the last minute

I got suckered this summer. I was elected as an alumni rep for the class of ’98 from ASMS. The next day at my first council meeting, I got suckered into organizing the annual Winter Retreat. My one constraint was that I didn’t have to do any planning until after October. Someone else would take care of anything that needed doing before October.

I spent the month of October trying to find someone who knew what the hell was going on. I’ve promptly spent the last two months trying to figure out what else needed to get done. Then, this week, everyone disappeared off the radar for Christmas. I type this at 10:45pm the night before the retreat. In approximately 12 hours, I have to be at Joe Wheeler State Park. There is no dinner planned (the person who was supposed to do that, didn’t). Only one executive council member who has check writing privileges on the council’s checking account will be there. Let us pray he remembers his check book. I still have to run to Sam’s tomorrow morning and pick up salad fixings, chips and sodas for tomorrow night. I have to get up at 8am tomorrow and call the restaurant and place the order that was never placed. I also have to call Joe Wheeler and pray that they take cancellations at this late last minute, else we’ll have about 5 extra cabins. *sigh*

I just spent the past 1.5 hours on the phone with the council’s President. I think we have everything organized now…

Next year, I swear this is going to be so much better planned.

Merry Christmas/Solstice/Hannukah/Kwanzaa/or whatever

Happy Holidays to everyone. This day’s been a good day for Sean and me. We’ve had a good year this year and Christmas Day just kind of summed up the year for us. It was a good day with just the two of us and then family later on. Oh yeah, and Sean loves his new PS2 that I got him.

Geof, I’m sorry you’re sick. If you want me to bring you chicken noodle soup or anything, just give me a holler.

For everyone else out there, I hope that your holiday was as wonderful as ours. Oh yeah, and to those who live in climates that are considered snow-friendly, hope you at least got a few flakes today.

japanese invade huntsville

Sean and I have been wanting to try this new Japanese restaurant in town for a while. Saturday night, already tired of turkey leftovers (they are quite yummy, but I can only handle leftovers for so many meals in a row), we decided to go hunting for something a little different. Mikawa’s came up and we easily agreed that it was finally time to try out this strange and new restaurant. Driving up to the restaurant, we were a little skeptical. The parking is rather strange. The second I walk into the restaurant, though, I was immediately surrounded by a calming atmosphere. The interior design is very simple. Asian minimalist. The host was very nice and seated us in a quiet corner. Hell, the whole restaurant was quiet. Even with children there. There are rooms for larger parties where you sit on the floor around a low table, but Sean and I sat a regular table.
Our waiter was very friendly. The menu selection was spectacular. They have everything from sushi to rice dishes to noodle bowls. I tried the sushi, since I had been craving some lately and Sean had one of the noodle bowls. We also had an appetizer of edamame (boiled soy beans) and spicy tuna rolls. I also ordered hot sake since it was cold outside and I have a hard time turning down good sake. The service was timed very well. Our food came out quickly, but slow enough that we could enjoy each course. The food was spectacular. Sean and I were both very impressed. At the end of the meal, our waiter found out that this was our first time, so he treated us to a small bowl of their green tea ice cream. Wonderful. Not too sweet with a very distinct smooth flavor.
Our check came out and Sean and I were pleased with the reasonable prices on everything, especially considering the amount of food we ate. We both left the restaurant pleasantly full of yummy Japanese food. I definitely recommend this place to anyone who enjoys Japanese food.