Weekend

Oct. 12th, 2009 09:47 am
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Before I regale you with weekend tales, I want you all to know that despite my very best efforts, Sephiroth regularly kicks my ass in Dissidia. He is an aggressive bastard with a lot of cheap moves, especially against Cloud. Fuck you, Sephiroth.

Weekend! )
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It's a happy day for me, anyway, because two years ago on 7/7/07, we bought our house (or, came to mutually agreeable terms, which is the same thing.) The market has dropped in the meantime, but I haven't suffered too much in the way of buyer's remorse, especially considering our great neighbors. Hurray!

4th of July weekend was nice, especially since the cold/flu/whatever that I've been battling for the past week started to recede. It wasn't a particularly bad bug in terms of coughing and congestion, but it made me very tired. My employer gave us the 3rd off, and I spent most of the day relaxing and sleeping.

On the 4th, husband and I went to Sea Bright Beach Club for the day to visit my aunt and uncle and watch fireworks on the beach. Every time we go, we talk about how nice it would be to belong to that club, but 1. we live too far away for it to be reasonable given the NJ shore traffic and 2. the startup costs are expensive and you have to find 5 members to "sponsor" you in once your name comes up on the waiting list. In any event, it was good to see my uncle, who just came through a severe event where he had an embolism in his lung. You'd never know it, though, because he was unchanged besides being a little short of breath. We had a swim in the ocean and played tag with my younger cousins in the pool before the evening's events.

We had intended to go into NYC for lunch on the 5th, but my FIL called up and said he'd like to see us before too long, and husband revised our plans such that we went to Lambertville instead. We'll just have to get cannoli in Little Italy another time. Nothing in Lambertville opens before 11 AM on Sunday, and husband decided we'd get there at 10 AM, so we waited around a lot before lunch. In any case, I bought two Lilly Pulitzer dresses from a consignment shop, and after a trip to the dry-cleaners, they'll be good as new.

Tonight my husband is off to see the Mets as a guest of our next-door neighbor's corporate suite, so I'll probably run some errands and then spend the evening learning to make flying geese units for my next quilt. My life is so exciting. :)
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For a while now, I had been going on about wanting to go into the city to Via Emilia for some authentic Emilia-Romagnan Italian cuisine and to Vino for some Lambrusco. My husband's family is from Emiliga-Romagna, and the style of cooking there is quite different from the Siciliano and Calabrese style you tend to get in the US (lots of red sauce, cheese, and fried things.) Lambrusco is a fizzy dark red wine that has a bad rep in the US because apparently it was popular in the '70s, and it evokes a lot of disdain now. We drank a lot of it in Italy, and it's great stuff on a hot summer's day. Unfortunately, because Lambrusco is so unpopular, we had to go to a special store to get it here in the States.

On the spur of the moment, my husband looked up some room rates in midtown Manhattan, and they must be hurting bad for customers because we found four-star hotels for $200 and lower. He booked us a room in the Hyatt on 42nd and Park, and off we went. It was a lovely weekend to be in the city, because the weather took a turn for the warmer, and you could walk around outside without wanting to dive into the nearest coffeeshop.

We went to Grand Central Station because I'd never been there before, and then we thought it would be interesting to go to the UN. Unfortunately, there wasn't anything to see, because it was all closed. Then we went to the central branch of the New York Public Library, and Patience and Fortitude seemed to have gotten a cleaning since I was there last. ([livejournal.com profile] morgi, I wanted to take a photo of the reading room for you, but no photos were allowed.) Afterwards, we went to Teddy Roosevelt's birthplace because husband is a big fan of TR, and it was a worthwhile way to spend an hour or so. Afterwards, we got our Lambrusco at the wine shop, which was in the same neighborhood, and then husband took me to Tiffany's so I could look at all the sparklies.

Around 6 PM, we went to dinner, and we were both very pleased to get some torta fritta and some Lambrusco to drink with it. The flavors were authentic, and my husband enjoyed his wild boar entree while I had the lamb shank. By the end of it, we were so stuffed that all we could do was totter back to the hotel, though we tried to go to a Barnes and Noble for something to read and found it had closed at 8 PM (much to my surprise.)

