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We're looking into cheaply replacing the couch and loveseat in the back room with something less... Man eating. I may have found a decent couch-replacement at Savers (under $10, so), and I may get it tomorrow. Hopefully this will aid in [livejournal.com profile] zxizaraxii's skin allergy issue. I also wanted to go get yardwork done tonight, and I have dad's gas trimmer and leaf blower for the purpose- naturally, when the fucker started FIRST TRY for him, it won't even spark for me. I hate these things with a burning passion, and they hate me back. Problem is, they're better at it. (sigh) My brother and his daughter were going to come out to work this weekend- I guess it'll wait til then.

In BETTER news, I'll get the bird and groceries for the Halloween party on Friday, and the cleaning in the house I've started in on continues.
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To taking Greyhound to Furfest. I'll leave EARLY Wednesday the 16th, about 5:55 AM and I'll get back home early Tuesday morning, about 1 AM. Woot! I'm looking forward. Its a no-stop trip, and on one of the NEW buses, with the internet and power hookups. So I'll be able to futz on the computer all the way there and back.

I'm gonna try (HA!) to control my spending- as the big commission I was considering is lacking an artist (I was planning on commissioning DarkNatasha, but she can't attend), I think I'll try to get just two commissions, with the rest of my spending being food.

Also- we're about 2 weeks off my annual Halloween party! I'm doing it more potluck, so all I have to deal with is the bird, mashed potatoes and the cranberry sauce. I'm farming the rest out to other people. If you were invited in past years, you're invited this year. :)
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Went very well. A goodly number of people attended, and an insanely vast amount of food, both supplied my me and brought by others was available and consumed. The turkey was likely the best bird I've ever done- meltingly-tender meat for the win! There are leftovers of course, and most of the cleanup is done- I really like disposable tablecloths! I am now relaxing afterward, 5 of the six carved pumpkins still lit out front. I'll put up pics on my FA site shortly.

Once I'm clear-headed I'll start my NaNoWriMo story... But I dunno if it'll be before I sleep. I WILL do 3000 words today!
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It cutting up the veggies and the cheeses. Everything else I needed to do is DONE. Woo!

...

... Ow. I hurt. :P

Three Pumpkins are carved, four are left for whomever wants to take a shot at it. I found a new technique- I make templates of the shapes I want to work with, cut them out and hold them in place, making little cuts to mark where I have to work on the pumpkin. Works pretty good!
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Cleaning the microwave. DONE!

Cleaning the back room, vacuuming it and steam-cleaning the traffic areas. DONE

Get candles for the pumpkins and maybe some cheap paper tablecloths. DONE

Making the brine for the turkey. DONE

Pick up the pumpkins, Ham and Cheeses from [livejournal.com profile] foeclan DONE

Clearing cobwebs and dusthangers from the stucco'd ceiling areas. DONE, kinda

Reassembling the front room. DONE

Cleaning the bathroom. DONE

Cleaning my room (When I get to it...)

Setting up the long table and dining room tables for the food and snack areas. DONE

Prepping snackfoods (cheeses and veggies) and carving some of the pumpkins. (This evening)

Brining the bird. (Soon!)

Carving a few pumpkins (Also soon!)
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Cleaning the microwave. (This morning)

Cleaning the back room, vacuuming it and steam-cleaning the traffic areas. (This morning)

Get candles for the pumpkins and maybe some cheap paper tablecloths. (When I get up)

Making the brine for the turkey. (When I get up today)

Pick up the pumpkins, Ham and Cheeses from [livejournal.com profile] foeclan (Around 4:30 or so)

Clearing cobwebs and dusthangers from the stucco'd ceiling areas. (This evening, likely)

Reassembling the front room. (This evening, after moving stuff around to make sure the carpet dries)

Cleaning the bathroom. (This evening)

Cleaning my room (When I get to it, maybe starting tonight- the delay comes from the need for a TOTAL reorganization starting with the closet)

Setting up the long table and dining room tables for the food and snack areas (This evening and Sunday before the party)

Prepping snackfoods (cheeses and veggies) and carving some of the pumpkins. (This evening)

Everything else is Sunday. Ugh.

This looks like a lot... But honestly the worst of it I already have done.
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The front room is now cleaned. I just have to wait til the carpet dries to reassemble. Tonight I'll mop the kitchen floor and clean the cabinet tops, and prep the back room for vacuuming and steam-cleaning. The steam cleaning will happen tomorrow morning just before I go to bed. I don't think I'll get my room done, but I'll at least get it picked up and vacuumed.

God I hate cleaning.

Tomorrow's agenda is getting the brine assembled for the turkey (which will go in late Saturday night), and any other food prep (like cutting the cheeses into cubes or slices, cleaning and cutting the celery and similar. Also tomorrow is the bathroom, which shouldn't take more than an hour at the worst- its mostly just normal cleanup there.

