Thursday, May 30, 2013
I can't believe we're already close to Friday. It's been a very busy 'short week', but isn't that usually the case? I need to get the notes finished tonight or tomorrow and then I'll be ready for the weekend. We should be playing the game again on Sunday. I have to admit, though, that I'm a little tired and am seriously considering lying down for a bit, even though it's almost nine. Think I can actually lie down without falling asleep for hours on end?
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The idea is to harness technology to help reassemble more than 100,000 document fragments collected across 1,000 years that reveal details of Jewish life along the Mediterranean, including marriage, medicine and mysticism. For decades, scholars relied mainly on memory to match up pieces of the Cairo genizah, a treasure trove of papers that include works by the rabbinical scholar Maimonides, parts of Torah scrolls and prayer books, reams of poetry and personal letters, contracts, and court documents, even recipes (there is a particularly vile one for honey-wine).Okay, it's after midnight; time for bed. I had a lovely evening watching things like 'Jam & Jerusalem' and 'Let Them Eat Cake'. I do love Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, and I have enjoyed everything I've seen them in, both as a team and individually.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Bill Blass was one of them. So was Ellsworth Kelly. And Arthur Singer. And Art Kane. Before these men embarked on the artistic careers they would become known for, they served together during World War II. But they were a particular kind of soldier, serving in a particular kind of unit: Blass and his brothers in arms were recruited from art schools and ad agencies. They were sought for their acting skills. They were selected for their creativity. They were soldiers whose most effective weapon was artistry.One of my co-workers really enjoyed the documentary on PBS called 'Ghost Army' that was mentioned in this article. You can watch it on the PBS website.
Because their job was to fool Hitler.
A once-trendy fashion brand is a target for anti-bullying groups
When you're the CEO of major fashion brand you can be as elitist as you want to be. You may admit, "Candidly, we go after the cool kids" and "a lot of people don't belong in our clothes."
Even if you make these comments about six years ago to a magazine reporter, that's fine.
But the Internet never forgets, and you will have to answer to consumers and shareholders.
Abercrombie and Fitch's first-quarter sales fell by 17 percent and their stock dropped 8 percent before the Memorial Day holiday.
PR people spent the weekend apologizing for the CEO Mike Jeffries.
"In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids," Jeffries said in a 2006 Salon article.
"Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don't belong [in our clothes], and they can't belong," he said. "Are we exclusionary? Absolutely."
And then, there was Ellen's take on it. I think she sums it up nicely:
Thanks to Grace Asher, who first informed me of this story by sharing her desire on Facebook to 1) stop wearing the clothes and 2) donate them so they can look stylish on homeless people, whom I suspect Mike Jeffries would definitely see as un-cool. :)
Candice Williamson was getting sick from withdrawal. She craved a fix, but she was at her parents' house in Bromley, Ky.
She drew a bath and quietly prepared a syringe of heroin.
"I was going through the sickness," the 19-year-old heroin addict recalled. "I told my mom I was going to take a bath. I was sitting on the floor.
"She walked in. She took it from me. It was really bad."
For Robin Knott, turning the doorknob of her bathroom and seeing her then 18-year-old daughter with a needle was the end of suspicion that Williamson was addicted to heroin. It was the beginning of Knott's determination to fight for her daughter's life -- even if it might crush their relationship.
Monday, May 27, 2013
My bathroom is full of the hand washables, which are almost dry. They're on a rack in the bathtub and hanging from the shower towel rack and curtain rod. I had the fan on in there earlier to help. The rest of the laundry is folded and still needs to be put away; but it's neatly in a hamper for tonight. I did go ahead and hang a shirt that wrinkles easily.
I did some stuff around the house and once the chores were done, watched a little 'Doctor Who' and listened to some music. I spoke with A on the phone for awhile and texted back and forth with Brandon. I napped twice, once in the middle of the day and once about 8:30. So all in all it was a quiet day, but it was nice. I love being in a clean apartment. I think I should go ahead and water the plants inside today; the umbrella plant looks a bit dry. Then I'll do some reading before bed; that's the only thing I had planned to do that I haven't today. I hope you had a nice weekend as well. Good night.
So far I've cleaned the toilet and did a once-over in the bathroom, washed dishes (there were just a few in the sink), did the hand-wash laundry, of which there was a whole hamper full, and I've washed three loads of clothes and am drying them now. I'm about 15 minutes away from freshly baked bread. Right now at the pool there are some young men who are banging around a beach ball and are loud and obnoxious, so I don't think I'll go quite yet, if at all. Maybe in the evening. If not, I'll go to the YMCA tomorrow or Wednesday, depending on my schedule. I've got about 40 minutes before the laundry is ready to come out, so I think I'll listen to some music and relax. Outside is gorgeous, with sunny skies and a pleasant breeze. It's supposed to be partly cloudy and quite a bit more humid this evening. I'm going to turn off the air conditioner and open the windows for awhile, I think.
In particular, I am remembering two members of my family from 'the greatest generation', my grandfather, Edgar Craig, who served in the US Marines during the Battle of Iwo Jima, among other places in the Pacific theatre. He died in 2000. Also, my grandmother, Frances Duncan, who served as an army nurse in Europe and lost a kidney in service. She died in 1993. They are sorely missed. A third grandparent, Allan Madison Broadbent, served during World War II, and died in 1984. I never knew him, unfortunately. There were estrangement issues in the family.
