kjpepper: (kickass (kung fu panda))
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.

    pink and purple )

    *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...
kjpepper: (yay jesus)

  • i miss quiznos. there used to be one in Northampton, but it closed. Such yummy sandwiches and unlike subway, they do not immediately reconstitute themselves in my intestine as food tobaggans.

  • Grape NOS. It's terrifying and yet.... tasty.

  • Delicious Apple Pie Cordial! Really delicious drunkmaking things were in abundance at the Stronghold (not stringhold) in what sorta turned into the SCAdian Twelfth night thank god it's over afterparty.

  • speaking of SCAdians *waves at [livejournal.com profile] stefka, [livejournal.com profile] stonetimber and [livejournal.com profile] liamstliam* welcome to my daily insanity. And hey... I think I came the closest I ever have to meeting a Queen, so there you go.

  • getting to see and hang out with Blue and [livejournal.com profile] booboo_berr for most of Saturday.

  • watching Chicago again, this time all the way through. I reiterate - in the last 12 minutes, Queen Latifah has only gotten hotter. And I now really want that dress she wore in the "If You're Good to Mama" number cause I could so rock it. And "Cell Block Tango" still kinda leaves me needing a moment or two in my bunk.


  • snow is pretty, but hell to travel in.

  • in fact, transportation to and from the Stronghold was just made of penultimate fail. Granted on the way back it was due to little white extenuating circumstances falling from the sky but still, arg. As it was I only made it home half an hour later than expected which is pretty good considering the weather until you take into account that an hour and a half worth of layovers were eaten up in that travel time. At least this time my connection was held, unlike what happened on Friday night... Seacaucus is not a fun place to be stuck for two hours. Much thanks to [livejournal.com profile] cell23 for being willing to yak with me for a good chunk of that (you may well have saved my sanity) and a big thank you to [livejournal.com profile] 11th_letter and her infinite patience for coming to get my ass at two in the fucking bitch-ass cold morning.

  • Nathan's comes with a little red fork. A little red fork? A little red fork. And the little red fork goes into the fries when you stabbity. (Stabbity.)

  • I need to torrent Soul Eater and watch it, I think. What little I've seen I've liked a lot. Course if I don't finish Gurren Lagann I'll never hear the end of it.

  • "Stunt Nigga." And LESBIAN NAZI PORN for [livejournal.com profile] fallenlibrarian.


  • ETA: HAPPY BIRTHDAY [livejournal.com profile] seorgia! Sorry I didn't get to see you at all while I was up.

Good weekend was had. There was one bit of ick I had to deal with that I don't really want to talk about here, and I'm trying to not let it get to me too much. I am tired, but I'm trying to take care of some things before bed, and am thinking since tomorrow at work is essentially a half day due to Dr. appointment, I may just roll over tonight and get shit done. Also WTH, either I'm getting old, fat, or the prednisone fucked me up worse than I thought - this weekend was kind of underlined by near constant pain in both shoulders, both hips and the same ankle that's been giving me trouble this whole time. Seriously, I took an Aleve for the first time ever today, and it has yet to help any. Argh. I'm only 30, I shouldn't be entering my decrepitude yet...

Good to be home. Especially since there was a small bottle of vanilla vodka waiting for me on my desk when I got here. Thanks [livejournal.com profile] anangelssilence!

Off to do productive things... jesus, it's 2am.

July 2009



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