athene: (DJ and Mommy Selfie)

The other day Little Prince was playing outside with our neighbor’s son, E, who is almost four and probably a head and shoulders taller than LP. E had a beach ball and the two boys were throwing it back and forth and up in the air. At some point the game became grab the ball on the ground, but really it turned into wrestling a bit. E’s mom starts up with the “Be careful of LP. He’s smaller than you.” It’s the first time I really started worrying about how others will see him because of his small size (he’s in the single digits for height and weight and always has been). I’m thinking that LP can totally hold his own, especially since most of the noises coming from the boys is giggling. Then something happens and LP cries out unhappily. E’s mom repeats the “be careful with LP” line. After checking LP was fine, he was, I go over to the boys and look at them both. I tell them, “You can keep playing like that, but keep it on the grass. But if you hear ‘ouch,’ ‘stop,’ or a cry from the other one, you have to stop right then. Got it.” I’m not sure they totally did, but they went back to playing. And there were a few cries and we had to remind them to stop at that moment, but mostly they were silly and happy and giggling.

playingwithE

Yesterday when I was dropping LP off at daycare, one of his good friends was not having the best morning. He went over to her and tried to give her a paint brush she had dropped, but she kept moving away from him and sort of whining. He kept trying to be nice and hand her the paint brush, but she backed away and hid behind their teacher. I went over to LP and explained to him that she seemed upset and while I know he was trying to comfort her and that she’s his friend, if she is saying no, ouch, or backing away, he needs to respect that and stop, even if he’s trying to be helpful.

And that is how I’m starting to teach my son consent at a young age.

Originally published at my Little Prince blog. Please leave any comments there.

athene: (DJ and Mommy Selfie)

We decided that 2.75 would be the perfect age for Little Prince to experience his first Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

On Thursday, Feb 27, we got into the car nice and early and drove to New Orleans. The drive went pretty well overall. Little Prince used the potty twice on the way there, which was totally unexpected and cool. He did fight sleep for over half an hour after lunch time, which sucked. We were really hoping to get in to NOLA in time to head over to Tante’s and catch Muses, but we hit some nasty traffic in Baton Rouge and by the time we got to Grandma R’s, we were all just exhausted.

On Friday Grandma R showed us that she’d saved a huge amount of our childhood toys. Little Prince was in heaven playing with it all.

Grandma R saved our childhood toys. DJ loved playing with them.

┬áThat evening we headed over to Tante and Bullit’s for our very first Mardi Gras parades. Darius got to learn just how stressful parking during Mardi Gras can be. We got to Tante’s, ate dinner, and then the parades started right outside her door.

A kid on his shoulders and a beer in his hand. Daddy is doing Carnival right.
Darius with a drink in his hand and LP on his shoulders.
That’s doing Mardi Gras right!


Read the rest of this entry on my Little Prince blog
athene: (DJ and Mommy Selfie)

On Saturday morning, KR and I took Little Prince to see Frozen in a movie theatre, mostly because I hadn’t seen it yet and I really really wanted to. Darius and I had been wanted to take Little Prince to the movies for a while now, but either nothing good/that we wanted to see was playing, or we were worried that he wasn’t ready yet. However, at home he’ll sit through a whole animated movie or almost a whole one, so we figured he was probably ready. Darius didn’t want to see Frozen, but KR did so we went to the movies.

At the movies

KR had never seen a Disney movie in the theatre before and it was Little Prince’s first time. I am pleased to say that they both did a very good job :). I’m not sure if it was the huge bowl of popcorn or the movie itself, but Little Prince was less disruptive than some of the other kids who were older than he was. Mostly he watched the movie and only wiggled a little bit. He did eventually end up on my lap and toward the end, nursed a bunch, but hey, that helped keep him quiet, so bonus there. As for the movie itself, I loved it. I’d see it again in a heartbeat. And I seriously want Princess Elsa’s coronation outfit. Little Prince has since declared that he is Princess Elsa. The only part of the movie that he really talks about is the ice monster. I’m glad we stayed until the end of the credits, so the ice monster is less scary to him than it was when the credits started. Still, not really sure what to think about the fact that all he talks about is the monster. He told all of his friends at school about it yesterday.

So the overall verdict is that Little Prince is at an age where he can handle being at the movies. I see much more movie going in our future.


And in case you are worried, no, I did not take that picture during the movie. I took it during the pre-show attractions, when the lights were still up and people were still getting seated.

Originally published at my baby blog. Please leave any comments there.


