Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ugh!

I started writing tonight's post a few hours earlier than I usually do. That's because I need to get to bed at a decent hour because I have to get up at around 4 AM. Oh how I wish that was an April Fools' joke, but unfortunately, it is not. We are having a corporate meeting tomorrow at the office down near Indianapolis, and it starts at 8:30 AM Eastern time. That's 7:30 AM my time. Neither the person I'm riding with nor I have actually been to this office, and we don't know exactly how long it will take, so we are meeting at 5 AM. UGH! I am not a morning person anyway, and my brain doesn't really start functioning very well until after 9 AM. I'll be lucky to find my way out to my car at 5. I don't know how I'll make it all the way down to Indy! :) Just to make sure we don't get lost, I'm updating the maps on my GPS now. Speaking of maps....

France FR-34819 received 10-28-2008

This card shows a map of Mayenne , which is a department (kind of like a state) in France. The 12 small pictures are scenes from some of the various cities in Mayenne. Postcrosser little_pop sent the card, and one of the stamps she included has two Olympic riders - from the equestrian and cycling events. I love Olympics stamps (and cards). :D Ok, let's see....I have my clothes picked out. My GPS is next to my purse. My alarm is set. The cats have enough food and water to last them until tomorrow evening. Yeah, I think I'm ready for when I get up at 4. Have I said UGH yet? I guess I did, but it bears repeating. :) Ugh ugh ugh ugh UGH!!! Good Night!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

4 in 1

Most of the time when someone sends me a Postcrossing card, that's exactly what they send me - one card. But every once in a while, a very generous person will send two. Postcrosser gizmah from Portugal sent four. Yes, four. I guess technically 3 of them would be considered advertising careds rather than true postcards because there is no room to write anything on the back of them. But that's just a minor technicality.


This is from 'The Brothers Grimm', which was released in 2005 and starred Matt Damon and Heath Ledger.


Here is another card from the same movie. I've never actually seen the movie, so I had to check IMDB to figure out that this is Monica Belluci as The Mirror Queen.


This is the card that gizmah was actually able to write on. The movie on this card is 'Scary Movie', which I have actually seen. The Portuguese title translates as "Always Comes Back", and since there were 3 'Scary Movie' sequels (I believe), that seems an appropriate title. The observant among you may have noticed that I have only posted 3 cards. Very good, you can count. That's because I posted the fourth card already in this post from February 22, 2009. It's the one at the bottom, just in case you couldn't tell.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Totally Unrelated

I picked out a couple of cards to post tonight, and then realized that they didn't really have anything in common except for the fact that they are both in Europe. And they both show buildings. And they are both vertical, which is somewhat unusual. But other than that, they are totally unrelated.

Belarus BY-5289 received 09-23-2008

This first card is of the City Hall in Svaboda Square, Minsk, Belarus. It looks more like a church to me, but I will believe the caption on the back of the card, which was sent by Postcrosser Karenin.


Estonia EE-33289 received 11-06-2008

And here we have Sangaste Castle in Valga County, Estonia from Postcrosser SiljaMikk. Um, yeah. So....that's about it. I hate nights like this when I really don't have anything to say. Not that you really care what I have to say anything. I know that you're just here for the pictures. :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Purple Part 2

Hey look, I remembered to post today. :) Unfortunately, I forgot to record the Postcrossing name of the person who sent tonight's card to me. I know it was part of a swap, and I know the person's real name is Bruno, but that's all the info I have. Oops! I do try to keep better records now, so hopefully I'll be able to give credit to the right people. Anyway, here is another card with lots of my favorite color on it.

France - Provence Lavender Fields

Pretty, right? If you haven't figured it out, this is a lavender field in Provence, France. I have a lavender pillow spray that is supposed to be relaxing so that I can sleep better. I don't know if it works, but it smells nice. :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Better Late than Never??

