This is my quest~

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:02 pm
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I have gone to bed after 1 am consistently for the last few days, which does not bode well for when I will have to be awake and functioning before 10 AM next month. -_-; I'm still wondering how July is almost over and where the time has gone. Time has always been my enemy, but maybe we will be able to reconcile someday.

Last weekend, I house-sat for my aunt and uncle, which meant AC for a few days! *cheers* Naturally, it started to cool down outside just when I finally got access to the air conditioning. I'm home now, but I was able to enjoy it for a few days at least. It's so much easier to accomplish things when you're not hot and tired all the time.

So, after my previous post, I actually did go to the fair on Saturday and had a lovely time.Read more... )

I also signed up for the [community profile] hp_creatures fest, so hopefully I can get started on that. I will be in Oregon Thursday through Saturday for unpleasant personal reasons, but I'd like to get started before then. I have until October, but it is better that I use my time wisely, especially before school starts and consumes me. I need all the help that I can get when it comes to actually sitting down and writing anything that's over ~500 words. At least it's a pairing that I feel relatively comfortable with.

I'm supposed to go to a HP trivia night tonight at 7:30; my life is so interesting now. XD;
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We got Christmas plane tickets yesterday. Less than a grand, which is a lot less than we'd been fearing. But not much less than a grand, so still involves juggling money around and me being so stressed I not only make Andres sort it out, I don't even want him to give me options or ask me questions unless it's absolutely necessary. It was a vague relief that it wasn't any more expensive than it needs to be.

I still haven't heard back one way or another about the job I interviewed for last Thursday. I told myself I'd email them today to ask but then didn't because just the thought of doing so made my also in prickly and my stomach clench. My anxiety is still on a hair trigger right now. They can tell me later why I didn't get the job, if they want, but I don't expect to get much useful feedback from these kinds of things so I won't mind if they don't.

Todsy I idly tweeted that I follow so many linguists that I'm starting to be jealous I'm not one. Andrew took this and ran with it, researching what kind of student loans/grants I could get and whether local universities have linguistics courses on clearing. He's even set me up a UCAS account, bless him. It's always bugged me that I never finished my degree, and that I was doing the wrong degree, and at the wrong time. But none of that has ever made me feel like I can do anything about it before, so I don't know what's feeling so different now. A little part of me is really loving the possibility, though.

Well, I wasn't expecting that!

Jul. 25th, 2017 04:49 pm
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I just won a free one-year subscription to a magazine put out by Cricket! We already get Cricket, so I went with Muse. Fingers crossed that the girls like it.

Choices Made With Ease

Jul. 25th, 2017 02:42 pm
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Title: Choices Made With Ease
Fandom/Warning/Rating:
Sherlock Holmes (ACD), ambiguous ending, rated G
Word Count: 293 words
Summary: Saving Holmes was what was important. The consequences of that success meant little to Watson.
Author's Note: Written for the [community profile] watsons_woes "Healer's Choice: One person Watson chose not to save" prompt.

Choices Made With Ease

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Jul. 25th, 2017 12:57 pm
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Polyamory and autism

...in conclusion, I am polya?

(I have not been so identifying because reasons. But this article points out a couple things I hadn't thought about.)

Yay Mango Languages app

Jul. 25th, 2017 12:05 pm
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...so how do I type (what I presume are) hiragana with an American keyboard?

...wait

victory may be mine

こんにちは

\o/

More books

Jul. 25th, 2017 11:29 pm
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Today I read two more entire books? I don't know, apparently I've just magically found my Intensive Reading Skills.

One of them was even thesis-relevant, so props to me. I took pictures of useful pages on my phone, so now I need to go back through my gallery and make notes, but anyway, work is being done. It was also just a very beautiful and sometimes very sad book. I sat in the library and cried quietly a couple of times in the middle of it. So if anybody else wants to read a series of autobiographical vignettes about a young girl in China during the Cultural Revolution with a faintly magical realism kind of feeling to it, When Huai Flowers Bloom - Shujiang Lu . I have read A Large Number of these memoirs by now, and this one stood out.

