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States visited

September 22, 2011 - 3:01 pm Comments Off on States visited

Clearly I need to spend more time in the Heartland.

Create your own Visited States Map; link shamelessly stolen from Publius.

New England Tour 2010

August 18, 2010 - 11:33 pm Comments Off on New England Tour 2010

Maybe someday I’ll write up a more detailed travelogue (realistically, probably not), but we just got back from a week in Portsmouth, NH, which was a lovely change from the 100+ degree temperatures we’ve been having lately. The highest it got there was about 83 degrees, and we almost froze with the 60 degree temps at night. Here’s a quick rundown of what we did and ate:

Thursday: The Friendly Toast for brunch (I had anadama toast, a New England specialty), Marginal Way in Ogunquit for sightseeing, The Rusty Hammer in Portsmouth for dinner (lobster roll #1).

Friday: Niece’s house in Northboro for lunch and a nice visit with family, Common Man for dinner.

Saturday: Red’s Eats for lunch (lobster roll #2 and still champeen!), Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery takeout for dinner (lobster roll #3).

Sunday: Excellent homemade Indian for lunch and a great visit with Gupfee and family, Salem, MA for sightseeing, Nick’s Famous Roast Beef in Beverly, MA for dinner (will never want Arby’s again), quick jaunt to Wingaersheek beach.

Monday: Ceres Bakery in Portsmouth for early lunch, wedding day, cookout burgers at the reception for dinner.

Tuesday: Flo’s Hot Dogs for lunch, Odiorne Point State Park for tide pools, Crescent Beach in Wells ME (sunburn!), Newick’s Lobster House in Dover (lobster roll #4).

Also, I schmoozed with the car rental clerk and instead of getting a mere premium-level car that I reserved through Hotwire, we got a fully-loaded Ford Flex, an SUV that included voice-guided GPS navigation, iPod integration, three zone climate control, seating for seven, and probably a ton more features we never found.

Saturday on the way to Red’s, we stopped at the first native blueberry stand we saw, which happened to be run by a very imposing older man with what appeared to be two teeth – his lower canines. He was a mountain of a man in his blue shirt and red suspenders, and he told me, “My berries ain’t been sprayed in 18 years. When I say they’re ready for a pie, I mean you can pour them right into a pie. And ain’t no spray on my berries!”

Okay, then.


June 10, 2008 - 2:56 am Comments Off on Ponder

Is the over-abundance of online reviews taking the joy out of exploring and trying new things?

Can’t remember the last time I just stopped at a place because it looked interesting. Now I have to google it first and read the top and bottom reviews and see if it’s worth it. And I’ve been some places people gave 5 star reviews to that sucked moose wang, and some places that people hated that I loved.

Maybe someday I’ll just go on a vacation and not research anything ahead of time and be, like, spontaneous and stuff. I can quit researching anytime I want. Yep.

Just not this year.


February 23, 2008 - 3:39 pm 2 Comments

I ran into people talking about gutta percha three times in the last week. I’d never heard of it before.

I got invited to join the honors society at school.

I also submitted a paper about Disney’s parks and how they relate to Fisher’s Narrative Theory for presentation at SOURCE, my school’s annual conference, and it was accepted. I’ll be presenting it on April 11.

I submitted my application for graduate school and, once I get my degree plan signed, should be accepted with no problem. I also heard back from the new person assigned to evaluate my portfolio for Emerging Technologies and she said to expect to see that on my transcript sometime next week (I submitted the damned thing in November!).

I’m all registered for SXSWi, which ITVS was kind enough to do since World Without Oil is a finalist in the Web Awards. Don’t forget that you can vote EVERY DAY for WWO in the People’s Choice awards. It just takes one click a day.

We made reservations for a return trip to Disney World this August. This year we’re going to try The Polynesian Resort. Staying at the Villas at Wilderness Lodge was just heavenly last year, what with the full size fridge, washer/dryer, and separate living/sleeping areas, but the big drawback was that it wasn’t on the monorail. I think we can sacrifice a lot for that convenience. We’ll see if we end up speaking to each other when it’s all over.

Last, I’ve been bleaching my teeth for the last 9 days and haven’t had one stinking cup of coffee or tea since I started and I’m damned grouchy.

Ok, sorry, that wasn’t last; this is: we finally got an XBox 360 and picked up Rock Band and Guitar Hero III. I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun.


August 26, 2007 - 6:30 pm Comments Off on TDIR

We’re back from Disney World, btw. It was exhausting, but fun. 11 nights on the road and in Orlando. I heart my Camelbak. Perhaps I’ll do a more detailed write-up; perhaps not. Won’t be today, anyway.

So, remember when I went all SQUEE about the movie adaptation of The Dark is Rising? Yeah, turns out, not so much. Bah. I have been reading Phillip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series lately (on book two now) and enjoying the bejeebers out of it, though.

School starts tomorrow, for me and for the kiddos. I got into the “Lying and Deception” class that I’ve been wanting to take – the longer I’m at St. Ed’s, the more I’m noticing a sort of class division between the traditional college and New College, which (I’m extrapolating) is resulting in things like courses that my Portfolio prof thought I could place out of won’t count, and therefore I need to take more courses to graduate… and even though I was told that someone from the department would try to send me a note “just like I would send my traditional students,” that didn’t happen. Luckily I am aged and crafty and hit refresh a lot and have had tons of practice mashing buttons in Wootoffs.

Anyway, I had planned on taking one other prerequisite and my Capstone course (in which I produce a 20-30 page paper), then graduating this December, but due to the hoop-jumping, I think I’m going to drop Capstone and take it next semester along with something else in the Communication department. So hopefully I’ll graduate next May, which might be nice since it’s the larger ceremony then.


August 9, 2007 - 12:49 am 1 Comment

When I was a kid there used to be these comic books impregnated with ink that you could brush with a damp paintbrush and the page would magically spring into color. Do they still make those?

3 more sleeps until we leave for Disney World. The girls are struggling to clean up their acts so that they might be included in the trip.

Oh what a sap I am

May 14, 2007 - 4:12 pm Comments Off on Oh what a sap I am

We’re planning the big Family Vacation this summer and I’m trying to absorb everything there is to know about Disney World. I came across this video of the Kiss Goodnight they play after the park closes and I got a little teary at the beginning, then just about lost it when they started singing, “Like a bolt out of the blue…”

I choked up last time we were there, and I’m sure that seeing the kids have a good time is going to make it just that much worse this time. Oh lord, I’m weepy just anticipating it. This is not good.

Only in Las Vegas

March 13, 2007 - 5:08 pm Comments Off on Only in Las Vegas

Only in LV can they implode buildings with such panache. Farewell, Stardust. I’ve stayed there and played there, and it had character.