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Have a happy turkey day everybody. Eat lots and be safe.
I am most thankful for all my friends. Thank yo.
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25,169 (I'm over half way there!)

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Nov. 18th, 2004 01:51 am
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21,103 (I broke 20!)
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18,765 (not half way there yet)

(ideally I should have 26,272 wds, or 60 pages)

42.26 pages @ about 444 wds/pg
missed 5 days out of 17 (equals 6,668 wds)
14 days to go
Can she do it? Only time will tell.


Nov. 16th, 2004 02:20 am
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Nov. 12th, 2004 01:11 am
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It's going. Still about 4,000 behind though.


Nov. 10th, 2004 10:35 pm
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I talked to the UW today. I'm at the top of the list but they can't make a decision until next Wednesday. But at least I know, though it's not official yet, that I probably got the eLearning video job at the UW. Still keep things crossed, and maybe I'll be gainfully employed once again very soon now.

NaNoWriMo Count Down:
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  8,095 (previous)
  2,119 (now)
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From [livejournal.com profile] pnh and [livejournal.com profile] marykaykare.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal...along with these instructions.

"That would not have stopped Penn at that moment, had it not been for the fact that he was Blessed, an immune parson, his wings bound."

From "Tooth and Claw", Jo Walton
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It's very traumatic losing your computer. Almost like it were an addiction. My NT server froze and quit booting Thursday night about midnight. I am now on a new-to-me computer that I have been spending most of my spare time configuring and finally tonight I got back on email. It wouldn't have been so bad, except I was expecting a call or email Friday for notification of my new job, and I didn't know when my computer was all the way off, that I wasn't getting any calls in, until 8 a.m. or so Saturday morning. Oh, well. Looks like they didn't email me or anything. Still waiting (hint, hint to the universe).

It's kind of nice on a new machine, like starting over or cleaning out a closet. Luckily I mailed myself Nanowrimo Thursday, and had a recent back up of my old machine. But I miss my Kyodai Mahjonng, and haven't found a similar one online yet. It's weird what's important - not all my Home Organization Excel files, but Mahjonng. Hah.
Well, I took a couple of days off of Nano involuntarily, then, but I do have a count. I'll catch up, as it feels good to get back to writing again.

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NaNo news Day 3:
4,049 (previous)
1,716 (now)
5,765 5,460
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Well, first Mr. Buddy had to get his shot at 7:30, then into his carrier and off to the vet, so I couldn't vote first thing, but I had finished voting by 10 a.m. The parking lot of the church was full, and I parked on the street, then scanned my pre-voting pamphlet one more time, decided not to take it in with me because I had it pretty much memorized, and stepped into the downpour to cross the street, missing all the puddles, and using my Sunday paper big Seattle Times umbrella.

At 9:45 the place wasn't completely full and there were no waiting lines, but the row of booths I voted in had a person in every booth. I took my time and carefully drew in the lozenges, staying in the lines, and took longer than the guy with a limp who came in at the same time I did. I was glad we had a paper ballot because if it had been one of those electronic ones with no paper trail I would have asked for a paper one. I think more than 60% of the people at those places were asking for a paper ballot when they got there.

Over breakfast after the vet, Dr. J and I talked about the election and how many ways "they" are trying to skew the voting, from overturning the decision that a voter's rights could not be challenged at the voting location just before a person actually votes, to people's rights being challenged on the basis of mail being returned, to being challenged for the simple fact that you have a Hispanic name. Despite all these stressful mind boggling attempts at the shrub's people to control this election also, I have high hopes for getting him out of office. Please please let it go this way on this day.

In other news, NaNoWriMo:
1,687 (day 1)
2,362 (day 2)
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When you see this, post poetry on your journal. said [livejournal.com profile] pnh
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Well, today I had a half hour lesson at 2 p.m. in how to give Mr. Buddy a shot. I was so nervous, my heart was pounding and upset my stomach a little, though that could be because I didn't eat because I was too nervous. Luckily I have a good friend who should be a vet (and has about 8 cats), who came with me and then helped me give the first shot at 7:30 p.m. I did OK. I hate needles. But I'll do this every 12 hours until he doesn't need it anymore.

He seems to be changing personalities in the last couple of days. I think he knew he was in trouble, and was so good being in the cat carrier. He was a big 'fraidy cat before this, but actually came out to greet people (well, my friend), which he has never done before. Then, instead of just sitting in his chair at breakfast (see picture), he got up on the table and tried to lay down in the middle of everything. Then leaped from the kitchen table to the counter. I've never seen him do this, though maybe when I go off to work he leaps around everywhere, who knows?

