit I headed back home to some more gaming (seeing a trend here? The dangers of getting a new game...) and some roommate searching. See... one of my rommates had left (if I didn't mention this), so we needed to find a new one to cover the bills. I had put up a post on Craigslist earlier, and when I got home I had eight new emails about people being interested. I set up a few meetings for the rest of the week, and was about to go downstairs to make dinner when I got another email, asking if she could check the place out that night. She also said she was a climber, so my interest was immediately piqued... I said to come on over whenever, and we'd give her a tour then. She arrived almost exactly on time at 8:00, just a few minutes after Justin had left to pick up his friend from the airport. She was your standard-issue nerdy climber-girl; not unattractive, but not "holy hell your hot" either. I showed her around and chatted with her for a bit, though nothing about her really stood out... she just seemed to be your everyday girl, looking for an apartment. After about half and hour she headed out, so we'll see whether anything pans out or not. After the "show-and-tell, house edition" was over, I finished my dinner and headed back upstairs to finish a few missions in my game. I played for a while, finally succoming to the lures of sleep a few minutes before midnight.