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One of the things I miss about Raleigh is the Longbranch. Line dancing, country tunes and being asked to dance by men wearing belt buckles as big as their hats. Ahhh, the memories. Over the six months that I spent with my trainer, many of our conversations were about country music and country bars where you can two-step the night away. Through him I found out about McCabes's aka the Cowboy bar. Carol's birthday was the weekend so we decided to go.

It's not the Longbranch, but it was pretty darn tootin' awesome. They have dance lesson that start around 7 and go until about 8:30-ish. Not only is it line dance but it's also couple dance which I think is pretty cool. Ronette and I both decided we were a bit intimidated to go out and try to remember all our line dancing skills. It's been a long time. But I am looking forward to relearning all those dance steps and putting them to good use the next time we go. We did do a bit of East Coast swing together. Not enough though, the dancing appetite was barely touched. But next time, next time we'll be dancing fools. And the plus side was that I ran into my trainer wearing his belt buckle that was almost as big as his hat.
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People are finally out of my house and theoretically life won't be that busy for at least a week. I can get laundry finished. I don't have to worry about making sure there is edible food for someone other than Ronette and I. AND I can walk around the house without worrying about what I'm wearing.

Friday we had our friends Jacquie and Kim over for dinner. Which I don't really recommend Friday night dinners after work unless you go out because it's a pain to have to clean the house and cook for someone who is showing up at six. But we did it. I bought a beautiful rib eye roast to serve with roasted asparagus, carrots, fennel and I made tasty sourdough bread. Truthfully, the hectic feeling of preparing dinner would have been alright if another friend that Ronette invited to stay the night hadn't shown up at four instead of the expected five.

Saturday we were up early to see Carolyn off and to clean up before Shane arrived. Note to visitors - if you get an earlier flight out when you come to see us, please call and tell us that you will be arriving two hours earlier than originally planned. We're happy for more time, but we won't go running errands in those two hours we thought we had. We had a few hours to hang before our dinner reservations at Pomegranate. Love that place because they serve sweet tea and an awesome Carolina BBQ pork sandwich. After dinner we headed to the theatre to see a performance of Barefoot in the Park. I think we all laughed so hard through the entire show. It was awesome. But we haven't been disappointed with anything at this theater yet. And in true NC fashion we had to stop at the Krispy Kreme on the way back home for a little after theater snack. Too bad they weren't hot. Nothing beats a hot now.

Sunday was more time with Shane and leftover roast beef sandwiches. I pickled onions on Friday for the sandwiches. So I think that I officially used about 4 new recipes this weekend alone. Shane and I then took puppito for a walk on the river trail and through the town center. She got all the love while we scooped poop. I think Shane wanted to go do something, but he never really gave any ideas so we ended up with basically a lazy day. Ronette and I actually talked about this (because we were both slightly annoyed) and decided that it really wasn't our problem. I said I was more than willing to do things, but I knew I couldn't decide what we would do. Especially since Shane kept killing things Ronette threw out. So here's another note for visitors - I'm not planning your time here. We can hang, we can do whatever. I will offer suggestions if you've never been, but I can't ultimately decide what you want to do.

We did end up at a whacked dinner at the Thai place down the street. Whacked because the waitress forgot to take my order and then told the guy next to me that even though she said the chef could make what he ordered, they really couldn't. I've never seen the service that bad there.

So today I was very happy to drive Shane down the hill to the hotel where his conference is going on. Now my dog won't be riled up every five minutes, fed Wheat Thins or offered shoes to chew on. I can finish laundry and I don't have to worry about feeding anyone other than Ronette and myself. And rest. Thank goodness, I can have a little rest.
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I implemented weekly movie nights with Ronette as a way for some quality time together. Also, to get through this stack of movies that we have sitting here that we keep meaning to watch. We picked Friday for movie nights because that's the one day where we both look at each other and say "do we have to go out?" So Friday I went to the grocery store and bought pizza toppings and made pizza dough. I added buffalo wings to that, but I laugh because I baked them instead of frying them making our junk food night relatively healthy.

We watched The Night Listener and Not Another Teen Movie. Liked The Night Listerner, but it moved rather slowly for me. I was also surprised at how short the movie was. And I love crappy teen movies so anything that makes fun of teen movies is great. Unrated versions rule!

