You know the Large Hadron Collider at Geneva- they're about to switch it on and have it replay the Big Bang? Well, Matt is going out to Cern when he's done his initial stint at Oxford. He's going to be a part of all that.
Wow! How exciting. My husband will be so jealous. And the party sounded just the right kind of get together :) No "sitting on ceremony" and all that faff.
I get terribly restless at formal parties. They make me feel trapped. I think I must suffer from mild somethingophobia.
I think almost everyone feels trapped and restless at a formal party.
One of the things I have sworn is that I will never wear pantyhose again. I think along with that, I will swear off formal parties. (Though I seldom have to attend that kind of thing anyway.)
ETA: That cheesecake sounds wonderful, and makes me want to make one!
Edited at 2008-09-08 03:51 pm (UTC)
I don't know why people have formal parties. Does anyone enjoy them?
She got the cheesecake off a page on a BBC website listing simple recipes suitable for Mother's Day
I think a very few people enjoy them; most people throw them and attend them out of some sort of obligation.
Speaking of which, I am watching "Lost in Austen"--it's about a girl who goes through a door in her shower and ends up in Jane Austen's world (she and Elizabeth Bennet trade places). I can't say I recommend it, but I was amused to see Hugh Bonneville as Mr. Bennet.
I believe I've had enough of Austen for the time being. I'm an admirer, but her world is terribly claustrophobic. Besides, how many versions of P&P does the world need?
I don't disagree--but since I have successfully avoided most Austen except for the Ang Lee movie several years ago, I'm enjoying it.
Yes, it's overdone. Just the fact that this would show up as a TV show says that.
2008-09-10 12:50 pm (UTC)
And here it is - the famous cheesecake recipe! :-)
I substitute the digestives for ginger biscuits, everyone seems to agree it works. I also use full-fat Philadephia cheese (naughty but nice, no point doing these things by halves is there!?)
Oh and it's super-easy - the hardest thing is zesting the oranges!
2008-09-10 01:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Cheesecake recipe
That was just about the best cheesecake ever!
It sounds like you have a fabulous family!
They're a pretty good bunch.
2008-09-08 04:19 pm (UTC)
mad families are rather wonderful!
How nice for you to be able to fit in with family like that! They must be wonderful people (of course they are, they are Ailz's, right?)
Also, they sound like fun.
Yes, Keith is Ailz's brother. He and Ruth have two kids- Matt and Jenny. Nicola is Ruth's brother's daughter. I don't know what exactly that makes her in relation to me, but I think of her as my niece. She is married to John and has a stepson Jake.
Edited at 2008-09-09 09:00 am (UTC)
I think it would be fascinating if we woke up with a big black hole in the sky.
What would we do?
I suppose Sarah Palin, the hockey mom who thinks God is on our side in this holy war, would shut down the collider as being "against God's will."
She tried to ban books in Alaska, I hear.
I guess we'll get her. She's cute. That's all we deserve these days, as we are idiots.
Remember the study done with monkeys who were offered their favorite cherry juice as a reward for a task OR the opportunity to gaze at photographs of their alpha monkeys in their group?
They LOVED cherry juice, but they always chose the photographs to gaze at.
We're doomed: we get old Alpha John McCain and his gun-toting sidekick.
I am grinding my teeth here. I've turned off the TV and stopped reading Newsweek and Time, because she's on the covers and I simply can't stand what she stands for.
I CHOOSE CHERRY JUICE, PLEASE!!
Sorry, Tony, for going off-topic. I am--distracted.
I'm hoping Palin is on a learning curve.
I don't think she's stupid, just uneducated.
Americans aren't the only ones who choose unfit people to lead them. The next president of South Africa is almost certainly going to be a guy called Zuma- who has stood trial for rape and has just escaped being tried for corruption on a legal technicality.
I don't think she's stupid, either, but being uneducated and also smug about her belief system and ready to shove it down our throats is a scary thought to me.
Here's what I read yesterday:
GOP Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin said today the Ukraine and Georgia should join NATO, even at the risk of antagonizing Russia and forcing the United States into a war with the nuclear-armed nation.
I wonder if she can even place Georgia and the Ukraine on the map. I know I can't.
The GOP seems hell bent on getting back on a Cold War footing with Russia- it's crazy.
There were atrocities on both sides in the conflict over S. Ossetia, but so far as I understand it was Georgia that started it.