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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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25th-Sep-2009 09:51 am
Happy birthday to coffeeinhell, pierceheart, and rhiannonhero!

Happy early birthday to greektoomey, jmspencer, and fubar!

Popped the first prednisone last night. So far my reaction to it seems to be alternating power surges and drained batteries. No crazy or overemotional (yet).

A Favor
Please learn the power of "maybe". Because the concert upfuckery is only the latest in a string of people cancelling things on me. If you know it's a maybe, please tell me it's a maybe and not a definite yes, so I can make backup plans. (In this case, I also thought my ticket was taken care of; it wasn't. So no concerts for me on Saturday.)

So Yesterday
Was stressful on so many levels. As I put it that night, "I really needed a smooth day, and I got a rough one." The survivor speech went fine, though; I think the key to getting less tied up in knots over it is to do it more often.

Oi, Bostonians!
Rifftrax encore! Anyone else going? Which theater?

Quote of the Day
"I realized everyone has their own, very personal and private map of where they live. If a million people populate a city, then there are one million different maps. Whether it's a city or a small town, there are precise sites and ‘x marks these spots’ all over it that are important or sacred or yes, sometimes crushing-- but only to you and occasionally the others who shared that experience with you. Although everyone has their own map, they rarely overlap because what matters to me, what I remember about the importance of those places in my life, usually means little to you and vice versa. Only after you’ve been with someone a long time are your maps similar. Even so, there remain places the people in our lives, even intimates, will never know the significance of to us: the park bench where you were kissed, a bar where he wept, the café with the huge windows that serves the great bagels, even those airport exit doors you watched so intensely while waiting for them to arrive that miraculous December night... The rest of the planet will pass these locations without a glance or a thought. But whenever *you* pass them you think there it is-- that one is fixed forever on the map of me."
--Jonathan Carroll

Link Soup
* The Interfictions Online Annex is up! A new story every week until the release of the anthology. You do have to buy the anthology to get my story. And you should. It's Adam's favorite.
* Vandy Beth was fired for being trasgendered. She's fighting back.
* People living in the drains and tunnels beneath Las Vegas.
* Watertown now has a nemesis. Oh Arlington you did not just do that. It's on.

Link Soup: Daily Science Edition
* Not to be outdone by the moon, Mars says "Hey! I've got water too!"
* Astronomers have witnessed odd behavior around a young star. Something, perhaps another star or a planet, appears to be pushing a clump of planet-forming material around. The observations, made with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, offer a rare look into the early stages of planet formation.
* Dude! Vaccine helps prevent AIDS infection. One step closer.

Daily BPAL
Countess Dolingen of Gratz: Hailstone-pounded cypress boughs, olibanum, and an ozone blast of lightning.
In bottle: That is *all* the lightning note. Very Szepasszony.
On me: Yep. Eh.

Mircalla, Countess Karnstein: Languid, melancholy fire: red musk, purple orchid, frankincense, smoky vanilla, Styrian herbs, peru balsam, tonka, Zanzibar clove, and patchouli.
In bottle: Musky juicy spicy.
On me: Lovely and dark. Individual notes don't jostle; this blends into rich dark musky spice. Mmm. May end up on the bottle wishlist.

Friday Memage!
Wearing: Sihnon Companion Academy shirt and denim shorts; about to go for the walk I really needed yesterday.
Reading: The Magicians by Lev Grossman, and Wastelands, edited by John Joseph Adams.
Writing: "Between", and teasing out the story of "Maxfield Parrish Blue(s)", which is still more of a setting than a story.
Knitting: A sari-silk scarf for Elayna, same pattern as my wrap, which she loves. And I want to restart the shawl, but with Noro Kureyon instead of sock yarn, so it'll go faster; I can futz around with sock yarn after I'm sure I have my technique down.
Today: I'm leaving today a bit open due to prednisone. Will do what I can. Tonight, we are actually all home! So we'll get to watch Glee and Heroes.
Tomorrow: Town Faire! Elayna's presenting stuff with her robotics team. <3 From there, she's off to babysit. And me? Well. Not a concert. :( Probably a movie with Adam. Suspiria's playing at the Brattle. If not that, Zombieland.
Sunday: No plans whatsoever. I'll probably help Elayna get her desk organized, and we can haul out the Halloween decorations.

25th-Sep-2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Google ad fail on the article about the Vegas flood tunnel dwellers: "Need Cheap Hotels In Las Vegas?"

Tonight: Some kind of dinner, then boardgaming @MIT.
Tomorrow: No plans for the daytime; probably Never After in the evening.
Sunday: No daytime plans unless I miss Saturday's Never After, in which case most likely that. Amazing Race 15 premiere (evening).
25th-Sep-2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the pred. I was on a short course for a nasty case of bronchitis. The best advice I got for dealing with side effects were drink water and either milk or an extra calcium supplement to combat muscle cramping. Otherwise I tolerated it very well. Must have Bulgarian weight lifters in my genetic background ;)
25th-Sep-2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Wearing: new brown cords, purple t-shirt, BPAL's Crypt Queen.
Reading: Stiff (in the bathtub) and Ozma of Oz (on the iTouch at night).
Knitting: my Swallowtail shawl in a gorgeous wine-red silk/alpaca laceweight.
Plans: Finishing up the update, then some desperately overdue housework. And maybe a nap. This weekend? Farmer's market, getting the garden ready for winter, making about a million pairs of earrings for the arts market.
25th-Sep-2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
"Wastelands" looks all kind of cool!

How did the speech go last night? I hope it wasn't too tough.
25th-Sep-2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
... and early b-day to mooseloon, too.
25th-Sep-2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Sadly, the HIV vaccine does not look as promising as the news articles make out. I didn't work out the statistics myself, a statistician friend of mine did, but a chi-square for those data yields a p value of .048, which is just barely significant by the standard alpha of .05 -- but more disturbing, the effect size is .015. For comparison, a "small" effect size is between .1 and .3. So it's pretty questionable whether this is actually effective.

Wearing: jeans, orange flats, brown collared t-shirt under a dark green blouse, my favorite fall necklace, Pumpkin Queen.
Reading: my new African cookbook, which is full of education. Also Antony and Cleopatra. Also some of the magazines that have been piling up.
Writing: Theoretically, two really important e-mails. If I can work up the motivation to do those, I can start on a manuscript that I probably should have started six months ago.
Creating: nothing, because I've been crazy busy with keep-the-roof-overhead work, but I think I'm going to try to change that tonight.
25th-Sep-2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
That Carroll quote is a particularly lovely way to describe the reason I've always loved New York so much - I used to explain to visiting friends that they were only seeing MY New York City; there will thousands, millions, billions of other NYCs contained in the same place. And while I know this is true of just about anywhere, it always seems to me that there are more New Yorks than there are versions of any other city I've seen. (Not that I've seen that many. But still.)
25th-Sep-2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
My Boston pics are under the heading "My Boston". :)
25th-Sep-2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
25th-Sep-2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
If it's any encouragement, I go on regular intensive courses of prednisone with no side effects whatever - it just, y'know, helps me breathe'n'stuff.
29th-Sep-2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the birthday wishes!!!
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