Thursday, December 31, 2009

Don't drink and pie!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Please drink responsibly this New Years Eve. And remember, don't drink and pie:

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Ok, if you've ever been to Pier 39 in San Francisco, you know how freaking creepy this is.

Where did you go??? *sadface*

Monday, December 28, 2009

Oh, the privileges of citizenship

So odds are I'm going to have to make the trek to the Federal Courthouse in the heart of Los Angeles at some ungodly hour for jury duty tomorrow. I won't know for sure until after 7:00 pm tonight when I can check again. Hopefully it wont interfere with whatever merriment Dad has in mind for New Years.

Does anyone have any idea where I'm supposed to park for this thing?

Edit (8:43 pm): Woohoo! I do not have to report for jury duty tomorrow and I don't have to call in again until the 4th. But I'll probably check every day anyway cause I'm paranoid like that.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Drive by totem pole!

Oh shoot. It's Sunday and I haven't posted a random picture yet. Uh....uhhh....*searches frantically*

Totem Pole!

There. Random enough for ya? And yes, this is a picture from Alaska. I'm going to have to create an account on photobucket or some other picture hosting website and then put the link here because there are a lot of pictures.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I think I can hear children crying...

So God's not making pierogis this year.


She's been really, really, sick and doesn't have the energy to make them this year, even if I help, which I usually do anyway.

After a quick search on wikipedia to see if I'm spelling "pierogi" right, I have discovered that pierogi is actually the plural, the singular being pieróg. From now on we shall be using this form. If you don't know or can't remember what pierogi are, click here:

Where was I? Oh yeah, the tears of small children. So yeah, pierogi are extremely labor intensive. The dough and the filling are both made from scratch and then you have to chill the dough, roll it out into thin layers, and then boil each individual pierogi once they're assembled. Once that's all done, the pierogi are grilled up with chopped onions shortly before serving. This time of year is usually madness around here and this year God just doesn't have the energy for it.

So instead I guess we're going to bake some cookies. I'm baking my own cookies for Evan and Kyra on top of a couple other things I have to make. It should be no surprise by now that everyone who lives out of state who I said was going to get a Christmas present is not actually going to get them in time for Christmas. I'm sorry guys :( It's been extra crazy around here with Finals and my mom being sick and all. Everyone who's getting presents will definitely get them by Twelfth Night. Except Scott and Eden. Because they live in Canada. And because for some reason the Canadian postal system and the U.S. postal system seem to hate each other.

God just announced to my aunt that she's not going to be making pierogi this year. I honestly don't know how Evan and Kyra are going to react. I don't even know what the three of us are going to eat on Christmas Eve to be honest with you. Usually the only other thing available is some kind of tasteless meat dish and vegetables. It's gonna be a sad, sad, Christmas...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

One does not simply walk into Mordor...

Is is secret...?

Is it safe...?



Yaaaaaay, Finals are officially over!

Stay tuned for new and exciting updates on holiday madness and possibly some important announcements! Gods, I'm glad that's over.

Oh yeah, and Timmy's happy too.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

This is how I feel right now...

funny pictures of cats with captionssee more Lolcats and funny pictures

Also, I found this on Monday

Does this mean I get As on all my finals? *crosses fingers*

Also, my Geography classroom smells like wee o.O

Monday, December 7, 2009

Break on through to the other side...

So it's that time of year again. That annual clusterfuck known as Final Exam Week is upon us once again. Well, me, anyway. There's always one or two teachers who try to beat the rush by giving their final exams the week before the scheduled finals week. This semester I have three who are doing that, which creates more rush for me instead of less. But at least they'll be over with sooner I guess.

*taking a sip of coffee* The coffee shop at my school makes you grind your own cinnamon. What's up with that?

Anyway, expect me to be disappeared for the next two weeks or so. I have three finals this week and three finals next week, despite only having five classes. One professor decided to split the exam into two parts. I'm not sure how helpful this actually is, but both parts are online and open book, so who am I to complain?

I'll try and post about the NaNoWriMo Thank God It's Over party if I get out there this weekend. If I do happen to make it to the party and don't manage to get a post out this weekend, rest assured I'll write a post about it after finals are over. In any case, I'll be back after the 16th.