Although we wanted to spend Sunday doing something interesting in the city, it was too nice a day to spend indoors, and I missed Biscuit. I always feel guilty about leaving her alone all weekend. We had a ridiculously expensive breakfast at the hotel ($30 each for a crappy buffet? next time, husband will be more open to the idea of grabbing a bagel) and headed home. It was so nice out that we washed the cars, and husband went for a ride on his new bike, and I made tomato cream soup with orzo for dinner. And I'm ashamed to say that I watched the Pro Bowl. All in all, a very nice time out.
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Two Biscuit stories today.

Story The First:

Husband: ...Did you bring home some pumpkin bread?

Me: Yes, why?

Husband: SOMEBODY has learned to jump on the counter, and there's a big chunk taken out of it.

Biscuit: OM NOM NOM NOM PUMKIN BREAD

Me: *gets out the spritz bottle and lets Biscuit have it*

Biscuit: WHY WHY WHY YOU DO THIS D: *relocates to Mars*

Story The Second:

We have two bags of kitty treats that my MIL gave Biscuit for Christmas. They are little ziptop bags, and we keep them in the pantry. Today, my husband went to the pantry for some candied walnuts that happen to be in a very similar bag. he poured out some nuts and munched them right in front of her while she was watching, and apparently she went nuts.

Biscuit: WHY YOU EAT MY TREATS OMG OMG OMG

(epilogue: when he got done laughing, husband gave her a treat.)

Today I met [livejournal.com profile] jaina and [livejournal.com profile] fadingembers at Mitsuwa for udon noodles, taiyaki, and other yummilicious treats. I spent way too much money on candy, tea, and booze, so it goes down as a fantastic day. Also we exchanged Christmas gifts (before July! Who could imagine?) and [livejournal.com profile] fadingembers is an amazing knitter and made me some really sweet arm warmers. [livejournal.com profile] jaina got me a super interesting book of the best science writing in 2008, and I'm working through it already.

Afterwards, I stopped at an Asian food market in Watchung for some lychee juice, because I miss having lychee martinis. Having the GPS is just fantastic for these kinds of things, because I just ask Sam (my GPS) where to go, and Sam tells me. Though I think she secretly gets pissed off when I don't follow her orders. I imagine her stewing in her microchips, thinking, "If you already knew which way to go, WHY DID YOU ASK ME?" I also went to Borders, intending only to get a blank journal, but I walked out with three cookbooks.

Dinner: Chicken with goat cheese, sundried tomato, and balsamic vinegar stuffing. Mm mm good. Now I have to call my cousin's fiancee about bridesmaid's dresses, whee.
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Happy 2009, everyone!

We had a quiet New Year's with an unexpected surprise at the end. We thought we'd be spending it on our own, but our neighbors came over at the last minute to have a toast with us. Very nice.

So far, 2009 has been a paean to consumerism, because all we did today was spend money: his n'hers black shoes, new litter box and toys for Biscuit, some really cool kites from Costco, LittleBigPlanet as a treat, and other assorted stuff we needed like toilet paper. (One of the great things about belonging to Costco is that we have not bought TP and paper towels in over a year.) Tomorrow I'm going out to the outlets in Flemington, and then we're having dinner with friends. Sunday we'll watch the Dolphins game at my inlaws', since Mom Q is a big fan. I wonder if she'll be half as intense as my mother.

And, as a follow-up to Kitties Don't Eat Carrots:

Biscuit: Want some asparagus!

Me: Okay.

Biscuit: *chomp* *crunch*

Husband: ...Don't feed the cat asparagus!

Weekend

Jul. 28th, 2008 09:03 am
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First weekend home in a while!
Weekend schna )

Weekend

Jun. 2nd, 2008 11:11 am
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It's not too often that I get in the shower and am truly filthy, but thanks to yardwork and flower-planting on Sunday, that's what happened. I thought I was getting some color, but it turned out to be dirt.

