Archive for July, 2004

Happy Birthday

A very happy birthday to bluealto! It seems that so much has happened in the past year. I hope that the next year is full of new and exciting experiences.

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Wine & Stuff

I’m kind of bummed that I don’t have any bottles of white wine laying around. Well, that’s not exactly true, there is a sparkling wine, but who wants to drink that alone?

I opened a bottle of Merlot that my brother gave me for Christmas. Normally, it wouldn’t have lasted this long but my wine glasses were packed away and I wanted to save it until I got my own place. Kind of a celebration thing.

I normally don’t drink Merlot during the summer, but it’s one of the few wines that I have on hand that I know I can sip alone, or preferably with cheese. The others that I have that I have tasted all should have some sort of beef or spicy dish served with them. There are a couple that I’ve never tried before, but I don’t want to try them until I have something more than cheese curds to drink them with. Yep, it’s class all the way tonight–cheese curds and wine. For the record, these are not the deep fried variety. Even I won’t sink to that level of food and wine pairing.

This is actually a good wine. It’s a 2001 Robert Mondavi Private Selection for those of you who might be interested. It’s got a very nice color and balance. And it brings out a buttery flavor in the cheese curds.

However, it is the end of July and I since I’m not particularly skilled at food pairing, I choose to drink reds in the fall and winter and whites in the spring and summer,unless we’ve grilled a steak. Then bring on the red wine. So even though this has a better balance than many of the Merlots I’ve had lately (read not an overkill of tannins or alcohol), it’s still heavier than I like my summer wines to be.

Okay, so I’m on my second glass and my mind is beginning to wander. Has anyone else read “Kiss My Tiara” by Susan Jane Gilman? I’m about halfway through and laughing my ass off. Unfortunately, I think she’s hitting the nail right on the head. I definitely recommend this book, but don’t read it in public where someone might ask you what is so funny–it’s a bit on the explicative side.

Since I can’t think of anything of any particular interest to say, I guess I’ll sign off and get ready for bed. Besides 5:30 comes too frickin early.

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I hate Mondays.

It was very hard to get out of bed this morning, but I somehow managed to be ready even though g00fy_blonde was 5 minutes early to pick me up.

I even managed to remember my breakfast and the mail that was sitting in my car waiting to be dropped off at the post office.

I remembered that I have a board meeting tonight when we were just past half way to work. This means that I will have to hitch a ride from the office to the meeting with my boss and g00fy_blonde will have to pick me up at 6 pm (not 5 pm) in Minneapolis, not St. Paul. It gets better.

I’m wearing jeans and a Winnie the Pooh t-shirt.

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I’ve finally adjusted to the new mattress, so I thought I’d be able to sleep at night. Not so. Apparently, Pooka has decided that 4 a.m. is a good time for me to feed her. For the record, I’m not about to get up at that time for any reason–and I let her know it in no uncertain terms. She continued to pester me until I got up at around 5:40 am.

I think I’ll be able to sleep in to a more normal time tomorrow as I won’t be carpooling because g00fy_blonde will be taking a vacation day so he can look at a newer vehicle. Traffic has been a royal pain both to and from work because there is construction on every highway from St. Paul heading south. And really, must we do both sides of the highway at the same time?

We’re going to see the local production of Meet Me in St. Louis tonight. I’m really looking forward to it–if I can stay awake that long.

I made great progress in the unpacking portion of the move last night. There are very few boxes left that haven’t been emptied or designated as storage until winter. Unfortunately, I still have a lot of stuff at other locations that still needs to be boxed and brought over. But I would say that I’m starting on the downward slope.

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After months of trying to figure this little thing called posting an image, I’ve finally had a success! Here is the very first image I took with my new camera. The bag is one my friend A made for my birthday; the deck is not the one I use for readings yet–only practice.

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Happy Birthday to <lj user=”therangonagin”! I hope your day was as wonderful to you as you have been to me. I truly value our friendship.

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I’ve decided to purchase a digital camera. I’m looking at a Sony that’s retailing for around $200. I’ve read the reviews on various websites and the big complaint is that it only has a digital zoom, no optical. I’m wondering if this is going to be an issue for me. Not that I take a lot of pictures, but is that a feature that I might find I need?

I’ve been holding out against this purchase for awhile because my 35mm works just fine. The problem is that I don’t take many pictures and I forget to drop off the film. So I often have pictures dating back 6 months or more sitting in my camera. I was doing pretty good with the cds of pictures, but the quality just didn’t seem to be there. Maybe it’s me. The real reason is that I’m tired of waiting to see if the pictures turn out. It’s not like people will stay in the same position while I run off to develop the film.

Of course the nearest store that carries them was completely sold out last night and unsure when they’d be getting more in.

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