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That's from my shopping list, of course. Since I flaked yesterday and forgot a bunch of things when I went to the store, my penance is that I have to go back today. [livejournal.com profile] takaza's mom is coming over for dinner tomorrow so I need to get more pork chops, and I think I'm going to make a nice lemon sorbet for dessert.

Last night wasn't so good. My back was killing me, even after a round of naproxen and some time on the heating pad. After waking up several times, I finally took some Tylenol 3 at about 2:30 AM to get some sound sleep and that did the trick. On the upside, last night's episode of Heroes was quite excellent. You know it's good when you have to pause the Tivo in the middle of the show and just stare and say, "Wow!". One more episode to go, and it's going to be a doozy.

Dan and I have talked a bit about FRAC (Furries Race Across Chicago) and it sounds like we've got some plans in place. It's going to be on Saturday, October 13, and we're going all-out this time. We'll have a website for it, and we plan to have some players out at Anthrocon as well. Dan is going to set up a hotel room block for out-of-towners. For those veterans who are interested in working behind the scenes this time, we're going to have some fun opportunities to help out, as well. We only have a very general idea of places we want to send people this time around, but we're happy to take suggestions and also ideas for fun puzzles (privately, of course).

That's it for now! Back to wrestling this protocol into shape...
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Originally published at Tom Brady's Blog. Please leave any comments there.

(Previous FRAC Checkpoint Summaries: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)

And now…The Results!

Results given for each team and checkpoint this way:

Time for Checkpoint Total elapsed time Place in race

The Final Score Sheet

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(Previous FRAC Checkpoint Summaries: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)

And now...The Results!

Results given for each team and checkpoint this way:
Time for Checkpoint Total elapsed time Place in race


The Final Score Sheet )
And then there's the penalties for hints and answers:
Team Simbius: Hint on Checkpoint 8 (Wrigley Field), hint and answer on Checkpoint 10 (Western El Stop) for a total of 30 minutes.
Torgo's Angels:No penalties!
Team Crossing Gates: Hint for Checkpoint 6 (Chicago Children's Museum), hint and answer for Checkpoint 8 (Wrigley Field) for a total of 30 minutes.
Team Bi-Bitches:No penalties!
Minoriteam:Hint and answer for Checkpoint 5 (State & Grand) for a total of 20 minutes.
Team Vin Diesel Hubcaps:Hint for Checkpoint 5 (State & Grand) for a total of 10 minutes.
Team Yuk:Hint for Checkpoint 8 (Wrigley Field) for a total of 10 minutes.

The Award Presentations! )
Thanks to everyone who participated! We had a blast putting this together, and we hope that you had a good time competing. Keep an eye out for an exciting announcement about FRAC 3, coming later this year!
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Originally published at Tom Brady's Blog. Please leave any comments there.

(Previously: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)

And now: the final installment of checkpoints from FRAC 2!

Teams were recharging and enjoying their ice cream at Bobtail (well, most of them anyway) when we last saw them. When they were ready to resume the race they called in for their next clue:

Checkpoint 10: Getting Around

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(Previously: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)

And now: the final installment of checkpoints from FRAC 2!

Teams were recharging and enjoying their ice cream at Bobtail (well, most of them anyway) when we last saw them. When they were ready to resume the race they called in for their next clue:

Checkpoint 10: Getting Around )

Again, a certain team who shall remain nameless complained that the puzzle was skewed against participants below a certain age; see our prior response to a similar complaint :-) Cultural literacy knows no age limit. Also, this was the point where we had to call Team Crossing Gates in. All other teams had finished the course and their projected finish time was over eight hours, so we gave them the option to call it a day. Were it not for their earlier technical difficulties they would have been stayed competitive, probably finishing fifth or so.

