april 2010

Heart not on Sleeve, Soul not in Journal

Halo Noir's Journal

WTF?!
april 2010
halonoir
I just logged into my LJ for the first time in like a month, and all my custom colors and stuff I set up are gone! :(

Life has been busy and summer has been good. I've been failing at losing weight, but succeeding at getting toned. Fair trade, for now. I've started using the Gazelle on days that I don't walk with Jess. I can do the 20 minute work-out (Intermediate) and hope to eventually be able to do the 30 minute.

I've been scaling down my doll collection majorly. Focusing on SD's and only keeping 3 MSDs and 3 Puki Pukis. Been doing heavy trading since the marketplace is slow. The trade that has made me happiest so far was getting an Angelheim Zion with snakes. Though within the next couple days I should have a DOD Homme Duncan showing up for a trade as well.

July was slower than June, but filled with more little things like boating, swimming, walking, etc.

July 6th - Went to the Fabulous Flamingos Exhibit with William at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. It was awesome, and quirky, and only $5 to get into the conservatory part of the gardens. Well worth it since this is where the more exotic plants are. It's split into a tropical and desert section and has a HUGE variety.

July 22nd - Berry picking at an orchard. Pretty cool, and my first time doing it.

July 24th - Ann Arbor Art Fair with Clinton as our first date. The Ann Arbor Art Fair is actually 4 fairs in one. It was a good time!

July 25th - Flint Institute of Arts with Steve to see the two glass exhibits (Tiffany and Tagliapietra) and catch the last day of the Japanese woodblock print exhibit.

July 28 - Sneak preview of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Amazing movie!

July 31st - Attended Maker Faire in Dearborn with Clinton on our second date. Very cool, like stepping into an alternate world of strange inventions (many of which were made to look odd on purpose, I'm sure). Plus we were able to explore the Henry Ford museum.

Afterward we went to Erick's birthday party and Clinton stayed on my couch since we'd both been drinking. In the morning I woke up early when I heard him go to the bathroom and was rather cranky and hung over. I made us breakfast then kept hinting that he should head home because I wanted to go back to bed, but he didn't seem to get it, so I kept getting more cranky until I finally bluntly told him to go. Almost 24 hours together on a second date is too long. I must've sounded too cranky though, because I never heard from him again after that. :P

August 13th - My friend Jeannie was in town from California and I went to a Primitive Rendezvous with her and a couple other people. It was really neat because it was less commercial than a Renaissance Festival (different time period too).

Holy crap, it's been a month since I posted!
april 2010
halonoir
Facebook has totally drawn me in. FUUUUCCCCKKK.

IN JUNE:
I spent lots of time walking with Jessica. Usually at least 5 days a week and worked up to a base of 3 miles per walk. We find different routes around town, or head out to the Holly Recreation Area. Even though the weight is coming off slowly, I do feel healthier mentally and physically.

I hosted more game days at BC Comix, but stopped after the month was up. Not having Sundays free was killing me during the summer when there is so much to do. Also have gone swimming a number of times.
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So yeah, life is good. :)

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april 2010
halonoir
WEDNESDAY-
Shane came over just before midnight and we watched some anime. I ended up crashing relatively early because I'm so old. :P Then watched more in the morning.

THURSDAY-
Booster draft at Gamers Sanctuary courtesy of Agius. He had won a box at the mox tourney and decided to draft it instead of just opening the packs. Most memorable moment for me was my having 13 elephant tokens. Then was dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings where our server absolutely sucked.

FRIDAY-
Had planned on going to Gamers Sanctuary, but after talking to the ex, decided not to. Then Erick talked me into using Jessica's deck at Friday Night Magic and I went 4-1, taking 5th place! Won $9 in store credit so that was kinda cool.

Then we went to Sagebrush for food and drinks. It was so loud there that we almost left, but decided to sit outside instead, which was actually quite nice and bug-free. Had my first Sex On The Beach shot... I didn't even know they made shots of them.

TODAY-
Headed out to the University of Michigan Museum of Art to see a Sekishu style style tea presented by women who haven't given a presentation of it at UMMA in 9 years. One has been practicing for 65 years, and she still doesn't consider herself to be a master. According to the website: "The Sekishu-style of tea was the orthodox style of the ruling Tokugawa Shogunate (1615–1868) and is also known as the “warrior style” tea."

