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Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
-Written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s



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Last night I found a little lump on Bosco the Pug's left arm/shoulder, so I'm concerned. I've had dogs before that have gotten lumps. (My mother's golden retriever, Juki, has at least a dozen. But ugh, Bosco's only 18 weeks old. Dexter pointed out that that's the location of Bosco's last immunization (it was only one shot), so we'll monitor it and schedule an exam next month if need be. That's further encouragement for me to get his insurance sorted today.

I'm back in course prep mode, which I've discovered is a safe zone for me. I feel like I'm being productive and can otherwise fiddle around and see people. Two of my classes start next week, which means I need to get everything as set up as possible and email students by the end of this week. It also means I'm less inclined to leave the house (Bosco is great for this, by the way). I'm already more of a homebody than most people admit to being. But I think I'm better at actually turning down social engagements. Well, not turning them down, exactly. It's more that I don't always take the initiative to start them. Part of this is a feeling that anyone can start that ball rolling and it doesn't need to be me. But the other part is just lazy. Plus, at this time of year, a good deal of my friends who are teachers, and they're as zoned out as I am about social engagements during winter break. (Or they're teaching classes again already, which I find completely bonkers.)

Sometimes I genuinely do worry that my not being social now will have an affect on me later. Or rather, an affect on my life. Am I missing out on maintaining relationships that are supposed to last me into old age? Does it mean I'll be lonelier in the future, when I really need those people to be around me. I feel that way about my family too, because I can see that I'm becoming a little less involved. I've always been a bit separated from the rest of my family (uncle, aunts, cousins) because their grandmother is not my grandmother, but I also suppose that I focus on out differences, and that keeps us from being close. (I also argue that they're so much prettier than me, and they talk about fun stuff that I know so little about.) But I tell myself that I really should try harder. I should talk to them more at family gatherings. Actually, my aunt and uncle are hosting a wine tasting at the winery that my cousin works at, so that should be nice. (Assuming I can go. Because, Bosco.)

Bosco's full of energy this morning, and I'd like to take him walking, but it's just a bit too cold this morning. Should settle Bosco's insurance and get some work done this morning before going to the bookstore and lunch with Tiffany. (Note: wrap up her Christmas present.) Will then come home and take the little bugger out for a lap.

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cold for california.

I've been a bit of a log since term ended. I don't think I've been this lazy during winter holiday in some time (not counting illness; I'm usually sick right after term ends). Today I had to through out some cookie dough I'd made last week. I might have been able to save it, but honestly, I don't need more cookies around the house, and those ones are especially hard for me to resist.

But some of the guilt of not doing anything comes from school. Right up until Christmas Eve I was feeling guilty for not prepping my upcoming classes, because I knew I could. I couldn't tell you what I did instead. I think the other reason for my slight melancholy is that I'm not reading anything particularly good. I have some library books on my Kindle, so I'm inclined to read those soonest, but ugh they're not great. Not terrible, but not mind-blowing. So I'm not even really eager to read.

So I think starting back up with work will do me good. AND:
-I need to make a service appointment for my Honda Civic;
-I also need to research insurance plans for Bosco (Bosco being the 17-week old pug who is now FULLY VACCINATED;
-OH I also need to call the stock broker about end of the year stuff;
-AND I need to make an appointment at the groomer's for Bosco.
January's going to be a bit lean. I'll probably get out my thank you cards tonight. Tomorrow my mom and I are heading to the mall early for charms, bedsheets, and a last-minute present for a visiting friend. I'm taking her to her work for a bit, and I can probably use that time to start prepping my classes (two of which start the first week of January, aka Right Around the Corner). Oh shoot, I probably need to start that teacherly blog too.

We should get the request for Summer 2016 classes soon. Dexter and I have already discussed potential schedules for me. We're not planning any trips this upcoming summer anyway; after D.C. last summer, we're saving money to see if we can pull Italy in the near future.

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merry merry.

