154 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'holidays':

Tell 'em Harry S Turkey sent you!

Happy Emily Elisabeth Day to Emily Elisabeth, purveyor of presidential lore and much much more! Go on over and wish her a happy birthday! Thus far, I have celebrated Emily Elisabeth Day by giving my sister a President Ford bumper sticker and by starting one of the few Sarah Vowell books I haven't read yet (Sarah Vowell, since I discovered her second, reminds me of EE instead of the other way around). Celebrate as best ye can with the hours that remain!...

srah - Sunday, 28 November 2010 - 9:19 AM
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It smelled like turpentine, it looked like Indian ink

Happy belated Pins and Needles Day! (Whatever that means.) I didn't know, before I looked up that video, that these songs are also by the same band: The Searchers should not be confused with The Seekers: The 60s were a bewildering time for those of us who learned about them after the fact, through oldies radio....

srah - Sunday, 28 November 2010 - 8:45 AM
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I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy

Happy National Cake Day! I baked my first cake around 1990-91, then there was a long gap. I don't remember baking another cake until 2004 or so. In the last couple of years, I have developed an interest in cake experimentation, especially when experimentation involves combining booze and cakes. Here are some of the cakes I have baked in the past: Recipes available upon request, if I can remember how I made them....

srah - Friday, 26 November 2010 - 8:58 AM
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Custard, good. Jam, good. Meat, good!

It's Parfait Day and a trifle has layers, sort of like a parfait, and also Thanksgiving Day is a great day for being lazy. So instead of a blog post, here is a link to the episode of Friends with the trifle....

srah - Thursday, 25 November 2010 - 5:09 PM
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I hate you, Nermal! Almost as much as I hate Mondays!

Happy Zachary Taylor Day! Everything I know about Zachary Taylor I learned from a coloring book I had as a child, so allow me to inform you that the most important fact of his presidency is that his horse used to graze on the White House lawn. You're welcome! For more information on Zachary Taylor, and a number of other subjects, I'll let Tracy Jordan take over:...

srah - Wednesday, 24 November 2010 - 7:58 AM
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Either I'm off my nut, or he is... Or you are!

Happy National Cashew Day! I don't think I've ever cooked or baked with cashews, but if nutshealth.com¹ is to be believed (and why wouldn't you trust nutshealth.com, anyway), they are less expensive than some other types of nuts. Last year for Christmas I made spiced pecans, which I'm sure you could also do with cashews, if you so desired. This year I'm going to try to marry the spices from that recipe with the possibly-healthier (or at least more-potentially-salmonellaey) binding agent from this one, using egg white instead of oil. But it will still be with pecans (or maybe almonds!)...

srah - Tuesday, 23 November 2010 - 5:15 PM
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We're a congress, Mr. Adams, not a literary society.

This is the last book giveaway for the month of November! Today is Stop the Violence Day, so today I'm giving away a novel about the motivation, action and aftermath that surround a violent act: Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. Jodi Picoult is a great storyteller and looks at controversial topics from a lot of different viewpoints, showing how many of the things we argue and worry about most are usually not black-and-white but shades of grey. Here's the description of this book from Amazon.com: Best known for tackling controversial issues through richly told fictional accounts, Jodi Picoult's 14th novel,...

srah - Monday, 22 November 2010 - 11:05 AM
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World Hello Day

hello world! hello world! hello world! hello world! hello world! hello world! hello world! ¡pןɹoʍ oןןǝɥ (This may take a moment to load.)...

srah - Sunday, 21 November 2010 - 11:38 AM
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'I write this sitting in the kitchen sink.'

Happy National Young Reader's Day! Today's book giveaway is I Capture the Castle, a book that is characterized as a young adult book, but which I didn't read until this summer. The description, according to Amazon: I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle's walls, and her own first...

srah - Wednesday, 17 November 2010 - 7:16 AM
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No, not on clothes...

Happy Button Day! I will celebrate it by listening to Roy say "button."...

srah - Tuesday, 16 November 2010 - 12:05 PM
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I admit I have not been recycling/ In fact, I've been openly encouraging people to be wasteful

Happy America Recycles Day! And hooray for recycling! Recycling is great, but unfortunately, a lot of people don't think about the other parts of the waste hierarchy (I would also add Research and Reflect to this list). I just attended a session about "green" issues in the workplace at my conference, so I'm a little pumped up about the subject. Research & Reflect How are you using things in your everyday life? Are there ways that you could be creating less waste? What are some ways that you could easily cut down on waste? Which ways would be harder? What...

srah - Monday, 15 November 2010 - 7:09 PM
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Ex-boyfriends are off-limits to friends. I mean, that's just, like, the rules of feminism.

For those of you who would like to celebrate Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day in a different way... here's some macros related to a movie with a character named Cady. I have always assumed it was a reference to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, because otherwise... why name the character that? One of the following is a special dedication for Alfie, but only she can guess which! What are your favorite Mean Girls quotes/macros?...

srah - Friday, 12 November 2010 - 9:45 PM
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Take heart, for Mrs. Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again

Happy Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day! There don't seem to be any movies about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, so instead I will share with you a movie I watched recently about the later generations of suffragists who picked up where she left off.   (I don't think this is actually a very good trailer, in that it doesn't tell you a lot about what the movie is about or how moving it is. You may want to watch this section of the film as well.) If you have an opportunity to watch this, I recommend you do so!...

srah - Friday, 12 November 2010 - 9:25 PM
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I really do have better things I could be doing...

Triceratops and her human scale companion, Bust of Thomas Jefferson, Tiny Princess Leia, Squirting Emperor Palpatine and R2-D2 would like to wish you a happy Parade Day!...

srah - Tuesday, 9 November 2010 - 9:15 PM
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The telling of a story, like virtually everything in this life, was always made all the easier by a cup of tea.

According to Emily Elisabeth's master list, November 1 was National Author's Day and National Family Literacy Day, November 6 was Book Lover's Day and November 17 will be National Young Reader's Day. According to an email I got from Better World Books, November 8 was also National Bookstore Day. So I guess November is trying to tell me something, and that something has to do with books. I have decided therefore that I will hold a couple of used book giveaways on this here blog (idea shamelessly ripped from EE¹). I have several books to give away but I'll try...

srah - Tuesday, 9 November 2010 - 7:26 PM
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Remember, remember what rises from embers

Today is Doughnut Appreciation Day, but there aren't enough doughnuts in this town to appreciate. So in honor of Guy Fawkes Day, here is a picture of a guy with Fawkes: (Apparently you're going to get some Harry Potter even in the non-Harry Potter posts!)...

srah - Friday, 5 November 2010 - 10:05 PM
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We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup

Happy National Candy Day! What a great excuse to eat candy! As if I needed an excuse! I bring you, in celebration of this joyous holiday, some candy-related haiku: On the decision-making process for choosing Halloween candy My halloween treats: Junior Mints and Take 5 bars Kids, try something new! A Take 5 bar has Too many textures with both Peanuts and pretzels. Fun-sized Take 5 bars Are better than big Take 5s They're less peanutty. Junior Mints? You know Of my love for these nuggets Of soft gooeyness. On trying a new seasonal treat Caramel apple Flavored Hershey Kisses:...

srah - Thursday, 4 November 2010 - 11:24 PM
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True love is the greatest thing, except for a nice MLT, where the mutton is nice and lean

Happy Sandwich Day, everyone!...

srah - Wednesday, 3 November 2010 - 9:02 PM
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What a stupid lamb.

