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Reading List 3 of 2020

March 29, 2020

Covers the period from 3.7.20 through 3.28.20

 

I/we own 3 of these items. I watched 11 items on Youtube/via streaming. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 6 of the books and movies. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 2 items.

{Women}

 

I haven’t been reading many books lately.

Due to covid-19, I began self-isolating 16 days ago. Two days later, our public libraries closed “for the foreseeable future”.

 

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RESEARCH

  • 6 videos of maashkinoozhe [muskie], so I could see how they swim

 

Now, how do I paint that?

 

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Poetry:

  1. Half/Life by Jeffrey Thomson
  2. Submerge by Y. Robinson

 

Fiction:

  1. [SFF] Semiosis by Sue Burke
  2. [YA] Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson
  3. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

 

Films & TV:

  1. Clueless, directed & written by Amy Heckerling [1995]
  2. Emma., directed by Autumn de Wilde {watched 2x}
  3. From the Rough [Catana Starks], directed by Pierre Bagley
  4. Harriet [Tubman], directed by Kasi Lemmons
  5. Pitch Perfect, directed by Jason Moore
  6. Pitch Perfect 2, directed by Elizabeth Banks
  7. Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, directed by DeMane Davis; Kasi Lemmons
  8. Making the Cut, with Tim Gunn & Heidi Klum — 1.01, 1.02
  9. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, created by Tina Fey & Robert Carlock — 1.01, 1.02

 

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Celtic | British:

  1. Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination by Peter Ackroyd
  2. [Video] A Classic Tour of Scotland, by David and Debra Rixon

 

~ AO3 Fanfics ~

  1. Good Omens // read 22 works;  262,025 words
  2. Harry Potter // read 49 works; 2,035,002 words

 

In ~7 months, in these 2 fandoms, I’ve read 566 works, of > 10.4 million words.

 

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Process: sketching with watercolor & synesthesia

March 20, 2020

Almost exactly a year ago, I began watercolor painting as a regular art practice. I participated in #the100dayproject on Instagram, during which I painted for 59 days consecutively, sporadically afterwards. I eventually finished day 100 in January.

I’m undecided about participating again this year: daily painting puts a strain on my wrists, hands, and even shoulders … but the continuity is pleasant, and seeing my skills improve is affirming.

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I recently incorporated watercolor sketches into a poem!

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Unlike oils and acrylics, watercolor really does lend itself to sketching. I usually don’t pen anything in with ink (although I might if there’s fiddly details of flowers I want to capture). Even adolescent and young adult Mea didn’t much like the activity of drawing with pencil, but I find I do enjoy drawing with a brush. Especially the fluidity and unpredictability of the pigment — my lines may blur or blot, sometimes I err, yet the activity itself remains satisfying. And I feel very proud of what I’ve done.

In the past week, I’ve brush-drawn the Great Lakes 3x, and maashkinoozhe [muskie] swimming 5x.

This year, I’ve painted my houseplants numerous times. Also, bouquets of flowers.

Haven’t quite managed plein air, but I’m getting close. Hylochiel will be first.

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Back when I painted with oils [c. 1977-78, 1983], and even acrylics [2010], painting was just a hobby, I guess, that I did for no particular reasons past liking paint color names, mixing colors, and applying globs of color onto a surface (commonly with a palette knife rather than a brush).

For oils, I mostly painted from reference photographs — not my own; I wasn’t a photographer yet — except for, iirc, one still life arrangement. I did one ‘color field’ type of painting as well (at least before the instructor inserted a tree into it, thereby ruining it).

At the time, I thought my swirls of cerulean blue were solely about the beautiful color, but adult me realizes I was painting from my emotions: I have several positive emotions that include shades of sky blue: Happiness (general), Surprised by Happiness, Astonishment.  Even ~amelia~ can include cerulean (although ~amelia~ is often predominantly spring green and/or shades of pink). {emotion-color synesthesia}

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I pencil-drew mostly plants I saw, or fantasy flora & fauna, but I never once thought of painting anything directly from life.

I could have painted the paper birch. The Russian olive. A little farther afield, my river birches; the DuPage River, West Branch. The apple tree, Gramma’s garden. Sugar maples at the Morton Arboretum. Long John slough (with my imaginary alligators). Lake Michigan.

The Sandias.

