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I Float, for I Am Filled with Air (In Your Head, You Ask? Perhaps....)

The (Cyber) Bag of Weasels

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

I Float, for I Am Filled with Air (In Your Head, You Ask? Perhaps....)

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Yes! I live!

It has been one of Those Weeks. I have been a very busy 'gund. I have read the last day or so of my flist for the first time in like five days, so if I have missed anything important, feel free to point me in the proper direction.

Over the weekend, Bobby and I were fitted for and bought our SCUBA equipment, so I am now the proud owner of a pair of top-of-the-line fins, a snorkel, a pair of dive boots, a weight belt, and a mask that costs more than I am willing to reveal in sensible company. However, the dive shop was having their annual sale where everything in the store was 15 to 50% off, so that was advantageous for us. So what would have cost (for the two of us) around one thousand dollars was significantly lower.

So yesterday Bobby and I took the masks down to our community pool to practice clearing them underwater. One of the tests you have to pass is to clear all of the water from your mask while completely submerged. First of all, some kid threw up in the pool, so we had to sit and wait until all of the barf had gone through the filter. Then, the pool was the busiest I have ever seen it. Usually, our pool is not so crowded; apparently, everyone wanted to swim in a recently-barfed-in pool because the place was packed.

We both got in with our masks, got them adjusted, and I discovered another conundrum: I am unusually buoyant. And no, I am not talking about my sparkling personality. I, physically, cannot remain underwater without great effort. Bobby can sit on the bottom of the pool; unless I wave my arms about quite foolishly, I pop to the surface like a cork, which made the mask-clearing exercise considerably difficult.

Luckily, I have a husband with no compunctions to holding his wife's head underwater. We both agreed that it sounded strange to hear me ask, "Will you hold me under?" so that I could practice my mask-clearing exercise. Which I did easily once the need to flail was removed. He suggested that when we finally start diving, I might consider losing my weight belt and carrying two fifty-pound barbells instead.

Tonight, I tested my extraordinary buoyancy further and discovered that if I take a full lungful of air, I can float in the lotus position without moving my arms to tread water and without sinking below my neck. Bobby can't do this; his head sinks beneath the surface. So it seems (sorry to disappoint those of you out there who thought you'd finally figured me out) that it is not the air in my head but my unusually spacious lungs that keep me afloat.

In other exciting news, Bobby is officially registered for his Chemistry 102 class. Well, it's exciting for us anyway!

In less exciting news, it has been unusually hot in Maryland, in the low- to mid-100s F all week. (That's around 40C for all you sensible metric-using folks.) And per usual, the humidity has been awful, so the heat index has been around 110F (43C). It's like being microwaved while wrapped in a wet blanket. Yech.

Aaaaand...I have been tagged for a meme! rhapsody11 tagged me to tell five complete and utter lies about myself. I am a dismally honest person, so this should be fun.

1. This is easy. I tell lies all of the time.
2. I am absolutely sure what I want to do with my life. I am one of those fortunate people who possesses complete and utter focus. My goals are not at all chaotic.
3. I do not have imaginary friends. That would make me weird or something. Even if I did, I would not talk to them and I certainly would not let them have their own LJs or let my husband talk to them.
4. I am very secure in my talents and my belief that I am a worthwhile friend for other people to have.
5. I think that it's a worthless waste of time to spend hours each day in Fantasyland drawing and writing about people and places that don't exist. And people who hang out in groups to do the same thing are real misanthropic weirdos.


Aaaaand...I have to tag five more people! I am going to attempt to tag those whom I have not seen tagged already. Per usual, if you want to tell some lies about yourself, consider yourself tagged. And if I tag you and this meme doesn't catch your fancy, just ignore the tag. You're not going to hurt my cast-iron and extraordinarily buoyant feelings.

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greenknight33--Yes, Bobby, you have not written in your LJ in a while....
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linwe_ancalime--Same for you, Kirsty.... >:^D
atanwende
  • # 4 is true true true, boo boo!
    • Actually, Dawn the Dumb Blond (and Allegedly Buoyant Airhead) did not realize that one had to be true. So they're all lies. :^P

      I think that I'm a worthy friend to my online friends, but real-life friends except for one (Potter) have a habit of making me wonder why they bother claiming me as a friend at all.

