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Holiday Week Update

weather: sunny
outside: 24°C
mood: content
Thus ends a nice holiday week. *bittersweet* =) W and I took the week off together. We didn't go anywhere, just caught up with errands and did random stuff that we wished we had more time to do during the week.

Girl: Finished Mansfield Park.

The fascinating thing about Jane Austen, I find, is that she's made the same plot tell six entirely different stories. They're all nearly the same, but you see very different themes and social commentary in each one.

It's like looking into several different bowls of water. They're all only slightly different bowls and, water is water. But you scry a different universal truth in every one.

Geek: I went scabbing as a hobo healer in Alterac Valley.

English: I played WoW.

At 64/m/shammy/cow, I can't do a whole lot. So, I don my Int gear and go heal the tank or any other DPS who has aggro. And I'm not overhealing as much anymore.

The Summer Solstice Festival is on in the WoW, so we're constantly ribbon dancing and doing the festival dailies. The torch catching is the bane of my existence. I have to get userinfoHusband Guy to do that one for me. =P The most infuriating thing is that I can see exactly what to do, but I still fail before I can do 10 in a row. I can even describe to someone how to do it and they succeeded with the first 4, but I get to about 6 or 7 and then wipe. Gaaaaaahhhhh...

We're quickly running out of alt character slots to make pack mules... =) Because I don't play nearly as many characters as W does, I have all the pack mule alts: one auction house alt and another food alt that's named after a large grocery store chain =D When the food alt ran out of bag space AND bank space AND bank BAG space, we had to form a guild to get the guild bank.

We have a whole tab of just seafood. XD

Geek: I also ran around as my own little party with my 25/f/lock/blood-elf, blueberry and netherwhelp out.

English: I played WoW some more.

It's fun to be my own party of three =) Although, it's annoying that your pet gets dismissed when you use public transportation.

I get questions about my Netherwhelp and where I got him (Limited Edition Burning Crusade) =D Sooooo looking forward to 40 when I get my felsteed and felpuppy.

Geek: On a different server, I started another character, 17/f/shammy/cow.

English: I played WoW... even more.

I'd been harrassed =) into starting a character on a different server where a co-worker is a 70 Priest. I swear, userinfoHusband Guy and I are only there to watch the guild drama scroll by in gchat XD LOL =)

It's been painful levelling with no Main to help with money, mats, bags or anything. When you're used to having your backpack with four 16-slot Netherweave bags right from level 1, having to scrimp and save and sell all the greys you get, then hemming and hawing at the Auction House for even that stupid 6-slotter, you realize how spoiled you were.

I've been all WHEN THE HELL DO I GET MY GHOST WOLF?!?!? for the last 10 levels now.

Girl: I got a professional French manicure.

I went to a spa so that someone could do it once while I watched. Square nails are not as good as oval nails for scratching itches.

As much of a hassle as it is to do my own French manicure, I bought a kit and re-did it myself because I'm just never really happy with the results _anywhere_. I tend to have a very fussy eye for detail and the reality is, I know my own nails better and I know how I want them done.

I also got nail jewels =) I don't put them on every nail, I just put the smallest pinky pattern on the two thumbs.

Geek: I learned to drive stick.

The Brother Boy taught userinfoThe Husband and me to drive stick shift with his car.

I've always hated sitting in a standard. I could never stand the herky-jerky-ness and I've always attributed that to standard transmission cars. I found out in the last few years that it's actually the drivers, themselves, being buttheads.

So, the Brother Boy has grown up to be a huge car buff and instructed us both on how to start the car, drive, shift, and rev matching. Neither of us stalled although we made his car very unhappy a few times.

Driving standard is extraordinarily busy. There were so many other things to deal with. Clutch down. Make sure it's in Neutral. Put it in first gear. Let go of the clutch. BUT SLOWLY. And step on the gas pedal at the same time. Make sure the clutch isn't halfway up for too long. Don't hold the clutch down too long... aaaaiiiieeeeeeggghhh...

Several times, I forgot to signal and shoulder check. I know it's only because it was my first session. I'm sure it will get better with practice.

My left leg and my left butt cheek were super sore the next day. =D I'd like to be able to practice, but we can't afford an extra car. I think we'd have to get a fairly nice 2-3 year old standard for it to be a good practice car. Gas prices in the state that they are and insurance make it completely out of the question.

