Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What I Did on My Christmas Vacation

Charleston, SC. I was only there for 2 days, so we took the dawgs to the beach (or, as I say, beeeeyotch) both days.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Let it Snow

For you viewing enjoyment, Stowe webcam.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Close but No Cigar

The Asheville area is absolutely gorgeous. The mountains here are incredibly majestic and, as the name suggests, "smokey" (as in clouds & fog). The drive over on I-26 was dizzying in a very cool way. The folks here are pretty friendly, and it's a very artsy and liberal area.

However, it's not Vermont. There's a little too much churchiness (there's a highway named after Billy Graham), and it's actually a little too artsy for me. I prefer the independent, get-off-my-lawn wariness of Vermont. It's where I'm from, and where I belong. The libertarian spirit is much more alive & thriving in the northern climes. Plus, the skiing is better up there.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Date Lab Application

You would think with such interesting questions, the Washington Post would be more successful in setting people up! So far, I've only read one Date Lab where the couple continued dating.

Weird questions meant to teach us something about you
Quick — what's the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
Say to myself: "Oh crap - is that the alarm already?!?"

What's the last book you read?
E=MC2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis

What's the last song you couldn't get out of your head?
Soolaimon by Neil Diamond

If you could have any superpower, which one would you want? Why?
Teleportation, so I could go anywhere in the world at any time instantaneously

You took a three-hour tour with some friends, and now you're stranded on this island. Which three foods do you wish you'd remembered to pack?
Kozy Shack pudding
fruit rolls
Carnation Instant Breakfast

Which three DVDs?
The Godfather

Which three people do you wish you had along?
Carl Sagan so we can stargaze together
Ben Franklin so we can talk politics and philosophy
Snoop Dogg to chill and be silly

Imagine your dating history is being turned into a TV show. Pitch it to us.
I have no clue. I don't know how to answer this one!

What's the first drink you'd order in a bar?
Sapphire martini, no too dry, dirty

What are the chances you'd then start talking to the stranger next to you and end up making a new friend?
Pretty unlikely

What's the first thing people notice when they walk into your home?

When are you happiest?
When I'm in the middle of nowhere and the only sounds are the wind, an occasional car passing on a distant road, and insects.

In what ways would you say you are very D.C.?
I work in the government

In what ways aren't you?
How much time do you have?

Think about the last couple of people you dated (and, yes, "only once" counts). How/where did you meet those people?
Through friends or acquaintences, sometimes at parties. That way they come pre-screened for craziness.

C'mon, brag a little: What makes you a good catch?
What you see is what you get. I have no guile and no ulterior motives.

Vaguely embarrassing questions about who you date
So, what's your type? (And don't tell us you don't have one — that's such a cop-out.)
Broad-shouldered, bald, hairy-chested. Likes GUY stuff such as beer, football, fishing. Can fix a car or install a light fixture.

What's his/her theme song? You know, the one set off in your head when you see 'em?
Friends in Low Places

Most singletons say they want to meet someone funny. But what's your idea of funny?
Someone who can laugh to the point of shooting a drink out there nose at fart jokes as well as political humor. Must love Lewis Black and Dave Barry.

Pie-in-the-sky time: In your wildest dreams, whom (or what kind of person) would you like to date? An anthropologist who makes a mean paella? An actress/humanitarian who flies her own plane? Jack from "Lost"? Don't hold back.
A physicist that looks like a lumberjack who can discuss the ins-and-outs of Survivor

Imagine your date writes you that s/he is "equally comfortable in jeans or in formal attire." Your reaction?
Lose the formal attire!

What was your best date ever?
A Valentine's trip to Middleburg for brunch at a B&B

What was your worst?
The one where he introduced me to his mother & sister on the 2nd date.

What hobbies/interests/outlooks/passions would you hope to share with your date?
Love of science, agnosticism, rednecky hobbies like fishing.

In what ways would you hope s/he differs from you?
He has a high energy level and is spontaneous as well as outgoing.

What's the worst reason you've ever broken up with someone? (We're all seriously petty at times.)
Meeting the mother & sister on the second date.

In your world, what features or characteristics would normally rule someone out as a dating possibility?
Metrosexuals & religious dudes need not apply.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Not VT Bound This Year

The parents are finally leaving Minnesota and heading to North Carolina next week. What a relief!! So, the vacation of 2008 will be south rather than north. But I'll get to see Ma and Pa and look at some damn fine mountains, nonetheless. I couldn't be happier or more thankful.

