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Dec. 14th, 2012

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It's Always Something

Hubby came limping home around noon. He broke his toe at work. Or possibly not. The radiologist will have to give the final word on that. It really doesn't matter too much. He got a shoe cast at the ER, and the treatment is the same whether the toe (right big toe) is broken or not. In fact, it's the same as for a sprain. R.I.C.E. Rest. Ice. Compress. Elevate. He's been doing that, and the swelling has gone down (though the bruising came up).

I'm not used to having him home during the day, except Mondays and Thursdays when we're running around doing errands. He really wasn't (too much) underfoot, but my day has been all topsy-turvy anyway. Not sure if he'll be working tomorrow or not, but I'd better get cracking.

Dec. 13th, 2012



I've seen "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and you haven't.

bwah hah hah

Dec. 12th, 2012

woman in red

National Soundcheck Day?

In case you somehow failed to notice, today is 12/12/12. My husband gleefully pointed that out to me last night. I was thinking it was just a quirk he and a few others might have, but darn if they didn't "cover" it on HLN. Seems a lot of people are getting married today, including the couple who said their vows at precisely twelve minutes after noon. Also, we won't have another symetrical date like this for another 89 years. I'll be missing that one. (01/01/01 in 2101)

Finally, yes, some wags are calling it "National Soundcheck Day." Y'know, one, two, one, two...Yeah, I felt that one was a bit lame.

Dec. 11th, 2012


Back from the salt mines

Okay, back from the cineplex, mostly the projection booth. When he arrived home my husband said, "I've built about eight flavors of hobbitt today." By which he meant the various 2D vs. 3D or 5.1 vs. 7.1 (sound, I think) and whatever other variations they'll be offering. Now the wait begins for the keys to arrive. (They can't actually show the films until they have the keys to unlock them.) There will be preview screenings on Thursday if the keys arrive in time. Everyone's just hoping it won't be like "Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" which only allowed for a 20-minute preview, not the whole film, along about 6 p.m. when there were midnight showings scheduled (plus the full slate of already playing films).
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If you like countdowns

It is now just ten days until the solstice, which means it's just ten days until we reach the end of an age, according to the Mayan calendar. (We all use that one, right?)

Dec. 6th, 2012


By Any Other Name

Today was the feast of St. Nicholas. I've talked about it before, mostly referring to the Netherlands. However, observances for der heilige Nikolaus also occur in Austria, Switzerland, and parts of Germany. Sankt Nikolaus is also nder heilige Nikolaus
own as Pelznickel in those parts. I'll have to research that more some other time.

Dec. 1st, 2012


I *heart* Canada

I was listening to an online station from Winnipeg. Almost the first thing I heard was "High today of -6." Now, that is Celsius, but still...that's pretty cold.

Next, interspersed among the various contemporary pop singers (Rihanna, Usher, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber) I heard what I took to be a homegrown Canadian act. I mean, the song was about buying clothes at the thrift shop! Admittedly, it was a rap, but who sings about thrift shop bargains? Oh. Guys from Seattle, as it turns out. Macklemore. Something like that. (I looked him up but didn't commit to memory.)

Finally, they were advertising a live "Phineas and Ferb" show. Think I got that title right. The original (cartoon) is on The Disney Channel. I don't exactly watch it, but, sometimes when I'm channel surfing I'll come across it when Perry the Platypus is on, and I'll linger for a couple of minutes.

Oh, yeah. Said I was going away. Said probably. I didn't promise. Plus I remembered that my calendar won't flip over until I make a December posting.
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Nov. 30th, 2012

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At last

Finally, it's the end of November, thus the end of NaBloPoMo. Made it through. Can't say, definitely can't say, every entry was interesting or worthwhile, but I did have a posting every day.

Now I'll probably disappear for a while.

One reason, of course, is that it takes me so long to do anything on-line (and pretty much anywhere else) these days because of my lack of vision. (I also discovered it slows me down if I'm listening to an NPR quiz show while I'm trying to read my e-mail. "Science Friday" doesn't seem to be quite as distracting.)

Another reason is the holidays. Even though I've scaled back over the past few years, it's still time- and energy-consuming.

Finally, I will be in one stage or another of recuperation from the eye surgery in January (and probably February and March). So, things are kind of up in the air until all that is resolved.
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Nov. 29th, 2012

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The Long November

I think it's becaus TThanksgiving was relatively early this year, but November has seemed to last and last. We usually push our book club meeting to the Wednesday after Thanksgiving (which means it ends up in early December)> because people are so often either going away or busy preparing for the holiday. Not this year. We had our meeting last night, on schedule and after Thanksgiving but still in November. Today is still November. Tomorrow is still November.


Hope you noticed the full moon last night. One of the smallest of the year but still lovely to look at. One source tells me it's the tree moon. More like the-leaves-have-fallen-off-the-tree moon. Not sure precisely when it happened, but I noticed this week that the trees were bare and the ground is leaf-strewn. Otoh, we should have temps back in the sixties at the beginning of next week.

It's always something.

Nov. 28th, 2012

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Contemplating calling my ex-husband today as it's his 70th birthday and I want to gloat. I already know how the conversation will go, so I also don't want to call him as I'll get a sense way beyond deja vu. What to do. Waht to do.

Eat lunch, then take a shower, then decide.

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