I barely even have photographs of any of these beings, these places, and those are only as early as the 1990s, by which time the paper birch and (I believe) the apple tree were long dead. No more June cucumbers.

dimii beshwaji’ zhizhoobii’igan

 

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Lately I’ve been thinking of special moments [aka PMMs] that I wish I had a visual record of. Photographs would qualify, in theory, but … who could have clicked the shutter? Who had exactly the right vantage point, and was paying attention? Nobody.             Sometimes a person was physically present, sometimes that person was even a photographer with gear in play. But they were attending to something else entirely. Other times, no cameras were anywhere around.

Even photographs, though… When I might review and recollect such events — visual record in hand — I’d wish the colors to be congruent with what I was feeling, not (necessarily) what I saw.

That’s a tall order for a photograph. But a painting…

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To improve skills overall, it’s not enough to just practice the activity. You’ve also got to practice sub-skills, individually. But anything too similar to playing daily scales on piano will bore me, and I (know I) won’t do it (motivated as I am by novelty and exploration).

I’ve been realizing that I’m using my watercolor sketches to fulfill 6 different aims … and they’re not all compatible:

  • Capture shapes reasonably
  • Feel the colors
  • Depict elements relevant to a fiber/spatial artist – folding, pleating, furling
  • Depict elements relevant to a dancer/choreographer – movement, flow, =performance=
  • (If in a realistic style) Be recognizable, broadly, as type of being; also, reasonably-true-to-life colorways
  • *Occasionally* Enjoy the paint, water; explore how I can surprise myself with shapes and shades juxtaposed

 

For instance, I’ve never fished. I’ve never spent much time with live fish. My previous pencil drawings of fish were laughably childish-looking.           So when I knew I wanted to paint a fish found in the Great Lakes, I sought out visual aids. I found an illustration of a maashkinoozhe, but it was a side view; I realized I needed my sketch to show the muscularity of a swimming fish. I watched videos, decided a view looking at the top of the fish worked best. The fins were relatively easily done, but the tail – in movement – was tricky. (Hence 3 practice attempts before the 2 originals.)

If I wanted to get really good at painting maashkinoozhe, I’d have to paint a lot more of them than 5. Would I even want to paint some other type of fish? Well, a salmon, maybe. Now, could I – currently – paint an Atlantic salmon that was definitely not a rainbow trout? Nope. Wouldn’t even know where to start. But maybe I should attempt that. Because it would definitely help me improve my skills at depicting movement, and salmon – especially mythic salmon – are all about movement.

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Reading List 2 of 2020

February 27, 2020

Covers the period from 1.27.20 through 2.27.20

 

I/we own 2 of these items. I watched 2 items in the cinema/via streaming. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 6 of the books and movies. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 15 items.

{Women}

 

 

RESEARCH 1 ~

J. K. Rowling:

  1. Quidditch Through the Ages
  2. The Tales of Beedle the Bard

 

Jody Revenson:

  1. The Dark Arts: A Movie Scrapbook
  2. Exploring Hogwarts: An Illustrated Guide, illustrated by Studio Muti
  3. Harry Potter: The Character Vault
  4. Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films

 

Miscellaneous HP related:

  1. Calling All Witches! by Laurie Calkhoven; illustrated by Violet Tobacco
  2. Harry Potter: The Wand Collection by Monique Peterson
  3. Hogwarts: A Cinematic Yearbook
  4. The Sorcerer’s Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of HP by Allan Zola Kronzek and Elizabeth Kronzek

 

  1. Black British: Immigrants to England by R. B. Davison [1966]
  2. Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The Construction of Gender in Children’s Literature, ed. Susan Lehr [2001]
  • Ch 2, The Unquenchable Source: Finding a Heroic Girl Inside a Man by T. A. Barron
  • Ch 3, Deconstructing Harry: Casting a Critical Eye on the Witches and Wizards of Hogwarts by Deborah L. Thompson

 

 

Films:

  1. Harry Potter 6, directed by David Yates

 

~ AO3 Fanfics ~

  1. Good Omens // read 23 works;   216,362 words
  2. Harry Potter // read 92 works;  2,131,717 words

 

British Poetry:

  1. The ‘Inward’ Language: Sonnets of Wyatt, Sidney, Shakespeare, Donne by Anne Ferry [1983]
  2. Lend Me Your Wings by John Agard, illustrated by Adrienne Kennaway [1987]