Sunday is the party, woot. And after the party I start writing for NaNoWriMo. Eek.
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Well, I got home from work and discovered that all that lovely wind managed to remove a mess of shingles from the west side of the roof. Sigh. Well, I'll call dad and the insurance guy in a bit, and see what I can get in motion. I sure as hell am NOT going up there to fix it- I don't know what I'm doing, and its a patch job which makes it harder.

I dunno why they decided to come loose now though- we've had wind like this in the past with no problems. :P

Other than that, the Halloween party and Turkey Feed is Sunday. I pick up the bird on Friday, plunk it into the brine on Saturday, and sometime between now and Sunday I get to clean the house. Whoopie. ;)
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Well. The party prep is now in kinda-full swing. I've people that are at least likely to supply some of the things I need for the gathering, which will help, but I've still a crapton of stuff to arrange/gather/prepare myself, not the least of which is the turkey.

This year, its between 18-21# (I dunno exactly- depends on what the butcher shop comes up with), and will be in my trembling grasp on Wednesday. So much for free cash. O.o

The mashed potatoes and most of the other stuff will be dealt with between Wednesday and Friday, with what I need to get being determined by what people tell me they're helping with.

I'll have booze available, probably a selection of three or four kinda of beer and some 'hard' liquor- in particular I've picked up two bottles of single-malt scotch: Tomatin 12 year Highland and McClelland's Single Malt Speyside. Its been hard to NOT try them before the party!

Other than all that, I've some cleaning to do. General pickup, vacuuming and cabinet-cleaning in the kitchen is all that's really required.

In other news, I need a vacation. :P
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This is the first in about four posts I'm putting up this morning, three of which are about writing. This first one however, is a bit of an announcement. Many of you who know me on FurryMUCK or Altered Realities may have heard this already. This year at Midwest Furfest I will NOT be holding a Tea Party. The reason is simple: I had two years of single-digit attendance, and with numbers that low I can't afford to drop $50-odd dollars and 30+ hours to set it up. And those costs are just considering the cookies!

I'll still have tea and cookies, just not as many, and no formal party. I'll be at the hotel as of the Wednesday before the con, so I'll see people there! I just put in my time off request, and as soon as I'm done futzing with LiveJournal, I'll be getting my train tickets.

In other news, the Halloween party that I throw every is once again on for the 31st of October, aka Halloween night. Turkey and much food will be had as usual, and if you were here last year you're prolly welcome this year. I'll get emails out to people soonish. :)
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Weren't all that exciting. I had the meeting (this time he showed up RIGHT AT 9:30) on the refinance, and things look good for it to proceed. I need to get a bunch of things together for him to look over (W2's, last two paystubs, last two bank statements and I think one other thing), and from there he'll set up the assessment- apparently it has to happen due to new rules that have come out of the housing bust.

Other than that, Friday night was the Mana Dragons sort-of regular meet on City of Heroes/Villains. We did the Cap Au Diablo Tarikoss Strike Force; we had a total of 6 players, myself playing Wolf John (Super Strength/Invulnerability Brute). It was a lot of fun but given how rusty I was playing him I sort of felt like I was letting the others down- I died a LOT. At least 5 times. I did finally get the hang in the last two or three missions though. Wolfy is gonna get a respec, I think.

After that I Trick-Or-Treated with Capriline (Willpower/Super-Strength Tank) til I got the last of the Halloween badges, then randomly joined a team for the Citadel Task Force. It went mostly well, though the team was heavy on inexperienced players, had some drama that resulted in a player being booted from the team and had one other just randomly quit halfway through. Still, it was fun too.

Today was mostly me sleeping. I got laundry done and made a batch of chicken thighs and mashed potatoes, but I was the only one home for 'em. O well. Leftovers!

And now I'm at work. I may start writing up the Buffy run from last Sunday, and tomorrow will more than likely be... I dunno. I've some chores to do, and I need to start cleaning the house for the Halloween party on Friday- I managed to get Thursday and Sunday morning off, so I have a 4 day weekend and at least a day to get whatever's left to do, done.

So far, I'm making the turkey (14#, a little small but oh well) and mashed potatoes, and I'll get the cranberry sauce and gravy as well. [livejournal.com profile] foeclan is supplying a nice ham, while [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain is bringing some kind of beverage... I can't at the moment recall what. If you're coming and want to bring something, it'd be appreciated- if its something like chips, cheese, crackers, chips or anything that needs to be there before things get started, you can drop it off Thursday. You DON'T have to bring anything tho- but I do need to know if you are bringing stuff, so I don't go out and get it. :) I'll contact people this week too, to confirm invites and stuff. No, there weren't actual invitations- this year has been kinda tight, and I'm not as focused on things as other years.
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The party went well, and a good time was had by all as far as I could see. I was a bit concerned about the turkey initially, but it came out perfect. The ham was a lil underdone, but it was fully cooked to start with so no real big deal. One of [livejournal.com profile] firecatmn's pies as well as one of the pumpkin pies I bought (hers were homemade!) were devoured along with all the turkey, half the ham and 10# (!!) of mashed potatoes! It was a helluva scramble before the party, but I think it was worth it.

