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Fri 5/1: Nina's kid's birthday party at Bonkers. Awesome place! D&D
Sat-Sun 5/2-5/3: Nothing important, standard relaxing weekend
Wed 5/6: lunch w/ Denise & Ben at B&N
Thu 5/7: Girly appt at Lover's Lane Birth Center, met Dinah, the midwife. Cool lady.
Sat 5/9: Went to Tulsa for Glen's graduation
Sun 5/10: Recuperated, then went to Rob & Sioux's for Mothers' Day meal with the family.
Tue 5/12: Chiropractor Clinic for a physical. Found out my hips and lower spine are out of whack (not sure if yall remember this incident (8/18) from my pregnancy, but owie. I sure do!). Gonna get adjusted so they'll be back in line. Then had sushi dinner w/ Matt's mother for Mothers' Day.
Wed 5/13: Hung out w/ Denise & Ben
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Wed 4/15: Went to Denise's
Fri 4/17: lunch with Carol and Lauren, then afternoon with Carol. Evening D&D
Sun 4/19: substituted for 4 year old Sunday school
Tue 4/21: Yvonne's house to help price stuff for the Mother of Multiples mega-garage sale.
Wed 4/22: went to the Wat in Keller to run some stuff over to Matt's mother. got fed lots of yummy Thai food.
Thu 4/23: lunch with Nina.
Fri 4/24: Yvonne's house for more pricing. left early to check on a friend after her surgery. evening D&D
Sun 4/26: substituted for 4 year old Sunday school again
Tue 4/28: went to Costco, had lunch with Nina.
Thu 4/30: lunch w/ Nina
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I have some stuff we're giving to a member of our church due to all the house cleaning I've been doing. They just moved here from the frozen north (like Montana or something), and came with basically nothing. One of our friends recently moved away from Texas to Washington state and he was getting rid of stuff, too, so we've actually got quite a bit of stuff sitting in our living room waiting to go to their house.

This past Monday we went out to the farm to help Matt's mother with some chores and to shoot. While Matt did the chores (he fixed the two doors on the shop and tilled some ground for her), Matt's mother taught me how to cook one of Matt's favorite dishes called "pahloh." It's pork and boiled eggs in a very savory sauce made from sweet black sauce with cinnamon, star anise, and galanga. Obviously, served over rice. ^_~ SO yummy!

We also shot skeets. I missed a lot, heh, but it was a TON of fun, anyway. I need practice, so we'll be doing this fairly often. Since the shotgun is our home defense weapon, I decided I need to get very familiar with firing and reloading it.

There is always something very satisfying about the boom of a shotgun.

We've also started going to Irish class again on Saturdays. Not every Saturday, but often. I don't really participate any more since I bring ze bebe, but at least Matt gets to go! It's usually at Paperbacks Plus so Vee and I usuall wander around the bookstore until she falls asleep. Then I go to the class and listen in.

Oh, and also! Matt and I now usually stop at the Italian grocer, Jimmy's on our way to Irish class. They have a TON of imported Italian stuff and make in store the best Italian sausage I've ever had. Every time we go, we pick up some of their sausage and some of their Pecorino Romano. It is SO good. So, if any of yall want authentic Italian ingredients that may not be available otherwise, Jimmy's is the place to go. Totally worth it. They also have a sandwich shop and wine tasting thingy for those of you that like wine.

They also have chinotto! Chinotto is a bitter/sweet soda, derived from a small, bitter citrus fruit of the same name grown primarily in Italy. Most Americans don't seem to like it, but I love it. It's pretty expensive for a liter and a half (like $3.50), but I splurge occasionally and buy a bottle. Mmm!

Ok, we're leaving soon because I just made myself very, very hungry. Mmm.
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First thing Saturday morning, Matt and I headed over to Keller and picked up a glider chair and ottoman at a combined garage sale. It was in excellent condition and an awesome price. What a deal!

Then, the Greek Festival. I had a ton of fun! Matt, my sister, Lex and Carol and I all went together. We arrived there around 11:30 and parked across the street in a Jewish school's parking lot. The entry cost was much better than I thought originally - I thought if you wanted their "Lunch" you had to pay the entry fee of $5 plus the lunch cost of $11. But no! The lunch included a general admission. So the excursion started out awesome!

