US politics

Sep. 20th, 2017 09:33 am
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What are you reading Wednesday?

Sep. 20th, 2017 12:14 am
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What have you just finished reading?

The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-boats by William Gerouxby - I don't understand why this book was called seven brothers, Mathews is a county, not a family, and the book was about a much larger segment of society than seven brothers. Nonetheless, it was a fascinating look at a mostly forgotten part of WWII, and men who had a higher mortality rate than every military branch except the marines.


What are you reading?

One Way or Another by Annette Laing - No progress this week

The Jews of Khazaria by Kevin Alan Brook - I wonder if part of the reason we have so little information about these people is that they competed with the Russians, and eventually, the Russians won? I'm only 28% of the way through this book, which is surprising because he never references the idea that he'll introduce more evidence after chapter 8 and I'm already on chapter 6.

2 Kings - There's a lot of murder and death going on. I think it's succession wars?

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink - This book is more oriented towards businesses than I was expecting. It's still interesting, because it talks about ways to motivate people and stuff, but I am not the intended audience.

Dream Date

Sep. 20th, 2017 12:03 am
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What would your dream date be like?

I would go to a beach and talk and then go on a dinner cruise and see dolphins jumping while we ate good food.

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89F - 66F : Sunny

Sep. 19th, 2017 10:40 pm
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Today was not a very good day. I had a horrible nightmare last night, and woke up exhausted. I only stayed up for 30 minutes before deciding to go back to sleep. Then I woke up 2.5 hours later to the alarm. It was time to take the cats to the vet. I trapped them, and shoved them in carriers, which they were very vocal about expressing their hatred of. We drove to PetSmart for our 3:00 appointment. When I left, at 4:30, without having been seen, the 2:00 appointment was still there and hadn't been seen either. I had places to be so I set a new appointment, and left. Now I have to traumatize the cats again, next week, and I'm sure when I put them in carriers they think they're going to get dumped back at the pound because that happened to them several times before we got them, and more than half the times of their lives they've been in a pet carrier they've either ended up at the pound, or a new home. So I'm sure they're scared shitless of this whole process. Of course, I would never get rid of my kitties, but they don't know that.

So anyway, then I went to meet Klepto at Starbucks. I wrote about 500 words in an hour and a half, and then decided to come home and take a nap because my brain was not cooperating. I slept for about 2 hours, then woke up and read the internet for a bit.

Tears

Sep. 19th, 2017 12:01 am
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Are you good at holding back your tears?

Nope

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A Friendzy

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:36 pm
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My friend Ben is hosting a friendzy!

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90F - 64F : Hot as hell

Sep. 18th, 2017 07:04 pm
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Woke up at 8:30 this morning and read yesterday's LJ and DW entries. Then I had a chat with Frankie, Sarah, and Kali. That lasted until 1 when I went to golf. We had a different instructor today, and he paid some attention to me, although he still paid more attention to Lisa, even when it was just me and Lisa left (everyone better than us went to play a couple holes of golf, and the classroom dunces stayed behind on the driving range to practice). It was hot out. One of the hottest days of the year. Too hot to be September. It's only 4 days to fall. I demand hoodie weather. But instead it was 87F out. Bill and Kevin, the BlazeSports people, made sure everyone drank lots of water. I moved on to using the driver today, but still only hit the ball 25 yards or so. Although, it's hard to tell how far it went because there are no markers on this range. I have to say I prefer the range near my father's house, because it has markers to show how far you hit the ball. I'm assuming 25 yards because it was the same distance I managed with the sand wedge and that was measured at 25 yards at the range near my father's. Kevin said if I want the ball to go farther, I have to move faster, but when I try moving faster, I miss the ball altogether. At any rate, I'm beginning to doubt I'll ever be ready to go out and play golf. I am particularly downcast at being one of the two dunces left at the end of today's practice.

After practice, I went to meet Adie for bat mitzvah tutoring. She had printed out my Torah portion, and I read it through several times. Then we talked about different ways of learning the singing part - I can either try to learn it from her singing it, or through learning the cantillation marks. I think I'll probably try to learn from her singing because I remember songs I haven't heard in decades. I don't remember things I learned to read, like Cyrillic. We're not meeting next week because it's between the High Holy Days, so I have two weeks to learn to read my portion. Next week golf is going to be in Stone Mountain with some famous football player who is going to help teach us, and then take us out to dinner.

Came home and the trash people still hadn't come. I filled another bag of trash, and brought it up to the curb. Fed the dogs, and now I'm not sure what I'm going to do with myself.

88F - 64F : Sunny

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:30 am
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Sorry I didn't write yesterday. I slept literally until 5:45, woke up, went on a walk with Donna, came home, ate dinner, and was back in bed by 8:30 and just woke up. Although I did wake up for a little bit around midnight, I fell back asleep within an hour. So apparently I needed sleep.

