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the honey cake is slightly overbaked. >.< i think i'm going to cut off the ends and sides and (if i can) the top, so at least it doesn't have the tough bits still on when i slice it for company. the recipe says you can bake it in a loaf pan but i'm not sure. at least i know for next time not to bake it so long. but! it doesn't taste like coffee. :D

now i have meringues in the oven, and can i just say, egg whites+sugar+vanilla tastes a lot like marshmallow fluff. i put tiny chocolate chips in the batter and am now wondering if i should have used peppermint extract instead of vanilla. minty!

at work i'm learning how to organize the weekly "how many hours do you have scheduled for clients" emails, which entails figuring out who exactly gets the aforementioned emails and then, you know, sending them out. the application we use to track which team is working on which client (and which returns have gone out/been extended and which haven't) is not totally forthcoming with the names i need. it's a tch frustrating. just a tch. on the other hand, i'm learning how to do something new and i've gotten a new responsibility, and i'm certainly not going to complain about that. i'm not 100% sure what i'm doing, tho.

i'm watching lawless (the perks of suddenly getting a bunch of starz channels plus the sundance channel) and i can't get over tom hardy's nose. it's a nice nose.

the business of fandom - an interesting article about how teenage girls' fannish pursuits can be predictors of the next big thing, and how girls use fandom as a way to socialize with other girls. (that second part is not going to be a surprise to anyone who's spent any time in a fandom. i mean, of course girls use fandom to socialize with people. "i love this thing! who else loves it?" that seems pretty obvious.)

(posted this to lj last night and totally forgot to copy it over. >.< )

Varnished weeds in window jars

Sep. 18th, 2017 06:15 pm
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A new computer, a new keyboard, and an undetermined period of adjustment. But mostly, a new computer. It's arrived, it's booted up, and I'm blogging on it. Everything moves so fast, but I don't quite know where everything is, like a nighttime taxi ride through a new city. Which isn't entirely the worst feeling to have. My old computer is still working fine, for the most part, and as soon as I find a safe space to keep it, I'll have it as a backup.

The "most part" being that the first part of my old computer that started to show any age or depredation was its internal CD drive. Remembering the days when not everything was built in and thinking how they'd come again, I was able to get around that problem with a USB-powered one. My new computer doesn't have a CD drive to begin with, so in a weird way that was sort of forward-thinking of me to get one.

Even so, even without a sleek internal CD drive, that computer got me through grad school and the last few years safely. Seven years, six months, one week - Eureka to Silver Lake.
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So Saturday Mike and I drove allllll the way out to Middle Island NY for the SCA event St Andrews -- more precisely, A Funny Thing Happened to St Andrew on the Way to the Forum, An Investiture. It was called that because the Barony of An Dubhagheinn was investing a new Baron and Baroness, and the Baron's persona is late Roman. The main reason we were going, though, was to see the elevation of our friend Vettorio, mka Eric, into the Order of the Laurel, which is the SCA's highest arts award. He's a scribe who does exquisite work, and well deserved being made a Laurel.

ANYWAY. We got there in time for morning court, when Eric was going to be put on vigil, a day-long period of contemplation and receiving well-wishers and advice-givers. It was very entertaining -- the first snatch-and-grab summons to court I have seen in a long time. Kudos to His Majesty Ioannes for a lovely bit of shtick! He strolled through the audience with a fan (because it was really quite warm and muggy in the hall) until he came up behind Eric. He pretended to talk to someone else, then clapped Eric hard on the back and said "You're coming with me." Classic! And Eric was suitably shocked and surprised.

After court we went over to where Eric's vigil was being held and nibbled on the tasty spread made by his wife Lisa (how he had no clue of anything going on with all that food being prepared, I have no idea) and waited to speak with him. We chatted about persona (I'm going to send some Pictish art refs his way for a scroll) and about apprentices and the relationship between Laurel and apprentice. I think he got something out of it, despite being recently an apprentice himself. ^__^

Mike wandered around talking to people he doesn't get to see very often, and I stayed at Eric's vigil cause it was too warm and muggy to do much else. We left just before evening court, thus missing Eric's actual elevation; it was getting too miserable weather wise and we had a long drive home and were just tired and out of spoons. It was a good event though, and I was happy to see a deserving soul given the recognition he deserves!

