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10 January 2017 @ 08:49 pm
It's so nice in the kitchen by the wood stove. It's so very, very cold upstairs in the bedroom. Nights like this, when we were kids, our parents would bring our mattresses to the kitchen and we would all camp out. I miss that.

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Curried Goat in a paper cup
06 January 2017 @ 06:21 pm
I spent my day having tea and cake with an auntie and getting all the news. It feels like a different world up there. On the one hand I adore my aunt and think it's a damned shame she's surrounded by crazy people. On the other, when I try to tell Eor the basic outline of who's not talking to who and why it sounds like invented drama. On the third, I think I could write probably write a novel series off it all. I should probably just change the names and go for it.

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Curried Goat in a paper cup
31 December 2016 @ 10:31 am
When people say they're going to explain something and what they do instead is give you history. Combined with 'Star Power Bait and Switch' where you wait for the star and they do the last third of the presentation, but it's no more in-depth than the part the non-star did.

Weird Al Yankovick Explains AutoTune:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aShimWnbiu4

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Curried Goat in a paper cup
19 December 2016 @ 04:07 am
Anyone can be in Rockland at 0730, right? But can I be there with my shit together? I hate getting up at 0230. I had set my alarm for 0300, but my subconscious waa apparently not sure that was sufficient.

And then my subconscious also was apparently lonely and wanted Eor up, too, because I popped the bathroom door latch by accident, which sounds ridiculously loud - almost like the neighbors are shooting things - in the early morning quiet. In my defense, I had just opened the other bathroom door (there's one at each end) with the intention of going down the back stairs so as not to bother him, and the doors, because it's an old house, hang differently - the front-end door needs to be pushed in tight before the latch is lifted or it makes that horrible noise, but the back-end door needs to be lifted before you can move it out of the frame.

Oh well, off for the fun.

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Curried Goat in a paper cup
16 December 2016 @ 04:41 pm
Well, this was an exhausting day. It's hypothetically my day off, but I had a physical therapy appointment to discuss my wrist and hip problems at 07:30am, did a bunch of errands, and at 2:30 pm had a cortisone injection in my wrist, did another errand and a half, and all during a day that started at -5F and ended at 1F. The cold is exhausting. Getting my wrist iced by a PT person was painful, getting the shot was stressful, the aftermath of the shot is painful. I'm beat.

ETA:
And regardless of how tired and hurty I am, I have to build fires.

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Curried Goat in a paper cup
03 November 2016 @ 09:02 pm
I managed to do a round trip today of 332 miles for work - to Rockland, Bar Harbor, Augusta, then back to Portland. Google says this takes 6 hours 40 minutes, but it took me 9 hours, with road construction, rain, stopping to pee and later to eat, and of course the actual point of the trip, the data downloads I had to collect. However, the good thing is that I knew it would take this long. I have developed a habit of adding a half hour or so to Google's estimate for every two hours, so I shaved an hour off my work time yesterday so I could use it today. So, maybe I'm developing time management skills?

ETA: Only bad thing; I may have food poisoned myself, because I bought some hard boiled eggs at a rest stop and now I feel horrible.

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26 October 2016 @ 02:54 pm
I have an unusual mid-week day off because someone wanted to trade days off so she can go to her cousin's wedding on the weekend, so I was able to Skype with my brother Hawk and niece! :) He works four ten-hour days and has weekends and Wednesdays off, so he gets to be full on Daddy on Wednesdays, which he loves. :)

I was just scanning back through my entries trying to see if I've assigned my niece a nickname. She doesn't really need one since she's the only niece I have, but it seems right. And as I was looking back I found that I had mentioned in July that Hawk, his Mate Minx, and the child can all TALK. This holds true for today as well - I barely got a word in edgewise. :) Her diction isn't perfect, and she's still working on sentences, but she's fine with three syllable words. She found Daddy's pill minder and made him eat his 'supplements.' The very first thing she told me was "I use potty!" Not even "hello," first. She's very proud of herself. :) Not out of the diapers yet, but starting. "Someone put the tree in the bag!" actually referred to a good sized stick, with which she showed me her cool staff-fighting moves, and almost nailed Daddy a few times with her 'tree.' :)

Proper nicks are difficult. Hawk got that name from an actual shaman he studied with, but his Mate calls him "Monkey" and herself "Minx." I considered calling her Chick, because she is the child of Hawk. A baby hawk can also be called an 'eyas', I find. At one point when she was eating her breakfast and continually requesting more blueberries, Hawk said, "You eat so many blueberries we'll have to call you Sal," a reference to "Blueberries for Sal," a book every kid from Maine reads. :) She doesn't have a copy, yet, so I'll send it to her. :) I don't know, maybe a proper nick will wait a bit longer.

Eventually I left them to clean up and get ready to go to dance class. I hope the blueberry stain comes off her face, not to mention out of her pink shirt. :)

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Curried Goat in a paper cup
17 October 2016 @ 04:36 pm
My niece is growing up so fast, on the other side of the country, and I'm not getting to interact with her as much as I would like. Can one recommend me a reputable site to download a Facetime app that will run on a Windows PC, with no input from any Apple devices (which I don't have)? I found a site, ( https:\/\/facetimeforwindowspc.org\/facetime-for-pc\ ) but I'm not sure I trust it. (Tried Skype, but apparently that's too outdated for my brother to handle.)

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11 September 2016 @ 08:50 am
I just realized I haven't posted in almost a month. Have been ridiculously busy, tired all the time, but nothing much to talk about.

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12 August 2016 @ 07:20 am
Yesterday, my 50th birthday - my Golden Jubilee as Butonquail characterized it - shall be known as The Birthday On Which I Shingled A Roof. Not a house roof, just a gently sloped shed roof, but given the heat, the biting insects and working until we needed headlamps it was all in all An Experience.

When we finally had enough fun for the evening we didn't really have the energy for a complicated dinner, so I ended up with two pancakes, two fried eggs, and half a bottle of wine.

Today I have a dental cleaning, need to pick up two more bundles of shingles, and otherwise it's dishes and laundry and hiding the mess on my desk. When Eor gets home from work we have to finish the last few courses of shingles, or at least get as much done as we can before 7pm, when our company shows up. It's Reading Night yet again, and as per tradition I have not chosen anything to read. The current book I'm reading (re-reading) is Pratchett, "Night Watch," and I'm loving the heck out of it once again, but not finding anything particular that sticks out as a good passage to read aloud.

I obviously do not have time to read fanfiction today, so I'm leaving a link here to remind myself to check out a collection of links Copperbadge posted: http://copperbadge.livejournal.com/3803337.html?mode=reply#add_comment Usually I take Copperbadge's recommendations and download them all onto my Nook to read during lunch at work, though a full lunch period with nobody interrupting me is rare these days.

I just realized that the lunch I packed yesterday is still in my bag. I guess I'll have to throw that away. And it was quite good chicken tikka masala, even if it was only from a jar. Shame. I did eat, but a microwave was not available since I was driving all day, so I grabbed a quick hot dog at a stand in Rockland which my family always traditionally frequented, Wasses. So that was my birthday treat. ;)

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