Question

Mar. 16th, 2011 08:07 am
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For the Tucson lot:

Chiropractor recommendations? Anyone have good ones?

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Heeeee!

Mar. 5th, 2011 08:37 pm
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I think part of my life is complete now...

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I had a good weekend, and for that I am pleased. Our new B and B should be good, and I feel good about things overall.

Also, I learned a basic naalbinding stitch, which I forsee much practicing with, as I want to make socks. I *really* want to make socks. (And hats, but those are less pressing...)

Of course, now I need to buckle down and get Estrella sewing underway. The requirements are two pairs of bag trousers, an overdress, two underdresses, and four tunics.

Not to mention repairs. Woot!

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Ggrrrrr

Nov. 22nd, 2010 07:50 am
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San Diego Comic Con registration, once again, is borked.

We're getting 500 - Internal Service Error. I should add, it's not just us, but a large number of other people. Generally, I'm pretty laid back about all this, but since this is the second time?

I'm getting really unamused.

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At least we've got a decent handle on what's left to do.

Tonight's plans involve getting all schoolwork finished as well as finishing tunics. I'm simply happy to get things done, and have something that looks rather nice. (Even if the finish work isn't the best, it's serviceable, and right now, we just need it.)

Other than that, packing tomorrow to go up on Thursday. I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend of sorts, and everything should go well. I'll be taking a lamb curry and need to remember rice, or something. Bit after it's sat about for a few days, the stuff will be incredibly tasty.

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Well, it's a blast.

I'm currently sprawled on a Sumo Sac in one of the lounges while Ryan uses my DSi to finish up something. My throats been scratchy since last night, and I think it's just from yelling too much.


But oh dear, sweet Gods, am I having a blast. Actually, we both are. We've met some awesome people and intend on doing a few specific things next year that will result in even more fun. The general feeling is laid back and goofy, and though I've hit only one panel, I don't feel bad. I've wandered the exhibit hall, chatted with vendors, got swag (t-shirts!) and just had fun. I'll be camping out the Valve booth tomorrow to see Portal 2 stuff after we get wristbands for the concert.

And we've taken lots of photos.

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Blech

Aug. 24th, 2010 08:03 am
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A good start to the morning doesn't include grounds getting splattered over the kitchen. In what I can only imagine was a cartridge having a heart attack, after several shots were pulled, it decided to use the next one to catapult it's contents through the small gaps of the myPressi.

As the next several shots - after it was cleaned, fresh grounds were added, and the cartridge was replaced - were just perfect, I can only assume it was a one-time chaos.

Also, hazelnut liquor is mighty tasty when it's used as a liquid for shots. The tiny bottle I had wasn't enough, so I need to try again, but it was good.

Knight Light is tonight. This is good. With luck, there won't be a repeat of last year's... incident. Of course, the fact that we're not frantically moving out of our apartment and I'm in near-meltdown state helps quite a bit. I've dredged up clothing, reminded myself I need to make more, and then stared at Spoonflower quite happily because I want a Tetris-print skirt.

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Well, was productive yesterday! Among other things, got all the laundry dine and hung up, so I'm pleased with myself.

We've got two weeks (less than!) to PAX, and I intend on doing most of the costume work this weekend. I'll probably make some of the medallion-like bits for my costume tonight and get Ryan's coat done as well this weekend. I'm really looking forward to a bunch of the panels, and just the general event. Seattle's going to be fun and I'm determined to enjoy myself mightily.

Other than that, have delicious espresso this morning and am very happy. Stuff seems to be going along well and I'm pleased with this. We're getting the house clean *and* organized - which is really good for my state of mind. School starts next week, and I think I'll be in a good mindset for it.

And finally, I have my herd of conspiracy-theorist podcasts for the morning's amusement. They're adorable!

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Well, those in Tucson, at least.

Would there be any interest in some sort of regular get-together for movies? Pretty much a variety of old and new, on a weekend night, with food involved.


I'll probably toss up a poll later this afternoon or something. But an early sound-off would be good.