Since we were all starving, we immediately made our way over to the food booths and were served a very yummy Greek lunch of herb roasted chicken, Greek meatballs, Greek salad, rice, olives and flat bread. Can't remember if it was pita bread or what. But it was all about the good. After we ate, we got what they called a baklava sundae, which was vanilla bean ice cream with this baklava moosh dribbled on it that was super tasty. Plus we tried some, uh, greek donuts for lack of a better name. Basically donut-hole sized fried bread that was glazed in a honey sauce stuff. Mm.

After enjoying the food and watching a painfully cute group of children do some Greek dancing in traditional Greek clothing, we took a tour of the chapel. The festival is at a Greek Orthodox church, and they have done an absolutely wonderful job on this facility. The chapel (not sure if that's what they call it, but for lack of a better term, it's what I'll use) is absolutely gorgeous. The murals and such were painted in a medieval style, so we just wandered through and absorbed the atmosphere. It made me want to put on some medieval clothes, though. It would be SO a photo op! Well, aside from the huge pregnant thing. ^_~

After that, we wandered over to the shopping area, where there were several cool booths. The coolest one, though, was this lady doing the enameled eggs thing. Ah! I just wiki-ed it and found 'em. They're traditionally Ukrainian apparently, and hers were just beautiful. She was doing a demo right there and I could have hung out for a while just watching but didn't want to take up all the space.

There was also a booth set up as a grocer, only they didn't have any rose jam, so I was sad. Once while Matt and I were in Columbus, Ohio, we found a Greek grocer and they had rose jam and it was good stuff. But none here. Ah, well. Can't have everything, I guess!

After we finished up in the shopping area we headed out. It was definitely a fun time.

This past weekend I also got a pedicure for the first time ever. I got the "deluxe" one and they massaged my poor swollen feet and legs, in addition to doing my toes. It was super nice. Sunday I spent the whole day resting in my new chair and watching movies. It was so very nice.

Coming up this weekend, the Lebanese Food Festival. If Vee hasn't come by Saturday, I'm going to go to that. If she has, then I'm sending Matt to get me some food! ^_~ Mm. Lebanese food!

So, every night now I poke at my belly and tell Vee to come out. But she's already being defiant and she kicks me instead. I think she likes her dark, warm place. The little rascal.

However, at the visit today, the midwife said she had the feeling that it would be "soon." What's soon, you ask? I have no idea. Mostly I feel the same - heavy and cumbersome, but over all in good health and spirits. In fact, the midwife and several other people have commented on my positive attitude, which is somewhat puzzling to me. Am I supposed to be grumpy by now? Tired, certainly, but I'm still just me.

According to the midwife, Vee is very, very low. So low the midwife couldn't even feel Vee's head. So that's positive.

Maybe she'll listen to me tonight.

Veeeeeeeee, come out!
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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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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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Thursday's game on the 31st got canceled due to the Lost season premier. I think everyone watches it except me and Matt, heh. Ah, well. The game is going really well, and I am managing to stay up to date on my wiki notes. Yay! I've also been working heavily on the wiki for the Werewolf game, although that one has been indefinitely postponed due to two members' scheduling conflicts. T_T I do need to work on the Star Wars stuff and the GURPS stuff, since both of those games have been revived. Whee!

Last weekend (Feb 2) Matt and I went to Irish classes. Four of our friends showed up, too! Matt's working on the organizational stuff for the next Irish immersion weekend. Very, very preliminary. I think it'll likely be in the fall. I am so looking forward to it! The classes are always very engaging, and then of course there's a cieli on Saturday night! Hooray for Irish/Celtic folk dancing!! We'll also be manning the Gaelic League booth at the Irish Festival that's coming up Feb 29 through March 2.

The Antique Elegance show is just over a week away. I need to decide what to wear. Should I finish the pink regency, or tweak the silver 1878? Regency doesn't seem to fit there, though, so I'm unsure.

Wow. A short update. That's because I posted on the 1st and it's only the 6th, heh. But there you have it!
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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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And a quick update - Thursday evening had me over at Hob's house for gaming. The Serenity game is going well, although unfortunately not to the taste of the whole group. One of my friends bowed out. :( But he assured us he'll be back after the Serenity game has run its course. My game notes are all up on the wiki. I do love gaming wikis!

The next day had us all leaving the office at noon to go to McKinney to one of the counselor's house for our holiday party.

Due to the cold and the rain, Matt and I didn't go out to SASS on Saturday, so we spent the day around the house doing chores and then relaxing. Sunday of course was church and more chilling out around the house. Monday night I had dinner with [livejournal.com profile] finari. We spent two hours at La Madeleine eating yummy food, visiting and catching up.

