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I just ordered TIME REGULATION INSTITUTE in paperback (and not Kindle) so you can read it after I do. And then we can talk about it. . . :-) It's supposed to be "the greatest Turkish novel of the twentieth century".

"This is the story of the misadventures of Hayri Irdals, an unforgettable antihero who, along with an eccentric cast of characters (a television mystic, a pharmacist who dabbles in alchemy, a dignitary from the lost Ottoman empire, the "life-artist" Halit), founds The Time Regulation Institute. The institute's quixotic quest: to make sure all the clocks in Turkey are set to Western time. Thus begins a brilliant satire about the calamitous arrival of Western and corporate values in tradition-bound Turkey. An uproarious tragicomedy that is still startlingly relevant, The Time Regulation Institute illuminates the collision of East and West, tradition and modernity, that has been playing out in Turkey since the early twentieth century. Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar (1901-1962) was a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, literary historian, and professor. He is considered one of the most significant Turkish novelists of the 20th century. Deeply influenced by Valery and Bergson, he created a unique cultural universe in his work, bringing together a European literary voice and the sensibilities of the East. "

OMG Doggy Day care must be big business! We drove by the one kitty corner from work (on 82nd) and they have literaly DOUBLED in size! Seriously, they just built a SECOND buidling! THey now have a wellness center. . .

Yes! I'll do it, but can't start until after my current read, which will take a few more days. Is that ok?

Yes, I'd love to. I'm currently on vacation -- in the Austrian Alps(!) -- sou won't be able to start until the 20th, though.
Sure I will go on the hunt for a copy.

I haven't started it yet. I'm on track to start it this weekend. Thanks.

Me too. Where? When?

I have no brain cells. . .

I am swamped with school right now, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to get to it. So many non-fun readings to do :(
Hi Katie,

I found a copy of The Bloody Chamber at one of my favorite used bookstores today, so I am all set!

Hi. I'll try to find a copy of The Bloody Chamber and will join in! Thanks for the reminder Katie!

Hi Katie,

Yes, I am up for a group read of Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber! I will hit the bookstores during my lunch break tomorrow and see if I can scrounge up a copy. ILL would probably take too long. Besides, I have forgotten how to go about placing an ILL! If I have to ILL, I will.

Today is looking like it would be our best chance for a walk . . . .do you feel adventourous? I printed out the Locke Park map, and was thinking that I would start adding the part that goes towards the river since Gracie & I seem to be doing pretty well on the first 4 1/2 miles.

Nanny Ogg's Cookbook: A Useful and Improving Almanack of Information Including Astonishing Recipes - has been ordered!

You knew I wouldn't be able to resist, right??

Oops you are correct. . . vista is volunteer 'work' but some get stipends. But still, gives you some ideas.

I have just 'signed' my summer away. I have decided to bite the bullet and use some of the insurance money to go back to school - starting 06/17! Microeconomics no less! Now I just have to decide do I want to try the ‘short’ one from 06/17-07/13 (which starts 20 minutes earlier and goes 40 later) or the 2nd one that goes through 08/09. Unforturately it is Monday-Thursday! So I will have to put volunteering on whold for a bit. And Gracie will not be happy! Of course the good part is work will reimburse me for up to $5,250.00 per calendar year for tuition, fees & books, of course the catch is that you have to take (and pay for) the course first. Which is why I haven't done it before.

I am all for walking this weekend. We (the dogs & I) did a short walk last night. It was very cold & windy.

I have a question. You said that you need to do more writing. Where to you 'normally' write? Do you usually start on the computer or with paper? At home or do you go to say the library? Did we want to start making some 'writing dates'? I got a laptop (or two :-)) so I can write anywhere. . .

Ferrets as poodles??? I guess that is better than rats as chichuachua or how ever you spell it. :-)

The spell check thing, yep, its my home computer. My work somputer doesn't seem to 'spell check' anything on LT.

Hope you feel even better tomorrow!

