Kelly and I took a short trip to Rochester today. I really wanted to see Matt before he moved to Seattle in January, so my main purpose for the trip was to attend Game Night at the comic store. Kelly and I ate a late lunch at Magnolia’s, and then we went to Wegman’s in Pittsford (or, Mega Weg’s, as some like to call it). I had a request from Adrienne for Cocopop, which I’ve only ever seen at Wegman’s, and Daniel wanted a particular cereal. I do miss Wegman’s.
We also went to Eastview Mall for some holiday shopping. I’m visiting my brother tomorrow, so I wanted to get everything for him, his kids, and my sister-in-law wrapped and ready to go.
Finally, it was time for Game Night. I got to see Matt’s wife and kids briefly, then Kelly dominated us in Settlers of Catan. And then I lost miserably in poker, too. But it was great to see them, and a trip to the store means that Matt gives me and Daniel all of the stuff that they haven’t been able to sell. This includes random, terrible comics and bizarre action figures that probably shouldn’t exist.
I had a good afternoon in Rochester. It was nice to visit, but I don’t think I could ever live there again.
My parents visited this weekend. Unfortunately, this was the first really cold weekend we have had in Rochester, so we mostly had to limit ourselves to indoor activities. This included me winning Settlers of Catan and Apples to Apples. We did walk to Parkleigh so my mother could look for a gift for Lori, whose birthday is today. Daniel fell in love with Buckyballs while we were there. After watching a number of videos on youtube about Buckyballs and Zen Magnets (a similar product), he decided to order the Zen Magnets. He received a hilarious e-mail from the company, but I won’t post it here. Instead, if you’re really curious, go purchase some for yourself. They’re a very cool product and I think I am even more excited than Daniel for their arrival.
We also stopped at Stever’s and my parents bought some treats for all of us. Daniel may have eaten too many and given himself a tummy ache. Maybe.
For dinner on Saturday, we went to The Distillery. It’s one of my dad’s favorite places to go, and I certainly don’t mind because I love it there. After dinner, we came back to the apartment and watched To Kill a Mockingbird, another Gregory Peck film. Yes, Daniel and I are on quite the Gregory Peck kick right now.
They left this morning around 10am. I slept until 9am, and when I got up they had already gone to breakfast and come back. I felt a little bad, but I was pretty tired. As soon as they left, Daniel and I went right back to bed until after 12:30pm. It was a fun weekend and I hope they visit again soon.
I can't wait for Kelly and Dillon to visit later this month! Pictured above: Kelly.
It’s Tuesday and I’m pretty excited to head to Matt’s house for Taco Tuesday. It is Jerry’s birthday and we are going to play Settlers of Catan. Of course, I hope this doesn’t mean we aren’t also going to play cards. It’s been quite some time since we have had enough people to have a good game of poker. And I’m feeling very lucky.
Yesterday I went to Boulder on Park for the first time. I met Jenab for lunch, except that I didn’t eat lunch. I just had a smoothie since I wasn’t very hungry at the time. We were served by this total hipster white boy with dreads. I guess it takes all kinds of people to run the world. And it takes hipsters to run coffee shops.
Do you ever have those days where you just feel good? Well, that’s how I’m feeling today.
Today Daniel and I visited Kelly’s apartment in Oneonta for the first time. It’s nice. I personally love our apartment (except for our ugly green rug), so I did not fall in love with her house, but it was good. I think she will have a fantastic time living there with her friends, and it is right across from campus. We ate dinner at her house, some chicken parmesan. It was delicious. Daniel and I supplied the wine. We played a game of Settlers of Catan and then a game of Cranium. Dillon won the former, Daniel and I won the latter. Poor Kelly. It was a great night, and it’s always fun to hang out with those two crazy kids.
We went to Old Franklin Day this afternoon to check out the “festivities” and the sales. Daniel found a copy of Daredevil #5 from 1964 at a yard sale. He got it for only $10. Then his computer died and he said bad words. Tomorrow we have an appointment at the Genius Bar in Victor.
Tomorrow we plan to leave for Rochester. Everyone is very nervous about Irene. I hope our plans are not deterred because of the weather.
Happiness and excitement.
While Daniel had to work today, my mother and I grabbed some breakfast at Jay’s Diner and went on a brief shopping trip to Target. My mother loves Target. She’s crazy about it. She needed to pick a few things up for Nate’s and Lori’s new baby Paige. She also ended up buying me and Daniel little essentials. Like toilet paper. So much toilet paper.
She left shortly after 11am to go to Herkimer, and then home. I think she had a good time. She almost even won at Settlers of Catan last night.
It was nice to have her visit. Next up: Kelly and Dillon visit for Park Ave Fest!
I'm getting very excited to go to the beach. I can't stand it.
My mom is in town, which is great. She arrived this afternoon and we decided to grab some lunch at Magnolia’s. We shared a tuna sandwich (which was so much more than a tuna sandwich) and then a dessert of bananas foster cheesecake. It was phenomenal. I’ve never had anything that was less than delicious at that restaurant.
After Daniel came home, we went to The Magpie for some beer. Daniel was ecstatic, because being 21 is still novel to him. We all had Bass, which was the special of the day. Daniel and I have never been to The Magpie, and I think we were pleasantly surprised at the atmosphere. Despite the lower prices, I would still take The Old Toad over The Magpie any day. You can’t beat the atmosphere of The Old Toad.
Then we head over to Game Night at Park Avenue Comics & Games. We convinced my mom to play one game of Settlers of Catan with me, Daniel, and Dennis. She almost won, but Dennis beat her. Daniel and I weren’t even close. I think she had a good time. Then we headed home to eat dinner.
It was a good day. I’m glad she’s in town. I also found out from Daniel that I would be working my first shift at the comic store this Friday, from 12pm until 6pm. So come visit me!!
As a graduation gift, Matt decided to give me the Catan Dice Game. Daniel and I had been eyeing it for a while, so this was a great gift. We’ve played it 4 times now. The box really comes with 2 games. In one of the games, each person takes turn rolling dice and building roads, settlements, cities, and knights in a sequential order determined by the sheet provided. Each successive settlement, knight, and city is worth more than the last, and you try to accrue as many points as possible.
The second game is more like a travel version of the original Settlers of Catan, where you are trying to win with 10 victory points; settlements are worth 1 victory point, cities are worth 2, and each player tries to obtain points for having the largest army and longest road.
Each person takes a turn. A turn consists of rolling the 6 dice and trying to build as many things as possible with the resources you have rolled. You get three rolls per turn, and if you get brick on the first turn, but no wood, you can set aside the brick in case you get wood so that you can build a road before your turn ends. At most, you can use 6 resources per turn. So even though you roll the dice 3 times, you make what you can with those three rolls. But you can’t build a road on the first turn, and then roll again with those two dice.
It’s a fun travel-version of Catan, and an awesome graduation gift.
I love fish.