duncandahusky: (Tom and Dan)
And now, your Memorial Day weekend wrap-up. Holy cow, what a weekend. How good was it? It's Wednesday and I'm still feeling worn out! It was all worth it, though.

First there was Friday, and dinner with friends... )

On Saturday, it was time to party! )

Sunday brought brunch, games, and booze! )

On Monday, I was on a boat, y'all... )

Yesterday and today have been tough - things quickly got thorny at work, and on top of that I'm still drained from the weekend. I'll recover (eventually), and things seem to be improving slightly at work - that helps. I'm looking forward to a nice, quiet weekend with nothing planned. Both Dan and I could use a quiet day or two at home doing a whole lot of nothing!
duncandahusky: (Beer Bear)
For a weekend that kept me very busy, it was surprisingly relaxing. Saturday found me driving into Chicago to pick up a few things for Midwest FurFest. I was reminded once again why taking public transit has always been my modus operandi when traveling in the city. Between driving around fruitlessly for 30 minutes near the Lincoln Park Zoo looking for a parking space that wouldn't cost $14 while I spent 20 minutes shopping, followed by another 20 minutes in Lakeview looking for parking (I lucked out there), getting around with a car in Chicago can really suck.

On the bright side, I did meet up with [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus for a tasty lunch, and we had some fun chatting while driving around. We also made a very important discovery: Binny's in the South Loop has a bar. And no just a bar, but a "tasting lounge" where drinks are actually very reasonably priced, allowing you to drop, say, $7 for a glass of 18-year-old single-malt Scotch before dropping $75+ on a bottle of it. We only had a beer (I had the Allagash Belgian Tripel, Paul had the Two Brothers Tripel Ale. We both liked mine better :-) (Side note: I see that Two Brothers now has a brewpub open. Road trip to Warrenville, IL, anyone?)

When I got home, [livejournal.com profile] takaza had already gone over to spend the evening with his family. This was fine by me, since it gave me time to relax and unwind after a crazy amount of driving.

We were up surprisingly early on Sunday to have breakfast in honor of [livejournal.com profile] midwestcougar's birthday. We were joined by Linnaeus, [livejournal.com profile] furball2k, [livejournal.com profile] evan_li, and the quiet and possibly LJ-less Kevin. It was an enjoyable meal and it was fun to meet some new faces. Afterward, Dan and I continued the previous day's shopping spree, picking up some useful things. Our travels took us out to Hoffman Estates, where we got a tour of the shiny new ultra-spendy theater there (Dan: "I'd like to see a movie here." Me: "IT'S $35 JUST TO GET IN!" Dan: "I still want to see a movie here..."). We were also treated to a rather surprising five-minute sleet storm as the windy weather turned very cold.

We finished off the shopping with a trip into Cabela's. I figured I needed a picture for the con book and since our theme is "North to Alaska" it seemed to fit. We had fun getting a couple of shots, but most of you will have to wait until the convention to see the finished product (I'll send you copies, Mom :-)

This week so far has been busy at work, but I'm finding some time to deal with MFF stuff here and there. This Friday we're doing some family stuff, and I have a bunch of con-related stuff to work on this weekend. On a nice side note, we were able to trade my old iPod to Dan's brother (who is part-owner of a Massage Envy franchise) for two 90-minute massages. I'm really looking forward to redeeming those!
duncandahusky: (Wine glass)
Now that was a busy, but fun weekend.

[livejournal.com profile] ramalion was crashing at our place on Saturday night and he had mentioned that he had never tasted my cooking. Those of you who know me know that this is a dangerous challenge! We invited [livejournal.com profile] roho, [livejournal.com profile] genet, and [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus to join us for dinner and I got to planning, digging into my online recipe stash to find some new and interesting recipes.

Prior to dinner, though, [livejournal.com profile] takaza and I met up with Roho and Genet at Wine Knows for their Fall Beer Tasting. It was a blast! So many good beers, but the real standout was the Browning's Brewery Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, which is aged in bourbon barrels. Absolutely amazing! (And sadly out of stock. But Genet is going to check in with them later this week!) We picked up a couple of bottles of wine and some good beers, and ventured to the store, then home to start dinner.

