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Thursday, June 12th, 2014
1:03 pm - well, that was unpleasant.
I came down with what seemed on Sunday to be a mild cold. On Monday, it was a bit worse, but I felt capable of working through it. On Tuesday, I decided I was feeling pretty miserable and called in sick to work. I then spent Tuesday and Wednesday mostly rolling around in bed, either sleeping or wishing I could sleep. I'm now back up to approximately how I was feeling on Monday--congested, headachy, sleepy, but capable of actually getting stuff done. That was kind of scary.

Of course, when I went to the doctor's two weeks ago I was given the offer of a free flu shot, and declined. Of course (of course), there's no telling if the flu shot I would have gotten then would have let me avoid this flu. But if I were given the chance of a do-over, I'd definitely be willing to take that risk.

current mood: *sneeze*

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Saturday, May 24th, 2014
10:13 am - happy Journal Creation Day!
well, it's mine, anyway. this LJ was begun on 05/24/2001, according to my profile page, though the first entry wasn't made until 06/01/2001. so as of today, my LJ is 13 years old!

now if you'll excuse me, I'm trying to stuff some cake in the DSL box.

current mood: waking up

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014
12:52 am
*prods suspiciously at LJ entry page*

Do Not Know If Want.

current mood: suspicious

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Sunday, January 20th, 2013
5:29 pm - that was definitely an experience
To sum up the last two weeks, here is a brief poem, entitled "The Ten Days Of Glitchmas."

On the X day of Glitchmas, Saint Murphy gave to me:
1. My personal computer won't start
2. Dead power strip
3. Bad Goat butts
4. Good Goat in heat
5. Bad Goat won't milk
6. Out of drinking water
7. Broke both shoelaces
8. Hot water smells like farts
9. House heat disappears
10. Pond frozen over

There were also ducks, chickens, and peacocks, but the birds didn't give me any problems, and in fact gave me a steady stream of eggs, which was nice because I like eggs.

Originally posted on DW at http://elynne.dreamwidth.org/2286840.html, crossposted to LJ. Comment here or there, as you like.

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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
1:59 pm - Hello from DreamWidth!
I have a lifetime membership to LJ, and I've always said that I'd be there until the servers burned down, fell over, and sank into the swamp. Well... they seem to be in the process of doing exactly that. When the site is down more often than up and slower than congealed snot when it's theoretically running, you have to consider that there's a process of burning down and sinking going on.

I don't have a paid membership on DW, so I'll be giving up most of my userpics here. Maybe that's not a bad thing. Ideally, I'd like to download my LJ archives somewhere else, but there's a metric buttload of them, and the last time I tried I think a server caught fire. Meanwhile, I'll just get into the habit of posting from DW, so at least I know there's an archive here.

If you read this and have a DW account, please to be letting me know in comments (here or there) and I will add you to my... reading page whatever. (the terms are different and it's strange and confusing CHANGE IS SCARY OMG) I will be continuing to use LJ, but I think at this point it'd be wise to switch my primary journaling over here.

Originally posted on DW at http://elynne.dreamwidth.org/1122966.html, crossposted to LJ. Comment here or there, as you like.

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Monday, December 31st, 2012
8:07 pm - you're on notice, mister
Dear 2013: Be less sucky than 2012 or I swear to $deity I'm going to come over there and KICK YOUR ASS.

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5:45 pm
(12/31 5:40 p.m.) myles_otterhas a flat in the Totem Lake/Bothell area. Our car seems to be leaking brake fluid, so I can't go get him. He doesn't have a chain and can't lock the bike up; it's his primary transportation, we *can't* afford to leave it behind. And of course buses aren't running. I don't want him walking home 10 miles after dark on NYE in places with no sidewalks. PLEASE, PLEASE HELP.

ETA: He found a bus that's running, and is on it with his bike. That'll get him to within 2 miles of home. I will likely be walking down the hill to meet him.

ETA2: We are both home safe. I'll probably be sore tomorrow from that hike, but it's fine, we're okay. Whew.

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Thursday, December 27th, 2012
10:26 am - I know what's going on and I'm mildly alarmed
The roof is being cleaned, with lots of loud thumpings and buzzings. This has all the cats very alarmed. Nar is taking it the worst, for some reason; he's currently lodged under the couch. Poor alarmed kitty... oh hey shower of debris. Yuck.

