Monday, February 28, 2011

Two Months!

Including tonight's post, I have posted every day for the past two months. Granted, February is a short month, but still I think that is pretty good. How many of you thought that I wouldn't make it that long? Come on now, be honest.... Yeah, me neither! :)



I like how each of the pictures is framed to make it looked like a photograph collection on a wall. That would be some seriously hideous wallpaper though! All of the pictures are of Vienna, Austria. I just wish there was some sort of caption on the back to tell me what they are. Postcrosser Carmen, who sent this card to me as part of the 'US to Austria Tag', identified some of the locations, but I have to confess that I can't read her writing very well. I can make out St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Imperial Palace, but that's about it.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Oscars

Yes, I watched the Oscars tonight. It was a tough decision because The Amazing Race was on as well, but I can watch TAR on the CBS website tomorrow, so I decided to watch the Oscars. I like watching award shows. Well, TV and movie awards shows. I don't give a fig about music awards. Anyway, I like seeing what people are wearing, I like to see who wins (even though I haven't see most of the movies) and I like seeing the montages. Unfortunately, I don't have anyone here to make catty remarks to about the ugly dresses, hairstyles, etc. Well, I suppose I could make catty remarks to the cats, but they are surprisingly unresponsive to comments about fashion. So, I looked through my cards to see if I had any that showed former Oscar winners. I have several, so I picked one (I think I have already blogged the others anyway). Here is the winner of the 1964 Academy Awards for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color; Best Cinematography, Color; Best Costume Design, Color; Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment; Best Sound; Best Director; Best Actor in a Leading Role, Rex Harrison; and Best Picture. (It was also nominated for four more awards.)



Thank you to genigirl for sending this to me as part of the Movie and Television Round Robin. I also have a card of tonight's winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Natalie Portman. However, it's not exactly from her winning performance in Black Swan. :)



Obviously, this is Natalie as Padmé Amidala from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. This card was one of two that I received from scrapbookartist as part of a swap.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Almost Forgot!

I almost forgot to post an entry tonight. I was too busy rearranging my frontier. If you are saying "Huh?" to that, you probably don't play FrontierVille on Facebook. :) Anyway, here is tonight's card.

USA US-242110 received 09-03-2008

I think the USPS was a little confused here. Not only is there a postmark and a barcode on the front of the card, but the postmark and barcode on the back are upside-down, and the postmark is in the lower left corner. Fortunately, I can still read what Postcrosser baveda wrote to me. :)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Stupid Groundhog!

A few weeks ago, the groundhog didn't see his shadow, thereby "predicting" that we would have an early spring. But what did I wake up to this morning? More snow! And we're supposed to get more snow tomorrow. I think it's gotten to the point that most people around here are tired of the snow and are ready for a bit of a change. We want to see some spring flowers. Like tulips, perhaps.

Netherlands NL-106033 received 10-28-2008

Yeah, like those. This field of flowers is actually a photograph taken by Postcrosser Gonny attached to a piece of cardstock. It must have come in an envelope because there is no address or stamp on the back. But anyway, back to the flowers. I want flowers. *checking weather forecast and sighing* Maybe in a few weeks....

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Yay Me!

I was at the Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Museum of Science and Industry this evening, and I received my pin for 3 years of service. :) Actually, it's been about 3 1/2 years now, since I started in September of 2007. But anyway, yay! :) Unfortunately, because of my unemployment last year, I was unable to make it to the museum for about 5 months. Yes, I had plenty of time, but the museum is about 35 miles away and takes a lot of gas to drive back and forth (plus there are tolls), so I didn't go while I was unemployed to save money. So I will have to try to make up for it this year, and then maybe at next year's dinner I can get the pin for volunteering at least 100 hours in a calendar year. Anyway, I got home late and I'm tired, plus my neck really hurts because I slept funny last night, so I picked a card that I wouldn't have to say much about.

Estonia EE-22328 received 05-05-2008

This card is from Postcrosser fullagrace. It shows scenes of her hometown of Viljandi, Estonia.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Extreme Close-Up

What is it? It's the inside of a flower. What kind of flower, I'm not sure. Any botanists out there that know?

Finland FI-485583 received 03-02-2009

This card is from Postcrosser mayann in Finland. She actually sent me a second card. I think she wasn't sure if she had sent the first one or not

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Disaster

I'm breaking a little from my normal format tonight. I'm sure you have all heard about the earthquake in New Zealand today. The death toll so far is significantly less than in the Haitian earthquake in 2010, but it is New Zealand's deadliest disaster in 80 years, and just as devastating to the people who live there. Christchurch was the hardest hit city. I received this postcard of Christchurch from adriennegarry several years ago. Take note of the cathedral in the background.


