August 3rd, 2007



Happy birthday to chemokitty!

Happy early birthday to mgrasso, la_belledame, ilk, and quem98, who all advance a year over the weekend!

Memo from my fibro:

"Look. We give you a few days of relative comfort, and what do you do? Mild hiking, and hours upon hours of fantastic but body-strenuous sex. Pacing, bitch. Pacing. For this, you get the general aches and pains back. Oh, and some more knee pain."

It's been brought to my attention that
a) Network for Good is charging a credit card fee. WTF? Do they think they're TicketMaster?
b) They don't allow donations under $10.

Ways you can get around this and still fulfill your pledge:
a) PayPal me, with non-credit-card PayPal only (if you use a credit card, PayPal charges me a fee, and I have to make up the rest of your donation on my own, and en masse, that could be problematic), at shadesong AT Please title it "BLOGATHON", and give me your LJ name.
b) Send a check to BARCC! Write "Blogathon" in the "notes" field.
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
99 Bishop Allen Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139

Please let me know if there's anything else I can do to help smooth the donation process. Thanks!

Congrats to the winners of the last two auctions, thisdaydreamer's lovely necklaces! With that and the one photo-auction receipt I've gotten so far (there'll be nine more), that's a grand total of $3,625.45. *faints*

My Life
I saw in a catalog yesterday a book titled "This is not the Life I Ordered!" This isn't the life I ordered, either. I could never have imagined this life.

But I love it. Oh, how I love it.

Musing on why I've been writing less lately, why it's less of a compulsion than it was in Atlanta - Shayara is all about a longing for home.

I've found my home now.

I need to write Donna's story for the sitelaunch/Primer...

Link Soup
* Your Personal Moon, a huge crescent-moon-shaped lightbox.
* A room full of illusion...
* A Russian submersible reached the bottom of the Arctic Ocean on Thursday in a mission to symbolically claim the resource-rich region by planting a flag on the seabed under the North Pole, Russian media reported.
* Hey, librarians! Need more icons?
* 10 worst SF shows ever. With video. Ouch.
* Urban exploration, yay. :)
* In case you ever need to toast six pieces of bread at once.
* Building a better bento - using ice cream molds to shape boiled eggs and rice balls.
* "Welcome to, an archive of musical theatre performances on video. Browse the archive categorized by show title and discover clips from the 1950s to today." Wow. Adam, this is your new timesuck. :)
* Staggeringly expensive stuff you don't need.

Daily Science

A planet orbiting a giant red star has been discovered by an astronomy team led by Penn State's Alex Wolszczan, who in 1992 discovered the first planets ever found outside our solar system. The new discovery is helping astronomers to understand what will happen to the planets in our solar system when our Sun becomes a red-giant star, expanding so much that its surface will reach as far as Earth's orbit. The star is 2 times more massive and 10 times larger than the Sun. The new planet circles the giant star every 360 days and is located about 300 light years from Earth, in the constellation Perseus. A paper describing the discovery will be published in a November 2007 issue of the Astrophysical Journal.

Daily Scent-Stuff
Wow! I got a CnS for my Singing Moon order! :)

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* Allergist again. Let's see if she's there today. Fuck it. The road GoogleMaps gives me is closed, and I'm in too much pain today to deal with being lost - driving's difficult enough when I know where I'm going.
* Homebound organization. I'm a little stressed because I have general housework, online maintenance (almost 800 e-mails! Need to reduce that!), and my office is a mess. The stress-trap I get caught in re: physical housework is that I want to work on my office because it's too disorganized/messy for me to get anything done in there, but then I feel guilty over focusing on me-space when the common areas of the house aren't clean enough. (Have I mentioned that Adam's mom is visiting a week from today?)

Friday Memage!
Wearing: question!
Reading: Coyote Road: Trickster Tales
Planning: There are nebulous plans to see ian_gunn, gardenfey, and envoy tomorrow. Sunday is a cleaning day, since I'll have Adam home to help.

  • Current Music
    Peter Gabriel - I Have the Touch

Quote of the Day

Do not confuse "duty" with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect.

But there is no reward at all for doing what other people expect of you, and to do so is not merely difficult, but impossible. It is easier to deal with a footpad than it is with the leech who wants "just a few minutes of your time, please - this won't take long." Time is your total capital, and the minutes of your life are painfully few. If you allow yourself to fall into the vice of agreeing to such requests, they quickly snowball to the point where these parasites will use up 100 percent of your time - and squawk for more!

So learn to say No - and to be rude about it when necessary.

Otherwise you will not have time to carry out your duty, or to do your own work, and certainly no time for love and happiness. The termites will nibble away your life and leave none of it for you.

(This rule does not mean that you must not do a favor for a friend, or even a stranger. But let the choice be yours. Don't do it because it is "expected" of you.)

-Robert A. Heinlein

(Thanks for reminding me of this one, jnanacandra!)
  • Current Music
    Rob Dougan - Will You Follow Me? (Instrumental)
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