Saturday the plan was to head up to Everett to McCabes the cowboy bar for a little line dancing. Longbranch is a little bit too far away. However plans to do that were waylaid as we overheard a woman in the grocery store on the phone saying "You've got to be kidding me! Everett has how much snow?!?!?!?" We definitely weren't going to Everett with snow on the ground and the threat that it was suppose to snow in our area all weekend. Ended up making beef stew and inviting Carol over and watching Brokeback Mountain finally. Again, another movie that moved slow as molasses. Good, but there were a couple of scenes that were a bit too much for me. Spit scene - that's all I have to say. And it didn't snow enough to stick here.

On Sunday, Carol and I went and saw Atonement while Ronette headed into work. Long sloooowww movie. It was good, but man! what's up with the slow? I also thought the little girl in the movie needed a spanking.

Today we woke up to the snow that was suppose to be here this weekend. It's pretty. I love how snow makes everything quiet. All the schools were out today, so it's been fun to hear all the kids (little to big) scream as they slide down the hills. They've taken over the street on the side of the house. It's pretty fabulous. I want to find a sled and go down the hill. I'm also trying to get video of Bonnie playing in the snow. I have a bout 15 minutes that I'll cob together and edit, then post it later.

I also spent 3 hours on the phone with Ireland people. Thank goodness for VoIP. Lots of changes there. And they are still looking for their dog who ran away from the kennel over Christmas.

OK, I think that's about it. I have some outlets to replace.
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I've been making blankets for everyone's babies. It's fun, but sometimes it's a big pain. I'm getting better at this quilting thing. Still not fantastic, but better than I was. Here are pictures of my goods.

Busy, Busy, Busy )

And that's the trouble I've been getting into. Ronette and I have spent a lot of time at home this past weekend. We've been trying to put together our Christmas plans. Still haven't gotten far with that one other than we know we aren't going to Mexico with Carol and just have to confirm that we are/are not going to Ireland. Now I must go get busy and clean up the weekend disaster area. Shane was here this weekend and we have more guests coming this weekend and possibly someone staying a couple of days this week. I suppose clean sheets are in order.

Oh! And most importantly today is Ronette's birthday. I'll have to take a picture of the birthday tree I made for her.
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So I'm sitting here watching a Queer as Folk marathon on Logo and as I'm fast-forwarding through those boring things call commercials I see someone I think I recognize. Lo and behold, it is my friend Shane doing a spot on sexuality. Pretty cool.
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And then edited by George this morning.
Things you should know, but probably don't )
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My friend Carol, who is unable to read more than one book at a time, cut her copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in half so she can easily transport it on trains and planes.
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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ajayne!!!!!!
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I'm home!!!!! And a bit too sun-kissed. Although that was entirely my fault because I decided that since I was going to be on a plane or in the airport most of my last day in Hawai`i, I opted not to slather myself in sunscreen. Not a good decision, but at least I'm not in sunburn pain like my travel companions who complained on our last free day with "where's the sun? I'm not getting any color." Ha! They're burnt crispy.

Can I just say that I love Hawai`i! We hadn't landed and I was ready to move. I mean, housing prices there are similar to here and San Francisco so why not? I think that this my usurp my desire to live off the grid in Alaska.

I've got lots of pictures and lots of stuff to tell so I'll do that later after I return from physical therapy.
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The UPS man brought my Amazon box today.
It had lots of books for the beach.
More importantly it had my new Tori Amos cd (American Girl Posse).
Oh my! I love it.
All of it.
Thought it was just "Big Wheel" that I was really digging.
I love it all.
Also got the new Kelly Clarkson album. I haven't listened to that one yet, but I'll tell everyone if I love it as much as I love the Tori one.

On that note, we leave tomorrow for Hawaii. Halfway to your house [livejournal.com profile] curefreak. I'll be back next Tuesday. Computer time will be limited but I'm going to go check out voice post numbers right now. Everyone be good.
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My friend Audra. I had no idea that she was doing stand-up now. But here she is . . .
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Happy Valentine's Day!
Hope everyone has a love filled day.
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Nothing much going on here. I thought I'd just come around and post a few things.

No offers on the house yet. That's a boo! I'm hopeful for next week though. *fingers crossed* This should be a link to the listing

Still house hunting here. And we'll start car shopping this weekend. That's exciting but yucky because I don't want another car payment. However Ronette is worried because we only have one car and Seattle doesn't have public transportation the same way that San Francisco does. Really, she's worried. I've driven her to work because I might need the car. It's raining cats and dogs. I'm not going anywhere if I don't have to go.

