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UFYH: Saturday Edition

This weekend is full of crazy and work (aka, "One of these years, I'm just not going to make them write mid-term exams, because it's just pain and heartbreak all round, by which I mostly mean a vast annoyance for me"), but, there was also some progress on the UFYH front, which of course must be documented!

Right, onwards:

1) Returned incorrectly-sized replacement toilet seat; realized store did not carry the correct size/brand.
1a) Succumbed to the temptation of a magazine full of shiny pictures and organizational products and exercise stuff (yeah... "Magazines Will Fix My Life!" is occasionally A Thing)
2) Went to home improvement store; purchased correct size (yay!)

First 20/10:
1) Cleared the coffee cups we never use out of the cupboard, boxed them up, put them into the utility room (they are part of a larger set, which was a present to me a VERY long time ago... like, engagement present long ago... from a family friend, and I finally pulled them out to use last year-- the dinner plates are gigantic, the pattern is pretty but, as guardantares says, extremely old lady in the 1990s floral china, so the set won't be making any future moves; ergo, the coffee cups are in storage rather than going straight to good will, because some of the set is still in use, and I am not buying a whole new set of dishes right now)
2) Cleaned off the rest of that shelf, wiped down the shelf, put down the shelf-protector sheet, put back the cups
3) Replaced broken toilet seat, woot! (the toilet seat broke... gosh... a while ago, but there was a spare around the apartment from, I think, an upgrade made to my bathroom, which was not exactly the right size, and which also broke a bit during installation, and which has thus been one of those unfortunate things that makes it obvious that we are horribly disorganized and can't manage simple home repairs) Wiktories!

(okay, the toilet seat replacement project actually crossed from one 20/10 to another, with a brief break for reading in the middle)

1) Finished replacing toilet seat, which was surprisingly simple, yay.
2) Organized first aid kit for downstairs bathroom (which has the added benefit of cleaning out some of one of the kitchen cabinets).

Somewhere in there was also some time spent with cats, of course.

Concluded with a couple of rounds of Fruit Ninja, which is utterly goofy, colorful fun and has the benefit of stress relief (through fruit-directed violence!) and also being good arm exercise.

Oh, and later on yesterday I paid the utility bills (well, except the water bill, because the system is down for maintenance until Monday). Woot!
Medieval Lady

Buildings and Grounds

Apparently, about a week, week and a half ago, there was some problem with the sewage backing up over in the row of apartments across the creek from us. Which, somehow, meant that two guys with a small bulldozer had to come pull up a large section of the bushes along the creek, so that they could excavate a pipe going across the creek (I don't know.... I am not sure that I want to know what that means about the creek and pipes and sewage, although I will say that there has never been any weird or bad odor, and the creek water seems fairly happy).

Since my bedroom faces the back, the first I heard of it was when there were loud MEN WORKING WITH MACHINERY noises... and I looked out to see them uprooting bushes and a big pile of dirt and rocks. Eek! Fortunately, they only tore up a small section, because a) bushes hold back runoff when it rains, and b) the bushes are excellent bird cover, etc.

I only learned what was going on because they knocked on the back door to see if they could borrow a cup of electricity for part of their equipment (I think I was the only person home in the late-morning.... and considering that I was still bathrobe-clad, in the manner of one who takes care of the morning e-mail and assorted Internet-related things before getting on with the rest of the day, I was kind of "Gah!" about opening the door, but, anyway...). Apparently, the pipes had gotten buried under dirt and rocks and whatever, and they had to excavate everything before they could fix things.

Cue about a week of rain and cold and weather generally NOT conducive to outdoor work.... and today they are back and finishing up (I hope). At any rate, the back door is once again propped ever-so-slightly open, with the chain on and crates set behind it so that it can't open further. Because trust me--- the only thing MORE fascinating to cats than interesting activities out the window is the prospect of an open door they can sniff at and poooossssiiibbbllllly work their way out into a full exploration of all that fascinating outdoors from which Bird TV broadcasts on a daily basis.
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What's the piscine version of "sleep with the fishes"?

Scene: Living Room

Television: The "Whole Fish" episode of "The French Chef"

Me: Wow... it's amazing; that fishmarket lady is talking about fish guts.... except since she's talking in French, it sounds completely elegant.

Roommate: If you don't look at the screen, you have no idea she's up to her wrists in blood.

Fishmarket Lady: *removes backbone of fish, splits it, and then rolls each side up so that it rests on either side of the fish's head*

Roommate: Gah! DEMONIC FISH!

Me: ...

(seriously; the way the two sides of the fish were rolled, they looked disturbingly like the fishhead had sprouted goat's' horns)

Fishmarket Lady: *removes backbone of another fish, then does some kind of bizarre fish-origami-twisty-foldy thing so that the sides are rolled again and the tail of the fish is sticking out through its mouth*)

Me: GAAAAH!

Roommate: GAAAAAAH!

Me: It's a warning! To all the other fishes!

Roommate: ZOMG FISH MAFIA! Misbehave, and this could happen to you!
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Medieval Lady

Eye spy

Hrrmmm.... so, it hadn't even occurred to me until the day before coming home that the eye irritation and redness Mom had commented on worriedly for our last several meetings is now gone. Which means that my strategy of just stopping all eye make-up use was successful (because I surely have not stopped long hours staring at a computer screen, and large quantities of reading).

That's great, in many ways, but it does leave me with something of a quandry-- namely, there are things for which it would be good to be spiffier-than-normal, and where make-up forms part of looking presentable. Needless to say, having red, irritated eyes does NOT form a part of looking spiffier-than-normal. Ergo, aside from the best course of action (*sniffle*) being to do a massive make-up purge, I guess I now have to look into hypoallergenic, non-eye-irritating make-up and invest in it.

Hrrrmmm....
Medieval Lady

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1) Home from weekend visit to D.C. Cats have deigned to forgive us our egregious absence, but are keeping a sharp eye to make sure we don't try to pull this again.

2) Weekend was, by and large, fantastic.

3) Notable exception: the newly-renovated-revised-reconceptualicated Museum of American History. Argh. Weird echoey space, annoying glass (?) stairs, general vibe of "futuristic modern interior," which was oddly out of place... AND they took away the old-fashioned soda shop! *sniffle* Which was one of my favorite aspects of my very first visit to D.C., lo those many years ago-- all carved dark wood and marble counters and swivel seats and so on. *sigh*

4) Weather was decent, with intervals of rain. Very obviously moving into autumn, which is a time I am fond of (fonder of than, say, hot and humid).

5) Going to go fall over; after that, must devote concentrated intellectual effort to Very Very Important Application, which is this week's primary project.
Medieval Lady

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For some reason, today I am tired. It's like.... post-surgery tired. Which, yes, I recognize that I have reasons for being utterly exhausted (various visitors, busy weekend, several days of family shopping... not to mention, you know, school and dissertation and work and... yeah. Reasonable tiredness).

Anyway, this has resulted in a day of doing pretty much nothing except flopping and talking to d_ragondaughter and watching various programs, mostly revolving around food and/or decorating. Which I am working hard not to feel guilty about. The fact that anytime I try to do something more active, I end up having to flop over again and do nothing is definitely helping to alleviate the guilt.

Rest, I think, is a good strategy.
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