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A few weeks ago, I was working and an acquaintance stopped by the children's book to check out a book for her son - Ender's Game. I said something like "Oh, what a great book!" and we chatted about it for a few minutes. Today, I was volunteering in reference, and I saw this woman standing in the children's department. She must have seen me standing at the desk, because she came over and said, Hey, he finished Ender's Game, so what's next?" I found the list of the Ender series for her and we discussed it (was it appropriate for a 12-year-old boy, etc.). She left, and the reference librarian said "Oh, I'm so glad we finally have someone around here who reads science fiction!" Hmmm, I think I just pigeon-holed myself, mostly in a good way. It's always nice to show them that you have special unduplicated skills, right? :) How long before they are sending all the geeks my way???? :)

Also at the library, the librarian and I were in a massive discussion about books and book clubs, and she was showing me a book that she just read which apparently has an unreliable narrator. I love unreliable narrators, when it's done right. (When it's not, I hate it. I'm looking at you, Lucy Snow of Vilette!) I just read Double Negative not too long ago, and couldn't decide if the narrator was unreliable or not, which added to the fun of the book. (BTW, [livejournal.com profile] ellen_fremedon, that book might be right up your alley, if you like that sort of thing.) Who is your favorite unreliable narrator?

Also along library-lines, for one of my classes this quarter, we have to answer questions for online reference at the IPL, and I just got to answer the BESTEST question EVAR, about trickster characters! Whee!
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* Elena went to the dentist yesterday and she was faaaaaaabulous. The one part she didn't like was the chair leaning back, but they were perfectly willing to work with her on that point as much as they could...... She let them count her teeth and look around, and she let them clean her teeth too. She even answered questions when they asked her something! *My* child!

* I'm cold and I'm sick of winter. Done.

* I'm avoiding my stats homework right now; can you tell?

* Elena's obsession this week is talking about her baby sister. Not a potential sister, a real one. I can't decide if she means one of her dolls, or an imaginary friend. She does not seem interested in our explanations that she will not be getting a brother or sister of any type.

* I'm staying healthy, dammit, and I'm not giving in to this cold.

* Winter quarter is already half over! Quarters go by soooo fast. I need to figure out what to take next quarter already. It will be one required class (kind of techie-oriented, I think), and my first *elective*. Should it be cataloging? Public library service? Literature for young adults? Are those even classes I want? Sooooo difficult.....

* Okay, time to go look at t-scores and z-scores. Or whatever.
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I don't *do* it very often.... but every so often, I just have to write a letter to a magazine. Last month (maybe?) Glamour had a cover article about some actress (maybe someone from Desperate Housewives? Not the point), and the article started with them asking her about her weight and had she gained any weight (oh no! of course not! those are just weird tabloid rumors!) and/or was she pregnant (oh no! of course not! those are just weird tabloid rumors!); only once these important things were dealt with could the rest of the interview proceed. They even had a pull quote on the first page about how ridiculous Hollywood's obsession with the weight of actresses was.

So, I went off on a rant, as you do, and wrote them a reasonably nasty letter about how JUST MAYBE by starting off the interview with this topic they were implying that it was the most important thing I needed to know about her, and therefore, they were contributing to that obsession they claim to decry. Something like that. I don't think I was very coherent. *grin* It was just a rant I had to get off my chest. I ended by saying that I thought when my subscription runs out I won't be renewing, because they've really turned into Cosmo-Lite these days, and if I wanted that I could just buy Cosmo.

I got the usual email response (oh! we support all women! and once occasionally sometimes use plus-sized models, no rilly!! And we appreciate your input, blah blah blah). This was all several weeks ago.

Today I got an email that the editors are "considering" printing my letter, and could I let them know how I'd like my name and city to appear?

I swear, every time I write a letter to a national magazine, this happens. (The other times, it's usually been nice, at least.) Elena got her picture in Ms., I wrote a quick note to Food & Wine a handful of years ago..... It's bizarre. I'm not *that* eloquent. Is it that no one writes letters (of praise or complaint) anymore? :)

p.s. But how much you wanna bet they cut out the part about Cosmo-Lite? :)
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Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] sanj! You rock the whole world! *hugs*


Jan. 31st, 2009 02:37 pm
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So, I found a link this morning to a site that will analyze the "personality" of your blog and assign it a Myers-Briggs type. This LJ?

Personally, I usually test as an INTJ or something like it )

Okay, conflict-avoidant, yes. But the rest?? Not even close. V. amusing.
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Life with Elena these days is like living with a surrealist comedian. Who sings and makes up her own lyrics on my fly.
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Elena is equal parts whiny and hyper today, but I got her to sit down after Biden was sworn in. Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma were playing, and she's rather taken with violins, so I pointed out the instruments, and showed her the cello (I'm not sure she's seen one before), and she said she thought she'd play the violin someday.

