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Weekend report

Well... the week (finally) ended. Friday night was a wash. I was tired and crabby, so the quality time with roho didn't happen like I wanted it to. I just couldn't get myself into the mood to be romantic and cuddly.

Saturday, we tootled around running errands. I mailed off this random insurance check the Secretary of State had sent (Random, my ass. I bet everyone that's ever gotten a ticket for no proof of insurance in the vehicle got one), just to be sure it arrived within the 30 day requirement. Yes, I am paranoid about having my liscense revoked.

After that, we got dressed and puttered about town... we had a ton of stuff that we wanted to donate to Salvation Army, so toodled up to Gurnee only to find that the depot there was full. Sooo.. we scooted over to SAMs and did some grocery shopping... walked out with a lot more than I expected us to spend, but we're set for food for the next two to three weeks. After that we went to Cub Foods (they have proven to have a more reliable selection and cheaper prices than Jewel, so we figure we'll give them our business. Besides that, there's no stupid 'loyalty' cards. That alone won me over) and picked up the things we couldn't get at Sam's... Quaker rice cakes (mmm. chocolate), some tonic water, and a few other odds and ends for the homemade veggie soup I like to make.

After that, feren graced us with his presence, ostensibly to pick up his sun system we were storing and to show Bren the new MFF art show database, but really, I think, it was to help us lower the level of Bombay in the freezer. ;)

A relaxing evening was had by all, I think. We watched Robocop and Harry Potter (which Feren had never seen) and munched on pasta primavera and garlic cheese bread, cooked by Roho. Mmm. Ladies, there is nothing on earth like a man that can cook. Much gin and beer was consumed, and we all crashed around 11:30pm.

This morning was rather lazy and late.. Got up.. had some yogurt for breakfast while Bren fiddled with the Sun system.. then as Feren showed signs of life, plodded into the kitchen to start cleaning up the damage from the night before. About the time I finished that, it was time to start preparing lunch, so I threw together some fajitas, and the guys enjoyed Zim goodness while I read a book.

I managed to get some work done on my commission... it's going to be a fun one, and I think that if the purchaser doesn't like one of the ideas I had, I'm going to go ahead and finish it as a seperate piece... I just liked the way it turned out.

Anyway... that is my weekend in a nutshell. We still need to zip over to the library to replenish my book supply... I was going to check out the Harry Potter books and read those, but as I understand it, they aren't very large... and I go through books extremely fast as it is. Since the library we patronize has a restriction of 4 books per patron (we're out of it's service area), I believe I am going to go ahead and start rereading Jean Auel's Earth's Children series, in preparation for getting my paws on her latest book, Shelters of Stone. I also want to see if they have any Diana Gabaldon... as she recently released a 5th book, and I'd love to be able to borrow it from the library rather than shucking out the $30 for a hardback copy.

After the library, Bren is going to drop me off to babysit our laundry.. we decided it was time to go ahead and wash sheets and comforter... just to get the cat hair off if nothing else, and so, a visit to the laundromat is in order. I simply cannot wait for September. I am going to love that new apartment. Ohhh yes.

Lastly, we've been discussing weighty topics like where we want to settle down on a permanent basis. I believe we're both agreed that we want to move closer to Bren's parents, so we're looking at properties and houses in the Maine area. We won't be moving for another 5-6 years, but it's kind of fun to take a look and get an idea of prices and taxes for different areas. www.realtor.com is your friend. :>

I've also made the decision that I'm not going to go back to school until after the move. This way, I can concentrate on getting my truck paid off early, and... other more important things. I think that as soon as I have the clunker paid off, I'm going to go ahead and start saving for the car I want. I'll have the next two years to decide.

And now.. I think it's time for me to go get dressed, as the fennec is sitting neatly groomed and ready to go.


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Jun. 9th, 2002 06:48 pm (UTC)
Where to Live
Sorry to hear that the weekend didn't start off as pleasantly as you had hoped, but I'm glad you managed to squeeze in some fun time in the interim. (Like watching the Harry Potter movie!).

I hope your new apartment will have built-in laundry facilities!

Move to Rochester, New York! It's closer to Roho's parents in Maine, and it's closer to the bald iggle! I'm putting in my thoughts about where you and Roho should end up in 5-6 years from now. :>

Jun. 9th, 2002 06:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Where to Live
Actually we're going to be moving to the Portland, Maine area. Over the past couple of days we've been pricing properties and houses and such, and we're really optimistic about getting the perfect place. There seems to be a lot of places that have acreage and waterfront.. which would let us have horses and a boat. =)
Jun. 10th, 2002 06:40 am (UTC)
Maine? MAINE? What exciting stuff goes on in Maine? ;)
Lanakila re-reads the last line of your Live Journal again and smiles broadly atta well-dressed and neatly groomed fennecy. Heehee! Silly Roho. I’m imagining your mate to be dressed in a suit and tie, looking his absolute finest!

