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: (Thoughtful)
My goodness, it's been a while since a substantial post, hasn't it? Unfortunately, work has risen up to eat my life and the last two weeks have been thoroughly insane there. So, what's been going on?

Click for a recap of our lives... )
Fortunately, Friday is approaching and we're looking forward to a pretty good weekend. A few things planned, but not too much, with some together time planned as well. After the week we've had, I think we both deserve a rest. Tonight, though, it's over to Dan's mom's place for dinner.
duncandahusky: (Oh really?)
What a great weekend! Uptime and downtime - the best of all worlds.

On Friday I was feeling antsy and wanted to get out, so [livejournal.com profile] takaza and I met up with [livejournal.com profile] roho and [livejournal.com profile] genet for dinner at the always-fabulous Scott Dogs. My jumbo shrimp were indeed quite jumbo, and extremely delicious! It's always such a pleasure to go there because Scotty and his aunt (whose name, shamefully, continues to escape me) always recognize us, make sure to ask how our food was, and really go out of their way to make sure the meal is a special one.

Saturday morning found us hard at work clearing out Dan's office. He had emptied out the storage closet down there a month or so back and we kept meaning to get everything re-stowed, so now was the time to take care of it. Unfortunately my back was giving me some pain so after about 45 minutes I had to turn it over to him. In the meantime went upstairs and finished making a couple of loaves of a fantastic multigrain bread. The went into the oven just as people started showing up for Game Day. Our guests included [livejournal.com profile] aeto, Roho, Genet, [livejournal.com profile] posicat, [livejournal.com profile] nymphara and her boyfriend Nick, [livejournal.com profile] colliedoc, [livejournal.com profile] hypersnazz, [livejournal.com profile] woodychitwn, [livejournal.com profile] truegrave9, and Bob.

We played several games, including a nice round of poker, Cosmic Wimpout, Blokus (I blame [livejournal.com profile] rigelkitty - on the strength of his good comments about this game we picked it up. It's a lot of fun!), Quelf (an aggressively zany and wacky board game - think Cranium, only trying way too hard), and Catchphrase (another good game we learned of from Rigel and [livejournal.com profile] xydexx). Pizza was ordered, beverages were consumed, and a good time was had by all. Thanks to everyone for coming! We'll definitely have to do one of these again soon (and not schedule it again softball :-)

On Sunday, we did...nothing. Well, we did laundry, but mostly we just did nothing. And it was good.

Coming up this week, I'm trying to interest [livejournal.com profile] tozier_wah and [livejournal.com profile] little_wolf in a beer and cheese tasting at Milwaukee Public Market on Thursday evening - anyone else interested?

Oh, and I finally got a LinkedIn profile. I'm not sure how useful it is or anything, but hey - feel free to add me to your network!
duncandahusky: (Geeky)
I'm late with my weekend recap, but there's not too much to say. Saturday we spent over at [livejournal.com profile] takaza's mom's house with his family, playing various games and enjoying the mountain of food she cooked up for the occasion. On Sunday we didn't do too much, mainly just relaxed around the house. I had gotten a very specific pain on Saturday night that was causing a bit of concern (on my back, just over the right kidney) that left me feeling rather blah and playing havoc with sleeping that night; that has since dwindled to nothing, so I'm hoping it was just a passing thing. Other than that, a rather unremarkable weekend.

This week finds me in statistics class (yes, again), this time learning about Design of Experiments and Variation Transmission Analysis (not Variable Transmission Analysis, which makes a lot more sense to my mind, but probably a bit too automotive). The glorious thing is that I don't have to be in at work until 8:15 AM or so, compared to the usual 7 AM, though I'm still waking up at 5:30 AM with Dan. I'm able to enjoy my mornings a bit more, so that's nice.

It's still two months away, but Anthrocon is weighing heavily on our minds right now. Part of that is the fact that we have three large cash registers sitting on our dining room table. Both Dan and I are teaching ourselves how to program these for the Artists Alley; we're hoping that these will help streamline the process a bit and make things easier for everyone involved. I'm still waiting to hear back from a few potential staff recruits; I need at least two or three more folks before I can stem the rising panic I'm feeling.

Which brings me to this: I am taking volunteers for Anthrocon Artists Alley/Con Store. In exchange for at least fifteen hours of your time, you will get free entry into Anthrocon, a free T-shirt, dinner on Sunday night (a nice dinner, too!), and the luxury of bypassing the registration lines and picking up your registration materials in Operations! If you're interested, leave a comment here or e-mail me at alley-2008 [at] anthrocon.org.

