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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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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!
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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....


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!
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Thu 9/20: So, on Thursday of last week, Matt and I went to the FC Dallas soccer game (football to all my overseas friends!). Matt 'splained the game really well in his LJ post, so I won't go over it in detail, but the quick summary is it was a rivalry game for the Brimstone Cup between FC Dallas and the Chicago Fire, that ended in a tie. Since FC Dallas had the cup last year, they got to keep it.

We met up there with several of our friends - Todd, Scott S and Yvonne S (and of course their one-year-old twin daughters), and had a great time cheering our team on. Yay!

Of course, me, being super obsessed with costuming, I started immediately thinking about what kind of costume I could make for a soccer game.

This is where my costuming friends come in - I need to find a bustle-era dress that has horizontal stripes.

As an FC Dallas fan, I have to go with red and white horizontal stripes. I know, it has the potential of being terribly gaudy. ^_~ The dress doesn't have to be completely stripy. Well placed horizontal stripes would be sufficient. So, if any of you historical costuming gurus have seen images of bustle era dresses with horizontal stripes, could you point me in that direction?

Fri 9/21: Friday, Matt wrenched his upper back/neck really badly so we spent the evening at home with him on pain killers and cold packs. We laid around and watched movies and such.

Sat 9/22: Saturday morning I went up to the church for a teacher training class. Learned some good stuff. Then I went home, where my sis and the Lex were waiting for me. We spent the day playing with the boy, watching movies and chatting. Beautiful stuff, that.

Sun 9/23: Sunday was it's normal mellowness, with church and relaxation. Matt started feeling a lot better by Sunday evening, too. Yay!

Mon 9/24: Monday was work, then pizza at Eric's and movie fun on his huge TV and beautiful surround sound.

Tue 9/25: After work, I chilled at home with the honey and played WoW til we got punted by the server. Then we watched Karate Kid. Heh.

Yesterday and today, work and normality. I hooked up with [livejournal.com profile] elizagoth on DAOC, since she got me the software and put quarters in. Holy smokes I am so rusty with that UI. Tonight, gaming with the friends! Whee!
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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:


"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.
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Thu 8/30: After work, I ran home and packed while waiting for Matt. As soon as he got home, we headed out for the eve of our four day vacation. Whee! We headed for the Lake and a visit with [livejournal.com profile] tempest_sky and her hubby. She and I spent some quality girl time visiting in what used to be her haven but has become the nursery. She picked a beautiful shade of green for it, too. After we chatted for a bit, we sprayed down with bug spray and ran outside for an evening cart ride. She and Tim showed us the water lines on the trees, which was insane. We stayed the night at their house.

Fri 8/31: Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] sahve!

That morning had us all out on the carts again for more rides around the boat club. The water lines were more visible, but it is still so beautiful and peaceful out there. After the cart ride, we made our usual trip to BecArt, where I picked up some goodies as usual. We left around lunch time. I was sad to go - I didn't get enough time with tempest_sky, especially after realizing it has been a full year since I'd actually seen her and Tim. We'll have to go up again, or have her and Tim down to visit us! ^_^

After we left the Lake, we drove to Tulsa. We arrived at [livejournal.com profile] lance_work and [livejournal.com profile] nettework's in the afternoon and went straight to work on the roof - Matt went up and I started picking up shingles. After dark, we chilled and visited. I was able to spend a little time with the girls. Holy smokes they're growing up! Aleis, who is six, is reading and comprehending at a fourth grade level. She is as cute and precocious as ever, and very much the Big Sister. Charissa is still quiet and sweet and beautiful with her curly fiery hair and big blue eyes. Riley is going to be the handful. I can tell even though she's only two and a half. They are doing such a good job at raising their girls!

Sat 9/1: Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] efkelley!

Saturday, I picked up probably a ton (literally) of shingles, getting a great work out in the process. I probably drank two gallons of water, too. Around 1pm we took the shingles to the dump as the trailer was full and the dump was about to close. It took four people a full hour to empty that thing. When we got back, I picked up more shingles until late afternoon. I was TIRED, so I went inside and rested and worked on my cap, which I'm hand sewing (I'll have a "dress" diary for it as soon as I get the pictures off my camera. Heh). After dark, lance_work and nettework treated us to dinner at the Olive Garden. Mmm. Food.

