These 5 Things Also Make a Post

Oct. 1st, 2015 10:14 am
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1. Remember how I couldn't decide what I wanted to read next? It turned out I wanted to read the next Peter Grant book, and nothing else, so I gave in and bought Foxglove Summer before I went to them gym last night. I'm about two-thirds done already. I'm hoping I can dig back into the TBR after this.

2. My workout with the weight machines on Monday had me still a bit sore on Wednesday, so I just did an hour on the elliptical for my workout. I listened to music exclusively for the first half hour, spacing out a bit, then started reading Foxglove Summer to distract myself from thinking I wanted to stop. An hour for me usually amounts to a bit over 4 miles, total, which leaves me pleasantly tired and willing to stretch for quite a while.

3. Tomorrow (Friday) I'm having a cortisone shot in my dominant hand, so I took the whole day as a sick day. I am told that there is pain from the shot and its aftermath, but the pain goes away, and hopefully after that I will no longer have the swelling in my middle finger, and will be able to bend it properly. It's been almost 3 months since the injury, so I am ready for improvement, believe me.

4. A college friend who emigrated to New Zealand is in town this week, with her fiance, whom I've never met. But I will meet him Friday night, and also get to see her, and also get to eat Szechuan food. If my hand is working by then, I might be able to use chopsticks for the first time all summer. That's one task I haven't managed to learn with my left hand.

5. We're supposed to get lots of rain in the next few days. I have been looking for a good pair of water-resistant/waterproof shoes to wear in the rain, in brown or oxblood, that would also look okay for dayjob. I am trying to avoid just getting a second pair of Docs (I have black ones) in another color, for the sake of variety. I am willing to pay money for good shoes that will last; I do a lot of walking on hard surfaces. Any recommendations for brands?

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Sep. 30th, 2015 06:43 pm
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 to [personal profile] jonsinger !  Hope you had a truly wonderful day!
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It's time for the annual 25% off sale at Bare Necessities, and it occurred to me that some of you who would benefit from it might not know about it.

BN sells bras and underwear in a wide range of sizes, including DD+ and plus-size. The site has a reasonably good shop-by-size feature (though note that some bras are listed at US sizes and others at UK or European sizes).

FYI, they carry my favorite sports bras -- bras that actually work for large busts: this Wacoal bra and this Enell bra (more sizes here and fun colors here). I find the Wacoal more comfortable, mostly because it's more breathable, but not everyone likes an underwire in a sports bra, and I swore by the Enell for a long time.

If you wear bras and haven't checked your size lately, it's worth doing so (or getting a professional fitting if you can find a place you trust); many American women buy the cup too small and the band too large (I certainly did for an embarrassing number of years). But if you are confident that you know your size, and especially if you have a favorite bra or brand that BN carries, this might be a good time to stock up.

ETA: From the comments, links to a guide to proper bra fit, with more resources linked at the end of the post, and a video demonstrating how to measure and how the correct size bra should fit.

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Sep. 30th, 2015 04:20 pm
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wow super duper didn't realize that Tori Spelling is married to Constable Turnbull.

Wednesday Reading

Sep. 30th, 2015 08:33 am
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I had a three-day weekend, so I enjoyed some pleasure reading!

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch is fourth in an urban fantasy series I've been reading since the beginning. I'd put this one off for a while because I'd heard it had a twist I wasn't sure I would like. But as it turned out, I was okay with the twist, and am interested to find out what happens next. I love this series for the characters and worldbuilding - for example, the way Peter Grant's deep interest in architecture is woven throughout his first-person narration which also contains police jargon, wry humor, and anecdotes about his family. I recommend this series highly.

I also finished Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton. I'd read most of the comics before, online, but it was lovely to find a few things I'd missed scattered throughout. And this volume has my absolute fave of all her comics, Chopin and Liszt. My only complaint is that I wish the print had been a bit larger, particularly when there was a line of commentary, in the author's handwriting, at the bottom of a page. I had to squint a few times, even while wearing my glasses.

In nonfiction, I'm making good progress is And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II by Evelyn Monahan - shit is getting real! A hospital ship got bombed! I'm at the part where the Americans are taking part in an invasion of the mainland of Italy.

heads I win, tails you lose

Sep. 29th, 2015 09:26 pm
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This is for my friends who have daughters.

The other day the Junebug's daycare class did some small group activity that involved the three-to-five-year-olds taking turns using a limited number of tools. At pickup, his teacher took the time to tell me that the Junebug was very insistent about making sure that everybody took turns and nobody cut in line.

If anyone ever tells you that your daughter is "bossy" because of behavior like this, please note that the teacher described my son as "helpful" and having "great social skills".


Sep. 29th, 2015 08:02 pm
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Ever since The Grumpy Plushie moved out, I've been thinking about getting kittens. (I have reason to believe that Toby and Theo will be fairly chill about kittens.) So last weekend, I went to visit some kittens being fostered by a member of the local humane society.

There were several very cute kittens, but I wasn't 100% sure that they were meant to be MY kittens. So I went back again yesterday to hang out with them some more, and two of them -- a pair of littermates -- decided that I belong to them.

