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01 February 2008 @ 10:28 pm

Here we are at a quarter after nine, and I’m pushing the boundaries of wakefulness. This getting up and exercising thing knackers a person!

Today, according to the Celtic calendar, is the first day of spring. Imbolc, or St. Brigid’s day, which explains why people’ve been selling St. Brigid’s crosses on the street all week. I did not know, previous to discussing this with Mom, that I knew off the top of my head that the name for the first day of spring was “Imbolc”, but when Mom said it was, I had this little thought process that went “First day of sp–oh, February 1. Imbolc. Cross? WT–oh, that’s what the people on the streets are selling crosses for.”

(Imbolc, Beltane, Lughsana and Samhain. I felt very very silly be surprised that the Irish word for “May” was “Beltane”. :) Mom said I knew too much mythology, then allowed as how it /did/ seem to be rather useful to me professionally. :))

I spent a *very* long time today stomping around Cork trying to find a 3 litre swing-top garbage bin to put compost in. I looked in every damned store in town and couldn’t find one. My will to live was drained. Then I came home and Mom told me that actually I wanted a push-pedal one with a removable inner bin because the swing-top ones were very messy. So in fact I spent all that time stomping around Cork looking for THE WRONG THING, which is not in the least bit better!

I am cautiously approaching the idea of making next week a Writing Blitz week.

A photo from friends of my youngest fan:


And now, to bed.

ytd wordcount: 43,700
miles to Minas Tirith: 87.4

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Miss Mayvalancymay on February 1st, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
'First day of spring'... and it's holding at a steady -25C here.

Why don't I live in Ireland?
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on February 2nd, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
Don't worry we had one of the coldest days here (Ireland) this winter, with snow and everything, tonight/tomorrow promises to be colder!
Miss Mayvalancymay on February 2nd, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Was it -46C? Because if not, I would still rather be there. (That was our low for the week)
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on February 2nd, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
nope, but wet and cold and almost everyone has sniffles. It's promising to be -3C tonight and I'd believe it.
tamago: teodrivestamago on February 1st, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
Seriously, he loves that book. He treats it quite delicately too, turning pages handling it with care.
kitmizkit on February 2nd, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)
That's so cool! *laugh* the cover colors must appeal to him or something. *beams* thanks for the picture, both of you. He's such a cutie. :)
Meg: Moonmoonbyrd on February 2nd, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
I don't think it's possible to be too steeped in mythology, personally. My parents and friends have always catered to my oddities and I get "Happy New Year" calls on Samhain and special emails on solstices. An archaeology teacher in high school even accepted a research project on the fairy faiths, which was awesome to look into.

Then again, I gave up on clothes and stocked my big closet shelves with books on Australian Dreaming and Native American healing rituals, so maybe I'm not the best person to judge.
kitmizkit on February 2nd, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)
Is your closet still full of books? Do you live in a warm climate so the lack of clothing isn't too much bother? :)
Meg: Visionsmoonbyrd on February 3rd, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
Nah, I'm in a cold climate (New England) but luckily I've never been much of a clotheshorse. My books-taking-over-the-closet began while I was in highschool, because I pretty much lived in jeans and t-shirts. I purged my closet of all the girly things I never wore, spent a week staring at the open shelf space, and started wandering the house to find the things I'd tucked away in weird places because the bookshelf in my room had no space.

Then I went to college, took more clothes with me, and sent back lots of books I grabbed at used book stores. And now whenever I move apartments, I send bunches of books back to my parents' house "for storage" (ah, the privilege of being a graduate student). My apartment!closet is still book free but I'm getting rather tired of the piles on the floor, so that might change.

I would like to note, however, that Heart of Stone is the only non-textbook on my "read this NOW" shelf. I haven't had a chance to finish it, yet.
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kitmizkit on February 2nd, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)