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October 7th, 2008

02:20 pm - Hee! Early trick-or-treating!
My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
otherwise_nyc goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as Harjuku girl.
aquestrian tricks you! You get a piece of paper.
columbina tricks you! You get a dead frog.
dailyada tricks you! You get a clothespin.
ennirol tricks you! You get a rock.
luckylefty tricks you! You get an eraser.
lunchboy gives you 10 dark green licorice-flavoured jawbreakers.
metaphorge gives you 10 light orange cherry-flavoured pieces of taffy.
miriam1978 gives you 1 orange evil-flavoured pieces of bubblegum.
nonelvis gives you 2 orange vanilla-flavoured gummy worms.
orthoepy tricks you! You lose 1 pieces of candy!
otherwise_nyc ends up with 22 pieces of candy, a piece of paper, a dead frog, a clothespin, a rock, and an eraser.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.

I have to say, I'm delighted with all the "tricks" except for the dead frog. Unless maybe it's a tiny, multicolored frog made by Delirium? That would be good, too! I'm easy to please.

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August 13th, 2008

09:23 pm - Tiny bits of randomness
Mostly I microblog little things on soup.io these days:


Feel free to follow me there -- you can plop that into whatever you use for a RSS feed. (I dunno if LJ lets you use it as an RSS reader.)


(PS -- I am generally fine; I continue to have a high background level of crappy health which I'm trying hard to lower; overall life is splendid and showering me with every kind of wealth but money.)

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February 15th, 2008

12:18 pm - punctuation mark meme
I wouldn't bother to post this, except that, of course, it is completely accurate. I HAVE AN EXCLAMATION MARK TATTOOED ON MY ARM!


You Are An Exclamation Point

You are a bundle of... well, something.

You're often a bundle of joy, passion, or drama.

You're loud, brash, and outgoing. If you think it, you say it.

Definitely not the quiet type, you really don't keep a lot to yourself.

You're lively and inspiring. People love to be around your energy.

(But they do secretly worry that you'll spill their secrets without even realizing it.)

You excel in: Public speaking

You get along best with: the Dash

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September 11th, 2007

02:47 pm - I think you better quit talking that shit, punk

In which I get my rant on about 9/11. If you'd like to comment, do it over there, kthx.

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June 18th, 2007

12:32 pm - Just don't let the human factor fail to be a factor at all
I wrote a long post over on my non-Lj blog; instead of copying it all here, I'll just post a link: http://www.yarnivore.com/runblog/

I know several people right now dealing with various sorts of depression and/or emotional issues, and so I felt moved to talk about my own efforts to manage similar problems in myself.

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March 22nd, 2007

11:39 am - The horror.
It's not an emergency this time, but I seem to have another kidney stone. We'll get confirmation today (I had a CT scan yesterday). I noticed funny-colored urine, and at *another* doctor's appointment I had a high blood pressure reading, so I went in to see my super-awesome MD, Dr. Maggie. I have no idea how I would be coping with this kidney malfunctioning with a regular doctor; Maggie has rocked really hard in every conceivable way.

Anyway, the urinalysis showed crystals and blood, so off I went for a CT scan. The crystals are calcium oxalate, which means that I've now been advised to avoid about ten of my favorite foods. Rhubarb! Spinach! Beets and sweet potatoes! Francis and Danny squawked hardest about chocolate, but pffft: I'd happily give up chocolate if it meant I got to keep everything else on the list. At least garlic isn't a culprit. I might just have jumped off a bridge if I got told I couldn't eat garlic.

Have been feeling utter crap, and I kind of assume that my wonky urinary tract is to blame.


In other news, I'm trying a new drug for my headaches, which my new neurologist thinks are "hemicrania continua" and not migraines. Indomethacin is the stuff, it's an old, relatively dirty NSAID (it's hard on kidneys and livers, as well as stomachs). I think it's helping, but I could just be trading headaches for tummy aches, so I'm not convinced it's The Answer.

