Sun, Jan. 29th, 2017 08:48 am
scarlettina: (Angel)
I got up and recorded the poem I posted here. I went and had a ridiculously delicious and caloric brunch with friends. We went and bought art supplies. I came home and did some painting, and then I spent the rest of the day napping and coloring. This is one of the two pages I colored. It's in a coloring calendar I purchased for 2017. This is June; I also colored February. It's done in color pencil with gold Sharpie marker highlights (that don't translate well in a photograph). I bought the calendar to remind myself as I color each month that only I can make of the year what it becomes.

scarlettina: (Autumn)
1) Must get full-spectrum lamp. Autumn is here; winter is coming. While I don't expect any frost zombies to come over the hill (thanks for that particular nightmare, GRRM), it is reasonable for me to expect the blues that come with darkness. A full-spectrum lamp can fix this. How many years have I been talking about doing this? This needs to be the year.

2) I've done it again: overbooked myself to the point of needing to cancel an appointment. I need to get a grip and keep a better eye on my work and personal calendars so this won't happen again.

3) I need to take some time to sit down and analyze the trend I've observed over the last few years of the onset of pre-travel anxiety. There must be a reason for it.

4) More focus at work will help me finish up the things that are due. I can't let that one manager, with her my-bad-planning-is-your-project-crisis issue and her ALL-CAPS COMMUNICATION STYLE, rattle me.

5) I really need to work on the stuff for the condo association. I've been distracted (in some respects quite pleasurably) the last couple of weeks but I really need to get control of this stuff.

6) I really want an hour to just sit with the cats in perfect, companionable silence and to relax. Things have been happening too quickly.

7) Must work with JL to organize the brisket-off. MUST do that.

8) Must write. Now that the Guide to Combat is delivered, I must be disciplined about the writing. Apply ass to chair. Open a vein. That's the only way it happens.
scarlettina: (Default)
It's been a crazy-hard-busy spring here at Chez [ profile] scarlettina: busy, difficult, and so on. But there are things I really want to write about. Perhaps making a list will help me achieve the goal of LJ catch-up.

Things I Want to Write About (in no particular order, even though the list is numbered)

1. Growing up to do a job that didn't exist when you were a kid (possibly in the form of a commencement address--or not)
2. Reviews of the last two SIFF documentaries I saw (We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists and The Revisionaries)
3. My epic autumn trip, currently in the partly-planned stage
4. My impending landmark birthday and the planned (and unplanned) celebrations
5. My ongoing ruminations about the possibility of getting another cat
6. Game of Thrones -- the TV version
7. The general busy-ness of life and what's doing here and there

Any preferences for what I write about first?

Today after work, I'll be preparing for a whirlwind overnight trip to parts south for JayCon, staying with some of my most favorite people. It will be the first time I drive south since the car accident last fall. I'm having mild anxiety about it, but I've done it a million times before. The accident was an anomaly. And one can only get back up on the horse by getting back up on the horse, right? And so we go. . . .
scarlettina: (Spanky Dignified)
This post is a reminder to myself.

This morning, around 5:30 AM, Spanky got out of his bed and walked past the bathroom to sit opposite the bedroom door. He rested there a while, then took a few more steps into the living room and rested. He walked the rest of the way to the breakfast table, settled down, and watched out the balcony doors for a while. At 7 AM, as if he knew it was time, he got up and headed to the water bowl. He drank some water, ate some of his breakfast, then went back and forth between watching out the doors and drinking. He's moving slowly, but he seems okay this morning--he has deliberate intent and presence of mind. He seemed okay yesterday morning, too.

It's late in the day when he seems to not be doing well; early in the day, after lots of rest, he gets along okay.
scarlettina: (Autumn)
I have the time but not the brain bandwidth to write on LJ tonight. I had a full weekend and have used my brain pretty hard. It needs rest. But I want to make notes about some things I'd like to write about in more depth in the next few days so I don't forget about them. This list is pretty much for myself, but if any of these subjects in particular interest you, your comment may influence my writing about them sooner.

--The movie "Black Swan" Done
--Ripping my CD collection to my computer and the resulting discoveries
--Christmas trees, Chanukah bushes, and me
--Perspective and politics
--Sophie and Spanky--mainly some pictures because I haven't done that in a while Done
--The creation of art (words, pictures, or jewelry) (or lack thereof) in my life right now
--What comes next
scarlettina: (Reality failure)
I usually save cooked breakfasts--scrambled eggs, omelets, pancakes/waffles, fresh-baked biscuits, that sort of thing--for the weekend. It's my treat to myself, even something as simple as scrambled eggs. It's a little pleasure.

But when you haven't gone grocery shopping the better part of a week and there's no dinner food in the house, you make do what what you've got, so last night I made scrambled eggs for dinner in a big rush between work and the class I took (about which more anon).

