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  • Supposed to hit 61F today, but I'm still going to acquire space heaters et alia.
  • Yay! Tags in Porter Square does have some space heaters and they're open now!
  • Two space heaters achieved, and they actually work, too. My day suddenly seems much brighter and less frustrating!
  • Visited a kind and generous friend who is lent us a space heater, and the roommate procured electric blankets, so we are set!
  • Heat is a wonderful thing. I highly recommend it.

The long-term solution isn't set yet, but at least I have control over the short-term stuff, like immediately being warm.  The long-term stuff will be fixed with $MONEY$, one way or the other, either by depleting the remaining savings I'm holding onto (and what are they for, anyway? Yeah, broke furnace surely counts as An Emergency), or it will turn out that I can get some money from my house insurance, or I may qualify for some energy-abatement funding, because a New Furnace will be very much an energy-saving improvement, or I will be able to re-finance the mortgage, which is still, even with the housing market dropping so much, still for much less than the house is worth, even with a broken furnace.

So, I've got Options, and with the acquisition of space heaters, I've got adequate remediation for the shorter term so that I don't have to rush into hasty decisions, which is always a good thing.

Plus, in terms of improving the value of my house, a new and efficient furnace (and the disposal of the asbestos-clad old furnace) is a plus.

  • ION, I'm wondering if I have any orange clothes to represent for my Scotch-Irish ancestry.

Hey, they deserve some love, too.  I think of them as smart people who moved on from Ye Auld Sod when they figured out they weren't welcome....

  • @markos The tea-baggers aren't taking into account that Scott Brown is Indeed Very Right Wing... for the People's Republic of Massachusetts.

Seriously, in some ways I was relieved that Martha Coakley didn't win, because I think she's made some weaselly decisions as the Commonwealth's Attorney General.  Brown, at least, is starting out as that rare breed of "liberal" Republican, which is actually well into the ultraviolet spectrum of actual Liberal stances, but still far to the left of the Tea Party.

  • Ugly Overload: Eye Orbits ow.ly/1nu8p -- What a big-eyed Tarsier's skull looks like, for real. Nature is weirder than I can make up!

This was just a WOW! for me, because it looks almost like a cartoon alien skull.

  • RT @metrozing Nothing official but I've noted, thru client work, an association between intense feelings of loneliness and extreme clutter.

I think she -- she's one of the clutter experts on the Hoarders TV show -- is onto something there....

theodosia: (fishy)

My dreadful day, in tweets:

  • SIGH Basement flooded at least 8 inches deep. I bailed for quite a bit, but I don't seem to be making any headway...more coming in?
  • OK, time for another bailing run. Now to find out if these supposed extra-tough trash bags will keep my feet dry...
  • I think 200 basins-full of bail deserves a break. I estimate that I took it down by maybe another 1.5 inches?
  • I have a brilliant plan to get the basement dry, but I don't know where to get 100,00 sponges, so I guess I'll have to bail instead.
  • Didn't the Ramones have a song about not wanting to go down to the basement? I sympathize severely with it right now.
  • Bailing is giving me a chance to regret every.single.life.choice that has led me to this moment. Sincerely and in detail.
  • Cover me, I'm going in....
  • The day just keeps getting better -- it looks like the furnace electrical wires were shorted out by the water. Still 4 inches of water.
  • I've thrown in the metaphorical towel and am calling in the Xtremely Xpen$ive Plumber$. This is what credit cards are FOR.
  • Le Plumbre is "on his way". Who knows, we may even have heat again tonight. I'm watching TV under an electric blanket for now.
  • The plumbers have installed a pump and set it going, but we're going to have to wait until tomorrow to work on the furnace.
  • The pump is pumping along, and the flood is steadily receding. I am dead tired, and headed towards huddling under an electric blanket....

And from this morning:

  • I Girl-Scout-Oath promise that I will tweet about something other than my basement today.
  • Reading Regretsy is perversely cheering me up this morning.

Still waiting on the plumbers this afternoon.  Wish I could figure out how to get the hot water heater lit again, but I'm missing something in the instructions, feh. However, the sun is shining and the temperature is in the upper 50s, so it could be lots worse, you know?

