athene: (no workee)
Last week [ profile] lordaerith and I (mostly Aerith) installed our new microwave. It is pretty and shiny and matches our stove. It also is a convection oven, which is strange but cool.

We didn't set out to buy a new microwave this year. It certainly wasn't in the plan. Our old one was working just fine. But then...

My mother was visiting us from New Orleans for Passover/Easter weekend. It was Saturday morning and we were prepping for our monthly game day and Passover Seder that night. Mom decided to bake a sweet potato in, you guessed it, the microwave. So she put it in for 30 minutes, intentionally, and went to take a shower. I think her thought process was that if the sweet potato would take 90 min in a regular oven, it should take a third of the time in the microwave. I guess she didn't notice the microwave actually had a potato setting. She also didn't poke any holes in it.

So she's taking a shower and Aerith and I are watching something with Little Prince when we start to smell something burning. We go downstairs and there's a few inches of smoke at the ceiling, and the smoke detector isn't even going off. We start freaking out that something is on fire but we can't figure out where the smoke is coming from. I get LP downstairs in case there is a fire and we have to get him out and run upstairs to tell mom. While she's getting out of the shower she tells me that she had the potato in the microwave. Go back down stairs and sure enough, there is a nice lump of charcoal in the microwave and the microwave itself isn't looking too good. So we open all the windows, burn incense, Febreeze things and work on making the house smell better. Aerith and I take out the old microwave and he does some research with mom and then goes out to Home Depot to order a new microwave.

It's amazing how much we've come to depend on the microwave. Just a few days without one made me realize that. The new one got delivered last Wed (and they took away the old one) and Aerith and I (ok, mostly Aerith again) installed it on Thursday. This past weekend he baked banana bread in it. Now the house smells much less like smoke and much more like banana bread.

In conclusion, sweet potatoes are not to go in the microwave for more than 5-6 minutes and always poke holes in them first. Also, still no idea why the smoke detector didn't go off as we tested it and it seems to be working fine. But no one was hurt and we can tease mom about this for years to come.
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: (D and me - 1940s)
The guys are napping and I should be either napping or doing dishes or unpacking (oh the unpacking), but I had an urge to do some good old fashioned journalling. We'll see if it lasts.

This morning I woke up at 6:30am and realized I couldn't remember when over night my Little Prince had nursed. I really don't want to jinx it, but I'm pretty sure he slept through the night (or mostly through the night)! I got up and fed the boy-cat so that he wouldn't annoy us in bed. Then I went back to bed and breastfeed LP on and off for a while while I tried to doze a bit. Then I couldn't decide if I should get out of bed and shower or just play on my phone. Eventually [ profile] lordaerith woke up and motioned for me to go shower (at 7:30) so I did. Came out of the bathroom to a wide awake LP.

Got LP changed and set up in his high chair with breakfast, got breakfast for myself and Skyped with mom while Aerith became human again (aka showered and had a cup of coffee). Aerith started a warm wash. Then we made a shopping list and headed to the store. It was drizzling when we got into the car. It was raining when we got into the store. It was POURING when we left the store.

Got home and prepped Turkey, Yam, and Apple stew and had leftover Chuy's for lunch. LP seems to really like their refried beans.

Tried to put LP down for a nap at his usual nap time, but he was NOT having it. Worked with Aerith to get our closet more organized while LP played in the closet. We've made some good progress.

Decided since LP wasn't napping or showing any signs of being tired to curl up on the couch-as-a-bed and watch Monsters, Inc (and at the end there must have been some dust in the air, which is why Aerith and I were teared up). Much better than watching the Saints game (from what I could tell). LP watched some of it and played on the couch-bed and on the floor for the rest of it.

Called my MIL to say hi. Started to talk to her about the idea of having a big family and friends party for LP in New Orleans for his birthday - Memorial Day weekend.

Finally got LP (and Aerith) to take a nap. I'm sure it's going to mess up their bedtimes, but they were both so exhausted. I wish I could have napped with them, but I wasn't falling asleep and there's was a cold wash to start (it's in now) and dishes to be washed. But for now I'm just enjoying sitting at the breakfast table looking out the window at my soggy suburban neighbourhood.
athene: (Hansen's Sno-Bliz)
I'm in New Orleans.

