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Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Subject:Yuletide Bear Report
Time:6:32 pm.
Mood: hopeful.
I am quite fond of my story. Now all I have to do is FINISH it.

I had to get a short extension on Yuletide due to being very sick this week and sleeping LOTS and breathing little, but I will have it done.

My bears? They spent this morning, when I was trying to produce a complete draft, licking my feet so the tickling distracted me. They then plunked down and slept all day in my bed with me. They're awfully friendly this year, unlike to nom on me, just...not helping with The Cause.
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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Subject:Dear Yulegoat!
Time:11:06 pm.
Mood:accomplished, excited.
This is my, as yet empty, Yuletide letter. Ack! Assignments went out! I LOVE my assignment! I'm so giddy!! Stalking Mode: Activate!!!!

For anyone stalking me....

Dear Yulegoat,Collapse )
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Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Subject:Food and Faire
Time:6:09 pm.
Mood: accomplished.
I have been making lots of OM-NOM food. It's been awesome having vegetables and TIME.

Food photos and house tidying!Collapse )

Husband took the girls (Elf and Nanda) to Faire today, and I got them sufficiently dressed (I did not costume-nazi them) and they were happy and are having a brilliant time. :-)
fairegirls fairegirls2
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Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Subject:Cooking Extravaganza!
Time:11:12 pm.
Mood: content.
Today was delightfully productive. Husband noted that the utensil drawer was icky, so I sorted through it, culled a number of things, had Ananda scrub it, and re-loaded it as a more useable system with less crap piled in. Hooray!

silverware drawer

While I was doing that, Elf took down ALL the fridge magnets and photos, sorted through them, threw away the crappy magnets from places of business and ancient things, then scrubbed the fridge and the wall and put up all our travelogue magnets on the front and all the photos on the side of the fridge. It looks GREAT.


Then I made PILES of excellent food. There is Quinoa with butternut squash, leeks, blond raisins, and spinach. There is ratatouille modified from this recipe (I didn't use peppers, and I did use oregano, I added basil, and put in more zucchini). Elf made the apple crumble. I made the

The quinoa is excessively good, and Elf and I LOVE it. I modified this recipe by doubling the quinoa and having it being half white and half red, doubling the leeks, using jarred garlic, and I skipped the walnuts because I burned them. THIS is a KEEPER!

Look how pretty the cake is!!!! I made fewer modifications from this recipe, but they included Adding More Lemon; it has lemon extract in it, the juice from the zested lemon is in the milk to clabber it, added cornmeal and reduced flour, and I added less sugar but put a coating of coarse sugar instead of the gooey icing. Yum yum yum! I'm really into these fruity cornmeal cakes lately, and this is the best this recipe has turned out.
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Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Subject:Elf and Scouting
Time:12:12 am.
Mood: touched.
I am so glad For the hard work I did with Elf for cookie sales these past 2 years. She has got SO much out of ALL the parts of the experience.

Selling the cookies, becoming more confident and outgoing, earning enough for her air ticket to England, earning her own electronics and those she has shared with or given to others, earning funds to pay for ALL her scouting costs...dues and registration and EVERY activity she has done since that first year of scouting have been covered by her share of the cookie money (she gets, into her troop account, $0.40 for each box she sells; the troop gets $0.25 into the whole-troop account).

This year, she'll get to go to a week-long horse camp, a week-long general camp, AND a weekend swimming and canoeing camp. And her scouting money will cover it ALL.

I'm so proud of her!
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Friday, October 18th, 2013

Subject:Yuletide! Yuletide! Yuletide!
Time:9:02 pm.
Mood: jubilant.
I got my assignment! It makes me SO HAPPY!!!! I will have to revisit the source! That is a Huge Tragedy!!! (NOT!) :-)
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Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Subject:Dear Yulegoat
Time:11:40 pm.
Mood: excited.
Dear Totally Awesome Yulegoat!

You matched with me on my fandoms! I'm sure I will love you!! Thanks for being part of this. I hope you have FUN writing this story.

I am all about female characters; I like for them to be the focus in most of what I read, but also feel that their interactions with other characters are often some of the most revealing moments. The most important aspect of all my requests is the interaction between the characters and what they learn about themselves and one another through that interaction and/or through the events of the plot, whatever it may be. If I ever have to choose whether I want more character moments or stronger plot...I'll choose a wisp of a plot and CHARACTER stuff...every time.

