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Not sure really how much more I can say about this past week that Matt didn't cover, so some of this will just be a repeat for yall. ^_^

My busy week - there may be some TMI here so if you're squeamish don't read it.... )
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And for the inquiring minds who want to know, still no bebe.

So, Saturday Matt and I went to the Lebanese Food Festival in Lewisville. We were joined by [livejournal.com profile] elizagoth and her boy who is getting remarkably tall. ^_^ The food, of course, was good! But this is me we're talking about and I love food. ^_~

Afterward we went home and watched the next installment of the John Adams HBO miniseries that we've been Netflix-ing. I must say, they've done a phenomenal job with this biography. I am thoroughly enjoying it, especially since I really didn't know that much about John or Abigail Adams.

Then, Mom came by that evening while we were watching Miracle (I watch a lot of movies these days as it's easier to keep the feet swelling down if I'm prone). We chatted and watched a bit of the movie while she waited for Dad's meeting to finish. Wish she could have stayed longer - I love hanging out with my mom.

Since my due date was Saturday, they wanted to do a sonogram, which I had this morning.

Pregnant girl stuff here. You are warned. )

I wonder if she's going to wait to be a birthday present for Lex. That would put her being born on Oct 13. Fun, fun!
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Sat 7/5: My sister Annie and her boy spent the night at our place after the July 4 festivities. Then, that morning, we headed to Anna to hang out with Rob, Siouxsie, and Kyr. It was awfully fun to watch Rob on the floor playing with Lex and all the Star Wars figures. So cute! We spent a good part of the afternoon there, then headed back to my house, and then Annie and Lex went home.

Sun 7/6: Sunday was a beautifully mellow day.

Mon 7/7: Monday morning had me back at work (of course). We had to do an orientation for the new psychiatric residents at the office, so not much work got done. We get new psychiatrists and psychology interns every year, so this time of year is actually pretty busy for me, as I have lot of paperwork to do. Whee!

Tue 7/8: Nothing special, just work.

Wed 7/9: Wednesday morning was exciting. It's my "late" day for the next two months - I go in at 10:30 and stay until 7:30. This Wednesday was different, though. We got a call around 8AM from the hospital. Matt's mom had been the admitted night before. Diagnosis: pancreatitis. We both called in to our respective jobs, and headed to the Bowie hospital to see what needed to be done.

Luckily pancreatitis isn't life threatening. It's just really uncomfortable. The person with it has to do a true fast (no water, no food) for several days while their pancreas recovers. Clearly they have to stay in the hospital, since the only sustenance they can have is delivered through the IV. Bleh. Matt's mother didn't understand what they were telling her so Matt showing up and explaining things after talking to the nurse really helped calm her down. The doctor is still looking into the cause, though.

Thu 7/10: After work we went to Bowie again, and got home late, late.

Fri 7/11: D&D tonight, Matt's game. Whee!
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This was just going to be part of my week's update, but it got big all on its own. So here's how my 4th of July went....

Fri 7/4: Obviously, this was 4th of July. Independence Day. It's a big day for my mom's side of the family - we borrow the church building and have a big get-together. So, Matt spent the morning cooking Tom Kha Gai for the pot-luck. Annie and Lex came to our house, and we showed up at the church around noon-ish and spent the first hour just hanging out and visiting.

At about 1PM we had our 4th of July Program. This is one of my most favorite things about our family 4th of July get-together. It was my mom's idea (I think), and I really do love it. Last year Mom did a presentation about one of our ancestors who fought in the war.

This year she put together a lesson on the constitution and the First Amendment and how the constitutional convention came up with it and their compromises. Some were terrified that religion would be abolished from the country completely. Others were terrified that a single religion would take hold. Some wanted religion completely out of any government document. This is what they finally came up with and is what is in our constitution today, and it didn't only cover religion but other things that we sometimes take for granted. I love our constitution:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

After the presentation, we sang the whole national anthem. My aunt Ginny played the piano for us. My mom's side of the family can really sing. We had all four parts going loud and strong (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and it sounded beautiful. I almost got teary eyed again. Probably the pregnant thing, but I wouldn't guarantee it. Certain hymns, national or religious, have always moved me.

We sang, and then had lunch. The Tom Kha Gai was a hit, too. Only a tiny bit was left over, and Matt and I had that for lunch on Sunday. Lots and lots of great food at family pot-lucks, heh.

My mom and dad invited their square dance caller to our family thing so they could call for us, so after lunch we did some square dancing in the gym (yes, my church has a gym. It's got a half-sized basketball court and a real stage, too). It was a ton of fun. I only danced the first square because I didn't want to over-do it, but I took pictures during the second square, so I managed to make myself useful.

Then I ran through the building and got pictures of everyone. Dad was reading a book in the lobby while Uncle Jared napped on the lobby couch. Some of my kin were playing Guitar Band, others were visiting in the kitchen. Some of the younger kids were creating a production on the stage, with capes and all. I love my family, as loony as they all are. ^_^

Matt, Annie, Lex and I headed to Frisco after that to watch the FC Dallas/Kansas City game. My brother Ian and his wife Nikki met us there, and Mom and Dad showed up a bit later. The game was good - it was a tie, so at least it wasn't a loss. Games between Dallas and Kansas City are always very sportsman-like. If there's a foul or whatever, the sportsmanship is great. I like playing against them. ^_^

After the game, there was a concert put on for us by a guy named Freddy. It was pretty decent music, and Freddy has a great story. ^_^ However, what I was waiting for, of course, were the fireworks. And I do believe Frisco delivered. The fireworks were spectacular.

Mom wants Matt to do a presentation on the battle at Cowpens next year. Matt's thinking either as an RPG or maybe a miniature battle. Knowing Matt, he'll enjoy the challenge to recreate it.

I think I want to make a July 4 dress. I always loved late 18th century, anyway, and Reconstructing History has an awesome riding habit/traveling outfit that I would just love to try. I'd have to do it in blue (not red!) in honor of my American ancestors who served in the Continental Army. ^_~

Thai Food

Jul. 3rd, 2008 10:24 am
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For those of you unfamiliar with my awesome husband, he's half Thai. His father, a Texan, was an only child, Matt is his only son, and Matt's two brothers are actually full Thai sons of their mother. They married Thai women. All this means all of my in-laws and nieces and nephews on Matt's side are full Thai. Fun, huh? I think so. ^_^

I love Thailand. Thai culture, architecture, and history fascinate me. Especially the ethnic clothing (I know, shocker). Matt thinks I'm silly when I tell him that it's exotic and exciting. To him, it's just part of who he is, like mundane American stuff for me like blue jeans or .... I don't know. It's hard to think of what American things could be exotic to others (not Texas stuff, though. Of course Texas rocks). Anyway, I am captivated by it all. I've been to Thailand only twice for a total of about six weeks.