I forgot. I can't believe I forgot to write a blog entry for March 27th. *hanging head in shame* I never even though about it...I was too busy watching the last few episodes of The Tudors. I kinda knew how it would end (spoiler alert - Henry VIII dies), but it was still interesting. So anyway, I'm cheating a little bit and writing this on the morning of March 28th, but dating it the 27th. Then I will write another entry tonight for the 28th. That counts, right? The only problem is that I don't have any of my postcards with me, so I won't know if the sender wrote anything interesting until I go home and look at the chosen card in person. So there may be an edit to this post later.

USA US-285699 received 11-13-2008

I picked this card because I don't think it needs much of an explanation. Lake of the Clouds is located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. And it seems that it is surrounded by a LOT of trees. I'd hate to get lost in that forest. :) Thanks to Postcrosser masucci for the card.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Better Late Than Never

Here is a card from Ireland, which I should have posted on St. Patricks Day. It's only 9 days late. :D

When I was unemployed last summer, I sorted all of my postcards and scanned all of the ones that weren't already uploaded to Flickr (it's not like I didn't have time). I then went through all of the cards on Flickr and added the sender's name to the description. Or I thought I had done that with all of them. I must have missed this one, because there was no name listed when I picked it out as the card I wanted to blog tonight. So when I pulled the actual card out of the box as I always do, I was surprised to realize that it was another card from Amanda from Seattle. :) I have no idea why I didn't have that info on Flickr, but it is there now. If there is a caption on the back of the card, I sometimes mention what it says here on the blog, but not very often. I do, however, always include it on Flickr below the name of the sender. This card does have quite a lengthy caption, so if you are curious to see what it says, just click on the image and you will be take to the Flickr page (sheesh, how many times can I write Flickr in one post?). You can do that with any card I blog, except for the cards on the first 20 blog entries I posted back in 2008, because I didn't use the HTML code to post the images back then.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sick of Finland Yet?

If you are, that's just too bad, because I'm not finished posting Finnish postcards. :)

Finland FI-317977 received 06-08-2008

From Postcrosser Mianna, who was 12 when she sent this card in 2008 (no, I'm not done with the 2008 cards yet either).

Finland FI-317475 received 07-01-2008

Have you gotten the idea that there are a lot of lakes in Finland? It's the Minnesota of Europe! (Sorry, I'm tired and may be a bit loopy...) Anyway, this one was sent by sinistra. I think I'll go to bed now before the loopiness gets the best of me and you all start to think that I'm totally crazy. Instead of just slightly crazy. Yeah, I know you were thinking it. :P

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What are YOU Looking At?

Texas - Longhorn Cattle

I would swear that is what the cow is saying. She has a cute kid, I mean calf, though. :) This was part of a swap with alm74.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Original Grafitti Artists

It seems that people have always felt the need to draw on walls...even if they are the walls of a cave. :)


There are actually still Bushmen in southern Africa, but this cave art is thousands of years old. Very cool! I believe this is the first card that I have posted from South Africa, and it is one of only four that I have received from there. There's not that many Postcrossers in Africa in general, so to receive any cards from Africa at all is pretty good. A big thanks to Postcrosser mrsc, even though she did spell my name incorrectly in the greeting. ;) She spelled it correctly in the address though... 1 out of 2 ain't bad. :D

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I Woke Up for This?

I wasn't feeling well tonight, so I went to bed at 7:00. I woke up a couple of minutes before 11 and thought "Crap, I have to get up and write my blog." How sad is that? Ok, so technically I had other things I needed to do, like scoop out the cats' litterboxes (yuck). But mostly I got up to write this. So you'd better appreciate it!! :) Here is a card from Canada. I'm very surprised at how rarely I get a card from Canada. I only have 20 Canadian postcards total, and at least 5 of those are ones that I bought myself when I was up in Toronto with my parents in 1995. I remember the specific year because there was a deadly heat wave in the upper Midwest at the same time we were on vacation, with a high temperature one day of 106 °F in Chicago. It was only about 95 °F up in the Toronto area, which is still way too freakin' hot for my taste. Ok, time to get back on track and actually show you the promised card.


