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Well! Ian and I went out tonight as planned, and had a most enjoyable time. We ran to the mall shortly before the film, for dinner at Sakkio and to obtain aforementioned beverage "for when the sun goes down" from Hot Topic. Ian also saw a postcard featuring Siruis Black in all his madness - it's a copy of the Wanted poster. We also ran by Software, Etc. because Ian saw a bin and is compelled to look. It was just DVD movies on clearance, no games, so he was a little dismayed, but we ran across an anime that looks vomitously cute: Puni Puni Peomy.

I discovered that H.T. still carries the innertube/bottlecap/seatbelt-buckle belts of which I'm so very fond. The Medium fits me perfectly now. I remember when I couldn't even wear the largest size they made...and those things have some give! Next time I splurge on something both useful and chic, I think that's going to be it. That'll be awhile, but worth it, methinks. There were some other very lovely postcards by Amy Brown, too. I'm rather fond of her tattered faeries.

The movie We really enjoyed it - cut for potential spoilers. )

I was glancing through the paper on break the other day, and happened to see that The World's Fair is next year in Aichi, Japan. Wow. I so want to go. The tickets for the event itself are el cheapo...3900 yen, which works out to about $35 by today's rates. The worst expense would be the plane tickets. This is something that I would seriously consider going into deep credit card debt in order to do. Paying it off would be worth every dime of interest for the richness of the experience itself. The World's Fair is only held about every 25 years, and what is the likelihood of it being held in Japan again the next two times? I'd love to see the sakura for my next birthday, perhaps.

*ponders the possibilities of it being a way for dad to get Aardvark Screenprinting's name to Japan*

Finally...quotes from the day:

Ian: Here you go, biznatch.
Me: Thanks, pimp daddy.
Ian: No, it's "Funkmaster I".

On driving through New Orleans to meet Alyce (as opposed to taking her with us) if we all go down there for the next Crescent City Con
Ian: That would suck. I hate driving through New Orleans.
Me: Yeah, no kidding.
Ian: It might even be The Suck

On tasting Vamp for the first time:
Ian: You can TASTE the caffiene!


Jun. 15th, 2004 01:04 pm
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Okay, so Ian is going to take me out this afternoon to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I've been completely avoiding any and all spoilers, including some of YOU, my beloved LJ pals.

Admittedly, I did read an email that Starcollector sent after having seen it, but she's very conscientious about spoilers, so that's why I trusted the mail.

It's been long enough since I read the book that I am probably not going to notice anything actually wrong with the story...not worried about that. I'm hoping for good things from the new Dumbledore, but am still not entirely sanguine about him.

So I need sleep, but he'll be here around 4:30, so I think I'll play DII for a little while, then just take a powernap and grab a Red Bull before the film. :P Or, we may go to the mall, so if we do, I'll pick up a Vamp from Hot Topic. Any drink with the maximum amount of caffeine content allowed by law should prove quite worthy.

Okay, so I think some demon-slaying is in order...
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We watched Spriggan the other night.

Think Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Stargate meets Akira (sortof), and the story is about Noah's Ark and the destruction of humanity.

They didn't actually call the effects of the Ark the firmament, but it was the most interesting take on it that I've heard yet.

It's very cool; I highly recommend. Even the English dubbed version is fantastic, and you know what a purist I am.

I need to come up with some sketches of this character I've created, Mukanshin Ririsu... Am thinking a short series of Flash animations with sound would be too too funny. We came up with some other amusing ideas last night, but I don't want to say anything yet, lest someone swipe my diabolical plans! Muahahaha...
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Well, here I am... Getting ready to go in for my first training session at The Dreaded Mart of Wal. Almost finished with breakfast, then I need to make myself look somewhat less undead (having been on a more-or-less third-shift lifestyle for about two weeks now), then leave in about 10 minutes.

We watched Big Fish last night. I really enjoyed it, and +Kyle seemed to. There's something about stories of eternally-devoted lovers that stings a bit at the moment, but it's a good story about not-so-tall tales. It wasn't as Burtonesque as I'd expected...definitely strange, and exactly the sort of story he'd do, but it wasn't as overt as his work usually is. Maybe our boy is growing up. *sniff*

I chatted with Nancy a bit last night over Yahoo. She's such a delight to talk to, and I miss going over to her house to spend time with her. It sounds like they're going to have a lot of fun at Lake Powell later in the summer.

Well, I'd best go so I'm not late. Rather be early! Ganbaru!
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We rented Kill Bill Vol. 1 last night. It's most excellent, although you have to throw suspension of disbelief completely out the window if you're any kind of a fanboy. It's cheesy as all, but Tarantino is a genius. That is all.

We had some nasty weather after watching the movie. Rain started coming down rather heavily, so we looked out the front door to see what was going on. The sky was that unmistakable colour; you could tell even at midnight. The power went out, so we found some candles, and I turned on the radio. Thankfully, I hadn't taken out the batteries out of the stereo from the trip.

A couple of minutes later, the tornado sirens came on, and I said I was going downstairs. They announced the warning on the radio, but it would be over in just a few minutes. The laundry room is definitely the innermost point in the house, so we went in there. The storm was moving about 60 MPH, so it didn't last long, and nothing touched down in Athens.

We stayed downstairs anyway for probably about a half hour or so. We played games by candlelight. First I beat +Kyle, then he beat me at Mancala. We played checkers, and he beat me badly first because I did the same thing not once...not even twice...but three times. I'm not even sure what I did, but it resulted in double jumps every time. LOL The second game went better for me, though...I trashed him rather handily.

More later, but I'm going to the shop to help dad print shirts and such.
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We got up rather late (9-ish) and went to church shortly thereafter. Mainly it was a ceremony to honor mothers, being Mother's Day.

So afterward, we came back to the house, grabbed a quick lunch (bratwurst & salad), and Scooter came by about half an hour earlier than we expected, so we ran around and left out shortly after 1:00.

The drive to Sherman is interminable going the back roads, because there is just nothing to look at. Trees. Sign. Trees. Grass. Trees. Grass. Bridge. Grass. Cows. Grass. Cows. Sign. Grass. Grass. Cow. Barn. Sign. Grass. Cows. Trees. Grass. McDonald's. Then you meet Hwy 82, and you're basically there.

