Friday Open Thread

Clever Manka, · Categories: Open Thread

It’s the weekend already/finally! I’m pretty excited about this weekend for a couple reasons I’ll detail in a comment. I hope you are coming into Friday with similar happy anticipation.

155 Responses to “Friday Open Thread”

  1. CleverManka says:

    The Burgomaster is out of town this weekend so I have the house to myself for Loud Music, Scented Candles, and Alone Time. Just the thought of 24 hours by myself not speaking a word aloud to another human being is filling me with delight and energy! Sunday I'm seeing my workBFF perform in a local production of Noises Off. I've not yet been to a production at the new (well, "new" since 2013) theater, and I gotta say it looks nice although after perusing their website for the first time today (to get that link), I'm gonna drop them a line about using the word "g*psy" in their "about" page. *sigh*

    Anybody here involved in community theater?

    • Kazoogrrl says:

      Oh, those 24 hours sound delicious!

      I've wanted to get into community theater, but can't add another thing right now. I do go to shows, especially for the Baltimore Rock Opera and Stillpoint Theater (musical productions).

      • CleverManka says:

        I'm so excited about those alone hours! Yesterday I was over the moon at having 48 hours to myself but then I remembered workBFF's play and that brought me down a bit, but a look at his precious faaaaaace is more than sufficient motivation to venture out into the world of Other People.

        If I ever do community theater it'll be limited to sets or costumes. My days of having the patience for rehearsals are over. At one time I think I would have been a good stage manager, but I have no time or energy for Delicate Liberal Egos anymore and I'm sure those are abundant in the local theater world.

        I'm very much looking forward to hanging with workBFF after the show is over and getting all the dirt. He's a playwright and wow have I heard some amaaaazing behind-the-scenes stories about productions he's done in New York and Chicago.

        • Flitworth says:

          workBFF is purty!

          • CleverManka says:

            Isn't he just? And he's hilarious. Our offices are right across from each other and we yell at each other from our desks when nobody else is around. I also text him snarky comments when he's conferencing with particularly asshole-ish students. TBH our relationship is a major factor in me not hating my job as much as I might.

          • Kazoogrrl says:

            I miss having excellent work BFFs/spouses, it really makes a job better.

        • Kazoogrrl says:

          Yeah, I'd sacrifice some alone time for that sweet smile.

          In HS I acted, directed, stage managed, constructed sets, and made costumes. I'd make a killer stage manager, and I'm a good but bossy director. By the time I got out HS, though, I had 4 years of back to back school shows plus summer stuff and I was BURNT. I'd like to get back into it in a low commitment way. We know tons of people who work in local theater in different aspects, and I know they are always looking for helpers.

          • CleverManka says:

            By the time I got out HS, though, I had 4 years of back to back school shows plus summer stuff and I was BURNT.

            HARD SAME, BB.

            I'm so glad people here find workBFF as charming as I do. Also, he's a Hufflepuff which just…of course he is. <3

          • Lee Thomson says:

            Hufflepuff REPRESENT!

            Community theater will cheerfully take any help you have to offer, and it is pretty gratifying. And your theory of working in ways that do not require rehearsals is – in general, in my area, the costumers are these subversive women who LOOK meek and mild but have hidden depths. The sets are built by amazing geezers who look at tool wielding young women with mixed delight and terror. Which is just to say – you can choose your associates.

          • CleverManka says:

            Thank you for the encouragement! I was shocked at how really really nice the theater was. I'm definitely going to look into crew options when I'm feeling better. The costumes they had on display in the lobby from the productions of Mary Poppins were amazing.

    • damngoodcoffee says:

      Oh yay! Enjoy the alone time/music/candles, sounds amazing. I really haven't been listening to music at all recently, and the weekend seems like the perfect time to just have it on as a constant presence.

    • Lynn says:

      I have seen Noises Off three times (one high school production and twice on Broadway) and it never fails to crack me up. I did community and school theater as a kid but much like the dance companies, the one drawback of living in NYC is that amateur productions have a much higher talent bar and are hard to find time for if you work a 9 to 5 because they just assume everyone is a struggling artist who works freelance/shift jobs.