I always like to have the actual postcard in hand when I am writing these blogs, so I can relate any interesting facts that the sender might have written on the back. With this one, the only thing I seem to be able to look at is the misspelling of my name (Kristen instead of Kristin). No offense to ulsterfry, the sender, but how do people misspell my name when it is spelled correctly on my profile? Do they think that maybe I don't know how to spell my own name? :) This certainly isn't the only time this has happened, but it just annoys me. It's my parents' fault, of course, for giving me a name that has more than one standard spelling. Anyway, the fort shown on the card is in British Columbia. According to ulsterfry, the surrounding village is the oldest English-speaking settlement in B.C., established in 1840. Ok, I'm going back to bed now. Well, as soon as I scoop those litterboxes. Anyone want to do it for me? No?? I can't imagine why not... :D

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ewwww!

The title refers to the food (which I believe is crayfish...or crawfish to some), not the postcard.

Finland FI-352498 received 09-03-2008

Postcard courtesy of ykssoprano in Finland.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

No Zeus Here

Tonight's card shows Mount Olympus. No, not the Mount Olympus in Greece that was the mythological home of Zeus and other gods. This one is in Washington State, here in the USA.

USA US-272654 received 10-22-2008

It's very pretty, but I don't want to be reminded of snow. Spring is finally here and hopefully we won't get any more snow. But then again, this is the Chicago area, and snow in April certainly isn't unheard of. Anyway, this card came to me from Postcrosser JaninEdmonds.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Think Spring

Tomorrow, March 20th, is the first day of Spring. Hooray! I'm getting sick of wearing winter clothes. I want a wardrobe change. :) Also, I can't wait for the flowers to start blooming. Like this.

Netherlands NL-96128 received 09-18-2008

Or this.

Germany DE-330267 received 05-02-2009

The first card is from Postcrosser Cnorrie from the Netherlands, and is actually more of a greeting card rather than a traditional postcard. The second is from Postcrosser pne, who you might think lives in the Netherlands based on the tulips on the card, but who actually lives in Germany. I believe the caption translates to "Greetings and Kisses!" If that is wrong, please correct me. Happy Spring!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Just a Minute


This is the castle in Bielsko-Biała, Poland, and the card was sent by Postcrosser hersmile. By the way, the title refers to approximately how long it took me to write this post. That is all. Thank you for your time. :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Places I've Never Heard Of

One of the neat things about Postcrossing is that it acquaints me to places all over the world that I never would have known about otherwise. Here are a couple of examples.

Finland FI-368754 received 09-23-2008

These scenes are from Kuopio......care to guess the country? Oh, yes, it IS Finland. You're so smart. Either that or you know that I have lots of cards of Finland to post. Although, I don't seem to be getting as many from there as I used to. I wonder what's going on.... Anyway, the card from Kuopio was sent by leenamummu, whose message on the back reads "Greetings from Finland. Happy Postcrossing." I really like it when people write more than that. I do understand though that English is a foreign language to a lot of people and they may not feel comfortable writing more. But I can usually understand bad English. It's bad handwriting that is more difficult to figure out. :)

Finland FI-321725 received 07-14-2008

This striking island, or skerry, is known as Bengtskär, and it's the southernmost inhabited place in Finland. The message on the back of this card is longer than on the previous card. MUCH longer. In fact, I think it's the most that I have ever seen written on the back of a postcard. Postcrosser Ninna wrote very, very, very small. I would love to tell you everything she said about this lighthouse, but I'd be up half the night retyping it! :) But let me assure you that it's quite interesting if you like a bit of history. And I do. I realized just as I was finishing this post that I should have posted a card from Ireland, since it's St. Patrick's Day. Sorry, but I don't feel like typing another post tonight. So I changed the font color to green instead. :D I hope it's not too obnoxious.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Birthdays

At least 3 people I know have a birthday today. My mom is one. I sent her a card the other day. She doesn't go on the internet, so she won't read this, but Happy Birthday, Mom! The second person is my cousin, Shannon. I wished her a happy birthday on her Facebook page. The third is the person who sent me this card.

