Howdy Hey!

Jun. 1st, 2011 03:53 pm
So, hi there!

Hope y'all haven't missed me too much. Yeah, I know I go through bursts of writing. Thing is, the number one place I'm used to writing at is work, and work has had the nerve to keep me busy of late. So anyway, here I am, fingers to keyboard, updating this silliness.

Me: Doing well, overall. I really need to go to bed earlier than I do. This is more a factor of my needing to put aside the fun things I'm doing and get some sleep. But they're fun, dammit! Starting to get psyched for Origins.

Family: [ profile] mousecat0 had her MRI last Friday, and had it interpreted today. Seems that there are 2 herniated discs in her upper spine, one much worse than the other. This is what is causing the pain in her arm. The doc wants to try cortisone shots first for pain management, but is thinking that surgery will probably need to happen at some point. Meanwhile, F is on a class field trip to St. Mary's City, MD today, and [ profile] mouseling1 is preparing for her end of year choral concert.

The Last Two Weeks: Well, lessee, Since I last update 2 weeks ago, there hasn't been too much going on. The kids & I went to NJ last weekend for the annual family Memorial Day picnic; [ profile] mousecat0 had to stay in MD for work. In a way, it may have been just as well, as she had a chance to relax somewhat without us being in her hair. It was good to see everyone, however.

Coming up: Well, it's the end of the school year, so things are getting busy. Have a cub scout pool party this Friday, maybe a Pathfinder session on Sunday, plus I'm stickin' by my cell phone in case a friend needs an ear to rant in or a shoulder to cry on. Yeah, I have someone specific in mind, and no, I'm not gonna mention a name, because they know who they are.

Monday is the final choral concert for [ profile] mouseling1. The following Saturday, there's the Book Release Shindig for [ profile] punkwalrus's book Trolley (which I will be at, [ profile] mouseling1 will be attending a friend's Bat Mitzvah in the AM, and then a party for the young lady that night at Shadowland in Gaithersburg. [ profile] mousecat0 will take her to that, and then she and F will see a movie. That Sunday is a Barking Mad/TCEP meeting. The kids are out of school on the 16th, and will come to work with me on the 17th for "NOAA Family Day". We may go to NJ to attend a graduation/birthday party on the 18th; this will depend greatly on available $$$, since we leave for Origins on the 22nd.

We come back from Origins on the 27th. On the 28th, there is the annual 4th of July shindig at my mother-in-law's country club, which we usually go to. On the 3rd, we take F. out to his Webelos scout camp, where he'll be for a week.

And the 4th is the Annual Independence Day Suburban Charred Meat Festival.

We're a bit busy.

Conventions: Well, I'll be at Origins, TCEP, and Intervention. I'm trying to make sure that [ profile] mouseling1 & [ profile] mousecat0 get to Otakon.

I am, at the moment, a bit annoyed with Origins. For the next two years, they are going to hold the convention the weekend after Memorial Day. Now, I don't know what went into this decision, though I suspect a lot of it was financial. I do think that this is going to be a Very Bad Idea. Now, I know that there are some school districts that are already out, but a lot of them are in school until June, and that means that parents like myself are going to be unable to go. This has become a family vacation time for us, but I can't justify pulling them out of school for it. And I've seen a lot more people opposing those dates than approving of them (at least on the Facebook community). I have a bad feeling that this might sink them financially. We'll see.

We do have alternate vacation plans in the works, however. One that will have us visiting sunny Orlando, FL in the spring of 2012, and Indianapolis in the summer of 2013. heeheehee

Gaming: No tabletop since last I wrote, though I have gotten Ticket to ride for the iPad, as well as all available maps. And there goes days at a time... ;-) Done some WoW, I've managed to get my Archaeology skill maxed out. Turns out that it's a good skill to work on during Laundry night. Find bits, fly to new place, fold laundry while in flight. Lather, rinse, repeat.

I think that's all I got for now.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
Origins: 20 Days!
TCEP 18: 124 Days!
Intervention: 138 Days!
...but only $0.02 after taxes.

Hey there, how are ya today? Got a little bit of time right now, so I thought I'd drop by and rearrange some electrons. Maybe even post something? Heaven forefend!

OK, ok, enough of all o' that. Time for a Bullet List Of Doom (tm)!

