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О журнале и обо мне/About this journal and about me:

Этот журнал раньше назывался leenercat и переименовался одновременно с владельцем/This journal was formerly named leenercat and has been renamed along with its owner.

Журнал ведётся по-английски и по-русски, иногда оба сразу, иногда вообще дребедень (с русским правописанием у меня плохо, поучения и советы приветствуются)/This journal is in English and Russian, occasionally at the same time, and sometimes it's just total gibberish.

Правила "взаимно добавляю/не добавляю" нет, если у вас интересно, буду читать/I may or may not friend you if you do or do not friend me, I don't have any steadfast rules on the matter.

Если мы - взаимные друзья и обмениваемся комментариями, скорее всего перейду "на ты". Честное предупреждение. Еще "на ты" буду называть незнакомых людей которых я не уважаю.

Ненормативная лексика приветствуется/My mommy taught me how to swear like a sailor and I do it all the time.

Оставляю за собой право послать подальше, банить без объяснения и вообще делать всё что приспичит/I reserve the right to tell you where to shove it, ban without an explanation, and do whatever I please in my own journal.

Фотки пока будут редко или вообще не будут - технические проблемы в комбинации с временным нежеланием фотографировать/Little to no photos for now - technical problems combined with a temporary lack of a will to photograph.

У нас недавно родилась ребенка - стараюсь не превращать журнал в мамский, но про нее наверно будет под замком/We have recently procreated - I'm trying not to turn this into a mommy-journal, but most things on this topic will be locked up.

Все вопросы сюда/Ask the Question Girl a question, the Question Girl is famous!
elarbee: (Badger or cat?)
I had a crazy day punctuated by an impromptu trip to City Hall. I should add that I've been driving in that neighborhood nearly every day this week, yet I didn't bother to visit it then, and it hadn't occurred to me. Anyway, I had a small city business transaction to conduct, but I procrastinated to the point of being the absolutely last person to make that transaction in the fiscal year, and thus avoided a small fine. Seriously, they had to ask a cashier to stay late and made me pay first.

But I have to say, the Pride was awesome! There were 2 gorgeous grooms on the Rotunda when I walked by and news cameras on the balconies. There were beautiful couples sitting on the steps looking for witnesses, and even though there were a ton of people, the traffic and obnoxious people weren't so bad!

I'm having an awesome, if very tiring period. Lots of exciting stuff afoot!
elarbee: (Badger or cat?)
Как вы наверно уже догадались, я читаю ЖЖ раз в 3-4 дня и мало комментирую. Я надеюсь вы не обидились? Я все равно думаю что ваши дети/будни/путешествия/приключения - очаровательны/интересны/замечательны/занимательны, и надеюсь что ваши пиздецы - кратковременны.

Пока это писала, нашла штуку. С лексикой такой, что ее лучше не читать на работе если там понимают по-русски... )

Not pretty

Jan. 22nd, 2013 11:14 pm
elarbee: (Ana Ng)
Grrr! I was doing so well with all my piercings, and I fucked up my right ear while cleaning it! I've seen people before with unevenly stretched ears and that always looked funny to me, and now, at least for a time, I'll be one of them! I've done a pretty good job of fighting the OCD, I hope it doesn't kick in now.

On the other hand, I think that I notice such details in people a lot more than they notice them in me. I've changed some of my more prominent jewelry several times with not a single comment, not even from the man, and I sometimes did it just to see if anyone would notice. Nope. I'm not offended or anything, I'm just kind of baffled by the fact that people's attention to detail is so varying.
elarbee: (Ana Ng)
Stuffs! Stuffs! )
Also need some 3/4 sleeve shirts, preferably striped, definitely in cold colors. And probably a gray techno-looking raincoat, kind of like [livejournal.com profile] marusja's.
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I thought I was the former, but I'm actually the latter. I'm sure it's a product of being made to use my right hand while actually being left-handed. Most things I've learned to do in childhood I do with my right, and most others with my left. I brush my teeth with the right but put in contacts with my left, etcetera.
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Была я сегодня в Санта Кларе (час езды от СФ), идем мы с Шариком по улице, а за нами - дама с коляской. Мы остановились что бы она могла пройти по узкому тротуару, а она тоже останавливается, и называет меня по имени.

