Jan. 25th, 2013 09:03 pm

What I do

mizarchivist: (Boxes)
The Upgoer Meme. I couldn't resist. It was also damn hard to manage with so few words.
I sort and order old papers and books safe so that people can find answers in those papers easily. Sometimes I have other people take pictures of the old stuff and we put it on line so that people do not have to touch the old stuff as much. It also means people who want to understand and study will know we have those papers and will ask us more questions about them than if we just hid the papers in the cold and the dark rooms in our safe building. I want the stuff I care for to be around for as long as possible. I help explain to other people simple ways to make their old stuff safe, too.
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mizarchivist: (Jess Thinky)

I don't think the travel meme is particularly riveting, but there was so much that happened last year, it might do me some good to review that.
... hm. I started doing this and I could tell it would be way too long to continue, so let's see if I can try again, but not so much-

Well, KID. That consumed most of my head and will for the rest of my life. While I'm contractually obligated to say this, I'm happy to say that he is genuinely a fascinating little creature and astounds me with his capacity to learn and grow. Would that I could wake up with a smile on my face as often has he does. I've also been exceptionally grateful to all of my friends and family for being so supportive. It's hugely gratifying to have spawned a spawn that is so very likable. 

We moved. After 9 years in one house, that was epic in and of itself. It's a sadness we'll have to move sooner than we like. It really is a much smaller house and I entirely regret not having a guest room or even a room dedicated for the babe. But of all the choices we had, it was the best of the lot and I'm looking forward to more bike rides when it gets warmer on my beloved bike path.

[livejournal.com profile] purple_terror took me to visit Tom and Carol in the Other Cambridge- my last big trip before Crime Fighter arrived. It was our first major trip just the two of us and I think we managed pretty well

I helped [livejournal.com profile] quiet_elegance acquire his very own vehicle- the first one he's ever had in his name. It's a good workhorse of a minivan and I'm glad we had the chance to get it. The old Subaru was not going to last through last winter for sure.

My work continues to appreciate me. We have a small army of people here whose primary task is about the archive. I may not be engrossed every second of every day, but I'm still glad to be here. I am also still involved with the regional archive group's board, although I think I'm actually entering my term's final year. I may choose to not run again after this. We'll see. 

Union- I can safely say that this has been the worst year re: hours worked/not worked for QE since he started with the union. He did finally limp across the finish line and is a Journeyman, which led to an almost immediate offer for him to start teaching and start acting as a steward on job sites. The long game remains for QE to become a full time instructor. It's the best possible move for him and for our family, but this few weeks here, few weeks there paycheck thing has been murder for us.

Art... well, I am doing some now. Knitting a baby took most of my energy recently. I have discovered that painting is the way to go for creative outlets. Clay is too fussy, time intensive, and has massive set up and clean up requirements. It does mean that since I've not produced anything there or in jewelry and unlikely to do so any time very soon, this upcoming Arisia will be the last event where I sell anything for a while.

My hope for this coming year: not drown. I want to not worry about money so much. And the events surrounding that (QE's employment) are 100% not in my control. Here's hoping, nonetheless.

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So there's this random picture meme that popped up this afternoon and I failed my saving throw.

me, today: 9/15/10
I default to Serious Face, apparently. 
... and since seeing this and doing the picture, getting distracted by work and all, there's a geometric growth of  the same post. I approve.
mizarchivist: (Hell's Librarian)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] qwrrty  for pointing me to the riff from the Old Spice Guy, whom I've been thoroughly enjoying of late, but this I have watched 4 times this morning. ...Hyah!


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mizarchivist: (Hair-braided)
I'm not quite ready to deal with real work post lunch, so here I am.

Today: dentist
. 2 fillings to be replaced (next week). My good habits renewed as they always are immediately following the torture of a cleaning. I think I want to see if one of those mini electric brushes will make any difference. I certainly was reminded not all floss is created equal. There will be drug store shopping soon.

Shopping- Finding sandals is always a tough thing. Finding impractical white ones that are not wedges? Hah. I'm not sure I can do that this season. There's a clothing swap on Sunday. There is no guarantee that I'll find anything I like, but I will try. No matter what, I am overdue for some fresh t-shirts. I don't really recall getting fresh summer clothes last year. I think I've been cruising on hand-me-downs for at least 2-3 years. Almost half of what I like to wear best were someone else's first.

Meme- I want to ask questions but I'm uninspired. Oh well. That topic has dominated my friend page today. I will not be jumping on that one.