And, he tried to get in the bath tub (with me in it) and ended up jumping up and curling up in the sink. He's jumping around again, something he hasn't done for a couple of years - since he broke his leg. Then, he sat in front of the fridge, and meowed, like he wanted the door open, so I did, to see what he'd do and he looked at everything, and almost climbed in. I don't know what he's trying to say, but I think he's getting over being a big 'fraidy cat.

I'm glad he's got something that is maintainable, and will be around a bit longer. Hoo.
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Went to [livejournal.com profile] sculpin's party in a place that made Great pies and soup. And I'm here to tell you that if you play pool, be sure and wear a jet black shirt as the chalk shows up best that way!

[livejournal.com profile] desolina looked great in a sparkly red skirt. And the birthday grrl look pretty in pink. It was very fun, and good to see people I don't get to see f2f very often. [livejournal.com profile] jerrykaufman and Suzle WINOLJ were also there.

Thanks [livejournal.com profile] sculpin!
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From [livejournal.com profile] maryread. Because I told her I would.

I want anyone and EVERYONE who reads this to post in here something they would like to do with me someday.

Then post this in your journal to find out what I want to do with you.


Sep. 8th, 2004 09:42 pm
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It's probably already gone in the mid-west, but I still have 2 hours and 19 minutes to go on the left coast, so:

Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] replyhazy!
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I'm not the same person as I was Thursday, as I have just gotten back from a plane ride that said it took 3 hours but my mind and body knew it took 6 (left at 8a.m. got in at 11a.m.), and I saw cool cool stuff when I wasn't trying to sleep (because I couldn't sleep last night). Like, the continental divide from 35,000 feet on a gorgeous sunny day, then the continental shelf falling away to become a great link of volcanos waiting to go off like firecrackers, the firecracker that was Mt. St. Helen's already spent and off to the side of Baker and Rainier, and 2 in the distance that weren't listed on my little map. And a good conversation that lasted off and on for over 2,000 miles with the painter with kids from India sitting next to me. I'm happy. And very very tired.
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I just thought the universe should know.

Thank you.
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I'm a little hot. Could be cuz I'm drinking coffee and it's 85 degrees out, hm? Wish you could save up the heat so you could feel this warm in the middle of winter.

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I had a dream last night with [livejournal.com profile] weemallard and Brad. I was visiting them in a beautiful desert, where they lived. They collected new species of animals by photographing them and sending them to scientists and publications. I got caught in a rain of pink dragonfly-like things that maybe were really petals of exotic flowers.

They were out walking, looking for something specific, in the perpetual light of a setting sun. Someone was coming later, to look at a specimen or to inspect or something, but they were important. Then it started to flood. I ran around a sculpted stone formation and saw the water washing in, and three little dinosaurs skipping and hopping backwards, trying to keep their feet from getting wet. There were ducks, with baby ducks behind them. It was a little sad because I knew the dinosaurs were going to die soon.

Then, the water was really deep, and I almost saved their car (not the blue one, the other one), but it slipped backwards into the rising water, when I turned to brag to someone (maybe one of the scientists) about how I was going to save their car. I was swimming around a last, now island, of rock, trying to save things, but finally I gave up. It was a big decision.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Said good bye to someone at work today who's going on to grad school. We've spent the last two months talking about dreams and what to do with the rest of our lives.

I got a $238 RT ticket last night to go to Boston labor day weekend. Hm. Might talk to a producer there. About a script of mine. I know overall I'm feeling very antsy, and frustrated about life. It's good to be working full time for the first time in a long time, but it's only lasting until October. I feel like I have to figure everything out by then. So I'm doing the Artist's Way. It's helping.

I like watching the opening ceremonies for the Olymics. It always kind of gives me hope for humanity, you know, get along with out blowing each other up. But the commentary makes Americans sound kind of lame. Like the announcers don't know much about the little countries as the people walk by waving their flags. Hm.
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Just got my computer hooked up after getting it back from the fix-it shop (a good excuse to go to Fry's). Do you know how hard it is to not have a computer at home for 7 days? Do you? Huh? I'm afraid to go look at my Digital Eve account - there are probably hundreds of emails waiting there.

Have a lot to read on LJ, too. But if people were wondering, that's where I went.
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Twilight Samarai was worth the price of admission. Plus it was air conditioned in a not freezing way. And lots of older maybe Japanese people who would make unwordy reactions to things said on the screen, like oooh, or a kind of whimper that I thought was a little weird (at some intense slightly bloody kind of vampirish parts), and of course laughter from not quite funny things in the english translations on the screen.

There was one part cut out, at a kind of crucial part of the film that had a very important line in it that you only got to see for a split second and couldn't read, that I will alway wonder what they guy said in the other room.

