sandmansister: (Juicy cherries)
Since my folks live 90 minutes away, it makes getting together during faire season nigh impossible. To make it up to them, I spend Father's Day weekend—which also happens to coincide with Mom's birthday—and treat them to a meal of their choice. Dad gets dinner, Mom gets brunch.

I spend a couple hours preparing menu choices, and they select. It's also a fun way to try some new recipes on willing victims conspirators. I do all the shopping, and lead the preparation, though I've been known to conscript sous chef help on occasion.

Here's what this year's Parent's Weekend celebration will include:

Dad's Dinner - "True Blue"
  • Pork Medallions with Blueberry Balsamic Ketchup
  • Mixed Greens with Feta, Almonds, and Blueberries
  • Wild Rice and Barley with Mushrooms
  • Blueberry-Strawberry Surprise

    Mom's Brunch (couldn't come up with a clever name):
  • Griddled Corncakes with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberry Compote
  • Brown Sugar Bacon Twists

    Gotta say I'm a little shocked that she didn't select the Apple-Blueberry Breakfast Cobbler with Maple Cream or the Blueberry French Toast. Usually, her choices involve the highest percentage of blueberries possible! Though they still feature in the Panna Cotta, so that's all good.

    Had to buy 4 pounds of blueberries from Costco last night. Good to know they will all be consumed with impunity.

    This is double the family fun for me, as most of the recipes 1) are new to me; and 2) were provided by my birth mom. (She knows of Mom's penchant for blueberries and sends along newspaper clippings to aid the addiction.)

    So... will share the results and recipes for those of you who are interested. With that, off to quest for gelatin sheets, get packed, and head north to Lake Texoma for a weekend of food and wilderness with the family.
  • sandmansister: (Juicy cherries)
    Since my folks live 90 minutes away, it makes getting together during faire season nigh impossible. To make it up to them, I spend Father's Day weekend—which also happens to coincide with Mom's birthday—and treat them to a meal of their choice. Dad gets dinner, Mom gets brunch.

    I spend a couple hours preparing menu choices, and they select. It's also a fun way to try some new recipes on willing victims conspirators. I do all the shopping, and lead the preparation, though I've been known to conscript sous chef help on occasion.

    Here's what this year's Parent's Weekend celebration will include:

    Dad's Dinner - "True Blue"
  • Pork Medallions with Blueberry Balsamic Ketchup
  • Mixed Greens with Feta, Almonds, and Blueberries
  • Wild Rice and Barley with Mushrooms
  • Blueberry-Strawberry Surprise

    Mom's Brunch (couldn't come up with a clever name):
  • Griddled Corncakes with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberry Compote
  • Brown Sugar Bacon Twists

    Gotta say I'm a little shocked that she didn't select the Apple-Blueberry Breakfast Cobbler with Maple Cream or the Blueberry French Toast. Usually, her choices involve the highest percentage of blueberries possible! Though they still feature in the Panna Cotta, so that's all good.

    Had to buy 4 pounds of blueberries from Costco last night. Good to know they will all be consumed with impunity.

    This is double the family fun for me, as most of the recipes 1) are new to me; and 2) were provided by my birth mom. (She knows of Mom's penchant for blueberries and sends along newspaper clippings to aid the addiction.)

    So... will share the results and recipes for those of you who are interested. With that, off to quest for gelatin sheets, get packed, and head north to Lake Texoma for a weekend of food and wilderness with the family.
  • sandmansister: (Juicy cherries)
    Since my folks live 90 minutes away, it makes getting together during faire season nigh impossible. To make it up to them, I spend Father's Day weekend—which also happens to coincide with Mom's birthday—and treat them to a meal of their choice. Dad gets dinner, Mom gets brunch.

    I spend a couple hours preparing menu choices, and they select. It's also a fun way to try some new recipes on willing victims conspirators. I do all the shopping, and lead the preparation, though I've been known to conscript sous chef help on occasion.

