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Blessed Solstice

May you all have a blessed and joyous summer.

[...]Annual repetitions are milestones of desired changes. Each time we arrive at this point to enjoy the increased illumination from the Sun, human history on planet Earth has yielded one more year of experience and discovery. We can still look out from the center of Stonehenge to see the Sun rise over the heelstone as it did thousands of years ago, but looking around in all other directions yields knowledge that revises and refines what we treasured before. The traditions of earlier solstices belonged to the people of those generations, and solstice by solstice they transformed to become the ethos we claim as ours, here and now. We should honor and respect mores of past solstices, while we apply products of knowledge for the benefit of all mankind and the other creatures we share Mother Earth with[...]
~Von Del Chamberlain


Updated look

So, I've updated the look of my blog. The first time I've ever gone in and actually written the complete template. Most of the time I've just worked within the parameters of those already established.

I think I like it.

My Astro Profile....Year of the Pig

Sun Sign: Taurus
Sun 17° Taurus 02'
Taurus Horoscope
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Moon Sign: Libra
Moon 22° Libra 12'
Libra Horoscope
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Rising Sign: Aquarius
Ascendant 24° Aquarius 24'
Aquarius Horoscope
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Klein Sexual Orientation Grid

Klein Sexual Orientation Grid

I scored an average of 1.86

01 2 3 4 5

HeterosexualBisexual Homosexual


This result can also be related to the Kinsey Scale:

0 = exclusively heterosexual
1 = predominantly heterosexual, incidentally homosexual
2 = predominantly heterosexual, but more
than incidentally homosexual
3 = equally heterosexual and homosexual
4 = predominantly homosexual, but more than incidentally
5 = predominantly homosexual, incidentally heterosexual
6 = exclusively homosexual


The idea of this excercise is to understand exactly how dynamic a person's sexual orientation can be, as well as how fluid it can be over a person's lifespan. While a person's number of actual homo/heterosexual encounters may be easy to categorize, their actual orientation may be completely different. Simple labels like "homosexual", "heterosexual", and "bisexual" need not be the only three options available to us.

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Random update

So, my car finally gave up the ghost. It was going to cost me well over $6.5k to get fixed and...well...I just don't have that kind of cash sitting around. All things considered, taking out a loan for that kind of repair on an 11 year old car with 160k miles on it just made no sense. The maintenance on it was getting worse and worse as it got older. That is only to be expected, I know. However, I felt it was time to investigate a new vehicle. Enter TJ.

I contacted a company and got a very reasonable deal on an auto loan, with zero down, 5 years and a fairly low interest rate. Then I went for a drive around town to various dealerships. As I zipped into one, TJ caught my eye. I zero'd in on it, spotted the sticker stating it was - indeed - for sale and made a beeline for the door. Understand - this is how I shop. One of the many things about myself A saved me from when we were together. I walk in, snag a sales guy, tell him, "I have a pre-approved loan, all the paperwork you will need and I want that Jeep. Get me out of here in under two hours." He just looked at me - I think I temporarily shut down his brain functions. I said, "Well, I could get someone else?" He snapped to, and only three minutes over two hours later, I walked out the door owning a 2004 Jeep Wrangler Sport...with only 10k miles on it, and only one previous owner....a man in his late 70s. I justify my purchase (gas consumption wise) by rationalizing that I ride my motorcycle the majority of the year....well, that and my TerraPass.

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My Daemon

Fell free to click and make adjustments to make sure my Daemon is a representation of the real me. ;-)



So, I'm sitting here at work and I look out the window and see like four flocks of geese flying over my work area.

Kinda odd, but nothing too horribly weird.

Unless you take into account that they aren't holding formation. They are all discombobulated and scattered. They'll come together in formation and then string out and wobble all around and get all messed up.

The poor things are all directionally challenged today. Have to wonder if all the lightning lately is screwing with their internal compass? Dunno. But - it's so very odd.

