Monday, December 10, 2007

Weekend, PSA, and ducks

Torsten and I had a great weekend, mostly because we had a BMW 328i at our fingertips for all of Saturday. This happened because we got $100 of promo credit with Zipcar and wanted to use it up before it expired. So we figured we'd use it for something we would normally never pay for--a premium car that costs quite a little bit more than a basic Zipcar.

We didn't do anything too special with it--we drove up the highway into Maryland until it started looking kind of rural, and then we got off the highway and drove around the pretty back roads, near farms and the C&O Canal. We went to the mall (surprisingly uncrowded for a Saturday afternoon in December) and bit the bullet and purchased Torsten a business suit, which he badly needed but which we badly did not want to pay for. We went out to my sister's house, picked her up, and drove to one of our favourite Thai restaurants that is not conveniently located near a Metro, which means we hardly ever go there.

It was a good day, and a good use of the car, and also Torsten was so, so happy to get to drive a BMW, because, well, he's German AND obsessed with cars to begin with, which can be a dangerous combination.

Then yesterday we didn't do much, but I did (finally) manage to upload our Germany photos to Flickr. You guys have already seen some of them, but if you want to see the rest, the full set is here. I did not upload all the photos of Torsten's parents' ducks. But in case you're interested, here's one china duck and one real duck:

And lastly, I have a public service announcement. To all non-Blogger people who are getting frustrated because Blogger changed their system so that you can't type your web address in when you post a comment, I want to make a suggestion. I suggested this to Shauna, and she did it, and it worked out great.

If you have a Google/Gmail account already, create a Blogger profile. If you don't have an account, sign up for one and then create a Blogger profile. You do not need to have an actual Blogger blog in order to create a Blogger profile. But what you can do with a Blogger profile is enter in your web address, which will then be displayed on the profile as "My Web Page." So when you comment on a Blogger blog and someone clicks on your name, they will see your profile with the link to your Web site. That way people who see your comments and want to know more about you will be able to find out.

If you're still wondering what the hell I'm talking about, check out Shauna's Blogger profile as an example.

There. I hope that helps.

So, how was your weekend?


  1. The BMW cruise sounds so fun! My weekend was absolutely fantastic, but unfortunately I have a LOT of work to do so probably won't get to post about it until a little later.

  2. Thanks for doing the PSA about dumb Blogger. It has sucked not being able to visit the websites of new commenters.

    YAY BMW! I would have been SO, SO nervous, as I always am around nice cars.

  3. i wish i didnt have to use a car all the time! i drove so much in the past 5 days its nauseating! im glad you had a good weekend :)

  4. Wow, the BMW sounds utterly fantastic! Glad you had such a great weekend!

  5. Sounds like a good weekend. We just tried to get the house straightened so we can fit our Christmas tree and start our baking (I have this weird thing where I can't start Christmas baking until all surfaces are clutter-free).

  6. The BMW was a great way to spend the credit... sounds very fun!

  7. OOOH NIIIICE! too bad just regular car ownership doesn't come with upgrade credits.

    this weekend: had a reunion party for my 1st job; had current company holiday party; put up a christmas tree; learned what it looks like when a cat climbs up and then falls out of a christmas tree.

  8. I love the BMW cruise idea. Next time I wanna come.

    PS. The blogger thing works really well unless you have 2 blogs like me. *sigh*

  9. That's awesome that you got to use the credit on a BMW.

    You actually just gave me a really great idea for a surprise weekend with M (renting a luxury car, driving it to a b&b).

  10. But why? Why, Blogger? Why would you purposely make things more difficult for me?

  11. My husband won't eat duck because his grandmother kept them as pets when he was little. His loss, Ducks may be cute, but they're also yummy

  12. My weekend was good. I'm still working on a blog that details what I did.

    And dude, BMW...awesome!

  13. hey,

    I'm not sure if you remember me but we met through debate (though I was highly inactive, I dated someone who was very active so I am was more keyed in to the culture and people of apda then they were to me). Either way, in response to the blogger comment issue, I just realized if you edit the comments option in your dashboard you can choose "anyone" on who to comment, so you dont need a Gmail account-- though who doesn't have a Gmail account.

    Either way, I love your blog and read it all the time.

    I was considering starting one these myself, so I read all the options :-)