So I got up, showered, and headed over to the laundry room for a Diet Coke, as I didn't have any soda in the house and wanted a bit of caffeine. On the way I made friends with a little tiny dog a lady was walking. On the way back, the dog did that circling thing that they do and then hiked its leg to pee. I said something about how the circling was cute, and the lady said she thought so too, and that she (the dog) always did that. I said, 'she?' and she said yes, and that she knew I was surprised because the doggie hikes its leg. She always does that, too. Meanwhile, I'm staring at the penis between his legs that is rather prominent and erect. I just smiled, shook my head, and went on. But you would think the dog owner would know a bit of basic anatomy. True, maybe I should have corrected her misconception, but I didn't. Oh, well, at least they won't have an unexpected litter of puppies. He looked healthy and well-cared for. Surely a vet will let them know at some point. I didn't catch his name. Hopefully it's not too girlie.
Okay, I've had a small breakfast of pimiento cheese on some everything crackers. Did I mention I've lost 14 lbs since the end of March? Yay! I haven't actually been dieting, but the cleaning helped keep me moving. Now I hope to keep that activity up by going to the Y. In the meantime I'm trying to eat somewhat healthy and in good portions. Time to go review my list of things I want to accomplish today and see about starting. :)
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Do laundry(including hand washables) Go to the YMCA if they're open(my branch is closed today, so no go for that, although I might get into the pool at the apartment complex if it's warm enough) Do a few things around the house, maintaining the apartment Listen to music(Ed Sheeran, the radio) Read(Bringing Home Mulligan, which is about the Marines in WWII, and the way the war affected them--fitting for a Memorial Day) Nap(twice) Bake bread(delicious) Watch 'Doctor Who'(two episodes: 'Hide' and 'Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS'!) Shop for a dress for a friend's vow renewal(bought it online)
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Been awake with my legs itching after my first day in compression hose. Could just be fluctuations in swelling, I suppose, but I suspect my latex allergy. Can't find anything on the package that says it's latex-free, and after all, they are compression hose, which are by definition elastic. It has nylon and spandex in it, according to the package. I'm thinking there's some natural rubber in there somewhere. May wait in wearing these again until I can contact the doctor or company.
PS I checked and spandex is completely synthetic, as is nylon of course. While there is a possibility there's some natural rubber in there, it's not listed. So we'll see. Maybe it's just a reaction to the compression. I still want to check with my doctor, though. In any event, it's keeping me awake.
Friday, May 24, 2013
One of the things about charity:water I like is that their overhead is taken care of through private donations but the donations from the public go straight to building water projects, so 100% of your gift goes directly to help. They score four stars (the highest) on Charity Navigator overall, with a total score of 67.32 out of 70, and a 70 (the max) on accountability and transparency. If you're looking to give, they're a very good cause.
Here is a news story that ran shortly after her death in July of 2011:
After girl's death, selfless act lives on
For her 9th birthday last month, Rachel Beckwith told people that instead of giving her presents, they should donate to a charity providing clean water to families in developing nations.There's a page at charity:water that shows the impact of Rachel's gift. One child. One life. Lots of inspiration, and lots of people inspired. It's amazing how one person can impact many lives, for good or for bad. Rachel chose to help others. I wish she had been able to grow up, with such a kind heart and great potential.
The Seattle-area girl came up with $220, short of her $300 goal. She figured she’d try to raise more money next year.
Then came the crash.
Rachel died Saturday, taken off life support at a Seattle hospital three days after she and six other people were injured in a 14-vehicle pileup on Interstate 90 near her home in Bellevue, Washington, CNN affiliate KOMO reported.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Tomorrow it's work and then over to a friend's to help with something. Saturday's a visit with family. Sunday and Monday are free at the moment; we're not playing the game because the other player will be away for the weekend. I should probably work on the game notes sometime during all that, though. :) I want to catch up on 'Doctor Who' and do some reading, plus spend some time with friends. It'll also be a bit cooler this weekend, so I hope it's pretty pleasant.
I've been listening to an Ed Sheeran album that I got the other day, and I've told you about the two songs on the radio, 'The A Team' and 'Lego House' (Yes, that's Rupert Grint [Ronald Weasley] as the obsessive fan in the video). I think my favourite song on the record is actually 'Small Bump'. Like 'The A Team', it seems sweet and happy, a father's song about a baby-to-be, imagining holding the infant, and it's fine until the very end, when a miscarriage shatters the dream. It's very sad. Here is the video:
Each year, Google turns its logo over to school-age kids with its annual Doodle 4 Google, and the timing couldn't be better for today's winner, Sabrina Brady from Sparta High School in Wisconsin.I think it was an excellent choice. :)
Sabrina's winner fits nicely with Memorial Day, which is Monday. Google doesn't include any caption from Sabrina, but the image tells its own, warm story.
One of the o's in Google is a yellow sun, shining above a young girl, seen in black and white except for the red, white and blue of the U.S. flag in her hand.
In four images, the girl runs, then slows down as she stares at a soldier, also in black and white and who stares back at her. In the final image, the kneeling sold[i]er embraces the girl, presumably his daughter, and they are in color and reunited.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Now I'm drinking some water and relaxing after a bite to eat. I'm in my comfy sleep shirt and thinking about taking a short nap and then watching some 'Doctor Who'. I also need to go through some bills tonight. So, a quiet night at home. I'm thinking Thursday may be my last physical therapy visit, as I'm doing quite a bit better. I also see my ankle surgeon Thursday for a follow-up. It seems strange that it's been over six months since I was hurt. I still have some ankle swelling, and some pain, but I'm much better, and I don't take my mobility for granted anymore. :)
At one point it was supposed to be about two miles wide, and stayed on the ground for about 45 minutes, according to one report I saw. The death toll is at 51 as of now, and is expected to increase--another new story under breaking news says the coroner's office has been told to expect about 40 more bodies--and they're still working on recovery. At least 20 so far are children, as elementary schools were in a direct path of the twister. I can't imagine how people are doing there, with so much destruction. My thoughts and prayers are with them. If you can donate to the Red Cross or other organisation aiding those affected, please consider doing so. I am.
