Saturday: Got up early and cleaned the back yard. Archaeological dig in one's own yard - I re-discovered the stepping stones we put in, but somehow forgot about - one of them was buried under a good two inches of dirt. And this is how entire civilizations are lost. I dug them all out and re-set them while Barb trimmed the grass and mowed. It was very hot (and humid - do not let "dry heat" of Arizona fool you). Came back in, showered, and tried to cool off for a while before going out shopping, a quick run to Home Depot to get some things we needed, then groceries for The Mom, then back home to dress for dinner. The gang took me to The Stockyards for dinner, a Phoenix landmark I've always wanted to eat at - and well worth it, absolutely awesome place. Excellent food, impressive service, just all around terrific. We sat in a dining room with a very cool stained glass wall, I had a THREE-INCH-THICK cut of sirloin with mashed sweet potatoes, and they gave me a free dessert, which could seriously be the best chocolate mousse I've ever tasted. Their biscuits were to die for. Nice conversation with everyone. Back to our place for the next installment of The 10th Kingdom and my loot. I received a bundle of Household Saints, some Spooky Hollow figures, a new Laurel Burch handbag, a pretty plate for dipping oils, some books to read, and all-important bookmarks. A very good birthday, indeed.
Sunday: Woke up with a headache and very sore back, likely from the dig yesterday. Headache has mostly resolved itself, hooray. There are a lot of things I should be doing, like cleaning the house, but instead I'm sitting here writing on LJ and watching Psych. Was looking up stuff on 10th Kingdom on IMDB and am trying to figure out why none of the trolls are listed in the cast - including Ed O'Neill. In reading the message boards, I found out that it's currently being run in 45-minute (one hour, w/commercials) episodes on ION-TV, Friday nights... and apparently, they've added scenes that aren't on the DVD!!! I wonder if they ever plan on releasing it with the expanded scenes on DVD... Apparently, while it did appallingly in the ratings (which is why the proposed sequel never got made), it has quite a fan base and did well in DVD sales. Go fig. We fen are a strange and unusual people...
I should be studying. My test is on September 10. I don't fear it (I really do want to pass, though; I get a $150.00 bonus for completing this series), but I shouldn't just go into it blind.
I wonder if I can get some studying done, vacuum, maybe steam-mop the house, and at least hang up those clothes. Yeah.