Jul. 23rd, 2006 10:36 pm
cymry: (city of blood - dagger)
i'm hermit-like, but not voluntarily. i'm trying to juggle money issues and plans to spend thousands of dollars. and generally, i'm driving myself crazy.

just so you know. (cause i'm sure my life is fascinating).

in my mind, the only way to not spend money is to stay at home, usually alone. i know my limits - i WILL spend money if presented with the opportunity. so i tend to stay here, browsing the internet, playing WoW, and watching a lot of mediocre TV (a few weeks ago, i would have called it bad TV, but it's grown on me, frightening as that sounds). i spend my days looking up information on Italy and trying to plan an itinerary, and generally trying to convince myself that both the wedding and the trip are real and not another one of my "possibilities" that will fall through in a month or two. the sheer amount of details i've absorbed over the past few weeks is enough to make my dreams very, very crowded.

so with most of the contract work firmly out of the way (another night or two, and it'll all be gone) and the giddy relief of no longer being afflicted by the 2-week migraine, SG and i went wandering today, just for the sake of getting ourselves out of the apartment. and while we managed to keep our expenses to under $20 (well, the groceries don't count), we did manage to find a possible florist for the wedding (after walking into a cookie-cutter type place with a pushy lady and a general bad atmosphere, i think we can be forgiven for fairly worshipping the second place we tried, where the girl was extremely friendly, talkative, and, gods-forbid, helpful). their policy seems to be: tell us what you want (or what you don't want) and we'll build it in front of you as a trial. if you like it, we'll note it down and make it again when you need it.

... now why can't it all be that simple? this way, i can even find out if the flowers i pick will smell too strongly or not (i have some pollen allergies, but i'm not sure what triggers them). generally, i'm quite pleased.

another random fact for the day: the Italian train system, while relatively cheap and quite extensive, has a terrible website that keeps reverting to Italian and refuses to tell me how much round-trip tickets cost. boo.

anyone know any travel agents that don't try to book you on package tours and just book things according to your needs? i'm not even sure where to start looking (we're thinking of using one, if it's cheaper/easier).
cymry: (tigerlily)
i imagine the color of the Mediterranean. i flip through the travel guide for Italy that's taken up permanent residence on my desk. i browse expedia.ca and look at hotels.

i think that, in a little less than a year, i might possibly be sitting on this very terrace on the island of Capri.

Tiberius' obsession with the little isle, an escape from the bustle, smell and dirt of the major Roman cities then as today, begins to make more and more sense to me. i may even, with a little digging, figure out where this was taken from, and manage to make my way there. =)

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for some strange reason, this makes me feel better.

:: edit ::

and a few words of advice from the same person who posted that picture...

"Do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am-- a reluctant enthusiast-- a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it's still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizzly, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for awhile and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards." -- Edward Abbey


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