Tag: July 2009

another blogging month
wed 1 july 2009

Entry #1 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

rift's Octopus Mascot

In a moment of crazy insanity, I signed up at NaBloPoMo for a month of daily blogging. I don't even know what I was Thinking! I have so many projects going on...

I have been working really hard on my postcards and my current crocheting project. The crocheting will possibly be done in a week and a half. The postcards are neverending.

Last few days I've been doing some doodles. I got this book, Keys to Drawing with Imagination, and instead of just reading it, I decided to actually do all the exercises. And the first exercise is to do six doodles. So I'm doodling.

National Blog Posting Month

Along with that, I have some "homework". Actually quite a lot of homework. Which I'll type about later.

Some good books I'm reading. Working on my paper journal.

Significant Other has been taking good care of our garden, so that's one thing I don't have to worry about!

And not to mention the chores I've let build up.

And now I have to type every day as well!

thrus 2 july 2009

Entry #2 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

I was really looking forward to the long weekend. Friday was going to be our holiday. And: see yesterday's blog post? I have much to do at home.

But no. This morning, they changed their minds and now I have to work on friday.

And I am quite angry about it, too.

I needed the down time.

fri 3 july 2009

Entry #3 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

*deep breath* okay. I am still annoyed that my holiday got ruined. And never mind that it's the hottest day of the year, and I worked in an un- air conditioned warehouse. Just never mind, okay.

Because it is now the weekend, and I absolutely have to make the most of it.

Well. First I had to get distracted at GoodReads... It's been a few months since I've updated the books I've read. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I've not read many books since the end of March, so this was not a very time consuming distraction.

And then I made a couple of postcards. I still have a good handful of return postcards to send out. Plus, I am Almost at 100 sent postcards at my PostCrossing! yay.

And now! What's next?! There's just so many projects calling to me!


sat 4 july 2009

Entry #4 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

This morning I woke up and didn't want to get out of bed because I had so MUCH to do. I was thinking about all my projects, wondering which one would get me excited enough to get moving. nope, nope: I'd much rather stay here in bed.

It did occur to me that I would eventually have to get out of bed. Because the guinea pigs will be hungry and demand their breakfast. Then I decided it would be fun to play with them on the floor... And that was the thought that excited me enough to get out of bed.

Twitch attempting to take a nap

I wore the guinea pigs out with play time, then let them do their own thing on the floor. Twitch was playing with the stuffed animals, and taking some piggy naps next to them. :)

kinda cute arent they

sun 5 july 2009

Entry #5 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

Okay. I admit it. I love fireworks.


It's a guilty pleasure, tho. Fireworks and the celebrations surrounding them are not animal friendly -- terrifying to most of the non-human people, not to mention the animals you are eating -- and, of course, not earth friendly either.

On the other hand, US independance day (yesterday) is one of the few major holidays that isn't quasi-religious. And people don't even blink when you ask for a soy dog to go with your corn on the cob.

Ooooo Greeeeen

So anyway. I love fireworks.

My supervisor at the day job loaned me her tripod, and it was absolutely brilliant! I set it up, punched in my camera settings and pointed it in the right direction.

When the fireworks started I just clicked the button a few times. I barely even looked at the camera. So I was still able to enjoy the fireworks. And I got a bunch of kind of decent photos!

Yay. It was fun.

Oooo, aaaaah

mon 6 july 2009

Entry #6 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

Significant Other and I went down to the garden yesterday, but I forgot to bring my camera. So you'll just have to believe me when I say my Tiger Eye flower looks incredible, with five or six blooms. heck, maybe more.

SO is very good about going down to the garden every day to water the plants. Except over the weekend, we got lazy and didn't go on friday or saturday. With the stupid heat wave we were in (93°F / 34°C, bleh!) I was worried that all the plants would be droopy and dying.

But they were all perfectly fine. Either they have good roots or all the weeds protected them from the evil sun. :) ha.

One of our tomato plants has died: the Oregon Spring tomato we got at Saturday Market. But still there are five others, and the Cherry tomato plant has several tiny tomatoes growing on it. Yay.

Each of the two strawberry plants has a single blossom. :) The Cilantro is blooming, so hopefully we will have loads of little cilantros next year. Four cucumber plants and two butternut squashes are still small but busy growing.

None of the broccolis came up, neither did the green onions, and the garlic starts have withered away. But my wild flowers are looking lovely... all kinds of flowers and I don't even know what they are!

