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August 16th, 2009
09:07 pm
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My posting binge continues ...
Have spent too much time online this weekend ... but am using it to catch up on SFnal happenings. 

I finished off Eclipse Two this weekend, and really enjoyed it.  Some of my favorite stories -
Turing's Apples by Stephen Baxter, in which there are distantly-threatening aliens and the brother of an obsessed scientist.
The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm by Daryl Gregory - what life might be like for the citizens of Dr. Doom's country.
Exhalation by Ted Chiang, which just won a Hugo.  I find it hard to believe he has an everyday life programming or something and just goes about his business with nobody knowing how huge he is in the SF community.
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by David Moles, which I skipped & came back to later - hard to describe without giving away the fun of watching it unfold.  

Also, WorldCon was last weekend.  I love that the Internet allows me to get reports of what it would be like to attend in Montreal - as in this blog post from Abigail Nussbaum - and read most of the nominated stories online, which I bookmarked & just now remembered to go back to.  So far enjoying the Nancy Kress story which apparently won its category.  I'll not be attending DragonCon this year due to vet bills, but perhaps people will also post reports that I can enjoy from home, and it will present some distant echo of what it was like to be there (sigh - maybe next year).

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02:52 pm
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After several unsuccessful Petfinder.com ventures - and may I say, Texas Tailwaggers of Lewisville, you suck.  How hard is it to just send a one-line e-mail saying "We don't like you, you don't get our dog"?  No response to several e-mails and phone calls is unacceptable, in my view - at last, success! 
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02:43 pm
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why I hated 300
Don't want to post this on facebook - I try to stay non-controversial there - but this link sums up why 300 bothered me so much, and I wanted to share it somewhere.  Though I didn't have all those specific historical references in mind when I sat through the movie ...

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July 10th, 2009
12:04 am
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Being at work today was easier, because she was not normally there, but as soon as I walked out and got in my car ... At home, she is everywhere and nowhere.  When I close my eyes and breathe in, I can almost smell her fur.

At least I know she doesn't hurt anymore.  The last couple of days she couldn't curl up in her normal puppy-ball - she had to lie in a straight line because her stomach hurt too much.  But that last morning she had a little flurry of energy and wanted her treat, and sat in my lap on the way to the vet.  I never let her do that while I drove before, but I couldn't move her that time.  It was the last time she would do that, and I guess part of me knew it.

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December 16th, 2008
05:40 pm
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TV show meme!

List your five favorite episodes of your five favorite TV shows, past or present.

I just spent forever making this list & the page blipped & ate my entry.  Argh!  So what I remember -

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
The Visitor
Bashir's genetically-enhanced status is revealed
Dax & Worf go on a mission together
The Tribble time-traveling anniversary celebration
The finale

The finale (especially the Wesley bits & the Spike poetry)
Puppet Angel!
Angel has his epiphany
Faith comes to town for the first time
Cordelia comes back.  Or Wes gets his memories back.  Or just most of the fifth season ...

Once More with Feeling!
Oz leaves
Oz comes back & leaves again (Tara!)
Buffy sends Angel to hell
The Gift (in which Buffy dies for the second time)

Freaks & Geeks
the Halloween episode
Ken's girlfriend
Lindsay's parents find her diary
Bill's mom & Coach Fredericks
Neal finds the garage door opener

This is like work!  I can only do four for now.  Will post before computer eats it again ...

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July 11th, 2008
09:19 pm
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Y The Last Man
A comic book just made me cry.   And now I feel all ... sad-like inside ...  This despite having come across evil spoilers (damn you Entertainment Weekly!). 

Now there is no more Y The Last Man ever. 

Tomorrow I have to track down those last two volumes of Runaways that Brian K. Vaughan wrote, and I missed when I couldn't go to the comic shop anymore last year.  I have a mission!

And on top of all that writingness, he is apparently also a polite & friendly human being.  That seems unfair somehow ...

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June 14th, 2008
05:15 pm
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Weekend not going as planned ...
FedCon Dallas cancelled an hour into the second day.

Bah.  Well, before they shut it down I had fun.  Gigi Edgely from Farscape had some great stories & was very animated, and John Billingsley, the Doctor from Enterprise, was also entertaining.  When the organizer came out to say they were shutting everything down as of now, he (Billingsley) made sure they brought people up on stage to answer questions about refunds, and carried his microphone around so the fans could ask their questions & be heard.

So I found a book of Peter S. Beagle short stories, a collection of essays about Stargate, and a shiny moonstone ring, and, though I never really watched Enterprise, had a photo taken with Connor Trinneer so that I would have something fannish to show for this weekend.  Fun was had!

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May 29th, 2008
06:19 pm
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In need of a fix ...
WTF, Amazon?!? I finally got a ride to the post office today to pick up my package of Stargate Atlantis seasons 1 & 3, which I bought for myself after fearing that no one would get them for my birthday while they were still on sale, and have been looking forward to anxiously since getting the notice in my mailbox a week ago.

