danagryphon: (Autumn)
So, there was this Turkey Day thingy. As they already mentioned, [livejournal.com profile] calygrey (and Spare) and [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 came and partook. Along with my neighbor/friend and her daughter. And my boys were both there for dinner (and hubby, of course). After dinner, Himself came and picked up the boys, and that left the adults to sit around and play Apples to Apples and drink. Good times!

The dinner itself went off well. Brining the turkey (my first time doing it) was a definite win (as was shoving a bunch of butter up under the skin over the breast), so I'll be doing that again. I still have a good amount of leftover turkey from the 21 pound bird I cooked, but that just means more croquettes for Shire Yule in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, it'll get ground up and frozen (it thaws more easily ground up beforehand) until it is needed. The rest of the leftovers are mostly gone, though, so that's also a win. I'll have to do more mashed potatoes closer to the event anyway to make potato candy. I think the left over sweet potatoes are going to get pureed and frozen for later usage. That should all get done tonight, since I don't like to leave anything more than a week. And I still need to get a second turkey to cook for plain turkey for the Shire Yule ([livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 is making a ham, so meats are taken care of).

M and I are going away this weekend down to the Cape for a Shrine (as opposed to Shire) event—their Holiday party and awards banquet. This is the first time I'm going with M to this particular event, as part of my "try to be more involved with hubby's interests". And besides, there's an indoor pool and a hot tub at the hotel. And booze. There's a reason that the party lasts the whole weekend! Anyway, in preparation for that, I need to alter a green taffeta dress that I last wore before my GB surgery, so it needs to be taken in quite a bit. But considering that it had to be *let out* when I bought it as a bridesmaid's dress ages ago, it's not really a big deal. And I'm going to shorten it from a floor length gown to a knee-length party dress, and use the extra material I cut off the bottom to make a wrap for my shoulders, since it's also sleeveless. I think it'll be perfect for a semi-fancy holiday party (M is wearing a suit, but not a tux).

College Boy got back to college just fine on Sunday (Himself took him), then overslept and missed his only class on Monday. Sigh. Younger Child continues to court death between the homework procrastination and the "omg-I-need-a-last-minute-costume-item-for-the-play" (keeping in mind, I've been asking him for WEEKS if he has all the pieces he needs for his costume). Since I won't be around this weekend for any of the performances, I'm going to attend the last dress rehearsal tomorrow night so I can at least see the whole show and his performance. I'm also ordering the DVD that they plan to make of one of the performances.

Got good progress made on some projects at the Better Than Black Friday Craft Project Day. Got Hubby's hobo/clown costume done, started a new piece of garb for E, got some leatherwork done. Looks like E will get new garb for the Yule events, and I will wear my Big Russian Holiday Ornament Coat yet again. But that's ok. It's shiny. No, literally. Shiny. About 20 yards of gold braid trim. And gemstones. And pearls. And it's not done yet. Maybe I'll get more added to it before BBM Yule, but it's definitely at the bottom of the (very long) list of projects.

On the writing front, look for a new story to go up by the end of the week. I'm finishing my slashy PotA story (totally soppy self-indulgent angst-fest that it is). It's cathartic for me, and I don't know if anyone in the world will be interested in reading it. But it'll be done. Many, many deadlines for other fanfics and some fanart (yes, I'm taking that plunge) are coming up, so busy Gryph will be busy. Like that's any change.
danagryphon: (Autumn)
Thanksgiving prep goes well. M and I did most of the shopping for dinner on Saturday. I got a 21 pound turkey, so we will have lots of bird, and hopefully lots of leftovers for turkey croquettes for Shire Yule. Because M doesn't eat turkey, he decided this year he just wants a burger for his protein. I offered cornish hen, chicken, ham, pork chops (the other white meat), even pheasant. But no. He wants a burger. Allrightythen.

But I am going to make him a special dessert, besides the pumpkin cheesecake I usually make. I have a recipe for a golden carrot cake, made with honey and wheat flour and a ton of butter, that gets baked in a bundt pan, so it comes out more like a coffee ring. No frosting, but it really doesn't need it. I haven't made it in years, but M loves carrot cake, so I'm hoping he will like this. OMG is it good. I used to make it for Himself, who hates all things vegetable, and even he liked it.

Other than that, it will be all the usual suspects. Turkey, stuffing (in bird but also pan), mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, baked corn, green bean casserole, red beets, cranberry relish (yes, the stuff from the can, because it *is* still the best), biscuits, and of course, gravy. I saw a recipe for a vegetarian "turduken" made with banana squash, leeks, and sweet potatoes as the mock proteins, layered with stuffing and then baked. It looks good, and if I had any vegetarians, I might seriously consider it. I feel like I should make *something* new, try one new recipe each year, but I love all the old traditional foods so much.

In other news, I've been kinda a maniac lately with the writing. My [livejournal.com profile] spn_reversebang story got posted the middle of last week, and got more hits in ONE day than my most popular PotA story has gotten in a frikkin' YEAR on AO3. And then I got a bug in my ear from last week's Walking Dead episode and wrote a 2200 word episode tag in TWO days (which is blazing fast for me) and posted it. It hasn't gotten as many hits as the SPN story, but it's gotten some nice reviews. I love writing Daryl Dixon, and think I'll probably write some longer pieces, since the show left us a convenient 7 month gap between S2 and S3 that is crying out to be filled in with backstory. Especially Daryl/Carol story, although the whole Lori/Rick dynamic looks like it got pretty squirrelly during that time, too. I love writing in that world, there's just so much to work with.

But! I'm probably next going to finish a PotA slashy story (probably not more than about R, lots of "fade to black") that's been sitting around for a while. I've kinda lost the itch on that one, but I've got over 10K words and want to get it done and posted. I know at least one lady on the PotA group expressed interest in it, so it'll get at least one read, lol.

I'm still struggling with a plot for my Space: 1999 [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest story, but I started writing, in hopes that as I get into it, something will come to me. And there is also [livejournal.com profile] yuletide stories to be done.  And [livejournal.com profile] smallfandomfest is doing another round of prompts (and have a bunch for Walking Dead that I might decide to fill).

I'm taking some vacation days in early December just to stay home and get some projects done (like maybe painting the living room!), because I need to use it up and I'm not planning on going anywhere at the end of the month. The rest of the week after Christmas will be totally DEAD at work, so I figure, why waste the vacation then, when I can probably work from home anyway. I am taking the 26th off, just to recover, but that's it.
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
Also known as my birthplace in PA. The boys and I drove down to my family home near Harrisburg, PA, on Friday when the boys got out of school. My sister and her family still live in the area, as do most of my extended relatives.

Before I left on Friday, Hubby had surgery on his hand to remove a small bone at the base of his thumb that was broken almost 2 years ago in a skiing mishap. It has not healed properly and still causes him a fair amount of pain. So the treatment is to remove the bone, which will have no effect on the function of his thumb. He had it done as an outpatient procedure, so I was able to take him too and from that, and make sure he had the rest of the day to get settled in at home before I left him all on his own. I made him up some meals he can nuke, because cooking can be difficult one-handed. He seems to be doing okay, although his pain today was a little worse.

