qilora: (Bibliomania)
 the Ethics class starts on Tues.... by then i should have *all* of the first 3 weeks readings (have read all of the textbook chapters, highlighted the virtual-book and wrote a gazillion notes).... so during the class' 5 weeks, i only have to read 2 of the week's textbook-chapters.... i have enough notes to help me participate with the class and spend the majority of time concentrating on writing the class' weekly papers....

as for the Microbiology class, i have finished my portion of this week's team's project (finished it yesterday), and only have one more post i have to make to the class discussion... ❤️ BS"D.

qilora: (Bibliomania)
i woke up thinking and speaking in Hebrew (to myself and G-d), as per usual, this is the first language i use every morning...

walked downstairs and spoke English with hubby, while he got ready for school... kissed him and swapped i-love-yous.... then spent the day listening to (and dutifully "conversing" with) the Pimsleur "Icelandic" CD playing on my computer, while i sewed one of my embroidery samplers... 

spent about 2 hrs. in the sewing and thinking/speaking Icelandic, but i took breaks (hitting the pause button!) and writing/reading English posts that used random Latin/Greek words (while talking to or about school)....

hubby came home from work, and i shut off the Icelandic CD... was back in full-English mode while we talked about our days (although i did point to myself and say: "ég er Bandarísk" and pointed at him and said "þú er Bandarískur!" ;)

have been mostly in English-mode for the rest of the day, except when i posted foto-compliments in a Greenland-group at Facebook (in Danish), and have been reading a botany book i have (written in German)...

so the tally is:
1 - Hebrew
2 - English
3 - Iceandic
4 &
 5 - Greek, Latin
6 - Danish
7 - German

so i worked with / used 7 languages today, but as far as weird this is completely normal of most of the people i interact with, from other countries, EXCEPT for Americans... i wouldn't be surprised if this is very common to other English speaking countries... the only way that English speakers do work with other languages seems to be related to their being educated (giving them more use for Greek/Latin) and/or have contacts with a great amount of their communities (i.e. a New Yorker who does a lot of shopping in a local China Town, or an Australian who has Aborigine words in their English-dialect, etc.)

i bet that this has a lot to do with English being such a lingua-franca ... native speakers of English have much less peer pressure to learn other languages.....

such a waste.
shalom! - Ulla/e. &
 co.
qilora: (Mother Earth)
 a very very odd set of dreams last night.... one right after the other.. usually, when i  wake up to go to the bathroom, it's like rebooting my brain and cases me to start a totally new dream, just as i fall asleep, but this wasn't the case last night...

the first dream i remember an ex-boyfriend (a boy i dated back when i was 17-18ish)....we were together for a couple years, until he decided to commit to a gf that he was seeing at college (yes, this was one of my first experiences of being with a "player").... last night i remember him kissing me a bit and looking at me with a very warm look to his face.. it was as though he were trying to memorize my face.... then i had to pee.

i walk to the bathroom thinking about how odd the dream was, i hadn't really thought of him for decades.... climb back into bed, assuming that i was about to have a new dream.... guess again.

and yes, i had to tinkle 3 times that night (i'm coming up on 50, what do you expect).. and each time i fell asleep again, BAM, there he was...

nothing really "happened", there wasn't a long drawn out amounts of items/entities that i was interacting with, just a lot of sitting there while he stared at me (and i was trying to figure out why this was happening)...

the really disturbing part is that he wasn't acting like a "dream person" more like a "dead person"!... this is exactly how my beloved friends/family interact with me JUST as they die (and maybe a couple months or so after).... it had me a bit perturbed! is M. dead??

i googled his full name with the word "obituary" and clicked on the Images tab and nothing popped up that resembled him....

i have to assume that perhaps he happened to be thinking of that dorky/artsy little girl that he slept with during school breaks.

shalom! - Juju & co.


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 i managed to get an A- in Toxicology (happy me), and i am just about finished with 2 weeks of Microbiology...
i was very surprised and excited to find out i have the same teacher that i had for Entomology..

as for exercises, i am doing pretty good with the waist-twister (about 30 mins, every night)...
i went ahead and ordered myself a second twister (this one i will keep downstairs)....

today i managed to frame mom's kitty/shelf embroidery pictures... i am about 2 mos. late on this present, but should be able to get it in the mail in about a week...

i also am coming pretty close to the top of the latest sampler i'm working on....
shalom! - Ulla/e. & co.