This is what the cathedral looks like now. I'm sure there are a number of charitable organizations collection money to help those in New Zealand, which you can find online if you are inclined to donate. I'm sure they will be grateful for the help.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ain't It Grand?

Gosh, I'm tired! Not sleeping will do that to a person. So I think as soon as Castle end at 10, I'm going to bed. That's unusually early for me. And because of that, I'll keep it short and get right to the postcard.


I went on many road trip vacations with my parents when I was young, but for some reason, we never went to the Grand Canyon. Maybe I'll get there someday.... Card courtesy of Postcrosser Jaroth, who mentions on the card that he is a fan of Doctor Who (his profile picture is of the Tardis). I'm pretty sure that when I received this card back in August, 2008, my awareness of Doctor Who was minimal. Ahhh, how far I've come in two and half years! :D I've now seen every episode of the 9th, 10th and 11th Doctors at least twice each, and I'm working my way through all the old serials that are available on Netflix. And I'm know I've suckered, I mean influenced, at least one other person to start watching. :D

Sunday, February 20, 2011

One of These Things is Not Like the Other

I wasn't sure what, if anything, I was going to talk about tonight. Then I looked at the card I picked for tonight and something struck me as kind of strange. See if you can spot what I am talking about:


So let's see. On the upper left, we have a couple of red houses. On the lower left, another red house. Lower right, red house - check. Upper right, red hou....hey, wait a minute!! How did that moose get in there? If I didn't know better, I'd swear that my friend Mark, aka wassamatta_u, had something to do with it. :) *checking the back of the card* Nope, this card was sent by Postcrosser Tornedalica from Sweden. Oh well. I'm still curious why the moose is included on the card though. It just doesn't seem to fit with the other images. I managed to find the card on the manufacturer's website, but sadly it offered no insight. I guess we'll never know. :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Such a Fun Way To Spend Saturday Night

I was working on my taxes tonight. So yeah, the title was actually sarcasm. I realized earlier today that I had everything I needed in order to do my taxes, so I though I might as well see how I fared last year, especially because I was unemployed for 5 months. Thanks to the $400 "Making Work Pay" credit, I actually get a federal refund, but I owe $40 to the State of Indiana. I think that is because they took federal taxes out of my unemployment compensation but they didn't take state taxes. Oh well. Maybe I'll file my federal return now and wait until April to do the state return. :) Since we're on such a fun topic, how about another fun topic: art museums. (Yup, still sarcasm.)

Germany - Berlinische Galerie

I am so not a fan of art museums. We had a couple of field trips to the Milwaukee Art Museum when I was a kid, and I was sooooooooooo bored! I don't want to just walk around looking at pictures. Maybe that's why I like the Museum of Science and Industry so much - there is actually stuff to DO. :) This card is from Tellmewhat, and was part of the Museums around the World round robin. It shows an exhibit by Horst Bartnig at the Berlinische Galerie in Germany in 2006.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Movies I Wish I Could Forget

I don't go to the movie theater a lot, but I have been a Netflix member for almost 5 years, so I see quite a few movies. I don't love every movie I watch, but it's rare that I give a movie less than three stars (out of five). Looking at my ratings on Netflix, I have only give two-star ratings to 24 movies. Either I'm not that picky, or I know which movies I won't like and I don't bother to rent them. You may be wondering about the movies that I rated one star. Or maybe you aren't, but I'm going to talk about them anyway. Surprisingly, there are only seven. But they are the worst of the worst - movies that I will never even consider watching again. Two of them have Monty Python in the title. I'm not even going to say which ones, because anything Monty Python belongs in this category. Don't try to argue with me, 'cause I won't listen. *sticking fingers in ears* lalalalalalalalala Fargo is another horrible movie in my opinion. And how in the heck did Frances McDormand win an Oscar for it? She was in the movie for all of about 10 MINUTES! Sheesh. It may be surprising to you, but there is a Star Trek movie on my worst movies list. If it isn't surprising to you, that's probably because you've seen Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. I don't think I've ever made it more than 20 minutes into it before I can't stand it anymore and have to turn it off. It's completely unwatchable. If someone could go back in time and prevent this movie from being made, I'd really appreciate it. The last three movies on my list are all from the same franchise. I really didn't like the first one, and they just kept getting worse with each subsequent movie. I only watched them because the person I was with at the time liked them. Any idea which movies I'm talking about? Here's a hint (yes, I realize the card is actually for a video game).


