Monday, May 31, 2010

click click

oh man did I have a good time today at SteveMikeBobby's picnic. as you may have heard from my twitter, I bought at slip n slide knock off at K-Mart and took it over. what fun! it held up really well, considering the warning on the back said it wasn't for anyone over 5 feet and 110 pounds (which ruled out everyone).

the food was really good too. we had hamburgers and hot dogs and the usual picnic fare, but Meghan also brought an amazing buffalo chicken dip, which I could not stop eating.

I expect to put pictures and videos up sometime this week I had to empty out my memory card on Steve's laptop, so I won't even have half of them until Wednesday.

but yeah, it was a lot of fun.

first harvest

Chris and I picked our first batch of sugar peas last night. there are tons of them! I hardly know what to do with them all! and these are only the first few. there are tons still on the plant that aren't big enough yet.



I think Chris is planning to make a stir fry of sorts with this round. I am pretty excited about it. I'll try and remember to take a picture of the plants the next time I am out picking.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

tweet tweet

good morning. I am out on my 2nd story porch again. it is not nearly as nice out (or as early) as the last time I posted from out here, but it is still very peaceful. I woke up quite a while ago, but I was draped with cats and didn't have the heart to remove them. Mutz was on my feet, Mako (?) was across my knees, and Morgaine had reclaimed her spot on my head. that's right, all three cats were sleeping in the same 5' 6" area. hooray!

yesterday our new sofa was supposed to be delivered. if you follow my twitter, you will already know that it was too big to get through the door. a problem with tiny old houses is their tiny old door holes. seriously, this is pretty upsetting. so we had to return our beautiful perfect sofa. we spent last night trying to find a new one that we could agree on at the same store, so we could exchange instead of return, but it was to no avail. so I guess we will be hitting some furniture stores soon. I enjoy furniture stores, but I am really really bummed about this sofa.

this weekend is a weekend of picnics, which is pretty exciting. I seriously have a picnic to attend every day for the next three days. unfortunately, Chris has to work this entire weekend and Monday which suuuuuuucks. I hate his schedule so much sometimes.

well, I think I hear him wandering around inside. I had better go alert him of my location before he unwittingly locks me out here.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

woof

Chris and I had corn on the cob as part of our dinner tonight (we also had flounder, and I ate it - can you believe it?). one of our corns was pretty weird looking. check it out:



strange, huh? it's pretty deformed. but Chris ate it anyway and he reports that it tasted perfectly normal. Mutz also seemed to enjoy it.

so we watched that show, Life After People, on Sunday. well, we watched the first one. apparently they made a series out of it to flesh out the original one. it was rather creepy, but probably not for the same reason most people found it unnerving. the whole time we were watching, I could not stop worrying that my house could be rotting out from under me as I sat there. I mean, why does a house rot and fall apart and become overgrown when people are gone? what is stopping it from happening RIGHT NOW? what if there are tree roots growing through the foundation? it could collapse at ANY MOMENT!

Chris tells me that these things will not happen because we are here to stop them if they start to happen. I suppose this is a valid point, but still. I am concerned. owning a house is scary stuff. all these weird additional things to worry about.

it does not help that I had a dream about house problems on Saturday morning. in the dream, I woke up to find giant cracks running up the walls of my house. like, big enough that you could see outside through them. there wasn't an earthquake or anything, they just happened overnight. I think there may have been a windstorm involved? but yeah, so that show only further influenced my fears of drastic home malfunction. I walk through these rooms very gingerly, trying to avoid any unnecessary damage.

I should probably be medicated or something.

anyway, I'm gonna go try my hand at making another deck box. wish me luck.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

hisssssssBit

so, I think we've got the kitten name narrowed down to three choices. the choices are: Bitey, Mako, and Magellan. I think they are all pretty good. thoughts?

yesterday I helped Meghan and Kim paint Kim's art room/office. after painting, we (and Chris and Bobby) went to Panda Heaven for dinner. I got the pineapple curried fried rice w/ chicken, which was just alright. I like the stuff from the Thai restaurant near my work better. I would definitely go again, but I would get something different. maybe the mango coconut rice? it is a dessert, but when has that ever stopped me? it was pretty cool in there, though. there were two separate hibachis going on, which was kinda scary. all those flames! we were not at the hibachi tables, though, we were just at a regular table. the table was a little too high and the chairs were a little too low... it was weird. oh, and I had sangria also, which was super awesome.

