Monday, October 27, 2008

About This "Seasons" Thing...

It's CHILLY today. The Weather Channel is predicting a freeze for tomorrow night.

What the HELL? It's still OCTOBER. What's this Freeze stuff? Freezes are for February.

The Husband climbed into the attic for our (small) supply of winter-type clothing. Originally I'd been thinking that most of my clothes would be fine with a sweater or a jacket. I'm rethinking that. I'm going to be packing up more summer stuff than I thought. I just don't see a lot of t-shirt and shorts weather coming up until maybe April.

However, I am well supplied with sweaters. I'm SO looking forward to wearing sweaters! Up to now, sweaters were something I needed because the A/C was set to Walt.* I have lots of sweaters. They are mostly Florida sweaters though.

Can you legitimately layer sweaters?

My feet have been cold for three days now. I keep reminding myself that it is only the end of October, as it has been JUST LIKE December/January in Florida all month -- the bright blue sky, the perfect, slightly cool temps. But it's rapidly not being like Florida. We've got a brisk north wind hitting us, and as our little townhouse is on the north end of our set, we are getting all that nice northness through the one window we have on that wall.

I bought a kitty heating pad for the cat platform on that window. It has been unoccupied perhaps 20% of the day. I can foresee needing another of those around here somewhere. The cats have decided this 'cold' thing is not popular with them. Not At All. Oh, and Caliban the New Kitty on the block has his own heater, but he is still in the garage/outdoors. More in the garage, as he's not big on this 'cold' thing either.



*Walt -- the temperature required to keep Walt Disney's frozen remains all Popsicely in the top of Cinderella's Castle.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Well Nigh NaNo

Yeah, I'm going to do NaNoWriMo again this year. Prepare yourself for a solid month of ranting, raving, whining, and occasional weirdness.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

GRE EEEK!

My test? The one for Grad school? The one for tomorrow?

It was for today. The Husband pointed this out last night.

The directions? From Yahoo Maps? Long way around. Thought I was lost. Took better way home.

The test? Maybe did ok. Math is an unremembered thing. I guessed a lot.

And the kitten? Gave me a horse bite today. I have bruises. And sympathy ice cream


Tough day, on the whole.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Confessions

I've been holding out on all of you. Meet Caliban.

About two-three months ago, we became aware of a kitten hanging around the townhouses when a neighbor asked us for cat food for it. The ginger-orange tabby kitten got our housecats all excited. Being the big softy I am, I started feeding the creature, too, eventually getting him to permit us to pet him -- occasionally. We decided as responsible people we needed to see that he was neutered and health checked. Then we'd let him go.

Yeah, right.

He's living mostly in the garage (cleaned up for him) and he wanders outside in the day when he wants (he spends a surprising amount of time in the garage or on the drive by his own choice). He goes back and forth between affection slut and evil attacking demon cat. He's about 6-7 months old now, and I'm completely in love with him, even though he still has moments when he isn't sure about us. But he does come running when we step into the garage and he follows us around outside, so I guess he's really ok with us. He's taken over old toys the older cats don't care about, but we haven't staged a 'meeting' yet. They hiss at each other through the screens.

Ophelia is not doing well. We aren't sure why. I will take her to the vet if she doesn't show some signs of improvement shortly (she's been showing some small signs of getting better, but it's hard to tell with her. She's very lazy most of the time, and the diabetes is tricky when I can't test her bloodsugars myself). LaGuz has been peeing on everything, so we did more housecleaning -- she hates a messy house.

Everyone else is fine and sassy. I'm waiting to see what they do with actual cold weather.

No Point

I am trying not to succumb to mind numbing panic.

The GRE test is Wednesday. I've studied about as much as I can in the time I had. Maybe I could have done more, but I was forgetting stuff almost as fast as I was reading it, so I think I struck the right balance.

I feel like I have a head full of saw dust and old Q-tips.

I am not going to panic. There's no point in panicking. If I don't score well on the test, I take it again later.

