What are you reading Wednesday?

18 October 2017 00:02
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What are you reading?

One Way or Another by Annette Laing - No progress this week.

The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow - No progress this week

Isaiah - So I think maybe what this is is a collection of unrelated prophesies made by one guy? I've also seen some verses that look familiar, although translated a little differently than I've previously seen them.

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean by Edward Kritzler - No progress this week

Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger - Just started this. It looks cute. It's basically a story about a kid who makes an origami Yoda on his finger, and then that finger starts knowing things in advance, but then he gets suspended from school for threatening a girl with this origami Yoda and his friends have to rescue him.

Kids Pick the Funniest Poems by Bruce Lansky - Most of these poems are worth a chuckle, I think, but I don't know that they are actually the funniest or anything. Jafar doesn't get the humor.

Closest

18 October 2017 00:01
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Who are you closest to?

My mom, probably.

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68F - 45F : Sunny

17 October 2017 22:42
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I woke up inexplicably at 8 this morning. Actually, it's not so inexplicable; it's a hypomanic episode. But that's neither here nor there at the moment. I got online for 2 hours and then went to read at the elementary school. While I was waiting for Jafar (I got there at 10:17 for a 10:40 reading time because I thought it was 10:30, and also, didn't have to wake up and drag ass for a few minutes while I woke up) the leader of the thing mentioned she had 3 kids whose mentors had just never shown up. The kids were told they were in the program and then their mentors never showed up. I asked if any of them had lunch shortly after Jafar, and was told that one of them had lunch exactly two minutes after Jafar. So I volunteered to read to this other kid, too. I read from the book of poems that Jafar picked, and he asked why they were funny since the title of the book labels them the funniest poems. I wonder if he understands anything I say to him, because these were some funny poems. I wound up explaining the punch line to him a couple times, but then it seemed like if you have to explain a joke it isn't very funny or whatever, so I tried to just talk about the poem a little. He seemed to understand, but still wasn't getting the humor. I dunno.

After Jafar went back to his class, I was paired with a young man named Jayden. Jayden is in 5th grade and enjoys video games and reading. Unlike Jafar he was able to tell me several books he enjoyed reading, and immediately picked out a chapter book that looked good to him (something like Darth Paper and the adventures of Origami Yoda). He said he's a big Star Wars fan and can't wait for the next movie to come out in December. I like this kid :) We read for a little less time than I read to Jafar, because Jafar brings his own lunch, and Jayden had to go through the lunch line and buy lunch. But that's okay, we still were able to read a good bit.

I came home and tried to nap, but Tara started texting me asking me if there were a good time she could come over to measure our windows tonight. I texted Kevin to find out for sure that he'd be home, and then told her she could come by after 6:30, but she'd have to talk to Kevin as I wouldn't be there. At that point I wasn't sleeping, so I got up and had 2 hours to do productive things. I cleaned up the rest of the stuff Tara put on my desk, so now it only looks as bad as it did when we started. Then I refreshed LJ and proceeded to 1. take a picture of my cat 2. make plans to make plans 3. take a can of dog food away from my dog and 4. absolutely not read lj.

The alarm went off and I packed my laptop up and went to my therapist appointment. We talked about Tara, our new furniture, and my making plans to make plans, and suddenly she looks at me with a look of horror and goes, "you're bipolar, aren't you?" And I'm like "yes" and she starts reading a list of questions off her computer and comes back with "I think it's safe to say this is a hypomanic episode." Then she asks me what my list of triggers that I know mean I need to go to the hospital are, and says she'll contact my psychiatrist for me. Yep. I told her I wasn't too worried about needing the hospital because I haven't since I started the geodon, but she made me list out symptoms that I would accept as signs to do so anyway. But it basically boiled down to "if my husband tells me to," and I'm not telling him he has that power. lol.

