Vultures love volleyball, apparently.

Jun. 27th, 2017 01:17 pm
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Miss Mousie and W are trying to put up a volleyball net in the backyard.

The vultures are very excited about this potential new toy. 'YAY NEW PERCH/SUNNING POST FOR US Y/Y?' There have been several attempts to approach and investigate, climb and land on the poles.

Mousie was last seen stomping back up to the back field, muttering something about winged cats.

(The solution will involve taking it back down until her friends actually show up, so the birds don't get tangled up or hurt.)

[EDIT: Nope, never mind, they have suddenly Decided they hate the net, and now they won't even so much as fly over it. They land all the way on the other side of the field, walk around it and into the barn. They are so weird.]

*random* One of these days I will get around to swapping out my turkey buzzard icon for a pic of our vultures.

IN other, less fun news, our insurance company sent us a list of the repairs they want us to make on the outbuildings, including the barn. I would love to fix up our barn too! Being able to preserve that bit of history would be amazing; I would love nothing better! Please send us a big box of money, and we'll get right on that.

In more heartening news, I woke up to more responses to my new job hunting inquiries and quite a bit of activity around my profile, so maybe the repairs can happen sooner rather than later.

Also the twins have had their annual physical so they are cleared to participate in Sheriff's Youth Week; we are forced to conclude that there is no evidence that they are either aliens or changelings.

So, It's Tuesday

Jun. 27th, 2017 10:54 am
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I watched the first few episodes of Lucifer with C. last weekend, and we commented on how, in real life, we'd be running the other way from that guy and his come-ons and insinuations.

I'm still thinking on the idea of angelic punishment, Lucifer's raison d'etre, because what does it accomplish, really, in the end? Those harmed by the punishee were still harmed, and will still suffer from it; that is not changed, and especially if the victim is dead, what do they gain? It all depends on your feelings about revenge, I suppose. Is the punishment of a criminal an act of justice, or is it merely a momentary strike against pain that already occurred? Punishment and justice can be very different things.

In boring news, my thigh still hurts; I discovered this by not taking a night dose of anti-inflammatory for two nights in a row and self-assessing each morning.

I complain about exercising when I'm forcing myself to get moving and go, but I also complain when I cannot exercise, because there is no winning here. I would really appreciate the stress relief and sense of virtue that comes after a workout.

I probably won't play softball this week, even though we have two games. Agh.

Hopefully, all my muscles will not dissipate by the time I have no more resting pain/ache and can once again drag myself to the gym.

I did read three books this week, which hasn't happened in a while.

Going out to dinner with friends tonight, which ought to cheer me up.

Also, a big deadline at dayjob yesterday appears to have gone okay. Go me.

Two Concerts

Jun. 26th, 2017 09:48 am
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I attended concerts on Saturday night and Sunday night.

Saturday was Night Music, playing the following on period instruments with a pick-up choir for the last two pieces:
Mozart: Divertimento, K. 138
Mozart: Oboe Quartet, K. 370
Joseph Haydn: Trio, Hob XI:80
Michael Haydn, Divertimento for oboe, viola, and violone, MH 179
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618
Mozart: Te Deum, K. 141

I've memorized "Ave Verum Corpus," but never sung K. 141, so I really enjoyed hearing that. My favorite was K. 370, terrifyingly virtuosic for the oboe, full of moments of WTF amazement.

Sunday was Arcana New Music Ensemble, performing:
Oliver Messiaen: Le traquet stapazin (no. 4 of Catalogue d'oiseaux)
Franco Donatoni: Fili
John Cage: Two
John Cage: Aria
Kenneth Amis: Interludes I-IV
Stefan Wolpe: Quartet for Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone, Percussion and Piano

My favorite was the Donatoni, requiring incredible virtuosity on the flute; my least favorite was Cage's "Two," which mostly made me aware of how people can't sit still and listen to silence. The vocal soloist for Cage's "Aria" was terrific, and I'd never heard that piece live before. I also loved the Amis Interludes, short sets of repetitive phrases from the four voices, overlapping and echoing, exactly the sort of thing I love to listen to deeply. Alas, I was tired by the end and the Wolpe mostly blew right through me, so I'm not sure if I would have liked it or not.

Next up, I need to think about tickets for next year's season for the various local groups.

Huh. So that happened.

Jun. 24th, 2017 03:58 pm
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Apparently I missed a 'wind event' (it was a small tornado), touching down briefly (video has a nsfw warning for a rather excited gent fluent in NJ's favorite words) at the Home Depot store just 2 miles down the road from us.

