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lizziebelle: (artsy me)
Sorry I haven't been posting much lately, but I have been reading all your posts!

Still not really spring (we had snow again last Monday). Mom was back in the hospital this week, this time with pneumonia, and now she's at a rehab center to make sure she's well enough to go home.

I went to a wedding last weekend, for two awesome friends who deserve all the happiness. That was fun, and it was good to see folks.

Yesterday, I went to Springfield with [livejournal.com profile] sea_dark_wine, [livejournal.com profile] justjanus, and [livejournal.com profile] leenah to check out The Student Prince restaurant. Their specialty is German food, and it was very good. I had spatzle, which had a cheesy sauce and crispy fried onions on top. My mom used to make spatzle with caramelized onions. Everyone's entrees were delicious. I lived near Springfield for ten years and had never been there, mainly because I didn't have the money for frivolous things like dinner out. Hopefully I can go back and try some other things!

After stuffing ourselves, we walked up to the museum quadrangle and admired the Dr. Seuss sculpture garden, and found this awesome metal sculpture of a dragon:

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It's made with all sorts of random metal objects like flatware, saws, garden fencing, wrenches, and the like. It was fun to identify various things, and it's a very cool sculpture.

We opted not to go into the museums, feeling more like we needed a nap at that point. But it was fun to go there, and it was good to see friends and get out of the house.

Of course, that used up all my ambition for the weekend, and I haven't gone out at all today. It was a good day to catch up on reading.

How was your weekend?
lizziebelle: (sherlock)
I had a most fabulous time in New York over the weekend. It was just what I needed to get out of my routine and do something different. And except for a flat tire on the bus on the ride down, it all went swimmingly.

Lots of pictures and rambling about the city... )

Too soon, it was time to head back to Penn Station to catch the bus home. The ride back to Boston was fast and uneventful, and I was full of memories to last until the next time.

Thank you Deanna, thank you Patricia, and thank you New York! I love you all!

weekend

Mar. 24th, 2014 06:56 pm
lizziebelle: (Elvis)

mottled, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

There were lots more skunk cabbage flowers poking out of the ground by the river this weekend. I had some fun with the close-up feature on my camera; I foresee lots of playing with this feature once more things start blooming. Perhaps next year's calendar will be all close-ups.

Saturday night, I went with [livejournal.com profile] sea_dark_wine and [livejournal.com profile] justjanus to see Justin in "Willy Wonka," along with his parents. That was fun. I can't believe Justin is a junior already; it seems like just last year he was using me as a jungle gym and playing "toss the (stuffed) fish." We went to Boston Burger in Davis Square for a bite to eat first, and were entertained by the people at the next table, which consisted of a mother and her two grown daughters. I happened to overhear one of the daughters say to the other, "Now don't take this the wrong way, because you always take things the wrong way" and of course we started eavesdropping, trying to catch more gems like that. If I ever write a story about sisters, I'm totally using that line.

Sunday morning, I was back in Davis Square for brunch at Johnny D's, which J organized then bowed out of due to overdoing it on Saturday. The rest of us had fun anyway, and our mimosas came in parrot glasses.



I had planned to go to [livejournal.com profile] asakiyume's appearance at Annie's Book Stop in Worcester, but when she cancelled due to the flu (I hope you're feeling better!), I decided my weekend was full enough and did a quick grocery run instead. The last few weeks have been busy, and I needed some time to just be a couch potato.

I only need one more sale to make my quota for the month, but my goal is to make four more (at least) so I can make bonus and start planning a trip to NYC. Wish me luck!

lizziebelle: (OMG ONOZ)

local strawberries!, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I didn't have the best of weekends. Oh, it wasn't awful, but forces were conspiring against me to keep me from getting complacent.

Yesterday, I headed over to a local farm to get some fresh local strawberries. You can see by the picture I was successful. They posted later on their Facebook page that they'd had the busiest day in 30 years, and actually had to close the fields (it's a pick-your-own place) for the rest of the weekend! After all the rain we've had, I think folks were itching to do something outside, and descended on the place in droves.

Last night, I went over to my friends' place for a cookout, as friends from Vermont were in town. I managed to burn my hand on an iron skillet fresh off the grill as I knocked it off the stove and instinctively grabbed for it. I let it go immediately, but I have some blisters on my left hand. Ice, aloe, and various other remedies have made the pain fade to tenderness. Ouch.

