Back to ... reality?
Posted at 11 Dec 2008 10:58:34 AM
We're back - had a great time seeing everyone and doing everything. :)
I have nifty presents from Lake George for other people, and nifty hairsticks and chainmail chokers from the renfaire for me.
Also a rather large case of apathy - really, I ought to learn to take off the day after
vacation, too. Although with the cat and the dog, the house isn't exactly 'quiet time' anymore, either*.
In a nutshell:
Wandered Manhattan and saw Amy and Mike's new house (shiny!). Drove up with Mom and hiked around North Lake and Kaaterskill Falls. Ate a large quantity of wild blueberries. Spent a couple of days at the lake, took boat rides, went for aimless drives, wandered around Prospect Mountain. Watched Laura
, which I'd been meaning to see for years (excellent movie). Drove to vkrafft
's and went to Sterling Renfaire. Ate salt potatoes and steak-on-a-stake, saw jousting, disobedient red-tailed hawks, a sword swallower and an ironic circus-performer's balancing act. Caught the plane home on Sunday.
Flights were on time. Got a ride home from the airport.Kevin took spectacular care of the house, so we didn't have a mess or anything to deal with. Put stuff away. Hooked up the new** TV. Realized that the impending destruction of the old entertainment center meant "What do we do with the DVDs?!" Went to Best
Buy and picked up a black & stainless steel wire contraption which promises to hold something like 360 DVDs. Assembled it. Sorted DVDs. Filled contraption: I blame the VCR tapes. Had ravioli on the couch. Slept.
Bowling tonight -- wish me luck!
* I used to be able to put them both outside. Have I mentioned Ouiser's recently-acquired trick of sneaking under the chain link fence into the neighbor's yard? He's very proud of it: I think he can do it in 2.5 seconds flat. So, 'til we get that fixed he's not allowed outside unless on a leash.
** It doesn't work, yet. The appointment with the repair guy is this afternoon, and he promises that he can fix it. I still maintain that 56" is WAY too f**king large for our little living room and consequently looks completely absurd, but... gift horse, mouth, etc.