beowabbit: (Local: Quincy house pre-purchase)
On Friday, [ profile] plumtreeblossom, [ profile] cathijosephine, and I went to see Eddie Izzard’s Force Majeur show, which was wonderfully hilarious. Can’t possibly do it justice. (And wow, the Wang Theatre is a stunning and stunningly restored venue!)

Beforehand, [ profile] plumtreeblossom and I had had dinner nearby at Empire Garden, which was the site of our first date almost eight years ago, and I had a scorpion bowl for the first time.

On Saturday, we went to Johnny D’s for brunch with [ profile] vanguardcdk for a late celebration of his birthday, and then headed to the Quincy house. I was exhausted — I’d been a bit underslept all week, and I had had to sleep without my CPAP machine the previous night because some bits were being cleaned — so I had a nice long nap, which is almost unheard of for me. Then I was thoroughly refreshed, and we did a bunch of yardwork (planting and watering our cosmos, and finally managing to take soil samples — previous efforts had been stymied by the weather). We finished just in time to enjoy a brief but torrential downpour from the dry comfort of the porch, had a yummy spaghetti and meatballs dinner, and then watched Ken Burns’ documentary The Shakers, from which we both learned an awful lot.

On Sunday we did a bunch more puttering around indoors and out (I was alternately working on house stuff and PMRP website stuff). I had a nice phone call with my mother [ profile] silverlibre (and left voicemail for my sister). Then around 2pm when we started to feel a little eleven-o’clockish, [ profile] plumtreeblossom had a culinary inspiration and made me a grilled-cheese sandwich for lunch with Cheddar, blue cheese, cream cheese, minced garlic, and roast beef. It was spectacular! And she doesn’t even like blue cheese herself. Now it’s her turn to take a nap, and she’s dozing in her room (which has become our nap room) while I catch up with the world.

How’s your weekend been?
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My mother [ profile] silverlibre has been in town visiting for a bit over a week, and it’s been wonderful! Lots of wonderful home-cooked meals (mostly due to her, although we all collaborated on the Thanksgiving dinner, and [ profile] plumtreeblossom’s Thanksgiving turkey was wonderful, and lots of wonderful things to do and see and talk about. I don’t have time to do it justice, but here are a few of the highlights:

Seeing [ profile] zendzian in Mister Roberts at the Concord Players. (We didn’t much like the play itself — meaning the script —, but the acting was great, and the sets were truly impressive, and I’d love to see some more of their productions.)

Thanksgiving dinner was epic. [ profile] plumtreeblossom and [ profile] silverlibre and I had a fabulous time preparing food, and then we had a couple guests over and ate it. Thanks to our guests (who brought some yummy pickle and roasted sweet potatoes and pie for the feast).

We had a lovely time out playing board games with friends on Friday. Need to do more than that. A highlight of that was seeing [ profile] tamoroso; much to my surprise, it turned out that he and my mother had never met, and he’s really good people.

Today, we went to the Museum of Science, and had a blast. The Mammoths and Mastodons exhibit they have up at the moment is definitely worth seeing; we learned a lot. And we saw a nifty film about caving for extremophiles in the Omni theater. Before it they showed an interesting little propaganda film about how wonderful New England is, which was a bit strange but kind of fun — regional chauvinism for the win.

After that, we went to the Union Oyster House, which [ profile] plumtreeblossom had been to before but I (and [ profile] silverlibre) hadn’t. The food was very good; definitely worth the price. Made me want to eat more fish.

We still have time with [ profile] surrealestate and DD and Tadpole to look forward to, and dinner with [ profile] cathijosephine (who’s been on a road trip to New Orleans for the last couple weeks, but fortunately will be overlapping with [ profile] silverlibre for a couple days).

Life is feeling pretty good lately.
beowabbit: (Food: Christmas dinner at my sister's)
Happy Thanksgiving to all, and especially to my darling beloved [ profile] plumtreeblossom, with whom I’m sharing my seventh Thanksgiving today, and to my mother [ profile] silverlibre, who came out from Illinois to share it with us. And happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Cut for politics of Thanksgiving. )
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[ profile] plumtreeblossom and I are home after a really wonderful trip! The drive down was slow in places (in part because of one bad accident we passed), and we ended up arriving many hours after we’d hoped to, but we made it OK. We had a really wonderful time with [ profile] bcat1 and S. and the twins. And they had a rite of passage while we were there — we gave them their vuvuzelas!

