Archive for April, 2007

I’m so depressed

Monday, April 30th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 3 Comments

Historic Capitol Hill Marketplace Burns

I’m also really glad I finally was able to make it over to the market on my last trip to DC. (Though knowing what was lost makes me even more depressed.) I really hope they’ll be able to rebuild. It would be such a shame to lose that place.

Photos from the blaze can be found here, and I’ve got a couple photos from our visit in my Flickr photostream.


Friday, April 27th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 6 Comments

Are the black licorice Jelly Bellys just there to make people ill? I mean, really. So yucky.

I’m a very bad daughter sometimes

Thursday, April 26th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 6 Comments

I was going to post a little something to help pimp the gallery opening Mom’s going to be involved in up in Cedarburg this Friday night, but I’ve gone and lost the info about where it is. (Which is bad, as that makes it tough for me to visit.) I’ll dig around and see if I can’t find that information and get it posted.

Anyhow… she and her friend Karen have started felting wool and making mittens out of it. They’re selling their mittens at the show. (Yes, I know it’s supposed to be almost 80 this weekend, but just pretend it’s cold and snowy and you’d like to look at — and possibly purchase — some woolen goods.)

Update: It’s Robin M. Fleming’s studio and gallery, and it’s located on the second floor of the Woolen Mill, which is across from Washington House Inn, right in downtown Cedarburg. The opening reception is from 4-9pm.

There. Now I’m a better kid.

Bad place to be a cabbie

Thursday, April 26th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

2 million people, no street names or address numbers. Welcome to Managua!

BB helps me spend my money

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 | Shameless Consumerism | 1 Comment

But it’s for a good cause, so I will forgive her.

I need to get one of these House t-shirts. If only they had one that said “It’s not lupus.”

It’s official

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 4 Comments

The warm weather is here. The ice cream truck just drove down my street.

Mmm. Cake.

Friday, April 20th, 2007 | Design-y Bits | 3 Comments

Sheesh. I’m happy when I can get the layers even on a cake. No way I could ever make cakes as amazing as these.

And actually, as I’m not a frosting fan, I don’t know that I’d be much good at eating them, either. But they sure are pretty to look at.

Acronyms R Us

Monday, April 16th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 3 Comments

I’m sure this is an overshare, but after the day I’ve had today, I’m beginning to think PMS stands for “please, more snacks.” Sheesh.

Save the cookie

Monday, April 16th, 2007 | You Call This News? | No Comments

This may not affect some of you the way it affects us here in Milwaukee, but if you’d like to show your support for Midwest Airlines in their fight against a hostile takeover by AirTran Airways check out this site.

Dear AirTran,
Keep your paws off my favorite airline. I mean it.
Moose kisses,

(Thanks to coworker Joel for the heads-up.)


Thursday, April 12th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan | 1 Comment

Taxes done and filed.

So then, on to the weekend.

She’s a beautiful ship

Thursday, April 12th, 2007 | Joss Whedon-y Goodness | 5 Comments

Words cannot describe how much I want these gorgeous blueprints of Serenity.

Dammit. I’m trying soooo hard not to spend money right now, but I am smitten with these. (Again — why am I not independently wealthy?)

Well, at least it’s an interesting week

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 | Again with the hockey, You Call This News? | 3 Comments

Ah, early April. Spring, right? You’d think so, but no. It’s currently snowing. A lot. Like “up to 10 or 12 inches by tomorrow” a lot. Poor little daffodils. They were all happy to see the warm weather and now they’ll be lucky to see the top of the snow (if they live that long).

I blame Cleveland, personally. Their stadium’s snowed in, so the Indians are in town to play some games at Miller Park. (Get your commemorative t-shirt here.) Looks like they brought the snow with them. Ha ha, guys. Very funny. Don’t forget to take it back home with you when you go.

The weather’s perfect for hockey, though. It’s the end of the AHL regular season and the beginning of the NHL playoff season, so there’s no shortage of games this week. Looks to be a good post-season this year — the Admirals, Red Wings and Predators are all still playing. I could not be happier. (Much as I love my Wings, I think I’m going to have to throw a tiny bit more support behind the Preds. The roster reads like last year’s Admirals’ line-up. Home team boys make good, and all that.)

And speaking of hockey, I found out at last night’s game that hockey-buddy Ian has made it past his final immigration hurdle and is now just awaiting info on what day he’ll be attending his naturalization ceremony. Hooray! (Naturally, he’s already an honorary citizen of Czeltistan. We’re more than ok with dual-citizenship. In fact, it’s kind of required.) So congrats, Ian. Thanks for choosing to add one more sane person to the country. We can use the help.

In slightly sadder news this week, my friend Devi was diagnosed with MS. She’s being amazingly positive about it all, which is kind of inspiring in it’s own right, and even moreso when you find out she’s one of the many Americans without health insurance. Talk about adding insult to injury. This is the part of the story where I should insert a massive screed about the stupidity of this nation not providing health benefits for its citizens, but frankly, it’s too depressing for me to even think about right now. Maybe another time.