Well, I also love Thai food.

Where am I going with all this? Well, Matt has discovered a very useful website: Thai Table. Let me just state: YUM. He hasn't looked at all the recipes since there are so many, but the ones he has looked at are pretty down right authentic. Which is, I must say, absolutely awesome. Oh, and one of the neat features of the site is that it has a little sound file for each title, with the name of the dish said in Thai. Coolness! (I do find it amusing that most of my Thai vocabulary has to do with FOOD)

So if any of yall out there want to try making Thai food, the recipes are there. If you don't know where to get the ingredients, there are two really good Asian groceries in Carrollton. I dunno about the rest of the DFW area. There's H-Mart off 190 and Old Denton, and the other one whose name I can't remember on Josey and Belt Line.

And my wonderful husband made me some Tom Kha Gai last night just because I wanted it. He really is the best husband ever. It's Thailand's version of Chicken Noodle Soup, but personally, when we have sick kids, they're getting this not the American stuff.

We're going to make more tomorrow morning to take to the family 4th of July party for the potluck lunch. YUM.

Tom Kha Gai
(Tom = Soup, Kha = Galanga, Gai = Chicken)
Aka "Galanga Chicken Soup" or "Coconut Milk Chicken Soup"

1 can chicken broth (2 cups)
2 cups of water
1 inch of sliced galanga (kha)
2 full stalks of lemon grass/citronella (ta-krai) cut into 1 inch lengths and bruised
4-6 torn & bruised kaffir lime leaves (bai ma-grood)
4-6 tbsp fish sauce (nam pla)
1 tbsp sugar
Some sliced chicken breast (to preference, at least 1)
1 can coconut milk (2 cups)
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup torn & bruised cilantro/coriander leaves (pak chee)

Optional
- 1 can straw mushrooms
- Crushed chili peppers (prik khee noo)

Directions: Put everything in the pot except the lime juice and a quarter of cilantro. Bring it to boil, then simmer to cook the chicken. After about ten minutes, check the chicken to make sure it's cooked. Then, while stirring slowly in one direction, add the lime juice and the last of the cilantro and serve.

Newbie note: You don't usually eat the lemon grass and galanga. If serving it to folks new to Thai food... you might want to strain those out of the soup. Old pros just eat around them!

Serving: Serve as a soup in a bowl by itself to compliment a meal or poured over heaping mounds of jasmine rice as a main dish.
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It's from The David Letterman Show. This is the whole segment of Stupid Pet Tricks. Katie and Pyro were first:

Update

Apr. 11th, 2008 10:51 am
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My weeknights are pretty much the same, as always. Thursdays we're doing Savage Worlds 50 Fathoms. We've played twice, and so far so good. I'm still out on the system (it has raises and "exploding" dice), but I don't really care about system much. That's what the other gamers are there for. Ok, one of the reasons. ^_~ System is all periferial for me anyway. I'm all about story and setting. Rules? Beh. Just tell me what dice to roll.

Last Saturday, we had planned on cleaning up around our house. However, Matt's mother called late Friday afternoon to get us to help her dump her old couch on Saturday. So we did that instead, then went to check at CCA for maybe a futon or something. There were none there and nothing else that caught her eye, so we had lunch and she went off to do other things. But the morning was over and I got lazy, so nothing really productive got done around the house. /sigh

Tonight we're going to Matt's sister-in-law's house because his brother Audt and Audt's family are in from Thailand (sister-in-law Ning, nephew Art and niece Aim). Should be fun, even though I'm the only one on that side of the family that doesn't at the very least understand Thai, heh. So tonight, a lot of visiting in Thai and I just hope I don't doze off. Oh! I'll have to remember to take the camera....

That also means that any evening plans and all weekend plans are pretty much up in the air while they're here, as we'll want to spend time with them while we've got the chance.
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Duh. I totally forgot to mention that Matt, myself, my brother Rob, sis-in-law Sioux, and niece Kyrie all headed out to the farm on Presidents' Day (Feb 18). We took the Vaqueros, the P22, and the lever action shotgun. Rob and Sioux brought two .22 rifles, and a semi-auto shotgun. They met us at our house and we packed up and drove out.

When we got there, we went out to the old stock tank where Matt's dad used to shoot - it's got a ridge that we set up on and then we shoot down into the empty stock tank. Very safe, and perfect for pistol shooting. For rifle shooting, the range is very short, but fine for Kyrie who had never shot before. Matt fired up the riding lawn mower and cleared off the ridge, and when Matt's mom got there we were able to dig up some folding chairs for those of us who weren't shooting.

So, some action photos of my people! )

Kyrie was told at least four different times the Cardinal Rule of gun safety. Never, ever, ever point the barrel of a gun at anything you can't shoot. That's it. If everyone were to do that, there would be no fatal accidents with guns. I noticed Kyrie took it seriously and was always conscious of where she pointed her gun. She's a great kid.

Matt and Rob shot skeets, too. Matt did way better with the lever action shotgun than the semi-auto, surprisingly, where as Rob did really well with the semi-auto. We all shot some - I mainly fired the P22, as my pistol work still needs help. I've got rifle down, and pretty much always hit in the circle on the target. Sioux shot mostly the P22 and the rifle - I can't remember if she fired either shotgun.

Oh, and Rob had some fun with the Vaqueros, heh. He decided to try duelist and shoot with one in each hand, but his accuracy, of course, was way off. I've seen people out at SASS do it, so I know it can be done, and accurately, but it was his first go at two guns. Heh. Me, I always fire with both hands on the pistol. He also fired a set of .357 Magnum with the Vaqueros (they're usually soft-loaded for SASS with .38 Special). We were all impressed by the BOOM.

I do believe fun was had by all. ^_^
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Lessee.... What have I been up to?

We've been going to Irish classes pretty much every Saturday afternoon. Matt makes it to them more often than I do. It's interesting what I remember and what I've forgotten. It's been like six years since I tried to speak it, but it's still a fascinating language. More a part of Matt's roots than my own; although I think I may have some Ulster-Irish in me, I'm primarily (of the British Isles) Welsh and English, with a dash of Scot and Irish. Heh. That said, Gaelic is a really beautiful language, even when spoken with a Texan accent. Hehe.