In other news, last night was another dose of pure joy cos we had construction going on at work, and the freight elevator failed. LOTS of running about, and I got growled at for procedure by one of the engineers. O well.

And now, I'm home. I had a doctor's appointment today, but I'm gonna cancel- I was so tired on the way home I could barely keep my eyes open and it DEFINITELY wasn't safe. So I'm not gonna go back on the road.

I'll set a new appointment for next week.
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Well, the damn bird is in the brine now, and sitting on the porch out back. The temp won't get above 50 today, and the porch is in permanent shade so it'll be fine there in its salt-and-ice bath. I'm gonna frost the cake later, cos I'm bloody tired. All that I'm doing else this morning is eating something fast, having a cup of tea, typing this entry and falling over. I'll hopefully be up at 2:30 to start the cooking. If I have the timing right, the bird should take just under 4 hours cooktime, which means I should be able to time it to come out at the same time as (or close to) the ham.

Whee. God I'm tired.

Oh- remember my comments about the steam-pressure release valves? Well, nothing has changed and last night I had to reset the fucking thing 8 times... When someone gets burned or falls off that rickety ladder the lawsuit is gonna be terrifying.

And I'm damned well gonna be there to point and say "I FUCKING told you so!"

I hate stupid people.
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Well, as the asthma is still being a pain I've made an appointment to go into the allergist on Thursday to try and see what's up- more than likely its the same damn thing as usual, and I'll end up on a week of Prednisone to tell my immune system to 'Knock it the HELL off!'. In party news, I should get the rest of the cleaning done today (I hope), start the brine before I go to work, bake the cake, pre-prep the cheese-tray and snacks, carve the pumpkins (with help from [livejournal.com profile] ataramos, [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn and [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain hopefully), get the beer and do whatever ELSE is left.

Tomorrow, I pick up the pumpkin pies and the cooking will prolly get into full swing at 2 or 3 o'clock- I have to check how long the damn bird will take! And then its partytime! I unfortunately will have to leave for work at 10:30, as I couldn't get the time off... But at least I'll be there for most of it. If people are still here when I have to go, I'll appoint a back-up host. ;)

I am SO glad today is trash day- we'll have room in the bin for the after-party trash this time!

Remember- 5 PM Wednesday! See you all there!

The Menu So Far

19# turkey
8# ham supplied by [livejournal.com profile] foeclan
8# mashed potatoes
Ciabatta bread
Cranberry sauce (Can-shaped!!)
Pumpkin Pie
Pies supplied by [livejournal.com profile] firecatmn
Chocolate frosted devil's food cake
Various chips and crackers with dips
Various cheeses
Relish tray (Celery, carrots and dill pickles)
Pasta supplied by [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain
Candied walnuts supplied by [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain
Pop (Dr. Pepper, Coke, Fresca black cherry, A&W root beer)
Juice (Apple and Cranberry)
CANDY!! (Supplied by me and [livejournal.com profile] mirrdae; Mirr got damn near enough to fill the cauldron on his own!)

If people wanna bring stuff to add, you can see we've a LOT so far- More pop wouldn't be bad, some diet pops and something like 7-Up or an orange pop would be good. :)
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The title because I keep forgetting that info in OTHER posts of late...

Anyway- I've gotten the almost all of the remaining stuff I needed to get for the party, save that I still need a bag of ice for the brine, maybe a second for drinks. I've gotten a serious start on the cleaning, at least in the front room and kitchen, and I should have at least those areas done tonight. The back room and the bathroom might be started on tonight, but will likely get finished tomorrow. As for my room... I think the door will be shut again this year. :P

I'm going to see if I can't get my computer into its proper location on the other side of the chair tonight or tomorrow too, which means getting the cat-5 line run and having [livejournal.com profile] mirrdae get the connector-plugs onto the line- Hopefully not a big deal, though I'm not sure how much of a pain running the line will be. Other furniture-rearrangings include shifting the table from out front to the kitchen-nook, dealing with [livejournal.com profile] mirrdae's old TV-and-stand (I think the garage), and maybe shifting the seating about in the front room some.

Also, I got one more pumpkin, so unless more went bad there'll be six out front again this year.

