derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( May. 22nd, 2008 09:27 pm)
Man, so busy. This morning I skipped breakfast and made my PT person (stand-in, not my regular physical therapist, who has gone to The County for her grandfather's funeral) come in fifteen minutes early so that I could get done by 8:30AM in order to attempt to get to work at 9AM for that class. I ran in gasping and flailing only about four minutes late, shirt half unbuttoned and hair all disheveled, but I, um, pretty much got there. :)

But at least I got home a little early. I left at least a half hour later than I had intended to do, because of paperwork and then having left my keys in my locker and having to go back. :P TMI stuff )

This evening Eor and I did some closet cleaning. A few things will be ragged out, things which are a little too worn to wear in town but not quite ragged enough to turn into rags are going into the van, a few things are going to Goodwill. We ordered a calzone (totally off the diet) as a reward for doing that. And I ate way too much. And now we're exhausted. But we have a lot of empty hangers, which is good! :)

Hm, I forgot to tag my last entry that had stuff about books I've been reading. Must do. Er, sometime. Now I think it's time for bed.
Well, we were hoping to go see midget strippers tonight, but maybe tomorrow. One of the girls at work was trying to organize a trip out to the strip club, but she just phoned a few minutes ago and let me know that everyone has pretty much bagged out, just like they did a few months ago when I tried to organize the same sort of expedition. "People are poops," I said - completely ignoring the fact that I was one of the people who was sort of bagging out, because I'd left her a message saying that I really couldn't go at 10pm, if that was when she was planning on it, seeing as we have to be up at 6am. I feel bad, though! She said she just got done bartending (her other job) a twelve hour day, and the only thing that got her through it was the thought of midget strippers, so she was pretty disappointed. Possibly she's up for going tomorrow if other people will find that works better for them, so Eor and I said we would go if that was the case. (I also told her that they aren't really midgets, they're dwarves, and that the last time we went the place was so ridiculously crowded that you could barely move, so that hopefully she won't feel quite AS let down.)

I think I'll have a piece of cornbread. I finally made the cornbread I was thinking about months ago! I found a simple sounding recipe and did it this morning, because it was cold as a Norse hell in here. Okay, it was 68 degrees. Still. I wanted the oven on. :) And it's not too bad for a first attempt, I think.

PS!~ If anyone wants to go along to the dwarf strippers tomorrow, drop a line - the more the merrier! :)
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Sep. 11th, 2007 07:16 am)

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Apparently my social circle is that tiny pink stripe between myself and 'world'. I'm quite focused on myself and the present. Well, it's my journal, that's what it should be, right? Does anyone really want to hear about my past? Probably not. And future, well. What's to say? It hasn't happened, yet. I may almost have learned my lesson about talking about plans. I don't make things happen and then I feel like a fool.
Went out for a drink last night,but we got started a little late )

And today thus far...

We went to the Mall and sat in the solarium reading while the van got inspected at Sears. We came home and made lunch. And now we're going to go plant our asses up at Discovery Park and read - Arlo Guthry is playing there, tonight, and if we want anything like a decent seat we'll have to be there very early. In fact should probably already have been there.

BTW, "Microserfs" is a very cool book!
I should say, keeping a notebook of some sort in my back pocket has been a habit with me at work since fairly early on. In the very beginning I didn't and I regretted it, because constantly people - other screeners, leads, supervisors - would stop you at work and ask, "What ARE you doing??" "This is the way I was taught to do this." "Who told you that? When?" and if you didn't have a notebook and write every damned thing down you were screwed.

Now, though, my co-workers tease me. "What are you writing about me? Are you reporting me?" or "Am I going to be in your book?"

Speaking of book, time for Chapter... what is it? Chapter Six, I think. Okay, coming right up.
It's so much smaller back to front that I can push it way far away from me on my desk, but the area of the screen is so large that I don't have to page down to get to the LJ links on my favorites! And it's clear and bright! And it was so light I easily carried it with one hand from the DHL office to my car! Damn, this is cool. :) Eor says I should turn it on before I turn the computer on, though, to forstall the computer getting confused as to whether to expect analog or digital. I wonder what would happen if it did get confused? Probably I'd just have to turn it on again?