So we got tickets for the 4:00 showing of Van Helsing, then bummed around the mall for awhile. +Kyle had a nosebleed shortly after we arrived.

Really, all we did was play in the arcade. I did pod racing, but the screen is going out, so it wasn't a very successful run. +Kyle found an awesome game that senses your movement - you're a member of the Japanese police, and you go in, taking out the yakuza (Japanese mafia). Very very cool. If you duck, the viewpoint ducks. Hide behind a wall, likewise. Stand up to fire, etc. It's really awesome. They need it in Huntsville if they don't have it already. Can't remember what it was called, though. Scooter very nearly beat Soul Caliber. On the very last guy, in the very last battle, the enemy overtook him with a series of devastating blows. He said it was the closest he's ever come to beating it without using any Continues. ^_^ After that, he challenged us each to air hockey. +Kyle won 7-6, in a very long match. The puck flew off the table several times. My game wasn't nearly as long, but I still did pretty well - 7-6, but Scooter won that time. My weak spot is the right side of the goal, and I didn't guard it very well.

After playing, it was getting close enough to 4:00 that we decided to head toward the theatre. We got there about 10 'til, and the place was pretty much packed. Our seats were in the front row of the stadium area, which is placed *about* as far back as we like to sit, so they were decent.

Van Helsing - possible spoilers ahead )

After the film, we went for Chinese at China Star. It was of course quite good. It's no Formosa, and hopefully one of these days we can show our friend what REAL Chinese tastes like...but it was still good. We made small talk...largely about the movie.

by now it was about 7:30, and thus far too early to think about calling it a night, so we decided to go back through Durant and do the Sunday night bowling deal. It didn't start until 10, so we put our names on the list - lane 16 - the first lane we ever played. Since it was rather early yet, we went for coffee at the Waffle Shoppe. I don't remember much of the conversation...just enjoyed the company. I know 80s cartoons were discussed at some point. Probably plans for the future. Reminiscence... I tried not to think about the fact that this was our last outing.

So...Bowling! On Sundays, it's a $5 cover (shoes included), and each game is a quarter.
We can play four games in two hours, so this turned out to be a good deal. We still never broke 400, but it was a lot of fun. Scooter & I split a pitcher again, but I didn't get nearly as blitzed as last time. :P That's probably the last time I'll be combining alcohol and any kind of publicly recreational activity, simply because +Kyle only drinks the really dark beers. Maybe if Des comes along, or if we go anywhere with Gamegod and Geekgrrl. Ian's not old enough yet.

The place shut down around midnight, so since I had to be at work later, we figured it was a good idea to get back to Madill. It seems like the ride home was pretty quiet. Bridges were discussed. At some point in the evening, Scooter informed us that the Roosevelt Bridge between Kingston and Durant sways, and he had had to stop on it one time (due to traffic, I think), and noticed it then. Once again, I am not looking forward to the one over the Mississippi on I-40. I always dread bridges of any sort, anyway, but that one is just...yikes... +Kyle jokingly said he was going to cross it and I could follow him or not, but I don't think he realizes just how much they scare me. Worse than high places. Upon a Googling, I find the term to be "gephyrophobia", and that it is a fairly common fear. Meh. Doesn't make me not have to drive over it!

Overall, it was a great day. I can't believe how much I'm going to miss these outings with our illustrious friend - even when he's on a down cycle. Yes, we'll do similar activities with friends in Alabama...I'm really trying to look forward to that...but this especially hurts.
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I have been sick ALL WEEK. It just started with a sore throat Saturday, but I didn't really think anything about it. It's Spring...allergy season galore, etc. Sunday it was about the same, but Monday it was definitely uncomfortable. Tuesday, I decided it was definitely a cold, but figured I wasn't contagious by this point. Wednesday, I was miserable and really needed to not be at work, but as it was Wednesday, I kinda didn't have much choice. Thursday, I stayed home. I was just exhausted from it - slept much of the day, and part of the night as well. Thursday night, we watched Lost in Translation, which was sweet, but also a very sad story, to me. Hits a little close to home right now.

Friday, I was better enough to come back to work, so all is more or less well. So Friday night, we partayed! ^_^ It was a last-minute thing, because VJ and I had planned to go out on the 30th, but things didn't pan out because she's got so much to do here right before graduation. So +Kyle got in touch with Scooter and we all decided to hang out...but what to do? Nothing really worthy opened this weekend, and anyway, we saw Punisher last weekend, and are going for Van Helsing next weekend. Too many movies in a row gets boring. We debated over skating, bowling, going to Sherman and hitting the mall/arcade, going to Stagecoach for karaoke, or just renting like 48 hours worth of movies and making ourselves sick. LOL!

The weather was absolutely horrendous. Lovely green sky, perfect tornadic conditions. We drove through it on the way out to Jim & Nancy's. We prayed for only rain, and from what I have heard, there was no tornadic activity, and very little hail in Marshall County, so we're very thankful for that. We did get a fantastic light and sound show, though, so that was fun.

So we debated for nearly an hour over what to do while the sky cleared, and finally decided that it was really too late to go to Sherman if we weren't going to stay for a movie. None of us was really up for karaoke. My voice is still shot, anyway, so it's just as well. I doubt the guys would get up and sing anyway. :P +Kyle and I at least will go skating next Saturday, and Sunday afternoon we'll all hit Sherman for the mall, Van Helsing, and Chinese. Probably not in that order. So that left our old standby of bowling, and boy was it FUN! ^_^ The lanes were good and slick this time, despite the weather.

We rented a lane for two hours, and did pretty well compared to our usual. Lucky lane #13. The highest game (total for the three of us) was 399. I actually made it over 100 in that game. I think my average is about 80 now, and they each tend to average around 100, I'm going to guess. Still, we played some pretty bad games, too. We can usually get four games in two hours. Sometimes we manage to start a fifth, but only if one of our games involved a lot of strikes. +Kyle didn't want anything to drink, so Scooter got a pitcher of Budweiser, and we split it just about halfway, but it took nearly the two hours to finish. :P Beer is actually pretty good when you're doing some kind of activity, and everything is just a little bit funnier for awhile. I can see why people like to drink it when they're working outside in the heat, but I'd still rather have something fruity.

