chaiya: (shul)
[livejournal.com profile] hakamadare made blintzes for breakfast, and last night's homemade cheesecake (Steve's first!) was set for this afternoon's snack. It was amazingly tasty, particularly with my homemade applesauce from last fall.

This isn't the way I'd planned to celebrate Shavuot, but it is pretty damn nice, all the same. :)
chaiya: (storm troopers)
Me: "This movie made me very conscious of forgetting my wedding ring after my client. When we get home, remind me to put it back on?"
[livejournal.com profile] eldrad: "Does it go BAMF?"
[livejournal.com profile] hakamadare: ...
Me: "Well, it doesn't go pew-pew-pew!"
chaiya: (eating brains)
[livejournal.com profile] hakamadare: Shall I show you the ways of the ancients?
[livejournal.com profile] devoken: Oh, yes, please!
[livejournal.com profile] hakamadare: We are going to make couscous using ... worm hole technology!
[livejournal.com profile] devoken: (gasp!)
[livejournal.com profile] hakamadare: Scorpius can't take it from my brain!


[livejournal.com profile] rednikki, I thought of you in particular at that last bit. ;)
chaiya: (coconut drink)
Accomplished tonight:

huge batch of banghan bhartha (including 8 large eggplants, 5 large tomatoes, 5 sweet peppers from the farm share)
additional 10 eggplants roasted (possibly for baba ghanoush, possibly more banghan bhartha)
over 1/2 bushel (possibly 3/4?) of yellow farmshare tomatoes for
- oven-roasted dried tomatoes
- insides & seeds reserved & used to make yellow tomato marmalade
halfway done with making at least a few jars of pickles

Steve also made a tremendously awesome fresh corn pudding, which was a suggestion by [livejournal.com profile] mtolan and [livejournal.com profile] naufiel. He did it in the style of my Gramma, which is a fabulous comfort. :}

All in all, today wasn't a waste of time, after all.

Not that I've managed to write the Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur post I intended, but I do hope that anyone who wants to talk with me about my actions knows that I am generally up for it. I love to talk. ;)

Now if only I could get onto the normal sleep schedule of someone who lives in this part of the world ... :P
chaiya: (cooking and medieval oddities)
Currently on the stove:
borscht with kohlrabi and chioggia beets
pickle juice for making radish pickles
cheese raviolis for lunch

Currently in the stove:
[livejournal.com profile] hakamadare's ginger-ginger-ginger buckle for tomorrow brunchings

Not yet in the stove:
kale chips made with kale, beet greens, and kohlrabi greens
eggplant lasagne crack (but made with farm share squash instead of eggplant)
roasted kohlrabi, beets, and fennel (not sure if we'll get to this today or not)

Currently in the freezer:
tons of yellow carrots
tons of chioggia beets
tons of pesto made by [livejournal.com profile] eldrad


Yes, listing it out does make me feel more productive, even if I'm taking time out from veggie prep to do so. ;)
chaiya: (eating brains)
me: My nose is cold!
[livejournal.com profile] hakamadare: I could fix that for you.
(He leans in.)
me: Not by eating it!
[livejournal.com profile] hakamadare: But that worked so well the last time.
me: ...
[livejournal.com profile] hakamadare: You had a cute nose --
me: -- But you eated it?
chaiya: (eating brains)
You know what makes me happy?

We have little baggies in our downstairs freezer carefully labelled "emergency cake!" that [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare made a couple of months ago.

My husband is awesome. :)
chaiya: (flute)
We ([livejournal.com profile] devoken, [livejournal.com profile] volantwish, [livejournal.com profile] indecisionrocks, [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare, and I) just finished watching High Fidelity. Bob Dylan's "Most of the Time" is in that soundtrack. And I swear, somewhere, I had a cover of that song in a woman's voice. Maybe Ani Difranco. Someone who sang it far better than Bob did. :P

Google says it happened, but it's not showing up in my iTunes. Oh, the humanity! I *really* need to get back to my music server project, and upload the other half of my music.
chaiya: (Default)
I wrote:
Bah. I checked the trash folder, and it was there. I just had no
memory of deleting it. :P

Sorry about that!


