Luckily, I had Imperial Teen to guide me through it. I bought their new CD, "On", yesterday, and it's seriously frigging good. The majority of my time spent in the car today featured this CD. I particulary like "Sugar", "Our Time", "Ivanka", "Undone", and "First". "Our Time" hits me right were Pain's "Upright" gets me. Pure inspiration, making me want to take on the world. On a side note, in reading reviews of this album online, I learned that Barnes & Noble at least has a category of music called Post-Grunge. I think I'm going to be ill.
So my family was insane and happy as usual. I had a blast playing with the kids, and teasing everyone, eating way too much, and in general just relaxing. Oh, the really cool thing is that all three of the boys (Roger, Bobby, and myself) all recently got promotions/raises! Bobby's in charge of a new Kroger's, Roger got a new job as a graphic designer and now makes twice as much as his last job, and I of course am now a staff software engineer. Darlene bought us champagne and a balloon to celebrate.
Mom's gift getting and cake cutting went well. Our tender-hearted cards made her cry, so the love was palpable. I got to see mom and Tom's RV. It rules. Real tile floors, a queen size bed, full kitchen, and large sections of it expand out to create more room. Plus, they've got room enough for a DVD player, computer, VCR, scanner, and two TVs. It's crazy.
I also got to stop off and visit Dad, and he loaded me up with all sorts of stuff... A metal thermos filled with coffee (which was a lifesaver), a janik family cookbook, a ton of deer sausage, and a check for my birthday. Huzzah.
The trip back was a little harry, as I started to get really tired during the home stretch. A stop off for redbull, a sammich, and some popcorn fixed that up.
And now sleep, and the desperate hope that I finish my take-home final by 5pm tomorrow.