      And as for my talents...I'll never be secure in those! Which means that I keep striving and striving, obsessive-compulsive person that I am, and do improve but am never happy with it! :^P
      • So, this makes you human.

        BTW, got your pretty postcard! Thanks, sweetie!

        *smooches you silly*
        • I'm Human?!?! Nooooo!!!!

          :^D

          And I'm glad to hear that the postcard arrived! You're the first I've heard from, so I was beginning to get a bit skerred....
  • I am getting warm and fuzzy vibes with 4, so that one is true!

    And no, I am not talking about my sparkling personality. I, physically, cannot remain underwater without great effort.

    But isn't it the case with divers that they have an extra heavy felt??? or something like that? Oh no, read further LOL

    Luckily, I have a husband with no compunctions to holding his wife's head underwater.

    *grin*

    He suggested that when we finally start diving, I might consider losing my weight belt and carrying two fifty-pound barbells instead.

    sounds like a plan :)

    It's like being microwaved while wrapped in a wet blanket. Yech.

    We recently booted that weather....

    • I am getting warm and fuzzy vibes with 4, so that one is true!

      Actually, *blushblushblush* I misunderstood the meme, so none are true! *blushes some more* Usually, I visit the LJ of the person who tagged me and copy the instructions exactly, but I was hurrying last night and didn't, so I seem to have missed a fact!

      I do think that I am a worthwhile friend...to online friends. As for offline friends, I have one person (aside from Bobby) whom I do not question sometimes why they even bother with me. "Friends" have an annoying habit of interrupting me constantly or doing things like scheduling things over my birthday supper to which they've been invited (and accepted) and then not apologizing or acting like they've done nothing wrong. No wonder I've become a geek and would rather associate with people online!

      As for talents, I'll never be confident in those; even writing--which is probably my best talent, I admit--it will never be good enough.

      But isn't it the case with divers that they have an extra heavy felt??? or something like that?

      Yep, we wear weight-belts to hold us under the water. :) I'm interested to see how much weight I will have to put on to hold my buoyant body down!

      We recently booted that weather....

      Ugh, we're booting it now, thank Eru. Today and tomorrow are supposed to be around a mild 90F (32C), and I have really looked forward to it. This weather has been awful; my poor pepper plants look they've been run through a wringer, the leaves are so limp. :(
  • So what would have cost (for the two of us) around one thousand dollars was significantly lower.

    Yikes! But I'm glad you guys are seriously getting into the SCUBA thing.

    First of all, some kid threw up in the pool, so we had to sit and wait until all of the barf had gone through the filter. Then, the pool was the busiest I have ever seen it. Usually, our pool is not so crowded; apparently, everyone wanted to swim in a recently-barfed-in pool because the place was packed.

    LOL! Reminds me of the time in high school when our school pool had to be cleared because someone had thrown an "Oh Henry" bar into it. Actually, I think that happened quite a few times. I was on the synchro swim team and I think the boys used to do it on purpose to bug us before our practices. They had to drain the whole pool each time because of course, you never know...

    In less exciting news, it has been unusually hot in Maryland, in the low- to mid-100s F all week. (That's around 40C for all you sensible metric-using folks.) And per usual, the humidity has been awful, so the heat index has been around 110F (43C). It's like being microwaved while wrapped in a wet blanket. Yech.

    It has been the same for us! And complete with stormy weather!

    Hey! One of those lies is supposed to be true! Did you do that? If so, I think it's #5!

    Oh thank Eru you tagged me! Finally I got tagged! I've been itching to do this meme but nobody tagged me yet specifically! Yay!

    *hurries off to do meme*





    • Yikes! But I'm glad you guys are seriously getting into the SCUBA thing.

      Me too. :) And we could have gotten equipment for much less, but Bobby and I looked at it this way: When we're 100 ft underwater, we don't want to have equipment that is not going to perform as expected. It's a long way back to the top! Also, we learned the hard way in Puerto Rico that cheap equipment means you don't have as good of a time; instead of hanging around a coral reef, you're at the top, clearing your mask...so we sprung for the good stuff. :)

      I can't wait to start training though!

