Rainy Day

Sep. 27th, 2008 11:36 pm
chaiya: (sleepy)
+ Made my inbox go from 3200 (or more) messages to 48.
- Stayed indoors with upset tummy most of the day.
- Missed Coronation.
+ Caught up on some tv viewing.
+ Finally got a day off from my crazy week.

Update-y

Sep. 9th, 2007 02:17 pm
chaiya: (brown hat)
Wonderful [livejournal.com profile] goldsquare gave me his boyhood dressers after all, so I have stopped scouring Craigslist. I was going to sand and refinish them today, but it's chilly and looking rain-like. We'll see. They are exactly what I was looking for, though, which makes me happy.

The house is still very much under construction. OMG. It will be an entirely new house by the time we're done. Y'all should come see it then. Not now. I should post pictures now, but don't have brain.

My inbox is back down to 900ish. This is awesome, and represents a bit of work. I know, I know, not done yet.

We do have a new housemate for the short-to-medium term, Kirsten. She's in her last semester at college. Seems to be going well so far, and that's saying something, given the stress the construction has added to our household.

[livejournal.com profile] lightfixer might come over soon and finish setting up the music server. Then I might be able to upload all my new music from Falconridge and Campfire. I have so much good music to catch up on! Yay!

There was brunch this morning, sort of. It was nice, despite the construction dust factor. I think I hang out a lot with the Arisia geeks, lately. And I talk a lot about Arisia stuff. I swear, it's not my whole life. :P

I went to the Big Party yesterday. I swam, and hugged lots and lots and lots of people. Saw tons & tons of y'all. Then I left with [livejournal.com profile] noeltheone to go see a drag king show in the evening. Which was also awesome. :)

Going backward, went to [livejournal.com profile] naufiel and [livejournal.com profile] mtolan's for Shabbat dinner Friday night. Fabulousness. We had some good geeking and some spectacular eating, and it was midnight before I realized it. Given how tiring my week was, that's saying a lot.

In general, I think I like being social again. I wish we could do it more at home, though. Soon!
chaiya: (meeting of the minds)
I've been thinking a lot about what kind of home I want to have, to be a part of. This weekend went a long way to solidifying in my head what I like most about my home, the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.

We had [livejournal.com profile] rosefox and [livejournal.com profile] sinboy over for the weekend, essentially. They wanted to go to the beginning of the summer party ("Lefcon," as [livejournal.com profile] ringel so aptly put it), and needed accomodations, and I love having a guest room that gets used from time to time. I love having folks in my own setting, where I'm comfortable, and making sure that they're comfortable too. I am either becoming a Jewish Mother, or a Homebody. Or both. :P

Socialization, home-building, and my brain. Yum. )

But mostly? I love my husband, I love my house, I love my housemates (including my imminent housemate [livejournal.com profile] clara_girl), and I'm pretty fond of my life in general. I'm looking forward to improving the house, despite its impending doominess of construction dust, etc. In general, life is good. :)
chaiya: (thoughtful)
As I commented to [livejournal.com profile] lyonesse tonight, I find myself, many months later, feeling less anger and hostility toward [livejournal.com profile] arib. Definitely not none, but less.

Could be the weather improving. Could be my general life improving. Could be that I have decided to regain some brain cells and spend my energy elsewhere. Anger is time-consuming and exhausting to keep up. Grudges suck that way.

Could also be the conversations I've had with other Orthodox Jews in the past couple of weeks, who've gone out of their way to say that they're not like him, that he's not what all O Jews are like, and they're sorry I had such a horrible experience with him. One of my O friends made me cry tonight, with the support and thoughtfulness he expressed.

And, hey, if I hadn't gone through that crap, I might not be where I am today. Where I am today is demonstrably better than where I was a year ago, and maybe that's what really matters now.

He and Aliza can move out of our neighborhood any day now, though. Honest. We bought this house. We're not leaving, even if we could afford to do so.
chaiya: (fancy)
I keep meaning to blog this before it escapes me.

