Gentle Readers,

It's been a long day today. Just like yesterday I was up and out the door just after 7 to try an get to work early enough that I wouldn't feel too bad about leaving at 4. Things have been switched around and I've had to pick up lydia from her afterschool program the last couple of days. Unfortunately we had no students yesterday. Fortunately today Craig canceled the classes so we could both go to his brother's 40th birthday.

It was a lovely gathering. Lydia had to come with me and she was pretty meh about the whole thing until the band fronted by one of Glen's (the brother) employees started. It was a treo of women with stringed instruments and they were lovely. Just beautiful voices. The Muesettes.

Now, time for sleep. Tomorrow's another early morning.
Gentle Readers,

So, I'm in the third day of my new year which is the last of my fourth decade. I'm feeling a little excited and a little melancholy because it's been such an amazing decade so far. I've really enjoyed being in my thirties. It's so far been a decade of learning to be a better and more well rounded human being. I'm in better shape (well, I was before the back injury) than I've ever been. I'm more comfortable in my own skin. I have a handle on how food makes me feel and what I should not ever eat, as well as what are ok Sometimes Foods. I have been working on expressing my interests in the arts and sciences, being creative and studious.

I know lots of people have had 2011s filled with turmoil and strife and I feel for them. While I am glad to see the end of 2011, in my case it's less about hoping for an end to troubles and more about excitement to see what the new year will bring.

I hope you all get the new year you desire.
Gentle Readers,

I left off at our arrival in Wolfville so I'll try and get the rest of it down here, mostly so I don't forget it.

    Happy New Year to Me.
  • The 22 involved a quick tour of town and some book shopping.

  • We got back from that to the arrival of our big christmas gift. The courier was pulling up as we turned the corner.

  • He wouldn't let me sign for it though.

  • Much of the remaining day was spent configuring the new xbox.

  • Except for a short trip for groceries (and fresh Lobster!)

  • Made a yummy cream sauce of goat's milk for Cortejo that the rest of the family was jealous of.

  • My brother and his family arrived just before so Lydia and Scarlette got to play with Antenna

  • My uncle and his family arrived the next day along with the snow.

  • Cortejo and I took the beer enjoying cousin to the closest brew pub where we got a Giraffe (112 oz tube with a tap) of beer to share.

  • The next night was christmas even and we had dinner with Cortejo's dad.

  • There were 15 kids (Lydia, her 11 cousins and 3 exchange students including one 10 year old)

  • She didn't get too many presents, but did get a Fidgit, which is the new furby, only louder.

  • Back to the house where we stayed up for a little bit and then fell over. Well, first we had to get lydia to fall over, then we had to prepare the leavings of the hogfather.

  • Christmas/Hogswatch morning, the hogfather filled our stockings!

  • Lots of presents. Lydia made out like a bandit. As always.

  • Then we spent the rest of the day listening to the bickering coming from the kitchen. My beer loving (and budding gormand of a cousin cooked for us.

  • Thankfully, it did not involve a giant tub of Risotto like last year.

  • Dinner was delicious.

  • Lydia and I went coasting after dark on the best hill in town. We managed 10 trips.

  • Boxing day was quiet. Cortejo and Lydia went off to see her estranged mom and her animal loving cousin.

  • I helped take my brother to the airport and had a lovely visit with my mom on the way back.

  • We were forced to eat delicious salmon for dinner. Forced!

  • We bid an early morning good by to my uncle and his family on the 27 and spent the rest of the day puttering.

  • We tried a mixed shopping/coasting trip but pretty much nothing was open because it was Wolfville.

  • We also watched a lot of weather network as we heard about the snow back in Ottawa.

  • We ended up packing up the car and deciding to leave from our dinner that night.

  • Dinner was my pre-birthday dinner, enjoyed with old friends including one from high school that I haven't seen in 10 years.

  • It was a much better brew pub IMHO.

  • My mom kept delivering more things for us to take with us while we ate.

  • We left town at 9:30 at night. This may not have been the most optimal plan, but I hope it helped my parents relax a little.

  • the next day, my Birthday, was mostly spent driving.

  • And now we are home.

  • Today, shopping and a dinner trip.

  • Tomorrow back to work and then more travel.

Gentle Readers,

The plan today was pretty good. First the Ottawa Classical Swordplay open house to check out the new dojo space that we are renting and then back home for my birthday party. Yesterday I got some wine and some (read lots) of interesting cheese for said party.

This morning however, it's looking more and more like we are going to have to cancel. I'll confirm in a couple hours, but it does not look good. I am disappointed. Not sure what I'm going to do with my evening or with all the cheese if we cancel.
Gentle Readers,

Birthday dream and year in review. )
Happy My Birthday to all of you.
Gentle Readers,

I'm gonna be 38. I will no longer be able to tell King Arthur that I am not old.

I just sent out an invitation on facebook for the party I'm having on the 1st. It's going to be a simple wine and cheese thing, i.e. I'll be providing wine and cheese. It would also be cool if people who can play them brought instruments.

If you didn't get an invite, it's because I'm tired and missed clicking on your name, not because I don't want you there. In fact, if you have a cool friend you'd like me to meet, you can bring them too. If you want the facebook invite, let me know and I will add you there. I'll even invite you if you can't go but just want to see the inane prattle.
Gentle Readers,

Last night I didn't want to cook, so I invited a few people over for a pot luck. This worked even better than planned as one of them (blinkus2000) decided he wanted to try his new experimental baked salmon recipe on us.

