November 22nd, 2005

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Zipping Along

Started work on Inception tonight and as usual, once I got going I realized there's not a lot to it really. I should be able to finish the rest of it in just a few hours tomorrow. Want to get it out before I leave town.

One thing I learned is that it's great to work w/o the Internet connected, because you get a lot of work done.

One other thing I learned is that when you DO have the Internet connected, via your lousy home wireless network, it's very annoying to have to reconnection every 10 minutes. I don't know what's up with that, but I don't have time to devote to finding out.

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While I was up working on the zine, I decided to bake some cranberry bread for Bernice, my favorite security officer downstairs. She works the 7-3 day shift and I love her. She and the valet and the main cleaning man can share it.

Anybody want the recipe for my cranberry bread? It's a recipe from my mom and it is REALLY easy, yet really good.

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Did not fall asleep today! In fact, I wasn't even much tempted to. I felt so super I cracked up Bernice. Phone call:

Wendy: Hello.
Bernice: Hi, it's Bernice.
Wendy: Oh, how are you?
Bernice: Good. How are you?
Wendy: I'm AWESOME!
Bernice (chucking): Sounds like a good day. I'm just good, but you're awesome!
Wendy: Yup!
Bernice: Just wanted to let you know you have a package downstairs.
Wendy: Oh, great. Thanks!

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Somehow I managed to clean my office AND take care of a lot of email AND send out lots of copies of the Wraeththu pic book AND renew my prescriptions AND deposit checks. I really wish I had more days like that.

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Getting a haircut tomorrow. Yay! Then I will have short, spiky bright red hair. I am so set for England. Always do my hair before a trip.
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Wake-up call

So I don't, and 99% likely won't, have kids, but yet I think I get some of that fun kid action... like waking up to find a pile of toys on my stomach and a little face looking at me expectantly: "You're not up YET?" Reminds me of when I'd go visit my sister Carolyn and her kids would wake up at 5 a.m. and slip into the pull-out bed with me, wanting to play. I think the game we played was "Moo Cow," with me moaning a lot and them giggling. Auntie Wendy was so much more fun than their parents!
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Color Me Classic

The Veteran
You scored 82%!
You've picked up the majority of the classic rock basics. You probably have a classic rock collection and can sing along with most of the songs on your local radio station. This is not the highest score, but it is arguably the best: that subtle combination of impressive knowledge and not being a pretentious geek.

Link: The BASIC classic rock Test written by allmydays on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test


* BTW, this survey has horrible HTML results. I edited mine a lot.

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Growing up, esp. in middle and high school, I was immersed in Oldies and Classic Rock. I was completely obsessed with the Beatles, read like 20 books on them and to this day I have (and greatly enjoy) all their albums. I like a lot of harder bands too, ones that might surprise some people, who think I am dainty. For example, Rolling Stones, Cream, Led Zeppelin, the Who. I could sing along with any Classic Rock station, if I were ever around one. As it is, the only radio station I listen to is NPR. Perhaps I should change that? All I need to do is figure out how to program the stations on my stereo, LOL.

Message to dharmagirl: I bet you will get like a 99% on this!
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Siddhartha

Out running errands this afternoon, I finished up reading Herman Hesse's short novel Siddhartha. Really good stuff!

This was a book I supposedly read during my senior year in high school, but I don't think I took it in at all, because this second read it didn't match what little I remembered and hit me on a lot of levels it totally missed before. I swear I thought this book was about Buddha himself, but he's only a character for one or two chapters! Which shows how much I was paying attention in high school, although to be fair I did enjoy the book, which is why I reread it. Anyway, Siddhartha is a very profound book about a man's lifelong spiritual quest, but it's written so clearly and beautifully* it doensn't capsize your brain to read it. I would definitely recommend it to anybody who's pursued faith, even explored magic, tried to clear his or her own path, or who's facing some kind of crisis.

"When somebody is seeking," said Siddhartha, "it happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he ununable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal. You, O worthy one, are perhaps indeed a seeker, for in striving towards your goal, you do not see many things that are under your nose."

* I read the English translation from the German.
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MARTA really was "smarta" today

Some people, esp. here in Atlanta, think life w/o a car must be impossible. Not so, at least not if you do it right!

