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Monday, March 29, 2010

Awesome Weekend

I started my weekend with errands that just couldn't get done mid-week. That's okay. It was fun to do a bit of shopping.

Next came sleeping in on Saturday and a walk to Linda's for Mexican breakfast. They have the best corn tortillas in the known universe. After breakfast came the yard work. It started simple: lay out the new soaker hose. But to do that, I had to move the stuff in the way. And to do that, I didn't want to do a half-assed job, so first I moved the pile of sand to the side yard, then moved the pavers on top of the sand. Then Erik helped me tote the weird old dog house out to the front for freecycle. Then I finally got the soaker hose laid out, but it was getting to late to take time to bury it. Meanwhile Erik weed-whacked the whole yard. Sadly, I broke the yard cart wheels with uneven ground and too much sand, so that will need to be repaired or replaced.

But we had to get going! David hosted a birthday soiree at Hanger One where we sampled a variety of their liquors and cocktails. We had:

  • Tasty Like Cheesecake
    featuring Aqua Perfecta Kirsch Eau de Vie
  • Thai Me Up
    featuring Hangar One Kaffir Lime Vodka
  • Pear Side Car
    featuring St. George Single Malt Whiskey
  • The Enlightened Cosmo
    featuring Qi White Tea Liqueur
  • Special - Coffee Liqueur
  • Root of All Evil
    featuring St. George Absinthe Verte

The new coffee liqueur was outstanding and the Qi White Tea Liqueur was a close second. Up til the absinthe, I wasn't feeling a thing, but the absinthe numbed my tongue and suddenly I was slurring like a drunkard. Oh well. Hooray for other drivers. We picked up the party and moved it to Forbidden Island to celebrate Elizabeth's 40th birthday just a little. When we got there, there was a bonus: Mice was sitting at the bar. I don't get to see enough of him, so that was a treat.

With something like six hours of drinking by the end of the night, we strolled back to Alex and Sherman's place for an early night and a good sleep. Sherman made pumpkin waffles in the morning for breakfast and then we headed out to tackle Sunday.

First, we braved Costco and came away with a lot of tomato sauce. They have the Classico Organic in 3-packs for $3 a jar. It's a great price for a very tasty sauce, but I don't like going to Costco often, so we got a lot. Next up, we got a push broom and a rubber mallet at Home Depot. Don't ask why a rubber mallet is so important, but all I can say is that there's been three occasions in recent memory where it would be the perfect tool for the job, and for want of a $5 mallet, other tools were abused.

Next up was the Ceili Picnic. Mackenzie came up with a brilliant idea here: lounge around with your friend in the park and get up and dance when the mood strikes. It's pretty awesome. We worked on Trip to the Cottage and some polka set figures. Erik got to learn my favorite dance and we figured out a few long lost polka figures.

The gang was breaking up and heading to Forbidden Island. Since we'd had our fill the night before, we headed homeward. En route we decided to stop at a nursery to look at things and ended up with two new fruit trees, a Fuji apple and a nectarine. We came home and I made dinner while Erik assembled a new bookcase. We finished the evening watching Night at the Museum 2 and Flash Forward while Leeloo played with the bag Fred had left on Thursday. Two huge eyes peering out of the black bag, with much pouncing and playing.

This morning, I just wanted to keep doing all that rather than returning to the far less satisfying tasks of the office, but I rousted myself from bed and headed into work. There's plenty to do, so I'm going to just keep chugging along until the next weekend. Next weekend is apparently the weekend of Steampunk with a Steampunk themed Friday Night Waltz and the Legion Fantastique PEERS Ball.

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