Оказывается мы вместе учились в школе и университете и пели в хоре (наверно в школьном а не университетском). Я ее лицо потом таки вспомнила, но наше общение - нет! А она говорит что я совсем (за 17 лет!) не изменилась, и она помнит что я была практически единственный человек в хоре с котором было интересно общаться. Я не помню что бы со мной там особо жаждали общаться, но раз я ей так запомнилась... Хотя, меня таки выбрали главной нонконформисткой в 12 классе, так что про меня по крайней мере знали.

Меня таки часто узнают, но я мало кого помню. У меня было мало друзей в школе и университете, и большинство из них было не из тех образовательных учреждений. И Оля меня узнала после 15 лет разлуки, но и я ее узнала. Наверно оставляю неизгладимое впечатление!

А еще я часто оставляю плохое первое впечатление, но я считаю что если вы не хотите со мной разбираться и судите только по поверхностным признакам, то мне это наверно и не надо.

Degrees

Oct. 5th, 2012 12:57 pm
elarbee: (Ana Ng)
For the past several months, I've been very tolerant to cold. Maybe I've been that way for a longer time, especially since after living on the East Coast I can't tolerate much heat, but I've obviously been less cold than the people around me. Yes, I'm one of those San Francisco people who wears a T-shirt in the fog and likes it.

However, recently, I've been actually getting cold! Aside from the horrible heat wave we've had recently, I've actually occasionally regretted not having a jacket or a scarf with me! Now, I've lost a lot of weight, so I hear that thinner people get cold more, and I've started taking a medication whose side effect is slightly decreased body temperature, so both of those could be a factor. I'm actually having trouble remembering that my body works differently now and I should use and take things differently.
elarbee: (Reznik)
...почти видны Цельные Продукты, которые открываются 29 августа. И ведь то здание в котором они будут обитать (а также пару сотен новых соседей в двух квартирных блоках) было сдано еще ранней весной, но на магазине висели плакаты что он откроется осенью 2012го. Вот бывает, что открывается он за 3 дня до общепринятой осени, и за почти месяц до американской.

А еще я сегодня выбралась на свободу! Пошла с друзьями послушать группу которые играют в основном Бреговича, а также металлический Enter Sandman на манер Бреговича, плюс с маааленьким рефреном "Ну, погоди!" Познакомилась с большой африканской теткой которая меня облапала (она наверно видила как мой друг, с которым мы знакомы 34 года меня облапывает, и впечатлилась). Еще познакомилась с милой девушкой из Берлина которая жила в СФ год, изучала американистику, и в частности, эмиграцию, и на следующей неделе уезжает назад, но на следующий день едет в Россию. На семейный сбор. Потомков Екатерины второй. Кстати, имен ни первой, ни второй точно не помню!

Но я вернулась домой даже до полуночи, и съела толстый ломоть сыра с плесенью... ммм, горького! Даже мужа поцеловать не могу!

А еще у нас Uniqlo открывается.
elarbee: (Reznik)
This song, though, I like in every version.



I also love rap in languages I don't understand, but not as much in English.



There are some languages whose structure and sound make sense to me. I listen to them and think, just a little more, and I'll understand what's going on. When I lived in Israel for 4 months, I made no special effort to learn Hebrew, but by the end of my time there, I could understand the gist of what was being said. Same was the case when I happen to be studying a lot about Romania and I realized that I could discern the language pretty well.

And then there are languages where I listen to them, and I can't even tell where one word ends and another begins, much less be able to replicate them. Hungarian is one, Chinese is another... but strangely, Japanese I sort of get.

Generally, I consider myself to be pretty good at languages, I just wish I had more time to study them. Since I best learn them by immersion, that's not so much happening right now.

OK, I couldn't resist, I'm adding the other videos, too. )
elarbee: (Reznik)
This song, though, I like in every version.



I also love rap in languages I don't understand, but not as much in English.



There are some languages whose structure and sound make sense to me. I listen to them and think, just a little more, and I'll understand what's going on. When I lived in Israel for 4 months, I made no special effort to learn Hebrew, but by the end of my time there, I could understand the gist of what was being said. Same was the case when I happen to be studying a lot about Romania and I realized that I could discern the language pretty well.

