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Monday

Administration
Happy birthday to azurelunatic, trouvera, and zeppo!

Hello to new readers fireriven, l_l_u_w_d, and peanutsmom1!

Medical
Right, well, that was a bit of a rollercoaster. I'm glad I've got it all narrowed down to causes, though.
Bit of shoulder and upper back pain today, in addition to the foot and hand stuff.

Kid
The Croatia project is as finished as it's going to be. The visuals, anyway. She has no time to make a costume, so *that* extra credit point is out the window, but she has music, and if I can find anise, she'll have food (cookies), so that's extra credit. And I think she has everything on her board that she needs.

I really wish she'd gotten more into the project, as she was initially fascinated by what she was learning about Croatia, but then sort of forgot about it and let it languish. In the future, there will be project time every day til the project is done. Keep the momentum up.

Her other projects: Report on Alice Hoffman, something additional with her biography project (flyer's unclear), and something to do with the environment. She wasn't actually given any guidelines on that. So I think that I shall try to find her something re: the ocean, as that's what engages her attention most.

I was half having flashbacks last night, to my own middle school years. Dear gods, I do not want to be my mother.

Oooh, shiny.
I want to try these chocolates! (It's catvalente's fault!)

Fascinating Lego sculptures.

The true story ("True story!"), maybe?
Interesting and well-researched theory behind the recent SixApart debacle.

Personally, I'm staying on LJ because this is where my community is. I blog just as much to connect with my friends, including friends I've not yet met, as I do for myself. Blogger, TypePad, Wordpress... would not do that for me.

I have a permanent account (have had it for four years now, wow!), so I can't vote with my wallet. I do intend to write a letter, though.

What's been said a lot, but deserves reiteration - when SixApart bought LJ, they did not buy a product, a platform. They bought a community. And that's what they're going to have to contend with. We like being a community. We will resist attempts to make money off us, to change the place some of us regard as a second home.

Daily Science
A rare soft-shell turtle thought to be on the brink of extinction has been discovered in Cambodia in a former stronghold of the Khmer Rouge, conservationists said Wednesday. A 24-pound female Cantor's giant turtle — known for its rubbery skin and jaws powerful enough to crush bone — was captured and released by researchers in March, U.S.-based Conservation International and World Wildlife Fund said in a statement.

Scientists from the two groups and Cambodian wildlife officials discovered the animal and a nesting ground during a survey in Cambodia's Mekong River region. "We thought it might be almost gone, but found it in abundance in this one pristine stretch of the Mekong, making the area the world's most important site for saving this particular species," David Emmett, a CI wildlife biologist, said in the statement.


Yay!

Daily BPAL
Convergence XIII exclusives! Thanks again, chris_walsh, for braving the hordes of squeeing, great-smelling fangirls to get these for me. :)

Does anyone local have decanting supplies? I want to decant an imp of each scent and start a sniffie circle, so those of you who wouldn't otherwise have access to these scents without paying eBay prices can try them out.

I'm not swapping yet! Not until I start the sniffie circle. No calling dibs. :)


Lydia
In bottle: Sharp chemical sifts down to soft floral. Definitely gardenia. The chemical bit makes me think some rose is lurking around.

On me: Gardenia gardenia gardenia! Softened, though, by other white florals, and a baby-powder background. This doesn't actually hate my skin, but it's not very me.

Shanghai Tunnel
In bottle: Stone and wood. Wet stone.

On me: What's lost can yet be found/Under/Underground. Ummm. This is dark. Hand on the damp stone wall, age-silvered wood overhead. Lichen. Secrets. Oh, this is a new favorite.

The Unheavenly City
In bottle: Confusing! A sweet, almost commercial-perfume scent, with a jumble of Stuff lurking in the background.

On me: Not commercial. A bit of musk, a *tiny* bit of floral. Smooth, musky, creamy, not too heavy.

The Crumpet Rebellion
In bottle: Slight bitchslap of foody - hey, it's breakfast time! - followed by tart blackberry.

On me: This changes from day to day. Yesterday, it was blueberry pancakes with lots of syrup at IHOP. Today, it's tart berries smothering a crisp scone. I'm picking up some black currant in here, too. Yay sophisticated foody!

Schedule
Today: Catch up on 500+ e-mails? Date with My Tallest tonight.
Tuesday: Checking out Elayna's geography fair, coffee with norda, then Diesel.
Wednesday: Elayna's HPV vaccine, then I go for coffee with Ro.
Thursday: Checking out Elayna's Biography Showcase. Haircuts for everybody! Rushing over straight from school. mizarchivist in the evening?
Friday: I get to spent the rest of my Mother's Day spa giftcard on a manicure & pedicure if I am a good girl and get my recommended exercise this week. *nods* EDIT: Also now apointment with primary care doc.

Assume that I am either writing or doing house-stuff wherever you see a gap in that schedule. If the schedule opens, it'll likely only be for felisdemens, as she's only in town for a week.

Having a clear plan of Stuff To Do is what I need this week, what's best for me. No time for curling up into a ball. Push through it.
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