Not much else going on this week. We may have a wah crashing at our place for a day or two during his transition to life behind the Cheddar Curtain, but other than that there's not too much is going on.
duncandahusky: (Ky00t Duncan)
And the good stuff keeps on rollin'...

First and foremost: as [livejournal.com profile] takaza mentioned, he was offered and accepted a position at his company's headquarters in Buffalo Grove, IL. That's about 20 minutes closer to us, and they're right next to the Buffalo Grove Metra station. Even better, it's a significant bump in pay and a much better career path for him. I'm so very happy for him! It also moves him out of the toxic environment that he's in now, which makes me even happier. There will be a 30-day transition period, but as of March 1 he'll be in his new job. Hooray! That's also very near the Westin Chicago North Shore, where Midwest FurFest 2008 will be, so he will be helping to scout out restaurants for the Restaurant Guide on his lunch hours :-)

More good news: I filed my taxes for 2007 the other night and found out that between federal and state taxes I have a refund of $1,300 coming my way. Woohoo! Of course, after spending some time looking over newegg.com at all the sexy laptops, I realized that mine gets me where I'm going (albeit slowly) and that the money will go better to pay down debt. Not nearly as much fun, but hey, it will make life a lot more fun later. Here's a very handy tip: if you use State Farm Insurance, log into their website. On the left is the link "FREE tax filing" - click on that and you will be taken to the Turbotax website, where you can get access to Turbotax Deluxe for free - including free federal and state e-filing. That saved me $58 over last year. Sweet!

As Dan mentioned, we're hosting his family and friends for dinner and games on Saturday night. If you're interested in joining us, let me or Dan know by Friday night (so I can shop and cook accordingly). Having read through the Cooks Illustrated French Onion Soup recipe I'm all about that. I just need to figure out if it's possible to roast multiple chickens in our oven or if I'm going to need to re-think things. That may become roast pork :-) Since it's his sister's birthday, dessert will be birthday cake from Lovin' Oven Cakery. Nom nom nom!
duncandahusky: (Thoughtful)
So last night was, theoretically, August Game Night at our place. The storms sort of caused some issues with that, though. The biggest problem was that first Metra shut down all service between 3 and 4 PM, then slowly brought things back online. [livejournal.com profile] takaza was supposed to catch his regular train at 5:11 PM, but it was delayed by 30 minutes...then it wasn't moving at all due to a power line across the tracks in Des Plaines, which stopped all service on the North Central Line. His train didn't actually get moving until sometime after 7 PM and he got home at around 8 PM, two hours later than usual (there's more to the story, but I'll let him post about that).

Unfortunately, because of the weather pretty much everyone but [livejournal.com profile] steviemaxwell had to cancel, and it's certainly understandable. We had fun anyway, though. Stevie and I got to chat for a while, then when Dan texted to let me know he was on his train heading northbound we drove down to Jimmy John's and picked up some subs. The rest of the evening was spent chatting, watching Robot Chicken, and playing poker, where I learned that Omaha is a pretty fun game, and I accidentally won all the chips :-)

The good news is that all the trains are running as they should today, at least up our way. We were spared the worst of it, with the hardest hit areas being between us and Chicago. 250,000 people are still without power, though we never had any problems there. But hey, there's more storms on their way today, so who knows what the day will hold. The good news is that we're on relatively high ground and far away from any large water source, so flooding isn't an issue near us. It might make getting around interesting for the next few days, though!
duncandahusky: (Default)
The past few days have been something of a mixed bag. We didn't do much on Friday, but on Saturday I got up early to head off to the doctor. As I had in April for my other foot, I had to go in for a matricectomy on my left foot. Click for potentially squicky medical details. ) One nice thing this time around: last time I had this done I had to soak my foot twice a day. No, I just have what is essentially a medicated Band-Aid I put on the toe after showering each day. Much easier!