Lest I leave you all on such a downer, there are some other good things to be happy about this week. For one, there’s that Friday night Deerlick show I mentioned a few posts earlier. I’m really looking forward to that. (Note to self: Get fresh batteries for the camera.) And Saturday we’ll be having my grandmother’s 90th birthday party. 90! Way to go, Grandma! Then after that, Enter the Haggis is playing at Points East Saturday night. They played at my stage during Irish Fest last year. Unfortunately, since IF moved the merchandise area around to the back side of the stage, I no longer get to see and hear the bands. It’ll be nice to finally get to see an entire set of the band’s. I’m looking forward to seeing them all again. I promise that this time, I’ll try my best not to unknowingly slip into a Toronto accent while talking to them. Kept having to stop myself from doing that at the Fest. I never mean to do that with accents, and it’s never done to poke fun. I’m just kind of a mimic when it comes to accents different from mine. Must be a coping mechanism I have to help me blend in with people I’m talking to. Just don’t ask me to accurately reproduce the accents later, when I’m away from the people speaking them. :)

Ok. I’ve meandered and rambled on long enough. I’m done now. Stop on out to check out one of the bands if you’re looking for something to do Friday or Saturday. Make sure you say hi if you do. I should be pretty easy to find in the crowd.

Fun with your appliances

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 | Design-y Bits, Fun With Teh Intarweb | 2 Comments

Silly but excellent web site for Miranda July’s new book release: No one belongs here more than you

I don’t know I would have picked this book up before, but I’m intrigued now.

(via The Morning News)

Wrong career again

Monday, April 9th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 2 Comments

I knew I should have been a scientist.

Scientists have created a mathematical formula of how to make the perfect bacon butty.

Four researchers at the Department of Food Science spent more than 1,000 hours testing 700 variations on the traditional bacon sandwich…Fifty volunteers also judged each sandwich according to its taste, texture and flavour.

Um, hello — dream job.

Last-minute Deerlick show

Sunday, April 8th, 2007 | Tunes! | No Comments

I’ve been instructed to spread the word, so spread the word I will:

Yo-The Deerlick that is mighty is playing fo free at Frank’s Power Plant in Bayview.This friday.Deerlick hits the “stage” at exactly 11pm.

Yay! And per drummer John, it’s a free show.

This needs to be implemented

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007 | Fun With Teh Intarweb | 3 Comments

Matthew Baldwin’s brilliant idea for internet access captchas.

Make sure you try it a few times to see them all. And fail it once, just for fun.

Passover Coke

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Since a number have people have asked me about it in the last few weeks, this is just a reminder to pick up your Passover Coke now. Remember — you’re looking for the yellow cap and the U-P symbols.

I was having trouble finding it locally over the weekend, but Mom reports she found it at the Sendik’s in Mequon (I couldn’t find it at their Whitefish Bay location). I’ll call around later today and see if I can find any other local suppliers.

Update: Passover Coke can also be found at the Pick n’ Save on Port Washington Rd. in Glendale. Both locations carry 2 litres and the harder-to-find cans. Please note: Caps on these bottles are white, not yellow, and you won’t find the U-P markings. But the label says “sucrose” not “high fructose corn syrup,” and I was assured this was the Coke the manufacturer told them was kosher for Passover.

Virtual bowling?

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 3 Comments

Not that Water St. getting another new bar is any news, but one that features virtual bowling? Um… yeah. I think I’ll pass. If I want bowling, I’ll go bowling. No shortage of bars in the bowling alleys around here and I still can’t figure out the appeal of pretending to bowl. (The Dude would not abide.) Besides, I had enough of that basement to last me a lifetime, thanks to my days at the Shepherd.

‘Coz it’s that time of year again

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007 | Screed! | No Comments

The Shield’s on. Final season, from what I understand, and that’s ok. There’s not much life left in this show. The Strike Team can only get away with being crooked so long and I get the feeling there’s a shark looming on the horizon, just waiting to be jumped.

But I’m gonna be really, really pissed if they don’t make it right with Lemanski by the end of the season. And if there’s any justice left, crappy things will happen to Forest Whitaker’s character. That guy really bothers me.

Yes, I know. I’m cheering for the bad guys, but come on. They don’t have to spare Mackey and Shane deserves what’s coming to him. But Lemonhead? Fix that.

Linus defies gravity a little

Monday, April 2nd, 2007 | Bloggity goodness | 3 Comments

Remember back when I posted about a charity parachute jump my friend Linus was doing? Well, he finally did it. I’ll let him tell you about it. It’s more entertaining that way.

Good job, Linus. You’re a far braver person than I am. I have a hard enough time getting into a plane. Not a chance in hell I’m jumping out of one (even with a parachute) unless there’s no safer way of reaching the ground.