Hello folks. I know that things have been a wee bit quiet over here of late. Sorry about that. To make up for it, here is a whopping great post about things that I’ve been up to.
Let’s see now…well, two weeks ago I had a week of vacation. I had planned to go to L.A. and attend the Gallifrey One Doctor Who Convention with Koskvader, My Evil Twin, and My Evil Twin’s Dad. Before that was to have been the Great Ceremonial Returning of my Mother-in-Law to her home (after being stuck at my place for two months due to weird schedules and inclement weather. Poor woman.) What actually happened was:
Monday, 11 February – I worked. I even managed to get two weeks worth of schedules done, as I am currently the desk scheduler. Go me. I didn’t quite tidy up my desk as much as I would have liked, but there you are.
Tuesday, 12 February – As near as I can recollect I worked on my blogs on this day, and packed my things. It was decided that Koshvader would be taking his Mum home, while I would be driving down to L.A. on my own. Oh! And I took my Car in to be serviced. Gaia needed an oil change and a new belt.
Wednesday, 13 February – Realizing that Koshvader would have to drive his Boat up the mountain, as my lovely all wheel drive Subaru was going to L.A. with me, we took Dark Star to get some work done as well. On the way back to our place, I stopped at Border’s to get a book on CD to listen to on the way. I ended up with the Arkangel Shakespeare’s As You Like It. (No David Tennant in this one. He is in Romeo and Juliet, by the way.) I sort of wanted Much Ado, but there were only two titles to choose from, and that wasn’t one of them. Of course, I also bought the Doctor Who Magazine, but that’s what I generally get there. Somewhere along the way it was decided that I should just go ahead and leave that day, while Koshvader was actually reachable by phone. This made too much sense. When I got over that, I left. Along the way…in the traffic, I received a call from my sweet husband informing me that there seemed to be an oil leak in my parking spot. So, once I was done eating at Pea Soup Andersen’s a while later, I moved my car and checked my parking spot. Yep. Oil, but not too much. I made it to L.A. with no further misadventures, but I’d really like to avoid driving all that way in the future. By the time I arrived it was well dark. I spent a wee bit of time with my Evil Twin (who I shall hereafter refer to as Steed, as he loves The Avengers as much as I do) then I went to bed. I was staying at his place, you see.
Thursday, 14 February – We had this day free, so Steed and I went over to Santa Monica after he, I and his Dad had brunch at a decent Chinese buffet. Our first stop in Santa Monica was at the Harry Potter store – Whimsic Alley. I’ve bought stuff from them in the past through their internet shop, but going there was a lot more fun. They have all kinds of things there. I only managed to restrain myself by thinking about the shopping possibilities at the Con. I bought myself a Ravenclaw bumpersticker, a Ravenclaw Prefect badge, and some Blood Pops for my Husband. Steed and I then wended our way over to Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. Yes, there is one that is not in Red Bank, NJ. It was fun, tucked away as it was in the back of a DVD shop, but I managed not to buy anything. Taking a look at the time as we left the shop, we realized that we would be better off eating in Santa Monica than trying to make our way back through all of the traffic. So…we went to Hooters. Yes, you read that right. I’d heard that they had great wings. That turned out to be an understatement. Their Garlic Wings were a religious experience. Our waitress, Rain, was a big sweetie. (Well, small sweetie, but you get the idea.) All of the food was good, and so was my beer. I had such a good time that I bought some pyjamas with cute owls on them. They have merchandise, you know. We packed up our leftovers to bring back to Dad and headed out. And then…we stopped at a light. On my right was my Mother’s High School. Of course I had to ring her up to tell her this. (My Father-in-law also graduated from Santa Monica High, we discovered a few years back.) My Mum seemed to quite enjoy the fact that I was near her Alma Mater. Well, as it was V-Day, and a Thursday, the traffic was horrendous. I managed to see quite a lot of cool shops as we worked our way homeward through the back streets. Upon our arrival, Dad agreed with us about the food. Even reheated leftovers were good.
Friday, 15 February – We started out the day by taking Dad to the Doctor’s office. I am very glad that I brought my knitting. That took quite a while. Then we stopped at Denny’s for lunch and on to the Con. If you want an in depth discussion of my first day at the Con, I recommend that you go here, as I’ve already written it up.
Saturday, 16 February – Surprise! I’ve already written this day up, too. You can find it here. I did get to spend the day with an acquaintance who works at JPL and then have dinner over at their place. It was really nice to see them again, and let me just tell you that they have a gorgeous library in their house, with a ladder on a rail and everything. Also, we had fabulous Chicken and Dumplings. Meeting their son was really cool, as he was celebrating his 5th birthday that night. (Also, he’s brilliant.)
And I’m going to leave it here for now, as It’s late and I’m off to bed. Just so y’all know, my new hard drive is on its way. Hopefully I’ll be able to post a picture of my new PJs when it arrives. Night!