July 26--The Breeze From Barmet Bay

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:07 pm
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I accomplished pretty much everything I planned to accomplish today, in spite of a lack of motivation to do much of any of it. I stayed up late listening to music, and anticipated sleeping in this morning, but ended up waking up at 7:30 and getting up, which portended favorably toward the tasks I needed to do.

After I did some chores around the house, I went into work and dug into the last part of the curriculum revision I am working on. It involves obtaining emergency IV access by drilling a catheter into the marrow space of a large bone. I was trained how to do this when I was a Rapid Response Nurse, and did it twice in real life before moving on to teaching. It's pretty amazing. In about 90 seconds or less, you have a stable IV access that you can use for resuscitation.

Since the curriculum is for nursing students, I pretty much stuck with the basics, and tossed in some interesting videos. I finished the revisions, but want to review them before I upload them to our course page, and send them off to the other programs that will use them. It's the first time I have done anything that other programs will use, and I want to make sure it is correct.

I came home for lunch, then walked along the creek for a bit. It was getting pretty hot, and I didn't go far.

creek reflection

After walking, I went to the grocery store where they have one of the coin counting machines. The way the machines work is that you put the coins in and select an option for payment. If you select a cash payment, the service deducts something like 11.5% of the total and gives you a voucher to take to the checker. If you select to receive a gift card, to something like Amazon, or other places, you get it all, but have to spend it at the place you select. You can also opt to have it donated to a charity of your choice, in which case the entire amount goes to charity.

Malida and I talked it over and decided to do a third of each.

I mentioned previously that the can that the coins are in is too heavy to lift. Malida had the idea of putting them in some empty nut containers we had. I filled one this morning and took it in. It is about 1/6 of the total coins in the can.

coin jar

Care to guess what it weighs, and how much it translated into?

After that I went to the hardware store and got some more stuff to fix my leaky irrigation system. I will work on it in the morning when the windshield repair person is replacing my windshield.

July is for all the stress!

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:43 pm
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Thank you guys so much for your great responses to my thinky-thoughts post from Saturday. There's just no "right" answer to any of this stuff and each human experience is unique, but it is also very human to want to clump people together. It was great to read some feedback from people who have experienced the world in that part of the country.

It's been a week - on Friday, the contractor the insurance recommended came by to rip up the kitchen floors so they spot that was water damaged could dry out. So for a week we have been living with this:



There is a big fan and a humidifier going non-stop in the kitchen. The plastic is to keep the air trapped so we're not drying out the whole house. I didn't mind it so much at first, but now it feels like we are living on a ship. And it also feels like we are living in Elliot's house during the last half hour of E.T. and Peter Coyote is about to come out of my kitchen in a hazmat suit and tell me E.T. is dead. :\

Good news is they are supposed to stop by and take a moisture reading and see if everything is dry enough. We picked out some tile so we can give them that information tomorrow too and get that started.

Two promotions have opened up at work and I was planning on going for one of them but after careful contemplation, I've decided to try for both. One would just be a step up in the same branch, a brand new position that my manager has been trying to get for awhile. The other is a manager position at a branch down the road from my house. That spot opened up because of shenanigans with the recent hire, an outside person, who totally broke every "things not to do when you are a new manager" rule in the book before the 6 month probation was over. She "resigned" last week.

I've been with the library system for 7 years now at this branch and I've been working in public libraries full time for over 10 years. While I'm super comfortable in my current position, I feel like maybe I need to push myself and try for this. Everyone has been REALLY supportive. I'm getting some coaching from two other managers this week and next to help me with the interview. But I don't want to assume I have the job because they did post it for outside hires...though they only posted it for a couple weeks.

Anyway, I haven't written a resume in YEARS or done an interview - I know I am VERY lucky - so I've been stressing out about all of this since Friday. I'm done with the paper work part though, I'm submitting all of that tomorrow. Next up is "studying" for the interview because I have a TON of experiences to pull from...I just need to remember what they all are!!!

And now I should probably get to bed because the contractor will be here bright and early and I don't really want to greet him in my pajamas. :P

Transformers G1 - Found

Jul. 26th, 2017 07:02 pm
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Title: Found
Fandom: Transformers G1, AU
Rating: T/PG13
Notes: Part of my Badlands AU. Knowledge of the 'verse is helpful but not required. Find it on AO3

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July 25--Udon

Jul. 25th, 2017 10:37 pm
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The last time I was driving through the little rural town southeast of us that I love, I noticed that there was a new restaurant. A sushi restaurant. It seemed kind of unlikely that someone would open a sushi restaurant in what is primarily a farming town, but I guess there are a lot of non-farmer people living out that way now. Not to say that farmers don't like sushi.

