I was going to work late Friday, and try to make up some time, but misswong77 happened to mention that we were missing a Clam Chowder Friday. She was too tired to drive, so I picked her up and headed to Valley Fair, after asking timenchanter to meet us there.
Tired or not, the three of us gabbed until nearly 11:00. A truly pleasant evening.
Saturday, Trudi, of all people, mentioned she had a pair of Bonfante Gardens tickets, and asked me to go. So that's what I did for the day. We had a nice lunch, went to the park, wandered through the gardens, rode several rides, paddle boated the length of the lake, bought a couple of hats (I stupidly left the one I had come with on while riding a roller coaster), came back, hung out in my room for a while, had dinner, walked through the neighborhood...
Stuff. Lots of stuff. And all of it pleasant. I had a blast, which scares me.
By the way, I'd recommend Bonfante Gardens. It's mostly aimed at families with pre-teens, but it also has a lot of very nice horticulture. There are many pleasant, quiet areas with chairs and tables. I'm tempted to get a season pass, and just go hang out with a book every weekend. It has some good rides too, though none of the brown pants type that Great America offers. But then, that's why I avoid Great America.
I almost had Trudi spend the night, and she almost suggested it, and I'm feeling lucky it didn't happen.
It's - well, she's going through a "sane" phase right now, is off drugs and alcohol, mostly working hard, and has enough brain cells functioning to make decent conversation. I enjoy her a lot in this mode. She can still be a pain in the ass in her own way, but mostly she's fairly low-key and well, just fun to be around.
The problem is that it doesn't last. It could go on for months - maybe even close to a year - but someday one of the more unsavory personalities will pop out, and she'll be drinking, drugging, and giving random blow-jobs.
Getting re-attached would not do me any good.