A few weeks ago I had a nice dinner at the Thai place with Karen (hi Karen!) whom I hadn't seen in quite awhile, so that was fun. Good to catch up! The next week unfortunately was when I got siiiiick, but I did get to hang out with Kelly that weekend - she brought me dinner and a GIAGANTIC container of yummy chicken soup, which I proceeded to eat for the entire next week. We also went to the comic book store to pick up my towering stack of subscription comics (I think I hadn't been there in a month) and then had a good long conversation about what's going on in her life right now.
I also watched Waitress while I was sick - I'd read reviews that it was a sweet little romantic movie and since it has Nathan Fillion in it, I decided to check it out. I have to say, I was a bit nonplussed. I mean, it's interesting, but a lot of it was just kind of depressing - the way the main character Jenna doesn't want her baby, and the abusive husband, and all the people cheating on each other and all the rest. I think part of why I didn't love it was because I was expecting something a little more upbeat - but I think another reason why I didn't like it that much was because the characters' motivations weren't really made that clear sometimes; like Nathan Fillion's character - it wasn't really clear why he would choose Keri Russell's character Jenna over his own wife, who seemed devoted to him when she finally showed up, and was pretty and cheerful. Not that Jenna wasn't pretty and with her own charm; just that it wasn't really clear what was wrong with his marriage; nor was why Jenna was so unable to get away from her husband Earl, although I guess we were just supposed to assume battered women's syndrome or similar. Anyway - it was fairly interesting, but probably not something I'd watch twice. (THE PIES LOOKED AMAZING, THOUGH.)
After that weekend was when all the chaotic hours at work started, so I can't recall doing anything more exciting than watching TV and working on the new website for Jeff, but this week things finally started to slow down a little, and I got to have lunch at Teaism with the talented John Snyder on Friday. I hadn't been to Teaism before (although vwlphb and I intended to go many times!), but the food is very good (although I have to say their mango lassi can't hold a candle to the ones at Delhi Dhaba; I think DD uses more yogurt...) and it was really nice to get together with John, whom I'd met at the Baltimore Comic Con. We talked about a whole hodgepodge of things, including some art he's done for Zorro & Harlan Ellison (below) and some of the things he's working on now, and are going to meet up again after the excitement of the holidays has died down. Also John gave me an awesome uncut trading card that he'd done. Shiny!
Cover for some of Harlan Ellison's work:
The Inhumans - one of my favorites:
Captain America trading card:
As can be seen from the above, John's very flexible in terms of artistic style, etc. Very cool.
This weekend after I finished up my work hours (ick, working on Saturday = no fun) I FINALLY got to sleep for over 5 hours at a time (a whole 8 hours of sleep! What luxury!) and then today I met up with Amanda, Jeff, Benji, Julius, and Julius's girlfriend Athena for lunch. It was SO nice to see my baby nephew again (and every time I see him he's just so much bigger than the last time that it amazes me!) and it was great to see Julius, too, whom I hadn't seen since...New Year's in Trinidad? I think? And nice to meet Athena. We had a great lunch wherein I got to play with the baaaaaby (WIN) and then we all went for a nice little walk. Julius is recovering right now from the shoulder surgery he *just* had, but seemed in good shape. I'm glad he got the surgery done, and the timing is good, since now he will have the whole time between now and March to get back up to speed for the new DC United soccer season.
Benji eating papaya:
Julius and Athena:
Amanda, Jeff, and Benji:
Me and my tiny nephew:
Everyone's looking at the baby, who's looking at me. Hee!
Mommy and Benji:
All of us (don't ask me why I'm all hunched over!):
Always end your photo post with a happy baby:
And now, just a few more little things:
--> I'm finally back to answering questions over at ask_deadpool, so there's a new post up there! I'm going to try to get through my backlog of 20-something questions in the next few weeks, since it's a nice break from other stuff. Whee!
--> I think I may have already recommended it, but I am absolutely addicted to Set Free, by Katie Gray. It's beautiful; give it a listen over at the link.
--> You know how I do craft projects on occasion? Well one of my latest was a clay version of "Scary Trousers Neil" from Neverwear.net, as drawn by Kendra Stout. I think he came out pretty darned cute!
But since I don't need *too* much more stuff sitting around on my shelves, I asked the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund if they might like to auction him off for charity, and they said they would, so I'm going to be sending him over to them soon. Since I'm mailing them stuff, though, I had an idea for another cool Neil-related craft that I might try to do before I mail The Littlest Neil Gaiman, that can be auctioned off as well. I'm excited to try out my idea and see how it comes out. (And of course will post here if it works out.)
And...you know, I think we're all caught up on My Exciting (hah) Life. I'm going in search of some chocolate.