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is it coffee yet?

raspberry latte
Originally uploaded by Antof9.
So random, you might need caffeine to get through this. Or maybe it's just a gratuitous plug to show my Christmas dishes that make me happy and the perfect raspberry latte I made this morning -- you be the judge.

First, in the spirit of the season, there's this blog. I may have gotten the link for this from bookczuk. I'm not sure, but the "Cavalcade of Bad Nativities" has provided hours of entertainment.

Second, there's this. File it under eeee-UW. And even if you don't watch it (or the follow-up video linked in the text below that video), take my word for it as someone who cares for you, and never ever ever drink from another hotel glass again. Evah. I mean it.

And because I like words, I find myself in need of using the phrase "his somnambulant glory" today. I have no idea why. It's just in my head. And no, it's not dirty.

And something that made me smile
I actually made the exchange boys laugh this morning, which is no small feat. They were trying to explain to me why something wasn't working, and that it was update timing thingy (a technical term if I ever saw one). Luis, who I heart, said that sometimes this (the Bad Thing) just happens, and you can hit a different name server on each request made. I said, "Sure – you can give your technical reasons. And you can believe them, too. I, however, know it’s because today was an especially crappy morning following an especially crappy day yesterday and I got up early to do lots of [stuff] that should have gone out already but haven’t yet and the Exchange Server Gods are conspiring against me. But if you want to think it’s about slow servers, that’s ok with me."

I got a "ROTFLOL" for that :)

TOLD you it was random.

I love cookie dough!
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I love cookie dough!
Originally uploaded by Antof9.
I decided I should bake some cookies for "my" firemen. On resqgeek's advice, I called and "my" crew is on duty until tomorrow morning, so it's safe to take these over tonight.

The ones in the round quiche dish are the high-altitude rejects. Who wants to help dispose of them?

Seriously, how good is chocolate chip cookie dough? *sigh*

8:30 PM update: I heart my firemen! I took 'em over and rang their doorbell (!), and about 5 guys, including the chief came to the door. I stammered out that they had been at my house last night for my carbon monoxide thing, and that I thought they might need some chocolate chip cookies. The first one to speak said, "thanks, but it's usually ice cream for CO and cookies for medical emergencies." I totally busted up laughing. The chief (possibly fearing I'd think they were rude) said, "ignore him -- he's just visiting. He's not part of our company (or engine or whatever word he used)."

They were so sweet -- 2 of them took a can each and immediately started eating! They were so nice and funny and sweet and appreciative that it made me happy all over. The chief even remembered my name and asked if Unk was bringing me diamonds back from Africa! He also asked if the detector had gone off again and I said no, but I was headed to Home Depot next for a new one, as promised.

And now I need to plug in the new detector!

All in all, a very good night (especially comparatively speaking), and a special thanks to you in my blogosphere for *being out there*. You all truly brought me comfort last night/this morning (even if you didn't comment -- I mean it!). Just knowing people are out there who care means a lot. Others have said that before, and now I know what they meant.

Oh, and I told them that I drive past them probably 20 times a week, and have always considered that my fire station. They all assured me emphatically that yes, indeed, it is.

(Edited to unlock now that everyone is home)

the grass is always greener
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why I like perms
Originally uploaded by Antof9.
Last night when I went to bed, I started composing a blog entry in my head. This morning, I changed my tune.

My original thought as I put my head on the pillow last night was, "when did we decide hard plastic or even lame sponge rollers that leave a line in your hair were a better idea than strips of fabric?" Seriously, putting your hair "in rags" is WAY better than any roller I ever slept on. And I've tried them all. I was laying comfortably on my pillow, thinking I was all Laura Ingalls, and feeling rather smug at the luxurious curls I'd have in the morning. And then I took them out.

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Gosh, I miss spiral perms...