Today we are sitting around listening to the rain and the close lightning strikes and being very glad we are not in a tent. It's Cortejo's Birthday today and we are thinking about the things we could do, but don't really seem all that motivated to do any of them. I suspect that once I finish procrastinating with this, I'll go and do some cleaning/purging/tidying down stairs while C&L go out to do something fun.

Tomorrow is Lydia's birthday. She's going to be 7. She makes me feel so very very blessed.

If I can get her away from the toys that she missed, I am going to try and get her to look at some paintings with me to see if we can find a dress she likes for me to make for her and at least 1 of her dolls so that she and they can be dressed the same.
Gentle Readers,

It's really amazing the things that can push us out of a story. I ever expected one of those things to be fruit. I was reading a story and the main character mentioned sliced raspberries. At that point, all I could think was: has the author even seen a raspberry? What were they imagining when they wrote that line? Where would the idea for sliced raspberries come from.

Have you ever had one?

In other news we had a lovely weekend. First we helped Kira-lynn celebrate the epic milestone of both graduating and finishing another year of existence on the same day. They fed us tasty treats and while I didn't get any of the diploma cake (that looked better than the real one) the hors d'oeuvres and champagne were both delicious. She even gave Lydia a loot bag (it *was* a birthday party). We left just as the young people were starting to arrive. Lydia complained for all the way to bed that she wasn't tired and then fell asleep about 30 seconds after her head hit the pillow.

The next morning I got up at 7 to sew and got a bunch of stuff to the point of hand sewing for our trip to Kingston where we helped guin and peredur celibrate their birthdays. It'a good thing that us (and Gaynip) came as we were the only ones who made it. I saw Shrek 4 with the girls (and it was quite good). I saw Lesbian Vampire Killers with the grownups and it was surprisingly good, considering.

Sunday I got in some sword fighting as my back had finally recovered from a bad throw on wednesday. It was great fun. I've been worried about my lack of practice with the rapier lately as we have a couple of people attempting their provost prize in 2 weeks and I want to give them a good fight. While it won't be a great fight, I do think I won't embarrass myself. This is good.

Also, it looks like I will be finished my sewing project in time for Trillies. Yay!

Post Party

Jan. 3rd, 2010 01:48 am
Gentle Readers,

I'd like to say thank you to everyone who came to my party yesterday and inform those of you who could not make it that you were missed. I had an amazing time. I got a couple more photos for my birthday collection. I drank just the right amount (of Gin, Lemon Vodka, and Honey, Red and White wines). I ate stuffed Grape Leaves, Hummus, Pita, Dates, Figs, Tabbouleh, Banana Chips, Apricots, and also had Halva, Shortbread, Turkish Delight and these sandwitch cookies that I miss available for others.

I also shucked about 170 oysters with the assistence of my shucking buddies Reyl, Blinkus2000 and Tiny_Wings. I think I ate at least 3 Dozen of them. They were very very good. Next time I'll only get 1 case.

We had old friends and new friends and even a bear.

It was the most awesome birthday celebration I could have hoped for.

I hope my new year can carry on with that level of positivity (although perhaps more sobriety would be a good idea).

Today, however, I am done. Nothing was left for dealing with anything and so we did not end up attending the two parties we had hoped to go to. I hope the choir enjoys the remains of the deserts.
Gentle Readers,

As of today I'm embarking on my thirty-seventh year. This last year has been so amazing and insane. I ran for and was selected as Baron of Skraeling Althing and in doing so rejuvenated my love for the SCA. As a result we spent most of our weekends traveling around Ontario. This was facilitated by my being laid off from my job were I had been working for a couple of weeks shy of five years.

Not only did my unemployment make being a new baron easier, but it also let me help with the suprisingly extensive renovations we did. Originally meant to be just 2 rooms, it became a gutting and rebuilding of half our house.

I had a short contract with my old company but managed to find new employment just as a longer contract came through. I'm feeling very comfortable with my new collection of co-workers who seem to have much more in common with me, being that they are a bunch of Martial-Arts geeks. The fact that half the company does kick-boxing twice a week was a big incentive to my wanting to be a part of the company. The opportunity to work with some aspects of Java that have been off my radar for a couple of years was a lovely added incentive.

This is also the year I've managed to figure out what works for me in terms of diet and just how important Vitamin D is for me. I'm in some of the best shape of my life and I feel strong and happy.

Thank you all for being such an amazing part of my life and contributing to an amazing year.
Gentle Readers,

Since I'm going to be be out of town for my actual birthday and I still want to celebrate I'm going to have a late party.
Since most of the other days are filled up, it's going to be on Friday, the First of January.
Since many of you will be recovering from NYE, we're going to help by making this an oyster party. Raw oysters.
Since you all will be sleeping late, this hangover breakfast will start late afternoon.
Since we will be providing Oysters, Vodka, Lemon Juice, if you want to bring something, bring something to go on or with the oysters.
Since some of you might find this the most disgusting thing ever, we will be providing some other food.
Since it's my birthday and you might want to give me something (which you don't have to) I'd like the same thing I want every year: a picture of you that you like.
Crash space will be available, but it might be a little unfinished...

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