Had a rather relaxed day away from passengers, discussing ghosts, the afterlife, the size of the universe, the impact of TV on Americans, and, oh yeah, screening some people who work at the airport. That detail can be really deadly dull if you're with the wrong people - some people will literally just sit and not talk all freakin day - but the last two times I've had it I've had fun and interesting conversations. I'm on it again tomorrow, because the other female screener who's trained and badged for it is on vacation. I've learned how to deal with the people who don't like to talk, though - I keep a journal which Teena gave me in my back pocket, and I can pull it out and write any time I get bored. The journal which fits in the back pocket is the best thing ever. I have one [ profile] daegaer gave me which is a little thick but might also work when I use up the Teena ones.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Aug. 1st, 2007 11:02 am)
Monitor acquired! Rent paid! Shower taken! I'm so productive! Not. I forgot to do the dishes. Once again I'm singing the "where did my time go?" song. (Do you know that one? I can't think who did it - was it Johnny Clegg and Savuka?) I had intended to do dishes and go grocery shopping, starting out right when Eor left for work. Yeah, right, like that would ever happen.

Anyhow, off to work. I had some bitching to do about that, but it'll have to wait. :) At least I'm on special duty and will probably be outside a lot, in the sun - with my big hat on. Everyone loves the big hat. :)
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Aug. 1st, 2007 08:57 am)
I just 'balanced' my checkbook (a joke, because I write down whatever the bank has and subtract it down and still my answer doesn't match up with theirs, and how can that be?? but anyway...) and I noticed that we went out to Norm's five times during the month, Shere Punjab in Brunswick once, and India Palace here in Portland once. And I had lunch at the airport once. That seems like a lot of going out. Well, at least to Norm's. I think we should probably try to shift some of those Norm's visits down to India Palace. :)

I also feel better about lunch at the airport. It's not cheap by any means, but it's about what I spend on myself for dinner at Norm's. Yeah - for a burger and steamed vegetables that's NOT good, but it was a lunch that left me feeling quite satisfied and happy - I should really learn how to cook that.

The best thing about my checkbook - the bonus I got at the beginning of the month means that I could lose my job tomorrow and live this entire month over again exactly the same and still not be out of money. Of course if I lost my job I would not go out to Norm's five times.

Okay, off to pay the rent and pick up my new monitor - yay! :)
#26 - "Swallows and Amazons," Arthur Ransome - got really good about halfway through, and toward the end I couldn't put it down. (And now, thanks to [ profile] littleredhead, I have the second one to read! :))

#27 - Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, June 2007 - Eor had this to say about it. my reflections )

I just started reading "Microserfs," so I really ought to finish that before I begin the other S & A book.

The [ profile] bujold_fic ficathon is finishing up, so there's a ton of new and cool stuff to read over there, and I'm having to restrain myself. There's also been a few new fics on [ profile] indeedsir in the last week - everyone seems to be getting inspired! I've been waiting for the ficathon to get done before posting that Ivan/Byerly story I wrote, and now I'm having my doubts as to my Byerly characterization, but that's okay.

Chapter Six of "Swept Away!" is ready for posting in two days. And now I'm terrified because I have to write, proof and re-write all of Chapter Seven during August. Ow. Why have I done this to myself? I mean, it's not impossible for normal people - [ profile] daegaer could knock it off in a day - but I'm so damned slow! Speaking of which, Mistress of the Night asked me to send her links to read it. Hm. I should do that tonight.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Jul. 14th, 2007 06:47 pm)
We've had breakfast, a nice long walk - windowshopping around town - a couple of drinks at our favorite bar (with fries, and helping some complete stranger with a crossword - we all sucked at figuring out the clues), ice-cream and came home and... yeah. :) And I got my checkbook balanced (way easier to do with I have had alcohol - I actually find subtraction amusing when my brain is working slower) and checks written out for my bills. Attempted to phone my aunt re her plans for camping, but failed to connect. Her mother-in-law says she's gone to some all-day event, so I'll try again tomorrow. MUST do so, because can't get the last of Eightball's plans for buying camping equipment ironed out until we figure out what we're loaning to her and have left to loan to him.
Okay, I think I have sorted out the mess with having installed another Semagic when there was already one installed. Duh. I remembered clearly Eor having told me he'd downloaded dictionaries for American and UK English, and the odd fact that there is no Finnish dictionary because the spelling rules are too confusing. But still, I couldn't find it on my Start menu. I still can't, but I'm fairly sure I can fix that. (Or maybe it will fix itself because I'm using it? Because I think sometimes icons get added to the Start menu without my asking them to be there.) (ETA: Easily fixed. Right-clicking on the icon offers the option 'pin to start menu.')

