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Friday, November 25th, 2016
3:52 am - Halloween candy count delayed
New resolution--

Instead of buying candy for trick-or-treaters, I'm going to spend the money next year and buy me Godivas.

Once again, Halloween was the night of the living dead, and not in the good every-one-dress-as-a-zombie way.

I had mini candy bars, full-size candy bars, crayons, and tie-dye pencils to give out, and who did I get?

TWO kids. Twenty minutes after trick-or-treating was supposed to be done, and a half hour after I gave it up as a bad job.

I guess the problem is that most of the parents drive their kids to richer neighborhoods to trick-or-treat, since a lot of their neighbors don't bother with or can't afford candy. And I get that, I really do.

But it's darned dismaying when even the neighbor's kids don't show up, even if it is just on the way out to the car.

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3:30 am - What I Did on My Thanksgiving Vacation by Asphodel-Ale
Not bloody much of anything, other than waste 8 cartons of blackberries on too-soggy pies with too much sugar.

Of which I ate too many pieces.

I should have just stirred it all up and called it cobbler.

current mood: sleepy

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Friday, October 31st, 2014
9:07 pm - Annual candy count
Well, today was a record-setting Halloween in Chicago (and assorted burb-lets), where the bears and the cubs should all be polar, what with the strange snowfall.

Unfortunately, the Windy City was a name that could apply to everyone within an hour's drive of the Lake, which made trick-or-treating worse than back in the Seventies, when mothers planned their kids' costumes to fit under their coats. No too-fashionable-to-be-scary black hoodies this Halloween!

So, how many brave little urchins in cute costumes were there this Night of a Thousand Brrs? Well, folks, I had six bags of candy in my double-batch-size mixing bowl, along with candy-corn erasers and even some crayons for the teal-pumpkin set. Lights on and drapes open. Even trimmed the trash-tree bush by the front door so they wouldn't get hit by the branches. And to my door came exactly:


Yup. Zero. Heck, even the next-door-neighbor's kids didn't show up. *sighs*

(Man, I didn't even get a surly teenager who couldn't be bothered to bring a bag.)

Next year, I'm skipping directly to the leftovers and buying myself a box of Godivas. It won't be as fattening, and I'll probably save money with the deal.

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014
5:04 pm - Yup, still here...
Hi, all...

Been rather longer than I expected since I posted here, but then, it's been a weird year at work and that kind of took the joy out of posting here. (As well as quite a few other things, looking back.) Not that I've ever been very blog-gy anyway.

Thankfully, the kiddie wrangling/cat herding job I had last year is done with for a while, so I finally have the chance to rest up, catch up, and heal up. (You would not believe the number of caught-from-the-kids bugs I've had this year.) But there's a lot of the catching up to take care of before work starts again. There's taking a vacation, allergy testing, shopping for living room furniture (I've been at the new house for two years and Craigslist just isn't coming through for me), trying to get the basement fixed up, and getting a small hernia repaired. I would have had the latter done already, but apparently it's not a good idea to try to recuperate around humans who like to hug just at the height of one's incision, LOL. Still, if I get just the medical things done before work starts back, I'll feel as if I've actually accomplished something.

Oh, and since I missed out on the Halloween candy count, I should note (for my future candy-buying plans) that I didn't bother passing out any of the candy I bought, as it was raining and I honestly couldn't give a hoot, much less a Snickers bar.

Finally posting, I remain,


current mood: mellow and sleepy

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Monday, August 12th, 2013
12:04 pm - Stupid thieves are stupid.
As I mentioned in my previous post, my house was burgled a couple of weeks ago.

Fortunately, I got home in time to interrupt them. (And probably more fortunately, not soon enough to confront them actually in my house.)

But here's the rant:

Dear Mr. Thief:

I get it that some folks steal. Some need to, some want to--it happens, it stinks, I got it.

