ada lovelace

Writer's Block: Invisibility cloak

If you could be invisible for a day, where would you go and what would you do? Do you think you might be upset by what you discovered?

I would sneak past the admission fees at a museum and spend the day making portraits rattle, statues talk, etc. Invisibility seems the sort of superpower that is good for two things: stalking and lulz. And I have no present stalking engagements on my calendar.
ada lovelace

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It's an 'excedrin for breakfast' kind of day.


I have had to resort to pulling out  the big guns in order to energize myself: my playlist of the  bounciest, peppiest, most hair-sprayed pop queens of the eighties.  We're talking Samantha Fox and Bananarama here. And as I groove in my desk chair to Naughty Girls Need Love Too, my thoughts turn to cataloging my mood-lifting strategies.  Caffeination is probably what I resort to most often, but that's a habit I've been attempting to break since I finished my coursework.  

My current repertoire includes:
  • Tackling my dearest and demanding a detailed account of all the ways in which I am completely awesome.
  • A snack and a big glass of water.  Dehydration and low blood sugar are frequent culprits.
  • Calling the Sororal Unit. 
  • Consuming a funny book or tv show.
  • Rhythm games like DDR or Rock Band. (Especially playing the drums.
  • Playing with the cats. 
There's some overlap here with the things I do to relax (listen to soothing music or rainstorm nature sounds, knitting, meditation, pilates, mindless casual computer games, etc), but some days I just need to jump start my energy levels.  
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ada lovelace

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My resolutions for 2010:

  • Learn to speak more Dutch. Work on those troublesome 'g' sounds that have prompted the Boy to ask me if I was strangling a duck.
  • Become proficient at typing again. 
  • Attempt to make a habit of doing home ballet workout dvds. Enroll in adult ballet class once job hunt meets with success. (Ballet > yoga for stress reduction.) 
  • Read a few books on short story technique. Apply that to composing and finishing a few short stories. Submit said stories for publication.
  • Revise the paper I wrote on race in science fiction and submit it to the Journal of Popular Culture.
  • Read through the complete Wizard of Oz series, keeping a reading journal as I go. Read all scholarly criticism on it that I can get my hands on.
  • Read Jane Austen, Wilkie Collins. Finish Herland and the letters of Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
  • Read all works by Nobokov.
  • Read several books on critical legal theory, especially the works of Catharine MacKinnon.
  • Watch all of the available lectures from Yale's Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics open course.
  • Read a book on lepidoptery.
long road

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Oh dear readers, I have been remiss in updating. I am in the midst of learning to use the dvorak keyboard layout, and I have just gotten to the point where typing anything longer than the average twitter post is no longer unbearably frustrating.

I would like to convey my belated new year's wellwishing to all. 2009 was very unkind to some of my nearest and dearest, and I'm hoping that 2010 will prove to be less of a suck parade.

Seeing all the reminiscing over the last decade has brought up a lot of mixed feelings for me. I spent most of the last ten years suffering from undiagnosed and untreated major depression, and it wasn't until last year that I found the right balance of medication and made enough progress in therapy that my life feels like my own.

I still have a ways to go, but I'd like to remember 2009 as the year that I finally learned to be compassionate towards myself, and that's been nothing short of miraculous.
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fraggle rock

twas the day before Christmas

The Sororal Unit came down from Virginia for an early Christmas celebration, so this last week was a flurry of family get-togethers, dinners out, and recuperating from my thesis defense.

I got all my presents early, and it was a truly lovely haul that made me feel all tingly. I got things that I needed, things I didn't realize I needed, and enough cash that I could treat myself to some necessary luxuries like warm flannel sheets and a rainfall shower head.

From the Sororal Unit I got a desktop computer system that she picked up from a friend who was moving, and thus liquidating his home computer lab. It's a nice little gaming system with a decent-sized monitor; I just have to replace the hard drive (Ubuntu tells me that it has many bad sectors and that it could drop dead from Fail at any moment) and get a more comfortable keyboard (very important for someone who is typing during most of her waking hours).

It didn't come with any software loaded beyond Windows XP and Chrome, so I installed Ubuntu on it and then went on a downloading frenzy for word processors, web browser, ebook readers, and other things. I'll probably write more on my experiences as a newb Linux-user at some point, but so far I am very pleased with its usability.

From my parents I got all of Fraggle Rock on dvd and a fabulous cookbook published by the Culinary Institute of America. I forsee making heavy use of both of them.
unicorn riding

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I return victorious from my thesis defense!

At the moment I'm too tired to give a coherent recap, but my committee said I did an excellent job answering their questions. I was intensely nervous at first, but once we started talking I got really excited about discussing my topic. The Boy assured me that I sounded like I kicked ass.

Normal brain function will hopefully return soon.
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