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Every time that I went to make an entry, I stopped leaving it half finished. I have about five of them on my desktop. I usually cut and paste entries to my journal. I think that things have blown over and even if they have not entirely, I am no longer allowing myself to be the butt or to wallow unduly. Over it. Family has been bonkers these past couple of weeks in a significantly energy-draining way. I just would get to the end of the day and scarcely have the desire to do anything but read, practice mindlessly, or attempt to write. Then I had the house all to myself for nearly three days. It was BLISS. I came and went, worked, got off work, fixed supper, read, talked to the walls, watched a show, practiced in peace. I made ludicrous amounts of progress on a story I have been working on since Summer 2013. But come that Friday....:S This was last Friday. By Saturday, I wanted to scream and hurl breakable objects. It takes a considerable amount of prolonged irritation to get me to that state. I doubt that the powerful contrast of being left in relative peace followed by being torn to pieces by tension and arguing helped any.

So there's that. I'll got into somewhat more detail about it later. Meanwhile, I am terribly behind in posting pics. So here are some of those of things around the town where I live.



This is Timothy:



There was another lady who wore a rather large hat and had what looked like a Maine Coon whom she would walk around town while running errands, but I haven't seen them in awhile.

Some ramen I ate in town. They give you these super hot sauces to drizzle over the top. The one that they claim is mild is, in fact, the hottest of the lot (at least to my tongue)! It was super delicious though.



Here's that FroYo place. There are indeed bears in that direction, but you'd have to travel about an hour and a half to two to be in their general vicinity. (In like Shasta County).



It's the Eye of Sauron busted traffic light on Anderson. You have approximately five seconds to cross before it turns red again. So if you're a pedestrian, run. It's been like that for years.



More Bill. He's super proper with his tail curled elegantly around his front toes.



Gazanias! With no photo manipulation. It came out very contrasty. The brights being bright and the shadows being like dark pools. Apparently these are native to South Africa! They do well in places with hot Summers.



A view from my desk at dusk.



London Bus from the late 40s/early 50s.



Apparently, UC Davis bought a couple of these decades ago as part of Unitrans (the university's transit system), and they are still in service today. There are newer ones also, but I prefer these. The interior lights and the design make them look like floating, elegant throwbacks in the Fall when they parade down Russell Blvd after dark near to campus. I used to ride on them when I was an undergrad and wonder who else had ridden on them over the years.

And...BALLOONS!



I woke up last Thursday to find about a dozen of them floating over the town. There were wind sailors also or whatever they are called gliding in between some of the balloons. It was neat when they would vanish into the clouds and then reappear again. They were so cheerful and colorful. It reminded me of something out of a Miyazaki film.



So there is some of my life in photos. I will blablabla more later.

...including some Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell gushing. Has anyone read that book? It's a magnificent door stop that I am in the process of rereading. BBC made it into a seven part series!! It will be on BBC America in June, but if you have access to iPlayer/live overseas it is running right now on BBC One. Not sure how faithful it will be to the book, but it is afterall an adaptation as are all screenplays based on books and if nothing else, it is eye candy of the highest order and faintly ridiculous.

This entry was also posted at http://ivybellis.dreamwidth.org/160043.html.

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starrbeam
May. 29th, 2015 12:37 am (UTC)
Aww bill is so cute! And Yummm ramen XD
starswan
Jun. 3rd, 2015 12:03 am (UTC)
Yeah. Every time that I run across this post, I'm hungry! I need to go back to that place.
a_phoenixdragon
May. 29th, 2015 03:11 am (UTC)
So glad you got those three days...makes going back to crazy that much worse, though. MEH.

Love that double-decker!! I've always preferred the older transits. They've got style!

Hope this weekend is a better set of days, honey.

*Cuddles you*

(also, also - Bill is adorable!!(

Edited at 2015-05-29 03:11 am (UTC)
starswan
Jun. 3rd, 2015 12:04 am (UTC)
Definitely! I would still not give those days up though, even for going back to crazy. They were invaluable!

The weekend was loads better!
Hope your situation isn't too insane either. ;D
a_phoenixdragon
Jun. 3rd, 2015 02:57 am (UTC)
Well...insanity is all relative you know (and no, I do not mean one's relatives, I meant...well you know what I mean, lol!!)

*HUGS*
magic_treehouse
May. 29th, 2015 10:25 am (UTC)
That London bus is bizarre!

I've ready Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell. I enjoyed it although I don't really get on with massive books like that that are full of description. I've not seen the BBC adaptation but they're usually pretty good at adapting books.
starswan
Jun. 3rd, 2015 12:05 am (UTC)
Yes. It's from circa 1948-50, that bus.We have far newer ones also buzzing about. It definitely looks interesting cruising down the road..completely out of its element...
mr_marvelous67
May. 29th, 2015 01:54 pm (UTC)
I love when cats sit like that!

I haven't read the book, but I will add it to my unending list of Things to Read.
starswan
Jun. 3rd, 2015 12:06 am (UTC)
It is crazily long! But soooooo much fun. You can just soak in it for weeks.

Bill poses quite a bit.
puddleshark
May. 29th, 2015 02:07 pm (UTC)
Most excellent and unexpected photos! Was not expecting the London bus, or the theoretical bears.

I don't normally watch telly, but I watched the first episode of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell on the iplayer. It's definitely a visual treat. Not sure if it will manage to capture the spirit of the book...
starswan
Jun. 3rd, 2015 12:11 am (UTC)
Heehee. Theoretical bears. <3

Folks are saying that they do not like how the Gentleman is being portrayed. He looks more menacing and less cracked out. One of things that I loved about the book was how campily enthusiastic he would get around Stephen. And Lady Pole looks a lot more actively disturbed whereas in the book she sort of sat in despondent elegance for years. I realize though that they have to adjust things to satisfactorily abridge it without dampening the feel of the book too much. The sorts of stillnesses that crop up in the book would probably translate weirdly. All those footnotes too!!
newmoonstar
May. 29th, 2015 04:05 pm (UTC)
Your cat & your flowers are very adorable. :)

I know how draining dealing with family stuff can be- I hope things get better for you soon! Hang in there!
starswan
Jun. 3rd, 2015 12:12 am (UTC)
Thank you! His sweet exterior belies his sassy demeanor. :)

It's a bit better this week. *searches for wood*

navaan
May. 29th, 2015 04:12 pm (UTC)
The ramen looks delicious. Hmmmmmm.

And Bill is a very handsome cat. :)
starswan
Jun. 3rd, 2015 12:13 am (UTC)
It was! I need to go eat there again....

I'll let him know you said so. ;D
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