I (obviously) didn't go to D.C. (Chantilly) with Steve and Dustin. I figured I would be too bored all day while they played magic. plus, I was not willing to give up one of my remaining 1.5 days of vacation from work. ah well. they didn't win anything, from what I can gather, so that sucks.

anyway, gotta go watch Life After People w/ Chris. let me know what you think of the names!

Sunday Stealing: The Voice Post Meme

Sunday Stealing: The Voice Post Meme

1) What's your middle name?
Vanessa

2) How old are you?
26

3) Where are you from? Are you living there right now?
I am from Reading, I am living in Shillington. So yeah, pretty much the same place.

4) Is it cold where you are?
Eh, not really. It's about 64 degrees, according to Forecast Fox.

5) What's the time?
10:32 am.

6) What are you wearing?
A tank top, shorts, and my silk robe. Hooray for pajamas!

7) What was the last thing you listened to?
Ummm... I listened to this sad ad for the new sims expansion...

8) What was the last thing you ate?
I am currently drinking some honey lemon tea, but I guess that doesn't count. Let's see... I guess the last thing was pineapple curried fried rice w/ chicken last night.

9) What was the last thing you watched on TV?
I watched Girl With A Pearl Earring yesterday, but that was a DVD. Before that, probably the news on Friday morning.

10) What's your favorite tv show? Why?
Hmm. I don't really watch tv, but I've been watching old episodes of The Office on NetFlix. Those are pretty good. I like Survivor and The Amazing Race, but I rarely remember to watch them anymore.

11) Quick! Find a book, or something with text on it! Flip to a random page and post the second paragraph's first sentence.
" 'Hello, Neighbor Fox, what have you there?' inquired Barker."
from The Burgess Seashore Book For Children by Thornton W. Burgess

12) What was the last movie you saw? How was it?
Ha, already answered this one to some extent! It was Girl With A Pearl Earring and it was yesterday. I enjoyed it, it followed the book pretty well.

13) Do YOU think you have an accent? Where do people in your country do people speak with strong accents?
I don't think I have a strong accent. I think people from the south do, though. They probably think the same about me, I expect.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

not green mana

yesterday I didn't wake up until 1:30 in the afternoon. and I only woke up at that time because Chris came upstairs and forced me awake. who knows how long I would have slept if left to my own devices. I blame the 3 AM Uno games.

we got a lot done this weekend as far as yard work and cleaning (the kitchen). the living room is still in its usual state of chaos. just don't go in there.

here, have a look at my garden:


Saturday, May 15, 2010

on the go

my sister and I had a movie night last night. we watched American Psycho and Sense and Sensibility. in preparation, we bought the following snacks:



in case you cannot tell, we ate chips and sour cream & onion dip, chocolate pudding, and cookie dough. we drank cosmopolitan coolers and cherry wine. while imbibing, I noticed something odd on my bottle of cooler:



where and when, exactly, am I supposed to drink this "on the go"? are they suggesting I grab one on the way to work to make the commute a little more enjoyable? I am really, honestly trying to figure out what they meant by this. when do you ever hear anyone suggest drinking alcohol "on the go"? I just don't get it.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

podcast homework

there are more episodes of the podcast up, I can't remember if I mentioned this before or not. we are up to episode three now, set to record episode five sometime this weekend. episode four should be submitted soon, I'm not sure. ask Steve about that one.

but anyway, at the end of episode four, Steve assigned me a new homework assignment. I was supposed to look through the cards in the new set and find ones that I think might work well in my deck. then, in episode five, we will go over my picks and he will probably tell me why all of my picks are wrong. I figure I'll post them here so you can play along when you listen.

my picks are as follows:

