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Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
9:53 am
combing out the tangles
I have not written in here for ages, and yesterday came back to reading posts to retrace people's stories over the past months (years), something I've neglected and realized I missed rather. Could this be a start in a return to a less crazed phase? Let's hope. Though not yet today, or tomorrow or Friday, for that matter. Will have to get into the habit of this, again, trying to make pithy observations about things rather than rushing ever onwards....
Monday, February 23rd, 2009
4:30 pm
"Niamey, etc", or "geography class comes to life"
Hm, I believe I just managed to post an old draft. Anyhow, I should feel inspired to write more: I am in Niamey, Niger, the last stop of a - well, not long, but it seems that way - trip in West Africa. My first time here: amazing. Not so amazing the fact that I've not had a moment to do any wandering around of my own, and if I do some this afternoon, it will be on the sly. But I saw a camel from the taxi on my way to the hotel! I want to see more! I want to go outside! I want to not be in an office or writing a report!!!!!
4:26 pm
Well, AceofKittens, this is proof that prodding DOES work. Feeling a bit rusty at this lj thing, but that is really the least one could expect.

I'm having a champagne hangover this morning, dragging my feet to leave for work, as it is a day of not-precisely-scheduled, so possibly multiple-hour-long meetings with our accountant/financial guy on our new responsibilities in program administration. Among the many increased responsibilities, I may add. Nothing else is increasing as far as I can tell - no more money, no more hours in the day. Oh - yes, a new staff person, but very peculiar it all is. On the up side, a friend of mine has just asked for my cv for a short-term research position that would be really amazing to get. Politically challenging (might be too trouble than its worth, actually), but something other than the present plodding.

Brussels is treating me to another gray day - the week started with marvelous scarlet dawns, but too many of those in a row are really too much to ask for in this part of the world.
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
8:50 am
78 weeks later
Well, AceofKittens, this is proof that prodding DOES work. Feeling a bit rusty at this lj thing, but that is really the least one could expect.

I'm having a champagne hangover this morning, dragging my feet to leave for work, as it is a day of not-precisely-scheduled, so possibly multiple-hour-long meetings with our accountant/financial guy on our new responsibilities in program administration. Among the many increased responsibilities, I may add. Nothing else is increasing as far as I can tell - no more money, no more hours in the day. Oh - yes, a new staff person, but very peculiar it all is. On the up side, a friend of mine has just asked for my cv for a short-term research position that would be really amazing to get. Politically challenging (might be too trouble than its worth, actually), but something other than the present plodding.

Brussels is treating me to another gray day - the week started with marvelous scarlet dawns, but too many of those in a row are really too much to ask for in this part of the world.
Wednesday, July 18th, 2007
11:32 am
return
Back home from a trip that had various people a bit worried - but here I am, safe and sound, and if anything rather frustrated that I didn't get to see more of the surroundings of the hotel/conference center. Maybe I get to go back before too long. Would be lovely.

Will figure out how to post photos next
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
7:49 pm
oodles of yarn to go
Okay, here is the deal: I am in the middle of a rather hurried move, and realize that I do not need to add yarn to the items that I have in storage. the yarn will no doubt bring joy to someone, I hope, and when I retrieve my belongings from storage years hence I will not regret not having to deal with unfinished (unstarted, even) projects staring at me from decades-old boxes.

So. I fear that I do not have a good inventory of the stuff, but I'll be happy to post out a few nicely varied bankers-box sized loads of yarn of one kind and another (generally enough for a project, there are a few dribbles, as well, but they are fun yarn for finishings or whatnot).

