Monthly Archives: March 2007

Long Days, Video Games, and Peanuts on the Floor

It’s Thursday, and as this day begins…

Oh wait, it began a while ago, didn’t it? Anyway. It hasn’t been a very exciting week, but things are picking up. I’ve been coming in an hour early each day (7 AM – 4:30 PM) so that I can leave at 11 AM on Friday. Why? More on that below.

Earlier in the week I finally finished Okami. How sad is it that I fired it up again for a bit yesterday just to see what happens when you start it again (oooh, you have lots of cash and stuff, that’s what!). I don’t foresee playing the whole game through again, but it’s remarkable that the playability holds up even after finishing it. And even though it’s the most expensive game we’ve ever bought, at 40+ hours of gameplay, it was very much worth it!

Yesterday when takaza got home I started to make dinner – farfalle in a tomato-sausage sauce. Except when I unwrapped the Italian sausage from the fridge something wasn’t…quite…right. Rather than speculate on just how spoiled the sausage might be (hey everyone it’s food poisoning roulette!) we elected to seek dinner out. We wound up trying Pat’s Pizza on 83 in Grayslake. Wow, what a throwback that place is. Peanut shells on the floor, tables decorated with pages from the 1967 Grayslake High School yearbook…yeah. As much as I wanted to like the place, though, the pizza was unremarkable, as was the garlic bread. It might be a fun place to go with friends, though, just not on a weekend night – that place gets seriously crowded then!

After dinner we made a short drive up to Antioch to visit our favorite booze supplier, Antioch Liquors (nee Armanetti’s, and now apparently part of the Cardinal Liquors chain, though they haven’t changed their sign in over a year). We got a six pack of the Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale that I had at the bowling alley a few weeks ago; as I feared (and the stupidly low price was the tipoff) it’s an Anheuser-Busch product. The stuff from the tap was reasonably good, though, and at three bucks for the six pack, if it’s nasty at least I didn’t gamble much. We also got a bottle of Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka (giza is so doomed!) and a bottle of Aberlour a’bunadh (I’m so doomed!). I toyed with getting a bottle of the extremely tasty Stolichnya Elite, but we were already damaging our wallets enough, so we stopped there. From there it was back home for a boringly early bedtime.

Today has been somewhat busy but I’m really looking forward to tomorrow. After I leave work at 11, I’ll be picking up Dan at work then we’ll be hitting the road for Ann Arbor, Michigan and the Dorsai Thing, a nice little relaxacon. I have no idea what to expect, but I’m sure it’s going to be entertaining one way or another. I’m really looking forward to this because it’s been a while since we did any kind of a road trip (since last July, I think?) and I’ve been antsy to get out on the road again, even if it’s just a short jaunt over to Michigan. For those going to Congenial this weekend, I’m bummed that we won’t be able to make it and I hope that you all have a blast!

Things Don’t Always Go As Planned

Well, takaza and I were supposed to go away last weekend for a relaxing mini-vacation together, but after evaluating our finances we decided that it would be better to postpone that trip until April. So what did we do instead?

I got a last-minute call for help from wyldekyttin on Friday afternoon to lend a hand with moving on Saturday morning. I got up far too early and headed down to the Chicago to help out. I learned how to remove the seats from the Element (man, that’s easy!) and I was impressed just how much extra space that buys you. Because of the huge turnout of folks, I didn’t have to do too much heavy lifting (many hands, light work, etc.) , so it wasn’t an unpleasant experience at all. After dropping everything off, I headed back home and spent some quality time with my wonderful husband. Sorry, woodychitwn – I wish we could have made it to the party, but it sounds like you had more than enough fun without us. mirkowuff wound up crashing at our place for the night after he left Woody’s party.

