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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
8:16 pm
Reddit continues to be my favorite source of legitimate lols.

There are some witty, hilarious people in those threads.

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Sunday, October 18th, 2015
6:57 pm
I adulted so hard this weekend.

current mood: accomplished

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
10:35 am - Thirsty Mind
Yup, South Hadley will work.

There's a comfortable, quirky coffee shop. Love it.

(Where I presently am because it's a nice day and I figured I'd get out of the house and FINISH THIS ARTICLE for work. Determination.)

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
1:40 pm
The sister is having a tag sale in a couple weeks, and what ideal timing to try to get rid of some stuff before moving.

As much as moving itself is kind of a pain, decluttering is great. So freeing.
Maybe this weekend I'll start the process of going through stuff. Noting things for tag sales, stuff that needs to get tossed or recycled, etc.

For having a small apartment, I do collect a lot of things. It'll be nice to pare back down a bit.

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Sunday, April 12th, 2015
10:45 am
I do have a bit of a cold, though, caught from Katie and undoubtedly exacerbated by not sleeping great. Hopefully this won't be a lingering multi-week cold, because it's starting to be nice weather and I'd like to ride my bike. Also new job and moving and other busy-ness that I would prefer to be not-sick for.

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Friday, March 27th, 2015
1:46 pm
Also, my haircut appointment was hilarious.
It was nearing the end of the night so there was only me and another lady getting our hair cut, and the extra stylists were funny and chatty, and it was basically like a big group conversation about musicals and pets and geography.

The geography part happened when one of the stylists was on his phone and was like "ugh, I hate these "name a country without the letter A" things, they're always soooo easy." And me and the girl cutting my hair both clearly were trying to think of non-A countries, and actually struggled for a minute, which is why she said "Wait.. IS it easy? Like.. Mexico.. that's all I got.." I chimed in "Sweden..." and then the original guy was like, well there have to be more... And for 10 minutes everyone was silent thinking of countries without A's, piping up when they had one. I think we ended up with 12. And then there was joking about other trivia things, and it was just fun.

Good haircut, lol.

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
3:36 pm
Pretty much ready for work today to be over. It's sunny and mild, and I'd like to go drive to contortion with the windows down, and then stretch excessively.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2015
2:10 pm - Vegas pieces: Bellagio
OH, and since we went in the Bellagio, I saw Chihuly's fiori di como in person, and that was really lovely. The Bellagio in general was stunning. It consistently had the best ceilings, with floral umbrella-looking things facing you as you look up, with all kinds of decorative stuff hanging from the ceilings.

We all know how much I love pretty things hanging from ceilings.

Wonder what it would set you back for a few nights there.

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Saturday, March 21st, 2015
9:03 pm - Vegas pieces: Neon Boneyard
Our first non-work night, Jess and I went to the Neon Boneyard, where old Vegas signs go to die. OMG. It was awesome. It's a short guided tour with the signs outside. Some still work, some are just lit externally. It was really neat to hear the stories about the signs, about the history.

It probably only took about an hour, and there's not a ton to say about it without seeing the signs/pics, but man, it was really cool. I need to get the pics up on FB.

AND our tour guide was born and raised in Las Vegas. I had just been talking about how no one's ever FROM Vegas. But she IS. The mythical native Las Vegasan.

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4:22 pm - Vegas pieces: Zarkana
There's way too much Vegas to put in one post, time to break it down.

Zarkana. Delightful.
I really did wanna see O, but it was sooo expensive, and Zarkana also looked appealing, so we got tickets for that one. Not a bad decision at all. It was really beautiful. I mean, all Cirque things are beautiful, in different ways, but this one was beautiful in a way that I was in the right space to appreciate when I saw it. Music was awesome. There was a painfully gorgeous duo straps routine. I always kind of love how straps look, and should really make it a goal to have the strength to do them. But they look super hard.

But yeah, so the duo straps was two guys, and it was just a really perfect match of the moves they did with the music. Sometimes music and circus routines are just kinda happening at the same time, but not necessarily "together" or whatnot, and this was just beautiful, and oddly...I dunno, sensual? But yeah.