Yesterday, according to Emily Elisabeth's master list, was National Author's Day, and today is Look For Circles Day. In honor of these two holidays, I bring you this thing that I did not make myself, but which I am posting for the sake of blogging about these holidays. see more Funny Graphs...

srah - Tuesday, 2 November 2010 - 5:50 PM
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Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo... doo doo doo doo DOO dah-dah-dah-dah-dah doo doo doo doo doo doo doo... DAH dah dah dah dah... dah.. dah (bum bum)

It is my birthday month, and all I want for my birthday is my two front teeth Jeopardy! questions. All of you out there are knowledgeable about subjects that I am not (military history, astronomy, fly fishing, NASCAR, Canada, chickens, classic literature, religion, presidential trivia, Native American history, sports, Germany and, well, just about ANYTHING, really). So if you could send me factoids or questions-in-the-form-of-an-answer, I would appreciate it! You can all contribute to my Jeopardy! studying and maybe you can all be part of my Fascinating Introduction Story if I make it on the show. I will accept factoids...

srah - Monday, 3 August 2009 - 5:51 PM
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Tadpoles is a winner!

There was an Internet quiz going around several months (years?) ago that was supposed to tell you who was Your TV Boyfriend. I took the quiz and it told me My TV Boyfriend was Jim Halpert. I was less than enthused, especially because this was sometime in season 3, where Jim was kind of a jerk or season 4, where he was just boring. So it got me thinking about who would be My TV Boyfriend if I - rather than an Internet quiz - were doing the picking. I had, after all, just eliminated The Ultimate TV Boyfriend, so...

srah - Friday, 13 February 2009 - 5:07 PM
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And may the British burn my land if I can't deliver to your hand a resolution on independency!

Some people seem to think that New Year's resolutions are the sort of thing that should be announced, like, in the first couple of days of January. Well, here at srah blah blah, we ain't people¹. So here is our interrelated web of resolution: WHEREAS It is the beginning of a new year; and WHEREAS "People" expect this sort of thing; and WHEREAS I should probably get up off the couch and work on some self-improvement; therefore be it RESOLVED: That I will fit into this one pair of jeans that I can technically fit into now, and can even...

srah - Wednesday, 7 January 2009 - 5:10 PM
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You've got the teeth of the hydra upon you

I got many exciting Christmas presents this holiday season, but two in particular that I think the readers of this blog might be interested in. First, I got a package addressed "To: Sarah; From: Kota." Our family usually has little jokes/hints on the gift tags, but this name meant nothing to me, so I was intrigued. I opened up the box and it was the GPS that I'd asked for: Hooray! I still didn't understand the whole "Kota" thing, though. I lifted up the GPS... And discovered a plastic triceratops hidden among the GPS accessories. Then I remembered that Kota...

srah - Thursday, 25 December 2008 - 2:22 PM
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Thank you for the music/ For giving it to me

Good luck finding something to read on the Internet today. We will have to depend on the rest of the world to create content while America is busy stuffing itself and its turkeys and eagles and seals, etc. So American readers, if you are reading this today, get the hell off the Internet and get back to your patriotic duty of gorging yourself. International readers, if you are reading this today, get the hell on the Internet and write me something to read tomorrow when I'm rolling around and moaning and clutching my swollen stomach....

srah - Thursday, 27 November 2008 - 12:41 PM
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Can't think of anything I need/ No cigarettes, no sleep, no light, no sound/ Nothing to eat, no books to read

I received an email from my dad this morning: Subject: This is what you are getting for ChristmasMessage body: We saw an ad for this on TV and thought it was much more useful than a GPS When I clicked on the link, this is what I saw:...

srah - Monday, 17 November 2008 - 7:05 PM
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So I try a little Freddie/ I've gone identity mad!

For almost a year now, I've been planning to dress up as the girl from the Cake song Short Skirt/Long Jacket for Halloween, but when Halloween finally came around, everyone I know was out of town, so there were no Halloween parties to go to. I'm a bit disappointed, but at least I knew that far enough in advance that the only aspect of the costume I'd bought was nail polish for my "fingernails that shine like justice." Next year for Halloween, I want to be either Freddie Mercury or Luna Lovegood. My sister has suggested that I combine the...

srah - Monday, 10 November 2008 - 1:49 PM
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It's Macaulay Culkin's birthday! (Oh yeah, and mine.) Thank you all for celebrating it with us in such a festive, moustachioed manner, and for subjecting your family members and household objects to the festivities as well:...

srah - Tuesday, 26 August 2008 - 6:39 AM
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I am the Dark Lord of Stationery!

This is coming in just under the wire for my Not Birthday! Sorry I missed your birthday in GMT, Rupes!...

srah - Sunday, 24 August 2008 - 11:31 PM
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An Ode To My Sister, On The Occasion Of Her Birthday, Which Was Yesterday

[to the tune of "Pour, oh pour the pirate sherry" from The Pirates of Penzance] Now your birthday's finally fêted, Hope your birthday was a blast Sorry wishes are belated Sorry that your birthday's passed. I remembered two days prior Months before, remembered too On your birthday I was tired So I didn't blog for you. Chorus: Let this be your filled-with-mirth-day! Since I have forgot your birthday. Hope that you are not enragèd By this transgression of mine Four and twenty, now you're agèd Have a happy valentine's. Sister, here's your birthday songy Sorry I'm a scurvy knave. Hope...

srah - Tuesday, 29 July 2008 - 4:52 PM
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All the people will celebrate the glory of you

Next week, on the twentieth of May, I proclaim 'Liza Doolittle Day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YJSTEHTSug I have not yet decided what this will entail. Possibly speaking in a painful Cockney accent, taking a bath for the first time ever, or eating lots of chocolates and going for rides in taxis. Perhaps I will pass myself off as a duchess at an Embassy Ball, dance dance dance all night, fill my mouth with marbles or just have a cup-a-tayyyyy. Maybe I will cut off my elocution teacher's head! I invite you all to celebrate in your own way!...

srah - Sunday, 18 May 2008 - 2:35 PM
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Madam, I may be drunk but BLEAUUUUURGH...

EV is off getting married (and is not even getting a panther ring out of it, so I don't know why she's bothering!) and so I have once again been named Emcee¹ of National Adjective Day! In honor of National Adjective Day, let me teach you a little something that I only learned within the last year! While the word "nauseous" is often used to describe the feeling of being sick to your stomach (and most dictionaries now accept the use of this word for that purpose), the original definition of the word is something that makes others feel...

srah - Saturday, 3 May 2008 - 8:06 AM
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Say hello to Bono and Sandra Day O'Connor!

("Those are the stupidest fist names I've ever heard.") Danny boy, don't be afraid, to shake that ass, and misbehave Danny boy, I know you got time, but what are you waiting for, Anyway the dust may just blow away, if you wait for a windy day But you may find the chance has passed you by; - "Sewn" by The Feeling, who are probably slightly more Irish than the author of "Danny Boy" because at least they've been to Ireland before There is a yearly tradition associated with Srahtown and The University I Work At, wherein local bars start...

srah - Monday, 17 March 2008 - 12:19 PM
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Interviewed by The Collective

It's been over a week since The Collective invited readers to be interviewed. I asked for questions then forgot about it for a while, but here - at last - are my answers to their questions. From Jennie!: 1) Why does Ohio insist on throwing more snow at us? Why? From heather! anne!: 2) What is the all-time best Christmas movie? The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. It makes me tear up every time I see Imogene taking her earrings out to look more like Mary, or hear that Leroy left the ham behind for the Baby Jesus. "It's a present....

srah - Saturday, 15 March 2008 - 6:46 PM
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A guide for bunnies planning on delivering food to me

Tier 1: Delicious Easter candy Butterfinger creme eggsDove milk chocolate in any shape or formReese's peanut butter eggs Tier 2: Things that can only be eaten once a year marshmallow PeepsStarburst jelly beansdiscolored hard-boiled eggs Tier 3: DO NOT WANT traditional jelly beansmalted milk eggsCadbury creme eggsReese's Piecesanything that combines chocolate with orange flavoringregular year-round candy packaged in pastel wrappings, where they don't even make an effort to put it in the shape of a bunny or a chick or an egg or something...

srah - Wednesday, 12 March 2008 - 5:09 PM
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Do you love me? Are you playing your love games with me?

