duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
That was the weekend that was. On Friday, [livejournal.com profile] takaza and I went out after work for a quick trip to Sam's Club to price out some shelves that he had his eye on so we could bring some order to our garage (and hopefully other areas of the house as well). We didn't buy anything while we were there, but we had some better numbers to work with. On the way home, we decided to try one of the family restaurants in Grayslake, the Hillside Restaurant. While Dan's meal was pretty blah, my Reuben was excellent, with some of the better corned beef that I've had in a while. Afterwards, we stopped by the Prairie Croissant Cafe and picked up some coffee beans (they get theirs from Metropolis Coffee in Chicago, my second-favorite roastery there :-)

On Saturday, Dan had to go over to his mom's place to hook up her new DVD recorder and show her how to use it. I struck off on my own and joined [livejournal.com profile] roho, [livejournal.com profile] genet, [livejournal.com profile] feren, [livejournal.com profile] lady_curmudgeon, and [livejournal.com profile] colliedoc for brunch at Las Vegas Restaurant in Antioch. Afterwards we walked around downtown a bit to fight off the inevitable food coma and we were joined by [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus. The lot of us headed north to Brightonwood Orchard, home of Aeppeltreow Winery. We sampled some of the new wines for 2007, but I wound up buying a bottle of the very tasty Appley Doux sweet sparkling cider and a bottle of Pommeaux apple dessert wine (fortified with apple eau de vie). Then it was over to the apple barn where we checked out some of the wonderful heirloom varieties. My favorite, Northern Spy, wasn't in yet, but I picked up some Northern Greening and Gravenstein apples.

After returning from the orchard, Straif and I headed south and picked up Dan, then stopped at Garden Fresh to get some dinner fixins before returning to Antioch. Roho grilled up some delicious burgers and sausages from Antioch Packing House, then I went to work on the grill, test-grilling a couple of different things to see how they might work for the upcoming picnic. The verdicts:
Grilled Butternut Squash: Delicious, very potatoe-y when grilled. This begs the question, though, why not just grill potatoes, which are easier to deal with in quantity?
Grilled Honeydew Melon: The grilling didn't really add much to the flavor. Maybe good for a garnish in a salad? Probably won't pursue this for the picnic.
Grilled Honey Crisp Apples: Excellent! Nicely caramelized, very tasty. Might be a bit too expensive, though (there's a reason the orchard nicknames them "Money Crisp" apples)
Grilled Nectarines: No verdict, since the coals were dying and I never succeeded in doing much more than warming the nectarines.

Sunday got a lot crazier than expected. First, we were surprised by a call from our landlord wanting to come in and change the furnace filter (read: "I want to come by and make sure you guys aren't destroying my place.") That's cool, though - this was the first time he's been out since we moved and, and I can understand his concern. Fortunately, we're good tenants and he seemed happy with what he saw. We also talked about re-upping our lease and he seemed very amenable to that, so we're covered for next year, it appears (thank heavens!). After he left, we drove back to Sam's Club and bought the shelves we had looked at on Friday. We rearranged some of the stuff in the garage and put the shelves together, then Dan started replacing the various boxes on the shelves. Dan's mom showed up to start work on a slipcover for our sofa, and I went to work in the kitchen making the aforementioned Apple Slab Pie. That sucker took seven pounds of apples and four pie crusts, but it came out well and I'm very happy with the results. In the midst of the chaos, [livejournal.com profile] luckytheevildog showed up and Dan helped him install a new hard drive on his computer. I whipped up dinner for everyone, a simple fettuccine with a modified pesto consisting of olive oil, garlic, fresh herbs (basil, oregano, and parsley), and Parmesan cheese. I cooked up some Italian sausages to serve on the side, and I was very happy with the results. The pie definitely passed muster; I'll be posting the recipe in the next few days, since Dan's mom wants a copy.

The alarm went off far too early this morning, and I'm dragging a bit now. Coming up this week...um, beats me. I know I have a lot of work to do for Midwest FurFest, though, so that will probably be my primary non-work focus. For now, though, I'm going in search of caffeine!
duncandahusky: (Chewy!)
Yeah, no posts of note last week. I was feeling kind of down and much feel like posting.

