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As is our custom at the Murkworks, we had our annual Homeless Waifs Thanksgiving Day Turkeyfest, and this time around we had a very respectable turnout of 16 people, including children. Much obliged to userinfomamishka, userinfotechnoshaman, userinfomaellenkleth, userinfodpawtows, userinfoepawtows, userinfoypawtows, userinfocflute, userinfosksouth, userinfofredpdx, and Mimi’s friend Chad who all showed up to make a wonderful evening. Callie brought her stepchildren with her as well and they were charming little tykes and very happy to play with the various toys we had around the living room.

userinfoflashfire has been spending the week with us as well, and we’ve been doing various low-key amusements since he’s had to be on call for work, which means he doesn’t have too much time free. We have, however, had quite a bit of fun attending both the Battlestar Galactica and Harry Potter exhibits downtown; last night, too, we saw the new Harry Potter movie.

Friday afternoon was exhibits day. We wandered downtown and had lunch at the Dick’s not far from Big Fish, as it turned out. It was really kind of weird actually getting that food in a sit-down restaurant. userinfosolarbird was amused by overhearing a nearby child asking another child, “Y’gonna drink that ketchup?”

From there we wandered over to the Seattle center to hit the exhibits. We tried Potter first, only to be told that we wouldn’t get in any earlier than 6:30. So we bought tickets for that time slot and hit the Battlestar exhibit instead.

The BSG exhibit was super-tiny, but what it had rocked. There were several excellent costumes from both the old and new series, an assortment of props, and interesting little snippets of videos spaced around the area. We were happy to see some of Starbuck’s stuff in particular, since Dara and I do miss our crazy TV girlfriend Kara, even now. ;) The big draw for this exhibit though was hands down the two Vipers and the Cylon raider, full size! userinfosolarbird took oodles of pictures. They’ll be going up for viewing soon enough, as soon as she figures out where to put them, I expect (her Flickr account is full).

Since we had time to kill, and since we hadn’t actually explored the Experience Music Project part of the building, we wandered around through the rest of the place as well. That was kind of neat, especially the display about indie music history in Seattle. The huge exhibit on Jimi Hendrix didn’t mean as much to me just because I have no background with his music; plus, I think I was a bit nonplussed by the huge sculpture of instruments in the lobby. I couldn’t help thinking gosh look at all those instruments that aren’t getting played, although they did look cool, I must admit. And apparently, the sculpture is set to play at certain times, though we didn’t catch that part.

userinfosolarbird, userinfospazzkat, and userinfoflashfire also wandered through the Science Fiction Museum. I’d been in there before so opted not to look at that part; I wanted to check the swag shops and get me a Battlestar shirt, and also just see what else they had for sale. All in all a good way to kill time.

The Potter exhibit was doing mad crazy business, as you might expect on a holiday weekend, the first weekend following the opening of a Potter movie as well. It too was smallish, although bigger than the BSG exhibit. And unlike with the BSG exhibit, pictures were not allowed.

There were a whole lot of lovely costumes from the various movies: school uniforms and casual clothes for Harry, Hermione, and Ron; various teachers’ robes; Quidditch uniforms; and a lot of the Yule finery from Goblet of Fire. Those were neat, but I liked the set pieces better, such as the furniture from the Gryffindor dorms, Hagrid’s hut, and the big wardrobe and giant jack in the box from Prisoner of Azkaban. And there were props galore, including a Gryffindor notice board, a whole heck of a lot of Quidditch-themed props, and more. Big, big props though for the full-size figures of Buckbeak the hippogryph and a couple of the centaurs.

This of course leads nicely into talking about the movie. We did see Deathly Hallows last night, and since I never did get around to reading Book 7, now we’re getting into stretches of the story that are actually new to me (modulo the big best-known spoilers, which I am aware of at this point, yes). It was quite a bit different dealing with Harry, Hermione, and Ron outside the context of Hogwarts, and I rather liked that, even if the pacing of the movie could have used a bit of tweaking. Three words: too. Much. Camping.

(Paul in fact turned to us after the credits started rolling and said, “OH NO JOEL! CAMPING!”)