Sun 9/2: Sunday morning had us at church in Owasso, OK, where lance_work and nettework's friends' baby was being blessed. After the service, I met someone from Denton, one of the Biggs' clan who is up there going to law school. We headed back and got back to work on the roof, as the ox was well and truly in the mire. Rain was predicted for the upcoming week and we had to get that roof DONE. Lots of people from their church and school came to help on all four days. It was really neat to see people come together like that to help.

Mon 9/3: Monday morning the roof was finished! Whee! Matt picked up the valuable skill of roofing (in spite of the fact that he's afraid of heights, too).

Oh, yeah. It was my birthday, too. Happy birthday, self!

We cleaned up and started our trek home around noon. However, I managed to take the "scenic" route, when I forgot that 75 in Texas is 69 in Oklahoma. Whoops. Luckily Oklahoma's 75 went south, so I knew we'd hit a road we recognized at some point or another. Luckily for me, I was stuck in the car with my best friend, so we talked about all kinds of different things and got home all the same. When we got to Denton, we stopped at a bookstore and re-purchased 1632 series by Eric Flint, as we'd lost/misplaced/loaned our copies. We spent the rest of the evening reading.

Tues 9/4: Tuesday morning had me back at work. I had my weekly lunch with efkelley, and after work I chilled out and got to reading the 1632 series again.

Wed 9/5: Wednesday, life is back to normal.
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Thu 8/9: MnM game at Steve's. Our Hero High game, which was much fun. We faced a big bad guy that was tough to defeat, but of course we won in the end! However, a change is in the air. I've been told Serenity is up next, and been informed that we'll be carnies. I think carnies set in the Serenity/Firefly will be a hoot! I'm thinking a gypsy-ish fortune teller would be fun....

Fri 8/10: The werewolf game was much fun. We're an official pack and everything. I had a blast, as usual.

Sat 8/11: [livejournal.com profile] annawick and [livejournal.com profile] finari met Matt and I at our house and we joined the DFWCG at Dallas Heritage Village for a lecture on Victorian era clothes. I think the breakthrough was the fact that we found out that they almost always flat lined. Which is so much easier than the other ways to line things. Sweet!

Saturday evening had us playing our Star Wars RPG at the Stamms'. The group is much smaller now, as one dropped out due to moving to Chicago, and another dropped out due to family stuff. Now the group size is six, I think? Perfect! I think I'll enjoy the games a lot more, now. Much better than eight, that's for sure, as much as I'll miss the other two players, we'll just get more playing in.

Sun 8/12: Laundry, packing, other prep.

Mon 8/13: I woke up and it was still dark outside. I don't like dark mornings! Matt took me up to the shop and at 6am we started the long drive to Indy. I read Harry Potter book 6, and later started sewing my cap. The travel was uneventful, no rain even. I took the last shift and drove us to our hotel.

Tue 8/14: We got to the hotel at 2am. I woke up at 9:45am, as breakfast stopped being served at 10am. After breakfast, we headed in to the convention center and set up. We were done by mid-afternoon and then headed back to the hotel, where I chilled out and played some WoW on the laptop, chatted with the hubby, and got some rest.

Wed 8/15: Bryan and I went to the zoo in the morning with Pete and Cheryl and their son Will. We had a blast. The otters were awesome - one of the little ones couldn't climb up to follow the rest so a big 'un turned around and pulled it up by its head. The dolphin show rocked, of course. I also saw baby giraffes and baby elephants. The highlight, however, was the SHARK PETTING POOL!

Oh, yes indeed. You did in fact hear that correctly. A pool of water in which you reached down to PET the SHARKS as they swam past. Ok, so they were like little sharks, only about three feet long. But I still made sure their heads were past before I stuck my hand in to touch them! ^_~

After the zoo, we headed back to the convention center again for some minor set-up tweaks. I also met the man in the booth behind me. I managed to be civil and even possibly friendly. Luckily, I didn't have to interact with him much during the course of the show, as we were just too busy. And as the show went on, I got over it and by the end of the show, it was a "sure, whatever" feeling. Hooray!

After the minor tweaks, back to the hotel and ZzzzZZzz for me!

