Yesterday Laura and I had our first real date (just the two of us, no kids at all) for the first time in more than two years. After a bit of sturm and drang over "how dare we abandon our precious darlings to seek our own selfish pleasure?" we dropped the kids off at the babysitter's house and went to the movies. Almost missed it because I misread the schedule. Turns out the Ridgmar Mall theatre and the Ridgmar Tavern theature aren't the same thing, and the mall was showing the movie 15 minutes earlier, so when we got there we'd already missed the beginning. I'd looked at the online map and thought "Oh, they always put the star for mall stores on one of the perimeter roads" and ignored it. Now I had five minutes to remember where it was, get there, and get into a seat. Turned out to be on the opposite diagonal corner of the mall. We missed part of a preview. Not too bad.
So we saw Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Lots of fun. Lots of ridiculous laws of physics violations. Laura's heard me rant about various engineering stuff so much she could do the MST3K for me in parts. But I liked it. I just want the sequel to be "Frankie and Dex Save the World" so we don't have to put up with the die-bickering couple any more. I mean, sheesh, R2-D2 could fix stuff and he was a better conversationalist.
Then we had a nice dinner talking about the good and bad parts of the movie, speculating about weird tangents ("So--is Dex a castrato Spark?") and discussing the real-world history of the period. No talking about children or work. I wasn't even sure we could do that any more. We even had dessert. And Laura indulged me on a whim. Afterwards we just sat in the van for a while until we had to go pick up the kids.
Whee. Actual couple time. I could get used to this. There is the little problem that the babysitter cost more than dinner and the movie put together, but we can do it again sometime.
Today I helped teach Sunday school again. It was my turn to assist one of the others. Fortunately for her we only had five students show instead of the over a dozen we had last week. It went pretty well. With that small a class we could give them all enough attention to keep them from acting up.
Now I'm overseeing Brendan's science homework and cleaning the hot tub. He's making a model see-saw from cardboard and blocks, with a lot of supervision. The tub was very overdue for this drain and fill. I didn't want to reuse the old filter after Jamie was born in the tub. I figured it would keep some of the organics forever, so there was no use trying to clean it. The local dealer for softubs turns out to be a myth, so I couldn't get a new one and running it without one was, um, only a temporary measure. So I finally found a mail-order dealer and got the parts I needed, and it should be ready to use in a couple of days. Not that we'll have much time for it the weekend of the Fencon.
The rest of the day is going to be Fencon prep. Laura's been working full-time on that. That's going to be a fun time too.