Two for the Money, One for the Show

Feb. 24th, 2015 11:38 am
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Birthday greetings and felicitations

Feb. 24th, 2015 10:31 am
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 to [personal profile] loracs !  Have a wonderful day!

a bit much

Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:20 pm
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My hard drive died. So far it has been an opportunity to resolve to be better at backups, and to dust all the areas in and around the desk that are normally inaccessible (to me, not to mice), and to regret having given up Benadryl, and to discover that a big chunk of insulation has been chewed off the cable that connects the monitor to the computer, and to be grateful that I didn't discover that when the power was turned on. And to resolve to set mousetraps, if I can find places where the mice can get at them but Newt can't. And to notice all the other things that need cleaning that normally don't get cleaned because normally I have better things to do because normally I have a computer. And to think about trying to recall or retrieve all the passwords that I normally let my browser remember for me. And to mourn over everything else that I depend on my browser to remember for me, like, which of all the episodes of Would I Lie To You? that are available on youtube have I already watched?

Does watching another episode of Would I Lie To You? actually make me happier than sorting out all the crap that has accumulated in that corner of the living room? I don't know, but I know which one I choose when I have the choice.


Today I got a call from the surgeon's office, to say, still not cancer, but the medial margin of the chunk she took out is positive for papilloma, so I should get that re-excised. She'll call me tomorrow morning if I have any questions.

My sleep cycle has been really off since the surgery. Much more likely to be awake at 2 a.m. than 2 p.m. Mornings go: wake up, let the dogs out, pee, make a cup of tea, go back to bed. Tomorrow I will try to stay awake long enough to drink the tea.

I would like to ask the surgeon, "If this were your mother, would you advise her to have it re-excised? Seriously? You're a surgeon, you must know that every time you put someone under you increase their risk of developing dementia. How do you calculate the risk-benefit tradeoff? When you factor in that it has already cost your mother a large amount of money and considerable suffering, and that the reason for surgery was that there's this thing that shows up on mammograms that isn't cancer but might be hiding some cancer, you would seriously tell your mother, that didn't work so do it again? Seriously?"

It is not likely that I will be able to say any of that past the first question mark but I would like to.

Birthday greetings and felicitations

Feb. 22nd, 2015 09:01 am
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 to [personal profile] emceeaich !  Go Emma!  Glorious day!

A birthday surprise . . .

Feb. 21st, 2015 10:50 pm
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Best way to surprise someone for their birthday is to pick a day that is in no way near their birthday! And the lucky birthday grrl this time is the one and only [personal profile] baranduin!

You see, back on Halloween weekend last fall, I was visited by a pair of Valkitties. And here's what they had to say:

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Minion. We want you to wish [personal profile] baranduin a happy birthday.

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Tell the minion when that glorious day is.

HiyaHoyaHiyaHoyaMeOW!MEOW! . . . )

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Feb. 21st, 2015 11:01 am
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 to [personal profile] stonebender  and [personal profile] davidlevine !  Excellent day for you and yours!

I Knew There Was a Reason...

Feb. 21st, 2015 08:43 am
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...I didn't like the term "Human Resources" instead of "Personnel." I just couldn't articulate it.

let the serpent into the mansion

Feb. 20th, 2015 11:30 pm
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soooo, is this Republican "hold Homeland Security hostage in order to prevent immigration reform" another incarnation of the NYPD "slowdown" farce? am I missing something, or is shutting down the Dept of Homeland Security a total non-problem? the opposite, in fact, of a problem?

is our long post-9/11 security-theater-and-fascism nightmare at last coming to an end, done in by a right wing that doesn't seem to understand the definition of irony?

Of Clackamas and Calculus

Feb. 20th, 2015 02:04 pm
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Went down to Clackamas yesterday to close out all my accounts at my old credit union. I never get down there anymore now that I don’t work next door, and all our current accounts are at the credit union associated with [personal profile] grrlpup’s work place. I should have closed out these unused accounts years ago, but I’m super-good at putting off things I don’t want to do.

