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18 October 2013 @ 10:48 am
Friday morning blurgles...  
Still short on sleep. Now that work is quieter, it's things like Find something to ask for as a birthday present—anything! or my daughter being up late and unexpectedly chatty. We call her The Mindworm (courtesy of the Jasper Fforde books) because she is theoretically a member of the household... but we almost never see her. If she's home, she's hiding in her room. Whoever said that you had to take any opportunity that came along to talk to your teenager wasn't kidding.

I had a nice ballet outing in mind as a gift (they're doing a production of The Firebird, and no one EVER does that), but even the reamaining matinee tickets are around $100 each. Wow. I don't want to see it that much! So, at this point I hope to go to Apple Hill this weekend with the family, and strongarm my husband into downloading some iPod songs (and yes, podfics) for me. Plus, chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. :D

Thanks to LJ Idol stretching into September, and then work going nuts, I completely forgot to haunt the local grocery store for Gravenstein apples. ONE chain offers them, for a brief Fall period, and while they're all over Oregon (where I grew up), they're hard to find in California. I'll look at Apple Hill, but they're usually gone by now. Woe. :(

I tried to do some online bike-gear shopping yesterday, and once again, I wonder what manufacturers are thinking:
  • Cyclometers with Auto Start/Stop: So, there is NO way not to fold my warmdown into my ride? And that's a FEATURE?

  • Bike jerseys with white material under the arms. Seriously—there are tons of these.

  • Bike jerseys with "ventilation" panels in the back, or as some might call them... sunburn strips. They're almost always in places you can't reach to sunblock, and most of us cycle bent over. D'OH!

  • Last piece of random, since I need to get back to work: Why? WHY? Even if you don't have acrophobia, how is that smart? *cries*

    cindytsuki_no_bara on October 19th, 2013 04:21 am (UTC)
    that photo is both terrifying and something i'd totally do. it looks like the person is hooked to a safety line, at least.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 19th, 2013 05:26 am (UTC)
    and something i'd totally do.

    Would you really? o_O

    The general idea is horrifying enough to me, but with the big spaces between the steps (and the fog/mist in the background, which makes things slippery), it just seems like an accident waiting to happen. Yikes!
    cindytsuki_no_bara on October 20th, 2013 07:11 pm (UTC)
    if i was hooked to a safety line and guaranteed that the planks would hold my weight, i totally would. i'm wigged out by wide open spaces (say, western colorado) more than i am by heights.
    Jas Massonjasmasson on October 19th, 2013 11:16 am (UTC)
    Happy birthday!
    Have a wonderful birthday! <3
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on October 19th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
    Re: Happy birthday!
    Thank you!
    adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on October 19th, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC)
    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day! AW
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on October 19th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
    Thank you so much!
    Vice Captain of the Universesweeny_todd on October 20th, 2013 01:28 pm (UTC)
    happy birthday! I hope it has been wonderful~! xox
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on October 21st, 2013 06:09 am (UTC)
    Thank you very much!