We're very happy she was able to find a home so quickly! Of course, she's a pretty dog with no issues and a desire to please. I'm more accustomed to the dogs with giant issues who require rehabilitation! We sent her off with a bag of heavy duty chew toys. They're getting a good dog -- no aggression at all -- I could take a toy out of her mouth and remove the food bowl while she was eating and she had no trouble sharing that bowl with the other dogs. She's housebroken and smart and great with kids and cats. Who wouldn't want her? Well, clearly someone, but now she's got her permanent place.
Check out the website for information on Silverwood - they have a coffee shop!

Too bad they don't say how long the trails are, but there is a nice map. Also I found a "LittleFreeLibrary" in the shape of a tree, with copper leaves for roof tiles.

I seem to be having issues with my iPod-shuffle charging, so I am not sure that I got the distance for the trail correct. I am going to try again tomorrow. Gracie & I had a nice walk there yesterday, even though it was a bit cold. I talked to a lady who showed me an owl nest that has baby owls in it.

Have you ever walked at Theo Worth Park? It looks like a good possibility, but I can't tell if there is a 'loop'or if we have to turn around . . . or where to start.

Gracie & I walked at Silverwood yesterday (the old Salvation Army camp on Silver Lake Road and County Road E). It's nice and very open even with the trees, but the main loop is only about 1.5 miles, and the best parts are dog free zones :-(. It looks like an 'interactive' trail, as in there are markers with information that you can use with your cell phone. . . ? Of course I guess since it is a really new park, that having stuff for cell phones shouldn't be that surprising.

I told Bruce that Gracie & I are going to walk there tonight before we go to the YMCA, that way I will be sure to get a good workout, even if he is only up to being there for a little bit. And it is sure easier to get 1.5 miles done on a trail than to go around the indoor track 15 times!

The Turkish "word" of the day is - riske girmek - to venture; Riske girmeden kazanılmaz (Nothing ventured, nothing gained)

Tomorrow - 4:45 at Bredesen?


BTW the fortune cookie that I tols you about says - You must give up what you could lose in order to gain what you could not lose.

Of course it's very easy if you add the "in bed" to the end :-)

OK, i will try calling you later - but 5 would probably be better. I am not sure I can get home, get Gracie & get back there, unless you were thinking sans dogs . . . .

Me too! Bleh. I figured it was because I was finally trying to get iTunes on the new computer. I got this widget that is 'supposed' to do it. Well it works better then nothing. . . but still not transferring my play lists. UGH!!! But I did treat myself to the last Gripin album (and yes - grip in Turkish also means the flu). I like them a lot.

Also I am thinking of applying for this job at our corp office - financial analyst. They want a degree, which I don't have, but I know I can do the job and I have been with the company 13 years, so I know the business & the computer system. But. . .

Ha, but the buy who plays Hansel is hot! Ok, sort of.

Wiki says - Mainstream critics generally panned the film, particularly for what they saw as its weak script and gratuitous violence. However, horror genre critics were more positive, viewing the film as unpretentiously entertaining. The film topped the domestic box office on its opening weekend and was a major hit in Russia. A sequel is currently planned.. . it is the first English language film and the first big studio production of the Norwegian writer and director Tommy Wirkola, up to this point best known for his Nazi zombie-themed, independent horror comedy film Dead Snow (2009).

"Is Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters a good movie? Probably not. At least not in any way that is defensible by regular critical standards. Is it a hell of a good time? Absolutely so. Unabashedly so. That's all it wants to be."

And the costumes & props look cool.

We drove over to the park today to check to see what it looks like. yep, snow shoes would be required. They basically plow the parking lot, creating nice snow banks along the edges, and the road up to the dog park and that is it.

So we would have to come to your side of town if you know of one or two with sidewalks that are clear for walking on. Remember tall hubby and ice or snow patches do not mix :-)

Are you interesting in seeing Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters at Brookdale this weekend if it is still playing there?

I have been contemplating getting rid of most of my 'paper' books and converting them to e-books.

OMG my Library Thing page is in TURKISH!
The Turkish men are starting to annoy us. But Drisana met a really nice "boy" (as in he is about her age, who calls himself Ashley) and they are going out for hooka tonight. .

And. . .

The Sultanahmet Mosques at night during the last call to prayer is the most awe-inspiring thing I have ever experienced. No kidding, it was hard not to cry I was so moved. The white stone lite up against the dark sky with sea gulls flying around. Drisana liked it so much she recorded it.

Hopefully at least a couple of pictures will turn out.

No, Saturday. They are closed Sundays. . .

If it doesn't work we can always get together after the trip. It's not like I don't have a zillion things to do . . .

I just realized I never answered your question about my Buddy. That picture was taken about two years ago so he would have been 8 years old. I see you have your own sweet dogs Katie. What would life be like w/o our dogs??
I finished Devil late last night. As I expected, the ending was more Holmes than the Fair. Now I have to compile my thoughts....
Thanks for the info & link. Very interesting!
I grew up in a very young town (comparatively) in FL, so I've always been jealous of stately old grand dame buildings in Chicago, NY, etc. That's what has fascinated me the most. I have never been in a bldg over 8 stories. Learning about how they got the ground to support tall buildings is the most fascinating part of the book so far for me.
I am on pg 267. The Fair is open. The numbers on the waterfowl they introduced. Wow. I was thinking - did they have to feed all those ducks? Because there wouldn't be any bugs in the newly laid sod - would there? And of course the two lonely flamingos. Did they try and fly south? Poor things.
And Holmes. Certainly must have been an energetic man to put all the effort into these relationships with women when he truly didn't care about them. Unless he considered them a necessity, camoflauge or whatnot. Yes, I do wander about Larson and his license with the personalities. I'm sure it's a difficulty all biographers come up against. At least OJ is living
Whew, took a really, really deep breath and we now have tickets! Drisana didn't get the layover she wanted (Amsterdam) and I didn't get my late departure (we leave Istanbul at 7:25am! Yuck) But we do get a long layover in Chicago on the way there and over 7 hours in NYC on the way home. Now she can stop asking me to go to Bora Bora or Dubai instead!

Sorry, they are closed on Sundays. . . :-)

Re: Ripper TMI... I think we're in for more of that...
Yes, a very sick man. And Larson seems to take such pleasure in talking about how easily the women are to prey on, doesn't he? I am enjoying his writing for the most part. I think he talks about 'blue eyes' and 'a blue stare' too much. Maybe it will decrease as we get further in. What an interesting book!
I read the first 50 pages last night and enjoyed it quite a bit. The parts about how to build buildings and the sub layer is interesting!
Ok, I'll start it today!
Hey Katie, I managed to get a copy of Devil in the White City from my library but if you need more time, let me know and we can postphone our tandom read if needed. Don't let it stress you out.
Brief and Wondrous Life- I read about 40% of it, loved it, never finished it (!)
If you'd like, I'd be glad to loan you my copy of Devil in the White City!
Oh, well hope you fell better soon!

And the Doctor Who X-mass special marathon!

And maybe a trip to the movie theater. . . .
Hope you have a good X-mass.

Great, I've added you to the Zoo City list for February!
Just to let you know to keep your 'eye out' for a Gracie-sized dog that needs a home. Not that we are actively looking, but if you hear of one. . . we might be putting Rosie down in the near future. She refuses to use the ramp and falls a lot when trying to take the stairs. Bruce also said that it looks like she is starting to be in pain. Bruce said he would like a cuddler. . .

Meat & Cheese hawker?

I think that movies at a 'regular' theater are about $10, weekend matinees at Wynnsong are $6.75.

The Indian movies start at $12-10 and the price goes down the longer they are at the theater & I am guessing how popular they are.

Chakravyuh (released 10/24) is $3, Cameraman Gangatho (released 10/18) is $6, and Student of the Year (released 10/19) is $5, Dhenikaina Ready (which looks good, was realsed 10/24)is $7, unless you manage to get a noon show, which I don't see a listing for. . .

Brookdale 8 says that Son of Sardaar will open Tues 13, show time is 7:30 - tickets are $10!! Hopefully it will be cheaper later in the month!

Yes we saw OMG and it was a good thing, it turned out that it was the last day. No samosas though. But we were told that they also have chai.

It wasn't what I expected, but it was very good. It turns out that Bruce really didn't want to go, but went to humor me. So when the movie was over he thanked me for taking him, and he said that he might even want to get it on DVD when it comes out.

It was very thought provoking. The description that I read was totally different from the actual movie. Yes, it was about a man who doesn’t believe in god, whose business was destroyed by an earthquake, who decides to sue god because his insurance company says that he is not covered for ‘acts of god’. He is in dire financial straits since he had mortgaged his house to help his business, no one will buy the land his shop is on because it has broken idols on it, his family leaves him and to top it all off someone shows up with papers saying that he paid of his mortgage and he now owns the house. But not to worry, he can stay there and when he, Krishna Vasudev Yadav, is done with the work that brought him to town the house will be his again. Akshay Kumar is my new favorite Indian actor; he made a perfect Lord Krishna. Om Puri was also in the movie.

I think that I will try to see at least one Hindi movie a month. They are (usually) fun and what movies should be!

Well there's plenty of help here on LT. I think many people use the same user ID for both. What I did to find you was use "tools" from the home page, then " email address lookup" and put in cammykitty and it seemed to find someone who looked a lot like you. I was lucky that I found out about BM from a friend at work, so I could just walk across the hall to her office when I had questions.
Found you on BM. If you've got any questions, I'd be happy to help. I remember when I joined I had tons of questions. I see you joined the BM group here too. They can help too.
I told Bruce that I wanted to go to the 4:15 showing of OMG Oh My God! this Sunday. It is a 2012 Indian satirical comedy film that satires organized religion. I figure that it is a good, non-food related goal to encourage us to reach some goals.

Let me know if you are interested. I am leaning toward checking out the Indian restaurant near there too.

Hopefully I get my car & computer back today. . .

I told him if he gets out tomorrow it has to be before 3 o'clock! He said fine, spend time with my hooligan friends.

See you tomorrow!

Sunday actually works better for me too.

I thought I would get both my car & the hubby back today - but no. Maybe tomorrow for the hubby and Monday (maybe) for the car. :-( Turns out that the horn was smashed too, and they want to make sure that they give it a good once over before they give it back to me.

Sigh. . .

Interested in going to see a movie this weekend? ENGLISH VINGLISH is playing at Brookdale 8 (on Shingle Creek.) It is a Hindi movie about learning English & takes place mostly in NYC.

It is a cash only establishment (I think) and they usually have samosas at the consessions!

Show Times:
Saturday Oct 27th @ 3:40p
Sunday Oct 28 @3.45p
Price: $5 ALL AGES

No problem, glad the computer is working out. oh, thanks for reminding me I wanted to check to see if he has a new song out, in his last video they highlight his eyes a couple of times.

hey I got someone fired today. OK, he got himself fired, by sending an extremely rude e-mail to me and copying my boss, amoung other people. I guess he thought that if you spell it - Azz - it doesn't really count? He is a really annoying person and I don't think that there is anyone sad to see him go, and quite a few doing 'a happy dance' when we got the announcement.

Oh, yeah bruce is in the hospital in the ICU. Even though the blood tests came back negative on Tuesday, and they didn't find anything at the urgent care last night, he had a hi-temp this morning and extremely low blood pressure. He has a UTI and an infected toe.

Who cursed us with an eventful life??

I added the breakroom phone to my contacts list. . . :-)

Oops! If you call me from a phone that isn't your 'regular' phone you need to call me twice.

I don't answer if I don't know what the number is unless they call back right away. . . too many 'robo' calls with the hubbies doctors. For some reason they seem to have my cell as his main contact.

Sorry we have the plague. . .
Gracie certainly has missed the walks too. One time she looked at me like - what we aren't going for a walk? Are you sure?

Locke Park it is. I do have Drisana's car, she is in Denver, so I also have Kila and Lady, and Sedona the cat the keeps sitting on my keyboard - she isn't going for a walk :-)

I think that I am going to try to Seafoam it again today, after the State Fair. Try a slightly different approach, just have it idle and then sit for minutes or more. Hopefully since I plan on doing it in my driveway I won't get the big cloud of smoke that so many of the You Tube videos show!

Though, I should probably stick close to home. We just seafoamed the car, I have different engine light on now. URGH! I don't have $700 to have the intake valves cleaned! It does seem to be running a bit better. . . I don't know. Car is stressing me out.

3 sounds good. Where did you want to go? The usual? Or somepleace by you?

re: Che

No I haven't read it, I just bought it this afternoon at a book sale. I'm not sure when I'll get around to reading it. I just decided to add more non-fiction to my collection, and it was on a recommended reading list. I'm glad you found it worthwhile if overpowering.
Monday sounds good.

I would say that it would be dog friendly since it is in the park. I figured that it might be a low-key event for Sage.

Sure you aren't looking for a puppy. . . but they are so c-u-t-e!
OK, maybe we should stick to Locke Park for a while. The Dummies books says that dogs are more comfortable in familiar surroundings, so that makes more sense for Sage. And there is a nice dog park there too (and no fee :-).) We still have lots to discover, and it can be as long as we need it to be. I am interested to see what the part past Old Central looks like.

Should we go there tomorrow? If so what time? We could even picnic there if we planned ahead.


I was wondering how you were doing. Tuesday we walked around Cedar Lake with the Nordic walking group & I got over 12,000 steps. Today we are taking the night off, my feet are thankful.

I am open to suggestions. I am playing with the idea of going to the Ren Fest on Sunday though, so Saturday would be my first choice. Obviously the Louisville Swamp is out until that is over unless we want to spend all day there.

I was going to suggest Elm Creek Park or Hyland Lake Park Reserve, but they have too many rules, like the "Dogs must be kept on a 6-foot, non-retractable leash" one. I'm not a huge fan of walking with a 6 foot leash except when on the road or around strangers. I suppose that I could pretend that I didn't read about it. . . .

Cool. When is our next walk? My co-worker says that their dog puts cans in the recycling bin, and loves to open bottles. I told him that he should borrow the book when I am done with it. They have a 2-3 year old mutt with a lot of energy.

I figured we would start working with Gracie on our walks, once we work the edge off so to speak. Re-introduce heel, sit etc. She sits at home, but on the trail she seems to get too excited and forgets. And then start with some easy new commands like: car, inside, under and work up to stay, wait (two commands she wasn't good at at all when she was in puppy class) and target (that one sounds like something she would like.)

Nordic Walking tonight. Too bad Cedar Lake doesn't seem to have any parking lots near where the group is meeting.
Question about clickers. Are some better then others? Do you like them? Can you tell my book came?

We walked all the way from the parking lot to HWY 65 at Locke Park yesterday. Except for that one stretch with the huge power lines it is pretty like the other parts that we walked on with you. That tall hill the we went down with you isn't that much easier going up. But what a good workout!

Sleep is good I highly recommend it. I try to get caught up on my sleep on the weekends. Thinking of goind to see a movie, or maybe two today. I want to see Batman (becuase you should see it on the big screen) Bruce thinks that it sounds too depressing and wants to see Brave. I think I sence a non-food bribe.

Parking? I think I am getting too old since finding parking spots seems like too much work. LIke my mother doesn't like to drive on freeways.

Urgh. Gun Breakfast, ate too much. There were women there today! We talked about books. Good to get the hubby out and socializing.

Now nap. Oh, we also had a very good workout with the PT. We used dumbells, must reemmber to use them again. GOOD workout for the upper body & arms.

I think I am peopled out today. One or two are fine but anymore seems crowded.

Normally Irish fair sounds good, but probably too many ops for spending money . .

It is amazing the variety of dogs around here! I only saw a couple today but one looked like Sage only shorter ears? Another was an Afghan. And of course a Westie. Last night there was a brown & white Dalmation, a German Shorthair and a bunch of others.

From my house and through Kordiak is almost exactly 2,000 steps. So I looped around in the park a bit and got just over 6,000 steps. Then we went to get Bruce's computer. There was a line, so I walked around Best Buy, and the mall, and Best Buy a couple more times. . .

Oh and I bought a size 14 swim suit today and it fits! But also bought a size 16 pair of jeans (capris) and they are a bit tight. :-(

I am also open to going somewhere on Saturday or Sunday for a walk. Fort Snelling or maybe the Louisville Swamp? I know where that is! It is by the Ren Fest, we could peak at the parking lot there too
(Gracie L-O-V-E-S the festival). It's on page 109 in the 60 Hikes within 60 Miles book.

now instead of 1390 short I am 5,482 short! Off we go!

