Sunday, June 29, 2008

And the Beat Don't Stop and We Talk So Tough

My friend T. giving me a hug on her birthday.

Well, this weekend turned out much differently than I expected. It was good, but as they say in Ottumwa, just diff'ernt. On Saturday afternoon, we watched my niece and nephew. My sister's friend's husband (got that?) is an engineer for the railroad and fell into the Cedar River by Columbus Junction when the railroad bridge he was on collapsed from damage from all of the flooding. Needless to say, he's in critical condition in the hospital here, and so we babysat my sister's three year old and five year old so she could be there to support her friend.

Of course, I didn't even think to get my camera out and take pictures of my niece and nephew being all adorable. We watched Night at the Museum. I had never seen it before, and I thought it was pretty good. My nephew was really into it and my niece was really into coloring on pink construction paper with pink and purple markers. Having teenagers, I forget how different it is to have younger kids. It's been over ten years since I've had a three year old and a five year old in my house all day. It takes a lot out of a girl. I don't know how my sister teaches at a grade school all day and then comes home and entertains her kids all night (with the help of her husband). I think I might have to develop a meth habit to have enough energy for that.

I went out late on Saturday night. I needed some alone time after my girls went to their dad's house, but then I went to the Dublin for one beer. My friends J. and D. were going to go to Joe's Place because they were having guest bartenders from a bar called the Wig and Pen. The Wig and Pen was pretty much ruined from the flooding, so I don't know what their employees are doing now for work every day. Instead of going with them to Joe's, I left and went to the Picador where my friend T. was celebrating her birthday. C. was in town from Fort Madison, and I got to talk to him for a bit before he left for a party.

My friend J. was getting ready to go home and so I asked him for a ride and he kept saying no. Which he always does. In most cases with him, no usually means yes. When we got to his car, he acted like he wasn't going to open the passenger door and just leave me standing by myself in the parking lot. Of course, he finally did and we laughed most of the way home about how both funny and sad it would have been if he had driven off and left me.


Remiman said...

I watched "Museum" with my grand daughters in Texas. It was a hoot!

evil-e said...

I am sure it would have been a riot if he left you behind, har har

I will have to remember the language lesson and keep the word "diff'ernt" in mind if I ever find myself in that part of the country. Thanks.

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

That would've been funny if he left you... Princess Diva has tried that move a few times.. and it never gets old.. Hope the friend's husband gets better soon...

NoRegrets said...

I will have to put that movie on my list...
Glad you had a fun but tiring weekend.

Susan said...

I hope your sister's friend's husband is ok. Glad you had a good (but different) weekend.

Tara said...

Wow, I hope your sister's friend's husband makes a full recovery very soon!

I haven't seen "Night at the Museum", but it looks cute.

Minyo said...

I heard about that RR accident. Hope sister's friend recovers soon.

Night at the Museum is a cool movie. We saw it last summer.

Anonymous said...

I hope your sister's friend's husband pulls through and gets better.

Your friends always sound like such a fun and interesting bunch :) I used to drive off and leave my sister behind for fun, and then come back for her. That kind of ended the day I tried it in the Disneyland parking lot and she ran after me and threw herself on the hood of my car.

I love my sibling.

DJSassafrass said...

I heard about that train accident...scary! My uncle is an engineer based out of Ft. Madison, I hope he is retiring soon.

booda baby said...

We liked that movie, too, which puts us in the minority around here. On the other hand, 'they' like School of Rock.

No accounting for taste and that's probably a good thing.

What does critical condition mean? Is stability in doubt? Those railroad guys are tough; I'm going to count on that going a long way towards his recovery.

fringes said...

Yikes about the accident. Keep us posted on his recovery.

I loved the story about getting the ride home from J.

Mr Atrocity said...

That seems like a pretty action packed weekend. Hope your sister's friend's husband gets on the mend soon.

Gyuss Baaltar said...

How do you go for one beer? I don't think I've ever accomplished a one beer bar visit.

TLB said...

I heard about the Wig and Pen...terrible loss. Best pizza in town.

AlienCG said...

I'll have to learn Iowan for those times when I get out there.

It was good of you to watch the little ones. I do hope your sister's friend's husband makes a full recovery.

Tera said...

How does one master this...going someplace for 1 BEER, that you speak of???

laura b. said...

That accident sounds awful, I hope your sister's friend's husband recovers very soon.
Little kids are so exhausting! When I watch my granddaughters for a couple of hours I feel like I need a full 24 to recover :-)

MrManuel said...

Sorry to hear about your sister's friend's husband. Horrible.

I saw Night at The Museum. I actually thought it was going to be better. Decent, but not great.

Churlita said...


It was a good kids movie, I thought.


Yeah. It's mostly in Southeast Iowa - it's dangerously close to Missouri.


I think it's funny every time, but I'm really immature like that...ha ha.


Fun is always tiring, isn't it?


Thanks. I hope he gets better too.


I bet you'd like it.


Yeah. It's pretty scary and you wonder who let them drive a train over a bridge that hadn't been checked out yet. Yikes.


That's so funny. I bet your sister thought so too...Or not.


It sounds like a good time to retire after all the flooded bridges.

Booda Baby,

He has blood clots in his lungs which complicate everything. They can't do surgery and he was moved to intensive care for a while.


Yeah. That J. is a funny one. Just ask him.

Mr Atrocity,

It was action packed, but in a different way than I'm used to.


I went for one beer at the first bar, and more beers at the next. Now does it make sense?


I know. I hope they can rebuild.


I don't think there's much of a chance for a full recovery, but I'm sure his family would settle for any recovery at all.


See my answer to Gyuss. It's tricky.


I know. I can't remember how I had the energy when my girls were younger.

Mr Manuel,

Maybe I liked it because I didn't have any expectations and it was pretty entertaining for a kids movie.

Tera said...