We made good time on the drive on Friday; light traffic through parts of CT at rush hour (to be expected), and a little bit of rain at the beginning, but mostly fair weather the rest of the way. Got in around 10:30 Friday night.

Christmas Eve was a family party at my cousin's house (who lives right next to my Dad). Unfortunately, this is the side of the family that smokes like chimneys, and E got sick from the smoke (threw up when we got back to my sister's house). I think next year, we may decide to skip that party.

I brought the boys' gifts down here so they could open them Christmas morning with the family. E got a Kindle Touch and a couple of video games. B got mostly video games. They also got Amazon cards and money. I ordered myself a Kindle Touch with my money/gift cards, so that it will be waiting for me when I get home on Wednesday.

Oh, and Christmas Day, B's netbook got completely boogered up with malware and viruses. Don't know what he stuck his metaphorical fingers into, but his netbook was completely hosed. Luckily, my nephew is bit of a computer whiz and was able to clean it up and put better anti-malware and anti-virus software on it to prevent future problems. Christmas Night was another family party with a different branch of the family, which was much more pleasant. Sis and I went and did some post-Christmas shopping today, hitting the sales. I got some nice fall and winter decor items at Pier 1, and some crafting stuff on sale at JoAnn's.

Yesterday, the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide archive was opened to reveal gifts to the recipients. I'm very happy with the gift story I received, a Brisco County, Jr. fic, that was just brilliantly written and gave me a few chuckles. It was just perfect. The gifts I wrote seem to be well-received as well, so that makes me happy. The authors of the stories are hidden until New Year's Day, during which we can write more gift stories under Yuletide Madness. I would like to write a some more gifts if I can, but I also have a House prompt story I need to finish before the 31st. So we'll see. But [livejournal.com profile] yuletide was a lot of fun, and I will definitely do it again next year.

We are down here for another full day, then heading home on Wednesday. It'll be nice to get home. I miss hubby and my kittehs. I still have another week before I have to go back to work, too, and have plans for the days off after I get home. Writing definitely. I'm also hoping to finally paint my living room with the help of the kids. Should be interesting.

Anyway, hope you all had a great bunch of holidays, oh my friends' list, and have a great start to your new year.
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
Also known as my birthplace in PA. The boys and I drove down to my family home near Harrisburg, PA, on Friday when the boys got out of school. My sister and her family still live in the area, as do most of my extended relatives.

Before I left on Friday, Hubby had surgery on his hand to remove a small bone at the base of his thumb that was broken almost 2 years ago in a skiing mishap. It has not healed properly and still causes him a fair amount of pain. So the treatment is to remove the bone, which will have no effect on the function of his thumb. He had it done as an outpatient procedure, so I was able to take him too and from that, and make sure he had the rest of the day to get settled in at home before I left him all on his own. I made him up some meals he can nuke, because cooking can be difficult one-handed. He seems to be doing okay, although his pain today was a little worse.

We made good time on the drive on Friday; light traffic through parts of CT at rush hour (to be expected), and a little bit of rain at the beginning, but mostly fair weather the rest of the way. Got in around 10:30 Friday night.

Christmas Eve was a family party at my cousin's house (who lives right next to my Dad). Unfortunately, this is the side of the family that smokes like chimneys, and E got sick from the smoke (threw up when we got back to my sister's house). I think next year, we may decide to skip that party.

I brought the boys' gifts down here so they could open them Christmas morning with the family. E got a Kindle Touch and a couple of video games. B got mostly video games. They also got Amazon cards and money. I ordered myself a Kindle Touch with my money/gift cards, so that it will be waiting for me when I get home on Wednesday.

Oh, and Christmas Day, B's netbook got completely boogered up with malware and viruses. Don't know what he stuck his metaphorical fingers into, but his netbook was completely hosed. Luckily, my nephew is bit of a computer whiz and was able to clean it up and put better anti-malware and anti-virus software on it to prevent future problems. Christmas Night was another family party with a different branch of the family, which was much more pleasant. Sis and I went and did some post-Christmas shopping today, hitting the sales. I got some nice fall and winter decor items at Pier 1, and some crafting stuff on sale at JoAnn's.

Yesterday, the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide archive was opened to reveal gifts to the recipients. I'm very happy with the gift story I received, a Brisco County, Jr. fic, that was just brilliantly written and gave me a few chuckles. It was just perfect. The gifts I wrote seem to be well-received as well, so that makes me happy. The authors of the stories are hidden until New Year's Day, during which we can write more gift stories under Yuletide Madness. I would like to write a some more gifts if I can, but I also have a House prompt story I need to finish before the 31st. So we'll see. But [livejournal.com profile] yuletide was a lot of fun, and I will definitely do it again next year.

We are down here for another full day, then heading home on Wednesday. It'll be nice to get home. I miss hubby and my kittehs. I still have another week before I have to go back to work, too, and have plans for the days off after I get home. Writing definitely. I'm also hoping to finally paint my living room with the help of the kids. Should be interesting.

Anyway, hope you all had a great bunch of holidays, oh my friends' list, and have a great start to your new year.
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
The weekend felt much longer than it actually was. Part of that feeling was due to the overnight the boys had with their troop on Friday night. Picked them up as soon as I got home, and headed to Carabiners (indoor rock climbing place) in New Bedford. The boys did some climbing, we played some Munchkins, and got a few hours of sleep. Left the place by around 8 the next morning, and got home by 9:30. So after dropping the boys off with Himself, I still had most of a weekend! Usually, I don't get back from troop outings until midday Sunday, and then I'm so exhausted, all I want to do is sleep.

So Saturday was cleaning and, once M got home from his morning car service, holiday shopping. We got most of it done, although Boog's big present had to be ordered online and won't arrive until we get back from PA after Christmas. Oh well. We got some good deals on the rest of it, and I can't wait to set up our new Soda Stream machine that M's parents are gifting us.

Sunday was more cleaning, in anticipation of the arrival of said in-laws. Oh, and did I mention cleaning? The entire condo got cleaned from top to bottom, including putting away all the boxes of stuff in the living room, hanging some pictures, and putting up some curtains in the basement. The living room STILL isn't painted, but hopefully that will get done after the holidays now. All the sheets and towels were changed and washed, the carpets were all vacuumed and spot cleaned, so the place was nice and sparkly for our company.

Sunday, I also took one of my Quintavia archery peeps to Hunter's Rendevous in Pepperell to help him purchase his own bow. We found a couple of suitable candidates, and after he tested them both out, decided on a very nice one. Brought it home, got it all set up for him with bear hair on the shelf, a nock set on the string, and he was going to pick up some fleece on the way home to make himself a bow sock. Next, I have to set up with Master Li to take him down and figure out proper cedar for making his arrows to go with. And then up to Tandy to get leather for a nice back quiver. That reminds me, need to call Teepee about setting up an indoor practice for the winter....

