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"Tighty Whitey Hole" [Sep. 23rd, 2016|05:08 pm]
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What is the purpose of the gap in men's briefs? The positioning would suggest something related to one's genitals, but twisting the implement through such a tortuous path does not lend itself to either fun times or evacuation. In most cases, I'm assuming everyone pulls down the waistband instead and just goes over.
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Things are about to change [Sep. 23rd, 2016|04:30 pm]
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12/17 Dream: Vivid but can’t remember; waking up in a rush. Dark and early, dentist appointment, all good. Cafe Intermezzo (egg cream hot chocolate isn’t worth it). Grind at work. Bank and back, make it in time to grab a plate of leftovers from the holiday luncheon. Workout, met sister and new baby brother for dinner at Pea Ridge. A little bit of reading at home while Sweetheart did review.
12/18 I have a blood administration set, and am refilling myself so I look healthy and can give blood. (directly related to posting picture) dwivian is telling a nice old granny things that are true about me in the worst possible way. A bunch of friends get into a fist/wrestle fight, and I slowly disentangle them one at a time by taking their hand and calmly talking to them. Easy going morning, Sweetheart makes a breakfast quesadilla for me. More work and grind. Jewish boss brings me a “holiday present”. Rode to Athens, appetizers with Sweetheart, she left, eggplant sandwich with Adam, Andrea, and Nate. Questions about validity of gender or racial identity in the case of social construct. Home, D&D. Thft leave before midnight, watched Star Trek and Family Guy (with Star Trek references) together with Sweetheart.
12/19 Board meeting, no drama, re-elected. Long time undercover questioning reality. Watched Star Trek and had rice and pakoras. Went to see “The Good Dinosaur”, it had a malfunction, they gave us coupons for popcorn. Eventually started, but we were too late to go to the gym (previous backup plan). Shopped for shoelaces (huge lines dissuade us from anything else), ate at Madras Mantra, headed home and started writing Christmas Cards.
12/20 Something about trying to go down on Sweetheart, she says okay but only for a limited time; next dream is something about a James Bond character escaping from two people trying to capture him, jumping onto a nice boat in a canal, shooting two assassins at the same time (one standing in front of the other) (they seemed embarrassed for some reason), and a yacht holding a fancy party with lots of food trays. Fitful rest. Went to see “Bajirao Mastani”, outstanding cinematography, simplistic tragedy (Pride is always the enemy). Gokul Sweets, tried vegi burger, palak pakoras, and rose falooda - Indian take on my classic. Shopping, gym, home, fell asleep. Spent the rest of the night writing cards.
12/21 Dreamt something about sexy times and planning for our flight. No traffic on way to work. Very low-key day. Called parents to ask about spices. Ate at Primo - Italian/Ethiopian. Felt like a “date”. Picked up nuts at Farmer’s Market. Cleaning and packing and last-minute board messages.
12/22 Dreamt something about exploring a lake, swimming and submersible. Getting ready to go! Despite the fact that we have leftovers, Sweetheart made curry noodles (and ate too much) - two food-related problems that keep popping up. Ran to the bank, made it back, headed to the airport. Despite the early start, later realized how many things we still forgot: Dance shoes, turning off computer, etc. Checked in right outside the doors from the train stop. One less thing to worry about. Stole each other’s tickets in the security line. I watched television (Girl Meets World - several laughs-out-loud) on my phone on the plane, and then we cuddled for a while. Medium-nice Mexican restaurant in Dallas airport, outstanding sizzling apple pie with cinnamon ice cream for dessert; overdid it, still very nice. At the end of Dance of the Damned I read something about a raccoon-headed Agathion with a fondness for civics and between that, a previous statement about game design in response to my brother’s suggestion about crafting legislation, and a continuing mental image I have of dancing through life, I am resolved to a dutiful life. I end up hanging on to the airplane magazine for which I started filling out the puzzle, but I kept reading the thing in which I was most interested. We had to sit apart on the California flight. I took a few more glimpses of my Pathfinder magazine between being chatted by my aisle-seat neighbor: He was an Army veteran, in the service for 20 years, both Iraqi operations, shot at in Afghanistan, and decided he had enough. Said he couldn’t sleep sitting up, but did seem to grab a few winks on the descent. After Sweetheart stopped by a few times to tousle my hair, he started referring to my wife. She told me about wanting to sleep but there was a kid sitting next to her, a 1.5-year-old who apparently kissed her cheek several times and was trying to sleep but active at the same time. In Seattle, en route to baggage claim, we found a loverly bird/fish/plane statue. Made it to a winter scene the airport had set up next to gate 00, waited. Back of the bus had a handful going to the Navy base, Sweetheart fell asleep in the dark… I thought about various disaster scenarios, and wanted to show her a few pretty things but didn’t want to wake her up. She got soup at Ivar’s and grabbed a hot chocolate for me. We took the ferry, stopped off at a shopping center, Dad picked us up and took us home. Met new cats - odd walk, very nice coats. Chatted and slept.
12/23 Made a list of things to try and do. Had eggs for breakfast. Went along with Dad for errands; he had to drop his car off at the shop. Comics, walking along the coast (saw a bald eagle), started a puzzle, licked the beaters of the cookie mix. Took them out to dinner at a Mediterranean place, split a “Russian Cream” dessert 4 ways. No tree - just as well, to be discovered. Packed for an early start tomorrow.
12/24 Aforementioned early start, drizzly. All the afternoon ferries were booked, they had tried to reserve the 8:30 one but it filled up while they were talking, so they reserved a 7:15, which meant waking up at 6. Almost ran over a family of raccoons. Sat and looked through phone on the ferry. Stopped in at Cup for breakfast on the hill; thankfully the paper mill smell stayed outside. Very nice views and even a rainbow en route, several “Elk Crossing” signs. Found the Reverend Mothers’ new place absolutely charming. We cooked this and that, I made a delicious balsamic reduction of portabellos. I broke the coating on a plastic hammer trying to pound an ax through some wood. Candlelit dinner overlooking the water, dessert included rosewater cookies and flourless chocolate torte with jam. Showered in anticipation of leaving for church, realized that only one mother was heading out for a services and the rest of us still had a few hours to go. Wrote this in a suit. Started to cough while singing hymns. Family good-night hugs.
12/25 Dad jumped into cooking thinsies, made two perfect batches without even burning the first one. We gathered the toppings and started on lunch, had a loverly low-key breakfast together. Some people napped, Mum and Sweetheart stayed in the kitchen making preparations. (I helped.) Eventually everyone else woke up and pitched in with this or that… splendid feast, almost overwhelming. Dad and S’mom took me aside and gave me a rather substantial check with the explanation that they wanted to see us enjoy it rather than willing it to us. Also gave each of us a small present, despite discussion otherwise. Saw another sliver of rainbow. They left after lunch, we cleaned up and had a very lazy evening.
12/26 I’m in a nightclub getting ready to do a song for open mike night, but I can’t specifically remember the melody. Wander around meeting friends and trying to get ready. I woke up shortly after my name was called. Chores around the house, Star Wars (first pass is sold out, go ahead and buy tickets for the 3D showing half an hour later). Tried cleaning Omm’s computer, did the best I could without a password.
