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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.

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...also known as my life!

This is a busy week for us, so I am going to apologize up front for being sluggish with answering comments and emails. Please know that, as always, correspondence from my friends means the world to me. :) I will forget none of you.

I am writing this from the ice rink. Bobby had a hockey game tonight; I have a skating practice tomorrow. On Thursday, we will drive to northern Virginia for a Hootie & the Blowfish concert. On Friday, we both have off from work, so we are visiting the National Aquarium and Inner Harbor in Baltimore with our families, then seeing the Ravens play the Giants in a pre-season game. On Saturday, if we get the fair weather we've been promised, we are finally going to hike the Cat Rock trail in the Catoctin Mountains.

Whew.

So that's my schedule in ten seconds. Sunday, we have already declared as Do Nothing Day. Well..."nothing" might involve sitting around the pool or taking a nap or engaging in some light miniatures painting, but that'll be it.

Today was one of Those Days at work. Those of you who have been on my flist for a while now know that we experience periodic lapses in technology. This morning, when Johnny the Boss got into work, the power was out. It came back on before I got into work, but half of the network in our building does not work and my alternate printer--which is not attached to the network--copped out too. Johnny pulled out the panel furniture to try plugging into a different network plug (I'm sure there is a technical name for it, but I don't know it) and needed someone skinny to squeeze into the tiny gap. That skinny person being...me. I nearly didn't fit. I couldn't take a deep enough breath that my chest moved, nor could I turn my head, but I got that cable in the plug, dammit. Then...it didn't work.

So we have no means of printing and one of my computers doesn't work. Luckily not the important computer on which I write my stories!

While I couldn't do proper work today, I applied to volunteer at the National Aquarium next year. Bobby applied also; our hope is to get our foot in the door now so that when we have our degrees, we know of job openings as soon as they occur and also will have proven ourselves in a volunteer capacity and so might get a little priority. Also, it sounds really cool. We've applied as Certified Divers with Aquarist Assistant as our alternate. They accept twenty-eight divers per year, but I have no idea how many applicants they have. If they weight diving experience heavily, we won't get it. If they weight education, work experience, and ability to work with the public heavily, we stand a decent chance. *firmly crosses fingers*

But assistant aquarist would be cool too, and there's always next year to get diving experience and re-apply. But really: what could possibly be cooler than diving in the shark tank?

Oh, while I'm typing this: Bobby and I are getting ready to start a community in which we will keep our dive journals and also other posts related to ecology, conservation, and our forays into volunteer work and education. We wanted to call our community "Davy Jones' Locker" but someone is already using that username. We are both at a loss in the meanwhile. I was thinking maybe something based on a ship that had sailed around the world or based on a mythological being concerned with protecting the earth or the oceans. (I don't think he'll accept something like "Ulmo's Corner," so for once, I am asking for no Tolkien.) I would appreciate any ideas or leads my clever flist is willing to provide. Anything related to the protection or love of earth or ocean would work.
  • Old hymns are a good go-to source for cool title phrases. I use such phrases for story and chapter titles frequently. How about:

    "The Boist'rous Sea"

    "O'er The Dark Wave"

    "Life's Tempestuous Sea"

    "Earth's Strong Pillars"

    "The Spacious Earth Around"

    "Celestial Fruit On Earthly Ground"

    "A Brighter World"

    "This Dark World's Light"
    • Ah, your musical inclination is showing again. What neat ideas; thank you! :) Most will be too long for a journal name, but I still need a subtitle.
      • Ah, your musical inclination is showing again

        As long as it's not my slip. . . Anyway, I'm glad you liked them. Knowing your feelings about religion in general, I paused before sending them to you, but they're just such great turns of phrase. And it's not my religion anyway, except if you consider the act of Harp singing itself to be religious, which is not necessarily the case.

        And, speaking of my musical inclination, I know that you're revising AMC. Do you need any more musical tips?

        Most will be too long for a journal name

        Bear in mind that they come from a person whose journal is called "Once There Was And Was Not In Ancient Armenia."
        • As long as it's not my slip. . .

          *giggle* Thanks. I needed that!

          Knowing your feelings about religion in general, I paused before sending them to you, but they're just such great turns of phrase.

          Absolutely! I view Christianity like any other mythology; the only real danger is that some wacko will come along, see a hymn for a title, and think I must also be a wacko. But once they read the ecological propaganda that goes against the ideals of our born-again president, I'm sure they'll realize!

          And, speaking of my musical inclination, I know that you're revising AMC. Do you need any more musical tips?

          I'm not in the Macalaure section yet, but when I get there, I'll let you know if I need any help! Thanks so much. :) (I revise very slowly....)
  • Speaking of hiking, I forgot to add that you should come to CO in the spring, because in the fall my hiking abilities will be limited, due to sitting on my lazy ass all summer. (Like there's hiking in TX anyway...or temperatures that wouldn't cause a heat stroke) ;P

    *just plain snerks at work tech problems*

    I can think of many things that would be cooler than diving in a shark tank...but that's just me. :P
    • Speaking of hiking, I forgot to add that you should come to CO in the spring, because in the fall my hiking abilities will be limited, due to sitting on my lazy ass all summer.

      Lol! *noted*

      I can think of many things that would be cooler than diving in a shark tank...but that's just me.

      Me too, actually. Like diving in the ocean with actual living sharks! :^P
      • Me too, actually. Like diving in the ocean with actual living sharks! :^P

        ...Not exactly what I had in mind...
  • Hiya! That diving thing sounds way cool! Good luck *crosses fingers* About the journal name... how do you like "Jacques Cousteau's Legacy" or something like it? Have a nice week!
    • Thank you! :) And thank you for the idea. Hubs and I are in the process of discussing names.

      I can't wait to start dive training. One month yesterday. w00t! :^D
  • What tarion said... That's just plain weird, Dawn. But, I love ya.

    Hmmm... something about King Triton? Flounder? Ariel? Well, you didn't say no Disney!
    • What's weird? That I want to dive in a shark tank? :^D

      Actually, I want to dive with sharks in the ocean too and do a Great White cage dive someday...both of which exist in the realm of diving activities. >:^]

      And now you've got that "Daughters of Triton" song in my head. (I used to skate to The Little Mermaid soundtrack in my driveway. Weird, indeed....)
  • I was thinking you could switch "Ulmo" to "Poseidon" and call it "Poseidon's Corner". Or "The Argonaut".
    • It was funny because Bobby suggested, "Why not Neptune's Den?" and I said, "Ummm...sweetie, that's the pet store in Belair." :^P We're still discussing names, so thanks for the ideas! :)
  • The diving opportunity sounds awesome (but scary... eeek). As for a name for your community, well, I can only pass along what someone suggested to me when I was looking for pirate-ship names for my NaNo novel last November: The Bootygrabber. ;-P
    • Bwah! Now do I really want my husband to join and help me maintain a community called "The Bootygrabber".... :^D

      I'm sure that they're not the type of sharks that eat humans. Still, it sounds cool to say, "I'm going to dive in the shark tank." My father-in-law has already said that he will visit the Aquarium that day...though he'll stay safely on the dry side of the glass!

      (PS--Did you switch usernames or are you like me with more than one LJ? Felak confoosed....)
  • Indeed a busy bee!!! Regarding a name: treasures of Atlantis? Poseidon's vault or Poseidon's chariot? Maybe something with Jacques Cousteau... hmmm :)
    • Bobby wanted to call it "Neptune's Den," which is a pet store in our area! :^D

      *pets Bobby*

      Thank you for the ideas. We're still working on the name. We have less than a month now before dive training starts!
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