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I like having the bed made, for exactly those reasons. It's a surface where things things end up (clothes) and on which I do other things (fold laundry). Much nicer when it's made.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 7:17 AM
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Yeah, now I feel guilty that I haven't made my bed. Or folded my laundry.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 7:59 AM
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I don't usually go back into my bedroom during the day, so couldn't give a shit about the bed. I have though finally cracked keeping my side of the room tidy. (And Di, I've still got washing in the machine - it finished yesterday. Don't feel guilty.)


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 8:07 AM
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Append "for weeks" to the end of 2 and you'll understand the guilt. (And yet, do I get up and go fold? No, it appears not.)


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 8:18 AM
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Wet washing, that is. I have dry stuff hanging all round my house, because it's been too changeable to hang out this week. Today has been gorgeous and have I put my washing out? No, I have sat in the dark watching a bike race. As long as the washing is done and there are clothes for people to wear, there should be no guilt.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 8:37 AM
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As long as the washing is done and there are clothes for people to wear, there should be no guilt.

good -- that gives me one, maybe even two more days!


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 8:44 AM
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Is there still any currency in England of the use of "slut" for slovenly and unkempt. I first encountered in some mid-20th century English novel (I thought Heart of the Matter, but a search reveals only one somewhat ambiguous use). Like this type of thing from Katharine Whitehorn* in 1963:

Have you ever taken anything out of the dirty-clothes basket because it had become, relatively, the cleaner thing? Changed stockings in a taxi? Could you try on clothes in any shop, any time, without worrying about your underclothes? How many things are in the wrong room--cups in the study, boots in the kitchen?" The right answers, says Whitehorn, make "you one of us: the miserable, optimistic, misunderstood race of sluts.

*Who seems to have coined some apt aphorisms in her time:
For this thread, When it comes to housework the one thing no book of household management can ever tell you is how to begin. Or maybe I mean why.
And a foreshadowing of "Cry etc.", "Men have four legs: food, food, sex and food."


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 8:51 AM
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5:No, I have sat in the dark watching a bike race

Today has gotten off to a rocky start as there were Things To Be Done and yet one of the necessary doers of those things chose instead to watch said bike race while reading Unfogged and Labyrinths*. Now I'm looking at old road maps for sale on eBay. I blame Obama.

*I've read a lot of Borges online and in other collections, but this is the first time I've picked up a whole book/collection of his own.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 9:43 AM
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7: Whitehorn's husband wrote some decent thrillers way back when. Second hand bookstored might still have some.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gavin_Lyall


Posted by: Biohazard | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 9:57 AM
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I'm sorry to further derail a thread about bed-making, but what's up with the bike race? I seem not to be able to watch it on my television. Contador surely retained the lead, right? But who's second and third now?


Posted by: ari | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 11:25 AM
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I'm going to get this bed-making thread back on track -- by making my bed!


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 11:43 AM
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Done!


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 11:46 AM
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10: Nothing significant changed. Contador, the 2 Schlecks and Armstrong all finished within a few seconds of each other ~30 seconds behind the two stage leaders. Andy Schleck made a lot of attacks on the last climb but Contador stayed literally right on his wheel and Frank Schleck was hard-pressed to even stay with those four much less put time into Armstrong. Frank Schleck did go in front of Kloden to within 3 seconds of Bradley Wiggins (who gamely stayed with them until the last kilometer or so) in fourth.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 12:05 PM
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I was also inspired by this thread to make my bed.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 12:57 PM
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Get a job at Harvard, Heebie. 1-1 teaching load.


Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 1:09 PM
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something about unusual poop

Is this her first baby? Because my experiences tell me that there is no such thing as unusual baby poop. Could be any color in the crayon box and an amazingly wide range of textures.

ad hoc mothers' coffee group

On the other hand, some babies are indeed sensitive to caffeine.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 1:11 PM
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15: But you'll keep getting hassled by the fuzz.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 1:12 PM
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Until they find out exactly who you are.

"She's right, boys! Leave her alone."


