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Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 02:20 pm
I want to get back to posting about more happier things.

I got a notice that a new book was available on my digital library; The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory. I'm not too far into it, but it's okay. I'm reading it as fiction with a slight historical bent. Since it's written in the first person, I doubt the veracity of it. But it's still interesting.

I forgot that I'd finished the 3rd Mary Poppins book; Mary Poppins Opens the Door by P.L. Travers. You know, there is a reason why you don't read these books in a row. They start to become the same. I'm glad I read them, don't get me wrong, but reading all three of those books back to back wasn't the best idea.

Anyway, that's where I am reading wise this week.
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Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 02:13 pm
So it's been almost a week since I heard the news and I'm still processing. I've known Jill since I was 15 years old and I'm 56. She was only 64, so just 8 years older than me. *sigh*

I haven't heard any other news, but I found a copy of her will in my files and see that I'm the executor if her sister is incapable. Her sister is flying (or has flown) in from Germany and she will be fine. The whole thing is just surreal.

I met Jill when I was a sophomore in high school and she was my shorthand teacher. We've been friends ever since. I know that I'm getting to "that" age and these things will be happening, but the first one is always the hardest...I guess.

I keep going over, in my mind, all the things we did together, all the fun times we had. All the times we went out and got trashed and then stayed up half the night yakking, falling asleep on her couch (her house was bigger). It's so hard to think that she is gone.

Thank you all for your kind words. I really appreciate my online friends as much as I cherish my real life friends (and sometimes those crossover!).

Bless you all.
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Friday, October 6th, 2017 06:35 pm
Jill is gone. I met her when I was 15 and she was 23; she was my teacher when I was a sophomore in high school. I've known her for 40+ years.

One of her IBM friends got hold of her rolodex (yes, a rolodex - I still have the one she gave me) and it had my cell in it. Seems she died, alone and wasn't found for days. This was her worst nightmare as this is how she found her dad.

Maybe later, but now? I just can't.
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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 06:10 pm
It seems I can be crafty or I can read, but not both. Reading has been put on the back burner for a bit whilst I crochet.

Today, I went to a Knitted Knockers event. I learned how to make these:

I've always wanted to make something for charity; scarves, hats, gloves, etc. This fills a need and fills my soul.

I've been told I can make 'brightly colored' ones as well! Yarn shopping, here I come!
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Friday, September 29th, 2017 02:21 pm
If you are active on social media.....

and you are "friends" with your boss(or bosses or HR)....

and you decide that you are "too sick" to come to work....

and you post a picture of yourself at:
the spa
the game
the beach
the movies
the restaurant saying it was "...the best day ever!"...

I really don't feel sorry if you get called on the carpet or fired.

Because you are really too stupid to have a job.

You're welcome.
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Friday, September 29th, 2017 12:00 pm
So the version of the current meme going around that I stole got from [profile] desdamonaspace was missing questions #46 and #62. I was cruising the old flist and saw that [personal profile] hobbituk had the missing questions!

#46) Favorite Flower?

Hmmm, this is always a hard one for me to answer as I don't have a favorite per se. We have some purple morning glories that are lovely. I like roses, but yeah.

#62)Practical or idealistic?

I think I'm practical.
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Thursday, September 28th, 2017 05:50 pm
70 questions and answers, more or less.

Questions and Answers )
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Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 05:26 pm
I became the mother of two. Two boys. Oh boy!

The Spare turned 22 this morning. My baby!
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Friday, September 22nd, 2017 12:57 pm
Today is the Fall Equinox! Happy Days!

Although it's raining and not quite 50 degrees here today. Brr.
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Saturday, September 16th, 2017 04:13 pm
Do you remember when the Dairy Queen or Tastee Freeze or whatever would close down for the season? Even in Tucson, when I was growing up, our Dairy Queen closed in the fall and reopened in the spring. We have a place like that near here.

It's actually in Chilcoot, CA which is about 30 miles or so as the crow flies. I had heard that this was the last weekend they were open this year and opined to His Lordship that it would make a nice drive. I like a drive with a destination (and treat!) in mind.

After getting home from teaching my yoga class, we ate lunch and then headed out in the MINI. The Chilcoot Frosty is an institution in these here parts. The first time we went the kids were wee and we'd been camping. Such a treat! Little did I know at the time that people really did drive in from Reno/Sparks to partake!