Oh, and everyone needs to go to Matt's LJ and watch the "Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom" video. It is to LAUGH.

The weekend of the 9th, we went over to Scott & Yvonne's for the Star Wars game. We got a late start, but I am enjoying it quite a bit.

Then last weekend I went to the Antique Elegance show. I wore the pink regency, which looks mostly ok - I'm not totally thrilled with the bodice. I think on the next one I'm *not* going to line it. The directions didn't call for lining, but the fabric was sheer so I did. However, it made for some unneccessary bulk in the gathered areas. Also, I think I'm going to add an extra panel to the back for some more fullness. Mostly because I love, love the fullness in the back of those regency gowns. I didn't get a hat done, and my hair was just pulled back in a bun, but I did have my awesome wool shawl that I got off eBay. I really need to learn how to do hats and historical hair....

Anyway, the show was fun - I made it there bright and early for the Mourning Clothes fashion show, which was awesome. Several of the people from the DFWCG made it and I wandered around with them. Was a lot of fun, as usual! I left at noon-ish since I was already fighting the plague and wanted to get some rest.

Work's going well. I'm not quite "that girl" yet as there is still stuff to learn and no one to teach me, but I'm well on my way. I'm considered quite the Excel whiz (amusing, heh!), and an expert on this and that, but I'm still aware of my short-comings. Next week is jeans week for our office, though, in honor of one of our programs - National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. The theme cooked up was "Be Comfortable In Your Genes." My counselors seem to be very fond of the puns. I love puns, too, heh. Anyway, we'll be accepting donations of jeans to take to a local charity. There will also be this big thing comparing modern concepts of beauty to beauty of say only 50 years ago (think modern skeleton vs Marilyn Monroe or Sophia Loren), and workshops and such. One problem is that I think I only have like one pair of jeans. Heh.

Most of this past week has been spent with very early evenings (usually 9PM!), since Matt got the plague and I didn't want to catch it from him. I've been getting LOTS of sleep, drinking tons of water and taking my vitamins, and for the most part I've thankfully avoided the worst of it, although I have gotten a bit of cold-type symptoms. I'll really be glad when Spring finally gets here and this warm/cold weather is done. We haven't had a single hard freeze this year, though, which makes for a bit of difficulty come spring when all the evil bugs come out....

Tonight we're heading over to our friend's house to make Werewolf characters for an alts game while [livejournal.com profile] de_nova and [livejournal.com profile] devineoraclefy have to work. :-/ They said they can't come back to play until like May or so. Booo! Anyway, we'll be in the same setting, just playing from a different angle than our original pack (which will be resumed as soon as de nova and devineoraclefy can play!). Should be fun, and I haven't seen [livejournal.com profile] kalar or [livejournal.com profile] narkeys in too long.

Tomorrow is 4th Saturday, so off to Rob's I go for some more gaming with the sibs. Should be fun! Hey, [livejournal.com profile] annawick, if you want to come along, you're welcome. We'll be leaving our house around 11 AM-ish, I think.... Hm. I need to clean out my car.

Ok, back to "work." Yeah, it's Friday. Hooray!
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Lessee, aside from the normal work stuff and week night relaxing, what has been going on?

On the costuming front, I've almost completed the pink regency. The bodice is completely hand sewn and looks great. The fit is pretty good, although the neckline I'm kind of "eh" about. I think the next regency will not be drawstring, although I do adore the wrinkled front effect - I'm so much more fond of early Regency and Directoire than late Regency. I've been working on the dress during my lunch breaks at the University. One of the hugest benefits of working with an office full of politically correct, truly considerate psychologists and counselors is that although they may look at my hobby with curiosity, they are constrained by habit and profession not to judge me on it. Heh. Ok, at least not vocally. ^_~

Plus, when one actually considers the hobby of costuming, it does have a certain degree of artistic mystique. Which is really odd to me since I've never really considered myself an artist. Probably because I don't really come up with any of it on my own - I pretty much always use a pattern. However, on a college campus, costuming is art. Whee!

After the pink regency I think it will be time for me to work on something Victorian again. Well, and finish up the silver 1878 Victorian. It still needs trim and an over-skirt. The next Victorian will be later, like 1885-ish, I think. I fell in love with my sister's bustle when I saw her in it at Candlelight in December. She looked fabulous. So I need to make a bustle, and then of course an outfit to go with it! I've still got tons of that silver, plus a darker, charcoal gray of the same material, so I'll probably go with that stuff. I love it anyway!

Another amusing thing on the work front is that as an office we're participating in the Live Healthy Dallas 100 Day Challenge. We have too many people that wanted to participate so our office has two teams. The most fun part about it are the names we came up with for the two teams: Pink Freud and Jung at Heart. Hehe. I love puns!

So, over all, the new job is going quite well. There is a certain harmony in this office that is unlike anything I ever expected (or experienced, for that matter), and I really like it. We have been having horrendous problems with the network and our main shared hard drive, so much so that it's finally been escalated to the Big Powers That Be, which says a lot since it's a government bureaucracy, heh.

I don't have as much free time as I did at the shop, but there are slow moments from time to time. The only melancholy part of course is how much I miss Miriam. Luckily I've been able to call her occasionally (and need to again soon!), so that tie hasn't been completely lost. Most of the others from the shop I can at least "see" on World of Warcraft, and I get some chatting with them there.

Matt's been really busy lately with helping re-start the Gaelic League here in Dallas. I'm pretty excited, because some of my most fun memories are of the Irish Immersion Weekends that we went to, and the cielis those evenings. So. Much. Fun. So much so that we had the Denton Celtic Dancers come to the party after we got married and teach my family how to dance. Heh. So, now we go to Irish Classes on Saturdays, or at least every other Saturday, at this charming book store near the Tipperary Inn in Dallas. Like we have so much spare time on Saturdays! But it's worth it! :D Of course, Matt volunteered to do the website, I think it's because he just loves doing them, heh.

And in that vein, the DFW Costuming Guild site is back up and has events posted. It's almost completely back to where it was, with the exception of the fact that I need to recover my own photos so that I can get them back up there.

