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01 May 2012 @ 11:43 pm
1) My Clover plans ended up getting re-cancelled. I was more upset on her behalf, though, because it was due to surprise!work and then getting ripped a new one by her mother (for very little reason, from my outside and non-mother perspective).

2) Kid-sitting was easy-peasy. Then, the kid was 14. We went to hers, ate pizza, watched Glee (and commented on all the characters, including agreement over Santana looking damn fine in a suit and Brittney being an amazing dancer), read, and Interneted.

3) For the above--which constituted two-and-something hours--I got $33, holy heck. And she wants me back for two more evenings. Uhm, yes!

4) They also have three lovely cats: a little ginger miss who is soft and comes up for cuddles; a big black fellow who purrs as soon as anyone comes by despite all the pain he's in with an autoimmune disease with his gums; and a standoffish grey tabby-cat mistress who is nonetheless nice and spends much of her time gazing out windows (she may have reminded me of someone).

5) I've been reading more lately, especially non-fiction, and lots of it is connecting up--especially since I'm reading stuff that makes mention of historical lesbian/liberal organisations. I love hearing/seeing mention of things I've previously come across; it makes everything feel connected and woven together. It reminds me of the feeling of learning I had during university, which is a thrilling feeling, so I think I want to keep this up.

6) As part of it I started up a silly little reading journal for myself since I have a bad habit of dog-earing pages (of my own books!!!) that really interest me...and then wanting to go back. So this journal is my excuse to do so. I go back, check what interested me on the page, and put it in a post. The silly little journal is kikiweeki and I only just decided to even make mention of it, so most of it will look like my talking to myself. Because I am. I've enjoyed it so far, which means I may be tempted to get some environmentally-friendly book markers (rather than book-marks, which only mark my present place) to do the same with books that I borrow from friends, family, or the library.

7) My goodreads account is here. I know I've mentioned goodreads in this journal before, but I really encourage you all to join if you've ever had the slightest interest in having a useful and communal place to track the books you read (and keep them on different 'shelves'!) with the opportunity to post reviews and comment on others.

8) I am watching Before Stonewall. It makes me want to play all the songs on ukulele (not that I can find them) and read up All The Things on lesbian/queer history. I don't know how possible that is. But I'm starting with lesbian nuns.

Usually I'd push myself to 10, but at the moment I am perfectly fine with an 8-point list and will return to my previously scheduled film-watching. (This lazy life is lovely.)
kellychamblisskellychambliss on May 2nd, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
I don't know about All The Things re: lesbian/queer history, but you can make a good dent in them, at least in English. There still isn't a huge, huge number of them. I've got a pretty good library, I think, and it's not enormous.

I think every lesbian in the English-speaking world owns that lesbian nun book.
Kiwi Crocus: Readwrite || Book store nature.cranky__crocus on May 2nd, 2012 05:12 am (UTC)
Ahaha, yes, All The Things may be a bit ambitious. (: And since I can only read in English (pity, that), I'm certainly limited to even fewer. I'm sure I'll look up a list to follow some time.

I came across it every few years on the Internet and finally this year decided to buy it. I purchased a few others, too: Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy by Judith C. Brown; The Lieutenant Nun: Transgenderism, Lesbian Desire, & Catalina de Erauso by Sherry Velasco; and Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence edited by Rosemary Curb and Nancy Manahan. I enjoyed Kicking the Habit and am excited to read the others.

I've always been fascinated by nuns (despite that I could never be one) and thought, "Gee, I have time at this point in my life...why not finally get those books?" (I am seriously terrible at talking myself out of buying books. 1-click features on sites like half.com and Amazon are also dangerous.)

I feel slightly guilty that my old interest was reawakened by running into the two Dominican nuns who taught me the Big Bang Theory in Earth Camp while I was a child, but it's not as if I keep them in mind, so I don't feel too guilty or sinful. With those two, I'm mainly just inspired by their strong female friendship and dedication to the environment and conservation.

Ramble, ramble, ramble: it's what I do.
minervas_eule: booksminervas_eule on May 2nd, 2012 06:36 am (UTC)
What a stroke of good fortune about the Kid-sitting: doing pleasurable things and having company of cuddly and/or stand-of-ish cats as an added bonus and being generously payed for that :-)) I hope it will find many repeats!

The book-journal is a great idea - I hope you manage to keep it up faithfully; I started one (a bound notebook not a virtual one), but at times I am very negligent of noting down what the most memorable bit of the books I read is; I really should use book-marks as you propose: I don't dog-ear pages ;-) , so I have the biggest difficulties to find the paragraph again, which I want to return to, once I finished the book.... and that kept me from taking notes very often.
Kiwi Crocus: Agnes Moorehead || Writing.cranky__crocus on May 2nd, 2012 06:43 am (UTC)
Yes, definitely a stroke of good fortune! Especially as I have the job as a "paid companion", really, rather than a kid-sitter: she is about to start a baby-sitter training class of her own and is really at the age that she could stay home for a few hours alone, but gets frightened of the dark (it seems to be a past trauama thing) while alone.

I hope I manage to keep it up, too! I kept notes and quotes in books before, but it always took me too much time to stop and write them down--especially when I type so much faster. After that I went with high-lighting, like my father always does, but that was always so permanent...so while it is considered a terrible no-no, I ended up falling into dog-earing pages!

