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Weekend wrapup and goofing off

Friday: Work, a brief stop at the Asian market for noodles (and some other things - although they were totally out of Pocky, except for "desert Pocky," which turns out to be like the BEST flavor of Pocky ever - chocolate & orange!), then home to make noodle soup with chicken and shrimp. Watched Gangs of New York, which I liked, with enormous reservations - it was a good idea with good actors that was handled rather poorly. A good hour or so could have easily been cut, and the pacing could have been handled far, far better (far be it for me to out-direct Martin Scorsese, but... yeah). At least the soup was good.

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.


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Aug. 24th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
sounds like a good weekend, digging aside, good luck on the exam
Aug. 24th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Aug. 24th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for the good parts of the weekend! (And sympathies for monsoon heat-and-humidity, too.)

Aug. 24th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
We shall persevere! *g*

Aug. 24th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
T'was fun! By Asian market, do you mean the Ranch Market? I seriously need to make a list and get over there...
Aug. 24th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, just the plain Ranch market. Sometime I want to drive clear out to the one that [Unknown LJ tag] introduced us to, but that's a major trip!
Aug. 25th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
Mashed sweet potatoes? Me wants. Sounds like a great weekend overall, so good on ya'.

PS - I clickied your hatchlings, too.
Aug. 25th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
Mashed sweet potatoes are YUMMY!!!

My baby dragons thank you! (I've been very sad to watch the eggs I had to abandon - only one of the four has even hatched, while one has no views and seven clicks. It would have been loved if I'd been allowed to keep it!)

Aug. 25th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
How do you see the abandoned eggs? And why do people adopt them if they're not going to take care of them?
Aug. 25th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
If you view the parents, you'll see their offspring listed - you can view them from there (just like you can the parents of any abandoned ones you've adopted). I looked at all of Annaffiare and Cloudchime's children and know that, of the six, only three have hatched, and two of them are mine. This one and this one and especially this one are in real trouble, but I have no way of knowing who picked them up...

Aug. 25th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
I think that last little guy is going to die, because his shell is soft, and I read that that's a very bad sign. And I checked on my two abandoned eggs. One hatched and grew up, but the other died. I know they're not real, but it makes me so sad when they die.
Aug. 25th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
I know they can overcome the "soft-shell" syndrome, just 'cause I believe it was Hueso Gris who started out that way, and he's just fine now.

But yeah, since I "parented" them, I feel kind of responsible for 'em!

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