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Boise Trip, Part 2 July 12, 2012

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By Friday, the temps started to go up, and stayed there for the rest of our visit. It was very nice, but A/C everywhere we went meant I still didn’t wear my shorts. Over the course of the weekend, we completed our food tour with Westside Drive-in, Jack In The Box, Flying Pie Pizza, two visits to Sockeye, a nice brunch on Sunday at a brand new cafe, and lunch at Hugo’s Deli on Monday. Gale made us a nice big Italian dinner Monday night for our last meal in Boise.

So, what else did we do besides eat?

Friday we joined our old group for some D&D Edition 3.5. And helped them work their way through Gluttony(necromancy) and Lust (enchantment) in their dungeon. We had a good time catching up with them, seeing the little one turned into a real person now, and sharing old stories. And no one died.

Saturday we spent hanging out, and chatting and seeing lots of people we hadn’t seen in a while. The waitress we had wasn’t anywhere near as good as the one we had Thursday night. But then Thursday we were inside with only five of us, Saturday, there was an ever fluctuating group out on the patio. Still, we had fun, and stayed both nights til they kicked us out, and then a bit longer in the parking lot. There was Kevin Smith afterward on Saturday.

Sunday we went out to Star, and pretty much played Munchkin for hours and hours and hours. It was good fun. We started out with Zombies and then switched over to regular with lots and lots of expansions. The kid played for a while, too. Did a good job for his first time. I didn’t meet a lot of our friends’ families when we lived out there, so it was interesting meeting David’s folks, sister and nephew. Many positive thoughts for her speedy recovery.

Monday we went to see The Amazing Spiderman. And I actually liked it. I haven’t really liked any of the Spiderman movies I’ve seen thus far, but they did a good job with this one. Start all over at the beginning, make the background more detailed, and for once, got the right first girlfriend. I was afraid I would fall asleep, but there was no even a lazy blink. I’m sure there were cannon problems, there always are, but I don’t read comics. It was a fun movie.

The trip home was not so much fun. Bad airport food, flight delays and no free wifi, made for a very long day. But we made it safely and in time for gaming. So, no harm done.

Boise Trip Part 1 July 5, 2012

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Arrival in Boise, to 70 degree temps, made me glad I’d brought my jacket. Our first stop with the In-Laws was Wingers, for their Original Amazing Sticky Fingers. Oh, how we’d missed that flavor. Unlimited popcorn, salad, drinks, chicken and fries later, we were happily stuffed. We headed to WinCo to buy groceries for the next few days, and then to Rich’s childhood home for an afternoon of hummingbird and squirrel watching. Busily texting, Rich invites over one of his oldest friends, his cousin et al, and another couple of friends while Gale makes dinner. After a dinner of salad, garlic toast, chicken and pasta, we head up to show them some You Tube comedy until guests arrive. A nice evening of chatting ensues until Rich starts nodding off, and people take their leave, promising to see us later in the week.

The 4th begins with a trip to a juice shop for a double shot of wheat grass juice for Rich and and orange juice smoothie for me. Some more time in the back garden, while we discuss plans for the week and movies we want to see, while Rich texts more people and invites over his best friend. We head inside to make salty carmel ice cream, a la Jeni’s cookbook and have a quick lunch. Then we head upstairs to try to hook up the tablet to the old TV, to no avail, there is no HDMI input on any of their devices, so we start watching Luther with computer speakers attached to the tablet until Chris arrives. We finish our episode and then dinner prep while we all catch up on life.

Salad, tater tots and 1lb. hamburgers take a bit longer than planned, so we don’t make it up to the mountain for fireworks. Instead, we head to a parking lot behind the house where we get a front row seat for illegal fireworks directly overhead (not cool), and have to move a few times, ending in the front lawn of a church, in order to see the last half of the Meridian Speedway (legal) fireworks show.

Today, the In-Laws are back to work, and we’re getting ready to head out in search of an internet connection, as they took the router with them. Lunch at Fuddruckerswas alright, though I would not consider my burger to have been cooked medium rare. Finally found WiFi at Moxie Java. Dinner will be pizza, and then meeting a few friends later tonight. The temperatures are still in the 60s at night, 70s morning and evening. We are getting 80s in the afternoons. I brought a jacket, but I wish I’d brought a long sleeved denim shirt. I doubt the shorts are coming out at all.

I’m happy to see the FB updates as folk get power back much earlier than expected. I hope those still without are doing alright. And that everyone had a happy Fourth of July. Coming up, some more busy days, including my Dad’s 65th Birthday on Sunday. Happy Birthday, Dad!!

