Everyday stuff

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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 Argh I just accidentally closed the window without posting, and of course the "autosaved" drafts aren't really retrievable. 

Sparkly went to a ballet class today. Ey took ballet for years when ey was little, and has wanted to get back into it for a while. Ey took a couple of "drop in" classes at a place in Minnesota before we moved, but the teacher was very harsh and the format of the class wasn't actually very conducive to dropping in. 

Anyway, apparently this one went very well! The exercises were mostly things ey is familiar with, and the teacher was funny and friendly. 

Also it's a little more practical than the gymnastics class, because the gymnastics place is way out in the suburbs and this ballet studio is much closer to where we live.
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It was a lot of fun! I have not totally lost my sight reading abilities. I learned that the Shenandoah Harmony has a Bunker Hill lookalike with a very different alto part. That threw me for a loop at first.

It may be too soon to really say this, but it seems like the popular songs here are somewhat different than they are in the Midwest. I've sung some new songs from the Denson book too, which is always nice. Also, it's really fun to stand up to lead a song I think of as an old standard, and have it be new to some of the people I'm singing with.

Everyday stuff

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:21 pm
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 Today was a chore catch-up day for me. I did a bunch of laundry and some cleaning in the kitchen. Sparkly will be working with some Important People tomorrow and Wednesday, and ey was asked to dress extra nice, so I wanted to make sure ey had plenty of nice clothing clean. Ey also has to get to work earlier than usual, so I should get to bed.

(incoherent grumbling)

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:51 pm
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 Dear Australian TV (specifically Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (see also) and The Doctor Blake Mysteries (see also)),

stop tugging my heartstrings so gosh darn hard over characters who never show up again (or die)! 

Also please consider having a main character who is a little less of a perfect enlightened angel swooping in to save the poor special episode character? It's good but it's also not good and I don't know what to do with my feelings.


(I watched the latter episode with Sparkly today and was unavoidably struck by how identical it is to that episode of Miss Fisher.)

I started (re) reading Abarat today

Jul. 15th, 2017 11:50 pm
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and I'm trying not to jump to conclusions but ughhh it's hard. Thoughts on the first eight chapters:

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Gosh darn it, Alexandra

Jul. 14th, 2017 09:59 pm
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I finally got around to reading "issue one" of The Secret Sisterhood of Superheroes, and I have a lot of thoughts but most of them are summed up in the title of this post.

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I spent far too long this evening

Jul. 13th, 2017 10:27 pm
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 anxiously watching some type of wasp-like insect try and fail to find its way back out through the hole in my window screen. I shut Zinfandel-cat in the bedroom to keep her from trying to eat it and she got out twice. (Bazooka sniffed around a bit, saw how big it was and then kept his distance.) But the wasplike thing eventually left.

I did some googling and I'm still not sure exactly what it was. It was clearly wasp-shaped, but it didn't seem to have any bright yellow on it, just black and brown. It was about an inch long, with a thicker body than the typical wasp, and big wings that, instead of folding up along its abdomen, stood out in a triangle shape like a fly's wings. 

In other news, I got a lot of work done today. $15 ahead of my goal. 

Sparkly and Cube Guy and I might go tour an apartment soon. We aren't planning to move until like September, but Sparkly found a nice place very near a metro stop and wants to find out more about it. 

Another Diana Wynne Jones Thing

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:35 pm
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 If I were really on top of things I'd go check out Charmed Life (And probably The Magicians of Caprona too) from the library again, and use it and Power of Three to talk about another fabulous thing that I really should have put in this post next to the bit about bullies. 

Another thing DWJ does very, very well is the social dynamics of kids meeting new kids, forming opinions of each other, becoming friends or not, and how these things do or don't line up with what you'd expect to be the power dynamics and who you'd expect to be popular or socially influential. Also: the difference between bullying and dislike or competition. How kids who dislike each other deal with being forced to spend time together socially. How being a "bad kid" by the standards of adults in their life does or doesn't affect their relationships with other kids. 

Showverse S1 post

Jul. 12th, 2017 06:38 pm
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 I run a challenge comm called Showverse. This'll be where I post anything that I make for it. Feel free to ignore. :) 

Title + tag line )
Lead characters  )

I finished reading Power of Three

Jul. 11th, 2017 10:31 pm
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and it was a typical (ly wonderful) Diana Wynne Jones book.

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A thing I'm thinking about today

Jul. 10th, 2017 10:19 pm
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What exactly are palpitations? I mean exactly.

Vaguely, they're when you can feel/hear your heart beating.

But like. It's normal to be able to feel your heart berating under some circumstances, right? Yet "palpitations" is described as a symptom of diseases sometimes. Under what circumstances does it become not normal? Is it meant to be code for a racing heartbeat, when it's described as a bad thing, or is it strange to be able to feel your heartbeat even if the beat itself is behaving normally?

Asking because I can feel my heartbeat anytime I want, pretty much, if I sit still and pay attention to it, and it doesn't take much in the way of physical exertion to make it noticeable even if I'm not listening for it. I don't know if that's unusual or not.

A good day but I'm very tired

Jul. 9th, 2017 10:07 pm
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 Today Sparkly and I went to "open gym" at a gymnastics place that's relatively close to where we live. (It was an hour-ish trip on metro + bus; I went along because ey wanted moral support in navigating the buses.) Ey is going to sign up for a class there, now that ey has a job. It's very nice, although different in some ways from the gym where ey used to take classes. One of the coaches there was a trampoline specialist, so I guess they focused more on that, and ey was disappointed today to find that this place only has one smallish trampoline. 

I did something to my hip yesterday, I don't know how, and it was still a little stiff this morning but it calmed down after I'd walked a little bit. Can it be that what I did wrong was sit in a weird position for too long with a cat on my lap? I guess it's possible.

Maudlin

Jul. 8th, 2017 11:20 pm
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Someone I follow on Tumblr posted a bunch of things on the topic of "overcoming" disability yesterday (and I reblogged one of them) and so I've been thinking about my hearing stuff. Read more... )

Everyday stuff

Jul. 7th, 2017 10:20 pm
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 This evening Cube Guy came over to get some mail that arrived for him, and we all went out and had pizza for dinner. It was really nice, but it used up the time I was going to spend finishing up a more substantive post (about books I'm reading.)

Sparkly's job is going well, although ey is still stuck doing online training lessons instead of actual work. Today ey met eir immediate supervisor (who works at a different location most of the time, and only comes in once a week) who seems to be a lovely person. 
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and for a while part of my brain was going all "Oh no! Oh no! I should have known this productivity was too good to be true! It was too good to last! This is the beginning of The Ennnnd!"

But um. Brain. We went to bed at a quarter past midnight last night, woke up at 4:30am with period cramps, and then got up at 7:00. It is zero percent surprising that we'd be off our game today. 

Considering the circumstances, I did pretty well. 

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Jul. 6th, 2017 02:14 pm
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 Brought to my attention by [personal profile] conuly: a community for that book you can't remember the title of, recently migrated from Livejournal.
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