Then Roberts was introduced and the Obamas came up. She spent most of the actual oath part looking at Michelle Obama (who shares a name with one of E's teachers) and noticing the sparkly gold dress and I pointed out the girls (see, those are his little girls!). When [livejournal.com profile] galagan came in a minute later, she pointed out Malia and Sasha to him, as well as Michelle. Then I told her that I wanted to listen to Obama talking, and she has stayed relatively quiet. (He's finishing up now - I'm half listening.)

I don't think she'll remember this day, but maybe. Maybe.

I teared up a few times earlier - I will totally lose my rep as a cynic. I liked the speech - sort of a call to arms. It's an exciting day, to be sure.
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Okay, my week has finally turned around. :)

* I had two concerts this weekend, and they are now over! (There was nothing wrong with them, I just wasn't in the mood, and this wasn't my favorite music ever. Except 2 short songs by Holst, and that's not enough to propel me happily forward, apparently.)

* Yesterday, we bought a new dining room table! Just like that! I am given to understand that normal people go shopping and sometimes spend money, but we usually have to agonize over purchases for MONTHS before we allow ourselves to spend. We ventured out to a couple of antique stores in Pittsfield, and at the second one, we saw a gorgeous gorgeous table, and I think we both fell a little in love on first sight. And the price was so so so much lower than what one would pay for a new table!!!!! So. We'll get it Tuesday. And then we need to get new chairs too. Now we can actually have people over and have somewhere to seat them! We can reciprocate for all those people who have had us over for dinner! \O/

* An actual Girl Scout came to my door this afternoon selling cookies. Need I say more? No more having to hope that I will stumble upon them hawking cookies at the grocery store or the mall! \O/

* For those of you not following [livejournal.com profile] galagan's status updates on Facebook - we just got Rock Band 2. I can sing, no problem, but I suck at the instruments. (Even on Easy - I'm sort of pathetic.) Yay, what fun! \O/

* My daughter is absolutely hilarious. If this is a preview of what 4-years-old will be like, it's going to be a fun year. :) Tonight she drew a picture of "the step-mother, Anastasia and Drizella" and another of Cinderella with most of the planets around her. Her own special spin on the fairy tale. Yeah. If she's not asking constant questions, she's singing made-up songs or racing around the house like crazy. It's a riot. Also, exhausting.
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I am having a bad week.... nothing dire, just petty little details ganging up to conspire against me. Something like that. Too busy, not enough time to get everything done, not enough motivation to get moving during those chances when I *do* have free time..... It's just this week. I am pretty sure that most of the main factors will have dissipated or disappeared by next week. So I just have to keep moving forward.....

But I went to the grocery store earlier. I usually have a general policy of not buying junk food, because then it isn't in the house, and you can't eat it. Today, however..... I bought Fig Newtons, pretzels, Tings (um, sort of organic cheese puffs that are awesomely awesome), *and* Goldfish. (The only thing that stopped me from buying potato chips was the knowledge that we already had an unopened bag at home.) I think I'm having some mega-savory-carb-laden-snack-cravings. Just a wee bit.

But. I just made a decision to overcome a stupid petty grudge from a few years back and sent a friend request to someone on Facebook. She was um, kind of caught up (from my perspective) in my leaving Planned Parenthood - almost an innocent bystander (though not quite). But none of it was *her* fault. And I always liked her. So, I'm feeling magnanimous and beneficent and like a mature adult here.

Also, I am wearing a fuzzy lambswool sweater (I think I bought it at Goodwill for felting, and then decided it was too pretty to wash and cut up) and long underwear (so I am feeling no cold) - and I'm sitting under a fleece blanket in a sunbeam. Okay, my life isn't so bad.

Okay. I'm going to read my damn stats homework. NOW.
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[livejournal.com profile] galagan and I decided a long time ago that we were only going to have one child. We like our little family of three, and frankly, I is not good with infants and can't imagine doing that again (huge props to those of you who do so!). Last year, I gave away all my pregnancy books - it was a way of saying to myself "Hey, I'm not doing that again, so I don't need these." Today was even bigger: I sold our crib to a friend with a new baby. I'm not wistful exactly, or sad either..... but it felt momentous, carrying the pieces of the crib out to her car and putting them in back. When I told her about it, Elena agreed that Baby N will put the crib to good use.

To add to that, last night [livejournal.com profile] galagan bought a booster seat for E, because she is growing out of her car-seat. The booster seat just works with the regular seatbelt and puts the child and the belt in good position in relation to each other. How did my girl get so big? This seat is for 30-100 pounds. She could be sitting on this till she's ready for college.