Anyway, we tried it today for lunch. I don't eat sushi, but there is always stuff that I like to eat. I had a bento box with teriyaki beef. Malida had the sushi. It was quite good, and the restaurant was doing a good business.

dragon

I fooled around with the drip irrigation system this afternoon and extended it to the patio so my lime tree would get some water while we are gone. This evening it sprung a bunch of leaks, so I will have to take another look at it tomorrow. I used a section of old tubing, which I think is the problem.

I have a big crack in my windshield. Not sure what happened, but it is now extended about halfway across. I called the insurance company, and they told me they had a place that could fix it for about $400, which was $100 less than my deductible. Their first appointment was next week, in a shop that's about an hour away from me. I called around and found a place with a great reputation in the community, that will come to my house to fix it, this Thursday, for about $150 less. Easy decision.

I have to go in to work for a few hours and finish up my IV curriculum project. I don't really feel like going in, but it has to get done. I have too much else going when I get back from vacation to put it off.

I'm not ready for it to be fall yet.
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Title: Lost and Found
Original (or) Fandom: Original, Too Old For Neverland
Rating: G, Gen
Notes:
Too Old For Neverland is an Urban/Suburban Fantasy 'verse that focuses on not!Wendy and her quest to save children from not!Peter Pan. For a while I thought this was a Peter Pan AU, but the more I looked at it the more I realized it had no real ties to the source universe-- so I spun it off
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Title: Not the best time to open your heart
Challenge: #52 lost
Fandom: The Walking Dead // Daryl Dixon
Rating: PG13
Disclaimer: of course, I don't own The Walking Dead, nor the characters

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Prompt #052 - Lost

Jul. 25th, 2017 05:05 am
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This week's prompt is lost.

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July 24--The Rover

Jul. 24th, 2017 10:53 pm
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Today I drove to the city of Stockton to take advantage of another Ingress farm that was still up. Much of it was along the Stockton waterfront, where I had not been for many years. Stockton had a rough go of it during the economic downturn, and it still shows. Lots of empty buildings in an area that in any other city would be thriving.

The last time I was in that part of Stockton was in the early 1990s to see a baseball game. There is a minor league stadium near the waterfront. I thoroughly enjoyed that game and always meant to go back, but I never did.

I wandered around for a while and played Ingress. I didn't think to take pictures other than one of what is supposed to be a happy rock, but when I look at it now, it seems to be screaming in terror.

unhappy rock

I stopped at a place I know for lunch on the way back, and it was just about perfect. After I got home I did some chores, and in the evening sat in the back yard as the delta breeze kicked in and cooled off the temperatures.

I am in the thick of my Hardy Boys book. The thing I notice most about the older (and longer) versions, are that the descriptions of the boys' lives are richer. The author spends a couple pages describing their preparations for a camping trip, and the excitement that builds as the trip gets closer. I remember why I liked these books as a kid.

July 23--The day not much happened

Jul. 24th, 2017 10:37 pm
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I forgot to post yesterday, probably because it was just a normal day where we went out walking along the creek, had some noodles, came home and did stuff. I used to think of this type of day as boring, but now I recognize them as oases between the various trials and tribulations that make up a good part of life. Now I savor them. There's always another storm on the horizon.

thing

I spent the afternoon finishing my coursework for my summer session and writing up a summary for my advisor. I reported 52 hours of "billable hours", which she was pleased with. The next semester starts in about 3 1/2 weeks, and I will have to do some stuff between now and then to prepare for it.

Same thing goes for work. I still have a bunch of stuff to do there to before the semester starts. I will go in Wednesday and knock some of it out.

Last night I put together our trip to Oregon for next week. I love planning trips, and thinking about what we will do along the way. We will spend a couple days in Portland, then head down the coast, and return home a week later. I have made trips similar to this many times, and the landscape is like an old friend. I made sure to include Malida's favorite Oregon Coast sushi restaurant into the plan.

sushi guy

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Jul. 24th, 2017 04:25 pm
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 139 x Galavant



@ my DW
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from The Creation of Éa, by Ursula K. Le Guin
(from A Wizard of Earthsea)

Only in silence the word,
only in dark the light,
only in dying life:
bright the hawk's flight
on the empty sky.
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Welcome to the second half of 2017, which will go by in what feels like three weeks but will also feel like 19 years thanks to Political Shenanigans. Time is weird! Luckily, we have books to get us through it all.

