- Relaxing at nearby Guemes Island (the rainy Northwest at its most beautiful!) after drooling over NotMartha’s adventures for so long.
- Getting ready for my trip to Madison, WI for WisCon.
- Chasing the broody chicken out of the nest box. (She wants to sit on All the Eggs, All the Time.)
- Starting over with Couch to 5K on the treadmill (see: rain) and thinking about the links between exercise to brain activity.
- Eating steel-cut oatmeal with frozen blueberries (but the blueberries don’t stay frozen — they cook, see).
- Reading lots (Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall, The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, Eat Vegan Before 6:00 by Mark Bittman, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, listening to Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo, read by Simon Russell Beale)
- Getting ready to start writing the next book. (So far, it has a girl with no magic, an angry tomte, and a problematic mother. I hope it grows more cool stuff soon.)
- Trying to think up uses for all the chickens’ eggs (but still giving many away)
- Enjoying the intense greens of Seattle spring, despite the rain
- Sending jewelry to neat places all over the country
- Preparing for the EDGE Professional Development program for Literary Artists’ final presentation (come see us read!)
- Reading lots (Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook, Croak by Gina Damico, Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers, One Year in Coal Harbor by Polly Horvath, draft manuscripts for several writers)
- Finishing revisions on my current novel
- Getting ready to query agents (eek!)
- Looking forward to the SCBWI Western Washington Conference — say hello if you see me there!
Today I learned from the folks at BeTheMatch.org (I’m on the National Bone Marrow Registry) that I have a rare HLA type. This is the thing you want to match up well between patient and donor for a circulating blood cell or marrow donation. It’s a lot more particular than blood type, and it’s closely related to your ancestry, ethnicity, and heritage.
As a person who generally considers herself Irish-American, I was pretty surprised. (Trust me, there’s a lot of Irish-Americans out there.) I did my home cheek swab and joined up more out of support for a local leukemia patient than because I thought they’d need me. Apparently, I was wrong. I may not be needed very often, but if I am, I’m likely to be one of a very few matches
I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by the what-ifs right now. Personally, I know I’m fine with donating if I can help someone save their life. But what if I hadn’t happened to see that poster? I look at the articles about patients for whom there is no match yet in the entire registry, and I sure wish I’d joined sooner.
Want to know more, or considering your own cheek swab? BeTheMatch.org for facts, myths, medical guidelines, etc.
- Getting ready for revisions on the magical chickens book (thanks, early readers! get ready, next readers!)
- Learning lots from Artist Trust’s EDGE Professional Development program for Literary Artists (hi, folks!)
- Hoping you’ll come see our final reading on April 14th at Elliott Bay Books
- Working on critiques for several authors and really enjoying their works in progress
- Playing Counterfeit Monkey by Emily Short (a word geek’s favorite thing) (I love her interactive fiction!)
- Still hoping to write my own interactive fiction game someday
- Preparing for taxes
- Donating blood
- Wishing I could take more naps
- Rereading Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath (a favorite) and looking forward to One Year in Coal Harbor (the sequel — hoorah!)
- Signing up for SCWI Western Washington‘s regional conference in April — hope to see you there!
- Wishing I could go to some of the Women Fly! events at the Museum of Flight‘s celebration of Women’s History Month
- Appreciating the unusual/complex/amazing scent of Tokyomilk / Dark lotion: Bulletproof (smoked tea, coconut milk, crushed cedar, ebony woods)
- So proud to be part of the assistance raised by this year’s Con Or Bust auction
- doing a lot of work on Wraptillion, with exciting results
- getting ready for upcoming trips to Los Angeles and Philadelphia
- also getting ready for taxes, sigh
- really enjoying these white cyclamen and their one tiny fang per flower
- reading Cat Girl’s Day Off (and really enjoying it too)
- making a list of broken & unfinished writing projects and trying to figure out what to do with them
- watching the chickens peck through ice and figure frost out (yes, they have thawed water, they just like to peck at things)
- wishing I hadn’t left the sourdough starter out of the fridge for a week without feeding & aerating it (results = not good)
- thinking about cabbage (no action yet)
- ARC notebook (the pages go in! and come out! and move around! and go in again!) for new weekly check-in system, with custom DIY reference to this fav Hyperbole and a Half cartoon (note: had to buy a new one because I cannot find the one lost somewhere in this house. must note finding old one as to-do in new notebook.)
- Super-fancy (for less than $10 versions of fancy) Pentel EnerGel Alloy RT Gel Pen with super-clicky hardcore action (and you can get refills in lots of colors!)
- foil stars, for general motivational purposes
- and the new year’s xkcd in my heart
- Fascinated by bantam Mille Fleur d’Uccle chickens (no idea how to pronounce that), as recently seen at Portage Bay Grange
- Delighted to have finished a revised draft of the magical chickens book
- Anxiously awaiting feedback on the draft (see above)
- Making a lot of pizza dough (with sourdough starter, of course)
- Recalling I ought to start up the exercise programs again (see above)
- Messing about with WordPress themes
- Contemplating my new supersize CrockPot and dried beans
Beg for (and receive!) a fresh, whole pineapple after remembering that pineapple is supposed to help with sore throats. Go back to sleep.
Specialized tools & equipment:
Find pineapple on counter 4 days later. Feel guilty. Consider pineapple. Locate pineapple auger. Note existence of new ratcheting model; regret that pineapple waits for no one. Set up workstation over sink (due to past lessons learned in pineapple juiciness). Whack top of pineapple off with large knife. Start pineapple auger. Note emerging pineapple mush, juice overflowing. Feel doubt, vague sense of past unresolved questions of efficiency. Wonder if big knife is really the better way to go. Secretly suspect these problems would not occur with new ratcheting model. Wonder if the auger is progressing or just mushing things around. Keep augering. Finally hit bottom (of pineapple). Try to tip juice out; dump top section of pineapple in sink. Deep breath. Remove auger, with core of pineapple. Realize no container was prepared for dripping, juicy pineapple on auger. Grab container while holding pineapple over sink. Note “SINK CRITICAL” for future experiments.
Halve pineapple shell and leave core intact for chickens. Place pineapple shell & core in chickens’ food scraps bowl.
Result: chickens unimpressed
5 minutes later: chickens still unimpressed. Further research needed.
Consider growing pineapple top.
Pros: have never done this before; plants = good
Cons: lack of space near windows (because plants = good); lack of photographic evidence of happily growing pineapple plant in instructions
Decision: Regretfully compost pineapple top
Results of original experiment:
Throat does feel a bit better