But for crying out loud, when stealing my jewelry, can you leave the costume jewelry behind? It's not like you can pawn it, or sell it for precious metals, and it's not like I can replace these pieces now that the patterns have been discontinued. (Seriously, you took a copper/rhinestone ring with an adjustable band? Dude, I paid like 75 cents for the thing!)

And stealing rhinestones? I can understand the CZ--not all CZ is set in base metal, after all--but why did you take that gaudy, cheap necklace that I only bought because I'm a hoarder at heart? And for frak's sake, why didn't you take the earrings that matched that were in the same box? Dude, think!

Finally, I'm really insulted that you took the fake gold and silver findings from my craft pile, and didn't take any of the jewelry I actually made. Seriously rude, that. *fake pouts*

No joy,

(the unadorned)

current mood: bemused

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11:36 am - Year of the Suck
Well, it's been a long time since I've updated, but frankly, this year has just been too sad to even want to reflect upon.

Most painful was the death of my father in February. (Not going into details here, understandably.) His was surrounded by the deaths of three very dear folks at church, (two elders, one my age); the patriarch of two of my cousins-in-law's family; and the brother of another cousin's wife.

Then there were the more mundane things:

First work--not a bad job, but like a bra that's a size too small, it just didn't fit. But still necessary.

Summer came, and with it a storm that sent a tree into my garage.

The air conditioner I put in last year didn't work right. (But the folks who put it in came and worked on it for free, so very good there.)

And two weeks ago, my house was burgled. (But that's another story.)

I will be SOOOO glad when 2013 is over!


current mood: melancholy
Monday, November 12th, 2012
11:18 pm - Tiny update
I bought a digital piano today. Not cheap, but waaaay cheaper than even the Great River That Begins With A discounted it, since I got it at a pawn shop. Feel a bit schadenfreudlich about it, but a regular keyboard just doesn't cut it, especially with choir practice coming up.

On the other end of the scale, I found out that the tiny pair of jewelry pliers that were really useless for real jewelry, actually work pretty well at pulling smashed tips out of dry-erase markers. And when they don't have enough leverage, a pair of fly-tying scissors/pliers works really well.

Oddly enough, though, superglue just isn't very super for me today. But at least I didn't glue all the fingers of my right hand together like I did the last time. (Had to fix a clock--the part that held the battery chipped off.)

I really should repair to bed instead of repairing stuff.



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Monday, November 5th, 2012
10:05 pm - Random update is random
Well, it's that time of year again, so let's start off with the annual candy count:
2 bags of Almond Joy, 1 bag each of Snickers, Twix, and Hershey bars.
8 Trick-or-Treaters
Honestly, I don't know why I bother, other than the tradition of it.

Other things that are going on:

I'm employed, if not exactly gainfully. But I'm getting the hang of the work.

Bought a new sewing machine--one of the 150th anniversary Singers. Oddly, cheaper than the same model not dolled up. But I do like the black and gold. It's weird, though, using a computerized one--Mom's only has straight stitch.

It's funny how I can remember how to sew, (it's been YEARS) but I didn't remember to turn down the iron when pressing out my seams. I had to trim about half an inch of scorched polyester from the hem of the skirt I'm working on. And I forgot to move the armholes of my costume up enough to cover my bra. (Sleeveless, we hates it, we does.)

And speaking of costumes, by the time I was done sewing it, I was too tired to show mine off. But it's fairly neat--a calico dress made of an Indian-corn print, with a cape of corn-shock leaves. Next year, I guess. It'll give me time to make a corn-worm scrunchy anyway.

Tiredness seems to be a problem lately. It's been bugging me for about a month or so. For example, the last load of laundry I did was two weeks ago, and it's still sitting in the dryer.

And like the dishes in the sink, it'll be there tomorrow. It's 10 p.m. standard time, and I'm done in.

Sleepily yours,


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9:29 pm - Good news vs. Bad News
Good news: I got rehired by the company I was laid off from.
Bad news: it's a different job.
Good news: I get to use my math minor.
Bad news: The maths say I'm going to earn a whole lot less this year.