W said he woke up to the emergency alert on his cell, but supposedly my response was to mumble something about 'having already done talked to the North Wind last night, *hand-wave-gesture* and it's fine,' upon which I went back to sleep. When I woke up properly it was in fact, fine, I had no idea the storm was that severe, or that it had done anything else other than rain a bit. It had been a clear starry night when I went to bed, and when I woke up, the rain was stopping and nothing in the yard was disturbed.

The passing low-pressure thingy probably contributed a lot to me being a miserable non-verbal cuss this morning though. I never considered it because I'd completely missed the thing.
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So I didn't even get to interview for the local title processing position I really wanted; someone else came over from another title company and filled the position. At least she sounded genuinely unhappy to break the news to me. I've met some very nice people while scouting for new/different work? I can appreciate that.


I may have been too formal when I answered the phone just now--the party on the other end (undoubtedly either a telemarketer or a research group from the background noises) apologized for calling a business instead of a private residence and hung up. ...I'm okay with this.


I may have accidentally a flat of brandywine tomatoes and a flat of basil from the local growers market. I do not have a garden bed ready to put them in. I should do something about that.


Whatever Disney princess keeps flitting through our yard with all the animals in her wake needs to stop that shit at once. Also, our local wildlife is super sassy.

The chipmunk follows us around the yard all roaring and tiny and fierce, like "Keep walking! That's right! This is MY yard!"

There's a rabbit that enjoys body-slamming the robins in the front yard for sport. He knocks the unsuspecting birds head-over-heels and then does that happy little rabbit headshake and jump-kick.

The deer just sorta run through. We see them leaping past the windows, and then there's raccoons and possums, and skunks that shuffle by each night. There's a fox, though that was a bit further down the road, and coyotes, though we haven't spotted any yet.

Baby vulture can be seen now, perched at the entrance to the hayloft, peering down at everyone and everything. Its feathers are a bit more than halfway in. It is the scruffiest.

the groundhogs, tho. a rant. )

My lil' sister is one-upping us pretty hard; she apparently has cougar cubs rolling around in her backyard, and she's not even that far into the wilds of PA. I wonder if I can borrow them to kill all the groundhogs when they get big? Granted, if they're in eastern PA, I'm willing to bet NJ has its own cougars by now. I'm just glad we don't have to deal with bears. So far, anyway.
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Daily Toss for 06-24-2017. )


Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:50 pm
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Just finished watching Logan. I knew what it would be going in, but fuck that. I'm fuckin' gutted. Absolutely wrecked. I'm also out of beer.

(Watched Moana first. It was awesome, but we really should've done this in reverse order.)

overheard at the dining room table

Jun. 23rd, 2017 02:15 pm
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"I had no idea so much incest was involved in this."

"It's a very slippery slope to mass genocide."

(...I had to walk back into the room just to announce: "NO. THERE IS NO SLIPPERY SLOPE TO MASS GENOCIDE.")
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Daily Toss for 06-23-2017. )

Weekend To Do

Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:34 am
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1. Write and submit PW review. Probably Sunday, so I can work in the library near where I'm attending a concert that night.

2. Rest strained/pulled muscle (possibly hip abductor) whatever it is so it gets better.

3. Venture out for concerts Saturday and Sunday nights.

4. Laundry? If my muscle is better. It is raining a lot this weekend, so I might not want to trek to the laundromat for that.

5. Try not to be too frustrated with my injury.
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Daily Toss for 06-22-2017. )


Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:20 am
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No gym last night, no softball tonight - my thigh hurts, even at rest, which generally indicates a muscle strain. It hurt enough to wake me this morning. But how did I do it? How? Unless I strained something while walking funny due to the lower back/glute strain? (which is better, BTW) I took another dose of naproxen and wrapped it in my brace, which helped last time I had a thigh issue, which incidentally lasted quite a while and annoyed me very much.

*throws up hands*

I started reading The Hanging Tree yesterday and I'm more than half done already, so that's something. It feels great to be reading a book I can't wait to return to.

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Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:41 am
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Have stayed at completely different places in the last three days: Corral Creek Cabins was in the mountains right by Kern River, then Sequoia Riverfront Cabins was a weird place which WAS right by a river, not across the road from one, and its front desk was a general store about a mile away, and now in a beachfront resort in San Simeon. My brother has been driving us a lot. We've been radio-surfing a lot.

