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2012: retrospective [Dec. 31st, 2012|11:00 am]
[Current Location |Rookery]
[Current Mood |Reflective]
[Current Music |Sgt. Frog]

This year saw huge changes for me career-wise and a transplanting for our family.

In January, I gave my notice at a job that was making me miserable in exchange for a sweet gig that's been both great for me and where I've been very appreciated. Alas, I've had to move out of my home of 20 years, out of state and to a new location.

2012's winter was spent house hunting. Lots and lots of houses that were not right for one reason or another: we discovered that I'm the picky one when it comes to what will make a house. We put in one offer for a real nice place but the seller wasn't ready to negotiate on price. We finally picked out an eagle's nest of a home but it had gone into foreclosure while we were waiting on the bid of the first to be refused. While we waited for that house to come back onto the market, the pretty much perfect house came on the market and we pounced on it.

Spring was a whirlwind of dealing with purchasing the new house while coping with the passing of onecrazymother's father.

Summer found us with two mortgages and needing to move: Twenty years of stuff doesn't move very easily. Still, we've been settling down in the rookery (our WV home has been named) ever since. Part of the move was prepping the NJ house for putting it on the market.

This fall found me able to finally get a bit of a breath. Trips to NJ were becoming harsh for the family: we thought we'd camp in the NJ house as we worked on it, but an old home with none of your stuff in it was proving too melancholy. OCM had some realtors she had really clicked with and wanted me to interview them and, in the same spirit we had with the house hunt and feeling very tired of step four of the process (find a home, buy a home, move into a home then sell the old home), I surprised OCM by putting the house on the market in early October.

When Hurricane Sandy hit, the NJ house came through like a champ, because it is a remarkable sturdy little place, alas my BIL's house at the shore was hammered as was all of his wife's families places. So the NJ house became a shelter for several and re-dubbed "Adventure House" for the benefit of the little ones there and the sanity of my BIL and his amazing wife. We're now renting to them (courtesy of their flood insurance) and we've dropped the house off the market until we have some firmer idea of when my BIL will have another home to go to.

The whole shake-up has been tough on the family: they were not in a miserable position, things were just fine for them, and I've gone and uprooted them. I'm doing what I can to help, but it was OCM who was great at making connections with people. We've been working skype to stay in touch with some folks back in our NJ homeschooling community; I need to get talking with fings to see about possibly doing something similar for our Thursday night gaming.
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pickled peach mead [May. 26th, 2012|05:33 pm]
[Current Mood |accomplished]

The pickled peach mead is a successs. And I cannot imagine a better first tasting than to toast the memory of my father-in-law after his service. His loved ones all lifted a cup in his memory and agreed that the mead was worthy.
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Birthday [Apr. 22nd, 2011|07:22 am]
So, for my Birthday, I decided that I wanted to go into NYC to Dinosaur BBQ http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/locations/harlem/

I've been to the one in Rochester and in Syracuse and the food and atmosphere was great. I've wanted to go into the NYC location for a while (and now I see that they've got a Troy location so another trip may be in the planning).

In any case, Andre has already agree to meet us there at 4pm on Saturday, April 23rd (when I turn 46) and I will be making a reservation; if you're interested in meeting up for some fantastic BBQ with OneCrazyFamily let me know: I'll want to make a reservation to avoid a crazy long wait.
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Facebook Nobility [Jan. 12th, 2009|05:16 pm]
[Current Mood |amusedamused]

Been having some fun working on Facebook Nobility. I'm not sure how the game works fully, but it's a lot of fun. I've got 7 vassals so far, making me an Earl. I think one or two more vassals make me a Count. Anyone care to join me? Leave me a message and I'll invite you to my court.
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Thanksgiving Diner that Couldn't be Beat [Nov. 27th, 2008|03:14 pm]
[Current Mood |accomplished]

In order of preparation:

Pumpkin pieCollapse )

two of Mom's Apple PieCollapse )

McHourse D'ovuresCollapse )

TurkeyCollapse )

Roast CauliflowerCollapse )

Sausage Shroom ChopCollapse )

Cheesey creamed spinachCollapse )

Fresh cranberry sauceCollapse )

YamsCollapse )

Mashed TatersCollapse )

and much moreCollapse )

Being too damn full to barely move: priceless.

Have a happy thanksgiving all!
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Obligatory Political Post [Sep. 27th, 2008|08:43 am]
[Current Mood |Bitter]

So I watched the debate last night: I'm left with little more than loathing for both these clowns.

The little hope I've got left centers around the idea that we're likely to see the VP ascend and maybe one of these folks isn't very disastrous.

Please don't bombard me with your feelings about one or the other VP candidates. That's another thing that's pissing me off: I'm gonna get my "bomb the blogosphere" T-shirt and wear it all the time or something. See, I'm also pissed of at all the posturing that's surrounding politics these days.

I'm reading pierceheart talking about putting people up against the pockmarked wall (in his case, it's CEOs). I've read a bit on what happens in countries that pursue this sort of thing to even joke about it as I suspect he was. But the whole "gah there's evil afoot, we need a crusade!" sort of attitude (which is absolutely not contained to any one person's LJ rantings) makes me despair for the US far more than a failed bank, a bombed building or politicians broken promise.

I've tried to see how this era of hyper-partisanship can close, how that will dovetail in with prosperity around the world, and the numbers of boys of any nation who end up playing soldier for real: I don't see too much to hope for.
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Help me ID this bird [Jul. 15th, 2008|06:02 pm]
[Current Mood |curiouscurious]
[Current Music |Dear Possum - The Billies]

I found this fellow taking his final rest on the concrete near our garbage can. He was posed so well, composed and relaxed that if it weren't for the flies, I wouldn't be sure he was dead. I moved him to the grove on the North side of the house and that where I took these pics. But what kind of brid is he?

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(no subject) [Apr. 23rd, 2008|08:40 pm]
[Current Mood |pleasedpleased]
[Current Music |Tonight, She Comes.]

Happy Birthday moonchild_lnd!

And as today is my Birthday too, (That's how I can so consistantly remember hers) I thought I'd share how My evening's going. I'm having interruption free time on the computer listening to The Cars Anthology: Just What I needed a cool present from the family. I had pot roast with garlic and faux-tatoes (made from caulifower but it's actually damn tasty, really). Onecrazymother stuck a candle in the pot roast and taters on my plate and she and the kids sang Happy Birthday to me. :)

All In all, a good day.
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Anti-Virus [Oct. 14th, 2007|06:04 pm]
So, any one ahve any opinons on what anti virus I ought to have on the windows Vista thing?

We had AVG on the last one, when we got tired of Norton, which is what this one is pestering us for.
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Damnit! [Jul. 28th, 2007|07:17 pm]
[Current Mood |angryangry]

Went to the park for the George St Co-Op picnic and my cell phone/pda must have slipped out of it's holder and been stolen.

We called it a few times and someone answered but then kept hanging up, we got no coherent information from it.

I've reported it stolen and it's shut down now. But damn, I'm pissed, the last back up I did was on a computer I no longer have access to.

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