Bermuda - Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

Happy Birthday, Amanda from Seattle! I'm going to copy Goofy Girl and throw some confetti (and apparently some candy as well). :D

Netherlands NL-80692 received 06-10-2008

Postcrosser wiezzie from Ede, Netherlands sent this card. Oh, by the way, Amanda's card shows the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse (duh!) in Bermuda. She sent it while on a letterboxing cruise in 2008.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Get Off My Plane!

Ok, movie trivia time. The title of this post is a quote from which movie? Hint 1: It came out in 1997.
Hint 2: It starred Harrison Ford. Hint 3:

Maryland - Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base

Know what it is now? ;) I received this card as part of a swap with Postcrosser Ribit1.

Monday, March 14, 2011

When Hobbies Collide

SPOILER ALERT: At the end of this post will be the image of the stamp I carved for the Doctor Who postal ring. If you are in that ring, or hope to receive the postal at a later date, and you don't want to see the image ahead of time, you may not want to scroll down all the way. On the other hand, if you have no idea what a postal ring is or why (or how) I would carve a stamp, please take a look and post any questions you might have in the comments. :) Ok, back to the postcards. A funny thing happened a few days ago. I requested an address from Postcrossing (yeah, that's not the funny part). When I looked at the address, I burst out laughing. It was an address I recognized. Why? Because it belonged to Stacy, aka Nitrocat! Not only are we both letterboxers, but I've been to her house for a letterboxing gathering. :D Actually, the Postcrossing account belongs to her older daughter, but I have met her also. It's funny that out of over 200,000 registered users on Postcrossing, I should randomly get the address of someone I know. I can't imagine it will happen again, but you never know. There are a number of letterboxers who blame me for getting them starting with Postcrossing. Maybe I'll be able to make it up to them by sending them a postcard one day. Or maybe I'll get one from them. :) Anyway, the stamp I will be posting the spoiler image of below is of a Cyberman from Doctor Who. So I thought it would be appropriate to post a card or two from the country that gave us Doctor Who.


The first card show the Anderton Boat Lift in Anderton, Cheshire, England. It is one of only two working boat lifts in the UK. cubbev1313 sent this card, and actually took the picture herself.


The other shows scenes of Nottinghamshire, England, which may sound familiar because of the Robin Hood legend (as in the Sheriff of Nottingham). Postcrosser angellica included two cute shiny chicken sticker on the back. Shiny! Ok, now for the stamp spoiler. This is your last chance to stop reading if you don't want to see it. :D I stamped it in silver, but that doesn't really show up well on the scan. I made some boo-boos while carving and I'm not completely happy with it, but it will have to do. But I was rushing to finish it because I thought it was supposed to be sent out on the 12th, which meant that I was late in sending it out. I looked again today and realized that it is supposed to be sent out on the 21st. Can you say dyslexia? :) Oh well, at least it's done. And here it is.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Untitled

Well, I couldn't convince Anakin to write the blog again, so I guess I'll have to do it. Darn that cat! I'm not going to write much though, because it is late and I don't feel well. I'm all stuffy, and that is impairing my ability to think. I couldn't even come up with a title.

France FR-25159 received 04-29-2008

This card shows a row of what I assume are houses in Strasbourg, France. It was sent to me by Postcrosser Lubero.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring Forward

Meow and good evening, My name is Anakin. I am one of Kristin's cats. Kristin is once again at a Snoozeum at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, teaching young people about the U-505. She asked me to write her blog post tonight since she is not home. I'm pretty sure she didn't ask the other cat, Jedi, to write it because he is a doofus. Well, at least I think he is. Anyway, I just wanted to remind everyone (or almost everyone) in the US that Daylight Savings Time begins tonight. Ok, technically it starts tomorrow morning at 2 AM, but I think most people probably change their clocks before they go to bed, right? That's what Kristin usually does. But now she's got some fancy-schmancy alarm clock in her bedroom that sets itself, so she doesn't even have to worry about it. However, if you are not lucky enough to have one of those clocks, you have to change the clocks yourself. As long as I'm here, I thought I would include a postcard like Kristin usually does. I usually find her choices rather boring, so here is a card that is more to my taste.

Taiwan TW-86203 received 10-01-2009

Meeeeeeeee-ow! Oh, sorry. Anyway, this pretty kitten came from orange74724 in Taiwan. That lucky cat actually gets to go outside. I don't get to go outside. I do try to get out as much as I possible can though. However, once I do get out, I'm never sure what to do or where to go. It's really, really big out there, and there are a lot of strange sounds. So I usually just let Kristin take me back inside. Well, all this writing has worn me out. I think I'll go and take a catnap on the ottoman now. Have a great evening!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Another Earthquake

I was going to make a big deal about tonight's post, because it is my 140th post. That may seem like an unusual milestone to celebrate, but it also happens to be my 70th post this year. That mean half of my total blog posts have been in the year 2011. But unfortunately, there has been a massive earthquake in Japan, and it is MUCH more devastating than the earthquake in New Zealand. What made is so much worse was the tsumani that followed. Have you seen some of the video of it? It's horrific! And there are issues with 2 nuclear power plants that could make things so much worse if they can't be brought under control. I hope they can - I can't imagine a nuclear incident on top of all of the devastation that has already occurred.


This card is from Postcrosser Beru, who lived in Amakusa City at the time she sent the card in 2008. I hope she still lives there, because it is on the far southwestern tip of Japan, whereas the earthquake hit the north east. Either way, I wish her well. (By the way, if you can't read the caption, it says Sennin-zuka Tomb and the Christian Memorial Museum.) I'm sure we will be hearing about the earthquake for quite a while, because it will take a long time before the full extent of the damage is know. If you want to help, here is a list of organizations that are collecting donations to help with the relief efforts. Again, I encourage you to donate as much as you are able.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Carpe Diem

Tonight's card is rather unique. It is not a commercial postcard, but rather a card that the sender, tguy, printed himself. And in this case, Carpe Diem does not refer to the well-known phrase, but the name of the inn that he runs in Provincetown, Massachusetts. So I guess this is an ad card also. :)

USA US-292814 received 11-22-2008

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Two More

I'm posting earlier than normal tonight because I plan on going to bed early. I don't know why I'm so tired tonight, but I can barely keep my eyes open to watch Ghost Hunters. Plus, I'm bummed with the outcome of Survivor tonight. :) I'm going with two cards again tonight. I'm trying to finish posting all of the cards from 2008. Ha ha - yes, I am that far behind! The first card is from Postcrosser Eekin, and shows scenes of Sneek, Netherlands.



And then there is this card of Neede, Netherlands from Judje1986.



Yeah, that's about all I've got tonight. Night! *zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz*

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Two-Fer

Most of the posts I have done this year have featured one postcard. However, I have about 700 postcards that I haven't blogged, and more keep coming every week, so if I continue to only post one a day, I will never catch up. So I think I will post two cards more often, just so I feel like I'm making a big of progress. :) Both of tonight's cards came from Postcrosser neojojo as part of a swap. She also sent me a card of France, but I'll post that one some other night.

Germany - Statue of Roland, Bremen

This is a statue of Roland in the town of Bremen, Germany, which is where neojojo lives. I was very surprised to see that the statue dates from 1404. Wow!

Germany - Hamburg Fischmarkt

As the card states, this is the Fischmarkt (Fish Market - duh!) in Hamburg, Germany. I guess it isn't surprising that it is right next to the water. :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Oh Pooh!

When I first put a fairly comprehensive list of my preferred postcard subjects on my Postcrossing profile, one of the items I listed was Disney postcards. I was thinking postcards of the Disney theme parks. However, I was not specific enough about the theme park aspect, and I ended up receiving a few postcards of Disney characters. Fortunately, they were all cute, like this one of Winnie the Pooh.