See you guys on the other side.

Monday, November 30, 2009

I have no shame

So it became clear to me sometime before 8 pm tonight that there was no way I was going to be able to clear 10,000 words by midnight. And it turned out I was right.

But ksaldria, you say, doesn't that bar on the left side of your blog say that you have succeeded in reaching 50,000 words? Why, yes it does. But in order to get that bar to 50k I had to resort to some down and dirty tricks to up my word count. Yes, boys and girls, I...."cheated".

But ksaldria, you may ask, why is the word "cheated" in quotation marks?

Well, you see, it's like this. Every year at the end of NaNoWriMo it is a time honored tradition for everyone to scramble their way to 50,000 words at the very last minute. In celebration of this yearly tradition, NaNoWriMo provides it's participants with many suggestions as to how to pad their word count. Like having your main character sing very long songs in the shower, or describing in great detail some crazy dream they randomly had, or making reeeeally long lists of items that your character suddenly has to go shop for. Well....I wound up doing something kind of like that. I took all my class notes that I took on the computer this November, along with all my homework assignments and papers that I worked on this month and randomly worked them into my novel, which amounted to about 7,ooo extra words that I badly needed.

I assure you that I am not a proud woman. But in my defense, every extra, unnecessary word that I included was my own writing. Everything that I put into my novel was my own work and to top it all off, it was all written in the month of November.

On the one hand, I feel like I've passed some kind of NaNoWriMo milestone by needlessly padding my word count to reach 50k. I've taken part in a great and noble tradition among November novelists and for that I feel just the teensiest bit awesome.

So congrats to Quizmo, my noble opponent, for bravery and courage in the heat of literary battle. I salute you and all your substantial literary might. Here's to next year :D

I am a very bad student...

Currently neglecting my school work to finish NaNoWriMo.

Because I'm freaking insane.

Sprint to the finish! On your marks...get set...go!!!

P.S. I had better get this silly trilogy published in order to justify all this craziness.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Aaaaah! o.o

Well that was a nice Thanksgiving. Had some great food, got to spend time with my cousins, spent a whole day doing nothing but eating leftovers...

*looks at calendar* Holy crap! Only three more days left of NaNoWriMo?!? AAAAAHHHHH! Hurry up, Quizmo! We gotta finish this thing!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Research Halp!

Does anyone know how to say "I'm sorry" or, alternately, "I fucked up" in floriography?

It's research for this year's NaNo novel...don't ask.

I need to get my hands on a copy of The Language of Flowers. Wikipedia has about a hundred different ways of expressing love via floriography but nothing that says "I screwed up, please don't dump me," or even a simple "I'm sorry."

*looks at the list again* I guess I could go with marigolds, those are for pain and grief apparently. If anyone comes up with a better answer please halp!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I think I found coffee heaven...

Thanks to NaNoWriMo, I have a new favorite place!

The MLs (that's Municipal Liaisons) have been traveling all across Los Angeles this month in an effort to unite our sprawling region and bring NaNos together through a series of traveling Write-Ins. Their most recent one was held Saturday afternoon in Redondo Beach at a place called the Catalina Coffee Company.

Go ahead. Click on the link, check out the photo gallery, have a look at the menu. It's ok, I'll wait here.

Doo de doo...

Did you click the link? Did you look at the photos? Isn't it just so incredibly awesome? I ordered a double café mocha and it was, I kid you not, the best coffee I have ever had in my life. It was, dare I say it, better than Sacred Grounds. It's ok, you can tar and feather me now if you need to. I understand.

But seriously, you guys. This place is made of so much win I struggle to find the words to describe it. Not only do they have coffee, but they have delicious soups and sandwiches and a variety of sweets and pastries. And if that wasn't enough, they are also a used bookstore. Yeah, that's right, this coffee shop is actually the store that my mother has dreamed about opening for 15+ years now. Well, minus the massage and tarot reading in the back. Don't ask, it's a long story.

I'm gonna be out there again sometime soon. This place is so worth driving a measly fifteen minutes. I may even start writing there on a weekly basis. The atmosphere is totally conducive to writing. I may even take my knitting there. It's such a nice place to just sit and relax. I have this strong urge to crochet all my christmas presents there. Oh, and the next time Skeeve and Jerome are able to come down here and visit I am totally kidnapping them and taking them there for coffee/lunch/reading time.

