duncandahusky: (Stay off of my lawn!)
So after adventures in muscle spasms on Friday, I curled up with a nice combination of Valium and Vicodin. [livejournal.com profile] takaza stayed home as well because the weather was pretty lousy, with around 10" of snow falling. I napped a good portion of the day and was quite grateful for the pharmaceutical assistance.

By Saturday the spasms had pretty much abated, though my neck was still stiff. I came in to work (which was mandatory, in exchange for getting Christmas Eve off) and puttered around a bit, then Dan and I went over to his mother's to exchange Christmas gifts and enjoy a lovely dinner.

Sunday was much more relaxed, though we finally ventured into the high winds and blowing snow to do some Wuffmeet shopping. We did some price comparisons at GFS (and got some good ideas for food), picked up all of the bubbly we need for New Year's at Trader Joes, and took advantage of a fantastic sale on sodas at Meijer to get $160 or so worth of soda for $90. Unfortunately, while moving all that soda, Dan torqued his back, which has left him somewhat the worse for wear today. As for me, my neck still is a little stiff and I still get occasional pain, but I've regained about 80% mobility, which is a huge improvement.

We're supposed to drive down to St. Louis on Wednesday to spend Christmas with my parents and my sister's family, but the weather is looking most unpleasant. The snow I could deal with, but the mention of freezing rain between here and there gives me pause. I'm hoping that, at worst, we'll have to delay our departure until midday Wednesday, but if it's bad enough we may have to drive down on Christmas morning. We'll see how the weather works out. Alas, our visit down there will be brief, since Dan has to be back at work on Monday the 29th and I need to tend to all kinds of New Year's preparations. The one spot of good news is that it looks like I won't be called in during plant shutdown, which will leave me free to concentrate on party planning.

I hope everyone's holiday planning is going well. Stay warm and safe!

Home Safe.

Feb. 6th, 2008 03:01 pm
duncandahusky: (License)
[livejournal.com profile] takaza and I are now at home, safe. There's a good 8-10 inches of snow on the ground and it's still coming down hard. And horizontally.

Whiteouts suck.
duncandahusky: (Husky - WTF?)
What fun! Last night we only saw about two inches of snow, followed by rain, followed by snow as the snow/rain line danced over our area before an area of relative calm moved in. I was fully prepared to bag work this morning and work from home (yes, I did have stuff to work on!), but there was no good reason to call in. Of course, the snow started up again after I dropped [livejournal.com profile] takaza off at the train station, and by the time I had driven the four miles to work visibility had dropped to about a quarter mile. According to the National Weather Service, we're in for 12"-14" of snow by 6 PM tonight; that's a whole lot of snow in a relatively short time. I'm going to keep an eye on things and if it starts to get really bad out there, I'll be heading home.
duncandahusky: (Chewy!)
After all that hemming and hawing about what to serve on Saturday, we wound up punting and changing the proposed menu completely. [livejournal.com profile] takaza got up shockingly early (9 AM) and by 11 AM we were on the road running errands. We decided to make a big ol' pot of chili and supplement it with tasty accoutrements like rice, queso fresco, and chopped onions. I made a batch of homemade cornbread that unfortunately not only turned out dry and flavorless but, when I was trying to get it out of the Pyrex glass pan, the pan slipped and landed on the inside of my forearm, giving me a large, nasty-looking burn (fortunately, it only looks nasty - it's about as painful as a sunburn).

We wound up with 12 guests in attendance, including Dan's family. We had a really fun time, and there was good food, good beer, good wine, and good company. The evening seemed to fly by. We finally said good night to everyone by midnight. As usual, we didn't get to play as many games as Dan would have liked - next time, we need to focus less on the food and more on the games.

Sunday was delightfully lazy. We snacked off leftovers, and finally got around to watching the Super Bowl about an hour after it had started, Tivo-style. That made the game (and the commercials) much more enjoyable, and since I didn't really have a favorite to win, it was nice to just watch and appreciate some good football.

This week has been crawling by, as I knew it would - don't the weeks before vacations always slow down? I fully intend to take some work home with me this afternoon, though, since the forecast is for 8"-12" of snow up here, with the worst of it falling between 4 AM and noon tomorrow. If it's really bad, I have no intention of trying to get in to work. That's fine, though - I have a stack of about 50 SOP's I need to read by the end of the week, and I can do it at home or here.

By the way, on a complete tangent: Does anyone else use Del.icio.us? I can be found on there under the username DuncanHusky. I tend to use it to bookmark good recipes that I want to come back to, funny comics, and other random things (random example: the amusing comic "I Am a Host at The Olive Garden").

