Unfortunately for us all, Thursday was the last ODTA tennis match and, knowing our opponent, there was no chance of rescheduling. But the good news is Eion is used to hanging out in country club tennis shops and watching tv. I hopped him up on motrin and dragged him along. The matches themselves? Choc full o' drama - some of which is still under executive review so I'm going to cover that topic a bit later. And yes, I did use the words "drama" and "executive review" when writing about the lowest level of country club tennis. Can you say "too much time on some people's hands?" But E was great and caused nary a problem, which is more than I can say for my opponent.
The weekend was poised to be even busier than normal kicking off with THE Halloween party. We pre-gamed with Ann, Hans, Sean and Amy before heading off to the party, held for the first time at a downtown location.
Behold the dress that had to be completely taken apart and reassembled:
Bet you didn't know Marie Antoinette had a pimp.
Sean and Amy, topical as ever, were a stink bug and exterminator. Would that I had more interesting ideas. I just tend to go with big, over the top dresses. Oh well, once a princess, always a princess.
The party was, as ever, outstanding. Our friends Tom and Kirsten were in from West Virginia adding to the fun.
There was a full complement of Chilean miners - and their mistresses.
We danced the night away until I noticed dancing was becoming difficult. And then standing became increasingly troublesome. And then my kind friends were smart enough to escort me to a sofa. The Designated One drove us all home though in retrospect, I probably could have done with leaving just a wee bit earlier.
Especially considering it was a swim meet weekend. Now I love the outdoor swim meets in the Summer. You're hanging out by the pool, generally in nice weather, with all your friends, having a few pops. Not to mention, you get to see the friends you've been missing since school let out when you compete against their Clubs. Fall/Winter swim meets on the other hand, are brutal. You do get to see buds but beyond that, it is approaching torture and that's without a blistering hangover.
You're in a loud, hot pool area and there tends to be allot of shouting and whistles. But I rallied and clearly my misery had company as I could see many other party attendees (and hosts) looking a little green around the gills too. The long morning was finally over around 11am and we packed up and headed home where I discovered Eion let Tim sleep until 11:15! Seriously, this was some major bullsh*t. I was up at 6:30 and then spent my morning at a swim meet and he got to sleep?
E apparently fed and entertained himself. When Tim woke up, Eion was sitting on our bed and informed him, "You slept through wake up time!" Hmmph.
Though it felt like I had already put in beyond a full day, we were hosting a couples poker game that night and more rallying was called for. I was knocked out early but didn't mind too too much since then I was free to socialize with Kirsten and Melanie. Not to mention my concentration was, shall we say, a bit on the low side.
Sunday was day two of the swim meet and while still not as good as Summer meets, was markedly better than the day before. I was really proud of both the girls. Morrigan, who was given the option of not competing, decided she wanted to enter. Having just aged up, all her events were 50M or more. And she was generally DFL but she was happy, had a good time and improved many of her times.
Her happiness may be a bit tilted at practice Monday when the ribbons are passed out and her sister gets several and she gets none. Maggie generally finished 5th or 6th for her age group but dropped time in everything including a 20 second drop in her 50 Free. She was also legal in all four strokes for the first time.
I couldn't have been prouder of both of them! To celebrate a successful swim meet, we had family movie day complete with popcorn and ice cream. Though Tim and I may have dozed off just a bit.