I restumbled upon my journal when looking for some old holiday cookie recipes. I'd also received the notification that my paid account (and some icons) had died a quick death. I didn't immediately renew, because why spend the money on something I really don't use anymore?

But whilst researching my recipes, I changed my mind. I've heard journaling can be very good for you, and If no comments are expected, all the better. I'm actually going to be doing a journaling project for one of my schools. I'd read that it had some small pay attached to it (or release time?) but apparently the perk only applies to full-time faculty and staff. You'd better believe my journal will be called some version of ~adjunctly and include a lot of I AM AN ADJUNCT rhetoric.

Should I change my journal name? It's been ten years since I played rugby, and I'm no baby. (Wasn't then either, honestly.) Interestingly, adjunctly is available for purchase, but eh. I'm not my job. BUT the definition for adjunct is "a thing added to something else as a supplementary rather than an essential part", so that could actually be quite nice. That said, I think I'm still attached to this name, in the same way that I keep my paid account and userpics.

Off to bake some things. Typically we have a big family holiday tonight but my side of the family changed things up, and I'm quite happy to instead stay home, bake cookies, and drink mimosas.

Also, we have a pug.

Merry merry.

books of 2013.

books of 2013


It is my mission for the year of 2013 to read 50 books. Here is my challenge from last year; I'll list each of the 50 books from this year here, in order of when I begin reading them, and I'll link them to my Goodreads review of them after I finish them. I love Goodreads friends! I'm at myproblematique.

1.) The Law of the Land: A History of the Supreme Court by Kermit L. Hall. Audio format. (December/January)
2.) Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen. (December/January)
3.) A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. (December)


Total so far : 2 books!

my mission 2012 list.

mission : 2012


In a previous post I mentioned merging a sort of mission101 list with a New Year's resolution. What emerged were several respectable resolutions that are reasonable. I'll update my progress on these resolutions every month and might change each resolution as necessary, but only when I meet a resolution and push it further.

1.) Cook a new dish every month. Possibly a new baked thing every month. Originally for mission101, I wanted to make nine new dishes. Even though I didn't succeed with that mission plan, I have made significant improvement with my cooking and baking. I'm much more of a baker, but I want to become more comfortable with cooking so that I really know what I'm eating and so I just become more accomplished. So while it's inevitable that I will bake more things (thanks in no small part to the baking gifts I received from my family), I want to focus on one new cooked/baked meal dish per month. I might even start with a stew, since we broke out the unused crock pot that my parents received as a wedding present. Unless the recipe is incredibly complicated, I'll post all recipes (with pictures) to this journal.

2.) Read 50 75 books. It was my original goal to read 50 books annually. ( I highly suggest 50bookchallenge. ) It's going to be harder for this upcoming year, but I'm going to keep doing it. I'll post the books and their Goodreads reviews here.

3.) Work out at least 5 days a week. I'm currently working out six days a week and plan to keep up this routine. However, things happen. Most of my activities should be in the gym, but Deanna mentioned taking long vigorous walks after we teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and those will count. I'll keep up my training sessions with John P. as long as I can or until I decide I don't need them. I always post my weekly review at dailyexercise and also post at The President's Challenge.

4.) Lose 20 lbs. This past year I lost 36 pounds. I'm trying not to focus too much on losing pounds because I know I'm lowering my fat percentage, losing half-inches here and there, and becoming healthier overall. However, I do still need to lose pounds to become healthier, and I fought hard for each of those 36 pounds. So a 20-pound resolution is reasonable.

5.) Purchase no more than 2 books per month. ( Including the book club book. ) This icon is an accurate representation of my room. I have tons of things to read and don't need to spend money on bunches of new books per month (even though I'd love to do so). I was inspired by Deana's ( deana_in_texas ) mission to not buy new books for six months. I could utilize our fair library if I don't already have it. I should also put some of my books on Goodreads.

