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It is a bright sunny day out and I just went and picked a peach off of one of the trees. I will be testing later whether we have achieved actually peachyness. :-)

The last tomato is getting ready on the vine of the container pots I have on the porch and I have gathered some more fresh mint from the backyard to dry for the winter.

Hopefully we will get one more beach day this weekend to celebrate before school starts.

Life is good.
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There is nothing so enjoyable as a late August kayak trip down a river to a beach and a couple of hours soaking up the sun on said beach. We finally got a beautiful WARM day, after many overcast, not so warm days, to be able to scamper off for this last thrill of summer. I can still smell the sand, the salt and hear the waves.
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Yes, got home okay. It was a long and boring trip. Pennsic was good and bad at the same time. The weather the first week was humid and hot to the point of leaving twice in order to go to the beach. We were too hot and tired to do much of anything but sweat. I hate leaving site, so leaving twice is a biggie. The second week saw rain, rain, rain, rain and more rain, with thunder and lightening and such.

The weather put a certain malaise that couldn't be shook at times. I usually feel exhausted physically and emotionally by Pennsic at the very end, but feel very full in all that I do. This year I hit the physical and emotional wall much earlier and really regret that the weather cancelled, rescheduled, screwed up many of my plans and mischief. However, this is not to say that I didn't get into some real FUN mischief but it wasn't nearly the amount of mischief that I can usually get into in a two week period. There was too much networking and not nearly enough visiting. I will keep that in mind for my future events. The weather and command responsibilities also put an edge on me when dealing with people. I apologize if anyone got caught up in that. Those that spent their time humoring me and making me laugh were greatly appreciated. Pennsic just wasn't set on 11 this year and that is disappointing.

But - I did have fun. I got to get together with many friends that I don't get the chance to aside from Pennsic. I thank goodness for my household which is so supportive and downright fun and adult. I enjoyed flying screeching monkeys, sitting under the two car appreciating my friends, running through the woods like a nut, and buying a new bow. My life is not so bad.

posty bits

Jun. 19th, 2007 08:14 am
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I haven't posted in a while as it gets real busy this time of year when school is winding down and the train will run over you if you don't keep running.

Lots of things happening lately. School is over by Thursday am. I am currently proctoring a student taking a final exam while pretty much no one else (save a few hard core people) is left in the building. This is giving me time to collect my thoughts. This year has been an extremely difficult year, with budget cuts, increasingly difficult family situations and demands, standardized testing taking over 30 days of school instruction time and me worrying whether I would get tenure. The good news is that I have had some successes that I need to really remember and focus on. Professionally, things are okay.

Around the house, there is much construction. We dove in and decided to renovate the kitchen. A half a bath and a new kitchen is in the works. This means for the last three plus weeks our house has been destruction central. This was after new paint and wood floor for the bedroom upstairs. This also means we have been getting plenty of Pennsic practice, what with cooking outdoors, washing dishes al fresco and wearing flip-flops all the time to protect the feet. I am anxious for this to be over, but amazed at the amount of work, and how nicer and nicer it keeps looking every day. House wise - promising.

Personally, privately - really happy.

Kitten-wise. Finally decided to use soft paws (tm) on the cats to see if we could stop the clawing of the sheetrock. Placed them on Booger who was as sweet as he could be, sitting in my lap like he was getting a manicure. Edmund, on the other hand, was hell on wheels. Didn't like getting his nails clipped, didn't like having them put on, struggled, had Ogedei holding him down, while I tried to put the nail caps on. They are blue. And look really silly cute. However, Edmund didn't like them one bit. By this am when he was purring and mincing and looking for pets and love, I noticed that he had already removed a couple. Sigh. Maybe it will slow him down. We'll see if this will work. They are now almost a year old and probably aren't kittens anymore.

Okay, that was more wordy than I expected.

The trip

Apr. 28th, 2007 12:19 pm
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well, time to update.

France was wonderful.   Southern France is beautiful.   Once we got there.   We got stuck in Mordor (New Jersey) due to bad airline karma for three days.  Egad.  Good food, good wine, good sites, and good friends.  I didn't want to leave.

Back to the crazy grind of work and summer fencing. 

Now that I am back from my vacation, I'm now looking for what I should do for next year.  I'm interested in maybe a cruise to someplace warm, but I have never been and am interested in what people have done and what is a) reasonable price b) good value c) active - like beaches, historical places, etc.   Recommendations?
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Excited about vacation.  Can hardly wait.  One more day.  Viva la France.

I started working out with [profile] ogedei and [profile] madmikey.

Yes, in fact, I am crazy.  We are doing crazy tabata (tabala, tabeta?) stuff that involves strenghtening our cores, doing explosive exercises and yesterday involved moving pallets and push ups.    This happened because [profile] madmikey saw 300. 

Sometimes when I am doing the exercises with these two I feel like I could push a car.  Other times I feel like I am going to vomit.  But I expect if I continue this stuff, I am going to be damn strong.  So that's a plus.

Otherwise, still psyched up about vacation.
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Developed Right Bias

You scored 43 %Lefty and 73 %Righty!

