Tears

Sep. 19th, 2017 12:01 am
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Are you good at holding back your tears?

Nope

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A Friendzy

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:36 pm
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My friend Ben is hosting a friendzy!

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90F - 64F : Hot as hell

Sep. 18th, 2017 07:04 pm
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Woke up at 8:30 this morning and read yesterday's LJ and DW entries. Then I had a chat with Frankie, Sarah, and Kali. That lasted until 1 when I went to golf. We had a different instructor today, and he paid some attention to me, although he still paid more attention to Lisa, even when it was just me and Lisa left (everyone better than us went to play a couple holes of golf, and the classroom dunces stayed behind on the driving range to practice). It was hot out. One of the hottest days of the year. Too hot to be September. It's only 4 days to fall. I demand hoodie weather. But instead it was 87F out. Bill and Kevin, the BlazeSports people, made sure everyone drank lots of water. I moved on to using the driver today, but still only hit the ball 25 yards or so. Although, it's hard to tell how far it went because there are no markers on this range. I have to say I prefer the range near my father's house, because it has markers to show how far you hit the ball. I'm assuming 25 yards because it was the same distance I managed with the sand wedge and that was measured at 25 yards at the range near my father's. Kevin said if I want the ball to go farther, I have to move faster, but when I try moving faster, I miss the ball altogether. At any rate, I'm beginning to doubt I'll ever be ready to go out and play golf. I am particularly downcast at being one of the two dunces left at the end of today's practice.

After practice, I went to meet Adie for bat mitzvah tutoring. She had printed out my Torah portion, and I read it through several times. Then we talked about different ways of learning the singing part - I can either try to learn it from her singing it, or through learning the cantillation marks. I think I'll probably try to learn from her singing because I remember songs I haven't heard in decades. I don't remember things I learned to read, like Cyrillic. We're not meeting next week because it's between the High Holy Days, so I have two weeks to learn to read my portion. Next week golf is going to be in Stone Mountain with some famous football player who is going to help teach us, and then take us out to dinner.

Came home and the trash people still hadn't come. I filled another bag of trash, and brought it up to the curb. Fed the dogs, and now I'm not sure what I'm going to do with myself.

88F - 64F : Sunny

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:30 am
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Sorry I didn't write yesterday. I slept literally until 5:45, woke up, went on a walk with Donna, came home, ate dinner, and was back in bed by 8:30 and just woke up. Although I did wake up for a little bit around midnight, I fell back asleep within an hour. So apparently I needed sleep.

Music Monday

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:09 am
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19. A song that makes you think about life:



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Trust

Sep. 18th, 2017 12:23 am
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Do you have trust issues?

no

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Prove?

Sep. 17th, 2017 01:15 am
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How can you prove your love to someone?

you cannot.

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86F - 64F : Sunny

Sep. 16th, 2017 11:12 pm
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I found some vodka and peach schnapps last night and asked Kevin to mix it for me because he usually makes it perfect for getting drunk and not getting too drunk or sick. It's usually 1/4th vodka and 3/4ths peach schnapps. Last night he mixed it the opposite and didn't warn me. I got very sick. But I woke up hangover free. I woke up a couple of times, once dying of thirst, so I got some water and went back to bed. Then I got up and got online but didn't stay up, then finally around 2 I got up for good.

I finally broke the wire for my computer, which had been threatening to break for months. I drove to the forum to replace it. It was expensive as shit to replace, but I mean if it's either replace this wire once a year or replace the whole computer once a year like I was doing when I had a PC (if I ever had one that lasted a year!) it's a no-brainer.

After that, we went to meet my parents at Lon U for my father's birthday. We had Thai food, which is really tasty but I think I'm allergic to (I think they add fish sauce to everything). We ate and Kevin told my parents about his new job.

Then I went to Temple for Selihot. First we went around the circle and introduced ourselves. Then we went around the circle and talked about a lesson we learned from our parents. I told the story I shared here recently about my friend in high school whose step-mother was arrested. There were a lot more people than expected there this year (about 30 compared to last year there were 2). I wound up talking to Lori and Rabbi Lebow for a while. We were talking about Star Trek and Lori told me that they're putting the show not on cable but on a pay network. So I guess I'm not going to watch it. I pay enough for cable and netflix. I don't need to be paying for anything else, especially just for one show.

I put on some music to get Avinu Malkeinu out of my head. I'm not sure it worked. I'll probably be humming that all night. :(

Kind?

Sep. 16th, 2017 12:04 am
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What kind of person are you?

Kind? uhm. the factual kind I guess. I like facts. I kind of collect them. IDK. This is a weird question, but I've figured out that if I keep going with this meme and don't delete any more questions, I'll finish it on Oct 31, and then I can do a question meme for november and my yearly meme for December. Soo... IDK!

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85F - 60F : Sunny

Sep. 15th, 2017 10:52 pm
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I woke up with a big dose of "don't wanna" today. Yves called and woke me up. I talked to him while he drove somewhere for work, and then got out of bed for about 15 minutes before I had to go.

