All Work And No Play....
I've been riding out every day this week on my steed here, and despite it being the Merry Month of May, nothing much has happened. Well, I am a bit fitter, and a bit better rider, but I was sort of hoping for more. Might be the leg wraps. Not sure the horses in the songs wore bright blue leg wraps, nor were they ridden by girls with lime green shirts and purple helmuts. If only we could DRESS right....
Jet came out today to help Hans with the tricky bits on my new screamed porch. (No, that's it's name now. Screamed Porch.) She is apparently some sort of Cat Whisperer, as I sure never have seen Mim do THIS before with anyone, including me. The Royals loved her too.
It was a long day, and as you can see, they got a lot done. The frames are all painted, and ready for their screaming. For both the porches. The deck still needs some staining but the stain is apparently Very Special also and has to be ordered before that can be done.
The door frames are both in, with the very special Bengal proof locks (We hope.) The Screams are going outside the railings, so the Bengals can have a little walkway all the way around. I still, you may notice, haven't found my couch, or indeed ANY patio furniture, but all in good time.
It's all very exciting, to see how much further along the project got today. I am hoping that tomorrow it might be nearly done, at least one of them, so we can see how the Bengals like their new rooms. There's not much more to do, and Hans certainly works diligently, keeping his mind of the work at hand. NOTHING distracts that man!
Maybe tomorrow I will show you how far we got on the Gardens...
Love and All Work and No Play,
wait, you have a hot tub? envy. i have hot tub envy,
You are clearly having no fun at all and really need a little joy in your life. ;-)
OMG, I have hot tub envy too!
I love those pictures..the facial expressions alone are priceless.
And I'm part of the hot tub envy crowd (I typed "crown" the first time...maybe I should have left it).
I think I have Scream Porch envy, too.
Gosh, Ms. Fabulous. You look so morose. And so does Jet.
Mim seems to be saying, "MINE!"
Of course I have a hot tub. One can't have a Spooky House without one...I NEED a hot tub. Stress and all you know...
Aleta, no. No fun at ALL.
Jet says if I get a grill she will bring me as many BLL's as will FIT in my hot tub.
Yes, we can clearly see how far they got and of course the whole couch/patio furniture part....
(she is awfully cute)
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i love the smell of hot tubs. well and the bath like quality of them. mmm hottubs.
and you are clearly having too much fun in these pictures. :)
so in winter, you will have ice scream porch. i slay myself lol.
I have a friend named Jett, but she spells it Jett.
Lexo, Crown works for me.
Adriadalen, yes. We were very sad, Jet and I. Hans too.
I have Scream Porch envy too and I am GETTING the Scream Porches. This will be so cool.
Aleta, This one might too. I have no idea. We didn't much WRITE...Jet. Jett. Could be either.
..and meant to say I love Jet/t's armband tatt.
Beez, I talked so much about the Scream Porch I didn't even GET to our Garden! Man, oh man. Glad you could see the progress tho....
Vampi, slay yourself TWICE!
(Very funny tho)
Well they are most surely not the same person and I was sorta trying to be funny... which is kinda hard to do in writing... just like knowing how to spell someone's name. Now I have confused myself.
Good night, sweet Fiends.
Thank Fod tomorrow is Friday. ;)
crazy, not sure why it posted twice. sorry ya'll.
i'm intrigued by the flexiness inthe last picture.
I must say the screen work on the porch is impressive...
Such a shame you did not have any fun, though, because if anyone deserves some, it's you.
Mim is a cuddly creature (far more than Venus). Or at least she was when she was a wee kitty, I hope this hasn't changed.
Must be my day for forgetting what I wanted to say, and having to post again...I LOVE the matching halter and leg wraps. Very spiffing. A post chock full of things to please the eye.
Hot tub with Jet. But of course!
Seriously, I have tub and porch envy. Some days I have snow envy. Others, sleep envy.
Just colour me green :)
But seriously, it all looks lovely and very much you. Look forward to seeing the garden next!
Hi Ticia! Have fun at Balticon....
(*ticky box, too*)
more tub-and-porch envy here! Hmm ..what with the bengal's liking water, are you going to be able to keep them out of the hot tub? or it it outside of the screened part?
