arrowwhiskers: (sakurabuh)
Hey there. :) So, I used to keep at least part of my journal public, and had the intention of doing so indefinitely. Unfortunately, this page was discovered by spambot vultures a few months ago and instead of peaking and then getting better, the problem has only gotten worse, and I can't stand all the emails announcing spam comments anymore.

From this point forward all new entries are going to be friends-only, and I'm probably going to slowly move backwards privatizing entries as they get heavily spammed. If you want to be added, leave a comment--I'd appreciate some info about you/how you found me, but in general, I'll probably add you. I liek new peeps. <3
arrowwhiskers: (happy fai!)

...Estoy muerta de risa bajajaja. xD

>> Los médicos no me han contactado, supongo que mañana tengo que hablarles yo. :( Fufufu.
arrowwhiskers: (sexy roberta)
I feel like recently I've regressed to my high school brain--I am just bursting with explosive motivation for LANGUAGES day and night all the time, I want to be good, really good, at all of them NAO and it's so frustrating I can't just work on them ALL AT ONCE and get to the point where I want to be IMMEDIATELY. It's so annoying that I'm not really skilled at all of them already. It kills me! I feel like part of my problem though, is organization, so I've tried to slow my racing mind down a bit to try to dissect what my goals really ARE and what I should be doing about each of them.

Organization! )

Idk. I think I have everything pretty much covered in terms of my options. For my other language-learny friends, is there anything else I didn't mention that you like to do? (Also, should I start working on Chinese/ASL/both? Where should I start?)
arrowwhiskers: (data wtf)
So recently, it had been kind of bothering me that my version of Open Office didn't have Portuguese spellcheck. I downloaded the most recent version when I got this computer, and it didn't come with it--which is kind of strange because the version I had on the netbook I used in college definitely DID come with it, along with those for many other reasonably 'major' languages. (And it saved my ass when writing essays for Portuguese class, lol!) As far as I know, the O.Office version I got on this computer only had Spanish from Spain, French from France, and a handful of English varieties, and that's it.

I finally decided to look into getting a new Portuguese one, and I found an extension dictionary that I could download for free. Simple, right? But...once I opened it, it claimed to be "enabled", but there was no Portuguese spellchecking. It didn't work. I drove myself in circles downloading and re-downloading, poring through menu options, but I never found any sort of "enable extensions/dictionaries" option to make everything suddenly work. Finally I decided to see if I was using the right version of O.Office, and while I didn't seem to be using the *wrong* one, there was a new version available, so I downloaded and installed it.

When I opened the new processor, I found that, finally! Portuguese spell check, it works! Omg yay! But then my hopes were dashed when I realized that I no longer had Spanish spellcheck. Uh. What? So I went to the extensions site and downloaded a bunch of Spanish dictionary packs...Spain and Latin America, Spain by itself, Mexican Spanish...all of them seemed to create the same problem as before, where they registered as "enabled" but their function was not...functioning. Closing and reopening O.Office had no effect. So, on a hunch, I deinstalled the new processor and just reinstalled it.

As I had kind of suspected, when I opened it up again after the reinstall, all SORTS of Spanish spellcheckers worked! And the Portuguese one, hallelujah. Something is wrong with their extensions such that they only fit in the way they're supposed to if you reinstall the whole freaking program. What. A pain.

But yeah, I think I'm going to go through right now and download ALL the language pack extensions I could possibly want (well, all the ones that happen to be free), and just reinstall the O.Office *one more time* and be done with it. Ugh. I can't really complain THAT much though, because on Microsoft Word, pretty much ALL language dictionary packs beyond like, maybe French or Spanish, aren't available for free.

In the end, I'm just really glad I figured it out.

EDIT: awwww yea, it worked. :) I now have spellchecking capacity in not only Spanish and Portuguese, but also French, German, Italian, Danish, and Esperanto, lulz. Cause why not? I also have spellcheck in Zulu, randomly. I don't know what pack that came in, I didn't download it on purpose...but cool I guess, it's there! The packs are legit, too, it's awesome. When I have language set to Spanish (Peru), Tlaxcala and tecolote come up on the spell check...when I switch the language to Spanish (Mexico), they don't. I'm quite pleased. All the frustration was definitely worth having spell check if I ever want to write in any of these languages. It's such a useful tool.
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Awhile back I posted a video of a song called Fuiste Tú, a duet between Gaby Moreno and Ricardo Arjona.