#fuck2013

Dec. 31st, 2013 10:07 am
athene: (blow to the heart)
Well, 2013 really and truly sucked. I'm not sure I've known a worse year. The following is a list of things that happened to my friends and family this year:

1 high profile kidnapping/rape/robbery. All three perps are now behind bars for a long time.

3 deteriorations of long-term relationships, including two broken engagements. 1 of the engagements broken off due to domestic violence that involved calling the police and a restraining order.

1 cancer diagnosis of early-intermediate Mantle Cell Lymphoma.

3 auto-immune disease flair-ups.

6 car accidents, including 2 happening to the same 2 people. Luckily no one was killed or seriously injured.
3 cars being totaled.

1 full-term baby dying soon after he was born, due to pinched umbilical cord during birth.

1 full-term baby having to spend extended time in the NICU due to swallowing meconium during birth, but she's fine now.

1 house flooded and large amount of possessions lost, but everyone and all pets made it out alive.

1 moving violation ticket, now wiped from record, but still sucks.



There were some highlights too including a couple of weddings, one awesome 2-year old birthday party in New Orleans, Thanksgivukkah, and trip to Sea World.

But mostly this year really sucked.

Tonight I'm going to burn a 2013 calendar.

Here's hoping 2014 is much much much better.
athene: (pregnant: still not king)
A week ago today my mom and sister came into town.

Friday during the day I showed mom how to make cake pops (or how to start them at least), we started making food for Seder, I took a half day at work, and mom and I went shopping for stuff for the cake pops. The problem with cake pops is that you need to create a display for them. So we went to Hobby Lobby and got some floral foam and some fake moss so we could make a "nest" for the dinosaur egg cake pops.

Friday night some friends came over and we had Passover Seder. It was very nice to have Seder with my family and friends, even if the evening was a touch more irreverent that I would have liked. We got to eat at the table (if you don't know the store of the table, ask [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith about it some time. I even had a touch of wine for each of the glasses of wine one must drink (and I buy the GOOD Kosher wine).

Saturday was get up and finish the cake pops with mom. Then finish cleaning the house (aka stuff things that shouldn't be out in rooms that will be closed off) while [livejournal.com profile] queencimmy, Byskwik, and mom got the last of the party things (including decorations).

Our baby shower was fantastic. You can read all about it and see tons of pictures from it on my pregnancy blog.

After the shower, mom, Cimmy, and I watched the last episode of Treme Season 1. We all got a bit emotional. Big surprise.

Then all four of us went out to a birthday party for some friends, but we didn't stay too long.

Sunday mom and I got up early and had a really wonderful talk. Then she and Cimmy had to leave and Aerith and I collapsed into exhaustion.

Yesterday I did my first full laundry load of baby clothing. So much and yet it all fit easily into the washer and dryer.

PBF 2011

Apr. 19th, 2011 09:52 am
athene: (Ronia)
Over the weekend, [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith and I attended PolyBigFun. Every year we get better at knowing what we need. This year, in addition to rope to tie the beds together, we got one of those eggshell mattress topper things from Walmart. I think it really helped make the prisoner beds (no really, they are made by inmates, they have tags saying so) more comfortable. We were in a different cabin this time than previous times, which had a lights out and was also super close to the bathroom. Very very good when one is 35 weeks (5 weeks from one's due date) pregnant.

The weekend itself was wonderful as always. I didn't attend as many workshops as I wanted to, partly because there weren't a lot of descriptions so it was sometimes hard to tell what the workshop was about and partly because I spent a lot of my time either engaged in conversation with others or resting. We seem to need a lot of rest these days. The workshops I did attend and the conversations I had were all really great.

There were two parts that really stick out in my mind. The first was acceptance from the poly parents who were there with their children. They let me ask them questions about birth and children and being poly with children. I really felt accepted by them. In fact, some of them even went out of their way to friend me on Facebook. I feel more comfortable about how next year will go when Aerith and I are in the family cabin with the baby.

The other part that was important was my 1am talk with the baby and the moon that I wrote about on my pregnancy blog. If you haven't been over there in a while and are interested, I have some new posts and new pictures on the pictures page.
athene: (happy)
Last Thursday k's choice played SXSW in Austin.