      • CleverManka says:

        The first time I saw it (in high school, as part of a Thespian Club field trip to a local arts college) I laughed so hard I cried. I've never seen the movie because honestly I don't understand how it could possibly translate to screen.

        Never thought about that aspect of living in NYC but yeah, I bet it's pretty hard to get involved as a layperson!

    • jenavira says:

      Yeeeeeah alone time! I hope it is wonderful (and the play, too).

      • CleverManka says:

        OH IT WILL BE!

        Dinner plans involve a new chocolate chip cookie recipe from this cookbook and a bag of my new favorite potato chips. And the play will be their last performance, which is (at least in my experience) either fantastic or absolutely terrible and with this show, either works so win/win!

        • jenavira says:

          Okay, I need some of those potato chips, that sounds fantastic.

          • CleverManka says:

            They are, imo, the perfect middle ground between BBQ (sometimes too sweet) and Salt & Vinegar (sometimes too sour). The first time I tried them I ate the entire bag at one sitting. Cut my mouth to hell and I had to eat soft food the rest of the next day but #noregrets.

    • Heathered says:

      Super-enjoy that alone/down time! It can be so nice to really inhabit your space.

    • littleinfinity says:

      Yayyyy alone time! Glad you're getting to recharge!!

      Personally I always hate when J goes out of town… the only part of Eat Pray Love that I identified with (or, tbh, remember) was Gilbert's description of her attachment style as "somewhere between a golden retriever and a barnacle". IT ME. But life is a rich tapestry, etc.! I imagine it will be blissful!

      • CleverManka says:

        I always feel a teensy bit bad when the Burgomaster asks if I'll miss him and I'm like "will you be gone for more than a week?" but he's used to it by now. =D

        So far I've made a batch of sausage pancakes for freezing so we have breakfasts for the next couple weeks, and two loaves of banana bread. What a good day!

    • Doc_Paradise says:

      Enjoy the silence. 😀

  2. Flitworth says:

    >Peas are sprouting
    >Of the 7 or so asparagus plants from last year, we've got a total of 3 spears
    >The peach trees are blossoming but one plum and one apple are looking peaky and possibly dying (there were no peaches on the northeastern seaboard last year because of the early warm/late frost – we had literally nothing on any of our trees last year)
    >Gooseberry bushes have blossoms
    >Outdoor thyme, chives and sage have revived, outdoor rosemary died (but y tho?)
    >There's a surprise row of softneck garlic
    >How to tell the diff between hard- and soft-neck:
    Hardneck garlic's bit that grows above ground hardens when it dries out (which is when its ready to harvest) but softneck's just flop over (and look like all the weeds and grass you failed to clear out of the bed and therefore are never found – until next yr apparently).

    I should go sort out a required demolition permit (we want to have a barn razing for the collapsing shambles on our property, the back wall of which is Irish wallpaper) but I don't feel like doing a damned thing.

    • CleverManka says:

      My local gardening friend is having problems with her asparagus, too. =(

      Demolition permit ughghggggg Couldn't you just…wait for a big storm and then "discover" it had fallen down from the wind?

      • Flitworth says:

        Don't I wish! In retrospect, I think we've already done some things the town would Not Approve Of but it's too late. It's kind of amazing that you don't need permission to let things fall to ruin but you do to fix them, essentially.

        Anyways, the town incorporated in 1738 and has historical buildings (our house is significant but not in the historic district) so they don't want people tearing things down willy nilly. I guess it means at least no McMansions will replace nice old architecture, just metastasize into what used to be farm land (yells at clouds).

        I left a message asking the fire dept. if they wanted to burn it for practice and they never responded.

    • Kazoogrrl says:

      In awe of your food plants! My yard grows English Ivy, vinca, and a smattering of native bird and bee plants I'm trying to increase. It's too shady for fruits and veggies, but I do get by with some herbs in pots!