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Monday, December 17th, 2012
1:31 pm - maybe it was a fashion apocalypse?
I seem to occasionally get misdelivered nightmares--dream sequences that are obviously designed to scare the crap out of someone, but that I find either mildly annoying or even amusing. I got another one last night. Seriously, don"t read this if you"re arachnophobic.Collapse )

Then there were other, less nightmarish dreams, combining a very recently-post-apocalyptic world (the apocalypse, whatever it was, had just happened, like a few days ago, so there were still lots of panicked people trying to cope) with me being a werewolf (maybe the apocalypse was some people becoming werewolves?). Highlights included scavenging other people's apartments (and for some reason mostly grabbing makeup, because ???), having stuff thrown at me from higher-level apartments (evidently being a werewolf was somewhat stigmatized in this post-apocalyptic world), and running around as a wolf-critter wearing a knitted one-piece jumpsuit thing (so when I turned back into a human I wouldn't be naked). I guess for some people dreaming about the end of the world and being turned into a monster would be nightmarish, but for me it was silly and fun.

In other news, I'm finally recovering from a really nasty flu that took me out for most of the last week. I'm working on catching up with the stuff that I've been missing because of it. If I don't get that sick again for another year, I'll be grateful. Blargh.

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Saturday, December 1st, 2012
11:52 am - I don't even use that filter any more
Out of curiosity, I went looking for the post on my LJ that had garnered the Most Comments Ever. Along the way, I realized that 1. I've been on LJ for over a decade 2. I posted far too much Back In The Day 3. Reading stuff from back then is kind of embarrassing. And then I found it. It's about My Little Pony. From before Friendship Is Magic. I was a brony before MLP became cool.

That's right. I'm a MLP hipster. I sense the need for a new userpic... hmm. What color should Hipster Pony be?

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Monday, November 26th, 2012
4:11 pm - Beast in a Bukkit
Nar's favorite thing in the world--well, one of his favorite things--is to be carried around the house in an otherwise empty basket. Whenever he is presented with an empty basket, he immediately hops in and looks hopeful. If he's picked up in the basket, he'll immediately begin purring. LJ-cut because large picture is large BUT ADORABLE.Collapse )

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Saturday, November 24th, 2012
12:00 pm - that one day with the thing and the stuff
Fnrrrgh. Sleepy, not enough sleep, and my paycheck wasn't in the mailbox. Can I postpone my birthday until next weekend?

Otherwise having a reasonably good day, I think. Still a bit too sleepy to know for sure. Will probably go nap. BIRTHDAY NAP WHEEE

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Friday, November 23rd, 2012
5:40 pm - getting damp and muddy FOR SCIENCE!
Just came back from spending a couple of hours tromping through underbrush in pouring rain with beaq FOR SCIENCE! It was excellent! Much better use of my time than any Black Friday nonsense. Plus, nothing makes me appreciate being warm and dry like having spent a few hours out in a downpour. Also, there were nifty plants! And I was helpful! to some degree.

Tomorrow there will be more going and doing, though it will be drier, less science-y, and less out in the woods-y, which is kind of unfortunate on some levels, but stuff needs to get done. I am very hopeful that the going and doing will include a paycheck, because that will allow me to get myself some birthday presents, like chocolate, chocolate books, and possibly some other chocolate stuff.

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Thursday, November 22nd, 2012
2:50 pm - a day of dayness
Thanksgiving lunch: Swiss cheese and turkey lunchmeat quesadillas, which managed to be even less appealing than it probably sounds, but it did the job of putting food in my system. There will theoretically be an actual dinner-thing tonight, though I haven't seen any signs of the circus yet. In a few minutes, I'll be off to drive a housemate to her family's place. I might write one of those "what I'm thankful for" posts later... or I might not; I've always felt a bit squidgy about the whole Thanksgiving Day concept.

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Saturday, November 17th, 2012
8:18 pm - if he figures out doorhandles, we're all screwed
Nar just taught himself how to drink out of the sink! Okay so it took like three years of watching Smokey do it, but he tried, and he's finally learned! The bits where he was turning his head completely upside-down to stare, paw, and bite at the water were adorable and hilarious. I stifled my giggling as much as possible, because I didn't want to distract him on his JOURNEY OF KNOWLEDGE.

Yes, I may be unreasonably pleased about this.

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4:24 pm - everything I know about Twilight I learned from Cleolinda
This may never stop being hilarious: Robert Pattinson Is Happy Twilight Is Over

Best bit by far is at the end, when he does the 8D face.

