Picking up where we left off, since I haven’t even had time to sit down at the computer this week…
Saturday it snowed, which was pretty crazy, right?! You just don’t expect to see snow piling up on autumn leaves that are still on the trees! It was actually less “snow” and more “slush” that fell, so it was just super gross and we did not go out or anything all day. We didn’t lose power, but most people around us did for at least a little while. Some were without power for several days! So I guess we were very lucky. GG and I spent the day on the sofa, watching movies, including American Psycho, which he’d never seen before! (Yet I have seen it several times and even read the book… Wow.) Then, since we weren’t going anywhere and had nothing to do the next day, I suggested we drink the bottle of wine I received at the “favorite things” gift exchange. I never drink, so that was a pretty exciting suggestion. I’m sure I didn’t get “drunk,” but we did polish off the whole bottle (It was good! If it was gross I wouldn’t have had any), and I got kind of giggly.
Besides food shopping, and going out to check on someone who’s power was out, I stayed home Sunday as well, and caught up on all my DVRed shows. I don’t know what I’m going to do next year when our free DVR thing ends… Should we continue to pay for it?
On Monday morning we had kind of an emergency department meeting. I hadn’t thought anything of it until my friend in another group said they were having an emergency meeting that morning too. Uh oh… Luckily, it was nothing bad at all, it was actually exciting! My boss is now the head of our whole group, and our group is combining with another group (that I was already sort of in, indirectly), so it’s actually going to work out very well for me. And everyone else in our group who I’ve spoken to is really excited about the change, too. We kind of felt this would happen, just not so soon. But I’m really happy.
Monday night was Halloween and trick-or-treating. Inspired by Cruftbox, we got a selection of full-size candy bars and each kid received one, instead of a handful of minis. The first group that came to the door was so excited when they saw our big bowl of candy: “Whoa! This is the cool house!” But subsequent groups seemed less impressed, even getting picky about which ones they wanted (I was just putting one piece in everyone’s bag, randomly), or asking how many they could have. But for the most part, kids were polite and appreciative. I give the “most creative” award to the two guys who dressed as the flags of Finland and Germany (they were just t-shirts with strips of fabric, but still, clever). “Most entertaining” was the girl dressed as Amy Winehouse who sang “Rehab,” badly. “Worst costume” was a kid who couldn’t tell me what he was dressed as, but had the word “BOSS” written across forehead with black eyeliner. In between groups of kids, GG and I watched “Friday the 13th” parts 1 and 2.
On Tuesday we went to this restaurant in Delaware with GG’s family to celebrate his brother’s birthday. It was fun, but a late night, and I was stuffed. Wednesday was my usual, work from home followed by band practice.
On Thursday we went to a concert, which I hadn’t really wanted to do because it was pretty late for a school night, but I’m glad I went because it was a good show and I had a good time. We went to see Cynic headline at The Note. The music of course was fantastic (except for the girl singer coming in a bit early on “King of Those Who Know!”), and I even liked the new songs I hadn’t heard before. The crowd was like 95% young guys, but at least they know how to behave, unlike some concert attendees. The funniest part was before the band went on, when GG was talking to some guys about Paul Masvidal. One of the guys said he’d run into him outside earlier and he smelled like “flowers made of sand.” Paul is an interesting guy, though. For someone who is the lead singer and guitarist in a technical death metal band, he is extremely calm, quiet, and peaceful. During the show he took a break to “stretch the heart muscles,” then later suggested that maybe we are all “co-creating the weather.” Toward the end he invited the audience to start a mosh pit, saying, “If you need to release some anger you can, but don’t hurt anyone. It’s better to put that into writing, or music.” He would totally fit in on that “Best of Both Worlds with Hugh Jackman” sketch on SNL. “Now let’s have a knife fight while singing Les Mis!”