 

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RESEARCH 2 ~

 

Knots:

  1. Knots: The Complete Visual Guide by Des Pawson
  2. Mod Knots [Macramé] by Cathi Milligan

 

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Art ~ Painting:

  1. Local Color: Seeing Place through Watercolor by Mimi Robinson

 

Miscellaneous:

  1. Avian Architecture: How Birds Design, Engineer & Build by Peter Goodfellow
  2. Call to Order: A Miscellany of Useful Hierarchies, Systems, and Classifications by Jackie Strachan and Jane Moseley
  3. The Story of Your Life: Becoming the Author of Your Experience by Mandy Aftel [1996]
  4. Surrealist Love Poems, edited by Mary Ann Caws

 

Films:

  1. Carol Kaye [studio musician ~ guitarist, bassist]
  2. Megan Leavey, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite
  3. Troop Zero, directed by Katie Elwood and Amber Templemore-Finlayson

 

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Reading List 1 of 2020

January 26, 2020

RIP, Kobe Bryant, American basketball legend (1978–2020); Neil Peart, Canadian rock drummer and lyricist (1952–2020); Christopher Tolkien, English editor (1924–2020)

 

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Covers the period from 1.14.2020 through 1.25.20

 

I/we own 7 of these items. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 5 of the books and movies. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 3 items.

{Women}

 

Art ~ Painting:

  1. Charles Burchfield by Matthew Baigell
  2. Color and Method in Painting as Seen in the Work of 12 American Painters, 2nd, by Ernest Watson [1970]
  3. The Essence of Watercolour by Hazel Soan

 

 

Poetry:

  1. The Forward Book of Poetry 2020

 

 

SFF:

  1. In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard

 

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RESEARCH ~

 

Short works by J.K. Rowling on Wizarding World Digital (n = 20):

Azkaban, Colours, The Great Lake, Hogwarts School Subjects, Hufflepuff Common Room, The Marauders’ Map, Pensieve, Patronus Charm, Polyjuice Potion, Potions, Wand Lengths and Flexibility, Wand Cores; The Original 40, Marge Dursley, Vernon & Petunia Dursley, The Malfoy family, Draco Malfoy, Mr. Ollivander, The Potter Family, Dolores Umbridge.

 

  1. The Deathly Hallows Lectures by John Granger
  2. Harry Potter: A Journey through a History of Magic by the British Library
  3. Into the Pensieve: The Philosophy and Mythology of Harry Potter by Patrick McCauley
  4. Very Good Lives by K. Rowling

 

 

~ AO3 Fanfics ~

  1. Good Omens // read 9 works; 88,845 words
  2. Harry Potter // read 15 works; 327,266 words

 

 

Films:

  1. Harry Potter 1, directed by Chris Columbus
  2. Harry Potter 2, directed by Chris Columbus
  3. Harry Potter 5, directed by David Yates
  4. Harry Potter 6, directed by David Yates
  5. Harry Potter 7a, directed by David Yates
  6. Harry Potter 7b, directed by David Yates

 

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Dream: 1.14.2020

January 14, 2020

I’m rushing through an empty auditorium, then hallway, looking for room numbers. I need 403, but this turns out to be the 3rd floor, so I need to find the stairs. I’ve got a class.

I find 403. There are no empty seats near the front, where I like to sit, so I grab a chair near the back and drag it over to a group of guys who are talking. They ignore me.

That’s okay, because I’m mortified to realize I’m 15 minutes late. Good thing the teacher isn’t here yet, or I’d have disrupted their lecture, too!

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A girl behind me says cinema movies in Pittsburgh are now $15. We all laugh.

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I’m trying to remember what class this is, what the subject matter is. Drawing a blank.

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There’s a woman now at the front. She’s handing back an old assignment, but it’s not papers; it’s photographs, but they’re 1.3 meters high x 0.65 meters wide. I wonder to myself if students had to print them at home, as even Spouse’s photography printer couldn’t do something that big.       The photos are brightly colored, and from what I can see, I can’t figure out what they have in common. I wish I’d done that assignment though — it’d be cool to have something like that in my portfolio.

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A different woman arrives at the front of class. She looks a bit like Dolores Umbridge. She begins taking attendance. Just then I notice students’ names are on the back of the chairs in front of me, many of which are now empty.

