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Pleased Garma
In the past, I've often had entries marked, "Today I...." These were entries I wrote while I was feeling down or I was unemployed, or both, with the purpose of reminding myself I wasn't useless.

Today I'm not feeling useles, but I slept very well last night and today, by noon, I have:

FINALLY uploaded the last travel documents to DTS (Defense Travel System, the nightmarish website we military have to use to get paid for our travel expenses). I have some hope that I might, just MIGHT get paid finally for work done in Utah in April.

I also have some hope I might get paid by midnight tonight for work done in June and early July. That would be freaking nice.

I did more of the ALC pre-class that has to be done online.

I finished reading Dracula. More on this later.

So as a reward I am take care of whatever housekeeping needs to be done and try to be creative, or at least just read or watch movies. Won't have as much time for that when I do start working, whenever that may be.

Jul. 21st, 2014

night, dreams
I dreamt last night that I was working on Coronado again, only I was in the Army full time. I had been assigned to the awful old woman who was my boss at Montreal Trust in 1991-1992. Alfreda had made one adjustment to the future though; she was running a DOS machine with a dot matrix printer. The pool of paralegals outside her office contained the SFC from Bagram whose antics drove me to a suicide attempt (see the entries from December 2009).

It's hard to piece together what exactly was happening when. One of the Army sergeants I was working with in the dream had to do a conference call with her Basic Training company because she had missed part of Basic and if she didn't do it, her rank would be revoked. She was crying later because none of us came to her Basic graduation after she did the bit she was required to do. So I got to watch someone else's "sent back to high school" anxiety dream. I felt bad for not going to her Basic graduation.

The Navy were doing a lot of marching around in formation atop their ships. I kept having to dodge their formations as I was going to the office where I worked. I hate drill and ceremony and thought, this is in my future as the Army goes back to garrison life.

I also met briefly with T. Thorn Coyle on the way. She'd just done a workshop and I asked her about the coincidence of working for two bad female former bosses. I started talking about opening my own credit union (do not ask me where THAT came from). She said I should do it, and that this came from my grandmother, who was standing behind me.

I went to see the SFC, who made snarky comments about me being lazy. I told her Alfreda never told me anything she was doing. SFC said, "Oh, you've come to me for advice". She turned on Alfreda's ancient PC, and we also looked at the dot-matrix printout on her desk where we discussed everything on it.

There was a side dream about people who kept sending me questionable images from a science fiction manga they were reading, which ended with two men (not boys) kissing. I appreciated the gesture, but not at work.

Pad Thai

Food
So I made the Pad Thai that patgund recommended yesterday. I liked it enough to decide to make again.

A few months back, I bought myself a recipe journal, so this was the first entry. Steve had comments and I have things that I want to change for next time. For instance:

8 oz raw shrimp
Steve said he'd like more fish sauce
I forgot to have lime chunks on hand, and that was dumb.

Definitely a keeper, and I'll make it with these tweaks next time. Thanks, Pat!

I have a jar of tamarind paste...

Food
So if any of you have tried and true recipes for Pad Thai, let me know. I have fish sauce and rice noodles waiting in the pantry.

Jul. 18th, 2014

astrology, sun

Facebook and Tumblr are no longer on my phone but LJ is!

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I've deleted my Tumblr

Urge to kill
I got way too much hate for my refusal to acknowledge Convict Bradley Manning as a woman, much less as "Chelsea". While I DO acknowledge that Bergdahl should be the one in prison and Manning be at least promoted to Specialist and released, I maintain that Manning's being "trans" is a ploy to not be in Leavenworth.

I don't think people much liked me anyway, and I can't blame them. I'm a fucking egoist, and a know it all. Still, there is no reason to be around people who don't enjoy my company, even if I did like being around them for their creativity.

"My Amityville Horror"

Yellow Sign
This is a documentary that you can see on Netflix streaming. It is about Daniel Lutz, now 49, the eldest son in the Amityville case. I'm fascinated by Amityville, which I maintain was an elaborate hoax. Daniel says it was true, but tells little of the story. What does come through is that he hated his stepfather George, who I gathered from reading the book back in the caveman days, was an abusive ex-Marine with no parenting skills. How much of Dan's memories are influenced by details from the movie, and how much are based in his fear and loathing of George are very much the question.

As an added bonus, we get to see him meeting again with Lorraine Warren, who "investigated" the house with her husband Ed, who is now deceased. Lorraine's crazy Traditionalist Catholicism is nicely on display, and one is also left wondering how much was the influence of the Warrens.

The Warrens are also the subject of the movie "The Conjuring" which is "based on true events." I could go on about the Warrens and the harm I feel they have done for hours, so if anyone reading has an opinion, let's talk.

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Went to the dietician

Facepalm
Because I'm a fat cow. At least the Army says so. I'm five feet tall, and according to them, I am not supposed to weigh over 133 lbs.

The VA dietician stared at me like I had lobsters coming out of my ears when I said that. I'm currently 148 lbs, but two pounds of that is reliably water. According to the REAL BMI chart, I am at 28% body fat and okay for a 49 year old woman. The Army refuses to accept this reality and substitutes its own, saying I'm 36%.

She listened to my description of how I eat and said there isn't anything to be done except work out more. I'm hoping that the Attorney General's office building has an exercise room, although the Air Force base isn't too far away and it has a wonderful gym.

If the Army decides to flag me or give me shit in any other way because of this, I'm going to point to my high PT scores and the fact that I have been to a dietician at the Veterans Administration. They haven't had middle-aged women in before, and I am happy to blow their minds about the realities of ageing.

Jul. 10th, 2014

Garma with ponytail
Telling myself that if I have nothing scheduled for today, that watching anime and "Heroes" all day is perfectly legitimate.

Off to San Diego tomorrow for the weekend (drill of course). If they are able to get me lodging in time. My unit, the 78th, allowed all three unit administrators to go away for training at the same time. They did have a substitute arranged--and then Legal Command cancelled that. Fortunately, I believe one comes back on Monday.

Insert my usual complaint about how tired I am of being in the Army here.

Life's too short for bad wine

Drunk Teppy
There's a reason I keep going back to having a box of Almaden merlot or cab sauv in the house. I know what I'm going to get, and what that is is a solid tavola that will not scour my mouth with tannin, but still have a nice rounded taste of fruit even though it's not complex and amazing.

I've been trying bottled wines from states that aren't California, and being very disappointed. I tried a local Arizona vineyard, Pleasant Valley Winery, and I can only describe the product as "raisins gone bad". Another Arizona brand is Kokopelli. I've had one bottle that was all right, and another that was just disgusting and I threw it out. I am wondering if the bottles are shipped in too high a temperature.

Kudos, from Oregon, is one I had high hopes for, but while it didn't have a horrible sweet taste, it's thin.

My standbys are blends like Dancing Bull and Twisted Vine. I may have to concede to California as the producer and transporter of good wines.

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