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Ooooops. Today was supposed to be a mandatory church day (since I signed up for it to be). But I'm sitting at home because I have a paper to start, and a very, very busy week coming up, including tomorrow being a school holiday but not a Geoff!Work holiday (meaning I have Page the whole day long).

I think I really didn't want to go to that workshop...

I wouldn't feel bad at all except for the fact that it's catered, and I'd signed us up with our food restrictions. D'oh!

Ah well.

ION, I just distracted myself from writing this via fb, so I think I should go. Get the morning fun out of the way so as to start the research and writing with a clear conscience.


You know what I mean. Maybe. If you do, let me know, K? I obviously will need the distraction. ;-)
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The government shutdown is over! Yay! And it will remain open for a whole... 90 days... yay?

*rolls eyes*

Bureaucracies are such a pain. And it's even more of a pain when they're close to home.

Church botherall )

Anyway. That's my little bugbear of the evening. I'm upset that I'm finding this church has turned into a church I'm not happy to be a member of, because, well, it's where all my friends go. And it felt so much like home when I first joined...

I'm not going to be cutting my ties to it as both Geoff and Page have too much invested in it for me to do so at this point, but I do hope that the new minister, after he or she gets established, will encourage and allow the church to relax into something a little lot less dogmatic and fearful.

Done dids

Sep. 22nd, 2013 07:14 pm
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Over the last few days I have:

I'm seemingly better now. )

I'm tired. ;-)

Geoff is leaving for Brazil tomorrow afternoon, so that's unpleasant, but Page and I will deal. (And hey, it means that much less cooking will need to be done! That's a definite plus!)

I just hope I'll be able to use the beautiful, wonderful, early-Fall weather to finish my back garden, including transplanting all my plants into their spots. Without injuring myself again. After school, it's my highest priority. After all, Fall is here, which means winter is just around the corner.

Anyway, that's the state of me right now. I'd better serve up dinner now, though.
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Geoff persuaded me to go to the doctor yesterday, as I went to bed feeling... well, in pain, and woke up in the same state. So I did, and while my strep test was negative, I got antibiotics all the same. Which I'm happy about. My system is stressin' big time, and what with the strep-filled household, I would be sure to continue the cycle if I weren't on them.

Page has been really quite ill with this bout of strep. Yesterday he was burning up for most of the day. He was also sleeping most of the day. Today, while he is much, much better, he's still pretty wan and sickly. And he's in the unfortunate position of feeling like he's all better, because the difference is so obvious, but not well enough to be able to go out. There was tantrum about that earlier, as I had told him yesterday that if he was well enough, we could go to the store for more legos (using his money) today. He was pretty heartbroken that he'll have to wait till Monday (because I'm not even going to venture near the mall this weekend!).

Meanwhile, there's this four or five day weekend happening now. For this I am truly thankful. There might actually be enough time for me to do my homework, do some cooking, do some art AND sleep till I feel better. Though, I'm giving sleep the priority and if the rest doesn't happen, then tough noogies.

I am also thankful that I don't have to cook Thanksgiving dinner. The church is holding another community dinner, so for the price of some roasted sweet potatoes and a 5lb. sack of russets, we get to gorge to our heart's content. Without the fuss. Granted, we will of course help clean up. Yeah. Definitely looking forward to that.

But now I need to go watch a movie with Page. So Happy Thanksgiving, ya'll.


Nov. 12th, 2012 11:45 am
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Page has the day off school because of Veteran's day. Hopefully "Swiss Family Robinson" will keep him entertained throughout the day...

I didn't get any homework done yesterday. My brain didn't ever turn on. I was lucky to think of a topic for covenant group to discuss (and I have to thank "Once Upon a Time" for that; the topic I finally came up with was "What causes people to refuse needed help? Fear? Self-loathing? And is there a way to help others overcome self-loathing from the outside without pushing them further away?").

I took two benadryl and aleve last night, and I feel somewhat better this morning, though perhaps more gross.

Dreams were about finding a home to visualize my future self in. Small subplot was following Bill Maher around small towns in Canada as he managed to insult everyone equally, no matter their political affiliations, and not realize how insulting he was being. At least his rudeness was uniting everyone rather than polarizing them...

