Monday, 15 December 2008

Manic Monday

Just a quick one from me today. It’s my last day in Rome and I have lots to do. Therefore, let the bullet points fly!
  • Ran 3 miles on Saturday. Yay for not being a total lazy ass!
  • Walked all over creation on Saturday and Sunday. Ditto ‘yay’ above.
  • No longer afraid that I am going to drown before getting the chance to leave Rome. Thank you, Tiber gods, for sparing me.
  • My mom has been without power for days now because of the ice storm in New England. Thankfully her heat still works. Much love and positive thoughts to her, Marathon Mama and all other New Englanders who’ve been affected by the storm.
  • Looks like I might be driving from Chicago to NH AND back again. Twice the opportunity to egg a few of you. One of you is even encouraging me. Glad to know my readership is officially crazy. ;)
  • I haven’t even thought about packing yet. Crickey.
  • I haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet...well, except for a couple of Popeners for my cousins. Double crickey.
  • What do I buy for an adorable 2 year-old boy who has more toys than FAO Schwartz and is sadly on the fast-track to being the most spoiled child in the universe? Socks?
  • While writing out postcards last night (procrastination, I has it!), I had A Christmas Story playing in the background. Love that movie.
  • I’m not ready to leave Rome yet. I like it here. :(
And for your viewing enjoyment ... signs from the Rome metro. I've tentatively labeled these two as 'The Taker' and 'The Giver'.

The proper way in which to hump the metro car doors.

How to fart in a metro car without smelling it yourself.

Have a great week, everyone.


chia said...


Those signs indicate things that make me feel like I've had more action than I have in months.

Or at least 36 hours.


Sorry you have to leave Rome :-(

MizFit said...

have a great last day!

soak it all in. for all of us.

Lily on the Road said...

Geez, busy, busy, busy!

On your way through you could divert a few thousand miles and egg my place too!!

joyRuN said...

Probably benign when seen by themselves, but with your context,those signs are hilarious!

Have a great last day :)

Calyx Meredith said...

You have quite a long list for a last day. Good luck and travel safe!

Viper said...

Buon vento!

Xenia said...

Viper--Do you realize you wished me 'good wind'? And 'vento' isn't a euphemism in Italian for fart. Just FYI. :)

The Laminator said...

You make the signs look funny!
Enjoy your last day in Rome. I'm sure the city will not be same again after you leave!

Mark said...

Wow! A bit different in my degrees and cold...brrrrr. Enjoy! :)

Meg said...

I love the Christmas Story. I almost bought it yesterday but I realized that TNT playing it for 24 hours straight on Christmas Eve fulfills my yearly craving just fine.

Merry said...

Subway porn! Shocking.

Would you believe I've never seen Christmas Story? Yes, I had a deprived childhood [in the background, a violin strikes up a mournful tune...]

The Running Knitter said...

My parents were without power for a couple of days as well, and had no heat so they had to go to a hotel. Hope your mom gets power back soon!

tfh said...

The Giver and the Taker-- hahahahah! Good luck with all your busy-ness.

Jamie said...

Love those signs and your added commentary! Enjoy your last day in Rome!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

I didn't read this post. I just stopped by to see if there were any stray Popeners lying around here, since you decided to give MY Popener to someone else.

But you cleaned the pace out of Popeners, didn't you?

So I go back up to your post and see this:

I haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet...well, except for a couple of Popeners for my cousins.

What kind of sadist are you, Xenia?

You can just FORGET about my going national with my exclusive exposé on the appalling conditions Italian nerds are forced to endure in Nerditoria.

Their needless future suffering is on YOUR head, Xenia.

I hope your Popener stinginess was worth it.

I for one will NOT be wishing you a Good Wind.

O, all right. I'm not made of stone. I give in:

Good Wind, Xenia!

Viper said...

Do you want a bad wind for your flight?

Ted said...

Sounds like its going to be a very painful to leave Rome! At least, you can sign up for Rome Marathon next year.
Avere un viaggio sicuro!

Xenia said...


Frayed Laces said...

hehehe. love the pics.

Good luck packing!

X-Country2 said...

Those signs are just made of awesome! Travel safe!

Marcy said...

ROFLMAO at those pics HAHAHAHAHHA! Awwhhh those are classic! Egg me anytime baby! Anytime!

I hope you Mom is OK! Dang it's cold here so I can only IMAGINE how freakin cold it is up there :-( I hope she's not using her grill to eat and heat her home :P Yes, 2 morons in this neck of the woods killed themselves by using their grill indoors while the power was out. Oy, oy, oy