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By ana (Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 12:19:36 PM EST) (all tags)
 Heh. I typed 'wee'.

My impression is that 2013 was mostly a holding pattern, again. Let's see what the archives show.


  •  Parents declining. Dad died mid-year of complications of Parkinson's disease. Cousin J says her mom had similar symptoms, as did brother-in-law's mom, but with different diagnoses. I think maybe it's just neurological symptoms of getting old.
  • Learning more about meditation and contemplative prayer. This is certainly the high point of my spiritual life this year, such as it was. It also has a demonstrable and immediate effect on my blood pressure (drops 20 points or so).
  • Hired a painter who's done work for me before, to strip ugly wallpaper and paint two bedrooms. Helps keep him in business when he can't work outside.
  • Cooking adventures, mostly not all that innovative.
  • Winter. Damn.
  • Mr. O was re-inaugurated.
  • Trip to Philadelphia for a February husi-meetup, chez McClocky. Much fun was had. And I got to hang out with another imaginary Philly friend who put me up for the night. 
  • Martian Death Flu (actually probably norovirus) upon return. Not good. And apparently I gave it to a carpool mate, who was stricken half dead just prior to the Hubble proposal deadline (but managed anyway).
  • Job related crisis happened in Lent, when nobody from the church was available to talk, because Liturgy. I missed a week of church because of the trip and another because of the Plague, and I found that giving up church for Lent was actually a win.
  • And about Easter time I allowed myself to be talked into accepting a job in Chandra operations, in particular working with the (remarkably complicated) CCD camera instrument. I spend 2-3 months training, shadowing the other 3 guys in the group, figuring out their labyrinth of documentation (Gah! I hate html frames! Must create an index page without frames!)
  • The change from calibration (Try to get this done by next July, but if you can't, let me know and we'll work something out) to operations (We need to uplink this tonight, can you check it now, please?) has been very good for me. There just isn't time for procrastination on most work-related things. Which is a pretty amazing thing.
  • I still haven't found a therapist.
  • Couplea fools bombed the Boston Marathon, and we shut down the Boston metro area for a day, when they turned up on the run. One dead, the other taken alive, still awaiting trial.
  • Mostly I've learned how to manage my caffeine habit so I'm alert when I need to be, without getting dehydrated.
  • With a colleague (and carpool-mate) we supervised an undergrad intern, doing Actual Science. We now have a draft of the paper ready to submit (whenever she dares hit the "submit" button), and the program is paying her way to the AAS meeting in Maryland in a week or two.
  • Summer choir, organized by a grad student. It's kind of odd, singing sacred music in a secular setting, but it's also good to detach the mathematical real-time puzzle part of the performance from the spiritual side, at least for the performers.
  • Two holiday dinners at toxicfur's house. Both delightful. Both peculiar. Life is peculiar in the new now.
  • Back to Philly in June for a meetup of a different batch of imaginary internet friends, with a side trip (on my birthday!) for a cupcake and a cookout at Clock'n'Stacky's. A+ would do again.
  • Met Scrymarch in Bostonia in August.
  • Spoke at Dad's memorial service. What a peculiar thing, eulogizing one's Aged Parent.
  • Watched from a distance while Mom was maneuvered into accepting an Assisted Living situation, just down the street from the senior center thing where she lived with Dad (and my eldest brother, in his own apartment). She admits it's a good thing, though I think she also wants to go 'home'. Having helpers nearby, and being cajoled and encouraged into doing stuff with folks are both good things. She's mostly (but not totally) unable to form new long-term memories, so while she understands what the questions are, she doesn't remember that you just answered them. And she has several favorite rants that are repeated in various forms and with various amounts of distorted reality (like using the life insurance money to fix up the house so Dad could live there... uh... causality, anyone?).
  • Got reacquainted with my siblings, cooperating well in the care of the 'rents and their property.
  • And I walked away from the church I've been in for 18 years now. I am in a place from which it seems toxic.
  • "Maybe it's just impossible sometimes, so you ask for help, and that's the lesson."
  • I got to have my very own Real-Life Instrument Anomaly, which I seem to have handled pretty well. More info to a larger part of the team earlier seems to be the one criticism. And we're coming up with a way to get more information on this kind of anomaly for whenever it happens next (this was the 2nd occurrence of a similar thing so far, 14.5 years into the mission).
  • Had a wonderful day with another imaginary internet friend who was in Boston for a conference. We went to Lowell to meet up with another of that group, and do open studios with her and a friend of hers.
  •  Lost a comet at perihelion (just about one solar diameter from the surface of the sun). But we're observing it anyway, to see whatever's left after.
  • The trip home was good, seeing how well Mom's being cared for in her Assisted Living situation. A nurse from the Long Term Care insurance company came to interview her about them paying for her care, which would be nice. We can afford to keep the house until whenever she's ready to let it go if they'll pay.

And now it's 2014. Happy New Year, everybody. Or at least happier than 2013 was.

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My Friend by Gedvondur (4.00 / 3) #1 Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 03:24:25 PM EST
I wish you peace and I hope you find the spiritual comfort you need.  I know how important that is to you and I respect that a great deal.

On a lighter note, I hope the HuSiStock thing happens and we can both make it. It would be great to meet face to face again.




"...it isn't like I dug up her great-grandmother and fucked her in the eye socket." - clock
Happy 2014! by clock (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 11:36:13 AM EST
so when making up our lists at the end of next year, i hope we have a bostonia husimeet listed.  our clan will likely not make the canukistani meeting (long story involving a family obligation) so we need to get up yonder and meet the rest of the bostonians!  so there!  HA!


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

\o/ by ana (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 11:42:10 AM EST
 I'd like that a lot. Keep us informed as to the whens and hows and how we can be of help.

I now know what the noise that is usually spelled "lolwhut" sounds like. --Kellnerin

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:/ by littlestar (4.00 / 1) #4 Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:29:45 PM EST
 I feel we're growing apart. Is there someone else? 
*twinkle*twinkle*


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No baby! I swear! by clock (2.00 / 0) #5 Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 08:50:22 PM EST
It's my mother in law and her fucked up "let's all go to Florida to an island for a week in July because I'll be 70 and there's no way clock can stay drunk all week so I know he will be miserable BWAHAHAHA!!!!"

She's the worst.

I'll make it up to you, I swear!


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

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:) by littlestar (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 11:05:45 AM EST
Okay. Family IS more important…annoyingly.

I look forward to make-up songs. I have sung a lot of anthems this past year (which was fun) but decidedly less then I wanted of everything else. I miss you etc. etc. 
*twinkle*twinkle*


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I owe you tons of music. by clock (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 08:53:04 PM EST
I miss you too!  This is insane.  Still digging out from under...stuff.  But I'm not dead.  Just taking too long to do things.


I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

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