March 30, 2003

The Only Way

I tried to watch ABC's coverage of Worlds last night, but it was driving me insane! One skater, four minutes of adverts, come back, then lots of blabbing, then, maybe if you're lucky, a skater! Then more damn ads!

So, I taped it, avoided reading posts on the figure skating email list I am on, and am now watching it with much fast forwarding.

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March 29, 2003

Today's Must Read

Bill Whittle's essay, "History"

There's so much good in it, it's almost impossible to excerpt, so I'm not even going to try.

Posted by Ith at 6:21 PM

I Get Email!

I got the nicest email via Gaggle last night.

Will keep the sender anon, but wanted to share the sentiment becuase it made me feel all warm and fuzzy :)

Just a friendly message to say that if I wasn't already married I would
have to find a way to meet you. Found you from Blogs of War and you
are the total package - brains, beauty and bluster - so...congratulations!

I always feel like the mousy wallflower, so I can't tell you how nice it is that this person took the time to send such a sweet note. It made my week! Or more like my month!

Thank you!

Posted by Ith at 3:42 PM

Is This Mean?

Another bloggy snicker can be found here.

Link fodder via the ever spiffy Steve at Little Tiny Lies

Posted by Ith at 2:53 PM

Virtual Vacation

Let's all go to St. Helena Island.

Discover St Helena Island. Discover one of the last untouched sub-tropical paradises in the world. Let this emerald jewel of the South Atlantic Ocean offer you a truly unspoilt and unique destination which memories are made of. From the nature lover to the travel lover, from the history buff to those just looking for a place to truly "get-away-from-it-all", St Helena Island warmly invites you to explore its shores.

And the official government site.

Posted by Ith at 2:45 PM

We're Everywhere!

Catch what Ari had to say about whether or not he'd sampled the "Freedom Toast": Asked whether the switch was official, Fleischer replied, ''I'm not a hobbit, so I didn't have a second breakfast. I had my breakfast before I came in. ''

Link Fodder via Andrea

Posted by Ith at 2:35 PM

March 26, 2003

Party Pics

This one is of me and Nin at the party.


And this was one before we left the hotel, before I got all mussed :)


Many more pics can be found here. (along with amusing captions and pics of our shoes!)

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Small World

One of the blogs over on the sidebar is "Sophia Sideshow" (if you haven't visited, hop on over. There is much good reading to be had), and I was over there today when I came across this post about picking Nigel Bennett up at the airport in Sophia.

Smaller every day....

Posted by Ith at 5:57 PM

March 19, 2003

LCA Is On!

Jayne just announced the dates for this year's Lights, Camera, Auction, in Toronto. The dates are September 19-21 (a month early) and more information on LCA can be found here.

It's great fun and a good cause and I can't reccomend it enough!

There are also new photos up from last year's event (Nigel in meringue!)

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March 18, 2003


Rumour has it that an RotK trailer will be out in May!

[keeping fingers crossed]

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For Methos Fans

Found this recipe on Marduk's Babylonian Musings

Recipe for an Ancient Beer

In one pot mix:
500 g (dry weight) pulverized sprouted barley gruel
1 biscuit (~200 g dry weight) sprouted wheat or spelt bread
2 L of the last barley rinse water
200 g cracked winter wheat
In a second pot, mix:
2 biscuits (~250 g dry weight) sprouted barley bread
100 g unsprouted barley, crushed
200 g unsprouted spelt, crushed
2.5 L cold water

Thoroughly break up the biscuits and allow them to soak. While the first pot soaks at room temperature, slowly heat the second pot to boiling. Once it has reached boiling, mix the contents of the two pots, and slowly bring the temperature back to boiling. With a wooden spoon, push the mash to one side of the pot and collect the liquid (plus any grain that happens to be floating around) with a cup and transfer it to another pot. Add 1 L of boiling water to the mash, stir, and repeat the pressing procedure. Repeat this until you have collected several liters of brown, gravy-like liquid, along with some grains. Bring the wort to a boil to sterilize it, cool, and pitch with your favorite wild yeast.