Meeting old (and imaginary) friends
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Rendiru Sings the Blues
Originally uploaded by Antof9.
Last week, I got to meet someone I feel as if I've known forever. I first met her at BookCrossing and knew I liked her, but I'd say we actually became friends on LiveJournal. Either way, I got to add another person to my "friends" list on BC (quite a while ago, I made my BC Friends list exclusive to those I'd met in person; inspired by thebiblioholic), which made me happy :)

rendiru was in town for a short trip, but made time to attend my book club. There are only so many out-of-town friends you'd invite to a book club, right ...and they're pretty much all BookCrossers. Anyway, not only did she come, but she dug out a copy of our current book (1984), got herself current on it, and participated in BBC! Many days we're more "barely" than "book club", but that week we were all "book club", and it was really fun to introduce the BBC to a BC friend. Yay!

Anyway, after BBC, we headed out West to the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This is my standard default tourist destination, 1. because it's about 8 minutes from my house and 2. because it's amazing.

Personally, I don't think it disappointed, either :) It was a beautiful sunny day, standard-issue Colorado Blue skies, and a clear view of downtown Denver from the top of the amphitheatre. We took a couple shots, Rendi got some of her "opportunistic photographer" shots, and we even helped out a group of girls who wanted pics of their whole group.

On our drive, Rendi was telling me how she wanted to keep her mobile phone handy, so she "pulled a bookczuk". If you don't know what that means, I'm sorry ... 'cause it's funny.

rendiru also introduced me to the joys of lemonade-laced Diet Coke. The thing is that if you prefer Diet Pepsi (which we do) and you're at a Coke establishment, you can usually ask for a lemon or lime wedge and sort of disguise the flavor. However, sometimes you have neither at your disposal. Then a shot of lemonade from the soda fountain in combination with your Diet Coke is the best recourse. And I have to say, I'm a fan! I'll be sharing that knowledge with the world. Thanks!

Anyway, all this to say that there is something very satisfactory about meeting in person someone you only know online and feeling totally and completely at ease with them. I loved being able to just talk and visit with Rendi and not feeling as if I needed to do or say anything of the "introductory" things I might with a new acquantance. Of course, part of that is that she's just fun to be with ...
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Originally uploaded by Antof9.
Look what I saw on the menu bar at BookCrossing last night after a wild releasing spree while running errands (including finally procuring a paperback copy of The Book Thief)! The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love was my favorite release in a while. It's been a looooong time since I did a themed one.

And for nothing other than my own amusement, there's this:
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Spring Break, Senior Year

Poseur Tourist, circa 1984
Originally uploaded by Antof9.
After multiple discussions with wandererjen about her recent European Extravaganza, I was reminded of my own time in Italy, and felt compelled to dig out 1. a picture of my faux-gondolier-I-am-a-tourist hat, as well as 2. the classic Leaning Tower shot. As sunneschii says, “tourists do what tourists have to do”.

In the first shot, I’m in Venice, resting on the Piazza San Marco, next to the chandelier my dad bought in Murano. I had to scan it from one of those “Senior Memories” books, so forgive the background and odd captioning.

totally original shot
Originally uploaded by Antof9.
In the second photo, I present a completely original tourist shot. I’m quite sure I’m the first person who ever took a picture like that.

The rest of the pics are on Flickr with these two.

"your" watching!

Originally uploaded by Antof9.

Yes, it actually says that.

And we saw this graphic more than once.


Let's think about that. I believe those initials stand for:


Go ahead. Laugh.
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a summer of travel (or, it's time to blog again)

Classic tourist shot in Volendam
Originally uploaded by Antof9.
When this summer started, I had no idea I'd be in Seattle, Victoria BC, NY twice, The Netherlands, Chicago and Michigan. But that's what happened.

As mentioned earlier, we went to Holland for my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary. At some point during the trip, I realized I hadn't been there since 1984, when my brother and new SIL and I drove there the day after my high school graduation, stopping in Köln first at the embassy to renew my passport (my SIL tells me that for minors now, a parent or both have to go, plus a copy of a birth certificate and anything else you can come up with to prove who you are. She said she distinctly remembers shopping while I went blithely by myself to the embassy at age 17!).

