I am Karan from Olympia, WA. Almost every other name used here is a pseodonym pseudonim pseudonymn alias. The rest of it is true - mostly - and all of it is my own. Don't even think about taking any of it, unless of course, you want to pay me.

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    om namay padmay om

    [ Wednesday, May 08, 2013 ]

    A shiny new pet peeve

    Yahoo!  A new pet peeve has entered my life.  I think the last new one was way back a week or so ago.

    First, realize that I really don’t get out that much and it’s likely that this peeve has been peeving people for a long time.  For me, as of about 90 minutes ago, it’s new.

    Today I was doing a walk around at a local Target store...doing a lot of walking around because my brain was hose-kinked and I couldn’t remember exactly what it was that I needed to buy there. Almost immediately, I encountered a woman who had her smart phone set and running on ear bleeding loud so the little girl with her could watch a streaming cartoon video. Not only was the sound too loud, but the little girl had 100% of her attention focused on the wee screen...not on the world of commerce surrounding her and certainly not engaging in any conversation with the woman. I encountered them at every turn and never during their trip or mine did the phone get turned off or down.  I can only hope that the video cost the woman an extra $25 in data transfer fees on her cell phone plan.

    What is it with some cell phone people who believe that there is nothing more in life than what comes to them via that small rectangle of plastic not to mention the horror of those tinny speakers?  I hate the forced ease dropping of cell phone conversations but as of today, I’ve discovered I hate hate hate having to hear smart phone TV maybe even more. 

    Posted by karan on 05/08 at 09:23 AM

    [ Friday, April 26, 2013 ]

    World Penguin Day

    I love me some penguins!  Today is World Penguin Day and thanks to the Pew you can help protect their habitat and make your voice heard at: Protect Antarctic Penguins’ Home!

    Protect Antarctic Penguins’ Home!

    In July, two dozen countries and the European Union will decide the fate of some of Antarctica’s most pristine marine ecosystems, including many of the world’s most important penguin habitats. At a special meeting the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources could create the world’s largest marine reserves in the Ross Sea and the waters off East Antarctica. Or it could leave these near-pristine regions vulnerable to large-scale industrial fishing.

    The Ross Sea reserve has been proposed by the United States and New Zealand, and the East Antarctic reserves has been proposed by France, the European Union, and Australia. Approval of these proposals can only occur through consensus. Please ask world leaders to support fully protected Ross Sea and East Antarctic marine reserves in time for a consensus decision this summer.

    Then head over to What’s your penguin personality? - Like the bird on the above, I’m a chinstrap penguin! Unlike this penguin, I’m not so into krill for dinner.

    Posted by karan on 04/26 at 07:06 AM

    [ Thursday, March 28, 2013 ]

    Surgery day + 1

    Well...it’s over.  Rejjie went in, got herself all de-cysted and we finally rolled into our driveway at 9pm.  A very long very long very long day.

    In Rejjie’s true-to-self way of doing all things, it was a day of big drama and near hysteria most of which was not related to anything medical.  Believe me when I write that all in this household are glad it is over.

    She is sore but feeling much better. We have to wait a couple of days for lab results but her surgeon is fairly certain all three cysts are benign. 


    Posted by karan on 03/28 at 08:29 AM

    [ Wednesday, March 27, 2013 ]


    I am a fan of Game of Thrones, TV and books.  I’ve not yet crossed over into the land of fanatic...but I think if I didn’t keep an eye on that possibility, I’d be there...quickly and building prop sets and buying fan art, learning the Dothraki language and yes, writing adoring letters to Peter Dinklage.

