Friday, June 26, 2009

Off we go, into the wild blue yonder...!

I'm leaving for camp this afternoon, and shall be off the Internet until Tuesday at least. :)

This year's theme is outer-space-like, so I'll be dressing up as Nurse Chapel from the old Star Trek episodes for the Sunday night family fun carnival-type thing. Everyone will be dressed as an alien or an astronaut or something of the sort. I'd rather not be an alien, y'know?

Of course, I'll also do my reading, as I mentioned. And photographing things, and playing guitar, and having lots of fun... :)

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen. Pictures up next week.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

This song sounds old-ish.

I used to play this one once in a while at the radio station I volunteered with. It's relatively new--last year, at the oldest--but first time I heard it, it struck me as retro.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Camp is coming!!

Hooray for camp!

It's coming up this weekend, so I will be away for a few days. Nothing like a little rest, relaxation, and unplugging-time (quite literally; I intend to leave my laptop at home). I intend to do lots of reading, to work with Mom on a Wacky Boat, and to enjoy the little cabin and the lovely lake air. :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Busy weekend....

My sister had her graduation party, as did another good friend of ours (well, friend mostly of my brother, but we've known the family for ten years, probably). So Saturday was filled to the brim, and Friday was taken up planning for Saturday.

And Sunday, of course, was Father's Day. :) My daddy got to watch "Live Free or Die Hard," the only Die Hard that's not rated R (and consequently it's acceptable in our house). I enjoy it almost as much as Dad does, to be honest. The script/characters are quite amusing.

So, come Monday, and I find out that several books are waiting for me at the library! :) These books were:
--Jane Austen's "Emma"
--Jane Austen's early works
--Jane Austen's "Sanditon" and other short novels (more early works)
--and "A History of the Ancient World," by Susan Wise Bauer.

Can you tell I'm on a Jane Austen kick? :)

(By the way--if you're an Ohioan, call or e-mail your legislature and the governor!! Library funding is in serious peril right now.)

Anyway. I started reading "Emma" yesterday, and had to put it down to go to work. No worries, I figured--I'll just return to it after I get back from my four-hour workday (we're short on work right now). I looked forward to an evening cuddling on the couch with my book.

Well, they needed a few volunteers to stay the full eight hours at work, and I happen to be cross-trained, so I went ahead and stayed. After four hours at work, the attraction of Jane Austen had dulled and I was in "work mode." So instead of getting home just before eight o'clock in the evening, I pulled in the driveway at about ten till midnight.

And stayed up till two munching, goofing off on the Internet... and reading "Emma." Mostly reading "Emma," if you hadn't guessed.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Iran of late

I wish our local newspaper had a much bigger world-news section. Then maybe I'd be learning a little more about the whole hullabaloo in Iran lately.

As it seems a lot of Iranians are unhappy (to say the least!) with the elections, the Iranian government has been cracking down on information transmission... the Internet, and foreign journalists, too. (Thanks to my cousin for the link.)

Eyewitnesses are reporting that fully-credentialed foreign journalists are similarly being detained all over Tehran today. The deputy head of the Ministry of Guidance just told me on the phone that other journalists have also been beaten, and that the official permissions no longer work. Also, foreign journalist visas are not being extended, so all of those people who were allowed in to cover the elections are now being forced out in the messy aftermath.
Nobody is going to believe that the election wasn't rigged. Not when the government is responding like this....

Mild rant: I just want to yell at everyone who thinks the U.N. has any sort of reason to exist, that it does any good. Newest evidence no. 1: North Korea, as of late. Evidence no. 2: Iran, as of now and in the recent past. What good has it been doing?? It's as likely to be corrupt as any national government; and with that corruption comes a loss of relevance (if it had any in the first place). So much for another bureaucracy.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Don't touch the Japanese buttons!

So, my dad does real estate. On Sunday he was holding an open house at a rather interesting home. This house had been owned by a Japanese man who had moved here and was moving back to Japan.