Oh! Before we hit the event we went to Wertheim National Refuge in Mastic so Mike could collect the National Parks stamps. Then we went to Fire Island National Seashore and got more stamps, and the most adorable plushie ever for his niece: a plush horseshoe crab! Finally we hit the William Floyd Mansion after Google led us partly astray. (I swear, Google Maps kept sending us on backroads and cowpaths to get from one place to the next all bloody day.)

WeatherDork:
Currently at Bethlehem, PA at 9.59am: Overcast and foggy
Temp: 68F (feels like 68F)
Humidity: 87% (dewpoint 60F)
Pressure: 29.87"
Winds: NE 5mph
Forecast: AM fog/PM clouds, high 78F, low 64F

Summer seems to have come back this past week, no doubt due to the tropical weather elsewhere in the country. Temps were up close to 80 and the humidity was very high. Bleh. This week promises more of the same. BLEH.

On My Plate:
Tags and Other Writins:
  • A Smile and a Song (Three Wishes)
  • Where The Gods Live (Three Wishes)
  • My Favorite Punching Bag (ItNotM)
  • Some Light Research (ItNotM)
  • Welcome Home (ItNotM)
  • Putting The Band Together (ItNotM)
  • All On A Summer's Day (ItNotM)
  • The Lady in White (ItNotM)
  • Promises (ItNotM)
  • Stargazing (EoP) started
  • Moving Up in the World (EoP) start x5
  • Three Tribes, One Holt (Oakleaf)
  • All the Single Laddies (Oakleaf)
Art:
  • continue with scribalry practice
Etc:
  • list stuff on Ebay
  • reading: A New History of the Picts (still -- I haven't picked it up in awhile XD)
  • reading: Parsival, or A Knight's Tale
Weekly Things Checklist:
  • Thing Arted: nothing
  • Thing Writed: OMG TAGS
  • Thing Cleaned: dishes and catbox and trash and recycling
Tuesday I see my VA shrink, but that's the only thing planned. Gonna try to get some scribalry accomplished -- I have not been feeling it for some reason, but now I am inspired. ^__^

she ran six miles in the snow

Sep. 18th, 2017 01:52 am
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my sister and i saw wind river last night and while i can't say i really enjoyed it (it's a harsh, sad movie), i thought it was well-done and well-acted and i'm glad i saw it. because it starts with jeremy renner's character finding a dead native american girl in the snow, it made me think of the beginning of louise erdrich's love medicine - "the snow fell deeper that easter than it had in forty years, but june walked over it like water and came home". totally different circumstances, but the end result is the same. it's a good movie and apparently based on true events, which is one of the things that makes it so sad.

today i helped [livejournal.com profile] tamalinn and [livejournal.com profile] lbmango put together tamalinn's new bed. we celebrated our successful furniture-building by going out for nachos and beer. (they had beer, i had a ginger ale.) and tonight i baked a honey cake - technically two, because i made it in a loaf pan and there's more batter than there is pan - it's my grandma's honey cake and because it calls for a cup of coffee, and i don't have a coffeemaker because i don't drink it, i went across the street to the dunkin' donuts for a black coffee. of course that made my kitchen smell overwhelmingly of strong black caffeine.... and then the honey cake smelled kind of coffee-y while it was baking. it's not pretty but i don't think it's overbaked and mostly i hope it tastes like honey cake and not, you know, coffee. (my sister is having people over for dinner after rosh hashanah, which is thursday. one of her friends has celiac's so i'm also going to make meringue cookies because we need a non-gluten option.) if it comes out ok i'll share the recipe.

last friday, a week ago, i went to a combination housewarming (for tamalinn who'd just moved in upstairs)/housecooling (for lbmango who was about to move out downstairs) - it was a house homeostasis party - and saturday i spent walking the freedom trail because that's how one of the girls in my writing group wanted to spend her birthday. i had a parfait for lunch and it was delicious. last sunday i went to a greek festival put on by a local church and stuffed my face with pastitsio and baklava and, uh, rice pudding. fun was had! it was a very social weekend, so the fact that i didn't have anything to do or anywhere to be (besides the movie and i guess tamalinn's house) this weekend was really nice.

in totally other news, the preacher season finale made me go "THEY CAN'T DO THAT" and "THAT'S NOT FAIR". i hate cliffhangers. cm ended on a cliffhanger too, but it always does.