      LOL! Reminds me of the time in high school when our school pool had to be cleared because someone had thrown an "Oh Henry" bar into it.

      Bwah! That's hilarious! And I had no idea that you were a synchro-swimmer; that is so cool! I always wanted to try that when I was younger, but none of our schools had pools, so we only had boring sports to play like soccer and softball and cheerleading. (No offense to any of those sports; I actually love soccer but not enough to want to practice it for three hours a day!)

      Hey! One of those lies is supposed to be true! Did you do that? If so, I think it's #5!

      No, dumb!blond!me didn't realize that one had to be true. So they're all lies.

      And #5? Living in Fantasyland describes me to a tee! I was digging at those elitist "escapism is bad" types who turn up their noses at the idea of online friends, fantasy writing, and RPing. Because watching TV and getting drunk in bars is sooo much better! :^D

      I'm glad that you don't mind being tagged! I always tag you and Bobby and Alina, but Alina had been tagged already. Aren't y'all lucky? :^P
  • Why is it that all hobbies seem to require copious amounts of cash? Even writing/fanfic - $30 HoME anyone? *needs to win lottery*

    I really don't know why anyone would want to swim in your barf pool. Yay having a private pool. F-list all welcome to come and swim in Tarion's pool. :)

    I have read the last day or so of my flist for the first time in like five days, so if I have missed anything important, feel free to point me in the proper direction.

    Well, there was some insta-drabbling...that's about the most important thing I've done all summer! ;)

    </i>So it seems (sorry to disappoint those of you out there who thought you'd finally figured me out) that it is not the air in my head but my unusually spacious lungs that keep me afloat.</i>

    So you want us to think! Or maybe I'm just confusing you with Finrod...>:P

    It's been hot here too (no, really?!). I love the temperature and humidity graphics they have on the news. "Today's humidity was borderline oppressive."

    I certainly would not let them have their own LJs or let my husband talk to them.

    Or to Tarion. ;)

    Hmm...I think #3 might be true...or #5...No! Wait! It's #4!!!
    • Speaking of letting muses talk, I went to the doctor today to get a prescription refill, and they had a whole jar of those long Q-tips. Tell Finrod I thought of him. >;P
      • Finrod: Oh, baby, I know you think of me all the time....

        (Dawn would like to point out, however, that he has firmly crossed his legs...for the first time in three ages!)
        • *rolls eyes at Finrod*

          Dawn would like to point out, however, that he has firmly crossed his legs...for the first time in three ages!

          Lol!!! See? You should be thanking me! ;P
    • Why is it that all hobbies seem to require copious amounts of cash? Even writing/fanfic - $30 HoME anyone? *needs to win lottery*

      Yes! Or webhosting costs if you stupidly decide that your Silmarillon group needs a website plus fees for getting paid accounts at places like LiveJournal, not to mention the myriad of reference materials, software to write, create webpages, make icons....

      Fandom is flippin' expensive! :^D

      Bobby and I have a liking for expensive hobbies, though, I think. We were into miniatures' gaming for a while, where the miniatures were around $8-10...each. (My whole army costs a couple hundred, and it is bare-bones.) I'm still into painting; paints are around $3 for a tiny little pot. Then Bobby plays hockey. *needs to say no more* Now SCUBA. Rollerskating is relatively cheap: about $45/month in lesson and club fees and the occasional repair on my skates.

      Why can't we get into something like...birdwatching?

      Finrod: I would like to point out that my stunning array of sex toys are also very expensive.

      Dawn: *rolls eyes*

      So you want us to think! Or maybe I'm just confusing you with Finrod...>:P

      Hmmm...two cute blonds that answer to Felak and are both far too cheerful and hyper on a daily basis. Only he's very pervy and I (of course) am not. *innocent whistling*

      I love the temperature and humidity graphics they have on the news. "Today's humidity was borderline oppressive."

      Is there some objective criteria for that, I wonder? :^D

      Or to Tarion. ;)

      Oh. Riiiiiight.... *blushes*

      Hmm...I think #3 might be true...or #5...No! Wait! It's #4!!!