I went from there to the write-in with Klepto, where we had planned to make plans. We made those plans, which basically are for two write ins, one on the streetcar trolley getting off 4 times and going to different coffee shops, and basically crawling around the city for several hours to different places. The other is doing the same thing on one of the train lines going from Doraville to the Airport and back north again. Then we planned a write-in for the 1st, since no one else had, and we both wanted to try to get off to a strong start. We also started to plan a TGIO party for December. We thought about making it a write in (it's spending some time at a coffee shop that has cats from the local no-kill shelter that you can play with, and adopt if you want to, but we decided people might be too distracted by the cats to write, so we decided to do it as a TGIO instead of a write-in). That pretty much took all our time, and 10 minutes before the store closed, I was like "well, let's not make them kick us out," and we packed up and left.

I also found out Klepto doesn't have family for Thanksgiving. Her dad's family doesn't speak to her because other than her father (who died) himself, they are all racist, and her mother is Chinese. Her mother works at the airport, so she doesn't have the day off since planes still fly on Thanksgiving. So I texted my mother to ask if we could invite her to our Thanksgiving dinner. Of course, my mother is in France, and it was 2:15 in the morning when I texted her, so I don't expect to hear back for a while. Especially since she's on a cruise ship and will probably have her phone on airplane mode until the next port. I imagine my mother will say yes, since she seemed a little put out that Audrey's girlfriend's mother wouldn't invite Kelly to their Thanksgiving last year and left my sister alone on the holiday.

I came home and started talking to Kevin for a while, but he got distracted watching some giant robots fight each other on the internet, or something. so I came back out here and studied for my bat mitzvah, and now, I dunno what I'm going to do. I hope to sleep at some point, because Tara is coming tomorrow. Not super early like Monday, but still at like noon, which is before I naturally wake up. And she'll be cleaning my bedroom, so I can't even nap while she's here.

Rich and Famous

17 October 2017 08:41
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If you had the option to be rich and famous would you take it?

Yes, I think so. I like the way certain rich and famous people play with their fans on twitter. And I'd like to be able to get a message out to millions of people at once.

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[Photos] 2017 - Boranup Forest II

17 October 2017 13:13
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In October,
we revisited the Boranup forest,
this time with my Mum.

Everything was so much greener,
always so much love for Boranup.


The beast with hair of green.




More forest, this time in October )

72F - 47F : Morning Rain

16 October 2017 19:56
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Ah, finally some seasonable weather! It was comfortable this afternoon, but if I had stayed out longer than just getting the mail this evening, I would have wanted a hoodie. So it's about perfect out. Yay!

I did finally get back to sleep this morning - at 7:30. Then I had to wake up at 9:45 for Tara, but when I did that she texted me that she was going to be here at 10:30, so I went back to sleep for half an hour. She finally showed up at 11 talking about how her cats had worms and she was up all night dealing with it. I did notice she answered my text very late last night, so yeah. Anyway, she cleaned Kevin's office and worked some in mine. Kevin's office looks amazing. Mine still needs work. The bedroom still needs to be done, too. Hopefully she can make some progress on that on Wednesday.

Tara saw that today was trash day, and took all the trash including the sofa cushions up to the street. Apparently our trash guy was rather rude to her when he told her you need an appointment to pick up more trash than will fit in a trash can. Then he left it all there, including the actual trash can, and recycling bin. What an ass. And what a stupid rule. Tara said hopefully her husband will come and pick up our trash and take it to his storage unit's dumpster so it's not sitting in front of my house. I don't know what I'm going to do if he doesn't come.

I practically had to chase Tara out of my house at 2:30, which I had warned her about when she asked if she could work today. This is probably why she forgot to tell me I had a package, and the package was left on the sofa. Unfortunately, the package was a box of chocolate bars, and the dog got into it and ate about 3 snickers bars. So far he shows no ill effect (I'm not sure if I want effect or affect there. I have sent the question to my grammar guru, AKA Victor lol). I'm keeping an eye on him and will rush him to the vet if he starts puking or having diarrhea or something. Also, the dog bit me when I tried to take a snickers bar away from him when I got home. It didn't break skin, but it hurt, and there's a bruise.