Sunday evening, I wrapped all the stuff we had gotten the day before, while waiting for the in-laws to arrive. So they finally arrived at about 10:30 last night, a bit later than I expected them to. By the time we got them settled in (they also were exhausted, having gotten up at 3 a.m. for an early morning flight from FL), it was past my bedtime, but at least I didn't have to deal with getting the kids off to school this morning on top of all that.

Tonight, we will have a nice family night, a full house. Gotta figure out what to make for dinner. There will probably be some gift exchanging, although i haven't decided yet when I'm going to let the boys open their gifts. I am waffling between taking them all down to my sister's so they can open them Christmas Day, and letting them open them all in the next night or so while Grandma and Grandpa are here.

Work is closing early on Wednesday (we have Thursday off), so I get to work from home that day. And I am hoping to parlay this little snowstorm into an excuse to work from home tomorrow as well (meh, what will my boss know anyway, being in FL?). Luckily, I don't have any looming deadlines or piles of work, so the rest of the SHORT week should be relatively stressless. I'm taking the car in to get an oil change and tune-up on Wednesday before the big trip down to PA.
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
The weekend felt much longer than it actually was. Part of that feeling was due to the overnight the boys had with their troop on Friday night. Picked them up as soon as I got home, and headed to Carabiners (indoor rock climbing place) in New Bedford. The boys did some climbing, we played some Munchkins, and got a few hours of sleep. Left the place by around 8 the next morning, and got home by 9:30. So after dropping the boys off with Himself, I still had most of a weekend! Usually, I don't get back from troop outings until midday Sunday, and then I'm so exhausted, all I want to do is sleep.

So Saturday was cleaning and, once M got home from his morning car service, holiday shopping. We got most of it done, although Boog's big present had to be ordered online and won't arrive until we get back from PA after Christmas. Oh well. We got some good deals on the rest of it, and I can't wait to set up our new Soda Stream machine that M's parents are gifting us.

Sunday was more cleaning, in anticipation of the arrival of said in-laws. Oh, and did I mention cleaning? The entire condo got cleaned from top to bottom, including putting away all the boxes of stuff in the living room, hanging some pictures, and putting up some curtains in the basement. The living room STILL isn't painted, but hopefully that will get done after the holidays now. All the sheets and towels were changed and washed, the carpets were all vacuumed and spot cleaned, so the place was nice and sparkly for our company.

Sunday, I also took one of my Quintavia archery peeps to Hunter's Rendevous in Pepperell to help him purchase his own bow. We found a couple of suitable candidates, and after he tested them both out, decided on a very nice one. Brought it home, got it all set up for him with bear hair on the shelf, a nock set on the string, and he was going to pick up some fleece on the way home to make himself a bow sock. Next, I have to set up with Master Li to take him down and figure out proper cedar for making his arrows to go with. And then up to Tandy to get leather for a nice back quiver. That reminds me, need to call Teepee about setting up an indoor practice for the winter....

Sunday evening, I wrapped all the stuff we had gotten the day before, while waiting for the in-laws to arrive. So they finally arrived at about 10:30 last night, a bit later than I expected them to. By the time we got them settled in (they also were exhausted, having gotten up at 3 a.m. for an early morning flight from FL), it was past my bedtime, but at least I didn't have to deal with getting the kids off to school this morning on top of all that.

Tonight, we will have a nice family night, a full house. Gotta figure out what to make for dinner. There will probably be some gift exchanging, although i haven't decided yet when I'm going to let the boys open their gifts. I am waffling between taking them all down to my sister's so they can open them Christmas Day, and letting them open them all in the next night or so while Grandma and Grandpa are here.

Work is closing early on Wednesday (we have Thursday off), so I get to work from home that day. And I am hoping to parlay this little snowstorm into an excuse to work from home tomorrow as well (meh, what will my boss know anyway, being in FL?). Luckily, I don't have any looming deadlines or piles of work, so the rest of the SHORT week should be relatively stressless. I'm taking the car in to get an oil change and tune-up on Wednesday before the big trip down to PA.
danagryphon: (Aleksei)
The holiday weekend was very nice. I ended up working from home all last week, being sans car. The office closed early Wed, which gave me time to go on a mad cleaning spree (to me, one of the best parts of holidays is a CLEAN HOUSE). M took me to go do shopping for Turkey Day dinner Tuesday night, and I managed to score an 18 lb fresh turkey from Shaws for free. We had 8 for dinner, a nice round number that meant I got to put both leaves in my new table for the first time, but we weren't too crowded (the table can seat 12 if you are very, very friendly). The boys ate the two drumsticks (where did THAT come from? they've never shown interest in the drumsticks before?!), and there were plenty of leftovers, even after sending a doggie bag of turkey home with [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  for her boys.

Skiing trip drama... )

MY Friday was all about SEWING! My neighbor (D) and her daughter (R) (and one of their friends) came over to work on garb. D came to Duello and bought a dress (on payments, so she doesn't actually have it yet), in Italian Ren style. She needed a chemise to go with it, and I also wanted to make a dress in a matching style for R, who is an adorable little slip of a thing. So R picked out some fabric from my stash of leftovers, and I made her an equally adorable emerald green gown (velvet bodice, taffeta skirt) and royal blue underdress. She looks absolutely fabu, if I do say so myself. I still need to put some trim on the neckline, the eyelets to tie on the two part sleeves, and some hooks to close various parts, but it will be done for this Saturday, when they are hoping to come to the Bergental/BBM Yule event (if we can work out the money; she's on a very limited budget). So R now has the clothes to go with her nickname of "princess". ;)

Speaking of Yule, I will have spiffy new Russian BLING garb. The green and white Quintavia coat has turned into a Yule coat, with the addition of some cranberry red fabric, about 10 yards of gold braid, and lots of (real) pearls. Here's the front in progress:


I actually finished the rest of it last night, except for the buttons (which are gold and fake pearl, and are perfect). It's got a gold satin lining, and more of the cranberry and gold trim around the sleeves and the bottom. I would like to put some more pearls on the collar, but that might not happen until later. I cut out the yellow linen for the tunic that will go under it, as well as the fabric for the matching green, white, and cranberry hat (because this is Russian, after all, and we're all about the HATS!). I still have some more of the pearls, and of the gold cabochons, but no more of the settings for them, and couldn't find more at JoAnns. If I can get more of those, I am hoping to put some on the hat or the sleeves. This is going to be another "embellishment in progress" outfit, that I will continue to work on for a while, but can wear in the meantime. I would also like to embroider the linen undertunic eventually. More BLING!

