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Sep. 18th, 2017 10:08 pm
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Declan is participating in the Terry Fox Run at his school on September 29. His online donation page is here: http://www.terryfox.ca/declane.

(And because I'm old, I still have very clear memories of Terry Fox. He is part of my childhood in a way that will never truly be part of my son's. But Declan does run because he loves running and he loves running for Terry Fox.)


Sep. 18th, 2017 10:39 am
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How is it that it's only Monday morning and I'm already bagged? This isn't fair.

So this week and next week I'm in the office in KW Mon-Thurs. That's a LOT of time away from home, and it makes me unhappy. I'm glad it's just two weeks, and that the week after these two weeks, I'll be on vacation in Killarney.

It's not that I dislike anything about it here. I like the office, I like my co-workers, I like my job. I like my mother and I like the city and I like knowing that Luna is also happy here. I may have grown up here, but it's no longer home. I miss Maize. I'm not in my own bed. I don't have my own kitchen. I don't have my own stuff. I don't have my library of RPG books or my own desktop computer or any of the video games I play (except the casual ones I play on my phone, like Simon's Cat Crunch Time or Pokemon Go).

I'm actually glad of it, because when my mother inevitably sells the house I grew up in (probably sometime within the next 5-10 years), I won't be as gutted as I might have been in the past.

But for now, I miss my Maize, I miss my house, and I wanna go home.

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Sep. 20th, 2017 11:18 pm
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Tough stuff: Spider silk enhanced with graphene-based materials

The Most Inspiring Hot Air Balloon Ride Ever

Scientists use light to purge defects from solar cells

Every childhood vaccine may eventually go into a single jab (Though it does seem that the UK doesn't have as many childhood vaccines as the US, judging by the list)

Mathematicians Measure Infinities, and Find They're Equal (Mind. Blown.)

Can American soil be brought back to life?

Quotas bring wave of Nepalese women into office. What they need next.

Judge: Sessions can’t deny grant money for sanctuary cities

Disability Fraud: You know what?

For Chinese millennials, despondency has a brand name

A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality

Research Shows Spanish Speakers Take Longer To Learn English. Why?

Catalan mayors defy Spanish courts ahead of independence vote

Survey suggests nobody actually watches those Emmy-nominated cable or streaming shows

Suicide among veterans highest in western US, rural areas

Viruses Would Rather Jump to New Hosts Than Evolve With Them

Your Childhood Experiences Can Permanently Change Your DNA

Third-Hand Exposure to Cigarette Smoke Can Still Damage Your Organs

Protesters march through St. Louis after policeman's acquittal

Attorneys Suspect Motel 6 Calling ICE on Undocumented Guests

Since Trump’s Big Photo Op With Black College Leaders, He’s Delivered on Nothing, They Say (Surprise, surprise.)

Homeless And In College. Then Harvey Struck

Hurricanes may be getting bigger, but death toll is shrinking

Irma's 'forgotten' evacuees struggle to find housing

Hurricane Irma Unleashes the Forces of Privatization in Puerto Rico

Philippines' Duterte asks head of human rights agency: 'Are you a pedophile?' (Because, you know, that's the only reason to care about minors being straight-up murdered)

Entire Philippine city police force fired over killings

The Window Is Closing to Avoid Dangerous Global Warming

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters say will not let government forces cross Euphrates

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to restrict movement of migrants

Overnight exodus: Rohingya use cover of darkness to reach Bangladesh

Oh, yay!

Sep. 19th, 2017 04:23 pm
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NYC Kettle Corn will be right by my sister's office on Friday.

So I can totally ask her to pick some up for me! I love, love, love cheddar caramel, and the best I can get at stores is bags where half is cheddar and half is caramel.
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As recently as 20 years ago, the logo was of an Indian chief with a headdress, but apparently somebody clued them in and now it's a knight's helmet, so that was an easy change. I wonder when they did that?


Turn-of-the-Century Kid’s Books Taught Wealthy, White Boys the Virtues of Playing Football

At Bug-Eating Festival, Kids Crunch Down On The Food Of The Future (It's a kid-eat-bug world out there, guys.)

Wolves understand cause and effect better than dogs

A Women’s Circus School Is Growing in Gaza

A Story About Singapore’s Urban Development, In Six Parts

How Park(ing) Day Went Global

How to trick your brain into thinking a small animal is hopping up your arm

This Legal Rebel Takes the Cases of the World's Most Vulnerable

Mayor de Blasio: NYC Will Be First City to Mandate that Existing Buildings Dramatically Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Byssus, or sea silk, is one of the most coveted materials in the world – but after more than 1,000 years in the same matrilineal family tree, this ancient thread may soon unravel.