Sunday Baking

Sep. 17th, 2017 05:33 pm
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Put together this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cake today (from the Washington Post). Followed the instructions except for sifting the flour and spices together -- just took it out of the oven and it smells delicious. :D

We must have an opossum in residence close by -- Layla treed a youngster both last night and this morning in the backyard, scaring the bejeebers out of the little guy both times.

Currently reading Jay McInerney's The Good Life, sequel to Brightness Falls and the middle book in his "New York trilogy" (I've noticed some people calling it his "Yuppie trilogy," heh). It's a good read, but omg these characters do not talk like normal people talk. Before this I read Neil Gaiman's American Gods. I had read it once, years and years ago, but I heard Gaiman had restored something like 12K words to a new edition. It was interesting to see how the book did or did not follow the first season of the TV show, and how a few scenes had been transferred to TV virtually unchanged. I enjoyed it a lot -- two thumbs up, would recommend.
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"Why the fuck is there an entry in Activity Monitor for "Google Chrome Helper" that's taking up ~98% CPU?!?"

Steps to resolve:

* In Chrome, go to Window > Task Manager, or to [menu dots thing] > More Tools > Task Manager.
* Sort the list by CPU descending.
* Find whatever is making that top entry so horrible and kill it.

In my specific case, it's this entry:

Subframe: http:__hanstrackr[dot]com

It's correct in the CTM. I just don't want folk accidentally clicking it.

I googled on "hanstracker" and got a thread that suggested disabling a couple of specific extensions. The one I disabled that entirely removed this entry was Flatbook. It might be because the hanstracker[dot]com site appears to be down. Regardless, I uninstalled the extension and left annoyed noises on the extension in the Chrome store, because don't do that.

A one in a million chance.

Sep. 16th, 2017 08:56 pm
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Last night my mother offered to buy me and my brother tickets to a matinée showing of Groundhog Day at two o'clock. I wanted to see it, so I said yes.

There was a library book sale today my brother and I both wanted to go to that opened at noon, so I said yes to that.

There was a meetup group for nerds and board games that started at one o'clock, and I said yes to that as well.

Somehow between hustling out the door to get to the book sale early, and moseying out of that to arrive in time to get a few games in, and skipping the almost-to-the-door line at the coffee shop, and going down to wait almost 15 minutes for the next subway train...somehow I arrived at the subway platform just in time to see a friend of mine who happened to come down to NYC this weekend. On a whim.

She had a friend with her who was also in fandom that I'd never met before. But I knew her fics and got to gush in person.

Oh, and besides that, the subway was running express, not local, so we got out to walk up nine blocks. I said we ought to walk up the next street over, not the one we were on - and my brother and I walked right into a big open air market, and got to walk right up the middle of the street.

So today was definitely something.

starts with space!

Sep. 16th, 2017 02:32 am
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first fall busy season successfully survived. my brain is tired. i made some overtime, tho. :D i feel like it's been a week, but mostly it's been a week of staying late at work. wednesday was the worst, and today was a lot of "hurry up, wait", and "WHY ISN'T THIS WORKING" and we had pizza for lunch.

also today the cassini spacecraft came to the end of its cruise around saturn, after almost twenty years of exploration and data collection and some fabulous photos. yesterday was the anniversary of giovanni cassini's death, and today the spacecraft named after him took a swan dive into saturn. (it did that so as not to potentially crash into one of saturn's moons and potentially contaminate it when it could potentially support life.) its mission was only supposed to be four years but it was so tough and the science it discovered was so fantastic that it stayed out for almost twenty years.

have some vintage style nasa posters in honor of voyager. speaking of spacecraft.

in other science news, the natural history museum and the science museum in london had a super cute fight on twitter and it was fabulous. who would win in a staff battle? anyone reading twitter. :D

i know this is old news, but my parents survived hurricane irma (they spent the night with friends who had hurricane shutters on their house) and so did the house and apparently the whole subdivision. the power came back on after about a day. jacksonville however is probably still half underwater and the keys were mostly destroyed. hemingway's house and the descendants of his polydactyl cats on key west are all fine, tho.

the bahamas, not so much.

there's a nun with a chainsaw down in miami cutting down fallen branches and generally being helpful and kind of badass. roosters were evacuated from key west wrapped in paper like rooster burritos so they wouldn't attack each other. roosterritos?

