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Saturday, December 24th, 2011
3:52 pm - Merry of y Christmas!
Just flying by to wish you all a very, very Merry Christmas, or other holiday of your choice!

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Friday, May 6th, 2011
1:14 pm - Neil from England
For those ssm folk, Neil from England is struggling with his latest kidney. His address is available on betonica's LJ page, but neither she nor I can remember (or maybe didn't know?) his last name. Does anyone know it? I'd like to send a card, but I'm leery of international mail without a full name. Help!

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Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
9:38 am
Happy Birthday, treiglad! I hope you have a lovely birthday.

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
6:59 pm - This streaming video thing is very cool...
charlottezweb raised the concept of watching television shows via the internet. Since I use dial-up at home, I'm finding myself staying after work to watch things of interest, like Jon Stewart, and other things of some interest. It's also fun when the weather is too awful to walk at lunch to have something playing while I eat lunch. Who knew?

So now I'm pondering the possibility of some sort of higher speed internet for my home. I've heard about the cable tv/internet options, and the phone/internet options. Any suggestions? (Note: I am essentially cheap, and currently I spend less than $20 a month for home internet and $0 for tv (excluding electricity.) I may not opt to do anything now, but I'n pondering.)

current mood: curious

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Friday, February 13th, 2009
10:13 am - The true meaning of V-Day is...
Chocolate, of course! The best part is that it is apparently recession-proof:


Wishing you chocolate of whatever variety you prefer, and all of the other treats you enjoy!

current mood: amused

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Friday, February 6th, 2009
3:55 pm - It was on Epiphany...
that my father died. May 2nd, 1923-January 6th, 2009.

He was hospitalized in CCU the week after Thanksgiving, moved to a medical floor, and then returned to CCU. Somehow, amazingly, he was able to come back enough to be released back to the nursing home on January 2nd, but the infections had weakened him dramatically, he was no longer able to eat on his own due to a swallowing problem, and I frankly think he decided to stop fighting and let go.

Since the University was closed between Christmas and New Year's, I was able to spend quite a bit of time with him and I'm grateful for that. I'm incredibly grateful for his presence in my life, and that he really only had about a year at the end where his quality of life was such that he rarely seemed to be taking any pleasure in life, between his physical ills and the mental losses following his surgery last May.

Well into his eighties he was a fountain of practical knowledge, active, alert and engaged. He never met a person he couldn't talk with. He was an usher at church for over 60 years (he started during college) and an African couple at his funeral service told me that they knew that it was the right church for them because he was always so friendly and happy to see them. Even at the nursing home, when his dementia lead to worrying and fretting endlessly, he made friends who looked out for him.

I'm glad he is at peace and I know he would not have wanted to continue as he was, but I loved him dearly and I miss him very much. For all of you who have listened as he was going downhill, and gave me support and hugs, please know that your support was and is very much appreciated.

current mood: sad

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Monday, December 22nd, 2008
3:39 pm - Not good, but better...
Dad has really had a very bad week. Things are calmer now, but it's still a very tough situation. He's back in CCU, but after spending last Wednesday night/Thursday morning with him because they thought he might not make it, I'm grateful that he seems stable. He's definitely worse than last Monday when they were planning to release him back to the nursing home, and currently not taking any food or liquid by mouth.

At this point, I hope he makes it past Christmas and then if he doesn't continue to improve we will have a tough family decision to make. Thanks for the good wishes--if I'm not around much, that's why.

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Thursday, November 20th, 2008
9:21 am - Blame Alex!

You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

current mood: amused

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
12:58 pm - Blame the penguin!

What Your Height Says About You

You are cheerful, expressive, and creative.

You have the heart of an artist, and the whole world is your art project.

You are the type of person who says “yes” a lot. You are optimistic and giving.

You also love a challenge. You enjoy accomplishing the impossible.

You are about as tall as the average Japanese man or the average Dutch woman.

current mood: amused

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Friday, October 24th, 2008
9:40 am - Hmmmm...
This quiz was hard for me, because I was torn on several answers. I think I might well have a different result if I took it again.

Your result for Howard Gardner's Eight Types of Intelligence Test...


27% Logical, 45% Spatial, 61% Linguistic, 20% Intrapersonal, 18% Interpersonal, 27% Musical, 12% Bodily-Kinesthetic and 41% Naturalistic!