And so this morning I drove to a farmhouse outside of town to retrieve the newest members of the household.

action shot!

This is the one action shot I got that didn't come out blurry, go figure. All the other photos had to wait until they'd worn themselves out.

introducing Niko and Nyssa )

They are busy and bouncy and pouncy and fond of snuggles. Niko likes leaping onto shoulders. Nyssa likes bonking foreheads. They both *love* climbing things (I see a LOT of kittenproofing of the house in my future). They both have purrs much larger than one would expect, and they are sympathy purr-ers: when I cuddle one of them and she starts to purr, the other one starts purring right along with her. Niko's purr does not have a fully-functional off switch: she goes on purring long after she has fallen deeply asleep. (Toby is the same way, and so was The Big Kitty.)

It will be several more days before they officially meet Toby and Theo. However, we had a very brief interaction earlier this evening. Theo was curious about the noises coming from the room where the kittens are currently in isolation, so I opened the door about an inch.

Theo: Hi! I'm Theo! Who's in there?
Niko: *I* am in here! I am Niko, ferocious warrior!
Theo: You're so tiny! Biped, look how tiny!
Niko: I am FEROCIOUS! I hiss at you like the ferocious warrior I am!
Theo [scrambling backwards]: BIPED, THERE IS A MONSTER IN THERE.
h.l: Um.

Only time will tell how the intergenerational relationships will progress. However, given the kittens' fondness for snuggling, I strongly suspect that Toby, at least, is going to be very pleased with the new additions.

Meaningful work exercise

Sep. 29th, 2015 02:56 pm
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Some (not very Quakerly) queries to help determine whether one is engaged in "meaningful" work. The sequence is broken because i dropped some questions. Questions © Odette Pollar and Parlay International:
Read more... )

All in all, things are going VERY WELL. Hurrah!
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The more political stuff is at the other blog.

I spent most of September (cue Earth Wind and Fire) and a part of August on the East Coast, mainly discovering that I seem to be Ask culture in a Guess culture family. My sib had a Thing in one lung's lobe which Had to Go and Mom needs someone at least In the House. Sib-in-law's parent lives in Florida, so there was a short trip for them before the operation.

Mom apparently has certain fixed ideas that she kept trying to work off on me. (NO!) On the other hand, this is the first trip back I remember that she didn't really want to go shopping at malls three times a week. And while I hate shopping, that was...weird.

The trip back...hmmm. TSA stories, I have one now. I flew back on *standby* of all things. And I still haven't read the book I took with me.

So...let's see...Also, it's National Coffee Day.

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Sep. 29th, 2015 06:37 am
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Thanks to Joe Decker via Facebook, I have read a fascinatingly creepy sf short story via my library's subscription to EBSCO.

Start with to understand what the site is doing.
Then find to discover the various ways to access the magazines.
Then off to to find the stories.

What i find interesting is that the analysis shows Asimov's stories declining in the award finalists, yet, of the eight stories with a five ranking, four are from Asimov's.

Lightspeed seems agreeably accessible (collections of issues sold as eBooks) however.

Not like i spend much time with fiction these days.

Five Things Make a Post

Sep. 29th, 2015 08:47 am
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1. None of my TBR fiction books are shouting out to be read. Maybe I should just pick one at random. Or go ahead and read the new review book first. I'm hopefully saving the undemanding, suitable-for-brainfog J.D. Robb book for my train trip to CapClave, coming up next week.

2. My dentist appointment today is in their new space, which is a longer walk from my office. I don't want to go to a new space, she says petulantly. Even though the old space had a weird chemical smell in the elevators. This is the appointment where the healing surrounding my implant gets checked, in preparation for the actual fake tooth.

3. I woke up abruptly sometime after 4 this morning and couldn't get back to sleep until maybe 6. On the good side, rehearsal tonight is only 7-9 - I am liking the shorter rehearsals this season (dress rehearsal remains 3 hours, but singers are not always needed the entire time). I'm already drinking two cups of coffee a morning, plus often tea in the afternoon. Yet I have little trouble napping in the afternoon when the opportunity affords itself.

4. I bought my membership to WisCon and made a hotel reservation. Anybody else planning on going?

5. Dayjob continues shorthanded and stressful. Nothing new, really. But I have Friday off entirely as a sick day to get the cortisone shot in my hand.

I gotta wear shades

Sep. 28th, 2015 04:27 pm
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Hi ghost town! I have not been around because all my energy and time have been consumed by SWITCHING JOBS.

Let me tell you all about it. )

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Sep. 28th, 2015 12:50 pm
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In light of the -- SQUEEE -- surface water (brine) on Mars paper, i did some reading about the Atacama Desert (thanks ArsTechnica). An excellent overview paper is

Azua-Bustos, Armando, Catalina Urrejola, and Rafael Vicuña. “Life at the Dry Edge: Microorganisms of the Atacama Desert.” FEBS Letters 586, no. 18 (August 2012): 2939–45. doi:10.1016/j.febslet.2012.07.025.

Google maps supports visits, with some local photos and Wikipedia has many articles of varying brevity regarding features of the desert.

