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Fondue, French and Canda - Suffering From Elation
A Survivor's Tale
Fondue, French and Canda
Hammond's birthday fondue was neat; entertaining stories were told. The cheese dip was a little strong for my tastes but the chocolate dip was PERFECT! I'm not sure it was worth $44.50 a head though - I mean, looking at the ingredients and quantities, I'm pretty sure I could put on a fondue feast at home for like five people for $30.

I tried to talk to Kelly afterwards - just pulled her aside and said, "Hey, I really miss you - do you think we can start over?"

But she said, "No, I don't think so," and walked away.

So that was that. I was pretty upset and had a little cry at the train station. Joe was unsurprised by the whole thing (he'd had the outcome pegged and had warned me beforehand) but I'm not so good at giving up on people... but as he pointed out, there comes a point where repeatedly trying to make things OK crosses a line into a fool's errand. So I should stop now. I just really wanted to make peace, in part for Hammond's sake.

We got home around 1am. I'd forgotten about the joys of late-night mass transit - we had half a carriage full of bogans for most of the trip, argh. All was made well when we got home and let Jangles in the bedroom for the night, which was a treat for both me and him. Jangles woke me up this morning by leaping onto my stomach. Then, when I wouldn't wriggle my fingers under the blanket for him, he started knawing on my entire leg through the blanket, like a lion who just brought down a kill.

Man, I'm hungry! It is very definitely breakfast time. Things I am looking forward to this weekend:

- Ahmet's Turkish Restaurant with friends tonight
- Sexpo with friends tonight
- Speculative writing class with Joey and Mark on Saturday morning
- BBQ and Go Karts with everyone for the rest of Saturday
- Pole freestyle practise on Sunday
- Learning (and forgetting) more French over the weekend.

I'm trying to hunt down a copy of one of the Harry Potter novels, in French, for cheap. I figure that if I sit down and start reading, looking up unfamiliar words and syntax when I come across them, I'll begin to pick up a few things automatically, and do so by reading a story I'm familiar with and entertained by. That's more or less how I learned to read English. ;) However, this method meant that I mispronounced a bunch of words over the years because I only ever read them, so that's something I'll have to watch out for with French. Perhaps once I've mastered the book (yeah, see you in twenty years) I'll track down the audiobook of the same one, and check my pronunciation as I go.

I also now have: a French phrase book with audio CD, "My French Coach" on the DS, and a computer program with textbook. Step one is to try to master all those. Step two is to find a couple of French-speaking email penpals (preferably bilingual Canadians) to correspond with in writing. Step three is to find someone around here who actually SPEAKS French, who I can have conversations with, and who can correct my mistakes as we go.

You know, I was reading a New Scientist article on global warming predictions, and apparently Canada is going to become the Place To Be if the planet heats up even more over the next century. I want to get there while there's still some snow to enjoy. ;)

Also, Americans: did I hear something about the shuttle launch next year being cancelled?? I was actually going to arrange the US trip specifically to coincide with the launch window. D:
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thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: February 26th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can't help you with the launch things, but I agree with you about fondue. It's cheese, and chocolate, and boiled meat. Why is it so effing expensive?

I have a fondue set around here somewhere, need to dig it out. When I make it it tastes just the same as in the restaurant for 1/3 the price XD But I guess it's the whole experience. I only really like the cheese and chocolate aspect of it. Tiny pieces of boiled meat with sauces..meh. Filet mignon should not be boiled.
tania From: tania Date: February 27th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I quite enjoyed the veal, but was unimpressed by the pork. Aaand I just typed 'porn', how Freudian is that.

I'm glad your puppy woes are sorted! I guess if worse came to worse you could have made fondue meat out of him. ;)
justascream From: justascream Date: February 26th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Last I heard, the shuttle launch has been scooted back to mid-March.
tania From: tania Date: February 26th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Woooeeee... actually, that may not be altogether bad, our trip window is "sometime in Feb - March", so I guess we could make it March? On the other hand, that means missing Mardi Gras, which would be over by the time we hit that part of the country...
justascream From: justascream Date: February 26th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just don't try to set the shuttle launch in stone! The thing about NASA and these launches is that, ever since Columbia, they have been obsessively careful -- which is a good thing. There is more than a good chance that the launch could be scooted back a few more times before it actually happens.

