Interstellar Adventures

December 4, 2006

Long Story Short

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Family & Friends,Hobbies,It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 9:56 am

This was such a busy weekend! And so many exciting things happened. Here we go!

Thursday was cold and snowy. I got sent home early and I picked the kids up early. We stayed warm and toasty inside. Nick cooked dinner for me and decorated the table an the kitchen for my birthday dinner. I got banners and streamers and everything. He made his yummy brisket tacos. Zed played his clarinet, and I got some neat presents. My favorite was a knitting-themed page-a-day calendar.

Friday night we skipped my company holiday party. Not enough people going that I actually liked or wanted to talk to. Stayed home instead, which in retrospect was a good thing.

Saturday morning Elle had her very first basketball game. It was super thrilling. For me anyway. The poor refs have to be commended on their patience. At this level they are very lenient on traveling, double dribbling, and the like. They called a couple of fouls, but they mostly spent their time herding the cats girls down the court on turnovers. Elle didn’t score – she missed two free throws – but in the end, her team was victorious. 5-2. Not bad for 6 soccer players and a new girl.

Saturday afternoon was Zed’s turn. His team didn’t turn out to be so lucky. Our one practice before our first game was cancelled because the coach was out of town. So, we showed up 30 minutes early to meet our coach and get assigned a number. We don’t even have a team name or uniforms yet. All the boys wore navy shirts and the coach taped numbers on them. It was very ghetto. But I couldn’t help but laugh. I think our coach got all the ‘leftover’ kids that no one knew. One kid on his team is shorter than Elle. We got beat 36-16. Zed scored 4 points, and he played hard. I was so proud of him.

Nick got sick over the weekend, and wasn’t in good shape to go out, so, by myself, I went out to dinner with my friends. The Melting Pot was good, but I think it was overpriced. I don’t know that I’d go back unless someone else was paying. I’ve been to much nicer restaurants for that kind of money. The best part though was Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar. It was You all HAVE to come down here and we have got to go! The pianos literally sit back to back, they take requests all night, people sing and clap, and it’s VERY interactive. The sideshow for the night was the soldier that had just returned from Iraq. He was sitting right in front of me and was very drunk. At one point he actually reached back out of the blue and tried to kiss me. I stealthily avoided the attempt. I think his mom was there too. And I thought she was going to fall out of her chair she was so drunk. Then a girl came over and gave the soldier a little lap dance. I have pictures. Really. It was sad yet funny.

Sunday I went to brunch with mi famiglia. Blue Mesa brunches are the best, and I had a coupon for a free brunch. YUM. Elle and Zed looked cute. They’d spent the night with my grandparents and had gone to church with my mom. My sister Nikki also came, and we had a nice, fairly relaxed breakfast. I say fairly because my grandfather made a huge deal out of the fact that they don’t have ‘regular’ coffee. They have ‘funny’ cinnamon flavored coffee. He actually told our waiter “You guys would do five times the business if you had regular coffee.” The waiter replied “You know, I think we do a lot of business because of our coffee. Last night I had a table buy five pounds to take home.” Zed played his clarinet for me again.

We also got our Christmas tree yesterday. It’s a REAL TREE! I haven’t had a real tree since I was 16. It smells so good, and the needles are so soft. We got a Fraser Fir, which is about 7.5′ tall. I had to trim it more just to be able to get the angel on the tree. It’s in our front room which has lower ceilings than the living room. Its so pretty. I need to get icicles tonight to put on it, and then it will be done.

I also did some knitting finished a scarf, and finished most of the pieces for three bags. I need to make two straps. I also have a pair of wrist warmers and two hats to finish before Christmas. Fast fingers please.

Birthdays are fun. I think people should have them more often. I’ll post pictures and video from the weekend soon. Hope you had a great one!


  1. Sounds fun! I left my new blog address in the ID area of this post for ya!

    Comment by J.Bradford — December 4, 2006 @ 10:10 am |Reply

  2. I helped coach a youth basketball team one year. I think it was 7-8 year olds. Maybe 9-10. I don’t remember. But it was a lot of fun. And yes, the refs are quite lenient with the traveling.
    You gotta get uniforms though. Even if it’s only t-shirts with iron-on numbers.

    Oh, we’ll be getting uniforms. This team was assigned late, and so getting the details together is last-minute. We won’t be the ghetto team forever.


    Comment by Bone — December 4, 2006 @ 10:30 am |Reply

  3. This sounds like a great weekend. You do need FAST fingers to get all those projects done! WOuld love to see pics before they get wrapped.

    Again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY and congrats on your 500th post.

    Comment by nancy — December 4, 2006 @ 12:41 pm |Reply

  4. OH yea, we should celebrate our birthdays more often than once a year. I’m up for it!

    The dueling pianos sound great and good for soldier boy, he needed to get his drunk on and a good lap dance never hurt anyone.

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend! I love staying in and being warm and cozy when the weather is crappy outside. That’s one nice thing about winter.

    Comment by carnealian — December 4, 2006 @ 1:16 pm |Reply

  5. Yeah for good happy birthday’s!!! I agree, we should have a couple a year.

    Comment by Jolynn — December 4, 2006 @ 1:39 pm |Reply

  6. Happy birthday Lass! Sounds like a great celebration.

    Comment by Marie — December 4, 2006 @ 2:58 pm |Reply

  7. Happy bday!!!!!!
    Sounds like fun all around though. I love going to the kid games! They are hellevu more exciting then the proff games.

    Yep, and you don’t get kisses from players while they’re waiting to inbound the ball. (Our bleachers are right on the lines.)

    Comment by KaraMia — December 4, 2006 @ 3:10 pm |Reply

  8. Happy Bday! your weekend sounds like a blast, esp. the piano bar, LOL!
    COngrats to Elle and Zed on her win and him because he played like an athlete… to win!

    Hope Nick is feeling better, too.

    Comment by Laura — December 4, 2006 @ 6:50 pm |Reply

  9. Wow! I’m exhausted just reading about your life. I’m glad you had a great birthday those are always the best.

    And the real tree – nothing like it to make it officially Christmas.

    Comment by writerchick — December 4, 2006 @ 8:42 pm |Reply

  10. Sounds like the Soldier was making up for lost time :>) dancing of the lap area whilst clapping along to interactive pianos- my mind’s boggling…again :>)

    all sounds like fab fun, wish I was there :>)

    I’m not going to my dept xmas meal either- for the same reason as you, sometimes pennies in the pocket are worth more than enduring something for the sake of appearances… well I’m starting to learn that anyway :>)

    Comment by wisbo — December 5, 2006 @ 3:34 am |Reply

  11. Sounds like you had great fun! I promise next time in your neck of the woods I’ll let you take me to Pete’s Duelling Piano Bar…sounds great fun!

    Comment by Claire — December 5, 2006 @ 5:58 am |Reply

  12. Happy Birthday!! And what a full weekend you had. 🙂

    Comment by Gypsy — December 5, 2006 @ 9:06 am |Reply

  13. Happy Belated Birthday!!

    Comment by Kristin — December 5, 2006 @ 10:55 am |Reply

  14. Happy Birthday!

    I only want one a year. It seems to go so fast anyway.

    Comment by Carrie — December 5, 2006 @ 1:05 pm |Reply

  15. Happy Birthday!

    I just love those dueling Piano Bar’s – I always request “The Jefferson’s” theme song. It makes everybody burst into song (well, at least me)

    Comment by creative-type dad — December 6, 2006 @ 1:23 am |Reply

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