We had some Crate and Barrel gift cards that have been burning a hole for the last couple of years, so we went to the store in Burlington to pick up a new toy, then decided to get lunch and do some grocery shopping.
I blame chefmongoose. My future incessant cravings for bulgogi are all his fault. H-Mart is an asian grocery store. It's like Mitsuwa, but much larger, more varied, and much higher quality than the Chicago one we used to go to. And the food court. Ohhhh, the bulgogi. Excuse me, having a moment. Trust me, it was good. VERY good.
To our friends in Chicago that mourned Mitsuwa's decline, there's an H-Mart in Naperville. Worth checking out! (Avoid the sesame cracker samples if you're dieting. Just saying.)
Anyway, we gorged on tasty beefy goodness, then wandered the aisles. Two whole aisles of every type of soy sauce I could possibly imagine (and several I couldn't), gigantic bags of rice, the requisite wall of expensive rice cookers, and the people. Good God, the people.
roho and I have been talking about comfort zones, and as we ate lunch today I realized that I was majorly out of one of mine. Being Caucasian, I am not used to being the racial minority. It makes me VERY uncomfortable when I am in a huge crowd and the only other white face I see is sitting across the table from me slurping his miso soup. It gave me a lot to mentally chew on.
All in all, it was a pretty fun outing. We hit a local grocery store nearby for our other necessities, and had an absolutely lovely drive back down into the city. Tomorrow we kidnap a wallabutt and go to Costco, a little tapas, and some home organization projects. Possibly art? Roho gave me an idea for an adorable little 1-page comic.
All in all... it was a fantastic day, despite the rocky start. And we have pocky. All is good. <3
I was woken from a deep sleep while wearing earplugs by slamming doors. I then lay in bed for a half hour listening to various loud thumps, rattles, and a heavy tread moving up and down over our room. Note- I had not removed the earplugs, we have a computer in our bedroom, AND I had a fan going.
I give up trying to sleep for the night. I get that their apartment is likely hardwood, but... still. How can you slam a door at 5 fucking AM and not realize it's going to wake someone?
I think it may be time for us to have a chat with the landlord, and I can't help but wonder if this is why the previous tenants moved out.
I realize that night time is when you're awake and about, but we need to talk. The walls in this house are nice and thick, and I am guessing? That your assumption is that the floors are too. NOT. SO. Whatever it was you were doing last night- it sounded like bouncing a basketball, echoed loudly in our bedroom at 4:30am. You might notice, since it's dark outside, that the majority of the population is trying to sleep at this time of day.
SO. Kindly (and I say this with gritted teeth) cut it. the. fuck. out. Every night, you watch your television, talk, move furniture, drop something that BOUNCES with a loud plastic rattle, stomp through your place and slam doors. Show some fucking courtesy. We are quiet during the day, which is, I presume, when you're sleeping. I don't think it's asking too much to try and keep it done while we are trying to rest, since we, you know, WORK.
I know that you are related to the landlord. Therefore I have not stormed outside and stood on the doorbell to deliver this rant in person. But seriously, keep it up, I'll start sending you the bill for earplug replacement.
Dear cats, and I'm looking at YOU, Marcus.
See above. I swear, you guys wait til the neighbors are actually quiet to bug out and lose your little kitty minds. I am going on my third night of minimal sleep, and I'll tell you, I've had it. I realize that we went from 2000 sq feet of living space to a bit under 900. It's an adjustment, for all of us. Marcus, I know you're bored. If I can find a toy that you like, that you can play with and keep yourself entertained, honey I promise we'll buy it. But seriously? STOP with the 2am howling sessions.
Cailet- when Marcus is jumping you, seriously haul off and smack him. You have claws, he doesn't. This running around snarling, snorting and hissing is funny to him, and is going to get you in JUST as much trouble as he is with me. Mommy is tired of the bullshit. He wants to play. If you don't, tell him in no uncertain terms to back off. Also? Trying to get up into my face at night isn't going to fly. You want to stop being booted out of bed? Then quit trying to share my pillow. I'll get you your own.
All I want is a good night's sleep. Srsly.