Why Koreans Shun the Suburbs

The Really Weird Link Between College and Brain Cancer

Echolocation and Its Discontents

Focusing on soccer may have a troubling effect on teenage girls

The Case Against Civilization

The Secret History of FEMA

Why We Can’t Stop Hurricanes and All the Ways We’ve Tried

Caribbean families separate to rebuild lives after storm

When Disaster Strikes, the Zoo Must Go On

When Europeans Killed Others to Kill Themselves

Why American Workers Pay Twice as Much in Taxes as Wealthy Investors

Why Trump Sees Moral Clarity in London and Complexity in Charlottesville

UN: Global hunger rising with conflicts, climate shocks

Starting from scratch in Uganda

The Girl Gangs of El Salvador

Is flying coach too cramped to be safe?

Some Syrian schools erase Assad but tensions rise over Kurdish

North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan

Fun little time waster

Sep. 18th, 2017 01:15 pm
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When you click a button, the top right left* square and any same-colored squares contiguous with it turn to that color. The goal is to turn the whole board the same color.

* Once again, I forgot to make the L before talking about left and right.
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Actually, she loathes them.

Interestingly, though, if she sees that Finn can interact with another dog or a human without anybody freaking out, she'll calm down and turn back into lovable Moonpie, eager to socialize.

Finn is rubbing off on her! Good doggie, Finn!


Researchers just figured out how to get robots to join forces

When It Comes To Romantic Attraction, Real Life Beats Questionnaires

The Transformation of the American Shopping Mall

Like sea stars, ancient echinoderms nibbled with tiny tube feet

Productivity hacks to rule kindergarten like a Silicon Valley boss

The Ultimate Summer Camp Activity: Digging for Dinosaurs

Famous Viking Warrior Was a Woman, DNA Reveals

Oscar Dunn, America’s Forgotten First Black Lieutenant Governor

The First Black Fighter Pilot

Meet the man fighting to save our country's rarest chickens

Between the Holy Land and the Motherland

Eat, pray, live: the Lagos megachurches building their very own cities

When Under Threat From Poaching, Elephants Change Their Travel Habits

The First Species to Have Every Individual’s Genome Sequenced

The Indian women eating with their families for the first time

Amid Hurricane Chaos, Domestic Abuse Victims Risk Being Overlooked

Irma spawns unusual storm surges on both Florida coasts

Hurricane Irma Blasts Into The Record Books With Lasting Intensity

'All We Are Really Living on Is Hope.' Hurricane Irma's Devastation Lingers in the Caribbean

After an earthquake and a hurricane — and Trump's failure to send condolences — Mexico rescinds offer of aid to U.S.

Scientists say damage to Florida’s coral reef has made the state more vulnerable to storm surges

Global Fingerprints of Sea Level Rise Revealed by Satellites

Congress Wants to Change the Americans With Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People With Disabilities

Barzani vows to press on with Kurdish referendum, defying Iraq parliament

The U.S. Thought It Was Rid Of Hookworm. Wrong

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.

Why Would Russia Try to Foment Protests in the U.S.?

ISIS' retreat accelerates, but reports of its demise are exaggerated

Brazil Launches Investigation into Alleged Massacre of ‘Uncontacted’ Indigenous Tribe

I like this one!

Sep. 16th, 2017 11:17 pm
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By T. E. Hulme

A touch of cold in the Autumn night—
I walked abroad,
And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge
Like a red-faced farmer.
I did not stop to speak, but nodded,
And round about were the wistful stars
With white faces like town children.

I let my skills deteriorate

Sep. 12th, 2017 11:12 am
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CEO chat went well, she totally agreed with my side of things and somewhat told me I need to go to her (instead of my boss) more often since I'm the only one that doesn't report directly to her. Anyway, she's giving me some (but not all) of what I requested and talked about ways I can make even more $$ by being more creative, which will again include not taking no from my boss for an answer. I guess it's a good vote of confidence and somewhat a sign that I've got more sway in how things are done from the client service side of things.

So that's neat.

Scheduling some time off for the fall, including a day for my folks to come help me take down some bushes in advance of the fence installation and a week in October to do fuckall. Probably repaint the basement for part of that time and finally get the theater room done. Carpet dude is coming to give me an estimate this afternoon.