And as a final note, I actually remembered and got my flu shot. :)

And as ANOTHER final note, YOU'RE INVITED, [livejournal.com profile] brellchild!!
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As it turns out I have a 19# bird, so the stew will be off the menu as it was just added as a filler anyway. The ham, provided by [livejournal.com profile] foeclan is 8#, and should make up any gap in the vittles-supply. :)

I forgot to mention that there will be a supply of pop, as well as apple juice/cider, plus beer. I still have a few foodish odds and ends to pick up, but that'll happen Monday. Today at some point I'll be cleaning, and I don't know if that will go easy or hard. :P See the comments on the previous posts for at least one other thing being provided. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain!

Oh, another credit: [livejournal.com profile] mirrdae supplied a shit-ton of candy for the cauldron for the munchkins who come by. :)
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After the weekend I've now returned to work. Yay. I've gotten a new little problem tho- They have us (or want us to at least) resetting steam-valves. LIVE, HIGH PRESSURE steam valves on the building's heating system. Now, last time I checked I was a security guard, not an engineer, and I've never received an engineering certificate, boilerman's licence or a membership in that union. So why do they want US doing it? Prolly to save money.

My account manager, eager to please the client has said 'its in the post orders, so we do it'. I've said 'Bullshit', and I've left a message with the main office to see if this can be fixed. If not, I'll be going to the union. THis is the first and only time that I've found a use for the union... I just hope I don't have to go that far, and that it works if I do hae to go to them.

At to other things, the Halloween/Thanksgiving Turkey Feed is on the 31st as usual- Help would be appreciated of course. The menu is as per previous years, but I've a few things still up in the air. The worst part will be cleaning the house- Its a bad day when the kitchen will be the EASIEST part... O.o


And that's about it for now.
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The party started slow, with the first guest, [livejournal.com profile] danshrugs showing up around 6 PM or so. People trickled in over the next couple of hours, and amazingly enough things timed out damn near perfectly- the turkey came out just as the potatos got done enough to be mashed. :) The stew followed shortly thereafter.

We had a fair bit of talk, and we played 'Its The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown', 'Monsters, Inc.' and a few episodes of the original 'Addams Family' series brought by E. ([livejournal.com profile] firecatmn's other half ). Later, there was a bit of horseplay with Nerf guns and pinwheel fireworks. Hee.

So, After all the work things came out well. Yay!

Though... Next year I hope for more help. This was hard, and expensive. The only real help I got this time around was [livejournal.com profile] ataramos, though [livejournal.com profile] khirsahdrgn did help out with some candy for the cauldron.

Oh- We had a VERY slow year for kids coming by. We had more than half the cauldron still full of candy at the end of the night. :P
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And the cleaning continues apace. THe kitchen is pretty much done save for minor rearranging of stuff that can, if necessary, wait til after the party. The front room is done save for vacuuming and decorating- I have to move a computer monitor too, but thats no big deal. The bathroom is finished as well.

That leaves... THE BACK ROOM. O.o

I am NOT looking forward to this. It prolly has to be done at least partly in tandem with my bedroom... And my bedroom is easily WORSE than the back room.

I have a few groceries to pick up it turns out- not a lot, and not all for the party. I'll prolly get 'em on the way home from the game tonight (Sunday).

Right now I'm at work for 9 hours due to Daylight Savings. Not a biggie, really. My neck has been going off for the last few days tho... I dunno if I slept wrong or if we've got weather coming- I bloody well HOPE not; I'll have enough food to feed a small army!

Oh, one lil bit of weirdness. [livejournal.com profile] ataramos noticed that the furnace wasn't running, even though it was cold enough for it to kick in- I fiddled with everything I could think of: changing the batteries in the thermostat, checking the breakers, checking the power switch on the furnace... Nothing. Ended up calling Reliant out to check it; We got it running, but it might be that there is a wiring problem... Because it came back on when the outlet-breaker in the bathroom was reset. Weird.
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Well, I'm poor this year so this (plus in-person invites and emails) is the official invitation to the Plague House Annual Halloween Turkey Feed! The menu as it stands right now is:

Roasted Turkey- 21# bird
Mashed Potatos- 8# or more!
Beef Stew
Kernel Corn
Good chewy bread
Pie! (kinds TBA)

There will also be snacks and a goodly cheese-tray as usual, and we'll be giving out candy to the trick-or-treaters. Films will be shown on the backroom TV, with the front room set for conversation.

Here's the invitation list as it stands so far: [livejournal.com profile] ataramos, [livejournal.com profile] mirrdae, [livejournal.com profile] khirsahdrgn, [livejournal.com profile] zxizaraxii, [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain, [livejournal.com profile] foeclan, [livejournal.com profile] feezlehkhan, [livejournal.com profile] danshrugs, [livejournal.com profile] firecatmn and husband (of course!), [livejournal.com profile] brellchild, Scott & Amy L, Scott G, Mike and Heather M, Todd C, Bob W, Ian H. and Paul H. If you're not on the list that doesn't mean you can't show up- its that this is how many I'm generally planning to feed. :)

I hope you all can make it- there will be a LOT of food to deal with!

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