BTW Bruce meets with the PO tomorrow. I am keeping my fingers crossed! Wish we lived closer so we could go together more often. hubby seems to be stuck on 30 minutes a day, not interested in more. :-(

I got a mile and then some! Unfortunately I accidentally turned off the pedometer at one point but even without the steps that I missed I got 11,436 steps in yesterday. I estimate that if it had been on the whole time I would have gotten a bit over 12,500. And boy those last ones were quick! She maybe a little dog but she can sure move!

We went to Kordiak Park. Very nice, would be better if it had a loop, instead you either have to switch to the street or turn around. Gracie was still moving pretty fast on the way home. I am sure I walked twice with her.

Off to work!

Gracie says that the walk was too short. She is all full of vim and vigor, the hubby is sleeping.

Next time we can drop him off at a bench with his kindle and pick him up on our way back. I'm just 1390 steps short of my 10,000 step goal for the day. I should throw my shoes back on and take Gracie for another walk. . . it is less then a mile.

Ok, if I don't do it I will feel SO guilty! I'm off!

5:45 it is!

OK, there seems to be an issue with the comments showing up in a timely manner! I swear i checked and nothing was there! And now I see that there was. . . .

I guess I'll be there at 7 unless I hear that you can get there earlier. . . ?
How about Banfil-Locke? You pick the time? It is off of East River road. It is mostly in the shade. . .
If you are coming from 694 it is on your left after Mississippi St NE. There is a white house, it looks like it is right across from Rice Creek Way.

Anytime after now is good. . .

We drove through Silverwood park today. Very nice, but not sure how many paths it has.

The hubby gave Rosie a bath (she had dandruff) and she is pretty wobbly in the back legs.

We did 45 minutes in the pool (ok I did 45 minutes, someone else was a bit too tired to actually workout that long.)

We stopped and checked out Banfill-Locke Park today. It is very nice, despite the address – 6666 East River Road. It has both paved and gravel walks, some hills (it starts out steep) and even goes under East River Road. You can also check out the rivers (Rice & the Mississippi). It was also very quiet, considering that it was a Saturday afternoon. According to the Anoka County website - The Rice Creek West Regional Trail connects to the Mississippi River Regional Trail near East River Road. The Mississippi River Trail Corridor links with Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (north five miles) and Riverfront Regional Park (south four miles). To the south, the trail continues to the Minneapolis Parkway System.

If you ask me it looks like the ‘trail’ to the dam just runs along the road and isn’t very interesting, but the Locke County looks like it might be interesting. I had no idea there were so many parks and trails in the city!

I got Bruce to walk for a whole 20 minutes. He said that he was not prepared to go hiking, which is true. We were just dropping off his computer (again) at Best Buy. I think that I could have walked for a couple of hours or until I ran out of paths.

We also stopped by a shoe store in Anoka, but it looks like it is not the time of year to BUY sandals, it is the time of year to WEAR them, so they really only had one choice, which was a Keen sandal that really looks like a shoe. I was thinking something more open. Of course now I see that this is another shoe store in Har Mar Mall. I think that I might sacrifice some of my Istanbul money so I can get him shoes(or maybe us, my Teva’s are 5 years old.)

This Fotrally thing seems to be working. I am a bit anemic at the moment, so I would normally take things easy since it makes me feel shaky & wobbly. But I figured that I could at least do some walking, even a little bit helps right?

Bruce thinks that we should take Rosie. They can hang out together when they get tired.

Have you been to the Islands of Peace Regional Park in Anoka County? Or any of the parks in that area. My cousin and I went to one over there quite a while ago and it was very nice, but I can't remember which one or where exactly! A sure sign I am getting old!

Maybe we can get Rosie a treat and leave her home with it, then I won't feel so bad if we take just Gracie.

It turns out that a hose came off. So it didn't cost me anything & they put almost a full tank of gas in it (it was 31 miles from empty). Good thing that I complained about the oil level and Tucker decided that we should look at it together. He saw the problem right away. It is running prety good now. So I am wondering if this is what it is, the hose not being tight enough.

Tuesday evening sounds good. I will try to check out Silverwood Park today. I think it might be perfect - nice & quiet.

