the month of posting

Sep. 30th, 2014 09:10 pm
the_shoshanna: pleased-as-punch little girl: "Ta-da!" (ta-da!)
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So, this is the last day of my month of posting every day!

It's been an interesting exercise. Sometimes the need to post something pushed me to say something that I might have otherwise not bothered about, but that really wasn't as trivial and uninteresting and not worth posting as I would have convinced myself in some other month. On the other hand, there were a few times when I just had to come up with something, even it it genuinely wasn't worth posting. (And there were a few times when I had something I wanted to post, but because I'd already posted something that day, I saved it for the next day, in case I couldn't come up with anything else for that day.)

But overall I think I'm taking away the conclusion that more of my thoughts are worth posting than I sometimes think, and I should post more instead of convincing myself that whatever I'm thinking isn't worth sharing.

And I also very much enjoy reading what my friends are thinking!

Last day of September

Sep. 30th, 2014 06:03 pm
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Started out with road blocks and was almost late for the big staff meeting. Still.. my day was full and somewhat productive. It's my week of almost wall to wall meetings.

So after a long day, I found a really good interview with Judd Hirsch (who is staring of Forever right now but he has done so many things that are amazing) [community profile] tv_talk is rocking the fall TV season. I'm enjoying Forever so far and the pilot for How to get away with murder was quite good.

Gotham Is barely keeping me interested. Sleepy Hollow is steadily good. The second episode was strong and we got 4 women characters. Oh.. and the ending. I went... nooooo...

Tonight is SHIELD. I watch Arrow and PoI later on.

Have a little vintage TAXI. I promise you'll laugh.

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Sep. 30th, 2014 11:53 am
the_rck: figure perched in a tree with barren branches (Default)
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Last night was the big meeting for Girl Scouts. It was an opportunity to meet the leaders and to get paperwork. It was under attended because not all classes got the flyer announcing it. Cordelia's class didn't, and at least one of the fourth grade classes didn't. I still knew about the meeting because I'm on the e-mail list for troop leaders and volunteers.

The situation for Cordelia is complicated. There are, at present, only two Cadettes. The plan is to fold them in with the Juniors under the same leader. The representative from the Council said we may have to form a Cadette troop under the leadership of the Junior leader just so that the girls can be registered as Cadettes. The Cadette troop would meet with the Juniors and do all activities with the Juniors and, for all practical purposes, be part of the Junior troop. It would just exist as a technicality. Of course, we need five girls to form a troop, so that may not work. Cordelia and her friend may simply have to live with the Girl Scout automated system thinking they're Juniors. (It will matter if they want to sign up for special activities or summer camps.)

The woman who has volunteered to lead the Juniors is overwhelmed and not particularly organized. I feel like I ought to volunteer to help more, but I don't want to get entangled in something that will make me really anxious.

I've been exhausted the last couple of days. I actually napped both mornings. Yesterday, I knew I was going to nap, so I delayed my coffee (Cordelia told me it was utterly unfair for me to go back to bed when she and her father don't get to), but I had coffee this morning and napped anyway. I'm tempted to have more coffee now but will probably settle for tea.
jadelennox: Purple Mountains Majesty: 2008 election cartogram shows we aren't as divided as all that. (politics: purple)
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I get paranoid about the potential for fake donation sites to appear around any big news story. Anybody can set up a GoFundMe, after all, and do we know how money is being spent?

Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), who have one of the Ferguson bail funds, seem to be a legit organization, around since 2010. They told me they're a 501(c)4 -- a non tax-deductible political organization. They appear in multiple news stories as well as Missouri government filings, and Essence specifically namechecked their bail fund.

They also link to a number of other funds and organizations doing work in Ferguson.


Sep. 29th, 2014 08:45 pm
the_shoshanna: cartoon girl sketching a heart (heart)
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I logged into Facebook for the first time in ages yesterday morning, and got some sad news, though not about anyone directly in my life; I'm fine. )

I find Facebook pretty confusing, actually. I have managed to lock down every privacy option, by dint of reading things like Lifehacker and following their advice, but I feel like I should be able to read further back on my home page or whatever it's called than I can; why can't I see older posts from people I'm following? And there's so much crap on the pages, stuff I'm not interested in. I just want a boring mundane LJ clone where I can occasionally check in on the inlaws.

I do know that's not what Facebook is, or what it wants to give me. I'm just pouty. On the bright side, I got more editing done today than I'd set as my quota, which makes my Wednesday and Thursday likely to be much less stressful than I'd expected. So yay for that!

