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Yesterday was Joel's birthday. We went to Starbucks and got him a travel mug and a Starbucks card, and went to his apartment. He didn't answer the door after one doorbell ring, and we knew he was there because his car was outside, so I attacked the doorbell until he answered. He was sick and we'd woken him up. Whoops.

So we had Joel's birthday dinner all by ourselves - I made steak and mashed taters with too much A1 sauce all over everything. What mad cow disease? (Really, I'm not worried in the least.)

Tomorrow morning we must show up at Mike's house in Lake Oswego at 5:30 and take him to the airport. I'm kind of excited, actually. I like the airport. And I like getting up extra early when something fun is going to happen.

I think the seasons should mix up. Have a day or two of spring, a winter snowstorm, and some summertime all in one week. That way I wouldn't be craving a nice al fresco lunch on the deck in the sunshine. Last night when we were out it was 36 - just cold enough to be a bother when it's windy.

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monospace
Jan. 23rd, 2004 08:14 am (UTC)
So we had Joel's birthday dinner all by ourselves

For some reason, that line cracks me up!

Thank you for playing The Sims with me last night. :)
rivulet
Jan. 23rd, 2004 08:34 am (UTC)
No, thank YOU, my G. I'm sorry that I was mean sometimes. And I'm glad our Sims can kiss now. :D
thegrrrl
Jan. 23rd, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)
lol - I have a few winter snowstorms that I could toss your way. It would kill me I think to have our summer and winter in the same week. We go from +40C in the summer to -40C in the winter. It's quite the shock to the system.

Besides, it's fun to have the inbetween. When I was growing up I was allowed to wear shorts after winter when it was +10C outside. I'd never do that in the summer, but after a really cold winter, +10 feels really good.
rivulet
Jan. 23rd, 2004 09:41 am (UTC)
I thought about you when I wrote how cold it was. :D I don't think I'd enjoy how hot it gets in the summer over where you are. I lived in Minneapolis for a year, and I remember having the windows open and wearing short sleeves when it was 40 degrees, thinking it felt balmy. I loved it.
thegrrrl
Jan. 23rd, 2004 09:58 am (UTC)
I love the hot in the summer. I think we appreciate it more because we know we'll be freezing our butts off in 6 months. However, I know darn well that we are always talking about and usually complaining about the weather. Every phone call with my mom usually begins with "How's the weather? Getting any snow?"

Yeah. I couldn't imagine living in a place without the four distinct seasons. I'd love to get rid of winter, but I can't even fathom what it would be like without the cold.
rivulet
Jan. 23rd, 2004 10:42 am (UTC)
We have four distinct seasons, though, they're just really mild. We can get up to 100F (35C or so) and last summer we had a couple of weeks of 90s (30C) which was way too hot for me. But spring is mild (rainy until late May or so) with gorgeous flowers everywhere, and fall is mild (hot until late October) with pretty fall leaves everywhere. And cold for us is probably in the 40s.

My sister was just telling me that she wanted to move someplace warmer. I'm not sure how she could think this isn't nice and mild. I love it here, despite the summertime's hotness.
thegrrrl
Jan. 23rd, 2004 12:14 pm (UTC)
I love the hot days. We get up to almost 40C for a few weeks in the summer. It's great if you can avoid being outside from about 11 - 2.
rivulet
Jan. 23rd, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
See, that's another thing. Most of the homes here don't have AC. So when it's hot outside, most of the time it's hotter inside. Which sucks. And is probably why I don't like summertime.

Incidentally, an acquaintence moved to this area from Arizona, and she said "pshaw, it doesn't nearly get as hot here as it does over there. I'm sure I can handle it" when she moved over, and then changed her tune drastically when she realized there's no air conditioning. :D
thegrrrl
Jan. 23rd, 2004 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah - there's airconditioning everywhere here. Well, everywhere except my old apartment! I don't think I would survive without air conditioning!
thegrrrl
Jan. 23rd, 2004 10:03 am (UTC)
P.S. Mad cow disease? That was actually a blessing for me as it made the cost of beef go WAY down here for a while. It's slowly climbing back up (which is great for all my farming relatives), but man, I like the cheap meat.
I'm not afraid of mad cow disease at all either.
rivulet
Jan. 23rd, 2004 10:44 am (UTC)
I didn't think of it as being cheaper. I don't buy beef very often so I don't know if it went down, but it didn't seem cheaper when we bought it last night.

Our friend was telling us that he was driving somewhere when he heard the radio report about Mad Cow Disease being found, and then he went to McDonald's and EVERYBODY was buying Chicken McNuggets. Hah.
thegrrrl
Jan. 23rd, 2004 12:13 pm (UTC)
I don't think they've even found mad cow in a human (although I could be wrong).

The price of beef went WAY down here, but the Canadian ecomony was hit pretty hard when the states closed the borders.
rivulet
Jan. 23rd, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if they did, but someone told me he knew someone who died of it. Which may or may not be true.

So do you love not having to deal with American politics and terrorism stuff? Or at least not deal with it as much as we do? :)
thegrrrl
Jan. 23rd, 2004 10:11 pm (UTC)
I do love being Canadian. However, I am ashamed to admit that I am an uneducated Canadian when it comes to politics. I love not having to be involved in what goes on "south of the border". I take it for granted every day that my country is one of peace. I trust my government whether I should or not.

I'm not sure if this makes sense. I like being in Canada because I can be naive. There's no threats of war and no terrorists. I couldn't imagine living any where else.
rivulet
Jan. 24th, 2004 01:18 pm (UTC)
It makes a lot of sense. While I'm excited about learning about politics and my country, I'm not excited about what I'm going to find. :)
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