Once teams called in with the correct answer (which they could have done at any time after they left Bobtail), they were told their next envelope to open:

Checkpoint 11: Mein Kempf? )

This was down to the home stretch, so we took it a little easy on the teams here. Kempf Plaza is actually a lovely little shaded pocket park next to Cafe Selmarie that usually features musicians playing and excellent people watching. Of course, teams were able to enjoy none of this, as they rushed past on to their next checkpoint:

Checkpoint 12: A Man of Great Stature )

Again, an easy one. All of the teams finished this checkpoint in less than five minutes, since if you walked north on Lincoln you could see the statue pretty quickly. Once they called in with the correct answer, teams were told their final envelope to open:

Checkpoint 13: Word Evolution )

Who called in first? And which team had the best overall time? Read the FRAC Results now!
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Originally published at Tom Brady's Blog. Please leave any comments there.

(Previously: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

So we have left our FRAC teams running from the Chicago Children’s Museum to the anchor just east of the Grand Ballroom. When they got there they found their next checkpoint:

Checkpoint #7: Monkey See, Monkey Do

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(Previously: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

So we have left our FRAC teams running from the Chicago Children's Museum to the anchor just east of the Grand Ballroom. When they got there they found their next checkpoint:
Checkpoint #7: Monkey See, Monkey Do )

So, this seems a pretty simple task, until you realize that Navy Pier was rather crowded that day ([livejournal.com profile] linnaeus tells me that picture doesn't do the crowds justice, but you get the idea). The anchor and the pillar were about 100 feet apart, and here you had two people gesturing like loons at each other. Man, I wish I'd been there to see it :-)

Once teams called in with the secret code, they were instructed to open their next clue:

Checkpoint 8: Mix-Up! )

Things were going well up to this checkpoint, the small run-in with the parade notwithstanding. At one point we had four teams converging on Wrigley Field at the same time; Takaza pulled up the Cubs' website and noted the game was in the bottom of the 9th...no wait, the game just ended. Oh dear. And so it was that Team Vin Diesel Hubcaps and Team Yuk got to perform their impressions of salmon swimming upstream against the torrent of people exiting Wrigley Field to get to their destination. It's always amusing to answer the phone and be greeted with, "I hate you!" I'll also note that [livejournal.com profile] mirkowuff had mentioned they day before that we had better not be sending teams to Wrigley Field during gametime, because that would just be mean. We tried to look innocent :-)

Once they had called in the correct answer to FRAC HQ, teams were directed to open their next clue:

Checkpoint 9: A Cool Destination )

And that's where well leave our teams for now. As they take a break, it looks like we had Team Vin Diesel Hubcaps in first place at 3 hours and 59 minutes, Team Yuk right behind at 4 hours and 2 minutes, and Team Simbius still within shooting distance at 4 hours and 14 minutes.

Mayor Daley the First, rallying 'round the statue, and an exciting footrace to the finish in the final installment of FRAC checkpoints! Click here to read it.
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Originally published at Tom Brady's Blog. Please leave any comments there.

(Previously: Part 1, Part 2)

So, we last left out intrepid contestants standing on West Randolph Street. Let’s see what their next clue was:

Checkpoint #4: A Type of Collie?

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(Previously: Part 1, Part 2)

So, we last left out intrepid contestants standing on West Randolph Street. Let's see what their next clue was:
Checkpoint #4: A Type of Collie? )

Two amusing things about this checkpoint: First, to their credit, Minoriteam did in fact call HQ for a rules judgment to ask if they could go inside and look up the answer. Also, we didn't account for a small event happening on State Street at this checkpoint: The Chicago Memorial Day Parade. Um, whoops. Fortunately, this didn't pose too much of an impediment to the teams, even if the crowds made things sort of interesting. Team Vin Diesel Hubcaps maintained their lead at this checkpoint, though now both Minoriteam and Team Yuk were right behind them, only four minutes off the lead. Once teams located the proper park in Oregon, it was time for their next clue:

Checkpoint #5: The Number You have Dialed )

This clue was a lot more time consuming than we expected, but it was also one that the players enjoyed the most; time to complete this checkpoint ranged from 37 minutes to an hour and 24 minutes by Team Crossing Gates (see below, though). More than a few wrong numbers were dialed. Minoriteam and Team Vin Diesel Hubcaps had to call for a hint (we told them what numbers were incorrect - ten-minute penalty), and Minoriteam finally had to call for the number (another ten-minute penalty). All of the other teams muddled through, though it was during this checkpoint that Team Crossing Gates suffered a disastrous technical problem: their only cell phone's battery died. This added about 45 minutes to their time, unfortunately.

