december odds and ends Dec 6, 2006
A friend IMed me yesterday and said "Your blog misses you." This is funny, since I see this friend fairly often, but I got the idea. It's a big black box, me being here in this house when I'm not travelling or teaching and when I'm hunkering down with a writing project I all but disappear from the nets. There has been big news, mostly not mine, but some small victories, which were mine. I'll start with news.

- Ola has gotten her Peace Corps assignment and will be spending the next few years in Kiribati. I did not even know the name Kiribati before she told me this and now I'm trying to scheme a way to visit her.
- I'm going to be up here for the holidays, though Kate will be coming up for a few days pre-Xmas. Anyone else who is in the area and wants a nice (though chilly) place to hang out, drop me a line.
- I added a new nice photo of me to the Wikipedia article about me. The photo is also on Flickr. I am still in search of the perfect headshot.

Small Victories
- I returned my Dish Network appliance and related hardware. I wrote a funny story about it over on Vox.
- I have managed to cover a large number of windows and doors here with window plastic which seems to be having some effect on general freezingness around here. I even had a question about the window plastic -- it says the plastic should be 62" wide, mine was 31" wide; I could see what the problem was but not how to fix it -- and called the Frost King people on the phone who actually called me back today and told me how to separate sticky plastic (hint: use stickytape)
- My friend Forrest (who lives at this house) was buying thermostats for his new house and I got one also. The Bethel place now has a programmable thermostat! Programming this has made me realize, again, how my schedule is not like the schedule of others. There are zones like Morning, Day, Evening and Night. In my life there are zones like Awake and Sleeping. And sleeping doesn't take place across the midnight today/tomorrow divide, it all happens in one day. Side note: I do have to do something about this sleeping late thing. I love it, but I think it's prudent to get as much daylight in your eyes as possible in December and January. I am sleeping through daylight.
- Christmas every day plans proceed apace. Lately there has been a lot of incoming mail and some outgoing holiday cards. I'm not usually into cards -- I like getting them but tend to not give them -- but this year there was a card swap at a MetaFilter spinoff site I spend time at. I decided I wanted in and learned to use my photo printer to make some nifty postcards. I explained this all to my boss Ruth, how it was fun to make cards for strangers and she said "You know Jessamyn a lot of people send cards to people they know." I said I'd consider it for next year.
- I was invited out for soup not once but twice last weekend which was totally delightful. I'll have to make some soup.

Fight sticky with sticky. Duh.
06 December, 2006 21:44
Had the same problem with the Frost King stuff! Completely frustrated. So you put two strips of tape, one on either side, to pull it apart?

Did they comment on why they don't put that on the box??

07 December, 2006 13:59
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my programable thermostat. (Mine has zones for Wake Leave Return Sleep.)
08 December, 2006 12:18
I think the obvious fix to the dish network issue would have been to cut the dish off your roof, and affix the label directly to the dish, and call UPS for a pickup.
09 December, 2006 17:31
Before going to Kiribati, read The Sex Lives of Cannibals, by Maarten Troost, a hilarious book that is much better than you'd guess from the title.
10 December, 2006 17:16
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