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Last week was mostly about that presentation that stressed me so out. Of course you can say something about procrastinating stuff, since I'd said I hold it some time before Christmas, but - nothing makes me work harder than an absolute deadline.

Also I'm rather happy I didn't read the last email from the organiser properly - the one where they said that they had 350 people registered for the session. I was soaked through after the lecture. But I did get a lot of good feedback, and people telling me I'd finally put into words, things that they'd been thinking about.

I was asked to hold a presentation on status quo on English in academia in Norway. And you can read a bit of it here )

Marvel on Netflix is over

19 February 2019 09:08
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Over at deathwatch on JournalFen, I posted ‘The Punisher’ & ‘Jessica Jones’ Canceled By Netflix; Latter’s 3rd Season Still To Air from Deadline Hollywood. There, I can't embed videos. Here, I can, so I'm sharing Jessica Jones & The Punisher CANCELLED - Disney vs Netflix by Beyond the Trailer.

Just for this, I'll probably be voting for "Daredevil" at the Saturn Awards for Best New Media Superhero Series.

58F - 39F : Sunny

18 February 2019 21:43
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I went to bed around 1 last night, and actually fell asleep. Then I woke up because I was having a nightmare. I went immediately back to sleep just to have the same nightmare again. I woke up at 3am and decided I'd get up and see if Sarah was awake and try talking to her for half an hour before I tried to go to sleep again. That worked, and when I woke up again (at 1:30pm), I no longer remembered what the nightmares were about other than waking up with tons of baby rats.

I woke up covered in cat. Aggie was on my side and Aaron between my knees. So I stayed still as long as my bladder could handle and enjoyed the kitty love. Then I got up and Jack came to see me, and the cats ran off. Not sure why the cats only love me when I'm asleep, but that seems to be the case.

I got up and read the internets, and then read from 2 of my books. Then it was time to go to my mother's house. Mom said it was President's Day, so she thought traffic would be light if we wanted to drive farther today, so I convinced her to go to Outback. On the way, Kevin called me and just said "Petsmart" so mom asked who I had such a short conversation with and why, and when I told her she said "let's stop at this petsmart. I need dog food anyway." So we stopped at the Petsmart which is in the same parking lot as the Outback. I picked up some Nature's Miracle, and mom picked up dog food and a toy for her dog. Mom ended up paying for my spray stuff, too, I think because she didn't want to wait for me to check out and pay.

We went to Outback. I ordered my steak with garlic butter on it, but apparently there's a new garlic butter shrimp topping that they thought I wanted so my steak came out with shrimp. I had to send it back, and then I sat and watched my mom eat. She was done eating by the time my steak came out so she had to sit there and watch me eat. And because we had to sit there while they recooked my entire steak, we were there for over an hour.

As we were leaving, someone in front of us exclaimed, "Jan! and is this Danielle?" It was someone who used to live across the street from us while I was growing up. We ended up standing in the doorway blocking it and chattering for about 10 minutes while I prayed that he would not ask what I was doing with my life (They didn't. He asked what my sister was doing, and then where I lived, but not what I did for money. What a relief!) We left and my mom looked at me as soon as we were in the car and said "I can't believe she had plastic surgery! She doesn't even look like herself. I wouldn't have recognized her if it weren't for her husband." I felt less bad about not recognizing them. I remember their kids, who used to babysit for me when I was really young. But not the parents. I guess that makes sense. I was little when they moved away.

We drove home, and mom was right about the traffic. There was much less of it than usual. I got back in the car and drove home. I keep thinking I'm coming to an ending in The Great Alone but apparently I still have 15 minutes left of it. Maybe they'll have a marriage. That seems like the only thing that could be waiting at the end of this book. My mom said she finished the book in June and doesn't remember anything about it anymore. She remembers enjoying it, but it wasn't very memorable. It's not sticking with me like some books do where I dream about them, but I think I'll remember the story.

I picked back up with my reading, although it was already 8pm. My hip hurt, so I decided against any exercising, and just to rest today. I finished my reading around 9:45 and got ready for bed, and then started on this entry.

Saturday the chances of rain have dropped from 50% to 25%, meaning we may get our outdoor tournament afterall. So that would be good. Friday has gone from 50% to 75% chance so hopefully they have an indoor site for that first tournament.

