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One really long day...
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Right, so Alanna and I ended up going to Barnes and Noble and also to Michaels, which was fun. I picked up a copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales and looked for a charm bracelet at Michaels, but they didn't have any that were silver. Hobby Lobby has them, though, I think. At least I remember them having them from when I worked there. I'm planning on adding charms to it as I go, a kind of roadmap of my life from this point forward. Anyway, we went back to the Ransom residence with books and a cool craft project in tow and had pizza and popcorn and watched Coraline. Brian did not show up and I got a little bit upset, but oh well. It's not like there's anything I can do about that.

After Chris and Opal got home, I realized that I was very, very tired. I had a big day planned the next day, so I decided to take off.  On the way home, though, I called Mike and asked him what he was doing and it turns out he was at Sam and Joe's, so I stopped over there on the way home and hung out... until 5 am. It was a super late night quite by accident. We had fun, though, and that was good. Mike took a look at the gateway and told me basically that I need to get a new hard drive. I'm not surprised by this at all. I had hoped that wouldn't be the problem, but at least it's something I can fix. The battery has trouble charging, though, you have to hold it at an angle. In general, it's just a piece of crap and it's falling apart. However, if I can get it working again, I will have something to play Neverwinter Nights on, so I'm going to be fixing it one little piece at a time. I also ended up going on ebay and ordering a bracelet for my charms. It's pretty, I'll be sure to share when it gets in.

Mark called and made sure I was awake on Sunday at 10 am. A very kind gesture, though I was mildly peeved about it at the time and he got here at about 10:30 or so.  After a little bit, we took off to Jerry and Jackie's home at the nudist resort. It was rather difficult to get to, since I kept getting confused with all of the country roads. It's technically not even in the same county that I live in, but it was only about 45 minutes away by road. It was a good visit when we got there, we didn't see any naked people. We ended up going to a little restaurant in Pleasanton called Sely's. It was really good food, though the wait was pretty long because it was a Sunday afternoon and there was a huge number of people there. Afterward, we went back to their home and sat and discussed a myriad of things. I think we're probably going to contact the Unitarian Church and ask if we can use a conference room or something for the lore study group, so I guess we'll see how that turns out. I'll probably be calling them sometime this week. It's just the only place we can think of that we could meet at, though I thought maybe an IHOP or Jim's would work out decently. I suppose we'll see. We also did some discussion about the lore but not too much since we didn't have too terribly much time, and Mark was there and not entirely prepared for it.

So, Mark and I stopped by the grocery store and picked up the ingredients for some fantastic spaghetti. All of the ingredients amazingly only cost me $23 and it was enough to feed five adults with some left over. Anyway, my pants ended up ripping while were at HEB.  I'm glad Mark let me know.  It's interesting because I really didn't care too much.  I guess when something like that happens, you have two choices. You can either be incredibly embarrassed, which is a waste of energy, or you can just roll with it and deal with it as best you can. I chose option two. After that, we went back to the house. Mark had to go and hang out with his dad, so he ended up taking off.  He gave me a bag that had all of the things that Sarah had given him in it. I think giving it back may be very good closure for him. He's  been having trouble dealing with some aspects of their breakup recently, which I don't blame him for, even though it happened quite a long time ago.

I gathered up my pots and pans and went to Joe and Sam's. I got there at about 6 pm and dinner was ready at about 7:15, which I thought was pretty good. It's pretty much your basic spaghetti recipe, I suppose.  We put Italian sausage and hamburger meat in a pot and add onions, garlic, mushrooms. Then tomato sauce with different seasonings and just cook it.  Don't know how else to explain that, hahaha.  Just wait for it to be the right consistency. Mike brought some pinot noir wine. It did not taste too great and it was very strong. I somehow accidentally drank a little bit too much but I was okay.

Then, we played! It was a fantastic game session, Mike is a very good and creative DM. His characters can end up being absolutely hilarious and he can make up some of the most interesting things. Anyway, at the risk of revealing myself as a total nerd, I will refrain from going into all of the details. However, Gertie the teeny elf barbarian kicked some major ass with the axe that's taller than she is. It was awesome.