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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Thursday Brain Teaser and Shoe Shopping!

Ok, a friend of mine-and she really should know better-asked me to go shoe-shopping with her. I am as girly as the next girl and I do understand that people need shoes. But for the love of God, pick the type of shoe you want and maybe even the colour at home. Then go to the store with an idea in mind something along the line of: Blimey, winter is approaching fast, I need a warm pair of boots, with a slight heel, preferably in brown! But nooooo...she tried on at least 30 pairs in 6 different stores! Different types of shoes, some you couldn´t even introduce to the Icelandic climate. Birna, I love you and all, but you knew I wasn´t the right person to pick for this voyage!
There came a time when I really had enough, and I am usually allowed one break where I go downstairs to the bakery and get a slice of nutty cake. Yummy...
So around shoe 16, in a slimmer heel, burgundy classic this converstaion took part:

Monika:"I think it is time for my slice of cake!"
Birna:"Monika, just let go and try to embrace your femininity!"
Monika (grabbing her boobs!) utters in a loud voice that turns almost every head in the store: "You mean like this?"
Birna:"Maybe that piece of cake, isn´t such a bad idea after all!"

She wrapped up pretty quickly after that, picked me up at the bakery where I was joyfully munching my cake and we went home smiling. Oh, and she picked a pair of brown boots for the fast approaching winter. Shocking!

and for our weekly joy:

"Her divorce made a historical impact in history. She was the daughter of Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain. Her first husband died. In 1509, her next husband, the brother of her dead husband, became the king of England. Of their four children, only one lived, and her failure to have a boy led to her divorce, which to get, her husband had to leave the Roman Catholic Church and start the English Reformation."

You know what to do :) Off you go hinting at the right answer in the comment section!

Posted by Minka :: 11:04 pm :: 35 Royal Subjects

Link to this Royal Decree!


At 00:04, Anonymous neva said...

yay for me... FIRST! *proudly pats self on back*

as for the first hint: hmmmm... this woman had the *same* name as a queen you featured a couple of weeks ago, right? oh, and at least she kept her head during her separation from her hubby...

(i can do better, but i want to get this off before i'm patting myself on the back for no good reason)

At 00:24, Anonymous neva said...

hah! i'm gone for 2 minutes and you've already changed the cartoon? no matter... loved the other one, love this one, too!

i came back to tell you how much i enjoyed your shopping tale, and that i couldn't agree with you more about the sensibility of getting shoes with function (as opposed to those frivolous pretty things that couldn't keep a pinky toe warm on a sunny day!) i'm partial to UGGS, myself, but warm boots are warm boots... glad Birna ultimately succumbed to your way of thinking (and allowed you to finally have your cake, to ... er... boot!) xox

At 00:26, Blogger Doug said...

A Queen must seem without sin,
Yet ready enough to begin
A line of succession
To avoid insurrection
And distract from that tramp, Anne Boleyn.

At 00:30, Blogger Doug said...

Oh, and funny story. I bet that's the first department store in the world where men loiter in ladies' shoes.

At 00:30, Blogger Minka said...

Neva, you are teh first! *hands her a medal* And you are absolutely rigth and your memory is working just fine, I was wondering if anybody would bring up that hint of a previous quiz :) Well done!
I am waitign for another lovely hint... but I guess it is still early days :)

Douglas, tramp? You sure have soem vocabulary. Dontæ get to play it out at your place a lot, ey? I wonder why that is *grins*

At 03:13, Anonymous neva said...

Doug... that limerick was inspired!

hmmmm. technically, folks who consume mass quantities of alcohol could thank this woman for Bloody Marys.

think about it... xox

At 05:43, Blogger ariel said...

was she the queen that sent Admiral Drake considered a pirate by the elite against the Spanish Armada? nice career for a pirate, heh...

At 05:55, Blogger ariel said...

wrong hint, the queen I thought of was never married. but at least I could think of someone this time!

next hint: her husband had the same first name as Ibsen and was numbered with an even number. (yeah, I know...)

At 07:35, Blogger Minka said...

neva, indeed they could!

ariel, the second one is good. Although the Ibsen name sharer and even number dude is correct he was married more than one. So I am not sure you got the right lady yet. Maybe another hint?

At 09:38, Blogger Tim Rice said...

I think you stumped me on this one. Your shopping experience sounded wearisome! ;)

At 11:46, Blogger brian said...

Morning Minka,

I'll take the potato shoe with a side order of embracing your femininity. ;)

As the brain teaser? Haven't a clue.

At 11:55, Blogger IDiveAtNight said...

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At 12:14, Blogger IDiveAtNight said...

Numerologists must have had a great time with this woman! She was the last of a second. The third cousin of a seventh, and to her second husband (who was an eight) she was the first of six for twenty-four.


At 14:05, Blogger FelineFrisky said...

Brian - isn't this one of your relatives? That movie with Kate Hepburn? Oh, If I could give the title! Perhaps, I am wrong, though - how embarrassing! D ??

