Tuesday, February 17, 2009

house ... so empty

Our splendid house guests left this morning, leaving a massive void in their wake. Even the cat, who was initially rather rude and brusque with them, moped around all day, checking the corners for someone else to play the belt chasing game with.

What a great visit we had. Allison is just as sweet and funny as I expected her to be, and even prettier in real life then she is on the internetz. Her gentleman friend is down to earth and easy going and a pleasure to have around. They were utterly charming house guests, who staggered through the door under the weight of the groaning armloads of gifts which they bore. I would highly recommend you invite them to
stay at your place, given half a chance.

And now they are gone, merrily motoring their way through the mountains en route to big adventures, leaving us behind to sigh at the sudden emptiness of Casa Zombie. Not even a shampoo bottle was left behind for us to pounce upon triumphantly and to declare aha, I knew they would forget something.

While they were here, though, I managed to force feed them my obscenely cheesy lasagna, and we tootled about town a bit, wandering through Kensington where both Al and I found cds at Hot Wax, and where we sampled some slurpables at the Oolong Tea House. Travelling Yoda snuck out of Allison's purse and made a star appearance in the big red phone booth, but kept out of sight as we poked around the best toy store I have visited in a very long time. Notes to self to make a return trip have already been penned.

I am actually rather proud of myself for remembering to bring out the camera a full 8 hours before they drove away. That's some kind of record for me. But of course, I do have one of those pictures as well, because it's just not a proper visit without the obligatory packing the car shot.

Bon voyage, Al!
Meeting you was just as great as I knew it would be, my friend.


Joe said...

Sounds like a good time. I'm glad I"m not the only one who forgets to take pictures until the visit is over.

We have a nice collection of photos of family and friends standing on our front porch, looking uneasy because we've delayed their departure long enough to grab a snapshot.

Wandering Coyote said...

So glad you guys had a nice time!

mellowlee said...

YAY, Im so glad you took pictures!!!!! :O)

bloody awful poetry said...

Awww that's great! That you guys had such an awesome time, yknow. I hate house guests. Mainly because I still live with my parents and any house guests we have end up being people I don't know, don't like, or in most cases, both. Wouldn't mind having Allison around though! Or you, for that matter =D

Allison said...

Awww...thank-you for your kind words Barb. Right back at you!

Oh, but we left our ice packs! Check your freezer. Blast! We thought we were so good too. ;)

I can't thank you enough for letting us stay with you all. It was such a great visit, and you have such a lovely home. I can't wait to post about it myself!

Love the packing the car photo...as I watch the car being packed for me. ;)

We miss the cat, too. Please send our love.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

What's all the white stuff on the ground in the last photograph?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

My collection is usually of people loading up their cars, Bubs, sometimes even of them driving away. Next time I will try to remember to get them to stand on the front porch.

It was a lovely time, Wandering Coyote, as I knew it would be.

Al's pix are much better, I think, Mel. I ran out of duct tape to keep the battery door closed on my camera. Long story.

It's definitely more fun when you can choose your own house guests, BAP. A road trip to your house would be incredible, perhaps some day...

Thank GOD you left your ice packs, Al! I was starting to think you were super-human in your packing abilities.
I am so glad that you were able to stay here for a bit. It was wonderful to meet you and you are welcome back any time. Even Sputnik says so.

It's icing sugar, Dr M! We live in candy land! You should come visit and see for yourself.

Remi said...

I wind up with 2 problems - either I forget to take out the camera or I take it out on a day when no one feels presentable enough to be photographed. I think from now on, I'm just going to photograph trees - they don't move too quick and they are less likely to require makeup.

Gifted Typist said...

Ohhhhh. Lucky Allison. Lucky Zombie. lucky lucky lucky

L said...

How fun!

justacoolcat said...

Sounds like a great time!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

If I don't get a loading up the van shot, I generally get a first thing in the morning before they've brushed their teeth photo, Remi. This is why I generally leave the photographic duties to someone else.

The luck was just spilling all over the place around here, Gifted.

It was utterly fun, but too short, Justrun.

A great time was had by all, JustA. Well by me, anyway.

John Mutford said...

Too bad I lived on tne outskirts of humanity. Maybe somebody would drop by once and a while. Sounds like a wonderful visit.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Awww, this is breaking my heart, John! I would love to visit you in your neck of the woods some day! Adding it to my list of places to see.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Awww, this is breaking my heart, John! I would love to visit you in your neck of the woods some day! Adding it to my list of places to see.