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if a touch short. We drove down to Kansas City, MO on Thursday to visit my father and step-mother, and drove back on Sunday.

On the way down, we stopped at the Calico Hutch Quilt Shop in Hayward, MN, and Crossroads Quilting in Cameron, Mo. [livejournal.com profile] iraunink spent her Newtonfest & Valentine's presents between the two of them. We left about 8:30am, and got there about 6:30pm.

Saturday Dad took us to Leila's Hair Museum. Absolutely fascinating, about the use of human hair to make various kinds of ornament.

We spent a lot of time talking about family histories.

On the way back, we stopped at the Amish Country Store in Lamoni, IA - bought a couple of candles, some snack stuff, and had lunch (Maid-Rites! haven't had those in years!). We left about 10am, and got home about 7pm.

Today is recovery - I slept late, and now I'm doing laundry.

Shopping!

Feb. 14th, 2014 05:58 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] iraunink and I were mean and cruel yesterday. We took Erin, the daughter-in-law who loves to bake, to visit a store she did know existed two weeks ago - the Nordicware Factory Store.

She was suitably impressed. And says that it's a good thing she lives so far away from it!

And I got a new Bundt Pan - they call it the Holiday Tree Bundt Pan. It looks like a circle of evergreen trees with a model railroad running around the bottom.
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OK, maybe a couple of weeks.

Friday two weeks ago we picked up the grand-son. Saturday morning (4/27) we took him to see one of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies perform selections from Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky. We took him home Saturday evening.

Last Saturday (5/4), we went to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Chanhassen Dinner Theaters. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber - hard to go wrong! We enjoyed it immensely. Then it was off to the Minn-StF Meeting at Eric & Rachel's - that was fun too.

Coming up we have The Friend's School Plant Sale tomorrow morning, and step-son gets married Saturday evening. The grand-son will be coming back from the wedding with us, and we'll be dropping him off at his mother's on Sunday afternoon.
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Thanksgiving Day we went over to Don & Margo's, where we were joined by Virginia, John & Jeanne, Dean & Laura, and Julie & Deanna. Nice Thanksgiving Dinner.

Black Friday I hosted gaming - Don & Margo, Martin S., and Kevin A. came over. First Don & Margo & Martin & I played Quarriors, then all five of us played to games of Wizards. Don won Quarriors, I won both the games of Wizards.

Saturday was a quiet day at home - computer, TV watching, not much else.

Today was laundry and more turkey - we made a nearly 20 pound bird, with ~1 pound of garlic (inspired by Chicken w/ 40 cloves of garlic). Jake, Erin & AJ came over to join us. After dinner we played a game of Quirkle - Erin & Jake ended up tying for first place.

The laundry is done enough - I'm headed for bed shortly.
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I'm driving up to Duluth as soon as I've showered and had breakfast. My brother is visiting from Iraq - he's the one who's driving a semi over there. This is an R&R visit - he goes back the 23rd, and is supposed to be done sometime in August.

A look back

Jan. 1st, 2010 09:26 am
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At the popular decade. Which is kind of nice to use right now, because ten years ago was before a major life milestone.

At this time ten years ago, I believe I was asleep. I'd been to the Minn-StF New Year's Eve Party at Dreampark the night before, I was headed for Larry Sanderson's Hair-of-the-Dog Party that afternoon. [livejournal.com profile] daedala was renting my spare room.

I was a single 40-year-old male with no romantic prospects. I was nine months in to a free year on matchmaker.com (I wonder if they're still around? ... Yep - they've changed their focus somewhat, but are still there!) that was being really depressing. I'd been sending probably 2-3 'hello's' each week - I'd gotten maybe 5 replies, and actually met 1 lady in person. It wasn't working out.

In about 2.5 months I'd start corresponding with [livejournal.com profile] iraunink. In three months I'd meet her. In just over ten months we'd get married. I had no idea this was coming. (I have a joke about this - if someone had told me on Valentine's Day 2000 that I'd be celebrating Valentine's Day 2001 with my wife, I'd have told them they were crazy.)

Yes, there's some bad stuff that happened in the past ten years - diagnosed with Large Granular Lymphocyte Leukemia, lost a job, currently working at a job I'm having a hard time coping with. But that's all dwarfed by the wonderful changes my lovely wife [livejournal.com profile] iraunink caused.

I hope the next ten years are as good as the last.
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Gee, it's been a while since I posted anything about life in general. Here's a catch-up post.
Details under the cut )
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My father & step-mother are abandoning their life on the road and setting down roots in Kansas City, starting next month. I've been trying to get them to dim sum for a few years now, and have been failing miserably.

