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23 May 2007 @ 10:07 pm
my world is a perpetual SeeSaw  
at least, today it is.

We had sukiyaki at friend's house on Friday night, and even though it had soy sauce and tofu both, Neil actually liked it!  Actually the entire evening was fairly fantastic - great fun with nice, intelligent people.  Even though I talked the house down.  I will try not to do that again.  It happens when I'm nervous and people aren't talking as much as I think they should. 

Saturday Joel came over and we watched another marathon session of Robotech.  Yep, that's right, Robotech.  The original anime-drama!  Lots of fun, even though I was goofing around online as we watched.  But trust me, it doesn't really require one's full attention to mock some of Robotech, and the rest of it's pure space-faring fun.

Sunday we explored this new upscale mall called The Domain (hahaha) in North Austin.  It's just like LA malls, except they have a Sur La Table and DROOLED over everything.  Cooking stones!  We need cooking stones (also called pizza stones) for our oven, new cutting boards, plexy utensils, individual corn-cob-dishes that look like corn cobbs, a pressure cooker, sharp knives, new dishes, new salad bowels, baking molds, individual plexy cupcake baking ware....

of course, what we eneded up with was far more modest.  Some planks for bbqing fish, a potholder, and some cheesecloth.  We were definitely restrained!

Then we toddled off in time to meet lostgirlslair and TheFiance for coffee, which, as always, was fun and fabulous.  Made my afternoon and evening.  Especially because the guy who's doing the music in the afternoon on Sundays is a lovely classical guitarist, and it was a fantastic day with great company.

Well, sadly, my mom's working on a family law case where the opponent is not only representing himself (a terrible idea, honestly, trust me) but is also making threats.  Yep, real threats.  Not just the internet-you've-written-bad-fic kind.  Mom's taking it seriously, and I'm glad on the one hand, because it's better to do that than dismiss it.  On the other, I know she's worried enough to take things seriously, and I wish there was some way I could be there to offer physical support - even if it was just company.  Still I haven't learned to fly yet, so I'll just talk to her every day that I can to lend the emotional support.  It's just that these kind of things don't go away all in a minute, no matter what one does.  *wibbles*

And, sadly, it looks like tonight I've really heard the death knell to one of the first (but not the first) friendships I thought I'd made in Austin.  It happens, certainly, but it never feels good, no matter how I try to intellectually console myself.  I like people, dammit.  But there are only so many things I can do if the other person doesn't want to hang out with me.  Short of tying them up and telling them to like me, dammit!  (and somehow that never works out, does it?)

Then there's the financial aid numbers that don't seem to match the numbers that are on my bill from the Study Abroad organization, so there's a fun mess I'm going to have to try to sort tomorrow.  But there's plenty of time to actually deal with that during the business hours, so I'm trying not to let it get to me tonight, when I can't exactly do a single thing.

Since this is the last totally free weekend I'm going to have in town we're doing it up like crazy with a BBQ (and who knows, possibly some other things thrown in!).  Which means that tonight we went out and bought.... a BBQ!  heee.  We had one before, but it was charcoal, and we've finally caved and bought an impressive, stainless steel, propane-run monster with three burners on the inside and one on the outside so you can make an entire meal outside of the house and only have to go back in for ice.  And since our garden chairs had all but died (really, we had one left, and we took turns sitting on it), we bought new cafe chairs and pretty green pads for them... so now our tushies will enjoy the outside as much as our tummies will (or something like that).

Of course, the other thing I'm looking forward to, with a grin, a giggle, and a set of posts I can't wait to hit send on?  summer_of_giles ... fandomy-goodness at it's best

huh, i think i have far more to be happy about than to worry, and writing it out always makes things feel better.  Thank goodness.
Mireillemireille719 on May 24th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
*hugs you* I hope everything with your mom works out well, and I hope the BBQ goes great.

We have a BBQ. We have had it since the first summer I lived here, which was 2003, and I think it's still in the box. *g* I should maybe make noises about getting it out of the shed....
my monkied brain: giles - laugh...katekat1010 on May 24th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
thanks darling. My mom's been practicing for a long time, so she knows all the police officers and things in the county and is going to be talking to them tomorrow, and hopefully the person who's being a jerk is just blustering. *fingers crossed*

And that's too cute about your BBQ in a box! Does it get hot where you are in the summer? cuz bbqs are our fav way to have yummy food without making the house hot by using the stove/oven. But then again, the boy is kind of a bbq fanatic... i have a feeling if it was just me i'd probably just end up eating fruits to cool off ;)
EB: Queen of the Social Lepers: tara love heartelizabuffy on May 24th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
Woot! BBQs rock! And it sounds like you got a killer one! I so love that neil is trying out his gourmet BBQ recipes. You'll hafta lemme know how they turn out.