DOOM! Doom, I say!
  • Administrivia: Please give a warm welcome to the three newest readers of this little slice of insanity: [ profile] leaf_kunoichi, [ profile] jvmatucha, and [ profile] mummoth, all of who found me through the friending frenzy I pimped yesterday. Pull up a chair and help yourself to somethin' to drink. I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.
  • Me: Doing well. Slept for about 10 hours on Tuesday night, and have felt better since. Looking forward to the upcoming 3 day weekend.
  • Family: Doing reasonably well. Still have to occasionally sit on people to get them to do their homework. [ profile] mousecat0 may be enjoying the next few days of work a little, since the boss will be in the Bahamas. B turns 13 in 18 days. Not sure I'm ready for a teenager yet. ::sigh::
  • Work: is work. And nothing on the other front, but nothing was expected yet. Have about 2-3 weeks before I hear anything.
  • Where we've been: Not much of anywhere, really. At home for the most part, relaxing, cleaning, know the routine. Got some stuff coming up though, which I will talk about in...
  • Where we'll be: [ profile] mousecat0 & B will be at Katsucon this weekend, at least on Saturday. F & I will be at home doing some work, then probably going to [ profile] stoooooooo & [ profile] ginabeth's on Sunday for the Daytona 500. I'm not really a NASCAR fan, but F. likes it, and it's a chance to see family for a bit. a bit of a treat/surprise for the kids. [ profile] mousecat0 is gonna take a half-day and we're gonna take the kids to see the International Spy Museum. After that, we've got meetings, and scout functions, and birthday stuff...we'll be good and busy until the end of March. I think.
  • Wisconsin: I need to take a moment here to talk about this mess. Let's leave aside the fact that I'm looking for a federal job, ok? If we are going to tak a serious look at things, we have to admit one thing: in certain ways, the unions are broken. Anyone who has spent any amount of time in any job where they have to deal with a union can tell you that there are some people who need to go, but you can't get them out because of tenure. And I'm not talking about some worker who has put in many long years and is kinda coasting the last year or two until their retirement - I honestly don't begrudge them that. But I am talking about those people who know that it's damn near impossible to get fired and who use that fact to get away with being obstructionist, petty, lazy, incompetent, burned out, or just plain useless. I've seen it in every government agency I've worked in. Every teacher worth their salt that I've known sees these people too. Yes, there's a place for longevity and not being able to fire people just because they're older, but there has to be a way to get rid of the deadwood. And this whole idea of stripping away the collective bargaining rights is also fucking stupid. Especially from teachers, who are not, and have never been paid enough. The unions may be a part of the problem, but the bigger problem (by far) is the ridiculous idea on the part of the American people that they want it all, they want it now, and they don't want to pay for it. Paying the people who run the government (and I ain't talking about the politicians - they're about as useful as a gnat's fart in a windstorm - I'm talking about the rank and file...the people who actually do the work) a good wage is neither wasteful nor unreasonable. Paying the people who we trust to educate our children a good wage is neither wasteful nor unreasonable. *IF THEY ARE DOING THEIR JOB* The unions need to get off their ass and figure out a way to make merit part of the criteria for tenure. The politicians need to get over themselves and look at people and corporations and say "Hey, you want this stuff? Pay up".
  • Gaming: Well, we're 3 sessions into the new Pathfinder game. I know I'm not "feelin' it" as a GM as I take them In Search Of The Unknown, but that's in large part due to the fact that this is a straight-out dungeon crawl with little to no story. In this case, it's probably just as well, as we're all learning the system. It's just that I like my adventures to have a little more story behind them. We'll get there. They've only got one more session in here, I think. Then it's on to the Keep on the Borderlands (I think).
  • WoW: Still playing a few nights a week. Completed the new questlines, just have Dungeons and raids to see. Probably start leveling my Archaeology and Fishing.

I think that's all I got for now.
I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
Origins: 125 Days!
TCEP 18: 197 Days!
Intervention: 211 Days!
So, it's been farrrrr too long since I've done any update of substance.