SCA-Patrick mentioned that it was 10 years ago that he joined the Coast Guard. Which led to me calculating, and holy shit y'all, I joined the army 15 years ago. It doesn't seem like that long ago that I was in college? I mean even admitting that I went to college and grad school for a lot of years after the army, Colorado College doesn't seem like it was that long ago. Even grad school - I got my Masters degree with the Class of 2009 - 10 years ago! Geeze. Somehow or other I'm getting old without accomplishing anything. If I had some kind of accomplishment, even just within the SCA, I wouldn't feel so bad about it. But... *sighs*

Tomorrow I absolutely have to get to read with Jafar. Not only did I miss last week accidentally when I slept through my alarm, but there's a 100% chance of rain, so we won't fight unless Brendan can open the warehouse, which isn't likely. I really can't afford another day in my house by myself. So I'll have to read to Jafar.

Shayna and I wanted to go to New Orleans this winter, but the only property on my timeshare exchange with more than one room had no openings. I'm afraid that a one room would have a king bed instead of two twin beds. We ended up deciding to go to Hilton Head in December. Mom said she's gone in December before, and it was nicer than the time she went in April, but the beach was too cool and windy to sit and read - but not too cool to walk briskly, or ride a bike, although I'm not sure Shayna can ride a bike, being blind. Hopefully even if it's cool and windy actually on the beach, it won't be too cool to sit by the pool and read. Mostly Shayna and I just like to read on vacation lol.

Speaking of reading I have 4 chapters left of Golden Child which I may try to finish tonight or tomorrow instead of 4 days from now, so that I can start on Early Riser.

Wax Presidents for Presidents Day

18 February 2019 10:17
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Over at Crazy Eddie's Motie News, I posted 'The Wax and the Furious' from 'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' for Presidents Day. Here is a video I rejected for the post, John Oliver And Stephen Make Wax Presidents Fight To The Death.

'Last Week Tonight' host John Oliver's wax Warren G. Harding takes on Stephen Colbert's Zachary Taylor in the fight of the (pre-21st) century!

50F - 43F : Spitty Rain

17 February 2019 20:53
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It's funny. I remember going to bed at midnight last night, but my garmin claims I wasn't in bed until 1:30. Then it says I woke up at 10:30 - which I did, but then I went back to sleep and stayed there until 12:45. I might have slept more than 12 hours last night. *groan*

Anyway, I didn't do much today. I read the internet, and then read my books. I didn't even do about half of my exercises because I couldn't be bothered. My back hurt and I didn't want to stand there and hold up a hammer or shield, which are both heavy. But I did read all my books, and then cook dinner (chicken pot pie). Kevin slept from about 4-7 again, but he woke up to eat. I was debating whether I was going to wake him up to eat or not, but it turned out to be a moot point. The timer went off for the oven, which caused the dog to bark, which caused Kevin to yell "shut the hell up!" so I yelled "dinner!" at him and he got up. Golden Child is starting to get really good. I'm enjoying it more than I was. The Illegal is starting to show why it's set in a made up country. It's taking republican positions to an extreme rather than look at any real country's immigration policy. I still can't decide what I think of this book.

I fed the dogs. This is only remarkable because Kevin was sitting 2 feet from the dog food when the dogs started barking for dinner. He made me get up from the other room and come feed the dogs because he was too damned lazy.

I asked Rick to come over and help me set up my tent and waterproof the seams next Monday if it doesn't rain, as it's not supposed to rain. Hopefully the weather holds, as it's supposed to rain all of next week without stopping. Not much of it is supposed to be hard rain, but we should still get a couple inches, which may flood my bathrooms.

The weather channel is predicting Georgia to have a warm spring but Mississippi to have a cool spring. This is the opposite of what I want. I want a cool spring for myself, but warm for Gulf Wars. Unfortunately, no one asked me, nor the rest of the SCA. But with the borderline between warm and cool being right there, maybe we'll get not-too-cold temperatures at Gulf. On average, the daytime highs are 68 but the overnight lows are 47. 47 might be cold to sleep. Even 10 degrees warmer than that is cold to sleep. Well, I have 3 comforters, and a sleeping bag. I should be fine, right? (if not I have 4 cans of fuel for a space heater but I can't afford 4 more so I'll have to look at what the coldest or wettest nights are going to be and use it sparingly. In an emergency I may be able to go to Walmart and get more propane).

Have I mentioned that all of my garb did a disappearing act? I literally know where one t-tunic is right now. The rest of it theoretically is in my closet, but I can't find any of it. Some day next week while Kevin is at work I will have to turn over my closet and search for it. But some things just disappear, like no matter how much I searched I never found my Falcon's sweatshirt. I may have to buy new garb at Gulf Wars. Linen Garb may not be there as the person who runs it is currently queen. But I'm sure there will be garb merchants. She may hire someone to run her store for her, anyway, because I'm sure Gulf Wars makes up a pretty sizable chunk of the money she earns every year.

