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16 July 2008 @ 09:23 am
today is a day for minutia  

Yesterday I took the day off (not so much because of the failed computer, because I write on a different computer, but because I needed it) and worked on my sunburn. It was practically the only opportunity there’s been this summer to work on it, so I did a nice job:

That comparatively white stripe there is where my purse strap was slung across my body. A wise and clever Kit I am not.

Yesterday my husband carried a tree home. I admired his manliness. :) It’s an apple tree! I come from a land where food does not grow on trees, so I’m very excited. (I said that to Ted and he looked at me like I was a nutcase. After a while, though, he had to admit it was true. I *do* come from a land where food doesn’t grow on trees.) Later today I’ll go out and put our tree in a larger pot than it’s currently in. It will be wuvwey, as my nephews used to say. Possibly Seirid still does. They’re coming out to visit my parents for a few days. We haven’t seen them in a few months, so that’ll be cool. Yay! :)

I need to either go to the phone store and get a SIM card that will work in the States, or I need someone to verify this amazing story that my parents told me: that you can buy a throw-away pre-paid phone at, like, Walmart or gas stations these days. Is this true? If it is, can I impose upon someone in the States (er, ideally somebody in San Diego, I suppose, certainly someone who’ll be there) to pick one up for me, and I can Paypal or repay you next week? That would give me a cell phone number over there that I could hand out while I still have email access, which would be V. Handy.

Today I could do fun things, like work on my Project365 photos (boy, i’ve really fallen down on that. I’ve missed at least a week by now, I think…). I could, except I have One Zillion Things that need doing before I go to San Diego, and today I must accomplish at least one and possibly two or three of them. So, thinks to do:

- FRWL revisions, finally and for real
- answer Yanni’s email, ideally with the FRWL revisions *attached*
- email that inker guy
- tell Jason he rocks my socks

(…those are all really pretty easy to accomplish today. cool.)

thinks to do tomorrow:
- complete a travel grant application for London
- decide on & get started on a grant application for next year
- work on the IMPERATOR’S HEIR proposal

miles to Isengard: 97.8

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: busybusy
tammy_mooretammy_moore on July 16th, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)
I was mocked - gently - by my friend wedschilde on a visit to Hawaii because they had food GROWING in their backyard. Proper food! Not just anaemic tomato plants and parsley - lemongrass, fruit, COCONUTS! I had never seen a coconut on the tree before and I just could not work out how they got them from the supermarket to up there.
kit: wtfmizkit on July 16th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
I think it must involve superglue. Coconuts are, after all, fairly heavy (just ask a laden swallow), and I don't think you could get them up there in the tree without some serious stickum power.

Me, I was completely befuddled to discover pineapples grow on short squat bushes, and not on trees. WTF?! I had no idea!
tammy_mooretammy_moore on July 16th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
They don't have monkeys in Hawaii though! Although I suppose they could have trained the mongooses to carry the coconuts up the trees.
Sanguine Pensanguinepen on July 16th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)
Remind me to tell you about the monkeys and the tigers at the Hilo Zoo later.
wednesday childewedschilde on July 16th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
she was well fed. promise. and yes, one of us can grab you a phone.
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Pádraig Ó Méalóidslovobooks on July 16th, 2008 09:59 am (UTC)
Sunburn we do; suntan less so...

Actually, we go in freckles a lot, too. All that Viking blood in us, you see.
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Pádraig Ó Méalóidslovobooks on July 16th, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
Something happened here whewn the Viking genes mixed with the Celtic genes, giving us a lot of the red hair and freckles look. I once observed to an English friend that my beard grows out redish brown due to the Vikings, while his was black due to the Romans - who never made it this far, incidentally, deciding that it was too cold for them, and calling it the Land of Winter, or Hibernia.

On the other hand, my father, a Galway man, had jet black hair. Galway was a major port for hundreds of years, and if you go out of there and directly south, you pass Spain on the route straight to Africa. There's a lot of different stuff that makes us up, you know
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Pádraig Ó Méalóidslovobooks on July 16th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
I think this is what the Americans refer top as Black Irish. Certainly you'll see a lot of people just like that around the west coast of Ireland. There's a place in Galway city known as Spanish Arch, which is several hundred years old.

People have been to-ing and fro-ing around the world for a very long time now, and we're all the accumulation of all of that. Which I find a wonderful thought.
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dsgood on July 16th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
There's a bunch of different meanings. But I think the core meaning of "Black Irish" in the US is dark hair and dark eyes -- but with skin color light enough not to be unusual anywhere in the British Isles.

I'm certain that's the "Black Norwegian" coloring.

Laura Anne Gilman: trouble?  moi?suricattus on July 16th, 2008 10:51 am (UTC)
silly Irish. Drink more Latin American blood, instead!
kitmizkit on July 16th, 2008 10:56 am (UTC)
It's a point of pride with me that I can get sunburned *anywhere*! :)

Although, actually, when I visited Hawaii for ten days I didn't get sunburned at all. This was due to extremely vigorous and extremely regular applications of sunblock. By the end of ten days I was very sure I never wanted to live in Hawaii, because I would not be able to stand re-applying sunblock every two hours for the rest of my life. Oi. :)
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on July 16th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
I got sunburned the other week without ever actually going out into the sun. It was... mystifying.

And yes, you can pick up pre-paid phones pretty easily, although you do have to call to activate them, which can be a hassle.
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J.K.Richárd: ONOZ!neutronjockey on July 16th, 2008 11:36 am (UTC)
(pssst, Kit, don't look behind you --- you're being stalked by a ferocious feline)
Sanguine Pen: UV Animatedsanguinepen on July 16th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
That is a fine sunburn! I had one like it from driving back from Las Vegas last year. The sunscreen was wiped away by my seat belt, and I drive with the windows open. I was flaming.

A throw away phone is probably your best bet. You can buy them anywhere. Be happy to grab one for you too, just let me know.
kitmizkit on July 16th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
That would be potentially very awesome. I think it'd depend, though, on whether we could meet up on Wednesday for a hand-off--otherwise I'd probably be better trying to grab one myself that morning.

Where is "anywhere"?
Sanguine Pensanguinepen on July 16th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure they sell them at the main grocery stores too. I know they sell prepaid cards there.

Why don't you email me or contact me in messages, and we can figure something out? jenn at gothhuntress dot com.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on July 16th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
You can indeed buy pre-paid phones that are intended to be disposed of once you're done with them. Most every big box retailer sells them.

Nice smirk in your photo, by the way.
rain_girl_ak on July 16th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Oh! I .so. know what you mean about the trees! It's almost indecent and weird that you can pull something off a tree and eat it! I still don't quite beleive it. My neighbor has a fig tree and told me that I could have some where they are ripe. And a friend at work has a pear tree! When I was over there, she asked what grew on trees in Alaska, and I said, "leaves". She looked at me like I was joking but what was the REAL answer, so I wracked my brain and came up with crabapples. I planted cherry trees. I can't wait until they have cherries and I can walk out in my backyard and pick one and EAT it RIGHT OFF THE TREE.

(yeah, it's the little things)
kitmizkit on July 16th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
*laughs out loud* But that's what DOES grow on trees in Alaska!
rain_girl_ak on July 16th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't think that she believed me!
jens_fire: pic#70131397jens_fire on July 16th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
Tanning we fairer folk is like trying to perfectly toast a marshmellow. I can't be done. Some part always gets scorched. A red-headed Scotch/Irish girl's best friend is Aloe. Of this I know. I, myself, have been working on freckling lately.