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17 September 2016 @ 11:45 pm
Zeno's Paradox Awaits...  
I'm in San Diego tonight, having installed our daughter at UCSD for her sophomore year. She's unpacked and settled in, and tomorrow I make the return trip on my own. Not quite as heartbreaking as last year (that was awful), but just as physically draining. We took the 4-Runner this time, because much as I hate to waste the gas, driving that distance alone in the Prius is a formula for disaster. By which I mean, severe leg and back pain. :O

My trip up to Oregon was very nice. I spent time with both sisters in Portland, then saw my mother in Eugene. She's doing well. She has some aches and pains that surprise her at times (her back and one hip sometimes mutiny for a few hours or even the day). But she can still get around, and is able to take care of herself and has friends she enjoys nearby. At age 90, all of that is really good news. :)

I returned home mid-week before Labor Day, and apart from some general relaxing, I also did some massive cleaning out of the art cupboards in the kitchen. Five bags of stuff for Goodwill! Some day, we hope to fit our random appliances and overflow Tupperware in those cupboards. It was hard to let go of some of those things, though-- the pretty/cute/fun paper and pictures saved for collages, the various art sets. It brought back a lot of memories of our daughter's childhood. I had a bunch of nifty parallel stuff saved for our son, too, in case he wanted to join in the activities. His got almost no use, as art is the antithesis of his "thing". I still think his "handedness" confusion might have something to do with that.

I read a lot of books, including A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (I enjoyed that one a lot), and I'm almost finished with Joe Hill's The Fireman. Another Tyler book and Sue Grafton's X are next in line, unless my "Hold" book comes up at the library. I cannot even remember what it was, but I'll be happy to see it when the time comes. ;)

Moviewise, we watched My Name Is Doris, which was a terrific role for Sally Fields and entertaining overall. Some parts were hard to watch. I kept hoping her obsession would find a more appropriate target, and the character's fashion sense was jolting. A new scene would begin, and Doris would appear in some "Ow, my eyes! Oh my god, make it stop! outfit that was well past "fun" and into "deranged."

After the big drive down to San Diego yesterday (ten freakin' hours!), our daughter and I had dinner and then went to see Bridget Jones' Baby. THAT was fun. I mostly did not hate Patrick Dempsey in it, which is saying something. There were cringeworthy moments in it as well, because that's the nature of Bridget Jones' character. But still, well worth it.

Work... ugh. SO hard to make progress, and I'm sure my manager is as frustrated as I am. I hate this project, and its ridiculous number of quagmires and hurdles.

So, how are things with the f-list? Happy that fall is here, or were there summer things you'd hoped to get to and didn't?

ecosopherecosopher on September 18th, 2016 02:59 pm (UTC)
How many more years does your daughter have left of college? Good grief, that's a long drive. Wow.

Sorry to hear that work is ugh.

Our spring has started off very wet, but when the sun occasionally comes out, it's warm :) We have one more week of the school term, then a two week break, and then the last term for the year (which takes us up to Christmas, and the summer holidays). Where did the year disappear to? Hope your September is bringing cooler weather for you.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2016 05:19 am (UTC)
This is our daughter's second year, so I have another trip to fetch her home in June, and 4 others after that. It takes forEVER. Gah.

I always forget that the seasons are flipped in Australia. Do you celebrate Christmas during the time of year when the weather matches, or just do it off-kilter in terms of lore vs. reality?
ecosopherecosopher on September 28th, 2016 04:09 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you're counting down those trips. Oof.

We celebrate Christmas in December, although there's a bit of a tradition of having 'Christmas in July' dinners where people might have a full roast meal (July's usually one of the coldest/rainiest/snowiest months, depending on which part of the country you live in!) It's not as common as it used to be, I think.

Christmas comes around the summer solstice, of course, and the children wake early, early, early. It makes for a really long day, since it's light well before 5am and they want to open presents!

cindytsuki_no_bara on September 18th, 2016 05:17 pm (UTC)
ten hours! holy cow. i always forget how big california is. which i know is absurd because it's so much of the west coast, but still. i come from the land of small states. in ten hours i could be in virginia, having passed through six other states (altho delaware only briefly) to get there.

is it safe to assume that prii are not comfortable for long drives? that's kind of a bummer. can you at least put more stuff in the 4-runner?

i am so impressed by your mother! still living independently at ninety, seeing her friends, doing her thing.

i think the one thing i was going to do this summer (well, late summer) was buy bookshelves, and i still haven't. i think i'm resisting having to unpack eight boxes of books.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2016 05:28 am (UTC)
I think even Oregon and Washington are big by east coast standards. It takes about 5 1/2 hours to drive from the top to bottom of Oregon, and more than 8 hours to drive across the middle. For our daughter's trip, crossing the border into Mexico would add about another half hour. But by starting out at our house, you're already about 4 1/2 hours into the state from the northern border.

So, the Prius was awful for me a year ago, and seemed to kick off something like sciatica in June. They're ergonomically designed to match someone else's "erg"-- namely a person with short legs and a long torso, where I have the opposite. So, the seat has a back-tilt that moves my shoulders even farther back from the steering wheel and increases the reach. You can't put the seat straight up (but can in the 4-runner). Also, the headrest angles forward, so it pushes your head forward and down while you drive... causing major spinal pain. For a lot of drivers, apparently, not just me. There is a lot of Internet hate on the topic of Prius car seats and discomfort! All of it well earned, I think. :O

Eight boxes of books! Even with new bookshelves, that is a LOT of books. Like, maybe 4-5 bookshelves worth. :O

Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on September 19th, 2016 06:41 am (UTC)
You couldn't convince her to go to Davis? That would be a much shorter drive. :D

I will be leaving for a brief trip to Portland and Walla Walla in about 10 days. I'm looking forward to seeing friends, family, and doing some wine tasking in Walla2.

Unfinished projects? Well, someday I am going to finish posting the pictures I took at Cape Flattery in June. And my pictures from VegasCon this year, and DenverCon last year. Yep, I am going to get right on that....

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 19th, 2016 04:14 pm (UTC)
We had hoped she would get into Berkeley, and didn't-- and even UCLA would have been closer! Her SAT math scores just weren't high enough, despite grades and extra-curriculars to the North Pole and back. :(

She is having a great time at UCSD, though. It's just hard on her parents. ;)

Please tell me you're flying to Portland, before heading east! That's a 10-hour drive from where we live, which is why we've never gone there directly in a single day's drive. :O

Hahaha to your pictures. At least you did those things! I haven't posted the picture of my son's birthday cake yet, and that was about a month ago...