Good weekend spent at home - we'll be traveling next weekend, and husband will be away all week in San Diego after that, so we had to get some stuff done. On Saturday, we were expecting "weather carnage" as [livejournal.com profile] jaina put it, but all that happened was a downpour on my way home from Flemington after cleaning out the J. Crew outlet.

We went to see Iron Man and it was a lot of fun. Definitely would see again/buy on Blu-Ray. It seems that this is the Summer of Superheroes, between Iron Man, Batman, Indiana Jones, Hellboy, and the Incredible Hulk. There were many women lined up to see Sex and the City, most of them middle-aged, with a few token males in tow. Husband was patently glad he was not one of them.

The neighbors came over for an impromptu get-together, which was really nice. They're about our age, maybe a little younger, and one is a pharmacist and the other a dentist. It's nice to have someone nearby who we have a lot in common with. Most of the people in our neighborhood have children, so we don't have that particular social calling card.

Sunday we got really dirty, as mentioned previously, and I planted a hydrangea (blue), some astilbe (pink and red), a butterfly bush (purple), and some shasta daisies. Here's hoping that the deer don't destroy all of my hard work. Husband grumped a lot about it, but he pulled out a ratty shrub for me, and I have to go to the nursery sometime soon to get a replacement.

We had some exciting news from the family - my cousin is engaged to his longtime girlfriend! He must have been waiting until she graduated from P.A. school and moved back to Colorado. She's a delightful person, and I couldn't be more excited for them. It's good to have some happy news from that part of the family, because they've had some tough times, and it's not going to get better.

Thursday we're off to Canada! Let's go racing!

Weekend

May. 12th, 2008 12:44 pm
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I was so ready for the weekend after last week's training.

Husband was away last weekend in Houston, by coincidence also taking quality systems training, and he definitely had more fun than our Green Belt group. Thursday I got a pix and a text from Minute Maid Field, where he and some other students had gone for a game. The best we did was to hit Chao Phaya on Friday! At any rate, he came home late on Friday night.

Saturday was one long snafu. It was so frustrating. First, the power cut out in the house for no apparent reason when I was half done drying my hair, leaving one side all styled and the other side full of undried styling product. My folks decided they wanted to come for Mother's Day, so I later went to the airport to pick them up, to discover that JetBlue had been removed from the placards telling you which terminal to go to. Half an hour later, I was scurrying around the terminal trying to find them, and they think I've been in an accident and have husband on the way to the airport. (My cell phone was dead because I hadn't charged it after husband took the charger with him to Houston.)

We finally got back to the house and had lunch. I took my parents to Mass in the afternoon, and the service was an hour and a half long, leaving no time to wash dried styling product out of my hair before a fancy dinner. At dinner, my dad's dinner arrived cold and overdone, so he decided to share my mom's meal. The restaurant was very apologetic and sent out another dish, but my dad had already eaten most of what my mother had given him and back went a beautiful lamb sirloin to the kitchen. They also forgot to take the dish off the tab, which was corrected, but wow were we ready to leave (service was quite slow.)

Sunday, we took my mom out to Duke Farms for a look at the indoor display gardens before they are permanently closed to the public. It was very pretty inside, and Doris Duke sure did have a lot of money to spend on her whims. The property is not very well maintained, especially compared to Longwood Gardens, but Longwood is in a class by itself. My mother had a nice time, and we had brunch and dinner at home rather than joining the crowds of people taking Mom out to eat.

They left this morning after an interminable wait in traffic on 202/206 thanks to an accident. New Jersey traffic is such a pain in the ass. It would be better if they'd consider coming on Friday and leaving on Sunday, but maybe the rates are better this way.

Weekend

Apr. 28th, 2008 08:37 am
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Busy weekend. We started it off with another grill-fest, when Steve's car buddy and his girlfriend and their dog Bandit came over for dinner. We really do need to get some patio furniture, because it's not a cookout unless you can eat outdoors. In any case, there was way too much steak, and Bandit was the happiest dog in NJ with a big plate of scraps.