My tennis elbow is finally starting to feel better and I think the free weights is making the difference. Of course, I tweaked my calf playing tennis on Sunday but found a good video online about how to treat and it's almost all better now.

I cannot stop listening to Aesop Rock's latest album and it's a really good problem to have.

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Sep. 12th, 2017 11:21 pm
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Slovak Village Prospers in Partnership With Roma Residents It Once Shunned (Sorta partnership.)

Trolls Hijack White-Power Sites to Discuss Color Swatches

So much for that Voynich manuscript “solution” (Not surprised. Personally, I'd be astounded if it boils down to be Latin.)

Yakhchāls: Ancient structures used to make and preserve ice in the deserts of Persia.

Taxi Medallions, Once a Safe Investment, Now Drag Owners Into Debt

12 Amateur Spies Paved the Way to War Against the Nazis

The Dream Of North Korea Is Alive In West Africa

They were the first black boys to integrate the South’s elite prep schools. They drove themselves to excel in an unfamiliar environment. But at what cost?

Programs meant to encourage women in STEM may be backfiring — because it’s not women who need to change

Who’s Allowed to Hold Hands?

School Lunches are Too Short. And That’s a Problem

'Plagiarists never do it once': meet the sleuth tracking down the poetry cheats

A Delta flight successfully makes the NYC-San Juan-NYC run in the teeth of Hurricane Irma. (They flew in between the outer arm and the inner storm. They were on the ground less than an hour, including boarding and taxiing. This is some damn good flying here.)

However... With A Hurricane Approaching Florida, Airline Algorithms Show No Sympathy

A tale of two Irmas: rich Miami ready for tumult as poor Miami waits and hopes

Car-centric Houston struggles after loss of countless autos

I downloaded an app. And suddenly, was part of the Cajun Navy. (Content warning, thanks to [personal profile] siderea: volunteer emergency dispatcher winds up helplessly overhearing a lot of death)

Texas Prisoners Are Facing Horrid Conditions After Hurricane Harvey & Retaliation for Reporting Them

Forget Wall Street – Silicon Valley is the new political power in Washington

How Falluja can't forget

Mother Of 9 Goes Door-To-Door As Part Of Yemen's Anti-Cholera Brigade

This Group Has Successfully Converted White Supremacists Using Compassion. Trump Defunded It.

Myanmar accused of laying mines after refugee injuries

Mexico earthquake: Rescue efforts continue as death toll rises

Gearing up for 9/11

Sep. 11th, 2017 03:09 pm
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NYC is full of cops. Heavily armed cops. Heavily armed cops who have randomly barricaded areas I normally pass through.

I fucking hate 9/11. I'm sure any future terrorist will choose some other day in which to wreak terror. Why would they pick 9/11? They'd always be also-rans. But no, everybody goes on full-alert for an attack that simply isn't going to happen. (And if it did, I'm sure they'd take the guns on the ground into account when planning. It's just security theater. None of this could've stopped 9/11, none of it could've stopped the first WTC bombing, so why do we think it'll stop anything in the future?)

Callie has got to learn

Sep. 10th, 2017 02:30 pm
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There is a time to snuggle and a time to desist from snuggling, a time to kill mice and a time to not kill mice.

Sigh. At least the neighbors ought to be happy, she caught that mouse in their yard. And then ate the entire thing when I told her to finish killing it before coming up and headbutting me, yuck.


This Nineteenth-Century Genealogist Argued Norse God Odin Was George Washington’s Great-Great-Great… Grandfather

A Free Food Forest in the Bronx (Video)

From Ocean To Potion: Kelp Finds A Niche In The Craft Beer Market

The History of Passport Photos, From ‘Anything Goes’ to Today’s Mugshots

Scientists expose true extent of cuckoo's cunning

The Social Benefits of Swearing

Queso Is the World’s Most Perfect Food

6 Valuable Works of Art Discovered in People's Attics and Garages

Julian Germain photographed classrooms in 19 countries all over the world (More pictures here)

The Secret Logic of Cows

Shabbat in Zimbabwe

Yuck or yum? Swiss offer insect burgers of mealworm larvae

5 Places America Should Have Saved

Statistics show just how profound the inequalities in America’s education system have become.

Suburban Sprawl Stole Your Kids' Sleep

The last Nazi hunters

Subsidizing massive tech companies isn’t paying off for workers

Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost.

