Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I have to get to those castles soon. I have read so many histories about Mary Queen of Scots, maybe if I get to Borthwick Castle, I can ask her some questions that I have about her life myself!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Dad in his young Navy days.
Dad and Sarah on his favorite vehicle.
Dad and his favorite dessert, strawberry ice cream.
Monday, October 22, 2007
In better television news, a highly anticipated event approaches. Finally, My So-Called Life, the Complete Series, is being re-released on DVD on October 30. I have been waiting for this event for quite some time. When it was released on DVD before, I swear, they must have only released five copies and for five minutes only, because it was impossible to get. This time around, I already have my copy pre-ordered with Amazon, so I definitely will get it. Ever since my videotaped copy of "The Boiler Room" episode was mysteriously taped over when I was in law school with an episode of Star Trek Voyager, I have felt this significant loss from my adolescence. I know that I posted previously about my favorite moment from that episode, also my favorite moment of television of all time. It was probably the most significant television moment of high school. That same videotaped copy of that episode I watched with my friends Whitney and Drew my junior year of television, after Whitney and I went on and on about how Angela was the luckiest fictional television character of all time and Drew rolled his eyes over and over. We were walking out to Whitney's car, and Drew came up behind me and did the Jordan Catalano hand grab, just to be funny, since we had just talked about how it was the greatest thing a boy could do to a girl. Considering that I really wasn't much of a dater in high school, it was one of those moments of adolescence that stuck out in my mind. Then, we all went to Taco Bell.
I am just happy that I will be able to share My So-Called Life with future generations of over analytical teenage girls.
Friday, October 19, 2007
It is her story to tell, not mine, but suffice it to say, I am more convinced than ever that life can change in an instant when you least expect it.
Also, Dwight on The Office, made me realize just how much I want to have an "irrigation room" in my house. I mean, particularly since I am obsessed with water law issues.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The first site is Ben's Guide to US Government for Kids which is maintained by the GPO office. I appreciate this site for the cartoon caricature of Benjanmin Franklin (since that Office episode with the Ben Franklin impersonator, I have been obsessed with all things Ben Franklin). Who better to introduce children to US Government than a Pennsylvania Quaker who possibly kept French mistresses? Ben's ABC's are particularly informative.
For the Future Farmers of America, there is the AIPL kids website, which of course is the website for kids from the Animal Improvement Programs Labratory. Do you want to know about which state is the number one milk producer? Or who knows when the first cow arrived in America? Perhaps you just want to play a good old-fashioned game of Who Stole the World's Milk Supply? All of that is available for you on this website in addition to learning about the genetic manipulation of America's farm animals so that they can be even more delicious to us.
Finally, let me just say that as far as administrative agencies go, the Department of the Treasury puts all others to same with the sheer volume of their websites for children. They've of course got the Treasury Page for Kids. The Mint has a webiste called H.I.P. Pocket Change. But the best of the government money websites for kids has to be the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's Children Page. First off, they seriously have the most interesting website to look at. It is called "Money Central Station." What kid wouldn't want to go there? From Money Central Station, you can depart to Mt. Cashmore or the Dollarado Canyon. Who knew that Engraving and Printing could be so much fun? The IRS - you clearly have something to learn. Until you can make learning about paying taxes as much fun as learning about making money, you can't possibly blame people for skipping out on their tax obligations can you?
Monday, October 15, 2007
Another lost soul to "The Beauty Myth." I am sorry Naomi Wolf. I was your biggest supporter back in the day. The stronger they boast about their feminist ethics, the harder they can fall sometimes.
Hopefully, it is just another phase.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Sometimes, after a LONG time (she applied pro se for asylum in 2001), something good can finally happen and the federal government can make the right decision. It is refreshing when it happens. It feels good to have had some part in it and not having to feel like I screwed up someone's life in some major way.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
We also were able to see my good friends, the Messers, and meet the newest member of their brood.
I think that David wanted to take the puppy home with him.
Otherwise, this Vegas sojourn featured the main attributes of other Vegas trips from days past, namely, a good dinner (this time at a French restaurant at the Venetian), and shopping. Back in the day, I was the Vegas shopper. Now, David puts me to shame. Las Vegas contains stores for David's favorite British designers, and he just is a weakling when it comes to resisting those slim British cuts that were made for body types just like him. Last time we were here in February, it was the Ted Baker store. This time, he did his damage at the Ben Sherman store. Well, that was where he did his damage on Friday. When we were back in Vegas on Sunday to catch our flight back to Seattle, David did the real damage at Neiman Marcus where he bought a Paul Smith suit to wear to our wedding (along with a tie, shirt, and pocket square). NOTE: For anyone coming to the wedding, this might be the one wedding that you attend in history where the cost of the groom's attire far exceeded the cost of the bride's. He better not look better than me!!
But I am getting way ahead of myself here. On Saturday morning, we drove to Springdale, Utah for the wedding of our good friends Dan and Marie. They had planned to have a beautiful outdoor ceremony, framed by the cliffs of Zions National Park. Unfortunately, the strangest thing of all happened. It poured rain in the desert in late September. Poured. This was the view from our balcony at the lodge when we arrived.
I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but it really was gray and rainy. Take my word for it. This meant that Dan and Marie had to scramble around to find another place to host their wedding, luckily finding a community center/library in Springdale itself. They were able to have their ceremony on a veranda outside, before it started pouring rain again. The wedding guests were treated to one spectacular rainbow, though.
How many weddings get to have that? David and I tried to have our picture taken in front of it. Unfortunately, the part with the rainbow didn't quite turn out.The wedding was great fun as we got to see lots of old friends including Abby, still in North Carolina, and the entire van Uitert clan. It was good to see everyone. On an unrelated sidenote, here is a quick thought regarding my attire. No one else told me that the entire wedding party, and most other people at the wedding were going to be wearing black. I, on the other hand, had dressed to match the colors of Southern Utah, so it was easy to spot me in the crowd.
I met Dan and Marie, the Groom and Bride, the same weekend that I first met David in New York in 2003. Marie and David were roommates in DC and Marie's sister Becca and her husband Jason lived in Queens and Marie and Dan were visiting them that weekend. It was one weekend where I was able to meet so many great people. Congrats Marie and Dan!
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
I love that my sister, who is now a Post-Doc at Harvard, not only was in love with Ricky Schroeder when she was a kid, but that she used her allowance money to purchase Bop Magazine, so that she could cut out all of the photos of Ricky Schroeder and preserve them in the photo album that Pa-Paw had given her. That is just too awesome for words.