Today, I was a slug. I even took a nap. Late in the afternoon, I heard water running (like the sound of a washing machine filling up) and discovered water spurting out from behind my toilet and starting to puddle on the floor. I nearly had a panic attack, as I used to have occasional flooding in my old place (as you may remember) but thought I was past that, as I'm on the second floor now. I called my landlady, and she panicked even worse than I did. She finally got hold of Steve, her handyman (who had just left here after mowing the lawn) and he found the problem and fixed it. Meanwhile, my neighbor helped me figure out how to get to the turnoff valve and stem the flow. It's all fixed now, but it's really not how I envisioned spending my Sunday afternoon. I was afraid to go out to the store to get a mop (all I had was a Swiffer), but I managed to make it there and back without incident. :::whew:::

After some lovely pork shu mai from Trader Joe's, I'm feeling much more grounded and relieved. Things could have been much worse. Must remember to count my blessings, even when things don't quite go my way.

And I still have strawberries.

cabin fever

Jun. 2nd, 2013 06:48 pm
lizziebelle: (book)
I spent most of this weekend inside; I really hate this heat, and I found it difficult to get up the ambition to go anywhere. I meant to go to Grafton and buy more tomato plants, but I never made it there. I did go to Lowe's today to buy critter repellant to protect my sunflowers from the dadgummed woodchucks, and popped into the brand-spanking-new Market Basket next door to check it out, but that was it. They're only 5 minutes from my house.

That a/c unit is the best $100 investment I think I've ever made. It's quite pleasant in here. I don't need to be cool, but I do need to be not hot. Mission accomplished.

Now, the skies grow darker and the wind grows stronger as those storms make their way here. Hopefully they won't do too much damage as they cool us down and water our gardens. :::fingers crossed::: On the news, I'm watching floods and fires across our country. More tornadoes across Oklahoma. Strange days.
lizziebelle: (elvis stamp)

heavy sky, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I took this pic last Sunday, but this is pretty much how the sky has looked all week. Bands of rain moving through, and even a tornado warning or two in parts of Massachusetts. This weekend, the unofficial kick-off to summer, is supposed to be dreary, cool, and damp.

They let us out at 2:00 today, so I took advantage of the extra afternoon to hit Trader Joe's and get my food shopping done for the week. I love that place almost as much as Wegmans. And their cheese prices are much better! Got some old favorites, and tried a couple new things. I love when my freezer is full of yummy TJ's stuff!

Someone posted on Facebook today that the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston is free this weekend, so I promptly made plans with [livejournal.com profile] leenah to meet there tomorrow morning. I haven't been there in ages. I'm looking forward to paying my respects to Sekhmet, among others. Hopefully it won't be too crowded.

My brother and his wife will be up visiting this weekend; it will be good to see them. It's been too long. One of these days, I have to make a trip to DC to see them and our cousin, who also lives there. I haven't been to DC since, oh, '86? I think that's the last time I was there, except for driving through on the way to Florida, and that doesn't really count as it was dark, and we didn't stop. And that was a long time ago, too: my sis was pregnant with Willow at the time, and she turns 21 this year. So yeah, it's about time I paid a visit.

And ye gods, 21?!?!? My little Willow can't possibly be almost old enough to buy alcohol. :::boggle:::

Any fun plans for the weekend? Make it a good one!

lizziebelle: (sherlock)

Pan with his pipes, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I went to Tower Hill Botanical Garden with friends today. What a neat place! Lots of wonderful flowers, trees, paths through the woods, gardens, and statuary. It was a nice day for it.

Afterward, we went to see the new Star Trek movie. It was as awesome as I was hoping it would be. As good as my favorite of the old crew movies. The new cast is spot on, Benedict Cumberbatch was of course wonderful, and the action was intense and exciting. Best movie I've seen in ages.

Yesterday, I went to a plant sale and got tomato plants, dill, parsley, and columbine. I planted more flower seeds & bulbs, and the stuff I planted before is coming up. I'm keeping ahead of the Japanese knotweed (not an easy chore!). Gardening makes me happy.

In the afternoon, I went to an author panel on ghosts at Annie's Book Stop in Worcester ([livejournal.com profile] p_m_cryan's store) featuring [livejournal.com profile] morvenwestfield, [livejournal.com profile] jenwrites, and Terri Bruce. It was a lively conversation, very enjoyable. I bought Terri's book, Hereafter, because it sounded really interesting. It's told from a ghost's point of view.

It was a fun weekend. :)

lizziebelle: (sneakers)

inside/outside, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I really like how this shot turned out. I was trying to take a picture through the window of the old meetinghouse at Stanley Park, and caught the reflection of the outside as well. Something I couldn't have done on purpose. *g*

It was a lovely, cool weekend. Perfect for walking in the park and the woods. The water is still pretty high; I still wasn't able to cross the usually dry streambeds to walk along the river - they still have raging streams running through them. That plus the bridge having been damaged by the storm means I can't get to the river path at all. I miss it.

