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It just occurred to me that the trouble I have remembering/recognizing words relating to architecture could be that I have nothing to associate them to in my head. If I have no visual memory, there's nothing for them to attach to, and using descriptions loses a lot of information.

I wonder if that's actually what's going on, or if it's yet another manifestation of my trouble remembering words for very specific objects (yes, including proper nouns), especially if there is no obvious link to what little Latin I still remember. It's easier to remember words I've seen rather than only heard, though.

Or, I suppose, trouble remembering words at all - given how often I end up flailing and saying 'thingy!' or 'that... thing!'. :) Sometimes it's amazing that I can actually communicate anything!

(I'm much better at remembering where things are in relation to other things, at least small scale. This is probably why we have a front (sitting/living) room, a dining room, and a back (sitting/living) room, at least according to me)

This brought to you by [livejournal.com profile] galaneia referring to a part of a building using a term with which I was unfamiliar. This is a common problem on my part, and she and [livejournal.com profile] metahacker seem to know and use a lot of terminology to describe buildings and parts of buildings.
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My hair, it will no longer constantly try to trap me because I lean against it, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] galaneia trimming it for me!

My knee is mostly healed from my trip, and now just itches like mad.

I have plans to visit [livejournal.com profile] deyo and company around Xmas and New Years!

I found my missing watch... in my pants pocket. Confusing!

Grading papers is an odd experience, especially since we are expressly _not_ trying to teach them basic writing skills and I desperately want to fix everything.

Larger dose of sleep meds maaaaybe helping me sleep deeper (no longer with the constant dreams that I remember because I'm sleeping shallowly enough to remember them). My brain is certainly working better!

I'm a prime number tomorrow. Yay, primes!
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He was a stray who was caught when his foster was trying to catch another kitty, because she never thought she could catch him. He purred madly when she came to check the trap, and his tale with humans was started.

I may try to make a second post with photos, but not right now.

long. )
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I was hoping to go see birds at Wilson Farms with [livejournal.com profile] galaneia today!

Or, possibly, go see orchids, tropical plants, and Tillandsias at Mahoney's in Winchester! Ok, yes, I could do that some other day.

But restless! Want to go do something interesting! And darn you, snow! (ok, technically, snow + wind + lack of snow tires on my vehicle)

Bah.
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Had dinner with [livejournal.com profile] metahacker, [livejournal.com profile] galaneia, and a visiting [livejournal.com profile] omly, which was lovely.

Then lovely cuddles with a very sleepy [livejournal.com profile] omly during various chattings among the four of us, and some of [livejournal.com profile] ayalanya's jar cakes. Then [livejournal.com profile] omly returned home with the help of a briefly visiting [livejournal.com profile] salvbard.

Soon, bed.
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Had dinner with [livejournal.com profile] metahacker, [livejournal.com profile] galaneia, and a visiting [livejournal.com profile] omly, which was lovely.

Then lovely cuddles with a very sleepy [livejournal.com profile] omly during various chattings among the four of us, and some of [livejournal.com profile] ayalanya's jar cakes. Then [livejournal.com profile] omly returned home with the help of a briefly visiting [livejournal.com profile] salvbard.

Soon, bed.
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Got to see and be at least a little cuddly with [livejournal.com profile] underwatercolor, [livejournal.com profile] weegoddess, [livejournal.com profile] minerva42, and a couple of people who have no lj that I am aware of.

And then, today, 4 hours of quiet chatting and some cuddling with [livejournal.com profile] weegoddess, who also got to chat with [livejournal.com profile] galaneia a fair bit. :)

And, [livejournal.com profile] metahacker was kind enough to help with my "I am so low on cuddle and now aware of it oh god I can't sleep" problems late last night. It's like opening a door and finding a Gaping Chasm Of Doom (or, in this case, painfully aching need for touch)! I definitely need more people to cuddle with regularly, though, as it can be a bit hard on him to only really have [livejournal.com profile] metahacker to get cuddles from. Like if he's overpeopled or it's too warm or whatever, you know?

