blk: (sudopie)
I am so overdue on posting things. Well, starting in order...

Carnival happened (a week+ ago now), and it was overall a really excellent weekend.

Friday after my morning meeting I went to the jboys' school and signed them out so they could come watch mobot. Well, mobot was the excuse; I think they were mostly just happy to get out of school. I did some wandering with a few folks then went back and pretended to work for a few more hours. After work I decided to join the 412Flock bike ride, then home to greet scu, our houseguest for the weekend, and one of his contra friends, and we hung out chatting until late.

Saturday I made the boys help me do a bunch of housecleaning while Xuth did a bunch of yardwork, then we headed to CMU to see booths on midway. I got stuck at the Math Club booth where they had various logic puzzles on their walls and solved their "easy" sudoku in about 15 minutes (but I needed pencilmarks, so I told them it was not "easy") and looked at their "hard" sudoku before giving up and heading over to the SCS alumni snackfest (I did get a picture of it, and determined later that it actually was not solveable. Hmph.). A few of us wandered around the new Scott Hall with mjs before heading to the cslounge BBQ in Squirrel Hill, where food was et and Tichu was played. After leaving there we went home and I helped Jim make pizza, some people came over for board games, and we hung out chatting until late.


raspberry pi

Sunday everybody in the house worked on a bunch of party prep and cleaning and pie making and setup all the way up until 2pm when people arrived and eventually I sat down. Party was most excellent. There was food (most of which was eaten), drinks, trampoline, bouncy stilts, a hoverboard, DDR, a small dog, 5 bikes, face painting, a hammock, pizzas, and a few games. The weather was superb and the backyard grass and porch was covered with people enjoying it. I counted up a total of 32 pies and 80 people (~20 of them under age 18), which is not quite a record but pretty close. There were almost no leftovers.

The most fun pie this year was the "raspberry pi" (pictured) and I think the most delicious pie was a brown sugar pie, which I'm pretty sure I need to acquire the recipe to (although almost everything I tasted was yummy). A smaller group stayed late and played Ticket to Ride Pennsylvania and kindly let me stomp all over them.

Cleanup was mostly not a huge pain, thanks to really awesome guests who are not only pretty good about not making a huge mess in general but are also super awesome and many of them helped with cleanup during the party. A few dishwasher loads took care of the majority of it, and several days of slowly working on larger stuff here and there took care of the rest of it. As of yesterday I am finally willing to declare the house back to normal, with the rug vacuumed, the furniture all moved back, and last of the borrowed things cleaned and bagged and ready to be returned.

A++ would pie again. Next year.
blk: (sudopie)
I've got 7 more hours to write my Carnival weekend review post before I'm no longer in the correct month!

Carnival was pretty low-key this year all around. Less turnout for a lot of stuff, but plenty enough that I still had a great time.

Friday I decided to take a day off work, because I could, and because previous years I've usually wandered around campus finding visiting people for half the day anyways. At noon I picked up a boy from school early and we hit Mobot, which turned out to be very sparse due to rain and also only 4 mobot entries total. The boy stayed for a round, then went home, while I mostly wandered around looking for things to do. I grabbed some food and wandered some booths at Midway, eventually meeting up with various friends and the other kid, then heading home.


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Saturday was beautiful weather, so I went back to midway to take some pictures of the bookshelves in KGB's booth (among other things), then to the usual lunch at the SCS alumni reception, then to the CSLBBQ, which was also subdued, then home for some games.

Sunday was also beautiful weather, which makes for a great pie party. I finished up my pie making just after people started arriving. This party was smaller than last year, with 60 people (10 under age 18), down from 80 last year, and 27 pies. The back porch and yard and trampoline got plenty of use, along with the boffer swords. I was still in boot, but was doing just fine walking around.


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Pies as recorded included ham and spinach quiche and quichelets by me, chive gorgonzola quiche by pliny, savory greens quiche by cgs and jess, spinach quiche by joel, vegan chicken curry pot pie by scu, tiramisu twinkies and a tasty attempt at berry tau by bc3p, pear pecan by mj2q, pecan by shafeeq, chocolate pecan pielets by pliny, chocolate pecan by bblum, chocolate chipotle by adam & rehana, peach habanero by otherjim, GF black raspberry by nolans, blueberry by lisa, vinegar pie and cheesecake by ivan & lyndsey, apple pie by david, butternut squash by benoit & guests, a brownie pie with a cookie dough "pi" on top by anonymous, and a store-bought oreo cake by serra. Apparently the unspoken pie theme this year was pecan.