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Monday has arrived. Bringing work (ie - lots of stickers to make) and a trip to the Apple Store because my power cable has decided funkiness is the way to go.

At least it's still under warranty, though I'd just downloaded the second episode of Sherlock and a large number of books. This is annoying.

It was a good weekend. We got a new table and chairs on Saturday and those showed up yesterday. We like very much. Even better though, Inara and Rabbit came over last night for incredibly delicious experimental cooking. I made bastilla, and even if the puff pasty kicked the bucket because it was too wet, it was damned tasty.

Highlights of the week ahead include mostly work and a paper I've got to deal with by the end of the week. Need to check submission guidelines in American Archivist so ice got an idea of length, but that's not bad.

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Nitrates and print index cards are my life for the next week. The former are annoying (due to various things, I can't plow through them in uninterrupted shifts) and the latter aren't really that bad.

I'm more interested in getting home, organizing a few things, and seeing Nico this weekend.

And baking. Baking is good and helps me stay sane. Have found the most lovely instant yeast, and must use more of it.

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I keep telling myself one thing at a time.

And so far, it seems to be working.

Yay!

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Friday!

May. 27th, 2010 08:38 am
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At least in the end-of-week scheme of things. Dom and I had been planning on going out of town this weekend, but for various reasons, it's not happening. However, we both had the time put in and so decided to keep it.

Consequently, it's going to be a mostly quiet weekend of house-work, I think. And baking. Lots of baking. Have someone looking at the pool pump tomorrow, which is good. We're helping dad move on Saturday, and have a few potential and vague plans in the evenings, but that's about it.

This afternoon, need to run a few errands before picking Dom up from work. I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend of doing stuff I feel like doing. I've ordered the few books I need for the summer and fall classes, and they're shipped. My baking supplies are coming today and playing with them will be fun. (Yes, I'm certainly looking forward to all of it. I need it in many ways.)

I'll certainly get some reading in as well, and maybe cutting out of linen. We've got stuff for new clothing, and with everything settling have more time for SCA projects. My spinning wheel is partially disassembled so I can fool around with a few things before spinning more - I'd like to spin the pound of wool I have setting aside. Maybe I'll also find Dom's 40K minis so they can get stripped...

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Well, rugelach did not come out to my exacting standards. The dough was perfect -though I need to remember to roll it thinner next time - tangy with a little sweetness, but the filling needs work.

Oh, the agony.

Bread dough, on the other hand, looks quite nice and should be good by the time I finish before practice tonight.

Feels good to bake once more...

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May. 24th, 2010 10:18 am
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Things are, in short, settling.

This is a great relief, as most people know I've been all over the place as of late. I'm finally organizing my mind and my life into something vaguely sane and planned. I'm learning what the important things are to me and what I need to do so that I don't get utterly lost in it again. It's a shitty place for me and I don't like it at all. My goal is to get everything organized before I go back to school in July so that I have a clean space, and therefore easier mind, from which to go forward.

The weekend was really good. We cleaned on Saturday and had people over for Craft Night, which seemed to go very well. I didn't get much done, but hung out with friends and relaxed, which I needed. I've got part of my spinning wheel taken apart right now so I can fool around with it, and that makes me happy. Also, the leg of lamb went over well and the burgers were tasty (did I mention we got a grill?).

Sunday we got together with my dad for awhile. He's moving next week and we brought up boxes before hitting Best Buy so Ryan could help him spec out a new TV. Dad seems to be doing well in terms of moving, and that's a good thing. We'll help him on Saturday and that should be easy and straightforward. We'll have him over for dinner as well to further play with the grill - it's a gas and charcoal beast, and I'm happy.

Plans this week are simple and easy. Wash all the linen in the spare bedroom, clean the craftroom, and bake. I have rugelach dough in the fridge and Fred is bubbling away, ready to be made into sourdough. I may start organizing the kitchen as well, but I don't want to get ahead of myself, so if I don't get to it I'll be annoyed.

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I'm listening to the Science... Sort Of podcast, episode 31. Which is all about beer.

