it's a love meme

Nov. 22nd, 2014 11:06 pm
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A thing I did not know about [personal profile] kaberett's it's a love meme is that screening comments would make comment notifications not work. But that is okay, because I before I put my name up I asked myself, "Self, if you ask for reassurance and nobody answers, are you going to be okay?" and I answered myself, "Yep." But I got all these wonderful comments, from old friends and new friends and a complete stranger!

I'm watching Take This Waltz again. It's even better the second time. Free (but not ad-free) on Hulu for one more day.

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Nov. 21st, 2014 06:37 am
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to [personal profile] cereta and [personal profile] moosl ! Have wonderful days!

story swap #1

Nov. 20th, 2014 09:13 pm
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I went to story swap! I had a story! I put my name in the pitcher! My name did not come out of the pitcher.

Which is okay, because my story was kind of a mess. I like telling stories that look like they're going to be a mess, like I'm handing you a codfish and a bicycle wheel and Euclid's fifth postulate, but at the end you see how they all fit together!

This story had a theme, which was that telling the story of a traumatic event is healing, but the fish and the postulate did not come together to support that theme. They went to the place of Things People Actually Say to a woman who has just lost a baby and stayed there, because I can make Things People Actually Say funny, and I love making people laugh. It is the best.

Next time I will be less scared!

Good progress

Nov. 20th, 2014 08:02 pm
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More PT this week. I am successfully doing the sets of exercises every day.

I still have the flu, tired and vaguely sick, fever varying between 99 and 100, yet am functional. Way more functional than when I wasn't sick but was having a flare up of joint pain. As I think this over I am undoing some hidden levels of blaming myself and worrying that it's my fault or I am specially wimpy or malingering. It is obviously not my fault and I'm tough as nails.

Also maybe I am just not hit that hard by it since I did have a flu shot.

I went out for an hour to the HRDA office party (figuring not contagious if I've had this for nearly 2 weeks) then home again and to bed.

Tomorrow, beta 11 release (specially extended for a week) And then to pain/insomnia therapy and then I will chill out and have a nap. If i feel up to it will go to stef's party. Then swim on the weekend. If I can work up to 2-3 times a week consistently it will be amazing

The portland work week hotel for 1st week of december has a pool. I am going to resolve NOT to try to go out to dinner with people. if i can last the work week sitting up and paying attention and getting back and forth to the hotel it will be ok. d. is going with me and will just work from the hotel. that is amazingly comforting as I won't be stuck and without help if things go wrong physically. and he is super comforting and good to come home to.

I can't tell right this minute if my ankles are stretchy-good hurt or actually hurt. But i ache al over . the PT today was partly some sort of weird pilates machine . and like 20 miutes of lying there trying to move just my lower abdominal muscles, which I am still not sure actually exist. holy crap that was difficult and exhausting. but awesome.

Birthday Greetings . . .

Nov. 20th, 2014 08:13 pm
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Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] cali_se! I hope it's been a beautiful and magical day!

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Trans* Day of Remembrance

Nov. 20th, 2014 09:30 am
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 This site has a list of memorial services and other events related to the Trans* Day of Remembrance.

(It is not in any sort of order.  My database-loving soul is screaming.  Perhaps there is some way I can volunteer...probably not.)

It also transpires that the local event was last week.  (The next-near event is tonight.)

Remembering and honoring...

In Memoriam

Nov. 20th, 2014 08:00 am
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A Meditation on Aging

Nov. 19th, 2014 12:26 pm
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Also baseball.
He was born.
He matured.
He picked up a baseball.
He threw it.
He was about to be as good at it as anyone who has ever lived.
(Greg Prince, Faith and Fear in Flushing.)

Let's Panic the Drug Warriors

Nov. 19th, 2014 09:37 am
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British oncology researchers find that marijuana can reduce aggressive brain tumors.
Writing in Molecular Cancer Therapeutics this month, the team recounts how they decided to build on existing research that shows “cannabinoids have been shown to specifically inhibit glioma growth as well as neutralize oncogenic processes such as angiogenesis.”

The researchers wanted to boost the success of cannabinoids, so they investigated using THC and CBD both alone and in combination with radiation in a number of glioma cell lines.

Marijuana kills cancer cells in proportion to its dose and duration of treatment, researchers found, and whole plant cannabis rich in THC was more efficacious than pure, lab-grade THC alone.
Obviously more research is needed, but if this pans out, that's one less point against pot. (The possibility that weed rewires some of the brain, which also needs more study, may negate that point, of course.)  Also, despite the headline, "killing" is not what's happening.

