I Bought Shoes!

Nov. 22nd, 2014 05:17 pm
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I have terrible feet from the point of view of buying "lady shoes." They are wide and (apparently) also deep. It doesn't matter too much because high fashion and high heels are so not my things, but sometimes it's nice to wear something a little less matronly.

I recently made the discovery that even though the Brannock foot-measuring device says that I am a 9.5 Wide or Wide-wide, I can often fit European or U.S. "comfortable" brands if I go up to a size 10 or 11 (roughly 41-42 Euro sizes).

We have a little local boutique that specializes in Bohemian-style (fashion terminology, not world culture terminology) clothing and shoes. They had a pair that I liked, but it wasn't in stock in anything but brown. Also, the design has changed slightly this year, said the shoe guru at the shop, so they let me order a pair of this year's version in black to try. And they fit!

If you want, you can see them here.

The other good thing about this is that the manufacturer has lots of different styles that I can check out later.

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Nov. 22nd, 2014 04:13 pm
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Heat has brought the swelling down entirely; the hard lump is gone. The entire area is still tender to the touch, but my ear feels better, and it no longer hurts to swallow or to chew. We're going to be out and about for the next few hours, but I'll apply heat again before bed. I wish I knew what brought this on so that I could prevent it happening again. I suppose I'll just have to label it as one of those weird things bodies do from time to time.
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Rosemary once was a child in a family with a sister, Fern, and a brother, Lowell. Now she's in college, palling around with a manic pixie dream girl named Harlow and trying not to think about the mysterious event that caused Fern to vanish and Lowell's life to go off the rails. The novel switches between Rosemary's childhood and adulthood as she comes to grips with whatever happened.

This novel has a possibly surprising plot twist about a fifth of the way in; I say possibly because I learned of it in a review, and there are other elements of the novel itself which may make it immediately evident. However, I will keep it a surprise for the benefit of those who don't want to be spoiled. I'll put it behind a cut.

Fowler is a highly skilled author whose books, unfortunately, never appeal to me anywhere near as much as they appeal to others. She always has intriguing premises and her novels always get rave reviews, so I keep checking them out. To date, I have never much liked any of them. Something about her prose style, characterization, and tone always strikes me as distant and chilly. This book was no exception. It involves a lot of potentially interesting and moving elements, but I found it dry and unsatisfying. However, I am in the minority in this, so you may well love this or any other of her books.

That being said, if you are at all sensitive to animal harm, avoid this book. It is centrally concerned with cruelty to animals, and contains multiple graphic depictions of it. (I didn't know this when I started, or I would not have read it.)

Great title, though.

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By Karen Joy Fowler We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Pen/Faulkner Award - Fiction)

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Nov. 22nd, 2014 03:29 pm
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I've now tried alcohol for the knot on my jaw. It's helped a bit. I'm not sure if it's relaxing the muscles or simply numbing the pain. There's still a biggish lump there, and it's tender to the touch. When I chew, I get shooting pains. They're strong, but they have this edge that's almost tickling, just not so good. It reminds me a little of the sensations I get when I eat something strongly sour but more painful. Now swallowing hurts a little. I think the swelling has extended to start to go down my neck, so maybe I have some sort of lymph node infection, but I wouldn't think that would start at the hinge of my jaw.

At [personal profile] silverr's suggestion, I'm going to try applying heat. I've had my rice pack in the microwave and overheated it a bit. When it cools enough not to hurt me, I'll hold it against my jaw.

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Nov. 22nd, 2014 01:35 pm
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This is frustrating-- The muscles around the right hinge of my jaw going all the way back to my ear are spasming. I've tried massaging them, but it doesn't help. I can open my mouth but chewing is difficult. It's making my ear ache. I'm trying to decide if this originates actually in my ear or if it's purely external to that. If it's just muscles, a relaxant might help. I do have some alcohol in the house. I just hate to drink any if I'm not sure it will help. If it's my ear, I might try sudafed. I'm just not sure.

How do people feel about this idea

Nov. 22nd, 2014 12:41 pm
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I've already reviewed the Zero Stone. If I replace it with Ralestone Luck, not only do I deal with that issue but I have at least one Norton for each letter of the alphabet.