    Here's what this year's Parent's Weekend celebration will include:

    Dad's Dinner - "True Blue"
  • Pork Medallions with Blueberry Balsamic Ketchup
  • Mixed Greens with Feta, Almonds, and Blueberries
  • Wild Rice and Barley with Mushrooms
  • Blueberry-Strawberry Surprise

    Mom's Brunch (couldn't come up with a clever name):
  • Griddled Corncakes with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberry Compote
  • Brown Sugar Bacon Twists

    Gotta say I'm a little shocked that she didn't select the Apple-Blueberry Breakfast Cobbler with Maple Cream or the Blueberry French Toast. Usually, her choices involve the highest percentage of blueberries possible! Though they still feature in the Panna Cotta, so that's all good.

    Had to buy 4 pounds of blueberries from Costco last night. Good to know they will all be consumed with impunity.

    This is double the family fun for me, as most of the recipes 1) are new to me; and 2) were provided by my birth mom. (She knows of Mom's penchant for blueberries and sends along newspaper clippings to aid the addiction.)

    So... will share the results and recipes for those of you who are interested. With that, off to quest for gelatin sheets, get packed, and head north to Lake Texoma for a weekend of food and wilderness with the family.
  • sandmansister: (Juicy cherries)
    Since my folks live 90 minutes away, it makes getting together during faire season nigh impossible. To make it up to them, I spend Father's Day weekend—which also happens to coincide with Mom's birthday—and treat them to a meal of their choice. Dad gets dinner, Mom gets brunch.

    I spend a couple hours preparing menu choices, and they select. It's also a fun way to try some new recipes on willing victims conspirators. I do all the shopping, and lead the preparation, though I've been known to conscript sous chef help on occasion.

    Here's what this year's Parent's Weekend celebration will include:

    Dad's Dinner - "True Blue"
  • Pork Medallions with Blueberry Balsamic Ketchup
  • Mixed Greens with Feta, Almonds, and Blueberries
  • Wild Rice and Barley with Mushrooms
  • Blueberry-Strawberry Surprise

    Mom's Brunch (couldn't come up with a clever name):
  • Griddled Corncakes with Cinnamon-Honey Yogurt
  • Yogurt Panna Cotta with Blueberry Compote
  • Brown Sugar Bacon Twists

    Gotta say I'm a little shocked that she didn't select the Apple-Blueberry Breakfast Cobbler with Maple Cream or the Blueberry French Toast. Usually, her choices involve the highest percentage of blueberries possible! Though they still feature in the Panna Cotta, so that's all good.

    Had to buy 4 pounds of blueberries from Costco last night. Good to know they will all be consumed with impunity.

    This is double the family fun for me, as most of the recipes 1) are new to me; and 2) were provided by my birth mom. (She knows of Mom's penchant for blueberries and sends along newspaper clippings to aid the addiction.)

    So... will share the results and recipes for those of you who are interested. With that, off to quest for gelatin sheets, get packed, and head north to Lake Texoma for a weekend of food and wilderness with the family.
  • Mixed Nuts

    Jan. 1st, 2011 06:16 pm
    sandmansister: (Tick - Thinks)
    Still in a space where I'm having lots of thinky-thoughts, but can't quite articulate them in writing. I can, however, provide a list of some things of note, items of trivia and suchlike to give a snapshot into my world of late.

  • Spent 6 days at parents' Lake Texoma farm for Christmas. After the craziness of work travel for the two weeks prior, the slow pace was a balm. I didn't even twitch that much without cell phone signal, though the occasional check-in on the interwebz was a challenge given the dial-up situation. All in all, though, it was a relaxing and enjoyable vacation.

  • It's very odd being the lone owl in a family of larks, though as she's gotten older, my mother is beginning to shift over to my schedule a bit more. Then again, it's nice being able to stay up late and read while the whole house is quiet and dark.

  • My sister's new dog, Bug is a so-ugly-she's-cute ball of energy. Poor Scamp (the 11 year old blue heeler) handles her very well. Puppies are good therapy.

  • Panettone Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce—so delicious, Mom instantly demanded it to become a new family tradition forevah-evah.

  • Love life's little moments of hilarity:
    Mom: *pointing at my nose stud* Looks like you're gonna lose it.
    Me: Nah, there's a bend in the wire *taking it out to show her* so it stays put.
    Mom: Oh, so when it pops like that does it mean you're done like a turkey?
    Me: *facepalm*

  • Visited the Chickasaw Cultural Center with the family. Such lovely space, and really beautiful/informative exhibits. Sadness, though, that the kitchen ran out of Indian Fry-Bread tacos. *le sigh*

  • While I love getting spontaneous invites to dinner/drinks/etc., I really suck at reciprocating such invites. Maybe because it doesn't occur to me that anyone would want to join me last-minute? I don't know. But I am crap at it, and I'm sorry.

