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Friday night was [livejournal.com profile] bmtstandard's birthday. We went out to dinner at Amada's Cafe, a Mexican-Cuban restaurant, to celebrate. Since [livejournal.com profile] doomsey hadn't been sleeping that well, we dropped him back at home. Then, I went back to my in-laws' house to watch the debate.

Saturday was my birthday. (Yes! I made it to 32! Go me!) We also so happened to have play tickets for that evening at the Goodman. We watched Turn of the Century with Jeff Daniels as the lead. It was a cute show, but [livejournal.com profile] doomsey didn't enjoy it very much because he doesn't like musicals. *raspberries in [livejournal.com profile] doomsey's general direction* Afterwards, we had dinner at Reza's, one of my favorite restaurants downtown. Of course, I had to get my favorite entrees there: fessenjan-- chicken with crushed walnuts in pomegranate sauce-- and zereshk polo-- a saffron rice with raisins and currant berries. Very yummy!

On Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I went over to my parents' house to celebrate several birthdays: mine, my mom's, my dad's and my brother-in-law's.

Last, but not least, many thanks to the people on LJ who wished me a happy birthday on Saturday! I really appreciated it!
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Don't forget that anime night is being held at our house today. I'm making an attempt to de-cat for those who are allergic. In other words, I'm vacuuming the carpet downstairs and the couches. I'm also thinking that I'm going to put the cats in a bedroom. That way, I don't worry about them getting out a door and allergic people don't have to deal with the cats dancing around them and triggering the sniffles. *glares at [livejournal.com profile] arwenmonster* She's a little stinker.

So...anybody planning on attending tonight?
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Friday evening, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I went to Emilio's Tapas in Hillside for dinner to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary. The food was delicious. While they don't have as big of a selection as Cafe Iberico in the city, the food they do offer is delicious. It's also less difficult to get to and you don't have to wait an hour to get a table in the evening.

On Saturday, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey, [livejournal.com profile] judygs, and I went to [livejournal.com profile] blondibritecake's house for Doctor Who night. The theme for this evening was regenerations. In other words, we watched the episodes in which the doctor was killed and regenerated into a different person. We watched the ninth turn into the tenth, the third turn to the fourth, the fourth to the fifth, and the fifth to the sixth (I think). By the way, the "Planet of the Spiders" story arc was very amusing. During the episode with the chase scene, I was starting to wonder if I was watching an episode of Doctor Who or The Three Stooges. By the way, since when does a Model-T chase and manage to gain on a space-aged hovercraft? Seriously...wtf? But the highlight of the episode was when an airboat (one of these guys except it had an inflatable bottom) ran over a sleeping bum. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the next theme will be The Master. :)

On Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I met up with S, G, and a bunch of other friends for all-you-can-eat sushi at Sushi Para. Afterwards, we saw The Dark Knight on IMAX. All in all, I thought the movie was good, and I was very impressed by Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker. Now that Ledger is gone, I wonder what they're going to do about the third movie. Are they going to try to find another actor to play The Joker, or are they going to replace him with another villain? Over dinner, I told [livejournal.com profile] doomsey that Johnny Depp could probably pull it off. [livejournal.com profile] doomsey argued that Depp would play it too over the top, which Ledger didn't do. What do you think?
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Question: How many GPSes does it take to get to [livejournal.com profile] pokiri's house?

Answer: Two. (And even then, we still failed spectacularly).



Subdivisions are so confusing...
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On Friday evening, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey, [livejournal.com profile] judygs, [livejournal.com profile] emygination, T, and I went to the Dollar Store Show at the Hideout. As always, the stories were very good. Afterwards, we went back to T's house, ate pizza, and watched The Man from Earth. By the way, I *loved* the movie. Seriously, go watch it.

On Saturday, I went to [livejournal.com profile] skulde13's baby shower.

Today, a bunch of us went to Happy Chef in Chinatown for dim sum. Yummy! Then, we got pastries, had bubble tea, and did some shopping. Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] forestdruid who pruned our rose bush in our back yard. I had no clue what I was doing with it and the rose bush really needed the attention. [livejournal.com profile] forestdruid also took a look at my garden and pointed out the other plants that were growing in there that I didn't know I had. They probably came from seeds that were buried too deep and that were brought to the surface when I turned up the soil this spring. I have some cilantro, a bean, and maybe some parsley growing out there. Awesome! I'll have to keep an eye on them over the summer and see if they produce anything.

