Saturday, June 24th, 2017 10:53 pm
Grateful! For fans, evening breezes, and a forecast that says there's just one more too-hot day before we get a break.
Saturday, June 24th, 2017 08:30 am
We got home around 1. When I came upstairs this morning before 8, I found that a couple of cookbooks had been knocked off the kitchen bookshelf. No big deal. Then I noticed that the sample pack of cat food we'd gotten in the mail (Rachel Ray's Delish) was in the dining room and torn open. Sigh. I cleaned it up, went about the rest of the morning routine, and then hit the living room, where the bag of soft duck and pumpkin dog treats was lying there, also torn open.


Normally when there's morning chaos, I know which animal to blame (and this generally seems like Charlotte-style mischief), but I'm not sure all the animals didn't work together. Thankfully, it doesn't look like they ate a ton of the food in either case (I'm not sure Nicky even realized his treats had been opened).

Remember, folks: Having pets is good for your emotional health!
Saturday, June 24th, 2017 12:48 am
Grateful! For the zen of correctly set expectations. They don't make disappointments go away, but do make them easier to roll with!
Friday, June 23rd, 2017 12:16 pm
BIG GARDENS small spaces
BIG GARDENS, small spaces
A Self-Guided Tour of Member Gardens, 
Presented by the Somerville Garden Club 

When: Sunday June 25, 2017, 11:00 am. – 4:00 p.m.,
Rain or Shine! (Should be a sunny day!)
Where: Somerville and Cambridge
Cost: Tickets are $18. Ticket holders receive a brochure with a map to the featured gardens.

The SGC 2017 Garden Tour, Big Gardens, Small Spaces, celebrates the creativity and variety of compact gardens.

Walk through gardens of different styles, featuring shady perennials, colorful sun-loving flowers, statuary, vegetable plots, ponds, bee hives, unusual shrubs and trees, native plants, and interesting hardscaping surrounding Somerville Garden Club member homes, and three of our garden sites. Proceeds support the educational programs and public plantings of the Somerville Garden Club.

Advance Tickets are on sale at:
Pemberton Garden Center, 2225 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, Cambridge
Capone Foods, 14 Bow Street, Union Square, Somerville
Through our website:
Day of Event Tickets: Sunday June 25. 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m., Davis Square Statue Park, opposite the MBTA Davis Square Station.

There are some amazing private gardens on this tour! (including mine)!
Friday, June 23rd, 2017 03:27 am
Grateful! For some new song and story ideas. Does every creator fear they'll never have another new idea? I was just feeling that. Good timing!
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 03:43 am
Grateful! For digital friends who also fit well in analogue. For guessing right on my recipe tweak. For the last days of mild weather.
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 09:52 pm
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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 01:37 am
Grateful! For people who aren't so uncomfortable communicating via writing that they avoid it. Cos, actually, a call is almost never better for me...
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 10:09 am
So.  Lots going on.  As usual, really; when is my life ever static and calm?  I went to the doctor yesterday (my gp; I have a literal crapton of doctors) and a few things are changing.  I talked to her about my depression and how it's been getting way worse as of late, and about my "memory glitches."  She asked me a bunch of questions about the depression and she says I have "moderate depression."  She's going to be changing my depression meds, so I'm going down to one Wellbutrin a day, in the morning.  She didn't say what new one she might put me on, EXCEPT for  the other thing I told her about, which was the memory glitches.  

Here lately, I keep having this thing where I'll be talking and then I'll be unable to continue and I get really disoriented and forget where I was in the thing I was talking about (like I still remember where I am and what I was doing but not the specific place in the process I was at, if  that makes any sense at all).  It only seems to last like a minute or two and then I'm okay, but it's really  really frustrating especially because it seems to only happen at work, where I'm already stressed and don't feel like I'm doing a good job.  I wonder if stress can cause seizures.

Well, when I told her about that, she said she might end up putting me on Lamictal, which is used to treat both seizures and depression, so yay for killing two birds with one stone.  I need to make an appointment with a neurologist, but I didn't get a name from her; I emailed all of this to my parents and my tutor, so hopefully one of them has a suggestion or my dad has written down the name of the one I saw when I was having seizures after having Festus removed.  BTW the doctor yesterday also said that once you have seizures, it's very common to have them for the rest of your life or for them to come back years later; Festus was removed in 2009 and I don't remember having a seizure since then, but who knows, maybe I've been having them all along and they're just now getting bad enough that I'm noticing them.
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 09:29 am
The story of the Roman Ninth legion is much more popular in the UK than the US. I knew about it but I studied that part of history when I was in college with some really good teachers. The basics are that the 9th is the lost legion. No one is really sure what happened but they are pretty sure whatever it was, it happened in Scotland. There has been some other evidence that says that they went from Scotland to the Netherlands but that is sketchy and has nothing to do with the episode.

The Doctor brings Bill to where the ninth vanished because she claims that she knows more than he does about the ninth and they are testing their theories by coming to the time and place were it happened.

This episode was written by Rona Muro who wrote the last episode of classic Who (Survival) and she has gotten better over time. Not a perfect episode but really solid with some clever call backs to the classic series.

I enjoyed it and again it felt like a drop any Doctor in here slot. Nothing that really makes it a Twelve episode until you get to the end.

Solid acting and the monster was pretty much a monster wanting nothing more than most monsters want.

Bill continues to impress me both as a companion and Pearl Mackie’s performance is splendid. Nardol was more commentary than companion until the end but I think you can give Matt Lucas just about anything and he will find a way to make it work.

