Archive for June, 2004

Where’s my rent check?

Wednesday, June 30th, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan | 6 Comments

As of about 11:30 this morning, I’m a landlord. (Ok. Landlady. But that just sounds lame.)



Tuesday, June 29th, 2004 | Joss Whedon-y Goodness | 1 Comment

The official movie site for Serenity is up.

Mmmm. Popsicles.

Tuesday, June 29th, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

Well here’s something that doesn’t happen every day: One of the partners just came through here with one of those Mexican ice cream cart guys and treated us all to free paletas. I got watermelon. (So authentic, it even comes with seeds!)

I haven’t had one of these in ages. Mmmm. So tasty.

Not dead yet.

Tuesday, June 29th, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan | No Comments

Despite a migraine’s best efforts to try to kill me yesterday, I’m still here. Ha! I shall not be defeated by my own brain!

Or something.

Anyhow. It’s been ages since I’ve gotten one (at least 3 years, I believe) and I’d sort of forgotten what fun they can be, especially ones as severe as yesterday’s. I’m still a little sleepy and woozy today. That could have something to do with yesterday’s negative calorie intake, though (if you catch my drift).

Crappy way to start the week, but at least the weekend was good.

Saturday turned out to be a perfect day to have our rummage sale (even though I missed the Bombers game because of it). I managed to rid myself of a good number of extraneous bits of furniture and junk that were cluttering up my spare room. Hooray! One step closer to making it a useable room!

Sunday brought with it my biennial visit to Summerfest. This year, it was to see Richard Thompson and then Fountains of Wayne. Since the fates hate me, it was a perfect day until about 10 minutes before we got to the grounds, at which point it started raining and continued to do so until shortly after we left. But it was a light rain for Richard Thompson and we had a lovely spot scouted out under the beer tent awning, and Fountains of Wayne were well worth getting soaked for (though I’m sure being wet and cold did nothing to help the impending migraine situation). Ran into several friends at both shows and just generally had a fabulous time. Plus, thanks to the rain, it was no problem getting fantastic spots from which to watch both shows. Guess that’s a plus.

June was so freakin’ busy that it was a blur, and now I’ve got little planned until mid-August when Irish Fest rolls around. I hardly know what to do with all this free time.

The only thing I’ve got on the radar is that I’ll probably wander down to the lakefront on Saturday to see the fireworks. I’m sure that’ll be a mad house. Still, the lovely folks at Bartolotta put on a helluva show, so it’s worth it.


Friday, June 25th, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Photographs of New York through the eyes of a “guerrilla historian in Gotham.”

Some interesting stuff there. I especially like the World’s Fair site photos and the historical info he provides on many of the sites. Satisfies my curiosity, but without all the pesky climbing and trespassing.

Well, that’s just not true

Friday, June 25th, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 3 Comments

According to a Reader’s Digest poll:“The Irish are among the funniest and most liked people in Europe, but when it comes to being sexy we rank near the bottom of the list.”.

Seriously? Not sexy? Well, I’ll take the Irish over the Italians any day of the week. So there. (Not that I have anything against the Italians, mind you. And we’re pretending Shane McGowan wouldn’t be included in the criteria. *shudder*)

(Via Linkfilter.)

Tá mé air meisce

Thursday, June 24th, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 1 Comment

“Which Random Irish Gaelic Phrase Are You? “

Ta me air meisce
Ta me air meisce – ‘I am drunk.’
You enjoy a drink – or five – now and then. You can usually be found in a pub – it doesn’t matter which one, because they all look the same after a few drinks – or hugging the porcelain.


Well, it figures mine would come up with that one. That was the second Irish phrase I learned. (The first was earlier in the day and it was “I’m hungover.” ‘Twas the dog hair that spawned the learning of the second phrase.)

(And yes, it’s just a coincidence all of today’s posts have to do with booze.)

Vote, then drink

Thursday, June 24th, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

And make sure you do it in that order, kids.

This guy’s trying to get bars to do drink specials for people with “I Voted” stickers.

