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: (Default)
If I had to sum up the Norfolk2010 trip in one picture, it would probably be this one:

From Norfolk2010
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I walked into the post office this morning to hear ... chirping! Crates of baby chicks were being mailed. I had no idea that was possible, but they sure are cute. And yellow and fluffy and adorable.
 
In about two hours I'm driving to Kansas City to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] mainhoonemily , [livejournal.com profile] ransomedsea , [livejournal.com profile] windandtherain , [livejournal.com profile] jkgeroo , and - I hope - [livejournal.com profile] amea ! FUN TIMES. Watch twitter for updates on adventures n' stuff. :D

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: (This road is long - Fullmetal Alchemist)
I've decided to add Portugal to the list of places I want to visit.

An interesting bit of word-lore, courtesy of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love:


The word amok, as in "running amok," is a Balinese word, describing a battle technique of suddenly going insanely wild against one's enemies in suicidal and bloody hand-to-hand combat; the Europeans were frankly terrified by this practice.
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First, the important news: I've added three new people to my "LJers I've met" list: [livejournal.com profile] thetsuruchi, [livejournal.com profile] helenmelon, and, at long last, [livejournal.com profile] wistfulmaid!

And here is a picture to prove that I met two of them, at least -

Day 193, with Geoff, Catherine, and Jordan, and Day 194, with nobody at all )

Lots of adventures and LOTS of pictures coming as I have time. :)
eleneariel: (genius - Fullmetal Alchemist)
Alternately titled: In Which Marie Is Baffled By Math

Day 192 )
eleneariel: (travel (road))


Having arrived at our mostly-final destination, I have several things to mention:

1) A construction-related detour brought us unexpectedly near the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, so we randomly decided to stop. It was awesome! And Random!

2) And then we took a slight detour to Winston, MO by way of Galliton, on a road that resembled a rollercoaster, and stopped at a gas station in the middle of nowhere, where I exchanged pleasantries with a chain-smoker and bought string cheese.

Then we arrived in Des Moines, spent some time looking for something that wasn't there, and stopped at a coffee shop instead.

The End (for now).
eleneariel: (travel (road))
1) As-yet unnamed but VERY shiny laptop arrived just in time to join me on my adventuring and has already proved invaluable. However, am not quite sure what to do with the webcam. Also: SHINY.

2) I like Jordan's fireplace.

3) And now - on the road again!


Day 190 )
eleneariel: (travel (road))
You GUYS. I have such stories for you. And they'll have to wait, because I'm about to crash into a heap of brainless matter. But I will tell you that the title of the first adventure will be In Which Marie and Jordan Drive Half-Way Across Kansas By Accident And Consequently Go Longer Without Sleep Than They Ever Have In Their Entire Lives.

Stay tuned!

eleneariel: (women are scary)
Danielle asked me some questions! )

When I return, readers, it should be with PICTURES OF THE GREAT PAR-TAY OF DOOM. Because when you get four such awesome people as [livejournal.com profile] windandtherain , [livejournal.com profile] ransomedsea , [livejournal.com profile] main_hoon_emily  and myself together ... well ... strange things will happen. Stay tuned.
eleneariel: (travel (road))
I've been so busy this week I've forgotten to be excited about my vacation, and here it is the night before and I'm just realizing that I'm leaving tomorrow and seeing [profile] equuschick and attending weddings and having massive thriftstore shopping sprees with the Alliteration Princess to see who can find the best vintage clothing, yay!

... I'm going to need some of that excitement when I drag myself out of bed tomorrow at three in the morning. And some coffee.

The good news is that it is almost precisely ten o'clock, and if I go to bed now, I'll get as much sleep as I've gotten every night this week anyway. You can look at this several ways; none of them are very good. Did I ever mention how much I dislike the way my body eventually demands sleep? Silly mortal shell.

I'll be back Wednesday - don't anybody get engaged or have babies or anything while I'm gone, okay?
eleneariel: (peace on earth)







I promise I did take some pictures in color - really.

This was an awesome oval staircase in the recesses of the capitol building.
eleneariel: (photography)






I visited the Minnesota state capital and fell in love with the Italian marble columns.

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

eleneariel: (cooking)

I stood in line for an hour to get a table at Hell's Kitchen this morning, but I knew it would be worth it for the food, unlike many other poor saps who left the line after a measley quarter of an hour and thus missed the best breakfast of their life.

It was doubly worth it when my waiter turned out to be a Joaquin Phoenix look-alike.

eleneariel: (always)
Travel Stories:

* I was contemplating the menu outside the Martini Lounge in the Detroit airport when an old lady asked me if I knew where in the building it was permissible to smoke. What is with all these people thinking I look like I would know this stuff?

* Once again, I set my open purse down in an automatic sink so I'd have my hands free to reapply lipstick. Once again, I doused my purse. (Once again, no real harm done, however, and I got a good laugh out of it. So did some other ladies, probably, but they were polite enough to wait until they were out of earshot.)

* I must be looking less dangerous these days -- I didn't get picked for a "random" search even once!

* I obviously didn't bring enough books with me. One of my flights was delayed in taking off because there wasn't enough weight in the tail of the plane and it made the plane "out of balance."  (This is a technical term?)

* I think it's funny how nobody will sit in a seat next to another stranger in the gate unless forced to, but we all get on the plane and are jammed into seats half the size and nobody seems to notice.

* One of the my pilots was young, dark, and handsome -- and looked exactly like the young Michael Corleone. I decided not to mention this fact to him.

Other:

I meant to mention this during January's book list, but I forgot. Just in case someone missed it -- I've been blogging my reading thoughts this year, but on a separate lock to keep it from cluttering the pages of those not interested. If you missed out on the first invitation, feel free to let me know if you'd like to be added to the lock.

I really need to find a tiara. Any ideas of where to look? It needn't be "real", although antique or antique-looking is always good, but I just don't want something clearly meant as a child's dress-up piece. Nor do I exactly want to pay real prices.


 
eleneariel: (always)
* [profile] equuschick and [profile] elanortheeldest are awesome, as is the rest of their family. < -- I shall expand on this later, when I can be coherient and expand my vocabulary.

* [personal profile] krikketgirl is awesome for giving up part of her morning and braving the traffic to have coffee with us. (She's fun!)

* Remington Steele is awesome, which means that [profile] fogwood214 and [profile] hddnis are awesome for loaning them to us to Further The Cause.

* Detroit is awesome, although I didn't exactly intend to go there today.

* The underground tunnel at the Detroit airport is awesome because the walls glow pink and blue and green and yellow.

* I am awesome because I am going to bed early.
eleneariel: (leaving)
I'm flying up tomorrow to stay with [profile] equuschick for a few days, and of course it is exactly this time that Oklahoma decides to produce one of its Two Yearly Snowstorms! So instead of leaving at a leisurely 9:00 am, my dad and I are likely heading out around 5:00 am, so that he can be back home before the worst of it hits.

Please pray:

* for my dad's safety on the road
* that my flights aren't delayed, and especially that I don't miss my connecting flight in Memphis.

Many thanks, everyone! And if I get stuck somewhere tomorrow, you'll probably know, as I have a feeling I'll get bored enough to mess around with a phone post or two. :)

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