i'm back at home. yeah. i'm beginning to think travel isn't good for me at all. instead of quenching some sort of urge, it just exacerbates the itch. i dunno.
in any case, my "tour of the south" was fun. i booked it down to charlotte thursday night, and arrived sometime after midnight at rebekah's house. i bust in and we acted as if nothing had changed. andy was doing laundry there, too, so it was very reminiscent of old times.
friday morning, i caught a ride with rebekah to work, and felt inexplicably nervous the whole time i was walking into the building; i felt like a little kid on her first day of a new school. in any case, it was nice to see everyone again. i squatted between hendrik and brittany's cubes for the day, and felt what it was like to work in that row, finally. i think i managed to really upset bill and annoy everyone else around me, so i guess that worked out okay. micah shaved his head and looked like a lobotomy patient/newborn fuzzy chick, but other than that everyone else looked exactly the same. a lot of people were out of town (friday before a 3-day weekend, what was i thinking?) so i didn't get to see everyone, but i guess there's always next time.
friday night, we went to alexander michael's for dinner, and then to thomas street tavern for a bit. it was kind of an early night, since we were all really tired, but that was probably a good thing.
saturday, i got to see baby natasha ;) who was adorable and wiggly. the pics on the web do not do her justice; she's way cuter in person. i think i may have to spend more time in charlotte, just for an excuse to hang out with her. i think it's safe to say she's the coolest kid in charlotte.
saturday night, andy, quinn, rebekah, ed, justin and i watched the raiders/patriots game at picassos. the patriots won in a freak overtime victory, that i still think was kinda' unfair due to a blitzing technicality, but whatever. not like i really care about football, anyway. or either of the teams, really. at least andy and ed were happy.
sunday morning, rebekah and i had lunch at this great restaurant that i'd never been to before, pewter rose. i highly recommend everyone try it. i loved it. i scarfed down the smothered chicken and then began the journey north.
on the way, i drove through greensboro, to visit payal. we had coffee and i bought a ton of cds (recent realizations about money wasting away in a bank account allayed the initial feelings of guilt). it was fun to see her, if only for a few hours. she seems to be doing a lot better, attitude-wise, anyway. and that makes all the difference, when it comes to getting better. later that night, i drove to charlottesville (the original c!), and met up with max at the mellow mushroom, while we waited for raj's concert to finish up. we drank lots of water and discussed the politics of power and pride being the root of most international problems. what dorks we are. i love it.
once raj got out of his concert, we met up with him and rachel, and then headed to alice's apartment for the birthday festivities. whoever made the cake was a genius, and i'm totally planning on ganking the idea for the next birthday. overall, the night was fun and relaxing. it was nice to meet new people and see old friends at the same time. life goes on, i guess.
so, sunday night and monday night, i spent the night at max's house in waynesboro, va (actually, sherando lake, but whatever). monday i helped paint max's house a little ("help", being a term i'd use loosely), and then we headed back to cville for slacker shenanigans. we had dinner at copacabana (good, but overpriced), and then spent a few hours trying to pick out movies at blowbuster. we started out with "lolita", "girlfight", and "buena vista social club", but ended up getting "death race 2000" and "dude, where's my car?" (we decided on a theme) from hollywoodvideo. both ended up being very enjoyable movies, actually. "death race 2000" won us over with its coming attractions, even. "the big dollhouse" will definitely be an upcoming rental, if i can find it.
overall, a very necessary weekend. i feel like it's been forever since i worked. perhaps that is why i don't feel like working today. perhaps that is why i feel the need to ramble incessantly, instead.