Thursday, August 26, 2010

I am SO Going to the Fair....

I think I am doing a lot this next week. It's too early to tell tho. I know today is riding lesson, What Do I do With All The Stuff In The Garden cooking, a Boss home, and a Zumba. All good there.

The weekend is a Kitty Comes Home! (Which is an odd way of thinking on it, as even when she isn't on tour, she doesn't LIVE with us) She's here for a couple days, and then some GAGA.

But, ah, THEN: The Fair! Yes. I know. I am rather excited about this FAIR and it's a week away.

I love that place! Most years I forget this, and completely forget to go, but Not this year!

My Flash Girls Bandmate, Emma Bull, LOVED the Fair. She had it down to an art form. Down to WHICH pronto pup stand you needed to go to (Despite the fact she didn't eat meat) Down to the route you needed to take so you would end up at the BEST coffee stand on your way out. She knew the importance of sitting for a while on Machinery Hill.

I went to the Fair one year and saw Motley Crue. (I see a lot of bands I would not otherwise see when our Kitty is on tour. Get this: I always have a great time. Teach me to be a musical snob.)

I love the Seed Art! I love the Spooky Feeling you get near the Haunted House and how if you go in, you will ALWAYS scream. I love the BEES and the crop arrangements! (Maybe it's flower arrangements. I forget. Who arranges CROPS?) I love the World Bazaar With it's Cheap Junk you don't need.

I love the Barns, and the animals, the Seiously Weird Chickens, Funky Rabbits (Birdchick and I spend a LOT of time there) of course the Horses, even the COWS. NOT the pigs. I hate pigs. And you know, this stems DIRECTLY to an event that happened when Emma took me to the PIG BARN at the Fair and we saw, well, no, I can't talk about it. But it was HUGE and a BOY PIG. Never Again.

I love watching people wait a half hour in line for a Pork Chop on a Stick (no, no idea WHY they do this, part of the fun.)

The news just had bits about the fair on and they now have Deep Fried Bologna Sandwiches. And Deep Friend Butter. And Deep Fried Choc Covered Bacon. (Actually I'm Not sure if that is Deep Fried as well, but for the purposes of this Blog, we will assume so. Odds are with us.)

Up here, people take Cheese Curds and cover them in Batter and Deep Fry them too.

French Fries come in Buckets, as do Cookies. And you can get Sodas in Gallon Jugs.

(You don't want to EAT these things. You will be ill. They're just for lookin at. Like the Midway)

That isn't why I go tho. I think it's the people. Everyone is so happy, you make friends where ever you go, in what ever line. When the DNR tower used to be open, the people you met at the top, after climbing hundreds of stairs were REALLY your friends. The people who escape the Haunted House with you, were definately your friends. (More than likely you had just been CLINGING to each other for the past 20 min)

You can sit in the Beer Garden (even tho there is no real beer) and look at Saw Art (Kid you not, Google it) or in the International Village and hear your friends play Irish Music (Or gig yourself, which has happened too)

And this year, we can Live Tweet it.

And you can come too.

Love and the Fair,
Lorraine

134 Comments:

At 07:42 Blogger dabbler said...

First! Deep fried butter....really? Sounds like a food fight weapon!

At 07:42 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Now the truth about pigsophobia comes out...
And what's not to like about Seriously Weird Chickens and Funky Wabbits?

At 07:43 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Deep Friend Butter? I had missed that. Well I like butter. I could even be a butter fiend. But not THAT deep.

At 07:43 Blogger dabbler said...

Box of ticks, deep fried. Only good use for 'em. Feed them to the goofy looking chickens.

At 07:44 Blogger DataGoddess said...

"I went to the animal fair
All the birds and beasts were there
The big babboon
by the light of the moon
was combing his auburn hair..."

You inspired me to break out in song!!

Dan has great stories of the state fair from when he was a kid - his father displayed waterfowl, and they were in the same barn with the rabbits and chickens.

And while I understand why you might be traumatized by a pig, er, poker, I once saw a boy dolphin trying to show off to a girl dolphin. It has a hook on the end, people. Gives me nightmares!