Then again, Roho is a snazzy dresser! Well groomed and well kept. ;)

I’ve drive through Maine once, on a family vacation a long time ago. I think of Maine as being famous for Stephen King’s novels. So much scary stuff occurs in a seldom talked about state! Be honest. When was the last time someone talked about Maine? You never hear about this state in the news! It’s just as popular as Rhode Island. :) Silly Maine!

But I am very glad to hear about your desire to own some property (preferably by the lakeside) where you can go boating on the water, and ride horses. Murrrr! I’ve done horse back riding (surprisingly enough) out of the country, in places like Cuba and Costa Rica. Nothing beats riding your horse on the beach. ;) Course I was rather sore when I rode that Cuban horse, and I learned afterwards that it’s better to wear jeans than to wear shorts! ;P Awksquawk!

Have a good working day today, Kestral!

Jun. 10th, 2002 06:43 am (UTC)
Re: Maine? MAINE? What exciting stuff goes on in Maine? ;)
Wearing shorts and riding a saddled horse is a proven recipe for chafing. ;) Bareback, it's actually not so bad, your thighs just get covered with sweaty horsehair. Sweatpants are another no-no.. especially if your saddle is smooth leather. Denim gets more of a grip, and you don't slide around as much. ;)

I'm definately hoping to kindle a love of horseback riding in Roho. ;)
Jun. 10th, 2002 09:24 am (UTC)
Horseback Riding (and Roho!)
Lanakila smiles kindly and head-bows to a more experienced horse-back rider!

Yes. That’s the word I was looking for. Chafing of the thighs when riding your saddled horse in nothing but shorts! Awk! I didn’t know any better, and the Cubans didn’t feel fit to advise me as to the appropriate clothing attire to wear when signing up for the horse-back riding at the hotel resort. (I made sure I was wearing pants when I went horse-back riding in Costa Rica, some 7 years after my first experience). I loved galloping on the horse and speeding with the beast (well, at a speed that I could manage. I wouldn’t be able to sprint the horse as if I was running a race!). ;)

I hope you can encourage Roho to mount a horse! ;) (With Roho being the extremely innocent foxy, I’m sure he won’t read into that). ;) I greatly enjoyed the horseback riding experience, and would love to do it again!

For all of my life, I’ve allowed mechanical and non-living things transport me to my destination, be it a bicycle, car, or airplane. Even in a horse-drawn wagon, you were still riding on top of the wagon, and not the horse. Going horse-back riding in the exotic tropical countries, I greatly enjoyed the feeling of having a living, breathing creature carrying me on its back as I toured the countryside. It was a wonderful and beautiful experience. If you’re successful in encouraging the Fennecy to go horse-back riding in Maine, I hope you would consider me for a horse-back riding outing! Of course, I’d need to take a refresher course to recall all the tricks needed to make your horse go forward, back, and side to side.

Excellent plans you have for Roho! I hope Maine really becomes a dream come true over the next few to several years.

Jun. 10th, 2002 07:09 am (UTC)
Was just up in Maine this weekend! One thing that I find interesting about Maine is there's no "big" cities that are typical of the East coast. We picked up Jon Roth in Portland and I got a quick "tour" of the city. Portland wouldn't be my first choice of cities, but it did have a quaint, though very "crowded" feel to it. Augusta seems to be the only other "city" in Maine we saw. There's not a whole lot there.

I don't think I could live in Maine, since as much as I wish to deny it, I've discovered there's a big chunk of city rat in me. I need to be within an hour or two of a major city. Nothing like that exists up there. Its more a "summer hideaway" place to me.

I'm not complaining though, you two would be a hell of alot closer if you lived there. :)
Jun. 10th, 2002 07:34 am (UTC)
And I've got the opposite ;) After spending 4 years living outside DC, and a few more with Chicago, I've decided that I really am more of a country fox. I feel most comfortable in a more rural setting, within easy reach of a small city. I guess that makes sense, since I grew up on the outskirts of Amherst...quite a quiet little community where I was, but 20 minutes from a major campustown.

As for Maine...yeah, not too many big cities ;) There's a couple other small ones (Bangor's a decentish size). But I think the whole aspect of the entire state being in one area code kinda' gives away how large it is ;)

And when we're living up there, you can come up and have a summer getaway whenever you like, as long as we can come down to Boston for a taste of the city ;)
Jun. 10th, 2002 09:28 am (UTC)
Country Living and AWK! - You're moving further away from da Bald Iggle! ;P
It takes about 9 hours to get to Chicago from Toronto. I think it takes about 12-13 hours to get to Maine. Awksquawk! Roho’s moving further away from Lanakila! Yeep! *fuzzles the fennecy*

I sympathize with your feelings about wanting to live in the country and away from the urban city centre. I’ve grown up in the suburbs and work in the city. Though I visit Mountsberg every weekend and get to enjoy what life is like out in the country, among trees, nature, wilderness, and the great outdoors. Maybe one day, I’ll pursue that desire about moving out to the country and living there. I’ll have my falcons, hawks and kestrels (er, not YOUR Kestrel ;) ) to fly on the wind. Well, maybe just one bird. ;) Gosh, how I would like to be a falconer! :>

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