So here we go. Get some coffee (or beverage of choice) and get comfy.
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  • Me: Doing well. I'm in good spirits. Hallowe'en is done, and the planning and prepping for Thanksgiving begins in earnest. I'm feelin' good and looking...well, like myself. Which is to say that I'd lose to Godzilla in a beauty contest, but hey, that's normal, so it's all good. In early to work this AM since the kids are off from school (Teachers Professional Day) and I can drop F off at his after-school care as early as 0700. I'll use the time towards my day off for AnimeUSA later in the month.
  • I probably don't need to say this to y'all, but it bears repeating: Please, tomorrow, go out and vote. Thank you.
  • Family: Well, everyone is doing pretty well. The kids are on a bit of a sugar high (Duh!) and are enjoying the long weekend. [ profile] mousecat0 & B are gearing up for NaNoWriMo; I'm staying out of the way. F was dealing with some sorta low-end stomach bug about half the weekend. No barfing, just stinky gas, gas pains, mild nausea, and the runs.
  • NaNoWriMo: To everyone who is participating, good luck to you.
  • Work: We seem to have passed the first milestone. Now for the next big one. After that, things calm down a bit. We hope.
  • What we've been doing: Well, lessee, it's been over a month since last update. EEP! OK, by week then:
    • Sept 27 - Oct 3: Cleaned up from painting the Living room. Went to MD Renaissance Faire. Went to [ profile] stoooooooo & [ profile] ginabeth's for football and to celebrate [ profile] luvmomh's birthday. [ profile] mousecat0 made an awesome tiramisu for the shindig.
    • Oct 4 - 10: My car wouldn't start after getting cup of coffee (connection to starter motor was bad). Total was ~$130. Touched up paint in LR. Replaced trim around front door (had to do the whole thing because I couldn't find matching trim). Cleaned front of condo. Brought Halloween decorations out of storage.
    • Oct 11 - 17: Enjoyed day off on the 11th. Car needed jumpstart at work on the 15th. Bought battery for my car and tires for [ profile] mousecat0's car. Decorated front of condo.
    • Oct 18 - 24: Not much other than take long weekend to go to NJ to visit lighthouses (which will get it's own post).
    • Oct 25 - 31: Watched horror movies. Had car starter die on me. Had starter replaced. Took F. Christmas List shopping. Gave out candy.
  • Gaming: Not too much, not even WoW. I logged on a few times to try for the Headless Horseman's mount, but never got it.
  • What's coming up: Well, lessee, this week, we're going out to dinner on Thursday to celebrate the birthday of [ profile] mousecat0 and her sister, then grocery shopping on Saturday for Thanksgiving dinner (the menu for which gets it's own post). Also need to defrost the freezer and rearrange and clean out the fridge. Lots of food coming in. Need space. The following weekend is AnimeUSA, which, while we are attending, we will no longer be staying at the hotel (see auto repairs above). If we can get and keep things cleaned up, then one or more of us may go up to [ profile] stoooooooo & [ profile] ginabeth's for football on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
  • Horror flicks: My son F. doesn't care for them, neither does [ profile] mousecat0. My daughter B & I watched several over the last few days, most of which she hasn't seen before. I had the joy of introducing her to:She seemed to enjoy them, and jumped at the end of Carrie. Like I still do. And I've probably seen it two dozen times.
I think that's all I've got for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
Anime USA: 11 Days!
With your host, Grayhawk! OK, so this is pretty much a brain dump.

Well, it was a good weekend. At least, for me it was.

Friday, I had to have B. to school at 0530, as the North Bethesda Middle School choir was performing that day in Newport News, VA that morning, and they were leaving by 0600. Now, the NBMS band and NBMS Orchestra were also performing that day; after which, they were heading for Busch Gardens. Turns out that this was a competition, and I am happy to say that not only did the choir take first place, but the band and orchestra did as well!

Meanwhile, I just went in early. Had to make up some time anyway, so it was just a long day.

Picked her up around 11 pm after watching the Flyers beat Boston. We all crashed.

Saturday morning was spent running errands, including haircuts all around and a quick stop at Target. [ profile] mousecat0 went up to the C&S game in F-redneck, and the kids & I cleaned, then napped, until it was time to take B to her friends place for a sleepover. F & I went home and had dinner while watching Smokey & The Bandit. He called it a night, and I got pulled into a ICC10 run in WoW (downed 6 bosses). [ profile] mousecat0 got home around midnight.

Sunday broke, and we did some final policing before the Barking Mad meeting. [ profile] mousecat0 collected B from the sleepover. The meeting went well, and was productive. As the pork chops I pulled out for dinner were still porksicles, we opted for some take-out fried chicken. Once the kids were prepped for school and showered, I got on WoW and got pulled into a Ulduar10 group (downed 7 bosses). Watched the Flyers beat the Habs.