      • Flitworth says:

        We have poison ivy, trade ya 😉

        Shady gardens are a challenge. I'm not a fan of plugging in annuals every season but there aren't nearly as many good shade perennials. Hellebore is a nice shade perennial.

        I just learned about a Poison Garden in England and so am putting that on my to-do.

        • Kazoogrrl says:

          I've had that too! It's the one thing I use Round Up on, because I've been there, had that, and ended up with the steroid shots as a souvenir.

          Hostas. So many hostas! I do have one hellebore that did great this year. I also have a lot of non-spectacular natives that continue to plug away doing their thing: mayapple, foam flower, wild finger. I need to get some native ferns, and then manage the toad lily and sweet woodruff that are doing really well but threaten to take over one of the beds. The other bed I am slowly filling with asters, phlox, tickseed, Joe Pye weed, and monardas, it gets just enough sun.

        • Onymous says:

          >>"Children don’t care that aspirin comes from a bark of a tree. What’s really interesting is to know how a plant kills you, and how the patient dies, and what you feel like before you die."

          🙂 This lady knows what's up.

    • jenavira says:

      outdoor rosemary died (but y tho?)

      Because rosemary hates you and everything you stand for? I've never had one survive a winter. But then, I am Not A Plant Person, so I stand in awe of your garden, and everyone else's. 🙂

    • RoseCamelia says:

      Hooray for asparagus survivors. Maybe they will be good examples for the peaches. Sorry about your rosemary.

      When I was a teen, it was my job to cut back the rosemary bush that grew next to the gate to the back yard. It would crowd the gate opening if I didn't get after it. It was as tall as the house (ranch). And as wide as an SUV before each trimming. No one ever watered it.

      This was in Phoenix. Only five days of rain per year. I think rosemary has a clear preference for Dry and Hot.

    • Onymous says:

      >> outdoor rosemary died (but y tho?)

      baffling I mean one of rosemary's defining features is it's broad invincibility.

      • Flitworth says:

        I spent most of my life with a black thumb, honestly. And, at this stage, am basically succeeding only through volume.

        Speaking of volume, anyone want a f'ing spider plant? It was once a leaf in a paper cup from some hug-the-earth expo and now it is in three pots.

      • Kazoogrrl says:

        This is like me and mint. I think because it's known to be hardy I end up neglecting it too much and wipe it out.

  3. damngoodcoffee says:

    I got some depressing work-related news today, which I can't go into at the moment, but maybe next week. Suffice it to say my closest coworkers and I will be gchatting (our is it Google Hangouts now?) and taking coffee breaks v. frequently in the near future (but if anyone's wondering, the news isn't directly related to Team Lead, so thank goodness for small mercies).

    In other news- I've never read The Handmaid's Tale (it would depress me way to much rn), but even the preview/commercial for the show has really freaked me out. I think having Alexis Bledel on there, who everyone knows as Rory Gilmore, was a pretty genius move, b/c hers was the face I was most haunted by in that preview.

    Lazy, pleasant-weather weekend ahead of me, thank goodness. Lots of GBBO and rewatching Happy Endings and catching up on podcasts and reading. Also I will be attempting gluten free walnut-date bread, which I think will be really good.

    • Kazoogrrl says:

      I'm sorry about the work news, I hope communicating with coworkers helps.

      Handmaid's Tale: I've read it and in NO WAY will I watch the show. I'd probably catch fire from my internalized rage.

      • damngoodcoffee says:

        Thank you, and right? My colleague is watching it and I don't mind her telling me about it, but I definitely couldn't watch it myself, not during this administration.

    • CleverManka says:

      Ugh, that is so unfair that there's other, non-Team Lead-related unhappy work news. Boooooo.

      I read the book in the early 90s and it was bad enough, then. I can't imagine reading it now. And no, I won't be watching the TV version, either. I know it's important, but just…too much. Too much.

      • damngoodcoffee says:

        Re: work – Basically someone is leaving (with a great opportunity, which she heartily deserves) and TL will be soooooo smug about the whole gd thing and I'm kind of afraid my rage will cause me to spontaneously combust.

