June 2005 archive

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June 30, 2005

Dream

Unfortunately I've forgotten a lot of the details because I didn't type this up right away. But here's what I remember:

Last night I dreamt that I was at a school function and no one liked me. I think I'm allowing you too much access to my subconscious concerns. I didn't know that I was worried that people don't like me, but my dreams seem to indicate otherwise. My class at SI were putting on a play, so there was a lot of behind-the-scenes preparation, but then we all ended up in the audience instead. No one wanted to sit with me, so I sat alone in the audience and decided I was going to put my baby teeth in a fancy box, then wrap it up and give it to one of the actors (in the way that some people give flowers). But I couldn't find my baby teeth so I used an unpopped popcorn kernel instead.

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'Mr Blythe: no one cuter in the Maritimes!'

Holy crap. In my series of embarassing revelations about my fascination with Anne of Green Gables, I shall tell you that I have just discovered Anne & Gilbert: The Island Love Story, a musical based on Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island. It makes me feel like I could... I don't know... sing in a saloon?

(Why is this music so catchy? I really want to hate this more than I do! Don't tell.)

[via... um, ahem, L.M. Montgomery Fan Fiction]

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Tags: anne of green gables, books, musicals

June 29, 2005

Lord of the Flies ruined me for Young People in Mass Quantities

Dear State Street (including pedestrians, idiot drivers and - hell, the traffic light at State and North University, just for being there):

Die die die die die die die.

I was on North University, trying to turn left onto State. The woman in front of me in the left-turn lane pulled out into the intersection, then tried to wait for some parked cars to go. It was very courteous of her to let these cars go in front of her, but they didn't want to go. That's why they were parked. WITH NO DRIVERS IN THEM. Then she made a big show of looking up at the traffic light to see if it was still green. You and I are now blocking the intersection, lady. It doesn't matter what the hell color the light is. If it's red, are you going to just sit there?

Then I had to drive through a sea of young people crossing the street willy-nilly - people who would no doubt complain if I mowed them down, even if I had the right of way. It's summer! Where do these people come from? Don't they have homes to go back to? I bet your parents' lawn needs mowing.

Considering how much I hate college students (the nameless, faceless masses, anyway - and the ones in tank tops and butt-revealing ruffly skirts), sometimes I wonder why I want to help them for a living. Most of the time I just want to help them by crushing them under the wheels of my car.

SRAH

P.S. Don't tell any of the schools I'm applying for jobs at about the whole wheel-crushing thing. I'm just kidding! You wanted a Sense of Humor, right? Right? And maybe if you gave me a job, I wouldn't have so much pent-up aggression to spew upon nameless, faceless undergraduates! Maybe! There's only one way to find out!

P.P.S. Sigh.

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Tags: ann arbor, college students, driving, open letters

Will sell out for money

Dear Converse,

I think you owe me some free shoes. Comfortable and fashionable ones, just like all of the shoes in your line! And so affordable! Everyone should own at least... oh, six pairs I think.

SRAH

[thanks to Mr B****** for the suggestion]

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Dream

I dreamt last night that I went to an Indian wedding where everyone hated me and I kept eating baked beans. I ate and ate to the point where I felt kind of sick when I woke up, from dream-eating all the dream-beans.

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June 28, 2005

Language Week Three: Electric Beagle-ey

It's that time of year again...

LANGUAGE WEEK III
July 4 - 8, 2005

There are rules!:

  • Blog in a language that you don't usually blog in. You don't have to blog a lot if you don't want to - a few sentences will do, as long as you continue, once a day, through the week (or at least Monday to Friday). You can blog in one foreign language for five days, you can blog in five different languages or you can find some medium between the two. What the hell. If you only want to blog in Swedish once on Tuesday, go for it.
  • It would be nice, but not necessary, to include some kind of translation into your usual blogging language. I usually do mine in <span title="translation"><i>other language</i></span> tags. You might choose to write it all out and translate at the end. You could hide it in the post's extension. Whatever. Be free! Be wild!
  • You can link back to this post if you want. Or not. If you don't want. Here's an icon!
  • If you're participating, please leave a comment or a trackback and let me know. This way you can all read each other's and be inspired when you can't think of anything to say and you can make new blogging friends and we'll all live happily ever after.
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    Tags: language, language week, memes

    June 27, 2005

    MIT Weblog Survey 2005

    Take the MIT Weblog SurveyI feel like Dr Paul Armstrong! You know what this survey could mean to science? It could mean actual advances in the field of science! Now that I'm a scientist, though, I just wish, as a scientist, that I could appreciate more things like cabins... bicycles...