And now here I am at work.

Still waiting for the dopes at Origins to get their heads out of their asses so I can sign up for events on their site.

I thought I had some sports thoughts, mainly dealing with the Flyers, but they seem to have gotten lost in the "maze of twisty tunnels, all alike" that is my brain some days.

20 years ago yesterday, we lost Jim Henson. My world has never been the same. is an excellent memorial.

In Pace Requiesat Ronnie James Dio. Thank you, sir, for the music and the memories. May you be at peace.

Have you registered for TCEP 17: 3 Nights in Laurel (make a hard man humble...) yet? Why not?

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Convention Countdown
Origins 2010: 36 Days!
TCEP 17: 108 Days!
Nothing like random phrases... ;-)

Hi folks. Sorry about Monday's entry. I had been working on it in spurts throughout the day, and it alllll went to shit when we found out about [ profile] mousecat0's stuff being stolen.

And I suppose that's where I'll start.

For those who don't know, my lovely wife is a commercial property manager. She was at her primary site, where her office is located. More to the point, her office is in a suite of offices in the building, all used by the management company she works for. Around 1430 hours, she went to go check on something, leaving her cellphones (personal & work) on her desk, and her bag (with her wallet in it) behind & under her desk. When she returned 20 or so minutes later, they were all gone. Credit cards, driver's license, checkbook - all gone. After a frantic search of the suite did not turn it up, she began the annoying and tedious process of getting everything canceled.

The next morning, [ profile] mousecat0 planned to go to MD MVA to get a replacement license. She was in the shower when her boss called. Her wallet had been found in the men's room, and they could confirm that her driver's license was in it. She headed off to work and was able to confirm that everything was there - nothing stolen. She didn't have any cash in the bag, so that was a non-issue. Also seems that someone had lifted the site engineers keys from his desk, as they were found elsewhere in another men's room.

Net loss so far as can be told: 2 cell phones. We got off light.

Lessee, what else has happened since last I talked to you?

Went camping with my son and his Cub Scout pack. The Robert C. McDonell Campground (part of Cabin John Regional Park) is maybe 5 minutes from home. Nice enough place. The kids had a blast, the adults had fun watching the kids. The only thing that annoyed me was the rain at 0300 on Sunday.

Last weekend was a little busier, as we had a birthday party to attend for the daughter of some friends, then getting things together for Mother's Day (menu posted here). Oh yeah, and I had to buy tires for my car.

Oh the cars. Which always know when you have $$$. Godblessit. [ profile] mousecat0's car need about $1500 worth of work, mine needed about $400 in tires. Together, that makes us flat-assed broke.

Didn't play much WoW in the last 2 weeks. Played enough to get my Children's Week achievement (and be annoyed by all the whining in battlegrounds by the hardcore battleground gamers when those of us there only for the achievements came in) and my Oh My, Kurenai achievement. Just need to finish off Sporeggar rep for my Diplomat title. Hopefully do some raiding this week as well.

Not too much else of late. Will be in NJ on Memorial Day weekend for the annual family BBQ. Got a Barking Mad meeting this weekend as well. Kids have birthday parties to go to. I'm just gonna try and keep my shit together. ;-)

I'll be posting recipes shortly. I'll even post the one that we didn't like so much; may be you will.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
Yeah, I've been meaning to try and post for a few days weeks now. Thing is, every time I was up for writing, I was either not near a computer or bogged down with work. When I had the time, I had no interest.

Hate that crap, I do.

Enough, I say. Time to put fingers to keyboard and get some of this crap rollin' about in my head out and down on e-paper. And, I think, time for a Bullet List of Doom (tm)!Cut for length and stuff )I think that's about it for now. I'm a-gonna see if I can crank out one or more of the posts alluded to above.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
So much for my posting more, eh? Ah well. In my defense, I was busy last week at work, and busy when I came home. Barely able to keep up with reading stuff, let alone posting.

OK, so where did I leave off? OK, about 2 weeks ago.
This may get long )
So, haven't updated in a while, I know. I really would like to get back to posting on a regular basis. Just need to get off my ennui-riddled ass and type.

So. Hi there. How the hell are ya?

