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Until yesterday, I had no idea that laundromats outside Alaska don't come standard with showers.

Just to explain, Alaskan laundromats have, along with laundry facilities, several shower cubicles. Basically, there are four or five little rooms along one wall with shower setup and changing space. They're private, cost about $5, and provide towels. There are also water filling stations for people who live in dry cabins, which are exactly what they sound like- no running water. You fill up your five gallon jugs and haul them out to the car.

Your other alternative is a gym, or, if you're University staff or students, then you have the student rec center and there are showers in several of the campus buildings. The building my dad worked at has a couple of showers downstairs that are used by staff or grad students, and have been very useful when our pump broke down at home (we have running water. Mom was not going for a dry cabin with two babies.) When I worked at one of the campus libraries, our building had a small locker room. One of my coworkers who lived in a dry cabin would come in and shower there each morning.

I live in Maryland at the moment, and apparently this is not a thing. A quickie FB poll agrees. It's interesting to see what we take for granted as normal.
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There are three kinds of people: those who learn by reading, a few who learn from observation, and the rest who have to test the electric fence for themselves.
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She posted that her son asked her:
"Mom, do you think the good side or the evil side will win?"
Like, in life? Dude, it's Monday morning. Quit it.

My answer: "The fluffy side will win. Pick your side and add fluffies."
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I had a magical experience on Friday. I went into Washington, DC, for a dental appointment in Georgetown. It was my birthday weekend, so I decided after lunch to go up to Dumbarton Oaks, a historic garden and museum. I love the garden and try to go a few times a year, but it's been a while since I was in Georgetown. I got there around 3:45 and wandered around for a bit before I came to part of the garden called the Ellipse. It's a huge circle of grass surrounded by benches and a double row of hornbeams, with a fountain in the middle.

I sat down on a bench to catch my breath, looked at the lush grass and thought, "Why don't I?" I promptly pulled off my sandals and walked onto the freshly trimmed grass. It felt so good underfoot, like a living carpet. I let my feet feel where they wanted to go, padding slowly in a circle for several minutes until I heard a group coming.
Then I put my shoes back on and retired to the North Vista, which drops in shallow levels to an ornamental rail. Again, my shoes came off and I walked the length of the vista slowly, watching for chipmunks (I saw my second one of the day there!) and just enjoying the different feel of the sun-warmed patches of grass and the shady ones. After that, I went back to the Ellipse and began walking it again, this time in company with another woman. We smiled and nodded, both of us moving in concert in our bare feet around the circle.

After a little while, we passed each other and she spoke to me, asking if I was meditating. I said I was, and she was too. We kept walking and smiling as we passed each other again, until another woman and her three young daughters came in. She asked, "Are you grounding?" and we both agreed that we were. She joined us with her youngest daughter and we all continued to walk together.

When they left, my impromptu meditation buddy and I kept walking for a while, enjoying the transition from sun to shade as the sun's angle shifted. When the garden came close to closing time, we both wound down our walk and got ready to leave, thanking each other for the experience. It was wonderful.

There's a photo below (not mine) of what it looks like.

Ellipse at Dumbarton Oaks Garden

New Dawn

Apr. 9th, 2017 08:56 pm
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First day on the new site. Let's see how it goes.
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“All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

― Blaise Pascal, Pensées
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"If you want the very truth,
I'll lay it down before you:
everybody's got a story.
If you want the very truth
it's here before your eyes:
Every witch was someone's princess
in some other once upon a time."

SJ Tucker, Not the Villain
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Merry Beltane to all who celebrate!


Mar. 21st, 2016 04:15 pm
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Our silly spaniel has strained her back somehow, either from jumping or from slipping on ice. We're trying to keep her on one level and away from stairs, but preventing her from leaping onto the couch/rocking chair/bed is another matter altogether.

Cut for cuteness and photos )
It is my couch, and I am pretty.

Flat spaniel.


