Flu (the sequel)
Monday, October 05, 2009      5 comments

So let's just say up front that this mentions some flu symptoms, and those who don't care to read such things can skip it. This morning I woke up with a less runny nose! And less aches and pains! And more energy! And - okay, my larynx st... Read more
English spelling
Sunday, October 04, 2009      1 comments

A friend of mine recently told me that the spelling of the English language ought to be simplified, and I agreed with him. I said that first of all, we ought to start with the plural. We add "s" to "cat" to make "cats", and "dog" to make "... Read more
Laid up with flu
Saturday, October 03, 2009      4 comments

None of my plans for the weekend seem to be happening. When I got out of my last class Thursday evening, I had the telltale tickle at the back of my throat. By the time I got home I was coughing and feverish. Now I can't seem to manage much b... Read more
Wednesday, September 30, 2009      8 comments

I used to be a member of a fair-sized Spark Team that I liked. Then some wiseacre let one of the organizers in on the secret SparkMail technology, and she started sending out teamwide alerts whenever someone had a birthday. I.e., every day. I... Read more
Damn you Thomas Edison
Tuesday, September 29, 2009      2 comments

So I just had two lightbulbs burn out in 24 hours. This within days after using up my last good one on yet another burned-out bulb. SP relevance - yes, there is some: this was the *kitchen* light, meaning that when I got home hungry around... Read more
Oh, man!
Saturday, September 12, 2009      5 comments

So I bought this doll on eBay because (1) I am such an introvert that a doll actually counts as companionship in my solitary apartment, and (2) he's adorable. I march home from the post office yesterday with my Express Mail package from Ch... Read more
Things that are important: gloves
Saturday, September 05, 2009      4 comments

These gloves cost too much, but I really, really, really, really want them. Really.
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Back at the gym
Monday, August 31, 2009      4 comments

Poor choice of level on the Stairmaster meant switching to the treadmill after ten minutes. So I guess one of my early goals for the semester is "Find a Stairmaster level that works for thirty minutes, then work up."... Read more
Sliced peaches with rose syrup
Sunday, August 30, 2009      4 comments

I know it sounds dreadfully gourmet, but it's a question of "I'm hungry. What's in the fridge? And doesn't take any work?"... Read more
It is just too hot
Thursday, August 27, 2009      4 comments

Another day in the mid-to-high eighties here, though it looks like we'll get a bit of a break tomorrow. I seem to recall that last year was bad, but not for too long. Worse, the humidity seems to be affecting the latest bit of Ikea assembl... Read more
Back in DC
Wednesday, August 26, 2009      4 comments

The new semester starts Monday, and I'm back in my non-air-conditioned apartment, building Ikea furniture, getting permission to audit an intensive Turkish class, and discovering that none of my classes will admit to having textbooks. Altho... Read more
In which I am vague
Thursday, August 20, 2009      0 comments

For the past month or so, the major things going on in my life have been (1) looking after my mother as she recovers from double hip replacement, and (2) a recurring health problem of my own that is MUCH less serious by comparison, but still kep... Read more
My philosophy of life
Sunday, August 16, 2009      5 comments

He's summed it all up. I have nothing to add.... Read more
Oh, come on
Monday, August 03, 2009      4 comments

I looked up some articles on improving your 5K time, which were all useless, but I did get this tidbit: apparently you're a "beginner" if your 5K time is twenty-seven minutes. TWENTY-SEVEN MINUTES, PEOPLE. Useless, I tell you.... Read more
35:33 5K! (also costume pics!)
Sunday, August 02, 2009      1 comments

My best-ever 5K time - on a treadmill in a gym with (some) air conditioning, admittedly, not on asphalt. I hit a nice balance of running and jogging; on the one hand, if I jog the whole thing, my total time isn't all that impressive, and on the... Read more

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