The hassle of getting downtown )

I walked down to the club, not wanting to stop for food because the lines were crazy, I had 2 hours until k's choice came on, and I wanted to wait for Safire who was aware of the whole issue and was going to meet me there. As I passed the club, I heard a song I recognized. It was k's choice on stage doing a sound check and singing one of my favorite songs by them. After standing in the doorway swaying for a moment or two I realized I was singing along. I asked the guy how much the cover was and he said nothing. So I got my hand stamped and went in. I sat and just watched them do their soundcheck for a while. Then I tried to get in touch with Safire, but either she was driving and couldn't pick up or I was getting no signal. I started randomly staring over my shoulder. Eventually the older gentlemen who were sitting behind me introduced themselves because I kept looking there way. We chatted for a little bit. Finally right around 8, Safire shows up. Hurray! Glad I had a very-not-good-for-me snack in my purse because by that point the club was getting crowded and there was no way wer were going to be able to get food before the show.

The first showcase band came on and they were meh. It did make it hard to talk though. I'm not sure if Stree liked them or didn't like them because he kicked me a few times during their set.

Then it was time for k's choice. YAY!!!!!! I have been a fan of k's choice since 1997. I actually got to see them in 1996 when they opened for Alanis Morrisette, but I didn't know who they were then. I got to the concert late and only heard a bit of what they did and didn't really pay attention to it. I did buy their t-shirt at that concert because I thought the design on it was cool. Several months later my friend introduced me to their music and I was hooked. Since then they've never been somewhere where I could see them. The year I was in Europe they were touring the States. Then they took a long break and only got back together a little while ago. This was their first time playing the States in 7 years and was their only US date. They literally flew in from Europe to play a 40 minute set at SXSW and I'm lucky enough to live in Austin!

I started watching them from my seat, thinking that it'd be silly for me to be in the crowd with the big belly and all. It was just so amazing to be there and hear them live. And they sounded great! Their first song was off of their new CD which isn't available in the US yet (but I found out I can listen to on Facebook!). I don't remember what they played next, but after that they played "Everything for Free" which is one of my absolute favorites by them. I took some video of the song, but the sound didn't come out well so I don't want to upload it ~sigh~. After a while, the guys behind us convinced me that it'd be silly for me not to go up and be in the crowd and that they would hold our seats. So Safire and I went into the crowd, which actually wasn't all that crowded.



I remember that I did a lot of rocking back and forth and singing along and screaming. I was hoping that they would play "Butterflies Instead" but they didn't. They did play a lot of songs off of their third album "Cocoon Crash" which I thought was interesting because "Paradise in Me" has their most popular song on it and they're promoting their new album "Echo Mountain." I slowly worked my way closer to the front of the stage. At one point I was worried that Stree wouldn't like being in the middle of things, but he was actually quiet the whole time (unlike right now when he just kicked me). So either he was able to sleep through it all or k's choice is very soothing to him. The 40 minute set was way too short and the audience agreed, but a showcase is a showcase.

After they got offstage, I wandered over to the back room and waited for the band members to finish bringing their stuff offstage and pack it up. I got to meet Sarah and Gert and Eric (the rest of the band was too busy/talking to others) and they all signed my 4 CD inserts and Sarah let me have the setlist (which I also got signed). Sarah and Gert noticed how old school my shirt was and Eric recognized me from my posting like crazy on their Facebook page. ~insert fangirl squeeing here~



After that, I rescued Safire from the gentlemen we'd met. We walked to my car and then I drove her to hers because she had to park really far away. We drove separately to the closest Kerby Lane Cafe to my house, where there was a wait even though it was late at night. But by the time Safire showed up, I'd just gotten seated. We ate yummy food (finally!). On our way out there was a guy in an Angry Birds green pigs shirt and we both had an urge to ram into his stomach, but we didn't.

Here is a slideshow of the best pictures I took that night:

athene: (pregnant: still not king)
Yesterday started off with me waking up with pain in my right side. I'd slept with a regular body pillow, but it's just not working right for me. Good thing we have a pregnancy pillow on the way.

I was half way to work (maybe more than half way) and really proud of myself for being able to get in early when I realized I'd left my water bottle at home. Knowing I was going to teach class, I needed that water bottle. Turned around, went home, spent about 10 minutes frantically looking for my water bottle. Couldn't find it. Hoped it was at work. Got to work, not early anymore, and there was no water bottle. Luckily have some extra cups lying around just in case, but I really prefer my water bottle.

Taught class to four people. It was a good class. They picked up the stuff quickly, which was great. Except that we finished the morning section early, and then the extra bit I tried to show them didn't work right on the training site. Oh well. That happens.

There was a Mardi Gras party at lunch with yummy foods. I handed out beads for kisses on the cheek. Made me feel happy. :)

As I was leaving work for the day, I got a call from the midwife. I'd failed my one hour glucose test and have to come in for my three hour. My thoughts on that and some other things (including my latest pictures) are on the newest post on my pregnancy blog.