A guy called before me tries to correct the name called, but the administrator ignores him and he lapses into silence. When my name is called, I notice that it’s OldFirstName. Crap. Is it worth making a fuss, now?

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Gradually it becomes clear today’s session will be an exam.

I recall that the class meets weekly?, but I only attended the first class, a month ago. So obviously I’m going to fail the exam. I could leave now, but I’m curious about what’ll be asked. Maybe I’d be able to wing some of the answers – after all, I know a little bit about a lot of things!

The exams are handed back. The papers are at least 18 inches long, maybe 21 inches, so they take up the entire desk.

I start reading the questions. Students are all around me, and they persist in chatting in small groups. Every time I look up, in confusion at this odd behavior, I realize I have notes open, or even a textbook open, on my own desk (Even though I didn’t bring notes or a textbook with me). I worry that people will think I’m cheating.

When I fail this exam, I want to do it honestly! I want it to be clear that I knew nothing going in –-therefore, I will fail. Not that I failed because I cheated.

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I turn to page 3, and begin writing, in black ink, about how I haven’t attended this class in a month, have no idea what the subject matter is, and therefore will obviously fail. (It seems like that would be a fairly short statement, but) My handwriting continues on successive pages, changing writing instruments several times; by the end, it’s a blue editing pencil.

There are somehow other students’ answers written in with regular pencil, and I wonder whether the instructor will be able to distinguish my answers from theirs.

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It seems this is a class on Shakespeare’s plays.

(Why would I be taking a class like that? And then, why the previous photographic assignment?)

In a question on page 11, I see a B&W photograph that I recognize from somewhere, so I read the question. I vaguely recall the subject of it being something we discussed during the first class. But I don’t remember what was said.

I haven’t done any readings since (and I’ve barely read any Shakespearean plays at all, just the ones assigned in high school English in fact).

I look around me. Students are finishing and turning in their exams. I could do that.

I realize I’ve rolled up my exam, and it’s somehow wrapped in pink ribbons. I could stand up right now, hand it in, and walk away. (And never return: drop the class, and never see these people again.)

Instead, I look up around the room, whose walls have now been replaced with windows, so I see sky and trees and people far below us on sidewalks. I see balloons floating and birds flying. I feel … happy.

I realize that I’m here now, however it happened, whatever preparation I had, or did not have.

This is a good place to be. It’s cool I’m here. Let’s make the most of it.

I unwind the exam, open it up, and read the questions. I answer them, whimsically, happily, with a bubble of hilarity within me rising.

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Intercalary Reading List of 2019-20

January 13, 2020

RIP, abstract painter Emily Mason (1932–2019), British geomorphologist Cuchlaine King (1922–2019)

 

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Covers the period from 12.24.2019 through 1.13.20

 

I/we own 11 of these items. I watched 4 items in the cinema/via streaming. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 7 of the books and DVDs. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 5 items.

 

{Women}

 

Poetry:

  1. How the Universe is Made: Poems, New & Selected: 1985–2019 by Stephanie Strickland
  2. The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun by JRR Tolkien, edited by Verlyn Flieger
  3. Out of Bounds: British Black & Asian Poets, ed. Jackie Kay, James Procter, Gemma Robinson //5 stars//
  4. The Poetry of Dorothy Wordsworth, edited from the Journals by Hyman Eigerman [1970]

 

Visual Arts:

  1. A Velocity of Being, edited by Maria Popova and Claudia Bedrick
  2. Learn World Calligraphy by Margaret Shepherd
  3. [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh Watercolours by Roger Billcliffe [1978]
  4. Winifred Nicholson {English painter, 1893–1980}: Liberation of Colour by Jovan Nicholson

 

Geomorphology:

  1. Beaches and Coasts by Cuchlaine King [1960]
  2. Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology by Clifford Embleton and Cuchlaine King [1968]

 

Miscellaneous:

  • American Muscle Supercars by David Newhardt

 

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AO3 Fanfics

  1. Harry Potter // read 15 works; 657,749 words
  2. Good Omens (TV) // read 12 works; 209,177 words
  3. Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) // read 2 works; 3002 words

 

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Films & TV:

