I arrived safely in Tokyo on Tuesday and then proceeded to walk my feet off visiting sites (probably shouldn't have done Shibuya, Harajuku, Meiji-jingu, Azabu-juban, Roppongi and Midtown all on the same day, ie my first day here!!) Needless to say, I've been taking it a bit easier and wearing more comfortable shoes for now. I also went for an overnight trip to Kamakura this weekend and it was a lovely town, right near the ocean. It would have been nice to walk around a bit and see some of the other shrines and stores, but at least I got to see two traditional Japanese weddings being held at the Hachimangu Shrine. The only downside was that I must have eaten or drunk something that didn't agree with me last night (Saturday) so my stomach is feeling a bit off today. I'll have to take it easy for a few days and see if it settles. Otherwise, I am LOVING my trip so far and looking forward to going to Kyoto on Tuesday!!!

The one thing I am worried about is my laptop..it was working fine the first couple of days here and now it won't even open a website. It seems as if it connects to the internet, but no site will be displayed. Hopefully it's not a virus but I will keep a close eye on it just to be sure.

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Saw this first at jessjess' site over at y!gallery and then again at fyredancer</lj> 's site....not really expecting anyone to write anything but, here ya go.... 

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now,(even if we don't speak often or ever) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph in your LJ and see what your friends come up with.

(UK?) Book Meme

Saw this posted on [info]fyredancer's journal so I figured, what the heck, let me see how I measure up.  Surprisingly not too badly!  Now I'm curious as to what the non-UK version has on its list...

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well, let's see.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.


1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling

6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne

8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the
Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling

25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen
41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald

44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
51. The
Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
53. The Stand, Stephen King
54. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
56. The BFG, Roald Dahl
57. Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
58. Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
59. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
60. Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
61. Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
62. Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
63. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
64. The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
65. Mort, Terry Pratchett
66. The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
67. The Magus, John Fowles
68. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
69. Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
70. Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
71. Perfume, Patrick Süskind
72. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
73. Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
74. Matilda, Roald Dahl
75. Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
76. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
77. The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
78. Ulysses, James Joyce
79. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
80. Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
81. The Twits, Roald Dahl
82. I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
83. Holes, Louis Sachar
84. Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
85. The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
86. Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
87. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
88. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
89. Magician, Raymond E Feist
90. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
91. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
92. The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
93. The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
94. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
95. Katherine, Anya Seton
96. Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
97. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez
98. Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
99. The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie


new landscapes
Finally done with the teaching and was able to relax a few weeks before I had to leave for Greece.

Now that I am here, however, I'm worrying about the suitcase that has gone missing....one showed up this morning, bright and early, so I'm hoping the other one shows up tomorrow. That would be especially good since I only have one change of clothes and the rest is in the MIA bag. Not to mention that my friend's wedding gift is in there, too....and she gets married on Saturday!!! And it would help if the people at the lost baggage desk actually picked up the phone (or actually put it back in the cradle so it doesn't always tell me that the number is busy or doesn't exist).

Hmmm...this is turning more into a rant rather than an update, so seeing that the time is now almost 1AM and I'm rather tired in a jetlaggy kind of way, I think I'll leave it for now and get sme shut eye.

what deadline?!!?!?!?!??
*Ugh* Spring Break couldn't have come at a better time.

I'm just so tired of trying to meet deadlines of preparing for classes that it's not even funny. Creating 4 PowerPoint presentations a week is utterly draining....I have no life.

Kill me now....

back to the grinder
what deadline?!!?!?!?!??
Just got back from a week's stay i n Rome for a conference. It was wonderful to finally get to see the monuments and sites that I had only previously seen in slides or books. Of course, there was just too much to see all at once, but I think I managed quite a bit in the 8 days I was there. I even had time to go to Florence for the day to see some of the sites there, too!!

I saw the Colosseum and Roman Forum (of course), Palatine Hill, Trajan's Forum, the Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica (which houses Michelangelo's "Pieta") in Vatican City, the Campidoglio, a slew of Renaissance churches and sculpture, as well as an exhibit from China which featured the terracotta soldiers from the Qin emperor's tomb! And in Florence I saw the Galleria Uffizi which has an innumerable amount of Renaissance painting, including Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" and "Primavera," the Bargello which houses Donatello's "David" and Michelangelo's "Baccus," I walked across Ponte Veccio and saw all the (expensive) jewelry shops, walked around San Lorenzo's open-air market, and FINALLY saw Michelangelo's "Slaves" and "David" in the Accademia (went through the gallery three times to fully enjoy the sculptures!!! *silly grin*).

