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Was recommended I take some more vacation before the school year hits and Joan retires.

It would be best to take one of the first two weeks of August. Any ideas of anything good going on those first two weeks? Faires? Late night parties (yay no curfew). Otherwise, will likely be spent writing, clearing, researching---or screw it all, doing National or County park tours.
Or a wine/cheese/bread/olive oil tasting tour: pick a region with places to stop and picnic, and take a food tour to gather food along the way.

Would be like Farmville only with useful results.
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Vacation helped. Still had the Monday morning AND back to work blues, but I think I can deal with it. Was organized enough and optimistic enough to board the train this morning.

But still miss people. Still want more long stretches of time off. Very sorry to people I didn't connect with last week--needed a lot of time for me, and for sleep.

Note: Facebook losing its charm and interest. Still checking in for friend status, but that's about it.
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Crochet is therapy. Forgot that.
It IS a time sink, especially since I add the control freak element of wanting to collect AND notate patterns, and how they develop from on another.

Think of it as taxonomy with yarn.

Will be in contact with folks later. Need to go and buy yarn now, while Michaels is quiet.
Buy another storage bin, while Big Lots or Target is quiet.
May drop off books, while I can get into Good Will.

(And I need to return books to people. Seriously. You can't hide.)

Will come back, pull new and old winter sweaters from the dryer.
Look up crock pot recipes (or buy a crock pot recipe book at Good Will--ahah!)
MAYBE start bread. Maybe.
Repair other shit, or THROW UNREPAIRABLE SHIT OUT.
Put up shelving for shoes: AND THROW OLD SHOES OUT.

Write. Or throw old ideas out.
Call therapist. And throw old concepts out.

On my way.

Edit at 12.30pm. Not entirely successful. Forgot to go to Good Will. But do have LOTS of Wools Ease yarn, a ball of size 3 navy thread, fashion finish. Large storage chest--but think I should take it back and get same thing with wheels. May be more--but to get storage this size and have to hoist it IF full--ouch.

Lunch first. Go out again when all the school kids have had theirs as well.


Sep. 26th, 2009 11:10 pm
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This isn't going to be brilliant; I may not even keep it on LJ.

Forget it. I don't even have the energy, brains or inspiration to type.

I just wanted sewing to work. Maybe be fun. Realized that wasn't going to happen, but I wanted it to work.

Fabric folding last weekend (I think it was last weekend) went ok. I posted somewhere that this is where I get nervous, because I know I'm going to throw shit out of alignment. And I never cut exactly straight. And I don't care how much people tell you it doesn't have to be straight: they are just trying to make you relax. The truth is: cutting fabric has to be exact, otherwise you can't sew the seams straight. And for someone who gets nervous and can't keep the seams straight, it gets worse (also why I sew on VERY slow speed on the machine--I'm like a drunk driver following the bot dots).

Simple fucking top. VERY pretty fabric, that much pleases me. I picked out nice fabric. Laid it out as carefully as I could--but I positive there must have been a small fold on the 2nd layer underneath. One of the back sleeves did not line up notches with the front sleeve half, nor were the side lengths matching exactly. Back was about 1/4" to 1/2" longer. (Cheated--I matched at the bottom, and figured I'd trim or adjust at the neck line later.)

And then I sewed. More nervous. I pin baste, then usually sew in the longest stitch allowable, on the assumption I'll be ripping out. This time, I decided to pin base, then stitch base with a 1/2" edge--if all looked well, I'd do a proper, smaller, firmer stitch with a 5/8" edge. All went well, even with the sleeve fudging. 1/2" long stitch baste was fine--except the baste gathered and puckered a bit. Fudged some more by 'snapping' the stitch line and fabric straight--flattened it out. (If this makes no sense in description, my apologies--I don't know the right term.)

Everything looked good--and then I did the 5/8" seam--and it ate the the thread and the fabric.
I stopped and tried ripping out the tighter seam, but just ended up picking out the fabric thread.

