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  • 12:53 Thanks to everybody for coming out to the Red Dragon last night; it was great to see people.
  • 12:53 Now let me perform the introductions--Nose, meet Grindstone.
  • 13:04 So who else is interested in doing Journey to the End of Night? (
  • 14:49 Current favorite song: Stopwatch Hearts by Delirium. It inspired me and everything -
  • 18:12 I am making way to my soup if you want to come over for dinner tonight at 6:30 and you ____, give us a call if ...
  • 19:07 Note to self: when I say dinner's at 6:00--and then 6:30--what I really mean is 7:20.
  • 21:58 Yes, Eastern Promises was the right movie to watch while feeding guest borscht .
  • 22:11 "Talk Like a Pirate and Save 30%" - best Writer's Digest email subject line ever.
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  • 09:28 Chasing a stray dog repeatedly out of my yard is not how I want to start my day. #
  • 10:02 I really need to start a list of friends who don't read lj/twitter often so I know who I need to email invites to. #
  • 10:03 Food of My People potluck! #
  • 11:45 Wasabi horseradish may be the best thing to happen to the sandwich since the invention of sliced bread. #
  • 13:15 Biked partway into work. A bit cold, but removing the--tire shield? don't know the term--made it so much easier. #
  • 14:16 Neat! Pollution -> Plastic (via SciAm) #
  • 15:23 Post-surgery, I'm perpetually bemused at how little activity will wipe me out. Today, 15 mins. biking. #
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Wednesday, May 21st, we will be hosting a "Food of My People" potluck, beginning at 6:30pm. Bring something that is the food of your people! RSVP here, with mention of what you plan to bring (three cheers for avoiding duplication).

When you bring your food, put a label on saying what it is and which "People" it's from.

Standard we're-not-all-omnivores rules apply: label if vegetarian, vegan, contains nuts, or shellfish. If it's easy to make something vegetarian or vegan (by, say, having the bacon topping on the side), do it. If it isn't easy, don't worry about it--the omnivores will eat it.