Update 05/21/13: The toll has not risen, in fact it's dropped, as some were double-counted, but now authorities are going door-to-door and there may be others still trapped or dead below the rubble. It's been upgraded to an F5, over 200-mile-an-hour winds. Absolutely terrible, with a debris field going on for 17 miles. I can't wrap my head around it (and I lived in Kansas for a couple of years and have watched tornadoes from a distance, although thankfully never experienced them up close.
With the exception of a couple of small things he asked me about (the Bookcrossing books I'd left in a small box in a corner of the bedroom, the fair job I did vacuuming under the computer desk, where the wires are), he was, I think surprised and pleased. He said that while the house still had a lot of clutter, it really reflected my personality. At least the clutter was fairly orderly. He could breathe, saying the house smelled a bit like lavender. And he said he'd like to come over again and we could do things again over at my house, which is great.
Afterwards, we celebrated with a salmon meal from Texas Roadhouse. We ate and visited over at his place along with A, and then we watched an 'Ultraman' episode. By this time, it was about 8:30, so I headed home, happy from the pleasant meal, conversation, and passing the test with the house. My gas light came on (that's the lowest I'd let the gas get since I got the car), so I stopped by the gas station on the way home. I got back around 9, texted with Brandon for a little while with my feet up in front of the fan in the bedroom (I've been hot for a couple of days now, even using a fan at work). We were discussing our day and also the tragic tornado hitting Moore, Oklahoma. I hadn't had a chance to really look at the news story, and so when I saw things like the elementary school that was hit, etc., it was very sobering. Having lived in the Midwest, I know you try to prepare for this sort of thing, that it's a hazard of being there, but still.... After awhile, around 10 pm, I fell asleep and woke a little while ago thinking it was much later in the night--it's only 1 am and so I've been asleep for three hours. I had thought about watching an episode of 'Doctor Who' earlier. It's a bit late, now, as I have to get up about 7 or 7:30.
Tomorrow I need to go to physical therapy (I think this will be my last week; I'm doing much better). I also need to sit down and pay some bills and that sort of thing. Wednesday I hope to go to the YMCA and finally start using my membership, maybe get into the pool. The pool here at the apartment complex is almost ready and will open this weekend, most likely. It usually does, although Friday is supposed to be back down around 70, so I'm not sure how warm it will be. It's definitely warm and muggy outside now.
Saw something on Facebook this morning that made me feel old. The last episode of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' aired ten years ago today. Yes, really.
I'm having some ice water right now. In a little while I'll go back to sleep. I may listen to some music in the interim. I bought two CDs from Amazon that should be here Wednesday, but of course they had the Autorip feature so they're already on my phone in .mp3 form. It's Ed Sheeran's + and Pink's Greatest Hits...So Far. The Sheeran one I bought because I'd listened to 'The A Team' and 'Lego House' and really liked them. They had upbeat music, nice voice work, etc. I had been listening to 'The A Team' for awhile, had the music in my head, and then one day I really started paying attention to the lyrics (I'm usually quicker than that, and my listening experience is very lyrics-driven). I love how Sheeran has juxtaposed such dark material with the upbeat music. 'The A Team' is a traditional lyrical ballad that refers to Class A drugs in Britain, and the story is of a young woman who prostitutes herself due to an addiction to crack cocaine. It's a little subtle, and sad, as well. The Pink album is a collection of most of her hits (except the current 'Give Me Just a Reason'), and I really love her music. For relaxing in the evening, I'd say Sheeran is the way to go--Pink is more invigourating, he's more relaxing, although like I said, 'A Team' in particular is very sad:
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Okay, I'm going to eyeball the house and see if I missed anything, and then head on over to the game master's house. I'll be a little early, but since there's prep and a grocery run to do, plus I'm assuming he wants to come see, a little extra time won't be amiss.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Woo-hoo!!!! The only thing is I couldn't watch the 'Doctor Who' finale tonight, as I was busy working. But I have it recording. I'm behind by about a month. So you can guess what I may be doing in the coming week in my nice clean apartment, can't you? :)
Doing a little dance. (Well, not really, my ankles and knees are killing me.) Thank you, YKWIA, for the motivation, and to A for listening to me rant even though it scared you, and to Brandon for encouragement and concern. And thank you all for putting up with a month's worth of blow-by-blow of my de-hoarding.
- Done laundry.
- Taken the electronic recyclables in.
- Taken most of the trash and recyclables out.
- Filled the trunk with things for Goodwill.
- Gotten some gas for the car.
- Bought some small things at the grocery, including some flowers for the dining table.
A few dishes, plus putting others away Putting winter clothes away A few books to go on shelves Magazines to go to Marines or recycle Office/art supplies where they go Canvas frames and carts put up Under bed container (almost forgot) A quick once-over in the bathroom and kitchen Taking the items to Goodwill Dusting Floors of all rooms One more trip with trash and recyclables Game notes
I hold it true, whate'er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
--Alfred, Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam:27, 1850
Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Tomorrow I plan to get up early again and:
Take out the trash and recyclables. Put the office/art supplies in their place. Take out the things that belong in the car there. Take out the things to go to Goodwill so I can drop them off tomorrow. Get quarters. Do laundry.. Wash a few dishes. Do the floors (sweep, mop, vacuum). Finish taking care of those two boxes. Police the horizontal surfaces of the house. Make sure books are on shelves, but not much else is on them. Put the tapes in the designated area. Change out the air freshener in the bathroom. Put the pillows that belong on the loveseat there. Make bed. Do one more run through. Put winter clothes away. Take last few electronic recyclables in. Do notes. Get some flowers for the dining room table.
