Went back to The Mall yesterday as the weather was pleasant (it is raining today). It was very nice. Scott and I spent a short while in The National History Museum and then went to McDonalds for lunch in the Air and Space Museum. Then we walked around the lagoon as he had yet to see the Jefferson Memorial. We didn't know the FDR memorial was around the lagoon too and we hit it by dusk and it was so pretty with all the little waterfalls and the lights. That was a nice surprise.
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I'm busy...! I don't really have time for sitting down quietly reading or writing these days. It's not that I actually do much sightseeing... I'm just occupied most of the time. Kept busy, eating, talking, working...
Currently I'm in New York.
Balloon. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was very cold but awesome! We brung a ladder and took turns sitting on it...
View from the Staten Island Ferry.
I have been to Washington DC too and walked around The Mall. I will post pictures from that, too... Eventually. I hope.
Here's one. We went back by there a few days later (and went to Ford's Theatre) and some scaffolding had been taken off. I wonder how much is off now.
I'm just so busy... I'm not really sure what I am doing. When we do sit down and relax we watch movies and talk. I have very little time to myself. Always people around. I actually quite like it. When I have my private hours I keep them private and shut my brain off.
But the trip so far have been great! Debbie goes out of her way to get me good (European) bread. It's odd walking through a shop and see aisle after aisle of bread and find that it's ALL soft and squishy...
New York is... Odd. It doesn't really feel like a big city and almost everything seems familiar. It's weird.
I'm overcome with impressions. I'm currently in a state of mind where I just let them roll over me. I hope to come back to them later and share them with you all.
I'm in the States! I have been here since Thursday. The trip over here was stressful - but uneventful, thankfully.
It is... Odd. Or different. Still getting used to everything.
I haven't done much yet. Friday we went to lunch at a French-Vietnamese place and had escargot, quail, pate... It was good. Went to a huge shopping mall yesterday to get a suit for Scott.
Other than that I have just been here, getting to know everyone and being fed well.
It is still rather strange being here. It's a giant step for me. I'm still adjusting. It is lovely being here, though.
This is very short. I'm still thinking about everything but I am trying not to, so I don't want to start analysing things..
It is a bit windy outside though it has settled a bit.
In the neighbour's garden.
One fell and took its buddy with it.
In our garden:
Two birch trees knocked over...
...by the lime tree when this big trunk fell
Less than a half hour later the lime tree looked like this:
Then it got dark and I don't know anymore. There have been some loud cracks, though. Lots of branches strewn all over the place too. It'll be interesting to see how everything looks in the morning...
I have spent the week with my sister at her place. It has just been quiet. Of course the first day I was there the sky was blue and all the colours pretty but it was late in the afternoon so I decided to not take pictures till the next day when the sun would be higher in the sky. Ha! What sun. Pfffft.
As Lae was working or studying every day I had the afternoons to myself and watched movies.
I finally watched The Godfather trilogy as they were there and they've been on my list of movies to watch for... A very very long time because they are just some of those movies everyone has watched, you know. Ingrained pop culture stuff. So I watched them. They were.. Oddly edited. There were lots of things glossed over or not explained and then there were five-minute scenes of a single little event.
I also watched Aladdin (one of the few animated movies where I actually really like the Danish dub. They did very well in Aladdin!) and I watched Tarzan as I hadn't watched that before (original dub). I wonder why I've never watched it before... I liked it. A lot. It was very sweet.
Watched The Terminal and half of Unforgiven, and some stand-up by my favourite Danish comedian. Watched The Dark Knight Rises yesterday with Lae and Ras though I wasn't paying that much attention to it (there had been wine and music earlier in the evening and I was tired...) and I'm not really sure what I think of it except I found it confusing, the action was over-the-top (though that was expected) and Christian Bale's Batman voice is so hoarse it's ridiculous.
It has been a pretty uneventful week... I'm not even sure how the days went by.
With so many game apps out there how can it be so difficult to find some that I'd enjoy that don't involve having a gazzilion facebook friends or that run out of levels really fast... I'm quite willing to pay (at least a little, sometimes, if I find it particularly enjoyable.)
I've been playing Townsmen again but been through all the scenarios and it's beginning to get a bit repetitive (there were a lot of updates and new features since I played it last year.)
