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Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Subject:The real deal.
Time:1:04 am.

Friends Welcome Here
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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Subject:So this was something I did...
Time:9:46 am.
Mood: calm.
Galloping in the Mongol Derby

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Between the emotion: 1 Shadow -and the response

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Subject:Happy Anniversary to the best doggy ever.
Time:9:52 pm.
Mood: grateful.
7 years ago on February 7th, I went to the Maricopa County Animal Shelter. I had just moved to Arizona 2 days before, and I'd just freed myself from the flaming pile of crap that was my life in Massachusetts. I went in to the pound knowing that I had to find a dog under my new apartment complex's 25lb weight limit. Other than that, I was open. I came home with my dear sweet Roma.

I have loved her more every minute of every day since. Here's to at least double that many more years, sweet little girl. Every day that you have been my Roma Tomato has been the best day of my life. Thank you for being the most loving companion, best watchdog, amazing kitten babysitter, and greatest cuddler/licker ever. I love you always, RoRo. I hope you know just how irreplaceable and utterly perfect you are. ♥
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Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Subject:Spit shine.
Time:9:39 pm.
Mood: amused.
You know that day that you sometimes have? The one that leaves you wondering where, exactly, the off switch for the life-blender is situated?

The day where you wake up at 4:30AM to take your beloved to the train station for another few days of working apart from each other? The instant sickness snarling in the pit of your stomach when he interrupts your mascara application with, "come here! Someone is bleeding!"? The shock that you feel when you see bloody paw prints all over the floor, and blood spattered all over the walls? The snap second of panic when you see your dear little cat shaking rivulets of bright red blood from somewhere near his face? The frustration as the perceived helplessness sets in, even as you efficiently help your cat stop choking on his own fluids? The sense of utter resignation as train schedules and work commencement times flash behind your eyes? The haphazard dash to the car, leaving a hopefully healthy set of pets to await your return, while all the while you're praying to the gods of organization that you have everything you need to scrape out of the day intact? You know, the day where all of this has transpired by 5:20AM?

The day where you just manage to get your better half to the train station in time? Where you've subsequently broken every traffic law in at least two different countries in order to get yourself to work on time? The day that timing is critical, because you've somehow been placed in charge of a $1,000,000+/per day operation, and you have to lead an important safety meeting for 30+ people in relative states of disinterest/sleepiness? The one day your work crew decides to work twice as hard as they ever have before, leaving you with approximately 5 minutes out of a 12 hour day in which to inhale a semblance of lunch? The day where your boss in name only (definitely not in skill, knowledge, or experience) decides to send you just ONE more utterly unnecessary, needling and inappropriate text message? You know, that day?

The day where you make it home, only to realize that the dog has taken a rather unceremonious and certainly out of character dump in the hallway next to the bathroom? Surely you know the feeling of near-defeat when you realize that the fecal present is quite literally on top of the dried, bloody cat paw prints all over the tiles? The question of why the dog decided to relieve herself inside today specifically, when she's an outdoor pro the other 364 days of the year? The tiny seedling of satisfaction that takes root when you steel your resolve to first vacuum, then mop, and then scrub all traces of fur, blood, and poo out of your home? The slightly hollow feeling you recognize as hunger after all of the chores are done, and you suddenly conclude that dinner will not be preparing itself, after all? The disproportionate sense of well-being that replaces resignation when you opt to cook your dinner at home rather than brave the travails of take out food?

The day where the absolute sense of inertia that hits when you finally sit down and breathe renders you nearly incapable of performing mandatory acts of personal pre-bedtime hygiene?

You know that day you sometimes have? Did you know that on that day, you can even learn to polish a turd?
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Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Subject:Still here.
Time:5:24 pm.
Mood: working.
No, I haven't dropped off the face of the planet. Any type of writing is tough for me when I'm happy, so this should be a testament to how happy I've been as of late. Life is pretty glorious, overall.

I'm also finishing up my Master's thesis, so until that's done (major draft next week, defending on 3.12, final copy due the third week of March) I have to remain in my hole. Big news awaits, though. More writing, soon. I hope everyone reading this is well.
Between the emotion: 2 Shadows -and the response

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Time:5:32 am.
Just finished my thesis prospectus. Have sleep madness. Is it worth going to bed? Yes'm, I think so. Not coherent, but clearing hurdles to actual MS degree is AWESOME AND GRUELING AND MY BRAIN IS MUSH.

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Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Subject:Oh hi there, world!
Time:3:12 pm.
Mood: excited.
If anyone is interested, volcanosummer is up and running once again! Join me as I cavort across ten of the world's coolest volcanoes in the next two weeks. After that I may be heading back to Hawai`i for more research, and I'll also be travelling to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute to work on my thesis (mapping the rift zone of the submarine volcano Loihi)!

