Garden Photos

Jun. 23rd, 2017 12:55 am
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 There are two batches of photos from Thursday, one of flowers and one of nests.

A (non) memory

Jun. 22nd, 2017 11:49 pm
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I don't remember what the cafeteria looked like at my elementary school.

My homerooms from each year are pretty clear. The common area outside the homerooms, clear. The gym, clear. The room where we had band and orchestra practice, clear. The playground, not all clear but lots of memories of parts of it. The cute little color-coded Apple computers with the round mice and Netscape as the browser? Very clear.

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Garden Photos

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:27 pm
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I posted two batches of garden photos from Monday, one of flowers and one of birds

Thursday Yardening

Jun. 22nd, 2017 06:10 pm
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Today is cloudy, cool, and breezy.  Earlier I took pictures.

I planted two lemon thyme plants in the Goddess Garden, and watered potted plants. 

New verses in "A Hope and a Promise"

Jun. 22nd, 2017 02:55 pm
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, there are 15 new verses in "A Hope and a Promise."   Mrs. Ozenne and Aidan talk about school and play options.  Saraphina talks about her terrible past.  (Toddler phrasing, but graphic description of witnessed violence.)

Long cat is long

Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:04 am
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As promised, here are some pictures from yesterday's trip to MRFRS. I noticed a tail at the top of the big rolling cage, so it was amusing enough to photograph:

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Madeley and Blists Hill

Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:15 pm
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 We took a bus over to Madeley yesterday. It's about six miles or so from us.

We were going to Blists Hill which is a former heavy industrial site- coal and lead mining, clay extraction and iron and steel founding and brickmaking. Classic Midlands industrial complex.

It also has the remains of railways and the Shopshire Union Canal plus an inclined plane to get canal traffic down to the River Severn.

In more recent times, it's been turned into a living history museum with buildings slated for demolition being moved in to create a late Victorian town. The date placed on the town as seen is 1900.

As we walked through Madeley to get to Blists Hill we passed the King's Barn. This is now converted to dwellings but is one of the places King Charles II hid out after the disastrous Battle of Worcester (on his way to Boscobel -you may remember I posted from there a while back)

It's a very fine example of a Tudor barn indeed!



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This poem was commissioned by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "Farce" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Everyday stuff

Jun. 21st, 2017 10:40 pm
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Sparkly's bank errand went fine; I did not do laundry, although I did get a lot of work done. Laundry tomorrow.

I'm still working my way through Dragons of Spring Dawning, and I stand by yesterday's comment: if Astinus is so determined to avoid influencing history, why is he giving Laurana relationship advice?

Other plot points I got to today:

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Hard Things

Jun. 21st, 2017 05:32 pm
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?
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Hello, fellow book nerds! Last Wednesday was a bit nuts; Brian and I were scrambling about trying to get all the last-minute preparations done for our trip to Washington state, only to discover that our pleasant evening flight had been delayed into an overnight flight thanks to thunderstorms shutting down O'Hare. (Thanks a lot, Chicago weather!) We made it eventually, although we had to shell out no small amount for Lyfts as transit wasn't running that late/early...ah well. The past week has been full of robot fights and gigantic waterfalls and a quick visit with the goddaughter and walks with my mother-in-law and driving. So much driving. And more later today. Washington state, why do you have to be so huge. >.>

And, of course, there has been reading!

What I've just finished reading

The Heiress Effect, by Courtney Milan. Incredibly generic covers aside, I've found this series to be one of my favorite period romances. It does suffer somewhat from the common "Regency romance that's basically modern people living in the trappings of the period" problem, but the characters are so well-drawn and likable that I enjoy them anyway, even if they're ultimately a little forgettable (except, perhaps, for Free and her Suffragettes! in book 4).


What I'm currently reading

Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life, by Emily Nagowski, Ph.D. (Yeah, I'm reading roughly a million other books right now, but I bought this intending to read it right away...almost exactly two years ago, if the receipt is to be believed. :P In any case, I finally picked it up off my nightstand and brought it along for the trip.) If you're interested in sociology and sexuality, this is a fascinating book - far more interesting than Future Sex, for all that it's more science-based than memoir. Nagowski's big reveal (er, spoilers? She talks about it in literally the first chapter) is the accelerator/brakes model of sexual arousal, where rather than an on/off switch, eroticism is mostly a matter of context. So we react sexually when there are enough turn-ons present in the environment (say, presence of an attractive partner, sounds/sights of other people having sex, relaxed and receptive mood) and relatively few turn-offs (say, crying children, an unappreciative audience, history of sexual trauma, general life stress); ergo what we think of as "sex drive" is really as much a question of what's going on in the person's immediate surroundings and in their life.