So anyway, I got back from the doctor's office at about noon and pretty much sat and stayed on the sofa. Poor [livejournal.com profile] takaza was a whirlwind through the house, cleaning the place up single-handedly in preparation for his family coming over to celebrate his mom's birthday. After a bit we went out to run some errands, though I pretty much stayed in the car with my foot propped up. We did go into Tony's Butcher Shop in Grayslake, since it took less time than going all the way up to Antioch Packing House. This was the second time we've gone there, and we won't be going back. Between the surly service ("What kind of hot dogs are these?" "The best ones."), high prices, and low quality (bones in the ground beef, cartilage in the brats). We got home just in time for Dan's mom to show up, then after a while his sister and brother (and his brother's sister-in-law) arrived. Dan busied himself playing host and grilling up dinner, and was pretty much consigned to the sofa. Since the anesthetic had worn off by then, I was quite OK with this, though I felt kind of useless. We played some games later in the evening, which was quite fun, though by 10 or so everyone was worn out. After we saw everyone off, I popped a Tylenol 3 and we went to bed. I slept quite poorly, waking up every time I moved my foot.

And on Sunday? On Sunday we didn't do diddly, and it was great. We watched a whole lot of Tivo and relaxed, and didn't even leave the house.

So here we are at Monday. My foot isn't hurting too badly, though I'm propping it up at every opportunity. The boss is out this week, so there's a corresponding lack of immediacy pervading the office. Dan is going to be off in Indiana for a few days this week, so I'll be on my own for at least one night. Then this weekend there's Indian food on Friday (om nom nom!) and LAFF Softball on Saturday (yes, I intend to be there, though not play). But for now, back to work!
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
Man, am I tired. That has something to do with last night's late bedtime, but it was worth it!

Last night was [livejournal.com profile] takaza monthly Game Night. We were joined by Dan's mom, [livejournal.com profile] todd_riverden, [livejournal.com profile] serinthia, [livejournal.com profile] rustitobuck, [livejournal.com profile] steviemaxwell, [livejournal.com profile] roho, [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus, and [livejournal.com profile] genet. Pizza was ordered, and we got in not only several entertaining rounds of Wits and Wagers, but also a couple of rounds of Lupus in Tabula, which is always entertaining (and also, apparently, our sofa breeds werewolves. Who knew?). Wits and Wagers is a fun game, though I think once we involve more people, to the point where we have teams, it will be much more fun - a bit more chaotic, too, which makes it all the more entertaining. Keep an eye on Dan's LJ for the announcement for next month's Game Night!

In other news, we got the audiobook for Harry Potter and the Giant Wads of Cash (that Amazon had originally promised to deliver on Saturday, then said, "Oops, did we say Saturday? We meant Wednesday"). Even better, Genet was kind enough to lend me her copy of the hardcover last night (even before giving it to her husband! What a great friend :-) so my work for the next few days is cut out for me.

A bit of bad news: last night after everyone left we noticed a high-pitched humming sound, like a computer working in overdrive. We traced it down to our TiVo, and after a bit of checking found out that it was in an endless rebooting loop. Well, hell. That's no good at all, particularly since we have 16 episodes of Doctor Who on there waiting to be watched. Reading through the online communities, it appears there's typically three possible culprits: bad guide data (though that typically only causes a single reboot, or occasional reboot), bad hard drive, or bad power supply. Dan and Roho are going to try swapping out the hard drive (and while they're at it, up the drive capacity to 500 Gb or so), but I'm not sure what the timeline is on that - hopefully by the end of the weekend, though. If we lose data, I refuse to get upset. It's only TV, and if I really want something, there are ways to get it :-) Besides, I seem to have a book to keep me occupied while we're offline...

As for the coming weekend, we have nothing planned for Saturday, and I hope that we keep it that way. We're overdue for a "cat weekend" after Anthrocon, and the idea of sleeping in (as much as I can, anyway) and lounging around at home sounds deliciously decadent. As for Sunday we hope to make it to a birthday gathering, though a lot depends on how early we can get out of bed and get moving. We'll be in touch about that when we can.

I'm going in search of caffeine now...
duncandahusky: (happygolucky)
Let's get up to speed, shall we?

After work on Friday [livejournal.com profile] takaza and I stopped by Gurnee Mills to pick up a few things. We were just looking for a new belt for me but wandered into the game store only to find that they were having a buy-one-get-half-off-another sale on games. We walked out with two games that look like they're going to be a lot of fun at our next party: Malarkey and Wits and Wagers. When we finished shopping we drove up to Antioch to our favorite liquor store to stock up on a few things for Anthrocon (a couple of new Scotches and a bottle of Grey Goose, 'cause I likes me some good sipping vodka). We met up with [livejournal.com profile] genet ([livejournal.com profile] roho was under the weather) and had a pleasant dinner at Las Vegas Restaurant.

