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WOOOO [Oct. 28th, 2011|02:48 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |drunkWanna' go to the yarn store.]

So far, November promises two big HR campaigns, at least one day of serious protest action (possibly two), two concerts to attend, a major holiday and its accoutrement, physical therapy for the Pennsylvania roadmap my scoliotic spine has turned out to be, 1,900 miles of travel, six petty cash reports, five knitting nights, four choir rehearsals, three academic senates, two weddings... and a fifty-thousand word novel.


Choose one or more of the following:
a) BRING IT ON
b) We'll just see about that.
c) *abject weeping*
d) Let's go start a big new knitting project!
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Babylon 5 binge is go. [Sep. 7th, 2011|10:25 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |excitedOMGOMGOMG]
[Current Music |I need a sci-fi icon. Srs.]

Because my birthday is coming up...

Because I had the foresight to work out an Amazon wishlist for the first time.. er.. ever...

Because Chris is FANTASTIC and loves me and has the excellent taste to share my interest...

(And because Amazon is listing all the suckers at approx. 1/3 the usual price, hint hint, this is the time to look...)

...we are now the proud owners of our very own complete set of Babylon 5.

No more hauling a season's worth of my mother's VHS tapes up from LA when we realize we might want to have access. No more waiting months to trade it out for another season. No more years of drought because we didn't think to do it or she was re-watching or...

Granted, seeing the commercials that were being aired in Torrance in 1998 on TNT during the original airing of River of Souls was kind of an amazing time capsule. Especially the one for how they were going to be recording Monday Night RAW at the Anaheim Pond (back when it was still the Duck pond, bless it), because I remember watching that commercial then, and we went, and we even trekked out to Venice Beach because Chyna and Triple H were going to be hanging out at the outdoor gym and we wanted to meet them and she was so freaking sweet and I still remember her nail polish...

...but not a really sustainable relationship. And anyway, I'm on a Bruce Boxleitner binge and have run out of movie-of-the-week Westerns from the 90s that are available for instant streaming. I'm going to be good and wait out Michael O'Hare--we're starting over from the beginning, just watched the pilot, The Gathering, last night--but it won't be long.

Anyway, short version: love.
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Okay, last one for today, promise. ...I think. [Sep. 6th, 2011|06:05 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |productiveProlific.]
[Current Music |Marilyn Manson, "The Beautiful People"]

Tronkinkmeme prompt fill #3: With all the Passion of a ConvertCollapse )
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Fill #2 [Sep. 6th, 2011|12:29 pm]
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[Current Mood |tiredtired]
[Current Music |Oasis, "She's Electric"]

Sorry for spam, archiving another fill. The first one happened yesterday, but this one was what I did when I still wasn't sleeping at 1:30 this morning. Or 2:30... Finished this morning and posted like it wasn't no thang. It's like crazy times, over here.

Anyway, here:
Rinzler the Cat (...I feel like there"s a theme here)Collapse )
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Oh, no... she's slashing again... [Sep. 6th, 2011|12:18 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |geekyGeekier than thou.]

Holy crap, I'm doing kinkmeme fills. How did this happen?

This is new for me--I've never been to a kinkmeme and never filled a prompt request--but I want to write, and I so don't have the wherewithall to start something big, and this is an excellent way to get myself one-shotting. (Plus, seriously, I owe some reciprocation. I have read more Tron slash in the last week than is probably healthy for one brain.) And lonely prompts are so lonely...

Anyway, they're supposed to start out anon but I'll be archiving my fills here anyway, so I don't lose them. So forgive any random cut posts that come up in the next few days. (First one below.)

Btw, can I just ask.... How drastically did Teh Internet slang change while I apparently forgot to fandom for a year and a half?? Or was it just always this way and I wasn't looking in the right places...? I've caught onto Fill, I'll be in my Bunk, F5ing, etc.. but not why some stories are called timestamps...? This is starting to make me feel old and out of touch, people.