There was also an amazing juggler-girl who juggled off the floor, including walking backwards up stairs WHILE juggling off the stairs in front of her. Crazy.

Wheel of death also present, but which I'm always a little cringe-y about. They jump rope on it, and it always looks like someone's going to fall, and it's slightly uncomfortable to watch. The jump rope guy on this one caught his foot in the jump rope at one point, and did look pretty close to falling.

However, I was not super impressed with the cyr performances. I don't know why, they still looked nice. But I actually sort of blame this on NECCA. There was a pro-track show once with a cyr performance that was amazing, literally breathtaking. And ever since I saw that one, other cyr performances I'm often just kinda like eh, it was fine. They all seem lackluster, somehow. Well, not necessarily lackluster, since they're still cool. I dunno. That said, they're still circles, and I think everything done in circles looks nice. Greylin sometimes says that's what she loves so much about lyra, is that circles complement human bodies nicely, that everyone looks good in the lyra, and I agree. And it applies to cyr wheels, too.

But yeah.. it was definitely worth seeing, I might need to pick up the music from it. Stunning show, lots of fun to watch. Makes me want to get back to circus like right now, too.

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Sunday, March 8th, 2015
11:46 am
Today is the first of those post-injury days. I'm not limping (though my ankle is still a little bit swollen, and I can't fully point or flex my foot as far as I normally can) and it FEELS fine. I'm all like, I wanna do some indoor bike riding! It's Sunday, that's what we do on weekends!

No. Incorrect. You can sit in this coffee shop and do some freelance work. And then you can sit on the couch with movies and not suddenly use your foot a lot. Other acceptable activities including showering, napping, reading, and cooking.

You can do some on-the-floor and mostly upper-body yoga if you really want.

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Monday, February 16th, 2015
1:01 pm - things you don't notice til you notice
My lower body feels really limber lately. From contortion, presumably.

Like.. yeah, there's usually still a day of slight to moderate soreness after we do leg days with intense splits stretches, but the soreness lasts a shorter time, and then after that, I just feel like... I dunno, fluid?

It's interesting because I've done yoga for awhile and am somewhat flexible, so it's not like I was sore or achy or something before, and that's probably why this is the sort of thing that you couldn't have told me about until I noticed it myself. Not noticing that you aren't as limber as you can be, because you're limber enough. Or something. But yeah, it's definitely noticeable. Which is also weird to say, because it's sort of subtle at the same time. Noticeable but subtle. Or maybe a small amount more flexible that happens to translate into *feeling* like it's a huge difference.

So. That's cool. Liking that.

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Friday, January 9th, 2015
2:31 pm - snow day
Woke up, looked outside, it was snowing and my car was already covered, used a personal day. Screw that. Really don't have the patience for driving to work in the snow anymore, when it's that far away. That, and I figured I could use the time more productively anyway. Freelance, take down the rest of my Christmas decorations, do some tidying. I have racquetball plans with Rob tonight, assuming the roads are good, but they've already looked fine for awhile.

So I've been productive and get a 3-day weekend out of it.

Hot tub/massage was good. I wish I had a hot tub. I would use that thing all the time. Massage was mostly shoulders/neck/back, and today my neck feels soooo good. I notice a lot that my neck is tight/sore, but I didn't realize how much until that massage and now feeling like I have a bigger range of motion in it. Of course, contortion Wednesday was leg stretching stuff mostly, so now I'm all mixed-soreness, lol. From like waist up I'm massaged and flexier, and waist down is stiffer/sore from class and no-massage.

I think today calls for hot chocolate.

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
8:48 am
It's looking mighty gray and gloomy outside. Snow's supposed to start in a few hours.
Taking the day off was a good plan. I slept in, I'll do a little freelance work, tidy up the house, and then I'm heading to Sarah's in a bit.. We'll bake some things for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, have fancy Thanksgiving-Eve drinks, order in dinner, watch some movies, and stay in out of the snow.

