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Usually over the summer, I don't go anywhere. I like to do my traveling in the Spring and then take a beach trip in the Fall. However, I really like it when things change and take me out of my normal pattern. This year I went to Denver the first week of July and then to Portland, OR the last week of July (yes, I know I still need to post about that trip--details will be forthcoming). Along the way I made a few discoveries. Some of them probably won't be new to you and you will laugh and point at me but I'm an INTJ so it takes me a little longer to process stuff. Don't judge me.



* Fandom is full of a few people who take things way too seriously. Ok, I already knew that but it was just confirmed in a big way in July.

* Fandom still manages to have some very cool people who don't take things so seriously and who laugh with you at the people who do.

* Manchego cheese

* Vinho Verde

* Lindemans Framboise lambic beer. Where has this been all my life?

* I get all my alcohol recommendations from my parents.

* I love my stepmother way more than I love my mother.

* I love my aunt way more than I love my mother. I've known this most of my life and after spending vacation time with her, it's still true.

* It's possible to spend time with family and have a great vacation. I haven't seen my mother in 5 years because it just gets ugly every time.

* How to cook and eat an artichoke. I know people in CA are laughing at me right now but hey, can you fry okra? Do you even want to?

* A NETI pot can make your cold last two days. Seriously, people, it works!

* Tillamook special reserve cheddar cheese. So, so good.

* Oregon sort of reminds me of Colorado but with a coastline. Both are really beautiful places, btw.

* Adding those little packets to your bottled water to make flavored tea. A 4 year old showed me this.

* I really, really miss my kitties when I’m away.

* My kitties really, really miss me when I’m away. They wouldn’t leave my side for three days and when I left for work the first morning, all three of them sat by the door, looking at me like I was about to abandon them again. It's good to be loved by your kitties.

* Kittens grow up so quickly. When I got back from being away a week, Tucker was huge!

* Everyone should get a full massage regularly but it's especially true if you're a woman.

* COMCAST is evil. Do not use them if you can help it. Dial up gives you better internet access.

* Punching a chair can really hurt. See that bit about Comcast being evil.

* I really need a due date to finish a fic. See that part about me being an INTJ. We make lists, we need deadlines.
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Date: 2007-08-14 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barracudacool.livejournal.com
Well damn did I miss more drama. You know how I like to make fun of all the drama and angst crap. What the hell did I miss.

GSR. Oh man. Please get Sara out from under the car and then just have her dribble away over three episodes. Gimme back the old Grissom with his snarky sense of humor. Maybe even give him lady Heather off camera as his new girlfriend and then have the writers write better CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATIONS!!!

Hmm i wonder how many more fanlists I can get thrown off of in six months. One gunsmoke, one CSI. No voyage yet.

Come up the east coast next time and stop to see me in baltimore.

Date: 2007-08-14 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barracudacool.livejournal.com
woo woo. wouldnt that be fun. We need to do this. seriously need to do this. RB's pants??!! Yes i will have to hear that story. I got thrown off a gunsmoke list or rather run off cause i am a wild west kinda gal and the moderator was being a butthead. I'll tell you that story and how I got hurled off the CSI *YTDAW list in the same month.

Date: 2007-08-14 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tos-lover.livejournal.com
Myers Briggs, woo hoo. I'm partly INTJ, too. Lists for freakin' everything. Even lists for the lists I have to make. And the due date thing? Well, obviously I'm not much good at that, either. Whenever I think about going back for more college, that whole deadline thing holds me back.

We barely do anything over the summer either, save for the trip to NY, but that's usually right at the tail end. This summer has been totally nutso for us, tho. I'm actually finding I kind of like a certain busyness to it.

And um, no, I've never had okra, but wouldn't be adverse I don't think. I kinda dig new foodstuffs. And actually preparing an artichoke correctly is a fine art. Getting that choke out is a pain. Hats off to ya.

And yes to the massage. I hit the chiropractor every week and they make you get a 20 minute massage with the adjustment. I am so not complaining.

Comcast is devilspawn. Canceled them after six months I was so disgusted. Of course copying everything off the DVR sucked and I'm not sure where Those Secrets went in the fallout.

Oh yes, stories due....emails to write....

Date: 2007-08-14 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tos-lover.livejournal.com
And if you have an excellent facilitator, as we did, then you can really get a good understanding of why the people you work with are the way they are.
When I still worked at the corporate level we did the same kind of offsites so everyone would ultimately understand each other better, and also figure out what their 'true calling' was. It really worked, a ton of people bailed within a couple of months and the guy who organized it got fired.

I can't leave the house without a list or else I wander aimlessly around the city. Exactly. I'm like that at the grocery store too. I have to write out the list by aisle otherwise it's Deer meet Headlights time. And I swear there's no OCD involved...I don't count to some number constantly or flip lightswitches. Honest. I probably have other foibles a therapist would have a field day with though.

The farmer's markets round here have had a ton of okra this season and now I'm even more tempted to pick some up. We've been trying to figure out how come it's become so popular out here this year. I've never tried making a gumbo before. I think I'll go recipe hunting.

And re: Comcast, how come you don't just transfer your stuff off and get a new service with DVR? We got DishNetwork and as far as those things go, they're okay.

Date: 2007-08-17 03:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tos-lover.livejournal.com
I should never coach a team with little kids. I'll make them cry and their parents irate. Screw fair play, it's all about winning!

Hahahah. Yes. Like almost every other kid in this town Abby plays AYSO. Yep, I'm the one on the sidelines shouting and jumping. Not even my friends will stand next to me at the games. It's not like it's England playing in the World Cup or anything, but I just can't help it. It wouldn't be good for anyone if I were a coach. Something about patience and having to explain myself more than once.

Date: 2007-08-14 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] insanityonline1.livejournal.com
I like cheese. I haven't heard of those cheeses, but I like cheese :D

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