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    Sunday, September 30th, 2012
    7:09 pm
    Is there some sort of gene that draws older religious people to stupid ideas?
    When the TV stations switched to digital, we got a religion channel. My folks have always been religious, but they've used their brains too, and could pick out what is worthwhile and what isn't.

    Mom's "way to unwind" is more and more just watching TV. I understand that; she does have a lot on her plate. But more and more she's watching this channel, and many of the show's they're playing are scams and/are only wanting money. She's eating them up.

    Nothing I say seems to get through to her. Her stock answer is "well, you don't have to watch it." I don't, but I can hear the TV from here.

    She's not crazy, she's in her right mind, but seriously? These are the same types of folks she could pick out earlier and have nothing to do with, not even watch. She loves to read, and there are other shows and DVDs to watch, and she's stuck on this channel.

    Dad doesn't care what she watches, he's not a conflict kind of guy.

    I'm concerned, but I don't see what I can do.


    Current Mood: pessimistic
    Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
    10:10 pm
    Thai Spirit Houses
    Spent a little over an hour this morning learning about Thai spirit houses. Interesting and gorgeous, even the homemade ones have a beauty and an attraction.

    This is the Thai semester at MSSU. I am hoping on 10/1 to see the fabric presentation, possibly with Mom, but with only one car and it being a Monday morning, when she and Dad are usually busy elsewhere.... well, cross that bridge when we come to it. :).


    Current Mood: happy
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
    8:05 pm
    Waiting and decluttering and Heidi - all good :)
    Waiting on tenterhooks for my first homework to come back. I think I did better with Latin to English than English to Latin. I am so glad I had those hours of Spanish in high school and college. Really helps.

    I know my magistra said she is liberal with the red ink, and buys gallons of it each semester :).

    Should look up when she said she'd have it back to us. But she's been sick lately, so maybe it will be late?

    I am also still clearing out and organizing emails. Not from here, but am digging through the overhead. Several lists I'd like to keep, but there just isn't time for everything.

    Heidi's vet visit went really well. She turns 10 people years old this Friday, and we've had her about 6 years. How time flies!

    Take care all.

    Friday, September 7th, 2012
    11:00 am
    My friend's Dad and angry at myself over email.
    Got an email from one of my best friends early this morning; her Dad has not been doing well for some time and now has taken a very bad turn for the worse. He's currently in the hospital, and will probably never go home. If he gets released it will be to a nursing home, but odds are good he won't make it to the nursing home.

    I feel badly for her, and at the same time am angry at myself. Why? Because I had just been, not 2 hours before, at Google mail's website for the account, skimming through and deleting several hundred emails that had backlogged for some reason. I have to do this often, being on dial up. She had sent the email five hours from when it hit Thunderbird. It could have very easily been in the ones I deleted, and I never would have known.

    There's nothing I can do to physically help her. I feel guilty because I haven't been a good friend the past couple of weeks anyway, been wrapped up in several other things.

    Now I know I need to tackle decluttering email again, something that constantly seems to keep popping up - this time was serious. Plus, I have to know, am I the only person in the world who does not spend hours with her friends on IM every night? I know several people who do, and I don't see how. And I just feel like I'm peeling myself like an onion, until there's nothing left but some boring drone.

    Break's over, back to work.

    Current Mood: blank
    Monday, September 3rd, 2012
    11:40 pm
    Hello :)
    No, I haven't fallen off the edge of the earth. Things have been fairly routine around here.

    We are still waiting for all of our stuff that was pulled from Grandma and Grandpa's house after the tornado to be returned. Still have only one car now, with all the scheduling mess that comes with that.

    Good news is we changed back to our old vet, and Heidi is doing much, much better.

    I am currently working half a day twice a week doing cleaning at a nearby Christian Church.

    I have inherited the position of lead teacher of the kindergartners on Sunday mornings. I am now half of the librarian position at Choral Society. I have started a Latin class, with an eye towards joining Nova Roma and possibly becoming the Governor of my Province next year.
    I was also just asked the other night to help as a newcomer greeter of one of my BIAW groups. I'm privileged to be asked to do all this :).

