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Oct. 28th, 2012 @ 06:13 pm Reconnecting
Today: Done with the last freelance proofreading project. Whew! I have not had a weekend without a project for at least a month. Now to celebrate.

I have become a fan of Foyle's War. What a great series! It's my new Sunday evening treat.

Halloween is coming up, but with too much work, I haven't had time to sew. I am going to make my Halloween costumes in the summers from now on.

I am re-reading Laini Taylor's "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" in preparation for her new book, "Days of Blood and Starlight." If the sequel is as good as the first, my friends won't hear from me for a while.

Off to celebrate!
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Nov. 27th, 2010 @ 11:02 pm Clean desk and framed silhouettes
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
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I am so proud of myself! I cleared away all piles on my desk! Next time I will take a "before" picture, but here is "after," with Kala sitting in my chair:

Kala at clean desk

I'd forgotten how much I loved my desk!

I also finally framed and hung our silhouettes:

D&A silhouettes

It took me forever to get them up, but they make me happy every time I see them. Silhouettes are so romantic and flattering! I wanted us to have our silhouettes cut after watching the Lemony Snicket movie. In one scene, the Baudelaires make a tent and hang up their parents' silhouettes because they've had enough of Count Olaf and need a "sanctuary."

My next Lemony Snicket-inspired project will be coconut cream cake. My favorite L.S. book is "The Reptile Room."

FlyLady would be proud of me!

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Oct. 25th, 2010 @ 06:21 pm One pile down
Current Mood: excitedexcited
I took a day off work today to "address" the three big piles of paper on my desk.

There is now one less pile! I've made a note to myself: "Do not create any new piles!"

I used to be very organized... I will be again!
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Sep. 5th, 2010 @ 06:27 pm Blue whales!
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
I went whale-watching today because one of the boat captains called our newspaper to offer free outings. A bunch of us took them up on it.

Amazing, amazing, amazing...!!!!

These blues are not the huge Arctic blue whales but a smaller version. They're beautiful, like grey pearls. At one point, the boat was simply rocking in the waves, then ..... *puffffffff* .... and a gorgeous giant surfaced very close. We sat in the middle of them, and they fed around us, diving and ascending. It was really exciting to see flukes before they went into a deep dive.

The whales are here for the krill. Through some weather/current phenomenon, the eating's good near the South Bay!
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Aug. 27th, 2010 @ 06:25 pm One of my dreams came true today...
Current Mood: happyhappy
I got to go up in the Goodyear Blimp!
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Aug. 25th, 2010 @ 08:55 pm hee hee--I've gone crazy
Current Mood: crazycrazy
Came home from a LOOOONG day at work to do freelance proofreading. Saw the title of the article; it's "Refining Intervention Targets in Family-Based Research: Lessons From Quantitative Behavioral Genetics."

First thought: "Okay, not too bad."

What? WHAT?

Diagnosis: Work hardening with secondary insanity, indicated by inability to distinguish data-dense article with short deadline from leisurely reading of "Bridget Jones."
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Aug. 2nd, 2010 @ 11:57 pm How will I pull this off?
Current Mood: creativecreative
I am going to write an article on the local surfing club--one that started in the 1940s, probably earlier. I still can't get a fix on exactly which year it started. It has been fun to interview these surfers, who are in their 80s and 90s now. One of them answered a question by saying "I don't remember--you're asking me about things that happened 60 years ago."

E.B. White said writers need to try things that are too hard for them, and while I will not place myself in the same category as White, I am in a place where the article is a bunch of formless notes from the past and the present, taken in different locations, one piece here and one piece there--and possibly like nothing I've written before? I told my editor the article would likely be scrapbookish or sewn together like quilt squares.

On top of that, the photographer will be assembling photos and captions that I hope will tie in with the writing. Maybe they won't exactly, and that will be part of the magic.

It's late and I have finished the transcribing. Usually I feel as if I have more of a handle on the structure at this point, but tonight I feel like I'm at a cliff edge ready to step off.

Or like a surfer as a wave rises and begins to break?
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Jul. 9th, 2010 @ 11:41 pm Wounded!
Current Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
Not really. I just look like I'm wounded with a bandage around my head. My doctor removed a scalp cyst today, and the nurse wrapped a bandage all the way around my forehead. I look like either a hippie or a M*A*S*H extra. It comes off tomorrow, when I will look like Frankenstein with stitches in my head. Glad to have the cyst gone, though.
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Jun. 16th, 2010 @ 08:05 am An observation on disappointing people
Current Mood: creativecreative
A couple days ago, I received two similar messages:

1. "Long time no see." This was at the neighborhood watch meeting.

2. "I'm disappointed I haven't seen you around the gym lately." I don't belong to this particular gym, which costs three times as much as the gym I do belong to.

I like both of these people, and in the past I would have thought that I had better get to more neighborhood watch meetings and maybe somehow find a way to go to this other gym.

But recently I made a decision to write books and to pare away anything in my life that does not support writing books. (Especially the belief that I myself have to do things for other people because no one else on Earth can do them. Right!)

Which means that when I focus on my goal, I will probably be receiving a lot more comments like the above.

Which means I'm on the right track. Go me!

To those who need to be pared away, I will quote a well-known pirate in a well-known movie: "Get used to disappointment."
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May. 27th, 2010 @ 03:18 pm blackberry, blackberry, blackberry
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

We have a small blackberry vine in the back yard. Last month, I thought, wow, there sure are a lot of blossoms!

blackberry blossoms April 2010

And today I find:

pink blackberries May 2010

*squeals of delight*

We will probably get a couple of bowls of berries this season. 

This reminds me of when Nana and I used to pick raspberries from her garden and then make pies and jam. The thorns would prick me good, and I always had bleeding scratches on my arms along with ruby-red fingertips from the berry juice.


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