* Yes, another potluck post in May reminded me that I should get this out. Two potlucks in one month isn't a bad thing, right?
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  • 10:56 Made Phil blueberry muffins for his birthday. Of course, I get to eat them too! Mmmm, yummy. #
  • 14:00 Off to Cahoots. Which would be a good place to catch Phil and wish him a happy birthday. #
  • 15:52 Editing "The Unkindness of Ravens." Being able to work "putrefaction and rot" into any story is a good sign, yes? #
  • 16:07 Trying to remember word for "absolution in advance"--no, *not* 'indulgence'. #
  • 16:37 Mpls library e-audiobooks all 1 track & my mp3 player doesn't read them as audiobooks. Still, free! And quality! #
  • 17:26 Will be at Kieran's 6:15-7:45 for dinner & drinks. Company welcome to celebrate Phil's birthday! #
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I'm going to be hosting a "Food of My People" potluck in May. Please go to this link ( to help me choose the best date. (No registration required.)
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  • 10:28 Dreamed I *ate a baby*. ::shudder:: #
  • 12:48 Phil said he wants to stay home this afternoon. True motivation: basketball game on! #
  • 12:56 Happy National Garlic Day! #
  • 14:54 Ha! Got letter from Compassion & Choices, "formerly The Hemlock Society." Wonder how I got on their mailing list? #
  • 17:05 Note to Future Self: When you write "expand" in your editing notes, you are being a bitch to future Future Self. Note to Past Self: Lazy! #
  • 18:02 Please help me choose a short story title! #
  • 18:40 Off to the CC to congratulate newly elevated Master Mason. #
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  • 23:18 That earlier jott was "goats do roam" wine 1/2 off at Haskell's. #
  • 23:20 Twins lost baseball game. Post-phys. therapy walking made knee hurt a lot, and dress shoes gave me 4 blisters. Also, stinky man ick. #
  • 23:31 Whoa. I have so many photos to upload and sort through and try and do something with. ::runs and hides:: #
  • 07:08 Yeesh. Woke up v. tired. Hope I can escape work early & nap. ::crosses fingers:: #
  • 07:49 Suspect it's a bad sign that I've taken my first painkiller of the day before 8 AM. #
  • 08:27 Want to see this: ( #
  • 08:57 If a dog's wagging tail leans to the right, you're good. Useful info, via SciAm ( #
  • 09:11 Writer's Digest--good tips on how to find time to write - #
  • 09:35's free ebook-a-week program is teh awesome. + free Nebula nominees from fictionwise & I feel the need for an ebook reader. #
  • 09:36 Spam: "Spring weaken your organism. Support it with vitamins." #
  • 09:38 @ cvalenti re dog's tail - Their right. #
  • 11:04 #
  • 11:19 Prosthetics has open-skull surgery test subjects. Yikes! (via \.) #
  • 11:28 Wonder if I could write a romance a month...during work down-time? #
  • 13:03 Ngg. For the umpteenth time, NgithOwl has underpaid me by $2/hr for a significant chunk of time. Snarl. #
  • 13:14 Home. Step 1. Consolidate to-do list, master task list, floating scraps of paper, and "Action Needed" inbox items. #
  • 13:20 Boy kitty is snuggling ferociously. I think he missed me when I was gone all the time. #
  • 14:57 Happy. It is raining and cold outside, but I am snug at home. #
  • 15:24 Dear girl cat, You are welcome to sit on my lap and purr, but please stop trying to lick my hands as I type! #
  • 15:52 Poor husband has to work a double shift tonight! #
  • 16:35 Grrr. V. annoyed that "Error 623" keeps popping up. #
  • 16:39 Since my ride's working 2nd shift, think I will be staying home. And warm. Instead of gimping around all lonely and cold. #
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  • 23:48 Went out, had drinks, saw people (yay!), now choosing sleep over physical therapy exercises. Boo. Tomorrow, more diligence. #
  • 00:09 Ouch. Sensitive artist-type soul feeling hurt and unloved. Nothing to do with any of y'all. Or husband, if you wondered. #
  • 10:12 Want to get way more done today than is temporally possible--writing, photography, job hunt, martial arts. Pondering priorities. #
  • 11:37 Phil has found the One True Ping-Pong Table. #
  • 13:31 Am sometimes amazed at how useful spreadsheets are for writers. Plan on writing an article about that. #
  • 13:33 Ha! When I sing along to Du Hast, girl cat tries to join in. #
  • 15:09 Note to self: next time need mood improvement, just look at LOLcats for 5 minutes. #
  • 17:37 Phil is unpacking 2-year-old miscellaneous boxes of crap from the basement. I flee in terror. #
  • 19:08 Unpacking led to discovery of old film canister holding strange unidentified orange pills. ::fear:: #
  • 19:14 Nggg. Spent too long dinking about with writerly stuff and not being able to actually *finish* something. Irritating. #
  • 19:15 The day is done, the evening's here, and it's time to do physical therapy knee exercises. While watching Sopranoes, maybe. #
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  • 06:51 Dear body, waking me up for no damn reason at 3am for the *second time in a row* isn't funny! #
  • 10:04 I was weaned off coffee, but I find myself going back to the foul stuff just because I need to stay awake. #
  • 13:00 I like it when the weather forecast uses words like 'glorious'! #
  • 14:12 I get to be a wedding taster? Yum. Also, no poison is involved. Hopefully. #
  • 14:15 Dear knee, Stop with the random flashes of pain when I haven't *done* anything! #
  • 14:16 FREE! I'll mail anyone a couple of packets of chrysanthemum beverage if they'd like to try it. #
  • 17:42 Quashed husband with SciAm's definitive analysis of why it's better to turn off fluorescent lights! #
  • 21:16 Relative forwarded anti-"Planned Parenthood: A $1 Billion Evil Empire" email. I sent a "reply all" thanking him for reminding me to donate. #
  • 21:24 I am exhausted, sickly, cranky and unstable feeling. This is what happens when I work too much and can't write or do martial arts. #
  • 22:00 Updating medical & writing expenses spreadsheets for the last 2 months. #
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  • 08:08 Coworker just suggested to the boss that we have quizzes. Quizzes! Nobody should suggest quizzes! #
  • 10:05 Mary Kay hand exfolliants have mysteriously appeared in the women's restroom. #
  • 10:18 Mmm, just tried sixlets candy for the first time (from coworker), and found it delicious. #
  • 10:22 Note to self: call CSA to verify they got registration #
  • 10:32 Woo! SFBC has shipped me the new Peter F. Hamilton book, The Dreaming Void. Hot. #
  • 15:15 Escape! Time to *flee* into the weekend! #
  • 16:46 Oh! It's a woot-off. ( #
  • 16:47 I barely escaped work before a hurricane of stress breached the barriers. #
  • 17:05 Yay! Verified that we are registered and good to go with our CSA. #
  • 17:33 Damn. If we're going out tonight (as I hope to persuade Phil to do), I have to do my knee exercises *now*. #
  • 18:16 Phil has declared that basketball means he goes nowhere, but I might try to see Pulp Fiction. #
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Fabulous party at [ profile] gunn and [ profile] ytinas's last night! Had a lot of fun, talked to a lot of interesting people, stayed up rather later than I should have, and drank more than was probably wise for a sick girl.

