allekha: (Embroidery on black)
Nothing very exciting as of late - I've been doing work, writing a lot (have a couple of things to post, maybe tomorrow). My mom just had hip replacement surgery and is apparently doing well. She sounds very determined to heal up as fast as she can. I'm going to be seeing her in a couple of months - we're meeting up in the city to see a ballet and to visit a museum or two while we're there - and hopefully she will be walking okay then. Since she had an injury a few years ago, she's had a distinctive rocking/limping gait, and she texted me that she doesn't do that anymore while shuffling around.

Today I finished planting everything in the garden - this year I bought six eggplants, five sweet peppers, and six basil plants (last year one was not enough; six might be a bit much, but eh, it will freeze) along with a mint mint and a lemon mint to replace the mint that got stolen/confused for garbage last fall and disappeared :( But the mints are going to have to wait until I buy them pots. My family once had some catnip (which is a mint) that we planted outside; it took over a fair amount of space before we pulled it out a few years later. The cats were pretty happy while it lasted, though I wish I'd know back then that you can make tea from it. I also planted some radishes in milk cartons and a couple have sprouted so far - I'm worried about lead contamination in the ground here, but haven't had the change to buy real pots, hence the milk cartons. We'll see if it was actually the right time to plant them and if I'll get any radishes in the end. No tomatoes this year, since the two I had last year produced a fair amount, but also had some sort of disease. Not entirely sure what they had, but from what I read, what I think they caught can overwinter in soil, so. I'll just buy my tomatoes this year and eat them with all of my basil.

My planting arrangement was thwarted somewhat by a very frustrating rock. The soil here has tons of rocks - I've dug out plenty at least as large as my hand, and lots of smaller ones - but this one was at least twenty cm by fifteen cm by at least fifteen cm deep, which was around the point where I gave up. I only had a hand spade, and the rain was still light but starting to come down harder, and I could rock the stone slightly but it was very stuck, and it was easier just to shift my plants around.

Still working my way through the Tibetan history book. Still annoyed at the authors. I asked the relative who gave it to me about a passage in it comparing the native Bon religion and Buddhism and saying, essentially 'Bon really should be considered a kind of Buddhism' and she was all, uh, no. There were some correct facts there! There are even some good parts of this book! But not one I'm going to be recommending when I finish it. (I cannot wait to do so and start on the second one she lent me.)

On a happier note, not only did Welcome to the Madness hit the Yuri on Ice fandom, we got a creditless version of the pair skate in episode 12!! (You can see it here, along with parts of an actual rip of Welcome to the Madness, if you haven't already.) The one thing I wanted most from the blurays! Now, when are we getting them in America?

Oh, and have some pictures of Koro, Z's new kitty.
Images under here )
allekha: (Haruka x Michiru)
Well, the semester's over. I turned in all my paperwork, attended some last few meetings and did a mini presentation, got 95% on my take-home probabilistic programming exam, and am now just waiting on my summer offer letter (which lets me get paid to work). Z's gotten his already, so I was getting kind of nervous, but I just checked my email and last year I didn't get it until early June. Not time to panic yet, I guess.

So! Summer! It hit 90 yesterday and today! The daffodils and dogwood are fading! I now have time for working on my million WiPs and to read books now! I impulse bought an ebook about what not to do when writing historical fiction because it was only $4; it was very geared towards western Europe, but at least it's upfront about that. And I don't think it really needed a whole chapter on how the hell English peer titles work - it was so specific - but all the talk about how people used names did give me an idea for something in my f/f historical fantasy work. Now back to Tibetan history.

I am most of the way through page four of the Japanese article I'm reading - I was sidetracked for a bit by picking up more context sentences for kanji I was having difficulty with, as it turns out that academic Japanese tends to use a lot of kanji I just have never learned. But page 2: 35 sentences/fragments into Mnemosyne, down from 48 on page one. Progress! There were even a few sentences that I could almost entirely read! Page 3: 29, with an entire paragraph I could more or less understand. Of course, it had to be the one about Searle's godsdamn Chinese Room :| I see in a couple of pages I will finally get to neural networks.

Oh, and Z got a cat! I don't have any very good pictures, but he is an orange tabby and his name is Koro. He is still kind of nervous but also cute and he loves attention and playing with the string I braided for him. I actually got to cat-sit him his first weekend in Z's place - kitty was supposed to come home earlier, but delays happened because of the landlord not getting in contact with the adoption people to confirm Z and his roommates could have a cat, and then they had to leave for a thing, so. I spent most of it working on my exam in the living room and taking breaks to go feed Koro treats in the bathroom while he hid in the shower curtain. Thankfully, he's come out of his shell a lot since then and Z says that he likes to follow people around the house.

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