I can't get it out of my head recently, and the lyrics just seem so raw that I feel like I'm just cycling melancholy and longing for something that isn't...this. When the future comes, I wonder who will end up to blame for what happens. Anyway, I felt like making a tangible translation, because this song is wonderful and I think it's worth sharing. Again.

Spanish lyrics )

My Translation )

This was actually kind of a difficult translation, since a lot of lines don't really seem to...take well, to English, and I was so determined to at least somewhat preserve the tone. Usually my translation style is very precise, ultimately favoring the maintenance of sentence structure and word choice over a result that preserves overall tone and flows well. In this translation, I made some minor phrasing adjustments in places to make the English less awkward. The Spanish is VERY poetic, and to me that's half the point, so. My goal was to get something that meets halfway...not too disjointed but not taking unnecessary liberties either. Hopefully it works to that end. The song itself can be found here.

And now, bedtime. I have a doctor's appointment in the morning.
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I am reading a historical anthology about Peru, and encountering a consistent problem that I've personally had with LAS: any comprehensive book about a L. American country, or about L. American history in general has to cover three eras: pre-Colombian, Conquest/Colonial Rule, and Post-Independence. I hate to admit it, it makes me an awful person, but I have extremely limited (read: almost no) interest in Pre-Colombian history. I mean, I do, but only in the vaguest sense...I'm interested in those things to the extent that they have an effect on modern day culture and beliefs, but the little details bore me to tears. Reading paper after paper about bloodlines of the Mayan elite and the minutiae of Andean deity systems is kind of my idea of "meh". Conquest and colonial rule is marginally more interesting, because you start to see political, cultural, and economic structures that still have direct modern-day prevalence, but at the same time, there's only so many times I can read about the conquest. So I end up getting books for which the first half or two thirds are kind of tiresome, because what really interests me, detail-wise, is the stuff about the modern era. Information about recent events also tends to be what varies most between different books, because the pool of accounts to draw from is so much vaster and less standardized (as opposed to the same archeological records/Spanish diaries that show up everywhere, etc). THe obvious solution would be to skip over the earlier parts and just get to the good part, but I feel like that's cheating. I could justify it if I already knew all the pre-Colombian and Conquest info by heart, but since I manage to forget at least some every time, it seems the least I can do to read it again. xD It just makes generalized Latin AMerican history books a little bit slow going, but alas...I seem to be inevitably drawn to them anyway. I am ALMOST to the conquest in this book here, having just gotten through the parts about the Andean spiritual gender dialectic and Incan textile production.

On a different note, I tried making ginger tea from real ginger (per the recommendation of a friend), and it keeps coming out just a bit too weak, regardless of how much ginger I seem to use. I am hoping this is because Target's ginger sucks, and that maybe if I get some at Sprouts, it'll be more potent. I also think I'm super ODing on the stuff, and maybe that's why it's not helping as much...or maybe I really am *that sick* that it actually is helping but I'm miserable anyway. GAAAA. I know I should be looking forward to the doctor appointment I have on Monday, but I'm only kind of dreading it instead. -_-;

The only point of this entry was to take a I guess now it's time to go back to reading. :)
arrowwhiskers: (sexy roberta)
Baa, so I am in epic sleep deprived stupor, and Andres is in for one of his neverending showers, so I guess now's a decent time to chronicle a few of the things that have happened recently.

First off, Maria had come back to Tucson this past week to say goodbye to people (before shipping off to Canadaland forever), and Friday was her last day. Luckily she found some time to have lunch to me. :D We went to a nice restaurant I'd never been to and I ordered a portabella mushroom sandwich that ended up looking looking like a burger patty. <3 And we caught up a bit. Afterwards we went onto campus briefly--and naturally, yet also bizarrely, I didn't recognize anyone. It was kind of a sad reminder that most people I went to school with are graduated and gone now, and nothing will be the same as it was, but that's okay too. I wouldn't want to be in college forever, I don't think.