Thu 8/16: Thursday morning had me up before daylight again. Yuck. Ron, Matt C and I headed in for a 7:30am meeting with a distributor and breakfast at the Marriott. The meeting went as expected, and then we headed into the convention center and saw show start with the opening of the exhibit hall and incoming throngs of gamers.

The only real downside of the exhibit hall this year is that the convention staff didn't run the attendees out quick enough. Or at all, really. They just made the announcement and seemed to trust that the attendees would leave. Bleh. They did, it just took them forever.

After the exhibit hall closed, I headed over to the miniature room for pizza in the evening with demo team. I sat and visited for a while and worked some more on the cap.

Fri 8/17: I spent the morning in the exhibit hall, and then had a noon meeting with our German distributor, which went as well as expected. Then back to the exhibit hall for more work. I had Chipotle for dinner with demo team, then an early, anti-social night. Yay!

Sat 8/18: Saturday, of course, was the busiest day, although Sunday felt just as busy - the hall just closes two hours earlier, so that's the only reason we don't do as much. After the exhibit hall closed, per our annual tradition, we had dinner with Wayne & Ged, their two friends Tim and Jen (who were cool), and our sculptors and staff. It was really awesome to see Ged & Wayne again, and Ged gave me this really cute Magenta & Jinkx hoodie from her website Strangely Familiar. I adore it!! (I have plans for her this Christmas, too. Muahahah!) She and her friend Anne are the designers/owners of that site, and I love the stuff they're creating there.

There was big time drama at the restaurant. Whee! I sent Janice, one of my volunteers, to the restaurant to get the ball rolling, as we had twenty-five people that we were feeding. There, the hostess told Janice that she'd "need to see Benjamin or Jackson if you want to get seated before two hours." Janice wanted to know exactly what that meant, so the hostess and her friend came up with the price of if we wanted a half hour wait it would be $10 per person, or an hour wait at $5 per person. Wow.

Matt C, when he heard about it, stomped right on in and read her the riot act. Then he read the riot act to the manager, saying stuff along the lines of the fact that we eat there every year, and that we would NOT be extorted out of our money just to be seated and served. The hostess tried to defend herself saying it "was a tip." Yeah, right.

Anyway, we got seated shortly after that (about a half hour wait, total), and got lots of free food, too. Either everyone in the restaurant wanted to distance themselves from the hostess or they really didn't like her, because several of the wait-staff came to thank Matt C for getting her fired...

I don't think anyone spit in our food, but I ordered shishkabob just in case....

After dinner, Bryan, Linc and I headed over to the White Wolf party where I did some socializing, and a little dancing. We called it early, though and were gone by midnight. Too loud to really visit in there, and I just wasn't in the mood to dance, I guess. It was fun, though, over all. A cute boy with absolutely beautiful dreadlocks flirted with me, which was flattering.

Sun 8/19: Whee, Sunday! Last day of the con. Pure chaos and take-down. Much tiredness.

I scored a copy of Changeling: The Lost. I also got to chat with Ethan Skemp, although I avoided talking about WtF. Turns out he's a HUGE fan of the stuff we make at the shop. It's funny how common hobbies makes talking to "icons" of the industry no big deal. It happened that way with Wayne (Ged's husband), too. Matt thinks Changeling looks like a great NPC sourcebook but I think it looks alright. Although of the nWoD books, I think Mage is still my favorite. Hm. But I haven't looked into Scion yet...

We had dinner together with what was left of our staff and artists at the Steak N Shake near our hotel, and due to the sheer exhaustion (and some cultural differences in pronunciation), some silliness ensued:

"I desperately need a root beer float," said Erin, from Minnesota, flipping through the menu.
"A what?!" Bryan (a Texan) asked, extremely startled.
Erin glanced over at him, puzzled. "A root beer float..."
"Oh. I thought you said I desperately need to rip your throat!!"

Also, on our return from dropping Erin off at her hotel, Bryan and I took the most convoluted and wrong-exited way back to our own hotel. The signs said "Detour" but we both concluded that it was "de Tour" since it was certainly the scenic route with signs placed especially for us by the Anti-Destination League of Indianapolis.

I also maintain that we took those exits to avoid taking the wrong ones on our way home on the following day.

You know, to get it out of our system early.

