101 Update

Aug. 24th, 2017 12:03 am
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Progress This Week

Teach 5 classes - I taught my first class this weekend. It went pretty well, but I only used up 20 minutes of my hour time slot. I need ideas for what to add to this class. This was Historical Research Methods.

Post 100 situations prompts to AO3 - I've posted another story.

Listen to 90 other podcasts - I listened to a freakonomics podcast about when helping is actually hurting. It had to do with mentoring kids one on one and how those kids went on to have universally worse outcomes than the kids who were not mentored.

Read the entire Bible - I'm in 1 Kings.

Go on a 30 minute poke walk 140 times - Went on another walk today. It was about 30 minutes, around Thrasher Park.

Go to the PSWC 140 times - I went to the HVN meeting today.

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Aug. 23rd, 2017 09:46 pm
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Scott's going to have to work Saturday. That kind of blows up our weekend plans, but the plant is doing full production that day, so everybody's working, no way around it. At least I can steal the equipment he'd been saving for the anomaly? (Definitely looking for a silver lining.)

We had a trial run this morning for how things will work in the fall, once school starts, because Cordelia had to catch a city bus at 7 a.m. in order to be at Skyline for an 8 a.m. orientation. I'm pretty sure I only got through it because I woke at 2:30 and took my thyroid medicine. If I don't wake to take it, I have to wait an hour and a half before I can eat or have my morning tea/coffee. Which would mean eating right at the point that I can actually go back to bed.

I have no idea how I'm going to make it through that time without sugar and caffeine. Scott has asked me not to discuss it because it upsets Cordelia to think that she's making things hard for me. I kind of want to snarl at him because that doesn't actually help me at all.

I'm kind of thinking that what ought to happen is for Scott to be the one to make Cordelia's breakfast since he'll be getting up at the same time she does. I'm not convinced that I need to be up to do that just so that he can sit on the couch and watch TV with her. (She needs the whole hour and a half to spin up and be functional. If someone doesn't put food in front of her, she won't eat.) I guess we'll see.

After Cordelia got on the bus, I took a walk. I walked very slowly for about an hour and a half. Then I went home and tried to get some things done. At about 10:30, I tried to nap, but I kept getting texts and phone calls. I did sleep some because I had kind of gripping dreams in between the texts. I figure I'm tired if I manage to out and out dream in a ten minute nap between text messages.

I need to find some space for myself in the next few days so that I can finish the fic that's due in early September. The problem is that I can't write it while Cordelia's home, so I may not actually have much time. She's volunteering most of next week, so maybe I'll have time then, but I also have doctor appointments in there and a bunch of other things that need doing while she's not at home. I don't know. I have 6000 words of story and something that would be an ending for any other exchange. I just haven't gotten what I need for this.

I'd normally ask Scott to get Cordelia out of the house, but I don't see that happening between now and the due date. There's just no way to make it work.

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Wednesday - What You Reading?

Aug. 23rd, 2017 01:10 pm
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I'm feeling bleh and rather under the weather today. Not sure the problem, but yeah.

Anyway, lotsa reading this week:
First up Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill.

I’m trying to read all the stuff I can about Scientology as it just fascinates me in the same way a train wreck would, I can’t look away. I’m dutifully watching “Aftermath” and I check out Mike Rinder’s blog daily. I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to offend anyone, but…man. Just. Man.

Next up, something completely different: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I’m pretty hip to the Greek and Roman mythology, but Norse was a different story. I find I knew more than I thought, but not as much as I could. The language was a bit tough to follow and I found myself just skipping over the names/words I couldn’t pronounce. Heck, even the ones I could I probably was doing incorrectly! It was a fast, fun read about the Norse myths and I liked putting together how they are used in our culture.

I’m not a cookbook person, but I do love me some Alton Brown. When I saw this pop up on my digital list, I had to check it out: Alton Brown Everyday Cook This time, it's personal by Alton Brown. He is one dry, funny guy. I find his recipes to be a bit…cumbersome. But that’s all on me. I do use some of his recipes, but I doubt I’ll use any of these. It was just fun to read. I like a man with passion!

There are a few classics that I’m trying to read and this is one: Peter Pan by JM Barrie. I think, if you are of a certain age, we all remember the Disney cartoon version. There is “Finding Neverland” and “Hook”. Now I get it. It always amazes me, the language used in a “children’s book” . I wish books today used such language!

I’ve read The 19th Wife and I being as I live very close to SLC and there is a large Mormon community here, I’m interested in this whole plural marriage thing. Strictly academically, of course. I don’t share. Just sayin’. Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka felt as though it was written to a younger audience. YA maybe? I did like how it juxtaposed the inuksuk idea of balance with the balancing act these young (very young!) women have to go through. Worth a read.