At 08:01 Blogger Marjorie said...

Sounds .... interesting.

I also hesitated a little at the deeop fried butter, but (shrug) who knows.

When I was a young & imressionable girl guide I helped out at thr BAth & West Show (which I think is similar - they had animals and cheese & cider and more big roasted animals and vast sugar-y snacks that you can shake a stick at, plus things like sheep shearing and pole climbing and all sorts)
No one told us whan we signed up that we were going to be runner s for the Judges which mean going through show rings FULL OF BULLS...

I think I may have missed the seriously wierd chickens, but I'm sure they were there.

I didn't go this year but maybe next year..

At 08:10 Blogger Ali said...

It's a little ridiculous how happy this entry just made me. For one thing, I LOVE fairs. I love the funnel cake (PLEASE tell me that you have that there), the games, the animals, the crazy stuff you buy that you'll probably never need. Although, my favorite pair of earrings are ones I bought at a local fair.

As for your pig barn episode, I once went to a cow barn at a fair. BAD IDEA. Some things cannot be unseen, ya know?

One of my good friends lives in MN, and she's going to the fair. It'll be her son's first one! And she has a (possibly unholy) love for the fried pickles. One of these days, I'm going to make it there and see for myself. Until then, I defer (sort of) to her in that respect.

Have fun at your lesson! I am about to go out and do some horsie things myself. :-)

At 08:10 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Oh I loved going to the state fair. And of course Our State Fair is a Great State Fair!



Of course the highlight was horses, horses, horses.

And funnel cakes.

At 08:13 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Blogger blocked the part where I wrote "". Will it allow it this time?

At 08:14 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Nope. Fine.

(/IA MN rivalry)

There.

Jess, I've seen you use similar pseudo HTML. How?

At 08:33 Blogger Lihua said...

That sounds great! More than great! Amazing! Deep-fried anything ... reminds me of when the Birdchick took us to lunch and everybody looked at me when I didn't want a cheese curd. They were like, "Emily ... you do DO cheese curds?"

At 08:38 Blogger Phiala said...

Fun! Probably not going to the Grange Fair, though, unless other folks want to and drag me along. It starts today. More fun with a group of people, I think.

OSS, what were you trying to do?

I seem to be blowing off today's all-day policy training. Don't have time for that nonsense.

At 08:41 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Just to put "/IA MN rivalry" in angle brackets. Lame joke anyway ;-)

At 08:46 Blogger Phiala said...

Hm. Let me try something:

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At 08:50 Blogger spacedlaw said...

I had to look up the funnel cake and it looks like yet some other fried food! I am starting to feel very queasy there...

At 08:51 OpenID MrBillyBones said...

I think you deserve your own butter statue for that blog post.

At 08:51 Blogger Phiala said...

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"< ">

Okay, three ways to do it:
easy ways are put a single or double quote before each angle bracket.

Or you can use the HTML code:
< is written as & lt ; (without spaces; less than)
> is written as & gt ; (without spaces; greater than)

At 09:06 Blogger Ticia said...

Hello!

and

tick.

At 09:08 Blogger Poindextra said...

Never send a Canadian to a place where she can eat funnel cake.

It ends in sickness and her friends not being able to find her because she ran off with it and devoured it almost as quickly as it was made.

True story. <3

LORRAINE I AM SO JEALOUS OF YOU.

At 09:33 Blogger Jess said...

I am deep-frying this comment just for the occasion. Don't ask me how. Just believe it. Crispy outside, and Hot Contents within.

Well that sounds fun! Now this is the same fair at which you win your ribbons, yes? Or is that a different one? (Watch out for Beekeeping Nemeses either way. They'll likely have it in for you.)

There's a little art fair on up in Shadyside this weekend. We may go to that.

I have never been alarmed by an Unexpected Animal Part. But there was a time I went to the Cleveland Zoo with my parents and came across two big tortoises in the throes of ecstasy, and we stood there watching them for longer than was comfortable. It's like only gradually realizing that you've rented Caligula when you meant to get Spartacus.