Dara noted and I agree with her that this is the first time that Voldemort and his followers really seem like a serious threat. The action scenes were certainly awesome, and I quite liked what we saw of the Malfoys and Bellatrix LeStrange. I must admit though that every time I see Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort I keep thinking “SAD MUPPET HAS NO NOSE!”

One more day of vacation tomorrow. We’re going to wander around Pike Place (and I am likely to do a fruit run with my marketboys), and then amble in the direction of I Heart for serious sushi goodness to send James home again on a tasty note.

Mirrored from annathepiper.org.

annathepiper: (Blue Hawaii Relaxing)

As is our custom at the Murkworks, we had our annual Homeless Waifs Thanksgiving Day Turkeyfest, and this time around we had a very respectable turnout of 16 people, including children. Much obliged to userinfomamishka, userinfotechnoshaman, userinfomaellenkleth, userinfodpawtows, userinfoepawtows, userinfoypawtows, userinfocflute, userinfosksouth, userinfofredpdx, and Mimi’s friend Chad who all showed up to make a wonderful evening. Callie brought her stepchildren with her as well and they were charming little tykes and very happy to play with the various toys we had around the living room.

userinfoflashfire has been spending the week with us as well, and we’ve been doing various low-key amusements since he’s had to be on call for work, which means he doesn’t have too much time free. We have, however, had quite a bit of fun attending both the Battlestar Galactica and Harry Potter exhibits downtown; last night, too, we saw the new Harry Potter movie.

Friday afternoon was exhibits day. We wandered downtown and had lunch at the Dick’s not far from Big Fish, as it turned out. It was really kind of weird actually getting that food in a sit-down restaurant. userinfosolarbird was amused by overhearing a nearby child asking another child, “Y’gonna drink that ketchup?”

From there we wandered over to the Seattle center to hit the exhibits. We tried Potter first, only to be told that we wouldn’t get in any earlier than 6:30. So we bought tickets for that time slot and hit the Battlestar exhibit instead.

The BSG exhibit was super-tiny, but what it had rocked. There were several excellent costumes from both the old and new series, an assortment of props, and interesting little snippets of videos spaced around the area. We were happy to see some of Starbuck’s stuff in particular, since Dara and I do miss our crazy TV girlfriend Kara, even now. ;) The big draw for this exhibit though was hands down the two Vipers and the Cylon raider, full size! userinfosolarbird took oodles of pictures. They’ll be going up for viewing soon enough, as soon as she figures out where to put them, I expect (her Flickr account is full).

Since we had time to kill, and since we hadn’t actually explored the Experience Music Project part of the building, we wandered around through the rest of the place as well. That was kind of neat, especially the display about indie music history in Seattle. The huge exhibit on Jimi Hendrix didn’t mean as much to me just because I have no background with his music; plus, I think I was a bit nonplussed by the huge sculpture of instruments in the lobby. I couldn’t help thinking gosh look at all those instruments that aren’t getting played, although they did look cool, I must admit. And apparently, the sculpture is set to play at certain times, though we didn’t catch that part.

userinfosolarbird, userinfospazzkat, and userinfoflashfire also wandered through the Science Fiction Museum. I’d been in there before so opted not to look at that part; I wanted to check the swag shops and get me a Battlestar shirt, and also just see what else they had for sale. All in all a good way to kill time.

The Potter exhibit was doing mad crazy business, as you might expect on a holiday weekend, the first weekend following the opening of a Potter movie as well. It too was smallish, although bigger than the BSG exhibit. And unlike with the BSG exhibit, pictures were not allowed.

There were a whole lot of lovely costumes from the various movies: school uniforms and casual clothes for Harry, Hermione, and Ron; various teachers’ robes; Quidditch uniforms; and a lot of the Yule finery from Goblet of Fire. Those were neat, but I liked the set pieces better, such as the furniture from the Gryffindor dorms, Hagrid’s hut, and the big wardrobe and giant jack in the box from Prisoner of Azkaban. And there were props galore, including a Gryffindor notice board, a whole heck of a lot of Quidditch-themed props, and more. Big, big props though for the full-size figures of Buckbeak the hippogryph and a couple of the centaurs.