Art- [livejournal.com profile] primal_pastry  being the most awesome woman she is, suggested I ask the Emperor Norton crew if I could send stuff to the Steampunk World Fair this weekend in NJ. Oh! ... Never would have crossed my mind. So, yes I am now doing that- 15 pieces: smaller sized tins and a modest jewelry tray. I also have been posting new pictures in my FB page and I have added to the picasa gallery. The Kitchy & Crafty fair is coming up in about 2+ weeks. Unlike the Stitches, Needles & Guns show, I do not feel like making product is my primary activity right now. I did sell reasonably well at SNG, but I overdid it enough that I can cruise for a while.

Travel- I'm headed to Ohio for a very brief visit for Mom's birthday in a week and a day. I'm not entirely certain how out and about I'll be. I arrive Thursday night, leave Sunday morning. My hope is to come back for a slightly longer visit before school starts for Mom in August.

Tamale Followup- They have been deemed worthy of a second attempt. We will simply be sure to prep the filling the day before. Yay, new food!

Rollerskating!- I'm going out to Haverhill tomorrow with [livejournal.com profile] sweetmmeblue . Yay! I just hope my sore neck loosens up before then for easier navigation. But I'm going, durn it. I feel a need, a need for speed.

Work- It's been odd having our boss out. It's only been a week and a half, but her absence has been pointedly missed. It's also odd having her office be closed and dark. However, I have solved the issues that were keeping me from producing her history videos (the software was crashing my machine in a welter of over-extending memory and driver capacities). The actual doing- now that I do not fear the blue screen of death- is pretty snappy. My new minion starts next week and the soon-to-be-former minion departs to do post-graduate job hunting. We have a small army of volunteers this season and their work is such that I'm their project supervisor. Usually it's the librarian's thing. The short version: hey, I think I'm productive.

... OK. that's enough of that.
mizarchivist: (Hair-braided)
OK. I really liked this one. Normally I'm not meme-ish.

I know that 2009 was pretty horrid for a lot of people. One way we might make 2010 a bit better is to spread some love around. So if you care to reply to this post I will give you a response of something I like about you.

If you like participating in these sorts of things and want to repost this in your LJ that'd be fun, too.

(*) The Romantics recorded the song "What I Like About You" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvHKjDKY_O8).
(spread via [livejournal.com profile] drwex  and [livejournal.com profile] taura_g)
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mizarchivist: (GeekLove)
Baaaaa --I like the idea of reviving Assets Friday. But almost all my LJ self portraits are taken here in my office against a limited backdrop, so I wasted a great deal of time coming up with something just a little different. 
Featuring: 
LOTR poster that's on my window covering the Dickensian squalor of the "light well"
One of my monitor lizards that has been retired to the book shelf because my monitor doesn't allow for perching lizards
A screaming and flying monkey, blessedly silent at that moment of image capture.
Bookworm from the folks who do the microbe plushies
My new makeup

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archivist and her toys

*title of post originally "humor + geekery + toys"  until [livejournal.com profile] tisana 's comment
mizarchivist: (Bookworm hides)
...A man with a tape recorder up his brother's nose.

Without commentary or instruction because I'm that much of a rebel...

Anti LOLcat
(original link)

mizarchivist: (apples)
I'm makin' you some apple butter.

making apple butter

But- I have a hunger, so I might eat it :-D

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mizarchivist: (ZeArchivist)
Why not.  Via [livejournal.com profile] dreams_of_wings 
10 things that make me happy today-- not an exhaustive and no need to be deep- as long as it makes me smile. Also, this is very much colored by sitting here at work.

- my parents will be here in 3 1/2 hours
- work right now is actually keeping me busy and interested
- I'm going on vacation in less than a month
- *and* I only have 8 work days scheduled in November
- chocolate. And coffee. And that [livejournal.com profile] quiet_elegance  leaves me coffee in the morning. A bit of a segue- he only left me half  a cup this morning, which I thought wouldn't be enough, but it was. Then when I got to work, there was a bit less than half a cup, but that also was sufficient in the end.
- my ongoing clay projects- I really adore the dragons I'm making and I'm even glad that I'm moving past the big chunky beads and that I'm keen on getting rid of them to lighten the load.
- audio books (my first instinct is still to say books on tape). I'm currently listening to Tale of Two Cities while I do what would otherwise be tedious archive work.
- plans to go apple picking with my parents tomorrow
- If current me told the me of two years ago how stable everything is now ($/job stuff), I'd not believe it. Perhaps I would have, but it would have been impossible to really imagine it as it is.
- 150 watt bulbs. Specifically that I have one in my office now. It's not gloomy anymore!
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As was demonstrated in an interview with Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic, to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.


Oooh! Monkeys!!

Scopes v State [TN] 1925
John Scopes had the temerity to teach a class on evolution and the state of Tennessee with the weight of the Butler Act said that wasn't kosher to teach anything but Divine Creation. The state won the day, unfortunately, until it was overturned by a technicality.