    [via misanthropic tendencies and Diner Bitch]

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    June 26, 2005

    Book #6 approacheth!

    Order your copy today!

    Until the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince!

    Hogwartsmagic.com

    Thanks to Katie, mine shall be delivered to my very own front door! At last, in nineteen days, there will finally be something blogworthy in my life!

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    Tags: books, harry potter, harry potter and the half-blood prince

    Unconscious Mutterings

    Blah blah blah blah here is an introduction. And now for our feature presentation... free associations.

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    Tags: memes, unconscious mutterings

    June 23, 2005

    Frankly, Georgie, I don't give a damn

    On Tuesday, we watched the American Film Institute's special 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes. The show had clips from various famous actors, writers and directors including Star Wars destroyer director George Lucas, whose chin and neck have recently combined and expanded to make him look like a manatee. I always wondered where he got the idea for some of his characters and have now come to realize that he's not that creative after all - he was just looking in the mirror.

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    Tags: george lucas, movies, star wars

    June 22, 2005

    Aha, that explains it


    Please to visit So Joyful, where Katie has tackled the question, Why the heck do women need so many shoes?

    Katie did not want to post pictures of her shoe collection online, but that hasn't stopped someone we know from posting hers! Click on the picture to see the annotated version on Flickr.

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    Tags: fashion, shoes

    June 21, 2005

    Late addition to the list

    Things that I learned from Batman Begins:

    1. The Archives is the worst place on earth to be. This is where you are sent before you are fired, which makes it One Step Up From Unemployment.

    Dammit! I meant for this to be an insult to all of my lovely, easily-antagonized archivist readers, but I have just realized that they're still One Step Up From Me.

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    Tags: batman, batman begins, movies

    June 20, 2005

    Unconscious Mutterings

    Hey, thar be bloggage on this front page. And here be a little more. These here associations is free.

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    Tags: memes, unconscious mutterings

    A series of short lists

    Movies I saw in the theater Saturday night:

    1. Batman Begins

    Movies I saw previews for Saturday night that I don't want to see:
    1. All of them

    Things that offend me about The Fantastic Four:
    1. How come Mr Stretchy Guy gets the name Mr Fantastic instead of something descriptive of his powers? Is there something especially Fantastic about being stretchy?

    Things that offended me about Batman Begins:
    1. The Scarecrow was not given the attention and power that I feel he deserves as a Batman baddie. He was just a throwaway underling to Raz-al-Ghul or whatever his name is, rather than an actual threat to Gotham. I am extra defensive of him because he was kind of disturbingly cute.
    2. Bruce Wayne just tells everyone he's Batman. At the end of the movie, there are two loose ends hanging around, knowing his true identity. The point of an alter ego is to protect those you love and sometimes (see Kent, Clark) you have to protect them by keeping them in the dark. I know that and I'm not a superhero! ... or am I?
    3. Tom Wilkinson's American accent

    Things that prevent me from completely embracing Christian Bale as Batman:
    1. Christian Bale's upper lip and the way he sticks it out when he talks (it's like he almost lisps, but not quite.)

    People it took me waaaaaaaaay too long to recognize:
    1. Jim Gordon (I don't think it was 45 minutes in, like apete says, but it was way longer than it should have been. I didn't catch that they kept calling this police guy Gordon when Bruce met him the FIRST time and it wasn't until I realized that he kept showing up and was more than a throwaway character that I actually thought about it, looked at him, and realized he looks like Commissioner Gordon!)