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Thursday, November 15th, 2012
1:06 pm
vertigo + ear pain + sunny today, rainy yesterday = OH RIGHT pressure change. Stupid weather. Stupid sinuses.

I have all the materials I need (and equipment, even) to make a back pillow--except stuffing. I can either buy stuffing (can't really afford it right now), or I can cannibalize something else for it. I've been eyeing random pillows and plushies with evil intent.

So there's this jacket I've been wanting to make--have I written about this here? Enh, I'll write more as it goes along maybe. Current situation: I bought some excellent wool off Ebay and cut it out, then tried dyeing it. I was aiming for brick red, but it came out a very definite purple, due to some dye miscalculations. The Ebay supplier sold the last of that batch of wool, I have no idea where else I could find a match for it and something tells me it'd be far too expensive. This leaves me with annoying alternatives:

* Attempt to lighten/redye the cut pieces. I don't have much confidence of this working out. It might, or it might make the fabric fall apart completely.
* Attempt to cut the pattern out from the fabric I have remaining. I'll probably give this a shot soon, since it can't really hurt, though I'm pretty sure I don't have enough fabric to reproduce the entire pattern again.
* Say "the hell with it" and dye the whole thing black. It'll still be cool if it's black, but it won't get the intended effect.

Grmph. Meanwhile, it's time for werk.

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
12:17 am - NyanCat is my anti-drug?
Interesting... combining the meditative state of playing Minesweeper with NyanDub seems to be not only improving my mood, but helping me to focus on positive brainwork. I'll have to try it a few more times to see if it produces consistent results.

current mood: NYAN

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
2:04 pm - girl cooties in the boys' playhouse
"Men simply don’t have to deal with the assumption that they don’t belong, automatically, because of their gender. They aren’t required to “prove” their dedication to nerdom based on their gender. They aren’t asked to dress differently. They aren’t called specifically gendered insults if they don’t meet a given person’s standard."--"Fake" Nerd Girls, "Whores", and Sexism (if you value your sanity, don't read the comments, but please do read the rest of the article because it's wonderful)

That part? That part that's bolded and underlined? YEAH, THAT. I'm looking at ALL OF Y'ALL. This is real and important and it really does hurt and drive women out of "geek/fan" spaces, and sometimes it results in actual physical damage (sexual assaults at conventions, anybody?).

As I posted on my Twitter: First "geek guy" who bitches about "women invading MY HOBBY" gets a faceful of "I WAS PLAYING AD&D WHEN YOU WERE IN DIAPERS, SON." And I could go on to delineate all my other geek/nerd credits, but news flash, I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO JUST BECAUSE I'M FEMALE.

Sexism is real. It exists in geekdom. It's a thing. It happens. It's bad. It's not a joke. Speaking up against it isn't overreacting--though it's very overdue.

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Thursday, November 8th, 2012
11:20 am - earth and air
I flew down to San Fransisco last week, and for some reason the cheapest available flights routed through Las Vegas, which is quite a bit south of SF as well as east, so I don't know what's up with that. But I don't mind too much, as it gave me the opportunity to see some really spectacular scenery from the air. At least one crater, two ash cones, deserts, jaw-dropping variations in sedimentation layers and erosion--I really wish I knew more geology. And I kept wanting the plane to stop so I could get down there and dig; I'm sure the place is crammed with fossils. Well, not really, but you know what I mean.

In fact, I did some research and discovered that the two big chunks of red-gold rock sticking out of the mountains bordering the Las Vegas valley are sandstone from right around 160 million years ago, and unidentified therapod prints have been discovered in them. Squee! WHY HAS NOBODY DONE ANY DIGS IN THERE. I WOULD HELP WITH THAT except that it's in farking Las Vegas, which is hot and sunny and therefore horrible. (why is all the best paleontology done in horrible hot sunny dry places /whine)

To satisfy another point of curiosity, I also found out that "Las Vegas" means "The meadows," because back when white folks first stumbled into the valley there was evidently a pretty little oasis and a lot of greenery. For bonus hilarity, the first Europeans to claim the site were Mormons. I'm sure they'd be thrilled with how the place has turned out.

Also, slot machines are farking annoying. And they're all over the airport terminals. Where I had a total of five hours of layover time. By the time I left I had no interest in playing the damn things, I just wanted to take a hammer to them.

Also also, we had a convention and it was awesome and hi everybody! and we're doing it again next year.

current mood: good

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