Monday, July 7, 2008

The News is Good

My Ma is on her way to recovery. After an 8 hour surgery, she's out of ICU and up and walking around. She'll have the dog visit her today!

If all goes well, they'll be off to North Carolina in a month or so.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Today's the Big Day

Mom's surgery...keep your fingers crossed, pray, meditate, whatever. It's a long surger (6 hours), so we'll know more tonight.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I Have Found The One

You know how you just know? In your heart? I have certainly found The One.

Single Family Property, Approximately 48.5 acre(s), Year Built: 1977, Hill/mountain view, View, Carport, Basement, Dining room, Den, Laundry room

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I'm Not Sure How to Address This

The few of you that read this, please send a good thought to my Ma. And my Pa. It would be much appreciated.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Must Read Blog

Over to the right there, I posted a link to a new blog.

I highly recommend it, as it is very well-written and engrossing. I hope it will give you a new perspective on some things that various Hollywood people spout off.

I believe the source to be credible, since his story jibes with many, many other accounts of the same people, places and events.

Friday, May 30, 2008

A Short Meme from Jenn

1. What was I doing 10 years ago? I was working at the best job I had ever had, at enews.com. I really fricken loved that job, everything about it. I was living in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood in DC in a gorgeous apartment with a fairly cheap rent.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today Train some non-web folks (this oughta be fun), drag & drop more crap, walk dog, read some discussion boards, go to pool

3. Snacks I enjoy Snoballs! Fruit like strawberries & raspberries with cream, some of those frozen appetizers from Safeway.

4. Places I've lived Rochester, MN (pretty good, except for the lack of mountains); Essex Jct., VT (the BEST!); Ridgefield, CT (sucks!); Washington, DC (sucks!); Alexandria, VA (sucks!)

5. Things I would do if I were a billionaire Buy a whole lotta acreage in Vermont, resuce and train dogs, and vacation occassionally

6. Peeps I want to know more about All the folks on Oz, old friends whom I haven't seen in a long time.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Junk Haulers Are Coming

I have an appointment with 1-800-Got-Junk on June 21. I expect to get rid of about 50% of the crap that I own by then.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

I Need a New Seasonal Banner

For up there ^^^

Springtime in Vermont. What does that mean? To me, it means mud season. But having not found any large-enough pics of muddy, rutted roads, I'm at a loss.

What images do you conjure up when you think of spring in Vermont? Doesn't matter if you're not from there - I imagine places I've never seen all the time!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Another VT Vacay!

The possibility is high that I will have a short jaunt to VT in June. Any suggestions on activities that I didn't cover last time? What do you want to see pics of? Northern VT only, please!

NOTE: If you aren't familiar with Vermont, just look up something here (click) you think is nifty in Northern VT and let me know.

Last time:
Days 1 & 2
Day 3
Day 4

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Waiting to Go Home...

So, here's another one.

1. What is your occupation? Webmaster
2. What color are your socks right now? tan
3. What are you listening to right now? Third Stone From the Sun (Dick Dale version)
4. What was the last thing that you ate? peanut brittle
5. Can you drive a stick shift? Yes
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Aquamarine
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Luigi, I think
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Yes
9. How old are you today? 36
10. Favorite drink? Thai iced tea
11. What is your favorite sport to watch? NASCAR or cycling
12. Have you ever dyed your hair? all the time
13. Pets? Fido (cat) & Franklin (pug)
14. Favorite food? steak
15. Last movie you watched? Bridget Jones (for the 10th time)
16. Favorite Day of the year? Christmas
17. What do you do to vent anger? Punch the couch
18. What was your favorite toy as a child? Smaller Homes & Gardens dollhouse
19. What is your favorite season? Winter
20. Hugs or kisses? Hugs.
21. Cherry or Blueberry? cherry
22. Do you want your friends to email you back? sure!
23. Who is most likely to respond? dunno
24. Who is least likely to respond? dunno
25. What happened to Ricky Martin? He's still around, and still unmarried (wink, wink, nod, nod)
26. When was the last time you cried? listening to Dick Dale play Amazing Grace today
27. What is on the floor of your closet? shoes, some clothes that fell off their hangers, viola
28. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending this to? everyone who reads this!
29. Who is the friend you have had the shortest that you are sending this to? seee above
30. Favorite smells? streets right when it starts raining, lilac
31. Who inspires you? the Founding Fathers
32. What are you afraid of? Being stuck in DC forever
33. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? cheebooger
34. Favorite car? cheap and fuel efficient
35. Favorite cat breed? calico
36. Number of keys on your key ring? about 7
37. How many years at your current job? 1
38. Favorite day of the week? Sunday
39. How many states have you lived in? 5
40. Do you think you're funny? Depends on the circumstances.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Stressy Birthday to Me!