 

theodosia: (holiday2)
  • Weakened and joined Netflix last night to watch Dexter S1, which I can stream to my TiVo.
  • Have now watched 4 episodes of S1 Dexter. Will restrain self from watching 4 more immediately....
  • Finished another two episodes of Dexter. I like Doakes and La Cuerta quite a bit, even if I wouldn't want them as bosses/partners.
    • I'm not sure what I expected -- I'm interested in CSI type stories to start with, and police procedurals like The Closer, but am finding the Dexter characters very involving, as well as Dexter himself.
    • Also really loving Miami/Florida as depicted here, which is as much a character in and of itself as any actor on the screen.
    • This Netflix deal is sweet -- getting a wide variety of "instant play" choices that I can stream to my TiVo.  This quite makes up for the current dearth of My Shows that are around over the holiday season, damn it!
  • #snowpocalypse -- It's blowing fine snow all around, but realistically it's only an inch down maybe. It may not be over, but so far so good.
    • I think in the end we got four inches.  Hardly a Snow Emergency at all!  It doesn't stop me from feeling sorry for those who got majorly, historically dumped on -- because been there, done that, including the Blizzard of '78.
    • Which reminds me... have to go un-snow the car this morning.  It's not likely to melt out in the next couple days according to the forecast... and then there's that pesky "driving down to relatives" scheduled later this week....
  • Note to self: knees object violently to hunkering down, but getting up via Down Dog yoga position is painless!
    • KNEW all that yoga had to be good for something.  The remaining problem with my knees is related to weight-bearing bending. I can touch the back of my heel to my butt OK, but a squat-thrust is a very very bad and painful idea still.  Hadn't thought that through when I squatted down to get some
  • RT @sparkymonster Oh mah gawd cute. Bo Obama vs. Snow! jezebel.com/5430628/snow-for-bo // Awwwwww!
  • RugBuddy Portable, Plug in Area Rug Space Heaters ow.ly/NZJe // Solution for my cold kitchen tile floor?
    • Links of awesomeness!  Bo Obama in the snow!  More importantly for my future consideration, something that could mitigate the gawdawful, insane coldnessof the ceramic tiles in my kitchen floor, at least in the winter -- take it up in the warm weather and get the rug covering the heater cleaned, because, HEY, it's the kitchen floor with attendant higher possibility of soiling accidents (not to mention the kitties probably taking it as a Vomit Magnet).
  • Researching WWI maps and propaganda posters for website project. So much period loveliness to chose from!
  • Made a pretty thing. Maybe I will watch something on TV to celebrate!
    • Making over a website for a friend, getting to choose artwork and design therefrom.  Of course, if the next book she does involves robots and novas, it'll be obsolete, but that's how it goes.  ;-)
  • Out of my deskside window, the predawn horizon is a luscious shade of rose-orange blending to rose-purple. I hope my camera can capture it.
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theodosia: (carrots)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • RT @kottkedotorg Early color photography bit.ly/kM0CT --used 3 filtered lenses to capture RGB separation!
    • I know it works that way -- if you go into Photoshop, you can go to a Channels mode to separately look at the Red, Green, Blue values in glorious B&W.  This 1900s process used three synced cameras, each with a different color filter to take the exact color value of the complete picture, and then later it could be shown using three overlapping projectors.  And what a gorgeous (pre-Soviet) forgotten world he photographed!
  • @javachik -- Really, I'm finding it kind of inspiring, or at least affirming that I can still see my floors!
    • Perhaps I've been watching too much Hoarders, on A&E, but I see and identify with some of the subjects, at least in my tendency to let things slide because I just don't have the emotional energy to deal with sorting and deciding.  OTOH, being able to see my floors is kind of affirming, so it's a win.
  • Forgot to have lunch. I got some lovely organic chicken salad yesterday, yum!
    • I'm  making a deal with myself.  No buying anything at Whole Foods that I can get elsewhere.  Unfortunately, being on a  special diet with my food allergies/intolerances means limited venues for the stuff I can eat, and since my objections are all about health anyway, I'll just have to hold my figurative nose for the wrong-headed position of the CEO and buy my stuff.
  • No class for me tonight -- my car ins. agency called to tell me that did I know my registration had expired? Eeek. Will be fixed tomorrow.
  • Am more upset about missing class than upset that I've been driving around without a valid registration. Innocence might have protected me.
    • The problem was my excise tax, which I'd thought I'd paid, which stopped the registration materials from reaching me, which led to the call from my insurance agency (which is WHY they're my insurance agency).  I'm a pretty good driver, really, but there's something about driving around KNOWING you've got an expired registration that doesn't sit well with me.
  • Watching History Channel docu about Mayan calendar and 2012 disaster prediction. Much less tooth enamel loss for me than Obama speech.
    • It's not that I don't agree with what Obama has to say, mostly, but I wasn't in the mood for politics and preferred something a little woo-woo -- at least no more woo-ish than the History Channel gets.  The Mayans really did have a fantastically accurate calendar.  However, I'm not worried about 12/21/2012 particularly, because quite literally the alignment , etc happens every 26,000 years without the Earth being destroyed, so the odds are way against it happening.
Bit down yesterday, frustrated by job-search woe, and then stymied by discovering that my registration was frelled up!  But I'm in a better head-space this morning, with birds singing and cats being adorably furry, so life seems wide open once again.
theodosia: (wet cat)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Considering the possibility that Spare Cat is actually some kind of deformed monkey. Checking long tail for prehensility.

