Word of the Week

Comitatus:

1 : a body of wellborn men attached to a king or chieftain by the duty of military service; also : the status of the body so attached
2: [ML, fr. L] : county —used chiefly in the phrase posse comitatus
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Your Fashion City is Paris


You always look amazing, but you never look like you put too much effort in to it. And you probably didn’t!

You believe that fashion is all about classic looks, and you shun all silly trends.
You appreciate finer quality items, but you would never have anything with a huge label on it. That’s just tacky.

You never want your look to seem like it was bought in a store. You always have something in your closet to make your outfit uniquely you.

What’s Your Fashion City?
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What I’m reading.

Originally posted on Xingu, Volume 2:

Garrison Keillor‘s Writer’s Almanac mentioned Anthony Powell‘s A Dance to the Music of Time in December and I was intrigued. How could I pass up a book Evelyn Waugh compared to Proust‘s In Search of Lost Time? Waugh says Powell’s 12 volume masterpiece is “dry, cool, humorous, elablorately and accurately constructed and quintessentially English. It is more realistic than A Recherche du Temps Perdu, [trans. In Search of Lost Time], to which it is often compared and much funnier.”

So far I’ve read the first two novels, A Question of Upbringing and A Buyer’s Market. Set in the 1920s, A Question of Upbringing introduces readers to Nicholas Jenkins, the narrator. He’s attending boarding school with the churlish, bothersome Kenneth Widmerpool, and the “cooler kids” Stringman and Templer, with whom he hangs out conniving pranks, and sharing a jaded view of their teachers and…

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I Saw Sunday

Bushtits mass on a birdfeeder in Salem, Oregon.

Image via Wikipedia

Image via Wikipedia

Here’s a new meme: I Saw Sunday

So, what did you see this week?

One thing or a whole list! – Words or photos or both!

Share it here with us.

The Rules

1. Write your post on your blog and include a link back to I Saw Sunday.
2. Leave the link to your post in the Mr Linky widget so we can find you.
3. Leave a comment after linking so that I know you have been here.
4. Please be sure to visit the other participants and share what they saw.

Yesterday I accompanied a friend on her errands. It’s interesting to see how different people shop. We went to Wild Birds Unlimited, a shop that sells bird feeders, bird feed, and whatever people need to care for wild birds or animals like squirrels. I just couldn’t get over the fact that a business focused on this niche could survive. It was quite cool to chat with the staff because they really know their birds. I love to see people pursuing their passion through their work.

We also went to the Chalet Nursery, which I’ve driven past all my life, but never went it. Here we picked up dog food, but not just any dog food, gourmet dog food. Clearly, I’m very sheltered because I had no idea that you can now buy duck, salmon, sweet potato and such flavors in dog food.

I’ve also discovered and am enjoying the BBC production of Wives and Daughters (1999) based on the Elizabeth Gaskell novel. I do love these period pieces. It’s a sophisticated Cinderella story in which the stepmother isn’t evil, nor is the stepsister, but life does get harder for young Molly Gibson when her father remarries. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard anything about Elizabeth Gaskell till last year.

The main characters in Outnumbered series one....

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Also I’ve caught a few episodes of Outnumbered, a British sitcom about a family with three young kids and two parents struggling to keep up with their children’s personalities. It’s spot on about the sort of thinking children engage in and the futility of using reason as a parent. Dry humor abounds. It outclasses the likes of The Middle or the ho hum Modern Family.

“Slow down and take the time to really see. Take a moment to see what is going on around you right now, right where you are. You may be missing something wonderful.”
- J. Michael Thomas

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hope

Hoping this house is blessed, Thailand


Spirit houses are in front of Buddhist Thai homes. Each morning, they’re filled with sacrificial fruit and flowers as an expression of hope (in part).

Tie your wishes here, Kyoto, Japan


At Japanese shrines you can get a fortune and tie it up.

Guangzhou, China


What new marriage doesn’t start with hope?
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Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

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I’ve been asked about Chinese alcohol from time to time. This is an accurate description of baijiu, the most common drink. The most succinct description is that it tastes like distilled laundry water.

Originally posted on Shards of China:

Baijiu varies in price enormously, this bottle is relatively cheap at around 10-30 RMB, others can be up to $30,000 US, I'm yet to be able to taste the difference, though expensive products come in nicer packages.

Chinese drinking culture is yet to fully evolve, and for the most part involves a practice where everyone toasts everyone else by shouting “gan bei” (literally “finish glass”) and then downing whatever the hell it is that’s in front of them at the time.

This practice is then repeated continuously until almost everyone is either unconscious or puking, or better still both. What makes nights out in China so dangerous is the ubiquitous local spirit Baijiu (usually pronounced Buy-Jo).

Firstly, to the expatriate palette this stuff tastes like drain cleaner. It’s not bad, it’s not unpleasant, it’s gut wrenchingly disgusting and worse once you’ve downed your first glass you won’t get rid of the taste for days. Its flavor seems to coat your tongue, your lungs, your esophagus and anything else it can get its metaphorical hands on.

If you can bear the pain, it’s worth noting that it’s…

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You Are FAQ


For you, the internet is like your personal library. And you know more facts than fifty normal humans.
Your brain is basically lot a computer at this point. You have a lot of information stored up there.

You spend hours looking up obscure information and learning things. If you have question, you always search.You can’t help but be a bit of a know-it-all. You can answer everyone’s frequently asked questions.

What Internet Slang Are You?
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Daily Show on Mitt’s Taxes

Jon’s at his best as he clearly shows how unjust our tax code is. Yes, Mitt followed the law. That’s not something all that impressive. In fact, isn’t that the minimum we ask from people? What’s more it’s enlightening to see that Mitt influenced and helped design this tax law.

I still wish WordPress could better include a Jon Stewart video.

Brunch at Butch McGuire’s

Penguins

I went to Brunch at Butch McGuire’s Tavern on Rush St. Sunday. The restaurant cum bar is an Irish pub with lots of character. Old time regulars might complain that Butch’s son doesn’t have the same panache or avuncular host/manager, but I’d only gone there a few times and was happy with the atmosphere and service. The bar tenders add a flair with their white shirts and ties, dressing up the place. Yesterday was the last day for the Christmas decorations: colorful, twinkling lights, Disney characters, penguins and a PG-13 Santa.

Car Bomb French Toast

I had Car Bomb French Toast, thick cut bread dipped in a batter with Bailey’s and Guinness. The syrup was infused with Jameson’s. I couldn’t resist the tongue in cheek name. The French toast didn’t have a strong alcohol taste, though the addition of the whiskey was a good twist.

Santa, what are you reading?

One More for CNY

in Foshan

 

Dinner, anyone?

 

Red Underwear, a New Year's custom

When it’s Chinese New Year, people born in the year of that particular animal this year the dragon, should wear red underwear for good luck.

Beijing

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