So after the first game, the guys were hungry. It was after 10, so pretty much everything in Durant was closed, but Taco Mayo was still open, so we went in there. The food is pretty good, but overpriced in my opinion. It's way spicy compared to most fast food "Mexican". The cashier was cool, and the rest of the night crew was tired, but entertaining. Everyone was really nice. It definitely takes a certain kind of person to work night shifts like that. The rain really started coming down hard again, so we waited around awhile, but it let up before they closed at 11:00, so we went back to the bowling place.

Being after 10:00, it was cyber bowling for two hours. They bump the price up by $5, for a foggy, darkened room lit with strobes and black lights. It's kinda cool, because the music mix is better - more techno, danceable stuff. The fog gets a little irritating to the eyes about the end of those two hours, though. Anyway, we decided it was worthy, and played another round. First game, I made a strike right off the bat, which was cool enough, but when they start the cyber bowl, they randomize this orange pin with white stripes as the head pin. If someone makes a strike when that pin comes up, they win cash on the spot. No pressure!

So about the third round of that game, that orange pin came up in our lane...on my turn... T_T NO PRESSURE, remember? I don't even know WHAT I did, but whatever it was, it was like magic, because I knocked every single one of those pins down, and we got back our $25 for the game. I don't know if anyone else applauded, but we were all totally crunk over it at our table. WAI! THAT was completely awesome. I just did this lame football dance the whole way to the desk, I was so beside myself. I can't believe I made that strike.

Consequently, I pulled something in my hand and bowled terribly for the rest of the night, but it was still much fun, overall. We finished out the second two hours, and all bowled pretty badly, as we were getting tired, but that was okay. We went to Waffle Shoppe for coffee around 1:30.

I got quite buzzed by mistake, so I now know my alcohol tolerance is just under than one pitcher over four hours. I definitely wasn't drunk, because I was fine after one cup of coffee and subsequent trip to the loo, nor do I have a hangover this morning. I was just a bit wobbly, and pretty much everything was funny for about 20 minutes, and then I was fine. So I won't be drinking that much again. Fun, but not THAT fun.

So what did we talk about until about 3:30 in the AM? All kinds of interesting topics like:
The planet's natural ability to maintain itself without the help of mankind (and in fact, how mankind's attempts to "save the planet" often create worse problems than we perceive - i.e., smog in overforested areas, and other ozone related problems.)
The Myth of Overpopulation
Viruses (bodily, not digital - everything from ebola to the flu - and why relying on antibiotics is only helping the weak to survive longer - not increase longevity of LIFE)
Said Longevity - People are living longer years now, but their bodies are breaking down at earlier ages than, say, 50 years ago. Mr. Hamby comes to mind.

Hmm...that's the first time I've remembered so many topics so readily over coffee. Interesting.

Well, I'm off to cut out my cloak, and hopefully get it sewn up, as I'm going for the last fitting at Nancy's tomorrow. Then I need a DDR fix in a major way.

'Nother post on why this worked out so well at some point, but...not yet...


Apr. 24th, 2004 08:01 pm
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Happy Birthday to Me!

Today was a pretty good day, overall. Not much really went on for the first half. I got up around 8:00 so I could check email and such before running some errands around town.

First, I took laundry to the 'mat, and then ran to the post office for a couple of cube boxes. Those two eBay auctions NEED to go out Monday. Then I went to Wesley's Closet to look for clothes. Being the 4th Saturday, it was bag sale day - $1.00 for you to cram as many clothes as you can into a standard size plastic grocery bag. Not a bad deal. I think I got about a dozen pairs of jeans for +Kyle and myself for $4, plus some workout shorts and a couple nice shirts. Eat that, Old Navy!

Ran back to the laundromat and put things in the dryer. Next, onto The Dreaded (Mini) Mart of Wal for some cough drops, as I'd woken with a nasty cough, much like when I'm coming down with something. I'm pretty sure I am. :P Bleh. Saw George out in the parking lot, corralling shopping carts. He seemed in good spirits as per usual.

Back to the laundromat for a second round through the dryer, then went back to the house to see if it was "safe". +Kyle had said he needed me out of the house *anyway*, so he could wrap my pressie. He was finished with that, so I checked email and such before going back for the clothes.

+Kyle called the guys back about taking Washu, and they agreed to. +Kyle drove her out there, and said that she was just as happy as anything after her initial "I'm meeting someone new" growl. He misses her, but I think we did the right thing giving her up. She needs more room than we can give her at this time, and probably for awhile. She needs a pack. These people have a huge place and several animals for her to befriend. They have several years' experience in caring for and breeding them. +Kyle said their animals weren't as pretty as Washu, though.

So later, +Kyle ran out and got a cake for the party, and picked up something else, but I don't remember what it was. We just basically vegged for a couple of hours. I think there was talking, but that would have put me in a poor mood for the day, so I think we dropped it. We took about an hourlong nap, since it was likely we'd be out late, at least with the movie.
We got ready to go around 3:00 and left at 4:00. I forgot the camera, and we had to come back for it; fortunately it was easy to find, and we realized it was missing only just after the first bridge, so it wasn't terribly out of our way.

We stopped by Clary's to see if they were still open for an imprinting, but they close at noon on Saturdays. D'oh... A quick run by the ATM, and then we went to Simple Simon's to wait on people. It was right at 4:30 like we expected.

Everyone was there by 5:00 except VJ. Mike & Lydia, Scooter, Micah, and Joanna were all there, and VJ came very shorly after 5:00. Brian wasn't feeling well, which was sad, because we like him. Joanna's boyfriend was also unable to make it, which was fine, because we don't really know him. We took LOTS of pictures. Everyone got along famously, so it was great. We all talked about everything under the sun, mostly just goofing off, and telling stories on ourselves. I wish I remembered entire conversations like that better. I need to start carrying around a tape recorder. :P

Presents! I had told +Kyle to make sure people knew NO GIFTS, but somehow that word was not spread to everyone. This was meant to be rather a Hobbit birthday. Mike and Lydia bestowed upon me a copy of Tales of Mystery and Imagination by The Alan Parsons Project, which ROCKS. VJ brought me some new face paint (haha! - eyeliner and the like). The pièce de résistance was from my family - DDR Max 2 with 2 gamepads. Muahahaha! I have already gotten a 111 combo, albeit only on Beginner Mode. I've played at least a half hour every day since, and today over an hour.