For those of you interested, the steam punk lecture is February 9th at 2PM at the Dallas Public Library. I'll get directions up as the day draws closer. It should be a really fun lecture! I'm totally looking forward to it. ^_^

Oh, and GURPS on 4th Saturdays at my older brother Rob's house has resumed. Hooray! So I get to see at least three of my five siblings once a month again. Annie, if you want, you could totally come and hang out. We don't game the whole time! Come to our house and I'll drive if you don't want to drive the whole way.

Ok, that's pretty much it for now! It got a lot longer than I expected, as usual. ^_^
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Thu Dec 20: No game because Jeff had a work Christmas party.

Fri Dec 21: Mellow, slow day at work. The boss let everyone else go early, but he and I stayed in case of any crises.

Weekend Dec 22, 23: Mellow and enjoyable.

Mon Dec 24: Wrapped Christmas presents. Played WoW, leveling toons on the server that my brother Rob plays on, with a goal of reaching level 39 so we can level these little alts with Rob's sister-in-law and her husband in January.

Tue Dec 25: Christmas morning we headed over to my brother Ian's and his wife Nikki's house. We spent the morning and early afternoon visiting with each other, and then opened presents. Matt and I had small, inexpensive gifts for everyone (breaking out of the name-drawing thing. Oops! But we had souvenirs and trinkets from Thailand and wanted to share!). Mom and Dad gave all the men these cool cart-thingies. Dollies, I guess they're called. I got a box full of kitchen stuff, and of particular interest to me was this extremely handy vegetable chopping tool. Sweet! They also gave me ladybug place mats, a cookbook and some other useful things. Nifty!

Mine and Matt's gifts to each other was our desk/shelving system for our den. Worth every penny, and I'm as thrilled about it today as I was the day we bought it. I'll be even more thrilled when we've finished straightening up from moving stuff around. Whee!

After Ian and Nikki's, we headed over to Grandma Dottie's house for an hour or two of food and chat. Afterwards, Matt and I drove my brothers Chris and Aaron home, and had an enjoyable hour in the car visiting.

Wed Dec 26: Early that morning, I headed out to the Lake for a very nice visit with [livejournal.com profile] tempest_sky, who is looking quite pregnant, as well as very happy. We spent a good part of the morning just hanging out and visiting and watching movies. Then we took a quick trip into town so they could spend some of their Christmas money.

That evening we goofed around and played very, very silly games of dominos and Uno. Not to say that the games themselves are silly but that we were very silly. Competition was rife, and I was apparently determined to lose, at least at Uno. Boy howdy I got skunked. In one hand I went from second best to way worst. It came from being hit with three Wild Draw Fours AND three Draw Twos. They ganged up on me! Ok, in all fairness, it was everyone for themself. At dominos I fared much better and placed neither best nor worst. Heh.

Thu Dec 27: I woke up all nice and lazy that morning, of course still at the Lake with Tempest Sky and Tim. Tim had to go out and work, but Tempest Sky and I spent a very lazy day watching all of Dresden Files, while she knitted and I sewed. I started on the pink regency, which is coming along quite nicely. Since I got addicted to Dresden Files, we finished it up, and after the last one ended, I headed back home to my wonderful hubby.

Fri Dec 28: Friday morning I had several things scheduled. I took the hound to the vet for his annual check-up and scheduled him for a teeth cleaning later in January. After that, I dropped the hound off at home and went to the eye doctor to get my prescription renewed and some new contacts. Then I went to Denton to get a new social security card. After that, I drove down to Carrollton for lunch with [livejournal.com profile] elizagoth. We had lunch at this really nice little Cuban restaraunt on Josey and Belt Line and had some super tasty food. I never had eaten Cuban food before and enjoyed it very much. I especially enjoyed the company, and we spent a good hour and a half of quality conversation time.

Sat Dec 29: Worked on the pink regency. Watched movies.

Sun Dec 30: Went to church. Went home and relaxed.

Mon Dec 31: Monday, since Matt had to work, I decided to do some chores. I finished setting up the new shelving in the den for the computers. Next up, organizing them and getting Matt's gun desk set up. Then the organization in the dining room and den will be complete! I straightened and cleaned up the kitchen. Then I spent a mellow evening with the husband, relaxing, playing WoW. Still trying to get those toons to 39. ^_^

Tue Jan 1: Happy New Year! New Years morning we packed up our computers for the LAN party. After I dropped the computers and Matt off at the Shop, I went to Anne's and watched her pup and my hound interact. Both dogs did well with only one growly incident when the pup jumped on the hound, and that was so mild - the hound wasn't even aggressive about it. It was literally a "Hey, stop that, kid!" kind of thing.

Anne's pup is so cute, and one day he will be HUGE. He is a Shiloh Shepherd. He's only eleven weeks old and already thirty pounds, even if half of it is FUR! What a fuzzball! ^_^ His paws are about as big as the hound's paws, too. The breeder predicts that the pup will be 32-ish inches at the shoulder and a good 150 pounds. My hound is only 31 inches at the shoulder and 98 pounds.

Heh. At one point, the hound (after checking the back yard and marking it his) took off in a dead run and did his enthusiastic laps. The pup, Leo, thought that was so very cool and loped around clumsily but with a lot of curiosity. So CUTE! I'm serious. That pup killed me with his cuteness.

After we played at Anne's, I took the hound to [livejournal.com profile] narkeys's house so Duke and Taltos could play while we were at the LAN party. We spent the rest of the day at the Shop playing a LOT of WoW until late in the evening. Fun, fun!

Wed Jan 2: Back to work.

Thu Jan 3: Work, of course. I also worked on the pink regency during my lunch break. It turns out that the bodice will be pretty much entirely hand sewn simply because I'm working on it everywhere but home. Heh.

And yesterday evening we resumed our weekly game after the holiday chaos. Very fun! I think I'll update the wiki when I'm done here.

Tonight, we're heading over to a friend's house to watch movies and hang out.

^_^
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I've been so busy! Let's see. What has been going on? Well, my week nights are much as before: Monday/Tues/Wed evenings walk the hound, chores and either WoW, reading or watching a movie. Thursdays are still game nights, and the Serenity game is going well. I've been updating the Wiki, so all my notes are up. Whee! Fridays are more chores, etc. Matt is doing a lot of end of year stuff for the church so he's pretty swamped.