I think it’s a fine idea. Then again, I have a someting of a tradition of popping in to Paddy’s on election nights and watching the returns with the staff. Started by accident (I was just kind of in the bar on a couple of election Tuesdays in a row), but now it’s become somewhat of a tradition. If there are specials, all the better. (Though I’ll probably just drink my Smithwicks, regardless of what’s on sale.)

What goes well with toast?

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004 | General | No Comments

Why, breakfast cereal, of course!

Here’s a little quiz to see how many cereal box fonts you can identify. Whee!!

Terrible Twos

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2004 | Bloggity goodness | 3 Comments

Aww. As of tomorrow (24 June, for those of you playing along at home), my blog will be 2 years old.

Guess I should give it some love one of these days. It’s been kind of neglected lately.

Grammar geek warning

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | No Comments

Punctuation errors in Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Why am I so easily entertained by things like this?

No, wait. Don’t answer that.

Bandwidth limits and other fun

Monday, June 21st, 2004 | Bloggity goodness | 2 Comments

Sorry if any of you got a “bandwidth exceeded” message for this li’l ol’ site over the weekend.

We’re perusing the logs now to see what the hell is up. No way this place should exceed its limit. There just aren’t that many of you out there reading it. :-) (Or I’m a serious A-list blogger and just don’t know it.)

Update: Hmm. Looks like it may have been some sort of denial-of-service attack. ‘Coz we all know what sort of world chaos would result if Czeltic Girl came down. The terrorists will have won. Or something.

Toast enthusiasts are a strange breed.

Friday, June 18th, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 3 Comments

Thanks to m@ for this fabulous article on toast.

Next time I’m in Toronto, I’m definitely giving Green’s a try. (Or maybe they could get this stuff at a place in Milwaukee, hint hint.)

Still… a bit pricey for toast. But then again, it is my favorite food. Yum!

It’s the silly little things

Tuesday, June 15th, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan | 6 Comments

Another thing that irritates me about summer: The thwapping noise people make when they walk in flip-flops.

Also — when did these things become acceptible footwear for anywhere besides the locker room or the beach? (And more importantly, when will that trend stop?)

Ok. I’m done now.

Things n’ Stuff

Tuesday, June 15th, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan | 6 Comments

It’s been a very busy two weeks here in Czeltistan. Very, very busy.

1. The Hockey.
The trip to Pennsylvania was a success. A Cup was won. (Actually, two Cups, if you count the one we saw Tampa Bay win on TV.) Fun was had. A good brewpub was found. Drinks were consumed.

Wilkes-Barre’s a bit… economically depressed (that’s a nice way to put it, I guess), but the fans there are definitely first-rate. Very classy. They sure do love their team and are incredibly friendly and generous. And it was a lot of fun to see a full barn for a game. (Sure would be nice to fill the BC sometime, but I doubt we could get 17,000 people at an Admirals game.)

Milwaukee Hockey’s got some nice photos from the championship rally held back in Milwaukee. (And sorry, Ray. Those dents weren’t in the Cup when you got it. Maybe from when you guys threw it over the fence and then ran off with it in Wilkes-Barre, though.) I’d post mine from the game itself and the post-party, but in the computer switch-over here at work, I’ve lost my camera software and I keep forgetting to bring the CD in from home to reload. Ah, well.

Other Pennsylvania fun: the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour, fun with geology while driving (Helpful hint if you go on road trips with geologists: They’re going to make you read geological points of interest booklets for your route and point out interesting features. If, as in this case, the book is from September 1970, many of these features will no longer be visible.), terrifying drives down I-81 in the rain. (Windy, mountain road, heavy rain, semis. Ahh. Good fun.) The only thing we didn’t get to was the coal fire burning somewhere south of the city. Oh, sure, everyone told us about it, but we kind of needed more direction than “just go down past the trailer park” and “sometimes you can see the smoke coming out of the mountain.” (And no, this isn’t the Centralia fire. Apparently there’s another one.)