Oh me too! Some of the hostels we stayed in in NZ had hot tubs - the greatest feeling of relief is sinking into one after spending a day climbing up a glacier! I imagine it's similar after a long horse ride!
I had an odd day yesterday, spent most of it being trained in procurement specifications, by such a sweet man that bore such a resemblance to GK Chesterton (on a smaller scale), then I met John Barrowman (from Torchwood) in a lift!
Hellie SQUEEEE John Barrowman *fans self* did you come over all fangirl?
I think I would have just gawped.
oh, poor poor Q! Hottubbing with BLL. It is sooo rough to be you.
One more day of work, when I will finish this grant proposal AND something else important. Then three days of no work, in which I will do (incredibly long list of things that might be suitable for three weeks, if I tried really hard).
John Barrowman?! Did you say hello? I think I would have been dithering trying to decide whether it was really him or not (I am very bad at recognising people..)
And being trained by a GKC-alike ould be a little surreal, too...
Your steed has rather scary eyes!
I did think about saying 'you're great in torchwood' or something of that ilk but decided against it. He was shopping with his parents so I didn't really want to bother him, but he did speak to me to ask if I knew where the ladies shoes dept was!
I must add, I did stand there thinking 'wow he is even more good looking off the telly!'
Would like to visit Screaming Porch someday. Looks far more interesting than secrets-closet. Not sure about hot tub, though. Am not particularly floatable.
Just promise you'll take a break every once in a while, Lorraine. That's a lot of hard work going on there.
One more day of stats and reports, then a three-day weekend! At long, long last. Like Phiala, I want to pack too much into it than three days will allow.
Lolrofls! I love this post. You so funny. :D I needed some funny this morning.
(And it's only proper for a Spooky House to have Screamed Porches.)
Want to see the garden! What is Beez planting out there?
Latest gov't regulation. I will not be able to check my work email from any non-gov't computer. And it's forbidden to use non-gov't email for gov't business.
So if I'm out of town and my technician has a question????
In other news, I will be purchasing Steve Earle tix this morning. Last time he was in town I didn't hear until it was sold out, so I signed up for the email list, and this time I KNOW.
He could phone you instead... (@phiala)
Nathalie, that depends entirely on what the question is. He certainly does call if necessary, but there are many time-critical items that require documents. "I will be on vacation that week, but can review the grant proposal anyway. Just email it to me. Oh wait... you can't. So sorry."
It is a stupid rule, and will make it harder to do the bits of my job that I actually care about.
Hi Aspphdeline! Yes, she DOES have scary eyes. It is a small consolation to me...Gives me hope.
The Bengals won't go in the hot tub, that part won't be screamed, and they will have their own fountains. Magic is getting one today too. Same kind.
Sadly, no three day weekend, but I expect parts of it will be a lot of fun. Gayle is coming to Garden today, don't THINK Beez is too. I'm not worried tho, there is PLENTY of gardening to go around.
And rock tonight. Just tonight tho, not Saturday. No riding out this morning, too hard if I have a show, I'd never make it.
Got a favor to ask. Could some fiend who has a free moment in about 6 hours (before 4:00 Central) remind me that I am supposed to walk home today? Do not accept my excuses. It's supposed to be nice out. I have my sun hat. I have comfortable shoes. No excuses. I've lived within walking distance of work for two months now and have yet to walk home from work. I don't have an accountability buddy here, and could really use a push.
Good rocking tonight! Five weeks and I can finally hear you rock!
that's a relief - I'm not sure that Bengals in the hot tub would be a good idea, at least for any humans who might be there at the same time!
Hope the gig, and gardening are both fun.
I hope that the bengals are the only ones doing the screaming, when they discover that the screens and locks are proof against them.
OSS, I walk every day, rain or shine. I gotta get to work, and once I'm there I gotta get home again.
I will try to remind you, but no guarantee I will remember myself.
These screams had BETTER be proof against them. They are only rated safe for dogs and cats tho...
OSS way to GO! You won't forget. And tell us, yes?
I really gots to go to work. Need to be back here when Gayle comes and I sort of forget when that IS exactly.
Someone remind me I have to rock tonight. No Sucking!!!!!!!!!!! Going to be a really great show. I am ready, and we only play the one night.
