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The Jesusita Fire is still burning, but the winds last night were calmer than expected. If the winds pick up again tonight, our friends' house will likely be in the path of the fire, which is nerve-wracking. But a lot of progress on the fire has been made -- it's certainly less smoky here than it was yesterday -- so we're crossing our fingers and toes.

So, a few other tentatively good things going on:
  1. We leave a month from today for our trip to Denmark! When we were planning the trip, I had been a bit nervous about how I'd be feeling, since I'll be about 5 months along then. People had told me that the second trimester is a breeze, but that's different than experiencing it myself. Anyway, given how I feel now, I am looking forward to the trip with no hesitation! My energy levels are back to normal, and I don't think I will have trouble maneuvering with my belly, or anything. (My belly is definitely at the point where I'm always conscious of it, and it slightly affects how I sit. But it's not at the point where people will immediately guess that I'm pregnant.)

  2. And oh, my conference in Italy begins two months from today! I am curious as to how I will feel when I am six months pregnant. Whatever. This should be good motivation for actually doing some damn prenatal yoga.

  3. I'm not sure I fully understand the focus of the Trifter website, but an article on Mt. Popa used two of my pictures, with mostly proper attribution. (I have to check Creative Commons to see if my name should be listed there, but I'm generally not bothered as long as there's a link.) Anyway, nifty!

  4. Things might improve for the Penguins now that they're playing at home? Oof.

  5. If you like sports, TV, and smart women talking about those things -- as I know many of you do -- you should listen to Play Ball, my SIL's podcast!

Right, back to work. (What? You mean it didn't end with the defense?)
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Oh, things are crazy here.

  1. We live in a (small!) duplex, and there's a laundry area in back that we share with the neighbors. The washer is on our electricity, and the dryer is on the neighbors', which makes sense for both billing purposes and not-blowing-a-fuse purposes. (We cannot run any combination of the microwave, the toaster, and the hair dryer at the same time.)

    However, the apartment next door is currently empty, and the power was turned off the other day.* So for each load, after running the washer we have to unplug it and plug in the dryer. Because I have nothing better to do than laundry in serial.

  2. Work is going okay. It would be better if I could figure out

    1. How to put arrows on top of bolded, italicized letters in Powerpoint
    2. How to put carat hats on j's and k's. (I can get one on the i just fine, using alt-i (î), but I cannot force the j or k to get under the carat -- ˆj and ˆk are the result.)

  3. We've been watching bits of the Euro Cup, and the color commentator on today's Italy-Spain game was cracking me up. He was so emotional and over-the-top.

  4. I'm reading One Good Turn, by Kate Atkinson right now, and enjoying it. A while ago I'd tried to read Behind the Scenes at the Museum and couldn't get into it. Anyway, I'm enjoying watching all the storylines diverge and converge again, and I am absolutely fascinated by Gloria's storyline.

  5. It's finally cooling down here! It was 86 F this morning, but it's down to 83 F, and you can feel a coolish breeze that's trying to get through! We watched yesterday's Solstice parade from a friend's office along the route, which meant that we were in the air conditioning. That somehow made the heat feel even more brutal when we went back outside, and we ended up skipping the post-parade party in the park.

Okay, back to work! I'm trying to tell myself that I'm too busy to notice how busy I am. Or something like that.

* Luckily I was home, because I don't know if the meters are crossed or the guy was an idiot, but our power was originally turned off. Argh!

March 2013



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