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One more week of this lazing around and putting things into cupboards, and I'll probably be ready to start sending resumés out into the world. But not yet.

I did not overestimate the loveliness of the sea air and the tap water in Seattle, while I was away. It smells so good outside. The breeze is always cool and fresh. Our clothes are soft again. I prolong showers because they feel so gentle and soothing on my skin instead of harsh. Plus, I bike ten minutes to the top of a nearby hill and get to see a big expanse of Elliott Bay, with rugged mountains behind it. How lucky are we, to live here?

Of course, it's also more humid here than in the Sac area, due to all this water. It's only 80 right now but it feels sort of sweaty and sticky. However, as showers are forecast for tonight and tomorrow, I shall only smile and remind myself that at least I no longer live in a desert.

Saw Pirates of the Caribbean downtown last night, which was quite the good time. I went in fully expecting to be embarrassed for all the actors, but they did much better than I anticipated. I enjoyed watching Orlando get soaking wet as much as the next girl, of course, but must admit that Johnny Depp stole the show. He's a longtime favorite of mine anyway, so there are no regrets in saying it. By the way, is it just me, or does Orlando almost lisp sometimes? In LOTR, I thought it was just his way of doing an Elvish accent, since Elvish contains a lot of "th" sounds. But then he did it sometimes in this movie too. Hmm. Still, he's definitely hotter as brunette!pirate!Orli than as Legolas. Stab me with an arrow for saying so if you wish.

You know that dishwashing method that your mother handed down to you, where you fill a plastic tub in the sink with water and suds, and soak and scrub the dishes in that, and then set them aside to dry? I do not approve of this method. The plastic tub just collects all the scraped-off food, and the grease floats to the top and gets on the other dishes, and knives hide at the bottom under the suds. It's a gross and slightly dangerous way to do dishes, I say. I much prefer using clean running water and a sponge periodically re-doused with soap, instead. Maybe it wastes more water. This could be. But it's less gross.

That is all for now. Thank you.


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Jul. 12th, 2003 05:36 pm (UTC)
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I hate the dishpan method too for all the same reasons, PLUS you have this wonky dishpan when you are done to dry out and stash somewhere. I live waaaaaay out in the country in a very old house, and a dishwasher is about the last thing we need here, considering our well water and various other hinderances.

Just do this: Scan an eye over all the dishes to be done. Choose something midsize and easy to fill with hot water. Squirt soap in it, and use that dish to dunk your sponge in as you continue on with the method you already use. A 2-cup glass measuring cup is ideal actually.

I miss Seattle. And Elliot Bay and Queen Anne Hill and Phinney Ridge and even the stinky Green Lake. And MOST of all, Capitol Hill, even though it's not the decadent *safe* wonderland it was when I lived on 12th and John or at Belmont and Howell. *reminisces* Please give Seattle a sloppy french kiss for me and use plenty of tongue.......
Jul. 14th, 2003 12:01 am (UTC)
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Had dinner at someone's place tonight on lower Queen Anne, with this awesome 'Frasier'-esque view of the skyline and bay. Gave it a bit wet kiss for you. We used to live on Capitol Hill too! Don't remember if I ever mentioned that before. Apartment at Melrose and Olive Way. Wonder if we ever passed each other on Broadway... :)

Dish soap method sounds good. I'll see if our new counter space makes it workable!
Jul. 12th, 2003 07:02 pm (UTC)
Johnny Depp covered himself in black grease paint, put on his stealth shoes, broke into the studio, and stole the film from under Orlando Bloom.

Also, I think Orlando's way of talking is amusing. He sounds like he's trying! to convey! emotion! and Dangerous Anger! in every! word!

Mm, wet pirates. Am cheaply bought.
Jul. 14th, 2003 12:04 am (UTC)
He sounds like he's trying! to convey! emotion! and Dangerous Anger! in every! word!

That's exactly what it sounds like. As both Legolas and Will. Though I guess I must admit that the emotion!Dangerous!Anger! thing sounded a lot cooler in Sindarin, with his snippy moment in Helm's Deep. Mmm.

That was some waterproof eyeliner Johnny found himself. Very admirable.
Jul. 14th, 2003 12:48 am (UTC)
Not like I was paying attention, what with my Fangirl! coming out in glittery droves throughout the entire movie. "WET! WET SHIRT! I NEED BACKUP, THAT IS A WET SHIRT!"

Alas, I am weak.
Jul. 15th, 2003 10:50 am (UTC)

Jul. 15th, 2003 01:48 pm (UTC)
Only in this case it's more like:
Jul. 15th, 2003 06:16 pm (UTC)
Exactly. :) I also liked their use of "savvy." Wonder if it'll catch on.
Jul. 12th, 2003 07:49 pm (UTC)
Oi - did you get the email I sent to about TolCon?
Sorry to hijack your lj....

Jul. 12th, 2003 08:17 pm (UTC)

Got the one from about a month ago, which (I think!) I responded to. (I said, more or less, "sounds good!" Heh.) Was there a more recent one?

Jul. 26th, 2003 09:40 pm (UTC)
hrmmmm.....I can't find any reply.


*bashes head against desk*

But if all is well, then that's fine.

If you have a little bio or something of that sort that we can put on the site, that'd be great....