The NIMBY Fight That Rocked an Iowa City

The Deadly 1991 Hamlet Fire Exposed the High Cost of “Cheap”

The Alt-Right View of ‘Free Speech’ isn’t Even Simplistic

Residents cough, rub eyes in Harvey pollution spike

How Coastal Cities Are Evolving to Deal With Extreme Rain

Harvey's floodwaters give way to festering piles of garbage

Hurricanes drive addiction issues into public square

FEMA’s outdated flood maps made Houston’s bad situation worse

This Weather Is Not Normal. And It Will Only Get Worse.

Smaller US cities struggle with high teen gun violence rates

The Freedom Plea: How Prosecutors Deny Exonerations by Dangling the Prison Keys (Read this article too)

Eighteenth century nautical charts reveal coral loss

Fleeing Rohingya face hunger, little hope in Bangladesh camp

Tattoos, Hair, and Books

Sep. 8th, 2017 04:47 pm
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So since we've chatted, I've been a blonde (below) and am now a redhead (above). In the span of a week, no less. I got inspired while watching Game of Thrones (I'm on Season 4 so no spoilers, please) by all the beautiful reds, particularly my favorite, Melisandre. I'm also growing my pixie cut back out so that's fun (insert sarcasm). I thought trying to grow a pixie out was bad but growing out a buzzcut is pretty awful, too.

Side note, my new favorite treat is Orange Sherbet and Sierra Mist

I had a wonderful 36th birthday last week. It was wonderful as in the best birthday I've ever had. I was showered with sugar treats, pumpkin everything, two cakes, a massage, concert tickets, and a new tattoo. Speaking of, I went back to Shannon at Black Arrow, and she blew me away again. I had her do the Woodruff-Fontaine House in Memphis which is where Kelly and I were married. It's so beautiful, special, and itchy right now. Hah. I want to go back and see Shannon again in October.
I can't stop, and she does the best work.

Embracing my fat girl arms and planning on having them eventually partially covered with half sleeves if that's a thing? I just want both upper arms covered.

Kelly and I are getting ready to spend a night at the
Lemp Mansion in St. Louis next week (we've got a doctor's appointment). I'm really excited. We're staying in the Lavender Suite which looks beautiful. It's supposedly haunted, but I don't believe in that kind of thing unless I have an experience. I'm more excited about the history and how beautiful it is. I was talking to my Grandma recently, and when I mentioned the hotel, she said every Sunday after church, her and my Grandfather would go to the restaurant in the basement for their fried chicken dinner. They still serve it there family style, but it won't be a Sunday so we won't get to try that.

The weather has been ridiculously amazing lately here. It's been fall like, and I'm loving it. I got to wear these Hush Puppies for the first time that I found super cheap at the thrift last year. I love them. They make me feel ass kicking and feminine. They also remind me of the 90's. I found the same style in red that were on sale s
o I will soon own them in red! I want them in every color and pattern. Hmph. I'm going to have to eventually invest in some more. Does anyone have any sworn by suede protector that I should use?

In other recent, consumer news, I finally found a Halloween banner and ordered it! I really have wanted one for my kitchen to leave up year round because, hello, it's always Halloween in my heart. I thought this one was perfect from
Bedlam Supply Co., and they had a sale going on, too. 


  • I just recently remembered when that when I was a kid in St. Louis, I would get crazy excited eating on the floating McDonald's boat down by the Arch so I googled it and found this article reminiscing.  I then started thinking of how excited I would get to go to Famous Barr for Breakfast with Santa.  I have to get this book , this one about lost St. Louis treasures (which features the McDonald's boat), and maybe this one too that looks like a Roadside America book on St. Louis. I consider the south my home now, but I do still have a lot of deep memories of the city I was born/have spent so much time in.
  • I have a massage scheduled for tonight for the first time in forever, and I can't tell you how excited I am about it!  
  • Hair Chronicles:  I always have hair chronicles, you all.  I want to keep the top longer/grow out my pixie, but I'm about to shave up the sides. I'm stewing on it and staring at pictures of bad ass women with short hair to inspire me, as always.  Stay tuned.  If someone doesn't like my hair, I always say, "Wait a week."  
  • I finished Twin Peaks.  Overall, I loved it, but the last episode I had feelings about.  I wasn't really a fan of that last episode (last five minutes especially), but I'm sad Twin Peaks is done forever.  It will always be one of my favorite shows.  

I am easily amused.

Sep. 8th, 2017 02:34 pm
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Sunny, who continues to be a delight, decided to jump on the desk. I picked him up to give him a cuddle and he farted. This is not, in and of itself, news, since kittens are pretty gassy, but it was an actual toot and not the silent-but-deadly variety.