Tomorrow, start volunteering at the lab I'm going to be helping with. Should be good, and it'll be nice to figure out a reasonable schedule (likely not full time, since that's not great for me when I am being paid, let alone when not,). Will also start trying to figure out where to apply to, no matter how much I do not want to apply agaaaaaain.

Did a bit of painting of the porch railing, with more to come. [livejournal.com profile] metahacker finished painting the trim in the back room, and adjusted the arrangement of the furniture in that room. It looks fabulous, I think.
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Yeah, I knew you were lurking, but busy with school then stupid cold masked it.

But, y'know, when I find myself dissatisfied and cranky with all of my options, and don't want to go to bed even though i'm tired, it really make me wonder.

And between school & research project & proposal for said project & needing to apply for next year & daily house stuff (and thankfully not food prep for at school, thank you [livejournal.com profile] galaneia!), i'm using a lot of willpower regularly. So my normal sweets cravings are truly absurd, and things that I would normally say are too sweet are still tasty, i'm having a lot of trouble with wanting to eat the everything that is sweet. Constantly. I'll try my seasonal dark chocolate in the morning & hope it helps, because very few sweets are low Cal foods, since most are not just sweet. So I get to need willpower when trying to help my willpower and other brain sugar things. Joy.

But I must try to sleep, much as that, too is a donwanna.

Mrr.
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Natural break in my work, and a need to leave in a few minutes means that I actually have time to write a post! Shock!

because it's polite! )
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If you were looking for functional, simple and eye-pleasing, sturdy outdoor furniture that didn't cost an absurd amount, where would you look?

Both for a third floor deck and a small patch of lawn/patio?

I realize this is a very general question, so maybe [livejournal.com profile] galaneia and [livejournal.com profile] metahacker will chime in. :)

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And some humidity, but hey.

cut because it got long )
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Many, many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] whispercricket, [livejournal.com profile] teinedreugan, and [livejournal.com profile] jasra for packing help yesterday, and to [livejournal.com profile] hfcougar for pre-painting wall cleaning today! I keep having an urge to thank people when I see them; when you consider that I live with [livejournal.com profile] hfcougar, it turns out that I have to bite my tongue a lot or risk being annoying.

But help! Yay help! And company! (which I also have sometimes when [livejournal.com profile] metahacker and I pack things together, like today. :)

In theeeeory, [livejournal.com profile] galaneia returns tomorrow. In practice we'll see; they've said this for three days now.
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Both in our house specifically, and in terms of not renting. :) No real order.

A fan in the bathrooms with showers in them.

Enough space in the kitchen for more than one person to be preparing themselves food.

Having an office separate from my bedroom.

Being able to plan what should go where, both for my rooms and for shared rooms, separately and as a group.

Learning how to do more things around the house, and being _able_ to do more things around the house.

Garden!

Large tub in the first floor bathroom with which to sooth my frequently cranky muscles.

Being able to paint my room and office as I like, with the caveat that I don't want to make either [livejournal.com profile] metahacker or [livejournal.com profile] galaneia unhappy about my color choices. This is not currently seeming to be a likely problem. :)

Lots of space, including a guest room! (albeit on the top floor)

Eventually a woodshop which I get to help out in! (I like making things, but making things is difficult when one has no spatial awareness. So I'm a good helper, if people are good at explaining what needs to happen without relying on spatial awareness)

Getting to know our neighbors. :)

Ok, enough for now. Back to things which need done before I head out for therapy!

(also, having two houses to shovel is a lot of shoveling. Esp with the fact that the new house has a roof deck!)
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First, pictures! Sadly, due to lack of time, I do not have any photos from when I was diving. Had I had time for my post-certification dives, I could have been taking photos. Ah, well.

San Pedro Sula )

Homeward! )

And now... )
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Last I updated on travels, I was in Escalante, UT.

Zion )

vegas, again?! )

Capital Reef )

Moab )
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Because seeing them and then not seeing them again reminded me...

I am so very thankful to [livejournal.com profile] metahacker and [livejournal.com profile] galaneia, individually and collectively, for having included me in their family. It was definitely a complex route to have traveled to get us to this point.