*Sigh*. I know, I'm a clumsy ass. Will try again tomorrow. Maybe next weekend. I need out tomorrow morning, for just a bit. For future, will just use the long basting stitch as my 5/8" permanent seam. I'd rather risk the seam coming apart in the future than risk the fabric getting chewed up again.
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Ramblings at 5.30 am. Still intend to enjoy the weekend, but (keep in mind I'm still a bit sleepy).

Great musician with a varied career, Norton Buffalo. I've followed him when I discovered Davis, The Palms, Blues, Sacramento Blue Society--and harp (harmonica). Went to see one of his shows back at the Palms in the very early 90's, because he was held up as a master of the instrument, both diatonic and chromatic. He's also a fantastic keyboardist, and expert at mixing and producing and writing. He has an exquisite voice that goes from bluesy growls to rich silk, baritone to tenor. He's been a sideman to damn near everyone in pop, country, blues, rock, folk...Hawaiian (George Kahumoko)...everybody, and in soundtracks for TV and movies. Every year he played at Les Paul's birthday bashes--as a performer of merit, and as a friend of Les. He is also one of the guys that will donate his time and talents to any local charity and gets invited out to the big ones--Bread and Roses used to rely on him. Hell, he used to teach in prisons.

In the 1990's he went through rough times in family and health (accidents while on tour that injured his hands, knees, and ruptured an ear drum). But a new marriage and new side jobs brought him back on track and raised his spirits. Hell, heard him a few months ago on Prairie Home Companion with Elvin Bishop. He's been touring all over the country with long time friend Steve Miller, and had just settled down to R&R before more gigs started up.

R&R turned into resting and getting better. Got checked into the hospital for pneumonia last week. Pneumonia turned out to be cancer. Will see what happens is the current prognosis.

I wanted to see this guy awhile ago at the Palms in June, but opted to see Saffire, as it was their farewell tour. Couldn't see both in the same month, due to monetary budget.

Note to self, as a music fan, and human being: Get out and do what you can, and what you want. Cuz you can't budget the time.
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Got reading and some minor errands done.

Had considered a friends suggesting to attend queer contra in oakland, but will get tasks done. I'm enjoying quiet time and domesticity.

Next few weekends might be busy. If I get this long standing household-organizing and me-organizing tasks done, I might be able to attend the next contra in Oakland.

going out to look at more sale items, come back and clear out more clothes. Either organize/toss old papers, or cut fabric. (This sewing project is running too slow! This was supposed to prove that I could do this quickly. Hmmph!)

Organizing note to self: make sandwich-meal or burritos for the week.

Take aspirin for headache, then out the door!
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1. Ratatouille. Eggplants, tomatoes, mushrooms, zukes, red onions and garlic. Dried herb (this might be a problem), and pumpkin pie spice. Because, i LIKE it with onions.

But this needs stronger onions. Or balsamic vinegar splashed in. But the eggplant and mushrooms do have a flavor, huzzah. Going to put some kind of cheese with this.

2. We had the a pound of so of ground beef in the fridge defrosting. Has now been combined with cornbread stuffing--and warm spices and yes, that pumpkin pie spice. Because I LIKES ginger and cinnamon with warm spices. But needs more warmer spicing. And more onions. This needs a yogurt dip/sauce.

3. Putting out old garments I won't ever wear. Should do the same with the chinos--but it galls me to toss pants that are one size too small.
Wait, make that two sizes, or so. Am I really more than size 14?

4. Found I saved money this month! At least $200! Know what I'm gonna do?
Well, $100 went to my VISA card. Best treat I've had all month!

Taking it easy on myself. Didn't get a lot done today, but have resolved not to beat myself up. Will try to have fun.

Back to dumping clothes. Am doing this with Pride and Prejudice 1995 in the DVD. It's 6 hours of dialog that amuses me, and I KNOW what every damn scene looks like, so I don't have to watch, or even pay attention.

Except backing up all the dances to watch twice. Wish the choreographer had attempted ducks and dives during Grimstock.

later. 4:42pm
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Sore throat. But yay no fever. No headache yet.
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Yay spent 4.5 hours kayaking, brief lunch break on river bank. Left at 10am, got back an hour ago.
AvOn, yay.