Let it be known that the following people, fictional or otherwise, are invited to be my valentine today. (Yes, I keep adding and rearranging people as the day goes on. You wanna make something of it?) Others shall be accepted on a case-by-case basis. In order to apply, you will need to complete the following application form in the comments. Name/Internet handle: I am awesome because: Here are my big exciting Valentine's Day plans (Aren't they enticing? Pick me! Pick me!): Srah is, of course, my first choice for a valentine, but if I had to pick, the runner-up would...

srah - Thursday, 14 February 2008 - 1:00 PM
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WHO wants to be a person who is my VALENTINE?

Step 1: Plan to do Arabic homework (making a Valentine's Day card in Arabic) on Monday, leaving Tuesday open for other things. Step 2: Do not do Arabic homework on Monday. Step 3: Plan to do Arabic homework on Tuesday. Step 4: Do not do Arabic homework on Tuesday. Step 5: Dream, on Tuesday night, that you have come to class on Wednesday morning without having done your homework, and that you are trying - very badly - to fake it and are miserable and embarrassed. Still within the dream, come up with a brilliant idea for a Valentine that...

srah - Wednesday, 13 February 2008 - 6:42 PM
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'I've met a lot of Scotch people. They want what we've got: order, sobriety, hope...'

I'm celebrating with a traditional Burns supper this evening, except that instead of haggis I'm having pizza, and instead of whisky I'm having water and instead of reading poetry and toasting and dancing, I'm going to the movies. But other than that, you know, quite traditional. You may all celebrate by watching this lovely Scotch-themed episode of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. It is... The American Way. I mean... it is The Scottish Way. Hoot mon!...

srah - Friday, 25 January 2008 - 5:02 PM
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Hello, my little chickens. Welcome to the end of the year! I hope that - although I have abandoned you for a week or so - you are all prepared with your yellow underwear and resolutions. Let it be resolved that in the new year: I shall actually get up off the couch and walk again I shall actually record the walking that I do on Walker Tracker again I shall endeavour to improve my nutrition I shall continue to endeavour to improve my sociability I shall put more time into my Arabic schoolwork So let it be written, so...

srah - Monday, 31 December 2007 - 10:31 AM
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'Mary doesn't even get to name her own baby? I woulda called him Bill.'

'Tis the season for lists, 'tisn't it? Last year I listed my favorite Christmas songs so this year I'll do my favorite Christmas movies. Maybe next year - if I remember - it will be books. srah's Ultimate List of the Best Christmas Movies and/or Movies That Take Place at Christmas Home Alone - I actually haven't seen this in years, but it makes the list out of some sort of loyalty to my Not-So-Secret Twin.Christmas in Connecticut - I love Barbara Stanwyck and I love Cuddles Szakall. Never mind that I can't remember exactly what happens in the movie....

srah - Saturday, 15 December 2007 - 12:04 PM
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We need a little Christmas right this very minute soonish

I placed an order on Amazon.com December 1st. I only waited as long as the 1st because I wanted to make all of my purchases at once, so as to be eligible for the Free Super Saver Shipping. It seemed like a good day, though. It certainly wasn't last-minute, but I wasn't making my Christmas purchases in August, either. By the 1st I had a pretty good idea of what I needed to buy online vs in the store, so I made my purchase. When I was done, I checked the order online and saw that the estimated delivery date...

srah - Monday, 3 December 2007 - 12:25 PM
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Beautiful girl, you're a lovely picture

We had our yearly photo session this weekend to take a picture for the family Christmas card, just as we've done for the last 28 years. Wow, that's a lot of years when you write it down! As usual, Alfie and I insisted on taking some joke pictures and messed up many others by having no idea what we were doing. Hansel and Zoolander we are not. As usual, we fervently wished that our parents would choose the joke/outtake photos over the serious pictures. And as usual, the parents prefer the serious ones. So we'll be sending out this one:...

srah - Monday, 12 November 2007 - 12:17 PM
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Great googly moogly!

Happy 6th blogiversary to me! I have gone back to peruse my 2001 archives, as I frequently do at this time of year. And I have come to the following conclusion: In 2001, I was a huge dork. You may find that funny, because I am a huge dork right now, but in 2001 I was even worse. I can't wait until my 2013 self reads this and judges me from the future again!...

srah - Thursday, 25 October 2007 - 9:17 AM
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'Tis International Talk Like a Pirate Day, me beauties. What be ye doing to celebrate this momentous holiday? I've got a veritable harrrrrrrrrrrrrrvest of pirate jokes! For example: What kind of library do pirates work in?What do you call a pirate who sets fire to his own ship?What's a pirate's favorite candy bar?Where do pirates like to go in North Dakota?What's a pirate's favorite Hogwarts subject?Who's a pirate's favorite economic theorist? The nice thing is that you may come up with even better punchlines than the one I intended!...

srah - Wednesday, 19 September 2007 - 6:42 AM
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Bake me a cake, ya filthy animal

Guess whose birthday it is today? Yes, that's right. Once again, it's......

srah - Sunday, 26 August 2007 - 1:00 AM
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LOLsrah strikes again

I don't have a cat, so I have to make LOLpeople. Previous explanation of srah's Not Birthday can be found here and here. Edit: Katie's cat, Flakey, would like to add his Not Birthday wishes, lolcat stylee:...

srah - Friday, 24 August 2007 - 6:53 AM
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Because I can communicate with non-physical entities

Dear Fourth of July, What inspired you to be on a Wednesday this year? This makes no sense to me. There you are, smack-dab in the middle of the week where I cannot enjoy you fully. Please relocate to somewhere better by this time next year... OR ELSE!...

srah - Wednesday, 27 June 2007 - 12:21 PM
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"Adjective" is a noun. And I just BLEW YOUR MIND!

To prepare for today's National Adjective Day (Observed), I took a look the 2005 list of my favorite adjectives, only to find that it hasn't changed much since then (except I'd like to add "irreverent"). So, since EV gave the okay, I will list some of my favorite French and Arabic adjectives instead: nombreux (numerous)naïf (the masculine form of "naïve")éphémère (ephemeral)بارد ("bard" meaning "cold" because it's sort of onomatopoeic and sounds like shivering)كبير ("kabir" meaning "big" because I like the way our DVD-video-host Maha stretches it out for emphasis: "kabeeeeeeeeeeer")جميلة ("jamelah" meaning "pretty" is a person AND an adjective!)لطيفة ("latifa"...

srah - Tuesday, 8 May 2007 - 12:25 PM
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I am anaspeptic, frasmodic; even compunctuous to have caused me such pericombulations

Shoot. I forgot. Today is, for the next four minutes, National Adjective Day. Fortunately I have a backup, as May 8 is the traditional date for National Adjective Day (Observed). So I will get right on that... next week. Prepare the festivities! They ought to be... festive....

srah - Thursday, 3 May 2007 - 11:56 PM
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Love power, it's the power of a sweet flower

I lost power around 4am this morning. When the power went out, something in my apartment went "beep" and woke me up. It's good to know that I can be awoken by unfamiliar "beep"s because I have been known to sleep through smoke alarms before. I didn't wake up very much... just enough to look at my watch (fortunately there was moonlight or something, because there didn't seem to be any lights anywhere around) and to think "If my power doesn't come back on, I will have to stay huddled under my blankets until it does. And if it doesn't...

srah - Wednesday, 14 February 2007 - 1:00 PM
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What... is your favorite word?