After a small, swirled cone we decided to drive up a bit further to Frenchman's Lake. This is where we'd been camping, lo those many years ago. We like to camp on the creek rather than the lake proper.

That lake has been lots of fun for us throughout the years from camping (our first family camp trip - it poured!) to ice fishing to now the kids going up with their friends.

Home now. Fun times, good memories.
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Friday, September 15th, 2017 10:12 am
I haven't really been posting actual content, just meme-ing (is that a word? it should be!).

I've been trying to get His Lordship to go to bed earlier than 10pm as he has to be up at 4:45 every morning and it's starting to 'show'. Grumpy is as grumpy does. He wants (at least it's my perception) me to go get in bed with him even if it's only 9pm. That's not gonna work every night for me. I've always been a night owl, he's an early riser. It's a work in progress, but the man definitely needs more sleep. He's be perfectly content to be on the afternoon shift (2nd shift), so he'd be working from say 3pm to 11pm. I absolutely abhorred that shift when the kids were little; it was like being a single mother. No thank you. Now, he doesn't have a choice but to be on 1st shift with his new position as Tech Manager (I think that's what it's called). The hours are set at 6am to 2pm. Hmmm, maybe he needs to nap more. *ponders*

I don't have to teach this afternoon as it's the 10th anniversary of the studio being opened and there is an open house celebration. I still need to be there from 4-6pm, but just for schmoozing purposes. I'm hoping a few new people show up, that would be swell. I think things are going well, she just hired a new instructor and added two new classes. Hope springs!

It's getting cooler here (finally!) and the Chilcoot (CA) Frosty (it's a destination spot!) is getting ready to close down for the year. I think we'll head up there for lunch after I teach on Saturday. A MINI adventure!

Today I'm trying to get some stains out of the bedroom carpet (have I mentioned how much I despise carpet???) and then I'm going to work on organizing my mom's paperwork. It's exceeding the boundaries of the basket I've been using.

I'm off!
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Thursday, September 14th, 2017 12:29 pm
But I forgot to do this yesterday because

I've finished the first and second Mary Poppins books and I've started on the third:

Mary Poppins Opens the Door

Now, wasn't that exciting????

Nothing to see here, move on.
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Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 06:47 pm
Yesterday was the 12th and so I am late. As per usual.

12th Day )

That's it. Kinda boring, but nice.
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Monday, September 11th, 2017 09:11 am
Yeah. I can't keep a posting schedule to save my life. Ah well.

I'm up and have done two loads of laundry, plan on doing more. Laundry, the joy! I also need to do some general cleaning.

I did manage to entice His Lordship to help me clean out a file cabinet so I can move my mom's stuff there. The little basket I've been using just isn't cutting it anymore and I tend to just toss everything willy-nilly in it. Not very organized and makes for more work when I'm looking for something specific. File folders for the win!

Ooo, is that the dryer? Must depart for now!
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Thursday, September 7th, 2017 12:38 pm
Well, no I didn't. I've been crocheting. And until I figure out how to read (not listen to audio books, thankyewverramuch) and crochet at the same time; one or the other suffers.

This past week I read the following:
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.
Oh boy! That was a heavy (pun) book. Honestly, I thought this book was about the soccer players lost in the Andes. Don't know why. That said, I enjoyed this book immensely and I highly recommend Jon Krakauer as an author.

Next up was something very light, Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke. You'd think with 'murder' in the title it wouldn't be light, but..yeah. Formulaic, predictable yet fun. I guessed the murderer and pondered about the ending. I'll read the next one, but I would not ever read these one right after another. Bo-oooring. Every once in a while, okay.

As I've said before, I'm trying to read some of the 'classics' that I've missed. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers fits that bill. And who knew there were so many books? Not I. As my main experience with these is the Disney movie, I'm comparing and contrasting. I can also see why Disney made Mary a 'kinder, gentler Nanny'.

I'm still reading Mary Poppins Comes Back by P.L. Travers as I've started to crochet again. What I'm finding is that her fantasy stuff reminds me of the "A Wrinkle in Time" books and some of Neil Gaiman's stuff. I approve!
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Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 07:57 pm
It's a crafty Tuesday and a harvest day as well.