a southwest flight saved a bunch of shelter dogs and cats after hurricane harvey. i wonder if anyone did that after irma. because you know a lot of pets were separated from their people, and animal shelters in evacuation zones would have to be evacuated too.

so many free stock photos.

did anyone else read strangers in paradise? there's going to be a movie and i'm not sure how i feel about it. on the one hand, i really loved sip. and one of the leads is queer, and one of the objects of her affection is a (totally adorable) japanese american guy. on the other, the story turned into a convoluted mess. and i don't remember it being a "comedy of errors" or about katchoo having to choose between david and francine as her two suitors as the article says. i'm curious about it, anyway.

Family [names] Matters

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:52 pm
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Hey, internet. Anyone there? I want opinions!

My sister is having another baby, and the name they decided on is driving me CRAZY.

Context here. )

Attempting home repair

Sep. 15th, 2017 01:14 pm
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Initially thought the toilet chain had come unhooked from the flapper: no prob

It came unhooked because the rubber hole on the flapper valve had worn through: boo!

Turned off water to toilet: success

Detached & extricated flapper valve (pointedly not thinking about all that gunk in there): success

Will go to store to see if they have flapper valves of the right size (will bring detached valve as reference): this afternoon

DID ALL WITHOUT CONSULTING DAD: so far so good

incremental progress

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:08 pm
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We didn't get any bad weather here from Irma, just a pleasant temperature drop and two school-free days. The worst impact from the storm among people I know who were affected seems to be the extended power outages.

Will made the Scholar's Bowl team at school, and practices start next Tuesday. I don't expect to hear anything about Math Team until October, but those practices have been on Wednesdays, so he shouldn't have a problem doing both.

Connor's after school Spanish class isn't meeting this year because not enough students enrolled. I've found an alternate activity for him on Wednesdays, some sort of board game club, but it only meets twice every six weeks. He has a field trip next week to some sort of environmental preserve, so I signed up as a chaperone in order to tag along and investigate.

Symphony chorus rehearsals start back Monday. Sadly we are no longer scheduled to participate in the Harry Potter soundtrack performance, but we do have the tribute piece and the Bach Magnificat to look forward to learning.

I've just acquired some of the latest LEGO Dimensions expansions, although I had to go to my local Best Buy to find them - surprisingly, Amazon hasn't stocked them. I'm hearing rumors that LEGO is going to quietly stop releasing new expansions, which is too bad, but I can understand why if the game wasn't successful enough to justify the continued expense of developing new content. And the update process is still very frustrating - my console has been trying to download and install the latest updates for over an hour now, and I had to free up system storage again before it would even get started.

I need to sign off now - I have a meeting in 45 minutes with one of Will's teachers and I haven't eaten anything yet.

Luxurious inconveniences.

Sep. 14th, 2017 08:15 pm
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I've got wireless set up in my apartment, and I'm slowly working through the process of getting my new computer set up for everything I need to transfer my regular activity over there. I figure another few days, maybe even as early as next Tuesday, and I can move my frustrations from wireless tech support to typing on a new keyboard.

I think a lot of the issues will smooth out when I manage to get inside stuff. If that makes sense.

Oddly enough, I spent most of the morning wringing myself out over a learning module that itself was less intuitive and streamlined than the program it was ostensibly trying to teach me how to use. It seems the "poke around and try to learn things" style is that deeply embedded in the human brain.

Ongoing wording.

Sep. 13th, 2017 09:15 pm
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Three projects at once is two more than I usually handle. I think I can about manage it this time, since they're all doing different things. The fantasy was printed out on Monday, and I got my hands on a pair of red pens for marking up the physical pages. The science fiction is just at the very beginning of the initial composition phase, currently saved as "Czech 1.2." And the Buffy fic needs to be rewritten from the beginning, pulling in allusions here, references there, doing up scenes from scratch.

I don't quite know what I'm doing, but I know I can't let myself stop.

Quite possibly I'll get to Buffy again soon, which would be nice. The "Hellmouthy" podcast is more grating than I'd expected, but every so often there's a shining gold nugget of a character observation sifted out of the silt that is all the nasal fry and incoherent tangents. As Buffy-based podcasts go, "Buffering the Vampire Slayer" is far less mean-spirited and more light-hearted and genuinely enthusiastic, so it gets my primary endorsement. And I'm still searching for additional fandom icons. Stupid homework keeping me from fandom pursuits.