Updates for the next two weeks will be arriving via VolcanoSummer's new Twitter account. There will be pictures immediately, and better ones after I return home. I'll be hiking Mount St. Helens, so this could get interesting.

You can also find both regular and Twitter updates on the original VolcanoSummer site, so stay tuned for more!
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Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Subject:Extreme LJing
Time:8:06 pm.
So, when's the last time you read a post on your friends page that was written from the middle of the Pacific Ocean? On a research vessel? Wooo! We finally got underway around 3pm HST after a morning spent refueling and waiting on one of the crew members. We took on 70,000 gallons of diesel fuel. That is a mind-boggling amount to me. Just wow.

Anyway, I've learned that I will be a video logger when Jason (the ROV) is down in the water. That's pretty awesome. The ship is rolling like a mother right now, but the seas are pretty darn calm. That's the ocean for you, I suppose. It's dinner time, so I should head over to the galley. I miss Benji, and I'm very happy to be here. Let's hope for continued good weather, etc. I think I'll have internet access the whole time I'm here. Rejoice! The connection is 56k, but hey...it's a lifeline. I'll be continuing to update volcanosummer, so keep it on your friends list, etc. Bye for now!
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Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Subject:Dude. Sweet.
Time:12:05 am.
Mood: worn out.

I'm in a volcanic vent. On the top of the world's largest volcano. This volcano is active. This is quite possibly the coolest thing EVER.

Sleep. Now. Yes.
Between the emotion: 24 Shadows -and the response

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Subject:Quick things I want to remember.
Time:11:28 pm.
Mood: indescribable.
I read 2 good quotes today. One is from Inherit The Wind, and it is as such:

All motion is relative. Perhaps it is you who have moved away - by standing still.

The other is from vickinicole:

Love doesn't stop people from leaving.

Too true, too true.

More on Zzyzx later.
Between the emotion: 4 Shadows -and the response

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

Subject:Live from Zzyzx
Time:8:46 pm.
Mood: content.
It is hard to post from my phone. Oh well. The trip is awesome. I love my department and my field. Volcanic fields and slot canyons and flat tires oh my. I have limited punctuation so sorry. Time for beer and a fire and hilarity. Catch you guys on the flip side.
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Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Subject:Two things.
Time:10:55 pm.
Mood: drained.

Isn't my poor little EmoCat adorable? He just looked so down last night that it was actually comic. Poor Mew. His life is fraught with difficulties, such as whether to sleep on the ridiculously comfortable bed or on the warm, sunny windowsill. He has it very hard, people.

The second thing is that my Marine Geo class made me insanely happy. I couldn't stop grinning every time a new subject was discussed. We get to go on a research vessel! To do research! It is taking all of my self restraint not to capitalize every word in this post.

Sometimes I'm deep, and sometimes I don't even scratch the surface.
Between the emotion: 4 Shadows -and the response

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Subject:Book list.
Time:11:36 pm.
Mood: happy.
Hold on to your horses, guys. This is the most exhaustive book list I've seen yet. It's kind of heavy on the Terry Pratchett and the Robert Jordan (never read either) and there was NO VONNEGUT until I took a stab at it. I didn't go nuts with the Irving or Vonnegut, and I didn't add all of the Terry Brooks books I could've. Moderation, and a fair sampling are what I tried for with my additions. I had to add the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia since the Potter books were in there separately. I know I'm going to add a bunch more of what I've read, and I hope some of you guys'll do this for yourselves too. The bolded ones are those I've read, and the italicized and bolded are the ones I've added. Reading rocks! ENJOY!

The ultimate book list.Collapse )
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Saturday, February 16th, 2008

Subject:Coolest. Thing. Ever.
Time:12:43 pm.
Finally, someone has invented a car that suits my needs. I'll just be waiting for my flying car now.

Real submarine car invented.
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Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Time:5:39 pm.
Mood: amused.
I am wearing a shirt with anthropomorphic teeth on it. Thank you, that is all.
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Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Subject:I miss you.
Time:12:24 pm.
Mood: morose.
I know he died in 2003, but at times like these I just really miss my grandpa. I hope he's still with me somehow, and I hope he's proud of me.
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Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Time:11:53 am.
Mood: pleased.
I started the day by learning how to do a back handspring. What will you accomplish today? The best part of that question is that you never know the answer until you've lived it.
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Monday, November 5th, 2007

Subject:Goodnight L.A.
Time:8:46 pm.
Mood: contemplative.
Goodnight L.A.Collapse )
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