I do think we have several (volunteer) sunflowers growing. This makes me very happy, but SO wonders why he has to water "weeds". ha, I think our weeds are the best.

Nobody has weeds like we do, that's for sure. laughs.

tues 7 july 2009

Entry #7 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

One of my co-workers mentioned a book today, that she enjoyed as a child and happened to find online. I love ebooks, so of course I had to go looking for it. :)

The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley 1863, 274pgs, tags: "fairy tales" "chimney sweeps" "juvenile fiction"

It looks interesting and I have a fascination with water-based science fiction. So I grabbed it and fixed it up for reading on my Palm handheld.

And then I got sidetracked by this .EPUB file extension. Apparently it's all the rage for ebooks. Except my handheld can't read it. Supposedly MobiPocket will read it... but I really hate that program (because it does a very crappy job handling page numbers). And then I found a program which will convert from EPUB to PDB (an eReader file, the software I prefer for reading ebooks)... ABC Amber EPUB Converter (20$)

Okay, AND we're back from the sidetrack!

I used to read loads of books from Project Gutenberg. I love that web site. Free books! All of them! Yay.

Here are some good, random books...

  Some of Cory Doctorow's books. If you like modern fantasy. His most popular books are Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and Little Brother (not yet at Gutenberg). I enjoyed Little Brother, I've not read Down yet.

  Charles Darwin :) I have read all of Darwin's major works and I very much enjoy reading him. My favorite is The Voyage of the Beagle.

  Thoreau's Walden of course.

  And my absolute favorite find on Gutenberg... A.A. Milne's Not That It Matters. I have read this little book four or five times and it stays on my handheld for all time! Almost every single essay amuses me and makes me smile. The Goldfish essay is the one I remember best, and it makes me grin just thinking about it. In fact, it may be time to re-read! :)

weird death-defying disease
wed 8 july 2009

Entry #8 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

I woke up this morning at 2am to the worst feeling ever in my stomach. I quickly determined that my stomach had exploded and shortly I was going to be throwing up blood.

Then I realized that if my stomach had exploded, I was probably bleeding internally and I was going to die in a few minutes. "I'm only 36," I thought to myself. "It's sad when someone so young dies. But actually I've had a pretty good life. Okay. Let's get this over with, huh."


So. I didn't actually die. And the pain eventually resolved itself into nausea. And I never did throw up. But I did call into work and spent the morning in bed wishing I would throw up. Or die; either way would have been fine.

Instead, and inexplicably, I slowly got better.

And then I got up, had a massive headache, and lived happily ever after.

thurs 9 july 2009

Entry #9 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

Let me tell you about my inboxes... aka disaster areas.

Last month, I ran across a website and decided to sign up for some freebies... Shop 4 Freebies... They just happened to have a Kiss My Face sample on the day that I visited.

I needed a separate email account, because I knew I was going to get some spam if I kept doing freebies. So I spent a couple weeks cleaning out my Hotmail account. I had mostly abandoned that one, tho I was getting some good newsletters there. I had about 100 emails to go through.

But that got done, and now there are just a light handful in the inbox. Yay.

Now. My real email. The kind that ends with That is the most serious problem. 200 emails in my inbox, 50 of which are unread.

Not to mention the horrifying spam... Today I got 72 emails, only 9 of which were legit. I don't even know why I have to deal with that crap... my free email accounts do perfect spam filtering, I see none of it. But the email that I actually pay for I have to look at dozens and dozens of spams every day?! (well. Granted my hotmail account gets about 3 spams a week, whereas my static8 account gets over 500 spams a week! laughs!)

Okay, anyway. Back to the 200 problem. I've not cleared out my email since january, and that's what happens, I guess.

So, I am going to make it my goal to get that all cleared out this month. I will read and delete the stuff I don't need to keep. I will hit the reply button a few times. And I will move the keepers into their assigned folders.

  Current Email Total: 168

fri 10 july 2009

Entry #10 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

I wandered down to our community garden plot today after work, and Significant Other met me there with my camera!

Oh sweet weeds. laugh. Yeah, okay, I love the weeds. The day job wore me out today, so I was too tired to even pull up the ones that might strangle the "real" plants. eh. maybe later this weekend.

yay, happy flowers

The Tiger Eye is so lovely and happy. I'm glad we planted it in the front of the garden so everyone who walks by can see it!

so cute

One of the strawberry plants. Both of the strawberry plants have a couple tiny strawberries growing! Oh, yay!

pretty, pretty

And a random wildflower growing on the left side wildflower patch. Don't know what he is.