And [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare responded:
sweetheart, do you know why i love you so much?

it is because when i research the issue and then use my arcane powers
to divine what most likely happened, you are willing to admit that you
might have made an error instead of beginning to rant about how my
system is busted. this can be a pleasant and unexpected surprise for
a sysadmin :)

i accept your apology, but i don't need it; you are welcome to ask me
any questions about how our email system (or how any other system i
maintain) works, and i will be happy to answer to the best of my
ability.
chaiya: (bike)
I'm at 594 miles, atm. [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare and I biked out to the Arisia meeting at [livejournal.com profile] paradoox and [livejournal.com profile] smozz's house today, and then [livejournal.com profile] palmwiz and [livejournal.com profile] noeltheone joined us for the bike ride back.

It was significantly awesome. My birthday morning on Friday kinda sucked (another dental appointment, plus scheduling snafu, plus having my hair pulled out when an unfamiliar person styled it at the salon). Ever since then, though, my days have improved fairly well. Today was pretty awesome, in fact. I even got serenaded by a chorus of boys singing happy birthday to me over ice cream cake! I approve of ice cream cake. A lot. Thank you so much, [livejournal.com profile] paradoox.

[livejournal.com profile] palmwiz also started the heck out of me on the bike ride by asking if I wanted to go faster, and when I responded with a "yes" and tried pedaling faster, he was suddenly pushing me from my sacrum. It was thrilling, and really really speedy, but startling. I whooped a lot.

All in all, today was an excellent present. Despite having to run my first Arisia corporate meeting. ;)
chaiya: (wedding dance)
Have I mentioned this recently? [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare has been working on a performance of Henry V with a bunch of local SCA folks. The dress rehearsal (open to the public for free, but donations are welcome to help pay for the space and materials that have gone into the show) is this Friday night. The SCA performance (where, to attend, you get to dress up in garb!) is Saturday night.

I can't make Friday, but I encourage all of you to go if you can. They've been working on this for 6 months, now, and there are many talented cast members. :)

Let me know if you're coming for Saturday! Sit with me! :)
chaiya: (bike)
Went on a small 4.5 mile bike ride with [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare to start the day. Averaged 11 mph. Just a small ride, but far easier course than I take to work, so the 11 mph was relaxing instead of hard work. :)
chaiya: (right path)
I just finished eating homemade lasagna that was not in any way cooked by me -- [livejournal.com profile] omly and [livejournal.com profile] yuggoth teamed together on it.

I'm hanging out with friends old and new, and my beloved husband, to see the end of the year through.

Our household has really gelled, recently, and I'm loving it. We have a HOME together. Seriously, this is all I have ever wished for and more. I LOVE this.

I have plans up the whazoo for the next few weeks, which may or may not be crazy (omg, Arisia!), but people still like me and want to spend time with me.

I have a reciprocal (I hope!) infatuation with my iPhone. For which I have made many custom ringtones out of my favorite folk music songs. And 80s songs. Because I can.

I reconnected with [livejournal.com profile] zsquirrelboy and gave and received forgiveness this past week. That was really awesome.

And now I'm sitting in our awesome, huge-ass bathtub with multiple Lush products, while sipping tea and writing on my laptop. Soon I will go back and join people and be social.

But for now, I just wanted to recognize, out loud, that life, as they say, is damn good. Also, I may or may not have already started in on the celebratory booze. ;)
chaiya: (flowers)
When [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare and I bought the house in 2004, we made a list of all the things we wanted to get done. Most of them were house-related, but some were vague getting-our-act-together stuff, like "be able to pay our bills without fear we'll run out of money."

That list was 63 items long. I came across it this morning, took 6 things off (like refinish the entertainment room floor, which doesn't need to be done now that we have an area rug), and checked off everything we've accomplished.

There are now 18 things remaining. Go, us!

The things left are mainly "prepare to become parents someday" things that we're not ready to take on, projects that I'm not sure we'll ever accomplish (like building a deck and/or addition over 52A), and small house projects (fix the bulkhead stairs so they don't fall apart when tread upon, hang bike hooks in the basement, that sort of thing).

