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Jet lag [20060111|16:09]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Hello everybody. I'm trying to stay awake until at least 9 PM tonight. We arrived at 6 AM after flying from San Juan to Boston and from Boston to Heathrow with a four-hour layover. My head doesn't feel attached to my body at the moment.

It was a distinctly divided holiday. The first half of the trip with imyril and her boyfriend involved a lot of tourist-like activity, including going to the beach, eating lots of sugary tropical badness, and drinking rum. The second half of the trip involved visiting the multitudinous members of Marco's family, including his (until now) estranged father whom he hasn't seen or spoken to for twelve years. I'm still overwhelmed emotionally. Please forgive me if it takes some time to resume normal service.

I missed you all. Thank you to those who sent me cards and provided a homecoming that involved a mailbox stuffed with joy instead of just with bills.

Finally, here is a picture of a tiny flower in the El Yunque rain forest.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-12 09:38 (UTC)
Thank you! I'm looking forward to catching up on what you've written. Setting aside time to savor it, oh yes.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2006-01-11 16:23 (UTC)
Lovely picture.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-12 09:40 (UTC)
Thank you. I was rather proud of having applied the correct aperture/shutter speed/focus combo to take it. I kinda sorta know what I'm doing now. Yay.
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From: capitalflash
2006-01-11 16:27 (UTC)
oh my. my regards to marco.

it's good to have you and tim back on the same day. see my face: :D!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-12 09:44 (UTC)
Thank you. I think he's doing okay, although what with both of us being physically exhausted right now it's kind of tough to tell.

We want to see you soon! Must celebrate your new job (congratulations) with food and whisky. What are you doing next weekend? Think you might be able to come over for dinner?
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2006-01-11 17:12 (UTC)
But why has the rum gone?

Welcome back!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-12 09:45 (UTC)
Because there were nine bottles of it, and the friends who bought it would have been offended if we hadn't drunk them.

Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: becala
2006-01-11 17:34 (UTC)
Welcome back, muffinpants!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-12 09:47 (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad to hear the job hunt goes well.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2006-01-11 17:48 (UTC)
Beautimous. Welcome back. You were missed. =)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-12 09:51 (UTC)
Can you tell I've read technical books on photography now? I finally overcame my timidity and blew through several. Of course, due to the gap between theory and application it will take me a while to practice everything I've learned but I'm feeling more confident now that I know what to meter from in different situations and can leave my camera in manual mode and dial quickly to the settings I want. Still use autofocus a lot, though, since I don't trust my (astigmatic) eyes.
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[User Picture]From: tharine
2006-01-11 18:08 (UTC)
welcome back, doll. happy new year!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-12 09:53 (UTC)
Thank you, and same to you! I haven't made it to the t's yet so still haven't caught up but I hope all is well with you.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2006-01-11 18:40 (UTC)

Welcome back!

That's a beautiful picture. I'm having trouble deciding whether I love the flower, the background, or the 3-D-ishness of it the most. Thank you for sharing it.

We missed you!

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-12 09:58 (UTC)
Hooray for shallow depth of field! If I'd had a telephoto lens on I could have made the background just a blur of green but as it was I ended up liking the abstract criss-crossing of fern leaves so I left it alone. Thank you for noticing. :-)
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[User Picture]From: culturedgoat
2006-01-11 20:00 (UTC)
Dude! I also landed at Heathrow at 6am this morning, from South Africa!

Knackered after long-haul flights club! Members: US!

xxx
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-12 10:01 (UTC)
Welcome back! Now we must all get together and drink whisky, I think. Certainly it can't make my brain feel any fuzzier than it already is.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-12 10:07 (UTC)
Thank you and Happy New Year!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-12 10:47 (UTC)
Hello!

Thanks for the comment on the photos. I'm flattered that seismic mentioned me as I consider myself a neophyte, especially with the dSLR. I know lots more than I did a month or two ago, but still have lots of practice to get under my belt. The posts tagged "photo" are all over the place in terms of quality as some of them are shots I took just for personal remembrance rather than trying for compositional excellence or correct exposure. If you're interested in browsing more, some of my favorites are shots I've taken with the rather inflexible Lomo Supersampler. It's a hit-or-miss film camera - mostly miss, but when it hits, it hits hard. Those are cunningly tagged "supersampler".
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[User Picture]From: enn
2006-01-12 14:41 (UTC)
oo! nice work on the photo!
i can't wait to see more, & hear more. mmm i mean, read more though, of course!
xoxo
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-12 16:32 (UTC)
Thank you!
I dropped off my film for processing today and I have downloaded and organized all my digital photos. I have my trusty notebook with all my travel entries. Now begins the laborious writing-up and photo-culling/editing.
Speaking of hearing more, maybe I should make an audio post. Hee.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2006-01-12 14:48 (UTC)
Huh, I was just wondering where you had gone. And then I remembered that you are the travel pirate!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-12 16:45 (UTC)
Give me all your piña coladas! Arr!

There isn't much traveling in my immediate future, but I think I'm glad about that for the moment. In Feb or March, Marco goes to LA for two weeks so, lacking the need to ensure that someone else eats, sleeps and has clean laundry, I'll probably put my pack on my back and gallivant around England. Or Wales. Or Scotland. Or all three. Beginning in around June, I'll be going lots of places. The manthing has 30 days of holiday this year.
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