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Day 25 – Random Thought

November 25, 2011

As Thanksgiving usually is, yesterday and today have been full of food, friends, games and even a bit of shopping (but just to the more budget friendly local thrift store). I arrived midday yesterday into Chicago and have been enjoying the chance to catch up with a plethora of friends, many of whom are back in town for the holidays and my friend Kate’s wedding tomorrow! This weekend is making me thankful for the following things:
-sleeping in
-Becca’s crazy good pies!
-homemade stuffing
-blue skies
-playtime with 6 gorgeous kittens
-conversation after conversation with my much missed girlfriends
-the 5th Game of Thrones book to make plane rides go quickly
-the way walking up the steps of my old house makes me feel like I never left
-finding ridiculous faux fur coats in thrift stores
-getting hugs from and trading head rubs with Becca and Jess
-not being at work
-knowing that instead of heading home to Seattle, I get to head on to Goshen to see my wonderful family!

I hope you all are having great times with family and friends!

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Day 24 – Guest Post: Thanksgiving Edition

November 24, 2011

I hope you all are enjoying this wonderful Turkey based day.  Currently I am flying over a good portion of the US, to make it to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving with friends.  So this guest post is brought to you by the wonder of scheduled posts and the awesomeness that is my approximate 18 year friendship with David.  And you can tell we have been friends for so long because a) we feel free to post potentially embarrassing photos of each other from middle school and b) we are soon going to be roommates!  

Abby and I go way back, to grade school when her family moved to Goshen and started attending my church. Her brother Jonathan and I became fast friends when we discovered that both of us were interested in computer programming and constructing strange contraptions to shoot things at rabbits in the yard…but since I was spending so much time at his house I got to know Abby as well. At some point we decided that our relationship could be classified as “budder and frester” (I can’t remember where the terms originated but the idea is almost-but-not-quite brother and sister). Since my guest blog post happens to coincide with Thanksgiving, I’m going to give thanks for my long friendship with Abby by reminiscing over some old photos of good times we’ve had together over the years.

In 2000 our Academic Superbowl social studies team won state!

Hiding out from a storm in a tent in the Boundary Waters, ca. 2002.

We were both in the awesome History of the Southwest class in southwest Colorado in May 2004.

Exploring Seattle during one of Abby's many visits before she finally up and moved here.

Checking out the red floor at the central library in Seattle.

On the Capilano suspension bridge with friends in Vancouver last summer.

By the way Abby and Meryl make awesome water buffalo, at least when they can manage to keep a straight face.

Don’t miss the entire series…go here and press the play button: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davisagli/4925982342/in/set-72157624802951052/lightbox/

And finally, a shot from Abby's parents' recent visit to Seattle. (John is blurry either because of my poor phone-camera skills or because he was starting to grab for the cupcake.)

In case you haven’t heard, Abby and I have just rented an apartment together in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, so I’m looking forward to more adventures together over the next year!

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Day 23 – Outfits

November 23, 2011

Here are three outfits I wore last week, as always click through to Flickr if you want the details and as a bonus, check out Alex’s new Viking look! 🙂

Last Wednesday
Nov 16th - mid-week work outfit

Last Saturday
Nov 19th - Wore this on a Saturday trip to IKEA and a game night with friends

Last Sunday (taken in my new apartment!)
Nov 20th - Wore this to church and a concert

Alex gets in touch with his Norwegian roots!
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Day 22 – Cooking with Abby

November 22, 2011

Tonight I decided to disregard the two solid days of rain and the overwhelming sense that it was time to hibernate and made myself an elaborate dinner just for me.  Now to re-create this recipe, you will need to a long list of ingredients as demonstrated in this photo:

Assemble the ingredients

Then carefully prepare the ingredients, don’t worry about how many dishes and cutting boards this will take, it will totally be worth it in the end.

Carefully prepare the ingredients

Add a few finishing touches and then put your feet up and watch an episode of West Wing while you wait for the meal to cook in the oven.

Then watch some West Wing while you wait for the food in the oven!

Then after the perfect amount of time, savor the careful blend of flavors and craft a delicate dip for your dinner. [Fries and Edamame not pictured cause I ate them already]

Supper is served

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Day 21 – Monday Links

November 21, 2011

I think this video is definitely a finalist in Winning the Internet award. Have you ever wondered what how Gollum would handle a night of karaoke? Look no further my friends, look no further. Gollum sings “I will survive”

Good argument about why Wikipedia should not be taken for cold hard fact even with those reassuring citations

Even if you don’t live in Chicago, if you have to ride public transit with any regularity, you will definitely identify with Erini’s list of “13 rules for a tolerable CTA bus experience

Andy Baio takes 4 different videos shot of UC Davis campus police directly spraying demonstrating students with pepper spray and synced them. This is a great example of how citizen based media is the future.

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Day 20 – Photo Sunday

November 20, 2011

Flashback to History of the Southwest trip during the May of 2004, when I spent 3 weeks with a history class studying the ancient people of the Southwest, current Native tribes and archeology.  It was an incredible 3 weeks, but this picture captures one of my favorite moments.  This was on the brim of a large plateau and the wind was whipping up over the edge, so all you had to do to fly was just lean over and lift your arms.
Flying in the canyonlands
Hannah and I kept Jan, our trip supervisor, quite nervous with our flight experiments.

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Day 19 – Update instead of Books

November 19, 2011

So, I just played the most deviously kind of awesome cloak and dagger board game of my life – Battlestar Galactica.  For those of you unfamiliar with the recent TV series (re-making a much campier version from the 70s) the basic plot revolves around the idea that robots have evolved, are hell-bent on destroying humans and best of all, can appear completely human.

This translates to a highly involved board game in which all players (in this case, Katie, Bryan, Alex, Cory and myself) take on various human roles from the TV series and take on the huge chalenge of leading the beleaguered human fleet away from the attacking Cylons and to the mythical paradise, Kobal.  To make it even better, everyone draws loyalty cards, so you know someone in your group is actually a traitor.  Unfortunately for someone like me, whose main goal is to have everyone stay happy, human and achieve group unity, I was doomed for failure. 🙂

It was an expertly played out game, but unfortunately for the human side (which included myself, Alex and Cory), both Katie and Bryan (who had held the highest human positions President and Admiral respectively) eventually revealed themselves to be Cylons in a huge upset towards the end of the game.  Humans still did end up achieving victory, but only very narrowly.  It was quite the harrowing game and once again I proved myself rather horrible at reading people by thinking that Alex, of all people, was a cylon and completely believing both Katie and Bryan.  Ah, cie la vie, it did end up being a fun evening, even if it will probably take me a some time to trust Katie or Bryan in the game playing context (they are both way too good at avoiding suspicion!). 🙂  But if you feel like playing a high strategy game with shifting loyalties and a continued sense of dread and paranoia, I very highly recommend this one.