Loot

Dec. 25th, 2007 08:53 pm
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This year, I got some really cool stuff for Christmas.

I got two good books this year, one titled 30,000 years of art. It's 14 pounds! I also got two copies of Getting Started: Knitting Socks. One came from [livejournal.com profile] emygination and the other from my sister. What a coincidence! I think I'm going to get myself a book that I saw in [livejournal.com profile] emygination's collection about knitting lace patterns.

I also got Emergency Chocolate. Yum!

The cats also got a bunch of gifts last night. They got some toys and they got to eat Tuna for Cats from Trader Joes. They are very spoiled. Lastly, [livejournal.com profile] cosettemonster got some catnip. As you can tell from my last post, she immediately proceeded to get high.

Movies

Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:18 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I have been watching a lot of movies lately. On Thursday, we watched Winter Light, a movie by Ingmar Bergman. I was too tired for a serious movie and ended up making fun of it. I'm surprised that [livejournal.com profile] doomsey didn't jab me in the ribs for talking during the entire movie. Oh...and I still think it would have been a better movie if the body count had been higher...

On Friday, we went to movie night at [livejournal.com profile] voidness' place and watched Stardust. I thought it was an entertaining movie. Oh...and Robert DeNiro's character was *hysterical*.

This afternoon, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I went to his office's Christmas party. Afterwards, we met up with his family and saw I Am Legend. I *loved* it. It was very scary. [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and [livejournal.com profile] emygination thought that the shots of an abandoned New York City were beautiful, but the plot wasn't that good.
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Over the weekend, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I went to three parties. On Saturday, we went to my sister's birthday party. We gave her and Andrew their Christmas present, a digital camera, a few weeks early. My sister loved it. She still has a film camera and she says that it's a pain in the ass to buy film and have it developed. I do have a birthday present for her, a scarf that I knitted, but it wasn't finished. I did manage to finish it yesterday though. All I have to do is cast off. I still don't know whether I'm going to put tassels on it or not. I think I'm going to take a picture of it and ask my friends list again.

After my sister's birthday party, we went to the pirate party at [livejournal.com profile] voidness' place. I dressed up in Ren Faire garb (my family was very amused when I changed into it to go to the party) and brought the little dagger that I had from my Halloween costume. I had a bit too much grog (man that was strong!) but otherwise I had a lot of fun.

Yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I went to his parents' house to celebrate Hannukah a few days early since [livejournal.com profile] doomsey had to go to Germany during Hannukah. As always, the food was delicious and I got a really cool present from [livejournal.com profile] judygs. She replaced the lladro that [livejournal.com profile] doomsey had dropped and chipped two years ago when he replaced a shelf. Thanks! That was so awesome! Around six o'clock, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey's boss picked him up to take him to the airport. After [livejournal.com profile] doomsey left, a bunch of us played Apples to Apples. After the game, I went home because I was exhausted from not getting a lot of sleep the night before.
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Yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey's family and I went to Medieval Times to see the show there. This time, we had good seats because [livejournal.com profile] judygs managed to get us seats in the noble section, which comprised the first two rows. As always, the food was good. I also enjoyed the falconry (I love hawks and other birds of prey) as well as the white show horses. One of the knights tossed a flower in our general direction. I don't know if it was meant for our row or the one above us, but it fell between the two rows. [livejournal.com profile] emygination picked it up and handed it to me. I, in turn, handed it to Rayna since she would probably appreciate it more.

Because of the noise at Medieval Times, I ended up getting another migraine. This time, I took my migraine meds, and I think I ended up getting a bit loopy because of all the meds I was on. At one point, I stole crowns from [livejournal.com profile] doomsey's family and put them all on my head. I think I managed to wear four crowns at one time. [livejournal.com profile] doomsey has proof of this on camera, which I'm not going to post.

Today, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I met up with his parents and his Uncle Marty for brunch at Egg Harbor Cafe. By the way, the Bannana Bread French Toast was awesome. Afterwards, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I went to the Labor Day party at [livejournal.com profile] voidness' house. A bunch of us played a game called Betrayal at the House on the Hill, which was based on (and poked fun at) B-rated horror films. Hmmm...that's a game to consider buying because it was a lot of fun. I also brought my knitting with to [livejournal.com profile] voidness' party, and I managed to get a lot accomplished while I was talking with people or playing games. I wonder if I'm midly OCD because sometimes I want to do something with my hands. Knitting really does help with that.