In the Sekishu style it was explained that the napkin was folded and placed to the right, as usually a sword or dagger would be on the left... this is different from other styles of tea. They presented the "thin tea" portion of the ceremony, which would normally come after the "thick tea" portion. A full ceremony would usually last about 4 hours and the guests would eat and there would be a changing of rooms a couple times.

Apparently not many native Japanese have participated in a private formal tea ceremony. The interpreter/narrator said that probably only 1 in 12 (and he would estimate closer to 1 in 20) Japanese have been guests at a private ceremony. There are public ceremonies that host around 3000 people 5 or 6 times a year that are not so formal. You would be expected to be well versed in the art of the ceremony to attend a private one, and each lesson runs about $30-40 with multiple lessons being needed.

I do not like tea, but this one was delicious. Unlike many western and European leaf teas, the thin green tea we had was powdered instead. The best young buds and leaves are collected in Spring, then stored in a tea box until September when they are ground by stone into powder. I was glad they weren't presenting the thick tea, which they compared to almost needing to be kneaded rather than whisked to blend. We were also served some cute little sweets shaped like flowers.

After the presentation, I went upstairs to take the curator's tour of the "Wrapped in Silk and Gold exhibit". All the donated kimono in the exhibit were from 3 generations of a single family. The more casual ones were actually the older kimono in the exhibit, as back then, they would've been the common clothing. The newer ones were more formal since western clothing was worn day to day and the kimono only needed for special occasions.

The curator talked about the different dye methods, and how a formal kimono will have the family crest on the back, or even multiple crests for more important occasions. I was surprised to learn that some of the kimono that were woven with gold and had a design covering the entire fabric, were actually more casual than the black ones with a design along the bottom.

So I spent about 3 hours at the UMMA, and definitely want to go back to check out their core collection. It was fun during the presentations, but looking at the standard exhibits would be more fun with a friend.

4 Days of Go Go! Pics on my facebook
april 2010
halonoir
THURSDAY-
Got a call from Erick that he was getting a tattoo done at his house. So I headed over there, met his friends, drank and had a great time.

FRIDAY-
A friend came over and cooked for us. He made the best steak ever and showed me how to tell if it was "done" or not. He also taught me about blanching asparagus, which in taste, texture, and appearance makes it a lot better than just cooking it. I made a bread pudding, but added too many eggs because I thought they were too small looking. Big mistake, LOL.

Then we went to see Little Shop of Horrors live at the Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor. I had gotten tickets for over half off ($15 each) the day before, and it was freaking amazing. They were in their second extended run, and this was the final weekend. The cast was very professional, some having previously done broadway work. The set design made great use of a small space and folded and rotated to give great views and scene changes. The smaller Audrey 2s were automated, which was rather neat. I will definitely see future shows there too as there was not a bad seat in the house. I had no complaints about being in the 4th row though.

SATURDAY-
World Steam Expo in Dearborn! I didn't think I was going to get to go, but Jessica had mentioned it to Erick before she left, and he wanted to go, so yay! For a crash course in Steam Punk, check out this MTV series of vids.
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SUNDAY-
Went to do my game demo day, and no-one was there. After about a half hour, got a call from Erick and he just totally twisted my arm to go on the boat. (haha, yeah) So spent about 8 hours on the lake, good times but really had to pee by the end!

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april 2010
halonoir
SUNDAY-
Slow featured game day (Red Dragon Inn) due to nice weather, but the guy who tried taking over not only apologized to me in an online message earlier in the week, but also in person. So yay! Things are good there now.

MONDAY-
2.5 mile walk with Jessica in the morning, then I listened to her presentation she was working on for her promotion. I passed a garage sale on my way home, so then I walked an additional mile there and back. Ended up driving there with my car to pick up a nice size heavy resin fountain. It was missing it's plumbing and whatever used to be on top, but I figured if I filled it in with dirt, it would make a nice planter for flowers.

Hamburgers on the grill at Nat's later that night.

World Beer Expo
april 2010
halonoir
FRIDAY-
On Friday Steve picked me up and we lapped the mall twice (two miles) before heading to Gamers Sanctuary to play games with Scott. Got some Carcassone and Ingenious in and ate at Bar Louie for my first time. I was so tired and not looking forward to the prospect of sitting through 5 or 6 rounds of MTG so I hitched an early ride home with Matt.