Tomorrow we'll head to Santa Cruz, and hit up Monterey on the way, and after a couple of nights in Santa Cruz, we'll go to San Francisco.

I'm really liking the beachfront place. The front office gave us two rooms, one with a view of the ocean downstairs, and one upstairs with a fireplace. And I snagged the downstairs immediately because I wanted to work at a desk with a view of the sea. It's not been working, of course, because I spent most of the evening texting with A instead of working. But hope spring eternal?? We don't have to check out until noon anyway.

tabs, tabs, tabs...

Jun. 22nd, 2017 01:41 am
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Still jamming to a lot of lo fi hip hop, jazz hop, and chill, because it's keeping me mellow; mostly whatever's getting streamed by ambition and mixes posted by the jazz hop cafe. In between that and going back to old favorites, I've been trying out some new stuff. I'm also trying to figure out how I feel about Lorde's new album.

Also lifted a nice free rain-noise-maker from [personal profile] apiphile. We've also been having small daily unscheduled thunderstorms ever since. I will just assume that's how this works, then.


I wanted this book because of the cover even before I read the premise. Then I read the premise, and I still want it. I also want a ginormous robot.


I poked around in my resources because I was threatening to write up a post on the Adinkra symbols, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. This isn't a bad list, though. I'm not using all of those, and there's others I am using that are not on the list, and furthermore, some of the symbols are not exactly like the images shown, but that's the idea.


I was kinda hoping I picked up a new job before the Santa Rosa Gardens summer sale, 'cause things sell out fast. They have it every midsummer and it's a good chance to get a lot of perennials I can't find locally at good prices. They ship kinda beat up and rootbound because this is the end of the shipping season, and for some reason, UPS loves to kick the crap out of my plant boxes in particular? But they're perennials, you shove them in the ground and water them and next year if they like where they were put, they're just fine (and if they didn't I just dig them up and move them), and the year after that, they're awesome. Never had a problem with this company.


Sometimes Apartment Therapy can be...something (and the commenters abrasive), but then they post cute couples like this, and everybody melts. Their style is still a little too on the monochrome minimalist side for me, but these gentlemen had this great idea where they had a poster made of the coordinates of where they met, and I totally want to steal this idea and run away with it. (39.9511° N, 75.1681° W, if you're curious.)


A little something about accounting in cuneiform, because it is relevant to my worldbuilding interests. Via [personal profile] conuly.


I now want a story about The Maroon Resistance living in socialist utopias in the Great Dismal Swamp.


I've cleaned out my email boxes, I've gone through and pulled a bunch of dead feeds and stuff out of my dw circle, as I haven't done any maintenance for a few years, and replaced them with new and shiny feeds, and I've also added a few new comms and stuff. While I was at it, I did notice I was unsubscribed from a few people that I was following and seemed to have revoked access to a few people as well. I fixed that too. So if you got notifications from my direction today, that's why. And now my circle is more-or-less functional and I get bonus random pretty horse picspam and tons of art thrown at me. I will count this as a win. Now I can sleep.
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Daily Toss for 06-21-2017. )

Wednesday Reading

Jun. 21st, 2017 08:30 am
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This week's reading was mostly a book for anonymous review. I also caught up on Time.

The real question is, what do I read next? From the TBR, I have the following candidates that I am most interested in right now. Thoughts on what I should choose?

The Hanging Tree (Rivers of London) by Ben Aaronovitch.

The House of Shattered Wings (A Dominion of the Fallen Novel) by Aliette de Bodard.

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott.

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor.

[garden] Seed collection

Jun. 20th, 2017 06:14 pm
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List of what remains of my seed stores. Yup, should've done this back in Jan/Feb but I didn't (there was an incident at MiL's that destroyed over half of them. Was too upset about the whole thing to reevaluate until now.) Also we were kinda in the middle of making our house livable. But I can start plotting for the fall.


Cut for a long-assed list of the stuff in my seed box, complete with notes, sources, and scattered photos from 2013-2016 growing seasons )


Jun. 20th, 2017 09:20 am
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Somehow I strained something in my lower back or upper glute over the weekend, and I'm not sure how, unless it was carrying wet laundry up stairs, but I don't recall any pain at the time. Regardless, it hurts now, and yesterday's workout, despite being all upper body plus some lower back stretching, did not help (I hoped it would). I starting taking naproxen last night and am using my microwave-heated buckwheat thingie while I'm at work today.

Uh! Noy! Ing!

If I knew what I'd done to cause this soreness, I'd be less annoyed about it.

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