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firefly124: apollo belvedere filtered yellow (apollo3 by little-shinies)
I'm being a calendar geek. I spent an absurd amount of time tonight putting the HTAZP calendar into a document set up with tables for each Greek month but with a Sunday-Saturday week, because I need at least that familiar framework to hang it all on. This is why the Hellenic Month Established per Athens site, while incredibly helpful, has never entirely worked for me, though I refer to it fairly often and have had it open in a tab all night while working on this project. My brain can't cope with 10-day "weeks," though, even if they're likely more traditional. That and HTAZP uses a slightly different naming system for the months based on the concept that Hellenic city-states would arrange and name their calendar based on their biggest holidays.

The biggest headache-inducer is actually when the day starts (sundown). This is hardly unique, but it's also not the way I've always thought about days and what falls where. So, for example, does it make more sense to map the next Deipnon (sundown Sept 15 through sundown Sept 16) onto Saturday or Sunday? I defaulted to placing the days based on which part we see daylight for. Considering most festivals are daytime deals, not a big issue. But Deipnon and Noumenia are very much nighttime observances, given that they are all about the dark/new moon. So despite the fact I have the next Deipnon planted on a Sunday, I'd really be observing it the night before, and then doing Noumenia that night.

Ah well. If that gives me too much of a headache, I can redo it next year, I guess.

Meanwhile, the next step is going to be to map the Chinese calendar onto it to incorporate Kwan Yin's festivals. Thankfully both are lunisolar and so the months, at least, should map fine. I hope. Famous last words, probably. Not to mention differing ideas of when intercalary months come into play. Project for another day, though. I'm wiped.
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Had a lovely festival yesterday, which ended up being a combination of Olympieia (a festival of Zeus) and Earth Day (on which it only makes sense to honor Gaia). Also, I finally got my phone to talk to my laptop, so I finally got caught up on the newsletter, which can be found here, for those who are interested in/amused by our modern interpretations of the old Greek religion.

Aside: had a very funny moment at work that started with a coworker producing a penis pop, continued with me showing pics from the Rural Dionysia, and hit the punch line with coworker asking if I was Greek Orthodox. Erm, not exactly in the sense of not remotely? LOL

One batch of pictures remains trapped in my camera from Delphinia. I stupidly forgot to put the SD chip in, can't locate the USB cord that fits the camera, and if it's possible to transfer stuff from internal memory to the SD chip, I can't for the life of me figure out how. I'd have been better off taking said photos with my phone after all, considering that's working again. *facepalm*

Of course, what I probably should have been writing is this daunting letter of intent. If I'm to have any hope of starting in the fall, it needs to be done soon. I just really suck at "Hi, I'm wonderful, and here's 500-750 words of why"-type stuff.

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] bluedolfyn is visiting the East Coast and I get to hang out with her tomorrow! W00t!
firefly124: apollo belvedere filtered yellow (apollo3 by little-shinies)
So at least one of the topics [personal profile] sahiya gave me got me thinking even after posting my babble. Always a dangerous thing.

Ever since we moved to Connecticut, we've cut way, way back on decorating for any holidays. There's a disgusting mask on the front door that Patsfan put up one Halloween that never came down, and for a few years we had a potted tree that came in the house (or eventually just the front porch) for December, but that's about it.

A lot of that is a combination of space and work, too little and too much respectively. With regard to holidays like Christmas and Easter, there's also Patsfan's cynicism about them and my total shift to not particularly wanting to celebrate them as they're no longer "mine."

But right now, I'm thinking ... why don't I have at least a couple of dolphiny-things to hang up for tomorrow? Granted, there are a couple of dolphin decorations around the place anyway, but it'd be kind of nice to have something that comes out just for Delphinia, for one example.

Maybe I'll collect some of the random dolphins from around the place onto Apollo's shrine for now, and think about what I'd like to create for next year. Maybe a garland of some kind. White with blue dolphins. Could theoretically be made to look like dolphins in surf, if I could work out how, and figure out what sort of material. *ponders*

It's funny, really, the way I make more of Delphinia (celebrating Apollo of the Dolphins) than I do of Thargelia (Apollo's birthday), which by all sanity should be the bigger holiday. Part of that may be the dolphin aspect, and the other part might be that Thargelia is also Artemis' birthday, and I feel no connection whatsoever to Her. In fact, on the odd occasion that I've approached Her, the response has been something along the lines of, "Oh, you. You hang out with my brother, right?" So, um, the lack of much connection (or interest in any connection) seems entirely mutual, at least through my admittedly totally subjective filter.

