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It took the Verizon lady several hours and a trip up her ladder to the telephone pole to fix the problem - but it's fixed. Yay internet!

* financial fast
It's been a week since MoBob and I started the 21 day financial fast. No internet + snow = few shopping temptations. I did cave in and go to the Container Store but I spent less than $25 on stuff we needed, or, rather, I could easily justify, that was on sale. I feel OK so far. On the second day I carried around a couple of clearance items at Barnes and Noble all around the store before decided against the purchase, so I guess I've made progress.

* The Rivalry
I won two tickets to see The Rivalry which is based on the Lincoln-Douglas debates. For three characters in 19th century costume talking on stage for two hours, it was pretty interesting, especially in light of the current debate on same-sex marriage and also the realization that despite how politically fragmented Americans are, it's extremely unlikely another civil war will happen.

* quickie trip to Baltimore/snowpocalypsepalooza
Some of the Exponent II ladies organized a discussion on women and the priesthood last Saturday. Since most of the attendees were in Balto, the meeting was held there. As we talked about equality and listened to the supportive husbands, I watched the snow drift softly all afternoon.

* Arabs Gone Wild
I went straight from Balto to meet MoBob and see the Arabs Gone Wild comedy show. I think I was the only person who laughed at the mention of "Palestinian Mormon" and I was certainly one of the few dark and lovelies without a headscarf. Interestingly all of the comedians were truly half and half - all born in the U.S. and a couple had one parent who wasn't Arab. The material was equally divided between topics specific to the Arab-Muslim experience in America, and the usual comedic tropes like differences between men and women.

* Three Sisters
On Sunday church was cancelled but the performance of Three Sisters was not. I really enjoyed the production, although the theatre, which sat about 100 people in the round, got a little claustraphobic. I guess that was the intention since the plot centered on the lives of a family stifled in the provinces. I thought about my time in Little Rock and how I equated Washington DC and Moscow. I finally got here though the three sisters did not.
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On February 3rd, 2010 03:27 am (UTC), ext_172444 commented:
The Baltimore conference sounds fascinating: do tell.
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On February 3rd, 2010 10:30 am (UTC), 13oct commented:
Arabs gone wild - I love the name! Himmm... so they are coming to Muscat. Hope they make it to Dubai. Now that I'd pay money to watch. :0)
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On February 3rd, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
It was definitely worth it!
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