I apparently totally missed a commotion on my street the night before last, as did a co-worker who lives in a neighbouring complex. Two toddlers, about 2 years old, were reported wandering about the area by themselves after dark. Police found them and discovered their father asleep in his apartment, along with marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the bathroom, and they arrested him for child endangerment and drug charges. The mother was at work. I was home, and I remember hearing sirens, but it must have been a little away. Still, that's a little scary.
The bread smells very nice and should be ready very soon. After I take it out, I'll get ready for work. So far the morning's been pretty productive. Let's hope work will be as well.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Boxes of stuff from the bedroom closets Laundry put away Wash hand-wash dishes Bake herb bread for friends Work Take friend to doctor Physical therapy Take clothes out of large tub in walk-in closet Sort clothes into what I want to keep and what I don't Launder clothes (they're a bit musty) Sort and order audio tapes Go through and police all horizontal surfaces for random stuff that should be put away Dust Vacuum Work
- Finish anything I haven't yet
- Have friend look over apartment to see if I missed anything
- Celebrate if warranted
- Watch back episodes of 'Doctor Who' that I've been recording during the great De-Hoarding
- Watch the season finale of 'Doctor Who', preferably with friend
- Grocery run
- Prepare for game
- Play game again! :)
I also wanted to take the opportunity to thank T-Mobile for pushing an over-the-air update for the Samsung Galaxy S3 to Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 (I had been on 4.1.1). Now I can have two applications open at the same time, can take bursts of pictures with the camera, and generally it's running much faster. I hope we make it up to 4.2 soon!
Okay, I'm going to try to go on to bed. Good night.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Okay, I set out to work on the walk-in closet tonight and finished it. Tomorrow I'm going to work on the final stuff in the bedroom, that came out of the closets there. There are several boxes of general stuff. I think for now I'm going to listen to some music before bed. Good night.
Fire Chief Todd March said it was the deadliest blaze in Pottsville, a city of about 14,000, in his 37-year career.By the time the fire was discovered, flames were burning intensely and shooting out, preventing neighbours from getting inside, and the firefighters worked for about and hour to contain the blaze but weren't able to save the family. She's lost her children, her husband, and her sister in one fell swoop, and on Mother's Day to boot. So sad. My thoughts are with her and the rest of their family, as well as the witnesses and the firefighters who responded.
"It's hard to take, and there was nothing we could do," he said.
The Schuylkill County Coroner's office identified the victims as the father, Eric Brown, 30; and his children, Elijah Brown, 2; Emily Brown, 3; Jeremiah Brown, 7; and Joy Brown, 8. Another adult, Kristina Thomas, 26, also died in the fire. She's the sister of 28-year-old Kelly Brown, the mother who survived.
Kelly Brown had been doing laundry at a neighbor's house nearby at the time of the blaze because her washing machine was broken, according to the neighbor, Jennifer Purcell. Purcell said they had smelled smoke, and Purcell went outside and saw the flames, telling Brown, "Oh my God, your house is on fire!"
They both ran up the street to the house, but weren't able to get inside, Purcell said.
YKWIA and I watched the final three episodes of 'Todd and the Book of Pure Evil', and while it is sad that there will be no more, it was a fun romp while it lasted. Also, I was satisfied with the ending, which both wrapped things up, yet left room for more episodes.
When I got home I started the bread machine, texted with Brandon awhile, but fell asleep, and just now got up and took the lovely herb bread out. This is the first time I've actually had dill seed like the recipe calls for, and it's wonderful. I think I'm going to bake another loaf for YKWIA and A. Okay, I think I'll do a few things before heading back to bed. Good night. It's been an interesting day, to say the least. But I handled it well, despite being a little hormonal (I listened to the Black Eyed Peas' 'Where is the Love' on the radio while driving into work this morning and spontaneously cried at the lyrics so no particular reason.) :)
Sunday, May 12, 2013
So the herbs, strawberries, and pepper plant are all in the house for the night. The pepper, which isn't pictured, is in the bedroom with several blooms and five little peppers started on it, about a half-inch long (the peppers don't get very big, maybe about 2.5-3 inches, and they're purple bell peppers). The window boxes are on the dining table. The strawberries are already sending out runners and the herbs have already grown, especially the basil, which is probably the most cold-sensitive of the lot as well. So anyway, they're inside and safe from any potential frost.
I just got off the phone with my mom and we made plans for me to visit later in the month. She got the card I sent, despite the fact that I sent it from a mailbox that didn't get picked up on Friday until 3:30 pm and I totally screwed up the zip code (she's recently moved).
I am very tired and sore tonight, the result of all the work I did for so many hours yesterday, plus cleaning a friend's house today, including some things A has been doing for me to keep me from bending over as much. I thought I could do it, and didn't ask for help. He still helped do some things, though. But now I hurt. We didn't play the game, of course. I didn't finish cleaning my house, didn't have the notes finished, and Brenda decided to stay home for Mother's Day instead of coming in and working on characters again. I hope she wasn't too disappointed.
I did take those evening meds last night and will again tonight. I'm cold (just closed the windows a bit ago and it had dropped to a little less than 60 degrees). I think I'm going to curl up in bed for a little while, even though I took a nap earlier. I'm just so tired and achy. Then I'll come out and fold the laundry that wound up dumped on the loveseat last night when I brought it in. I hope I won't have to iron anything.
We did have some fun today. We watched a musical episode of 'Todd and the Book of Pure Evil' that was hilarious. I nearly lost it when the slackers outside the school (whom we suspect to be daemons) went into a doo-wop number. It was surreal. Sadly, we have just three more episodes to watch (it was cancelled after the second season). I've really enjoyed watching. It's on Netflix should you wish to catch it. At first it will seem like a lame 80s show, and eventually you'll realised that 1) it's recent and has a wicked sense of humour and 2) Canadian humour is both hilarious and weirder than you even thought. Enjoy.
Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was pretty productive but I'm totally ready to crash now. If I don't write later, good night.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
This is not looking so good right now, despite all I've accomplished today. :( I was so sure I could do it, and I haven't been slacking off. Damn.
I went as Great Cthulhu for Halloween at work a few years ago. Granted, I don't think my co-workers quite got it. The second picture with my arms out was particularly hard to do--the costume was originally a 'giant' and had a peephole at 'chest' height for the costume, but the head was done in crepe paper on a long dowel rod, which I generally held with my hands. I think I balanced it between my chest and chin for the picture. :) Okay, time to get back to work!
Okay, back to work. Next, I think I'll fill the fish tank and plug everything back in, and clean out underneath it.
#2 I really love, but they played a special version advertising Rick Dees' show, which I thought was rather crass. It's 'When I Was Your Man' by Bruno Mars:
We're ready for the #1 song, and it's Pink with Nate Ruess, 'Just Give Me a Reason'...a beautiful song:
All of them are very emotional and have to do with ups and downs of relationships. The funny thing is right after the Rick Dees show, they played the Pink song, so it was played twice. (And CD 106.3 has actual DJs, although I'm not sure about Saturdays). ;)
There was one song that had to have been on the countdown, but I must have missed it when I was at the recycling centre with the car off, Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know':
Pakistan's Taliban, who regards the elections as un-Islamic, have focused their violent campaign on secular-leaning parties, such as the ruling coalition led by the Pakistan People's party (PPP) and the ANP.Good luck to them. Something has to be done, and I hope the people's vote is heard and that peace can come to the region.
In response to the threat, the government has deployed an estimated 600,000 security personnel across the country to protect polling stations and voters.
"Yes, there are fears. But what should we do? Either we sit in our house and let the terrorism go on, or we come out of our homes, cast our vote, and bring in a government that can solve this problem of terrorism," Ali Khan, a voter in Peshawar, told the Associated Press.
Oh, and yes, I just purchased the Kindle version. :)
- Moved books to shelves in the closet.
- Emptied out the drawers of the antique chest of drawers.
- Moved herbs to a drawer in the chest of drawers.
- Moved the bread-making staples like flour that aren't in canisters to those cabinets.
- Straightened up the cabinet above the stove.
- Collected various things for the electronic recycling into two boxes.
- Put away various holiday things.
- Cleaned out the hall closet.
- Moved the Rosemoon Guild files to the hall closet.
- Cleaned out the top of the bedroom closets.
- Drunk copious amounts of Diet Sunkist already.
There's still quite a bit to do in the bedroom, maybe three boxes plus the stuff on the bed to find places for or give to Goodwill (I've thrown out or recycled a lot as well. Also, there are four boxes of papers to go through from the hall closet, most of which I suspect will get recycled. Once I get the bedroom and those done, there will be the bathroom sink cabinet and closet, the fish tank, take out the trash and recycling, and then some minor stuff out in the rest of the house and vacuuming. I might pull this off after all. I have 13 hours before I have to let YKWIA if I'm playing in the game or not. Granted, at some point I'll have to go the recycling centre this morning and perhaps Goodwill as well. But still....
Friday, May 10, 2013
When the walls crumbled around her into mountains of broken concrete and twisted steel, Reshma Akter Begum fell and fell and fell.
Where one second she had been on the third floor, she now found herself in a basement prayer room that would prove her sanctuary and her salvation.
Over the next 16 days and seven hours in the often sweltering, pitch-black room, three other people she had worked with in the eight-story factory building died one by one.
- Went to Kroger to get a product that I needed where the type I've used for years either has latex in it, or I've developed an allergy to something else in it, so I'm trying a different brand.
- Renewed some library books.
- Did some work on the house for about an hour and a half.
- Mailed my mother's day card (not sure if she'll get it in time; pickup wasn't till about 3:30 pm).
- Mailed four books (all Robert Jordan) for Paperback Swap.
- Mailed a friend's mother's day card and some bills.
- Took a couple of friends to the doctor and credit union.
- Picked up some medicine at the pharmacy.
- Took a wrong turn onto Waller rather than Virginia, turned around in a daycare parking lot, and went through some deep water. I didn't realise how deep until I'd gotten past it.
- Ate at Long John Silver's with my friends, their treat.
- Made/assisted with four Derby pies.
- Unloaded and loaded the dish washer there.
- Took care of a medical issue with one of the dogs that someone has to do every few days.
- Texted with another friend, who's ill with pinkeye, a double ear infection, and strep throat. I am not coming near him.
- Went to Good Foods Co-op. It was an Owner's Discount Day, so I got 10% off my order. Got some fennel and caraway seeds for the herb bread, some yummy yoghurt, vanilla bean for YKWIA, some incense, that sort of thing.
- Stopped at a gas station to get some soda for caffeine to keep me awake for cleaning tonight and tomorrow.
- Cords and random electronic stuff (small things, but a good size box of them) to the electronics recycling place on Versailles Road.
- A few more things for Goodwill.
- Finish the bedroom.
- Clean the tub/shower.
- Rearrange the bathroom closet and under the sink.
- Rearrange under the fish tank.
- Fill the fish tank and work on getting more filtration going through. (The power went off yesterday and I couldn't get it pumping again.)
- Go through the house and get random things put away.
- Do the dishes.