Teams who called in with the correct answer were instructed to open their next envelope:

Checkpoint #6: Miffy's Exit )

Theoretically, all the teams had to do was ask a staff member or read one of the posters on the wall at the entrance to find the answer. Most of the teams had no problem with this, but Team Crossing Gates' bad luck continued, as the only staffers they could find didn't know the answer. They were the only team to take a ten-minute penalty on this checkpoint. The entrance is in the middle of a mall area, and by all accounts the place was a zoo, from the many families there to the singing pirate show (said one team member: "Now I know what Bristol Rennies do in the off-season"). Once the teams called in with the correct answer, they were instructed to go to the boat anchor just east of the Grand Ballroom. Ideally, teams looked at a map of Navy Pier and saw that the Grand Ballroom was at the very end of the pier, though some teams walked all the way through the complex looking for the ballroom.

What did they have to do when they got to the boat anchor? And why will teams learn to hate the Cubs? Click here to find out!
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Originally published at Tom Brady's Blog. Please leave any comments there.

(Previously: Part 1)

We pick up our race with the teams just having finished the Trivia Quiz. If you looked over the questions and thought, “My gosh, that looks hard!”, you’re right! Heck, I think I got only about 15 of them correct when takaza first showed them to me.

Here's the results of the quiz, and the order in which the teams departed

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(Previously: Part 1)

We pick up our race with the teams just having finished the Trivia Quiz. If you looked over the questions and thought, "My gosh, that looks hard!", you're right! Heck, I think I got only about 15 of them correct when [livejournal.com profile] takaza first showed them to me.
Here's the results of the quiz, and the order in which the teams departed )

Teams then left the hotel in the order shown above, one team departing every ten minutes (Team Vin Diesel Hubcaps was two minutes late departing due to a late return from IHOP, but they were not penalized). Each team had a packet filled with more than a dozen envelopes. The packet also contained pens, change for tolls, and a map of the CTA. Each envelope was labeled with a Chicago landmark (Sears Tower, Field Museum, etc.), though what the envelope was labeled and what their destination was for each clue had no relation to each other.

When a team was ready to depart, they were led into the hallway and instructed to open their first clue: the envelope labeled United Center. This led to their first clue:
Checkpoint #1: We're Very Impressed )

After the first clue, Team Vin Diesel Hubcaps was at the front of the pack, though only a few minutes separated the teams. Once they called FRAC HQ, they were instructed to open their next envelope:
Checkpoint #2: (Word) Searching For Your Destination )

This one didn't cause too many problems for people. It's hard to say who was ahead at this point since teams could call anywhere along the way once they solved the puzzle, but no team had any problems figuring it out. Once they called with their destination, teams were instructed to open their next envelope:

Checkpoint #3: Sudoku Fun! )
Again, teams didn't have too many problems with this one, probably because a couple of the teams included Sudoku fiends. Team Vin Diesel Hubcaps continued to lead, but were trailed by Minoriteam, only three minutes behind. It's amusing to note that a woman was waiting outside of the checkpoint, watching the teams as they came and went, and commented to a couple of players how many teams had arrived there before them.

Ready for the next set of checkpoints? Parades, Thai restaurants, and Miffy, oh my!
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Originally published at Tom Brady's Blog. Please leave any comments there.