I went to the aquarium today. First I was at otter, but the otters were off exhibit so I was just sitting there saying "nobody's home" - occasionally one of the otters would come on exhibit for a moment or two, including Cruz, giving himself a BJ and this lady was sitting next to me like "oh he's eating something, aw he's so cute" I was like "yup. That is exactly what is going on... lol"

I went from there to Aqua Lab with the sea stars. Literally no one came through. I might have seen 10 people the entire hour, and the half of it where the dolphin show was going on, I saw nobody. I even pulled out my own phone and started reading FB for a while. Nobody came through. It was kind of weird.

My final stop was OV Touch pool, which is no longer a touch pool, and instead just means sitting by the mermaid's purses and talking about those. It's not one of my favorite places to be anymore. After that they set me to rover, which I hate, so I just came home.

That's about it for the day. I thought about stopping at Tower and buying some alcohol, but I had already stopped at chick fil a, and I didn't want my food to get cold(er) while I went to get booze. I regret that now. :-/

Love, Again

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:07 am
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Do you believe that first true love never dies?

What does this even mean? That you stay in love with the first person you ever loved? No, that's stupid.

Appropriate random icon is appropriate.

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78 - 64F : Sunny

Sep. 14th, 2017 10:45 pm
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Today was one of those days. I didn't get out of bed until 4, although I woke up at 3 and from then was kind of cuddling my cats and kind of being depressed. Then I went to the write in from 5-7, but left early at 7 because my brain wasn't cooperating. I wound up falling back asleep until 8:30 and then getting up, but I still don't want to be up. At the write in I got to an ending point for my NaNo novel plotting, though I still need to put in some kind of subplot or something. I then wrote two more shorts for the 100_situations prompts. For a total of like 600 words, and then my brain just broke. I tried walking around the restaurant to see if that would jump start my brain, but it really didn't, and I went home shortly thereafter. I got home and read lj and dw. I'm still having a big old dose of "don't wanna" do anything. I'm clearly not earning any days off for next week, for only the second time this year. I did earn one from walking at the SCA event, so I'll still have one. But still. I think I need to treat the PSWC as bonus points as I really clearly am not willing to wake up early to do it. I don't have any really good reason to, though.

I just finished getting my ass reamed for over an hour because I dared give family money to charity. Apparently Kevin doesn't believe in charity. He claims family money can't go out unless we both agree to it, and we have to discuss what to do with it, but not giving to charity is 100% his decision, and I get no say in it.

101 Update

Sep. 14th, 2017 12:30 am
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Progress This Week

Play Recorder for Dancers - More working my way through the introductory book. I also bought a book of Disney songs that might be too hard for me and also is set for a duet, which... I don't have a partner, so I'm not sure that was the smartest thing I ever bought.

Go to 30 meetings - I went to last night's meeting, which was project night, and had a good chat with the people there.

Teach 5 classes - I taught Celtic Knotwork at Crossroads.

NaNoWriMo 2017 I continue plotting my novel.

Post 100 situations prompts to AO3 - one more up

Fill a second 100 situations with a different fandom - Star Trek begun. I'll start posting them probably in December, after I take a break from them for NaNo.

30 entries to “Monthly Diary Day” - Another one is up.

Read 3 books on Kyivan Rus - working my way through a book on the Khazars.

Take golf lessons - Although this was cancelled on account of hurricane this week, I am working on this.

Listen to 90 other podcasts - Listened to an episode of Stuff You Should Know about cutting people's heads off.

Read the entire Bible - Working my way through 2 Kings.

Injury

Sep. 14th, 2017 12:22 am
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What is the worst injury you’ve ever had?

uh. Once when I was at Corvus, I sat down on their couch, and suddenly felt the worst pain of my life in my knee, which I could no longer put weight on or straighten. Orion gave me a vicodin, and I slept there that night. The next day, my friends carried me out of the basement and to the clinic on campus, where they sent me for an X-Ray. They didn't see anything wrong, but they couldn't straighten my leg either, so they gave me a brace to hold it straight. I was sitting in my room on my bed when Soren came to bring me dinner. He bumped into my knee, and I screamed, and then suddenly it felt just fine. I had apparently dislocated it, and just needed it to be knocked back into place. But I hopped around on crutches for a full week before Soren did that, and was in a lot of pain the whole time.

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77F - 59F : Some light rain

Sep. 13th, 2017 11:12 pm
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I decided not to set an alarm to go off today. I just honestly didn't want to deal with it. I wound up waking up at 1:30. I got an email telling me I have tickets to the Temptations and 4 Tops concert, so I tried to call my dad, but he was without power, and his house phone doesn't work without power, and he hadn't been able to plug his cell phone in, so he didn't answer. I emailed him, but needless to say he didn't get email. He wound up getting power back a couple hours later and calling me, and we decided we'd go to the concert together.