I loved Where's My Water to a ridiculous degree. I solved everything (and Where's My Perry/Valentine/Summer/Mickey). I wish I could find another game like that. It kept me well entertained for a few weeks. I remember playing a lot of these kinds of puzzle games in my young internet days when I could find them; obstacle courses, riddle your way to the other side kind of games. I remember a game where you should dig tunnels and not get squashed by rocks. One with a red ball you should fire it just so and have everything line up properly. A few years ago I played The Incredible Machine (the only game I actually remember the name of) which was great fun and I've found a similar game app called Tinkerbox but it doesn't run as smoothly.
I have tried game after game after game lately. I have escaped rooms, solved mysteries, found hidden objects, moved cars, discovered elements, restored magic, saved the days in numerous ways...
And I'm bored. I don't want to be bored! I want to find a fun game to occupy me! I've been going through ’top 100 puzzle* games' lists ad infinitum... (It doesn't have to be puzzle games, or strategy, but those are the ones I most often find myself entranced by. I like a challenge!)
I'm currently reading the witches novels by Terry Pratchett (or I started with Witches Abroad and I'm now at Carpe Jugulum). They are fun. I think I mentioned I read Heyer but after the fun one I wasn't really in the mood for more (and I read them all last year) so I went on to regency romance because there was a book I hadn't read. It was stupid... It was actually quite good as far as the genre is concerned (there IS a lot of crap and what can be summed up as PWPs and sassy ladies and hunky dudes in wet clothing) but I wasn't in the mood for romance, and the author so blatantly had a thing for Dr. House (it was apparently acknowledged in the afterword that the character was based on him but I skipped that bit and only saw it later when I skimmed a review when I added the book on goodreads) that it threw me out of the story and setting again and again. I like references but let them be subtle. No need to use a sledgehammer!
So Terry Pratchett it was! He does use the sledgehammer approach as well sometimes but there are in-universe reasons for that* and it's definitely a large part of the fun.**
* And there are lots of words for that kind of thing and Granny Weatherwax doesn't hold with it.
** He also uses drilling hammers, jackhammers, clock hammers, rubber hammers, mallets, gavels, and any other sort of hammer you can conceivably think of.***
*** What? I told you I'd been reading him. It rubs off!
(Also. My spellcheck is in Danish. I have got to rectify this. Having everything in Danish on my computer is so very annoying, and it will make (inevitable) troubleshooting in the future much harder.)
Sunday I went to my nephew's birthday and chit-chatted with family for a few hours. I was feeling very sick though (those damn pills) so didn't stay for very long. I got some fancy dresses in June and I finally had an occasion to wear one of them and I had a great hair day so there was that...
I'm still pretty meh... It doesn't seem to want to go away. I finally caught up on my sleep again - or rather, it just became more regular; for two days - and then yesterday I couldn't sleep again. I get stressed out over little things and they prey on my mind.
Anyway, I have wanted to post in a while but I haven't had any drive to do so. Yesterday I brought the camera on my walk but when I sat down to post the pitures LJ was down so just... meh.
Meh meh meh. Right now I'm very down and I shouldn't really be posting. I have been reading the Georgette Heyer book I find most amusing to distract myself all day but it isn't really helping so I thought I'd post the pictures I took yesterday instead.
So here goes..
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Yesterday I went and got some emergency gifts for nieces and nephews. One have a birthday coming up and E promised a belated birthday present to another, forgetting in the process that that grandchild of hers has younger siblings who didn't get any presents either... So I had to go make up for that. I was lucky; there was this large sale on all kinds of creative stuff: coloured/textured paper, craft sets, pencils, crayons, all kinds of good stuff so I got some for the gift box too (which I emptied last Christmas and I have been rather bad at re-stocking it this year). I expect awesome homemade Christmas presents from all of them.
My purchases. With complementary cat.
Aside from that not much is happening. I have slept very little and I'm very tired. It's Friday night football (CFL!) tonight but I'm not sure I'll be able to watch it. It starts at 1am for me and finishes around 7am... :/
I didn't go for a walk today which I should have done. It was cold and rainy and windy. And I am so tired. Today I have done nothing but play Townsmen on my ipad and even not much of that. Mostly I have just not been sleeping. It's very annoying to be not sleeping when you are so tired.
