What a day

Jun. 27th, 2009 10:00 pm
raystrobel47: (Driving)
I'm hanging out on our deck, with my sweetie, sippin' a beer, after a day of helping a friend move in an emergency situation. We were able to get everything into her self-storage locker in an astonishing amount of time, considering what needed to be moved. And boy, those push-ups came in handy for what I needed to help schlep.

When we were done, I was hot, thirsty, and tired. So we all took ourselves to Mineo's Pizza in Squill, and damn, was that good. It's been years since I've eaten there, and I was happy to see continued awards for best restaurants in Pittsburgh. From there we traversed to Eat 'n Park for dessert (Mineo's has them now, and look scrumptious, but are waaaaay to pricey). Pookie and I split an Oreo Sundae, and (wait for it..) damn. Talk about the perfect topper for a hard day's work.

So now I continue to sit and putz around teh intarwebs, only outside with my lovely wife thanks to the our wireless connection, the 50 foot extension cord from [livejournal.com profile] evil_baron, and our new (used from freecycle) deck table. We hear deer on the hill behind us, a siren or two in the distance, and morons shooting off big fireworks. God bless summer, and this makes me even more looking forward to Pennsic.
raystrobel47: (Princess)
I must start with yesterday. Not only did yesterday bring to a close the last full 5-day school week of the year, but we got to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] saiaiko in the Strip District!! Yay!!! We smartly had dinner at Big Mama's House of Soul. And other than the orders being quite a bit backed up, the food was ZOMG-yummy. I cannot adequately describe it in this forum, gentle readers. The BBQ chicken was tangy and exquisite, and I also got the seafood stuffing, which was sweet, bold, and just fishy enough. After driving to the South Side for ice cream, we got to hang with [livejournal.com profile] saiaiko back at our house until it was pumpkin time, and she headed back to the folks with whom she's staying for her trip. We were *assured* that we'll get to see her again before taking off back to Buffalo.

Today was quite alright. We got to sleep in gloriously, with both cats pinning us in our beds. The weather was picture perfect, all day. And other than being too much of a jerk to [livejournal.com profile] fiannaharpar, things went fine. (I was careless, snippy, 'n cross this morning) A zoo trip was canceled, so our attention turned too.... yard work! Stops at Home Depot and Target first, then to get gas for the car and the 5-gallon tank for the mower (for $60??!?), and it was off to mow. My sweetie mowed the first time, so it was my first time on the tractor this year. I do like how your brain just wanders while doing that kind of work. It's cleansing in a way. While I kind of wished I could think of productive things- my SCA trumpet class, music that I want to write- I mainly thought of random songs, people, and other things that floated to the top of my noggin. It felt like getting a lot of busy-ness out of the way. And I enjoy taking care of the yard. Shoot, I wish I had more time to trim limbs, get more of the fallen tree cut up and moved out, and edge around more of the bloody flower garden before our weed-whacker's electric battery dies pathetically.

I offered to make dinner, and we munched casually on soup and grilled cheese sandwiches in the front room while watching our recent Netflix- VeggieTales' "Gideon the Tuba Warrior." Ok, dude, they took a bible story and managed to work in drum and bugle corps music into it, fer cryin' out loud. I highly approved.

I am so glad that this is a 3-day weekend. Maybe I'll start to feel like I'm catching up on sleep.
raystrobel47: (Starfruit)
Just call me Alan Titchmarsh...

[livejournal.com profile] fiannaharpar and I, in the spirit of many other people it seems, accomplished quite the load of garden work this weekend. We went from weeds up to your knees everywhere to just needing a couple more bags of mulch to finish everything up. Here's a short recap- we bought that "30-yr fabric" to cover the plants we didn't want, and while we were putting that down we were chanting "DieDieDie!!" Then we'd put some mulch down from last year to keep it in place and move on. Where we needed to weed we did. We took all the big stones that were just sitting in the garden out, which included quite a bit of coal. Even with 100 ft of the fabric, it wasn't enough, so we had to get more today. Yesterday was all about defining where the garden was and wasn't gonna be. Today was about finishing setting the fabric down, mulching, and planting some things. Oh, we also painted the poles of the outdoor lamp posts hammered copper. They look cool.

So, I'm tired and sore, but we got a bunch done in two days. Tomorrow will be planting the veggies bought (two colors of bell pepper, three tomato plants, and cantaloupe) while I mow the yard, finally. Thank goodness tomorrow is not a work day.
raystrobel47: (Default)
We day-tripped Buffalo for Ice Dragon. (ok, technically it was only Hamburg, NY) Day-tripped it. We headed up ~7:15 this morning and arrived home at 10:30 tonight. The weather/roads weren't too bad heading up, not like tales we heard about them the night before. And coming back was dreamy since the sun was so nice an melted all the crap off the roads and dried them out, too! The Pookster was sleepy all day, and did fabulously despite it. She *slept* in the truck on the way home, and made nary a peep when I put her to bed. This hasn't happened in.... damn near forever. But I'm not complaining. And it's really nice to know that day-tripping an event like Ice-Dragon is doable, making it possible for all of us to go even if it won't be for as long a time.

It was great seeing so many people! [livejournal.com profile] ogamiakira, [livejournal.com profile] matsujo9 (will I ever see you in Pgh??), [livejournal.com profile] dicea (Next time, more than 35 seconds!), [livejournal.com profile] baronessekat (you too!), and others. The day went well, and I even got to toot the herald trumpets. I miss that.

Tomorrow is sleeping in some and taking my daughter to a birthday party at Gymkana for one of her classmates. Fortunately all the gifts, etc, have been taken care of. It's just a matter of packing her and the stuff in and going. Hope y'all's Sunday is good.
raystrobel47: (Conch shell)
I'm still waking up after a busy Saturday, so cleverness isn't on the radar.