We've got turkey day plans with our friends John and Carl. Which is nice because I don't have to cook, but a little frightening because there is a good possibility of extremely zesty, I don't know who could eat it, cranberry sauce/relish concoction that tastes like ass. Bad cranberry sauce can ruin Thanksgiving. I'll look forward to the food adventure because knowing Carl he'll have at least two dishes that he "just had to try this year".

We're going to Florida at Christmas to see Ronette's side of the family. Thank goodness we're staying with her dad. Her mom is actually asking for Christmas lists this year. It's a good thing because this means not receiving anything that will go into a Goodwill bag as soon as we get home. The best part this year is that her sister is pregnant with baby #2 and her brother just eloped which means we're out of the spotlight.

UPS delivered the mysterious rifle to our friend Donald and he has gotten some time to research it's history.

What Donald knows so far - It is a true M.1888/90 Mannlicher, not an M.1888 or M.1888 converted to M.1888/90 standards. It was made in 1891 in what is now Steyr, Austria and proofed/accepted into the Austria-Hungarian Imperial Army in Vienna. There were about 350,000 M.1888 variants built, and most of them stayed in Austria-Hungarian service until 1917. Many, but not all, of the smaller countries that succeeded the Empire replaced it with more modern rifles. There are no other European marking visible, and no markings indicating that it was originally made for export. I have an as yet unproven suspicion that it could have come here via South America after WWI. There are no American import markings, so it came into the US before 1968. It has been taken apart and re-assembled at least twice, once by someone who knew what they were doing and had a lot of similar rifles (possibly a government arsenal, but whose government?) and once by someone who had only the one rifle and could not remember exactly how it went together.

So here is the probable life history:
1891 Manufactured
late 1890's Placed in reserve service or storage (replaced by M.1895)
c1914-5 Re-issued, probably reworked and inspected at arsenal
1917 Removed from service. Used as war reparations?
?? Belgian arsenal rework? Sold to South American country?
Left in a dusty European warehouse? Re-issued in desperation in 1945?
<1968 Brought into the US.
?? Disassembled and almost reassembled (some parts are put on backward)
200? Found by You.
2006 Sent to Me


The best part is that we can all be 12 and giggle hysterically whenever he says "Mannlicher". *giggles*

And that's about all I've got. I hope everyone has a great turkey day.
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Hmmmm, no friend now. Wonder what's up with that.
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Prom was a blast for the outfits that people dug up. I would have thought that the music would have been better but too many DJ's . . . Yeah, I think we listened to You give love a bad name at least three times.

I'm posting the pictures that I have. Audra's camera and our camera died at prom and no one had batteries to continue the merry photo snapping. There are actually more than 6 pics, but I picked out the best ones. I don't want anyone to have to poke their eyes out at all the atrocities. Most of the dresses pictured were revived from Audra's cousin's attic.

Here they are )
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So tonight is the prom-themed birthday party and I thought that I would post a picture of my dress for all ya'll to see.



Isn't it just dreamy? Ten bucks, baby! Goodwill is my friend. Too bad my prom dresses ended up back at my parent's house when we moved from Virginia. That would have been awesome. And probably would have fit in all the places that this dress doesn't exactly fit. Oh well, nothing that the sewing machine won't fix. I cut off the sleeves. I decided that I would die of heat with them long.

I bought the requisite blue eye shadow yesterday for that perfect 80's look. Blue mascara too! I plan to give my curls a little boost with the spiral curling iron so the hair looks permed. It's going to be great. I should have bought some Aquanet just for that just-hardened hair smell. I think I should send Ronette to Safeway for a couple of wrist corsages.

If ya'll are lucky, I'll post pictures of the event. Me, I'm just hoping to get lucky. *ha ha*
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It's Monday morning and I guess I need to get it together and get going, but first things first.

I don't understand why Monday through Friday getting up before 7 a.m. is a chore, but on Saturday and Sunday, once the sun peaks through the curtains I'm bright-eyed, bushy tailed and rip-raring to go. Maybe it's a sign I need less sleep and not more.

Saturday was supposed to be a chore day. And I guess it did turn out to be, instead of doing most of the cleaning like we needed to, we cut all the baseboards for the kitchen. Someone please remind me that the next time I want to put in new baseboards to find the corner pieces so that I don't have to miter the corners. Mitering that large space with 25 billion corners was a pain in the butt, not to mention the amount of back-thinking needed to make sure the angles were going the right direction. I suppose eventually today I will nail them in.