So what did I do? Well, on Wednesday I struck out northwestwards to get some pictures for use by Midwest FurFest. This put me conveniently near the engravers who handle our staff badges every year, so I was able to stop by, chat a bit, and kick around ideas for this year's designs. I'm pretty happy with what we decided on, and now all I have to do is e-mail him the template and the list of names and titles and we'll be good to go (and this year I won't forget the Guests of Honor like I did last year, with that lovely "Oh sh#t!" moment on Wednesday night). Afterwards, I drove down and picked up [livejournal.com profile] takaza after work. Last week was month-end for him, and between doing the work of multiple people and the stress of more and more tasks being piled on him, it was not a good week. I hope I was able to help a little bit, anyway.

On Thursday, after I took Dan in to work, I stopped by the MFF storage locker and picked up a few things, and dropped off a few things that had been sitting in [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus's garage since Anthrocon, as well. I stopped by a printer and got a quote for the attendee badges for this year - we're going to a new, faster system, but wow, the price of badge blanks just got a lot more expensive! I need to call a couple more places for quotations and see if I can get the price down at all. That was also an especially tough day for Dan at work, so I drove back out and picked up dinner for him (and a tasty milkshake as a special treat), and after we ate I sat at the desk across from him and read the paper while he finished up; he finished up and we left $employer a little after 9 PM.

Dan got out of work surprisingly close to on time on Friday, and in much better spirits too. After I picked him up, we took back roads up to Antioch and had a lovely evening with [livejournal.com profile] roho, [livejournal.com profile] genet, and the visiting-from-Maryland [livejournal.com profile] ottr. We had a delightful evening filled with tasty burgers at Charcoal Grill, a hysterical shopping trip in the liquor department of Woodman's, drunken Apples to Apples, and the alarmingly rapid consumption of a bottle of Pucker ("How does it taste?" "Blue."). The next morning, following a typically delicious breakfast at Las Vegas Restaurant (mmm, chocolate chip pancakes...), we all went our separate ways.

The rest of the weekend was spent working on MFF-related stuff: preparing last-minute orders for promotional materials, Dan working on the con book, me helping Dan work on the con book, and other fun stuff. I've got a stack of confirmation postcards to go out (and I need to print more of them and buy more postage - great googly moogly, that's a lot of registrations!) We also took some amusing pictures to accompany the Chairman's Welcome (I'll be keeping those for future blackmail material, Paul ;-) Dinner Sunday night was some tasty steaks, and catching up with "The Amazing Race."

Lots to do this week - hopefully some good stuff going on tomorrow, but in the meantime there's a ton of orders I need to place and phone calls I need to make. Never a dull moment...
duncandahusky: (Husky Sign)
Well, that was what passes for a low-key weekend for us, even if I did drag [livejournal.com profile] takaza out of the house a couple of times during the weekend.

I picked up Dan after work on Friday, which unfortunately ran quite late - it was about 6 PM by the time he left (I had dropped him off there at 6:30 AM that morning). It was cool, though - I was able to relax in the car and catch up on some of my neglected podcasts, and he was able to tend to some last-minute end-of-the-month accounting issues. We stopped by the post office and an interesting little food shop in Mount Prospect, then wandered around a bit trying to figure out what to do for dinner. We finally settled on Chipotle (arr num num!) then retiring back home for the evening.

Saturday, Dan slept late and it was one of those "oh, it's 3 PM, I guess we should take a shower" kind of days. I played too much Ratchet and Clank:Up Your Arsenal (re-played, really - I finished the game last year, but it's good enough that the replay value is excellent), then we decided to wander out in search of dinner. We wound up down at Wishbone, which was average, though the service was underwhelming. Dan's peppercorn steak was kind of fatty, and the flavor of my grilled skirt steak was overwhelmed by the tarragon butter (!). We had a nice long walk afterwards which I enjoyed, even though the evening was a bit muggy.

