Monday, July 30, 2012

Birthday Weekend

Updates: Went to Jones Hall to go see a Zelda Symphony performance!

Was pretty cool! Definitely had flashback memories; I haven't seen footage from 'Link's Awakening' in a very long time! Got to see a lot of cosplayers and chatted with the bartender for a while. Anyway, would go to something like that again. I'm distracted because Futurama is on. I went to Hearsay afterwards for tasty foods and cocktails. Pretty good night, I miss going to concerts as often.

Had another outing to Dave and Busters later in the week as well. It was a 1/2 price night so we were able to get enough tickets for me to get a fluffy pink spider! I think he's cute. And now I had a random fluffy pink spider that lives on my bed :) I got a pink cocktail too! Tasties!

Random things!
We decided to do a drive round the loops of Houston! First: the 610 loop. That only took about 35 minutes to drive around... so it was decided that it wasn't a long enough road trip... TO BELTWAY 8!! The beltway took significantly longer. About an hour and 35 minutes. I was sufficiently bored about halfway around... typical. Still, there's a lot of Houston to see that way! Probably wouldn't do it again though...


Went on a date with Chris to a sushi place in the Galleria area. Was really fun, I met Leroy the cat too. Crazy cat. We were meant to be going out again on Thursday, but I really hurt my back at work and couldn't leave my apartment! Uncool. I had to go to the doctor first thing on Friday morning. Had to have muscle relaxants and painkillers from the doctor and try and work out my shift for this week because I'm now not allowed to lift anything! Missed work on Friday due to doctor's orders.

Rowanne arrived that afternoon though which was awesome! (It's also Mum's 50th birthday at this point!) We went out to Brasserie 19 for dinner and had lots of tasty wine and food. A lot of oysters! I think we had 7 bottles of wine or port between the 6 of us hehehehe. I had to go home early because my back was still hurting and I couldn't sit for so long. When everyone got home, Nick started shouting about the Olympic opening ceremony and how it was the best thing we've done since winning the war... a tad drunk I think hahahahaha. Mum was a bit tipsy too! Was doing her classic, "I'm tired..." "Go to bed then." "I'M GOING!" (doesn't move from couch). And repeat. Steven fell down the stair too... but Katie was there to help him. I think less booze should have happened.

Rowanne and I went back to my apartment and hung out for a bit since we were the only two that were sober. In the morning, we went headed to Buffalo Exchange. I found a dress for Leah and Aaron's wedding for $6.50! Awesome dress! I need to head back to that place more often to pad out my wardrobe!! Saturday night we had Pam and Scott over for a vegan dinner party. I had to go to bed early again because I wasn't feeling very well. And Sunday was El Tiempo margarita day! Margaritas for Rowanna! Was a fun weekend. Chris and I got to go to Hearsay last night to make up for the reservation I cancelled. Watched Mary and Max too. Good movie.

Today is Pumpkinator week at work... so hopefully my injury isn't going to cause too many issues!

Wish I could sit for a long enough length of time so I could play Diablo III...

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Successful Night

First the catch up and then the update from last night.

Catch up:
The Friday after my birthday, Kevin (old brewer) turned up to say good bye to everyone (moving to... somewhere else). Lots of beer was had at our usual bottle share and then more beer was had because he'd brought some from... where ever he's going to go live. Went to the Front Porch (bar) with Dagger (work person) afterwards for a couple a beers (I see a pattern forming) and then went back to mine before he headed home. Apparently, I have a 'Dude Pad'. I'm not entirely sure what that's meant to mean, but Dagger told me that I live like a dude. Is that bad? Sam came round before going out to Kevin's leaving party and we drank my Speedway Stout from San Diego :) mmmm... tasty beer. 

Next day: Went to Da Marco's for my birthday dinner. We originally thought that Nick was going to be in Alaska and miss my actual birthday so booked it for the week after. Turns out we didn't need to. Anyway, wonderful truffle risotto and tasty wines for Claire. Make Claire happy :) Got to go all out for these things. I got to touch a gorgeous Bentley too. Looked it up when we got home... $350,000 worth of car. And I touched the wing mirror. Heh. I also go some VERY attentive waiters. So, I was feeling pretty pleased with myself and not so upset about being older. 

Euro cup winners: Spain. That is all.

4th of July: Went to Beaver's for a beer event and took part in a charity event. Charity event involved me getting hit in the face with pies. There was a distinct smell of whipped cream in my hair for about 2 days afterwards. Fun day of more beer. Watched the fireworks from Mum and Nick's roof. Katy and Steven managed to make it down from Austin as well. Always nice to see the baby brother. 

Update from last night!!
Pretty stressed after a not-so-great week at work and decided to go meet Mum and Nick at Majorca. Sadly, they were just leaving as I got there so I didn't get to hang out with them. I went to Little Woodrow's by myself for a while instead. Had just texted Sven to ask if he wanted to have a drink with me when Chris (new person) asked if I wanted to join him and his friends since I was by myself. Apparently the two of us have a vast quantity of things in common: video games, anime, love to travel etc. A certain somebody gets to out for dinner next Tuesday :P So, we shall see how this develops! 

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Things I have missed writing about since my birthday because I'm lazy:

I got to be part of a party on my actual birthday!! For my birthday I normally get a bit sad due to certain family members not being around that I wish could attend. To make all these nasty feelings of sad go away - throwing 300 bouncy balls down the stairs seemed like a nice logical step :D If you've never tried it, do. Awesome. And it scares the shit out of the people also attending the same party (best if you don't announce your intentions at the top of the stairs). Fun night. Pinata and dancing!

My actual birthday day involved going out for pitchers of margaritas with my parents (hurray for fun parents!!!) and going to watch the European Cup Final (I fell asleep). Copious amounts of booze resulted in me missing work on the Monday. Bad Claire. 

I'm determined to write this all out in chunks... so tomorrow will be another fill in of things I missed. But first! Update about today! I got chatted up in a bar! I'm not used to such things! Cool feelings. 

Also finished book: "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman"

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


So! 25 years old is going to count as my mid-life crisis year. The plan: Have lots of fun during this year and blame all of it on having a mid-life crisis. And.... GO!