I always enjoy looking at all the books I may read, even the ones that I'm going to have to make hard purchasing decisions about. Out of my anticipated books last time, I've read 10. For a lot of them I'm waiting for them to cycle out of the new collection and into general at the library so I can enjoy all the things I check out for a full, glorious month. I suspect I won't get to some of these until 2018 when my library buys all the late-year release books and cycles the others out of new. I love my library, but I wish the new book check out time was longer than two weeks. Two and a HALF weeks would help me. Alas, alas.

I have my eye on a ton of science fiction IN SPACE this time around. Some of these I suspect I'll buy if my finances work out so I can use them for my space opera challenge. Read more... )

What great-sounding books have I missed? What's everyone else looking forward to?

Harry Potter - One Particular Part

Jul. 24th, 2017 12:31 am
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Title: One Particular Part
Author: Musyc
Prompt: #51, Shakespeare II
Character(s): Draco, Hermione
Rating: Teen
Word count: 100
Warnings: None.

One Particular Part )

July 22--Veal Puccini

Jul. 22nd, 2017 09:31 pm
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My sister and her husband came over for dinner this evening. She is actually one of my step-sisters, but the one I grew up with, so she feels more like an actual sister. They are somewhat reclusive, so we don't see them very often, but when we do it is always great. I should note that we are also somewhat reclusive.

It was hot, so I wanted to minimize cooking indoors. I grilled a tri-tip and some ears of corn, made some basmati rice. and a chopped salad. This is the same chopped salad I have been experimenting with. I think I have it down now.

I like to put a bit of chopped up dry salami in the salad to give it some flavor. After I made it the last time, I had a dream that I had put the salami in a kitchen drawer instead of the refrigerator drawer where I keep that kind of stuff. When I looked in the drawer today for the salami, it wasn't there. I think I actually put it in a drawer somewhere. I looked but couldn't find it.

Anyway, the dinner was delicious. We spent a couple hours eating and catching up. I always enjoy their company.

I told my sister a story about the time me and my two friends flew down to LA to attend the premier of some Rolling Stones movie. This was right around the time we graduated from high school. There was a side story about magic mushrooms that got the story started, but my favorite memory was having dinner after the movie.

After the movie we went to a swanky Italian restaurant in Century City, but the host refused to seat us. We all had long hair, wore jeans, etc., and had backpacks on. This was in 1975. We looked like hippies, I guess.

The owner came up and asked what the problem was, and the host just pointed at us, like it was obvious we didn't belong there. The owner seemed to feel differently, and seated us himself, at the best table in the restaurant. He made menu suggestions. I had the Veal Puccini, which was delicious.

After the meal, he sent out a huge fruit plate, on the house, and sat with us a while to see what brought us to Century City. We told him about flying down to see the movie, and about our somewhat aborted trip to Disneyland (that's the mushroom story). He seemed fascinated by our adventure and told us to come back any time. He also gave us a nice discount on the dinner. I never made it back, unfortunately.

I did a google search and the place is long gone, but I found a newspaper write-up from 1974, which tells me the name of the restaurant was Puccini's Seafood Grotto, and that they had eight veal dishes on the menu.

I forgot to take any pictures of our dinner or us, so all I have is the shadow of my new cherry tree on my new fence.

tree shadow

RIVERDALE SEASON 2 TEASER!!!!!!!!

Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:14 pm
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To avoid any more deep thoughts today, I spent any downtime at work browsing the #SDCC2017 and #RIVERDALESDCC tag on Twitter and THIS HAPPENED!!!!!!!

SPOILERS FOR SEASON 1 OF RIVERDALE, DO NOT WATCH IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN IT ALL YET!!!!!!!!

LINKING SO THAT THE "still image" doesn't spoil anyone because I don't trust YouTube to make the right decision

...I need to make some Riverdale icons...

monsters inc

Jul. 22nd, 2017 06:06 pm
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So, I'm about halfway through Hillybilly Elegy by J.D. Vance which is all about issues in rural America and the culture that exists there. It became a bestseller after Trump was elected president because it was implied that these were the people that voted for him so everyone is reading the book in the hopes of making sense of it all.

I saw this article in the Washington Post about rural Americans and disabilities and unemployment and it echoed a lot of the issues that Vance talks about in his book. And it all just blows my mind and I struggle to find any way we can all understand each other. This culture, the entire way the families function, it just is so alien to how I grew up, how I was raised, the values instilled in me.

