maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
Hi! I am back!  It was awesome!

Things I learned:
1) Northern Europe looks very much like northern Ontario. (It's a latitude thing)
2) Northern Europe is insanely expensive. Like, insanely.
3) It's really strange when the sun is still up at 11:00 p.m. (those of you in Alaska/northern Canada already know this, but still...)
4) Everyone hates the Nazis.  Except the Germans, who hate the Russians.  And the Swedes, who don't want to talk about it, thanks.
5) St. Petersburg is...overwhelming is probably the best word.
6) Mediaeval architecture, Soviet era architecture, and modern architecture do not blend as seamlessly as you'd imagine.
7) Cyrillic made my brain hurt.  I wanted to read it all.  (Never mind that figuring out what sounds the letters made hardly helped at all when the actual words meant nothing.)
8) I still don't much like fish, no matter how freshly caught.
9) Denmark (the Copenhagen bit of it, atleast) appears to be obsessed with McDonalds.  Five of them in one mall?  Why?
10) Tallinn was a revelation.  A lovely mediaeval town worth a visit. (I'd ask our tour guide about a building and he'd say - "Oh, that's of no historical significance - it's only from the seventeenth century.")
11) Copenhagen - rush hour - we counted 500 bicycles in 20 minutes.  An alarming number of these cyclists were texting while they pedalled in crowds 50 thick.  Almost no one wore a helmet.  Sigh. Humans.
12) I'm glad I took a hoody.  And a raincoat.

So what have you all been up to??
maybe_amanda101: (fa la la)
No, really, do I?

I had one before, in the long ago days of T9 and flip phones (and several large, unruly models before that, all the way back to the one that came in its own purse, but I digress) but people kept calling me and saying stuff and I was like UGH.  Also, since I live in the land of cell phone gouging, I had pay-as-you-go, which really meant pay and pay and pay and then pay more.

On one hand, I see the appeal of being able to take a picture of a thing and send that picture of a thing to someone immediately so I can see if I should buy it for them/see a doctor immediately/beat the thing soundly with a large stick.  Also, I'm only online about 18 hours a day right now, so more connectivity would assure I had no time at all to ponder the meaninglessness of my existence, which, you know, super handy.

On the other hand, people will call/text and say stuff.  Or worse, they won't.

Opinions? Ideas? Horror stories? Pictures of things that need stick-hitting?

Also, yesterday I made lemon curd.   It's unutterably delicious.
maybe_amanda101: (no_just_no_scully)
So it's my anniversary...

...and my husband has invited two dozen people over (not for the anniversary per se - he forgot about that -  "I knew the date sounded familiar," said he, in an attempt to be stabbed to death, but never mind...)

..and my toilets have all decided working is for suckers.

Lovely.
maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)

I have to go to the big city today, so I am posting early. Yeah, that's how I roll..

Today's unfathomable question:

21. What about LJ keeps you coming back? (Because let's be honest. This place is old. BUT WE ALL LOVE IT ANYWAY. WHY???)

I don't even know what that means. Or what it's supposed to mean. Tumblr is in full of lunatics (need a laugh? Read a 'social justice' tumblr thread. The self-righteous insane are always funny!) and twitter/instagram is for people who need to take pictures of their meals. NEED!!! Yeah, no.

Real life people are mostly tedious and dull - many are both. The reason I am here is because all my old fandom outlets sort of dried up, so I followed the stragglers this way. I need community. Desperately.

On that cheery note,

Conflicted?  Who, me?
maybe_amanda101: (angsting)
Today I'm supposed to


13. Post a photo that you love.

This is tricky. I should probably post a favourite pic of my family, my kids, the holidays, a vacation, something like that.  And yes, there are plenty of those, but that seems so... invasive (to put it mildly).  So here's one I really like of my late, goofy, dumb dog, Spooky.  (Guess why we named him that.  go on, guess.) 


Read more... )

Spooky had 1,000,001 bad habits.  He stole food.  He barked at every leaf, twig, and bug that flew by.  His personal motto was "the price of catlessness is eternal vigilance" and it's a duty he took seriously. He knew when you were driving past a Tim Horton's and tried to jump into the driver's seat with you, hoping there'd be a stop at the drive-thru and a free day-old timbit for him (so much fun!).  He had an intense dislike of lights flashing past the front window (he'd start barking like a maniac, running back and forth, losing his grip.  We called him Duane Doggy when he did this, in tribute to Duane Barry).  He was also insanely camera shy. It was almost impossible to get a picture of him that wasn't just a shot of his butt as he ran away at top speed. I managed to get this one when he was otherwise distracted, probably by a leaf, twig, bug, or cat.

I just like the way it looks.

And now I am tearing up over my stupid dog. I am such a wuss.

maybe_amanda101: (things_that)
Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooocy, I'm home!

Vacation was awesome. Cruises are awesome,  Real life?  A bit snowy for my liking, but there you go....

So what have you all been up to??

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