This of course leads nicely into talking about the movie. We did see Deathly Hallows last night, and since I never did get around to reading Book 7, now we’re getting into stretches of the story that are actually new to me (modulo the big best-known spoilers, which I am aware of at this point, yes). It was quite a bit different dealing with Harry, Hermione, and Ron outside the context of Hogwarts, and I rather liked that, even if the pacing of the movie could have used a bit of tweaking. Three words: too. Much. Camping.

(Paul in fact turned to us after the credits started rolling and said, “OH NO JOEL! CAMPING!”)

Dara noted and I agree with her that this is the first time that Voldemort and his followers really seem like a serious threat. The action scenes were certainly awesome, and I quite liked what we saw of the Malfoys and Bellatrix LeStrange. I must admit though that every time I see Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort I keep thinking “SAD MUPPET HAS NO NOSE!”

One more day of vacation tomorrow. We’re going to wander around Pike Place (and I am likely to do a fruit run with my marketboys), and then amble in the direction of I Heart for serious sushi goodness to send James home again on a tasty note.

Mirrored from annathepiper.org.

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As I found out shortly after I yoinked this video off my iPhone, I didn’t actually manage to get proper footage of both of the cats closing in on this little guy… but I did at least get about a minute or so of the robot making cute noises.

So here it is, y’all, this little video snippet of the most unusual guest that came to Turkey Day at the Murk this year–and as it happens, this is the first video I’ve ever managed to take with the phone, too. Props to userinfodpawtows, userinfoepawtows, and userinfoypawtows for bringing him, and giving me a chance to get comfier with what my iPhone can do!

Cute, ain’t he? I was totally convinced the little guy looked like something that should be wandering around a Star Wars set. He even made R2-D2 noises. <3

Mirrored from annathepiper.org.

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As I found out shortly after I yoinked this video off my iPhone, I didn’t actually manage to get proper footage of both of the cats closing in on this little guy… but I did at least get about a minute or so of the robot making cute noises.

So here it is, y’all, this little video snippet of the most unusual guest that came to Turkey Day at the Murk this year–and as it happens, this is the first video I’ve ever managed to take with the phone, too. Props to userinfodpawtows, userinfoepawtows, and userinfoypawtows for bringing him, and giving me a chance to get comfier with what my iPhone can do!

Cute, ain’t he? I was totally convinced the little guy looked like something that should be wandering around a Star Wars set. He even made R2-D2 noises. <3

Mirrored from annathepiper.org.

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So we’re having us a lovely Turkey Day at the Murkworks tonight, and among other folks, we’ve got userinfoypawtows, userinfodpawtows, and userinfoepawtows as guests. They brought an extra friend this year, though. And Fred is NOT AMUSED!

Fred Vs. Robot

Fred Vs. Robot

There’ll also be video of both cats reacting to the robot as soon as I can figure out how to post it!

Mirrored from annathepiper.org.

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And since it was a four-day weekend, there's quite a bit of weekend to review!

Thursday: Day of Turkey, and as with previous years, we had the Murkworks Homeless Waifs Thanksgiving Day Turkeyfest. [livejournal.com profile] flashfire came up from California to join us, which was neat; he brought his XBox 360 with him and there was much gaming mileage. More locally, we had [livejournal.com profile] mamishka and [livejournal.com profile] marzipan_pig and [livejournal.com profile] sksouth and [livejournal.com profile] darthhellokitty and [livejournal.com profile] king_chiron and [livejournal.com profile] dpatows and [livejournal.com profile] epatows and [livejournal.com profile] ypatows. Much tasty food was consumed. Jenga was played, as was Wii Bowling and other assorted Wii games. Kittens were mightily admired. As was their rightful due!

Friday: Day of going to speak with my radiation oncologist, as previously posted. Aside from that, there was a lot of lying around going "zzzzzz".

Saturday: Day of going out to see American Gangster finally, along with the aforementioned [livejournal.com profile] darthhellokitty and [livejournal.com profile] king_chiron. [livejournal.com profile] mamishka had hoped to join us, but sadly was feeling poorly. The movie, however, kicked ass. It was on the long side, but I honestly can't think of a single bit that could be easily deleted since it's all vital data in there. The plot thread with Denzel Washington's character and the one with Russell Crowe's character are rather like two charging bulls closing in inevitably on one another until they collide with thunderous impact towards the end. Denzel put in a hell of a performance, flipping between dutiful son and loving husband to gangster with a frightening temper, and Russell was fabulous as always.