So yes, I am going to look like a big Russian Christmas ornament. Hey, the Bergentallers asked for people to wear green and white/silver, so I'm just trying to oblige... <evil grin> And to think, this all started because I had these 1 yard pieces of matching green and white fabric hanging around, not enough to do anything individually, but together... and the rest is history.
danagryphon: (Aleksei)
The holiday weekend was very nice. I ended up working from home all last week, being sans car. The office closed early Wed, which gave me time to go on a mad cleaning spree (to me, one of the best parts of holidays is a CLEAN HOUSE). M took me to go do shopping for Turkey Day dinner Tuesday night, and I managed to score an 18 lb fresh turkey from Shaws for free. We had 8 for dinner, a nice round number that meant I got to put both leaves in my new table for the first time, but we weren't too crowded (the table can seat 12 if you are very, very friendly). The boys ate the two drumsticks (where did THAT come from? they've never shown interest in the drumsticks before?!), and there were plenty of leftovers, even after sending a doggie bag of turkey home with [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  for her boys.

Skiing trip drama... )

MY Friday was all about SEWING! My neighbor (D) and her daughter (R) (and one of their friends) came over to work on garb. D came to Duello and bought a dress (on payments, so she doesn't actually have it yet), in Italian Ren style. She needed a chemise to go with it, and I also wanted to make a dress in a matching style for R, who is an adorable little slip of a thing. So R picked out some fabric from my stash of leftovers, and I made her an equally adorable emerald green gown (velvet bodice, taffeta skirt) and royal blue underdress. She looks absolutely fabu, if I do say so myself. I still need to put some trim on the neckline, the eyelets to tie on the two part sleeves, and some hooks to close various parts, but it will be done for this Saturday, when they are hoping to come to the Bergental/BBM Yule event (if we can work out the money; she's on a very limited budget). So R now has the clothes to go with her nickname of "princess". ;)

Speaking of Yule, I will have spiffy new Russian BLING garb. The green and white Quintavia coat has turned into a Yule coat, with the addition of some cranberry red fabric, about 10 yards of gold braid, and lots of (real) pearls. Here's the front in progress:


I actually finished the rest of it last night, except for the buttons (which are gold and fake pearl, and are perfect). It's got a gold satin lining, and more of the cranberry and gold trim around the sleeves and the bottom. I would like to put some more pearls on the collar, but that might not happen until later. I cut out the yellow linen for the tunic that will go under it, as well as the fabric for the matching green, white, and cranberry hat (because this is Russian, after all, and we're all about the HATS!). I still have some more of the pearls, and of the gold cabochons, but no more of the settings for them, and couldn't find more at JoAnns. If I can get more of those, I am hoping to put some on the hat or the sleeves. This is going to be another "embellishment in progress" outfit, that I will continue to work on for a while, but can wear in the meantime. I would also like to embroider the linen undertunic eventually. More BLING!

So yes, I am going to look like a big Russian Christmas ornament. Hey, the Bergentallers asked for people to wear green and white/silver, so I'm just trying to oblige... <evil grin> And to think, this all started because I had these 1 yard pieces of matching green and white fabric hanging around, not enough to do anything individually, but together... and the rest is history.
danagryphon: (Guard)
This weekend was productive and busy, if a little melancholy. The boys were with us this weekend, and Saturday, we took them to the Masonic Heritage Museum in Lexington, to see the new Jim Henson exhibit that just opened. It was a nice exhibit, and the boys enjoyed the museum in general. The other special exhibit they have right now is called Seeds of Liberty, and was of special interest to E, who just finished studying the Revolutionary War (and Paul Revere for his special project).

The Jim Henson exhibit was really interesting to me. I had not known he was quite an accomplished drawing artist, nor did I know about all the work he did before Muppets hit it big. The Dark Crystal portion was very cool, also. The melancholy came because it made me miss my friend Brett, that was one of the big things that brought us together as friends was our love of Muppets, and puppetry in general, since we were in a performing puppet group together in high school. And just the circumstances of Henson's death were particularly sad. He was far too young when he was taken from us, from something that should not have taken him. We picked up a couple of things in the gift shop, including a t-shirt for B of Cookie Monster, that said "Make Cookies, Not War".

We went home intending to watch Dark Crystal on DVD, but it was no where to be found. We think that somehow a box of DVD's got lost when we moved to the condo, since there have been several movies (mostly for the kids) that we KNOW we owned, that never turned up when we unpacked. So we watched The Muppet Movie instead. Unfortunately, I couldn't get past the opening song, Rainbow Connection, without bursting into tears. After that, it was a little easier, but some things are never going to be easy for me to watch or listen to.

Saturday, I also made a lot of progress on rearranging the basement. I got the daybed moved down there and reassembled, so that isn't sitting in my living room anymore! We also set up the computer that M's parents gave us for the boys a year ago when they left for their wandering ways. It's still an old Pent III, but unlike their current Pent III that is running Windows ME (blech!), this one is running XP, and have MS Office on it, so B can do his homework in Word and Excel. The only bummer is that it doesn't have a wireless card like I thought it did, and it is on the other side of the room from the router. I was going to get an ethernet cable, but Himself suggested a USB wireless adaptor. So I'm going to look into that. It certainly would be nice to have everything wireless.

B's basement bedroom is going to be nice, I think. In addition to the bed, I got the desk set up, just to get the furniture rearranged and out of the way. He won't move down there until the drywall has been done, which we still do in May. But it's enough to see that once we get him a wardrobe and dresser from Ikea for in there, he will have a nice little bedroom, not too crowded, and he won't have to share it with his little brother! The old refrigerator has also been moved to it's permanent spot, and that is working out nicely, too, so that's definitely a keeper.

Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  and S came down for ham dinner, so that was fun. I got lots done on embroidering the tabards for the Queen's guard which have to be done for Saturday. I'm going to take a vacation day on Friday, because I'd also really like to make myself a new tunic for Coronation (I want something springy but still somewhat fancy, and everything I have that is fancy is definitely winter wear). Tonight, [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox  is coming up to hand off more tabards for me to do applique and embroidery on, and take the ones that are done to do edging and finishing work. Man, are they going to look spiffy! I can't wait to see the Queen's face when she sees them!
danagryphon: (Guard)
This weekend was productive and busy, if a little melancholy. The boys were with us this weekend, and Saturday, we took them to the Masonic Heritage Museum in Lexington, to see the new Jim Henson exhibit that just opened. It was a nice exhibit, and the boys enjoyed the museum in general. The other special exhibit they have right now is called Seeds of Liberty, and was of special interest to E, who just finished studying the Revolutionary War (and Paul Revere for his special project).

The Jim Henson exhibit was really interesting to me. I had not known he was quite an accomplished drawing artist, nor did I know about all the work he did before Muppets hit it big. The Dark Crystal portion was very cool, also. The melancholy came because it made me miss my friend Brett, that was one of the big things that brought us together as friends was our love of Muppets, and puppetry in general, since we were in a performing puppet group together in high school. And just the circumstances of Henson's death were particularly sad. He was far too young when he was taken from us, from something that should not have taken him. We picked up a couple of things in the gift shop, including a t-shirt for B of Cookie Monster, that said "Make Cookies, Not War".

