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Welcome to the Realm of the Sun King!

His Highness, the SolarMonarch, welcomes you to his corner of the internet. The place is stacked high with anecdotes, lectures, round-table discussions, laments, caprices, and, of course, proclamations. Mind your step, but don't mind the madness.

Be respectful, share your thoughts, and have some fun - but if you can't be nice, carry on to Junebug's Isle with y'moon face and moody self.
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Jan. 12th, 2009 @ 02:29 pm Like Archimedes - only Clothed and Dry
So, I was bemoaning last night the sorry state of my cast iron grill pan. See, when I first got it, I wasn't nearly diligent enough in my cleaning of things immediately after use. This has left a seemingly impenetrable layer of burnt on stuff. (See, I used to use it at WAY too high a heat, and, well, carbon fusion happened.) The tough bit is the tight space between the grill blades.

Today at lunch, I had a thought: Dremel tool + wire brush disk = TADA!

This is how I will spend my night off from rehearsal. With any luck, it'll be good as new, and reseasoning before bedtime.

Y'reckon I need safety goggles for this?
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Jan. 12th, 2009 @ 08:56 am Working on Midsummer in the Middle of Winter
Well, the Head Lady of the Shakespeare dealie came out to one of my troupe's rehearsals yesterday. She watched our regular silliness for about an hour before I released all of my players who aren't going to be part of her production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in May. Then, we did a table reading of all of our scenes.

When J'Mza, as Thisby, cried "OOOOOO!" at being frightened by the Lion, I swear I thought our guest was going to collapse from the hilarity. She was left red-faced and streaked with tears by her uncontrollable fit of mirth.

This show is going to be freakin' hilarious!

I still can't believe that we've been in business for less than a year. We've developed quite a following, and our reputation for quality comedy keeps growing within the tight-knit theatre community. While other companies in town are running out of money, I can't keep us in the red when I'm trying to!

Really, if I'm going to have a problem, that's a great one to have! :-)
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Dec. 18th, 2008 @ 09:32 am Hilarious Puppets
So, I finally saw "Avenue Q" on Tuesday night.

I was expecting foul-mouthed puppets and ribald humor, but I didn't expect to be emotionally moved by the show. I didn't think I'd be wiping tears away as I exited the theatre for the intermission - but what can I say? Kate Monster made a fine, fine (and heartbreaking) point.

All in all, a fantastic show - and one that I'm disappointed I can't go see again while it's here in town. The funny parts were extremely funny. While I've heard "The Internet is for Porn" and "Schadenfreude" on the soundtrack, it was awesome to see them live and in context. Furthermore, I didn't know how the mix of bunraku and live actors would work on the stage, but I LOVED it! Those actors did some fabulous puppetry, and the expressive movements with which they endowed the puppets merged flawlessly with their own leg movements for the dancing and "body language" of puppets that included only the portion of the characters' bodies from the waist up. I was also fascinated by the actors who voiced more than one character and had to provide two voices in the same scene while operating only one of the puppets.

It was really freakin' cool.

So, if it's coming to your town, don't miss it - and if you're in Birmingham, you still have a few days left to catch it!
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Dec. 16th, 2008 @ 12:52 pm Matlock: The Restaurant - Part II
What follows is an update on the ongoing lawsuit brought against my parents by that restaurant at the lake. To go back to the beginning, follow breadcrumbs from Part I of the story posted in April.

So, as you may remember, when last we left the judge, he had imposed a temporary injunction placing certain restrictions on the dates, times, and volume at which music could be played. Furthermore, there was arguing in the briefs (*snicker*) wherein the Restaurant accused my parents of playing "vulgar" music.

Tomorrow, a special nisi hearing will be held in the First Circuit Court of Mayberry because one of the parties has violated the injunction. Can you say "Contempt of Court?"Collapse )

My only disappointment is that with the end of term upon us, I am unable to take a day off and go watch the hilarity in court. However, come Hell or high water, I'm going to make it to Mayberry for my parents' jury trial this Spring.