At some point in the next 6-12 months, we'll go down to visit them. Anyone have suggestions for a (hopefully) good dim sum place there?
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[livejournal.com profile] azurelunatic associates Bujold, the IT industry, dogs, family, and The Frozen North with me.

Bujold
Lois McMaster Bujold, most well-known for her Vorkosiverse books. I've been a fan of her's since Joel H. talked me into reading The Warrior's Apprentice within a couple of years of it coming out - I got to read it, Shards of Honor and Ethan of Athos very quickly. And I've been devouring anything new by her ever since. This one of my two on-line fandoms (the other is the Liaden Universe), and I've been hosting in-person get-togethers ever since [livejournal.com profile] norabombay came to Minneapolis to look into maybe coming up for school.

The IT industry
I've been doing computer support as my job since June 1990. I've done it for a professional engineering firm, an IT hardware company, the Federal Reserve, a manufacturing company, and a non-bank money services company. I try to keep track at least superficially of what's going on the industry as a whole. I've done a lot of stuff - maybe just about anything - that involves x86 hardware. I've been running a Debian/Linux system since January 2000 at home that serves the domains fireopal.org & ytilaer.com, with e-mail, web, ssh & mailing list services. I want to get into a server/network admin role - my next step on that goal is getting an RHCE certification.

Dogs
I'm a dog person. I grew up with chihuahuas. As much as I like chihuahuas, I won't buy one - they're too territorial for my life-style, we'd drive each other nuts. My first significant purchase after I bought my house was a dog - that was Ben, my first Shih Tzu. I've had three Shih Tzu's die on me - Ben had a car accident, Chela died of old age, and Gizmo's liver started eating his red blood cells. I've currently got Mac (Macguyver), a prize-winning former show dog, Josie, who is half-Shih Tzu/half unknown terrier, and Precious, a former puppy-mill mom who is all [livejournal.com profile] carbonel's fault.

Family
Wife, Mom, Dad, "The Evil Step-Mother", brother, sister-in-law, three nieces, three step-sisters, two step-brothers (TESM's kids - I've only seen two of the step-sisters and neither of the step-brothers in the last 10+ years), mother-in-law, two step-daughters, one step-son, two sons-in-law, three grand-kids, and a host of relatives of my wife. The step-kids each had one kid - the boy had a boy, the two girls had girls. My brother's in Iraq driving a semi for an obscene amount of money. Dad & TESM are currently living on the road. Mom lives in Duluth. The step-brothers/sisters live in Duluth, Duluth, North Carolina, Oregon & Missouri. Wife's brothers & sisters mostly live in the Twin Cities - the one exception is out on the Left Coast. We get together with my wife's family more frequently than mine.

Oh, yeah - the family fast track. I went from single with no prospects to being a grand-father in 729 days. My first date with [livejournal.com profile] iraunink was 5 April 2000. We got married on 5 October 2000. The first grand-kid was born on 4 April 2002. If someone had told me on Valentine's Day 2000 that I'd be celebrating Valentine's Day 2001 with my wife, I would have told them they were nuts!

The Frozen North
I live in Minneapolis, MN. I moved to Duluth, MN to start first grade. I went to college at MTU, in Houghton, MI. The first year I was there the previous snowfall records were broken, possibly shatterd, by 300" inches of snow. There was a spot 20-30 miles north of Houghton that got 360" of snow - yes, 10 yards. I like my snow and cold, and complain bitterly about the summer heat. For that matter, I've been known to complain that we only get a real winter here in Minneapolis once every four or five years! If I were to move away from Minneapolis/St. Paul, the only likely place would be the Pacific Northwest - I'll trade the lack of snow in winter for the low summer highs.

I'll give a try at if I know you, you've just to ask and I'll come up with five things I associate with you. If I don't know you, I may amuse myself by picking five arbitrary things (or not).
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The promised baby pictures - click on the picture to see more:


We got a new dog bed (pardon the pun) - again, click the picture to see more:
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The wake was Friday 4-8pm, the funeral was Saturday at 11am.

It was an Irish wake (minus the alcohol) with a short Catholic prayer service towards the end. The funeral was a full Catholic funeral mass, followed by interment in the parish cemetery and then lunch back at the church. Everyone seems to be coping at this point.

Bad News

Jun. 22nd, 2008 03:07 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] iraunink's father died about 10:30 this morning.

We got a call this morning at 7:05 that he was dying, the end was expected within hours. We were at the hospital by 8:30. We sat around and talked with [livejournal.com profile] iraunink's family - all of her kids showed up, all but one of her siblings and their spouses, her mother, a bunch of her nieces and nephews. We left about 1:30 and went back to 4th Street Fantasy Convention.

We'll be hearing about the schedule for the funeral later - we're guessing it will be Tuesday or Wednesday.

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