Jan. 30th, 2012

This weekend I: cycled out to Rockaway beach (whatever this is was randomly on the path along the way), went to an Australia day party, made Syrian food for dinner (I only ever make brunch (which means eggs and bloody marys, maybe mushrooms if I'm feeling seriously fancy) so this is remarkable enough to mention), hung mirrors in our hall, ventured into Downtown Brooklyn Macy's to do unsuccessful clothes shopping, and mourned Milk Thistle Dairies, who have closed down and will never again be at our farmers market. Will I have to buy supermarket milk? Is that what happens here?

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Jan. 23rd, 2012

This weekend I: went to the Jim Henson exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image[1], enthusiastically shovelled snow, did a password audit and changed all of my passwords and felt _very_ virtuous, watched Sherlock, projecteulered, did some end of year co-op financial stuff, worked a bit on bathroom renovation plans, started using pinterest.com to collect pictures of bathrooms I like[2], bought bread, butter, cheese and chocolate (all of life's necessities, really) at an irish-food shop, learned about teacup piglets, and picked up the start of something that isn't a cold yet but might be later and in the meantime is just brainfog, stupidity and irritability. So no difficult or annoying questions, please. Grr, etc.
 
[1] It's a good exhibit and I recommend it, even though it's in freakin' Queens, but wow the muppets sure did suffer from dogs-and-smurfs
[2] Also bathrooms I find hilarious: see http://pinterest.com/whereistanya/ if you don't mind mild swears)

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Jan. 17th, 2012

This long holiday weekend weekend I: watched all of Portlandia (it didn't live up to the promise of the first episode), dealt with co-op paperwork, added weatherstripping, silicon caulk and rather a lot of duct tape to the windier parts of our apartment, learned how not to use a caulk gun, cleaned exploded caulk off hands, clothing, furniture, cats, etc, did nine project euler problems, knitted three inches of a scarf (which should be finished by summer at this rate), watched two episodes of Sherlock, futzed with the brakes on my bike, invented black-bean-and-tuna-leftover-breakfast-hash (not bad), continued listening to Machine Man on audible, and didn't leave the house at all except to buy lattes. I'm considering hibernating until it gets warm again. Oh, and I realised that it was time to start the first reread of GEB, but I can't find my copy; did I lend it to someone?

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Jan. 9th, 2012

This weekend I: hiked in Cold Spring, shopped for weatherproofing materials to make our house less goddamn cold, group-solved a project euler puzzle with pen and paper on the train, played TransEuropa, rode my bike a bit, read half of What Your Contractor Can't Tell You, geeked out on maps and globes in an antique shop, and had a bunch of early nights because apparently I got old when I wasn't looking and now I just want to sleep all the time. Sleeping's lovely.

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This long holiday weekend I: argued with Joel about omelettes (him: eggs should be fluffy and yellow; me: eggs should be a bit browned and chewy), played the demo for Arkham Asylum, played Dance Central, framed and hung pictures, went to IKEA, helped build an IKEA chair, watched Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Michael Caine on a train == everything I need from any movie ever), set up an account on fitocracy.com, continued working on some project euler problems (I've done 21 so far; they're fun), went to the MTA museum store and the MOMA store, rode my bike, bought a clock, continued reading Gentlemen of the Road, achieved inbox zero, approved half a year's worth of sharing requests on 23andme, called my family, hauled my sleep cycle back to New York time, played Carcassonne, and spent an unusual amount of time sitting around not doing much of anything. And liked it!

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Jul. 25th, 2011

This weekend I: drank margaritas in the beautiful beautiful air conditioning, cycled around Manhattan for my longest ever bike ride (47.5miles/76.4km), saw the final Harry Potter movie (surprisingly good), finished listening to the Rebecca audiobook (fantastic!), finally created a US Paypal account so my address can stop being "Brooklyn, NY, USA, Ireland", failed terribly at a NY Times Thursday crossword, watched most of season 1 of Arrested Development, and played a lot of games of Carcassonne. There's an Android app at last!

Jun. 29th, 2011

This weekend I: took a four day weekend to hang out with my baby sister and her bloke, collected them from the airport, made a ridiculous "Welcome to New York" sign, hiked Breakneck Ridge, took the Staten Island ferry, got visa application pictures taken in two sizes (China, Russia), had dinner with 15 of Joel's cousin's husband's family, went to a Yankees game (let's go Brewers!), read all of Caitlin Moran's "How to be a woman" (it's excellent; recommended), started reading "A visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan (seems decent but it's too early to tell), mostly ignored the internet, walked really rather a lot around the city, and got a bit of a sunburn but nothing too critical. It's a small price to pay for all of the vitamin d.

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Jun. 20th, 2011

Back by popular demand (this may be a slight overstatement), here's what I did this weekend.

This weekend I: transformed our coat closet into a pantry using paint and shelves and armloads of sugar and beans and little-used appliances and and Joel's entire chili collection (seriously, it's extensive; I'm considering calling the MOMA to see if they'd like to host it), went to a house-warming party, was asked by our neighbours to stop our cat going into their yard, which is a reasonable thing to want but have you ever tried to tell a cat where it can go? I've got a few rolls of chicken wire and we'll certainly try, but it's a cat, drank a martini in a far-classier-than-we-are rooftop Manhattan bar, had an eye exam (deteriorated and sun-damaged, whoops. "Wear sunglasses, moron", said the optician), bought sunglasses (duh), had dinner at Daniel (I don't care about desserts, I thought, but now I care about desserts; you should go there for dessert), bought highly aspirational footwear, poked at my Xmonad configs a bit, and rode my bike and rode my bike and rode my bike. It's just not getting old. I have to stop myself from taking off a couple of days every week to just ride my bike around the place. I may actually be twelve years old.

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Nov. 22nd, 2010

This weekend I: walked in Muir woods in the rain, looked at banana slugs and interesting mushrooms, visited the little SF railway museum, read chapters 18 and 19 of GEB, wrote a lot of C++, flew back to NY, admired our new pegboard, drank champagne to celebrate it being a day that ended in 'y' and realised a day late that we've now been married six months. Time flies.

Today I: went out to the USCIS centre in Bayridge in response to a letter from the immigration people saying "We must capture your biometrics". It was mostly ok, though sitting without anything to read for an hour and a half and not being allowed play with my phone was surprisingly uncomfortable.

Tomorrow I: fly to New Mexico to eat my own weight in pecans, green cheese enchiladas and pie.

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Oct. 25th, 2010

This weekend I: bought a bike (green), ran twice, wrote C++ (I'm still a bit precarious when it comes to pointers to pointers), made my xmonad configs pretty good, read GEB chapters 9 and 10, watched Blade Runner, geeked out at a kitchen supplies place (and did not buy an avocado peeler or a thing to chop garlic. I'm a hero.), got human-paged at 2am for a scheduled outage, watched Veronica Mars (two episodes left in the world, ever. Sad.) and worked on a Less Chaotic Clothing Storage Solution, mostly involving decanting drawers of old clothes into bags for Goodwill. On a positive note, it is now easy to find a shirt I like wearing. On a less positive note, that's because I only have five shirts.

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