clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: stories last longer)
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The Many Worlds of Clare K. R. Miller )

Soda

Feb. 21st, 2017 08:49 pm
clare_dragonfly: pink dragonfly in green frame, text: Clare (!Clare-Dragonfly)
We didn't go to the big grocery store where I have Tuesday craft group today, because I was feeling icky and forgot my knitting bag anyway. So we stopped instead at the smaller organic market and impulse-bought some black cherry cream soda. Wow, this is delicious! I'm not a big soda drinker and I'd better not buy more of this soda, to keep it that way...

Park

Feb. 19th, 2017 08:01 pm
clare_dragonfly: pink dragonfly in green frame, text: Clare (!Clare-Dragonfly)
Wow, it was a gorgeous day out today. I took advantage of the weather for a hike in my local park. Sadly, my husband didn't want to come with me, but I had fun exploring and trying to find the new-to-me paths that the county parks app is showing me. I could find both ends of one, but couldn't make them connect, so I'll have to try again when more green is growing--it might be easier to tell then.

Tea

Feb. 13th, 2017 08:39 pm
clare_dragonfly: Abby from NCIS, text: squee! (NCIS: Abby: squee)
I really like this thing where people give me free tea. Recently at work there was a tin (quite a pretty tin!) of orange cranberry rooibos with a note on it saying "try and take if you want." I was nice and patient--I figured I should let other people give it a try--but when it was still there at the end of the day I nabbed it. Free tea!

Time

Feb. 11th, 2017 09:01 pm
clare_dragonfly: A cartoon eight-year-old boy holds up a book and looks at it with shock and anger. (Calvin & Hobbes: angry book)
Where did this day go?!

Seriously... I did not do that much. At least, I didn't think I had. I certainly haven't checked off most of the things on my to-do list, which I thought was quite reasonable for a weekend day. And yet, my day is gone.

At least I have bread to show for it, though I'm not entirely pleased with my bread pans being different sizes. I'm tempted to go back to Bed Bath & Beyond and buy another one of the same bread pan I got last week so I will have two same-sized loaves in the future.

Up Above

Feb. 10th, 2017 08:44 pm
clare_dragonfly: This is ridiculous. What am I doing here? I'm in the wrong story. (Into the Woods: wrong story)
I dropped one of my hair clips down the sink. (Our bathroom sink doesn't have a drain thingy in it to block it when I do stuff like that. We should probably get one, but eh. Rental.) I couldn't reach it with my usual means, tweezers, so I enlisted my husband in hopes that his bigger hands would help.

He eventually got it out while I was doing something else, but wouldn't tell me at first how he did it. Then he explained that he'd used one of the pipe cleaners from on top of the fridge.

Apparently, there has been a pack of pipe cleaners on top of the fridge since we moved in, a year and a half ago.

He says there's a whole world taking place a foot above my head...

He also tried to convince me that there's a rabbit living on top of the kitchen closet, but I know that's not true. He wouldn't be able to resist presenting it to me when I am feeling sad.

Persistence

Feb. 8th, 2017 06:29 pm
clare_dragonfly: Reid standing with his hands together, text: the profile suggests that the UNSUB is an itsy bitsy spider. (CM: Reid: itsy bitsy spider)
OK, I need an icon or something that says "She persisted."

Never would have thought I'd be quoting Mitch McConnell.
clare_dragonfly: Abby from NCIS, text: squee! (NCIS: Abby: squee)
We are having some lovely, unseasonably warm weather in Maryland right now. I know it won't last very long--it's supposed to snow on Thursday--but I'm enjoying it while I can. I mean, I also kind of hate it because it's an obvious sign of climate change... but the nice weather puts me in such a good mood.

Busy day

Feb. 6th, 2017 08:17 pm
clare_dragonfly: A cartoon eight-year-old boy holds up a book and looks at it with shock and anger. (Calvin & Hobbes: angry book)
We had a lot of work at work today. A lot of the time, maybe 60% of the time, I am sure we could get away with only having a team of two editors. And then there are days like today, where something would have slipped, been late, or just been shoddily edited with only two (there are three of us). Huzzah, my job is safe!

Domestic

Feb. 5th, 2017 08:43 pm
clare_dragonfly: Claudia from Warehouse 13 all in purple, text: if I only could make a deal with God (WH13: Claudia: deal with god)
Yesterday my husband made latkes. Today he made a big batch of soup, chopped some cabbage for me to put in my burritos, and vacuumed most of the house. He's such a good wife!