*big sigh*

A. A.

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Saturday, September 1st, 2012
12:39 am - At least now I can see where my money's going.
As those who've seen me in real life know, I've been complaining about my old glasses ever since I bought them years ago--the lenses kept popping out every time I took them off. I figure I've replaced them into the frames around 200 times since I've owned them, and recently, I've had to put them back around three times a week. The lenses had pitted coating, the gold had worn off the temples, and I couldn't read a book without propping it three feet away or taking off my glasses. It's more than time to have them replaced.

So today I finally broke down and got new ones. Ultra-light lenses, glare-resistant, scratch-resistant coating--and the cheapest frames they had that fit my face. Simple, yet kind of pretty, and not too Harry-Potterish. Way expensive, though not too bad if pro-rated over the next few years.

But if I have to replace even one lens before New Year's, I'm going to be *extremely* peeved off.

current mood: melancholy, baby

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Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
6:36 pm - Random updates.
Hm, where to start.

Still unemployed. Still looking. Still 'meh' about the whole thing.

Now into the Sherlock fandom. Funny how, even though I know how season 3 is going to start, I still bawled my eyes out at the end of season 2. And it's weird to be in a fandom where the spoilers have been around for over a century. Niiiice eye candy, though.

Finally got air conditioning about a month ago. I think we had seven 100 degree-ish days before I broke down and got it. Then it cooled off, naturally.

Tomato patch is doing weird--didn't stake the large varieties well enough, and they spread out everywhere. Lots of cherry tomatoes, but after the last few days' rain, a lot of them are splitting. So are the big ones, so I'm getting more rot than edible. But on the upside, I probably won't have to plant much next year, as they're self-planting.

Came across my high-school writing while cleaning out my files. SCARY bad, lots of it. Some even went into the circular file.

Hungry now.

A. Ale

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Thursday, June 21st, 2012
10:38 pm - Galifrey needs to make bookcases.
Well, it's happened again--I get a new bookcase, and I've already got too many books for the space.

It'd be a lot easier to deal with, if the books weren't all different sizes, but they run from an itty-bitty 3" book on yo-yos to a honking big 18" monster of an art catalog--and if you know anything about cataloging with Dewey, you know they'll probably end up on the same shelf, or at least the same section.

Anyway, I'm starting to decimalize the suckers, since they're getting so out of hand I can't remember what I've read, much less where I've left it. Bought some removable stickers from the Mart of Walls that had better live up to the removable part, and have started haunting the Library of Congress catalog to find out what to write on them.

I've around 80 feet of books, and they're driving me bats. (You know it's bad when you measure them instead of counting them.) I'm even finding duplicates of books I forgot I had.

*Tells self, it's not hoarding if they're all shelved, in order, and actually read. Lies.*

Taking the first stop on her bus-man's holiday, I remain-


current mood: hot

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Friday, June 1st, 2012
11:22 pm - Well, this reeks.
Laid off.

Ticked off.

Put out.

Stressed out.

Packing up.

Weeding through.

Wondering what I'm going to do.

Hm, why not a poem or two?


Nope. I think just one will do.


(Note: not worried, just bloody well annoyed.)

current mood: pissed off

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Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
12:26 am - Writer's Block: Fashion faux pas
What is the strangest thing in your closet?
A vintage Royal manual typewriter, like the one on the opening sequence of Murder, She Wrote. It's sweet--cast iron construction, stops everywhere you could want one, and the cool round keys that would be the bane of any acrylic manicure. Dad bought it for me for my 16th birthday, and I was the only one in college who could still type when the power went off.

I even have a few vintage ribbons left. Come the apocalypse...

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Saturday, August 20th, 2011
4:26 pm - Updates, such as they are.
Well, it's two weeks into the healing process on the foot. I've gotten used to walking in the boot, though I was woke up by the trains going by right when I was dreaming that the foot was healed, and almost forgot to put in on when I got up.

