Victoria: July 2006 Archives

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I'm glad I was able to leave Pop5 in Evan's capable hands for the duration of my trip. Evan, even if Pop5 temporarily becomes a monologue, at least it is not only my monologue.

I thought that I was going to be able to get internet service high up in the Adirondack Mountains, but I was wrong. I also wasn't able to get cell phone service - at the cabin at least. [BTW - the "cabin" is not at all as rustic as the term implies. Except for the lack of cell service and internet, we had electricity, washer and dryer, microwave, dishwasher, and all of the modern amenities. Except air conditioning, which we didn't need, since it never got above the low 80s, and this was described by the locals as a "heat wave." I may need to move there. It was also right on the lake.] So in any case, I was plannning to provide updates on my vacation (and welcome Laura - Evan's lovely wife - to Pop5 as well. Hi, Laura! Post!). Since that didn't work out, here is what I did on my vacation, in convenient bullet form:

  • Sleep
  • Eat
  • Read

In roughly that order. Then the sequence repeated itself. Everyone at Pop5 probably knows that I don't have the skin for sunbathing, but what you may not know is that I am also extremely picky about swimming. When I was a kid, I would swim in the muddiest, seaweediest, fishiest pond, but now I prefer my swimming water highly chlorinated. I even avoid swimming in the ocean, although that might not be so strange, given the condition of the Jersey shore.

Wildlife Report: Several deer, swarms of butterflies, one drunken bird that repeatedly hit itself on the head flying into the glass windows of the house, a bat, masses of objectionable and unidentifiable insects, and roadkill, mostly on the way up. We did not see a black bear this year - last year, a bear and two baby bears frequently wandered through the yard.

I need to start planning a new vacation to take my mind off of going back to work.

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Personally, I think this one was my favorite.... A combination of the mirrored sunglasses, the "guns" hand gesture, and the smirking (with tongue!). I don't think it gets better than this, folks.

White Trash Mike

Oh, and, sorry girls, this one's taken, too.

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So Rob tells us that his party is not meant to be White Trash-themed, and that everyone will be dressed normally. But I don't think this is going to stop Mike and I from showing up wearing costumes, since we had already planned them all out by the time we discovered this. Mike's been preparing his for the past week. But I think I have the hardest part. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to fake a pregnancy AND reveal your thong underwear?

BTW, Rob, we'll be bringing the PBR, Cheetos, and Red Bull, so don't put those on your shopping list. Should we also get pork rinds??

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As you can tell from the previous post, Pop5 is welcoming a new author to impress us with his genius and wisdom! We had Deflated Soda Cup Guy for a while, but that dude never posted, so we got a real live human who doesn't wear crazy outfits this time. Everyone please welcome EVAN!!!

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When I first did the About page, I didn't think I was going to continue the story. But since everyone seemed to like it, I decided to take it another step. Click here to visit the About Page Two.

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So as part of the ongoing fun we are providing for our houseguest, we took a trip down to the National Zoo in Washington, DC. There our group (me, roommates, and their mom) met up with my mom and my brother, sister-in-law, two nephews, and niece for a group zoo day. Amazingly, this is the first time I have visited the Zoo and seen other animals besides the baby panda.

Yes! They have other animals! Who knew?

I think we saw pretty much the whole zoo, since the kids are really into it. We did not see the Bat House, which was closed. Apparently, it freaked my niece out the last time she saw it. She tried to tell me that the bats weren't real bats, and I told her I thought she was mistaken.

Crocodile or Alligator?
Crocodile or Alligator?

We also had the following conversation, which just proves what Starbucks fiends my brother and sister-in-law are:

Me: I don't like Starbucks.
Her (incredulous): You don't like Starbucks? Why?
Me: I don't like coffee.
Her: What about macchiata?

Macchiata? You're four!!

American Bald Eagle

She also received a package of animal crackers that she then murmured, "My precious" over. This she picked up from Tolkien, via Peter Jackson and her older brother.


My family has started calling my older nephew "Aunt Vicki" for two reasons that were demonstrated on this trip:

  1. He was constantly far out in front of the rest of the group. I think he likes it when I am there, too, because then he can say he is with me, instead of having to go back and join the rest.
  2. When we entered the restaurant for dinner, he sighed and told my brother, "I should have brought my book."

This is indeed not only how I would have acted at 8, but how I continue to act now.


Prairie Dog
The kids were fascinated by the prairie dogs. It seems like they are continually digging new tunnels, and we watched one scoop up dirt with his paws, and then headbutt the ground to smooth down the entrance.

Seal or Sea Lion?
Seal or sea lion? No, I don't know my animals.

tiger 01 p5.jpg
The tiger was pacing restlessly, and one guy I passed by speculated that he could smell all the tasty humans and was frustrated that he wasn't able to get to us."

But of course the star of the show was the Stick. Upon seeing him, the whole group agreed with my panda obsession. See, Buddy and Rob, if you visited the panda, you would be converts too!

Best Baby Panda Ever
My nephews were like, Why are you taking so many pictures of the panda? Yes, he's cute, but can we go now? So I only got to stay a little while. Fortunately, the Stick was performing for the crowd as usual, looking cute.

We met a lady there who had flown all the way from LA to be there for his birthday the next day. She was also planning a trip to the Wolong Panda Reserve in the spring. Mmm, mounds of chubby panda goodness! I want to go too.

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I was naming a photo after editing it today, and I couldn't for the life of me think of the word "weathervane," so I ended up calling it "wind arrow."

Also, I got my iMac back, yay!

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So my trusty iMac is broken! And I had to bring it to the Apple store for fixing. It needs its logic board replaced, which is apparently quite expensive, except it is under warranty, so I get it done for free. This has been especially unfortunate, since I have been finishing up web design for my roommate's movie web site. This is supposed to be her summer project, but we are joking that it won't be done until 2011.

My roommates' mom is visiting us, which she does every year, and since she and my mom get along, we usually plan lots of outings for the two of them. This explains the run of New York City pictures over at Beside the Point; we were there on Saturday. We went to Atlantic City on Tuesday, a mere hours before the casinos shut down because of Jersey's inability to budget. Yesterday, we went to the Philly production of the Lion King. Saturday, we are planning to go to DC to see the baby panda, among other things.

Today is Mike's birthday, so make sure to leave him good wishes in the comments. We are going out to dinner to celebrate, and plan our outfits for Rob's White Trash-themed party.

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Special guest Evan joins us for Podcasts 7 and 8!