    Current Mood: cheerful
    Thursday, March 10th, 2011
    2:49 pm
    Beginnings - Mickey and Control - for LJ fanfic 100
    Originally posted here:

    The Equalizer. General. 001. Beginnings.
    Title: Beginnings - Mickey and Control
    Fandom: The Equalizer
    Characters: Control, Mickey, Viktor, mention Teri and Holly
    Prompt: Beginnings
    Word Count: 2841
    Rating: PG, maybe PG-13
    Summary: Mickey hasn't been with the Company for long, but an off-the-books mission might change his mind about his new boss.
    Author's Notes: Originally written for my friend's birthday. I haven't heard her screaming after a few days :).
    Disclaimer: I only own Teri, Holly, and Viktor. Everyone and everything else belongs to someone else.
    Link to LDT (LJ):

    Beginnings )

    Current Mood: amused
    Current Music: silence
    Saturday, February 5th, 2011
    8:04 pm
    Disabled is NOT broken.
    Mom went to a disabilities conference today. One attendee matter-of-factly referred to herself and her significant other as broken. What a horrible self-image.

    Another attendee said that everyone, including herself, was disabled. She was unable to swim, even after taking several classes, so she was disabled because she couldn't swim.

    What isn't wrong with these attitudes? I know several disabled people. They just happen to have a body or a brain that doesn't work quite right. They don't see themselves as broken, far from it. Different, maybe, if they are old enough mentally to understand those differences.

    But not broken. And someone isn't disabled simply because they aren't the best at something, or have failed time and time again at something.

    I don't know how to ride a horse by myself; I've never been trained or tried to do so. I can't fix my car. I'm not disabled because I can't do these things. The person I mentioned above isn't disabled in swimming because she can't swim. The other one isn't broken because she's disabled, or because she isn't. (I forgot to ask Mom if she was disabled.)

    Disabled isn't broken.


    Current Mood: angry
    Current Music: tv in background
    3:13 pm
    This makes me sick - mentions of rape, abortion, and HR 3


    These are 2 of many articles I have seen on the subject. At first I was hoping the writers were kidding, but unfortunately, they are not.

    Words fail me.

    Read more... )

    Current Mood: sick
    Current Music: snow plows
    Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
    5:43 pm
    50 Alts - Past Times - Table 1
    For 50alternates

    001 Arabia 002 Greece 003 Japan 004 Rome 005 Russia
    006 Alchemist 007 Bodyguard 008 Caveman 009 Concubine 010 Criminal
    011 Explorer 012 Hunter 013 Merchant 014 Native 015 Nomad
    016 Pirate 017 Priest 018 Royalty 019 Scholar 020 Sheik
    021 Sheriff 022 Warrior 023 Castle 024 City 025 Desert
    026 Jungle 027 Market Place 028 Museum 029 Palace 030 Sea
    031 Slave Auction 032 Snow 033 Colonial 034 Depression 035 Gold Rush
    036 Industrial Age 037 Jazz Age 038 Wartime 039 Clan 040 Conquest
    041 Gun 042 Hawk 043 Music 044 Oracle 045 Plague
    046 Sacrifice 047 Stage 048 Sword 049 Tribe 050 Wealth

    Current Mood: sore
    Current Music: quiet snow
    5:06 pm
    50 Episodes - Table 1
    For 50_episodes Table 1

    001. Air. 002. Earth. 003. Fire. 004. Water. 005. Spirit.
    006. Alone. 007. Babble. 008. Blood. 009. Candles. 010. Cat.
    011. Claim. 012. Content. 013. Dance. 014. Daydreaming. 015. Devious.
    016. First Date. 017. Ecstatic. 018. Enemies. 019. Family. 020. Friends.
    021. Lovers. 022. Strangers. 023. First. 024. Last. 025. Forgive.
    026. Gloomy. 027. Hairbrush. 028. Incense. 029. Hours. 030. Interest.
    031. Kinky. 032. Legend. 033. Eternal. 034. Making Dinner. 035. Moon.
    036. Sun. 037. Mortality. 038. Sin. 039. Virtue. 040. Phoenix.
    041. Pounce. 042. Road Trip. 043. Shooting Star. 044. Sick. 045. Time.
    046. Silence. 047. Sleeping In. 048. Surprised. 049. Temper. 050. Woods.

