post-tags: instagram, crosspost Okay, maybe picnicking was a little optimistic on this breezy spring evening, but understandable.
post-tags: instagram, crosspost I know what I'm doing next Saturday. (Getting chilaquiles.)
Church Monuments

While that my soul repairs to her devotion,
Here I intomb my flesh, that it betimes
May take acquaintance of this heap of dust;
To which the blast of death's incessant motion,
Fed with the exhalation of our crimes,
Drives all at last. Therefore I gladly trust

My body to this school, that it may learn
To spell his elements, and find his birth
Written in dusty heraldry and lines ;
Which dissolution sure doth best discern,
Comparing dust with dust, and earth with earth.
These laugh at jet, and marble put for signs,

To sever the good fellowship of dust,
And spoil the meeting. What shall point out them,
When they shall bow, and kneel, and fall down flat
To kiss those heaps, which now they have in trust?
Dear flesh, while I do pray, learn here thy stem
And true descent: that when thou shalt grow fat,

And wanton in thy cravings, thou mayst know,
That flesh is but the glass, which holds the dust
That measures all our time; which also shall
Be crumbled into dust. Mark, here below,
How tame these ashes are, how free from lust,
That thou mayst fit thyself against thy fall.

- George Herbert
I've hit my limit with Acronis's mysterious failures.

Needs to have incremental or differential backup options as well as automatic deletion of old versions.
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([personal profile] dglenn Apr. 18th, 2015 07:20 am)

"If I played practical jokes, every politician's father would be named Geppetto." -- powerful succubus Drusilla, in Pibgorn by Brooke McEldowney, 2004-02-18

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([personal profile] yvi Apr. 18th, 2015 08:24 am)
* The electrician was there and checked the smoke detectors plus put our names on the bell
* The Telekom guy was there and now THERE IS INTERNET
* did the official address change - only about 20 more of those left to do
* I have booked piano lessons - I start on Monday
* also did piano practise - only learned a few triads and playing the C major scale with left and right hand separately, but that's good for a start
* the washing machine is finally set up, so the Mount Everest of laundry shrunk by one load
* The husband installed the lights on the ground floor

The one sadmaking point was unfortunately rather huge (flat tire) and cost a lot of time. But hey, so much happymaking now I list it!
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([personal profile] jazzfish Apr. 18th, 2015 01:00 am)
I'm at the Gathering again this year, spending a week-plus playing games and hanging out with people. Financially it was likely an unwise decision to go... but I found a roommate, and a cheapish flight to/from the vicinity, and darnit, it just seemed like fun.

It feels different this year. I went last year and had a blast, but it was all sort of overwhelming. It's a lot calmer-seeming now. I'm used to it, I guess, or maybe I'm just in a better place myself. [personal profile] uilos didn't make it due to some work shenanigans plus the general hazard of being on an academic schedule, that's a pretty big shift as well.

I'm rooming with Christine who I met once when we first moved out to Vancouver. She's an excellent roommate and a fine person, but she's very much an extrovert. I have not had this much conversation in the mornings in a very very long time.

Been getting up pretty much every morning to play 18xx games. I have consistently come in last or next-to-last in every one so far. No great surprise considering that a lot of these guys have been playing since well before I started doing any serious gaming at all. It's been really excellent regardless: I've learned a bit, and I've had a lot of fun.

Hard to believe it's nearly over. Not sure if I'm coming back next year; it's not easy to justify the expense when I'm not making a stupid amount of money. But it *is* a very very good trip. Eh. I don't know.
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([personal profile] loup_noir Apr. 17th, 2015 07:52 pm)
Concept is much nicer than reality.
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([personal profile] delight Apr. 17th, 2015 10:46 pm)
Quick FYI: DW apparently removed some people from my circle somehow? IDK. So if you got a notification that I added you, and were pretty sure I had already added you, I didn't remove you on purpose.
Air and Angels

Twice or thrice had I lov'd thee,
Before I knew thy face or name;
So in a voice, so in a shapeless flame
Angels affect us oft, and worshipp'd be;
Still when, to where thou wert, I came,
Some lovely glorious nothing I did see.
But since my soul, whose child love is,
Takes limbs of flesh, and else could nothing do,
More subtle than the parent is
Love must not be, but take a body too;
And therefore what thou wert, and who,
I bid Love ask, and now
That it assume thy body, I allow,
And fix itself in thy lip, eye, and brow.

Whilst thus to ballast love I thought,
And so more steadily to have gone,
With wares which would sink admiration,
I saw I had love's pinnace overfraught;
Ev'ry thy hair for love to work upon
Is much too much, some fitter must be sought;
For, nor in nothing, nor in things
Extreme, and scatt'ring bright, can love inhere;
Then, as an angel, face, and wings
Of air, not pure as it, yet pure, doth wear,
So thy love may be my love's sphere;
Just such disparity
As is 'twixt air and angels' purity,
'Twixt women's love, and men's, will ever be.

- John Donne
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([personal profile] rebelsheart Apr. 17th, 2015 03:42 pm)
Two days of medical examinations, IVs, etc. and Winston was not improving. He wasn't staying warm enough, wasn't eating or hydrating without being forced and even then not well, and he'd begun to show signs of neurological distress - when he responded to anything.

When the ultrasound came back with nothing, [ profile] iberianwolf acknowledged the decision we'd come to and drove up to the hospital that had kept him overnight.

This is the last photo of him, taken about 5 minutes before the euthanization was performed.

Winston's Final Photo