Not gonna go into exhaustive detail of the last few weeks. That'll bore the snot outta ya. Instead, I'll just go for the Bullet List Of Doom (tm)!
cut to spare your f-list )
That's all I have for now, mah fwiends!

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
Short version: We're alive, we're ok, we're dug out, we're sore.
Long(er) version behind cut )
That's the way it is for now, kids.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.
So, hi there.

Yeah, I feel like I should update. And I actually feel like updating.
But it's been a while, so behind the cut it goes )
Hey there, folks! Hope you're all doing well!

So, here's what has transpired since having seen you last.
cut for rambly length )
As I usually do, I find myself extremely thankful for a number of things this year:
  • [ profile] mousecat0, B, & F.
  • My new job, and the people who "prompted" me to find it
  • My clueless end-users
  • My in-laws.
  • My family
  • The fact that I have a roof over my head, food on my table, and clothes on my back.
  • And perhaps most especially, my friends, whether near or far, whether they read this drivel I write or not. (and that does mean all of you)

Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, I would ask one thing from each and every one of you. Please, try to remember to be thankful for each and every blessing in your life every day. Let the people in your life know you are thankful for them. Let us not give thanks only on Thanksgiving, but every day.

And I am thankful for all of you. Believe me when I say that even when I don't comment, I am reading what you write, and rejoice with you in your triumphs, and weep with thee in thy sorrows.

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings.

--Bing Crosby, Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
When did that happen?

Oh well.

Nothing overly exciting happened since I last spoke at ya.

Well, almost nothing. Seems that on Friday night, [ profile] mousecat0 and the kids were on their way home when a deer decided to cross the road in front of her. And while she missed that one, she was not so lucky with the five more that followed. Or, more precisely, the last one or two. Fortunately, no one was hurt (except the deer) and there was minimal damage to the TrailBlazer (front grill, driver's side headlight mount). Insurance will cover the repair (minus the deductible). We went to the USAA-recommended body shop yesterday; they ordered the parts and we'll drop the car off tomorrow night. I'll be taking the metro to and from work until we get the car back.

Otherwise, as I said, not much going on. Did the Thanksgiving shopping on Saturday. Also got the main course for Christmas eve dinner as Giant had frozen geese for sale. Damn thing cost me more than the 2 turkeys I bought. Oh well.

Made chili on Saturday for the family chili cookoff on Sunday. It came out great. Shame that the Eagles lost to the Chargers, though. I think that a combination of too many injuries and talented but inexperienced rookies is going to cost us a run at the playoffs this year, though I could be wrong.

Watched the Dear Food Network: Top 10 Thanksgiving Problems Solved special on Monday. While I was glad to see that Ted Allen was using the AB turkey frying rig, I wanna know who brought back that corpse they named Claire Robinson. Dude, she was disturbing. It took me half the show to figure out why she bothered me so - she looked like a damn zombie. The dead were alive and trying to remake green bean casserole on Food-f-in-Network! Also, I don't remember who the hell it was that did this, but some idiot took a shot at Ted Allen because he was "afraid of hot oil". I don't need to tell all y'all how many fires are started every freaking year because people didn't exercise sufficient caution and common sense when frying their turkey. Bad scripting, Food Network. Overall, it didn't suck, but it didn't help or inspire me either.

Right now, we have our "Do list" of what needs to happen when for the next week or so.
so as not to bore people )
Is it busy? Yes. Absolutely. Will I enjoy every minute of it where I'm not at work? Most likely.

This is where and when the memories are made, folks. These are the times I treasure.

But before the rushing around and silliness starts in earnest, I would remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.
No, I'm not going to continue the lolspeak. I don't have a titanium spork to carve my eyes out.

So, Hi. Been a while.

Not much. How 'bout you? Really not sure why I call...

*slap* stopthat!

What, me? In a wierd headspace? Couldn't be.

So, yeah, I know I haven't written. Every time I tried, the words just wouldn't flow.

OK, time for a BULLET LIST OF DOOM (tm)
But I'll be nice and put it behind a cut )
Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.
Which probably translates to "More BS than ever before"!

Hiya folks. Yeah, it's been a while since I updated. And a large part of the reason for that is illness. As in, the whole family was knocked on it's collective ass last week. Trust me when I tell you that the only ones who were happy about that were the makers of Tylenol Cold medication.
Placed behind a cut for...(insert witty statement here) )
I think that's about it for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.
More randomosity in titling...

