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NaNoWriMo: meh. Or possibly Ohgodno.

Yuletide: SQUEE! BOUNCE! HURRY UP LET'S GO!
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Go see Elise's jewelry! On sale now thru tomorrow night!

http://elisem.livejournal.com/1832583.html
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What would it take to make you commit rape?

Would you do it if you were drunk?

If she were drunk?

If she'd broken up with you or rejected you?

If she were unconscious or asleep?

If you thought you could get away with it?

If she had a bad reputation?

If she was in the wrong part of town?

If there were no witnesses?

If you're saying to yourself, "Hell no, I wouldn't rape a woman no matter what!"--then don't be one of the people who goes on and on about what the victim should have done differently.

The victim's not the problem.

Rapists are the problem.

(If you're saying to yourself, "Hell yes, sure I would--who wouldn't?"--then you are a rapist. And you are the problem.)
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I'd been looking forward to your concert for months. :-(
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A LORD OF THE RINGS HOBBIT postcard with a MIDDLE-EARTH stamp from NEW ZEALAND.

Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] brian1789!
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Got a warm house with functioning utilities and plenty to eat.

Got to see all my kids, and an assortment of other relatives.

Got to go caroling in my niece's neighborhood (first time we've ever swept up passersby and added them to the choir!)

Got my Yuletide fics written and delivered (and received an appreciative review on one!) and received two of my own (lovely!).

Got chocolate in my stocking, and some other nice goodies.

Christmas: done and done.

And a possible job interview lined up in the new year.
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Athens, Georgia grieves with you.
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Athens, Georgia grieves with you.
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Athens, Georgia grieves with you.
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Athens, Georgia grieves with you.
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Athens, Georgia grieves with you.
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I saw the Transit of Venus today with my own eyes (through sun-viewing glasses of course). Damn that's amazing. Very grateful the clouds cleared away in time--we were able to share with some other folks as we sat on the patio of the local BBQ place.
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(Crossposted from Google+)


Thanksgiving month, day 28:

I am thankful for impermanence.

Nothing, however wonderful, lasts forever. Nothing, no matter how exhausting, terrifying or stressful, lasts forever. Eventually the baby sleeps through the night. Eventually the job is done, the house is paid for, the garden is put to bed for the winter. A day comes when you don't have to go to work. And eventually, you go to sleep, most likely not knowing that this time you won't have to wake up.

Thanksgiving month, day 29:

I am thankful for the endless fascination of science.

If, like me, you tend to geek out over biology, or astronomy, or archaeology, then the universe has a gift for you: you are never going to be bored. There is always something new to learn, and there is usually someone who is just as excited as you are about whatever it is, and will happily tell you all about it. Better still, not only do we have books, libraries, universities and research institutions; we now have TEH INTARWEBS where you can get a mind-boggling amount of content FREE. You can watch videos of surgery. You can watch webcams of squid, or birds feeding their young, or the pandas in the zoo. You can see the amazingly diverse but brief TED talks and learn about stuff you had no idea existed. You can access articles from peer-reviewed journals, a good number of them free. You can keep up with the blog of an Antarctic explorer or an astronaut.

If you're less of a couch potato, you can volunteer to work on a research project: tag sea turtles. Work on an archaeological dig. Clean up a historic cemetery and document the graves. If you have a health problem and you live near a university or a major medical center, chances are you can be a participant in a clinical trial (this can actually be fun) or a subject in a psychological research study (sometimes fun, sometimes weird, sometimes a bit disturbing--and it's always a challenge to try to guess what they're actually studying).

If you're still young, you could be an actual scientist, a job Stephen Jay Gould compared to "continuous orgasm". Bet they never let THAT slip in your 6th grade science class!

Thanksgiving month, day 30:

I am thankful for warm things.

Hot chocolate. Coffee. Hot tea. Hot spiced apple cider. Soup. Chili. Casseroles. Down jackets. Fleece. Silk long johns. Hats, scarves, gloves and mittens. Ear warmers. Microwavable hot packs. Pocket-sized hand warmers. Ski socks. Fuzzy bedroom slippers. South-facing windows. Blankets, comforters, and afghans. Flannel sheets. Lap dogs. Cats that like to sleep on feet.

And eventually, spring.
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