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Today was the last day of my short vacation. I had intended to go down to Wrigley Field to see the Cubs / Cardinals game tonight, but my intestine informed me that I had other plans. (It quieted down nicely later in the day, but you really don't want to be at Wrigley Field with an iffy digestive track.)

So not a lot got accomplished. I took Katie to the library to register for their summer reading program. I installed a big SD card into my new phone to hold my music library and I think I've got most of it copied to the new location.

And we grilled some Polish sausage and hot dogs for dinner.

It'll do. :)
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We pulled in a bit after 6 PM from four days and three nights at the Great Wolf Lodge up in the Wisconsin Dells. Katie and Julie had a wonderful time chasing around the water park with me, [livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise, Uncle [livejournal.com profile] jeff_duntemann, and Aunt Carol.

We are all now officially tired.

Because that's what vacation is for. :)
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Julie is in love with the wave pool. Katie is in love with the water slides. The adults are all really, really tired.
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I am in the process of checking in the last bug fix that needs to go in before vacation. Anything that is left in my bug box can wait until I get back. :)

Update: And the work computer is now turned off...
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I am going on vacation on Monday for a week.

Any work-related crises that are not taken care of by the end of Friday are going to get to be someone else's work-related crises if they have to be dealt with next week. If no one does, I'm going to assume that they weren't really crises. :)
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We had a great time visiting [livejournal.com profile] bedlamhouse and [livejournal.com profile] ladyat's new place down in Danville, Indiana. In the evening, [livejournal.com profile] min0taur, Sally, [livejournal.com profile] tollers, and Jen joined us for dinner and a bit (not nearly enough :) ) music. We bugged out right after dinner at about 9:45 Eastern time and made it back to Chicago in about four hours. We would have done better than this, except Indiana 39 headed off into a long detour as we tried to take it north from Danville to Lebanon; then the River Road toll plaza on the Northwest Tollway was an absolute mess from construction. Par would have been about 3.5 hours, I think.

We arrived home to find the house still here, but an alarm going off in the basement. Apparently, an enormous can of "denatured alcohol solvent" decided to develop a pinhole leak and the basement is now saturated with ethanol and methanol fumes. Our gas detector is having a fit. If it doesn't give up, sooner or later I'll unplug it so we can get some sleep, having opened all the windows in the basement to give the stuff a chance to dissipate after removing the box that the can had been in -- along with its alcohol-sodden contents -- to the backyard.

Meanwhile, we're hoping that [livejournal.com profile] fuzzbucket_cat will forgive us for our two week absence, but he's sulking in the back yard right now. I don't think he likes the gas alarm either.
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We had a great time visiting [livejournal.com profile] bedlamhouse and [livejournal.com profile] ladyat's new place down in Danville, Indiana. In the evening, [livejournal.com profile] min0taur, Sally, [livejournal.com profile] tollers, and Jen joined us for dinner and a bit (not nearly enough :) ) music. We bugged out right after dinner at about 9:45 Eastern time and made it back to Chicago in about four hours. We would have done better than this, except Indiana 39 headed off into a long detour as we tried to take it north from Danville to Lebanon; then the River Road toll plaza on the Northwest Tollway was an absolute mess from construction. Par would have been about 3.5 hours, I think.

We arrived home to find the house still here, but an alarm going off in the basement. Apparently, an enormous can of "denatured alcohol solvent" decided to develop a pinhole leak and the basement is now saturated with ethanol and methanol fumes. Our gas detector is having a fit. If it doesn't give up, sooner or later I'll unplug it so we can get some sleep, having opened all the windows in the basement to give the stuff a chance to dissipate after removing the box that the can had been in -- along with its alcohol-sodden contents -- to the backyard.

Meanwhile, we're hoping that [livejournal.com profile] fuzzbucket_cat will forgive us for our two week absence, but he's sulking in the back yard right now. I don't think he likes the gas alarm either.
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We pulled into Danville, Indiana to visit [livejournal.com profile] bedlamhouse and [livejournal.com profile] ladyat around 5:30 PM, somewhat later than we'd expected, but I'd neglected to take the time change into account. Also, we'd gotten started late, lunch took longer than expected... Ok, you know the litany.

The new (old) house is gorgeous. It will be even more gorgeous once they've finished moving in. Of course, I have a thing for Victorian houses.

And now, I'm helping [livejournal.com profile] bedlamhouse test out his new wireless network. So far, so good.

[livejournal.com profile] min0taur and Sally may come by later today. We'll see what develops.
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We pulled into Danville, Indiana to visit [livejournal.com profile] bedlamhouse and [livejournal.com profile] ladyat around 5:30 PM, somewhat later than we'd expected, but I'd neglected to take the time change into account. Also, we'd gotten started late, lunch took longer than expected... Ok, you know the litany.

The new (old) house is gorgeous. It will be even more gorgeous once they've finished moving in. Of course, I have a thing for Victorian houses.

And now, I'm helping [livejournal.com profile] bedlamhouse test out his new wireless network. So far, so good.

[livejournal.com profile] min0taur and Sally may come by later today. We'll see what develops.
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Texas is big. Really big. It took us about five hours to get out of Texas today, despite taking the short cut north through Wichita Falls. We spent 14 hours on the road today, traveling 808 miles according to Mapquest.

