One of the things that is always very exciting is to get to actually meet good friends I only know from online. And, having dinner (or lunch, etc.) out with friends is also always excellent (and doesn't really happen that often-- in the "hey, let's get a bunch of people together and go get food and converse" sense, not the "Hey, roommate, want to grab a hamburger?" sense-- yes, indeed, we really live it up down here in one of the major amazing restaurant cities in the Southeast, woot).
So, I was REALLY psyched when it turned out that sekiharatae
was going to be in reasonable driving distance for a wedding this past weekend. Yay! And plans were made! And they were, let me tell you, pretty darned awesome plans Although part of that is because The Melting Pot
is a) one of my favorite restaurants (fondue! more fondue! an amazing salad!-- yes, I know, but it's a fairly terrific salad-- dessert fondue!), and b)... um... yeah, I don't care how much time they spend telling you it's a Romantic Restaurant for Romantic Dinners for romance--- I used to go with d_ragondaughter
and the three of us would order one of the fondue dinners for two, and we would STILL be waaaaaay toooo fuuuulllll and have leftover cheesecake. Four people (d_ragondaughter
, me, sekiharatae
, and her husband)? Perfect for a fantastic night out!!
Monday: "Um... yeah, there may be a teeny problem with a hurricane....but we could evacuate in the direction of the restaurant! This is completely logical!!!....what?"
Tuesday: "OK, looks like the hurricane is not hitting here, so, we're good!"
Wednesday: "Gosh, I hope these driving time estimates are ok... I would be SO embarassed to show up late..... we will just have to coordinate the HECK out of meeting up after class to get on the road... (
and hopefully no students will want to talk to me after class...
) Ack! The warning light for tire pressure is on in my car! I really can't just ignore that.... hopefully it's not anything major..."
Thursday: "Hah! It was just that the oil change people set the tire pressure too low- we are good to go! We have Tae's Christmas present all set, we have assorted anime and books to
inflict upon her
lend to her, we have filled up the gas tank! Awesome!" (with, I might add, a side order of feeling VERY happy at defeating various weather- and car-related potential obstacles! Yes!!!)
Friday: "Wait, classes are cancelled as of 2:00? WOOOT! *ahem* I mean... darn? Ok, this is good, this is very good-- well, getting out of downtown before the downpour, definitely good, but getting on the road an hour early, EVEN BETTER!!! And now we won't be late! And maybe, even, *evil grin*, added bonus, we will have a bit of time to stop in at the IKEA! It's only an exit up from the restaurant!! THIS IS GOING TO BE FANTASTIC!!" *dramatic anime pose of WIKTORIES!*d_ragondaughter
: Um... yeah... about that... heard from sekiharatae
... that cold that she and her husband had which morphed into the Horrible Death Blargh is, well, still at the Horrible Death Blargh state. So they had to cancel.
Me:.. *big anime wibble-eyes* Can...cel?d_ragondaughter
: On account of Horrible Restaurant-Unfriendly Death Blargh
Me: Waaaaaah!!!! *tragic!!*d_ragondaughter
Me: Oh, also? The express commuter bus is starting up two hours early on account of "let's get everybody off the peninsula before the weather gets too bad"-- can you come get me at the bus stop? And then, darn it, we are going to go get a frozen pizza. And chips.d_ragondaughter
: And cake?
Me: Darn right, cake.
(obviously, Horrible Death Blargh right before a family wedding
which involved flying across the country
is WAAAAAY more important than having to cancel dinner with random internet peoples. But, you know, I have a) no social life, and b)umm.... let's just say that there's an annoying giant steamer trunk up in my personal mental baggage which is labeled "nobody wants to spend time with you/nobody remembers you" and is full of photos and newspaper clippings of relevant moments in my life, which means that anytime something like this happens, it takes a couple of seconds for the logical side of my brain to slam the fool thing shut and sit on it.)
Tae, hope that you feel better soon!!!