So, yeah. Thinking about doing more with actually decorating my home for at least the more important (to me anyway) holidays.
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Have backed it the hell up. Going to attempt to update Flash in Firefox, as I *think* that's part of the problem. Meanwhile, I've been meaning to write & post this for some time.

Comment to this post, and I'll give you seven topics to talk about, which you then post your LJ/DW, and so the meme spreads.

Here are the topics [personal profile] sahiya gave me: first fandom, cooking, holidays, hometown, favorite fic ever, weather, travel

This is going to get long, I can tell.

First Fandom )

Cooking )

Holidays )

Hometown )

Favorite Fic Ever )

Weather )

Travel )

Whew! Okay, there's my 7-topic babble. Comment to get your own 7 topics! ETA: In the absence of coherent thought, which abandoned me sometime this afternoon, I will probably raid your tags and/or interests listed on your profile. You are duly warned.
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Finished Cryoburn the other night. Even knowing a particular character development was destined to be coming up, even seeing all the foreshadowing for exactly what it was, that was quite the gut-punch. No wonder I put off reading it. Cut for a spoiler that really isn't a spoiler, since Bujold had said all along that the next book would contain this particular element. )

Also, an epilogue composed of self-contained, exactly 100 word drabbles? With a definition for the unfamiliar of what a drabble is? Stroke of genius. Admittedly, if someone did that in fandom, as we're so accustomed to drabbles and drabble-series, it might not have gone over quite as well. But it was such a surprise and the format worked so well for what she was doing that I just loved it.

In other news, orientation at work proceeds apace. I definitely prefer working the floor to supervising, despite the fact I'm basically just pushing pills. I apparently have two more weeks of orientation scheduled, plus the iv certification class that hasn't been scheduled yet. But I'm definitely feeling more confident about it all.

The 3rd annual [community profile] wintercompanion Summer/Holiday fest has started with a lovely bit of Jack/Nine hurt/comfort. I'm looking forward to seeing them all. Very cool approach they took with the prompts, too, using the "psychic password" format we encountered in "The Doctor's Wife" of a color, a number, an emotion, and an aroma. Very effective and evocative, and the prompts are open for people to write/draw/create other things throughout the month, which should lead to seeing some intriguing variety on how people run with them.

I think I'm about over my "What the hell was I thinking?" attack re: my [community profile] femslash11 assignment and have moved into research mode, which is a very good thing.

And now, time to run around and do stuff to get ready for this weekend's Anadikia retreat. Coming up with appropriate offerings has been rather challenging. (I got it into my head that I needed special liquor offerings for each of the Temple patrons. Ginger liqueur for Zeus and Oracle of the Sun Shiraz for Apollon were easy enough to find. I'd wanted retsina for Pan, but nobody around here even knows what it is, much less carries it, including the place Tim found it a year or so ago. So I went with Bully Hill wine that has a goat for a logo. *facepalm*)

Have a great weekend all! Don't break the intarwebz while I'm gone!
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Yesterday was graduation. Yes, I graduated in December, but we only had the pinning ceremony then. This was the cap-and-gown deal. Due to having used up all my pool time (mostly on just getting through school in the first place without collapsing from exhaustion, but most recently brought the total down to near-zero by going to Aeternitas), I took off neither the night before nor the night after. Thus, the day is mostly a blur, though I do vaguely recall seeing and hugging classmates I'd not seen since December or so, so that was nice. Relying on others for pics though, as I did bring but did not use my camera at all.

Oh! One very memorable bit was seeing the prof I've been known to call Canon!Snape as grand high poohbah or whatever the official term is for the person who gets to carry the college's mace and pound it on the floor to punctuate things. That was ... very fitting. :-D

Fun was getting the voicemail after that work would like me to come in at 8pm please. I returned the call, pointed out I hadn't been to sleep yet since my previous shift, which they actually knew, and thus if they wanted me remotely functional, they'd muddle through and I'd be in at midnight as scheduled. Fortunately, the per diem who was on until 8 was able to stay till midnight. Well, fortunately by some lights. One of these days, I'd like my boss to actually have to fill in one of these gaps, as he is actually required to do but has never, ever done.