        I feel the same way about THT- I believe that it is important for some version of it to be shown now, and from what I hear, at least so far they're doing a good job, but I would stop sleeping entirely if I watched that now.

        • Flitworth says:

          Basically someone is leaving (with a great opportunity, which she heartily deserves)

          Can she take you with her?

          Maybe you should do something that gives you something to feel smug about so you can just deflect her smug? Like inject fox urine into the gap/door where car windows roll down.

          • damngoodcoffee says:

            Okay obviously I have not explored home depot enough b/c they sell a wider, stranger variety of things than I realized. 🙂

    • jenavira says:

      I'm sorry about your work-news. 🙁

      I'm with you on The Handmaid's Tale – I read the book a long time ago, in high school maybe, but I do not have it in me to watch the show right now. Much too depressing. (Although I am enjoying watching Black Twitter rolling their eyes at it and speculating about the murder spree of the Marthas. Mikki Kendall is threatening to write a version where the women quietly poison all the men and stage a coup, which I would enjoy the shit out of.)

      • damngoodcoffee says:

        I didn't know about the murder spree of the Marthas, I'll have to look that up, though (I totally don't mind being spoiled about any of it, as I really can't imagine watching). I would also enjoy a poisoning story, though, definitely.

        • jenavira says:

          It's been a while since I read it, but I don't think there is a murder spree of the Marthas – they're just saying that, look, if you give women all the control over healing-related tasks, and (in the book at least) if they're all WOC, in that circumstance – there's gonna be a murder spree.

          • damngoodcoffee says:

            Ahhh, okay I get it. V. true, and I would enjoy watching something like that. As it is, I could barely get through the trailer.

    • pseudonymica says:

      Margaret Atwood is one of my very favorite people and it irks me that they threw money into adapting one of her earlier works when they could have gone with something newer and more complex. Plus, I agree with a friend of mine who says we don't need to give Them any ideas.

      I've been feeling a kind of mechanical excitement to see it, but last night I had nightmares about trying to get somewhere to do so. I'm going to take that as my subconscious saying to stay away. Too depressing and terrifying.

  4. Lynn says:

    Short update: Unpacking continues and we are drowning in boxes. (Details in reply so people can skip if they are uninterested in logistics drama/absurdity.)

    But I am wearing a shirt and shoes I haven't seen in 8 weeks today and it is sunny out for the first time all week and we actually cooked dinner in our kitchen with our dishes last night. So things are improving rapidly.

    • Lynn says:

      So when the movers left on Tuesday (after filling our apartment with boxes), they gave boyfriend the impression that Wednesday was only going to be the delivery of some of our large furniture items that had to be assembled and/or were just too bulky to fit in. Then they showed up Wednesday morning with another full size moving fan full of those items *plus* another metric shit ton of boxes. Our third bedroom is roughly 800 cubic square feet and it was literally floor to ceiling, wall to wall, full, PLUS one wall of the hallway and our couch and half the second bedroom. And as I mentioned Wednesday, this is because the movers did things like devote a single floor lamp sized box to his pull up bar, and send our suitcases and other storage boxes along completely empty. (I mean I know they had to empty them to clean the contents, but why they didn't stick things back in them I don't understand.)

      I would type more but I just got interrupted because coworkers decided to fight me over half a foot of shelf space and now I'm pissed off.

      • jenavira says:

        …could you re-sell some boxes on Craigslist and get something out of them, at least? That is some outrageous packing shenanigans, though.

        • Lynn says:

          One of my coworkers is moving soon so I'm saving some boxes for her, and at least in this city the paper waste will get recycled. I kind of wonder if we should put a sign near our mailboxes inviting any neighbors that might be moving out this month to stop by and take some boxes.

      • Flitworth says:

        I would type more but I just got interrupted because coworkers decided to fight me over half a foot of shelf space and now I'm pissed off.

        I am envisioning you typing with one hand and swatting away people with the other or fending them off with something pointy.

        • CleverManka says:

          I love this image and I am carrying it with me for the rest of the day.