Rested up at home a bit, then got a text from Jessica saying that she was hungry. I asked her if she wanted my leftover chips from Bar Louie, and she did, so I buzzed up to BC Comix. She ended up losing the round she was in, and she and Erick dropped early, so I went to Lucky's and had a drink while they had dinner. Then played Katamari at her house for a while.

SATURDAY-
Bob had invited me to the World Beer Expo in Frankenmuth and his friend Brandon picked me up. Had a really good time even though I don't like beer. I had 14 mini mugs of my own and about 30 sips of other people's beer, so I got to try a lot. I ended up using selection methods involving matching my hair color, coolest free swag given away, and sexiest chicks on the labels. The coolest free swag I got was a 6 sided die from Magic Hat.

We ate at the Black Forest twice, it was delicious. Did a little bit of shopping around. I tried deep fried Oreos. All in all, just a really good time.

Kitties are ok, fastest truck sale ever, on a motherfucking boat
april 2010
halonoir
WEDNESDAY-
Took Khan back to the vet and weight, heart rate, and temperature all checked out, so it meant she was just sore from the injections. The vet didn't bill me for the visit, just for the pain medication, so that was awesome.

Damon (the plumber) was running pretty far behind, so while I waited, I made a sale sign for the truck. 30 minutes later, there were 2 guys in the driveway looking at it. I went out to say hi, and they test drove it and we haggled for a bit and I ended up selling it for $150 less than I was asking. While they went to get the cash, Damon showed up and upgraded the old 1.5" metal pipe to a 2" PVC pipe, which is working much better.

Just as he was finishing up, the guys came back with the cash, and I was able to pay Damon out of the money I got from the truck, and everyone was happy. Yay for things working out.

Scott came over afterward and we played Katamari, watched a movie, and went to BC.


THURSDAY-
Went for a walk with Jess in the morning, then we took a little break and did some more walking to garage sales. While we were on the way back, her husband Erick caught up to us in his truck and asked if we wanted to go on a boat! Of course we did!

So we went over to his friends place and they took us around lake Ponemah on their pontoon. It was a double decker, so we girls got to sit up top and despite 2 layers of sunscreen, I still burned, as expected. Then we docked the boat at T-Bonez to eat. It was my first time there and the burger was excellent, and their Ponemah Punch might be my new favourite mixed drink. A mixed CD with "I'm on a Boat" was played.

Unfortunately, the trip took longer than estimated, because we were stuck waiting an hour for the last person to arrive, so I didn't get back in time to meet Tyler to do the bank stuff. So he went to apply for the loan alone, then I was back and we took care of Verizon and Consumers. I was too late to get to Charter before they closed.

Then I went back to Jess's and we played some Katamari on the PS3. Then we took a massive amount of pop cans from her garage back and ran some errands at BC, Sally's, VGs, and Walmart.

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april 2010
halonoir
Khan and Sheba went in for a deworming yesterday, and $430 later I thought everything was going to be ok. Today Khan is lethargic and not eating, so she's going back to the vet today. At one point yesterday, the needle got stuck in Khan when she jumped away, and was in her flopping around for a minute or so. They think it might be pain from that. If I wasn't waiting on the plumber to get here, I could take her right away, but instead I'm waiting until about 11:30.

It's turning into a shit night.
april 2010
halonoir
Tyler came by after work to get more stuff and work on getting Comcast switched over. I mentioned that I'm going to the World Beer Expo this weekend, and he said he's cutting down his drinking because he's going back on meds. When I asked him why he didn't do that while we were together (like he promised when I first got back with him), he didn't want to talk about it. Then I asked him something else, and he started saying that I was too controlling in our relationship... It's like he's blanking over the specific reasons (keeping him off drugs, not letting him get dogs) and justifying it to himself with a catch-all statement that makes him sound good.

Then later, Khan puked up worms, so now I have a vet bill coming.
Then, while washing the rugs that were puked on, the drainage pipe for the washer in the wall leaked all over the floor... so I have a plumbing bill coming.
Also, while cleaning everything up, I remembered that I have cavities that I have to pay cash to take care of now, because I won't be on Tyler's insurance since we're not getting married. So a dental bill coming.

Tyler needs to get me my $6575 ASAP.

Motor City Comic Con, Facebook
april 2010
halonoir
FRIDAY-
Walked with Natalie in the morning.