Saturday

Sep. 1st, 2007 11:53 pm
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Today [livejournal.com profile] doomsey, [livejournal.com profile] emygination, [livejournal.com profile] judygs, [livejournal.com profile] bmtstandard, and [livejournal.com profile] purpurachicago went to [livejournal.com profile] almeda's house for a party. We got to eat hot dogs and pet the two beagles. I got a very bad migraine and then got yelled at for not taking migraine meds. This is because, when I get a migraine, I usually go and hide first to see if it goes away. If it doesn't, then I take drugs. By the way, I am completely sick and tired of feeling like shit all of the time. Can I not go out and, you know, do something for once without feeling either sore or migraine-y?

I also managed to start another knitting project. I'm making a scarf out of some yarn I had lying around. I'm still considering adding tassals too it. Mmmm...tassals...

By the way, thanks for the books, [livejournal.com profile] almeda. I'm looking forward to reading them!
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This morning I felt pretty icky, but after Tylenol and lots of caffeine, I started to feel better. My head was still a bit buzzy and my head still hurts a bit when I touch it, but it's not as bad as what's it's been and I didn't have many migraine troubles. I went with [livejournal.com profile] doomsey to a company picnic and even worked up the nerve to take a dip in the pool. I ended up using water jets and a noodle to spray (and get sprayed) the living daylights out of people. A bunch of us also played several games of water volleyball. Oh...and I'd also like to mention that C's wife makes *the best* portobello mushroom burgers. Yummy!

Eventually, we left that picnic to go to a birthday party being held at our neighbor's house. I had a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the other people living on our block. Since our neighbor's Karaoke machine had broken, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I brought over ours as well as the small tv in the living room. The kids had a blast...and so did some of the adults. I also got a lot of complements on my voice. People really seem to like it when I sing. I almost always get complemented and I even had one person tell me that I sound professional. My next door neighbor asked me if I studied it during college. Actually, I took choir in high school, but not in college. We did have a good music program though. I learned to sing by singing along to musicals and I never really stopped singing. Eventually, I moved to rock and some pop. I kept practicing and working at it and I gradually developed my voice. Oh...and I also started out in drama in high school, but it wasn't until my junior and senior years when I started getting parts. I used to speak too softly and taking music taught me to project my voice...
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The Friday the 13th Party last night was fun. Apparently, it's a two day party and it's also going to go on tonight as well. I'm not going since I want to relax this weekend. Yesterday, I spent most of the party knitting with [livejournal.com profile] chitownshae. [livejournal.com profile] voidness thought that having people sitting in the living room knitting was "kind of wrong" because it really isn't a very domestic place, but it was amusing. For whatever reason, I like to knit when I'm talking to people because it gives me something to do with my hands. When I was a kid, I used to sit around and play with stuff (like salt shakers when I was sitting at the kitchen table) when I talked. Knitting solves that problem. Oh...it certainly kept me from drinking too much alcohol at the party. I'm too afraid to drink too much while knitting because I would be afraid of getting confused and screwing up the blanket.

We really need to get together and organize stich 'n bitch meetings. That would be a lot of fun...and I would probably get more accomplished on my baby blanket if we did that.

Bored Now

Jul. 13th, 2007 12:16 am
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I talked with the doctor again today, mostly because I wanted to find out how long I should be taking all that ibruprofen. It turns that I should have been taking it for only seven days. I guess I ended up taking it a little bit longer than what she intended. Heh heh. She also told me to use a heating pad and to wear a knee brace.

Oh...and she says that it's going to heal in six weeks minimum. Nice.

You know...when I tore the ACL, at least I feel like I could get comfortable. Lately, no matter how I sit, I feel this stretchy kind of pain in my hamstring.

I'm not going to my mother-in-law's work picnic. I want the weekend to put my feet up since I'm on it way too much during the week. I always feel sore when I come home. I don't want to be somewhere where I can't put it up and get comfortable. And I don't particularly feel like being social. All I want to do is read my books and knit.

Weekend

Jul. 9th, 2007 10:51 am
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On Saturday, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I went to the Fourth of July barbacue at my sister's house. Since we had to pick up my brother from work, too much gimping was involved.