Last night we had an unexpected and most enjoyable evening when [livejournal.com profile] cortana called us from Pittsburgh! He and Tiff invited us to meet up with Tiff's parents and brother for dinner. We settled on Red Hot & Blue at the Waterfront, and really had a nice time. It was so nice to see Tom and Tiff again, after... 3 years? It's been a while. Also, Tiff's parents are really nice, and score way high on the cool factor. Dinner itself was yummy. I had the sweet iced tea (a southern thang), but as Tiff's mom and I noticed, there was a distinct cinnamon taste. Not something I'd normally add, but it was tasty.

Earlier that day it was "Holy crapola, it's one week to land grab" time and while [profile] fiannaharpar was making clothes for the Pookster, I was cutting wood for the yurt door frame and poles from the center ring. Everything is cut now, I need to drill the holes in the roof poles, sand down their points, drill and screw together the door frame, and drill holes in the khana poles. I'm sure there are a couple other things in there that I'm missing.

The Chatham day camp is going well. Last week I had to come back for two seperate performances. Wednesday was the 50th anniversary picnic, MCed by Handyman Joe Negri himself. I was asked to write a fanfare for the occasion, for two trumpets and two trombones. It went very well, and people seemed to like it. Even Joe said it was real nice. That was neat. The best part of that whole evening? My wife and daughter were out in th audience watching, and before we started playing Lake called out, "I love you, Daddy!" Yeah, I'm a sucker for my kid.

This coming week is the last week of camp. I have one additional performance with the Elementary group (ages 5-6, with a small group of 4 yr olds) doing "Castle Dances," which is to say I'm teaching them medieval dance. SCA style. They've been doing quite well, even though some of the directions are a bit much for the younger kids. (I won't go off on other kids who are just space cadets) I've been using my recorder and a CD compiled by [livejournal.com profile] blackpaladin for the music, and I have two boys who want a copy of the CD to use for practice at home. Other kids in other groups will vie for what dance is next. We're doing Black Nag, Turkish (Maltese) Bransle, Horses Bransle and the Tangle Bransle. Tangle and Black Nag are most popular, but the others get their votes. The only dance I 'abandoned' was Heart's Ease, though I had more than one kid say that it was hard, but fun.

Today is a slow and late morning, with more sewing and woodwork to be done before a trek to Nany's is in order for this afternoon, much to Lake's delight.
raystrobel47: (Default)
Happy end-of-Memorial-Day-Weekend! We just spent the last night and day in ...Ringgold, PA? at my brother-in-law's getaway camp, and we brought [livejournal.com profile] lstrobel and Alfred along with [livejournal.com profile] fiannaharpar, and all four of her sisters. Tales of getting lost at night to follow, but it was a fun fun time, and both the kid and the dog were exhausted upon their return. I got to build a fire from log one, and it stayed hot all night. Woo-hoo!

And now, for something completely different.
What's in a name? )

Shower. Bed.
raystrobel47: (Conch shell)
1) Hefty and equal parts amazement and frustration with technology.
  • We chatted for about two hours with [livejournal.com profile] lordandrei and [livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjenny over iChat and their web camera, which was way cool.

  • I recorded all parts of "I Seek Your Face" to GarageBand and exported to iTunes, and can now hear a quartet of myself.

  • Yet-
  • I am wholly unable to simply burn the sound files to a CD, even after I changed the 60 meg file (for each part) into a 3.3 meg file and clicked "burn CD."

  • I now have Apple X11 yet can't operate GIMP because an Xterm pops up and I have no clue what to do- Need to find web sources for what the hell to do.

  • All of this just makes me feel extrordinarily stupid because I want to do simple things (open software, convert files, burn a CD) and always, always run into at least one snag to which I have no obvious solution, and have to cry for help either to my wife or [livejournal.com profile] sk4p.

    2) Family wardrobe acquisition.
  • [livejournal.com profile] fiannaharpar got cool things at Ross Park, like a super nifty black knit poncho.

  • We got our daughter more Chuck Hi-tops, in bright pink and a larger size that's black and pink with "Chuck Taylor" in white printed all over them. They're most cute.

  • Broke down and bought the white Heins Ward #86 jersey. The nice sales lady gave me the sale price of a competing store in the mall, making the purchase more worth it. I have a feeling some people are going to want picture proof of this...


  • 3) The witness of a sleepy weekend.
  • Turkey Butt slept for over three hours for her nap yesterday, and about two today. It seems as if the busy-ness of last week and being kinda sick all caught up with her these last two days.

  • Not related to #3, but got to spend fun time with [livejournal.com profile] sk4p, [livejournal.com profile] blackpaladin, and [livejournal.com profile] drquuxum at the Outback last night. Mmmm, beer, steak, onions, Benny Hill. Can't get much better.


  • So, all in all it was a good weekend. Just wish technology wasn't being a bastard right now.
    raystrobel47: (Music)
    Just got in my "Understanding Music" posters, which illustrate concepts pretty nicely. Though I didn't realize that they came from England. ("Metre" and "organised") It's not a problem, I just found it interesting.

    I also got my Woody/Arlo Guthrie CD "This Land Is Your Land" CD, featuring Arlo singing and original recordings of Woody playing with other musicians added in recently. I think I'll really be able to use this for my younger kids. All the songs are kid's songs that Woody sung to his daughter Cathy. It's really neat. Ok, I'm pleased. :-)

    In other news, the weekend was good; got to sleep in Sat. and Sun., which was most appreciated. I have a full week this week with preparing for Coronation in various ways: the choir, finishing Illadore's QRC embroidery, hopefully another embroidery project, and practicing with Cai for doing trumpets. Whee!

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