Pancake! This is just a reminder, since I never remember about this until the last minute, that this Friday is Candlemas. So get your crêpes and tamales ready! I never seem to manage to hold on to one crêpe recipe from year to year, so I don't have a tried-and-true favorite to give you. Here's the one I'll probably be using, though....

srah - Tuesday, 30 January 2007 - 12:29 PM
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Happy birthday to my lovely boyfriend! You keep on birthdaying it up, yo! [In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that I had been all nerdily excited about blogging about apete's 24 birthday today and originally posted this as such. Then I realized I wasn't sure about my math so I Googled the answer and discovered I was wrong. I am glad apete is 25 and not 24 because that would be illegal and gross. I am also glad that Google foresaw that there would be stupid people like me Googling really basic math questions and built that...

srah - Thursday, 11 January 2007 - 8:21 AM
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Sancta nox, placida nox/ Nusquam est ulla vox

I am an inveterate list-maker, so here is a list of some of my favorite Christmas songs, inspired by all of the Muzak and All Christmas All The Time radio stations I've been subjected to during my holiday shopping. "Carol of the Bells" "Sleigh Ride" - Instrumental versions only, and especially the one with horse-whinnying at the end. "The Nutcracker Suite" - No particular song within the suite - I pretty much like the whole thing. It's been my cookie-baking soundtrack lately. "O Holy Night" - Choral versions, because soloists get all divalicious and operatic about it and I would...

srah - Thursday, 14 December 2006 - 12:01 PM
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I am thankful that...

I had many delicious Thanksgiving dinners (I think that, leftover-gorging included, it was a total of five or six) that other people kindly and deliciously prepared for meIt is many months until my next Thanksgiving gorge-festIt is less than 364 days until Pretzel Day....

srah - Monday, 27 November 2006 - 5:35 PM
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A public service announcement from one of the best shows ever

Happy Halloween and/or Cari's birthday!...

srah - Tuesday, 31 October 2006 - 6:34 AM
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Chex Mix is on the house!

Oh, by the way, HAPPY FREAKIN' BLOGIVERSARY TO ME! My blog is now five. Congratulations, blog. Maybe we will send you to kindergarten and you will learn to write yourself so I don't have to. Let's all harken back to that day, five years ago, when this blog exploded, fully-grown and on its horse, from my forehead: The Internet is fostering a disturbing trend of self-promotion. That's all it's really about, anyway. Everyone has their own personal website advertising themselves and their interests (hey, me too). Why? Who actually cares about half the stuff that's on their website? Maybe it's...

srah - Wednesday, 25 October 2006 - 8:01 PM
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Oh, happy day, with joyous glee

After seeing that LiveJournal had been boarded and scuppered in a very subtle and tasteful way, I went to Google to see what they had cooked up for Talk Like a Pirate Day. NOTHING, that's what! It would appear that Google has never celebrated this momentous holiday. I expect all the Google employees I know to do their utmost to correct this by September 19, 2007!...

srah - Tuesday, 19 September 2006 - 7:19 AM
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I think I am right in saying that there is only one here who will understand this stupid joke

Where does an Arab pirate live when he's not sailing the high seas? داررررررر! Where does a French pirate live when he's not sailing the high seas? Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrles! And for all of you English-speakers, who's a pirate's favorite elephant? Babarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!...

srah - Tuesday, 19 September 2006 - 6:39 AM
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But who are you, sir? Speak!

I am a pirate! (A pirate? Horror!) I think that I will be a Gilbertandsullivanian pirate tomorrow. Avast!...

srah - Monday, 18 September 2006 - 9:34 PM
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I would like you to dance

Guess whose GOLDEN birthday it is today......

srah - Saturday, 26 August 2006 - 9:30 AM
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Srah's birthday, Observed

Today is Not My Birthday! About 364 days a year, it's not my birthday, but there's only one day a year that has special status and can be declared Not My Birthday. Or Not My Freaking Birthday, Okay, as the case may be. Today is the day that is traditionally mistaken for my birthday, the day that my friends since elementary school seem to have gotten the impression is my birthday. But it's Not My Birthday! So let's all Not have a piece of Not Cake and some Not Ice Cream (those are the saddest three words I've ever written)...

srah - Thursday, 24 August 2006 - 6:19 AM
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Wherein I don't see the pageant and pomp and parade

Me at 11pm last night: Boy, I can't wait to go to Cincinnati for the Fourth of July fireworks on the Ohio River. I suppose I should soon go about finding where I should go for these fireworks, and at what time they will begin on the Fourth. It will certainly be nice to have a way to celebrate Independence Day, since everything will be closed and almost everyone I know has fled the state and I don't own a grill or a copy of 1776. Yessirree, I am looking forward to this. Fireworks on the Ohio River will be...

srah - Monday, 3 July 2006 - 3:43 PM
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Stranger in an even stranger land

Dear Southwestern Ohio, Who the hell puts cupcake frosting on a friggin' pączek?...

srah - Tuesday, 28 February 2006 - 7:01 PM
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Pancakes is ready!

I have just realized that today is La Chandeleur, or Crêpe Day. I had actually been planning on this all week, but somehow the date snuck up on me and left me with no eggs in the house. Never fear: Kroger's shall be visited and I shall be a-flipping this eventide! Join with me! P.S. Damned rodent....

srah - Thursday, 2 February 2006 - 1:01 PM
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Who's in charge here, anyway?!

Somehow, apete seems to have gotten it into his head that it's okay for him to be six years older than me instead of five, so he's gone ahead and done it today. Won't anyone keep this fellow in line?! Happy birthday, lovely boy!...

srah - Wednesday, 11 January 2006 - 12:09 PM

Fragile? Must be Italian.

Hey, guess what? Christmas happened. And then it happened and then it happened again. All in all, I went to five different Christmas parties/celebrations between the 24th and 26th. I have finished most of my post-Christmas shopping and am now at the point of collapsing with illness. HACK HACK GAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. Happy New Year to come, if I am not in the blogosphere before then!...

srah - Thursday, 29 December 2005 - 12:13 PM

Look at the stars/ Look how they shine for you

I usually forget about yellow underwear until after Christmas, but somehow this year I am prepared in advance. Every year, my friends and I give each other gifts of yellow underwear so that we can start the New Year off right in Peruvian/Venezuelan fashion and have good luck throughout the next year. So be like us and go out and buy some yellow underwear for your friends! On second thought, don't. I don't think anyone's bought mine yet, and I don't want you folks to pick over the selection so that I get stuck with Spongebob....

srah - Wednesday, 21 December 2005 - 8:11 AM
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The Year in Review

Here we are again in December. The end of another year! So let's take a look back at the first and last posts of each month of 2005:...

srah - Monday, 19 December 2005 - 12:49 PM

'Tis the season of yuletide amnesia

Just think of it!, thinks srah, Egg nog! It sounds so delicious and seasonal! Then she goes out and buys for her candy dish at work a holiday variety pack of tasty chocolates in egg nog, cinnamon almond and peppermint flavors. Which shall I sample first? ponders srah the simpleton. She takes a dainty nibble of an egg nog flavored chocolate and suddenly has no desire to eat anything ever again, for her taste buds have been tainted by the horror that is The Nog. Christmas comes but once a year, and fortunately, so does egg nog. Unfortunately, I never...

srah - Monday, 12 December 2005 - 5:02 PM
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'Tis here

'Tis that time of year again; the time of year when we mark the return of 'Tis, the all-Pickard, all-humor Christmaspalooza....

srah - Thursday, 1 December 2005 - 12:04 PM

Hooray for snack-sized candies!

I bought Halloween candy just in case I had trick-or-treaters, but was pretty sure I wouldn't, since I don't have a porch light and there was nothing to indicate that ascending three flights of stairs would be in any way fruitful. Or candyful. As a result, I have candy galore leftover. I've brought some to work but it isn't disappearing nearly fast enough - especially since several of my coworkers have mentioned that they didn't have any trick-or-treaters either. I suspect there are a lot of adults with candy on their hands this November 1. *licks fingers* Well, what with...

srah - Tuesday, 1 November 2005 - 12:46 PM
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srah - Tuesday, 25 October 2005 - 6:44 PM
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'You'll keep walking, but you'll never forget what you saw.'

