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What is with this weather? [Feb. 20th, 2018|08:36 pm]
Judy Anderson (yduJ)

It was 65 today. Tomorrow too. I rode my motorcycle to work. In February. I can't remember for sure if I also rode in January this year, I think so, but if I did I didn't blog it. I rode some time that it was warm after it had just rained and snowed so the road spray got me very filthy, but it might have been in December. If it was in fact January, then I'm on my way to another "12-month riding year". There was one some years ago; don't really remember when. So I'll have to make sure to actually ride during all the months! December is sometimes the tricky one, though often it gets the winterizing ride, as is November. Sometimes the summer too, because I'm too busy bicycling!

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incongruous sports [Feb. 18th, 2018|04:34 pm]
Judy Anderson (yduJ)

It snew. This morning I went x-country skiing at the local ball field. It was kind of warm, so I expected to have annoying sticky snow in the sun and decent snow in the shade. However, I experienced the reverse! In the shade, the snow stuck horribly to my skis (a clever person would have brought wax...) but in the sun I could get a good glide on. Strange!

The lake froze hard a while ago, but with all the recent warm weather, it opened up near the shore. So, of course this afternoon I had to try kayaking! In the "open" water, there was a slushy layer of snow, which gave noticeable friction but was fairly easy to paddle through. My 10-20 foot wide channel only went a few hundred feet before it ran into some thicker ice that was nearer the shore, and I wasn't able to get up onto it or break through it, so the kayak ride was kind of short.

After I put the kayak away, I tried to climb onto the big ice sheet in the middle. The water was only about 2-3 feet deep, and I was wearing the waders, so this all was fine and safe. Interestingly, even though I wasn't able to get the kayak to break through, with my feet I did break through. Differences in how the force is applied, I guess. The ice sheet is only a couple of inches thick, and it has rotted. Down quite a bit from 8-12 inches that we had in January! It's going to be 65 on Wednesday. Maybe the whole thing will break up and there will be real kayaking to be had.

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Rootless [Feb. 12th, 2018|05:01 pm]
Judy Anderson (yduJ)

As previously reported, I needed to have a tooth extracted and an implant.

Well, step 1 has occurred. The remainder of the tooth roots were extracted today. Not a very pleasant procedure, it didn't hurt cuz of the novocaine, but there was a lot of yanking and loud noises. Now that the novocaine has worn off, um, it hurts. I took some ibuprofen and that helped. There was some bleeding, maybe I should have taken tylenol instead. Ibuprofen has some stuff in common with aspirin w.r.t. anti-clotting. The bleeding I hope is now all done, though it randomly started up once after it had originally stopped, so I dunno.

Unfortunately, due to the root structure and how the roots were stuck into the bone, the implant pin could not be inserted into the bone. So, the holes left by the roots were packed with bone graft powder, which will now harden or something, and in 3 months (assuming all goes well with the bone healing) we will have the pin inserted. Then 4 months more bone healing and the tooth goes on.


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toothless wonder [Jan. 25th, 2018|07:59 pm]
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So I have been having tooth pain, kind of diffuse, for a little while. This week it clarified into acute pain in #5. So off I went to the dentist, who sent me to the root canal guy. Unfortunately, after he popped off the existing crown and drilled out a bunch of decay, there was not going to be enough tooth structure left to support a crown. Next step: extraction of the remaining root, and an implant. Joy. Implants mean being toothless for 3 months. And of course I have a gap now (and it still hurts, but that should be better tomorrow.)

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No smirkus tour [Jan. 17th, 2018|10:20 pm]
Judy Anderson (yduJ)

Sadly, Jocelyn didn't get in. This means, however, that she can go to Peru with the Spanish class. So all is not terrible.

Picture from auditions. We don't have video of this one.

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Arisia [Jan. 13th, 2018|12:22 pm]
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Here I am at Arisia, staffing the game room. Something is funny with the DW mobile page, hope this comes out ok.

Just me and Perry today. Jocelyn is at circus smirkus auditioning for the summer tour! She's of two minds about this, on the one hand it's an honor to be picked, on the other hand, it's the entire summer. She'd miss some stuff she wants to do, specifically the Spanish class trip to Peru. She can go next year, but she wants to go with her class, not next year's class.