      Actually, the truth is that Dawn is an idiot and did the meme wrongly and none are true!

      Finrod: Now what was she saying about airheads...?
      • Good thing there's you to tackle all that crazy webpage stuff!! That makes my head hurt.

        I have expensive hobbies too. Horses? Yeah. Dogs? Yeah. And I need a new grooming table...Music? Well, mostly. At least the initial cost of buying expensive instruments is over...Expensive hobbies just must be the more fun ones!

        But birdwatching you probably want to buy expensive binoculars...maybe we should just start enjoying oppressive heat?

        Finrod: I would like to point out that my stunning array of sex toys are also very expensive.

        *snort* To compensate for your less than stunning...self.

        Only he's very pervy and I (of course) am not. *innocent whistling*

        Lol! Of course...I'm not either...

        Is there some objective criteria for that, I wonder? :^D

        I'm not sure. Maybe the dew-point-o-meter reading is determined by Brick Tamland?

        Oh. Riiiiiight.... *blushes*

        We're a sad lot, eh? :)

        Actually, the truth is that Dawn is an idiot and did the meme wrongly and none are true!

        Hehehehe!! Oh dear...That's cruel.

        Finrod: Now what was she saying about airheads...?

        *will be agreeing with Finrod on this one, however rich it might be coming from is mouth*
        • Good thing there's you to tackle all that crazy webpage stuff!! That makes my head hurt.

          HTML? Or the cost of webhosting? :^D I like the former and consider the latter to be a necessary evil. ;)

          *snort* To compensate for your less than stunning...self.

          He insists that it is an enhancement, like putting a sweet spoiler on an already hot sports car. (That was a direct quote; I think Finrod has been hanging out with Meryth and watching MTV....)

          Lol! Of course...I'm not either...

          Of course. Never.... o.O

          I'm not sure. Maybe the dew-point-o-meter reading is determined by Brick Tamland?

          *snickersnicker*

          *will be agreeing with Finrod on this one, however rich it might be coming from is mouth*

          Hey! I resemble...erm, resent that remark! ;^D
          • HTML? Or the cost of webhosting? :^D

            Hehehe, HTML, for the most part. I am limited to italics and links. Did I mention that I love Dreamweaver? But webhosting costs would probably hurt my head too.

            He insists that it is an enhancement, like putting a sweet spoiler on an already hot sports car.

            Hmmm, but "enhanced" sports cars are a sure sign that a guy has something he's trying to make up for...

            That was a direct quote; I think Finrod has been hanging out with Meryth and watching MTV....

            That
            is a scary thought...
  • So you're and airhead...*ahem*... very buoyant person too, eh? Same here. I have to almost empty my lungs if I want to actually stay submerged. And if the water happens to be salted, then I just float around almost effortlessly. Which is kind of nice, because I usually like to swim until I can swim no more and then, floating on my back does wonders, while I rest and catch my breath this way.

    Jenni has tagged me for neat little meme and I'm going to wrack my exhausted brain to find some ridiculous lies about myself. I'm going to go with the flow and say that your #4 is true (but I know that you have your moments of anxiety, just like everyone else). #2 could also be true, except nobody can be 100% sure about the future and 100% goal oriented.
    • Which is kind of nice, because I usually like to swim until I can swim no more and then, floating on my back does wonders, while I rest and catch my breath this way.

      One of the things we have to do to pass our certification test is tread water for ten minutes. At least I don't have to worry about that! :^D

      Can you hold your breath for a really long time, by chance? (I can, that's why I'm wondering; I always attributed it to playing trumpet since I was 10 but maybe it's related to this extraordinary buoyancy thing.)

      I'm going to go with the flow and say that your #4 is true (but I know that you have your moments of anxiety, just like everyone else). #2 could also be true, except nobody can be 100% sure about the future and 100% goal oriented.

      Ai, but dumb!blond!Dawn didn't realize that one had to be true. So they're all false, actually. I am actually quite insecure about my talents and my "worth" to friends. (RL friends, not online friends, so don't worry!)

      As for #2, I have a sideways brain, so I want to be writing, saving the coral reefs, and designing webpages, all at once! :^P
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