< /pseudo html works if you leave a space before or after the bracket, too, but doesn't look as authentic. >

<whereas "& lt ;" (minus spaces and quotes) and "& gt ;" (ditto) looks like the real deal>

<deep fried comment>

At 09:40 Blogger vampi said...

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At 09:41 Blogger Phiala said...

The semicolon is required:

& lt ;

& gt ;

And Jess, your way is far too easy!

At 09:41 Blogger vampi said...

to early to comprehend and bloger is being mean.
blargh.

box of ticks.


(deep fried butter sounds scary)

At 09:42 Blogger One Sock Short said...

It's now completely official! I get to come to Pittsburgh in October! *happy dance*

At 09:43 Blogger Jess said...

My way is easy, and my code full of errors.

</deep fried comment>

</box of ticks>

At 09:45 Blogger Jess said...

Still have you pencilled in for the 22nd-24th, Sock. That right?

At 09:48 Blogger Lihua said...

Yeah, I had troube believing in the whole deep-fried butter thing ... sounds a little paradoxical ....

At 09:55 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Yep. I'll be conferencing up till 6:00 on the 22nd. I should think I have your email addy, and I know I have Phiala's. So details soon.

At 10:04 Blogger Phiala said...

Hooray! I will try very hard; don't currently have anything scheduled for those days. Which may not last, but I'll try.

At 10:42 Blogger Chantrelle said...

I grew up in a little redneck town where the only event every year was the fair. We got days off school because 3/4 of the kids had animals to show at the fair. I wasn't one of those kids and I had fun at the fair as a kid but once I hit high school it was a bunch of rednecks w/ bad beer hitting on teenage girls. The fair and I don't get along.

BUT, I do understand why other people love it. I think I just overdosed on it as a kid.

Oh, ben's awake...Be back later!

At 11:18 Blogger Phiala said...

Crapcrapcrap!!!

The good boss is leaving on November 8!

Leaving only the other boss... with no buffer. And probably dumping a lot of good boss's projects on my plate.

May have to reconsider the Plan. It involved 2-3 more years here, finishing out the current project plan. That may have to change.

At 11:22 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Oh no Phiala!! I wish we could have a Fiend company. We all have different skills, we could cover all the bases!

At 11:40 Blogger Jess said...

Hey, we have a Zazzle shop! Though only two customers that I know of, so far. (Even I haven't bought anything yet. It's so sad.) So we wouldn't make a living. We'd all starve.

But in seriousness, Phiala: how awful. Nothing worse than working with someone who's completely unworkable.

In October we can drink and bitch with Linda! Let me know if either of you need a place to stay, by the way. You're both welcome, provided you don't mind an airbed.

At 12:02 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Phiala - Undiluted bad boss sounds very hazardous to one's health. I hope some better solution comes along for you soon.

Jess - Airbed is fine, and would be welcome. Even the #morningCATface would be much like home.

At 12:04 Blogger dabbler said...

Hmmm. The PA fair was earlier...haven't ever been. But this year a company took the giant butter sculpture, rancid at the end and turn it into biodiversity fuel.

Wish me luck, fiends. I am off to the doctor to find out what this miserable pain under my breastbone is. No heart symptoms...just nasty gripping pain and lots of gas. Perhaps it's a gall bladder thing brought on by the fried food here?

Doctor at 3:15.

At 12:11 Blogger Jess said...

Then you are welcome! Shoot me an email. :)

At 12:28 Blogger Pi R Squared said...

Oooh! The State Fair. Love 'em! Love the seriously weird chickens and the lops and the petting zoo...

Read "Charlotte's Web" as a kid (over and over) and thought all pigs were Fantastic Pigs and then I met Rockefeller...definitely mean, ugly pig territory.

But, all pigs are not created equal...and I've been privileged to see fabulous skateboarding pigs!
At the State Fair no less...

At 13:10 Blogger Marjorie said...

Oh Crap, Phiala. That does sound bad.

Also, good thoughts for Dabbler, and curses at the cost of Zazzle's international shipping ..

At 13:15 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Does anyone OTHER than Jess and Mistress Phiala know what they are talking about?

I don't care that they ARE, I am just afraid they willl try and explain it to me themselves and I won't know what they are talking about.

