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Subject:Something to know
Time:09:14 pm
Current Mood:aggravatedaggravated
There's something people apparently need to know about me. If someone does something that pisses me off, I will sound off and rant until I get it out of my system. Depending on what it is, I could be angry for a while or be cooling down before my rant is even finished. Whatever. However, no matter how much a person may wrong me, if there is a case where they did not do anything wrong, then dammit I will say they did nothing wrong. I am getting so sick of the bitchiness at work, where it's X versus Y and so eeeevvvvverything Y does is suspect and we need to be angry about it. Guess what -- if Y did nothing wrong, then you are NOT going to get me to rant against them, because THEY DID NOTHING WRONG. UGH. It just makes me think less of X as they try to get me worked up. When Y does something wrong, I will say it. When they do something right, I will say it. Done deal.


Now, of course, if I could just say this to the people involved without the crypticness *sigh*


~kiki
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Subject:WTF Parents!
Time:08:39 pm
Current Mood:exhaustedexhausted
Just got home from a week's vacation. Admittedly, I haven't been in touch with my parents as well as I should, but HOLY CRAP. After putting the baby to bed, came downstairs to find redwings42 on the phone, with my mom. After he got off the phone, he played the message that prompted him to call, which was basically my mom saying "Here's your father's number in the hospital. Bye."


WTF?!


Apparently, Dad has had redness on his lower legs that he's been treating with a salve, until Mom was finally able to convince him to go to Urgent Care today. They sent him straight to the Emergency Room. Turns out they're infected. He's in no danger of losing limbs or life and the infection has already gone down in one leg. Now Mom's pissed at him for not listening and apparently ruining their plans to go to a show in Auburn on Tuesday, and talked Lee's ear off when he called to find out WHY Dad's in the hospital. Yup.


Tomorrow, we have plans to go out to Lee's cousins. Now, I wonder if we should head up north.


~Kiki
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Subject:Oh my family
Time:08:49 pm
Current Mood:numbnumb
Tonight I read on Facebook that my grandfather's cat, who has lived with my family for the past 9 years, had to be put to sleep. While that in itself is sad, I can't decide whether or not I'm more upset that I first learned on Facebook. Oh but when I checked my email, there was a brief one from my mom kind of mentioning it, though I learned more from the Facebook post. A few months ago, she tells me that my former choir director had passed away, the day AFTER my parents attended the funeral. Last year, I found out in a conversation with my Dad that they had sold my grandmother's piano two weeks earlier, while I was trying to figure out a plan to get it. Any medical issues with them, I usually learn from my MiL. I just remembered there's wine coolers in the fridge. This seems like a good night for that.


~kiki
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Subject:Wha?
Time:09:38 pm
Current Mood:confusedconfused
I love my parents, sure. They just.... mystify me. Take for example, the message on the answering machine from my mom:

"Hi, I just wanted to let you know that we'll be down around 1 ish tomorrow, but we aren't staying. We're just going to drop off the things and go home because, you know, it gets dark earlier now."


They're planning on being here around 1. They live just over an hour away. HOW DID I NOT KNOW IT GETS DARK BY 3?!?!?!?! *facepalm*

I should have talked to Dad and mentioned lunch. Then, their trip would have at least made more sense! Because I tried that with Mom, but clearly that wasn't enough motivation to stay a bit longer. Because OMGZ DARK!


~kiki
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Subject:Whiny post, feel free to ignore.
Time:10:18 pm
Current Mood:exhaustedexhausted
Feeling tired. You know what sucks about having a baby? As soon as you mention you're pregnant, here are the top things you hear: "Your memory is all going to go away!" and most of all, "Forget about ever feeling awake again!" Uh yeah, thanks. Very helpful. Babies wake up at night ok I've got this, now please if you are someone thinking this and reading this post, keep it to yourself for now, ok? Thanks.