Many thanks to Mr B****** for sending me the link to Something Awful's analysis of horrifying Halloween costumes. Except for the part where I couldn't breathe because I was laughing so hard, it was very enjoyable. Be sure to check out the Wookiee section and note the similarities to my own observations about Chewbacca!...

srah - Sunday, 23 October 2005 - 4:33 PM
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My weaknesses: rum and doubloons (and ice cream)

Alas, Talk Like a Pirate Day approacheth (just one day of Holy Pasta Week!). Normally, the arrival of Talk Like a Pirate Day would not be cause for me to make "alas"-type noises, but I will be leaving tomorrow for a three-day visit to Another Ohio Institution. This holiest of days doth fall upon the same day as my interview and - I'm just guessing here - I don't think that my interviewers would be very impressed if my answers to all of their questions involved telling the students/parents/administration to walk the plank....

srah - Saturday, 17 September 2005 - 12:27 PM
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So let it be written; so let it be drawn

Dear Gods of the Mega Millions Lottery, I bought a ticket this week for the Mega Millions drawing tonight, with a jackpot worth $97,000,000.Today is my birthday.Hint hint. Personally, I think I'm quite deserving....

srah - Friday, 26 August 2005 - 2:38 PM

Good morning, Internet!

Do you know what today is? Why today is......

srah - Friday, 26 August 2005 - 8:15 AM
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If today were your birthday, you'd be home by now

If today were my birthday, I would share it with Yasser Arafat, Kenny Baker, Stephen Fry, Steve Guttenberg, Dave Chappelle and everyone's favorite jailbait, Rupert Grint. But it's not....

srah - Wednesday, 24 August 2005 - 12:14 AM
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Mmmm, free bagels

I never plan ahead and can never remember these things. So since I'm thinking of it now: I have to plan out my day on Friday and I thought I remembered seeing a list compiled somewhere of the places in Ann Arbor/Ypsi where you can get free birthday food/services. Any suggestions as to where I can find the list or your own favorite birthday freebies?...

srah - Tuesday, 23 August 2005 - 9:25 AM
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(Voilà le début de la Semaine des Langues chez srah blah blah. Je vois qu'il y a, déjà, beaucoup plus de participants que la dernière fois et je vous remercie! Parmi ces participants: Anyhoo, Armin, christina, Elemmaciltur, in actual fact, J, Jamie, katie, Marisa, patricia, Renee et Stuart) Alors, aujourd'hui on est le 4 juillet, la fête nationale des États-Unis. Notre famille vient de visionner 1776, l'un de nos films préférés, et ce qui est devenu une activité traditionnelle pour fêter le 4 juillet chez nous. L'été dernière j'étais en France et j'ai passé la plupart de notre fête nationale...

srah - Monday, 4 July 2005 - 6:46 PM
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Everything I know about grammar I learned from Mad Libs

In honor of Day Old's National Adjective Day, I would like to share a few that I like: ephemeralvulpinecontumacious (of course)ferallanguorousnaïvemischievous vacuoussumptuousavuncular How about you?...

srah - Tuesday, 3 May 2005 - 9:34 AM
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Raise your glass of green (red?) pisco!

Just a reminder that next Wednesday is St Turibius of Mogroveio's Day! Everyone's Peruvian on St Turibius of Mogroveio's Day!...

srah - Thursday, 17 March 2005 - 10:04 AM

Last Valentine's Day, I gave you my heart...

I've sent you all a lovely Valentine's Day card......

srah - Monday, 14 February 2005 - 1:40 AM
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They don't call it Fat Tuesday for nothing

Sell by: February 9, 2005 Use by: February 9, 2005 Can you taste that? That's the taste of no preservatives, just pure unadulterated lard. And a little sugar. And some flour to hold it together. All stuffed with jelly. This is the beauty of the paczek. It is indeed a fine time of year to live in Michigan. This is our reward for December and January and that of winter that is yet to come. Handily, it also serves as insulation. My favorite flavor of pączki? Red....

srah - Tuesday, 8 February 2005 - 9:11 AM

Holy crêpe

Fie and drat. I have lost touch with my francophiliac ways and missed out on the most important holiday of the year. Hope you Frenchies dropped a few on the floor in memory of your homies on the other side. Of the Atlantic....

srah - Thursday, 3 February 2005 - 2:19 PM

End-of-the-year reflections

Everybody's Doing It So Why Why Can't We? Or rather, I? I've seen this on quite a few blogs now, so it's my turn. I don't share everything on the ol' blog, so some answers may be vague or avoided, but that's the price you pay for not knowing me in real life! [Someday there will be real content on this blog, but I have no amusing observations about life right now because I sit at home all day and play The Sims.]...

srah - Thursday, 30 December 2004 - 1:03 PM

Ordience porticipation

So, what did you get for Christmas? (Why should I have to do all the writing around here, anyway?)...

srah - Monday, 27 December 2004 - 9:12 PM

May require some searching!

There is a tradition in some countries in Latin America that it is good luck to ring in the new year wearing brand new yellow underwear. Not only yellow underwear, but yellow underwear that was a gift. So get shopping for underwear for the people you love!...

srah - Monday, 27 December 2004 - 9:33 AM
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Sudden realization

... you mean, presents don't wrap themselves?...

srah - Sunday, 19 December 2004 - 12:09 PM

srah's Holiday Solutions

Dear The Stores At The Mall, Please stop having sales on cute clothing and shoes. It is the holidays and I am supposed to be spending my money on presents for loved ones, not on myself. srah Dear My Loved Ones, So... you'll all be getting cute size 6 shoes for Christmas, because my eyes are unable to see beyond them. As these shoes will not fit you, I think the best thing to do would be to re-gift them to me. And then you can give me the presents you were planning to give me in addition to these...

srah - Sunday, 19 December 2004 - 12:08 AM

Compendium epistolaritus

Dear WNIC, All this fake-ass pre-Thanksgiving Christmasery is driving me nuts. It is harder and harder for me to resist decorating the blog for the holidays. Your somewhat loyal fan, srah Dear Stupid Band On The Radio Who Used The Phrase "supersize our tragedy," Oh my god, you suck. What the hell was that? srah Dear Saleswoman at Ann Taylor, I'm sorry I argued with you. You said the coat I was returning had been paid for with a check and I argued that it had been bought with a credit card and went on and on with my...

srah - Wednesday, 17 November 2004 - 6:25 PM
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Fame is fickle, and so are reindeer

"You know Dasher and Dancer And Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid And Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall The most famous reindeer of all?" At some point, someone had to hear this song for the first time. And they didn't know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. They didn't even know the most famous reindeer of all. I wonder if they felt like they should. "Donner? Oh yeah, I know him. He's that... guy... who did that thing. Everybody knows about him. Don't you worry - I know Donner. And...

srah - Saturday, 13 November 2004 - 8:02 AM
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'Death is coming!'

me: Here comes another trick-or-treater... it's the Devil! The Devil's Mom: He's the devil who got arrested! (I look down and realize that the kid is wearing an orange jumpsuit in addition to his devil mask) srahmom: How did you get arrested? The Devil: I got caught. Hee hee hee. I don't know why I find this so funny. Satan is no match for earthly law enforcement! Take that, Beelzebub! Crime won't pay after all! Among our visitors: a butterfly; Death; The Devil; a fairy and a pirate-bat; the Incredible Hulk and a Care Bear; something with a turtle shell...

srah - Sunday, 31 October 2004 - 6:11 PM
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So fresh and so clean!