2. The Letterboxing.

This past weekend was the Great Lakes Letterboxing Gathering down at Moraine Hills State Park in McHenry, IL. (I’m voting for a name change to “Mosquito Hills.” Lord, but there were the mosquitos!) Much fun. Well worth getting up early on a Saturday to make the trip. It was really nice to be able to place a face to trail names/stamps and to meet other people who share my little hobby. We even had some surprise guests at the party, though it sounds to me like we’re not supposed to give out too much information about them at the moment.

I almost didn’t go to the Gathering, but I’m really glad I did and I’m certainly going to make sure I hit another one in the future. But next time, I’m bringing mosquito netting.

3. The Other Stuff.

Mom and I are in the process of buying a house. Investment property. It’s a cute little duplex in a Polish flat-but-not-Polish flat kind of way. The upstairs tenants and their world’s friendliest cat are decent. The downstairs tenant won’t be happy to know that we’re not renewing his lease in favor of renovation works on the downstairs, but I’m sure he’ll get over it. The house needs a little work, but all things considered, not much. And the work on the downstairs unit finally gives me some justification for all those episodes of Trading Spaces that I’ve watched.

Meanwhile, at Casa Czelt, the world’s most spoiled kitty made it through her two weeks of meds and seems to have recovered nicely. Hooray!

Other than that, it’s been fun with work, fun with the gym (why am I still fat?? Gah! This weight-loss stuff is hard work, yo.), etc. Mind you, I did make a little time Saturday for the world’s most low-key date. (Don’t get all excited. He’s moving out-of-state next month, so this isn’t going to be anything serious. Just fun in the meantime.)

So that’s it. I’ll try to get back to posting more often and finding little webbity goodies for your perusal. No, really. Honest.

I’m back…sort of

Friday, June 11th, 2004 | General | No Comments

Hi all. I’m not dead and I haven’t forgotten I have a blog. I’m just a little head-swimmy this week, buried under a number of things, so I haven’t been able to get around to posting anything. Soon as I can come up for air, I’ll be back.

A short hiatus

Friday, June 4th, 2004 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

I’m outta here until Wednesday, y’all. It’s time to go see what kind of fun they have in Pennsylvania.


I’m famous! (Kinda)

Thursday, June 3rd, 2004 | General | No Comments

Whoa. Check me out. I’m part of a letterbox clue!

(Scroll down to the bulletted list. 8th bullet point.)

Thanks, Dragon!

On the boards, then hittin’ the showers

Thursday, June 3rd, 2004 | Again with the hockey | No Comments

Wanna see how to get chucked out of a hockey game?

Bye bye, coach.

Too bad they didn’t get the money shot a couple seconds later when he took the swipe at the ref.

Rule #1: Thou shalt not touch the man with the orange stripes, lest he smite you.

Suffice it to say the game was a bit chippy last night. Can’t wait for the weekend.

Must my head spin this much?

Tuesday, June 1st, 2004 | Again with the hockey, Life in Czeltistan | 5 Comments

Just wanted to give you all a heads up that entries may be few and far between for the next week or so. Busy, busy, busy.

First there are the Calder Cup Finals, which start tonight. That means hockey at home for the next two days and a trip to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA over the weekend. (So what’s to do there? Anything besides touring coal mines and hockey? Anyone know?)

Secondly, over the weekend, Mom & I put an offer in on a duplex in my neighborhood, so we’re currently making ourselves nuts dealing with financials, wrangling various inspectors, etc. My, but it eats up the free time. Inspector comes through on Thursday morning, so we’ll know after that whether or not it’s a go.

I’m not moving if we get the place. The place is strictly an investment property. (Check me out — I’m gonna be a landlady!) But it’s a decent price and the upper unit is in fantastic shape. The downstairs needs a bit of work, but it’s largely cosmetic and we’re confident we could whip it into a really nice unit with not a huge amount of work. (Finally! A use for all those Trading Spaces/Changing Rooms episodes I’ve watched!) Plus it’s only 3 blocks from my apartment now, so I’ll be close by. (Heh. I’m gonna be the landlady from hell if they make a lot of noise and disturb the neighbors.)

So that’s where any of my free time is going this week.

Only other real news I’ve got is that I’ve gone and managed to pick up a head cold. Good times. Good times. Who doesn’t love a cold in June?