This is going to be one of those lazy late-night entries, a few thoughts strung together rather than some big photo essay or rant. But I think you'll forgive me when you read why.
Tonight, John and I celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary. Last night (Thursday), we attempted to do so a night early, on the theory that it's easier to get into a restaurant on a weeknight than a Friday night. John hates waiting to get seated. But when we walked into Mama Louisa's, we found their vestibule crowded with people waiting. We made do with Mama's Pizza (no relation) instead. So tonight I suggested that we try again, but this time make an early start of it. I got to Mama Louisa's just after 5:30, just ahead of John. There was nobody waiting at all. Go figure!
So we had a pleasant time in this family-owned restaurant, which is 50 years old this year. John sometimes finds it too bright and too noisy, but that wasn't a problem tonight. I love the mural painted on the wall, and the salad bar, and the homemade pasta, although my cannoli was a little overcooked tonight. The service is generally excellent, too. Best of all, I was with John, relaxing and chatting, instead of sitting at my computer while he sat at his. One of the things we discussed was how much happier we are than just a few years ago, when John was working for a jerk who pretty much made his life miserable. There were other reasons why it wasn't a wonderful time, but I'll let John's old job and my mom's difficult last year stand as the main ones.
After dinner we went home, so I could check my email and John could try one more thing to determine whether his cable modem, several years old at least, was really dead. Apprarently so! So I packed up my laptop and we headed for Best Buy. John got a new cable modem, and I finally bought a wireless card, and a router, and more RAM. Take that, Norton!
The Geek Squad guy also advised me to dump some of the programs in the start-up tray, which I've now done. That's as far as I've gotten so far, but John did get back on the cable connection with his new modem.
Other than that, tonight was Doctor Who, of course, along with a couple of decent SG-1 reruns. Tomorrow, John sort-of promises that we'll tackle the router. We'll see whether that actually happens. Um, I mean, yay!