Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Ah, long weekends :)

One of the hardest things for me is the fact that between January 1st and the end of May, the only paid holidays are those days--New Years Day, and then Memorial Day, whenever it falls near the end of May. That's a long stretch of working every day! Granted, I had a lot of vacation in March, but there's something about having a long weekend WITHOUT travel. :)

Our normal Saturday afternoon game was called off, so we did some running around and a lot of just chilling out. Sunday was Jeremy's not-a-birthday-barbeque, which our friends were kind enough to host for us. It ended up being a nice, small, low key party, which was wonderful. Everyone who showed up, save one person, was a gamer, and the non-gamer was plenty geeky to keep up with the rest of us. :)

We also made what sounds like a horrid atrocity, but ended up being "actually, it's not that bad. TM." Tangria. Yeah, it's what it sounds like. Sangria with Tang instead of orange juice. The recipe I ended up using was:

1 bottle of red wine (750 ml. Three Buck Chuck works GREAT for this.)
1 1/2 cups of Squirt soda (or another citrus-y soda)
2 cups of Tang
slices of oranges and lemons

Everyone was SO skeptical of this creation, so they would get their ice, pour a glass, and then say "actually, it's not that bad." Thaddeus added the "TM" (as in trademark) to the end of the catch phrase. :) As it turns out, if you let it sit for about 24 hours, it moves from "not that bad" to "hey, this is good!" Lesson learned. Make it a day ahead next time. :)

Yesterday was a day I had set aside to work in my studio, which ended up really being about 2 1/2 hours at the studio, retaking photos of some of my items (till the camera battery started running low), retagging some others, and generally getting ready for the Punk Rock Flea Market on Saturday, June 5th. I will have a mix of items from both of my shops, with some clearance prices on some items that I would like to phase out.

And then I went home, finished writing one story, and got another 200 words written on another. Yeah, it's big time writing month at Netherfield of the Northern Reaches... whee! :)

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