Last Sunday was the last day of Gen Con, so IceSpark and I headed back to the convention center for one final day of geekiness. We didn’t have any games scheduled, so we wandered the dealer room and then went to a paint-and-take workshop that IceSpark has wanted to go to for years. We painted little miniatures and then went back to the dealer room so I could pick something up for DRAKEFENWICK and kimbyrle.
When the Con ended IceSpark and I escaped for a quiet dinner to recharge our social batteries, and then went back to my apartment for a smaller geek get-together. A group of our friends showed up to hang out, and since it was DRAKEFENWICK’s final game night for a while (he was moving to Virginia later that week), we played a long game of Munchkin before heading to Denny’s for a last meal.
Last Monday morning I went to Lildomino’s to see HotaruGirl before she headed back to Evansville. She had spent the weekend in Chicago with Lildomino and Pandara, and they got back late. The three of them were still asleep when I arrived, but woke up after I let myself in. I hung out with them until I had to go to work and then kissed HotaruGirl goodbye before leaving and heading into the office. Work was quiet and surprisingly failed to ruin my good mood from the weekend.
After work I went to IceSpark’s to MUX, but since aerosar.net was down I mostly just hung out on the couch with IceSpark reading TVTropes while we played on our laptops. Cawh eventually IMed me to tell me the MUX was back up, but by that point I was tired, so I just got some admin stuff done and tried to catch up my
As nice as work was Monday, Tuesday more than made up for it in shittiness. Every call was crap, everyone I spoke to was an idiot, and every order I pulled down was an absolute mess that took me ages to resolve with little to no credit for my effort. Things did calm down after lunch, but by then there was no work, which made my points-per-hour rate suffer even more. They’re cutting back on e-time, so I was stuck there ‘til 10:15.
After work I hid out at home. I was originally planning to try to be productive, but Cawh had convinced me to log onto the MUX Tuesday since I wasn’t able to role-play Monday night. When I got on, Horsetuna suggested a scene where the Decepticons cause trouble for G.I. Joe, so I ran a combat between Valour on one side and Ace, Slipstream, and Wisp on the other. It wound up being a lot of fun (the Joes ultimately won – barely).
Wednesday morning I stayed up until 6ish role-playing online and doing laundry, so I slept right up until the point I needed to get up and go to work. Work wasn’t as bad, although we didn’t have much to do so I spent a lot of time wishing they hadn’t started getting so stingy with e-time again (not that I can afford it if they offer it…). They want us to do busywork instead, which I’ve been resisting on principle.
Wednesday night Lildomino called me as I was getting off work, letting me know she was escaping also and was hungry. I’d planned to meet Pandara at 11 anyway, so the three of us got together and went to the Red Eye Café. I was feeling a little down, so I was mostly quiet while Lildomino and Pandara chatted. After we ate Lildomino headed home and Pandara went up to my apartment. It was late by then and both of us were tired so we pretty much just went immediately to bed.
Thursday I took off work to go with IceSpark to the Colts/Eagles game. I had big plans for productivity with my morning off, but instead I slept late with Pandara and then just relaxed and read X-Men: Messiah Complex for a while before calling Dada to wish her a happy birthday. I got to talk to Ona_Tangent as well before it was time to get dressed and head to IceSpark’s house.
IceSpark had just completed her day of telework, so we went downtown and had dinner before going to the football game. IceSpark’s team lost, unfortunately, but I still had a great time going with her and enjoying her enthusiasm while they played. After the game we went to the top of my parking garage and took pleasure in the cool breeze and pretty view before headed back to IceSpark’s to collapse into exhausted sleep.
Friday IceSpark had to go into work early, so I went over to Lildomino’s for a few hours to nap before going into the office. Work absolutely sucked, and was more or less a repeat of Tuesday – stressful crap all day, and then not enough to do at night so my points-per-hour continued to descend into hell. I tried to work on the wiki, but some script from the new skin I tried was killing my computer, so I had to give up.
Friday night, though, I started celebrating my one-year anniversary weekend with Pandara. She made dinner for Lildomino and me, although Lildomino didn’t each much since she wasn’t feeling well. The salad and tortellini with vodka sauce Pandara prepared was incredibly good, however, so Pandara and I more than made up for what Lildomino didn’t eat. The three of us hung out in the living room for a little while before going to bed to cuddle and sleep.
Saturday Pandara had to work, so I slept in and snuggled with Lildomino until hunger drove us from the bed. Lildomino and I went to the Paragon Restaurant, which I hadn’t tried before. The food was very good, and I definitely intend to go back. Eventually Lildomino had to leave for her job, too. I hopped onto the MUX quickly to approve two new players before heading home to meet Pandara.
Pandara and I went upstairs to snuggle and nap for a while, enjoying the rare chance to hang out before 11 PM. We then ventured out to get food, stuffing ourselves with yummy noodles. Once full, we headed back to my apartment to cuddle and watch Dexter. It was a slow, lazy day, and an excellent way to cap off and celebrate our first year together. I’m very much looking forward to the next one together.
Private the Penguin: "Skipper... don't you think we should tell them that the boat's out of gas?"
Skipper the Penguin: "Naah... just smile and wave, boys; smile and wave."