The cake was a disaster. Oh, yes, it was good. Fudge. Chocolate icing. Tasty. But ugh. +Kyle nearly went into a diabetic coma after eating his. Really, we all did. I definitely got sick on it, and I didn't eat nearly the whole piece. Sugar and I just do not get along. We all agreed it was divine, but also of the devil. LOL

Everyone dissolved around 7:00, which was about as long as we expected. It had been a quiet evening at Simple Simon's, so we didn't bother anyone, and no one bothered us. The manager gave us a sweet deal on dinner since we were having so many people.

So, Scooter, +Kyle and I had already been planning to go see The Punisher all week, so we went down to Jim & Nancy's to shoot some pool before heading down to Sherman, since we'd miss the 7:30 showing by now. Much of their extended family was there due to Promise's baby shower. Tyla and a cousin were watching The Haunted Mansion, so we saw about the second half of that. It really is kindof a cute movie. Cheesy as all, but cute.

Got to Sherman about half an hour early for the 10:30 showing. We'd seen all the previews except for The Village. This was funny. I had just said not 5 seconds before that promo came up that I was ready for a new M. Night Shamaylan film. Voila! It really does look interesting, and I'm glad to see Joaquin Phoenix in another one of his films.

So The Punisher was freaking AWESOME! )

So after the movie, we went for the customary coffee and chat, this time at IHOP. This is definitely my favorite so far. Waffle Shoppe...ehh... Denny's...very not bad... IHOP...magnifique... Oh dear, am I becoming a coffee snob? Help! There is a Starbuck's in Sherman, after all. But I doubt they're open late, and we only drink coffee after midnight...

So I think the next movie we're going to see is going to be Van Helsing... Really looking forward to that one!
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I went downstairs and dug out my sketchpad to work on The Pearl Hotel series of dream sketches.

Nancy and her mother came downstairs presently, went outside for a few minutes, and came back in, inviting me up to chat with them if I wanted. I followed shortly thereafter, but brought the pad, as I was still inspired.

They were making preparations for breakfast, and starting coffee, things like that. I asked if they'd let me do anything to help out, but they said no. LOL... I felt weird about it, but sat at the island and drew, sipped coffee, and visited.

On the menu: Blueberry pancakes, bacon and eggs. Nancy asked if that sounded good to me, and I was obliged to tell her I eat low-carb, but would definitely have to try the pancakes anyway. ;P She asked how that worked for me, and seemed impressed with the comparison of numbers vs. two years ago.

The kindness of this family strikes me with indescribable awe. Never have I as a total stranger been welcomed into a home as if I were family. These people act with a more Christian love than most who claim to *be* Christian.

After about an hour, I went downstairs to check on the guys. They were still asleep, so I woke them up, and we all went upstairs to visit and place our orders for eggs. +Kyle had them overeasy (yuck!), mine were well-cooked, as runny eggs are nasty, and Scooter didn't have any, opting for limp bacon instead. LOL! Also yuck. I agree with Jim's bacon philosophy - it's not bacon if it's not almost burnt.

Breakfast was really good. Nancy used sour cream in the pancakes, and I have to say they were the best I've ever had (although I'm rather fond of my LC pumpkin recipe). I just had butter on mine - the blueberries in them were quite sweet enough (and sooooo juicy!). Yum. I guess we didn't eat until 10:00 or 10:30, so it was more like a brunch, really.

After edibles, we were also not allowed to clean up, short of taking plates from table to sink, so we went downstairs and played pool for a couple of hours. I think I may have won one game legitimately, but any other 'victories' (if they can be called that) were from my partner making mistakes like scratching on the 8 ball. LOL! Of course, I was more interested in trying new things like banking shots and hitting long shots, now that I've gotten a little more comfortable with the game.

As +Kyle says, it's just a distraction, but it sure is fun.

We sat down to watch 'Near Dark', which was simply awful. Scooter knows way too much about vampire lore, and kept going on about either, "Wow, I'm surprised they went into that" or "That would never happen!". He was really incredulous over the whole changing a child part, and of course the transfusion was just silly. I dozed off for about 20 minutes. It really is a bad movie. LOL! But it was fun MST3King certain parts.

We played a couple more rounds of pool, then +Kyle went back to sleep on the couch for about an hour. Jim dragged Scooter off to help him with laying the sand in the form. +Kyle got up, and we both went out to help, too. It was funny, though, because once we were outside, both +Kyle and Scooter kept trying to take whichever tool I had at the time, saying, "You don't need to be out here working with us." LOL! As if! I don't get to play in the dirt every day - you think I'm going to miss out on a chance to play? (Even if it *is* work!) I just kept going back and getting whichever spare implement was available until they both gave up on me. More than just having fun, though, it felt really good to be able to give *something* back to Jim & Nancy for their hospitality.

Shoveling so much sand (and smoothing it flat for the concrete) is hard work, but it only took about an hour for the five of us to do. (Jason was there, too.) It was actually pretty fun, and we left that sense of accomplishment you only get from doing some kind of physical labor. I got a pretty good blister on my left hand, but it was worth it.

I really like Jim. He's one of the people that, when I was little, I would have disliked because they picked on me. Now I find it rather endearing, depending on the picking. i.e., throwing shovelsful (shovelfuls? Neither one of those looks correct.) of sand on my bare feet, successfully filling the rolled cuffs of my jeans with the damp stuff. We all got a good laugh out of that. (I'd been wearing my domme boots since Saturday night, and they're not particularly

We got cleaned up a bit, and sat outside in the beautiful weather, listening to the water in Nancy's ponds, and talking about...gosh, what did we talk about? Lots of things...mostly the events of the weekend, I think.

Of course Jason, Promise and Twila had been back, and Nancy's parents were there, too, but her sister and (I believe) brother-in-law came as well, and a couple of their neighbors, too. We had definitely not expected to be involved in such a huge family gathering, but were never made to feel uncomfortable...quite the opposite.

A neighbor came by offering a small RV if someone would just take it. We went to look at it, because it seemed like a potential fix to some moving issues. The title was lost, so we'd have to apply for a new one, but more than cost, the time involved would be prohibitive. +Kyle decided against it later, which was fine with me.

Eventually, chicken and corn was brought down, so Scooter grilled that, and we all sat and continued talking. I guess everyone ate around 7:30 or 8:00...the sky was starting to darken.

