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- I accomplished the task I set for myself today (move and remove. Move a (small) cabinet so as to remove the half tiles underneath it). Unfortunately, I discovered that mastic supports life of the fungal variety. I vinegared the shit out of it, but it's discouraging to know that the battle of the mold is by no means won and will have more casualties than expected. (I knew that, but it still sucks to have it confirmed.) But still. I got those tiles up, and only shorted out the blow drier once. (It overheated, nothing dire.) I did not finish removing the mastic so as to prep the area for tiles, but that wasn't part of the task, so ner.

- Page and I finished Star Trek: Voyager, and a very satisfying ending it was.

- I more or less finished that painting. )

The colors aren't quite right in the photograph, nor does the lighting show off the texturing to best effect, but I think I like it anyway. Not sure I'll continue in that direction, but it was an interesting experiment.

- I was able to just chill for most of the day. I have set myself a task a day so that the depression doesn't eat me whole, but I mostly need to rest, I think. So achy and tired... So it's good that I'm able to do what my body requires. I'm lucky.

- I was able to help a friend in a professional capacity this morning. She said, "You've just given me a million dollars! No! Seriously! That's how excited I am about this!" And considering I was feeling pretty sluggish and brain fogged, that's pretty cool. I hadn't even had any tea yet... though I had consumed some magnesium and tylenol...

- Page is doing better, but not well enough yet to take him to his sax lesson tomorrow, which is all good where I'm concerned, given that his teacher is a 1/2 hour's drive away. I'm not up for that.


In other news, I'm trying to figure out a way to get a live furry pet into this house (after Purgatory has reached it's conclusion). We can't afford a dog, no matter how much Page and I want one. And we really, really do want one. But, well, realities being what they are, I've decided that we might get a rat (or two). Rats are the only rodent I have any interest in (besides rabbits, which I am even more allergic to than cats, if that can be believed) given their intelligence level. But, well, Purgatory MUST be finished before we introduce a slinker into the house. Not only will we need the room for its habitat (what a nice name for "cage"), but also because intelligent creatures tend to escape their confines, and I do not want to have to dig through the heap of our basement to find said creature's corpse.

I'd also like to get a betta for my desk, but I think a pothos for my bedroom is first on the expenditure list. One living addition at a time...

Speaking of living additions, I'm starting to think about what I'll be planting in spring. Lettuce for sure. Kale, probably (even if it's just to harvest what sprouts up on its own). Chard, probably. And maybe one of the beds will be devoted to the three sisters, even if I can't eat the corn or beans. It would be cool to try and grow a native species of maize in the traditional manner.

I'm also determined to finish the entryway to the garden this spring/summer. I want to have another garden party, and it would be nice to show that I haven't completely ignored my garden the last couple years (even though I pretty much have). Nice thing is I have a couple more pavers thanks to the basement quikcrete bucket leftovers. And I could probably use one or both of those buckets as lemonbalm and herb planters... Anyway, I need to get outside more often this year. My body has told me it's not negotiable. Even with mossies.

Anyway. That's the state of being here. Pretty good, all said, despite colds and looming flares and a demon in the basement. :-)

Hope all is well with you.
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Good: Parenting win. On the way to school, I suggested that Page view the kid who annoys him as a person who just wants to get to know him and see how that affects his perception of the kid. When I picked him up from school, he said he thinks he's starting to get along with that kid. Yay!

Bad: Parenting fail. I can't seem to find a way to get through to Page how important it is to not smell of poop. Or rather, I can't find a way to tell him that without making him feel super insecure. :-( Issues, he haz 'em.

Good: Whatever was weighing me down was lifted off of me. Who knows why I feel so much better today when so little changed, but I do.

Bad: Found out in class that for the next speech, I go the first day. That means I have one week to prepare for my midterm.

Good: I just spent an hour and a half playing and rough-housing with Page.

Bad: I'm exhausted. And I still have a fair amount of homework to do.

Good: This fall is a beautiful one. Simply gorgeous.

Bad: I haven't had the time or opportunity to get out and photograph the places and scenes I really want to capture. Maybe tomorrow...

Good: I didn't have a single smidgen of grain or starch today.

Bad: There is no bad side. I was a good girl and I felt good being good.