Thus. If you would like some yarn to work on yourself, or you have a goodwill yarn situation where it goes to and you will be happy to administrate that, I will be overjoyed to send you/y'all a box tomorrow or Saturday. Please reply to this post by Friday evening, and yarn shall be yours....... :)
Friday, May 18th, 2007
7:39 pm
the Cantor's giant soft-shelled turtle
The secret of longevity that it offers is to sit in one place, preferably under a layer of sand, and do nothing. “It’s a very boring lifestyle, really,” Mr. Emmett said.
Wednesday, December 13th, 2006
12:47 pm
Long lost fillyjonk
This is an entry at gunpoint, it seems. I've been horridly absent, and the threat is fully justified. I am tired, tired, tired at the moment, rushing between Rome and my new home in Brussels, not getting quite enough sleep for days on end. Lots of catching up, but at a later date. Just to say Rome is lovely, especially early in the morning driving by the forum on a motorbike. Not too much traffic, gorgeous blue sky...
Monday, January 16th, 2006
11:34 pm
I must stop this lurking business
That is what I've been doing on lj. Lurking. I read other people's posts, and just can't be bothered to write any of my own. But I'm ending that right now, for whatever mysterious reason. Well, for one, I actually have something to say, though it being so much past my regular bedtime (or at any rate, a few minutes), I'd probably do better waiting till I was a little more coherent. But - here is the story! I'm going to Ukraine! Next week! For two months! Yikes!
There are twists and complications involved (in my mind), which I'll bore you all with some other time. The main thing is, though, I have a plan!
Tuesday, November 29th, 2005
3:55 pm
November grey
I realize I've not posted in months. Yet I continue to read other people's postings, and enjoy them tremendously. Maybe that explains the lack of posting on my side - not much to report about. But it does seem rather uneven!

NYC is fabulous. It's fantastic to be back. Now all I need is a job..... which may actually come about very soon; so that's good.

I'm being very slow this afternoon - I have flu-induced dementia, I think. My mom reminded me to drink buckets of tea, but that means I have to make it....let's see, do I have enough energy to drag myself to the kitchen? It's appalling how lazy I get when just a teeny bit sick!
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
11:50 am
The New Yorker
p. 6 cartoon

That is really all I have to say at the moment. I wish I could provide a link, but I've not been able to find it on-line.
Tuesday, June 7th, 2005
2:40 pm
Boys and their thing
I went to a poetry reading the other night, something I've not done in a long, loong time - since college, just to give (some of you) an idea. So it was fun. But. It was all boys reading their stuff, and I'd say 70% of it was about their penis. And I'm not talking generally about sex, or the process of 'getting someone' or whatnot. No, their penis. I'm baffled. I suppose I'm as fond as the next person of my private parts, and very well might write an ode were I inclined to write at all. But surely it woudn't be the majority of what I'd write.

Gay and straight, by the way. Actually, one of the straight boys was the only one that wasn't penis-obsessed. I don't know why that surprised me.
Wednesday, June 1st, 2005
9:44 am
memories.....
Bush said "That's absurd!" !!!!!!
Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
6:00 pm
All sorts of fascinating things on the news today. Hard to keep track of things that have come before, even recently....

So here's a little reminder, from a friend who has clearly been boiling over: Uzbekistan crackdown

I've not been posting much, have I? Not much to post about, I guess. Hoping maybe soon that will change drastically.
Thursday, May 12th, 2005
5:22 pm
I just got a call from the insurance company I've applied to be covered by (until I get a real job), and they treated me like a supplicant...like I might but might not get it. WTF? I finally felt like too much of a hypocrite, not having any for months on end, after years of reprimanding other people. And now it seems like I might not get it after all..... HMF.

So I consoled myself by doing a strawberry/milk masque. Cheap, in season, and smells a lot better than the store-bought charcoal one in my bathroom cabinet. And reading about cayenne, which I've learned about thanks to AoK. Turns out that it is traditionally used to improve circulation and for heart ailments, and is known to increase body heat. So I'm thinking it's perfect that I'm sort of craving it. The chronic chill that I have must be dealt with somehow. It's verging on the abnormal, and I dress funny as a result (or funnier, rather). Too much wool and fleece for May.

S. is in Montreal for the weekend, and suddenly the house is just too dull for words. Though spending 24 hrs/day with each other had started to wear our tolerance for each other down a bit. But I guess this weekend gets to be practice for the real trip he's taking - next weekend he'll leave for the rest of the summer. I'll definitely need to get a schedule for myself, or I'll turn into a frightful shlump.
Friday, April 29th, 2005
9:39 am
but I forgot
I also meant to post about my eye, which is really acting up in grand style.