Thanksgiving was awesome. I went over to Mom's on Wed night to help with food prep as has become my normal tradition. We spent the evening visiting and working. Then Thursday had us at my older brother Rob's for the Thanksgiving festivities. I wore toe socks and flip-flops because I knew how much they bothered my brother-in-law (hehe). For some reason he has this thing against toe socks, so I was delighted to exploit that weakness. >:) See, I can be evil! Even though Matt tells me that's not evil, it's just mischievous.

Anyway, We all lazed around and visited and ate wonderful food. Some of Rob's wife's family came, too, which I hope also becomes a tradition, as I love having them there.

On Dec 2nd and 3rd Matt and I went up to the Lake to visit with [livejournal.com profile] tempest_sky and Tim. We spent a lot of time visiting, plus our usual golf cart ride (which I still so thoroughly enjoy!!). Tempest Sky is looking so adorable these days, as her pregnancy is really visible now. I so much enjoyed the time we spent there!

Then last week, I spent the weeknights as described above. Saturday morning, I got off my procrastinating shelf and pulled out my 1878 skirt and bodice to do some minor alterations - like finish the hem on the skirt and shift the fasteners around on the bodice. I still need to do some fitting stuff with the bodice, but I'll totally need help for that as I don't have a fitter's form (or whatever they're called). I'm realizing in the course of my sewing that I have SUCH a high waist.

Anyway, I still need to add trim to the skirt and bodice, and I was leaning towards pleats. One of my fellow costumers gave me a pleating tool that looks remarkably like a ruler with some useful bends in it. I think that will help a lot. I'm thinking of adding pleats to the bottom of the skirt and the ends of the bodice sleeves, plus maybe at the bottom of the bodice.

Next up is my pink regency day dress, and apron. I think also this year the costuming guild is working on rococo stuff, so that should be fun, too! We're also going to have a class on steam-punk outfits, which is going to be really fascinating.

Saturday afternoon, we headed over to a friend's house for a pre-Candlelight get-together. It was lovely, of course. I love hanging out with other costumers, as it gets me all excited about sewing again. And boy-howdy do I need the inspiration. I procrastinate to no end, or choose other hobbies (WoW/reading/movies) instead of sewing. Anyway, the party was fun with yummy treats and lots of costuming talk, and then we adjourned to Dallas Heritage Village for their annual holiday Candlelight event.

Candlelight was so much fun, too! We wandered around as a guild, and shortly after we arrived there, my sister [livejournal.com profile] annawick and mom [livejournal.com profile] saintvickery and the Lex, too, of course, saw us and wandered around with us. Annie and Mom were dressed up, too, so they blended well with the rest of us crazies. ^_^ Err... Eccentrics! We're not crazy, we're eccentric. Anyway, Annie's dress looked particularly good and made me definitely want to make an actual bustle, she looked so sharp!

The Heritage Village was absolutely lovely. It was a little warm at first (I think it got to 80 F / 26.6 C that day!), but cooled off after the sun went down to a very nice comfortable for Victorian clothes 60 F / 15.5 C. I still love touring those homes - some are very ornate and elaborate, and others simple and charming. Plus the candle-lit (go figure) roads really enhanced the atmosphere. This year there were a lot more people dressed up, too. I think some of the guild's members passed out guild cards, which was awesome. We drew quite a bit of attention as everyone looked really awesome. Hooray for dressing up!

Things at the new job are going well. I had my one month review, and the boss had a lot of positive things to say. So, if things continue as they are, I guess I'll get to stay. ^_~ I'm hesitant because there's this six month probation thing that the University does, which since they fired the person before me makes me less confident than I would be otherwise. Luckily, the work itself is not difficult and my co-workers are all pretty awesome. So aside from missing my friends at the Shop (Mir and Kev especially!), over all things are well.

I'm finally adjusting to the early schedule, too, although I do find myself getting drowsy at 10 PM, which seems so terribly early. Bleh. I do miss my late evenings and late mornings! Oh and no traffic. I do miss having no traffic. I do like the extra two hours with the husband, though, since we are able to carpool. Anyway, if things work out here, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Matt and I looked for a house in Richardson or Carrollton in a few years.

Yesterday I put up some minor Christmas decorations - a wreath on the door and some lights, garland and a nativity set in the living room. No tree though. I think it's buried somewhere in our garage. Plus it takes us like three months to take the thing down (one year we took it down in JUNE), so I don't think we'll do a tree this year. Our living room still looks Christmasy, though, with the lights and the nativity scene.

Ok. Lunch is almost over, and I'm still unsure as to the policies on internet use for my office. My desk is in the front office (very public) and I'm in the student lounge, so I'll sign off for now.

Until later!
jaelie: (Thoughtful)
So, lessee.

I don't feel that much has been going on day to day, and yet here I am in a life changing moment.

I start my new job on Monday. I'm still in that bizarre emotional place of being terribly sad about leaving my good friends and being excited and terrified of starting something new. I don't know. Maybe changing jobs isn't a big deal to some people, but this is such an emotionally charged event for me.

We had lunch together yesterday - all of us from the Shop in one big group. It was really delightful. I'm so glad that basically everyone at the Shop plays World of Warcraft, because that connection will allow me to "see" them often.

After lunch, we took a brief tour of the old sites the Shop used to inhabit - the one right before our current one on Mill Street, and the one before that on Smith Street.

I remember Mir telling me about the Smith Street shop, and the graveyard nearby, but I had no idea how absolutely beautiful the graveyard actually was. When we arrived in our three vehicles, we took the short stroll out there and I was in awe. It's an old graveyard - I don't think they bury people there anymore. I need to go back and take pictures, though. It was really an absolutely beautiful setting. If the Shop still had been at Smith Street, I totally would have taken picnic lunches on any promising good weather day.

So, today a new page in my life is turning. I am leaving the place where I've been the go-to person for a good, long while. Where I have good friends and people I care for. People whose weddings I've been a part of, people from whom I have received and given heartfelt confidences. I'm so going to miss Mir. She has been the most awesome boss of all time. And an awesome friend. We share so many annoying habits (like listening to the same album all day, or burning incense), that would drive any other person completely nuts.

I'm going to miss everyone.

I've spent more waking hours at the Shop than I have basically any where else, and Monday another new page in my life will turn. I'll be the new person and completely out of my comfort zone. Among strangers whom I will have to learn to like. Luckily, most of them seem very likeable. But for a basically shy person like myself, it's very scary. I know I'll rise to the job demands - I thrive on organizing and fixing things....

/sigh

So, anyway, enough about that, I guess.

