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The annoyances of circular conversations
June 16, 2006

Everything has been happening so quickly lately, including this week in this month. Very suddenly, plans were changed regarding my trip to NYC in early August - instead of a full week on the east coast, I'll have 4.5 days, and I'm meeting up with Ben after Z&C's wedding in MASS to head to France and Italy. This caused a flurry of mini-freakouts in my head regarding time off from work, getting my passport renewed with my new last name (I've been lazy about getting that one done - it's already in Pittsburgh being processed), and time scheduling while on the east coast. Everything has been fitting together like a well-made puzzle, though, and it'll be a nice mini-holiday with a lot of travel:

  • Fly into Paris
  • Fly into Toulouse
  • Rent car, drive to Lourdes, then Carcassone, and rest a few days
  • Back to Toulouse to fly to Pisa (which I always want to spell with a "z")
  • Tool about Italy for a couple of days, then do some wine tasting thing at some hotel
  • Fly from Pisa to Rome, then back to NYC

Yeah, so, not the least stressful of all things, but there's not much I can do about that... and duh, Italy! I've never "really" been to Italy, having only touched foot in the country once while driving through the northern extremities. I'm so very excited about this - and I thought I wouldn't be able to go abroad this year!

Last night, Ben and I went to see the movie "Lawrence of Arabia" which was playing at the Egyptian in it's original 70mm form. The film was of impressive quality for being over 40 years old, and (barring one projector-switch muckup) we really really enjoyed ourselves. I must recommend a hearty Intermission for any movie over 3 hours long. Why the hell don't they do this any longer? You would think that the theaters would be all into it, since most people just head back out to the consessions counter to get more jumbo-sized popcorn and/or gelato (erm, depending where one is).

Since Ben got back from MT with his new bike (picked up in Riggins on the way back), we've been having a lot of fun riding together. Ben has another bike, a Cannondale cross bike, but he never has the time to ride it, as he's not comfortable riding on/in the road here, so he prefers to drive out to the middle of nowhere to ride on highways (which realy isn't all too far from where we live). Anyhow, the whole point is that our bikes are sooo damned cute. He's sending his away next month for a couple of weeks to get a WWII jeep-type paint job done on it. Hey, no one can tell me I didn't marry someone interesting.

Ben's new bike!Kitty Cruiser

The Robbie tickets sold but didn't sell (dude that got them at an awesome price decided to not pay up), so I'm hoping and praying I can get my money back from the ticketseller. I'll be writing them a note this weekend to send. If we could have afforded tickets, we'd be leaving for the Netherlands tomorrow. Sigh...


I LOVED Lawrence of Arabia!!

I watched it with my dad when I was a kid. My favorite line from that movie is, "He likes your lemonade."

Posted by: teahouseblossom at June 16, 2006 8:28 PM