Anyone here go to KiScon?

Sep. 21st, 2017 01:43 pm
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Did anyone on this community attend KiScon this past weekend? It was my first time attending and was a thoroughly wonderful experience. I'd be glad to connect on DW with folks who were there.

It's a birthday!

Sep. 20th, 2017 09:01 am
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A big, happy, loving birthday wish to [personal profile] lbilover! I hope your vacation is being very good to you, you totally deserve it. Can't wait to see you and the pups this weekend!


OK so I can't even tell you how.

Sep. 19th, 2017 07:57 pm
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But one thing lead to another, and I started flash-backing to my childhood.

But seriously it was what it was and it was the best.

Being born in 1951, the '50s were my childhood years. And you couldn't do better than that.

Technically, I wasn't born in Palm Springs, but my parents returned there when I was 2 months old, so for the next 25 years, that's all I knew. We moved into my childhood home when I was 2 years old (all 3 of my sisters were born while we lived there) and my 89-years old mom lives there yet. We got a big lot (sand was cheap) and my Dad was in the construction biz, so eventually we had a big house.

But the summers I remember (125 F, mind you) consisted of my mom kicking us outside (her reading time, mind you). Us 4 girls? in our panties. Why wear more? We roamed our backyard, blonde hair, blue eyes, and brown as berries every one. I invented fantastical plots (being the oldest) and we buried treasure, built castles in the mud under the cottonwood tree, climbed up the tree to escape the witch, and generally rampaged all over the backyard until Mom let us back in.

At which, of course, it was time to settle down with the latest treasure from the library and dream some more.

Do children have lives like this anymore? And what a loss that is.

Tuesday bits n' bobs

Sep. 19th, 2017 02:56 pm
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Uh oh, I discovered a big patch of poison ivy behind the front bushes. I hate to attack plants, but I bought a spray-bottle of weed killer and sprayed every leaf I could see. (Some of it is winding its way up the inside of a fat bush which may, sadly, become a casualty of the spraying.) Shiremom, Shiredad, and I are VERY allergic to poison ivy. We'll see how things look out there over the next week.

Shiremom and I both really enjoyed "August Rush". Thank you to everyone who recommended it!

In happy-happy news, I sat myself down yesterday, refused to be distracted, and wrote chapter 4 of my fluffy Cormallen story. Hooray! Now it just needs some polishing.

Pippin's been extra alert today, listening to the high winds whip the trees around, but it finally seems to be nap time. zzzzzzzzzzzz

So a busy weekend.

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:01 pm
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Los Angeles has this awesome thing that happens every couple of years or so where all the museums, galleries, random cultural things, etc. focus on a central theme. It's called Pacific Standard Time. A couple of years ago, it was Mid-Century California Design, and it was awesome.

This time, it is Latin-American and Latino Art. If you want to check it out, here ya go.

We've seen a couple so far, and Saturday we went to the Annenberg Center for Photography in Century City, which had a Cuba Is. . . exhibit, but what is even better, a short video covering those photographers and their motivations/journeys. In case you are interested, here you are.

And then this afternoon, we hustled downtown to watch the LA Opera do Carmen. As you do. Gotta vote that opera as the one with the best songs and most awesome plot ever. Yeah, Aida, bring on your elephants, but girl buried in tomb vs girl stabbed by her ex-lover because she is just too damn sexy? No contest.

It's a birthday!

Sep. 16th, 2017 08:46 am
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Happy Birthday, [personal profile] dawn_felagund! I hope it's a wonderful day!





Aaaaand a book report.

Sep. 15th, 2017 07:47 pm
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The Withered Arm and Other Stories, Thomas Hardy

So back when I was a teen, Hardy was totally my jam. Tragic heroines, rural English countryside, what was not to love?

And now, however, I notice that Hardy is the patron saint of Make one small miscalculation, and your life is straight down the tubes, girl. (Heads up, guys, not so much for you.)


It's a birthday!

Sep. 15th, 2017 07:28 am
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Happy Birthday to [personal profile] lindahoyland! I hope the lads brought you breakfast in bed (or at least extra snuggles), and that you enjoy your special day. You have so many friends who love you and your fur-family!


So last week?

Sep. 14th, 2017 07:29 pm
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It was 105 degrees F (41 C). Today? 53 degrees F (12 C) and breezy as all get out. All of us are walking around like, Yeaaaaah. :)

Weather be bi-polar, but we'll take this for sure.

Math nerds gonna math nerds

Sep. 13th, 2017 08:27 pm
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Today was Math Collaboration Day at my school, which is a cool thing. It's a chance for the entire Math Dept. to call in subs, get together on our own, and plan out stuff, resolve issues, and just do math.

I'm on several district committees and such like, and it always tickles me when they pass out some activities we can have our kids work on. And all the teachers are like whatevers, gimme the math. Which we promptly attack, happy as clams.

Not quite the same reaction we get from our students when we pass it out to them, alas.

And there was Back to School Night.

Sep. 12th, 2017 08:52 pm
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You just never know who's gonna show up. Good students, the worst, random kids in the middle.

And almost invariably, the parents' first question. Not the "Why don't they have an A?" which is typical in more affluent districts, but the "Are they behaving themselves? Are they good?"

And you have to wonder how many times have they been called out on their kids' behavior.

And as a teacher. you just really have to separate the kid and the grade. Sure, this kid is going to totally flunk, because of Issues, but that doesn't make them a bad kid. Some of my kids who don't do diddly-squat are still my pets. Yeah, sure, they'll flunk your class, but you being someone who they can talk to is worth more to them than class credits.

It's a crazy world.

Surfaces again.

Sep. 11th, 2017 08:41 pm
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For the 40th odd year, we were off to the LA County Fair this weekend. It has changed a lot over the decades, but since the county still has a few agricultural pockets, there are still the animals and the various contests. I miss Irene Whatsherface. and her Wall O' Jam. That woman dominated, I tell you what. And then there's my stomping grounds, the Textile Division. AKA Hand-made garments.

Used to be, there were many divisions, and I learned early on how to game them. Boy's clothes? Ain't nobody who does that. But since I had a couple of sons, that was my jam. Until they got old enough to give home-made the side-eye. But basically I stuck with clothes I made for myself, and got many a ribbon.

So for awhile, things got crazy, and I didn't have the time, but I reentered the fray about 5 years back. But alas, it is a different scene these days. First of all, only 2 divisions. Clothes. And costumes. Then it's the Danish judging system, wherein there is more than one blue ribbon, etc. Since there are only 2 categories, I guess. And worst of all, I think they've lost their little old lady judging panel who used to leave little notes for you. "Buttonholes could have been a little straighter, but those were some sweet seam finishings, sweetie."

So the upshot is that the orange linen dress that had a hella engineering got a blue ribbon, and the Halloween dress (Jane Austin meets La Dia de los Muertos) got a red, which I'm chill with since I basically threw it together in a weekend, and a top that I randomly threw in, becuase I always enter 3 things, also got a red. So I'm pretty chuffed. :)

Nominations Coordination

Sep. 9th, 2017 02:26 pm
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I have been hoping someone would put up a pretty spreadsheet like in the past, but since that hasn't happened I have made a clunky one. Comment with your noms and desires here with any explanatory commentary, and then you can edit the spreadsheet over here.

It's a birthday!

Sep. 9th, 2017 07:29 am
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Happy Birthday, [personal profile] ink_gypsy! May your path be carpeted with the luckiest of clovers.

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