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Nov. 22nd, 2014 10:23 am
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Cordelia had a great time bowling last night. There were apparently a lot more kids there than had RSVP'd by the reservation deadline. They had three lanes with six or seven kids a lane. When we came back to get her, they had the lights down low with colored lights highlighting the pins. Cordelia tells us that they put the bumpers up.

Scott had been late getting home from work, so he and I hadn't had dinner. We ended up going to Applebee's after we dropped Cordelia off. It turned out not to be such a great idea for me-- I ordered a burger, and it turned out to have spicy sauce on it (which wasn't in the menu description). I ended up with reflux that went late into the night. The burger was also kind of overcooked for my taste (bits were crunchy).

After dinner, we went to REI and bought a 1.75 inch sleeping pad for Cordelia. Scott got a membership there a while back, so we had a 20% off coupon that helped a bit. There wasn't anything else in the store that we were interested in, so we didn't stay. Instead, we went next door to Whole Foods. We bought apples and ginger candy (Scott uses ginger candy to help keep himself alert at work). We looked at tea and kitchen gadgets.

Work didn't keep Scott for the full four hours. He was home and in bed around 7:00. He was only that late because he wanted to pick up bagels and had arrived at Bagel Fragel before they opened their door. He has to work tomorrow. Work is saying that, if everybody works really hard, they might give people a four day weekend. We'll believe that when it happens. In twenty one years, I think it's happened once. Scott always works the Friday after Thanksgiving. He usually has the Saturday and Sunday off, at least.
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Courtesy of [personal profile] gingerschnapps, it's the [mental health] Downswing Party!

Bring your mood disorder, anxiety or other mental health issue! Commiserate! Hang out!

Important note: if you're worrying that you're not doing badly enough to qualify, you are welcome too!

First pass...

Nov. 22nd, 2014 04:11 am
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...at timing schedule for thanksgiving. A surprising amount of blank space! That's with 10 min slots. Next step: shopping list.

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Daily Happiness

Nov. 22nd, 2014 12:24 am
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1. Tomorrow and Sunday are my late days and then Monday I have off, so I get to sleep in three days in a row!

2. Looks like there's a cold going around my work as we've had a few people call in sick this week. (I really hope I don't get it, since I just had a cold like a month ago!) But thankfully even though we were short a cashier today, we had someone scheduled as a stocker who could also use the register, so she was able to take over and I didn't have to be at the register and could actually get stuff done.

3. I've been playing a lot of video games lately. In addition to the new Mario Kart levels, I've also been playing the remake of DuckTales on the Wii U and Link's Awakening and Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box on the 3DS. They're all a lot of fun! (I'm getting close to the end on both DuckTales and Link's Awakening, though.)
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One of the major women from early in SF's history.

I read Thor Hyerdal’s book on crossing the Pacific Ocean in a bamboo craft, the Kontiki, in which Hyerdal stated that every day at sea he and his crew saw trash floating. I brought this up at a Milford Conference and Ben Bova looked at me pityingly and said, “Katie, do you really think we can pollute the entire ocean? Do you know how big the ocean is?” He didn’t literally pat me on the head, but the avuncular pat was there.

Madam Secretary 1.4-1.9

Nov. 21st, 2014 09:28 pm
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spoilers )


I'm also current on Jane the Virgin, Happyland, The 100, Sleepy Hollow, State of Affairs and How to Get Away With Murder, but don't feel up to writing them up right now.  Feel free to ask me any questions about my thoughts on whatever in comments.  (Ok, i've gone on EXTENSIVELY about one thing in The 100 on twitter, but sometimes you have to get ranting out of your system.)

owning up

Nov. 21st, 2014 07:59 pm
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Due to my massive writing binge during the summer and fall, I picked up some bad eating habits & stopped moving my body. Bad me, bad me. And I can definitely feel it in my body -- it's sluggish and stiff and slow and kinda bleargh.

So I'm going to start recording what I eat and my exercise here. I'll tag everything and put it behind a cut so you can scroll by, if you need to.

Since it's been several months of bad habits, I'm going to ease into it. I'm going to finish eating the packed food I have in the fridge and start off with the easy (for me) yoga DVD (Dance the Chakras), and then start in earnest on December 1.
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