Upon realizing it was my blogiversary, I took a look at the ol' archives to see what I was like three years ago. I seem so young and fresh - not my old, jaded, cantankerous and senile current self. And yet... 26.10.01 I've decided I'm going to be a graphic designer, or whatever you call a person who designs CD labels and cases, movie posters, etc. Yeah... about that... Some art training might have been useful. Wish I hadn't spent all that time thinking I was going to be a librarian, because I might have made some effort to look...

srah - Monday, 25 October 2004 - 11:22 AM
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'And so you shall!'

I wonder what I was doing a year ago today, thort I, Let's see, that would be the October 2003 archives... and that would be which day? Ah, the 25th. The 25th? Of October? Holy shit, thort I in my very delicate and ladylike manner, I've been blogging for three years. And so I have....

srah - Monday, 25 October 2004 - 10:02 AM
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It does not befall auspiciously, thankyouverymuch

I hope you are all aware of what's happening on Sunday. The fact that it's on a Sunday this year makes me go "arrrrrrrrrrrrrgh" in frustration* because I won't see all of my friends and classmates, but at the same time I like to imagine a lot of church services suddenly becoming a hundred times more interesting. ––––– * As opposed to "Aaaaaaaaaaaah!" in surprise and alarm....

srah - Friday, 17 September 2004 - 12:04 AM

Hippo birdie two...

Yes, it's that time of year again......

srah - Thursday, 26 August 2004 - 8:50 AM
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Feux d'artifice!

It's Bastille Day today, the French national holiday. They're going to be shooting fireworks off from the abbey grounds, so it appears we'll have to vacate the presences. That's probably for the best, because the latest blog-picture has convinced me that I'm getting fat from eating cheese and never having to go anywhere and that a walk would do me good. *sigh* Hopefully it is just the posture/shirt wrinkles/facial expression!...

srah - Wednesday, 14 July 2004 - 12:11 PM

Disco inferno!

We set the alarm for 9am, but didn't manage to get going until a while later. We ate breakfast and took turns showering. While Nico was having his turn, the TV was on and there was this Belgian documentary on the Saturday morning kid's programming, all about blogs. If the sound had been on, I'm sure it would have been even more amusing! In the morning, Becky and I went shopping together while Nico busied himself with less girly pursuits. Well, I imagine. I don't actually know what he was doing, so he could have been getting his legs waxed...

srah - Saturday, 26 June 2004 - 7:14 PM
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Family hijinks!

We're doing the usual Memorial Day Family Cemetary Tour. Alfie: (points out a statue of a lamb on a baby's grave) That doesn't look like a lamb! It looks like a Westie with plants sticking out of its butt. Srahgrandma: It looks like a bear to me. Srahdad: Looks like a wolf to me. Srah: (being facetious) Looks like a sea anenome to me! (points at Alfie) Hey, I sea anenome! Alfie: (grumbles) No one likes you. Srah: I do! Alfie: You don't count. Srah: One, two, five, eleven... Srahgrandma: You went from five to eleven. Srah: I also skipped...

srah - Monday, 31 May 2004 - 1:23 PM
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t r teh surprised!!!1

Matt was really excited about coming over to watch The Princess Bride last night. He had worked out elaborate plans of dressing up marshmallow Peeps as characters from the movie. Unfortunately, it turned out the movie was just a cover for the surprise birthday party we threw him. Poor Matt. The idea was actually inspired by this post, but I feared that he would think it was the other way around and catch on that something was in the air. But no - he showed up marshmallows in hand, jaw on floor* and out of breath as he tried to...

srah - Sunday, 25 April 2004 - 12:59 PM

Where does one go about obtaining proof of Earth residency?

Okay, so I probably will have an internship offer. Should that stop me from applying when a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes along? [via Dharma]...

srah - Thursday, 1 April 2004 - 10:37 AM

What's that thing about roads rising up?

I would like to take this St Patrick's Day moment to remind you of that famous Irish blessing: May the Lord protect and defend you, May he always shield you from shame May you come to be in Israel a shining name-- Wait......

srah - Wednesday, 17 March 2004 - 2:23 PM

I do not like them. SAM I am.

Yars, folks. It's St Patrick's Day. So naturally, Mr B------ and I went out for Mexican. It seems everyone is indeed Irish on St Patrick's Day, as the folks at Panchero's have dyed all of the tortillas a sickly sort of green. My mummy used to make us green eggs and ham* for St Patrick's Day. That would be an interesting incident if they looked anything like the book's illustrations. Instead, green-dyed scrambled eggs pretty much just look like a plate of snot. As we grew up, we realized how revolting they looked and refused to eat them, so they...

srah - Wednesday, 17 March 2004 - 2:04 PM

Leap Day! Huzzah!

This is the first time I have ever blogged on February 29. Huh. How about that? I feel like this day should be celebrated in some way, but I can't think how. I suppose I ought to go watch Pirates of Penzance....

srah - Sunday, 29 February 2004 - 3:21 PM
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srah's tale of Christmastime woe

I have moved this post to the extension because, seriously? Who posted this? I am warning you right now that it's a vast puddle of Too Much Information......

srah - Friday, 26 December 2003 - 12:43 PM
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'Our need for presents is really dire/ Oops I set myself on fire'

I like to remind my family every once in a while why they don't like to take me to church. It's because I am too endowed with the Spirit of Christmas! That is, of course, if the True Meaning of Christmas is to sing all of the foreign-language lyrics to the carols instead of the ones everyone else is singing. Six verses of O Come All Ye Faithful? I'll just sing Adeste Fidelis six times! And Stille Nacht and Sainte Nuit instead of Silent Night! Unfortunately, I didn't have with me the alternate lyrics to the Advent Song that Alfie...

srah - Thursday, 25 December 2003 - 12:47 AM
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Mooorry Christmoooos

Santa brought me a leather jacket, which I have been wearing ever since I opened it (it's cold in my house!). When we left to go to church, I put on my leather boots and stole Alfie's leather gloves. I have decided that for Halloween this year, I'm going to be a cow! Mooooo!...

srah - Thursday, 25 December 2003 - 12:30 AM

The beginning (and end) of srah's illustrious directing career

When I was a senior in high school, I directed the church's Christmas pageant. This was not because of any interest in religion or religious displays or any love for the church, since all of this had been waning for years. I volunteered to direct the Christmas pageant because I was tired of years without Christmas pageants and of years with strange, new updated versions of the Christmas pageant. I remembered Christmas pageants when I was young - the same script, the same songs and the same parts year after year. It was tradition and you always knew what to...

srah - Wednesday, 24 December 2003 - 11:12 AM
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Update on the $5 gift situation

Everyone should have some kind of restrictions in present-buying, because it turns out it fosters creativity. I think this is the only way to explain why I have actually found some interesting presents for my extended family and kind of... um... haven't gotten around to buying anything for anyone else. There's a whole world of presents out there, and I can't see the forest for the trees! So the rest of you don't get anything at all. Sorry....

srah - Friday, 19 December 2003 - 11:10 AM
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Good tidings I bring to me and my kin

We're having a big extended-family Christmas celebration this year. One of the rules is that each person has to bring a $5 (maximum) gift for each other person at the party. So instead of having some kind of Secret Santa thing where you could get one worthwhile $25 gift, we get armloads of $5 crap. Deee-lightful. Any suggestions on less-than-$5 gifts? Don't worry - I only see these people about once a year (if that), so you probably know them about as well as I do....

srah - Saturday, 13 December 2003 - 7:44 PM
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'You're a fine piece of real estate/ and I'm gonna get me some land'

Christmas music was a lot better when it was limited to one station. I could listen to real music on other stations, then switch to WNIC for guaranteed Christmas music. Now WNIC is still All Christmas, All The Time but the other stations have started playing some as well. I shouldn't have to flip through the dial four times in search of "real" music and have to settle for Shania Twain!...

srah - Thursday, 4 December 2003 - 10:40 AM
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Thanksgiving injury

That stupid f***ing dog bit me! My foot is not bleeding, but he did break the skin. Now maybe someone will believe me when I say he's evil. Why do we let this horrible biting beast live in our house?...

srah - Thursday, 27 November 2003 - 4:05 PM
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'The man was a Beatle, for god's sake!'

