Liz, Xiphos, Zach, and Malachi took a trip to the Bristol Renaissance Faire. There I added a chain mailcoif and a crown to my garb. I was stopped several times and after for a picture—so my garb must be improving. Picture by Liz.
After moving yesterday, it is now time to unpack. My computer was setup quickly, and the first tune it played had to be "Kobold Cave" from Quest for Glory I. It's haunting melody I have loved since I first played the game sometime in the middle 1990s, and it seemed a fitting piece to christening my basement layer. It's a mess right now, but I have some time before school begins to get things under control.
My contract in Cedar Rapids, Iowa has been completed. Last weekend I moved my bench, computer, and anything else I didn't need for the week to come to my home in Madison. Over the week I had been preparing for the move. Normally I move on Saturday after spending the night packing. But I didn't feel I needed the extra day this time, so my goal was to try and move Friday afternoon. So after a day of writing documentation, and saying goodbye, I went back to the apartment. I disassembled the box--an operation that only required a razor blade, and loaded everything into my car. I had cleaned pretty much everything in the previous days, so all that was needed was a quick once-over. I finished by mopping myself out the door. I'm not exactly sure when I finished, but I know I was on the road before 4:00 pm.
Today was the first time I've really enjoyed going to a wedding. Zen and Amy did not do a traditional wedding, and we were all the better for it. Instead, they decided to have a cerimony that embodied what they enjoyed doing. There was a strong emphasis on gaming--console, board, and role-playing games were all there. There wasn't a strict time-table, no limousine, no bouquet toss, and no chicken dance. The ceromony itself was conducted by a game/dungeon master (naturally) who gave us an overview of where we were, and what our characters were doing. It was quite amusing and everyone watching laughed out several times throughout. The vows were said after a role for initiative to see who went first, and the whole event seemed the most honest display of true affection I've ever witnessed at a wedding. In all, I think the best description of the experience I can find was the comment someone made: "If your wedding had a squeal, I would go." Amy, for whom I've known about 15 years, the wedding seemed very fitting. And Zen, who I have known over 23 years, I can state unequivocally: it was definitely Zen.
Tomorrow I return to Wisconsin for my last weekend. I decided that rather than borrow a truck for moving, I would bring items to Madison little by little. Today I disassembled my bench, and prepared my console computer for moving. I will have to live next week without my main computer--just my laptop. The plan is to have nothing at the apartment except what I need for the last week. So I am bringing everything I can. When I return, it will be with a weeks worth of clothing.
I cooked dinner tonight: penne rosa with a spinach salad in a bread bowl. This is the first time I've ever tried cooking a bread bowl, but it turned out pretty good. I've been making bread for many years, so the only new item was making the dough into bowls. Xiphos recommended using some ceramic mixing bowels he had, and I simply draped the dough over the bowls for the second rise and baking. It turned out pretty good. They kept enough strength after the bowls were removed to be used as a salad bowl, and were quite tasty.
Most of today was spent doing clean up work. I picked up the remaining vent and electrical cover, painted them and got them all installed. Pictured is the rope light under the main bench, the blower, and the duct into the box. The duct is made of the blower's box and duck tape. Seemed fitting.
Not as much work done today in Madison. I attended Xiphos' Human's Vs. Zombies gathering, then went back to Beloit to do wash and get supplies. I ended up taking down both book shelves and all my benches. Everything on them has been packed, and when my setup in Madison is ready (i.e. there is no more cutting to be done) I have those items ready to move. Pictured is the view from inside the box looking out the left door.