Last weekend for our anniversary, Matt and I went to the Austin Celtic Festival. We left after work on Friday and headed to San Antonio first, to spend some time with Rob, Sioux and Kyr, and Siouxsie's sister's family. I had never met Leslie's husband, so that was good. Leslie's children are nice, too. ^_^ We got there around midnight, and Matt went to bed fairly early on. I stayed downstairs and visited until 3 am, and enjoyed every bit of it, although the drive home after the festival got really difficult there at the end.

Saturday morning, we woke up and had a long, lazy breakfast. Then we headed out to the festival. It was a lot of fun, and has grown quite a bit from the last time I went several years ago. It's in a city park, and the parking was packed to the gills. Luckily we found a spot, though! There were a lot of vendors and good music, plus two different re-enactment groups (a viking one and a celto-roman one, heh).

The cap of the evening, though, was getting to hear one of my favorite celtic rock bands perform - Seven Nations. So. Much. Fun! It was the first time in like four years that I'd seen them, so I enjoyed every minute of it. Best of all, I looked up their website and they'll be in the DFW area in June '08!

After Seven Nations played, we headed back home, got in the door a few hours later and promptly collapsed. ZzzZZZzzz. I'm glad we made it safely, because I don't even remember driving through Waxahachie.

This week, I've been training my replacement. She's gonna be just as confused and out of her element on Monday as I am, heh. I told her she could email me any questions, though.

Ok, I suppose that's it for now. Change is good. But not easy.
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Hm. I haven't done an update in a lil while. Lessee. Things I've done. Well, aside from sewing and WoW.

Two weeks ago Thursday, Matt and I went to one of the last showings of Macbeth by Shakespeare in the Park. It was a pretty good performance, with one director's interpretation that I was "eh" about - the three witches were from the future and gave Macbeth a gun. He only used said gun at the very end, but "eh." Other than that, though, the acting was good enough. The priest was hilarious. Lady Macbeth did a pretty good job, too. Over all, I refused to let that one interpretation bother me.

It was a gorgeous night - during intermission, our friends ran to their car and grabbed a blanket for Matt and I, as it had gotten quite cool. But sitting outside on such a lovely evening, eating fruit, crackers, cheese, etc, and visiting with friends and watching a play made for a truly lovely evening.

Sometime I want to go to Shakespeare in the Park in costume. I don't really care what era. Napoleonic would be nice. Or Victorian. Mostly because I love those two, heh. I wonder how popular Shakespeare was during the 18th century.... And really, mostly because I just want an excuse to go anywhere in costume. I'm tellin' ya, if I lived in the boonies on a farm like I do in my little dream-world, I would wear a costume every single day. Modern clothes are boring.

The following Saturday had us out at Ormsby Ranch for our SASS regional match. Matt and I didn't shoot. It costs $100 for the four days, which would be ok, except we planned on only the one day, so it was kind of out of the question. We meandered around and watched the other shooters. Unfortunately there weren't very many vendors. We left early to help with set up for the evening dinner, and then of course dinner and then home. Another lovely day!

Last week was pretty normal. The Thurs game is going nicely. Well, "nicely." As in, I'm thoroughly enjoying it, but my character sure isn't! We're still stranded in the black, my character's little sister had to kill someone, but we did uncover the person who planted the bombs. And we found another ship that was stranded, too, that has parts which maybe we will be able to recycle.... (that's where the game left off)

Friday night Matt and I cleaned up the living room and dining room, both of which needed it badly. But now it's more than habitable. It's hospitable. Yay! Next up, the computer area. We're going to be doing an overhaul there soon. And the garage. I think at some point in November we're borrowing his mom's truck and making a run to the dump.

Saturday morning I went to Sam Moon with [livejournal.com profile] elizagoth and another friend, who had taken away my chick card AND my costumers card for never having been there. So after successfully restoring my chick and costumers cards, Elizagoth and I had lunch and did a little more shopping near her house, and then I headed home to do some more cleaning before the invasion.

Matt had finished cleaning up the tub and so we straightened the living room together. Voila! Suddenly our house has a lot more space.

Family showed up at 4pm for a get together celebrating Lex's 3rd birthday. Annie and Dave and Lex, followed shortly by Rob, Sioux and Kyr, and then a little later Mom came, too. Dad wasn't able to make it as he was feeling ill. We had pizza, cake and ice cream, and played around a little. Totally not enough time, though. T_T We need another Family Day! Except this time, the whole day. :D

We headed out for the FC Dallas soccer game. Mom came along, and I think she had fun. FC Dallas lost, though. We sat right next to the Inferno, which is a very enthusiastic fan group of FC Dallas. They like to taunt the opposing team's goalie since we're right behind one of the goals. Last time they were calling him a bald leprechaun because he was wearing green. This time they chanted something about bleach blond hair being for girls. They're a pretty funny group. ^_^

So, that's it for now! It got a bit longer than expected!

Grandpa

Sep. 17th, 2007 11:24 am
jaelie: (RainGirl)
Thu 9/13: On Thursday morning at 3am, my granddad passed away. He refused to do the therapy at the hospital, so they moved him home on Wednesday. A few hours later he slipped into a coma and started bleeding internally. I think he was just waiting to be home. My heart aches for Dottie (my step-grandmother). They were married for 23 years and she is so lost. I'm really, really glad I was able to see him on Sunday, even though he wasn't very coherent. I do think he knew it was me and Mom, though.

Fri 9/14: Friday I took the day off and did stuff with Matt to relax. We had dinner with Annie and Dave. It helped.

Sat 9/15: Saturday morning was Grandpa's funeral. Chris and Aaron (two of my four brothers) showed up at my place for a ride down. The church was FULL of people paying their respects and it was a beautiful service. I really intended to be strong and not cry, but there were several moments of sheer, heart-wrenching beauty. I couldn't make it through Grandpa's favorite hymn, How Great Thou Art. It was already one of my favorite hymns and already had the power to move me to tears, as it really catches the essence of how I feel about my Heavenly Father and His Son. Add that to the fact that Grandpa sang it to us this year at one of our family gatherings and I choked up and couldn't make it past the first verse.

At the grave site, an honor guard from the Air Force came. Grandpa was a World War II veteran. They played Taps, and folded the flag that was draping my granddad's coffin and presented it to Dottie. I had no idea that the small gesture by the military could be so meaningful.

Grandpa was laid to rest next to his first wife, my grandmother, Patricia.