Jul. 27th, 2003 11:54 pm (UTC)
It's okay; basically all I said was, "How handy; I now live in Seattle! Sure, I'll pencil that in." :)

I'll come up with a little bio and email it to you. I just found the TolCon website - looks very official! So, you're getting Elijah Wood to come up and sit right beside me to sign autographs, right? *nudge* ;)

I'm sure I'll have further questions as the time draws closer. Hard to believe we will have seen the film version of RotK (numerous times) by then. I'll do my best to have a parody ready for that, too, but it might be too tragic for me to dare. We'll see.
Jul. 28th, 2003 12:50 am (UTC)
So, you're getting Elijah Wood to come up and sit right beside me to sign autographs, right? *nudge* ;)

Would you settle for an elf who's name rhymes with "morlando moom?!?"
Jul. 28th, 2003 09:26 am (UTC)
GOOD GOD, yes, I could "settle" for that. Dude, I'd settle for Ringwraith #5.

Seriously, Orlando's coming?? Do we "guests of honor" get to mingle with these super-guests backstage or anything, or do we have to fight through the crowds with the rest of the fans? :)
Jul. 28th, 2003 09:31 am (UTC)
GOOD GOD, yes, I could "settle" for that. Dude, I'd settle for Ringwraith #5.

Now I have some demented version of "Mambo #5" in my head.

Seriously, Orlando's coming??

There are several guests of honor that are coming that are not listed on the actual page yet because while we have email/verbal/whatever confirmation, we don't have "in writing in our hot little hands" confirmation.

Do we "guests of honor" get to mingle with these super-guests backstage or anything

Yes. Because we see you as just as important as they are. It's not really a "media" convention per se.
, or do we have to fight through the crowds with the rest of the fans? :)
Jul. 28th, 2003 11:33 am (UTC)
Yes. Because we see you as just as important as they are.

Woohoo! I think I love you. (Though, I know, it's gonna be a real hardship for you to have to meet Orlando, too...) ;) I'll gladly take advantage of my temporary "important" status, though I can't help noticing that I don't require a security entourage, and can go shopping without getting mobbed, and so forth. Which actually is convenient, so I'm not complaining.

Well, I won't get my hopes up until the official confirmations are in, but it looks like this is shaping up to be quite the event!
Aug. 11th, 2003 11:44 am (UTC)

Well if it'd help we could arrange for a security guard and some fangirls to follow you around shrieking.
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Jul. 14th, 2003 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: your dishwashing method
i'm sure it uses less water than a dishwasher though.

Ooh, good point. I shan't feel guilty about that aspect anymore, then. I wouldn't mind having a dishwasher, but there hasn't been one in any of the properties we've rented since about '97. Anyway, they're often noisy in strange ways. Doing dishes by hand is probably good for the soul or something.
Jul. 13th, 2003 03:25 pm (UTC)
Only 80?! Ahh, and you say you like cool weather! Come and live here and enjoy our three days a year of warm weather! :)
Jul. 14th, 2003 12:13 am (UTC)
Hehe...I remember someone mentioning a U.K. newspaper headline on the weather: "Britain Sizzles in the Seventies!" Actually, for Seattle, 80 is hot too, but I say "only 80" because I just came from the land of central California, where 100 is "hot" and 90 is "pretty warm," but 80 is merely "mild." This is totally messed up if you ask me. I'm all ready to consider 80 "hot" again. :)

I often wonder, when people from cool climates say they yearn for hot weather...do they really mean hot? Do you really want to live somewhere like Sacramento, where it's in the 90s and bone-dry all summer long? I know it sounds good on the surface, but the novelty would surely wear off pretty fast...but then, I don't tire too fast of the cool cloudy weather, so perhaps it's like that with some people and supreme heat.
Jul. 13th, 2003 05:30 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, wet!Orlando. Mmmm, Johnny Depp in eyeliner. Jack kicked Will's ass, and I think I've been converted to Johnny-Depp-fangirlismm.

Agree with you about Orlando's voice (though he does have a sexy accent, it sometimes sounds like he's lisping) and about the dishwashing methods!
Jul. 14th, 2003 12:17 am (UTC)
Think I first noticed Johnny's hotness in Benny and Joon. Don Juan deMarco convinced me of it thoroughly, if I needed any more convincing. He had a few eyeliner scenes in that one, too. They even managed to make him look good with reddish trailer-park hair in What's Eating Gilbert Grape. And of course I loved him in Edward Scissorhands; he was poignant and exquisite; but not exactly what one would call "good-looking." :)

Not sure either he or Orli are what one would "eloquent," either (judging from interviews in which they both have a tendency to ramble or fumble aimlessly), but hey, we can't have everything...
Jul. 13th, 2003 06:35 pm (UTC)
re. the dishwashing - THANK YOU - I have never understood why people think this makes sense - maybe a legacy from the days when the pump was outside? reaching for that knife at the bottom of the sink late in the game, wrist gettin' all slimed up? ew. Re-douse, says I.
Jul. 14th, 2003 12:19 am (UTC)

It is high time we of the younger generation stepped up to the dish-doers from the '60s and told them that the revolution is here.
Jul. 14th, 2003 12:15 am (UTC)
I find
Paper plates and plastic cups don't require washing up! :)
Jul. 14th, 2003 11:24 pm (UTC)
Benny and Joon
We saw Pirates of the Carribean last week and I kept thinking how Johnny Depp's movements reminded me of another one of his movies... Alas, Benny and Joon. Absolutely loved that movie!

Regarding the dishwashing method: I had a childhood friend who had to wash dishes that way. I always thought it was completely gross, and always felt strange using their glassware, etc.
Funny things that you remember as a kid.
I always claimed to be the fastest dishwasher in the West...ha ha ha. It's a great waste of water, but soaping sponge, washing and rinsing without ever turing off the water has always been my game.

Jul. 15th, 2003 06:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Benny and Joon
He was quite pretty in Benny and Joon - think my crush started there. Those fey mannerisms, as someone else put it, do tend to creep into most of his parts, though, I suppose...

(Still, he looked adorable in angora sweaters in Ed Wood.) :)
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