Did watch "The Rebel Flesh." Am very WTF about it. Spoilers! )

Thanks to a tweet from The Moff (Only matters to me, but today is the 6th anniversary of the broadcast of my first Dr Who. Blimey! But it's not the end of world ... oh!!), I also rewatched The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances at work last night. That's always fun, and I finally caught the explanation of something that I'd thought was a continuity error all this time. Jack is never shown seeing the outside of the TARDIS, so it always seemed a bit weird when he finally entered that he commented about it being "much bigger on the inside." He did, however, comment on it to the Doctor when Rose first introduced them, mentioning that he'd seen it when he'd thrown the Chula ambulance in front of them as bait and complimenting the paneling on their "capsule." Huh. Love finding little stuff like that.

Have this week off from tutoring. Plan is currently to dress all interviewy, grab a stack of resumes and the Yellow Pages, and apply in person to every nursing home within driving distance. After that, I think I'm left with making paper airplanes out of them and launching them at utter random.

Stopped at the local comic shop after graduation, ostensibly to check my folder (which had the latest DW comic, yay!) but mainly to follow up on a convo I'd just had with [livejournal.com profile] dawnrune about the possibility of a fic-writer meetup-and-write group along the lines of a wrimo whilst not waiting around for November. Turns out, there's already something in the works, which is kinda cool. Emphasis will, understandably, be on writers and artists who do manga/anime and gamer stuff, but open to whomever. That could be cool. In other news, I'm hoping that the added free time this week will see me finally a) trying to expand at least one or two of the drabbles I did at Aeternitas and b) trying out some of the spreads and concepts from [livejournal.com profile] ceciliatan's workshop on using the Tarot with writing.

Also need to write up something about Thargelia for the HTAZP blog. *winces* It's been a week already. Oops. And I need to get cracking if I'm going to do an additional choreography for Philokhoria on top of the troupe choreo I'm teaching the others. I'm thinking "Fireflies," though "Sandansko" and "Graovsko" are also possibilities. So just a few things on the to-do list then.

Hugs to all that want them, and have a great week!
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First up: happy Beltaine and/or Thargelia to those celebrating one, the other, or both this weekend, and happy May to everyone else!

Of course, there are some folks who have May birthdays, too. *checks LJ, IJ, and DW*

Happy May birthday to [personal profile] harmony_bites, [personal profile] stellamoon, [personal profile] ever_obsessed, [personal profile] dreamy_dragon73, [profile] melusin_79, [personal profile] gm_weasley, [personal profile] brock_tn, [personal profile] lux_astraea, [personal profile] hobgoblinn, [profile] jo19844_twfic, [profile] mistythorin, [profile] septentrion1970, [personal profile] ramie_k, [profile] minuet99, [profile] _odella_, [profile] skitty_cat, and [personal profile] lechatnomade. Hope you all have wonderful birthdays and happy, healthy years to come!
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Will resume trying to read flist after I finally get to see the second part of EoT, because even half the spoiler cuts in various comms are using spoilery text. Meanwhile, memery.

How I fared with 2009's goals and what I'm setting for 2010. )
The past decade in review. )
Okay, that's just about enough navel gazing. Happy new year, all!
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Yesterday's festival was great. Though as often seems to be the case, more after the ritual proper was done than during the ritual itself.

I didn't get my act together to make the lentil soup this year, but priest-dude's panspermia (get your minds out of the gutter) was probably more traditional, really, as it was a sort of veg stew with barley. Also delicious.

Made eiresiones, not using the sticks we'd wrapped at Delphinia after all, and exchanged them. Haven't decided where to hang mine yet. There's not really anyplace to hang stuff on our new kitchen door, and this is much bigger than last year's and likely to cause a fire hazard if I leave it on the altar.

Had the beginnings of a Reiki III class after. Dude, I haven't taught anyone level III since 2002. 2002!! Revising the curriculum as I go, because yeah, definitely need to tinker a bit. But it was good. Feels weird leaving so much of it self-directed, but that's the only way it can really work, I think, given the distances and schedules involved. In the process, I learned that there is a nickname for the "happy baby" yoga posture that, really, as a slasher, it should've taken me less time than it did to work out. (Hint: the first six letters are the same. *rolls eyes*) The day may have been an Apollonian festival, but stick two children of Pan in the same room, and the minds, they shall descend to the gutter with rapidity. This also led to a rather more serious discussion about the concepts of ritual impurity around sex in Hellenismos. I think the conclusion I've come to is that, yeah, if you've just had mind-blowing sex too close to ritual, and it's not a ritual to do with sex, maybe you won't be in quite the right headspace or at least might have trouble focusing, but I don't think it's a "purity" issue that isn't covered by washing up with khernips, which we do anyway.