Related: Epperson v Arkansas 1968- invalidated statute that prohibited teaching evolution in public schools. This one I didn't remember until I looked up Scopes' details.

ETA- Damn!  A lawyer/professor friend of mine has informed me Scopes was just a trial. So, I sort of fail, but it was a pivotal trial nonetheless.

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mizarchivist: (Glam)
As it turns out, today was a good day for me to participate in this meme, which I'd not seen evidence of until 10 min. ago.
So-
My unedited picture- no fussing over it, no editing. I don't believe in the viral. Do what you want.
me: picture meme

interesting. We all look so STERN when we do this!
I would also like to point out the progress on the hair grow out process with a comparison from last summer/fall.

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mizarchivist: (Corset)
I'm feeling exuberant today and [info]aroraborealis's post allowing anonymous confessions seems like something I want to do today.
With that in mind- tell me something. As Ms. A. said: secret, not secret. with author IDed or not.
Share the good vibes!
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mizarchivist: (Heart)
Physical Touch:  8
Quality Time:  8
Acts of Service:  7
Words of Affirmation:  5
Receiving Gifts:  2
[info]lifecollage mentioned Gary Chapman's book, Five Love Languages some time ago, and it keeps cropping up in our on-going how - we- relate- to- partners conversations. I wasn't entirely keen with how they set up the quiz, but I also can't argue with the results. Quiz taking here.
mizarchivist: (Jess Thinky)
You sort of have to see me in person to see the extent of my tan. It's pretty spectacular.

Re: the meme.
Archivist made it eventually. At 7th. Weird. I have NO idea what criteria they used for determining that.
Curator, Professor, Anthropologist were the top 3. Sign maker was 10, which is cool. I've done that! Critic was 18. Err. OK? Critic of what? Life, baby!! Ah well. There were some other interesting bits, but whatever. I don't want to c&p the list in.  
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mizarchivist: (Glasses & Manuscript)
I loved the Dark Arts trilogy, so I couldn't resist the leme. 
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Mar. 7th, 2007 07:10 am

I resist!

mizarchivist: (Elmo)
I really wanna do the crush counter meme, but I resist. If you have a crush on me, you'll just have to say so in comments or something or not at all. Or we could talk about our favorite ice cream flavors. (I'm going over here now and continue to resist the silly counter)
Also, I woke up to no hot water- enough tepid water to not feel totally gross, but still. Ugh. I must have known this was going to happen somewhere in the back of my head when I refused to get up to exercise to do overly frigid air. I keep promising myself to make up for it when it gets above freezing.
Huh. For such a short post, it's garnered a lot of tags. shrug!
mizarchivist: (Bookworm hides)
 I've been tagged by [personal profile] taura_g to identify some of the weirdnesses that is me.

The first one is from [personal profile] caulay, with elaboration by me in italics
1. I work for a religious organization, but I'm not religious- in fact staunchly agnostic. I have found there's more in common there than I had origially imagined- They're very into the secular humanism. I just don't get into the God-talk.
Comments will be screeened-- just in case and a summary will be posted later.
2. I voraciously tear through TV series when I have access to DVDs, but I prefer to savor books. I think it speaks to the nature of the two different entertainments that I react diffently.
3. I hate meeting people in a hallway- like at work- particularly if I can hear them coming before I see them. I tend to walk faster to avoid.
4. I get vertigo from looking down subway gratings in the sidewalk when the train is passing and you can see to the bottom of the grate/work area. (discovered this evening - 11/16- when walking from Kendall to Central Square)
5. I do bouncy California-style aerobics. And I like it. I never thought I would. I may bounce from time to time, but I am so very not California.
6.  I never like reading LJ comment notifications via email. I always click through to read it in the original formatting.

I liked the variation where other people tell me about their quirks. If anyone's still reading something so old as yesterday's LJ (gasp!) sock it to me
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mizarchivist: (Weebl)
I'd seen this go around before, but it was bustimicated last time I tried. I'm amused as hell by this one. They came up with some very interesting bits and pieces for things. The coolest is that they actually have a picture of Our Smiling Jesus Band- the Athens, Ohio college band that I adored when I was at OU. Dreifus's fuzzy mop is unmistakable. Read more... )
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Sep. 1st, 2006 09:30 am

Of the good

mizarchivist: (PWE-Procrastinate)
+ Making brochures for work. Graphic design is fun!
+ Dad announced he won the fight against the bad building development that has been looming over the neighborhood back home. The web site he maintained during the past month or two really helped swing the city council/development folk. Raaar! Go, dad!!
- Seasonal hungry-too-often has hit.
... huh. I had more to say yesterday, but ended up not posting. Oh well! The point is, things seem pretty good. I like to be able to write when it's not doom and gloom. And now, the 2 word meme.
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