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Boston

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Saturday was the Boston Pride Parade.  I am on the whole unimpressed by the photos I took, but they're up on facebook and flickr.

Sunday was my parents' 29th wedding anniversary.

Today was Greg's last day at the office.  We had the usual Finale -- and I was proud of myself for the fact that the Strawberry Bavarian was as perfect when we opened it at the office as it was when I picked it up at Finale (I walked back, carefully, because the last party -- when someone else had brought the cake -- it was kinda spilled). 

I overheard Kathleen talking about how her husband's now-deceased dog used to bite and their cat bites -- "We think it's us."
Greg: "Does [your daughter] bite?"
Kathleen: "No."
Greg: "Then it's not you."

Last night I got an email from MYP saying Hey, you opened up a subscription back in July 2008 and you've never been in to pick up your comics.  /o\  I never got an confirmation or notification or anything, so I just assumed the form got lost, and I never followed up (I moved that summer, and went to Italy, and comics have never been my preferred medium, and yeah).  Ironically, the reason I'd gotten a subscription was that I was reading titles Joss was writing, so nothing came out in a timely fashion, so my idea was that this way I wouldn't have to keep track of when new issues came out 'cause I'd get a notice.  Apparently not so much.

So now I have 33 new-to me comics (Buffy Season 8 and Astonishing X-Men) and wow do I wish they had numbers on the front -- way to make me wish I were just reading the TP's, guys :(  I'm also seriously considering not reading them --- because I have mostly-fond memories and if these suck I can't unread them.

I've seen a fruit smoothie stand at Harvard T a few times recently -- over by the busway, rather than its previous location (I imagine because its previous location now has that T office thing -- which I never see occupied at all) -- and after work today I splurged and bought one.  I told the vendor I was pleased to see them back, and he said the previous boss had closed the business two years ago but now there's a new boss, same product.  There's way less variety offered (there's a bunch of two-flavor combos -- e.g., strawberry-banana -- with either a milk or orange juice base, and that's it), but I didn't say that, nor did I ask if that would change as we got further into the season.  Yeah, I was reminded of just how socially outgoing I'm not.
Boston

[Saturday] joy sadhana as update

"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]


Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine
     -"You Are Mine" (David Haas)


Five good things about today:
1. SLEEP!  I went to bed at like quarter of nine last night, and I actually considered getting up various times I woke up this morning, but I ended up not actually getting up until about quarter of nine.
2. Allie and I went to Bloc 11 Cafe for lunch.  It's owned by the same people who own Diesel, and it shows (cute dykey hipster short-haired girls with lip rings working the counter and everything), but it's also a very different vibe -- lots of light (including lots of natural light), green plants, light wood paneling, etc.  You can eat in the former bank vault, which I may wanna do next time (though sitting near the front surrounded by big glass windows was also good).  I got a yummy mozzarella sandwich ("The Clover" -- which I think was their only vegetarian hot sandwich, which made me kinda sad; it amuses me that their 02143 is a roast beef sandwich) and vegan potato leek soup and an omg yummy mint hot chocolate.
[Random: On our way home I saw that the Burren does brunch?  It just seems so random to me -- a bar doing brunch.]
3. After we left, we stopped at Hub Comics and browsed indie local comics.  I picked up The Devil Made Me Blog It due to the title (turned out to be a leftie comic not my cuppa).  I picked up Voldemort's Eating Chocolate Muffins for the same reason; the title panel made me literally laugh out loud, though the whole thing wasn't worth my $2.  Allie got parts one and two of five of a comic called Monday, and I flipped through the first few pages of the first one and it's Adam and Eve in Eden and I really like it; it reminded me of Mark Twain's The Diaries of Adam and Eve.
4. Allie and I spent nearly 7 hours together.
5. She and I may go see The Winter's Tale together.  (I have no problem going to stuff like that on my own, but I like having people to talk about it with afterward.)

Three things I did well today:
1. I did a reasonable job of summarizing RaceFail2009 for Allie, and after I got home I emailed her followup stuff on everything from RaceFail2009 to Yuletide recs to Manga Shakespeare (which I had actually heard of thanks to angevin2).
2. I picked up milk on my way home.
3. I did laundry.

Two things I am looking forward to (doing [better]) tomorrow:
["anything that you're looking forward to, that means you're facing tomorrow with joy, not trepidation," as Ari says]
1. CWM.
2. Highs near 50F (in part because it means people won't be complaining about the weather).
professional me, self

Friday

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From Y!chat this morning:
polymexina: i have decided we will be online chat buddies
polymexina: this is a great step forward in our relationship
hermionesviolin: Hee. I approve of this.
polymexina: if you choose, you may commemorate this day with candy of some sort
polymexina: or balloons

She recced me DMZ, and I checked MLN to see if I could ILL the trades.
NORWOOD/Adult      FICTION Wood GRAPHIC SHELF
Dude, I had to ILL all ten volumes of Sandman back in the day and now they have a "GRAPHIC SHELF"?  (Checking Norwood's catalog for Sandman now, they apparently only have Volume 1 -- Preludes and Nocturnes -- and Endless Nights.  Oh, and The absolute sandman. Volume one.)

She also told me about TheHathorLegacy.com, which looks interesting.  I was surprised to not see The Sarah Connor Chronicles in the tv show section.

Which reminds me that I really should place my preorder for that (release date: Aug. 19, 2008) and for HIMYM S3 (release date: Oct. 14, 2008).

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I chatted with Sara (newNicole) over email a bunch this afternoon, which was nice.  And she came up to check out my dozen red roses -- and, bonus, team effort we easily got the water changed and the stems cut.

