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Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Subject:Hey, smart people
Time:5:26 pm.
I'm looking for a book about the periodic table, or more generally about the elements. I want it to list all the elements (so far) in order by atomic number, with pretty pictures of and nifty facts about each one, and information about how it's used, why it's cool, and so on. Essentially, I want a book that compiles the Wikipedia pages about various elements and makes them prettier. Has any of you ever seen a book at all like this? I have no idea how to locate such a thing, or whether it exists.
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Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Subject:This is completely ridiculous.
Time:4:49 pm.
From emmacrew:

1. Go to http://www.careercruising.com/
2. Put in username: nycareers; password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top n results.

My top twenty are really quite remarkable...Collapse )
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Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Subject:VOTE VOTE VOTE!
Time:7:12 am.
Happy Election Day!

Polls just opened here in C'ville and I'm off to do my duty as an American -- don't forget to do yours!
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Thursday, August 10th, 2006

Time:12:32 am.
one mourning dove wails
on our asphalt hill

it's morning
august
life is suspended
five days until i leave

in charlottesville i loved
the walk downtown just after dawn
a waiter hosed off plastic chairs
at the blue bird café
bacon fried across the street
high clouds kept me cool
just long enough

the dove hoots
so evenly
like sleepers breathe
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Friday, July 14th, 2006

Subject:Sweeeeeet
Time:9:49 pm.
I knew my gas bills were too high.

I just got my bill from Dominion. It's for $0. They owe me $118, due to a corrected reading. Yes!

On the other hand, that means that I've loaned the gas company money interest-free for several months :P
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Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Time:4:28 pm.
I dreamed that I opened an old notebook and inside was 165+ pages' worth of a draft of a novel. I didn't remember having written it at all, and I was afraid to read it, so I set it aside to go through and evaluate later.

Now, I know I've never written that much of anything, ever, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to try writing something longer than a blog entry from time to time.
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Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Subject:What's going on
Time:9:36 pm.
I'm headed back to Charlottesville in August. Yup, I decided on U.Va. Which means I'm a double Hoo, and delighted about it.

If you're closer to me now than you will be when I move, I most likely want to hang out with you over the summer. And if you're going to be closer to me when I move than you are now, I most likely want to hang out with you in the fall. And if you want to come to a beautiful, ridiculously fun town for a weekend, let me know! Pittsburgh and C'ville both qualify, and I have an excellent sleeping couch. And if you want me to visit you, let me know! I'm free pretty much all summer.
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Saturday, April 1st, 2006

Subject:Not an April Fool's joke
Time:1:56 pm.
For anyone who likes chocolate and spicy food, try this:

Mexican Brownies

Melt 2 sticks of butter in a medium-size microwaveable bowl. Whisk in 3/4 cup natural (not dutch-process) cocoa, 2 teaspoons ceylon cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ancho chile pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Stir in 2 cups of sugar. Add 3 eggs and 1 1/2 teaspoons Mexican vanilla. Mix well. Last, stir in 1 cup of all-purpose flour.

Grease a 9x13 pan (or line an 8x11ish Pyrex baking dish with Reynolds Release non-stick foil, like I did) and spread the batter in it. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean.

This was my second attempt at creating this recipe, and it was much better than the first (which suffered from too-harsh cassia cinnamon and too much cayenne). This new improved spice mix is just enough to give the brownies a bit of heat.

As always, all my spices are from Penzeys.
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Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Time:8:38 pm.
Today was an absolutely insane day at the bank. We had six people working. I got to be a teller part of the day, which I actually really enjoyed. It's kind of fun when it isn't the same daily grind all the time. Still, not getting to go to lunch until after three, taking a half hour instead of an hour, and still knowing that one of my colleagues didn't even get to go to lunch at all... that was kind of stressful. I'm wondering if that's responsible for the sudden searing pain in my right hand and wrist, or if there's some other cause. I haven't had a lot of trouble with my hands recently, which has been really nice.

I've had the good fortune of downloading a lot of Ryan Adams music recently that I hadn't heard before, and it's very, very good. Right now I'm listening to The Suicide Handbook, which is one of his unreleased studio albums. I've been really surprised at the quality: the songs I haven't heard before are well-written, and the ones that ended up being re-recorded and released are at least as compelling in these early versions. I've also been listening to Sugar's Copper Blue and Elvis Costello's King of America over and over... well, I was, anyway, until the CD player in my car freaked out on me again. It's a 6-disc changer, and I'm finding that changing CDs while moving often results in two CDs ending up in one slot. Last time this happened, James somehow fixed it, so I'm holding my breath that he'll be able to do so again.

Law-school-wise, I hope to have made a decision by the end of the month. It's hard to look for housing in four different cities at the same time, so narrowing things down a bit will be a great relief.

