Monthly Archives: February 2008

Happy Groundhog’s Day!

The First Pear Blossoms of 2008

According to Phil, it is six more weeks of winter.

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Come, Winter, have another flight;
If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,
Go Winter, and come not again.

Both here in SoCal and in Pennsylvania, Candlemas dawned fair and bright. It clouded over mid-day here, but then again, other than rain one cannot call what we get from Dec – March a real winter… ;o)

Nokia’s Urbanista Diaries : One Week Away!

Happy Friday to you! Happy Friday to me!
One week from today, I will be flying from London to Chennai, India. Yes, one week plus one day, aka next Saturday, the Nokia Urbanista Diaries starts for Ms. Jen!
Starting tomorrow, I will be blogging about the cities I will be visiting. But today I will give you the amusing tidbits that happened during the course of the day in the name of getting ready for the Urbanista adventure…
Amusement of the Day #1 – File under small typo turns into “Fun with Bureauracy™”, I will let my Twitter-stream speak for me:

msjen Assistant at WOM world office labeled the phones as £18,000 instead of £1800. US Customs is now holding them. I am to leave next week…
msjen I have to either file an expensive bond or pay thousands in taxes. All over a clerical typing error.
msjen No, I had to call them get the correct invoice, & then verify it with MY Social Security card. Ugh. Hopefully, all is well.
msjen customs wanted proof of my biz tax id, but I do everything with the IRS online & don’t have a card. So my Social it was.

I will find out tomorrow morning if the US Customs folks at LAX will accept the invoice with all the contents listed & with US Dollar prices of approx $2600 and not $37,000 or if I have to post a $250 bond to get the Nokia N82 and other related Urbanista stuff out of hock. The best part about the bond is that when I leave next Wednesday and take it all out of the country back to its originating port of LHR, I would not get the $250 bond returned.
I told the WOM World folk that we should let US Customs reject it and DHL just ship it back to the UK on Monday and then I pick up the package from WOM World on Thursday. Bureauracy should never ever be rewarded with money. Ever.
Amusement of the Day #2 – File under Prepping for the Tropics, also from my Twitter-stream:

msjen Just took my first anti-malaria pill. Hopefully, I won’t have any of the evil nightmares, depression, etc that Mefloquine is known to cause
msjen According to the directions: If one vomits w/in 30 mins. take another pill. If w/in 60 mins. take a 1/2 a pill.
msjen Up to 1850, folks mixed quinine with wine. So, what’s good for the goose, must be good for the gander. ;o) glass of wine in hand.
msjen Nearly 2 hours after taking my Mefloquine pill and no vomiting! FTW! Now crossing fingers for no nightmares or psychotic breaks!

Happy St. Brigid’s Day!

Feb. 2006 - at St. Brigid's Well Feb. 2006 - at St. Brigid's Well Feb. 2006 - at St. Brigid's Well Feb. 2006 - at St. Brigid's Well

All photos taken by Ms. Jen on Feb. 4, 2006 with her Casio Xlim40
digital camera at the ‘newSt. Brigid’s Well in Kildare, Ireland.

Yeah! This weekend is the time for my two favorite, highly under-appreciated holidays! St. Brigid’s Day today and Ground Hog’s Day / Candlemas tomorrow!
Go out and celebrate the transitioning of winter-spring and the increasing daylight by giving your local Ground Hog a big kiss… ;o)
A prayer:

Everliving God, we rejoice today in the fellowship of your blessed servant Brigid, and we give you thanks for her life of devoted service. Inspire us with life and light, and give us perseverance to serve you all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, world without end.