< May 4, 1998
John leaves today for a business trip. So we got up a bit earlier than
usual, did the usual trip to Victor's and then went to work. The day was
grey to begin with but the weather reports said that it would clear, so we
drove the Stoat instead of the uncertain Buddha. Seems that the Buddha
needs a new fuel pump or something. It's just cutting out at high revs,
likely something with the richness of the mix in the new carb.
Yeesh. No wonder I scored like 'extreme butch' on the femme vrs butch
test. It's going around and they want to give permission for cross links,
so I'm not gonna link, but I think that the URL is making the email rounds
It's clear now. Nice.
The knee's pretty happy. I'm pretty productive and happy and I've got
liverwurst for lunch. A little known fact is that I seem to like
liverwurst a lot with a bit of mayo and lettuce on toasted white bread,
which I only get every six months or so, not because John keeps me from it,
but because he always buys and eats the bread so gets what he likes, which
is usually whole grain stuff but since he was going to be gone for a while,
I thought I'd get what I'd like. Which has worked.
Which, I guess might actually take me to
list of facts that so many
dairiests are doing at the moment. Utterly useless these, but they may
amuse or confuse...
- I like liverwurst.
- I actually like nearly all foods, if they're done well. Yes, this
means that if someone actually does a 35 cent hamburger well, I'll love
- I'm 6'2" in rollerskates. I've never measured my physical height
directly, though at the doctor's office they say I'm 5'9 1/2", though they
also say that I'm 150 pounds, which is less than the 160 I think I am and
far more than the 125 I was when I modelled in high school.
- I had long hair as a child, never cut it until 1992.
- We have one Land Rover that's seven years older than we are, and
another that's only one year younger than we are.
- Fezzik is about 130 pounds, which is less than we expected, as
Newfoundlands average about 150 pounds, but then they also average about 8
years of age before they die, and Fezzik is already ten-years-old.
- For the Caltech crowd, I'm a Lloydie that used to socialize with
Flems. Got the Jordon interview because I knew Maclen Marvit,
who was the brother
of David Marvit, who was the technical consultant for Real
- Got an 800 on the Math and 750 Verbal, was pretty much average in math
at Caltech and I've always wondered at the Verbal score.
- I stole some six-year-old's voice for my own.
So when I answer the phone and it's
a salesperson they always ask, "Are your parents there?" I answer
truthfully, "No." and hang up.
- I'm 100% Han Chinese. Even to the blue birthmark at the base of my
- Played classical piano as a kid, ten years of it, got to State level
competitions before college ate up all my music.
- Got to the NCAA Western Regionals as a fencer, the Caltech women's
team my junior year which was made all of walk-ons took second place.
I did the NorthWest fencing
circuit for three years before getting my graduate degree and work ate up
- Worked as a scorekeeper and timekeeper for the 1984 LA Olympics in the
- Had Counseling for exactly two intense weeks, where I probably cried
more and thought more and more of my personalities died and awakened than
ever before with a counselor who was also a nun.
- Spent a full year completely on my own in Seattle while John was still
at Caltech to be sure I could live on my own before living with anyone
- I'm allergic to dust, pollen of all living things, dust mites, sunshine,
alcohol, and the furs of most living creatures. Especially horses.
Girlhood dream was to ride horses, so I did it anyway, drugged to the
gills. I think my allergies are why I decided that I'd do what I wanted to
do even when everyone else said it was impossible. Allergy shots are why I
never was afraid of needles.
- Pherisis takes four hours. Four hours of a machine sucking all my
blood through its intestines and putting what it doesn't want back.
I often wonder if it's worth it.
- Had about fifteen boyfriends before John, no relationship longer than
two years. That was sixteen years and nearly eleven years of marriage
- I am bisexual.
- I may be a Taoist.
- I am, at best, a spiritual Christian, not a religious one. The
spirituality of the message of that carpenter from Nazarith moves me, but
the religion that's sprung from it has left me cold. Yet, I'm a deacon
anyway. But I try not to perpetuate the bits that anger me.
- I drink a lot of Dr. Pepper when I can't find Hansen's soda or Odwalla
Mango Tango or good tea.
- I have more teas than I can count.
- I also have three gargoyles, a foam terminal, one Koosh, a clay
lamb, and an iridescent mouse on my terminal at work.
- I've spun and knitted, in my life, half a dozen shawls of the Shetland
style. Each took an average of three years to make, and were often 5 foot
squares that weighed less than eight ounces and would fit through a wedding
- The world record for finest wool spun is around 100,000 yards per
pound. I've gotten to 86,000.
- I love roses, big smelly roses with a riot of colors. It's likely the
most feminine like I have.
- Okay. And baths, with salts and oils or bubbles.
- The only thing I like better is splitting wood. *grin* With a fifteen
pound maul. It always teaches me something about commitment of action.
- Which kinda carries over to the fact that the knife that I use for
nearly 95% of all my cooking needs is my vegetable cleaver.
- I'm also a recovering perfectionist. Apologies for when I relapse.
So there, all the things you'd want to know about me from these diaries and a
few of them you likely didn't want to know.
So I get to eat all the things that I love to eat and John's medium
lukewarm about, including eggplant Parmesan and lamb chops and the like.
That should be fun, as always, he even recommended that I do Peking Duck
from the Golden Wok one night. A very, very good husband. *grin* Though
I think I'll wait for him on that one.
I think, if I had the choice, I'd spend a lot of time in the bathtub. Now
that I can actually bend my leg again. Exercises, ice, dinner, bath, bed.
What we do every night, Rosty.
Say good-night, Rosty.
© 1998 by Liralen Li.