Sunday was all about Midwest FurFest – first the Board meeting, then the staff meting immediately after. Both meetings went quickly, and there’s lots of good stuff on tap for 2007 and 2008 (yeah, we plan that far ahead!). We had a pleasant late lunch/early dinner with friends afterwards, then headed home. Dan napped a bit while I played some Okami (I’m just starting the final part of the game – maybe someday soon I’ll break this addiction!). We were mildly annoyed when the basketball games pushed the start of The Amazing Race back by 40 minutes, causing us to miss about 15 minutes in the middle of the show. Fortunately, we didn’t miss too much, it seems (mainly everyone attempting to get out of Johannesburg Airport), and I was more than satisfied with the results. I note that next week’s episode is two hours long. Yay!

I’m working long hours this week, coming in each day at 7 AM so I’ll be able to leave at 11:30 AM on Friday. We’ll be heading over to Ann Arbor, MI for the Dorsai Thing, which should be a new and different experience. Other than that, though, it should be a boring week.

Because This Needs to Be Publicized Everywhere

Precautionary Dog and Cat Food Recall
Menu Foods is recalling a huge number of dog and cat food products that have been tied to the deaths of nine cats and one dog and an unknown number of kidney-related illnesses. The recall applies specifically to “cuts and gravy” style products in pouches and cans. Menu Foods makes pet food products for a wide variety of companies, from Iams and Eukanuba to Publix and Schnucks. For a full list of the products being recalled, see the following links:
Dog Food Products
Cat Food Products

Ursa Major Award Voting Has Begun!

I’ve been slack about mentioning this: Voting for the 2006 Ursa Major Awards for Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Art is now open, and runs until midnight (PDT), April 14, 2007. the Ursa Majors website has the voting ballot with links to as many of the original works as possible. You can vote by either e-mail or snail mail. Check it out, and hey – maybe you’ll learn a bit more about our wacky fandom, too!

Hump Day Musings

Not a whole lot going on this week, and it’s really quite nice. With our Heroes on hiatus that has left us free to watch other good stuff like The Dresden Files (which, though technically set in Chicago, is actually shot in Toronto. Not quite as bad as Vancouver, which “looks like Boston, California”), and accumulated low-priority animation shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy. Tonight I think we’re going to check out the second episode of BBC America’s Robin Hood and the premiere of FX’s The Riches, which got rave reviews (and the idea of Eddie Izzard maintaining a strict American accent amuses me to no end).

Thanks to everyone who responded to yesterday’s call for help at AC. I’ll be in touch with you soon, trust me. We also need to have a little sit-down with roho to discuss the feasibility of point-of-sale software for Artists Alley; this is probably something for implementation in future years. Something like that could really streamline payout, but as has been noted in the past, what is it worth to knock twenty minutes off a 45-minute process that we do three times each year?

Yesterday’s weather was fabulous, just with the high just a hair over 70 and breezy. I opened up all the windows and aired the place out (and discovered a missing screen on one of the windows in the master bedroom). Relaxing in the living room with the breeze blowing was just lovely. Of course, because it’s Illinois in March, the weather today has taken a turn for the icky, with the temperature crashing down into the 30’s by tonight and a chance of rain and snow.

Finally, in case anyone missed it, the fursuit photos that nymphara took at Midwest FurFest are now available online. If you want a high-quality copy of any of the pcitures, just drop takaza a line.

Get into Anthrocon for free!*

* – There’s a small catch, of course. There’s always a catch.

Hi everyone! Remember me? Your old pal Uncle Duncan? (Hi, Uncle Duncan!)

Yes, it’s that time of year once again, the time where I look at Anthrocon rapidly approaching, look at the number of people I have available to work Artists Alley/Con Store, and completely freak out. Yay!

So, what’s involved? Mostly, it’s running a cash register and sorting little slips of paper. We also need help with artist payout at the end of the day (I usually need about ten people for this each day) and

can also use help in the cash handling room. Scheduled hours will never be earlier than 9:30 AM and never later than 6:30 PM.