6.) Save at least $50/month. Next semester's going to be difficult, because I'm not teaching as many sections and I'm still paying for personal training sessions. I'm having stupid difficulty saving money, so here's what I'm going to do. Every month when I get paid, I'm going to withdraw $50 and put it in an envelope in my desk. Not sure what it'll be for.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

Please have a happy, healthy, peaceful new year, and I hope you enjoy your NYE festivities in whatever form they take! May this be a good and prosperous year for us all.

books of 2012

books of 2012


It is my mission for the year of 2012 to read 50 books. I'll list each of the 50 books here, in order of when I begin reading them, and I'll link them to my Goodreads review of them after I finish them. I love Goodreads friends! I'm at myproblematique.

1.) Death: The Time of Your Life by Neil Gaiman. (January)
2.) The Academic Self: An Owner's Manual by Donald E. Hall. (January)
3.) The Doll's House by Neil Gaiman. (January)
4.) Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde. (January)
5.) Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero by Chris Matthews. (January)
6.) Don't Breathe a Word: A Novel by Jennifer McMahon. (January)
7.) The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Reread in audio format. (January/February)
8.) Bossypants by Tina Fey. Audio format. (February)
9.) I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. (January/February)
10.) The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. (February)
11.) Resilience by Elizabeth Edwards. Audio format. (February)
12.) Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott. (February)
13.) Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron. Audio format. (February)
14.) The Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks. Audio format. (March)
15.) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Anne Barrows. (February/March)
16.) Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy by Bill Clinton. Audio format. (March)
17.) Merits of Mischief: The Bad Apple by T.R. Burns. (March)
18.) Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World At Large by (and read by) William Shatner. Audio format. (March)
19.) Franny and Zoey by J.D. Salinger. (March)
20.) Matched by Ally Condie. (March)
21.) Mastering Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels. (March/April)
22.) Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. (March/April)
23.) Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. Audio format. (March/April/May)
24.) Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella. Audio format. (May)
25.) I've Got Your Number: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella. Audio format. (May)
26.) The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. (March/April/May)
27.) The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis. Audio format. (May)
28.) Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris. (May)
29.) The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister. (May)
30.) Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family by Condoleezza Rice. Audio format. (May/June)
31.) The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. Audio format. (June)
32.) Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life by Jillian Michaels. (June)
33.) Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg. (May/June)
34.) Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Audio format. (June)
35.) The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America by Jonathan Kozol. (June)
36.) Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. (June)
37.) Seriously... I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres. Audio format. (June)
38.) Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov. Audio format. (June)
39.) It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell. (June)
40.) The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. (June/July)
41.) Great World Religions: Islam (The Great Courses) by John L. Esposito. Audio format. (June/July)
42.) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. (June/July)
43.) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. (July)
44.) Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James. (July)
45.) God and Mankind: Comparative Religions - The Teaching Company (The Great Courses) by Robert A. Oden. Audio format. (July)
46.) The Teaching Company: Great World Religions Hinduism by Mark W. Muesse. Audio format. (July)
47.) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. (July/August)
48.) Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. Audio format. (August)
49.) Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James. (August)
50.) Great World Religions: Christianity (The Great Courses) by Luke Timothy Johnson. Audio format. (August)
51.) Why Our Health Matters by Dr. Andrew Weil. Audio format. (August/September)
52.) Feel-Bad Education: And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling by Alfie Kohn. (August/September)
53.) Great World Religions: Judaism (The Great Courses by Isaiah Gafni. Audio format. (September)
54.) I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections by Nora Ephron. Audio format. (September)
55.) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. (August/September)
56.) A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard. Audio format. (September)
57.) Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan. (September/October)
58.) Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson. Audio format. (September/October)
59.) I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron. Audio format. (October/November)
60.) The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing by Alfie Kohn. (October/November)
61.) Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns by Mindy Kaling. Audio format. (November)
62.) Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. (October/November)
63.) Writing With Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing by John R. Trimble. (August/November)
64.) Life and Writings of C.S. Lewis (The Great Courses) by Louis Markos. Audio format. (November)
65.) Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools by Jonathan Kozol. (November)
66.) The Naming of the Beasts by Mike Carey. (November/December)
67.) I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High by Tony Danza. Audio format. (November/December)
68.) Religion and Immigration: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Experiences in the United States edited by Haddad, Smith, and Esposito. (November/December)

Total : 68 books!

movie list.

series list.

