It was actually quite the pleasant weekend despite my occasionally bad mood. We had town meeting last monday and it went long, so I had half a day (well more than half, but not quite a whole one) so I left at noon on friday. That was mostly just about "stuff." I did the shopping while Janna was out with Nora and it let us get a head start, but it didn't quite give enough time to do anything "exciting."
Friday night Nora also gave us pretty much the nicest gift that one can give parents of a three year old. Perhaps it was that I was home early. Perhaps she was just exhausted. Who cares! She voluntarily went to sleep! She just went in her room and went to bed. No fuss. No recitations of Go The Fuck To Sleep
. We had the Hobbit/Smaug movie out from Netflix and managed to get through almost the whole thing before she woke up wanting to formally go to bed.
Saturday we went to the playground. We have been going to a new one for the last month or so. For one thing, she loves the swings there. It's an accessible playground and there are "wheelchair" swings that have an over the shoulder sort of locking mechanism the way that metal roller coasters do. The result is I can safely push her pretty much as high as the swing will go and she absolutely loves it.
We called it a day early because we had plans for a big Mother's Day dinner of chicken Kiev. Janna put them together Saturday and I cooked them off on Sunday. I made up a basmatic rice with mushrooms and green and red peppers. I also found some decent (I would say decent, not necessarily good) baby green beans, which were good, though jeebus, expensive. It all came out incredibly, even if the kievs burst in the oven--I fried them to golden brown then finished them in the oven. Janna's parents seemed to enjoy it enough. We also did our Amazing Race visit afterwards. Unfortunately, Nora was tired and cranky for much of it, but what can one do.
Other than that. We eventually finished Smaug and both really enjoyed the movie. We watched a few other things and generally had a nice weekend. I wasn't even going to download the beta, but I decided to try Wildstar. I ended up having a blast. There are some things that I don't like, mainly it's a little heavy on the furries for me. The gameplay is fun though and maybe I'll find a community or something and feel like I want to get past just soloing.
And I did something I haven't done since Ronnie Raygun was El Jefe. I read comic books. Both Janna and I used to read X-Men back before we met and I got out of it as they became just cost prohibitive, particularly trying to keep track of the entire mutant-verse of the last 80s. I'd looked at them online before and really couldn't get too excited about coughing up $3.99 for a digital comic that's like 20 pages any more than I could about a physical one. Doing some quick math, when I was a teenager, you could buy 5 comics for one hour of minimum wage and now you can buy not quite two. I did enjoy the interface that goes from frame to frame rather than page to page. Then I found Marvel Comics Unlimited, which is ten a month subscription for everything Marvel, just delayed by six months. Well, I'm 20 years delayed, so that's fine with me. I binged. I also like that this is something I can read and just drop.