Everything was fine. I'm still very ill; I spent several hours sleeping today. I feel like I've been sick for months (and I suppose in a way, I've been ill since January) and I'm so very tired.
Really queasy tonight. Taking it easy and curling up on the couch.
Quoting from their website, the Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to connecting the world through music by providing resources to musicians and their communities around the world.
"A decade ago a small group of documentary filmmakers set out with a dream to create a film rooted in the music of the streets. Not only has that dream been realized, it has blossomed into a global sensation called Playing For Change, a project including musicians of every level of renown, that has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.
While traveling the world filming and recording musicians, the crew became intimately involved with the music and people of each community they visited. Although many of these communities had limited resources and a modest standard of living, the people in them were full of generosity, warmth, and above all they were connected to each other by a common thread: music.
Out of these discoveries, the Playing For Change Foundation was born and made its mission to ensure that anyone with the desire to receive a music education would have the opportunity to do so. The Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to the fundamental idea that peace and change are possible through the universal language of music."
Music changed my life. It changes my life every day, it makes me smile, it makes me cry... it is beautiful and terrible and I do not want to think of a life without it.
You can purchase the Playing for Change mp3s from Amazon, or if you prefer a physical cd, they have that too.
I do highly recommend at least watching/listening on Youtube. Seeing the people making the music.. that's a big part of the magic, for me. Just in one song, you see women in India playing the sitar, a girl in Sligo playing the bodhran, a young man in Isreal playing the violin, guitarists in the Congo, drummers in Nepal. I admit, I start crying when I see the gentleman playing what looks like a fishbowl in Nazereth. (and Grandpa Eliot in the French Quarter in New Orleans. I know exactly where he's sitting) It's awesome, in the truest sense of the word.
I just finished reading two of the newer books by Dick Francis, sadly deceased last year. I began reading Francis around the same time I began reading Louis L'Amour, so about 25 years ago. I love Francis's books. They're somewhat predictable; told in first person, the main character is almost invariably male and has generally the same sort of personality. But it's a likeable personality, and the author manages to make the story different enough each time, and.. yeah. I like his stuff.
I wish I could find an author that was as prolific and wrote the same quality work. I am now back to slogging my way through Steven Brust's Taltos series, and.. it just isn't the same. Francis writes books that are difficult for me to put down, they are engaging and... yeah.
I'm not sure where I'm going with this. I love to read, and these days I find myself re-reading alot of things I've already read, because spending money on a new author so often leads to disappointment. Blugh.
I've plotted out the Big Meal for next weekend, and I've decided on the menu for the next time we manage to kidnap shadowstalkerw for the weekend.
Last weekend when we were house sitting, I made my first ever homemade french loaf, which I then turned into sinfully delicious garlic bread. I'll never buy another baguette again. Also, these Olive Garden commercials are driving me nuts. I find Olive Garden's food to be rather underwhelming, and I know the idea of puff pastry and cheese isn't a new one, but their sofatellis just sound so mouth-wateringly good, and are begging to be made at home.
So anyway. Yes. Very much not hungry, been slightly nauseous all day, but... watching Food Network and thinking about food. There is something wrong with me.
It's day 3 of settling in, and the sea of boxes is slowly ebbing away, making this place feel more and more like home. I had a couple of bad days of panic; 'this furniture won't fit our space, zomg what will we do', 'the basement is freaking scary!' but... I really REALLY love our new neighborhood, and I am swiftly coming to love our little apartment.
We have some small space fung shui artists in the family, so while we may be getting rid of other furniture pieces and replacing them with things that fit better, in the long run, I see us being incredibly happy here.
Today I walked to Davis Square and wandered around a little, did a little grocery shopping, and tonight will cook our first meal in our new place. We've discovered some utterly AMAZING restaurants (Redbones, Mike's, and Flatbread).
This is my first time living in a city, and thusfar... it's really really great.
My mother told me stories of her childhood in Oregon where she had been snowed in, and, of course, I have seen movies based in Alaska where people had to use snowmobiles and such to get around, but...
My plans for the day have changed. I am staying right where I am. Yes, that may hose up my timeline for the rest of the week, but I am most emphatically NOT going out until the roads are clear. (And all roads in Lake County were closed around 2:30am)
If you'd like to see some (sideways, sorry!) photos taken from my phone, check under the cut!