For a brief terrifying second, I considered trying to do this post in LOLCat, then realized that before I got halfway through the first paragraph I'd probably be trying to gouge out my brainstem with a titanium spork. You have been spared...

So, hey, how are ya?

Me, I'm not doin' badly. I'm a bit tired, but that's more because I got up earlier than normal to get here early today. So, this might get long, but I'm a bit pressed for time, so a Bullet-List-O'-Doom is going behind the cut.
Yes, this cut right here )
However, I wanted to take a moment to talk aboutAngel Food Ministries. Especially since there are a number of people who read this who are, for whatever reason, not in the best financial shape right now. Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing food relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States. The program began in 1994 with 34 families in Monroe, Georgia (between Atlanta and Athens), and has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of families every month across 35 states.

There are no qualifications, minimums, income restrictions, or applications. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

The base package is $30. Here's the October 2009 menu:
  • 1.5 lb. New York Strips Steaks (3 x 8 oz.)
  • 1 lb. Steak Fajita Strips
  • 2 lb. Chicken Stir Fry Skillet Meal
  • 1 lb. Lean Ground Beef
  • 1.5 lb. Breaded White Meat Chicken Tenders
  • 1 lb. avg. Center Cut Ham Steaks (Hickory Smoked)
  • 1 lb. Bake or Fry Fish Sticks (32 sticks)
  • 1 lb. Pasta
  • 25 oz. Marinara Sauce
  • 1 lb. Frozen Baby Lima Beans
  • 1 lb. Frozen Mixed Vegetables
  • 2 lb. bag Fresh Apples (8-10 ct.)
  • 10 ct. Flour Tortilla Wraps
  • 32 oz. 2% Shelf Stable Milk
  • Dozen Eggs
  • Dessert

The food is good stuff; plus, they have additional specials which can be ordered as well. We've been participating for over a year. We don't get preached at. We don't get looked down on. It's a good way to help make ends meet. Go to the website and check it out.

Hm. I guess that wasn't as long as I was expecting.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.
I like random....

So, welcome to the start of another glor-ee-ous work week. OK, so it's half way through the start, but what the hell. My blog, my rules, I win.
the weekend )

Travel notes )
Football thoughts )
Internet goodness! )
I think that's all for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.
And remember that worrying about H1N1 will do more to shorten your lifespan than the actual flu will.

Hey, happy Friday Eve Day! Hope everyone is doing well. I'm doing reasonably well this morning. A little sleepy, but that's in large part because I haven't gone to sleep before 1 am either of the last two nights. Oh, it's all my own damn fault, so no sympathy requested or required, just explaining where I'm at.

So, how about a quick bullet list o' doom!

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  • Family: [ profile] mousecat0 is still trying to kick her cough. She's spending the next 4 work days at one of the buildings she manages overseeing some work being done. Words can't express how thrilled she is. Kids still enjoying school, but not homework. We're all a little disappointed by the turnaround in the forecasted weather for the weekend, but figure that it happened specifically because we canceled our plans. That's ok, because we have other...
  • Weekend plans: Friday night is F.'s first Cub Scout Pack Meeting, which is also a picnic being held at one of the local parks. Saturday, we'll do a bit of cleaning, then some shopping for fall/halloween decor and some other organizational stuff. On the way home, we'll get some pizza and then make a movie night out of it. Probably start with Jason and the Argonauts and go from there. Sunday, F & I are helping staff a table to recruit more cub scouts around 10:45 am, then we'll head up to [ profile] stoooooooo & [ profile] ginabeth's for football. Speaking of which...
  • Football: Ah yes, the season has started. And not one week into the season, and my beloved Philadelphia Eagles are already in a bind. Yeah, we beat the Carolina Panthers, but our franchise QB, Donovan McNabb, got hurt. And with Vick suspended for at least one more week, it's no wonder that the team signed Jeff Garcia. They had to. They needed someone to back up Kevin Kolb. Whatever. I don't have much hope that they will beat the New Orleans Saints, but we shall see. In other football news and thoughts:
    • I think that the loss of Brian Urlacher will have a bigger effect on the Chicago Bears defense than the loss of Troy Polamalu (doo doo dedoo doo) will on the Pittsburgh Steelers Defense.
    • Anyone who didn't see this coming from T.O., raise your hand. ::looks:: Yeah, that's what I thought. No hands.
    • Looking at the weeks games, I don't see many compelling ones:
      • Steelers at Bears: Good defense on both sides; expect this to be a defensive struggle
      • Raiders at Chiefs: This could decide who ends up last in the NFL
      • Vikings at Lions: How will rookie Matt Stafford do against an actual defense?
      • Patriots at Jets: Same thing, substitute Mark Sanchez for Stafford.
  • Gaming: Played some WoW over the last two nights. Some guild drama occurred in my absence. Otherwise, I still seem to be able to play my Retadin well.
  • It seems that an fair number of you want me to perform experiments on myself in the name of "Science". Fine. So be it. The orders for the Dungeons & Dragons Soda and the M:tG soda are placed. Anyone want to help with the testing?
  • X-Entertainment has begun their annual Halloween Countdown!!! Check it out for all kinds of Halloween Fun!
  • Speaking of Holidays, I'm starting to collect recipes that sound interesting for use with Thanksgiving dinner. I need to test them before then. Maybe I should do a bunch and invite people for tastings...
OK, I think that's all for now. I need to go change out backup tapes.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.
grayhawkfh: (philisophical...)
Wow. It's Thursday. Where did the week go?

