For my birthday this year we went over to a friend's house and played Guitar Hero II and talked and ate a lot of food. It was really fun, in that young-married-couple sort of way. I'll tell you something about Guitar Hero. Red Octane definitely found a gold mine with that one. Everywhere I go (and Guitar Hero comes along) it is contagious. My first experience with it was from a theater friend in Provo. She told me about it and I thought it sounded weirdy. But then I played it and it was totally wicked-sweet and Celeste gave it to me for Christmas. Then I brought it home for Christmas. Now my Dad went out and purchased a PS2 and picked himself out a guitar. My twin brother traded in his DS for the PS2 and this beloved game. Now guess what happened a few days after the Guitar Hero birthday party? Yep, that's right. My friend starts inquiring about the price of a PS2. It's a beautiful thing, that Guitar Hero.
With all the recent activity in the movie industry around the comic book scene, I find myself wandering the pages of wikipedia.org and marvel.com catching up on the last 10 years of events I missed out on by growing up (that dang puberty!). In conjunction with this recent fascination with everything Marvel, I bought some new comic books for my birthday and got a great new video game too! I heard about this new series written by Neil Gaiman that thrust the major players of the Marvel universe into the year 1602. It got great reviews so I purchased it. I also picked up Marvel Fairytales, which takes X-Men characters and amalgamates them with traditional folk-lores and fairy-tales. And of course, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is a 4-player, cooperative, action videogame based on the Marvel universe. The main attraction is that Celeste is willing to play it with me! As you can tell, I was really excited by that one.
So the birthday was good. And even better was a visit from our friends Joseph and Melinda Draschil! They came down Easter weekend and we just chilled for 3 days. I felt like we were supposed to do something dramatic and exciting for their visit, but we didn't. We just relaxed...as if it hasn't even been 7 months since we've seen each other. They did accompany us to our Primary Easter activity, and that was pretty fun. I'm getting so excited about being a parent!
As always, we couldn't just pass the time idly by with Guitar Hero in the house. So although we didn't go to some fantastic show, or peruse the mighty halls of a museum, we did have an awfully fun jam session!