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Spell your name in fictional characters

P | Peter Pan
R | Ron Weasley
E | Ender Wiggin
C | Cartman
I | Icarus
O | Obi Wan Kenobi
U | Umbridge
S | Simba

Archived Innings

Formerly known as The Baseball Attic, one of the coolest baseball blogs recently experienced a name change.  Check out Archived Innings here: https://archivedinnings.com/

Some of my wacky favorites from A to Z

Because why not?

Animal- lately, cats

Book- Ender's Game

Color- blue

Date- My birthday

Energy drink- Monster

Football Team- Green Bay Packers

Gum- no preference

Holiday- Halloween

Ice Cream- Cookies n Cream

Juice- Apple

Kind of exercise- hm...  obstacle course race

Lunchtime meal- cheeseburger

Movie- Shawshank Redemption

Number- nine

One-liner- it happens

Pet- my kitty cat

Quote- TR's Man in the Arena speech

Reason to smile- I have a kickass life

Song- Make Me Bad, by KoRn

T.V show- South Park

Unique Person- my friends, they're all pretty unique

Video Game- The Sims

Wrestler- I don't watch wrestling

X-Men- hm... I'll go with Xavier

Your vacation place- My bed!

Zodiac sign- Virgo


February summer

I am completely unable to focus.  The weather is gorgeous as hell and I can't stand being stuck in my office right now.

Plus, I'm irritated.  Beth has ditched me and Rockfest this year because of a guy.  When I pointed out that this must mean they are crazy serious, I got no response.  So essentially, I got ditched for a guy who may not even be in the picture this time next year.  Doesn't that make me feel good?

I'm eating too much, which also sucks.  Maybe I should go for a walk.  Might make me feel better and will burn a few calories.

Worn out

Dear World,

I have no interest in being helpful today.  Kindly fuck off.

Sick of your emails

Chugging along

I finished re-reading and sent in my copyediting suggestions for the Razorgirl novels.  I've been going through the .epub files to look at formatting, and I'm almost done doing that too.  I just have one more to look through, then I'll send in those observations as well.  My hope is to be done tonight.

Traveling over the weekend to be with Grandma for her 80th birthday.  Karen is going to check on the house and cat while I'm gone.  Should be fun times.  I've mapped out a 4-mile and a 3-mile route in the area of our hotel.  I don't know how much time I'll have to run, but I at least have those.

TR quote

Let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out. ~Theodore Roosevelt

I love this quote.  And it's not just because TR is one of my heroes.  Actually, TR is one of my heroes because he lived by this mantra, and I agree with it wholeheartedly.

I've been watching Ken Burns's documentary on the Roosevelts: Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor.  It's fascinating.  FDR is portrayed as a bit of a dick, which may be entirely accurate, but I cannot say for certain.  I haven't read nearly as much about FDR as I have about Theodore, though I will say that the stuff about TR falls in line with everything else I've read or watched about him.

TR was a regular firestorm.  I pride myself on how productive I manage to be on a day-to-day basis, but really, what I do is nothing compared to what Theodore Roosevelt did every day of his life.



According to Pottermore.com, my patronus is a grass snake.  I was hoping there would be additional information on the site discussing what this is supposed to mean about me, but there doesn't seem to be that feature at this time.  Perhaps in the future this will be something that they develop.

It does, certainly, fit in with my Hogwarts house, which is Slytherin.  Fascinating that J.K. Rowling's world seems to view me as fitting in with the snakes.  It's not something I truly considered for myself before -- well, maybe that's not entirely true.  I did used to have a recurring dream about a snake when I was a kid, but never really anything beyond that.  There's so much negative stigma surrounding the snake, at least in this culture.  However, there is a mythology that Alexander the Great was conceived as a result of his mother's intercourse with a snake.  They're often considered to be symbols of fertility, and in some cultures, even of healing.  Then, of course, they're also associated with the fall of the Garden of Eden, with the underworld, and so on.

A lot of people are terrified of snakes.  My friend Dereck once described me as having a don't-fuck-with-me demeanor about me, so maybe this is related to that?  Possibly.  Either way, this is fascinating.  I may have to do some reading up on snakes.

First day of fall

Finally!  Yes, I hate the cold and, much of the time, find that I acclimate to heat much better than I do to the hell-frozen-over temperatures of winter.  But summers are starting to get unbearable.  The Republicans need to get their heads out of their asses and acknowledge that global warming really is a thing.

And a look back

I'm about a hundred pages into Ian's novel, Trace.  More copyediting for Razorgirl.  Ian's a good writer.  I'll have to tell Christine that he ought to write another novel -- she'll pass the message along.  People love to have their egos stroked.