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Sep. 29th, 2014 08:57 pm
the_rck: figure perched in a tree with barren branches (Default)
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I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who's offered sympathy for my grandfather's death. I don't feel up to answering those comments individually, but I wanted to say something. I'm taking comfort in the fact that he's with Grandma now. I know he missed her.
neotoma: Lego Vader facepalms (Vader Facepalm)
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a comment from someone calling themself 'Sean Bahr' on NBC Says Title Character Of 'Constantine' Is Straight. Fans Disagree

but this isn't about a show that represents the entire worlds population as a whole. this is about a story, a very particular story.

why not make gandalf a woman? why not make lukeskywalker handicapped? we cannot keep altering artists vision to suit what we think is the new social norm that must be championed. an artists vision is an artist vision. this tv show is someone vision and their idea for where the narrative needs to go. don't like it? make your own show. but please man, let creative people be creative.

... did this person miss the fact that Luke Skywalker experienced a traumatic amputation at the end of The Empire Strikes Back? The fact that he has a prosthetic hand is kind of important in The Return of the Jedi as it links him to Darth Vader as mirrors of each other.

Because seriously, my reaction to reading this was "Luke Skywalker is disabled, you idiot! Darth Vader cut off his hand! ON SCREEN!"

Spring Tour 1990 (The Other One)

Sep. 29th, 2014 01:12 pm
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I suppose this means I'm definitely still on the bus. The box of stuff arrived a couple of weeks ago, but with holidays and all that rot, today was my first day of really wallowing in the contents.

And the Magic is definitely still there: I was on 101S near Shoreline Amphitheatre, and Jerry started serenading me to Morning Dew. Pulled into the driveway for US Blues.

Still miss you Uncle. But thank you for the memories.

And solely his eyebrows.

Sep. 29th, 2014 08:45 pm
yunitsa: Sexby and Angelica from The Devil's Whore; 17th c. woman in dark cloak with man in hat behind her (Default)
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I've spent the afternoon and evening working away on a difficult thing, so now I'm tired and rather loopy, but all the same, reading this comment in the Yuletide eligibility evidence post just made me laugh and laugh until I cried. I think "this is his eyebrows, and solely his eyebrows" and it just sets me off again. YULETIDE, guys.

You're welcome.

RIP Monty (2009-2014)

Sep. 29th, 2014 07:06 pm
graculus: (oh please)
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Not particularly a surprise when I got a call about an hour ago to say that Monty had passed away at the vet's - they'd been trying to feed him by hand all day and he'd just not responded at all.

To be honest, when I left him there this morning I didn't really expect anything different as a result, but I guess there's always that slim chance things might not be quite as bad as you think they are. Ferrets are buggers for going downhill very quickly, because of how fast their metabolism runs, and I've learned to factor that in a while back. He hadn't been the solid little oik you see in the photo above for quite a while...

He was about 6 years old, which always seems to be when they start to get old rather than middle-aged, though the one he leaves behind is still as mad as a kit a fraction of his age. I got him and his compatriots in November 2011 and he didn't have a name till he had his first trip to the vet last summer. I didn't think 'fat lump', which was what he got called more often than not, was a name they'd think was appropriate so had to think of something for him (afterwards realising that there were shades of Withnail to it all: "Monty, you terrible [expletive]" being one of that movie's classic lines).

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Sep. 29th, 2014 12:41 pm
the_rck: figure perched in a tree with barren branches (Default)
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One thing I forgot to mention about Saturday-- The lock on the front driver's side of the car jammed. It wouldn't open no matter what Scott did. That means that, to get in and out of the car, he has to climb over to the passenger side. We'll have to get it fixed. Goodness knows how much that's going to cost, and it may mean that all the locks are going to go. They're all the same age.

Yesterday morning, Cordelia and I went for brunch with some out of town friends. They picked us up on their way into town, and I navigated us to the other side of town to Joe's Original House of Pancakes where we met up with [ profile] booniverse and her husband. The couple in from out of town had their baby with them. She's eight or nine months old and at an age where she's delighted to meet new people. Cordelia adored her. The baby was the big reason Cordelia didn't raise a fuss over being dragged out with all those adults.

We got home around 12:30, just in time for when our ride to the soccer game was supposed to arrive. They came late, so we had time for Cordelia to put on her shin guards and cleats. I should have taken the time to dig out the sunscreen or my hat-- I ended up with a bit of a burn on my face.

The game was, according to Cordelia, fun. Cordelia's team lost by four or five goals. They never did manage to score. The coaches were happy when they came close and when they managed to slow down the other team's offense. Cordelia, as she prefers, played defense exclusively.

Another family gave us a ride home. The kids in that family go to Cordelia's school, coming across town to do it. We got home a little before 3:00, and both Cordelia and I were glad of a chance to stop moving for a little while.