12/27 Dream forgotten between waking up multiple times.<3 Went to Omm’s church, service was clumsy but endearing, she gave a very moving sermon about recognizing God’s parents on the side of the street. Nice talk with Mum to and from church (Omm went early to start in first service). Sweetheart made something for lunch using our leftovers. Mum scared off a cat who was prowling the bird feeders outside. We left for the Messiah singalong (entitled “Handel with Care”) - wonderful time, fit very well with the alto section, switched to tenors halfway through and stumbled around: I couldn’t keep up myself, and the section was too weak to hear/follow. Came home to discuss New Year’s Eve plans, had dinner (more leftovers) while watching Star Trek.
12/28 Stayed in bed to cuddle. Walked down the hill, lots of nice houses, poked around town. Visited Kokopelli Grill, great seaside view. Fun murals (trump l’eole), lights, and boardwalk going up the hill. Picked up groceries, hiked back. Started playing Ascension with brother, passing the phone back and forth. Drove out to Elwha Dam (which was no longer there) - apparently after they removed it, the fish came back immediately. Amazing views, primeval forest… except not primeval because there are bits of path and logs from fences and salmon tracking equipment and whatnot. Lush, perhaps? However it was, we came home in the dark (5-ish?) and I helped Mum re-arrange her office to be more authoritative. Brother, Sweetheart, and I walked over to the nearby Thai restaurant while Mum and Omm drove. We shared eggplant dip (tasted mostly like caramelized onions, sweeter than expected but still very nice) and a big pot of lemongrass soup, and I ordered massaman for myself. Watched a little bit on Netflix with Sweetheart, read, and bed.
12/29 Dreamt about being in line at the grocery with Sweetheart and Dad, talking about arguing online and Learnlink going away and a National Lampoon satire. There was more, but I didn’t catch it in time. Brunch at Chestnut Cottage: Eggnog latte (loverly espresso whipped cream), quiche (crust isn’t flaky). Spent some time chatting online, headed up to Crescent Lake with Omm and Sweetheart and Brown Dog; Black Dog, Brother, and Mum were in the other car. There was just a little bit of wandering around stomping feet and taking pictures and rubbing hands together and we decided it was too cold to hike, and headed back down. Chatting about coffeehouses, we got an inkling to get coffee, so we dropped the dogs off and headed to Blackbird. Fun decorations here and there along the way. Took a walk around the neighborhood with Sweetheart, stopped in at the Hairsmith for a nip. He was very chatty, and told us he had met Stevie Wonder in Hartsfield International Airport. We got home and started planning the rest of our trip with Dad and S’mom. After dinner (loverly cabbage and peanut roast) I helped Omm plan her bedroom; will be rotating the bed so it’s no longer by the wall that rattles, and moving a wardrobe so it’s centered rather than weighing the room down on one side. Sweetheart and I started watching “Jimmy Neutron”, but decided it was too goofy to enjoy. “Home” proved to be much better.
12/30 In a department store, on some kind of a platform that combines office center and display case. Cramped and tangled, difficult to get down. I see Sweetheart spinning in a flowy dress. She tells me about a colleague who’s taken her husband’s name, but his name is impossible to pronounce in English. Woke up earlier than before on this vacation (barring trying to catch the ferry), saw sunrise and blue skies. Everyone helped Omm rearrange her bedroom. Then she drove us out to shop at a local dairy, bakery, and whatnot. Bought “Viking Feast” ice cream, “Pumpkin Lord” flavor. Unfortunately, nobody wanted to share it with me. Omm dropped the Brother, Sweetheart and I at a wildlife preserve. At one fork listing a split between “Main Trail” and “Primitive Trail”, we started out on the main at first. Lots of deer prints. Headed out onto the spit. Loverly and bleak, driftwood on our left (lots of which had stacked stones) and water to our right. Saw swastikas etched into the sand, started bracing myself to get into a fight. Part of the way out we looked at travel time, and decided it would take at least 4 hours to get to the end and back, and the beach closed in 2 hours; will have to plan ahead, pack a lunch, and try it next time. We started heading back. Much easier along that way; closer (and visible) destination, wind at our backs. Saw a bald eagle. Sweetheart made a sort of mandala practice out of writing “Happy 2015” along the water line. Took the primitive trail back, ended up slogging through swamped trail. Lots and lots and lots of birds, and noticeably warmer in among the ferns. When we got home, I had thought to finish the leftover masaman curry, but they had other plans. We ended up making a “fresh” batch (albeit using a prepared curry paste).
12/31: Ate aforementioned leftover rice and curry for breakfast. We walked a slightly different angle into town to see different houses and whatnot. Got to see decorations up close. Walked along the waterfront, climbed up the observation platform, saw a bald eagle, danced. Crossed the estuary bridge (made in honor of a sister city in Japan), saw diverse flocks of birds flying away; not sure if they were scared of us or the eagle. Out along the docks, saw a van painted in bright colors with a shark-mouth-shaped grill, a dorsal fin, and a tail. Omm picked us back up. Went back to Anime Cat for Thursday night gaming, four other people there. Played a few hands of Brother’s new game, then “Codenames” (great idea, won every time, but one of the players on my team was taking everything too seriously and taking long turns), and finished before closing time with “Super Rhino”. Store has a collection that somehow manages to simultaneously be basic and eclectic; didn’t find anything that matched my interests. Mum had made a spicy stew for dinner (wanted something easy to handle so we could pop out when needed). Sweetheart decided to opt out of tango, which was half of my interest in tango, so instead I got to play a hand of Pathfinder cards with Brother. Ran down at midnight to kiss Sweetheart, ran back up and chatted with Brother for another hour or so.
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Switching logs [Sep. 16th, 2016|03:01 pm]
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I've hit the point where I've gone from one record to another. I split the diary backlog from the tracking system in mid-December.

Not sure if I have a cold or allergies, but either way the drugs are great.


12/1: I'm nominated for some kind of pirate election, to be decided by duel. They're my friends (including a corsetted Cathy), and for some reason I have to use an earthbreaker while one or more of my opponents get guns. Despite swashbuckling options and "D&D physics", I'm still trying to use some kind of diplomacy and/or trickery to knock people off the platform, keep them from arriving, and otherwise trying to keep from killing or being killed. Platform is above an alpine forest, reminiscent of Endor Imperial base. Woke up and wrapped Sweetheart's arm around me. Stuffy nose and room. Great talks with Aunt and Uncle. Drove to Truckee, past huge snowpiles. Found Marty's Cafe, had couscous, brie, mushroom omelet; very cozy place. Shopped a bit. Oil tasting room (Sweetheart bought some spices), "country kitsch" store (I was fond of the placard, "An old bear lives here with his honey", bought a tea-towel saying, "If kisses were snowflakes, I'd send you a blizzard). Easy highway, slow curves down. Stopped at UC Davis - I was outraged at the $9 parking, but they had a loverly arboretum, and people making out in a redwood grove. (Not us... this time...) Found out that the moas were hunted to extinction by the Polynesians. Walked around the quad, had an interesting discussion about academic life. Drove into the dark, refueled in Foster City. Decided to drop by Grandma's house. Chatted with the airport shuttle driver from Louisiana. Did stretches in the airport's yoga room - pleasantly sleepy afterwards, amidst/despite bustling travelers. Wandered hither and yon along the terminal, finally decided on Yankee Pier. Had butternut squash, broccolini, and blue apple salad - I'm not sure if the chef was disappointed that we didn't try the seafood, or amused by the change of pace. Cuddled and puzzled on the plane, I didn't sleep.
