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Great Weekend August 17, 2009

Filed under: Misa — Misa @ 3:00 pm

I had a great weekend in Chicago. I had never been there before and it is always fun to enjoy a new city, especially with C. The Thunderbirds were performing and while we did not specifically go to see them it was fun watching them zip around the tall buildings.

On Saturday, we needed to do some shopping. C. needed some new pants because a flight attendant spilled tomato sauce all over them. Thankfully, the airline paid for them – Woohoo! We also went to see the latest Miyazaki film, Ponyo. Which I adored despite the terrible dubbing and one misbehaved child. The animation was just so beautiful! That evening we went on a dinner cruise where we had a nice view of the Chicago skyline and were able to see the fireworks over Navy Pier.

Sunday we had to go our respective was. C. back to England and me back to the East coast. 😦

At least Project Runway starts this week so I have something to look forward too! Is anyone else really excited for the debut?


Impromtu Trip August 13, 2009

Filed under: Misa — Misa @ 6:40 pm

I think impromtu trips are the best kind! I’m off to Chicago this weekend to be with my pilot (Henceforth refered to as C.)on his birthday. C is in Chicago presenting a paper he wrote for an engineering conference. We spoke on the phone yesterday and he was very excited because the Thunderbirds are performing in Chicago this weekend. Apparently, the hotel where he is staying has a great view of the airspace the Thunderbirds have been using to practice. He is over the moon.

We are going on a dinner cruise for his birthday on Saturday, but have no other concrete plans. I would not mind trying some Chicago deepdish pizza or a Chicago style hotdog…

Have a good weekend everyone!


Packages on my Doorstep August 12, 2009

Filed under: Misa,My Pilot — Misa @ 12:33 am

For our first anniversary my pilot and I had purchased tickets to one of the first concerts Michael Jackson was doing in London. Obviously, our money has no been refunded. Thank goodness because these tickets were not inexpensive. Since we aren’t going to the concert ( 😦 ) we wanted to come up with another gift for ourselves using some of our ticket refund. We tossed around a lot of ideas, but the most important part was that we wanted a joint gift. Jewelry is really nice, but I would rather do something with my husband for our anniversary. He can get my jewelry for my birthday, hehe. 😉

After all of our discussion we decided on purchasing a copy of Rosetta Stone which is something we have both wanted for some time. We will be able to practice our new language together! How exciting! The package arrived on my doorstep today and I cannot wait to try it. I’m going to be good though and wait until our actual anniversary to open it.

I also got a purse I ordered a while ago. Two packages in one day! What more can a girl ask for? 🙂


Books, Books, Books! August 11, 2009

Filed under: Books,Misa — Misa @ 5:27 am

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

How do your reading habits stack up?

1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total at the bottom.

Here’s the list:

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen X
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien X
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte X+
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling X
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee X
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte X
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell X
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman X
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens X
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott X
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy X
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller X
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare X* (about half)
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien X
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger X+
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger X
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell X
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald X+
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens X
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy X
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams X+
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky X
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck X
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll X
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame X
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy X
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens X
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis X
34 Emma – Jane Austen X
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen X
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis X
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini X
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden X+
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne X
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell X+
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown X
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez X
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving X+
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery X+
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood X
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding X
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan *
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel *
52 Dune – Frank Herbert X++++++++
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen X
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens X
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley X+
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez X
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck X
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov X+
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas X
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac X
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy X
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding X
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens X
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker X
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett X
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson X+
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath X
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens X+
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker X
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro *
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad X
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery X+
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams X
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas X
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl X
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo X


At least I think I counted correctly. 🙂


The Wrong Side of the Bed August 10, 2009

Filed under: Irritations,Misa — Misa @ 6:48 pm

Today is just one of those days where it is clear that I got up on the wrong side of the bed. I am just plain irritable and cranky. And no, it doesn’t have to do with any “female problems.”