Then again, Cece may be some kind of monkey-rabbit hybrid. Observation continues.

Yesterday she actually came down the stairs briefly and walked a few steps into the living room before retreating, chased by bearsChumley.

YouTube - Tommy T's First Lure-Cincinnati Zoo ow.ly/4Os8 Baaaaaby Cheetah!

Speaking of things chasing other things -- watching a baaaaby cheetah learn to chase a lure, which takes about two tries before he's completely hearing the call of the wild. You know? They should completely try him on Frisbees!

About this project | The Davis Square Tiles Project ow.ly/4OMM -- I love these tiles every time I'm not running to catch the train!

They're tile-sized tiles, set into the walls leading to the main platform, done by local grammar school kids back when the station opened in the early 70s, which is one of the most fun public art projects I've yet to come across. I do hope this project is able to track down the now-grown kids!

100 days of Barack Obama's Facebook news feed. - By Christopher Beam and Chris Wilson - Slate Magazine ow.ly/4OQH

I totally love epistolary stories, and finding that sort of thing done in the medium of a social networking site is meta-cool. Not to mention this is funny but also, in its way, historical.

Oh crap -- literally. Toilet overflowed in bathroom. Floor was due for a mopping anyway. Feh.

Can't say that I didn't get anything done yesterday, though. Always a silver lining, you know. The floor got mopped TWICE, with plentiful Lysol, too, so it's barefoot-safe again.

went to a couple Somerville Open Studios today, including friend Julia's. I like my city a whole lot, and sometimes I utterly LOVE it.

[personal profile] farwing and her roommates had a wonderful selection of hand-decorated patches and clothes, knit shawls, prints, and more. It was a glorious spring day, the whole city was abuzz with studios open, and people walking around with brochure-maps showing locations. There was also a shuttle bus between major locations like artist lofts. Did I mention that I love my town?
theodosia: (fandom likes threesomes)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Considering the possibility that Spare Cat is actually some kind of deformed monkey. Checking long tail for prehensility.

Then again, Cece may be some kind of monkey-rabbit hybrid. Observation continues.

Yesterday she actually came down the stairs briefly and walked a few steps into the living room before retreating, chased by bearsChumley.

YouTube - Tommy T's First Lure-Cincinnati Zoo ow.ly/4Os8 Baaaaaby Cheetah!

Speaking of things chasing other things -- watching a baaaaby cheetah learn to chase a lure, which takes about two tries before he's completely hearing the call of the wild. You know? They should completely try him on Frisbees!

About this project | The Davis Square Tiles Project ow.ly/4OMM -- I love these tiles every time I'm not running to catch the train!

They're tile-sized tiles, set into the walls leading to the main platform, done by local grammar school kids back when the station opened in the early 70s, which is one of the most fun public art projects I've yet to come across. I do hope this project is able to track down the now-grown kids!

100 days of Barack Obama's Facebook news feed. - By Christopher Beam and Chris Wilson - Slate Magazine ow.ly/4OQH

I totally love epistolary stories, and finding that sort of thing done in the medium of a social networking site is meta-cool. Not to mention this is funny but also, in its way, historical.

Oh crap -- literally. Toilet overflowed in bathroom. Floor was due for a mopping anyway. Feh.

Can't say that I didn't get anything done yesterday, though. Always a silver lining, you know. The floor got mopped TWICE, with plentiful Lysol, too, so it's barefoot-safe again.

went to a couple Somerville Open Studios today, including friend Julia's. I like my city a whole lot, and sometimes I utterly LOVE it.

