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I was looking for some pictures in my file and encountered this picture of my Tolkien buttons. I though I had posted them years ago, but I couldn't find anything with a matching date.

I bought them in one of those little triangle shaped newspaper stores we used to have. I think it was 1965, but may have been a little later.

dog show

Feb. 14th, 2012 02:09 am
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Everybody talks about the commercials for the superbowl -- I don't watch that (I live with one of the few men in the country who doesn't watch any sports, except when I have sumo or shark tagging on)

But, right now we are watching the 136th Dog Show, and I am laughing and crying over the dog ads. OMG!

plus -- Corgis and Shibas!!


I have never owed a dog but I do have a dog story. My dad and his brother had a dachshund named Beanie when they were young. They used to take him for a walk, and walk down to mainstreet to the pub, and send the bean home alone in a taxi. All the drivers knew where he lived.
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When I wake up, I generally have some weird thought floating around in my head to let me know my brain has been somewhere without me. Frequently it's a song, or 2 songs and it sometimes takes me days to figure out how they go together (Bill Miller and Jimmie Dale Gilmore - took me three days to figure out Cowboys and Indians!)

Sometimes it's a question I didn't know I wanted the answer to.

Today I woke up wondering if Sherlock Holmes has a favorite dessert, and if it's a Napoleon of crime. Now I am wondering about who else might go on the list....
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I'm not sure what's going on, but for a moment I thought someone upstairs was clog-dancing the instrumental riff from the theme from Shaft
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We discovered in the article 15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in February that today is Ice Cream for breakfast day.

We needed a new holiday, and that sounded like a good one to me, so




I woke up to find that Jim [profile] notarysojac had gone out for ice cream before I woke up. Here's our version - flax waffles, sugar free ice cream (with DaVinci sugar free caramel syrup) and iced coffee. Mmmmm.

A good holiday, and a terrific husband.
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Writer's Block: Happy New Year of the Dragon! What is your Chinese zodiac animal?
Year of the Water Dragon - which it now is again! Married to a metal monkey.

new duds

Jan. 14th, 2012 06:12 pm
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I bought this outfit in farmville, and JIm took one look at me and said. - "You're Esqui-Moe!"
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Writer's Block: Dress up your Pet Day


these won't be new to my regular friends list, but ---


ginger the psychic fig (dwarf siberian hamster)


Spoo as the Spanish Infanta (Blackadder version)
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These are the earrings Chris made me for yule. She wanted to use dewey decimal numbers that indicated books that were special between us, and she used the online interface from the library I grew up in to check the numbers.





Can you identify the books? )
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In honor of National Science Fiction Day / Asimov's Birthday there is a limerick contest happening on Michael Swanwick's blog.

I grew up living on spaceships made of words (when I was traveling away from Arda, that is.) My mother used to worry that the weight of my bookshelves would have me waking up in the basement some cold morning.

I wanted SO MUCH to have the kind of access people in the stories had - information at your fingertips, books that could travel with you in bulk, friends all over the universe...

Now, I am sitting in a recliner with my laptop programing the kindle Jim got me for Yul, sharing the process with friends at all planetary points. It's my past that seems unreal to me now. Here's my limerick:


SF fans know the real race for space
was to keep all your books in their place.
Now, when bookshelf space dwindles
we fill up our kindles -
(I still keep my books - just in case)
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I didn't manage to post today, partially related to the fact that I had to message jim at work this morning, The message read:

Hi honey! Guess who's in the crawl space?
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Robin Wood's birthday occasionally falls on Thanksgiving. Some years ago, she decided it was unfair that there were always vegetable trays, but not trays of things people really wanted on a feast day.

So, we invented the Twinkie Tray - yes, in addition to the vegetables, we sliced up all kinds of bad things and served them with dips made from cream cheese and chocolate.

There was never a shortage of desert here on Thanksgiving - for one thing, we all loved to bake. But we had previously waited to the end of the day like civilized folk. The twinkie trays went out with the appetizers.

Sugar shock set in early that year!
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Happy Samhain to all

And happy anniversary to my sweetie. We are legally married 26 years today (though we will celebrate 34 years together in December)

He is preparing for me something that I think of as a trick and a treat --

For years he has recycled / re-purposed computers that were replaced from his workplace into usable upgrades for friends and/or their kids. Currently he is setting up a laptop that will be for the single purpose of allowing me to play Sims 2.

So the TREAT is, I finally get my sims back! Maxis has never loved the Mac, and I was left in the dust by all the episodes and items that never were ported. And all the things IN the ports that were never really crash proof. When SIms 3 came out and people changed over, he bought me a full set of Sims 2 for the PC on the cheap. I am more excited than I care to admit that I will soon have my Boromir sim making everyone grilled cheese for breakfast again. That boy loves his grilled cheese.