So, Hi. Glad to see you're still here. Haven't written much lately. Been busy at work and at home. Right now what I am is tired. Thing is, they get grumpy about my doing that at work. Funny, eh?

So. Hope everyone is doing well. Aside from being tired, I am. Work has been ok, if busy. Things are good at home as well. Took the family to see the Bowie Baysox on Saturday. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, despite the fact that we got rained on. Oh, and the Baysox won 12-2.

Saturday, I'll be taking B to go see HP:HBP at the Uptown. In a few weeks, I'll take F to see GI Joe: The rise of Cobra.

On a separate note, while the rest of the 1987 movie sucked moose nuts, the opening still kicks serious ass after all these years!

Still studying for my General and Extra class Amateur Radio licensing tests. Hey, [ profile] ironkite: Check out for online practice tests.

Still playing WoW, though nothing of note has been going on there.

Annnnd training camp has begun for my beloved Philadelphia Eagles. Which means that football is just around the corner!

It also means that August is here. Which means that I need to get my s**t together for Fantasy football.

I dunno. Every month of the year, I think, has something for me to look forward to, but August always seems "blah" to me. I mean, one of my favorite non-holiday family get-togethers happens in August (the family fantasy football live draft). But still, I don't know if it's just the heat or what. Maybe the lingering memories of knowing that August meant that half the summer break was over. Or maybe the anticipation of the last quarter of the year starting to get it's hooks into me.

Whatever it may be, I'm kinda looking forward to the end of the month already. Got TCEP happening and then we start heading into fall. Which, I think, is far and away my favorite season.

OK, enough of that.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 16: 36 Days!
Early bird pre-reg ends TOMORROW!
Hey, y'all. How the hell are ya?

Time for another bullet list o' doom!
  • Administrivia: I must needs welcome the lovely [ profile] cassildra to these writings and ramblings of mine. Pull up a chair and set a spell! I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.
  • Me: Still rockin' and rollin'. Went and took the test for a Technician level Amateur Radio License on Saturday - passed with a perfect score. My call sign is KB3TDX. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, I suggest checking out the information here. I plan on taking at least the General level exam in August, maybe the Extra as well.