[livejournal.com profile] farwing and her roommates had a wonderful selection of hand-decorated patches and clothes, knit shawls, prints, and more. It was a glorious spring day, the whole city was abuzz with studios open, and people walking around with brochure-maps showing locations. There was also a shuttle bus between major locations like artist lofts. Did I mention that I love my town?
theodosia: (fishy)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:44 Spare cat played with feathery-toy-on-a-stick last night for a minute before remembering she was scared and closet-retreating. #
    CeCe has been here nearly a week now, so it may be time to start introducing her to the Resident Cats, who have been sniffing suspiciously at the door, not to mention being frustrated there's a Forbidden Room (no doubt with the corpses of previous cats on display....)
  • 08:28 LivingSocial's PickYour5: "movies you grew up on" tinyurl.com/d2dc6x #
    For the record: Silk Stockings, Wizard of Oz, Planet of the Apes, Robinson Crusoe on Mars and Fantasia!
  • 09:32 Looking at: Lawyers, Guns and Money: "A Fool And His Money" tinyurl.com/daeqlq #
  • 12:17 Just noticed that the decrepit, unimproved pink house behind me is having an Open House, and toured it, seeing the original setup mine had! #
    It's on offer for 265K, which considering it's got obvious water damage and original kitchen fixtures from the 30s and 40s, horrible linoleum floors and so on, makes me feel much better about how much my house might fetch. Also, it gives me some idea of what my house looked like when it was built -- window-pane doors between the kitchen, dining room, living room, hall! Beams on the ceiling, light fixtures, door handles! Tile walls in the kitchen, which I actually rather liked! And the bathroom was arranged so the toilet was under the eaves, which makes more sense to me!
  • 15:44 Went to Time Traders orientation, a time/services barter bank, you can get gardening in exchange for web design or tutoring or whatever. #
    Sounds very cool and there were people eager for web site work, too, but they also will "trade" car trips. I'm such a lousy gardener, it would be good to even get weeding help! It's a time BANK so you don't have to trade tasks only with the person who does for you.
  • 19:16 working on rehabbed resume. Counselor told me it's OK to be truth-adjacent. #
  • 19:17 I think I'm going to have macaroni & soy cheese, plus ice soy-cream, while watching TAR after this. #


I earned that ice creamfrozen non-dairy dessert -- the rehabbed resume now fits onto one page, and is well beyond the "first draft" stage, though I expect I'll want to make more changes once I run it past the career counselor, which I'll do after I take one more good look/touch-up this morning.

Talked to Mom yesterday, she's tentatively hopeful about meeting the doctor on Wednesday -- cross your fingers, everyone!
theodosia: old default icon from livejournal (hugh)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 08:53 have decided that Chumley is the bargain sport model, Muppet is the luxury model. Both picked up used, too. #
  • 10:32 HUH! I just saw a BEE fly past my window. It's 55 right now, so presumably one could indeed have woken up, but I'm still AMAZED #
  • 15:44 Heartsick over the behavior of a friend. Not the sort of thing you can get angry over, not intent on hurting me. Heedless oblivity. #


Seriously, it reached into the low 60s yesterday and may do the same today, and of course The Official Start Of Spring is only two weeks away, but I was still AMAZED to see a fat black and yellow BEE -- unmistakeable -- fly past my window. Not a whole lot of nectar out there, but at least the snow from last week has completely melted from the ground.

It's DST this morning, and I somehow managed to sleep until 7:30 -- make that 8:30, but since 7:30 is LATE for me anyway, no problem with jumping the clock forward.

I just have to reset the kitchen clocks. My radio-alarm-CD-clock has a dedicated DST button that I push twice a year, which still amuses me. The computers and TiVo reset automatically. Oh, and there's the clock in the car, too.

Also, since it's DST, see to your battery-powered smoke alarms. Yes, even if you have some smoke alarms wired to the house current, you should have the other kind of smoke alarm -- the ones that don't turn off when the power goes out, when most fires occur. If you don't have that kind, and therefore don't have to worry about changing batteries, today would be an AWESOME day to go out and get one.
theodosia: (bodyswap (by daughtershade))
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 09:20 Crisis of the day: roommate says that the furnace is off at home. She's now calling plumbers to get somebody to relight it for her. #
  • 10:00 roommate also can't figure out how to get the furnace door open, says it's "stuck". #
  • 11:11 Back from shopping expedition, I now have bagels and Tastee Kakes and Taylor Ham, which makes everything feel better. nomnomnom #
  • 13:49 Roommate is laying out 100ft phone cable to basement so I can talk her through relighting the furnace pilot light. #
  • 16:48 Relighting didn't work. Expensive weekend plumbers have been called. It's $$$, but still cheaper than frozen, burst pipes. #
  • 22:29 Expensive weekend plumber says the boiler is cracked but still operative, and got it running again. Furnace replacement in my future?! #


So the day was punctuated with urgent calls back and forth from MA where the roommate beset with a cold furnace. Unfortunately she's not very handy, despite my showing her three times that I can remember for sure how to relight the pilot light (which blows out about once per year, when the wind is in the exact right direction and strength to mess with the draw on the flue), so she was having kittens about it. And I couldn't turn up any friends who felt able to do any better.