Got home from work so frustrated about that that I finally decided to clean the front door, something [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith asked me to do a long time ago but the weather was never nice enough or I never had the energy enough to do. I put on one of his old tee-shirts and an old pair of leggings and went out there...to discover that the wasps or a wasp is back. We had a nice conversation where I tried to kill him with my bleach-and-water soaked sponge and he decided it was better if he flew really high up above the door to his nest and stayed there for the whole time I cleaned the door. The door and its frame is now clean. It looks so much better!

Went out to Tuesday Night Pub Dinner for the first time in ages because it was Mardi Gras and I was going out damn it. I got to wear my badly printed King Cake maternity shirt from CafePress. Dinner was good and I'm glad I went. Came home and was so tired I fell asleep with my laptop on my legs. Got up, helped with the "going to bed" routine and actually went to bed.
athene: (hi how are you)
Every day Boris looks to be moving better and better. This is a good thing. We will still be keeping an eye on him to see how he is progressing.

Boris from a month ago, being adorable:
Boris being adorable

In other news, The Mad Russian was visiting me all weekend. Hurray!!! Picked her up at the airport on Friday night and took her to Kerby Lane for food. Then hung out with her at home for a while and chatted. At some point [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith decided that he had to show her Tron. I wanted to watch it again, but ended up falling sound asleep on the couch.

Saturday Aerith and I got up early and picked up breakfast tacos from Jardin Corona for everyone. Yum! I started the chicken soup and then TMR and I headed out. I drove her around UT campus and downtown and then we walked around the shops on South Congress. Got home, rested for a bit, made latkas and waited for people who never showed up :(. So we lit the menorah and had really good latkas and chicken soup and after we were done, [livejournal.com profile] moonwick stopped by. So we hung out for a bit with him. After he left we all hung out for a bit more.

Sunday we had a lazy morning. In the afternoon TMR and I went shopping, mostly for maternity clothing for me. Met up with Aerith and KR17 (Aerith's new girl-type-person), for dinner at Rudy's BBQ. Sent KR17 home with chicken soup for her boyfriend who was not feeling well. Introduced TMR to The Soup and hung out some more. Basically, when TMR and I get together, we just talk for hours and hours. :)

TMR left this morning. Now I have to organize and decorate my new desk at work (my department got moved).

There is a new post in my pregnancy blog.

Boston

Aug. 22nd, 2010 08:26 pm
athene: (athene)
Monday evening the Frenchman showed up at my hotel room and we (eventually) headed out and walked up to the North End. Ended up on the rooftop eating area of a nice little Italian place. Then we wandered around and looked at the water a bit before wandering back to the hotel.

Tuesday I taught class to 15 people, which is a lot. There were some interesting technical problems in the training room, so I was really glad that I had a senior trainer with me for my first time on the road.

DOUBLE RAINBOW MAKI ALL THE WAY!!!After class, I rested in my hotel room for a bit and then I took the T and met up with [livejournal.com profile] bellebet and headed over to a Chinese/Sushi restaurant where we met up with [livejournal.com profile] rogueactor and the Frenchman. Had a lovely dinner with belle and rogue, full of wonderful conversation and really amusingly named after pop-culture things rolls.

Wednesday my co-trainer taught the class, and I played TA. After class I took the T out to meet [livejournal.com profile] kiten. It was so awesome to see her. The Frenchman, and I hung out at her place with her adorable polydactyl kitty cat, who is OMG so cute. He was doing that "I'm so tired but there are people and I want to play but I'm going to fall over at any moment" thing that was adorable to watch. Got some good hanging out and cuddling with dear friends. :)

Thursday morning I had to say goodbye to the Frenchman. :( He's going back to France soon, so I'm glad I got to spend some time with him before he goes. Then I got to the training room nice and early because it was a whole new class with a new group of people. There was some confusion because my schedule said class started at 9, but the schedule that was emailed out said class started at 9:30, so I had to wait around for everyone to show up. Because of that, class ran a little past 5.

Took the T to Davis Square. (See how every evening starts with that. I felt all super hip and urban taking the T every evening, wearing my iPhone headphones, listening to music, and being confident with where I was going.) Met up with [livejournal.com profile] omnia_mutantur and [livejournal.com profile] wandelrust and went out for gourmet pizza. The pizzas were good, but the dessert, which was hot pizza crust covered with nutella, fresh strawberries, and a touch of basil, was amazing.