Furries Race Across Chicago (or FRAC) is the name of a treasure hunt that we conduct periodically; the object is to visit a set number of checkpoints scattered throughout the Chicago area in the correct order and return to FRAC Headquarters in the shortest amount of time. This past weekend was the second FRAC. A summary of the first FRAC can be found over here, and here are the results from that race. Also, here are the Rules For FRAC for your perusal. In presenting the summary of FRAC 2, I’m going to post the questions and answers in sections over a the next couple of days, along with a bit of commentary. Here’s the start of the race:

This time around, we had seven teams:
Team Crossing Gates: posicat and stormdog
Team Bi-Bitches: lisagems and wooisme
Team Yuk: Linnaeus and mirkowuff
Torgo’s Angels: tincrash and Max
Minoriteam: steviemaxwell and sylverfox
Team Jonathan Hitler’s Magic Aston Martin with the Vin Diesel Hubcaps (see, this is what happens when the poet name the team): daveqat and mstegosaurus
Team Simbius: siriuswolfstar and simbalion

Teams were instructed to gather in the hotel conference room at 10 AM, which we almost accomplished (HA!). Once there, they were informed that they would be taking a quiz to determine the starting order. Teams had 15 minutes to complete the quiz, which would be graded on both the number of correct answers and how fast they were turned in. What we didn’t tell them was that the team that scored highest left last, and the team that scored lowest left first. Ostensibly this was to even out the field a bit, but in hindsight it just meant that the teams tended to bunch up a bit more. That didn’t turn out to be a problem, as you will see. So, how hard was the trivia quiz? Click below to find out…

IT'S TRIVIA TIME!

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Furries Race Across Chicago (or FRAC) is the name of a treasure hunt that we conduct periodically; the object is to visit a set number of checkpoints scattered throughout the Chicago area in the correct order and return to FRAC Headquarters in the shortest amount of time. This past weekend was the second FRAC. A summary of the first FRAC can be found over here, and here are the results from that race. Also, here are the Rules For FRAC for your perusal. In presenting the summary of FRAC 2, I'm going to post the questions and answers in sections over a the next couple of days, along with a bit of commentary. Here's the start of the race:

This time around, we had seven teams:
Team Crossing Gates: [livejournal.com profile] posicat and [livejournal.com profile] stormdog
Team Bi-Bitches: [livejournal.com profile] lisagems and [livejournal.com profile] wooisme
Team Yuk: [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus and [livejournal.com profile] mirkowuff
Torgo's Angels: [livejournal.com profile] tincrash and Max
Minoriteam: [livejournal.com profile] steviemaxwell and [livejournal.com profile] sylverfox
Team Jonathan Hitler's Magic Aston Martin with the Vin Diesel Hubcaps (see, this is what happens when the poet name the team): [livejournal.com profile] daveqat and [livejournal.com profile] mstegosaurus
Team Simbius: [livejournal.com profile] siriuswolfstar and [livejournal.com profile] simbalion

Teams were instructed to gather in the hotel conference room at 10 AM, which we almost accomplished (HA!). Once there, they were informed that they would be taking a quiz to determine the starting order. Teams had 15 minutes to complete the quiz, which would be graded on both the number of correct answers and how fast they were turned in. What we didn't tell them was that the team that scored highest left last, and the team that scored lowest left first. Ostensibly this was to even out the field a bit, but in hindsight it just meant that the teams tended to bunch up a bit more. That didn't turn out to be a problem, as you will see. So, how hard was the trivia quiz? Click below to find out...

IT'S TRIVIA TIME! )
For the results of the quiz and the first set of clues, click here for the next entry.
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The weekend is done and we are pleased to report that Wuffmeet 3 was a success! Thanks so much to the wonderful folks who showed up to make the weekend so much fun: [livejournal.com profile] artemisfur, [livejournal.com profile] crim_ferret, [livejournal.com profile] werellama, [livejournal.com profile] datahawk, [livejournal.com profile] daveqat, [livejournal.com profile] dancingninny, [livejournal.com profile] genet, [livejournal.com profile] foxish, [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus, [livejournal.com profile] lisagems, Max, [livejournal.com profile] mirkowuff, [livejournal.com profile] mistletoe, [livejournal.com profile] wooisme, [livejournal.com profile] mstegosaurus, [livejournal.com profile] neowolf2, [livejournal.com profile] posicat, [livejournal.com profile] roho, [livejournal.com profile] simbalion, [livejournal.com profile] siriuswolfstar, [livejournal.com profile] steviemaxwell, [livejournal.com profile] stormdog, [livejournal.com profile] jimcyl, [livejournal.com profile] tincrash, [livejournal.com profile] tremaine, [livejournal.com profile] unclevlad, [livejournal.com profile] vidarwolf, and [livejournal.com profile] wyldekyttin. Many beverages were consumed, much food was eaten, and I laughed more than I have in quite a while!