For the record, the PIG I spoke on was not DOING anything. He was just STANDING THERE. Which was enough.

At 13:17 Blogger Jess said...

Oh brother. Does this mean we're going to need a UK-based version of the store? I thought they were sort of catch-all. :(

At 13:20 Blogger Marjorie said...

I thought they were, too, Jess, but it wants to charge me $33 in postage for 1 mug & some cards, which feels a bit steep! I may have to save up a bit longer.

At 13:20 Blogger Marjorie said...

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At 13:20 Blogger Jess said...

What, the pseudo-html? It's pseudo html. For purposes of Geek Comedy.

At 13:21 Blogger Phiala said...

Q, I promise not to explain it to you.

Unless you ask. :)

I'm on an administrative conference call - boss accepted another job today and I'm already picking up his tasks.

At 13:24 Blogger Jess said...

Marjorie, you're right-- that's nuts. Did you try ordering through UK Zazzle? It gives prices in pounds sterling, but I dunno whether or not that changes shipping costs.

http://www.zazzle.co.uk/nightgarden4glbr

At 13:39 Blogger Fluffy said...

Dennis read to me from the paper this morning that there are now some deep-fried concoctions at the Texas State Fair for which you need ID: fried frozen margaritas, and.. well, there's no sugarcoating this - fried beer (a beer-filled pretzel pocket.)

I think this state fair is where the fried butter was invented.

And I am upset about the cheese fries. We have a place here that makes great cheese fries. With hand-cut skin-on potatoes and real cheese... Dammit. And here I am in work-avoidance mode...

And Beez, the upside is that you know how to do EVERYTHING.

At 13:54 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Shipping is MUCH more affordable now from the UK address (6.98£ for a mug). Thank goodness for that. I might order some for friends too.

At 14:06 Blogger Pi R Squared said...

Who dreams up this fried stuff?

Why would anyone deep fry butter?

Do people actually EAT it?

At 14:19 Blogger Jess said...

Thanks for looking into that, Nathalie! Everyone else, take note: order from the Zazzle domain nearest you! There are links to all the different Zazzle domains from the Zazzle.com main page.

At 14:21 Blogger spacedlaw said...

But i was looking at the night garden project over on the french site but could not find it. :(
(I did find a nice mug with a witch in a pumpkin though)

At 14:26 Blogger Jess said...

You just swap out the beginning of the url with the Zazzle France domain.

http://www.zazzle.fr/nightgarden4glbr

I'm not surprised it's not easily searchable, though. Think I' going to add the international links to the home page.

At 14:27 Blogger Jess said...

Hmm. I say that, but you're right: the page is there, but no goods come up. :( Dunno why that is.

At 14:39 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Désolé, pas de produits trouvés.
Yup.
I think it does not transfer. Blame that to your basic French anti-americanism.

At 14:54 Blogger Marjorie said...

Hi Jess, found the UK bit now which makes things more affordable :-)
I'm going to have a mug & some cards.

At 15:20 OpenID saare-snowqueen said...

In Scotland they rave about deep-fried Mars Bars

At 15:25 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I know we NEED to talk about the problems with International shipping orders, but it's been kind of a long day, perhaps I could just slip off with snowqueen and talk some deep friend mars bars....

At 15:31 Blogger Marjorie said...

This talk of deep fried mars bars is making me crave chocolate.
I may succumb, as I have chocolate in the house. I'm not planning to fry it, though.

At 16:00 Blogger Jess said...

I was craving chocolate earlier, but there was none. So I settled for peanuts and cranberries. Healthy, and certainly filled that gnawing void of hunger, but not very chocolatey at all.

Point: We have an FB page and a Twitter for this Night Garden stuff, folks. Best not to ask me about that stuff here. Otherwise I'll talk about it here, without so much as blinking. Don't encourage me.

At 16:13 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

What about this FB page and Twitter thing for the Night Garden? I am done with talking Deep Fried Chocolate..

Just trying to get Jess started..

At 16:25 Blogger Jess said...

No. No no. No. Don't encourage me. Nothing good will come of it. It'll all end in tears and Ass Tanka.