Anyway, tired. Lately, I feel like my life is mainly baby and work. I feel so far behind at work and it's not helping that we're now short one person AND busy all day long, so I am at the desk more than I should be at this point. I have upcoming programs that are basically unplanned, I'm behind in my ordering, and I'm just barely able to plan ahead to the future. At least I now have a pretty awesome bulletin board, even though it has taken me over a week to work on it! At home, the house is a mess and every time I think I'm going to work on it, I'm too exhausted or distracted. There is so much stuff around, I have no idea what we're going to do when V. gets mobile and we have to start baby-proofing! Ugh!

In baby news, V is very cute and is my favorite distraction. I adore her smile and now that she's laughing more, it's so great. What I really need though, is a balance. I need to be able to play with the baby, but also get housework and house projects done, but also have some time to relax myself without staying up half the night when she's in bed (like now, heh), but also maybe squeeze in some things from work? It can happen, right? It's starting to look like I may have to start drinking extra caffeine again. After over a year, a bit of Mountain Dew would probably go a long way!


~kiki
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Subject:Giving up
Time:08:59 pm
Current Mood:uncomfortableuncomfortable
It's so sad how many people have left LJ, but at the same time it's a bit of a relief to have an outlet to type things out without certain people who are on Facebook or Twitter to see.

I'm procrastinating right now. Well, what I'm telling myself is that I'm searching for the right words for this email. See, for the past year, I've been part of a chorus that sings barbershop. It's full of wonderful people and teachers, and I've had some fun. Unfortunately, I've also realized that I really don't like barbershop. I don't like the part I sing--I'm constantly worried that I'm singing the wrong notes, and I often discover that I am. Certain other songs, I've never fully grasped, and anytime we sing them, I try to sing as quietly as possible, so no one can tell. Now, I'm no longer one of the newbies and I've had newbies standing in front of ME to learn our part...and I can't teach them.

Over the last month, I've been having a mental arguement (which is occasionally verbal, thank you again redwings42 for putting up with my shit) about whether or not I should quit. It just keeps going back and forth-- I'm quitting because I'm lazy, I'm quitting because it's a dumb phase, I'm not quitting because I want to believe it's not just a phase, I'm quitting because I'm stressed, I'm not quitting because I'm needed for riser crew... On and on and on.

Last week was the last straw, the one that finally pushed me over to one side. We were working on our performance and the director had the front row mix in with the rest of the chorus, since havinga good performer near you can really help lift the mood. Then, she kept having to remind me to smile. Later, I had a newbie in front of me for one of the songs I've never quite learned, and that's when I realized--staying, with me performing as badly as I am, is pure selfishness. Well ok, maybe not working on riser crew, but staying for the company, for improving MY voice, while not knowing the notes and not being able to get into the mood? Selfish!

Tonight, there is another chorus visiting. I looked at the schedule planned, all the songs I don't know, and realized this is it. So, I didn't go. I told myself I'd wait and write emails to the proper people after practice started so so no one is extra concerned with this performance going on. And here I am--I've written one email, to my section leader. The one I'm working on now is to the director. I've gotten as far as "I", and I needed to get this out. Not to poor redwings42, who's heard all of my mostly coherent ramblings, but just out. In writing, where I feel the most coherent, where I need the most coherence now as I start this email. I hope it works. After this, I have to email the treasurer, which might be even harder, since she's in charge of the riser crew, and we already have too few people breaking down the risers after rehearsal without me leaving.


~kiki
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Time:05:28 pm
I promise LJ, it's not that I don't write any posts, it's that I don't post them...


~kiki
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Time:10:40 am
Thought I'd post it here since it seems to make the most sense: Going to Rochester for the Strong Museum's Star Wars thingy and katie_can_draw will be there! Kind of neat, even just being LJ friends, seeing someone get to follow their dreams so well!