It's amazing to me that none of my cousins were married back then, and many of them are now, with kids too. And I felt as comfortable with them as if I'd just been there a few weeks ago. There is something very special about family who just accepts you because you're family. It was also Unk's first trip, and I don't intend on waiting another 23 years before going back :)

Fresh Heineken in Amsterdam
Originally uploaded by Antof9.
It was a rushed trip, but we did manage to squeeze in a couple things other than the 50th party. First, the classic windmill shot. No trip to Holland would be complete without it. Of course, there are fewer and fewer of the old-style molles around, so we were forced to take the shot in Volendam. The rest of the world doesn't know it, but Volendam is the ultimate tourist trap for all things Dutch. It's even where my family had "costume" pictures taken, many years ago. I don't care though -- this picture makes me happy :)

Second, I found that if it's fresh and I'm in the city it's made in, I actually like beer! I know, it came as a shock to me, too. At the age of 40, I had my first (and second!) beers in a bar. Fresh Heineken for the Dutch girl!

In the interest of full disclosure, I actually had some "Super G" ginger and ginseng Ale in a bar in Victoria, BC earlier this summer that was also surprising and good.

Moem's work
Originally uploaded by Antof9.
Last, we got to have dinner (and fresh Heineken for Unk) with BookCrossers Moem, Stoneshop, and Phoenix-Flight. It was a lovely evening in Amsterdam, and we even got to see some of Moem's work (pictured here). I just love that she chose the old "delft blau" shade of blue for this old painting. It's already lovely, and will be there for years to come (if you click on the picture, you'll see the shots of the other building too).

Random Linkage

Harry Potter is here!
Originally uploaded by Antof9.
A real blog entry on our trip to the Netherlands is forthcoming, but first, since kairon13 nudged me and I had some random links to share, it was as good a time as any to do a Random Linkage entry :) Oh yes, and my Harry Potter 7 book arrived on Saturday afternoon and I have only been petting the cover. I hope to start this evening.

So here they are, in no particular order ... things I would read aloud to you if you were here:

  1. A very hilarious Crocs article might make some of you chuckle. My favorite part? their parents like that they are dishwasher-safe

  2. Brothers Gored in Pamplona Have no Regrets. It's actually a quasi-interesting article to read, but it was the title I just needed to share.

  3. So if you don't have anything better to do, how about visiting all 171 Manhattan Starbucks in one day? Not the most philanthropic endeavor, but kind of entertaining. I hate that he says "Man-ha-TAN" (he's obviously not a native), and I could have done without the shot of him in Depends on a treadmill, right before the "The Night Before" slide that contains a typo ("Thurday"). Highlights include Mark Linn-Baker of Perfect Strangers fame (I was a huge fan of that show!), and a section that will make you want to punch this guy. It's when he's at the 10:16-but-it-says-you're-open-until-11:00 store. "But I need to do it today! But I need to do it today! But I need to do it today! But I need to do it today!" You get the picture. Last, doesn't Starbucks sell water?!

  4. Stop Setting Alarms on My Biological Clock -- except for the fact that this woman wants to have children and I'm not, her perspective mirrors mine completely. Surprisingly vociferously negative comments in response to this one.

  5. Last and most fun, I got to see buffra last month! I decided to make it part of Random Linkage because we actually talked about it in this post. I had a very fun breakfast outside with Buffra and her sister, and I'd do it again in a minute :)

I miss my dad
Father's Day in the U.S. is almost over. This wasn't a bad year, but I still miss mine. He died close to Christmas in 1998. I've written about it a few times -- here is one, and here is another.

After my dad died, I stopped going to church on Father's Day. It just made me too sad. I've spent the last two FDs with wandererjen, who is also fatherless. It's nice (not the right word, but ...) to have someone to share the day with who knows exactly how you feel, although I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. A couple months ago, my sister told me they still hadn't had their youngest (S4) dedicated in church yet. Did we want to come for it? They'd been thinking about doing it on Father's Day. I figured why not -- I don't go to my own church on that day, anyway, so why not go to Seattle and be with 4 wild little boys?

So Unk and I are here, having a nice visit, and the baby/child dedication was this morning in church. It was really nice, and hardly made me sad at all. It was also good to be part of the congregation as the pastor asked us if we'd help these little people grow up to know God.

This picture is from the other night at big brother S1 and S2's swim meet (S1 and dad are in the background). He was hilarious and climbing all over the place.

Anyway, we're here, and that's why I'm not posting much. It's nice to be with my sister, too.

Oh, and alrescate? It's perfect and she loves it.
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