melaniesuzanne: (Me at SPWF2014 (by John T Riley))
December: This month has been filled with parties of various flavors. First there was Kerry and Jill's party, which was a fairly laid back affair. Then there was the cookie exchange party hosted my former neighbor Sam. She's been doing this for years and this was my first time for being able to attend. Oh my gracious, there were SO MANY cookies. I, myself, provided five dozen Lemon Crinkle Cookies. I don't know how big a hit they were with the others, but within my circle of friends they are like crack. (H/T to Kim for finding that recipe) Sadly, [ profile] rdhdsnippet and [ profile] scherzoid's solstice party was canceled due to illness, but since it was the same day as a DnD session, the beau and I stayed at James & Kim's with our buddies for a marathon game of Munchkin. The next day was another game of Munchkin at another friend's party. Wheeee!

A bittersweet gathering was the going-away party for some of the beau's friends. They're old SCA/gaming buddies of his and the wife of the couple landed her dream job on the west coast (which also happened to be their place of origin). I'd only just met them at the Labor Day party, but they're awfully good people and I'm sorry that I wasn't able to get to know them better. We drank beer and watched the Capitals stomp the tar out of the Blue Jay and reminisced about misspent youth.

On Christmas Eve, I dragged the beau out to look at some of the tackier light displays in Sterling. He pretends to be a curmudgeon about the holiday, but he enjoyed the kitsch and my enthusiasm. We also enjoyed a delicious dinner of honey-glazed ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and broccoli prepared by moiself and topped off with homemade pecan pie (also by moiself). We stayed up late watching "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" and "A Christmas Story", as you do.

Christmas morning dawned late and we skyped with my family as they tore open presents at my brother's home. It's the next best thing to being there. We had our own small gift exchange with me giving himself R2-D2 and C-3PO ornaments, a Cat-a-pult, an Itty Bitty Book of Kitties, and a Lego kart. He gifted me with a Lego movie set featuring WyldStyle, an adorable bike bag, reflective stars for my bike spokes, and a sterling mouse ring.

We spent the evening with his folks and family friends where we dined on more ham (I love ham at Christmastime), visited for ages, and tore into gifts. Tom and Lois were so thoughtful with the adorable stocking stuffers and gorgeous infinity scarf. I really wasn't expecting anything and that was incredibly sweet. They like me. :-)

And now, we come to New Year's Eve where I'm co-hosting a party with James, Kim and the beau (whose name is Sean, by the way). There will be delicious food, adult beverages, and a bevvy of games. I can't think of a better way to send off a great year and welcome in a shiny new one.

office tree 2014


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Saturday was my fortieth birthday and it was a busy, busy. I slept in, of course, and after dismantling the cemetery in the yard, I jumped on my bike and rode west. My plan was to ride forty miles for my fortieth year. I fell short by three and a half miles, unfortunately. But! I made a quick grocery stop on the way home and rode with fully loaded grocery panniers for the last couple of miles. That's got to count for something.

I was pretty tired when I got home but I eventually rallied enough to make a Seven (minus one) Layer Dip for [ profile] flonzy and [ profile] azpapillion's party. I rushed through my shower and ironing of my costume and took my time applying the sugar skull makeup. It took a full hour and because I am a doofus, I forgot to take photos. Bah.

The party itself was a TON of fun. Nearly everyone was in costume and looked fantastic. Flonzy spent all day slow roasting ribs and the BBQ was to. die. for. The side dishes were yummy and the cake that [ profile] carthew made for me received rave reviews for both looks and taste.

Cake! )

Sunday wasn't a good day. The pain that I'd been experiencing last week abated some on Saturday and came back with a vengeance Sunday morning. I woke up just after 3am and spent the next four hours crying on the sofa. It got so bad at 7am that I woke Scott -- who wasn't wearing his hearing aids and was on another floor -- with my sobbing. He bundled me up and took me to the ER where I got an antibiotic and a shot of dilaudid. I finally slept comfortably and he took a woozy me home. Mid-afternoon the pain was back and the prescribed percocet didn't touch it. We went back to the ER where another doctor ordered a CT which showed nothing physically wrong. I spent the rest of the day alternately wincing and crying. Good times.

Monday and Tuesday was the storm. I worked from home -- mostly because I wasn't going to drive on percocet -- and Scott was chased out of his office early afternoon on Monday. The power never flickered but the wind was pretty frightening. On Tuesday afternoon, I saw a neurologist who ran an EEG and a nerve test. Aside from a little carpal tunnel in my right wrist -- which I developed in my 20s -- the nerves seemed okay. He suggested I see an orthodontist to rule out my teeth causing the pain.