Saturday night, after I got back from the movie, we watched the BSG movie Razor on the Tivo. More on this in another post. ^_^

Sunday: Balancing the checkbook, oh joy oh glee, but there was also Jam! More on this, too, in another post. The Jam, that is, not the checkbook balancing.

Other general points of interest: I worked out with my boss this morning how to rearrange my schedule during my forthcoming radiation treatments. We agreed that I'd come in earlier than normal, which translates to "get to work by 8am". As I usually get in around 8:45, this means I'll have to get up 45 minutes earlier, too. Which means I have to get up at 6. Ugh. Here's hoping that it won't kick my ass too terribly much, both the earlier time for getting up and the radiation treatment in general.

The good news is, though, that I did work out how to get to Kirkland from downtown and then home again from Kirkland by bus. So I won't have to drive for any of it, yay. And I got updated FMLA paperwork into our HR department today, to cover all my bases in case the radiation fatigue I've heard about does actually kick my ass.

Meanwhile, the weather tonight has been atrocious, and I've been sneezing off and on all night. I had damn well better not be coming down with a cold, as right now is a perfectly godawful time for me to get sick. I'll be sucking on as many zinc lozenges as I can stand.

Miles since the 6th: 39.9
Miles out of Hobbiton: 2484.7
Miles out of Isengard: 691.7
Miles to Minas Tirith: 94.3
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And now, Ten Things I am Thankful For--A List by [livejournal.com profile] annathepiper:

  • My beloved [livejournal.com profile] solarbird, who goes all out every year to clean the house from top to bottom and to make a tasty bird.
  • A good house with fabulous housemates, where we can have good friends over to share good food.
  • My cat, even if she is a Difficult Cat. ;)
  • A steady job! And decent bus service that means I don't have to drive for my commute.
  • Decent health, even if sans thyroid.
  • Getting to live in the Pacific Northwest for any number of reasons.
  • The stories in my head.
  • Wonderful music to listen to and the instruments with which to try to even play it.
  • All my writer friends, both published and not yet so, who are an inspiration to keep at it. And all my beta readers who help me bang my stories into better shape.
  • My computer, which lets me combine so many of my interests!

I hope all of you out there who are celebrating the holiday today spend quality time with your loved ones, that your meals are tasty, and that your entire holiday weekend goes well!
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The annual Murkworks Homeless Waifs Thanksgiving Day Turkeyfest was a success! And also bigger than we've had it in a while, courtesy of having a good sixteen people show up. Attendance included the traditional core Murkworks of myself, [livejournal.com profile] solarbird, [livejournal.com profile] mamishka, and [livejournal.com profile] spazzkat; [livejournal.com profile] flashfire who is making it a personal tradition to come up and see us every year around now; [livejournal.com profile] kingchiron and [livejournal.com profile] darthhellokitty; Tony who had attended Mimi's pirate party and who brought his wife Ann with him; Liz, my LMP, who brought a couple of her boyfriends with her (Matt and [livejournal.com profile] pauldf); [livejournal.com profile] ssha who we finally got to see again, and who updated us on what's been going on with her medical situation; Fred from Jam, who quite delightfully is sporting a beard these days and who showed up in a denim kilt, and who brought his brother Chris with him (also wearing a kilt); and [livejournal.com profile] snout who I barely said two words to but I was sort of distracted!

Attractions of the evening included Mimi's traditional balloon animals, which went over very well as many of our attendees had not yet been introduced to the Balloon Animal Alien; several rounds of You Don't Know Jack, on which I got my ass soundly kicked, but on which I did at least manage to finish with a positive score after having a good round of luck with the Jack Attack round; several rounds of Bubble Crack (including what is fast becoming the annual face-off between Meems and James); a great deal of conversation; showing what's left of The Claw to [livejournal.com profile] pauldf; and my managing to squeeze out enough paragraphs to finish off Chapter 12.

As per usual we have scads of leftovers. As per unusual, however, several of us in the Murk have determined that we did not in fact eat nearly as much as we often do! We have a whole bunch of cookies left over.

Mmmmm. Cookies.

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