  1. booksmart, directed by Olivia Wilde {2x: 2nd time with director’s commentary}
  2. Dora and the Lost City of Gold, directed by James Bobin
  3. Captain Marvel, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
  4. Frozen II, directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
  5. Harry Potter 1, directed by Chris Columbus
  6. Harry Potter 2, directed by Chris Columbus
  7. Harry Potter 3, directed by Alfonso Cuarón
  8. The Social Network, directed by David Fincher
  9. On the Basis of Sex, directed by Mimi Leder
  10. Harry Potter 4, directed by Mike Newell
  11. Shazam, directed by David F. Sanberg
  12. Hairspray, directed & choreographed by Adam Shankman
  13. Harry Potter 5, directed by David Yates
  14. Harry Potter 6, directed by David Yates
  15. Harry Potter 7a, directed by David Yates
  16. 8 Disney shorts: Feast, Frozen Fever, John Henry, The Little Match Girl, Lorenzo, Paperman, Tangled Ever After, Tick Tock Tale; various directors (but mostly white guys)

 

((I don’t buy movies very often — I personally own 9* — but Spouse relaxes and unwinds by (re)watching fantasy movie series. He’s seen LOTR probably 100x, the Hobbit trilogy maybe 40x. And, I recently discovered, he got the Harry Potter series. I was pleased I could easily refresh my visual memory for Drarry fanfic.))

 

*Bend It Like Beckham, Blues Brothers, Brave, Hairspray, Lilo & Stitch, Pride & Prejudice, Southside With You [the Obamas], Spirited Away, Time Bandits.

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Creative Year in Review ~ 2019

December 31, 2019

Theme: tenderness

 

10 years of blogging (est. 2009); 8 years of CYiR (est. 2012)

 

  • January: IbaE.
  • Fiberuary Challenge on IG, cross-posted here
  • April–December: Watercolor painting
    • Read 15 books; watched 10 online videos
    • #100dayproject on IG ~ 59 consecutive days; day 81 was 12.12.19
    • Handmade watercolors (in pans) purchased from artists I follow on IG
    • // Spouse painted with tube watercolors //
    • Painted from photographs, but also from memory
    • Travel sketchbook
    • Mood sketchbook, for emotionally-challenging (clusters of) days
    • Plein air ~ experiments in what I’d need to pack
  • April–June: Zooniverse [crowd-sourced digitizing] projects
    • African American Civil War Soldiers ~ USA–the Carolinas
    • Squirrel Mapper ~ USA–DC/Maryland/Virginia
    • Canid Camera ~ USA–New York
    • Plant Letters ~ Portugal
    • Skink Spotter ~ New Zealand
  • Positive Disintegration 7
  • July–December: Aziraphale | Wales ~ read 31 books of British, concentrating on Welsh, literature
  • September: released dress form & sewing machine; acquired vintage metal toolbox!
  • September–December: AO3 ~ read 430 works of fanfiction in 13 fandoms (albeit 70% Good Omens, and 13% Drarry [HP])
  • September ~ decorating new place:
    • hardwood floors => rugs
    • secret room for Hibby
    • shared bookcase in front room
    • colors: shared spaces ~ blues, teal, accents of red; patterns: stripes, floral
    • 5 of my ceramic pieces1 on display in common areas
    • 3 of my watercolors on display in my writing nook

 

P*l a*y ~ Kernow

  • ariesiandunes
  • asexpanrom
  • exuberance, whimsy, charm
  • male friendships infused with tenderness
  • avoid pathperils of RW, CS1

 

Studio ~ reconceived for new apartment

  • donated ½ my books, mostly to WPBP, freeing up wall space
  • green metal headboard a sculptural element, enhanced by (wind-blown) branches from tree-friends, Lyrio and Sebbro (river birches) and EthelBCurry (maple)
  • storage concealed by favorite fabrics in forest tones, creating soft sculptures
  • center of studio cleared so I can dance
  • colors: greens, teal, cobalt, browns, accents of oranges, pinks; patterns: plaid, floral

 

Poetry

  • January: Named an original Poetic Form: PPEoSLtS => spore adept, an anagram.
  • May: ATLAS project ~ taking shape.
  • Started 6 poems; finished 1 (a spore adept).
  • 8.8 ~ my Quantum of Delight!!
  • Substantial revisions to a poem begun in 2018.

 

Travel

  • April: Chincoteague Island, Virginia.
  • June: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
  • June, August: Winterthur, Delaware.