I was up at 6:45 on Saturday because F1 qualifying was on, meaning that husband was up and rattling around like a pea in a coffee can even though qualy wasn't on until 8 AM. I hate getting up early on the weekends; it feels like such a cheat. Once qualifying was over, we went to Rutgers for Ag Field Day/the NJ Folk Festival, which we hadn't gone to in years. I was hoping to get some interesting flowers, but they seemed to have all the usual stuff for this time of year, and it wasn't worth carrying back to the car.

We had a great conundrum over whether to eat at the fair or whether to go to College Ave. to hit the grease trucks for lunch. (As an aside, I can not believe that the grease trucks have their own Wiki entry. This is truly wonderful.) Husband had a severe jones for a Fat Cat, which is two cheeseburgers, French fries, lettuce, tomato and onions on a sub roll (hey buddy, you want fat cat?) I had a gyro, because they really do make the best gyros in NJ. It was delicious, even though they left off my hot sauce. :P

Saturday night, there was a bachelorette party in NYC for a friend who is getting married over Memorial Day weekend. We went to a tourist-trap restaurant off Times Square and then a tourist-trap comedy club for a dueling pianos show. The piano show got started almost an hour late, and it left me in the position of getting home by myself from an unfamiliar train station because I wanted to take the 12:24 train home and no one else did. At any rate, I found my way home eventually, and then we were up again early for the F1 race on Sunday.

After the race, husband thought we ought to go see a movie, so we went to see "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay." It made me realize that the reason I liked the first movie was because it was set in NJ - the sequel was very raunchy, and the gratuitous amounts of frontal poontang were really not what I'd signed up for. We went out for sushi afterwards, and I tried a roll with raw fish in it for the first time. Not bad, but I'm not sure I'd make a habit out of it.

All in all, lots to do, and next weekend is going to be just as much fun. :)
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Such a lovely weekend. I'm so happy now that spring is here. We have three gorgeous cherry trees in the back yard, and there's something very Japanese about viewing the moon and the cherries at the same time. XD Sadly, the cherry trees in the back are starting to drop their petals in a snowfall every time the wind blows, but the cherry tree out front only just started to bloom. My daffodils came up (mostly) and are looking very cheerful. The package was supposed to contain many varieties, but out of twenty, three didn't bloom and only one is different from the standard yellow kind. That's OK; they are pretty all the same.

It was past time to do something about the state of our yard, so we put out a general call for help this weekend, and husband's parents answered the plea. I don't think I'd be exaggerating too much to call Mom Q a master gardener, so it was great to have her around to tell me what kinds of plants would work well in our back yard and which ones the deer wouldn't immediately destroy. (We have a LOT of deer in our area.)

We took down one tree and several shrubs, and we planted two Leyland cedars, a Japanese holly, and a kind of spirea. The back definitely looks a lot nicer now that the scruffy dying spruce is gone. Mom Q and I looked in vain for a butterfly bush that wasn't white, but it seems that most of the nurseries don't have them in just yet. We'll see what we find at Cook College next weekend when we go to Ag Field Day. Husband was worried that if we planted butterfly bushes too close to the road, the butterflies might get hit by cars, but I reassured him that we'd plant them closer to the house.

Last Friday, husband surprised me with a brand-new Jenn-Air grill, and we christened it on Saturday night with some excellent steaks (yay Costco!) His aunt and uncle came over for the cookout, which was great because we'd been meaning to ask them over for a while. They had helped us paint, and they hadn't seen the house again since we moved in permanently.

Husband left yesterday for South Carolina until Wednesday, so I get to play Single Girl until he returns. Mostly this means having Cocoa Krispies in the morning because he's not there to sniff at my love of kid cereals. He'll be away quite a bit this summer, which isn't very fun. Oh well, more internets time for me at home.
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I haven't updated in a while.

1. I no longer has kitchen floor. After hearing how much it was going to cost us to rip it up and the dispose of the rubble, husband decided he/we were going to do it ourselves. Some parts have been painless, but the part where we poured methylene chloride-laced floor stripper all over and then chieseled up floor paper was not.

2. We went to the opera to see Madame Butterfly for the first time on Friday 10/19. It was a good experience, but next time we will try to be more careful about the location of our seats. We were aaaaaaaaaall the way over to the right in the orchestra.