    People I recognized before they spoke:
    1. Batgirl (she didn't really speak at all - cooed and cried and gurgled, really - but is still listed in the credits as Barbara Gordon and I made that connection as soon as I saw her sitting in her high chair)

    People who are misidentified in the credits
    1. Little Boy (that's totally Dick Grayson! If you're going to identify a baby as Barbara Gordon, you can identify Unidentified Boy With Missing Parents as Dick Grayson!)

    Things that permanently scarred my mind Saturday night:
    1. Katie Holmes' nipples (no, seriously, they reached out of the screen and poked me in the brain, I think. It hurt.)

    Movies I saw on DVD Saturday night that were better than Batman Begins:
    1. Anchorman

    In the extension: Spoiler-ish discussion of a plot point...

    srah | 1:14 PM
    Tags: batman, batman begins, movies, reviews

    June 17, 2005

    My (shameful?) escape to Prince Edward Island

    Please tie your shoes, because you are going to want to sprint away as far as you can get from me and my blog. You may then wish to shower in order to cleanse yourself and perhaps to rinse out your eyes in order to recover from the horror which I am about to type:

    This summer, I have really gotten into reading Anne of Green Gables fan fiction.

    Oh my god. I actually wrote it down.

    In general, I find that fan fiction is rubbish. The characters do things they never would have done under the original author's power, the authors are (or write like they are) fifteen years old and have no idea how to write dialogue or develop a plot or character. Sometimes - travesty of travesties! - dreadful fan fiction even gets published.

    However, I've been quite pleasantly surprised by some of the fan fiction I've found in the L.M. Montgomery section - it seems as though some of those people who love Anne enough to continue the stories are also talented writers (maybe this is why they identify with Anne and with Lucy Maud...). This isn't to say that there isn't complete shit being written about Anne of Green Gables, but just to say that I am caught up in several of the good stories.

    As far as authors go, my favorite so far goes by the pseudonym ruby gillis. She has captured L.M. Montgomery's voice such that I almost never remember I'm reading fan fiction rather than a new discovery in the Anne of Green Gables series. Most of her stories feature Anne's children and grandchildren, picking up where the series left off or filling in gaps in the middle. The Blythes, Merediths, Fords and Wrights are rather disturbingly intermingled, marriagewise, but considering the rest of the stories and the behavior of other characters in the original books, this near-incestuousness is probably to be expected. Best of all, they aren't finished. It's like a soap opera and I have to wait patiently for the next installment, whenever it comes out.

    So, yes. Please feel free to come back in a week, when this entry will have left the front page and you can read my blog again without wanting to claw your eyes out. Hopefully.

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    Tags: anne of green gables, books, fan fiction

    It happens sometimes...

    Sweet overuse! The word "milk" has now lost all meaning for me.

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    My love/hate relationship with milk

    When I was growing up, my parents had to force me to drink milk. I would avoid it all through dinner but then I would have to finish the glass before I left the table. I would hold my nose and chug it down. I knew it was good for me, but I don't like the taste or the smell or the consistency... I don't know what I don't like about it, but I just don't like milk. A small glass (just enough to wash things down) goes well with brownies or chocolate chip cookies, but I hate it with meals!

    I thought I was a milk-hater, but recently I've realized that I love milk in everything else. I hate milk on its own, but I love chocolate milk. I like my tea sugar-and-milky, my chai milky and milk tea is usually my choice at Bubble Island. When I order a White Russian, I sometimes drink it down partway, return to the bar and ask them to weaken it with more milk.

    As long as my milk is flavoured with chocolate or tea or spices or Kahlua or tapioca bubbles... I am a super milk fan.

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    Tags: bubble tea, chai, milk, tea, white russian

    Hey, guess what - Detroit's in the playoffs this year! *gag*

    Ever since Cari left, there's no one around to organize social events. Don't look at me - I have all this important stuff to do... like... um... encourage my Sims to socialize.

    Wait...

    So luckily a fête happy hour was organized for last night. But unluckily, a basketball game was also scheduled for last night.

    Basketball and I have never quite seen eye-to-eye but we managed to coexist civilly - the occasional biting remarks but usually it was okay to take us out in public together. But our truce lasts no longer!

