- Fizzy Thoughts: December 2006

What I did during Christmas vacation

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

1. I ate...a lot. Two Christmas dinners and a lunch. Ham, prime rib and corn chowder, and leftovers from all of them.

2. I read...also a lot. I read On Mexican Time, It's Not About the Tapas, and A Thousand Days in Venice. On Mexican Time is about a couple who moves to Mexico, and eventually they buy a fixer-upper. It's Not About the Tapas is about a Brit who bicycles through parts of Spain. And A Thousand Days in Venice is about an American who marries an Italian and moves to Venice. There's a definate travel theme going on there. It's Not About the Tapas was the funniest of the three, but none of them really knocked my socks off.

3. I put together a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle that my brother gave me for Christmas. It was a very mean gift, because it was really difficult. But since I get so obsessed with finishing puzzles, it was done in three days (there was a late night involved).

4. I saw The Good Shepherd, with my mom and her friend. Good, but long and depressing. I don't know that I'd actually recommend it.

5. I went shopping, of course! I got gift cards from Gottschalks and Borders and Barnes and Noble (online for that one). So I had to go spend them.

5 glorious days off...**sigh**. Now it's back to work. :-(

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Elmo loooooooves Santa!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Happy Holidays everyone!

Once again, kudos to ernie kwiat at www.erniekwiat.com.

Kate, you'll notice that Elmo's got his pjs on this time...he's much warmer now!

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Happy happy joy joy

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


I think the neighbors have moved back in. Woo-hoo!! Never thought I'd be excited to see them, but at least when they're home their dogs don't bark. So I slept in my own bed last night instead of hiding in the office. Life is good again.

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Baby it's cold outside

Monday, December 18, 2006

Elmo's freezing...

Shhh, don't tell ernie. Image yanked from erniekwiat.com.

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What I've been reading

Tis the season. So I read The Autobiography of Santa Claus, as told to Jeff Guinn. This is a cute story about how the legend of Santa evolved. It tosses in lots of history and gets a little preachy at times (for instance, he likes to comment on how we don't do that anymore because we know better...which from the point of a historian is quite tiresome. Dude, don't judge the past by your own morals...it doesn't work). Other than that, it was interesting to learn how Saint Nicholas has morphed into the Santa we know today. I sent this book to Mackenzie and Matt...I hope they find it entertaining!

After I got into the Christmas spirit, I went back to the travel stories. I finally finished An Italian Education, by Tim Parks.
This is his follow up to Italian Neighbors. It tells of his experiences as an Englishman raising two Italian children, and the differences between English culture and Italian culture...which can be pretty significant. I'm passing these on to my mom, with the hope she'll at least try Italian Neighbors before we go to Italy next year.

Next up, France, A Love Story, a book of essays by women who have lived or spent time in France.Some of the essays were quite good. Others were not. I had forgotten how stilted and boring Alice B. Toklas is as a writer and the essay about the woman having an affair left me baffled. But for the most part I enjoyed the essays and of course, now I want to go back to Paris.

And to finish off, Gullible's Travels, by Cash Peters...

Incredibly sarcastic and funny! Peters is an Englishman who works for NPR doing travel stories. Only he travels to the most bizarre locations...the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum, the Museum of Dirt, Graceland, the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, the Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) and the Precious Moments amusement park, to name a few. The places are all real, although some of his stories may be a little, um, embellished. And rude. But he's got a great sense of humor, and he's not afraid to poke fun at himself.

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Meet Chris

Monday, December 04, 2006

Our tree...

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In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
~Mark Twain

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