12/2: Took the train home in the dark, slept in. Grandma called about skirt details, I handed the phone to Sweetheart. Writing down things to do, called karishi. Tidied a bit. Sweetheart on serious family call, rushed to bank, made it. Ate at Sobban, found it was closing. Short discussion about killers while driving; bubbly stomach. Sorted cards, Sweetheart sat next to me immediately before I finished and got up.
12/3: Dream forgotten, woke up face down. Unpacking, Himalayan Spice, chiropractor, shopping for charity.
12/4: Exercise, organizing, board e-mails, tried Andryanni's.
12/5: Cleaning, played Pathfinder, took a massage, reading, exercises.
12/6: Ate at Pea Ridge, organized, went shopping for food and gifts, met a bunch of Sweetheart's colleagues at Rania's party, weird love.
12/7: Exercises and weights, ate at Willy's, saw "Tamasha".
12/8: Multiple Hallowe'en parties, ladylabyrinth and friends, someone convinces me to do a costume similar to theirs: Red dragon emporer, consisting of red dragon shirt and cape and crown and other easy accoutrements. I've left a huge mess at home (apartment looks different in dream than real life), and I know Sweetheart will be upset. Several people are outside a convenience store, and we're being measured for costumes; one woman in particular is interested in my package. Writing a letter to Trae (it's his birthday) in a program that lets one insert pictures; I have several things about popular characters, and especially several Elminsters, but they're hard to line up so they don't cover text. Rushed to work. Internet... catch up? Chiropractor. Veggie shopping, house cleaning, cuddles.
12/9: Dreamt about a convention; looking at cars with Seth & Suzanne - smal Lego versions and large real-life ones. Tree lighting at work, but I don't remember much about it now. Rice Mac had a pileup of takeout orders; only one person on the counter, and all seven people showed up at once. Worksheets at work.
12/10: Dream: Grape jelly video game; no idea what that means. Met cousin, had board meeting, made tea eggs.
12/11: Dream: Tightrope-walk with monkey on leash over high net. Working morning, stuffed silly, camaraderie with department at "holiday lunch". D&D with two Justins; both a friend-of-a-friend and a neighbor.
12/12: Dream: About to be hanged, making jokes about calling the governor. Low-key day, console Sweetheart, rolled weather and random encounters for D&D, wild frog monk/prince/princess story.
12/13: Sweetheart & I are together in stands in a gym, I’m worried about bothering a young woman off to the side in front of us. Everyone comes down to a furniture cube with red and blue blocks for a safety demonstration. Slept in while Sweetheart went to meditation. Watched “Bender’s Big Score”. Tava for lunch, shopping at Patel. Unexpected shagging at home. Gina called to invite us to lunch. I worked out, stopped at Tin Lizzie’s, and danced at 57th. Broke Hyundai Accent door handle.
12/14: Department lunch, contentious discussion, lab coat decorating, discussion with Boss, organize stuff, do laundry, Star Trek and soup, take drugs, fall asleep (relatively) early.
12/15: Zombitized by drugs, lots of board-related e-mails, Denyse questions about e-mail, leftovers from department lunch, chiropractor, gym, Chai Pani, talked to family, up late-ish making Christmas card list.
12/16: “Star Wars” rebellion scene, with a group of sassy women in a cabin; shift to walking around Decatur with Sweetheart, car driven by man with several women (some kind of conservative culture clothing) pulls up and seems to be lost; I start giving them directions to the high school, but they aren’t getting it, so we decide the man and I should walk while Sweetheart drives the women over. Prairie Home Companion is playing in the auditorium, we’re up in the bleachers, then I go down into a small office that they’ve converted into a radio booth for the occasion. A friend is doing some “Family Guy” voices, I’m asked to join in but I’m not doing very well and break character every so often to comment on how I don’t have a good “Peter” voice. I need to go to the bathroom. And so I got up. Witnessed a crash while we were pumping gas. Re-energized with things to do. Good work, eat party leftovers, listen to ravnsdottir while doing puzzles. Great beets and lentils at home, cuddles, read a story to Sweetheart, she fell asleep, I watched a movie.
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Flash-forward [Aug. 31st, 2016|10:06 am]
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On a complete jump, here's a peek into the future:
9/1: 19: Track intro.
9/2 9.5: Social Aspects of Space Colonization; 20.5: Mistakes from Science Communication Front Lines
9/3 9.5: Parade setup; 13: Recreating Captain America’s Super Serum; 14.5: Personalized Medicine; 19: Science Confessionals
9/4 9.5: Science Power Hour; 14.5: Genetics in Science Fictional Settings; 22: Solve for X
9/5 9.5: Science Songs; 11.5: Science in History and Myth; 17: Dead Dragon Party
9/6 9.5: Iz ded

I still have a few dozen "Backup Project" buttons, for anyone who wants to identify themselves as "happy to help".
Speaking for myself, pinning it on means I'm ready to walk you to your car or room (or walk you to a public area so you can find someone you know, in case you don't feel safe alone with me), lift your wheelchair up stairs, run interference if you're getting unwanted attention, de-escalate if people are starting to get confrontational, pin your costume in that place you can't quite reach, and I'm sure there's more.
Other people may have different abilities or ways of helping, but putting it on is basically making the statement, "I've got your back".
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Time is speeding up [Aug. 26th, 2016|11:38 am]
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Getting that much closer...
11/16: Data entry, internet, Pathfinder calendar, Board stuff, copious leftovers from Sweetheart's event, watched "Star Trek" and "Master of None".
11/17: Data entry, Alicia, Dianne, Joellen, and Sheila, huge puzzle map of US; some states have unusual outlines. Damn, it's infected my dreams, too. Data entry, internet, Board stuff, called Kevin, coffee, soup and crackers, chiropractor, keeping up with exercise, shopping at Macy's, met Jenn & John for dinner at Yum Yum Thai. Called family, wrote a response to the Paris attacks, read FaceBook. Re-directing energy from there; that's the last place I should look for reassurance.
11/18: Terrible sleep. Caffeine? FaceBook? Winds? Explosion in wee hours. Backfire? Gunshot? On my own. Watched some kind of performance, then went to Olive Garden for my birthday. Ordered lots of stuff, whatever struck my fancy; intending to take some of it home. Still conscious about sugar. Ate at Tin Lizzy's. Deer on trail! Almost walked into them, thought it was a dog at first. Discussion with Jinx. Board e-mails, work, reading internet, ate at Chow Mei Mei with Sweetheart, watched "My Neighbors the Yamadas" (Sweetheart rather enjoyed), stopped by Romeo's Pizza for dessert. Sweet tooth? Talked to Grandma.
11/19: L5R, Board e-mails, exercise, recharges, Red Cross, went to Tuk Tuk for dinner.
11/20: Dishwasher, Board e-mails, exercise, "Top Secret!" with wine, love unexpectedly.