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finished/edited/uploaded the final paper to the prof in Toxicology (relief)..
peeked into new class of Risk Assessment and found out that it was the same teacher i had in the Environmental Law class (much angst)...
called my academic advisor and had him shuffle my classes a bit, so that i could take Microbiology instead (again, much relief)....

i have been able to do a half-hour of the waist-twisting every night, for a couple of weeks... i doubt i am losing much weight, but it has done wonders for both of my feet and my "balance" as i walk around the house... i actually plan to get another twister, to keep downstairs, and make it a habit to do this twisting both in the morning/afternoon as well as at night (before i go to bed)....

going to go rest for a bit, before bed.
shalom! - Ulla/e. & co.

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 was able to submit my portion to the team (they uploaded the presentation tonight).... 
i also have a matrix i am filling out about 10 toxic contaminants in this house.. i was able to find the 10, but i still have to fill out 3 of them (let the prof know that i'll be a day late)...

for the past few days i have been using the waist-twister.... i was able to do it very gradually (afraid to go past my limit and accidentally "pull" a muscle) i did it very short at first: 5 min, 10 min, 15 mins, but at that point i realized it would be fine to do it as long as i wanted to, so i have been spending about 30 mins a night for 3 days now... tonight i also made a point to do 50 leg-lifts and my 30 push ups....

at first the "filthy mouth" feeling was pretty damn regular, i had it creep up on me about mid-morning and it lasted until late afternoon, but then i would work out at night and regret it bringing back that taste again (trying to keep my chin up that i am purging from that blasted chemo).... my sweat was also really odd smelling the beginning of this week (so "chemical" and a touch foul in a way i can't explain) but tonight i walked into the bathroom to wash myself after working out and made a point to sniff the washcloth (i could have sworn that the strange smell was getting lesser each night), but tonight it smelled CLEAN... i actually smell like myself again. baruch Hashem.

now it is time to go rest, and get ready for bed.
shalom - Ulla/e. & co.
qilora: (Bibliomania)
 first off, need to record today's schoolwork: managed to finish the ch. 10 (read all 3 chapters that are due this week), and only posted to the class once.... i didn't get much sewing done (wanted to finish the reading).... 

as far as work-out, i had Tony bring my waist-twister thingy upstairs (it was too hot to do it downstairs today).... i started with 5 mins, the first day (to see how my body responded), did 10 mins on the second day and 15 mins tonight... so far so good, i don't have achy muscles from doing this but i definitely am getting a smidge of chemo-flashbacks from working these muscles... i am going to take it easy for at least the first week or so (speaking from experience, my body can't handle such a rush of those noxious chemicals)....

a little in-house news now:
Neima just started a local grammar school.... Juju felt that she had "settled" enough in this new neighborhood and might be able to get along with the kids (they have been playing with her at the playground, and Neima was able to meet a few girls in a group of girl-scouts)... of course we were all happy for her until her first day of class (that is when the house took on a creepy sound of silence)....

it was hardest on our Jonathan... he had morphed the guest room into his own bedroom/office and was doing most of his writing while Neima was sitting at a small desk that was against the south facing window..... sitting at her desk for hours, singing her songs or talking to herself, while Jonathan was trying to find the write words for his newspaper.... today he disappeared into his room, turning up a few hours later looking a bit sullen... he sat at high tea with us and finally said "i was so looking forward to that blasted singing to stop, but now Neima is gone...  the room is silent..... school sucks." ;)

she has also seen Jonathan playing his violin with Juju (on cello), and expressed interest in his teaching her... i (Juju) wish that i could convince Seamus and Wesley to learn to play instruments also, we would have a little orchestra in our home, except the men refuse (they swear to me that they are "all thumbs")... it might be because of horrible memories they have as children, and grouchy teachers... i will not give up (they WILL concur).....

time for rest now..
shalom! - Ulla/Juju & co.


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 i was supposed to take the entire day off, but ended up peeking into the classroom (ended up posting twice)... 
i felt rather well today.. i think that the new thyroid meds are finally making everything a bit more "stable", i can get thru the days without literally passing out on the couch.... i got quite a bit of pleasant sewing done, felt "clear headed" and also managed to get a bit of a constitutional/leg-lifts/push-ups....
shalom! - Ulla/e. & co.

constitutional: 590 steps
leg-lifts: 50
push-ups: 50


qilora: (Bibliomania)
 i had to over work a bit to compensate for losing so much work-time on monday... but all is well, i finished/uploaded week #2's paper, read *all* of chapter 6, and managed to post twice into the classroom....

i also was able to do my push-ups/leg-lifts, and sewed a bit of my Moose :)
now i ready myself for bed (mahjong, screen-shots, etc.)
shalom! - Ulla/e. & co.


