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Went to Beluga in Hyde Park with the MP here tonight. AMAZING!

Bought two pieces for my Ravenclaw uniform tonight--a Prefect badge and a sweater. They should be delivered in time for me to wear to work Halloween.

Dan paid for and picked up our rings today! One more big piece DONE! They're just very very simple, plain, white gold Comfort Fit bands.

Beluga:
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/32/360274/restaurant/Hyde-Park-Mount-Lookout/Beluga-Cincinnati

http://www.zipscene.com/venues/view/107

Now it's bedtime.
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Meme 1 )


Meme 2 )

Also, we picked out our rings this week"end" (hey...it was four days off for me, so it is equivalent to my weekend even though it was the middle of the week!).

I had oysters on the half shell, sushi, and Hendricks tonight (and a very interesting and amazing mushroom truffle butter) at The Waterfront in Covington. It failed to impress me last year, but I gave it a second chance because I really wanted raw oysters, and it was wonderful. The above combination makes me blissful, and the great service made it even more wonderful. heeee...

Pictures!

Sep. 25th, 2007 10:31 pm
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I finally had to take all the photos off of my camera (for tomorrow's adventures, of course!), so I figured I'd resize a few and post them to LJ-land.



The hotel )

The CiP )

The Jesus statue )

The Waterfront and Cincy skyline )

A pretty sunset )

One more of me )
littlelotte: (LiT - Just don't know)
The Waterfront was a complete bust--it's a little too yuppie for me :-P They have a business casual dress code, and even though the sushi was really really great the atmosphere was too stuffy and blah. I'd only go there because they serve oysters on the half shell (and oh my were they amazing).

I don't tell my mom how often I eat sushi/sashimi/raw oysters/etc. She's already a constant stream of "oh be careful! Raw fish will kill you!"--okay, not quite that bad, but along those general lines ;-)

I have photos of the restaurant and the Cincy skyline. I can't seem to find any online that do it justice--the blues and oranges and whites and yellows and...it's just so colorful, and so breathtaking as you're driving up on it! I'll get better pics of the skyline next time I go into Newport (it's a little further east than Covington, and the angle is better). Maybe tomorrow night--it is hospitality night, after all. How can I resist half off raw seafood? O;-) We'll see how tired I am when I get out of work. I really want to just finish the last His Dark Materials book, too.

I'm sleepy. I have a pretty major work meeting in Sandusky, at one of the Cedar Point resorts (Castaway Bay), on Tuesday. They're rolling out the new management Quality of Life "packages"--new salary raise opportunities, we actually get a handful of personal days per year, and some other things. I don't completely like everything I've heard for the raise opps, but we'll see what they have for us at the meeting (I really shouldn't know as much as I do already, but our Partner was telling me today). I'm a little miffed that I have to close on Monday night (hopefully it looks like last Monday night and I'm out around 11:15) and then be on the road by 7am so that I can grab food and make the four+ hour trip by noon. We're apparently getting an "early dinner" during the meeting, and then we're supposed to go out and compete in laser tag and bowling afterwards :-P I'm going straight into a three and a half hour drive into K'zoo after Sandusky, so unfortunately I can't carpool with the guys (Mike and John--the Bar manager and KM), and I really doubt I'll be up for laser tag or bowling before. I'm really hoping the K'zoo and Lansing KMs are going to be there Tuesday. I love all the FOH managers at all the MI stores, so I don't care which ones are there--I'll be happy to see any of them. It will be nice to at least meet some of the other Ohio managers, I suppose, given I may be working with any of them at some point in the near future.

Oh! Cincy extended another week or two. I'm pretty sure I'll be here through Mark's vacation time (which starts the 4th of October). I'm pretty pleased with that arrangement. I...really need to get to Sterling and pack my apartment up. Damn. My lease is up October 31st. Yay. I don't know what to do with my stuff. Fuck. Storage near my parents, I suppose? Ugh.
littlelotte: (Athena - Parthenon)
100% for me on the management part of the September secret shop. Win! It was the first time one of my stores got shopped while I was the manager on the floor.

I'm loving His Dark Materials, and I'm on the final book. Also, I bought another Italo Calvino book--If On a Winter's Night a Traveler...I can see he's going to be an addicting one. Essentially, this one is ten separate stories, all of which end at a moment of suspense, that "together...form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and extinct, through which two readers, a male and a female, pursue both the story lines that intrigue them and one another." Now that I can afford to again, I've gotten back in the habit of actually buying books. I like owning things more than borrowing them from a library. I like writing in the margins and highlighting too much ;-)

A couple of striking HDM quotes...