Came in on Wednesday (after plane was delayed do to hydraulic fluid). Had to go to Crabby Jacks and Hansen's.

Thursday [ profile] queencimmy and were presenting a paper on Producer-Fan Interaction in Lost at the 2009 PCAACA National Conference. Our presentation went really well. Afterwards someone even came up to us and asked us if we had a copy of our paper, which was cool. I also went to panels on WoW and D&D, Ren Faires & Cons, and "Theatre: The Lighter Side." Some of the papers were good but a lot of them left me wondering where the author was going or what the point was. It's called writing an academic paper people.

Friday we ducked out of the conference early. Mom and I spent a nice evening together.

Today has been prep for seder day. Started the tzimmis nice and early in the crockpot. Now have the chicken soup on the stove with the matzo balls mix cooling in the freezer. House is starting to smell extra yummy.
athene: (blow to the heart)
I've been meaning to write a update for a while.

Mom came to visit for the long MLK weekend. It was nice. I love hanging out with mommy. Over the weekend went shopping on South Congress, went to Kreuz Market for yummy bbq, and made King Cake. On MLK day, Mom and I dropped [ profile] lordaerith off at work and then drove down to San Antonio. We visited the Alamo and walked around the city a bit. After lunch we headed back and stopped at San Marcos to visit the Outlet malls. Almost found shoes that fit perfectly, but they didn't. Oh well.

Last Saturday [ profile] byskwik and I ran around like crazy trying to put together costumes for the Steampunk Ball at Elysium. Couldn't find goggles anywhere, but I found some awesome gloves at Goth-in-a-Box. The Steampunk Ball itself was really awesome! There were so many people dressed up in awesome costumes (tiny hats FTW!) Ran into some friends that I expected to see there and a few that I didn't, so that was nice. Also, the DJ's played Airship Pirate by Abney Park which totally made my night.

Monday night Aerith and I went to one of those karaoke places where you rent a room with friends. It was an interesting experience. They had a lot of songs, but many of them were in languages we didn't know and the remote was tricky to figure out. Also they had these weird videos playing in the background of the songs that made us laugh.

Tuesday night [ profile] jack08180 (aka Camera) came over and we watched Serenity (I cried, as usual). He has now seen all of Firefly/Serenity.

This morning I made pancakes. I tried to add raspberry gel to some of them for Aerith. It worked okay.

Stuff on the job front is going okay. My resume is all updated, I've updated my profile on places like WorkinTexas and LinkedIn, and I've even started applying for jobs. We'll see how it goes. *crosses fingers*
athene: (Ronia)
in reverse order

the ugly:
I have a rash caused by a virus (confirmed by a Dr). While it took under 24 hours to spread from my face to my arms and a little on my legs, it is going away much much more slowly. As in 5 days later and, while less, it's still there. Grrrrr...
some of the bruises and pain from my glomping a rock 2 weeks ago still exists.

the bad:
due to mother being in town and virus (as mentioned above), I am behind on my Independent Study. I am starting to freak out about it a little bit.
[ profile] artemis42 is getting in over 5 hours after she was supposed to.

the good:
we closed on the sale of our house on Friday. Didn't make a huge profit, but that's because we already used up some of the equity to move/live in Texas.
My honorary brother was in town for a few days. He even helped us clean up the house.
I figured out how to make hot spots work in my QTVR movies and how to embed them in a website: New and improved purple peep movie
We're going to see Josh Blue tonight!

HP Party

Jul. 21st, 2007 12:55 pm
athene: (Coat of Arms)
Last night Mommy and I (did I mention that Mom's been in town since Sunday??) went to the Harry Potter party at BookPeople with Bubbles and FireCat. Unfortunately Bubbles lost her voucher and so she decided to leave. The party was crazy huge. Over 1200 vouchers had been purchased. My number was 1170. There were a lot of people who had dressed up, which was awesome. I didn't get my book until almost 1:30am. I came home and read two chapters in the bathroom so I didn't wake up [ profile] lordaerith, but then a warm husband in bed won out over the book (shock, I know), so I went to sleep.