Jan. 10th, 2010

In memory of family and friends who have lost the battle with cancer and in support of the ones who continue to conquer it! Repost this in your LJ if you know someone who has, had or has been affected by cancer.

50bookchallenge book list for 2010.

Sep. 23rd, 2008

Okay so Coraline didn't take quite as long as I would have expected. It was really good, though, and I'm excited at the idea of it getting turned into a movie. I'm going to start Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. I could have sworn I'd read it before, but now I'm incredibly certain that I haven't.

Heroes was pretty awesome. I have to say, though, that I had difficulty sitting around watching television for three hours straight. I consider that a good thing.

Today's my busy day, in comparison to the others. I asked the professor of the longer class if my attendance would be a nuisance or anything, but she assured me that it would be good to go, and thus I am going. Sort of a slow start this morning, but not in a bad way.

Letter sent off to kiri427 this morning! Hope you lot have a good day.

Sep. 22nd, 2008

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Wow this got long. Hope you had a great weekend and that your week starts off well!
My day was actually pretty decent until I logged into my IJ account and saw a bunch of shit that's irritated me. The nice thing is that it's not related to 'real life' at all. Well and then darkelfgrl posted a picspam and made me feel better.

Last night the concert did not have Sara Bareilles, which was a little disappointing. However, Maroon 5 was on before Counting Crows, which meant we could bail early. I figure people on my flist don't like/don't care about Maroon 5 but hell, I like them and I like most of their songs and I had a great time. Despite my reading a study that's due for class today, I really had a great time with scorpion_gem and b_alive.

Now I feel a bit better. I've got to leave for class in half an hour, and then hopefully dinner with two of my classmates and back in time for the first episode of Supernatural and the last episode of Burn Notice. I miss home occasionally.

Hope you lot are having a good week. Tomorrow's Friday!

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Sep. 15th, 2008

Woo new layout! It's very Supernatural-ified, but sue me, I like it. I was going to go with this other banner that darkelfgrl picked out, since the girl in it is my favorite and I talk about her often, but she at least gets an icon because I like this banner and the lyrics. Also because meloquent agreed with me about this banner. Like it matters. Moving on.

My paper for my presentation tomorrow is nearly complete! I have to edit it again, read it out loud tonight, and print out a final draft tomorrow morning! I've got tons of non-school stuff to do after that, but it will be a relief to have this project done. I'll even get to read again! Gasp! I also have to write letters to deana_in_texas and kiri427. I might be able to start a bit of that this evening after working out!

Anyway, I feel a small sense of relief and satisfaction. How often does that occur on a Monday, I ask you. Hope the week starts out well for you lot. I've got to run to the library to drop off my books. ♥
I had fatty sushi. I mean there's sushi, and then there's PUTTING AVOCADO ALL OVER IT and all the sweet stuff that you know is so bad for you. And it's just sitting oddly in my stomach. It was good at the time, though.

I called it an early night because I actually felt guilty about staying out instead of finishing this paper. I'm so nearly done but even as I wrote the rest of it today, it didn't feel quite right. I guess I'm just so freaked that I'll get an F and, best of all, I'll be reading it out loud in front of the class (6 students, 1 professor) even though they're all pretty great. I just feel as if my work isn't up to par, like I'm missing something. However, writing about it here isn't getting my paper done, so off I go.

