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• log-or-rhea: n. excessive talkativeness
• rhet-o-ric: n. the art of using words effectively
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Mar. 23rd, 2008 @ 04:21 pm Keeping Up
I haven't been keeping up this journal. (Well, DUH!) I started a Wordpress journal a while back, because I wanted some of the features they offer, like statistics. At the time, I thought I'd keep them both up, but I'm not doing a very good job of it. Obviously.

If you're interested, though, samarcand created an RSS feed, so you can read my other journal here on LJ. (YEAH, Samarcand! Thanks!)

So if you want, add stonoffsoup to your friends list.
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2007 Turquoise
Mar. 6th, 2008 @ 07:47 pm Silly Memage
(Skanked from tikismile)

1. What ended your last relationship?
My husband. I was dating them both initially, and I finally had to choose. He had the advantage of being local (he had a bunch of other nice qualities too).

2. When was the last time you shaved?
Sunday (yes, I'm bad, but Mars is out of town, so who's going to notice?)

3. What were you doing this morning at 8 a.m.?
Poaching eggs for breakfast

4. What were you doing 5 minutes ago?
Putting Mad Scientist to bed and unloading the dishes (I'm talented that way)

5. Are you any good at math?
Not by comparison to my son, but then NO ONE is, compared to him

6. Your prom night?
Very fun. Went to both Junior and Senior proms, with two different boys, both very, very nice.

7. Do you have any famous ancestors?
Nope, though I did have a few ancestors who knew famous people.

8. Have you ever taken out a loan to pay for school?
Nope. Worked instead (and had a little help from Mom and Dad)

9. Did you notice that there was previously no question #9?
Isn't this Question 9?

10. Last thing received in the mail?
Renewal for my PNWA membership

11. How many different beverages have you drunk today?
Water and Diet Coke

12. Do you ever leave messages on people's answering machines?
Yes. Pretty faithfully

13. Who did you lose your CONCERT virginity to?
Leonard Cohen, because I am totally cool that way (or my older sisters are, at least)

14. Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach?
Why would I?

15. What's the most painful dental procedure you've had?
Oral skin graft where they cut out a chunk of the top of my mouth and sewed it in front of my lower, front teeth.

16. What is out your back door?
Nothing by woods, baby

17. Any plans for Friday night?
Does reading blogs count?

18. Do you like what the ocean does to your hair?
Oh, yeah. It curls into pretty little tendrils (though I *am* getting a little old for those pretty little tendrils)

19. Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different kinds of popcorn?
Yes, and I love them if they are fresh. Especially the caramel. Mmmm.

20. Have you ever been to a planetarium?
LOVE them.

21. Do you drunk dial people?
No WAY! That is SO rude.

22. Some things you are excited about?
My novel, the agent who asked me Sunday if she could read the whole thing, and the workshop I'm going to next week where I'll tear it all apart and put it together in an even more exciting way.

23. What is your favorite flavor of JELLO?
raspberry

24. Are any of your great-grandparents still alive?
Missed them entirely. The last one died six months before I was born.

25. Describe your keychain:
Keys, gym membership, a big "F"

26. Where do you keep your change?
Stashed, and I ain't tellin' where, no matter how much you torture me

27. When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group of people?
IRL? No idea. But I fantasize nightly about booktours where hundreds of people are waiting at every stop.

28. Do you sleep with the door to your bedroom open or closed?
Open. Always listening for my daughter, who slips around the house at night on little fog feet

29. What's your excuse for this survey?
Are you kidding? It was the only chance I'll ever have to tell you that I was SO cool, I went to a Leonard Cohen concert when I was 15.
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2007 Turquoise
Jan. 11th, 2008 @ 08:20 pm How Privileged Are My Children? Memage
From What Privileges Do You Have?, based on an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.

1. Father went to college
2. Father finished college
3. Mother went to college
4. Mother finished college
5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers.
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.
8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home.
9. Were read children's books by a parent.
10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively.
13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18.
14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs. Read more...Collapse )
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Jan. 11th, 2008 @ 08:01 pm How Privileged Was I? Memage
(stolen from ecotopian

From What Privileges Do You Have?, based on an exercise about class and privilege developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.

1. Father went to college
2. Father finished college
3. Mother went to college

4. Mother finished college*
5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers. Heck, my father WAS a high school teacher.
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.
8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home.
9. Were read children's books by a parent.
10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
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2007 Turquoise
Dec. 18th, 2007 @ 11:53 pm Keri Noble. And flooding.
Just a quick note to say hello. Sorry I've been absent. I've been volunteering at the United Way since the flooding. It's very satisfying to be part of the recovery effort, but it's also emotionally exhausting.

