Friday, September 30, 2011

Beachy Keen


These colorful beach huts were brought to you (well, to me) by Postcrosser JessikaRosa, who owns the coffee shop across the street from this beach in Victoria, Australia. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Let's Live Together

Did that title freak you out?  Sorry, I was just repeating what the card says.


Germany DE-355535 received 06-25-2009


I'm not sure exactly what this scene depicts, but it look somewhat biblical.  I thought maybe it was Noah, but there seem to only be one of each animal.  I don't think it's Adam, because he's too old and too clothed.  Postcrosser JuleVarjak, who is from Germany, didn't give me any clues either.  Anyone else have any ideas?


I'm keeping it short tonight because I really want to go read now.  I just got a Kindle today, and I have downloaded about 12 free classics and 1 library book so far. :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wait 'Til Next Year!

Today was the last day of the regular baseball season for 2011, and unfortunately, the Chicago Cubs will not be heading into the post-season.  Again.  So, as Cubs fans have done for the last 103 years (which is how long it has been since they won a championship),  I will be patiently waiting for April and the start of a new season.

The only card I have of Wrigley Field, where the Cubs have played since 1916, that I have not previously posted is one that I purchased myself.

  Illinois - Wrigley Field, Chicago

I have, however, received a postcard of U.S. Cellular Field, where that other Chicago MLB team plays.

USA US-404824 received 05-09-2009

This stadium, formerly Comiskey Park, opened in 1991, replacing the old Comiskey Park.  It became U.S. Cellular Field in 2003.  I received this card from Postcrosser Festerwretch.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Auriferous

USA US-419675 received 05-30-2009

Dahlonega, Georgia was the site of the first major gold rush in the US, in 1828.  When gold was found in California in 1849, the assayor of the Dahlonega Mint tried to get miners to stay in the area, telling them "There's gold in them thar hills."  So if you've always wondered where that expression came from, now you know.  And FYI, auriferous means 'containing gold' or 'gold-bearing'.  Wow, that's something else you probably learned here tonight.  I've got to stop before this blog becomes educational.  *shudder*

Oh yeah, I received this card showing scenes of downtown Dahlonega from Postcrosser brownhrb.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Soup-er

So here is the recipe for the soup that I made.  I'd give it an A-.  I'd make it again, and maybe use a little less chicken next time...and possibly the addition of some celery.  I had a small bowl last night when it was finished just to try it, and it was definitely better today.  It thickened up nicely, which is good because I don't like soups with too much broth.  I know that sounds weird because soup has to have broth in order to actually be soup. :) I ate a bowl for lunch, and had another bowl in the fridge for lunch tomorrow (I froze the rest), but I ended up eating that bowl for supper.  Anyway, here is a photo of the finished product.


Ok, moving on.  The new season of The Amazing Race started tonight, with the teams making their way to Taipei, Taiwan.  One of the locations they had to visit was the Confucius Temple.  Well...I don't have a postcard of that temple, but here is one of the Longshan Temple, also in Taipei.


I received this card from Postcrosser ann0324.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Soup's On

Right after I'm finished writing this post, I am going to attempt to make soup.  Yes, it will be around midnight at that point, but that doesn't matter to me.  Why am I going to make soup?  1.  I like soup.  2.  It's a good time of year for soup.  3.  I'm having one of my rare urges to actually cook something.  4.  Homemade is better than store-bought...in theory, anyway.  I'm just hoping that this isn't going to be one of the times where the idea of making something is better than the process of actually making it.  But I do not like cooking by any means, so that is usually the case.  I'm not going to say what kind of soup I am making just in case it turns out bad.  I will tell you, however, that I am not making this soup.


Thailand TH-44913 received 06-17-2010


According to the back of the card, this is Spicy Soup with Prawn and Lemon Grass Ingredients.  It actually does include the recipe.  If you want it, click on the card image.  Between the recipe, the address and the four very large stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of Thai Airways International (here is someone else's picture of them), Postcrosser funnyfairytale didn't have much room to write a message. :)


Ok, wish me luck with the soup!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What a Stinker

So, tonight in the AQ chat room, I was mad at wassamatta u because he called me cheap slut.  Well...actually, I was mock mad at wassa because he wrote something, and I wildly interpreted it in such a way that it became an insult. And it all sort of had to do with garlic.  Yeah, garlic.  So anyway, when it came time to pick a postcard for tonight, I decided to let wassa have the honor so that he would know he was "forgiven".  He asked if I had any garlic cards.  Well, in a way, I do.