And that's about that. Gotta get to work. Goal is to finish the rough draft of the term paper today. There's lots of other homework I need to do as well, but, well, hopefully my brain will be able to cope with a long day.

To do

Jun. 5th, 2012 03:54 pm
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I need a list, or else I will sleep away the entire day. Might do so anyway, but at least my mind will be more organized. (Acupuncture really does wipe me out.)

Read more... )

Page was ill over the weekend, so that was unpleasant. He developed a fever Sunday night, so it was no school for him yesterday, even though he seemed the picture of health. However, his daily report card from today shows that perhaps he's not quite all better, as he had a pretty difficult day. Could just be the weather, though.

I am tempted to turn on the furnace. *looks at calendar, laughs* I am resisting, but jeez, it's cold. However, it's supposed to warm up by the end of the week, so I shall resist. I haven't packed away the winter things (because I don't ever do that), so there are lots of sweaters and such to keep warm. At least it isn't snowing like it is to the north of us.

Last day of Page's school is coming up quickly. I'm not really looking forward to it, but hey ho. He'll be happier, at least. That's always good, right? Actually, the main reason I'm not looking forward to it is because of logistics. I'll need to figure out how to keep him amused as I go for the acupuncture treatments (without driving the secretary crazy).

What else...

The portraiture class I did on Saturday was good, but exhausting. I got the basics of the face ratios and shapes down, though. Yay. The two students who showed up said it was a good lesson, so that's something. Unfortunately, it was so exhausting that I had to skip the retirement party for my minister that night. It was either the party or the last service the next morning, and, well... the service came out more important. Though I wish I hadn't missed his rendition of Alice's Restaurant. :-(

And... that's about it. Guess I need to get moving, as inertia is starting to dig its claws into me again. *looks at couch longingly* Ah well. Short list, then I can indulge. Thank goodness for leftovers, so I don't need to even think of what's for dinner. :-)
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I was not able to get to any of the rehearsals, which meant I wasn't up there singing with them, but that's okay; it was a joy to listen to the mixed choirs today (our UU choir and members of one of the Baptist choirs in town).

The other songs they performed are here: http://www.opost.com/bfiles/uu-19jun12/

To do

Nov. 18th, 2011 03:46 pm
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Finally got enough stuff done so that I can make a to do list without feeling completely overwhelmed. Just a little whelmed.

So what that the sun is setting already? It sets early these days.

*looks around shiftily*

Right. What should I do first? )
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Or baking some much needed muffins, or doing some much needed laundry, but instead I'm here, hugging my computer.

That was a long 48 hours. And I am so thankful that it was only 48 hours. Many of my friends are still without power, and probably will be until Friday.

It looks like a twister hit here in town. Well, except for the limited building damage. But it was uncomfortably reminiscent of driving through Indy just after the tornado swept through town. And I haven't dared to go down the really badly damaged parts of town.

The schools were closed both yesterday and today, and the superintendent called a little while ago to say that school will be canceled again tomorrow because there are still about 190 power lines down in town, and it's just too dangerous for the kids that are walking to school. I agree for once.

Halloween was also canceled. Postponed, really, as trick-or-treating will happen on Sunday. Page's birthday.

And, amongst all this chaos, there has been levity. For me, anyway. Driving to school on Monday (my school wasn't canceled - it had power! And since it had heat, I was definitely going!), I observed the incredibly long lines at the gas stations that had power, as everyone and their uncle needed gas for their generators. That wasn't amusing. What was amusing is that the lines were just as long at every Dunkin' Donuts. The addicts.

That said, I was being taunted by a magnet on my fridge yesterday. It says, "While there is tea, there is hope." Well, having an electric range, there was no tea for me. It made me very sad, indeed.

And now I just want the snow to go away. It is WAY too early to start winter. I would much rather have the gray blahs than snow banks for the next couple of months.