On the right side wildflower patch there is some kind of daisy plant which has taken over where the garlic and green onions used to be. And I think there was a Poppy in there as well.

I should look at the list of species in the wildflower seeds I threw down and figure out what everything is!

  Current Email Total: 146

paper journal
sat 11 july 2009

Entry #11 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

Not too much going on today, which makes it a Wonderful saturday in which three hour naps are perfectly acceptable. heh.

When I woke up from my nap, I started working on my paper journals. At some point last year, I decided I would write (and print) (and draw) (and whatever) on normal copier paper, and then bind up the papers at the end of the month into monthly journals with my Bind-It-All.

I love the Bind-It-All: I bought bulk 1/2inch O-wires for it so I will never run out and can make hundreds of double spiral bound notebooks! My monthly journals include all my Static8 blog entries, and my postcard stats and whatever random articles I feel like printing up from the Internet.

Unfortunately, the monthly journal papers tend to stack up. Because making a journal cover has somehow become tedious. I've got the last three months to bind up, plus three months from last year! sheesh.

june paper journal

I started with june, and that went well enough. It's all bound and pretty now... well, semi-pretty: the printer did start running out of yellow ink as I printed the cover. So. Oh well. The picture shows the june journal, all bound up, on top of my new lap desk (flipped over to show the padded side), Lap of Luxury Lap Desks: the fabric is just so brilliantly colourful!

The problem was may... I had so many photos, I decided to make front and back covers! Sadly, having to deal with so many photos on one page -- the front page has 8 high res pics on it -- that the computer just threw up his hands and said "jeez! I have 256megs of RAM okay?! I cannot deal with this! It's too much!"

poor baby. So now I'm thinking about buying a new computer.

  Current Email Total: 103

odds and ends
sun 12 july 2009

Entry #12 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)


Today I finally got caught up with my PostCrossing... I have all 9 of my postcards travelling, and I've scanned all my received pcs and uploaded them to the site! I'm at 99 postcards sent... one more registered and I'll be able to send out 10 postcards at a time! Yay postcards! :)

I was so involved in the postcard thing, that I almost forgot to make bread today. ACK! Well, it would not have been the major tragedy I thought, simply because we still had two halves of a loaf in the freezer. Which is good, because I must have my bread!

I've been making my own vegan bread in the bread machine for several years now... and I will never -ever- go back to store bread. It tastes funny. You can taste all the chemicals and junk they put in and it does not taste good!

When I am focused and organized, it takes me exactly 10 minutes to set up the bread in the bread machine. That includes clean up time. And then, about 3.5 hours later, fresh, delicious, wonderful, vegan bread!

other projects
mon 13 july 2009

Entry #13 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

It made me so happy to work on and finish a few of my projects this past weekend. One hundred percent caught up with the PostCrossing postcards. Finishing my june paper journal (and a bit more work and my may paper journal will be done as well).

Feels good, ya know. But made me think about all the other little projects I've Not touched!

  I didn't finish my dog blanket! I've only got 6 rows left... maybe 1.5 hours of crocheting. So close!

  I bought a cable several months ago to connect a hard drive to the computer via USB port. Yeah, that cool little toy is still in its box.

  I got some magazines on CD a few weeks ago... Unfortunately my computer no longer recognizes the fact that it has a CD/DVD player. sighs. Really, really, seriously need a new computer.

  Never mind the piles of dirty laundry on the closet floor. I pulled down a clean teeshirt and noticed huge holes in the armpits. ack. I need to go through my closet and repurpose some of those shirts!

  I keep saying I'd like a new web site design. Yep.

  Reading. In june, I read one whole book. wow, huh? Last year at this time, I was probably reading two books a Week! and now look at how pathetic I am! *weeps*


And these are just the projects off the top of my head that I've been thinking about in the past week or so. Give me a few more minutes and I'll tell you about the Peter Rabbit books I want to desktop publish and bind, the other crocheting projects, the surprise treat packages I want to send people, my abandoned drawing project, my abandoned digital drawing project, and, and, and.