While working on the Twelve Goddesses show, I was cast as the goddess Vesta. As in, vestal virgins. As in, ohmygodmylinesareaboutchastity!

[livejournal.com profile] herooftheage (the director) said he was relieved to have me in the show because I would be willing to play this part. I am astonished he didn't burst out with an evil laugh as he said this to me. ;)

The actual lines I was supposed to deliver were, "Next Vesta, with her flames of zeal, presents herself clad in white purity. Her book the soul's sweet comfort doth reveal by the ever-burning lamp of piety." Show the audience the book (actually a copy of Dante from props mistresses [livejournal.com profile] dreda and [livejournal.com profile] rising_moon), get back into the line, go on with the show.

See, the scripted version of my lines was kinda a mouthful. And so I found myself tripping over it in rehearsal, the first couple of times. So it became "Next Vesta, with her flames of steel ..."

Which later became "Next Vesta, with her buns of steel .."

Thank God, I was able to deliver the actual intended lines during the performance. But [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare and I had a lot of laughter (uncomfortable, on my part) over the idea that I would recite the wrong version in front of those 130 people at the event ...
chaiya: (meeting of the minds)
Have you filled out polls recently? I'm still open to answers on all my polls (the recent ones of which can be found on my "poll" tag).

In particular, I'm still seeking responses on my soap flavor/scent/ingredient poll, and the [livejournal.com profile] pheromone-inspired unpopular uhpinions poll.

Just remindin' ya.

If you celebrate it, merry Christmas. Or, if you prefer, happy Take-Out and a Movie Day. ;)
chaiya: (permission)
When I am sick, I am likely to become grouchy. When I am grouchy, I am likely to become irritable. When I am irritable, I am likely to become crabby. When I am crabby, I am likely to become easily frustrated. When I am easily frustrated, I am likely to completely blow my stack and get *angry.*

So, best not to say emotionally-laden things to me when I'm sick. I might progress further along the continuum. Bleah.

Not to say that I have, today. Mostly, I have chatted with my mom (who is settling in just fine in B'more), completed more of my kidney pre-testing, and made myself saute'd tomatoes-and-eggplant-and-garlic-and-basil-with-balsamic-vinegar. Which was all to the good. And I'm on my fourth X-wing Star Wars novel this week. Which is possibly silly of me, but they entertain well enough. :)
chaiya: (Default)
Happy birthday (belated) to [livejournal.com profile] lyonesse. Happy birthday today to [livejournal.com profile] 3diff and [livejournal.com profile] locke61dv. I hope you are all having pleasant days. As well as those who don't have birthdays this month, for that matter. ;)

In other news, right before heading out for Falconridge last week, we dropped my computer off at the apple store to have her checked out. Since she's not back yet, I'm borrowing time on [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare's laptop for a while, but email access is *scary* when the spam isn't filtered out. I forsee being most accessible via phone. If you need to talk with me, call me. I'll post again when Kniha comes home.

I have more Falconridge stories and thoughts, but am tired and sunburnt and need to head to the doc's. See y'all sooner or later.
chaiya: (tapuzit pose)
Tapuzit gave birth this afternoon to one live black & white kitten and two stillborn white and orange kittens. I'm sad about the stillborns, but OMG! baby kitty!

So, um, if anyone wants to come see baby kitty? Come see baby kitty! OMG!

Like, seriously, I had no idea she had achieved pregnancy. We were trying to set her up a while back, but assumed it didn't take because she didn't get any bigger. I guess she just hid it well!

OMG! Baby kitty! I will love it and spoil it and cuddle it SO MUCH! After Tapuzit finishes being protective, that is. Which should be in another 12 weeks, right?

OMG!
chaiya: (coconut drink)
Both make me sad.

