January 21st, 2008

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Monday morning's results:

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I just put on a pair of "fat pants" that I got a few months ago. They fit, but not as well as I'd like, which was disappointing since they're Lane Bryant, Size 18. I wore them but always with a longish shirt that would cover up where it was pulling funny. Good news! They fit much better now around the weight and belly, which was the problem area before. I will wear these tomorrow to work.
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Ah - mondaysabitch

Actually this Monday is not a bitch because it a holiday and I have a day off. Still, as usual, like these questions!

1. What was the last holiday you went on?
Even though it was a family visit, I'll say it was at Christmas when I visited my parents out in Sturbridge. Outside of that the one vacation I went on last year was a long weekend in Montreal last... May, I think? It was awesome. This June Caleb and I are going off to London and then Berlin.

2. Have you ever been to Chicago?
Several times and I love just about everything about it. I even like the cold.

3. What's the best example from your life of the phrase "Truth is stranger than fiction"?
I ended up being the editor and friend of my favorite author, without even really trying hard. It just happened like it was meant to be. I mean... WTF?

4. How often do you take taxis? Are they useful to you, or a waste of money?
Despite being carless (by choice) I NEVER use taxis because I hate them. In ten years in Atlanta I've used a taxi twice, one to get somewhere with absolutely horrible bus service, the other time to get to the airport (since the airline was paying for it).

5. Do you prefer brown sugar or white sugar?
Brown sugar is for cooking a baking, like making molasses cookies or something.
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On an impulse, decided to look in my handy Moosewood low-fat cookbook, the source of many good recipes, and look for a dessert I could make for work tomorrow. Not that there's a party, I just like to make things for the office. Well, I found this recipe for a low-fat, low-cal but *yummy* chocolate cake and whipped it up in about 45 minutes. It looks, smells and tastes perfect. I made it in a Bundt pan so when I flipped it out onto a plate it looked pretty even before I dusted it with a bit of confectioner's sugar. It's only 200 calories per 3 oz. slice but it's real dark chocolate cake, made with a square of baker's chocolate and a few teaspoons of cocoa. I may let Caleb have a bit of it tonight when he comes over to watch Life After People.
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Trip Update

Details of the European trip this June are firming up.

Our first stop will be London, where my long-time friend Rob is at last marrying his long-time girlfriend Marta. Their flat is full-up during the celebrations, so Caleb and I have booked ourselves through ebab, this gay-centric private rooms rental service we've been dying to try. Basically you can get rooms or even whole furnished apartments in cities all over Europe for insane cheap prices, but they're clean, come with breakfast, TV, etc. and are gay-friendly. It's a way for people who have an extra room to make some extra cash while meeting new people. Anyway, I told Caleb to look on there for a room and he found a nice one over by London Bridge station, just a 15 min. walk from the flat, and it's only 50 quid a night -- double bed, access to kitchen, bath, and breakfast. Whoo hoo! Meanwhile I've got to work out a proper wedding gift. I have Rob's dad's email so I may ping him and ask if he has a clue. I'm sure we can come up with something nice that we can managed to take over in our luggage.

After London we'll be headed over to Berlin, taking some sort of cheap flight vis a vis Rob's advice. As far as I know, we'll be staying four or five days there with a woman Caleb met while at a conference in England last fall. (Got to work those connections!) If that doesn't work out for some reason, we may try ebab for that, too. I'm excited about Berlin; I've wanted to go through since my very first time in Germany, during which a trip a friend and I planned was thwarted. There are several specific things I want to visit, like the Reichtag, the big parks, the massive U-Bahn, the art museum/s, etc., but I'm really just excited about the city in general. And the department stores! Mustn't forget them. I bet it has some of the best!

I think we're also supposed to be making some sort of side trip outside of Berlin. Not sure where yet, just somewhere we can reach by train without a super long trip. I'm thinking Hamburg or even Bremen; Caleb has mentioned Dresden I think. Not sure we'll stay overnight but if we do we'll arrange a hotel or maybe find something on ebab (based in Germany, so there are tons and tons of flats available). We won't be making it over to Cologne, which is I think my favorite city in Germany, but that's OK because we'll be seeing something new. My family is from northern Germany anyway and this will be the first time I'll be up there, besides that one trip to Xanten.