February 25th, 2004

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She gets around

Hi there. You might remember me from such films as Ldy Goes to London, Ldy Doesn't Call Anybody, and Ldy Never Posts.

I haven't had a free moment to! Truth is, I still don't. So I'll be brief, in the hopes that some day I'll be able to update in greater depth.

I managed to pack everything into my Very Small Luggage (of Holding). If I had it to do again, I could pack even less.

London was fabulous. I felt like I was home from the moment we landed at Heathrow (by this I mean that I felt that London was home; not Heathrow). We did three London Walks (two were excellent; one sucked arse). We went on the Eye. My camera died on a pubwalk.

Birmingham was fabulous. I went to a trade show (woooot.)

Stoke-on-Trent was fabulous for the whole hour I spent there, even with the strange schizophrenic man talking to me in some language that sounded almost, but not entirely, unlike any English I know. I picked up this book, and started underlining with my four-colour bic on the way back to the trade show. I haven't touched it since. Despite the fact that I was quite geekily pouring over a Perl book in the quiet car, a strange Frenchman toting a bicycle felt compelled to flirt with me and talk about camping and leap year love.

Edinburgh was fabulous. I picked up "aye." It's an insidious little word. Paul was about ready to kill me by my third day of using it. Our room had a perfect view of the castle. Unfortunately it also overlooked Edinburgh's busiest party street on a six nations weekend. The castle was all I expected. The Real Mary King's Close was awesome. So was our ghostwalk. And Valentine's lunch here was grand.

Wickham was fabulous.

Leixlip was also fabulous. The town is rich in history, and the B&B we stayed at was outrageously luxurious. It definitely had the biggest rooms and the biggest bed I'd ever seen. And it was just a twenty minute bus ride from Dublin. I'd give my left pinky toe to stay there again.

Dublin was a dirty old town full of drunken bastards and I can't wait to go back, so there. We made the trek to mecca the Guinness storehouse (heh-- neat site-- it changes when you refresh!). Guinness is really better the closer to the source you get. Mmmm, Guinness. I could drink it all night. Nearly did.

Paul wanted to get me a claddagh ring in Dublin. Can you believe that there weren't any claddagh rings in the jewelry district of Dublin? We must have gone to ten stores. I know it's more of a Galway thing, but dayamn. We'd figured it just wasn't meant to be until we got to the airport... where we found a jewelry store with a large selection. I chose a lovely white gold one with three little sparkly emeralds. I'll take a photo when I get a new camera.

Paul's colleagues and guides-- John (in England) and Jim (Scotland and Dublin)-- were both terribly nice. I was genuinely happy to have spent time with them. Through them I got to see Dublin's (Leixlip's, really) Intel Fab Plant and a company that makes hunormous magnets for the MRI industry. They showed me one that was 11 Tesla. 11 TESLA!! I think I may have been the only person there who really grokked what that meant. They had other neat things in development there, too, which appealed to the geekier side of me.

Oh, and I didn't shop hardly at all, except for books. And two issues of my new favourtest magazine, New Scientist. Hm. I think my geekiness has been pretty firmly established.

And that's it! I mean, I'm sure there's more, but those are the basics. Oh, and I ate a lot of wonderful fantastic out of this world food (and regret it not one bit!).

Maxman was happy to see me :) He'd stayed with M and her bitch special needs cat (who has since become Max's groupie).

Since my return, I've already done five loads of laundry, gone through all my mail, paid my bills, worked two nine-hour days, researched and chosen my next camera, gone food shopping, had a full night's rehearsal, blah blah blah blah blah. I even made another Monster Salad for lunch tomorrow (leafy greens, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese, swiss and cheddar, cucumber, baby carrots, sprouts and more).

And now I shall sleep.

Hope everyone is well and happy :) Hugs to those who need 'em, those who want 'em, and those who don't run away quickly enough.

While I yearn to return to the UK already, I can say in the same breath that it's still good to be back.

I'd missed you, you know.
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    Alive, well, and feelin' fine... can't wait to hit the hay!
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metals and cameras and salads and bugs

OK. I've no idea why "white gold" is considered a subset of "sterling silver," or why theirs doesn't sparkle like mine does, but here's the skinny on the shiny thing:

http://www.solvar.ie/show_item.php?product_id=78

It really is about a thousand times more beautiful in real life.

I feel very special, and very loved.

I'll take a photo of it with my new camera.

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Uhm, yeah, that'd be the new camera I haven't actually ordered yet. I went to a Ritz Camera in a Boscov's up here to try one out last night, but they didn't have batteries. D'oh! Still, seeing the others side-by-side and being able to actually pick them up and get a sense of their durability made my decision simple. Now I'm just searching for best price (if I can get a great deal with an extra battery and 256+ of memory, all the better).

My new baby?

A Canon S50 (or an S45 if I can find one cheaper-- it's the same camera, but with 4mp instead of 5mp... and they actually seem to perform better than the S50s in some respects).

Can I afford it right now? Hell no. Am I happy I just got a cc with a few months of 0% interest? You betcha :)

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I had two saladgasms today. I yearn for a third, and will probably indulge myself before the afternoon is over.

I gave my office admin two saladgasms as well. She seemed very appreciative! Vocal, too.

If I could, I'd give each one of you multiple saladgasms.

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What I wouldn't give you is this pistachio shell right here with fuzzy bug larvae in it.

That'll teach me to eat pistachios without looking.

PFFFTHLEWIE! BLECH! ICK!

Me go die now.

(Holy smokes-- I am "full of worms," just like the song says!! AIAIIAAIA)
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    NO! NO IT WON'T! EEEEEEEEEEW!
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Girls on Film

I've been researching prices on this camera for three days now. You know, because I have nothing better to do, and because five hours of my time is worth saving $10. *cough*

Anywho, guess where I end up getting it.

FREAKING AMAZON*

I slay myself, I really do.

Monday, I will be img src=photos again :)

Ldy needs food, badly. I've been posty today. Here's hoping I get to respond to comments sometime today or tomorrow :)

* They offered $30 off with a 64mb CF card or $25 off with another qualifying card... which actually came through as $30 off with my 256mb card (score!) which made it dead equal to the best deal I'd found on the web. I'd probably have preferred a different card, but this one will do... and I am forever in awe of Amazon's fast shipping and excellent customer service.
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    tummy growling. brain screaming "get out of the office, beyotch!"