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Life is a Contact Sport
03 November 2018 @ 02:32 pm
1 (new to me) restaurant per month
None this month.

1 (new to me) movie per month
Not a movie, but I'm watching the Hilda show on Netflix. Love it. Makes me feel like I'm ten again, with that sense of wonder.

1 (new to me) book per month
Lots of books this month! I read one called The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them) by Lucy Jones. Really good if you're interested in how natural disasters affect our world longterm.

1 concert per month
Not this month. I did discover a new musician on Youtube. If you like bagpipes I recommend The Snakecharmer- she's great. My favorite song of hers so far is a mix of Shipping up to Boston/Enter Sandman with her and two other women pipers.

1 new recipe per month
Hemel en Aarde, which is a Dutch recipe with applesauce and mashed potatoes mixed and baked together. With it, I served broiled bacon, sliced cucumbers, coffee cake, and cocoa. It's the menu from the book I'm using, "Cooking By the Garden Calendar" by Ruth Matson. Very good! I also learned how to make bacon in the oven.

One museum- Not this month.

October Goals
1. Take one full day off each week. YES
2. Complete my purpose exercise.YES
3. Go to Brookside Gardens at least once and preferably more. NO
4. Do 15 transcripts for my class.NO

November Goals
1. Learn to make kefir.
2. Learn to bake yeast bread.
3. Build up to walking five miles a day.
4. Plow into my class and get as much done in an hour as I can.
Life is a Contact Sport
22 April 2018 @ 05:11 pm
"I like this room. It seems to bless,
With warm and gentle graciousness,
The life within. It lets me be
Myself. It sets my spirit free.

Some rooms I know are hard as stone,
And seem to cry, "Alone ! Alone !"
While others, rich as velvet is,
Seem full of restless presences.

But here these things my heart enfold:
Good books long-loved,—kind chairs and old,—
Warm sunshine where we need it most,—
Gay flowers in a friendly host.

And is it then so small a thing
To build a room where life shall sing
And love through years of quiet bliss?
Some day I'll have a room like this."
Life is a Contact Sport
01 March 2018 @ 11:12 pm
There are three kinds of people: those who learn by reading, a few who learn from observation, and the rest who have to test the electric fence for themselves.
Life is a Contact Sport
24 December 2017 @ 10:01 pm

It's that time of year!
Life is a Contact Sport
19 March 2017 @ 02:27 pm
“All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

― Blaise Pascal, Pensées
Life is a Contact Sport
14 December 2016 @ 01:57 pm
"If you want the very truth,
I'll lay it down before you:
everybody's got a story.
If you want the very truth
it's here before your eyes:
Every witch was someone's princess
in some other once upon a time."

SJ Tucker, Not the Villain
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Life is a Contact Sport
01 May 2016 @ 11:54 am
Merry Beltane to all who celebrate!
Life is a Contact Sport
21 March 2016 @ 04:15 pm
Our silly spaniel has strained her back somehow, either from jumping or from slipping on ice. We're trying to keep her on one level and away from stairs, but preventing her from leaping onto the couch/rocking chair/bed is another matter altogether.

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It is my couch, and I am pretty.

Flat spaniel.
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Life is a Contact Sport
15 March 2016 @ 04:34 pm
I spent the weekend downloading all my CDs to my laptop. Total as of this morning was 787 songs. I hadn't realized I had that many CDs that weren't on it already. I found some stuff I hadn't listened to in years, which was really good. I like The Wreckers, but I'd forgotten that I had their album. Nice country/folk duo which has since disbanded. Also some Glenn Miller stuff and a set of ten jazz singers albums, like The Andrews Sisters and Lena Horne. And I found a bellydance CD from my first teacher with songs that she liked. I'd totally forgotten about this, and I'm really glad to find it again.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: unnamed Arabic pop song that I used to bellydance to
Life is a Contact Sport
12 November 2015 @ 01:17 pm
I went to see my internist last month. Everything is fine, though he wants me to start tapering off one of my prescription meds. I dutifully start doing so, adjusting as necessary. I call in for a refill. He's apparently decided I can't have that med any more. At all. Along with my migraine meds, which is just ducky as I'm in mid-migraine. So much for the Hippocratic Oath. He never mentioned a problem with the migraine meds when I saw him three weeks ago. I now have to go in to see him again, spending more money, because he's high-handedly decided I can't have meds I've been taking for twenty plus years because- I don't know why, since he hasn't explained!

I'm getting a new doctor. This isn't the first problem I've had with him, but I'm damned if it's not going to be the last.