Having car issues. URGH!! I wish that they would just FIND the problem and FIX it. I really do love my car BUT. . . .

The other one that I was thinking was the park along the Mississippi and we could meet my daughter & her two dogs. But it sounds like that might need to wait a bit. Kila is very energetic and Sage might find her a bit much.

Yes, we USED to take them to the vet at Petsmart - then it closed! And I know that we used a really old vet in Ham Lake (?) the last time but the hubby took them & he can remember the name or anything.

Rosie is OLD. Older than dirt and having issues getting up and doing stairs. I think that she is 14 or 15 years old? Bruce said that he had her before his heart attach which I think was in 2000. So I probably don't want to take her anywhere while it is still so hot and I would feel really bad if I took Gracie & left Rosie at home.

YOu seem to be more familiar with the trails than I do. Do you have any oneyou recommend? And do you want early or late? I was telling the hubby that we could do a walk or two after work sometime (after my nap of course!)

Have you ever been to Silverwood Park? I don't know what parks are near you, but this one is ridiculously close to my house & I think pretty much unknown since it is so new. But I don't know if they allow dogs. how do you tell??

Cabbage – momo’s are my favorite new food! Have you had them? They are a Tibetan dumpling. We had Yak Momo’s the other weekend at Everest on Grand. YUMMY!!!! And yes, YAK, in MN how cool is that?

I need to get the puppies shots updated (in my copious spare time) before we take them out and I am not sure I want to take Rosie anywhere. The hubby took a clippers to her becuase he was too lazy to comb her & decided that was easier. . . But the 2 legged memebers of our family could certainly meet you somewhere for a walk.

Oh, know any good clinics that are reasonably priced for shots?

Maybe [Asian Ingredients: A Guide to the Foodstuffs of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam] by [[Bruce Cost]]? I don't have it (yet) but it is supposed to be "one of the most comprehensive and fascinating books on Asian foodstuffs ever written."

Otherwise [Asian Vegetables: From Long Beans to Lemongrass, A Simple Guide to Asian Produce Plus 50 Delicious, Easy Recipes] by [[Sara Deseran]] or [Asian Greens: A Full-Color Guide, Featuring 75 Recipes] by [[Anita loh-Yen]]

We checked out the Coon Rapids dam the other day, well at least the parking lot since it was raining that day. But we found it. The 'trail' looks good as long as you ignore everything on one side since it looks like it mostly goes along the road. We are planning to go and get some pictures of the sunrise sometime.

We have an appointment with the personal trainer on Saturday - bright & early at 6:30 am!

I know, sometimes being a responsible pet ower (if even a temp one) can be very hard. I mean even when it is very clear that 'the line' has been crossed, as was the case with my friend, you still don't want to giveup, you still beleive that there can be salvation. And this was a dog that tore down a fence and then ran two blocks to get the garbage man and also attacked her sister who lived with her.

Our last dog, Tootsie, did actually bite two people. One was a stranger who tried to take a bone out of her mouth (long story, but hello what planet was he from??) And another who insisted on going somewhere she was clearly guarding (she grabbed him by the ankle, he had jeans on, no actaul damage done.) She hated men and everytime she got out I was terrified she would bite one if they tried to catch her. If I had her on a leash, it wasn't an issue. And yet a child could do anything to her and she would do nothing, like she was a stuffed toy. Oh and she really had food guarding issues. She was 3 when we adopted her.

They were quite different - they were called "blood and thunder" stories, but there was very little blood, more suspense. Since they were written in the 1860s, I was expecting the style to be similar to Wilkie Collins (Woman in White), but they were more modern sounding than that. There's really no need to offer me a trade - I've got over 1,000 books in my TBR now. Monday's my usual PO day so I'll send it out next week - probably by media.
Katie - I could send you "Behind A Mask" if you're really interested. It's in my bookmooch pile, but I don't care if it goes in there or not. There are 4 short stories in it as well as a lengthy introduction by Madelaine Stern, the person who discovered her "aliases" and what papers she wrote for, etc. I first heard about it when I was reading the biography of Ms Stern and Leona Rostenburg "Old Books, Rare Friends" about their book business. (if you don't know what I'm talking about, go back to DS's 12 in 12 and see my post after yours:)

PS - Seeing your picture reminds me that I should update mine. My dog got her summer haircut last week and she looks quite different. Your pooch is cute.
I'm glad it arrived quickly! I'm looking forward to following the group read. I have the next book ready to read as soon as I catch up on a few other things.
Ha! One of the saddest moments in having Emmie was realizing that she's really, really simple. Compared to the greyhound, she does ok, but she's not bright. She does have an enormous heart and spends her days keeping an eye on all of us, even the cats, to make sure we're all right. She has fits if it rains and one of the cats is out.

