December 10th, 2013
December 9th, 2013
And so, the clean-up. Dishes, laundry; didn't really FINISH either, but did get some solid in-roads.
December 8th, 2013
What a day, yesterday!
After our typical morning chores, forestcats and I went to a planning meeting for the Road to California Quilt Show. She's in charge of the takedown crew and I act as her second-in-command, though she really doesn't need me in that post. In any case, the showrunners reviewed a number of the changes for the upcoming show, next month, and various details were worked out.
After a quick stop at the grocery store, the den/kitchen cleaning started, right in the midst of cooking and baking. I helped a wee bit with the goulash, cutting up the meat, and we both did a vast amount of cleaning to get all the baking gear packed away.
At almost exactly four PM, the first of the guests began to arrive, soon to swell the room's population to about 25. When everyone expected had joined us, we started in on the pot luck, and yes, I did eat. Amongst the crowd were two little boys, the official tasters of the cookies!
Once fed, we set up extra table space, and then laid out all the cookies. Each person told stories, tales, lies or prevarications about the cookies in front of them, which was very amusing, and then we started the procession, each person in line taking a few from each plate and adding it to their box, until the plate they'd brought was empty. Most folks then packed up their stuff, gave everyone hugs, and called it an evening.
OTOH, axelicious commented that his favorite holiday movie was Scrooged with Bill Murray, a sentiment with which I agree, and it turns out that several of our friends had never seen the film. I pulled out a DVD, and we spent the next couple hours, couch filled with our good friends, enjoying it! I always intend to play the film every holiday season, and rarely find the time, so it was especially sweet to put it on for our friends.
December 7th, 2013
Driving over the last few weeks, I've taken to listening to some podcasts, along with the standard news from KPCC. I've listened with some consistency to The Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast for a long time, but only recently on my cell phone; I also started pretty much from the beginning with the Alton Brown Cast, which is fairly new. However, the one that's had my attention rivetted until I've gone through them completely was The History of Rome. The 'cast speaker, last name Duncan, was engaging, witty, and kept things understandable. It's a terrific podcast for anyone with a history interest.
We also finished via Netflix streaming a British police procedural TV series called Prime Suspect, with Helen Mirren (sp?). It's a very different flavor from American ones; they get to do things that wouldn't fly in the US, while the opposite is also true. These differences makes it seem very fresh. Mirren did great work in the series, too. Worth a peek.
Cookie exchange later today, so there's much to do around the house...
December 6th, 2013
December 5th, 2013
December 4th, 2013
Dough for gingerbread cookies is setting up in the refrigerator presently, and I even helped. A little. Smells tasty; I bet when baking it'll smell even better...
December 3rd, 2013
December 2nd, 2013
I was too sick to go to DM last night. I won't gross you out by describing the issue. Not all better yet, I'm afraid. Home from work.
December 1st, 2013
Unfortunately, due to being on call I couldn't join the Knights of Motley at Loscon, though I will go to the Dungeonmaster show tonight. So, I sat home, took calls, and watched some materials streaming on Netflix.
First was Olympus Has Fallen, in which a terrorist attack on the White House occurs; an assault team of Koreans kill hundreds of Secret Service, Air Force, Army, and Marine types, but they get blown away by one Treasury agent. Sure.
Second was The Adventures of Tintin. I found it visually impressive, but the storyline was mental chewing gum. My favorite character? The dog.
Both of these were what I needed for the night: nothing mentally challenging, so that I was fresh for any calls, but not depressing either.
November 30th, 2013
November 29th, 2013
Our second biggest event, Thanksgiving, and we had twenty-eight people at table, ourselves included. We'd gotten a lot of set-up work done before the first guests arrived, but within minutes of the crowd really turning up, everything was set. Dinner was a bit late, but nobody noticed really, so I lit the Hanukkah candles and then everyone set to eating with gusto. I madde two dishes; my wife cooked three turkeys and some bison tritip along with a variety of side dishes. Many of our guests also brought dishes, too innumerable for me to list here. We all ate to bursting; the various conversations were delightful, and the feeling of warm friendship made the evening. As soon as everyone finished, folks got to taking the room apart; dishes cleared and leftovers being packaged up to take home.
Several of our friends hung around for a couple hours, leisurely drinking and eating this and that. Finally, we waved goodbye to the last and the day that we'd been preparing for for weeks was over.
As we kicked back after our guests had gone, I put on a Netflix disk of Iron Man 3; mildly amusing, but it didn't stand up to much thinking.
Finally, deep sleep...
November 28th, 2013
So, let's start with Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
What AM I thankful for?
First of all, forestcats. My life with her is an adventure, and I wake each day in expectation of great joy and wonder.
Secondly, my health. Imperfect as it is, I haven't had an asthma attack in more than a decade, and that's something, let me tell you!
Third, my profession. I do people a service, I know what I do is good work, and the world is a better place for it.
How about you?