Ba-Con June 28, 2012

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This weekend, most of my friends down here will be running or attending Ba-Con. A convention dedicated to gaming, geeks, technology, and, of course, Bacon. It started last year, and is promising to be even more awesome this year. So, if you’re bored Friday night or on Saturday, come on out to the best new con in Columbus. I’ll be in the group throwing the big party Saturday night. It’s going to be a blast.

In other news, we leave Tuesday for our week in Boise. So everyone out there, heads up. We’ll be in town, but without wheels, so if you want to see us, give us a call and come pick us up. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Need our phone numbers? Just email. Anyone still gaming? Got big party plans for the 4th? Let us know. We can hardly wait to see everyone. (And for folk here in town, enjoy theย  various picnics, I’ll be missing you and the tasty food.)

June is almost over, it’s been rough. Looking forward to a better July.

 

Officially Summer June 21, 2012

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Longest day of the year, and official start to summer was yesterday. And the temperatures are certainly agreeing. Lots of high 80s and low 90s around here these days. Occasional drops of rain to cool it down, but far less than is good for us.

My parents had a busy weekend: 39th anniversary, Father’s Day and moving all in three days’ time. But they seem to have survived it (and the down pouring rains) without too much hassle. I look forward to more pictures and actually getting to visit them at some point.

This Saturday is full of overlapping friends’ gatherings. A women’s event, a cookout wedding reception, and my usual night out. Oh, and I have to work all morning. Not sure what all I’m going to make it to. But it should be a fun day.

Less than two weeks until our trip to Boise. We’re pondering watching the fireworks from Bogus. Also, going to Wingers and Fuddruckers are a must. I miss good burgers and Wingers’ sauce. (No, Mike, I’m not getting a veggie burger, that’s what Northstar is for.)

Anyone going to England for the Olympics and have a suitcase I can hitch a ride in? I’ve got a place to stay, I just can’t afford the ticket… ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Okay, can’t afford to miss the work either, but hey, who’s counting…

Also still looking for a job at a nonprofit. Not having much luck, or I don’t have the right skill sets they need. No word back from Mongoose. Anyone need a website designed or maintained? ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Hunger Games, etc. May 17, 2012

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I just finished reading Hunger Games. I got it free when I bought my nook Simple Touch. I found it to be excellent. I’ve always been one for survivalist kids books, and we meet Katniss heading out to the woods to hunt. So, I was at home immediately. Told in first person narrative, it draws you in, makes you identify with this young woman fighting to keep her family alive, even when she’s fighting for her own life, she is still worried about her family at home. Set in a dystopian future, where children are forced to fight to the death to prove the districts are powerless over the Capitol, the book is the start of a story of overreaching governmental power and the resulting inevitable rebellion.ย  I hope Suzanne Collins keeps up the good work and Catching Fire and Mockingjay are just as good. I am also curious how Hollywood played the story, might have to catch it at the dollar theater.

I also recently finished Promise of the Witch King by R.A. Salvatore. A Jarlaxle and Entreri story which takes the two to the northern wilds of Vaasa. Their interactions are incredibly entertaining as always. And Entreri starts to learn more about himself, letting the reader in on more of the private world of this enigmatic assassin. Next up, the finale of their trilogy – Road of the Patriarch.

Since last week, Rich and I have made our summer plans. We have a place to sleep at WorldCon, tickets to Boise for the week of July 4th and the weekend following it, and a plan for our Maine trip in August. Still working on the smaller stuff.

 

One For Another May 3, 2012

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Cold seems to have finished up, to be followed simply by allergy trouble. Yay, dust! And now my tummy is cranky, with food. Not that I’m not eating, just that it doesn’t seem to like anything I eat. Trying rice today, that’s completely neutral, right? We’ll see.

Getting on towards summer now. Temps in the 80s this week. Maybe warm weather will get me eating healthier. Without so much a desire for hot food. Just have to get past the stress eating habit as well. Mom’s retiring this summer, so I’m also having fantasies of homemade tomato paste this fall. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  There are so many farmers markets down here, plenty of tomatoes… will have to convince my brother to let them use his kitchen though, mine’s no good for that. Would also have to convince them to come down to visit in October, according to Google, that is the local picking month.

So much to plan for this summer, and we haven’t even begun. Need WorldCon roommates. Need Boise flight tickets. Need a Maine trip plan. And that’s just the big stuff. Really want to get to Cedar Point this year. Birthday plans. Anniversary plans. I don’t even know what I’m doing for Memorial Day weekend. <pipedream>ย  Anyone want to send me to England in June? ::laughs:: </pipedream>

We are in a new financial year at work, so hours are picking back up a little. Microsoft invested in our nook business, so that should be interesting. I’m still waiting for Love Sucks by Sage Collins to be available through the nook store. Cuz I’m stubborn like that.ย  Had a great time at the Chocolate Cafe with her, Shayera and their writing friends. Exquisite Corpse made for some very entertaining stories. A few even made sense.