The five year old girl who is the old woman remembering this story is very cute, and it was beautifully filmed. A lot of very dark night and evening shooting. You get to see into the day to day life of a 'petty samarai' of the, I wasn't quite sure of the date, but from the middle to the end of the 1800s maybe.

In the trailers before hand, the Ghost In The Machine 2 looks great, but Ju-on, a ghost story, looks maybe tooo scary. They sure now how to make scary looking little kid ghosts. Hoo.
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I don't know what it is out there, but my kitchen is 83 degrees. I love it. I like wearing very little, sleeping in, getting stuff done and heat. But not, like lying out in the heat, but not being cold, being warm to my bones. I must have had a cold existence in a past life or something.

I'm getting two loads of laundry done, and writing, and The Artist's Way and just ate a fudgecicle. Plus, just last night I got the flannel sheets and two blankets and a comforter changed for cream cotton sheets and just a spread. I know, I know, it's July, but that's what I was used to sleeping in until it was 82 degrees at around midnight. I changed a lot of things in my apartment, and am getting rid of even more, and feel much lighter. Warmer and lighter.

I'll go have another fudgecicle now, thanks.
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Happy happy Birthday, ba-aby! to GeriSullivan!
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Road Trip

Jul. 8th, 2004 12:21 am
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Things worry me. People who used to be central to my life, part of my knowing who I was, planning to leave. Life. What am I doing. Things Changing. I handle change better than I used to. But this last Fourth of July weekend I needed to get away, and Saturday, not Friday, which would have made more sense, and not early, or even during the day, but Saturday at 9p.m., I took off with one of my best female friends to run over to Caldwell, Idaho. Spur of the moment drove 9.5 hours, to stay 4, and drive back 8. For the roadtrip and the mind clearing, healing aspects of the road. And to put flowers on my dad's grave, which I haven't done in almost 15 years, and which has been on my mind a lot lately, especially with so many friend's parents leaving the planet.

The moon came up over the Columbia river; an almost full moon, shining down for hundreds of miles, making surrealistic sculptors of a kind of bare, desert land. I've always wondered how there could be so much water there, and it be so brown. It was cool and bright and dark and good. Just what I needed. It turned out that was a good time to take off, as coming back it was 90 degrees and very hot. Though I like heat, it knocked Tucci out.

We drove Saturday until I was tired, for about four hours. Got a motel, then didn't sleep real well, but I was reminded of all the hotels and motels I've stayed in all my life, traveling and later going to conventions. I used to be able to drop off at the drop of a hat, but this trip I slept fitfully.

The next morning ate road trip breakfast at a Denny's, the only time, usually, that I eat there. Then on to Idaho, leaving Washington by climbing up about 3,000 feet to the plateau that is the central part of the US. Coming back, east to west, it's kind of dizzifying, coming out of the trees into wide open country, and dropping down, with all the big trucks on the freeway going so slowly, through 2 or 3 switchbacks, back to the flatness of wheat country in Eastern Washington. I get vertigo there.

Near Caldwell is sagebrush, brown country with cinder cones of old volcanos sticking up here and there. Then you come to the Snake River and there's lush green right up next to the brown, sometimes perfect circles of green from the crops, and how the watering system is this wheeled contraption that goes around and waters from a central point. Then a town that looks bigger once you're off the freeway. Maybe many small towns would.

I went, on the Fourth of July, into an Albertsons, bought flowers, asked directions to the cemetary because nothing was really looking the same and there were many new things there, and it didn't smell like cows anymore. Then went up a small bluff or mesa (which looked much bigger when I was smaller) and found the Vining name in the old part of the cemetary without too much trouble. The size of the cemetary had about tripled. Lit a candle. Talked to my dad for awhile. It was nice.

Worth the trip there and back. We didn't stay long, just long enough to eat, and for me to show her the little house, that also used to look so much bigger, at 108 Woodlawn Drive, the first place I had to memorize the address for, in case I got lost walking with my 2 brothers and sister on the way to the public swimming pool, which is still there, or to the park where my dad used to direct orchestras on summer days, or to the Dairy Queen for a Dilly Bar. Couldn't find the tree covered boulevard near the College, but it is probably gone due to expansion. Saw the stadium where I went to rodeos.

Then, back in the car and drove back 8 hours, singing half the way, quiet some of the way. Clear skys all the way, until we came down I-90 over Snoqualmie into Issaquah, and there were the Seattle clouds. The thing I love about road trips, even short ones, is that things look a little different when you get back. A familiar road is now connected, all the way back for 500 miles in the other direction. And it's good to be home in your own bed again.
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