Wednesday was my day off. I set the ghosts back out in the yard and tree, added a few new elements, and carved pumpkins. Trick-or-treating started just after 6pm and wrapped up at 8:15pm. It was a really light night. Normally we have trick-or-treaters knocking on the door until almost 10pm. I was happy, though, to turn out the light at 9 and slip into PJs for a couple of hours before bed.

Today I'm back in the office and looking fabulous because this happened. )

And I love it!


Apr. 23rd, 2012 02:37 pm
melaniesuzanne: (Bike: rat)
A friend in Ashburn hosted a Girls Night In Friday night and, after checking the mileage from my house to hers, I decided to bike over. There were two route options: 1) 8.5 miles which was half bike trail and half not-so safe 35+ mph surface streets with no shoulders or sidewalks and 2) 10.8 miles which was almost all bike trails and 15-20 mph neighborhood streets. Being a big ol' chicken, I chose the longer route and enjoyed the relaxing ride up and down a twisty path to my friend's neighborhood with a basket and pannier full of my offerings for the evening's potluck.

I tried to go slow to keep from overheating and being all sweaty when I arrived, but I appear to be incapable of doing so. I'm hardly the fastest rider out there, but I can't stand riding slowly. Even on the single speed cruiser, I do a pretty good job of keeping up with Scott on his hybrid and keep fighting against the urge to get into a more aggressive posture on that upright bike. Competitive much? Oh yeah.

My girlfriends were shocked and amazed that I had ridden over. On the one hand, I felt pretty chuffed by their awe. On the other hand, it was only ten miles or so which, of course, made them even more awed. False modesty? Maybe... it's more like I enjoy the approval but I'm also embarrassed by it. It would be noble to say that riding my bike to a social engagement is no big deal and could be accomplished by any able-bodied person, especially considering the bike infrastructure that I am privileged to live near. But the reality is that in my circle of friends it is a big deal and my commuting and transporting by bike is amazing to them, if not also kind of kooky.

Now, I did punt on biking back home at midnight-thirty and rode home with a friend who keeps a bike rack in her trunk.


Feb. 9th, 2011 11:03 am
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[ profile] zipmeister and boyfriend are coming to visit in April. I'm pushing them towards visiting in mid-April so we can attend Marching Through Time and they can see what the reenacting biz is like. I have also promised a trip to the Udvar-Hazy Center since 1) I've never been and it's only ten minutes away from my house and b) Zippy's last visit to UHC was nearly seven years ago when the menfolk in the family spent the day of my wedding touring the Center to stay out of the womenfolk's hair. (They got the better end of that deal, I guarantee.) There will also be sushi and Legal's Seafood and perhaps even a trip into DC proper. Zippy still hasn't forgiven me for that forced march of twenty or so blocks from the Einstein memorial to the Capitol building where we then climbed lots and lots of stairs. Anyway, I don't know how many days they'll be in town yet, so I'll hold off on concrete planning until closer to the visit itself.

My mommy is visiting in March. She hasn't been up here since the wedding, and has seen the house only in photos and Skype calls. She's coming up for a long weekend. I think maybe we'll take one of those cruises down to Mount Vernon or something like that. The first time she visited DC, she dragged me into the Holocaust museum. I'll steer her towards something more cheerful this time around.
melaniesuzanne: (Merry Ratmas!)
2010 Daily Ornament Report - 1 down; located behind the comfy chair.

I've finished decorating. The trees are trimmed, the banister is bedecked with garland, and the stockings are hung with care. Now I just need to wrap gifts and stash them beneath the boughs (and hope like the dickens that Oreo will leave the presents alone!).

Yesterday was full of social engagements. I spent the afternoon in the company of SCAdian friends at Ponte Alto's "Meet Us Under the Bridge" event. It was a laid back affair with various musicians providing backdrop instrumental and vocal music as friends visited, played games, shopped the silent auction offerings, and noshed on the yummy dayboard offerings. I won the chess tournament. Of course, there were only two entrants and we were pretty evenly matched in skill, or lack thereof. [ profile] ballistabob said that we both showed flashes of brilliance, but neither Sian nor I recognized our flashes enough to follow through with any of our set ups. We decided to play best-two-out-of-three and the final game was a blood bath. I had my queen, a bishop, a rook, four pawns and my king against Sian's king. I told folks that I like to play with my food. :)

After racing home and dolling up, I headed over to Kerry and Jill's new home for their annual Christmas party. I love their house. Lakefront, three fireplaces, lots and lots of windows, it's so beautiful! Met some great people and did a fairly good job of sticking to the veggie tray. I did give in to a couple of coconut meringue cookies, though.

