...and I lost a job.

Apr. 24th, 2015 08:44 pm
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Was told today that I won't be kept on at work, because the guy they thought was going to move on and needed to replace seems likely to stay.

So, not even three months, but three weeks.

The Legal Department

Apr. 23rd, 2015 02:29 pm
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[crossposted]


Birthday greetings and felicitations

Apr. 22nd, 2015 08:29 am
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 to the long-absent [personal profile] jonquil , who I hope is all right and safe and having a joyful and giggly birthday today.

Hippo Birdie Two Ewes

Apr. 20th, 2015 02:44 pm
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 to [personal profile] yvi , and may it have been fun!
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Bookgroup discussion of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves today. Reread reminded me of a spoilery question: it's about Peter's scar )

Requiescat in Pace

Apr. 18th, 2015 11:54 pm
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 I just learned that Art Widner has died.

Link to obit when I have one.  His life summed up at File 770.

So I got a job.

Apr. 18th, 2015 08:33 pm
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Started last Monday. Full-time job, beginning a three-month trial period. Will see how that goes. First week was okay.

I also experienced my first fender-bender as a driver, when an even less experienced driver bumped into the back of my car. Minor damage to the bumper. No injuries. And the proper paperwork's been handled, with help from my parents in filing it.

I was like, really?! This had to happen now? But the whole thing being more annoying that scary is lucky, and having been in a similar situation where my dad had been driving last year probably helped me keep a level head rather than panic. I had joint reports in my glove box and a cell phone to call my mom for assistance, and there was a parking lot close to where it happened where it was possible to sort things out without holding up traffic.

In other news: I recently saw three really good movies in theatres: The Babadook, The Amina Profile, and Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter.


Is anybody organising anything for The Avengers: Age of Ultron?

I'm free on week-ends.

So much for good intentions...

Apr. 17th, 2015 09:04 pm
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Had a fantastic Pop Culture conference, am slowly catching up, and now own a certified pre-owned Honda Civil (the 1998 Ford truck was on her last legs, and had to be sold).

The Honda's name is Lola Blue (she's a wonderful blue color).

Warm in the sun

Apr. 16th, 2015 10:02 pm
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Such a nice day today. I had meetings all morning from 8am onwards, then went to therapy, bus broke down on the way there and the guy was worried about letting me off into the street, but not a jerk about it. I got off and went to the next stop and all was well on the next bus. Listened to one of the mixes I made recently & played Ingress & looked out the window. So warm in a nice way - a little on the hot side but that feels good to me! I should start wearing sunscreen.

After my appointment I went to look for a replacement scarf for my lost wooly pashmina. The woman running the store and I discussed our strange desires to have every scarf. My new pashmina is silk and cashmere and is a dark rich shiny brown with faint black patterns. Super ideal. I feel like a little brown bird. (In a giant blanket thing, with purple trimmings). Then beetled off to the J, to downtown uneventfully, switched to the N, went up to the roof at work. I sat in the sun overlooking the bay & devoured a stroopwaffel and some of those toasted coconut flakes, dealt with some bugmail, then hung out with support and user advoc. people who were having a beer. Unsurprisingly, support/UA team is NICE.

I tried channeling Lukas a bit by hosting an event at work. the nicest meetup. In retrospect, really, I knew this but just figured I could get away with it, I should have lined up another person to help me host. And, I should have specially invited the facilities people to come and attend so they could see some accessibility barrier negotiation in action. (But really they can just come see me be unable to open the heavy door, any time. ) Around 40-50 people showed up and I met lots of nice people.

After many years of volunteer thingies and doing a lot of work it was nice to just go, Oh, an event shall happen, and magic catering people and an A/V magician show up and do many of the things. The only thing I did was zoom around opening the 2 different doors at the entryways and greeting people. Which was fun except for the door being hard to manage. it was not unpleasant to briefly wield some resources and be a nice host without having to do all the actual physical labor.

I thought how I used to go out and do something like this every week sometimes more than once a week. Increasingly by taking more painkillers. Oh! so exhausting! I just can't do it!

But, it was nice for tonight. also, the food was good. i was just inhaling it. (I wonder if all the asthma meds make me hungrier?? food seems especially satisfying this week) Nice cheese, dried figs, giant slabs of very dense crystalized honey.... those mushroom truffle tarts... wtf, nice.

i am now planning to put in a workplace service request (like facilities) for working with lighthouse to do a tactile map of surrounding area and the building first floor interior. I wonder if this is something that is useful beyond just particular occasion (must ask them -- also, did they keep the julia morgan ballroom one, and did the JM ballroom people know it existed? I should follow up) So, do they keep such things and then print them for people ? Can't believe I never followed up on that....

I am so excited about vacation and our trip. I cannot wait to pack. I'm going to loaf on the beach like nobody's business.