Quiche, are you *sure* it's a Spooky House and not a Spooky Water Park, Bengal Preserve and Day Spa? Looks like you & Jet were having Too Much Fun, with is only to be greatly recommended!
Happy weekend, everyone!
Oh, I won't forget. But I will come up with all kinds of reasons not to do it today. Just as I have done for the past two months. I keep going backwards on this "Fit by Forty" journey.
Ani, TOLD you I would have waterfalls....
OSS, bring yr Ipod. It's like this great time that is just you and the music, and nothing can get you for that time. It's just you. Work goes away, kind of melts, until you feel like you again.
Work WILL melt if I don't get my butt off the floor.
ok, now i have john barrowman envy.
now f i can only make it through 1 more day. then i only have some morning calls to deal with all weekend, but no work. huzzah. then 2 weeks of work, a week off while my friend from the netherlands visits, then work 3 days, then fiends!!!!!
(have i mentioned i'm excited?)
GET YOUR BUTT OFF THE FLOOR AND OUT OF THE HOUSE!
Sorry fo the screaming. That was your fiendly harassment service.
Rock it out, Quiche!
You slay me, Q!
Hooray for screamed porches. And Hot tubs. And "getting loads of work done".
box of ticks
Friendly harrassment services. Hmmm. What other services do we, Fiends that we are, provide for each other? Sympathy (and virtual tea/gin/chocolate/bacon, etc.,) encouragement, jokes, hilarious typos, inspiration (SEE! WANT!) and, er, other stuff. Amazing stories. Haiku.
I do not want le tub hot! It is redundant here. We have le Texas hot. I has the whirlpooly jets in my bathtub, which is nice because it's in the AIR CONDITIONING!
Since my muscles are still royally pissed-off at me for the workout session Wednesday, I may climb into said tub and try some hydrotherapy. I haz another session with Maria (Mistress Of Pain But Still A Nice Person) this afternoon! Aaargh! It's a good thing, I keep telling myself! The ability to walk is overrated, I tell myself! Help me, Fiends!
Tub sounds like an excellent idea. And a decontractant. Thinking of an alcoholic one here, if you can.
Oooh. That might make today's session more fun...
The screen is, once again, showing about half the post. No matter, I can tell this sounds like an interesting way to end the week.
Emily, I wonder if it's a browser conflict. Something similar happened to me a while ago, usually when the thread hit about 200 comments. Haven't seen that happen again since Dan worked whatever magic voodoo conjurings he did, though.what browser's on the computer there, and what version? (Not that I'll know what to do then, but someone else might.)
OSS! NO SLACKING! IT'S WALKIES FOR YOU. NOW.
(another fiendly announcement)
I had that problem on my home computer until I switched the screen resolution. It's under settings - control panel - display - and then the settings tab. Perhaps playing around with that will fix the problem. (I'm assuming you're at a public computer which may have been monkeyed with by the public)
Alas, two more hours of work. Then I hear and obey.
I might be in bed by then...
Thanks - it is a public computer, and probably has indeed been monkeyed with. It doesn't really bother me particularly, since at home the whole post always shows - except that at home the computer is slow enough that the website doesn't always work. Ah, library. Has it ever steered me wrong?
I am now trying to think of a time. I'll get back to you about that if I think of something.
Oh, I'm glad I'm not the only fiend who is usually in bed by 10:00. I was feeling like such an early bird. Then again, maybe I have the time difference wrong. Are you 6 hours ahead of U.S. Central, or more?
Seven hours away from Lorraine. It is now 21:36.
Ah, good to know. The time zone map in my calendar is hard to read.
I like to be in bed by ten, but often am not, thanks to a house full of young boys. I do try, though, and normally fall asleep before ten thirty. Yes, yes, I know, I sound like a square.
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Build it and they* will come.
* = patio furniture and couch. ;-)
I am screaming for a screamed in porch with a hot tub.
Btw, I sent off my thesis today! Yeah me!
P.S. I'm so tired of making typos. I really need glasses. My eye appointment is tomorrow. Perhaps the world will be a little less blurry...one can only hope!
Been to work and now am back for a couple hours. Loving this week of flex time!
Gayle AND Beez have turned into garden DEMONS and have shooed me away and are making Plans for my garden. They look at me sadly from time to time, as if to say poor girl, just LOOK what she has done to this place.