But I should go. The working oven calls. As does the (mouldering?) laundry. On the plus side, at some point soon, we'll be able to watch the rest of Star Trek 3 (Search for Spock) that was stopped rather abruptly on Sunday afternoon. :-)

But, before I do, I want to list a couple of positive bullet points of the experience:
- Church (which had power throughout) set up a hot meal for members last night and tonight
- Along with the hot meal, last night's activities had a Halloween party for the kids.
- Page was complimented (to me) on being such an honest, trustworthy boy. He refused candy(!!!)
- I had the rather brillian (if I do say so myself) idea of taking some of the snow outside and sticking it in the fridge and freezer (in bags) to keep the contents cool. Freezer stuff stayed frozen! Booyah!.
- Geoff and I slept for 10 hours last night. Meant I was late for class today (first time), but boy was that nice!
- candlelight is pretty, isn't it?
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"Richard Nixon, if he were alive today, might take bittersweet satisfaction to know that he was not the last smart president to prolong unjustifiably a senseless, unwinnable war, at great cost in human life...He would probably also feel vindicated (and envious) that all the crimes he committed against me -- which forced his resignation facing impeachment -- are now legal."

— Daniel Ellsberg

Yep, this country is insane (and idiotic in so, so many ways).

Life stuff without politics )

I hope to get some writing done today, though I'm not very hopeful, as Geoff has loaded the CD tray and, unlike with painting, I can not write with music going. *shrugs* Not that I'm objecting to the Bare Naked Ladies and Camper Van Beethoven, mind. :-)

Hope all your weekends were good.
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I've been a very whiny girl, so I'd best try to balance the scales a bit.

Read more... )

My to do list for this weekend is being revised on a daily basis after I overdid the garden-venting thing yesterday. My back and bum are not happy with me, again. However, that just means I get to watch more movies (or The Two Towers) in the cool basement, so that's not too bad. ;-)

And I think it is time for me to do just that. I will catch up with ya'll soon, I promise, though I have been reading, if not commenting.
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I made an approximation of vindaloo last night. I only added half the peppers called for, and it's still rather too hot. Poor Geoff wasn't able to finish his portion.

I'm starting to think it's possible those ground peppers are made from the ultra-nasty Thai peppers. Seriously hot stuff. *wipes brow and nose*

Ach well, it's a good way to get lots of water in me, right?

Happy Easter )

Roommate stressing )

Energy and weather frustrations )

Garden )

And I guess I should start thinking up a pre-con to do list. I really should. And I will.

Just not right now.
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I had two epiphanies yesterday. Kind of along the "well duh" range of epiphanies, but I thought I'd share anyway.

Spiritual blather )

To dos and stuff )


Feb. 15th, 2011 04:21 pm
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I may not like his speaking style overly much, but I do like my minister. And for many reasons. One recent reason? He submitted this to our local newspaper:

On proposed legislation to repeal same-sex marriage )
Republicans are supposed to be for less government. Why, then, are they trying to govern love?
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So, it turns out that the voting for that girl goes on till the 25th. We (the FB supporter crowd, who are mostly all fellow church members) have figured out that we can each vote up to four times a day, though it might be more often depending on whether we can vote once per link posted...

So, I'm taking this opportunity to a) post elsewhere so that she gets more points that way, and b) ask that you please consider taking a few seconds to vote for her. No registration, just pressing a little button.

We've already moved her up to the #4 spot (from #21 when I first got news of it), but she has less than half the #1 spot's points.

And I understand this is mostly an experiment on Brickfish's part to see where to advertise, but I don't care about that so much. What I care about is seeing the glow of happiness in Andrea when she realizes that people care so much about her that they're willing to shout out from the internet rooftops for her support.

The photo and link )

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Meme first:

Full list here.

Day 8 - A precious item

Like Juni said, that which is most precious to me is not in the "thing" category. People, memories and hopes are all more precious than any material item could ever be. However, some "things" are reminders of that which is most treasured. And it's hard to choose which item I should tell you about. Should I tell you about the Tomatoes or Sargent's Boy as first proofs (to myself and others) that I am a capable artist? Should I tell you about my engagement ring and the rather unromantic story behind its acquisition? Or how about the photograph of my grandmother as a young woman holding a baby and looking so incredibly beautiful?

I think, though, I will tell you about a rock.

Read more... )

And the randomness is under this cut )
And finally, and maybe most importantly, I am wearing slippers. It has finally cooled down enough to need something on my feet. Yay! Of course, this means I'm going to have to start watching for frost warnings, so that I can harvest the rest of the harvestables before they're killed off. But that's cool. (Har dee har har.)