I'm currently reading Karma for Beginners by Jessica Blank. I'm only a few chapters in, but it's very crunchy-granola in a weird way.

Links Post

Aug. 22nd, 2017 01:08 pm
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I got an extension on my kidlit story but I'm no closer to being done than I was when I asked for it. Where did my writing mojo go?

Texas Tribune is partnering with ProPublica and NPR to explore the systemic reasons behind Texas’ rising maternal mortality rate. They need our help: Help us investigate why Texas moms are dying at alarming rates.

If you are a Texas woman who had severe pregnancy complications, or if you know a Texas woman who died after giving birth, we want to hear from you.

Quartz: Procter and Gamble’s new anti-racism ad is roiling white America. Not this member of white America, obviously, but yes, unfortunately.

The Nation: Historical Amnesia About Slavery Is a Tool of White Supremacy.

The Brookings Institute: Essay - THE WALL | The real costs of a barrier between the United States and Mexico.

NPR: All Songs 24/7 played songs for the North American Total Eclipse all day, meaning every song they own which has "sun" or "moon" in the title. I liked "When the Sun Come Up" by All My Exes Live In Texas, an Australian folk group. Their CD, "When We Fall" is now on my Wish List. Listen to Boundary Road from their first release. Their harmonies are so lush.

New York Times:
How to Take Care of Your Clothes. Maybe it will be useful to someone.
The Case for a Breakfast Feast. Breakfast is my favorite meal so I am all in favor of this advice.

LitHub: Sue Grafton from A to Z. Today is the publication date for Y is for Yesterday. I quit reading her series around V is for Vengeance, I think. I can't remember why. Maybe it's time for a reread.

Did you know that Rosemary Kirstein (The Steerswoman series) was a panelist at Reader Con? Well, now you do. From her blog: My Reading. It sounds like she's still working on books five and six which makes me so happy.

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 05:35 pm
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Sunday evening, Scott and I had dinner at Saica with the guy who'll be the captain of our team for the Ingress anomaly. Our team is made up of people who either have issues with moving far/fast or with keeping going for the entire four hour event. Cordelia could have come with us, but she said it would be boring and that we should bring her some sushi. Which we did.

Yesterday, Cordelia and I went downtown around noon and bought sandwiches. We took our time because we didn't need to be at the high school until 2:15. I didn't expect that part to take more than half an hour (and it didn't). I spent some time using up some of my Ingress inventory in hopes of clearing space for the things I'm supposed to have for the anomaly. I'm still short on a number of things, and Scott's behind me in that respect.

For about three hours yesterday, Ingress was giving 2.4 times the normal level of points for everything. After that until almost 4:30 this afternoon, they gave 1.7 times the points. Given that yesterday was the one day I was sure I'd be out of the house for a while and able to do Ingress, I was pleased.

We got to the high school about half an hour early, but they sent us on through. It wasn't actually crowded, and we managed everything pretty quickly. Cordelia now has a student ID and three very, very heavy textbooks (which they did not warn us we would need to take home with us). We got home a bit after 3:00, and I more or less fell over.

This morning, Cordelia and I went out for her annual doctor's appointment. That went well enough, but we found out that the dermatologist Cordelia's been seeing has left the practice, so we'll have to deal with someone else when we need to renew those prescriptions. They've still got two female doctors (and two male), so it won't be hard to get Cordelia in to see a woman as she prefers.

Amsterdam – Canal Barge & Rijks

Aug. 22nd, 2017 10:36 pm
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On the previously mentioned trip to Amsterdam, the bloke and I stayed on a canal barge in the Westerdok.

This was the much bigger cousin of the holiday barges that pootle up and down our Worcestershire canal. The main bulk of the hull served as the home of the bloke who ran the B&B. We were in the wheelhouse, overlooking the canal. The docks seem to serve as pretty much permanent moorings for the barges in this area. Each one had a small garden, and there was even a floating children’s play area.

It was surprisingly quiet given that the location is a mere 15 minute walk from Centraal Station. We could hear a distant roar of traffic, but mostly we heard the hangry cheeping of two adolescent coots and the occasional quack of a duck. We also found a great crested grebe nesting a few boats down. It was definitely brooding, as we never saw the nest unoccupied.

Urban great crested grebe nest
The nest itself was a rather wonderful construction, being a mix of urban rubbish and plant detritus, with a few hollyhocks artfully arranged around the edges. The grebe had two female mallard bodyguards, who immediately came to circle the nest at a careful distance, giving me the side-eye when I hopped down on to the dock from the pavement to take photos.

The barge proprietor tiptoed in every morning to leave us breakfast on the table next to the wheelhouse. It included a bottle of freshly squeezed orange juice, muesli, yoghurt, and hardboiled eggs nested in knitted cosies. Much as I wanted to sleep in, the prospect of getting that into my belly when I heard his footsteps got me out of bed pretty early both mornings. We received so much food at breakfast that we were able to make sandwiches from the bread and cheese to squirrel away for later. We ate these in the Vondelpark on the first day, and for supper on the second after the lunch at Rijks.