Yesterday and today, things are much as usual. Work during the day and WoW, reading or movies (sometimes all three) in the evening. ^_^
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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, life continues.

I'm adjusting well to the new job. I knew the work load would be something I could handle, although I certainly don't have the free time that I used to. I do miss Miriam and our shared time in the office something aweful. I also miss waking up at 7:30 instead of 6am!

On the plus side, everyone in the office is really nice - I imagine that is partially based on the personalities required to choose a career path involved in compassionate service and helping people feel comfortable.

My first day in the office, I had terrible stomach cramps, but I went in anyway, thinking it was just because I was nervous and all bent out of shape due to social anxiety. The work load wasn't intimidating, nor was the learning curve, but I am very much an introvert and shy by nature, so I was feeling a little on edge about the new environment and the new co-workers. I thought the stomach ache was a result of my nervousness. Heh. Well, when I got home, I was informed by my husband that several of the people we gamed with on Saturday night had a 24 hour bug of some sort and my husband and I both must have gotten it. I still went in on Tuesday, even though I still felt a little off. I just couldn't force myself to call in sick the first week!

Well, today is the beginning of my second week at work, and I get to have two of the days off. Heh. Over all, things are going very well.

This past Saturday, since Matt was on call for work, we had to forego our time at the range. Instead, we finally started re-arranging our computer den. With a little more work, it will look awesome. I have to say thanks to my sister and bro-in-law. They started it when we had the Lex's birthday party at my house, which forced us to clean and organize and got us on the current "let's get this place organized!" roll that still lives on! Hooray! Living room, straight and pretty. Dining room, slightly disheveled due to the re-organization of the computer den, but as soon as all the new shelves are up, we'll have a neat dining and den, too. Next up, TV room and Hobby/Guest room. Then we tackle the big one. Garage. Yikes!

Matt's site is back up now, and so are the gaming forums and wikis. So this next week or so I'll be updating those, too, and transferring all the data from the old wiki to the new, improved one. It's prettier this time around, too.

I'm in the student lounge on my lunch break, which is almost over, so that's it for today!
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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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Wednesday of last week, Matt and I went to the FC Dallas vs. New England Revolution game. We left our house at 6pm and it made all the difference. We got there at around 6:30, maybe 6:40, and the traffic was way lighter. The previous game we attended, we left our house at 6:15 and it took us a full hour to get there, so we missed a little bit of that first game. Yuck! Anyway, FC Dallas lost. T_T Even so, I had a lot of fun!

Thursday had me over at my friends' house gaming. Our Serenity game is going well, even though this last game was a classic "If it can go wrong it will!" The group had to make a deal with Niska. Then we found multiple (like 4 or so) bombs on the ship. Then we passed Reavers, who sent an exploratory shuttle. Then some of the bombs we missed blew up. Then the main Reaver ship came towards us so we had to limpingly jump without navigation, as that was one of the things that was damaged by the bombs we missed. Oh, and due to the previous complications, we'll likely be late for our rendezvous with Niska's man, so we'll be in big trouble there. So our next episode starts with us trying to get our nav system back on line and high tail it to the rendezvous. Heh. It was a blast. ^_^

Friday afternoon, I got an IM from Matt, who let me know that the annual Lewisville Lebanese food festival was going on this weekend. So, after work we headed over there and filled up on super-yummy Lebanese food. Mmmm.

The weekend was pretty tiring. We got up early and headed out to the farm so we could do some chores for Matt's mom. This time around, we worked on her greenhouse, so I got to climb ladders and such. We've committed every first Saturday to her for chores. Whee! But it's needed - she's in her sixties living in the boonies. Plus I do enjoy the drive (it's about 75 miles to the farm), as it's a nice, relaxing time chatting with the husband. Oh, and she gave me a basil plant that I'm going to have to try to keep alive. Which will be an interesting experiment. Heh.

I started on a Truly Victorian 1878 natural form bodice (TV420). I was thinking of doing the evening neckline but decided to stick with the collared one for the first time around. I've got this lovely light gray fabric that will make a beautiful outfit. I've also got a dark, dark gray that I am eventually going to use to do the trim and such so I can mix and match between the two, but for starters, it's all the light gray. I'm hoping to finish the bodice tonight so I can start working on the skirt and over-skirt. The goal is to have it done before the upcoming weekend.... We'll see how it goes!

