I have been literally “off the grid”, communications-wise for about 3 weeks. Computer and TV disconnected for most of that time. I have been doggedly sanding, scraping, painting, staining, or reupholstering almost everything in two rooms of my house as well as some defenseless items for my classroom. In fact, I suspect the days spent in clouds of stripping fumes and oil-based primer may have induced a state of madness, a sort of catatonic, yet ambulatory euphoria, if you will. Anything that couldn’t sprout legs and run away from me, I hit with some sort of power tool or refinishing chemical. If my cats had not been so swift of paw, I fear both would now be sporting slipcovers, with tailored skirting and contrast piping. Fortunately for them, a tattered bit of Hurricane Emily brought to my city some swift, head-clearing breezes and I have regained a sense of self-control.
So I’ve laid the sandpaper aside, rolled the temporary computer cart over to the wall and plugged ‘er in! (I’m still eyeing my larger computer armoire…hmmm…I may redo it before I put the PC back into place...sure do like how the antique black dining chairs turned out...oops...sorry
Well, I went to the archives to read the last few pages of the former thread. It is so good to see Aquila
(the languidly-basking-about-in-Spain Aquila
) and Delphinus
taking a moment to check back in with us. I know you’ve both been busy, but you’ll always find a home here, whenever you have time to stick your nose in and say hi!
I have relied mostly on radio for news of events in London and know things are still feeling tense for many there. Here’s hoping you and your families (you, too, Wendy
), stay safe. Autumnelf
, according to my calculations, you ought to be in England right now, having a great time at the Tolkien Conference! We’ll expect a report when you return and have a rest.
*looks at Mech’s sig pic. Sigh. *
Haven’t seen you in ages! What have you been up to lately?
, your trip photos are stunning! Is this the trip during which you had planned to visit a bistro (or some sort of eatery) known to be favored by Elijah when he was filming in Europe? Did you get a chance to do that? You may have explained that in your LJ. I’ve bookmarked your LJ link, as well as Mech’s
and Lembas Junkie’s
(LJ’s LJ…confusing…:D ), so I plan to take a peek at all of them tomorrow afternoon. (The armoire can wait one more day.
) I copied all your detailed “how-to” directions, Mech
, so I should have better luck “LJaying” than I’ve had in the past.
By the way, Wendy
, in addition to meaning ‘small’, my handy Webster says “quaint” can mean “marked by beauty or elegance”, an apt description for many of the buildings you fortunate Brits walk by every day. None of our structures are comparable, yours having multiple centuries of history embedded into stone and beam. To those who visit England and the rest of Europe, it is a moving and romantic notion to imagine the endless generations who have walked the same streets, plunked their elbows down on the bar to have a pint or peered through the leaded glass of a shop window. The oldest buildings in my area would be small cabins, roped off in a historical park and all standing for around 150 years or fewer! If I were strolling through the middle of the seaside village (photos you posted last year), I would be tempted to call it quaint. And I would mean it in the nicest way!
*Takes another peek at Mech’s sig. Sigh. *
, back there, for some reason your song, Dedicated Love Slave
conjured up images of Mech
, vamping around in her Orc LoveSlave outfit. That song would have made a great addition to the MOME trailer (which I never could download
). Hmmm. Think it’d pass the TOS for this
year’s MOME? Just askin!
….March of the Penguins. That is a wonderful documentary, and
you'll never fail to see penguins as anything less than heroic again.
! I must have gone the same weekend as you. My sis and I went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
on a Friday and I was pleasantly surprised to see the poster for Penguins
. I hadn’t expected it to make it out of the usual “select theaters”. So, naturally, I had to go back on Sunday to see it. Of course, this can be enjoyed at home, on DVD, but the beauty of the film is enhanced by the big screen. Utterly moving and romantic to boot! I urge anyone who can to see it. Stay for the first part of the credits to get a peek of the photographers at work. Wonderful!
(By the way, I hope whatever RL troubles are keeping you awake have been resolved.
Hurray for intelligent tourism...
Generally, the most intelligent accomplishment my family could manage on vacations was remembering to turn off the coffee maker before we left.
, Fie and a pox upon Josh Hartnett!
Grrrrrr! Anybody have a voodoo doll handy?
, you mentioned how cold it was a couple of weeks ago. It was 101 degrees here today. Wanna trade?
It’s funny, I thought since I had some time off for the summer, I would have more time to post. But it seems there is so much more to do, what with things growing and lawns needing mowing, etc. I guess I really do find myself in front of the computer more often during winter, when the wind is howling outside and it gets dark so early. Stay warm!
*takes one last peek at Mech’s sig. Sigh *
, I’m not so crazy about hotel bedspreads
…not after I saw a Dateline special about what can be seen under black-light. I will refrain from further detail. (shudder). I don’t mind the bed itself, assured they have changed the linens
. I do bring my own pillow, though. January is a long way off, but I hope your experience is a memorable one! Oh, by the way, don't wait for a new thread to start before joining in. I don't think there is any real continuity to the discussions here and it's nice if you just pop in to say hello! And to look at Maewyn's
sig pics, of course!
Whew, I’ve rambled on. Sorry, ladies!
Next week, it’s teacher in-services during the day, the last of the painting during the evenings (so many surfaces…so little time...), then the following week, our students start up. Thus, I will very likely disappear for a bit, but will return, once the school year has roared off to a start. we have many evening meetings the first few weeks of the term.
Hugs to all, especially those who’ve not been here in a while (Chickenlegs
, are your ears burning? How about you, Scarlet
?) Just to name a few.
, if there are any lurkers out there who have some little bit of admiration or news to share about dear Frodo, now is the time to show yourselves!
Hope to "see" some of you tomorrow in your LJ's.
Edited to add:
I've heard March of the Penguins
is doing unexpectedly well, with great reviews. I'm wondering if it will create a "carry-over" effect to Elijah's animated film. I realize not much is needed to create a fondness for penguins in general, but perhaps it will inspire some kid to beg just a little more persistantly to go see the film.
(Had to make a Frolijah connection somehow in this long post. Or does gazing at Mech's sig. count for enough?