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2009-05-04 02:45 pm

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I've decided today ins a lesbianlicous day. After work, if it's not pouring down rain, Jess and I are heading to Monancy Park to have a picnic. If not, it's to the great lesbian haven in the sky, Saladworks. You say Saladworks isn't lesbian heaven? Bah, bah, I say to you.

After that, perhaps a viewing of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee. Um, dear, you dont' know about this one, but hey, it's a lesbian day so why not a gay film? Also, more reading of Emma Donaghue's novel Landings, which is a lesbian novel.

The lesbian gods are laughing. How many times can I use this word in one entry? Many-don't try me. :P
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2009-05-04 02:45 pm

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I've decided today ins a lesbianlicous day. After work, if it's not pouring down rain, Jess and I are heading to Monancy Park to have a picnic. If not, it's to the great lesbian haven in the sky, Saladworks. You say Saladworks isn't lesbian heaven? Bah, bah, I say to you.

After that, perhaps a viewing of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee. Um, dear, you dont' know about this one, but hey, it's a lesbian day so why not a gay film? Also, more reading of Emma Donaghue's novel Landings, which is a lesbian novel.

The lesbian gods are laughing. How many times can I use this word in one entry? Many-don't try me. :P
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2009-05-01 10:11 am

Invite Codes for Dreamwidth

I have 4 account codes to give out (darling, I'm saving one for you as I know you said you wanted to try it out) First 4 people to comment get one.
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2009-04-30 09:47 pm

And I feel I come softly in a circle yet again

I'm listening to Richard Shindell's new album. The very first time I talked to Jess on im, I was listening to him and hearing the birds chirp softly outside my window on another beautiful April night. It makes me feel nostalgic and warm and soft inside.

I'm wearing the sapphire ring she got me a few years ago. Everytime I wear this, it makes me feel safe and protected. Perhaps it's a placebo effect but whenever I wear this, small and large things that would normally bother me don't. It's like a protection charm, a chant against the darkness and the sometimes too bright light.


On May 12th, we will have been together for two years. It seems so long to me and I can't beleive it hasn't been longer. Maybe I should be making this post on that but it was April 23rd of 2007 the first time I talked to Jess. So, yes, today and right now is an anniversary in and of itself. I hear rumblings that New Jersey is putting same sex marriage on its agenda in the next year or so and I wait, eagerly, for that to become a reality rather than a really nice dream.

In other words, there is no other words. There is just this. Just love and softness.
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2009-04-29 04:34 pm

This Got me Angry Enough to Call

http://mediamattersaction.org/items/200904290005

This.. this, my friends, is what pure hatred and bigotry looks like. This.


In case you'd like to call one of Rep. Foxx's offices and politely let her know she's got her facts wrong and politely request that she not perpetrate lies about Matthew Shepard and the much-needed Hate Crimes Bill, you can call her Washington office at 202-225-2071 or her North Carolina offices toll-free at 1-866-677-8968. You can also contact the National Republican Congressional Committee at 202-479-7000 and politely let them know you disapprove of Republican House members disparaging victims of hate crimes and telling demonstrable lies on the House floor.
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2009-04-27 01:12 pm

Ugh

It is so incredibly healthy to have non-filtered, hot air in a building when it's 92 degrees outside. It does wonders for how I feel and how I'm faring right now.

UGH.
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2009-04-20 12:59 pm

Wow.. just wow

Someone replied to the email a colleague sent (one where I had jus spoken to him on the phone) and said "I just spoke to Amnecce". Seriously? Seriously? I didn't think i mumbled that bad.. although I am low blood sugar hungry and a bit surly right now.
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2009-04-17 11:36 pm
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Hello

This is just a test entry. I'm not sure how much I'll use it or what I'll use it for. It's cool, though, and I must try out cool things. :)
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2009-04-17 11:19 am

Blue Ratties!

We have two new rats. We were originally planning to get only one to replace Wilson but these little guys were too cute to resist.

They are blue rats-that means they have a blue hood. They're only itty babies-they're probably about 3 months old and they're brothers. Yes, now we have 5, but I couldn't just take one, I had to have both. Their names are Nigel and Elliot and they are so soft and trusting. They trust us enough to let us flip them on their backs and scritch them. Today, i woke up and one of them came up to the bars of the cage and was gently nibbling on my fingers. Toby-our big potato boy-has already taken to snuggling up with them in the igloo at night. The piglet boys just except to be chased and bounce up and down continuously.

Oooh, new rats. I am so happy.
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2009-04-11 07:54 pm

Rest in Peace, Sweet WIlson

Wilson Stinner-DeSantis passed away.

He was one of our ratties. We took him to the emergency vet as he was breathing really heavily/gasping for air. As soon as we got there, they whisked him off to give him oxygen. They never got the chance to do it. He stopped breathing. They tried CPR to no affect.

I'm sad. We have three other ratties and we will get another one (a rescue one) to replace him. He was such a sweet little dude and we both loved him very, very much. He had a good life.
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2009-04-08 12:57 pm

Sundown Towns

This is an extended comment I made over at Shakesville. If you want to read teh post that I responded to, just go over there:

YES to Sundown Towns. I,too, read it a few years ago and found it amazing.

The part that got to me a lot in that book (among others) was how public transit was built to essentially segerate white people from the "others". You can see this sort of thing on the Main Line just outside Philadelphia (where I lived for several years). The nice, clean commuter train rain through the center of old money towns like Ardmore, Villanova, Bryn Mawr, etc.