Other than that, I've been having a good week. Still recovering from hugging the rock on Sunday. Getting to hang out with mommy is awesome. Haven't really gotten to show her too much of Austin because I've had to do stuff for my TAship, including teaching two lab sessions. But I think she's having a good time. Did get to take her to UT and to Karaoke with Bubbles, FireCat, and Punk on Tuesday. [ profile] lordaerith took her furniture and outlet shopping on Wed and Fri while I had to work. Also took her to Half Price Books (v. dangerous).

Ok, time to shower and get back to HP7.
athene: (wedding kiss)
msfrizzmy mom was in two different papers on saturday.

She was mentioned in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, as part of [ profile] lordaerith and my wedding announcement (you need to subscribe to read the article...I'll try to post it later).

And there was a full article about her in the Ithaca Journal because an old friend of our family has taken her in for a while.

Aerith and I drove the 4.5 hours to see mom in Ithaca this weekend. It was so good to see her. I also got to explore the town I lived in until I was almost 9 and got to see my old house (it's smaller than I remembered it). I have more to say about that, but I'm tired and it's past my bedtime.


Sep. 1st, 2005 09:42 pm
athene: (Katrina)
Just so y'all know, this is the website of the town where msfrizzmy mother is staying.



Dec. 29th, 2001 01:30 pm
athene: (Default)
just wanted to update, but i don't know if i have anything new to say. Drove Cimmy to Lafyette the other day to be with her (hopefully no longer)ex boyfriend.

went to see grandpa yesterday. he is doing ok. he is almost 90 which is really amazing.

went to the mall afterwards and ran into ex-b/f 1 at Babbages where he works. so, that is 2 out of 4 so far. already ran into ex-b/f 2 at a party and will be going to ex-b/f 3's party tonight. ex-b/f 4 e-med me and wanted me to call him when i got into town. i did, so it is his turn to call me back. i might actually make 4 out of 4 this time. that would be really strange. good thing i am on good terms with all of them.

mom is doing well. we have been cleaning up for her since she can't, but it is so hard for her to sit around all day. she is making homemade chicken soup. mmmm. i could smell it cooking when i woke up today. that is if i could have smelled anything. i really do need to clean my room. it is sooo dusty.

i think mom wants to go out somewhere to get yarn and chambourge so we can make a chocolate rasberry tourte. mmm.

must finish writing e-mail to Nayone and then get off line


Dec. 6th, 2001 02:22 pm
athene: (Default)
well, my toe still hurts. I've been keeping it up and iceing it once in a while. It looks a lot better today than it did yesterday. I can walk a lot better today. It'll probably be fine by monday.

in other news my mother had her operation to remove her thymus yesterday. That also went really well and according to her friend who called me, she is recovering faster than they expected, which is good.

Also, the deadline on my 10 page paper got pushed back to during exam period. Hurray. This means that I have 8 pages, not 18 pages, and a final and a presentation and two performances due next week.

In acting yesterday we delt with the question of the audience. Can i just say that I would never like to perform to a group of Paranoid Schitozophrenics. It made me really nervous (just thinking that they were the audience) espcially when I had to say "depression" and "epidmeic" and "suffering". Some of the scenes turned out so funny!! It's such an interesting theory that I've never had delt with in an Acting class before. Gives me something to think about.

i'm alive

Nov. 1st, 2001 06:47 pm
athene: (Default)
haven't posted in a while.

mom is in the hospital. has been since a week ago. but it's good this time b/c the doctors are going to make her as better as possible. YAY.

Got the paper that was late turned in. Got it back. Got an A/A-. Hurray!!!!

I only have to take 13 credits next semester. will take 15 most likely. Now, if i could just find a 3rd 4 credit class that was interesting an fit my schedual.

Declared a Theatre minor yesterday. Hurray!!!!

Had my THREE YEAR aniversarry w/Aerith on saturday. it was wonderful!!! I love him sooooo much!!!!! I hope we are in each other's lives for a long time to come.

Sent in my senior pic.

Went postering for Samhain tommorow (8pm, Tyler House - for those in NoHo and are interested).

Cimmy is coming this weekend. Yippy. I can't wait to see her.

50 lines of greek are calling. must get a good chunk done b4 samhain rehearsal.

hopefully i'll be able to breath more next week.


