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Snowed Under [Dec. 8th, 2008|10:22 pm]
Beemer
Oh, hello December! I always manage to forget how hectic you are.

Saturday, Greg & I went over to the Nevilleseses' for a St. Nicholas' Day party. They requested people bring donations for a homeless families charity. We checked the request list for the items marked URGENT and bought some of the really unglamorous and embarrassing ones, on the grounds that clearly those are the ones that nobody ever donates.

Anyway, it was a wonderful party, by which I mean I can't tell you any interesting stories about it because it was just a bunch of grown-ups hanging out and talking. Though I suppose I could tell you that I ended up diagramming the three taxa of nonlinear fiction (rhizomic or webbed, labyrinthine or branching, and 'braided', which I made up) for Neal in order to explain a point about ways to instantiate them, because we are just that dorky.

(*I think my point that I agreed that in principle you could do a braided structure where the reader could choose which paths to follow based on the kind of literary experience they wanted to have (e.g., mystery vs suspense) rather than something more straightforward like following a particular character or plotline, but that it would be incredibly difficult to actually pull it off successfully.)

And then yesterday we drove up to Loveland for Chris & Todd's Christmas party, which was also quite nice. kung_fu_monkey's summary has pictures. (Good god my forehead is huge.)

Today was a big divisional meeting thing, and thankfully with my laptop I can get nearly as much done sitting in an auditorium as I can sitting in my office. Well, after I've eaten lunch because I forgot to eat breakfast and it made my brain all fuzzy. Dinner was reception food, but it was the good kind with smoked salmon and nibbly things, so that was nice.

Somehow in all this I have managed to get most of my Christmas shopping done already, which comes as a surprise because I wasn't planning on dealing with it at all until week after next. Bwuh? But I shan't complain.

And now it's snowing.
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[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-12-09 10:59 am (UTC)
Anyway, it was a wonderful party, by which I mean I can't tell you any interesting stories about it because it was just a bunch of grown-ups hanging out and talking.

Seeing as this has been my favorite kind of party for about five years now (and I'm just shy of 27), that does sound wonderful, wild details or no. A party is nothing without good conversation. What good is music if you can't hear yourself or anyone else above it? This is why I can't get into the clubbing thing, which is dangerous to one's social life in a university town...
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[User Picture]From: annlarimer
2008-12-09 03:12 pm (UTC)
Though I suppose I could tell you that I ended up diagramming the three taxa of nonlinear fiction (rhizomic or webbed, labyrinthine or branching, and 'braided', which I made up) for Neal in order to explain a point about ways to instantiate them, because we are just that dorky.

I like stories with talking animals!
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2008-12-09 03:26 pm (UTC)
Those are the best kind. Especially if there's a labyrinth involved!
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[User Picture]From: annlarimer
2008-12-09 03:30 pm (UTC)



...I shouldn't have pussed out on math. But the lady who taught the gifted program for all five years was this insane Evangelical self-hating lesbian and by the time she was done with me I couldn't even balance a checkbook without throwing up.
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2008-12-09 03:33 pm (UTC)
Hey, I think I had the same lady for PE in grammar school! The reason I refused to ever learn to play basketball, despite everyone being so certain I would be GREAT at it.
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[User Picture]From: annlarimer
2008-12-09 03:48 pm (UTC)
Basketball is awesome. Um, except when you get one right in the mouth and you've got a mouthful of 70s style braces. Then it kind of hurts.

But yeah, crazy teacher is the mind-killer.
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2008-12-09 03:26 pm (UTC)
Somehow in all this I have managed to get most of my Christmas shopping done already

I feel so full of fail all of a sudden. /hides
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[User Picture]From: annlarimer
2008-12-09 03:50 pm (UTC)
Christmas?






Aw, FUCK.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2008-12-09 04:10 pm (UTC)
Whatevs!

Note that "most" here means "for three people".

And even at that, I was planning on not dealing with it until the 22nd, after I get back from San Francisco, because shopping: AUGH.

It was sheer serendipity that I found stuff early. You're not allowed to feel lame just because I got lucky. *shakes finger*

Edited at 2008-12-09 04:11 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2008-12-09 04:46 pm (UTC)
I can't even figure out what to get for The Husband!
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