Extra Super Long Weekend In Review: mini vacation edition

We took a few days off work and went to Baltimore for the weekend...

Thursday: We'll begin with Thursday night at the monthly installment of the OhNo Writers meeting. I know the weekend officially begins on Friday, but since I took a vacation day it seems appropriate enough. Thursday night was a lot of fun as always. Jen and I decided to kick off the weekend proper by getting for Chinese for dinner. We stopped at FuYi in Holland which has a sushi bar as well. This was our first time there and I was pleased with the quality and cost of the sushi (of which I had far, far too much...but it was unlimited for a fixed price...how could I not?), and Jen enjoyed her shrimp entree as well. The writers meeting was entertaining as always, with the usual suspects (sans Sara...we hope you're feeling better). We left a little earlier then usual, but that was good since we still needed to pack for the trip.

Friday: We were on the road by 10:00am (an estimated eight hour drive) so we could be there in plenty of time for Dr. Who and BSG (Anne and Roger are SciFi geeks like us). The drive out was very pleasant. The colors in the trees in Pennsylvania are about at peak and were very pretty even with a mostly cloudy sky. We arrived in the Baltimore area around 6:00pm and headed right out to dinner. We went to historic downtown Ellicott City for dinner. Our friends treated us to a very nice dinner (mmmmm, grouper in a fila bowl shaped like a fish) after which we headed back to their place for SciFi Friday. Dr. Who was surprisingly action packed this episode. I have really enjoyed the new series and the new Doctor. The writing seems a bit different this season (a bit darker), but I like the direction it has taken.

And now, a BSG review:

[fanboy-mode]OMG, could that episode get any better? The scene with Ellen and Tigh? Holy crap, he is going to be walking wounded for quite some time. I never cared for Ellen as a person, but damn, what a dynamic actor Michael Hogan is showing himself to be. Next holy crap moment was the Galactica performing a low altitude atmosphere FTL jump...did anyone catch the attention to detail on the way the flames disappeared into the vortex? Then, right into the battle over New Caprica. Again, the special effects and visual directors just do an incredible job with the space battle scenes. The scene where Galactica was getting pounded by the three base stars and the camera angle panned out to a distant view...the incoming rounds from Pegasus practically had me chearing (I was on the inside)...and the sacrifice of Pegasus...damn, I know it needed to go, and there is no doubt as to what happened like the original series. And poor Starbuck...it looked like she was smacked with a ton of bricks when that woman identified the girl as her missing daughter...I hope this is not like season 2 which they appeared to blow their entire effects budget on the Resurrection Ship episodes...anyhow, we watched it twice so far...[/fanboy-mode]

Saturday: It was a very pleasant day in the Baltimore area. We packed out kites (every one of them) in the event of nice weather. Our friends have a really nice park close to their home. We got most of the kites in the air, with the exception of stunt kites which proved to be temperamental. It was wonderful weather and I even got a bit of sun on my face (which felt good oddly enough). Lunch was procured at a local deli/ice cream shop (very good milkshakes). Afterwards we retired to the game room for an evening of X-Box. Anne and Roger now have us hooked on X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse (oh yes, the have also made it for PlayStation 2). It took a little bit to get used to the controls, but it was a fun evening...and Roger is correct, we probably should let Colossus have those power ups...

Sunday: A little cloudy and overcast, we decided to go for craft day. Anne and Roger gave us a quick primer in making glass beads with MAPP Gas and other utensils. I actually made two cool ones and one "failed experiment". Jen really took to it and I think she now has a new hobby (I'll leave it to her to post pics). While Anne and Jen continued on their glass melting experiments, Roger gave me a dissertation on primitive bow making. While it does not sound like a riveting topic, Roger has done his research and really knows his stuff. He showed off several of the bows and shot one of them (I declined to try as I might hit someone...I am just that bad with a bow)...I'll keep my eyes out for Osage-orange trees for you! The rest of Sunday was spent campaigning in X-Men Legends...Sugar Man will be our bitch someday...

Monday: Today we rolled out of bed and said our farewells. Anne loaded us up with some puzzles to keep Jen busy and out trouble and we were on the road once again by 9:00am. The drive back was uneventful, except with the snow showers in Pennsylvania...nothing intense, just fun. I managed to not use my laptop for Internet purposes all weekend and after sifting through 1600 messages in my inbox and three pages worth of LJ entries...I think I am caught up!