  • I continue to be amazed at my good fortune for the bounty of People of Quality in my world. I am constantly awed by you all, and the things you teach me. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better version of myself every day.

  • Still trying to figure out how best to get my groove back. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

  • Not much for New Year's Resolutions—they are largely a beat-down—but I think if I just plan to be a more authentic version of myself, I can live up to that.

    I feel like there's more to say, but I'll be damned if I can figure out what... so... yeah.

    Cheers!
  • Mixed Nuts

    Jan. 1st, 2011 06:16 pm
    sandmansister: (Tick - Thinks)
    Still in a space where I'm having lots of thinky-thoughts, but can't quite articulate them in writing. I can, however, provide a list of some things of note, items of trivia and suchlike to give a snapshot into my world of late.

  • Spent 6 days at parents' Lake Texoma farm for Christmas. After the craziness of work travel for the two weeks prior, the slow pace was a balm. I didn't even twitch that much without cell phone signal, though the occasional check-in on the interwebz was a challenge given the dial-up situation. All in all, though, it was a relaxing and enjoyable vacation.

  • It's very odd being the lone owl in a family of larks, though as she's gotten older, my mother is beginning to shift over to my schedule a bit more. Then again, it's nice being able to stay up late and read while the whole house is quiet and dark.

  • My sister's new dog, Bug is a so-ugly-she's-cute ball of energy. Poor Scamp (the 11 year old blue heeler) handles her very well. Puppies are good therapy.

  • Panettone Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce—so delicious, Mom instantly demanded it to become a new family tradition forevah-evah.

  • Love life's little moments of hilarity:
    Mom: *pointing at my nose stud* Looks like you're gonna lose it.
    Me: Nah, there's a bend in the wire *taking it out to show her* so it stays put.
    Mom: Oh, so when it pops like that does it mean you're done like a turkey?
    Me: *facepalm*

  • Visited the Chickasaw Cultural Center with the family. Such lovely space, and really beautiful/informative exhibits. Sadness, though, that the kitchen ran out of Indian Fry-Bread tacos. *le sigh*

  • While I love getting spontaneous invites to dinner/drinks/etc., I really suck at reciprocating such invites. Maybe because it doesn't occur to me that anyone would want to join me last-minute? I don't know. But I am crap at it, and I'm sorry.

  • I continue to be amazed at my good fortune for the bounty of People of Quality in my world. I am constantly awed by you all, and the things you teach me. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better version of myself every day.

  • Still trying to figure out how best to get my groove back. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

  • Not much for New Year's Resolutions—they are largely a beat-down—but I think if I just plan to be a more authentic version of myself, I can live up to that.

    I feel like there's more to say, but I'll be damned if I can figure out what... so... yeah.

    Cheers!
  • Mixed Nuts

    Jan. 1st, 2011 06:16 pm
    sandmansister: (Tick - Thinks)
    Still in a space where I'm having lots of thinky-thoughts, but can't quite articulate them in writing. I can, however, provide a list of some things of note, items of trivia and suchlike to give a snapshot into my world of late.

  • Spent 6 days at parents' Lake Texoma farm for Christmas. After the craziness of work travel for the two weeks prior, the slow pace was a balm. I didn't even twitch that much without cell phone signal, though the occasional check-in on the interwebz was a challenge given the dial-up situation. All in all, though, it was a relaxing and enjoyable vacation.

  • It's very odd being the lone owl in a family of larks, though as she's gotten older, my mother is beginning to shift over to my schedule a bit more. Then again, it's nice being able to stay up late and read while the whole house is quiet and dark.

  • My sister's new dog, Bug is a so-ugly-she's-cute ball of energy. Poor Scamp (the 11 year old blue heeler) handles her very well. Puppies are good therapy.

  • Panettone Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce—so delicious, Mom instantly demanded it to become a new family tradition forevah-evah.