Here is what I am cranky about, maybe if I get it off my chest I’ll feel better:

1. Friends from high school (that went to school with me since kindergarten!) that have stopped talking to me for no reason. I’ve wracked my brain to think of something I could have done to each and every person, but I honestly cannot think of anything. If you are going to be mad at me at least tell me why. I write nice letters every couple of months, but never get any response. I don’t know why I bother.

2. People who do other things when they are driving – texting, eating, reading (!!!), turning all the way around to yell at their kids, or anything else that isn’t paying attention to driving. Seriously people you could kill someone if you do not focus on driving. If you need to do any of the aforementioned things pull over.

3. Inane “reality” TV shows.

4. People who don’t understand that not everyone finds their child/dog/cat/turtle/bird/etc. cute and that I do not necessarily want your child/dog/cat/turtle/bird/etc. climbing all over me during dinner/an airplane trip/at petsmart. Sometimes I do find your child/dog/cat/turtle/bird/etc. cute just not all the time. This goes double if your dog is jumping on me because he does not have a leash while he is in a “leash required” area. I should mention that I generally like children/dogs/cats/turtles/birds/etcs., just on my own terms.

5. Speaking of children. Acquaintances that (in my humble opinion) rudely ask me when I am going to have kids. This one might just be me, but I think this is a rude question. It’s kind of like if I asked them “when are you going to STOP having kids.” It just seems like a private matter to me that I might only talk about with my immediate family and only my best friends. It’s also rude because if you do not know a person well that answer could be painful for them – maybe she is unable to have children or just had a miscarriage. Shrug.

6. People who lack cell phone etiquette and people who lake etiquette in general. You do not need to know where every piece of silverware goes, but you should be able to say “thank you” when I hold the door open for you even if you are on your cell phone.

7. Not getting hired because of where I went to college. Yes, this has happened. No, I do not want to explain further at this time.

8. Not being able to find pants that fit me.

9. Only being able to buy petite clothing on the internet without trying it on and then having to pay $6 to return the item by mail because the store does not accept petite returns. I’m sure this one is some kind of discrimination.

10. People telling me what it is that I want to do with my life or what I do not want to do with my life. I appreciate your opinions and am grateful for them, but I can think for myself.

I do not enjoy being such a negative Nancy :-), but I do feel better now. I also know that my problems are nothing compared to some people and that overall I am a lucky person. It’s just one of those days where all my little issues seem really big. 😦


Small Business Ownership

Filed under: Misa — Misa @ 4:25 am

I have spent some time preparing my business plan and creating a “to do” list concerning my business once we arrive in Texas.

There are so many resources (sponsored by the government and totally legitimate) on the web for anyone interested in starting a business. Everything from government grants to what paperwork you need to file so that you do not incur the wrath of the IRS. I have even found video tutorials that make the entire process incredibly simple.  If anyone is interested I can start posting links. 🙂

I cannot believe that Monday is already here! Yikes!


Shady Maple August 9, 2009

Filed under: Misa — Misa @ 1:23 am


Today I went to the world’s best farmer’s market – Shady Maple. The produce is locally grown and the baked goods are made by a combination of Amish and Mennonite women and all of it is absolutely AMAZING! Shady Maple also has a

great deli counter that include some central Pennsylvania classics such as pretzel salad, chicken pot pie and chow chow. All homemade of course!

I ended up with lots of baked goods – whoopies, shoofly pie cookies and a couple different types of bread. I will have to exercise a bit more in the next few weeks to account for all this goodness.

I also went to the Beer Distributor…for soda. I know, I know. Ever since I was a little girl whenever I visited my Grandparent’s in Hershey our after dinner drink was a can of Moxie. I think this stuff is delicious, but most people I’ve fed it to over the years think it tastes like cough syrup. Either way I have two cases of the stuff now. I wish I could get it in my local grocery store, but it’s a disappearing beverage.

Does anyone else have something, food item or otherwise, that you go to extremes to procure?