lothiriel_1: (going nuts)
Unless I hear otherwise (the "otherwise" being "you really screwed up and need to do it over"), my written Comprehensive Exams are 1/3 complete.Read more... )

That's about it, I guess. Just trying to stay awake at this point, and get everything done.
lothiriel_1: (Default)
Go to urbandictionary.com and type in your answer to each question in the search box, then write the FIRST, MOST AMUSING, OR STRANGE definition it gives you.

1. My name:
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lothiriel_1: (cutter john aaiigh)
If nothing else, it has been a very productive day, and it's not even over yet. boring domestic crap follows )

boring love life crap follows )

not-so-boring-but-far-off trip planning follows )

Anyway, those are my activities and musings for the day - it's dinnertime, and I have one last serving left of the venison stew I made last week (mmmmmmm...). Then it's back to MP/comp exam studying for the evening.

Hope you've all had a great weekend!
lothiriel_1: (bill milquetoast opus)
If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often or ever) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph in your LJ and see what your friends come up with.
lothiriel_1: (Default)
Lo, there do I see my Mother
And my Sisters and my Brothers..
Lo, there do I see the line
Of my people back to the beginning..
They do bid me to take my place among them..
On the shores of Tir na Nog,
Where the Brave may live forever.
Please welcome

ALBANNACH!!! )
lothiriel_1: (pissed off group)
Thanks to a major BRAC action (with associated Environmental Impact Statement), there will be an obscenely large office/command compound built in the general vicinity of the building I work in over the next year or so. Tree clearing is currently underway as I type this.

One of the few things that has made this job somewhat bearable over the past few years is its location - we're located away from the main part of the base, surrounded by trees and sky and critters and less heavy traffic.

That is all going away right this very second.

When I first started working here, my desk faced out the windows into the back "yard" - a large, open grassy field with a created pond towards the back. On my second day on the job, I watched a red-shouldered hawk hunting for worms in the grass. I've seen otters and beavers in the pond, and little painted turtles sunning themselves on fallen logs. I've watched deer and fox and coyotes (really!) and groundhogs and eastern bluebirds and goldfinches and hummingbirds and blacksnakes and wild turkeys and all sorts of creatures that make you smile and gaze in wonder and appreciation for being able to work in such a neat location, even if the work itself kind of sucks. Even just yesterday I saw a bald eagle flying overhead.

Soon those pretty woods and pond will be ugly brickwork and parking spaces.

My coworkers don't even like looking out their windows now. One even has her blinds closed so she doesn't have to see it. It's really depressing, and it's just one more thing that will make it a lot easier to leave here when another job opportunity crosses my path...
lothiriel_1: (take cover)
There are some days when I love where I work. Yesterday was one of them.

I was attending a meeting to discuss a project regarding the ranges on base, and we took a ride out to one of the ranges to witness a "BIP", which stands for "blow in place". It's a range-clearing procedure used to get rid of waste/dud ordnance. Yesterday's BIP was to destroy some old artillery rounds and some white phosphorus (WP). Charges had been set on/near/under all the old ordnance yesterday morning, and by the time we gathered at the viewing stand, they were ready to go. After a few final checks, everything was cleared to go, and my subject title was called over the radio.

So. Freaking. Awesome.

The charges were set in a U-shape, which you could clearly see from the reviewing stand after detonation. Puffs of smoke and dust rose up from the ground, along with what looked like 2 rockets (the WP - it needs to be blown into the air in order to burn properly), and then the ground shook and a satisfying BOOM was heard.

It was almost as much fun as doing my rifle qualifications when I was on the ship. After all, how often do you get to see shit (literally) blown up while at work?
lothiriel_1: (holy crap)
I am in full-on study mode right now, and my Population Ecology notes have been my near-constant companions for the last week. Seriously, they've been with me everywhere.

I've gotten a bit frightened in looking at some of them, though. I've been reviewing the homework assignments I had for the class and I'm at a loss when it comes to explaining how the hell I learned to do all that stuff. Even though the tests were take-home, you still had to know which equations to use and in what order. I'll turn a page in my notes to find a sheet full of numbers and tables and graphs and my mind starts going into panic mode.

It's calculus, coming straight for us! Shields up! Take evasive action!

Guess I need to contact the prof who taught that class and see if he can send me a couple of practice problems that I can play with.

Saturday I spent the day scrapbooking at a breast cancer benefit crop called ScrapPink. I didn't do any photo work this time, but I did get a lot of the journaling done for the pages I did at the crop I went to last month. I estimate that my Scotland album is about 40-50% done. I'm really pleased with how it's turning out.

This week will be pretty uneventful until Saturday, when I plan to drive to Williamsburg for the Scottish Festival (Albannach! WOO-HOO!). Other than that, it's business as usual.
lothiriel_1: (Wait a minute)
I was just checking out my info page and found that I've been friended by two people I've never contacted or been contacted by. When I go to their info pages, I can't even read them because they're in Russian.