On the plus side, my cold has gone from evil death levels to a more reasonable "normal cold with some sniffles and coughing, but not too bad," at least while I'm taking DayQuil. Yay!
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So, I had some silly plans of writing several long posts about various and sundry interesting and/or stressful and/or Important things going on in my life, have no time. So I will try to sum it up in a (comparatively) short post.

Work Stuff
It's work-like, by which I mean that I have audiobooks to listen to to distract myself from it, and I'm still watching that clock like a hawk. Many large projects are coming in for the next two weeks, and since 80% of the workforce quit during a dry spell, they're really short on QC people. So this means fulltime and overtime for the next two weeks for me, probably including all weekend long.

Knee Stuff
I'm getting around a lot better. Today was the first day I was able to go without the knee brace. My knee still hurts a fair amount, and it has a distressing tendency to move on its own when it shouldn't.
Rehab details )

Writing Stuff
I've been actually getting a bit of writing done, which is very exciting and happy-making. Unfortunately, now that work's ramping back up, I probably won't have much time free to write. *sorrow* I should definitely start posting writing logs again, though--I've noticed a definite drop-off in motivation once I stopped posting them.

Spec the Halls has gotten its first few submissions, which is exciting. I still need to a) clear out all the deadwood left from last year, b) put in a little macro to allow people to sign up for the newsletter in a little box, c) get some site traffic statistics package, and d) ponder whether I want to enable comments, and if so, how difficult that would be in the current format. Only a) is mandatory. I'm also thinking about setting up a Twitter for it. That could be fun. A whole blog would be overkill, but Twitter would be doable.

State of the Abra
Forced inactivity has made me restless and cranky, though I try to keep perspective and rein myself in. There are some large Venn diagrams of worry and planning for the next year and a half of my life that are intersecting. A lot of scheduling hinges on the Surgery/No Surgery call, and everybody who has faced the same choice, whether or not they went with it, seems to feel pretty strongly that surgery is a very good idea.

The Mad Scientist is being a very good husband in terms of doing little things that he knows will surprise and please me, and he's definitely winning the Christmas presents arms race.

Social Life
I'm pretty mobile right now, and I suddenly have my evenings free again (no martial arts). Thanksgiving was spent at [ profile] sinister_dr_x's and [ profile] fayde's, and it was very good--lots of tasty food and hanging out with friends, as well as meeting a new person. The Mad Scientist took me to the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra last week, which was entirely enjoyable (that was one of the longer posts I wanted to make), and afterwards we hung out with [ profile] raoulthegoatboy at Kincaid's and drank fancy $3 mojitos and caught up. Also good. I don't want to lose touch with all y'all (very much not, in fact), but I'm pretty bad about even emailing or calling people on the phone, much less seeing them. Some Wednesdays nights I get to watch Heroes season 1 over at [ profile] discoflamingo's.

I'm sure there was more I wanted to talk about, but I have run out of time.
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Bride On A Wall Alert!, originally uploaded by aswiebe.

As the bride herself pointed out a minute later, this is definitely one of the better shots.

The rest of the photographs I took at Drew & Max's wedding. There are some good ones, though I'm not sure why I was having noise problems with my camera in a few of the shots. Not usually an issue.

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Still have lingering bits of illness. Blech. Have also successfully infected Phil.

Worked today from 8am - 8:30pm. Finished Project O' Doom (until the next one). Have more stuff ready to go tomorrow. Feeling very wistful for home, cats, and writing...also wishing had punching bag in coding dungeon, though is only stone walls and general chill that makes workspace dungeon-like. Aside from that, is much better than regular work floor, which is inhabited by crazed stress monkeys that tend to fling know.

Glad I didn't go to martial arts yesterday, as certainly wasn't up to it. Despite the fun of seeing people and delicious birthday-at-Buca's food, am more than half wishing hadn't gone out last night. Logic of "Oh, won't drink more than a glass of wine, and will be home by 10, just a little restful socializing," was very silly.