In these prompts, I'm not particularly interested in any of the listed characters' romantic relationships, except as they come up in the conversation(s). I have no problem with romantic relationships being a part of a story or character, but I'm really not about the romance specifically. "Mature" is my max preferred rating, though I'm perfectly happy with anything below that, and am fine with the times when a story wanders above that mark in the telling.

I am a complete and unapologetic canon whore; as one friend said, "I'm a canon-based life form." I like seeing how someone takes events of canon and tells a story from between the lines. I especially like slice of life stories, average, "boring," moments of people doing normal things. I like angst, I like joy, I like reflection, I like conversations, I like sad stories, hopeful stories, humor, plot, tropes, tidily wrapped up, open-ended, lyrical in style, abrupt and realistic in style. You're welcome to look at my fic, not all of which I am entirely pleased with, and some of my fic recs if you'd like to see what kinds of things I like, or to go off of my descriptions here.

First and foremost, I like to see "my" characters as real people in all their contradictions--strong and vulnerable, hopeful and desperate, satisfied and despairing, kind and cold, determined and indecisive, courageous and terrified--and the struggle (not always successful) that it is for them to keep the positive balanced a bit higher than the negative.

I love all of these fandoms and ideas and prompts, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what you write! Thank you again in advance.

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Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Time:12:23 pm.
Mood: thoughtful.

An American Coach in London: NBC Sports Advertises Broadcasts of English Football
"It's football, but not as you know it..."
HILARIOUS comedy sketch of an American football coach, having been hired to coach a British football team...and demonstrating how LITTLE he knows about real football. Jason Sudeikis plays the coach...and I was SO disappointed that this was an ad for sports rather than for a new sitcom; I'd have WATCHED this. A review commented, "The nearly-five-minute video is not only an effective promo—it’s also the best piece of scripted NBC programming in years."

Certain Doctor Who Phrases and how Olive Garden Customers React: An Experiment Done by a Server
[When greeting tables] "Oh hello! I’m The Doctor! I am here to help! Look, they gave me a badge with my name on it in case I forget who I am! Very thoughtful as that does happen.”
Lots of confused faces. Many people laughed. The few who got the reference clapped, laughed, or smiled all big like. One girl who got the reference gave me the biggest smile I’ve ever seen, later I would receive her number.

Education and Language

Open Letter to the Colleges of America
Dear Colleges of America:
I'm writing to tell you about how brilliant all three girls are—how acute their language, how well-wielded their rhetoric. How they cleave ideology with the edges of their insights. I'm writing to tell you about how they came to America, and how they’ve been grieved by America, and how they are certain to transform America.
For Ruba and Alice and Fofo, getting into college will be—at best—unnecessarily complicated, and—at worst—completely undermined. Obviously, I don’t need to tell you that the college admissions process can be daunting, and that it can be positively Byzantine for low-income students, or students whose parents don’t speak English, or students whose parents have never filled out a FAFSA form themselves.

12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms
Why do we still have "wend" and "eke" and "sleight" and "dint" and "roughshod" and "fro" and "kith" in modern English? Check out these awesome analyses of the survival of archaic words. SO COOL.

Social Stuff

How To Avoid "I Deserve It" Purchases (And The Consequences That Come With Them)
Saying “I deserve it” is one of the biggest culprits behind failed diets—and failed budgets. You see something that you want to buy (or eat) but you don’t really need, so you tell yourself no. Then that “no” starts gnawing at you and you feel deprived.
You may begin telling yourself that you’re a grown-up who can spend her money however she chooses. So you decide to treat yourself just this once. The problem, Brewer says, is that it’s never a good idea to make financial decisions based on a feeling of deprivation. Instead, she suggests turning the “I deserve” on its head.
We all have the best of intentions, but it’s those last-minute, emotional purchases that often get the best of us. The next time you’re in danger of thwarting your bottom line, do a quick mental check—whether you’re about to spend $5 or $500—by asking yourself these three questions:
- Have I saved up for this?
- Do I really need this?
- Will this delay me from meeting my goals?

'Fat Shaming' Actually Increases Risk of Becoming or Staying Obese, New Study Says
This was a surprise??
"Research has already shown that stigmatizing overweight people leads to psychological factors that are likely to contribute to weight gain – things like depression or binge eating. This new paper takes that a step further, linking what the Internet likes to call “fat-shaming” to weight gain and suggesting that you can’t scare people skinny."