With more artistic and creative flare, you are probably good at sports, and have good spatial awareness. Tempered with a pretty good ability to rationalise things. You are more of a big picture person, and less interested in the details. And you probably prefer spontenaity over careful planning. Its also easier for you to be hypnotised.

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 99% on Divergence

Link: The Left or Right Brain Test written by vincex on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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Happy birthday to[personal profile] evilnicola
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When we last left our heroine, she was standing amidst the wine stained
kitchen sighing heavily at her ill-fated words that "cats are easier
than children".

Oh, SOOOOO not so.

Several of you know that I have a lovely laptop which is my 30 pound
telephone. Two weeks ago, one of the kittens pulled a key (the 3 for
those of you keeping count)......OUT of the keyboard. Enough so that it
wouldn't go back in, and the little nubby thing is all that is left.
Chased after cat with water gun, bad kitty, bad kitty. Luckily it was
only the three, something that I don't use a lot .......

Well, apparently, that was just the start.

Today there was some sort of party.

I came home, fired up the computer and went about my afterwork tidying.
Finally got to the computer to find 6 additional keys missing. The
H, and " in addition to a F5 key I never use, plus c and n. Crap!!! I
swear. Loudly. Look around, turn lights on, and begin to find bits and
pieces of H and " and a little TINY piece of F5...... Finally found C
and N, not chewed and managed to reattach, however, typing is now fairly
.........laborious now that I have to push little rubber nubby things
(no comment thomas) rather than keys..... didn't realize how often I
used H. Damn it.....

I'm wondering who they were writing to???????
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Having already decided that others had gotten negative results, I then did mine.


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This is the current "thing" going around.  Now, I'm not good at this cut and paste stuff (and I just figure out how to do the strike-out thingee), so I will tell you to go see [profile] tracytris for the whole thing to pass along.  Me?  I'm just going to try and figure out what applies and what doesn't for my birthday month.  The weird thing is that a lot of this does apply, but only in a tangential way.  Pretty much if you put descriptions down for ANYONE, each person could pull out a few that describe them in some way. What is the difference between Sharp-minded and Sharp thinking anyway?  And we are so not even going to discuss fine and strong clairvoyance. :-)  I mean, c'mon, if I had that, I'm sure that I would use it for something cool.   So I edited the list with Italics that comments on some of these things. (smile)

So, whatever. :-)  And they didn't even include Passionate. :-)

Has a lot of ideas (snicker, snicker, sure). Difficult to fathom. Thinks forward. Unique and brilliant (bwahahahahaha). Extraordinary ideas. Sharp thinking. Fine and strong clairvoyance (huh?  exactly what does this really mean???). Can become good doctors. Dynamic in personality. Secretive. Inquisitive. Knows how to dig secrets. Always thinking. Less talkative but amiable. Brave and generous. Patient. Stubborn and hard-hearted. If there is a will, there is a way (isn't this covered in the following two of "determined" and "never give up"?) Determined. Never give up. Hardly becomes angry unless provoked.  (sooooooooo off target) .   Loves to be alone. Thinks differently from others. Sharp-minded. Motivates oneself. Does not appreciate praises. High-spirited (again, I'm not really sure what that means.... I mean the last time I read the word it was in one of those bodice rippers to describe the heroine........). Well-built and tough (physical, mental, emotional????). Deep love and emotions. Romantic. Uncertain in relationships. Homely. Hardworking. High abilities. Trustworthy. Honest and keeps secrets ( this kind of runs counter to the previous, knows how to dig up secrets.......). Not able to control emotions. Unpredictable (goes with difficult to fathom, I mean, really, to myself, sure, I'm a constant mystery, to others, I have a feeling that I am a freaking open book and predictable like nobodies business.....)
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Personality Report

Openness To Experience

You are sociable, outgoing, energetic, and lively. You prefer to be around people much of the time. Stressful and frustrating situations can often be upsetting to you, but you are sometimes able to get over these feelings and cope with these situations. A desire for tradition does not prevent you from trying new things. Your thinking is neither simple nor complex. To others you appear to be a well-educated person but not an intellectual. People see you as tough, critical, and uncompromising and you have less concern with others' needs than with your own. You are reasonably reliable, organized, and self-controlled.

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And then there were two.

well, two more.

Two new kittens, one black, one golden.  Male and feisty.  Just the way I like them.

Now to work on naming them.
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Happy Birthday[profile] ogedei :-)
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Don't bother. It was disappointing. I enjoyed only small parts of it and hated the "to be continued ending". Oh well.


Jun. 25th, 2006 08:04 am
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Okay, slept better last night and no weird dreams. I'm letting stress leak out of me and try and let control slip from my fingers. Going to a friend's play and looking forward to it. Now if we could just get rid of the rain, I would be a very happy camper.
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In the dark ages, how would Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova die?

You would run off of a poorly-lit cliff while in pursuit of your secret lover. Cliffs were even more of a hazard back in the day, you know.
'How would you die in the dark ages?' at
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