Saturday was craziness, but in a fun way. For the second year in a row we ran the bingo games for Dan's company picnic. It's a good thing that Dan thought to bring our bingo set (purchased for use last year, but not used) because we found that the provided bingo set was missing four bingo balls. That would have sucked. We ran two sessions, each 90 minutes long, and gave away a little over $2,000 in gift cards to Target, Wal Mart, and various restaurants. People seemed to enjoy it. Dan had bought a huge chunk for tickets for the charity raffle (to benefit Gilda's Club) and for the second year in a row he won an iPod, this time a 4 Gb iPod Nano. Which would be nice except that we both have 30 Gb Video iPods. Ah well, we had fun, at least, and the day's surreal moment was provided by the CEO of Dan's company inquiring if we're brothers. I guess it's true that the longer a couple stays together, the more they start to look alike :-)

After the picnic we headed into the city, where we met up with [livejournal.com profile] datahawk and [livejournal.com profile] emrldgrrl to see the GLBT Pride edition of Too Much Light makes the Baby Go Blind ("30 queer plays in 60 straight minutes"). As always, the show was amazing - funny, poignant, and thought-provoking. I admit, it's the silly stuff that I remember most, including "Two Minute Strip Rock Paper Scissors" and "All The Boys in the Frat House Say Ho(mosexual)!" Because it was a benefit show, even though they ran out of time on play #25 everyone agreed that we should see the last five plays, so we did! After the show, we drove down to [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus's place and got dinner from our favorite taquiera. It was great ending to a great day.

And on Sunday? We rested. Well, we did a little work on Anthrocon stuff, but mostly we just rested. And it was good.
duncandahusky: (happygolucky)
Oh dear, a meme. I'll get that out of the way first, and I blame [livejournal.com profile] skorzy and [livejournal.com profile] atara for it:

Ask me to take a picture of any aspect of my life that you're interested in/curious about - it can be anything from the house I live in to my favorite shoes. Leave your choice here as a comment, and I will reciprocate by taking the pictures and posting them as an LJ entry. That way you get to know a little bit about my life!

Please note that it may take a few days to get to all of the requests (if there are any), but I'll do my darnedest to accommodate them all. Now, I reserves the right to interpret any and all requests however I like, though ;-)

Now that that's out of the way...Yesterday was rather busy. I slipped out from work a little early (considering I get into work each day 20-30 minutes early, this is no big deal) and ran up to Lovin' Oven Cakery to pick up some tasty stuff for a certain panda's birthday. On the way, I got a call the my new glasses were ready, so I stopped by the opticians in Grayslake (navigating through the weekly Farmer's Market) to get them, then raced home and did some last-minute cleaning. Dan got home a little late (he'd had to drive in due to a little problem that Metra had), and were then joined by [livejournal.com profile] steviemaxwell, [livejournal.com profile] magicpaw, [livejournal.com profile] midwestcougar, [livejournal.com profile] nymphara and her new squeeze, Nick, and [livejournal.com profile] roho and [livejournal.com profile] genet. While the crowd played a couple of rounds of poker, I busied myself grilling up a multitude of brats and hot dogs and hamburgers. Everyone had a good bit of fun, and Dan had fun making appletinis. Genet and I elected to chat while everyone else played games, and that was fine - I wasn't much in a poker mood. For dessert we had a couple of monstrous ├ęclairs that we cut up for serving, as well a couple different kinds of strudel. Yummy! We didn't get to bed until after 11 PM, though, and both Dan and I are dragging a bit today as a result.

Not much going on today, though I do have my annual checkup with my doctor right after work today. Tomorrow we'll be heading up to Antioch to stock up on some important items for Anthrocon, and I may see about taking Dan's car in for emissions testing as well.
duncandahusky: (Honda Element)
Hmm, I'm getting slack about updating again. That's not so good.

Last week we had to get both of our Honda Elements serviced, mine to have the upholstery repaired before the warranty expired and [livejournal.com profile] takaza's for its 60,000 mile service. Rosen Honda in Gurnee proved a mixed bag in terms of getting this accomplished. Just setting up the service was difficult, as it took no less than four calls just to get through to the service department, including getting hung up on twice. I dropped my car off on Wednesday night, and got a call on Thursday that they had completely disassembled the driver's seat and opened the box with the new seat cover only to find that it was the wrong color. We therefore had to leave the care there Thursday night as well. I picked it up on Friday afternoon after work, dropping off Dan's car in the process with the request that the service be completed by noon on Saturday.