She's been using bigger and bigger words lately, sometimes with hilarious results. She has used the word "appropriations" several times recently - at least that's what it sounds like. But it's always in a context where her meaning is quite vague. The best definition I've been able to get from her seems to be akin to "frustration". She has also used the word "processes" a few times, and "properties" (as in, the properties of this item are blah blah blah).

When I dropped her off at school this morning, her best friend A came over to say hi. Then Elena went over to.... um, A2 (the other girl in their class), and gave her a big hug. A2 pulled A into a three-way hug. Awww.

In other news, my eye hurts, my back hurts a little too, I got a summons today for jury duty (I've never served!) in April, and I don't think I understand one of my homework assignments at ALL. It's too early in the quarter to be confused!!!!!
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So, we were listening in the car to [livejournal.com profile] ellinor's awesome new 90s mix (and it is awesome), so I was in a 90s kind of mood, and then we arrived at the diner for breakfast and someone was playing "Brown Eyed Girl" on the jukebox, and I said "This would be on the soundtrack for my freshman year of college."

And thus it was born - I started coming up with the list of songs would be my college soundtrack. Songs that instantly evoke for me (and likely, no one else) that place and time. (For those who don't know, the years in question are 1990-94.)

I'm still finessing the list. It was songs that popped into my head during discussion about it - and then I came home and dredged up old mix tapes, which had a few others I had forgotten. Funny thing: there is a strong core of songs that speak of My Freshman Year, and then the other 3 years kind of blur together - it's harder to remember whether I'm remembering sophomore or senior year or what..... Anyway, this was fun.

songs below the cut )

Some of those remind me of dancing at parties at the row houses; some are in-jokes; some are songs my neighbors would blast so that the whole building could hear it; some are very specific memories. Gods, I might just have to make that. Because that would be beyond awesome.

I'd ask if I missed any, but that assumes y'all were right there in the same times and places with me. Which only a few of you actually were. *grin*

ETA: I almost forgot Nothing Compares 2 U, by Sinead O'Connor. I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] saltcod remembers why. :)
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Because I was curious, I made a list of all the books I read in 2008. By my quick count, it's 143 books! I had almost forgotten a few from the beginning of the year, so this was a nice reminder. (There are some stinkers on there too.) All in all, it was a good reading year.

long list beneath the cut )
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I've been complaining too much lately, so I'm going to try and turn that around.....

Baggage = delivered to my front porch in the middle of the night. Woo!

Laundry = massive amounts, now waiting to be folded

Cookies = one batch made

House = starting to clean up

Yuletide = sifted through people's rec posts, and am now slowly going through the list

Breathing = I am hopeful that I will someday get to do it properly and easily

Dinner = almost ready

House Guests = soon!!!!
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To sum up:

* We got everyone sick for Christmas! Whee! For Christmas breakfast, everyone had various quickbreads and a glass of Emergen-C.

* Elena was also sick for Christmas - had a rough night, didn't want to get up even for PRESENTS, and then was totally overwhelmed and overstimulated. She got a lot of great stuff though.

* On Boxing Day we saw a couple of friends, and then everyone slept (see above, re: SICK).

* We made all our flights yesterday, but only with the traditional breakneck-heartpounding-run-through-O'Hare (I never *see* anything in that airport - just lights flashing by), which was made all the more lovely by my collapsing at the gate in a Very Special Coughing Fit. Then we found out that the flight attendants for the Albany flight were coming from.... the plane we'd just been on, so we should have had no need to run.

* Elena slept for a huge portion of the day.

* Of course, my baggage did not make it on that flight, but the box of Christmas presents did arrive with us (barely surviving the trip, actually).

* And then I was up half the night coughing again.

* Today is officially a lazy day - we all slept in till 10 (Elena didn't even get to bed till 1, and we were later than that), and there will be many naps and cups of tea. And waiting for baggage. Period.

* The word "wrecked" has been used to describe how I feel all too often for the past 3 weeks. MAKE IT STOP.

* Very happy to be home. Yay.

ETA: United now claims that my bag will be delivered sometime tonight! Wooo! (Do we believe them? *grin*)
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Let's see - quick update.