The other one was What's Left Of Me - Kat Zhang , which was very Young Adult Dystopian Fiction in tone, but with a surprisingly original premise: all humans are born as two distinct personalities in a single body, but over the early childhood years, one of them will fade, leaving only the stronger person. So the main relationship in the book is between Eva and Addie, who share a body (the plot being that neither ever faded, and thus as a Hybrid (here we are with the YA Dramatic Capitalised Nouns), they are a threat to the American Way Of Life). There are romantic subplots, but I enjoyed that the focus was on the two girls and how they navigated sharing something so fundamental.

peeks at the news

Jul. 25th, 2017 12:36 am
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shuts the computer down and goes to bed.

today and tomorrow

Jul. 24th, 2017 08:59 pm
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Today I am grateful for:

- rereading the Toby Daye books

- lots of new nonfiction books

- coffee, meds, food I know is okay, sunlight, naps, all the things that help me feel functional

- shiny objects like metal washers that are just there waiting for someone to pick them up and polish them and make treasures

- a partner who loves me and pets me when I just want to lie there and be a flat cat

Slight case of brainweasels and fwump: Read more... )

Taking a break from Sense 8

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:10 pm
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And watching "The Worst Witch", a children's show. Which would be relaxing except for all teh second hand embarassment I feel as the main character gets into all kinds of scrapes. I enjoy her acting though, her name is Bella Ramsey and she plays Lyanna Mormont on Game of Thrones. That child blows all the child actors in this show out of the water.

Nine reasons I love Wyn

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:07 pm
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From [livejournal.com profile] dimity_blue's journal prompt: 10 reasons why you love something/someone/someplace.

"Wyn" is a nickname for the local area where I currently live. (Referring to the land itself, not the neighborhood.)

1. It's a lovely place for walks.

2. There are convenient places to sit on the grass and read.

3. It's close to a major airport, so I get to watch the planes going by. (I love planes!)

4. I see a variety of interesting plants.

5. Some of those plants are also useful to me, and I'm grateful to have them nearby.

6. The local wildlife seems to like it, and I like seeing them.

7. It's right at the edge of the city, so it's not busy or crowded.

8. It has a certain feel to it that I love: I find it both peaceful and energizing.

9. The energy of the place not only feels nice to me, but has also helped me to feel better on many occasions when I wasn't feeling well, and I really appreciate that.

I couldn't come up with 10 things, so it's been sitting as a draft for a while. I think I'm happy with the nine.

fmlllll

Jul. 24th, 2017 08:08 pm
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*spends two hours crocheting part of a shawl that is supposed, excluding any row-currently-in-progress, to be rectangular throughout the process*

*puts it down for several hours*

*picks it back up and discovers it's trapezoidal*
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I'm trying to turn over a new leaf. I have to accept that there just aren't (enough) 'good' days when I'm fired up and willing to take on everything that needs doing, and that thus I need to have some way of getting things under control despite pain/nausea/lethargy/ennui. As of yesterday, the goals include get off the computer no later than 9:30pm, read a book until no later than 11pm, turn the light off by 11pm. (I managed this yesterday!). In the mornings (other than weekends), get up by 8am, eat breakfast somewhere other than bed, and (unless I have appointments) go for a walk. Today, I did this, with a task of dropping expired medications at the pharmacy, and then purchasing anti-histamines for eldest. I then rewarded myself with a coffee at the local cafe, and time to read a book. This won’t be a common thing, but we ran out of caffinated coffee grounds yesterday, and might not have more until Wednesday, depending on whether eldest is willing to go shopping for me.

And then to work on a specific to do list. I’m using a single piece of A4 paper for the work week, and only allowing myself as many tasks in a day as can be fit in a column. So, today’s list included the above pharmacy run, making a skin check appointment, and a bunch of paperwork. By 10:30am, I'd done half the columne (yes, the easy to get done stuff, but not necessarily the *fast* stuff).

By dinnertime,I'd done most of the rest. Some of it required more computer time than I had during the day, but I’m pretty happy with what I got done. The idea of not trying to fit more in to the week than I can fit on an A4 piece of paper — has potential (although I have to remember to make each thing doable in a small time, or a specific part of a larger task).

and I'm writing this at not quite 9:30pm, and I have a book or two picked out to read some more of. Last night I managed to finish up two near finished ones, so feeling pretty happy about that...

Books!

Jul. 24th, 2017 06:36 pm
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Today I unintentionally sat down and read the entirety of Size Zero , a memoir by a French woman who had a brief and somewhat horrifying career as a supermodel and wound up with an eating disorder.

Mostly I am just kind of bemused that I went from idly browsing the library new books display to sitting down for an hour and a half and finishing thing book in one go, given it is not at all my usual genre, and recently I've been having trouble finding the time and motivation to read the (also very readable) autobiographies I must read for my thesis.

I guess it just proves that Literally Anything is more appealing that the thign you have to do.

Anyway, it was quite engaging and quite compelling, so I guess that was an hour and a half unintentionally well-spent.

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Jul. 24th, 2017 03:10 am
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New type of soft, growing robot created

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