danagryphon: (Kids)
Both my boys' birthdays were this past weekend. My oldest, The Boog, turned 20 on Sunday. My younger, The Eepster, turned 15 on Monday. I posted embarrassing pictures of them as newborns on FB. At least I didn't use the full frontal one of the younger boy, so I did show some restraint, lol. But it was also weird to see me 15 and 20 years ago with long, curly dark hair and being so much heavier. One thing I will say, I did love post-pregnancy hair. Thick and curly and not at all frizzy even though it was the height of summer humidity. But my boys were *the* most photogenic babies. Boog especially, had these big fat baby cheeks and cherubic face.

Anyway, Saturday was the celebration day; E's friend who has been in the hospital came with us to go see a movie (Maleficent), lunch at Red Robin, and then present shopping at Best Buy. E was desperately in need of a new computer; his old one was running XP, and we are getting to the point where stuff he wants/needs for school or fun won't run well or at all on it anymore. I was looking into Chromebooks, since most of what he does is online, but turns out that his Kindle Fire would be more useful as a computer! Chrombooks can't download anything, can't do anything if they aren't connected to the internet. P.O.S! So I splurged and got him an inexpensive (ha!) HP laptop. My Dad and Sis are going to chip in to help pay for it as their presents to him as well, so that helps a lot. The Boog, who has a MacBook Pro, got a gift card to Amazon.

Speaking of family (and I use the term loosely, ahem), my darling spouse's parents seem to have decided that their religious-based bigotry that they are showing toward their transgender child also extends to my children (who they, up until this point, have been *so proud* to call their grandchildren). We have not heard one peep out of them to even call the boys to wish them happy birthday. Yeah. I am SO done with them. At least my boys are old enough to realize that it isn't them or anything they did; they understand that grandma and grandpa are just assclowns about some things.

E got another bday present of another sort, though; he got his braces off! On his birthday! The orthodontist's office is pretty cool; they give the kids a goody bag of "forbidden foods" that they can't eat while they have the braces on, and because it was E's bday, they gave him an extra goody of a gift card for ice cream. He is free until Thursday, when he has to go back in to get his retainers. But he only needs to wear them while he's not in school, so he's happy about that. And he got clear ones, so even when they are in, they will barely be noticeable.

The other (fur)kids had their annual physicals yesterday, too. Both of them have lost about 3 lbs in the last year, so the whole cutting back on their food that they have been MEGA unhappy about has really helped. Both are now about at their ideal weights, so we need to keep and eye on things and may need to actually adjust their food *upward* to make sure they don't keep losing. The vet did blood work on both of them (they are 7 and 11 now, so the older one is a "senior" and the younger is getting close), and once that comes back, we are going to talk about options to try to get the older one to stop chewing her fur off. It is most likely neurotic behavior, but we want to rule out allergy or illness of any sort (fleas have already been ruled out, not that I thought it was). The vet is new to the practice, and is big on protecting against kidney and liver issues in cats as they grow older, thus the blood work. Made for an expensive visit, but worth keeping the little ones healthy. We may have to resort to some sort of anti-anxiety med for the older one, but the vet is very conservative when it comes to drugs, so we'll see what he has to say.
danagryphon: (House OMG)
For my BFF [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62; don't worry, girl, I'll be right there with you in another 3 years.

danagryphon: (House OMG)
For my BFF [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62; don't worry, girl, I'll be right there with you in another 3 years.

danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
It was a good birthday today. Thanks [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62 for the blue dragon, it's adorable. I got lots of bday wishes from the PotA folks on the yahoo group and from all my buds on FB.

Hubby took the family out to dinner tonight, and I ended up being sung to by the wait staff. Oh boy. It was nice, actually. My mother-in-law called me at work to sing at me, and to get my email addy for my Amazon gift certificate. I also got Amazon from my sister (and talked to her tonight). Dad called last night, and his check arrived today. From hubby I got a full size food processor. I've been using a little single-person one that I've had since college, which really doesn't work when preparing food for 250 people. Or even 75 people. I'm looking forward to using it in a couple of weeks when cooking the Hafla dayboard. He also got me all 3 seasons of the old Bionic Woman (with Lindsay Wagner). Woohoo! More old small fandoms!

Speaking of small fandoms, today I also finished my PotA story for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang, and mailed it off to [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62 for beta. I'm very happy with it, came out just under 19K words. I can't wait to see her feedback on it.

