Time for Work, it's 11 PM...posted by John Blanco @ 10:49 PM
What day is today? Ohhhh...where am I??
Ah, yes, Sunday. Back from the cabin! Michele and I had loads of fun this weekend up in Estes Park! Here's a rundown of the events and, what the hell time is it, really?
Friday morning we awakened to have some breakfast in our favorite little egg pan, and get some last minute chores done before we left. We had to meet everyone at K's by noon, but nothing went as planned.
We were supposed to stop by the Sears outlet beforehand to see about getting a new refrigerator. Well, 15 minutes in, Michele realizes she's forgotten the cameras...abd her jacket. (Might be useful near the hills?) We had to turn back, but lost time for fridge-shopping.
We decided to try anyway...so we let MapQuest guide us to Isage St., an area we weren't too familiar with. Well, apparently, neither was MapQuest cause the directions were DOG-SHIT. So, after not finding the place, we headed for King Soopers to pick up some items and then K's. Best not be late!
We show up, but as it turns out, the God-fearing the loyal K had put into us was hypocritical, because he was 45 minutes late himself. :-) The hostess was even later...but it wasn't all bad because Rammie, Zachele, Minka, and Shawn chatted for a while whilst we waited. I got to read the most hysterical picturebook-Birthday-prezzie! HAHAHHA! Princess Cumwetta?? No, no, so wrong...so wrong... :-)
Around 1:30, all was assembled and we dashed for Estes Park. The cabin was beautiful! A large complex, 4 rooms, nice living area, huge kitchen. It was great!
That first day, we played many games (Mexican Train, Taboo) and talked for many hours. I found that I was unable to hook up the GameCube, though, so all the disconnecting of it here are home was a bit of a waste. Annie made a delicious Potato Chowder soup and we capped the night with:
GLOW STICK HUNT!
Glow Stick Hunt is a game I made up a few years back for an AC of my own. It was in response to a Winter-season AC, where we were stuck inside, and I happened to have some extra glow sticks hanging around. (Still can't remember why I had them.) You crack a couple glow sticks, make two teams, pick a "hider" each round who hides the opposing team's glow stick (no Seekers or Keepers though), and your team searches for its own. The member of the opposing team furthest away from the winning glow stick find receives a "consequence."
I lost once. My consequence was that I had to sing everything I said for the rest of the game. This resulted in great pain...FOR THE OTHERS. I started off broadway, then did cover tunes. By the end, I was rappin' cause it was easier. I should put out an album.
The highlight had to be Kimmie, who lost twice, including the first round. I advised Michele on a great curse to dish out: Talk like Napolean Dynamite. (Is this really a curse? Naw. Kimmie loved it. But, it was hysterical and that's the point, really.) Later, she lost again, and had to end every sentence with the word, "Vagina." After a couple of minutes, her conversational-style ended up with lines like this:
"Who's turn is it to hide the glow stick now...vagina?"
"Did you check the drawers yet...vagina?"
Other consequences saw Erica having to speak in pickup lines, and also saying each line twice. K was forced to speak only in French.
Saturday started off with a yummy Sausage, bacon, biscuit, egg, and fruit breakfast. I got to cook the sausage and eggs which we had provided, and it took almost an hour. We then played more games (Clue, Pit). Pit was especially fun!
In the card game, you have to trade your cards to try to get them all to match. For example, you win the hand if you end with 9 Soybeans, or 9 Oranges. To get all your cards to match, you scream for upwards of 3 minutes, yelling "2! 2!" in an effort to get people to trade cards with you. It was hilarious fun. :-)
At around 3:30, we all went downtown to the "Old Time Photography" store to get a little picture done for ourselves. :-) (See above.) This was downright hilarious. While it did take a few hours to wait, coordinate, and have the pics developed, it was WELL worth it. I got to be the priest of this dysfunctional wedding, while Michele played the "classy bitch" role. Great picture, man!
Afterwards, it was time for our Interpretive Christmas exchange! After all, this was the main even of the weekend! We were sad to hear that Cinnamon couldn't make it. She had actually driven up there while we were away for our photograph, but couldn't get in touch with us to get into the cabin. A major disconnect. Even had we been there, I'm not sure things would have connected. She ended up leaving her present at the front desk and going home. She was missed.