You might want to just keep an eye on this page for future reference: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/

That page will have any information updates regarding Discovery's launch window as time goes by.
tania From: tania Date: February 27th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh! Very helpful! Yeah, I know the shuttle launch schedules are notoriously changeable, I just figured I'd have the best chance of seeing one if I booked for the predicted launch window and then crossed my fingers like whoa. Still, there is plenty else to do in the US. :)
justascream From: justascream Date: February 27th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
There's tons of US to do. ;)
tania From: tania Date: February 27th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)
justascream From: justascream Date: February 27th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, gee, was that an innuendo. Whatever shall we do! Alert the Delicate Sensibilities Police!
justascream From: justascream Date: February 27th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
...*point* Kiyabutt. o_O lol Lookit the widdle tail! Is that a tail? Am I imagining that?
tania From: tania Date: February 27th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
It's totally a tail. I <3 innuendo, it makes my world go round. I'm entirely too unsubtle to pull it off myself. When I try, it's more like an exchange I had with my coworkers half an hour ago about malfunctioning Viagra:

Mark: "Yeah, if you have an erection for more than three hours, something's definitely wrong."
Me: "That, or I'M IN THE ROOM."

Awful jokes... that's how we roll. D:

justascream From: justascream Date: February 27th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm apparently pretty good at pulling off innuendo jokes on the fly, but for some reason I'm really crappy at picking up on when other people do. Pathetiiiic.
alby_lion From: alby_lion Date: February 26th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
"...But I'm not so good at giving up on people..." Sometimes that's a good thing.

Man, your weekends are always so busy. I wonder how you fit it all in and still have time for laundry and sleep and enjoyment!
tania From: tania Date: February 26th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, the enjoyment comes automatically from doing Fun Things. The sleep and laundry often... suffer.
alby_lion From: alby_lion Date: February 26th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I mean, don't you ever feel rushed doing two or three major events a day?
tania From: tania Date: February 27th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Not really - I'm young, I've got the energy for it. And I make up for it with ocassional weekend days where I just chill out at home and read. :) Besides, Saturday is the busiest day for this weekend, and all I'll be doing is going to a one-hour talk in the morning, then hopping a train and meeting my friends for a BBQ around lunchtime, after which we all go together to the go kart track for the rest of the day. Doesn't seem terribly rushed to me; the go kart races start when they are booked to start, so if I wasn't going to the book talk in the morning, I'd just be doing nothing.
alby_lion From: alby_lion Date: February 27th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Right on. It's quite the adventurous, but seemingly stable, life you lead, Tania. All I can say is, kudos my friend. <3
thelauderdale From: thelauderdale Date: February 26th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
No French edition, but I've got a copy of  somewhere. Go go Attic Greek!
tania From: tania Date: February 27th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Clearly my computer is racist, because it refuses to display the name of that book. D:
thelauderdale From: thelauderdale Date: February 27th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, mine too. 'S'what I get for being poncy, I suppose. Dig the cover instead!

tania From: tania Date: February 27th, 2009 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh! I dig it! Interestingly, that's the same cover illo we got here in Australia. :)
rahball From: rahball Date: February 27th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Areios Poter kai he tou Philosophou Lithos", I do believe. (With the marks for the long vowels left out.) And two definite articles. Man, those ancient Greeks loved their definite articles.

Also: Rosetta Stone. Program that teaches you a new language from the ground up with no reference to your current one. It's great! :)
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tania From: tania Date: February 27th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
That would've been him, he was there on Tuesday. :) Hey, you two could have eloped to Canada so he could be a radiation therapist and you could... hang out with Scully? I'll bet you're kicking yourself now!
hammond From: hammond Date: February 27th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it was likely me. I was downstairs around the corner (near the alf sign and fishtank).

From: dawnstar_au Date: February 27th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
There was meant to be a launch Feb 12th which is when I was in Florida but due to issues with a fuel valve it's been put off until late March, this is turn has pushed everything back.

The shuttle has a limited amount of flights left with a mandated replacement to come in within the next few years. A lot of launches will be done by the Falcon X rocket (for unmanned parts delivery). There's also a lot of tension between the current head of NASA and the Obama administration - this is going to be interesting.

Theres no assurance with the launches, they are horribly complicated and have small window of opportunity and have been cancelled with a few minutes to go. I do however recommend you at least hit the Kennedy Space Center for some good quality rocket porn.
aibo From: aibo Date: February 27th, 2009 07:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Cheeese! :-)

I wouldn't recommend to looks for something massive like Harry Potter to learn a language, as such novels contain fare more words than you'd need for a conversation, and thus you will end up getting frustrated at the first page already by having to look up every second word. My recommendation - newspapers! Check the newsstands at the Airport, they are full with that stuff, the stories will be familiar to you, and it is enough to read for at least two weeks.

*Le Aibohugs*
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