They are such adorable, sweet, smart children, and we had a great time with them. Also with S. and [ profile] bcat1. We got lots of time with lots of various combinations and it was great. Oh, and I got to meet a cousin of mine who was also there visiting, who is a very nifty and interesting person.

The drive back home was quicker and easier and very relaxed. I love travelling with [ profile] plumtreeblossom; she’s a delightful travelling companion and we always have a lovely time together.

OK, very nearly ready to fall down go boom. I am not caught up on social media and may well not catch up, so let me know if there’s anything important I’ve missed.
beowabbit: (Me: playing as a toddler in London’s Hyd)
It’s after midnight Eastern Time, so I’m going to call that good enough to wish [ profile] silverlibre a happy birthday. I love you. Thank you for being my mother. I got very very lucky.
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I don’t think she’s reading LJ these days, but for the record, happy birthday to my fabulous sister [ profile] bcat1!
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I’d been meaning to post some more detail about the visitation and the funeral for some time, but at this point I don’t know when I’m going to get that much time and energy, so I’ll just say that [ profile] ka9sqb’s funeral was lovely and moving and just about perfect. The officiant did a wonderful job, and lots of people who had been close to [ profile] ka9sqb got up and told beautiful stories about him and his impact on our lives. A metaphor the officiant used, which I really liked, was the wonderful quilt that [ profile] ka9sqb had woven of the people in his life. He had such wide interests, and he could talk to anybody about anything and sound (and be!) knowledgeable and engaged. And at the funeral, that quilt was very obvious.

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, I was very glad to be able to show [ profile] plumtreeblossom where I’d grown up, and introduce her to so many of my relatives and old friends and family friends and friends of [ profile] ka9sqb’s. It was her first time in corn country, where the sky spans a hundred and eighty degrees. And on Tuesday (as part of a little tour of the town and the campus), we stopped in at the very pretty university library where I spent so many happy hours as a child and young adult. (As well as reading library books there, I used to take my own books there to sit and read, because it was quiet and pleasant and air conditioned.) That was a special sort of warm nostalgia for me.
beowabbit: (Me: shadow against sand under ripples)
My wonderful stepfather Don, beloved partner of my mother Ruth for several decades, and man I was proud to call father by choice rather than accident, died suddenly this morning of a sudden massive heart attack. He was active, busy, happy, and enjoying life and love to the end. We should all be so lucky.

Donald H. Johnson, 1943-2012.

I will probably post more here when/if I have time (perhaps filtered), but I wanted to get something here as soon as I could. I’m shaken but doing well and so glad and proud for the life he lived. My mother and sister seem to be doing OK so far (although I don’t think it’s really hit any of us yet). I’m so glad he lived to see his grandchildren, my sister’s twins.

Here’s a brief article by the public radio station where he worked for (as the article says) 20 years. It includes audio of a story of his, which was a nice touch; he started working there when I was still living at home, and it was always good to hear his rich warm familiar voice on the radio.

[ profile] plumtreeblossom and I will almost certainly be going out to the funeral and to see my mother. I’ve long wanted to show her where I grew up. This is not how I wanted to do it.
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A very happy Father’s Day to [ profile] ka9sqb, who is awesome!

Also to Sean, the wonderful father of my little niece and nephew, who no longer has an LJ account.
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Happy mother's day to [ profile] silverlibre, my and [ profile] bcat1's fabulous and amazing mother, and to [ profile] bcat1, the fabulous and amazing mother of my adorable niece and nephew.
beowabbit: (Me: playing as a toddler in London’s Hyd)
Happy birthday to the twins, R. and G., and happy Valentine's day to their parents, [ profile] bcat1 and [ profile] spacechicken! I have the cutest niece and nephew ever.

And a belated happy birthday to [ profile] joyeous. (I tried to post this yesterday morning but my poor net connection on the train ate it. And sorry I've been a bit lax about these lately.)
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I just wished my awsome and fabulous stepfather [ profile] ka9sqb happy birthday on the phone, but I wanted to do it here, too. Happy birthday!
beowabbit: (Travel: 1933 Ford)
So tomorrow [ profile] plumtreeblossom and I are driving down to North Carolina to visit my adorable niece and nephew, who are rapidly approaching two! We are so excited!

(Oh, we might say hi to their parents, too, if they happen to be around. :-)

I have it on good authority that there is also some Arby’s in our future.
beowabbit: (Local: I-93 South to Quincy)
(On the train, a few hours late for my date with my wuzzle.)

Yay, the plumbing's back! Turns out the gas company didn't break the sewer pipe when they replaced the gas line; the road crew broke it when they put in the lovely new granite curb. (That makes me feel slightly less guilty about all of the trouble for my neighbour — it'd have happened whether I needed my gas line fixed or not.)

