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I don't use this icon enough, and since I watched the beginning of Kung Fu Panda with Charlie this evening, it seemed appropriate.

I am back in NYC after a lovely strawberry saturated day and a half at the Stronghold/House of Harmony. Forcing myself to get off my arse and out of the door was the best thing ever - Remind me to never again go more than 24 hours straight without leaving the house. It's bad for me. Even if I just go somewhere else with the laptop and sit and do what I do, at least it's enough of a change to shake me out of my own headnoise, you know? Plus how else would I discover that iCarly actually makes me giggle? (I know. I am ashamed.)

I must take a moment to quote the relevant part of [livejournal.com profile] nounsandverbs' recent description of the house and family, because it's a pretty good summary of where I spent my weekend and with whom. :)

...my FAVORITE thing to show out-of-town guests is my own house. We have it all: 5 acres, rolling hills, a pond, an archery range, and a mountain in the backyard. We also have kids, cats, a dog, and a house full of geeks who almost definitely share whatever fandom or weird interest you have. (Have a collection of stuffed Smurfs from 1983? We've got that. Like to throw them up in the air and bullseye them with an 8-inch hunting knife? We've got that too.)

We have the best food, best hospitality, and warmest companionship I know of. This family is what I most love to show off.


Yeah, that about covers it.

Anyway, my weekend, in bullet points:

  • strawberry saturated was not a figure of speech. This happened to be the birthday weekend of Gwendolyn, the second youngest Bestermortonmonster, and strawberry was the weekend's theme. That meant me bringing up a Junior's strawberry cheesecake (I seem to always bring sweets with me when I come up these days...) for dessert last night, there was berry picking early this morning, which, I, alas, missed due to not getting to bed until five something o'clock, strawberries and whipped creme for dessert, and tomorrow Gwennie will have a strawberry themed birthday party. They picked a cubic crapton of berries, btw... It's funny, strawberries and raspberries were never something I liked until fairly recently - I always say that I like berry flavored things but not the berries themselves. This I'm finding more and more to not be true - I will actually quite happily eat strawberries until I get sick now. And yay, they are in season!

  • <don_lafontaine>In a house.... comprised entirely of geeks and children...</don_lafontaine> serious nerdage of some sort is bound to happen. [livejournal.com profile] gryphon_m got the new iphone yesterday, and it was quite with the shiny and the ooh and the ahh, but more important, he introduced me to the Koi Pond and the Lightsaber apps, which makes my little sith heart go squee. Plus the lightsaber app turned out to be the gift that kept on giving, as all four of the kids took turns borrowing my iPod and assassinating each other via virtual lightsaber. Yes, I let a two and a half year old, a seven year old, a nine year old and an an eleven year old flail wildly with my Preciousssss. It was hilarious (except when they fought over it), deal.

  • The entire Stronghold is alive with fireflies at night. Multiple moments were had in the past 36 hours of me standing in the middle of the pitch black driveway, watching the entire place twinkle.

  • Mayhem will ensue if you consent to let two overexcited little girls play dress up with you. Just saying. Part of today ended with me with a scarf woven through my dreads, wearing one of Celia's skirts as a neck ruff and a couple of blankets as a dress. There is photographic evidence of this; I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] purpura will post it at some point.

  • Speaking of which, I just went through my camera. There were several nice pics of the girls horsing around on it.



    That one of Demon!Celia made me fall out laughing when I downloaded it - somehow I didn't see it on the camera earlier, and I honestly don't remember taking it. Still haven't quite gotten the hang of exposure yet, but practice'll eventually fix that.

    *sigh* I need to shop around for picture hosting. I don't like either Facebook, LJ or Twitpic, and I'm not exactly nuts about Flickr either. There's always, I suppose, the interface I built for the Order of Anami and refined for [livejournal.com profile] bluewindkitsune's web site, but I haven't built something into it that would allow me to toss up things in bulk. I suppose there's also Picasa. What do y'all use?

    ETA: That and DEAR GODS I want a new lens. I'm getting really annoyed with the one that came with the Hatemonger. Much of the times my close ups ain't close enough (especially when I'm outside) and my wides ain't wide enough either. Grrr, mad with the frustrated. Especially since I really don't have $600 to drop on a new one.