Sunday was pretty much a repeat of the day before, but we motivated out of the house a bit earlier. We stopped by Best Buy and CompUSA to investigate digital SLR cameras (anyone have one we could borrow for a few days?) but their selections were lousy and just seemed far too expensive. We then went to Jewel and Lincolnwood Produce to stock up on groceries for the week. Last night, Dan made some very tasty homemade strombolis (mine with sausage and onions, and the leftovers are in the office fridge for my lunch!), and I put some chicken breasts in to soak in buttermilk for 24 hours for tonight's crispy fried chicken a la St. Alton. For Tuesday night we have some interesting turducken sausages that [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus picked up at Delicatessen Meyer, and then we'll have a tasty fettuccine carbonara on Wednesday.

Not a whole lot on tap for the week, though word has it I might need to stick around a little late on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday to help out with an inspection by the Brazilian version of the FDA. No problem for me - overtime is always good, particularly when I have a six-day vacation on the horizon!
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
Man, you know it's getting time to post in your journal when your mom complains about she hasn't read anything new there lately ;-)

Well, on Saturday we started out by taking [livejournal.com profile] takaza's mom to lunch for her birthday. I understand that she's just happy to spend time with us, but I admit that I'm used to making a bit more of a to-do over such things; she was just fine with us going to Steak and Shake, which she'd never been to before. Dan and I grew up with very different family dynamics. Neither is better or worse than the other, but sometimes it can be a bit weird. We had fun, though, and it was a pleasant lunch. Afterwards we went to [livejournal.com profile] roho and [livejournal.com profile] genet's place and had a fun evening with them and [livejournal.com profile] datahawk, [livejournal.com profile] feren, [livejournal.com profile] lady_curmudgeon, and [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus. A surprisingly small amount of alcohol was consumed, and we all were feeling pretty tired before midnight even rolled around. Ah well.

Sunday began with the traditional trip to Las Vegas Restaurant, where I had their always-fabulous Las Vegas skillet. From there we headed back into the city and lazed around the house for a while. For dinner, Dan and I tried to come up with something new and different to do with the large amount of fresh corn that we purchased. Dan cut the kernels off the cobs, then I sautéed up some garlic and added the corn to the pan. A little salt, a little pepper, some paprika, and...bleah. It's not often that our culinary experiments go awry, but this one was to neither of our liking; the sweetness of the corn was a weird match for the garlic, and while the paprika started to bridge the gap, it just wasn't enough.

Monday and Tuesday were unremarkable, except that the weather cooled down enough to make going outside actually a pleasant prospect. I took the bus down to Lincoln Square and spent about an hour and a half outside of The Grind reading The Reader and enjoying a tasty blueberry smoothie. the weather was nice enough (low 70's and low humidity) that I decided to walk back. My stroll took me past Kempf Plaza where tango tunes from the 40's and 50's were being played on a tinny speaker while older couples danced around the plaza (please pardon my lousy cameraphone quality). I had to stop for a while and enjoy the music and the spectacle - it was a magical thing on a cool summer evening. The rest of the walk home, the music played in my head and provided a moody background to the quiet neighborhoods.

When I called Dan after work on Wednesday he mentioned that parking was going to be limited on the street in front of [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus's place for the next four days while they re-pave, so we decided that it would be better for him to just leave his car at work and we can car-pool for a few days. After I picked him up, we drove over to the Renaissance Schaumburg and Convention Center to check them out. They just opened the place six weeks ago, and they're still a bit rough around the edges (missing signage, lights missing on the elevators, wallpaper edges still showing a bit). Once they get everything ironed out, though, the place is going to be nothing short of amazing. And huge, too! I'll be curious to compare that against the still-under-construction Westin Lombard Yorktown Center once that is complete. (No one should read this as an indication that MFF is moving anywhere, but it's always good to know all of the available venues in the area.)