And now I have to get to my homework... At least the really hard part is done. *omgpunctuationisimportant!!eleventy1!*

Hope your day was good and that tomorrow may be as well.
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Today was Page's 2nd birthday party. (Yes, he's 9, but he's only had 2 birthday parties, including this one, because, well, I tend to be a party-pooper, healthwise, this time of year. I decided to forego class as well as turn a paper in (5 hours) late so that I'd have the energy to deal with the party prep and all the people this time around.)

It went much better than his first birthday party, which was last year. I think having it here at home helped, as well as the fact that the majority of the invitees knew each other already. Also, Page was the games-master, so all we adults had to do was help with the food prep and such. (Next year will be a make your own tacos party instead of make your own pizza. OMG. It ended well, but O.M.G.)

I am glad I got a box of ice cream so that those who don't like coconut (the majority of the kids) could have a treat.

I'm also very glad I didn't bother washing the floor beforehand.

So, yeah. Kinda proud of myself, even though it would have been an unmitigated disaster without Geoff (and one of the parents) around to help. Still, I'm pleased. And pooped.

Gonna relax for the rest of the evening and take tomorrow off of church. And then it's back to the grindstone for me. yay. But only a month left of that particular grindstone, and then I get 6 weeks off. That should help a lot.

Holy moly!

Sep. 12th, 2013 01:33 pm
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I... am rather glad not to be living in Colorado (especially the Boulder area) right now. Wow. They are getting pounded like nobody's business. By rain, of all things. And this rain storm's conditions might even be worse than the one that caused the Big Thompson flood (1976? '77?), because of the extreme heat drying out the ground (making it impermeable), along with the lack of trees due to fire. The landscape will probably be visibly different next time we're over there... Fortunately, there's a significant improvement in the alert system since the Big Thompson, so there should be far, far fewer deaths this time round.

But yeesh. Three dams have broken, Boulder is closed, Lyons and Jamestown are completely isolated (and very vulnerable), and the only way to get to Estes Park is by Trail Ridge Road...

I've heard from several of my friends in the affected areas already, kindly letting us know they're okay (though one has been evacuated, and I'm worried about her for her house because it's basically right on a stream), and I'll assume that the rest are okay until I hear otherwise, but my thoughts are definitely going out to all of them right now.

And then there's me... ;-) )
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Right. Just finished up the first week of the semester, right? Right.

Then why do I have over 100 pages to read (after having already read about 100) in the next 3 days for 2 classes (one of which is an intro course)? (And that's not counting the chapter(s) I have to read for the Microeconomics course I want to CLEP out of at the end of this semester.)

Seriously?

*shrugs*

On the plus side, I don't think it's going to be too much of a problem, given how absurdly productive I've been lately. I mean, the house is clean, we still have a few leftovers from last week's cooking spree, I moved and mixed about 3/4 cubic yard of shit compost, AND I've been pretty majorly social without getting too grumpy.

(Granted, there has also been a rather large ingestion of caffeine lately, but if I didn't have a solid base of energy, the caffeine would just be putting me to sleep!)

Speaking of ingestion, I'm thinking of using quince and onions as a stuffing for a couple of chickens I have sitting in the fridge. Any suggestions on spices/herbs/veggies that would go well with all of the above? (If it's any help, roasted sweet potatoes will be one of the sides.) Celery, maybe? Garlic? Sage?

The only thing I haven't done anything toward is the November showing of my work at the church. I really would like to paint an hour a day, but so far I haven't been willing to give up that crossword/dilly-dallying time. But maybe I can start on that tomorrow. After all, miracles are happening here.

Aaaaaaah.

Aug. 26th, 2013 10:10 pm
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I had a nap this afternoon, and oh was it good. I dreamt we arrived at a destination and found out there was an open bar at the resort's pool house, and, well, yeah. It was a good dream full of really good spirits.

(There was also a bit about being able to buy a mountain in New Zealand for US$100K, and being really tempted because of the really, really cool minerals that were in that mountain. Very pretty, with awesomely cool properties that I can't remember now. Unfortunately, I didn't really have the cash on hand...)

So I feel much, much better now (not even a tinge of hangover! ;-). And hey, I even got the laundry advanced at some point in the day!