And is actually really fascinating, in part because the guy they have on is a professor on the subject from UC-Davis, and in part because the Paleopals are beer geeks it seems.

It's making me want to try more beer types, if anything else.

And has me thinking yeast, which means I must bake bread. Because I've been doing cookies...

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Hit the St Felix practice last night, which was good if... interesting at times.

However, I would like to make note of two things:

1 - When interested parties approach us, don't mob them. If one person is speaking, let them do so. I may not be the most knowlegeable person there, but I can answer the basic questions and point them in the right direction.

2 - We're a recreation group, not a reenactment one. I know the latter sounds cooler, and some people work towards higher accuracy (woot! I think it's great and want to as well), but it's not true.

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Holidays were, in short, pretty damned nice.

And quiet. This is very important.

We had my dad over on Friday afternoon/evening - made lamb in a garlic cream sauce (Julie Sahni - Classic Indian Cooking, for all your needs) and watched lots of No Reservations. As usual, this involved much laughter over Bourdain's adoration of pork, discussion on CAFOs, food production, genetically modified food, knowing what you eat, and, well... yeah. Just watch Food, Inc. and you get the gist of the discussion.

Oh! Oh! Oh! Along those lines - two calls from dad, the second one boiling down to "Get up here today, damn it." meant we hit up a new Oriental Supermarket on La Cholla and Orange Grove - Lee Lee - yesterday. This place is awesome. Seriously. And they've got good prices on meat (and produce), a large variety of stuff, and just... well, dad and I kind of drooled... Since dad's pretty much canvassed most of the grocers of this nature in town and about these days only cooks for himself and focuses on Thai and the like food, he was great to go with.

And they have Silkies, ie Blue Chickens. And a good fish counter. And! And! And! I could go on. It boils down to the simple fact that they are well worth checking out. Do so at your earliest convenience, even if they're a bitch to get to.

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] domnall bought a big pot. Dad pointed it out and said "That would be great for brewing..." and then we turned back to see him putting it in the shopping cart. Hee!

But, back to Christmas and stuff.

I'll shamelessly admit, as I've gotten older (egads! I'm only 23. another reminder I'm about the youngest in my social circles.. *sigh*), Christmas seems to involve less OMG!Presents and more just kind of kicking back and relaxing. And [livejournal.com profile] domnall and I seem to be fond of large presents to ourselves (last year? cookware. this year? pavilion) and a few little ones. I got the Walton Ford Pancha Tantra, which I've been drooling over for years. Taschen being, well, Taschen, it's taken this long to get out something reasonably affordable. I love the publisher dearly, I just shudder at their prices. I also got two Nancy Silverton cookbooks - Bread from La Brea Bakery (my dad on the bagel recipe - "you can get in touch with your jewish roots! even though you're not jewish...") and Pastries from La Brea Bakery (which meant a discussion on the making of puff pastry).

We opted not to hit Chocolate Decadence on Saturday night, instead going to Something Sweet for [livejournal.com profile] shade_scribbler's Birthday-Like Thing. Which, I must say, was well worth it. Nine of us just chatting and stuff for a few hours. I really miss her and [livejournal.com profile] yu_gi_oh_freak as they've moved to San Diego now, but it seems like things are going well and that's what matters.

And then we bought paint and stuff at Home Depot. And worked out a vague schedule for finally tackling the end of the house and the rest of unpacking (yeah, yeah, yeah) and all that jazz. Plus decided to hit IKEA on Friday in the name of a TV center thing and a few bookcases and then seeing Shaun and Megan in Phoenix.

I've got a four-day workweek (meh.), but it's going to be quiet, and we all kind of like that. I suppose I could use sick time or something like that, but I don't really feel like it. It is to be hoarded, it is.

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Holidays were, in short, pretty damned nice.

And quiet. This is very important.