  Current Email Total: 97

BTT: Niche
tues 14 july 2009

Entry #14 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

Booking Through Thursday meme

  • There are certain types of books that I more or less assume all readers read. (Novels, for example.) But then there are books that only YOU read. Instructional manuals for fly-fishing. How-to books for spinning yarn. How to cook the perfect souffle. Rebuilding car engines in three easy steps. Dog training for dummies. Rewiring your house without electrocuting yourself. Tips on how to build a NASCAR course in your backyard. Stuff like that. What niche books do YOU read?

Speciesism by Joan Dunayer

In the nonfiction section my niches are:

  Animal Rights...
Speciesism by Joan Dunayer
Introduction to Animal Rights by Gary Francione

Fearless Creating and The Creativity Book by Eric Maisel
Art Escapes by Dory Kanter
A Writer's Book of Days by Judy Reeves
Life in Hand by Hannah Hinchman
Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher
SARK (yeah, anything by SARK!)

In the science fiction and fantasy section, I love to read

  Animal Partner books (in which a human is telepathically bonded to a nonhuman)
Pern Series by the McCaffreys
Wolfwalker Series by Tara K. Harper
His Dark Materials Philip Pullman
Heralds of Valdemar Mercedes Lackey
Rider at the Gate and Cloud's Rider by C.J. Cherryh

  Animal Fiction books (in which a nonhuman is the main character)
The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West and Piper at the Gate by Mary Stanton
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Silverwing series by Kenneth Oppel
Breed to Come by Andre Norton

  Under water or ocean science fiction (pretty hard to find!)
Watersong by Mary Caraker
Riders of Leviathan and Typhon's Children by Toni Anzetti
Rifters series (first book okay but I -hated- the rest)

I do read general science fiction as well, but yeah, the books I love best are about animals. :) Fortunately, I'm not the Only person who loves these! There's a group over at Care2 where I get some of my reading recommendations called "Animal Fiction Novels". Sign up at Care2 and look us up, if you're interested.

copic homework
wed 15 july 2009

Entry #15 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

My day job: I work at the North America distributer for Copic markers. Copics are artist grade markers which can be refilled (ie, they are not disposable). We have 344 colours, four different styles of markers and we sell other odds-and-ends like paper, sketchbooks and pens.

We have these blank Hand Color Charts free to download, which you are supposed to print up on the paper you usually draw on and fill in yourself, as you buy markers. But we also sell Hand Color Charts that have already been filled out, to stores who want to display true colours but don't want to take the time to fill out the chart themselves.

So, that was my homework. I got to bring home every single Sketch Marker! And the time I spent filling out the charts would be paid in markers!

Oh Sweet Joy

Well. It was sweet joy thinking about it. Actually doing it: eh. It started out okay. It was fairly tedious, and required pretty high focus. But the first five were okay.

stuffies and pillows looking at colour charts

colourful homework!

The next set, I tried doing 11 at a time. I screwed up a chart by putting a darker colour in the wrong space. Ack, but it was okay because I just started. Continue working. For hours. and hours

Then I screwed up another one... I was about 2/3 through that one and Oh Sweet Frustration! I considered tearing up that stupid, stupid colour chart into little itty bitty bits and stomping on the bits and screaming.

So. Doing Hand Color Charts. Not so much fun.

I got 14 good ones and now Marianne wants her markers back. So I took her markers back, and I got paid today and this makes me so happy I can forget all about the stomping and screaming!

All 24 of our glitter pens and 3 wide markers.

sighs of happy.

blogging thoughts
thurs 16 july 2009

Entry #16 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

The other day at the day job one of my coworkers didn't know what Twitter was... I don't know, maybe she doesn't have a computer or something, laughs!

Anyway, I told her it was just micro-blogging, and someone else said they didn't understand the point of blogging: "They just complain about all the stuff they're not getting done, and they feel guilty because they didn't do this or that... Why don't they just get off the computer and go do their stuff?!"

I had to laugh! Because I'm constantly complaining here about the stuff I don't have time to do!

*shakes head with a smile*

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Okay. I could pledge to only type about the projects I'm working on or finished with. Trouble is, if I don't type about the projects I don't currently have time for, I might forget about them and never do them!

heh. Well. It's my Scanner personality... I get more ideas for projects than I have time for. And at least I don't feel "guilty" about not working on all my projects, because I am working on a ton of other projects!

But... I am now aware that there might be a problem: my blog might be boring when I type about the things I'm not doing!