What’s in it for you? Well, you’ll have a schedule in hand before the convention even starts so you know where you need to be when. As always, I’m willing to tailor your schedule around other stuff you want to do at the convention; that’s why you’re there, after all, and that comes first. Then there’s that whole “free admission” thing: Anthrocon requires at least fifteen hours (or more) of volunteer time for a complimentary admission. If you can only put in ten hours, that’s cool – you’ll at least get a free T-shirt out of the deal. And if you can only spare a couple of hours, that’s OK too – you’ll get a hug from me (if desired 🙂 and my undying gratitude (or baked goods after the convention, if local. We’ll talk).

Interested? Then please comment here or drop me a line at duncan AT wolfhusky DOT org  ASAP and I’ll add you to the list. Thanks!

NOTE: Even if you’ve already told me you’d be helping out, I’d appreciate it if you responded here. Anything to help jog my sieve-like memory 🙂

The Flashing Lights Are The Policeman’s Way Of Saying Hello

It’s Monday and man am I dragging. A nasty bout of insomnia last night had be up between 12:30 and 1:45, and when I did get to sleep it was pretty shallow and I kept waking up. I’m looking forward to 4:30 when I can head home and collapse.

I haven’t really done a substantial update in a week, so I guess I should look back over the last seven days.
Tuesday at the Meat Faucet!

Our House Is Now Fully Warmed!

Wow, what a weekend!

After a week of preparations and a morning of frantic cleaning, by 3 PM or so on Saturday we finally had the house ready for our Housewarming Party. I decided to commemorate that fact by taking the camera out and creating a virtual tour of our new home.

siriuswolfstar and simbalion showed up early, followed shortly after by roho, genet, and steviemaxwell (welcome back, Stevie!). Shortly thereafter followed a slew of other folks, and lots and lots of food, booze, sodas, and more food. For the entree, I made up about ten pounds of stuffed pork roast (see the following entry for this). We started things at about 5 PM and eventually kicked the last few folks out at 2 AM. We had a lot of fun, played games of Fluxx, Apples to Apples, and Lupus in Tabula, packed entirely too many people into our tiny living room, and everyone ate really, really well. Thanks to everyone who attended!

On Sunday, I woke up far too early at 7:30 AM and couldn’t get back to sleep. Unfortunately, the drapes in the master bedroom aren’t nearly as light-blocking as we had hoped, so we’re going to supplement them with some inexpensive blinds from Home Depot or someplace similar, the theory being that since the drapes will usually be closed, it doesn’t much matter what the blinds look like, so long as they block as much light as possible. Anyway, eventually we got everyone up and moving by noon and made the (short) pilgrimage up to Antioch to indulge in breakfast at my favorite diner in the area, Las Vegas. After an excellent meal, we dropped Sirius and Simba off at the train station and spent the remainder of the afternoon and into the evening hanging out at our place and watching TV with Roho and Genet. We caught up on a few episodes of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations”, “Dinner Impossible”, and the first episode of the BBC’s new Robin Hood series (great casting, great sets, crappy modern editing. At least they kept it to only one “You’ve got to be kidding me!” moment). Then, since they were there anyway, R&G stayed and watched the latest episode of “The Amazing Race” as well. It was a deliciously lazy and unproductive afternoon.

And now we have a new week. We have dinner engagements on Tuesday and Friday of this week, at a Brazilian steakhouse (note to self: don’t eat breakfast or lunch tomorrow) and at a new steakhouse in Wheeling. It’s gonna be a carnivorous kind of week!

I’m thinking that napping at my desk would be bad, but man I sure wish I could!

A meme from me? Good heavens!

Enough people have done this for me, I suppose I should return the favor:
1. I’ll respond with something random about you.
2. I’ll challenge you to try something.
3. I’ll pick a color that I associate with you. (that’s a bit silly, but whatever)
4. I’ll tell you something I like about you.
5. I’ll tell you my first/clearest memory of you.
6. I’ll tell you what animal you remind me of.
7. I’ll ask you something I’ve always wanted to ask you.