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Happy dead bird(s) day, if you celebrate it, and happy eating too much day if that's your thing. And even if you're not into the commemorating a temporary and possibly fictional peace between extremist Christian emigrants from Europe and the natives of the New World, I wish you a very happy Buy Nothing Day tomorrow. Here in Eugene, Morning Glory (an awesomely delicious hippie coop café) is giving away free food to celebrate, and I'm looking forward to maybe bringing them some vegan treats or something. Also walking there and back in an effort to get my metabolism sped up to the point where maybe I'll digest some turducken. Oof.

I am thankful to be high enough up on the food chain that eating dead birds (or not) is a choice for me, and also that I'm economically well-off enough to buy free-range dead birds for eating when they are available. Also I am thankful for my house and my boy and my kitty and my friends and even my job but that last is slightly colored by the fact that I'm off for a week, woo!

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Happy Birthday Peter! Enjoy your last half-hour of sleep, and I'm looking forward to making you an exciting party dinner!

Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] quizro! Your birthday funfact is that there's a hippie cafe in Eugene whose bathroom graffiti includes a sticker on the light switch that says "Wade is cooler than you." True.


Sep. 20th, 2003 11:04 am
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So this morning Peter and I got up at 7:30 to be part of the Eugene Celebration parade. We rode a recumbent tandem (sorry, [livejournal.com profile] flamingweasel) from Paul's Bicycle Way of Life and it was alternately terrifying and way cool. As the back rider, I had handlebars to hold onto, but they didn't steer, brake, or shift, so I spent a lot of time waving and clapping and hot diggety if/when we do this next year I'm so bringing along a musical instrument and maybe a costume; at times it felt like everybody else was fabulously attired and I was totally underdressed. Everybody else was in their pajamas, since the parade is kind of early for a Saturday morning.

Now I think it's time to head out to Saturday Market for our CSA veggies and more breakfast (I had a little granola and yogurt before we left and a chai while we were waiting for the bike shop to open, but now I'm hungry again).

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So help me, I cannot remember figuring out the concept of mathematical inverses (multiplicative and additive), let alone when they were first introduced to me. I guess at the time I didn't even think it was cool, probably because it was only explained to me in terms of how to solve simple algebra problems, and not in terms of "ok, so this is one of those basic recurring concepts that'll keep turning up to interconnect all the math you know". Which is a shame. I'm trying to explain to my pre-algebra student about addition and subtraction are kind of the same, only opposite, and multiplication and division are the same, only opposite, and I don't know if I'm getting through at all. I'm trying to put it in terms of turning math problems inside out so they look prettier and easier to solve, but I don't know if that's the right thing to do. Part of the problem, I think, is that he's still struggling with complicated multiplication and division. Part of me wants to stop and work on those, but mostly I want to give him a calculator for the arithmetic and work on the concepts, since they're ever so much cooler. What I remember most about pre-algebra is Mr. Gelfand, who taught it: I swear, the man had a different suit for every day of the month, but he seemed particularly fond of a burgundy-red number that he wore with a yellow shirt. Also he apparently had a really bad toupee, but I never noticed. I'm kind of unobservant about that kind of thing; hairpieces have to be really, blatantly fake (like a different color from the rest of the person's hair), or else on someone I know to be bald, for me to pick up on them. But I digress. I digress so much, in fact, that I just took time out to write one of the few people I knew in middle school who might remember Mr. Gelfand and/or even be able to tell me when we learned inverses. I'm dork-tacular.

In other news, I still need a haircut, and Mother Kali's Books is probably going out of business, which means it's time for me to buy a copy of all the Alix Olson CDs they have in stock, because ack! Nowhere else has them in stock! I might complete my Dar Williams collection and finally get me some Toshi Reagon, while I'm at it. Did I mention waaaah? I knew Mother Kali's hadn't been doing well for some time, and that they'd gone through a horrific traumatic reorganization last fall, but wah!

Um, what else? Contact improv tonight (yay hippie dance!) and I should probably go get myself some binders and stuff to better organize my tutoring course materials and suchforth (plus, any excuse to go play in office-supplies land! Woo!) Maybe a trip to the library as well. Also food. Yes. Food would be good.

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  • Laundry

  • Clean cat box

  • Tutor my last student of the term at 1 PM (number theory, and find out how her analysis final went) This is about half-done, since it turns out her final got rescheduled, so we're meeting again tomorrow.

  • Maybe stop by the Glenwood and celebrate that I'm done tutoring for a bit and drop hints that I'd like more hours now that I've got all the free time Um, cancel that until I'm ACTUALLY done with my student, ok?

  • Clean the table in the living room, which is kind of out of control

  • Start packing to move (we get the keys to the new place on Friday or Saturday, but since I'm working on Saturday and can't be helpful then I'd better be useful before that)

  • Updated to add: Make hummus. Done! And deliciously so, I might add.