But enough about awesome coffee. I'm sure you guys want to hear something about the write-in.

I was the only one there. Yep, just me and the MLs with their very sweet two month old baby girl (so cute!). I recognized them by their NaNoWriMo shirts and the fact that they had a baby with them.

The write-in started at one and I didn't get there until around three because Helga got all wet and rolled in the mud and God and I had to hose her off -_- But when I did finally get there, I was welcomed by the MLs with an enthusiastic, "Somebody came! :D" Then they gave me a sticker!

I got about four hours of writing time in and managed to catch up to Quizmo. Hopefully I've got enough of a lead now that when she does overtake me it wont be by too much. I've crossed the halfway point finally--woohoo! Now it's only a matter of reaching at least 40k by Thanksgiving o.o

I'm gonna die.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Great news, everyone!

Los Angeles has moved up from from number five to number three on the Word Count Scoreboard. This means we've finally beaten out the entire countries of Germany and Austria! Woot!

Now if we could only shove Seattle out of the number one spot we would rule the world. What's up with those guys in Seattle? I think they've been number one every damn year so far. Maybe all that coffee has something to do with it.

Link to the Word Count Scoreboard if you're interested:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Oh yeah, I've been watching waaaaay too much MST3K

You know how I can tell? We were watching Luther, a film about--who else?--Martin Luther, in history class today. I actually recommend this film to everyone out there. It's got Joseph Fiennes in it, who is a very intense actor, and the writing is excellent. The dialogue is just great and the actor who plays the little old German prince? OMG, cutest little old man ever. It's like if someone's beloved old grandfather was running part of Saxony, that's how adorable this guy is. But I digress.

We got to the part in the film where one of the cardinals has basically implied that it wouldn't be utterly unfortunate if something were to "happen" to Luther on his way back to Wittenburg. So Luther and one of his monk friends are on their way back home when suddenly the imperial guards that are escorting them decide to up and leave. There's Luther and Expendable Monk #2 sitting in the wagon all by themselves with only one horse, it's night time, everything is dark and eerie, and they find themselves suddenly abandoned by the people who are supposed to be protecting them.

In a very nervous voice, Expendable Monk #2 says: Why have they left us?

And I came this close. *holds up two fingers* This close to crying out in my best Admiral Ackbar voice, "IT'S A TRAAAAAAP!"

I have the self control of a freaking saint, I tell you.

Side note: A link for any old people who may not know/remember who Admiral Ackbar is.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mine is an evil laugh

Hey all. So Quizmo and I have kind of been having this private, personal Word War since last year's NaNoWriMo. Neither of us has actually declared a Word War so it's been more like a secret feud. A Word Vendetta if you will. Well, seeing as there are only twelve days left of NaNoWriMo I am officially bringing this thing out in the open.

One, two, three, four, I declare a Word War!

I'm probably going to stick this in the side bar after this post. If this doesn't keep me and Quizmo motivated nothing will. Incidentally, Quizmo, you'll have this entire weekend to leave me in the dust. I have two papers due on Monday. Start typing!

[Edited 21:17] Edited because I fail at idioms.


Am I the only one who thinks my NaNoWriMo graph looks like the backside of Nessie?


I am? Oh...nevermind.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Boo. Yay!

Bad news: I'm behind on NaNoWriMo

Good news: I made a podcast!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Hey guys

Just FYI,

If you are planning on getting the H1N1 vaccine, which I recommend you do if you fall into one of the high risk groups, make sure you eat something first. I learned the hard way. -_-

Three and a half hours later I'm finally started to feel normal again.


I finally managed to finish my overdue history essay. For whatever reason I had a really hard time just motivating myself to get the damn thing done. Even though I had an outline and notes and underlined quotations all ready to go. Thankfully it's done now and I can stop beating myself over the head about it. Whatever grade I get, hopefully my upcoming Frankenstein essay will be a lot better. I've read the book enough times by now :P

I have one more overdue paper to finish and then I'm caught up. It's a paper I really don't want to write for a professor I'm starting to hate but I'm going to sit down and finish the thing if it kills me. This means chaining myself to a table at Sacred Grounds or someplace else with equally strong coffee. I tend to get more work done when I'm not at home, but studying somewhere else usually costs money. Unless it's a library. But for some reason libraries are too quiet for me and I don't work as well in them as I do in coffee shops or bookstores. I guess I need just the right amount of background noise without anything too distracting in order to be productive. Or something. I don't even know if said professor will accept the paper considering how late it is, so I'm planning on asking for an extra credit assignment anyway. Still waiting to hear how I did on that stupid midterm.

Speaking of midterms, tomorrow I have to go to one professor's office to make one up that I missed. It's two long essay answers and I have a list of the possible questions she could ask, so it's just making an outline for each one so I remember what to write and I should be good. Of course, I also have a test tomorrow on late 19th century manners from a book I still haven't finished reading.

Did I mention that I got three hours of sleep last night?

Friday, November 13, 2009

So this is what insanity feels like

10,000 words down, 40,000 to go. I think I'm gonna die.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cookie Monster and The Origin of Om nom nom nom

In which Cookie Monster asks a valid question.

Why indeed he no get royalties? Why indeed.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Well I'm officially sick.

The sore throat was still there when I woke up this morning and I took my temperature and found that I had a mild fever. So I just stayed home today and tried to take it easy. Still no swollen tonsils, aches, chills, or any other symptoms other than mild bleckiness. I'm just gonna stay inside this weekend so I don't catch anything else with my compromised immune system.

Currently at 1,028 words. I'll post a widget when I can get them working.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


All right. It's on.

As of right now I am joining NaNoWriMo and totally going to that write in. Why? Because Dad said I should. Also, because I am crazy. Did I mention that?

I wont guarantee I'll win this year. In fact I rather doubt it. But I'm going for it anyway. Let the word wars begin!

Skeeve, Quizmo, I'm lookin' at you.

To write or not to write...

That is the question.

NaNoWriMo season is upon us again and I'm still debating whether or not I can actually do it this year.

I still haven't finished my novel from last year. I blame school and family drama along with good ol' procrastination. I planned the novel out as a trilogy so I could conceivably start the second book, but doing that before the first book is finished seems like a bad idea. If there's one thing NaNoWriMo taught me last year it's not to get ahead of myself.

Then again, since I more or less know how the first book is going to end and how I want the second book to begin I could start the second one while finishing the first simultaneously.

Or I could do NaNoWriMo informally by not signing up and just working on adding 50,000 more words to my first novel, the one I'm still currently working on. But we all know that's no fun.

Then to make things even more complicated, I just found out that there's going to be a write-in at the Barnes and Noble in Torrance tomorrow, which is really close to where I live. A write-in is basically where a bunch of NaNoWriMo participants gather together in one place to work on their respective novels. I never got around to going to one last year because most of them were a little out of the way. I'd never been to any of the locations before and the closest ones were always in Long Beach, which wasn't too bad. But that would have required me to go over the bridge and I never managed to get up the motivation to do so. The difference here is that I've been to this particular Barnes and Noble many times, so there's no trying to figure out how to get there or if I'm in the right place. Mostly I just want to hang out with some literary minded people and maybe wind up making some new friends.

Of course I spontaneously came down with a sore throat late this afternoon so whether or not I go tomorrow will depend on how this progresses. I don't have a fever or any other symptoms. My tonsils aren't swollen, my throat is just sore. I'm not sure if I have post nasal drip or not (I know, gross) but if I do it's a very slow, viscous kind of drip (I know, I know. Sorry). When you've been sick as often as I have in the past you get kinda used to talking about bodily fluids. I'm wondering if it's Strep, since I seem to get that almost every year around this time. But, like I said, my tonsils aren't swollen. We'll see what happens.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

It's All Saint's Day, or the beginning of Dia de los Muertos if you prefer, and I'll give you three guesses where I'm going today.


Getting warmer...

There you go.

I need to go hunting for a new jacket. I lost the Pirates of the Caribbean hoodie that I've had for about five years now at school. Stupid school. It was slowly on its was out and beginning to get a couple holes around the cuffs, but it still makes me sad :( Hopefully I will find a new awesome jacket while I am there. Everybody send me new jacket karma!