And while tomorrow starts off too damn early, it will (should) be a day completely to myself. *bounces*

ETA: And HA! I just got my two textbooks (one of which is a rental, but I'll deal) for so much less than $100, I felt I could afford Terry Wahls' "Minding Your Mitochondria," which I've been looking at longingly for some time now. So yay. It's been a good day.
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Welp, the vacation is over, and we are gearing up for the beginning of school around these parts. Read more... )

I am sad not to still be on vacation, but it is satisfying to be getting things done. And, I suppose, that is the purpose of a vacation, to put the satisfaction back into the work. So success!

:-D
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- The humidity level is down to something reasonable, finally. The air isn't hard to breathe for its thickness, anymore. Yay!

- I got a bit of a back rub this morning, which helped tremendously. I might be able to skip the painkillers today because of it (though probably I'll still take the anti-inflammatories).

- I submitted my final Word Lab last night and got a 95%. Normally, I'd be a bit upset about that grade, but this prof is so persnickety that I'm happy. Only the final to go, and I'm done. I'll find out my final grade on Saturday or thereabout.

- Page is busy reading an old Superman anthology of Geoff's, meaning he's not talking or otherwise making noise. It also means he's no longer trying to jump on the furniture in a way that isn't disallowed.

- Shiv updated "A Law to Herself"! (Has it really been 5 years since the last update? Really?!?)

- I got my guys to pick up their stuff, leaving the house reasonably tidy once again.

- Upcoming vacation. Oh, god yes.

- I'm going to paint again today. In fact, I'm going to go do that right now.
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- Got my final Word lab to start on. It's due Wednesday. Don' wanna.

- Geoff is home (though not at this exact moment as he's taken Page to the last swim lesson of the session), which is marvelous. We've been walking hand-in-hand wherever we go.

- Lord the acting is terrible in 1st season ST:NG. Absolutely horrible. Not even Patrick Stewart is good. Actually, I think Jonathon Frakes is probably the best one of the bunch, which I find highly amusing. All the others make me cringe. Cringe!

- My house is pretty when it's tidy.

- I've painted this week. Twice. I thought I had finished one of the paintings, but on further reflection, I haven't. It needs glazing for more depth. The other painting is nowhere near finished as it still needs a bajillion layers of glaze to get it to the right colors/intensity. A layer a day should get it there within the next century, though. :-) (<--Artist's math is cool, isn't it? It's like the opposite of Writer's Math!)

- Alone time is happening. Right now! And I expect I can get more of it later on today, too! SO COOL!

- My stomach, while still on the fragile side, seems to have basically recovered from the rancid mustard of yesterday. No more cramping, anyway. Yay!

- Related: we now have non-rancid-mustard-infected food to eat in the house. Double yay!

- Have I mentioned how happy I am to have Geoff back? Cuz I really, really am. Just want to snuggle into his arms and stay there all day. Page wants that too, though, so I guess we'll have to work out a compromise. ;-D

- I suppose I've stalled long enough. Gotta go do my homework. I must say I am really looking forward to Freedom Friday (first day after the last day of class)!
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Now the Satanists are ganging up against the Westboro Baptist Church.

Color me pink, indeed. XD

Meanwhile, it's still unbearably hot, though the humidity level has (temporarily) dropped to a more manageable 50%, which means the sweat oozes out rather than pouring out. Too bad a thunderstorm is acomin'.

I also stopped by the school and switched up my fall semester. I will not be taking Excel with this teacher. I shall be taking Human Growth and Development, instead (ETA: with a completely unknown teacher, btw. Not the same teacher... *rolls eyes at self*). Yay! Spring semester will be unpleasant with its emphasis on using computer software, but, well, tough noogies. Better than another class with this ditz.

So, errands run, now to finish this week's homework so I can goof off for a day or two. :-) Or put my energies into housework... :-(

;-D

Cheers!
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My finger slipped and I bought a Chromebook (Samsung version) for a song on Amazon. First a cell phone (a smart phone at that!), and now a netbook? I do believe the end of the world might be nigh.

Though mostly it's all just for convenience. Page needs to start learning how to code, and, well, combine that with my increased computer needs over the next twelve months, and I came to the conclusion that more than one computer will be needed in this house. (It also means that I will be able to move to a different room and still be able to do my homework, if necessary. Or send the distractor to a different room with it.)

