Happy birthday to sfeley
Happy early birthday to ultra_lilac
, who advances a year over the weekend!Medical
Still tired, but feeling somewhat restored due to pretty much taking Wednesday and Thursday off entirely. The guilt of taking Wednesday and Thursday off entirely is still lurking, ready to pounce. But I swear I'll take writing time today.Cleaning
There was a suggestion in my "aaaagh I am overloaded" post to hire a weekly cleaning lady. We probably can't afford weekly, but we could afford *occasional*, and then I would not have to spend chunks of my vanishing time scrubbing down the bathroom or sweeping the floor, and that'd be worth the money. Anyone have any recommendations for a cleaning service in our area (western suburbs of Boston)?My Empire for Ashes: Behind the Writer's Brain
Katrina was one of the first characters I wrote for what came to be called Shayara. My roommate in one of my treatment centers and I came up with these two characters, twins, who shared aspects of the same name (which is where the Tamrani naming tradition came from, with Katrina begetting Katrianna begetting Liana, who'll generally just go by Lee). This is what I was 16 - so you'll see bits of 'song-at-16 in her. (Mostly the less-nice bits.) The twin sister was a casualty of me realizing a few years later that I had a ridiculous number of sets of twins in this story; now she has an older sister who gets referred to, but never appears.
Telenias sprang full-formed from my brow, like Athena with a pocketwatch. I have no idea. He just showed up.Volunteer Training
Guys! I am kvelling. The first volunteer training I managed for BARCC has just wrapped up, and all the new volunteers are so totally excited. Some of them are friending me on Facebook. They sent me some of the decorations from their cake. I feel so maternal. :) I may see about training to be a facilitator for the next training; I'll be there for their info sessions and interviews and their contact person through the whole training already, it might be cool to be there for the entire process.Link Soup
* Geaux Saints! Reasons to appreciate Scott Fujita
* New issue of Expanded Horizons
!Daily ScienceMIT researchers have demonstrated the first laser built from germanium that can produce wavelengths of light useful for optical communication. It’s also the first germanium laser to operate at room temperature. Unlike the materials typically used in lasers, germanium is easy to incorporate into existing processes for manufacturing silicon chips. So the result could prove an important step toward computers that move data -- and maybe even perform calculations -- using light instead of electricity. But more fundamentally, the researchers have shown that, contrary to prior belief, a class of materials called indirect-band-gap semiconductors can yield practical lasers.Friday Memeage!Wearing
: Jeans, outer-space socks, teal tweedy sweater.Reading
: Aladdin's Lamp: How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic World
, by John Freely.Writing
: No. Time. I did edit "Spaces Between" Tuesday, on paper; just need to incorporate those changes and then it's ready to submit. I need to do the fleshing out of "Maxfield Parrish Blues", tomorrow if not today. I don't get to go to the party Saturday night unless I do it. So there.Knitting
: Still baby blanket, which is almost 5/6 done.Planning
: Today: Work, writing time. BARCC tabling at BU's medical campus's presentation of the Vagina Monologues.
Tomorrow: Elayna has Girl Scout cookie sales; hopefully I won't be needed for that, so I can focus on writing and house stuff. Party tomorrow night to celebrate/mourn colleague's LSAT-taking, depending on how he feels he did. (Must check in with him re: whether I can use his name or if he wants a code name, as typing "colleague" gets old.)
Sunday: BARCC tabling at the TeenLife Boston Volunteer Fair, noon to four. I may be crashing at colleague's apartment and going over with him, if the party runs later than the buses do. Mark is meeting me there with Elayna and alyveritya
, and fiddle_dragon
's bringing the kids. Got civic-minded teens? Come on out! Party time! Speaking of party, am going to a Super Bowl party after that *nod*
Then I sleep.