(Note: this was the pilot light, which has a fail-safe thermocouple that prevents the big burners from coming on unless its been warmed up sufficiently. So the house wasn't going to blow up from escaping gas, or a person lighting the pilot light wouldn't get their hand fried. I STILL use a lighter with a long stalk, and a stout oven mitt to reach in with.)

Anyway, R-the-roommate got a friend to come and try it as well, and when neither of them could get it to light, an expen$ive weekend plumber (Robert L. Pann co) was called in, who will come out in less than 2 hours, and for that kind of money they'd better. It sounds as though there are cracks in the boiler, which is Not Good, and his comment over the phone was that he suspects that all that is holding the furnace together at this point is the asbestos.

(Oh yes, it's one of those HYYYUUUUGE "snowmen" furnaces, at least 80 years old, retrofit from coal-burning to gas-fired. I've known it's been on borrowed time since I bought the house, so not complaining that its goign before its time or whatever.)

The end result is that the house is warm again, and I'd better investigate replacement starting as soon as I get back home.

To put the cherry on top of the Bad Day pie, I managed to lose or misplace Mom's housekeys. So I'll be running around seeing about replacements and all that.
theodosia: (have fun (by heuradys))
But not in the Bad Way!

No, yesterday 1800-GOT-JUNK came and hauled away a 1/3 truckful of trash/unwanted items, like my old soon-to-be obsolete TV and a bunch of non-working printers accumulated over the years and my old bicycle and so on. It was non-traumatic... actually I was almost dancing after they left, because it's all stuff that I've wanted to get rid of, but either couldn't carry up/down-stairs or out to the curb, or stuff that I meant to get around to doing.

You see, Sunday I was reading my Flist and saw [livejournal.com profile] destina mentioning that she'd used their services. I'd thought that they only did straight T R A S H haulage, and what I have isn't mostly capital-T trash, but stuff that is semi-broken or just unused. (OK, in my MIND it's Different.)

Yes, I had to pay them to haul it away. But not-paying wasn't working out so good, you see? So having to commit to have them come (you can schedule online less than a day ahead!) meant I ran around the basement (mostly where the Stuff had accumulated) marking things with stickies to make sure they weren't missed.

The whole experience was a little pricey... but damn, it worked just as it should AND they will take care of recycling what can be recycled, what can be passed on to charity or sold for a (modest) profit.

I don't know what the neighbors thought, but I'm happy....

Friday

May. 30th, 2008 02:14 pm
theodosia: (dief)
[livejournal.com profile] vwbug has a party to celebrate her thesis completion tonight, so I'm looking forward to that -- and had better get busy baking cowfree cupcakes to take along!

My mom's 88th birthday is Monday, and I'm seriously contemplating driving down to see her this weekend, as a surprise. I'd miss class, of course, but I'm doing really well and feeling pretty good, so I could take the hit for the exhaustion that would follow OK.

Our next class assignment is a 30-second TV station advertisement. Today we covered a whole bunch of ways to stretch (or shrink) time intervals in clips, so there's going to be some of that, too. Monday we'll start learning how to adjust audio. This is exactly the stuff I wanted to know for vidding purposes! But honestly, it wouldn't have made much sense before I had all the Photoshop instruction, especially stuff like Bezier curves and the handles to modify them with, layers (or tracks in Premiere) and all that. Now it's more like second nature.

Yesterday I got my Somerville street parking sticker for 2008. They're having us put them in the front window now, instead of adding them to the collection on the rear window, which sucks because I liked having a car that obviously marked me as a longer-term Somervillain -- my last car had 8 stickers before it left me! So I peeled off the 2007 sticker and put it back with my 2005 and 2006 stickers in the left rear window, lucky there was still enough sticky to hold it in place!
theodosia: (50s me)
Hmmm, better put in a cut here.

They worked like demons. I lurked in the backyard listening to them sawing and hammering and whatnot and felt vaguely guilty, but reminded myself I was paying them a whole bunch of money to be so very busy.

They will come back on Tuesday and replace the green grating on the house with white grating as on the stoop, which should look nicer.