11/21: Laundry, fixed car gate, watched "Coraline", first people to Six Flags. Wonderful lights, waited for rest to finish Scorcher. I went on Goliath, Marshall ducked out, got capes at carnival game. Great "flying" pictures of me on "Crime Wave". Spinsanity was wilder than expected. Acrophobia had a great view, and tilted us out, dropped with no warning; most of the others times I saw had the operator saying funny stuff to the riders. Sky Buckets didn't go anywhere, part of park was closed. I ran to the car, catch up with shuttle. Passed Sweetheart in the dark, big misunderstanding. Eventually OK. Ate at "Niramish" and watched a comedy competition with Erin & Nancy.
11/22: More exercise, ate at Sun in My Belly. Dreamt about Jennie being pregnant, and the "push pull dig work" game from some camp trying to teach us how industrialization was evil. Cleaning, Burger Fi, Earth Fare, cuddles. Ankle made an unexpected pop while I was stretching forward. Watched "Paranorman"; very fun, but some confusion about the dead characterization (or implied theology).
11/23: FaceBook, Board e-mails, keeping up with MetaGameWorld, leftovers, clearing e-mail boxes, Zandu balm, dishwasher, Madras Mantra, shopping for gifts and spices.
11/24: FaceBook, Board e-mails, clear mailbox, Tin Lizzy's, mac & cheese (packed), internet, keeping up with exercises, pack for vacation.
11/25: Receipts, dishwasher, Futurama, biscuits. Dark and early train, crowded line (France security?). Puzzles finished by others, slept on plane. Sweetheart's license was expired, I had to drive the entire time. I rented all-wheel for snow business. Trouble figuring out starting and shifting. Made it to Grandma's, boiled pasta, Costco, massive bag of potatoes, first round of cooking. Farmer's market, Sweetheart got a splinter, Indian market, walked along sea wall, saw lots of murders. Second round of cooking - messed up garlic & rosemary. Sweetheart made eggplant with peanuts.
11/26: Multiple dreams: Game shop; Takhisis, minotaur novels, some guy leaving his backpack on a shelf/chasing after someone, he terns and puts a robot eye in a dead socket, and says, "surprised, Mr. Smart?" Max and 99 catch him, there's a brief discussion about South American Communism. Scene from the show with title music, Max sticks his head through a hole in a door. Various animals and people running across a road, symbolizing working together. A white tiger and I try it, but are almost hit by a car coming fast over a hill, from where we couldn't see it. I shout, "What the fuck?" Grandma asked if we want grapefruit, I woke up. Grapefruit and soft-boiled egg for breakfast. Head out, a bit more shopping, pick up antacids and zinc. Very friendly cashier and person in line, small talk and "feel better!" as I left. Easy drive up, reunite with family. Mum suggested coconut oil for weird red line coming off one eye. Thanksgiving feasting. Potatoes turned out better than expected. 7 types of fudge, 5 pies. Watched Dr Strange cartoon after heckling a dozen trailers and descriptions on Amazon Prime. Herding baby River. No Bond (despite family tradition), bed before 10.
11/27: Somehow related to Jurassic megafauna? Grandma's there, before and after driving. Cuddles. Smell of bacon - blech. Exercise. She fixed a rattling window, I unplugged the smoke alarm. Pancake waffles, hugs and discussion. Susie showed us the wine cellar and tchotchkes - really liked making "Christmas Toys" with Debbie. Drove North to Sacramento - only one point of stop-and-go traffic. Lunch at Casa Ramos, very nice. Discussed why Sweetheart felt alone last night while driving. Sign in Jewish wood community: "Welcome to Kyburz / Now leaving Kyburz". Very familiar highways through California woods. Snow accumulation transition: First on random crags, then dusting trees (fade green-to-grey-to-white), then on the ground. Pulled off a few places for pictures. Snowy beach town. Expedia was bait-and-switch, but we paid to upgrade to the lake view. Across street to Safeway, bit of romantic shopping, get champagne and gloves. Find a place with 4.9 stars and a huge crowd in front of the door. My Thai - weird contrast of Thai decorations and food in rustic log-and-stone building. Lots of Indian families, several cute kids. Server possibly transgendered or drag. Cook didn't wash hands in bathroom. Driving again; construction sign done with flashing lights: "ALMOST" "DONE" "WAHOO" Lots of chapels. Lots of cuddling and love. She slept, I watched a bit of TV and exercised.
11/28: Something about picking a porn to watch with friends {inspired by a combination of pay-per-view browsing last night and cousins previous night}. Stopping an ex-girlfriend from ruining a friend's wedding. Bridesmaid and I are confusing them and tossing bouquets back and forth in a belltower. Finally an usher ushes them out. Mum is officiating in a cathedral. I have to make a speech and say something silly about iPod cords being mixed in with my noodles - everyone's embarrassed. Someone brings a dog, who stops in the middle of the church. Bishop explains that the unbaptised can't cross, and blesses the dog who then gallops across. I laugh heartily. Sweetheart is up and about, says she had heartburn. We see sunrise, mist, and probably 3 coyotes. We went out on dock. Tilting my head at an angle, all that existed was the lake, mountains, sky, and snow. No boats, no dock, no humans - not even me. I got a call about the elevator not working at home, responded as best I could. Planned the whole day out. Ate at Red Hut next to FreeBird. Peanut butter veggie burger, leftover churros, old iron stove, waiting list, 1-person bathroom. Went next door for hot drinks; very nice hot chocolate, weird chai. Tahoe Keys - very nice, we talk about houses. Most attractions, beaches, and parks are closed. Saw lots of Indians at trailheads. Area was way overparked. Ranger on loudspeaker saying people would get towed. Amazing alpine views while driving, not many places to stop. Argument about driving too close. People cutting down trees in woods? Later learned you can get a permit. Stopped at Harrah's casino, smoky. Periodically checking on elevator situation. Played in snow as light faded, warmed up inside. Caught up on diary stuff. I often get sore elbows on hotel sheets. Finished a champagne bottle. Watched "Big Bang Theory", "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past". Tried Cafe Fiore: Chalet, only 7 tables; excellent flavor, snooty assumptions, date-like discussion, close attention; new bride & groom. Left into 10F weather. Tidied up hotel room. Exercises.
11/29: Dream interrupted, someone needed a hug. Got dressed and headed out in snow to watch sunrise. Sign advertising "Cold Drinks & Ice Cream"; must be a popular place... in summer. Ducks in swimming pool, empty exercise room. Lazed around, watched the end of "Father of the Bride" and then all of "Father of the Bride II"... there was a seamless transition, and she didn't see the start of the first, so she thought it was all the same movie. Kept up exercises. This casino wasn't as smoky as all the others we visited, but the sink water was ICE cold! Hard Rock Cafe for lunch, had a weird balcony inside the hotel... people-watching, but your only subjects are people going to the bathroom, or supply closets, or coming in to the restaurant. Glass hallway between one section and the next, saw rabbit tracks in the snow in the courtyard outside. Ceiling leaking in Hard Rock Casino, checked out lots of memorabilia. Back to outlook points and Eagle Falls, fewer cars, construction cones in way where cars were over-parked yesterday. I clambered around rocks, saw the Mongol Horde. Lots of good views: Pines, frozen creeks, squirrel tracks, lake, etc. Hands hurting - blood draw site, work strain, I'm only driver - elbows hurting in weird ways. Ate at Keys Cafe. Driving to Carson City, no issue; stopped to make sure headlights are working. Bright yellow house - came painted that way! Different from house last year. Met Aunt and Cousins; Uncle came from church later. Sweetheart gave Cousins earrings, I showed Sweetheart family pictures hanging up in the hallway. House has lots of needlepoint and "happy home" stuff. We brought huge bag of potatoes from Grandma's (since she said she'll never use them), they stayed in the car, mostly frozen. Sweetheart sauteed and spiced some, I roasted some broccoli. Played Poker, follwed by some 13-card game. Planned the day - mostly around the university. Guest bedroom had a quilted comforter, and a weird nook at headboard.
