Thursday, October 8th, 2015 09:33 pm
Content warning for self-harm and images of injury

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Thursday, October 8th, 2015 03:54 pm
* There is a pocket of Korean expats in Aurora, a Denver suburb, to the extent that a few shop signs appear only in 한글: if you can't read it, implicitly, you needn't go there. Its grocery is larger than the one near me. :( In one such strip mall I also saw a shop sign in unglossed Arabic.

* Golden, Colorado, which was on my mental map only because every Coors tv ad I used to hear mentions it, has a Nepalese restaurant called Sherpa House and Cultural Center. No gift shop, which disappointed Reason, but good dal and chana masala, which we needed much more.

* There is a cute yet earnest natural history museum in Morrison, a bit south of Golden. It marks where the first Tyrannosaurus rex remains were found in North America, if the sign's right, and houses fossil replicas, a live monitor lizard, a bull python, two turtles, and possibly two other snakes that may've been hiding. Animals whose direct ancestors were dinosaur contemporaries, see. There's also a place to help drill rock away from fossils and, if you are smaller, a sand box in which you can brush sand away from (deliberately seeded) shell bits and concrete replicas. Reason opted for the latter, then carefully covered everything up again so that the next little kids could have fun discovering them---her idea.

* And now Sirens, or rather, dinner then child's bath then Sirens, once I figure out where child and spouse went to read so that I could nap.
Thursday, October 8th, 2015 01:22 pm
Trying to decide whether to do NaNo this year.

Pro: I would be likely to get something written; I would have a last gasp chance at not failing GYWO; and if I actually do some prep work in October I might manage to even get a novel out.

Con: I don't need more pressure on myself; November is always busy; doing NaNo would reduce my crochet output (which is already abysmal); I can't really type and don't have a good dictation setup yet so I'd be doing it entirely by ipad, which always makes writing slow.

I want to be a writer; I miss writing. But it's just way too awkward, and I don't know if it's how I want to spend my spoons right now.


(But otoh, if I get plot and characters set up, and break it down into 30 chapters, that's only one chapter per day; easy, right?)
Thursday, October 8th, 2015 12:44 pm
Brent and I are sitting at Hattiesburg Clinic, he in a surprisingly comfy looking recliner napping and I in the institutional chair watching. We're here for a ct scan, mostly to make sure his kidney stone(s) aren't blocking his urethra or anything else important. The doctor mentioned urine backing up into his kidneys. That's something we can do without. Hopefully there's just several small stones, no blockage and we can go get his pain pills and go home.

At least I got the important stuff done at work before I got called to come get Brent from the clinic, where they gave him a nice shot for nausea and pain. (On the plus side, I have some of those really good sick-up bags now.).
Thursday, October 8th, 2015 10:44 am
Me: *makes single post of crocheted owl*

Owl-related Tumblrs: Oh look, it's someone posting about owls! Let us follow them immediately in case they post more!

Me: ...That's not too likely, y'all, but whatever, I guess.

Seriously. I post these pics last night and wake up to three notifications that Tumblrs with names that have "owl" in them are now following me. I mean, I'm flattered, but they're hooting up the wrong tree?
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 10:13 pm
Kraken went to spend the afternoon with my MIL while I managed Turtle in all his teething-related angst while accomplishing the following:
  • bathroom cleaned
  • diapers washed/dried
  • sheep tended
  • injured ewe's pen cleaned and restocked with fresh hay
  • large batch of chicken stock canned
  • hair fixed
  • decent clothes worn
  • Turtle bathed
  • Cookies baked
  • clean dishes put away

....and this evening I took our chihuahua, Turtle and Kraken to our church's Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Hubs met me there after he got off of work, and I don't think I could have managed all three of them without him.

While we were enjoying a potluck in the hall, one of the bigger kids shoved Kraken down on the floor so hard she has a knot on the back of her head. I did not see what exactly went down, but the reason the kid gave when asked was "I felt like it." My daughter was red-faced and screaming so my attention was on calming her down, while the kid's mother made him apologize and made sure Kraken was OK. They left shortly thereafter. Not sure what else the mother could have done.

It is just after 10pm and I'm flippin' exhausted, but feeling snacky. Shark week is upon me, so that must be why. Unfortunately pickings are slim because I need to go to the grocery store tomorrow. I guess a bowl of cereal...