And then there are languages where I listen to them, and I can't even tell where one word ends and another begins, much less be able to replicate them. Hungarian is one, Chinese is another... but strangely, Japanese I sort of get.

Generally, I consider myself to be pretty good at languages, I just wish I had more time to study them. Since I best learn them by immersion, that's not so much happening right now.

OK, I couldn't resist, I'm adding the other videos, too. )
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The lovely [livejournal.com profile] eldiablito_sf came to try to take away all my lovely clothes that I may or may not fit, but have no occasion to wear. As a result, I now have more to wear than ever, since I not only rediscovered many things that I've forgotten about, but also, I now fit many of them. Like, I now have 3 more pairs of jeans. And although she only took one small bag, I have also set two bags aside for donation and one for trash, so good things are happening around here!

It used to be that I was so happy to have found something that I could fit into, I'd buy it, even if it didn't fit me perfectly or was exactly my color. But the more I realize just how much stuff I have, the less I want to buy anything ever again unless it's absolutely perfect.

Now, would anyone else size 8-14 like to come over and take all my nice clothes?
elarbee: (Reznik)
My grad school is having an alumni reception in SF, and I've signed up for it, mostly because I want to network just in case the perfect job just wants to fall into my lap. Andy offered to come with, but I decided that I socialize better alone (we've gone to some embassy receptions in DC where he mostly wanted to talk to me and I mostly wanted to meet new people). So, I wonder if most of the people there will be graduates of the decade I was born, or newly-unleashed 21 year olds... I'm sure part of it will be them asking for money, but as Andy rightly noted, they will not see any from me until I've dispensed with my sizable loans. And how entertaining will it be for me to come and say that I've gotten this degree and job experience, and now I'm happily doing nothing? I guess I'm a bit of a masochist in that I have not exactly forced but enabled myself to get off my butt, get away from the wall and interject myself into a group of strangers. I look at it as a kind of a sport, I suppose, even meeting people I end up not liking is an experience where I can derive some benefit to myself, for example, learning how to get the best out of interacting with people I don't particularly like.

I was fairly active in all kinds of groups in DC, both because that's what a lot of people did at my school and for networking, but I also liked going to talks and meetings that were personally interesting to me. I did that too when I moved back to SF, but of course on a smaller scale since there are only so many things here related to international relations. I stopped when I got busy, and even though I'm busy now, I'm going to try to carve out some time to go to interesting events... after I carve out some time to work, natch. Not that I don't have enough friends I don't see often enough, nor am I exactly trying to climb the career ladder at this point, but I figure it can't hurt, and if it does, I can always stop again. I think I'm in a really good position in life where I have that much control over what I do and how much time I spend at it.
elarbee: (Ana Ng)
So, my body has been going through cycles of weird pains. There were the arm pains and the nausea, and now I also got these all-body tension pains. I think it's from repetitive motion or bad positioning, so I've been finally thinking about giving up computing in bed. I'm doing it now, except I'm seated totally differently. But I think a better solution might be to get a reading chair. What do you recommend, how do you like to read or compute? I was thinking something like this or like this from Ikea, but I'm not sure if that's a comfortable material to sit on or if the cats will eat it. I think I need something that allows me to not put too much stress on my tailbone, raises my knees because my small laptop sits on them, and isn't too big.
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I got this idea from a community not to be named.

What are your special skills/abilities/habits/actions/talents?

I've got:
- The ability to fairly accurately gauge a good container for a given contents. Like, finding just the right size and shape of container for leftover rice, or luggage appropriate for the trip. On the other hand, I am completely unable to estimate time elapsed, or bring the right shoes to a vacation!

- I am unable to form habits. That can be good or bad - on one hand, quitting smoking and drinking was no problem, I just stopped one day and didn't want any more. On the other, I constantly forget to take daily pills, or take them at the right time. Joining anything is just not an option, guarantees that I will not complete a series.