    To be fair to myself, I’ve been a fan of Peter Dinklage since first seeing him in Living in Oblivion...so obviously I’m no single project fan, not even.
    house of flummel
    Sort of spooky GoT things I’ve done:
    1. One of my work life responsibilities is that I am involved in helping assemble wine tasting events and with the Season 3 premiere in mind, March 31st, I organized a mead and hard cider tasting. Yeah.  I know...but it was a big hit.  Folks loved it.  So there.
    2.I printed a map of the GoT world and I have it all rolled out and ready to follow along as stories evolve. 
    3.I have George RR Martin’s website bookmarked and regularly check it for the next Song of Ice and Fire (that’s the Game of Thrones series) release and I worry that he’ll drop dead before he finishes the series.
    4. Even though I doubt I’d ever cook almost everything in it, I am lusting for the Inn at the Crossroad’s official cookbook: A Feast of Ice & Fire.
    5. I watched Season 1 three times...first when it was new; next when season 2 was getting ready to start; and the third time just a couple of weeks ago in preparation for season 3. I’ve seen season 2, twice.
    6. When the entire series is complete, I totally plan to buy the thing on BluRay. Hopefully by then, we’ll own a BluRay player.
    7. I joined the realm and made myself a Game of Thrones sigil for my “house”.  My house banner is there on the right. Even that seems a bit nutty to me.
    8. I am still pissed off that Joffrey had Ned Stark b’headed.

    Sometimes I scare even me.

    Posted by karan on 03/27 at 08:08 AM

    [ Saturday, March 23, 2013 ]

    The ants go marching

    So when we last visited this tiny hamlet, things were looking better in many ways. 

    Oh how times have changed. 

    For most of the last two months this has been the house of disease and the diseases have varied and rotated through the four of us and we have been oh so miserable.  Except for one notable exception, we’ve been shuffling ourselves through flu and cold and pink eye and then back again. Yay daycare!

    Rejjie muscled her way through February, enduring cold and flu and still made it to work and GED classes and in early March graduated with her GED certificate in hand!  YAY!!!  She smoked the tests and has high enough scores to allow her to meet more than the minimum admission requirements at any college she’s interested in attending.  Her immediate plans at that time were to enroll at the local CC and begin a slow start toward her AA.  Then March hit and then her healthy resolve dissolved into the smoke and mirrors that the other three of us were experiencing +1.

    For much of the last year, Rejjie’s been experiencing fairly serve cramping...cramping that was written off as a continuing side effect of a difficult birth and her general tendency toward drama.  Finally she was given an ultrasound and there for all to see was a very large ovarian cyst nested right in there in the middle of her right ovary.  Not any cyst mind you, but a dermoid cyst...look that one up if you dare.  A dermoid cyst is rarely anything but annoying but in her case the thing is causing her ovary to turn over on itself and restricting the blood flow to the ovary, causing significant discomfort.  This was diagnosed last Thursday and she is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday...so it is a fairly urgent situation.  But, of course, because nothing is ever straight forward in our family, Rejjie is deep in the throes of another major cold and if she doesn’t recover enough from that her surgery will be delayed...which is risky because the surgeon feels like she’s very close to major complications if it stays in there much longer.  Major complications means that the ovary will totally die off and cause infection and need to be fully removed.  A full on emergency.

    The plan on Wednesday is that her surgeon is to go in through her cute little bellybutton, poke right into that right ovary and pull the thing out.

    But wait there’s more.

    It seems that she has a much smaller dermoid in her left ovary as well so the surgeon plans to poke around in there to see if he can easily find it and pull it out too.  His goal is only do so with utmost care and not mess around in there too much because he wants to preserve her fertility. 

    This whole thing means much.  Her plan to stop breastfeeding and co-sleeping with our little Jay has been accelerated by her upcoming surgery and recovery.  Her participation in the state go to work program has abruptly ended because of her spotty work attendance...caused....by illness and now an expected eight weeks of recovery.  The end of this program and her recovery period also cancels her anticipated attendance in her budding college career.  Much sadness abounds about this turn of events.  Much sadness.

    And of course Rejjie is freaked out.  Rightfully so.  I’m a bit challenged by all of this too. There is the heavy ended fear of complications including the very small possibility that the thing isn’t benign and/or that she’ll lose her fertility completely...and this is all happening so quickly that we are still absorbing the impact.

    On a happier note...Jay spent his first night in his own room and seemed to love the experience!  He is a trooper!!

    Posted by karan on 03/23 at 05:47 AM

    [ Friday, March 08, 2013 ]

    I wanna go to Paris

    Paris In Motion (Part I) from Mayeul Akpovi on Vimeo.

    Thanks Swiss Miss

    Posted by karan on 03/08 at 05:46 PM
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