Race and Sex and Gender

I hate Strong Female Characters
Sherlock Holmes gets to be brilliant, solitary, abrasive, Bohemian, whimsical, brave, sad, manipulative, neurotic, vain, untidy, fastidious, artistic, courteous, rude, a polymath genius. Female characters get to be Strong.

10 Responses to the Phrase "Man Up"
Guante's poem about why the phrase "man up" (popularized in Miller Lite commercials, TV shows and real life) is stupid. Original link (with words).

My Danish Teen Sex Epiphany
Raised in America, I had never slept at a boyfriend’s place before. What would his parents think of me? What would I say to them? I walked down the stairs with great trepidation, wondering if I should gather up my things and bolt. Even without articulating it to myself, my real fear was: Would they think I was a slut?
But Peter’s mother, Eva, greeted me at the bottom of the stairs with a huge smile. “Good morning!” she said. “Breakfast is almost ready. Do you prefer coffee or tea?” She was so sweet and warm and matter-of-fact that I wanted to cry with joy. In fact, I think I may have hugged her, right then and there.

To give an example of prejudice, when I’m talking about racism, is to start a different conversation.
The scenarios I started with are examples of prejudice. They may be painful or frustrating to the white person on the receiving end. They don’t contribute to creating an environment that results in robust, productive communication across racial differences.
But they aren’t racism.
The prejudices people of color sometimes have almost never make it hard for a white person to secure employment. They never make it more likely a white child will live in poverty than do his/her classmates of color. They do not send whites to prison at rates astronomically higher than our representation in the general (or law-breaking) population. They do not make it difficult for a white child to learn because she attends a poorly funded, overcrowded school and is repeatedly exposed to images and messages (as, incidentally, are her teachers) that she is slower, lazier, more likely to misbehave, etc. than her peers.
Like sexism, I care about this system the most. Unapologetically. (By the way, there is overlap between racism and prejudice. It just so happens, for example, that white prejudices strengthen this system.)

One Easy Thing All White People Could Do That Would Make The World A Better Place
Tremendously effective and thought-provoking, clear description of how it takes white people to stand up to other white people when racial injustice is being perpetrated in order for things to change and people to SEE the error of their own actions. Very much worth the four minutes it will take to watch.

A PERFECT Answer To An Annoying Question
A comedic response to an inappropriately forward question to ask on first meeting someone.
"Race conversations are always tricky to approach and, on balance, I advocate for more of them than less. And, yes, I get that we're all flawed human beings grasping, sometimes awkwardly, for common ground with each other. I get that, I really do."
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Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Subject:New Kitten! ...and cleaner house!
Time:3:12 pm.
Mood: productive.
So...the cats have adapted well to the new living room arrangement. They clearly feel it was Done Just For Them.

New kitten came home from downstate. Ben pointed out that HE is the only one never to have a cat who "bonded with" him, so this kitten is his. Hes' being very attentive, and is cleaning the litter box on request. He named this little girl (who matches Gordon exactly) "Little Tailsworth" with the plan for her name to morph into "Mrs. Tailsworth" when she grows up.

Additionally, I went through and organized vids. I have 500+ VHS tapes that are going away (~50/box: see photo), and have ALL the DVDs on the shelves in the living room and all cleaned off of the shelf that We want to move out of the living room to make more space. I even DUSTED all the shelves and I am tired and FILTHY. It took me 3 1/2 hours today to sort through everything...and I have only ~40 tapes left (ONE banker box ONLY) that I'm keeping.

LOTS of lovely photos under the cutCollapse )
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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Time:8:18 pm.
Mood: excited.
Technically it's the same room. But it's LIKE a new room!

We got a 2-piece sectional sofa this morning, dark beige, with recliners on both ends, used off of Craig's List, for $240. YAY!!

It is now in our VERY CLEAN living room...WITH the old futon, in a U-shape, so that we have SO MUCH SEATING. Ben just said, "Best Couch Ever. Best Futon Ever. This is a godsend. How are we so lucky?"

We can have huge fannish gatherings with ENOUGH PLACES TO SIT...and sit comfortably!


PhotosCollapse )

ETA: I have now put away the books that were stacked on the coffee table and tidied up some of the mess that resulted from having to move EVERYTHING out of the room. I've consolidated my stationery and papers into a single box to go through, emptied one of the old end tables, and made the hallway traversible again. The kitchen...well, it still has 2 rocking chairs and the cat tree in it's not useable yet, but it's better...and the cats are IN. LOVE.
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Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Subject:Ladies' Bingo: aka writing summer
Time:10:19 am.
Mood: artistic.
I FINALLY have been able to prompt for stories, which has gotten ideas going, and on nancybrown's suggestion, I've gotten my own bingo card from the Ladies Bingo that's going on as a huge Bechdel Fest (YAY!). There's an AO3 collection where folks can post what they write.