Thank you to imagemg in the Czech Republic for this card. I'm not being sarcastic - just because I don't like the movies doesn't mean I don't like the card. :) Any other really bad movies that I should avoid??

Thursday, February 17, 2011

To Receive, I Must Send

I was so busy tonight writing out postcards to send that I almost forgot to write something about a card that I've received. The sending is a very important part of the process, because if I didn't send cards, I wouldn't receive any, and then what would I blog? It would just be words, and I know no one would bother with it then. Yes, I know you all come here just to look at the pictures. In fact, I don't even know why I'm writing this...it's not like you're gonna read it. :) Anyway, the cards I was writing tonight, which are all official Postcrossing cards, are going to Belarus, Belarus (yup, two to the same country), Florida, Illinois (the Chicago area, so it's not going far), the Netherlands, Japan and Germany. I'll put them in the mail at work tomorrow. It's always interesting to me to see how long it takes for cards to arrive at their destinations. Now for the part you care about: tonight's postcard.

Iowa - The Mighty Mississippi

I don't seem to have the screen name of the person who sent this card to me. I know it was a swap, because if it was an official Postcrossing card, it would have an ID number on it and I could just go look up the person's name. But I do know that her real name is Judy and I believe she lived in Iowa. Anyway, thanks to Judy.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How Mist-erious

I'm rather tired tonight, so I'll keep it really short. I think the card does a good job of speaking for itself anyway.

UK GB-41543 received 07-21-2008

This is the Corfe Castle Estate in Dorset, England. I received it from Postcrosser DebR. Believe it or not, it took me over an hour to write what little I've written so far, and it wasn't even that interesting. So I think I'd better stop now and go to bed, 'cause if I try to write more, I'll be up until 2 AM. :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Explanation

So, last night I tried something that I had been thinking about doing for a while - posting a card and not writing anything just to see what kind of a reaction I'd get. Clearly, not a big one considering only two people left a comment, and one of those two deleted the comment. But all comments are forwarded to my email address, so I know what that person said. :) Anyway, by not writing anything, I wasn't able to credit clovercool, the sender. And I also couldn't tell you which country it came from. I bet if you tried to guess which country that card was sent from, you wouldn't have picked China. But China it is. :) Now on to tonight's card.

Finland FI-269887 received 03-24-2008

Salo is a city in southern Finland, and it also happens to be the hometown of the sender, mamma. What's that you say? You want another card? Well, since I have so many cards of Finland, I think it would be ok to post another one. ;)

Finland - Helsinki Aerial View

This rather interesting perspective of Helsinki is courtesy of Lihis.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Yum

China CN-101757 received 08-17-2009

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Last Sunset

I have postcards from every state, but it wasn't easy. I had to trade for the last few states with people on the Postcrossing forum. Tonight's card is from one of those last states. And it shows a sunset. Hence the title of this post, which is a bit misleading, but it sounds rather epic, so I like it. :)

Kansas - Sunset, Wabaunsee County

This card, along with one from Mississippi was sent to me by nowaglas. She actually lives in New Mexico, but had some cards from other places. And since I didn't get any offers from anyone who actually lived in Kansas or Mississippi, I swapped cards with her. :)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Don't Judge a Post by its Title

It seems to be getting more and more difficult to think of titles for my posts, especially when I am tired. And most of the time, the titles I do manage to come up with are pretty boring. Oh well, hopefully you still find the postcards somewhat interesting.

New Zealand NZ-23411 received 12-16-2008

I like cards like this - I don't even have to say where it is from. Postcrossing mollydog sent this card, and used two different 'Sir Edmund Hillary' stamps. Makes sense - Edmund Hillary was from New Zealand, after all. I realize that I don't often pay attention to the stamps when I am writing my posts. I'll have to try and remedy that...I've gotten some really cool stamps on cards I've received.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Unavailable

"Hello, you've reached Kristin's blog. I'm not available right now. At the moment, I am volunteering at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, teaching kids about the U-505. If you visit Chicago, I highly recommend spending some time at the museum. In my absence, please enjoy this postcard that was sent to me by Postcrosser caroulina. It shows the sunset over Praia do Laranjal, Brazil. According to Babel Fish, this translates to 'Beach of the Orange Grove'.

