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Positively Elizabethan / Elizabeth Anne LaVelle
22 December 2010 @ 08:49 pm
What's your favorite holiday food? Is there any holiday dish you hate?

Turkey and stuffing is definitely my favorite.
Positively Elizabethan / Elizabeth Anne LaVelle
21 December 2010 @ 09:38 pm
When you ask me "How about this snow?!?" and I reply, "I hate it, and you would too if you had my knees", please do not continue to burble on about how we haven't had snow like this in ten years, and anyway isn't it pretty?

In particular, do not do this if I have spent two minutes waiting on the sidewalk because your giant pickup truck has been blocking the end of the alley, which is the only spot on the block where I can cross from the west to the east side of the street.
Positively Elizabethan / Elizabeth Anne LaVelle
21 December 2010 @ 09:27 pm
What's your favorite holiday TV special or movie, and why?

The animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Dr. Seuss, Chuck Jones, Boris Karloff, Thurl Ravenscroft, June Foray - it's perfect.

And Scrooged starring Bill Murray and a stellar supporting cast, which is the most fun you can have with Dickens' A Christmas Carol while still embracing the message at the heart of the story. Plus mice with antlers.
Positively Elizabethan / Elizabeth Anne LaVelle
01 December 2010 @ 08:58 pm
It's currently 19 degrees F. There's live Dixieland happening at the northeast corner of the park.
Current Mood: Bemused and delighted
Positively Elizabethan / Elizabeth Anne LaVelle
26 September 2010 @ 06:35 pm
Which fictional world would you choose to visit, and why?

Laurie J. Marks' Shaftal (from her Elemental Logic books). Shaftali society values cooperation, extended families (birth and/or chosen) as the basic economic and child-rearing unit, diversity, and a hospitable approach to strangers.

I think this would more than make up for the worse-than-Minnesota winters.
Positively Elizabethan / Elizabeth Anne LaVelle
22 September 2010 @ 09:56 pm
Having been knighted by the Queen, Sir Terry Pratchett decided to make his own sword to equip himself for his new status. The story here.
Current Location: home office
Positively Elizabethan / Elizabeth Anne LaVelle
17 July 2008 @ 11:05 pm
Tonight was my weekly shopping stop at the Wedge. Not much of a grocery list, and not much higher brain function, so I was standing in the produce section thinking vaguely that I hadn't been eating enough vegetables. And feeling generally unenthusiastic about vegetables. (See? I told you, not much higher brain function.) And remembering that my pet rat loves fresh fruits and vegies.

I went to ponder the zucchini. And, lo, it was locally grown, and I gazed around in wonder, and remembered that summer isn't just about disgustingly hot, humid weather and people using way too many volatile chemicals to light their grills. Summer is also about fresh produce grown here in the Midwest. So I walked along the aisles reading the signs (the Wedge always wants you to know where your produce was grown), and bought zucchini, and cucumber, and chard, and French breakfast radishes grown in Wisconsin*.

And then I discovered raspberries from two different local producers. So I was forced - forced, I tell you! - to buy two packages of raspberries. Sophie le Squee does not care for raspberries, except as a tool for decorating her tank with bright pink smears, so I will be obliged to eat them all myself.

Local growers, thanks for all your hard work. My life would be a lot less delicious without you.

Sow the Seeds, I'm loving that Local Longer Program!

*Do the French really eat these for breakfast?
Current Mood: omnivorous
Positively Elizabethan / Elizabeth Anne LaVelle
16 July 2008 @ 10:40 pm
Have you heard that DreamHaven is relocating?

Have you heard that Greg is laying off the entire staff and plans to run the new store as a one-man operation?

Have you heard that I'll be working at Uncle Hugo's? I'll be starting there just after Labor Day.

So, what do you think about Uncle's? Complaints, suggestions, it-sure-would-be-nice-ifs? Let me know.
Current Mood: Energized
Positively Elizabethan / Elizabeth Anne LaVelle
04 July 2008 @ 11:07 pm
One of the nice things about living at Lynn and Victor's is that I can look out the living room window and see a goodly portion of the Powderhorn Park fireworks, always a fine display. Tonight was absolutely cloudless, with a mild steady wind from the west, so the light-chrysanthemums gave way to smoke-chrysanthemums, which gradually transformed into smoke-Portuguese-man-o-wars and floated off to the east.

I am feeling particularly free from tyranny today.
Positively Elizabethan / Elizabeth Anne LaVelle
01 August 2007 @ 05:12 pm
Here's a link to Shaun the Sheep (of Wallace & Gromit fame) short films:

Probably not safe for work, unless you can laugh very quietly . . .
Current Mood: Chuckley