Sunday, July 31, 2011
pizza was good--made in a brick oven with nice chewy thin crust and interesting toppings. I also had my first ever glass of white sangria which was fruity and refreshing-the perfect summer time drink.
Marie is the friend who had us and the Emeritus Professors over to her house on Wednesday and yes this was the third rather substantial dessert I have eaten this week...(I'll change my ways when I'm in Ohio...promise...)
Zingerman's. For desert my friend served a delicious French Canadian Maple-Sugar pie with cream and a wild blueberry coulis--it was scrumptious!!
This is a picture from the interior of the "Bavarian Inn" at Frankenmuth, MI. My friend/neighbor and I make an annual trek here every summer. We've been doing so for about 5 years. We shop at the outlet mall and then drive into Frankenmuth (past the World's Largest Christmas Store) where we always eat way too much food before we tackle the outlet mall one more time before hitting the road back to Albion. This was the first year we had other people join us--another neighbor and her daughter who had never been to Frankenmuth. We were surprised how many out-of-state license plates there were in the restaurant parking lot--Frankenmuth is a bit of a destination. It's very cute and hypes up its "Germanness" or more specifically its "Bavarianness". (Lots of flowers, blue and white flags & cheesy knickknack stores everywhere). Even the McDonalds is a bit germanified. The food in the restaurant is somewhat German - I had the Jägerschnitzel which is traditionally served with a mushroom sauce (with lots of mushrooms in it). The sauce at the Inn tasted nice and creamy and mushroomy but there was only one mushroom in it....
Nevertheless we had a good time and enjoyed our meal. I came away with a few bargains including a lovely new orange backpack, which I'm sure will serve me well when I'm in Ohio.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
We're re-watching Star Trek TNG. The first part of the first season was still very Roddenberry dominated, and so many of the shows have a high "cheese" factor. Roddenberry was obviously obsessed with "Q" too--he keeps turning up in some outlandish costume all set to wreak havoc on the crew for another 45 minutes...
He has a very people-oriented disposition--more like a dog than a cat--we both love how he tries to ensure that we stick to a "normal' schedule, i.e. he tells us when he thinks it's time to go to bed, and especially when it's time to get up to feed him, but also when its time to go down and get dinner and when it's time for lunch and a walk. I'm sure I'll miss him when I'm in Ohio. At least I'll have George.
Friday, July 29, 2011
One of the major changes will be the fact that I won't have internet access in my apartment. All my interneting will take place in the office at school (and so will be mainly work-related) or in other places--the library, coffee shops etc...I'm actually looking forward to being off the grid at home. At least thats what I say now...
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
laptop lunchbox with me for that reason. We went to the Barnes & Noble in Battle Creek where I decided to pick this one up--since I am on my own, and not a very accomplished or picky cook I thought a student's cookbook would be fine. I went with vegetarian to get some ideas for non-meat or fish based meals. I have packed what I hope is just the right amount of kitchen utensils--a couple of dinner plates, smaller plates some silverware, knives, a few pots and a skillet. I'm also taking a small microwave, which I'm sure I'll use a lot...I also picked up a small coffee maker and a new fairly cheap toaster. It's kind of hard to pack for a move of a year (well nine months). On the one hand I don't want to take too much stuff on the other hand I don't really want to live too ascetically, even for a limited amount of time...I hope I'm striking a happy medium...I'm a bit of a creature of comfort...
This is an illustration from a German encyclopedia I own. It's the "Meyers Konversations-Lexikon." I own the third edition, which was published in Leipzig under the title: Meyers Konversations-Lexikon. Eine Encyklopädie des allgemeinen Wissens 1874-78. I got it at the library auction one year that Albion college holds. It's a silent auction and I was very excited to get it--all fifteen volumes, plus supplements in fairly decent shape for $25.00. What can I say I'm a sucker for old German books. I really do like the illustrations. The badger picture is under the "predators--beasts of prey"=Raubthiere section. The German word for "badger" is Dachs--hence a dachshund is a badger-dog.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
This is a picture of two distant cousins—first cousins 3 times removed. Their parents were my great grand aunt Annette Lane, who married a Military Chaplain named John Hayward and my great grand uncle Alfred John Lane, who married “a daughter of Lane from Jersey”. This is only family connection I can find to Jersey, the “other” Channel Island. Most of my family connections are to Guernsey.
Interestingly, both the Balliwicks of Guernsey and Jersey are not considered to be part of the UK or the European Union. They are British Crown dependencies. I wonder what that would mean if I decided I wanted to live there…
Anyway back to the picture. The boy on the left is Dick (Richard) Lane and on the right is Alfred Hayward. I've spent a good chunk of time surfing the internets for information on either of them. Dick was the youngest of five. All I could find was a brief death notice for his older brother (the oldest of the five) Alfred Ambrose Lane, who died in Pilton, UK on June 16, 1889 at the house of his aunt, Mrs Hayward (the mother of Alfred in the picture). My Lane pedigree tells me that Richard married Anne Elizabeth Harlof, but I cannot find anything about her.
Regarding Alfred Hayward: born in Leix, Ireland - became a Major in the Army and married Maude Mary Kemmis, about whom there is quite a bit on the internets. Her father, e.g. was John Olphert Kemmis and he and her mother (Mary Louisa Needham) lived in Canada and India. She also had a second husband.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Here is one of the haircut pics.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
orange tabby for a ride today to see how he would react to being driven somewhere that was not the vet's, since those are the only car rides he has ever taken with us, other than when we first brought him home in 2004. (From a pet-store in Jackson, where an employee had found him in the parking lot where someone had dumped him). It was a lovely day and we drove around the back-roads for about an hour, listening to our latest audio-book which is whatever the audio-equivalent of "page-turner" is...The Girl Who Played With Fire, the second installment in the famous Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. George was not a happy camper of course, but he actually did better than I expected. At first he meowed and meowed but after a while he fell into a sulky silence and just sat quietly in his carrier. I think he at some point realized that we weren't taking him to the vet, so he just simmered down. And even when he was meowing it wasn't as deafening as with some other kitties, since his meow is quite high-pitched and not very loud--more like a squeak. And best of all was that when he was let out of the carrier back home, he reverted back to normal George almost immediately, which was a good sign that the driving had not traumatized him. Of course the actual move will be in a different car/van full of other things and will take quite a bit longer, but I think he will be OK. I'm sure he will be a bit traumatized by being in a completely new place, and without his brother and sisters, but I hope he adjusts fairly quickly.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
I ate my very first Coney Dog on this day! I liked it, even though (or perhaps because...?) it's not the healthiest of foods. I thought the hot dog, meat sauce, mustard and onion paired well with the squishy bun. The french fries (to me they are still chips) at this particular establishment were sub-par, but the dog was good!
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Hansi likes walking along the wooden borders we had put in when we had the yard landscaped--he thinks we put them in just for him -- and who is to say we didn't?
This shot was an attempt to get a picture of him plank-walking but he was too fast and got to the pathway before I got the shot...
Saturday, July 2, 2011
I'm just slowly getting started on course prepping for the three language courses I'll be teaching in the fall at Miami University. Classes start on Monday, August 22. I'm looking forward to being back in the classroom after a rather long teaching hiatus. These are the books that will be used in two of the three courses.