Brazil BR-35295 received 06-06-2008

If you'd like to leave a message, please do so below. I'll read it as soon as I get home. I may be too tired to respond until tomorrow morning, though. Working and then volunteering at the museum makes for a loooooooong day. Thank you, and have a good evening!"

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Purple!

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post where I talked a lot about purple. Well, darn it, THIS is the card I should have had that night!

Taiwan TW-34766 received 03-25-2009

bess724 from Taiwan sent this card to me because my Postcrossing profile mentions that my favorite color is purple. I don't know anything about the Lavender Festival mentioned on the card because the caption on the back of the card is in Chinese. And searches on Google and Yahoo didn't reveal any clear answers. Oh well. The card is pretty anyway. Shoot, almost forgot that I have laundry in the washer. Guess I'd better go take care of that. I'm not as good at avoiding it as some people. ;)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Failed Again

I don't have a lot to say tonight. I used up all my brain power earlier while taking the Jeopardy! test online. I know I didn't pass. Once again, there were too many questions that I either didn't know the answer to or couldn't think of the answer within the 15 second time limit. I do have the ability to retain massive quantities of useless trivia. Unfortunately, much of it is pop culture trivia, and that only gets you so far on a Jeopardy! test. Oh well, I'll try again next year. Anyway, here is tonight's card.
USA US-253060 received 09-18-2008

I don't remember if I've ever seen a manatee in person. I may have when I was at Sea World in San Diego about 10 years ago. You'd think I'd remember, as they are certainly unique looking. I think they are so ugly that they are cute. That makes sense, right? :) This was my 142nd official Postcrossing card, and it came from kylie_c.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Night

Guess what I did today? I went to the library. Yeah, I should have waited to post my library postcard until today, but then I would have messed up my pattern. "There's a pattern?" I hear you say. Yes. Not a particularly obvious one to anyone except me, but there IS some sort of a pattern. Anyway, I went to the library to return Kathy Griffin's book, which I mentioned in my last post. My intention was to pick up one book - 'Wishful Drinking' by Carrie Fisher (I'm on a bit of a celebrity memoir kick). I left the library with four (4) books. It was only going to be 3, but a book that I had requested from another branch had come in. In case you are curious, the other books are 'Lucky Man' by Michael J. Fox, 'To the Stars' by George Takei and 'My Booky Wook' by Russell Brand. Anyone read any of those? Thoughts?? Anyway, here's tonight's postcard. It's not a library postcard...I don't think I have any more of those. But it's a nice view.


This is the city of Vilnius, Lithuania. The caption on the back of the card says "Vilnius at night". Night? Really?? I never would have guessed! :) The card was sent to me by Postcrosser pbg. Good Night!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Drawing a Blank

Tonight was one of those nights where I picked the card and then couldn't think of a thing to say. I stared at the card. I stared at the screen. I watched Castle, which may have been more of a distraction than a help (can you say Nathan Fillion?). But the show is about a writer, and the card shows a library, so I thought that connection might spark something. But alas, I still really couldn't come up with anything, not even a title, which is usually the first thing I write. As I type this, the title box is sitting up there all blank and forlorn. Castle is over, and now I'm watching today's episode of Ellen, which still isn't helping me come up with anything to write about the card, but at least it's making me laugh. Oh well, I guess I'll just post the card since I can't think of anything clever to say.

Canada - Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver, B.C.

As you can see, this building is the Vancouver Public Library in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It's certainly much more interesting looking than my local library, which I seem to use on a rather sporadic basis. After rereading a number of books I owned, and then reading some books I either bought or received as gifts, I finally decided that I had to go to the library and get something new to read. Ok, so 'Official Book Club Selection' by Kathy Griffin isn't the most intellectual choice, but I'm enjoying it. :) This card was part of a travelling envelope round robin, which means I don't have a sender to credit. By the way, I tried publishing this post without putting anything in the title box, thinking that it wouldn't let me do that. Surprisingly, it did. I decided it really did need a title though.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

WOO HOO!!!!!!

The Packers won the Super Bowl! The Packers won the Super Bowl! THE PACKERS WON THE SUPER BOWL!! Yeah, that's about all I have to say tonight. :) Oh yeah, that and GLEEEEEEEEEE!!! :) Ok, I'm done now. Really. I promise that tonight's postcard is completely unrelated to football or Glee. Granted, I've posted all my Green Bay related cards in the past, and I've never received a Glee postcard. But still, this card has nothing to do with either one.

Canada CA-84195 received 11-30-2009

See, I wasn't lying. Just a funny movie with funny-looking aliens. :D This card is courtesy of Canadian Postcrosser wackystuff.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

You Otter Be in Pictures

Ok, all together now: "Awwwwwwww!"