Somewhere in Montreal, a guy named Pierre is going, "Mon dieu! What is this Stargate Atlantis? Where are my complete symphonies of Phillip Glass? I want my modern atonal music, not this low-brow science fiction programme!"

mecry.gif Looks like my Rodney fix & cliffhanger resolution will be delayed indefinitely. The Earth is in peril here, people! Sniff ...

But in other news, my down-payment-for-car savings got a boost today.  So close!  So very close ...

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April 12th, 2008
07:07 pm
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The best TV theme song EVER!

Theme songs were longer &  more magnificent 25 years ago ...

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April 4th, 2008
10:08 pm
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The most important meal of the day!
I just realized that I have eaten nothing but breakfast foods today.  Breakfast  - granola bar and coffee.  Lunch - egg/cheese/ham sandwich on an English muffin, with orange juice.  Later, half of a limited-edition Energy Snickers (which, since it has caffeine, I am counting as breakfast-themed) and tea.  For supper, cereal.  With a snack of cinnamon raisin toast and some cheese when I got home from work.  This diet, besides being very carbohydratey and probably not good for everday, was absolutely delicious!  

I love living on my own!  No one around to insist on pesky things like cooking.  :D

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February 22nd, 2008
07:20 pm
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Midnight was my dog from when I was twelve until I heartlessly went away to college.  Then she became my mother's dog.  When she was a puppy, we played barking games, and she slept in my room every night.  She was so small when we first brought her home that she fit into the palm of my brother's baseball glove.  She loved squeaky toys, french fries, and barking at squirrels.

When my parents called me today I thought at first Mother was saying that she had fallen asleep & not woken up.  But apparently the front door didn't latch & she got out.  She always loved to run into neighbors' yards when she wasn't supposed to, and sniff & mark things & enjoy her freedom.  But she was 17 and I don't think she could see very well and a truck hit her.

She was a wonderful dog.  She had a happy life with humans who loved her, and comfy warm places to curl up & sleep.  I'm glad I got to see her again last fall, even though the rest of the vacation had its problems.  She snoozed on my lap and I petted her a lot, and then she slept at the end of my bed one more time. 

Tonight Tacy can bark at the neighbors all she wants.  I'm off to go sit with her on my lap for the rest of the evening.

ETA:  I apologize for the huge size of the photo.  I just spent half an hour trying to post this blog on myspace & then here, and I'm getting sick of error messages & trying to make it smaller.  Last time I posted a blog it took five minutes.  This is ridiculous ...

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May 2nd, 2007
12:51 pm
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More change!
So I have done it. I turned in my two-week notice at Borders yesterday. In two weeks I will begin my new job at a bankruptcy firm, assembling packets of some kind. Goodbye $0.17 raise, hello more dollars!

I feel guilty about leaving the store when the cafe is already critically short-staffed, but I won't miss spending all my time in the cafe (I like the books!), and I definitely won't miss the part where Seattle's Best grades you on making conversation with the customers. (Can't I just be distantly friendly & make their coffee quickly?) And I'll never have to train anyone on Borders procedure again. Still ... even after only two months at the new store, there are a couple of people I will miss a lot. And of course my discount ... perhaps at some point I can work part-time on weekends. But for now, Borders will very soon be Leilani-less, which is disorienting after so long (six and 2/3 years!). But I am adaptable, and I will prevail.

I find it deeply ironic that after listening to Jason complain so much about my unpredictable retail schedule & never having weekends off & my not making enough money & etc etc, I am leaving the retail world when it is too late to help out that relationship & will in fact now have to spend all those free evenings & weekends finding ways to stay away from the house while he & Jamie are in it. But moving time is very soon now, & then I'll be free. And my new officey hours will benefit me because I'll never have to worry about how late the last bus goes by again. And on holidays, I'll do ... whatever non-retail people do on holidays ... 

Look at me, I'm a dynamo!

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February 2nd, 2007
10:57 pm
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2007 so far ...
So, the Sunday before last, Jason broke up with me. Two and a half years and we're done. I moved into the other room, but we still live in the same house. That's been interesting so far.

Today I got to work and was told that the store where I've worked for the last six and a half years will be closing at the end of the month. I've got to decide what to do & where to go.

Feeling a little overwhelmed here ...

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December 13th, 2006
03:50 pm
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Leilani figured out the undisputed meaning of life.
... afterward, Leilani ate some macaroni and cheese.
'How will you be remembered in history books?' at QuizGalaxy.com

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October 7th, 2006
11:36 pm
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brain cells going ...


