Sorry about the privatization of the last post–it’s not so much about hiding it from any of the random readers, it’s more about keeping it Un-Googleable. Just message me for the password if you feel so inclined.
We’ve been super busy here at Ye Ole Petler Inn. I L-O-V-E being unemployed. And I love that Ben is being so beautifully supportive about me being unemployed. I’m going to hate it in another month when it’s time for me to find another shitty job to help pay the bills. I’ve gotten so much work done around the house and now that the house is significantly more de-cluttered (we two are notorious pack rats), I can focus more of my energy in creating things. Luckily for me, there is a whole slew of birthdays and weddings coming up that will be taking up a significant amount of my time.
Ben and I have spent a lot (A LOT–A LOT) of time playing Tekken 6 for the PS3. We love that game and it’s one of the few video games where I actually stand a chance against Mr. Ben a.k.a. Best Videogamer EVER. Thus far my favourite (new) character is Alisa, although I’m getting some good play out of Zafina as well. I usually try to stay away from the girls as I want to avoid being The-Girl-Who-Chooses-Girl-Characters plus usually the men have better combos. But Alisa is BAD ASS, she promises to be quite amazing and I look forward to learning the extent of her fighting skills. Zafina is just simply too weird to be predictable which makes it easier for me to beat Ben (ha!). There is a big fat American character, Bob, who is surprisingly agile, and although I can’t do a lot with him (I’m just horrible at the larger characters, I’m not used to their slower reflexes) Ben does very well in kicking my ass using big fat Bob.
We saw Mastodon AND Baroness in concert and they were both FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC. I kept meaning to have ole Benard write up another concert review but both he and I kept forgetting.
We went to a Mormon ring exchange. The groom is a convert to the religion and this was a way for the majority of his friends and family to celebrate his wedded bliss (as non-Mormons cannot attend any formal ceremonies). It was sweet and nice and fun. And they asked me to be the photographer for it. Which was pretty cool and which I would have enjoyed a whole lot more had I had more than TEN HOURS notice to shoot it (also, I didn’t even get to the venue until 75 minutes before it all started). I hope they’re happy with the results. They’re a super fun (and totally bizarre) couple and I wish them the very best.
Later that same night we had Ben’s band (and respective lady-friends) over for making our own sushi. It ran too late (sushi always takes FOR-EV-ER to make), but it was still AMAZING and even though we ate as we rolled, we still had a ridiculous amount of food leftover. It’s a really good group of folks and I’m glad I can call each of them my friend.
For our anniversary we went to one of our favourite semi-local cities, Asheville. We spent the day wondering around and making some more dishes for our already too-full kitchen.
Mother’s Day was spent having the regular family brunch at Copper Cellar (WONDERFUL as per usual). And then Mama (and Ben) desperately wanted to see the aquarium. So we took Oma and the five of us spent the afternoon at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. After that we headed to Ben’s mother & stepfather’s house for some Mother’s Day hanging out.
Memorial weekend has always been spent celebrating my paternal grandfather’s birthday on the 29th (75 years old this year!) and the next day is spent celebrating Oma’s birthday (82 now). Monday we hosted band practice at our house as the drummer is at his home in Ohio for the next few weeks.
It’s been a super busy month for us, as May nearly always is and June promises to be nearly as full. We do have Ben’s birthday to celebrate at the end of the month, and he’s asking for a big party (we’re looking for a theme if anyone has any ideas) with all of our friends as it has been ages since we’ve done something with err’body and it will be good to see all of our friends in the same place again.