Oct. 22nd, 2001 02:38 pm
athene: (Default)
talked to my mom. She is doing a lot better. That makes me feel better. She is going to be fine. She helped me with my paper. I love her so much! My heart feels lighter now.

my mother

Oct. 22nd, 2001 08:42 am
athene: (Default)
my mother has Myasthenia Gravis. Yesterday she went into the ER because she was having trouble breathing. She called me at 12am this morning because she was released.

This is really scaring me. What if she dies? What am I going to do? What will happen to her house and everything in it? Will daddy come back from Romania? Will Cimmy be ok? Will I be ok? I don't want her to die yet. I want her to live for a very long time. I want her to have the joys of being a grandmother. It's not fair. Why did this have to happen to her? She is so strong. She was just really starting to become the kind of person that she wanted to be. At least she has a lot of friends. I am scared and i am sad. I wish i could be with her, but i made her a promise not to leave school and i will keep that promise. She is going on real meds. I hope they help her. I want her to live.

To all who are reading this, if any of you have any skill in sending healing energy, please send some to my mother. If not, please pray for her, or wish her well, or whatever is natural for you to do. Thank you.
athene: (Default)
thursday my sis and I went to the mall. We drove WAY past the exit on the highway and had to turn around and go back down Vets. We finally made it to the mall. We had the best time wantering into all the stores at Lakeside that we have visited hundredes of times before. Express is selling thier long sleeve shirts again. Anyone in NoHo want to go to the mall with me so i can buy more of them sometime after I get back?

Then we went into Vicky Secs. There were these really beautiful corsets there and they came in all different colors. We started looking for smalls in the sky blue (for me) and the red (for cim). A sales lady came over to us and asked us if she could help us. We explained how we were looking for smalls, but it is so hard to find them. In the corse of taking to her, it came out that we were sisters (no shock there, we look like sisters!). Finally, I found a small in the blue but Cim couldn't find one in red. We went into the dressing room so she could help me into the corset. Then the sales lady started calling out for her "sisters". She had rememebered that they always put smalls on the manaquins and so got Cim a small. The two of us hooked eachother up and tightened the laces and so on. it was SOOO Victorian!!! We were laughing really hard. Then we showed the sales ladies how we looked. We looked good. I wish we had a camera. But, alas, the corsets were $78 each! We had to talk our way out of them pretty quickly. I think they are still on hold for us at the store. oops. i should call them about it. oh well.

Then I drove us to Linen and Things so Cim could get a shower tote. We must have spent half an hour there before she finally decided on the one that was the first one i pointed out to her. :)

Yesterday I got up late and cleaned up and stuff because the relatives were coming around 10pm. Mom went out to dinner w/her lady friends. I showed Cim Invader Zim which she had never seen. The episodes were ok, not the best ones i've seen.

Then Z-dude (as Cim's b/f will now be called) and Blue-Skunk (as my "brother" will now be called) showed up. Z-dude had just driven in from ULL. He and Cim disappeared into her room (no surprise there), but not before the discovery that they were both stoned. So, Blue-Skunk and I went out on the back porch and smoked up. hehehehe. Then Cim and Z-dude went out with friends and Blue-Skunk and I went out to Ninos's. I had never been out while stoned before. Very interesting experiance. We got home before 10. around 10 my aunt, uncle, cousins, and little 2nd cousin (who's three) showed up. Then after aunt and uncle left (they are staying at Grandpa's), mommy showed up. Cuz J, Blue-Skunk, and I went out on the porch and made Cuz S worry that Cuz J is going to get kicked out of the Peace Core before she even goes to Africa b/c of a non-existant random drug test. But we had fun. And then tried to watch Monty Python. Way too much for us sometimes *G* SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM! Well, Cuz S and little-dude are up, so i should get off of the computer and hang out with them.

home again

Aug. 23rd, 2001 09:17 am
athene: (Default)
so, i'm home now. I like being home. but i miss aerith!!

the flight was pretty cool. they had some of the rocky horror show playing on one of the "radio" stations.

