by the time i got home it was close to 4pm. after a shower, i started to clean my place, in preparation for the barbecue, the first of the season, and in fact the first barbecue ever at my place. originally just renata and andrew, but i invited amy this morning as well, all former belmont high school alumni. around 5pm amy aimed me and told me she couldn't come because of a stomach ache but i got her to change her mind. i vacuumed the house but the bulk of my efforts was in rearranging the makeshift desk in my bedroom and moving the mac (that had been sitting out in the living room since i moved into this place) into the bedroom. the reason for the move was the mac was sort of out of place in the living room, and now that i have a roommate, it'd be awkward for anyone to use that room if i'm there as well on the computer. as much as i loved having a computer there (computer and television and often times my dining room as well), it really didn't belong there. besides, i still have my ibook, and if i want to surf the web and watch television on the couch in the living room at the same time, i can still do that. i moved the desk so now when i sit down i'm facing west instead of south. it's a good arrangement for now, but there isn't enough tabletop space for my pc, so now the pc monitor is on the floor. there's also a snakepit of cables behind the desk, which is plainly visible to anyone who enters the room. i'll have to get some sort of cable organizer. i also moved my mini-stereo to the top of one of my kitchen cabinets, so i can listen to music or the radio when i cook.
i finally finished up a little bit after 7pm, which was when andrew came home from vermont. we went to star market to buy some groceries and barbecue items, leaving a note on the door in case renata or amy showed up before we could get home. andrew paid for the food since i'm not charging him rent for the month of may because he's only living here during the weekends.
we went back inside to eat our barbecue food, applying the necessary condiments: slices of tomatoes and onions, lettuce, ketchup, mustard, and relish. we ate in the living room with the nets-celtics game on television, the celtics about to lose game 3 of the playoffs. i called amy to see if she was still coming, nobody answered, but she called back minutes later, saying how her stomach was still hurting. using the powers of persuasion, i talked her into coming nevertheless, that she could even come in her pajamas if she wanted.
when amy arrived, andrew and i were in the backyard adding some more brickets to the grille so i could cook the last hamburger (nobody else wanted seconds except for me). i could only eat half of the hamburger while everyone else waited around for me to finish up so we could go back outside and make s'mores. renata and amy chanted "fight fight!" whenever andrew and i disagreed on anything, trying to goad us into our first roommate squabble. finally i was done with the burger, and around the flaming grille we converged, s'mores ingredients in hand, including the bamboo skewers which renata made me soak in water before we used them. amy had to sit out of the s'mores eating because of her stomach ache, while the rest of us pigged out. i only had one s'mores but many marshmellows. renata had fun burning the skewers and i went back inside to get a bay leaf to burn, it exploding from the oils within.
back inside we went, where it was warmer. initially we parked ourselves in the kitchen and talked, but then shifted to the more comfortable living room. andrew talked about his after high school around the world trip, amy talked about becoming a teacher, renata told her kindergarten jokes, and i revealed the secret message in my high school yearbook blurb. renata, as always, soon fell asleep on the couch while the rest of us chatted into midnight, before amy and renata left to go home (and i got to see amy's new red jeep).
thus concluded my very first barbecue, a successful one at that.