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PUPPIES. [Mar. 26th, 2014|09:44 am]
The Basie puppies are ready to leave their mom (who is more than ready for them to GTFO), so this time next week I will be sharing ridiculous border collie puppy pics with the internets.

Moki has no idea what he is in for, but when I remember all of the patient older dogs who let him bounce off their heads I think he deserves it anyway. We've picked the quietest, mellowest one of the litter, who also happens to be the largest and easily trainable. (Nina, the mom, is about 30 lbs, while Basie, on the bigger end of Welsh borders, is 45lbs. Moki hangs around 70lbs but has finally become an adult dog at 4 so gets tired after a few hours of playing, unlike puppy-version Moki who played all day and most of the night. One of our sitters once mentioned that Moki was harder to tire out than Isaac; that's no longer true.)

Basie was the dog who taught Mads how to stand so she could throw things farther for him. I told Nat the first time I met Basie that I wanted a puppy when she had them, so I've been waiting more than twelve years for this creature to show up.
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Is This Semester Done Yet? [Dec. 7th, 2013|12:47 pm]
I took a study break for pizza and a ST:Voyager with J and somehow messed up my jaw. At two weeks post-surgery, I was supposed to be past the point of complications, but I am apparently special. It is probably not broken. It may be a minor dislocation, or a muscle pull/tear/etc.  I see the surgeon on Monday to figure out if anything needs to be done about it.

I have three final projects due this weekend. On Monday I can collapse. Until then, it's collection policies and research guides under the influence of narcotics. FABULOUS.

The only fun part of this is that I sound like a zombie when I talk. I say COOOFFFFEEEE instead of BWAAAAIIIIIINNNSSS but close enough.
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I am a little done with things being exciting [Sep. 13th, 2013|10:55 pm]
We are back in our house, which got wet (as J put it: "normal-NY-basement") but escaped any real damage, at least so far. (We're not going to talk about the unrepaired-because-of-scheduling-issues roof damage from, um, June, because if there is water in the family room ceiling I can't do anything about it at the moment. But I think we're ok.)
And as far as evacuations go... we have practice, planning, and good friends. We were overwhelmed with offers of places to stay. We were able to help out the neighbors who needed help getting out, with backup places for everyone to stay if roads closed before we got through them.

We are still packed and ready to go with literally a minute's notice. We have water and food stored if we can't get out. We're good. We were really fucking lucky. Again.

The water came to the end of the block, about 50yds away. The real damage in this neighborhood are the homes just south of where the bulk of the new flood plain work was done last year; based on the older maps, if this had happened before that work, the whole neighborhood would be under water, instead of just that corner of it. Not that it's much solace for them.

On Youtube there's a video of a fire truck driving through water up to and over the windshield. I drive that road nearly every day. It's the best route from preschool to dance. The photo in USAToday of the dumpster floating down the street? That's a around the corner and a block away from where I'm sitting. I walk there just about every day. I love so much that the ridiculous public art is still spinning. I hope it's still there tomorrow. I hope the cement faces are, too, but that's asking for a lot.

Until just a little while ago, I could hear the machinery pushing sludge out of the way. Now I can hear the creek. I am not supposed to be able to hear the creek. It is so weird to not have heard a single train all day. We won't hear trains for a long time. The tracks are gone.

If we have to get more storms, I hope they are the weird ones with all the thunder and lightning and no rain.
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(no subject) [Jul. 13th, 2010|09:49 am]

I write like
H. G. Wells

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

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Site change and Story Live [Nov. 10th, 2009|11:23 am]
First, "The Wingie" is now up at The Town Drunk. Yay!

Second, my new site has been live for a while but I haven't been able to find an lj cross-poster for the new platform. Interested parties should add it to their feeds. Anyone already subscribed should still be getting posts, but if not, please re-subscribe.
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All the work I do is invisible... [Aug. 18th, 2009|01:34 pm]
...largely because I'm still working on moving my site over to Squarespace from Wordpress. Love love love square space, seriously annoyed with my own technical screw-ups.

I'm still blaming it on sleep deprivation and a hand in a brace.

Speaking of invisible work, though: researching and world-building and snow-flaking like crazy on SOLACE. Even draft some scenes. Having fun.
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What Mythological Creature Are You? [Jun. 6th, 2009|09:06 pm]
You Are a Pegasus
You are a perfectionist, with an eye for beauty.
You know how to live a good life - and you rarely deviate from your good taste.
While you aren't outgoing, you have excellent social skills.
People admire you and feel very comfortable around you.
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May Update [May. 22nd, 2009|11:19 am]

Originally published at Blessed and Mundane. You can comment here or there.

Even mellow easy-going newborns take a lot of time and attention. Isaac is now five weeks old and growing at an astonishing rate. And smiling. Baby smiles- especially those first few HI I KNOW YOU grins- make up for an awful lot of lost sleep and baby puke.

I’m sketching the Auctioneer, which is probably going to get a couple of title changes, and waiting for some research to be published before I dive back into Solace revisions. All of this is being done long-hand as I’ve screwed up my right wrist and can’t type. Or knit. Or do much of anything. Good thing I can garden one-handed or I would be one cranky monster to live with these days.

My comments have been overrun by spam and I haven’t updated my plugins in months. But I’m writing again, at least. That’s nice.

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Quickie Update [Mar. 12th, 2009|01:22 pm]
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Originally published at Blessed and Mundane. You can comment here or there.

1. Baby due in one month. I veer between total panic and blissful calm.

2. Reading and researching like mad; soon as I get my wrists back and the ability to sit for more than five minutes I’ll be ready to write again. Working on Auctioneer; after much research it’s clear Solace needs to sit and think about its behavior for a bit longer. But Auctioneer is looking like a fun and fast romp, with lots of shiny parts. I can’t resist the shiny parts.

3. Garden planned and seeds ordered and I really want to plant things NOW. But that would be foolish.

4. I’ve been reading and thinking a lot about the recent (and ongoing) RaceFail ‘09, and have been heartened by the more thoughtful discussions that have been brought to light. There are a lot of conversations that need to be had, online and off, in the spec fic world and out of it- about race, and gender, and orientation, and class, and ethnicity, and nationality, the spaces where these overlap, and the spaces where they don’t. Those conversations aren’t supposed to be easy or comfortable. Easy and comfortable is not the point. I have theory and activism in my background, but it’s been a long time since I took a look at privilege specifically as it applies to me and mine, and I’m learning a lot. I’m not pointing out specific threads or individuals here as I have been a lurker and a passerby, not a participant, I don’t know any of the people actually involved in the discussions, and it seems disrespectful to insert myself into their conversations given those points. But I’ve been thinking about it too much to not at least acknowledge it.)

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From all over the Flist... [Jan. 10th, 2009|04:17 pm]
...real post someday soon. I've been busy.

Your Word is "Love"

You see life as possibility to form deep connections with a few people.

Relationships are the center of your world, and you always take time to bond with those you love.

You are caring and giving. You enjoy helping those you love.

And when it comes to romantic love, you feel passionately ... even in a very long term relationship.

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