I used to have a great memory.  Short-term, anyway - not so much for long-term retention of trivia, but if I read about it in the last few months, I was there.  But the other night I went out with Jason to open mike, & I kept seeing people I felt like I should know but couldn't place from where.  When I finally did remember how I'd met them, I still had no names.  Then today at work, a customer was asking about local music stores and I was trying to tell him about that place on Spring Valley & Coit, and all I could come up with was Dave's?  Al's?  The place where they have live music & sell concert tickets & are all cluttered & unfriendly ... Luckily Kim was there to direct the customer to Bill's, or else he would have been out of luck.  Pfooey.

I thought when I woke up I was having allergy problems because the cat snuck into the bedroom & sat on my pillow, but I don't think I can blame him after all.  I'm just sick.  Time to go make some tea!  And hope it passes soon, or else I won't be able to sniff any of my perfumes & will be very sad. 

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April 21st, 2006
12:34 pm
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June 17
Go to Wikipedia, enter in your birthdate (sans year), post three events, two births and one death.

1631 - Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spent more than 20 years to build her tomb, the Taj Mahal.
1944 - Iceland becomes independent from Denmark and forms a republic.
1960 - Ted Williams becomes the fourth member of the 500 home run club with a home run at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.

1882 - Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (d. 1971)
1898 - M.C. Escher, Dutch artist (d. 1972)

1987 - With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct.

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April 20th, 2006
11:05 am
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This is the shawl I was knitting back when I was being all ambitious, quite some time ago: 

Isn't that gorgeous?  I had seahorses and crabs done, and was starting on the starfish when disaster struck (dropped stitch in lace!  Everything goes straight to hell!).  But I still want to make it.  Perhaps when I move soon, I'll find all the yarn & needles & pattern again & start over (is desperately searching for good things to say about moving  ).

In other news, I'm currently reading The Curse of Chalion, which is excellent.  I bought the trade paperback since we can't check out books from work during inventory week & I was impatient.  Felt a bit silly once I realized this book has been out for years & is already available in a cheaper mass market edition, but then that copy is Really Ugly, so I don't feel too bad.  And since it's old, there are already sequels I can move on to when I finish this one!  The author's science fiction novels, though winning a zillion Hugos, have never grabbed me, but this book (her first big fantasy) is really just incredible. 

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April 7th, 2006
05:07 pm
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Beautiful spring day!

Just went out to get cat food, and lucked into hearing 3 songs from Bruce Robison's new album on 95.3, plus little interviewy bits.  He's in town tonight, but we've already got plans for Jason festivities (Nightwatch ahoy!).  The songs sounded great though - definitely going to be getting the album soon.  His non-singing voice isn't as deep as you'd expect from someone who's 6'6" ...

Went out dancing with Jason last night -  lots of fun.  At one point they played Madonna's "Into the Groove" and a-Ha's "Take on Me" one after the other.  Two good songs in a row almost did me in!

Generally I prefer to have my days off scattered through the week instead of together because it seems I get more done that way, but these two days have been very relaxing.  Yesterday, inspired by an LJ conversation with Joanna, I actually took a bath for the first time in years.  My back felt much better afterwards (no more sleeping on the couch for me!  Takes too long to recover now).

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March 27th, 2006
07:31 pm
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These made me laugh ...


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March 23rd, 2006
11:25 am
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So, what with my forum being down indefinitely, I have to use my Internet time for other stuff, like refreshing scans_daily obsessively (look- Batman being nice!) and reading actual news.  Which leads to musings.

I love baseball.  I used to know all the trivia, lots of stats.  In the past few years it's faded somewhat (my short-term memory's great, but then it gets a bit fuzzy after a while), but I still love the game - its pacing, its structure, the atmosphere, the timelessness of it all.  So every time this steroids business comes up again, it saddens me.  And this year Barry Bonds, big cheating junkie, is practically certain to break the all-time home runs record of Hank Aaron (when I wasn't noticing, he beat Mark McGwire's also-cheating-induced single-season record too).  

Now in the past I haven't believed in tinkering with the record book (there shouldn't have been any asterisk next to Roger Maris, and I don't just say that because I love that movie Billy Crystal made, although I do - whatever crappy stuff he's done, he made *61 and City Slickers & will always have my goodwill), but really.  If Barry Bonds gets to keep that record, the whole thing means nothing!  (With indignant exclamation point and all.)  I've read Ball Four, I know baseball players have been "enhancing" since at least the 70s, so if you start adjusting the records where do you stop?  But the state of the game now is kind of disgusting.  Olympic athletes who test positive get their medals taken away.  Someone needs to do something similar for baseball players.

Moving on - the book I'm reading now is Crusader Nation, and it's excellent.  A completely absorbing look at the United States during the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt & Woodrow Wilson (& the one in-between) - dealings with Mexico & how Pancho Villa's fame spread in the US, union unrest & the horrifying ways business dealt with it, rumblings of foreign disturbances - all written in a suspenseful, elegant style.  So far highly recommended.

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Current Music: Billy Joe Shaver

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