  • Celia actually helped me develop a story idea while I was camped out on the couch. I'm going to see if I can get that underway while I'm in MA. There was also a rather scintillating conversation about the woes of orthodontics.

  • Cap'n Jack = cutest kitten EVAR. Seriously, I'm now rather regretting not taking one of Serenity's little fluffballs.

In back home news:
  • I am thinking this trip to MA will be the swan song of the purple backpack. I'd been really attached to it, since LLBean doesn't make this backpack in purple anymore (and I'm sorry, what they call "lilac" does NOT cut it), but the zipper on the front pocket's been busted for the past four years (*shakes fist at person who broke it*) and frankly I'm never going to send it in for repair, who am I kidding. Plus this afternoon I'd discovered that a bottle of top coat leaked all over the extreme front pocket, so basically right now I'm like fuck it, time for a new one. Waffling between the super deluxe size and the Turbo transit size. *sigh* just one more thing... why does everything and its mama need replacing this year when I'm about the least able to deal with it? god. I suppose that's how it usually works out, FML.

  • speaking of FML, lightning bugs apparently weren't the only insects afoot outside. *itchscritchscratch*

  • There is definitely something in The House triggering my allergies. I was totally fine until I got back; twenty minutes later achoo achoo itchy itchy *rub rub rub* damn it *zyrtec*. More reason to get out of here, I suppose.

  • I came home to find the third Sano Ichiro novel on my bed waiting for me. I ordered it two months ago because the library didn't have it. I had since given up and moved on with the series; I'm now on book five. FAIL, lol, but that's book rate for you, slow as uphill flowing molasses. That said I'll read it anyway just for the sake of completeness.


Tomorrow (today?) shopping, brunch for Dad, workout, work, packing, packing, oh god packing, trying not to let my squee burst out of my chest a la Alien... Trying to decide, considering I am currently wired on Dunks, whether I should try to sleep now or if I should try to use my caffeine-fueled awake and do something productive. hmm, decisions...

Date: 2009-06-21 07:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] firinel.livejournal.com
oh, your top picture has changed, too. That's very nice/summery/happy-making.

I don't think I could articulate it (I've a headache, and it's 3am) but this post, and a few of your others, are very smiley, in that all seems well, in that way that of course not everything is perfect, but you seem to have had a period of calm and niceness and happiness that makes me smile at you-in-my-head. I hope that makes SOME sense.

Date: 2009-06-21 07:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kjpepper.livejournal.com
yeah... I seem to have flopped my usual M.O. on what I post to LJ and instead of bitching and ranting at length about the bad shit and staying quiet on the good, I'm instead posting about the good shit and keeping quiet on the bad. I'm not sure this is a bad thing either. Must make reading me a somewhat more pleasant experience, anyway. :)

but yeah... getting out of the house and going a-visiting definitely improved my disposition quite a bit.

Date: 2009-06-21 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purpura.livejournal.com
*pssst*
Charlie is 3 and a half!

It was good to have you up for the weekend. I need that series of the sister pictures printed out. They NEED to go onto the wall.

Date: 2009-06-21 03:50 pm (UTC)
nounsandverbs: (film geek)
From: [personal profile] nounsandverbs
You WANT them on that wall! You NEED them on that wall!

Date: 2009-06-21 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purpura.livejournal.com
I want the CUTE!
I DESERVE the cute!!!

YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE CUTE!!!

Date: 2009-06-21 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kjpepper.livejournal.com
My bad on Charlie! And did you want me to email the hi res pics or just send prints home with the blue?

Date: 2009-06-21 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purpura.livejournal.com
Ummm, my printer sucks for photos, so if your's is better go for it.

What size do you think? I like them square like that... but I think I'll end up making a frame for them.

Date: 2009-06-21 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kjpepper.livejournal.com
hmm, actually I'll be near my favorite photo place this week, I'll send them an order tonight. It was more than just the five, actually. Oh, and the pictures get bigger (and are a different size) when you click them.

Date: 2009-06-21 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purpura.livejournal.com
See, I like the series of the 5 pics with the crops you gave them. Those are the one's I'd like printed. The others you could email me, or put 'em up somewhere...:)

Date: 2009-06-21 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kjpepper.livejournal.com
oh okay, you want them square like that too?

Date: 2009-06-21 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purpura.livejournal.com
Yes, please! The series above just looks fabulous!

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