I don't feel like this weekend was long enough to recover from my week. *sigh*

lizziebelle: (sneakers)

inside/outside, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I really like how this shot turned out. I was trying to take a picture through the window of the old meetinghouse at Stanley Park, and caught the reflection of the outside as well. Something I couldn't have done on purpose. *g*

It was a lovely, cool weekend. Perfect for walking in the park and the woods. The water is still pretty high; I still wasn't able to cross the usually dry streambeds to walk along the river - they still have raging streams running through them. That plus the bridge having been damaged by the storm means I can't get to the river path at all. I miss it.

I don't feel like this weekend was long enough to recover from my week. *sigh*

lizziebelle: (Default)

reap, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I didn't get half the stuff done that I wanted to this weekend, but that's OK, because I needed the downtime. I got plenty of rest, watched at least three George Clooney movies, and even managed to do some walking.

After the steel-grey skies and muggy air cleared out, it turned into a rather nice evening, so I went out for another walk after supper. The air felt so good after the muggies of earlier today. It's supposed to be nice and cool tonight, so the a/c is going off and the windows are getting opened. Fresh air is so wonderful.

lizziebelle: (Default)

reap, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I didn't get half the stuff done that I wanted to this weekend, but that's OK, because I needed the downtime. I got plenty of rest, watched at least three George Clooney movies, and even managed to do some walking.

After the steel-grey skies and muggy air cleared out, it turned into a rather nice evening, so I went out for another walk after supper. The air felt so good after the muggies of earlier today. It's supposed to be nice and cool tonight, so the a/c is going off and the windows are getting opened. Fresh air is so wonderful.

kerplop

Mar. 12th, 2010 06:48 pm
lizziebelle: (beer good)

slide, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Stick a fork in me, I'm done. What a looooooong week. It's starting to get busy, which is good, but then I don't have time to do some of the things they want me to do (like prospect for new customers). This morning, they had the new sales support person out front with us, so she learned how busy we are on Friday mornings, and all the things we have to deal with. She seems nice, and competent.

Part of why I was prickly yesterday was because a coworker had yelled at me because [insert long, boring, irrelevant story here], and was acting like a 12 year old over the whole thing. Well, she actually apologized to me this morning when she came in, and you could have knocked me over with a feather. I said that apparently I had touched on a sore spot, which she affirmed, and I said that I'm good at that. *g* I have a talent for saying those things most people just think, and it gets me into trouble now and then. Some people love that about me (my friends), and some people get really mad (my mother). *shrug* I yam what I yam, as Popeye says, and I don't ever say things to intentionally hurt people. I can't really help it if they take it that way.

I took a nice walk at lunchtime, impressed the boss with a suggestion that she was already thinking about, and made a picky customer happy with his new ad, so I'd say the day was a success.

And now, it's the weekend, which is an hour shorter than usual, and rainy, but it's still a weekend. Woo hoo!

Bonus points if you can guess which song was playing while I named today's photos!

kerplop

Mar. 12th, 2010 06:48 pm
lizziebelle: (beer good)

slide, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Stick a fork in me, I'm done. What a looooooong week. It's starting to get busy, which is good, but then I don't have time to do some of the things they want me to do (like prospect for new customers). This morning, they had the new sales support person out front with us, so she learned how busy we are on Friday mornings, and all the things we have to deal with. She seems nice, and competent.

Part of why I was prickly yesterday was because a coworker had yelled at me because [insert long, boring, irrelevant story here], and was acting like a 12 year old over the whole thing. Well, she actually apologized to me this morning when she came in, and you could have knocked me over with a feather. I said that apparently I had touched on a sore spot, which she affirmed, and I said that I'm good at that. *g* I have a talent for saying those things most people just think, and it gets me into trouble now and then. Some people love that about me (my friends), and some people get really mad (my mother). *shrug* I yam what I yam, as Popeye says, and I don't ever say things to intentionally hurt people. I can't really help it if they take it that way.

I took a nice walk at lunchtime, impressed the boss with a suggestion that she was already thinking about, and made a picky customer happy with his new ad, so I'd say the day was a success.

And now, it's the weekend, which is an hour shorter than usual, and rainy, but it's still a weekend. Woo hoo!

Bonus points if you can guess which song was playing while I named today's photos!

lizziebelle: (Default)

chapter 42, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I went for a walk along the creek on my lunch break today, and scattered along the path were pages torn from a book. When I came across one with a big '42' on it, of course I had to take its picture. I'm thinking that someone really hated an assigned book, and shredded it out of spite. I looked at the large size on Flickr to see what it said, and it seems to be about wagons and Indians and a fort. Somebody really hated that book!

