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Monday, April 1st, 2013
10:33 pm - first world problems
I got a phone message on Thursday that said my shiny new Fluevogs (these ones: http://www.fluevog.com/code/?w=family%3A7th%20Heaven&p=2&pp=1&view=detail&colourID=3810) might be arriving on Friday (place of delivery: my office). Alas, they weren't there when I was at work on Friday or Saturday or Sunday, and today, when I wasn't at work because I was there on Friday and Saturday and Sunday, they showed up!

I cannot wait to meet them in person. ;-)

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Thursday, March 21st, 2013
7:59 am - being a grown-up is confusing
Item: We (I) arranged with a neighbor to have our car for the 10 days I was gone, in exchange for her driving me to and picking me up (at a rather ungodly hour) from my place of work.

Item: She did a lot of driving over the time she had the car, including at least one trip into the Big City (a couple hours away). This was totally fine, as we had talked about it in advance.

Item: The receipt from when she put gas in the car (and she didn't return it with a full tank) is sticking out of the dashboard. When I saw her on Tuesday night, she asked me what our mileage usually is, but didn't mention the receipt.

Questions: Am I supposed to reimburse her for that gas? Did she leave the receipt because she thinks I keep excruciatingly close track of the gas mileage on our car? Am I missing something obvious?

Please help. I am all confusion.

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
12:54 am - home, in list form
1. spent most of last 24 hours in various forms of transit. Despite both planes taking off ~1 hour late, made it home pretty much when I thought I would.

2. Adventures in Herding Cats in Far-Flung Places went well; better even than I expected. There will probably be more on that later.

3. Home to empty house, which is okay because I am wiped.

4. It is an utterly delightful feeling to be, at last, responsible only for myself.

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Sunday, March 10th, 2013
8:05 am - empty house = fangirl time!
Last night I sat down to start a toe-up sock (it's now ready for mindless rounds of stockinette, which makes it perfect for the plane). I remembered that we have Netflix and, after spending not a few minutes being boggled by all the options, settled down to watch Captain America: The First Avenger for the very first time.

Some shallow thoughts:

-STEEEEEVE. I, um, might have a few Steve feels. Maybe.

-Young Mr. James Barnes is quite the charmer, isn't he? (when is Winter Soldier coming out?)

-Peggy rocks my socks. Also? I'm so glad the girl didn't get fridged. (I suppose, technically, that is is one of the few comics sources in which one can legitimately say that the hero got fridged. /Tony Stark impression)

-I found Howard Stark to be much less of a presence in this movie than fanfiction had led me to expect. But oh so many other things I thought were fanon were spot on. ;-)

Now, I head off to pack for 10 days of Adventures in Cat Herding. I seem to have misplaced an hour...where could it possibly have gone?

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Saturday, March 9th, 2013
9:59 am - huh.
There are many (oh, so many) personal/professional/fannish things I could or should be posting about. However, I'm popping my head up to say that I just, for the first time ever, used an authorial warning to choose to skip a story. I saw the words 'bad aftercare' and my brain went 'oh HELL no'. So, I'm going on to the next story in the series (which is generally working for me), and blessing the author a little for thinking to warn for something that would probably have never occurred to me to warn for.

In other news - busy, overwhelmed, struggling to remember self-care, reading lots of Teen Wolf because it is an id-tastic comfort zone.

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Monday, February 4th, 2013
10:15 pm - something difficult to explain to people with functioning pancreii (pancreases?)...
...the feeling of wellbeing and security that comes from having a newly changed sensor for the CGM*, and a full reservoir and battery in the insulin pump. Barring unexpected technical difficulties, I shouldn't have to futz with my cyborg parts for at least two and a half whole days

*CGM = Continuous Glucose Monitor. What it says on the tin, more or less.</em>

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Monday, January 28th, 2013
9:16 pm - two things make a ...something
Thing one:

I saw my NP/CDE today, and I was convinced I was going to go to this appointment and get my basal rates adjusted and a carb counting refresher and just generally a lot of (supportive!) things to reinforce the fact that my diabetes management has been (subjectively) full of fail for the last couple of months.

Instead...my a1c was 6.0, and my CDE was utterly gleeful about using the downloaded information from my pump/sensor to show her student nurse how I was making all the right choices in responding to highs and lows. Then she said that my settings are all fine, which she knows because I have days that are pretty much as good as she ever sees. And then she said that what she wanted for me was to relax, not worry about being perfect, and allow myself to not always be in complete control.

