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04 January 2009 @ 09:42 pm
Les Semaines January 4: Hello, January  
It's SNOWING AGAIN. This time more like the snow we usually get: big fat wet flakes. We already have about three inches. Sigh. It's gorgeous, but it's supposed to turn to rain at some point. I hope it rains away before we have to go to work tomorrow morning. I hate snowy commutes, and neither of us can miss tomorrow. Me because it's the beginning of a new quarter of classes, and Jim because he's been off since December 16th.

Went to work Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. It wasn't as quiet as I might have thought. Got a lot done, but didn't feel very motivated. I hate how I look forward to a lull like this to catch up and then lose all energy for it. I never get done what I hope I will. But so it goes, right? There were so few people there, though, that it was kind of fun, and Jan and I dared to have coffee out at the Allegro one day. Though we spent the whole time talking about work, we felt wicked.

Had a very quiet New Year's Eve. On Friday we celebrated our family Christmas with Tamar and Devin. We had a lovely dinner, exchanged gifts. It was fun--I coerced them into playing Mah Jong with me. I love my old crazy bamboo and ivory set. I like how the tiles feel, their smoothness and weight, and how they sound, and I like the game, though I don't know how to score, and don't care much really, though I know other people do.

Ever since this incident nearly seven years ago (!!), Sophia has been terrified of the cat toy, da bird. I brought it out about a year ago to see if the kittens would like it, and Sophia took one look at it, and ran downstairs and hid under the bed.

Just on the off-chance, I brought it out again this afternoon, and Sophia jumped up. I thought to run away, but no, to *play with it*. This is the first time she has gotten enthusiastic about an interactive toy (she's played with furry mince and catnip toys on her own) since we got the kittens. I bounced it around and she would leap in front of them to grab it. It wasn't easy to keep it away from from Atia, who would carry it away if I let her. Titus even got into it for a while, but mostly I let Sophia play, because it has been so long for her.

I have photographic evidence, but the card reader on my printer has died and my Dad never gave me the USB cord for the camera so I have no way to get at the pictures. Damn. I see a trip to the camera shop in my future.

For this week's listening, reading, and writing adventures, and a glimpse into my August 1995 journal, see Les Semaines.
 
 
 
timalynetimalyne on January 5th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
I love Mah Jong, too.
Neile Grahamneile on January 5th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
I'm jealous! You have enough people in your family to play it!
timalynetimalyne on January 5th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
I like to play with just two sometimes...but yeah it is more interesting if there is at least a third. If you ever do want a quick sheet on scoring, I've got access to a couple of good books. I mostly like it so that I can try to remember some of the special hands. I like aiming for obscure ones.
Neile Grahamneile on January 6th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
I'd love it if you could recommend good books on Mah Jong. I only have one, and it's less than clear.
timalynetimalyne on March 3rd, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
sorry it has taken me so long
but here's the book I like for Mah Jong. I don't know what one you have or how clear it is, but yeah. This is the one I like.



Neile Grahamneile on March 3rd, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Re: sorry it has taken me so long
Thanks so much! I know how busy you are, so I especially appreciate you taking the time.

It's now in my amazon cart.
Phoebeph_unbalanced on January 6th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
Oh lord, you game like I game. It doesn't matter if you win. It matters if you do something cool.
timalynetimalyne on March 3rd, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
Yes oh yes.