In this house were a few amenities less common to Americans, but familiar in other countries. One of these was a bidet in the bathroom.

Apparently it was an odd-looking bidet. It had a lot of Japanese characters on it, telling what each button does, et cetera. Not an English letter on the whole thing. A sightseer wandering through the house stopped in the bathroom and asked what it was, and Dad told him.

This sightseer, however, was well-traveled. He had been to Spain. Therefore, he said with authority that it didn't look like a bidet. Dad just let it pass... but then the sightseer wanted to see what it did.
"Can I push this button?"
"What about this one?"
So the sightseer pushed it. Little did he know (because, notwithstanding his oh-so-relevant Spanish experience, he could not read Japanese) that was the button that turned on the bidet. Water started shooting all over the room.....

Not being fluent in Japanese writing, Dad and the sightseer frantically pushed buttons on the bidet willy-nilly, trying to make it stop. It wouldn't stop!!

By the time it was done, the room was soaked. The tub, the sink, the floor, even the ceiling got water sprayed onto it. The sightseer was full of remorse, regret, and sorrow that his doing had brought about such a catastrophe. Well, I'm not sure he would have said that, but he did apologize profusely and often.

Dad finally had to tell him it was funny, so he would stop apologizing.

And what does Dad do Sunday afternoon after getting home from his open houses? Why, he shares this hilarious story with us, while I'm doubled over laughing!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Update on the (enormous) hat collection

OK. As you may remember, I have a pretty good-sized hat collection. In 2007 the number of hats was somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty, including my graduation cap... I think. I'm not exactly sure.

Now, it is up to thirty-six. And I'm very sure this time!

Well, come to think of it, it ought to be thirty-seven... I didn't include my graduation cap in that tally. (I'm pretty sure it's still around here, somewhere!)

A slideshow of the pictures:

You'll probably be able to see the pictures better at the source.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Dinner rolls (or: nuptual observations)

*yawn* I'm very tired. The only reason I'm still up and online is that my family isn't home quite yet.

So, on to the news of the wedding! It was beautiful--the bride wore this lovely dress with some very nice beading. The groom was so funny. The two of them did a "sand ceremony" in place of lighting the unity candle; I liked that very much.

At the reception we started with some desserts (little cookie things, mostly) as an appetizer... it was odd. But once the dinner was actually served (after the wedding party got there), it was quite delicious. The rolls were the best part... but I've observed that the rolls are generally the most appealing thing at a catered dinner, anyway. Not to say that the other food isn't great, of course; but the rolls are just--well, they're rolls. And rolls are wonderful.

The best part was seeing my friend get married, of course; the next best part was seeing all my other friends that got to come see our friend get married.

The best part of that next-best part was getting to talk to one of my very good friends from college for the hours (cumulative) of driving there and back. And I didn't have to drive. :)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Shopping, purchasing, and enjoying

Three gerunds in one--must be quite the topic! But it is because I've made (or had made for me) several purchases in the last few days.

1. I have shoes!! Well, I've always had shoes, I guess, but these are new shoes. They're waterproof, and steel-toed (that was accidental), and they lace up... and they're two sizes too small. Literally. (Well, in a way. They're a men's shoe, if one can say that and still be grammatical, and men's sizes run differently than women's sizes.) Their purpose is to keep my feet dry while studying abroad this fall--I'll be in the tropics, or close to it, and since it rains there every day (right when we'll be walking to class, wouldn't ya know) the waterproof factor is imperative.

2. I bought a wedding gift a couple days ago. A nice little thing for a friend of mine who's getting married Saturday--it was on her gift registry over at Kohl's, and it's something my mom has used time and again so I know it'll be handy. (I must be vague, of course. Can't be too careful what you say on the internet!) So much fun to go gift shopping!

