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Astreja

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  1. has a brand new pail of drywall mud.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.

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      Astreja

      I have done textured walls, but usually with heavier mixes like 50/50 Plaster of Paris and floor-levelling compound (mix it in very small batches, as it hardens really, really fast -- which makes it work very well on vertical surfaces).  One of the nicest looks I've gotten is with top-and-bond concrete, which creates a rough medium grey surface.

       

      The drywall paste, though, is for finishing some rather ordinary, flat walls so that they can be primed and painted.

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  2. Election night alcoholic beverage suggestions?

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      Make a hot rum toddy with brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and hot water.

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  3. A friend and I demolished a cast iron bathtub today, using a sledgehammer and a crowbar. It got a mite noisy in the *KABONGGG* bathroom.

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      Main reason I wanted the old tub gone was to put in a more functional tub/shower combo with a more waterproof tub surround.

       

      As to why we smashed the old tub, it was the easiest way to get it out of the bathroom and out of the house. (I also doubt that My Lovely Assistant and I could have gotten the tub downstairs without injuring ourselves.)

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  4. I'm going to work on my singing . If no one wants to help me improve, I might as well do it myself. I need to work on fixing my overall tone, breath support, whistle register notes, and resonating in my chest instead of my throat. Everything else is okay or needs a professional's help.

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      Have you ever tried lying on your back on the floor while practising the exercises that make you tense up? Learned that from a singing teacher many years ago.

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  5. My Baltimore family is hiding from riots, my Baton Rouge family is hiding from tornados, my L.A. family is begging for water. Someone out there, tell me what's going right in your neck of the woods.

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      Weather this week is lovely, with a little bit of rain but mostly sunny this week. No floods this year, and mosquitoes aren't due to show up for a few weeks or so.

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  6. is painting stuff in the house, and occasionally Herself as well.

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      Astreja

      We just finished putting 2 coats of paint on the stairwell, and I've been staining and clear-coating the hardwood on the main floor. I'm also building a cabinet for My bedroom and will be giving that a few coats of some dark enamel to match the rest of the furniture in there.

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  7. Every time my dad "rebukes" his cough, I can't help but roll my eyes.

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      I do hope he doesn't subscribe to the "demon theory" of medicine.

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  8. Merry Kryasstmas! May the Lard rain down magical Sky Blessings this glorious day! Glory!

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      And a Merry Kryasstmas to you too, Brother Jeff!

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  9. has a gazillion Christmas concerts to play in the next few weeks -- Well, nine of them, anyway.

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      It's beginning to feel a lot like gazillion, er, Christmas... Rehearsal tonight, then 4 more shows to go. At least this evening isn't a BYOP (bring your own piano) event; I get to play Charlie Brown Christmas stuff on an actual grand piano.

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  10. My emotions have run the gamut today from deep sorrow to BLISTERING RAGE. I have been crying off and on all day because of my mom's dog Sally's death. I'm sad, but I can't imagine what my mom must be going through. It's been a day from HELL!

  11. I am listening to Queen, because somebody's got to do it.

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      Hey, good idea, Orbit! (reaches for CD copy of Sheer Heart Attack)

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  12. Current crop of xians has gotten boring. Time for fresh meat!

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      *clink clink clink* Prayer warriors... Come out to playeeay!

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  13. TOMORROW I SEE SMAUG!

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      Astreja

      Sounds like a Middle Earth weather forecast. :-D

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  14. is now convinced that Canadian fast food chains are certifiably insane. Three words: Maple bacon donut.

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      Not Canadian bacon in the donut -- More like generic crumbled bacon, some in the donut but most of it in the icing. Had to try one once, but it's merely okay (as opposed to awesome).

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  15. HA! Learning how to paint digitally! So cool.

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      Cool digital painting trick to try in Photoshop or the GIMP: Create a layer, fill with a colour, turn down the opacity so you can see what's under it, and erase parts to let the colours from underneath pop through.

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  16. has a space heater, a cup of tea, some long underwear, and a jaded eye on the local weather forecast's promise of an upcoming warm spell.

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      CR, I only run the heater when I'm in My office, mostly to keep My feet warm when I'm working on the computer. I unplug it after I'm done, so that the cats can't accidentally or deliberately make it go.

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  17. would like it to be warm for Halloween, so that the little kids don't have to wear parkas over their costumes.

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      We regularly get rain or snow or a bit of both, at least every second Halloween. A few years ago, though, we had shirtsleeve weather (around 15-20C) on 10/31. Fantastic.

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  18. My father died. Artist, devoted parent. I owe him a lot of who I am.

  19. For Nanowrimo this year, I am writing a novel entitled Christ's Rebellion. Hope to publish it to e-book by Spring 2014. Anyone else writing this year?

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      I used to do NaNo but I can't fit it in any more (lost 8 writing evenings to band rehearsals).

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  20. Have you ever ate hash browns with shredded cheese? :) Plan on eating that tonight.

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      Astreja

      Add a nice beef gravy and essentially you've invented hash brown poutine! *nom nom nom*

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  21. Page 1 of the Lions' Den is getting very cluttered with threads that no one has touched in months.

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      More likely it's just a random crazy person, Thumbelina. If someone was deliberately stalking you and trying to bury your posts, we'd probably see a lot more threads starting up in the Lions' Den. Compared to other forums, where a new post can wind up on page 2 by the end of the day, the Den's a pretty quiet place.

       

      Maybe what we need is a sub-forum for all the "pinned" stuff in the Lions' Den, because that's what's occupying most of Page 1.

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  22. went to the Symphony tonight and heard The Planets by Holst.

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. (If you're near NYC, they're playing Carnegie Hall on May 8, 2014.) Jupiter's my favourite of the Planets, but Uranus and Mars are up there. I especially like the 5/4 rhythm in Mars.

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  23. is watching Her book-reviewing cat RJ-45 snooze peacefully on the desk next to a pile of unread books.

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      BNC? Love it! Could stand for Blatantly Nerdy Canine.

       

      And for the record, RJ really was Cat 5 in the litter.

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  24. Any time I can tell a couple of Baptists and a couple of JW to piss off, it is a good day!

  25. is slogging through a book on music harmony theory with pencil and eraser in hand.

    1. Astreja

      Astreja

      I'm doing a beginner-level harmony exam in a little less than 3 weeks. Studying is mostly under control at this point, although I need more practice on things like figured bass and modulation.

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