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Weekend of July 27th - 29th, 2012 - What are your plans?

The Green Dragon

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Jul 26, 2012, 7:51pm Top

Starting this early in case we lose power.
Hopefully I won't be trying to get by without electricity once again.

What will you be doing?

Jul 26, 2012, 7:55pm Top

Nothing planned. We'll see what happenes!

Jul 26, 2012, 8:00pm Top

Cleaning house for the next two days because, OMG My Mother Is Coming!!

For crying out loud, I'm 62 years old. My mother will still love me in a messy house.

However, there are some things you just don't want your mother to know.

When she gets here, we are going to a nearby State Recreational Park for the Umpteenth (48th maybe?) Annual Victoria Springs Ham Fest. A yearly gathering of ham radio operators and their families. I've been going since I was somewhere around 15. My dad, my mother and my brother are or were all hams. Dad was one of the earliest hams involved with this Ham Fest, and all his old buddies are so glad to see Mom attend. I look forward to it every year - especially for the Sunday Steak Fry.

Jul 26, 2012, 8:17pm Top

Tonight (friday) I'm heading to a local car dealership after work to look at new cars! This is a very sad day for me, I love my Subaru but she's starting to cost me more than she's worth so time for a new car. It'll be a downgrade for me too even tho its newer, coz a new Subi is well out of my price range *sigh*... I really like the idea of a Mazda3 thats 3-5 years old, but mum says for that price range I should get a brand new Mazda2, I've never liked the look of the Mazda2 (they look like toys to me, not real cars) but apparently the new ones are nicer than the ones from the last few years so I'm going to look at them tonight & trying to keep an open mind...

Tomorrow I'm training up a new volunteer at The Cat Corner, here's hoping all the poop doesn't scare them off but we'll be making sure she see's just how yuck some of the work can be coz we only want people who are willing to deal with the yuck (poop) as well as the warm fuzzies (cuddles)... After that I'm going to try & find a place to clean my car properly so we get maximum trade in value...

Sunday mum said we're doing something to do with the car, but I'm not sure what, maybe a test drive if I like the Mazda2 tonight...

Jul 26, 2012, 8:24pm Top

I love my Toyota Camry. Would a used one be out of your price range, too?

Jul 26, 2012, 8:26pm Top

I want something smaller than a Camry - a Corolla is on the possibilities list, but I like the look of the Mazda3 better....

Jul 26, 2012, 8:31pm Top

I have nothing much planned this weekend except puttering about the house and yard. I need to pick the nanking cherries and do something with them - make juice, probably. Also the black currants.

Otherwise, just chores, reading, cat servitude, etc.

Jul 26, 2012, 8:32pm Top

Toyotas are extremely reliable..

Jul 26, 2012, 8:34pm Top

8> Agreed. I love my little Toyota Echo. They changed them a bit and re-named them the Yaris (at least in Canada) and those are even better.

Jul 26, 2012, 8:53pm Top

No plans right now other than I need to do some things around the house.

Jul 26, 2012, 10:12pm Top

I'm going to get up early (5:30) to watch the opening ceremony tomorrow, but it's likely the only bit of the Olympics I'll watch. Other than that, I have a presentation to write, classes to plan and a house to clean.

Jul 27, 2012, 12:09am Top

Was thinking about going away with my man, but something at work is rather precarious at the moment, so I better stick around in case it all blows up.

If I get to read and do not much at all, I'll be happy.

Jul 27, 2012, 4:49am Top

Going to see an amdram performance of Maskerade tonight, it's in our local 50s style theatre so the setting will be about right!

Tomorrow we're going into Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry which is always interesting in it's own way, for a special MakerFare exhinbition. A chance for local technologists to show off their home built robots etc. No real aidea what to expect.

Sunday shall be spent mowingthe lawn and reading I expect. And hiding from the games.

Jul 27, 2012, 8:53am Top

I was supposed to be going on a 15 mile hike with my walking group on Saturday, but managed to sprain something in my calf yesterday and can barely hobble. So instead I'll try and get myself to the Minor injuries unit and check that it's nothing serious. In the evening it's our choir party which should be nice - hope it's sunny so we can be outside.

Sunday I have morning and evening services to sing, and will laze around reading in between :-)

Jul 27, 2012, 9:47am Top

Seanie, I have a Mazda2 and love it. It's so small, hence very easy to park, yet with the hatchback, also very versatile - able to put large plants, pieces of (smaller) furniture, etc in the back. It's a fun drive.

The next couple of weeks are going to be very busy and fun for us. Tomorrow we're heading up to my sister's cottage for the weekend, where my other sister and her husband from California will be too. Visiting, sun, swimming and boating (and eating) are all on the agenda. Then California sister and hubby are coming to our place and we'll play tourist guide for a couple of days before heading out for niece's wedding next weekend.

Ensuite bathroom renovations are on-going as well. LOL.

Life seems rather messy, chaotic and totally enjoyable at the moment.

