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Mind, it's added two feet to the snowpack in the past few days, but it's been miserable.

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I called my daughter Friday evening in preference to crossing the parking lot, it was raining that hard.

I've been wondering if it's the weather that's had my sinuses kicking up a fuss.  I'm not prone to headaches, but I spent most of Saturday with a nasty one and a dripping nose.

I went to the dentist early Tuesday morning to get my teeth cleaned and checked.  I'm good for another year.  But I also went to work after, which is something I don't usually do - getting my teeth cleaned really wipes me out, and this is the first time since I left Los Angeles that I didn't take the whole day off.  Unfortunately, final preparations for getting people off to the ACC meetings meant I couldn't do that this time - not that I had a huge amount of work to do on that, but I did have to do it on Tuesday rather than putting it off.

Another factor was that I was going to have to leave early on Friday.  That was the day I got my car its 60K mile checkup.  I took it in at 7:00 AM and was given a ride all the way to work - I got there only 5 minutes late, but only because the previous person had needed to go a lot farther than anticipated - I'd have been my usual early if things had gone as they ordinarily do.  The guys working on Squatty found four items that need work which weren't covered in what they were doing.  The most expensive is also the most urgent, and I should be able to get it done in about 6 weeks.  The next most expensive is also the next most urgent, and it will have to wait a bit longer.  I was told that as long as they're done before summer hits, there shouldn't be a problem.

I left work early in part to get some payday errands done during banking hours, and in part to avoid rush hour in the rain.  Well, I managed to avoid the flooding, anyway - the first bus that would have taken me back out to where my car was being worked on never showed up.  It got a bit soggy before the second, and the area around the dealership appears to be notorious for bad drainage, but I took the back way out of the parking lot and avoided the worst spot.

I did my usual payday errands Saturday morning and nearly lost my favorite hat, the wind was gusting so hard when I got out of the car at one stop.  

Have you heard that a version of Beowulf translated by JRR Tolkien is being released in May? My oldest and dearest was all but drooling - so I pre-ordered it to be shipped directly to him.  It turns out that the book's release date is the day before his actual birthday.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 09:55:15 PM PDT

  •  We've been having rain in SF Bay Area (13+ / 0-)

    We're happy to have it. Hope your weather improves.

    Ciara's Favorite Colors~Barbara Fors

    Ciara's Favorite Colors~Barbara Fors

  •  Sorry about your weather (10+ / 0-)

    Ah, well. I wrote what I thought would be an informative diary about the science of bisexuality today, and not only do I have 171 comments on it, at least 50% of which have very little to do with what I wrote, I've had a call-out diary about it that's very careful not to look like one.

    So do I unpublish it now? I'm honestly not sure. I have advised the help desk asking if it is indeed a call out diary or not.

    It's been fun here. I'm not sure I can deal with it any more.

    •  Oh, Dave, don't give up (7+ / 0-)

      just b/c of a few asshats. (I think I know which call-out diary, although I didn't read it, just what pops up when you put your cursor on the title.)

      Don't delete it, either: at least, I don't think you should. Were people offended by your diary, or just being offensive toward you in the comments?

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 11:25:40 PM PDT

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    •  Okay, I have now read your diary & (10+ / 0-)

      I don't see any reason to unpublish, so what I said just above still goes. Plus, you made the rec list, so the naysayers don't outweigh the likers, they're just thread-jacking. (If ya know what I mean.) Admittedly I ignored all the comments.

      In my experience, bisexual women who are mostly with men will come on to an out lesbian but might not be out about their sexuality in hetero company. In the past I have been hit on by a number of them.

      Which more or less backs up your point from the distaff side.

      Also, Kinsey found the same thing. His methodology may have been flawed, but his findings were not, IMO.

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 11:41:34 PM PDT

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    •  No, Dave, you do NOT unpublish. (3+ / 0-)
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      Nor do you give up on the site, please.

      Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

      by loggersbrat on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 09:38:38 AM PDT

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  •  I'd love to take some of that excess rain (15+ / 0-)

    and spread it around  NM!

    Every time I check in on the events around the horrible landslide in WA, it's raining. I just read that that area has gotten over 12" this month. It's so hard on the rescue workers, and especially the search dogs:

    But don't worry, they are being cared for:

    The good news is that 60 people have accounted for as safe and are no longer on the missing list. The death toll now stands at 28 with 30 missing.

    And more and more is coming to light about the many, many warnings of landslide hazard in the area. Yet the county kept issuing building permits. I wonder how that's going to play out ... accountability time???

    I don't love writing, but I love having written ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 10:54:38 PM PDT

  •  The Tolkien Beowulf (9+ / 0-)

    must be interesting. I have the Seamus Heaney translation and it's quite excellent in poetic terms (but I can't read the original, which faces his translated version, so can't evaluate how faithful he is to the text).

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 11:16:02 PM PDT

  •  The rain here in Seattle has been a drag (9+ / 0-)

    this month. But during the average week, any time of the year here, there seems to be always be at least one good day that is sunny...or at least a day that's not too bad.

    I grew up to the West, on the coast, and if you're into rain and gray skies, that's the place to be...Grays Harbor County, the place describes itself.

    When I was in high school, I made it a point to monitor the days when the sun didn't shine, starting on January 1st. It was about 2 months. There might have been a patch of blue sky out there somewhere, but I didn't see it, so that doesn't count in my tally.

    Hooray for Spring! And here's to Summer in the Great Northwest...looking forward to the dry season.

