Sunny Skies Forever

The weather took a turn for the gorgeous after being brutal for a good several months. Hence, Labor Day weekend was about getting out of the house and living life in the ghost towns of DC and Baltimore.  It seemed like almost everyone was away for the holiday.

Saturday, I went to Parkview Rec Center in the morning, and the usual kids were there. I played horsie (starring, of course, as the Horse), did some crafts, played tag, and held a fascinating conversation on all things Disney channel.Apparently, iCarly rules.

Source: Byterology

I promised to meet up with Angel, Claire, Chris, and Iris in Dupont so that’s where I went next. We had Firehook, strolled around a bit, then Claire, Angel, and I took the D6 back to Angel’s place. Great big piano on the first floor that’s apparently off limits, but the neighborhood is gorgeous and cute and filled with Georgetown students back for another school year. Claire headed back home, then Chris joined us and we all had quiet time with cupcakes. I left to catch a ride home, got a little lost and ended up walking down to M Street. New circulator bus between Georgetown and Dupont. And someone set off, like, five fireworks right across from the B&N right when I got there. Must have been in a summer party mood.

Source: Jeff and Gina Fisher

Sunday, spent the day arranging tickets and a person to go see the DC Shakespeare Theatre Company’s free Twelfth Night. Ended up taking Phil cuz he’d played Orsino in his fifth grade GT class.

Source: Shakespeare Theatre Company

It was hilarious with a very tongue in cheek Aguecheek, and an overabundant use of rose petals as a comedic prop and physical motif. Feste had a very fine singing voice and sense of timing. As he should. Also, it was interesting seeing faces that were famous enough to tease at the edges of my mind but not hit it over the head. My brother recognized someone who had been on 30 Rock. It was a weird moment of worlds crossing but probably only for me. Overall, another fine performance to add to the grand total of two live Shakespeare performances I’ve seen in my lifetime.

Source: Washington Life Magazine (different Viola)

Monday, Labor Day, was a totally chill sort of day. Went to Rockville Town Square, picked up Tracy, then metro-ed over to Bethesda to meet up with Chris and catch a ride to Baltimore. We wandered around Hampden, Mount Vernon, and Inner Harbor before picking up Iris (kidnapping her from studying histology) and getting dinner at Houlahan’s. Earlier, we’d had ice cream and fries for lunch at Cafe Hon and the entire weekend was just non-stop randomness. But in a great way, and with friends.

Source: Baltimore Examiner

Rest of the week looks to be gorgeous weather again, though a bit hotter, and I’ve got a to-do list the circumference of the Equator. Just finished with my Bookmarks craft, need to send it off.

Ready to tackle the two Autumn ATCs and the People Watching Story swaps. Also received my bookmark from the swap today, which was quite beautiful and put my bookmarks to shame. My swapper was big-hearted and also sent along some bits of epehemera and some ribbon. A very lovely and satisfying package to receive, overall. I just hope my swappee likes her package once it gets to her in Australia.


Healthy Schmealthy

Yesterday’s surprise birthday party went off without a hitch! It was kind of awesome.

He was totally befuddled the entire time, and when we ended up back at his place for the birthday party, we all had tons of fun just hanging around and playing games and eating food. We had mondo amounts of food, met some new people, and got to know some old friends better. Kudos to my co-conspirators, really. They totally pulled this shit together. Also, must learn to moderate the amount of times I use the word “awesome.” Mayhaps, time to move onto some other lingo or catchphrase?  Please complete that following phrase: “That is ___________.”  Bananaramas? Yowzers? Oy gevalt? Assa(Korean style!)?

It’s too bad that one of my favorite words ever, “lackadaisical,” hasn’t got a more positive connotation or a broader scope of meaning.

I should just give up my conversational crutches altogether. I believe I’ll try the novel idea of actually thinking about what I’d like to say before I utter any words.

So I’ve been having an entirely gross week with snot and cold sores and stupid uterus monthly special and such. My entire body is just so out of wack that I feel like the only thing I can do is eat healthily and start exercising and become an actually well-rounded human being instead of just sitting in front of a computer all day.  Of course, that involves that pesky little step of actually getting up and moving my limbs around.

Y’know what? I’m gonna go check out my brother’s friend’s bike right now and see if I can’t fix it up to ride around. Today seems like a biking around kind of day.

Swapbot Big Fat Envelope #5 package arrived yesterday!!!! Magical green envelope full of lovely goodness in the most random sort of way. I am certianly quite ready for any Halloween butterfly-related emergencies that might be coming my way. What a delightfully odd dichotomy of items to send. Thanks to my swapbotter, RaineyDay!

Now, time to finish off my package and send it off. Also, Julie’s birthday care package. 😀

Domo Arigato, Sister Swap-Bot-O!

I just dropped off two postcards and two letters for my two Swaps, Dear Soldier and I Love my Library!

My Dear Soldier letters ended up being ridiculously longer than I thought, which hopefully will be as awesome as a trip to the Chocolate Factory for my recipients. Or at least not as boring as a trip to the Prune Juice Bottling Factory. I think I put enough postage on these. The letters were kinda thick.

I really do love my library, so those postcards were easy fills. Especially since there’s only so much room on a postcard, so I couldn’t blather on about what kind of soup I’d had for dinner the other day. I pasted some stickers and my favorite superhero stamps on these. Just to give them some pizzazz (jazz hands!).

I’m going to wait to make sure my mail gets to its intended recipients, then sign up for some more swaps. This is totally as exciting as I thought it would be. 😀

It’s a Jungle out there!

Weeded the backyard today, which was a horror show and a half. I’d kind of let the garden grow wild, which ultimately led to weeds taller than me (seriously, seven foot weeds are scary) and insects who were none too happy I was ripping up their freaking McMansion of a weedpile.

They’ll get over it.

I ended up with five mosquito bites on my legs within fifteen minutes before I went back inside to change into long sleeve everything and look up one of those bug zapping force fields.

They’re totally real and really freaking scary. But awesome. And I know we’re supposed to love all of Earth’s children and all but I won’t deny I wept a tear of joy when I saw that mosquito go up in smoke.

Got the patio and garden cleared, so next it’s time to build a proper fence for the garden and hopefully a proper awning for the patio. We’ve got an old sofa that I’d love to waterproof and place on the patio so we can just grill and chill under the cooler summer night skies. I’m kind of annoyed that the I live in an area with so much light pollution and cloud cover ’cause I missed out on the Perseid meteor shower last week. Which is alright, it’ll be back next year, but I’d made plans last, last year to see it this year, and it just didn’t happen.

Source: Universe Today

Oh, well. On to the next set of meteor showers, which should be showing up in October.

On the Swapbot front, I’m totally excited beyond belief for my first two swaps. One is a postcard deal and the other is a letter-writing deal-i-o. I just hope that mine aren’t too amateurish or boring.

I’ve gotten them all written out. And I’m finally using the special edition superhero stamps Jules got me all those years ago.

The postcards are ready to be sent out tomorrow, and the letters will be ready by Thursday. I am so looking forward to receiving mail for the first time in forever. This is going to be amazing. 😀