Things kicked off Friday with some tasty food for dinner: beef stew, chicken white chili, and kielbasa, kraut, and potatoes. Judging from the alacrity with which the food disappeared, I gather it was of acceptable quality (or everyone was really hungry). As requested, I'll post the recipe for the white chili here in the next few days. Saturday was FRAC (Furries Race Across Chicago), followed by a pizza feast and socializing into the wee hours. Sunday was a late start for some reason (gee, where's all those empty bottles come from?) :-) We took a sizable crowd over to Emmett's Tavern, where we had a delicious lunch and enjoyed a sampling of their beers. Later, we sent out for various cuisines for dinner, which were all distinguished by being pretty much awful. And this morning, once we got everyone rousted up and checked out of their rooms, we grabbed a late brunch at Apple Villa, which turned out to be an excellent alternative to the dreadful IHOP which was next to the hotel. From there, everyone scattered to the winds, to head home and crash.

Planning this event was a world of fun, and it was everything I'd hoped it would be. I was pretty stressed on Friday hoping that everything would work out right and that [livejournal.com profile] takaza and I had budgeted properly, but I should have trusted my wonderful wolf - everything worked well, with the exception that we came up a few cans short of diet sodas on Sunday. Dan and I came up with a good approach this year: I took the early shift and he took the late shift. That meant that I was up early to make sure that everyone had their coffee, kringles, and oatmeal, and Dan stayed up late to clean up and lock up when everyone went to bed. The downside of this is that he got to bed at 5:30 AM this morning; needless to say, he's taking a nap as I write this. We hope that everyone enjoyed themselves, and we look forward to the next Wuffmeet!

And what about FRAC, you say? How did it go, and who won this time? You'll have to wait for that! I'll be putting up some lengthy posts tomorrow detailing the clues, the hints, the answers, and the winners (with pictures!). But for now...time to collapse and relax.
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At 10:46 AM, the first team left FRAC HQ to start FRAC 2: Electric Boogaloo. It's noon now, and all seven teams are in the field. Let's see whose navigation will reign supreme...
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That was a very satisfying weekend. On Friday I took [livejournal.com profile] takaza to work (it means I don't get in until 7 AM, when I usually get here at 6:45 - no loss). This meant that when I got out from work, I was able to spend a lovely half-hour alternately reading and dozing in the sun while waiting for him to finish work. We walked around to Randhurst Mall (which is very, very sad) before meeting up with [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus and Dan's cow-orker [livejournal.com profile] nymphara to see Over the Hedge. The verdict from me: Not great, but it had some very funny moments. Bruce Willis played Bruce Willis, which bores me. Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara as the porcupines cracked me the hell up and really made the movie (OK, Steve Carrell's Sammy was good too).

On Saturday I was up and motivated on the early side, so I walked the two miles or so over to where [livejournal.com profile] wooisme was participating in a garage sale. I had a pleasant time chatting, and Paul joined us not long after. Paul and I ducked out at around 11:30 and in the interest of time caught a bus back to our place. Dan was feeling under the weather, so he opted to stay in while I picked up [livejournal.com profile] mirkowuff from O'Hare and we headed out to LAFF softball. Thanks so much to [livejournal.com profile] woodychitwn for providing the comfy viewing arrangements! That was perfect way to chat with friends, enjoy the beautiful weather, and be completely and utterly lazy :-) After the game we had ambitious plans to go out to dinner at a nice place in Andersonville and see Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Unfortunately, we were all tired and that devolved into dinner from the taquiera around the corner, some family Guy from the TiVo and an early bedtime.