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 i took a half-pill of the thyroid meds, both the days that i did this i felt fine (a smidge "better" than i felt before the meds), so i am going to continue this way for a week... after that time passes, i *will* try to take the whole pill again and see how my body responds...

as for the paper, i was able to get it almost completed... have about a thousand words brainstormed out, and only 200-300 to write up tomorrow (concerning Phase I & II of toxicants in the human body, and the process of biotransformation)...

also got my daily dose of sewing accomplished, but no physical exercising (let lifts, etc.)

i feel fine now, i am off to get ready for bed..
shalom - Ulla/e. & co.
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 i swear i am going to take just a half of a pill tomorrow... i feel fine on the half-pills, but this whole pill is knocking me out (i think)....
i will go back to half-pills for a few days and see if i feel any different...
today i was utterly useless with writing this week's paper, all i could do was sew....
i doubt i will be able to convince myself to do any leg work or push ups...

even now, i need to go rest...
shalom - Ulla/e. & co.


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 working on week #2's paper, so far i have the outline/brainstorming figured out, there is a good chance that i'll have the final written tomorrow, but i still need to wait until the next day before i edit it (the prof understands, i will just send him a note to let him know my progress anyway)...

did a bit of sewing, feeling a bit too anxious to enjoy myself at all, but i at least i accomplished quite a bit of both tasks: sewing *and* the paper..
i also managed to do push-ups/leg-kicks tonight, and managed to start my thyroid meds today (let's pray that it can give me a bit of energy in the near future)....

that is all for today, now i am off to play a bit of mahjong, take the satellite screen-shots, and then hit the hay.
shalom - Ulla/e. & co.
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 managed to finish ch. 3, and posted twice to class (i'm managing to keep up with everyone)...

did the push-ups/leg-kicks, not the power walk....
and started to sew the evergreens...

a lovely productive day :)
shalom! - Juju.




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 met my new G.P., was terrified (as usual) but the visit was pretty uneventful... everything has been taken care of, and i am getting refills of the seizure meds again...

spent today working on the worksheet that was due tonight (finished it on time), got very little sewing done but i am taking tomorrow off (much more sewing done on those kind of days)....

now i go get ready for bed.
shalom - Ulla/e. & co.


 

qilora: (Bibliomania)
 schoolwork today was mostly reading the ToxTutor that we have been assigned (at a NIH site)...
had to take a break when Tony found a TV channel that was playing "Doc Martin" (i nearly leapt from the couch)...

tonight i was excited to receive a note from a Researcher at RG, answering my question about the heterocyst of Anabeana that i had taken a foto of (on the microscope)... i have noticed a discoloration and wondered if it had something to do with the ionization of water that is adjacent to the heterocyst (unattached to the vegetative cells)... we both guess that this is a refraction of the light and the extra thick cell walls (and all that extra lipid)...

no constitutional or leg/arm exercises tonight.. i am trying to rotate the leg-thrust nights with my "walking"-days...
time to rest now.
shalom - Ulla/e. & co.
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 only 2 days since the law-class ended and i am starting to come back to Earth... the new teacher is giving me credit for whatever i post and seems to be having short thoughts to send to me (i much appreciate this)... i've posted to class 5 times so far, and i am half way thru the reading that is assigned for next week.. i'll start working on this week's worksheet tomorrow, i think i'll do "okay"....

Juju has some thoughts she wanted to share of interacting with her husband's old boyfriend...
going to go vegetate to Call the Midwife and mahjong, until i'm ready to take the satellite screen-shots and then sleep.
shalom - Ulla/e. & co.