My bag did come the next day, and that's good. [livejournal.com profile] galagan was pretty exhausted after his ordeal (sleeping in the airport....) and has gone back down under the cold we've all been sick with. For my birthday dinner, we went out to the Korean-Japanese restaurant in town and all shared lots of yummy food (my sister: this tempura won't keep and yours will, so here - eat some!). Tonight we made Indian food (and my father made some at his house and brought it over) and had a feast. After dinner we sang Christmas carols - we had a pianist and one per part, mostly - which was fabulous. And there's been lots of cooking and baking for our big Christmas Day party. It's snowing and still rather cold, but mostly not below zero anymore (this counts as a good thing). Elena is adjusting to sleeping in a strange room / bed. I got COOL BIRTHDAY PRESENTS WHEEE!!!! (Cute new clothes; a bread machine (which I've been wanting a lot); some awesome DVDs of Broadway favorites; a food processor)

There are some fambly issues, as always - but mostly things have been pretty good. The next few days will get caught up in the trajectory and rush of Christmas, and then it's practically time to go home......
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Some of you have probably heard my Worst Ever Holiday Travel Story which involved getting stuck in the Denver airport on my 23rd birthday with no way to get to Montana and ended with illegally renting a car. We VERY NEARLY had a repeat of that yesterday (except it wasn't my birthday yet, and I'm old enough to rent a freaking car by now, if it had come to that!) - but it worked out and Elena and I were the last 2 people on the plane out of Denver and landed in Billings at 1 a.m. That's Mountain Time, for those of you keeping score. Yes, last 2 people on the plane, not 3. [livejournal.com profile] galagan got to spend the night in a massage chair at DEN and flew standby this morning. My bag of course, is nowhere to be found. Last night they claimed it was in Denver and today they don't know where it is. Lovely. Fsckers.

Elena was a real trouper, though. Fabulous child.

So, we're here and it's minus one zillion degrees. And I'm wearing my favorite sweater, and might be wearing it ALL WEEK. I think it's time for a shower - everyone else is napping. :)

(I'm actually far more cheerful than this sounds. But I had to get the ranting out of my system.)
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So, I was going to spend this past week after I turned in all my schoolwork doing some fun projects and none of that happened, thanks to my cold. However, last night I actually slept in my own bed the whole night through (instead of moving to the guest bed so I wouldn't wake up [livejournal.com profile] galagan with all the coughing in the middle of the night).

And now - it's time for everyone's favorite thing: holiday travel! I'm very hopeful that the snow will be over and cleared out of the way in time for an airplane to take off from Albany tomorrow at 10 a.m. Hopefully tomorrow won't be too much of a nightmare for us. Elena's getting better and better about travel, so I have my fingers crossed.

I should be packing - her school is closing early, so I have to pick her up in just a hour. Gah.
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So, since my last post, I've been sick. Yup, that's pretty much it. To add insult to injury (i.e. my nasty cold) I have a sore and bloodshot eye and so have not worn my contacts in 48 hours (E and D both had something like this last week, so it isn't really out of the blue). It's amazing how wearing my glasses makes me feel even more like a slacker who hasn't showered or brushed my teeth in DAYS. (Just a function of what I'm used to, I know - but it's bizarre.) Anyway. Bad eye, runny nose, terrible cough, occasional headache, very tired..... I have not been a fun person lately. But last night [livejournal.com profile] galagan came home - YAY! And today I took a half-nap on the couch and then sat up and looked at the TV and suddenly the numbers on the screen snapped into clearer focus - and then I went and looked, and my left eye is now white as the right. Yay. Contacts tomorrow (a new pair, just in case)!

And with the clearing of my eye, all of a sudden I feel so much better, even though I'm still coughing a bit. I think the two things (cold and eye) piled on each other, combined with the bad timing of [livejournal.com profile] galagan's absence just knocked me over. I'm so happy to be feeling On The Mend, I can't even tell you.

I've been reading lots of books too. And making feeble attempts at online Christmas shopping. We leave for a holiday week in Montana on Saturday! That's so soon!!!
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* I am sick. This sucks. The first symptom was general malaise and total brain-dead-ness. I've been staring off into space a lot. Now it's mostly a terrible sore throat.

* The timing is particularly bad, because classes just ended and my brain left just before everything was due. Fortunately, I'd done the bulk of the work already, so most of my final review process consisted of "well, these all seem to be complete sentences, so I guess I'm probably good to go." ::click submit::

* I am now done with my first quarter! Vacation!

* [livejournal.com profile] galagan left today to go to Las Vegas with [livejournal.com profile] boylawyer and his lovely wife and [livejournal.com profile] elklad and a few other somebodies? I don't begrudge him the trip at all, but I'm really not in the right frame of mind to be fulltime single parenting. See above re: sick. I have about a thimbleful of patience right now, and it's being continuously overturned by a whiny child. So to speak.

* I am making a beef stew, because I was randomly craving something like that last week, and the departure of the house vegetarian means it's time to cook meat! I never cook meat, so I feel like such a clueless idiot whenever I do. Wait, is this right? Is that? Aaaagh. So far, it smells lovely though, so I'm calling it good.

I'm sure there are other insightful and pithy comments I could make or updates I could update on, but my brain is at the dribblin' down da brain level, so I'll wrap it up. Back to watching bad TV and playing silly games.


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