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I Wish for a Month of Weekends

This weekend was a blast….I wish I had a month of weekends.

Friday I left work in the afternoon and got home to find Dee and Violet outside enjoying the beautiful weather.  I kicked a soccer ball around with Violet and took in some sun and cool air (finally!)  Since it was a race weekend (NASCAR), there were crowds of people already converging on the town, as evidenced by the skywriter who decided to write everyone a message:


That last one was flipped so you could see a little easier what the skywriter was writing.  The final message ended up saying "Welcome Race Fans", although the wind was so strong that by the time the next word was written, the previous word had all but blown away into insubstantial wisps of cloud.  Still, it was pretty neat to see it in action, and Violet really enjoyed it.

Mr. Blue Sky
Electric Light Orchestra

Friday night I went to Shabbat services at the synagogue that I just joined – it was a little bit of a weird experience because I have NEVER been to a Shabbat service somewhere where I didn't know at least someone.  I was sitting alone in a strange sanctuary with strangers, singing songs with strange melodies.  However, there was enough continuity in the prayers and some of the songs that I was comforted and felt welcome, if not yet at-home.  The people I met seem nice, and I am looking forward to going back to more services and really feeling like I'm part of the congregation.

The next morning, I got up early (!) to get ready to take my daughter to "Tot Shabbat" – this is a Shabbat service the synagogue holds once a month for kids under 5 – it's a 15 minute Shabbat morning service filled with songs and stories, followed by a craft activity and snacks.  Violet loved it and really got into the singing and coloring her tzedakah (charity) container craft.  Unfortunately, I wimped out when it came to talking to other adults and only ended up introducing myself to 1 other parent.  I hope to do better next time – even if I don't meet up with these parents, it'll be nice to introduce myself and not act like a loner.

Dee took Violet to my mother-in-law's for lunch, leaving me home alone.  I took advantage of the time to go for a run and get rid of some excess energy.  It felt good to get my running shoes on again and just go out there, unencumbered and free to let my mind wander where it wanted to go.  I REALLY need to get back into running regularly, I feel so much healthier (both physically AND mentally) when I do.

Saturday night was a girls'-night-out event for Dee as they celebrated my niece's birthday at an italian restaurant.  I spent the evening doing the two-step with Violet (at least, she thinks it's real dancing) and playing house with her and her little people toys.  Oh, and after the tater tot went to bed, I had a manhattan or two and watched Hostel.  Creepy and gory and engaging.  Definitely recommended to anyone who is a fan of the genre.  Definitely not recommended to anyone who is not.

Sunday, I was a complete lazy bum – I watched some football and helped out around the house and played with my daughter, but I'm not sure if I even went outside at all (oh wait, I brought in the groceries from the car, that counts, doesn't it?)  Idyllic, if not very healthy.

Anyway, I really enjoyed my weekend, and am totally ready for another.  In fact, I'm ready for a whole month of weekends.  Anyone know where I can find some?

Light & Day
The Polyphonic Spree

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Yod’s Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunt, Take #2

1. Take a self portrait of yourself doing your best secret agent impression.

What evil lurks in the hearts of men?  Only the Shadow knows…or the shadowy, partially obscured figure dressed like a sekrit agent from an old 50's B movie…I'm passing the uber-secret crossword puzzle to my invisible government contact in this photo.  Please note I had already completed photo scavenger hunt topic #2 at the time of this photo.

2. Show us the most delicious thing that you can prepare in your kitchen in under 90 seconds.

Ross' Extra-Delicious Manhattan Recipe

1 part whiskey (Black Label optional, but highly recommended)
1/2 part sweet vermouth
2 maraschino cherries
Ice to suit
Stir and sip, repeat when you hit bottom

I swear I wasn't copying crankypants on this one!  I made and drank this one long before I saw her post!

3. Take a picture of a tattoo or piercing on your body. If you don't have either, show us where you want one and tell us what you plan to get. If you're against body modification or are just not interested, take a picture of your thumb.

This is a slightly-weird angle of my one and only tattoo.  I got it after I had graduated college and joined the working world, and was completely sober at the time.  I had started off with an idea of what I wanted, combined it with some flash I saw at the tattoo parlor, helped the artist fine-tune it to my liking, and just went for it.  I highly recommend Skin Funk Tattoo in New York, if you're ever up that way and looking for some new ink.

4. Show us something that could only exist in [where you live].

Only in North Carolina can you find Big Tobacco manufacturing facilities hand-in-hand with acres and acres of cow-pastures.  These fields are all owned by Philip Morris, who has a facility somewhere back there on-site.

Note: North Carolina's unofficial state motto is: Remember, Tobacco is a Vegetable!

5. Create a sculpture of a pig out of unconventional materials (don't use clay or play doh, etc.) and show it to us.

Meet Gerald the soda-pig (not to be confused with Spider-Pig).  Born 11:22 AM, August 18th, 2007, Gerald consists of:

1 caffeine-free diet pepsi can
4 sheet-metal screws
1/2 sheet of pink paper
2 pieces of scotch tape
1 pink-vinyl coated paper-clip
Ink from a Sharpie
A whole lot of TLC

Unfortunately, Gerald suffered a bad accident involving a recycling bin, and is no longer with us.  He is survived by his littermates Geraldine and Harold, both of whom declined to be pictured here.

Gerald, the Soda-PigGerald's Profile ShotGerald's Derriere

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QotD: I’ll Have The Usual

    If a waiter stopped by right now to take your order, what cocktail or drink are you having?

A manhattan please, and make it strong.  I really need it right now.

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