Alright, you guys win. Paul McCartney's stupid "Wonderful Christmastime" is on the radio every time I turn to WNIC so I, too, hate it with a burning passion. My new favorite Christmas song o' the moment (because we can't "Stab into Christmas" at every moment of the day*) is "Feliz Navidad". Hearing music in Spanish on Detroit radio is so rare that I get waaaay too excited to be able to sing about felicidad. * ... or can we?...

srah - Monday, 24 November 2003 - 10:51 AM
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Do you hear what I hear?

As I drove into work this morning, I flipped through the dial, looking for a radio station that was playing actual music on a morning show. I came across WNIC, which has already begun playing non-stop Christmas music. I actually enjoyed it because they played this rock medley of Christmas songs that was harder than anything you would usually hear on the lovely Detroit adult contemporary station. I don't know whether to be excited or disgusted by the "holiday season" beginning weeks before Thanksgiving. I generally like Christmas carols until I've heard the same one fifteen times in a row,...

srah - Monday, 17 November 2003 - 10:24 AM
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Adam West comes trick-or-treating

I haven't been in this house on Halloween in at least five years and have no experience with handing out Halloween candy or knowledge of the normal trick-or-treating flow. This year, however, my parents went out of town and the job was left to me. I tried to be conservative, judging that since my family had bought ten bags of candy, we were expecting a lot of trick-or-treaters. "Pick the one you want," I would say, holding out the bowl to the outreached hands who were ready to grab handfuls. To really cute little kids or people with good costumes,...

srah - Friday, 31 October 2003 - 9:11 PM
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Get out... while you still can!

Damned editing. My blogiversary came and went and I didn't even notice. So... two years of blogging. What the hell? How did that happen? It's been a long and exciting two years. Let's recap the thrills along the way. Two years ago today, I was tipsy and watching Scooby Doo. One year ago, I was in love... with flan. Six months ago, I was fascinated by vending machine waffles. One month ago, I was fidgeting. And for some reason, people are interested in reading this. Well, thank ye kindly for your patronage, you crazy folkses....

srah - Monday, 27 October 2003 - 12:14 PM
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It's beginning to look a lot like Halloween

In movies, kids go trick-or-treating door-to-door and you open the door and see them standing there in their costumes with eager looks on their faces, bags outstretched. What about a realistic Michigan Halloween? Eager looks, check. Bags, check. Costumes? Hmmm. And what are you? A princess in a parka? Well, isn't that cute? And you are a crayon in a coat? Adorable. Awwwww, it's Anakin Skywalker in an anorak. An Orc in an overcoat. Jack Sparrow in a ski jacket. This is October in Michigan, people. Don't even get me started on the grown-up costumes. Sexy French maid... in sexy...

srah - Sunday, 26 October 2003 - 10:12 PM
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'My uncle thought he was St Jerome'

"What Jerome is ignorant of, no man has ever known." - St Augustine Today is the saint's day of St Jerome, patron saint not only of translators, but also of librarians, archivists and libraries. I am totally naming all of my children Jérôme. [via languagehat]...

srah - Tuesday, 30 September 2003 - 10:08 PM
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Best. Combination. Ever.

Talk Like a Pirate Day at SI. How can we apply this? Piracy as a social system: What is their collection? Booty. Read some much better pirate haiku. [via Dave Barry's Blog]...

srah - Friday, 19 September 2003 - 12:45 PM
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Go briny Blue!

It be a great leap to Talk Like a Pirate with me shipmates. Be they land-lubbers or know they the Pirate Code? Will they engage in parlay or make me walk the metaphorical plank of ridicule? Luckily, oi associates with a lot of nerrrds. Arrrrr....

srah - Friday, 19 September 2003 - 10:25 AM
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That be all....

srah - Friday, 19 September 2003 - 7:58 AM
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It's poetry. Because I said so.

Tomorrow we shall be pirates. Pirates! Pirates all the live long day. But forsooth, dear friends; We shall not be pirates all our lives. There comes a time when piratehood must end. So the next day, we can be ninjas. [link via Obsessive Frog, poetry(?) via yours truly]...

srah - Thursday, 18 September 2003 - 7:55 PM
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Drink up, me hearties, yo ho!

I hope you realize that you only have two weeks to prepare. Hoist the mainsail! Step to it smartly, ye scurvy swabs!...

srah - Friday, 5 September 2003 - 12:02 AM

A note of thanks

Muchas gracias to Richard for the lovely birthday picture!...

srah - Tuesday, 26 August 2003 - 11:40 PM

How I spent my birthday afternoon

Seriously, do not click here (requires Flash)....

srah - Tuesday, 26 August 2003 - 3:11 PM
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A really tough question

Guess whose 23rd birthday is one week from today? Yes, that's right, it's...

srah - Tuesday, 19 August 2003 - 12:34 PM
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Planning not to plan ahead

I was all set to dress as a pirate for Halloween, being piratically original and unique and referring to the theme that pops up from time to time on Katie's or my blog. It suddenly occurs to me that, due to the success of the pirate movie, everyone is going to be a pirate this year. Back to the drawing board. Looks like the holiday will, once again in 2003, be celebrated with a crappy Halloween costume thought up on the morning of the 31st. I once had a friend who wore a black garbage bag with colored circles taped...

srah - Wednesday, 6 August 2003 - 11:27 PM

Deck the halls

Let the bells peal. It's the day after my sisters birthday, and as such 'tis the beginning of the holiday season. Yes, srah's birthday is nearly upon us, and the people will cry out with shouts of joy to recognize the momentus event. Let the countdown begin at 28 days....

srah - Tuesday, 29 July 2003 - 11:58 AM
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I'm obnoxious and disliked

Only a family as dorky as my own could get as excited about the Restored Director's Cut DVD (with reinserted scenes banned by Richard Nixon!!!) of 1776 as other people get about the Star Wars Special Editions. Watching 1776 on video is our Fourth of July tradition, but we bought the DVD this weekend and couldn't wait until Friday. I'm sure we'll watch it again then, and that we'll sing along and recite the entire script, just as we did last night. It may be physically harmful to be as nerdy as we are....

srah - Monday, 30 June 2003 - 1:19 PM
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Imagine radio DJs who knew their music

I was listening to a local oldies station yesterday and the song Imagine was playing. When the song ended, the idiot DJ said something to the effect of, "What a perfect song for this Memorial Day. Imagine, imagine, imagine no... freedom. No freedom. Whoa, heavy. So remember all the men and women who died for your freedom. Because freedom is the most important thing in the world. Go USA." Okay, maybe not the "Go USA" part, but the rest was pretty much what he said. He took a great song and took a bit out of context, and mangled it...

srah - Tuesday, 27 May 2003 - 1:28 PM
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Ah, ces Américaines!