Also, I began reading Gone Girl. Having been spoiled thanks to the internet, it's an exercise in trying to see how everything is presented and put together. Which, for me, is a more compelling read than two horrifically tragic individuals. I get enough of that just going to work.

Cities built on water.

Sep. 12th, 2017 08:42 pm
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London is a city without a horizon, and London is a city that will never be satisfied. It's built out of liminal spaces and it grows unconstrained, encompassing, devouring, the last remains of empire. There are no mountains, deserts, or oceans to stop it - even the River Thames is only a brief pause. When I came in, tired but ready to keep going, I saw how much London as a city spreads out, how much space it takes up, much more than anywhere else I've ever been, and maybe if I'd climbed the highest towers in the city I'd have been able to see its end, but it's so very much a city without end. Everywhere I've lived has some sort of horizon, or at least some sense of a boundary. When I left, standing at the window of an underground train car to feel the tiniest bit of wind on my face and glimpse a little bit of sky before I'd go up inside, I saw how London as a city will never be finished.

But for all that, within London, people move calmly. There's periods during the day with more intense activity, but there's so much room for people to take a moment to stop. To fully stop. There's parks all over the place, some small, some grand, with plenty of old churches turned into little open-air resting spots replete with lawns and bees working at the flowers. It's not an intense pace but it's a consistent one. The city was here yesterday, and the city will be here tomorrow. And it's accepted that whatever the state of London, it's never going to be quite real, even when you're standing right there inside of it. It's liminal.

London's so liminal it's got palm trees. They're all over the place, including a mile-long park that's wild with birds and blackberries that's also got trains shaking the air right beside it and a wind turbine dropped in the middle and a pub with palm trees tucked in a corner.

There's an urban farm with open fields and an anti-aircraft gun because there wasn't anywhere else to put it. There's parks where foxes slink around after dark, and snails hoof it across the footpaths to beat the evening chill. Just an hour in London gave me new appreciation for so much of Terry Pratchett's work: so much of his genius came from exploring the edges and the corners and finding out for himself just what lived there.

Last Tuesday I stood at the River Thames on midnight and looked at the almost-full moon cast a path on the water, on a rare clear night with almost no clouds to speak of - enough to sometimes pass in front, with the moon more than bright enough to shine through. Except when there was one so thick that when it passed by, the path slowly disappeared, fading away and then vanishing until the cloud moved on and it returned, beginning at my side of the river and opening up the way across to another place entirely. The sky itself, aside from those few clouds, was remarkably dark for a city sky; it must have been the river itself and associated zoning codes keeping the light pollution away. Just a handful of the brightest stars, and the moon.

The next night, walking through a park, the full moon sat in the middle of the London Eye. A pupil in an eye that never winked, just went to sleep when all the clouds came in.

Compared to London, Copenhagen is a town. It's settled into itself, and the ocean is the ultimate horizon line. It's a town built as a city, and it's cozy and comfortable in a way that comes from people living out their lives there, happy to settle in. Though I will say, the Bastard Cafe was outstanding and Tivoli Gardens at night was like visiting a dream.

Oddly enough, the most Danish I heard spoken was during a Jewish religious service. It was a cousin's son's bar mitzvah, and his Danish mother stood up and gave a speech in her mother tongue, and hearing it next to English and Hebrew gave me a good sensation of the tonal differences between the language. Danish melts together, all the syllables and words running smoothly into each other. English has distinct syllables, but flowing words. And even when it's sung, Hebrew makes sure you hear every sound.

I'll also say it was delightful to joke about how Denmark shouldn't be ashamed of looting, it invented it - and then England stole looting, and went on to perfect it.

