May 28th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] fayanora at 04:05am on 28/05/2017
Well, this summer is shaping up to be as hot as the last. It's getting very difficult to find a time to garden without wanting to die from the heat. I need an air conditioner to survive this summer. And I think a certain friend who lives in an upstairs apartment needs a new AC, too. Her place is always at least 15 or 20 degrees hotter than mine, and I can barely tolerate the heat in my own place.
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posted by [personal profile] miss_s_b at 10:03am on 28/05/2017
OK, so I didn't like the last couple of weeks very much, but that? That has actively made me angry. Anyone who has been in an abusive relationship? Do not watch this episode.

What kind of cut for spoilers and lots of swearing ). And that's without even getting into the fact that more spoilers ).

So yeah, I am angry. I am especially angry given how good the first few episodes this series were. If it had all been crap I could have just shrugged and carried on. But this is... ugh. It feels like such a waste. A waste of Bill, and a waste of Erica, who was an awesome new character.
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posted by [personal profile] aximili at 01:06am on 28/05/2017
I accidentally overslept and came into work late. It was less than an hour, because they called. But I still felt bad.

I have a week coming up in June that I'm taking off for my older half-brother's wedding. I'm not so excited about the wedding, but I'm excited about seeing him again, meeting my niece for the first time... Taking a week off of work (though I'll probably have to make up shifts.)

I'm sort of starting to look into finding M-F work, to quit Ralphs. I don't think they're capable of not needing me Saturdays, and since I'm scheduled differently every day I have no chance to build a sleep routine.
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posted by [personal profile] fayanora at 12:50am on 28/05/2017
My current state of mind and the vibe of my current energy makes me feel like I'm channeling Luna Lovegood. It's like a placid river of peace is flowing through me.
May 27th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at 10:13pm on 27/05/2017 under , , , ,
My partner Doug went outside and spotted the first fireflies of the season!  As it is well after dark, only a few are left flying high overhead.  Tomorrow we will have to look for them at dusk.  The weather is warm and damp, and we have copious grass, so there should be some.  :D
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posted by [personal profile] dewline at 09:38pm on 27/05/2017 under
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posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at 06:24pm on 27/05/2017 under , , ,
Today we went to Champaign for shopping.  The weather was mostly cool and pleasant.  Now it is warm, damp, and full of bugs.  >_<

Round 1, I planted two wave petunias, one in a pot and one in the barrel garden; plus a packet of chive seeds in the septic garden. 

EDIT 5/27/17: Round 2, my partner Doug raked grass and I helped haul it away.

EDIT 5/27/17: Round 3, I trimmed grass around about half of the wildflower garden.
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posted by [personal profile] alias_sqbr at 11:27pm on 27/05/2017 under , , ,
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posted by [personal profile] aximili at 04:50am on 27/05/2017
Third night of having the double-shift job on weekends. So far, it's fine. The biggest problem is that Part-Time Job keeps needing me in on Saturdays (I only have eight hours between shifts, to sleep.)

I can handle working both jobs with Saturday off. Not as sure about working both jobs with Friday or Monday off.

Tonight to try and stay up more, we've been doing squats. Not exactly a full-body workout like I'd be doing if the gym were functional. BUT IT GETS THE BLOOD FLOWING.



I ordered two more Groupons. They're both fitness related: One is core exercises, the other is dance. I'm interested in trying a Groupon for Cycle Bar (spin class) and also some fitness classes for pole-dancing. Anything that improves my agility, upper body, and core sounds good to me.

I am also trying to figure out activities beyond exercising, like painting classes.




Trying to figure out what to wear for my older half-brother's wedding.
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posted by [personal profile] miss_s_b at 11:00am on 27/05/2017
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I'm on vacation! That means I get to do things I don't get to do when I'm working! Like... really clean my room. Which doesn't sound very vacational, but I will feel much better after I do it.

What I wanted was to take a week off. What I'm getting instead are two half-weeks off, Mon-Wed of this coming week and of the following week. BookExpo and BookCon are intervening, as is a big work project with deadlines that can't be moved. Such is life. It's still a vacation.