Mmmboy

Jan. 29th, 2008 06:19 am
duncandahusky: (Erf?)
Right now it's 44° F. It supposed to pretty much stay that way until noon then over the course of 18 hours crash down to 0° F, with precipitation (naturally).

I think today may be a bit of a wild ride.
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
My goodness, where to begin. I've been remiss in updating things (yes Mom, I know :-) so I have quite a bit to write about.

Last week was a bit of a blur - mainly just getting back into the swing of things after the previous short work week. Saturday was [livejournal.com profile] takaza's birthday party! After kicking around ideas of how to celebrate his birthday, he finally settled on spending time with friends, so a party it was. I was a bit worried about the weather - a nasty mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain - but most everyone got to us OK and everyone got home safely (sorry you got lost, [livejournal.com profile] awfulhorrid and [livejournal.com profile] bookwurm! We'll see you again soon, though, I hope. Barbarian, check your e-mail!). We had about 20 folks, various snacks and desserts, and three huge pots of chicken and dumplings. We got in some Lupus in Tabula, which was fun, but not quite enough games - we'll need to work on that at New Year's.

On Sunday I had lunch with [livejournal.com profile] unclevlad and [livejournal.com profile] datahawk at Osteria di Tramonto (yum! The roasted duck cavatelli is to die for!) then we toured the Westin Chicago North Shore to give them an idea of the Security challenges for the coming year. It was a great meeting and there was a lot of good discussion. I'm feeling really good about Security for next year, and I hope that Vlad is feeling a bit more comfortable with me in the chairman role. Afterwards I stopped by the Hyatt Woodfield to pick up a bag of mine that they found after MFF (yay!), then picked up some dinner for Dan and me on the way home.

Yesterday Dan took a day off to celebrate his birthday with a little time away from work. We had agreed that this Christmas we would get a single big item for ourselves, then get each other a smaller gift. Dan went out and bought that item yesterday: an 8 cubic foot chest freezer. We got a good deal through Best Buy on a Frigidaire that Consumer Reports recommended. To go with that he also got a Food Saver vacuum bag sealer, which will be a big help if we're going to be laying in a supply of frozen stuff. We started things out by breaking up a 4-lb. tray of chicken breasts into small packages, and I'm pleased to say that everything worked splendidly! I expect that the 20 feet of bag stock that they supply probably won't last very long, though, so we'll need to pick up more of that.
Now we need to experiment a bit and see what other fun stuff we can do with the Food Saver (sous-vide, anyone?).

So today, Dan is flying off to Detroit for a few days of training, weather permitting. Although it'll be weird being around the house alone, the quiet time can be nice, too. I have a couple of projects I want to work on, and maybe a bit of shopping as well. So, not a very exciting week, but after last month who needs excitement?
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: (Stay off of my lawn!)
From the National Weather Service:
Wednesday: Periods of snow, mixing with rain after 1pm. High near 33. Windy, with a east northeast wind between 20 and 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Well. Won't this be fun.
duncandahusky: (Thoughtful)
Not a whole lot going on this week, and it's really quite nice. With our Heroes on hiatus that has left us free to watch other good stuff like The Dresden Files (which, though technically set in Chicago, is actually shot in Toronto. Not quite as bad as Vancouver, which "looks like Boston, California"), and accumulated low-priority animation shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy. Tonight I think we're going to check out the second episode of BBC America's Robin Hood and the premiere of FX's The Riches, which got rave reviews (and the idea of Eddie Izzard maintaining a strict American accent amuses me to no end).

Thanks to everyone who responded to yesterday's call for help at AC. I'll be in touch with you soon, trust me. We also need to have a little sit-down with [livejournal.com profile] roho to discuss the feasibility of point-of-sale software for Artists Alley; this is probably something for implementation in future years. Something like that could really streamline payout, but as has been noted in the past, what is it worth to knock twenty minutes off a 45-minute process that we do three times each year?

Yesterday's weather was fabulous, just with the high just a hair over 70 and breezy. I opened up all the windows and aired the place out (and discovered a missing screen on one of the windows in the master bedroom). Relaxing in the living room with the breeze blowing was just lovely. Of course, because it's Illinois in March, the weather today has taken a turn for the icky, with the temperature crashing down into the 30's by tonight and a chance of rain and snow.

Finally, in case anyone missed it, the fursuit photos that [livejournal.com profile] nymphara took at Midwest FurFest are now available online. If you want a high-quality copy of any of the pcitures, just drop [livejournal.com profile] takaza a line.
duncandahusky: (huskypuppy)
Man, rough weather out there today. It even doubled my commute...to 20 minutes. The last time we had weather like this(and we still lived in the city of Chicago) it took me three hours to get to work.

Suburbs, I <3 you!

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