Halloween was ok. We started with about 8 lbs of candy around 6:30 and ran out by 8:20. In the past I would give extra pieces to kids with really cool or homemade costumes (ex: Jack Skellington, Mario & Luigi, any historical figure, etc.) but given the overwhelming number of kids we've had for the past couple years I stuck very strictly to a one piece per person policy (say that three times fast). One little bastard, probably ten or older, had the gall to ask me for two. Another just looked at me expectantly until it became clear that he wasn't getting any more. And don't get me started on the sheer number of parents bringing their babies up in strollers. At 8:30 God put up a sign on the front gate that said: "We have given out over 1,000 pieces of candy and there is no more. --The Candy Goblin." We turned off the porch light and closed the gate and after that no one else came up to the door.

I did carve a pretty cool looking greenman into one of the pumpkins, but I'll upload that picture later. Disneyland awaits!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Or Samhain as we call it around here. I'm probably going to be handing out candy and watching Young Frankenstein (that's Frahnkahnsteen). Then during the lulls between trick or treaters(I swear they come in waves) I will sit down and wrap up the damn Alaska podcasts already.

I'm sorry the podcasts/blog posts take so long when I go on extended trips. A lot of that is just having no internet access. I'm not sure how I'm gonna cover Faerieworlds if we go again this year since it's kind of in the middle of nowhere. Even though Skeeve has this instant internet thing with Sprint I can't exactly plug my laptop into a tree when I run out of power. On a side note, am I the only one who thinks that would be really cool? Somebody get on that. Maybe I should get a little hand held digital or tape recorder and record all the stuff that happens then just transfer it to the computer when I get home. That would make the podcasts go a little faster, though the sound quality would probably not be as good and it wouldn't be as exciting as a day by day podcast. You know what? I'll have to ask Jerome about all this. He figures this shit out for a living in the freaking Army.

Anywho, have a great Halloween, everyone! I'm gonna go buy some pumpkins.

Cutest trick or treaters evar XD

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Hey, they're doing pumpkin carving on campus!

I wanna carve pumpkins!

Stupid midterm...

I should be studying right now, shouldn't I?

Monday, October 26, 2009


moar funny pictures

Still plugging away, guys. More news this weekend.

On a side note, I used to have bunnies. I miss those guys sometimes.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Grr. Arrg.

Ok, so here's the deal. I have two essays and a midterm this week. I was only supposed to have one essay but one of my professors decided to move the due date up a week, which really screwed me over. What's worse is that this particular professor made it so I now have both essays due on the same day. Grr.

I will probably email this professor and ask if I can push their essay back to next Monday instead of this coming Wednesday. That way they'll still be getting it two days before the original due date. Most of the professors I've encountered at Dominguez have been very flexible and understanding. Way more than most of my high school teachers ever were.

So anyway, I've basically got a lot of shit to do this week. It's gonna be lots of studying for the next week and a half. Hopefully, I'll be able to hop over to Disneyland for a few hours of stress relief next weekend. Until then I'll keep you guys posted.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Update on Space Mountain

It looks like someone on youtube posted a video of Space Mountain's Ghost Galaxy. It actually looks pretty spooky and I'm not 100% sure I want to go on it anymore, cause you guys know what a wuss I am when it comes to scary stuff. Even so, the effects look pretty neat.

At least it's not Reavers. Those mothers are scary o.o

On the other hand, how bout that seasonal soundtrack? Pretty cool, huh?

Where have I been?

Listen to the podcast to find out: Click

Poor Rob got a bandage.

...with a heart on it.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Of music and memories

As most of you know by now, I go to Disneyland quite a lot. Oftentimes I'll go with my cousins and we'll have blast running around, going on rides, and having deep philosophical discussions. One such discussion revolves around a ride called Space Mountain. Perhaps you've heard of it. My cousin Evan and I are constantly debating on which version had the superior score, the old or the new. I was reminded of this when I happened upon the ride's original score while surfing around youtube.