The entire trip was amazing. And everywhere you went, they were all starting to get decorated for Christmas, so you could see that they were getting into the spirit. They even put a giant Christmas tree in front of the Coloseum, the first time they had ever done that!!! It was beautiful!! I can't wait to go back again and see everything that I missed this first time around...as well as maybe go visit some of the sites I've alrady seen but enjoy them at a slower pace this time around!!

So, now that the conference and presentation paper is all over and done with (even got a copy of my published article!!) I can refocus on finishing all the radar processing I still have to complete...

GOALS for this week: finish processing and write reports by SATURDAY!!!

(wish me luck!)

work, work work workworkworkwork
Ugh, I'm so behind on work and I don't even want to think about it anymore. I need to get off my butt and start doing something other than surfing the 'net and sporadically answer e-mail. I might have to disable my wireless in order to concentrate on work for more than a couple of hours....

If I disappear, it's cuz I'm working.

child&#39;s toy
wow, finally created my first piece of fanart...EVER!!!! It's all fyredancer's fault for creating these wonderful characters and one in particular, Shemyahza, just stuck in my head from the first moment I read about him. He was amazingly clear, and I know I didn't quite capture him the way I wanted to, especially with the attitude I wanted him to have, but at least it's a start and he can now stop bugging me to become 2-dimensional. *grin*

I uploaded both the original drawing I made as well as what I use for a user pic, just cuz they're both really good, and they're a first for me. LOL Now, I wonder if the galleries are public or only private?

Home Sweet Home...
Yay!! Finally home after 5 months away!! I missed cuddling with my kitties and puppy!! But has jet lag ever set in!!! I got home late Sunday night (basically Monday morning since it was 2AM!) due to weather delays in NY, but for some reason the entire trip was kinda bad...

The first leg from Athens to Rome wasn't so bad, even though I had a 5.5 hour layover. The flight from Rome to NY was just miserable: an hour into the flight, just as we were about to level out to cruising altitude, there was an announcement from one of the cabin crew that there would be no in-flight meal due to the fact that the facilities in the economy section were non-operational and they had no clue as to what the problem was!!! This was after they had already served all the vegans and special diet people on board!! So, you guessed it, we only had little rolls and fruit salad!! I so wished I had eaten more than a small sandwich at the airport three hours prior to the flight!!!

So, as if that wasn't bad enough, the flight itself was very turbulent, which is in itself a bit scary! And it seemed as if the flight just dragged on...which it did most likely because our stomachs were talking back due to lack of food!! And the snack they served before landing was just as bad: dry bread with cheese.

So, after a fun 10hour flight, I was more than ready to get back home, only to be met with yet another plane problem. This time, it was a matter of the walkway umbilical (what IS the name for it???) not able to connect properly with the plane!! We waited for about 20 minutes before the captain announced that due to the problem, we would be moving to a new gate. So, we all sat back down and waited until we arrived at the new gate, thankfully with no complications. I think this was the first time that my luggage was on the belt before I was even cleared through customs!!

After getting my bags, and deciphering the terminal locations, I was met with total chaos as soon as I arrived at the Delta terminal. There were literally 15 flights leaving from the same gate!! And what was even worse was that they were all delayed!! There were some flights listed as having a departure time of 7 and it was already 9 and they hadn't even boarded yet!! My plane finally boarded at 10 (we should have departed at 9) but, surprise-surprise, we left an hour later (at 11) because we had to wait for a fuel truck to show up!!!

So, got home Sunday night, slept all day Monday and I have been trying to get readjusted to the time-difference. I still wake up every morning at 4AM, but at least I am now able to get back to sleep.

The plan was to get right to work as soon as I got back but my laptop had other plans. After laying dormant for the past 5 months, it decided that it had enough and the motherboard decided to go on a permanent vacation. Thankfully, it's still under warranty (for another month) so I was able to have someone come out here and get it replaced...hence my presence on-line LOL.

Now, if I could only remember where I packed my field notebooks.....

coundown commencing in three, two,....
It's 1AM and I'm still trying to get stuff off my work computer onto DVD!!! UGH....this is one reason why I hate having a laptop that I can't even take out of the country with me!!! What makes it even worse is that I'm the onlyone who uses it, so there really is no point for it to stay here, forcing me to use my own laptop back home in order to process work data. Anyway.....

Only two more days to go and I leave for home!!! Can't believe these last two weeks have flown by so fast. Then again, it was nice to relax after working so hard the past five months. I needed a little down time before having to start the more serious data processing and report writing that awaits me in the following weeks.

Now, to burn the next batch of files...


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