Rama was there when we arrived, and Linnaeus arrived not long after. I dove into the dinner preparations. The menu included Eggs with Cream, Spinach, and Ham, Spinach and Bacon Salad with a Roasted Shallot and Dijon Vinaigrette, and Potato Gnocchi with Meat Sauce. I learned a couple of useful things:
1. Don't start cooking an involved dinner at 6 PM. Fortunately, the beer and wine (and chips and salsa) helped maintain everyone's good spirits when the food was served at 10 PM.
2. Gnocchi is neat and fancy, but it's a pain in the ass. Next time, keep it simpler.
3. The Eggs with Cream , Spinach, and Ham is nothing short of astonishing. Saute the spinach with garlic and shallots, then coarsely chop and place in a ramekin. Simmer diced ham with heavy cream, then spoon the ham into the ramekin. Break an egg into each ramekin, then spoon the cream over the egg. Bake until the white is set but the yolk is still runny, and serve with buttered toast. Heavenly!

Sunday brought the Midwest FurFest staff meeting. The meeting went a bit longer than I usually like, but we got a lot done and made sure that no action items from the past year has fallen between the cracks. After the meeting, we adjourned to Mi Mexico, a new Mexican restaurant just north of the hotel (in the old Weber Grill location, for those who know the area). Wow! What a great find! Our meals were really fantastic, and they handled a large crowd of people extremely well. Plus, if someone is looking to eat cheaply, you've got a winner here, with $5.00 entrees available.

The rest of the evening was spent at home relaxing, working on some small MFF projects, and watching The Amazing Race (yay for the comic book geeks!).

This week is crunch time for the Midwest FurFest Restaurant Guide. We've got 120 restaurants listed and my goal is to have a useful review for every single one of them. Once that's done I need to go to work on some other projects. No panicking yet, though - everything seems to be coming along nicely.
duncandahusky: (Crochet)
Good heavens, what a weekend! I had been feeling a bit under the weather and had hoped to at least have one day to relax, but that was not to be. On the bright side, we had so much fun, it's OK!

Friday: Shopping! )

Saturday: Partying In Style at the Drive-In Theater )

Sunday: Takin' Care of (MFF) Business, and a Surprise Found Locally )

Unfortunately, the cough that was lingering through the weekend is still here. I slept poorly last night, and I'm really paying for it today. The good news is that I have a previously-scheduled checkup with my doctor first thing tomorrow morning, so I can ask about it and see if I can't get something to treat the symptoms. Looking ahead to next weekend, I see precious little on our social calendar, and I suspect that it's going to stay that way. We're overdue for a quiet weekend at home. Maybe I'll watch some football games, and Dan and I can snuggle on the sofa and watch a movie. Yeah, I'd like that :-)
duncandahusky: (Husky - WTF?)
The Ten Worst Drink Concepts of All Time

My favorite:
The D-Bomb
Meat from one ripe durian, cut in half, immersion blended with:
6 ounces vodka
6 ounces light rum
Juice of four limes

Spoon mixture into durian halves, each garnished with a gently used sock (recipe makes two sizable drinks).

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The sock garnish helps moderate the drink's odor without in any way conflicting with the earth undertones of Abe Vigoda and capital punishment that make durian such an adventure. Switch up to pantyhose to set a classier tone, or dress the drink down with a sweat sock that has survived a grueling neighborhood game of b-ball!
duncandahusky: (Mmmm...beer)
Hendrick's Gimlet: 1:1 ratio of Hendrick's Gin to Rose's Lime Juice. Oh my god, so good. I will be making more of these. Thanks, Ford!
duncandahusky: (Mmmm...beer)
Man, what a crazy few days, and this week is shaping up to be pretty crazy too.