My book club is on Sunday. I'm hopeful that we'll pick a good book this time, although honestly, we don't have a very good track record. I suggested Unorthodox which I have already read, but if they choose that one I'll probably pick another memoir of a woman who left Hasidism. There's one I want to read by Leah Lax available on kindle for $6. I can handle reading one more chapter a day. Really. And I'll have to do it 7 days a week to get done in 6 weeks, since that's a little faster than I usually read a book. I'll also have to make sure to read it at Gulf Wars.

I learned today why the seal of the United States has an eagle with 13 arrows in his claw. Apparently Hiawatha formed a confederacy of Native Americans, and made the point that he could snap one arrow, but if each of the leaders gave him an arrow, together they couldn't be broken. Our founding fathers studied them (and took some of our founding principles from them), and took the imagery and thus put one arrow for each of the colonies together in an eagle's talon symbolizing that together we are stronger. History is fun. This is what I get from listening to my husband's youtube channels he watches while I'm trying to ignore them.

Shayna and I discussed going to New Orleans in December. Then when I tried to reserve the room it told me I couldn't because they had no email address on file for me. I quickly changed the email address on file, and tried again, just to get the same response. I will have to call them tomorrow and find out what is up. I have 138k points left to use this year and the most expensive vacation I've seen is 80k for the Hilton Head place we like to go. So we need to plan some vacations and get out more. Probably Shayna and me rather than Kevin and me, because Kevin somehow manages to spend so much money on vacations and I don't know how he does it. Shayna and I spend much more reasonable amounts of money, somehow. I think it's because Shayna and I don't order appetizers and desserts, and will buy a bag of salad and some chicken for lunch rather than the whole ordeal of breakfast and lunch Kevin gets. Also Shayna and I will cook 4 nights while with Kevin the 3 of us will only cook 3 nights.

More drinks for national days

17 February 2019 16:14
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I have a double holiday drink special today, as I skipped posting yesterday Friday, which was National Gumdrop Day.

The first holiday drink I'm pouring is Bubble Gum-Drop Martini.

When Ozzi mixes Bacardi: Magic happens!
"There you have [it]" -- that's Tipsy Bartender's catch phrase, but this video is older than the Tipsy Bartender channel by seven months. Huh.

That leads to today's yesterday's national day and accompanying drink, which is for National Almond Day. Tipsy Bartender has the drink, Almond Joy.

Here's the recipe:

1 oz. (30ml) Amaretto
1 oz. (30ml) Creme De Cacao
1/2 oz. (15ml) Coconut Rum
2 oz. (60ml) Cream
Chocolate Syrup
Coconut Flakes
Almond Joy Candy

PREPARATION 1. Rim edge of martini glass with chocolate syrup and coconut flakes. Set aside.
2. To an ice filled shaking glass add coconut rum, amaretto, creme de cacao and cream. Shake well until chilled and combined.
3. Strain mix into dressed glass and garnish with an almond joy candy. Enjoy responsibly!
Originally posted as a comment to Midweek Cafe and Lounge, Vol. 103 at Booman Tribune.
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The voice actors for Pinky and The Brain make a cameo.


61F - 55F : Evening Rain

15 February 2019 21:00
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I was having a rough night last night. I went to bed at 1, fell asleep at 2, woke up at 3, went to bed at 3:30, woke up at 4:30, went to bed at 5, woke up at 11, went to bed at 1 and woke up at 3. Good grief. It wasn't until 3 when I finally felt like I was alive.

I read LJ and DW, and then started my reading and exercising, although I had a kitty in my lap and skipped the exercising several times, meaning that when I was done reading, I still had to do some exercising. I got to start Watership Down today. I have a collector's edition with full color paintings of some of the scenes in there. I reached the first one today, and it was lovely.

I'm a mess with Opportunity's "death." I keep coming across cartoons that make me cry for the little rover. I don't know why I'm so affected. I'm not even generally a fan of space exploration, feeling that we could put the money to better use fighting cancer or AIDS or hiring teachers or doing something to improve our lives here. But, it has a little face, and it sang to itself... I don't know. I'm a mess.