At 16:33 Blogger Phiala said...

Sheesh. Leave y'all alone for an afternoon and the conversation turns to Ass Tanka.

As predicted, I'm already getting extra work from the departing scientist. Crap.

Planning to go drinking tonight. Anyone want to come?

And also, apparently I'm going to be in Texas in November as part of these new responsibilities. Anyone near Temple?

At 17:38 Blogger Jane said...

I love the fair, get to see people and animals I never see anywhere else. Seriously, where DO those people go in between fairs? And fried sugary concoctions...

Dabbler, sending wishes for good results at the Dr.

First kitten throw-up today. May not sound momentous (and actually it's kind of sad) but there has been an excessive amount of cat throw-up in our household in past years and gee, here it is again. Maybe a one time thing? And who did it??? OK done talking about it.

Phiala - sorry about the Boss :-(

At 17:45 Blogger dabbler said...

So, it looks like some GERD or acid reflux...doc put me on Zantac for a month, and we'll see what happens. I'm glad I went, since I was inventing all sorts of scenarios, and I expect I will feel better soon. Or at least that the episodic pain will cease returning, as I really feel fine, most of the time.

Thanks for the good wishes, all.

At 18:05 Blogger Dragonsally said...

My mouth was dropping closer and closer to the floor as I read all the things that were being deep fried, and then I remembered how much I adore fried ice cream balls, and now nothing seems as strange. Except for the beer.

Phiala - that sucks all around. Good Bosses should never leave good employees behind.

Dabbler - very relieved that the doc thought it was nothing serious.

Now, off to see if there is an Aussie zazzler store

At 18:21 Blogger dabbler said...

Me too. Sally! And, Phiala, sympathy!

At 21:17 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

HOME HOME HOME HOME!!!!!!!!

Might watch Top Chef. Bet they don't deep fry anything weird.

I had some lovely chicken. Fed the bengals before I sat down with it, so they would leave me in peace and wouldn't want any.

Take bets on how THAT worked out...

At 21:31 Blogger Uisge said...

Any takers against me if I bet 'bad'?

I LOVE the State Fair. I have Crop Art on display (no ribbon this year, though). And yes - You CAN arrange crops. It's a category.

Did not know our fair had deep fried butter. (yes it started in TX). Did know that this is the first year of chicken fried bacon.

I would love to see the fair with you (if you want company).

At 21:39 Blogger Ms T said...

Yeah, I'm betting your diversionary tactics didn't work, Ms Q. :)

All this talk of farm animals reminds me that, for me, one of the consequences of growing up in a dairying area is I don't automatically think "artificial intelligence" when I see the term AI. Erk.

Phiala - argh; and good luck. You have all my sympathy.

Dabbler - OK, at least you know what it is, but I bet it's still no fun. Hope the meds are helpful, and you feel much better soon.

At 21:43 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Ms T, are you a dairy farmer's daughter too? I'm with you on AI. It took me a while to association the I with Intelligence. *wry grin*

At 22:27 Blogger Fluffy said...

I was going to add an AI anecdote but decided not to drag things down. Time for me to hit the bed.

And I can drive to Temple - it's about three hours from Dallas-Fort Worth!

At 22:39 Blogger Ms T said...

Not quite Sally - I was one of the townies living in the place with the milk factory and stockyards. :)
(You could always tell it was stock sales day by the lovely green stripe down the middle of the road.)We bussed past the AI labs on the way to secondary school.

Now having lowered the tone, I will crawl back under my rock/index. :P

At 00:14 Blogger Na said...

Ms T, i believe this space is atonal. ;)

except when it comes to music appreciation, natch.

oooh - i may remember the tick (Aleta, i goof that all the time, too)

At 06:44 Blogger Lihua said...

Jess - you know what, Doctors X, Y, and Z can tell me all they want that yogurt is a good substitute for the sweetness of chocolate but they are sooooooooo wrong. Nothing is quite like chocolate.

At 06:45 Blogger Lihua said...

Jess - you know what, Doctors X, Y, and Z can tell me all they want that yogurt is a good substitute for the sweetness of chocolate but they are sooooooooo wrong. Nothing is quite like chocolate.

