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Sunday, July 8th, 2012
3:04 pm
Flashbacks
Does anyone else besides me ever descend into bad (childhood or other long-gone no longer relevent) memories and just fall the hell apart?
Friday, June 29th, 2012
11:01 pm
my Dad is in the hospital
I'm not sure why my last post suddenly reposted itself. I appreciated the comments, though; when I originally wrote it I assumed no one was reading any more.

Well anyway. I'm posting now because I need to vent, because my Dad, who had to cancel his visit with me over Christmas because of a lung problem, called me today to let me know he was back in the hospital for the same reason. The heat got to him and he collapsed.

He said he thinks he will go home in the next few days. But he sounded scared. We only talked for a few minutes - he said he only had a few minutes leftt on his cell so I couldn't call him back - but he said he loved me at least 4 times.

I want to go see him. I can't. At least not on my own; I guess I could beg my brothers for airfare. I can manage vacation time.
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
11:40 am
I has a tomato.
A FRESH tomato. From my GARDEN.

Victory is mine.
Thursday, July 14th, 2011
2:07 pm
God damn it.
I'm still kind of reeling from Len's death. Every time I turn around something reminds me of him - hey that's the shirt I bought at that festival the 3 of us went to; ooh, cute picture of a hedgehog, Len would love that; hell, I can't even listen to Jonathan Coulton right now - I skipped over all the songs I knew would remind me of him and got blindsided by Always the Moon.

I can feel the anger stage brewing and I don't think it's going to be pretty, but it'd be nice to move out of shocky with a side order of self-destructive.

I am sad that all of our lj-based interactions are gone.
Monday, June 20th, 2011
1:18 pm
Awesome weekend
The weather was just amazing this weekend and there were tons of cool things to do in Toronto - the Luminato festival and North by Northeast meant live music all the hell over the place, Fathers Day festivities were going on in the park near my place, and most importantly the Summerville pool opened at 10:09 Saturday morning!

After my swim I attended the Can't Stop the Serenity screening, then walked around Kensington listening to the street music, walked home, then schlepped 5 loads of laundry to and from the corner 'mat. Sunday I spent the day weeding the front yard, cutting up branches from pruned trees & spreading them around as mulch, weeding the vegetable garden and transplanting another round of seedlings into the newest bed. I am a little crispy from forgetting sunscreen during the yard work, and I may never bend again, but I am very happy with the progress. I also ran the hose pretty much nonstop and gave both the front yard and the veggie beds a thorough soaking - the front yard soil was looking especially deserty, though you wouldn't know it from the lush, healthy-looking weed crop.

Today's another gorgeous sunny day and I had enough energy to walk to work this morning, and am hoping to hit the pool again after work (and maybe work out some of these knots - the transition between sitting and standing is especially challenging right now).

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
10:07 am
I can't make this stuff up.
This little gem was awaiting me in my inbox this morning. She's not kidding. Maybe later I'll upload a picture of the 4 pages of instructions on the side of the fridge.

New Toaster Maintenance Instructions: [link snipped]

Admin has purchased a new 4-slice toaster. Prior to using the new toaster, please review the use and care as well as the cleaning and maintenance instructions posted on the refrigerator. The 4-slice toaster offers, 1-1/2 inch-wide slots, reheat, defrost, and bagel buttons with LED indicators, and 6-setting browning dial. It also includes two slide-out crumb trays for easy cleaning. NOTE: to avoid possibility of fire, DO NOT leave the toaster unattended during use. A fire may occur if the toaster is covered with or touching flammable materials, such as paper towels or cloth dishcloths. For your safety and enjoyment of the toaster, please make a conscience effort in maintaining it. Remember, always allow the toaster to cool completely and unplug it before cleaning. If you would like to review the complete instructional booklet, please see Admin.

Current Mood: giggly
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
10:43 am
What the...
I was rushing into work, 5-10 minutes late, and suddenly a bad memory of my mom leaped out of my brain and just bit me in the face. I have no idea what triggered it, and I ended up being much later to work as I had to spend ten minutes in the bathroom pulling myself together.

Maybe it was the Scary Shriver picture in the Metro.

Current Mood: shaken
Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
3:23 pm
Wanna work at Oculus?
The company I work for is looking for a Computational Geographer, Program Manager and two developers: http://www.oculusinfo.com/opportunities.html

If you're interested, send a resume to me and I'll refer you. If you're hired full time after the probation period, I get a generous finders fee and buy you something pretty.
Thursday, November 4th, 2010
1:55 pm
Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
10:56 am
It is my birthday, it is today
It is my birthday, so feel free to lunge out at me.

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Friday, August 20th, 2010
5:29 pm
SF people: They Might Be Giants free show Sun. afternoon
TMBGs free concert in San Francisco this Sunday at Stern Grove in the afternoon. Opener at 2, TMBG at 3. http://www.sterngrove.org/august22_10.html
Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
8:56 am
rough times
My family is going through some hard times - on my mom's side, one cousin's son committed suicide, another cousin had a serious accident; on my dad's, one of his brothers was diagnosed with cancer and it sounds like it's pretty advanced.

I called in mental health day today. My brain and body just refuse to operate this morning. I'm not close with any of the people I just listed, but it's still hitting me hard. Today I'm going to go back to bed and hug the cats and resist the urge to get a puppy.
Friday, April 30th, 2010
1:05 pm
Happy birthday maradydd!
... and Happy Queensday to all!
Sunday, April 25th, 2010
9:09 am
Om nom nom
Woke up with a craving for cinnamon buns, so I went looking for an easy recipe.
This one fit the bill and turned out nicely. I topped them with more melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon rather than the suggested frosting.
Saturday, April 24th, 2010
9:22 pm
last days of vacation
I caught up on net on Thursday, then went offline yesterday to read Changes (latest Dresden novel by Jim Butcher). If you called me, sorry for not picking up the phone. Today I did a bunch of yard work and planted seeds, got some groceries, did more weeding in the front yard and then went konk again.

One more day of freedom, then back to work.
Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
9:43 pm
made it home
My flights went through more or less on schedule and I made it home safe and sane. The flight out of Schipol was delayed so I had time to poke around the airport and buy some tulip bulbs. I got home in time to plant them before sunset. :)

I'm gonna pass out konk now.
10:02 am
Headed home
Had a lovely week in Leuven, headed to the airport now... my flights are still scheduled to go, though that might change. Wish me luck...
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
1:00 pm
off to Belgium
I'm flying out tonight for a week in Europe with L&M!

We're hoping to hit an outdoor music festival and the Keukenhof gardens, though there are papers and other work to be done while I'm there, so I'm prepared to just wander around Leuven with my camera for part of the time. Oh, the horror. :)

Shoot me an email with your snailmail address if you'd like a postcard! shar, tinyplanet, ca

Current Mood: excited
Friday, April 9th, 2010
11:47 pm
Happy birthday enochsmiles!
Wishing you a great year full of happiness and cheese.
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
11:58 am
Happy birthday cypherpunk95
Enjoy your prime.
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