Mim's porch is done! I now have one screamed porch and a new angel fountain on Magic's which will be done SOON. It's not as big as the other fountain, but it cost half as much and the porch is a lot smaller, so I think it will work for the guy.
It's pretty bizzare. I'll take pics.
YOU have a thesis in, Erin, you will get a Scream porch and hot tub soon! It works like that you know.
Erin! Congrats! What's your topic?
Q, I'm not sure, exactly: I was not rewarded for my thesi with hot tubs or scream porches. I do however have a courtyard, so I suppose it's okay. :)
Oh, and OSS, got your walking shoes to hand? There will be no backing out on this, you know.
OSS Is it time for you to walk home yet? The time difference makes this hard to work out from here. But WALK. WALK, Woman!
Q, If I knew Thesis = hot tub I might have stayed at University longer...
Can't wait for photos of screamed in porch and fountains. . .and garden.
I also realised that right now, almost all the flowerws in my garden (except the king-cups and the strawberries) are purple. I ahve to admit that I didn't plant most of them, They just happened.
I don't know what Erin's thesis is but I know I met her when she interviews Boss on Beowulf for it.
The weird thing is that Beez is FINDING flowers and bushes in my yard that I didn't know were THERE....She seems to be moving them different places. Cool.
And I have grandfather'd in any flowers already growing, purple or not.
Mim is on her Screamed porch. She thinks this is pretty cool. And is looking for a Way Out. Venus is hiding. Hans scares her.
Yay Erin! Yay!
Glad to know Gayle and Beez have things well in hand! Wish I could have been helping today, maybe some day soon.
OSS. Time to walk home no?
I am going crazy trying to prepare for a weekend on the road for family obligations. Must balance this out with Charlie's tonight! And at least one good stiff drink!
I will join the club of "Hot Tub Envy". One day I will have one. Hopefully I will also have two(or more) hot women in mine also. ;-)
Also, what is BLL?
Right. Time to go home. On my own two feet. It's a lovely day out, so I'm almost looking forward to it ;-)
In the New Fiendocracy, every fiend will have a hot tub, a screamed porch, and hot & cold running BLL's and / or Cabana Boys...
All this talk about screamed porches. It's all work work work and no play with you, woman! Get out and do something to relax, for pity's sake!
And I'm with Ani - Spooky House might need to be rechristened to: Spooky Water Park, Bengal Preserve and Day Spa.
Also, I meant to say - congratulation, Erin, on getting your Thesis handed in! I would be interested to hear what your subject it, too.
"In the New Fiendocracy, every fiend will have a hot tub, a screamed porch, and hot & cold running BLL's and / or Cabana Boys... "
Fiendocracy Come! Anything we can do to hurry the day along???
I think I might sneak off just a teensy bit early, head home (on foot, thank you very much), and... write fiction. *gasp*
If only I weren't bogged down in editing instead of working on the new Maggie story... *grin* But I'd like to apply for a writing workshop, and I need 8000 words of readable fiction (3 chapters) by next month. (Yikes!) Instead, I have 70,000 words of unreadable fiction. On the good side, I finally figured out what's wrong with it.
W00T! Go Erin!
One screamed porch down, one to go. Does Magic's fountain match the new mirror, perchance?
We need to trim back our monster bay tree. I will be trying to dry leaves. Is anybody interested in free bay leaves? The tree is at least 20' tall and 8'-10' wide.
Cecily, "BLL" is Barely Legal Lesbian. See comments in previous post. :)
Thanks Ariandalen. I knew it was something like that, it was tickling my memory cells. But I barely have the stamina to read through all the comments on the current blog, much less go back through them. *lol* I won't forget now! I need to get me one of them.
After an hour I realized must have missed my cross street, since I should have reached home by then. I blame Boss, who had kindly offered to read to me to distract me from the fact that I was exercising. (OK, it was an audiobook on my ipod, but I like my version better.) Anyway I was apparently too distracted and got lost. Doubling back almost doubled my walk, so I am well exercised now.
Yay for Erin!
Yay for yard!
A bookseller here has Odd and the Frost Giants for $5...
Any one going to Fiendom Come that wants one? FB me...