I have a warm kitty sleeping on my leg, the sun is shining, and the weather is cool. Life is good. Rinse, repeat.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

For the Benefit of Mr. JimK

The GRE study book says that the test often uses lesser known or secondary/tertiary definitions of words. I was surprised how well I did on the vocabulary tests (of 96 questions, I missed 3, and one was me being purely stupid). Then it gives a huge list of words to learn. Here are the ones I didn't know or wasn't certain I knew. Do you know what these words mean?

exigent
fulminate
neologism
nugatory
obviate
precipitate (alternative definitions here)
ameliorate
cogent
demur
didactic
intransigent
penurious
endemic
evanescent (no, not the rock group!)
hegemony
inchoate
occlude
pedagogy
penury
polemical
laconic
probity
recondite
refulgent
sedulous
trenchant
vituperative
fell (alternative definition)
guy (alternative definition)
obtain (alternative definition)
occult (alternative definition)
scurvy (alternative definition)
abjure
adumbrate
apostate
asseverate
calumniate
captious
celerity
contumacious
descry
desuetude
encomium
exegesis
expiate
extirpate
heterodox
lubricious
meretricious
minatory
peroration
plangent
pusillanimous
sententious
tendentious
tyro
vitiate

I hope I do now.

High Notes, Low Notes

Not any stories to tell. Yesterday, I took the local "CAT" bus to campus for my class. It rained all day and I didn't realize my car umbrella had recently become a hanging-on-the-door umbrella. I got fairly damp. Nothing dramatic about the bus. It's free, and while it's a longer ride than if I drove to campus, it cuts the whole "there is no parking" problem neatly out of the equation. Plenty of parking near the bus stop.

The Mindfulness class is something to do. I'm not terribly interested in it. The main points are familiar to me, and the details are mostly reminders. Not a bad thing, but not revelationary.

I'm studying for the GRE. I am working on vocabulary today, and will attempt some of the math tonight. Since I'm applying for an English degree, I want to excel on that portion of the test. I just want to appear competent on the other half. They threaten word problems. I never did well on word problems.

I don't feel bad, just sort of undirected. My usual time wasters (aka the Interwebinet) are no longer so engaging, so I know I'm ready to DO SOMETHING. However, my concentration hasn't quite caught up to this yet. I need to vacuum. The floor is pretty nasty. Maybe that will be the high note of my day.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Relative

Out of curiosity, I checked on Wikipedia, and realized that, for today's 18 year olds

1) Manuel Noriega, the former leader of Panama, has always been in jail
2) Time Warner has always been a mega-communications company.
3) Prince William Sound has always been damaged by the Exxon Valdez oil spill
3) The African National Congress has always been a legal and active entity in South Africa
4) Nelson Mandela has always been free
5) The Hubble Space Telescope has always been in space
6) Germany has always been a single, united country
7) HDTV has always been around

And
January 20 - Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (b. 1907)
January 25 - Ava Gardner, American actress (b. 1922)
April 3 - Sarah Vaughan, American jazz vocalist (b. 1924)
June 2 - Rex Harrison, English actor (b. 1908)
May 16 - Jim Henson, American puppeteer and filmmaker (b. 1936)
August 17 - Pearl Bailey, American singer and actress (b. 1918)
August 18 - B. F. Skinner, American psychologist (b. 1904)
September 4 - Irene Dunne, American actress (b. 1898)
October 14 - Leonard Bernstein, American composer and conductor (b. 1918)
December 2 - Aaron Copland, American composer (b. 1900)

have always been dead.

Here's the Beloit "Mind Set" list

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Panic Begins Now

I am signed up for the GRE test. I have just under three weeks to prepare. I have a study guide.

Now to learn math. Oh boy.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Today I Left the House

A LOT!

First -- my therapist is running a "Mindfulness" class. It's a reason to leave the house, so, heh, I'll give it a try. However, parking on the campus is nearly impossible -- there's a huge hill between the least populated parking lot and the building where the class is, so I may take the bus.

Second -- I talked to the director of the Masters in Professional Communication program today. If I take the GRE and get my application done by November 1, I will be applying for the program for Spring or possibly Summer. Of course, paying for it is a problem, since the assistantships are handed out only in the fall and most scholarships require at least one semester completed. Is this an idiot thing I'm doing? I can't help but think that I need to up my game if I want to find something besides a 'job' and maybe get into a 'career', but it may be well nigh impossible.

Not like I have had luck finding a job. I blame the President.

Anyway, it involved a lot of leaving the house.