Hippo Birdie Two Ewes

Apr. 16th, 2015 09:28 am
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 to [personal profile] dingsi  and [personal profile] ironjeff !  Day of joy!

a good swim

Apr. 15th, 2015 03:30 pm
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I had a decent swim today at PT. My ankles did not feel strong but I could do all the things. I had a nice 10 minutes of lying in the sun beforehand on a park bench and nearly fell asleep. On the way there past the zoo I stopped to watch two brown bears playing in their pool. Today's class was 4 dudes, one of the ditzier ladies, and a nice woman who talked about her marriage and her new (old) Impala and going to casinos. She is a bus driver. Sadly she thought I was in my early 20s. Right..... No! There was a guy there with a new back injury who was very tense and upset. I felt for him. He was wishing that he could just be in the water all the time since then he would be "walking like a normal person again". I did not break it to him that he was still wincing and limping and looking kind of fucked up in the water. I hung out more with the guy with the prison tattoos who is pretty nice, and the Impala lady, who told us all about the beached whale in Pacifica and the last 4 or 5 times there has been a beached whale in the area.

Asthma still nasty. I think that there is nearby road construction and that is what's doing it. Pulse oximeter thing going from 95-98. Inhalers rule. Even if they make you get the shakes.

I am well into this not very good series of fake Jane Austen novels where Elizabeth and Darcy go to all the different settings for Austen's other novels. The writing style and things that happen are not at all right. But they are not super super awful enough that I've stopped reading them, either. Everything else on my Kindle (and it is full of stuff) is sort of serious or dense. Need trashy reading!

Hugo mess continues, very annoying. I read a short story that was withdrawn from the awards. It wasn't very good. Nothing to barf about, it was just boring and as if it were churned out to make $25 or fill up magazine pages 40 or 50 years ago and it would not have done anything new then either. I then thought of all the novels that are basically that same story but stretched out to make more pages, and just as boring. How can people be so dull?!

I also read a pleasingly cranky review of Silver on the Tree, a book that has always annoyed me.

A. wore lip gloss to school today for "twin day" along with black tshirts with horses on them with 3 of her friends. Oddly... she just got home and she is wheezing.

Birthday greetings and felicitations

Apr. 15th, 2015 08:20 am
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 To [personal profile] jimhines !  (I'll be over later...)

Nightmares

Apr. 15th, 2015 08:09 am
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Nightmares about pain. That was weird. My hands do hurt but not like in the dream.

Good News and Follow-up

Apr. 13th, 2015 12:53 pm
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  • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) recognized same-sex marriage last month.
    The new definition was endorsed last year by the church General Assembly, or top legislative body, but required approval from a majority of the denomination's 171 regional districts, or presbyteries. The critical 86th "yes" vote came Tuesday night from the Palisades Presbytery in New Jersey.
  • More "Heather Barwick disses her moms." But with sarcasm.
    I have no idea why this is the new hot trend in professional homophobe recruitment: Grabbing some random self-conceited kid raised by lesbians trying to do their best in the homophobic 70s and 80s who blames all their problems on their moms. But somehow it is and so we’ve got yet another paid hack joining the circle to say that she too has been victimized and done wrong by her gay moms existing instead of happily destroying themselves in loveless marriages like good “normal” people for the “children”.

    And I furthermore have no idea why it is always lesbian moms who are cited as the child destroying monsters who never saved their selfish children from themselves or the actions of others… unless it’s just some bizarre amalgamation of sexist tropes and fears. You know, like durr, women are nurturers, but ungh, even two can’t replace mancock in a relationship, see look at our paid tool. That and aiee, how can women be together and have a family?!? The idea of women not needing men is scary and makes me worry that my abused helpmeet will run off with a woman the instant I loosen her chains to the oven.

    [...]

    See, it’s not because you’re gay. It’s because you’re gay and together instead of being in loveless marriages with some guy.

    So, what do you say, we still on for Christmas?

Requiescat in Pace

Apr. 13th, 2015 11:55 am
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Günter Grass, writer (with problematic past) and Nobel laureate.

(Yes, I restored his umlaut.  Computers let one do that.  We don't have to scream at diacritical marks anymore.  Hačeks!  Accents!  Umlauts!  Whatever you call the thing above the A in Ångstrom! ["Ring" is what the character viewer calls it.])

Hippo Birdie Two Ewes

Apr. 13th, 2015 10:39 am
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 to [personal profile] julian !  Have fun on your day!

poem online at Strange Horizons

Apr. 13th, 2015 10:39 am
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My poem "Misogyny" (inspired by The Stepford Wives) is online at Strange Horizons. The poem is part of my ongoing classic film/TV/pop culture poetry project.

An excellent start to my week!
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