He is survived by his wife Dottie, all nine of his children, four step-children, 33 grandkids, and 15 great grandkids (so far). He left an impressive legacy of service to his community and church, of inventions and creativity, of stubbornness and conviction to do what is right, and of love for his family. The world has lost one of its truly great thinkers and inventors.

I've lost my last grandparent.

It is hard to describe how I feel. Death isn't always a tragedy. I know I'll see him again one day. I will miss him terribly, but he would not have wanted to live as he had that last month. He wanted to be active and useful his whole life, and he was incredibly bored and frustrated trapped there in the hospital. Death was a release for him, but he will be sorely missed.

After the funeral, we had lunch with the whole family, all sixty plus of us. People from Grandpa's church took us in and fed us. It really is touching how that small act of service can mean so much and show how much love they had for my granddad.

After eating we took a family picture of us. All of us.

Sun 9/16: I went to church, then came home and relaxed.

Mon 9/17: And time marches on.

The beautiful Eulogy by his friend, Richard Reyes: )
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Thu 9/6: The Thursday group started up a Serenity game, which will be loads of fun, as usual. The premise is that we're carnies, heh. So there's a built in reason for travelling the 'Verse. My character concept: Carnival fortune-teller. Sometimes the fortunes are eerily accurate. Other times, she keeps the truth to herself. Her secret? She's a natural psi-talent and experiences visions of the future, never predictable, in vague flashes at times and with gut-wrenching graphic accuracy at others. Fun, fun!

Fri 9/7: Friday morning, work as always. After work, we headed out to the farm, as we had chores to do for Matt's mother. We took the hound and he had a blast running around off-lead in the one acre (or bigger?) yard. It was fun to watch him come to the realization that he was off-lead. Zoom!! We went to bed early. ZzzZZzz...

Sat 9/8: Saturday morning we woke up early, early so we could get started on the chores before the heat. While Matt fixed the lawn mower, I did some work on her roof. Then while I mowed the lawn, Matt did some work on her roof, too.

We headed out at 11am to go to DFWCG hat making class. I learned a lot, because I'm a total n00b at hats. There was such a good attendance! I do hope we recruited some more people! ^_^ After the class, we headed to Justin for Matt's Star Wars game. We wrapped up a story line and paved the way for an intro for my new character (and Yvonne's, too). Yay!

Sun 9/9: Sunday morning I got up and prepped the lesson. It was on Gifts of the Spirit and Charity. Those are some of my favorite chapters in the New Testament. After church, my mom and I went to visit my granddad. Grandpa was in the hospital after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke in August. Unfortunately, he wasn't very responsive - he has no feeling on the right side of his body and was verbally incoherent. :( We chatted at him and I told him I love him. It was sad to see him there after all his liveliness and orneriness. However, I did get some real quality time with my mother on the drive.

After visiting Grandpa we went to visit [livejournal.com profile] annawick. Seeing my sister is always good, and both my mom and I needed the cathartic medicine of happiness that a perpetually cheerful three-year-old can bring. Lex is good for the soul.

Mon 9/10: Monday morning had me back at work (yes, there's a pattern there). I'm still doing tai chi on Mondays and Wednesdays with Anne. I'm pretty proud of us. I also have a new goal for cleaning and hopefully I'll stick to it. After chores, I played some WoW and then Matt and I stayed up until all hours of the night talking about the philosophical differences between Epicureans and Stoics.

I'm definitely a Stoic, heh. Especially after a little research and locating of some quotes:

Epictetus:

"Man is disturbed not by things, but by the views he takes of them."

"If, therefore, any be unhappy, let him remember that he is unhappy by reason of himself alone."

Marcus Aurelius:

"Get rid of the judgement, get rid of the 'I am hurt,' you are rid of the hurt itself."

Tue 9/11 and Wed 9/12: Tuesday, work and my weekly lunch with efkelley. The evening, chores and WoW. Wednesday much the same, with a break for tai chi with Anne.

Memories!

Sep. 7th, 2007 04:51 pm
jaelie: (Megumifox Mischief)
When I was in high school (either a freshman or sophomore), my big brother and I were on an Allan Dean Foster kick. We both really enjoyed one of his books, Glory Lane. It's a rather silly book, but I loved it.

Anyway, what brought this up? The main character, a punk rocker who called himself "Seeth", had a little card and used it in the story once to try to pick up a cute girl. Well, my dear brother made one for me and gave it to me in high school.

It's about the same size as an ATM card, although it's battered with time and the lamination is separating along one edge. Several of the letters are smudged, as it was created with a typewriter. It, however, still has the power to amuse me, which is why it is still in my wallet after all these years:


The Card )

Hehe.
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On Wednesday afternoon, I started tai chi with Anne. We're just doing the very basic, slow process of learning each form/stance, but wow. Afterwards my knees are so shaky and I can feel the pull in my leg muscles. I don't remember what the name of the stance is, but Matt calls it the horse stance from his kung fu days. That's the basic, first stance and we hold that position for a long time, plus we assume it before learning any of the other stances. Forms. I dunno what they're called. I'm still learning! Anyway, the coolest part is that we've only done it twice now (we're planning on every Monday and Wednesday), but my knees also already feel more... fluid. I dunno. But they seem to move more smoothly. This will be really good for me! Heck, any exercise would be good for me. Heh.

Thursday evening had me back at Hob's for our supers game, and although it was mostly combat this time, I still had fun. Friday evening I chilled with Matt, played WoW, watched some more Rahxephon. We're about half-way through. We're also watching Samurai Champloo via Netflix, so we're watching Rahxephon between Netflix installments, although next up from Netflix is the conclusion to Generator Gawl.

Saturday morning we got rained out of our SASS event, so I went to the zoo with my sister [livejournal.com profile] annawick and Lex. Yes, in the rain. It was a blast. Annie had Lex all rigged out - rain slicker that fit him just right and knee high rubber boots. And let me tell you, Lex definitely took advantage of his rain gear. He stomped in just about every puddle he saw. It was awesome.

One of the cool things about the rain though was that because it was such a gentle, cool rain, all the animal were out. Especially a lot of the predators. In the Texas critter area, I got to see the bobcat, the cougar, the jaguar, and the coyote all up close and personal.

Heh. The cougar was tracking all the children as they came in, literally licking her lips, so at one point she and I got into a staring contest. Finally, her whiskers twitched, we stared a little more, and then she hissed at me and went to lay down behind a bush where she could watch and not be watched. Heh.