Apart from the sheer pleasure of walking around Amsterdam, we also indulged in a trip to a Michelin-starred restaurant for a very belated birthday treat for me. We spent three and a half hours eating lunch at Rijks, which is next to the Rijksmuseum. The bloke had mentioned that it was my birthday when he made the booking. As a result, in addition to our pudding, I got a white chocolate candle with sorbet and a little message inside. We sampled both white and red wines, all by Dutch winemakers “from everywhere in the world” (e.g. New Zealand and South Africa).

Photos from Rijks behind the cut.

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Srsly?

Aug. 22nd, 2017 11:35 am
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I'm trying to look at lj. It doesn't matter what browser I use, if I close down and restart, etc. I keep getting an error message whenever I try to log in saying the site has tried to "redirect" me too many times or that I need to "delete all cookies".

I...just....arggghhhh.

Birthdays

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Come Play at Interhouse Fest 2017!

Aug. 22nd, 2017 10:57 am
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Prompt Claiming is officially OPEN for the 2017 round of Interhouse Fest! Come check out all our amazing prompts and join in the fun at [livejournal.com profile] interhouse_fest!

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If you don't use/follow LJ regularly, please follow us on another platform! I'm going to try to get the DW site up and running ASAP, so please add [community profile] interhouse_fest to your reading list! (Is that right, I'm still trying to get this DW lingo down! *facepalm*) We also post reminders and info via [twitter.com profile] interhouse_fest and [tumblr.com profile] interhouse_fest if you'd like to follow us there! [personal profile] gelsey & I are slowly getting with the times and attempting to figure out all the cool new places. Bear with us. We're poky but determined!

Hope to see you over there!

Happy Birthday!

Aug. 22nd, 2017 08:58 pm
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Happy birthday to [personal profile] elsaf! I hope you have a wonderful day and wish you an even better (and fire-free) year to come!

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Aug. 21st, 2017 11:03 pm
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This isn't really a post. It's a notice that I am still alive and hope to post tomorrow. Today kind of wrecked me, and I must sleep.

Eclipse photos!

Aug. 21st, 2017 04:26 pm
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What an amazing experience. I don't really even know how to explain what it felt like, how everything was so familiar and yet still so alien. Just. Awesome.

Music meme: day 21 of 30

Aug. 21st, 2017 12:50 pm
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A favourite song with a person's name in the title: Several options for this one, but I'm going with Hey there Delilah by Plain White T's. I generally really like songs that tell a bit of a story, and I can imagine the characters in this one so vividly. I like the balance of emotions; it's a sad song about missing a lover, but it's also optimistic and the music is at least somewhat catchy. And I like that they're apart because they're both pursuing their careers, it's not some passive muse waiting for her artist boyfriend to come home. It's not my usual musical style; indeed I discovered it simply by listening to chart radio like some young person who's in touch with the recent music scene.

Besides, I've been in long-distance relationships pretty much my entire adult life, so I can really relate. But no longer; I haven't posted about this in public yet, but in a couple of weeks I'm properly moving to Cambridge. So I'll be living full time in the same house as my husband and the same town as my Other Significant Others. And I won't be spending every Friday and Sunday evening commuting. I'm really really looking forward to this next phase in my life, but also at the moment up to my ears in arranging the move, and quite emotional about leaving the situation I've been settled in for 8 years.

This weekend I lead my last Shabbat morning service with my lovely community. They are understandably nervous about the future without me, and I will miss them absolutely terribly. I talked a bit about Re'eh, making sure that there's no comparison between Moses saying farewell to the Israelites and me saying farewell now. I discussed keeping sanctity while you're living in an imperfect situation, far away from Jewish centres. What compromises can you make (eating meat without making a Temple sacrifice) and what lines can't be crossed (worshipping in Pagan sites)? Then it will go well for you and your children after you, for all of time, because you will do what is good and right in the eyes of the Eternal your God. And we ate cakes made by my sister and the community gave me some really nice silver Shabbat candlesticks with engraved stands.

[personal profile] jack came up to help me sort the flat out. In lots of ways the decision making is the harder part of packing than the physical labour, so having my husband with me was an amazing help. I am really looking forward to living with him and properly sharing the work of running a household, because we're such a great team. Not just one day in the distant future when our dreams come true, but next month:
We'll have it good
We'll have the life we knew we would
My word is good

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Happy Birthday!

Aug. 21st, 2017 08:50 pm
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Happy birthday to [personal profile] feliciacraft! I hope you have a wonderful day and wish you an even better year to come!