Heh. This past weekend while I was sewing, I watched all the episodes of Firefly plus the movie Serenity. I think I should maybe watch something else tonight, but.... Well, Firefly is just that good. Maybe I'll watch it all again....
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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:

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.
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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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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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So I've been remiss in updating! I don't feel bad though since not much happened (as you'll see by the very short entry) and hardly anyone else updates weekly either. ^_~

Anyway, mostly things go as usual, interrupted by cool stuff on the weekends. Lessee. On Friday Aug 13 and Sat Aug 14, I babysat the Lex. Much fun was had by both of us, I hope! I had a blast chasing him around, playing on the computer (really just him pushing buttons), etc. We took a long walk, too. Fun fun!

Last Thurs we did a one-shot installment run by [livejournal.com profile] winterwolf_tx which was a blast. It's our Hero High game, and we did a very comic-booky venture into a very bleak future, then to the past to save our regular time line. I do believe much fun was had by all.

This past weekend I went to a midnight Harry Potter book release with Matt, my sister, and [livejournal.com profile] arioch1970. Me, Annie & Matt all dressed up, and the weather was very accommodating at a nice 85 degrees (29.4 C). My sister's costume the most complete of the three of us. She did a generic Hufflepuff student, complete with tie, sweater and awesome robes that she made. Matt was a generic Griffindor with tie and sweater. I was a generic witch and just wore my vintage 1920s black crepe dress, a witch hat, some yellow and black striped stockings (Yay, Hufflepuff), and my pseudo-Victorian boots that I bought from an equestrian supply place.

We hooked up with one of our DFWCG friends (shameless plug for the site - Matt just updated it and it looks awesome). She did Professor Trelawney and her costume was perfect, and she deservedly won first place which earned her first in line and a free book. Awesome!

And here we are in our geekiness....



And that catches us up to the present. Tomorrow, Hero High game. Friday, Matt's game. Saturday, shooting in the morning then more gaming at my older brother's house. Whee!
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So, I skipped the Thursday game as Matt really, really wanted to see Transformers. And wow. That movie rocked. I never really watched much of the cartoon, but the movie was really fun and engaging.

Friday's game went really well, even though I was mostly an observer. We convinced Matt to run a Werewolf the Apocalypse game. Fun, fun! [livejournal.com profile] kalar and [livejournal.com profile] devineoraclefy are both entirely new to Werewolf, so Matt ran them through their first change and the experience of discovering a whole new world. He did the set up really well and it was really fun watching them role-play their characters discoveries as they themselves discovered the game. I think this time we really picked character concepts that will blend well together. Of course, it doesn't hurt that out of six of us, four are Fianna. Heh. Anyway, we've got:

Homid Child of Gaia Ahron = Bob
Lupus Fianna Ahroun = Paul
Homid Fianna Galliard = Dave
Homid Fianna Philodox = me
Homid Uktena Theurge = Austin
Homid Fianna Ragabash = Shana

My concept for this game is an old one for me, one I've been wanting to play for quite some time. I remember the "breakthrough" feeling I had when I conceived it. I'm really excited about this game!

Saturday I went to the Star Wars Exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. It was awesome, and I totally enjoyed myself. My family is so cool! Ok, we're actually quite nerdy, but I think they're a lot of fun, so it's all good anyway. First we watched the special effects movie at the Omni (I so want to see Harry Potter there too!), then went through the exhibit.

The exhibit itself was really neat. They had a lot of what-ifs and look-where-where-science-is-now kind of stuff that was really interesting, plus a lot of little activities, like building your own miniature robot, steering a robot, sitting in an air-propulsion type car thing... All kinds of neat stuff! I could have spent more time there, but teh Lex was so tired poor thing. Then when we broke for lunch, I sat too long and was ready to head home myself. Of course, I think had I gotten a full night's rest (instead of going to bed at 3am and getting up at 7:30am...), I would have had a lot more energy for the exhibit. Maybe I should go back, and be rested this time...

After the exhibit, we went home and took a "nap" and threw off our sleep schedule. Luckily Sundays are very low energy so we were able to balance ourselves out by Monday morning.

Only to throw it all off again last night! Because, of course, Matt and I went to the midnight showing of Harry Potter with Bob, Chip, and Paul. So here I am again, having gone to sleep around 3:30am and getting up at 7:30am. Whee! I'll just say that if you've read the book you will notice things that were left out (of necessity due to time). If you haven't read the book but seen all the other movies, you'll probably enjoy it quite a bit. Maybe. I enjoyed it anyway!

Lunch today with Annie, the Lex and Eric was good. I'm still tired, though.

ZZzzzZZzz.

And yet I still adore going to opening midnight showings. It was worth it! ^_^

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