Friday night mrimp and his new beau, brokenbryan, and I went to dinner at Cafe Sushi in Troy, stuffed ourselves on lots of good grub, then went to the AMC Forum 30 to see “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”. roadster_guy begged off, since he had no desire to see the film. The movie was a lot of fun, despite the premise being kind of hokey and over-the-top, and we all enjoyed it. The only real problem was the sound level, and I think that was a theater problem, not a film problem. The audio level of the dialogue was too low compared to the sound effects and music, and it made it hard to understand what the actors were saying sometimes. Still, it’s a good throwaway summer action flick, and really funny in places, so I definitely recommend it.
Saturday I finally did a partial cleanup of my part of the office, and can now see the left side of my desktop for the first time in months. The Great Wall of Nerd that was building up on the floor to either side of me is starting to come down, and once I make some room on my bookshelf I can get rid of most of the rest of it. I had a hell of a time waking up, and dragged around for most of the day. I only finally perked up before azazal78‘s BBQ once I’d gone running and had a shower.
The BBQ was a lot of fun, and there were some people there that I hadn’t seen in quite awhile. I was totally surprised to see Crew & Johnny there, since I had no idea they knew Paul. Paul’s friend Scott is very cool, and it was good to talk to another gaming nerd. It was kind of fun to get into heavy game-talk and watch roadster_guy and brokenbryan‘s baffled looks. After a couple minutes of this Aaron asked Bryan, “So, how about that local sports team?” hehe… a2andy, misanthropicsob, thafuzz, and nakednerd of LJ Land were also there, plus a lot of other cool people whose names I don’t remember at the moment. After four beers and two of a2andy‘s very strong mojitos, I’m surprised I remember that much. Once I’ve got a strong buzz on, I sometimes get, shall we say… oh hell, let’s call it what it is: slutty. And wearing a kilt around a bunch of drunk gay guys is a trouble magnet if ever there was one, but I left before things got TOO out of hand.
Sunday morning my mom dropped my sister and niece off at our place, and we continued up to Aaron’s parents’ beach house near Port Huron to spend the day, despite the spitting of rain and the promise of thunderstorms. It actually turned out to be pretty good weather and we all had a good time except poor Aaron, who was really tired, didn’t feel all that well, and spent most of the day playing Eve on my laptop by leeching off the neighbor’s wireless internet connection. He did finally buy his first cruiser, an Augoror, and it looks very cool. Mollie enjoyed having a relaxing day where she didn’t have to watch Sydney every minute, since Uncle Ryan played babysitter for much of the day. Sydney had a great time, and spent hours playing in the sand with her beach toys, throwing rocks in the water, rampaging around the house and yard, and floating around in the lake on an inner tube with me and Mollie. She was up from 7:30am until she fell asleep in the car on the way back at 7:30pm, never had a nap, but never got cranky or badly behaved, which is amazing for her, and for 2-year-olds in general. Mollie and I both got a bit fried by the sun which, even though it was covered by clouds most of the day, managed to burn my face and shins. Luckily it’s pretty mild and doesn’t really hurt. Aaron’s parents are great hosts, loved Sydney, and we all had way too much good food and snacks.
So now it’s back to the grind, but it’s really slow here at work for a Monday. Two of my coworkers and my team lead are gone today, and I’ve got nothing on my plate except to get a quote on a firewall for Singapore, and do my self-eval for my contract house by Friday. I HATE doing self-evals for work; how can you possibly be objective when evaluating your own performance? It’s nothing more than an exercise in telling your superiors what you think they want to hear, and trying not to make yourself sound too good or too bad in the process. Pointless.
After work and running, I’ve GOT to make my promised CDs of Singapore pics for my coworkers who went with me, and finally get those and the wedding pictures posted somewhere. I keep putting it all off because it’s going to be a huge job, but it’s got to be done. Then, Aaron and I are having a dinner date. We haven’t had any real quiet time together since the wedding that hasn’t been spent in front of our computers, and that’s not a good trend. So we’ve got filet mignons and a bottle of Bordeaux on the menu, then maybe a movie or something if we can stay awake after a meal like that.