And, the irony being that you could read about some of these situations they go through - the broken homes, the scraping by etc. and if you saw it out of context, you might think it has to do with inner city living and "minority" groups. And this is probably what makes the divide worse because most of us fight for equality for different groups, trying to figure out how to fix a broken system, but these rural poor white groups end up getting ignored because, technically, they are part of the majority?

I dunno, it is all so hard to even grasp because that world is just so alien to me having grown up in middle class suburbs. And I'm sure that is a huge part of America's problem right now because there is no way to have a dialogue that makes any sense because the culture of both sides is so different.

I had to return the book without finishing it, I'm back on the waitlist (only 100 people ahead of me blurgh!) but I wonder what each person is getting out of this story. Living in Maryland probably gives a unique perspective too since it has a large transient population due to military and government contractor jobs, but at the same time there are people who have always been here. And Virginia and Pennsylvania aren't that far, so I'm sure people who grew up in that society have migrated across the states to start anew like Vance did.

Has anyone read the book? Thoughts? feelings? reactions? Obviously his life story isn't the ONLY story of someone growing up there, but the news coverage of the unemployment issues and opiod crisis are making it seem like perhaps his story is more average than we would ever want to believe.

SHREW

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:36 pm
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Yesterday I got to see a tiny shrew very close-up and it was very exciting.

So I was sitting on a muddy path in a wooded area because of reasons (ok, exhausted after climbing) when I saw movement and a tiny thing scurrying past me. I figured that glimpse was all I'd see, but I turned round to see where it'd gone and it was on the path on the other side of me, and with great caution so as not to startle it I managed to dig my phone out of my coat pocket:

longshot in which a tiny shrew may be visible among rocks and moss

(There's nothing to give a sense of scale, but the shrew is a few centimetres long. It makes mice look big.)

THEN --

Cut for blurry close-ups and blurry worm death )

July 21--Stuck in Lodi, again

Jul. 21st, 2017 09:25 pm
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After doing my morning stuff I took a drive down to Lodi, which is about 20 minutes south of where I live. It used to be a sleepy farming town on the railroad line, and in many ways it still is. It is also a major wine producing region, and this has brought the town back to life.

Lodi

The old town area has been revitalized, with shops, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms. The town feels vibrant--there are viable businesses, a transit hub with a bunch of little shuttle busses heading out in all directions, and some nice street art. My town could learn a thing or two.

I wandered around for a few hours looking around and playing Ingress. Some of my compatriots built a big farm there, and I was able to get a bunch of gear. After not playing much for the past 6 months, I was pretty much out of stuff to play with. Now I have a lot. Tonight the Resistance came and destroyed that lovely farm. And so it goes.

I had a nice late lunch in a brewery/restaurant. It was satisfying. I walked a little bit more, then came home to work on my doctoral stuff for a while. My final summer report is due on Sunday.

birds

A series of sketches on a wall on a side street. One of my favorite finds today. Birds.

My step-sister and her husband are coming over for dinner tomorrow. They are somewhat reclusive, and we don't see them much, so this is a nice treat. Not sure what I am going to cook, but something that doesn't require too much heat, as it will be 102 here tomorrow.

July 20--Agatha and Edith

Jul. 20th, 2017 09:30 pm
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For some reason today I thought about whether I missed being a bedside nurse. I suppose I miss parts of it. I miss spending time with patients and their families, talking to them about what is going on, helping to get them through whatever it is they are getting through.

I miss using my critical care nursing skill set, which I developed over many years of practice. I could rely on my intuition and instincts, and almost always knew what to do. There is a nursing theorist who describes that process, and has written that it takes 10 years to get from novice to expert.

I don't think I could go back into the ICU again. It wouldn't be the same, and I don't think I could handle the relentless 12-hour shifts any more. I do miss it, thought. As I was writing this, I remembered the reason I thought about it. We drove past my old hospital on the way to take a walk in the rose garden and have lunch at a dim sum place in midtown.

wild rose

The rose garden was lovely as always. There were lots of people in the large park surrounding it, but very few people in the garden--mostly volunteers doing some pruning and watering. We wandered around for about a half-hour, sometimes stopping to sit on a bench and take it in.

grandfather plant

This reminded me of my grandfather's back yard. Not the grandfather I write about--the other one who died when I was fairly young--my dad's father. Our birthdays were one day apart, and when he turned 80, I turned 8. I remember him as an old man. His name was Joe.

I like the haziness of the picture. When I think of his back yard, it is hazy and somewhat desaturated in my memory, much like the image above. I could have sharpened it up, but let it be. I prefer my memories somewhat hazy.
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