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my brain on testosterone

To my utter non-surprise, the Sex ID test has determined that my brain is more male than female. I scored much closer to the average male score than the average female score. I was pretty sure that was going to be the result before I started. But still entertaining.


Commentary on the economic downturn

Looks like Mark Morford is actually a silver lining kind of guy (who knew?):
To be honest, there really are some genuine upsides of a recession. We use less. We become more aware. We drive less, walk more, produce less crap we don't actually need, churn out fewer pollutants, become highly attuned to waste and excess, dial into opportunity, travel locally, skip vacuous trends, become less fickle, appreciate bargain wines, breathe cleaner air, save, appreciate, savor.

It actually is a good way of looking at things. A little more reassuring than total panic, a little more calming than "everything is going down the tubes!" No, we're just learning to be frugal (which does not mean cheap; it simply means avoiding waste - using the whole cow and so forth), to be efficient, to appreciate alternatives. And that's actually a good thing for society as a whole. Like the new appreciation for alternative energy sources, for better gas mileage, for staying home instead of traveling, etc. I guess we have to have a cycle like this at least once a lifetime, so the lessons don't get completely forgotten.


Nothing but good times ahead

Oh, life is wonderful at the moment:

I just paid off my credit card (again)

And then bought more stuff, since a top I wanted was finally back in stock

I met an online friend for coffee, and we ended up hanging out for 4 hours, having a great time (hi amalthiakt!)

I'm getting an ARC of Horizon from the Strand, 3 months before the release date (and less than $10)

My brother's visiting his girlfriend at the CIA (cooking school, not spies), and I'll see him tomorrow

And it's only the second day of my week off! (I restrained myself from !s after every line!)

The only downside is that I'm abut to have a grumpy husband, since Rich is out having a root canal right now (his vacation, not going so well)

ah, more medical appointments. fun.

My right eye started hurting *very* badly Wednesday night (to the point where I laid in bed face-up, feeling the tears stream down periodically - and nearly screamed when I turned the light on in the bathroom halfway through the night - very photosensitive). So I got to spend part of my day off at the opthalmologist. Luckily, the verdict was "inflamed" (well, I could have told you that), but not infected. Yay.

Now I get to wear my glasses for the next week. I don't mind glasses so much, but I do really miss sunglasses, since of course I've never invested in prescription sunglasses. And it is really gorgeous and bright today, which is making me a touch less happy than usual. I want my sunglasses!


present! present? wait, wtf?

I got home to find a package waiting, which I assumed was for my birthday. And it contained jewelry! But not any indication of who sent it. And it wasn't sent from a store, but from a woman in California.

Sooooo, do I try looking up this woman's number? Ask everyone I know if they sent me a sapphire ring for my birthday? Wait for someone to ask if I got my present?


Aug. 25th, 2008

I am in a foul, foul mood. Vacillating between angry at the world and the verge of tears. I really shouldn't be at work, because someone is going to tick me off, and my response is probably not going to be professional. Let's hope I can keep a grip on myself.

And if one person looks at my face and says, "Smile!" ... the result will not be pretty. I can't stand that even when I'm in a kind of neutral mood. Today ....


better than expected

I had to go to the DMV yesterday, since my license is expiring in 3 weeks - and I only had to be in there for 45 minutes! I thinks that counts as a win. And a new picture, too - though I didn't get to actually see said picture yet, so I don't know if that's a pro or a con.

I like the way they do it at White Plains - the DMV is a lot more tolerable if you can sit while you wait for your turn. It would seem twice as long if you were actually standing in line.


useless project

You know how I complained that LJ redid a lot of their code and messed up my style sheet? Turns out one of the changes is that even unpaid members can have a tag cloud now, instead of a plain old list. I love tag clouds. So I went back and tagged all my LJ entries (and corrected a bunch of spelling, while I was at it). It was kind of fun to go back over all those posts - incidents I had forgotten about. The tag cloud is much more indicative of me now.

I have to admit, it was kind of disheartening to see all the posts with no comments. Especially the big ones (no one commented when I got engaged! I guess they all called on the phone).


classic summer scene

I love working in a mostly residential neighborhood. Two kids have set up an honest-to-god lemonade stand down the block. In front of the post office - I think they got some marketing advice from a parent. The last one I saw was in front of a house off the main drag, but this will work much better.