Right now, I'm in Minneapolis for my annual trip to Keri Noble's concert with my older sisters. I've blogged about it here.

jay_jay, be sure to note the earrings on me and sparkatthefarm! For the rest of you, jay_jay makes gorgeous jewelry!
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2007 Turquoise
Dec. 6th, 2007 @ 12:17 pm My Little Red Kettle
I've established a virtual Salvation Army Kettle of my own, as my feeble attempt to help the organization provide shelter, food and clothing to people in my community who've lost their homes to flooding.

So if you have any spare change, please consider donating to My Little Red Kettle.

Or donate to the aid organization of your choice.

Thanks.
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2007 Turquoise
Dec. 5th, 2007 @ 01:24 pm Flooding
Just a note: our county is in a state of emergency from flooding. Most of the county is either hunkering at home, frantically trying to rescue people, or shoveling mud out of their homes and businesses.

We're safe and dry, though, up on a hill, and even have power and internet service.

I picked up my kids at noon on Monday, which was a good thing because by the time the bus headed out, there was no feasible route to get here. They kept children overnight at the high school (most parents picked up the kids though -- one of my friends said when she picked up her son, there were only five children left in his class). We haven't had school since and probably won't all week. The kids think this is great!

I've been blogging about it and posting pics on Stone Soup if you're interested.

Catch you on the other side, when lives gets back to normal (at least a little).
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Don't Panic
Nov. 27th, 2007 @ 03:06 pm Nanowrimo
Current Mood: accomplished
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It is 3:02 in the afternoon, and I just rolled over the 50,000 mark. I have written 50,000 words on a brand new novel since Nov. 1.

Last year, this time, I was just starting a killer marathon in which I wrote 31,000 in three days. That's insane. I don't recommend it.

This is MUCH for satisfying. Besides, I still have two and a half days. At last year's pace, I could easily finish the book itself, not just Nano. :-)
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2007 Turquoise
Nov. 27th, 2007 @ 10:37 am Litterbox Anomalies
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Geez, I'm posting about the litterbox. Oh, how low the not-so-mighty have fallen.

But, there it is. I'm posting about the litterbox. See, we cleaned it yesterday (OK, Mars did) and put in all new litter.

But after school today, there were three big piles in and around the box (the cat isn't terribly smart: he perches on the edge of the box and does his business neatly right outside; then he scratches litter out of the box in a vain attempt to cover it).

Could one cat (one sick cat, not that anyone would know it) really have three big bowel movements in less than 24 hours? He doesn't eat that much.

Cookie (the miniature dachshund) hates going outside in the winter to do her business, and her little piles are very much like the cat's in size and shape.

So Mars is wondering: did Cookie train herself to use a litterbox???
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2007 Turquoise
Nov. 21st, 2007 @ 07:24 am Girly Girl's Ballet Class
Last May, I wrote about the day Girly Girl's Pre-Ballet teacher left the class to come out and tell me my daughter was refusing to obey (Can I Be the Grandma Yet?).

Well, that particular saga continues. She battled her teacher through the end of the year, though she danced the recital beautifully (and perfectly -- except she can't skip).

The dance studio only allows parents to observe classes two or three times during the year, and last year, between one thing and another, we only got to observe the last one. Mars went (I had some conflict), and he came away very disappointed and annoyed (maybe even a little angry) at the way the teacher treated Girly Girl. When the other girls in the class weren't doing the positions correctly, the teacher would adjust them ("Straighten your back," "Turn your right foot out," etc.). She virtually ignored Girly Girl, except to yell at her when GG got bored and wandered away. But it was near the end of the year, so we let it go.

Fast forward to August when we realized the same teacher teaches Ballet I. We were discussing what to do (talk to the director, go to a different studio for a year or so, etc.) when GG's teacher called to discuss placement. She wanted GG to repeat Pre-Ballet because she didn't think she was ready for Ballet I. I pointed out her perfect performance in the recital, which the teacher acknowledged. But then she said she thinks GG is just immature, not ready to focus yet. And again, she recommended GG repeat Pre-ballet.

This is Girly-Girl's fourth year in dance. Her other teacher adored her, and never said anything about her behavior. She's been with the same group of girls all along. Though she is 1-2 years older, she's smaller than all the other girls, and of course, she's developmental delayed and slower to learn everything. But these girls are used to her; they know it's just the way she is. I didn't think it would help to put her in a brand new class, with all new peers. So the teacher (reluctantly) agreed to let Girly Girly try Ballet I for a month or so. Read more...Collapse )
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2007 Turquoise