**************************
Seamus and Jonathan had quite a torrid love-affair, some years ago.... they both came out of the closet to family and good friends, but were basically very discrete in public (old wounds).... they were always very much in love with each other, but Seamus has a quality that is fundamentally very "masculine" about him, turning into every one's father; whereas Johnathan was the more passionate and impulsive side of the relationship, a little prone to flip between passive and rebellious (depending on his moods)....

one thing that he was struggling with is committing to Seamus while still feeling a bit "juvenile" when they were together... Johnathan had a long term job with a paper in Oxfordshire, and they had been trying to get him to take a job out in Beijing (he lived there as a child and has the ability to talk Mandarin, and quite a few contacts)... Johnathan thought that he should take this job, temporarily, assuming that this would be a way to prove to himself that he could live on his own and be independent... his plan was to come back to Britain, and be able to commit to Seamus as his husband.... but as per usual, his plan back fired a bit...

he had to contend with the depression that swallowed him up, once he was cut off from Seamus.. it lead to him drinking a *bit* too much, and having affairs, that had him wracked with guilt... after a couple of years, he had tried to get Seamus to look for his own lovers (feeling that he deserved it if Seamus found a new relationship).. it took quite a bit of letters back and forth before Seamus had a very brief affair with our Wesley (which he broke off because he still felt too attached to Johnathan) and he finally hooked up with me (Juju) after about 3 years had passed... we bonded quite well, and decided to settle down together (the passing year found us getting a civil marriage and i got pregnant with Manni)....

we were on our second year when i answered the knock at the front door, one day, and found Johnathan standing there at my front stoop...
it was a little "complicated", but our little triangle has been resolved (us Qilora tend to work best in 3's)....

a memory i want to record is a short conversation i had while visiting Johnathan at his mother's old cottage in Port Isaac (in Cornwall).. he had brought his violin down from Oxford, and played a bit for me.... you have to understand that Johnathan was always a very private person, who walked around with a sharp tongue, always in a "good mood", cracking jokes and very clever... but when he played the music for me i could see his face betray him.... he showed me passion, rage, sorrow, love and nostalgia (to name a few), it was certainly enough to make me feel more endeared to him.... like he was confiding in me...

i pointed out that his "slip" was showing while he played and he smirked a little, letting me know that as long as he was "just making music" he could get away with it... that during the rest of the time he just needed to make sure to keep himself wearing his armor, being the "class clown"... "as long as you keep people laughing, they won't look at you too deep.. the violin can say anything it wants to, like it is speaking for me".... a little embarrassed he added "yes, here i am a grown man, pretending to be a violin"...

i told him "i see it more that you are a violin, just pretending to be a 'man'... don't pretend, just be yourself.... i saw Johnathan speaking to me tonight, your face was giving me so many emotions [while he played], and i feel so grateful that you confide in me like this..... i have loved you since before we even met, and now it feels a little deeper.. i adore you
".. - Juju.

qilora: (Bibliomania)
 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW IS OVER!!!!!!


i suspected i would get a C...
i prayed for a C+....
i got a B- ..... (baruch Hashem)

i am so relieved ... i spent today just sewing...  and trying to convince myself to shift my mind a bit, and get into a more scientific mode...
i am half looking forward to Toxicology and half dreading it (i am easy to freak out when studying about pollution)...

need to go rest now.
shalom - Ulla/e. & co.
qilora: (Bibliomania)
 finished doing the fotos into the presentation for "energy policies and natural resources", and read a bit into ch. 2 toxicology textbook...
i also started to research the hole in the ice-sheet over the Hudson Bay (near the Belcher Islands).... so far i am wondering if this is a result of geothermal radiation (we'll see)....

sewed a bit, and managed to get a walk in also...
going to go to bed now..
shalom - e. & co.

constitutional: 1,261 steps.


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 posted twice more to class and was able to start a new project at RG (this one still be built, will be mostly about taxonomic identities of microalgae)...

sewed a row of vines in my sampler (will start to add flowers tomorrow)... and also read another 15 pages in the Toxicology textbook...
a very calm day indeed.
shalom - Ulla/e. & co.








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 i started to post into the class (let's hope she gives me credit), tomorrow i am going to start making the final presentation...

i also have started to read the textbook on the next class (Environmental Toxicology); it is so ironic, to be reading much more advanced and complicated writings (i.e. human physiology, the metabolizing of chemical compounds, etc) is actually a bit comforting compared to just reading the history of laws/Acts/proposals...

i managed to also get a bit of walking in tonight, but did trip and fall (i'm okay, btw)...
i made Tony kiss me tonight, and promise that he will still love me if i get a C in the law-class... thank G-d, the class will be over SOON.
shalom - Ulla/e. & co.

constitutional: 1,565 steps. 

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