Yesterday, I didn't have to do anything. I sat on my butt, read my book, and got a lot accomplished on the blanket I'm knitting. I also put a heating pad on the knee and put it up. It feels a lot better because I had a day where I could stay off of it. I also got bored and ended up writing a silly poll on [livejournal.com profile] _discussion just for kicks...

I'm still amused by the fact that [livejournal.com profile] judygs selected "break shit" on there. She's so clumsy...
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I went to visit the doctor today, and the verdict is that I have a strained hamstring. I'm supposed to put ice on it and to take lots and lots of ibruprofen. No concert (Bang! Bang!) because there will be no place to sit down and no fireworks because it will be too much walking. I really can't walk or stand on it that long without it hurting. On the other hand, I am gimping around on it much better than what I was yesterday so that must be a sign that it's getting better.

Really...I'm quite relieved. Knowing how my knees have traditionally been, it could have been a lot worse. I've had surgery done on both knees before. One for a cartilage tear and another one for a tear in my ACL and cartilage.

Weekend

Jun. 10th, 2007 05:36 pm
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So this is what my weekend looked like.

Friday during the day: I had a migraine. I took a lot of drugs so that I could deal with said migraine without ripping my brains out.

Friday night: I picked L. up at the train station. I ended up playing hell finding parking near the station since it was Elm Fest. When we got to my place, I gave her the tour of the new house. She thought it a beautiful house, and she said her mother in particular would have loved a house like this. Then, my sister came over and we went out to dinner at Sushi Nest, which is in downtown Elmhurst. Again, I had a hell of a time finding parking. I think I circled through the parking garage about two times before I found anything. Dinner was awesome and the company was great. We went to my house for awhile where we talked and I showed J. Swedish chef videos on YouTube. I think my personal favorites are the Chocolate Moose sketch followed by the donut one. Heh heh...YouTube is great for wasting time. Since L had to get up early tomorrow, J went home and I gave L a ride back to her apartment.

Saturday: I had another migraine. I had work to do so I worked anyway. It sucked because I felt like I was going to throw up. [livejournal.com profile] doomsey wasn't at home since he took [livejournal.com profile] emygination car shopping. He threatened to kick my butt when he got home if I hadn't taken anything for the migraine by then. Since I had to take drugs on Friday and another day this past week, I was reticent to take more. I decided to take some more Excedrin so [livejournal.com profile] doomsey wouldn't kick my ass.

Saturday night: When [livejournal.com profile] doomsey got home, I had a Trader Joe's satay for dinner. Then, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I watched an anime movie called Paprika. It was a very bizarre movie. I would have to say that I would have to rank it right up there with the anime, Lain, as a complete and utter mindfuck.

Sunday: I didn't get a migraine. Yay for me! I went over to the cemetary about two blocks away from my house to trim the grass and weeds away from my grandparents' and other relatives' headstones. I looked at the dates again and realized that both my grandparents and my aunt were relatively young when they died. I think my grandfather was in his sixties (I didn't pay too much attention to that one), my grandmother was seventy-three, and my aunt was sixty-nine. I tell you...I have some really sucky genes in my family compared with [livejournal.com profile] doomsey's. Most of his grandparents lived to be more than eighty years old.

When we were kids, this cemetary used to allow people to bring live plants and put them out. They used to have water hoses where you could draw water for them. They have since taken them out, and it looks like people set out artificial flowers now. That is so hokey.

When I got home, I did some more weeding outside. It looks like I'm going to have to attack the way back again in the next week or so.

For dinner, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I went to Elmfest. I got a pulled pork sandwich from Sweet Baby Ray's as well as a strawberry-bannana smoothie (very delicious!) and [livejournal.com profile] doomsey got some random Thai food and a lime-bannana smoothie. Personally, I liked my smoothie better. While we ate, we listened to a group that was impersonating the Beatles. The music was quite good actually. Then, we walked back home. I must say that, as you get closer to the downtown area, the cicadas get loud. I was tempted to cover my ears when we passed by a couple of trees because they literally sounded like they were screaming. That...and I swear to God that the sound cycles. They get loud. Then they get soft. Then they crescendo again. Bizarre.

I've noticed that the cicada noises have been moving steadily northward. I've also been hearing a few more cicadas in my neighborhood, but so far we're not completely inundated with them. I hope it stays that way because the areas that are completely infested with them smell very bad. Somebody told me that it's because they release a pheromone. I'm not going to be amused if I have to spend this entire summer feeling like I'm going to narf because of some stinky bugs. I also told [livejournal.com profile] doomsey that, if it gets as loud as some of the places we walked through, I'm going to close up the house and turn on the air conditioner. Gah!