Kinda keeping on top of things despite it all, though. Will be delighted when I have a day or two off to laze around and catch up on projects. Predict this will occur in perhaps a week, if nothing else tries to steal my soul.

Hmm. Must hide tastiness of soul from evil obligation-goblins.

Also must stash own Ramen at work for Emergency Food Supply. Had vague hopes going into today of being able to leave early, perhaps noonish. You may all laugh now.
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I am staying home and being sick. To those out having fun: sorry I couldn't join you, and I hope you're having a fantastic evening. [ profile] opheliac_9, Happy Birthday! [ profile] mischief03 and [ profile] Sushi!

Still sick, blah blah blah.

Pleased by the time that the project I'm currently supervising is coming in at. Soon, the not-incompetent temps will be sent home (the incompetent one already was) and then it'll be a matter of just a bit before it's done. Which is good, seeing as it's due a week from Wednesday, and apparently the next project is already lined up.

Holy fat overtime check this week, Batman!

However, I am going to bed early tonight, and tomorrow I will sleep in a lot (if I can remember how), not go in to work, rest up, get healthy, and possibly do such tedious things as "pay bills," "fold laundry," and "catch up on email".
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Roasted hot green peas, firm tofu, daikon radish, fresh guava, mung bean sprouts, mock duck, udon noodles, chili oil, sweet basil curry paste, Philippine adobo sauce, fermented milk drink in tiny bottles, canned mango, and intriguingly squishy packets of seasoning for red curry chicken, spicy garlic eggplant, oriental pork chops, and lemon chicken. Yes, Phil knows how to cheer me up--he just takes me by the oriental market on the way back from work and I grin all the way home.

Training in new person went well. Alas that she is night-shift and therefor co-ordinating information will be difficult. We two were the only people in, which always feels a bit weird and echoing. The white-boards were empty, so it looks as if there will be no work tomorrow either. Urf. Could have done without going in at 8 a.m. on a Sunday, but hours are necessary and scarce on the ground.

Have had great amounts of fun this weekend. Splurged and went out a couple of times, but it's nigh-impossible to be pure and entirely non-spending no matter how quickly one wishes to be out of debt. Friday night hung out at [ profile] discoflamingo's and watched the first couple of episodes of Heroes with friends, which was really nice and relaxing. That night I slept all the way through without waking myself up with a coughing fit for the first time in over two weeks. Saturday, went to Cahoots as usual, and got all the photos I took at Susan & Chase's wedding processed and posted. Saturday night, went to see Shoot 'Em Up and then out to Chatterbox Pub with [ profile] discoflamingo and [ profile] bitwise, where I tasted the chocolate stout and found it tasty as advertised, but was unable to order the board games off the menu successfully.

Shoot 'Em Up is the new Clive Owen movie wherein he kills a whole lot of people with many guns, booby traps, and a number of deadly carrots. It's a fantastically fun and laugh-out-loud live-action over-the-top Bugs Bunny 'em up. It was great fun to watch, and I'm sure it'll make a great video game. Warning: contains Actual Plot, but plot movement happens when Clive Owen's character sees something and delivers two sentences of exposition. Imagine the most over-the-top action movie you've ever seen. Now turn it up to 11. [ profile] discoflamingo says, "The best action movie I've watched. Ever." The Mad Scientist says, "A 3-star movie with 5 stars of Awesome. Third nominee for Awesomest Movie of 2007 Award." [ profile] bitwise says, "Hmm."
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This week, the car's engine blew up. I wasn't there, but this is what the Mad Scientist tells me. Vast amounts of smoke, barely made it home (he was on his way to work), and the mechanic said that to make the car work again, it would require a new engine. Engines are...pricey. The car is not. So for now, we're taking stock of finances in view of a new car, hunting around for a cheap one, and biking. A lot.

The day the car's engine blew up, I arrived home at my usual hour and noted with some confusion that the car was in the garage, which would have made it an extremely early time for the Mad Scientist to be home. So I went inside, and upstairs, and discovered a traumatized Mad Scientist in vast need of cuddles and somebody to suggest the next course of action.

The next course of action was fixing our old and unusable bikes. Which involved biking to Uptown on non-functional bikes while clouds formed overhead and loomed threateningly in our general direction.