Friday was the last day of class. Finished it up a little early, which was good cause people (including me) had flights to catch. After the last person left, I got my bags and took the bus to Logan airport for my 6:50 flight back home. When I got off the plane in Houston, there was a woman with 3 kids who was really confused and I thought that maybe she had never flown before or was having a panic attack or something. Since I overheard that she was going to Austin too, I helped make sure that she found her way to the right terminal. She asked my name like 3 times. It was weird. Turns out that she had had a drink and it was stronger than she expected (or so she said) and so she was just a little drunk. Well, I'm glad I was able to make sure that her kids got home, even if their mom was being weird/irresponsible. When I got to the gate for the flight to Austin, i found out there was a flight to New Orleans leaving at almost the exact same time at almost the same terminal, literally. All that separated them was a partition. I joked with the guy checking my boarding pass that it was a tough call, do I go visit my mamma and sister in New Orleans or do I go home to my husband. Ultimately the husband and cats won out over the sister and mom. Got in to Austin with no problem. [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith was waiting for me and we went home where I said hi to the cats and fell over.

This weekend has been nice and relaxing. Spent a lot of time just hanging out with Aerith Got to play some regular WoW (my guild had a Cow Throwing party...throw your cleverly named level 1 Tauren off of Thunder Bluff and hit a specific spot while yelling some sort of bad pun. I LOST spectacularly!) and some of the Cataclysm beta (my Worgen is finally out of the starting zone).
athene: (pagan)
On Wednsday, lordaerith and I said good-bye to our kitties and headed to the airport to fly to Boston. The flights went very well. At our layover in Houston we picked up non-pariels for Aerith's mother-in-law and 4 caramel apples (they were by 3 get 1 free) to share with the rest of his family, which we did, slowly over the days there.

Got into Logan with no problem. Got my bag and to the Enterprise dealership with no problem. Because we have a CostCo membership we were supposed to get 5% off and a free upgrade. The 5% was in the system, but the free upgrade wasn't. However, the guy was really awesome and said that he'd give it to us anyway. When we went out to look at the cars that were in our size, he mentioned that oh, there's a 2010 Prius over here and I'll give it to you for just $5 a day more. You should have seen Aerith's eyes light up :). So we took it. Drove out to Haverhill to Aerith's sister's house. Sister, niece (8 year old daughter of other sister), and sister's husband were all there. Sister's husband has a garden and grows green beens, cucumbers, and zuchinni (3 of my absolutely fav veggies) amongst other things. Dinner was made by sister and included stuff from garden. Yum! Hung out for a while and after niece was asleep, watched Role Models with sister and her husband. Still funny.

Woke up on Thursday and slowly nephew got up. He's 17 (OMG, i've known him since he was 5!!!) and his voice has dropped and he is now taller than Aerith. He stands like an awkward teen, all gangly and hunched. It's adorable. Finally Aerith's mom showed up and then everyone, except for me and sister's hubby (who was at work) went to Water Country. I had to stay at Sister's because I had to teach a class online at 2. But that was okay because I just hung out and chilled and the class went well. Also it was in the 70s and I don't do water parks until it's at least 90 out. Eventually they all got home, then we went to the store and got food to grill. Aerith showed off his awesome grilling skills.

Friday Aerith and I went to H&R Block to try to sort out some old tax stuff that seemed weird. It's still weird, but whatever. I had to teach the second half of the class that afternoon. As soon as it was over, we got in the car and headed out to W. MA to visit with [livejournal.com profile] artemis42 and her partner. Got caught in some traffic, so we were thankful for the Prius! Had a very lovely visit with Ms. A and her partner. They live out in the middle of nowhere with apparently lots of lesbians, musicians, and chickens (what is it about redheads and chickens?). We played music exchange. I played Marian Call for them, and they played their kirtan and an early cut their new blues album for us. A made yummy yummy dinner. That girl can cook salmon like no one else. After dinner we hung out and she showed us Sita Sings the Blues (you can watch it online if you want), which is an animated movie about Rama and Sita and some other stuff. Finally it was past midnight, so we said goodbye and headed back. I fell asleep on the way back, but Aerith was amazing and made the drive, even though he was really tired by the end of it.

Saturday we showed Sister and Niece how to make breakfast tacos :). Then we headed to Rockingham Park to meet up with Aerith's mother and uncle and watch/bet on televised horse races. All the horses I picked kept coming in one spot behind what I said, until the very end where I won a whole $3.80 and the woman behind the counter asked if I was over 18. It was silly, but kinda fun.

After a brief stop at Sister's, we headed out to [livejournal.com profile] wabres's Hobbit Hole. It was me, Aerith, Wabres, his brother, Wyleblad and his wife, Percival, and [livejournal.com profile] godspiel. It was great to see those guys again! We had lots of cheese, including queso made by Aerith. Wabres made his chicken masalla for dinner. We watched YouTube videos and talked gaming and went to Kimbel's for ice cream. We left around 11:30. On the way back to Sister's we got caught in some really bad traffic due to construction.