        • Lynn says:

          Heh, I wish. And these are normally coworkers I get along with, I totally don't understand why a "yes, I want to continue to keep that there" isn't enough for them. (And it's something I nominally am in charge of but exists to benefit them too, which makes it extra annoying.)

      • CleverManka says:

        the movers did things like devote a single floor lamp sized box to his pull up bar, and send our suitcases and other storage boxes along completely empty
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  5. vladazhael says:

    I started my day with the project management certification test I tossed on top of my stress mountain on a whim this week, and I am proud to say that I passed. 🙂 Band practice tonight, show tomorrow night, final push of packing this weekend, get keys and sign lease Monday, schlep stuff myself throughout the week, then real move Saturday. You know, no pressure. But roommate will be out of town for his girlfriend's (HAHAHAHA 23rd HAHAHA) birthday, and I am looking forward to some quality alone time with the dogs and whatever media I choose, at least when I'm not busy doing Band Stuff. Also this whole long-distance crush thing is just The Best and I'm officially counting days until I get to see him in person again (and so is he, which is fucking adorable).

  6. Kazoogrrl says:

    First up: HOLY SMOKES people! The Fury Road: Black and Chrome showing was SO GOOD! It really was a new experience of the film, which highlighted the emotional impact, and how the music worked with the visuals. It gave some of the scenes a very classic B&W movie look, with the effects feeling more contrived yet more cinematic, and there was one crowd shot early on that reminded me of the 1958 Tale of Two Cities. Plus seeing it again in a big theater with the sound vibrating in my chest was just tops. It is available on disc/rental, I recommend it if you're a fan of the movie. Also, I totally ended up crying multiple times.

    Tax refunds are in, so it's time to schedule all the cat medical stuff (Piglet needs a dental cleaning up he has a heart murmur so the vet wants an EKG blahblahblah *sets money on fire*). Before that, though, I'm buying a new set of sheets and setting some aside for travel and some aside for the "rewire the house electric" fund.

    And J and I are deep in talks about what color to paint our front door this summer, current winner from an informal FB poll is a deep teal/peacock blue, with the porch ceiling painted a paler haint blue. Other thoughts were deep wine red or a dark, muted harvest orange. We have a 100 year old four square with dark brown shingles and white trim, if anyone wants to weigh in.

  7. beaucoup1314 says:

    it is the end of the week for many people who hate their jobs. May I introduce a kindergarten class to you ?

  8. jenavira says:

    My executive function has been shot this week, all I want to do is eat ice cream and pick fights on twitter. (I've managed to avoid the second one so far, thank goodness.) (ps. I am attempting to reboot my twitter experience without my real-life professional identity tied to it, I am @j_quadrifrons, I would love to say hi if anyone else is on there.)

    This weekend, though, I'm going to the Alpaca Fiber Festival with my best friend, kind of a decompression from last week's Difficult Friend + Too Large Con, and it's indie bookstore day this Saturday so we'll be buying books and then maybe going to the all-night breakfast place for dinner, because they have a GREAT cocktail menu. So I'm focusing on getting through work today by looking forward to that.

  9. RoseCamelia says:

    Onymous, are you here? I saw something that reminded me of you:

  10. Onymous says:

    I made creamed peas and potatoes on Wednesday. You know how sometimes you make something you haven't eaten in a while and you're like "god damn it why do I even bother eating anything other than this"?

    yeah, that.

  11. Onymous says:

    It's kind of barely raining outside but I'm also pretty sure it's barely hailing outside too.
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  12. pseudonymica says:

    Warning, I'm feeling all the poor-me. I think I may have missed a week or two of visiting here because I was busy with pleasant activities, so it's not all bad.

    Right now, though. Just got home from visiting my parents. I broke my brain packing for the trip because I was being pressured to hurry and it's already hard to pack with a brain injury. Apparently my metacognitive abilities are in better shape than my simple cognitive functions because I wrote two pages about why it was an impossible task. No one seemed to understand.

    It was a good trip because I missed my family and wanted to see them, but my brain was a wreck – I felt like it was worse than a few months ago, for example, so everyone must have thought I was exaggerating.

