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dark days [Dec. 19th, 2011|05:45 pm]
Marissa Lingen

This is the worst vertigo day I've had all year.

Tell me something good, please?

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From: diatryma
2011-12-20 04:45 am (UTC)
The kindergartners are fascinated and baffled by my mismatched shoelaces.

My roommate Kenda bought me the headband I'd been dithering over... and a bunch of iron-on embroidery things that are basically drugs in stitch form. They are strange in strange ways.

I have fabric for curtains, Kenda has her PhD, roommate Angela has an Xbox and Mass Effect, and we all have plans for the basement in the new year. Mancave with knitting.

I finally made the blueberry cake I bought when I moved in in August. It is delicious.

I'm getting my brother happy sushi for Christmas. A friend crochets them-- little sushi rolls with eyes and smiles.
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[User Picture]From: clarentine
2011-12-20 11:16 am (UTC)
little sushi rolls with eyes and smiles - that is so cool!
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[User Picture]From: sartorias
2011-12-20 04:49 am (UTC)
Sundogs followed us across the desert today. (Neither of us had ever seen one before)
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[User Picture]From: rachelmanija
2011-12-20 04:51 am (UTC)
Look below you, and at the timestamps. Jinx!
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[User Picture]From: rachelmanija
2011-12-20 04:50 am (UTC)
Today Sherwood and I saw a sundog while driving back from Arizona - a snippet of rainbow high in the sky. It was the first one I had ever seen, and the sun shone behind it, making it incandescently bright. She took photos, and we watched for miles and miles until it finally faded away.
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[User Picture]From: leahbobet
2011-12-20 05:02 am (UTC)
The last weekend has been kind of hard and scary for me, but I have found my cope, and it's deep as a well, and sounding that depth is making me feel very calm now, and very up to the challenge of anything.

I will perhaps ship you some in a jar, if you'd like.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2011-12-20 11:42 am (UTC)
Thank you. We reached peak cope sometime last year.
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[User Picture]From: rezendi
2011-12-20 05:12 am (UTC)
I am planning to move back to California come the spring. Which pleaseth me consid'rably.
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[User Picture]From: zelda888
2011-12-20 05:39 am (UTC)
My friends are beginning to expect me to bring the lussekatter to the holiday gaming brunch. I made fewer rookie mistakes with the dough and kneading this time, although I did learn some... interesting new things about how NOT to load multiple cookie sheets into my oven.
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[User Picture]From: rosefox
2011-12-20 05:41 am (UTC)
In another couple of hours I will be able to say that I edited 90,000 words of a rather terrible novel in three days.

As of Wednesday, the days will start getting longer.

I knocked over a thing that Xtina had left on a shelf, and she clearly expected me to yell at her for leaving it there, and instead I apologized and told her it was my fault. (Which it entirely was.)
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[User Picture]From: dhole
2011-12-20 06:08 am (UTC)
I had a horrible hacking cough and low grade fever for the last few days. But today it seems to have downgraded to a sore throat and some congestion.
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[User Picture]From: pameladean
2011-12-20 07:38 am (UTC)
David gave me his old laptop and it is SO FAST that I will probably send him email about twelve times saying "fastfastfastfastfast whee!" until me makes me stop.

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[User Picture]From: reveritas
2011-12-20 09:03 am (UTC)
Wish I had been around earlier to see this! I'm sorry you're feeling bad. WHAT A THING

Today's good thing is that I bought myself a fuzzy green sweater for Christmas and wore it today, and am totally in love, and then when I got home and changed into my pajamas I put it on over them and it's still really soft and awesome.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2011-12-20 11:43 am (UTC)
What kind of green?
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[User Picture]From: ellarien
2011-12-20 10:20 am (UTC)
Have you heard about Comet Lovejoy? It caused a fair bit of excitement last week by passing very close to the Sun -- well inside the corona -- and emerging mostly unscathed on the other side, but detached from its tail which stayed hanging out of the corona for several hours before dissipating. Then, before it passed out of the view of the coronagraph on SOHO, the comet grew a new, forked tail, neatly demonstrating that comet tails point away from the Sun, not away from the direction of travel.

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[User Picture]From: aedifica
2011-12-20 04:31 pm (UTC)
I'm curious: which is the right order for A to receive those presents? I can think of reasons for either order.

I still have the "Senatus populusque Romanus" pencil that my second-semester Latin teacher gave me. I used it for Latin tests all the rest of the way through college. :-)
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[User Picture]From: dd_b
2011-12-20 02:29 pm (UTC)
I got Pamela's new-to-her computer cleaned up, configured, and data transferred, and everything we tested seemed to work. Much faster than the old one. (Which kept me off my own computer and not keeping up with email much of the weekend.)
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[User Picture]From: freelikebeer
2011-12-20 03:35 pm (UTC)

It's hard for me to know ...

what 'good' is because I laugh at so many things. I must note, for the record, that the solstice is yet two days away.
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[User Picture]From: aedifica
2011-12-20 04:26 pm (UTC)

Several good things, although I hope you don't need them today

In which I am happy about a number of things, and use lots of parentheses:

I get to visit Dad and Grandma later this week, and THEN I get to visit a Christopher! I am so very, very much looking forward to both parts of the trip.

One of our cats, who had a lump on his leg that the vet said would either go away on its own by the end of the year or else would probably turn out to be cancer (this is the extremely short version of what she actually said), no longer has a lump on his leg. I'm so glad it did go away on its own!

I took my Scheme final yesterday (with a little bit of Python in it too) and I feel very confident about most of it (and even more confident after hearing from some of my classmates what their answers had been, though I was polite and didn't say so. And their answers worked, but mine were, IMHO, better code. Which is an awesome feeling, especially given how scared I was at the beginning of the semester).

Though my family doesn't usually go in for expensive presents, this year I have been (or will soon be) helping to give *four* e-book readers, which are from four different brands because we've picked out the best one we could find for each person we were giving one to, rather than pretending that there's A Single Best E-book Reader that fits everybody. (The four gifts: from Katie and her husband Aaron and me, to Mom; from Katie and Aaron and me, to Dad; from Nate and me, to Nate's mom; from Mom and Aaron and me, to Katie. That last one came about because while we were in the store Katie kept eyeing one of the e-book readers in an ooh-shiny kind of way, so I oh-so-sneakily asked her if she'd like it for a present, then barely-more-sneakily went a couple aisles away to call Mom and Aaron and see if either or both of them would like to go in with me on it. Katie pretended not to know what was going on. :-)

(And as a side note, we didn't even decide this would be the year of e-book readers! Each gift was a different person's idea, and they were thought of independently. And writing that sentence, I felt like I must be writing the intro to a logic puzzle: "Alice, Bob, Cathy, Dave, and Emily each have a plant entered in the local flower show. The one who entered the forsythia does not live in a red house. The one who entered the gardenia lives next door to Dave." etc.)

It's a very nice feeling to think I have found good presents for people I love! And while I haven't for everybody yet, I have for most of them.
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