We didn't stay long after dinner, with school and work coming up fast. But we went up and thanked our most gracious hosts, and were likewise thanked for helping out, although that wasn't anything.

What a marvelous time. It's these times and events that make one realize how important it is to have people in your life - people for whom you care, and who care for you.
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This weekend turned out quite differently than initially planned, but it was simply marvelous.

Saturday, +Kyle & I got up at 4:30. I went ahead and got dressed for the MedFaire, despite a lack of breakfast because my outfit takes so long to get into. +Kyle opted to wait until we got closer to Norman to get changed. Anyway, we met Scooter at Denny's in Ardmore at 6:00 (He was also already in-costume - a very nice Ranger outfit), had breakfast and chatted nicely for probably an hour and a half before setting forth. Nancy & Jim were meeting Promise and Jason for breakfast, too, so we saw them before we left, as well. ^_^

The drive wasn't too bad; only about an hour, and then +Kyle got dressed at a gas station. Several fairegoers passed in and out while we waited outside for him. We got to the softball field for parking right at 9:00. There were maybe a dozen or twenty other vehicles. We meandered through Reeves Park, which is absolutely huge. This faire is easily three-to-four times larger than the one in Florence...and Scooter said it was two-to-three times larger than it was when they held it at the duck pond. Lori had said it was huge, but I had no frame of

Somehow or another, a running joke for the day was +Kyle being French...all in a derogatory sense, of course, but also in good fun. I think it started with the frog on his sash, included the frog that holds his sword, and things just snowballed from there, especially when he affected a French accent.

Let me tell on myself for a moment: one of the earliest places we stopped in at was an art booth. The vendor said to me, "Those aren't the two you were in here with yesterday." I just stared blankly for a minute and said, "Excuse me?" My mind was running through how he couldn't have possibly seen me here with or without anyone yesterday, as I was at work. Eventually, it registered, and I *facepalmed*, laughing, and walked out of the tent, shaking my head. The guy just goes, "Oh good, she got it!" and we all laughed. Oh, that was bad.

One girl was running around with a basket of eternal roses. These were really gorgeous - even more real-shaped than the one I have. +Kyle asked if I would like another, and while that would have been nice, it wasn't a big deal, so I just said 'maybe' and we went off. If I ever see anymore like these, definitely...but right now just isn't a good time.

Many people of course were in costume, and there were some very impressive ones, including an Ent and Dryad (both with amazing body sculpture), a mime-type fellow called "Toy", who winds himself and moves "mechanically". +Kyle posed with him. ^_^ There were gypsies, belly-dancers, pirate-types, and many obligatory faeries. Some of the more interesting ones we saw were a dark rogue-type fellow on long stilts. Scooter chased after a black fae with dreadlocks and tattered wings...he did get her picture. We all chased another guy who had some incredible angel wings. They looked like they moved (similarly to how I want the batwings to move), and upon stopping him and his lady, found that they were. He gave us a demonstration, and let us look at the mechanism (what we could see of it), and provided his email address so I can contact him about more information. He said he builds them, but I'd just like to ask some questions...rather build them myself. Let's see...there was a beggar who went around dipping his fingers into a stein of some kind of gruel, then eating it messily before belching in a most obnoxious fashion. He'd stand there afterward and say, "Who did that?" or something else similar. Oh! There was a slaver; he'll slap a set of manacles on you and drag you around for a few minutes, heckling your friends to find a replacement before letting you go. Fortune smiled on us, and we escaped capture in the first place. Some of the more disturbing folk we saw were a man in an orange dress, dress shoes and some ring-shaped monk-type hat thing. Having only seen him from a distance, I insisted he must be some kind of monk, but upon closer inspection, we all decided that no...he was probably just a queen. Scooter saw another fellow wearing basically only pink tights. Neither +Kyle nor I ever saw him, but our good friend seems scarred for life by the sight.

There is a neat carousel that these two guys cranked by hand. Eight or ten hammock-type seats hung from overhead. A person could lounge in one, and the cranked device would swing them around in a circle, then the guys would spin the hammocks themselves, causing the children to scream. It was most entertaining.

What would a Medieval Faire be without a live chess game? This one was choreographed very well, and the story was pretty good - King Arthur's Court against another court, of whose name I can't recall. Morgan and her sisters were key players. The game ended in more of an all-out brawl between the two teams, but it was still cool.

There was also a booth with birds: two falcons and an owl. For $5, one could get their picture taken with said bird. We took pictures of just the birds for free. :P

We passed by a strength test booth - you know, ring the bell by hitting the post with a sledge hammer? Well, this was more of an Orcish wooden mallet, really. Anyway, my company challenged each other to see who could actually do it. Neither one did, although Scooter only missed the bell by perhaps two inches on his second try. The fellow running the booth heckled them both madly over it. I got pictures, of course...hope they turn out!

We stopped around 1:00 or so for lunch - turkey legs and McGilly's fine beverages of sarsparilla and cream soda. They've come up with a nifty bag to carry the bottles in. It's a disc of leather, slit in such a way that it unfolds down into a mesh-like pouch.

Lunch was good, if rather messy. That is an awful lot of meat for one sitting, but we all picked the bones clean. I have been deemed both a 'prissy' and 'dainty' elven lass. Prissy, because I really didn't care for turkey juice running down my arm while I tried to eat... Dainty? Not sure where that one came from...but it's cute. ^_^

We walked around for another several hours. Scooter saw three or four people he knew, having lived in Norman throughout high school and for several years after that.

Of course, there were many armourers there, but one tent stood out in particular. The piece that caught my eye was a stunning leather set with enormous batwings coming out from behind it. They didn't move, but the leatherwork was incredible. They're quite like what I'm interested in. I took several pictures of these guys' work. Gamegod will absolutely love this particular one.

We went back to the pavilion area on our second time around, and sat at a concrete picnic table this time. We were all starting to pink up a bit by this time. I could feel the heat coming off my skin by 11:00, so I knew I was in trouble early on, but of course you never see it until hours later. SUNSCREEN! Remember it next time!

We set up the timer on our cameras and got some pictures together later in the afternoon. I'm not sure that the timer on our camera worked, so hopefully Scooter's came out well. It's a nice digi, so I'm sure it will. I really wish I'd taken about a million more pictures at the faire... Maybe we can come back next summer.