I decided not to go to Temple because there was a 90% chance I'd be driving home in the rain, and I didn't want to deal with it. I should have gone just to get the driving in. I have about an hour left of The Great Alone and I really want to know what's going to happen. That would just about cover driving there and back. Since I didn't go anywhere today, I really need to go somewhere tomorrow because I've already stayed home 3 days this month which is more than half of the days I get to stay home each month, and with it being a short month, I get even fewer days to stay home. I'm not even sure I'm going to get enough days this month. The only thing I know of to do tomorrow is either a balloon festival (like hot air balloons) or a book sale. The hot air balloons are only near expensive parking, and I don't think I can really go there. The book sale is on Holcomb Bridge Road 17 minutes from my house. Then there will be about half an hour left of my book, which I should finish on Monday driving to my mom's house.

Instead, I cooked a pizza around 7 when Kevin woke up from a really long nap in the middle of the day. Then I ate, and finished my exercising, and did a grocery order, and talked to Kali, River, and Sarah.

I see that Amazon has decided not to open HQ2 in NYC because they don't think it's friendly enough to businesses. AOC is celebrating, because she's an idiot determined to make all liberals look as stupid as she is. She actually seems to think there's a spare $3billion lying around unspent because they didn't give amazon $3bn in tax breaks. Of course, amazon was going to pay $25bn in taxes, which is where that money was going to come from. So now NYC is out $22bn, not running a $3bn surplus. May I suggest Atlanta as a large city with a world class airport and plenty of space to expand as an alternative ready and willing to accept 25k 6 figure jobs? Amazon's official reason for not choosing us the first time is that our public transit is a joke, but in the interim we've voted to expand MARTA and there are individual votes by county to expand MARTA coming up soon, so that may not be a reason anymore. Victor says they won't choose us because our traffic is legendary, though. But hence public transit? We're certainly more friendly to businesses than New York and Y'allywood has proven our politicians willingness to work with large industries to bring in jobs.

I think I'm about 2 days from finishing Salt and I may sit down and finish it tonight so that I can start on something new tomorrow. It was really interesting talking about prehistoric societies, and even up to the Civil War, but with the exception of Gandhi, the recent stuff hasn't been very interesting. I'm ready for the book to end, and pick up something else. Even though I just finished expressing an interest in older history, I think the book I'm going to read next is about the collapse of the Soviet Union. I'm reading several longer books I expect to take me 3 months or so, and Armageddon Averted is a relatively short book so I should be able to finish in a month and a half or two months. I'm 14 books ahead for the year, so reading a couple longer ones may put me back where I should be, and that's okay.

63F - 46F : Sunny

14 February 2019 20:54
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I went to bed around 11:45 last night and woke up around noon. The only thing I really needed to do today was go get prescription sunglasses because I complained that the transition lenses don't work in the car and that's the only time I needed them to work. The eye doctor offered me the cost of the transition to go towards sunglasses so I could drive. I accepted that and had to go pick some sun glasses and pay the difference. Well for some reason I remembered that the doctor closes from 12-1, so I waited until 1 and then went. When I got there, it turned out that they were open from 12-1 but closed from 1-2. I went across the street to Dunkin Donuts and bought a couple donuts and played words with friends.

At 2 I went across the street and picked out some sunglasses, and paid and left. Then I went home. On the way home the MC from The Great Alone started behaving like a complete idiot and confessing 7 year old crimes to the police as though they're not going to arrest her, so I'm afraid the next hour of the book is going to be Leni being arrested, and we're going to have a terrible ending to the book. I really don't like bad endings to books. Why is it so hard to find a book where things wrap up well and main characters don't die? I'm really getting fed up with reading all together.

I came home and took the dogs on a walk, but we only walked to Wind Way Drive, instead of Gwinn. Jack was barking at everyone and everything, which made it unpleasant. Honestly, I wasn't feeling much like taking a walk, and almost turned around at the end of my cul d sac, but I had just eaten those donuts so I felt the need to do a little more work than that.

When I got home I started on my reading until Rick called. We talked for half an hour about the fact that he doesn't think I make efforts to integrate myself in the SCA, that I'm more of a tourist than a participant. I'm not sure how to make myself more of a participant. He said that because I said I didn't usually go to court unless it's in my own barony so I know the people getting awards. Also because I wouldn't drive to Pensacola for a day of fencing. Most people do not drive to Pensacola events.