Much of the copyedit suggestions I find seem to be punctuation-related.  I think it must be natural to me to understand punctuation, grammar, etc., which seems like a strange talent to have.  I mean, I got a 35 on the English portion of the ACT, but who cares?  I can write, and I can do it grammatically correct.  Few people seem to care about that.

Honestly, in this world it seems like such a superfluous skill.  A 35 on the math portion of the test would've been more impressive.  It seems all the acknowledged brilliance in the world is math- or science-related.  I'm not as naturally talented in either area, but I have the work ethic that could've made it work.  I should've majored in engineering or something.

No, that would be selling out.  I did enjoy my majors.  It's hard, though, to look back and just wonder what if...?

U of Chicago's letter

All college students seriously need to read this.  The culture of entitlement and the desire to be shielded from all things that might be uncomfortable is permeating even the university setting to a point that it's becoming unbearable.  Which is unfortunate.  The point behind a university education is to push yourself beyond your comfort zone, to expand, to learn, to grow.  We're losing that, and it really worries me.

Thinking ahead

Working on this editing project reminds me that I have my own novel that I ought to be working on.  Maybe coding will have to wait?  I have way too many things that I'm trying to learn and trying to do.  Editing and coding and the novel aside, I continue to try to work on my Spanish, I would like to learn Tagalog, I still run regularly, and I have about a million books that I want to read.  A reminder that this whole need-to-sleep is more of an inconvenience than anything else.  Still, can't fight biology, can I?

Minerva constantly reminds me that I ought to spend more time with her.  Poor kitty.  She does make a wonderful companion to me, I'm just not sure I'm the best companion to her.  But we do, at least, share the bed every night, so there's that, I suppose.  I feel bad that she's going to be largely alone for a few days when I head to Wisconsin for Grandma's birthday.  But Karen agreed today to check in on her at least once while I'm gone, so Minerva might even make a friend out of the deal!


It occurs to me that my sudden spurt of multiple postings here is related to my lack of instant messaging friends lately.  Christine is in the process of moving, so her absence from IM is completely understandable.  Merci has taken to keeping it shut off so that she can focus on her work -- again, understandable.  I could mention others, but those situations are more complicated (and frustrating), so it's probably safer if I just don't.

It's been a drama-filled sorta day here today, and I'm proud of myself for at least not griping about that too much here.  Again, probably safer if I just don't.  Fortunately, the day is mostly over.  Tonight I need to focus on editing.

Coding contemplations

I've been kicking around the possibility of learning how to code.  I don't know the first damned thing about coding, but it seems like it might be a useful thing to know how to do.  Just how useful, I don't know yet.  It's an on-going debate in my mind as to whether it would be worth the time and effort.  In the end, I'll probably try a lesson or two just to see how it goes.  I'll probably start with the Hour of Code program, mostly because it's the popular lesson right now and it's free.  I'm certainly not going to pay for it.  Then we'll see whether it would be worth pursuing further.

For now, however, I am in the midst of editing one final novel for Razorgirl's contest submission.  I don't even remember what the contest was (I probably ought to look it up), but I do enjoy being involved with the work.  After this, then perhaps coding.
Okay, so LJ's new friends page view sucks.  Is there not a way to go back to the old page?  Not that I see right off the bat.  I do some settings options, though, so maybe I can at least make this tolerable.

Oh, LJ.  You realize you're heading downhill, yes?  The fact that I've posted something like 5 entries today with no comments is notable.  My friends ditched this platform a long, long time ago.

Just screwed with the settings a bit.  It's mostly just changing colors around.  How crappy.  C'mon LJ, you used to be better than this.  Almost makes me nostalgic, except for the part where no one uses this site anymore.

I need a pay raise

Just did the math, and I am essentially broke for the next three weeks.  Car insurance is due, car registration is coming due, mortgage is due.  It's a good thing I'm not the kind of person who needs to live on caviar and a new outfit every week.  It's also a good thing I stocked up on potatoes and ramen noodles.

One of these days, this state will get a new governor, one who will actually stop destroying the economy, and things won't be quite so shitty.


I dig irony.  For example, a pudgy dude in flip flops sporting a Nike "Just Do It" t-shirt while lighting up a cigarette.

Morning energy

I have a random craving for breakfast sausage.  Actually, throw in a biscuit and some cheese and an egg -- let's make this a breakfast sandwich.

I am full of energy this morning.  It's great in that I am, to an extent, using it to fuel my work.  But it is a frenetic energy, which also makes it easy to get distracted. For example, by thoughts of breakfast sandwiches.

Baseball during WWI

New post in The Baseball Attic about our great game during the First World War.  Enjoy!!