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24 December 2005 @ 10:01 am
waving from Yosemite  
Right now I'm sitting in the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite with my laptop, typing to you at this very moment. At *this* very moment I am typing "this." Now you can follow my every movement on Anna!Cam.* (No, not really.)

I'm in the lounge in the picture. I had a crepe for breakfast in the huge-ass, elegant, and rather chilly dining room.
So far on my holiday trip I've learned:

* The road to Yosemite is dark and long
* Grand hotels in the winter are drafty
* Bears will eat your car if you leave food in it
* koimistress is a lovely person

But I knew that last one already.

Life is good. Life is good and I'm going to try to write today. Right now, even.

I hope everyone is having a happy holiday. :)

*Dude, I joked, but I just now saw a guy sitting at the end of the lounge with a cam clipped to his laptop. I think he's doing a conference call. I love the twenty-first century.
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Nia: smilla's sense of snowpopfantastic on December 24th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
Wow, that looks *awesome*.
Anna S.: claudia-blackeliade on December 24th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
It is highly awesome! And your name was mentioned last night, right here--well, during our drive I think, but very close to here. We were talking about fandoms and pseudoscience, and I was mentioning your comments about SG-1 and the prevalence of English-speaking peoples in the universe, and the difficulty of speedbumping that when one of the main characters is a linguist. Hee.
Nia: sga ford and sheppardpopfantastic on December 24th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
I have now seen the SG1 episode where the writers give up and decide everyone speaks English -- starting with...Mongols, naturally! This struck me as kind of like deciding to give up the vegan lifestyle by personally going out to hunt baby bison your first day. I guess it's good they have plenty of other social sciences to play around with and pretend Daniel is also an expert in.

Have a great time!
Kitestringerkitestringer on December 24th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
That hotel looks fabulous! *bookmarks link for future reference* I'm so envious. Enjoy Yosemite! :-)
Herself_nycherself_nyc on December 24th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you're off having a good time!
Resonantresonant8 on December 24th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
I find winter vacations kind of depressing because of the long-and-dark factor. One year, pre-spawning, the spouse and I rented a little cabin at Point Reyes National Seashore for the week after Christmas, and it was just ... most of the restaurants in the town of Point Reyes were closed (except for a Polish restaurant where the waiter very sharply ordered us into our seats and said, "What we have, I bring," and came out with this glorious feast, which he flung at us as if he were daring us to complain), and it got dark so early, and we're too accustomed to the Midwest to be really comfortable driving in an unfamiliar town in the mountains after dark, and the cabin didn't even have a fireplace to cuddle in front of.

Somehow I thought because it was California it wouldn't have any winter at all.

But! Happy day to you!
Laura Shapirolaurashapiro on December 24th, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
What a lovely place.
I'm so glad you're getting a well-deserved vacation. May it be restful and joyful.
ltlj on December 24th, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a nice hotel -- I am envious! Glad you guys are having a great time.
Trepkos: Happy by Lonesheeptrepkos on December 24th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
Have an excellent Christmas, Anna!
You deserve it!
4rightchords_ on December 24th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
yosemite is fully lovely. have a wonderful time!
Sophia: BTVS: Ambersophia_helix on December 24th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
I'm envious -- I spent my honeymoon in the Awahnee two springs ago and haven't been back since. It was massively overpriced, but we figured we had to do it once. Try to get the breakfast buffet one morning, if possible, and mosey past the Afternoon Tea (although it's guests-only).

Last time I was in Yosemite in winter there was no SNOW. You should go ice-skating over by Camp Curry! Or snowshoe.

Why, yes, my parents did take us to Yosemite for vacation twice a year until high school, why do you ask? *g*

Have a lovely time!
Anna S.: dino-rodney-pianoeliade on December 24th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
There is a snow storm warning for this weekend! I'm not entirely sure this is a good thing, at least with regard to the drive home.

Yosemite vacations! Ah, I'm envious. We never did anything at all, and I was always disgruntled about it. I always thought I should have been adopted into a rich family, who would send me to boarding school and give me piano lessons. *g*

*hugs*
Sophia: AD: GOBsophia_helix on December 24th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
Awww. Well, if it makes you feel better, we pretty much only did it when my parents were married, and because I live in the Bay Area it was only a six-hour drive or so. We'd get up at four in the morning to leave, and if it was winter we'd rent a tiny cabin in Curry for $30 a night, and if it was summer we pitched a tent. (When they weren't married anymore, we still had camping vacations but it was somewhere cheaper and closer.) The only time I ever stayed at the Awahnee was when I got married, and I STILL felt guilty. :)

Snowstorm, ack! Also, when you get adopted, can I come and be your little sister? I always wanted to go to Swiss boarding school. *g*
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Ememrinalexander on December 24th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
I love the Awahnee - we stayed there about 15 years ago (I'm sure it's probably changed) and that has to be smack in the middle of one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Happy Holiday!
flaming muse: rodneycrazybrainy peaceroseflaming_muse on December 24th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
* Bears will eat your car if you leave food in it

And this is an illustration of why bears aren't the poster children animals of common sense. They should open the doors and then eat the *food*. I expect it'd be tastier. Although I hear 1983 Volvos were a good year. Kind of fruity with a mild steel overtone.
flaming muse: johnpretty jr_moonflaming_muse on December 24th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, and - duh - happy holidays! I hope you have a fabulous time! :)
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cindershadow on December 24th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
When I was a child, decades ago, my dad's firm hosted an annual conference at the Ahwahnee in the fall (in between those even pricier holiday times). There wouldn't be snow on the valley floor, but one would go up to the ski slopes and visit it. We didn't stay in the main lodge, so I have no idea if they've updated those rooms or are like some Grand Hotels, with huge, elegant (and, yes, drafty!) main areas and small, mean personal accomodations. But that dining hall was quite spectacular at night during a thunderstorm, and the food was pretty decadent. So I'm enjoying envisioning you there! Happy holidays, and we will do our best to imagine Anna-cam, complete with delightful running commentary.
Princess Strokenhamfiveandfour on December 24th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
That looks too good to be true. ::Sigh::
Willowgreen: santa vampire spikewillowgreen on December 25th, 2005 01:08 am (UTC)
So are you doing that Bracebridge Christmas Dinner thing there? I've always wanted to do that!
Anna S.: dh-sleepyeliade on December 25th, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
We *just* left the dinner about twenty minutes ago. It was very fun. It was also four. and a half. hours.

*is dead*
*so very dead*
*ass is also dead*
astolatastolat on December 26th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
I was in Yosemite with my sister a couple years ago -- just such a *spectacular* place. We did the hike up to what I *think* was Lembert Dome, beautiful view. We stayed at a private house outside the outskirts, but the Ahwahnee looked gorgeous.

*waves at koi too* :)