  Current Email Total: 96

(and I've been playing with my spam settings all week, slowly getting tougher and tougher with the spam filters... today I only had 11 spams in my inbox and 116 in my spam box. I did have to pull two real emails out of my spam box tho, so I'll have to keep a close eye on that for a while. Which kind of defeats the purpose of having a spam filter when you have to check all the spam anyway, but whatever!)

fri 17 july 2009

Entry #17 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

no longer exists in nature... cause we ate it!

Yay, Significant Other and I ate our first crops today, grown in our very own community garden plot! Two pea pods and they were sweet and tasty!!

The five tomato plants all seem to be doing okay. Except the cherry tomato that we got from Saturday Market, which is doing wonderfully, with little green tomatoes all over the place!

The two strawberry plants we got are getting ever more busy with blooms. The cilantro is starting to make seeds I think. The volunteer sunflowers are about waist high or more. And all of the flowers we bought are still blooming.

But they are all becoming overwhelmed by the weeds. Guess I'll have to do some killing this weekend, darn it.

  Current Email Total: 98

sat 18 july 2009

Entry #18 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

I finished up a couple projects today, which I'm happy about, but will type about at a later time. And more projects set up to be finished on the 'morrow.

As for today's blog entry... well. I'm taking horrid photos today and nothing I type about is interesting in the least!

But Significant Other is learning about my camera, and he took a brilliant photo of the piggies fighting over the water bottle. :)

Twitch wins

  Current Email Total: 70

sun 19 july 2009

Entry #19 of 31 on this page (tagged: july, )

Yay, I finally finished the dog blanket that I made for the   Snuggles Project. Actually, it took me so long that Significant Other couldn't remember the project name and he "renamed" my blanket the Snuggy! haha!

piggies and Pepé the pound puppy

Huge! It's 3feet x 3feet 8inches.

It was supposed to only take a month. but then my mom visited in that month. and then I just got lazy. :) So it actually took 8 weeks, a total of 22 hours working time.

My first go at adding colour... the zig-zag didn't zig very much but now I know better for the next one! And I think there's probably a better way to switch colours, to make the transition smoother... I'll have to look that up.

Twitch thinks about eating celery, Boo talks to Pepé

mon 20 july 2009

Entry #20 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

Dang. I just can't figure out what to type about today! I think the heat fried my brains today at the day job. oh well.

Do I at least have a photo to show you? hm, okay.

Verbena hiding in the weeds

It's the purple verbena flowers, with water drops. I had to peel back the weeds to find them! :)

BTT: Unread + TBR
tues 21 july 2009

Entry #21 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

Yeah, I don't know why I keep doing Booking Through -Thursday- on tuesday!

Booking Through Thursday meme

  • So here today I present to you an Unread Books Challenge. Give me the list or take a picture of all the books you have stacked on your bedside table, hidden under the bed or standing in your shelf -- the books you have not read, but keep meaning to. The books that begin to weigh on your mind. The books that make you cover your ears in conversation and say, No! Don't give me another book to read! I can't finish the ones I have!

Booking Through Thursday meme

  • Follow-up to last week's question: Do you keep all your unread books together, like books in a waiting room? Or are they scattered throughout your shelves, mingling like party-goers waiting for the host to come along?

My newest unread dead-tree books, I keep on a pile on my printer...

unread books

The older books are in a box in my closet, simply because I don't have room to have them all out all the time. Tiny Townhouse! Unfortunately, out of sight is out of mind, and I might never get around to reading those!

unread books

My unread ebooks I keep in the "unfiled" folder in my eReader program on my Palm handheld.

Actually, I've forgotten to move a couple of the books I've read out of this folder: Little Brother and The Water-Babies. Just lazy like that.

The Procrastination book and Not That It Matters, stay in this folder all the time. I re-read them. :)

And the FSF is my magazine subscription to the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Yep, I'm way behind! I haven't even downloaded the June/July edition yet!

Probably need to re-read that Procrastination book again. ha.

paper journal
wed 22 july 2009

Entry #22 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

I have been having fun with my new markers and glitter pens in my paper journal.

I used to write in my journal every day, without fail. But this year, it's gotten a bit haphazard, maybe only three or four days a week. eh. I'm trying to focus a bit more on it.

journal page

I've been putting a quick doodle at the top of my pages with my copics... The wides are especially fun to play with. When I got my free one (from my Copic Certification in may) I used it to draw lines on my blank white paper. Four or five stripes across the paper... and I ran out of ink in about a month! ha.

So, I'm a bit conserative with my three new ones! Thus, just the design at the top!

journal page

The three wides I have are B24 Sky Blue, G21 some kind of green, maybe Willow? and YR04 some kind of orange. Um, yeah. You'd think I would at least know the colours of the markers that I have... but no... There are 344 colours, right, I can't be expected to have all the names memorized!

Anyway, I'm drawing on green paper, so the exact colour doesn't matter!

And I've been writing with my new glitter pens. The glitter doesn't scan of course. But the wavy page was written in Pitch Black glitter and the date on the plaid page is in Chocolate glitter.

Yay glitter. It makes me happy looking at it! :)

BTT: Preferences
thurs 23 july 2009

Entry #23 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

Booking Through Thursday meme

  • Reading something frivolous? Or something serious?

um. Both?

  • Paperbacks? Or hardcovers?

ebooks first then paperbacks if I'm forced to.

  • Fiction? Or Nonfiction?


  • Poetry? Or Prose?

Poetry has a place in my life.

  • Biographies? Or Autobiographies?

I've read one biography, I think. Zero autobiographies.

  • History? Or Historical Fiction?

Yuck! neither!

  • Series? Or Stand-alones?

I enjoy both.

  • Classics? Or best-sellers?

If I ever read a best-seller, it was by mistake! haha!!

  • Lurid, fruity prose? Or straight-forward, basic prose?

I'm a straight forward person, but the fruity delights me occasionally.

  • Plots? Or Stream-of-Consciousness?

Give me a plot in my book, stream of consciousness is great for blogs!

  • Long books? Or Short?

Long, thick books with tiny print!

  • Illustrated? Or Non-illustrated?

Illustrations make me happy. But I'm good without them.

  • Borrowed? Or Owned?


  • New? Or Used?

Always new. I hate reading used books. But I have visited the library when I'm desperate. :)

this and that
fri 24 july 2009

Entry #24 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

Significant Other has been sick with coughing and sniffling... And now my throat feels weird. Wouldn't it be just normal for me to be sick all weekend, when I'm trying to get things done!

And, oh crazy global warming, it's supposed to be horribly hot here for the next week or so. Maybe even hitting 100°F (38°C) I am annoyed already (because we don't have air conditioning anywhere: at home or at work). Blah!!!

I hate the hot weather. Fortunately, it doesn't last very long up here in mid-Oregon.

7:50pm... SO says, from downstairs, to look out the window, now. I look, Ack, MUST have camera NOW!

Two deers, with velvety antlers, are walking down the sidewalk!

We live in the city... but we have enough green space within the city that the deers and the racoons and whoever walk through on a fairly regular basis. It's nice, but I really worry about them. Most of the wild people have a clue about the cars and stuff, but accidents do happen and it's tearful when they do.

I'm pretty sure the pictures didn't come out well. It's generally a bad idea to take pictures through the window screen! heh. But, if I can clean them up, I'll post them tomorrow. :)

that and this
sat 25 july 2009

Entry #25 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

out the window

crazy, huh? The deer in front is definitely the instigator. He's all, "hey buddy, lets go exploring!"

The deer in the back was jumpy: "Oh Jeez, why! why do I keep following this crazy person?!"

Vegan Language
sun 26 july 2009

Entry #26 of 31 on this page (tagged: july, )

The book I'm reading and almost done with is, Speciesism by Joan Dunayer. It is excellent and I really like how Dunayer totally picks apart at the language used by other animal rights authors. Specifically, Gary Francione and Steven Wise, whose books I've read and thought I mostly agreed with!

And evidently I need to read Dunayer's other book, Animal Equality: Language and Liberation since being correct (and vegan) with language interests me!

Anyway. You may have noticed the other day that I typed "deers". This usage comes directly from my reading of Speciesism...

To remind readers that any group of nonhumans consists of multiple individuals, I often use uncommon (but accepted) plural forms that end in s: fishes rather than fish, squids rather than squid, minks rather than mink. As noted in The Merriam-Webster Concise Handbook for Writers, hunters, fishers, and trappers generally refer to their victims with plurals identical to singluar forms: two "quail," three "trout," four "beaver." Such usage blurs the victims together, de-emphasizing their individual sufferings and deaths.


mon 27 july 2009

Entry #27 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

Too hot to type that's for sure! ha.

