Monthly Archives: February 2002

Classic year

Looks like it’s going to be somewhat expensive to get the iMac out of the hospital — like $300 — but still worth it. I hope it’s home by the weekend. I’m very, very tired of being in incommunicado (incommunicada?) and inefficient world. I miss happy, speedy, beautiful iMac...

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Dusty

Yesterday, I went to the allergist for the first time in my life. One thing I have noticed since I have started going to doctors this year is the similarity to travelling, i.e., you spend more time waiting than you do actual travelling or seeing the doctor. I never...

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Mac-less

God, I hope our Mac gets fixed soon. I’m really sick of being completely cut off from e-mail, not to mention the fact that the old PC we have been using while the Mac is indisposed swoons like a Victorian lady whenever I try to access Movable Type. I...

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Coincidence

Here’s a coincidence: for the first time in years, John & I were idly watching cartoons on this sunny Saturday morning (yes, the minute John’s parents returned to the frozen north, it became warm and sunny here), only to discover later that the creator of the cartoons, the brilliant...

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Parrots & plumbing

I was bitten by a parrot yesterday. This doesn’t happen very often to a city girl like me. I have never once been molested by the wild parrots, whom I often see flying overhead with a clatter of green wings glinting in the sun, calling out with their distinctive,...

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Au Revoir

Well, John’s folks are on their way back home. I think they really did have a great time, and it was good to spend time with them. From time to time over the past 11 years that John and I have been married, I wondered if they minded that...

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Day Four

Well, the rain finally caught up to us, but John and I are both working today, so the rain won’t hamper our tour guide activities. John’s parents are going to pack their stuff and watch the Olympics all day, and we’ll meet them for drinks and dinner later on....

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Day Three

Our attempts to sleep in this semi-holiday morning were sabotaged ruthlessly by: 1. our loser neighbor downstairs, whose idea of a good time is to blast the local classical music station with extra bass while marinating in the stench of cheap cee-gars; and 2. our neighbor on the Vallejo...

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Day Two

The fire engine tour was fantastic. The couple who run it called us the night before to move it up to 11 in the morning instead of 1 in the afternoon, because rain was forecast for yesterday afternoon. Fortunately for us, the rain was fashionably late and didn’t show...

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Day One

So far, so good, despite my causing a minor ruckus at the airport. Bet you thought John was the half of this couple most likley to make a scene in public, but lately, it seems to be me. We picked John’s father & stepmother up at the airport. I...

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Farewell to a Princess

Time to stop whining about my petty little problems and take a moment to think of Princess Margaret’s family. The Princess’s funeral was held at Windsor Castle this afternoon, 50 years to the day after her father’s. It must be so terrible for the Queen to lose her baby...

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In law visit

Well, it’s the big day, when John’s parents arrive to visit us the first time ever. I guess I’m as ready as I’ll ever be, though it’s hard to overcome my native superstition to think it’s all going to go great. After days, or possibly even weeks of sunshine,...

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Wall o’love

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! From Becky’s always informative and charming blog, The Wall of Love. In Paris, where else? The place that invented romance, if not Valentine’s Day.

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Oreos

John has added a bunch of links to our links page, so go on over and check ’em out. Guaranteed 100% boredom free! Finally! Oreos Suzy style! I never did like the traditional ones, especially the mystery white goo (what is that, anyway?). But these are excEt, the lemony...

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True Romance

Who needs Valentine’s Day when you have a spontaneously romantic guy? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for romance, but not for being romantic on a day appointed by our friends at Hallmark and FTD, when roses cost twice what they should, even in the dead of winter, and...

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Weatherman

Is there any job, possibly other than Appointed Leader of these great United States, with less accountability than that of weatherman? Our forecast yesterday called for “possibility of light showers in the afternoon and evening.” When I left work, it was cloudy and misty, but after I had gone...

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Crankiness & compliments

Note to self: a night when you work late and then run errands for an hour on the way home is really not the optimum time to try a new recipe for the first time. Better buy a cross patch to patch up my frayed temper. Dinner was great,...

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Elevators

In order to complain, I’m going to have to make a confession. That’s enough of an incentive for me to admit that I have been something of a slacker lately, arriving at work after the appointed hour of 6 am. Before 6:00, everyone, no matter what floor they work...

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Painting

We spent the whole day yesterday painting, or prepping for painting, or recovering from the horror of painting. Today, we’re mostly dealing with the aftermath, including feeling about 110 years old from unaccustomed muscular abuse. It has been seven years, to the month, since we first bought this place,...

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