I think my general stress level may have peaked. I'm starting to realize that there's nothing I can do about it except wait it out. Work stress, school stress, moving stress... all that will pass, and I'll be fine. Meanwhile, there are books to read and sweaters to knit, and I still have six or so waking hours a day when I'm not at work. *sigh*
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Monday, February 20th, 2006

Subject:General Life Update
Time:12:16 pm.
I've started brewing my own coffee every day again, rather than going out for it on the way to work, which is one of my measures of general life contentment. So I guess I must be doing pretty well. (Pssst... Starbucks' Serena Organic Blend is really, really delicious.)

Law school results are 50% in. I'm in at Michigan and U.Va. with no money so far, William and Mary with an out-of-state tuition waiver plus $4000-a-year stipend, and Indiana-Bloomington with full tuition plus $8000-a-year stipend. The jury's still out on Harvard, Columbia, Duke and Chicago. I'm not leaning anywhere yet. James and I are going to visit Bloomington this week and see what we think.

Work is interesting, challenging, and often busy, just how I like work to be. I did my first loan closing on Saturday. I never realized how much legal stuff I'd come in contact with at the bank, but I handle and sign mortgage deeds, powers of attorney, affidavits, and so on. Also, two people that I referred for jobs at the bank are starting this week. I find the best way to make sure I get along with my co-workers is to have a hand in their selection.

We had a brief glimpse of spring last week and it was intoxicating. I cannot wait to be able to go outside without a coat.

I bought grippy-hand-strengthener things and really light hand weights to try and get my hands and wrists to stop hurting so much. I'm sick of recurring pain.

I've been knitting this beautiful shawl in this beautiful yarn in "Sunset." It's my first project with laceweight yarn, and it's wonderful to work on. I've also been dyeing my own yarn using Jacquard acid dyes, which is really fun, but I'm not sure what to do with the finished yarn. James thinks it's cool, though, so he'll probably get some socks eventually.

I keep thinking about how incredibly lucky I am to be living the life I'm living. Seriously, whatever minor complaints I might have (working with the public, in any capacity, always seems to generate plenty of those), I'm really very happy. And I hope the rest of you are, too.
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Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Subject:Sweet
Time:5:28 pm.
Zero tax liability for 2005 = a refund check that will pay my living expenses for a month.
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Saturday, January 14th, 2006

Subject:Ten happy things
Time:3:22 pm.
For some reason I thought of making this list the other day at work, so here it is.

Ten Things That Make Me HappyCollapse )

Happily, I've had occasion to do all of those things in the past week.
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Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Subject:YES
Time:2:55 pm.
I am now officially finished with all of my law school applications.
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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

Subject:Not cool... well, sort of cool
Time:8:17 pm.
Our furnace is broken again.

James called the rental company, who sent over their handyman, who had no idea what to do and pronounced the problem "nothing simple." He then called the rental office and left a message telling them to call their heating people, and I called our property manager's cell phone and left him a message saying, "Uh, hey, no heat over here. Help, please. ASAP."

Fortunately, it's above freezing, and we have a space heater and a down comforter, and I just finished knitting James a pair of wool socks, so we'll be fine. But still, it's not much fun.

On the plus side, I officially got my new job title at work. Instead of a Teller, I'm now a Branch Sales and Service Representative. More words in my job title = more money :)
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Sunday, January 1st, 2006

Subject:So this is the new year...
Time:10:03 am.
I'm a very consumptive Livejournaler. I probably write one entry for every thousand or so I read, and for someone who likes to write as much as I do, that's pretty stupid.

Back when I was at U.Va., for two years I kept an online journal that I wrote in almost every day. Then, while I was out of town visiting Curtis, one of my co-workers at the radio station found that journal and read it, and shared what she read with other people on the staff. I was so embarrassed by this that I hid all my previous entries and started writing a censored online journal.

Keeping a censored journal is kind of self-contradictory. I'm not saying that I'm going to parade my every thought about online, as there are some things that I actually want to keep to myself, and some things that are better kept to a small circle of friends. But for the past couple of years, I haven't been writing anything publicly because I wanted to keep certain people from knowing anything at all about my life. Which leads me to my first new year's resolution.

In 2006 I'm going to forgive myself for getting married.

I need to move forward in my life without constantly looking back at the mistakes I made and the person I used to be. Part of that is writing more freely. I really am a pretty unsensational and inoffensive person; although, back in my early blogging days, my mom did take exception to a couple of things I wrote online and asked me to take them down. Hopefully I don't have much to say anymore that would hurt my mom's feelings, so I'm not going to worry about that.

In 2006 I'm going to write in my LJ more, and keep entries public when appropriate.

Although it's not really related to the other two, I'll share my third resolution anyway.

In 2006 I'm going to floss every day.

Because come on, can I really make the argument that I don't have the 60 seconds a day it takes to floss my teeth? And because it's good for me. And it would make Grandma happy.