Sunday we woke up expecting to take most of Aerith's family to see Scott Pilgrim, but it turns out that after we got back, Aerith's sister was coming home from his other sister's house and her car got side swiped by a van and she and her car got pretty banged up. She's okay, but had wicked bruises, a cut on her head, and said that her back was hurting her. So we dropped her off at Other Sister's house and got Aerith's Mother and went to the movie just with her. Scott Pilgrim was pretty good. I wanted it to be totally awesome, but after reading the books, it was almost-but-not-quite-as-awesome as I was hoping. After the movie, we saw his mom's place and the infamous dining room table that is ours, if we could ever figure out how to get it down to Austin. Went back to other sister's and realized that it was late and Aerith and I needed to do laundry. So we took Niece back with us and did laundry and Sister's got Nephew and South Asian food.

This morning Aerith and I got up and drove into Boston, getting a little lost, to get me to the hotel. I checked in and dropped off my bags, then we drove to the airport (we got really lost...but figured it out thanks to iPhone goodness). Said goodbye to Aerith and I made my way back to the hotel via public transportation and walking. Chilled for a bit, walked around the area for a bit, and took a bath at the hotel. Now the Frenchman is here so I have to go. Yay!!!
athene: (hi how are you)
On Friday night [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith and I went formal dress bowling with friends on Friday. We hadn't gotten dressed up in suits and dresses and gone bowling since college. We went to The Highball, which is seriously swanky. With all of us all dressed up, we fit in with the decor way better than anyone else there. In fact, one of the servers said that we were his favorite table ever because we looked like we fit in with the place (it was either that or we were all 1920s mobsters or extras on the set of Mad Men). The bowling itself was hell of a lot of fun. It took me a little while to remember which hand I bowl better with (it's my right). Out of my group, I totally lost, but it was fabulously fun, so I didn't care.

Saturday involved errands and a lot of WoW. :)

On Sunday Aerith and I went to the Yummy Living Foods tasting at Marigold - Gateway to India. Yummy Living Foods is all natural, gluten-free, vegan desserts. The food is OMG yummy. The chocolate decadence was so good as were the brownies and well, everything I tried. It's so dangerous for me to know about Marigold's. I think I wanted to buy just about everything I saw there.

Sunday evening Aerith and I played Boom Blox on the Wii. It involves making lots of throwing motions. Between that and the bowling on Friday, my arm is all sorts of sore today.
athene: (wedding kiss)
Life's been crazy busy, in a good way. So here's a quick list of what's going on:

• The Sunday before last [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith and I rolled up 3.5/3.75 characters for a run. It's the typical gamer ratio (7 guys and me). My character's already annoying everyone. :)

• Last Monday I went to a Marian Call house concert. She's amazing. She's touring all 50 states, so go find out when she'll be in a city/town near you and go see her. She's a total nerd and cute too. Oh, and she'll be performing at the SDCC w00tstock! There were many nerds there and we all flocked together. Flirted with a guy who works at Blizzard. Hey, anything to get into the Cataclysm beta, right? ;)

• This last Friday was [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith's and my fifth wedding anniversary. Year 5 is the wood anniversary. Don't worry, we already went there. We both took Friday and Monday off from work. Friday we went to Schlitterbaun (which is becoming our anniversary tradition). The rides there really are the best! After riding tons of rides on both sides of the park, we headed back to Austin and went to the Melting Pot for the first time. Very nice. They found out it was our anniversary and brought us complimentary champaign with dessert.

• Saturday night we went to the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin's production of "Yeoman of the Guard" with [livejournal.com profile] moonwick and [livejournal.com profile] byskwik. Is a rather interesting opera. Not quite so light and airy as their usual fair and a weird ending.

• The rest of our four day weekend was spend lounging around, getting stuff off of the DVR, playing WoW, and cleaning up the house a bit.

• Work is going well. I'm starting to teach more. I'm developing curriculum for a new feature coming out in our Summer release, which is kind of like shooting a moving target. Oh, and work's sending me to Boston in mid-August to teach four days of classes. The current plan is for [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith and I to go up together a few days early and see people and then he'll head home while I teach. Let me know if you want to see us.

• Other than that, life is busy with work, husband, cats, yoga, social engagements, friends, and WoW.