~kiki
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Subject:Round and round....
Time:05:02 pm
Ok I hate poetry, but I'm fascinated by Christina Rossetti because of a story conveyed in The Tattooed Potato and Other Clue, by Ellen Raskin. (which if you haven't read it, it is GREAT. She also wrote The Westing Game, which is also great.) I was excited when reading this month's Teen book club pick, Lips Touch Three Times, by Laini Taylor</u>, because the first of the three stories is based on a Christina Rossetti poem. Decided to see what we have on Christina Rossetti for tonight's discussion and was thrilled to find we have a copy of the exact poem used, "The Goblin Market." As I reached for the book on the shelf, I noticed the illustrations and immediately began to grin--because it's illustrated by none other than Ellen Raskin. I'm starting to think a former librarian from the '70s was a fan, I've found so many books written or illustrated by Ellen Raskin on the shelves. I love it!


~kiki
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Subject:Ellen Raskin
Time:01:35 pm
Hopefully whoever I'm thinking of is still reading their LJ friends lists, but Ellen Raskin's books such as "The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon, I Mean Noel" and "The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues" are being reprinted in new editions! I'm excited!


~kiki
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Subject:Knitting intimidation--If reading about knitting puts you to sleep, read this just before bed.
Time:11:16 am
Current Mood:nervousnervous
Asymmetry is still fashionable, right? See, I've got this one-sleeved baby sweater that I've been planning to give to my friend with an adorable matching hat for her daughter's christening this weekend. Why one-sleeved? Well.... to begin with, the sleeves intimidated me. I have another baby sweater in the house that still has no sleeves, I am this intimidated. I've picked up yarn before, I can knit in the round, but something about these little tubes makes me worried. But we found out we could go to the christening and I realized this sweater would be a perfect gift (instead of a gift for another friend's 4 month old baby, who I'm pretty sure wouldn't appreciate the "newborn" size. Babies are funny like that.) So, I took a deep breath and last night picked up the sweater and the needles and got to work.

At first, I had some weirdness with the stitch count. How was I supposed to know that those stitches were supposed to be on the OTHER side of the stitch marker?! Then, there were the holes. I got that cleared up as well, with some jazzy refashioning of stitches that I'm pretty sure are illegal in most knitting circles. Oh, and there's the fact that I was keeping track of rounds in my head instead of on something useful like a row counter, piece of paper, or abacus.. but I'm pretty sure it has the right number of rounds. Babies are a little lopsided anyway, right?

Around midnight, I was able to bind off. Still have to tack down the edges for the picot (Why I decided on a pattern with an edge that requires me to sew in a straight line, I'll never know) but the knitting was done. I held it up to admire my work, and that's when I saw it.

To backtrack, I forgot to mention that I'm working this outfit in an adorable self-patterning yarn. I'm not exactly sure if there are supposed to be any sort of geometric shapes being made, but the little blobs of color are pretty cute. When I decided on the sweater, I knew the sleeves and the body wouldn't match, and thought that would make the pattern extra cute. I didn't count on this: I managed to join the first sleeve so that the pattern matches perfectly to the body. I'm not kidding. There's a stripe that continues all across the sweater.

So now, here's the problem--in order to make the sweater look halfway decent, now instead of looking forward to the random pattern, I need to try to do this again on the second sleeve, or it will just look like I messed up the second sleeve. No pressure, right? Just figuring out where I need to be in this patterned yarn to make everything match up just right...

Maybe I could just knit up a little mitten and call it a baby's version of Beyonce's Single Ladies outfit...


~Kiki
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Subject:I live!
Time:09:19 pm
Current Mood:relaxedrelaxed
Sorry I haven't had any entries lately. My life has been mainly work, vegging at the computer, and family stuff. I'm finding I really suck at keeping up with friends unless they post online. The lj entries I've thought of recently have all been variations of being annoyed at my parents (seriously, shouldn't this end when I move out? Aren't they supposed to be easier to manage?!) and I really don't want to turn this into an angst-fest but unless redwings42 is around for me to vent to, it may have to go here, since my ENTIRE family is on Facebook now.