...and I'm bringing popcorn!
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Dec. 12th, 2008 @ 09:45 am Game Break
Okay, so at last night's shindig, the new boss, The Big Stanner, received a ping pong set capable of converting our conference table into a bona fide, if oddly shaped, ping pong table. A few minutes ago, I heard the "ta-pock ta-pock ta-pock" sound of ping pong balls, and had to nip over to the conference room to investigate. We all took a turn trying out our game with each other, and giggling about the tournament we're going to have when we do our open house.

Watching The Big Stanner play, though, I was reminded of my godfather's father - Mr. L - who always laughed as he told me the stories of socializing with my "Sears Junk!" grandpa when my father and godfather were in school together. One of the things that amused Mr. L to no end was that Grandpa always wore a tie - even while playing ping pong.

I have to admit - he had a point. It is a fairly amusing sight. :-)
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Dec. 12th, 2008 @ 08:30 am It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Oy - and I am SO not prepared this year. At this point, I have gotten exactly *one* present bought - not counting, of course, the Non-Denominational Fourth Quarter Work-Sanctioned Social Gatherings with accompanying Dirty Santa games or the stocking stuffers I've bought for the dog. I've got three of those office dealies this year - and they're always fun.

The first was with the old co-workers, who were strangely insistent that I go. (I think they didn't want to miss out on my annual hash brown casserole.) It was a lovely bring-a-dish deal with a brutal game of Dirty Santa that nearly came to blows behind a set of cordial glasses and a vanilla scented air freshener thingy. I walked away with a pound of coffee and giant new coffee mug.

Last night was the second one - with my new co-workers. This was even better - an evening at the pub near the theatre where the troupe usually goes after shows. I had the AWESOME chicken club (add jalapeños, of course) and a delightful selection of fine beers. (I think the old office staff would be more fun if we had beers at those parties. On the other hand, though, there might have been a donnybrook in that whole Dirty Santa thing...) Last night's gift - a brand new laptop computer! This thing has everything on it - an LCD screen, letters, shapes, and even a fun game where you move a honey pot around and try to catch dripping honey. The congratulatory cries of "Good job!" from the naked bear REALLY bolstered my self-esteem and helped me get to the bonus level.

This weekend, the improv troupe will have our shindig, and another game of Dirty Santa. I can only imagine what sort of things will come out that! The thing's going to be at Chez K, so tonight and tomorrow are all about getting the last of the cleaning and straightening done. I've got the tree and stockings (for Horatio and me, anyway) displayed by the chimney with care. I found H a paw-print shaped stocking (trés adorable) and liked it so much, I got Jr's giant dogs giant versions. Don't tell H, but there's already a pig ear and some rawhide in his stocking. I think he's gonna be a happy boy on Christmas! :-)
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Dec. 4th, 2008 @ 02:28 pm I DID IT!!!!!!!!

Excuse the outburst. But a Monarch has to toot his own horn from time to time when he can't afford a Royal Tooter.

We now return to our regularly scheduled program(me): Changing the Reports Because a Big Giant Head Prefers the Word "School" to the Word "College"

*happy dances anyway*
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Dec. 4th, 2008 @ 08:47 am I Needed a Laugh Today
So, this morning I woke up late, the pooch was distressingly willful, and just before I left the house, I remembered it was garbage and recycling day. In the rain. Blech.

So, when I got to work and logged in to see the morning news, I was drawn to the link that said "Obama taken for prankster." I couldn't help but smile and think of an old MAD Magazine clip out poster that said "Good government needs a sense of humor - throw a pie at a congressman today!" I clicked on the link - and here's the story...Collapse )

Here's hoping we can all find a laugh on a grey, gloomy, drizzly day.
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Dec. 3rd, 2008 @ 09:51 pm Fox Rocks!
Okay - I know I talk about a buncha silly crap here - but I've seen worthy television.

That's right - I appeared on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, and THIS I consider worthy.

FOX debuted "Secret Millionaire" tonight. If you missed it - don't miss it next week. This is the best I have felt about humanity in YEARS!!!!

Kudos, FOX. 100,000 bonus points for you.

...and no, don't tell me any "secret truths" about this show. I want this delusion to last if it isn't real.

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Dec. 2nd, 2008 @ 06:00 pm Animal Pictures!
Okay - I've been posting a lot about animals of late - here's some pictures:

Cut for your LJ viewing pleasure.Collapse )

I do love the Chez K Animal Axillary - they're a pile of fun!
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