When Scott came home from work, he called me from the driveway so that Cordelia and I could grab the library bag and come out, saving him from having to climb out and back into the car. He stayed in the car at the library and again when we stopped for bubble tea. I had twenty two books to pick up. A lot of holds had come in all at once. I'm giving priority to the things that can't be renewed, and the majority of these things are graphic novels that ought to be relatively quick reads, but I suspect I won't finish everything.

Scott went out for propane after dropping me and Cordelia at home. When he came home, he showered pretty quickly (for him) and then plank grilled some salmon. We have enough of that left, with the leftover chicken from last week, to make dinner tonight. I may suggest salads, but that may be more work than I want to do on a night when I have a 6:00 meeting.

Dinner tomorrow will likely be grilled crab legs (there was a good sale on Saturday). Wednesday and Thursday are problems because we'll be pressed for time due to Cordelia's sports practices. I can cover one night with potstickers, but I'm at a loss for what to do the other night. There will likely be enough potstickers leftover to feed Cordelia; it's feeding me and Scott that's the challenge.

upsetting anonymous poll time

Sep. 29th, 2014 09:35 am
jadelennox: Grey's Anatomy, Izzie baking muffins: "Sometimes your heart bursts at its seams" (grey's anatomy: izzie reva thereafter)
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Sometimes you have a really upsetting conversation with someone and then realize you've been on both sides of that conversation.

Poll results are anonymized, anonymous comments are on.

Poll has massive warning for rape and sexual assault )

Ferret drama and just ordinary drama

Sep. 29th, 2014 10:43 am
graculus: (oh please)
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Yep, poorly ferret is poorly again. After an unsuccessful attempt by my vet to diagnose what was wrong with him last month (both blood tests and a skin scrape were taken, but the results of both were inconclusive), Monty has spent most of the weekend either throwing up or just feeling sorry for himself. So we've been to the vets this morning and he's currently staying there to get fluids/food/antibiotics into him as he hasn't eaten at all since Saturday.

Ordinary drama is much less dramatic in comparison as I've now left Dysfunction Central Ltd and am currently in the throes of induction and waiting to see how much work I'm going to get. I've actually picked up two sessional posts for the same folks so in theory I should get enough from these combined to live on, but at present we're just sorting out what I'm going to be doing and it's all a bit hypothetical while this is done.

I'm just glad to be out of the ongoing craziness, as I wait to see if I get paid for my last few weeks and also decompress/start to pull stuff together for my new job. Sadly, the course I was hoping to do (which should have started last week) has been put off till January at best - assuming there's enough interest at that point - though that does at least mean I haven't spent the fees yet. In the meantime, my new employers are saying all the right things about CPD and support of which I got exactly zero with the last lot (though a lot of passive-aggressive emails and hideous amounts of paperwork) so it's all good.

Of course, it's also this time of year that thoughts turn to NaNo, but that might be a commitment too far considering I haven't actually written anything in 6 months and have outstanding WiP to finish. So, in general terms, I suck.

I have nothing to say today.

Sep. 28th, 2014 08:16 pm
the_shoshanna: my boy kitty (Default)
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Maybe tomorrow. Right now Geoff is home from his weekend away, and I am several days overdue for my footrubs.

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Sep. 28th, 2014 09:30 am
the_rck: figure perched in a tree with barren branches (Default)
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Still no word on when, where or if there will be a service for my grandfather. They're having him cremated. It was cheaper by about $2200 to have him taken to the the mainland to do it rather than having it done on Big Pine Key where he lived. Mom says that the funeral directer on Big Pine tried to convince her that the extra money was necessary to do it right, that she should want the absolute best for her loved one. She wasn't convinced.

She also told me that they kind of knew this was coming. A few weeks ago, he stopped singing, and he stopped being interested in food. He would eat if prompted, but he stopped asking about food.

She was frustrated by being so far away. He apparently kept falling, and the caregivers kept calling 911 which ended in him being taken to the hospital each time to be poked and prodded and generally made miserable. She had to fight each time to get him returned to his home where he was comfortable. The doctors wanted to do things like put in a pacemaker and put him in a nursing home.

Mom and her brothers were trying to make him as comfortable as possible without going to heroic lengths to prolong his life. When Mom got word that he wouldn't wake up on Friday, she called his doctor and got DNR orders plastered all over the house. He was 90.

I talked to my sister, too. She has clear memories of our childhood visits with our grandparents, things I remember when she mentions them but that I never remember unprompted. I wish I remembered that sort of thing. I'd like to share stories like that with Cordelia.



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