But will skip The Kimberley Trip show at Heroes Alley tonight. Sorry to miss this--apparently the last show at this location.

So the rest of you get out, have fun, take pictures.
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1. Lawn guy is awesome and gave me a discount.

2. Found almost all of my needed tax docs online.

3. Watch Moher interview Karen Armstrong. Excellent; need to snag one of her books at the library.

4. Did NOT get walkies today; weather changed and so did my sinuses. However, felt more productive in housework, organizing a bit, and doing productive work. Felt entitled to a light nap in the afternoon. I don't know how Ceiling Cat or Basement Cat regarded my work ethics at this point, but Futon Cat was highly pleased with my path of choice.

Note: when I ever get a data cable that cooperates with ANY computer in this household, I will take a pic of Peanut. He bears a striking resemblance to [livejournal.com profile] mrsgiggle's old household statue. There have been more than a few times I nearly petted the statue. Must get pic in the same pose.

5. Due to sinuses, will obviously not be dancing tonight. Was rather pissed, as 1) I've not yet been to Friday-no-wait-its-Saturday Night Waltz; 2) People I want to dance with, 3) [livejournal.com profile] terpsichoros I believe was going to DJ.

Buggers. However, sinuses are just repairing themselves, and I want to do more homework (Now, In New and Improved Relaxed Atmosphere!).

...And I don't have a nice dancey skirt. Note, I did not say fancy. I mean, dancey. Even if I cannot dance as well as my partners, I'm at least going to swirl nicely. Dammit, there are standards.

But dang, I wanted dancing.

6. In lieu of dancing, may attempt church on Sunday. No, S&B, church further south this time, in Contra Costa

5b. Yes, out of order. Just realized as I typed this, that I have a knit-yet-swirly cotton skirt. Yes, looks very Lands End, and that's where it was acquired---but it is gored and will swirl. Buggers. Oh, well, another time.

Frankly, better I should stay in and get projects done that I promised to myself. Get this stuff done NOW, and then Spring and Summer will be less stress, and more impromptu.

OK, will miss some folks I hoped to see tonight, possibility of meeting other friends tomorrow, if they and I are feeling better.

But definitely feeling more content and rested. That's not happened in a long time.
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Have my reservation for Stebbins Cold Canyon Watercolors and the Outdoors Sunday 26 April.

Yay, and no cost.

And yay, found my watercolor travel box this past weekend.

Joys of BBC Radio: old comedy radio plays. From 1997 "Old Harry's Game" with screamingly wicked funny comic Andy Hamilton. Smart comedy set in Hell: Satan (Hamilton) up against a recent arrival genial skeptic of a professor (who's only sin is that he was an atheist).

Today's show: "Satan conducts interviews for a new assistant. In the running are Scumspawn and a dolphin."

I need to buy this from BBC.
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Mulling over what needs/might be done this weekend. 4 days off. My usual optimism at the start re completion of projects. Projected projects? As follows:

MAINTAINANCE: Need to add oil and air to Lucrezia this weekend. At least, I think that's the name of my car. Must check the gender--it might be Wulfenbach. To be done during daylight and hopefully dry hours. Which may be a window of 60 minutes, to judge by the weather report.

HOMEWORK: Writing for homework this weekend, but feeling much more at leisure. Writing hopefully to include LJ essays. Mebbe. I think the homework pace is finally established.

Note: writing critiques for workshop is relatively easy. Yes, even while being civil.
Writers block is a bitch. Ironically, while avoiding the internet helps my focus, avoiding social time does not---getting out and talking relaxes the mind.

SOCIAL: (And thnx to S, B, A and another S---I'll add LJ names later. It's 2:45am right now. But yes, Wed night was grand and cakey.)

Yes, it's 2:45am--but I have Friday off. 4 DAYS!!

HEALTH: Yoga or back exercises. Have lost a bit of weight, but more out of shape. Have taken to running scurrying up and down the stairs of Dutton Hall between 7:30 and 8:30. Hope to do more after 4pm, but workload hasn't allowed it. Bowling after work?