The point of all of this is to say: The prospect of scrambled eggs for breakfast when you've had scrambled eggs for dinner is not as awesome as usual.

Maybe I'll go get a bagel. Or something.
scarlettina: (Are we there yet?)
Don't believe the signs that say TravelEx: Worldwide Currency Exchange.

When traveling anywhere that isn't Europe, Canada, Japan or Mexico, be sure to order your currency at least three days ahead of when you need it. Anything that's not one of the above-mentioned countries is considered exotic and they don't keep it on hand. In fact, the young man behind the counter--when I was surprised by this, it being a foreign currency exchange and all--looked at me as if I were some sort of moron. As it is, I took the only Kenyan shillings they had, equal to about $20. Assuming the exchange is open at Kenyatta airport when I arrive (ha!) I'll exchange money there or at the hotel. This is not, as you may guess, what I'd planned.

At any rate, TravelEx had an abundance of British currency, and may I say: Good God! For $95US, I received 45 British pounds. Um. Wow.

Back to packing....

Notes to self

Thu, Jan. 18th, 2007 05:41 pm
scarlettina: (Cancer)
This week's FreeWill Astrology forecast for Cancerians:

Let me clarify your situation for you, Cancerian. Up until a short time ago, you'd been wandering through halls of mirrors, metaphorically speaking. Then you spied a hammer on the floor, got seized by a rash impulse, and proceeded to smash a lot of glass--again, metaphorically speaking. That was the first step to finding your way out of the labyrinth. Now you're ready for the next step: actually escaping. As you head out, I advise you to be careful that you don't cut yourself on all the shards. Liberation is near enough; there's no need to rush. Walk calmly and carefully towards the sound of the heartbeat you hear in the distance, metaphorically speaking.

Seen on the spine of this month's Real Simple magazine:

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
—Joseph Campbell
scarlettina: (Lion of Kenya)
Anatomically accurate descriptions of the several ways in which lions kill their prey have a way of creating a new and humble respect for the creatures I'll be observing next summer.

Also? Maybe not so smart to read this sort of thing immediately before sleeping.

Just sayin'.
scarlettina: (Sing!)
I love music so much. I mean, sometimes when I'm listening, if it's the right stuff, it just fills me up so much it's almost sexual. (Sometimes singing is that for me, again, if it's the right stuff.) So . . . why don't I listen to more music when I'm home?

I think it has to do with the way my stereo equipment is set up, and I think that's been true for a while. It's in too inconvenient a place for me to just switch it on. On the other hand, I listen to a lot of music on my computer. Of course, here it sits in front of me and all I have to do is activate iTunes, but the audio quality is nowhere near as good.

Must fix this. Seriously. I must fix it.

This afternoon's iTunes playlist so far:
"Across the Universe," Rufus Wainwright
"Breakin' Me," Jonny Lang
"Coming Back to Life," Pink Floyd
"How We Operate"," Gomez
"I've Not Forgotten You," Toni Childs
"More Than Words," Extreme
"Possession," Sarah McLachlan
"Recovering the Satellites," Counting Crows
"The Different," Melissa Etheridge
Yeah, yeah. I know. I have to listen to a different radio station every now and then.

Note to self

Tue, Nov. 14th, 2006 11:39 am
scarlettina: (All my own stunts)
You are not ready to start looking for a job yet. This morning's pass on was positive evidence of that. Chill out. Give yourself a little time.
scarlettina: (Reality Check)
Or maybe I should just post the Serenity prayer and be done with it:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.

Stressing about that which I cannot change or cannot control is unhealthy and counterproductive.

I am hugely grateful for the phone calls I received last night from [ profile] mabfan (who reminded me that I make a difference in the world just by being here) and [ profile] oldmangrumpus. I had a wonderful lunch with [ profile] twilight2000, who cheered up a gray day and met me on only an hour's notice for Thai food. We don't spend enough time together. She's a gem.

On the subject of making a difference in the world, I'm scheduled to do a telephone shift with the folks at in Seattle tomorrow afternoon. Generally speaking, I'm not the sort who is comfortable making phone calls like this; I prefer to answer phones, the way I did for KUOW a couple of weeks back. At least then I knew I was talking to people who wanted to be on the phone. But I've decided that since I want change in Washington DC, I have to do something to help make that change occur. I want to do more than talk; I want to act. I only wish that my unending hours at the office hadn't prevented me from acting sooner than, well, four days before the election. Still, a contribution is a contribution. Every little bit helps.

Note to self

Thu, Apr. 27th, 2006 11:25 pm
scarlettina: (GWTW: Tomorrow is another day)
It's Thursday for another 35 minutes. It's not Friday. It won't be Friday for another 35 minutes.

All day this has been a problem.

That is all.


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