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RotK Ending

This from TORN and an interview with PJ:

By now we all know that the "Scouring of the Shire" won't be in the films due to the fact that there can't be a second, lesser climax in the story after the larger events that take place. But please tell us if you are going to use the "Sailing away from Middle-Earth" ending, which would age the characters a year or two from their final battles in the films and provide a more fitting farewell to such well-loved characters?

I'm putting the answer in the extended entry section, so click if you want to know!

The answer is "yes".

YAY!!! Okay, I'm happy now :)

Posted by Ith at 5:26 PM


Due to popular request, I made my lemon risotto and seared prawns with sage and truffle butter sauce for my brother's birthday on Sunday. Unfortunately, because I was violently ill on Xmas day after eating the same meal, the smell of the prawns cooking made me so nauseous that I couldn't stay in the main part of the house and ended up in my room with a piece of leftover pizza while everyone else ate. Apparently, it was very good :)

I think next time I'll do the prep work and make the risotto and let April or my mum cook the prawns while I retreat to my room. And make sure I have something i can eat for dinner!

Posted by Ith at 5:23 PM


We watched the newest Rick Steves travel series Saturday on PBS, and I'm always primed to travel after! I want to go to Prague, and Assisi and Florence! And places he didn't cover like Bulgaria and Slovinia.

So what's your dream trip? Simple or decadent, tell me all about it! I love virtual travel.

Posted by Ith at 5:22 PM | Comments (3)

March 16, 2003

A "Leprechaun"?

A historian challenges the `No Irish' myth

NOTHING SYMBOLIZES the hatred faced by Irish immigrants during their first century in America as strongly as the signs that used to hang outside factories and in shop windows: ''Help Wanted-No Irish Need Apply.''

The late Tip O'Neill recalled seeing them as a boy in Boston, as has Senator Edward Kennedy. In a 1996 speech on the Senate floor, Kennedy said, ''I remember `Help Wanted' signs in stores when I was growing up saying `No Irish Need Apply.' Thankfully, we have made a great deal of progress in ending that kind of... bigotry.''

The signs, which some have likened to the ''Whites Only'' signs of the South before the civil-rights era, have been used to illustrate not just native-born Americans' bitter opposition to the Irish, but how the Irish managed to surmount that opposition in order to achieve the American Dream.

There's only one problem with this story: The signs may have hardly existed.

Posted by Ith at 12:14 PM

March 15, 2003

Troop Support

Mickey posted this on one of my other group blogs:

Just got information about this Avon Project in my Avon newsletter. Since I'm already an Avon Rep I'm going to find out about starting one of these up, I think it's an excellent idea and no, we don't make a profit, it's all at cost, which is great! If anyone is interested, please send me an E-mail

If anyone wants to send anything, please let me know and I'd appreciate it f you would pass it along. I'd especially like to send some things to the guys that I work with, a few of them have been overseas since right after 9/11 and then I signed up with another group of women and they have a list of places to send things too.


Posted by Ith at 5:46 PM

Here We Go Again

Storm's moving in, and the lights are dipping. Bet we're without power by the morning. Bleah!

Posted by Ith at 12:50 AM


A rather icky test that I came across while making my last perusal for the day of Andrea's place. Well, at least my result wasn't icky!

Well, never mind. I put the code in and it comes out all wonky. So, here's the link, and I got: Your humor is:

You exemplify a proper mixture of the four humors, or eucrasia. Unduly misproportioned humors cause disease, named dyscrasia.

You are, in fact, unnaturally healthy. Check your pulse; you may be dead.

Posted by Ith at 12:34 AM

March 14, 2003


I found this link on Dreaded Purple Master. Trust me, you need to go take a look to fully appreciate this one.

Posted by Ith at 7:00 AM

March 13, 2003

My Day

I finally got the crown set at the dentist today. I really like my new dentist (my old one retired) but she doesn't do injections as well. And that's the part I hate. She prescribed valium to help with the anxiety, but it doesn't seem to do much. But having a few drinks with it sure does! April took me out to dinner after, and after a snakebite and a sake, I finally felt better!

