Just got back from lunch with Karsten, , and my coworker J at Baja Fresh. But not the West End Baja Fresh! No, the Green Hills Baja Fresh. So it was different. Snootier.

Or, well, it should have been. But instead, it was poorer service. Of course, maybe that’s because we were loud and obnoxious.

Nah.

After lunch, Karsten and and I went shopping in Green Hills Mall, where we scoffed at the ridiculous prices, admired a few cool items, and did our level best to piss off the other shoppers by having fun. Jeez, people, you’re shopping, not attending church. Lighten up.

And I guess I haven’t posted an update since before Christmas, so here goes.

My parents gave me Scene It? for Christmas, which was a great gift. The whole family played it all evening on Christmas day — and unanimously banned me from the game after the first 10 minutes. Whaaaaaat? I love movies; what can I say? The fact that I know most of the answers only proves I have no life — and I’m not even making money as a movie critic or anything.

We have a recent tradition in the family of appointing a Christmas Pig. Last year, Karsten and my nephew were neck-and-neck for the coveted title — it was so close, I don’t even remember who won; this year my niece and I were in the lead, but then out of nowhere my mom took the crown! The women really surprised the men with their eating stamina in this year’s race. I think the men are going to go back and do some serious training for next year.

Yesterday, Karsten and I made the drive back to Nashville, with a plan to stop at Trader Joe’s in Indianapolis. We needed to pick up some more cases of Three Buck Chuck. Unfortunately, we forgot about Indiana’s blue law prohibiting the sale of alcohol on Sunday. Funny that we forgot it, since Tennessee has a similar law. But regardless, we were forced to leave, well, not empty-handed (we did stock up on other goodies to the tune of $100), but without our beloved cheapskate wine.

Between Indianapolis and Louisville, I-65 was an absolute mess. We had several patches of slow-moving traffic, and dozens of cars off the side of the road. The trip home took two hours longer than usual, and we were exhausted by the time we pulled into the parking lot, with a full car yet to unload. Ugh. But at least all six kitties were alive and well and clearly happy to see us.

I felt like a slug in the gym this morning after a week without working out at all (not to mention the whole vying for the title of Christmas Pig thing). I only did a mini-session on the elliptical followed by almost an equivalent amount of stretching — I’m feeling really tight and stiff. But at least I’m back in the groove. And I’m practically alone in the office today, so I’m catching up on work and personal email and LJ, with the occasional work task thrown in for good measure.

And that about does it.

Long lunches and long hauls back home

23 thoughts on “Long lunches and long hauls back home

  • December 27, 2004 at 4:58 pm
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    If my project in Nashville comes through, I can bring you some Two Buck Chuck. Do you guys hit the TJs over by the Pyramids (on 86th street) or the one in Castleton?

    I’m surprised there’s still ice on I65. It was in decent shape when we came home Saturday. Nothing beats the traffic I sat in Thursday night, though.

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  • December 27, 2004 at 5:03 pm
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    Yeah, the 86th Street one. Wow, if you could bring us a couple cases, we’d be so grateful! There’d be at least a bottle in it for you. 🙂

    I-65 wasn’t so much icy as slushy and slick. And there were delays that were just inexplicable. As in, we’d be slow-and-go for twenty minutes, and then we’d reach the point where it suddenly clears up — with no sign of what could have caused the traffic in the first place! It was like that in multiple places. Weirdness.

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  • December 27, 2004 at 5:20 pm
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    Aww, shoot! I wish I had known when you guys were coming back; I woulda met up with you last night. 🙁

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  • December 27, 2004 at 6:15 pm
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    OOOH OOOH OOOH OOOH!!!!!!!!

    I want to fucking play Scene it!

    That looks so fun!!!!

    Game night. My apartment. This weekend.

    is invited too.

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  • December 27, 2004 at 7:30 pm
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    Where were you? I would have loved to have seen you. Pout!

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  • December 27, 2004 at 7:31 pm
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    Rock on! We have the “sequel” pack, too. We’ll have to bust that out. Yay!

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  • December 27, 2004 at 7:50 pm
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    That game sounds like a lot of fun. My knowledge of movie trivia is extensive because I do nothing but watch movies heheehe 🙂

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  • December 27, 2004 at 7:55 pm
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    We’d probably make good competitors, then. 🙂

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  • December 27, 2004 at 8:05 pm
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    Holla next time you get a game going. I’ll also bring over my Taboo game which is fun. I’m easy to beat once I get a little drunk 🙂

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  • December 27, 2004 at 8:06 pm
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    Which one is Taboo?

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  • December 27, 2004 at 8:08 pm
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    Taboo Game

    Its a lot of fun, especially when you are moderately intoxicated. >:)

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  • December 27, 2004 at 8:11 pm
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    OK, cool. I don’t think I’ve played that one, exactly, but I’ve played others like it. Sounds like fun!

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  • December 27, 2004 at 8:27 pm
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    Taboo is awesome.

    It’s like Pyramid and Password on crack.

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  • December 27, 2004 at 8:38 pm
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    We’ll figure out the details on Wednesday night while munching pizza.

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  • December 27, 2004 at 10:26 pm
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    I was in Nashville and Madison most of the day. I drove up to see a friend of mine in the area. I have left a comment in a previous LJ post of yours asking when you two were coming back into town, but didn’t see a reply. Given everything you had on your mind with your Dad, I wasn’t surprised.

    Oh well, another time. I’m headed home bright and early Wednesday morning. It’s been a good visit, but I am more than a little eager to be back home.

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  • December 28, 2004 at 10:06 am
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    Well, are you still around today? We could do lunch or dinner or drinks or something.

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  • December 28, 2004 at 11:20 am
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    *sniff*

    No TJ’s or Fry’s. Some days I feel like I’ve moved to the hinterlands.

    *sniff*

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  • December 28, 2004 at 12:15 pm
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    is nick there?

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  • December 28, 2004 at 12:58 pm
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    Yeah, I saw him at his desk when I came back from lunch.

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  • December 28, 2004 at 3:37 pm
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    She was a friend, but not that kind of friend. 🙂 I was only there for the day, and drove back late that same night. I’m back in Memphis doing the family thing today, and then I fly home first thing in the AM. At long last. I’m glad I was here for such a long visit, but I am so ready to be home.

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  • December 28, 2004 at 3:44 pm
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    Oh, OK. I didn’t get the full picture of what your visit entailed and where you were.

    Ah well. Maybe next time!

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