While we were waiting for our bikes to be fixed, or so we thought, we went to La Bodega. Mmm, half-price bottles of wine and food made mostly out of olive oil. I mean, I love olive oil, ask anyone, but even I was thinking they went a bit overboard. It was highly tasty though, and we got to enjoy dining in a setting that was clearly far classier than we were.

Upon returning to the bike shop, we discovered that in fact our bikes had not been getting fixed. So we sat. And waited. And waited.

A couple of hours later, tires replaced and brakes functional once more, we biked over to the CC to celebrate [ profile] chadvalentine and [ profile] opheliac_9's anniversary. Much liquor was had, and the new icon was taken. Then we biked over to their apartment and more liquor was had, along with some very tasty barbecued chicken. Then we wobbled our unsafe way home.

The next morning the Mad Scientist had to bike in to work. He could bike and bus it, but it actually ends up taking longer. It's about an hour bike ride. He claims to have still been in the shaky "was just drunk" phase.

This week, the poor man is made entirely out of ache.

So am I, between practicing my material for the belt test this Saturday, line drills during regular class, and--oh--biking. And carrying very heavy bags of groceries home.

I think the moral of the story is something like, "Life is pain, but alcohol helps. And don't forget to keep your bikes functional, 'cause you never know when you'll need them."

To Do

May. 4th, 2007 11:52 am
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Finished QCing project.
Finished other project.
Acquired passport photos for name change.
Chose poker X-Game (Choose Your Own)

To Do:

Write side-project story that's due this weekend
Take long nap.
Go play poker.
Return Battlestar Galactica season 2.1
If eliminated early, write story if still not done--otherwise, rough edit.

This is of course in addition to the regular day-to-day list of to-dos that I so rarely complete: calisthenics, dinner, bathroom quick-clean, dishes, laundry, tidying of rooms, special cleaning mission, martial arts material review/update, martial arts training, general writing maintenance tasks involving critiques and submissions and newsletters and market lists, and garden maintenance.

You might think I'm a perfectionist, and you'd be right. You might also think that I'm not lazy, but you would be wrong.
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It's been a wonderful relaxing weekend. These are the good things, in no particular order. A significant amount of socializing was accomplished, between [ profile] chesh's birthday party and [ profile] xcorvis's "Authentic Mexican" potluck. The tree in my backyard is beginning to bud and blossom, and clusters of green are pushing up through the ground in the perennial beds. I'm wearing a tank top, because I was too warm wearing a heavy t-shirt. The windows of the house have been opened for the last three days running. I've taken the day for honest-to-God relaxing, a true day of rest. No "I should be doing this" or "I have to have that done by" nonsense. It's a fantastic feeling. Not sure why I've managed to make it stick today. Usually, even when I'm trying to take a break, I've got running through my mind a constant list of things that have to get done, preferably yesterday.

I do like themed potlucks. Hmm. Maybe it would be a good idea to start a potluck rotating between people as hosts? Help mix up the people and the host burden a little bit, make it a regular thing. Could be fun.

Anyway, I made empanadas (Mexican turnovers) for the "Authentic Mexican" potluck. I'm not so fantastic with the pastry, though, and I'd never made the recipe or really any other pastry before, so instead of flaky it ended up a bit more biscuit-like in texture. It should be noted that the instructions "handle like pie crust" did not help. The fillings were quite tasty, though, despite not having any actual measurements. 3x the recipe produced enough empanadas to fill up two bowls. 1 recipe would be adequate to feed 2-3 people, I think.

Recipes )
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Old discovery (1): Kieran's has very tasty shepherd's pie.
Old discovery (2): Cider is very good with shepherd's pie.
New discovery: Kieran's has wi-fi!

Showed up for a birthday dinner at Kieran's, mostly because I was actually in downtown at the library and I <3 Kieran's. Nobody else is here, but that's actually pretty fine. Not that I dislike people, but I'm pretty content and capable of entertaining myself when I'm solitary. Raised as an only child and all parents taught me early to entertain myself. One of my mother's guilty worries is that she did too good of a job!

If people show up, it will be good. If people do not show up, it will also be good. I'm rather enjoying the novelty of a nearly-deserted Kieran's, and enjoying the snow outside and the warmth and good music (and cider) inside. Also, if you're walking, you totally want to walk on the side of the street that Sheik's is on, because they actually shovel the walk.

Edit: People actually showed up! And a good time was had by all. Even if I did have to put my laptop away when they arrived. :P


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