And so, tonight. Linnaeus is hosting a Happy Hour at The Red Lion, and I hope to make it to that. Hope to see some of y'all there!
duncandahusky: (huskyface)
Traffic in Chicago on Friday afternoons sucks; traffic on Friday afternoons when it's raining is just downright retarded. This would explain why it took us two hours to get from Mount Prospect to Naperville last Friday afternoon. The trip was worth it, though! We had an OK dinner at Famous Dave's (thereby scratching my yen for BBQ - almost. Now I just want some good BBQ). The company was excellent, though, as we were joined by [livejournal.com profile] wyldekyttin, [livejournal.com profile] foxish, [livejournal.com profile] emrldgirrl, [livejournal.com profile] datahawk, and [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus. After dinner we headed over to the theater and saw Clerks 2, which was a lot funnier than I expected it to be. Like most of Smith's movies, it's very quotable, and educational, too (hence the title of this post :-)

On Saturday we had a pleasant morning and early afternoon of bumming around the house, then headed out to Sheffield Walk to see Carbon Leaf. That was a heck of a lot more people in too small a space than I was prepared to deal with. The sound mix, alas, was abominable, and between the crowds and incoming rain, Dan and I bailed about halfway through the set. We retreated to Bobtail for tasty ice cream, and were joined there by Linnaeus. Devin and Data picked up Kyttin and met us in Lincoln Square, but we eventually opted to adjourn back to Linnaeus' place for dinner from the taquiera on the corner nearby. Dinner was yummy, and it's always fun to hang out with friends.

Sunday found us driving up to McHenry County to visit with Dan's mom. Her Tivo wasn't connecting and we suspected we knew the problem but had to be there to fix it. Sure enough, the Netgear wireless router had somehow completely reset itself; fixing it was a two-minute thing, very simple. We got a delicious lunch out of the deal, though, and a nice afternoon of familial socializing. We headed home and lazed around the house for the rest of the evening, watching a little more Tivo.

And here we are at today. Ever since Friday, I've had a pain in my right ear that has gotten worse and worse. I suspected I knew the problem, and I just got back from the doctor who confirmed it: Otitis Externa, or Swimmer's Ear. A round of levofloxacin (a relative of Cipro) should take care of it, and the Tylenol with codeine to help the pain at night won't hurt either :-) Having taken care of that, I'm off in a few minutes to pick up Dan and then we'll wander our way down to Lombard to celebrate [livejournal.com profile] rustitobuck's birthday. Yay!

Oh, and for locals: if you haven't seen it, there's a coffee get-together in the city on Wednesday!
duncandahusky: (Mmmm...beer)
Man, am I dragging this afternoon. I had a blast last night hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] perro and [livejournal.com profile] woodychitwn and (all-too-briefly) [livejournal.com profile] wipeout_ut; I'll leave the sordid tales to Woody and Perro's journals, but it was an entertaining reminder of why I'm not a huge fan of bars, though the denizens therein and the heavy-handed propositions were hysterical to watch. The cosmo I started with was OK, and the Chivas and soda was serviceable. Then Woody's friend came on shift behind the bar and the margarita I ordered kicked my butt something fierce.It was probably half tequila, but unfortunately we're talking well tequila here...gah. We had a lot of fun shouting talking over the music and I'd love to do it again, though maybe in a quieter setting.

By the time 11:15 rolled around I knew I had to hit the road. I took my leave of the merry crew as they went in search of quieter digs (and, as it turns out, weak, expensive drinks). The El ride back home was...interesting. When you're riding the El and you're tipsy, it's not a good idea to think about motion sickness. Oog. No real problems, just a bit of nausea. I finally got to bed a little after midnight, then the alarm went off at 5 AM. Not. Enough. Sleep. You'll understand why I feel like I'm about to faceplant into the keyboard.

