Sometimes You Just Gotta Have That Chocolate Milkshake

Have dear blog readers ever tasted a lukewarm chocolate milkshake?

(Self knows, right?)

It is a hot day in Oxford, UK. Everyone strolling around, including three tourists who are attracting attention for a (fake) loud quarrel — self is pretty clued-in now to what’s fake and what’s real. All you have to do, really, is look at the person’s face. The woman who is allegedly being wronged by her two male companions has a huge, shit-eating grin on her face. She has cropped, dyed-platinum-blonde hair. She has deep brown, leathery skin. She’s wearing blue jeans and a white tank top. This makes her stand out because most of the women self sees around Oxford are of two, maybe three types: young Asian women who are extremely thin, very stylish, and very low-key; young white women who wear sneakers, cigarette jeans, and muted sweaters; older white women who dress a bit eccentrically, in floppy hats, or voluminous, bright sweaters. The strange woman keeps screaming, at the top of her voice, ruining a pleasant afternoon: LEAVE ME ALONE! ASSHOLE!

Really, self hates the drama. This is on a tiny street, where everyone’s so quiet, they all jerk their heads up and look alarmed. If self were to be truly cynical about it, which she isn’t, she might hug her purse closer to her body, just in case there is a point to this loud altercation.

Demonstrative fake quarrel aside, today self got to:

  • see a couple of Shakespeare folios
  • see the Harry Potter dining room
  • see an annotated map of Tolkien’s Middle Earth
  • check out Blackwell’s Crime & Thriller section, where she jotted down the titles of a couple of mysteries she wants to add to her reading list.
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An Amazing, Almost-Summer Day in Oxford, UK

Really, if a lukewarm chocolate milkshake is the worst part of self’s day, she’s had a pretty good day.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Rain

Walked to the lake.

It was spitting rain.

Swarms of little insects were whirling around. Or maybe those were not insects. Maybe those were dandelion seeds. Or something else.

Tried to take shots of the lake, but the slashes across the viewfinder were really noticeable. Self settled for taking this:

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Saturday: On a walk to the lake

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Poem For After Rain

Listen yet, the Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater will come —
Green head, yellow throat, reddish breast, long blue tail —
Soon after the rain, after the last patter.
If we but listen.

—  from “Blue-Tailed Bee Eater,” in If I Write You This Poem, Will You Make It Fly by Simeon Dumdum, Jr.

Today: Keep Writing

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Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig: It is a beautiful April day!

SEASONS 3: Mendocino, Last Thursday of February 2016

It was an absolutely gorgeous day. Self went for a walk around the village.

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Mendocino Village has many examples of whimsical garden art!

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Spring is in the air! This table and chairs was in front of a local beauty salon.

And, for election season, Bernie Sanders would like to extend a warm welcome!

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Every local person self has spoken to so far is a Bernie Sanders supporter. Clearly, Mendocino is HIS town.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

More Seasons: 2016 Daily Post Photo Challenge # 8

It warmed up this week.

Self is still in Mendocino.

She likes walking to the bookstore on Main Street, Gallery Bookshop, and then taking pictures of the headlands. Because she was trying to find subjects for this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge, SEASONS, she focused on the flowers in the meadow in front of her:

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Flowers are popping up in the meadow across from the Gallery Bookshop on Main Street, Mendocino.

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More Flowers, Same Meadow

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These flowers are tiny. Self had to do an extreme close-up. Good thing her fingers didn’t shake as much as they usually do.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

TREES: Sylvain Landry Week 34 Photo Challenge

Here’s my prompt for SL-34, TREES:

One sunny day in December, self went for a walk in New York’s Central Park. It was surprisingly warm — what they call shirt-sleeve weather.

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New York, Central Park, December 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Seasons: 2016 Daily Post Photo Challenge # 8

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is SEASONS.

“Share an image evocative of the weather . . . “

Here are a couple of picture self took while she was in New York City, December 2015:

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The High Line, New York City: December 2015

The outdoor seating for the restaurant Terroir (on the High Line) is empty because it is December, therefore cold:

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Outdoor Seating for Terroir, on New York’s High Line: December 2015

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Rainy and Wet, Just Outside Carnegie Hall, December 2015

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Just Before Self Walks to Mendosa’s Harvest Market on Lansing

Rain’s eased up. Good. Self needs to take a walk.

She’s been perusing her trusty notebook. The one she’s hoisted around from New York to Florence to San Francisco to Mendocino. The one where she jots down conversations she happens to overhear.

Here’s one that’s pretty interesting. She was eavesdropping on two young girls, riding the Metro North from Stamford, CT to Grand Central. This was sometime end of summer 2015.

We missed the first train by, like, a minute. Then Rachel found out she left her wallet so thank God we missed the first train. So she ran back to her car, then I found out I didn’t have my driver’s license . . .  sorry, I know we should have been on the train an hour ago. . .

Shit happens.

Yeah.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Vibrant: 2016 Daily Post Photo Challenge # 5

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is VIBRANT.

And oh, how self loves any Photo Challenge that has to do with color.

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How green is the grass after much rain!

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This vibrant sunflower blooms year-round in front of the Mendocino Art Center Gallery.

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Art on New York City’s High Line: Self walked it on a gloomy December day; few people about. Colors really popped.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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