...When did I go from being the highschool fangirl to the housewife slasher? Granted, I always thought the Grownups gracing LJ with smut were way awesome, but it's weird to realize I'm one of them. It actually startles me when I see writers worrying about mom in the next room, or having to break for finals and essays. Or mentioning their phones are dying while they're F5ing a thread (....me=old).

....Ah, well; the internets adjust, and so will I. (...But I kinda' dig being vintage. How cool is it that I was in the massive server rooms of government defense contractors before most people ever even saw their first black and green screen?)

Anyway, /oldgeek. Here is some fill.




First ever fill: Castor the SwanCollapse )
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Wait, what? [Aug. 30th, 2011|10:24 am]
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[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

....That was unexpected, too.

Apparently ELT/YDF is over. I could have probably kept going for a long time, made another arc instead of an epilogue, but I think this is for the best, all things considered. I like the epilogue, and I'm happy with where I'm leaving them. (Hopefully it's not too abrupt.) Waiting on Chris's beta for last revisions to Ch. 18 (hopefully coming in during his office hour ;) ), but I think I'm basically content with it all. Will post 15-18 and epilogue probably one per day in the usual comms; Chapter 15 should be up in the next 20 minutes or so.

LOVE -


ETA: The chapters are all in order and approved, 15 is posted, and everything's on schedule for operation Finish the WIPs. I also killed a languishing WIP one-off for Kids in the Hall, finishing up the smut and posting during the Academic Senate meeting I'm kibitzing on as we speak (which seems pleasantly inappropriate). Anyway, meeting's wrapping up, so I'm off.

ETA2: Other crazy realization: Evil Like That... You Don't Forget comes up to a nice round 65,861 words - 180 pgs in the word processor, all told. ...Wow.

ETA3: ps, happy ending
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Was reviewing the last page of posts, and... [Aug. 28th, 2011|11:53 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[Current Music |Sirens in the street.]

. . ... ...Christ, have I really not posted any ELT/YDF in 17 months?

...That was a shock. I'm afraid it's going to be declared legally dead, soon. I vaguely remember the days of a chapter a week (HA!) ...I had no idea it had gotten this bad. (I also didn't realize I hadn't posted here at all since January.) ...I am a bad LJer. I mean, I know I say that a lot, but it's actually worse than even I think it is, isn't it?

(...Don't worry, that's rhetorical. I'm a whore for praise, but I'm really not fishing for reassurances on this one.)

This is long past any reasonable reader-patience span, but I feel like I should finish it anyway, since the poor bastards are languishing; I blew through Chapters 15 and 16, and have started into 17, but I'm hesitating to post anything until I'm sure where the current lines will play out. I know I stopped doing that, and was just posting chapters as they finished, for a while there, but... after that kind of hiatus I almost want to know it's nailed into place to the end, before I post, since the thought of getting another chapter or two out and leaving it AGAIN is pretty depressing. This poor thing deserves to resolve.

It seems like I'm physically unable to outline this story, unfortunately, since they're running on suit-themselves-protocol and I can't seem to accurately predict what they're going to wind up doing until it's right on top of me. (Examples: In chapter.. 8, I think?, there was some particular-damage-by-Azkadellia foreshadowing; I wasn't certain of even how literally or metaphorically that was going to play out until I wrote Ch. 15. I had notes regarding the eventual need to involve Jeb in a side file starting some 7 chapters ago, and it in no way resembles what's happening with him now. ....I think 0 scenes that were written ahead were ever included in finished chapters.) That said, it couldn't hurt to try to nail down some goals or "eventually"s. Worst comes, I don't hit them.

Anyway. It's late, I should get to bed. Just seeing if thinking out loud will make me move.
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I can't say I'll ever really get into the swing of this. [Aug. 22nd, 2011|03:08 pm]
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[Current Mood |Yes.]

I haven't been around in forever, and consequently every time I think of checking in, I go, "Oh, no, I haven't been around in forever, what do I post?" get overwhelmed, and fail to check in.