As for the cell phone... I've conceded that it's rude to not have one nowadays. And, well, I'm not going to be sharing my number widely, so I'll know that if I do get a call (in class, say), it's really quite important.

School-related kvetching )

Page, meanwhile, is doing remarkable well. Today, as we were driving back from dropping Geoff off at the airport, he said his stomach hurt but that it might just be from the anxiety of not having his dad around. !!! O_o !!! If he keeps this up, he will be a very centered, self-aware person, which would be awesome. (As long as it doesn't result in egoism, that is.)

He's actually been really great lately. I think it's the whole gamut of things we're doing - physically, mentally and emotionally - not just one or two things, but whatever it is, it's working. Hmm. Not being in school is almost certainly one of the elements... :-/

But, I mean, not taking into account when he's super hungry or tired, we can ask him to do something, and he'll do it! This is monumental! I just hope it continues for this entire developmental stage!

But now I've stalled for long enough. Need to go get a midnight snack and head to bed. Too bad the most pleasant part of the day is that which is designated for sleeping...
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My legs feel three times as heavy as they're supposed to feel, and I don't think it's just the benadryl hangover. In fact, I don't think I have a benadryl hangover. I am just really, really tired.

My dreams last night were about trying to get alone time, and failing miserably. I couldn't even take a shower in peace. And the funny bit was that when I complained in the dream about it, everyone sympathized and said they understood and made certain accommodations (like refraining from moving furniture that made a bathroom private while I was using the bathroom), but no one left me alone.

So, I think I may be peopled out.

It was a good weekend, though. Just... I need a day off now.

Ramblings )

But now that the coffee is starting to kick in, I should go do... something. Coursework, probably. I'd like to get done well before Sunday this week. Last week was a bit more overwhelming than I expected.
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Because it hasn't reached the time of year when I start to wheeze...

List of plants that survived (so far; still very early yet):

Front yard:
Read more... )

Backyard:
Read more... )

I think I have to revise my statements about Fall being my favorite season. Early spring (before the allergies set in) is so, SO wonderful. Life! Life literally popping out of the ground! With color and everything! Wheeeeeee!

On the other hand, I'm starting to wonder just what we're going to do with all the (inorganic) stuff that needs to be moved for this summer's backyard renovation. The planter boxes have a temporary home lined up, but the other stuff.. Oy.

Boo! Yah!

Dec. 11th, 2012 11:52 am
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So, I commented to my prof as I was handing in my second final that I thought I did better on that one, as I knew I'd muffed a calculation on one of the problems in the first one. The teacher looked at me, got up and left the room, hovering just outside the door while I was gathering my stuff.

He had my first final with him. He opened it to show me the 99%. Said if I did better on the second one, then I must have got 100%.

Hee.

I now don't know if I did do better, as I might have missed one of the multiple choice questions on the chapter I didn't read, but I thought he was going to take way more off of that error than he did.

Whee!

So, now I'm DONE! For six whole weeks! And I guess the first order of business is to finish off last weekend's chores. Then go food shopping. Then cook the rest of the week's meals. Then tie Page down and force his to get Page to make some Christmas presents.

But first, lunch. *nods*

*twirls* Wheeeeeeeee!

Ha!

Apr. 25th, 2012 04:37 pm
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And I quote:

"[Page] appears as an above average intelligent child who gets bored and distracted when not engaged in his work.
"He will benefit from modifications of his work as well as extra challenges as needed."

*cackles with righteous justification*

Good things

Mar. 5th, 2012 07:35 pm
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- I managed to find the "safe place" where I put something. And, after much searching, fretting and cursing, it turned out to be exactly where I thought it was, just "safer" than I remembered.

- I paid off my washing machine and dishwasher today. Three months ahead of schedule (and before the interest kicked in).

- Created a small but decent powerpoint slide show for class tomorrow. Considering I didn't know how to create a powerpoint show before today, this is a very good thing. *still hates technology*

- Did not give in to the temptation of teeeeeaaaaaaaa. Much. So I should be able to sleep tonight, anyway.

- It's too late to start the yogurt I managed to avoid cooking today I got a bit of rest in, despite the crush of things to do.
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But then, this is a day of good humour.