We had my dad over on Friday afternoon/evening - made lamb in a garlic cream sauce (Julie Sahni - Classic Indian Cooking, for all your needs) and watched lots of No Reservations. As usual, this involved much laughter over Bourdain's adoration of pork, discussion on CAFOs, food production, genetically modified food, knowing what you eat, and, well... yeah. Just watch Food, Inc. and you get the gist of the discussion.

Oh! Oh! Oh! Along those lines - two calls from dad, the second one boiling down to "Get up here today, damn it." meant we hit up a new Oriental Supermarket on La Cholla and Orange Grove - Lee Lee - yesterday. This place is awesome. Seriously. And they've got good prices on meat (and produce), a large variety of stuff, and just... well, dad and I kind of drooled... Since dad's pretty much canvassed most of the grocers of this nature in town and about these days only cooks for himself and focuses on Thai and the like food, he was great to go with.

And they have Silkies, ie Blue Chickens. And a good fish counter. And! And! And! I could go on. It boils down to the simple fact that they are well worth checking out. Do so at your earliest convenience, even if they're a bitch to get to.

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] domnall bought a big pot. Dad pointed it out and said "That would be great for brewing..." and then we turned back to see him putting it in the shopping cart. Hee!

But, back to Christmas and stuff.

I'll shamelessly admit, as I've gotten older (egads! I'm only 23. another reminder I'm about the youngest in my social circles.. *sigh*), Christmas seems to involve less OMG!Presents and more just kind of kicking back and relaxing. And [livejournal.com profile] domnall and I seem to be fond of large presents to ourselves (last year? cookware. this year? pavilion) and a few little ones. I got the Walton Ford Pancha Tantra, which I've been drooling over for years. Taschen being, well, Taschen, it's taken this long to get out something reasonably affordable. I love the publisher dearly, I just shudder at their prices. I also got two Nancy Silverton cookbooks - Bread from La Brea Bakery (my dad on the bagel recipe - "you can get in touch with your jewish roots! even though you're not jewish...") and Pastries from La Brea Bakery (which meant a discussion on the making of puff pastry).

We opted not to hit Chocolate Decadence on Saturday night, instead going to Something Sweet for [livejournal.com profile] shade_scribbler's Birthday-Like Thing. Which, I must say, was well worth it. Nine of us just chatting and stuff for a few hours. I really miss her and [livejournal.com profile] yu_gi_oh_freak as they've moved to San Diego now, but it seems like things are going well and that's what matters.

And then we bought paint and stuff at Home Depot. And worked out a vague schedule for finally tackling the end of the house and the rest of unpacking (yeah, yeah, yeah) and all that jazz. Plus decided to hit IKEA on Friday in the name of a TV center thing and a few bookcases and then seeing Shaun and Megan in Phoenix.

I've got a four-day workweek (meh.), but it's going to be quiet, and we all kind of like that. I suppose I could use sick time or something like that, but I don't really feel like it. It is to be hoarded, it is.

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Stuff!

Dec. 15th, 2009 09:55 am
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Today? It's a good day.

I finally got a day for the Little Bighorn trip. Or more accurately, I finally asked about it. And found out we have dates but money's not been allocated, so I couldn't get it done beforehand. So I don't feel nearly as bad. But it's looking like Januart 23rd or 24th to February 4th. Goals therefore include get a bunch of machine sewing done so that I can take handsewing with me on the trip and get it done there.

Pre-registered for Estrella as well, which is good. We'll be camping with Dancing Goat, and if Southern was anything to go by, it'll be a good camp. Plus - banners this weekend! And who doesn't like banners? (Note to self - finish sketches beforehand.)

Yesterday wasn't quite so bad either. I mailed my request for a birth certificate and dropped off the stuff needed for Merrill Lynch. Hopefully I can pick up the check by the end of the week and then mail it off and finish up that saga.

Tonight involves finishing up a final. I've still got a chunk to do, but I have a larger chunk finished. Since I seem to have just squeaked in above a 90 in my other class, which means an A, no need to worry about extra credit. This pleases me to no end.

So... Another 3 and a half hours and then home to write on LCSH and user-generated tags a la LibraryThing.

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