Anyway, here's some pleasant stuff just for the sake of content:

This weekend, we stayed at redwings42's cousin's camp. "Camp" meaning nice little cabin with pretty much all the amenities. We've been going out there for the past 2 years and this year, there were people staying at the other family cabins, which made it a little different. Unfortunately, we managed to forget our swimsuits (that took a lot of talent, I'm telling ya) but since I wanted a second one anyway (mine is getting a bit frayed and frankly, I'm getting fatter. How do people who hate getting up in the morning find time to exercise????) we went up to Alex Bay and found one. Went swimming once, and did a lot of blissful sitting outside with a book. I just finished Suzanne Collins's Gregor the Overlander series and am now working on the last book in Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series. Also recently finished Mockingjay, the last book in Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy. (English folks--am I right to italicize the series titles or should I just leave them alone?) If you haven't read The Hunger Games, you're a fan of Fantasy books and don't mind venturing into the YA section, DO IT. Same with the other titles I've mentioned ;-)


Anyway..... </librarian>


Had fun with the other people who were staying in the cabins. One was redwings42's other cousin and her son, who had brought their cat. Well, their friends had brought a dog who the cat did NOT approve of and since the cat's owners wanted him inside at night, he stayed with us. Anyone who knows me, can guess how much I hated that setup. (Anyone else--well, there was a lot of squealing, jumping up and down, and kitty snuggling. I think you can figure it out from there.) Basically, it was a nice relaxing weekend with some kitty snuggling, dog petting, people meeting, swimming, and reading. I think this should keep me de-stressed long enough for my next vacation trip--next week's trip to Michigan ;-)


~kiki
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Time:08:43 pm
Current Mood:confusedconfused
Pens and pencils constantly disappear from the holders on the front desk which doesn't seem too surprising, since we're a public library and the public has a tendancy to wander off with things. For the past month, I have been sharpening pencils to stockpile in a drawer and pull out a few when the holders are empty, which they seem to be at a faster rate than ever this spring, though I have yet to see someone borrow one (in the little time I'm at the desk, so it doesn't say much) Tonight, I found a wad of rubber banded pencils hidden in a drawer, that look suspiciously like the pencils I've been sharpening and putting out for the past month. Coincidence?


~kiki
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Subject:67/100
Time:11:36 pm
Current Mood:determineddetermined
Ok so I've been enjoying this coutdown of the Top 100 Children's Novels froma poll taken on a School Library Journal blog by Fuse #8. I love books and I of course especially love books for Children and Young Adults so now that someone has kindly turned this into meme form, I'm a-doing it. Bolding what I've read. Guess I'll italicize what I'm getting ready to read (since I put several onhold after reading the descriptions!

Complete List of the Top 100 Children's Novels Poll

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Time:09:43 pm
Current Mood:annoyedannoyed
ARGH!  Ok, folks lesson time:  AFFECT= when an action explicitly causes a change on something else.  "The power outage affected our building, but had no affect across the street."  EFFECT= (n) a consequence; (v with action) to cause something to take effect.  "The outage was the effect of a need to study a potential problem.  It was originally due to be effected tomorrow morning."  I have seen these used incorrectly on a professional listserv TWICE today.

Posted here as it's too long for Facebook and I'm damn well not working on making it shorter.


~kiki
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Time:04:32 pm
"I think the whole Light and Dark thing in the Dark Is Rising books goes back to my being a child during the war. We thought in terms of 'good guys' and 'bad guys.' We were so soaked in that we didn't have to be taught to feel that way. It was a kind of prejudice, really, and after the dropping of the atomic bombs by the Americans, I realized that the good guys could do bad things too. And so I think the books try to say that extremism of any sort is bad and that at either end of the spectrum you are in danger of damaging people."

Susan Cooper, on her The Dark is Rising series.
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Subject:Mish mash of emo Momo?
Time:05:58 am
Current Mood:thoughtfulthoughtful
Seriously, I'm up too late and thinking too much. But this time, I'm going to try something new: not deleting the post when I'm done, and not putting it under private. Crazy, huh?

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Subject:Thanks everyone!
Time:09:18 am
Current Mood:accomplishedaccomplished
Thanks to everyone who checked out my post yesterday! I've decided to go for the literal titles, since I have a hard time making the rhyme ones at least pretend to make sense! I'm putting the finished product under the cut. medievalshadow, I'm using your suggestion as an example, thanks!