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It's been a good day so far. I've found out that you guys actually DO like my work (I know, I know... but that's what an inferiority complex does!), I got an hour of gardening in without any new mosquito bites (and almost finished shaping the garden! Tomorrow will have the garden the shape it needs to be plus more weeding/prepping), and I came home from the farm (with cherry tomatoes... for the potluck tonight) and found a power company guy here. He asked me what I wanted, and I said,

"TAKE THE F***ING TREE DOWN!!!"

Only quiet and polite-like. And jubilantly.

It turns out that I may also get the wood, which is nice because a) it's maple, which is a lovely hardwood of some value, b) I want some "interest" for the backyard, and c) it would be nice to have a little for future artwork.

And in half an hour, I get to go out for a potluck with church friends. It will be a short visit, but that's okay. The mosquitoes will be coming out by the time we have to leave, anyway. :-)

And now I need to go clean the greens for the salad we're taking. :-)
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'Cause hey, there are still 12 minutes left of the morning, so ner.

This morning I am actually feeling excited about the con, rather than just approaching it with vague and conflicting feelings of anticipation and dread. Now I am definitely getting into a twitter about it. (But not tweeting, because I don't tweet.)

That lift of spirits is probably due to three things:

1. I think I actually got enough sleep and rest this weekend. Besides my four hour crash-of-a-nap on Saturday, I managed to escape doing any work throughout the weekend (except one trip to the store for con provisions). Yes, that's led to a messy house, but honestly, I think I needed it.

2. Page is at camp. He's all signed up and all's good. That means I get EIGHT hours all to myself for three days. That is a fabulous, wondrous, beautiful thing.

3. I received an email containing the potential for good news regarding the roommate situation. We still need to hear back from the other person in the pair, but if she gives the go ahead, then we have all four beds covered! Yayayayayay! I'm not counting chickens yet, but I'm a lot more hopeful than I was yesterday.


So anyway, even though it's a lot grayer and rainier today than yesterday, everything looks so much brighter.

Bright enough, in fact, that I can work out my to do list and get started (actually, I already have started, as the yogurt process has begun).


I hope all of you are having a nice Monday... oxymoron that that is. :-)
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I love being a Gemini with Pisces rising. My horoscopes for today:

Gemini
Lately you've become so engrossed in the exciting changes going on in your life that you may be missing some long-range opportunities. Try to move your focus away from current tasks and toward what's left to tackle on your ambitious to-do list. It's time to think about your future -- and start laying the groundwork for the new direction you want to take. The scope doesn't have to be too wide -- just contemplate where you'd like to be by the end of the year.

Pisces
A sweeping momentum carries you through the entire day, and it's quite a ride! But don't get too caught up in the excitement or laughter that surrounds you. There are many details you need to pay attention to if you want to keep on a positive track. Thinking big or getting distracted by long-range ideas won't help you right now. Instead, listen to the words people are using and the dates being chosen. These small details will have a huge influence.


HAHAHAHAAhhahahahahaha!

Fortunately, I don't take newspaper style horoscopes seriously. Most of the time.


I've had a good and productive day. I was annoyed the DDoS attacks meant limited LJing, but on the other hand, I got eight out of ten things crossed off my to do list. I know there is a correlation, even if I don't want there to be.


Health and girl stuff )


Dinner was yummy. I put a small pork roast on top of a bunch of granny smith apple and onion slices and coated the roast with coconut oil and an almond crumb mixture (roasted almond crumbs that were left over from ages ago, cinnamon, white pepper, salt and mustard powder). God, that was good. I also parboiled and roasted a bunch of "baby" carrots in coconut oil, and they were faboo as well. The burned ones were dessert.


Aaaannnnnnd... that's about it. I need to go watch season 5 of Buffy with Geoff. Yes, that's a need, not (just) a desire. ;-D

Happy Thursday to you all should the DDoS boogieman strike again.

SED

Dec. 4th, 2010 09:44 pm
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I dropped off the three dead alkaline batteries that were adding weight to my purse at a recycling center. Actually, I got Geoff to take them into the shop, as the wind was chilly and I was the driver. ;-)

I also bought a new mattress pad/cover while out Christmas shopping. I've determined it's my gift from Geoff.

AND I am having a rather large slice of the cheesecake my mum made today as a bedtime snack.

This diet rocks.

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