I woke up at 6:30 AM on Sunday and couldn't get back to sleep. Curse being a morning person! On the bright side, this allowed me to go out and enjoy the crisp, breezy morning. I drove over to the Broadway location of Intelligentsia and picked up a couple of pounds of beans for this week and Wuffmeet, then took my (free!) cup of coffee over to the lakeshore at Foster Beach and spent some time watching the lake and admiring the skyline. Truly, a wonderful way to start the day! We had a nice morning of coffee, newspaper, and a bit of video games before Mirko, Paul, and I headed out to the MFF staff meeting (Dan was still feeling pretty oogy, unfortunately. He's doing much better now!). The meeting was quite useful, and we accomplished quite a bit. Afterwards, the dinner at Portillo's was enjoyable as well. I picked up some dinner for Dan on the way home and we had a quiet evening in, though we stayed up a bit later than I would have liked nailing down more FRAC stuff.

And so this week: it's going to be pretty crazy. We have a lot of prep for Wuffmeet to do, I need to run a good number of errands, and on top of that I'll be going with Dan, Woody, and [livejournal.com profile] perro to see a White Sox game tomorrow night. Oh, and I need to cook two full meals for Friday night, too. Whee!
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So, as predicted, we did spend a delightful evening at [livejournal.com profile] roho and [livejournal.com profile] genet's in the company of [livejournal.com profile] ottr and [livejournal.com profile] riecka. Charcoal Grill in Kenosha provided tasty burgers and so-so drinks (note to self: next time stick to the mai tais - the Long Islands there suck), then back to R&G's where Diesel proceeded to clean our clocks at Texas hold 'em. It was a lot of fun, and many thanks to R&G for putting us up for the night!

Tuesday was going to be a quiet evening at home, but a call from a friend who had locked their keys in their car prompted a pre-emption of dinner plans and a trip out to the burbs. Dinner became Potbelly Sandwiches, which I must admit I'm starting to like. Unfortunately, I was reminded of the perils of raw onions too soon before bedtime as I had one of the worst attacks of reflux that I've had in quite a while that night, after midnight. I stayed up for almost an hour waiting for things to settle down, and still have a nasty "scorched" throat to show for it. We really need to make an attempt to eat earlier, I think, and I need to watch what I eat a bit more closely.

Last night I was feeling terrible when I got home from work - a pounding headache just this side of a migraine. I forewent the gym and instead lay down for an hour or so, though even with ibuprofen the headache wouldn't go away. Dan came home and, after seeing the state I was in, grabbed some massage oil and administered a heavenly neck and shoulder massage that drove the headache away. I'm so fortunate to have a husband as wonderful as him! Not long after, we were graced by the presence of [livejournal.com profile] datahawk, who crashed with us for the night so we could watch the finale of The Amazing Race. The hippies won, yay! It was a great ending to a so-so season; I'm just glad that they renewed it for next year, though I'm not sure how I feel about a Sunday time slot for the show. On the other hand, it'll be right after 60 Minutes, which is a hell of a lead-in. We stayed up a bit too late hammering out some details on FRAC, and I'm pleased to say we now have a good two-thirds of the clues done and ready to go. And just so I can get my reality double-doe, I see that the Top Chef finale (Part 1) recorded last night. That'll be some good Tivo fodder for tonight.

And so today I need to make a quick stop by the grocery store on the way home, then it'll be back to the gym after too many days away.

Hmm...we need to make some plans for the weekend. Stay tuned for a post about that...
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Weekend. Right. Yeah, we had one of those, I think.

On Friday, I picked [livejournal.com profile] takaza up at work and we braved the insane Friday traffic to drive down to visit a friend who was in the hospital (good news, though - he was discharged the following day). We were pretty tired afterwards, so we grabbed dinner from Charcoal Delight and I crashed on the early side.