  • Love life's little moments of hilarity:
    Mom: *pointing at my nose stud* Looks like you're gonna lose it.
    Me: Nah, there's a bend in the wire *taking it out to show her* so it stays put.
    Mom: Oh, so when it pops like that does it mean you're done like a turkey?
    Me: *facepalm*

  • Visited the Chickasaw Cultural Center with the family. Such lovely space, and really beautiful/informative exhibits. Sadness, though, that the kitchen ran out of Indian Fry-Bread tacos. *le sigh*

  • While I love getting spontaneous invites to dinner/drinks/etc., I really suck at reciprocating such invites. Maybe because it doesn't occur to me that anyone would want to join me last-minute? I don't know. But I am crap at it, and I'm sorry.

  • I continue to be amazed at my good fortune for the bounty of People of Quality in my world. I am constantly awed by you all, and the things you teach me. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better version of myself every day.

  • Still trying to figure out how best to get my groove back. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

  • Not much for New Year's Resolutions—they are largely a beat-down—but I think if I just plan to be a more authentic version of myself, I can live up to that.

    I feel like there's more to say, but I'll be damned if I can figure out what... so... yeah.

    Cheers!
  • Mixed Nuts

    Jan. 1st, 2011 06:16 pm
    sandmansister: (Tick - Thinks)
    Still in a space where I'm having lots of thinky-thoughts, but can't quite articulate them in writing. I can, however, provide a list of some things of note, items of trivia and suchlike to give a snapshot into my world of late.

  • Spent 6 days at parents' Lake Texoma farm for Christmas. After the craziness of work travel for the two weeks prior, the slow pace was a balm. I didn't even twitch that much without cell phone signal, though the occasional check-in on the interwebz was a challenge given the dial-up situation. All in all, though, it was a relaxing and enjoyable vacation.

  • It's very odd being the lone owl in a family of larks, though as she's gotten older, my mother is beginning to shift over to my schedule a bit more. Then again, it's nice being able to stay up late and read while the whole house is quiet and dark.

  • My sister's new dog, Bug is a so-ugly-she's-cute ball of energy. Poor Scamp (the 11 year old blue heeler) handles her very well. Puppies are good therapy.

  • Panettone Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce—so delicious, Mom instantly demanded it to become a new family tradition forevah-evah.

  • Love life's little moments of hilarity:
    Mom: *pointing at my nose stud* Looks like you're gonna lose it.
    Me: Nah, there's a bend in the wire *taking it out to show her* so it stays put.
    Mom: Oh, so when it pops like that does it mean you're done like a turkey?
    Me: *facepalm*

  • Visited the Chickasaw Cultural Center with the family. Such lovely space, and really beautiful/informative exhibits. Sadness, though, that the kitchen ran out of Indian Fry-Bread tacos. *le sigh*

  • While I love getting spontaneous invites to dinner/drinks/etc., I really suck at reciprocating such invites. Maybe because it doesn't occur to me that anyone would want to join me last-minute? I don't know. But I am crap at it, and I'm sorry.

  • I continue to be amazed at my good fortune for the bounty of People of Quality in my world. I am constantly awed by you all, and the things you teach me. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better version of myself every day.

  • Still trying to figure out how best to get my groove back. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

  • Not much for New Year's Resolutions—they are largely a beat-down—but I think if I just plan to be a more authentic version of myself, I can live up to that.

    I feel like there's more to say, but I'll be damned if I can figure out what... so... yeah.

    Cheers!
  • sandmansister: (Celtic - tree)
    So… work blocked LJ again and it looks like this time it's personal. Unfortunately, LJgate is "temporary unavailable" according to their site. And I can't seem to find an app for my phone since it's not a nifty iPhone (or -esque) type gadget. *le sigh*

    Until I find a solution, I will do my best to keep up with you, my virtual tribe. I miss you all collectively and many of you individually and up close and personally… more than you may ever know.

    All that aside, my world is chugging right along. Took my first vacation of substance (i.e., more than a long weekend) in… gosh, I haven't a clue how long. At least 5 years, probably more. [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool and I took Rondo Calrissian on its first cross-country road trip home to Michigan. Short version? Beautiful. Bittersweet. Relaxing.

    Long version? Read on, MacDuff! )

    So our first road trip and impromptu celebration of 3 years together is done: 3,500 miles over 7 states to see 3 Great Lakes in 11 days and we still like each other. I introduced him to regional food favorites like Vernor's ginger ale and pasties. (He did try my whitefish once, but since fish is generally not his thing… well, all the more for me!)