Managed to get two loads of laundry done, despite the washer and dryer being in the basement. Forgot to return library books, though. Major fines there--I could buy a paperback.

Been been listening to Catholic lectures, reading a lot of books on the subject, and just finished a six DVD course on the history of the Catholic church. Also been making a lot of rosaries lately (with regular necklaces made of the leftover beads). I tell you, my fandoms just tend to get away with me, and the paths the Angels and Demons one is taking is just plain strange.

Potluck at church tomorrow. Half-cold food, 80% of which is casseroles, an extra half-hour waiting for everyone to get out of church, and indigestion at 2:30. And no caffeine. We hates it we does.

Heading out to the library, I remain:


current mood: meh

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Monday, August 8th, 2011
3:54 pm - Third time's not the charm.
I was coming down the stairs at Mom and Dad's house on Saturday, when I missed the bottom stair.

Result, one trip to immediate care, enough x-rays to make me think I'm Peter Parker, and a chip fracture that fortunately only requires time in a walking boot. So far. *knocks wood, throws salt, etc. etc.*

This is the third time I've (officially) chipped/cracked a bone, and the previous two times I went on a bone-repair diet of my own devising. Basically, it's six or more dairy servings a day, along with lots of dried cranberries for vitamin C and fiber. Plus regular food, of course. I call it the Eat-Cheesecake-Till-You-Can't-Stand-It-Anymore diet.

Last time I gained five pounds, but was out of the elbow cast in 2 1/2 weeks. I don't expect it'll work quite as well now that I'm in middle-middle-age, but we'll see.


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Tuesday, June 21st, 2011
7:41 pm - In the new house--finally!
Well, folks, I've finally managed to get most (some? a few?) of my things into the new house.

I've been in there for four weeks as of yesterday, and it's finally beginning to look like a human lives there.

Still, it's surprising how much stuff I still have at the old house: about a dozen linear feet of books , six movies worth of Harry Potter tie-ins, and more itty-bitty faux Christmas trees than one can find in any one Borders. And that doesn't even count the boxes of old craft stuff.

The house isn't done yet, either. The downstairs bathroom needs replaced. The basement stairs are a mess and a hazard. (At least four different heights to the risers, and one stair that has different heights on each end.) And I'm CRAVING air conditioning. Or at least, replacement screens.

On the upside, though, the house is getting new siding. The faux stone and wide steel has been removed, as has the old cedar underneath. Barring any rain, the new white skinny vinyl should go on tomorrow.

It's a bit like getting one's teeth whitened when one actually needs fillings, but hey, I'll take it. Right?

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Friday, May 13th, 2011
8:37 pm - Writer's Block: Let's try this again
What movie would you like to see remade, and why? How would you change it?

Angels and Demons, as if the twist never happened--and showing what would follow in that AU.

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Saturday, April 16th, 2011
12:02 am - Hmm...
Just tried out the random-journal feature. Two-for-two in Russian.

LJ needs to have a random-journal English sub-feature.

Just sayin'.


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Friday, April 15th, 2011
11:58 pm - It's getting close,
The house is just about ready to move into. Just lacking the appliances, internet, and a few daubs of paint.

Also, we have to fix the installation of the counter-top--it's missing a couple of supports, so it sags on the left of the L. Also hoping to correct the improperly-joined miter.

Folks, some things it just pays to have professionally done.

Anyway, I've been moving things in, mostly dishes and a few paperbacks/DVDs. Trouble is, most of the miscellaneous stuff is books, and I'm losing about 21 feet of built-in shelving. I'd ordered one 4 ft, and two 6 (or was it 5?) ft bookcases, but the larger ones are on back-order. Also, the silly folks who assembled the smaller one screwed the shelves into the brackets, so they're not adjustable. But I think they'll just about fit my cookbooks and music books, so not much of a problem there.

So many books, so little pan-dimensional storage.

Also, been thrifting like mad to furnish the place, but that's another post.

Overwhelmed,I remain,


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