Had a bad day at work, you know sometimes I get tired of being the one person no one knows even exists. Happened again today. I went into the warehouse and there was this huge plate of food the sale assistant had put there. I asked one of the guys what it was doing there, and he says, "the party" like I was supposed to know what he meant. I didn't of course, so he explained to me it was the going away party later today for this woman who works at the city conference center we are contracted with, and that we had all been invited. Well guess what? No we weren't all invited, because I didn't know a thing about it. So what else is new?

I should be used to it by now, I know, but today it just got to me.

Posted by Ith at 7:48 PM

March 12, 2003

Sister Christian & The Alien Lizard People

How long has it been since you've heard about the song "Sister Christian"? If you read Michele (she started it) or Andrea's blogs, then very recently. But the story doesn't end there! Oh no! There's more!

First, a few bits of info for context:

1) I work for a sound company

2) we did a rather large show last week

3) One of our techs is really into aliens, alien abduction/implants/experimentation, you name it. And he's currently reading a book that claims the planet was settled by lizard aliens long long ago and they're still here, masquerading as humans and secretly running the world. And he likes to tell us all about it :)

4) The owner of our company belongs to an exclusive men's club that the book says is really a stronghold of the lizard aliens.

Got that? Okay, on to tonight's story!

I hate the song "Big Yellow Taxi", and yet, it keeps being remade. (And I really, really hate it.) Worse than that, I hate it and it keeps getting stuck in my head! I've heard the Counting Crows cover of it multiple times today and just before lunch, I heard it again. So I'm ranting about how much I hate the damn song when my boss comes in. I commented I needed to find another song to get stuck in my head. So I list a few possibilities: the theme from Mr. Ed, or maybe "A Small World", then it hits me, and I add "Sister Christian" to the list as it had been stuck in my head in the earlier part of the morning. My boss does a double take and looks at me like I'm an alien and wants to know where on earth I pulled "Sister Christian" from. I explained and then he told me it was totally weird, because he's being stalked by that song. He said at last week's show, they were doing a sound check and they told the singer to just sing something. Guess what she sang? And a few months before, we were doing a show in Denver, and he said he went outside the hotel and at the food fair going on, Night Ranger was on stage and singing, you guessed it, "Sister Christian". He said before this all happened, he hadn't even heard about the song since the 80s.

So we chatted about how odd it all was, and I decided that Night Ranger must be in league with the lizard aliens and are using the song as some sort of trigger. And obviously, since the owner is actually part of the lizard alien cult, he must have put an alien implant in him at some point to activate the "Sister Christian" trigger.

Yes, we're all whacked! But I needed to write a frivolous post after too much warblogging on Gaggle!

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March 11, 2003


The Ninjalet did cool things to the blog when I wasn't looking! Andrea discovered the new nifty features, and answered Nin's questions so she could surprise me.

Thanks, Nin! Thanks, Andrea!

Posted by Ith at 6:01 PM

Top 10 Reasons to Be an Episcopalian

John Derbyshire posted this on the Corner today, and it gave me a laugh.

From the comedian Robin Williams, who is an Episcopalian, on a recent HBO special:

Top 10 Reasons to Be an Episcopalian:

10. No snake handling.

9. You can believe in dinosaurs.

8. Male and female God created them; male and female we ordain them.

7. You don't have to check your brains at the door.

6. Pew aerobics.

5. Church year is color-coded.

4. Free wine on Sunday.

3. All of the pageantry -- none of the guilt.

2. You don't have to know how to swim to get baptized.

...and the Number One to be an Episcopalian:

1. No matter what you believe, there's bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you.

Posted by Ith at 5:30 PM


I'm probably the last kid on the block to discover this site, but boy am I having fun with it!

Here's a few of the ones that hit me funny out of the bunches I generated!

aragorn is not an elf aragorn is not an elf aragorn is not an elf aragorn is not an
aragorn is having an affair with legolas
aragorn is the prince guardian unlimited staff thursday march 14
aragorn is a red classic tabby male
aragorn is a file infecting virus
aragorn is taken as well
aragorn is sitting alone on an ornamental bench
aragorn is not the same cat that he was
aragorn is a compulsive handwasher
aragorn is simply wrong

methos is drinking misu soup in a bar
methos is rusty and nearly loses his head

*Like the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz?

methos is not enough
methos is gardening
methos is a 5
methos is on the muslim woman


methos is a love god

*Well, yeah...

methos is not something that came to me in a one night thinking in my bed
methos is indeed elladan is more likely

*Elrond's son?