Work is really overwhelming right now. It sucks to have that constantly anxious feeling on your birthday! I hope I have an appetite for Joe Theismann's tonight.

*UPDATE* DO NOT go to Joe Theismann's. Unless you really love salt, I guess.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Twas not to be...

Went to Clyde's to watch the game with about 100 alumni.

AU did give the Vols some scary moments for most of the game. In the end, the experience of the Vols' players won out and AU went down by 15 points, despite AU's having the player with the most points, and killing the Vols in rebounds.

The only way I could be more proud is if they had won the game. It was so much fun to watch with a bunch of AU people - the energy of the room was amazing.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Go AU!!

Give us a miracle! Beat them Vols!

Thursday, March 6, 2008


See you on the flip side, Grandma. I bet Frank is waiting.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Get Well Soon

We'll see you in 2009

For those unfamiliar with the genius above, perhaps this will ring a bell*?

Can't stop now! This is why he's the best:

Header Picture Change

That's right! Sugaring season is nigh.

Sugar on Snow

Vermont maple syrup
Snow (watch out where the doggies go; don't you eat that yellow snow)
Pickles or donuts

How to
Boil syrup to about 255 degrees Fahrenheit
Put your non-yellow snow in a big bowl
Drizzle hot syrup over snow

Eat the sticky top layer and chase with a pickle (yes, I said pickle) or donut.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The States

We were watching the episode of the History Channel's series, The States, this weekend. Each state has a celebrity spokesperson to sort of narrate the segment. Ann Curry (NBC) for Oregon, Neil Patrick Harris for New Mexico, etc. We were all jazzed to see who would be featured in the Vermont segment. I quickly Googled famous Vemonters (besides Cupcake) and discovered most of them are from days of yore.

However, we do have the members of Phish (are they actual natives, or flatlanders that came to VT later?) and sportscaster Ken Squier. Another option was Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, but they are most definitely not natives.

So, who did they have? Some chick who won some snow boarding thing. Like, whatevs. I am anti-snowboard in a big way. I think they ruin the alpine experience for us skiers. I plan to ski Mad River Glen as much as possible when I move. The one thing this chick had, though, was a fair-to-middling VT accent. But she was dumb as a box of rocks, not exactly representative of the intellectual achievments of the state. Oh, if we could only bring back Silent Cal for documentary commentary.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Pass it on...

Let your friends and families know about this site. I think it would be cool to see more pictures returned to their owners!


Hhmmm...maybe it's a good thing

I get job listings from Monster every day. For the last month or two, there have been no Vermont jobs coming in my inbox. Is it really that lean up there now? I used to get 4-5 a day. Maybe winter is a bad time?

Friday, February 1, 2008

We Need to Talk

So, the goal was Vermont by Christmas '08. Was the goal.

I probably shouldn't have, but I took a peek at realtor.com yesterday, and the news was grim. $160k to $180k for condos in my complex, not to mention the fact that there are 81 condos for sale right now in my zip code.

Things need to be pushed back, see. Let's say Christmas '09. It's a depressing thought to be around here for an extra year, but my assumption is I will be going to VT by myself, which means I will need more $$ out of my condo to buy a decent place up there. If I knew for a fact that I would not be going it alone, then maybe I could still go full steam ahead, but the best thing is to always plan life based on 1 income.

So, my friends, I will continue to plug away, but at a more stately pace. Which is probably a good thing....I tend to the stately...err....snail-like in life anyways.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Doggie Competition

I found these guys via a search for courses at UVM. Seems pretty high-quality to me. So, to beat them or join them? I think I will contact them about continuing my apprenticeship once I get closer to moving.