- Work on a chest of drawers.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
A friend cooked dinner tonight, I did what dishes wouldn't go in the dishwasher, and he sent me home with hard-boiled eggs and pumpernickel bread. We had a good time, but I'm tired, so I'm going to bed early and will try to get stuff done on the house tomorrow. I'm off from work, so that should help. I haven't gotten much done on that front this week, so tomorrow and Saturday I plan on working my butt off.
Physical Therapy is going well; we saw John Calipari go by with his wife there. That's the University of Kentucky basketball coach. My foot and ankle were a little uncomfortable today but my back is doing better and I'm off the pain medicine and muscle relaxants.
Work was all about getting stuff ready for my day off; I really had to work hard to get all my data entry sheets in.
Tomorrow I'm taking my friends to the doctor and working on the house. I also need to mail my mom's card for Mother's Day (yes it's a bit late, but she lives 35 miles away, so hopefully it will get there by Saturday), as well as some Robert Jordan books for Paperback Swap. (I never did make it through the series, and kind of tired of them after awhile. The Wheel of Time seemed to spin the same story over and over. But maybe others will enjoy them.) I ordered a book with my credit on how to insult people in Latin. :)
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
The last two or three nights I haven't been in enough pain to warrant my night meds. That's great news, and my physical therapy went off without much pain, either, so I think I'm getting better. Yay! Tomorrow I may try to go to the Y.
Jewish groups furious after Glenn Beck depicts Bloomberg doing Nazi salute
Abraham Foxman, a Holocaust survivor and national director of the Anti-Defamation League said that Mr Beck's implication that Mr Bloomberg is turning New York into a Nazi-like state was 'outrageous, insensitive and deeply offensive on so many levels.'and then there was this...
'Glenn Beck should know better,' he added. 'He has drawn similar inappropriate analogies to the Holocaust before. We wish he would stop trivializing the history of the Holocaust to score partisan political points.'
Sharpton And Guests Take On ‘Stunning, Offensive’ ‘Zombie’ Obama Target From NRA Convention
MSNBC’s Al Sharpton went off on Zombie Industries Monday evening for displaying a life-size target that bears a striking resemblance to President Obama at this past weekend’s NRA convention in Houston, Texas. The NRA did eventually ask the company to remove the figure, nicknamed “Rocky,” from its booth, but it is still for sale, for $89.95, on their website.I don't agree with Al Sharpton a lot, but he was dead right on this--these are racist and offensive target models that look like a sitting president, where people are encouraged to shoot at the target, which spills 'blood' when hit. Would we have a zombie George W Bush, or Abraham Lincoln, for example? No, of course not. Part of the patriotism that I was taught as a child includes respecting the President of the United States (even if you don't agree with the current holder of office). It's not about selling people targets that look like the president in preparation for that armed rebellion that many people on the right seem to think they're going to be part of soon. It scares me that people holding such extremist views happen to also often have guns, and makes me feel less safe as a citizen. It scares me just how many whackadoos are out there who still think Obama is a Muslim, that armed rebellion will be necessary to 'take back the country', etc., etc. Yet everyday the President still manages to actually carry on despite being reviled by these people.
After centuries of bloody wars and political disputes, new genetic research reveals that Europeans all share a common ancestor that dates back just a mere 1,000 years ago. Even Europeans geographically separated by thousands of miles, such as a Portuguese and a Turk are still related, according to a new study of genome data published today in the journal PLOS Biology.
"What's remarkable about this is how closely everyone is related to each other. On a genealogical level, everyone in Europe traces back to nearly the same set of ancestors only a thousand years ago," University of California researcher Graham Coop said.
My Dad had an absolute love of reading, and he instilled that love in me as a child when he gave me some of his favorite books to read, a love that is still burning strong today. Wherever my Dad went, he always made sure to bring a book along with him, so he could sneak in a few pages if he had a chance.The essay is a testament to a father, bibliophile, and library supporter, Craig Zarzyczny, who died recently of pancreatic cancer. My condonlences to the Zarzyczny family for their loss, and I appreciate his son sharing a bit of his father with the rest of us.
He was an amateur competitive cyclist when I was young, and he was a marathon runner in his final years. It was tough for him to combine reading and his love of exercise, but he managed by having a book rack attached to his stationary bicycle, and he even occasionally attempted to read while he ran on a treadmill.
My Dad was a talented multi-tasked reader, as he would read in his office at work, listen to audio books when he was on the road, and he'd always read a book while he was watching TV. I'm not sure how he did it, but he was always able to read while still paying attention to everything that was on TV, which more often than not would be some type of sport, especially Baseball (Yankees), Football (Pittsburgh Steelers & Penn State Nittany Lions), and College Basketball (Duke). He would read a new book every 1-3 days, and it was usually leaning more towards one book a day.
Around the time we had our first home computer, my Dad started to keep track of all of the books that he read in an Excel Spreadsheet. He kept his spreadsheet up to date for almost twenty years, and he'd accumulated 10,496 books before his death. My Dad rated his books on a 1-10 scale, but his average score floated around 7.5/10, so I think he generally enjoyed most of what he read.
He'd attempted to list books that he'd read before creating the spreadsheet, but he thought that he'd still missed many of them, and assumed that he'd read over 12,000 books throughout his life. He read many different genres of books, but his favorites were always suspense/mystery/thriller novels. He gave 794 books a nine out of ten rating or above, and some of his all-time favorite authors were David Baldacci, Stephen Cannell, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, John Grisham, Steve Hamilton, Greg Iles, Dean Koontz, William Kent Krueger, James Patterson, Paul Wilson, and Stuart Woods.
He originally bought most of the books he read, and the attic is still filled with boxes of old books, however for the past 15-20 years he's mostly loaned the books from the library. My Dad loved our local library, the James V Brown Library, where all of the librarians knew his name, and he would leave there with a bag full of books about once a week. For the past year or two, he'd also tried reading ebooks on a Tablet I bought for him for Christmas, and while he loved downloading all of the free indie Kindle books he could get his hands on, he still preferred a good hardcover book.May you rest in peace, sir.