At 06:45 Blogger Lihua said...

Jess - you know what, Doctors X, Y, and Z can tell me all they want that yogurt is a good substitute for the sweetness of chocolate but they are sooooooooo wrong. Nothing is quite like chocolate.

At 06:46 Blogger Lihua said...

AUGH triple post. Oh well. Packs thrice the power. I guess.

At 06:56 Blogger Hellie said...

Well DG, if no-one else is joining in...
"the elephant sneezed and fell on his knees, but what became of the monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey..." (i think I missed some lines out, my niece has tried to teach me that song!)

Fair sounds great fun! The village I grew up in has a week long 'Revel' with games & local theatre & a beer festival & a little fair on the saturday - no animals or fried things at all though. Mainly lucky dip stalls & cream teas. Lots of cake though. All the kids dress up - I dressed as a bee one year!! We all got driven around the village in our 'hive' which was actually a tractor & trailer!

At 06:57 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Well, chocolate *is* very important. Can't be said enough.

At 07:13 Blogger Phiala said...

And yogurt is in no way shape or form a substitute for chocolate. Except certain brands of frozen yogurt, and Brown Cow chocolate yogurt with the cream on top. But somehow I don't think that's what they mean.

Small portions of dark chocolate are good for you anyway, and contain less sugar than a serving of yogurt.

At 07:17 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

JUST figured out the AI. Ugh.

I eat these almonds that have been rolled in cocoa powder. You only need a few and feels really decadent.

My brain isn't much working yet, despite waking at 5:30 and SHOWERING. I have only crappy tea.

At 07:33 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Bleah for crappy tea. Good morning nevertheless.

At 07:38 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Those almonds sound really good. Are they generally available, or just locally?

At 07:44 Blogger Phiala said...

There's a readily-available grocery store brand. I forget who, but it's one of the major nut distributors.

But these are better. I love Nuts Online, and buy a lot of stuff there. All of it is incredibly yummy, and their shipping department is insanely fast.

Fall must be approaching: I'm having the urge to buy lots of things from King Arthur Flour.

Hey, there's a question: Fiends, I'm in the market for a new stove. I have an ancient flattop, and it's dying and probably extremely inefficient.

I'd kind of like a new flattop, but have heard some disturbing things about not being able to use them for canning or dyeing - things with large pots of boiling water. And with the new tops being very easy to crack. My ancient one is made differently than the new ones, it seems. But coil electrics are becoming less common, and don't seem to have as many features because of course everyone wants a flattop.

Unfortunately gas isn't an option or this would be easy.

Anyone have experience with the new flattops especially for canning & hard use?

At 07:52 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

GOOD MORNING!

(I am practicing for when I finally get some tea)

My riding teacher gave me a pod of the nuts, so I don't know where they come from. Unknown nuts is what they are.

At 08:02 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Them: Is your Boss available for an interview in Week 36?

Me: Can you clarify Week 36?

Them: No. I'll get back to you.

(Just in case you thought my job was always exciting...)

At 08:16 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Gee... Week 36 is just 2 weeks away. That's a bit last minute, isn't it?

At 08:23 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Good morning, fiends!!!!!!!

I love you!!!!

I'm hoping my brain will start working in time for class!

At 08:25 Anonymous Sister Tracy said...

Oh go ahead and make me Homesick!! I can actually hear and smell the MN State Fair right now. (you forgot the best part, the DNR fish pond with all those huge fish you hope aren't really in the lakes you're swimming in...and what about the Old Mill boat ride?? with mini doughnuts after!)
I don't go to the State Fair here in Indiana, it's one of those things that will never live up to your memories of Back Home. Besides, you do NOT want to go to a Fried-Food-on-a-Stick Fest in the 9th fattest state in the country!!
They don't have cheese curds here either. Just for the record, I don't eat them fried, I eat them on nachos or in salads. But mostly I don't eat them because they've never heard of them here!! Anyone coming South knows they'd better not show up without curds:)

At 08:26 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Is that a thing in Europe? Mentioning the date by Week? Never had heard that before. I tried to count, but it muddled my mind and I kept getting different weeks....