I am laughing like a loon.

I am 12. :D

(So much has happened since we got the little doofbucket: Sheldon had - and recovered from - an $1100 tummy ache acute pancreatitis, we went to the zoo - my feet didn't hurt even with all of that walking, and school started up again. Did I mention I like the quiet? I love the quiet.)

Looking forward to another vacation

Sep. 8th, 2017 09:07 am
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In about three weeks, I'll be off to my very favourite place in the entire world, Killarney, for five days of sitting next to a lake in the woods and reading books.

This time, I am leaving Luna with my mother. I love my dog, and I love taking her camping sometimes, but taking Luna camping is basically a 24/7 exercise in "managing the dog," and I had enough of that at the cottage. It's not relaxing. It can be awesome and fun! But not relaxing, and what I want to get out of this vacation is some serious relaxing.

So the dog is staying behind. Maize may or may not come with me, depending on several factors (vacation time, etc.). Whether alone or with Maize, however, I am still going and I'm looking forward to it so much.

Early October is my favourite time for camping. The crowds are down, the bugs are gone, the days can still be warm and the nights beautifully cool. The trees are in the middle of changing and the whole park is gorgeous. I love it so much. I just set up a comfy camp chair on the rocks and read a ton of books.

I mean, LOOK AT THIS PLACE: Cut for pics )

I cannot wait to return. It is my home.

Question of the hour....

Sep. 8th, 2017 07:35 am
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How is Ana liking high school?

Hard to say. She said the orientation rocked, she may or may not have made a friend (reports vary), her math teacher treats them like they're five, she likes her French teacher, and she's annoyed that English is called "Appreciating Literature" instead of "English" or "Language Arts".

So there you have it!
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My annual work trip to Hawaii was pretty great. Easiest travel I've had (no one in the middle seat next to me on all three outgoing flights) and maybe 3 seconds of turbulence.

Lots of good teamwork and collaboration, my clients were shockingly self-sufficient while I was gone and I got to pet the owner's dog like, a thousand times. Even though I think I'm allergic.

We got to do some shopping and swim in the ocean for a few hours on Saturday before we left. I got a little pink but nothing I couldn't handle.

Had my 6-month-late review with my boss, in which she told me I ruled, and then told me my raise wouldn't be retroactive to my anniversary date as it had been done in the past. I didn't address it right away because I debated the upside of doing so and then decided to broach it. Long story short, I'm talking with the CEO about it tomorrow. Which I think means I won't get my way but maybe I'll be surprised.

After taking months off from weight lifting due to tennis elbow (which if you haven't had it, it hurts like a bugger), I restarted my routine this week and added in free weights. I think the machines at the Y make it a little too easy and give a false sense of progress. So now my arms hurt for different but better reasons.

I was asked to join the worship leader group at my UU fellowship and did so a few months back. It's essentially helping out the preacher with parts of the service (candle lighting, announcements, readings) and also providing a 2-3 minute reflection on the topic. Normally, this involves the worship leader working with the minister/guest preacher four to six weeks in advance to brainstorm and collaborate. For me, I had two days to put something together.

I've always done pretty well under pressure and based on the feedback I got after, this was no exception. I was nervous but only in the am-I-doing-this-in-the-right-order sense but was pretty comfortable with what I wrote about grace (and how it's never come naturally to me).

Nate started sixth grade this week and so far, so good. All of his close friends are in the other class but he's rolling with the punches. Good to have him back in a routine after a pretty balanced summer of day camps, summer school and lazy days of nothing. That lucky bastard.

It's a good 10-15 degrees cooler than average and has been since I got back from 90 degree temps in Hawaii and I'm not adjusting well. I know pants are an inevitability in Wisconsin but it's a but much this early in the year.

I'm doing nothing interesting in my free time and it's really embarrassing.

Tennis lessons start back up this Sunday and I'm so excited to be able to play no matter the weather.
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And I read the sequel, Sound. Liked that a lot too.

So of course, I read Blight by the same author, Alexandra Duncan. And... well, it's okay. Pretty standard YA dystopian stuff, theme: Monsanto is evil, and so is inequality + racism. It's not bad for standard YA dystopian stuff, but there's nothing new there. I'd recommend it over some of the alternatives because it ties in to actual real-world issues better than many of them do, but that's about it.

Very disappointing, but I suppose it is only her third book.


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