  • Updated to add: Pay for health insurance for the month of June (oops; I just found the bill in the living room table mess)

And now, a story about the last time Peter and I moved: <lj-cut> for everyone's convenience )

Okay, enough digressions. Time to do some laundry, I guess.

Dan Bern!

Jun. 5th, 2003 09:52 am
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Mostly for my own reference, but also to encourage anybody reading this who's in those areas to go go go:

6/20/03 - San Francisco CA - Great American Music Hall - 9 PM - 415-885-0750 - http://www.musichallsf.com
6/24/03 - Eugene OR - Wild Duck - 8 PM - (800) 992-8499 - http://www.wildduckbrewery.com/
6/25/03 - Portland OR - Berbati's Pan - 8:30 PM - 800-992-8499
6/26/03 - Seattle WA - Tractor Tavern - 9 PM - 206-789-3599

Bern/stein does a really, really fun live show, to the point where I was going to scout out venues for him to play in Eugene and harass his tour people when I found out he was playing in Portland this month. But now I don't have to! Whee!

In other news of my life, it took a major effort to get my lazy ass out of bed this morning at 9:30, but I did so and now the cat isn't harassing me anymore. Also hopefully this means my sleep schedule isn't too hosed up, seeing as I have to work at 9 AM on Saturday... uh, yeah.

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(Not that it makes much of a difference to me, since I only work on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but still...)

Kelly ([livejournal.com profile] joyquality) joined me and Peter in Eugene yesterday, so we went on a little walking tour of some of our favorite spots in town. Today we rearranged furniture so she could have her own bedroom, sort of (it's still our library, but at least she has a door to close on us if she wants). This arrangement is good for two reasons 1) more privacy for Kelly, so she can go to bed whenever she wants without having to kick us out of the living room and 2) it makes it very clear that our apartment really isn't big enough for the 3 of us. Fortunately, we'll be checking out a possible house to rent later on today. Woo!

On the other hand, I sure don't like rearranging furniture. I'm a change wuss, I guess. Once I get things set up in a way I like, I get comfortable in my little rut and change upsets me. I don't particularly like this about myself, but it's the way I am. (Am I looking forward to moving in a month or so? Not really. I'm looking forward to the move being over and being settled in a new place, but I'm not looking forward to packing up and schlepping my stuff and having to recreate my ruts. Dangit. I know it's all for the best, but at heart I guess I'm just lazy. Oh well.)

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Ok, so yesterday around 1 PM my post-interview nervousness wore off for real and I was overwhelmed by the urge to be horizontal. So I went to bed. I started filling out some student loan forms, but then I didn't want to get up for more information for that, so instead I called a few possible houses to rent. The first place I called turned out to be a fax number, the second had already been rented, the third gave me the "your call did not go through" message twice, and the last one was an answering machine. Blech, I thought, no more phone calls for now. And, taking a cue from the cat curled up at the foot of the bed, I took a nap.

At 4 PM I was awakened by the phone. It was [livejournal.com profile] cabanasloth, but I was too sleepy and stupid to make coherent plans. ([livejournal.com profile] cabanasloth still owes me about a dozen rude awakenings for the time I wandered into his room and flashed the overhead fluorescent light on and off to wake him up to go to the Motley, even if he doesn't remember this particular traumatic incident.) Anyway, eventually I woke up, more or less refreshed, and called Peter and [livejournal.com profile] cabanasloth and [livejournal.com profile] lusciousbrrd and got everybody to come meet at our apartment. While I slept, it had turned into a freakin' beautiful day out, good for walking around Eugene in. So we went to beer and food at McMenamin's on High Street, and then wandered around U. of Oregon campus a bit, taking the scenic route through Pioneer Cemetery back to our apartment to hang out till midnight-ish.

When we got back to our apartment, we were greeted by a famous first --- cat yak on the rug. Iggy Pop gets big points for barfing on a removable surface and not the carpet, but still... eeeew! Anyway, now that I'm relatively awake and thinking maybe I should actually do something today, laundry's high up on the list of things to do, if only to save that rug from its nasty self. Also I found some more cat yak on my orange fuzzy, which is also unacceptable. Clearly, it's laundry time.

Um, nothing much else to report. We'll probably be going up to Portland some time this weekend to visit [livejournal.com profile] chocolatesmudge and [livejournal.com profile] nedthealpaca with [livejournal.com profile] lusciousbrrd and [livejournal.com profile] cabanasloth, and take our guests on the obligatory pilgrimage to Powells. Oh darn!

Oh, and in case I don't manage to get ahold of him today, let the record show that I'm wishing a very Happy Birthday to my cousin Mike!


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