At 09:20 Blogger Na said...

ra ra ah ah ah
roma roma ma
Gaga oh la la


guess who i get to see in concert tonight? :D

i realize i've become much of a homebody. i love live music, but i think i like it in smaller venues. the sheer scale of a Gaga concert intimidates me. as do most State Fairs now.

there is a small fair down Indiana way, that loomed large in my eyes as a kid; my grandparents lived much of their lives in small town north of Fort Wayne. no livestock at the fair, but yes, funnel cake!

At 09:27 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Setting up meetings per week is very common in working area. All agendas have the number of the weeks printed on them too.
Week 36 starts on 6th September.

At 09:31 Blogger Jess said...

Disappointing. Was gonna say, would that be week 36 before or after The Event?

At 09:50 Blogger Hellie said...

Come to think of it, my work calendar does have Week whatever written at the top of each Monday.

My mind leapt to '36 weeks' like pregnant people get asked 'how many weeks are you?' Maybe 36 weeks is the gestation period of a book ? :o)

At 10:03 Blogger Lihua said...

Na. Dude. Seriously? Awesome.

Lorraine, what kind of crappy tea? Unacceptable.

At 10:06 Blogger vampi said...

what is a DNR pond, and why are we not resuscitating fish?

also I have received my mug and 2 posters. the 3rd is on the way. zazzle is pretty quick on the shipping. the mug is nice. the size of the "big" mug is nice. it's big, but not gigantic. the printing is nice.

the 2 posters i received so far were Marjorie's and Louisa's, both were printed beautifully on thick paper, almost cardboard. they will frame and hang nicely. i think the 3rd posted i'm waiting o is the owl one from stacy. i will report back.

now i just need to move so i can hang all of my lovely posters. i have a lot of nice art now.

At 10:10 Blogger Jess said...

Vampi - Yay! I'm so pleased they turned out well. (Yes, thank you, my consumer guinea pig. Heh heh heh.)

At 10:55 Anonymous Sister Tracy said...

Vampi,
the Department of Natural Resources Fish Pond is an exhibit at the MN State Fair. All fine examples of native Minnesota aquatic life, plus a few Canadian geese who sneak in.
As for resuscitating fish.... I'm reading Amy Tan's 'Saving Fish From Drowning' right now....I'll let you know if there's a way.

At 12:19 Blogger Marjorie said...

I'm glad Vampi asked. Do Not Recusitate was what I thought when I saw DNR, too.

I've come across week 36 (etc) on wage slipsfor people paid weekly where, as they count from the start of the financial year in April, week 36 would be w/c 13th December. Also we count weeks when we have Care Proceedings in court, so we can see how much we're missing government guidelines by, but that counts from when each case starts. Never come across meetings by week, though.

At 13:20 Blogger spacedlaw said...

We tend propose a week for a meeting and then people work out on which day most of the participants are available. It is easier than trying to nail a day immediately, because most of the time (8 times out of 10) people have already things planned exactly on that same day.

At 13:22 Blogger spacedlaw said...

And today I refused a meeting on the 15th October because I am travelling to Octocon! (and I also spent the day with a guy that comes from Dublin so I need to tap him for addresses)

At 13:38 Anonymous Sister Tracy said...

oh Duh, I never thought about 'do not resuscitate':) In Indiana DNR means you'd better have the right number of life jackets in your boats or a darn good explanation for that dead deer in the back of yer pickup truck.

re: Numbering your weeks- MY schedule goes more like, Gods is it September already??? I've got shows next month!!

At 14:59 Blogger AletaMay said...

I live near the MN State Fair grounds. It makes for traffic headaches during these 10 days but it is really fun people watching! I don't think I'll make it there this year, if I do it will be toward the end. I like the fine art building and all the other stuff, quilts, flowers, butter sculptures. Good times!

Today is the last day of my job. It is a grad student appointment that I have had for... at least 7 years. Very very odd. I don't have to give them back the laptop until next week and I have a couple of clean up tasks I'll wrap up over the next couple of days. I don't actually have a new job -- I have a little bit of freelance work I'm doing but very little. So I am in an interesting spot. I have some good leads on temping and tutoring so I should have some kind of income soon.