11/30: Dream forgotten. Woke up with me coughing once, her coughing once. That's why I take the zinc. Crushing ping-pong balls and other feats of strength, but when I get to the front I have to make an electrical current run through a sugar solution. Friend says we're competing and makes a bulb light up through an already-completed array. I say we aren't competing and if we were then he would have been cheating. amazing_tito and dwivian are judging. Playing cards with gay Vikings with some kind of peel-off film. dwivian in the Marines makes me realize it's a dream. Something about Twilight fanfiction, listening to rap, and driving around large rocks. Last bit is clearly mountain-driving-related. Chatted with Uncle, headed out. Frost on windows. Sweetheart surprised me with the breakfast location (thankfully not yelling this time). Ate at "Squeeze In": PB + Apple + Banana + Honey omelet. Visited Rancho San Rafael Park. Frozen pond, closed arboretum, playgrounds & whatnot filled with geese (and poop), labyrinth. Walking through the latter, I came to the idea: Just BE WITH the hurting. Reminded of need to talk to myself like an adult and take care of myself like a child. Placard for Irish Society (of Erin?) - devil of a time finding references. Lovely fields of bleak heather and snow drifts and bog. Scraped whoknowswhat off shoes, headed to riverwalk. Neat little pocket park, nice frozen river with a few ducks awkwardly floating sideways downstream. Around campus, not impressed. Made a note to visit "Wolf Den" later. Found parking, interior was much more pretty. Ate at Cantina del Lobo. All kinds of crispy and tasty, much better than expected. Wandered here and there. Mineral museum - definitely cool: Lead #1 recycling, variable birthstones. Went to the planetarium: Human body (meh), ice worlds (cool). Wolf Den was closed (and possibly condemned), nice Xmas decorations in dorms, picked up soda at the student center. 2-hour music rehearsal. Saw casino lights, roads empty. Had Tea + ice cream + pie with Aunt & Uncle. Keeping up with exercises.
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Bloody but unbowed [Aug. 19th, 2016|05:51 pm]
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Almost caught up!

11/1: Kept up exercises, sorted L5R cards, dishwasher, laundry, puri and eggs, watched "Talladega Nights". Last-minute invite to join Gina and Zeppelin at Waffle House. Met Romy for dinner at Villagio. Took Sweetheart home; she had a weird script about an investigation, but it worked!
11/2: Catching up with the exercises. Taken to reading Yiddish Policeman's Union again en route. Board e-mail stuff. Tried out Mason Tavern for lunch with Sweetheart: Very nice interior, quality food, and always great company. Organize election, printout stuff. Top floor of parking deck, fog blowing across lights: Is this where Kinkade got his ideas? Tried to vote, wandered around a dark church, Sweetheart was scared. Realized it was the wrong day. Made a really great sauce, green beans, potatoes, watched the end of "Talladega Nights".
11/3: Dreamt about a tree house, comfy with Sweetheart. Voted on way to work. Read while she drove. Ate avocado and bitter melon from last night. Chiropractor. Keeping up with weights. Soup and Star Trek, cards, Board e-mails.
11/4: Dreamt about a cafe with Legos; chatting with Sweetheart, Erin, and Nancy. Huge cleanup of pockets stuff! Budget and paying credit cards. Went to Vaccine Dinner Club.
11/5: Keeping up with exercise, P51 presentation, Tin Lizzy's, Groceries and whatnot, weights.
11/6: More exercise and P51 preparation, El Azteca for dinner, skipped shopping, fell asleep together after stuff.
11/7: Tried meeting for Thumbs Up, terrible parking situation, confused communication. Met John & Justin along with regulars at breakfast. Pathfinder was... OK, but affected by the morning stress. Went to DSW for shoes, ended up skipping movie plan. (Over)Ate at El Ponce. Cuddled.
11/8: Cards. Dishwasher and terrible headache. Sweetheart made a huge batch of rotis, and we stayed huddled against the weather.
11/9: I woke up early with a cough, she asked if I shouted something. Couldn't go back to sleep for an hour. Replacement printout at work. Headed out with Sweetheart to pick up print job, stopped at Cook Out for Milkshake & Quesadilla. Weights, L5R, vacation plans, cuddling, Bhojanic.
11/10: Dreamt about a zombie infection, progressing to scout camp; would be horrifying on reflection, but not really afraid in- or out-of-dream. Exercising, work, internet, vacation plans, cuddle, Diwali celebration at Madras Mantra, Diwali sales (and huge lines) while shopping. More exercising, fell asleep faster than expected.
11/11: Took the shuttle in this time, got in a bit of reading. Cleaning all kinds of things. Shuttle back, read Pathfinder, Diwali feast with Gina and Zeppelin (complete with sparklers). Read What-A-Mess as a bedtime story.
11/12: Don't remember my dreams. ANTS AGAIN. Board e-mails, pathology, Tin Lizzy's, pockets, MetaGameWorld, Social Committee, Board e-mails, vacation plans, monthly Board meeting (we brought coffee), cuddles, Talley social, delicious eggplant and peanuts, D&D arrangements, cleaned dishwasher together. Bagged molasses, ants gone. Caught all the way up with exercises.
11/13: More sorting cards, couldn't sleep. Someone's smoking in a limousine. People are partying inside and also somehow on the roof. The driver (on the roof) has to keep the sunroof open because of the smoke. Eggs and green juice - finish jar. FaceBook. Colder than she expected without sweater, someone put stickers on social announcements and official board memos. Driving later than normal, she was in some pain. SF puzzles. Bhojanic took longer than expected, I had all the proteins: Pakoras, paneer 65 salad, egg paratha. Celebrated Kirsten's birthday. Withdraw, then loan from bank. Wrote cutscene for D&D. Leftovers and cake. Tried Tava Indian Bistro; mostly positive, kind of spicy. Watched Peanuts movie; seriously impressed that they didn't abuse the medium, and it felt like it could have fit in "simpler times", and Snoopy going "commando" had me splitting my sides. The only down side was how alien a "Charlie Brown is great!" story felt.
11/14: Stayed up sorting cards and nursing heartburn. New song, "It's said the course of true love never did run smooth," Jazz riff. Overhead shot of high school with small graveyard plots, reminiscent of Twilight and Morningside. Me putting on princess lip gloss in bathroom, my crush is the sister of my sister's crush. Huh. Pathfinder game involved exploring downstairs, Mantis ambush. Walk in the park, surprise art show, with presents! Ate at Manuel's Tavern. L5R.
11/15: Lamppost, convention w/Seth & Suzanne, transition to art discussion on porch, chocolate pieces spill, kicking they away from dogs and scooping them up Glad I still have that sense in dreams. Cleaning this and that. Met Tamra at Lawrence's Cafe. Keeping up weights and exercise. Ate at Burger Fi, should have ordered egg and no fries. Lonely exercising with no Sweetheart; shower cool, feels weird to have shoes and no clothes. Walked 3 miles to tango while she was at a charity event. Eventually she picked me up and cuddles.
