Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Precisely What I Mean

Remember the other day I mentioned in my post how I cant understand how people can display a sign without asking someone with a brain whether or not it makes sense? Well, then I found this:


 

It was in a shop in Camden Market... not even a sidewalk salesman or anything- a proper shop. Its kinda catchy actually, I think I may call it a scarve from now on. :) Just thought I'd share that. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Luke-isms

Luke is a strong character; that is why I do not mind writing this bit about him. He is not easily offended and can let just about anything roll off his back. Saying that, I would like to share some of his 'Luke-isms,' which our families have affectionately named them. Now, you wouldnt think there would be many advantages to dating someone mildly dyslexic, but with Luke, entertainment value alone makes it all worth while (he has a masters degree for Pete's sake, its not that bad).

The thing is, because he mixes up letters, he can't sound things out very well. So, he reads by memory. If hes never seen a certain word before, he makes up how he thinks it must sound. As my mom accurately put it, he "improvises." It also sometimes extends to his memory of a word. For example:

Over dinner one night he commented on Cuba and their long-standing leader, "Videl Casserole." (that great shampooing chef)

Do you see my point?

More recently, he said he wanted to go out to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants called Puerto Vallarta, and it came out "Vinnie Vinchenco's". By the time I realized what he meant I was looking in the phone book for Italian restaurants.

And only last night while we were driving his parents to Heathrow airport, the conversation went something like this:

(talking about using DNA or a paper trail to catch criminals)

Luke: Did you know that most of America's Mafia members who were caught were caught by the IRA?

*silence..*

Luke's dad: You mean the IRS?

In case you dont know, the IRA is the Irish Republican Army, more famous for blowing things up than catching mafia members. Its hysterical, really. And these are just the ones I can remember.

Sometimes I think that's a reason why we get along so well... I am crap with numbers and he laughs at me when I can't even hand someone the correct change. Whereas I correct the grammar on Burger King cups and pub menus, he writes out buisness plans with interest rates and tangible loss sums built in (or whatever). Its just how we work. And it works well.

PS- If you're like me and can't stand the abuse of the apostrophe and lack of commas, and can't fathom why a business would post a sign without checking whether is was gramatically correct before using it to advertise something (Come do karaoke with Tim Thursday's and Friday's) You should read the book "Eats, Shoots and Leaves." I believe it's by Helen Truss(?) and is pretty funny. However, if you're normal and dont care about apostrophes... read it anyway. You may learn something. :)


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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Where Have I Been?

 

Well, I suppose the more appropriate question is 'Where HAVENT I been?' I know there is absolutely no excuse for my failure to blog in about 3 months other than the fact that I didnt have a decent computer- and the fact that I am in a foreign country again (hooray) and even then, I havent really had the time. Anyway, I will do my best to update on the last few months in a whirlwind fashion... through some photos I have taken along the way.

So basically, the original plan was that I was supposed to move to England. That plan is officially scrapped. My stepfather has offered Luke a job wothing for/ with him on a real estate development project. Luke is in heaven and i dont have to worry about getting a UK visa, so its a good outcome for all. However, since Luke isnt due to start work until April, I have come over to England for the meantime until we can both be in CT.

For the last 1 1/2 months I have been here trying to keep busy. Initially I thought I was going to be bored, but it turned out Luke's aunt had work for me in her pub/ restaurant (long story for anouther time) I was in a town called Abingdon, near Oxford, until a week ago. While we were in that area of the country, we managed to get out for a long weekend and saw the city of Bath, megalithic sites like Avebury and Stonehenge. Posted by Picasa

 

Bath Posted by Picasa

 

My sister Kate and I at the Roman baths, in Bath. Posted by Picasa

 

Luke and I at Stonehenge. It was very windy and cold, we were drastically underdressed and were wearing shoes with no tread on muddy fields. Thus the new sport of "Henge-ing" was born. It basically involves being cold and falling on your butt in the mud quite a lot. Fun. Posted by Picasa

 

Yey henges. Posted by Picasa

 

Me on White Horse Hill- another iron-age (I think, maybe bronze age) site. Unfortunately because of the angle I couldnt get a good shot of the actual horse, which is a chalk drawing over 3000 years old, bur the view was pretty amazing anyway! Posted by Picasa

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Part of the Avebury stone circle, which is actually way larger than Stonehenge. And, you can actually go up and touch it, whereas Stonehenge is roped off. Too bad the British built a road through it.

Anyway, thats all I have time for now. I was also in Scotland this past weekend when my mom and Scott came to visit, but I dont have those phots yet. Again, I am glad to be back... catch you all later- this time I promise!

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