Hubbyfink was sadly unable to attend anything yesterday as he woke up with laryngitis. He sounds better today but isn't 100%. I'm feeling kind of warm, myself, but I'm not sure if I'm coming down with something or if my face is still inflamed from the microdermabrasion facial I had this morning. It wasn't a relaxing treatment by any stretch of the imagination. I'm hopeful that I'll see some improvement in my skin over the next few days. My complexion has been looking its worst since my teenage years over the past month or so. It may be time to make an appointment with an actual dermatologist.
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I have yet to do anything with that lightweight linen which is still hanging in my closet to keep the wrinkles at bay. Monday, I was too pooped to want to slave away in the craft room. Tuesday was an impromptu visit from [ profile] courtney_d_h and choir practice. Wednesday was my bi-weekly project call with the Aussie team. Tonight there will copious amounts of tequila in my system. Tomorrow night is the newcomers' meeting at [ profile] azpapillon and [ profile] flonzy's place where I will, hopefully, finish sewing the skirt of the pink gamurra I started, but didn't finish, for last year's Pennsic. That leaves much of Saturday and Sunday for working on camicie.

I don't know why I'm putting this project off aside from these will be my first camicie as opposed to a 14th/15th century English smock. I'm using Jen Thompson's design with bits of Artemisia Moltabocca's ideas mixed in for good measure. Honestly, it doesn't look that difficult. I'm putting it off for no good reason.

One of my "put-off sewing" projects is to repaint the pavilion's finials. They've been gold for several years, but I liked the red on the pavilion SO MUCH that I'm going to paint the finials to match. I might even paint the dogbones on my ropes red. We'll see.
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[ profile] wombatgirl was back in town this week and we made plans to go out for dinner on Tuesday. Bossman tried to derail those plans at 5:30p yesterday when he said we needed to talk with our guys in Sydney and asked if I was doing anything that night. I told him I had a friend from out of town visiting. "Does she like budgets?" he asked. Happily, I squirmed out of participating in an impromptu call and raced off to rescue WG from her hotel.

I'm fairly unfamiliar with locations inside the Beltway anymore so we headed back to my neck o' the woods and we dined at Mikaku Sushi Taro in Herndon. Everything was divine and the food gave [ profile] danabren's sushi joint a serious run on deliciousness. WG was brave enough to order the plum and mint rolls which were a surprising hit: salty plum mixed with a type of mint neither of us could identify (although, catnip kept springing to my mind). We managed to order almost the correct number of rolls this time and may have actually cleaned the beautifully appointed platter.

After dinner, I took her home so she could finally see the "Sauteed Mushroom" brown halls and pumpkin pie ("Hot Toddy") living room. She oohed and ahhed appreciatively in the craft room and snuggled against the remnants of my [ profile] duchesssimone linens. We've decided that our husbands were separated at birth and need to spend as much time as possible together at Pennsic. We've got our plans for spending time at Pennsic; I'm so excited to see her again in only 2-1/2 week's time! :)


Jan. 26th, 2009 10:14 am
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I had a jam-packed fun weekend, and I'm pretty much shattered by it. If ever I'd thought I might be an extrovert, this weekend confirmed that I'm definitely, absolutely not. Oh, everything went well: I had a grand time Friday night, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday; but being "on" for so long left me feeling hung-over and fragile. I'm working from home today so I don't have to be around people.

(Note from Saturday, [ profile] psalite has been well and truly enabled with BPAL perfumes. Ha ha. Coldie and I loaded her up with a dozen or so imp vials. Coldie and I also swapped imps and bottles between ourselves: my Knecht Ruprecht and Blue Moon 07 for her Chaos Theory IV: CDLXIX and Hexennacht 08. Sweet!)

It's the fiscal end of year for local exchequers and I spent much of the weekend cleaning reports for people. I'm kind of nervous that I've heard from so few; this week could be madness as procrastination catches up with folks.

There's a light covering of snow out front and we're supposed to get some showers or flurries later today and tomorrow. Wednesday looks like it'll be nasty weather-wise. I can't wait!


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