Pies were all completely consumed! The first year of no leftovers. Around 8p the usual exodus of people happened, but bigger than usual, leaving only 5 people left. So we cooked at mostly ate 4 more pies (pizzas), and played a riveting game of Small World until late.
blk: (pie)
So Carnival happened.

Overall a pretty relaxing and good weekend locally. There was some overshadowing of the stuff in Boston, which had me checking updates regularly while I was at my computer, but once away I was able to just focus on people and good stuff.

Thursday was the last of the gorgeous weather of the week. Friday started off nice but then morphed into chilly and wet. I arrived on campus Friday morning from Oakland, heading up Schenley behind the library, right behind a car speeding along... right smack into the barrier in the middle of the bridge closing the streets to traffic. He slammed his brakes at the last second as he apparently woke from his reverie, and the bridge guard and I could only shake our heads and laugh. I watched a round of Buggy, which was trying to get in as many rolls as possible before rain, before heading into work, where our new director had brought us donuts. Later on I took a break from work to go wander around Mobot, where I found almost nobody I recognized. Weird. I wandered off to lunch with [livejournal.com profile] chamois and baby, then ran into some younger ex-KGBers on the way back to office.

Work closed down around mid-afternoon, just in time for me to head over to the track for the SCS Random Distance Run, where it was annoyingly chilly and rainy, but I once again met my goal of not placing last! I managed just over 12 minutes for 6 laps (1.5 miles), which I'm pretty sure is my fastest time for a full mile ever, even though my hands were numb from the chilly damp, which sucked. We headed over to the TG for a bit, which might have been a mistake, as biking home after running hard and drinking a beer was quite difficult, but I still made it. Later in the evening I finally found our houseguests for the weekend and we played some games and went out to dinner and had a very silly time.

Saturday we hit campus to wander around a midway for a short bit, then the SCS reception for lunch, then KGB just long enough to note that it still existed, then the CSLBBQ for food and people and lots of Tichu, then home to collapse.

pie )

Great weekend. Let's do it again next year!
blk: (sudopie)
CMU Spring Carnival: Apr 19-20, 2012
... "God always has another custard pie up his sleeve." — Lynn Redgrave, Georgy Girl



It's almost time for the 12th annual after-Carnival Pie Party!

Come socialize, play games, try out bouncy stilts, run around in nice spring weather (hopefully), and eat pie!

Bringing pie is not a requirement, but if you do bring one, it must be homemade. Pies can be sweet, savory, satirical, silly, or any combination thereof. Other contributions of food, drinks, guests, or games are also welcome.

Supervised children of all ages are welcome. There will be one (1) friendly cat and up to three (3) resident t(w)een boys. In the event of good weather, there is a hammock and a grassy yard available for playing in.

Party attendees are welcome to invite and give out directions to anybody they know (CMU alums particularly encouraged). Directions available upon request.

RSVPs are nice (especially if you're bringing pie or someone I don't know) but not a requirement. See the FB event page for people planning.
blk: (cmu)
... even when the yard is chilly and slightly damp.

This year's Carnival seemed a bit quieter than usual, although I'm not sure if that was more because this was the first year in a while that I didn't have the [livejournal.com profile] jboys for it, or that there were simply fewer people (from my alum groups) around for it.

The more subdued nature didn't actually make it less horrendously busy to plan for, though, particularly since our bedroom remodeling project was dragging its little legs out and making the final crunch cleaning time even more crunchy. In the last few days before Carnival-start, we moved out of our temporary bedroom in the basement, cleaned the living daylights out of the basement in prep for cat-allergic houseguests to stay there without dying, then did additional cleaning to the entire first floor in prep for the party.

and they're like, it's better than yours )
blk: (sudopie)
CMU Spring Carnival: Apr 20-21, 2012
... "When someone asks if you'd like cake or pie, why not say you want cake and pie?" — Lisa Loeb



It's almost time for the 11th annual after-Carnival Pie Party! Come socialize, play games, play on bouncy stilts, run around in nice spring weather (hopefully), and/or eat pie!

Bringing pie is not a requirement, but if you do bring one, it must be homemade. Pies can be sweet, savory, satirical, silly, or any combination thereof. Other contributions of food, drinks, guests, bouncy stilts, or games are also welcome.

Well-behaved children of all ages are welcome. There will be one (1) friendly cat and up to three resident boys. In the event of good weather, there is a hammock and a grassy yard available for playing in.

Party attendees are welcome to give out this invite and my address to people they know. Directions available upon request.

RSVPs are nice (especially if you're bringing pie or someone I don't know) but not a requirement. See the FB event page for people planning.

Due to the unavailability of some usual attendees this year, we are currently houseguestless for that weekend. If any Carnival visitors still need crash space, feel free to contact me.
blk: (cmu)
So Carnival weekend happened.