Tonight, I think I might go grocery shopping. I'm kind of tired from the walk that we had, so I might sit on my butt for a few more minutes...

Weekend

Jun. 5th, 2007 10:07 am
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Not much to say. T, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey, and I went to see the Dollar Store Show at the Hideout Friday night. We grabbed a quick dinner and went to see a band, Sybris (don't know if I'm spelling that right), play at the Subterranean. They were pretty good actually.

On Saturday, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey, [livejournal.com profile] emygination, [livejournal.com profile] judygs, [livejournal.com profile] bmtstandard, one of [livejournal.com profile] doomsey's friends from school, and I went to see "In the Continuum" at the Goodman Theater. It was an excellent play. Afterwards, we went to Greek Islands for dinner.
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I've been doing a lot of work in my backyard and garden the past two days. Yesterday, I weeded the area in the way back of the backyard. I discovered one section that was completely overgrown with thistle. Man, that's really a bitch to pull. I had to use not one, but two pairs of gardening gloves. And if I touched the wrong part of the plant, it *still* pricked me. I eventually got to the point though where I was able to grab the bottom of the plant and pull it out with a flick of the wrist without hurting myself. Did I mention that there was a lot of it? I'm going to have to keep an eye on the area so I don't have to spend several hours doing it again. I also pulled a shitload of creeping charlie, but that's easier to pull because it doesn't prick you. That, and all you really have to do is grab a handful and pull since it's a vine.

I've discovered that yard work is a pain in the ass, but you do get a lot of exercise doing it. Sometimes, it's also rewarding. Yesterday, I saw a pretty butterfly land on our lilac bushes. Speaking of critters, on Monday I bought a feeder for hummingbirds from Home Despot, but [livejournal.com profile] doomsey complained about me spending money on it. That, and he doesn't want birdfeeders because birds crap all over the place. Seriously, how much crap does a *hummingbird* produce? That, and the birdfeeder was cheap...less than ten dollars.

Today, I finished weeding out by the way back. I also pulled weeds in the other two gardens (one along the garage and the other on the edge of our property). Then, I watered. The Black-Eyed Susans by the garage really needed it since the ground there was dry. I also attacked our lawn with the sprinkler. Since I was dirty from weeding, I washed myself up a bit in the sprinkler until I could take a proper shower. I wore a bathing suit and a light pair of sweats while weeding since I knew that it was going to be somewhat hot out and that I could always take a nice little run through the sprinkler. Speaking of hoses, I think I need to buy a longer one. The one that came with the house doesn't reach the back part of our yard. That and the one end leaks like you wouldn't believe.

Man...I am dead tired. I want to sleep, but we have anime night tonight.

Yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I met up with [livejournal.com profile] ghostandfriends, [livejournal.com profile] 2515049, [livejournal.com profile] tambreet and M. for Indian food. The place we went too had recently re-opened after burning down a while ago. As always, the food was excellent. Before going to the restaurant, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey, [livejournal.com profile] ghostandfriends, and I went to an Indian grocery store and ended up doing a bit of shopping. We now have nan and other goodies. We also looked at saris in a store that was still open. After dinner, [livejournal.com profile] tambreet, [livejournal.com profile] 2515049, and M. went to get beer. Since I was dead tired from gardening, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey had to wake up early for work, and [livejournal.com profile] ghostandfriends didn't want to go out drinking, we went back to [livejournal.com profile] ghostandfriends' place, had Scotch, and talked. Mmm...Scotch. Correction: [livejournal.com profile] doomsey didn't have Scotch since he doesn't drink.

That's what's up with me. Even though the spring semester has ended, I'm still keeping myself busy!
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This evening, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I went to a Scottish pub with friends, and I was introduced to Scottish food and a new drink, Scotch. Mmm...Scotch. And of course, much hilarity ensued after that, which included learning how to flip someone off to the tune of pop goes the weasel. I guess you just had to be there...

Then, we went to Margie's for dessert. Unfortunately, I couldn't partake in the consumption of ice cream. After dessert, I wanted to go to some friends' house to drink more Scotch, but [livejournal.com profile] doomsey has to go to work in the morning and it was past his bedtime.

And here's my favorite quote of the evening... )

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