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Shoot her! [Nov. 23rd, 2010|10:24 am]
Charlotte Doyle
[Current Mood |amusedamused]

In lieu of actual substance - oh, man, this is awesome.
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Oh, Minnesota. [Nov. 12th, 2010|04:20 pm]
Charlotte Doyle
[Current Mood |confusedskeptical]

Somehow, our weather forecast for Saturday has changed from "possible rain or snow showers" to "six to twelve inches of snow." I'm fine with it, because it's about time we had a little snow, but I wonder how it is that we have not learned to understand weather better at this point.

Also? It was 70 degrees on Wednesday.
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Marital bliss, sick cats, and badassery [Nov. 12th, 2010|09:26 am]
Charlotte Doyle
[Current Mood |tiredtired]

Well, to catch up since the Smithsonian post - Emily and Jared's wedding was lovely and a very good time. Seldom have I seen a couple as happy as they are, so it was something of a privilege to be part of the ceremony. The venue was very pretty, and the leaves are still almost at peak down there, so the second taste of fall really added to the atmosphere. Also, awesomely, they had lots of local friends bring different cakes instead of having one wedding cake.

All the other festivities surrounding the wedding were fun, too - rehearsal luncheon, bachelorette party, game night after the wedding - good stuff. Seeing Mac friends, as always, was wonderful and made me realize how much I miss not only individuals, but a critical mass of people I really enjoy spending time with. I got to see my sister in Baltimore, too, whom I hadn't seen since my own wedding. Bonus.

When we got home from the trip, unfortunately, Tristan was quite ill. On Monday, he just seemed normal cat sick, the kind where you don't worry. But it was gradually downhill until yesterday, when we decided he had to go to the vet. I have to admit that I was considerably more worried about him than I expected to be. I don't mean to be heartless, but he is just a cat, after all, and I was surprised by how upset I was at the thought that he might die. Anyway, after two trips to the vet and $350, he seems to be on the mend. It's still a little iffy, but he's doing much better today. What was actually wrong with him, you ask? No idea. The vet trips were more about ruling things out and then medicating for symptoms than actually finding a cause. Sometimes, the state of the medical establishment is astonishing to me. They did the same thing with my heart palpitations. Although that was actually cheaper than the cat.

In other news, Elias and I started Krav Maga classes on Monday, which we'll be doing twice a week for the next six weeks. They're pretty much awesome. I feel totally endorphin/adrenaline high afterward. At least so far, anyway. During Wednesday's class, I was complimented by one instructor on my speed and by the other on my aggression. Apparently I have very good aggression.
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Where the history comes from [Nov. 5th, 2010|08:44 am]
Charlotte Doyle
[Current Mood |productiveeducated]

Things I saw yesterday:

Lincoln's top hat

Washington's sword

Sheridan's horse

Julia Child's kitchen

Kermit the Frog

The Hope Diamond

Oh, Smithsonian. You are full of things.

Also? A huge model of a coral reef made entirely of crochet. Craft people are insane.
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I mean, really. [Nov. 2nd, 2010|10:03 pm]
Charlotte Doyle
Christ, Ryan. You're so needy.
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I blame McDonald's. [Oct. 21st, 2010|12:36 pm]
Charlotte Doyle
[Current Mood |annoyedannoyed]

Can I just say that people need to stop using the present progressive tense when they actually should be using the simple present? As in, "I am loving this!" instead of "I love this!" It's actually longer AND more difficult to use the wrong one. So why? Why would you do that? Jesus Christ.
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Zoom zoom [Oct. 20th, 2010|05:20 pm]
Charlotte Doyle
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]

So, I got a new car. An actual new car that no one else has ever driven. It's a black 2010 Mazda 3, and it is pretty and shiny and awesome. It accelerates, has a working air conditioner and heater, and doesn't make strange sounds, all of which I mention because they are different than the Neon. (Those of you who were acquainted with the Neon will be amused to hear that it commanded $400 in trade-in value. There are bikes that cost more than that. When the appraiser drove it, he floored the accelerator to test the engine, and I nearly had a heart attack. I was like, "No, no! You can't do that in this car! Now it'll shift badly for the next two days!" Which I didn't say, of course, but I didn't need to. He knew.) Here is the stock shot from Mazda - it looks just like this. I'm considering naming it Crowley.
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What did we learn? [Oct. 12th, 2010|10:33 am]
Charlotte Doyle
[Current Mood |pleasedpleased]

Elias and I spent the weekend in Grand Marais this weekend, and it was lovely. We did manage to get lost in the woods and end up, luckily, back at the highway. Unfortunately, we were also three miles from the car at that point, which was not an impossible distance, but considering we'd just been hiking for two and half hours, not awesome. Luckily (and yes, I realize this is starting to read like one of those old "fortunately/unfortunately" stories), Emily and Jared were in Grand Marais this weekend as well, so they bailed us out with a ride back to the car. We weren't, I should specify, really, truly lost, we just took an unmarked side trail and got away from where we meant to be. If all else had failed, we would have been able to backtrack and get to where we needed to be. Just so you don't attribute slightly more foolishness to our mistake than it really deserves. Ahem. Anyway, the weekend was excellent. We enjoyed the beautiful woods and rivers, had a lovely time in Grand Marais at Artist's Point, and had delicious meals for the entire stay, not to mention simply enjoying each others' company. It was nice to get to spend long, relaxing hours together after the craziness that Elias's job has been. Being in love with your husband - I recommend it.

Before too long we'll have another trip for Emily's wedding, and then it'll be Thanksgiving and Christmas. I like this time of year for things to look forward to.
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One key [Sep. 28th, 2010|05:45 pm]
Charlotte Doyle
[Current Mood |jubilantjubilant]

Elias and I have been married two years today. You know how people always joke about how terrible it is to be married and say that all the romance dies? Complete nonsense. It's ecstatically wonderful.

We are ridiculously happy together.
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It was awesome. [Sep. 24th, 2010|09:15 am]
Charlotte Doyle
[Current Mood |amusedamused]

I saw a bumper sticker yesterday that said "Horcruxes got soul."
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