So, it appears that we're going to see Clerks 2 tomorrow night. Saturday, there's a couple of possibilities, though I'm kind of hoping we might grab tickets to the Gay Games Closing Ceremonies at Wrigley Field, since they cut ticket prices in half and they're now a much more affordable $25. Also, Carbon Leaf is playing at Sheffield Walk, so that's a possibility as well. We'll see what happens, I guess.
duncandahusky: (Thoughtful)
So, as I said in my last post of any substance, [livejournal.com profile] takaza and I spent Friday evening off together. He chose the hotel (with some help from [livejournal.com profile] steviemaxwell. Thanks Stevie!) and let me choose the restaurant for dinner. I knew exactly what I had in mind, but I wanted to surprise him, so I told him we were going to a good Italian restaurant in Naperville. It turns out that one of his cow-orkers lives in Naperville, so when he asked me which one I was caught flat-footed. LTH Forum to my rescue! Why, it's Pasta Amore - fortunately, I chose one that actually had a pretty good reputation. Once we parked in downtown Naperville, we walked around a bit then I abruptly turned into a restaurant as we passed. Dan said, "Wait! That's not the right place. That's Heaven on Seven." I replied that yes, it was the right place - that's where our reservations were :-) Dinner was, as expected, completely fabulous. Dan's country fried steak over garlic mashed potatoes was tasty, though not quite as good as past versions at other Ho7 locations. I had the "Feed Me Jimmy Junior" tasting menu, which included crawfish cake, gumbo, turtle soup, a cheddar-jalapeno muffin, a Voodoo chicken enchilada, beef tenderloin over garlic mashed potatoes, and chocolate pecan pie. Ye gods, that was amazing! Afterwards we retired back to the hotel room to relax.

On Saturday, I let Dan sleep in as I poked at my laptop a bit and got some of the free "breakfast" downstairs. Eh, a bagel works when it's all ya got. Once we got rolling, we stopped by the grocery store to pick up some things for Stevie then headed over to the LAFF softball game. We hung out there for an hour or so and chatted with friends, then retired over to [livejournal.com profile] crim_ferret and [livejournal.com profile] wyldekyttin's place for Crim's birthday. We really enjoyed hanging out there, chatting, and the steaks were just delicious! Unfortunately, Dan was feeling under the weather so we had to take our leave on the early side.

Sunday? Sunday was the kind of day where you look at the clock and say, "Huh. It's 5 PM. I guess we should take a shower." It was quite nice, actually, and dinner was tasty too (sautéed pork chops accompanied by potatoes roasted in goose fat. Yum!)

I didn't sleep too well last night, and we've had a bit of surprising news today that has me a bit off-kilter and stressed. Nothing bad, just...wow. More on that soon, I'm sure.
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
Whoa, it's Friday. Wasn't quite ready for that, but I'm certainly not complaining!

Last night was quite enjoyable. After dinner, we were faced with another night of vegging in front of the Tivo, but it was such a darned nice evening out (temp in the low 70's F and low humidity). I poked [livejournal.com profile] takaza into action and we drove over to Foster Beach and walked along Lake Michigan as the sun set. Just lovely. We didn't see any border collies, unfortunately. After walking around a bit and being serenaded by someone's last few firecrackers from the Fourth, we adjourned to Zephyr for a tasty dessert. Sadly, I found their homemade hot fudge somewhat lacking, but the ice cream was tasty!

And now it's Friday. I dropped Dan off at work this morning, so I'll be off to meet him after I leave work. I like this arrangement because it gives me a good 30-45 minutes to relax, read the paper, or nap before Dan's ready to leave. After I pick him up, we're going to find a nice restaurant out in the 'burbs, and crash at a nice place for a quiet evening together. Yay!

For the weekend, we'll be stopping by [livejournal.com profile] laffsoftball for a brief social visit, then it's off to help celebrate a certain ferret's birthday. And Sunday? Not a whole lot is planned right now, and that's a Good Thing.
duncandahusky: (happygolucky)
Well, I seem to have gotten slack on detailing our comings and goings. Bad me! All in all, this was a very pleasant holiday weekend.
Shopping sprees on Friday! )
Cooking and parties on Saturday! )
Nothing on Sunday! )
Shopping and yummy food on Monday! )
Party on Tuesday! )
And here we are, back to work. yay. At least it gives me time to update my LiveJournal ;-)
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
Man, long holiday weekends mess with my head. Thank heavens my employer is closed today (even if I'm not getting paid or it).

I need to think up a good excuse not to go down to see the fireworks tonight. I seem to be failing in my search, which means I might have interesting times ahead...
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
Well, after Anthrocon and a very trying week at work, racing against deadlines, we came to the weekend. What would one want to do to recover? Hey, how about relaxing at home? Or maybe going to the Chicago Pride Parade? Or catching the Pride edition of Too Much Light?

No, we called bingo games, drove to Wisconsin, and went to meetings. Logic? What's that?