All in all, I'm impressed with us.

Anyone want to help take a look at the bulkhead stairs? ;)
chaiya: (cooking and medieval oddities)
I have spent an uncanny (pardon the pun) amount of time over the past week prepping vegetables. On the one hand, yay veggies that are organic (usually) and inexpensive (partially bartered for) and high quality. On the other hand, it's to the point where I'm having trouble getting them frozen/canned/pickled/cooked/whatever before they're going bad. Some things have had to be composted before I could get to them.

But this week, we've canned purple carrots, beets, cucumbers, squash, and onions. And that's without having made it to [livejournal.com profile] ceelove's pickling bee. So mostly, I'm proud of us.

And I lovelovelove Steve for finding and obtaining the purple carrots for me. :)
chaiya: (engagement cuteness)
me: Sweetheart, did you forget to ask Grasshopper not to put potato in my kale?
Steve: No, I ordered the version of kale without potato, according to the menu.
me: Huh. Well, there are potatoes in here. Perhaps no one is allergic to potato (and therefore they don't have to list it on the menu description)?
Steve: Perhaps it is the Grasshopper version of ham. Serafina* comes with a ham, and Grasshopper comes with potato.
me: In Grasshopper country, there is no ham --
both of us: There is only potato!

Serafina is a Texan we know from Pennsic. She feeds people. No, really. She says her period name translates to "comes with a ham."
chaiya: (brown hat)
[livejournal.com profile] hakamadare and I must go out for dinner, but afterwards, I will update with pictures of my B.O.S.S. (Boots of Sexy Stompiness). Srsly. My pirate costume is now nearly complete.
chaiya: (honeymoon smiles)
Steve painted the new closet (which he mostly built by himself) and shelves this weekend, such that we will have a place to put linens when the upstairs bath is fully functional. Just need to put the door on the outside, basically.

He also did other things, like make [livejournal.com profile] malkaesther's amazingly addictive butter cookies, and clear off some of the table cruft, and bring me lots of tea. Steve is a good husband. I would give him a cookie, but he made them, so that's kinda cheesy, and there are only two left now anyway ... ;)
chaiya: (asl "c")
Going through the online ASL dictionary, we had the following gem.

me: "Sweetheart, there's a sign for 'ascend!'"
Steve: "Well, of course, how else would the Deaf play Kingdom of Loathing?"
chaiya: (honeymoon smiles)
I just read this joke aloud to [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare, using the ramping-up technique that [livejournal.com profile] herooftheage taught me. I started out with a level of 1 (the question), ramped up to a 3 with the beginning of the answer, and was screaming the end at a reasonable roar (my 9.5). Except that last bit, which was back down to a 2ish.

Q: How many women with PMS does it take to change a light bulb?

Woman's Answer: One! ONLY ONE!!!! And do you know WHY? Because no one else in this house knows HOW to change a light bulb! They don't even know that the bulb is BURNED OUT!! They would sit in the dark for THREE DAYS before they figured it out. And, once they figured it out, they wouldn't be able to find the #&%!* light bulbs despite the fact that they've been in the SAME CABINET for the past 17 YEARS! But if they did, by some miracle of God, actually find them, 2 DAYS LATER, the chair they dragged to stand on to change the STUPID light bulb would STILL BE IN THE SAME SPOT!!!!! AND UNDERNEATH IT WOULD BE THE WRAPPER THE FREAKING LIGHT BULBS CAME IN!!! BECAUSE NO ONE EVER PICKS UP OR CARRIES OUT THE GARBAGE!!!! IT'S A WONDER WE HAVEN'T ALL SUFFOCATEDFROM THE PILES OF GARBAGE THAT ARE A FOOT DEEP THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE HOUSE!! IT WOULD TAKE AN ARMY TO CLEAN THIS PLACE! AND DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON WHO CHANGES THE TOILET PAPER ROLL !!!!!!

I'm sorry. What was the question?


Steve says this is my dramatic monologue, the next time I audition for a play. ;)

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