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Robyn Fleming
Sun, Jun. 26th, 2011 12:12 am

[personal profile] karenhealey came for a quick visit this week, and we did many things. One of them was to go to the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch, which is probably worth visiting if you're ever near it. It was hella hot while we were there, and the donkeys and ostriches were all sluggish, but many of the fallow deer came right up to the fence and stuck their heads out as far as they could go to lick little pellets up off our palms, and the goats were downright aggressive in their eagerness to interact. One of them bit another to get access to a particular hole in the wall (the goat wall, omg. I can't even describe it. It's an amazing idea) and then stole my cup of pellets. I'm pretty sure it was the same white goat as in the picture on this page, and I would not get anywhere near as close to it as that woman is. The lorikeets were pretty, but also too hot to be very playful. A couple did come sit on my hand to drink, though.

Hooray for odd roadside attractions!

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Robyn Fleming
Fri, Jun. 17th, 2011 06:03 pm

Me, when Jimmy came home this afternoon: I accidentally slept almost all day.

Jimmy: Well, it could be worse.

Me: Yeah?

Jimmy: You could have been on fire that whole time.

Me: *laughs, concedes the point*

Me, suddenly remembering: Oh, can you do me a favor?

Jimmy, looking horrified: You want me to set you on fire??

Me: ...I was gonna ask you to take out the recycling, actually.

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Robyn Fleming
Thu, Jun. 9th, 2011 02:22 am

I saw the new Pirates movie with Mom and Jimmy today. I was expecting to actively dislike it, so I was pleasantly surprised that parts of it were quite fun/interesting/entertaining, and the rest was not generally as irritating as I had feared.

Then we came home, and I took a nap, during which I had an intense, narrative dream. I don't remember what it was about, but I do remember that it was all in rhyming couplets. Jimmy woke me up before the end of the story, and I demanded "twenty more minutes," because I needed to know what was going to happen next. I should have told him what it was about at the time, in hindsight. Alas.

Then he played Mass Effect 2 for me (I just can't do the fighting. At all. I can barely wander around the Normandy without slamming into bulkheads - taking cover is never going to happen) while I gave vague commands and ate cornbread for dinner. I never finished it when it first came out - Mass Effect 2, I mean, not the cornbread - not from lack of interest, but because my skillz are so unleet, and I had too much going on at the time to work out how Jimmy and I could coordinate playing time together. So I'm glad we're doing it now, because while I got spoiled on enough plot and watched enough of his playthrough and videos online and all to know the shape of things, that's no substitute for playing all the way through with my very own Shepard.

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Robyn Fleming
Fri, May. 27th, 2011 07:51 pm

Tucson Chayon-Ryu is having a yard sale to raise money so that a couple of my students can go to Houston to test for their black belts. We started today, and did pretty well despite it being miserably hot out. I got sunburned on my forearms, which I always forget to protect (you'd think I'd learn), but I wore my hat all day and the rest of me is fine.

My calculator, however, MELTED.



Guys, it wasn't even in direct sunlight! It was in a little box under the table where we had all the books, in the shade.

I was pretty fond of that one, too. :(

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Robyn Fleming
Wed, May. 25th, 2011 01:20 am

So I've been having the insomnia pretty bad, as you may have heard. Which means I haven't been wearing my grind guard for as many hours at a time, because it starts to feel uncomfortable after an hour or so when I'm awake. But I think I must be clenching my jaw a lot even though I'm not sleeping much because OMG it hurts to open my mouth.

I did actually manage to fall asleep at night time and stay asleep for several hours last night, though! Maybe I can do it again...?

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Robyn Fleming
Mon, May. 23rd, 2011 09:32 pm

My second column for Strange Horizons is up: "Dice and D-Pads: Fannish Enthusiasm."

Also available for your reading pleasure is the latest in the Hathor Watch-Along series for Firefly, for "Safe." Again, I'm really pleased with the discussion. I'd hoped that doing this series would be both fun and thought-provoking, and so far it really has. Hooray!

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Robyn Fleming
Mon, May. 23rd, 2011 12:42 am

I have an irrational fear that someday I will be scratching an itch in my bellybutton, and I'll poke through into my, y'know, innards.

I know this is very unlikely! Very, very unlikely. But it's just one of those things that continues to make me nervous.

This entry brought to you by insomnia and dry skin!

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Robyn Fleming
Wed, May. 11th, 2011 07:50 pm

Okay, so I just saw Thor.
Spoilers! Kinda.Collapse )

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Robyn Fleming
Sat, May. 7th, 2011 07:37 pm

I think it's time for some further Adventures in Sewing. I've been wanting to try my hand at shirts of some kind for a while, because I would, y'know, like to have more shirts. Especially if they fit me and look nice.

So! I think this pattern is within my skillset and is cute and etc., but I have a concern. It is that back when I was small of chest, I found shelf bras uncomfortable and essentially useless, because I didn't need a bra at all, so I have long been in the habit of not buying anything with built-in support. And now that I am somewhat larger in that area, I have no idea if a shelf bra inside a top will actually be worth anything, support-wise, and haven't worn one in way too long to guess. Anyone in the C-D cup range want to weigh in on this?

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Robyn Fleming
Mon, Apr. 18th, 2011 11:33 pm

So, I'm reading the Stargate Atlantis Legacy novelizations, which are sort of a season six. I feel sillier about admitting that I'm reading TV series tie-ins than about my romance novel habits, which is hilaaarious. I mean, what? Am I really that kind of snob?

EVIDENTLY.

Anyway, I am enjoying them, and I think I will be looking up the authors' original setting work, too. Because the stories are engaging, the writing is solid, and omfg you guys, these are TV series tie-ins that have excerpts from Edna St. Vincent Millay's poetry in the front.

*geeks out on multiple planes*

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