Okay, so.. it's been a long time, right? Obligatory quick wrap up of the last two (...three??...) months:

End of May was concerts for choir (went really well), a trip to Frederickton, NB, Canada (ditto), Chris's trip to DC.. There's been work.. There was our trip out to Sonoma wine country for our anniversary (7 years!) where, as part of a romantic horseback ride, I was unseated from a spooked horse to earn a broken finger and an unhappy (but not x-ray-detectably-damaged) knee.. I think that was 7 weeks ago, and they're still working on healing, but that's okay. Everyone at work is having babies, so I'm knitting--or, no, crocheting like crazy, since there was a month there where I couldn't knit (finger splint) at all, so I crocheted a million hats and booties and pinafores, and spun a lot of yarn. ....Oh, yeah, I'm spinning yarn, now, from a knitting friend's Alpaca, Ramblin' Rose, and from my cats, Arthur and Alexander. (This is crazy, and I love it.) I'm using a drop spindle I made myself which is now finally busted, so it's back to knitting. Oh, and crocheting for more babies.

We also hit LA for my 10-yr high school reunion, which was canceled (.....), and thence to Vegas for a grad school 'reunion' for Chris, and proved the motto, "What happens in Vegas... goes straight to facebook." Today is Chris's first day back to school, which means I should probably stop trying to eke summer vacation out of my part time (but not summer-slack-off ready) work and just.. well, get back to work. My cousin's baseball team just made it deep into the PONY league World Series; though I have never listened to baseball on the radio in my life, I actually got my ass up at eight in the morning to stream the suckers from PA, and cheered my fool head off. (GO BEACH!) They're out, now, unfortunately, but had a great time and did ell. I also now know a little more about baseball than I did, and discovered my cos is a 3rd baseman and "clean up hitter." I sort of almost know what that means, now, too. Progress!

Following various fannish impulses.. waiting for Doctor Who to start back up.. started buying myself Sandman compilation volumes since Borders is going under (tip: they're now clearancing for $12 instead of $20 a volume, but likely to have a short selection - I found 1 and 4 (which I've read) and 7 and 8 (which I haven't), might be worth a look if you're interested). And... and I hesitate to admit this, but after a rental binge that culminated in some serious nerd oldschool, I've fallen headlong into Tron obsession. I feel it's fair because I was headlong into the original (albeit some 25 years after the fact), but tip: while I found one good Tron (classic) fic a couple years ago, there is way more fanfic (Legacy) out there now. There are excellent recs at TVTropes (which I didn't know even recced) and at least the ones I have followed were definitely worth following.

...I'm obsessed.

(Notes: Rinzler purrs. +Micheal Sheen = sexy androgynous Greek demi-computer-god. Good, good stuff.)

(...Plus Bruce Boxleitner. He has developed his very own switch in my brain, and it says "Yes." I'm not sure when this happened.)

Luckily, reading a few (incredibly fine) stories--some WIPs--has made me feel guilty about my own languishing WIPs, and has me thinking about writing again. There was a little deja vu, to tell the truth; one tragic WIP about a broken character (who is prone to kind of 'going away' and not really in control of his own head) had a little 'fluffy' aside that still managed to be tragic. ...And there was one where such horrible things happened to the characters, I considered being afraid of the author. (...'nough said, I think.) Needless to say, it all struck chords and I want to write. I just need to kick the "what if I fuck up the plot" terror and get on it.

And since I was trying to feedback like a good girl, it also made me look back into a long abandoned ff.net ID (I know, I know...). ...There's a part of me that wants to post the first 19 (so far) parts of the collected ELTYDF over there (maybe to guilt-spur myself on into getting back to writing it?), but there is also another part of me that is looking to be talked out of it, since I feel it is probably a bad idea and could wind up being counterproductive. (Thoughts? Has anyone posted over there since they ditched Rated: MA, RPF, and anything authors said Boo about? ...Is it scary? '.' )

Anyway, I hope y'all are doing well - I loves. I misses.
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Newer update! [Jan. 25th, 2011|02:14 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |jubilantJoyful!]
[Current Music |Listening to Academic Senate via Chris's Skype from there. :) ]

