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Friday, I'm in lurve - Ldy, the lemony, ligerish ducttaparian's Magic Treehouse of Lost Thoughts
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Friday, I'm in lurve
So, last night, P, Z, and Z's friend A and I all went out to celebrate my birthday and Father's day at... Yamato's!! :D

I had filet mignon and lobster... on my son's dime. So it tasted even better! ;)

It was really good, and so was I-- I actually put it in my fitday (which you can see here). However, since it was technically a birthday dinner, it contained zero calories. Including the saki. Score!

And I got phat loot!

It was funny...Paul wrapped the gifts when he got home, and stashed 'em in the bedroom. When I went into the bedroom to get changed for dinner, there was a little gift in a bag, and a huge gift wrapped with baby shower paper. Paul followed me in, pointed at the big gift and said "Jeez, now you know that Zack got you a Guitar Hero guitar. He was convinced that's what you wanted."

It wasn't. Zack gave me the small package:



Hooray! I haven't actually played more than twice in the last month (due to time constraints, not desire-- if it were up to me, I'd play all the time), but my character's already in her mid-50s and I've been SO eager to try BC. Meanwhile, in the month I haven't played, Z's leveled his alt to nearly 50, so I should be able to play with either his main or his alt soon :)

Paul gave me the large package, which was... a metallic purple violin?!!



Bwahahahaha! I had wanted to get one because they're strung the same way as a mandolin (perfect 5ths, GDAE), so I figured that while the learning curve would be steep, at least something about it would be familiar to me. Plus it was so inexpensive that I could play with it without feeling compelled to focus on it constantly. He also got me this book and this video. What a cool and unexpected gift :)

So last night, I learned how to play Mary Had a Little Lamb on the violin. It actually wasn't too difficult!

But the violin? It's painful. In so many ways... my ears, my arm, my shoulder... And it doesn't stay in tune more than a few seconds... but maybe the strings just need to stretch. Heh, maybe I do, too. ;)

Surprisingly, the cat's don't hate it. Max hates the mandolin, but tolerates the violin. Gracie loves both. Go figure!

Additionally, we bought some tableware last night! Can you guess why?
A. Amazon had a couple of 18/10 Oneida silverware sets on sale for $50, and one thing led to another (darn you, Amazon!)
B. We're still using the mismatched silverware, stoneware and Corelle I've been using/abusing since my early 20s
C. Paul pushed for it because our relationship has been li'l shaky of late and he wants me (us, really) to be happy and settled here
D. All of the above!

Hint: The answer is "D"

http://www3.shopsmartbargains.com/images/product/301029/3010298312_LG.jpg

I had originally planned on getting these big blue square plates, but they were too darned big for my cabinets! I'm actually rather glad: I discovered the Blue Grass tableware shortly thereafter, and I'm absolutely delighted with it-- it was lurve at first sight :) Elegant AND casual... boy, is it ever hard to find that in a table setting!

Oh, if the Blue Grass link doesn't work, it's because they're sold out. I think I actually got the last two off Amazon, and at the time of this writing, there were only two left at SmartBargains.com (wait-- make that one!).

OK, I'm going to install Burning Crusade and maybe even get some more work done today. (Technically, I don't work Fridays-- it's my little rebellion at having my pay cut by 30%-- but truth be told, I still usually work Fridays. And some evenings. And weekends. I just can't not do when there's things to be done.)

Heh, returning now after several major work interruptions. I'll get this posted yet!

~Hugs to those who need 'em, those who want 'em, and those who don't run away quickly enough~

I'm feeling all kinds of: bouncy Friday!
What I hear: Zack practicing in the other room

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Comments
bluegrrl314 From: bluegrrl314 Date: June 22nd, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I got the pink version of that same violin 2 summers ago. Our cat doesn't mind it.....but then again, my boyfriend's band rehearses in the basement, and that no longer bugs him either. ;>

Happy belated birthday!!! I like your new plates set....very pretty.
ldy From: ldy Date: June 22nd, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Hee, cool that you have the same violin in a different colour!

Thanks-- I like the plates, too :)
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beautyorbeast From: beautyorbeast Date: June 22nd, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I love Oneida silverware, but that's just because it's made locally. How did you enjoy your visit back home? Have you gotten homesick for the weather changes? Well, all of them but winter, I'm sure.
amelia From: amelia Date: June 23rd, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Wow. Just, wow. That violin is freakin' sweet.

(also, don't be afraid to take it somewhere and getit looked at if the tuning continues to suck, someone can probably do something about that)
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