I'm also making good progress on my [livejournal.com profile] spn_illuminated story, working title Night of the Hunter (yes, I said I was going to use that 30 Seconds to Mars song as a title, and this really is just the perfect story for it). I watched an interesting video series on YouTube today on tropes of women characters in movies/stories. It was interesting/sad to see how many of them are so prevalent in so many shows. However, with the premise/prompt I was given, it's unlikely the story will pass the Bechdel test because the source of conflict between the two main female characters is a man. But I'm gonna do my best to still portray them as the powerful, independent, kick ass women they are.

Anyway, thanks again to all my friends for the bday wishes.
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
It was a good birthday today. Thanks [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62 for the blue dragon, it's adorable. I got lots of bday wishes from the PotA folks on the yahoo group and from all my buds on FB.

Hubby took the family out to dinner tonight, and I ended up being sung to by the wait staff. Oh boy. It was nice, actually. My mother-in-law called me at work to sing at me, and to get my email addy for my Amazon gift certificate. I also got Amazon from my sister (and talked to her tonight). Dad called last night, and his check arrived today. From hubby I got a full size food processor. I've been using a little single-person one that I've had since college, which really doesn't work when preparing food for 250 people. Or even 75 people. I'm looking forward to using it in a couple of weeks when cooking the Hafla dayboard. He also got me all 3 seasons of the old Bionic Woman (with Lindsay Wagner). Woohoo! More old small fandoms!

Speaking of small fandoms, today I also finished my PotA story for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang, and mailed it off to [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62 for beta. I'm very happy with it, came out just under 19K words. I can't wait to see her feedback on it.

I'm also making good progress on my [livejournal.com profile] spn_illuminated story, working title Night of the Hunter (yes, I said I was going to use that 30 Seconds to Mars song as a title, and this really is just the perfect story for it). I watched an interesting video series on YouTube today on tropes of women characters in movies/stories. It was interesting/sad to see how many of them are so prevalent in so many shows. However, with the premise/prompt I was given, it's unlikely the story will pass the Bechdel test because the source of conflict between the two main female characters is a man. But I'm gonna do my best to still portray them as the powerful, independent, kick ass women they are.

Anyway, thanks again to all my friends for the bday wishes.

Wii Crack

Jun. 28th, 2011 12:44 pm
danagryphon: (Kids)
So E has finally found a sure fire way to get me to play on the Wii with him. Now, I like some of the games: bowling, archery, haven't tried the fencing yet, oh, and there's the skiing on the Wii Fit. But I lose interest after a while.

Well, with his bday money on Amazon, E ordered both the Vol 1 and 2 Glee Karaoke games. Karaoke, BABY!

And B ordered his Kindle. Once it arrives, he's still got some money left over to order books.

Wii Crack

Jun. 28th, 2011 12:44 pm
danagryphon: (Kids)
So E has finally found a sure fire way to get me to play on the Wii with him. Now, I like some of the games: bowling, archery, haven't tried the fencing yet, oh, and there's the skiing on the Wii Fit. But I lose interest after a while.

Well, with his bday money on Amazon, E ordered both the Vol 1 and 2 Glee Karaoke games. Karaoke, BABY!

And B ordered his Kindle. Once it arrives, he's still got some money left over to order books.
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
Last weekend was a good birthday weekend. Although I could have done without quite so much precipitation, but at least the precipitation didn't cause the cancellation of any plans. The boys were still down in PA with their father, and M had stuff to do for most of it, so I had a weekend to schedule all for myself.

Friday evening, I braved the snow (which was SUPPOSED to have been rain at that point) and went down to Camelot after work to meet with [livejournal.com profile] tpau  to go over stuff for the game we are writing for Intercon next weekend. And talked about the feast for the Shakespeare event. Both projects are actually well in hand, and will require only minor panicking before completion.

Saturday morning I was up bright and early to head down to [livejournal.com profile] calygrey 's house, to help her dress out a deer she got from a road kill. It was a good morning for it; cold enough to keep down the smell, and make the carcass easier to work with, but not so cold that things were freezing (either the deer or my own hands), or required overly bulky clothing to stay comfortable. We finished the deer in a couple of hours, and I went home with about 25 lbs of deer meat, being one each of the front and rear haunches. They are now aging in my downstairs fridge for later consumption. I will most likely stew the front leg into a nice stock for stew and soup. and make a roast and some steaks out of the rear leg. The animal was a fairly large doe, very similar in size to the one that took out my front radiator back in November, and in very good health before she met up with an SUV.

After hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] calygrey  and [livejournal.com profile] hugh_mannity  for a while afterward, I headed home to get showered, changed, and lunched before heading back out to [livejournal.com profile] xandra_rozina  and [livejournal.com profile] brokk 's house for a bread making workshop run by [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox . Much bread was made and some was consumed right there on the spot, because bread fresh out of the oven just screams to be slathered with butter and eaten. What was left that made it home got turned into garlic bread last night, and the boys declared they liked homemade bread better than store-bought Italian bread for making garlic toast. I have good boys.

When I got home after bread making, M and I went to get him a new cell phone, and then he took me out to dinner at Olive Garden for my bday, since I knew that after a day of teaching skiing on Sunday, he was going to come home and not want to go out again.

So Sunday, I again got up bright and not-too-early (well, ok, so it wasn't really so bright, either, since it was SNOWING!!), and loaded up my neighbor, picked up [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , and headed down to the Shire business meeting. Then out to lunch with most of the same folks that I spend Saturday with making bread, at Red Robin (...YUM!). Then a group trip off to the $1.99 a yard fabric store in Auburn. I managed to get out of there without spending too much money, by trying to stick to getting fabric for specific projects (like new Middle Eastern garb, so I have something nice for the Hafla next year, and also some real linen to make some cooking clothes, which I have been desperately needing). There was a LOT more there I would have liked to have bought and just put in my stash, but I resisted.

Sunday evening was a quite night at home, DIDN'T watch the Oscars, but watched the new Clash of the Titans (we got a 3-month free HBO and Cinemax from Verizon). It wasn't bad, and I even managed to stop comparing it to the old one pretty fairly early into it.

Starting to look forward to Intercon next weekend, it looks like I have some interesting characters in the games I signed up for, that will be fun to roleplay.


danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
Last weekend was a good birthday weekend. Although I could have done without quite so much precipitation, but at least the precipitation didn't cause the cancellation of any plans. The boys were still down in PA with their father, and M had stuff to do for most of it, so I had a weekend to schedule all for myself.

Friday evening, I braved the snow (which was SUPPOSED to have been rain at that point) and went down to Camelot after work to meet with [livejournal.com profile] tpau  to go over stuff for the game we are writing for Intercon next weekend. And talked about the feast for the Shakespeare event. Both projects are actually well in hand, and will require only minor panicking before completion.

Saturday morning I was up bright and early to head down to [livejournal.com profile] calygrey 's house, to help her dress out a deer she got from a road kill. It was a good morning for it; cold enough to keep down the smell, and make the carcass easier to work with, but not so cold that things were freezing (either the deer or my own hands), or required overly bulky clothing to stay comfortable. We finished the deer in a couple of hours, and I went home with about 25 lbs of deer meat, being one each of the front and rear haunches. They are now aging in my downstairs fridge for later consumption. I will most likely stew the front leg into a nice stock for stew and soup. and make a roast and some steaks out of the rear leg. The animal was a fairly large doe, very similar in size to the one that took out my front radiator back in November, and in very good health before she met up with an SUV.

After hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] calygrey  and [livejournal.com profile] hugh_mannity  for a while afterward, I headed home to get showered, changed, and lunched before heading back out to [livejournal.com profile] xandra_rozina  and [livejournal.com profile] brokk 's house for a bread making workshop run by [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox . Much bread was made and some was consumed right there on the spot, because bread fresh out of the oven just screams to be slathered with butter and eaten. What was left that made it home got turned into garlic bread last night, and the boys declared they liked homemade bread better than store-bought Italian bread for making garlic toast. I have good boys.

When I got home after bread making, M and I went to get him a new cell phone, and then he took me out to dinner at Olive Garden for my bday, since I knew that after a day of teaching skiing on Sunday, he was going to come home and not want to go out again.

So Sunday, I again got up bright and not-too-early (well, ok, so it wasn't really so bright, either, since it was SNOWING!!), and loaded up my neighbor, picked up [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , and headed down to the Shire business meeting. Then out to lunch with most of the same folks that I spend Saturday with making bread, at Red Robin (...YUM!). Then a group trip off to the $1.99 a yard fabric store in Auburn. I managed to get out of there without spending too much money, by trying to stick to getting fabric for specific projects (like new Middle Eastern garb, so I have something nice for the Hafla next year, and also some real linen to make some cooking clothes, which I have been desperately needing). There was a LOT more there I would have liked to have bought and just put in my stash, but I resisted.

Sunday evening was a quite night at home, DIDN'T watch the Oscars, but watched the new Clash of the Titans (we got a 3-month free HBO and Cinemax from Verizon). It wasn't bad, and I even managed to stop comparing it to the old one pretty fairly early into it.