I know, I know. All I do is post rambling ramblings and pictures from my walks. I don't have much of essence to say...
The weather is still great. It was cloudy yesterday and I was in town so my walk was in an urban setting and since I had places to go and people to see I did not take any photos. I have had (well, I still have) this... Boil? Thing on my cheek which first appeared in Thailand. It had almost vanished when I got back but I did go to see a doctor about it anyway (what if a spider or some bug had laid EGGS in my FACE????). There wasn't much to see though (and no obvious sting/bite mark either (PHEW)) so we decided to just see what would happen. What happened was that it didn't disappear and three weeks later it got huge and ouch. Took me a while to get a time with the doctor but yesterday I went. It got drained a bit and I can call Thursday (or someone can call; ugh phones) to get the results (if any) of the tests run. In the meanwhile I'm on these hefty antibiotics that I have to take three times a day on an empty stomach and they cause me quite the tummy ache (to put it mildly. Ow.) Ten days worth. :S It isn't that bad; it only lasts for about an hour, peaks at about an hour and a half after I've taken the pill and then it gets better. Three times a day. I somehow have to arrange eating (no eating for two hours before or for one hour after) and sleeping (no sleeping right after taking a pill) and walking (don't want to be too far from home with stomach issues) around this (and everything else but that's a bit more slap-dash). The eating is going to be tricky, I think, and I must eat. Those forced three hour breaks could mess it up if I'm not careful. Structure!
Anyway, I did go for a walk today. The water was low.
Meh. That's what I have been mostly. I'm not really doing anything. I'm reading a bit. I'm crocheting a bit. I hang out on the net a bit. I update my computer a bit. I play video games a bit. Watch TV a bit. Learning the subtleties of Canadian Football... A bit.
I'm trying keep myself, if not amused, then at least occupied, which isn't that easy when I'm having a hard time getting my mind to focus on anything. Productivity has gone out the window. I have been helping D out. My room is a peaceful spot in a house that is currently undergoing a major transformation. Walls are getting knocked down left and centre. Things are happening.
So I started reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Again. I used to have this an audio book (read by Stephen Fry!) and as it was my only audio book for a good while and I love listening to stuff while solving puzzles I have read (or listened to) DH many many times... I was hoping my Real Book would help my cure my meh a bit.
I'm crocheting a washcloth. This is more difficult than it sounds as I decided I would try out multi-colour patterns (and not just stripes. Stripes are easy.) and it involves constantly keeping track of where I'm at and switching yarns and it doesn't look good, wah. It's a learning experience...
I have been reading all of Cleolinda's delightful snark on Twilight. I seem to have been haunted by Twilight as of late (no, not in my mind! I just appear to come across references to it constantly all of a sudden.) and was reminded of the snarky snarkiness of snark and I've been in need of some good snark.
I got my computer back from Computer Hospital last week and dear lord, is there no end to the updates??? How many can there possibly be? I have been having troubles with installing my anti-virus software which effectively put a spoke in my wheel for some time. I settled for Microsoft Essentials (or what it's called) for now. Stupid software. Computer troubles always makes me cranky. >:(
You know what is really annoying? They installed a new hard-drive but evidently didn't bother to check what language preference THE OWNER had set before reinstalling Windows so now everything is in Danish and I am Not Happy.
(And for the record, I have been cranky aaaaall day... Just in case you couldn't tell.)
Games. I'm playing them. I have solved all there is to solve of Where Is My Water and as far as could go with no facebook buddies playing of Where Is My Water 2 (why? Why do they do this? Addict me to games and then demand I have FRIENDS to actually play them? Urgh.) I want more Water levels to solve... More! It's a craving...
I have watched TV. I appear to have watched all the shows they are showing I want to watch already. I have watched The Help (which is.. Why is a movie about black women's struggles about white women? I don't know...) and Bridesmaids, which wasn't nearly as entertaining as it promised to be from the trailer (I expected silly, what I got was quite stupid and somewhat more serious than I had counted on. Even if they couldn't really deal with that seriousness.. ). I have watched The Hobbit several times as they keep showing it which naturally means I must watch it. Also the three Lord of the Rings movies where the same rule applies.