Is there a way to block certain usernames without having to set up filters for every single post? I obviously haven't friended them back...
lothiriel_1: (it dices it slices)
and I feel like I've put in a whole day's work already.

* uploaded a bunch of scanned documents to our online database
* shifted around 3 drawers worth of files to make room for FY09 stuff
* updated a project index list to reflect the drawer shift
* updated another tracking spreadsheet
* had my year-end review with the boss (Went well! Yay!)

Only 6 more hours to go!

*groan*

Dance class was good last night. I wound up being the only one there, due to one classmate having family stuff to attend to, and the other having contact lens issues. Since it essentially was a private lesson, I got to decide what I wanted to work on. Naturally, I chose the sword dance, which we haven't worked on since around February or March.

I learned a whole new step last night! It's officially called the "reverse point", but it's also not-so-affectionately called the "dizzy step". It's really cool to watch, and it's actually not that hard to do - it just takes a heck of a lot of control, as there are several position changes and what seem like changes in tempo. When done correctly, it looks like you're almost floating over the swords. Yeah, it'll be a while before I get to that point.

I started going through my Population Ecology class materials last night, and managed to get through the first chapter. I was VERY pleasantly surprised at how easily so much of it came back to me - especially the equations. I think it helped that I made so many notes on the class hand-outs.

Hope you all are having a great day!
lothiriel_1: (holy crap)
I've submitted my intent to graduate in January. Masters Degree, here I come.

AAAAAAIIIIIIGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Now I need to finish the draft of my project and turn it in for review, set the dates for my comps, and start studying my happy arse off.

AAAAAAIIIIIIGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Updatage: the Pixie was dropped off this morning to get her hiney fixed, and I have a rental for the next day or two. Can't recall the model, but it's a Chevy. Looks kind of like a PT Cruiser, but not as cool looking. It's kind of fugly, actually. But it runs, and that's all I really care about.

Boss has approved my taking Wednesday through Friday off this week. Please join me in a sigh of relief. *Whew!* Now I feel like I have enough time to finish cleaning the spaces that Dad and stepmom will see, AND work on the Masters project (henceforth to be known as "MP").

That's about it. How's YOUR day going?
lothiriel_1: (dandelion break)
When it's a mile done in a swimming pool.

Yes, really. A swimming pool mile is considered to be 1650 yards (32 laps). A REAL mile is 1760 yards (35 laps). Why the difference? Your guess is as good as mine.

Why am I bringing it up? Because the chick who's keeping track of the record book for the 15 mile Rappahanock Challenge swim I've been doing at the gym this month is using the 1760 yard mile. This wouldn't be a problem if this tidbit of information was actually SHARED with people. But no - every staff person at the front desk will tell you, when asked, that a mile in the gym's 25 yard pool is 32 laps (a lap being "round trip"). Thanks for the consistancy, folks.

So anyway. On Wednesday afternoon I swam 70 laps. Today I swam 75 (I am so tired...). By my calculations, I am DONE with the Challenge (with 15.11 miles). Or 16.12, if you go by the swimming standard mile.

Been there, swum that - I should be getting my t-shirt any time now...
lothiriel_1: (Banzai)
I spent 14 hours on Saturday sitting on my arse, scrapbooking.

Seriously!

The local alumni chapter of a sorority hosts an annual charity scrapbooking crop (proceeds going to St. Jude's), and this year was no exception. The difference from previous years was that this time, the event was publicized widely, and it was held in the vacant space next to the store. I'd signed up and paid early on, and by last Friday morning, I had all the photos I wanted to work on printed, and all my supplies packed and ready to go.

It was a great event! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were provided (local businesses donated all the food - we even had coffee and goodies from Starbucks), there was a silent auction, a raffle, and lots of door prizes. I didn't win a bloody thing. :)

I did, however, get all of the photos I brought with me cropped and attached to their respective pages, and some of the journalling done. Color me pretty freaking proud of myself. I have another big crop to go to next month - guess I'd better get cracking on printing more photos.

Swimming total - 10 miles. Only 5 left to go. I may be able to get them all done by Friday. I need to be done by next Monday afternoon, since I have a dentist appointment next Wednesday, and I drive north the morning after.

I sent an e-mail to Eric F. (4QF) yesterday, letting him know that I'll play Memory Keeper/Photographer again this year, so it looks like I've made a "what's my SR08 job this year" decision. We've actually had someone on the 4QF forum (I have no idea who) step up to be the Warriors' Tribe team leader, so that's another thing I don't need to worry about. I still haven't decided whether I'll take a watch or not - if I do, it's going to be either one of the first, or one of the last.

Other than that, I plan to just float around at will.
lothiriel_1: (fanny twist workout)
I really, really, really need to keep some healthy snacks both at home and in the car. I broke one of the cardinal rules of weight control yesterday - I ran a quick grocery trip while hungry.

Actually, not just hungry, but ravenous.