Allow me to give you some history. Space Mountain first opened at Disneyland in 1977 with no on-board music track. At least so far as my limited research *cough*wikipedia*coughcough* has led me to believe. Then in 1996, when I was ten years old, a soundtrack was added with the intention of combining two iconic musical forms of the 1960's: sci-fi and surf music. I know, I know. Just stick with me on this, it'll make sense in a minute. The short story is they achieved their goal by ripping off much of Le Carnival Des Animaux: Aquarium by Camillie Saint-Saens and bringing in Dick Dale to record some rockin' surf guitar riffs. The result was exactly what it was supposed to be: classic flying saucer-esque sci-fi fused with far out surf guitar.

Then in April of 2003 Disney closed down the ride for refurbishment. When it reopened again two years later it had brand new sleds, a new track, and a new score. The new score was written by Michael Giacchino, who later directed the scores for Ratatouille and Mission Impossible III. While the new score retained a sci-fi feel, it was much more cinematic and lost the surf element completely. Now personally, I think the new score begins rather well. It has that majestic Star Trek/Back to the Future sort of opening that gets you really pumped up. But the middle and ending become somewhat lost and don't really do anything to compliment the motion of the ride itself.

I'm sure you can see where this is going. That's right, my cousin Evan loves the new score while I pine for the old one. It's just one of those things we'll never be able to agree on. So I'll let you guys decide for yourselves. What do you think?

Old score?

Or new score?

Of course I'b be more than willing to compromise if Disney decided to use this instead:

Dr. Who FTW!

I also hear that Disneyland is temporarily transforming the ride into something called Ghost Galaxy for their annual Halloween Festivities. Kind of like the way they decorate the Haunted Mansion inside and out for Halloween and Christmas. Ghost Galaxy is supposed to involve different sound effects and "ghostly images" that interact with the sleds during the ride. Of course I immediately thought about checking this out for myself and then reporting back on the changes. But then I remembered that my pass is expired (insert great big Luke Skywalker, "Nooooo!" here). It's gonna be a while before I'm going to be able to renew it. But when I do...well, Halloween will probably have passed by then. I guess I'll just tell you about it next year.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Timmy's Travels

I know you're all expecting another Alaska post by now, but we're going to take a short break from that because Timmy and I have friends visiting that we haven't seen in a long time. Jerome finished his six months in Iraq and is now on leave. So he and Skeeve came down to visit family and friends. And Timmy of course. Yesterday (Friday) they didn't have any family obligations so the three of us went out to Long Beach.

First we went to Shoreline Village to get this thing called a Monkey Mocha that Skeeve's been jonesing for. It's some combination of coffee and chocolate and bananas. Don't ask. But I guess we forgot or we'd already had enough coffee so we kind of got ice cream instead. We went to this little ice cream shop that makes GIANT ice cream sandwiches. You pick the kind of cookie and ice cream you want and they smush it all together. We sat down to eat our ice cream and listened to some weird seagulls make meowing noises. It was good. The ice cream, I mean, not the seagulls.

After that we went to look in the hat shop. Because you can't go to Shoreline Village and not look in the hat shop. Jerome's really been wanting this high quality Indiana Jones hat made with rabbit fur so it's highly weather resistant. When you're living in Seattle you kind of need a hat you can wear in the rain. Jerome just went to try it on and sigh cause Skeeve had decided they couldn't afford it. Then the lady told them it was on sale so Skeeve decided to buy it for him and say "Happy Birthday!" Jerome was really, really happy for the rest of the day.

We decided we were done at Shoreline Village and went to see if there was anything to do at the Pike. We thought about seeing a movie but we missed the last show time and it was only playing again at 7:30 and 9:55. So we thought we'd try and catch the 7:30 but that left us with something like two hours with nothing to do.

About that time Skeeve had to use the bathroom so we went into Borders and looked around for about an hour. I found some books I wanted to get but didn't because I have an entire stack of brand new books that I have yet to read. Later we wandered around the literature section and found this:

Timmy was pleased.

We ran out of things to look at in the bookstore and started thinking about where else we could go. I mentioned that there was an Irish pub nearby called The Auld Dubliner that I'd always wanted to go in but was either too young to do so or put it off for another time. Well, Jerome decided we were going in, so in we went.