After work on Friday, I sped out slightly early and picked up [livejournal.com profile] takaza at his employer in Buffalo Grove. Then it was a stressful drive through Friday rush-hour traffic down to Lisle, where we checked into the Hyatt Lisle. After a short break it was back into the car for a short drive to Bolingbrook and BD's Mongolian Grill. There we met up with [livejournal.com profile] ottr, [livejournal.com profile] datahawk, [livejournal.com profile] feren, [livejournal.com profile] lady_curmudgeon, [livejournal.com profile] roho, [livejournal.com profile] genet, [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus, [livejournal.com profile] wyldekyttin, and [livejournal.com profile] unclevlad for a fun dinner and drinks. Alas, I agree with Dan - I am kind of over BD's. For one thing, it seems that no matter what I do, everything I put together there ends up tasting the same. I'll freely admit that's my own fault. The drinks were pretty weak, too, which was unfortunate. Ah well, at least the company was good.

After dinner we retired back to the Hyatt with Roho, Genet, and Linnaeus and had a lovely swim before bed. On Saturday morning, the five of us had a delicious brunch at Juicy-O then went our separate ways. Dan and I stopped by [livejournal.com profile] perro and [livejournal.com profile] darkwolph's place to drop off some MFF stuff and we wound up talking shop for a bit.

Then it was off to Dan's mom's place to try to get her Wii hooked up to wi-fi. I'm not even sure if what we were trying to do can be done: She has a laptop running Vista with built-in wireless as well as a Sprint EVDO card connected via USB. We were trying to create a bridge so the wireless would receive the Wii signal and go out through the EVDO. No joy, though. Instead, she brought her Wii over to our place and we downloaded a bunch of older games for her. She left after a bit and Linnaeus arrived shortly thereafter.

After a bit of chatting we jumped in the car and drove up to Kenosha, where we met the crowd from the previous night (as well as several new faces) for dinner at Charcoal Grill. The phrase that pays is "half-price appetizers and drinks after 8 PM". Holy cow! So good, and those Long Island iced teas had a kick!

On Sunday...we did nothing. And it was good. OK, actually, we finally showered late in the afternoon and went out to Target at about 7 PM to pick up a few groceries and things for the house.

And here we are back in the middle of the work week. I'm really looking forward to Friday - I just got the OK from my boss to take off early, so Dan and I will be leaving at noon or before for Columbus, OH, where we will abuse the hospitality of [livejournal.com profile] fordshepherd and [livejournal.com profile] kai_darkwolf. I have only a vague idea of what the plans might be, but I'm sure we'll be in good hands. I promise to take lots of pictures :-)
duncandahusky: (Mmmm...beer)
I have a new happy smiley summer drink (though pastis and club soda remains a close second).
duncandahusky: (huskyface)
For the record:

Chocolate Chess Pie
1 oz. Praline Liqueur
1 oz. Stolichnya Vanilla Vodka
1 oz. Heavy cream
1 Tbsp. Hersheys Chocolate Syrup

Shake with ice, then strain. Serve in martini glass as is or in old fashioned glass over ice.

1" thick New York strip steaks are on the grill cooking. Oven fries are in the oven. Friends are having fun. All is right with the world.

Edit after dinner: I neglected to mention the 2005 Marquis-Phillips Shiraz. That stuff is heaven in a bottle. I will now go die a happy man.
duncandahusky: (Tom and Dan)
Yep, it was a weekend so big it's going to need two posts!

Going into this weekend, both [livejournal.com profile] takaza and I were somewhat disappointed. For the past two years we have hosted Wuffmeet on Memorial Day weekend, a gathering of 30-or-so friends at a local hotel for a weekend of hanging out, good food, and lots of fun. This year, between conflicting schedules, lack of money, and general lack of interest (perhaps it was too soon after New Year's?), Wuffmeet just didn't come together. So we went to Plan B: Hanging out at Duncan and Takaza's. We spent a good bit of last week cleaning the house, shopping, and making plans. I'm very pleased with the way things turned out, and I think Dan is too.

