Weekend of March 30th - April 1st, 2012 - What are your plans?
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Tomorrow I will meet a lot of people from 'my' forum (= Dutch forum about fantasy books). We usually talk a lot, walk around, check out all the bookshops that we can find (standing in front of the fantasy shelves for hours, discussing ALL the books we can see, while smiling innocently at the people staring at us :-) ), talk some more, and have dinner together.
I have no special plans for sunday.
Ennas, that sounds like a lot of fun.
Dinner with a friend tonight, and we'll be planning a Whale Watching trip for later this spring. Tomorrow, breakfast with younger niece, and then her big sister will join us and we'll work on making more sense of my garage and other household "chores". I love those girls.
Sunday, I think I'll be resting. And reading, of course. Just started a huge book on Ben Franklin.
Sunday evening I'll be glued to the TV watching the first episode of season 2 : Game of Thrones!
Today I have a meeting. Sigh. Already getting ready for elections in August!
And I HAVE to work on Taxes. Double sigh.
A friend is coming up to London for the day on Saturday, so we're going to have lunch and then walk around the city looking for the giant Easter Eggs that have been placed in various public locations. THe ones I've seen already are very cool and beautifully decorated, so I'm looking forward to finding more. (They are sculptures made of fibreglass, not chocolate!)
Sunday is Palm Sunday so we have morning service that begins with a procession from the local shops to the church (about 1/2 mile), and also an evening service. We're a bit under-rehearsed for the latter, so fingers crossed!
Fertilize yard (boo!), weed the beds (boo!), edge the beds (boo!), work on taxes (boo!), edit some chapters (yeah!).
I wish I had more 'yeahs!' lined up for me...
Chocolate, Steam Engines and maybe beer... Yes although it's not Easter yet, it is time for the World famous, International Choclate Festival. Held in .... Ramsbottom. Of all places. It's a small suburb in north manchester for any of our World and International visitors who might possibly (how could they?) not have heard of it. Mixed mode transport to get to it - bus to the tram station, tram to the train stationa and Steam Train to the festival. ALl it needs is a boat to be perfect.
We went last year and were plesantly surprised hence the return this year. Plenty of 'grown-ups' chcoclate - posh truffles with exotic fillings, and also single estate chocolates at high 80%+ cocoa. These do taste very different from each other and miles apart from the blended normal dark chocolate you can buy in supermarkets. I'm hoping the beer tent will stock a variety of choclate ales, but I'll have to wait and see. Last year it was too suny and many of the chcocolates were melting. Thi year the forecast is for normal british weather - overcast and slightly chilly, so it won't be a such a problem.
On Saturday I'm getting a hair cut, hooray! It has been driving me nuts.
Other than that, I have no appointments or places to go. I will get in some exercise, do some spring garden clean-up, read some books, catalogue (not properly - just a list for eventual sale) some comics, do a bit of badly-needed housecleaning, potter with my grow-op (I have seedlings!), etc.
Oh, and taxes (echo rtkaelin's boo!).
Busy weekend for me:
Saturday morning we have a 'clean up day' at our church. The flower beds need weeding, and there are plenty of limbs and other items around that need to be picked up. Also, the 'handy' men will be doing whatever needs to be done with the plumbing, etc. Next week we'll be having revival services, and we want everything to look spiffy!
Saturday afternoon I'll probably do some yard work if I have any energy left: our vegetable garden has not yet been tilled and there are weeds in a lot of my flower beds. I also STILL have my taxes sitting there...can you tell I just don't want to do them?
And I hope to do some reading, too. :)
Sunday is our usual day of church in the am, chores and/or rest (READING!) in the afternoon, followed by our pm service.
It'll be busy, for sure!
I'm hoping for a quiet weekend to get some things done around the house. Saturday night is the last moonlight ski of the season, things are thawing, but there is still lots of snow in the forest. It will still be light when we start at the usual time of 7:30, but will be dark before we finish up around the fire. I'm not sure how many we will get out, as I know a few of the regulars won't be there. I'll have fun anyway, I love spring skiing, and I know that there are only a few weeks left now to ski.
Working, as usual. My first (this time around) night shift is Sunday and Monday. I am feeling like a slug lately. Don't know whether it's the weather or getting into this new sleep pattern. Probably both.
I had my weekend the last two days. Yesterday was my "night out" with my friend, only neither of us felt like driving or going to any of the movies in theaters right now. She came to my house bringing fantastic pork burritos, I made fantastic margaritas and we watched Benny and Joon. It was a lovely, comfy visit.
Puttering around tomorrow, starting on the post-winter (what there was of it) yard work...and on Sunday, going in to town to hear the Handel and Haydn Society's performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, which is going to be amazing, if the audio clip on their website is any indication. http://www.handelandhaydn.org/concerts/2011-2012/bach-st-matthew-passion
Still working on taxes. Still job searching. What I thought would be a good fit for me last week turned out to be the wrong thing, altogether. I probably shouldn't complain too much while my husband has a steady job. In the mean time, working out at the gym, and biking to the farmer's market on Sunday.