I continued reading until Kevin called to say he was on his way home. He didn't have anything to say. He hung up and I read from a further 3 books. Then he got home and we decided to eat Cuban food because everything on ubereats was about a $20 delivery charge, but grubhub was a $2 delivery charge, and that's the only thing we really like on grubhub. We discussed what movie we wanted to see. The one I wanted doesn't come out until the 25th so I lost that discussion and we decided to watch Bohemian Rhapsody, but then after dinner, Kevin didn't want to walk into the living room, and didn't want to turn the movie on, and told me I should just go out with my friends. It was too late for that, so I just started reading from Catch-22 in the hopes that I can finish that book before the next Reading Wednesday comes up. I should finish it by Monday if I just read one chapter a day from now on, but I'm somewhat hopeful that I can finish it tonight or tomorrow.

Anyway, Valentines Day seems to have mostly passed without an argument, but also without celebrating Valentine's Day. If I'd known we weren't going to celebrate I would have gone to meet Cat at Panera, but Kevin said he wanted to celebrate. Go figure.

Saturday looks to be the only day of the next 10 where there is not a 75% chance of rain. I will have to remember to go out and spin some pokestops on Saturday (assuming the 25% chance of rain doesn't manifest), because I'll be stuck inside for the next 10 days. Ugh. February was awful last year, too. Next Friday and Saturday both have 50% chance of rain during the times that we're supposed to be having outdoor tournaments for MCA. I'm not sure what happens, then. Friday is just the seeding tournament for one of the Saturday tournaments, so I guess if that doesn't happen, the tournament just isn't seeded, but there's supposed to be an outdoor tournament before we can get into the gym on Saturday, and I'm guessing that will not happen now. Maybe it will consolidate later in the day when we have the gym. It's still pretty far out to try to guess about the weather next weekend.

101 Update

14 February 2019 15:23
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Progress this week

Prepare and teach a class on magic and superstition in period
Read 3 books on magic and superstition in period
Teach 5 classes
30 entries to “Monthly Diary Day”
Listen to 90 other podcasts
Read from 50 books in 2019
Positive thing daily 2019
Check blood sugar weekly for 3 months
Go out 85% of the days each month in 2019

Finished This week

Prepare and teach a class on Spanish Inquisition in period
Prepare and teach Research 101
Get glasses from the VA
Read 30 country pages on Wikipedia

54F - 33F : Sunny

13 February 2019 23:05
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I did manage to fall asleep around 3 last night, on my first attempt at sleep. Lucky me. My alarm went off at 12:15, and I got up and felt fine. Except I forgot to take either my thyroid medicine or food. One day I'll master this waking up thing? Anyway, I went to meet my new therapist, who is a social worker, and introduced himself as Tom (or Todd? I'm so terrible at names). I hoped, when he did that that, that I could convince him to call me Danielle, but he continued to call me Mrs Skoog. Ugh. Maybe next time I'll correct him and ask him to use my first name? Is that rude?

He asked me what I wanted to work on, and I told him I'd recently been diagnosed with diabetes, and wanted to be healthier. I also wanted coping techniques for hallucinations. He asked which of the three was most pressing (two of the three were different kinds of hallucinations - I'm not sure I classify them as different things but he did). I told him getting healthy was the priority over the hallucinations. He asked me to think of things I could do that would make me healthier, and then when I had a list of 5-6 he asked me which one I think would help the most. I said I thought walking more and more frequently would be the biggest help, so he asked me to keep a journal of how often I walk and how far and how I feel about the walk. I think I can do this in my journal that I already use to track trips outside of the house.

All this to say, I like this guy a lot more than I liked the last woman, who told me what I should work on and tried to dictate how I would change my life. Also, he showed up, which is a major improvement over her.

I came home, and read lj and dw until Kevin called and said he was on his way home. He didn't have anything to say, so I hung up. Then I decided to take the dogs for a walk. We walked out to Gwinn, and passed Kevin on his way into the neighborhood. The walk was uneventful and the dogs didn't even bark at Kevin or at the two dogs in their yard who barked at us. I hatched 3 eggs in PoGo, and realized I've finally run out of gifts to send back to my friends. I'm not sure what to do about this since the park we fight at in the winter isn't a pokestop, and I don't go to Starbucks much anymore. I guess I will have to go somewhere and spin some pokestops. It seems like it should be warm this week if it's not raining, so maybe I can do that someday soon.

I came home and read the two books I'm supposed to read on Wednesday, but then had a really hard time motivating to do any exercises. I eventually got my act together and did them, but it was like pulling teeth. I had about 10 minutes between finishing them and having to leave for the SCA meeting.

