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In a former life, I used to have to make written sense out of spoken words. Humans do not speak as neatly as they write. They restart sentences, interrupt themselves (and others), and generally do their very best to make their attempted communication very hard to read. It works when you’re listening to them, but reading it in transcript format is a very different story.

Therefore, I have had to learn to make creative and judicious use of many types of punctuation, in order that I might bring order to verbal chaos. I feel that it’s contributed something of a conversational style to my writing as well – there are dashes, semicolons, parentheticals, and other devices which go sadly unused by a large majority of the English-speaking population. It also enables me to craft gargantuan sentences with the express purpose of making people’s heads asplode.

I know the rules for semicolons and their ilk; however, I refuse to be so strictly bound by regulation and convention! SEMICOLONS EVERYWHERE2 days ago

SimplicityInTheLBCfacial hair,

well kept and tastefully applied, can be very sexy.

However, there is a big difference between this:

and this:

(I will state for the record that literally every boyfriend I’ve had since the age of 16 has had some form of facial hair.) 2 days ago

SimplicityInTheLBCsounds like it's time for

“Married Filing Separately” tax status. At least then you’d get your stuff done on time :( How annoying! 3 days ago


1) Got a run in today. Holy crap I am running a half marathon in two weeks aaaaaaagh

2) Getting up earlier than normal, getting to work earlier than normal, and then taking a nap once I got there.

3) Classical music in the car during today’s commute, and also during my prep period today to keep me from wanting to kill things.

4) Packing my lunch.

5) Yesterday’s centerpiece still making our table look pretty.

6) I got my GPS watch in the mail today! Now to figure out how to use it…

7) Leaving work at a reasonable hour, making it home in a reasonable amount of time, and spending time with the Man this evening. 3 days ago


I’ve seen this, and I’ve been curious about it. It’s worked out well for you? Or do they send you a lot of weird stuff that isn’t really your style? 3 days ago

SimplicityInTheLBCand thank YOU

for being grateful for your church musicians! :) 3 days ago


1) Hosting Easter dinner at our place was a success! Got to see the family, and the food was actually pretty easy.

2) The Man helped out so much with hosting dinner, and he decided to forgo his own plans to be part of mine. Bless.

3) Easter is finally over.

4) Doing small things to feel like I have some semblance of control over my life. First experiment in happiness for next week: no talk/news radio in the car, to be replaced with the classical music station. 4 days ago

SimplicityInTheLBCI really need to make this goal a priority.

My spring break was this past week. For those of you who follow the liturgical calendar, you know that it was also Holy Week, which for the Catholic church involves a lot of extra masses – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil (which is three freaking hours long) and then three Easter Sunday masses.

Stab stab stab.

Out of 9 days of “break,” I had 4 days where I didn’t work. Some of those were gigs that I chose to take, and I enjoyed them because I got to see colleagues and hear some good singing. The other stuff was required for the church. And I have just been angry and resentful of freaking Easter all week, especially today, because I feel like this damn job is robbing me of my life. It eats up my weekend (when I have to go to mass every Sunday morning and then go back to mass Sunday evening, I spend most of the middle of the day dreading returning to work). And every year they fuck me on my taxes too, so that I end up owing hundreds of dollars to the state.

And I feel like I’m stuck in this stupid gig, because the Man still can’t find a job. I want out so badly, but I don’t know where that extra $7K per year is going to come from. This idiot job is the reason it’s not a crisis when the car needs a couple hundred dollars’ worth of work, or when the Man gets a ticket, or I end up having to pay for something for the students and then wait around a month and a half to get reimbursed.

I am angry and tired and frustrated and a lot of other things, and part of me wishes I still lived by myself so that I could live closer to where I work and not have to spend money on shit that isn’t my fault or my problem.

Plan: start socking away every frigging penny I make from this gig and my real job, so that when Christmas 2014 is done, I can walk out of there and never, ever, ever have to come back. 4 days ago

SimplicityInTheLBCMake Our Garden Grow

I loathed singing this when I was at the university, but these days Bernstein’s Make Our Garden Grow from Candide means a bit more to me.

You’ve been a fool
And so have I
But let’s be man and wife.
And let us try
Before we die
To make some sense of life.

We’re neither pure
Nor wise nor good,
We’ll do the best we know.
We’ll build our house
And chop our wood
And make our garden grow. 1 week ago


1) Adjudicated a festival today, and heard some really beautiful singing.

2) The Man and I went out to a wine bar last night to see a friend of mine play. He had beer, I had champagne, we shared a Spanish cheese plate, and got to have some nice conversation in a new place.

3) Ice cream sandwiches!

4) When the drunk frat assholes woke me up last night at 3:00a with their hooliganry, the Man came in and petted my back till I went back to sleep.

5) A quiet day in – tomorrow the Easter madness begins. 1 week ago

SimplicityInTheLBCVery cool!

I am interested in possibly becoming part of a man-made reef in Florida postmortem. 1 week ago

SimplicityInTheLBCMay 5 - OC Half Marathon

By the time I was ready to sign up, the HB Ocean Run was closed! So instead I’ll be doing the OC Half Marathon on May 4, which is nearly three weeks sooner than I had originally planned. Gulp.

I have been slacking quite a bit lately, but now is the time to pick it all up again! I’m on spring break right now, with all the glorious sleeping that such a thing implies – running on 9 hours’ sleep is an awesome feeling. And when I go back next week, my work schedule will have slowed down significantly, so I can continue training multiple times per week.

Also going to make an effort toward healthier eating – I can feel it when I run now, and I don’t like it :( The Man and I are in agreement on this.

