Long Weekend...

Last weekend I had scheduled upgrades to perform and one unexpected server failure. After the dust settled, the amount of time I put in working on those projects demanded an extra day off this weekend.

Friday started off with a bit of light cleaning in the morning in anticipation of our friend Anne visiting for the day from Baltimore. She arrived a bit before lunch, which allowed us to get caught up before our unplanned activities. We had a late lunch at the Grape Leaf, our favorite cheap Mediterranean diner, while we decided on the plan for the day. Since we were already "in town", we decided a quick trip over to the Toledo Museum of Art was in order so we could show off the new Glass Pavilion. On the way, Anne had mentioned it had been a long time since she had seen the Toledo Zoo as well. Since it was "technically" on the way to the Museum, that became our first stop for the day. With sunny skies and temperatures in the 60's, it was a splendid day for a stroll around the Zoo. We spent a couple of hours there (closing the place down at 5:00pm) before heading down to the Museum. I always love a trip to the Museum. I think it's one of the most impressive sites in Toledo, and given there is no charge for admission, certainly a must see attraction. After a walk around the glass exhibit, we decided it would be a good time to head home and relax for the rest of the evening. I can usually walk the Zoo or the Museum without wearing myself out, but both in the same day had worn me out pretty well. The rest of the evening was spent in the usual fashion, pizza for dinner, bad SciFi on the television (in this case, the commentary track on Dr. Horrible's sing-a-long Blog, also musical). By the end of the day I was severely nodding off and thoroughly exhausted. As expected, I slept remarkably well Friday night.

Saturday morning we spent a few hours with Anne before she had to hit the road. A dutch baby was in order for breakfast, along with fresh fruit salda and good conversation. We have to plan a trip out to see them one of these days, it's been a while since we've been to Baltimore (maybe a visit to the Smithsonian while we're there). The rest of Saturday went without issue, if not a bit oddly. I did quite a bit around the house, and the day seemed to last forever. I started weeding through junk in my office, getting ready to move my computer desk out to the green room with Jen's. I also spent several hours in the garage cleaning up from a winter of neglect. I had, once again, waited too long to finish Christmas presents last year, and was turning projects in to December. With the cold temps, I am sometimes guilty of not cleaning up and putting things away like I should (Norm Abram would be so disappointed). I also got a bunch of apple tree wood from a friend of mine which was scattered around the garage taking up more room then it should have. So all tools were put away, the table saw, band saw, drill press, and lathe beds were all scrubbed down with steel wool and treated to get rid of the surface rest as well. I also cleared a spot for the Christmas tree and managed to store that for the year as well (it's still isn't spring yet, so I don't feel too bad about the length of time it took me to store the decorations). We finished up the day by watching he previous nights Battlestar Galactica episode (only two left!) and playing a few video games before turning in for the night.

The rain started to fall Saturday night (quite heavy at times), and judging from the radar on Sunday morning, it would not be ending anytime soon. It sounded like a good day for a movie and the Watchmen was on my list. We got out of bed an hour later then normal, having neglected to set out clocks ahead (thanks William Willett). We opted for brunch at Charlie's before heading to the theater. I wont give any of the movie away, but I was surprised (not offended at all) at the amount of "adult" content in the movie (you know what I mean, I really didn't need to see Dr. Manhattan's junk). There was a lot of language, nudity, and gratuitous violence, but the film did not apologize for it, so kudos to the team that put it together. I am intrigued by the story and may opt to read the graphic novel someday. The previews also have me intrigued. It looks like May is going to be a very busy month with releases for: Star Trek (it looks like JJ Abrams will renew my interest in that story/saga), Angels and Demons (yay, Tom Hanks has shorter hair), and Terminator Salvation (if this film is even half as awesome as the trailer, this will be amazing).

We home for the evening now, a county to the southwest of us has a tornado warning just posted, so I'm going to cut this post short and go watch the radar for a bit. More on Art and Radio and other hobbies later...