Hot showers are a joy!

While I was waiting for the all-clear, I called and had a lovely long chat with my parents, [ profile] silverlibre and [ profile] ka9sqb. Remind me to post about oak pipes and prairie fires when I have a chance.
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Happy birthday to my wonderful sister [ profile] bcat1 (who doesn’t actually use LJ any more). I hope you’re having a fabulous birthday! I’d be more profuse, but I just woke up after sleeping through my alarm and have to scramble to work.
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I’ve been running around all day (with my honeywuzzle), so this is kind of late, but a very big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to [ profile] spacechicken, who makes my sister [ profile] bcat1 very happy and is the loving father of my little niece and nephew. And also a rock star and all-around nice guy. Hope your birthday was awesome!
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Happy birthday to [ profile] ka9sqb. Bringing you into my life is one of the best things [ profile] silverlibre has ever done for me, quite possibly second only to bringing me into my life. :-) Everybody should be lucky enough to have a father and friend as wonderful as you, but I think that might deplete the world’s Strategic Luck Reserves.
beowabbit: (People: me with plumtreeblossom May 2007)
Well, her flights were delayed, and it was around midnight last night before she got her luggage and we could go to the car (a rented Zipcar, since I took my car into the shop Monday and there were Unexpected Complications), but I have my honeywuzzle back. I am so glad she’s home.

And when we got to her place and unpacked, we opened all the wonderful gifts my family sent, including great cold-weather lotion for [ profile] plumtreeblossom and a fascinating-looking book on the history of the information age for me from [ profile] silverlibre and [ profile] ka9sqb, and some very useful cold-weather supplies for the car, and wonderful warm fleece blankets for each of us and a card with adorable photos of the babies from [ profile] bcat1 and [ profile] spacechicken. And did I mention the treats? Evidently my family thinks we’re too skinny! There ware all sorts of cookies and fudge and bread and excellent chocolate and just amazing delightful decadence.
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[ profile] plumtreeblossom is out in Rochester visiting her family. She was supposed to be flying back tonight. This morning I got a call from her saying she’d be getting in very late on the bus because flights to Boston are cancelled due to the snowstorm and the trains were all sold out.

A few minutes ago I got a call from her saying that the bus was cancelled. At this point she has no idea how or when she’s getting back to the Boston area.

Tonight after I picked her up was going to be our little Christmas celebration, opening gifts from my family. Tomorrow’s her birthday and we were going to celebrate with dinner. At this point it looks not at all certain that she’ll even be home by any point tomorrow. Poor darling. But wherever she is, she knows I love her.

In other news, I’ve been spending most of this holiday break at work. (When nobody else is around is a good time to do upgrades.) I have to say, I really love being at work with no distractions and nothing in particular I have to do in the evenings; being able to get in when I feel like it, sit down and focus solidly on one project all day, and leave feeling accomplished when I’m hungry or tired or just slowing down. I feel like I accomplish so much more in a quiet uninterrupted day on a holiday weekend than on an ordinary workday. And despite the fact that I’ve gone to work every day, it really feels like a vacation. I really enjoy my job.

I am sure ready to have my honeywuzzle back, though!
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Sorry I’m so overdue for this. I’m so busy these days I’m not even keeping up with my very most favoritest webcomics. :-) (Sorry, Randy and Jeph!)

Had a fabulous visit from my parents (my mother [ profile] silverlibre and stepfather [ profile] ka9sqb), much of it spent with [ profile] plumtreeblossom. Highlights were a yummy Thanksgiving dinner which [ profile] vanguardcdk joined us for, lots of Brazilian barbecue, a little tour of my building at work, and a trip to the Museum of Science, which my parents really enjoyed.

(Aside: [ profile] plumtreeblossom and I have Museum of Science memberships that let us bring guests for free. I’m just saying.)

Also made it to [ profile] woodwardiocom and [ profile] buxom_bey’s house for tree-trimming and socializing, which was lovely. Unfortunately, I missed a couple other gatherings I really wanted to make it to, due to Too Much Stuff in Too Few Hours.

I am in the middle of a huge cleaning and decrufting in my office, which as long as I’ve lived in this house has been the room I hid all my junk in when I couldn’t think of anyplace else to put it. A certain amount of progress is being made.

Cut in case you don’t want to read about medical stuff. )

Work has been busy, fun, and full of adventure.

Sorry to be doing this in bullet-points, but at least I’ve finally gotten around to posting!
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