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18 November 2011 @ 07:32 pm
care packages!  

Nothing like care packages from America, full of Good Stuff, to brighten up a day! Even if it was a pretty bright day to begin with. :) Thank you, Mary Anne! I think we now have about 7 pounds of chocolate chips, which is hysterical. :)

Writing did not go quite as planned today. Young Indiana woke up 25 minutes into his nap and didn’t want to be put back down after I rescued him, so I had a nice rest with the baby and, er, wrote about 200 words instead of 2000. Or 4000, which is really what I needed to do today. Still, I hit 25K (and then 26K) yesterday on The Ilyaliad, so I’m halfway through Nano. And I’ve reached the point where I’m certain the whole book really, really sucks, which Ted said, cheerfully, “Ah, good to hear!” about. :)

Um, okay, this appears to be about to turn into Five Things Make A Post.

Thing One, which probably a lot of you have seen, but: the 4th Amendment in metallic ink that can be seen on those stupid full body scanners. Which reminds me I meant to say: I politely refused to go through the full body scanner at JFK on my way through. It took them five minutes to even find a female agent to pat me down. Seriously, if passengers put even the slightest effort into refusing to allow this shit to continue, it would take about 36 hours to have the airlines riding the government’s ass to get this crap reversed. Resistance isn’t difficult, lads. You just gotta show up.

Thing Two: Bank of America is a bad neighbor: a terrific article.

Thing Three: The 25 Best Damn You Autocorrects of 2011. I’d read at least half of these before. I was still weeping with laughter by the end of the page. :)

Thing Four: Apropos of absolutely nothing, I’m trying to figure out if there’s any *possible* way I can walk Hadrian’s Wall next summer, maybe. It’s only 70 or 80 miles. I could do that alone in a week, but the whole toddler thing might make it impossible. I’d sure love to, though.

Thing Five: Okay, the above wasn’t really apropos of nothing. I’d been thinking about it a couple weeks ago, but I was just reminded by a link about a recently uncovered Pictish seat of power.

Okay. Enough of this, now it’s time to find some food.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Alix (Tersa): SiP - Feeling good (mizkit)tersa on November 18th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, that would be so awesome, to walk Hadrian's Wall. My one regret about the one time I've been to England was having to sacrifice trying to go see it with getting any time in London (which was way closer and easier to get to). London won.

If I win the lottery, we can ditch Young Indiana on your mom for a long weekend and go together? :)
kitmizkit on November 18th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
Well, since the odds of being able to do it *next* year are vanishingly small, perhaps we should both start putting tiny amounts of money aside toward doing it Eventually?

Assuming the lottery option doesn't work out, I mean. :)
Alix (Tersa): SiP - Feeling good (mizkit)tersa on November 18th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)

Sounds like a plan! (And, besides, if nothing else, putting aside money would not be a bad thing for me to do :)
kitmizkit on November 18th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
It never is. :) How much tiny amount shall we allot to our monthly stipend?

(A girl I met this summer did this a couple years ago. She stopped eating out & put that money aside so she could travel to Ireland. She saved up enough in 18 months and also lost 25 pounds. :))
Alix (Tersa): SiP - Feeling good (mizkit)tersa on November 18th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
Well, as it will cost me more (with airfare) to get there, I say put aside as much as you think it will cost you, and I'll figure out how much it might cost me and go from there? :)

(Plus, I may be able to cheat somewhat and stash a chunk of it from my tax return come January. All hail mortgage deductibles. :)
kitmizkit on November 18th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
Hokay. :) I'll start with 20 quid, maybe, since actually *getting* there is negligible in cost to me. :)
Alix (Tersa): SiP - Feeling good (mizkit)tersa on November 18th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
And on my list of thinks to do this weekend: look at my budget and see how much I can afford to squirrel away for the next 18 months.

And on my list of thinks to do in general: get back to walking so I won't die in 18 months. ;)

And now I will go ~flail!~ :)

(At least I already own half the recommended equipment already, thanks to my backpacking jag a few years ago!)

Edited at 2011-11-18 07:25 pm (UTC)
kitmizkit on November 18th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
Whereas I haven't been backpacking in nigh unto 20 years, so gearing up will be where my expenses lie. :)

Mary Annepers1stence on November 18th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
I couldn't remember which version of the cereal you preferred, so I went with both. I also debated pop tarts, but, again, I couldn't remember your preferred flavor -- next time?

I'm glad your package arrived safe and sound!
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on November 18th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
pounds of chocolate chips

one thing about the holidays is the variety of flavors of chips that show up, so far I have gotten cinnamon and cherry to play with. Along of course with the extra dark chocolate ones.
desperancedesperance on November 18th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
Ach. See now, if you had decided to walk Hadrian's Wall any time this last thirty years, I could've seen you off or met you at the end, depending which way you went, and all would've been jollity in N'cle.

This year? Barring catastrophe, I'll be in California.

Le sigh.
kitmizkit on November 19th, 2011 08:33 am (UTC)
It was only a few weeks ago I discovered it was only 70 or so miles long, se... *sad face*

Maybe I can arrange to walk it sometime when you'll be back on holiday. :)
Kate Kirbykirbyk on November 18th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
Damn you re: Thing Three. I may have laughed so hard that tears rolled down my cheeks. I am a simple person.
martyn44martyn44 on November 19th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
If you do Hadrian's Wall, I'll come and cheer you along. I'm only 15 miles away (on the wrong - right! - side)
UrsulaVursulav on November 19th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)
The last time I got a patdown, she asked why I was opting out.

"I don't want naked pictures of me to end up on the internet," I said.

"Oh, honey," she said, "they won't know it's you."

I appreciated her not bullshitting me about the likelihood of the images getting out, but...well...really?
cainle_bean on November 19th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
Too many people do not opt out. My mom had to due to being umm extra well endowed in a certain area. But they did not bother to get a female agent. And she was mortified.

Not going into my thoughts and feelings on the whole deal cept to say I do not fly anymore. If I have to go somewhere where I have to fly, I will reevaluate then. But so far its no fly for me.

Once we sell our house, I will be done with BoA. I hope never to have to deal with them again.

Love the Autocorrects =p.

I completely agree with you about people making a "fuss" about the scanners. But most people won't take the time, or had rather ignore what is going on. I know my family are sheeple, as are most of my friends.
Marithmarith on November 19th, 2011 05:18 am (UTC)
You are an evil evil Kit. Do you know how hard it is to breathe while laughing that much at the DYAC link? :)
kitmizkit on November 19th, 2011 08:34 am (UTC)
Well, yes, actually, I know *exactly* how hard it is to breathe while laughing that much at the DYAC link! Now try laughing that hard *quietly* so you don't wake the sleeping baby. :)
Marithmarith on November 19th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
Okay, I concede that you have paid for your sins :)