On Friday, after a few last-minute cleaning tasks in the kitchen, I joined [livejournal.com profile] roho, [livejournal.com profile] genet, [livejournal.com profile] midwestcougar, and [livejournal.com profile] nyuni over at The Firkin for dinner. It was a pleasure to see Nyuni again (who apparently I had met at MFF a few years back, but it was during one of the "Chairman's Receptions", so I was a little hazy on that :-) He's a fellow homebrewer and has a fine appreciation for beer, and The Firkin is the perfect place for that! Dinner was tasty and the beers were plentiful. It was quite enjoyable. Once I got home, I put the pork butts in to brine and put a nice, spicy rub on the beef brisket and put them all into the fridge.

On Saturday morning, I woke up unconscionably early. This gave me time to make coffee, catch up on e-mail and LJ, and generally enjoy a quiet hour, before going to work on the smoking. We had two eight-pound pork butts and a nearly-nine-pound beef brisket that needed to be smoked. After getting the charcoal lit and well-stoked in the firebox, I added chunks of hickory and apple wood. After a few hours, it looked like this:

As you can see, it was a bit rainy, but fortunately I had positioned the grill under our balcony and covered the balcony with a tarp, so the grill stayed nice and dry. I put the meat on to smoke at 8 AM and was able to follow the temperature of both the meat and the smoking chamber using a handy gadget I quick-ordered from Amazon on Thursday (bless you, Amazon Prime - I {heart} $2 next-day delivery). At 1:30 PM, I pulled everything off the smoker and wrapped each one in foil and put them into an over at 300 degrees F to finish off the cooking. After re-rigging the grill a bit, I started up a couple of charcoal chimneys in the main grill portion and then used those coals to grill 30 hamburgers and 16 bratwursts.

As expected, most of our guests showed up after the projected 2 PM lunch time, but over the next few hours we were joined by (big breath here) [livejournal.com profile] roho, [livejournal.com profile] genet, [livejournal.com profile] midwestcougar, [livejournal.com profile] nyuni, [livejournal.com profile] serinthia, [livejournal.com profile] todd_riverden, [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus, [livejournal.com profile] siriuswolfstar, [livejournal.com profile] simbalion, [livejournal.com profile] wyldekyttin, [livejournal.com profile] uncle_vlad, [livejournal.com profile] datahawk, [livejournal.com profile] foxish, [livejournal.com profile] steviemaxwell, [livejournal.com profile] magicpaw, [livejournal.com profile] rcking, [livejournal.com profile] nymphara, [livejournal.com profile] rustitobuck, Dan's mom, [livejournal.com profile] luckytheevildog, and [livejournal.com profile] quasiskunk (I think that's everyone).

In an additional bizarre and random occurrence, I got a call from my sister that my mom, who was flying from Portland, Oregon to Greenville, South Carolina via O'Hare, was going to miss her flight and probably be stranded in Chicago for the night. Right after we had finished slicing the brisket and pulling all the pork and we were about to start setting the food out, I got the call from Mom that she was at O'Hare. I jumped into the car and about the 90-minute round trip to the airport and Mom got to hang out with some of the folks who were at the party (she mainly stayed in the garage "smoking lounge"). So it was a weird twist, but it was a real pleasure to see her again.

The rest of the evening was filled with Apples to Apples, consumption of Beverages, and general merriment. Thanks to all the folks who brought side dishes (Robert's orzo salad was tasty!), desserts (Jaycee's ever-full boxes of cupcakes!) and drinks. That many people in our little townhouse gets a bit crazy, but we have so much fun hosting these parties and I hope everyone had as great a time as we did.

Next post: Sunday and Monday - Las Vegas, games, werewolves, and new addictions!
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
Neither Dan nor I felt up to cooking on Friday so we decided to seek dinner out. We stopped by Gurnee Mills to check out the tripods at Micomp that [livejournal.com profile] stormdog had mentioned (alas, they only had the floor model left, and that was rather beat up), then got some dinner at the taquiera at one of the food courts (they make delicious quesadillas!). After dinner, and as the mall was closing, we headed across the street and bought our first new toy of the weekend )