Well...we all gathed in the living room and the hostess, Annie, set us all up for the exchange. The first exchange was classic. My ex, Colleen, had made her gift for someone who asked for "A Gazillion Dollars." Well, her heart was in the right place when she made a "Porn Web site hand-me-down" as the great money-making venture. Unfortunately, the Gods were in for amusement. The wish was actually made by Adrianna's mother, Pam, and, uh, let's just say that having over 5 pages of hardcore porn thumbnail photographs to your elder is a little disconcerting. :-)
As for Michele, the gift she made asking for "A Masterpiece" ended up going to the hostess herself, Annie. She loved it, but we all felt bad because Michele's glorious "Peanuts in the Park" painting was the apple of Adrianna's eye, who is a hardcore Peanuts addict. :-) But, Michele's painting was a nice little memoir for our entire weekend. I'll post a picture of it when I get a chance, hopefully tomorrow.
The gift Michele received was done by Adrianna (ironically) as well. She made a gorgeous lighthouse that Michele was ga ga over! We've already placed it high atp our bedroom where we can see it all the time. So cool! I'll post pictures...I swear it!
As for me, the gift I created ended up being exactly for whom I thought it was: our newbie, Ericka. She'd asked for "Acceptance to law school" which was a dead giveaway. I ended up making a mock scrapbook of her adventures in her first semested at Notre Dame, complimented with a Notre Dame banner I, uh, well, bought. :-) The scrapbook had information on classes, buddies, and pictures "on campus." It was all a peverse mix of real photos, photos cut out of authentic Admissions pamphlets, real chewing gum, fake signatures, and more. I spent quite a deal of time on it, and was glad she seemed to enjoy it. I'm sure she'll enjoy it more once she actually reads it on her own. The devil was in the details, where all the little notes and signatures and photos all tie together to make what I hope a very realistic portrayal. I also had several friends at work sign the book using names from pictures onearlier pages. hehehe....
Shawn Snow ended up being my little Secret Santa, creating my wish:
"Evidence that Bill O'Reailly (fucker) and Rush Limbaugh (shithead) were having a secret affair!!!"
Decency laws will actually prevent me from posting pictures of this. :-) Shawn bought a real Enquirerer and superimposed a fake story midway through, and changed the cover as well. The pictures were HIDEOUS! Giant Rushes, ramming O'Reailly's. It was hysterical! Excellent job! I'll have fun showing it to friends. :-)
With the Interpretive Christmas done, and a few feelings hurt along the way...(long story, some dramas)...we ended up with Michele and I and the Rammie and Annie making some S'mores and absolutely pigging out. :-) We then played some more Pit (awesome) and then Glow Stick Hunt. Not as fun as the previous night, no one was really into it this time around, but a few of us still played.
Afterwards, Lerri, Shawn, and I stayed up til about 3:30 AM, chatting about politics and the military and travel.
Which leads us to this morning, which was not pleasant. We had to wake up by 8:30 so we could pack and clean and get the heck out of there. I was so exhausted. We wereout promptly by 10, minus several AC members including K who had to scooch for a job today.
Colleen and Shawn left, but Adrianna, Pam, the Rammie, Annie, Lerri, Janny, Michele, and I went into town to do some shopping. I got an awesome retro Nintendo shirt and a new fuzzy Buffalo to bring to work. Michele got a dressed up teddy fear (wearing Panda garb) and Annie's mom, Janny, bought her a bumper sticker that says "A world of wanted children would make a world of difference." How nice! :-)
After lunch, we shopped a little more and then Michele and I said our goodbyes as the snow was picking up. We stopped by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and I enjoyed a chocolate chip and caramel covered apple. Oh, babyyyy....
The rest of the story is about us driving, unpacking, reassembling the entertainment center, and having some frozen pizza before going food shopping. Unfortunately, I never made it food shopping because I fell asleep at around 6 and just woke up now to write this blog. I'm very exhausted! But, I have a full night of sleep ahead of me...
So, time to wrap up a few loose ends and get back to sleep. I'll post some pictures tomorrow. Have a good night!