- I have also recently rediscovered my talent to purchase and sell cars. Even the one time I thought I didn't get as good a deal as I could have, the friend that I helped still has this car, it's not in great condition but he loves it and won't get rid of it!
elarbee: (Ana Ng)
A friend and I have been meaning to go get massages at this place down the street from me for a while, and I can't believe I didn't manage to get there before. This place is called, with the best traditions of Engrish grammar, Relax Feet Spa, and offers (at least at my location) an hour of full-body massage with a foot soak for $25-30. And it's the kind of massage I like. Granted, some parts of it hurt, but the woman that worked her magic on me was very good at adjusting to my yelps. Really, I wish only for two more things: that cough drops and lip balm dropped from the ceiling into/onto my mouth, and that there was a wheelbarrel to get me back home.

Today, though, apparently, was rich of crazy at the massage place. One guy, we think, was snoring. The music to relax by was "Hit Me Baby One More Time" and last but not least, some other guy in the room at first was saying "Ыыыыыыыыыыы", and then loudly moaning. At one point, he stated that he had to go to the bathroom and had to be assisted there. No idea what his issue was, but we were more amused than anything else. Other than that, awesome experience, highly recommend, plan on repeating soon!
elarbee: (bashka)
My LJ usage has to decrease somehow, I just don't have the time anymore! I'm cutting communities, I'd hate to get to the point of cutting people, I'm not friends with anyone I don't like! As I very publicly proclaimed just yesterday, I do love me some LJ! But this is just ridiculous - in the increasing order of urgency: the sink is full of dishes, the fridge is empty of food, and I have a ton of stuff that's kinda-sorta work related that has deadlines. All of it has to be done now, now, now and for most of it I may or may not get paid (since the work is in such an early stage of development).

Plus I have 3 ideas that are on a burner so far back that it's a good thing they're written down, or I'd just forget. But just for the fuck of it, I'll list them here, in order from oldest to newest. )

And on a different, somewhat related point: Whenever I work on a project or a task, it happens with alarming frequency that I own some set of actions, accomplish them, send them on down the line, and there it all stalls. The cause could be a slow bureaucracy, someone who hasn't yet made up their mind on how and whether to proceed, funds, or even sheer incompetence. But it drives me absolutely nuts that people can say "yes" and "go" with such absolute resolution and then treat the situation as if there are options not to proceed or meet the deadline. Especially in a professional setting, to me, it's just unacceptable that I meet deadlines and accomplish tasks no matter what, frequently at great personal expense, and others just see the whole thing as a suggestion.

Now, what I said in the first part may sound contradictory to what I said in the second, but I think the big difference is that in the first case, these are projects for the soul, I'm responsible only to myself, and the arrangements with my friends are at this stage informal. In the second case, a job implies a contract to do certain things at certain times for money, and to me, there is little to none flexibility, save for special circumstances. Just saying.
elarbee: (Default)
I just noticed that I started this journal while I was living in DC, but there is no DC tag, only SF. I fucking love SF. Here is a list of why - I'd link to it, but you can just read my SF tag.

Under a considerate cut, but on the other hand, how can you not care about SF? )

Mug

Dec. 14th, 2011 06:17 pm
elarbee: (Default)
I looked at my driver's license today and it expires on my next birthday. I will have been back to California for 5 years. It seems like I'm almost the same weight (if you account for the liberty I took with my initial estimate), same hair length and mostly the same look, but the overall physical impression I have of myself is different, as in, that picture looks nothing like what I feel like is me. Maybe it's that DMV pictures are THAT bad, maybe it's that I have changed and aged, maybe it's all the body changes I've undergone, or maybe I just perceive myself differently. Regardless, even though I can probably renew online, I'm going to try to make the time to go in there and take a new picture. Since they don't have technology to do that online yet.
elarbee: (Reznik)
У меня, как я уже наверно говорила, хорошая память. Многое из того что я помню из детства не помнят мои родители. Но недавно я задумалась о наших семейных отпусках и что-то в моей памяти не состыковывается. Поговорила с мамой, она и тем более не помнит. Все затрудняется тем что я помню сколько мне было лет когда я была в том или ином месте, но мой день рождения 27 июля и я не помню, были ли мы там до или после него (то есть в каком году). Но все же напишу по порядку: )
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