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November 3rd, 2013
04:54 pm


Breaking news!
So I bought some coconut.


And it happens to be one of those packaged foods that comes with a warning label.


Gee. I never would have known.

tiger_spot: yes, this means we have opened the bag of coconut. You will have to buy your own.  But you know, it contains coconut, so you may not want it. FYI.

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October 10th, 2013
11:26 am


let's never do this again
An exciting start to my morning: sitting in the library, editing the results chapter of my thesis, when they make an announcement over the PA system.

There is a report of a man with a gun on campus, in a building on the other side of campus, so we are all supposed to shelter in place.

Five minutes later, they said that people in the library were free to come and go as they pleased.  I dithered, but ultimately biked home.

It turns out that this is rather more excitement than I wanted for my Thursday.

Current Mood: you can guess, I'm sure
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September 17th, 2013
07:43 pm


sometimes, Etsy annoys me

Consider this a very forgiving crossword (sort of): list as many four letter words as you can think of that follow on either theme: books, or caffeine.



[Since Etsy did not produce Scrabble coasters that actually worked vertically AND horizontally, I'm going to come up with some that do work.
And then have an Etsy-er make them for me.]
As you can imagine, words ending in vowels will be highly appreciated!

Current Mood: determineddetermined
Current Music: Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles in the next room

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August 20th, 2013
09:50 pm


oh, the simple life
I saw this bumper sticker today and absolutely lost it, howling with laughter in traffic.  Can you blame me?


I kind of want it on a t-shirt.

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: crickets

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August 13th, 2013
10:46 pm


a tale of two plays
I bought tickets to the New Works Festival (NWF), thinking that seeing five plays/musicals in a week at a reasonable price sounded like a fabulous use of time and money.

So far, I am half right.

(Well, a third right, a third wrong, and a third need-to-check-my-calendar-more-closely, because I got tickets to see Cubamor while we were attending a friend's wedding.  So we missed that one.)

On Sunday, I saw The Great Pretender.  It was outstanding.  The play wasn't even fully acted - it was a staged reading. Four people, clearly reading from copies of the script, up on stage behind music stands.  You'd think that would be paler, less compelling.  It had the gravity of a fully acted play.  It was phenomenal, from the acting (Carol! Holy crap!) to the jokes to the nostalgia.  I am more than half considering buying a ticket to see it again on Saturday when it runs again, because this was theatre that reminded me why I go to the theatre.  If it makes the 2014-2015 season, I will absolutely go see it done as a full play.

This evening, with great anticipation, argh128 and I went to see Laugh. There was a bit of a difference between one show and the other.Collapse )

I am still looking forward to seeing the final two plays... though I'm curious to see which end of the polished/rough spectrum they're on.

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August 1st, 2013
03:05 pm


fun with home repair, installment one
So we're in the new house, and we've got a contractor coming by to help us with the imminent DO THIS NOW fixes and the stuff we can't hack ourselves.  This morning, I had a discussion with our contractor about 'creative' home repairs.

My favourite is the plastic vacuum tubing connecting two offset parts of our bathroom sink piping.  The one driving argh128 nuts is the aluminum drier hose connecting the hot water heater to the flue.  You know, the flimsy paper-like stuff channeling all the hot pressurized gas through it. (The last, it turns out, is a glaring safety hazard and the PG&E folks nearly didn't turn the gas back on because of it.)

Our contractor pointed out the gas line touches the water heater itself. It terminates two inches past where you light the pilot light, in fact. He's going to be fixing that.

When I came back from the work lunch today, he was working on moving the main pipe under the kitchen sink. The sanitary 'tee' is too high, so he's putting it at the correct level.  (The cats, they are keeping me company in another room while he saws through the sheetrock.) He found out when doing this that the main pipe isn't even glued together.  The parts were just pressed up against each other.  The fact that our sink wasn't leaking absolutely everywhere he calls the eighth wonder of the world.

It made the discussion at lunch about the horrors of home plumbing jobs sound less terrifying and more par for the course.

Current Location: bookended by tabbies
Current Music: the song of the drill
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May 28th, 2013
10:42 am


Oh my God, we bought a house.

Current Mood: indescribableindescribable

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May 22nd, 2013
09:47 am


...another man's treasure
At some point, someone at the pod house talked about Freecycle.  It was at least a year ago, and it wasn't until yesterday that I looked into it further.  We've got a few large/unwieldy items to get rid of, you see.  I posted two last night, one of which I didn't expect would get any takers.

About thirty seconds after posting, I had a response.  While I was composing a reply, a second one came in.  Within fourteen minutes, I had five people email me.  A sixth had emailed by this morning.

All of them interested in the dusty, spider-inhabited, all-the-worms-are-probably-dead-I-have-no-idea worm bin.  (Yes, I was honest about condition.)

No emails yet about the thing I thought had any value.

Current Mood: surprisedsurprised
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May 4th, 2013
05:55 am


double metric century 2013: ~liveblogging
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9:30am - An hour ago, argh128 was at rest stop 2 eating a falafel flatbread sandwich. I have returned from the garage sales, having scored 2 Currier and Ives dinner plates - for a dollar!
1:00pm - About halfway through my day at work - the last of the media about to be thrown in to get cooked.  argh128 has emailed three times in the time gap - starting the main climb, at rest stop 3, and then at rest stop 4 twenty minutes ago.
It feels very warm here and I'm pretty tired... and I can only imagine how he feels at this point.

2:50pm - An hour ago, argh128 was at rest stop 5.  He's on the home stretch and so am I - one last set of readings, the afternoon temperature check, and entering the data and I can go home.  It will be interesting to see which of us will get there first.
Currently, I'm betting it will be him.
4:00pm - as of fifteen minutes ago, he was at rest stop 6.  I'm about to head home.

5:00pm - no emails, but through the magic of apps I can see that he's 8 miles from home.  (And fighting the wind, if my drive home was anything to base a guess on.)  With only 8 miles to go, I am iffy on starting Silent Hill again.

Current Mood: tiredtired
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April 24th, 2013
11:45 am


This video blew my mind. He's hilarious, to start, and talks coherently about cycling in traffic and dealing with cars - and particularly, about those people who choose to holler things out of car windows.


(Also, bullying.)


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