I suppose I should talk about the trip a little. We left at 7:20, picking my brother up at 8:10--only ten minutes late! The van was overloaded, notably dipping in the back, and with stuff piled so high, the rear windows were blocked...all this in spite of everyone swearing this is the normal amount of stuff they bring. (It was noted that next year, we should consider attaching the carrier from our old 1988-89 suburban, the original vehicle we used to make the trip until the seats got mold in them, onto the van. Same weight, sure, but distributed more evenly and also leaving us more room.)
The trip was uneventful, other than the view my camera utterly failed to capture, rivers, sky, lake, sunset, you name it. We did, however, have an extra passenger: our older cat, who we feared wouldn't survive a week alone. (She has special needs.)
Anyway, my siblings and I went over the things we forgot. I forgot my laptop's stand, we forgot playing cards (one of our primary forms of entertainment), and my younger sister may not have properly readied the PS3 equipment. Namely, we decided to play Gauntlet: Dark Legacy...and found all four of our controllers dead. (In her defense, two of those controllers were my brother's.) We got two working chargers, so with luck, they'll fully charge, the other two we'll get when needed, and we'll be good.
...Still, though, we needed a plan C: computer games. In this case, Age of Empires II. (Conquerors Expansion, of course.) My older sister chose not to play, but the rest of us did. Had a nice two-hour game. There were moments it looked like we could lose, but we passed them, ultimately winning.
Drained the fire from me, though. I halfheartedly did my posting for today, this blog post included, and am now ready for bed.