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 1:13 PM
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Being around babies too much is a kind of sensory-deprivation zone where you start hallucinating symptoms out of sheer boredom.

Thank you so much for saying this.


Posted by: Penny | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 1:25 PM
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Is this her first baby?

Yes. So the inventive fretting is mitigated. But still boring to be around. Chill the eff out, lady.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 1:26 PM
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18: Law enforcement acted deplorably in this instance; I have always felt the correct response to "Do you know who I am?" to be a savage beating.

Also, geeky super-fun time!


Posted by: foolishmortal | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 1:33 PM
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Could be any color in the crayon box and an amazingly wide range of textures.

Not to mention the myriad aromas.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 1:37 PM
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Ah, meconium.

Unlike later feces, meconium is composed of materials ingested during the time the infant spends in the uterus: intestinal epithelial cells, lanugo, mucus, amniotic fluid, bile, and water

Despite which, I recall it being generally less objectionable than much of what came later.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 1:44 PM
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23: Less objectionable, but much, much harder to remove. That stuff's like roofing tar. I was tempted to use sandpaper.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 2:16 PM
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Feces aside, I really miss the newborn baby smell. I tried mixing milk, Dreft, and Balmex. It wasn't the same. Maybe I should pee in it.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 2:18 PM
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That stuff's like roofing tar.

Seriously. My first reaction was like, holy crap, how the hell did you make this?


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 2:25 PM
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Get a job at Harvard, Heebie. 1-1 teaching load.

Yeah, Harvard's famous for how underworked the professors are.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 2:44 PM
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Sure, Blume, the assistant and probably even associate profs must have to bust ass—but we're talking about heebie. Surely she can waltz right into a sweet chair whose terms she can more or less dictate.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 2:52 PM
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Blume, did you finish 2666? (I think it was you who said you were reading it.) I certainly found "The Part About the Crimes" to be a slog through the middle, but by the end I was thinking it was pretty brilliant. I'm finding myself now re-reading bits to locate and review the parts that sorta kinda connect the parts (some of which I missed the first time through).
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Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 3:00 PM
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But then she'll have to spend all that time hobnobbing with H/mi Bh/bha and St/ven P/nker. All those tiresome cocktail parties!


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 3:01 PM
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29: we're still working on it. It's been a busy month, dangit!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 3:03 PM
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30: but what majestic hair if you take the two of them together.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 3:05 PM
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29: I haven't finished it yet; moving plus wedding plus another family wedding out of state slowed me down a lot. I'm almost to "The Part About the Crimes" now. I hope to finish it in Berlin next month (and then not have to haul the book back, since Sifu has a copy as well).

I think mcmc started it recently as well.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 3:08 PM
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Scenes from a marriage:
Blume: "Sifu, you just made us into a 'we'!"
Sifu: "We're both reading it. And I didn't want to admit how far ahead of me you are."


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 3:12 PM
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33: So you guys don't know that Archimbaldi is actually Amalfitano's (Who? says Tweety) ... oops. (And would I give a real spoiler?) But no big revelation that there is some of it coming up that is set in Berlin; my geographic nerdiness is always gratified* to read something that takes place where I am at the time.

*When it isn't being put off by geographic howlers.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 3:22 PM
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I'm excited to read the parts in Berlin while I'm in Berlin.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 3:23 PM
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SO EXCITED to get the the Archimboldi part.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 3:29 PM
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This thread got derailed so quickly because 1 is so clearly and obviously absolutely right. There wasn't anywhere to go but elsewhere.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 3:35 PM
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(Who? says Tweety)

Hey! I'm that far.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 3:39 PM
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Archimboldi

I can misspell anything! Holy Christ!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 3:42 PM
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I solve this by not having any covers at all during the summer, at least on my side. When I was single I would pull all the covers off the bed in May and put them back on sometime in October.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 6:28 PM
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41: That's insane. What did you pull over your head when that blasted sun thing would show up?

Wait. I don't wanna know.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 11:16 PM
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that's what pillows are for, silly.