    However, he sorely tested me come Tuesday morning when he said, "Oh, I took today off, too," and rolled over once again. Bah.

    Since getting home there's been work, more work, laundry, more laundry, MOAR laundry, and a Sunday spent in the studio with QAL. Note to self: never. EVER. listen to raw audio. EVAR! I cooked some, too, since the cold, gray weather invoked my inner Betty Crocker with a vengeance. Plus, it's a nice way to ground myself as I process the experience.

    So how's the world treating all of you in LJ Land? Drop me a line as there's no hope of catching up.



    As ever, oceans of love to one and all.

    P.S. Want pics? Go here.
    sandmansister: (Celtic - tree)
    So… work blocked LJ again and it looks like this time it's personal. Unfortunately, LJgate is "temporary unavailable" according to their site. And I can't seem to find an app for my phone since it's not a nifty iPhone (or -esque) type gadget. *le sigh*

    Until I find a solution, I will do my best to keep up with you, my virtual tribe. I miss you all collectively and many of you individually and up close and personally… more than you may ever know.

    All that aside, my world is chugging right along. Took my first vacation of substance (i.e., more than a long weekend) in… gosh, I haven't a clue how long. At least 5 years, probably more. [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool and I took Rondo Calrissian on its first cross-country road trip home to Michigan. Short version? Beautiful. Bittersweet. Relaxing.

    Long version? Read on, MacDuff! )

    So our first road trip and impromptu celebration of 3 years together is done: 3,500 miles over 7 states to see 3 Great Lakes in 11 days and we still like each other. I introduced him to regional food favorites like Vernor's ginger ale and pasties. (He did try my whitefish once, but since fish is generally not his thing… well, all the more for me!)

    However, he sorely tested me come Tuesday morning when he said, "Oh, I took today off, too," and rolled over once again. Bah.

    Since getting home there's been work, more work, laundry, more laundry, MOAR laundry, and a Sunday spent in the studio with QAL. Note to self: never. EVER. listen to raw audio. EVAR! I cooked some, too, since the cold, gray weather invoked my inner Betty Crocker with a vengeance. Plus, it's a nice way to ground myself as I process the experience.

    So how's the world treating all of you in LJ Land? Drop me a line as there's no hope of catching up.



    As ever, oceans of love to one and all.

    P.S. Want pics? Go here.
    sandmansister: (Celtic - tree)
    So… work blocked LJ again and it looks like this time it's personal. Unfortunately, LJgate is "temporary unavailable" according to their site. And I can't seem to find an app for my phone since it's not a nifty iPhone (or -esque) type gadget. *le sigh*

    Until I find a solution, I will do my best to keep up with you, my virtual tribe. I miss you all collectively and many of you individually and up close and personally… more than you may ever know.

    All that aside, my world is chugging right along. Took my first vacation of substance (i.e., more than a long weekend) in… gosh, I haven't a clue how long. At least 5 years, probably more. [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool and I took Rondo Calrissian on its first cross-country road trip home to Michigan. Short version? Beautiful. Bittersweet. Relaxing.

    Long version? Read on, MacDuff! )

    So our first road trip and impromptu celebration of 3 years together is done: 3,500 miles over 7 states to see 3 Great Lakes in 11 days and we still like each other. I introduced him to regional food favorites like Vernor's ginger ale and pasties. (He did try my whitefish once, but since fish is generally not his thing… well, all the more for me!)

    However, he sorely tested me come Tuesday morning when he said, "Oh, I took today off, too," and rolled over once again. Bah.

    Since getting home there's been work, more work, laundry, more laundry, MOAR laundry, and a Sunday spent in the studio with QAL. Note to self: never. EVER. listen to raw audio. EVAR! I cooked some, too, since the cold, gray weather invoked my inner Betty Crocker with a vengeance. Plus, it's a nice way to ground myself as I process the experience.

    So how's the world treating all of you in LJ Land? Drop me a line as there's no hope of catching up.



    As ever, oceans of love to one and all.