I have a lot of thoughts on this theory. Primarily, Nagowski seems to think it's mostly applicable to women, because their sexuality is socialized in a more complex way; that may be true, but I strongly suspect it's true for a lot of men too, if perhaps to a lesser degree. Similarly, I don't think it's only sex that utilizes this mechanism; laughter, say, is heavily context-dependent, as articulated in the benign violation theory of humor. And the sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system works in a similar way to generate a whole host of responses to a range of different situations. So I'll be interested to see where she takes it.

The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories, by AC Wise. I picked this up as part of the LGBTQ Humble Bundle (it doesn't count as buying new books if it's supporting a good cause, right??), and basically opened it up knowing nothing about it. It seems to be lyrical sci-fi stories with a queer bent; the worldbuilding's been a little scanty in the stories I've read so far, but the sheer human longing at the center of each has been strong and well-rendered enough to easily drive the plots forward.


What I plan to read next

Given that I currently have something like eight books on my currently-reading list, I think I'm going to be best served by finishing some of them before I start to plan more, haha.

Caturday: Litter bugged

Jun. 21st, 2017 12:02 pm
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They've gotten a new kind of cat litter in the shelter, which assumes the consistency of wet cement after it's been used a while. Everyone hates it. It means changing litter boxes more often, scoops getting dirty faster, and more work cleaning the floor. The cats even managed to track litter onto the top of the big rolling cage. The cats seem to like lying in it, just to add to the annoyance.

Poor Hernando. He was in a bite quarantine cage today, and apparently he's been spraying. He may have been the one who got the windows I mentioned last week. Such a friendly cat, I'm really surprised he could have bitten anyone.

Joni Mitchell is now in a cage and is being as territorial as she was last week. Virginia was only able to clean the bottom of the cage (Joni was sitting on a top shelf) without being warned off.

I got some great pictures of Bongo, but at the moment I'm in the library with my laptop, so pictures will have to wait till later.

As we were finishing up, I checked all the rooms for trash and went into the feline leukemia room. Strangely, there were no cats in there and I saw two litter boxes and some toys in the wastebasket. This was odd, and I decided not to take them without more inquiries. It turned out there was a sign on the door declaring the room off limits to everyone — ringworm outbreak! There are so many warning signs everywhere that after a while you stop noticing them. Maybe they should have had a hotel-style "do not disturb" hanger on the doorknob. I washed my hands thoroughly and sprayed my shoes all over with disinfectant.

Poem: "The Health of the People"

Jun. 20th, 2017 11:26 pm
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This poem is spillover from the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "Webs and Networks (Power / Influence / Control)" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Calliope and Vagary are still kind of a mess, but getting better. This includes questions about gift-giving, detailed discussions of health coverage, transgender health and other issues, acceptance and rejection, awkward comparisons between supervillains and other people, Vagary is actually rather good with people under limited circumstances for which he has received training, and he's getting better in general due to level-grinding social skills, not exactly hacking but looks like it, vague financial discussions, boundary issues, complications of identity, frog handling, fertility challenges, Vagary is making his own friends in Stillwater, and is a huggy monkey when not trying to avoid upsetting Calliope, and other angst. But mostly it's positive. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Everyday stuff

Jun. 20th, 2017 10:18 pm
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 More preparation for Sparkly's work training trip. Today ey had a doctor appointment, and armed with new prescription slips, we went to the pharmacy and made sure ey will have enough meds for eir trip. 

I got a lot of work done. I was $5 behind yesterday and today I'm $12 ahead. Yay me.

Tomorrow, Sparkly goes to the bank to get direct deposit information. And probably I'll do laundry. 

I'm still working my way through Dragons of Spring Dawning. The shiny dragons just showed up, Tas is wonderful, Flint is wonderful, Astinus is really not succeeding in his whole "record history, don't influence it" thing. 
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