I only mark the page itself, so I always have to re-read it and see what catches my eye--that thing is almost always what caught my eye the first time, leading to the dog-ear, but sometimes it's something new instead! And sometimes when I re-read a page nothing stands out; at that point I ignore the dog-ear. (And I always carefully un-tag them once I'm done, unless it's a book of poetry or--shhhh--erotica I know I'm going to keep.)

I know that companies sell little sticky notes that stick to one page (which would be better than having something sit between two, in which case I wouldn't know which one I was marking unless I wrote an arrow), but they're plastic and I doubt they're environmentally-friendly or reusable...so I'd feel even guiltier about using those than I do about dog-earing.

What to do, what to do!
CaroRulescarorules on May 2nd, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
Babysitting older kids (14 seems a tad old to need a babysitter though), can be so much fun! :)
Kiwi Crocus: Hair || Green braid.cranky__crocus on May 3rd, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, 14 is a tad old to need a kidsitter, especially for just two hours...but it additionally required picking her up from the Y and bringing her home (a 15-minute drive), which she clearly couldn't do on her own; so at least that made sense. But I guess she also gets frightened of the dark when she's alone, which her adoptive mother puts down to early trauma (she was adopted a bit later in life, I think). So it does make sense, even if it is a bit of a peculiar case. And I'm certainly not complaining, since it's pretty easy and fun!
CaroRulescarorules on May 3rd, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
It def all makes sense, and only child usually don't like staying alone till they're older.

I used to babysit a 12 years old girl, it was a blast!
Veevenomebat on May 2nd, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
OH how I love Goodreads! It's a fantastic website and definitely makes me want to read more! For the past year or so I've been trying to read the "Goth Girl" classics. So basically anything Poe, I've read the Alice books, finished A Clockwork Orange in one day, currently trying to read Dorian Grey but every time I pick it up something else distracts me....
Regardless it is a fantastic website.

Also, pray tell what this lesbian nun book is all about?
Kiwi Crocus: Judi || Compact & portable giant.cranky__crocus on May 3rd, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
Yessss to loving Goodreads! I always feel bad that I have so few books compared to so many of my friends, but I think it's because I suck at remembering what I've read through life (even if I might see the titles in lists), so I can't really account for many of the books I read before I got a Goodreads account in college. Sometimes I come across a summary and think 'gee, that sounds familiar!' to find I did read it, but other times I'll pick up a book IRL that looks interesting and realise halfway through that I've already because I didn't only predict something, I also suddenly remembered.

Ooooh the classic "Goth Girl" books! I'd love to do that someday. I need to read more Poe; I really enjoyed reading and analysing his work in high school. Loved A Clockwork Orange in high school, too, although it changed my mental terminology for stuff for a while... Still need to read Dorian Grey; I have it on my Kindle, along with a slew of other classics and random (mostly lesbian :B) stuff.

The lesbian nun book is about...lesbian nuns. :P No, actually, for most of it it's about a young woman growing up as part of a big family and dead set on being a nun, entering into her postulant year and being clueless to all this lesbianism (of all shades) going on around her, falling for women but not really understanding that's what she's doing, getting really depressed when stuff starts changing in the religious/political climate that takes things she loves away, and finally finding herself in where she needs to be spiritually, in life, and with her sexuality/desires.

It was a bit slow sometimes--especially since I tend to know jack shit about God-oriented religions--but I really enjoyed reading it. Can't wait to read the other books I have on the subject, including the more academic/historical ones (this one's a novel based on a true story).
nnozominnozomi on May 3rd, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
I'm a random passerby, I hope you don't mind, but this:
> I love hearing/seeing mention of things I've previously come across; it makes everything feel connected and woven together.

matches up perfectly with the way I feel reading history/non-fiction, you describe this feeling so well and you're so right about how exciting it is. And with each cross-reference you get a broader, more multifaceted view of the whole.

Your book-journal also sounds like fun. Would that be a kind of Internet version of what used to be called a commonplace book?
Kiwi Crocus: HP || Irma || Ravenclawcranky__crocus on May 3rd, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
Hello, you excellent random passerby you! What a pleasure to have you drop in with such a wonderful comment! I don't mind at all. :D

And with each cross-reference you get a broader, more multifaceted view of the whole.
Exactly. And I think there was a quote (or possibly many) about intelligence being the ability to link ideas; in that way, finding the connections in my readings/watchings makes me feel as though I'm learning in an intelligent way. Especially since the connections make me think more deeply on all the woven things, and draw further connections of my own. It allows me to start composing maps of it all in my head--of historical times, or organisations, or definitions... It's lovely!

You know, I had never heard the term 'commonplace book', but upon looking it up (yay Wiki?) I find that it seems to be exactly what I'm doing! It's mostly stuff from books--so passages or quotes--and perhaps not all of a similar subject, since I read on many subjects, but it is all stuff that interests me that I'm gathering together in one place...so yes, a virtual commonplace book of sorts! I may just have to add that to the profile of the journal, so thank you very much for asking and for drawing that connection!

(It also makes me want to start one IRL, since I enjoy scrapbooking of sorts, writing in different fonts, and quotes; it would be a fun project.)