And I'm not sure if we'd be willing to switch to a standard entirely.

Girl: I tried on dresses.

There's another wedding in the family coming up. =) No, it will never end. =)

We're desparately trying to convince someone to forego the hullabaloo and go with a destination wedding. But no dice this time. *sigh*

"Dear Auntie 1, if you could please make sure Cousin #5 gets engaged to a someone from Italy, that would be cool beans. We'll all be there. Thanks!"

The dress I wanted wasn't actually in the store, I had to special order it. But I did try on the same size in a different style from the same designer. I told them I wanted it for this September, just so that I wouldn't have to wait.

The designer apparently won't start manufacturing the style that I want until this September. That means I may actually not get it until possibly October.

The store staff were all worried for me, but the ladies still cracked up when I said "well, if it's not here by September, I'll have to go to the wedding naked." I said I have a back-up plan and I still wanted this dress.


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Jun. 30th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
I learned to drive stick.

I prefer standard transmissions. Our car and truck (and my husband's dune buggy) are all standard transmissions. It is not so bad once you get used to it. And the gas mileage is much better. Repairs are usually less too.

My biggest problem is that I have a bad left knee. I can feel it pop sometimes when I have the clutch pedal in. Not good.

I agree, the jerky feeling from a manual is from the driver not doing things right, not from the transmission itself.
Jun. 30th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
As I understand it, the gas mileage on newer automatic cars are now comparable and starting to actually be better than standards. And if you don't drive a standard correctly, you could wind up using more gas than saving.

But, this could be because of vehicle usage in Vancouver, BC is very very different that most American cities/towns/counties. In the US, you're on highways a lot. In the Greater Vancouver area, you're in the city (with traffic lights, stop-and-go) more often than not.

I asked about repairs, maintenance and general hassle of standards too. The consensus was that automatics are the hassle-free choice.

This could also be because the constant shifting that we have to do in city driving causes the transmission to wear more quickly (?)

Where we are, only people who _just_like_it_ get a standard. =)
Jun. 30th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
I do mostly city/suburb driving with my stick. Lots of stop and go and sitting in traffic. It is not so bad.

So far, all of the repairs I have seen for automatic versus manual have been much higher for the automatic. Part of the expense for the automatics come from the front wheel drive too I think. It costs more to repair the transmission in a front wheel drive.

Some of the new automatics might get close to my stick. I laugh when the commercials advertise high mpg as 30 mpg. My little 6 year old Saturn still gets about 38 mpg and closer to 45 on mostly highway driving with non-reformulated gas. Our son-in-law has an automatic version of the same year Saturn and never got more than about 32 mpg even when it was new. Exact same engine, just different transmissions. Plus different driving styles....which makes a difference. Our daughter also had an automatic version of the car but 2 years older and she got about the same as her husband before she traded hers in for a different Saturn model, which sadly gets even less than the other model. They said people wanted more power so they put a slightly larger engine in it. Sacrificed mileage for power. Now they are sorry they did that I think.

The way a driver drives does have a lot of bearing on the repair costs for a car no matter what kind of transmission. I have seen people ride the clutch on a manual and then wonder why their transmission burns out. Duh!
Jun. 30th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
The fascinating thing about Jane Austen, I find, is that she's made the same plot tell six entirely different stories. They're all nearly the same, but you see very different themes and social commentary in each one.

It's like looking into several different bowls of water. They're all only slightly different bowls and, water is water. But you scry a different universal truth in every one.

I really like that evocative description. (I must confess I don't care for Austen, though I haven't tried to read any in close to a decade.) The description reminds me of bad authors, who also have certain constants, sometimes even the same plot elements, and keep using them again and again. Some do it well... Others not so well.
Jun. 30th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
I think it's only partially the author though. Certainly, the author has to write well and use all the elements of a successful literary work really well.

But part of it is the reader. Everything about the reader has to also be "right" or "aligned" with the author's work to _receive_ and interpret the information in the way that it was intended as well.

Not to be cheesy, but if you don't have that "meeting of the minds", that book is going to be crap to that reader no matter HOW many bestseller lists it's on =)

Some authors, I almost feel like I know them personally. Beverly Cleary is one for sure. I hesitate to say Jane Austen because of the time period and cultural difference... I wonder if that's really possible. =}

Some authors, I just don't "meet" with. Shakespeare is one of them. I would much rather read the study aids on his work over his actual work, any day =}
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