The TRICK is - this will be the very first time I ever used anything Windows. How many non luddite / tech fiends do you know who can say That in this era! I have been on the Mac nearly as long as there were Macs to have. (The first one we owned was the fatmac 512, in 1985) I have never used a PC, or touched anything windows related. I am having a moment of "grandma looks at that newfangled technology" type panic.

I feel like I should hold my hands over the eyes of Totoro, my beautiful Macbook, so he won't be jealous...


This is also my 8th anniversary at Live Journal. I had no idea how much it would come to mean to me, even if I am here less these days.
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I have had a version of this in my desktop rotation for some time, but the other night I encountered someone on pinterest (I'm here) who had pinned it and so I had a moment of unexpected nostalgia.

We didn't travel about much when I was little, especially since we lived so close to the beach (my travelling days came later, usually with a favorite great aunt.) But when I was about 5 or 6, my grandfather took me to see the diving horses at Atlantic City.

I can remember walking the boardwalk in the rain, and standing with my back to the pilings in the dark, looking at the stars. And of course, the diving horses. Like so many little girls in the 50's. I loved everything about horses - but this was beyond anything I expected.

I think I initially expected them to fly, and sort of stopped breathing when they plunged down, down down. Then I was boggled by them swimming.

A few years ago, I read about Sonora Webster Carver, who rode the diving horses and was blinded in 1931 when the impact of the water detached her retinas. She continued in the show for another 11 years. Well before my time, of course - I was there in 1957 or 8.

They stopped the shows in the late 70's. I am both surprised that they let it go on so long, and crushed for little me that I can never go back.

news flash

Oct. 11th, 2011 11:09 pm
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Our local news is reporting the police breaking up a prostitution ring operating out of one of the Mummer clubhouses in Philly.

Jim, who was sound asleep, sat up and exclaimed "Mummer Strumpets!" and turned over and is sleeping again.

Fusion

Aug. 18th, 2011 04:37 pm
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I encountered this article about fusion power several time while reading my friends list.

I don't think too many of you know that when Jim ([livejournal.com profile] notarysojac) and I first got together, he was assigned to Princeton to work on TOKAMAK. I used to come down to stay with him. I started rearranging my schedule so I had a long weekend, then I took both late night shifts so I had 4 days off... and eventually, I just stopped going home. Our fusion and theirs are therefore always connected in my mind.

I remember the Carter years with joy - fusion was getting funding, there were solar panels in the white house, Science (and especially Space) wasn't a dirty word....

Reagan *ripping out* the white house solar panels has become my symbol much of what followed. (I want to smack people who tell me - you should have started with solar in the 70's. Hello - *ripped out!*")

I was lucky though - I have Jim, and a memory that few get - of having a president they were actually proud of.

It would be nice to see safe fusion come about at last.
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I picked this up from [livejournal.com profile] fannyfae and since I have friended some new people myself lately, I thought it might be fun.

I know very little about some of the people on my friends list. Some people I know relatively well. But why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself. Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: "Ah, there's so and so...she likes office supplies." I'd love it if every single person who's friended me would do this. Yes, even you people who I know really well. Then post this in your own journal. In return, ask me anything you'd like to know about me and I'll give you an answer.


As for me - I just now chipped a filling out of one of my front teeth. This would be more of a problem, but I broke a tooth last week, so I already have an appointment for Friday afternoon.

OK, that's not really about me at all. Just about my soft Irish teeth, my age, and the fact that I have become addicted to Halls sugarless vitamin c drops, and I do not have the stamina to keep myself from crunching them before they get small enough.

I actually do love office supplies. And stationary stores. I am happy just to smell them! And if they have boxes of Eberhard Faber Mongol 482 #1 soft pencils, I will probably buy them, even though I don't need them. I love them for crossword puzzles!

Another stationary related thing - I collect fountain pens. But only one kind - Sheaffer Targas. So deco! And. the most beautiful nib ever made!
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I had a brief exchange of email with my friend John (who I don't see often enough now that we don't produce concerts together)

He sent me a note with no text in the body, but in the subject line it said: I saw Black Death today but only because of you

I wrote back to ask what he thought and he replied:
It confused me. The budget seemed both large and tiny. I only knew Sean and he seemed to have so little to do. I think he got involved because he could receive star billing and make some good money.

I said to the video kid, "hey, this says the year 1358. Is this in English?"

Then, after he stared at me like I had "lobsters on my face", I told him it was a joke.
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I know some of you watch Supernatural. I had a note from Lee [livejournal.com profile] leemoyer today, with screen caps showing his art in the background- (see posters featured below)

Two blink-and-you'll-miss-'em appearances on the CW - One working with the delightful Andrew Migliore - founder of the HP Lovecraft Film Festival. The second, my poster for Call of Cthulhu with the fabulous HP Lovecraft Historical Society.

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