Mon 8/20: And the exodus home. I co-piloted for about 8 hours, then slept about five, and watched Neverwhere for the rest. Thanks to Patrick, we did NOT get involved in an accident only ten miles from the shop (right in front of the UNT stadium).

Yesterday, I woke up at noon. The hubby got off work early so we went out for sushi. We came back home and watched movies and lazed the rest of the day. Today I'm back at work. Whee! It's not as crazy as I expected it to be, either. Sweet.

This weekend, Werewolf on Friday, and a late, late game at my brother's house on Saturday evening.
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Not a lot is happening with me, aside from the craziness at work. Gearing up for GenCon is always pure chaos, and I'm really starting to feel it. Whee!

Lessee. Thursday games are going great. Two weeks ago (7/27) the team of intrepid youth battled an 80 foot tall robot. Last week (8/2), they saved a boy from anti-meta assassins (the term we're using in our game for supers is meta-human).

Fri 7/28: Werewolf. I am loving that game, even though we're just in the beginning stages and not even a pack yet. The two cubs just completed their Rites of Passage. The rest of us started out Cliath. The participation is really incredible. I'm not the only one taking notes, and the updates on the wiki are just a blast to read, and almost as fun to write. Next installment, this Friday. Hooray!

Sat 7/29: We went shooting in the morning with several friends at the range on 1171 and I35W. I'm no good with a pistol. I think part of that is my eye prescription hasn't been renewed in like three years plus I have a slight astigmatism. And my hands shake. But for some reason I'm not quite so bad with a rifle. I probably simply need more practice....

(more) Sat 7/29: Anyway, we finished up around noon, went home and cleaned up, and headed out to Anna to hang out with my oldest brother Rob, and younger brothers Chris and Aaron. Rob ran his GURPS game for us and much silliness ensued. We also played a card game called "Once Upon A Time," which merely continued the insanity. I believe much fun was had by all. This theoretically is going to be our every 4th Saturday hang-out. I hope it continues!

This past weekend Matt and I watched the Bourne Ultimatum with some friends. Aside from the shaky-cam (which really bothered Matt but not me so much), I thought it was a really fun flick. After the film, we headed over to some other friends' house for dinner and an evening of hanging out. They invited several other people, most of whom I knew through various avenues such as the old days of the Cam, WoW, etc. It was a Harry Potter themed evening so I went in my Hufflepuff gear, and Matt in his Griffindor stuff.

I really need a pocket for my wand in that robe. Hey, [livejournal.com profile] annawick, do you have any more of that mustard cotton left? Like a 12 inch by 4 inch scrap or so?

I'm planning on cutting out some fabric for two projects to work on while on the road or quiet hotel room time at the con. One will be an 1800 cap from the Kannik's Korner pattern (view a). Easy, easy. Then I think I'll cut out a dress from Sensibility.com's Lady's Closet. Probably this one. Both of those I can do by hand while in the car the 18 hours to Indy, plus 18 hours back. If I'm not reading, sleeping or driving....

The shop, as I mentioned, is chaos. It will only get worse this week. So if I pull my hair out in mass quantities, someone loan me a wig, please.
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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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Last week progressed as normal with only one hiccup at work that was smoothed over. The Thursday game is going great but Friday's game was cancelled.

Saturday started with a bang, though. I rolled out of bed nice and late (like 10am) and headed over to Hancock's to watch a sewing machine demo to see if I wanted one. Well, I did. The price was right, and with Matt sewing now, we needed two machines - especially since we both always want to sew at the same time. So we picked up a Singer CG500. There were two other commercial grade models but we decided on the base one. Here's to hoping it lasts us a long, long time!

After Hancock's, I headed into Dallas for the DFWCG class - we had a really neat class on bobbin lace making. It was fascinating. Heh. When I first heard about the class subject, I was like "Meh, I'll go, but it isn't something I'm really interested in." Even when I got there, I was still pretty neutral. Then she had us sit down and actually do some very basic stitches (or whatever they're called), and I was fascinated. She recommended a book, which I think I'm going to get. I'm not sure when I'll actually start making my own lace, but the class was totally worth my time. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

After the class, Matt and I headed to Justin for our Star Wars game, which imploded with the three character deaths of the Jedi. Sheesh.

