Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Weekend O' Fun

What a great weekend I had!

About a month ago, I met a woman at the Sit 'n Knit at Purls of Wisdom and she lives in my neighborhood. (For those counting, that's two women besides me in my neighborhood that have the "obsession"!) Her name is Donna and she and her husband Darren moved here in April from Miami.

A couple of weeks ago, they had a get-together at their house for Darren's birthday. He's English and there was another English couple they knew from Miami visiting and a bunch of work friends and Jen (owner of Purls). We let the kids have a "sleepover" at the grandparents house and we went to the party. Excellent fun! We drank to our heart's content, ate good food, enjoyed excellent company and felt like grown-ups for a change instead of just parents all the time.

Now, I don't know if I've mentioned this but my husband is almost perfect. The only thing that keeps him from being so perfect I'd have to keep him under lock and key so people wouldn't try to steal him for cloning purposes is that he's not social and he doesn't dance. Not social. There's an understatement. He hates people. He hates bars and crowds and is sort of shy and doesn't like meeting new people.

He had such a great time at the party that he wanted to know more about Donna and Darren. Long story short, on this past Saturday, we dropped our kids at the grandparents and the four of us adults went to Elitch Gardens! (Dave and I LOVE rollercoasters. Part of our honeymoon, we went park hopping in California.) The four of us had such a great time! We got there right when the park opened and within an hour and a half we hit all the major rides. We went on the MindEraser one more time and then off to lunch at P. F. Chang's. (Dave and Darren both really like Chang's.)

It's kind of funny because in the middle of our time at the park, we went on this tiny log ride. I mean tiny. It goes up a hill, turns right and goes level for about 6 feet, turns right again, goes downhill into the water and under a bridge and then your done. But. That downhill slams an enormous wave onto the bridge so even if you duck the wave when you hit, the water comes sluicing off the bridge as you go under and you are SOAKED to the bone. No avoiding it. So even an hour later, when we showed up at the restaurant, we were all still wet!

While we were eating lunch, we were talking about other restaurants and Dave suggested next time we go and hit this burger joint that got voted best in Colorado. That's right, my husband the antisocial, was suggesting another activity! I'm so proud of him!

As an aside, when we told Donna and Darren about our honeymoon on the rollercoasters, Donna mentioned they haven't gone on a honeymoon yet. I told Dave that they were still newlyweds (married October last year). Dave said, "Really? That's cool! Ruth and I are Shouldn't'aweds." He's funny! Soooooo very funny.

When we got home, there was a note on our door from the neighbor up the street. T walks to school every day with the 2 kids in that house (Boy A and Girl A). Their mom invited T and D2 to go to Chuck E. Cheese that night for Girl A's birthday. We went and picked up the kids. I got 2 presents and wrapped them and when it was time, I drove them to the Chuck place and hung out for a couple of hours.

Actually, I bought 4 presents because on Sunday, we had another birthday party to go to. Dave had an online poker tournament he won a spot in so I took the boys on my own. It was a bit tricky trying to watch both boys run around 4 different pools at this community pool place but I didn't want them to miss it. The boy whose party we went to used to be in T's class and they were good friends. The boy's family had moved and this party was likely the last time they'd ever see each other.

2 hours at the pool and then 2 hours at the boy's new house and then home, change clothes, go to grandparents for dinner. After dinner, home for baths and bedtime. Sweet, sweet bedti....zzzzz

Happy but exhausted, Ruth!


Yarnhog said...

That's so cool!

I am totally anti-social. Going out with a new couple always stresses me out terribly. Lately, my husband has been making a major effort to find us some couple friends. We socialize with a lot of couples in our neighborhood, but for various reasons, we're not close friends with any of them. So now he keeps making "dates" (no, not like that!) with couples he thinks we might get along with. We have made some new friends, but haven't really found a couple who are in a similar place in life, with similar income, similar interests, similar politics...making friends is so much harder when you become an adult!

Tammy said...

I'm sooooo like your husband (and Yarnhog)! I'd prefer to be home with my knitting and a good book over any party.

But I do like roller coasters!

Olga said...

Yeah, sometimes I wish I had a 'couple' friend so we could go out to dinner or movies, the couples I do know are so busy that they don't have time for socalizing. You've really got a gift in making friends and getting to know people. Use your powers for good,'kay?

WandaWoman said...

That's awesome that your hubby is making couple friends and enjoying it. Good for him!

Romi said...

Hi Ruth! Thank you so much for that adorable little stitch saver! I love it. :) I'm glad it's on your blog now!

AlisonH said...

I know this is off topic, but I just wanted to say, I love my new stitch saver--thank you!