SOCIAL DISGUISED AS HEALTH: Hoping to add dance to the above mix. ECD or Contra. However, will see if I go any distance this weekend. Am more in the mood for homework and possible company.

BACK TO MAINTAINANCE: Hope to get paperwork in order. Books on shelves, exercise notes from physical therapy, poetry and writing notes pulled out and put in order. Much paperwork and many small objects were "banker boxed" at the end of last semester. Finally a chance to put things in order. I'VE GOT FOUR DAYS OFF AND I'M NOT SICK WHOOHOOO!!!

OH YEAH MORE SCHOOL STUFF: Write to SCC for counseling advice, as they have no counselors available. Seriously.

CRAFTY MAINTAINANCE: Order witch pattern, with hat, attachable bees of some sort. Fabric would be nice too. Perhaps fabric shopping in lieu of museum runs. Add iTunes and GIMP to laptop.

Oh hell, maybe a museum run. It's raining. Rain. Museums. Order of the universe.

Speaking of costumes--do I attempt faire sewing this year? If so, I want to be measureD and trace plastic copies of the Margo Anderson patterns. No more eyeballed patterns. Even if I don't sew this year (aGAIN!), I'll have the patterns on hand.

MOre importantly, do I want to dance this year? Socially, yes. Faire-ily--ummmmm.....
Screw it. That's a question for day light hours.

OK, SOCIAL STUFF AGAIN: [livejournal.com profile] ifonlyuntil9 recommended the Sonnet Walk on Sa. I did not make my reservations, but not sure of weather. Dear Universe: Miss IOU9 would like a nice walk, with nice dramamamama students, and nice sonnets. Ease up on the fekking precipitation for a few hours.

OK, what am I forgetting? Oh yeah...sleep. Nite.
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Sing the praises of she who suggested roasting butternut squash as sub for canned pumpkin.

I had my doubts: I told Mr. Snuffy that the roasted squash tasted great, but not sure it was worth the expense of buying that large a squash [at Raleys, which may account for the expense].
Then made the pie--charged into the computer room and yelped, "HELL YEAH it's worth it!"

Did not make pie--realized we had cranberry pumpkin muffins, and plum corn muffins left over. Decided to keep the holiday easy, and just bake a custard I could plop on muffins. Easy and awesome.

One variation--tried using coconut cream instead of condensed milk (we don't do a lot of dairy). Holy Wow. Pumpkin pie spices, with a bit more ginger for the coconut. And yes, still tastes of roasted sweet squash. Used only 1/3 of the sugar that the canned pumpkin recipe called for. Also good with fresh orange-cranberry relish spooned on top.

All Hail the Baroness of Baked Goods!
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Thoughts jotted because there's not a lot of time
(hey, it's cheap ass Twitter)

Per NPR's Morning Edition, 26 Nov:
The New York Mets will be moving to a new ballpark next spring. Corporate naming rights to the ballpark were sold to Citigroup. Back in better times, the giant bank agreed to pay $400 million over 20 years to call it Citi Field. Now the federal government is bailing out Citigroup. So two New York City Council members are proposing to rename the ballpark: Citi/Taxpayer Field.

Slumdog Millionaire coming to the Varsity 19 Dec. Charles Dickens meets 21st century India.

And any opinions on Synecdoche, New York? Any opinions on the writer's other works, Being John Malkovich or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Adaption?

And more from Phillp Seymour Hoffman on the role

One listener's comment at NPR: "I'm sold. This sounds incredibly chaotic in the good, kind of, psychotic-comfort-food-for-the-mind way."

Notes. I've got all these paper notebook pages. Notes for my final stupid essay. Notes for the procedure manual at work. I think notes must be the biggest horror in writing: stacks of notes give me a gut feeling of unease. You have all these thoughts piling up, twisting up, ganging up on you. And I get to untangle them in the next few hours.

And that's just for the rough draft.

But I get to spend the day...writing. Process writing...but it does make me feel so relaxed. Or at least, deep into myself.
Which means I'll have to keep a close eye on the clock. Clocks lose me when I write.