Big time gamer geek stuff here... )

Sunday was mellow, etc, exactly like I like them, and today back to work. Whee!
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So, last week I spent a LOT of time watching anime and getting sewing done. Finished the regency stays, too. Yay! Let's see. What all anime did I end up watching during Shaun's stay?

Full Metal Alchemist, plus OVA
Full Metal Panic, Seasons 1 and 2
Generator Gawl
R.O.D. (aka Read Or Die)

Whee! Fun, fun. Shaun leaves tomorrow evening, so we'll be finishing up R.O.D. tonight. I fully expect to be exhausted in the morning.

Saturday was a full, fun day. We started the day out pretty early (for a Saturday) and headed into down town Dallas to go to A-Kon. We got there in plenty of time to find good parking and the line was relatively short. Hooray! Mostly I go to A-Kon to people watch, and there seemed to be quite a few good costumes this year. Tons of bad costumes, but some good ones, too. I got to spend a little time with my sister and some of her friends, and I saw a few of my cousins (Conrad, Liana, Tanya, Trevor). We also caught the music videos, too.

One of these times I'll make it to the cosplay, if for nothing else simply to see what it's all about, since I really have no idea. I kind of imagine it like LARP on stage maybe? Except they're acting out the characters?

I also picked up Witch Hunter Robin and Matt got RahXephon, so there are still many days to come of anime even after Shaun leaves. That just means I'll get more sewing done and not as much WoW time. Heh.

That's it for now - my reports just finished, so back to work for me!
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Thursday was great fun. [livejournal.com profile] arioch1970 is running a very good game so far! I'm really enjoying the flow of the game and just over all feel of it. My character is developing quite well and I'm really enjoying the dynamic between the characters, and as always the company is excellent.

Friday was pretty mellow. Matt and I played around on City of Heroes, since they did a "free through Sunday" promotion and we wanted to check out some of the new features. I don't see us going back, but I have always loved the character creator for that game. Heh.

Saturday started out very early with Matt getting up and being in Carrollton by 5am to do some volunteer work. He came back and I woke up while he and a friend were chopping branches from the evil tree that has been scraping the roof of our house. There are still a lot of things that need to be done in our yard, but this rainy season has made yard work pretty difficult. Anyway, after we finished up the yard work, we drove around for some other chores and such, then went and visited friends, then went home and collapsed.

Sunday morning was calm, as it usually is, and after church we headed out to the farm to make sure it was intact after this most recent circuit of storms. It was fine. ^_^

Plus, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jenthompson's friend [livejournal.com profile] dragonfly_sidhe, I have had the movie Stardust brought to my attention. Now that looks like a really cool movie! I definitely must see it this August. Whee!

I've also been working on my first 'corset' ever. I'm making a set of Regency stays from the Sensibilty.com pattern. I don't know how historically accurate the pattern is, but it's a good start for me, I think. I've been doing the whole thing by hand (so far). I think it's really helped me understand how the construction goes together, so I don't think I'm insane. :P Plus, I enjoy hand sewing, at least while watching movies and such. I was also able to put together pieces of it while we were in Thailand, where a machine wasn't available. Heh. I only have one more layer to do (it's three layers), and then figure out how to put the bones in. I'm a bit intimidated by that step, since I don't really have a solid grasp of how it works. All the other things I've made have been very, very simple constructions, but this is a good foray into more complex clothes. Ah, well. We'll see. It'll be an adventure!
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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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Friday night was spent with [livejournal.com profile] de_nova, [livejournal.com profile] divineoraclefy, [livejournal.com profile] narkeys and of course the husband and we played D&D til all hours of the night. Much silliness ensued with tangents galore. I think we probably got an hour's worth of actual gaming in, although de_nova's character was busy alchemizing for us, so poor de_nova was out of even that little bit of action.

Saturday morning I spent over at [livejournal.com profile] elizagoth's place. She fed me a wonderful breakfast burrito (she's such a good cook that eating over at her place is always a pleasure) and we spent a good part of the morning in her back yard visiting and basking in the sunlight. If my skin weren't so fair, I'd sit in the sun all the time!