We went home intending to watch Dark Crystal on DVD, but it was no where to be found. We think that somehow a box of DVD's got lost when we moved to the condo, since there have been several movies (mostly for the kids) that we KNOW we owned, that never turned up when we unpacked. So we watched The Muppet Movie instead. Unfortunately, I couldn't get past the opening song, Rainbow Connection, without bursting into tears. After that, it was a little easier, but some things are never going to be easy for me to watch or listen to.

Saturday, I also made a lot of progress on rearranging the basement. I got the daybed moved down there and reassembled, so that isn't sitting in my living room anymore! We also set up the computer that M's parents gave us for the boys a year ago when they left for their wandering ways. It's still an old Pent III, but unlike their current Pent III that is running Windows ME (blech!), this one is running XP, and have MS Office on it, so B can do his homework in Word and Excel. The only bummer is that it doesn't have a wireless card like I thought it did, and it is on the other side of the room from the router. I was going to get an ethernet cable, but Himself suggested a USB wireless adaptor. So I'm going to look into that. It certainly would be nice to have everything wireless.

B's basement bedroom is going to be nice, I think. In addition to the bed, I got the desk set up, just to get the furniture rearranged and out of the way. He won't move down there until the drywall has been done, which we still do in May. But it's enough to see that once we get him a wardrobe and dresser from Ikea for in there, he will have a nice little bedroom, not too crowded, and he won't have to share it with his little brother! The old refrigerator has also been moved to it's permanent spot, and that is working out nicely, too, so that's definitely a keeper.

Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  and S came down for ham dinner, so that was fun. I got lots done on embroidering the tabards for the Queen's guard which have to be done for Saturday. I'm going to take a vacation day on Friday, because I'd also really like to make myself a new tunic for Coronation (I want something springy but still somewhat fancy, and everything I have that is fancy is definitely winter wear). Tonight, [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox  is coming up to hand off more tabards for me to do applique and embroidery on, and take the ones that are done to do edging and finishing work. Man, are they going to look spiffy! I can't wait to see the Queen's face when she sees them!
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
This year was pretty good for us. We continued to enjoy our new condo, and fix it up the way we want. We will continue that this winter and spring, hopefully the painting and basement-finishing will be all done by summer.

Of course, the big thing was that we finally tied the knot. I'm still getting used to calling his my husband, after so many years of being together. But it's all good.

My big resolution for 2010 is to be more positive. To overlook other people's warts as I hope they will overlook mine. As the saying goes, to be the change I want to see in the world. And to be grateful for everything I have in my life.

I hope everyone around me has a safe and joyous New Year's Eve, and that 2010 continues to bring them prosperity, health, and happiness.
danagryphon: (Sun & Moon)
This year was pretty good for us. We continued to enjoy our new condo, and fix it up the way we want. We will continue that this winter and spring, hopefully the painting and basement-finishing will be all done by summer.

Of course, the big thing was that we finally tied the knot. I'm still getting used to calling his my husband, after so many years of being together. But it's all good.

My big resolution for 2010 is to be more positive. To overlook other people's warts as I hope they will overlook mine. As the saying goes, to be the change I want to see in the world. And to be grateful for everything I have in my life.

I hope everyone around me has a safe and joyous New Year's Eve, and that 2010 continues to bring them prosperity, health, and happiness.
danagryphon: (Skiing)
Yes, we successfully ventured into the wilds of Pennsylvania and returned. The ride down on Saturday was rainy, but that's ok. I don't mind driving in the rain as along as it's not a deluge. Although at a couple of places in the mountains of NY on 84, the fog got...interesting. But we arrived without too much fuss, no real traffic snaggles.

Sunday, my sister made a big family dinner, so I got to see my 2 nephews. This is why I went down on Saturday instead of our original plan of Sunday. Both my nephews work ungodly numbers of hours (and one of them works 2nd shift), so Sunday was really the only day I would have much of a chance to see them. Although we did end up going over to one nephew's apartment on Tuesday for lunch.

Monday, sis and I tried to hit some stores for after Xmas sales, but pretty much everything was gone. I did find some clothes at Kohl's for me and the boys on sale. I didn't have any "holiday" clothes that fit me anymore (they are all too big), so I got some nice turtlenecks and fleece tops with winter/holiday themes. The boys both need long sleeved shirts, since they are suffering from "gappage" on their button up shirts. This is particularly disturbing with the older one who has quite the hairy, pasty-white belly, which doesn't really want to be seen through the gaps in his shirt every time he sits down.

So Tuesday, in addition to going to nephew's place for lunch, I took the little one to see New Moon, which he has been dying to see for a while now. No one else was interested, so it was just me and him. At least it was a nice theater. The theater at this mall used to be detached, and was a real dump the last time I had been there (which admittedly, was probably at least 10 years ago), but now it is inside the mall and very nice. Stadium seating, decent size screens, all shiny and pretty. The movie, on the other hand... blech. It really is a teen thing, I guess. Bored me to tears. Except when I had to keep from laughing hysterically during the climactic angst scene because did you know vampires sparkled in the sunlight??? LMAO. Jeff Dunham doing his lispy "Sthparkly!" kept running through my mine. Although all the werewolf boys were buff, I couldn't really work up a good interest in boys who are only a couple of years older than B. Just ewww. The five minutes of action was kind of cool, but it would have been better without the slow-mo, and the girl character screaming. So I guess I have officially turned into my parents; I hate the movies that kids today love.

I also made a big batch of slippery pot pie for my sister's family on Tuesday before the movie, which we had for dinner when we got back. My sister is an amazing dessert maker, but not so much with the main dishes. Oh, she's a decent cook, don't get me wrong, but can't seem to get the hang of making the egg noodles for pot pie. We still talk about one of the first meals she made for us when she got her own place; the main dish was pretty much inedible (I think it had once been sausages before she turned them into little black cylinders), but the dessert was fantastic. So I try to make them pot pie (because they all love it) whenever I get the chance.

Let's see... presents. Everyone liked their gifts, although Dad, of course, isn't quite sure what to do with his digital picture frame. It's electronic after all. But my bil will get it set up for him, and hopefully he will enjoy it. My sister and bil got us a steam cleaner for a wedding gift (wall-to-wall carpet + pets + kids = need a steam cleaner), and a shop vac for Christmas. So now I can also clean out my car properly. Dad, of course, gave us all money, which the boys and I spent while we were there (my clothes, they got toys and video games). We didn't get to the book store even though I had brought their B&N gift cards, so they will still have those to enjoy after New Years.

Tonight, M and I are going out for a romantic dinner at the local ski area; it's a five course meal plus champagne, with a view of the torchlight parade and fireworks at midnight. Himself is picking up the boys this afternoon, so we might even be able to go and get some skiing in before dinner tonight.
danagryphon: (Skiing)
Yes, we successfully ventured into the wilds of Pennsylvania and returned. The ride down on Saturday was rainy, but that's ok. I don't mind driving in the rain as along as it's not a deluge. Although at a couple of places in the mountains of NY on 84, the fog got...interesting. But we arrived without too much fuss, no real traffic snaggles.

