May 9th, 2011

Sir Alan

Trip Update

We got our plane tickets in and out of Amsterdam!  Turns out it is not only someplace we have wanted to visit again, but was one of the most economical options.  We might even be able to go to the Heinekien brewery for Lori-O and Eddie this time.

We are most likely going to fly from Amsterdam to Leeds and back, I am still pricing out those flights.   I'm still working out the best way to get from Scarborough  to Leeds.  If any of you UK or UK-savvy folks have suggestions I would love to hear them!

It is going to be pretty whirlwind.  We leave Anchorage Tuesday evening and get to Amsterdam Wednesday evening.  I have to be in Scarborough no  later than 6:00pm on Friday.  The last theatre event wraps up at 1:00 on Sunday officially, but I figure it will be another hour since it is the Q&A with Sir Alan.   The next set thing is flying from Amsterdam back home Tuesday morning. 

I am thinking we can catch a way-too-early flight to Leeds Friday morning and then either catch a train or rent a car to get to Scarborough.  There is a flight to Amsterdam Sunday evening if we can get back to Leeds in time, and one very early Monday morning if we can't.  The train might be the most economical option, but I don't know how close to on-schedule they are.  A rental car might alleviate that worry and would let LonelyDumptruck take a side trip or two while I am at lectures but will almost certainly cost more....heeelp?!?

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Stunt Double


So far today I have:

Slipped on the stairs and skinned the knuckle of my pinky

Got a paper cut on another knuckle

Hit my head on a doorknob (yes, really)

And now I am sitting in an office where someone burned popcorn (in the microwave right behind my chair) so badly the building maintainance had to come make sure it wasn't vandalism.

Oh yes, there will be tequila tonight.

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Elmer Fudd

Be Vewy, Vewy Quiet...

...we're still hunting houses.

Last Tuesday we went to look at a cute little place not far from our neighborhood. It had a huge yard that wrapped all the way around the house (except for, you know, the part they paved so you could park an RV). There was an arctic entry and that as well as the living room had wood floors and all wood paneling. Mr. Real Estate kept commenting how great it would look to have a wood burning stove in that front room.

The kitchen was big, but didn't have a lot of counter space. It did have a walk-in pantry though. In the MLS pictures it looked like the cabinets were white and all the appliances were soft pink, but this was not really the case. The appliances were a fairly neutral buff color and the cabinet were a fugly cousin of mint green.

There was a mystery room right off the kitchen. A large, open space with a door leading out to the driveway and a raised platform with a dryer. No washer. Just a dryer. The room on the other side of that would make a great office.

There were three bedrooms and a full bathroom off the living room. All three bedrooms were so small (how small were they?) the master bedroom only had a half bathroom attached. LonelyDumptruck realized later we'd have to go back and measure the bedrooms before we could seriously consider the house because our bed might not fit.

Overall, it's a nice place, I could see good parties there, but I wasn't wowed. It is one of the few places we have seen that doesn't need a new roof or windows brought up to code but, as Mr. Real Estate said, he can write in provisions to protect us from anything except buying the wrong house. I think we will continue to look.