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Daily Toss for 06-22-2017. )

Owww.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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 )

Owwwwwwwww

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.

Positives

Jun. 19th, 2017 08:53 am
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1. Saw friends and small monkeys this weekend.

2. Laundry is done, including the comforter! Winter coat is next. Even more amazing, I have put most of it away already.

3. I want to attend concerts on both Saturday and Sunday evenings. Neither is hugely expensive.

4. I made good progress on reading my review book. It was only getting started that was difficult.

5. We're getting thunderstorms today, so the humidity might clear out a bit.

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Jun. 17th, 2017 11:50 pm
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well.... commencement happened, I looked banging, I went #7 in line and stayed the rest of the THREE GODDAMN HOURS HOLY SCHNYKIES

Nalo was there to hood one of my friends, yay!

I hoped to get into the Eaton stacks to get pictures of myself in full regalia with my books in the stacks, but oh well. Some other time, maybe.

My parents are annoying but what else is new. But now they have heard from professors in my department how awesome I am, so yay.

We are going to Joshua Tree and Sequoia National Forest (I think) (some of part that range) and then to Santa Cruz and then to San Francisco.

I have worn makeup twice in three days and my face feels very tired >_>

Gonna bring my computer with me on the off chance that I can keep working on the diss while I'm on the road. Wishes and dreams and stuff.

Gotta decide if I wanna take the 10pm Bolt Bus or an 11pm Greyhound. I guess in the long run it doesn't matter? Gonna go with the cheaper option.

Fanfic!

Jun. 17th, 2017 04:33 pm
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The SSR Confidential Exchange had its reveals yesterday, so I can say "hey! I wrote some Agent Carter stories!" and make a couple of recs, as well.

"Girls' Night Out" is a romp about what happens when Peggy, Rose Roberts, and Ana Jarvis decide to go out for . . . well, a girls' night out. http://archiveofourown.org/works/11148879

"The 6:30 from Grand Central Station" was written for irisdouglasiana, who wanted interesting locations in either LA or NY. As a New Yorker, I chose the latter, and really enjoyed bringing in some real life locations, as well as one of my favorite historical figures. http://archiveofourown.org/works/11120733

My gift, from cairistiona, was a friendship story about Peggy and Dum Dum Duggan in the wake of losing Steve. It's called "It's Been a Long, Long Time" and it's lovely! http://archiveofourown.org/collections/SSR_Confidential_2017/works/11054868

I was lucky enough to get to betaread Selena's "Tomorrow, in a year" which is thought-provoking and challenging and so amazing. http://archiveofourown.org/collections/SSR_Confidential_2017/works/10973406

And there's lots of other great fic there. Go forth and read!

I, myself, promised someone an Agent Carter/Lord Peter Wimsey crossover set during the war and afterwards, and that will be happening very soon.

Softball is back.

Jun. 16th, 2017 11:20 am
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I had a few painful catches during last year's intramural softball season, mostly due to tendonitis, I think. The new season started last night, and I managed to badly bruise the outside of my right thumb. Currently, there is a dark purple blotch and if I touch it, I get tender, hot, shooting pain. I also have a fainter bruise on the heel of my left hand, which I think I incurred during warm up tosses.

I am slow and stiff and a terrible hitter under the fast-moving "you get two pitches only, good or bad" rules, but I do love playing catch, and playing catcher.

We'll see how well and how fast this bruise heals. It's quite annoying. I am not sure I should play again, but I want to play.

I need to think on it more.

Listen--do you wanna know a secret?

Jun. 16th, 2017 10:28 am
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Daily Toss for 06-16-2017. )

I need all the cheering up I can get.

Jun. 15th, 2017 01:27 pm
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I landed a Wartoad in Flight Rising!!! Go me!!!
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I really gotta get these out earlier in the morning.

Daily Toss for 06-15-2017. )

home and garden and stuff.

Jun. 14th, 2017 08:41 pm
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Had a nice moment today; the owner of the stencil shop on etsy requested permission to add the photo I sent to the pattern listing. https://www.etsy.com/listing/492788548/new-wall-stencil-tunisian-tile-pattern --> My bathroom (with its special escape back stairwell) is the fourth one in with the towels piled spa-fashion on the chair.

***

Let's see, what else happened today...? Oh, I replanted a mostly-dead grapevine. W thinks this may be it for it (it was lying half in and half out of a black plastic trash bag in the yard because I couldn't be bothered and the 2-day heatwave cooked it. This is after it had nearly drowned in the 2 weeks of cold, rain, and misery leading up to the 2-day heatwave). But honestly, we've chopped it down twice, set it on fire and burned it to the ground once, and hacked it out of the ground and transported it here in the previously mentioned black plastic trash bag after it several times tried to eat MiL's house, so if it lives this time, I'm just going to name it Rasputin. Or Jirjis.

(It's a Reliance vine, so it does produce the most delicious red/pink seedless grapes when we're not trying to murder it, though).

The ceramic planter was stuffed full of tiny Japanese painted ferns where there had only been one before, so I pulled them out and replanted all but one on the shady side of the house. The two bleeding hearts that are already there are still tiny, but both alive and sprouting new limbs and leaves, so all is well over there.

I also broke down and put some of the peppers in bigger pots. It's true, the slightly cramped living conditions encouraged them to fruit like mad, but it also means that I have to water them multiple times a day because there's no space for anything in their pots but roots, practically. And I figure eventually they'll get too stressed and start dying, and then I'll be pissed. So I put them in bigger black plastic nursery pots W found in one of the outbuildings, and they seem pleased with life. And I only had to water them once.

The Meyer lemon trees are flaily and sprawling and all over the place. I will probably have to cut them back pretty hard to get them indoors again, once fall hits. Oh, wait, no I won't--I can take them through the double doors in the front. Never mind. Do your thing, lemon trees (The rosemary though is completely out of hand).

I miss having sage. And basil. I even miss you, lemon balm.

***

Suddenly, I'm getting hit up by recruiters right and left for things that I'm interested in. This is both encouraging and anxiety-inducing.

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