Jul 27, 2012, 10:04am Top

I am going to the theatre to see Sister Act in Cardiff (Wales) on Sunday. Otherwise, resting and participating in the ReadaThing.

Seanie - I used to have a Toyota Yaris and adored it - lovely car.
My current car is smaller again though - a Toyota IQ. If you mostly only carry yourself or 1 passenger it's very good - good petrol consumption and takes an astonishing amount in the boot / trunk.

Jul 27, 2012, 11:05am Top

I had a used toyota corolla (1991) and loved it. It got me everwhere with no problem

Jul 27, 2012, 2:53pm Top

My husband is planning 3 evenings of foodie meals. Tonight is tuna tataki, tomorrow night is Coquille St Jacques with white asparagus soup, Sunday is lamb cassoulet. I love it when he's in the mood to create in the kitchen! He does most of the cooking but sometimes he really feels like cooking.

He's going to try and talk his sister and her husband into chipping in for dinner tomorrow night and he'll pop open a couple bottles of wine he's been saving.

Maybe cards tomorrow night as well if we can get OH's brothers to join us. Cards were cancelled last week because both brothers weren't feeling well.

Weeding and reading and some cleaning (and convincing the kids to do the same) will round out my weekend.

Jul 27, 2012, 3:44pm Top

I would normally be going to dance class and board games tomorrow, but instead I'm going to a music festival with a good friend. Both days, actually. Plus I have another meetup tonight. It'll be a long, tiring, but very fun weekend.

Jul 27, 2012, 4:38pm Top

I seem to have an inner ear infection that's making me feel dizzy at random intervals and without warning. So I'm not going far or doing much. I plan to hunker down with some good Olympics watching.

Jul 27, 2012, 6:39pm Top

Meredy, sorry to hear that (oops, no pun intended! honest!).

Are you planning on getting some reading done as well? ;)

Jul 27, 2012, 7:26pm Top

Oh, yes, I'm doing that anyway. The doctor prescribed time and rest and mostly staying put. That's a reading recipe, all right! I finished Spring Heeled Jack last night and am now continuing with Possession after an interruption of about 4 weeks.

Jul 28, 2012, 6:20pm Top

#20 - :( No fun, I'm holding my thumbs for a fast recovery.
Some (16?) years ago I got a virus on the vestibulocochlear nerve (had to look that up, the name is much easier in Swedish, lol) - it was horrible.

Late Friday night we got home from our Legoland/Denmark trip. The first two days was ruined by my ulcer/gastritis (still waiting for my gastroscopy...), plus a vile headache, but on the whole it was a good trip. Stayed at a very nice hotel in Copenhagen - you never really know when booking - and Legoland was good fun :)

Today Saturday was mainly spent by the beach with a friend of our son and friend's dad, and then they had dinner with us. Relaxed and nice.
Son discovered Calvin and Hobbes but all my albums are in English except one... but seeing how much he laughed I immediately ordered one - the Swedish edition of Revenge of the babysat was his choice. And I did promise to buy him more if he liked that one.

Sunday is last day of vacation - these past four weeks just ran away!
We're off to my parents, son will spend some days with them as "fritids" is closed for one more week and as they have both been ill recently we're sparing them the trouble of coming and fetching him Monday morning. Even if son had preferred that - he's starting to think them boring.

(Fritids is daycare for school kids who are still too young to be left alone while the parents are at work; a kind of regulated semi-educational thing that the municipalities are legally bound to provide. Closely connected with school as it is the same kids in the same building /at least in most cases/ and with teachers that act as help-teachers during the regular semester. During the semester kids are in school between say 8 AM and 2:30 PM /depends on grade, older kids are in school until about 3 or 4 PM/ and then fritids takes over until a parent gets home from work).

Jul 28, 2012, 6:45pm Top

We call it after-school care, but you have to pay for it (about $60 a week, so I'm told - it's private, not government), run mostly by university students who need the work.

Jul 28, 2012, 6:56pm Top

23-24> we call it day camp. We have to pay, too. Most day camps last a week and then they have to do a different camp.When my kids were small I had a time table saying what camps they were booked into during the weeks their dad and I were working during the summer. They did science camp, engineering camp, sports camp, outdoor camp, photography camp, horse-riding camp, history camp (at Fort Edmonton and out at a local historic re-created Ukrainian village - not in the Ukraine, but how the Ukrainian settlers lived on the Canadian Prairies), zoo camp... I've forgotten all the kinds of camps they went to. Too long ago :)

Jul 28, 2012, 6:59pm Top

Does fritids mean 'free time'?

Jul 28, 2012, 7:17pm Top

Oh, it's not for free, and it is not compulsory. But for those of us who work it is a life-saver (here you need to be extremely well-paid to manage on one salary). We pay about US$122 per month, but it is regulated by law, and subsidised; you need a degree in teaching, corresponding to a bachelor's I think, to teach in "fritids" and they often complement ordinary school by reinforcing, in a more fun and not so school-like way, the things taught during the regular school-day. So it's not really a "camp" but a regulated and regular activity, going on for 48 weeks a year, 5 days a week.
The headmaster is responsible and the whole thing is co-planned with regular school.