But anyway, the reason I had to rush Tara out of my house is that I had to go meet Addie for bat mitzvah tutoring. We talked for a little before we got started because she said she knew nothing about me and thought that was weird - I guess it is. Usually she knows the kids she works with for years, some of them she even tutored their parents for their bar/bat mitzvahs. We learned the 3rd set of cantillation marks, which I really struggled with. She says she's going to make me a recording of herself chanting my Torah portion so I can practice with her, which will be good.

I stopped by my parents' house to make sure their pool was still full since last time they went on vacation it was sucking in air for a while. It was still at the dirty line on the edge of the pool, so I was thankful (since I didn't have a book to read while I waited for it to fill if I had to do that), and came home. I made us a pizza for dinner, which was tasty. Then I cleaned up everything Tara left on my chair in the office that she wasn't sure if I wanted to throw away or not (it was mostly empty boxes from buggy's boxes, and I threw most of it away but my bow was also there (?) and one or two other things I actually did want to keep).

So it's only 8:30 now, which is pretty early for me to write an entry. I think I'm going to figure out what's going on in NaNoLanta chat which has been beeping up a storm the entire time I've been trying to write this, and then maybe read something, or something.

Three fake holidays for 10/16

16 October 2017 09:15
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Over at my main blog, I wished my readers a...

Happy National Liqueur Day! I could have also wished my readers a Happy National Dictionary Day or a Happy National Department Store Day when I wanted to take a break from recapping the News and Documentary Emmy winners, but I decided to do something easy and familiar. If my readers wish to celebrate those other days instead, they can go right ahead.

I'll wish my readers here a Happy National Dictionary Day and a Happy Happy National Department Store Day anyway.



Music Monday

16 October 2017 02:45
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23. A song that everybody should listen to:




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Style

16 October 2017 02:41
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Do you like your style? Do you want to change it? What would you change it to?

Of course I like my style. If I didn't, it wouldn't be my style, now would it?

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82F - 61F : Afternoon rain

16 October 2017 02:19
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This morning I woke up unprompted at 9:45. I was thinking about going to Pride, but then I got a reminder from FB that I said I'd go to archery. I debated for a while, and was almost mentally blocked by the idea of missing either. Then I decided to go to archery, because the potential to make friends was greater. I drove over to Windy Hill, and we set up the archery range and shot a few rounds. Then we did two royal rounds - the first starting from 20 and moving back to 40. The second starting from 40 and moving up to 20. I scored 11 on the first and 29 on the second. I dunno if moving forward is good for me or if I just had a better idea what I had to do on the second round, but that's pretty impressive change right there. Right before the timed round of the second royal round, my shoulder yelled stop. I did the timed round anyway, but then, stopped and sat in the back with Mara who was arguing with someone who is wrong on the internet.

Mara is trying to provide a place to send scrolls when you die so you can will them to her if no one in your family would value them. Someone in Atlantia was trying to argue that scrolls belong to the kingdom and must be returned when you die, and then in the same breath argued that they belonged to the scribe who made them and should be returned there when you die. Mara agreed that returning the art to the scribe, if the scribe was still active, alive, and wanted them, was a good thing to do, but failing that, someone might need something to do with their scrolls. What she's doing is a last ditch effort to keep scrolls out of landfills. I think it's commendable.

I came home to a text from Donna cancelling walkies because she had insomnia. So I took a shower, and ordered dinner, and went to bed. Seriously, I was asleep at 7pm, and slept until 2am. Now I've slept 7 hours, and I'm not sure I can sleep more, but it's only 2am. Tara comes at 10, so I may be in for a long day.