I have been watching and learning about Canadian Football which is, apparently, different from American Football in... some mysterious ways I wouldn't know about as I know even less about American Football than Canadian but I am told there are Significant Differences by a Canadian in the know so I'm just taking his word for it. I'm just a novice all around. I'm actually finding it quite intriguing. There's a lot more going on that meets the eye and it isn't all a bunch of big guys trying to hurt each other. That is a surprisingly small part of it. Each quarter lasts 15 minutes but the games themselves goes on for more than three hours (with some breaks.) That's a lot of time of not playing. I find it all very very confusing... There's a lot of strategy and tactics and, yikes; the lingo. It's like I'm learning a new and foreign language here! It reminds me of cycling, though, and I love me a good entertaining day of cycling (on TV, obviously.)
I'm still going for walks. Every day for a week. Go me! The weather has been excellent so I have been able to drag myself out even when the motivation has been rather slacking. I can't wait for it to begin raining...
Anyway, I have been taking some pictures but my motivation in that regard has been rather none-present too some days. Today I was angry when I walked. Longest walk yet but it didn't take me that long; stomped and stalked the whole way. Anger is a great motivator!
I'm going for walks. It's good to get out and the weather has been great. They are not particularly long walks though I do take my time when walking along the beach. I'm a bit wary of posting pictures from this app now. Or post at all. The last few posts have been messed up and I've had to fix them manually and it didn't even do any automatic HTML like line-breaks so had to do those too. A lot of unnecessary work!
Anyway. Some pictures. I'm going to take the chance.
I'm going to put the text over the pictures though I prefer to have it below.. But I hope to reduce my work load if anything goes wrong that way.
This picture I took today but it is of yesterday's route.
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The beach. The water was pretty high today.
I went through all my yarn the other day and found I had a lot of unfinished projects. I still have a lot of unfinished projects but now I have one less!
(Are the pictures massive? I can't tell on this app.)
I'm not sure whether to block it to get some structure to the edge. But it's supposed to just hang. Undecided.
Anyway! I finished something. Ends weaved in ad everything. I feel very accomplished!
I went to the dentist today. Had a long procedure to get rid of calculus? Stuck under my gums? (I'm translating roughly here..). It was horrid. The machine used makes that sound like a fork scratching over a plate incessantly and it was very painful. It was decidedly unpleasant. Should be all better now, though... I have an appointment for a check-up in three months time but I really don't want to go through that again. I was crying.
I have been busy reading lately. I read the first two quartets in the Tortall series by Tamora Pierce. I needed some comfort reading. Now I crave science...
Today I sorted through a lot of my stuff. I needed boxes to store things in.
Not cats but obviously that had to happen. And it was a big box so they could share!
Then I got them out and took the box and started filling it.
When has that ever stopped anybody? Edda is sitting on a pile of books..
Also, my mother is keeping herself amused:
We've had him (her?) forever. Has always had a special spot, in this case a bit too close to certain items and E's ingenuity. I don't know who he is.. Some kind of Buddha statue? To my eye he looks more South American but I honestly have no idea. I don't know where he came from and E has forgotten; my bio-father is a ceramic artist and had friends and interests all over the world so the possibilities are endless.
More shelves! I'm so industrious today!
Excuse the quality. It's nighttime and the ipad already does crappy photo quality. Also, more books. I had forgotten I had these as they are in rather bad shape and I had given them a corner to themselves. Now they have a new corner! The hair mousse is currently acting as a book-end! Also, the small chest looks kind of distorted in this photo. (There is more nail polish and nail care stuff inside the chest.)
Over my dresser/desk (when my computer returns). Not sure what exactly is going on that shelf. I have more folders than that. (And yes, that used to be a folder for The Legend of Zelda, second world.) The big basket of yarn must stay there (as I mentioned in a previous post, my yarn box can hardly close..) but I must find (or make) somewhere for the other. That's the most current current crocheting project so I shouldn't hide it too far away or it really never will get done.
Small shelf for knick-knacks and whatever I think I'll need beside my bed that shouldn't clutter up the tiny night table. Those little figures follow me around. I think I remember where I've got two of them from but the rest? It seems they've just appeared and joined the collection over the years. Very strange.