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30th August Weeklyish Roundup

I didn’t even realize till Thursday that the office is closed on Monday. Bonus three-day weekend! There aren’t words for how jacked I am about that. (I once told a company-wide meeting at Interweave that I was jacked about the magazine’s redesign [summer issue]. Whole room cracked up. Then people told me I was  refreshing. Clearly the office needs a vocab shakedown. Any suggestions? It’s my goal in life never to utter business buzz-words, and it’s horrifying how difficult that can be. Not that being jacked about something is a replacement for a business term. Right. A long parenthetical in the opening paragraph. Where’s this going?)

  • There are no words.
    Sci-Fi Fantasy Club, Crocheters Are Feminists Too Club, No I Won't Go To Your Prom Club

    In my short-term stint drowning myself in vampires and werewolves and a whiny teenage girl, I finished Eclipse last night (Goodreads is down for maintenance as I write this; sorry for no link). Gotta say, it’s almost as if Stephenie Meyer phased into some new kind of writer halfway through the book. The first half was reminiscent of the slow and steady and lacking New Moon: Bella Swan (the man asked me last night if she was an ugly duckling; I took a second and rolled my eyes and was like, oh, right) was just as annoying, and I again wanted more story development. But then things picked up around halfway through, and the book became a true page turner by the end. I was riveted. And since the riveting parts weren’t about falling in love with a vampire who is arguably the most painfully perfect man ever to exist in the history of literature, it must be that Meyer found her action-adventure legs. That a love story was intertwined in all the suspense and spectacular gore was pretty much perfection. Emotions ran high, and I was glued to my couch. So I’m glad I persisted, and will start on the fourth (and, thankfully, final — because really? I’m thirty-two years old and I have a lot of stuff going on right now and I could do without spending every free moment reading this stuff) book later today.

  • I am behind on not one but two Buffy comics. I have appalled myself.
  • In the last week I’ve lost interest in taking photos for the 365 challenge. I’ve plodded through, because I know I’ll become interested again. But for now, I’m even a week behind in posting them to Flickr.
  • I’ve been in a bit of a state of hibernating on some things. Lots of huge hugeness floating around in my mind of late, and I’ve entered the stage of calm before the storm. This is how I usually operate, and one of the things I love about being in my thirties is that I know this very well. It’s also why I’ve felt repulsed by the idea of doing crafty or photography (emphasis on the “graph” syllable, thx) things of late. It was quite serendipitous to fall into a teen vampire coma; makes the hibernation far more bearable.
  • I know that hibernate isn’t really an active verb. One also doesn’t hibernate on something. But it’s the closest word I can think of. I’m not meditating, really. I’m functioning perfectly well in my professional and recreational pursuits. I’m also not actively planning (okay, I am, a little). But mostly I’m clearing my head or shifting my focus and letting the wheels turn in the background.
  • I’ve lost you. Maybe I should just delete the last couple of bullets.
  • I do not miss coffee one bit.
  • I’ve taken to starting some mornings with cinnamon tea with honey and soy milk. The smell of honey makes me gag. I hold my breath when I put some in my mug.
  • I will not bring anything pink to a baby shower tomorrow, even though the theme is pink. Can’t do it. Simply unable. I’m bringing books. Habit picked up from my mom, to give books to babies.
  • I am Jewish, but I do not practice in any way. There are, however, some extraordinarily sensible practices in Jewish tradition that I follow both because it’s my culture and also because they make total sense to me. One is that stuff for unborn babies is not kept in the house until after the baby is born. No setting up a nursery, no piling toys in the closet. Yes, if you’re familiar with Woody Allen, it’s true that we’re culturally a neurotic and fairly superstitious people (I am not the latter). But there’s no denying the brutality of a tragic birth is multiplied cruelly when there’s a nursery ready and waiting at home. Baby showers make me feel like a fish out of water unlike any other type of gathering I’ve ever attended.
  • What’s with this Always Sunny in Philadelphia show? Never heard of it till a few weeks ago, and now it’s mentioned everywhere. We’ve finished hanging on every word of Arrested Development. Should this be next?
  • Scratch that. I’m not particularly neurotic, either. Um. Maybe in thirty years I’ll be described as eccentric.
  • Oh. Speaking of hibernating, this time in a more appropriate sense. Aside from a couple of very good friendships, I hibernated through much of high school. It was my instinctive way of dealing with loathing everything about my life at that time. I did absolutely zero of the experimenting normal teenagers do (I had a lot of catching up to do in later years). I have never played an RPG, and think it’s time I at least give it a shot online. Recommendations?
  • Obama’s speech.
  • Oh, how I hate when people downplay the importance of a moving speech. I am a cynical, cynical, over-educated thirty-something lefty expat, and this man’s speeches make me weep. Perhaps that’s why Obama detractors undermine the importance of a killer speech. It’s dangerous for the status quo when the electorate becomes passionate.
  • When I’m not reading this weekend I’ll be doing a shocking amount of laundry. If there’s a drought in Vancouver as a result, I apologize.
  • Anyone use Disqus for comments? I’m thinking of switching over to it on this blog. Lemme know what you think before I go all changey on ya.

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Alison

I’m behind on picture-a-day challenge that I set myself, too. I don’t worry about it that much anymore because really, how many pictures of random crap do people want to look at?

I just got back from doing a shocking amount of laundry. Well, less shocking and more “really a pain in the butt to drag to the laundromat and back considering it’s August in MD.”

