Thursday, July 28, 2005
Well, the cat's out of the bag now... we're live with our new site, something that's been in the works for a good long while now. We hope it'll be a prelude to a book about food, but who knows? For now, we're just enjoying the process. How very Buddhist of us, no?

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Dan and a furry new friend.Considering how many times I visited New York before moving here, I'm amazed I never went to Tudor City, just opposite the U.N. in Midtown East. We remedied that this weekend, and while I can honestly say that the parks were pretty great, the buildings didn't look very Tudor (most looked Victorian in that dingy red-brick sort of glum way). The highlight of the visit was this caterpillar we saw on a wall-- big and fuzzy like an Afghan dog, speeding its way across the stone. It was so fast, in fact, that I couldn't snap a picture of it that wasn't a little blurry.

Monday, July 11, 2005
Click for a larger versionWe're back from a week in the Catskills with our friends Caroline and John. Lots and lots of hiking, driving in the rain, and a little tubing down the Esopus thrown in too. All week, we listened to non-English music in the car, getting in several Wir Sind Helden (probably the best band you're not listening to yet) songs, as well as the vacation's theme-- "Sommartidar," which is probably Per Gessle (of Roxette fame) and his former band's greatest accomplishment. It's a study in mid-80s catchiness, so much so that every time there was a break in conversation or a quiet stretch in the woods, one of the four of us would burst out in, "Sommartidar Hey Hey Sommartidar!" Here's a short clip of the song, just so you can get an idea of what I mean when I say that it's catchy...

Click for a larger versionIf that weren't enough, we decided to name a drink after this trip and its theme music. Yes, it's called the Sommartidar (even though that's actually already a plural word...). It's 1 measure orange-infused vodka (we used Absolut Mandarin), 1 measure Chambord, and about 6 oz. passion fruit juice. Shake it in a cocktail shaker, strain it into martini glasses and garnish it with a lime twist, and there you have it: liquid summer (or sommar, if you prefer).

Monday, July 04, 2005
Raspberry pancakes, coffee, and Fox News in the background...The last place in the world I expected to finish my dissertation was Ithaca, New York. But that's where it happened-- in a place called the State Diner, a grotty little restaurant that, like much of Ithaca, has free WiFi access. I told a friend that if we'd had a 24-hour greasy spoon in Oxford, I would have been done a year ago.

By the way, I can't stop raving about CutePDF, a Windows program that made my formatting and layout chores so much easier. It allows you to merge PDF documents so easily-- much more so than Adobe Acrobat. Plus, the full version is $50. It created a 320-page document for me with embedded fonts and images and never even balked. Ze byest!

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