Thursday, May 31, 2012

My online home has moved!

I have created a new blog. Why? Because I'm taking a break from school and so the name A College Girl's Days doesn't really seem to fit anymore.

My new blog is Dancing With Fey, and I hope to see everyone over there! The URL is www.dancingwithfey.blogspot.com.

I've still got my book blog up and running, and you can find me over there when I want to talk books.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Birthdays!

I meant to write next about Tall One turning 21! Honest I did! But I got distracted by the pretty thunderstorm!

Tall One turned 21 this week. Now he can buy booze and gamble, but since he doesn't want to do either, it doesn't make any difference to him. Still, I think I should have bought him sake.

I didn't get him any drinks, but I did buy him a set of essential oils. Most of the oils in the set were things he already had, but two of them were new, which is what was important. And the others should keep, so he just has extra. Unless he wants to share with me...

My friend The Belly Dancer turned 22 just two days after Tall One's birthday. I was supposed to visit her in Spokane over this weekend (and attend an SCA event with her and her boyfriend) but stayed home due to being sick. Dangit. But hopefully she had a good birthday, and no I will not tell you what I got her. Why not? Because I was going to hand deliver it, but it now has to be mailed, and I want her to be surprised when she gets it.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Beauty in thunderstorms

"The wild elements were slow to abate, but as the day passed, they wandered elsewhere. Once again the sky was revealed, and the setting sun glowed with brilliance. As beams of light tinted the clouds with blazing colors, everything gained a sharp contrast: brightly lit on one side, deeply shadowed on the other. Objects had a unique sense of mass; grass stalks seemed sturdy as marble pillars. Ordinary things took on an unearthly beauty; Eragon felt as if he were sitting inside a painting."

The above paragraph is from Eragon by Christopher Paolini, and it's what I thought of during two rare thunderstorms last evening and again this evening. Except, I thought that things took on an "unearthly beauty" during the storm, not just after. More green and vibrant.

What do you think? Is the world more beautiful during a storm? After? Or not at all?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The darned question

I've been sick a lot recently, and have missed a few days of work. Naturally, there's the question of how I should respond when people ask that annoying question, "How are you?"

How I answer depends on whether they really want to know, or if it's just a polite question that they are asking just because that's what coworkers and acquaintances say to each other. Obviously, since I don't read minds, I can't always know if people want the truth or not.

For a while I pretty much always said "I'm ok," but then finally figured out that I should be honest with my employer about my health. Especially since there have been two separate occasions (or three?) when I went in to work but couldn't stay the full day. So now I generally answer "Not so great," but still sometimes say "I'm ok" or "I'm fine" when I'm really not.

I'm writing this post on Sunday, and will be seeing a specialist on the day this actually goes up. Hopefully I'll find out what's wrong with me then, or maybe they'll say that I need some tests done. And then we can fix it, and then I won't have to lie anymore when I say "I'm doing fine" in response to that darned question.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Don't know when to give up

Half the fun of Tall One playing in a bagpipe band is the stories that come out of it. Most of the stories don't find their way onto this blog, but this one will.

At the latest band practice a metronome was needed. The regular metronome was absent, but never fear, Tall One had his iPhone.

The pipe major hooked Tall One's iPhone up to a speaker, which was great, but the speaker was designed to automatically bring up iTunes. It also had a "play/pause" button that would talk specifically to iTunes, not the metronome app that my brother was using.

Lucky for Tall One nothing embarrassing came on when the pipe major hooked up the speaker and it automatically turned on iTunes. All that started playing was the audiobook Bartimaeous: Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud.

The audiobook kept getting turned on as the pipe major tried to use the speaker's "play/pause" button to turn the metronome on and off. Mostly people could ignore what was going on in the audiobook, until finally Bartimaeous said...

"You just don't know when to give you, do you?"

The pipe major always remembered to go straight for the iPhone, not the speaker, after that.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The irony is laughable

I've had TMD on and off for a few years. What is TMD? It's a problem with the jaw joints that can be quite painful at times. It can be caused by stress, and clenching the jaw and grinding one's teeth makes things worse.

My TMD (along with my acne) mostly cleared up when I moved out of my parent's place last month. For the first time in I don't know how long I was using neither muscle relaxant or a splint. The muscle relaxant relaxes a person so that they're less likely to grind their teeth at night, and the splint fits between the teeth to 1) help avoid trouble by keeping the teeth apart, and 2) protect my teeth from myself. Yes, I actually have two small chips in my front tooth, put there by stress last year.

Oh yes, about that splint...I broke my splint early this year, finally saw the TMD doctor about getting it replaced about a month ago, and was finally able to pick up the replacement last Wednesday.

Of course, even though they had taken a mold of my teeth and used that to make a splint special for me, they still had to do some adjustment. And how do they figure out what kind of adjustment is needed? "Here, put this in your mouth, let me put this colored bit of paper between your teeth and your splint, and grind your teeth side to side and forward and back." Which naturally aggravated my TMD.

So I went to the TMD doctor to pick up something that I no longer needed and the visit aggravated my TMD so that I now need the splint that I had not needed before my doctor visit.

Wow, irony?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Namesakes

Imagine if someone tried to name a high school sports team The Jesus' or The Buddha's. Lots of people would be making a fuss.

And yet I see sports teams named after Pagan gods.

Not that I'm complaining. I just think it's funny, and awesome that our gods have sports teams named after them.