I went to the squadron tonight, to learn how to play crud from the Top Dog ladies. (The Top Dog's is Mark's squadron.) I had a ton of fun learning, even though I'm not that good at it... yet. =) There weren't that many girls there, so we had to play with a few of the guys, and they were easy on us newbie's, but I'm still intimidated playing with the guys. I would have been more comfortable if it had just been all girls, but it wasn't so oh well. I guess most likely there will always be guys around watching and/or playing anyway, so I might as well get used to screwing up in front of them now. There are so many rules and I'm still confused on how you know who's turn it is to serve/receive, but I think a few more practices and I'll have it down.
For those that aren't familiar with crud, it's a game you play on a revised pool table (doesn't have side pockets, only corner ones, and it's bigger) and you play with the cue ball and one other ball. You just use your hands to throw the cue ball and try to hit the object ball before it stops moving, but you can only throw it from the ends of the table, not the sides. You have 3 lives and there are a whole bunch of ways to lose lives, and I don't know half of them. But that's the jist of it and it's a lot of fun.
I love getting together and hanging out like that. I think in general, I'm much more social than Mark is, and we'd probably go to a lot more things we're invited to if it was solely up to me. But I think that's mainly because he hangs out with the guys all week at work, while I'm at home with Abbie, and when the weekend comes around he wants some family time, and I want to get out of the house. There is a crud tournament coming up and I would love to play in it mainly for the social aspect of it - getting together for the practices and being out and about.
Abbie did really well while we were there also, especially since we were at the squadron for lunch for over an hour earlier in the day. I wore her in the mei tai during lunch and she looked around quite a bit and then she slept for a while. During the crud game, she hung out in her carseat for a while, and then Mark fed her and then she fell asleep for an hour. She's getting a little bit easier every day.
I have some really cute pictures of her that I need to post, and I'll try to do that tomorrow.