    I thought I staved off my niece and nephew's nasty cold, but I woke up with it today. I'm freaking out about my complete lack of money so I agreed to house sit for a friend this weekend because she offered $100. I am severely allergic to her cat. Not like sneezy allergic, but lungs burning allergic. I plan to wear a surgical mask, use an asthma inhaler, dose up on benadryl, and be sick for a few days. Already being sick with a respiratory infection is going to make it worse, but her back yard is very nice so maybe I can hang out there a lot. I didn't remind her about my allergy because she was desperate for a house sitter and I was desperate for money. I don't know how I'm going to pay my rent in the days, but it's looking like asking my boyfriend's dad for a loan is the only option. My parents can't help right now. I'm in that rut when you've applied for disability and have a car accident case pending but have no idea when things will get better.

    So waaaaaaaa, cry. On the plus side, someone got my debit card info and tried to buy an $821 plane ticket but I don't have any money so the joke is on them! I take great comfort from that thought.

    • Flitworth says:

      That really sucks:( money issues are always crappy/fraught.

      Odd thought: Could you make use of some kind of internet tip jar where people who would buy you a beer if they were in physical proximity could drop in the price of a cocktail or w/e? I have a million crossed feels about how the failures and obligations of the government cross with the failures and obligations of community and the shift to online over proximal communities. It's all a mess. That said, I would buy you a beer or cocktail of your choice if such were reasonably possible.

      • pseudonymica says:

        The idea of a cocktail you just gave me already makes me feel better. I've been thinking of doing a blog about my recovery called Aesthetic Revival and I considered having a paypal tip jar kind of thing, but I really like the way you framed it as something a friend would do if we were in physical proximity. Even if I didn't get more than a few dollars, it helps to have another source of motivation to start that therapeutic project. Thank you!

      • Heathered says:

        Just seconding this as a great idea. It pings all my asking-for-help buttons. Would contribute.

    • Lynn says:

      Ah, that sucks, I'm so sorry. Definitely hang out in the backyard as much as possible!

    • Doc_Paradise says:

      Whoa that's shitty. Gold star for all the silver linings you managed to find in that. *hugs*

  13. Absotively says:

    Tonight I am finally going to check out the new location of my favourite comics (& now used books) shop. I'm going to their introverts' reading night.

    In Netrunner news, they just announced the format for some non-standard events, and it looks like it addresses a lot of problems with the standard format. So I decided to use that format for the next league I run, and I picked dates and made the announcement, which is good because I've been meaning to get another league started.

    • Kazoogrrl says:

      "I'm going to their introverts' reading night. "

      Oooo! I like this idea!

      • Absotively says:

        Right? It sounds great. The only drawbacks are that they often hold them on nights when I have other stuff, and also their new location takes longer to get to.

    • CleverManka says:

      I love the idea of Introvert Reading Night!

      • Absotively says:

        I am definitely looking forward to it.

        Partly because if I am at an introverts' reading night, then plainly I am *supposed* to be reading rather than doing any of the bazillion things on my to-do list, and therefor I am not slacking off.

  14. jenavira says:

    ughhhh my work computer died yesterday and I just got my replacement back and now I have to set up all my bookmarks and preferences again and ughhhhh

  15. Heathered says:

    Energy, where are you? I grabbed some groceries this morning and was excited to check in here, and have basically been in a waking coma all day. There are two events closing out poetry month this weekend, but maybe my strength all went with this haircut because I can't imagine sitting in a chair and listening to people. Hopefully it will get better. I'm finally reading "Just Kids" and holy hell is it wonderful.

  16. espriterrant says:

    *shyly tiptoes in* I was a long-term lurker on The Toast and fell adrift into the inter-sea when it ended. I knew about this site from the beginning but felt awkward joining the crowd (especially when I admired everyone so much!) when I never really commented. It's arguably more awkward now but oh well – is it too late for me to start hanging out here? I like books and cats!