Jul 28, 2012, 7:27pm Top

#26 - No, not really. It's short for "fritidshem" and the literal translation is as you suggest but in reality the "free time" is time not spent in regular school but also not at home or in any self-organised way - it is spent in "fritids" (some spell it "fritis" but I think that is too frivolous use of language, heh); bound by the Law of Education but not subject to grading - fritids should "help the students develop their research, experimental and practical skills".

Jul 28, 2012, 8:29pm Top

I am having a big 4 day weekend which is mostly dedicated to a marathon 3 day garage/yard sale. I'm up about $173 after Friday and Saturday selling. Am sending my old leather sofa off for a next life... and a bunch of other stuff, too. Who knew I could sell Starbucks cups for $2.50 each. They are too big for my hands. There are so many little things I can do without these days, glad to turn them into money. (more books)

I think tomorrow, last day, I will see if I can sell a few good books. Only those I've read, of course.

Then Monday I am free to clean up, do laundry, and rearrange the garage so that I can put my car into it. (I'm hoping to sell the big easy reading chair tomorrow, so then there'll be room in the garage). such an exciting life!!!!

Jul 29, 2012, 1:27am Top

I'm just back from a two-week wilderness paddling trip, it was wonderful! Yesterday and today I've been cleaning and drying all the gear I used and starting to get some work done around the house. My saskatoon berries are ripening and I have to start picking them, weed the garden, and cut the grass, too. The cats and Hamish were very glad to have me back.

Jul 29, 2012, 8:20am Top

welcome home, NorthernStar! Sounds like you had a great time!

Jul 29, 2012, 11:44am Top

Have spent the weekend chopping up various bits of meat and vegetables for cooking. Yesterday made a spicy minestrone soup which had me chopping and dicing a boat-load of veggies. Then there is the chicken salad chopping of bacon, celery, tomatoes, and shredding of chicken. Next up mixing up some cold summer porridge and making more iced coffee. We've got left overs in the fridge that we'll need to eat up, but spouse and I are both looking for fresh flavors.

I have also completed the first assigned "essay" (270-320 words) in the Coursera F/SF course. Honestly, it's a good thing I'm doing this for work because I can maintain my distance and objectivity a little more that way. Otherwise...well, just call it discouraging on many levels. The instructional objectives don't match my educational objectives.

I still have "work" work stuff to do. But I am about to embark on a 90-minute spell of reading, both for the ReadaThing and for the library discussion group. Then I'll sit down and do the "work" work.

Can you tell this is totally a low-key normal weekend? I am so *envious* of Busifer and her four week holiday (although I'm very sorry she was feeling ill during part of it.).

Jul 29, 2012, 7:33pm Top

Work on Friday, One Man Lord of the Rings on Saturday, and my choir sang for our host church this morning.

Jul 29, 2012, 9:09pm Top

OK! Three day marathon garage sale is over although the gentleman who purchased my sofa has not yet picked it up. Big debate: I like to go to bed really early and read... do I dare and will he show up ringing the doorbell? It stays light very late here this time of year and he could be here any time up to 10 pm, I'm guessing. And I usually like to be settling in for a good read at about 7 pm.

Well, I'll go sit on the bed in clothes and preteound I'm going to bed to read, I guess. The reading part will be real, and the going to the bed is real enough, I just won't "go to bed". If you know what I mean....

I do have a few more bucks in my pocket and that makes me smile, also, I have less stuff. yea!!!!

Jul 30, 2012, 3:51am Top

#34 - Good to hear you survived :)

Jul 30, 2012, 8:05am Top

Everyone's so busy...glad the yard sale went well and everyone else's activities. I got back from Ohio last night. Husband and I went out to spend the weekend with some friends and it was grand. Ate a little, drank a little, talked a little, laughed a lot. I'll see what I got out of the camera and post a shot or two.

Aug 1, 2012, 9:01am Top

Here's one...

Aug 1, 2012, 9:15am Top


I'd like to be there, right now, for a little break from city life

Aug 1, 2012, 9:20am Top

Beautiful photo. I've been to Ohio but it didn't look like that :-)

Aug 1, 2012, 12:30pm Top

yeah, a lot of it is corn and soy (ugh) and roadkill, but this area was nice.

Aug 1, 2012, 1:00pm Top

What area, Bookmarque? I was born in Cincinnati, but don't remember it.

Aug 1, 2012, 2:07pm Top

It's near Wooster.

Edited: Aug 1, 2012, 6:18pm Top

I've been in the area, a few years ago. We stayed overnight with friends in Dayton, then drove east past Massilon, so we must have passed Wooster.

Nice farm country. :)

Aug 1, 2012, 6:54pm Top

I like that area. Of course, that's where I went to college :)

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