feren: I AM THE MAN (ashryn-enthusiastic)

Blackteagan Sketch Commission Blackteagan Sketch Commission
[livejournal.com profile] blackteagan held a sale on sketch commissions this weekend. I was lucky enough to be able to get in the queue, which surprised me given how late I was in tossing my hat into the ring. When asked what I wanted for the sketch I told them, "I'd really like you to just have fun and surprise me." Surprise me they did with this wonderful piece! I'm very enthused about it and can't wait for it to arrive -- and I hope it arrives, since once again I'm having it sent to the PO Box. The same PO Box, you might recall, that the postal service seemed incapable of delivering to the last time I had a commission mailed to me. Hopefully this time... will be different. The thumbnail will take you to a larger version.

In other news this has been a pretty productive weekend. I already alluded to the surprise that [livejournal.com profile] genet and [livejournal.com profile] roho had in store for me on Saturday evening. Today I helped [livejournal.com profile] lady_curmudgeon and her brother finish cleaning out their parents estate. The property goes on the market Monday and her brother wanted to make sure the house was in its best shape for when the realtors and potential buyers walk through. I know this is all very hard for Curmudgeon.

After sweating and laboring at the estate I came back to the World's Smallest Flat to sweat and labor some more. I took down the kitchen table, the kitchen chairs, boxes of books (OMG no more books honey, seriously!) , boxes of other fragile things, a bag of clothes and some other odds and ends. I had no idea that my girlfriend owned a didgeridoo. I got everything that we'd wrapped and packed downstairs and into the Expy, which is pretty much full. I'd like to finish this weekend by wrapping and packing a load of dishes from her kitchen but I'm not sure I'm up to the task. I've downed one Diet Pepsi in under a minute to try and lower my core temperature and I'll probably slam another before I actually post this to LJ.

Still, we're looking pretty good and the end is well within sight.

feren: I AM THE MAN (pissy)
Or, to paraphrase the illustrious [livejournal.com profile] jwz, Wake me up when we're in the future and have a postal system that can differentiate BOLINGBROOK, IL 60490 from PEOTONE, IL 60468.

So here's the back story on that: the United States Postal Service somehow managed to misroute an envelope from Blotch that contained the original artwork from a commission. Said envelope had the address for my postal box in Bolingbrook clearly displayed but it never got to me. Luckily Blotch had put a delivery confirmation request on it. That delivery confirmation number, when run through the USPS website, faithfully shows the package departing on the 19th and being delivered on the 22nd. I was a bit vexed by this, because I checked my postal box on the 29th and there was no envelope waiting for me and no marker stick that it was waiting for me behind the counter, either. That's when I noticed that the delivery confirmation printout had one piece of information I had overlooked previously: that the delivery was made in Peotone.

There is no address similar to mine in Peotone, IL. In fact there's no road with the same name in Peotone at all!

Sadly it wasn't a Signature delivery confirmation, so all I know is that some mail carrier scanned the envelope and dropped it on somebody's stoop somewhere in a farm town 49 miles to the Southeast of me. I wish there was at least a name so I knew whose door I'd could try to go knocking on.

Because you don't treat me the right way
feren: I AM THE MAN (Blotch-TooCoolFeren)
There's nothing to start your Monday off quite like a cup of good coffee ("good" defined here as not the stuff from the office that, like the blood of a face-hugger, can eat through several steel decks) and an e-mail from a very talented artist with a finished product attached.

A while back I became aware of [livejournal.com profile] screwbald (Warning, this journal frequently NSFW and should be viewed only at your own risk) and I commissioned them for a pair of LJ icons. I was very pleased with the work I received and, since there were a few other ideas kicking around in my head, I approached them for another commission. What I got back today was worth every penny and I'm absolutely delighted by it.

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feren: I AM THE MAN (chilly-smiling-feren)
I think [livejournal.com profile] yotogi said it best when he said, "Feren's ripped, dude. Ripped like JESUS."

High-bandwidth image within. )

if all you told was turned to gold
feren: I AM THE MAN (ashryn-lurve)
Another icon from [livejournal.com profile] ashryn:
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Feren, gruntled.

The hits just keep on coming!

In other news, I had an absolutely lovely couple of days this weekend. After class on Saturday I caught lunch up at BD's with [livejournal.com profile] points, a friend of Points, [livejournal.com profile] roho and [livejournal.com profile] genet. After lunch we stopped up in Antioch to see the house again, had a drink at the pub across the state line (that place and I are likely to get well-acquainted) and then drove home. I parted ways with them around 5:40 or so and went back to Z'ha'dum while Roho and Genet went to have a huge dinner with Points and his friend. I wanted to clean up and do some chores around the house since the plan originally called for the two of them to swing down to my place after dinner. Unfortunately -- or perhaps fortunately? -- those plans fell through when the dinner ran long. Dessert was served sometime around 10:15 PM, to my understanding, so it was little surprise that they were tired and more interested in sleep than anything else when they called me at 11:15 that night. I told them not to worry, to go home to Wheeling instead of coming down to my neck of the woods, and that I'd see them in the morning instead.

Sunday morning Roho and Genet showed up on my doorstep and we went down to the bowling alley to roll a couple of games. The goal of our morning was not entirely one of pure, wholesom fun, however... we had an ulterior motive. My local bowling alley comes with a secret bonus that only the really good bowlers know about: the alley's bar opens at 10 in the morning on Sunday, hours ahead of everyone else -- something we planned to take full advantage of. And take advantage of it we did! Much beer was consumed and good times were had by the three of us, since we were on a lane not far from where Heather and her league were bowling. We got done around 1PM or so, but spent the next 45 minutes chatting with Heather and her husband Garry. We also spent twenty minutes in the parking lot going "ooooh" and "aaaaah" over Garry's Honda Civic Hybrid, which is an absolutely tasty vehicle. It's making me reconsider my plans for the next vehicle in my garage to be a Saab Linear Sedan.

We were all starved and had a nice buzz going, so we decided lunch should be had at Applebees. From Applebee's we hit Meijer for ice cream and grilling supplies, then swung past Borders for tasty coffee treats from the cafe. Once we were safely back at Z'ha'dum we got down to the serious business of watching DVDs, drinking gin with tonic and playing Halo. I'm not sure exactly when Roho developed the trait of being able to whip my ass in Halo's combat system, but I have to say he was throwing down one damn fine game. Hell, I'd even go so far as to say he was bringing those blue sparks.

[livejournal.com profile] crackjackal, I need you to swing down here and school him in Rockets before his ego gets out of control.

We talked, drank and gamed until sometime around 1 in the morning, at which point all the energy seemed to drain out of us and we fell into bed. We slept late on Monday morning and they had to get out to Bristol to meet up with a friend, but there was still enough time for a brunch at the Cheddar's restaurant not far from me. Roho and I have both been there before, but Genet hadn't. I think we've made a believer out of her.

That's the shrot summary, poorly-written though it may be. More thoughts on that later this week.

All the voices can be heard
feren: I AM THE MAN (ashryn-enthusiastic)
[livejournal.com profile] ashryn left a little surprise waiting for me: A spanking-new icon that will, without doubt, see plenty of use in the future!


Beautiful. Thank you, jaql.
feren: I AM THE MAN (Default)
New LJ icons for the gin panfah.

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