All is well. Everyone who sent good vibes: it worked great. Everyone at Kaiser was wonderful and kind, and they even got me in early and gave me pictures, after; everything went swimmingly. I'm home safe and sound, now, one ovary (and one tangerine-sized cyst attached thereto) lighter. Gotta' take it easy, but everything should be fine in a few weeks. Now I'm going to slip back into a sweet, snuggly, slightly anaesthetized nap with my kitties, but wanted everyone to know things are fine first. Love you all so much. <3
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Update: [Jan. 24th, 2011|03:39 pm]
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[Current Mood |okayokay]

I have surgery in the morning (laparoscopic cystectomy, woooo). I'll be home tomorrow afternoon and everything should be fine, but thought everybody should be in the loop.
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And now she's gone, gone, gone... [Oct. 31st, 2010|11:47 pm]
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[Current Mood |nervousnervous]

Yikes, not that I've been posting regularly as it is, but I'm officially going on hiatus for November, for NaNo. Starting in 15 minutes. It's entirely possible I will post *more* during November than I have recently, but we'll see.

Happy Halloween! See you in a month!

P.S. I made a Dorothy Wizard of Oz dress out of a tablecloth. I am SO COOL.

P.P.S. I still don't know which on 8 novels I'm writing, yet, with - ah, 14 minutes to go. Doom be upon my head!
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The sesquimonthly report. [Oct. 18th, 2010|01:59 pm]
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[Current Mood |hungryHungry - time for lunch.]

Another way-too-quickie post.

I hesitate to mention everyone being okay, since the universe seemed to take that as a challenge last time.

Since my last post...Collapse )

Okay, think that covers the basics. Everything is, to dangerously restate the premise, okay. Love and love and love to you all.
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Touching base! [Sep. 10th, 2010|09:11 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |okayokay]
[Current Music |Chris playing guitar. <3]

Hey, everybody! Just realized I've been neglecting LJ as badly as everything else. Sorry for the long absence!

Briefly: I'm doing OK, not.. y'know, mysteriously disappeared into the ether or anything. Not going to write a proper entry, just wanted to check in and let y'all know I love you and hope you're doing well.

A little moreCollapse )
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Doctor Who [Jun. 21st, 2010|10:59 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |WHA]
[Current Music |Chris playing the Beatles' "Julia" on guitar.]

AGH.. can't.. brain.. Just..

........I am just posting because I wanted to thank all of you DW watchers who are watching real time for being so, so, so discreet about spoilers and for screening so thoroughly. As a BBCA viewer, I am so, so, so grateful to go in unspoiled even weeks after the fact. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


The turtle has successfully figured out how to bask (and is looking a million percent better and happier), I have made lemon bars (from an excellent recipe), and now I think I need another. LOVE to you all --
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Don Tortuga [Jun. 20th, 2010|05:41 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |happyYay!]
[Current Music |Chris guitaring]

Okay, we've got a turtle.

It's been a week with no response from anyone. Seems like he'd just crawl right back out of Christina's pond if we tried to put him there. ...And I'm attached. So I'm not sure how I'd feel about a "hey, anyone want a turtle?" post on Craigslist, considering how he came to me in the first place.

(Yes I am--I'd be suspicious of askers and guilty about giving him up or prying about living-conditions-to-come.)

So, we committed. We have a turtle.

He doesn't have a name yet; we think his surname is Tortuga (Spanish for Turtle, and just an awesome sounding name as it is), so for now we're calling him Don Tortuga and "TURTLETURTLETURTLE!" but we'll see about a proper first name soon.

Finally figured out a reasonable spot for him, where *I* can get to him and clean him, since this is on me. I spent the day outfitting him with a tank and appropriate turtle accoutrement and plants and pretties, and he seems pleased. He's still in the process of exploring, but at least now he can hide and swim. He still hasn't figured out the basking thing, but maybe he'll get there soonish, now that he has a light to encourage him up there.

There are some pictures from his previous home (especially of him playing Headless Horseman and making Sleepy Face), but there will be proper, well-lit pictures from his new home, soon, and you can all see the handsome tortuga!
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Hrm. [Jun. 13th, 2010|01:31 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |confusedPerplexed.]