Tomorrow's trip to Danville, Indiana to visit [livejournal.com profile] bedlamhouse and [livejournal.com profile] ladyat should be much easier.
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Texas is big. Really big. It took us about five hours to get out of Texas today, despite taking the short cut north through Wichita Falls. We spent 14 hours on the road today, traveling 808 miles according to Mapquest.

Tomorrow's trip to Danville, Indiana to visit [livejournal.com profile] bedlamhouse and [livejournal.com profile] ladyat should be much easier.

Landed!

Feb. 6th, 2006 09:09 pm
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Back from England and arrived at O'Hare, where Sam and Bonnie picked us up from the airport and we bought them dinner.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] oreouk and [livejournal.com profile] demoneyes for their wonderful hospitality during our stay!

And now I'm going to start working through back messages and go to bed. Con report tomorrow with some luck...

Landed!

Feb. 6th, 2006 09:09 pm
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Back from England and arrived at O'Hare, where Sam and Bonnie picked us up from the airport and we bought them dinner.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] oreouk and [livejournal.com profile] demoneyes for their wonderful hospitality during our stay!

And now I'm going to start working through back messages and go to bed. Con report tomorrow with some luck...
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[livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise has almost finished the book that she borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] oreouk, meaning that it's time to think about getting some sleep so we actually get up and packed on a timely basis in the morning. We'll be waiting until Alex gets out of school to head up with [livejournal.com profile] demoneyes and [livejournal.com profile] oreouk, so we should get in around dinner time or thereabouts.

See you at 1812 Tones!
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[livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise has almost finished the book that she borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] oreouk, meaning that it's time to think about getting some sleep so we actually get up and packed on a timely basis in the morning. We'll be waiting until Alex gets out of school to head up with [livejournal.com profile] demoneyes and [livejournal.com profile] oreouk, so we should get in around dinner time or thereabouts.

See you at 1812 Tones!
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We were going to go out to Canterbury today, but having violently overslept, we've revised our plans and are going to spend the day at [livejournal.com profile] demoneyes and [livejournal.com profile] oreouk's resting up for the con.

After all, the objective was to avoid the dreaded Bataan Fun March.
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We were going to go out to Canterbury today, but having violently overslept, we've revised our plans and are going to spend the day at [livejournal.com profile] demoneyes and [livejournal.com profile] oreouk's resting up for the con.

After all, the objective was to avoid the dreaded Bataan Fun March.
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So [livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise and I went to see the London production of The Producers today. It was really laugh-out-loud, hurt-yourself-laughing funny. You do have to like humor that not only goes over the top, but which plummets down the roller coaster and vanishes beneath the earth (one couple sitting next to us left at intermission, apparently having come to the wrong show).

The performances were excellent (Ulla's understudy was in place, but she was just fine), the set pieces were very well done, the production numbers were just absurdly good, and we had a wonderful time.

I do understand why the movie didn't get any Oscar nominations for the music -- really the only memorable number in the show is the original Springtime for Hitler which I suspect wouldn't qualify for a nomination, having been in the non-musical movie version of The Producers. But the songs all move the plot along nicely and are fun to listen to, which is their primary function.

It's nice to know that there are parts for old, fat actors who can sing and maybe dance a little bit. Now if I can just convince Steve Salaba that he should play the Leo Bloom part for SpaceTime Theater...
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So [livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise and I went to see the London production of The Producers today. It was really laugh-out-loud, hurt-yourself-laughing funny. You do have to like humor that not only goes over the top, but which plummets down the roller coaster and vanishes beneath the earth (one couple sitting next to us left at intermission, apparently having come to the wrong show).

The performances were excellent (Ulla's understudy was in place, but she was just fine), the set pieces were very well done, the production numbers were just absurdly good, and we had a wonderful time.

I do understand why the movie didn't get any Oscar nominations for the music -- really the only memorable number in the show is the original Springtime for Hitler which I suspect wouldn't qualify for a nomination, having been in the non-musical movie version of The Producers. But the songs all move the plot along nicely and are fun to listen to, which is their primary function.

It's nice to know that there are parts for old, fat actors who can sing and maybe dance a little bit. Now if I can just convince Steve Salaba that he should play the Leo Bloom part for SpaceTime Theater...
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A bit more tromping around than [livejournal.com profile] daisy_knotwise had in mind, but a good time in any case.

We got tickets for the Big Bus tour, then jumped off after two stops to see Westminster Abbey, which is spectacular. Unfortunately, the next stop for the Big Bus wasn't well marked and we ended up walking past it and all the way to Victoria Station where we had lunch and rejoined the bus tour. This meant we missed a close look at Buckingham Palace, but we would have needed to walk up there since the bus was going the wrong way.

We rode back around on the tour past the east side of London and got off at the London Eye as it was getting dark. This made for a nice half-hour ride looking at the lights of the city. Then we walked back to Charing Cross and caught a train back to [livejournal.com profile] oreouk and [livejournal.com profile] demoneyes's house.

Tomorrow, we're off to see a matinee of The Producers. I grabbed the tickets before we got on the bus...

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