Posted by: soup biscuit | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 11:18 PM
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Speaking of waking with the sun, boy do I ever not want to work tomorrow. Or ever, really.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 11:33 PM
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44: You should go on vacation. I'm having a great time not having to get up tomorrow. My plans include, "Maybe we'll go look at how that pedestrian-mall version of Times Square is working out. Or just eat some Thai food and wander around some museums. Or, just, you know, whatever." Refreshing, that.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-25-09 11:53 PM
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Further to 45: teo, if you didn't hit the MTA Transit History Museum last time you were through New York, do visit. We must've spent four hours there today. Good stuff.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 12:00 AM
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You should go on vacation.

I've actually been taking as much annual leave as possible; I'll only work four days this week and three the next (which is my last week). Then a month before school starts. So I really don't have much to complain about. Still, though, I'm pretty tired of this job at by now.

if you didn't hit the MTA Transit History Museum last time you were through New York, do visit.

Thanks for the tip. Will definitely stop by there when I can.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 12:11 AM
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Nonetheless, I do still have to work tomorrow, so I need to go to bed now. Good night, all.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 12:12 AM
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44: Speaking of waking with the sun, boy do I ever not want to work tomorrow. Or ever, really.

Think cute girls, Teo! Who need a strong, manly Ranger to help them with their gear!

max
['Maybe you could come back to their SUV real quicklike!']


Posted by: max | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 12:14 AM
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I liked 2666 so much that I went back and took another run at The Savage Detectives but am presently bogged down in Israel.


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 6:58 AM
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My friend's baby had unusually colored poop and was always unhappy. Turned out she was horribly allergic to her mother's milk. The unusual color was from blood.


Posted by: Shadrack | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 7:27 AM
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50: Saw that in a bookstore the other day and almost bought it. But decided it would be good to take a break and mentally chew on 2666 for a while, plus I have 3 more to get through from my Unfogged-related bulk reading list purchases.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 7:56 AM
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Everybody should buy and read my cousin's new novel! Unfortunately, since I'd like to preserve what semblance of pseudonymity I have left, I can't tell you what it is. Still, pick it up. It's great!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 11:47 AM
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Think cute girls, Teo! Who need a strong, manly Ranger to help them with their gear!

I think about them plenty. Doesn't make them appear, though.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 11:51 AM
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53: I may already have!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 11:56 AM
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55: excellent point!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 12:02 PM
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56: exclamation point "!"


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 12:04 PM
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Just booked my flight from Houston to Newark on August 13. This means I will be in Austin on August 11.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 12:17 PM
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58: Cool. E-mail me at m/tchm/lls at hotmail (change each "/" to an "i"). I'll then forward it to Sir Kraab and heebie and jammies and we'll all make plans together.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 1:47 PM
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Why does M/lls get to be the bottleneck here? Teo, email me and I'll forward it to Sir K.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 1:49 PM
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You know that M/lls is just going to alter your message to promote his own agenda.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 1:49 PM
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Well, 60 will work too. Or heebie or Sir Kraab could step up. I'm just trying to be a good person neb, offering some of my precious inbox capacity to help a fogga out.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 2:01 PM
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Yeah, if M/tch told you he had a big inbox, would you hold it against him?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 2:05 PM
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I'd rather have a big inbox in front of me . . . .


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 2:17 PM
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M/tch (and SK) also generously offered me a place to stay in Austin (an offer that I hope still stands...), so it makes sense for him to be the bottleneck. M/tch: I will e-mail you.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 4:57 PM
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65: The offer still stands, although we'll put you up in a different apartment than the one originally mentioned, since my landlord informed me about a week ago that he needed the apartment I'm currently at "for a different project".

I have no idea what that means, and he wasn't forthcoming when I asked "so what should I put on lease application about why I'm moving?" His reply: "Just tell them the lease ended".

But I've secured a new apartment (and landlord) beginning on August 1st, so by the 11th it should be nice and liveable for you.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 07-26-09 7:15 PM
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I can't teach two courses per semester while we've got small children.

Note the plural.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 07-27-09 4:37 AM
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67: I hardly see what's to note about "courses" being in the plural.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 07-27-09 5:19 AM
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