At the SCA meeting, I got there and there were about 15 people there. Juliane taught a couple people about buying fabrics online, and showed us some samples she had of how different things feel and look from different online stores. Then we mostly just talked for 2 hours. Then we went out to dinner at the icky Chinese place. While we were there Celaigh was asking if people saw ghosts and saying she always sees them and talks to them and interacts with them. She didn't seem to believe us that none of the rest of us did. Eventually, I told her she might want to get checked for schizophrenia and she said "they don't tell me to kill myself." As if that means anything? I told her the voices were my friends, and didn't tell me to kill myself either.

Dinner was expensive - more than the $12 I had budgeted for it. So I had to pay cash, which annoys me because now I have less cash for times I may really need it.

On my way home, a main character started dying in my book, and now I'm annoyed. I really hate main character death, unless it's really deserved like the wife beater in this book.

I got home and Kevin already wanted to go to bed. I finished my dailies, and am now holed up in my office with a dog and a cat cuddling with me. I forgot to get water before Kevin went to bed and now I'm cranky about it.

Drink for Valentines Day

14 February 2019 07:32
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Since today is Valentines Day, I'm pouring Red Hot Valentine Shots.

Here's the recipe:

1 Part Fireball
1 Part Cherry Vodka
Splash Grenadine
Pearl Dust
Red Sugar
Candy Hearts

1. Rim edge of shot glass with red sugar.
2. In an ice filled glass add fireball, cherry vodka, grenadine and pearl dust. Stir to combine.
3. Strain mix into shot glasses and garnish with candy heart. Enjoy responsibly!
Originally posted as a comment on Midweek Cafe and Lounge, Vol. 103 at Booman Tribune.

WXYZ on Astronomicon

13 February 2019 19:28
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Impostor syndrome panic

13 February 2019 21:36
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I'm vaguely panicking over that presentation tomorrow about English in academia, which has ended up being as much about English and Norwegian in academia. And it is a really, really unstructured talk, but I don't have the time to do much about that now. Now I'm going to finish this glass of red and head to bed.

Wish me competency tomorrow!

Note to self: Next time someone ask you to talk about stuff, ask them to be precise what they want.
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 NAME: My friends call me Drac. My enemies call me Lard.

AGE: 24

INTERESTS & HOBBIES: Primatology, bog bodies and mummies, lepidoptery, classic lit, black and white horror films, old books (currently making my way through popular Gothic Romance books of the 60s-80s), sci-fi, gay stuff.

ANYTHING ELSE?: I use DW as a catch-all for the fannish miscellany I don't want to post on my tumblr blog (which is mainly about horror), because my tumblr followers are good people who don't deserve to be inundated with my messed-up thoughts about whatever ugly middle-aged man I'm obsessed with. I'm a massive multi-shipper with tons of different fandoms and in the past I've written fics for Once Upon a Time, Star Wars, Stargate Universe, David Bowie, and Planet of the Apes; I read fics for pretty much everything I've ever read or watched and I'd love to make friends with anyone who's kinda weird. It doesn't really matter if they share the interests I've listed; I'm interested in everything! 

My main ships that I currently read fic for are Belle/Rumplestiltskin (OUaT), Everett Young/Nicholas Rush (SGU), Kakashi/Gai (Naruto), David/Gwen (Camp Camp), Rorschach/Nite Owl (Watchmen), Kylo Ren/Hux (Star Wars), and Harry Hart/Eggsy (Kingsman), but I'm not devoted to these pairings and I love to read rarepairs for these (and other) fandoms, and I love stuff that's 'problematic' like Reylo, KakaSaku, etc. I'm pro-shipping and pro-kink so if that bothers you, you probably don't want to add me. 

I especially want to become more involved in Star Trek, V.C. Andrews, Sherlock Holmes, and Altered Carbon, so if you're into those fandoms and you think we could be friends, please add me!

What are you reading Wednesday?

13 February 2019 00:02
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What have you just given up on reading?

Game Theory 101: The Basics by William Spaniel - I gave up when they told me that the method of solving the games they'd been using for the first half of the book doesn't actually work, and then started again at the beginning with a new technique. I feel like I wasted my time.

What are you reading?

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky (84%) - Comparing how much salt we eat now with how much we ate when there was no refrigeration and all the meat had to be salted. We eat much less salt now. Thus people who produce salt are not as wealthy or important as they once were.

Canon EOS Rebel T6/1300D For Dummies by Julie Adair King (59%) - I mean, I haven't taken my camera out to play with these settings but I kind of remember what they say can be done, so maybe I'll eventually play with it? Most of the time they show two comparison pictures, I hardly see a difference. My chances of remembering what automatically resets when you hit the power button and what doesn't is sitting neatly at 0%. They ought to have picked one way or the other and kept it.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (72%) - These characters are all idiots. This week, they decided the doctor died because he was on a crew manifest for a plane that went down, despite him standing there and saying he was not dead.

