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Discoveries [Oct. 19th, 2011|11:59 pm]
[Current Mood |accomplished]

1) I still have pretty darn good reflexes.   This afternoon, on a major and fast-moving divided highway, some foraminiferous idiot stopped to rubberneck at a car being picked up by a wrecker beside the road.   Everyone behind him came to a screeching (increasingly screeching) halt, including me.   Thank you, new tires and effective anti-lock brakes. 

2) I still don't shake too badly after such a startling moment until I've come to a safe place,  and even then not too long.  Made it to the store I'd been headed for (still several miles away at that point) but noticed I was twitchier than usual on the way.  Then sat in the car in the parking lot for a minute or two until my legs quit feeling like overboiled spaghetti.

3) Even in the midst of a Williams-Sonoma outlet lavishly decorating for the holidays, I can look at but not buy such things as the gorgeous wild turkey napkins (full color.  Gorgeous.  Overpriced for my budget, but gorgeous.)  I went in with four things on the list, and came out with four things.   No, despite the way pot manufacturers count things, the lid  for a pot that comes with a lid is not another thing.  It's part of that pot.  The pot of the day was a 4 quart soup pot (All-Clad.)   A jar of demi-glace, a molded baking pan (puts a pretty patterned top on quick breads--or should), a pumpkin-pecan-quickbread mix.  Four things.

4) Even in the midst of a large Office Max full of enticing paper/pens/calendars/desk organizers/useful stuff I don't really need, I came out with the one thing on my list:  ink cartridges for the printer.  Two stores, two exhibitions of self-control.   (This self-control was somewhat dented by the last shopping of the day, in a grocery store on the way home.  I called my husband to see if he had any particular needs at that store, and, well, somehow a package of three big chocolate-chip muffins hopped into my shopping cart, pretty much canceling out the lack of calories in club soda.)

5) My voice teacher/coach/Svengali is a genius.   This is not a new discovery, but that he is still doing things that make my voice (which, after all, is 66 now)  not just slighter better, but amazingly better.  He gets tones out of my voice that I never knew existed (and they're good ones.  That's the shock.)   And it's not just the voice.  It's the rest of music stuff that I'm learning.   The old dog can indeed learn new tricks.   (HOW high was that note?  And is that voice I'm hearing really mine?)  If I wanted to torture myself with lost opportunities, I'd focus on how much better my voice could have been if I'd had voice lessons (from someone like him) in my twenties.  But I'm not in the mood to torture myself...today is today and today I had a really good voice lesson and sang "If Music Be the Food of Love" (Purcell)    Not perfectly. But SO much better.   

Some discoveries are unpleasant (and I'm afraid the back door threshold is one such...it needs to be replaced.  Also the progression of my cataracts that will require surgery.)   But these--and especially the musical--are more than pleasant. 


[User Picture]From: shalanna
2011-10-20 06:08 am (UTC)
Glad you didn't get into a pile-up. People drive like idiots. An idiot today turned left from the middle lane OF THE EXPRESSWAY ACCESS ROAD in front of the oncoming traffic. How does their guardian angel fly that fast?!

And proud of the shopping restraint. I just had to buy ink cartridges the other day from Office Max. They had a bunch of gadgets, but I convinced myself I didn't need a graphing calculator. I needed it back when I was taking the graphing semester of calculus! But not now. (We would spend half a class period graphing a discontinuous function or whatever.)
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[User Picture]From: solri
2011-10-20 07:43 am (UTC)
Since I was a keen fossil hunter in my childhood, I should have known the word "foraminiferous", but I didn't, so thank you for expanding my vocabulary - it makes a wonderful insult. (I had a friend who use "mollusc" in the same way.)
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[User Picture]From: keristor
2011-10-20 08:34 am (UTC)
I usually call them "Welsh carrots". (The Welsh (Cymraeg) word for 'carrot' is 'moron'.)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-20 04:51 pm (UTC)
I like that! And now I have to ask DRW if Kathleen used that--I have a vague memory of her calling someone a Welsh carrot and I thought it was a variation on something else. But my vague memory could be faulty. Still..."Welsh carrot"--must remember and use it.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-20 04:49 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoy it. I've always loved the word for its sound--it's got the right rhythm for cussing someone out--and its meaning works. My mother would not tolerate profanity, but handed me a very large dictionary and encouraged me to find other ways to express my ire. Wow. That was FUN. Then she worked for a small oil & gas company, where the resident geologist was both a notorious skirt-chaser and thought he was brilliant. He wrote a book on forams, which I still have somewhere. I don't know why he thought giving a professional level text on forams would interest a 10 year old girl (maybe he thought my mother would quit running around the desk when he chased her--he was that blatant) but I was interested and did discover words even the big fat dictionary at home didn't have.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-20 12:59 pm (UTC)
How I wish they'd had graphing calculators (we still used, believe it or not, slide rules) when I was taking calculus! Or any calculators, really. I still have my K&E log-log-deci-trig slide rule and my fat book with pages and pages and pages and pages of log tables. Antiques now.
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[User Picture]From: blueeowyn
2011-10-20 05:29 pm (UTC)
When I worked for the College of Engineering we were tasked with how to value a gift in kind from a lovely older woman. Her husband (an alum) had passed away and she wanted to donate some of his tools so that a starving student wouldn't have to buy them. How to value a slide-rule for giving to a student in the early 90s?

Then again, I am still amused remembering that my Intro to Data Processing teacher had no problem with us using scientific calculators on the exams. Exams where we had to do hexadecimal calculations. For some reason, those of us with the calculators always got them right (to be fair, we did have to show our work and show that we did know HOW to do the calcs but it made catching errors much more likely).
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-20 11:19 pm (UTC)
Ah...these days you value such a gift by taking it to Antiques Roadshow where someone knowledgeable in the market for old tools would tell you the market value (and even, probably, where to sell it, though they don't say that on camera.)
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[User Picture]From: controuble
2011-10-20 11:24 am (UTC)
Yay for quick reaction times behind the wheel. Glad you did not become part of his accident looking for a place to happen. Also, love my All-Clad, too.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-20 01:01 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: catsittingstill
2011-10-20 11:32 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the pleasant voice discoveries!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-20 01:02 pm (UTC)
If it turns out that challenging the brain really does do something to stave off Alzheimer's, I should be OK...some of this music stuff is definitely challenging.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_redboots
2011-10-20 06:23 pm (UTC)
My father had cataract surgery about 5 years ago, and said it was totally magic - he could see better than he had for years, and didn't understand why he was not allowed to drive for six weeks - "Ridiculous!". So when he had his second surgery done, he carefully didn't ask, and drove my daughter to her wedding three days later!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-10-20 11:17 pm (UTC)
I like your father!
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