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Chugging along... [Aug. 11th, 2016|04:46 pm]
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I feel like I need a better organization system, but in the meantime, just keep swimming or shoveling or something.
10/17: I'm not in this one. Focuses on a 6' tall woman in the 1950s who has a hard time getting dates. There's a guy with whom she does performances, but the attraction is only one-way, there. She has to go to the mirror to get eyelashes out of her eyes. Cuddles. Keeping up the exercises. Road trip! Arby's drive through? Little statue of "Liberty Enlightening the World", scout shop, Sweetheart recognized the neighborhood. Went to Makario's, had way too many sides, got served sweet tea despite ordering unsweet - there went my sugar budget. Walked through Vulcan Park. Visited Sweetheart's friends; Dad didn't talk much, Adiba and Zara played "Simon Says". Sent kids away and watched "Furious 7"; ridiculous but fun. Kept up catching up with exercises.
10/18: Dosa for breakfast! Walked around the park. Played with kids around the Aga Khan fundraiser (bouncy house, darts, ice cream, dance routines), only bid for Talladega tickets, first successful hula hooping! (Explanation helped: Shaking two directions rather than full circle.) Had chai pani, played with kids in back yard. They didn't want us to go. Back on the road, construction on I-20, collected garbage cans when I got home.
10/19: Sweetheart packed me lunch. Called Sister. Big debate on human rights and Eugenics on FaceBook. Bambinelli's with friends. Driving home in the dark. General cleanup around building at home. Weights and stretches.
10/20: Cuddly morning; had green powder, juice, and whey for breakfast. Met with Circe and Theresa at Dragon Bowl with Sweetheart. Back to the same debate, less contentious. Still ants, but can't figure out where they're going. Champagne.
10/21: Unexpected transition from cuddles to something else. Writing Talladega and family. Cleared e-mail. Work work work work work, keeping up responsibilities. Ate at Saigon Cafe. Emptied dishwasher, still dealing with ants.
10/22: Wrote something in the vein of, "There but for the grace of God, go I..." on FaceBook. Still ants in the dishwasher. Cuddle, knock lamp over with hat.
10/23: Weights and whatnot. Figo for dinner. D&D was slow but social, fought with a purple worm.
10/24: Packed up, drove into Talladega. Ate at Subway. Met Zeppelin and friend at the track, watched high-speed truck racing. Didn't know there was such a thing. Went to Golden Rule BBQ, watched "Bridge of Spies", met Rahamat and Family; kids were thrilled to see us again.
10/25: Another morning at Sweetheart's friends' house, although leaving earlier. Went to Cracker Barrel, explained the "peg game" to Sweetheart. Met New Baby Brother and Sister at Talladega for second round; controversial ruling during the race, nowhere near as fun as yesterday. Traffic and closed places, drove out a ways, ended up eating at Mcalister's Deli. Long road home. Garbage collection for the building.
10/26: Another cuddly surprise; not sure how much more makes it no longer "unexpected". Weights, Noodle - spicier than expected. Picking up garbage cans for the condo again.
10/27: Another loving morning. Running late. Work. Went to chiropractor, but it was closed. Ate corn and lentils and roti and bitter melon. Lovedrunk.
10/28: Worked on publications. Tin Lizzy's, garbage collection, weights, cooking, shopping for home and social event stuff.
10/29: Databases, benefit enrollment, lunch (lentils she packed me, cadbury egg with green goo doesn't taste any different). Talley Hallowe'en social. Sweetheart got drunk at Green Ginger. Picked up garbage for building again.
10/30: I'm hanging out with friends around town, and the "Cheaters" TV show keeps trying to catch me with them. End up in parents apartment. Sweetheart dreamt about us having sex on the beach, and the waves were in rhythm with our thrusting. Work, databases, Tin Lizzy again because of cold, internet, clear e-mail, board e-mails, keeping up pattern.
10/31: Helicopter view. Mum and Omm are driving the car. See a neat 3-story duplex. Can see a kid's bedroom somehow, reminiscent of Brother and my bedroom. I'm enthusiastic and show Sweetheart. Brother is less thrilled. Felt weird; sick in back of throat, oddly full. Board e-mails. Watched "The Island (2005)", ate lentils and pakoras and corn. Went to Challenges, showed off Mad Scientist University. Shopping for party. Met Nora and Friends. VCR didn't work, ended up watching Hocus Pocus, drank a "blooddriver" or two. Thereafter to Rebekah and Sam's party.
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Starting October [Aug. 5th, 2016|03:01 pm]
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10/1: rangerwickett and I are exploring a house, door is blocked, Chris Dalbec asks, "can I help you?" We somehow end up sleeping over, mothers in house, late for work. Wake up again... Funny conversation while driving. Got work stuff together. Called Keith, closed tickets, posted minutes. New rounds at D&D, didn't really go anywhere. Chiropractor. More exercises to make up for deficiency. Called Grandma, bought tickets.
10/2: Organized stuff here and there, drove to work on my own; called Sweetheart on the way. Board e-mails. Athenos with Marcus, Nate, and Romy. Tried new D&D system, not very well. Finished before midnight. Exercises just in time to count!
10/3: In a modern fancy house next to the water, Vanessa is hitting on me and kissing me but I back away because I have a partner. Walk outside, wandering around the swamp, mosquitoes, walk along the railing to get back towards the house/complex. Keeping up exercises. Read Go Vegetarian. Book nook and flirting. Watched "The Martian"; fairly entertained. Zipped through Farmer's Market. Cooked pasta, mushrooms, made salad; wine. Watched "Hector and the Search for Happiness".
10/4: Don't remember my dreams. Sandwich and milk coffee. Played cards.
10/5: At a tall airport, trying to make sure I have everything ready for ?, sense of talking to Kurtis and friends about preparation without them actually being there, getting copies someplace; turns into trying to keep trolls out of home which has a back entrance, they need permission as well as physical access, one gets in, the Dwarves from The Hobbit show up as representatives of the Norse Gods, big scuffle; something falls down the stairs, I'm chasing it down while yelling, "Oh no, Yuckstone". Internet, cleared e-mail, invoices, banking. Shuttle, waited for her at office, irritated. Let Empire on to roof. Dishwasher. Ate at Madras Mantra - STUFFED. Walked around the block, decided not to go for a movie, despite that being the original cause of diversion.
10/6: Read Fun Home. Played cards and D&D. Not sure if work is open... it isn't. Ate at Tin Lizzy's. Responding to board on e-mail. Facebook friends and groups, nice chat with rangerwickett. Returning, actually; left early. Chiropractor with Sweetheart. Stopped at Tin Roof Cantina, inexplicably; two Tin-titled Mexicans in a row. Tough traffic. Finished Fun Home. Figured L5R proportion. Called Mum and S'mom, left messages. Mum called back, long conversation for vacation planning.
10/7: Manic discussion, can't sleep. Too much tea? ... although apparently I did sleep, since I had such a hard time waking up this morning. Packed lunch for Sweetheart. Checked e-mail; coming in today. Talking about early school experiences; she bit the helper, I barely noticed parents leaving. Checking about missed days and appointments for work. Called Jennifer about all kinds of stuff. Wandering; incomplete nachos, Golden Buddha, everything taking too long. Evan got extra eggrolls for me. Talked with Evan about data collection. Cleared e-mail. Top Spice for dinner - with Hallowe'en decorations? Unexpected. Organized recycling.