Yesterday the excitement continued. Last weekend, I told Andres that I wanted to go to the zoo--but he decided it would be better to plan it out further ahead and he promised he'd take me this weekend, so I'd been looking forward to it for the entire week. We got up early, and I was so gratified to realize that I felt reasonably well and functioning! Perfect for zoo exploration! It was super exciting, I had been so worried that I'd mess up all of our plans by not feeling up for the trip. We invited Brittany along with us and we walked around the entire place and saw all sorts of animals! I'm really glad that we waited til this weekend and decided to go relatively early. It was hot and even humid, but not as hot as it could have been, and a lot more of the animals were active and fun to look at, as well. Highlights were the roaming anteater (not as awesome as an aardvark, but still super cute), the capybara (*squeeeees* omg), and the elephants. They had an enormous elephant enclosure with 5 African elephants in it, and 4 of them were playing in a pool beside a viewer vantage point. We probably stayed there for 20 minutes watching the elephants splash around and play together--they were so playful and cute and they seemed so happy! :D I was so grateful that we got to see it. They also had some trainers feeding them from time to time, and they were doing little tricks with their trunks to earn treats. :)

Andres had told me before about how the Tucson zoo was small and lame, so I guess my expectations were rather modest...but I thought it was pretty great, all things considered. To be fair, Andres has been to the San Diego Zoo, which is not even in the same league, but--I don't know, I was fully satisfied. Yes, the zoo was pretty tiny, and they didn't have the biggest variety of animals, but I also feel like the smallish enclosures allowed me to get closer views of the animals than at other "better" zoos I'd been to, like the one in San Antonio. It was also devilishly hot when we went to the San Antonio Zoo, so we didn't really see any active animals, whereas yesterday there were a bunch of animals moving around, interacting with their environment, etc, especially towards the beginning of the visit. The only negative thing was that the polar bear was apparently taking refuge in his refrigerated room and we didn't get to see him, but other than that, everything was absolutely perfect. I haven't been so happy in a long time, and I know that Andres and Brittany enjoyed it too. :)

Unfortunately, when we got home from the zoo and lunch, we only found more creatures...of the unsavory kind. -_- I noticed there were numerous houseflies around the large animal cage, and with a sinking realization I looked around and confirmed my fears--new infestation, 40+ flies. Ugh. I'm almost completely sure they bred in one of the cages, which is ironic, because I had concrete plans to clean the cages the following But alas. Anyway, tired out from walking around the zoo, we had to start a full housecleaning overhaul and I had to find the energy to clean all the cages. :P It eventually got done, though, thankfully. I think I learned a lot of lessons from the previous fly infestation in terms of how to limit damage and spread, but I'm also really angry at myself for having let it happen a second time. I'm just hoping that it gets better and doesn't turn into a week-long nightmare again. Things are looking promising today, at least. There are still a lot of flies around but they seem more random and disjointed, so I'm hoping we just have to pick off the remaining stragglers and then we'll be good. I will say, I am grateful that we noticed it when we did; not later--but also not sooner, because I am pretty sure the infestation had begun in the morning and had I been paying attention rather than focusing on getting ready for the zoo, it could have ruined what turned out to be a fantastic day.

Today, though, I'm tired. REALLY tired. I've been having pretty severe insomnia all this past week (2-3 hours of sleep for every 24), for no apparent reason. On top of that, yesterday was obviously busy and exhausting, and I took 2 benadryl (which actually serves as a sleep aid for most people) to deal with allergy symptoms while cleaning the cages--but at the end of it all, last night I literally couldn't sleep at all. It doesn't feel as wretched as it could, but I still have absolutely no energy and I'm starting to get really incoherent (sorry if it shows in this entry). On the bright side, my only plans for today were to clean the cages, and I don't even have to now, since that got done yesterday. Haha, small victories. Maybe my new plans for today can be to get an hour or two of sleep.

Moved In

Aug. 16th, 2012 02:13 pm
arrowwhiskers: (sleepy)
Well, kind of. But we moved over the animals last night and we got internet set up this morning, so in spite of the huge messy clusterfuck, it's starting to finally feel like home here.

I am TIRED. Even though we gave ourselves a week to do it, nonstop packing/cleaning/unpacking/105 degree YARDWORK (omg fuck yardwork I am such a sad panda) is not good for anyone, much less for a little sickly person like me.

I have more I should, and probably will say about things, because things were/are kind of a mess and I want to vent, but I'm a little too overwhelmed and exhausted right now.

