February 14th, 2007


continuing the haiku meme

Haiku2 for reveilles
of my favorite
programs omnioutliner a
great day for science
Created by Grahame

Apparently, I'm just a shill. But it's true: that program has made it a lot easier to organize my thesis...

warm, finally

jcobleigh, being the awesome and wonderful husband that he is, outdid himself on my birthday present. (Yes, yes, my birthday isn't until April, but we've always been wildly off schedule when giving each other gifts. If the item is useful now, why wait until the actual date? :)

With the exception of the summer season, I tend to be cold most of the time, even indoors, and even when he thinks the temperature is perfectly comfortable. Instead of forcing us to go through higher heating costs and making him feel too warm, I tend to wear multiple layers and wrap myself in blankets while I'm working. And watching T.V. And reading. Etc. (When I have to leave the house, I wear my coat after everyone has taken theirs off, and even if I remove my coat, my scarf stays on pretty much the whole time.) Sometimes I wear a winter hat indoors. I bought one of those long 70's-style shawl things with tassles all along the bottom of it because I saw it and thought PORTABLE BLANKET. People compliment me on it (probably because they're so shocked that I look like I'm making a fashion statement) and I just tell them about the wonderful blanket-ness of it. I'm weird. :)

So one day a couple of weeks ago, jcobleigh spotted a mention of the Slanket on Kaja Foglio's blog and asked me if I wanted one. At first, he just described it in an abstract way: "It's a big blanket with arms." I thought, "I already have blankets squirreled away in every room of the house, so I don't think I need another blanket."

A few minutes later, he showed me a picture of a guy using a laptop while swathed in a slanket. My first response was, "Yikes, that would be too warm! The laptop would be adding a ton of uncomfortable extra heat*!" Then jcobleigh clicked around the slanket website a bit and found a picture of a woman reading a book. That made more sense to me, but still I thought, "I have enough blankets for reading books. It's a nice idea, but I don't need one."

Undeterred, jcobleigh took me into the room that serves as my office (which--and I am not making this up, jcobleigh agrees with me--is the coldest room in the house, by a significant margin) and said, "But you can use it while you're working at the computer!" and suddenly, I got it. He told me that it was 5' x 8'. I dreamed of finally being able to wrap myself in enough fabric so that my neck could be warm and my feet could be warm at the same time. I dreamed of being able to move my arms without the blanket getting twisted or falling off my shoulders. I picked my favorite color and jcobleigh ordered it for me.

It arrived today. I am happy and warm. I can regulate my temperature easily. I don't need to wear layers under it. I am typing and I am opening and closing desk drawers and the slanket is not falling off my shoulders. It is made of fleece and is not itchy. The inventors of this thing have made the world a better place.

* Yes, I know, at this point you're thinking, "Huh? She's complaining about being too warm now?" I should clarify the temperature thing: my comfortable temperature zone is very small. Not too hot, not too cold. jcobleigh's theory is that my zone is smaller than his zone.
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page 23 meme

Tagged by kerravonsen:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog, along with these instructions.
5.Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
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Tagging (but only if you want to be) jcobleigh, magusjosh, silly_lilly, and kateycp2k.
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