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Archive for November 2007

Spilled milk

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all over myself eating my cereal, after spilling water up my sleeve in the bathroom, and knocking over the toothbrush holder, which I caught it just in time – but seriously, great start to the day or what?  Then I go to work and even though I had the morning planned and prepared for, nothing is going exactly per agenda.  Surprisingly, by the afternoon almost everything got put right.  I guess it goes to show – sometimes you have to just keep pushing along.

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November 30, 2007 at 12:14 am

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My Charlie Brown nostalgia

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found this. How great!

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November 27, 2007 at 9:50 pm

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Book Review – New Moon

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New Moon
Stephenie Meyer

Book two of this series. I really liked this one too. Anyone who reads this, if they have read Twilight, will have have a hunch(and then some) that the MIA character is coming back. So the middle of the book is just how we get there. Meyer does some things really well. There are little things that if I wanted to be picky I could get into, but these things lend themselves to the age of the characters in the novel. I think the level of everyday mixed with supernatural is nice. And the second half of the novel turned out really great. I like how she waited for some of the knowledge to come out at a natural time, and the actual content of the second half of the book. The interactions with the Cullen family is right on, in my opinion. Making a family of vampires seem happy, moody, glamorous, and believable, all without dwelling on them, was nicely accomplished. And of course who cannot be intrigued with Edward.

I think if a movie is made it will be hard on my imagination. Anyone else have that problem? You don’t want your mentally drawn characters, their mannerisms, their facial expressions ruined, even if the actors do a tremendous job?? I remember something a drama teacher once said, talking to another teacher, our school was doing a reproduction of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at the time. She said “oh, we’d never do a Disney or a Pixar script” – that making students compete with the how artists could render scenes and expressions would not be comparable. Anyway, now I need to find a copy of Eclipse and also maybe try to find those Charlie Brown Christmas mp3s..

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November 27, 2007 at 8:17 pm

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Officially, w-i-n-t-e-r

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My lips feel chapped and even with lotion I’m feeling itchy here and there.

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November 27, 2007 at 12:58 pm

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So I guess

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I could try to blame it on Monday, but I don’t think it’s Monday’s fault.

We found out today that our company will not be giving us an extra flight home this year, which means we get to buy one ourselves. Sigh. It wouldn’t have been so bad if we had known before. I could have been more mentally prepared for the impact. I was already a little miffed this afternoon, after getting kicked out of meeting because it was going to be in German (could you have told me before? or better yet, just not invited me??), so the bad news just added to my mood.

We found cheaper expensive tickets at least, cheaper means you get to spend more time on the airplane (woo!), and they are bought, so I’m done brooding about this. We’d be miserable sitting here in Stolberg, even if we visited after the holidays. Everyone was already expecting us, and we have plans already made, so it’s done.

The happy holiday me giggles at the itineraries(s)(s)(s), the slouch-on-the-couch me is more alarmed:

  • 12/18/07 Düsseldorf to Atlanta
  • 12/18/07 Atlanta to Tampa
  • 12/26/07 Tampa to Newark
  • 12/26/07 Newark to Quebec
  • 1/05/08 Quebec to Montreal
  • 1/05/08 Montreal to Boston
  • 1/08/08 Boston to Washington D.C.
  • 1/08/08 Washington D.C. to Atlanta
  • 1/09/08 Atlanta to Düsseldorf

Only the last day (Boston-Washington-Atlanta-Dusseldorf) looks really disgusting.

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November 26, 2007 at 11:25 pm

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Sunday

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So it’s Sunday night again. I’m happy enough to go to work tomorrow, I just wish I had another day to hang around the apartment with my beau, and maybe get some more reading time in. I’m going to try to get in early tomorrow so I can leave earlier. Always easy to say when it’s not morning yet.

Just finished New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer, book 2 in her series. I liked it. I’ll do a full review tomorrow but I was quite pleased with the last 1/3 of the book. It rarely happens to me that I enjoy the second half of a novel more than the first. I have the urge to go on, but it’s book review stuff so I’ll hold off.

We went to the Aachen Christmas market on Saturday, that was fun. You can see a little review on my other blog. Today we found some storage we had forgotten about, Dan does have his wool coat here in Germany, which is good because he needs it. We got pretty cold at this market, it’s all outdoors with no warm-up areas. Neither of us were wearing proper boots for standing outside in below 0 temps. So it’s our fault.

I picked up The Thief Lord, bless Dan and his patience for my spontaneous bookstore-browsing hobby. So far my reading is on pace with my buying. I need to work on my French lessons though, my progress is up and down in that department. Dan and I are out of recorded tv shows, so we watched Clerks 2 last night. I wasn’t sure he’d like it, or get all the terms since French-Canadians don’t have all the same slang. He liked it, with an explanation here and there. I had already seen it, overall I like it, some of it once is enough, I’m not a crude comedy person, but this movie does have a good personality that shines through. Elias scenes were the best to rewatch for me.

We also have this streaming video account with Joost. It’s free once you get an invite but the programming is so-so. They have baseball and hockey games for people who like that; sadly, we aren’t those people. Today we started watching a reality show filmed in the UK, 3 years old I think, about a group of people trying to become spies. Reality tv is always the same somehow. It’s not good, but it’s not terrible, or maybe it is but if you watch more than one episode you sometimes become attached. I’m pretty sure we’ll keep watching it for backup when we have nothing else.

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November 25, 2007 at 11:58 pm

Weird Confession Friday

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At this moment I have 5 pairs of shoes under my desk at work, not counting the pair on my feet.

I would like to excuse it by saying it’s because I need two different shoes every morning, sneakers for the bike (safety first) and normal shoes for the office. But since this is a confession, I will admit that the biking just makes this problem more pronounced. Normally it is 1 or 2 extra pair. Just in case my feet get tired. Or the weather takes a sudden drastic turn, or my plans for the evening change. I think I am a closet shoe person. I like shoes, but I’m too practical, too minimalistic, to want to own lots of shoes. If shoes aren’t being worn enough, and they are the kind that should be, I usually let me sisters check them out, or my cousins, or I goodwill them. Why the fascination with shoes? I guess I like the materials, the structure, the angles, the way they make or break a look, and the best part, they are something you need. Food, water, shelter kind of thing, no??

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November 23, 2007 at 11:35 am

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