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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Scattershot Updatery 
28th-Dec-2011 01:28 pm
Hearth
* I have Plans that you will hopefully hear about soon.

* Adam's home this week (and was last week); I like having him around, of course, but I am off my schedule! And it's hard to get motivated to lock myself in my office and write when I have a husband right there.

* I actually left the house and went to a party on Sunday. The fact that this is notable shows how much I've been hermiting.

* sindrian (who I just need to start referring to as Judah here) and I made chicken and waffles for Christmas Eve dinner. Oh my word. This recipe. It's from Cooking for Isiah, and it is amazing. The waffles are savory, with dry mustard and paprika; there is a maple/bacon gravy on top. It tasted like high-end restaurant food and comfort food at the same time. It was amazing. Adam got me a wafflemaker for Chanukah, and that book has lots of interesting waffle recipes (like a waffle version of an everything bagel!), and I think I am going to be making a lot of waffles.

* "I don't love knitting like you do," said Judah, and I said, "I don't love knitting!" Knitting is brain therapy for me; knitting is what I do to reroute processes in my brain and develop new neural pathways to regain the functions that seizures destroyed. At first it was about memory, learning how to learn things again. Now it's about spatial relations. And I've been pushing my limits a lot lately, which has been making me hate knitting sometimes! Because I feel like an idiot when I keep screwing up in the same place time after time. But I need to push through. Sometimes I love it, but sometimes what you're seeing is just my dogged determination to make broken bits of my brain work. (Yarn is still beautiful, though, and I love doing geometric lacework - my brain finds that nice and soothing. Am currently working on a lace shawl to escape from a project that is causing me serial meltdowns.)

* When things are not okay, I get rabidly determined to make them okay. I am just pulling that out of the previous paragraph for emphasis.

* Badger's death really hit me; fortunately, the coping mechanism that went into play was a healthy and productive one. Cleaning. My office is back in shape, and my to-read bookshelves are organized by series, short fiction, and novels in priority order. (Nonfiction was already grouped by subject.)

* It is a sign of our economic times that I am down to six and a half to-read shelves. Still reading voraciously, but not buying nearly as many new books. Thank goodness for inter-library loan.

* I miss my Elayna. She'll be in Florida til Monday. I'm sure she's having a marvelous time, though.

That is all for now! I should scavenge something for lunch.
Comments 
28th-Dec-2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
Today was a good day for cleaning. A good day for going back through the archives, too. I think of these last 5 days of the year as calibration. My office is not quite clean, but the floor is swept and the all the spent boxes cut down and taken out, and the bookshelf for d|p to figure out where all her books are going is up (the next part is up to her), and the innards of the coffee table are made outards and many of those have been sorted and put back in their place or discarded. I have a big bag of books for the book barn and a big bag of video games for GameStop (Dark Souls or Skyrim or Skyward Sword for d|p? Hm...)

Without mercy, I am removing the things that would stand in my way of writing in January. They will not stand in my way.

I hope that your obstacles also break and wash away.

Also, *hugs* both for Badger and on general principle.
29th-Dec-2011 12:52 am (UTC)
Without mercy, I am removing the things that would stand in my way of writing in January. They will not stand in my way.

Amen to that, darlin'.

And calibration. Yes. I can make that a focus...

*hugs*
28th-Dec-2011 10:44 pm (UTC) - cleaning
Great defense mechanism. It's my favorite. A concrete method of having some control on your environment. Sorry for your loss. I really can't say I knew her. All I know is that she was taken too young (dammit).
29th-Dec-2011 12:53 am (UTC) - Re: cleaning
If one must flail, one can at least try to flail constructively, right?
28th-Dec-2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
Amen about inter-library loan. OTOH, I've been amassing quite a few ebooks, as well...

29th-Dec-2011 12:55 am (UTC)
I have ebooks, but no real way to read them; I have a dead first-gen Kindle, and I have ebook apps on my iPod touch, but it's too small to read on comfortably. I'm going to be asking my parents and mother-in-law for gift certificates towards the purpose of an iPad for my birthday.
29th-Dec-2011 05:33 am (UTC)
I'm using an Ematic, $75 or so. No Wifi, no 3G, but it's easy to load as if it were a memory stick. Color screen, sound; plays music and videos.

Might be worth your taking a look...

29th-Dec-2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
29th-Dec-2011 03:55 am (UTC)
Thanks, from an Interlibrary Loan book jockey!!
29th-Dec-2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
It amazes me how many people are just totally unaware of inter-library loan. Seriously! You can read anything in the entire library network! Which, for our network, is pretty much everything ever.
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