We're supposed to have a drippy, dreary Saturday so I think I'll be at home for most of tomorrow. But it is supposed to be sunny for Palm Sunday where we'll be in church in the morning and then hopefully make a trip out to the local arboretum.
As always, I'll be alternating between reading, cooking, knitting and maybe writing.
Aiming for a quiet weekend this weekend, and a possible zoo trip (it's time to renew my membership).
this week's image - a sheep silhouetted against the rising sun:
Sheep Silhouette by Scott Fisher
Other than that I might spend a little time looking at (but not purchasing) the new iPad... it's always nice to be tempted.
Cleaning. Today (and yesterday) major spring cleaning. But I think I might convince my DH that a trip to the cinema to see Hunger Games would be a good break and reward for all our hard work.
Tomorrow, a few more chores, then reading the rest of The Hunger Games trilogy, half way through book 2 now.
#7, reading fox. Hmmmmmm, chocolate festival, that sounds like my idea of heaven.
Tane, that is absolutely beautiful!
I'm leaving in a couple of hours to visit my son and his wife near Greenville, SC. I'm excited about seeing them, but not the 6.5 hour drive. I'm listening to Reamde by Neal Stephenson so that will keep me entertained on the drive up and back. I hope to use my camera a few times, too. :)
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Looks like I'll be cleaning, too. And watching the snow melt. :o( I can't believe we had at least two weeks of Summer weather, with highs in the upper 80s even, only to have it cool down and snow again. Welcome to the new and totally effed up weather pattern! (Courtesy of climate change.)
Love it, Tane!
We're hosting a family group birthday party potluck today, for people with birthdays in Feb, March and April. It's a gathering of my husband's huge extended family, the first time we've been able to gather everyone for ages. We're celebrating ten birthdays. The newest member of the family is our great-nephew who turns 1yo today. I couldn't resist; I got him two stuffy microbes. A chicken pox virus (because once you get the chicken pox you almost never get it again) and a white blood cell (just to make sure).
But first I need to get some studying done for the Technical Communications course I'm taking. I've gotten behind with the reading material so more studying tomorrow. It's wet and windy outside so the perfect weather for it.
Tane, love the sheep picture.
It's been raining here, so no clean up day, but I've been doing clean up in the house, and ran some errands.
I have a new member of the family: on a whim, I purchased a goldfish, and he's just waiting for the water temperature to become stable before I let him loose.
A friend suggested "Dagon" as a name, and I think it's entirely appropriate. Picture will be forthcoming (how silly...I'll be taking a picture of a goldfish in a bowl???).
I'll probably lie down for a 'rest' in a bit, after I release Dagon from his plastic bag.
And then, the kitties will be intrigued...
I had a great dinner out with friends last night. Drinks on a bar right out over the beach with a sea breeze, and then Indian in the backyard of a restaurant, lit by coloured lights. Great location, great food, great company.
A fantasy forum meet-up and book shopping, a chocolate festival, drinks over the beach with a sea breeze, followed by great food. All in the midst of wonderful company. Together we equal one lovely weekend. (Once the chores are done of course.)
Not going to or being at work.
That is, quite frankly, enough for me right now.
Had a sweet dinner with a grandson who is turning 21 on Monday. I bought him a Kindle Fire so we can talk books! He took me to a "belt sushi" place. First time. It was so much fun to watch the little sushi plates parade in front of me and asking me to "pick me, pick me"! Good stuff.
Just arrived in the cabin, up north, and it's still winter here. So we're out tobogganing in the snow and I foresee more of that for the rest of the weekend, not to mention WEEK - we're on Easter break, sans computer (if one doesn't count my iPhone, and I'm a bit ambivalent about that, lol).
Will be a good break :)
*goes green with chocolate envy* :P
On Friday I went to a friend's apartment and we watched Jekyll while drinking wine.
Last night I went to see The Hunger Games with a friend. I haven't read the books and I knew next to nothing about the plot, but I still enjoyed it. I loved the actress who played the main character (I'm forgetting her name right now, but it's the same one who played Mystique in X-Men: First Class, right?)
The story reminded me a bit of Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, and also of LOST. :D My friend mentioned Battle Royale, but I haven't seen that one.
We then went bar hopping with another friend in the old quarter of the city. Well, "hopping" was the idea, but I skipped out after the first bar because I wasn't feeling well...
...which brings me to today. I've been going through a rough patch lately, having roommate problems, and that's got me a bit down. It's an uncomfortable situation, but I'm hoping it will be resolved soon. (I don't want to go into details here. Maybe some other day in the depression thread...)
Because of that, I did nothing today but read, read, read. Stayed in my bedroom with the A/C on and just read. I did the same yesterday afternoon, too. My roommate and I are just avoiding each other... :(
At least I've got 1Q84 to finish. It's a huge book, so that's kept me company for a while... Also, I usually don't let my kitty into my bedroom, but these past couple of days I've let her in to play while I read. She's allowed to climb into bed with me but only onto the bedspread. She comforts me a lot. Blessed be the kitties! She made me laugh hard today with her antics...
Well, I'm going back to reading. :)
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