I took Monday off as a vacation day, and Tuesday is a furlough day, so I have a nice four-day weekend coming up, starting in about half an hour. Yay! I'm going to try not to spend too much time holed up in the batcave. I hope the weather's nice enough to get outside and walk. I need to get out of my head a bit more on the weekends.

lizziebelle: (Default)

chapter 42, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I went for a walk along the creek on my lunch break today, and scattered along the path were pages torn from a book. When I came across one with a big '42' on it, of course I had to take its picture. I'm thinking that someone really hated an assigned book, and shredded it out of spite. I looked at the large size on Flickr to see what it said, and it seems to be about wagons and Indians and a fort. Somebody really hated that book!

I took Monday off as a vacation day, and Tuesday is a furlough day, so I have a nice four-day weekend coming up, starting in about half an hour. Yay! I'm going to try not to spend too much time holed up in the batcave. I hope the weather's nice enough to get outside and walk. I need to get out of my head a bit more on the weekends.

Friday

Jan. 16th, 2009 06:16 pm
lizziebelle: (beer good)
Hooray, workweek is over! I am in for the duration now. Seriously. I don't want to go *anywhere* this weekend. It's too frakking cold.

Speaking of frakking, BSG begins again tonight! Very exciting. Worth the price of cable just for that.

TV weather dude says it got down to minus twelve in my town this morning. Ugh. My poor car complained, but she started. I'm giving her the weekend off.

I've been posting pictures of spring & summer over at my photo blog all week, because I'm sick of looking at snow & ice. I wish I could just do what Neil Gaiman did, and get in the car and keep driving until I got someplace warm. Must be nice. :)

I hope all my buds at Arisia have a lovely time this weekend! One of these years, I really should go. It seems like half my friends are there.

Friday

Jan. 16th, 2009 06:16 pm
lizziebelle: (beer good)
Hooray, workweek is over! I am in for the duration now. Seriously. I don't want to go *anywhere* this weekend. It's too frakking cold.

Speaking of frakking, BSG begins again tonight! Very exciting. Worth the price of cable just for that.

TV weather dude says it got down to minus twelve in my town this morning. Ugh. My poor car complained, but she started. I'm giving her the weekend off.

I've been posting pictures of spring & summer over at my photo blog all week, because I'm sick of looking at snow & ice. I wish I could just do what Neil Gaiman did, and get in the car and keep driving until I got someplace warm. Must be nice. :)

I hope all my buds at Arisia have a lovely time this weekend! One of these years, I really should go. It seems like half my friends are there.
lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)

strange landscape
Originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.
I went for a walk on my lunch break this afternoon, hitting the grocery store for apples and Staples for a refill for my date book (which was ten bucks, so I didn't buy it). I cut through the park on the way back, and found this stump just covered in funky fungi. It was quite grey and misty, so the light wasn't the best, but you can see the different colors and layers in this pic fairly well.

I also saw an older gentleman on a scooter, with a small dog tucked into his jacket. I giggled a bit at that one. *g*

Settling in for the evening with disc 2 of season 2 of Dexter. Tomorrow is going to be a washout, literally, but I do have to go to the meet & greet in Holyoke. Well, I don't have to go, but I really should be there, since our other moderator is 1,000 miles away now.

What are you all up to this weekend?
lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)

strange landscape
Originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.
I went for a walk on my lunch break this afternoon, hitting the grocery store for apples and Staples for a refill for my date book (which was ten bucks, so I didn't buy it). I cut through the park on the way back, and found this stump just covered in funky fungi. It was quite grey and misty, so the light wasn't the best, but you can see the different colors and layers in this pic fairly well.

I also saw an older gentleman on a scooter, with a small dog tucked into his jacket. I giggled a bit at that one. *g*

Settling in for the evening with disc 2 of season 2 of Dexter. Tomorrow is going to be a washout, literally, but I do have to go to the meet & greet in Holyoke. Well, I don't have to go, but I really should be there, since our other moderator is 1,000 miles away now.

What are you all up to this weekend?
lizziebelle: (Default)
I'm heading out to Carver today to go to King Richard's Faire with [livejournal.com profile] coyotegrrrl18 and a few of the gang. Mike, our editor, gave me the tickets they sent in their press package. Yay for free tickets! I haven't been to the Faire in years, and while it's not the best one, it still manages to be fun. It's an excuse to get dressed up and be silly. :)

I'm staying overnight with B tonight, and tomorrow she has a gig taking headshots for someone, and for which I will be the stylist. I get to flex my makeup artist muscles again. Oh, and it's a paid gig! We'll also be discussing a Super Secret Project that may prove to be fun, and possibly lucrative!

Oh, and hey, I'm officially a Pro now! That guy who wanted to use my photo on his book cover sent me a check. I ended up asking for $35 (and a copy of the book), to which he agreed. Yesterday, I got a check and a note that said, "Let's make it $50. Good job!" Wheee! He works at Carnegie Mellon. I'll post a pic of the book when I get it!

I'm quite looking forward to this fun, creative weekend. I need it! I even have Monday off to recover. :)

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