I stopped to get gas before heading down to pick up Dan and it's a good thing I did, because while filling up I saw that in the process of putting the car through the car wash just before giving it back to me, they had torn off the rear windshield wiper and it was hanging by a wire. I high-tailed it back to the dealership and arrived just as the parts department closed. The service guy was very apologetic and fixed things up enough that the car wouldn't be damaged until I could bring it back the next day to get the wiper assembly replaced.

From there I headed south to meet Dan at the Buffalo Grove Metra station (gods, I hate Lake-Cook Road on Friday afternoons). We killed some time playing minigolf at my favorite place in the area, Par King, then met up with [livejournal.com profile] daveqat and [livejournal.com profile] synicism for dinner at Osteria di Tramonto. Dinner was fabulous, as always; I had the cavatelli with roasted escarole and chicken; Dan had chicken Parmesan, Dave went with the hanger steak, and Jim had rack of lamb. All were excellent, and my chocolate torte after dinner was superb.

On Saturday, Dan and I went to pick up his car. $520 later - ouch! - the car is in excellent shape, though I'm told the front brake pads need replacing soon. Somehow I'm certain that I can get it done cheaper than the $289 they're offering; heck, from what I understand, if I had the service manual and a couple more tools I could do it myself. It's something to consider after Anthrocon, perhaps; in the meantime, since he's putting all of maybe four miles a day on the car going to and from the train station, it's not hugely urgent.

We stopped by Lovin' Over Cakery for some tasty dessert stuff, then headed over to Dan's mom's place for an afternoon of games and lots and lots of food. She had roasted a 20+ pound turkey (!) and had made all of the trappings. This just for me, Dan, Dan's brother and sister, and her. We had a great time playing Scene It! Squabble (truly annoying, with offensive gender stereotypes for all!), Apples to Apples, and Balderdash. I enjoyed Balderdash the most, though I'm thinking that we need to pick up a copy of Malarky, which encourages a little more elaborate tale-spinning. We capped off the evening with a family portrait, which Dan posted in his journal.

On Sunday, Dan and I worked on various Anthrocon and Midwest FurFest tasks, taking a break to hit the grocery store. Dan made a tasty turkey and rice dish with kielbasa using the huge amount of leftover turkey his mom gave us before we left the night before. We "attended" the MFF online staff meeting, then I edited the log and sent the notes out shortly afterwards. The rest of the evening, we watched a bit of TiVo and the Robot Chicken Star Wars Special, then headed off to bed.

So, this week: Poker Night on Wednesday, and I need to run various errands after work on Wednesday and Thursday. Next weekend is Dan's employer's company picnic, and we're going to be running the bingo games again this year. Should be...um, fun. Yeah, that's it. Fun. :-)
duncandahusky: (happygolucky)
You know, as exhausted as I felt at work on Friday, I was astonished at how much energy I had when I got home. It turned out that the power had actually come back on at 8:30 AM, which meant that while the freezer was pretty much OK, some serious culling needed to be done in the refrigerator. Fortunately, it wasn't too bad - mostly party leftovers and anything with dairy in it (including, sadly, the Keke Key Lime Pie liqueur). Once [livejournal.com profile] takaza got home, we talked a bit about dinner and decided that we both wanted something more than a hot dog. We decided that Indian food sounded good, so we met up with [livejournal.com profile] roho and [livejournal.com profile] genet for dinner at Bombay City. The food was, as always, delicious and the company was excellent as well. It was fortunate that we weren't far from home, because once the food coma set in, I was very quickly ready to fall asleep.