So we have a (temporary) houseguest.

It is a turtle.

He swam into my backyard (...they over-water, at these places) from under a neighbor's fence, and he doesn't belong to that neighbor. Or the neighbor on the other side, or to anyone the manager of our complex knows of, or to the neighbor beyond the neighbor on the other side, or to the man I yelled to from my upstairs window who was in the yard of the house behind the neighbor whose fence he swam under, or the other people who answered their doors when I knocked. (This turtle is helping to socialize me.) My bets are currently on the people behind *our* place, whose fence overlaps a little with next door, and who frequently neglect animals in their backyard, but I haven't seen them out to call down and I'm not sure from the street which house is theirs. And I'm not sure I want to go hand it to them if they don't call and ask, considering how poorly everything else I've seen back there tends to look.

So I've posted on Craigslist and put up a few signs on the blocks of mailboxes for our complex and for the street behind, and we're hoping. And in the meantime, one of my neighbors very sweetly let me borrow an aquarium tank, and after some research I'm doing what meagre I can to make him a little basking dock considering I have no driftwood and no large rocks, though so far he's a little too freaked out to come out of the water onto it. He's in a warm room.

Spinach and cherries is what I have that I can think of to feed him, so far.

Of all the myriad critters I have impromptu cared for before or had in the menagerie we called our house growing up, I have never, ever had a turtle. Or known anyone who had a turtle.

Sooo. Anyone know some home-grown temporary care tips for a Red-Eared Slider Turtle?
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...Hrm. [Jun. 8th, 2010|10:35 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |confusedNonplussed]

I should have written this before, but:

California, plz to be remembering that all those rolling blackouts we had a few years ago? were the direct result of privatizing energy, NOT of the Democratic governor we got afterwards. The few areas with remaining public utilities did NOT lose power. In LA (with our public LADWP) we sat back on our laurels and didn't have to worry about energy strapped Edison and PG&E selling our short energy to their shell companies in other states and then buying it back at a higher rate from themselves, consequently cranking up rates to customers, and then not having enough to satisfy demands (in accordance with the scripture of profit maximization in the free market).

....You realize that's what Prop. 16 would encourage. Right..?

....That it means there would be overwhelming hurdles to switch any of the privatized districts back over to public utilities ever, and that it would likely be impossible to ever overcome that again...?

Plz to be considering. Thx.
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doctor visit = woo [May. 25th, 2010|02:21 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |cautiously optimistic]

quick recapCollapse )

so, will probably not update over next couple weeks - half of that will be in Montreal anyway for smarties confab so that should help - think good thoughts for my travel!

love -
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(no subject) [May. 24th, 2010|06:49 pm]
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::...wince:: Had one of those embarrassing work moments today. Sometimes wish 'unsend' had a longer than 10 second window.

On the plus side, embarrassment spurred me on to finally do one of those scary, neglected tasks on my to-do list (which turned out to be not as scary as I thought it would be), and do it fast-like. I feel lighter. Although still embarrassed. And guilty I didn't do it sooner. And paranoid that I'm becoming an unworthy employee.* But tasks off the Big List = really, really good.

...Also, I made a sock monkey. A real sock monkey, out of a real life pair of defunct socks (awesome tutorial here). This was basically just an experiment, but it went well, and it added another "whip out a couple of these in a day" stuffed animals to my repertoire. This also feels good. (Like granny squares, I don't particularly like them and don't really know what to do with them, but it was Fun and Fulfilling to produce, nonetheless.) Sewing, I discovered, is also easier on my hands than knitting.

In trying to avoid handsyness, over the last week, I read Dead in the Family (Charlaine Harris). And then also Unseen Academicals (Terry Pratchett). And started Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman) as well as a book borrowed from a friend, pretty much just because it's a hardback, unlike Neverwhere. And I'm also re-reading Night Watch (Terry Pratchett) - in the running for all time favorite - this time aloud with Chris. I also baked muffins, taught myself to make pate a choux (cream puff pastry),** improvised a delicious meringue cream filling to go in them, made ADORABLE 'Mushroom' meringues (FOLLOW THIS LINK) with the leftover eggwhites, learned how to make English Pasties***, and otherwise baked myself silly. And finally tidied up my certified-disaster-area closet. It has a picture hanging in it, now, just because.