I get to write about five words in a row before I get interrupted to sign out a game, or asked a question I don't know the answer to...

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How the other half thinks [Jan. 7th, 2018|07:27 pm]
Judy Anderson (yduJ)

So here I am at my parent's house. I'm just visiting to see how everything is going with stroke recovery and randomly help out, which means I'm tagging along with their usual activities. This morning we went to a breakfast held at the Moose Lodge, to which my stepdad belongs. Naturally I knew nobody, so I had to make random chitchat with random strangers. It's easy to natter on about your kids, so at least I have a topic of conversation readily available, so it's less awkward than this thing would have been before I had kids. But they were just talking among themselves at the breakfast table so I was listening in.

I kept my mouth shut when someone was going on about how terrible it is to go food shopping on the 1st of the month because "that's when the food stamps people shop". But when someone started in on how stupid it was for women to protest at the academy awards (or some other such ceremony, I wasn't clear on that), I spoke up. It was WOMEN who were objecting to the idea that men should be held responsible for their actions! "Those girls are all asking for it, dressing like that". I was appalled.

Oh well. I also made myself unpopular when I spoke up about how marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol, and that the whole gateway drug thing is a myth.

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winter activities! [Jan. 4th, 2018|05:37 pm]
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We got to skate, finally; all that cold and no snow made the lake freeze very solid. Jocelyn and I skated around the lake this weekend. Then it snowed half an inch, and then the wind blew it into interesting formations called sastrugi. When there's hardly any snow, the piles of snow alternate with completely clear ice. So, in a sense, the lake's not useful for anything, because when you want to ski you have to pick your way across ice every so often, and when you want to skate, you have to pick your way across the snow every so often. I did both of these activities anyway.

One of the ways I know the ice is safe is by looking at the cracks. Every day the ice "breathes" with thermal expansion and contraction, which results in cracks. They don't indicate any actual structural problem, just when the ice is expanding the energy has to go somewhere. It makes the most amazing pinging and groaning noises! I admit, it's a little nerve-wracking when it pops right underneath you... Anyway, I often stop and check the size of the cracks to verify the ice I'm skating on is safe. And I found the most beautiful formation, which wasn't a full crack, just a flaw in otherwise clear ice. It looked like a dragon! Unfortunately, the pictures didn't come out very well. There's something missing in translation to a 2-D format.

Today, we had a blizzard. We got about a foot. Ken and I tried to use the snow-windsurfer. But it takes too much force to move and I am not able to control the sail, so there was a lot of flailing and no actual motion. Ken had a little success, but it was way too much work. I forgot to bring the camera down to take pictures of the orange sail against the whiteout conditions.

Ice dragon:

(Large version of this picture for more detail: http://www.olum.org/yduj/ice/ice-dragon-large.jpg)

Regular crack, this one I think was like 6-8 inches thick. I didn't give you anything for scale.

The lake with its sastrugi:

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The year in... [Dec. 31st, 2017|04:27 pm]
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Books: https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2017/10758541

Bicycling: I had the ceremonial Last Ride Of The Year, 4.69 miles around the lake, in 12 degree temperatures. It only took 25 minutes so it wasn't long enough to freeze my water bottle. Grand total for the year: 2243.7 miles. Less than last year; there were fewer opportunities to ride to work this fall.

All: Sharon, MA
Boston, MA: Arisia
Reno, NV; San Ramon, CA: Trip to see friends and relatives
Las Vegas, NV; Campbell, CA; Santa Cruz, CA; Mountain View, CA: Circus, work, and square dance trip
Brooklyn, NY: trip with Spanish exchange students
Fairlee, VT: games weekend
Bridgton, ME: crazed plan with the aerial rig plus bicycling
Fort Wayne, IN: AACE square dance
Bend, OR; Eugene, OR; Portland, OR: Eclipse trip
Paradise, CA: emergency trip to see sick parent (who is recovering well, I might add)

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Answering my own question [Dec. 22nd, 2017|09:58 pm]
Judy Anderson (yduJ)

Yes, there are half-off sales on Hanukah candles two days after Hanukah is over. I bought a box.

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