Their individual and collective patience with each other, themselves, and with me, as well as a whole lot of soul-searching and conversation and life entanglement has brought us to the point where they both flew out to Las Vegas to join me for a week on my crazy two month road-trip in the South West. Sure, they also wanted to see the area. But they most definitely came to see me, as well.

And now I miss them at the same time as finding many things easier (a week's worth of time is a very different thing from two months, and that was reflected in the rate at which we were doing things while they were here). And I'm so, so thankful. And I love, and am loved. I think I'm also less homesick, now.
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Currently in Escalante, UT.

We escaped Las Vegas to head toward the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. I don't recall the precise places we briefly stopped through and/or saw outside the car window, but it was certainly not a direct path, on purpose.

The Grand Canyon itself was, indeed, grand. Kind of difficult to parse, grand. There are pictures, of course. Mine, [livejournal.com profile] metahacker's, and [livejournal.com profile] galaneia's. Uploading pictures, as per usual, is slow. (I'm still back at stuff previous to picking them up from the air port!)

Tiny cabin was tiny, but the larger ones were not available when we booked the one we did get. And hey, we were staying on the North Rim. That doesn't suck. :) There was some hiking, as well as a severely sleep-deprived [livejournal.com profile] metahacker, which was sad. Also, altitude eats people's energy and brains.

From the North Rim, we went to Page, passing through a number of pretty things on the way, including south of the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, and over the Navajo Bridge. We ate in a former paddleboat, all unknowing until we had finished, for dinner. From Page, we crossed the Glen Canyon bridge, and I think went back to spend the night in Kanab, UT.

This morning, we left Kanab and headed toward Bryce Canyon National Park, passing through lots of pretty stuff on the way. In Bryce, we took the shuttle in, had a picnic lunch, and went to the end of the shuttle trip. From there, we took pictures, jumped back on the shuttle, and then walked from that stop to the next one north. We ended up deciding against walking another 0.5 miles from that stop to the next one, so as to be kind to altitude-affected people. We saw lots of birds, one of which was both blue-ish and green-ish, and turned out to be the Violet-green swallow. We also saw woodpeckers (tiny!), ravens, antelope, elk from far away, and other things that I'm probably forgetting. Yes, there are pictures. :)

After Bryce, we headed for Escalante, UT for the night, and had tasty dinner at the restaurant attached to the hotel, which specializes in smoked meats.

And now, I'm chilly and going to stop trying to upload things for now. Brr!
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We spent the long weekend w/[livejournal.com profile] metahacker's mom, [livejournal.com profile] canuckmum, and do thanksgiving (observed) plus birthday stuff for multiple people w/his family.

Was a very busy weekend, unfortunately involving giving my cold to both [livejournal.com profile] metahacker and [livejournal.com profile] galaneia, the latter of whom is now miserable.

I was quite nervous about my first thanksgiving with his family. It went well, though. Long day. Very long day! But there were tasty foods (I now want a recipe for sweet potato pie, even though I will probably fail to ever make it. It was so tasty!), many conversations and helping with necessary big groups of people chores, and a large variety of presents. Including for me, to my surprise. (to be fair, i did have a birthday recently) I got a broomstick skirt from his mom (I have a fair number of said, so if that was a guess, it was an _excellent_ guess), a couple pieces of nifty art from [livejournal.com profile] metahacker (I did know I was getting something unclear and possibly card-like from him), and a lovely knit lap blanket from [livejournal.com profile] galaneia which I must post pictures of. Although I'm not sure the colors will photograph well.

I'm really impressed with the sneakiness with which she got me to pick a pattern for it! Neat viney plant growing pattern thing! Sneaky girl is sneaky!

I did notice she was knitting a bunch, but she knits a bunch anyway. And I did notice that she wanted to finish something in time for gift giving, and she jumped a few times when I came into a room unexpectedly, but at no point did I ever more than briefly wonder why. Nor did I have any clue what she was making.

Ok, yes, I'm perhaps a bit oblivious. :)

Good thanksgiving. People are still clearly a bit baffled by the whole situation, but they are also clearly trying to actually get to know me. Which is good. :)

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