Monday, June 30, 2008

The girls don't understand it, what you think is art.

Fun times this weekend included:
  • Celebrating Courtney's birthday with a delicious meal and ice cream cake. The only acceptable form of birthday cake after age 21 is ice cream cake. Period. Huge thank yous to the Andersons for feeding everyone, and for being the always consummate hosts.

  • Lots of walks with the dogs. Finn is getting so much bigger. Hopefully, she can start her puppy training classes this week.

  • Improvised dinner last night with stuff we had around the house (sort of): Sesame citrus broiled catfish fillets, creamed spinach, leftover asparagus and mushroom bread pudding and a home made blueberry buckle for dessert. Delicious! 
Also, Blizzard announced that Diablo III is in the works. Just when I thought I was out, they go and pull me back in... It probably won't be released for more than a year, so I've got plenty of time to not think about it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Play it by ear.

I live in the wrong climate - I'm much more suited to cooler weather than what we get around here come this time of year. I'm already tired of the heat, and it hasn't even really started yet.

The good news today is that I have a bunch of new CDs to listen to:

  • Fleet Foxes

  • Flight of the Conchords

  • Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs

  • Coldplay - Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends


I'm listening to Fleet Foxes right now, and it's really good. They sound like a cross between The Jayhawks and the softer Rilo Kiley stuff. I discovered them through Metacritic's music site, which is sort of like Rotten Tomatoes, only with music, in that it compliles an average score based on multiple review sources. Fleet Foxes was rated really high, and so far, it's not disappointing.

I should take this post to proclaim my newfound love of now-defunct Clem Snide. Tranquil, smart, melodic, clever and all-around feel goodness to just about everything they put out there. I can't recommend highly enough that you seek their catalogue out immediately. After you've done that, check out front man Eef Barzelay's solo work, the most recent of which, Lose Big, was released this month. I saw him open for Ben Folds a couple of times in April, and was mesmerized. We seriously considered driving to St. Louis to see him last Sunday, but a reality check named Finn barked in our general direction.

So many reasons to love.

Everyone needs to have hobbies.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Scene stealer.

Mr. Awesome took the camera out today and took some great shots of the Kauffman Foundation:





The section of Troost that this borders benefits so much from the building and grounds. This time of year the place is especially lovely.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday Feast: Spooky 13 edition.



Appetizer
Do you consider yourself to be an optimist or a pessimist?

I am definitely an optimist. I'm an ESFP personality, which is means I'm pretty much a Pollyana who tends to whistle through the graveyard, so to speak.

As a side note, while looking for that ESFP link above, I came across this:
There is an affinity of the INTJ "scientist" for the ESFP exciting entertainer. This type of mating, however, is so infrequent as to be a mere academic interest (the INTJ is a mere 1 percent of the population and, furthermore, rarely comes in contact with ESFP).

Mr. Awesome is an INTJ. I always knew we were special.

Soup
What is your favorite color of ink to write with?

I think blue first, followed by black. I really don't prefer to write with ink of other colors, as movement of the pen on paper never feels quite right. It's like the ink is dryer or something.

Salad
How often do you get a manicure or pedicure?  Do you do them yourself or go to a salon and pay for them?

I've never gotten a pedicure - I think I'm far too ticklish for that. I've only gotten manicures a handful (HA!) of times, and most of those I got from my mom, who does them professionally.

Incidentally, if anyone is interested in excellent manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing or massage, post a comment and you can get 10% off of my mom's services - she has a salon off of 75th and Mission road and is really, really good at what she does.

Main Course
Have you ever won anything online?  If so, what was it?

I won a lava lamp several years ago, and a mouse pad from Salon.com. I still use the mouse pad at home, but the lava lamp is in the garage somewhere. I also once won a book autographed by Ben and Jerry, but I lost it in one of many moves. That makes me sad. I have a co-worker who has won thousands of dollars worth of stuff online - she's really, really lucky.

Dessert
In which room in your house do you keep your home computer?

We have one permanently set up in the kitchen, and another in the family room. We also have several laptops that roam all over everywhere.

Friday, June 6, 2008

More Finn. No, this isn't getting old.

So yesterday, Roy had to go to the vet to get a tooth removed and have his teeth cleaned. He came back with better smelling breath, but pumped full of pain killers and so he wasn't quite himself. Instead of going for a walk, we sat in the kitchen and watched some of the second season of Veronica Mars while Finn played with some new toys and Roy relaxed:



We were a little concerned about how Finn would respond to tornadogeddon (which thankfully never happened) last night, but she actually slept the whole night through and didn't have to go outside until we got up this morning. We couldn't believe it, but she's full of (so far) pleasant surprises.

Roy was doing better this morning, so we went outside to walk around the house with Mr. Awesome and Finn.



All together now... "Awwww!"

Friday's Feast: Finn slept through the night and through the storm without an accident edition



Appetizer
When you drink soda/pop/coke, do you prefer to drink it from the bottle, a can, or after pouring it into a cup?

Hmmm... I don't drink much soda. I call it soda, by the way. Anywho, I guess I prefer to drink it from a glass so it isn't as fizzy. I'm not much for the fizzy.

Soup
What television show are you willing to stay up late to watch?

Thanks to DVR's, I don't have to stay up late to watch anything. I do end up staying up late occasionally to catch up on shows I've DVR'd, though.

Salad
Name one person, place, or thing you think of as brilliant.

Wow - what an interesting question. This could go so many directions. I have about a dozen or so books I could name (the first that came to mind was Love In the Time of Cholera, but then The Known World popped in... and there's A Confederacy of Dunces, and Frankenstein and The Love Song of J. Alfred Pufrock and I could go on all day), or songs (So much classical, but also Ray Charles, and Sinatra, and The Beatles, and David Byrne, and of course my love of Ben Folds plays in here somewhere). Mr. Awesome is brilliant. Finn is also brilliant.

Main Course
Would you be willing to work 4 10-hour days instead of 5 8-hour days in order to save gas?

I'd do that in a heartbeat, but not to save gas - that's what' the Prius is for. I'd like to have three day weekends every week.

Dessert
If you were a superhero, what would you call yourself?

I'd be The Literator - I'd fight for truth, justice, great literature and decent grammar. I'd fight against people who say "warsh" instead of wash and require all parents to read to their kids.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Updates forthcoming.

I have so much to blog about that it's a bit overwhelming. Here's the short version - long versions will come later.

We took a road trip to Virginia Beach last week, and also saw a couple of Ben Folds concerts. On the way home, we picked up a souviner.

Meet the newest member of our family - Finn:



She's a red merle Australian Shepherd, who is eight weeks old today. We are totally in love.