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First, thank you for all your hugs. I appreciate them, and they did help. Read more... ) Thank you for your patience with me. I know it wears thin at times, and I completely understand. My patience is running rather thin with me as well. ;-)

*hugs back*


Jul. 11th, 2010 09:22 pm
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So, for some odd reason, we started patronizing the local video store again. Last week it was a consolation prize for not being able to see Toy Story 3 at the theater 'cause they were sold out, but tonight it was just because.

I wanted to rent Enchanted 'cause I heard it was a hoot, but they didn't have it. So I picked up Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek (Reloaded), and Where the Wild Things Are. Which I will be watching before I consider showing it to Babe.

Hopefully Geoff and I will get to watch all of them. I'm sure I will, whether Geoff joins or not.

Had a good day today, actually. Started off oh-so-peachily when I fell getting out of the car, banging up my knee and palm (I tripped over my long skirt), which was injury added to the insult of needing way more sleep than my body seems willing to give me. :-(

BUT, the day got better. We went to summer church, and while the service was only meh due to presentation, it was really good to see everyone again. I spoke with a fellow artist, and we agreed that we need to get each other painting more often, and so we shall do that. And I gave my friend a big hug because she had to put her dog down yesterday (he was 17 and it was definitely time, but still). And I talked with another friend to arrange how and when to help with the disability process. And, at the end of all that, we got an invitation to Choir Director's pool for the afternoon! Which is, basically, how we spent the rest of the day. And the water was so warm, even I went in. And stayed in. (That's how hot it's been around here, cuz that ain't no heated pool!)

I need to figure out a way of training Babe not to yell when excited, but otherwise, it was all good. Oh, except for the burn Geoff has on his shoulders. Fortunately, he doesn't get sick quite the way I do from sunburns. He'll just be sore and thirsty.

And now all that's left for the day is to decide which movie to watch tonight. I think it'll be a Star Trek movie, I just haven't decided which one. I guess it depends on whether Geoff will join me, since he hasn't seen Insurrection yet. :-)

Hope all is well with you, and that those who are traveling are having safe travels.


May. 3rd, 2010 10:46 am
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The first hot, sticky spell of summer has struck. It was 90 yesterday with thunderstorms forecast, and was still 79 degrees when we went to bed, with no rain yet having fallen. At midnight. Not fun, especially because the air-conditioners have not been installed.

However, I was so shattered, energy-wise, yesterday that I managed to sleep pretty well. Despite my four hour nap in the middle of the day and the heat and humidity and thoughts.

I think I'm going to have to be more careful about covering up in the sunshine if a day out (in long sleeves, long pants but no hat) wipes me out so thoroughly. This is without getting burned.
Maybe I should invest in or make a nice parasol. (Maybe I'll save my sheckles and get one in Victoria's Chinatown?)

Run-down of weekend, i.e. tl:dr )

There've been lots of things on my mind lately, but I think I'll save them for another, probably locked, post. But one thing that came up this weekend is the news that Geoff's dad's cancer has been rated as more aggressive than previously thought, and he'll be starting radiation therapy soon. I hope the oncologist is right in that the side effects will be mild and bearable and that this course of treatment is all it'll take. It's still scary and horrible, though.
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The European Union speeded up action on a sweeping reform of its air traffic control system Friday...

Shouldn't that be 'sped up'?

There is no rhyme or reason to it, but I am feeling 150% better today. My limbs aren't leaden, my brain is only minimally fuzzy, and I've managed to get something other than self-care done today! While being nice and loving and (mostly) attentive to Babe.

All on six-ish hours of interrupted sleep. (Maybe the night-sweating got some nasty stuff out of me?)

Granted, the only thing I've got done is cutting and installing the baseboard (all but one piece), but hey, that's been needing to be done for over a year and a half now!

One thing I want to jot down before I forget, however, is that I promised Babe that he could stay up to watch the sun set on the Summer Solstice. We'll be at my parents, so the sun shouldn't be setting till fairly late (I'll have to look it up). I also have to refresh my memory on what constellations are in the summer sky. He wants to count the stars. :-)

But now I have to go prepare some sweet potatoes for the potluck. The church is hosting an old time hymn sing-a-long tonight after a potluck. More singing! Yay!


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