On Saturday, [livejournal.com profile] takaza and I drove up to Vernon Hills for his company's summer picnic. Man, it's nice that he works for one of the few companies that isn't cutting costs to the bone these days. The picnic was open to all employees and their families, though this was the first year that they didn't offer free beer and wine (and attendance suffered somewhat, but not terribly). We were in charge of calling bingo games for two sessions, from 12:30 - 2 PM, then from 2:30 - 4PM. The organizers gave us a huge box of $25 gift cards to give away for everything from Jewel and Toys R Us to Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants and Wal Mart - probably close to $1,000 worth of cards total. Dan did some excellent pre-planning and made some signs that were a huge help, and although I'll admit I was a bit unsure about things at first eventually I did have a very fun time. We alternated, first calling two games, then walking among the audience, answering questions, and checking cards. I think we called about 30-40 games total, and had crowds that pushed 100 or so by the end of the day.

That was pretty fun, but it gets better. First, Dan won a door prize: a $25 Lettuce Entertain You gift card (mmm, that's two large, home-made apple strudels). They were holding a charity raffle to benefit Ronald McDonald House in which, among other things, they were giving away six Blackberrys. Dan took some of his leftover cash from Anthrocon and bought sixteen $5 tickets. As we were finishing up the last session of bingo, one of the organizers came over and told him he had won and gave him his prize...a 1 Gb iPod Nano. Which is all well and good, except that we both already have 30 Gb iPods. Dan ran into a cow-orker who mentioned that he had won $100 in gift cards to Best Buy; after some talking, they agreed to swap prizes, since the gift cards would be much more useful to us and the cow-orker's son really wanted an iPod. As we were driving away from the picnic, Dan opened the envelope and pulled out one $50 card, then another $50 card, then another, unmarked card! One call to Best Buy's automated number later, and we find that we actually have $150 in gift cards. Woo! To cap all of this off, after we helped last year we each got $40 in gift cards, so I'm assuming we'll be seeing something similar this year. It turns out that it was a very lucrative afternoon, plus I had a surprisingly good time.

After the picnic, we headed up to Milwaukee to have a going-away party for Straif ([livejournal.com profile] colliedoc). It was a lovely, low-key affair. The company was excellent, the food was good, and the wine very tasty :-) (Steele Carneros Pinot Noir, of course - you can't go wrong with that!) unfortunately, we were both feeling the effects of the long day outside and had to take our leave early - I slept a good bit on the drive home, and poor Dan was feeling pretty sleepy too, but we made it home OK.

Sunday featured the Midwest FurFest staff meeting. Not much to say about that, though do check out our spiffy new website, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] hooktail. Really nice work! We lazed around at home a bit in the evening, and continued slooowly going through the first season of the new Doctor Who by watching "Daleks" - yet another strong episode.

Today has been a pleasant day at work, a lot less stressful than last week! It sounds like Dan will be heading down to the St. Louis for his employer tomorrow for a few days, but with the possibility of late nights there the prospects of socializing seem regrettably small. In the meantime...Anyone want to go out for sushi tomorrow or Wednesday night?
duncandahusky: (Default)
Yes, we do indeed have a personal life too, and I'm sure y'all are tired of reading about FRAC, so enough about that for now.

On Friday, even though [livejournal.com profile] takaza had driven in to work we decided that it would be better if I picked him up and we left his car at his employer's over the weekend. I really enjoy meeting him after work on Fridays because I usually get there 30-40 minutes before he's ready to go so I have time to read or nap or just relax, and the weather on Friday was ideal - 70's and breezy. I parked under a tree for some shade and read the paper, and dozed a bit too. Once he was done for the day, we drove deep into the darkest wilds of Evanston, to explore the mysteries of the Central Street shopping district. Although my initial target was The Spice House, we also found Foodstuffs, which is an evil, evil place, and checked out a couple of interesting restaurants (Jacky's Bistro was tempting, but a bit too spendy for us that night). We wound up opting to drive down to the Davis Street business district, which wasn't nearly as interesting even if it is bigger (too many national chains represented there). We tried to drop in on [livejournal.com profile] siriuswolfstar at work, only to find that he had traded shifts and was well on the fast track to inebriation elsewhere. We wound up at Trattoria Demi, a "red-sauce Italian place" that I found to be...eh. Nothing exciting, but at least it wasn't too expensive.