  •  g'day all; still some rain here (10+ / 0-)

    However some good news: Steven Seagal has announced his disgust with Obama, stated he has a thing for Putin and threatens to move to Russia.

    If it is a choice between his moving to Russia or starting another cop/reality/ buddy/ride-along type cable show, I am willing to pay part of his plane ticket.  Let us be certain the roosters at the AZ chicken farm did not die in vain.

  •  Good morning. (6+ / 0-)

    It poured yesterday, but it's supposed to be nice today.  

    Nothing special today.   Laundry, cleaning, cooking, dogs.  

    Have a nice day.  

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 04:12:02 AM PDT

  •  A less boring weekend than I'd hoped for... (8+ / 0-)

    Still, it's not been awful.  Our Catholic parish has had its share of nontraditional pastors lately.  One was a widower.  The one following him was a former Baptist minister.  We now have a young guy who doesn't have any of that history, but we're getting a new associate who is history-making, at least for our diocese.

    He is a former Episcopalian priest who will be ordained in June.  The unusual thing is that he's married with children.  He did his first bit as our deacon last night and we also got to meet his wife.  He seems quiet and gentle.  She is a nurse and more of an outgoing person.  

    There have only been 100 or so of these married priests ordained (with permission from Rome, of course) so for our little parish to be the proving ground of the diocese is a bit of an honor.  It's also a responsibility.  As a very accepting community, I have no doubt that we will cope with it well.  If the reception after mass last night is any indication, everything will be fine.  :-)

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 04:17:37 AM PDT

  •  We got our six inches of wet snow overnight, but (6+ / 0-)

    even though it is still snowing, the roads seem clear and no trouble with wind or breaking branches.

    We have band practice today and I was hoping to bring home the instruments to practice at home, but I can't drag them through this weather, they are heavy and I need to set them down a few times as I move them.

    The snow will all be melted away by Tuesday, and the creeks will be running high.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 06:50:52 AM PDT

  •  Hi, everyone. (6+ / 0-)

    Rain here, too. It's supposed to rain off and on all day. Right now, it's off and the sky is brightening a bit.

    The gray skies make me sleepy. I've got to move around!

    Hope you all have a good day.

  •  We had rain yesterday most of the day. (5+ / 0-)
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    Today it's cooler but sunny and drying out. It's only in the high 50's right now, by Wednesday it's supposed to be up in the mid 80's.
    Pollen is horrendous right now. Even after taking benedryl and sudafed before bed, I woke with my left eye pasted shut. So maybe it's a good thing that it will get warm enough this week for the AC to run a bit.

    I just showed my other half the Beowulf Translation, and he's all for getting it as well LOL. I don't know when we'll have the money, but eventually we'll pick it up. Maybe my mom will give me an amazon card for my birthday, which is in the end of May. "William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back" by Ion Doescher is out as well, maybe we'll spend our lawsuit book credit on that one, it's under $9.

    I've gotten the floors done, but I'm still feeling half asleep, and I need to get Draco's school work done at some point. I may do the geometry tomorrow before he gets up and hope the allergies give me a break by that point.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 08:50:37 AM PDT

    •  I bought both the Shakespearean Star Wars books (4+ / 0-)
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      in hardback.  I'm still working my way through the first - it's a hoot.

      Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

      by loggersbrat on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 09:43:31 AM PDT

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      •  The first one is great! (3+ / 0-)
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        weck, loggersbrat, Kit RMP

        I read it the first day we got it and I've re-read it a few times since. I even read bits to Draco, and because he's familiar with the story he understood it better than he usually understands Shakespearean language. It is one of those books you have to read parts out to the people around you, if only so they know why you're laughing so hard. For a house full of nerds, well... there have been a lot of loud conversations over that book. I'm sure there will be just as many over the next one.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 10:04:43 AM PDT

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  •  It rained all day yesterday and has rained most of (5+ / 0-)

    last week.  I picked snap sugar peas in the rain yesterday at the farm.  I still have some things to put in the freezer from yesterdays CSA box.  I have to straiten out the freezer to make more room.  One thing about this long growing season is that I use it out of the freezer as I am adding to it.  

    My white car is yellow from the pine pollen.  The rain did wash the pollen out of the streets.  

    This is summer looks like it is shaping up to be a super el nino year. Probably one for the history books.  It is pretty vast in size and may stick around longer then normal.  But our weather is changing and normal don't count any more.  Good news is California will get plenty of rain.

    Time to get back to by chores.  I didn't make much head way this week with cleaning.  I am trying to catch up from being sick last couple of years.  I let everything go to long so now it will take a while to clean up.    

  •  the weather is gorgeous (3+ / 0-)
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    today, bright and sunny with a little wind to keep it cool.  yesterday was glorious too.  i worked in the ponds, moving plants to better light areas, thinning the lantana, cleaning the filter.  i noticed a decided lack of muck and the filter box was mostly clean, so i have determined that i was overfeeding the fish and causing myself undue hardships.  the extra oxygen in the water allowed algae to multiply and clog everything and when i stopped, it stopped.  the fish quit growing at an alarming rate and they did not lay eggs last summer, i am thinking due to the lower food availability.  no one died and the plants all thrived so i am going to lay off fish pellets and maybe just give them duckwort through the summer.  the forecast going forward though says rain by wednesday.  yeah, we'll see.  ever since the weather satellite fell out of the sky, the weather predictions here have been a little sketchy.

    "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

    by art ah zen on Sun Mar 30, 2014 at 01:23:28 PM PDT

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