PBF

Apr. 25th, 2010 01:46 pm
athene: (Ronia)
Got home from PolyBigFun a little while ago. Have taken a bath and caught up on email, LJ, and other social networking things. Am super tired and sore, but am trying to stay awake so can get to bed early.

PBF itself was very good. Had a good time hanging out and talking to people. Took a lot of workshops that were good food for thought. Learned some things about myself that I need to look at more closely. Also learned a good way of expressing what was going on that made a conversation that could have been really bad and angry go really really well. Also, [livejournal.com profile] faeriecritter is made of many types of awesome. Also made of awesome: [livejournal.com profile] savanni, [livejournal.com profile] saphirebear, [livejournal.com profile] oracle_tx and everyone else who worked so hard to make the weekend as awesome as it was.

Ok, time to pet the kitty on my lap and go be brain dead.
athene: (hi how are you)
Yesterday [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith and I went to the dentist for cleanings and I got fitted for a nightgard. Not the most pleasant experience, concidering it's been about 4 years since my last cleaning, but my teeth feel way happier now.

Then it was home for two seconds to feed the cats and then right back out to Poly Dinner at Central Market. Good food and friends FTW!

We left early and headed to someone random person's house for a house party with a concert given by Zoe Boekbinder. Got there on time, which of course meant that we got there super early. Hung out with random people, chatted with Zoe and her really awesome friend Ryan, and met new people. [livejournal.com profile] bouncyone showed up at some point, which was cool.

Zoe started playing around 9. Dear Goddess, I LOVE LOVE LOVE her voice. She was really cute and adorable and tired from being on the road, which made her more cute and adorable. She played for about an hour (with a short break to let the niece of our host play). I love that through the internet I can get an invite to a house party for an artist I love and want to support and go to it and meet people and be accepted. I love that Austin has wacky opportunities like that.

Here are two videos of Zoe live:

The Adventures of the Turtle and the Seahorse:


Cover song done acappella with two loop petals:
athene: (me profile - ren)
Friday night [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith went to go see How to Train Your Dragon. It was a fairly typical kids movie plot, but ZOMG SO CUTE! Want dragon!!! We went to the Lake Creek Drafthouse where that night they were also playing all three Evil Dead movies and so some of the waitstaff were dressed up like zombies. It was truly awesome.

Saturday we headed over to [livejournal.com profile] pyroyo007's for his annual crawfish boil (after feeding [livejournal.com profile] byskwik's cats). We were only going to stay for a little while, but I ended up staying for a long time (Aerith had another thing, so he left and then came back). Mmmm...crawfish.

That night we were going to do one of the 4 or 5 different things that we knew of, but we were so dead from the day that we came home, had ice cream and crashed (after feeding [livejournal.com profile] byskwik's cats).

Sunday I got up and went to a brunch meeting (after feeding [livejournal.com profile] byskwik's cats). After the meeting I drove home, picked up [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith and our Ren garb and headed out to Sherwood Forest Faire. Took us about an hour to get there (we got a little confused a few times...especially because the right turn after turning off of 290 isn't well marked) and another 20 or so to get dressed due to laces and winds and dust.

The faire itself was really nice. I think it was a great size with lots of artists, vendors, musicians, etc. OMG, the Italian food place! Got to see the Austin Browncoats, my friends at Abzu Emporium, and listen to the lovely Tulstin Troubadours. I got my hair braided really pretty with flowers and glitter and everything. [livejournal.com profile] knighthorse took pictures and hopefully a few came out well.

The only thing that really disappointed me about the faire was the lack of interaction between the Faire's actors and the faire goers. I almost literally ran into Robin Hood at one point, but nothing...not that I have a character or anything, but aren't they supposed to?

Came home and pretty much fell over.
athene: (pie)
Yesterday was Pi Day (March 14, 3.14...unless you're in England, in which case you celebrate Pi Day on 22/7). In honor of Pi Day, [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith and I held our Second Not-Quite-Annual-But-Getting-There Pi Day Pie Potluck.

OMG, the pie. So much pie! I made an apple pie. Aerith made sheepard's pie with lamb. There was a greek sheepherd's pie with bison. There was chicken pot pie and chicken in filio dough. There was pecan pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate peanut butter pie, round brownie bites with Π drawn on them. There was a pizza pie. Someone brought an American Pie DVD. There was another chicken pie thing made by [livejournal.com profile] saphirebear that looked and smelled yummy, but by the time she showed up, I was so over full that I couldn't eat another bite (but I have leftovers!). I'm forgetting some pies. Too much pie (is there ever too much pie???)

Everyone ate pie and drank and chatted and hung out and ate more pie and fell over. It was awesome. Will try to remember to do it again next year.

