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Wonder Woman

Jun. 3rd, 2017 08:46 pm
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It was a good movie, but not necessarily a fun movie. I'm probably going to be in the minority on this one, and that is ok. I don't have a lot of emotional nostalgia for Wonder Woman. I remember reruns of the show playing in the same block with Battle Star Galactica. Battle Star Galactica won hands down on that front.

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My fancy fancy backpack arrived today. I played with opening and closing all of the pockets. Two weeks is not a lot of time to spend living out of a thing, but I'm a bit concerned about getting all of the variable weather gear into it. The temperature variations in the Gobi are kind of hard for me to nail down at the moment. The average high is 70 and the average low is 40, but how much does that vary from day to day. At the moment it sounds like it could be a drier new England in the spring. Though we're supposed to bring rain gear.

I'm going to go to our local retailer of camping goods rather than REI tomorrow. Those are my big memorial day plans.

I'm hoping to get that high tech quick dry underwear! It's the little things.

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May. 20th, 2017 08:07 am
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That was a week. I haven't been to class or gone running or did any general training for my upcoming race. I did smooth things over with many departments, give two talks, attended a meeting for Sunday's parade, cleaned the house, cat sat, got a bit of reading done.

Last night was for collapsing, today is for picking up the pieces. I'm going to Kung Fu, but not Tai Chi. I'll go for a run and hit the gym after class. Then I'll pick up the usual weekly groceries, and give myself some freeish time. Reading though it sometimes feels like a project will count at free time.

Tomorrow most of the day will be devoted to the parade, and most of the remaining time after that to meal prep. I did ok with eating packed lunches, but my cooking was uninspired.

This weeks menu is a mushroom and white bean ragout, kale pecan and apple salad, and sheet pan chicken with squash and beets.

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May. 10th, 2017 04:39 pm
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I've watched and occasionally enjoyed the cleverness of heist movies. Then Leverage happened. Now I want to write a Heist story. So here's a list of some movies I plan on watching, or have recently watched and some books I hope to read.

-Ocean's Eleven - Watched
-The Italian Job
-The Thomas Crown Affair
-A Fish Called Wanda
-The Bank Job
-The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
-Bonnie and Clyde
-Die Hard
-How to Steal a Million
-The Asphalt Jungle

-Six of Crows
-The Lock Artist
-Prince of Thieves
-The Hot Rock
It was an easy going day in class. I stuck around for Sparring and Forms. Learned the next couple of moves for the next form. I think this one is called Five Wheel Fist.

Since most of us are doing outside strength training we worked an ab exercise called the dragon fly. And I did push ups.
I hit it. Three hours of kung fu on Saturday after a week off, evening work event on Saturday, ran my fastest time so far this season 4k in 36 minutes, with a 7 minute kilometer, kung fu competition with pushing hands and forms. Gosh I love pushing hands.

I feel like going to sleep, but it is only six so I'm doing nothing for the evening. Maybe tv and knitting, maybe reading but nothing productive.
At first I started this journal because I missed the fannish spaces of my youth. There is nothing relaxing or escapist about Tumblr these days. When I was younger I never got around to writing fic, and that is still a thing I would like to do. I miss having people post primarily on their own blogs because I really like learning something about the writer and the things they brought to their work. I was very much a lurker. I never got around to those things because I was busy going to school and working full time, working more than full time to go to school, than working at paid work, unpaid work, and going to school.

All of this to become an archivist, a professional lurker of sorts.

In the past couple of years I have struggled a bit to find what my projects will be for the next chapter in my life.

I've settled on three all of which tell me I have an aversion to making significant amounts of money. Outside of my job I practice martial arts, read about archaeology, and write a little fiction.

For the past year I've been saving up to go work on a dig in Mongolia. That happens in about two months. Mongolia, and I've never been farther than Canada.

Oh and I still do Fandom: I've been into Doctor Who for the majority of my life, and I found Stargate two years ago. One of these days I'll get around to writing in one of those universes.


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