Posted by Ith at 5:17 PM

March 8, 2003

Pic Mode

Since I'm in pic mode, Nin has some amusing pics on her website.

This one is me, Tammy, and Nin, when we were on vacation a few years back.

And this one is from one of our trips to Dland in a Monster's Inc. setting.

Last of all, Glo, Nin, me, and Jen, at Disneyland last summer when we were in L.A. for a Highlander convention. Nin calls it "R to L: Jen "I've got coffee!", Denise "I'm wearing Tigger Ears!", April "I'm at DLand!", and Glo "What the hell am I doing here?"


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And here's a pic of me in Toon Town.


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And now for the scary pics!!


Nin, Roberta, and me in Frontier Land


Me, Nin, and Roberta, making our way through the "Temple of the Never Ending Walk", aka the Indiana Jones ride.

Posted by Ith at 2:26 PM

Sneak Peek


Here's my brother's "spy pic" of the new Winnie the Pooh ride that's due to open in a few weeks.

Posted by Ith at 2:22 PM


Here's a pic of Nin's baby, Junior, while at Disneyland


She dresses him up and carries him around the park, much to the delight of Disney castmembers, and little kids.

Posted by Ith at 2:21 PM

The Smells Of The Day

I just had a shower, and used my Dolce & Gabana shower gel. I went to the kitchen to get more tea, and pushed aside the peanut butter jar to get to the milk. I got PB on my hand, and it mixed with the scent of the shower gel. Talk about a strange smell!! Not going to try and replicate it!

Going out to dinner tonight with Carolyn. Believe it or not, we live in the same town and haven't seen each other in RL for years. We should have a nice Dem bashing session!

If you're bored, head over to Michele's and submit your worst -- or would that be best? -- misheard song lyrics.

Posted by Ith at 1:54 PM

Obsessive Fan? Nah!

From Nin's blog, via an email form Jen, comes the "The Quintessential 'Lord of the Rings' Website".

This is just... wow!

Posted by Ith at 12:47 PM

March 7, 2003

JAZ Update

We told Jayne about her new merchandise a few weeks back. At first, she thought it was a joke site, then she relaized it was real!

We've told her our goal is to outfit all the actors and attendees as this year's LCA. And now, Cafe Press has panties and boxer shorts, so the possibilities are endless!

We're so wicked!

Note: LCA is a charity auction held every year in Toronto that is put on by MPICA, a charitable organization founded by Nigel Bennett and Jon Cassar. Jayne is the chairwoman of the auction and works like a dog to put on a successful event.

Posted by Ith at 5:59 PM

Who Knew?

Remember I signed up for that online matchmaking thing? Well, I got three contacts amazingly enough. I decided to be brave, and reciprocate the contacts, though I'm sure I must be temporarily insane!

Posted by Ith at 5:51 PM

March 6, 2003

Kewl Beans!

Gary's back!

Now I just need Rachel back, and my blog life shall be complete :)

Update: And she is!! And there was much rejoicing!

Posted by Ith at 7:15 PM

March 5, 2003

Ego Boo

I got my story back form the beta reader, and got a nice compliment! She'd never seen Forever Knight, or Highlander, but loved the story anyway and said she was very impressed with it. Now that's high praise!

Posted by Ith at 5:55 PM

And I'm Back!

I'm back! We had a great time, and Roberta had so much fun, she got an annual pass!

Did the wine dinner at the California park, and we had the same drop dead gorgeous waiter, Daniel, that we had last time. Ah, if only I were younger and not me.

Went to Sephora and not only did they recommend makeup for the Oscar party, they actually applied it and gave me notes on how it was done! Wow!!! I actually looked pretty good, as hard as that is to believe! Now I need to try and recreate the look, so that will be interesting.

Home now, and tired!

Posted by Ith at 5:51 PM