The left pupil does not dilate. Much like it did (or rather, didn't) in college. And it's starting to feel odd, too. As in, I know when it's doing it (increasingly, that is always, but clearly only evident in low-light situations).

It's most peculiar. And makes me look possessed. This is definitely one of those moments when insurance would be a dandy thing. Yes, I'm one of those. Maybe I should do something about that, now. Of course, this would be one of those preexisting conditions, I suppose. Sigh. I think I'll try to self-diagnose on-line.
8:06 am
Wheeee....Spring!!!!!!
Well, it's been Spring for some time now, so I don't know why I'm so excited, but there you are...some days are just like that. The flowering tree outside my window is getting leafier and leafier, and the quality of the early morning light filtering into the living room is changing as a result. And there are various new birds chirping up a storm out there. Of course, traffic is still the dominant sound track, but at least it doesn't have a monopoly any longer.

Speaking of birds - I'm quite taken by the news of the ivory-billed woodpecker. I guess it's to be balanced against the fact that every day dozens of species are dying out, but it's a little glimmer of good news, and I can't resist feeling all bubbly about it.

I won't make a list, but I will say that I've done more in the past two days than in the past two weeks, or so it seems, and that on top of the fact that I've picked up my part-time work again. It's very, very odd how available time expands and shrinks to fit the tasks at hand. I have plenty more to do, but think it should be a snap to actually finish most things up before the weekend hits. Now, that is not a familiar feeling for me. Thus the 'Wheee' of this post's title.

And I started reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - a book that I totally missed in my childhood, Anglo-centric as it was (the only exceptions being Little House on the Prairie, Caddie Woodlawn, Thimble Summer and maybe a couple more). And I need it to balance out the rather heavy stuff that I'm reading during the day (Jan Gross and related texts).
Tuesday, January 25th, 2005
3:02 pm
frumpy hair
I've taken to wearing a headband because it is the only way to
a) keep my hair out of my eyes
b) deal with the unspeakable frumpiness of my current haircut.
The problem is that I still feel frumpy. Because I'm wearing a headband.

Having attempted home cuts the past few times, though, I find the thought of paying to get it cut a real drag. I guess I should haul my cheap old -uh- self around to a salon sometime soon, or I'll turn into a real monster. Maybe I'll post a monster photo before I do that, though.
Saturday, January 22nd, 2005
11:50 pm
Blizzard
I bundled myself up and ventured out, and I have to say it was pretty neat! The snow is lovely and powdery and collected up in some impressive drifts. I liked it until I turned my face into a gust of wind - that is when decided it was time to come home. Nothing like icy little particles being driven by gale force wind into your eyes to make the evening suddenly seem a lot less fun.

There are little drifts of snow between the panes of the the living-room window, and one can see perfect little flakes shining and sparkling. I get way too carried away by such things. But this is the first proper snow of the season, so I can't help myself. I'll be more sedate next time around.
7:06 pm
Weather moment
So the blizzard is actually starting to live up to its name. I went out to the grocery store late this afternoon, and was thoroughly discouraged by the HORDES of people there. I mean, my goodness, it's going to be a big storm, but do we really all need to stock up that badly? I turned around and came right back home, figuring that I'd rather go for a walk tomorrow if we really need more milk and eggs, even wading through snow, than wait for what looked to be a good 45 minutes in the checkout line. I have never seen the place so crowded. But I'm glad to have gone for the walk, seeing as I don't get out of the house anywhere near enough these days. And I do like the snow. At that point it was gently snowing light tiny powdery flakes, and now the flakes blowing by the window are bigger and thicker by the moment, twirling around in front of the street lamps. The weather forecasts are all so dramatic, I've just decided to ignore them. I find it so amusing, how over the top they get. Though I'm sure it's going to be quite a sight by tomorrow. I'm glad not to have a car to have to dig out!
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