Three women who went missing in separate cases about a decade ago were found alive in a residential area of Cleveland on Monday, and police said three brothers were arrested in the case.A six-year-old was also found. The imagination runs wild, of course, as to what they may have endured, but as Berry put it, they are free now. Best wishes to each of them. Also, according to a story by The Guardian, a man named Charles Ramsey helped Berry escape:
Cleveland's police chief says he thinks three women were tied up in the house where they were found and had been there since they disappeared.
A hospital physician said all three are in "fair condition."
Cheering crowds gathered Monday night on the street near the home where police said Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found earlier in the day.
"This isn't the ending we usually hear to these stories, so we're very happy,'' said Gerald Maloney, an emergency room physician at the Cleveland hospital where all three were being treated.
"They are able to speak with us. Beyond that, I can't go into any further details,'' Maloney said.
Cleveland police released the frantic 911 call Berry made after escaping from the house where she had been living.
"I'm Amanda Berry ... I've been missing for 10 years and I'm here -- I'm free now," she said, her voice distraught and quick, according to an audio recording of the call released Monday night.
Kudos to him for not turning away from someone in trouble.
Update: Another man also responded to the cries for help, named Angel Cordero--in fact he may actually have been the first to respond. Also Wintel Tejeda let Berry make the 911 call from the Tejeda home. Kudos to them, as well. Also, the three brothers Ariel Castro (the owner of the house and the man identified as the alleged abductor), Pedro Castro, and Onil Castro, all brothers, have been identified and arrested in connexion with the case. The 6-year-old girl, Jocelyn, has been identified by police as the daughter of Amanda Berry. Just as an aside, Ariel Castro was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Ohio as a child. It amazes me how many comments on news stories were by people who seem to have no idea that Puerto Rico is a territory of the US and as a result, he's just as American as I am. Just because a person's Latino does not mean they're illegal or from another country. Nor does his ethnicity have anything to do with being a kidnapper and general monster of a person. Geez.
In February 2012, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek decided to go public with a strange and, he worried, somewhat embarrassing idea. Impossible as it seemed, Wilczek had developed an apparent proof of “time crystals” — physical structures that move in a repeating pattern, like minute hands rounding clocks, without expending energy or ever winding down. Unlike clocks or any other known objects, time crystals derive their movement not from stored energy but from a break in the symmetry of time, enabling a special form of perpetual motion.
Monday, May 06, 2013
I am so proud of what you've accomplished over these past three years, and of the person you've become. Although each day is a struggle, you have gone forward, despite the difficulties. You've worked very hard to achieve this. I think I understand you a little better after tonight's events, and I respect the work you've done. I wish you many more years of success. I'm there to talk to should you need to. You are part of my family. Know that you are loved.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Saturday, May 04, 2013
haven't taken any meds today, which may be why I'm not feeling well, and especially why I'm hurting. So even though the bedroom is a landmine field of stuff from the closet, I'm going to move the fan, take my meds, and lie down for an hour or so. I'm recording Doctor Who (that's the third I've missed and will have to catch up on). I'm hoping the rain will let up at some point so I can get the new shelves in from the car and get all the cardboard out. I went and dropped off the donations and got the shelves while I was out.
The author of To Kill A Mockingbird is suing her literary agent's son-in-law for allegedly taking advantage of her declining hearing and eyesight to secure the book's copyright.One of the greatest classics in American literature, widely studies in schools, and a personal favourite of mine, is paying royalties to someone other than the author, who claims to have no memory of signing away her rights to the man who now owns the copyright on her book. Even if she did sign the copyright over to him, we shouldn't allow someone to grab royalties and copyright for themselves by taking advantage of an author's ill health. I'm glad to see that even at her advanced age, she is fighting for her rights to be restored. Atticus would be proud.
I just realised that I must switch out the shelves. The wooden ones are almost a foot taller when stacked together than the metal shelves, and will not fit in the closet. I had gone to bed thinking that part had been averted. This does not bode well. I was sitting on the bed drinking some water and comparing the two kinds in the corner by my bed. At least it is 4 am and not much later. Spatial relations was never my forte.
Friday, May 03, 2013
The whole change out of shelves. The metal one is fine where it is: maybe I should put the wooden one in the closet, even though they don't match. It would be less work, and I could always change it later--it doesn't affect the cleanliness of the house. I'm also just too popped to do it.
Now I'm home and have quite a bit to do, despite being pretty tired. The plan is to lie down for a 30-45 minute nap and rejuvenate, then tackle the bookshelf stuff. I'm really not that confident at this point that I'll get everything finished by Saturday night.
Stop by work--I need something in my desk for the weekend
- Library--return a book (it was due yesterday; if I drop it off before they open at 9:30, I won't incur a fine)
Post Office--Paperback Swap books Bank--rent Leasing office--rent Stores--shopping with friend Fold bedclothes, put away Gather reusable tote bags Go through dresser drawers; weed clothes Gather up additional things for Goodwill; load into car Take books off metal shelf in bedroom; move to closet> Set up new shelf in bedroom, put books on it
- Make bed
- Clean bath tub/shower
Goodwill--donation Finishing touches to left closet in bedroom
- Closet in bathroom; organise and clean
- Take out bag of old towels that got ruined during time off when the bathroom flooded. Twice.
- Go through papers from left closet in bedroom and hall closet.
- Take recyclables and trash out.
- Tackle right closet in bedroom. Throw away as much as possible. Transfer some to left closet shelves. Try to get it so clothes will go in it.