I also realize that I have a ton of comments to answer and a bunch of posts to catch up on...I actually do plan to do it, but at the same time, if you posted about something important and you want to make sure I see it, you should probably link me. In the meantime, sorry about delayed replies and all that. I've been even worse about comments than usual, but at the same time I feel like nonstop moving stuff + no internet is at the very least a reasonable excuse.
arrowwhiskers: (happy fai!)
Haha, so I wrote this entry last night, but apparently passed out in front of my computer before submitting it. I'm just going to post it the way it was, rather than going back and changing time references to make them more accurate to this morning.

I bought a viola yesterday. It was a pretty irresponsible thing to do, given the circumstances, but I couldn't help it. It had been on my mind on and off for months. Ever since I started playing the violin a few months ago, I've been missing the sound/feel/etc of the viola and appreciating the differences between the two instruments. I figured I would never really get to play a viola again, though, which was kind of saddening but at the same time something I had accepted and was okay with. I had the association in my mind that string instruments = necessarily hundreds and hundreds of dollars at the cheapest, aka, more than I'll ever be able to afford, even if I get healthy and get a job. That's why, when I saw a viola at Bookmans a couple months ago, and it was around $200 for the instrument, bow, and case, I was shocked. Of course, I didn't have the money, but the idea that something I imagined to be prohibitively expensive could actually be attainable infected my mind and made me ambitious. It changed my paradigm.

But, $200 was still money I didn't have, and nothing was really going to change that, so. I tried to forget about it, and succeeded to some extent, but not completely. Every once in awhile I found myself wondering if it was still there. Therefore, when my dad sent me some money in order to fix my bike and to help us move, and ended up sending more money than we're going to need for either of those things, it's immediately what I thought of. So, I went back to Bookman's and found that it was still there, and I couldn't help but scoop it up. (I think it's the same one I saw. I seem to remember the first viola I saw being $175, not $200, so either they raised the price for some reason, or they managed to coincidentally get another super-cheap viola into stock. Either way, works out for me!) I did some research, and I'm convinced I got a good deal. The brand is apparently kind of cheap and shitty and typical for student/beginner instruments, BUT, out of all the cheapest and shittiest brands, it is the only one to still maintain a reasonably good reputation. People's main complaint with it seems to be that it doesn't sound like a $10k professional instrument. But, it's *not* a $10k instrument, so I'd say all in all I'm quite okay with that.

Today Andres brought me to an actual music store and I bought a new set of strings, and refitted the viola with them. The instrument has a sort of tinny sound in the higher strings, but it is LOUD and it has great reverberation and I feel like that's more important than the overall tone, which could probably be improved if I felt like investing in better quality strings. I printed out a little bit of public domain music from the internet and I've been practicing. At first I forgot where all the notes were and was shifting notes down by 2 in my reading, and I wondered why everything sounded so bad, LOL. Once I remembered which notes were which on the alto clef things sounded a lot better. :P I really have missed the viola a lot; its tone is so deep and earthy and awesome. All in all I'm really excited about it, and really motivated to play and remember and learn more. I'm hoping it'll give me another thing to do rather than being sick and bored while I'm at home by myself, even on days when the violin feels too shrill to bother with.

I guess that's mostly all of what I wanted to say about it. As a side note, though, I have another little story that I think is worth sharing. I recently had the chance to answer one of those "can't know for sure what you'd do until it happens" mysteries..."would you ever be okay with using an opposite-sex/opposite to your gender presentation public bathroom?" Turns out the answer, for me, is a resounding yes. I was at the grocery store with my roommate a couple of days ago, and we were at the self-checkout. There was a basket in the way of where we needed to put our stuff, so I moved it out of the way--and as I was moving it, I felt something wet. When I looked at my hand to see what it was, there was unidentifiable purplish brown goo smeared on my hand. AUGH. So, in spite of the fact that our grocery trip had been ill-fated and suffered all sorts of delays and complications *already*, I apologized profusely to my roommate and ran immediately to the bathroom to wash the offensiveness away. Of course, just my luck, the women's bathroom was closed for cleaning, but the men's bathroom was there, beckoning. So yeah, I went right in. Didn't even really hesitate, lol. There was a man inside who gave me an extremely confused look and seemed about to say something, but I gave him an exasperated look and he stayed quiet, haha. It wasn't as hard as I would have imagined, but it was still one of the most awkward things I've done in awhile. It also makes me really admire (even moreso, really) people who are trans or outside the gender binary who potentially have to put up with that awkwardness (plus fear, etc) every time they have to use a bathroom in a public place. Wow.

