October Wrap-Up

events

My Avatar/Korra unanswered questions post is now my most-viewed post of all time. I don’t know how this happened but it’s been getting a weird amount of views lately. I think it’s time to do more Korra posts. Strike while it’s hot.
(Also it was announced that Korra comics will be out next year!!)
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I got a new bird feeder. My yellow feeder got destroyed while I was trying to clean it, and soon after, the squirrels broke the door off their feeder. So I finally got around to replacing them.

– I hit my head really hard at Walmart yesterday. There was this rack thing on the aisle that didn’t have anything on it and I slammed my head against it. No signs of concussion yet, though.

I was actually around little kids at our work Halloween party. I ended up supervising games and being nice and friendly to small children. It was a cool way to spend a Friday at work. And I got my face painted.

– Hank and Katherine Green had a baby today! His name in Orin and will probably grow up to end world hunger, provide free education to everyone, and be president of Mars.

NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. Commence freakout mode.
(also add me on NaNo site as egallaher and follow me on Twitter @emilynanos)
 
 
thoughts
– “An” shouldn’t be a written word. It’s a spoken convention to avoid having to say two vowel sounds in a row. There’s no reason why it should be written. It’s like having to say “comma” and “period” when we speak to mark the punctuation.

– I’ve seen the use of non-binary “their/they” come up a lot recently to refer to individuals that do not identify as strictly male or female. So instead of saying he or she, they prefer “they.” This bothered me at first because I’m a technical editor (though you wouldn’t know it by the awful grammar I use on this blog!) and the use of the singular they is a pet peeve. But I thought about it for awhile and realized that I’m being ridiculous. We are not confined by English; English adapts with us and for us. There is no other gender-neutral third person singular pronoun, so we’ve adapted one to suit our needs. That’s the beauty of language.

– We give out full-sized candy bars because we don’t get a lot of trick-or-treaters. But the people who did come by this year kinda broke all the nonspoken rules. Two people took candy for their babies. And then a grown woman (probably between 25 and 30) took two, even though she said she didn’t like candy. And she didn’t even have a kid with her! I like giving out candy and would never deny anything to anyone, but I don’t know. Is this normal? Is it okay for people to take candy for their babies? Or just, you know, because they can?

P.S. this black kitten came to keep me company while I was waiting for trick-or-treaters.


rex report

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Rex just finished up week 7 of his recovery. He’s started being a bit of a brat about his cage rest, though. He’s feeling much better…so much so that he refuses to accept that his vet ordered another week of rest. He started biting at the bars of his cage, so we moved him to the hallway. But yesterday, he weaseled his way around the gate and squeezed behind our refrigerator to break free while we were out shopping.

We’ve been letting him snuggle with us in the morning, though, and just look at how cute he is. Just look.



tv shows

The Office (still on season 6)
Grey’s Anatomy (finished season 12)
 
 
movies
The Shallows (liked it)
Warcraft (it was okay)
Me Before You (liked it)
The Road (it was…a downer)
The Conjuring (rewatch – really like it)
The Conjuring 2 (it was okay)
Steve Jobs (it was okay)

 
 
books
Attack on Titan, vol. 2 by Hajime Isayama (loved it)
Every Day by David Levithan (it was okay)
Avatar: The Last Airbender – Smoke and Shadow by Gene Luen Yang (loved it)

    

currently reading: 
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (audio)
Quiet by Susan Cain
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

(kinda in a reading slump where I can’t decide on what I want to read?)

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Tell me how your October is! Do you give out full-sized candy bars for Halloween? Do you follow any rules about giving out candy? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo (tell me about your novel!)? How do you feel about the singular “their”? Let me know!

–Emily