Music Monday

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:09 am
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19. A song that makes you think about life:



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Trust

Sep. 18th, 2017 12:23 am
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Do you have trust issues?

no

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Prove?

Sep. 17th, 2017 01:15 am
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How can you prove your love to someone?

you cannot.

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86F - 64F : Sunny

Sep. 16th, 2017 11:12 pm
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I found some vodka and peach schnapps last night and asked Kevin to mix it for me because he usually makes it perfect for getting drunk and not getting too drunk or sick. It's usually 1/4th vodka and 3/4ths peach schnapps. Last night he mixed it the opposite and didn't warn me. I got very sick. But I woke up hangover free. I woke up a couple of times, once dying of thirst, so I got some water and went back to bed. Then I got up and got online but didn't stay up, then finally around 2 I got up for good.

I finally broke the wire for my computer, which had been threatening to break for months. I drove to the forum to replace it. It was expensive as shit to replace, but I mean if it's either replace this wire once a year or replace the whole computer once a year like I was doing when I had a PC (if I ever had one that lasted a year!) it's a no-brainer.

After that, we went to meet my parents at Lon U for my father's birthday. We had Thai food, which is really tasty but I think I'm allergic to (I think they add fish sauce to everything). We ate and Kevin told my parents about his new job.

Then I went to Temple for Selihot. First we went around the circle and introduced ourselves. Then we went around the circle and talked about a lesson we learned from our parents. I told the story I shared here recently about my friend in high school whose step-mother was arrested. There were a lot more people than expected there this year (about 30 compared to last year there were 2). I wound up talking to Lori and Rabbi Lebow for a while. We were talking about Star Trek and Lori told me that they're putting the show not on cable but on a pay network. So I guess I'm not going to watch it. I pay enough for cable and netflix. I don't need to be paying for anything else, especially just for one show.

I put on some music to get Avinu Malkeinu out of my head. I'm not sure it worked. I'll probably be humming that all night. :(

Kind?

Sep. 16th, 2017 12:04 am
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What kind of person are you?

Kind? uhm. the factual kind I guess. I like facts. I kind of collect them. IDK. This is a weird question, but I've figured out that if I keep going with this meme and don't delete any more questions, I'll finish it on Oct 31, and then I can do a question meme for november and my yearly meme for December. Soo... IDK!

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85F - 60F : Sunny

Sep. 15th, 2017 10:52 pm
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I woke up with a big dose of "don't wanna" today. Yves called and woke me up. I talked to him while he drove somewhere for work, and then got out of bed for about 15 minutes before I had to go.

I went to the aquarium today. First I was at otter, but the otters were off exhibit so I was just sitting there saying "nobody's home" - occasionally one of the otters would come on exhibit for a moment or two, including Cruz, giving himself a BJ and this lady was sitting next to me like "oh he's eating something, aw he's so cute" I was like "yup. That is exactly what is going on... lol"

I went from there to Aqua Lab with the sea stars. Literally no one came through. I might have seen 10 people the entire hour, and the half of it where the dolphin show was going on, I saw nobody. I even pulled out my own phone and started reading FB for a while. Nobody came through. It was kind of weird.

My final stop was OV Touch pool, which is no longer a touch pool, and instead just means sitting by the mermaid's purses and talking about those. It's not one of my favorite places to be anymore. After that they set me to rover, which I hate, so I just came home.

That's about it for the day. I thought about stopping at Tower and buying some alcohol, but I had already stopped at chick fil a, and I didn't want my food to get cold(er) while I went to get booze. I regret that now. :-/

i'm swamped

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:21 pm
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I'm teaching a Heraldry 101 class tomorrow at Kingdom A&S and I have exactly one thing typed for a hand out - my list of sources. Everything else is going to be a quick run down, showing off SENA and the Admin Handbook, and then questions! I like answering questions. I will make sure my phone is ready to go and maybe even my notebook computer since it's sometimes easier to see something on that screen that a phone screen.

I am a terrible lecturer. AND Adalyde put me up against Morin's Poison Garden class. HOW COULD SHE. I've offered a prize to whoever shows up to my class with Morin's handout.

I loaned out Seasons 2 and 3 of Game of Thrones to Jenna. She devoured Season 1, so I need to eventually pick up the physical copies of Seasons 4-7.

Dystopia Rising has been awesome lately, I've decided to create a Rover Sawbones (basically a combat medic) and I'm pretty sure I will not use a weapon the first couple of games. Mostly because I need the build for other stuff. Like Rescue and Scrounge and other stuff like that.

I forgot that there was a youngish James Woods in John Carpenter's Vampires. I like this movie a lot, no joke. Then again, I like James Woods. But the effects are really neat. Daniel Baldwin makes me groan a lot, though. I'm not a huge fan of him.