It was a busy time, starting from Thursday early when houseguests started arriving. My house no longer has infinite houseguest space, but fortunately, there are others who can fill in for that. Thursday evening, there was socializing with newly in-town folks until we all fell over.

Carnival... )

... and Pie! )

People hung out and played games until reasonably late. Our last houseguests left early Monday, and magically, the house was quiet and clean and peaceful, which [livejournal.com profile] xuth and I are enjoying immensely. Overall, fantastic weekend. I had a great time, I can't wait to see y'all again, and I don't want to do it until next year. :)
blk: (sudopie)
CMU Spring Carnival: Apr 16-17, 2011
... "We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie." -- David Mamet



It's almost time for the 10th annual after-Carnival Pie Party! Usual info after the cut )
blk: (sudopie)
This might possibly have been my best Carnival evar. I had a rockin' weekend.

I had houseguests: [livejournal.com profile] soong, [livejournal.com profile] cheerfulchaotic, [livejournal.com profile] ts4z, [livejournal.com profile] damion, and [livejournal.com profile] jccw (who is still here). Yay for really awesome guests who not only make it fun to stay up way too late chatting and playing games, but are also helpful and cook for me and help clean my house. You all are welcome back anytime.

By Thursday midday, I was wiggling in my seat at work, excited for the weekend. A bunch of us crashed Mad Mex that evening for a totally enjoyable dinner out, which was made bonus good by getting 20 people (plus a few joiners) seated on time in a smoke-free restaurant, and overpaying the bill. I should probably try to remember for the future that the "mild" wings there are really too hot for me, and I should eat something else.

Friday and Saturday I did campus stuff, midway stuff, and party stuff, mostly with kids. Having the kids around for most of Carnival is tiring, because, well, have to watch out for three people all the time, and plan around their schedules, but it also helped enforce a mandatory "come home early" practice for me both days, which meant that for a couple hours before dinner, we came home and vegged out in the house for a while before going out or doing other social stuff. This turned out to be a huge sanity saver for me, and helped in making the whole weekend good.

There were two major party events of my weekend, KGB and Pie:

KGB )

Pie )
blk: (braids)
Another Carnival, come and gone.

I decided to kick off the week by braiding my hair. It's been almost three years since I did it last, and I really missed it. Alas, the thinness of my hair makes it really hard to do as many braids as I used to, as the braids dwindle down to near nothing at the bottom, no matter how thick they start up top. So I added in dmc floss to thicken up some of them a bit, and ended up liking it so much I did it to them all. I really like the effect, and will definitely do something similar again.

Anyways. Carnival. )
blk: (kitty)
Hell of a party. I had a absolutely fabulous rockin' time, the pie was delish, and the weather behaved -perfectly-. We finally wound down about 10 hours later...

Alas, something in the weekend was too much for me. Today I am at home in bed with a sore throat, complete with chills and a fever. Fortunately, I'm in a good, relaxed mood, and I have no plans in the next couple days that will suffer from cancelling. Hopefully it won't last longer then that.

I haven't taken a sick day in -years-. It sorta makes me feel little again. Except that I don't get someone to take my temperature and feel my forehead and bring me stuff. :)
blk: (braiding)
It's not a party until...
[livejournal.com profile] blk starts playing with hair.

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Friday I went to MadMex and saw a whole mess of people there. Yay, fun.

Saturday afternoon, I picked up new climbing shoes and climbed with es5f, [livejournal.com profile] dgr, [livejournal.com profile] zyrain, Robin, [livejournal.com profile] bn29, [livejournal.com profile] zagthaar, [livejournal.com profile] katharos, [livejournal.com profile] jessed, and another who I've forgotten her name already. More on that later.

Saturday evening, I went to Don's party and braided hair of [livejournal.com profile] beah, [livejournal.com profile] nolemming, [livejournal.com profile] mg4h, and two others.

Sunday, people came to my house to party. It was a good party. We had cherry, mocha pecan, pumpkin, lemon, and mint pies, cheesecake, and a quiche, almost all of which got eaten and heartily enjoyed. I gave haircuts (trims) and braids to [livejournal.com profile] nolemming, [livejournal.com profile] beah, [livejournal.com profile] dgr, [livejournal.com profile] sheenaqotj, and [livejournal.com profile] ksteppe.

No pictures of the braids this time, unless someone else took some when I wasn't watching. Maybe next year.
blk: (Default)
So there was this carnival. It was sort of everything all at once.

A quick rundown for the voyeurs of short cryptic summarized weekends.

in that great street carnival )

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