"Verbal-linguistic intelligence has to do with words, spoken or written. People with verbal-linguistic intelligence display a facility with words and languages. They are typically good at reading, writing, telling stories and memorizing words and dates. They tend to learn best by reading, taking notes, listening to lectures, and via discussion and debate. They are also frequently skilled at explaining, teaching and oration or persuasive speaking. Those with verbal-linguistic intelligence learn foreign languages very easily as they have high verbal memory and recall, and an ability to understand and manipulate syntax and structure.

Careers which suit those with this intelligence include writers, lawyers, philosophers, journalists, politicians and teachers." (Wikipedia)

Take Howard Gardner's Eight Types of Intelligence Test at HelloQuizzy

current mood: tired

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
5:01 pm - Happy Animal Day, belatedly!
I'm just not up to writing content right now, but to all of you who love animals and/or photography:


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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
5:24 pm - Well, I'm not an extrovert, but I'd LIKE to believe the rest...

Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Extroverted, Progressive, and Intelligent

Cubism was a 20th century avant-garde movement, pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. It revolutionized European art and inspired changes in music and literature. The first branch of cubism, known as Analytic Cubism. It was both radical and influential as a short but highly significant art movement between 1908 and 1911 mainly in France. In its second phase, Synthetic Cubism, (using synthetic materials in the art) the movement spread and remained vital until around 1919.

People that chose Cubist paintings as their favorite art form tend to be very individualized people. They are more extroverted and less afraid of speaking their opinions then other people. They tend to be progressive and are very forward thinking. As the cubist painting is like looking into a shattered mirror where you can see different angles of the images, the people that prefer these paintings like looking at all angles of a problem. These people are intelligent and they are the transformers of our generation. They look beyond what is seen into what things could become. They are ready to leave the ideas of the past behind and look at what the future has to offer.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy

current mood: amused

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Friday, September 26th, 2008
4:16 pm - Update...
The arm is improving, albeit very slowly. Strange things set it off--picking up a bottle of soda or a glass of iced tea, driving (but only sometimes), using the keyboard (Avert Your Eyes!), and other unexpected things. Mowing doesn't seem to bother it; brushing my hair always does. Using the band/strap/whatever--for a picture check out this: http://www.atssports.com/tennis.cfm?prodid=299
does seem to help, but it also irritates my arm, so it's a balancing act. Unfortunately, no replacement parts for my arm are available and apparently the warrenty, along with my patience, has expired. *sigh*

The basement seems fine now, water-wise. Thanks for the suggestions, I'll be looking into them when time/funds permit. My dehumidifier RULES!!! (If you ever plan to buy one, get the ones that work in lower temps since they will even work in a basement in January, if there is ever a reason that you need one then, say, frozen ground followed by multiple inches of rain and snow melt inrealshortorder. Jest sayin'.)

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Friday, September 19th, 2008
4:05 pm - It's been a wet week in Lake Normal, here in the middle of the prairie...
I've been a bit, um, "swamped" lately. We got lots of wind from Ike, but the killer for me was the 8 inches of rain within a couple of days. (Four in a matter of hours on Sunday.) Fortunately the power remained on and the sump pump worked.

Unfortunately, even with the sump pump running almost constantly, the basement (including the carpet) got damp. There's a point when the groud is just too wet and the moisture cannot move away fast enough even with a sump. Fortunately, that point occurs very rarely.

I've been running the dehumidifier and the central air (set at 72, which is way lower than usual but I wanted it to run quite a bit), using fans to get the moisture up into the air. The carpet (100% petrochemical, no padding) didn't have enough water in it for the shop vac to work well, so it was mainly a matter of time. Since yesterday, it doesn't seem damp but I think I'll keep up the regime at least through tomorrow, and then I'll open up the house Sunday during the day if it's not damp outside.

This was adding insult to injury, since I've been fighting problems with my right arm since July. I went on anti-inflammatories and a brace in late July/early August, and then started PT in late August. It's helping, but, well, I really *need* my right arm to work reasonably well. Emptying the dehumidifier, moving fans, using a shop vac, mowing (since the grass just *loved* all that rain), and the general run of work and household chores seem to be making it harder for the arm to heal. I may have to have the "shot," which I really rather dread--I'll know next week.