Halfway interesting survey

1. The phone rings. Who do you want it to be?
Depends on the mood at the moment.

2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart?

3. If you had to kiss the last person you kissed, would you?
In a heartbeat

4. Do you take compliments well?
Generally I find myself wondering what the person wants, or figuring they are biased. So, I guess not.

5. Do you play Sudoku?

6. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, would you survive?
Yup - prolly start my own clothing line while I was at it.

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My Visual DNA


Progress, life and so on

Request to any friends here in Austin who know good vets. The boys need dental work desperately. Bartleby in particular has a serious dental infection and needs dental surgery. I just cannot afford the $637 quoted me by the vet in one lump sum. Not to mention the near $300 they say Loki will cost. The boys need the work, but I need a vet willing to work with me on payments. If y'all know of any, please let me know.

Now. Before you read any further...Get comfortable. Have your drink? Don't drink it. Have a paper bag handy? You might want to go get one, then. Hyperventalation is quite possible to those of you who are as enamoured of STR as I am. What am I blathering on about? Read this link: http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2007/01/11/freakin_muggles.html


Got your breath back? Feeling a bit more stable? Alrighty...take a moment more. I totally understand.


Now, on to the rest of my blathering.

Icarus is moving along slowly. However, since discovering one of the girls at my Saturday knitting group is at relatively the same location in the pattern I am, I feel it only my duty to continue along. Particularly as this is her very first lace piece and she's counting on me to be able to answer any questions she has about the pattern! I'm making it out of Alpaca With a Twist Fino in....ready for it?....black. What's with me and black, lately?

I managed to get one of An tUasal's socks completed. Believe it or not. I mean it, his feet are huge! Ok, not as big as my brother in law's size 13...but still. A man's size 12 wide is pretty large. Particularly compared to my woman's size 7 narrow.

I showed him one of my socks up against one of his...it was amusing.

I'll pull out the camera tonight and do my best to get a picture to show the difference. There's nothing, really, to show concerning his sock in particular.

It's black...100%, unrelieved black. It knit up at ~9½ stitches to the inch on size 0 bamboo DPNs in Lanett Superwash Black.

The toe to beginning of the heel is 9¼ inches of pure stockinette stitch. Worked an afterthought heel. The leg is 5 inches of 3x2 ribbing and then 1½ inches of 2x1 ribbing. The circumfrence is 10 inches, spot on.

He says it fits great...I think it's a tad too long. But he's determined they are perfect "around the house" socks. I give it a day or two of wearing them and he'll be treating them just like any other sock. **grins**

The first round of layoffs happened last Friday...they will continue until they stop. Yup...that definitive. I don't want to relocate...My son is much closer with me here, and it's a lot cheaper to pay for gas back and forth to Sugarland than it is airfare back and forth to wherever they would relocate me. Also, An tUasal is just a bit too big to fit into my bags. Not to mention, comtemplating attempting to haul his dead weight around is rather daunting. Plus, I have a couple of people here in Austin, Houston and Sugarland that I'd prefer to stay in relatively close proximity to...and relocating to some place hours and hours and hours away just really isn't "relatively close proximity". Hard to please, aren't I?

On the school front, I'm finishing up my Organizational Behavior class with a paper titled "Ethical Transitions in Takeover Times: A Look at Ethical Management During a Hostile Takeover"...colour me odd, but it seemed quite apropos. It was, of course, after I got the topic approved that it dawned on me that this is only a 5 page paper. A double spaced, five page paper. That's a lot to get into what is basically two pages of text. It should be interesting.

I also have started Statistics and my Ethics class will begin the first Monday in February.

Oh yeah...life's getting a tad full. The only reason I'm getting away with all the schoolwork is that starting Monday the 15th, I go to third shift at work (11pm to 7am). Well, for as long as I have my job.

I really want one of these ones I've been talking with to snap me up, PDQ.