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George [Jun. 29th, 2015|09:28 pm]
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Last night, I made a very silly video, using the new cat puppet I gave to Peter for his birthday.

I don't know what spurred me on to make a self-help video starring a little black cat, but it really tickles me. I could see myself putting together a web series out of this (which would be my second, after the hair updates, I guess). I just love that little kitty!

Other than that, it was a typical Monday. Nothing much went on at work, and I made some subs and watermelon salad for dinner. Whee!

Here's George, the Self-Esteem Cat.

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Rainy Sunday [Jun. 28th, 2015|09:09 pm]
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It poured for most of last night and this morning, so it was a really soggy morning.

Today, I woke up early yet again and didn't feel like doing much of anything. Luckily, that was pretty much what I did.

Peter and I went to lunch at Angela's and had some pizza, then went to Trader Joe's and picked up dinner stuff and some snacks. After that, we came home and chilled while the landlord tried to figure out how to fix the dishwasher, since it isn't draining lately. He couldn't figure out what was wrong, but he'll be back on Tuesday to do more work.

For dinner, we made some taco salad, and now we're just waiting for bedtime, so we can start the week again. At least it's a holiday week!
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Inside Out Saturday [Jun. 27th, 2015|09:14 pm]
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Today, I woke up at 6:30am, as is my terrible new Saturday tradition. I wish I could re-learn the joys of sleeping in!

After a lazy morning, Peter woke up and we decided to see "Inside Out" and get some lunch.

First up was lunch. We went to Buffalo Wild Wings and had way too much food, then headed to the movie theater. We were a little early, so we stopped by Barnes & Noble for a bit. I didn't get anything, but Peter found a really cool-looking recipe book for diabetics.

The movie was really great. It's a lot more "grown up" than many of the latest Pixar releases, and very pro-girl and pro-mental-health. Plus, it's incredibly sad in places and incredibly funny in places. I would recommend it to anyone, whether you have kids or not.

We came home and have been slugs for the rest of the day. Not a bad way to spend a weekend so far!
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Supreme Court [Jun. 26th, 2015|08:02 pm]
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Today, the Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality, and in a 5-4 decision, came down on the side of equality!! Hooray!

Many years ago, when I was first coming out, I couldn't have imagined that I'd live to see a day where it would be legal for me to marry someone I chose. Now, it seems like the world has changed entirely. It's a wonderful thing!

I spent the day at home, with a short jaunt out to have some lunch with Laurie and buy some desserts at Pace's. I had the brilliant idea to buy some chocolate pizzeles and fill them with cannoli cream, to make giant Italian Oreos. My hunch was totally right! DELICIOUS!

I tried out the green screen idea today in a very silly way. I'm ridiculously proud of this.

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Lunch and Dinner [Jun. 25th, 2015|09:15 pm]
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Today, a vendor took my project manager and me to lunch. We went to PF Chang's and had a nice meal. Oddly, both the vendor and my project manager are both from Russia, so I felt like the odd man out.

At the office, I dropped off some old electronic equipment to a recycling event, and then this afternoon, we had an ice cream truck in the afternoon. Just so many interesting things going on today! (Not really.)

Peter got home fairly early tonight, so we had dinner before 6pm. We're turning into that cute elderly couple who goes out before sundown. I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing. We went to Temzacal and had our favorite queso (I could eat a bucket of that instead of the meal and be happy), and the waitress who likes me came by to say hello. What more could you ask for?

After dinner, we stopped by Whole Foods for desserts and now we're home! It's only 9:15pm, and I'm ready for a nap and bed. OLD!
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Promo 2 [Jun. 24th, 2015|08:53 pm]
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Today was pretty low-key. I had a couple of meetings, and my intern did some terrific work on creating pages in my site.

I came home and washed my hair, because I've fully transformed into a woman from the 1940s. All I need to start doing is setting it with rollers in my housecoat, and my metamorphosis will be complete.

I researched stock footage online and found a great resource in a guy who has a blog where he features royalty-free stock video clips he shoots himself. All I needed was a shot of a cassette tape playing, and he had a lovely one.

When Peter came home, I asked him for more text for the video, which he created, then he gave me some tips on making it easier to see how my video can render so the preview will work more smoothly. I keep learning more and more new things!

Here's the promo I made. It's not quite as cool as the first one, I think, but I like it anyway:

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Conditioning [Jun. 23rd, 2015|10:45 pm]
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So Livejournal was being a pain earlier tonight and wouldn't let me post, and I'm almost ready for bed now.

Here's a new video about hair! Because it's Tuesday! And that's what I do!

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Promo! [Jun. 22nd, 2015|11:00 pm]
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First, a preview of my Program Guide ad, designed by Peter:



So I'm really, really proud of this, even though it was just a few pieces put together, and I made none of them (just compiled them).

The video is bought from Shutterstock. The text was created by Peter (though the lines are from my play), as well as the logo. The music is from my friend Valerie, which I've used in three productions now.

Still, I had this idea in my head since I was accepted into the FringeNYC, and I'm so happy it actually came together the way I thought it would. I think it's a little sad and haunting.

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Peter's Birthday [Jun. 21st, 2015|10:28 pm]
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Today was Peter's birthday! Also Father's Day, but that didn't have too much impact on either one of us, except it made it a little bit tough to get lunch.

The landlord came over and installed the dishwasher. It's all set and really quiet, which is nice. The only thing he needs to do that's left is to put a couple of 2X4s underneath it, as it's a little bit shorter than the dishwasher we had there before. The stainless steeel interior looks a lot sturider than what we had, and the deeper top basket probably means we can put bigger things in the top, which would be nice.

I gave Peter two puppets for his birthday, a chicken and a little black cat that looks just like Gracie. Unfortunately, Gracie is alternately angry at and terrified of the cat puppet, so that might take some getting used to.

I also gave him a new drawing tablet, so he can do some of his drawing/designing/coloring work downstairs.

For dinner tonight, we went to the Melting Pot for fondue. The waiter there was full of "personality" and asked us if we were both fathers. Heh. Dinner was terrific, if way too much food. I was practically rolling out the door.

Now it's time to go back to work, sigh. The weekends are way too short.
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Suds and Sparks [Jun. 20th, 2015|09:12 pm]
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This morning, I was going to run the dishwasher for the final time before the landlord replces it. I put the dishes in, added soap, and then turned the dial, and POW! ZAP!

Sparks flew out of the handle and landed on the floor. I immediately shut off the machine, opened the door, and got my heart started again. Good thing we're getting the new one soon. In fact, the landlord dropped off the new dishwasher today, though he didn't have time to install it.

We were thinking of going to see "Inside Out" today, however, none of the showtimes we looked at had any seats available, so we'll go another time. Instead, we hung out at home after going to Monte's Italian restaurant in Swampscott. The waitress there knew our drink order and said she'd remember that we don't like tomatoes in our salads next time. We're becoming regulars!

Now we're watching more episodes of "Barney Miller." Tomorrow is Peter's birthday!!

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