It would be really cool to come to that (maybe even hit the gun show first, if +Kyle wanted to), then come down to Madill for maybe a week, visit everyone at work, VJ and Brian, and then go down to Scarborough Faire before heading back...assuming it was within that same time frame, which I think it is. I will guarantee that if I ever even *mention* the possibility of coming to visit, there are at least half a dozen households who'd invite us stay with them rather than get a hotel. Lori, Edith & Dale, VJ & Brian, Jim & Nancy, Mark & Sherry, and probably even Jay & Doris or Marsha & her husband, although we're not as close with them as some of the others.

Around 5:30, we decided it was about time to think about going, and besides, we were quite tired from walking around in thin-soled moccasins all day...we had a movie to catch, and wanted to grab a bite beforehand, and we had to think about changing, since we were planning to go clubbing after the movie let out.

First, Scooter stopped by a liquor store called Hob Nob Rob's to get some hard-to-find stuff for his birthday party Saturday. They were out of honey mead, so he was mildly disappointed.

So we ran to Wal-Mart...+Kyle needed socks anyway...and got changed. I took the longest this time, having to fight with my domme boots for about 10 minutes, trying to get my jeans tucked in AND get the boots to zip up...the bells on these jeans are just a bit bigger than on my Old Navy jeans, so it took some doing. +Kyle went for socks, and Scooter wanted to find a better shirt for clubbing in, but couldn't find anything he liked.

We went to the theatre next and procured tix for the 7:40 showing of Hellboy. Muahaha...

So we went to the mall for awhile and tried to decide what to have for dinner. Joe's Crab Shack was mentioned, but the drive was prohibitive due to time, so we just bummed around part of the mall.

There was a nifty hobby shop, similar to the one at the Target center in Huntsville. They had a fantastic setup in the back, filled with all manner of old aviation gear - flightsuits...the ejector seat from a plane...helmets...the thing that they set the trig for dropping bombs with (can't remember the name of it at the moment)...old patches from flight groups... There were other pieces of miscellany, and I wished I'd brought the camera. Dad would love it.

There was a Hot Topic, so of course we had to go in there. They still didn't have any good club shirts for guys, but I saw about a dozen things I'd probably have gotten. :P I was wearing my "I'd be goth, but I can't afford to shop at Hot Topic" of the sales people walked up to me and said, "You know we're having a sale today, right?" LOL! I'm sure he was just doing his job, but it was funny nonetheless.

I think I've realized the tattoo problem. I want one, but don't like the idea of the permanence of it. I've considered the airbrushed type, and could probably learn to do that fairly easily, so I'd like to give that a try before too long. But there's Henna, as well. They're still rather popular, and Hot Topic carries a starter kit for about $20. I'd like to get one fairly soon (sadly not 'til after we move) and see how I like it. *ponders* Birthday, maybe? Hmm... :P

We went to the arcade, too. +Kyle played some flight combat game, I think, but I can't remember what it was called. He also tried out a sword-fighting game where you sand on this platform, and there's a motion-sensitive stick, so you actually have to swing, defend, etc. to play. It was really keen. Kinda cheesy, graphically, but a great concept, and the technology seemed fairly sound. Scooter played some driving sim that had good graphics, but he didn't like the controls. We all played Star Wars pod racing. This unit wasn't as nice as the one in Huntsville - you couldn't sit back as far, for one thing, and the screen was small...but it was still pod racing! +Kyle did the best at it, of course. They also had an original Galaga machine, so the guys both played it once just so we'd use the last two tokens.

On our way out, we watched a guy doing DDR. He was absolutely incredible...moved like lightning. He did a combo of 120, and then another one of 108, I believe, and that was just in the couple of minutes we watched him. We were amused to note that the arcade had placed a bench behind the game accommodate the line of people always waiting to play. Yes indeed, that will be the next game we get for PS2. I need to start doing aerobics and build up stamina anyway...may as well do it to good music. ^_^

About this time, we decided it would be good to get food and get back to the theatre, so we went to Chik-Fil-A and obtained edibles. We got to the theatre plenty early. There are soooo many good films coming up this year! Van Helsing...Troy...King Arthur...Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban...I, Robot... We only saw a few of those trailers this time, but oh yeah... It's going to be a good year for movies...

Anyway, Hellboy... snipped in case of potential spoilers )

So after the movie, we decided what to do next. My burn was starting to hurt pretty badly during the movie, but I fortunately remembered that there was toothpaste in the car...that helped somewhat, but it was rather conspicuous, and I got it all over my shirt in the process. LOL Ah well... I was still good for clubbing or whatever all night, but Scooter mentioned thinking about going back toward McBride instead of staying overnight in the City. +Kyle had already decided that we weren't going to be staying overnight, either, so we went back to Jim & Nancy's house to watch movies and play pool instead.

But first, the obligatory coffee stop after an evening out. (It must be a law out here.) We went to IHOP and sat just talking for probably two hours or better. We talked about everything from the movie to storm chasing to being overly paranoid to bugging out when everything eventually hits the fan, as +Kyle predicts it will within the next 10 years. It was really a wonderful fellowship. Our waitress, Florence, was super, ultra-friendly, and kept an eye on us all night. She was an absolute doll. +Kyle had three cups of coffee. I had four. Bear in mind that I had been off caffeine totally for a week at this point, so not only was I excited from just being in party mode, I was jittery from being utterly doped up. But, I got really cold when we went outside after, so I put on my velvet shirt to warm up. This was a good idea for the burn, too.

We stopped by our house first to check on Washu and leave our costumery at the house, since the cab was absolutely *packed*. The mutt was fine, but excited to see us, and didn't want to get in her cage when we were ready to leave.

So, on to the house... Jim and Jason were up talking when we got there about 2:30 (actually 3:30 with the time change), and we stood around for awhile, then decided to pop in Sleepy Hollow. Poor +Kyle really was getting tired by this time, and nodded off when Ichabod was attempting to ride a horse, and it wouldn't go where he wanted it to. S seemed rather amused by the movie, but figured most of the ending out fairly early on. Meh! :P

When it was over, neither of us was very tired, so we just sat up chatting about Johnny Depp movies (Pirates!!), which led to Disney World, and then things must have kindof deteriorated, because I don't remember much else. I guess I was more tired than I realized. I went and laid down on some bed around 6:30, but only slept about an hour. Came back into the game room and found the guys asleep on either end of the reclining couch. LOL! It was pretty cute. I should have taken a picture, but it probably would have woken them up.