Stooping )
theodosia: (emu)
You know, I may be paying a very pretty penny for the work, but I do have to say I can see results, and fast. Yesterday, they worked from 7:30 to nearly 8, today they started not very long after 7 AM and they're going full blast -- the floor for the top of the landing is already laid, and they say they'll have the front door accessible from the street before they leave today.

It's taken me a long time to get work finally started on the porch (ok, it's more like a front stoop, but I call it a porch), and I never imagined it would proceed this fast and with so little fuss.

I've got pictures, and will probably get around to posting them after I've gotten a couple things out of the way today....
theodosia: (carrots)
Replacing the front steps has finally commenced this morning. I may be paying a bit more for the work than I could have certainly found for less, but the guys working on it show up EARLY and look like they will be doing a swift and very professional job on it.

More updates soon. I didn't realize how much of a burden this worry has been on me until now when it's finally getting fixed....
theodosia: (50s me)
I didn't do much, just rake up a lot of leaves and set up the patio table, umbrella and chairs, but even this little cheers me up immensely!

Of course, now that I have it done, I have to pack up and go off to programming class for tonight. It's about 63 degrees, there's a light breeze and I got Useful Things done this afternoon, including some crucial parts of my programming homework....
theodosia: (stargate by thefakeheadline)
Why I am grinning on a grey and rather cold November morning, anyway? I feel a list coming on....

1. Not feeling like death warmed over, like the last two mornings. Monday I went into work, but yesterday I stayed home. Maybe it did some good.

2. Remembering watching House with [livejournal.com profile] farwing last night. She squeaks during the graphic medical scenes and practically hisses at the story arc's villain, played by that nice David Morse, who is SO Dr. House's evil twin (and you can imagine just how evil an evil twin would be).

3. Turning on my TiVo to see that Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe was recorded correctly last night, and watching the first few minutes where Mike exclaims as he rakes up lakeweed that the effect of making Lake Erie cleaner is that now "with the lake clean, we have to clean the lake" and also get bit by (nonpoisonous) water snakes. At such times, I'm dangerously close to changing the subtitle of this LJ to Mike Likes Carrots.

4. Going into the kitchen and switching on the new over-sink lights that [livejournal.com profile] veejane helped install this weekend. Actually, 'helped' means pretty much she did most of it and I stood by, murmured encouragement, and handed tools up as needed. I also volunteered [livejournal.com profile] tsuki_no_bara to climb up also on the sink counter and lend a hand. (Note that [livejournal.com profile] veejane totally volunteered and seemed to be having a fun time.) The end result is halogen tracklighting over the kitchen sink and the main food preparation area, which is a pleasure every time I switch it on.

5. Noting that the construction crews have almost finished working on the bridge and road outside my house. They installed curbs (big slabs of granite) yesterday, and if it weren't for the barriers and large pieces of construction equipment parked hither and yon, you could drive straight across. Soon, soon all will be quiet in the morning. Except of course, for the sound of cars driving past my house once again, but even that is quieter.

6. IMing with my brother John yesterday, who was on my Mom's Gmail account that she never uses. I'm used to doing it with my friends, but the novelty of communicating with my bro that way was really quite pleasant.

7. Having the new Stargate Atlantis episode waiting for me on the computer, 'smuggled' over the border from Canada. Watching just the first few minutes (to make sure the file ran correctly!) and seeing that a) they're following up a subtle plot point from one of my favorite episodes last year and b) the opening scene uses three badly under-utilized characters as they should be showcased.
theodosia: (cowboy callum)
I'm sitting out in the backyard once again, at the verge of breaking a sweat but otherwise OK... and being courted by a small skinny-ish black cat who swears she loooooooves me.

Stuff I did this weekend that wasn't fannish... um?
there must have been some stuff? )
theodosia: (skunky)
I was awakened in the night by loud thunder, most of which moved by the east of us, so I sat up and caught up on some stuff for a while, including the Daily Show, then I went back to sleep and slept really soundly... so that my roommate had to wake me up at 7:30 with the news that water was coming out of the top of our water heater.

I got up and after enough time for consciousness to be driving the tug boat, went down to look in the cellar. The roommate, who is not to be entirely trusted in an emergency, neglected to shut off the water going into the hot water heater, so that it continued to drip and make a mess. Unfortunately, she's right about the dripping, which seems to be bubbling up out of the gap in the top where I think the exhaust from the burning gas is supposed to escape. Clearly this is beyond my slim powers of Repair.

So... that's my morning so far. Awaiting a callback from our regular plumber now -- I have a feeling that I'm going to be working from home for at least a part of the day.