As always, the day following Pi Day is the Ides of March. Happy Ides. Don't get stabbed!
athene: (happy)
I've been having an excellent weekend!

On Friday night [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith and I went over to [livejournal.com profile] byskwik house for Asian food night. Lots of yummy food and good conversation was had. Much talk about New Orleans and the Saints, but I guess that's inevitable when you have 5 Louisiananians in one room.

On Saturday morning I had a massage with [livejournal.com profile] bouncyone, which was very nice and relaxing. Also bought his Wii and Wii Fit from him as he was getting rid of it. Now we have a Wii. Spent time on Saturday afternoon setting it up and playing with it. Aerith's really gotten into Super Mario Galaxy (which is what he's playing as I type this).

Saturday evening we went over to [livejournal.com profile] saphirebear and [livejournal.com profile] davobear house for dinner (tacos) and a movie (Disney's Robin Hood) with them and their kiddos. Got lots of love and snuggles from the 5-year-old. :) After the kids went to bed there was hot tubbing and good conversation. My favorite part of the whole evening: hearing the kiddos laugh like crazy over some of the jokes in the movie that I used to find hysterical.

Today Aerith and I got up and went out to look at Wii stuff. We ended up at Fry's where I used the power of my iPhone to get us price matching on some accessories. Came home, did some relaxing and some cleaning and I did 20 minutes of Wii Fit workout. I'm going to really try and do some every day to every other day.

I am so glad that January is over as of midnight. It was a really wretched January for a lot of people, myself included. So fuck you January 2010. I won't miss you.
athene: (hi how are you)
Had a really good weekend.

[livejournal.com profile] gailmom came into town on Thursday, which is always awesome. We got curtains for our front windows made by the amazing [livejournal.com profile] apryl_knight.

Friday I left work a little early because I'd already worked over 42 hours and [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith and I went to the store and then came home and napped for too long. Then I made my starting-to-become-famous apple cobbler (I pretty much used this recipe from How to Cook Everything, except I modify the filling based on Jill's Apple Pie filling from More from Magnolia. It came out so much better now that I have a 9x9x2 square pan. The apples kind of caramelized around the sides of the pan.

Friday night [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith, [livejournal.com profile] gailmom and I headed to a party with the apple cobbler in hand. Was a very nice party. The cobbler went over really well, especially since I was able to heat it up in the oven. It was decided that it would go amazingly well with some of Amy's Mexican Vanilla ice cream.

Saturday morning we had to get up early-ish and clean clean clean for the small housewarming gathering that we were holding that day. Also, as it was the day after [livejournal.com profile] lordaerith's birthday I made him a chocolate Garfield cake.


The housewarming party went really well. I love that we now have a place where we can have people over without it being too crowded. I don' t think anyone hung out upstairs almost at all and there was still a ton of room downstairs. Thanks to everyone who came! To everyone who didn't, we missed you.

The funniest part of the party was when the 5 year old daughter of a friend decided to crawl into the box at the bottom of our cat structure. I had no idea a 5 year old could even fit in there, but apparently she is an amazing contortionist. Not only was she able to climb into the box, but she even managed to turn herself around, which was very impressive. Pictures have been emailed to her mother for future embarrassment.


Saturday night we ended up staying up really late hanging out with friends and cleaning up from the party.

Today we got up really late. We decided that we needed cuddling on the couch while eating breakfast and watching the last episode of Mythbusters. We were about to get comfy when the girl-cat pushed over a pillow from the back of the couch, knocking over a large glass of OJ. Cue massive clean-up effort. At least the episode (when we finally got to watch it), was good. Then Miss Gail had to go home. After she got in her car, she asked me to get her a Dublin Dr. Pepper from the mini-fridge upstairs to drink on the road. When I went to open it for her, I spilled some of it it on top of the fridge, on the wall, and down my white skirt. *sigh*I guess because there was no major party foul, the gods decided to make it up to us the next day.

But, then the Saints won (5-0 baby! Who dat???) and there were Empire apples at my local H-E-B when I went grocery shopping so that made up for the morning.

PBF

Jul. 5th, 2009 08:05 pm
athene: (lightsaber)
PolyBigFun was a really great experience. Attended a lot of thought-provoking workshops on such diverse topics as communication and spirituality, had really great conversations with people, made a new "friend" ([livejournal.com profile] errantember), ate yummy food, watched pretty fire spinning and belly dancing, generally enjoyed myself, and came home and passed out for a few hours.

A huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] saphirebear and the rest of the PBF organizers for making it such an awesome event!

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