I saw family on Copenhagen and friends in London, and when I came back to New York, I rode in the front of the shuttle to get to the subway and got a gorgeous panorama of the Manhattan skyline. New York City is built on reality. There's almost nothing liminal inside it: everyone brings their own, and somehow, all the reality everyone has settles together into one unquestionable mosaic. People may try to reverse-engineer it, but the reality remains. Copenhagen has no real conflicts because it doesn't need them. And London, a unique beast, is never going to be as real as the rest of the world - which is what I guess comes from when you build a city without a horizon.
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I took a parkour coaching certification course a few weeks ago, and I'm still processing it. It was three full days of training, both physical training in parkour but also training in how to approach coaching. It was definitely not the sort of thing I was expecting to be as draining as it was. Coming off a work week, it felt like I was being shoved into another job. Which it kind of was. Coaching is a job.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, I was the only woman there, and I was the oldest person there by about 4-5 years. I was still the slowest and the weakest, but not by as much as I was afraid of. I could keep up with the whippersnappers for the most part. It was tough, but I could handle it.

The real challenge was in the coaching. I felt somewhat prepared, having done a ton of TAing in college and going to a million classes in the area and watching what the coaches do. It turns out having the responsibility for the physical and mental wellbeing of a group of people (a bunch of the people in my class were teenagers) is way different than trying to teach them what a for-loop is.

One of the sessions I had to teach was almost a complete disaster. Granted, I only had three minutes to come up with something and was forced out of my comfort zone to teach the thing. Yeah, that didn't turn out so well. But I survived it.

I survived the whole weekend, actually.

It was an intense three days. The group I train with is intense. They believe very strongly in the importance of being intense. The mental part was a part of that, because parkour is a mentally taxing discipline, and I've seen it in myself and others just how much our mental barriers can keep us back. I value their intensity, because it also comes with a deep sort of self-reflection.

I've watched their Women's International Parkour Weekend 2017 video a whole bunch of times, especially when I feel in need of motivation or inspiration. And I love the Traceuse Portrait Project that came out of it as well. Maybe next year, I'll be able to go in person and experience that energy for myself. I'm definitely thinking of going to Vancouver for another women's jam.

Anyway, now that the course is over, I still have to do 20 hours of supervised teaching. My first class is this Friday. Eep. I guess we'll see how this goes.

ObWeekly Post v.3.1: Blah Edition

Sep. 11th, 2017 10:20 am
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Another quiet week. Though frankly I'd rather have quiet weeks than hectic weeks, because hectic usually turns into the Chinese sense of "interesting". XD Only excitement was getting my eyes examined at the VA on Thursday. My eyes are good! My prescription hasn't changed in a year. ^__^ Of course, I had to drive home with my eyes dilated, and that was fun (not). XD

Thinking of everyone down in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma, man... <3

WeatherDork:
Currently at Bethlehem, PA at 10.18am: Sunny
Temp: 69F (feels like 69F)
Humidity: 66% (dewpoint 51F)
Pressure: 30.37"
Winds: NE 3mph
Forecast: Clear, high 76F, low 52F

Last week was very very nice weather-wise, apart from some rain which we actually need. This week looks to be glorious again, a bit warmer than last week with the highs in the 70s to around 80 and slight chances of rain late in the week.

On My Plate:
Tags and Other Writins:
  • A Smile and a Song (Three Wishes)
  • Where The Gods Live (Three Wishes)
  • Some Light Research (ItNotM)
  • Putting The Band Together (ItNotM)
  • All On A Summer's Day (ItNotM)
  • The Lady in White (ItNotM)
  • Promises (ItNotM)
  • Stargazing (EoP) started
  • Three Tribes, One Holt (Oakleaf)
  • All the Single Laddies (Oakleaf)
Art:
  • continue with scribalry practice
Etc:
  • list stuff on Ebay
  • reading: A New History of the Picts (still -- I haven't picked it up in awhile XD)
  • reading: Parsival, or A Knight's Tale
Weekly Things Checklist:
  • Thing Arted: nothing
  • Thing Writed: OMG TAGS
  • Thing Cleaned: dishes and catbox and trash
This week will be another pretty quiet one til the weekend, when we are going to lunch on Friday at The Hamilton Kitchen for Allentown Restaurant Week, and then Saturday I am going with Mike to the St Andrews SCA event out on Long Island. ^__^ Feels like I haven't been to an SCA event in ages. XD

9-9 posting at 10-10.

Sep. 9th, 2017 10:10 pm
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I finished reading It today, and in terms of "plucky band of outcast children band together to defeat ultimate evil" books I've read this year, I'd rate it solidly above A Wrinkle in Time.