- Vacuum carpets and mop linoleum floors.
- Go through and check for any small things still on shelves, etc.
Throw away things that can go from the walk-in closet (just a few things).
- Organise the area under the fish tank.
- Organise the area under the bathroom sink.
- Do the game notes.
I guess the question now is whether I get up and work on an ankle that, while still hurting some, is vastly improved now that I've had it elevated for several hours, thereby avoiding losing any more time (I have to get this house cleaning finished by Saturday), but which also puts me in some sort of bizarre schedule (shifting it by four hours earlier), or if I should at least go back to bed till, say, 6 am and work like the dickens. I'm not quite rested ( I've had about five and a half hours of sleep). But I am worried I won't finish in time. Plus I still have to do the game notes. On the other hand, I offered to do an errand tomorrow, and have a few of my own (shoes, post office, bank, leading office). I shouldn't be driving around on little sleep. I suppose I could just hope the adrenaline keeps me up Friday night. :) I like the motivation that this is giving me, but I'm feeling the pressure now. I don't want to miss another Cthulhu game.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Ouch, I say! And that's after more ice! Granted, it's not as bad as when I actually broke it, but you kind of expect it to settle down after six months. But, I've been told it's strong and that true healing can take at least a year. I think I'll focus on doing a few things here that I can sit down for.
PS: The dark spot on my toenail is from where the car ran over my foot. It was originally in the centre of the nail. Oddly enough, that toe did not break. Rather, I had breaks in the second and third metatarsals (which we allowed to heal naturally), and a fracture of the medial malleolus, which required an open reduction and internal fixation, in which two screws were placed in my ankle at the fracture to stabilise it. I think that latter happened as the car itself (which had my foot trapped under its wheel) hit into my leg. All in all, despite everything, I came out very lucky, for getting hit by a car.
So the only way to be somewhat comfortable is to place my entire lower leg on a pillow so it's elevated, with ice on my knee (the ankle got iced earlier at PT). Not sure what I did to really aggravate it. I think tomorrow I'm going to look for some shoes. I have a pair of fake Birkenstock sandals that are very comfortable and don't seem to aggravate and swell my foot, but they are worn to nothing in terms of tread and just normal wear and tear. My Easy Spirits are adjustable, but seem to still constrict too much. Even my New Balances, which aren't sandals, still have issues as my feet swell. :(
I've been up since 3:30 this morning, have done four loads of laundry, have worked a full day, had physical therapy, and my ankle is swollen to the size of a grapefruit because I've been on it much of the day, a lot of getting up and down. I am very tired. The danger, of course, is that I will fall asleep rather than work on the house. I'm going to take my contacts out and put my foot up for awhile, but I'm going to try not to fall asleep, maybe listen to peppy music or something. Wish me luck!
The first of the books I mailed out for a requester through Paperback Swap has reached it's destination, so I had a credit to use. While I was waiting for the washers to finish, I went on there and found a book by Andre Norton (an author I like quite a bit and I have several of her books) called Merlin's Mirror. I think I may have read it when I was a teenager, but I don't remember. It's set in Arthurian times, although I gather there's a science fiction component rather than straight-up fantasy involved. I also put a book a friend is looking for on my wish list, as well as the book Not in Front of the Servants, by Frank Dawes. I'm pretty far down on the list for the first, but it's worth a try.
I also took the shelving packaging out and put it with the recycling containers (they're too big to go inside). It's very pleasant outside. Few of my neighbours are up. At first there were a couple of bedroom lights on, then a few living room ones. I've never been one of those people who slowly wakes up and stays in bed reading or otherwise waking up. I've known several who do that. [One, a lady I worked with at the gas station, had a shooting in an apartment next to hers, and a bullet went through her wall and into her bedroom, right where she would normally be sitting up in bed in the morning. Fortunately the timing was off, and she wan't doing that for some reason that day, had to get up at a different time. But it was a bit scary. It was a tenant who shot and killed an on-site maintenance man at the complex. She was quite rattled.]
When it gets lighter, I may go ahead and fix up the window boxes and do some planting. But for now I think I'm going to prop my feet up and wait for the dryers. I felt like I was taking life and limb into my own hands in navigating the laundry room, which apparently had those wet floor signs up because one or more of the washers I used leaked water all over the place. I was in old sandals with no tread, and do not really want to break another bone anytime soon. I got a bit of blanket in the water as I was putting them into the dryer. Hopefully that shouldn't be an issue, but I'll have to be very careful when I go back, both in terms of walking (in different shoes this time) and not getting the dry clothes in the puddle that is right under two of the dryers. Grrr....
A different friend asked to use my computer (the desktop) on a regular basis, and I don't mind that at all and actually it will give us a better chance to see each other, but it occurs to me that I have basically set up my computer just for me. The workstation is against the wall, when it really should be catty-cornered to work well with the bookshelf that comes very close to it. I have a keyboard that is too tall for my regular tray. My mouse is on the left and set as left-handed. If I try to put it on the right, I'm not sure he'll have enough room to type on the keyboard, short of putting the keyboard on the actual table and not on the tray. And there's no chance of getting a deeper tray put onto this desk.
We'll try it out and see if he can comfortably use the computer. If now, I do have a solution, although it's one I don't relish. I'd need to turn the computer desk catty-cornered, of course. To do that would mean taking down two shelves of books that span between the entertainment centre and the desk hutch. I could then move the desk, put the shelves back up, and re-shelve. It would be a lot of work, and we'll save it until after the current cleaning frenzy. It would make the computer more user friendly for both of us, actually, and somewhere in the closet I have a triangular piece that joins my printer table to the desk that would work that way and provide better stability on that front. But we'll see how cramped he is in my little computer space, first.