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Sep. 26th, 2017 10:33 am
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Morning round of scraping and priming finished. Did not die. Professional painter guy working across the street. Temptation . . .

Still yucky

Sep. 26th, 2017 07:51 am
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Air temperature 63 F, dew point 60, scattered clouds, wind south about 5 mph. Tied another record high yesterday.

Guess who has two thumbs

Sep. 25th, 2017 10:07 pm
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And was in a vehicular mishap that got him to work two hours early?

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Sep. 25th, 2017 08:33 pm
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Rash assumption, I know, but I presume people remember that the Korean War ended without a peace treaty.

Meanwhile

Sep. 25th, 2017 05:43 pm
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While everyone is nattering about the NFL, remember Puerto Rico.

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Because the people who want to control what the rest of us read just don’t ever stop.

(Confession time here. I’m a First Amendment purist, of the stripe which, if we were talking the Second Amendment instead of the First, would undoubtedly get me labeled a “free speech nut” and have the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms searching my house. And I regard with a cold and fishy eye the sort of statement that begins, “Of course I’m in favor of free speech, but….”)

Judging by the American Library Association’s Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 list, children’s and young adult books tend to get hit the hardest — unsurprising, since everybody agrees that Protecting the Children is important, as is Molding Young Minds.

This year’s top ten list is mostly full of books that were challenged by people who wanted to protect the children from LBGTQ characters and issues. Presumably, they’re afraid that reading about such things will cause their offspring to “turn gay”, which is unlikely (as Mayor Jimmy Walker of New York observed about a censorship issue of an earlier day, “I have never yet heard of a girl being ruined by a book”) — or maybe they’re just afraid that said offspring will find validation in those books for something about themselves that they already know.

Support your local library, people. They’re fighting the good fight to keep books on the shelves for the readers who need them.

Reposted from my editorial blog.

Busy Weekend

Sep. 25th, 2017 07:47 am
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This weekend we ended up going to my husband's 40th high school reunion. It was a lot of driving and sitting in traffic to get there and get back (perpetual high way construction taking four lane highways down to one lane, trying to exit onto another highway just as a large sports event was ending, etc) but we had a good time. (Also we went to a party out in the country where our GPS tried to direct us into an open field.) But everybody ended up having fun. At one point we went into Denton with friends and went to Recycled Books which is a bookstore so huge I think it hurt my brain. We also got to see my family including my two year old grand-nephew, and that was a lot of fun.

I posted a story to the Raksura Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2458567 and that was about all the work I did this weekend besides answering email.

Murky muggy

Sep. 25th, 2017 07:46 am
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Air temperature 64 F, dew point 62, calm, scattered clouds. We recorded a new record high for the date yesterday.

I would have thought lawful

Sep. 24th, 2017 11:59 pm
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I Am A: Chaotic Good Human Paladin/Sorcerer (4th/3rd Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-13

Dexterity-8

Constitution-16

Intelligence-10

Wisdom-8

Charisma-7


Alignment:
Chaotic Good A chaotic good character acts as his conscience directs him with little regard for what others expect of him. He makes his own way, but he's kind and benevolent. He believes in goodness and right but has little use for laws and regulations. He hates it when people try to intimidate others and tell them what to do. He follows his own moral compass, which, although good, may not agree with that of society. Chaotic good is the best alignment you can be because it combines a good heart with a free spirit. However, chaotic good can be a dangerous alignment when it disrupts the order of society and punishes those who do well for themselves.


Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.


Primary Class:
Paladins take their adventures seriously, and even a mundane mission is, in the heart of the paladin, a personal test an opportunity to demonstrate bravery, to learn tactics, and to find ways to do good. Divine power protects these warriors of virtue, warding off harm, protecting from disease, healing, and guarding against fear. The paladin can also direct this power to help others, healing wounds or curing diseases, and also use it to destroy evil. Experienced paladins can smite evil foes and turn away undead. A paladin's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that they can cast. Many of the paladin's special abilities also benefit from a high Charisma score.


Secondary Class:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.


Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Cooking Diary

Sep. 25th, 2017 04:36 pm
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Catch-up post.
Week starting August 21:
Monday: Spaghetti with beef ragu
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The Good Place

Sep. 24th, 2017 04:57 pm
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I've been watching this really clever sitcom while doing the exercise bike. Sadly, I only have a couple of episodes to go for the first season. Why couldn't it be longer?

It is so rare that I like a sitcom, but this one is smart and funny, and the actors terrific.

A leaf

Sep. 24th, 2017 04:57 pm
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Taken from a couple of angles over about a minute.

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I am taking care of someone's cats

Sep. 24th, 2017 04:45 pm
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As one does, I keep a log of my visits.

The cats expressed their appreciation for my record-keeping.

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Sep. 24th, 2017 12:53 pm
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We don't have any problem with convicted felons on the NFL field, but political dissent is right out.

Update

Sep. 24th, 2017 11:32 am
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I'm in stasis. The stent comes out on Thursday at the doctor's office.  They insert a scope with local anesthetic and pull it out.  I get panicky every time I think about it.  My hands were shaking as I typed those words, in fact.  The medications I'm on dry my mouth out.  The stent drags at me.  Constant pain in the bathroom, more blood.  I have zero energy, and I'm often light-headed.  I can't be on my feet for more than a few minutes at a time.  I honestly don't know how I'm going to cope this week at work. 

Every teacher at Wherever has to chaperone at least one after-school event as part of the contract.  Before the kidney stones slammed me, I had signed up to chaperone the freshman fall dance, which was last Friday.  I thought about backing out, but it was only two hours in the evening, so I went.  It was a mistake.  I got through the event (Darwin came, too), but I was exhausted when I got home, and all the next day too.

I'm not sleeping well.  My mind goes back to everything that happened at the hospital and everything that's coming up--the stent coming out, more lithotripsy for my other kidney (which means more general anesthetic), probably another stent on the other side afterward.  I panic, and I don't know how to stop.  Darwin is here with me, but doesn't know what to do other than reassure me that it'll get better.

I've done a lot of reading on stents, the related medications, and the side-effects, and the symptoms I'm having aren't outside the norm, though they're on the outer edge.  I'm not in danger.  But my body tells me I am, and it makes me panic easily.  I'm trying to tell myself that I could be in Houston or Puerto Rico, and after a day there, I'd be glad to return to my current problem.  It doesn't help much.

I finally called around and found a counselor. I have an appointment with him on Tuesday, two days before the stent comes out (and there my hands are shaking again).  I don't know how I'll cope through Thursday, but I don't have much choice.
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