3. Wine pressing over the weekend. Imagine my excitement. Ate myself stupid.

4. Learned to fake a taiko knot by following a tutorial at the Immortal Geisha forums. Now I have a Halloween costume, w00t.

5. Thursday we leave for Florida. ...Yay?
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To start, a fast rant:

I have been on the subway/metro in several different cities: Montreal, Paris, Boston, Washington DC, and NYC. Of these, the NYC metro is by far the most confusing. It must be an initiation into the club to learn how to get where you're going.

Went into NYC today for no particular reason other than it was nice out and we felt like it. We decided to take the train, and most of the day was spent either on the bus (service to Summit was suspended due to whateverthefuck they are doing on Route 202), on the train, or on the subway.

I had never been to the Cloisters, so that's where we went. It always makes me feel guilty to get in using my corporate ID, but it's $40 in my pocket. It was amazing to see the Unicorn Tapestries. Although the unicorn is supposed to be an allegory for Christ, it reminded me that a very medieval (well, maybe not so medieval) mindset was, "Hey, look! A fabulous beast! Let's kill it!" There were several pleasant gardens, one with small sections devoted to medicinal plants, culinary plants, and magic plants (mandrake, rue, vervain, mugwort, etc.)

We went back downtown to the tune of more track troubles and had to get off before Canal St, where we were hoping to go Faulex and Fauxmega shopping. That was OK, because the friends we were meeting for dinner live at Prince and West Broad. I insisted on going through a nearby street fair, and there was a kimono vendor, probably from The Kimono House. Picked up a lovely deep green iromuji, only $30.

The heavens opened up at about 4:30, so we called our friends and asked to come over early. It's always nice to visit with them, and they were happy to see us. We went to dinner at a wonderful French/Moroccan place called Country Cafe, and there went my diet.

Trip home was harried - we missed the train uptown to Penn Station and had to get a cab. Then it was back on the bus to slog towards Far Hills. Tomorrow we really have to clean this place, it's a pit.
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Got together this weekend up in New York with [livejournal.com profile] jaina and [livejournal.com profile] fadingembers for a peek at [livejournal.com profile] jaina's new digs and a very belated Christmas. It was my first trip to the gargantuan Palisades Mall, which is like an entire block of surburbian big-box stacked four stories high. That having been said, we had a fun trip to a Japanese restaurant where the dishes travel along a conveyor belt and you are charged based on the number/color of plates you have at the end. Mitsuwa definitely makes better udon, but the overall experience was very entertaining. We also hit Kinokuniya, and I resisted the urge to buy every book on kimono in the store and instead settled for another Cosmode, a book, and a Bleach cell phone charm.

Husband is in Scotland for the week, so I'm on my own to sit in front of the TV and eat Cocoa Puffs out of the box. It's lonely, but I am taking the time to clean some crap out of the attic and decide whether it belongs on eBay, on [livejournal.com profile] garagesalejapan, on the giveaway table at work, or in the trash. The giveaway table at work continues to astonish me - I have put some of the strangest shit out there to take, and someone always picks it up.

Chugging right along in FFXII. If I didn't want to do any more hunts or sidequests or find any better weapons, I could probably finish the game in another night or two. The loot is getting better, and I was very pleased with myself to have won a Diakon Halcyon, until I read that all it gets you is one lousy Holy Mote. One thing I want to know, who is it that's carrying around all that Foul/Maggoty/Festering/Forbidden Flesh? You can bet it's not Mr. "I Want A Bath Now, Biatch" Balthier. Maybe it's a very elaborate hazing prank they are playing with Vaan. Also, my mind needs to stop making Suzanne Vega's "The Queen and the Soldier" into an Ashe and Basch song.

Just to see what all the fuss is about with "old-school" FF gamers, I bought "Anthology" and "Chronicles," partly to stave off the acquisitive part of my brain that wants a DS or a PSP or both. I haven't started them yet, so we'll see whether a recent fan can appreciate the old stuff. If they don't pan out, I'm definitely going to run through VS again. :D
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Finally, we're home for a weekend.

