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Just got back from a shopping excursion. Replaced my pants, but was unable to find cute rain boots. Got myself a new pot because I couldn't find just the replacement lid-will try not to let this one explode. (Or catch on fire, or melt, or become possessed be elder gods.)
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I realized late last night that I had left my flash drive in the psych computer lab. Not a problem-it's locked and it was unlikely to wander away. However this morning I went over and the building was locked. Of course it was. It's Saturday. So I made a panicky tear-filled call to my mom (the drive has my mega-project of doom on it, and it's due Monday) and on her suggestion tried to find someone to let me in building. Of course, on Saturday one's choices are slim, so I ended up borrowing a phone book at the library-and then the librarian suggested I call campus police (!).
Which I did, and they agreed to let me in the building (!). By the time I got back over there, though, there were a couple of instructors letting themselves in, and when I pled my case they let me in. Called the police back and told them never mind. Much rejoicing.

Think I've got my project done, but am taking a break before I submit it. Want to make sure all i's crossed and t's dotted before I turn it in.
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I get to analyze a cross-cultural study of anxiety for my stats class! Yay!

omg such a geek. but i think i've found my niche.
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I have been bemoaning the fact that I moved down here and forgot to bring markers or any other sort of art supplies. Not that I sketch much, mind you, but I just like having them around.

It just dawned on me that the colored pencils that I use to mark my cross-stitch patterns are still totally valid for other applications. Which is really sad when you consider I bought them for an art class in the first place, and that when I first grabbed them for my x-stitch, I felt a little guilty using my 'good' pencils for that purpose.

We call that 'functional fixedness' in psychology, but that's got to be a special kind of it. That's like using a shoe to prop open a door and suddenly remembering it doubles as footwear.
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I made red bean paste this weekend. I could not say that it was worth the effort, but since the nearest place I know to buy bean paste is 4 hours away, it may have been. I used it to fill some melonpan-vegan cookbooks are weird. It was pretty good and Mom liked them too, but I don't think Dad even tried them. And I made beercan chicken last night-did you know it takes 2 hours to bake a chicken? Neither did my cookbook. Clearly they had smaller chickens.

In other news, I suck at video games. I know this, I always have this problem, and yet I keep trying. I can never figure out if I can't work the controllers, or I'm not doing the right thing, or what. I've been playing the second freakin' level of Naruto for three days-not having fun anymore. I may give up and go back to wii hula hoop, at least I could figure out how to do that.


Also:

I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




Although, I also write like Dan Brown, Chuck Palahniuk (!), and Margaret Mitchell, depending on what I stick in there.
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I wanted to be the First Woman President of the United States™. I kind of got over it when I realized people are really mean to the president, and I really got over it when I realized president =/= dictator. Such a dissapointment.
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Why are all the cross-stitch patterns I'm looking at either way too cutesy or way too sophisticated? I just want to make a Christmas stocking for my niece - something with cute animals, but not cutesy animals. I do not need tranquil peaceful settings, for the love of unionized elves, I just want red and green and merry!
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Had my last day at work Tuesday. Kind of sad to leave but I'm ready to start something different. I've joked about not knowing how to have free time off, but it's turning out not to be a problem-just need to motivate myself to do the things I need to do to be ready for school in August. Have put myself on an amazon block until August- I do not need the temptation, and I do need my money.
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  • 16:50 Just got back from a quilt auction. Somebody keep me out of the fabric store until this temptation gets out of my system. #
  • 16:51 Or, help me find "TARDIS blue" fabric. whichever you prefer. #
  • 16:57 community.livejournal.com/crafty_tardis/341395.html Also, bragging on myself. K-9 plushie I made ages ago, finally posted. #
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A student comes to a young professor's office, after hours. She glances down the hall, closes his door, kneels pleadingly.

"I would do anything to pass this exam." She leans closer to him, flips back her hair, gazes meaningfully into his eyes. "I mean..." she whispers, "...I would do...anything."

He returns her gaze. "Anything?"

"Anything."

His voice softens. "Anything??"

"Absolutely anything."

His voice turns to a whisper. "Would you......study?"
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I'm starting to get the hang of my camera. :) I apologize, the novelty of video will wear off soon.
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I'd open an automat and call it "The Snack Machine", so when people say they're just going to grab something out of the snack machine, they'd have somewhere to go. I'd serve whatever I wanted to on any given day, so people could gripe about how the snack machine was always out of their favorites.
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I was big into Star Trek in middle school. I would have to say I've outgrown the crush I had on Wesely Crusher. I'd be BFF with Jadzia Dax, though, and I didn't really like her back in the day. (This may mean I've outgrown my crush on Dr. Bashir as well...)
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You know, I started to answer this several ways, but they're all so very cynical and I'm don't want to put cynical stuff out there. I guess what I've learned for myself is to keep my mouth shut when my blood sugar's low, because otherwise I'll regret it later.
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I realized something the other day. When I was little, I had this teacher that I adored. Her name was Dr. Cultra, and she taught the gifted classes. I don't really remember why I thought she was so fabulous- some of it was because she liked kids, and it showed. She liked her job.

I realized today that she might be how I ended up in psychology. That's what her background was in, and I wonder if subconsciously that stuck. I don't have any experience with kids, but maybe I'd be better at it than with grown-ups.

God knows, I treated one of my students like a first grader today. How hard is "get in groups of 3 or 4 and work on these questions" to understand? (If I were really Dr. Cultra, this wouldn't have happened. She had good juju.)
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My first car was a little red truck, hence LRT (Ell-ar-tee) I joked that it stood for Louis Renee Thibodeaux-but mostly I just called him by his initials.

My current car is Aya, after the firebird in a Mercedes Lackey novel. It needed a bird name because it had a tendency to collect seeds on the windshield and scatter them all over town. Plus Aya (the bird) was a loyal bondbird if a bit vain and I figured that suited my car pretty well.
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The problem with my habit of hunting for eggless baked goods in vegan cookbooks is I miss things that need dairy products. Things like sugar cream pie, which is pretty much exactly what the name implies. It is surprisingly tasty- and my next experiment will involve adding pecans and chocolate chips to see if I get kind of a derby pie like object.
We've been referring to it as no-egg chess pie, so as not to scare people, but I'm not sure because I haven't had chess pie in so long. It looks kind of like it.
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Gryphonrhi posted this: On self-worth and feminism and Lady knows what else on my friends list. And I think you need to see it, maybe even follow the links. Yes, you, even the menfolk on my f-list. We're all prone to imposter syndrome (and if you need peer-reviewed studies discussing the phenomenon, I can hunt them up for you, because I am an awesome researcher). And it is, as she says, time to own our awesome.

So. Own your awesome. Write it down, because the act of writing helps you learn. You can post it if you want, and I'll come over and tell you how damn straight you are awesome, or keep it to yourself, whatever.

But you're awesome. You have intrinsic awesomeness. Embrace it.

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