These adorable creatures are southern sea otters. This card came from Postcrosser cbc, who is from California. That's all, folks. Sorry, not very chatty tonight.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Getting Late

I wasn't really paying attention to the time tonight. I watched some tv, wrote out some postcards, chatted in the chat room, dropped the postcards off at the post office, and got a few things at the grocery store. After all that, I was seriously considering turning my computer off and going to bed. It was around 11:30 pm, after all. Then I remembered I hadn't written a blog post this evening. Crap. Or to use the word I accidently coined with a typo in the chat room - Craop. There are days when the posts are easy for me to write. Then there are times that I wish I could write more, but I'm trying to hurry for some reason. And of course there are nights when the whole thing seems like more of a obligation than something I do for fun, and I question why I do it. Because of the late hour and the fact that I hadn't though at all about what I was going to say, I thought tonight was going to be one of the "obligation" nights, but as I starting writing, I realized I had a bit more to say than I thought I did. This is certainly far from being my wittiest post...or maybe some of my other posts aren't really as witty as they seem in my silly little mind. But at least I didn't have to struggle too much with what to write. What I do wonder, though, is how I am going to segue into something relevant to tonight's postcard. Because nothing I've said has anything to do with a fort, a horse-drawn cart or the Philippines. Well, I guess that's as good a segue as we're going to get tonight.

Philippines PH-2198 received 12-31-2007

As you can see by the caption on the card, this is Fort Santiago in Manila, which I'm sure you probably realize is in the Philippines because I mentioned it above. The first fort was built on this site in 1571, and the stone fort was build between 1589 and 1592. Postcrosser kyutbabe sent the card to me, and she said that although she lived in a different city, she took a couple of field trips to the fort when she was still in school. I don't think I ever visited a fort on a field trip. I don't think there are even any forts anywhere near the area where I grew up. However, the most interesting place I visited on a field trip was The House on the Rock near Spring Green, WI. It was one of those places where you never knew what you were going to see next. Unfortunately, I don't have any postcards from there. Oh well. :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Enough to Make Me Go Cuckoo!

I had started to write a different post about a different card. But it was taking a lot of research and I just didn't feel like what I was writing was coming out the way I wanted it to. It was driving me a bit cuckoo, and kinda made me feel like I was back in school (yuck!). So I gave up and picked a different card from the same country. Fortunately, it is a country from which I have received a lot of cards. And no, it's not Finland. :)

Germany DE-302861 received 03-14-2009

This is the Männleinlaufen on the Frauenkirche in Nürnberg (Nuremberg), Germany. According to Wikipedia, it celebrates the Golden Bull of 1356. The seated man underneath the clock is the Holy Roman Emperor, and the other men are prince-electors. The church itself was built between 1352 and 1361, but the clock wasn't installed until 1506. I don't think it's technically a cuckoo clock, but I don't care - I like my title. :D Don't worry about that other card....I'm sure I'll get to it at some point. It was just giving a monster of a headache (like I had last night!) trying to figure out what to write. Oh yeah, you don't know what the card was, so that probably isn't as funny to you as it was to me. Oh well! :D EDIT: Ooopsie! Once again, I forgot to mention the sender. In this case, that would be Postcrosser melanie_luisa. See, I am going cuckoo!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sweet

It's gonna be a short post tonight because I have a massive headache for some reason. But as an update on the storm, the snow has stopped and my car has been dug out. Wahoo. Here's the card for tonight.

China CN-163714 received 04-22-1

Lots of good looking candy there. I wish I had some of it....it might help my head. Oh well. Thanks to Postcrosser ChenMeow from China for the card.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snowed In

The weather here is pretty bad already, and if the news stories are to be believed, the worst is yet to come. I doubt there are any schools in the area that have not called off school for tomorrow. My office is even closed tomorrow. Looks like we already have at least 6 inches of snow, and it continues to fall. The wind is whipping around the building, and it sounds like there may be a piece of loose siding somewhere. In other words, it's nasty outside. And I'm thinking I'm not going to be going anywhere tomorrow. Oh joy. Anyway, once again I wanted a nice pretty picture that doesn't show any snow. And I found one.

USA US-186697 received 05-27-2008

Ahhh, isn't that nice. :) I know I have been to Idaho, but I was very small, so I don't really remember anything about it. But it certainly looks beautiful. At least in the spring/summer. :D This lovely card was an official Postcrossing card from helmzie21.