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August 22nd, 2012


05:49 am - Lil's Banana Bread

From my grandmother's best friend:

2 cups sugar

6 eggs

1 cup butter or margarine

9 tbsp buttermilk

3 cups mashed bananas

6 cups sifted flour

3 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp salt

Nuts (optional)

Pour into greased loaf pans (makes three large loaves). Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 55 minutes.

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Current Location: US, Wisconsin, Madison, Dane, E Gorham St, 256
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July 2nd, 2012


03:11 pm - Bleargh

Too. Fucking. HOT.

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Current Location: US, Wisconsin, Madison, Dane, State St, 164
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June 6th, 2012


10:08 am - Cause and effect

I don't usually get too political, but after yesterday things seem too clear.

1. Conservatives want to take away a woman's ability to control when, if, and how often she has children. I would say don't put out for conservatives, but here in Wisconsin at least they are trying to redefine rape to make it harder to prosecute.

2. Conservatives also want to slash funding to educate this swarm of children.

Dear gods, no wonder we are being overrun by idiots.

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Current Location: US, Wisconsin, Madison, Dane, State St, 166
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May 22nd, 2012


01:05 pm - Note to self:

Before telling a family story involving a cheating husband and a baseball bat, STOP and consider if this relative is likely to take it as an instructional!

Pray she laughs it off.

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Current Location: US, Wisconsin, Madison, Dane, W Dayton St, 101
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May 1st, 2012


01:30 pm - Grr

Dear Boss Lady:

The majority of the items in "my" to-do basket are either items I have already addressed (and now it's your turn) or items that make no sense (most of your notes to yourself).

How is it MY basket?

--Admin

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April 27th, 2012


10:42 pm - World enough and time....

There are definite perils to being an unexpected, late-life baby--far more perils than perks, if you ask me. I always seemed so much younger than my cousins, and their children were babies compared to ME. I was only thirteen when I lost the grandmother I adored; most of my peers had their grandparents well into adulthood.

That's the worst of it, really. I find myself lately with a sharp awareness of time. My cousins are now becoming grandparents. My sister's black curls are now spun silver fluff. My niece is old enough to drink and lives in Nebraska. People who were children when I started at the library have graduated, gone to college, joined the military, or even married.

Somehow, for all the changes in my life, I don't feel any different. I am still my sarcastic, daydream-y, heathen, autistic self. I wonder if this is how Jack Harkness feels--an unchanging point in time?

It's an illusion, I know. Maybe everyone reading this feels this way. I doubt anyone wants to admit that time is sneaking up oh-so-quickly.

It is what it is. Someday, even "my kids" from the library will be gone, many not even footnotes in history. While we always live in the memories of those who love us, how long does that last? How many generations remove the average person from the oral record? My family's active memory goes back to my maternal great-great grandmother, and all I really know is that she had red hair. Of her parents I know nothing, even though I carry their blood in my veins.

How long does memory last, if no one outruns time?

I will miss you Uncle Dean....

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Current Location: US, Wisconsin, Madison, Dane, E Gorham St, 238
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April 10th, 2012


11:29 am - I don't get paid enough to babysit....

My supervisor is an educated, accomplished woman. She has studied yoga in India and choreographed Broadway shows in New York City. She is also 30+ years my senior.

So, why is it that every time I catch her in a screwup, I suddenly find myself facing a belligerent nine-year-old?

Case in point: some Very Important paperwork has gone missing. It is absolutely imperative that I find it so I can resolve a problem with an important account. I know I didn't take it; hell, I was at the dentist when the office was moved. That leaves only two people: my supervisor, and M-the-Elder.

Since it IS my supervisor's company, after all, I asked her if she knew where the papers had been stored. "I don't know. Ask M. She touched it last. I didn't do it!" Even over the phone, I could hear her crossing her arms and sticking out her lower lip.

So, I asked M-the-Elder, who told me where she had left the originals and remembered that she had made a backup copy and locked it under the register drawer. Then, she said that the register had been full the last time she saw it.

I unlocked it and looked under the drawer. Empty. Of course.

This morning, I relayed this information to my supervisor. She hemmed and hawed for a bit, then sulkily said, "I guess I should have left well enough alone, but I got impatient."

See? Nine. Sounds just like my niece when she was that age.

So, I now get to dig through every piece of paper in this office and the one upstairs. My supervisor is even digging through some things she took home (!).

Am I an admin, or a babysitter?

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Current Location: US, Wisconsin, Madison, Dane, State St, 162

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April 6th, 2012


10:57 am - Even honorary parenting is hard work!

So, in recent weeks I have been informally adopted as a secondary mother figure by a couple of Aspie girls. I am at once honored, bewildered--and scared shitless. Each girl is the only person in her family on the spectrum, so apparently they look to me as a role model for an adult Aspie female.

I have never in my life wanted so badly to be someone else. I am a massive screwup in so many ways, and sometimes I think I would be a better example of how NOT to be an adult! They need a role model who is worthy of emulation, but for some unknown reason they chose me. Eep.

I suppose the easy way would be to steer them towards the writings of Temple Grandin and Rudy Simone, but they are both so sensitive.... I don't want them to think I am brushing them off, you know?

I guess all I can do is the best I know how. Gods help us.

To M-the-Elder: You have every right to be angry because your best friend called you a slut. I am not going to lecture you--right this moment, at least!--but I do think you should sit down and have a talk with her. From the way I have seen her act around you, she seems envious.

T M-the-Younger: You are not clingy, and if you can go over the admin's head to report the incident DO IT.

...Conveniently, I can nickname the pair of them the M&Ms....

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Current Location: US, Wisconsin, Madison, Dane, State St, 164
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November 8th, 2011


04:55 pm - It must be November....
Tired.

Nasty cold.

Rainy, crummy weather.

How goes?
Current Mood: sicksick

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October 21st, 2011


01:53 pm - Friday...I think....
So. I got a "stipulated dismissal," which means the lawyer finagled it so that I still have to pay up if I can't provide proof that I already paid the bill. Meh, I know I have it; just have to find it.

In the meantime, I am preparing a countersuit since I have lots of reasons to file.

I woke up this morning feeling like it was 1. Saturday and 2. a day off. It's neither, but was a nice thought.

On the other hand--am currently sipping coffee flavored with hot cocoa mix and honey. It's like I'm drinking BPAL!

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