Starting to look forward to Intercon next weekend, it looks like I have some interesting characters in the games I signed up for, that will be fun to roleplay.


danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
My unbelievably busy scheduled continued this weekend. To recap the end of last week, Thursday evening, when I had to go to the business meeting for the Ayer Sportsman's Club so that we could talk to the right person about renting their site for the archery/tw event, and then go do the grocery shopping for the weekend cub scout campout, my train was an hour late getting home because the train in front of us broke down and we had to push it from Concord to South Acton. Luckily, [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , who had come by to drop off the check for the deposit to the Ayer site, was prepared to stand in for me at their meeting, and ended up going with me for much needed moral support. But, we have a site! Yay!

I did stop at the grocery store on the way home after that and bought some of the food for the camping trip. Realized the next day that I forgot a whole bunch of stuff, so I had to do another trip Friday night, but that was ok. So after I got home Thursday and got the food stowed away, I had to run over to the house of our Pack Committee Chair to get the tour permit signed and faxed into Council. Unfortunately, on leaving her house, I didn't notice the layer of ice on her front stairs, and went bumpity bumpity down all 5 or 6 of them on my butt, wrenching my hips, back and neck when I hit the bottom hard. Ouch. Nothing broken, no serious injury, just lots of soreness.

So, when I woke up Friday morning and could barely make it down the stairs from the bedroom, I decided sitting for an hour each way on a commuter train, standing (probably) on the subway train for half an hour, not to mention all the walking in between, just wasn't going to be any fun at all, so I worked from home. We actually had two camping trips going on this weekend: B's Troop was tent camping for the whole weekend (which M was going to part of, but since neither of us could be there for the whole thing, we decided B would skip; and the Pack was camping Saturday to Sunday, in a cabin, which I was in charge of organizing and running; and they were in different locations).

When I knocked off for the evening on Friday, I took the kids out for pizza (M was off with the troop on their camping trip), and then we had to go to Toys R Us to get a gift for the bday party Eli was invited to this weekend (more on that in a minute), and then back to the grocery store to finish getting food for the camping trip. Then I had to actually pack stuff for me, E, and B, and get up early the next day to pack up the car with everything else.

So I was up at 7 on Saturday, to pack the car. We actually got out the door by around 9, which got us to the camp (just down the road in Bolton) by 9:30 (after stopping for coffee and a breakfast sandwich). I was very happy when another family arrived the same time we did, and the father was very helpful in getting my car unloaded into the cabin (the Element was stuffed, and it holds a LOT of stuff).

The camping trip went well, and we got packed up Sunday morning and home by around 10. Which gave me enough time to unpack the car, get everyone showered, and even get some of the cooking stuff cleaned up before we had to have lunch and then E and I had to head out for a birthday party. The party was at a lazer tag place down in Marlboro, and E had a blast. Unfortunately, we had to leave straight from there instead of going back to their house for cake, so that he could be at Nashoba for his 5:30 snowboard lesson. M was going to bring E home, since he finished his teaching at that same time E finished his lesson (convenient, that!). So I was free to stop at the grocery store (yet again!) on the way home and pick up cake and ice cream for M's bday (which is actually today, but the boys will be with Himself tonight). So when M got home, we surprised him with the cake and his gift.

However, since today is his actual bday, I'm going to take him out for dinner tonight, and then we will have a quiet, relaxing (maybe even a wee bit romantic) evening at home with just the two of us.

But man, am I dead on my ass tired today.
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
My unbelievably busy scheduled continued this weekend. To recap the end of last week, Thursday evening, when I had to go to the business meeting for the Ayer Sportsman's Club so that we could talk to the right person about renting their site for the archery/tw event, and then go do the grocery shopping for the weekend cub scout campout, my train was an hour late getting home because the train in front of us broke down and we had to push it from Concord to South Acton. Luckily, [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , who had come by to drop off the check for the deposit to the Ayer site, was prepared to stand in for me at their meeting, and ended up going with me for much needed moral support. But, we have a site! Yay!

I did stop at the grocery store on the way home after that and bought some of the food for the camping trip. Realized the next day that I forgot a whole bunch of stuff, so I had to do another trip Friday night, but that was ok. So after I got home Thursday and got the food stowed away, I had to run over to the house of our Pack Committee Chair to get the tour permit signed and faxed into Council. Unfortunately, on leaving her house, I didn't notice the layer of ice on her front stairs, and went bumpity bumpity down all 5 or 6 of them on my butt, wrenching my hips, back and neck when I hit the bottom hard. Ouch. Nothing broken, no serious injury, just lots of soreness.