Other categories are here, and can be used for the "Wildcard" square.

Anyone who wants to can prompt away on this post. I don't promise to use them all, but prompts seem to get my brain going in fanfic ways. I thought this was "write all in one canon," but the rules don't seem to so indicate, though it could be part of the challenge. I'm open to writing: The 4400, Birds of Prey (comic), Bones, Doctor Who, NCIS, Scarecrow & Mrs. King, and, oh, well, I have MANY fandoms, all of which have AWESOME women. Feel free to poke at me about any of them and hopefully I'll get lots of stuff written...even if it's just warm-up drabbles that don't count for Bingo. :-)

Physical imperfections Hypothermia Heat Sleeping arrangements Character Study
Domestic bliss Documentation Soulbonding Secret Admirers Abduction and kidnapping
Five Things When I'm 64: Futurefic Wild Card Drunkeness & Inebriation Inanimate objects AU
There's a first time for everything: First times Coming of age Rescue me: Damsels (and others) in distress First person narration To the highest bidder: Auctions and Slavefic
Thank God it's Friday... Again: Time Loops Yentas and Matchmakers What is this thing you call `love`? Pretending to be married Missing persons
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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Subject:Much Ado
Time:6:00 pm.
Mood: flirty.
Also, I have seen Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, and although I have a few (tiny) quibbles, I APPROVE.

Definitely worth your while (if you can find it--only five theaters in the Chicagoland area, so...yeah) in theater or on DVD when it comes out.

Very good.
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Subject:AP Reading, Final Report; also, End of School Year
Time:3:36 pm.
Mood: relieved.
I did not hit my goal, but my colleague (who went because I told him repeatedly how MUCH he'd love it...and he did, and he wants to go back) DID. I'm SO excited that he got into the zone and scored 1200 essays!!!

I scored 900 essays. Would have been more but mornings...gods, I was useless and kept falling asleep over the essays, even when I paced with them. But...I scored NINE HUNDRED ESSAYS in seven days!! I am SO pleased.

My table leader continued to say I was spot-on with my scoring and I'm VERY proud of my accuracy, which is the most important part.

I had a good week, but I was EXHAUSTED...and coming back to have to do a week of school was hard. But I got ALL my Big Grading done before I went and I only had to do check-in from stuff I left for the sub to do while I was gone and the last revisions. Grades turned out good and my LAST two students who were failing PULLED it out of the fire at the very Last SECOND and so NONE of my students failed!!!!

Finally school is out, and my schedule for next year looks exciting.

Now for my summer projects: home-schooling for kids to keep their heads in the game, exercising to gain some strength back!, and working on turning the house into something manageable.
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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Subject:AP Reading, Day 3
Time:6:26 am.
Mood: hopeful.
Day 1: 82 essays (with morning set aside for training).

Day 2: 118 essays (with morning lost to sleep and feeling bad).

Table leader continues to say I'm spot-on with my scoring (she's still back-reading our folders of essays), and that accuracy is most important. My goal remains 1200, which means that I'd need to do 200 EACH DAY for ALL of the next 5 days. Gotta be ON my game!

Of course, this is just my way of pushing myself and there is no NEED to do that...I'd just really like to.

I know I "discover" this amazing truth every, oh, year or so. Sometimes even twice a year. Here it goes: when you're out of shape and sore and achy, it HELPS to move and be active. My instinct seems permanently set to "rest it more" and...that's often not the best option...especially when that stays switched on. up this morning, exercised (WOW am I out of shape!) and my back thanks me.

My ankle, where I pinched nerve or something? Less so. Hopefully it'll slip back into place. YAY for manageable workout and stretching.

Also? Was entirely nauseated yesterday morning from lack of sleep and too much soda. No Soda For Me the rest of the week. Of course, now STARBUCKS is back open after being closed???? on Sunday. WHO doesn't have the STARBUCKS open on the FIRST DAY of thousands of English teacher descending to read for 8 1/2 hours?????
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Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Time:7:16 pm.
Mood: busy.
Yesterday I got my email notification from National Board saying that the renewal information I'd uploaded electronically had been received. HUZZAH!

Yesterday I graded 50 papers.

Today I've graded 20 so far and have about 60 to go.

Tomorrow I'll finish another pile.