Oh, and I have a cold. And my period. And something I ate disagreed with me.

When do I get my new robobody? Because I am all the hell done with this one.
Current Mood: whiny

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February 1st, 2007

02:58 pm - Out of my hands
My application to CUNY is in; there's not really anything else I can do about it.

On the down side: Parts of it are getting to them late (although within their grace period), and I didn't give them a real "academic writing" sample because I can't find any papers from 12-15 years ago.

On the bright side: I realized today that my competition is mostly kids just out of school. And I blew away the GRE. And I won a prestigious fellowship the last time I went to grad school. And although I dropped out, I did my previous grad work at Yale. And my essay was pretty good. And the writing samples I gave them are good.

On the whole, I think it's likely that I'll get in. But as I said above, there's nothing more I can do about it! So I will just have to wait a couple months and see what I find out.

It's a relief to have the application finished, I can tell you that!

[ETA: In case anyone doesn't know, I'm applying to the PhD program in sociology, at the Graduate Center at CUNY.]

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January 23rd, 2007

11:43 am - Good vibrations
Hey y'all!

I am taking the GRE this afternoon, at 1:30, and I would like to harness the awesome power of my f-list -- all of you think REALLY POSITIVE THOUGHTS at me this afternoon, will you?

I will report back later.


I have been waiting to post about the cervical dysplasia until I get back the biopsy results -- but preliminary news is Very Good! The lesion wasn't there when my doctor looked. We'll know for certain once we get the cytology results back, though.

[Edited to add: Y'all must have been working some serious voodoo out there! Initial results ARE IN: 750 Verbal, 730 Quantitative! I'll hear about the essay section in a couple weeks.

w00t! Again I say: w00t!

My plan is to go back to grad school in the fall, at CUNY, in sociology, with the goal being to study People Like Us. Which is to say: Geeks, freaks, polyamorists, netizens, all that sort of thing. More as that develops! Application is due Feb 1st, I should hear in, um, I think April? Sometime around then.]

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January 1st, 2007

05:55 pm - Resolved
Here we go! Some resolutions for 2007. I should note that I have no sense of "I will have failed if I don't do all these things" -- it's nice to have some stuff in mind, though, I think.

First, and most important: Get Francis a red panda.

Boring stuff:
Do more yoga (I LIKE yoga! What is my deal?)
Cook at home more often (although this is partly about socializing, as well as eating better, being less spendy, supporting locally sourced seasonal food -- lots of good not-boring aspects)
Keep apartment tidier (so I don't squawk tediously when someone says they want to come over, not so's it'll be actually sparkly or anything)
Get rid of clothes I don't wear (so I don't wash the same load of laundry thirty times this year while there's a closet full of random shit)
Send invoices promptly

Not precisely fun, but gratifying and sometimes fun:
Consider volunteering with Achilles Track Club
Find more opportunities for direct activism

Fun stuff!:
Have more parties
Have more sex (this may be a challenge, but I am game)
Write the fucking novel, already!
Beat Guitar Hero on medium (and finish Katamari Damacy -- the moon! The moon needs rolling up!)
Relearn one of the languages I used to know pretty well -- not sure whether Italian or French will get the final nod.

Oh, and I would put "achieve enlightenment" on here, but it feels kind of goal-oriented and not so Buddhist to make a RESOLUTION about it. So I'll just sort of keep working in that direction, 'kay?

[Edited to add: I'm probably going to write something on "What I learned from 2006: Or, why I'm not consigning the whole damn year to the shit-can of history," but that'll take a little pondering.]

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05:38 pm - If you don't know what is wrong with me, then you don't know what you missed
Hey! My friend India tagged me for the "five things most people don't know about me" meme, and of course I went on at ridiculous length. But over in the blog: http://www.yarnivore.com/runblog/

I really would tag everyone, but that would look silly written out one by one. But I *do* want to know five things I don't know about you! All of you! Write something!

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