October 16th, 2006

bear by san

The universe is shaped exactly like the Earth. Go straight long enough, end up where you were.

Today's playlist:

Modest Mouse - 3rd Planet
The Incredible String Band - Evolution Rag
They Might be Giants - Mammal
They Might be Giants - Why Does The Sun Shine?

I'm taking suggestions....



WFC plane tickets bought, laundry about to go in the machine, cat fed. Still to-do, a nice long walk to make up for not going to the gym (today is my only chance of a "down" day this week. I am taking it, as it is gorgeous outside.), reading Lavie Tidhar's "304, Adolph Hitler Strasse" at Clarkesworld, paying some bills, and making Chelsea's music mix for her.

Yes!

It's a Day Off!

I wonder if I remember how to do those.
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bear by san

They'll tell you all the girls are monsters, all the boys are whores.

Apparently, the post-novel ennui has finally, in a much-delayed fashion, arrived. I am snappish, self-loathing, short-tempered, without a span of attention, prickly, and generally craving introversion. So, of course, when is the next day I have to myself?

...looks like sometime after World Fantasy.

On the other hand, I did have a nice walk today, and mostly managed to keep to myself except for on the internets (which I can handle even at my most introverted) and one long phone call with my mom while I went for a walk up to Elizabeth Park and back. Also, I Did Something to my elbow while helping netcurmudgeon wreck his shed, and I'm thinking about taking the rest of the week off from the gym to see if it will mend itself, as it hasn't been, so much. Except I really need the exercise. Not that I'm losing any weight, but man, you should see my muscles. And if I'm already in a bad brain chemical place, regular exercise is one of the few things that will keep it from turning into a terrible brain chemical place.

Anyway, lovely walk. I hiked up to Elizabeth Park and walked around the rose garden a little. It's not dripping masses of bloom any more, but there's still a scattering of pretty flowers, and it's a nice walk, through a mostly-Victorian working-class neighborhood hung with shade trees.

I saw one rose that really pleased me. Carefree Delight, a single pink rose without much scent. Pink roses are not my favorite (pink anything is not my favorite) but this one was particularly neat. The closed buds are a striking salmon, and when the rose opens, its pale baby pink.

...except for the one petal on the outside, which remains bright dark salmon on the outside.

The blossoms are small, about the size of oh, a silver dollar. And there are lots of them. Very pretty.

Here's another.

In other news, I've just been reminded that I owe somebody an alternate history story that I have no idea how to write. See above, the self-loathing and feelings of stress.

I need to arrange my life to have less Things in it. And still somehow manage to see my friends.

I know, everybody should have such problems. I am feeling hibernatory, though.

Ah well. Perhaps I will commit yoga to the Squirrel Nut Zippers. That can't fail but perk me up.