This is good.

I am trying very hard to be good.

...But I think I need to go make more meringue/whipped cream stuff to fill my remaining cream puffs, now. (I promise I will use the hand mixer and not mix by hand!)



*This is, I understand, the lack of anti-depressants talking - doc nixed my glorious return to St. John's Wort. So, I'll be asking my GP about getting back on the ol' SSRI train again, while I'm there for my forelimbs tomorrow. And this time I will try to remember not to skip off at the next station because I feel like it. Maybe This Time I Will Know Better. Haha.

**Not actually an improvement as far as hand resting goes, unfortunately. But Delicious.

***This is a kind of savory pie, not.. y'know. Pasties. Also not good for weak hands. But also tasty.
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Whiplash update [May. 16th, 2010|01:21 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
The brief disjointed semi-clinical version because it's difficult to appropriately react to the good things and the bad things in the same confined space in any kind of meaningful way and can't work out writing four separate whiplash entries:

MSO concerts (performing Verdi's Requiem) were this weekend, fantastic - Friday night was amazing. Chris said best MSO concert he's ever seen. Other MSO folk thought Saturday was somehow even better; I felt like I wasn't as good, and am persisting let down, but that may be the lack of St. John's Wort talking.

Still haven't heard back about the second ultrasound, yet (plan to ask about going back on the St. John's Wort then). Would really like to know soon.

Allergies are death.

Hands/wrists/forearms have stopped working; awful persistent pain with.. well.. any use. Limiting typing and computer work as much as possible. Also can't knit, crochet, wind yarn, hold needles for sewing, hold pencils for any length, play guitar or ukulele, or hold a book - can't grip anything for any length - not sure what options this leaves me for any activity at all. (What doesn't use your hands?) Hours on end of point-and-click computer work and knitting bingeing appear to have been the proximate triggers. Keep testing to see if I can start again and inevitably fail in flames. Then had to hold the heavy Verdi score in untenable hand position for the 4 hour Thurs. rehearsal, the 2 hr Fri dress, the 2 hr Fri concert, and the 2 hr Sat concert. Yesterday had trouble holding a water glass without spilling it on myself, or holding my fork long enough to eat my dinner. Yes: having to take breaks while eating. Had to get a brace for the score-holding, but am indeed going to the doctor to see how to deal with/fix/cope with this. Absolutely miserable.

Considering going out and buying a hard back, to see if I can kind of pin it open with a cookbook holder to read. REALLY don't want to spend the next week of my life with TV and cleaning* as my only solo activities. (*Failed at the attempt at dusting/scrubbing, too; broke a favorite old ceramic I'd made.) Plus, will have to work, not many options to not. Can't really work without aggravating, though. May still risk knitting night because I'm going crazy, but we'll see.

Did have a good Modesto/Turlock experience Fri/Sat - hit three different farmers markets and kinda' was able to pretend these are walking cities, rather than commuter cities. Felt a little better. Saw an absurd number of people I recognize, for this area, felt a little less disconnected from it.

SF went well; got there and back w/out a hitch, events were awesome, had some good San Francisco Experiences and good walking and wandering, even if some of it was in dispiriting pursuit of wifi or after taking the absolutely wrong BART stop for my frivolity. Loved the trip; hate traveling without Chris. The two bettas I got the Saturday before leaving died the Wednesday I left. They didn't have names yet. Think their demise is my fault.

One of mom's cats--a sweetie goof named Biscuit--has gone missing, been gone for two weeks.

Albert is dead. Tried tree guy at nursery, emergency surgery, emergency repot, but failed utterly. I'm so sorry.

Miss y'all; sorry for the spotty attendance. Love --
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Oh, for fuck's sake. [May. 14th, 2010|10:33 am]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |Exasperated]

Dear California,

Please raise my taxes.