hi

15 October 2017 21:47
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NAME: Marina

AGE: 2017 minus 1985

INTERESTS & HOBBIES: video games (old school stuff, like Super Nintendo, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Nintendo DS, even some newer stuff like Nintendo 3DS), anything Metroid, old school Final Fantasy (like before FF7), survival horror games (early Resident Evil, Haunting Ground), I'm obsessed with purses (Coach, Vera Bradley), animals (omfg I LOVE DOGS!), books (though I have too many in my possession that I've yet to read), mathematics!! (I love all the calculi), science, anything that is the color pink, purple, or electric blue (my favorite), credit/finances (I've been in banking for 7 years), college (if I were rich, I would go back to school in a heartbeat for the rest of my life because I love learning!), languages (I'm a native speaker of Spanish and briefly tried my hand at learning Mandarin Chinese), music (I have played piano for many decades. I can read and write music. I've composed music. More than anything, I love listening to modern music that I like and playing it on the piano by ear!)
Honestly, you can head on over to my profile and view my interests if you'd like a better idea.

LOOKING FOR: People who are active and who have been on DW for a long while now. Preferably over the age of 21, though I'm not terribly picky as long as you're over the age of 18.

ANYTHING ELSE?: Not interested in drug use of any kind. Listen, I go to a lot of raves and music festivals often because I like having fun like anyone else. But I do it mostly sober, 'cause honestly? Fuck drugs. I hate what it does to people. If you do it, cool, but it's definitely not my cup of tea. I'm also not particularly interested in reading about religion or politics. Or rather, I'll read about it passively to learn more about it, but don't come to me looking for a debate or argument. Don't try to recruit me or convince me any which way. I'm not about that. If you need to know, before adding me- I'm an irreligious Deist who is against organized religion but still believes in a god or higher power (and karma) as well as anything backed by SCIENCE. I'm a disgruntled millennial who hated Trump but didn't like Hillary, because I was definitely Feeling the Bern, and now I'm disappointed that I can't buy a house because of avocado toast, and yes Global Warming is fucking real. So now that that's out of the way, you can make your own decision on whether or not we'll butt heads or get along. But to be honest, I rarely discuss any politics or religion in my journal. Usually I write about work, friends, or other personal life events. I pretty much treat my journal like a personal diary. But be forewarned: I curse. A LOT. Because I'm honest, blunt, and passionate. To quote, "I do not spew profanities. I enunciate them clearly, like a fucking lady."

ALSO KNOWN AS: Well, I was on LiveJournal from 2002 until recently, but I hate them and won't accept their new ToS. So that's that. RIP LJ. I joined DreamWidth back in 2010 and never looked back! I'm very happy here with my friends, and look forward to meeting new ones!

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Planning is more fun than doing

15 October 2017 22:03
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Today is the birthday of the Roman poet Virgil - Publius Vergilius Maro, and to celebrate the day, the British Museum put up a picture of a tablet with a line from the Aeneid (9.473) on their facebook page. Since the link provided by the BM was less than helpful in telling much about the tablet or the line, I had to do some digging myself. This lead me to the Vindolanda webpage, where they have many of the tablets found there in an online index.

And then I noticed that on the main Vindolanda page they had a note up that they would have openings for volunteer diggers at the excavation there this summer. For a fee of course. So then I of course started to think about how I could incorporate that in my summer holidays, because I'd love to do that. Two years ago, I hiked the Hadrian's wall which was a nice combination of several of my interests; hiking, Roman history and England. And getting to go deeper into the subject really appeals to me. they open for sign ups on November 1st, and I have until then to decide. Also figure out whether I'm in good enough shape.

I have a weak spot for the Vindolanda tablets, they are a wonderful way to catch a glimpse into the past, like the tablet BM linked, which is (probably) a writing exercise. There are also a couple of interesting letters I remember reading - or trying to read - for a Latin course once. But the line from virgil amde me think of a rune stick found in the excavations here in Bergen, which also has a line of Virgil: "Omnia vincit amor et nos cedamus amore"), but here in runes.

That led me unto a line of though of one of my many interest, namely grafitti, these little things that we write that is not really meant for posterity, but if they are conserved, they give us a wonderful glimpse into the daily life of people of the past. And the present for that sake, I enjoy reading bathroom grafitti. That made me wonder if there has been written a pop science book on grafitti though the ages. If not there should be, and then I started outlining it in my head. And then even better started to think about all the things I could read while researching, before - eh actually write the thing.

