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Laundry is retrieved, all folded and pressed. I have cold Diet Pepsi fresh from the store, and I even was out at just the right time to grab a lunch special from the Japanese restaurant. Meaning I am sipping Miso soup as we speak and have a seafood tempura (shrimp, bits of crab and mussels) waiting for me. Also picked up a slice of chocolate dulce da leche cake from the corner bakery. (Yes, I live in Little Italy. You can't go a block without passing a bakery.)

And then remembered I had to get something that can only be bought at the grocery store. That's not so bad, but I was already weighted down with parcels and a giant bag of laundry on my back and now had to navigate the aisles of a city grocery store (there's a reason they give us skinny carts. And yet somehow I came out with more than the one item I needed (whole wheat English muffins for mini-pizzas), and also got sink cleaner, plastic baggies, cookie mix, and a new bowl. A truly random collection if ever there was one, but I kept remembering things I needed.

Two things of note from the last day. First, a cool article from the NY Times:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/09/where-is-europe/

Basically, it looks at the changing definition of Europe. Closet geography geeks will find it interesting, as will policy wonks or people who just like learning new things.

Second, for much of the last two days I've been setting up a website for my class and more generally for my professional life:

http://www.mlayton.net

I'm playing around with the idea of providing an index to my fanfic stories there as well, not on a page that shows up on the main page but something where if you knew the link (something like http://www.mlayton.net/fanfic/) it would pull up a list of all the stories I had written over the years. But I'm not sure how wise that is, to have it all on the same site. I don't hide the fact that I write fanfic, but I'm not sure I want that to be the first thing people see when poking around considering whether to give me a job interview in a year or two. Thoughts?

Finally: any Tolkien froods know who's running Stories of Arda these days? I've been trying to get in touch with them, but without success.

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aliana1
Jan. 11th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
1) Am jealous of your Japanese lunch. Mmm miso and tempura!

2) That is a very interesting article. "Europe," like many other geographical regions, seems to be in the eye of the beholder, doesn't it?

3) Nice website! Personally, I don't think I would put any creative/hobby-related materials on a professional website unless they were directly related to my career. Not because there's anything unprofessional or offensive about fic writing, of course, but just because it's not related. Just my opinion, take with a grain of salt, etc.
lindahoyland
Jan. 12th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)
Your stories are part of you and your gifts.It all depends on how detailed a portrait of yourself you want on your website.
ellynn_ithilwen
Jan. 12th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
I agree with both Linda and Aliana. The stories *are* a part of you, but then, it's better not to mix proffesional site with hobby.
As for SOA - I really don't know. But I know that whenever I sent an email to them, I had to wait for the answer for a long time.
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