Wolf Hall is on its way to you. I sent it by media mail, so it may take a week to reach you.
I'll get it in the mail to you tomorrow. I hope you like it!
Hi Katie,

Thanks for your comment on my profile page. the Reading Through Time group is fun and an easy one to participate in as it operates on a 'take it or leave it' principle.... you just read books for monthly period/themes that catch your interest. The time periods/themes are usually broad enough to find a book to fit. I think it is a group you may enjoy!

The Black Sea Restaurant
737 north Snelling
St Paul, MN 55104

It's by Hamline University. On the right if you are coming from the Fair Grounds. Looks like it is after Englewood, but before Minnihaha.

5 o'clock it is. My daughter might join us too.

He is supposed to be working the 3rd shift in Egan. But due to a workers comp injury (which they still haven't paid any bills for, etc) he can only stand 15 minutes out of the hour and can't lift anything heavier then 20 pounds. And if tey don't like it I can tell you I don't like it much either!

He doens't seem to be doing any better health wise. But I have just started him on a Zipfizz experiment, so I am hoping that will help. He has an appointment with the neurologist on Monday, but so far I'm not too impressed with her.

Isn't everyday Mother's Day to a dog? We went to Unidted noodles and bought some stuff & am putting it is a flower box wrapped in fabric with watermelons on it.

We have something next Sunday. I will have to let you know how it goes on the job front with Bruce, since that will determine the time. He was supposed to have started Monday, but oh, the paperwork expired (it turned out it hadn't really) so I had to go get him and only got 3 hours of sleep. THen he was supposed to go back on Thursday if he got the new paperwork, which he did, then they said, oh well we need more time to figure out what we are going to have him do. At least this time is was before I drove him to work. I am sure it's because I took the day off.

Hey, if someone in the Minneapolis area had a mut that they wanted to get involved in something with their dog (like learning tricks, or agility or something) do you have a place that you would recommend they check out?

(Bruce'e evil twin :-))
Set clock ahead?? :-) Thankfully, all the things that i use to actually tell time, automatically change the time for me!
Here's the info for next Sunday -

Burning Barn Irish Red Tapping Party
Sunday March 11, 2012
4-6 pm
Reubin bites, pasta salad,and Fish & Chip bites

Since we each are a 'Mug Club' member we can bring two guests. So if you have anyone you would like to bring. . . also in the past they have been very, very busy (as you can imagine with free food!) so I am not sure if we should plan to be there slightly before 4? And as I said since it is at Rosedale mall (next to the AMC theater) parking can be a issue (which is why we usually only go for the Sunday brunch at 9).

If we go to brunch I will ask our waitress what she thinks. and will let you know.

Yes if you are! The certificate says 2301 37th Avenue NE, Columbia Heights. I was thinking that it was the old Bridgemen's but it's NOT.

It looks like it is in that tiny strip mall by Ihop (formerly Baker's Square) over by Unique Thriftstore and PLum's Plus Size consignment store.

So 37th & Stinson

The Southern Tiger history would leave that same blank since it pretty much starts at Allende to the present. It is biased in that he is (probably justifiably) proud of his own contributions and impact. He describes his successes, admits to failures in getting ideas implemented, but doesn't admit to any of his ideas being poor. He describes in detail the efforts that resulted in the ousting Pinochet and his role with the UN during the prelude to the Iraq war among other things.

I really like the fact that I can search for a word or phrase on my Kindle and with the touch of a button it will look up whatever word you highlight (in English that is :-() It is great for searching my book on Turkish proverbs though! Way easier to find what I am looking for.

Sure now I have to pick a time. . . . I will ahve to think about it.
I can never turn down a free book!
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