I know most of you are looking at this postcard and are saying to yourselves "What does that have to do with garlic?"  Yes, I can hear you.  Every year, Gilroy, California, which is just south of San Jose, has a garlic festival.  I guess they couldn't see fit to actually put anything about that on the postcard though.  This card does show (clockwise from upper left): Bonfante Gardens entrance (wassa tells me this is now called Gilroy Gardens), Downtown Gilroy, Goldsmith Seeds Company and Gilroy Vineyards.

As a surprise for wassa, I am including a second card.  Of the city that wassa lives in! :)


This card shows (again clockwise from upper left): Museum of Art, Morris Daily Auditorium at San Jose State University, Municipal Rose Garden and the Winchester Mystery House, which I have wanted to visit for many years.  Some day....  :)  

I received both of these cards in flight 1 of the US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monumental

Belarus BY-25421 received 09-12-2009

"Victory Square.  The monument - Obelisk to Warriors of the Soviet Army and Partisans deceased in the battles for liberation of Belarus from Nazi occupants.  It was established on June 4, 1954."


Postcrossing member Baksolka from Minsk, Belarus sent this card to me.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Randomly Random

Nothing really to talk about tonight, so I just picked a couple of cards for the heck of it.  Well, more like they picked themselves....I opened a box and stuck my hand in and these are what came up.



This is Siedlce, in eastern Poland. The city was founded some time before the 15th century, but more than half of the buildings were destroyed in WWII.  The caption on the back of the card is in Polish, so I'm not sure what these buildings are.  I believe Katedra is cathedral, and I'm almost certain that Muzeum is museum, but that's about it.  I received the card from Postcrosser kubanczyk.




Białogard is in northwestern Poland.  There is no caption on the back of the card, so I really can't tell you what any of these pictures show.  The sender, ice_ice, wrote a long message though...well, as long as you can write on a postcard. :)  Her father is an American, and lives in the Chicago suburbs.  Based on my profile, she checked out my favorite band, Barenaked Ladies (I mention their song 'Another Postcard' for obvious reasons).  She said "Those boys sing very nice!" :D  Yes, yes they do.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Succinct

I tweeted so much about the Emmy Awards earlier this evening that I have run out of things to say. So here is a card that is appropriate to the night.


I received this card from Flight 1 of the US to US Travelling Envelope Round Robin.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Whew!

The past week or so, I have been worried.  "Why?" I hear you ask.  Well, because my TiVo wasn't updating the programming lists.  Not earth shattering, I know, but it is somewhat important to me. Normally, the updates are something that the TiVo does automatically every few days, but it hadn't updated successfully since September 1.  I searched the internet for help and tried a number of different suggestions.  I finally found one that worked, but it involved deleted all the programming info, including my Season Passes. My TiVo has now successfully updated, just in time for the fall television season to start.  Yay!


In case you were wondering, a Season Pass records every new episode of a chosen show so that I never miss one.  I had about 30 Season Passes listed before I had to reset.  Do you think I watch a lot of TV? :D  But seriously, they were all for shows that I do not want to miss.  Shows like Doctor Who, for example.


Doctor Who - The Tenth Doctor


First of all, yes, I realize that David Tennant isn't the current Doctor.  But I don't have any cards showing Matt Smith.  I would certainly accept them if someone wanted to send them to me though...  :)  And second, I been trying to post the rest of the cards that I received in 2009.  This, however, is not one of them.  I received it last month from a private swap with Postcrosser audiopineapple, but I was so freaking excited about it that I couldn't wait to share it any longer.  I just wish the postal service hadn't marred it. But at least that white streak isn't across his face.  That would be unforgivable! ;)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bridge Over Calm Waters


Bridge across Venetian Strait in Hydropark, Kiev, Ukraine.  Sent by Postcrosser alivemary.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Blue & White

That's what I see when I look at this picture.

  

The belltower, which located at Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius monastery in Sergiyev Posad, Russia, is almost the same color as the sky.  The monastery, which was founded in 1345, currently houses over 300 monks.  It is the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church.  I received this card from Postcrosser Habik.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Vintage

USA US-425888 received 06-09-2009


Obviously, this is the State Capitol Building in New York.  It is one of ten state capitols that does not have a domed roof, although it was originally intended to have one.  But the weight of the building even without the dome was not only creating stress fractures, but causing the building to shift downhill.  The large staircase in the front of the building was designed to support the building and prevent that from happened. Yikes!

The card itself is a vintage postcard.  Unfortunately, it gives no indication of exactly how old it is.  Vintage cards are a bit smaller than the average postcard today, and as you can probably tell from the odd way it scanned, the surface of the card is textured.  Postcrosser Okami sent the card to me as an official Postcrossing card.  And if you were wondering, yes, it is rather unusual to receive a vintage card through Postcrossing without swapping for it. :)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Rice is Nice

I didn't post anything last night because I felt that any subject other than 9/11 would have seemed insensitive, but I didn't have any postcards worthy of the subject.  So I decided to leave well enough alone.  And I'm not going to post much tonight because once again I am quite tired.

 Philippines - Banaue Rice Terrace, Batad Village

It's fascinating how people were able to turn such hilly terrain into land suitable for farming rice.  What is even more fascinating is that is was done completely by hand two thousand years ago, which is how long the Banaue Rice Terraces have existed.  Very cool!  I received this card as part of a private swap with Postcrosser stillwaters.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Movie Night

I spent the past couple of weeks rewatching all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so I have been neglecting my Netflix discs. I decided to remedy that today, and I watched the remake of Arthur with Russell Brand and Helen Mirren.  It wasn't the greatest movie I've ever seen, but it was still kind of cute.  I don't have any cards from Arthur, but I have a card showing Helen Mirren.


  Germany DE-310325 received 03-30-2009


This is from the movie Inkheart, starring Brendan Fraser, a movie that I have also seen via Netflix.  I received the card from Postcrosser DumDum, who lives in Germany.


After the new episode of Doctor Who, this evening, I was looking for something else to watch and I finally settled on The Wizard of Oz.  I'm trying to find something else to watch now, but none of the movies I own are appealing to me right now, and everything I want to watch isn't available instantly through Netflix.  Oh well, I guess I'll find something. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

Lovely

South Africa - Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

"Kirstenbosch is situated on the Eastern Slopes of Table Mountain.  Many of the South African Indigenous plants are threatened and Kirstenbosch is a haven where these plants are grown and protected.  Kirstenbosch is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southern Africa.  A visit to these spectacular Gardens is definitely worth while."

Private swap with Postcrossing member Protea.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

One for Two

Thailand TH-39626 received 04-01-2010

This is one of those cards that I have received twice.  Postcrossers nok1234 and aranya both sent the card to me as an official Postcrossing card about 5 months apart. I'm sure I wasn't so tired, I could think of more to say about it.  Then again, it's a pretty cool card so maybe it speaks for itself.  Anyway, I'm going to bed...right after the Packers win. :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Stuff of Nightmares

Tonight, I got sucked into looking at the Craftastrophe blog, which sadly is no longer being written.  Even so, it offers page after page after page of entertainment.  Some of the items are absolutely hilarious, and some are downright scary. The 16 Worst Star Trek Craftastrophes include some of each.  I should warn you though, some of the other entries are rather risque.  Make sure there are no children in the room when you look through the site.


I tell you, there are some creepy things on that site.  Then again, there are some creepy things on this site too. :)


Netherlands NL-274706 received 01-25-2010


I received this card from Postcrosser josephin, who is from the Netherlands.  She thought that since I like Star Trek, I would like this card because he looks like an alien, but honestly, I find him a little disturbing.  And yet, I can't look away.  :)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Something

I really had no reason to post anything tonight, so I just decided to pick something.  And here it is.


This is the Temple of Debod, which as you can see, is in Madrid, Spain.  However, it wasn't always in Madrid.  It was originally built just south of Aswan in southern Egypt in the second century BC.  However, in 1960, the temple was threatened because of the building of the Aswan Dam.  UNESCO decided to save the temple, and Egypt donated it to Spain in gratitude for Spain's help in saving the Abu Simbel temples.  The temple was rebuilt in the Parque del Oeste in Madrid, and was opened in 1972.

I received this card from both Amanda from Seattle and Green Tortuga (Ryan).  Amanda bought the card and wrote out the first part of it, and then clearly turned it over to Ryan to mail.  Not very smart, Amanda.  Ryan made sure to point out that she bought the card, but he bought the stamp, and the stamp was more expensive.  *rolling eyes*  When I'm sending postcards internationally (which is often), the postage is almost always more than the cost of the card itself.  I don't think it was really necessary...or nice...for Ryan to point that out.  But coming from Ryan, it doesn't really surprise me. :)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Shop Talk

Oops!  I just got home from grocery shopping and it's past time to write my blog.  So here is an appropriate card.

USA US-447363 received 07-08-2009

I think this is the only official Postcrossing card that I've received from someone else who lives in Indiana.  This store is in Fountain City, IN, which would be a 215 mile drive from my apartment, according to Yahoo Maps.  It looks like a place that I'd love to wander through and just look at everything.  Especially that aisle on the left....looks like lots of candy. :)  I received this card from Postcrosser emilyelisabeth.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

And Another

Ok, celebrating another AQ-versary tonight...Aurora's this time.  :)  She gave me a bunch of suggestions, and I narrowed it down to a waterfall or a beach.  She picked waterfall, so here is a beach.  Just kidding! :D



This waterfall is actually in a cave in Italy.  The Pertosa Caves near Salerno, to be specific.  I received this card from Postcrosser ValeP.

I couldn't find any other waterfall cards, but I wanted to post more than one card.  So I found another card from Italy...one that's not in a dark cave. :)



This is a lovely view of the Mediterranean in Reggio di Calabria, Italy.  It's not exactly a beach, but it's close.  Right? :)  Postcrosser Dynamite sent this card as part of a private swap.  

Friday, September 2, 2011

Everybody Sing!

Today is Goofy Girl's anniversary on AQ, so I let her pick the subject of tonight's post.  I couldn't find a card showing flowers like she originally wanted.  I don't get many flower cards because they aren't on my Postcrossing wishlist.  So she changed her request to a card or cards from her home state, which is....wait for it....OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOklahoma!  :)   Yeah, now try and get that song out of your head.


Oklahoma - State Capitol, Oklahoma City

Well, I guess the card pretty much explains what the building is.  The large Native American isn't a ghost.  He is actually an image of the statue, called "The Guardian", which is on top of the dome. I received this card as part of a private swap with Postcrosser AmoebaAlex.


.USA US-460473 received 07-27-2009

Obviously, this is a night view of the same building.  This card, however, I received from someone named Goofy Girl.  Hey, wait a minute!  I think maybe she remembered that she sent this card to me, and was secretly hoping that I would post it if she picked Oklahoma. ;)

Just kidding, GG!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Early To Bed...

So you may have noticed that I haven't posted for a couple of days.  I wish that I had some fantastic stories about where I was and what I was doing.  Like maybe I was at a fabulous party with all kinds of famous people.  Or that I won the lottery and was off planning how to spend my millions.  Or I was on a date.  But unfortunately, the truth is that I was sleeping.  I went to bed early the past couple of nights.  Actually, when I went to lie down, I had every intention of only sleeping for an hour or two and then getting up to write my blog, but once I fell asleep I was out like a light.  Which is funny because I feel asleep with my lights on both nights.  I have no idea why I was so tired.  Actually, I'm pretty tired right now, so I'd better finish this quick before I fall asleep on my couch.  Hopefully with a three-day holiday weekend coming up, I'll be able get a decent amount of sleep so that I'm not dragging so much every evening.

It seems like it's been so long since I've written a post.  I can't even remember what my last post was about or which card(s) I used.  And this new Blogger layout is freaking me out.  Everything looks so weird.  *a few minutes later*  Ok, I looked back at my last post.  How could I have forgotten about the shiftiness?  :)   Now comes the question of what to post tonight.  I guess I'll just pick a few cards that I haven't found a reason to use yet.



This statue is in the Old Garden of the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo.  Tsarskoye Selo is about 15 miles south of St. Petersburg, and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site encompassing the Historic Centre of St. Petersburg and Related Group of Monuments.  I received this card as part of group 113 of the 12 Viewcards in an Envelope Round Robin.



Here is a view of Marly Palace from the Golden Hill Cascade at Peterhof Palace, part of the same UNESCO site as Tsarskoye Selo.  And, not surprisingly, I received the card as part of the same round robin as well. :)



Finally, we have the Spit, or eastermost tip, of Vasilyevsky Island in St. Petersburg.  There are a number of museums on the island, and apparently a musical fountain just off the Spit.  I'm guessing that it's that big fountain on the right of the picture.  This card came from a round robin as well, but this one is from group 41 of the Round Robin Redux Traveling Envelope.

Hey, look at that.  I managed to stay awake to write the whole thing.  Yay for me. :)