Hope everyone's having a nice weekend ♥

Aug. 26th, 2008

I think one of these days I will have to fiddle with the layout of this journal. Perhaps that will make it more interesting and I'll be more likely to use it as often as I should. Except not today because I am already procrastinating on my reading. Great sign for this semester, I can tell.

I start my classes tonight. Or, well. I see if I can get into one class tonight. I'm not sure of my chances, but at least I gave it every effort. The other one I'm just sitting in on, though I'm not certain about what that will entail. So far I've gotten ahead on some reading and it's really interesting.

It's been about a week since I've sprained my ankle. So now I've sprained both, though years apart from one another. I suppose that evens out. Walking isn't too much of a problem, and I'm still hoping I might be able to go to the gym next week. Not sure, though.

I've really enjoyed reading as much as I have lately. So far this year I've read 36 books, and I hope to get through 50 before the year is out. Obviously classes will make this somewhat difficult, but I think I'll be able to do it. I recently finished both of Barack Obama's books, and I'm glad I did that before the start of the Democratic National Convention. Also I'm annoyed that I'll miss Hilary Clinton's speech tonight, but I figure I can youtube it tomorrow. Now I'm reading one of McCain's books, Faith of My Fathers. I'd like to read one of his more recent ones, but that would probably involve purchasing it and I'm not sure about that.

Back to reading and a bunch of work.

ETA : Ugh LJ, stop asking me to change my password. Now it's just annoying.

Aug. 16th, 2008

Starbucks is becoming too sweet for me. When did this happen. I blame Peet's. Though in theory I should not be getting either as often as I have, so I'm cutting back a little. Okay I'm really not, but I should focus on getting smalls instead of mediums. I've also discovered something horrific: I like lattes. Fortunately, I may forget about this within a few days and will never be tempted to get them. I can dream.

Last night we went to Consuelo's in Santana Row for dinner. I warned my parents that it's really not the typical Mexican restaurant that they're used to, but they said it was my choice and that they were looking forward to it. So Jeff and I were wearing very amused expressions when my parents stared at the menu for ten minutes and still didn't know what to get. In the end everyone enjoyed what they ordered and the margaritas were quite good. Today we have a big family dinner. I always find myself not looking forward to these, but then when we go, I tend to really enjoy myself. Better that than the other way around. The fact that I have good news regarding my schooling probably helps.

I got a birthday card from my aunt and cousin yesterday. The ones that I can't talk about in front of my parents because they just flip out. It's my mother's sister-in-law and nephew, and she doesn't really like either of them for various reasons. I'm not sure how my father feels on it, but there's a huge sense of betrayal all around and it really doesn't hit me as hard. I mean yeah, my cousin is an asshole, but for some reason I can't think that badly of him. I've written back and said yeah, would be great to get together for dinner again. It would just be the three of us again, because my parents are better off not knowing about it and I'm not bringing anyone for my cousin to mock.

The people attending the garage sale next door keep blocking our driveway. It's pretty annoying. I mean blatantly blocking it. There's no way they can't see that they're not blocking it. I'm really not leaving anytime soon and I know it's normal garage sale procedure, but they don't have to be jerks about it when we ask them to move so we can use our own damn driveway. Back to cleaning, perhaps an episode of Doctor Who, and a piece of reading American Gods and writing more of this letter before a shower and festivities.

ETA : Oh God, I forgot about Facebook. At least this means I'll see more of my old friends and maybe we'll get together longer than the whole 'YOU DISAPPEARED OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH' stage.
So this must at least be the third time I've promised to come back, drifted for quite an accumulation of months, and then dropped back again. Let's see if I can be more consistent about keeping updated on people's lives, now that mine is picking up a little bit. Doing what I'm doing now, it's hard to believe there were times where I would spend days doing nothing of importance. I have a hard enough time sitting still for three hours. Occasionally.

My most sincere apologies to deana_in_texas, for many reasons. And I read your thing that said you were having a meh day. I hope things improve for you!