Sunday, my sister made a big family dinner, so I got to see my 2 nephews. This is why I went down on Saturday instead of our original plan of Sunday. Both my nephews work ungodly numbers of hours (and one of them works 2nd shift), so Sunday was really the only day I would have much of a chance to see them. Although we did end up going over to one nephew's apartment on Tuesday for lunch.

Monday, sis and I tried to hit some stores for after Xmas sales, but pretty much everything was gone. I did find some clothes at Kohl's for me and the boys on sale. I didn't have any "holiday" clothes that fit me anymore (they are all too big), so I got some nice turtlenecks and fleece tops with winter/holiday themes. The boys both need long sleeved shirts, since they are suffering from "gappage" on their button up shirts. This is particularly disturbing with the older one who has quite the hairy, pasty-white belly, which doesn't really want to be seen through the gaps in his shirt every time he sits down.

So Tuesday, in addition to going to nephew's place for lunch, I took the little one to see New Moon, which he has been dying to see for a while now. No one else was interested, so it was just me and him. At least it was a nice theater. The theater at this mall used to be detached, and was a real dump the last time I had been there (which admittedly, was probably at least 10 years ago), but now it is inside the mall and very nice. Stadium seating, decent size screens, all shiny and pretty. The movie, on the other hand... blech. It really is a teen thing, I guess. Bored me to tears. Except when I had to keep from laughing hysterically during the climactic angst scene because did you know vampires sparkled in the sunlight??? LMAO. Jeff Dunham doing his lispy "Sthparkly!" kept running through my mine. Although all the werewolf boys were buff, I couldn't really work up a good interest in boys who are only a couple of years older than B. Just ewww. The five minutes of action was kind of cool, but it would have been better without the slow-mo, and the girl character screaming. So I guess I have officially turned into my parents; I hate the movies that kids today love.

I also made a big batch of slippery pot pie for my sister's family on Tuesday before the movie, which we had for dinner when we got back. My sister is an amazing dessert maker, but not so much with the main dishes. Oh, she's a decent cook, don't get me wrong, but can't seem to get the hang of making the egg noodles for pot pie. We still talk about one of the first meals she made for us when she got her own place; the main dish was pretty much inedible (I think it had once been sausages before she turned them into little black cylinders), but the dessert was fantastic. So I try to make them pot pie (because they all love it) whenever I get the chance.

Let's see... presents. Everyone liked their gifts, although Dad, of course, isn't quite sure what to do with his digital picture frame. It's electronic after all. But my bil will get it set up for him, and hopefully he will enjoy it. My sister and bil got us a steam cleaner for a wedding gift (wall-to-wall carpet + pets + kids = need a steam cleaner), and a shop vac for Christmas. So now I can also clean out my car properly. Dad, of course, gave us all money, which the boys and I spent while we were there (my clothes, they got toys and video games). We didn't get to the book store even though I had brought their B&N gift cards, so they will still have those to enjoy after New Years.

Tonight, M and I are going out for a romantic dinner at the local ski area; it's a five course meal plus champagne, with a view of the torchlight parade and fireworks at midnight. Himself is picking up the boys this afternoon, so we might even be able to go and get some skiing in before dinner tonight.
danagryphon: (Father Winter)
There were lots of presents. We started last night when chystie69 came over for Christmas Eve (after having spent most of the day with her between assembling an Ikea Anaboda wardrobe and going to see Avatar (in 3D!)). She got us a wonderful electric roaster, so I can stop borrowing hers every Thanksgiving.  ;)  Seriously, I've been meaning to pick one up for myself because they are so useful for doing large holiday dinners, so this was a very appreciated present. She also got the boys the new Harry Potter DVD, which we are taking with us down to PA.

We got her a pair of bamboo cutting boards, a set of Kitchen Aid shears (the absolute best utility scissors I have every found), and some things for her boys. And a gift card for her little bro.

This morning, E was up at 2 a.m., evidently, and came in to try to wake me at 5:30. Well, I was having none of that, and sent him downstairs to watch TV. I finally got up at 7:30, and after making the necessary coffee, we sat down to open gifts. They got a few Wii games each (this was also the gift du jour for them from M's family), several movies (new Bionicle movie, Ice Age 3, Night at the Museum 2, Ben 10), a DS game, a computer game and a travel Scrabble for B, an origami kit, Apples to Apples Jr, and Twilight book for E. Oh, and they both got Barnes & Noble gift cards from Grandma and Grandpa. And they got each other some Bakugan stuff. E also had gotten a couple of early gifts for 2 memberships for online games. They will be getting gifts from my side of the family when we get down there.

M got me, in addition to the season pass for Nashoba Ski area, a new camcorder (the old one died last year at an inopportune moment, E's first band concert), and an electric griddle (which I tried out this morning to make pancakes; that was cool). The boys got me a very nice free-standing spice rack.

I got M, in addition to his new instructor's jacket for Nashoba ski area, a couple or organizer items for his new car, a cocktail shaker, 2 pairs of pjs, and an iTunes gift card. The boys got him a lunchbox and a mini-golf book.

I spent this evening loading photos on to my Dad's gift, a digital picture frame. I also got one joint for my sister and bil. My nephews are also getting gift cards.

Now I've been packing for our trip. The boys were supposed to pack stuff for entertainment. B came upstairs with a book he had wanted to take, complaining that there was no room for it in the backpack. Hmmmm. So I went to see what all he had put in his backpack, and pulled out 25, yes, I counted them, 25!! Magic decks. Ok, so 2 of them were *mine* so I would have something to play with him. But still. I made him pare them down to 5 for him in addition to the 2 for me. And suprise, now his books fit with room to spare! I'm also taking a couple of their new movies, but alas, the Wii games will have to wait until they get back home next week.

I've just got to pack our toiletries tomorrow, and put it all in the car, and we are outta here. I'll be back on the 30th, since M and I have a hot date at for a romantic dinner for New Year's Eve at the Outlook restaurant at Nashoba Ski.

I hope everyone else had a Happy Hannukah, Joyous Yule, or Merry Christmas!
danagryphon: (Father Winter)
There were lots of presents. We started last night when chystie69 came over for Christmas Eve (after having spent most of the day with her between assembling an Ikea Anaboda wardrobe and going to see Avatar (in 3D!)). She got us a wonderful electric roaster, so I can stop borrowing hers every Thanksgiving.  ;)  Seriously, I've been meaning to pick one up for myself because they are so useful for doing large holiday dinners, so this was a very appreciated present. She also got the boys the new Harry Potter DVD, which we are taking with us down to PA.

We got her a pair of bamboo cutting boards, a set of Kitchen Aid shears (the absolute best utility scissors I have every found), and some things for her boys. And a gift card for her little bro.