So, when I woke up Friday morning and could barely make it down the stairs from the bedroom, I decided sitting for an hour each way on a commuter train, standing (probably) on the subway train for half an hour, not to mention all the walking in between, just wasn't going to be any fun at all, so I worked from home. We actually had two camping trips going on this weekend: B's Troop was tent camping for the whole weekend (which M was going to part of, but since neither of us could be there for the whole thing, we decided B would skip; and the Pack was camping Saturday to Sunday, in a cabin, which I was in charge of organizing and running; and they were in different locations).

When I knocked off for the evening on Friday, I took the kids out for pizza (M was off with the troop on their camping trip), and then we had to go to Toys R Us to get a gift for the bday party Eli was invited to this weekend (more on that in a minute), and then back to the grocery store to finish getting food for the camping trip. Then I had to actually pack stuff for me, E, and B, and get up early the next day to pack up the car with everything else.

So I was up at 7 on Saturday, to pack the car. We actually got out the door by around 9, which got us to the camp (just down the road in Bolton) by 9:30 (after stopping for coffee and a breakfast sandwich). I was very happy when another family arrived the same time we did, and the father was very helpful in getting my car unloaded into the cabin (the Element was stuffed, and it holds a LOT of stuff).

The camping trip went well, and we got packed up Sunday morning and home by around 10. Which gave me enough time to unpack the car, get everyone showered, and even get some of the cooking stuff cleaned up before we had to have lunch and then E and I had to head out for a birthday party. The party was at a lazer tag place down in Marlboro, and E had a blast. Unfortunately, we had to leave straight from there instead of going back to their house for cake, so that he could be at Nashoba for his 5:30 snowboard lesson. M was going to bring E home, since he finished his teaching at that same time E finished his lesson (convenient, that!). So I was free to stop at the grocery store (yet again!) on the way home and pick up cake and ice cream for M's bday (which is actually today, but the boys will be with Himself tonight). So when M got home, we surprised him with the cake and his gift.

However, since today is his actual bday, I'm going to take him out for dinner tonight, and then we will have a quiet, relaxing (maybe even a wee bit romantic) evening at home with just the two of us.

But man, am I dead on my ass tired today.
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
Last night I took M out for his birthday (which was actually Sunday, while he was busy ski instructing and I was finishing a camping trip with B's troop), and he decided he wanted to go up to the Weathervane in Nashua for seafood. And unlike his father, when I said he could pick where he wanted to go, I actually meant it.

M's parents took him out for dinner on Saturday while B and I were camping. Here is the convo where they worked out the details:

D (M's father): "We'll take you out to dinner, where ever you want. You pick the place."
M: "How about that really good sushi place near you?"
D: "No, I don't feel like sushi."
M: "Ok, how about Chili's? I could go for Chili's."
D: "Nah, your mother doesn't really want Chili's."
M: "Ok, then were do you suggest we go?"
D: "How about Polcari's?"
M: "Sure, why not."

After dinner, we did a little shopping, since we almost never go up to Nashua anymore. Office Depot was going out of business, and I picked up a bunch of good drafting pens and some calligraphy markers for doing practice work. And a new, bigger cork board for the kitchen.

Tonight we have to tidy up the house for my sister's visit this weekend. They are arriving Thursday (luckily after the big storm), and will officially be the first guests to try out our "guest room".

I'm already making plans to probably work from home tomorrow when school is canceled because of the snow.
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
Last night I took M out for his birthday (which was actually Sunday, while he was busy ski instructing and I was finishing a camping trip with B's troop), and he decided he wanted to go up to the Weathervane in Nashua for seafood. And unlike his father, when I said he could pick where he wanted to go, I actually meant it.

M's parents took him out for dinner on Saturday while B and I were camping. Here is the convo where they worked out the details:

D (M's father): "We'll take you out to dinner, where ever you want. You pick the place."
M: "How about that really good sushi place near you?"
D: "No, I don't feel like sushi."
M: "Ok, how about Chili's? I could go for Chili's."
D: "Nah, your mother doesn't really want Chili's."
M: "Ok, then were do you suggest we go?"
D: "How about Polcari's?"
M: "Sure, why not."

After dinner, we did a little shopping, since we almost never go up to Nashua anymore. Office Depot was going out of business, and I picked up a bunch of good drafting pens and some calligraphy markers for doing practice work. And a new, bigger cork board for the kitchen.

Tonight we have to tidy up the house for my sister's visit this weekend. They are arriving Thursday (luckily after the big storm), and will officially be the first guests to try out our "guest room".

I'm already making plans to probably work from home tomorrow when school is canceled because of the snow.

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