Back to work and jazz and quesadilla.
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Seems to have been a cold with headache--and was slept off.
At THAT Chicken Soup for late breakfast, with a corn muffin.
Not much appetite.
Then sinuses dictated what they wanted: sushi. Went for Trader Joe, indulged in wasabi pack. (Dip, bite, hold in mouth and breathe in as if wine tasting. Hold morsel to roof of mouth. Sinuses say hello, then swallow.)
Hot green tea, sudaphed, back to sleep.

Yes, "Non-drowsy" sudaphed and green tea are no match for my headaches.

But am awake, feeling better....
and starting homework because I can't focus at the computer well. I can't free write, anyway.

Can't watch the food channel; I keep making mental notes on the preparation.
Marxist critique of a monologue from Mambo Mouth (John Leguizamo).

So I'm about to load music or P&P1995 into the player (because dammit, I've seen it so often even Jane cannot break my focus). Actually, I've found that good jazz or classical, or good-but-well-watched movies with good dialoge help the writing.

Oh, must start wash; later make the coleslaw and fruit salad.
Not for thanksgiving: for me, now.

Tomorrow: to be seen.
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(Collected since this morning, posted at 1:45pm)

things you miss in a week of driving, instead of walking from the train station:

Davis Hallmark store is closing
Varsity theatre: "Rachel getting married" is playing! I forgot that was coming!
Vitos deep dish is now open--must investigate.

An old poetry acquaintance is going to sell hand sewn journals on 29 Nov in Davis.

i may actually go to yoga; meantime, ran up and down the Dutton fire stairs on Wed, and again today. 3-4 upndowns each time. Hoped it would make stiff hip feel better. No, it didn't, but I raised my pulse.

waltz tonight--will consider. Will see what is in the closet when I get home from Amtrak tonight. And see if hip will support turns.

Also xot tonight--ditto. Although clothes and hips do not matter at gaming.

ow. ow. Not waltzing. Hip hurts. Definitely going to yoga.

Noted: We made fun of my parents music and their favorites songs.

I made fun of my elder cousins pop and rock favorites becoming muzak. (You know its over when you realize the mellow tune you hear is a string instrumental of "Sympathy for the Devil".)

My generation has had to accept that most of our favorites established the Easy/Adult Listening.

Can I now make fun of the 20 somethings in the office, now that my deskpotato internet station has added "Chill" and 'Ambient Groove' ("trippy, downtown ambient grooves" Mmmmm..ya). Welcome to the sack, tater tots!


Back from yoga. Need more yoga. There are favorite poses of mine that I can't do on one side. On the bright side, this confirms the back pain is muscular, not skeletal. Yay. Ouch. Yay. Ouch. Dammit.

More on music. Scary time: I'm making a list of songs I like on HitKast. The rock sounds too power ballad. The dance music is good for polka, but the lyrics are dull. The pop is annoying, boring or histrionic--power ballad in other words. Turns out the next three CDs I want to get are rap?
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Yesterday, Friday )

Brisas del Mar. West of Bodega Bay, where they used to have the sushi bar, in the realty office complex.

Afters )
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Midpoint essay is to be on one of the authors we've covered so far, and how their background influenced their writing.

However, due to the delays we've had in class, we've covered only Hawthorne, Melville, and Flannery O'Connor.

I'm leaning toward O'Connor--she's new to to me, she's strange enough for interest (you should have seen classmates last night: "He stole her LEG? WTF?"), and rather well documented. But it's going to require pulling her Catholic faith into all that. I'm a bit shallow---if the woman had not said herself that recognition of faith, and its redemption, were a big part of her stories, I'd have missed it. She read Aquinas almost every night: do I look for the Five Ways or the Double Effect in her work?

There is Hawthorne, also documented. His life is evident in his work; but I dread the misery of rereading pieces like the Black Veil or the Birth Mark. (Yes, I know, that's just lazy!). But he might be a far easier subject for further and deeper research, and easier access to more work. And I've grown to appreciate his satires, even if they aren't gigglefests.