Lorraine

Just found your blog through Emma’s and wanted to thank you for the darn good read. Many points resonated but the biz vocab thing is just so painfully true it hurts. Boo on jargon, yay on being refreshing! You didn’t lose me. Bullet by bullet, I totally hear you. Thanks!! L:

Nancy

hilarious picture. Anyway, I use disqus on my tumblr blog– no issues, easy to set up… That’s all I have to say.

gleek

since you spoke of disqus recently (on twitter maybe?) i’ve been thinking about it. it seems like a great tool! i wish there was more information on their wesbite in front of the login though. i hate that. anyway, since i’m waiting to upgrade my entire site to EE in the sprint i’ll have to check it out then :)

gleek

in the spring!! but it may be a sprint, i’m not sure :)

Michelle

“Refreshing”? Ay yi. They mos def need a vocab overhaul.

Extremely silly and highly entertaining RPG: Kingdom of Loathing. It may be more fun if you have some sort of background/knowledge of RPG tropes, which I imagine you probably culturally absorbed even if you never played one. Haven’t played in a while, but I was a Disco Bandit. It was awesome.

cynthia

You've *got* to check out It's always sunny…”- it is quite hilarious- no holds barred and very non-PC. My fave episode is “Dennis & Dee go on welfare”….

kpwerker

It's on my list! I'm psyched to check it out.

marikka

A couple days late, but that's your fault because while at an airport far too late in my work day on Tuesday, I bought Twilight and can barely get myself together enough to make tea in the morning (or get to work for that matter). (It's your fault because I had been staring at the book with what little hipster contempt I can muster, and one more reference to it being addictive did me in, because I'm not a reader of vampire stuff, for whatever reason. And of course with leaning on Vampire Weekend for music, I feel like a bigger traitor to my non-vampire stance. [By listening to Vampire Weekend I am also proving that I am latecomer, and no longer anything like a hipster, I am the 30-year-old in a club full of drunk 21-year-olds.]) Non-jargon phrases I love to use at work because they get reactions: “hunker down” (I think it's the way it sounds) and “diddle fart” (my dad's phrase and completely inappropriate, and perfect for the latter reason). It's Always Sunny… is wildly inappropriate and utterly brilliant. I loved the first season (it was a bit toned down back then), and in the second season they just dared people to look away. In fact, while sitting here trying to ignore my need to finish Twilight, and wanting to finish knitting a hat (to finish making something, anything), I've realized that the only thing that could pull me from Twilight would be It's Always Sunny… God I love those folks. At least it's Friday and I'm going to the Chocolate Festival on Sunday. Although, by that time I will have finished Twilight, bought the next book, decided that none of my friends deserve baby or wedding blanket gifts and I should spend all of my time… Read more »

kpwerker

Heh. Just don't read my review of the whole series till you're finished. But do take heart that, given that we seem to have fairly similar tastes, you *might* end up hating the books and hating yourself for continuing to read them the further along you get. I actually found that dynamic made my reading a lot more stimulating than it would have been without the constant, simultaneous analysis.

Always Sunny is at the top of our list, now.

I'm insanely jealous about your attending a chocolate festival. So, you know, I'm suffering too.

marikka

Yeah, well, I didn't move on to New Moon. I already have a difficult time with teens (although I love the Buffy teens), so a break was needed. But it's sort of like a festering scab right now. I so desperately want to dive back into the addiction, because of the high I remember, but I'm worried that I'll stumble out scathed because of how I felt by the end of Twilight. But I'm not reading your review, I want to, but I'm being good until I finish or give up.

And the chocolate festival was highly overrated. Although, San Francisco was oddly sunny, and therefore stunning if not in the Tenderloin.

marikka

Yeah, well, I didn't move on to New Moon. I already have a difficult time with teens (although I love the Buffy teens), so a break was needed. But it's sort of like a festering scab right now. I so desperately want to dive back into the addiction, because of the high I remember, but I'm worried that I'll stumble out scathed because of how I felt by the end of Twilight. But I'm not reading your review, I want to, but I'm being good until I finish or give up.

And the chocolate festival was highly overrated. Although, San Francisco was oddly sunny, and therefore stunning if not in the Tenderloin.

Alison

I’m behind on picture-a-day challenge that I set myself, too. I don’t worry about it that much anymore because really, how many pictures of random crap do people want to look at?

I just got back from doing a shocking amount of laundry. Well, less shocking and more “really a pain in the butt to drag to the laundromat and back considering it’s August in MD.”

Lorraine

Just found your blog through Emma’s and wanted to thank you for the darn good read. Many points resonated but the biz vocab thing is just so painfully true it hurts. Boo on jargon, yay on being refreshing! You didn’t lose me. Bullet by bullet, I totally hear you. Thanks!! L:

Nancy

hilarious picture. Anyway, I use disqus on my tumblr blog– no issues, easy to set up… That’s all I have to say.

gleek

since you spoke of disqus recently (on twitter maybe?) i’ve been thinking about it. it seems like a great tool! i wish there was more information on their wesbite in front of the login though. i hate that. anyway, since i’m waiting to upgrade my entire site to EE in the sprint i’ll have to check it out then :)

gleek

in the spring!! but it may be a sprint, i’m not sure :)

Michelle

“Refreshing”? Ay yi. They mos def need a vocab overhaul.

Extremely silly and highly entertaining RPG: Kingdom of Loathing. It may be more fun if you have some sort of background/knowledge of RPG tropes, which I imagine you probably culturally absorbed even if you never played one. Haven’t played in a while, but I was a Disco Bandit. It was awesome.

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