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"You can bring anything you want on vacation, as long as you can carry it yourself in one trip."


Jan. 11th, 2010 10:59 am
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[livejournal.com profile] sebastian_tombs asked me about five of my icons, so behind the cut are the explanations.

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Rosemary, hot baths, silliness, pasta, thunderstorms, featherbeds, the color green, SmartWool socks, most dogs, cats in general, my cats in particular, books, embroidery, things that make me think, warm weather, cheese, languages, trivia, chocolate, blue jeans, bad puns, good jokes, movies with explosions in them, history, singing, Looney Tunes, experimental food, butterflies, peaches, the ocean, the smell of hot pavement being rained on, old wood stoves, being barefoot, flowers, wild places, new adventures, omelets, elephants, bright colors, silver, snakes, cherries, houses with character, Beethoven, flying in airplanes, wireless internet access, most of the works of Rudyard Kipling, raptors, snow as a concept, martial arts, fresh bread with honey, sunsets, manual labor, bagpipes, intelligent humor, aquariums, ice cream and koosh balls.

What do you like?
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I took a lot of the groceries I bought yesterday and made good stuff out of them. (Still have to make tzatziki, though.)
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I left home at 10:00 this morning and just got back at 3:00, and went all over the place and indulged myself a bit, and it was marvelous.
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Today is Friday, and it's a much better day all around than yesterday was.
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I got through a hellish lot of work today, despite multiple attempts to the contrary by the universe in general.
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An overwhelming majority of my coworkers like my new favorite shirt, and said so.
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The weather was just lovely for walking home, slowly, in. So I did.
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Snip remembered that she knows how to purr, and purred at me. She's very good at it when she remembers she can do it.
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Having been tagged by [livejournal.com profile] siercia yesterday to post about at least one happy thing for eight days, here's yesterday's:

I found the latest No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency book, which I didn't even know existed, in a bookstore yesterday, and read it outdoors.
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A meme from [livejournal.com profile] kaasirpent:

Make a comment in this entry. I'll go to your profile, pick 3 userpics and interests, and then you explain them in your journal.

3 pictures )

3 interests )
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Stolen from several people (wording stolen from [livejournal.com profile] mangosteen):

Give me a suggestion for something to do in the coming year that is 2009. Large, small, serious, silly -- but really mean that you think I ought to do it.

All comments screened.
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Here are three things I've done that I don't think anyone on my friends list has done:

1. Voluntarily stood under a waterfall in Ohio in February

2. Spent most of a night in the lobby of a Citibank office

3. Written and presented a paper at an academic conference for fun

Details of any of the above available on request.
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March, it seems, is Question Month, so if you have a burning (or otherwise) question for me, ask it. (Comments screened; answers will be provided.)


Mar. 8th, 2007 01:27 pm
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Do I want to know? Kinda.
Do I need to know? No.
Do I want to deal with information I wish I hadn't got? Hell, no.

Therefore, no meme.


The next several weeks are going to be highly unpleasant, while we shake out who's doing what for whom with the crew we've got now, and who's going to do what for whom if we ever actually get permanent full-time help. Right now we've got two part-time people and a temp. What we really need is a replacement for L, a clone of me and a senior appointments person who doesn't do junior appointments (P&R is a tremendous time sink, and it's always stealing people right when I need SOP materials reviewed).


Still freezing. Still got mucilage in the sinuses. (Still not king, dammit? Or is that Still not queen, since this is me?) Would be looking for apartments except for lack of time during the day and utter lack of energy by the end of the day. Giving up trombone lessons at the end of the month due to lack of budget.

Tired. Busy. Wishing for warmer weather.
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1. Explain what ended your last relationship? different lives
2. When was the last time you shaved? Monday morning
3. What were you doing this morning at 8 a.m.? reading news
4. What were you doing 15 minutes ago? being busy
5. Are you any good at math? not much
6. Your prom night? years ago
7. Do you have any famous ancestors? who, me?
8. Have you had to take a loan out for school? of course
9. Do you know the words to the song on your myspace profile? doesn't exist
10. Last thing received in the mail? junk mail
11. How many different beverages have you had today? just two
12. Do you ever leave messages on people's answering machine? silly question
13. Who did you lose your CONCERT virginity to? haven't yet
14. Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach? not usually
15. What's the most painful dental procedure you've had? wisdom teeth
16. What is out your back door? fire escape
17. Any plans for Friday night? not yet
18. Do you like what the ocean does to your hair? salty disorder!
19. Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different popcorns? bleah, ptui
20. Have you ever been to a planetarium? long ago
21. Do you re-use towels after you shower? at home
22. Some things you are excited about? new co-workers
23. What is your favorite flavor of JELLO? maarginally edible
24. Describe your keychain(s)? aluminum triskelion
25. Where do you keep your change? plastic box
26. When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group of people? last March
27. What kind of winter coat do you own? several kinds
28. What was the weather like on your graduation day? which one?
29.Do you sleep with the door to your room open or closed? closed, usually
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Inspired by [livejournal.com profile] cuilean, some things I would tell my 16-year-old self:

- Lay off the driving tests for a while. You're not ready for it.

- Learn to trust people. Not everybody who asks you out will do it to embarrass you.

- Remember that dream about knowing several languages? Go after it.

- Listen to the voice in the back of your head. If you're dating somebody and it starts to feel off, get out of it. You'll get over the being lonely.

- Oberlin will be good for you, but taking Russian at 9 AM isn't a good idea.

- Don't get annoyed at having to spend a night elsewhere during your senior year. You'll spend it in a different elsewhere than you think, as a result of which you'll learn what "in love" feels like.

- Don't go to karate when you can't keep your mind in the dojo. You'll get hurt.

- You and your sister are different people. Don't dwell on what she's got that you haven't got. Go be your own person and enjoy it. (Sooner or later, your relatives will figure it out too.)

- Grad school will be an escape from the job you should have quit two years before. It will be the most fun you've ever had academically, and the least fun you've ever had socially. It will also get you to stand up in front of complete strangers and talk seriously about Captain Najork and his Hired Sportsmen.

- Don't forget how to play.
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We opened a can of worms yesterday, and I really hope it isn't going to turn into a long, drawn-out, political battle. It shouldn't; what it really requires is for HMS Faculty Services and MGH to talk to each other and leave HMS Faculty Affairs (which is my department) out of it.

Anyway, today being a nice day, I left the kitchen door open this morning and remembered to take out the recycling, so I think I might have a kitchen again. Except for the lack-of-counter problem, at least, but that will only be solved by either moving or rearranging my entire living room and extending the kitchen into it. Not gonna happen, though, because cooking and carpet don't go together.

I think today calls for eating lunch outdoors, preferably in the quad on the grass somewhere, and also preferably barefoot. I might even do something radical tomorrow and wear a skirt if it's nice out again. (Shocking, I know.)

The copier is making worrisome noises, and I'm going to be using it a lot next week. Maybe I'd better mention that to somebody.

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