Of course, dancing and knitting are very limited now, which sucks, as is non-work computer time. (I'm actually avoiding hardback books since gripping and holding one open seems to stress the tendons.) I can still walk and watch films, thank God, or I think I would either have exploded or murdered someone. (Why yes, I'm jest a tad cranky at the moment.)

I am grateful for the nice weather this week and that the Normal is running the Beyond Normal Film Festival this month. So far I've seen _Mongol_ (directed by Sergei Bodrov, Germany/Russia/2007/126 min/drama/rated R) and _The Singing Revolution_ (directed by James Tusty & Maureen Castle Tusty
USA/Estonia/2007/94 min/documentary/Not Rated). _Mongol_ was excellent, and seeing it on a wide screen made it even better. I liked _The Singing Revolution_ as well, but there were places where I thought they wandered a bit.

Tonight--a walk and then _Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day_, (directed by Bharat Nalluri, UK/2008/92 min/Comedy/Rated PG-13) which is reported to be quite entertaining. My desk at work is a disaster, but I am leaving on time tonight, dammit!!! It will be there on Monday.

current mood: sore

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Thursday, August 14th, 2008
5:19 pm - Well, it's a nice thought...

Your result for The Steampunk Style Test...

The Aristocrat

54% Elegant, 17% Technological, 37% Historical, 48% Adventurous and 37% Playful!

You are the Aristocrat, the embodiment of steampunk elegance and poise. For you, dressing steampunk is first and foremost about simply looking good, with accessories and details to follow. However, this does not mean that you ignore the demands of creating a “steampunk look.” Your outfits weave together a balance between technology and style, and between period accuracy and beautiful anachronism. While your fashion inspiration may come from anywhere across the Victorian social spectrum, you always find a way to make your outfit beautiful. You will probably be found in the clothes of the steam age elite simply because of the greater elegance available to them. Chances are you dress this way because you like it, and you would still dress in this manner even if steampunk was not a popular interest.

Try our other Steampunk test here.

Take The Steampunk Style Test at HelloQuizzy

current mood: amused

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Thursday, July 24th, 2008
4:15 pm - Hippo birdie tomorrow, 1ginko!
Wishing you health, joy, and comfort in the year ahead! **hugs!**

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Thursday, July 10th, 2008
6:23 pm - A quick light post, thanks to Ms. Ketchup...

You Are Barbeque Sauce

You are a social person. You enjoy cooking for other people.

You are both skillful and competitive. You enjoy mastering hard tasks.

You appreciate complexity more than simplicity.

Your taste in food tends to lean toward interesting flavors.

You appreciate exotic spice combinations. You tend to like cutting edge, fusion cuisine.

You get along with all personalities from a distance. Except salsa personalities, who always seem to annoy you.

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Friday, April 18th, 2008
10:48 am - Not the Air Force this time...
 It is not unusual for the Air Force to fly Stealth and similar planes low across the area where I live creating major vibrations.  (It's flat, surrounded by farm fields, and probably a good place to train the flyers.) When I woke up at o'dark thirty this morning to a vibrating bed, that was my first thought, with a dash of "couldn't they have at least waited until 6?"  But it wasn't them this time...

Earthquake, 5.2 at 4:37 a.m., centered on the border between southern Illinois and Indiana, near Olney, home of the famed white squirrels.  Apparently it was (for an earthquake) rather shallow, which tends to lead to a wider distribution of the shock, but less intense damage at the center.  So, I guess I'm okay with the early wake-up if it means less property damage and, from what I've heard so far, no serious injuries.


current mood: sleepy

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Friday, February 29th, 2008
6:47 pm - Thanks!
Thanks to everyone for all of the support and hugs.  They are very much appreciated.  (I'm now running out of here to go to convenient care for me, or I'd reply to each of you, but please know that you are each a unique and special snowflake to me.  **Hugs!** 

current mood: grateful

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5:13 pm - The letter game...
I've been tagged to come up with 10 things that begin with an assigned letter. My letter is D.

1. Dogs  
2. Ducks
3. Delicious
4. Dependable
5. Disco
6. Dendrite
7. Deep
8. Democrat
9. Daughter
10.  Degree

If you'd like to play, comment and I will give you a letter. :) 

current mood: calm

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