Sincerely,
Lauren



Update: letters to gov + senate/assembly reps.Collapse )
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Scattered showers. [Apr. 15th, 2010|01:24 am]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |I require bendy straws.]
[Current Music |Bendy straws.]

So my earthquake prediction was superfluous at best. According to the US Geological Survey's site, there were 32 quakes notable (3.5 or above) in the SoCal region between Jan 1 and April 3 (i.e. before the big Easter quake).

From April 4th to now, there have been 157. (And at least 14 of those first 32 were probably foreshocks.)

So, uh. Yeah. Quakes in SoCal--check. So far nothing big on the San Andreas proper, though, which is to tell the whole truth what I had in mind.

(Decided to look it up because the cats were acting powerful weird, today. But I think in retrospect they've just caught my cold. Which brings me to: )

Gotta cold. :( I got sick once a year, when I was a kid. And I've been sick five times in as many months, now. And I think I gave it to the cats, which is awful, they're being completely pathetic mama'spoorbabiesmama'ssososorry.

And of course, as is foretold in the scriptures, if I am sick, I will be busy. And if I am busy--especially if I am in some way essential to someone else's being able to get things done--I will get sick. Hélas.

I am busier tomorrow, which is nice. Tomorrow, they try to echolocate my uterus for fun and profit to see if it's been secretly replaced with a kitchen appliance or crocheted facsimile thereof to look for fibroids, which were the bane of my mother's existence before she went nuclear on them. She was 42, but I'm precocious.

Is it weird/terrible that I want it to look awful? Does that make any sense? I want there to be an excuse. I will feel pretty hopeless if there's not a ready culprit to blame for the last fifteen years of fun with questionable reproductive health.

Also tomorrow, we're going to the Stanislaus 50 Year Golden Gala - not the main school event this summer that will celebrate the 50 year anniversary of our founding that you .. um.. may have heard about, depending on how closely you follow .. . oh.. LA Times, CNN, Fox, Reuters/AP.. Yahoo news feeds.. . but a Music department fundraiser commemorating the same that should be fabulous (please let me not sneeze through it or be.. like.. virulent and infect everyone around me).

...And if you are outside central California and have caught wind of these things, and wondered where you'd heard the name "Stanislaus" before, well--you probably heard it here. That's us: we're so, so proud.

Please, Leland--and please, Mr. Brown--save us from ourselves. Or rather, save us from our fucking foundation board. - Hugs and kisses, Lauren.
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That's your horoscope for today. [Apr. 11th, 2010|06:39 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |curiouscurious]

What a strange weekend.

At the conference we were at, we were crashed by a con woman, two people passed out, nobody slept, and there were a whole lot of jittery, anxious, tense people. And (when we passed through Bakersfield) there was definitely a kind of Biblical plague motif replete with sandstorm and random hard objects coming from the sky.

Plus, earthquake weather.

(If an earthquake hits SoCal today, someone will owe me a nickel. But I will probably not want it.)

In other news: it's cold and wet, here. My cats are still fat (fatter, even), despite a year of strict dieting. I must have said the magic words to the doc, because I get an ultrasound Thursday. The ugly lumps on my mom's back (we thought they were a reaction to spider bites) may be shingles, and I have what I assume are actually spider bites turning into ugly lumps on my legs. In two weeks, I get to attend/man/help out at my first work event, in SF. ...Now I just need to figure out how to get to SF from here. Wish me luck!



QUICK UPDATES: My spider bites, shamed by this, decided to all of a sudden get a million percent better right after I wrote this (hooray!). But my mother does, in fact, have fucking shingles (booo). :\ Back to work on that shawl for her...Maybe in time for Mother's Day?
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PSA [Apr. 8th, 2010|10:15 am]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |confusedconfused]
[Current Music |Cat playing in a box full of brown paper.]

Heads up in case anyone else out there has a credit card with 1st Financial Bank USA:

I got a notice a while back saying they were going to make some unpleasant change to my account, and that I could opt out of it. And that if I opted out, they'd close out my account at the end of the next billing cycle.