    Current Mood: sore
    Current Music: snow quiet
    Thursday, January 20th, 2011
    4:10 pm
    Hello out there :)
    Yes, I'm still alive.

    Last year was not very good for me and computers. The graphics part of my old motherboard died in mid December 2009, and I was unable to get a new computer until late March, when Mom & Dad bought me one for my birthday. My monitor died a few months later, after over a decade of service, and I bought this one.

    During those months, I got away from writing and journaling, and never found my feet in those areas until this month, when I decided they are a do or die thing. I'm still working out the details, but they are getting clearer as I go along.

    Stay warm,

    Current Mood: busy
    Current Music: faint TV
    Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
    9:53 am
    Golden Compass
    Finished the Golden Compass this morning, the first book of the trilogy. Just wow... Didn't quite know what to expect after the publicity. Like others, I wondered how many detractors had actually read the book. Another DVD added to my wish list.

    Current Mood: busy
    Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
    9:19 am
    Writing ...
    Early this morning, I finished the rough draft of a scene that I have no idea when and/or where I'll use it. Guess I'll find out someday :)

    Current Mood: busy
    Sunday, July 25th, 2010
    5:06 pm
    Good luck Nathaniel and Ashley!
    Enjoyed my 2nd cousin's wedding yesterday. Did not enjoy the long trip home in an almost continual downpour. So glad I wasn't driving.

    Photos to come later :)


    Current Mood: tired
    Friday, June 25th, 2010
    7:52 am
    Theano's Day
    I am a day late, oops.

    Theano's Day is an annual celebration of female philosophers.

    My favorite female philosophers include Heloïse, the brilliant abbess who died in 1164. She knew several languages, and raised her son in while first a nun, a prioress, and an abbess. She was deserted and eventually spurned by her husband, the latter possibly to save his own skin. Considering the times, she handled her situation very well.

    Another is Hildegard of Bingen, who was also a Catholic nun. She was musical and superior with writing, letters, speeches, and so forth. She was also scientific and the author of several such texts. A true polymath, as Wikipedia describes her.

    I also admire Mary Wollstonecraft. She too was involved in dire situations, and was a learned novelist and writer who was not afraid to state her opinions.

    There are many great female philosophers, but these are the ones that I think of first.


    Current Mood: cheerful
    Thursday, June 24th, 2010
    9:15 pm
    I do have good things happen to me :)
    "I usually take life one day at a time, but lately several days have attacked me at once." I forget who said that, but it's how much of my week has been.

    Things will be looking up soon.


    Current Mood: amused
    Current Music: gaia's online aquarium
    3:26 pm
    Rant - Great Lakes student loans
    Never do student loans with Great Lakes. They ignore cease and desist letters about phone calls,and continue to bother long after they have SOLD the account. I still occasionally get letters from them as well. They sold my account years ago.

    If you don't have my loan anymore, than you have no need to stick your nose into my financial business.

    Current Mood: angry
    Saturday, June 19th, 2010
    6:51 pm
    Criminal Minds to drop/cut back female regulars

    This aggravates me. I don't stop to see Criminal Minds as often as I used to, unfortunately. When I do, it's to see the characters Jennifer, Emily and Penelope. Each of these characters are smart, strong women in "real life" situations -Jennifer is a working mother, Emily is a single mother, and Penelope is more than just a key puncher.

    I read somewhere lately that producers and so forth listen more to the fans now; I hope that's true. This is one of the most stupid ideas I have heard of in a long time.


    Current Mood: angry
    6:39 pm
    Working on my writing :)
    Unraveling the mess that is my writing, I have a mishmash of notes and stories, finished and unfinished. Added some IM buddies today so I can get into some community chat groups. Looking forwards to some word wars, sprinting, and company to keep me going :).

    Hope you're having a great weekend!

    Current Mood: happy
    Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
    10:58 am
    Feeling overwhelmed...
    So many things I should have done and known but didn't. Now coming back to me. High frustration level because I'm not getting done/accomplished what I should be. When I focus on one thing, everything else goes to pot. Now I'm out of time for the morning, and not much has actually been done. Maybe after work....


    Current Mood: angry
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