I heard life upstairs, so I went up to visit with whoever was up. It was Jim. We sat outside on the kitchen balcony and talked about all kinds of things. He's from Colorado, and told me about the Red Mountain Pass (I think is what he called it), that's a 1000 ft. sheer drop, and he's seen it completely full from avalanches and regular snowfall. He told me about one year where a guy cleaning the roads had an avalanche fall on him; it swept him into the ravine, and they had to wait until July or August before all the snow melted and they could retrieve his body.

We laughed about how people in the south freak out over two inches of snow, and suddenly everyone needs snow tires and chains, and bread and milk are the first things to go. He said there's no such thing as snow days where he's from - they have hunting days, but because they take care of their roads, there's no need to close school over inclement weather.

He also talked about building his workshop and laying stone for Nancy's patio soon. I guess we sat for about an hour, then he had to go to Kingston to pick up a trench digger to lay the electrical and plumbing lines for the shop. He's hoping to have it mostly completed by next week.

I went downstairs and dug out my sketchpad to work on The Pearl Hotel series for awhile.

Much more to come...but I have only so much downtime to write...

April 04 10:50 pm
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Stolen from Tycho of Penny Arcade fame:

Let me see if I cannot tantalize you with a synopsis of the movie. It concerns the collusion of Nazi Clockwork Assassins and Russian Wizards in an effort to puncture space and draw in sleeping, ancient Gods while the paranormal wing of the FBI, assisted by a demon child, does their best to thwart this procedure. It's essentially pornography for nerds and it opens today.

*pushes horn-rimmed glasses up her nose and speaks nasally* Ooooohhhh, baby...

Selma Blair

Apr. 1st, 2004 11:37 pm
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She reminds me of Tendou Nabiki...



Mar. 27th, 2004 11:30 pm
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So after a morning of not a lot going on, we went over to Nancy & Jim's house. We got me fitted for the practice clothes, which took several tries. Geesh, my hips are way bigger than I thought they were. Granted, we're trying everything on over clothes, but still...

notes on water & sodium )

But anyway... We didn't do much; just sat around and chatted with Scooter inbetween him cutting out leather for his moccassins, and Nancy measuring me, pinning me, etc. They are or were pretty big fans of Stargate SG-1. ^_^ We all told stories about people driving off from gas pumps, either taking part of the pump with them, or running off without paying. Those were an amusing several minutes.

Jim was watching a film called Do Not Disturb. It wasn't as bad as 'Wacked', but it was pretty not good. Cheese! Steel came on after that, but by then, the three of us has decided to go to Sherman for Chinese and The Passion, so we got ready and left around 5:00 so we could stop by the house and feed the mutt. She really likes Scooter, and wanted to play. He seemed to like her, too.

The drive was pleasant; there's a nicer route down 377 to 82, and it only goes through one town, rather than having to stop in Kingston, Mead, Durant, etc., etc. Pity we never knew about it until now. That was probably our last trip to Sherman.

We talked at large about the MedFaire next weekend. It's going to be fabulous. We're going to meet at Denny's in Ardmore around 6:00, and have breakfast, then follow him up to Norman in time for things to get started around 10:00. After that, we're going to see Hellboy, about which we're all very excited.

Got to Sherman around 6:00 and had a lovely dinner at China Star. We just talked about random stuff, mostly. It turns out that the infamous Wild Child (a gunsmithing student of four years prior) is very likely the brother of one of Scooter's friends, and was quite as infamous in the dorms as in the class. +Kyle got to tell the 50 calibre hammer-gun story... S is pretty sure it's the same guy - he said it sounds like something he would do. LOL!

After dinner, we still had the option of killing 40 minutes, so we bummed around the mall a bit. I am now officially a fag hag, as the two of them started doing this gay thing back and forth. *shudder* It wouldn't be so bad if they weren't so good at it. Neither one had heard this term before, so that was pretty funny.

We looked at some good games at FX, but didn't have time for much else. One RPG I am reallllly interested in trying is Shadow Hearts. There were a bunch of others we oohed and aahed over, but I can't remember them, and of course didn't bring anything to write down titles. :P

Excellent previews, including Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. That one looks AWESOME. Dad is so going to love it. Would have liked to see the trailers for Troy and Van Helsing again, but we got Spiderman 2 and a couple others we've already seen. Azkaban is slated to come out in June, so I'm really surprised there wasn't anything about that yet.

So... The Passion...Cut )
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Just got back from seeing 'The Passion of the Christ' with +Kyle & Scooter.

I can't talk about it right now.


Mar. 21st, 2004 07:47 pm
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Took yesterday's acquisitions to Nancy this afternoon. +Kyle came with, and we stuck around for quite longer than expected, but 'twas all fun, and we had a great time. Scooter hadn't gone back to the dorms yet, so we all played pool for an hour or so. We discovered why I drift so badly (I let my arm drop a bit instead of pivoting smoothly), and a shorter stick helped with that, so I might actually get okay with it eventually. None us did very well at all, but that's okay...we had fun, and that's what it's all about.

I forgot to mention this before, but it was hilarious. I was wearing the enormous pentagram ring that Gamegod gave me at Christmas, and Scooter wanted to see it, so I took it off the chain. He looked at all the runes and lettering, and of course, tried it on. Bad tiki. LOL! It got stuck, and just wouldn't come off. He asked if it was cursed or something. +Kyle and I cracked up over it, because he's sitting here going, "It looks a lot bigger than it is! It went on real easy!" He did eventually get it off, but I don't think he'll be trying anything of mine on again for quite some time

I did bring an instant camera, and got some lovely shots of Nancy's gardens, as well as some of the boys playing a round. Also, I brought 3 CDs of miscellany as promised. Played on random in their DVD player, we wound up with some interesting tracks, including She Don't Use Jelly by The Flaming Lips, The Veteran Cosmic Rocker, by The Moody Blues, and Pachelbel's Canon by Robert Miles. +Kyle is of course horrified by much of the music I listen to, but most of what played ended up being from the radio anyway, so he only really complained about the Lips. LOL! It started playing, and he looked at the screen and said, "Oh, NASTY...not this song!" I just laughed, and watched Scooter's reaction to the girl putting Vaseline on her toast...'twas most emusing. Should have gotten a picture of that.

