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Apr. 18th, 2011

11:09 pm - Bleh.

Today appears to be free-floating anxiety day. Do not want. I did have fun talking with my old voice teacher today, and recommended Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" and Brandon Sanderson's "Mistborn" books for her teenage kids. I hope they enjoy them!

Also, for those of you who haven't heard about it, Ginia Bellafante of the New York Times has managed to offend the geeky public with her so-called "review" of Game of Thrones here. I'm not even sure that she watched the show, and I say this has someone who didn't watch it either. But holy geez is that ever sexist and insulting. I don't care how much you hate fantasy, Ms. Bellafante; your job is to review TV shows, not throw a childish snit about a genre as a whole. "Boy fiction" my foot!

Apr. 14th, 2011

11:50 am - The Geek Zodiac

Link is here! Sorry, you may have to squint a bit.

I'm a superhero, woo!

Mar. 24th, 2011

03:07 pm - No, I wanted the opposite of this

I didn't get into UBC for the fall quarter. However, it was really close -- apparently, the major things that held me back were a few typos (it occurs to me now that I should have used a Canadian spell-checker) and the fact that my resume looked out-of-date (which is odd, since I specifically wrote a new one specifically for the application). But they were fairly impressed with me otherwise (I knew that double-major would come in handy for more than just the entertainment of learning!). The head of admissions suggested that, instead of submitting a whole new application for the winter quarter, I email her a half-page personal statement to boost me from "pretty good" to "have to have her" for the admissions board. I'd need to get it to her by June first, so I've got a good long while to work on it.

Disappointing, and I'm going to devote a least a couple hours to tea and moping, but then I'll get to work on the half-page statement and really wow them next time.

(Also, the subject is a reference to this post. If you haven't read Hyperbole and a Half, click that link and at least read the posts in the sidebar.)

Mar. 20th, 2011

03:17 pm - Chicks!

Mom and Dad went shopping for baaaaaaaaaaaby chickens today! They are tiny and fluffy and cute and full of noise. Cheech is not allowed to play with them for obvious reasons.

They all came out of the chick bucket labled "Austra White", but only two of them are Austra Whites. Apparently, when they sell all but one of a breed of chicks, they take the loner and put it in a nearby bucket so it doesn't feel lonely. They're pretty sure that one of the chicks (which is brown and stripey) is a Speckled Sussex. The fourth one looks kind of like a penguin right now and they have no idea what breed it is. I will do research at it and see if I can find out.

In other chicken news, Dot is definitely going down hill. We have no idea what's wrong with her, but she hasn't left the coop since we put her in there after a week of her hiding in the space under the coop. Luna has been snuggling with her a lot at night, which is sweet but a little sad.

The current plan is to try and move Esme and Nugget's smaller box over to near the larger coop while the chicks are being kept in a bucket inside under a heat lamp, and get those two acclimated to living in the larger coop. Luna and Rosemary haven't been picking Esme and Nugget quite as much since the young hawk showed up and started staring at them, so hopefully this is doable.

ETA: There is a breed of chickens called "Dorkings". Hee!

Return of ETA: Wow, and I thought poodle cuts on dogs were bad. ShowGirl chickens.

Mar. 4th, 2011

01:51 pm - Dot, What Are You Doing?

So I went out to feed the chickens the ends of a loaf of bread. Everything was going okay until one of them (Dot) tripped over some rocks and fell over with one of her wings out. She made an attempt to get up, but only stumbled a bit and landed the same way again. Then she just kind of sat there. I shooed the other chickens away and dropped a couple pieces of bread right in front of her and they barely interested her. Then I picked her up and set her on her feet and she ate them, but then she just walked slowly and now she's just...standing there. Seriously, she just walked slowly up to the gate and stood there until I herded her out of the way WITH the gate, and she hasn't moved from that spot since I left.

WTF chicken. Please don't be ill/injured.

ETA: And now Dot's just standing there while Luna snuggles up to her. This is weird.

Mar. 2nd, 2011

02:14 pm - What IS this nonsensical idiocy?

Apparently, the House of Representatives has recently voted to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding.

There's an open letter to the Representatives who voted for this B.S. and to the Senators who will shortly have to vote on it at istandwithplannedparenhood.org. I've signed my name to it, if you've got a moment, please do the same.


Feb. 14th, 2011

11:38 pm - Happy Valentine's Day!

Note to self: You are the kind of girl who suggests "laser tag" for Valentine's Day. Your make-up may look okay when you put it on, but you're going to look like a raccoon at the end of the evening.

Valentine's Day went awesomely, though. Andrew and I went and did laser tag, and then we poked around the other games for a bit -- we are evenly-matched at air hockey (our second game actually timed out before we finished playing) and then we did skee-ball and Dance Dance Revolution. Then there was mall-wandering, sushi, and ice cream. Also smoochietimes, which are awesome.

But, basically, laser tag? TOTALLY an awesome idea for Valentine's Day.

Feb. 2nd, 2011

01:17 pm - We've hit "coincidence"

If my birthday plans get canceled at the last minute in 2012, reality, I'm calling enemy action.

Jan. 27th, 2011

11:56 am - Eeee!

Michelle Ward of "When I Grow Up Coach" just posted an interview of my cousin!

When I Grow Up: Adriana Willsie

Yay Adriana!


Jan. 14th, 2011

01:37 pm - AHHHHH!


*lacks proper flailing icon**whimpers*

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