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I bought two guest parking passes like last week and now they've vanished.  wtf?
     I emailed RoomieKatie tonight when I noticed it, and she said, "I used one for my brother's car the other night, and then had to park it in medford because i will be away until Monday. If it's not there, then my brother must have left it in his car, which I am so so sorry about. I feel like such an idiot. But there was only one there the other day, which is strange because I saw two there before."
     *considers insisting that people park at Alewife and get shuttled by partygoers who have vehicles with Somerville resident stickers*

And the Red Line is shuttle bussing between Kendall and Park again this weekend.  Sigh.

I did do grocery shopping, so I can pretend like I'm going to feed people tomorrow.  I also did laundry and some more de-cluttering (another bag of paper purged).
hermione by oatmilk

My brother is adding to my music collection like whoa.

Today alternated between v. busy and not.  And taking a break at Alyssa's desk before lunch, I realized that part of the problem was that had literally not gotten enough sleep.  (And gee, look at the time; shuddup.)  Deciding the last week of May that one wants to have an End of Year Unit Cookout for the last week in June?  Yeah, good luck with scheduling that.  I actually enjoy scheduling spreadsheets, though -- all the color-coding and everything.

[Sidenote: LSAT prep class from 6pm-midnight?  How is that a good idea?]

So I caught up on the flist [though now I'm behind again, having spent my evening cleaning/packing], including all the X3 posts I'd bookmarked for reading after I did my writeup.  Some people have said some v. smart things, but I was surprised to see that I had hit most of the stuff in my own writeup.  I'm not sure I'm up for actually getting into conversations on other people's LJs, though -- largely I think because of the negativity whether I'm agreeing or disagreeing with someone in any given reaction.  (Though feel free to bring discussion to my LJ, esp. if you're a friend of mine -- or to specifically ask me to comment on a commentary post. 'Cause I do really like discussing -- as evidenced by my conversation with Maria in the comments to my own writeup, for example.)

The 'verse is so rich, however.  [Yes I know there are many many X-canons, but the premise broadly . . . .]  I think I'm gonna be reading a lot in that fandom for a while.  [P.S. F*ck.  First of the month equals site update.  If work has lulls, it'll get done then.  If not, well, it can wait until after the move.]  Recs welcome.  (Insta.rec -- in case you haven't seen one of the million recs of it already -- c_elisa's "For the Kingdom of Heaven."  Comicsverse based, but well worth a read regardless of familiarity with the 'verses; I know nothing of comicsverse, f'r'ex.  Delves into the complexities both ethical and medical involved in a Cure storyline.)

Speaking of superheroes, my dad sent me this link, saying "The comments are a combination of stupid and very interesting.  There was even an Elizabeth who I thought might be you."  I've only skimmed it thusfar but thought I'd pass it along.

P.S. LJ is all zomg-ing about the National Review's list of top 50 conservative rock songs, and I've stayed away to keep my libertarian blood pressure down, but I was pleased to see a non-leftist commentary on it.  (Again with the not-having-really-read-it.)

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I vacilate between despairing of getting everything packed up by Saturday and thinking I've really got it under control.  (So of course the truth is somewhere in the middle.)  Rain is predicted for Saturday, so moving Sunday has been suggested (which would mean cancelling on you, Maria).  We shall see.

Wow there are so many places in which I have stuff.  It's pretty impressive how much stuff I can easily get rid of (which is kinda sad).  I had forgotten how much space there is in my room.  Oh the stuff I find.  My favorite so far: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle trading cards.  Clearly, I win.
obsessedmuch?

fandoms

Remember how i watched the Buffy musical with Jonah and he fell in love? Well Sunday night he IMs me:
So Buffy is like the best thing ever. How could you not tell me that it was so wonderful. (I took out the first season on DVD from the library.)
It really amazing. It's so well-written and compelling, and the metaphors are creative and fresh and deal with teen issues so well. The dialogue and script is wonderful, and Joss Whedon seems like the coolest person ever.
I finally saw Y Tu Mamá También. What’s the big deal about that movie? (Sidenote: it reminded me a lot of Nico and Dani.)

Speaking of overrated. I read the in the most recent NYT Magazine and of course it mentioned "Art Spiegelman's groundbreaking" Maus. I finally read Maus recently and was almost bored. Am i missing something? (Note to self: must write Nancy Pearl and complain that Sandman wasn’t mentioned under Graphic Novels in Book Lust.)

Ellyn e-mailed on Monday saying they had free tickets to I, Robot, so i reread the Asimov book, which i had been meaning to since i saw the ads for the movie.

I realized that Chapter 2: Runaround, is what i think of as I, Robot. The ads remind me of Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which got turned into Blade Runner. Having reread the Asimov book, the ads most reminded me of “Little Lost Robot.” People on IMDb have suggested that the movie is likely aiming to be another I, Robot chapter -- in the spirit of Asimov’s world but not explicitly adapting any particular story.

Having finished the book i thought "Wow Asimov is brilliant" and decided i really didn’t wanna see the mutant hybrid of a movie. I might not have been allowed to anyway, actually. Jenny said Ellyn wouldn’t let her go. Maybe you had to be a mentor? (Neither of us are.) Bonding time with the girls or whatever. Blah.

TNG:

“Violations” (5.12) ... omg that was possibly the most disturbing episode ever.

“Conundrum” (5.14) ... gah! it’s the “Tabula Rasa” (BtVS 6.08) episode. (ladyvivien: i’ve decided Ro Laren is Vash done right. Leaving aside the whole relationship part of it, that is. She has Vash’s attitude but i actually like her.)