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redbird: closeup of me drinking tea (farthing party 2007, me drinking tea)

Don't Mourn, Organize

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Created on 2009-04-13 13:41:21 (#52751), last updated 2017-10-17 (3 days ago)

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I'm a native New Yorker, and recently moved to Massachusetts after three years in the Pacific Northwest. After a year or so I'm starting to feel at home in the Boston area, though I still have a lot of exploring to do, and a zillion questions large and small. I live with [personal profile] cattitude and am happily getting used to being in easy bus distance from [personal profile] adrian_turtle, after a decade of a long and then very long distance relationship. Long distance continues to work well for me and [personal profile] rysmiel, and I don't expect either of us to be relocating to the other's country.

I'm a freelance editor and proofreader, working on a variety of nonfiction, including math.

I have a lot of books, but at the moment we have enough shelf space for all of them. I'm reading less than I used to, in some senses, though I think part of that is that more of the words in a row are blog comments and twitter posts and news articles, rather than books or magazines; right now my to-be-read pile is mostly either on the kindle or from the library, or both, because there seem to be a lot of things I want to read once, or think I might want to read once, but don't need to keep.

People talk about planning ahead, but when it becomes cannibalizing your actual present self for the sake of vague future possibilities, it's time to stop and plan for here and now. Don't wear yourself out so badly that there's nobody left to have that future.


I've copied all my old entries and my userpics from LiveJournal. I was crossposting almost everything there, but am at least cutting back: locked posts will be DW-only from now on ("now"=4 April 2017). (The username is the same in both places.) I tweet as @vicki, but don't look there every day, or even every other day.

If you need to reach me in an emergency, phone calls are better than text messaging; for most other purposes, I prefer email to both. Please don't take any of my icons without checking; they include photos of me, and some icons made specifically for me, as well as some that I'm happy to share.

Did I mention the tea and chocolate?

I keep trying to balance the parentheses, but they don't cooperate.

If you feel the need to include a video in a comment, please identify it briefly (something like "otters playing" or "clip of $person"). I run Flashblock and have autoplay off, and am not going to click on unidentified YouTube videos even if I know and like you, and am confident that they aren't spam.

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