May 8th, 2009


grumble mutter bitch gripe

It's not enough that I have a nasty case of strep throat which arrived on the heels of a week-long bout with the flu. No, now my stomach feels like it has a rock in it and I have a case of the hiccups that is sufficiently severe as to keep me from sleeping (which the tummyache was already doing much to aid in).

So yeah, pretty fucking miserable right now..............
  • Current Music
    "Masters of War" by Bob Dylan
little krad

the things you find on iTunes....

girasole excavated "Boa Constrictor" on iTunes and sent it to me. It's one of the songs on Peter, Paul, and Mary's 1969 album of children's songs Peter, Paul, and Mommy, which was one of my favorite records as a kid, with this song being a favorite. Heck, I was singing it when we were at the zoo for my 40th birthday and were in the reptile house...

"I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor / And I don't like it very much."
  • Current Music
    "Boa Constrictor" by Peter, Paul, and Mary

Schott's Miscellany 7 May 2009

Gary Cooper born (1901)


To date, only six foreigners have been awarded honorary citizenship of the U.S.:

Winston Churchill -- British Prime Minister and wartime leader -- 1963
Raoul Wallenberg -- Swedish diplomat who aided Jews escaping the Nazis -- 1981
William & Hannah Callowhill Penn -- founders of the colony of Pennsylvania -- 1984
Agnes Gonxha Bjaxhiu -- also known as Mother Theresa of Calcutta -- 1996
Marquis de Lafayette -- French nobleman who fought alongside George Washington -- 2002

A number of others have,from time to time, been proposed for honorary citizenship based upon exception merit including, in May 2005, Anne Frank.

I wanted to avoid violence. Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
  • Current Music
    "Woke Up This Morning (Chosen One Mix)" by Alabama 3

Nurse Aoki is on duty!

One of the many things I love about Aoki is that she has learned the whole "empathetic kitty" thing from Marcus. When her humans are sick, she knows that it helps us out for her to curl up and be affectionate.

Last night, I finally went to bed for real at 4am after taking the antibiotics and painkillers, and as soon as I lay down, Aoki climbed onto my legs and curled up to sleep. She stayed there all night. When I got up to go to the bathroom around 7 or so, she moved and then plunked herself back down when I went back to bed, and stayed until the alarm went off at 10am for the next round of drugs.

Since then, I've been futzing about on the computer, and she's been right here, sometimes in my lap, sometimes nearby at the door to the patio staring out at the world. But mostly, she's been taking care of her human. *smile*

The plan today is to do very little save lay about and be a lump. I may try to get some more of D'Argo's Trial written, but that's it as far as work goes. Also I need to do some moving about of stuff as part of The Great Rearrangement, but I can do that in little baby steps here and there throughout the day.
  • Current Music
    "Black Betty" by Ram Jam

no more Census (for now, at least)

Official word came down from on high today -- this phase of Census work, which was supposed to carry us through to the end of May, is done. We had to turn in our HHCs and ID badges (my crew leader was kind enough to swing by and pick mine up in deference to my illness). Apparently we were too darned efficient for our own good, and everything got done faster than expected -- even with regularly malfunctioning HHCs. *wry grin*

I suspect that the crappy economy meant that there were a lot more applicants than expected with more time on their hands than expected, and the attrition rate was also lower because people were really motivated to hang onto this (or indeed any) job.

The good news is that, when the next phase cranks up, my name will be in the pool as someone with experience....
  • Current Music
    "Hunting Girl" by Jethro Tull
ghost academy

what I did today


Took meds.


Took meds.


Got notes from Blizzard on Chapter 4 of StarCraft: Ghost Academy Volume 1, and incorporated them and sent them back in very short order.

Saw Alex Rodriguez return from the DL just in time to hit a three-run home run on the first pitch he saw, which was all CC Sabathia needed as the Yankees snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Orioles.

Moved some stuff out of the master bedroom -- which will become terri_osborne's bedroom/office -- into my current office so there's room for her to move her stuff into it out of her current office, which will become my bedroom/office. Cha cha cha. (My current office will become the library. Have I mentioned this already? I lose track....) If all goes well, we'll have settled into The New Paradigm by the end of the weekend.

Took meds.

Will go to sleep soon.
  • Current Music
    "Sisters are Doin' It For Themselves" by Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin