eleneariel: (Travel (roadtrip))
The to-sum-it-all-up picture from the latest roadtrip is this one:



It was around 3:00 am, at a rest area in who-knows-where, and we suddenly found it very hilarious that they desired that Fido put out his cigar.




Icon meme under the cut )
eleneariel: (Cooking)
From Misc


Um yeah, that's good bread. It came out of the oven less than an hour ago, and one loaf is already practically gone.
eleneariel: (Jane Eyre (woods))
From Misc


I like wild, messy bouquets made up of whatever is blooming at the time, gathered up and tucked in a vase regardless of whether the flowers "go together."

(Today it was the last two hydrangas, black-eyed susans, coneflowers, mint, lemon balm, and crape myrtle.)
eleneariel: (Coffee (morning))
I recently got a new little tea maker (something along the lines of a small french press, but for tea). It was made in Taiwan, where they presumably don't have very good translators. Or perhaps they just ran the directions through Bablefish?

eleneariel: (Travel (road))


Of all the kitchy Route66 attractions, we stopped at exactly two.



Well, I'm a standing on a corner
in Winslow, Arizona
and such a fine sight to see




Take it easy, take it easy
don't let the sound of your own
wheels make you crazy


The other attraction we stopped to see? THE THING, but of course I can't show you pictures of that.
eleneariel: (Default)
Briefly:

I went far away and saw many wondrous and beautiful things, and then I returned home and found it also to be wondrous and beautiful, although considerably more humid.

Pictures and stories to follow...

eleneariel: (Viking)
First of all I must note that it seems that if you are male and attending a Blitzen Trapper show, in order to fit in you must sport either a messy overgrown mop of hair a la Neil Gaiman, an impressive set of sideburns, a mustache of some type, or a very healthy beard. Or all of the above.

Ya'll, I have never seen so much facial hair in one place in my life.

Also I saw a dead ringer for [livejournal.com profile] patrick___ and also a lovable-teddy-bear version of David Duchovny, who I covertly watched throughout the evening (he was with a woman he obviously ADORED and therefore it was adorable d'aaw).

And ... And ... oh my gosh you guys I have never been to a show before where you just pack the house (or dimly lit and slightly smokey music hall, whatever) full of people who stand shoulder-to-shoulder in front of the (small, crowded) stage for 2 1/2 hours and listen to music so heart-stoppingly loud you walk out with aching eardrums also I got a purple lip-print stamped on the back of my hand that proved I was over 21. This seems important to note for some reason.

Also now that I have seen them, I like Venture Brothers and Batman Begins (Christian Bale FTW).

ALSO we went to a huge and rambling (and ramshackle) antique mall which was apparently the hangout for local teens. I find this an interesting social commentary on the town.

Oh and hey I took these pictures of, well, in Missouri apparently people have Mergencies. Also low-budget movies for kids don't seem to spend money on proofreaders.

MERGENCY! MERGENCY! )

Also here have a link, it made me laugh and laugh.

The End. :)
eleneariel: (jumping scotsman)

More renfaire photos here, mostly for [livejournal.com profile] ransomedsea (I found guys fighting around the maypole! w00t! And Angus! And the falcon-master!)
eleneariel: (reading (bibliophile))
At last, those bookshelf pictures I promised [livejournal.com profile] kiwiria!

1) Almost everything is doublestacked, so you're only seeing half of what I have
2) I think if you click enough times on each picture, you'll get to a full-sized version where you can actually read the titles. (Perhaps opening it in a new window helps?)

Lots of books beneath the cut )
eleneariel: (cooking)















Pizza for supper (sauce: summer in a jar, straight out of our garden.)
 
 And tortellini for tomorrow's lunch. I ended up using very slow-cooked carmelized
onions for the filling, with the addition of some mushrooms and, naturally, cheese.
I was going to make it into ravioli, but tortellini is just so darn fun to make.
 




eleneariel: (cooking)
Hi, I'm just warning you: I think it's going to be a weekend full of food pictures.









 
I started out the day with butter-seared bananas. They're amazingly good, particularly when topped with cinnamon sugar and popped into a crepe and covered with a generous spoonful of caramel.



eleneariel: (chatty)























Mother and baby.

Goldie checks out the new arrivals.

All in a heap!

So helpless ... so tiny ... so squee-worthy



Sorry for wonky html; it's LJ's bug and not my fault. =P
eleneariel: (image)





My conclusion? It is a beautiful thing to be young and single and  having adventures in a far-away city.

eleneariel: (pumpkins)
Is it possible that it's the middle of November and so warm we're wearing summer clothes and have all the windows open?

Yes!

It was such a beautiful, golden day that I grabbed my tripod and camera and went out to take pictures of my new dress for [personal profile] savetheolives. Instead ... well, you get these. 

I call this
I call this "Girl Exiting Car."

It was an accident.
Funky '70s dance move, or a twirl caught in mid-action? Now that is the question.
I think I feel the most joyful in these perfect autumn days, when all the sunshine is full of gold and the world seems warm and friendly.

You can barely see them, but I was throwing leaves.
And then I threw some more.

And then mom and I had a baking marathon. Gingerbread muffins! Pumpkin bread! Mint cookies!

Edit: sorry for not cutting all the pictures, but there is some glitchy thing going on and it won't let me. =\
eleneariel: (leaving)
I am now the proud owner of four beautiful vintage dresses, which I picked up at a church rummage sale for $2 per gown. I'm guessing they range in date from the late '50s - early '70s?

This is so going to be my Going-To-See-Phantom-Of-The-Opera-
When-It-Comes-To-Town-Next-Year dress.

Mom thinks I should save this and have it be my actual wedding 
dress. I'm thinking about it. Would it not be cool to say you got married
in a $2 dress?!

I think this is so adorable.

And this one almost has a regency flavor, except for the sleeves.



I was going to say "goodbye", as tomorrow I fly up for a week with [personal profile] savetheolives, but the truth is, you probably won't notice much of a lack of activity. In fact, it's quite likely I'll be posting even more than usual, especially if Interesting Circumstances occur (as they so often do when we're together.)



eleneariel: (out of cheese error)
Well, looky looky what Discworld celebrity I ran into! Wasn't he sweet to allow me to pose with him for a picture?





“"I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worth while?" 

Death thought about it. "CATS," he said eventually, "CATS ARE NICE.”



eleneariel: (chatty)
... through an improbable series of events, beginning with my picking her up just to keep her from getting stepped on but "absolutely not keeping her, promise, cross my heart" and ending with "well, we might as well have an inside cat and an outside cat" from dad, I have aquired a very tiny coal-black kitten. My mother dubbed her Chatterbox for her incessant mewling, which hushed as soon as she realized she'd found somebody to love and take care of her. But the name will stick, because it's the first time my non-pet-person mother has ever voluntarily named a pet.

Welcome to the world, baby girl!


She's very tiny and very cuddleable, with a sweet and spunky
disposition.

Us three girls. (Goldy, softie that she is, always gets along wonderfully
with cats, particularly when they are introduced to her as young'uns. She
mothers them to death. )
Let's hear it, now: awwwww!





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