*looks @ previous paragraph*

*shakes head*

Yeah. Dangerous, letting children of Pan hang out for any length of time together. Did some talking about the next festival, which will be Panaia. Which I may possibly have convinced priest-dude requires a rather more interesting cake than he had in mind.

Back to Apollon, I also got nudged to do something with the choreo-bunny-that-wouldn't-stay-dead that would seriously push my boundaries. Need to figure out whether it would even actually be appropriate. By human standards, I mean. Obviously Someone thinks it would be. But if I do, this would be the first time I'd actually done anything with a fandance choreo other than drive myself (and anyone who's stuck listening to me) bonkers with it. And not in a fannish context either. Enough said on that. Need to ponder it a lot and probably ask priest-dude, J, and maybe a couple of other friends if it would be a good idea or a really, really bad one.

Am frighteningly behind on my care plan that's due from last week to be turned in tomorrow. And had less luck than I'd hoped for finding an appropriate journal article. May just go for anything to do with breastfeeding if I can't find what I'd planned. But I do have the rest of the day. More or less. Minus an APRN appointment and some hopefully quality time with Patsfan before he has to go in for a work meeting.

No grade for last week's lecture exam. Got a 95 on Pharmacology. Given it was open book and damn near every question was easily found addressed verbatim, I'm actually slightly annoyed with myself for getting two wrong. They were, at least, two that were not spelled out and required damn-near coin-flip judgment calls. I will, however, be happy with a 75 for the lecture exam, though given that we received an email saying the delay in grades is due to "ongoing item analysis," it seems we all bombed. Unsurprising, actually, considering that exam was a nightmare of the "why are these topics they told us not to bother with on here?" variety.
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It's amazing how much the memories of this day can still hurt days later, even though I was nowhere near NYC and the one person I knew who died that day was a kid down the street who I hadn't seen in years. I still cringe anytime a plane or helicopter flies overhead. I'm sure that wouldn't be true if I lived under major air lanes, as I used to do back on the street where I grew up, as I'd have gotten desensitized long ago. Being at an airport, for example, is no problem. But it's so rare here that the extremely occasional helicopter or plane flying low enough to really notice still hits a "things in the sky that don't belong there" button.

I'd worked a third shift the night before, and I was scheduled to work second shift that night. So I was in bed and asleep when it all happened. When I got up at 2:30 that afternoon. Patsfan drove me batty insisting I watch this, that, and the other comedy or cute animal thing he had on videotape ... until I'd had my coffee and was actually awake. Then he told me something bad had happened and he was going to show me a news clip. Work that night consisted largely of keeping my clients away from news broadcasts. Not so they wouldn't know but so they wouldn't immerse themselves in the constant rebroadcasts, because as much as it affected me, I could only imagine what seeing that over and over again would be like for a person with paranoid schizophrenia. I took a page out of Patsfan's book and brought videotapes, which I kept running constantly on the office TV.

I remember when I found out that my former neighbor-kid had been at the World Trade Center. Remember asking what his job was these days, where that would have put him, and what the odds were he'd have been on a lower floor and able to escape. Then it finally sunk in. After he'd left the military, I heard he'd become Secret Service. Don't know what he was doing at the Twin Towers that day, but if he was on a ground floor, he didn't run out. He ran in, either to protect the person(s) he was assigned to or to rescue whomever he could.

On the Neokoroi list today, someone mentioned the fact that modern Hellenic Polytheists don't often do much in the way of worship of heroes in the way the ancients did and that they either had been doing or planned today to begin doing specific libations for the heroes that emerged from this day. That's given me pause and made me think about some sort of ritual honoring/acknowledgment/something I might like to do at some other time for the all the everyday heroes in our world. But also, today, I'm going to join in with a general libation for all the heroes, big and small, who stepped up to the plate on this day eight years ago, and a specific libation for Craig Miller, the kid from down the street.

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