The past few days have been pretty good, I have to say. We got Thursday and Friday mostly off from the ERP project at work. The guys working on the install with us had a client in the final stages of their install, so they couldn't be here with us. It was great time for getting less behind in things for my normal workload.create_universe
and Mark (LJ unknown, Adeon, new Eurvein guy at Madrigal) came up Thursday night on their way to NPC Endgame this weekend. They came in from VA in the wee hours of the morning but were good sports and got up with me Friday morning anyway. Monique made us all breakfast before work. She's the best. I love her. I went in about two hours late so I could hang out with the guys. Good time.
Saturday I took Monique and her friend Pam to the airport. They're going to FL for a week's vacation. It sucks that she's got so much more vacation than me, but she really needs the time to rest. She's been pushing as hard as me.
After dropping them off I went to the CT Renn Faire. It was a nice change of pace to just wander at my pace, stop where I wanted, spend as much or as little time at any one thing. I've enjoyed visits with others, but this definitely had a lot to say for it. There was a phenomenal mime. I didn't think you'd ever catch me singing the praises of a mime, but this guy was incredible beyond words. He "accompanied" several of the other acts in what appeared to be improv. He used his total body to express everything. He was quick on his feet and IMO, by far, the most entertaining thing I saw; a mime. Who would have thought it?
Of course, I saw far too many things I wanted to buy. The bright side of that is that I saw so much I wanted that nothing stuck out above the rest and I ended up buying nothing. I saved a small fortune by wanting too much. Win! :-)
And of course the lovely and talented vanora27
performed and then we went out to dinner after with a couple of her friends. I stayed out way too late considering the hour and a half drive home, but it was so much fun it was completely worth it.
Sunday saw a house that was far too cold. I finally buckled and turned on the heat. Nothin'. I went and checked the furnace and it had apparently been totally shut down. I read the directions. I played with it a little, very little. There were 2 valves, 2 knobs and 2 switches (that I could find). I asked myself, "What's the worst that could happen if you mess with it?". Unfortunately, I answered myself, "It's a gas powered device you idiot, you could blow up". I decided I'd call our plumber today to come turn it on correctly.
So I ended up bringing in firewood and starting a fire. It didn't warm up the whole house, but it certainly took the edge off. And it was a lovely backdrop for our flute choir rehearsal. I've added in a couple extra rehearsals outside the normal schedule because we have a performance in mid-November and our bi-weekly schedule was already interrupted too much by LARPing. I won't schedule a rehearsal on a LARP weekend because if I do, I'm either too tired or I don't make it back in time. Since I run it out of my house, those aren't good things.
On the bright side, the music is shaping up nicely and I'm feeling good about the people attending and the performance as a whole. I just wish I could get better commitment from people. Waiting until a month before a performance to know I'll have enough people is nerve wracking.
On to work. Happy Monday all. Have a good week.