The most delightful thing i learned is how algae and other bacteria form colonies under quartz rock. (Domes!) The quartz transmits some light, cuts out the UV that zaps many bacteria with in days at the altitude, and provides a surface for fog condensation.

Oh, and the algae that live on spiderwebs in some of the caves in the "twilight zone."

Read more... )


Sep. 28th, 2015 08:27 am
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I had a three-day weekend thanks to the Papal Visit, and though I didn't do as much as I'd hoped, I did accomplish some things.

1. Made lentil soup with barley; roasted sweet potatoes.

2. Completed two loads of laundry and put them away. That included (at last!) my down jacket, which I will likely be needing in a few weeks.

3. Took out trash.

4. Got recycling ready to go out.

5. Cleaned some bits of floor. As in, got the worst of the dust rhinos from around the edges of my living space, without doing any major shifting of furniture or boxes.

I also finished some reading in preparation for a new review book, and enjoyed the weird, helicopter-laced quiet of my neighborhood when there is barely any car traffic. I didn't try the security perimeter on the Parkway, instead watching some of the events on livestream, while wearing pajamas. My main goal was to spot a friend in the papal choir, which turned out to be easier than I'd thought because she has red hair.
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But I believe it qualifies for psychogeographical bragging, at least.

This is where I spent part of yesterday: (Google image search "bascule chamber" for more pretty pictures)

You can all be jealous of me now.

This will probably be the only time in my life I listen to a John Cage aria with a 1000-tonne weight suspended over my head.

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Sep. 27th, 2015 09:00 pm
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Just got back from book group. Sarah hosted at Kathleen's house, because Sarah's roommate's mother was visiting so she didn't have room, so we all brought food and drink to share, and petted dogs and gossiped and watched the lunar eclipse until the clouds covered it, and talked about the book, which was The Circle by Dave Eggers.

I am entirely in charity with my book group right now, which makes me feel quite brave about venturing among new crowds of people. We talked about taking the book group to Ellen in California in February, or maybe March. If we went to Ellen's the first weekend of March, maybe I could go to Fogcon the second weekend.

Brave is not how I usually feel, though, so... so even if I could make this happen I'd probably regret it.

back to sleep

Sep. 27th, 2015 08:08 pm
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I took a bit of an internet break largely because my internet (or computer? who knows) was being troublesome. Still is, but there seem to be periods where it works OK. I don't know what is wrong, so don't know what to do about it.

On Saturday some mysterious energy appeared in my life/body/mind and I cleaned my apartment, in anticipation of having a few friends over. It was very nice to see them. I've been feeling a bit isolated, so I'm going to try and make more of an effort to get out and see people. One of the great things about my friends is not only do I like them-- I also like the people they introduce me to! quality all around.

Of course I overdid it yesterday, and today I am exhausted. Today has involved sleeping and resting.

A project for when it is slightly cooler: I want to take pictures of my coats and post them. coat fandom yay.

I am trying to get rid of things out of my apartment and make space for as yet unknown new things. It's that time of year.

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Sep. 27th, 2015 08:11 am
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 to [personal profile] selenak !  Feliz geburtstag (yes, I know that's wrong)!

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Sep. 27th, 2015 07:40 am
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The week was pretty disjointed. Ill Tuesday and Wednesday, i fought to work through the day Tuesday, and read novels much of Wednesday. Early morning presentation by the executives at the company on Thursday left me dissatisfied after ninety minutes of platitudes and biz speak. Friday, another early meeting.

--== ∞ ==--

Yesterday was the Harvest Festival. I did some sales in the morning at our jewelry table (where the Swarovski rivoli earrings i made several years ago have still not sold). At "full price" from rummage i bought a dated Samsonite bag that will be perfect as a work tote ($1). (Aha, a quick image search turns up one from eBay; tweaked image search for SAMSONITE "SILHOUETTE 4" Pink Tweed".) I also acquired an apparently never opened small cuisinart-like device ($4). I don't know if it can chop herbs as finely as i would like, but i'd been thinking about trying to find something similar.

I returned at the end of the day to help with the jewelry booth, but the woman running it clearly did not want help. So i wandered the rummage during the period of everything that fits in a paper grocery sack for $3. Miracle of miracles the Calphalon 12" pan was left. Regrettably it's from the nonstick line, not the basic commercial grade simply hard-anodized surface. Also in the bag, yarn.

I tried very hard not to fill the bag, but, so it goes.

The evening effort of dissembling the tables, old doors and saw horses made of plywood, has left me stiff this morning. Of course, everything, including a few minutes Friday night going up and down stairs as minimal exercise, leaves me stiff.

--== ∞ ==--

$399,000 Mobile home in Half Moon Bay. There's a parcel number - so maybe the land is included? (It's also a 55+ community, so we'd have to wait... but it's not that far away.)

Now wondering if Pacific coast trailer parks, free of tornados, become tsunami magnets.....

Rapping Cats. Sort of.

Sep. 27th, 2015 09:19 am
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Bow to the Cat-Rap Brilliance of Meow the Jewels.

It's a good album with the yowling, but now it is perfect. Listen to the sample track all the way through.


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