I am taking the complete and utter disjuncture between how I thought I was doing and how I am actually doing as both a perfect "I think I might have a touch of depression" story for the mental health care provider I am hoping to find/see in the very near future and as a big honking newspaper to the nose of the big black dog shadowing me everywhere these days.

Thing two:

I have a passing fondness for Jeremy Renner. I like re-imagined fairy tales. And yet, I wouldn't see Hansel and Gretel if you paid me with a brand new pancreas (okay, maybe for the pancreas). Everything I hear about "steampunk insulin" and the implication (or explicit statement) that Hansel got diabetes because of all the candy the witch fed him as a child? FUCK THAT NOISE. Especially that second thing - I can think of few things more damaging to Type 1 kids, or the Type 1 community, than reinforcing the idea that this stupid condition is somehow related to us eating too many sweets. It is an autoimmune disorder, not triggered by diet or behavior in any way, and I am utterly unamused by a movie that has as a plot point such a harmful (and poorly researched) piece of misinformation. /rant

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Friday, January 11th, 2013
12:52 pm - Home!
I'm back! And I have decided that even without a baby, I am officially Too Old for US domestic red-eyes to be a good idea. (Europe and the Middle East get a pass, because those flights are long enough that one can actually sleep.)

Skip = ALL THE SKIP. Let me know if I missed something important?

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Sunday, January 6th, 2013
7:56 am - Here and gone again
Heading out in just a few minutes for Professional!Adventures on the other side of the country. No (or minimal) internet until I'm home again on Friday (or perhaps until I hit the airport Thursday night). I hope everyone has a fantastic week.

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Saturday, January 5th, 2013
9:37 pm - 2012 in Review
as seen chez [personal profile] devilc.

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I feel like my answers were a little repetitive and predictable, but I suppose that's only to be expected when reviewing a year in which I had a baby (and bought a house, although oddly enough that didn't make it's way into the meme.)

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Tuesday, January 1st, 2013
10:38 am - 2013!
Seen on Facebook this morning: It's the bat mitzvah of the century. ;-)

Sitting in my mom's kitchen with a happy baby playing in a corner. Out of one window I see light pink fading into blue, and out of the other grey fog and green trees which could be straight out of Snow Falling on Cedars. Ah, the Northwest.

2/3 of my parental units left a little less than an hour ago for parts more tropical, and the remaining third is planning on spending a big chunk of today (our last here) with us. It's been a mostly good visit, except for the lurgy that got passed around between me, Spouse, and my stepdad, miraculously seeming to avoid my mom and Sprout. Seeing Sprout with all of her grandparents was incredibly sweet, especially watching my stepdad and dad just melt with how much they love her. She herself was a remarkably good sport about new places and new people, and even graced us with sleeping through the night a couple of times.

I can't quite believe that she will be seven months old tomorrow.

Tonight we take a red-eye home to the snow, and our dog, and hopefully a house in the same condition in which we left it.

New Year's Resolutions are scary things, but I'm happy to set some intentions and offer some prayers for this new calendar year:

- Self-care. I preach it, I would like to do a better job of living it.

- Writing more, both professionally and personally.

- Remembering that I love the structures of spiritual practice.

- Always allowing for the possibility of joy.

May all of us find our way to a year full of health, peace, deep connection and abundant joy.

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
9:44 pm - home
sans luggage, but I'm home.

More details when I'm less wiped.

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Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
11:27 am - The state of the me
Is North Carolina.

My flight made it out on Sunday night, but was diverted to Charlotte. As of now, I am scheduled to be flying home through Philly tomorrow am. *fingers crossed*

Because it was an international flight, the airline is covering my food and hotel, which makes me much luckier than many other people. Our house sitters report that both dog and house made it through the storm just fine, and we even still have power!

My goals for the day: make sure I'm caught up on emails for work, read lots of fanfic, drink.

My trip was quite lovely, despite this unexpected extension. I even got to see two of my very favorite fangirls! *waves*

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Sunday, October 21st, 2012
4:08 pm - on a jet plane
Headed off to parts east of here and holier. Staying with the in-laws. Back in a week.

I hope everyone reading this has a fabulous fourth week of October.

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Monday, October 15th, 2012
8:20 pm - a thought for TW and TS fans
I have never seen an episode, and yet I have still found myself reading considerably more Teen Wolf fic than is probably good for me.