( Let it snow....! No, now take it back! )
Yesterday I discovered some deficiencies in my winter wardrobe that will be rectified when I reach Boston. Duncan gave me a balaclava, which helped, but I need a winter coat that doesn't invite Mr Wind to whip up under the bottom hem and up my sleeves, and a pair of leggings to layer under my jeans will keep ice from getting kicked up my thighs.
So, today looks to be pretty low-key. Tomorrow, I will have to clear the driveway at the old house enough for my cleaning crew to get in, but hopefully that won't take too many hours.
Stay warm, folks that are in storm bands. Be smart (and I'm looking at you, roho) and work from home if you can.
I'm sorry guys, but I've suddenly been the recipient of spam comments, and I don't want to deal with them. I did not have many people posting anonymously before (at least, deliberately), and if you were one of them, I do sincerely apologize.
We're moving to Boston. Well, roho is already in Boston, and is moving into our new digs today, I will be following, if all goes as planned, around the end of the month. He has a new job with a new company in a completely different industry, and we're very excited.
Today, a some very wonderful local friends are descending on our Illinois place and making furniture and other things disappear, and I cannot express my gratitude enough. You guys are wonderful!
I never realized how much it would suck having to stay by myself for a month, pack up a house and get it ready to sell. I really hope we never have to do this again.
In other news, while cleaning out the china hutch so it can go to its new home, I found a full bottle of cacacha. Caprinhas, here I come! :9
SO, for haikujaguar's coffee klatch (sp?) I am bringing the following:
Peanut Butter cookies
Chocolate Chip cookies (The best I have ever put in my mouth, omg)
Homemade challah with honey butter.
I am surprised at my own ambitiousness, but.. I daresay this is going to be a wonderful spread, since I know she is bringing her own stuff too. YUM!
And now to finish cleaning the house in preparation for guests.
I've been struggling with alot of things going on in my life right now, and just... haven't felt up to dealing with Livejournal.
I am hoping to return to the weekly posts soon. In the meantime, I have uploaded new art from Anthrocon.
Hope everyone is well.
quote of the day...
“Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.” --- Charles Dickens (1812-1870); novelist
current plans & projects...
I posted some of the artwork I did at the con this morning, this week I want to get all the pencils for outstanding commissions done, I need to do some paperwork and organizing, some housework that got neglected last week for obvious reasons, I need to send out some emails, put some artwork in the mail... it's going to be a busy week.
Art also posted on FurAffinity
Anthrocon went well, I had a good time. My panel was well attended, and while I feel like I stumbled alot, we had some good discussions about technique. I think it would probably be better to have a couple of different watercolor artists up there, so I'll be exploring that option for next time. I have not yet decided if I will run the panel at Midwest FurFest or not; I.. need some time to think about that.
We had a good 4th of July, attended a really stellar party, saw some lovely fireworks, it was a good time, and kept my mind occupied.
This week, I will be working on pencils for all outstanding commissions, getting my queue updated with all the work I brought home from the convention. I think I may not be spending too much time in the Alley at MFF, or if I do, it'll only be for work I can complete at the con. I hate to lose the opportunity for making sales, but I really need to get caught up with the workload I already have. I'll see how things stand as it gets closer in.
I will be attending the LAFF Summer Picnic; I will be playing sous chef for this year's MFF Chairman, takaza. It should be lots of fun, if you're local, be sure to RSVP, enjoy the food (FCN vs MFF Burger Cookoff!), and say hi.
I really want to rename that heading, but can't think of anything other than 'links'. Blergh.
Anyway, today's edition is music. I'm really into interesting and ethnic music, and I'm really into strategy games like Civilization IV. tarinfirepelt gave me this awesome link to one of the expansions' theme music. You can hear the main theme (which I could listen to for hours!) on YouTube.
I believe I have duncandahusky to thank for my obsession with Afro Celt Sound System. Their music combines African and Celtic melodies (as the name implies) and what is described as "epic extended soundscapes". I really love it for background music. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite piece, but I do particularly like Seed.
And that's it for me this week. Hope you guys have a great one!