 

River time

  • Instances = 19, in 11 months (not June).
  • 3, 1.18, 1.22, 2.8, 3.12, 4.19, 4.24, 5.8, 5.122, 5.23, 7.17, 7.30, 8.7, 8.15, 9.11, 9.25, 10.25, 11.21, 12.26.

 

Household habitat {previously Potager}

  • Our new neighborhood has a catalpa-friend, if I take a longish walk. I’ve named them for a beloved fanfic OC3. Closer to home, there are oaks in the parking lot, and conifers outside most of our windows (which I hope to paint). Spouse’s office is overlooked by a tulip poplar.
  • //Spouse got 3 pots of succulents; they’re doing well. //
  • Moved 2 long-dead plants in windowboxes to a pot, now on studio windowsill. Their shapes are pretty, maybe I can paint them. Meantime, I don’t have to stress about light, or watering them — they’re already dead.
  • New plants: F in July, M in October, Z in November.
  • Slyvori still doing well. (Coming up on 3 years together.)

 

Social Media

  • Still on Instagram.
  • Sent 500th postcard on Postcrossing. {To Latvia.}
  • Quit Patreon (2014–2019).

 

Human—social

  • September: one of my favorite in-laws died, but I had to stay behind in MD because…
  • September: we moved. New apartment is quieter, bigger, friendlier neighbors.
  • November: Spouse’s mom died, so we spent a week in KY.
    • Spouse got me GF breakfast food, improving my quality of life 500%
    • I set boundaries and stuck to them, despite (my own) discomfort
    • //Spouse did an amazing eulogy//
    • Bonded with Spouse’s dad; spent quality time with my favorite of his aunts
    • Talked family tree stuff with 2 uncles
    • Talked watercolor painting & social media with a 3rd uncle
    • A cousin who’s a fellow family tree enthusiast reads my blog!!
    • {Lrwfmvc debut was a success}
    • My name change [2013!] finally seems to have reached everyone
    • An enormous peace lily came home with us; Spouse cares for it
    • Upon return, I thought I’d escaped the usual long recovery time (just regular grief & sadness), but a week later I developed a sinus infection that flattened me for 12 days
  • December: LibraryThing’s Holiday Card Exchange, 2nd year for me
    • different this year:
      • I painted my own cards;
      • I noted in my profile that I’m a Pagan who celebrates the solstice and New Year, but not Christmas
    • 7 mailed: AR [same person as in 2018], AZ, MO, NJ, NJ, OR, SC
    • 3 responses: OR (esp nice), AZ, NJ
    • 4 cards received: BC Canada [same person I sent a card to in 2018] ~ wonderful note; also KY, TX, MA

 

 

Health

  • “Standing & Walking” ~ (12.27.19) 1455.9 hours total! [An increase of 88 hours]. Range: 0.4 to 8.4 hours per day; daily average, 4.03 hours [0.28 hours increase from 2018].
  • “Hands Free (HF)” days have morphed into “Hands–Elbows–Thumbs Free (HETF)” days. Now, even more difficult, boring & frustrating!
    • Jan to May, I allowed 3 hours to be a daily goal
    • Mar: 10 (13) / May: 10.5 (14) / Jun: 9 (10) / Sep: 14.5 (16) / Oct: 9 (10)
    • Jun to Dec goals: at least 8 days of >= 4 hrs/day = 32+ hours/month
    • Jun, 42.2 hrs / Jul, 21.75 / Aug, 29.9 / Sep, 72.9 [move] / Oct, 41.6 / Nov, 18.85 / Dec, 43.83
  • B: 12 (40), 12.92; P: 1 (1)

 

 

Epistolary

  • I sent 15 letters, and received 2 letters.
  • Realized recently, it might be because our June–July attempt to be penpals didn’t work that I’m still IG-friends with Ct.

 

 

Reading

  • Read 207 books all the way through; read 20 books partially.
  • 3 spans of not-reading: 2 weeks, May–June; 1 week, late June; 1 week, late October.
  • Since I began tracking in mid-2010, I’ve read 2934 books.

 

 

1Made while living in Indianapolis, 2002-03.

2Loch Raven trail, not Fx Road.

3Hylochiel, Guardian Angel of Lithuania, and friend of Aziraphale, in PeniG’s Akashic Records series.

 

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