Saturday evening was spent over at our friends the Stamm's place and we played a whacky-fun game of Star Wars. I also got to meet their twin daughters again. Much cuter now since they're like five months old and smiling and making cute baby noises. Our friend [livejournal.com profile] lance_work is staying over while looking for a summer intern job, so he accompanied us to the game and played his techie character, contributing quite a bit to the game. Heh.

And now for the geeky gamer talk... )

And as soon as lunch is over, back to work.
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The weekend fun (long-ish)... )

In other news, with more information later, we're going to Thailand this year! Whee! So! If any of my sewing friends can give me specific information on what types (weaves?) of silk fabric that are period correct for for either Victorian or Regency, I would be very, very grateful! :D
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Oct 28: I went to the Lake to spend some quality time with [livejournal.com profile] tempest_sky, with the hubby and [livejournal.com profile] finari. Of course I had a ball. I always have a wonderful time at the lake. Heck. If all I did was curl up and read while there, I would still have a great time. Anyway, the very first thing we did was tour the Boat Club in the golf cart. I also love golf carts, heh. After the tour, we did our standard Denison trip to the little alternative store there called Bec Art. They always have some cool things. Next time, I'm going to pick up one of their glass incense burners and the tiny essential oil bottle.

After Bec Art, we went back to TempestSky's place and played Werewolf. My husband, wonderful lovely man that he is, agreed to run our Girls' Game for the three of us and he pretty much picked up where the old game left off. Oddly enough, it was almost one year to the date of our last game. Anyway, He is such a good story teller, and pretty much immediately made the game his. I love his NPCs, heh. I wasn't totally sure if TempestSky enjoyed herself because she was so quiet, but she assured me that she thoroughly enjoyed herself.

About 4pm, we took a break and went to watch Matt and Tim clean up a 75 pound catfish. Yes, I did say 75 pounds! TempestSky took some pictures of it, too.

After that little break and some food, we resumed the game and then called it quits around 10pm to head back to DFW. *sigh* What a lovely day!

Matt and I also had sushi with [livejournal.com profile] annawick and [livejournal.com profile] spar30, who were celebrating their sixth anniversary. Six, right? I think yall got married the year after Matt and I... Anyway, the sushi was great, the company was excellent and in all, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Nov 4: Matt and I went shooting, and our friend Glen came down from Tulsa and hung out pretty much the whole weekend. I'm still sad they moved, even though hopefully it is temporary and they'll be back in three years after he is done with law school. After that, we chilled out at our place, then headed over to the Buddhist Wat in Keller for their Loi Krathong celebration. Mmm. Lots of good Thai food was eaten.

Nov 10: Friday night had us over at Rob & Sioux's place, where we watched movies and chatted. I didn't get to spend much time with the Kyrster since her bedtime is so early. She did have the chance to show off her Water Bender outfit that she wore for Halloween. Sioux made it and did an excellent job of it. Oo. And for dinner, Sioux made some bacon-wrapped garlic shrimp that was simply mouth-wateringly good. Mmm. I am *still* drooling, just thinking about it. Anyway, this Thanksgiving, I'll make sure to spend some quality time with Kyrie at my parents' place. She's growing up into quite the like-able girl.

Nov 11: We left Rob & Sioux's in the morning, hoofed it over to our place to drop off the hound, then went to Dallas for the DFWCG gathering. I decided to re-do my petticoat to be more useful to a natural form 1880s petticoat rather than for a hoop skirt as it was originally done, so I ripped out the old waistband and re-pleated it and basted on the new waistband while chatting with the others at the gathering. It is really helpful for me to have to kind of "report" in regarding my costuming goals. Well, technically we're not reporting in at all, but it's inspiring to be around other people who are such accomplished costumers and so I seem to get more done. Neat! I still need to put on the fasteners and actually machine stitch the waistband on, but the hard part is done. The machine stitching will take literally ten minutes, if that.

After the DFWCG gathering, Matt and I headed back up to the shop for the game that our friend Mike is running. My character almost got taken away by Strahd (yes, the DM plopped us in Ravenloft!), but for the quick thinking of a party member who switched places with me via some kind of dimension door or something right before Strahd's teleport, Strahd has now got a monk with him instead of my character. And that's how that evening's session ended. Heh.

And there you have it. At least I updated *before* the SASS event this time! ^_~

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