It has occurred to me over the past few days that Derek/Stiles is the 21st century Jim/Blair, turned up to 11. Stiles & Blair: both geeky, physically smaller than the other half of the pair, outsiders in their respective 'packs', children of single parents, both with access to knowledge (and/or power - I'm still not sure what the deal with Stiles and wolfsbane&etc is), both in it for some other reason than friendship or Twoo Wuv, although either of those (depending on the story) can rapidly become the reason.

Jim & Derek - both with heightened senses, animalistic tendencies, gruff exteriors, dead or extremely dysfunctional families of origin, romantic histories which come back to bite them, loads of external reasons to not pursue anything with Blair/Stiles.

I'm not sure where I'm going with this, but it does help me understand why I've been so drawn in to the fandom and the fanon.

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Thursday, October 11th, 2012
9:49 pm - so happy!
Today, Sprout rolled over (in her sleep) from her back to her front. She's such a rock star.

Also, I am now officially her legal parent.


I'm way more emotional about this than I expected to be, I think partly because the judge was so clearly happy for us and so happy to be presiding over an uncomplicated happy event.

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Sunday, September 30th, 2012
8:42 pm - what i did on my [mini] vacation
a list by Lomedet, age Old Enough

Thursday:
-had a phone meeting for work
-waved goodbye to mom & stepdad
-confirmed dogsitter
-packed
-gathered wife and child, drove to airport
-successfully navigated check-in and security with a 4-month-old in an Ergo
-said 4-month-old was adorable and charming for the entire plane ride
-where we wound up sitting next to a neighbor and (sort of) colleague I had never met before
-rented a car and drove to schmanciest of schmancy hotels where we we were welcomed with sparkling champagne, ordered room service, and went to bed

Friday:
-woke up in the tropics
-breakfasted with spouse's conference
-walked down to the beach and said hi to the ocean
-took Sprout to the pool and into the water for the first time
-took baths to wash the sunscreen and chlorine off
-lunched with spouse's conference
-hung out with Sprout - new game of blowing bubbles at each other makes her laugh and laugh
-walked back down to the beach and got our picture taken by the water
-dinner with spouse's conference outside on the lawn. so beautiful! also, there was an open bar. *g*
-got back to the room late, which made bedtime for the Sprout kind of hard. (schmancy hotel bonus: the crib in the room comes with a gift box of travel-size J&J baby stuff!)

Saturday:
-woke up and breakfasted
-took Sprout to the pool earlier. read Bitch while she slept in the shade. Took her in the water again
-spouse came to visit and nurse
-baths
-hung out in room with baby - naps and tummytime! (and also a small incident of peeing on the comforter)
-walked around hotel, gawking at the ridiculous luxury
-sent baby off with Spouse
-walked down to beachside bar, sat and ate delicious gazpacho and drank mediocre wine, while reading fic and looking at the ocean
-left bar, found outdoor couch, curled up and continued reading fic
-at end of two hours, rejoined spouse and Sprout for dinner with colleagues and adorable bilingual 4yo
-left dinner early in an attempt to put tired and cranky baby to bed at a reasonable hour
- attempt failed

Sunday:
-woke up, breakfasted
-packed
-took spouse down to the ocean so she could say hi. dunked Sprout's toes in the water
-nice men came to take our bags and pull the rental car around (ridiculous luxury)
-drove to airport
-took turns cuddling a sleeping and quiet baby on the plane home
-drove home
-admired sukkah
-ordered chinese, drank wine, collapsed

Chag Sameach, for those who celebrate.

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
10:00 am - Sealed for Good
Catching my breath in the run-up to tonight to say:

If I have hurt you through my silence or my words, my actions or my inactions, I apologize.

May all of us for whom Yom Kippur has weight be blessed with community, connection, and transformation.

And may every person reading this be blessed with a year to come full of joy and peace.

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Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
7:42 pm - a tiny gleeful (fannish) thing
The bandaid currently holding my CGM transmitter in place has Captain America's shield on it.


Let's hear it for Steve Rogers, protecting me from hypogylcemia and the dangers of diabetes complications.

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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
9:06 pm - Eight Days of Thanks, the Sequel - Day 8
The last of this round of 'eight days' coincides with the beginning of the Deluge at work. Oddly appropriate, I guess.

Today's thankfulness:

- I work somewhere where wearing a baby in a Moby for a couple hours out of my day is completely okay. And, I have a baby who will consent to being worn in a Moby for a couple hours at my place of work.

- Spouse and I are both trying harder with each other, and it feels good.

- Weather continues to be awesome.

- Both my parents feel like they can call my spouse to check in, say hi, or with questions, and she is (generally speaking) happy to hear from them.

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