Sigh. Anyways. One more day until we start moving! I really hope the world decides to grace me with some energy at that time...I imagine I'm really going to need it --;
arrowwhiskers: (happy fai!)

This dude is amazing--apparently he's a friend of one of my friends. I love what he does with the pins. He also even does contact juggling, and while I've seen videos of people who can do it better, he's still really skilled. Wow.

I've always wished I were able to juggle but I've never managed to do it. I've literally spent hours upon hours at a time for days trying to even get down 3 balls...nope, couldn't do it. I've determined that I just flat out don't have the coordination. Maybe someday I'll go back and try again, but I think in the end it's a lost cause. xD


Jul. 29th, 2012 01:15 am
arrowwhiskers: (george longing)
OMG! This song. This video! It was filmed in Guatemala! It was filmed in Antigua! (And Tikal. And Lago Atitlán. And probably Jocotenango.) I wasn't even expecting it, and then all of a sudden OMG I know where that is! I've been there...and there. And chicken buses! Omg, I miss it so much. I think my heart just crumpled into a thousand pieces and bled out my ears.

Ugh, sorry for the sticky nostalgia trip. I am in sort of a maudlin mood anyway because Andres has now been gone since early yesterday afternoon and Matt's shift was extended today, so I had the house completely to my sickly self for a long, long time. It's not as torturous as I thought, though, and Matt is off for the next few days so at least I won't have to be completely alone. I'm glad Andres ended up going to El Paso and that I decided to stay. But at the same time, being too sickly to do much makes it easy for me to get bored or frustrated by things I'd like to be doing but that I don't have the energy for. (Cleaning, yardwork, etc.)

I'm not sure what the point of this post, is. I guess I just had to share the beautiful cinematic slice of Guatemala with everyone.
arrowwhiskers: (tribble boobies!)

Muy típico...entiendo todo lo que dice el mexicano (menos 'wango'. Qué es wango?? o.O; ) pero cuando la española empieza a arrojar su propia jerga no entiendo ni madres nada.

De todos modos me dio risa ;P
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Every once in awhile when I get bored and listless I watch TEDTalks lectures. I started on Netflix, but then I realized they have them on Youtube as well. They're actually pretty fantastic, most of the time--people have really great ideas and talk about some really interesting things.

I think this is my favorite one that I've watched to date:

It strikes me that sometimes the most obvious ideas are lost in a sea of negativity and black-and-white, dismissive rhetoric: No, we can't POSSIBLY deal with electric cars, the technology isn't there yet. The plug and charge model is the only one possible, and it's not viable, therefore electric cars aren't viable. Electric cars are necessarily more expensive and less convenient and therefore there isn't a market for them. Etc. The step from "okay we don't have the technology to work magic yet" to "what can we do to make this work with the technology we DO HAVE" seems like it should be so obvious, so natural, and yet, it's not, somehow. The naysaying drowns it out. But doesn't his proposal make so much sense, after all? If people could set up an extensive infrastructure for transporting and dispensing gasoline--a volatile, toxic, flammable, liquid substance--could it really be *that much harder* to create the plug-in and switch-in-switch-out battery infrastructure that he describes? Only in the sense of pushing it through politically, I'd imagine. Thank god some governments are less deeply mired in oil interests than ours is...

The only thing that makes me kind of sad is that most of the information I'm finding about him/his project is a few years old. What's up with the progress? I wanna see progress. :0

As for me, I know I haven't updated in awhile, but there's not much to say. I've basically just been chilling, trying not to be a vegetable...swimming no longer seems to be helping with my symptoms, which means I've been a sad and miserable panda most of the time. I've been continuing to swim when I can possibly bear it, though, and I recently made a new record for myself--900 yards (36 laps of the pool) in a go. :) My new goal is 1,000.

