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Ok, I'm adding in cuts because this ended up being a lot longer than I anticipated.

Much needed (and appreciated) friends time )
7V staff lunch )
Mixed bag of family stuff mixed with an unhealthy dose of cleaning )
And finally, to all my friends who are Packer fans, congratulations on your team's fine victory last night in the Super Bowl.


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In spite of the fact that I worked Friday night until 11:00, a few hours yesterday and again today, this has been a fantastic weekend.

Thursday night with Virginia refugees )

 

Friday night plotting )

 

Like new bass flute )

 

 

Flute, fiddle, disc golf and dinner )

Monique is down in FL for two weeks.  This weekend represents the half way point of that.  The past few days have really been marvelous for helping me get through the light depression I've been feeling missing my vacation and my darling wife.


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Are you kidding?  No way!.   It's been done by everyone else.  I want to write about something really exciting, like the weekend I just had.

I drove down Friday night to Virginia.  It took me about 6 1/2 hours, which is actually pretty good.  I left work early, so I was down there by 9:00.  I spent about an hour with Monique, apologized a lot, and then we went to bed.  Saturday morning, we were up at 5:00 to bring her sister and my cousin to the airport.  We went to an IHOP with them for breakfast.  Sadly, the heat was out in the place and by the time we finished eating our breakfast, the food and the coffee were cold.  After dropping them off at the airport, we went back to their house, where Monique decided to go back to bed.  This struck me as a good time to go on over to Steve's house.

I stopped at the local grocery store and picked up a whole bunch of snacks, a fruit tray and a veggie tray, and some blueberry muffins.  i figured nothing would go to waste and I was correct.  I was hoping to find a Dunkin Donuts on my way over, but there don't seem to be many in VA.  So sad.  As it turns out, I went within about 50 feet of one and didn't know it because it was facing out away from the very plaza I was shopping in.  *sigh*

Saturday consisted of Erin making breakfast for everybody (I felt like a hobbit having second breakfast) and much hanging out with cool people.  Nikki did both lunch and dinner for everybody.  Saturday night, we got in costume (mostly) and did a several hour in-game session as our Madrigal characters.  I caught up on Eurvein stuff with Petros and convinced Grum's Company to enter an entertainment competition.  I had a fabulous discussion with Valentine.  She actually managed to surprise me, both IG and OOG.  Most amusing.

Sunday was pretty much a mirror image of Saturday, though Cindy and Hope and Josh did manage to overcome inertia and lethargy.  They got eight of us out hiking the trails of one of the fine VA parks.  It was wonderful and I'm really glad we got out and about.  It was an invigoration walk through a beautiful LARP mod site (well, it should be anyway) where I enjoyed the conversation, exercise and fresh air.

Shortly after getting back, I had to say my farewells and head back to Monique.  Josh came with me and the three of us went out to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.  It was a wonderful meal, good food, great company.  I don't spend nearly enough time with Josh and as predicted, much of the conversation was about children, his and mine.  Of course, mine are the same age as half the people I hung out with this weekend and his are barely older than my grandchildren, but it gave us common ground. 

I tried to get Monique to go in and see people when we brought Josh back, but she was really tired and just wanted more crash time.  We went back to her sister's house where she worked on finishing the third book in a trilogy she started that weekend.  i worked on the database on my laptop.  We listened to his and hers iPods.  It was so romantic.  :-p

Monday morning we headed over to her other sister's to pick up the flowers she forgot there on Friday.  We chatted for a while and I played catch and Connect Four with my nephew.  He won one.  I won one.  He didn't want to play a tie breaker.  Monique and I then headed up to Frederick MD where Monique is spending the rest of the week for work.   I got her luggage in the hotel for her and we watched a movie before dinner, after which I headed home.

I listened to an audio book most of the way, The Time Travleler's Wife.  I got a little over halfway through it.  It's an excellent book so far and I highly recommend it.  However, if you read it and don't like the second half or the ending, don't blame me.  I'm only recommending the first half so far.

Work today would totally ruin this post about a fine weekend, so I'll skip it for now.
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You know it's bad when you have a really nice weekend and Monday just sucks so much you don't even have time to post about it, never mind read about your friends' weekends.

Anyway, back to the nice weekend, because I really don't want to think about work for another few minutes.  Saturday [livejournal.com profile] winterswan  and [livejournal.com profile] vayrocklord  came over to visit and check out the flute choir as potential wedding music.  We chatted with them for a while before the rehearsal, they came to the performance and then we went out for dinner at Ruby Tuesday after.  We crashed pretty quickly when we got home.  Sunday morning we had a wonderful breakfast provided by my wonderful wife before they hit the road to go back to Providence.  It really was a good time and made me realize how much I miss being close enough to my friends to do that sort of thing.

So about this rehearsal / concert.  The Silver Village Flute Choir played at a bookstore in Shelton Saturday night.  It was a free job, but we play for the love of playing, so that was ok with us.  Unfortunately, one of my members got a paying job for several weekends in a row.  One of them was this job.  Fortunately she was able to get us a substitute because there were just barely enough of us available that night to cover all the parts.  Unfortunately, we don't play with a conductor so I wasn't real comfortable having someone sight read a performance.  Fortunately, everyone was able to come to my house an hour and a half early so we could run the tough parts and give her a feel for the ensemble.  It all worked out beautifully.  We had a crowd of about 25 in the audience.  The group did a great job.  I was thrilled.  We even got a two thumbs up from Monique, my best and worst critic.  She said it was the best she'd heard us play in a long time.  Woo-hoo.

Ah, nice happy thoughts.  Now back to reality and another grueling day.

Friendship

Oct. 21st, 2008 08:30 am
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I was thinking (yeah, dangerous, I know) on my drive home from NERO this weekend about friends.  I have an amazing number of people I deem friends and I often wonder at this.

One of my dearest friends in the world, keyla, is getting married in two weeks.  She has asked me to play at her wedding.  It is an incredible statement to me of both our friendship and what my music means to her.

Her fiance, who I consider a friend, though not nearly as close to me (yet) as keyla, suffered the loss of his father this past weekend.  I can't imagine the pain this is causing them, especially considering the timing.  I will be at the wake to show my love and support of my friends.  I can't imagine how anyone who calls themselves friend could do less.

What really started this line of thinking was LARPing.   I just had the most amazing weekend and it's because friends went out of their way to see that I was given the lead in a plot line that was filled with glorious moments (highs and lows) in which I was able to include so many other friends.  This isn't the first time either.  It's happened multiple times in both NERO and Madrigal.  And the way it usually happens is my friends taking pleasure in trying to find new and innovative ways to outsmart me, not to beat me (though there seems an element to that, which I enjoy), but to challenge me and entertain me.

Then this weekend, eclecticgypsy created the inspiring icon you see on this post, an icon of music and love.  It truly touched me that these are the two elements she associated with me in creating this icon.  It's beautiful and the fact that she took her time and creative energy for me in this fashion is truly heart warming.  It will rank up there with the Zephyr portrait that silverhare did for my birthday.  These are examples of the things that amaze me when my friends do them.  I'm just in awe of these.

There are so many examples of things my friends do for me that I don't think I thank them all enough for.  This could be a very long post.  However, I think I'll stop here and just say thank you to all of you out there that consider yourself a friend.  Know that I appreciate each and every one of you.

Ok, I'm done being emotional now.  Back to work.
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