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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

We're Having a Heat Wave, la la la!

HeatwaveIt is still hotter than blazes here — though looking at the weather map, all of the US is in the reds and oranges. Note to self: must go see Al Gore's greenhouse effect film.

While, for me, sun is infinitely preferable to rain or snow, the heat is causing several difficulties in my activities. For example, have you ever tried to paint refinishing furniture furniture where the paint dries before you can sneeze? The dresser has been sanded, and I managed to get a first coat of paint on early in the morning. At sunset I'll apply a second coat, and do the distressing. And thus, one dresser done.

The heat forcing me indoors has done wonders for Luminarium, though. I've updated, fixed broken links, added new ones, created more pages, written bios, etc. I had to take a break from Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore — play texts take forever to edit and I had enough of this one for now — and moved on to Sir Philip Sidney. I decided to add the Sidney Psalms, since there is yet no free e-text of them online. I got ten of them done, and then had to take a break from those. The Hallelujah Chorus was singing too loudly in my head. And so, I added Sidney's "Dialogue Between Two Shepherds" and Sir John Davies' "Gullinge Sonnets" instead. I also still need to finish the Rochester bio, so textus interruptus seems to be my motto of the month. But hey, I did get a lot done, too. And wasn't it Leonardo Da Vinci himself, who worked on a million projects at once, and had completion issues? :P

desert islandI've finished watching both Season 1 and Season 2 of LOST. I got fairly hooked on it. Can't wait for the next season to begin. I've also gotten in an insane amount of HGTV (God, I love home improvement shows, they're like porn to me) and a fair amount of various make-over shows where ghoulish-looking unfortunates, who are used to being chased by angry villagers with pitch forks, get turned into attractive princesses and princes. The Princess Fiona in me digs that molto.

And tonight is my favorite reality-crack, Project Runway, wheeee! Speaking of which, Madeline and I are going to meet Austin Scarlett from Project Runway season 1 (remember the blonde who made gorgeous gowns à la Esther Williams, 1945?). Turns out that the judges, who told him to stop making gowns and diversify, were off the mark. Austin, who both Madeline and I were dreaming would make our Oscar gowns wedding gown trialfor us, was hired to design wedding gowns for Kenneth Cole. They showed them on TV, and they were dreamy! On Saturday, we have an appointment with him at Kleinfeld's in Manhattan! Lalalaaaaa! Madeline will make a beautiful bride.

After our little 'Sex and the City' tour of the good ol' Apple, we're coming back to PA and hanging out for the weekend. I'm thinking ice cream, cosmos, movies, maybe minigolf? Not necessarily in that order :P

I'm off. I'll probs give you all a little book report on what I've read in the past few weeks, but gentlemen be warned: being that it is summer, my tastes turn to chick lit in addition to the usual "real literature" and scifi/fantasy.

Since writing down that title for the post, Irving Berlin's "Heat Wave" has been playing on my 'internal soundtrack' (i.e., inside my head) so I thought I'd add a little clip here of Marilyn Monroe performing the same in "There's No Business Like Show Business" (1954), courtesy of YouTube:

Later Gators!



Blogger Katja said...

So you are going to NY with Madeline... I'm getting greener and greener... Say hi to Madeline and tell her to pick headshot nr 5, I was too shy to comment myself on her blog :)

Next weekend I'm going to my grandparents summer cottage with Oopi + Johanna. Can't wait to see lake Lummene again ! (Yes, that's where Lumene took its name. hmpph, maybe I'll come back as an arctic beauty *hehhee*). So lots of sauna (it is a wood-heated, yippii!), BBQ, swimming and picking blackberries :) Are you jealous yet ?

p.s. What did the dead panda's tell Sylvia ???

July 27, 2006 1:29 AM  
Blogger Anniina said...

OMG I'm so TOTALLY jealous. Add grilling makkara to that, and I'll keel over from jealousy!!!

Oh, Sylvia was speaking with her tobacco-eaten voice, no pandas this time... but she did tell people lots of things about their dead loved ones, and plugged her new book. Montel had a hard time keeping a straight face at times, hehehe.

And don't be jealous about NYC, we'll go when you come, and you'll get to meet Madeline too :) Maybe we can do Halloween in NYC >.> should get a hotel room for it though. I'll ask Madeline, if she thinks we can find a good party :P

July 27, 2006 9:50 AM  
Blogger Katja said...

ok, just let me know in advance, maybe I can find a hotel for us ?

Makkara is on my brother's must-eat-list, so I think we'll have them tomorow. I'll try to take a picture for you, so that you can have a virtual makkara. *hehhee*
I can't wait to get out of Helsinki, into the forest ! I hope, that I could find chanterelles, but I doubt it; it hasn't rained at all. I wish that grandpa would have told his secret chanterelle-place before he died. It is somewhere near our cottage, but I do not know its exact location. Hmmh, this is starting to sound like Survivor: Lake Lummene... Me eating EVERYTHING I found from the forest :)

Have fun in NY, I promise to stay away from the deadly mushrooms.

July 27, 2006 11:58 PM  
Blogger Anniina said...

I am totally drooling. I would commit a few crimes right about now for a finnish sausage!! It's just not summer without a proper barbecue!!!! *DROOOOOOL*

Have a blast babes!

July 28, 2006 2:25 AM  
Blogger Anniina said...

March 10, 2007:

Folks, the computer on which I had 'Tis Pity' died, so the e-text was lost and is irrecoverable. My apologies, but I don't have the heart to redo it.

March 10, 2007 4:40 PM  

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