10/8: Forgotten dream. Sweetheart made me lunch this time. She drove, unusual. Flirtage. Went to Tin Lizzy's for lunch, work water still out. Kept up timekeeping and cleared e-mail. Helped Sweetheart edit her paper.
10/9: Chiropractor, board e-mails, can't use coupon at Steak & Shake. Made D&D monsters. Met Marcus at Panera. Got in some good roleplaying this week, trial of Glandak. Vashar attempted to poison enemy leader. Late exercises again.
10/10: One flash of lightning as we're settling down. karishi is doing some project involving the Library of Congress and secret passages. I say something like, "It doesn't matter how many high school students think they're the Illuminati, kids are silly", and Kimbi Hagen says, "That's potentially millions of people making decisions on bad information, and I say "FFIINNEE". Clear pockets of receipts and whatnot. Laundry and dishwasher and such. Sweetheart made leftover grits all yummy! We watched 20 minutes of Star Trek. Board e-mails, garbage collection, haircut, Eagle Eye. Driving through the rain to Amayaa's first birthday party. I won at "guess the number of Cheerios". Great paneer and curries. Facepaint pumpking (Sweetheart got a dragon!) and photo booth. Cake, cupcake, ras malai, banana bread... too much, but sooo good. Played tag with kids, then grown-ups got on dance floor. Stayed after to help clean up. Offered balloons to random passers-by. Long road home. Possible motel? No, no...
10/11: Leave Sweetheart at home while I take a flight. I'm wandering the plane - unusually large - end up perching on a seat in first class and watching people order fancy coffee. Turns into a flying citadel of sorts! Hostile planes start bombing it. I see Justin as well, and figure it's at Talley Street.. A bomb lands a few feet away from me but doesn't go off. The ground starts tilting, and I'm trying to figure who to call and what to do. I wake up, and jealousguy, his girlfriend, and Sweetheart are in our room. He demands to know why I was dreaming about her, and I say it was about all kinds of people who live at Talley and that it was flying. He grabs a raw egg and reaches back his arm as if to throw it at me, and I grab one as well and slap it with his like a high five. We have a brief pillow fight, and then I wake up again. Cleared all kinds of things. Roti and Star Trek. Back to the grindstone - lifting weights. Visited with Piyush, took him to Madras Mantra.
10/12: Don't remember work. Drove downtown, read Pathfinder adventure, drove back home for last-minute plans. Picked up cards.
10/13: Read internet, work whatever. D&D stuff on FaceBook. Board e-mails. Chiropractor. Weights. Cleaning ants from the juicer. Watched "The Perfect Storm" while eating pasta in soup.
10/14: Had a dream including Sweetheart, but I can't remember now. She had a bad dream, had a hard time getting up. Wrote Uni1st. Free food at Tin Lizzy's! Wrote Thanksgiving folks about planning. Watched more of of "The Perfect Storm", same meal.
10/15: Mozzarella puris! Wrote D&D cutscene. Signs for condo, chiropractor, shopping for groceries. Ants are still in the kitchen - found the honey jars. Dinner got cold, but with good reason. Drank champagne. Finished "The Perfect Storm" finally; Sweetheart gave me a hard time for splitting it up.
10/16: The Andersons have killed someone and are trying to keep it hidden, Sweetheart and I are visiting and trying to figure out what to do. One of their twin boys is sick, and they're giving him a bath in chicken soup. (separate scene) Driving on the highway to/from convention, karishi jumps out in a costume and we talk about what to do. Cleaning ants. Board e-mails. More mozzarella puris. Cleared e-mail. SFGate puzzles. My Parent's Basement for dinner; apparently someone was flirting with me, but I missed it. D&D is social, the party avoids a fight.
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Dark urges [Jul. 28th, 2016|03:24 pm]
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And at the other end, I'm realizing I missed several weeks' worth of everyone's LJ updates. Blargh. There's an irony there, the timekilling thing is eating everything. When I'm more on-track to do things, I also get more directed "free time" stuff done.

9/16: Herndon is leading a large group of students across the street near shopping center (Toco?), then some kind of variety show critic above says the opera isn't good enough. Everything went wrong today. Missing card, go in sandals, computer not working. Travis stopped by to say hello at Tin Lizzy's. Took Sweetheart to the airport, invented another kiss, missing car. Paint attack! (I don't know what that was supposed to mean.) Made a salad out of leftovers. Installed Skype, cleaned. Couldn't sleep, played Dominion.
9/17: Explicit sex, finishing, "I'm proud of you" I don't usually have that happen in my dreams. Yam and soup for breakfast. Upcoming resources report. Curry noodle leftovers for lunch. Sweetheart called. Chiropractor visit, noted her habit of hugging. Traffic was terrible on the way back, decided to take a break in-between by stepping out for dinner: Special order all the things: mush + onion on sandwich, flavor shot in coke, parmesan on fries. Second driving round was betterthan previous, stopped at Challenges, bought box set. Played Dominion with Radio on the whole time. Moved the balcony back out, wrote daily letters to Sweetheart.
9/18: We're in some big public facility in Washington to vote on stuff. Wandering rooms. Turns into a church with Jamie and Lisa's family. I'm turning off lights in empty rooms. Indefinite transition. Big party, I'm dancing the Creepwalker. Aimee Kimmons is trying to get me kicked out by making it seem like I'm on drugs and/or trying to touch her breasts. I escort her out, she shifts to Yin-Yin, who wants to go out anyway to do drugs. I wake up to a sound like tires through a puddle; odd, no rain last night. Drove on my own, programmed at work, had a terrible avocado, cleared e-mail, not breathing well, called Sweetheart, did puzzles, went to Imperial with a bigger group than normal. D&D group; dragon battle was much easier than expected.
9/19: Couldn't sleep, tummy troubles. Up til 8? Called out sick. Reconsidering visions. Finally slept about two hours. Back and forth between playing Dominion and answering e-mails and Board stuff. Ate stuffed shells and eggplant while watching Futurama. Picked up Laura, played Settlers of Catan, Romy got suddenly and unexpectedly sick. Slept sideways, Laura started a long game.
9/20: Not home until 3AM. Hard time sleeping. Didn't wake up until 1. Talked to karishi for an hour. Out to Palookaville with Gina and Zeppelin... I had a cheese sandwich and an egg cream.
9/21: Barnabas (from "Dark Shadows") has a fight, dismembers someone with kama. His hot blond girlfriend shows off an orifice and asks if any have seeded? "We're all friends here." More cards. All the graphs at work. Torturer+Action is horrible; start L5R. Sweetheart called.
9/22: Driving around or to zoo, talking to karishi, sorting cards. All the graphs. Bank for loan check, direct deposit, credit card. Found a better route to and from chiropractor. Called Mum. Had the rest of the eggplant pasta while watching Futurama. Catching up after way too long.
9/23: Tried to sleep but raging about internet. Don't remember dreams. Turned off alarm, woke up at 8 when Sweetheart texted. Road rage about cutoff. Chatted with Sweetheart on FaceBook. Cleared e-mail. Gathered signatures for the Board. Shopping for emergency phone cords, ended with turn it off and turn it on again.
