Monday, August 15, 2011
I really love that you're trying to get in shape. I am too!
I live on the top floor of my three-floor condo. There is a fountain in front of the building, and all day it sounds like rushing water. I'm used to it.
I love the peace and quiet when the fountain gets turned off at 10:00 pm.
Unfortunately, someone has ruined every single evening that I've been home in the month of August. You see, there is a girl. A girl, with a jump rope. Maybe you'd call her a woman. And every night, when the fountain gets turned off, I have a mere thirty or forty SECONDS of quiet before she goes outside my window and starts...
Her jump rope is the old-school kind made of long plastic beads, and all I can hear in the quiet of the night is thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack, thwack...
You get the idea.
So, if YOU are an avid jump roper, may I please request that you try moving a few metres away from the nearest residential building?
Thanks so much,
Saturday, August 13, 2011
I just picked up the funniest cookbook from the public library. It's got the longest title ever!
CUISINES OF THE AXIS OF EVIL And Other Irritating States: A Dinner Party Approach to International Relations
It starts with North Korea, Iran and Iraq, then goes to the NPT+3 nations (Isreal, India and Pakistan) and then to "the dashers of democracy" (Cuba, Burma and China). Each country has a full dinner-party menu represented, from appetizers to main courses to desserts to drinks! Also, there are lots of fun tidbits for you and your guests to talk about!
Sadly, few of the recipes are vegetarian. I guess those evil-doers love their meat! I might modify some in the future, or just read the book and regurgitate random facts about India's nuclear program or Castro's penchant for verboseness at inappropriate moments.
Oh, the book is written by Chris Fair.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Where is the emoticon of someone wearing ridiculous 80s aerobics clothes?
In case I haven't mentioned before, I am mildly addicted to Ministry of Sound Pump It Up, which is a workout video that came out at least five years ago, featuring the cast of the Call on Me music video.
The whole video is on Youtube! See the warmup here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=507P9
See the music video that inspired it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_fCq
Workout videos should be fun- and funny! This one is a winner!
(PS - I like to do it in a sports bra and panties! Maybe one day I'll shell out for a thong unitard!)
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Romania was the main focus of my holiday last summer. I spent about five weeks traveling counter-clockwise, entering the country in Iasi and looping all the way to Mamaia before flying home out of Bucharest. Here are some highlights:
The painted monasteries of Bucovina, whose frescoes have "miraculously" survived the elements for five hundred years. I visited four churches and each was more beautiful than the last.
In a town called Viseu de Sus, you can ride a steam-powered logging train into the mountains. You can take the 6:00 am train with the loggers themselves and return when they finish work for the day, or you can take a train around 8:00 am with other tourists. It is an AMAZING journey- I can't remember the last time I smelled air that fresh!
I saw Anthony Bourdain's show "No Reservations", and on one episode he visited Romania. One of his stops was a town called Sapanta (I can't write all the accents on my keyboard, but shockingly, this town is pronounced Sah-POONT-suh!), where there is a "Merry Cemetery". Here, a local carver built custom tombstones for everyone who died, using humour and poems to celebrate their lives. He has since passed, but his apprentice continues to fill the Merry Cemetery with merry tombstones!
In Sighetu Marmatiei, you can walk a few kilometres and be in Ukraine. Since Ukraine is not in the EU, vodka and cigarettes are very cheap! It was a major pedestrian crossing, and I couldn't resist the chance to walk to another country (though all I bought was a school agenda!).
There is a town called Turda near a city called Cluj-Napoca, and they have the craziest mine you'll ever visit! You walk about a kilometer down a dark tunnel to reach the shaft, where they've installed amazing, futuristic decorations and rides, like this ferris wheel. To see more (and for a look at some HOT Romanian bodies!) look at this Romanian video that was filmed in the mine: www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6Kl-IxU8eU
Bran Castle! This is supposedly "Dracula's Castle", though there is no evidence he ever set foot inside!
A narrow street in Sighisoara. Vlad the Impaler WAS born in this town, and you can see his childhood home. Funnily, I actually posted a photo of this alley before my trip as an example of something I might see... and I just randomly saw it!
A traditional home at the ASTRA Museum Complex near Sibiu, Romania. Romania has lots of really cool open-air museums where you can walk for hours through old homes and buildings and never see another soul.
Then I hit the Black Sea Coast, where the water was dirty and the tourists were rude. But it was, at times, atmospheric... here's the crumbling former casino in Constanta.
And no trip to Romania would be complete without a look at the Palace of Parliament, one of the largest buildings in the world. You have to see it to believe it!
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