That will END THE YEAR except for a few revisions to go through!!!!

Next week I will, again, be in LOUISVILLE (YAY, seeing iam_space!!) to score AP Literature exam essays. My goal this year: 1200. We'll see...

Then I return for a week including WWI poetry and exams.

Then 2 days of packing and finishing up.

THEN, starting at 3:30pm on June 25, SUMMER WILL FINALLY BEGIN (only a scant few days after solstice!).

Now to grade All The Things...
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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Subject:OW--ankle again
Time:9:34 pm.
Mood: pessimistic.
A little over an hour ago, I went to the basement to look for the 3-ring binders I thought were in the filing cabinets there. To get to the 2nd set of filing cabinets, I had to hop sideways over a PILE of stuff...and when I hopped back, I turned the same ankle I sprained badly several years ago. It popped loudly twice, and it took me a while to get over onto the floor so all my weight was no longer on it. Elf came to my rescue, but I had to get myself upstairs.

I've got it up and am icing it (and I took ibuprofen, and plan to be on that round the clock for several days), but...I got it badly. It's all puffed out on the side (outside side), swollen on the inside, the top of my foot aches, it aches all the way up the outside of my leg.

It sounded and felt and looks exactly like it did when I did this to it 5+ years ago. So I'm pretty sure I sprained it. Again. I am not amused.

Also, OW.
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Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Subject:Suuuuper Cookie Mom
Time:7:24 pm.
Mood: pleased.
As of today's super-awesome sale (where we sold 247 boxes and they were ALL for Elf because she was the only Scout there with me), Elf only has 287 boxes to sell to reach her goal of 1500 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year. She wants to get the iPod and the Kindle Fire that are part of those incentives...and decided early on that she wanted to get the Kindle Fire to give to her brother.

Everyone together: Awwwww!

Tomorrow we're going to be there early and sell again and hopefully knock out, like half of those remaining boxes to sell.

Then we just have to sell the rest of what's in the living room and we'll be done! Only thing left at that point will be to go to the troop Loop sale as part of the troop activities and to get more money in her troop account for Scouting activities this year (like summer camp and the troop trip to the Wisconsin Dells).

Additionally, we sat together with the Cadette Badge book last week at the sale and figured out four badges she's already we need to register those and do more badge work. Very exciting. We've also finally got the SpiralScouts badge book, and I've told the kids that this summer's schoolwork (to keep Ben from falling out of the daily school habit and have a lousy start to 6th grade next year) in order to make it fun and worthwhile.
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Friday, March 8th, 2013

Subject:Suuuuper Teacher
Time:8:09 pm.
Mood: accomplished.
I have very little left to do to finish my last 2 classes for my second master's...but I won't be able to earn that Master's unless I first pass the Illinois State Certification Test.


I have done so. I got my scores back for my Learning Behavior Specialist 2: Curriculum Adaptation Specialist exam...and I got a 290/300, which the State of Illinois considers to be a passing score.

Now to find a job WORKING AS a special education teacher and/or special education supervisor of some sort. Yay.
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Monday, February 4th, 2013

Subject:Mmmm....the taste of winter
Time:9:08 pm.
Mood: full.
For dinner tonight, I had two bowls of the Turkey Carcass Soup I learned to make from imbri6. It's PERFECTION: jelly in the fridge, rich and brown once warmed. This time, for the first time, I used cubed breast meat (to use it up) instead of the regular scraps. Methinks no one will get breast-scrap leftovers Ever Again!

(Also, there are pumpkin squares w/ cream cheese frosting and FLAN in the kitchen!)
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Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Subject:Kid love
Time:11:28 pm.
Mood: maternal.
Our good news of the day? Ben did NOT break his arm when he tackle-hugged his grandfather's g/f.

Even BETTER news? G/f fell onto the sofa and thus did not break anything like her hip.

Best news? My kids are in my daughter's room (where she's clearly Not Cleaning *sigh*), giddily chattering and playing and giggling together. Listening to how they love each other makes me VERY happy.

Also, after a VERY good visit at our FANTASTIC E.R. where they're gentle and competent and QUICK, Husband and Ben went to and enjoyed Wreck-It Ralph.

Perhaps there was cleaning. ::goes to see fixed room and drawers:: ::returns:: Wow...she has sorted all her clothes and folded things and re-filled her drawers neatly. Later she'll have to finish the SURFACES of the dressers...but she's done the part we asked her to for now and has earned her computer back. YAY!
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