The 100-which went from 69th street out to Norristown (a dying town in Montgomery County and home to lots of poor minorities) also ran to these towns but the edge of them, away from the center. As not to have to make the "acceptable" commuter train people have to deal with the often poor, often cast off people that used the 100 every day to get to menial wage jobs (like cleaning the many hotels and office buildings on the Main Line) and home again.

Also, it should be noted that Ardmore is the only town on the Main Line that has ANY kind of black population. It was mentioned in this book the reason is that people who cleaned the white people's houses and offices settled here after it became not so common to have them live in house with their white bosses. Recently, there was an article in Philly.com that wants to take the "rich kids" that live in places like Narberth, Penn Valley, etc and move even more of them to Harriton High School (the second high school in the Lower Merion district). Supposdely, this is to ensure that the student population is more evenly distributed, but the reality is that a lot of the not as entitled students in that district go to Lower Merion High School. Harriton was actually built because parents wanted their students not to mix with the students at Lower Merion back in the 60s, I beleive, and this whole tradition of segeration/othering is still continiuing there.
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2009-04-01 02:10 pm
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I am bouncing today

I have way, way too much energy to be at work. Since I got a late start this morning, I walked to work (about a 50 minute walk) and ever since then I've felt full of life and energy and vim.

I also found out today that one of the people on the board I post to knows my senior English teacher. He was one of my favorite English teachers ever and I still remember him fondly and wonder how he's doing. Well, actually, his family knows him but still.. what a small world and how cool!!

Jess and I get to see Girlyman tomorrow at Godfrey Daniels! Eeee-I haven't seen them in a long time and I've heard nothing but good about Godfrey Daniels. If I like it, I will definitely look for more shows to see there in the future as it's not far from here and it's a coffeehouse that supports independent music.
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2009-03-25 12:45 pm

Where the Wild Things Are

If you haven't seen/haven't known, the movie adaptation of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are is coming out on October 19th! Eee. If you search a bit, you can find some fairly new images for it. It looks like it will be absoultely amazing. I'm always worried when they adopt childhood favorite to the screen but this looks good.

Also, if you are in the Philadelphia area, PLEASE visit the Rosenbach Musuem. It's a bit west of Rittenhouse Square (can't remember exact address) and has a whole room devoted to Maurice Sendak which they just updated with a lot of new things. Plus, the musuem in itself is really cool and a completely hidden treasure. Please, please, please visit.
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2009-03-25 12:11 pm

Hairless Rats!

We call them the piglets for obvious reasons. They are the cutest, bounciest, friendliest animals ever!

Here's a link to pictures Jess posted when we got them:

http://sawbladesestina.livejournal.com/83990.html#cutid1
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2009-03-25 10:16 am

This Morning in Cuteness

We got 3 rat hammocks yesterday. In order to understand this story, you must know that it has a tough bottom layer and a fuzzy top layer that's soft and comfortable for the rats to rest in.

So... this morning I woke up and Toby (the potato boy) got himself BETWEEN the two layers of one of the hammocks and all you could see of him was his little brown eyes pretty much asking "um, mom, what have I done?". Now, Toby is rather... large and so to see a rather large rat trying to hide/make himself small between the layers of the hammock was perhaps the cutest thing ever.

Since the piglets (our two new hairless rats-did I tell you about them? I should) were resting on the top, soft layer of the hammock I removed Toby from under there so he wouldn't get squished and cuddled him up with the piglet boys.

It totally made my morning. Cuteness for the win!
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2009-03-24 05:32 pm

Potentially interesting news

Today on Shakesville, there was a post about how people who have different life perspectives-mental, physical, social, etc type disabilites-should post as the moderator can't post on all issues.

I made a comment that I would like to do a post on Asperger's Syndrome, never really thinking that anything would come of it and I got a comment back that this was exactly what they were looking for and I should do a guest post on it.

Aaaah... so much to say on this topic. So much and I don't even know where to start, but I would really like to do this post. Us Aspies are a unique group and it's hard to understand it sometimes from an outsider's perspective.
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2009-03-18 01:08 pm

Books!

Last night I looked at Amazon's used books website to see if they had 3 books I wanted. They did and with shipping, I got the 3 books for under 20 dollars. I am so excited for this.

The first is Ann Patchett's The Magican's Assistant. I read this book years ago-way before she won fame and recognition for Bel Canto-and it my favorite of hers. Bel Canto and Run are good, solid books but they do NOT compare to this book. It concerns a woman whose husband-a magican-dies and she returns to his family home in Nebraska. It deals with issues of magical realism, a bit of sexual awakening, learning to wake up to one's self, etc. Amazing.

The second is Kindred by Octavie Butler. I have heard how amazing this book is for years but, sadly, I have never read a book by her. I heard her speak twice before she died and always thought of her as an amazing speaker. This is the book that's said to be her best and I greatly look forward to reading it.

Finally, I chose the Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh. He writes about East Asian countries-India, Burma, etc. In this book he looks at a historical Burma at the end of the 19th century and continues into the present. I had this book from the library a long time ago but it got waterlogged and ruined and I was never able to read it. He is a really good writer and I can safely recommend any of his books.

What books have intrigued you lately? Which books just take you by the throat and won't let go?