Ordinarily, Sunday's the day I go in to see to caring for the birds for a couple to a few hours. Not so for tomorrow. Jet-lag, life catch-up, and the lingering travel crud have seen to that. It's my hope that I'll be stable enough to engage with my job on Monday, though I still doubt my ability to engage with the people there. Though I think I'd settle for being able to focus on getting my thoughts together beyond simple status updates.

Tiny Water Lilies

Sep. 8th, 2017 11:40 pm
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5 x 7" acrylic on heavy cotton paper. These were started as a demo in class; I finished them the next day just because I wanted to.

When the roads are clear.

Sep. 8th, 2017 05:40 pm
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Instead of coming right back to my apartment, I made a brief pit stop at the grocery store to pick up some milk and eggs. Readjusting to the time zone will be that much easier with breakfast readily available over the next few mornings.

It's nice to be back.
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and write that sexbot comedy that's currently languishing halfway finished on my hard drive.

Today I hate myself and all my works. So I cleaned, because if I'm going to have a complete tantrumy meltdown like a two-year-old, I'm at least mature enough to clean up all the actual two-year-old's toys while I'm at it.

Then I had a shower to calm down, during which I had two thoughts: one, I could change the entire dissertation and that would SHOW THEM; and two, I forget what two was but it was very satisfying at the time. These were not reasonable thoughts but at least they were fighting thoughts, which is an improvement over "at least when I fail I'll be finished with this pile of excrescence."

Anyway, this post mainly to record the main point: The world is poorer for not having my sexbot comedy in it yet.

this week in Do All The Things

Sep. 8th, 2017 11:13 am
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Sunday: conduct choir for church anthem because Fearless Leader is on forced bed rest for sciatic nerve pain

Also Sunday: drive to uncle's lake house! No one was in the mood to swim, but we took Connor on his first boat ride. He hated it for the first 10 minutes and then LOVED it after that. Invited to stay overnight, but had to return home so that Robby could do a Scheduled Work Thing.

Monday: Mom asks to come over for lunch and share leftovers from lake gathering. Then she takes the kids so Robby and I can go choose the new dishwasher his parents have been wanting to buy for us. Dishwasher is chosen, but will not be available for pickup for another 2.5 weeks. While at the mall, I check the LEGO Store and buy their last Apollo Saturn V Rocket set, because it is my destiny birthright lucky day

Also Monday: Red Sox play a 19 inning game against Toronto. I conk out on the couch after about 13 innings.

Tuesday: kids back in school, Robby back at work. My morning walk is up to 2 miles, about 2/3 of what I need for a 5K. I have a much needed chiropractor appointment and spend the afternoon finishing a book, then cleaning the living room (so that I can assemble the aforementioned LEGO set), then conking out on the couch again. After Robby gets home from work, I have to go to an overdue parent meeting at Connor's school, which is less informative than usual. Most of the other parents are focused on planning for the DC trip in the spring, which I've already decided to skip.

Wednesday: Robby takes the day off work to go car shopping. I have to take Will to school early to audition for the Scholar's Bowl team before classes start. Instead of returning home, I go to Panera for breakfast (free bagel!) and buy the kids some new shirts at Target, then check in with Robby, who took a test drive of a Subaru he saw advertised on Craigslist the night before. That car didn't work out, but he has another lead to check out at a dealership downtown. I have a 9:00 dental cleaning followed by a Genius Bar appointment at the Apple Store to see why Connor's iPad is having trouble charging. (Answer: inconclusive. Hardware checked out fine, told to upgrade to iOS 10, which does seem to have helped at least somewhat.) After that, I meet my mom for our usual Wednesday lunch date, interrupted by texts from Robby telling me how much he loves the second Subaru (a 2011 Outback) and asking for advice about financing. We realize he doesn't have the checkbook since he wasn't expecting to buy it on the spot, so I say goodbye to Mom and drive downtown to bring him a check for the down payment. YAY CAR.

Also Wednesday: we have church choir rehearsal in the evening and Will has a writing assignment that keeps him up past his bedtime. I'm not a fan of middle school teachers using Google Classroom to assign homework that is due at midnight on a school night. Thankfully, Will was able to finish by 10pm. I also somehow managed to do three loads of laundry before dinner time.