I had dinner with dad and ada. then mom called at 10 and i came home. it's good to see her, but she looks so thin (well, thin for my mom). And her MG was really acting up so that she was having trouble talking. I ended up reading some of harry potter 2 to her. that was cool.

yesterday dad, ada and i went to pick up Cimmy from her b/fs new apartment at ULL. Nice place. Right on the edge of campus. The rooms are decent sized and well kept. Not as big as our place, but a good first apartment. I got to walk around the ULL campus. Dude, there is a SWAMP in the middle of the campus. It's really cool. There are gators and everything in it!!!! The campus itself was much nicer than i expected it to be, which was a pleasent surprise.

dad took us out to dinner, which was cool.

cimmy and i did a lot of talking on our way back. I told her about Venus5. I think she is interested to see it b/c she likes Sailor Moon too (actually, she was the one who got me watching it).

Then got home and found out the cousins and aunt and uncle are going to be coming in on friday. of course mom is freeked out about how bad the house looks. bfd. we'll get it cleaned. well, i will clean and cim will get pissed that i am cleaning and being the "good girl" and shit. Well, i think that if i just say yes and do what mom asks, it's just so much easier than being negitive and getting into a fight.

damn, my bagel is cold and perkigoth keeps cutting out.

I had some dreams that i really wanted to recored in here, but i can't remember them. The only one that i remember was this one from friday where we were doing this haunted house, but it wasn't haunted, it was more of a dungeon/improve/Munchkin thing with some of Light up the sky thrown in. It was very strange. the other two dreams esacpe me now.

when i mentioned to my mom about the whole bat thing at the theatre, mom said that one time in school someone came to talk to us about bats and i was the only one interested and kept asking questions. I don't remember this, but it makes me wonder about my bat afinity. I should research bats and figure out what it means and how they connect to me.

have to go to the Mall with Cim now.
athene: (Default)
I just got back from the bathroom and there was a little flower on my keyboard and a note saying "Jason was here :) " It's amazing how little things like that can just put the biggest smile on someone's face. I wonder if he's going to show up again. He is a lot of fun. and he has the two teath next to his upper front teeth missing, just like my sister does (but she has a retainer w/the teeth on them. she can pop it out and make really funny faces with it - like the rancor from SW:ROTJ)

talking about the bathroom...the one at work has this window that is partway infront of the stall part and it looks out onto Elm Street. Now, normally, i'm just like whatever and close the shade when i go to the bathroom. but recently the shade (which is on one of those annoying pullstrings) has chosen NOT to work. so there i am going to the bathroom and when i stand up i'm worried that someone will see me. probably not, but there is construction across the way and i've read enough stuff about secret web-cams to be nervous.

the weekend was fun.

Friday: wyldeblade and his friend drove up from NY. Aerith knew they were coming but forgot to tell ThreeGee and I. Oh well. And Aerith and I got the Nerf Guns that Adan was talking about in his journal. fun fun fun.
Then we went to a party for Dave. there were a lot of people there, including this girl Lisa who i used to hang out with a lot and then disapeared for a few years. It was sooooo cool to see her again!!!

Saturday: Went to the first Miller's Reach event of the season. It was supposed to be this big two day thing, but it started raining really badly and there were flood warnings and stuff so we left. But before then I helped bring magic back. that made me happy because i usually feel that my character isn't that important, but he(she) was at this event :) :) :) :)
Since it got cancled, a bunch of us went back to our place and we hung out and watched Tank Girl on DVD. I LOVE THAT MOVIE SOOO MUCH. Aerith and ThreeGee were about to kill me b/c i kept quoting along with it. tee-hee-hee.

Sunday: Aerith and I did some MAJOR cleaning of our room. hurray, there is floor space. maybe he won't be so cranky anymore.
I got to talk to my mommy for a while which was cool. she's started reading the Harry Potter books. Hurray. My mom's not a huge reader. I hope she really likes them.
Then Kiten called and we ended up picking her up and going swimming. we had WAY too much fun, teasing with the lifeguard, fliping, doing handstands. Kiten and Aerith could stand on the little ball, but i had a lot of trouble doing it. Maybe i just weigh too little.
Then A LOT of people came over and we made way too much food and hung out. I played Blackmore's Night for people and we watched some Cowboy Bebop :)
The funniest thing was when i walked into the living room and there were 4 people all reading magazines. I felt like it was a doctor's office or something.

So, all in all it was a good weekend and so far it's been a pretty good day.

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