Today, between 11:30 and 4, I used 4 bus trips, a brief train trip, and my own two feet and accomplished the following:

- Got a fancy haircut at a salon in Midtown
- Had a burrito for lunch at a sit-down restaurant in Midtown
- Visited the allergic clinic in Buckhead for my weekly shot, waited 20 minutes for monitoring
- Picked up rum and plum wine at a liquor store in Buckhead
- Went grocery shopping at a supermarket in Buckhead

I'd like to note that the trip started and end at my doorstep, since I took the 10 from Woodruff Park, one very small block from home.

If I'd had a car, I think the trip would have been maybe 30 minutes shorter, but not more than that, because I would have been stuck in the same traffic on Peachtree, had to park the car (always, always a pain), deal with valet at the allergic clinic, etc. And it would've cost me the gas money, whereas today I used my monthly pass, which is only $52.50 for a month, or about $1.70 a day -- unlimited rides.

Not that I'm saying MARTA does annoy the crap out of me at time and that it really is in a sorry state, but I love when it works. Today was how it should be.

x-posted to atlanta
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Mozart

Just got tickets to two Mozart concerts coming up in March!

One is the Atlanta Opera's production of Escape from the Seraglio, which I've always wanted to see. Daniel loaned me a recording of it a couple of months ago and after a lot of listening, I'm quite in love with it. Originally I was going to try and see it with Daniel, but we never seem to coordinate and knowing him, he will be going to EVERY performance of the show, so I figured I might as well spring and buy tickets as soon as possible. Got a decent, center middle orchestra seat, the best I could afford in the BARN known at the Atlanta Civic Center. The closer you are, the better chance you might be able to hear something.

The second is a "Mozart's Birthday" performance of Symphony in D Major, Concerto in F Major and Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, done by the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and a piano soloist. The venue is a big UMC up in Buckhead, time is Sunday afternoon. I'm sure to see lots of powdered ladies there, but I can play that game. Never really heard of ABO but I've been seeing their flyers at various classical and art events lately so I thought I'd give them a shot. Tickets are only $25, so what the heck.

I haven't been to any concerts in a long time and re cost, don't feel bad, as the church concert was relatively cheap, and the other is on my credit card, which I always pay back.

This goes without saying, but I have to say it anyway: I LOVE MOZART!
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Letting Go

Tonight I moved to a new wallet. I got the new wallet back in September but it took me two months to reconcile myself to abandoning replacing the old one. I got that wallet my senior year of college, at this fetish shop Throb in Little Five Points. It's dark green sparkly vinyl and, as demonstrated by its 9-year lifespan, virtually indestructable, plus waterproof. However, much as I like it, it's getting harder to close, has a split, and I can't find the stupid credit card sleeve replacements in the right size anymore. So when was in Saratoga Springs and saw a beautiful, hand-crafted wallet made in Ireland, with a Celtic design on it, I had to get it. It's so much roomier and will make it easier to get at my things, but still, I feel guilty over dear green vinyl. I will keep it in my drawer.

Another thing I recently disposed of is my blue furry bathrobe. I got that my first semester in college, one rainy day in Amherst. I was with this girl Joy and found it, looking brand new, at the Salvation Army store. So warm and comfy! I had that from 1993-2005, which is a helluva long time for a bathrobe. It was holding together fine until I started working at home and wore out both elbows and the butt from sitting around in it all day at the computer. (I always get dressed in the morning but like Hawkeye Pierce, I wear a bathrobe over it.) It was getting super tatty by this summer so when mom asked me what I might like for my birthday, I dropped her a hint, and a while later I got a package from L.L. Bean: an extra long, extra warm, extra thick fleece bathrobe. It is SO nice I didn't feel as bad about tossing the old robe as I might have otherwise.

Other "ancient" mementoes I'm still hanging on to: 1) circa-1993 black trenchcoat, 2) circa-1993 vintage brown wingtips, resoled 5-6x, 3) Mickey Mouse keyring Teresa gave me in high school. There are also several pieces of clothing which date back to high school (dark green jeans, prom dress) that I'm unlikely to ever fit into again but can't seem to dispose of ;)
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Cat Geek

Luckie is fascinated by technology. When I bake, she keeps going up to the oven. When I run the dishwasher, she cocks her head at it. When I do the laundry she keeps trying to get inside the machines. When I do print-outs, she gets in the printer tray. And I just discovered than when I use the scanner she sits on the air purifier and stares at it.