On Saturday, I joined [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus, [livejournal.com profile] siriuswolfstar, [livejournal.com profile] simbalion, [livejournal.com profile] darkvolf, and [livejournal.com profile] rustitobuck on a trip up to Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit where we hiked various parts of the Scuppernong Trail (PDF link), a total of about four and a half miles. The weather was perfect - upper 60's or so - and the sky was cloudless. It was a gorgeous day to spend walking amid the tall pines and hardwoods, and I had a fantastic time (for all that I still ache :-) While we were gone, [livejournal.com profile] takaza went to the store and once we got home (and were joined by [livejournal.com profile] roho, [livejournal.com profile] genet, and [livejournal.com profile] midwestcougar) he cooked up an extremely tasty dinner of fajitas. Booze did flow and we had fun chatting, but everyone wound up having to leave on the early side and by 9:30 it was just me and Dan again (which was also quite nice! I loves my husband, y'see, and I'm keeping him!).

On Sunday we enjoyed a nice, lazy morning. I finished entering the twenty or so CD's I had burned the day before into our iTunes library, though I probably have another twenty to go. After we had some lunch, we headed back to Gurnee Mills to buy the other new toys of the weekend )

And now it's Monday and I'm back at work, and my back is sore as heck. Man, I wish we had a nice, deep bathtub suitable for soaking. Ah well. Plans for this week include dinner with Dan's mom on Wednesday and Anthrocon and FRAC planning as well.

Time to walk across campus and enjoy the fine weather out there! Hope everyone has a great week.
duncandahusky: (huskypuppy)
Whoa, that was a crazy weekend. A whole lot of fun, though.

On Friday, [livejournal.com profile] takaza was stuck at work until late. When he got home, we elected to grab dinner at Charcoal Delight, finishing up just as we got a call from [livejournal.com profile] mirkowuff the he had arrived at our place. We stopped by to pick him up then went up to Garden Fresh to do a bit of shopping for the following morning. The rest of the evening was a whole bunch of laptop geekery and the very amusing season finale of Ace of Cakes (with a bizarre furry reference in the opening minutes).

Saturday morning we were joined by [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus. Following a quick but tasty breakfast of pancakes, we headed up to the Sports Center in Round Lake Beach for the Spring Stampede. That's a big enough deal that it's going to get its own entry following this one (with very silly pictures!), but suffice to say that we had a lot of fun. After that wrapped up we met up with [livejournal.com profile] roho and [livejournal.com profile] genet at Antioch Liquors (of course). After some shopping there, we stopped by Lovin' Oven Cakery (om nom nom) on the way home, and enjoyed hanging out for a bit and sampling some of the pastries we picked up there. After some chatting, we decided on Dog and Suds for dinner, since the weather was so nice out. The atmosphere was great, the place wasn't too crowded and the food...well, the food was only mediocre, unfortunately. It's a shame because it's a nifty drive-in, but I don't see us going back any time soon. After dinner we went back to our place and spent the rest of the evening trying out some of our purchases from Antioch Liquors, including Roho's kek Ke Ke Beach key lime liquor. It tastes just like key lime pie...including the graham cracker crust. To my taste, it was actually more graham than lime. It was deemed to be Not Right and pretty much undrinkable (well by most of us. I think Genet liked it in small quantities!). Sadly, because we're all old and boring we wrapped things up by 11:30 and Paul, Roho, and Genet headed home.

Sunday morning, Mirko, Roho, Genet, and Dan and I made the requisite pilgrimage to Las Vegas for brunch, which was delicious and remarkably filling, as usual. Mirko had to head out afterwards, so Dan and I went home and napped a bit. That evening, Paul, Roho, Genet, [livejournal.com profile] steviemaxwell and [livejournal.com profile] magicpaw came over to watch The Amazing Race. It was an OK episode, though the ending was disappointing, leaving us with none of our favorites to cheer for during next week's season finale. On the bright side, we ordered some delicious pizza, and had French silk pie from Lovin' Oven for dessert. Everyone had a great time, and I look forward to seeing folks again next week for the finale. I think I'll have some fun making dinner :-)

Following a lousy night's sleep (it was too hot - need to reset the thermostat's programming!), here I am back at work. Not too much going on this week, except for dinner with [livejournal.com profile] partran on Friday night. After such a busy weekend, it'll be good to relax! Oh and hey - Heroes tonight. Yay!
duncandahusky: (happygolucky)
Well yesterday was a bit nuts and I didn't get a chance to write much. Let's backtrack a bit, shall we?