Going down there was fairly emotional: I spent ten years working on that campus, I had keys to all but two rooms in the whole complex, and I left on that uncomfortable mix of good terms and bad terms that I tend to leave behind everywhere. I have enough feelings about it that I timed the errand so that I would miss lunch and shift change; I didn’t want to run into anyone I knew and have to navigate small talk.

I also had some documents I needed notarized while I was there, and the notary spent the entire conversation calling me “honey” and “hon.” There’s a significant culture difference between Clackamas and Portland — Clackamas is much more rural/red-state/working-class — and every time she called me “honey,” I had a moment of "Aw, Clackamas, where people are affectionately forward with strangers!"

I really miss Clackamas, sometimes.

And then she mentioned Kate Brown’s promotion to Governor from Secretary of State — I guess it’s relevant to the notary commission? — and I got treated to a spontaneous rant about Kate’s bisexuality. “I don’t know why everyone has to talk about her sexuality all the time, it shouldn’t even come into it! She’ll be a fine governor anyway! Her sexuality is irrelevant! It shouldn’t even be mentioned!” And I nodded and smiled tightly and thought, "Aw, Clackamas, where even the LGBT-supporters are as homophobic as fuck."

Despite having driven that route for ten years, I managed to get lost on the way back home, because there’s no sensible interface of through-streets between Portland and Milwaukie. The culture divide between Portland and Clackamas is 100% reflected in the odd way that Milwaukie-side thoroughfares are not Portland-side thoroughfares, and the way that the streets of abutting neighborhoods don’t punch through very often. I swear it's nothing but solid development from here to Milwaukie, with a fuck-ton of streets of all sizes and lengths, but there’s almost no sensible way through from here to there. Somehow, no longer being able to navigate the route depressed me even more than all the rest had.

But then I stopped at the library to pick up my holds, and I could smell daphne when I got out of the car, so that was all right.

***


In other news, when I was going through the documents file looking for paperwork for the notary, I found [personal profile] grrlpup’s page of calculus notes tucked in with our birth certificates and marriage license and passports. I can only assume it’s there in case she ever needs to prove that she still knows calculus. *sentimental sniff*

I felt like calling her up on the spot and reassuring her that I’m never gonna divorce her just because she forgot how to differentiate ex. I’m really, really not.

 

…and huh, I was trying to find the link, but it seems I never actually said anything here? So there's probably only five of you who know what that previous two paragraphs were about? Please allow me to correct my error:

Back in 2009, [personal profile] grrlpup made me promise that I wouldn’t marry her until she had learned calculus. I promptly forgot about it -- we were always making ridiculous plans about getting married back then, because it was clear there was going to be a long string of ceremonies that would be constantly overturned by the courts, so what did it matter? -- but then last year Oregon made same-sex marriage for-reals legal, and suddenly [personal profile] grrlpup was refreshing all her math prereqs so she could use her employer’s education credit on a calculus class. So we could get married.

I tell you, it was the most mind-breakingly romantic gesture I had ever been the recipient of in my entire life. She wanted to marry me so much that she was learning calculus for it. I’d look across at her in an evening, and there she’d be, drawing unit circles and working through her trig functions in radians, and I’d go misty-eyed with the unbearable romance of it all.

(And all summer long, she had me help her with her calculus homework! We went for long walks and had heartfelt conversations about limits! *is starry-eyed at the memory of that magical summer*)

She even brought her final exam's one-page-of-notes to the ceremony, just in case someone felt the need to give her a pop-quiz during the “if anyone objects” bit. (No one did. But I had given her a pop-quiz in bed the night before — this is what passes for pillow-talk in our household! — so it was all copacetic.)

…so now that you have the proper context:

I was going through our personal documents file, and there with our marriage license and birth certificates and passports and such, was her one-page-of-notes calculus cheat-sheet. Just in case she needs to prove to someone that yes, she really did meet the calculus qualification for marrying me.

And I went starry-eyed all over again that she would file that away as such a very important document.

Whew!

Feb. 20th, 2015 03:29 pm
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[personal profile] lavendertook
I took Ms. Moo in for a dental cleaning before work. It involves anesthesia, and she had a bad time with the meds she was given afterward last time she had dental work due to extractions, so it's been a major worry today. But I just called and she's waking up, no extractions were needed so no evil meds, and I'll go get her in an hour, so a good note to start the weekend on. I am so relieved.

