Sunday, March 18, 2007

The rural horror brewery

Happy St. Patrick's Day from yesterday! There seem to be so many days to celebrate recently. Yesterday also happened to be my great uncle & aunt's 62nd anniversary, so we had a small gathering for that at my first cousin twice removed's place (I don't know what removed means, but it sounds neat so that's what I call her). Their house is so awesome, it's a heritage home built in 1913-14 and almost everything in it dates from that era, or is at least antique-y. It's like a museum where you're allowed to sit in the furniture, play with the grammophone, and touch things! And dining feels like High Tea at the Gatsby. Sometimes I feel like I shouldn't touch things, but their cats have been known to sharpen their claws on the rugs and vinyl records and spray the bronze statues.

Between Thai food there (food poisoning?), and perhaps a touch too many refreshments for St. Paddy's day in the evening elsewhere (hangover :S), I've been feeling terribly ill all day. The only time I've ever felt worse is when I had a 48-hour stomach flu in university; I foolishly tried to go to class and it ended up taking me 2 hours to get back to Luther from the Ad Hum building, mostly because I had to stop and take a nap in the restrooms to build up strength for the next leg of the journey every so often. But then Jacenta took care of me so it was all good.

I had been waiting for St. Patrick's Day to roll around so that I could debunk it (kind of like my Lest We Forget rant) but I can't remember what that was all about, and the book that does know is back in Saskatchewan. Oh well, I'll just look forward to St. Swithin's Day instead.


Unknown said...

? It was aunt mary and uncle albert's anniversary yesterday? (i assume by the reference to the museum-house you speak of colin and jennifer) i want their dining room set and that awesome painted grammophone. and isn't she our first cousin once removed? (ie first cousin of your and my dad? - same as linda n vernon?)

and boo to hangovers and not feeling awesome. hopefully it was better than my night - good ol book, junk food and migrane medication!

Lapsura said...

I have no idea what "removed" is supposed to mean. You're probably right though. Yep, Bert & Mary's anniversary, at Colin & Jennifer's house, with Michael & Kate and Bert's wartime friend's wife.

It definitely wasn't solely a hangover—only the splitting headache aspect of it was that. The rest was just not being able to hold down crackers for more than half an hour at a time.

Amy said...

Yes, Angie's right, once removed means cousin of parents. Here, I stole this off

When the word "removed" is used to describe a relationship, it indicates that the two people are from different generations. You and your first cousins are in the same generation (two generations younger than your grandparents), so the word "removed" is not used to describe your relationship.

The words "once removed" mean that there is a difference of one generation. For example, your mother's first cousin is your first cousin, once removed. This is because your mother's first cousin is one generation younger than your grandparents and you are two generations younger than your grandparents. This one-generation difference equals "once removed."

Twice removed means that there is a two-generation difference. You are two generations younger than a first cousin of your grandmother, so you and your grandmother's first cousin are first cousins, twice removed.

There ya go, the internet is good for something after all.

Amy said...

Did you drink the green beer? Green beer does that to people. I don't know what they put into the dye, but it's illin'-makin'.