"We are all subject to the fates. But we must all act as if we are not...or die of despair."
--The Golden Compass

"What do you mean, a paleo-archaeologist? Archaeologists already study what's old; why do you need to put another word meaning 'old' in front of it?"
--The Subtle Knife (hehehehehehehehehe)

Also, this will just sound silly to most of you on my f'list, but some of you will get it. I feel like the gods are pushing me towards something, but I'm not sure what. It feels like it's supposed to be a more mystical turn, but I don't even know what I should be looking for or where to begin. The most mystical I've ever really gotten (except for my silly teenage Wicca days--yes you can laugh :-P) is my tarot deck--and admittedly, I do pretty well with it when I read for people. Unfortunately, I'm a little concerned attempting to use my deck to figure it out for myself, as I obviously have blinders on when it comes to myself and my life and what I would read in the deck in a reading for myself. I've been feeling like this since I got out to Sterling, actually, but I was too unsure to mention it before. Since then the feeling has just gotten more nagging. I find it difficult to try to figure it out through reading, as I am moving so much and don't have reliable access to libraries that would have the books I'd be looking for (and I don't even know what I should be looking for in the first place)...and nothing specific seems to be calling out to me at the moment. I am very lost and very confused and I know I'll have this hole until I figure it out...help? Dreams have given me clues that are either very obscure or I forget by the time I wake up. I'm pretty certain Hermes is behind it, though--it's pretty blatantly his energy and his "voice." Of course, I'm also not completely sure, as that could just be him acting as messenger for someone or something else entirely. Bah! I'm hoping mentioning it will bring something clearer to light.

Finally, Hendrick's Gin is awesome. Just awesome. If only I had a refrigerator to keep a cucumber in for it...

Now it is 1:30am and I work at 10am in the morning, probably until about nine or so. But I want to read more! But I must sleep. *pout*

:-P

Aug. 20th, 2007 09:45 am
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So, for whatever reason, the hotel had me as checking out today...hahaha...right. I had to go down and tell them I was, in fact, going to be here for about another two weeks :-P Exactly two weeks, actually, unless they need to extend my stay a bit.

Got out of work very early on Saturday night (I actually want to thank the Bengals game for making it a slow night at work for once) and went to Newport on the Levee, had awesome sushi and Hendrick's gin at a place called Pacific Moon. It was awesome, and the presentation was bright and gorgeous, and they served my Hendrick's and tonic with a cucumber slice! heeee...

Now it's time for Day 10 of work...and then I get to go to K'zoo for three and a half days. Yay!
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I came across this about a week ago in the [livejournal.com profile] anthropologist, but nearly forgot about it until I saw it in USA Today yesterday, too (I get it delivered to my hotel room door every weekday):

Tibetan buddhas told to apply for reincarnation with the Chinese government...

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22183463-5005961,00.html

The new rules are "an important move to institutionalise the management of reincarnation of living Buddhas," the Xinhua news agency said.

According to the regulations, which take effect on September 1, all reincarnation applications must be submitted to religious affairs officials for approval, Xinhua said.


I can't find the USA Today article online...I probably need to be a member, or something.

Also, this restaurant is bizarre--it's half southern dialect and half midwestern, but the MP is from St. Louis originally and has some weird west-coastal "o" thing going on. I think my Oklahoma dialect is coming back a touch being surrounded by so many southerners.

Also, you know you're on the border of the south (or are waiting on someone from the south) when you go to a restaurant and they offer sweet tea, or someone at the table asks if you have sweet tea.
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The dates for Cincy seem to be Aug 9-Sept 5, which is right around when the MIT that's going there for good should be finished with training. I just talked to Dan (my boss/JVP Dan, not my Dan), and he should have everything finalized soon (he's there right now. There's a Buffett concert there tomorrow night, so it's kind of crazy there tonight, I guess). I suppose this means Molly will be going back to K'zoo with me next week when I go to pay rent, and I'll need to see if my parents will watch Anna for a month. I also will need to get the last things I left in K'zoo and bring them back with me--some random clothes and notebooks, really.

I rented Woody Allen's Manhattan and the first disc of Freaks and Geeks. I really need to own this series...or figure out how to rip it onto my computer as I rent the discs O:-) Dan and I rented it last summer and just loved it. Anyway...I'm off for now.

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