This morning, E was up at 2 a.m., evidently, and came in to try to wake me at 5:30. Well, I was having none of that, and sent him downstairs to watch TV. I finally got up at 7:30, and after making the necessary coffee, we sat down to open gifts. They got a few Wii games each (this was also the gift du jour for them from M's family), several movies (new Bionicle movie, Ice Age 3, Night at the Museum 2, Ben 10), a DS game, a computer game and a travel Scrabble for B, an origami kit, Apples to Apples Jr, and Twilight book for E. Oh, and they both got Barnes & Noble gift cards from Grandma and Grandpa. And they got each other some Bakugan stuff. E also had gotten a couple of early gifts for 2 memberships for online games. They will be getting gifts from my side of the family when we get down there.

M got me, in addition to the season pass for Nashoba Ski area, a new camcorder (the old one died last year at an inopportune moment, E's first band concert), and an electric griddle (which I tried out this morning to make pancakes; that was cool). The boys got me a very nice free-standing spice rack.

I got M, in addition to his new instructor's jacket for Nashoba ski area, a couple or organizer items for his new car, a cocktail shaker, 2 pairs of pjs, and an iTunes gift card. The boys got him a lunchbox and a mini-golf book.

I spent this evening loading photos on to my Dad's gift, a digital picture frame. I also got one joint for my sister and bil. My nephews are also getting gift cards.

Now I've been packing for our trip. The boys were supposed to pack stuff for entertainment. B came upstairs with a book he had wanted to take, complaining that there was no room for it in the backpack. Hmmmm. So I went to see what all he had put in his backpack, and pulled out 25, yes, I counted them, 25!! Magic decks. Ok, so 2 of them were *mine* so I would have something to play with him. But still. I made him pare them down to 5 for him in addition to the 2 for me. And suprise, now his books fit with room to spare! I'm also taking a couple of their new movies, but alas, the Wii games will have to wait until they get back home next week.

I've just got to pack our toiletries tomorrow, and put it all in the car, and we are outta here. I'll be back on the 30th, since M and I have a hot date at for a romantic dinner for New Year's Eve at the Outlook restaurant at Nashoba Ski.

I hope everyone else had a Happy Hannukah, Joyous Yule, or Merry Christmas!
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
So M and I went out last night, braving the thunder and lightning, to go do our holiday shopping sans children. Everything is pretty much done now. My father and sister are both getting digital picture frames, which we got a good deal on at BJs. My dad, because he is running out of wall space for portraits of the kids, and also because, not having a computer, I can't just give him a CD of photos and expect him to ever see them. After all, printed photos are soooooo 20th century. My sister also requested a digital picture frame, so that will be a joint gift for her and bil. My nephews are the only ones I haven't gotten yet (aside from a couple of friends), but they will probably get either cash (being poor strapped working slobs in their mid 20s) or gift cards.

But last night was about my kids, as well as M's myriad of nieces and nephews. His family decided again this year (and actually bothered to tell us ahead of time this year) to only get gifts for the kids, not the adults. Of course, his brother now has 6, and his sister has 2, so this is no small thing in any case.

I got a bunch of stuff from their list for the boys, mostly video games, as well as some things that weren't on their list, like an origami kit and some Club Penguin stuff for E, and some Magic and Yugioh cards for B (who is also getting his class ring as a partial holiday present). I'll still keep my eyes out for some cute stocking stuffers, and maybe one or two other things for B, but I have to sit down and figure out what is for who, to see if it is pretty well balanced out first.

M is partly done, in that I got him his new mandatory instructor jacket for Nashoba Ski (they change jackets about every 5-6 years). I also got him a couple of pairs of new pjs, but I still want to find a few things for him when he is not around. He is getting me my season pass to Nashoba, and also got me a new camcorder, after discovering that the old one had died earlier this year when I tried to pull it out to record one of E's band concerts.

I'm working from home again today, on the theory that everything might ice up if the temperature drops (at least, that's what I'm telling the boss), since we got a good foot of snow yesterday (the box on the back deck makes a great snow gauge, since it is relatively sheltered from wind, and gives a nice eye-level visual of the snow depth on top). But really it's that I hate going out in the snow, and hate driving in it even more, and here I have the laptop home, so why not milk another day out of it.

Our town seems to have been the only one in the area yesterday that DIDN'T cancel for the snow, and I got an email on the parents' list last night from the superintendent apologizing for the bad call (and also to dispel the rumor that there was a bus accident yesterday morning). I was concerned that, having had all the kids go in morning, they would do something monumentally stupid like send them all home early when it became clear that the meteorologists completely missed the mark, and the storm was going to drop a lot more than 1-2 inches before turning to rain. So that's why I stayed home yesterday.

Progress is being made on projects for this weekend, although it looks like my order from Fire Mountain Gems won't come in time to have the frames to mount the badges in that I want to give away on Sunday. Oh well. I can always deliver them at a later time. But I am excited about getting the seed beads I need to work on the project for EK 12th Night to arrive as well. Speaking of 12th night, I ended up changing our hotel reservation yesterday, after consulting with [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , to the Hollow Inn, where we got an efficiency room at the SCA group rate cheaper than the double room at the Days Inn. Which gets us a pull out bed for a 3rd person. And, I found out yesterday from poking around the Panthervale event page that they are going to have indoor archery, which is mentioned NOWHERE in the EK event listing. Now, of course, I have to figure out just how much gear I want to take (because there is also fencing, which I haven't done in forever) and how much I want to try to do, given everything that is going on that day. And there is a ball in the evening. With dancing! I haven't danced at an SCA event in even more forever. Hopefully I will be able to convince some female friends to let me be their male partner, so I don't have to break persona.

[livejournal.com profile] calygrey , are you still planning on coming with? If so, you won't have to bring your air mattress now! I think I am not going to try to fill the 4th spot in my car because I will need the extra cargo room for suitcases and gear (especially if I decide to take the big-assed fencing case).
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
So M and I went out last night, braving the thunder and lightning, to go do our holiday shopping sans children. Everything is pretty much done now. My father and sister are both getting digital picture frames, which we got a good deal on at BJs. My dad, because he is running out of wall space for portraits of the kids, and also because, not having a computer, I can't just give him a CD of photos and expect him to ever see them. After all, printed photos are soooooo 20th century. My sister also requested a digital picture frame, so that will be a joint gift for her and bil. My nephews are the only ones I haven't gotten yet (aside from a couple of friends), but they will probably get either cash (being poor strapped working slobs in their mid 20s) or gift cards.

But last night was about my kids, as well as M's myriad of nieces and nephews. His family decided again this year (and actually bothered to tell us ahead of time this year) to only get gifts for the kids, not the adults. Of course, his brother now has 6, and his sister has 2, so this is no small thing in any case.

I got a bunch of stuff from their list for the boys, mostly video games, as well as some things that weren't on their list, like an origami kit and some Club Penguin stuff for E, and some Magic and Yugioh cards for B (who is also getting his class ring as a partial holiday present). I'll still keep my eyes out for some cute stocking stuffers, and maybe one or two other things for B, but I have to sit down and figure out what is for who, to see if it is pretty well balanced out first.