Also, darkelfgrl : JENNY YOUR JOURNAL PAGES STILL SUCKS. IDC WHAT YOU SAY. Hope you feel better ♥.

Nov. 23rd, 2007

I want to tell my aunt to stop making mashed potatoes. I love her. And the rest of her food was lovely. But mashed potatoes should have... taste. I am not picky about my potatoes. I love potatoes. But no, auntie. No.

I am also disgruntled that I had to leave my cheesecake at her house. As I am a selfish person. But I figure my grandmother would have done something like that, so it's okay.
First thing I did this morning was roll my ankle and pop it back into place. That will wake you up. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that, not only did it not hurt that much, it also hasn't really swollen up. I haven't rolled my ankle in maybe years. I'm hoping that it'll still be okay by the time I get home, and if not, I can always ice it down a bit.

That was my exciting thing for the day. That and I get sushi for lunch.

Nov. 4th, 2007

I don't think it will be so hard for me to give up soda. I don't know why. And I could be wrong, but you never know. I'll still drink a wee bit on holidays and family get togethers, but not nearly as much as I used to. I'm sort of drawing back from a lot of things lately, but the difference is that I think it's good to pull back from these things.

I'm going to start looking at nonprofit organizations to apply to. The concept is interesting to me, and Professor Ellingson recommended that I take a look, and that was years ago. I think I could like it.

I baked my first loaf of bread yesterday. I don't know if it counts, because it was with a Breadmaker. But let me tell you, you can still mess that up. Because I did. But the good thing is that the bread's still edible. It just looks wonky. I kind of want to make my own jam now. I think next weekend I'll just stick to trying to make a loaf of wheat bread.

The squirrels at our house are absolutely insane.

EDIT: I need to post a novel excerpt for my fricken NaNo. This shouldn't be as hard as I'm making it out to be.
first off, this problem with the WGA (Writer’s Guild of America) needs to be fixed... now. if some sort of agreement isn't reached by... tonight, I guess, since it's 2 am, writers walk out. new episodes will STOP OCCURRING. the last one was apparently twenty years ago and lasted five months and $500 million. except reality shows. those will be okay. fuckers.

so we had a 5.6 earthquake with like, a dozen aftershocks. it was interesting at best. my mother, you now, the one who works at a school and has to run earthquake, fire and emergency drills monthly sort of forgot what to do. as in, she thought it was over, the ground was still moving, and she tried to walk around. I don't even know who she is anymore. overall not too much damage. two broken glasses, a broken bottle of wine from our cellar, so it got all over the carpet and the Halloween candy. the rest was just putting stuff here and there.

nano starts tomorrow and I'm already stressed.

also, democratic debate. wtf hilary, let's not give out contradicting statements within five minutes of one another. I wish edwards was doing better in polls. I also loved the guy who decided he was the only one out of the panel who'd tried to negotiate with a foreign country. really now. even I knew that one was off, bucko.


also, everyone have a fun and safe halloween! we're chillaxin and watching ghost stuff. jenny calls me a wuss. and the next time she does, I'll call her on earthquakes. she loves me. rly she does. on some level.
went out for a really nice evening with Carrie last night. it helped a lot and she gave me a lot of inspiration about writing, which I've always been pretty nervous about. maybe it's because of the genre I like. that and I don't write very long things, and it's rare enough if I finish something in a satisfactory way.

so I signed up for NaNo.

my mother is losing the secretary of her school, which, saddoes. her secretary is brilliant. so now the big plan is that I'll apply. I promised I'd apply. we'll see how that goes.
I honestly don't care what the staff of GJ is saying. That site is going down. Working on it, working on it, don't know when we'll have improvements, etc.

And then I get into an argument with my dad. Same damn argument every time. It's not an argument, per se. It's me sitting there and taking it when he yells at me about this one thing, because arguing is pointless, and when he gets mad enough, you don't talk back. My da is a really, really great guy, and he's done a lot for me, but it just pisses me off.