The jaguar was pacing along his fence eyeing the coyote, who totally ignored the jaguar. Heck, the coyote even did a long, lazy stretch and looked right at the jaguar. It made me laugh.

Just as we were heading out, I got a call from Mom, saying she'd meet us at Annie's house, so we headed there. We tried to keep Lex awake so he could get some time with his Granny when we got to Annie's, but at one point when we were literally like three miles away we turned our attention to the road and when we looked back, he was completely passed out and would not wake up. Whoops.

I wasn't able to stay long and visit as I had a dinner appointment that Matt made with friends, so I took off relatively soon after arriving at Annie's house. I hurried back to Lewisville, and then we had dinner with our friends Kevin and [livejournal.com profile] sandrayln in Denton. After dinner the four of us met up with Bob and [livejournal.com profile] narkeys and went to see Fantastic Four, which I enjoyed.

Sunday presented me with my usual mellow morning. I had church in the afternoon, and the lesson I taught was on Matthew 25 (I teach the 16/17 year olds now). Good stuff. After church, I headed up to Sanger and spent some time with Dad on Father's Day. I spent some time with Mom too, of course, but she had errands to run so I sat and chatted with Dad about stuff going on in his life. My parents are awesome.

On a totally unrelated topic, I also recently figured out why it's so hard for me to get started on a sewing project. I hate transferring the pattern and cutting the fabric. The sewing part, I'm cool with. But the prep bores me. I want to wave a wand and poof have prepped fabric for me to just work on. Ah, well. I know it's never going to happen like that. So, now I just need to get to work on my gown. Step 1 transfer the pattern, Step 2 cut the fabric. I can do it! Because after I finish this regency gown, I want to start on something from the 1880s. Well, after I do the cap to go with the regency. Heh. That'll be quick and easy, though.

Ok. Done for now!
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I had a wonderful weekend. The weekend started off with playing Matt's game. It started out a few months ago as a low-fantasy d20 game in a setting that Matt cooked up but we've now fully switched over to GURPS in the Conan setting. Heh. There's a learning curve for all of us since it's been so very long that we've played, but I'm pretty pleased with the system change over all, and we've kept all the important elements of Matt's original setting, too. Oh, and welcome to [livejournal.com profile] kalar who has joined the game, too! ^_^ (PS Even though my character didn't warm up to yours right away, I'm glad you're playing!)

Friday night went into Saturday morning and Matt and I went home about 4am and promptly collapsed. My sister called Saturday morning to inform me of her plans shifting and that she wouldn't be able to make the rest of the day's events. T_T However, we rescheduled our stuff for Sunday afternoon, so all was well.

After [livejournal.com profile] annawick called, we slowly got our engines going so we could head out to Fort Worth for the day's activities. First we went to the Japanese Gardens, where we met up with several others from the DFWCG and wandered around and took pictures. Matt and I were total slackers (plus I forgot about my ninja costume) and didn't dress up, but [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson and Dawni looked fabulous. After feeding the coi and taking pictures, we headed over to the Kimbell Art Museum to check out their Drama and Desire: Japanese Paintings from the Floating World exhibit. Talk about some beautiful paintings! I was going to pick up the exhibit book, but they were sold out. T_T

Matt and I seem to take a long time in exhibits. Ah, well. After finishing up there and saying our goodbyes to the other DFWCG-ers, Matt and I headed over to the Mercado Juarez in Dallas and had some awesome food. Then we went to the Cinemark at Vista Ridge and watched Wild Hogs. Thanks so much for the recommendation, [livejournal.com profile] lance_work! It was a hilarious movie, just like you said it would be, heh.

Sunday was a nice, lazy morning, and then a nice mellow day at church. I had to take the 14 and 15 year old class, too, because the teacher's wife just had a baby, but they're good kids too, so everything went smoothly. After church, my sis and the Lex came over to play. Much, much fun was had. I mean, he was fun before, but now he's almost intelligible. It was cute. We drove up and Annie was already there waiting. I leaned in to get Lex out of his car seat since he was half asleep. His eyes opened up and he looked at me for a sec, groggily trying to figure out who I was. Then this little smile crossed his face and he said, "Jay!" My heart melted. What a cutie! Plus I got to hang out with my sister, which is always a bonus. We watched a dinosaur movie, chased the kid around, and chatted a whole lot.

Then, I went to bed and woke up this morning refreshed. What a great weekend!
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I've had a wonderful week, which was topped off by a wonderful weekend.

I spent Tuesday evening with [livejournal.com profile] avice, [livejournal.com profile] kalar and Avice's friend Rob. We spent several hours hanging out at Cool Beans and just visiting. We talked about all kinds of things from life in general, health, politics, and Burning Man. Kalar, to my amusement, mentioned that Matt and I are the only two actually politically conservative people that he knows. Or maybe it was that he knows and likes? Not quite sure there, heh.

I had a lovely Wednesday evening with Matt. We just watched movies and talked. I'm also having quite a lot of fun with my Thursday game group. We're playing our own version of Hero High and it's going really well. I'm having a lot of fun with it, anyway! Friday evening we had Thai food and took our characters from Matt's d20 and converted them to GURPS. This should be interesting!

Saturday morning, Matt and I loaded the hound up and we spent all day Saturday with Rob, Sioux and Kyr, and Annie & Lex, and one of Sioux's sisters and her four kids (three mobile, one an infant). The hound did surprisingly well in spite of the chaos of having so many children over. Although it helped that all of them were so well behaved. Yay for well behaved children!

Oh, yeah. My wonderful sister-in-law put our copy of War of the Buttons on DVD for me. So now I can finally watch it again! That movie is greatness.

Sunday was *great*. After church, we headed down to Mansfield and spent all afternoon and evening with extended family. It was at an aunt and uncle's home, and all eight of my mom's siblings were there (plus a lot of my cousins) for my grandpa's 85 birthday. I had a blast.

I saw some cousins who were MUCH changed since I last saw them. They were nine and younger and it's been seven years. Kayle, who is now sixteen years old, is like 6'4" now and his "little" sister Hailey is taller than me at twelve. Also, there's this awesome club house that Uncle Jared built for his youngest son Gideon (who is another over-six-feet-tall sixteen year old) that has a zipline from the top of the club house and it goes for a good fifty yards or so. And, yes, I did it, too, with the encouragement of lots of cousins under five feet tall. Whee!

After a lovely evening spent with my numerous Family, we headed home and got some much needed rest.

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