At first we were just going to get some cocktails, then Skeeve and I looked at the menu and were all, "Mmmmm, crabcakes". So the waitress came to take our order and we asked for three Nutty Irishmen (whiskey, bailey's, and frangelico over ice), an order of crabcakes for me and Skeeve to split, and an Irish Quesadilla for Jerome. The lady came back with our drinks and the first thing we noticed was that they were in pint glasses. I think internally we all went Heeeyyy...those don't look like cocktails. But since the three of us don't have a lot of bar experience and, hey, maybe they like putting cocktails in pint glasses, we sorta let it go for the moment. Then of course we all took a sip and went, "Hey, this is Guinness!"

Jerome flagged down another waitress and let her know that ours had brought us the wrong drinks. Skeeve didn't care, she said she'd keep her Guinness. But eventually our lady came back with the right drinks and apologized, saying if there's one thing on her mind, it's Guinness. I probably would too if I worked in a pub. She didn't take the pints away so we asked her if she wanted them back. She said we could drink them if we wanted since she was just going to pour them down the drain anyway. Sweet!

I think Timmy agreed.
(FYI: It was really dark in the pub and I didn't want to use the flash to draw attention to ourselves, so I had to mess with the exposure on my computer. That's why the photo might look a little foggy. But at least you can see Timmy)

The best part of this little story is that as the three of us were sitting there waiting for our food and proper drinks to arrive, the mascot from Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. walked past the window for no apparent reason. The three of us stared after it and then simultaneously looked into our pint glasses in a gesture of we didn't drink that much, did we? Hilarious, I tell you.

The food was also very good. The crabcakes were on par with the ones Skeeve and I had in Oregon and Jerome's quesadilla was pretty good too. We will definitely have to come back there for dinner sometime. Maybe we'll be able to go again before they leave. And Timmy will come too!

Needless to say, we were having way too much fun in the pub and wound up missing the 7:30 showing. But this turned out to be a good thing and we were able to finish our drinks and grab dinner from California Pizza Kitchen before the 9:55 movie without rushing ourselves. All in all it was a good night out and probably the most fun I've had in a while.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Alaska: Day Two and Three

Day 2

I was ill for most of Day 2 so Timmy explored the ship without me.

And helped himself to the dessert buffet

...and the wine bar.

Day 3

Oh my God, land! Sweet, blessed land!

Oh look, a house.

First glimpse of Juneau.

Timmy takes a look from the aft of the ship.

Our steamboat captain. Admit it, you're humming the tune to Steamboat Willie too.

Harbor Seals!

Salmon porn. Bom-chicka-wah-wah.

What happens after salmon sex. Eww.

This is the closest we came to seeing any actual bears. I love that this sign expressly tells you to yield the right of way to any bears on the path. Like you and the bear are going to sit there arguing about who got to the intersection first.

Mendenhall Glacier was cold! Note wrist warmers underneath Timmy.

Cold but pretty. Really pretty.

Dad takes a picture from the shelter of his massive poncho.

Timmy of the North! This is an actual piece of the glacier that was floating around the lake earlier that morning. The park rangers pulled it out of the water so everyone could touch and take pictures.

A waterfall next to the glacier. Apparently Alaska has lots of these. Waterfalls, I mean.

One more shot of the glacier. Look, blue ice!

The visitors center at Mendenhall Glacier. Dad said he wouldn't mind having a house up there.

Mr. Cardboard Cutout Man says "You must show your traveling papers wristband to enter zee Visitors Center!" Luckily, this rule does not apply to hedgehogs.

Timmy poses with a goat skin. Manufactured from real goat!

Oh look, a diorama of fishy porn.

"Salmon Investigate New Opportunities...Not all of them work out"
I couldn't have put it better myself.

Timmy traverses the model glacier. Watch out for yetis!

Rawr! Timmy, the hunter!

Archipelago Wolf. Otherwise known as Wolfie on Ice.

Glacier Bear kinda looks like prehistoric giant tree sloth.

Bearskin donated by Sarah Palin.

The streets of Juneau.

Alaska has lots of jewelry shops.

More waterfalls in the background.

And this was all that was left of our crab lunch. Omnomnom!