Otherwise, I didn't do much. I read LJ, DW, twitter, and facebook. I found and plugged in my ipad and my kindle. My kindle doesn't seem to be charging, but I'm not sure maybe it doesn't charge things when the laptop is closed? The ipad was on 12% charge when I left for the SCA meeting.

I went to Decatur for the SCA meeting. Getting there was rough. All the traffic lights inside the perimeter were still down, and people were not polite or intelligent enough to treat them like 4-way stops. Really judging you, Decatur. Decatur is, of course, the rich part of Atlanta, so I suspect it's not so much a matter of intelligence, but of thinking they are more important than everyone else. Fuck rich people.

Anyway, I got to the meeting, and there were 6 of us there. It was project night but only two people had brought projects. We all just sat and talked until 8:30 when we went across the street to dinner at Imperial. The burger was good, but they had the saltiest fries I've ever tasted. We also had a poutine for the table, which was good, but had no cheese curds, just melted American cheese. Somehow, not the same thing. I'm a minute and a half from finishing Mathews Men. So I think I'm going to go do that, despite not being in the car.

What are you reading Wednesday?

Sep. 13th, 2017 12:04 am
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What are you reading?

One Way or Another by Annette Laing - I feel like Brandon is the only intelligent character.

The Jews of Khazaria by Kevin Alan Brook - No progress this week.

The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler's U-boats by William Gerouxby - We're getting towards the end of the war. We've left Hitler behind and are now talking about kamikaze pilots. I assume this book will be over soon?

2 Kings - All the kings of Israel worship foreign gods, but there are prophets of God who occasionally perform miracles. Like, these people are so stupid that God is still performing miracles in front of them and they don't believe in him. It's no wonder God gave up on us and stopped sending prophets, and performing miracles.
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I saw a recommendation on tumblr for Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller and checked it out.



Summary on the back: Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map - the key to a legendary treasure trove - seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

My thoughts: This book had a slow start, and at first glance Alosa had most of the characteristics I dislike in a YA protagonist - too young, far too talented for her age, a violent, unnaturally good fighter, and annoyingly sassy - but I enjoyed the setting so I kept on reading. And before long it captured my interest. Yes, Alosa is all of the things I thought she was, and she is full of herself, but she does improve, and get layers - a tragic childhood of abuse, and a revelation as to exactly why she's so talented and unnatural - that helped change my opinion of her, and even grudgingly admit she wasn't so bad by the end. Similarly Riden starts out as relatively unlikable, but quickly grew on me, with layers of his own to uncover, and some impressive moments of self-sacrifice and honor.

The writing isn't perfect - a bit cheesy and occasionally bland - but there is some witty humor and several moments had me giggling or emotional. The darker moments don't blend well with the overall story - the writer couldn't seem to decide if she wanted a light-hearted swashbuckler or a gritty tale of a very unique girl trying to navigate a man's world - and the brief instances of torture and blood seemed entirely out of place. The real strength of the book, to me, was it's delightful concept, putting a fresh spin on the interactions of pirates and sirens. I'm actually surprised that both don't have more of a presence in YA fiction, but I'm always pleased when they appear, especially with the creativity in this plot. It was also refreshing to see a dash of the darker side of pirate and siren life, even if unpleasant - dubious consent/treatment of both women and men by the opposite gender, and violence. I did have one major issue with the way the topics were handled: while the violence/unwanted behavior of the male pirates to Alosa (and hinted at regarding other women) is rightfully and strongly condemned, the rape/murder of male sailors by female sirens is strangely romanticized as merely the way they reproduce (and one character is praised within the narrative for not trying to fight them off), which made me very uncomfortable, despite the briefness of the scene. But hopefully it's something that will addressed better in the sequel.

Despite its occasional side-eye worthy moments and imperfections, Daughter of the Pirate King was a mostly entertaining, relatively fun read that, if nothing else, left me wishing for more YA pirate books. Particularly ones with sirens.

101 Update

Sep. 7th, 2017 09:33 am
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Finished this week

Go to the DragonCon Parade - I did this, and it was fun.

Progress this week

Play recorder for dancers - I continue to work my way through the beginner's book of recorder. They've just introduced the concept of flats and sharps, which is where I got too confused to continue the last time I tried learning to read music. So we'll see.

NaNoWriMo 2017 - I've begun plotting a new novel which I will attempt to write in November.

Post 100 situations prompts to AO3 - Another story prompt is posted on ff.net.

Shoot 10 rolls of film and develop them - I shot another two halves of rolls of film at dragoncon.

50 hours at zoo 2017-2018 - I've been working on some quizzes and other information you have to learn before you can volunteer.

Read 3 books on Kyivan Rus - I'm reading one now on the Khazars but I've decided it counts.

Read 30 country pages on Wikipedia - Read about Argentina

Take golf lessons - I continue to do this.

Listen to 30 episodes of Philosophize This - a second episode about Aristotle.

Read the entire Bible - Finished 1 Kings and started 2 Kings
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