Mar. 15th, 2016 04:34 pm
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I spent the weekend downloading all my CDs to my laptop. Total as of this morning was 787 songs. I hadn't realized I had that many CDs that weren't on it already. I found some stuff I hadn't listened to in years, which was really good. I like The Wreckers, but I'd forgotten that I had their album. Nice country/folk duo which has since disbanded. Also some Glenn Miller stuff and a set of ten jazz singers albums, like The Andrews Sisters and Lena Horne. And I found a bellydance CD from my first teacher with songs that she liked. I'd totally forgotten about this, and I'm really glad to find it again.
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I went to see my internist last month. Everything is fine, though he wants me to start tapering off one of my prescription meds. I dutifully start doing so, adjusting as necessary. I call in for a refill. He's apparently decided I can't have that med any more. At all. Along with my migraine meds, which is just ducky as I'm in mid-migraine. So much for the Hippocratic Oath. He never mentioned a problem with the migraine meds when I saw him three weeks ago. I now have to go in to see him again, spending more money, because he's high-handedly decided I can't have meds I've been taking for twenty plus years because- I don't know why, since he hasn't explained!

I'm getting a new doctor. This isn't the first problem I've had with him, but I'm damned if it's not going to be the last.
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We got our power back on Thursday night while shopping for dinner. We came home and voila, light! Everyone was relieved, including the dogs. However, I did notice that we all scattered to our electronics, where before we'd talked at mealtimes (not much else we could do.)

After shoveling heavy wet snow for an hour on Wednesday, I was still sore on Friday, so my gym workout turned into 45 minutes of walking with me doing pushups and hanging leg raises every other lap. It's not my preferred workout, but it was effective and I started feeling better.

I had to pick up a prescription, go to the library and do laundry after work, so I decided that I'd eat dinner out at a little diner near the laundromat (we normally do it at home, however, the bad weather meant that laundry had piled up and dad was worried we'd overdraw the well.) I had sourdough pancakes and reindeer sausage with blueberry pie a la mode. I don't eat like that often, but I really needed those pancakes. And the sausage. I don't eat pork, so it's usually turkey sausage at home. Reindeer sausage is a rare treat.

Saturday I went to run errands, but did not have time to go to the bookstore. Bah. We went to see Neil Simon's play Fool, which was hilarious and fun and silly. I ran into the father of someone I used to babysit- she's now a science teacher. I'm old!

Today I took a morning walk, did laundry since the well is ok, went to my office for a couple of hours and then took a sauna at the gym. I enjoyed the sauna, but not the migraine I currently have. It triggered before the sauna, so I should probably have skipped it. I'm all doped up on meds now and will hopefully get off my computer and go to bed soon.

Why not?

Sep. 11th, 2015 05:06 pm
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Wuxi, pool party
Picture by Wuxi on Flickr
Feeling like you're drifting all alone in the once-fun-but-now-too-quiet pool of Livejournal? Not to worry! [ profile] silviarambles is running a friending meme!

Friending Meme for LJ Survivors - 2015 Re-edition

Please remember that friending frenzies work only if you spread the word, so, even if you're not looking for more friends, would you mind doing me a big favour and pimping the meme on your own journals?

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“Lord, thou knowest better than myself that I am growing older and will soon be old. Keep me from becoming too talkative, and especially from the unfortunate habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and at every opportunity.

Release me from the idea that I must straighten out other peoples' affairs. With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom, it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it. But thou knowest, Lord, that in the end I will need a few friends.

Keep me from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.

Grant me the patience to listen to the complaints of others; help me to endure them with charity. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains -- they increase with the increasing years and my inclination to recount them is also increasing.

I will not ask thee for improved memory, only for a little more humility and less self-assurance when my own memory doesn't agree with that of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong.

Keep me reasonably gentle. I do not have the ambition to become a saint -- it is so hard to live with some of them -- but a harsh old person is one of the devil's masterpieces.

Make me sympathetic without being sentimental, helpful but not bossy. Let me discover merits where I had not expected them, and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any. And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.


Not bad advice.


Jun. 13th, 2015 07:23 pm
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Last night I went to shul for the first time in eleven years. I stumbled over the transliteration, but it was surprisingly peaceful and nice. I may go again next week. (The local Jewish congregation is too small for a permanent rabbi, so in summers they bring a rabbinical/cantoral student up for the session. It makes for an interesting change each summer. )
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Baby owl cafe/

Who else wants to go?


Sep. 13th, 2013 11:09 am
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Anyone who says three days off work is an unmixed blessing didn't spend those three days with a migraine. Or have to visit Urgent Care because the friend they asked to take them to the pharmacy said, "Actually, I think you need to see a doctor, because you can't stand for more than thirty seconds without wobbling and you're having chills." She was right.
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She's home from the hospital, her sister is there and the dogs are snuggling in.


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