Saturday found me up and awake at 8 AM, as per usual, but that left me time to read the paper and have my coffee. I woke Dan up and we headed out the door to spend the day nailing down a route for FRAC. I'm happy to say that after a few false starts and some disagreements on where to go when, I think we've got a good course for the race in hand. We still need to work out several elements, but hey, we've got twelve days to go, right? After all that traipsing around, we met [livejournal.com profile] siriuswolfstar and [livejournal.com profile] simbalion for dinner at The Grafton, a place I had visited before with [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus. I regret to report that the place has not improved on my initial dismal opinion of it, and we won't be returning. The food was uninspiring at best, and the service was quite poor. Ah we.. We capped the night off with a nice chat back at our place, then I stumbled off to bed, though Dan stayed up quite a bit later.

On Mother's Day we drove up to Dan's mom's place in McHenry County. On the way there we stopped by our storage unit to visit our stuff ("Hi! Did you miss us?") and we dug out our 32" television. After our last visit to his mom's I had noticed that her TV was in terrible shape, and ours has just been sitting in storage for the last year and a half. Plus, I suspect that when we do get our own place we'll be in the market for something a bit bigger and shinier (curse you, [livejournal.com profile] feren! Curse you and your 52" flat-panel HDTV!). After we dropped off the TV, We headed over to Woodstock to the Tip Top Bistro for their Mother's Day brunch. It's a pleasant little place, and the staff there were friendly and helpful (which must have been tough on a crazy day like Mother's Day!). They had a nice brunch buffet with a tasty Waldorf salad, seafood paella, fettuccine puttanesca, leg of lamb, eggs benedict, and bananas French toast. The complimentary champagne (well, prosecco, technically) with free refills was nice too :-) After brunch we returned to Dan's mom's house where Dan spent the next hour rearranging her A/V equipment, making sure the VCR(s), Tivo, and TVs all were connected properly. I...well, I fell asleep on the sofa :-) Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon, I think. We headed home and made a stop by the corner taquiera for a light dinner. We stayed up too late to catch the Survivor finale (Bleah. I'm skipping next season, and this time I mean it!) and then I went off to bed, though again Dan stayed up too late (silly wolf!).

So tonight we're going to be hanging out in Antioch, spending time with [livejournal.com profile] roho and [livejournal.com profile] genet and the visiting [livejournal.com profile] ottr and his wife, [livejournal.com profile] riecka. I foresee a wee bit of alcohol, some tasty food, and me getting the bejesus beaten out of me at poker...
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I was feeling a bit blah after work on Friday - nothing serious, just a series of reminders of why life sucks when you're a contractor. I found that a good workout at the gym helped - yay for endorphins! It didn't hurt that it was a lovely day out so the walk back was quite pleasant. [livejournal.com profile] takaza saw that I was restless and we went out to do a little shopping, with a stop by EBGames (fruitless, but for some reason the store at Lincoln Village always sucks) and Target. We grabbed dinner at Hub's on Dempster in Skokie, which was pronounced to be undistinguished.

I got an early start on Saturday and went down to the EBGames on Elston, where I found what I was looking for: Psychonauts, allegedly the best platform game from 2005, and a very fun and playable game. It happened that that was right near the Edward Don Outlet (a restaurant supply store) that I had heard was closing. I stopped by and was impressed by two things: first, all the cool merchandise marked down by 70%, and second, the HUGE line waiting to check out - like a good 20-30 minute wait. I looked all through the store but I didn't see anything that I HAD to have; I saw some nice stuff at great prices, but the kitchen is crammed full now, and I couldn't see anything that would merit the major project of making space for it. More's the pity. [livejournal.com profile] quasiskunk, I did think of the stuff you might need for Con Suite this year, but I knew you were off in the boonies for the weekend, so...oh well. I passed the afternoon playing Psychonauts (it's one of those games where you sit down to play and suddenly it's three hours later!) then it was time to go.