For awhile I was trying to record some songs--I have 4 prepared, but my voice just refuses to cooperate. My allergies have shown frustratingly little improvement since I moved the cage out of my room, and I basically have 100% congestion all the time. I am wondering if this will get better when we move, and am tentatively hopeful, but I'm trying not to get my hopes up. ><;

The only other thing I've really been doing is studying German like a fiend--what started as a whim has turned into my primary hobby, for the time being. I'm using an online textbook series and just working through the exercises, and I think the way they unfold is almost ideal to my learning style because I feel like I am just soaking everything up and learning so efficiently and so fast. For comparison, I'd dabbled a little bit in German self-study occasionally over the years, and started doing so again a few months ago--yet with all the times I tried to teach myself a little bit, almost NOTHING would ever stick. But this--it's working this time. It's actually kind of jarring how effective this method has been for me. The textbooks have no audio, and they're limited in the sense that they're just, well, written exercises, so I'm clearly missing some things by studying this way, but I feel like it's giving me a really solid foundation and it's a really good start. I want to just work through without stopping but I've been forcing myself to slow down and pace myself so that I actually remember things and don't overload--the waiting is actually hard! I get to learn about genitives next, but I don't get to do them til tomorrow...haha, it's actually kind of sad. :)

If anyone else is interested in learning German, the books I've been using are available here. Every chapter deals with one or two new grammar concepts, and contains 60-70 practice exercises. The answers are available for each one in an answer key at the bottom of the page. I have also been creating an Anki deck with all the vocabulary from the book as I go, and if anyone is interested in a copy of that I am more than happy to share. :)

So anyway, that's what I've been thinking, and what I'm up to. What do you guys think about this new way of conceiving of electric car infrastructure? And what have you been up to yourselves?
arrowwhiskers: (happy fai!)
Today, Andres and I took one of our animals to the vet for the first time. Ever since we got him, Melo has exhibited signs of partial facial paralysis, one of the results of which is that he can't close his left eye. This had mostly seemed to be an annoyance for him moreso than a real problem, until the past week when the eye got noticeably more irritated, started oozing discharge, etc. So, to the vet we went.

I wasn't sure what to expect, because I've only visited a vet a handful of times in my life...but it was actually really amazing. The place we went to is called Central Animal Hospital, and I'd first heard about it from a thread on the Tucson LJ community talking about good vets for unusual pets. It really did turn out to be a good rec. I made an appointment yesterday, and they managed to fit us in for this afternoon. We got there super early, so we ended up waiting for awhile and talked to a bunch of other people in the waiting room (including some colorful characters)--there was a couple with a cat, a couple people with dogs, a dude with some ferrets, a girl with a snake, and even an old guy with a couple of pigeons.

They brought us into an examination room, and we ended up waiting a little while for the doctor, but when he showed up he apologized for the wait and said that this week has been a particularly busy one for the hospital. (By contrast, I've waited more than an hour past the scheduled time of an appointment at a human hospital before, without any apology or even acknowledgement of the wait). The vet himself was wonderful, VERY friendly and nice and gentle, and he obviously has a lot of compassion and patience for little animals. He explained very clearly what he thought was wrong and what he thought we should do about it, and just in general had pretty fantastic bedside manner for both pet and owner. Melo was extremely well behaved (well, given the circumstances), and the vet was totally charmed by him, lol. He said that Melo was possibly the cutest guinea pig he'd ever seen and that he'd never before known a guinea pig to come up and try to climb on people before, which Melo does constantly.

He ended up prescribing a treatment of eyedrops to calm down the irritation in the eye, as well as an oral antibiotic to treat a possible underlying infection that may be the cause of the paralysis. The whole visit, including the consultation and both prescriptions, was 60-something dollars, which was mercifully cheap, since we really had no idea what to expect.

In conclusion, I was TOTALLY blown away by the good service at this hospital; it really went better than I could have expected. I'm really impressed by the wide variety of animals they seem to be able to treat and how awesome the vet was. I realize this is basically an entire entry devoted to praising a veterinary hospital, but I suppose I was expecting a mediocre experience, cause I just can't believe how happy I am. Andres was also really impressed and he even mentioned it might be a good idea to bring all our animals there, not even for specific care, but for general checkups. We'll see--this vet is definitely a keeper though. I guess the only downside is that it's not an emergency clinic, so the business hours are fairly limited.