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Subject:Help!
Time:07:46 pm
Help! I have this UnValentine party tomorrow and of course I get a brilliant idea TODAY--a fun UnValentine quiz! I'm going to take romatnic movies and love songs and play with the words and have the kids figure out what the titles are. However, I don't know if I'm making these too hard! That's why I need YOU out there in LJ land to help out! (I have a few teens on my Facebook who I don't want to give an unfair advantage to!) Here's what I have, they're only the movie titles right now. I got most of them from a list of the 100 top romantic movies of all time, and a few others I grabbed to give the teens titles they would recognize. The first list will be rhymes, and then next will be descriptive. Please comment and let me know what you think, if they're too hard, which work better, should I have a "titlebank", etc. Thanks!

1. Right Here's Your Glove
2. Hispanic
3. Sooty in the East
4. Pity Two Men
5. Flirty Prancing
6. Lease
7. The Mince-less Pie
8. Highlight
8. Keep Mess With the Cattle
10. Coat Hook


1. An Infatuated Playwright
2. Enormous
3. Good-looking and the Rude Guy
4. She's a Looker
5. Moving Lewdly to Music
6. Slick
7. She's Marrying Into Royalty
8. Early Evening
9. Insomnia in a Northwestern City
10. Spiralbound


Edit: Sorry, found a typo in #7 on top, that's fixed now.
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Time:12:01 am
Happy Birthday knyteowl and walsfeo
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Time:08:54 am
Happy Birthday izunami and raerae74
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Time:10:44 am
Happy Birthday, starwriterlv
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Subject:Writer's Block: Rotten tomatoes
Time:11:05 pm
What is the worst movie you've ever seen? Did you sit through it or walk out? What made it so dreadful?
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was hideous. And made worse b/c I thought I remembered enjoying it when I was younger. No I enjoyed the music when I was younger, the movie is just awful.
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Time:08:00 am
Happy Birthday, starwishful!
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Subject:Look, a post! Whoa!
Time:09:27 pm
Current Mood:productiveproductive
So, one of my New Year's resolutions has been housework, since I royally suck at doing it. So far this weekend, I've cleaned the kitchen and bathroom. That went decently well. Just a few things on the table that need to be put away, but a good half of the table is actually clear! Next step is the livingroom area, which encompasses both livingroom and computer area. This will be harder, since there's so much stuff just piled because I can't figure out what the hell to do with it all. I really need to look into what people in small apartments do, and I'm going to work on utilizing upstairs even more. The hard part is figuring out what to do with library materials, since that tends to take over as my eyes are bigger than my free time when it comes to books and movies.

My second resolution is to work on the weight loss thing. There, I've said it and I can't take it back. I'd rather not diet so much as be more careful with what I eat. I eat a lot of junk and LOVE eating out, which unfortunately became a habit with the trip and everything, and I have gained A LOT. I refuse to go up to a size 18 again, so I need to get to work. I think this hosework kick might help, since it's getting me off my butt. After cleaning and shoveling three times over the weekend, I'm definitely feeling it in my muscles! (and back, ouchy!) I just need to keep my energy levels up. I've been feeling pretty bummed lately, which has been keeping me from doing a lot of things I've wanted to do, and instead have been burning brain cells playing mindless games on the computer for hour after hour.


My third resolution is to get our wedding thank you notes finished. If any of you haven't received a note, it's basically because I've been slacking. Also, I lost the gift list for a few months. I need to get over the "omg what will they think of me for getting this so late" and focus on "finally, they're getting a thank you!" First of course, I need to find that list again....


And finally, lately my time on the computer has been sucked up by Loadingreadyrun.com Those of you on Facebook probably have noticed the rash of video postings lately. Or not, that's fine too. I've really been enjoying a lot of their humor, and I think of a lot of my friends when I watch them, and how I'd like to share them (which I have when I see someone on AIM to attack!) sooo go check them out!

Alright, I'm done. Will have to sleep soon. After another glass of cider. But not the kind I want. (Bullmers? Anyone?)


~kiki
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