9/24: Cards, organize house, bedroom, kitchen. Chiropractor. Visited La Parrilla, then went to Kroger in the rain. Scraped my knuckles scrubbing the shower, but I'm not entirely sure how, since they were a good 2 inches away from the tile. Probably against the brush itself, somehow.
9/25: Drove myself to work - still don't know how people do this. Data entry, budget, home a touch early, Sweetheart was home almost immediately after. Cuddling and sleep. She brought a cold with her.
9/26: Melon and roti and Star Trek: KHAN! Unpacking, mail. Games at Dalbec/Pajak household, discovered a flaw in "Trails to Rails".
9/27: Tried out "Mad Against Apples": Fun Joe, hostile drunk Kati, quiet drunk Alexandra. Shopping for cough syrup - same Kroger. Nice sleep. I go to visit ravnsdottir, who is working security at a mall - seems like somewhere foreign. She's seriously distracted, and after we go to re-park her car (Pyro) she mentions that the car has free parking - for two hours - and no employee parking. I ask if I can borrow her car until her shift is over, which is a huge relief to her. Along the highway, I'm driving a motorcycle, and then we come to a weird intersection. I end up getting off the highway and carrying the motorcycle down a treacherous brick trail, and my motorcycle-become-luggage gets lodged in a few places, I have to lift it over. Brick sidewalk, loads of bugs; I try to avoid crushing any but inevitably step on a few. Come to the courtyard of a dance/dessert/videogame place. Next room over is a chapel with Jason.{can't remember which one, now; I know several} Lose him in the rush after the service, someone pinches my butt; I think I see Magdalena's braid but I can't catch up to her. Come back out to the highway, head back towards the city. Sweetheart is super sexy. Roof emergency. Tapping. Cuddles. Kichuri and spicy thin tomato soup.
9/28: Don't remember much of my dream; Dad was singing in a variety show with the chorus, "But they call me Rob". Packed lunch, talked with Keith, called Board. Ate lunch at Tin Lizzy's, bought tea at Earth Fare. Social event for Keith, but he didn't come. We went on without him.
9/29: Mischief! At Target/WalMart, putting kittens into a tent, leading large numbers of unattended children around. Take one's hand, lead towards lost and found, she starts talking about a rich family with a sunken living room. I look back and she's an Arabic woman complete with headscarf, taller than me. And her family is near the registers and glaring at me disapprovingly. I hurriedly drop her off and start heading back towards the camping section, and she laughs. Another child catches my hand, and when I look away and look back she's another tall woman. Leftover spiced scrambled eggs Sweetheart made. Shower stuff... can't read my handwriting. Feedback loop. Caught up on LJ. Chiropractor. We go to Fogo de Chao. I order the "market table". Sweetheart thought she was going for the full thing, but afterwards they said she didn't eat enough meat, and so we were essentially charged for two salad bars. Completely unexpected wrestling after eating that much!
9/30: Exercises have taken a while to get back into, split with work since I have my own office. Talk with Board people. Fighting off cold, have zinc and tea, forgot cold capsules. Back to sleep early with night cold medicine, forgot to brush teeth!
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Extra-short for Dragon*Con [Jul. 21st, 2016|05:09 pm]
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9/1: Lunch out at Pyng Ho, bank, programming, forms
9/2: VDC, Board stuff, finished and closed up shop, picked up karishi.
9/3: We went for lunch at Agora (still good food, but no free parking this time). Sweetheart went to Emory Midtown. Found David, he was distressed to report that the condo he had rented was under construction; passable for some events, or even a "camping" experience, but not an engagement weekend. I helped him look around, we eventually went for the Ritz - despite the expense, it was the most helpful and encouraging, and not too much more expensive. Also, they were giving out champagne at seemingly random intervals. Helped set up kits for Science Track, briefly stopped in the beards/ears party (Sasha), saw rbrav and Sparky.
9/4: Parked at Civic Center, saw Rifftrax (no rbrav this time), watched the door at Science Track with Sam, covered sound for Fission/fusion panel, watched the door for This Year in Science (more chairs for movement restrictions), did sound for "Delicious, Delicious Science" (and snuck in a horrible "whirled peas" pun), bought 10000 cards for $70, found Cathy, took her back to the car (after enlisting her muscles, along with karishi, met Sweetheart, headed to Sushi Ave. Back to con, covered the door for "Science of the Martian" (full line, winding down the hallway)
9/5: Dreamt about L5R with Indian myth comic (Ramayan 3392 AD? Relating to Kali and/or Fudo?) and 500 force token cards (not sure if meant to be a currency like Koku, or something could actually generate that much force). Parked at hospital, had trouble finding the entrance, pass raoin & Ryam, nipples were chafing between running around and costuming. David proposed to Romy during our pre-parade setup, all kinds of sweet. High fives from Sweetheart and Seth in parade, joined a handful of other elements at Southern Elements for dinner. Covered sound on "Getting Away with Murder", which was disturbingly popular. Hiked up to Hyatt, met Jhanay on door for "Engaging the World with Science", wandered, sound for "Relativity is Practical" (mercury has relativistic effects!), game room, fantastic (but long) engagement dinner with David and Romy and friends at Atlanta Grill, reparked, got a ticket anyways; took Seth and Suzanne back to their car.
9/6: Still parking, trying to find power hour, didn't have all the stuff, still had a good experience. Random wandering, met Alexandra and Chris for lunch; "What's New in Science Education", hugenormous line for "Evolution of Fantastic Beasts", dance/wander/food, meet Seth & Suzanne at Trader Vic's, relationship talk. Played "Star Realms", took a sick Suzanne home, came back for a brief dip in the Mechanical Masquerade, back down to gaming dungeon. Played "Boss Monster" and "Cards against Humanity", went to the Civic Center, a little worried about people who seemed to be following us, but made it home with no incident.
9/7: Parked near 5 Points, realized I didn't have a badge. Introduced "How Dogs Love Us", covered the door for Cryonics, wandered, gamed, hung out on couch with karishi and cailement. Dead Dragon was kind of blase, all the people at our table seemed half dead. Called Mum for a while.
9/8: Went in for work; tried Thumbs Up; sorted cards; reviewed tapes for stolen scooter; ate at Corner Pub.
9/9: Work; Tin Lizzie's, Chai Pani
9/10: Board meeting; Siam Thai
9/11: 9/11 stuff; Masti
9/12: For trip stuff; Chiro; Picadilly
9/13: Work group, Marisa speech, write her about the difference between Hispanic and Latin; running in theater, Dad & caverns, Jamie hurt - blood loss somehow. Take fancy car home - David sends a piece of a torn-up coupon; giving lost Emory students directions out of locked building on campus, turns into discount mall, I set something on fire and Sweetheart puts it out with a fire extinguisher, we run around a furniture store, then watch African dancing. I woke up with her pressing into my back. Spicy cheese curry, wonderful rotis; Mad Max - the cars; "But it's 3 now!" - not sure what this quote was, but it was hilarious at the time. Tango
9/14: Work, Lunch together at Chai Pani
9/15: Lunch together at Doc Chey's, Chiro, made dinner: Shells, eggplant, cauliflower, bread, salad, watermelon
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