Saturday was surprisingly busy. I was up stupidly early, as usual (darned early sunrises) but that gave me some time to relax before my follow-up appointment with the podiatrist. It was a blessedly short visit, pretty much just long enough for him to check that my toe was healing well, give me some simple after care instructions, and send me on my way (with no co-pay. yay!). I woke up [livejournal.com profile] takaza when I got home and after a bit we went down to The Firkin to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus, [livejournal.com profile] roho, and [livejournal.com profile] genet. After a delicious meal and some excellent beer, Paul had to take his leave to return to his evil employer. The rest of us wandered around a bit and picked up some yummies from a local bakery. After that we retired back to Roho and Genet's place and spent the afternoon chatting on their deck and enjoying the lovely weather. Once we finally rousted ourselves out of the sun-induced torpor, we trekked up to Gander Mountain and shopped around a bit (we got some new folding chairs), then stopped by Jewel on the way home and picked up some munchies. The rest of evening was spent sampling some tasty beer and enjoying several episodes of Venture Bros.

On Sunday, Dan and I finally got around to getting some work done around the house. I took apart the plumbing under the sink to find the cause of the leak I had noticed there; I determined the cause, finally, but I still need to stop at the hardware store to get the parts to fix it. I also finally got around to hooking up the ice maker, a reasonably simple task that cost all of $8 (the cost of the ice maker tubing kit). We now have ice! We also did a good bit of housecleaning, which made me feel a bit better. Roho, Genet, and Linnaeus joined us that evening for dinner, the online MFF staff meeting, and The Amazing Race. Genet made an extremely tasty pot roast, supplemented by Dan's mashed potatoes and a salad with a quick vinaigrette I threw together. Much fun was had, plus we got to enjoy said bakery yummies from the day before.

And here we are, a new week. Work is keeping me busier than usual, as I noted above; it will be that way for the next few weeks, I think. This weekend, [livejournal.com profile] mirkowuff will be joining me, Dan, and Linnaeus for a scavenger hunt hosted by the local park district. I'm really looking forward to that! Meanwhile I hope to get some MFF work done, and I also need to come up with at least one more person for my staff for Anthrocon. Anyone have any suggestions?

Oh my

Mar. 31st, 2007 10:18 pm
duncandahusky: (Mmmm...beer)
I can't seem to feel my toes. Time to switch to the non-alcoholic stuff, I think.
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
This was a very educational weekend! I learned a lot of things, including:
Takaza likes Thai food! )
Saint Patrick's Day in Chicago is fun, as long as you don't mind the thousands of other people there. )
Vodka flights are the cure for all ills. )
Lacrosse can be fun! Who knew? )

And as for the rest of the weekend? A little less exciting. Sunday we made our way home, and I made some chocolate chip cookies while Dan made a tasty chicken and rice soup. Roho and Genet joined us for dinner before we all sat down to watch The Amazing Race. It was a nice, low-key day and a perfect end to the weekend.

As for the coming week...not much planned, though we might look into some bowling at some point, if we can find a night when the leagues aren't completely occupying the alley near our place.
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
Just some random bits of goings-on this week...

[livejournal.com profile] takaza's glasses broke (the bridge snapped at one of the lenses) on Friday morning, which is a bit problematic. He made many calls all over and the bottom line is that, with the eye care insurance we have, you get a choice of about 20 frames and it takes no less than a week to get new glasses. One-hour places? Sure, if you want to do it on your own dime. Now, it's worth noting that if you're OK with these limitations, you can get a new pair of glasses for about $30-40. Dan opted for anti-glare coating as well, so his will be $60, and they come in (hopefully) on Friday. This tells me that it would probably be a good idea for me to get a new pair of glasses sooner than later, too, since mine are about three years old and pretty scratched up anyway.