Ooh! New lawn furniture, too. You guys went on a spree!

Sur la Table? Rule! Those types of stores just make me drool, too. I need one of everything there, lol.

The day your financial aid doesn't have a mix-up is the day I...do something really out of the norm. I would say drop dead, but I know that's an invitation for them to get their ducks in a row. Hmm...maybe I should say that. ;)


my monkied brain: giles - laugh...katekat1010 on May 24th, 2007 07:08 am (UTC)
hee! we really did go on a spree. Having a lowes card is DANGEROUS!

And yeah, well, i think this time it's actually me that's mixed up about the financial aid, not them. But... we shall see tomorrow! *grin* and no making threats darling. I don't want to lose you because FinAid does something right for a change!
Ariel: KenKen - Endless Skieskikucutie on May 24th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about the conclusion of the friend scenario (though I am a little curious to hear how it went down). The only thing I can say is that newer and better people are sure to come along.

And funny thing about financial aid... You know, I still haven't gotten my award information (but they did give my my $180 back that they took away from the Mitsubishi Scholarship). Does bugging them on a daily basis seem to help any? 'Cause I have called a couple of times since classes have ended, and I AM going to Japan in less than three weeks.
my monkied brain: buffywill - *glomp*katekat1010 on May 24th, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
hey sweetie!! OMG, I just realize I've been completely out of touch with you -- you should come on Sunday too if you're not doing anythign - are you doing anything? BBQ? 4 PM start? I SUCK as a friend. What have you been up to? This is perhaps why it didn't work out with you-know-who?

And yes, bugging them every day does help. Also get the email of YOUR financial aid counselor and email them until you get a response.
Ariel: Brush Your Teeth!kikucutie on May 26th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I've had a pounding headache for the past few days for some reason. I'll be there tomorrow, but depending on how my head's feeling, I might not be able to stay too long.
my monkied brain: _felix the babykatekat1010 on May 27th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
no, it's ok.

and we've called off tomorrow - we had to put Felix to sleep today, and we're both just heartbroken, completely. Sorry about that. I'll try and get ahold of you next week, ok?
literate and stylish: buffy/willow willow looks chuffed!mishloran on May 24th, 2007 09:47 am (UTC)
Sounds like a pretty funky non-uni time was had by all! Or at least the Kate, which is what matters. *nods firmly*

we've finally caved and bought an impressive, stainless steel, propane-run monster with three burners on the inside and one on the outside so you can make an entire meal outside of the house and only have to go back in for ice

Surely that is a cheating BBQ, and doesn't produce the amount of smoke needed to truly charcoal something up? **only says this because my family has a bog standard BBQ and wants an awesome one** ;)
snash_attack on May 24th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
You are correct...it is TOTALLY cheating! But I'm not getting rid of my old charcoal burner--sometimes I really want to have wood chips, and you just can't do that with gas. I did, however, want something gassy to cook upon, since our whole house is electric and I really miss being able to cook things over open flame.

Also? Charcoal grills always frustrate me, since there is no good way (at least not in my little Weber) to add more fuel once you have food on...I hate that!
literate and stylish: hee!mishloran on May 24th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we have a gas cooker thingiemejigger at home and it is so much better than the electric jobbies you have. Well, for a start you can actually tell if they're on or not!!! (plus electric cooker oven thingies seem to take ages to warm up? I dunno, one of my friends has one and it seems to kinda suck?)

since there is no good way (at least not in my little Weber) to add more fuel once you have food on...I hate that!

Then you should be putting loads of charcoal bits/wood bits/whatever on before you start cooking. Or, you know, finish cooking earlier? ;)

I guess you could always chuck some lighter fluid on or something like that, but that's probably a leeeeeeeeetle bit dangerous!!!
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on May 25th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
heee - cheating! we thought that way too, but ... this will hopefully mean the inclusion of more veggies in our bbq because we can control the temp. it's a rough world of compromises out there darling mish, a rough world. :D