Nancy came in after awhile said we should stay and have dinner, so they ordered pizza from Simple Simon's. ^_^

We got the grand tour of the house. I had seen much of it on Thursday, but +Kyle was absolutely enthralled. It's a bit large for me (sooooo much to cleeeeeean!), but he thinks it's perfect. The airyness is delightful, though...lots of open spaces, even in the rooms that have a lot of things in them.

A dreadful film called Whacked! was on when we got back from picking up the 'za. We MST3Kd it somewhat, because it was just SO bad. Jim turned around at one point and said it was definitely a "C" class movie. LOL... Mike would probably like it, though.

So we're planning to get together for MedFaire. Not sure at this point whether we'll follow him up, or if we'll just meet up in Norman, but we'll see what pans out. We all want to see Hellboy, which opens that weekend, so it should be an entertaining day.

In other news, my husband is just WRONG

Also, let it be made known that cigarettes are evil. I have had an undying headache for most of the afternoon. :P Nothing can touch it, so I'm hoping sleep will fend it off.

Red Dawn

Mar. 19th, 2004 11:45 pm
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Just got back from movie...

Muahahaha.... Chinese food and brain-eating zombies. You just can't go wrong.

+Kyle seemed to have a good time.

The Chronicles of Riddick
The Punisher
VAN HELSING... Muahahaha! Am trying to get +Kyle to stay for two more days so we can see it on the new screens in Sherman. They're rumoured to be baby IMAX screens.
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So Nancy's not going to be able to get to my Trinity/Diamant costume until probably sometime after May...naturally, we'll be gone by then, and since so much of it is going to have to be fitted, I'd need to be around.

Granted, I really didn't know how I was going to *pay* for it in the first place, but I was kinda hoping to have her do it, because her work is just amazing. Ah well. I have a couple raincoats I can use to practice working with vinyl, and maybe I can do it myself over time.

Those wings are going to be a royal pain, though. >_< It would have been awesome for the contest at MedFaire in April, but I don't see it happening.

So anyway, Scooter brought my folder of stuff by work today. He's having a bit of a rough time right now, and asked if he could take me to lunch so we could talk (or rather, so he could talk and I could listen). Of course I'm willing to do that. Yeah, we chat online some, but sometimes you just need to vent to a flesh-and-blood person right there with you. How well I know this.

Besides, am I about to pass up a chance for Chinese? Not in a million years!

He said a girl he hasn't spoken to in probably a year or better messaged him out of the blue last night. I take that as a good sign, if for no other reason than to distract him from his current dilemma. As long as it doesn't screw up his finals. :P He's already worried he's not going to do any better than a 'C'. Anyway, he's hoping to talk with this girl some more, but isn't sure how it's going to pan out.

You know, just praying for someone can really make a difference. He has told me in past conversation that he believes in "some higher power", but only since talking with me about such things has he really considered the true possibilities of God. I don't claim that as my own work; all I do is share my experiences with people. It's just neat to see God use me to soften someone's heart toward Him.

We did engage in some light conversation as well... He's rather fond of Prince, but doesn't really care about the Willie Nelson concert that's coming up in Ardmore next month. I told him that +Kyle & I rented 'Matchstick Men' last night, and he seemed mildly interested. We both like Owen Wilson, Jackie Chan, and just love Christopher Walken. ^_^

Ah well...more later this evening. +Kyle & I are going to see a show at MSC tonight, and I am sure it will be worth posting about.
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What an amusing yet sad story. The ending was something of a surprise.

We knew there was something up with Frank, but, geeeeeeesh!
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We got a couch today!

Lori & I were chatting about something, and the subject of a couch came up, and I mentioned that no, we didn't have one. Sherry came up a little later and said she and Mark have been trying to sell theirs (for $250 - she didn't say this, but I happen to know.) for six months. She said they'd be glad to give it to us if we'd come get it from their house. Boo-yah!

I need to write out a card and leave it on her desk tomorrow.

We just got finished watching The Boondock Saints on said new couch, which, by the way is deslightfully pluffy! The movie is fantastic. The language is, well, on the side of any of Kevin Smith's work, but oh, the story... And the execution (if you'll pardon the pun)... Oh, and the soundtrack! Muahahaha...

This film is in a long line of people seeing it, purchasing it, letting a friend see it, said friend purchases it, said friend lends it to another friend...friend purchases see the trend. Lori is in the 3rd or 4th generation of this line, and now we've decided we would like to have it as well. LOL

If for no other reasons than Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, and the always entertaining Billy Connolly, see this movie. I even liked Willem Dafoe in this - he could be my next Christopher Walken.

In other news, no, I still have not gotten around to making new LJ icons...nor getting pictures for eBay...nor the countless other things I need to do to prepare for Friday.

But I did wash dishes today.

Got to go to bed early tonight. We're having an early breakfast at the Western Inn, then I'm taking +Kyle to school, then coming back to work, then tomorrow night...GAME NIGHT! Woo+! Hope I get there early enough to play a round of pool before the tournament starts.

Fortune Cookie

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Feb. 12th, 2004 11:01 pm
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Finally got off my butt and did some training tonight. Just upper body and abs, but ohhhh, I feel so much better. :) My muscles were tired from not being used enough. Will do lower body tomorrow night.

Yesterday evening was nice. I was really weak and tired after work, so +Kyle made me lie down instead of doing dishes and starting dinner, etc. I slept 'til about 6:30, and awoke to chili being ready. Yummm... ^_^ Thank you, hon!

Sherry had lent me a film, "Raising Arizona", so we watched that while we ate. That was quite a funny movie. I've never seen Nicholas Cage in a role like that, but he was perfect. His hair was great! +Kyle had already seen it, but enjoyed it again.

Today was okay. Nothing much happened, but +Kyle's lab time was cut short because whoever's in charge decided they didn't feel like being there all evening. Bah. He really needed the extra hours.

Have been reading Ian's Sci-Fi Serial again. It's quite good; you should check it out if you enjoy science fiction. My brother has some fascinating ideas.

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