    The bar was full of people watching the game and cheering when Detroit went from 17 to 19 points ahead. Who cares? Basketball's all about running back and forth and back and forth. Maybe you make the shot this time, maybe you don't the next time, but you still have, like, infinity more chances to shoot and catch up. I can see how it would start to get exciting in the last, oh, 30 seconds or so, but I don't see why anyone would feel the need to cheer about a two-point shot in the second quarter!

    This is not just bitterness because I'm short - I cannot fathom how anyone can enjoy watching the first three quarters of basketball!

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    Tags: sports

    June 15, 2005

    Pictures take up space!


    Here's something else I've been up to...

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    June 14, 2005

    Someone who's actually blogging

    Alfie's got another musicals quiz... and a movies quiz as well!

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    Ketchup

    I told myself that after Memorial Day, I would let up on my hardcore country-wide search for career-related study abroad advising jobs and start just looking for jobs. To earn money.

    Instead, after Memorial Day, I let up on the hardcore search and didn't look for anything at all and just played The Sims all day. And I couldn't blog because I didn't do anything but play The Sims all day.

    I had a phone interview a week and a half ago. It's a great fit and I kind of have my heart set on it, so that hasn't encouraged me to apply for other jobs either. The job's mine! Why do I need to apply for others when I'm just waiting for them to call me and invite me for a campus interview and the other rigamarole before handing me the job on a platter? Alas, they said they'd call in the two weeks following the interview and there are only four days left. I'm starting to lose hope.

    So... that's what I'm up to and that's why there aren't any freaking entries on the main page of my blog!

    Sigh.

    I applied for a job job today, so maybe I'm back on track.

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    Tags: job search

    June 13, 2005

    Unconscious Mutterings

    Ze mutterings, zey are free. But ze real posts... zey will cost you! Your love!

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    Tags: memes, unconscious mutterings

    June 6, 2005

    Everybody's a critic!

    Once upon a time, I like toast. The End.

    My dad didn't think this was much of a story when I told it to him.

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    Tags: my favorite posts, toast, writing

    Hair clips, hair clips everywhere, nor any clips to clip

    Lately, as the driver of a car with no air conditioning, I have found that I always need something (please for the love of god something - anything - does anyone have some twine or gift ribbon or anything - I think I would kill for a twist tie) to put my hair up with and I never have one on hand.

    I like those bitey hair clips that make my head look like a palm tree. They don't usually leave a crease in my hair like ponytail holders do, which makes them good for keeping the hair off my neck when I need it up and putting it back down when I want it down. So at the same time I made my other purchase, I had the clever idea to buy more hair clips, so that I can always keep one in the car.

    The problem, I realized after buying a pack of four, is that I will wear these hair clips to keep my hair off my neck in the car, then wear them right out of the car, bringing them into the house and into the piles of hair clips that already reside on my dresser and in my bathroom. Then I will find myself trapped in the car with nothing to tie my hair back with. And I will buy more hair clips. And so on and so on.

    If you find that you haven't seen me in a few days, please give a shout into the pile of hair clips in my house - I may be trapped underneath.

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    Caution: girly post ahead

    I stopped by the drugstore today on my way to work. The clerk there was very personable and chatty, which I would have appreciated if I hadn't gone into the drugstore with the express purpose of buying... erm... feminine products.

    When I am making this kind of purchase, I want to buy my things and go - no conversation, no eye contact. There are few products out there that can give a cashier so much insight into your life. I don't necessarily want my friends to know about the details of my cycle, much less a strange, overly chatty cashier. I've never been concerned about a cashier saying, "Oh, canned stewed tomatoes? I guess I know what you'll be having for dinner tonight," or "Pert Plus, eh? So you want to combine your cleaning and conditioning into one step? I see." And yet the whole time this guy was nattering on about the weather I was concerned he was going to bring the topic around to what I was buying or worse, the use thereof!

    I don't know why I was concerned about this. It's not like it's ever happened to me or like there was any cause to think that it would this time. He didn't mention it - just wished me a nice day and hoped that I got a chance to be out in the sunshine.

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    Tags: period, shopping

    Home sweet home furnishings

    Do we ever abbreviate linoleum as "lye-no" in English? I don't know if it's something we do or if it's something I stole from French or made up in this crazy head of mine. Seems to me that if it's stolen from French, it should be "lee-no" but leave it to the French to über-anglify a pronounciation just to throw me off.