Happy New Year to all, and to all a blessed 2006.
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Sunday, December 25th, 2005

Subject:Merry Christmas!
Time:9:36 am.
Lots of people have been posting sort of "year in review" posts, but there are parts of this year I'd rather not look back on. So I'll focus on the good stuff instead.

In January I cut off about a foot of my hair. I learned that I really don't enjoy having a short, girly hairstyle, but cutting my own hair was very liberating, and helped me remind myself that I had moved on from the life I had been living for the past few years.

In February I bought myself a new 12" iBook, which has served me very well. I also bought a Canon PowerShot A400, which I know is nothing too exciting in the world of digital cameras, but it has also served me very well.

In March I turned 24. I also met most of James's family for the first time, when his mom and her husband had a big Easter dinner and invited me.

In April James put new brakes on my car. I paid my taxes, which was a great relief to get done. On April 29th, I found out that the divorce had been finalized. I accepted a new job at Citizens Bank and drastically reduced my hours at Starbucks.

In May I started my new job. I had my first paid holiday since I worked at a law office when I was in high school. It felt (and still feels!) very luxurious to get paid for nothing.

In June we decided to rent our current house, signed the lease and got the keys. I also participated in a knitters' Secret Pal exchange, wherein I sent and received mysterious gifts.

In July the new Harry Potter book came out, and we had a power outage that day, so we had to lock up the bank and I got to read my new book at work. We moved in to our new house and threw ourselves a fantastic housewarming. My mom loaned me her knitting machine and I began learning how to use it, which was very cool. The Starbucks where I worked finished getting remodeled, and I found the new design very difficult to work in, so I quit that job.

In August we bought a washer and dryer, which are definitely among the coolest and most useful things I have ever owned. James's store moved to the Strip District, and I got to meet people from the Penzey's HQ in Brookfield, Wisconsin. I cooked veal for the first time and it came out fantastic.

In September I started going to RCIA classes at my local church. I also signed up to take the LSAT and started studying for it and working on law school application essays.

In October I bought myself a new car.

In November James and I went to Ann Arbor to check out Michigan Law, and we both really liked the town. I interviewed for a new job at the bank. For Thanksgiving, I flew to New Jersey to be with my dad's side of the family, which was great.

This month I found out I got the new job. I aced the LSAT. I took a week off from work and made a trip down to Virginia, wherein I saw my family and many old friends and reaffirmed that Charlottesville is the place for me. Now I'm getting ready for church and other Christmas festivities.

It has been a very good year.
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Friday, December 9th, 2005

Subject:Vacation plans
Time:8:58 pm.
[OOOOooooohhhHH, a PUBLIC entry!]

The bad news: I worked today, and I have to work for the next seven days straight.
The good news: After that, I have ten days off in a row.

My plan is to drive down to Charlottesville on the 17th, then up to Arlington on the 20th, then back here to Pittsburgh on the 24th. Anyone going to be in C'ville or Arlington during those times and want to hang out? Anyone know somewhere good and cheap to stay in Charlottesville? (anyone have a spare bed or couch?)

Yay, vacation!
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Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Subject:Gulp
Time:6:44 pm.
I'm taking the December 3 LSAT. It's paid for, so now I have to do it.

Yikes and yay.
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Sunday, July 31st, 2005

Subject:I am Moved!
Time:7:25 pm.
We did a slightly-obscene farewell victory wave upon leaving Beacon Street for the last time today.

I cannot understand how any group of people could be as inconsiderate and obnoxious as are my former neighbors. On a block where 40 cars could easily park, only 28 or so cars can actually park, because people fail to understand that one should park as close as possible to the adjacent cars and/or driveways. I almost kicked one bright red Escort that has, historically, been the worst offender of all. I never want to park on that street again.

Nor shall I ever deal with Equity Real Estate again, although they have proven to be less evil than Walnut Capital is. But they haven't returned my security deposit yet, so that could still change.

I also put in my two weeks' notice at Starbucks last night. The remodel we've all awaited for over a year is more disappointing than I ever could have imagined. They've installed new, extra-bright track lighting that had me halfway to a migraine after only a few hours. All the countertops are either too high or too low to use comfortably. The new in-counter blenders make me bend my wrists at an angle at which no wrist should bend.

I have further complaints, but they are moot, since I quit.

I am relieved. I shall celebrate with ice cream.
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Tuesday, July 19th, 2005

Subject:Help
Time:12:04 pm.
I just renewed two domain names I own, one for a former website of mine and one for which I never put up a site. I'm trying to figure out where to host these sites, and I'm clueless because I've never had to find a web host before. (At MHC and U.Va. they just gave them to me, and then I was married to a geek.)

The website I'm more concerned about getting up soon will likely involve a blog, some photos (probably 100 or fewer), and possibly some smallish PDF files. A pretty small site, at least for now. My primary concerns are keeping costs down and not having ads on the site.

Any recommendations?
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