Sounds good.

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
3:14 pm
My forum best-friend, who has been gone from said forum for like a year, resurfaced today.

He has been and will continue to be super busy, so I doubt this is a permanent reappearance, but it's making me smile for the afternoon at least. We've been exchanging messages since lunchtime, and he's chiming in on some topics, too. Awww. I've missed him.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014
12:54 pm
Me: Can you come over next week and help me find where the mouse is getting in and out so I can block it? I'll buy dinner. Also there's at least one spider I need removed. Sooooo...
Mom: Sounds like it'll be a great night. Mouse, spiders, and webs. Why not just let the webs get big enough and let the spiders catch the mouse? lol


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Sunday, November 9th, 2014
1:32 pm
It's kind of grey, but with the sun occasionally popping out. It's a good day for a Katie-walk, and she should teleport from Scotland.

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014
3:17 pm
Driving with Sarah on Sunday morning, chatting.

Me: And we lost the rugby match 74-6.
Sarah: I don't know what that means.
Me: *stares*
Sarah: Well, I know it means we LOST, but I don't know how badly, I don't know the points or whatever. Is it like catching a snitch? Did they score once and get 70 points?
Me: ...no. No, scoring in rugby is not like catching the snitch.

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Saturday, November 1st, 2014
6:21 pm - US vs. NZ rugby
Okay, so that actually was a LOT of fun.
Thank goodness for Ashley, Owain, and Aaron, who made the rugby match hilarious and fun and interactive for me, instead of what it could have been: me, watching it solitarily, melancholy that I wasn't watching it with M.

The US lost, which we knew we would. 74-6. But joking about the game, about what the announcers were saying (they were quite fixated on the All-Blacks having done a bunch of Chicago things but not having deep dish pizza), and being able to clarify at confusing bits because Aaron and Owain and big rugby fans.. that was a good time. It seemed like the atmosphere at the stadium was light and fun, too. Suppose it can be when there's less pressure from the intense type of competition we get with some of the sports we take Very Seriously.

Match might be most easily summed up by some of my tweets:

"USA has played the All-Blacks three times before, and it...has not gone well." - pregame announcer. Sounds about right. #USAvAllBlacks

Wow, 61,000-seat Soldier Field is sold out. Good job, America, taking an interest in an awesome sport and a world-class visiting team.

Clips of Kiwi toddlers imitating a haka. <3

#haka #haka #haka #haka #haka

"Sure, we may lack experience, we may lack the skills, but we are never short on confidence, that's the American way." Oh, announcer.

Come on, US, you're SO CLOSE! The line is RIGHT THERE, you're within 5 meters!! I know you don't know how far meters are, but you can see it!

Ouch. The offloading for that try looked like they were just practicing offloads without an opponent. Whomp whomp.

How is Sonny Bill Williams on a team for, like, every rugby or league game I watch?

*silence* #USAvAllBlacks

New goal for this match: Just get first-ever USA try against All-Blacks. First try in history. You can do it.

So... that could have been. Um.. worse? #firsthalf #USAvAllBlacks

For NZ, this must be like playing a game of pickup with family over the holidays.

What do you think is the highest-ever score difference in a rugby match? I'd like to not surpass it.
(At this point, multiple people on Twitter informed me that in 2004, Japan lost 145-17.)

ATTENTION:The All-Blacks have not, I repeat, have not had deep dish pizza, in case you didn't hear that the first 5 times.

Me: US is limping, has tissues in their bloody noses..
Friend: NZ still has their hair in place.

"There's a bit of a 'skills gap' with the teams today." - World's Most Obvious Sports Announcer

We only lost by 68 points. *smirk* Take THAT Japan-from-2004.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014
10:00 am
The weather was sick of me talking about how gorgeous it had been, apparently, since we've barely seen the sun these last two weeks. Very gray, rainy. There have been a few days when it's been pretty anyway, when it's grey, and windy. But mostly, it's hard to get up and then you don't want to do anything.

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