Current outside temperature: 101°F / 38°C
Current inside temperature: 90°F / 32°C

The guinea pigs are downstairs in their crummy little "summer home". (uh, which is actually the biggest guinea pig house you can buy.) It's almost 10 degrees cooler there, so they might survive.

Trouble is, the house never cooled down last night (and prob won't cool down tonight, even more), and we've still got at least two more days of 100°+.


The quote from todays A.W.A.D caught my attention for some reason...

An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth. -Bonnie Friedman, author (b. 1958)

Sometimes on a sunday afternoon, I experience an "unhurried sense of time". Maybe I got all my stuff done, or maybe I'm just satisfied with what I did do. Usually, I sit down to watch some tv. And if I'm restless, I will make cookie bars during the commercials.

I've not made cookie bars in an age, tho. It always feels like I have so much to do. All my projects, you know.

I should give myself a break!

But I'm not going to turn on the oven until it cools down.

like september or so!

list of 100 books
tues 28 july 2009

Entry #28 of 31 on this page (tagged: july)

Current outside temperature: 106°F, 41°C
Current upstairs temperature: 92°F, 33°C
Current downstairs temperature: 84°F, 29 °C

Guinea pigs (downstairs with a fan) are okay, tho Boo is not feeling well. As for me, I'm dealing with a cold that just gets worse every day.

Just let me die, 'kay?

Here's an interesting list. A list of the UK's best loved novels. The list was compiled back in April 2003, but it's been making the blog rounds in a slightly different form. Of course, I prefer to cite the original...

  Top 100 books

Here's the first fifty, the purple one's are the books I've read....

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis
10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
19. Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
23. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
24. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
25. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
26. Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
27. Middlemarch, George Eliot
28. A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
29. The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
30. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

31. The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
32. One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
33. The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
34. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
36. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
37. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
38. Persuasion, Jane Austen
39. Dune, Frank Herbert
40. Emma, Jane Austen

41. Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
42. Watership Down, Richard Adams
43. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
44. The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
45. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
46. Animal Farm, George Orwell
47. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
48. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
49. Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
50. The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher

The blog meme that's going around says that the average person has read 6 books off the entire list of 100. (There's no proof that this is a true statement, tho.)

I've read 7 of the top 10. of the entire list, I've read 23 (just a couple more from books 51 to 100) and I own a good handful more that I'll get to eventually.

the hot and the cold
wed 29 july 2009

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I don't even know how hot it got today... just more of the same miserable heat. And me, even more miserable: sick enough to stay home from the day job today.

So the day is just a blur and my thinking isn't quite on.

But I did remember I "had" to typing something here. ha.

At least something got done today, huh.

thurs 30 july 2009

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Starting to feel better... less like the zombie I turned into yesterday, at least.

What I meant to mention yesterday about the terrible heat: The all time high temperature for the area is 108°F, 42°C which happened 9 Aug 1981. We've not beat that record: the high on tues was 106° and wed was 105°. Today is "cooler", the high is supposed to be 93°, 34°C... tho I don't think it got that hot.

I do wish it would magically go back to the normal temperatures for this time of year. Doesn't a high of 83°F, 28°C sound just blissful? :) Stupid global warming anyway.

A huge shout out and thank you to my Significant Other who has kept me supplied with cold water, and making sure I'm still alive and was out running errands for me today.

He is some kind of awesome. The best kind.

So anyway. Tomorrow I'm going to try to get back to my regular life. Go to the day job for a few hours. Come home and play on the Internet for a few hours. Relax over the weekend.

It's the end of July, and will be the end of my daily blogging. Kind of an ignoble end, with the sickness and the complaining.

But maybe for August, I'll just keep relaxing. Not take on any daily projects. Maybe watch some movies and read some books.

yay friday
fri 31 july 2009

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The quote from the daily Mutts today...

Stop. Breathe. Allow yourself the luxury of doing nothing for a moment, or an hour, or even a day. It is in emptiness that inspiration will appear.
Carole Katchen

heh, my trouble is too much inspiration, not enough stopping and breathing! *laughs*

So. I started the month with 200 emails in my inbox... and right now I have 18!! Yay me!

These last few require a bit of reading or a bit of a response. So it might take me a week or so to get through those.

I hope I can keep my inbox at this manageable level... but I'm incorrigible: it'll be back to 200 by december, I'm sure. ;)

And it's the last day of the month, and my last regular blog post. Taking a break for the month of august.

Seriously... if I type something here that even mentions some kind of new project in august... just please slap me down and remind me to relax. :)

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