Honestly, it is kind of exciting. I really loved my job, but it really is time for something new.

I DO sorta wish I had made a plan as I did know this day was coming. But hey, free falling can be fun!

At 15:22 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Did my first Piaffe today!!!!!! I am still smiling about it!

And get this: When the barn manager saw what was happening she pulled out her phone and TOOK VIDEO!

-I- didn't know what was happening. My teacher surprised me, had me up on HER horse.

New post tonight!!!!!!!!!!!! With pics and video!

At 15:26 Blogger Marjorie said...

WooHoo!!!

At 15:31 Blogger AletaMay said...

googled Piaffe.

Very Cool!

At 15:39 Blogger ariandalen said...

Phiala, I live 25 minutes north of Temple, TX. DH works at the hospital in Temple. I bet you'll be at the Blackland Research Center, or something to that effect. :)

At 15:40 Blogger ariandalen said...

YAY! for Piaffe post tonight!

At 15:55 Blogger Fluffy said...

Phiala, the cocoa-coated almonds you posted are sure to be better - they have a layer of dark chocolate under the cocoa! The ones Q has are probably the ones I get in the grocery - Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds

These are coated with cocoa powder sweetened with sucralose. Very tasty.

At 16:03 Blogger Phiala said...

The meeting is at "Joint ARS and Texas Agrilife facility in Temple, TX." All I know, I've never been there.

nutsonline used to have some that were just cocoa, I didn't look hard enough I guess. I don't really like Emerald nuts -- they all taste funky to me.

At 16:07 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

My unknown nuts are just coco powdered.

At 16:42 Blogger vampi said...

i enjoy reading about unknown nuts.

also artificial sweeteners are death to me. like allergic reaction go to hospital death. no death nuts for me.

At 17:36 Blogger Lihua said...

I don't like artificial sweeteners ... partly because everybody assumes I need them!

At 17:46 Blogger ariandalen said...

Hmmm...the only thing I can find in the Temple phone book is the Texas Agriculture Experiment Station on Blackland Road, but I'm also looking in last year's phone book (2009). I don't know if DFW, Houston, or Austin airports have flights to Temple, though I know there are flights to Killeen/Ft. Hood and Waco.

Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds ingredients list: dry roasted almonds, modified food starch (potato), natural & artificial flavors, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), salt, acesulfame potassium, sucralose. Why yes, I do happen to have a large container of them. I can understand why some people would not like them; however, I find a few are usually a good fix when wanting chocolate.

At 19:03 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Trying for a new post but Magic is AWOL outside somewhere. Hoping the lil pudding gets hungry soon...

At 19:05 Blogger Jess said...

Uh oh. Is he back yet? :(

At 19:06 Blogger Phiala said...

the almonds I linked to have no artificial sweeteners: Semisweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanillin), whole dry roasted almonds, natural cocoa powder, sugar, gum arabic

The Temple meeting is here. Not that I'm certain I'm going yet, but it seems kind of likely.

At 19:06 Blogger Phiala said...

Oh dear...

At 19:07 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

No. Not inspiring my writing and one can't go LOOK for the guy, I've left the Scream Porch open with some food and I keep checking.

Why didn't he come back with the girls tho???

I mean, he isn't dead in the street, but STILL, Dude!

At 19:11 Blogger Jess said...

Kind of a dumb question, actually, given I've only just worked out that you left the comment a couple of minutes ago, as opposed to an hour ago like I thought. Maaaaaagiiiiic! Here pusspusspuss!

</not helping>

Hope he turns up soon!

At 19:20 Blogger Jane said...

Hope he's home soon! Worry worry...

At 19:35 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

And he's back!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thankyou. Heart, please beat again.

Now I shall write.

At 19:36 Blogger Phiala said...

Whew!!!!

At 19:40 Blogger Jess said...

Yay! Phew.

Now for heaven's sake, shut the windows.

At 19:43 Blogger dabbler said...

Whew indeed!

At 20:06 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Heart beating.

And a really cool new post with VIDEO is UP!

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