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    Lost foties

    I took about 72 pictures last night at Cari and Rebecca's going-away party, then something went weird and I started getting a "Memory Card Error" message. Cari took the memory card home with her to see if it was a problem with the way the camera was reading it, but she couldn't get it to work on its own, either.

    Then I think I had a dream where we got it to work. Unfortunately, it was a very vivid dream so it feels like it really happened. I keep convincing myself that I haven't lost all of those pictures and I don't have to buy a new memory card... and then I remember it was a dream. I woke up about 20 minutes ago and it's probably already happened four times.

    :(

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    Tags: technology

    June 5, 2005

    Unconscious Mutterings

    Here they are for this week!

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    Tags: memes, unconscious mutterings

    June 3, 2005

    Pay no attention to the crazy girl clutching the phone

    I had my second phone interview today. It went a lot better than the first. I was better-prepared, I wasn't as nervous and I think the job's a really good fit. What's driving me crazy, though, is that the last words I said to the interviewer were "Good luck."

    I don't even know what I meant. I think I meant "Good luck with the rest of [the conference that she's at]" but it just came out as "good luck." Maybe she interpreted it as "good luck with your selection process." But on the other hand, maybe she interpreted it as "good luck because if you hire me, you're gonna need it."

    If I'd said it at any other point in the interview it would have been okay. Yeah, I said something weird, but I had the rest of the conversation to redeem myself. Now I ended things on a weird note.

    I know I'm just being paranoid but... it's making me crazy!

    Quick, someone make me think about something else.

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    Tags: job search

    Written in the style of an elementary school field trip report

    I went to the zoo today with my friends and I saw some penguins and I saw some butterflies and I saw a lot of birds and someone threw up in the bird house and I found out how frogs and salamanders make babies and I saw a monitor lizard and it stuck its tongue out at me and I saw a crocodile but it didn't do anything. And I saw some camels and I saw part of a tiger's shoulder but he was sleeping under a tree so I didn't see any more and we saw some lions and the boy lion was climbing on the girl lion and the zoo has the girl lion because she used to live in a crack house and be their guard but then she got too big and they were mean to her so the zoo took her and now she's happy because they feed her and treat her good and people come to see her. Then we saw lemurs and the lemurs were pooping and then someone fed the monkeys and the monkeys ate fruit and vegetables and their food looked good and they ate it like people and ran on their back legs. And we didn't see any elephants because there aren't any elephants anymore because it was too cold and the elephants were lonely so they sent them to live in California. And I saw a lot of peacocks and Cari wanted to touch the peacocks and she chased the peacocks and followed them but they ran away. And I saw a giraffe and it was eating and it was funny and then a hippopotamus went into the water and it made a funny noise when it came out of the water and it was funny. We saw some kangaroos and they might have had babies in their pouches but I don't know because they were in the pouches so I couldn't see them. Oh my god, is anyone still reading this? Because I just scanned through it and it was kind of painful to read. Anyway, we saw some anteaters and they were funny looking like some kind of combination of a carpet and a vacuum cleaner and I saw a little deer called a pudú and it comes from Chile and we saw some bald eagles and a peregrine falcon and they couldn't fly so the zoo took them to keep them safe and we went to the Arctic exhibit and we saw polar bears and lots of seals and one of the seals swam over our heads! And then we got ice cream!

    [Seriously... we went to the Detroit Zoo today and it was lots of fun. Once the overwhelming groups of school kids left, the zoo was peaceful and navigable and it was really nice to see the animals and actually get excited about them. And we learned a lot about the reproductive habits of lots of different kinds of animals.]

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    June 2, 2005

    Unconscious Mutterings

    I wouldn't allow myself to post these until after I did my weekend post. Now I've done that and here they are.

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    Tags: memes, unconscious mutterings

    That toddling town...

