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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Tew's Day! 
1st-Sep-2009 09:14 am
Hearth
Rabbit rabbit!

Medical
Seem to be recovering decently from travel.

Autumn!
The air, it is cool and crisp! It smells like autumn! I should do this trip every year - retreat from 90-degree hell into Florida air conditioning, and come back for autumn.

Argh.
Turns out the new battery didn't fix the "laptop shuts itself off when it's meant to be sleeping" issue. So. New laptop. Which I cannot afford. I shall do my best to make this work til Chanukah.

Stays Crunchy in Milk
Children of the '80s, this is your road movie in book form. For serious. All of your Saturday morning cartoons, all of your cereal mascots, all of the weirdness that populated our childhoods. And that's what this is, really - a love letter to '80s childhood. <3

Vote!
What was the best August story in Fantasy? Vote here! (To me, it was very clearly Nicole Kornher-Stace's "Notes Toward a Comparative Mythology", which all of my fairy-tale/folktale-junkie readers ought to go read right now. Then vote.)

Link Soup
* Marv Wolfman weighs in on Disney's acquisition of Marvel; he has some interesting points.
* Anyone interested in doing a decant circle for the Blooddrop fall scents? I covet, but cannot afford to buy bottles right now.
* I kinda want a paper quilt, too. I can see myself covering my office doors with your art...

Daily Science
In Mars exploration, of course, it's the Red Planet itself that gets top billing. But there are some good reasons to keep tabs on Phobos, the innermost and larger of Mars' two diminutive moons, which the Russian space agency plans to study with a probe set for launch next month on board a Zenit rocket. Called Phobos Grunt, the three-year mission is to land a spacecraft on the distant moon, scoop up soil samples for analysis and launch one of them back to Earth for further inspection. The probe's name means "Phobos's soil" in Russian.

Plans
Today is a loose-ends day. I need to finish unpacking, and bring out the cool-weather clothes (First accomplished, second put off due to asthma issues with dusty closet.). I have a few CDs to make and burn, a few purchases to make online, a few things to pack and mail. It is a day full of little things. The biggest thing I need to do is get my big list of What I Have to Write organized. I may not have much writing time this week, because the child requires constant nudging re: summer reading (her book is dreadful) and science pre-homework and unpacking, and there's general back-to-school stuff to be done. She starts a week from today, and I want to be ready then to jump into a new writing routine.

Yes, I'll be at Diesel tonight.
Comments 
1st-Sep-2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
Alyssa's summer reading is pretty ridiculous too
1st-Sep-2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
Elayna's is a "heartwarming coming-of-age story". She is all stabby.
1st-Sep-2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
Alyssa has one about a white kid raised in the ghetto with an addicted prostitute mother, who ends up bounced around the foster care system and ends up focusing on basketball to get out

The other is about a boy soldier in Africa

I get the point, exposing very advantaged kids to other realities, but it is a bit grim, and I wish one had been female centered in some way
1st-Sep-2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
I am very glad for my siblings. They got Longitude, Gathering Blue, The Kite Runner, and three other ones whose titles I forget, but they were pretty great.
1st-Sep-2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
The air, it is cool and crisp! It smells like autumn! I should do this trip every year - retreat from 90-degree hell into Florida air conditioning, and come back for autumn.

Blasphemy! As someone who slept under three blankets last night, and currently has one wrapped around her, I would give much to have that 90-degree *paradise* back.
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1st-Sep-2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
Ditto on both points (though I'm not in Boston, but our weather in Toronto has taken a similar pattern). I slept poorly through the first two weeks of august and I still haven't caught up.
1st-Sep-2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
I'll stick with my blasphemy. I'd rather have a nice, cool autumn than a humidity-of-death summer.
1st-Sep-2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
:( I'm looking around on the Blodddrop website and not actually finding a detailed list of the autumnal oils?

I saw this:

Please note that the oil Libertine Oona Swindlehurst-Toussaint can only be purchased at the beloved retailers, Scent Addict and Magical Omaha! You cannot purchase it here!

but when I went to the Scent Addict and Magical Omaha websites, I didn't find that oil listed at all.
1st-Sep-2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
About halfway down on the "bath" page. :)
1st-Sep-2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
On the Blooddrop website, yes? (Haven't gone and looked yet)
1st-Sep-2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
Yep.
1st-Sep-2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Some of them sound really good - others aren't really to my taste, but some sound really yummy.

My biggest issue is that my body seems to absorb essential oils. Despite what they say about oils lasting longer...on my body, they don't. It's really a bummer. Now, if I knew how to convert oils into perfumes/colognes, and had the time to do so...
1st-Sep-2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
To me, it was very clearly Nicole Kornher-Stace's "Notes Toward a Comparative Mythology"

Eeeee. Thanks so much! <3
1st-Sep-2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Is true!
1st-Sep-2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
I have a few slots left on the scentistas group circle on Ravelry (closing today, only intended for Rav girls, can take add-on bottles but no extra slots, so) and roccamanamama is apparently posting one this week.
1st-Sep-2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Where can I find that?
1st-Sep-2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Do a group search on "scentistas" and there we are; the post is "Blooddrop Autumn Decant Circle".
2nd-Sep-2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Great links in this edition.

Chanukah...I always forget you do the "Jewish" thing... how I forget I have no clue!
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