I'm being tongue-in-cheek when I say he's a wife, of course. But I really appreciate that he works around the house to help and support me, and to encourage me in my dream (our shared dream) of making a living with writing. Neither of us cares that I make more money in my day job than he does in his, or that we don't stick to "traditional" gender roles in our marriage.

We both do dishes, though.
clare_dragonfly: pink dragonfly in green frame, text: Clare (!Clare-Dragonfly)
The prompt post is up here! It's open to anyone to prompt--so please feel free to head over there and leave a prompt (or leave one in the comments here)!

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clare_dragonfly: drawing of a man in a brown turtleneck, looking away, text: time for a hundred visions and revisions (Writing: visions and revisions)
My husband and I ran some errands. I have a second loaf pan now! The sandwich bread recipe I've been making produces two loaves, so it will go much faster to be able to bake both at the same time. We also got a splatter shield for him to use when making latkes so everything else doesn't get so gross, and he made latkes today and they were delicious.

I've also gotten a bunch of publishing-related housekeeping done. There are featured tags on my Patreon page now! Hopefully I'll remember to switch them around from time to time...

However, we still need to finish cleaning up all the holiday stuff (we took our Christmas tree down a couple of weeks ago, but there are still lights in the window and a few other things about) and vacuum the apartment.

Obligations

Feb. 3rd, 2017 09:36 pm
clare_dragonfly: Reid standing with his hands together, text: the profile suggests that the UNSUB is an itsy bitsy spider. (CM: Reid: itsy bitsy spider)
I have to post something! I don't know what to post. I am tired and nothing I did today is very interesting.
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
My husband has a cold, and took a day off work earlier this week. I keep thinking I'm getting the cold, but so far any symptoms have only lasted a few hours at a time... maybe I'm just allergic to our apartment.
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
Here's a list of all the books I read in January. If you've read any of them, want to read any of them, or are just curious what I thought, I'd love a comment!

1. Vegan: 100 Everyday Recipes by Love Food - ***
2. A Confederation of Valor by Tanya Huff - ***
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
4. Cress by Marissa Meyer - **** 1/2
5. Power and Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology - ****
6. Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen - ****

I'm pleased to say that I'm doing very well on my Game of Books challenge: my monthly goal is 25 points, and for January, I achieved 29 points!
clare_dragonfly: Reid standing with his hands together, text: the profile suggests that the UNSUB is an itsy bitsy spider. (CM: Reid: itsy bitsy spider)
Bennet’s parents came into her room. She looked up from her comic book and stood. They looked serious, dressed all in gray as they did for raids. She wondered why they were coming to talk to her now. She’d been old enough to stay home alone during raids for a few years now, trusted enough to give the appropriate lies to any police who might come to the door.

Though they hardly ever did.

“Bennet, we have a raid tonight,” her father began.

She gave a short nod. “I know.”

“Well, you’re eighteen,” her mother said. “We think you’re old enough now to come with us. Would you like to?”

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clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
So the other day when I posted about Le Guin and my reading journal, I hadn't noticed that one of the items included in The Wild Girls is a bibliography. It actually has a list of all of Le Guin's published works up until, presumably, the publication of the book (2011). I guess I have that list I was looking for!
clare_dragonfly: Abby from NCIS, text: squee! (NCIS: Abby: squee)
In addition to the furniture from my great-aunt's apartment, my parents brought me some of her other things. There's a bag of many pairs of pretty, old-fashioned leather gloves; I tried on one pair, but it was quite a bit of effort to get on, so I hope some of the other pairs are bigger.

But the more exciting gift was hidden underneath the gloves: quite a few books, many of them illustrated books by Maurice Sendak. And some of them are signed, to my great-aunt, by Sendak himself!

Time

Jan. 29th, 2017 09:33 pm
clare_dragonfly: This is ridiculous. What am I doing here? I'm in the wrong story. (Into the Woods: wrong story)
Why can't I have a three-day weekend every weekend?
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
My parents brought the new-to-me bureau, that belonged to my great-aunt, down today. It's really gorgeous! I'm not sure what kind of wood it is, but it's real wood with a dramatic grain; the brass drawer pulls have a very interesting design.

It's also a lot bigger than my old IKEA bureau, with more space in the drawers. The only problem is that it's quite a bit higher off the floor than my old one, and I can hardly use the top two drawers. I can just sort of see into the second-highest one, so I put some things in there that I don't use very often. The top drawer is just empty. Hopefully, I can get my husband to use it (he has shelves--he doesn't like to put things in drawers).

I had to stay up kind of late to put everything away, but at least my socks are much better organized now!

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