  17. meat_lord says:

    Help me, everyone @——@ I decided to explain nonbinary stuff to some douchey skeptic in a comment thread and I am terrified to see whatever sneeringly dismissive crap they've probably posted in my response to my sincere, detailed explanation of my gender. Whyyyyyyy did I do that.

    • Doc_Paradise says:

      Being erased is awful. You matter and being nonbinary matters.

      But if that isn't enough… *innocently pushes the Big Red Button of Doom across the table to you*

    • espriterrant says:

      Oh nooo that sounds so uncomfortable. If it isn't too late, remember you owe them nothing and there's nothing wrong with backing out of the conversation if they're not wiling to be respectful.

    • CleverManka says:

      Ugghghghghghgh I hope things went okay.

      You are brilliant and amazing and they can just go fuck themselves.

    • RoseCamelia says:

      You don't have to see what they responded. You had something to say. You said it sincerely and carefully. Then you dropped the mic and walked away.

      And, you know this, you are fantastic. Who you are, how you present, how you express yourself. Fantastic. Everyone here is in your fan club. ::Toasthugs::

    • Flitworth says:

      FWIW: one of the reasons I am grateful to Manka for this space is that I am beyond thrilled to be sharing it with you and all the people sharing where they are on the continuum of sex/sexuality/gender/whatnot. If Douche Doucherson doesn't appreciate your time then F that whiskerbiscuit. Don't look back. There is no shame in leaving a thread from a place of sincerity.

    • meat_lord says:

      You are all the best and sweetest <3 I ended up not checking that thread again, as I knew I couldn't handle any nastiness.

  18. LaxMom says:

    Moving marathon part one (the big furniture, most of the stuff) has happened. Soo tired. No internet till monday so on phone. Teenboy seems happy. Drove Teengirl to maple festival to wander the town square with a buddy and eat sugar. Am trying to stay awake to go get her later.
    Still need to move random bedroom stuff out of three rooms, random living room junk, and all kitchen everything. And three bunnies. Plus–lacrosse game, downtown library event for boy, friend leaving on a jet plane, and tickets to Something Rotten on Sunday. At some point I have to do a bunch of homework. Ha ha ha ha ha!!
    Oh, ETA: won't have a kitchen or stove for two weeks, lol

    • CleverManka says:


      • LaxMom says:

        This morning I remembered I have an electric skillet I haven't packed up yet, under the kitchen sink. Also a microwave and a George foreman grill. I survived with three kids in a barn all summer with only that much, so I should be fine for a few weeks.

        • CleverManka says:

          WHEW! Glad to hear you've got some cooking resources!

        • Lee Thomson says:

          wait – all summer IN A BARN??? I are boggle. Utterly.

          although it sounds like the combo of grill, skillet and microwave should provide ways to heat a variety of foods for better than adequate nutrition.

          • LaxMom says:

            Well, it was the people barn. More like a large building with a sleeping loft and full bathroom that we crammed cooking stuff into, next to the pottery wheel and the tractor. And it was on a very close friend's property with lots of goats, so the kids were thrilled. Except for the crickets and ticks.
            Do not underestimate the determination of a woman intent on getting into grad school and the hell away from her ex. I just wish it had worked.

            PS we were cleaning up during the move and Teenboy found my Charlie card, and my mom started singing.

          • Lee Thomson says:

            right! I meant to play Charlie on the MTA for you, but your mom got to it…

  19. Doc_Paradise says:

    I was at the spa all day. I feel great.

  20. RoseCamelia says:

    My 12-year-old cousin saw me this week and commented on my newly colored hair. "Aunt Rose, I like your purpleness." I hugged her and tried not to cry about this week's anniversary of Prince's death.

  21. Lee Thomson says:

    Oh people I missed you.

    I went to visit my sainted mother, six hours north of me, so I drove all day Friday to get there, and all day Monday to get home, and we couldn't locate the wifi password while I was there so it was all radio silence and eating and talking to my mom, who is good company, and attempting to paint things while sitting and looking over Penobscot Bay.

    I want to nap all day today, because it was a long hard weekend, and is now a rainy Tuesday, but I got things I gotta do.

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