Thursday: Picked Kate up. Shook off the post-Origins depression long enough to have a mini "Girl's Day" with her. We shopped, got haircuts, played together, and I forgot my sadness and disappointment for a while. Love my girl.
Friday: As sign of how full of stress and unhappiness I've been, I staggered through Friday like a drunk. I returned my rental car. Met Evan on Capitol Hill for coffee, where we monopolized the Starbuck's comfy leather chairs for a couple of hours and I spilled my aching guts to a sympathetic ear. It's been too long since Evan and I had a coffee date. I talked too much, but I needed the shoulder of a real friend on Friday and Evan was there for me as he's been in the past. Despite my faults.
Saturday: Spiderman 2 with people with other friends. Had a lovely time, enjoyed the movie and the company. Went to R&C's for grilling afterward and was struck by spontaneous narcolepsy. Had to excuse myself to the back room for a nap, where I crashed hard and slipped immediately into intense, disconcerting dreams. Woke in time to join the crew for dinner, but ended up staying the night as Chris and Ray had another marathon discussion about game design. Kate and I just curled up in the spare room.
Sunday: Bruce picked us up for dim sum at Sun Ya in the International District. Again, for no good reason, I found myself struggling against crushing fatigue. I literally fell into bed for a couple of hours as soon as we got back from dim sum, and instead of doing anything social for the 4th, we stayed home and eventually just watched fireworks on tv. I had to put earplugs in to sleep that night, as our neighbors were incredibly festive and shooting off fireworks until after midnight.
Monday: Woke at 3:30am after anguishing dreams. Managed to get a couple hours more sleep between 5:30am and 7:00am. First day with my new Flexcar account. Broke it in by going down to Bruce and Tim's barbecue. Wonderful time! Kate was a little hyper, but she gets that way when she's been up too late the night before (as she'd been for the 4th) so I should have predicted. Good fun, good friends, good food. Finished reading The Anubis Gates again, which I'd forgotten so much of it was like reading a whole new book. Borrowed Leige-Killer and Ash Ock from Tim. Intent on keeping my brain distracted.