Things on my to-do list/wishlist with deadlines:

* Go to arm doctor May 30
* Prepare BookCon handout by June 1
* Read ILL book due back June 1
* Return book by June 1
* See visiting friend before he leaves on June 2
* Do BookCon panel and booth duty on June 3 (if you'll be there, come say hi!)
* Meet first work deadline by June 5 (ideally much earlier)
* Meet second work deadline by June 7 (see above)
* Write guest blog post by June 7
* Read ILL books due back June 8
* Return books by June 8

Things without deadlines (fun):

* Hang out with X, who also has this coming week off
* Watch the StevenBombs
* Watch Voltron: Legendary Defender (I'm five episodes in; it makes great knitting TV)
* Stroll in the Botanic Gardens on a day with nice weather
* Ditto Prospect Park
* Maybe steal the baby from daycare early one day and get extra baby time
* Read a book for fun? I hear people do this? ???
* Knit
* Sleeeeeeeep

Things without deadlines (productive):

* Tidy room enough for vacuuming
* Vacuum (or ask J to if my arms are sad)
* Change sheets (or ask J to if my arms are sad)
* Move clothes from valet to closet
* Catch up on laundry
* Promote Story Hospital
* Clean out inbox
* Watch Baby Signing Time and practice signing on my own and with the family
Mood:: organized
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posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at 02:10am on 27/05/2017 under , , ,
This made me laugh, because people are surprised  by it.  Guys, this is nothing more than natural selection of a typically varied population.  It's what always happens when predators whack the individuals with a certain trait -- it drops out.  Like the silent crickets of Kauai.
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posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at 02:07am on 27/05/2017 under , ,
What you get when geeks are really into the typing experience.

LOL yes, Dvorak would bang these boys like a screen door in a hurricane.
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posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at 12:06am on 27/05/2017 under , , , ,
I posted some Friday photos of my gardens
Mood:: 'busy' busy
May 26th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] feuervogel at 05:07pm on 26/05/2017 under
Intense. Damn.

So, class is 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 15 days, in order to get an entire semester's worth of instruction in. This means we read approximately a chapter a day, with 1-2 articles a day in addition (a total of 50-80 pages or thereabouts). Taking graduate-level German classes has me saying "300 pages a week? In English? With no other commitments? Pfffff, easy."

The class has a lot of discussion and presentations, and we had an individual project and a group project. My group project is ok? I guess? but I had to wrangle undergrads, which is annoying. That's due Tuesday, and I can't start data analysis until the last data points are collected.

But the prof only counts the 2 highest tests, and I'm satisfied with my current test scores (100 and 96), so I won't take the third test, which is Wednesday. That definitely makes my weekend a little less stressful. "All" I have to do is write up my paper and put the rest of my things into boxes and take them to the office.

I'm moving out of my apartment, so I have virtually nothing in it. My furniture is at a friend's apartment, so I'm sitting on a spare couch cushion and using a lap desk. I've been eating TV dinners and things I don't need dishes for, using paper plates & bowls and plastic cutlery. I feel very College Student. Small remaining things are going to my office (cleaning supplies, what little furniture I have left) over the weekend, and Tuesday will be the final clean-up before the walkthrough, and I'm driving home Wednesday morning (staying with a different friend Tuesday night).
Mood:: 'busy' busy
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posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at 03:34pm on 26/05/2017 under , , , , ,
Today is partly sunny and warm.

Round 1, I watered the potted plants on the porch and trimmed grass around the telephone pole.

The mourning dove eggs have hatched into two tiny, fuzzy squabs.  I found a video of one online. 

Raspberries are beginning to turn pink in a few places.  Many of the mulberries are pink.

EDIT 5/26/17 -- Round 2, I pulled weeds around the forest garden.

Also the last shipment of plants arrived today.

EDIT 5/26/17 -- Round 3, I planted three windflowers, two stargazer lilies, and three balloon flowers around the barrel garden; and one White Feather hosta in the purple-and-white garden.

A cool breeze has blown up, downdraft from a storm some distance away.

EDIT 5/26/17 -- Round 4, I planted a white lilac and a black hollyhock.

EDIT 5/26/17 -- Round 5, I sowed more grass in the streetside yard.

It's getting dark, so I'm done for tonight.
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posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at 01:34pm on 26/05/2017 under , ,
Here's a comic about the lawn craze.  Some further thoughts ...

It goes a lot farther back than postwar suburbs.  Lawns started as a status symbol among European aristocracy.

Advice to stop watering, fertilizing, mowing, etc. or to replace lawns with something else is great -- if it's legal.  In many areas it is not, and people are fined or even evicted for being unwilling or unable to keep their lawn in a manner pleasing to others. Such laws are bad for disability and bad for the environment, but those are things fewer people care about than power. Check the local level of tyranny before trying to solve lawn-related problems.
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posted by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith at 01:22pm on 26/05/2017 under ,
[personal profile] tinhuviel is moving, but has almost nothing to settle into a new home.  :/  There is a WalMart registry and a GoFundMe page for donations.  If you liked Shiv's housewarming basket, here's your chance to do something similar.

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