    P.S. Want pics? Go here.
    sandmansister: (Celtic - tree)
    So… work blocked LJ again and it looks like this time it's personal. Unfortunately, LJgate is "temporary unavailable" according to their site. And I can't seem to find an app for my phone since it's not a nifty iPhone (or -esque) type gadget. *le sigh*

    Until I find a solution, I will do my best to keep up with you, my virtual tribe. I miss you all collectively and many of you individually and up close and personally… more than you may ever know.

    All that aside, my world is chugging right along. Took my first vacation of substance (i.e., more than a long weekend) in… gosh, I haven't a clue how long. At least 5 years, probably more. [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool and I took Rondo Calrissian on its first cross-country road trip home to Michigan. Short version? Beautiful. Bittersweet. Relaxing.

    Long version? Read on, MacDuff! )

    So our first road trip and impromptu celebration of 3 years together is done: 3,500 miles over 7 states to see 3 Great Lakes in 11 days and we still like each other. I introduced him to regional food favorites like Vernor's ginger ale and pasties. (He did try my whitefish once, but since fish is generally not his thing… well, all the more for me!)

    However, he sorely tested me come Tuesday morning when he said, "Oh, I took today off, too," and rolled over once again. Bah.

    Since getting home there's been work, more work, laundry, more laundry, MOAR laundry, and a Sunday spent in the studio with QAL. Note to self: never. EVER. listen to raw audio. EVAR! I cooked some, too, since the cold, gray weather invoked my inner Betty Crocker with a vengeance. Plus, it's a nice way to ground myself as I process the experience.

    So how's the world treating all of you in LJ Land? Drop me a line as there's no hope of catching up.



    As ever, oceans of love to one and all.

    P.S. Want pics? Go here.
    sandmansister: (Frieda - bunny)
    Bailed on the SAPA picnic to spend some family time. June is a busy month for both [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool and me—Father's Day is right around the same time as my mom's & his dad's birthday—so we decided to start making good on our promise of family visits. Finished watching the rest of "Harsh Realm" on Friday night, then hit the grocery store on our way to my folks' Texoma ranch. He has now had several opportunities to see where my silliness comes from, and he's not showing any signs of heading for the hills, so that is all to the good. Seriously, my folks really like him and he seems pretty unfazed by the whole experience.

    Read more... )

    It's just nice to have my life back, and be able to spend time with Arbiter, too. I had almost forgotten what it was like when we both weren't brain dead. Aaah.
    sandmansister: (Frieda - bunny)
    Bailed on the SAPA picnic to spend some family time. June is a busy month for both [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool and me—Father's Day is right around the same time as my mom's & his dad's birthday—so we decided to start making good on our promise of family visits. Finished watching the rest of "Harsh Realm" on Friday night, then hit the grocery store on our way to my folks' Texoma ranch. He has now had several opportunities to see where my silliness comes from, and he's not showing any signs of heading for the hills, so that is all to the good. Seriously, my folks really like him and he seems pretty unfazed by the whole experience.

    Read more... )

    It's just nice to have my life back, and be able to spend time with Arbiter, too. I had almost forgotten what it was like when we both weren't brain dead. Aaah.
    sandmansister: (Frieda - bunny)
    Bailed on the SAPA picnic to spend some family time. June is a busy month for both [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool and me—Father's Day is right around the same time as my mom's & his dad's birthday—so we decided to start making good on our promise of family visits. Finished watching the rest of "Harsh Realm" on Friday night, then hit the grocery store on our way to my folks' Texoma ranch. He has now had several opportunities to see where my silliness comes from, and he's not showing any signs of heading for the hills, so that is all to the good. Seriously, my folks really like him and he seems pretty unfazed by the whole experience.

    Read more... )

    It's just nice to have my life back, and be able to spend time with Arbiter, too. I had almost forgotten what it was like when we both weren't brain dead. Aaah.
    sandmansister: (Frieda - bunny)
    Bailed on the SAPA picnic to spend some family time. June is a busy month for both [livejournal.com profile] arbiter_of_cool and me—Father's Day is right around the same time as my mom's & his dad's birthday—so we decided to start making good on our promise of family visits. Finished watching the rest of "Harsh Realm" on Friday night, then hit the grocery store on our way to my folks' Texoma ranch. He has now had several opportunities to see where my silliness comes from, and he's not showing any signs of heading for the hills, so that is all to the good. Seriously, my folks really like him and he seems pretty unfazed by the whole experience.

