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msbabs32: (Bah)
Sunday, August 16th, 2009 08:47 pm
Of late I am finding it deeply unfair that socially and physiologically women have to wear a second layer of clothing in this heat.
msbabs32: (Travel'n)
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 01:16 pm
I've been trying to learn Italian for my upcoming trip to Italy. I should be through my first pass of Level 1 of Rosetta Stone this weekend and am also looking into phrase books and a 101 book. To further my intermittent Italian immersion, I've changed the language on my iPhone to Italian last night.
Most of my apps names are still fully in English. Only the names of the native apps are in Italian. The apps themselves are in English. The platform stuff is almost all in Italian now. It's a little disorienting using my phone, almost if it's not mine. But in a week I will hopefully adjust and in a couple months be less disoriented on my trip
msbabs32: (Travel'n)
Friday, May 29th, 2009 02:42 pm
Last night we committed ourselves (or at least our credit cards) to a 10 day trip to Italy. I’ve been promising myself this trip for two years – since my last semester of grad school. Finally, it seems to be happening. I’m so excited. The trip will take us to Rome, Venice, Florence and surrounding areas. The more I do research and think about it, the more excited I get.

Note: Yes, the pis is a penguin roll-on backpack. Yes, it's a real product.
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msbabs32: (N&M)
Monday, May 4th, 2009 12:58 pm
Attended a friend's wedding this weekend. It was out of town so N and I hopped on a flight the day of, had a lost reservation at the car rental place and still made it to the wedding on time. It was on this gorgeous residential golf course smack dab in a vineyard. Every thing was beautiful. The ceremony was very short but very elegant. They did a sand pour thing that was really neat. I wish I had thought of that for mine.

Cocktail hour and all through the night had an open bar. I must stop to describe the candy wonderland they had. An entire buffet of candies (mints, chocolates, gummies, sugar drops, etc) was available - and they provided bags to carry away loot. Simple, elegant, not expensive and a huge "Wow!" factor. I definitely approved.

Dinner was very good (the fish definitely outshined the beef). People danced, exchanged info and generally had a good time. I very much enjoyed my table as well as the other people I met. It was a great time and I only wish I had another day to explore the area and hang out with friends.
msbabs32: (Bah)
Monday, December 29th, 2008 10:38 pm
I think when we get back from Hawaii, I won't be tanned.  It seems like where ever we go it is dark/raining on that part of the island or the entire sky is cloudy.  I haven't put sunscreen on once and nothing.  So if it looks like I didn't go to the islands it is not due to lack of effort on my part.
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msbabs32: (chirstmas)
Sunday, December 28th, 2008 11:40 pm
... is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day!  On Dec 23 N and I successfully boarded a plane to visit my dad in Hawaii.  There is some moderate drama with the airline, but I'll save that for another post.  We are staying at my dad's new condo and it has a spectacular view.  You can see Magic Island, the main part of the park and Ala Moana Harbor all in one breathtaking view.  I have pictures which I will prob. post after I'm back on the mainland.  The weather is 80 pretty much all the time unless it's raining, then it drops to 74.  The humidity, unfortunately, is obscenely high.  And while the view from the southwest facing windows is awesome, it makes being in the condo from 1-5 in teh afternoon pretty impossible.  I know, anyone not in Hawaii who reads this is like "cry me a river" - but it's like a friggin' kiln in hte afternoon.  At morning and after sunset is when it's a great place to be.

Christmas Day: I got some really cool presents from N (a Fluke(tm) IR thermal reader and a kitchen scale with automatic turn off.  The first is really fun and the second will save me money on 9 volt batteries - rock!  I love my N.  He liked his gifts too.  Christmas day was good and simple.  N and my dad watched sports all day and night long and ordered pizza for dinner.  So a good, uneventful, fairly lazy Christmas day with family. 

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 08:20 am

K & A:

I loved the tour of West Seattle.  Such wonderful parks in your area!  Living there I could see myself wanting to spend as much time as possible outdoors, rain or not!  And thank-you for showing us the park in the rain.  Living in the desert of LA, one can forget how refreshing and rejuvinating a rain walk can be.  Although it was a little foggy that day I can see why you fell in love with the views, the green and the feel .

 J:

Thank-you for being our Saturday night/Sunday sherpa. I still remember how enjoyable the food and atmosphere Salvatore Ristorante and Pomegranate were.  The tours of Redmond and Kirland got my head thinking more on what kind of neighborhood I want to live in addition to the type of house.  Jewels of wisdom, indeed.

 R & A & r:

Your suggestions for Bridle Trails and Yarrow Point were really good suggestions for Bellevue.  I never would have ever though such a wooded area could exist so close to the  heart of a down town.  N got kinda nostalgic.  We may have to check out your suggestions for the islands when we go back up.

 Thank-you everyone for being as generous as well as you were adventurous.  It felt like old times.  I had a great time and was also reminded of wonderful people that grace my life.

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Monday, September 22nd, 2008 01:26 am
     N and I are back in LA now.  The contrast between the serene beauty of Seattle and the constant barrage of Los Angeles became noticeable as soon as we stepped into baggage claim. At first I thought an angry mob had come for us. 
     At first panic set in.  From left to right of my peripheral vision and all the way to the sliding doors was a mass of people.  Yelling, waving papers and gesturing in random unfocused directions, they made me want to run back through the "no return point".  A small pathway to the exit opened and closed like the walls of an artery, as the mob pushed in and retreated back.  Fellow de-planers complicated the scene, crossing  wildly and with little warning.  Then my well honed LA instincts kicked in.  I took a breath and made a beeline for the door as if the crowd would eat me alive if I moved too slowly.  I didn't dare look back to make sure N followed and made it through, but luckily he appeared by me side as we escaped through the doors.
     Not that things got much better.  We still had to catch the bus to long term parking.  For those of you unfamiliar with the bedlam of the LAX arrival level, you may want to sleep with the lights on for a few nights after reading this.  People are forced to wait for a bus on a 15 foot narrow strip of sidewalk.  On both sides cars, tour buses and all other vehicles you can imagine barrel past as fast as they possibly can.  Some point their car at the spot you are standing as they floor it only to turn right before they would jump the curb, taking you and 10 of your fellow human beings with them (from both sides remember).  You stand there a mix of the anxiety of cornered prey and the calm irritation of prima-donnas. 
     Three buses came and went, too full to take anyone from our stop.  When an available bus finally came, it stopped 50 feet short and drop off its load.  Threatening to leave it made everyone run the distance to catch it.  On board people jostled and pushed to stake a spot.  Luckily both of us were able to carve a space.  I'm still not entirely sure if N would have left me and I don't think I would have blamed him.....
     But now we're home and re-steeling ourselves for LA life.  I plan to post thank-you's to all my gracious hosts once I stop clicking my heels together and realize I AM home. :)