M is partly done, in that I got him his new mandatory instructor jacket for Nashoba Ski (they change jackets about every 5-6 years). I also got him a couple of pairs of new pjs, but I still want to find a few things for him when he is not around. He is getting me my season pass to Nashoba, and also got me a new camcorder, after discovering that the old one had died earlier this year when I tried to pull it out to record one of E's band concerts.

I'm working from home again today, on the theory that everything might ice up if the temperature drops (at least, that's what I'm telling the boss), since we got a good foot of snow yesterday (the box on the back deck makes a great snow gauge, since it is relatively sheltered from wind, and gives a nice eye-level visual of the snow depth on top). But really it's that I hate going out in the snow, and hate driving in it even more, and here I have the laptop home, so why not milk another day out of it.

Our town seems to have been the only one in the area yesterday that DIDN'T cancel for the snow, and I got an email on the parents' list last night from the superintendent apologizing for the bad call (and also to dispel the rumor that there was a bus accident yesterday morning). I was concerned that, having had all the kids go in morning, they would do something monumentally stupid like send them all home early when it became clear that the meteorologists completely missed the mark, and the storm was going to drop a lot more than 1-2 inches before turning to rain. So that's why I stayed home yesterday.

Progress is being made on projects for this weekend, although it looks like my order from Fire Mountain Gems won't come in time to have the frames to mount the badges in that I want to give away on Sunday. Oh well. I can always deliver them at a later time. But I am excited about getting the seed beads I need to work on the project for EK 12th Night to arrive as well. Speaking of 12th night, I ended up changing our hotel reservation yesterday, after consulting with [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , to the Hollow Inn, where we got an efficiency room at the SCA group rate cheaper than the double room at the Days Inn. Which gets us a pull out bed for a 3rd person. And, I found out yesterday from poking around the Panthervale event page that they are going to have indoor archery, which is mentioned NOWHERE in the EK event listing. Now, of course, I have to figure out just how much gear I want to take (because there is also fencing, which I haven't done in forever) and how much I want to try to do, given everything that is going on that day. And there is a ball in the evening. With dancing! I haven't danced at an SCA event in even more forever. Hopefully I will be able to convince some female friends to let me be their male partner, so I don't have to break persona.

[livejournal.com profile] calygrey , are you still planning on coming with? If so, you won't have to bring your air mattress now! I think I am not going to try to fill the 4th spot in my car because I will need the extra cargo room for suitcases and gear (especially if I decide to take the big-assed fencing case).
danagryphon: (Autumn)
Thanksgiving dinner was a success. I have finally managed to get the hang of this electric stove/oven thing. Nothing got burnt, only one thing boiled over a little tiny bit, and everything pretty much came out at the same time. There was no goose or duck to be had at the grocery store for M; I think that is something I will have to visit a local farm (in advance, of course, which is always a challenge for me) to get a fresh one if that is something I want to do for Yule dinner. I tried a new recipe for the pumpkin cheesecake this year, and I think it is the best so far.

There were way too many leftovers, but I like T-day leftovers, so that's ok. The dark meat and the stuffing will be used in a couple of weeks (after being frozen) to make turkey croquettes for the Shire Yule pot luck, and I think I'll also use up the last of the apples to make another batch of apple crisp, since that came out pretty good, too.

We played Apples to Apples after dinner until way too late, then everyone headed home. We finished a little more cleaning up (had done most of it after dinner and before dessert), and were in bed by around midnight.

Friday we headed up to M's brother's house to visit the family (his parents are in town from FL), and had a big spaghetti meal. The kids do have a pretty good time there; B likes to be the big kid and show the little kids cool stuff, and E likes playing with his only male cousin who is about his age. M's parents did their holiday shopping for us while they were here (they are going to M's sister's house in MI for Xmas), and they got us a new DVD player/recorder, to replace our DVD player that died.

This morning, we all got in our uniforms and headed out to a double Eagle Court of Honor in Gardner for the sons of some friends we know from Council and from Wood Badge (the father was in my course). This evening, M is going up to NH to L's house, because he forgot to take his holiday wreath on Thursday. I'm watching Twilight with E, and in a few minutes, am going to go off to start working on some new garb for M for Dual Yule next weekend. Unfortunately, M has "outgrown" most of his garb, but I have a pattern I've been dying to use to make him a nice Italian farsetto and giornea. This is going to be the trial run with this pattern, with cheap (non-period) cloth, and then once I work out the details, I'll make him a nicer outfit with linen and brocade (which may end up being an A&S project), maybe for Birka. But this one is going to be pretty quick and dirty since I only have a week.

Tomorrow is grocery shopping, we are out of just about everything (except T-day leftovers!). And more work on garb. I'm looking forward to Yule, being a nice, low key event.
danagryphon: (Autumn)
Thanksgiving dinner was a success. I have finally managed to get the hang of this electric stove/oven thing. Nothing got burnt, only one thing boiled over a little tiny bit, and everything pretty much came out at the same time. There was no goose or duck to be had at the grocery store for M; I think that is something I will have to visit a local farm (in advance, of course, which is always a challenge for me) to get a fresh one if that is something I want to do for Yule dinner. I tried a new recipe for the pumpkin cheesecake this year, and I think it is the best so far.

There were way too many leftovers, but I like T-day leftovers, so that's ok. The dark meat and the stuffing will be used in a couple of weeks (after being frozen) to make turkey croquettes for the Shire Yule pot luck, and I think I'll also use up the last of the apples to make another batch of apple crisp, since that came out pretty good, too.

We played Apples to Apples after dinner until way too late, then everyone headed home. We finished a little more cleaning up (had done most of it after dinner and before dessert), and were in bed by around midnight.

Friday we headed up to M's brother's house to visit the family (his parents are in town from FL), and had a big spaghetti meal. The kids do have a pretty good time there; B likes to be the big kid and show the little kids cool stuff, and E likes playing with his only male cousin who is about his age. M's parents did their holiday shopping for us while they were here (they are going to M's sister's house in MI for Xmas), and they got us a new DVD player/recorder, to replace our DVD player that died.

This morning, we all got in our uniforms and headed out to a double Eagle Court of Honor in Gardner for the sons of some friends we know from Council and from Wood Badge (the father was in my course). This evening, M is going up to NH to L's house, because he forgot to take his holiday wreath on Thursday. I'm watching Twilight with E, and in a few minutes, am going to go off to start working on some new garb for M for Dual Yule next weekend. Unfortunately, M has "outgrown" most of his garb, but I have a pattern I've been dying to use to make him a nice Italian farsetto and giornea. This is going to be the trial run with this pattern, with cheap (non-period) cloth, and then once I work out the details, I'll make him a nicer outfit with linen and brocade (which may end up being an A&S project), maybe for Birka. But this one is going to be pretty quick and dirty since I only have a week.

Tomorrow is grocery shopping, we are out of just about everything (except T-day leftovers!). And more work on garb. I'm looking forward to Yule, being a nice, low key event.

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