I’ve downloaded my app for marathon training. I’ve also ordered my GPS watch from Amazon, since the app I currently use doesn’t show me my distance until after my run (which is most unhelpful).

I’m feeling a bit like I may have bitten off more than I can chew. I have run a half-marathon distance once before, but that was over a month ago when I was in far better shape. Guess that’s incentive to start kicking my own ass again. 1 week ago

SimplicityInTheLBC 3 months ago


1) My first day of vacation!

2) Got a run in today with the Man.

3) Downloaded an app to begin my marathon training this week, and ordered my new GPS watch from Amazon. Half-marathon in less than a month! >.<

4) Got lots of errands done today, and enjoyed being a bit lazy as well.

5) Also have a day off tomorrow, which means I got to catch the lunar eclipse this evening. (Were it a worknight, I’d have conked out long ago.) 1 week ago


Are you an introvert or an extravert? Or neither? What are your features best fitting this or that label, if you choose one?

Definitely an introvert, and a bit of a curmudgeon as well. Interacting with people exhausts me and I have little patience for the general population.

As an introvert, how do you feel around extraverts (and vice versa)?

They seem like foreign creatures to me. I can’t fathom why anyone would want to be around other people so frequently. They can’t fathom how I can spend so much time by myself without being horribly lonely.

Is/are your significant other(s)/unworthy emu same “type” as you or opposite?

The Man is much more social than I am – I think he swings between introversion and extroversion. Then again, he doesn’t spend his entire day being around middle school children.

What are the best aspects of your type? Worst? Any you’d like to change?

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like introverts do better with things that require intense focus. However, in my job as a teacher, there are definitely times when I wish I was more comfortable with the schmoozing aspect.1 week ago


I’ve heard of it. I believe that there is some truth to it (in that our expectations definitely have an influence on how we perceive certain situations), but I don’t buy it as being the magical cure-all that The Secret cultists tout it as being. I think more than anything else, being generally optimistic and positive has a positive effect on your life, so that even when you encounter setbacks, you are better able to overcome them or at least see where they can be learned from. 1 week ago


1) Spending yesterday at Knott’s Berry Farm with the Man, for free! (courtesy of the choreographer I work with)

2) After tonight, I get two whole days where I don’t have to be anywhere or do anything. Most people call this a weekend – I call it spring break.

3) An afternoon walk and delicious cupcakes.

4) Putting together a tasty Easter menu for the fam next week. For the curious, I’m doing:

Drinks, dessert, and mashed potatoes to be provided by other family members.1 week ago


I got to see Lea Salonga in Miss Saigon on Broadway waayyyyy back in 1999. It. Was. Amazing. 1 week ago

SimplicityInTheLBCand numero nueve

1. Animal Farm by George Orwell
2. Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
3.Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
4. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
6. On war by Carl Von Clausewitz
7. The World According to Garp – John Irving
8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
9. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
10. Next person’s choice 1 week ago


1) Getting to leave work at a “normal” time, and thusly missing much of the traffic on the way home.

2) Got my run in yesterday – not one of my best, but it’s something.

3) New magazines full of delicious food experiments to be tried.

4) Some really moving poetry performances by a couple of my students today.

5) THREE MORE DAYS. 2 weeks ago

SimplicityInTheLBCwe did in fact

discuss a sushi adventure. And there’s a lot of stuff at our local sushi joint that I will totally eat…because it’s cooked :) 2 weeks ago

SimplicityInTheLBCI had to look up geoduck clams

and whoa – I basically had to turn away from Google Images yelling NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE. Giant penis clams is more like it. 2 weeks ago

SimplicityInTheLBCno soy pescadora

When did you last eat fish?
Two nights ago.

What type was it?
Not sure, it was a bite of something from the Man’s plate.

Did you like it?
As much as I like any fish. We didn’t grow up eating seafood in my family, so it’s kind of a miracle that I can stomach it at all.

Did you cook it yourself?
Not this one, no. I have cooked fish plenty of times though – usually salmon.

What about seafood?
Meh. I can hang with shrimp, and clam chowder. Anything else is too fishy-tasting for my palate, and/or creeps me out because it resembles a giant insect.

Only if it’s cooked. I like the shrimp tempura roll at our local sushi joint. Sashimi? Fuuuuuuck no.2 weeks ago


1) $2 worth of strawberry lemonade sorbet on a summerlike afternoon.

2) Started a new book received from PaperBackSwap.

3) Feeling rested when I woke up this morning.

4) Being alone in the house means I actually get some vocal rest.

5) FIVE. MORE. DAYS. till spring break.

6) Making plans to host Easter at our place this year. It will be my family’s first time seeing our new apartment since we moved at the end of January. 2 weeks ago

SimplicityInTheLBCwhat a loser

I picked up my bib yesterday, and then the Man and I walked to downtown for dinner (about a 3-mile walk). I wore my boots, and by the time we got done with dinner, I had a blister on the ball of my right foot – to the point where we called a cab to go home because it hurt like hell.

Woke up this morning and it still hurt like hell, so I didn’t go to my race :( Money wasted, and now I feel like a pussy for not just toughing it out for the 10K.

Not real happy with myself right about now. 2 weeks ago


1) Being recognized for my work in front of my colleagues. Awards make me happy! (And add good stuff to my résumé, should I want to transfer from this position at some point.)

2) Knocking out a bunch of music for upcoming show. It’s not done, but it’s closer than it was.

3) The Man making dinner for me, and cleaning up the house while I was at work.

4) Ten more days till spring break! 3 weeks ago

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