I have an awful lot of stuff to get ready for the month of October. It is full of stuff to do - first weekend in October is actually empty, then there's Coronation, Four Horsemen, Diamond Wars and GAHSS, DR:AR (debuting my Rover on my birthday weekend) and then my cousin Caitlin's wedding. Wow. Busy.

incremental progress

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:08 pm
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We didn't get any bad weather here from Irma, just a pleasant temperature drop and two school-free days. The worst impact from the storm among people I know who were affected seems to be the extended power outages.

Will made the Scholar's Bowl team at school, and practices start next Tuesday. I don't expect to hear anything about Math Team until October, but those practices have been on Wednesdays, so he shouldn't have a problem doing both.

Connor's after school Spanish class isn't meeting this year because not enough students enrolled. I've found an alternate activity for him on Wednesdays, some sort of board game club, but it only meets twice every six weeks. He has a field trip next week to some sort of environmental preserve, so I signed up as a chaperone in order to tag along and investigate.

Symphony chorus rehearsals start back Monday. Sadly we are no longer scheduled to participate in the Harry Potter soundtrack performance, but we do have the tribute piece and the Bach Magnificat to look forward to learning.

I've just acquired some of the latest LEGO Dimensions expansions, although I had to go to my local Best Buy to find them - surprisingly, Amazon hasn't stocked them. I'm hearing rumors that LEGO is going to quietly stop releasing new expansions, which is too bad, but I can understand why if the game wasn't successful enough to justify the continued expense of developing new content. And the update process is still very frustrating - my console has been trying to download and install the latest updates for over an hour now, and I had to free up system storage again before it would even get started.

I need to sign off now - I have a meeting in 45 minutes with one of Will's teachers and I haven't eaten anything yet.

Love, Again

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:07 am
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Do you believe that first true love never dies?

What does this even mean? That you stay in love with the first person you ever loved? No, that's stupid.

Appropriate random icon is appropriate.

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78 - 64F : Sunny

Sep. 14th, 2017 10:45 pm
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Today was one of those days. I didn't get out of bed until 4, although I woke up at 3 and from then was kind of cuddling my cats and kind of being depressed. Then I went to the write in from 5-7, but left early at 7 because my brain wasn't cooperating. I wound up falling back asleep until 8:30 and then getting up, but I still don't want to be up. At the write in I got to an ending point for my NaNo novel plotting, though I still need to put in some kind of subplot or something. I then wrote two more shorts for the 100_situations prompts. For a total of like 600 words, and then my brain just broke. I tried walking around the restaurant to see if that would jump start my brain, but it really didn't, and I went home shortly thereafter. I got home and read lj and dw. I'm still having a big old dose of "don't wanna" do anything. I'm clearly not earning any days off for next week, for only the second time this year. I did earn one from walking at the SCA event, so I'll still have one. But still. I think I need to treat the PSWC as bonus points as I really clearly am not willing to wake up early to do it. I don't have any really good reason to, though.

I just finished getting my ass reamed for over an hour because I dared give family money to charity. Apparently Kevin doesn't believe in charity. He claims family money can't go out unless we both agree to it, and we have to discuss what to do with it, but not giving to charity is 100% his decision, and I get no say in it.

101 Update

Sep. 14th, 2017 12:30 am
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Progress This Week

Play Recorder for Dancers - More working my way through the introductory book. I also bought a book of Disney songs that might be too hard for me and also is set for a duet, which... I don't have a partner, so I'm not sure that was the smartest thing I ever bought.

Go to 30 meetings - I went to last night's meeting, which was project night, and had a good chat with the people there.

Teach 5 classes - I taught Celtic Knotwork at Crossroads.

NaNoWriMo 2017 I continue plotting my novel.

Post 100 situations prompts to AO3 - one more up

Fill a second 100 situations with a different fandom - Star Trek begun. I'll start posting them probably in December, after I take a break from them for NaNo.

30 entries to “Monthly Diary Day” - Another one is up.

Read 3 books on Kyivan Rus - working my way through a book on the Khazars.

Take golf lessons - Although this was cancelled on account of hurricane this week, I am working on this.

Listen to 90 other podcasts - Listened to an episode of Stuff You Should Know about cutting people's heads off.

Read the entire Bible - Working my way through 2 Kings.

Injury

Sep. 14th, 2017 12:22 am
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What is the worst injury you’ve ever had?

uh. Once when I was at Corvus, I sat down on their couch, and suddenly felt the worst pain of my life in my knee, which I could no longer put weight on or straighten. Orion gave me a vicodin, and I slept there that night. The next day, my friends carried me out of the basement and to the clinic on campus, where they sent me for an X-Ray. They didn't see anything wrong, but they couldn't straighten my leg either, so they gave me a brace to hold it straight. I was sitting in my room on my bed when Soren came to bring me dinner. He bumped into my knee, and I screamed, and then suddenly it felt just fine. I had apparently dislocated it, and just needed it to be knocked back into place. But I hopped around on crutches for a full week before Soren did that, and was in a lot of pain the whole time.

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