Thursday: After putting the kids on the school bus, I immediately drive to my in-laws' house so Robby can return the borrowed car he's been driving for the past month, then drive him downtown in rush hour traffic to retrieve the new Subaru, then drive to the Toyota dealership for the 25k maintenance on my car, which thankfully doesn't take long, so I'm done by 10:00. Then I run a bunch of other quick errands, returning home around lunch time. While Robby is waiting on our insurance agent to send him a proof of insurance, I get a phone call saying I have books waiting to be picked up at the library, which is near the registration office, so we decide to combine errands, leaving together around 1:45. Unfortunately there is a long wait and by the time Robby is finally finished an hour later, we have to rush home to meet Connor's 3:00 bus. Once the kids are settled, I decide I'm toast and am going to lie down the rest of the day. I do turn on the TV to watch the Pats game, more out of idle curiosity than any sort of enthusiasm, and fall asleep sometime during the fourth quarter, on the couch, again. I don't think I've slept in my bed since Sunday. The one night I tried, Robby got paged at some ungodly hour and I couldn't get back to sleep.

Which brings us to today! And now that I am finished chronicling the week's adventures, I am going to find lunch and read a book and when the kids get home it will be LEGO TIME.
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Today was the first day of a new class session, always taxing for me because I never know what to expect.

One of my students, at the end of class, told me she'd be back next week and that for her, that was saying a LOT, because she kept trying classes and not liking them and just not returning after the first session. O.o

You never know what you'll say that will tip the scales one way or another. I think it was the story I told about my first experiences in art class in college and how awful my first paintings were -- and they were. I said something about it all being learned skills, and if it weren't there'd be no such thing as art school. For me that's just how I talk about things; for her it seems to have been an affirmation that she didn't need some mystical ~talent in order to come and have fun with this stuff.

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Sep. 7th, 2017 05:09 pm
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Able to get out and do things now, but I'm still knocked out the next day. Well, onwards. :-)

Here are some links I liked/found interesting recently ...

1) From the British Museum, an Anubis plushie. This just delights me. The Dread Lord of the Underworld and after-life, weigher of the scales, African golden wolf ... as a plushie. I think he's adorable. :D

2) We had one of these fluttering around our deck light last night. We get them occasionally at this time of year -- they are BIG, and they're very calm, so you can get close to them. This guy's body was about an inch and a half long, and they're really furry. I left it alone, and because it had landed on our shovel handle and wasn't moving, Layla ignored it.

3) Kate Millett has passed away. She was 83, and she was celebrating her birthday on an annual trip to Paris with her wife and longtime collaborator. Good for her.

4) Ta-Nehisi Coates has written a long piece in the Atlantic on Potatohead. Did I say it was long? It's long. And it's very much worth reading.

5) This is a real case, reported in 1997 in the British Medical Journal. A woman had a brain tumor. And it talked to her. O_o

There. Five things make a post. Y/Y

booooks

Sep. 7th, 2017 01:02 am
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What I just finished reading:
the boys who challenged hitler, which was a very interesting story but written for a younger audience than me. i wanted it to go a little deeper - i mean, the boys of the title were teenagers when they were caught and thrown in jail, and then what was it like when they got out of jail and suddenly the danish resistance had woken up without them? - but, well, ya history. still fascinating as a story, tho.

What I am reading now:
the killing moon, finally. i just started it yesterday but so far so good. there's a glossary in back which is useful but distracting, because i keep stopping to look stuff up.

What I'm going to read next:
one of the girls in my writing group submitted a big chunk of story - she has three novels she wrote for nanowrimos that she wants us to critique - i'll have to interrupt the killing moon to read it, but after that i don't know.

i've been sporadically watching hurricane news - i have a friend from when i lived in nashville who now lives in the us virgin islands, and i went on facebook for like six seconds to see if she'd posted, and how was she doing. she was nervous and anxious, but as prepared as she could be. hopefully she's still ok. as an aside, checking her facebook page meant i caught the tiniest glimpses of other people i knew back then. a bunch of them are still in nashville - or they moved away but moved back - and at least two are still real-life local friends. (i mean as opposed to long-distance or facebook friends.) it's always a little weird to see the grown-up faces of people i was friends with when we were twelve.

occasionally you invent something for one purpose and then people put it to a different use. like, you invent a kind of battery-powered lift for the army, for rescue operations, and then you learn that utility companies are using them to attach power lines to towers.

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