The weather was crappy, so I was able to sit home without guilt. It's nice when that happens, because then husband isn't a pest about going outside and doing things. We're starting to get a taste of fall with the weather - it's always sad to be reminded that summer is almost over. Never mind that it's starting to be dark when we wake up. :P

Friday night was the Giants game. Eli Manning did NOT look all that great, but he did manage to get his shit together enough for one touchdown drive. About halfway through the third quarter, they put in Jared Lorenzen, who throws like a cannon and is about the size of a tank. I don't know how this kid ever gets sacked, he's so big (but he did get sacked twice.) I'm very fond of this guy and I'd love to see him get the backup position.

Had some confusion on Sat. about the time of my haircut/color - thought it was at 1:30, and it was at 11:30. The salon is really close by, so I was able to scurry down there and be a redhead again. Good thing too, b/c there aren't any afternoons this week where they're open and I'm free, so it would have meant waiting until we get home from Scotland. That night, we went to my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary party. My parents were up from Florida for the occasion, and all I'm going to say about it is that I'm actually happier when I don't see them, because seeing them just reminds me of how hurt I still am over the whole move and how much I wish they hadn't gone and how much I miss them, and it is embarrassing to cry through the dessert end of the party.

We watched the F1 race on Sunday, and someone at Ferrari is going to get it, because a badly-timed call into the pits cost Schumacher second place (and by virtue of that, the lead, because Massa would have been under team orders to let him by.) Now he's two more points down rather than four points up. Later on I went out to Joann's to get material for Yoshi the Diva Bount's cosplay, and I had just about given up hope of finding a purple material I liked when there was some lovely sateen... for $8.99/yd. Oh well, thank goodness for coupons and gift cards. Husband made something like coq-au-vin for dinner, and it was much tasty, and I read the latest Bleach chapter and watched some Mushishi and it was a nice day.

Countdown to Scotland: four days.
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Today we decided to go for a long bike ride down the D&R Feeder Canal bike path. When we got there, a large group of people was unloading bikes. We spoke briefly with them and they pointed out the trail head.

Later on during a water break, some of them caught up to us and we chatted about what breweries to visit in Lambertville.

In another water break, they caught up to us again and described where the brewery they preferred was.

On another stop, we chatted some more and it was decided that we should all go to the brewery and have samples.

So we had some beer.

Afterwards, we were all having too much fun so then we went to lunch together in New Hope with 13 people we didn't know and had some more beer.

Then there was money left over so we went for ice cream with this friendly bunch.

Then we went back on the trail and I finished all 32 miles with a lot of groaning and moaning. They were back loading their bikes on to their cars, and they made sure to tell us how to get to the Ship Inn, where they were going afterwards.

So we went there and - you guessed it - had some more beer.

Good times, good times.

Ow

May. 20th, 2006 11:42 pm
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Husband and I decided to take advantage of the nice weather today and go for a bike ride along one of the local rail trails. We started out in Hillsborough and originally meant to go as far as Griggstown (about 5 miles), but it was too early for lunch. So, husband suggested we push on through Kingston all the way to Princeton (total about 16 miles) and at the end of the trip I was almost too sore to get back on the bike. But 16 miles up equals 16 miles back, and holy shit but I cannot walk right now, seriously. My knees are in a world of pain. Hoping to feel better in the morning.

We watched the Preakness later in the day, and I'm just brokenhearted over Barbaro's fracture. They're probably going to end up putting him down, if you read between the lines on the reports. It is always awful to see that happen in horse racing.

On a happier note, the "signature drink" at Pimlico is a lot tastier than a mint julep, and I encourage you to try a:

Black-Eyed Susan

1 oz vodka
1 oz medium rum
1/2 oz orange liqueur (such as triple sec or Cointreau)
3 oz pineapple juice
6 oz orange juice
cherry on top

Tomorrow: outlets ahoy!
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Last week was busy busy busy. We had a new instrument installed, so most of my time was spent with the service tech, learning about the instrument and how to run it. He left on Thursday, and Friday turned into Let's All Blow Off Work and Go Out To Lunch Day.