I've got so many things I need/want to do, I was struck with complete ennui earlier. I finally decided to get busy with my crafting. His Lordship does a craft show in early December at a local high school, sponsored by the high school bands. I've tried to push some of my crocheting, but it hasn't gone over too well with the high school kids. This year I'm making scarves in their school colors of navy/forest. We'll see.

The colors are a little off in this pic as I had to use a bright light to make them show up. I'm going to make 4, in different styles.

And His Lordships's garden produced a massive pepper harvest today! So very pretty!

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Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 09:51 am
Got 4 books read this week. When last we met I was reading Karma for Beginners by Jessica Blank. I do believe I mentioned it was a little "crunchy granola". Not meant to be pejorative, but yeah. And then it took a very strange turn. I guess you could call it a 'coming of age' type book? I don't know. Some of the stuff was very 'eat, pray, love', but not in a good way.

Next up a YA book about Catherine Howard called The King’s Rose by Alisa Libby. Fiction kids, very much so. Told from Catherine's, alleged, POV. It was okay; a good introduction into the genre for the younger set. There is a book I want to read about her called Young and Damned and Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII by Gareth Russell which is non-fiction. I'm still looking for it.

The next two books I read, well, I'd read a bit about the story when it happened but I was a young mother with very young children and just didn't want to. Both books popped up on the digital loans so I checked them both out and read them back to back. First was Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild. Oh my. And this version had the added bits in about Krakauer's speculation on exactly how Chris died. This is the 2nd book I've read by Krakauer (the first being Under the Banner of Heaven about the Lafferty brothers and fundamental Mormonism), and I'm still quite impressed with his detective work. He did juxtapose Chris' story with his own a bit, which in my opinion, made Chris' story all the more poignant. I think if I had read the book when it first came out, I would have been less sympathetic to Chris and his struggles. Now I can be more objective. I seriously doubt that he was trying to commit suicide, I think he fully intended to walk out of Alaska the same way he walked in. I do think he had the whole ICBM attitude of youth. The whole story is tragic.

Which brings me to The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless. This book was written about 8 years AFTER Into the Wild. There is a foreward by Jon Krakauer and I did wonder if this book would refute any of his writings. Not so, rather it enhanced and broadened the story. There are just too many people, living what they think is the good life whilst really not. The McCandless children were not living the good life. If you are going to read about this topic I recommend that you read Krakauer's book first, then McCandless'.

As I tend to get stuck in a rut, I'm now reading Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. He really is a fine author. In my opinion.
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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 01:10 pm
I'm feeling bleh and rather under the weather today. Not sure the problem, but yeah.

Anyway, lotsa reading this week:
First up Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill.

I’m trying to read all the stuff I can about Scientology as it just fascinates me in the same way a train wreck would, I can’t look away. I’m dutifully watching “Aftermath” and I check out Mike Rinder’s blog daily. I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to offend anyone, but…man. Just. Man.

Next up, something completely different: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I’m pretty hip to the Greek and Roman mythology, but Norse was a different story. I find I knew more than I thought, but not as much as I could. The language was a bit tough to follow and I found myself just skipping over the names/words I couldn’t pronounce. Heck, even the ones I could I probably was doing incorrectly! It was a fast, fun read about the Norse myths and I liked putting together how they are used in our culture.

I’m not a cookbook person, but I do love me some Alton Brown. When I saw this pop up on my digital list, I had to check it out: Alton Brown Everyday Cook This time, it's personal by Alton Brown. He is one dry, funny guy. I find his recipes to be a bit…cumbersome. But that’s all on me. I do use some of his recipes, but I doubt I’ll use any of these. It was just fun to read. I like a man with passion!

There are a few classics that I’m trying to read and this is one: Peter Pan by JM Barrie. I think, if you are of a certain age, we all remember the Disney cartoon version. There is “Finding Neverland” and “Hook”. Now I get it. It always amazes me, the language used in a “children’s book” . I wish books today used such language!

I’ve read The 19th Wife and I being as I live very close to SLC and there is a large Mormon community here, I’m interested in this whole plural marriage thing. Strictly academically, of course. I don’t share. Just sayin’. Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka felt as though it was written to a younger audience. YA maybe? I did like how it juxtaposed the inuksuk idea of balance with the balancing act these young (very young!) women have to go through. Worth a read.

I'm currently reading Karma for Beginners by Jessica Blank. I'm only a few chapters in, but it's very crunchy-granola in a weird way.