    Read more... )

    It's just nice to have my life back, and be able to spend time with Arbiter, too. I had almost forgotten what it was like when we both weren't brain dead. Aaah.
    sandmansister: (Toon - Mellow Resigned Straightforward)
    Those of you in Tejas may have heard that a game warden drowned this week trying to save a swimmer.

    Some of you may recall that my little sister used to be a game warden, and met her husband—still a game warden—in the academy. They knew the deceased (he was assigned just one county over from BIL's post).

    My BIL worked with him on several occasions (vacation coverage and the like).

    He was there when they recovered the body.

    My first instinct is to reach out, to say something... but we're not close. He doesn't necessarily dislike me (but I wouldn't go so far as to say he likes me, either). I don't think I've said a dozen sentences to him (nor he to me) in the 10 years they've been married ("Hi Preston" and "How's it going" don't count).

    I have no illusions that we'll ever bond (he's just not built that way, and I'm way too much of a freak for him)... but sheesh. I'm sad for him, and sadder still that I am so torn over what (if anything) to do about it.

    I'll probably just email my sister and have her pass on the sentiment so as not to be intrusive or overwhelming to him.




    *sigh*
    sandmansister: (Toon - Mellow Resigned Straightforward)
    Those of you in Tejas may have heard that a game warden drowned this week trying to save a swimmer.

    Some of you may recall that my little sister used to be a game warden, and met her husband—still a game warden—in the academy. They knew the deceased (he was assigned just one county over from BIL's post).

    My BIL worked with him on several occasions (vacation coverage and the like).

    He was there when they recovered the body.

    My first instinct is to reach out, to say something... but we're not close. He doesn't necessarily dislike me (but I wouldn't go so far as to say he likes me, either). I don't think I've said a dozen sentences to him (nor he to me) in the 10 years they've been married ("Hi Preston" and "How's it going" don't count).

    I have no illusions that we'll ever bond (he's just not built that way, and I'm way too much of a freak for him)... but sheesh. I'm sad for him, and sadder still that I am so torn over what (if anything) to do about it.

    I'll probably just email my sister and have her pass on the sentiment so as not to be intrusive or overwhelming to him.




    *sigh*
    sandmansister: (Toon - Mellow Resigned Straightforward)
    Those of you in Tejas may have heard that a game warden drowned this week trying to save a swimmer.

    Some of you may recall that my little sister used to be a game warden, and met her husband—still a game warden—in the academy. They knew the deceased (he was assigned just one county over from BIL's post).

    My BIL worked with him on several occasions (vacation coverage and the like).

    He was there when they recovered the body.

    My first instinct is to reach out, to say something... but we're not close. He doesn't necessarily dislike me (but I wouldn't go so far as to say he likes me, either). I don't think I've said a dozen sentences to him (nor he to me) in the 10 years they've been married ("Hi Preston" and "How's it going" don't count).

    I have no illusions that we'll ever bond (he's just not built that way, and I'm way too much of a freak for him)... but sheesh. I'm sad for him, and sadder still that I am so torn over what (if anything) to do about it.

    I'll probably just email my sister and have her pass on the sentiment so as not to be intrusive or overwhelming to him.




    *sigh*
    sandmansister: (Toon - Mellow Resigned Straightforward)
    Those of you in Tejas may have heard that a game warden drowned this week trying to save a swimmer.

    Some of you may recall that my little sister used to be a game warden, and met her husband—still a game warden—in the academy. They knew the deceased (he was assigned just one county over from BIL's post).

    My BIL worked with him on several occasions (vacation coverage and the like).

    He was there when they recovered the body.

    My first instinct is to reach out, to say something... but we're not close. He doesn't necessarily dislike me (but I wouldn't go so far as to say he likes me, either). I don't think I've said a dozen sentences to him (nor he to me) in the 10 years they've been married ("Hi Preston" and "How's it going" don't count).

    I have no illusions that we'll ever bond (he's just not built that way, and I'm way too much of a freak for him)... but sheesh. I'm sad for him, and sadder still that I am so torn over what (if anything) to do about it.

    I'll probably just email my sister and have her pass on the sentiment so as not to be intrusive or overwhelming to him.




    *sigh*

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