A friend of our had given us complimentary tickets to the final home game of the season for the Chicago Rush arena football team. We took the CTA out to the Allstate Arena and got in just before the game started. It was a good game, once I got used to the arena football rules, and Chicago kicked the butt of the Utah Blaze. The highlight of the game was actually halftime, when they had a game of "mascot football" - yes, sixteen mascots from all around the Chicago area turned out, including Staley the Bear (who gets points for being the most willing to take a hard fall), Benny the Bull (definitely the most personality), Skates (the home-arena favorite), Tommy Hawk (from the Blackhawks), Sparky (from the Chicago Fire), plus mascots from Loyola, Northwestern, and several other schools and companies. The highlights were Benny laying out "celebrity quarterback" Mike Adamle, and a bee mascot putting a shoulder in the gut of the Rush's mascot Grabowski (yeesh, what a costume). He needed a sec outside the huddle to catch his breath. The "game" was a disorganized wreck, of course, but extremely entertaining from the stands. We took off in the middle of the third quarter with the Rush up something like 76 to 24 and found ourselves with no way back to the CTA. We opted to walk to the ATS at O'Hare and take that in to the CTA station at the airport, getting home at around 11 PM. [livejournal.com profile] datahawk and Linnaeus were watching Rent when we got home, but we were too tired to watch, so we headed off to bed.

On Sunday I puttered around a bit while Data slept through me grinding coffee, the dishwasher running, and the cat meowing. I only wish I could sleep that soundly. Dan and I drove up to check on my wedding band (more about that in my next post) and sat down at a nearby Potbelly Sandwiches to make use of the free wi-fi and try to hammer out the final details of FRAC. Unfortunately, what we determined was that, while we had a set course, neither of us was happy with it. We kicked around ideas on the way home and I think we have some solid plans on how things are going to go, but we're going to need to do some research this Saturday. We got home and had a quiet evening of video games and laptops.

Not a lot of plans for the week, though we're going to have dinner with [livejournal.com profile] partran tonight. I'm sure stuff will come up, as it always does :-)
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As promised, [livejournal.com profile] takaza and I retreated to the Hoffman Estates La Quinta on Friday after work for a weekend of relaxation and planning. Once we had a chance to decompress a bit we took to the car and went in search of dinner. Our wanderings took us to Woodfield Mall, and while we briefly considered trying out the new meat faucet there, we instead opted to cheap it out and resorted to the food court instead. After that it was back to the hotel to relax and sleep, eventually.

We were up relatively early on Saturday. The plan was to research the FRAC route, though we were racing the weather to do it since the forecast predicted incoming steady rain starting that afternoon. We had a couple of funny things happen that I can't really talk about since people who will be participating in FRAC will be reading this :-) Maybe later. Anyway, the rain started to pick up at about 2 PM so we called off the scouting (we got about 75% of the work done, I'd say) and instead went in search of what is alleged to be the best hot chocolate in Chicago. We tried it, and we'd have to agree - extremely tasty!

Since the rest of the day was shot for FRAC research, we gave [livejournal.com profile] siriuswolfstar to see what he and [livejournal.com profile] simbalion were up to. It turns out they were just a few blocks north of us, so we met up at North Bridge Mall and amused ourselves with a bit of window shopping (and taking some amusing pictures in the process). We wound up grabbing a table and just chatting for a good hour or more, which was a nice break after all the walking we had done all day. After we parted ways, we headed back to the hotel. We weren't feeling hungry until late, plus we were too lazy to actually drive anywhere, so we ordered pizza and pasta for a local joint. We have a winner for Wuffmeet, I think. The tortellini alfredo that I had was enough for three people, and I think it would nicely supplement any pizza we order.

On Sunday I snuck out early in the driving rain and spent some time at a nearby Panera having breakfast and reading the paper. Around 11:30 I went back to the hotel to find that Dan had just woken up. We got packed up and checked out and talked to the front desk folks to make sure that everything was in order for Wuffmeet. We then went made a Sam's Club run to check prices for Wuffmeet budgeting, then a stop at American Science and Surplus to see if there were any useful knickknacks that might come in handy at our upcoming conventions. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing at home and catching up on Tivo.

Not too exciting for a weekend away from home, but that's just fine by me!

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