At 15:16, Blogger Doug said...

Ariel, I think you're thinking of the half-sister of the daughter of the answer. I do that all the time.

Maybe this will help:

The Queen came from Aragon dreading
The halls which she soon would be treading.
She placed all of her hope
In the hands of the pope
And her daughter's fondness for beheading.

At 17:29, Blogger ariel said...

in the my first hint was still in family. :)

my hints are taken. you've already revealed in your description that husband in question inherited this lady from his older brother. Neva has already mentioned that the firstname she had showed up on this blog some weeks ago. I didn't know about the Bloody Mary thing. sounds interesting!

At 17:36, Blogger Minka said...

Tim, maybe a secodn visit about now might clear it up?

brian, it doesnæt matter of you know the answer or not, you know I always settle for a hello from you :)

IDAN, numerologists would get a kick out of that one, unfourtunately I don´t do numbers and don´t get me started on gravity either!:)

FF, I don´t know which movie you are referring too. nybody else got a clue?

Doug, now youa re just showing off!

ariel, well this lady claims she never consumated her marriage with his brother. I mean he was of a really weak constitution and died only 6 months after the wedding...maybe she was telling the truth, maybe not. Given her daughters reputation, I have a Anna Nichole Smith image popping up in my head :)

At 17:59, Blogger SquareGirl said...

Each of the brothers she married was younger than her...oh that isn't much of a hint. She was eventually stripped of her title as "Queen" and technically became a "Princess".

Very funny story, and I actaully refuse to go shoe shopping with my friends or sisters anymore...I fail to see how shoe shopping could ever be fun.

At 19:28, Blogger Doug said...

Better than if I sing, believe me.

At 20:05, Blogger FelineFrisky said...

Back again, the movie I s referring to is Lion in Winter. He put his wife in a monastary.

At 20:14, Blogger Minka said...

square, If I was a bit more edgy we´d be perfect for each other :)

FF, checke dthe movie ( there are actually two versions and a Broadway play!) None of them-as far as I can tell- revolve around the character we are lookign for.

At 20:15, Blogger Minka said...

Doug, skipped you purpose *grins*

At 20:35, Anonymous neva said...

the name of the Spanish region this Queen originated from seems *very* close to that of a certain character played by Viggo Mortensen in a fabulous Oscar winning trilogy of films involving Hobbits. (or is that just my own weird sensibility acting up, again?) xox

At 20:44, Blogger Minka said...

neva, you take the crown! That is exactly the hint I was wiatign for!!! fabulous, you are! That man in those movies...!!! Life is too sweet at times :)

At 23:18, Anonymous neva said...

yay!! i was actually worried that was too weird a clue--which is why i didn't use it the first time i left one! this is a good day for me, indeed (and thank you, dear friend, for your kind vote at Sar's--apparently O'C is giving me an early run for my caption money... sigh)

as for the above reference? ah yes. amazing trilogy... FABULOUS films... life *is* sweet! xoxoxo

At 02:04, Blogger First Nations said...

Man of Tarragon!
Pan of Pentagon!
Scan the Vannegon!
Fran of Hair Agone!
Vanda Marebegone!
Ban the Methadone!

i came in last but i swear i didnt look! "the 6 wives of..." was my all time favorite miniseries on masterpiece theater!!!!!

At 02:41, Blogger Cindra said...

she was known to be la loca...I know I am late, but better late than never?

Great story. i'm with you, sister...find me in the bakery.

At 04:42, Blogger Logophile said...

Minka, you and I should shop together, you are my kinda shopper!
Imma go blow my nose again
*sniff, snort*

At 07:31, Blogger Minka said...

neva, you deserved it, I thought yoru captions was the best and as such I voted!

FN, I will spend teh day contemplating what you are saying :) I will get it, I have high hopes for myself :)

Cindra Jo, I will find you there! Coffee?

Logo, hop eyoua re feeling better soon, sweetie! Thanks for stopping by!

At 08:40, Blogger brian said...

Morning Minka,

How are things in Iceland this morning? Are you still working hard? Of course you are. Just wanted to say how much I love you and enjoy your company. Too bad I have to bribe you to comment. Oops! Ferdinand is hungry again. Good thing I brought this smelly bucket of herring with me. Hope you don't mind if I stink up the joint.

At 10:13, Blogger Minka said...

Bribe me to comment?
I dontæ think so!
I always come visit once life allows :)

At 14:19, Blogger G said...

Do you have the slug in an 8 1/2?

That was a funny little bit on shopping with friends - do like how you embraced your femininity :)

On the trivia, if I have to google, no can do today mi amiga.

At 16:38, Blogger Minka said...

G...well it is Friday so youa re excused from participation:
the answer:

Catherine of Aragon!

You guys all did great, thanks for playing :)

At 02:23, Blogger G said...

Oh thank you most benevolent penguin :) :)

At 15:01, Blogger Sar said...

Shoe shopping....

nutty cake...

with my sistah...

WAAAAAAAA I'm jealous!!!


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