And I'm glad to see that LiveJournal seems to be sorting out their mess. cut for rambling on )
blisters on my toes and the foot exchange )
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Apr. 26th, 2007 10:41 am)
An announcement over the intercom at work*, yesterday:

"Tommy Hilfiger, you've left your sweatshirt in baggage claim."

And of course everyone remembers the classic announcement by Bunny:

"A baby's bottle has been found at the security checkpoint.  If you're a baby and you don't have your bottle, please return."

*(the airport for those few of you who don't know me so well)
Seriously, I don't think that the Virginia Tech shootings put me in some kind of 'flashback' thing or post-traumatic stress, but I have been kind of gloomy the past week.  On Friday Eor made a silly, sick little joke about the Edgewater shootings and it made me laugh and kind of ...  woke me up about it.  I've been trying to think how to write about it, because I feel I should, but at the same time I don't want anyone to think I'm fishing for sympathy or something, because that's not at all what I want to do with this.  I just feel as though I should acknowledge something; an episode in my life, a certain way I feel, sometimes.

Read more... )
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (xmsratbl)
( Dec. 16th, 2006 08:46 am)
Cool idea - Open ID lets people from other blogging sites leave comments on your livejournal with their other blog ID, or even read your friends locked posts if you allow them to.

Someone set up an LJ in the name [ profile] anonymous.  It's a no-brainer joke, but there's a bunch of really stupid people who think that lj user=anonymous is the person who anonymously posted something mean on their journals.  That is scary. 

I was hoping there was a community called anonymous.  I imagined it would be a lot like Post Secret. 

Thanks to [ profile] holyschist I spent possibly an hour reading Nathan Castle's Nude Rollerdisco of Comics.  I think I read all of them - Melaines Choles (existential angst), Seamonster (sweet human folly, but then gets creepy and sad at the end), Great and Small (ironic and odd stories of animal/human interactions during WWII, but the last frame nearly made me cry) and Squid Gideon (which I actually thought was really amusing in a meta-humor way.  I love meta-humor.  I'm a dork. :)) - and that hour even included pauses for reflection.  I'd say it was an hour well-spent. 

I think I need to turn the conversation at the beginning of "Seamonster" into an animated icon. 

And did I mention how much I loved Looks To Alaska's response to my lament about honor duels being not okay in today's world?

there is a NEED for Honor Duels......
in today's world we sadly settle for the random ass kicking or drive by........

It's sad.  Sad.  Isn't it?  I think it goes right along with our loss of respect for craftsmanship.  We have no artisans, now, just Wal-Mart and drive-by-shootings.  It's no wonder I have a thing for those gay Victorians. 

Something else, there was something else much more important I was going to say...  Oh, right, gosh, how could I forget!  I'm staring at a picture of a rabbit which has taken up residence in the typing stand on my desk.  The picture has taken up residence, that is.  The rabbit is in the picture.  Get the picture?  Yes, like the impatient child I am, I tore open your gift as soon as it arrived, [ profile] daegaer, and didn't stop to wait for Hogswatch morning.  It's a very lovely picture! :)  As too, was the card. :)  Cute little cottages.  I'll take that with me to my real estate agent, Afa Twoshoes,* and tell him I want a house like that.  Only with trees around.  And I want it for $135,000.  ;)

*The other day my co-worker came in with two shoes on.  They were both black, but they didn't match. :)
His other job is real-estate agent, and he's constantly pushing me to buy a house, so I string him along a little for the fun of the conversation, but basically I tell him that I want to live in town and pay the same for a mortgage as I do for rent.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Sep. 16th, 2006 09:26 pm)
I believe I might take one every night for the next week, so lovely is it to have a tub which is not a mess of rust. 

