So we’re still enjoying summer weather here — it’s been summery for a couple of weeks at a stretch, now, and we’re about to the point where we could use some rain again.
We do do things besides all the alpaca things we post about, never fear. Stephen has re-written yet another set of gaming rules for his club, in addition to running our regular Friday night Ars Magica game — which has been going almost a year now ! We had a nice time chatting with Zoo people at MJ’s party & have a standing invite from the bird guy to hit him up for a tour the next time we’re at the Zoo. We went to the Manukau Medieval Market (now in Levin!), where Stephen enjoyed some of the SCA fighting he missed at Canterbury Faire (plus he got to ham for the crowd of punters), and I gave a wadge of money to this lovely Afghani woman in exchange for some new jewelry that I adore (ferret shock, I tell you).
Today we went to the Cuba Street Carnival, where I resisted mightily the urge to give Sara more money and instead did my best to hook her up with Traysi, who’s opening a new bellydance boutique upstairs from Indeja, and then had yum char (dim sum) for the second time this month, with about 25 other people.
I finally finished building my new computer. I gave up trying to restore all of my old settings and just did a clean install. We lost some of the software we didn’t have disks for, but now have a couple hundred more gigs of hard rive to play with. We hooked the new machine up to the TV so we can play DVDs that won’t play on the regular player. We’ve been dragging friends over to watch the new Dr. WHO, Torchwood, Battlestar Galactica and Heroes. Okay, not “dragging” so much as announcing “Geoff just got the next three eps of Heroes, you free tonight ?” and arranging the furniture to make room.
One of the women from my waiata group at Council invited me to a four-week newcomers/recruiting thing for the chorus she sings with. They do, get this, barbershop. Fifty women singing dominant sevenths through their noses. They’re a weird, wacky bunch, and though I’m not sure I’ll stick with it after the intro seminar, I’m enjoying the heck out of it in the meantime. I sing bass, apparently.
Got lots of projects on tap, including getting the conservatory fixed. Stephen’s been dealing to all of the young gorse that’s come up, encouraged by the went start to summer. I’ve got sewing to do, and I need to sand the drawers on the gorgeous Chinese chests I bought, oh, months and months ago now. I’m glad we’ve got a holiday coming up.