Finland FI-483353 received 02-28-2009

Postcrosser sayna from Finland send this card. This card also has a Moomin stamp similar to the one I mentioned a few days ago.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Lightning

I was too busy writing out postcards tonight to take much time to write about postcards. :) So I'll just get right to tonight's card.

USA US-177673 received 04-23-2008

This very cool card came from whinendine, who lives near Orlando (at least according to the postmark). :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Another Close Call

I was getting ready for bed when I realized I had not written a blog post tonight. I swear, one of these days I am going to forget to post one. I can just see myself bolting awake in the middle of the night and cursing at myself. All over a silly blog - ha! :) Tonight's card is an ad card, which I normally don't care for that much. But this is an ad for a museum, so that's ok. By the way, if you go to the website listed on the card, note that there is a link at the top of the page to translate it into English. Unless, of course, you can read Malay. :D

Malaysia MY-9989 received 08-15-2008

Postcrosser halyah sent this to me in 2008, when she was 14.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Not So Random

Ok, I have a confession to make. Even though I said that the postcards I choose each night were going to be random, they really aren't. They did start out that way, but there were too many nights where I had to keep pulling cards out the boxes, trying to find ones that I hadn't already posted. I finally grew tired of that and decided to more actively pick the cards, starting with the cards that I've had the longest. So I apologize if you feel cheated, but you know what? Tough!! :D As I've mentioned before, I have a lot of cards from Finland, especially among my older cards. So here are a couple of them. Both of them are from my second Postcrossing account that I no longer use.

Finland FI-279878 received 04-14-2008

This card is from sawwku.

Finland FI-259560 received 03-03-2008

And this card is from Liukotu. Both cards have captions on the back, but neither have English translations, so I can't tell you exactly what any of these buildings are.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Squared

Finland FI-366375 received 10-16-2008

I thought I'd change things up a little bit and start with the postcard tonight. The people that just come here for the pictures should be happy with that. ;) It's another square postcard, and it's kinda small....just 4.5 inches square. It was sent by Postcrosser mannapuuro from Finland, and she put a cute Moomin stamp and some shiny teddy bear stickers on it. I like putting stickers on the postcards I send as well.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Did You Know...??

Did you know that you could blow up an inflatable ball with a can of compressed air? Yeah, neither did I, but it turns out that you can. "How do you know this?" I hear you ask. Well, it all started a few weeks ago when I was playing The Santa Claw. It's like those arcade claw games where you can win prizes, but it's much, much bigger and you play it over the internet. When I first heard about it, I tried to play, but the wait was 8 hours and my connection crapped out after only 3 hours. A few weeks later, the wait was down to 3 hours, so I got in line and was actually able to play this time. And I was able to pick up a ball and drop it into the chute. Woo hoo! I filled in my mailing address and then had to wait for my prize. I received the prize earlier this week. It was a pink knobby ball, but of course they couldn't ship it inflated. I thought I would have no way to inflate it because I don't own an air pump of any kind. But then I thought about the can of compressed air that I have sitting on the shelf of my computer desk, and wondered if it would work. I tried it and voilà! I now have an inflated knobby ball. :D By the way, if you decide to play The Santa Claw, please note that they are no longer giving out prizes. But you can still play just to see how good you are, and no prizes means that the wait to play is down to only a few minutes. I really really wish I had a postcard of the little green aliens from Toy Story ("Ooooooh, The Claw!!"). But alas, I do not. So I thought I'd switch gears and go for something totally unrelated...like The Alamo. :)

USA US-210425 received 07-08-2008

I vaguely remember visiting The Alamo with my parents when I was about 8 or 9, but specifics about that trip escape me. I guess I'll have to go back some time to refresh my memory. Thanks to Postcrosser Cinnamon1 for the card.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Just a Quickie

Oh my, I guess that wasn't the best title, was it? :) Well, I'm a bit tired tonight. Yeah, that's my excuse. And because I'm tired, I picked a card that I don't need to say a lot about.


As the caption states, the moutain is Mt. Fuji, which is Japan's highest mountain. In the foreground is Shimizu Harbor. This lovely card was sent to me by Postcrosser a668335484.