Melville---I enjoyed his humor in Bartleby--but we had no other short stories as examples in class. (I've just gone through a Wikipedia article for further works and one LONG poem). The surface telling of his life does not offer a great deal to compare to his stories, other than mundane life experiences. The Wikipedia article does suggest there may be suprises in the man's emotional life , but it would take more than two weeks reading (I've one week to submit the outline), and it would require reading of his later novels. Not enought time---but I think I'd like to tackle Melville some day.

The teacher suggested after class that she might let us use some of the upcoming poets or Arthur Miller for other subjects---but she needs to discuss that with the whole class. I want to get started.

AANND I need to get review notes for math--I need to take a placement test sometime. I don't see much point in taking science classes until I establish my math grades. Was hoping to have the placement test done part way through this term, but it may have to wait until Spring semester, so I can study during Christmas break. I can only get as high as basic geometry---but I want my high school brains back! I want my algebra brains back!

Back to work
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Well, THAT weekend didn't go as planned.

Um, everyone I contacted last week....somethings going around.
Lasts 24-48 hours, but ugly.

Friday woke up and felt run down, and ragged, and a slight headache. Figured I was just tired (had to wake up early for a car appointment), so after car was checked, I drove home and rested, and did some homework. Skipped the planned cooking and baking, and just did homework, and a LOAD of personal writing I've wanted to accomplish. Stayed up a bit too late, but still.

Saturday morning, slight headache was ugly headache. Thought I might have a light fever, which happens sometimes. This was either sinus or a bug.

Fucking big bug. Mothra attacked.
I ended up sleeping most of the day, presume with high fever by the fact my thinking/cognitive processes were more bunged up than normal. Could not keep anything down. Not even nothing. You get the drift. Sleep, toss, sip of seltzer.

Called Mr. Snuffy when I was more coherent and energetic around 3pm, and asked him to get 7Up and saltines when he god off work. Food of the gods, I tell you.
Was able to keep crackers and 7 up, added an Aleeve. By 8pm I could pretty much stand up, more crackers and soda. By 11pm I achieved a bowl of rice. Yay.

So. Am up, cooled off, did some gentle stretches and just had another bowl of rice with two eggs. Will go to store for bare essentials, come home and write up my notes for class--or just write. Not likely for clothes shopping today. May still attempt to assemble lunches for the week, maybe some baking tonight. (Microwave apple breakfast cake?)

So kids....stock up on your favorite sick-room food, something funny to read (NO computer screens---AUGH!) and get some sleep. And more sleep.
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1. Waltzing REALLY IS FUN. Yes, you knew that. Waltzing among other beginners who are giggling and just enjoying it is AMAZINGLY FUN!!!
1b. Found out I missed the Davis Contra (thought it was next week). Intend to do that.
1c. Someday SOON will attempt Swing.
1d. Considering Alameda on Monday just to watch happy Irish. Or, if it's going to be that packed, stay out of the way and go on a following Monday.
1d1. [livejournal.com profile] ziibminthalij make for happy Irish.

2. Since DCF with [livejournal.com profile] sillymesaysme, late evening nosh after waltzing now seems to requires burgers and fries. And Barqs. So much for the diet.

3. Going to toss out papers 'n stuff. I've got two days to clear out old crap, and make room for me. No, won't be done all in one weekend. But I've got that time to toss papers, and settle my head and write and study.

4. I think the paints are coming out this weekend. See if I still really like painting, or if these should get thrown out.

5. I think we need an alcove in the living room. The Craft Project Alcove. One corner where all the Crafty Stuff will be stored.
5a. Am now going to start a running list of things I will go out and buy tomorrow. Clean, get shopping ideas, put them on the list. Write, move yarn, get organizing ideas, put it on the list. Need storage tubs, bookends...shelving? Shall I attempt shelving myself?
5b. Clean out cookies, old temporary files, old files that refuse to be unintalled (Norton seems a bit like HAL from 2001 on that note...) and defrag this thing.

6. Just relax, write, crochet, enjoy a real 2 day weekend. MAYBE cook something (Snuffy made corned beef. Tender, lovely corned beef. With roasted roots.) Going to cook some rice.
6a. Sewing. Aha. Sewing....


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