Artisan of Kozilek
Awakening Stone
Battle Rampart
Battle Rattle Shaman
Bear Umbra / Boar Umbra / Snake Umbra
Daggerback Basilisk
Eldrazi Conscription
Emrakul, the Aeons Torn / Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
Flame Slash
Gigantomancer
Khalni Hyrda
Might of the Masses
Momentous Fall
Naturalize
Nest Invader
Pelakka Wurm
Prey's Vengeance
Rapacious One
Soulsurge Elemental
Traitorous Instinct
Tuktuk the Explorer
Vengevine
World at War

so there you have it. I think I spelled them all correctly, but it is hard to be sure sometimes. tune in soon to hear Steve and I discuss these cards.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

the most unhealthy thing ever



do you see that? that is a burger with a funnel cake on top of it. and on top of the funnel cake? raspberry cream cheese. yeah, that's right. I ate that for dinner. it was probably one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten in my entire life. seriously, you should go to California Bar and Grill right now and order one of these things. I don't remember what it is called, but it shouldn't be too hard to find on the menu.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Body In The Library

So I know I said I would be reading The Cat Who... books, but alas. As I mentioned in my last review, I've also developed a liking for Agatha Christie. So my May book for the Cozy Mystery Challenge is The Body In the Library by Agatha Christie.

I really enjoyed this book. There were so many suspects and so many motives, it really kept me guessing. Basically, the story starts out when a body is found in the library of Colonel Bantry. The victim is a heavily made-up fake blonde who has been strangled. In order to clear the name of her husband, who is the most immediate suspect, Mrs. Bantry enlists the aid of Miss Marple to solve the mystery.

There are a whole lot of twists and turns during the course of the book, but I don't want to give away anything, just in case there is someone out there who has never read it. If this is the case, I suggest you go out and find a copy. This is a great book.

Monday, May 10, 2010

on kittens

kittens... you forget just how very annoying they are until you have one again. my goodness. let me tell you some annoying things about kittens.

a kitten doesn't necessarily like to sleep at night. sometimes they just want to play. even when you have to wake up at 6:30 am. a kitten does not care.

a kitten can cram into some pretty small, ridiculous places. this can lead to a general panic. this can also lead to a kitten nearly being killed when it decides to crawl behind the mattress just before you push the mattress against the wall (true story, happened last night - he's fine, though, don't worry).

a kitten likes to bite and claw everything. your clothes, your furniture, your books, your limbs. kittens do not care if you are allergic and will develop terrible welts and hives.

a kitten doesn't have any concept of personal boundaries. he will put his paws in your eyes, he will climb your pants, he will crawl under you when you are sleeping and become extremely offended if you roll over on him. he will also feel free to clean himself while sitting on the keyboard of your laptop.

a kitten will possibly throw your other cats into fits. don't be surprised to find yourself awakened in the middle of the night as all three felines vocalize at each other.

a kitten will pee on the floor (and on your sister). he will then track little urine footprints all over the house until you catch him and wipe him off. this is particularly charming.

the problem with all these points is that you don't seem to remember them when your kitten grows up into a (decently) well-behaved cat. also, kittens are so adorable as to make up for all these terrible faults. when they curl up on your lap and fall asleep purring, you realize that a little kitten punch in the eye is not the worst thing that can happen.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

railroad museum and other things

as you may or may not know, Chris has been off on vacation this past week. he's torn down a lot of the paneling in the kitchen and has patched up a lot of holes in the plaster. I am very proud of him. I decided to take a vacation day on Friday so that we could do something fun together. we decided on the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. we were going to also go to Strasburg Railroad, but it didn't work out that way.

let me back up a minute and say that we ordered our new sofa and chair Thursday night. we decided against the ottoman in the end. it is kinda really huge and we think we might do better with just a coffee table instead. but yeah, new furniture should be here sometime at the end of the month. exciting!

so anyway, we got up (reasonably) early on Friday and lounged around the house for a while. then we went to Remi's for brunch. we got pretty much the same things we did last time: a strawberry and cream cheese danish, a ham and cheese croissant, and some pierogies with sour cream. oh, and the world's best chai. how could I forget that? we decided that we would stop by and visit Steve at work on our way, since his place of employment is pretty much the halfway point between our house and the museum, so we bought enough food to share. I think he was happy to see us, it is hard to tell sometimes...


we had a nice visit, then headed back out on the road. the traffic was unreasonable due to construction, so it took quite a bit longer to get there than it should have taken. we left the house for Remi's at 11:30 and reached the museum at 3:00. that's a pretty long day. here are a bunch of pictures from the museum in slide-show format:




so yeah, we had a pretty good time.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

kitten!!

we got a kitten today. it was kind of a surprise. it's Chris' fault, not mine. he wanted this kitten, don't let him tell you otherwise. he'll probably try to pin it on me, but no, this was all him.

we got this kitten from his mom, though, so if it doesn't work out (with Morgaine, because she's really the only variable in this situation), then we can give him back and everyone will be fine. it is a kitten trial period. so far she seems to be only occasionally miffed, so I am keeping my fingers crossed.

here are some pictures, since I know that's what you're waiting for.





also, here is a picture of me and my pre-engagement snake. now that it is warm, she is a lot more open to the idea of hanging out with me.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

moonbeams

this has been a pretty good weekend, for the most part. yesterday morning, as you may have noted from my previous post, was idyllic. I went back in the house around 9:15 and woke Chris up and we went to Friendly's for breakfast. I haven't been there for breakfast in years, but I was not disappointed.

after that we went to the Fairgrounds Mall to see How To Train Your Dragon, which I have been wanting to see for about a month now. we got there a little early, so we headed over to Golden Eagle to browse around. it just so happened to be Free Comic Book Day, which was rather convenient.

the movie was great, I really enjoyed it. even Chris liked it! I think this had a lot to do with the complete absence of pop culture references. they are the reason that he doesn't usually enjoy cg movies like Shrek and the like. but yeah, it was a really good movie. it was cute, but there were also awesome dragons and the graphics was just amazing. I really liked that the dragons were so much like cats. I don't think dragons are often portrayed that way, but it really worked. it didn't hurt that Toothless looks just like my parents' cat, Spooky.

after that we went to the Berkshire Mall to look at our new living room set. looking back, I am not sure why we drove all the way to the other mall, since there is a Boscov's in the Fairgrounds Mall, but we did. turns out the set is on back order until the end of may. bummer. but we got the measurements for it and Chris is going to call tomorrow to see if we will be able to fit it through our tiny doors. while we were at the mall, we also bought a pretzel and I got sized for a ring. I am size 4.5, in case you were wondering.

our next stop was Lowe's to look at a number of different things. we needed a door handle for the screen door (you know, the one that has been broken since the day after we moved in), some spackle, and relevant spackling tools for the kitchen (Chris is intending to work on the kitchen during his upcoming week off from work). we also wanted to look at and price front doors, and get ideas for paint and wallpaper for the bedroom.

but this time it was 5:00 and we were pretty well exhausted so we went home. Chris installed the new door handle while I watched the cats for any attempted escape. then we ate dinner and went to SteveMikeBobby's. I had an okay time until Kim and Dustin left and Meghan disappeared off somewhere. then Steve went into the kitchen to play beer pong with everyone else and I was left alone in the living room wishing I could just go to bed. we didn't end up leaving until 2:00 am, which is pretty late for someone who has been up since 7:00 am. I don't think I'm really interested in going out there anymore if all we are going to do is drink. I got all the drinking out of my system in January and February, it's just kinda boring now.

today I went to church with my mum again and then visited at my parents' house for a while. my mum gardened while my dad and I sat watching her, enjoying the sunshine. I also picked up my green bean plants and the weed whacker. then I came home and waited for Chris to get back from his 40k game with Kyle. I took a nap, then we had a gourmet dinner of smiley fries and dinosaur chicken nuggets. I think this says it best, I am not an adult so much as I am a child with years of experience. not necessarily a bad thing, I think.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

awesome

it is 7:45 in the morning. I am sipping tea on my 2nd story porch, watching the birds, browsing the internet, and just generally enjoying how amazingly blessed I am. it is moments like these when I am able, in a quiet moment of the day, to realize just how very lucky I am. my life is everything I have ever wanted, regardless of whether or not Chris wanted to go see the dinosaurs with me. talk about first-world problems...

our $8000 tax credit has also just hit my bank account which, I must admit, is not helping with my good mood. mostly, though, it is this beautiful Saturday morning. I am out here because I heard a woodpecker pecking while Morgaine was chewing on my face a little while ago. he seems to have stopped, but now I heard what sounds an awful lot like the dilophosaurus from Jurassic Park. strange, I didn't think they climbed trees...