Vichy, as we know, is insane. While everything was unexpectedly open on Easter Sunday, everything was unexpectedly closed on the fake fake holiday of Easter Monday. We managed, however, to have a visit to our favorite salon de thé (yes, THOTs, we are old ladies), where I nibbled on a Paris-Brest and drank a thé au lait (rather than protein-rich beet juice). There's a joke in there somewhere, but I don't expect you to get it and I'm certainly not going to explain it....

srah - Monday, 21 April 2003 - 12:59 PM
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Easter morning in Vichy

We woke up this morning and Renata made us French French French French French French Toast. Then we ate cookies and chocolate-covered marshmallows, and watched Télé-Foot. We have come to the decision that we will reform the rules of soccer by requiring all footballers to remove their shirts after every goal. We feel that this would make a great difference to the sport and increase ratings in the ever-valuable Female and Gay Male demographics. Then we watched a crappy talk show where the subject was Who is the most seductive European? They brought on male guests from Norway, Italy, Portugal,...

srah - Sunday, 20 April 2003 - 12:01 PM
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AFD continues

I was going to write an April Fool's Day post about my favorite new singer, Avril Poisson (a poisson d'Avril is an April Fool's Day joke in French), but I really can't be arsed to make anything up. So you'll just have to imagine how funny it would have been. Ha. Back to work....

srah - Tuesday, 1 April 2003 - 8:50 AM

April Fool's Late

I hate April Fool's Day. I always think of something clever on April 2nd. If I try anything today, it is going to be really lame....

srah - Tuesday, 1 April 2003 - 2:25 AM

Quack Quack

Happy St. Pato's day....

srah - Monday, 17 March 2003 - 10:14 AM
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The rest of the weekend

The weather got worse yesterday afternoon, so no one went out skiing in the evening. I briefly considered going along this morning but Philippe, who is a ski instructor, was training and Mathieu, who is another beginner, was nursing a sore knee. So instead of going out and falling all over with no one to commiserate, I stayed behind and spent the morning with Mat (or Tomate, if you are a pompette joyeuse). We returned his skis, had a walk around the lake and a talk about Thanksgiving and politics, then went back to the apartment and spent the rest...

srah - Sunday, 2 February 2003 - 11:40 AM
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Repas de Noël

We had our Christmas lunch in the cafeteria today. I had sanglier, wild boar. I felt very much like Asterix and Obelix, minus the wingèd helmet....

srah - Thursday, 19 December 2002 - 7:57 AM
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The Pilgrims? Aren't they like monks?

Today I did a lesson on Thanksgiving. It was not all I wanted it to be because the stinking Internet still isn't back, but it was okay. I used it on two classes. One was bored out of their minds and the other, one of my favorites if I'm allowed to say that, spent most of the time erupting into hysterical laughter that had nothing whatsoever to do with Thanksgiving. But at least they weren't dead. Anyway, I've been sidetracked. The point I wanted to make is that I told my students the story of Thanksgiving, then I told them...

srah - Monday, 18 November 2002 - 2:25 PM
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It's beginning to look a lot like... October (12.10.02)

I'm getting bored with the CDs I brought to France and today I have actually resorted to listening to the Christmas CDs I brought along. I wonder what the neighbors are thinking. What is your favorite Christmas song?...

srah - Monday, 14 October 2002 - 4:18 AM
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Birthday goodies

So, what kind of free stuff and discounts can one get on one's birthday? Hurry up and tell me!...

srah - Monday, 26 August 2002 - 2:01 PM

Hippo birdie two mees

I forgot it was my birthday today until my mom wished me a happy birthday this morning. So there. Please forgive me all of the birthdays I've forgotten, because I've also forgotten my own. I am 22 today and - before you ask - no, it does not feel any different. Which is why I didn't realize it was my birthday....

srah - Monday, 26 August 2002 - 8:37 AM

Graduation countdown: 12 days

12 days. At Halloween of my freshman year, I had nothing to wear. So I ran out to Felpausch at the last minute and got some white bunny ears. I dressed all in white (or light khakis) and was a bunny. Well, what do you do with bunny ears for the rest of the year? I became known on my hall for wearing my bunny ears everywhere. On the hall, around campus, to the coffee house... Ah, attention. I became identified as "The Bunny". Rabbits became my favorite animal, just because I identify with them. Hence three stuffed bunnies, sitting...

srah - Monday, 22 April 2002 - 8:44 AM
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Un poisson d'avril

I don't feel like playing any April Fool's Jokes today. But let me know how yours went!...

srah - Monday, 1 April 2002 - 8:25 AM

Graduation Countdown: 53 days

53 days. Junior year, I had nowhere to go for my Spring Break. I didn't have any friends who were close enough to travel with. Most of my friends were the European students on a shoestring budget who could travel Europe whenever they wanted, rather than the Americans who were travelling all over the place while they had the opportunity and occasionally coming to class. So I thought I was going to spend Spring Break alone and friendless, but my host family invited me along on their Spring Break trip and it ended up being an amazing experience. We spent...

srah - Tuesday, 12 March 2002 - 9:02 AM
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Neglectful Mommy

Alex got me a plant for Valentine's Day. It's sort of like a little rose bush with little roses in a flower pot. I've never had a plant of my own before to have to water and care for. I'm frightened. I don't think I'm responsible enough to handle it. I don't know what it wants and it won't tell me. Am I watering it too much? Not enough? What kind of plant is this?...

srah - Friday, 15 February 2002 - 8:35 AM
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Happy Valentine's Day to El Patito

I love my boyfriend because he is nice to everyone and not just to me. He bought a whole mess of flowers and made homemade valentines for all of his friends. I love him because he's a thoughtful little bugger. And other reasons....

srah - Thursday, 14 February 2002 - 3:35 PM
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Valentine's Eve

Sorry I haven't blogged today. Busy day - non-stop from 9am to 3:30, napping till 5:30, dinner till 7, shopping till 8, brief trip to RHA meeting and making valentines for the rest of the night. Zzzzzzzzzzzz. Boyfriend got me a lovely praying mantis card and Pandaemonium. More presents tomorrow! He is very busy tomorrow so we aren't making too many plans. What are you doing for Valentine's Day?...

srah - Thursday, 14 February 2002 - 1:48 AM
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Valentine's Day

I've never had a boyfriend on Valentine's Day. Josh, you don't count. Not that you're reading this, because I haven't heard hide nor hair of you in about two years. You don't count. I haven't really minded it... except for last Valentine's Day when I didn't have boyfriend, friends, or family and was wandering around Nîmes alone. But anyway. I didn't mind not having a boyfriend because I did fun things with all of my friends and sent them all valentines. And for some reason, I don't hang around people with boy-/girlfriends so it's not like I was left out...

srah - Friday, 8 February 2002 - 5:40 PM
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Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to Cheryl (as opposed to CKane), who is 22 years old today. I send you love and hugs. CKane, who has never met you, feels a great name-bond and hopes you get love, flowers, and cupcakes on your birthday....

srah - Wednesday, 6 February 2002 - 4:04 PM
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Groundhog Day done gone

I completely missed Groundhog Day! Not only did I not get to blog on the fun 02.02.02 date, I forgot that Groundhog Day happened. Anyone know the results?...

srah - Monday, 4 February 2002 - 8:12 AM

Happy Burns Night!

Happy Burns Night!...

srah - Friday, 25 January 2002 - 11:57 PM
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Robin says it's a tradition...

Robin says it's a tradition to wear new yellow underwear on New Year's Eve for good luck. So she bought me some while she was out shopping today. How sweet! Are you all set with your yellow underwear? Have a safe and happy New Year celebration if you haven't yet....

srah - Monday, 31 December 2001 - 8:02 AM
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I got many lovely presents...

I got many lovely presents, including The Sims Hot Date, which will ensure that I never have to venture into the real world again, and a European phrase book, which will enable me to say děkuji, tak, dank u wel, kiitos, merci, danke, ευχαριστώ, Köszönöm, grazie, takk, dziękuję, obrigada, gracias and tack instead of "thank you"....

srah - Thursday, 27 December 2001 - 12:05 AM
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I'm thinking of the only Thanksgiving

I'm thinking of the only Thanksgiving that really stands out as memorable. The others, in the same locations and with the same people, all sort of blend together. But last year's Thanksgiving dashes all over Grenoble in the rain and eventual Thanksgiving a la francaise were... quite different. Don't know if I'd say better, exactly, but different....

srah - Thursday, 22 November 2001 - 11:29 AM
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GOBBLE GOBBLE GOBBLE! That's both an exclamation and a command. Happy Thanksgiving!...

srah - Thursday, 22 November 2001 - 11:05 AM

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