    Side note to [ profile] ironkite: The Laurel VEC does all levels of exams at the Women's Club in Laurel on the 3rd Saturday of every month. No charge.
  • Family: Everyone still doing well. [ profile] mousecat0 finds more and more stuff every day that her predecessor either blew off or didn't want to deal with - which means that she now has to deal with old business that needed to be taken care of a while ago as well as the stuff she needs to do now. Joy. Kids enjoying the summer.
  • Weekend: This weekend was a bit busy. Spent Friday trying to deal with the prep work in order to sell the Mazda - which included trying to find documentation that I *swear* I had filed. Friday was also "International Day" at B's camp - they asked that people send in dishes representing their ethnicity. So, we got some pierogi (Potato & Cheese and Potato & Garlic) from The Kielbasa Factory which I cooked up and brought over to the camp while still warm. Saturday was the exam in the morning, then a Barking Mad meeting in the afternoon. [ profile] mousecat0 & B went up to MSD HQ for the monthly C&S game, while F stayed home with me. After the meeting, we went to Jerry's for sandwiches. Sunday was more relaxing, though we did get the holiday bins out of the downstairs storage unit and over to our other storage.
  • TCEP: Yes, TCEP 16 (Sept. 4-7) is a go! In fact, the early-bird pre-reg price of $30 for adults & $15 for youth (12-17) is still in effect, but only until July 31! It's the best 4 days of gaming and relaxation in the DC area! And yes, I will be running the 2nd annual Arenson/Gygax Memorial Dungeon Crawl! For more information on the con, see this post!!!
  • WoW: Not much to report on here. Didn't have a great group for Thursday's raid - missing a lot of regulars. As such, we weren't up to our normal damage dealing potential.
  • Next weekend: We go to see the Bowie Baysox take on the Reading Phillies on Saturday night. Our seats are second level, 4th row, right behind home plate. Plus Fireworks. Yay Fireworks.
  • Football: Less than a week until training camp opens. I'm already excited and more than ready to see my beloved Philadelphia Eagles take the field. This is our year. Time to bring another championship to Philly.

I think that's all I got for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 16: 46 Days!
Early bird pre-reg ends at the end of the month!
Good afternoon, dear friends. Welcome to the latest installation of my ramblings, wherein I set down some thoughts about where I am and what I will be doing in the near future, and perhaps about what I done did.

Or some crap like that.

First, need to get some administrivia out of the way: Welcome to [ profile] hai_kah_uhk & [ profile] shaharazad, two lovely people whom I met last weekend (details on this to follow). Pull up a chair and rest a bit. Hope I don't bore you! I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.

I think a bullet list is in order:
  • Me: Still doing well. Seem to be dropping more weight, as the pants seem to be looser and more prone to be affected by gravity.
  • Family: Also doing well. Kids enjoying summer camp. [ profile] mousecat0 still doing well with her job. The summer progresses... ;-)
  • Work: Did very well on my 90 day review, so I am no longer on my probationary period. Moved cubes earlier this week in an effort to insulate the engineering & sysadmin staff from the userbase.
  • Last weekend: The big event last weekend was the wedding of [ profile] pleasantlyevil and [ profile] deceptiverose. They were kind enough to invite the 4 of us to the wedding, and so on Friday, we drove to my parents house in NJ, where we spent the night. Got up the next morning, got ourselves together, and headed out to the site of the wedding. We made one stop en route to consult maps, as the directions we had from Google Maps became slightly confusing. (This is what prompted the question regarding GPS devices earlier this week) Got there just in time. Sat behind [ profile] servergirl and family. The hawaiian shirts the groomsmen were wearing were the same ones that we wore for [ profile] stoooooooo's first wedding - this brought a lump to my throat. The wedding went well, with the only issue being the wind not allowing the candles to be lit. The reception was a lot of fun as well, with the couple having the good sense to sit [ profile] blackpaladin & [ profile] cassildra at the same table us (which also then precludes inflicting us on the other guests), as well as [ profile] hai_kah_uhk & [ profile] shaharazad, two more good peoples cut from the same cloth. Yes I snarked and made ribald comments, and yes, I did get my traditional dance with the groom in. As they say, a good time was had by all.

    We stopped on the way back to my folks at a Stewarts for some root beer floats. Yum. Spent Sunday vegging out at my folks place, then headed home.
  • What's coming up: Taking my Technician's class Amateur Radio License test on Sat Morning. Got a Barking Mad Staph meeting on Saturday afternoon. [ profile] mousecat0 & B are, I believe, going to MSD HQ for the monthly game. Sunday will be some well deserved quiet time and cleaning. Next weekend will be a Baysox game.
  • Gaming: Finally got a copy of Carcassonne, or rather, the Big Box "2", in a package that came with the Tower and Catapult expansions as well. Looking forward to introducing the kids.
  • WoW: Well, I was invited to my first 25 man Ulduar raid last night. Despite my misgivings at possibly being undergeared, things seemed to go decently. Died more than I would have liked, but am still unsure how one of the deaths came about. Whatever. If they'll have me back tonight, I'll be happy to continue.

And, that, as they say, is that.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes this a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 16: 51 Days!
Early bird pre-reg ends at the end of the month!


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