I will try to make up to her this weekend for having such a horrible morning--"Hello! Hello! Food? Water? For me? WTF? Why?" then shoved in a box, swathed in fleecy stuff(Mmmrrrf!), and taken out in the bitter cold, and left at THAT PLACE. Poor girl.

Lots else to report, of course, but I'll start with that. Happy Froday, ya'll!

pretty new icon!

Feb. 20th, 2015 11:38 am
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So swamped with work and horrible meetings that raise my bloodpressure (I'm tracking every day for new meds, and it goes up 30-40 points).

Must stop going to meetings.

Hope to post more this weekend!

More on Borderlands Books

Feb. 20th, 2015 09:28 am
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 The owner will try a new sponsorship policy.  Note that this will include perks for sponsors, which is not a bad thing per se, but which has its own drawbacks.

ETA:  Goal met!

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Feb. 20th, 2015 09:17 am
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 to [personal profile] rheasilvia  and [personal profile] dsgood !  Beautiful, warm, happy day!

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Feb. 17th, 2015 08:03 pm
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Mungo tells me Montreal was 19 degrees colder than the North Pole today. Celsius degrees. This has not changed his plan to spend the weekend at a friend's family's cabin and learn to snowmobile.

I spent the afternoon moving rocks from the truck all over the yard. Medium-sized rocks: I carried them mostly three at a time, and made 33 trips. Upcoming surgery, my brain said, probably should get those rocks out of the way now, since you won't be able to carry things for a little while after. You know what else upcoming surgery means? No ibuprofen. My back is really angry with my brain right now.

Huh.

Feb. 16th, 2015 07:55 pm
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Giambi retires.

20 years.  Fancy that.  

Requiescat in Pace

Feb. 16th, 2015 01:46 pm
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Nice weekend

Feb. 16th, 2015 08:45 am
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And I just woke up to prepare myself mentally for work and realized it is still the weekend! Huzzah!!!!! I will do my taxes in celebration.

Friday I worked hard, then took Milo out to high tea. He liked the tiny sandwiches and scones and crumpet and petit four and salad and fruit but not the actual tea. While I went to therapy he read comic books at the nearby library where I then joined him to work some more. We looked into 2 shoe stores but they didn't really have anything that appealed to him. He has always worn non-laceup shoes like vans or merrils and tried to talk himself into laces and failed. We walked all the way there and back playing ingress and talking. Super nice day.

Sat. I fooled with my container plants and cleaned the porch some more from its rainy season cruft and trash and spiders. We all 4 walked down to 24th and the cultural center where there was music and cake. We also had tacos and stopped at the fizzary. ada got a small set of pan pipes. Perfect weather. danny then was super tired and slept a lot. he is still getting over his cold. I trimmed the plants on the side path to the garage and swept it.

sunday i did more plant fiddling. yatima stopped by for tea on the porch. danny and I went up the hill and grocery shopped together which is always nice. f and cmex came over and stayed till dinnertime. So the clean front porch got a lot of use. we had a great time and some hilarious conversations. f. plied and wound some greeny-yellow yarn on a giant spindle and a thing called a niddy-noddy. moomin was out at a game con with his dad. a. and yatima's daughter hung out much of the afternoon there or here. I cooked spaghetti and meatballs (sitting down) and had some pulled pork in the slow cooker all night.

today i am physically shaky and realizing i overdid things yesterday walking around the house and garden. each porch sweeping or gardening feels possible and even good while i'm doing it but I get too gung-ho and over do it. I have at least figured out taking allergy meds beforehand is a good idea! I scrubbed half the porch railings yesterday (sitting down) and did not realize till bedtime that I had screwed up my right hand doing that. I iced it a lot in the night waking up from the pain. It is going to be hard not to clean the rest of the things today. I have all this energy from the zoloft, i think, but not the physical stamina. Though, I just did 3 really nice not-staying-in-bed days with going out each day, and I think have not fucked up yet, I need a "down" day for my knees and ankles...

wonder if my pool is open today? I could go swim!

Must let my hand rest. more reading, less scrubbing ?
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