The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy: You must Unlearn What You Have Learned by Jason T Eberl and Kevin S Decker (69%) - Today we learn why the force must have a dark side - essentially because you can't have an omnipotent omnibenevolent thing because evil is a thing that exists. This sounds more like theology than philosophy.

The Jewish Book of Why by Alfred J. Kolatch (34%) - There's a chapter on outward signs of being a jew (tefillin, tzitzit, mezuzahs) all of which boils down to "God said so." I'm afraid I'm not getting much out of this book because it always boils down to "god said so" instead of any real world practical reasons for doing any of these things. Not that I would do any of the things in this chapter as a girl...

A Year In The Life of a Shinto Shrine by John K Nelson (31%) - The second spring rite seems to be dressing 20 year olds up as dolls and having them dance. They haven't yet explained what the significance of the ritual is, only that it is the first one of the new year, and that they often have trouble after selecting the girls to dance with them dropping out or getting sick or being disappointed they weren't chosen for the main role that only one girl can do.

Super Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner (38%) - Apparently suicide bombers should buy life insurance because one of the things the FBI looks for in determining who might be a suicide bomber is adults without life insurance. Never mind that any number of poor people also don't have life insurance...

Magic in the Middle Ages by Richard Kieckhefer (44%) - Some information on stage magic that I'm not entirely sure fits within the purview of this book. It seems sort of tossed in like "well they also had stage magicians and not everyone believed in that" but... a point?

Golden Child by Claire Adam (61%) - So the first person to believe that Paul is not retarded (sorry, that's the term they're using in the book) has come forward and told Paul's parents he thinks Paul is normal. His parents are upset by this and yell at the teacher and confirm once again that Paul is slightly retarded. I guess maybe this could be a reason for the kid to run off if he ever gets his self esteem out of the gutter and maybe that's what happened.

The Illegal by Lawrence Hill (16%) - I'm convinced at this point that the author invented Freedomland because she wanted an out if she were accused of criticizing America. It's annoying. Anyway MC has arrived in Freedomland and run off without a passport or visa and become the illegal. If he ever gets caught and sent back to Zantoroland he'll be executed.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (80%) - Oh look, momma killed dad when dad tried to beat the daughter. I mean, that wasn't predictable at all or anything. Now they've left Alaska and they're hoping the police will decide that dad murdered his family and took off instead of concluding that mom murdered dad and took off. I suppose the reason this is taking place in the 70s is so that no one collects DNA from the blood on the floor and determines it's a man and not two women.

Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah (20%) - I'm pretty sure I have a real alien in a sci fi book rather than a kid in a lit fic book. It's fine, and it's interesting, just not what I was expecting.

How I Got My Shrunken Head (Goosebumps #39) by RL Stine - No progress this week.

Educated by Tara Westover (11%) - She seems to be in one of those weird mormon cults and her father believes the government is evil and won't allow the kids to exist (no birth certificate, no medical visits, no school). She basically plays on the mountain all day and preps for the end of days. Maybe this wasn't a good choice to read at the same time as The Great Alone because it seems to be on a theme lately, but I guess I won't be reading the other book for much longer.

Bully for Brontosaurus by Stephen J Gould (5%) - Just through one essay so far, talking about how Darwin almost didn't go on his famous voyage. He wasn't the official naturalist. He was picked by the captain to be a friend and confidant on the voyage because captains weren't allowed to talk to anyone below them and he wanted someone he could talk to. So if it weren't for that captain's grandfather killing himself, Darwin might never have been to the Galapagos, and may never have discovered evolution. Although he does posit that if Darwin hadn't done it, someone else would have soon afterwards, because it's the type of thing that was being discovered at the time period.

67F - 34F : Rain

12 February 2019 21:06
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I couldn't sleep last night. I tried several times, but I just wouldn't drift off. I finally got to bed around 5am and slept through my 10:50 alarm until 3pm. Even when I got up I couldn't quite wake up, and wound up napping from 3:30 - 4, although without being able to actually fall asleep. Kevin called at 4:15 to say he was on his way home. At that time we still thought we might have fighter practice since it was saying the rain would leave by 7:15, but as it got closer to 7, the chances of rain from 7-8 increased to 80%, so we cancelled fighting. I called Kevin to discuss dinner.

We decided that we'd cook Italian Onederpot tonight since we had the ingredients. We'll have to order out on Friday, when I was supposed to make this, but we'll be in a better place to afford it after we get paid on Thursday. We currently have $52 for tomorrow. I can't trust Kevin to leave enough of that for me to go to dinner, so I moved $12 into my own account that I'll use to pay for dinner tomorrow.

I read LJ and DW while waiting for Kevin to get home. He came home and started assigning tasks and yelling about minor things within seconds. Then he decided he'd brown the meat and I'd cook the rest of the meal. I guess this is his method of apology? Except it didn't last long and he was yelling again as soon as dinner was done. He cooked the meat while I waited, and then I cooked dinner while he waited.

After dinner I read from 3 of my books while he broke the box spring just by sitting on it, because he's so fat. Then he needed my help to remove the mattress, turn the box spring around, and put the mattress back. I also did a few of my exercises while I waited for him to stop breathing so hard from the small amount of exertion this required. Since it's a Tuesday, I didn't have to do much. It's sort of my weekend, when I go out late and spend time with my friends, Tuesday and Wednesday. Not that I did that today, but there wasn't really time to get all my usual reading done anyway just because Kevin kept assigning tasks and because I didn't wake up until too late.

I should finish Catch 22 by a week from next Sunday. Then I can start Watership Down which I'm looking forward to as I remember liking it when I was in high school, and it's one of the few books I actually did read for English class. I have a really nice copy - a collector's edition - that someone anonymously gifted me for Christmas. I'm excited to see the illustrations and such that have been added to this book. As such I'm reading a few extra chapters of Catch 22 to see if I can get done with it more quickly than 2 weeks.

Tomorrow is a 1:00 appointment with the new shrink. That means I have to wake up 3 hours earlier than I did today. Here goes nothing, I guess. At least I am tired, so hopefully I can get to sleep around 3 instead of around 5. Going to bed around 3 would give me 9 hours of sleep, which isn't enough to make me not exhausted all day, but is enough to safely drive a car etc.

They're still calling for rain all Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, and then a 25% chance all Thursday. If it doesn't rain next Tuesday it'll be perfect for fighting - 60F and cloudy. I guess I will just have to look forward to that, and if nothing else MCA is a week from Friday, and there will be indoor fighting, I believe.

After dinner, my head started feeling like I was swimming, and I couldn't concentrate on anything, and the back of my head hurt (as opposed to a migraine when the back of my eye hurts), and I felt awful. I took my bedtime diabetes meds early, and that seems to have fixed the problem, so apparently my blood sugar was high. That's odd. I didn't eat or drink anything particularly weird tonight. I mean, yes, I had pasta, but I regularly have pasta without feeling badly.

We're all just stories in the end

12 February 2019 14:06
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NAME: Unnamed female character; just an extra in a sideshow

AGE: A week after my 10th birthday, I watched the Challenger explode live on TV in my 5th grade classroom

INTERESTS & HOBBIES: My interests sometimes seem to change by the hour, but I do have some common denominators... a love of nature and animals, constantly finding creative outlets, and overthinking ...pretty.much... everything. I'm a puzzle-obsessed speedcuber and closet gamer. I dabble in digital art (mainly hand lettering) and have a long history of graphic design. I live on an 1800s farm. I don't own a TV.

LOOKING FOR: ...the answers to the universe? Or maybe some fellow daydreamers who just go with the flow.

I'M INSPIRED BY: Color. Nature. Compassion. Coffee.

LIFE GOALS: Avoid growing up. Stop running with scissors. Get taxes done early. Don't go grocery shopping when hungry.

RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME: I can say the alphabet faster backwards than I can forwards. I can't whistle. I love bananas. I'm the most disorganized but obsessively organizing person you may ever meet.

ANYTHING ELSE?: I'm an artist. A creator. A starry-eyed optimistic. I'm an introvert, a smart ass, and I say fuck a lot. (Don't worry, it offends me too) I live on a farm. I have muddy boots, painted fingernails, my own business, and a large collection of bungee cords. My writing style fluctuates greatly with my moods. I reserve the right to not make any sense at any given time as well as the right to make you think that six totally different people are writing in this journal. I even entertain myself in that aspect. Just go with it.

Sometimes I write well thought out entries. Sometimes I just type shit and hit post. It is what it is.

I'm quite open minded and accepting, and believe in the whatever floats your boat theory of life as long as ya ain't hurtin nobody. Don't be an asshole and things will be spiffy between us.

ALSO KNOWN AS: [ profile] MyBeautifulWars
I imported my entire LJ years ago so there's no use linking ya to that corner of the internetz.

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