3. I found a hat yesterday at a garage sale. Yes, I know... another hat... but I love hats! I shall take some new pictures of all my hats soon, I promise. But anyways. At this same garage sale I bought a set of measuring cups--I've been wanting a set for months (I keep borrowing friends' at college, or Mom's here at home of course) in order to make some little food when I'm away from home (i.e. in my apartment at college), but just found this nice little black set, complete with the 1/8th cup measure (which is in effect a coffee scoop). And I just lost all you non-cooks out there....

4. But there is a point to this! Really! At an estate sale this evening (which my dad found entirely by chance, on his way to pick me up) I bought three things:
a. A spatula
b. A Tupperware bowl
c. A very tarnished silver set!

Now, item A is a plastic spatula that you use for cooking, not the kind that you use for cake-decorating. In case you wondered.

Item B is just fun! I've been wanting some mixing bowls also, and this is a medium-sized Tupperware dish complete with non-cracked lid! (My mom's Tupperware things are all at least twenty years old, and all have cracked lids. I wonder sometimes how they stay closed.)

Item C was completely spur-of-the-moment, but I do believe my friend-the-bride would love to have a silver set, if for no other reason than it's beautiful. Well, it is once you get all the tarnish off. And there was a lot of tarnish on this set--my sister asked, while I was polishing one piece, whether she would like black silver. (I was at that point only half done polishing the piece.) Now they sit near me on the couch, in all their shiny (and very un-black) glory.

I must be such a girl. All this shopping has made me giddy.... not to mention that most of it included household items.

Monday, June 08, 2009

A weekend away

This weekend was spent with my cousins and their cousins--my cousins' cousins, or CC's for short. Anyhow, this was due to my one cousin's graduation and the attending festivities!

We had a lovely time, complete with kittens and a party and just plain fun with the cousins and CC's (whom we have not seen in two years).

And I'm attempting to upload pictures to Facebook... but it hates me.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Reading books

So I've been on a reading kick for the past two weeks, or so. Ever since I got home from college and discovered the immense amount of free time I had!

1. I just finished The Phantom of the Opera a day or two ago. It's quite interesting, and rather different from the movie/stage production. Well, you recognize portions of the play as almost straight from the book, but the tone--the whole tone of the book is a bit different. I enjoyed it well enough.

2. I read several Agatha Christie short stories, which I enjoyed very much. The Miss Marple stories, in particular, are fascinating. Miss Marple always deduces the solution to some puzzle using a sort of psychological approach--though I'm sure she wouldn't call it that. It's just "oh, this old man was just like my Uncle Henry, and I know this is what Uncle Henry would have done."

3. I'm reading Dracula now. Just started it today, and won't have time to read much more. I leave for work in about an hour, and have a little more to do before then. (Eating an early supper is probably one of the more important things I should do...)

Monday, June 01, 2009

The economy, engagement, and work environments

I wanted to title this one "Observations upon the economy, engagement, and work environments" but that's just a little too long for my taste.... but observations they are, notwithstanding any title change, and here they follow.

1. My itty bitty town's largest employer announced today it will close in a year.

This little town practically subsists upon the tax revenues from this particular business. And now... the town's already facing deficit issues, and this will only exacerbate the problems. Not to mention the twelve hundred or so who will soon be unemployed. Throw in a union and you have quite a little mess.

2. My pastor's daughter got engaged to her boyfriend of... three or four years!

I knew it was coming, and probably this summer was my guess, but his asking her on the top of the Eiffel Tower at night was a perfectly lovely way to do it, in my opinion (and in probably everyone else's too!). (She was on a school trip in Europe, and he flew there for that express purpose.) But--is it bad that I found this out over Facebook? And on her dad's, no less.

3. Second shift work starts tomorrow.

I'll be glad to get some work done and make money doing it. Even if it is in a warehouse and not air-conditioned... I'll tolerate it for two months and it should be good. After all, I froze today in the air-conditioning. I'm more suited for a warm environment.