While helping [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare and [livejournal.com profile] torquemada take up carpet in our dining room yesterday (finally! woo hoo!), I hit my head. Hard. It bled. And hurt. Still hurts.

I stayed up late talking last night, partly to keep myself from having concussion issues.

Today? Mostly great, actually. Went to Nashoba Valley Winery with [livejournal.com profile] torquemada, and bought lots of wine. (Am hopeful some of it survived the cross-country trip via airplane.) Managed to find something on a menu that I was able to eat out in the real world (maple-baked salmon). Took lots of pictures of the winery and the orchard and the beautiful world around me. Had to take Josh back to the airport, however, to return to his life in Seattle. Wah. We're working out an exchange program by which I might be able to visit Seattle this summer. Sounds like a blast to me!

Now? Gonna curl up with [livejournal.com profile] hakamadare for some much-earned quiet time. :)
chaiya: (explosion)
There's this meme going around, see ... about writing down 100 things about yourself that people might not otherwise know.

This could get long. )
Yup, that's pretty revealing. :)

How well do you think you know me?
chaiya: (Default)
It really does feel like I'm asking for Borg membership. I've been sitting at my brand new high-tech computer (yay, Mom!), entering a username and password. Now I'm looking at, essentially, a plain white screen. The same plain white screen that countless others consult when beginning their own livejournals. I blame society. *grin*

So, who am I? If you're here, you should already know. And if you don't, I gave a decent list of descriptives in my info bit.

There, now I can launch into whatever I want to talk about, right? I wonder who's reading this. Having gone to friends' livejournals and then clicked on links to other livejournals and found people I don't know (yet?), I suppose anyone could now do the same with my LJ. But so many of my friends are doing it, I have to follow the herd on this one. And besides, this is so much easier to update than my old webpage was. You know, sometimes things are popular because they make sense, and not just because everyone else is doing it! *grin*

It's interesting that I've known livejournal existed for the past year or two, have read friends' entries often, but it takes a basic stranger to get me interested in writing my own. A guy who probably wishes to remain anonymous has his own livejournal, and I found it through a friend's. I don't know why -- I just started reading. It was interesting stuff. And it got me thinking, you know? I feel connected to this person who may never have met me (I'm not sure -- he looks familiar, but that could just be my faulty memory). I wrote him email and told him so, and that I wanted to make friends. Is that weird or WHAT? Sometimes, I can't tell if I'm being boldly cool, or if I'm just crazy. What was really attractive to me, though, is the idea that I know someone better because of their LJ, someone I might never have gotten to know otherwise. I hope this doesn't prove to be one of those awkward experiences in life when you think that someone is really cool and you're really cool and then one of these suppositions is incorrect. But I will be an optimist. So until proven otherwise, LJ is a great way to connect with old friends and make new ones. :)

Hmm ... what else am I thinking right now?

I should figure out some resolutions for this coming year. Yeah, I procrastinated even on deciding what to promise myself. *laugh* I did make two resolutions last night, at the Christopher Williams concert. He asked members of the audience to submit index cards with a)their favorite gift from the holidaze (within the past few years) and b)their resolution(s). I was volunteering the concert, actually, but I still submitted my answers. My favorite Hannukah gift this year was definitely the ticket to the Billy Joel/Elton John concert coming up this month. Close second was the cut crystal shabbat candlestick holder. My new computer doesn't count as a holiday present because it was originally ordered back in August. :P

As for my resolutions, I wrote down that I will keep up with my schoolwork this year. After thinking about it, I have another resolution. I want to only make promises that I can and will keep this year. I have a horrible tendency to overcommit and not come through with everything as promised. It's a fault, and I know it. This year, I would like to continue working on things like being where I said I would be (on time) and just generally doing what I say I'll do. I always have the best intentions, but I've been lacking on the follow-through in the past. Time to change all that.

Speaking of being on time, I promised my boss that I'd drop in sometime between 3 and 5 today. Since it's now 3:30, I should get going.

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