    Here it is Thursday and I'm finally getting around to blogging about this weekend. I think I have some kind of block - I keep sitting down in front of the computer and thinking I should write, but not really wanting to. Sigh. Anyway, I went off to a wedding in Chicago this weekend with Apete. As I've put off the blogging this time, it will have to be a series of sentence fragments strung together because I really can't bring myself to write something cohesive. What the hell is wrong with me?

    Saturday
    Ate waffles. Got in the car. Passed a Waffle House near Paw Paw whose claim to fame (prominently mentioned on their billboard) is that their bathrooms are ranked in the top 5 in the US. We didn't stop, although I would have liked to have seen what was so great about them and to have eaten waffles in their bathroom. But I'd already eaten waffles that day.

    Chicago skyline shotDrove some more - the trip was a lot shorter than I'd expected. Got to Chicago, checked in the hotel, had lunch with Apete's parents. Went to the rehearsal because Apete was a groomsman. I got scared because I found out that the wedding was going to be outside and everything I'd seen on the Intarnets predicted thunderstorms on Sunday. Glorious. They practiced processing and recessing but nothing of the ceremony. Is that normal? I'm not sure I've ever been to a rehearsal.

    On to the rehearsal dinner. Had deep-dish Chicago-style pizza. Very saucey and thick. I don't quite understand why Chicago-style pizza is revered over all other kinds - I kind of like thin-crust myself. Oh well. It had tasty vegetables in it. Met other members of the wedding party and their various hangers-on.

    After dinner, I got in touch with Bob, who I hadn't been able to make contact with the last time I was in Chicago. Apete, Bob, Gator and I went out for drinks. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my camera along, so there's no documentation of the event (well, except that he blogged about it too, so it must have happened). It was a fun time - we laughed a lot and I had a White Russian that was rather strong and strumbled to a taxi.

    Sunday
    Sunday, day of the wedding. Somehow I didn't calculate my time well and was rushing about all morning trying to get ready. But get ready I did and I wasn't too late to meet Apete's parents to go to the ceremony. He had left a while earlier for wedding party picture-taking. The wedding was very nice - all of the Jewish traditions were explained for those of us who weren't familiar with them and the rabbi was very jovial and fun and encouraging of audience participation. Congrats, Adam and Beth!

    After the wedding was the cocktail reception and after the cocktail reception, the real reception. There were delightful hors d'oeuvres at the cocktail one - some little spinach tarts and asparagus wrapped in prosciutto and grilled. Mmmmmmmmm. The wedding party were announced and entered the reception hall after everyone was seated. I don't remember that happening at tbone's wedding, which is the only thing I have to compare it to. It reminded me of a boxing match: "And now, entering the room, weighing in at X amount... The Best Man!" Then there was food and dancing and all. It was a little strange to be dancing at 2pm or whatever it was, but Apete and I will take dancing whenever we can get it.

    After the reception, the party moved on to a bar for the young people and parents and anyone else who wanted to come. We decided to go and change and take a nap before moving on, but lots of people just moved on in full wedding regalia and got a head start on the drinking. After that started winding down, we went out for Thai food at this place where it looked like you were sitting on the floor, but the area under the table was dug out, so you could actually sit on the floor but have your legs dangle lower. It's a bit hard to describe. Then, back home for some more rest after a long day.

    Monday
    Got up, returned Apete's tux, went to barbecue at best man's house. Todd and his fiancée Patty just bought their new house so it was a sort of housewarming party, too. Success!A couple of the other groomsmen went out and bought Instruments of Summer Fun at Walgreen's. The purple rubber ball was popped by dog teeth within about three minutes, the frisbee developed a crack and no one could remember how to hula hoop, but the kite was a big hit and the guys kept scheming throughout the party to figure out the best way to get it and keep it in the air in the small Chicago back yard, with cable lines crossing it. It was quite a venture.

    After the barbecue, Apete and I went back into downtown Chicago to go shopping on Michigan Avenue. We had many adventures and visited many chocolate shops and I only bought gifts for other people and nothing for myself, which was rather impressive. Then we hit the road and drove home.

    And now we're back. And have been for a while. And that's blogged. Hopefully my block is over... but we shall see.

    srah | 8:08 AM | Comments (2) | TrackBack
    Tags: apete, chicago, pizza, travel, weddings

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