Anyway, husband and I left on Friday evening to go to upstate New York to visit with my aunt for a biking trip. We had horrible traffic on the way up thanks to scads of New Yorkers headed to the Catskills for the weekend, but it finally cleared up and we arrived around nine or so. We spent a lot of time talking about the whole Florida issue over wine and pizza, so.

The bike ride was very pleasant. I had had some trouble with my front derailleur on Thursday afternoon, so I was nervous about the bike breaking down out in the middle of nowhere, but it turned out fine. Saturday morning, we met up with my aunt at her barn where she was having a dressage lesson with her horse Corky. There were promises of a barn cat for petting, but Buddy was nowhere to be found.

We drove to the trail head and unloaded the bikes. My front wheel didn't go on quite right and one of the brake calipers was dragging, but luckily there was a small bike shop nearby and the proprietor fixed the bike for me. The trail itself was nice and flattish - only a small grade - and the spring scenery was lovely. At one point we passed a small farm that I swear belonged to Old McDonald, with a cluck cluck here and a baa baa there (geese, a rooster, chickens, a llama, a horse, guinea hens - quite a menagerie.) We had lunch in Millerston, and I thought I lost my cell phone, but I didn't.

Steak for dinner, and then my aunt took us to a local market for ice cream. We each picked up our own pint, and mine was called "Crumbs along the Mohawk:" graham crackers in graham cracker ice cream with caramel. Pure crack. It's a good thing they don't sell that kind of ice cream in my area, or I'd be fat as anything.

We went for a second short bike ride on Sunday, again after my aunt's dressage lesson, and this time Buddy was available for an extended scratch and cuddle. Beautiful brown-and-black tiger cat, stripey all over with white just under his chin and big green eyes. My aunt said that he doesn't get a lot of attention, which makes no sense to me, because he was such a beautiful boy that I don't know how anyone could resist petting him for hours on end. Either way, he purred like motor, and the paws were going, and I almost stole him right there.

The ride home was much more pleasant than the ride up. We got home just in time to watch the very end of the rebroadcast of the F1 race, and then I spent the rest of the afternoon tidying up the apartment. My parents called late (for them) and they still don't have a house in Florida to move to after they close on the 22nd of May. Not My Problem, though I continue to puzzle over how unconcerned they are about mooching off of their friends.

This week should be a bit busy, as the big local rummage sale takes place this weekend, and I'd like to have my own small sale in our front yard to get rid of worthwhile items like the ginormous microwave we received as a wedding present. If we made a hundred bucks on the weekend, I'd be happy.
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Interesting combination this weekend of Fun and Suck.

Since husband's friend Jeff was available to help us move furniture, we rented a truck and a storage shelter and planned the move for Saturday. I emailed my parents to let them know I was coming on Friday, didn't receive a response and didn't think anything of it. Then, on Friday, I learned in the morning that they had decided to go visit their friends in PA because one of them is recovering from surgery.

more... )
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Phew. I feel like I've been on a treadmill since the middle of last week.

cut for length )

Weekend

Jan. 30th, 2006 10:05 am
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*takes off rabbit ears*

Those hurt when you wear them long enough!

Some of you figured it out quickly, but for those of you who didn't, my last post was a complete lie. Jan. 27th was LiveJournal Rabbit Hole Day, so don't worry, I didn't suddenly get the baby rabies and head off to the nearest place of worship. I would have posted something over the weekend about it, but for some reason, I couldn't update LJ from my inlaws'.

It was my FIL's birthday this weekend, so we went for a visit. Nothing too interesting there. I did manage to get some cosplay done - [livejournal.com profile] jaina, your hakama are coming along fine; I got the front done and started in on the backboard piece. Got the Anna Williams outfit all piped as well, but now I have to work on getting that damn phoenix bird onto the leg before I can line it. Husband has offered to help make a big sketch that I can turn into a pattern. Not looking forward to that applique.

Finally watched Bleach 65. The animation quality has taken a real nosedive, but the fun of watching the boys act like idiots is outweighing that at the moment. Probably they had to get this filler arc animated in a hurry. Frankly, I'd prefer that they just take a hiatus for a while.

Back to work.

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