And now for something completely different...

And a little more 'newsworthy,' at least for my journal...

Jason found this past week's Best Buy ad for an extra $100 off an iPhone with Best Buy Reward Zone Silver membership (yay for tv and new gaming systems last year or something). We'd been waffling on the new phone thing for a while. Sprint would continue to be a good bit cheaper for us, but Jason was getting seriously frustrated with the generally crummy phone selection (and really could not stand to wait for the Pre) so we decided to go for it. Only one discount, but it's still $100 and Apple stuff is NEVER on sale really.

On a related noted, I got a really nice bluetooth transmitter and headphones for about 45% off on Amazon. They arrived quite early this morning and I have them all set up and ready to go. No more dangly cords getting caught up in weights or earbuds falling out while I'm jogging. Huzzah!

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, we've been (almost?) approved for our apartment at Harbor Village up in Rhode Island. The community is really nice if decidedly suburban-y (though not nearly as much so as another we'd visited) with easy access to lots of nearby amenities, most notably a local coffee shop. We're planning on a 2 BR, 1 Bath unit on the 3rd (top) floor. There will be extra stairs to climb, but that's really only a big deal on move-in and move-out day. Oh, yeah, and the two or three days after a particularly intense lower body workout. :-D We're a bit of paperwork shuffling away from being confirmed, but it looks like we'll get the place on May 20th. I'll be able to start moving in anything I brought/Jason has shipped up at that point, and then 'The Big Move' will happen after the whirlwind tour of the midwest that will be our sisters' high school grads.

40 days and counting...
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Top Chef on Iron Chef?

Jason and I were just doing some late night channel surfing and we caught a quick peek at Iron Chef. It's Bobby Flay vs. Amanda Freitag, but Arianne from TC Season 5 is totally one Amanda's sous. As per Top Chef, I knew Arianne to have her own restaurant. I'm curious as to when these different shows were filmed and all. Anybody catch more of that episode? We just saw a few minutes in the middle.

Anywho, thought that was kinda interesting.

BK Burger Shots?

So does anybody else think this push for slider-type hamburgers is just a good way to sell less for more with a good marketing gimmick? We just did dinner with friends a few days ago and half of one menu page was for these, too.

Insanity in 55

The countdown has begun to several weeks of absolute insanity. 55 days from now is my last day at Fair Lakes. I should probably let my bosses know that is, in fact, the official date. From there, I have a few days to finish loading a bunch of crap into the car, then I'm due in Rhode Island on April 8th to start work at The Village Hearth on the 9th for Easter Weekend. Sometime between now and then I have to figure out a room to rent, too. A year ago Andrea would have let me just stay at the bakery, but the former living space is being converted into a cafe area right now.

About a month after that, I drive back down to Virginia to spend a week or so here with Jason for his graduation. I'll finally get to meet the rest of his family (eep!), touch base with some friends again, and if all goes well I'll get to see the Master Chorale perform Carmina Burana. I really wanted to sing in that one, but this would still be most excellent.

I'm back up to Rhode Island the following week to work one more weekend, then I have to train/bus/fly down to VA around May 25th. During the following few days, Jason and I will do as much to pack and clean and prep this apartment for moving as we possibly can. Soon thereafter, we each have a sister graduating from high school. Thursdayish we'll fly into Chicago and pick up a rental car and drive straight to my family's place in Iowa. We'll spend about five days there around my sister's graduation (May 31st). After that, we drive back and spend about five days with his family around his sister's graduation (June 5th) and a friend's wedding (June 6th).

After all that craziness, we fly back to VA, finish packing/cleaning/loading, and then Jason gets his car and I get the moving truck and we're on the road to RI together. We'll hopefully have a few days to unload before I have to get right back to work. At least Jason should have a week or two of down time before he starts up with the Navy.

(Jason, don't read this last part) ;)

Of course, Jason's insanity begins even sooner, too, what with defending his dissertation and all that fun stuff. Good times!
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In other more musical news...

My dulcimer lessons continue to go quite well. Three lessons in now and my instructor effectively said I've nearly 'outgrown' the small rental model. Quick bit of info -- the dulcimer has two 'bridges' with a series of 'markers' where the strings cross. The size/range is gauged by the number of markers on each bridge. A smaller 12/11 or 13/12 like the rental Songbird covers about 2 1/2 octaves. A 16/15 one like this one (by the local crafters of June Apple) is a full 3. Fortunately, I can get a decent 16/15 for less than that particular one (pretty though it may be!).

Thank goodness for tax returns!

Back to the gym; 3 for 3!

I've been getting to the gym off and on through the fall and winter, but I've definitely been out of a routine since last summer. I'm REALLY looking forward to the move and how I'll have a stable schedule and all that to work an actual life around. Still I figured rather than waiting out the two months, I may as well get back to things now! Definitely been a while, though, my legs are decidedly jelly-like at the moment.

Emeril Green!

Many thanks to irc_goliath for recording and burning these for me, and to jasepanda for getting them up on YouTube. If any of my friends are curious, these are my two snippets from the first season of the Emeril Green show. I was excited by the bread one, much less so about the tortilla, but both came out really quite well. Yay for editing!

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The first season of the show went really well all in all. Some customers were less than thrilled by the intrusion and sales tended to dip a bit on those days. Fortunately, we were able to negotiate things with Discovery Channel to get something out of this all so we're a go for the second season. Woot!
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Further Exhaustion!

FC has been a lot of fun. Generally laid back and mellow, but that's been totally cool for the both of us (and the rest of the posse). Tonight is our last night, tomorrow we're off to San Fran. Hurrah for San Fran and a room with just the two of us in a king size bed. Love you, Seth & Scott, but king size bed for the win.