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Okay, 2017 posting challenge, here we come! (Are you joining me? Check out my original posts at LJ and DW. I'm offering drabbles/double drabbles for infrequent posters like me who manage 17 posts in 2017.)

Flist, I'm slightly overwhelmed. It's not as bad as the first year or two of teaching, when every day presented an existential crisis: can I really do this? I can. But between the commute and some very time-consuming committee work this year, it feels like I'm always juggling one more ball than I can really manage. I'm late with everything, and I hate being late.

Also, I feel like I should be out there in front of Congress or the White House or something every single day. I keep telling myself that we all need to pace ourselves, live to fight another day, but the sense of immanent freaking catastrophe never really goes away.

Okay. Sorry. I'm going to set aside my complaints and political fears for something light: celebrity photos. I don't usually pay much attention to celebrities and don't usually find strangers very attractive...but I think I have a tiny crush on Viola Davis.

Click for the most beautiful smile you've ever seen [link goes to my tumblr]

Don't you feel a bit better now? (I'm a little weak in the knees.)

Flist, do you have a favorite photo of a favorite celebrity? Post, please! Distract us from everything else on the internet right now.

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Posting challenge: 17 posts in 2017

1. A very happy birthday to two extraordinary literary characters, Sherlock Holmes (January 6) and Severus Snape (January 9)!

2. I have a challenge for you: are you, like me, an infrequent poster here on LJ or DW? But do you still read your flist and enjoy the community? Pledge to post 17 times in 2017.That's only once or twice a month. Not so hard. We can all post once or twice a month even at the busiest time and keep the home fires burning throughout the upcoming year. We'll need the community and the support.

I'll do it if you will.

The fine print:

* What's the reward? If you reach 17 posts this next year and let me know in early 2018, I'll write a double drabble for you.

* What if you reach 17 posts before the end of the year? Fabulous! Keep going. That's the point, right?

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Posting challenge 13/15:

No words.

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Posting challenge 11/15: One-word meme

A rough couple of weeks, flist, but the biggest deadlines are past now. A meme, to celebrate? Apparently this is the "one-word" meme, though I had to fudge in a couple cases. Text box below, if you want to give it a whirl yourself. Thanks, alisanne and akatnamedeaster!

1. Where is your cell phone? Nearby
2. Your hair? Damp (still!)
3. Your dad? Terse
4. Your other half? Cooking
5. Your favourite food? Donuts
6. Your dream last night? Vivid
7. Your favourite drink? Tea
8. Your dream/goal? Retirement
9. What room you are in? Living/dining/main
10. Your hobby? Fandom, of course!
11. Your fear? Mice/rats
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Employed
13. Where were you last night? Chicago
14. Something that you aren't? Asleep (yet)
15. Muffins? Yes (please!)
16. Wish list item? Bok choy
17. Where you grew up? California
18. Last thing you did? Commute
19. What are you wearing now? Jammies
20. Your TV? = computer
21. Your pets? Nonexistent
22. Friends? Appreciated
23. Your life? Good
25. Missing someone? Yes
26. Car? Trains!
27. Something you're not wearing? Many hats
28. Your favourite store? Grocery
29. Your favourite color? Blue
30. When is the last time you laughed? Tonight
31. Last time you cried? August
32. Who will redo this? Sorry?
33. One place that you go to over and over? My mistakes
34. One person who emails me regularly? Partner
35. My favourite place to eat? Couch



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Posting challenge 7/15: Home alone

I spoke too quickly about things easing up at school, unfortunately. It might just be one of those semesters. So let's talk about other things and focus on the positive.

* I got a long, newsy, handwritten letter in the mail last week! I'd almost forgotten how lovely it is to communicate in this tangible way and to find something personal in the mail box.

* I visited my brother and sister-in-law and the two nephews (ages 4 and 7) last weekend and have apparently passed on some bad habits: the 4YO now declares that he "has to do a little work" in his high-pitched little 4YO voice and then goes to his desk and scribbles on a post-it until he can't fit any more scribbling. Clearly, I need to stop saying that (and also need to remedy the underlying problem), but really: could that be any sweeter? Watching him reminded me of the magic that adult life holds for kids.