I haven't found a book about it, and definitely not in Norwegian. I'll put it on my to-write list. After that article about Breton. And the tu/vous-distinction in Norwegian. And everything else.

Because thinking about things is fun, doing them on the other hand...

[Photos] Boranup Forest

16 October 2017 00:06
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I always feel a bit empty
if I don't get to visit the Boranup forest at least once a year.

Comprising mostly young karri leaves,
with a distinctive karri biome,
made up of metres of layers of karri bark that drops from the silvery branches every year.


Grey days, silvery trees.




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Unfortunately, I didn't really know what I was doing, so I gave it the wrong name.  It's [syndicated profile] neonvincent_feed  instead of Crazy Eddie's Motie News.  Sigh.  I tried to change the name by entering the URL again and it just sent me back to the already existing feed instead of letting me set up a new one.  Live and learn.  At least it exists and any of you can subscribe to it.


Time

15 October 2017 00:20
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Favorite time of day?

About midnight - 3am. Maybe later if I want to be up, and maybe like 10pm on long nights. When it's quiet except for OA chat, and Kevin's gone to bed, and Jack is sleepy and sitting with me :)

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76F - 62F : Cloudy

14 October 2017 21:34
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I need one more question - who wants to be the awesome person who asks me my last question? here on DW and here on LJ


I fell asleep at 10 last night, so there is really no excuse for today. My alarm went off at noon, and I turned it off and went back to sleep. I did wake up around 1 though. Kevin called because he had seen that I was still home, so he asked me to meet him at Rooms To Go, which I did. He was already talking to a lady by the time I got there. We tried a couple couches. The first was the one we saw online and liked, but Kevin couldn't close the footrest to stand up, so she brought us to an electric one, but Kevin's knees went higher than his butt and he couldn't stand up. Finally she showed us one that was perfect - electronic and high enough for Kevin. So, that was good. She said that would be $26 a month for 3 years, and I decided that that was not only manageable but that I could probably afford to get the recliner we'd seen earlier for my office. Those will both be delivered on the 27th. They don't do haul away so we'll have to have the guys from 1-800-Got-Junk come and take our furniture. Probably on the 26th. That's going to be expensive.

When we were done at Rooms To Go, Kevin decided we should go to Olive Garden as he'd been craving it for quite a while, but it is far from our house, and close to where we were for the store. I agreed, because I am a moron. We went to Olive Garden, and while we were there my alarm to go to my other activity for today went off. There was no way I could get there from where I was (plus I would have had to stop at home for a costume and my camera) so I sighed and ate my dinner. I was looking forward to costumes in the cemetery, but I guess there's always next year.

I came home and took a nap, and then the grocery delivery came. I had almost forgotten about them, lol. It's a good thing they called me asking which house was mine. Otherwise the milk might have sat outside until tomorrow and that would be bad. We put the groceries away, and then threw out the bags.

I read DW and LJ. Now it's only 10pm, so I think I'm going to read my book a little bit, and a story I follow on ff.net updated, so I'll read that.
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On my blog's Facebook page, I wrote the following a week ago:

Crazy Eddie's Motie News was feeling confused.*

The bot traffic, which stopped August 17th, has returned to the blog. At least I won't have to worry about making my page view goal this month (1173 page views per day for a total of 36,393 page views), but at what cost?**


*I chose confused because perplexed and paranoid weren't available on Facebook. They aren't available here, either, but at least I can write in my own choice, which is "suspicious."

**I made that page view goal on the 11th. The blog currently has 44,616 page views for October with the month less than halfway over and 53,700 for the past 30 days. As for the cost, it's wondering who or what is reading my blog and for what purpose. I can say that it's coming from inside the U.S. The Russians aren't nearly as interested as they were before the election.

Echo, echo, echo....

14 October 2017 12:46
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Which is your favorite Disney princess? Why?

Moana because she doesn't have a love interest and is a strong woman by herself.

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