So I didn't opt out.

Well, I got another notice more recently saying that they were going to assess an annual fee to my account (because clearly their hardships are so great, in spite of disgusting APRs, that they need to scrape a little more off). And that I could opt out. No threat of closing my account. I tried to email--to see if there was some kind of punishment for opting out that they weren't mentioning--but they declined to respond.

Well, I finally called this morning, and they were very nice, and much to my surprise, just repeated their spiel about their hardships and how they're trying to raise revenue, and... opted me out. No penalty.

So let me recap. There is an annual fee being assessed on every count, unless you ask them not to.

They are essentially hoping (a) you won't read the notice, (b) you'll assume there's a catch and not risk it, (c) you'll decide for the good of 1FBUSA that you don't mind, or (d) you'll forget about it. They are literally levying a fee for not reading a smaller type face.

So if you have a card with them, and haven't already opted out, I just thought I'd let you know that you could without a hassle! Cheers.
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TV-time [Apr. 6th, 2010|10:29 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
[Current Mood |sillyRandom]
[Current Music |Sometimes you gotta' dance.]

In contrast to all previous posts ever (barring maybe.. what.. 2?): a current serial-but-not-mini-serial TV post.

1) BONES

a) Does anyone know of something handy like a parental warnings listing for this? My beau is not good with gore before bed, but shares my digging of Emily Deschanel, and my guesses by episode descriptions of whether or not an episode will be safe late at night tend to be unreliable. (Btw, imdb tends to have these for movies, which can be very useful. Unless previous viewers are only concerned about whether someone KISSES EWWWW OR BREASTS OR GAY and not about whether there are puddles of blood or stab wounds. ....They're not my kids, granted, but my priorities are definitely a little different here.)

b) Bones, please, no more product placement. Is this Fox's fault? Did someone else make you do this for the moneys? I almost forgave the ENTIRE EPISODE rhapsodizing about Avatar in retrospect, just because you have an actor in it, and that seems like helping the home field. But Angela's little "My Sienna does everything I need" digression was just.. . Well, let's not have any more of that, thank you.

c) But I still love you.

d) (Back in more familiar territory: ) HOW IS THERE NO SWEETS/BOOTH TRASHY QUASI-VIOLENT SMUT? Sweets is beautiful and boyish and has frickin' whip scars on his back and idolizes Booth, who harasses him tous les temps, and NO ONE felt the need to write the BDSM purgative hurt/comfort for me?

(P.S. Farscape, ditto for you on this. Stark is all all on his own lying outright, "I'm a slave. Crais is my master and I HATE him, let me be your slave," and no one wanted to provide? I do get that both of these episodes in question had a hell of a lot more important things going on than my libido, but.. please. The Neverending Period (...day 54) has made it hard for me. My libido needs all the encouragement it can get. SOS.)


2) NCIS

Your genius ANTI-product placement ("Carlborough" cigarettes, f'r'instance) almost make up for Bones, above. Thank you. But not necessarily for the the fact that you rerun "Hiatus" 8 times a day, and not the few episodes I have not already seen. Dig the every-scene-supposed-to-be-in-VA-or-MD-or-DC-is-actually-in-So-Cal, though. That COMPLETELY RECOGNIZABLE shipping yard in Long Beach with the Vincent Thomas in the background was love.

And... 3) Now I digress into less.. um.. immediate AV.

a) Oh my god, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, how have I gone so long without you?
b) What, SyFy? Red? Will this be good? ..Please?
c) Why am I following a youtube series of cat videos? Why am I so in love with bonkbonkbonkbonk?
d) Farscape, I missed you so much. It is good to be watching you again.
e) You're all so excited about 11! Should I watch a couple episodes? I am looking out for the Neil Gaiman-penned episode upcoming.. um.. sometime. Unless I missed it already. (Did I?)

I think that is all. It seems like I had more things when I started. But no longer. Okay, got to go, NCIS theme starting--which means I have to go dance.

....Okay, the Tony/McGee bitchfest starting this one is pretty beautiful.
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