Saturday found me poking around on the net in the morning to try to find something to bring to [livejournal.com profile] wyldekyttin's birthday party that evening. I utterly failed at matching the theme ("something that can be deconstructed"), but I did come up with an extremely tasty Asian chicken salad. I sauteed up some chicken breasts using The Spice House's delicious Argyle Street Asian Blend. I stole the dressing and fried rice noodles from this recipe, only I used a nice spring blend for greens, and added snow peas, scallions, and baby bok choy. Once the chicken breasts were cooled, I tore them apart by hand. The nice thing about this was that I could I put the noodles in one bag, the greens in another, the prepared veggies in another, the chicken in another, and the dressing in a plastic container; when it was time to serve I just dumped them all into a bowl and tossed. Quite tasty, too.

The party was great fun, and [livejournal.com profile] crim_ferret did a sterling job on grill duty (mmm, Asiago cheeseburgers!). Alas, the fact that I had woken up at 6:30 AM caught up with me and we left the party at an unconscionably early hour because I was close to falling asleep.

Sunday was spent working on Anthrocon stuff - Dan on signage, me on Artists Alley and Con Store prep. I've almost gotten the work schedule in place, I just need to give it a once-over before sending it out to my staff. Thank heavens I was able to recruit enough folks this year so that I don't have to schedule myself, since I get pulled in four different directions at once during the con and I need to be able to deal with stuff when necessary. We took a break in the afternoon to grab some food, do a bit of shopping, and finally pick up our rings from the jeweler. This ordeal has taken over two months, but we finally have both rings back and I'm once more wearing my wedding band - no more cruising the bars for me! {snicker} Once home we watched some Good Eats and worked on more Anthrocon stuff (this will be our refrain for the next week).

Incidentally, for those that care: we've made a slight alteration in our Anthrocon travel plans. We will be driving, leaving Chicago sometime between 5:30 AM and 6:00 AM (when we normally leave for work anyway) on Wednesday, June 14, aiming to arrive in Pittsburgh by 3 PM EDT; we'll be departing Pittsburgh before noon on Monday the 19th. We were originally going to put in half-days at work and leave Chicago at noonish, but we realized that the loss of hours for me is more than made up for by the decrease in stress in not getting in late to the hotel and not scrambling to get stuff done Wednesday night. Heck, we might even be able to take a swim before the con starts!

We don't have a lot of plans for this week, since we're trying to save a small bit before the con. Mostly finalizing Anthrocon stuff, and clearing up the huge backlog we have on the Tivo (NINE episodes of Doctor Who? I need to get watching!)
duncandahusky: (happygolucky)
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!
duncandahusky: (Chewy!)
So we spent last weekend at Congenial. Just to be different, I'll spare y'all the blow-by-blow and just say that it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed swimming and hanging out with friends. When we got home on Sunday we sat around the house like zombies and then went to bed.

I had the unpleasant surprise yesterday of looking at my wedding ring and realizing that the white gold inner band had cracked and was spinning freely, about to come off. Ack! We purchased it five years ago from Ross-Simons in Raleigh, NC, and I was pleased to see that the only store they have in Illinois happens to be right on my way home from work. I stopped by yesterday afternoon and it has now been shipped off for repair. I should have it back in 10-14 days, at an as-yet-to-be-determined cost (they'll call me with an estimate before doing any work, though). The biggest drawback to this is the moment of panic I get on an all-too-frequent basis when I realize I'm not wearing my ring and start wondering where I left it. Bleah.

Not too much going on this week. It's month-end for [livejournal.com profile] takaza's company, so he'll be working long hours this week; last night he didn't get home until close to 8 PM, and I expect a few more days this week like that. If he doesn't have to work this weekend (ick!) I hope that we'll be doing some wandering about in the lovely weather to do some research for FRAC, or at the very least relaxing a bit and being antisocial. We're due for a bit of that, I think.

Oh, and finally: happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] woodychitwn!

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