* The grocery store has had clementines on sale for several weeks now (YAY!), and I've been buying a bag to bring to class and share with the students on days I feel particularly cranky. Fruit makes everything better.

Also: am I the only one who thinks clementines are tastier than oranges? I can hardly eat oranges (they're too tart), but the little clementines are just right.

* I'm home alone for a few days while the better half is on a work trip, and I'm appreciating the silence--that deep kind of silence that allows you to hear the thrum of the refrigerator and the distant sounds of people out on the street.

How are you, flist?

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Posting challenge 5/15: A messy, messy week

This past week has been messy. Cut for pointless whining about winterCollapse )

Hope you're all doing well out there! Apologies for comments still owed--my computer finally died last week, and it's taken me quite a while to get back online again. I still owe you cookie party pictures! That will be a happier post.

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I'm not sure how it got to be mid January, flist. Perhaps because December and early January were so warm, I didn't really believe it was winter? In any case, the universe has been conspiring to correct me before I got too comfortable: the temps are down around 20F/-7C right now, a winter storm is on its way, and I just had my first class of the semester. Let 2016 begin!

I really want to post photos from our annual cookie party, but that may need to happen later this week, when school demands die down. In the meantime, have a few links to things I've purchased recently that are brightening a grey January. I try so hard not to purchase unnecessary things, and yet these prove that every once in a while, it's okay to loosen up.

Exhibit A, in the category of "Consumerism works!": the fleece headband! I've been fretting about how I'm going to continue to run in the mornings when it gets cold, and suddenly it occurred to me that I could go online and type in "winter exercise clothing" and see what other folks were doing. And in fact, a little headband does make being outside much more bearable. Who knew?

(Speaking of exercise: It's been so warm here that I signed up for game_is_on last week and didn't think twice about committing to take runs/walks for exercise for the next four weeks. I'll need to rethink that if we get a few inches of snow here over the weekend, as forecast.)

Exhibit B: Patterns! Color! The better half and I did some dog-sitting in Brooklyn over the holidays, and on the whole it was very low-key affair: walk the dog, make lunch, walk the dog, take a nap, walk the dog, do a little reading. (All of which was profoundly relaxing--no complaints!) But we were also close enough to the Brooklyn Ikea that we could walk there, and we did--twice! I love Ikea but can rarely go, since the one in my region is difficult to access via transit. And how much better to walk? The better half and I treated ourselves to two pillow covers and a new duvet cover as our year-end gifts for each other, and I'm delighted at how nice the apartment looks.

Hope you're all doing well and staying warm (or cool, where applicable)!

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Anyone out there making resolutions about health, well being, or good habits in the new year? Anyone in need of a little support and accountability?

Over at game_is_on, mindabbles is setting up a group for encouragement and tracking progress. If you've been following this journal for a while, you know game_is_on has gone through a couple iterations--we did the full Game On regimen back in 2010 and 2011 and a more relaxed, make-your-own-challenge competitive game back in 2013 and 2014. This time Min's proposing something even more relaxed: you sign up, set your own goals, determine your own point system, and we all check in once a week to see how we're doing. Any goals related to health and well being are welcome. No competition, no rewards or penalties. Low stress.

Her first post is over at the comm, though you'll need to be a member to see it. (Just request membership, and she'll approve you.) It looks like we might start next Monday, so you have a couple days to think about things. Hope those of you who are interested can join us!

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Posting challenge 3/15: 2015 in review

Home again after two weeks away! Have been sick twice in the past eight days (or never really got over the first cold). Still gearing up for 2016, really, which means this meme is still timely. I'll paste a textbox below in case you want to play along, too.

2015 in reviewCollapse )



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Posting challenge 1/15: London Spy

[personal profile] lash_larue pointed out the other day that if we don't keep the home fires burning it's bound to get awfully cold 'round here, and L's comment hit home, especially because I love reading all of your posts but haven't been contributing myself much lately. So here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to post once a week throughout the grey winter months, at least until my spring break in mid-March. Which makes fifteen posts in total. Enough to bore you folks, I'm sure. In a good way.

Anyone want to join me?

Just a quick note on London Spy. Anyone else watching? (Spoilers below. And architecture talk.)Collapse )

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