Saturday found Dan and over at his mother's house with some family to play some games. I have to admit I had some trepidation going in, but I was readily accepted and we had a whole lot of fun. We played Scene It, Apples to Apples, and Taboo, and it was a blast. It was even better since we moved the table out to the deck and we got to enjoy a perfectly beautiful day outside. At about 7:30, it was time to head south to [livejournal.com profile] wyldekyttin's birthday party. Because it was such a beautiful evening, we wound up taking back roads through Crystal Lake down to Randall Road, all the way down to Aurora. It was a very pleasant drive along the western edge of the densest Chicago suburbs. When we got to the Holiday Inn Select Naperville (her party was held in conjunction with Duckon), we hung out for a little while, but as is always so typical, between being tired and having a long drive ahead of us, we had to leave before the party really got going well. It was a pleasure to see so many of our friends, albeit briefly. One nifty thing: On the way out through the parking lot we passed by the Tesla coil demonstration. I thought to grab our camera out of the car and grabbed a quick 30-second video of the powerful electrical arcs, which were set to music:

On Sunday, we met up with Roho and Genet to see Waitress. It was a lovely movie, and I really enjoyed it. Not too deep or profound, but enjoyable nonetheless. Keri Russell was fantastic in her role, Nathan Fillion was adorable as always, and the late director was also very good in her supporting role; it's a crying shame that she passed away before the move was released. After the movie we retired back to our place for a marathon of home improvement shows, including Hometime, The Real Estate Pros, and Flip This House (as well as some Good Eats and Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares). We ordered some pizza somewhere in there, and mainly just relaxed and hung out. Quite a nice, low-stress day. Right before bed, though, I was contacted with an interesting bit of news that left me a bit gobsmacked and made getting to sleep difficult. Nothing bad, just surprising.

And so we have this week. Looks like I may have to work some off hours this week (and maybe the next few weeks) to support a project here, which is fine. If anything, it's unusual that I haven't been asked to do this before, and it's not as if it's mandatory (the boss is cool like that). We'll work something out.
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
...and we pick up our program on Saturday night, already in progress.

Saturday night a good number of folks headed home, but Rusty, Simba, and Sirius (along with my mom) crashed at our place, and Linnaeus, Jaycee, Nyuni, and Erin crashed over at Roho and Genet's place. The lot of us met up for brunch at our old standby, Las Vegas Restaurant in Antioch. After a pleasant meal, I took Mom back down to O'Hare so she could catch her flight home, then returned to our place, where everyone else had gone after brunch.

The afternoon and evening were full of games and fun. We played Cranium (which, as usual, was about 30 minutes too long), then some TransAmerica, as well as some Lupus in Tabula. Throw in noshing on leftovers and an occasional break to watch "Ace of Cakes" and you've got a lovely day with friends. I went to bed at about 11:30 PM, leaving Rusty, Linnaeus, and Dan to play a few more games of TransAmerica; Dan came to bed around 2 AM.

Monday we had set aside to do absolutely nothing. Paul had gone home after the game wrapped up, so Rusty was our only guest, which was fine - he's family, so he qualifies as a low-maintenance houseguest :-) The day was spent pretty much just lazing around in the living room. Dan got up at about 1:30 PM, and we munched a bit on still more leftovers. I got curious and after asking a few questions, I downloaded the client and now, heaven help us, both Dan and I are on Second Life.

Here is Dunc McMillan. Theoretically, he's an anthropomorphic Siberian husky. I may need to work on a better avatar.

And here is Dunc sitting with his partner, Takaza Guffey. Isn't Takaza just the cutest thing?

I don't see getting too involved in Second Life much more than I am involved on FurryMuck, which is to say as a glorified IRC client. But hey, it's there and maybe I'll have fun with it. We closed out the wonderfully relaxing day with our new Monday habit, since Heroes has gone away for the summer: Doctor Who. We've had all of the second season sitting on our Tivo for quite some time, so we've started watching those, beginning with last night's "Christmas Invasion". Hmm. David Tennant is no Christopher Eccleston, but he's definitely growing on me...

So that's our Memorial Day weekend. Now we can start worrying about other fun stuff, like Anthrocon, and FRAC, and MFF, and all the usual stuff! :-)
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
Wow, what a weekend!

After a week of preparations and a morning of frantic cleaning, by 3 PM or so on Saturday we finally had the house ready for our Housewarming Party. I decided to commemorate that fact by taking the camera out and creating a virtual tour of our new home.

[livejournal.com profile] siriuswolfstar and [livejournal.com profile] simbalion showed up early, followed shortly after by [livejournal.com profile] roho, [livejournal.com profile] genet, and [livejournal.com profile] steviemaxwell (welcome back, Stevie!). Shortly thereafter followed a slew of other folks, and lots and lots of food, booze, sodas, and more food. For the entree, I made up about ten pounds of stuffed pork roast (see the following entry for this). We started things at about 5 PM and eventually kicked the last few folks out at 2 AM. We had a lot of fun, played games of Fluxx, Apples to Apples, and Lupus in Tabula, packed entirely too many people into our tiny living room, and everyone ate really, really well. Thanks to everyone who attended!

On Sunday, I woke up far too early at 7:30 AM and couldn't get back to sleep. Unfortunately, the drapes in the master bedroom aren't nearly as light-blocking as we had hoped, so we're going to supplement them with some inexpensive blinds from Home Depot or someplace similar, the theory being that since the drapes will usually be closed, it doesn't much matter what the blinds look like, so long as they block as much light as possible. Anyway, eventually we got everyone up and moving by noon and made the (short) pilgrimage up to Antioch to indulge in breakfast at my favorite diner in the area, Las Vegas. After an excellent meal, we dropped Sirius and Simba off at the train station and spent the remainder of the afternoon and into the evening hanging out at our place and watching TV with Roho and Genet. We caught up on a few episodes of Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations", "Dinner Impossible", and the first episode of the BBC's new Robin Hood series (great casting, great sets, crappy modern editing. At least they kept it to only one "You've got to be kidding me!" moment). Then, since they were there anyway, R&G stayed and watched the latest episode of "The Amazing Race" as well. It was a deliciously lazy and unproductive afternoon.

And now we have a new week. We have dinner engagements on Tuesday and Friday of this week, at a Brazilian steakhouse (note to self: don't eat breakfast or lunch tomorrow) and at a new steakhouse in Wheeling. It's gonna be a carnivorous kind of week!

I'm thinking that napping at my desk would be bad, but man I sure wish I could!
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!
duncandahusky: (Default)
(Wow, am I dating myself with that subject line...)

So, con reports aside, what have we been up to? Well, the past weekend was quite entertaining, really. The fun started on Friday when [livejournal.com profile] takaza and I played hooky from work to meet [livejournal.com profile] mirkowuff and [livejournal.com profile] siegferret at Wrigley Field to watch the Chicago Cubs vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mirko and Siegfried experienced some delays getting to the park, unfortunately. We missed the top of the first inning, but once we got seated things were fine. And those were some really great seats! Section 215, Row 2 - about a third of the way up the third base line with a great view of the game. I will freely admit that I am not the world's best baseball fan - hell, after football season is over, I usually throw away the sports section unread. But I learned that actually being there at the game is far more interesting, and I really had a great time. Mirko and I swapped rounds of (expensive, nasty) beer and Sieg and Dan each got some hot dogs. The game was great, too - a real thriller, with the Cubs pulling it out in the bottom of the ninth. I would actually be willing to catch another game this year, albeit maybe from the cheap seats.

After the game we fought the teeming throngs to get out of the park and onto the El, taking about a half-hour to go a few hundred feet. We eventually made it onto a northbound Red Line train and rode up to [livejournal.com profile] daveqat and [livejournal.com profile] jimcyl's place. We hung out there, and were eventually joined by [livejournal.com profile] boixboi and [livejournal.com profile] perromutt. Perro stuck around to wait for [livejournal.com profile] darkwolph (who was apparently traveling in low orbit, since he got from Lafayette, IN to the north side of Chicago in 90 minutes, on a Friday afternoon) while the rest of us tromped off to Evanston to the Asado Brazilian Grill. We dove into the tasty food and copious quantities of meat, and Perro and Wolphy joined us not too long after. The meal was excellent, and the company grand. We parted ways afterwards and went home and to bed.

On Saturday Dan and I set forth once again to the wilds of downstate Illinois (i.e. south of I-80) towards the Champaign-Urbana metroplex. We arrived at Mirko's in time to do some birthday shopping, then it was over to Siegfried's place for a fun night of games with Mirko, Sieg, [livejournal.com profile] lycaos, and Wolftail. We played Malarky (very fun game, though I'm not sure about the scoring system) and Cranium (always fun) and had a great time.

Sunday morning, we met everyone but Lycaos (who was flying out that day) at The House of Lard, aka The Original Pancake House, for breakfast. Yum! Very tasty. I drove home, and on the way back we finished listening to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I have...comments. But I think I'll wait a bit and think it over some more. Anyway, we arrived home just in time to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] rustitobuck and [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus and strike out for Linnaeus' birthday party. Paul has documented that well, so I'm going to be lazy and just point to his entry :-)

And today it was back to the grind, woohoo. Ah well. Now, to figure out what we're going to do for dinner tonight...

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