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Weekend in review--

Very full weekend! Whew!

Friday evening, my father came over to look at the house that I was talking about buying. He thinks I should definately pursue it--if I can get it for $100,000 or so. So that was an interesting discussion. I'm going to try for it--if I can get it, assuming the foundation's not shot, we should be able to turn a profit--if we decide we want to leave, it may not be possible to move much closer to Austin in three years...

Saturday...whew, crowded day! I had some errands to run that morning, Whines and I ran down South to do some work for my mother and pick up Monster Manual V. A little light shopping, I didn't purchase anything, then home for a few hours of cleaning, and a big--like 20 persons--furry gathering, board games and such. It was nice to see Butterfly again, she came to visit, and kept winning games...curses...Made a banana chocolate fondue, which was interesting enough, but it was so strongly semi-sweet that it wasn't much of a dessert, and there was no banana flavor in it to speak of. Erf.

Sunday--some errands at church, a little cleaning at home, then off to our D&D game to beat up on mind flayers! I think it would have been a little more horrific except the flayers lost their tactical advantage when everybody--mind flayers and PCs--got scattered magickally across the dungeon, and the PCs that were the most vulnerable got yanked away from any immediate danger.

Tonight, boiling-oil fondue, indian-style lamb with spiced yoghurt sauce and cucumber sauce :)

On the other paw, I managed to ruin the lamb already :( Dammit, now I have to get new lamb. Bad chef, no ungulate.

On a major high note, ipequey bought me a Speak & Math! The "Speak and Spell" toys are great finds for anyone interested in circuit bending--it's an easily-tampered-with speech synthesizer, in a convenient carrying case. It's even got the manual and box! I'm sure it'll be a piece of inert plastic when I get finished with it, I'm such crap at this electronics stuff, but it's a fun hobby. I've decided to back-burner that hobby until after Christmas, though, because it's not free (parts tend to run $30 or so per project), and I really need to keep saving money for a house! I'm not even buying game books right now, unless I can get them for store credit from my mom. So now I've got three casio keyboards, a small pile of weird 80's plastic toys, and now a speak & math calling to me...no, not literally...

Thank you SO much, Ip!!

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synj_munki
Jul. 30th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
you might check into the local market, but I remember you saying stuff about replacing floors... I for one enjoyed an apartment with stained concrete floors in the kitchen and living room (especially in the kitchen) and i thought they looked nice. for a while they were very popular w/ the local enviro-conscious folks, since once set they require very little care and are fairly environmentally-friendly..
plus, i'm currently in love w/ concrete countertops
(nice diy at http://www.instructables.com/id/ET8EG3YF4C511CU/ ) for something nicer than formica or tile but less expensive than silestne or granite.

..could be fun!..
spottylogic
Jul. 30th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking that I'd like a concrete floor, too. However, I can probably do a tiled floor myself, but there's no way in heck I can do a concrete floor. It's a very cottagy-looking house, so I think a nice cream-colored tile would work better than concrete, which looks better in a modern house, IMO.

I do love concrete floors, though, particularly with dogz!
synj_munki
Jul. 30th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
ah.

but i am in love w/ those countertops i found..
eris_star
Jul. 30th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
How's that list of herbs coming along?
spottylogic
Jul. 30th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
Heh. It's on my "to-do" list! Honestly, I'd be totally happy with mint, more mint, a few more kinds of mint. But so far as "things I most often need on a regular basis," I frequently need fresh basil, cilantro and parsely. That's pretty much the extent of my fresh-herb needs--though lemon grass might be a good one, if it's cultivatable.
eris_star
Jul. 30th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
All of those are easy and cheap.
spottylogic
Jul. 30th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Cheap is the best seasoning :)
kt_kat
Jul. 31st, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
http://www.scalzi.com/whatever/004492.html

I saw this recipe, and was reminded of the evil things you bake. :D

Glad to hear your party was cool, sorry we missed it but it sounded like a full house and I was tired from a busy day anyways. ^_^
spottylogic
Jul. 31st, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
*urp* Oh, my god, that looks nightmarish. Soooo rich and overpowering! Great name, though...

Yeesh, like a shoofly pie, but much stronger...

Next time, maybe we can steer away from the "everyone around one table" idea, and break up the space a little bit. But it was a pretty fun group of people. There's a fair bit more room in the house now, we've done some more reorganization.
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