Now all I can think is that I want to find a REAL hospital and a primary care physician who can leave me feeling similarly satisfied with my experience. It's starting to be time for me to start looking in earnest for who, exactly, I'm going to want to see when July arrives and treatment becomes viable. <3
arrowwhiskers: (tribble boobies!)
I'm mostly posting this for [ profile] diosa_iluminada, jeje. A story in the tradition of biblioteca/librería. ;)

Last night, Andres said he was going to clear off the coffee table so we could paint miniatures.

My laptop was right there in the middle of everything, so I asked him, "quieres que guarde mi computadora?" (do you want me to put my computer away?)

And he said, "no, porque vamos a hacer la aplicación primero" (no, because we're going to do the 'application' first).

So, let me say, in Spanish, "aplicación" means "application", but only in the sense of applying something to something else. Since my mindset was on painting, I interpreted this as "the application of a coat of paint".

So I thought he was saying, "don't put your computer away so we can paint, cause we're going to apply a coat first". Ummmm...okay, not sure I follow??

He repeated it 2-3 more times and laughed at me for being so dense before he finally realized what word he SHOULD have been using: solicitud.

Cause, what he was TRYING to say is that we were going to fill out the application for a lease on a new house before we started painting. Which, the application is online, so we'd need my computer for that. "vamos a hacer la solicitud primero". Magic! It all makes sense.

The moral of this story: Spanglish can be a serious threat to communication, kids. Employ it with care. xD

*Disclaimer: I LOVE Spanglish, but cases like these just make me laugh.
arrowwhiskers: (data wtf)
o.O This video actually makes Tucson look all metropolitan and sexy:

Downtown Tucson Partnership Promo from John Sears on Vimeo.

I also would never have believed that the Ronstadt Transit Station (read: downtown bus depot) could ever be portrayed in a graceful and attractive light, but I guess I was mistaken. xD

I went swimming with Matt again today! Apparently I can join the gym under his membership for a super low rate (as he has a grandfathered account there), and so we're going to do it! We hope to go back to the gym on Friday--it seems like getting out and exercising is really helping. :) Not making me totally better, of course (I mean, I was in pretty decent shape when I first started getting sick), but at least making me feel a little bit better overall. Or it could be a false correlation, but I hope not.

Send me good vibes! <3


Apr. 23rd, 2012 08:12 am
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This morning has been odd. I am completely on a nocturnal type schedule recently and can't seem to rectify this, so Matt and I have been hanging out a lot by night. At 5AM we ended up at McDonalds (I DO IT FOR THE HASH BROWNS, OKAY.), and I consumed two things that are almost certain to end badly for me, sickness-wise: well, hash browns, duh, and iced coffee. But afterwards I didn't just feel okay, I felt invigorated, and Matt invited me to go swimming with him at LA Fitness as he has a membership there. o.O; I was so so hesitant and reluctant but TEMPTED and he finally convinced me.

We did 300 yards in laps! And it felt GLORIOUS. :) I'm so glad I went. It was my first time swimming since the wedding in Texas last summer, and wow, I've missed it a lot. I think that part of the reason I've been so much worse/sicker this year versus last year is the lack of exercise, but it's also a Catch-22 because if I feel sicker then I'm obviously less capable of exercise or motivated to do it. But it's nice to catch a window of non-sick in which to actually do something physical and not IMMEDIATELY regret it. Good times.

It felt good to wear a bikini, too, in spite of the scratches all over me. xD

The only annoying thing is that even though I showered in the locker room, my hair is still kind of full of chlorine and nasty. But I think I'm just gonna say fuck it and go to bed. xD
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dflkjfljdfs. No sleeping for Rachel..again. Apparently. Sadly, El Universal videos aren't working for me (again...), I'm too burnt out to read anything and absorb it, and my hands are DEFINITELY too shaky for painting, so...

Meme! Bwaha. Stolen from [ profile] jetaimerai, only from Tumblr, heh.