In the meantime, since he needs his glasses to drive, we've been car-pooling every day. This adds about 20 minutes to my commute each way, which isn't too bad. There's also the added benefit of time spent together, which is really pleasant. It's especially nice on nights like tonight, when we don't really have any dinner plans. We can get dinner anywhere we want and don't have to rush home, then head back out (if you live in a city, you understand, I'm sure) if we so desire.

Last night's dinner was quite tasty: rigatoni with a bacon-tomato sauce, baked under lots of mozzarella. Yum! We're definitely going to have to make that again. Not sure what we'll be doing for dinner tomorrow, and it sounds like we'll be going out with friends on Friday; I predict many brain cells will be killed before that night is over :-) The weekend will be spent taking Dan's mom out to lunch for her birthday, then it's over to Antioch, with tasty grilling and other fun stuff going on there. I'm thinking about making a dessert involving strawberries for that - we'll have to see what recipes I can find.

Finally, looking ahead two weeks, I see that Milwaukee Irishfest is already upon us! [livejournal.com profile] mirkowuff may be coming up for the fest; anyone else interested in joining in? I intend to go up on Saturday the 19th (yeah, it's the day of LAFF softball, sorry). With any luck the weather will cool off by then.
duncandahusky: (Looking Up)
Been sort of quiet here for the last few days, hasn't it? Let's see, what's been going on?

On Friday we belatedly celebrated [livejournal.com profile] datahawk's birthday by going with a whole crowd of folks down to tour Macy's Marshall Field's Christmas displays. The general consensus was that they intentionally made the displays suck so that people won't miss them when they don't do them next year. We spent a very entertaining time critiquing the other displays while the cancer-addicts of the group got their smoke fix, then we adjourned up to Heaven on Seven. Although they have other locations, this location, on Wabash on the seventh floor of an old office building, is the original. They're only open for dinner one night out of the month, and we were lucky enough it was the night we planned on going downtown. The meal was absolutely amazing! They are a New Orleans-style restaurant, and I (a former Tulane student) and [livejournal.com profile] genet (a Louisiana native) gave it an emphatic thumbs up! The hurricanes were fabulous. My shrimp po' boy was quite tasty, and [livejournal.com profile] roho's shrimp and cheddar grits were yummy as well. [livejournal.com profile] takaza's country-fried steak and mashed potatoes were by far the best, though. We ate ourselves silly, then came the tasty chocolate-caramel cake that [livejournal.com profile] siriuswolfstar had picked up at Bittersweet. It was the perfect end to a wonderful evening.

The original plan for Saturday was to stay at home and relax. Well, that didn't happen. Instead, Dan and I drove up to Antioch to have brunch with Roho, Genet, [livejournal.com profile] feren, and [livejournal.com profile] neowolf2 at the always-tasty Las Vegas. Afterwards, we walked over to the surprisingly-well-stocked game shop where Feren picked up a bunch of Christmas gifts, then stopped next door at the small shop that sold record players and old vinyl albums and Feren got a new turntable. Then it was back to Roho and Genet's place where we filled the afternoon with chatting and then a bit of shopping at Wal Mart. We also used their nice, heated garage to park my car so we could finally install my Sirius radio in it, which had been sitting idle since I took it out of my Alero when I sold it back in August. [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus joined us not long after and we ordered pizza and got down to a serious game of Drunken Apples to Apples. It was very, very funny, even if I didn't do very well until right up at the end of the game. Somehow, Neowolf skunked us all. I also learned that Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka is very tasty, particularly when mixed with Cruzan Rum Cream. It's also very potent (woo!).

We got a late start on Sunday - no surprise there. We spent the afternoon doing some Christmas shopping, and we finally picked up a replacement electric blanket, since the one we bought earlier this year was going haywire (the center third of the blanket was getting far too warm for comfort). The evening was spent catching up on TiVo and being all domestic and stuff.

This is a short week for me. I have one more day at work then on Thursday, right after rush hour, we hit the road for South Carolina. We'll be making a stop somewhere along the way Thursday night, then getting in on Friday morning. After a far-too-brief stay, we'll be driving home on Monday, making the entire 14-hour trip in one day. It sucks, but I have to be at work on Tuesday, so that's the way it is. Hope everyone's holiday preparations are going well!

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