16 January 2012

Second Week in January 2012

Much has been made about the weather being so warm this winter. I may not miss the cold and the snow, but with it so being so dry, my allergies are going crazy. I like rain, I like high humidity, no matter what the temperature. Given that this blog has talked about all kinds of winters, I'm not going to get too excited about this one, but I will enjoy it while it lasts.

Monday I had nothing planned, it being the first day off after on call, but then I heard that the Ozone was hosting the final Prairie Cat show ... ever. It's kind of a bummer, I really enjoyed their music (and I still will). If I understood what they were saying, it was too much for them to maintain their schedule with the individual band members spread out across towns up and down the Iowa / Nebraska border.

I shared my meal with Marilou, and got a dance out of it! Photo credit: Matt

We were running out of chairs in our corner. Photo credit: Matt

Thank you Prairie Cats! Photo credit: Matt

You can see all of Matt's pictures from the event here. The show was good, except for the Ozone part. The staff there consistently does something to be annoying, this time it was wanting to charge me for another refill on my soda after I bought a meal. Good food, but I would just rather eat elsewhere because of the b.s. that goes with going there. I was home and in bed by 2215.

Tuesday I intentionally stayed home, figuring that I would be out on Wednesday and Thursday. However, Wednesday rolled around, and RCIA was cancelled. So I got plenty of sleep in the middle of the week. Thursday I went to Rome and Coke, the discussion was about the Communion of Saints. I thought it was a good discussion. Afterwards, Ronny, Ronny's friend Nate, and I went to Village Inn. They seated us right across from Merinda and Katja. A little later Tom joined us and we had a fun conversation until almost 2300. Easy for me to stay out late, I wasn't working on Friday.

Friday morning I slept in ... yes! After I finally got moving, I ran some errands, the recycling center, the insurance office, getting gas, washing my car, and visiting with Jillian. Having lunch made for you by a master chef is way above average.

In the evening, I bought a pizza at Lansky's and headed over to Joe's house to watch episodes 3 & 4 of the Catholicism video series. It was a smaller crowd this time, so many more boys than girls ... what's up with that? I thought episode 3, on the Mass, was just the sort of thing that would be awesome to share with non-Catholic Christian friends who are wondering what all the fuss is about ... I guess that the same can be said about episode 4 about the Saints too. I left about 2145, and drove downtown to the dance, and ended up dancing quite a bit for the short time that I was there. I didn't stay out late, I just came home and went to sleep.

Saturday during the day, in between naps, I got over to the grocery store and made a few phone calls while listening to the NFL playoffs on the radio. In the evening Kaleb was having a game night, so I headed over and was the first one over there at around 1720. We watched the end of the first football game, which was fabulous, I think there were 57 points scored in the final 39 seconds. Then the game playing began, first up was a game new to me, Quarriors. It's kind of deck building game, but with dice. I am unsure if it would have replayability over the long term, but it was a good for one play, and I won. Next up was the old favorite of ours, Shadow Hunters.. I was on the winning team (Shadows). The third game we played is one of my favorites, Shadows Over Camelot, it's a cooperative Knights of the Roundtable game ... hmmm, we won that game too. The final games we played were two games of Ultimate Werewolf. The first game I was the Witch (good team), and I played it very well. Beth was the moderator, and we had some miscommunication about when I wanted to save someone, however villagers still won, so it had no effect on the game. The second game was the only game I wasn't a winner on all night, I was killed early. Kaleb and Beth mixed in some new cards so even though we play every time it still seems new. The rest of the night was consumed with ping pong and Rock Band. It was a very good time, and I love Kaleb's generosity a lot. We finally got thrown out around 0415.

Sunday I slept in, but got to church, again at 1230 at Saint Mary's in Bellevue. In the early afternoon I took a longish walk with my still sort of functioning camera.

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You can see all my pictures from this walk here.

The rest of my day was spent writing. I have started the Mass Chaos book. I think I'm going to have to use a different program than the one I have to get it done, but I have managed to get a couple dozen pictures ready and about 1800 words down. I'm excited about it.

1 comment:

Matt Johnson said...

Vivian and I went for a bike ride along that same path. Hope you had fun putting geotags on all those photos.

And yeah, the service at Ozone seems to suck. I constantly had to refill my own water. Fortunately, I found a stray pitcher.