See, I should know better. When I took swimming lessons as a child, my Mom and I would go out for pizza at Freddie's (in Beverly - it was on Cabot Street, I think) afterwards. I remember one evening discovering that I was almost done with my third slice and Mom was still working on her first. I know how hungry swimming can make me.

So yesterday, after having spent almost an hour in the pool doing laps (50 of them, just over 1.5 miles), I should have instinctively realized that going into a grocery store was a Bad Idea. I didn't overbuy - I actually did better than normal in that department.

No, it was the bag of beef jerky I snarfed down in the car while driving home. And the package of PopTarts I picked up at Wawa when paying for my gas.

Sigh...
lothiriel_1: (take cover)
Stayed home today, since I felt lousy all day yesterday. Slept late this morning, and took a 3 hour nap at mid-day. Feeling much better now, and will head back to Hell tomorrow.


Okay, let's get the not-so-great part over with first.

I got rear-ended on Friday afternoon. I'd gone to the gym around mid-day. I was due at the store at 4:00, so I finished with enough time to shower and get something to eat before work. I'm stopped at a red light on route 1 north, when movement makes me check out the rear-view mirror. The car behind me is pretty close and getting closer. Driver doesn't seem to notice that traffic in front of her is actually not moving.

THUNK!!!

*sigh*

Damage to the Pixie is pretty minimal, to my eyes at least. The rear bumper has two punctures (from the bolts holding her front license plate), with "drag" marks. I'm filing through her insurance so that I don't have to fork out money I can't spare for the deductible. Adjusters for both my and her insurance companies are coming to my work tomorrow to check the damage. Wheee. Just what I fucking needed. I'm fine physically, BTW - she wasn't going fast and I wasn't hit very hard at all. I'm just more pissed off and exasperated than anything else.


On a lighter note, I'm swimming again. The gym is having a swimming challenge during the month of August. The challenge is to swim the pool equivalent of the distance between a couple of local landmarks (about 15 miles). I've already done 3 miles (between Friday and Saturday). I was a bit sore on Saturday from the exertion the previous day - it actually took about 7-8 laps before I really loosened up. I still have decent form, and once I hit my stride, I can keep going, thanks to good endurance built up from other cardio exercise. Go me!

Other than that, not much else to report. Store is fine, base job is okay - no major drama at either location right now.
lothiriel_1: (dance partners)
:)


I even went and posted this on a scrapbooking message board I frequent, and while the "vote" wasn't unanimous, the overwhelming majority of responders said "GO CAMPING".

So I will, and I'll just hope that there's a 25 year reunion. :-P
lothiriel_1: (human priorities)
So my 20th (OMG!!!!!) High School reunion is scheduled for September 13. Thanks to the various financial issues of this past spring (both planned and unplanned), I'd sort of written off doing anything else "fun" pretty much until the end of the year. Still not sure whether I'm going to make it to Stones Rising, but I hope to.

Tickets to the reunion are just under $40. I can stay at Mom's house, and probably use her car for the evening, too. I checked JetBlue for flight costs - R/T would be about $230. Not cheap, but certainly not exorbitant either. I'd only need to take a total of 3 days off from both jobs.

Here's the kind of weird part - I haven't seen a single one of my classmates since the 10th reunion. I don't keep in touch with any of them. The only person from my high school years that I keep in touch with on a regular basis is [livejournal.com profile] genevieve2006 - we met in 7th grade and I switched schools after 9th grade. It wound up being a good move (I literally HATED people at my first high school).

But that isn't the case with where I graduated from. I got along with most people. Sure, there were people I didn't like, but that's true pretty much everywhere.

I know what you're thinking - Gee, Heather, why do you want to go and spend a whole evening with a bunch of people you haven't seen in 10 years? Honestly? I don't know. I had a good time at the 10th reunion - got to see who got skinny, who got fat, whose hair receded, who was married, who was still single. All I know is that I would really like to go.

So what's the problem? I really want to go to Stones Rising, too. Costs for that weekend will wind up being about the same, between registration fees, meal plan, and gas to get there and home. Oh, and SR is only 2 weekends prior to my reunion.

So there's the dilemma. Making sure that I only use the money I make at the store, I COULD swing both weekends. But I also still need to (continue) to pay for a certain overseas trip I just took.

Arrrgghhh.

Any advice? Input? Anyone?
lothiriel_1: (Default)
- Go to musicoutfitters.com
- Enter the year you graduated from high school in the search function and get the list of 100 most popular songs of that year.
- Bold the songs you like, strike through the ones you hate and underline your favorites. Do nothing to the ones you don't remember/care about.

1988, baby! Gotta love the 80s!! 

 

I don't even remember a lot of these...
lothiriel_1: (bill milquetoast opus)
According to the results of the poll, those of you who voted want to read more about Scotland. So, I am complying with those wishes and therefore offer you details of Falkirk and Stirling. Enjoy!

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Next chapter: Macduff!

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