Went to FNM at Gamers Sanctuary with Scott and Brian, but didn't play Magic. Instead played some Carcassone and Thunderstone. Thunderstone was much easier and quicker this time around.

Then went to Buffalo Wild Wings where we were treated to free entertainment. It was prom night in Flint, and one of the prom-goers threw a glass of water at a waitress. We watched as they were escorted to the lobby, and the police arrived in the parking lot. It was almost as interesting to watch everyone else in the restaurant watching the kids, as it was watching the proceedings themselves.

We found out that the group had been told they'd need to leave at a certain time because they weren't 21. Then when the time came, they decided they didn't need to pay for their food because they were being kicked out. The ones that paid got to go, but the cops arrested the ones who didn't. I'm sure it was the most memorable prom for some of them.

SATURDAY-
Motor City Comic Con with Scott, which was way cool! I forgot my wallet, which kept me from spending as much as I would've liked to, but that was probably a good thing. Fortunately Scott fronted the money for a few things I felt I couldn't get anywhere else, such as: chocolate 20 sided dice, a Frank bunny-suit statue from Donnie Darko, and a Zombie Wars: The Living Dead Strike Back poster by Matt Busch. Scott also purchased a Shy Guy figure for me as a gift, which is currently being terrorized by Frank.

While we were waiting to get our books signed by Max Brooks (I had 2 copies of World War Z with me, one for myself and one for Jess to give to Erick), a guy walked by and said loudly, "I heard Max Brooks is an asshole". I turned to Scott and asked if he thought it was true, then the guy walked around the other side of the table and it turned out it was Max Brooks himself who said it! LOL. Side note: not an asshole.

Afterwards we went back to my place, and watched the worst zombie flick ever, "Autumn". It's not even a good type of bad film. Poor David Carradine. "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" by Terry Gilliam on the other hand was amazing!

Also had Dairy Queen turtle sundays, and measured the yard for the fence I'd like to put in. Played a bit of "We Love Katamari", though PS2 graphics on a HD TV make me want to cry.

SUNDAY-
Today I walked with Jessica for about 2 miles in the morning, then went to lunch with her and Erick at Lucky's.

Then it was time for running featured board game of the week, which was "Small World". I arrived at the store 45 minutes early, and the semi-annoying guy was there, with his copy already set up... which really irked me because I was supposed to run it, and I told him last week I'd bring my copy. Jessica was awesome and said in a loud voice, "aren't you supposed to be running this?". LOL. I asked him, "You know this doesn't start until 2, right?" Then said, "At least we can use these from my set", and brought out the photocopies I made of the expansion tile explanations".

He further irked me by asking what WE would be running next month, and I said that I would be talking to Bob about it and seeing what he wanted since the idea was to promote games the store carries. He also brought up that he wanted to run a munchkin tourney on a Sunday. I said maybe he should shoot for another day so it could be talked up as a tourney, but he really wanted to do it Sunday. The other problem is, the store runs MTG tourneys on Sundays now. Also, I asked what sort of prize support there would be, since if that was put in the advertising, it would be more likely to draw people. He said that it would take a month to get the prize support, which made me wonder why he was even talking about scheduling one for next month.

So we did 2 games of Small World, then I went outside for 10 minutes for a break and to get some info on my car from another guy at BC. When I came back in, he had started another game with the people who had been playing Dominion.

I was so upset, that I told him he should take over starting next month. I had put the effort into making up signs and coordinating everything with the store owners, and I was approved, yet he's trying to insert himself in a co-coordinator position. I told Chris that he'd be taking over next month, stating that I thought my life was just going to be too busy, and he said ok... but gave me a funny look. Later I explained the circumstances, and he was like "hell no then!". Plus the guy had talked down MTG, which is pretty much the bread and butter of the store.

I texted Jessica and asked if she wanted to go for another walk, since I had frustration to work out. Later, when I was walking with her, I received a call from Chris, who handed the phone to Bob, and Bob told me they had been having some other complaints about the guy and they wanted me to keep hosting. Hopefully this can be resolved without any drama, I emphasized that I felt bad about the whole situation, but am not good at conflict. It did feel really good for them to have that faith in me though. :)

After the second walk with Jessica and Erick, we decided to have drinking and Katamari, and they talked me into a facebook... finally. I HAD been holding out. *sigh* After you have 20ish different people bring up how you need a facebook in the span of a week, it's kinda hard not to get one.

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