Now I'm typing up some bit of insanity I worked on the last day of vacation. 
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Aug. 20th, 2006 10:19 am)
As I sat down at my computer a while ago, something moving far outside the window caught the corner of my eye.  I leaned a bit forward and spotted a squirrel running down the roof of the old barn next door.  I was surprised it was not hiding in it's nest on such a wet day, though the rain isn't really actively nasty at the moment.

Now, I call it a barn - it's may serve as a garage, it could even be housing, though I'd hope they'd have added more windows if they'd converted it for human living space, and I'm sure the more classy and accurate people would call it a carriage house.  From this angle all I see is the strangely angled roof and the cupola with a weathervane on top (I don't think it moves anymore) and two walls that are mostly devoid of windows, aside from three on what would be the second floor.  It's always been an interesting structure, to me, because it's like a secret - nestled between taller old houses (all with varied and interesting rooves) all around, in the middle of the block, it can barely be seen from the street. 

Anyhow, I poked around at a few more things, looking at LJ comments and such, and then once again noticed movement on the barn roof.  This time it was a cat, a sleek-looking dark tortoise-shell - I was suddenly reminded of a dark tortie my stepsister named Fire In The Night; I don't think I've thought of that cat in years - wearing a collar, walking up the roof.  She (I say 'she' probably because every tortie I've ever known has been a she, but possibly also because of the thickness of her body in relation to the delicacy of her paws) stretched up to the gap at one side of a broken, hanging slat in the cupola, and disappeared inside as causally as though she did this every day. 

I like my neighborhood.
My Birthday Weekend Sunday is up.  In summary: Leather cups!  Scotch eggs!  Cool! 

Hey, [ profile] eor, [ profile] cyberquail - I know the pics are floating around, somewhere?  I do want to show off the headgear I ended up with. ;) 

Today's been kind of boring - just getting things done that have been ignored for the last two weeks.  Groceries, recycling, etc.  Then a light repast of cheese, corn chips and Dr. Who! :)  One of the Christopher Ecclestons which [ profile] daegaer sent us: "Boomtown."  Very character-centric - I liked it a lot.

Other than that the only thing to report is that my back hurts from sitting here writing up faux-old entries.  Must go do something else.  Hm.  Pseudo Victorian Boys, perhaps.  Or, no - I just found out today that I had mail in my yahoo account that I hadn't collected since we left for the weekend, and there's a chapter of a story waiting there for me to beta-read.  I should really get to that. 
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Aug. 18th, 2006 11:09 pm)
I have been granted yet another Monday off! :)  I feel a little guilty about leaving my trainee to the tender mercies of whoever will do the schedule, however.  I fancied he looked a bit lost when he said, "If you get Monday off... will that mean I'll be with somebody else?"  He'll be fine, though.  Of course... the last time I said that, my trainee got a bag dropped on her leg by the interim mentor.  Hm.

Anyway.  Eor and I went out for Thai wings and fries and drinks at Norm's, and it was lovely. :)  Now it's time to sleep. 

A three day weekend.  Yay! :)  Sleep.  Much sleep.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( May. 31st, 2006 07:21 am)
"The Lost Millennium" - Dr. Florin Diacu.: A [University of Victoria] mathematician's new book discusses the extraordinary idea that our calendars are more than 1,000 years off.

Since the planets move in regular and predictable ways, events in history can theoretically be pinned down as to exact date by astronomical (?) events which are mentioned in the histories.  But some of these astronomical events which are mentioned as happening at the same time (ETA: happening at the same time as historical events) just don't match up.*  So, some mathematicians are thinking that it's possible that we've located many historical events incorrectly, and that they could in fact have happened far later than they have been thought to have happened. 

Personally I'm thinking mathematicians ought not believe everything they read.  People might not have been reporting those movements of the stars and planets exactly correctly.  The eclipse mentioned in the Bible at the Crucifixion as hours long might only have seemed that way to the observers.  I've had customers at work tell me they've been waiting in line for over an hour when I know it can only have been fifteen minutes.

*That's a totally crappy sentence. Read the article, it'll make sense.


derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
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