Ticia, I FBed you!
I'm sitting here with three sizeable ice packs and they are not covering enough areas, but are helping.
Today turned into a hectic clusterf--- runaround and I have three more ferry rides to give to various teenage girls, then I can sit with all the ice packs I can dig up. Ha!
I missed the BLL stuff on the last post and had just thought it was a variation of BFF. heh.
I'm picturing the Gardening Babes overhauling Q's yard. How cool is that? We can add gardening to the Fiendish Support List. Wish I was there to help!
Oh, and three cheers for the thesis! That is wonderful.
Hey. Were did every one go? Great night at Carlie's. Local fiends, where where are you??
Yahs for Erin for thesis, and OSS for an extra long walk, Beez and Gay;e foir gardening, for screaming porches and for John Barrowman *sigh*
You guys have all the fun ;)
i'm around, and twitting. but il be posting as well. i don;t think i can wake boy up for dinner so i'll have to fend for myself. ugh.
Not all Fiends are on Facebook.
::sigh:: I would like one, but I don't know if you'll get this in time.
Glad Paul and Lorraine are rockin' Charlie's, AletaMay. Just a little more than a month. :)
I am doing the "shower and laundry" part of the program.
Work tomorrow morning alas.
I left a couple of (small) floral surprises for you Q.
...and I got to do the rototilling! I am a sucker for using big noisy machinery.
Go Beez with the rototilling! Go Gayle with the other, unspecified gardening tasks! Go Erin with the thesis-sending! Go Phiala with the writing! Go Q with the rocking! Go Ticia with the being-at-Balticon! Go everybody with everything! \o/
I myself shall Go to bed. Kind of sad for a Friday night, but I shall endeavour to do it with vigour and aplomb. Or something.
Okay, when they open again tomorrow, I'll try to get books for (in order of request)
Bobbee, Jess, and Ariandalen (I forgot you weren't on FB!)
::cross your fingers::
Thanks, Ticia. :)
Finally home. Spent most of the day in the car. 5:30am, woke up to go to bro's graduation. 8am, arrived at grad. 9:30, grad over, pictures, cards, blah blah. 10am, breakfast. 11:30 head toward home w/ brief stop at mom's. 4pm, in town but drop off ben to friends and go to wedding rehearsal. 5pm, rehearsal. 6:30, pick up ben, find out wait is too long for takeout pizza. 7pm, make mac n cheese. 8pm, ben to bed.
8:37pm, posting here and heading to bed immediately after. I'm spent!!
Hope there is much ROCK in the midwest tonight, there is sleep out here!
I seem to be getting a few seconds of internet at a time so I would just like to say quickly that I had a lovely time today and hope to do it again soon!! :*
I hope to be in touch but if not; Happy Weekend To All!
i quite loved odd. it was a great story. i hope we have further adventures of odd someday.
Thank you, Ticia!
I think it's bedtime for me, too.
Can't wait to see what Garden things happened while I was at work! She says nervously...
Some rock. More not rock. Aleta came down which is always lovely, but it's a holiday weekend which means no crowds, so I get impatient, still had moments of cool...
This seems oddly late for me tonight..
New post up with Bengal Rescue update, if you are up, or for a good morning...
Ooh - just saw Ticia's comment about Odd - I don't know how many copies your bookseller at Balticon has but if there is a shortage let me know - lots of places here have coipies for $5 or less - happy to bring one over for anyone coming to Fiendom Come. (come to that,I'd be happy to post one to those that areen't - the postage would add another $3 or so)
I'd love for there to be another Odd story sometime. I seem to recall Boss mentioning he had a couple of other Odd stories in his head so if we wait long enogh we may get to see them!)
I'd love a copy of Odd. You can email me @gmail if you want money in advance.
I see mentions of Fiendom Come, which sounds lovely. But I lack a full description (including dates and locations). Where could such a thing be found? Also - I live in St Paul and would be glad to house out of town fiends for free.
Uisge- I would have LOVED to get you Odd and the Frost Giants. Unfortunately, I've left Balticon. I bet the Dealers Room will have it at the 4th Street Fantasy Convention. Sorry....
Well that would work out fine as well.
Uisge - I can get a copy for you and bring it out in June, if you like. I have mailed you ( I think..)
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