Doc_Tor )
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 01:01 am
Grateful! For the value of being responsible and polite when possible. That my housing worries aren't dire as those of Earth's 65.6 million refugees.
Monday, June 19th, 2017 04:26 pm
EDIT: I am adding, the next day, that the owner of the shop has reached out to me, and offered an apology and to try to get to the bottom of what events unfolded outside the store that left me so upset. I will be speaking with him in the next few days and appreciate that they reached out.

Original vent / post:
West Somerville folks - I just had a terrible experience in Teele Square, bad enough that I would like to spread my rage at the proprietor of a local business, the Knight Moves Cafe on Broadway. Please stay far away from this business with kids. If you have any kids who walk to and from the west somerville school, please make sure they steer clear of the business as well.

The proprietor (edit: manager) of this business threatened to call the Somerville police and made my children cry, for the crime of disagreeing over what to get with a few bucks each at the conveience store, and the crime of waiting for me on the sidewalk rather than inside the dry cleaners on the same block, and then choosing to get into my unlocked car with the cold drinks they had bought at the convenience store, while my 5 min errand lasted 15 min because the folks at the dry cleaners were trying to repair a broken zipper for me on a coat I had cleaned out of my closet and intended to donate.

Seriously if you have any choice in ever doing business with them, and support the right of elementary school kids to have a little independence and learn from their disagreements on whether mom said they could get ice cream, I urge you steer clear.

I am FURIOUS at having been confronted for going to the dry cleaners and letting my kids go to the convenience store to enjoy their refreshing cold drinks. And I even like board games and was pleased when they came to town.

I am SURE that plenty of kids the age of mine walk home from WSNS through Teele Square every school day. Yes, even when it's hot out. But if your first grader has an argument with their big sibling in the vicinity of Teele you can expect the police to be called, next time.
Monday, June 19th, 2017 11:48 am
This is Mark Gatiss’ latest foray into the Doctor Who universe and he got to play with the characters he wanted with the Ice Warriors.

I enjoyed this one. It was one and done with a little tag at the end which has fandom holding its collective breath.

So Bill gets to have an adventure with the Doctor reminiscent to me of those that Jo had with Three and Sarah Jane with Four. There is an absurd historical element, an alien species element, and a Doctor saves the Day element.

A bit by the numbers but fun all the same.

That the Empress wanted Bill’s opinion on the situation since she was the only female in the room, was both funny and made sense considering what is being set up for the Ice Warriors.

Over all it was a good solid Doctor Who episode that you could have put just about any Doctor into and it would have worked.

God_Save_the_Queen )
Monday, June 19th, 2017 10:16 am
I know that you can get free passes from the libraries that are good for a specific day, and I was wondering if anyone had more than they need for any days coming up soon. And I know that members get free passes as well. I would love to go, but can't afford the normal cost.

Monday, June 19th, 2017 04:54 am
Over the past few days I was surprised to walk by these three businesses and find them closed. Anyone know when they closed, and why?
  • The Shawarma Place, in Cutter Square (EDIT: moved to 215 Highland Ave)
  • Aguacate Verde, in Wilson Square
  • Union Mart and Subway, in Union Square
Sunday, June 18th, 2017 10:09 pm
Grateful! For satisfying TV adaptations of books. For opportunities to change the discourse around autism. For a sweet orange from a sweet lady 😉
Sunday, June 18th, 2017 08:32 am
There's been a lot of meetings at work which limited the socializing that I was able to do in the last week. Still, it's not been a bad week.

Most of the fun took place yesterday. We got snarled in traffic early while driving out to the edge of the Earth to pick up an inexpensive sewing machine, soon to be passed on to the daughter of a friend. We followed that by taking Brushette to the veterinarian for an external ear infection. Moving on to the next venue, we had lunch on a patio where they let in dogs. Then off to Danza del Sol Winery to pick up/out this quarter's wine club choices. From there, back home: since I did the wine tasting as the non-driver, I dozed the whole drive home.

Very pleasant day.

Today is the Guardian Trials at Dungeonmaster, so I hope we'll see you all there!

Oh, and happy Fathers Day! Best to all my friends who are fathers, and prayers to my father who I miss with all my heart.
Sunday, June 18th, 2017 07:28 am
This week's reading remains a bit less than previous, but it was enjoyable for the most part.

First was a graphic novel/non-fiction piece called Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D. It deals with the invention of, and the subsequent battles over the game Dungeons & Dragons in a comic book style. Not bad at all.

The next book I finished reading was Earth, Air, Fire and Custard, a comic fantasy novel by the British author Tom Holt. This carries forward from the previous couple of novels about the magical corporation in Britain in a rather strange and somewhat offputting fashion. For me the book was a bit of a hard slog compared to other novels this gentleman has written. I'll be picking up and starting another of his novels moderately soon, but if it's this hard to get into, I may dump it quickly.

Finally, Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey was recommended to me years ago; the tale of a wizard who'd been transported to Hell alive and managed to return for his vengeance. Fast and fun read. There's several more books in this saga and I'll be looking to read the second one soon.

Have a good week!
Sunday, June 18th, 2017 09:47 am
 I just had a really good idea, and I hope I remember it when I need it.  The other day at  the psychiatrist's office I was super frustrated because I couldn't remember a feeling I was trying to tell him about.  Well it just hit me that if I need to remember literally anything in my life, I put it directly into my phone, in the notes app.  So, why not do that for feelings.  Whenever I'm having a particularly intense bad feeling, I will write it down in my phone, so I can remember it to tell the psychiatrist or my psychologist or my tutor or someone who can help me.  
Saturday, June 17th, 2017 10:49 pm
Grateful! For useful reminders:
-That I shouldn't settle or act out of impatience or fear
-That I can trust my musical instincts
-To breathe