Yay wasting time. )
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Yesterday I went to get myself an Arizona State ID since my Massachusetts one, which I've been using for ID for the past 5 years, finally expired. I was incredibly excited when I first received my new card, because I noticed that it has no expiration date. Seriously. In the spot where the expiration date should be, it's just a blank space. (And, really, that makes sense--driver's licenses for non-minors in Arizona are valid for ~45 years if you aren't arrested for anything, so it would follow that they wouldn't care about the renewal of non-driver ID all). Unfortunately, my dreams of forever-ID were shattered when I noticed that you have to register a change of address within 10 days. Seeing as we'll definitely be moving in August, that means that this new ID is also doomed to be short-lived. Which is kind of a shame, being that the picture on it was actually fairly cute and I NEVER TAKE CUTE ID PICTURES THIS IS A FOREIGN CONCEPT. But, oh well. Life goes on. xD
**It's also worthwhile to note that the infrequency with which such documents expire here, while kind of sketchy (at least in my opinion) has at least one positive side-effect: The DMV experience is *actually pleasant*. Like, you go in, and employees are cheerful and helpful and nice to you and don't appear jaded or frustrated at all. And it all goes fast. I have been to the AZ DMV twice and neither time did I wait more than ~30 minutes to have *all* my services completed. That includes time to fill out paperwork. Massachusetts readers probably understand fully why this is shocking and noteworthy--but I kid you not. When the place isn't necessarily exploding with people trying to renew everything all the time, it's so, so easy. *_*

Yesterday I also finally finished my second read-through of Elena Poniatowska's Hasta No Verte Jesús Mío, throughout which I was careful to make a written note of every single word or phrase that I didn't completely understand. Or even words that I *did* understand, but wanted to add to a list anyway so that I could practice recalling them rather than just recognizing what they mean. Right now, I'm on page 22 of the book out of 317, and my list of words and phrases is already 84 long. AHAHAHAH. There are going to be thousands. But oh well, I'm ready, bring it on. After all, that just means that there are going to be thousands more things that I newly understand after I finish this project! Yei. :3

I guess I better go back and work on that, eheh. >.>;
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Bwahahaha, so last night/early this morning I found the following song, and I think it sums up like 75% of the frustration that I have with learning Spanish. Everywhere you go, any word you know probably means something different from the definition you learned for it, and therefore your vocabulary always carries the potential of getting you into trouble. The best part is that these guys are from Colombia...I feel so vindicated that people who actually speak Spanish do realize that this is a huge problem for foreigners, haha. This video is going to potentially be long and tedious for people who don't know or care about Spanish, but if you do like Spanish, I highly suggest you watch it!

My transcription and translation are below. The [bracketed] parts in the actual transcription are parts I couldn't get on my own, or parts that I changed/refined after looking up lyrics. In the translation, the brackets indicate the English meaning of the previous word (a lot of the jokes depend heavily on keeping the Spanish word there).

I didn't get everything, of course, but I was really pleased with how much I *was* able to understand, given how they put on a bunch of weird accents and go pretty fast. @_@/ Anyway, my translation doesn't do the song justice, but I don't think *English* does it justice being it's about the craziness of Spanish. Still, if you like languages, wordplay, and language problems, you might find the translation funny too, idk.

Spanish )

English )

This is also part of the problem of trying to learn Spanish and living in the US, too. One of the lines is "si lo aprendes [el español], no te muevas de region"-- "If you learn [Spanish], don't move to another region", because people will use words completely differently there. But in the US, there are tons of Spanish speakers from everywhere! How do you "not change regions"? I guess you just have to learn Spanish from one person and never talk to anyone else. Or something similarly silly, lol.

Also also self-serving change of topic, but...! Tonight Andres and I went out to a fancy Mexican restaurant where I think the waiters are instructed to speak to you with Spanish thrown in, even if you obviously can't speak it. (They always do this--maybe it's in order to seem authentic or exotic? idk) The Spanish addressed towards me always encourages me to gather all my courages and actually respond in Spanish, and today I just went for it and the waiter seemed surprised, but happy. When he brought us our check at the end, he asked me where I'd learned Spanish and that "lo tenía muy bien pronunciado". It made my night!!!! And possibly my week/month ^^; I normally notice all the ways in which I fail at speaking (in any language, including English) or how much I suck at, well, everything, so getting a compliment like that about my *pronunciation in Spanish* of all things from a random stranger was, well, pretty great. :) I feel like little moments like tonight are what make all sorts of struggling and anxiety and self-doubt suddenly worthwhile. <3 I'll never give up on Spanish, ever. In spite of all the difficulties and frustrations it's something I find worth fighting for.

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