Ronette and I were both kicking ourselves because we had both forgotten that we had invited our friend George over for brunch on Sunday. It's hard to come up with a brunch menu; you don't want it to be too breakfast-y or too lunch-y. We finally decided on stuffed cabbage with asparagus, beet salad, and some strawberry shortcake for dessert. Everything was wonderful which included George literally licking his plate. The only disaster was my pound cake. I should take a picture of what was left after the fall. I opted to make the pound cake in a tube pan - note to self: bake this recipe in the 3 loaf pans next time. It was beautiful - in the pan. I tried to turn it out onto the cake plate and *bam* it collapsed. We had pile of cake. I've never seen cake do this before. I've had trouble with cakes that didn't want to release from the pan, but never collapsing on itself. Perhaps the cake needed to cook a bit longer. Or maybe the cake was too dense and heavy to hold itself up. I'm not sure. It was still tasty with strawberries spooned over it.

I think that we had both planned to be really productive after George left, we had a really clean house and all, but we weren't. We ended up lazing away on the couch watching the America's Next Top Model marathon. Then as we were both complaining that it was really hot and we were both hungry, we decided to go see a movie. (This is really sad, isn't it? Going to a movie for AC and food.) Of course everything in Berkeley or Emeryville started later than we wanted or we had to be there in the next five minutes. Then I found that Parkway was playing V for Vendetta at 6. Perfect timing with food and AC.

I really liked V for Vendetta. Can we say 'Heil Bush' though? And that's all I have to say about that and this weekend. I guess I'll go nail some boards onto the wall.
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It's Monday morning and I guess I need to get it together and get going, but first things first.

I don't understand why Monday through Friday getting up before 7 a.m. is a chore, but on Saturday and Sunday, once the sun peaks through the curtains I'm bright-eyed, bushy tailed and rip-raring to go. Maybe it's a sign I need less sleep and not more.

Saturday was supposed to be a chore day. And I guess it did turn out to be, instead of doing most of the cleaning like we needed to, we cut all the baseboards for the kitchen. Someone please remind me that the next time I want to put in new baseboards to find the corner pieces so that I don't have to miter the corners. Mitering that large space with 25 billion corners was a pain in the butt, not to mention the amount of back-thinking needed to make sure the angles were going the right direction. I suppose eventually today I will nail them in.

Ronette and I were both kicking ourselves because we had both forgotten that we had invited our friend George over for brunch on Sunday. It's hard to come up with a brunch menu; you don't want it to be too breakfast-y or too lunch-y. We finally decided on stuffed cabbage with asparagus, beet salad, and some strawberry shortcake for dessert. Everything was wonderful which included George literally licking his plate. The only disaster was my pound cake. I should take a picture of what was left after the fall. I opted to make the pound cake in a tube pan - note to self: bake this recipe in the 3 loaf pans next time. It was beautiful - in the pan. I tried to turn it out onto the cake plate and *bam* it collapsed. We had pile of cake. I've never seen cake do this before. I've had trouble with cakes that didn't want to release from the pan, but never collapsing on itself. Perhaps the cake needed to cook a bit longer. Or maybe the cake was too dense and heavy to hold itself up. I'm not sure. It was still tasty with strawberries spooned over it.

I think that we had both planned to be really productive after George left, we had a really clean house and all, but we weren't. We ended up lazing away on the couch watching the America's Next Top Model marathon. Then as we were both complaining that it was really hot and we were both hungry, we decided to go see a movie. (This is really sad, isn't it? Going to a movie for AC and food.) Of course everything in Berkeley or Emeryville started later than we wanted or we had to be there in the next five minutes. Then I found that Parkway was playing V for Vendetta at 6. Perfect timing with food and AC.

I really liked V for Vendetta. Can we say 'Heil Bush' though? And that's all I have to say about that and this weekend. I guess I'll go nail some boards onto the wall.
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I wish I had a brand new pair of roller skates because I am now inspired to start roller skating again.

Saturday night we went to watch Roller Derby!!!! It was so much fun! I guess this is a relatively new thing in the SF area, this was the 3rd match of the SF ShEvil Dead vs. the Oakland Outlaws. The rink was packed with people, to the point that if you didn't have a seat on the floor, you were standing either at the back or outside the rink. I highly recommend going to a roller derby match. I also don't recommend sitting in the front row unless you want skates planted in your face.

Fun! Fun! Fun!

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