the good, bad, and some useless information

So on this gray Monday in Seattle, there is some good news and some bad news. I will focus on the good first. Some incredibly kind person purchased me a new laptop this weekend as a congratulatory gift for me being accepted to graduate school. This has once again enabled me to take up long lost past times of downlowing French pop songs from I-Tunes and updating my blog on a regular basis, and even including some pictures in my blog! Well, I still need to get a new battery for my camera to do the latter, but you catch my drift.

This makes up for the excrutiating pain that I felt yesterday watching the Tarheels lose in overtime to Georgetown in the NCAA tournament. I will speak of this matter no more.

Other good things about the weekend:

A good book: Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir, a historical novel about Lady Jane Grey. Alison Weir is known for her fantastic popular history books about the British monarchy, and this is her first novel. It was pretty great. Lady Jane Grey has been one of my historical idols for quite some time, even though she was beheaded while she was still a teen. She just seemed to have a pretty good head on her shoulders in the days when her head was actually attached to her shoulders.

A good meal: at Rovers in Madison Valley in Seattle. While the five course dinner will run you about $90 and the Prix Fixe for the eight course dinner will set you back about $130, I do have to admit, it was some of the most delicious foie gras that I have had in quite some time. In fact, I am thinking about one day, when I have a farm, it will be the first ever elephant sanctuary/foie gras farm. That way, I am doing something good for animals to offset the creation of foie gras. I have such a guilty conscience about enjoying foie gras so much, but what can I do? Stop eating it? That would be incredibly cruel also.

So now that I am outfitted with a better computer, I promise to start drafting more substantive blog entries. I actually have been thinking of some things that I want to write about lately.

Of note, I thought I would begin with an important public service announcement about Irish Banshees, because I have gotten alot of questions lately on the subject, such as what does a banshee look like? How can I prevent a banshee from prematurely visiting me? Well, I will try to answer some of these questions the best way I can.

OH NO! This is what an Irish Banshee looks like. She comes frequently with a raven to warn of impending death. If you see this creature, just know, your time may be up.


This is not a banshee. It is just the back of Magic Johnson as he heads to Michael Jordan’s Birthday Party in the Venetian during NBA All Star weekend. He may expect a banshee to pay him a visit him at sometime in the future, but no banshee on this date.

David was really upset because we weren’t invited. So went to Zions National Park to see if we could find any banshees. I tried to warn David that he wouldn’t see the Banshee there either (nor would we see any celebrity All-Stars). If you want to find Banshees you go to the source.

Darbun, Mississippi. I realize the popular notion is that Irish banshees live in Ireland. That isn’t entirely true. I know that there is an Irish banshee lives in the woods behind where Sarah sits in the picture. See how the sky is like fire? That is a telltale sign of a banshee. Sarah knows that. And she just got her PhD so she can’t be wrong.
There are Irish people that live in the U.S., so why can’t an Irish banshee live here too?

Sorry Melissa, acting like a pirate will not save you from the Banshee! I think that Banshees and pirates may be friends. I am not positive about that, so I don’t know if this should go in a public service annoucement. Just to be on the safeside, I think I should say, don’t think acting like a pirate will keep you safe from a banshee.

But I do hear that Banshees are particularly hesitant to visit people who act like snooty French women inside of “Its a Small World” at Disney World. After all, French women generally live a very long time.

I hope this has been helpful. For more information, visit your local library, or watch Darby O’Gill and the Little People.

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