saphyria: (ukulele)
Hey, brain? The middle of the workday is not the ideal time to have the overwhelming urge to practice the ukulele. Narfi* is not here. It's waiting on the couch in my living room. Wanting to try and figure out the chords for that song I have stuck in my head does not help me do my work. Get it together, brain.

*Yes, I did name my ukulele after a lesser-known child of Loki. Deal with it. :P
saphyria: (stark trees)
Had a lovely twelve hours of sleep last night. Woke up feeling better than I did, and had an omelet for lunch, then went for a walk. Walked along the trail near my apartment and met a lot of people out with their dogs, enjoying the suddenly awesome (if annoyingly unseasonable) weather. Got a good three miles in, so I'm now twenty-five miles into the Hobbits' journey to Rivendell, or seven miles into their second day.

I may get on the treadmill and do another mile or so later tonight. I gotta make up for the last few days of not feeling well.

Another three-chord song has been discovered by me just noodling around on my ukulele. Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star, Amazing Grace, and Kum-by-yah all can be played using the C-F-G7 chords exclusively. It's rather fun to mush them together. Also, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" just uses those three plus E minor. The F# chord still hurts to play, but not as much. Lately, I've been getting the feeling that my left hand has been getting stronger. Thank goodness. *employs stress-ball, aggressively*
saphyria: (ukulele)
Apparently, I get so engrossed in playing my ukulele that I forget about my cramps. I took a break after playing for nearly half an hour, and was like, "Oh wow! My cramps are gone!" and then five seconds later I'm curled up again. Ugh.

I also spent about an hour earlier making random swirls in photoshop, that just eventually turned into ukulele icons.

One! Two! Three! Four! Four Ukulele icons! Ah ah ah!

*hugs ukulele*
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Today was another day that had my coworkers and I agreeing vehemently that we needed colder weather. It's not been below freezing more than five days, this winter. We need a nice, hard freeze, lasting about a week. Preferably with snow, to get us out of work and make things worthwhile. Also, the nature trail near my apartment looks enough like Narnia when covered in snow that I can get away from the city for a while, at least in my head.

Dreamed I was being chased by Nazgul across Rohan, last night. But half-way through the dream they became the Black Riders of the Dark, who were... trying to steal the Ring from Middle-Earth and use it to take over their own world (Merry Christmas, you tools of the Light!). It was a pretty epic dream. Lots of pretty landscapes and chasing and suspense. I don't know. I blame Mark. :D

*insert segue here* I've always been plagued by brittle nails, so locating a nail-strengthening lotion that is so far working like a charm has put me in a pretty good mood. Also, I'm developing calluses from playing the ukulele, which means my fingers don't hurt as much from trying to play those silly E and E-minor chords in Hotel California. Also, F# chord? OW. After half an hour of playing, my fingers don't want to bend like that. But the ukulele is also awesome and joy-inducing.

Lessee, what else. Oh. SOPA. Depressing and worrying. Joined in the black-out yesterday (or is it day before yesterday by now? *eyes clock*), and posted information about it on facebook. Had to explain to a coworker what it would mean if the bill passed. They were thoroughly shocked.

As anyone in their right mind would be.

I was also depressed by the fact that my sourdough starter seems to have gotten some unhappy bacteria in it, because it smelled metallic today when I pulled it out to make pancakes, and I threw away the pancakes after one bite because they tasted bad. I'd been so careful! I liked that sourdough starter. We had made delicious bread and pancakes and pizza dough together! *epic sads*

In conclusion (and don't think I'm not aware how disjointed this post is; I'm lacking sleep), I'm really liking Dreamwidth. And I need new icons. So let me know if anyone knows a good source for images/icons of:

-tea/cups of tea/pretty tea
-saplings/baby trees
-epic landscapes (preferably mountains or forests)
-foxes (drawn or real)
-Very Fancy Doilies




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