Requiescat in Pace

Nov. 19th, 2014 09:34 am
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 Ray Sadecki, pitcher.

[ETA:  Faith and Fear in Flushing's appreciation of Mr. Sadecki.]

The Frame

Nov. 18th, 2014 11:46 pm
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I just saw The Frame with my husband and his girlfriend. Very beautiful, and strange, and relevant to the interests of anyone who has loved a tv show so much that it became real. See it if you get the chance.

I liked seeing it without knowing anything about it, but there is a trailer available here: http://double-edge-films.myshopify.com/pages/trailers

It made me think of The Velveteen Rabbit, of course. And the Laurie Anderson song where Laurie sees God, and
she was making it all up
and she was writing it all down
and she was laughing

And I said Hey!
Give me that pen!

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Nov. 18th, 2014 07:55 am
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To [personal profile] roadnotes  on what would have been her 52nd, and to [personal profile] myschyf .

In Memoriam

Nov. 17th, 2014 02:13 pm
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Birthday greetings and felicitations

Nov. 17th, 2014 10:11 am
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 to [personal profile] cupcake_goth , the mistress of spooky chic!  Have an excellent (but dark!) day!

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Nov. 17th, 2014 10:21 am
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The lake-effect snow is here with a vengeance: near a foot on the ground already, seven more inches predicted today, snow predicted solid for the rest of the week. It's excellent. Mum says that everyone in town is out trying to buy snow tires this morning, having been taken rather by surprise. I am enjoying the benefits of living in a wee little village where you can walk to the grocery and the curry joint - though what I do seem to lack are boots at all. Dunno where mine went after the move.

Still fevery

Nov. 16th, 2014 03:05 pm
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Still running a fever, taking it super easy, doing little bits of housework. I sorted out several armloads of books and filled up the little free library. Played Monument Valley new levels last night with Milo and then again by myself this morning.

I had a brief silly moment of wondering if I have listeria then realized that some sort of flu is more likely. Still it gave me pause and I thought some more about going off the Enbrel experimentally for, say, 6 months.

Read a couple of Tessa Dare romance novels and enjoyed them.

Not realy up to anything creative. It was all puttering and reading and resting. Very domestic.

I was ambitious to go to the hardware store and buy a large flowerpot for my philodendron in the living room and re-pot it, but realized this is unwise, I'm still too sick, maybe this is a situation where not pushing anything will keep the bronchitis away, or whatever.

I got myself a new pair of long underwear as I realize the REI sale extends to the online bit not just the store. And got milo a new pair of jeans off amazon. Levis 513 slim or the gap skinny ones fit him best. Last week he showed up wearing ada's black jeans that have black brocade-style roses all over them and he looked so fantastic. it was subtle, yet glam. he had not noticed that his pants were flowery. Somehow,he has ended up with more pants at his dad's house than here. How does this happen? He comes here in one pair of pants. He leaves in another. How? Maybe there was some point where he was packing to go on a trip, or camping; packed here and unpacked at his dad's.

Earlier this week while going up the hill for groceries I went to the kids' resale store and cruised it for pants for him. but came out with a red velvet dress for ada instead. this may be the very last moment of usefully using up my store credit there. The batch they are both wearing now is the top range of their sizes, so I can resell them and get credit and use it for my nephew... It was so handy to get them cheap clothes there. I'll miss it!

henna day post

Nov. 16th, 2014 01:51 pm
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It is Henna Day, on a pleasant Los Angeles afternoon. We have finally achieved autumn (our version of it, anyway), which makes me happy. Last night I made pumpkin bread. Alas, Trader Joe's is already out of pumpkin waffles and some other pumpkin items I should have hoarded.

I continue to work on poems about horror movies, though I still haven't figured out what do with the Out of Uniform revisions. A new novel idea has been percolating, but I'm not ready to start writing it yet.

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Nov. 16th, 2014 12:25 pm
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courtesy of a lovely nonnie at ffa: a whole comment full of links about how Malcolm Gladwell is a mendacious douchebag. I had to teach one of his books as part of an adult continuing ed program one time, and I have never felt so ashamed in all my life as I did presenting that tripe to a roomful of my elders as if it had value. I was on-script, so there wasn't much I could do, but it itched.
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