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Monday, February 5th, 2007
7:14 pm - Get paid! For Science!
Hey all,

Passing along an online study (that pays $20!) that I am not involved with, that's looking for adults age 30-60 with a minimum education of high school diploma/GED and who are native English speakers. This is being run out of the lab of someone else here in my department, but I'm not involved with it in any way.

What will happen if you take part in the study?
For this study you will be asked to complete a web-based survey. Survey questions will ask you about your experiences, habits, and thoughts in general, as well as in the past few days. Based on your responses, you may be contacted again for a web-based follow-up study. This will further investigate your daily activities and well-being by having you recall events and feelings encountered during the previous day and answer questions about them.

More information available at:

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Thursday, November 30th, 2006
2:39 pm - Addresses, and such
Hi, folks!

This year, I'm really going to get holiday cards out! However, given the multiple computers and hardware since the last time I did this (like, 4 years ago), I need just about everyone's address. If you're interested in getting a card from me/us, please post or email with your address (I'll screen replies to this post, nothing will be public). Or you can email at tracey at email dot unc dot edu.

Many, many thanks!

[p.s. it matters not to me if this is reciprocal - I failed to return holiday cards for so many years that I could hardly expect other people to be any better at it, or to care at all about sending them. I just feel like sending them this year.]

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Thursday, August 24th, 2006
3:57 pm - Cranky
Someone on my friends list used to have an icon of a cranky person in a wheelchair brandishing something. I need that icon.

Just went to the Cashier's office to pick up my disbursement, only to find out that the only way into the part of the particular building that the office is in includes going up 10 stairs, traversing a non-handicap-accessible doorway, then going down a flight of at least 15 stairs, and then traversing a rope and pylon setup that is, at most, 20 inches wide.

Disability services, when I phoned to inclue them, had no idea about this setup. He did mention that the building they are located in has an entire floor that is not accessible. That did not cheer me up.

This campus sucks if you're on crutches (lots of stairs, and the ramps are an afterthought and stuck onto the entrances that are the least useful for going to or coming from the building), but it has to be impossible if you're in a wheelchair.

Oh, and I hate crutches.

[edit: Thanks to rysmiel for the userpic!]

current mood: hot and cranky

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Wednesday, May 31st, 2006
1:33 pm - Stuff
Things we have that need getting rid of, free to first interested person who can make them go away before mid-June or so:

--Tetratec AP50 air pump (for aquariums up to 15 gallons)
--A bunch of fabric for various projects that never went anywhere. Usually at least a few yards, sometimes many yards. Some plaid-ish faux-wool stuff, dark red heavy cotton (good for faire skirts), black cotton, yellow fluffy poly/cotton, some maroon cotton with gold leaf/vine decoration, etc.
--Paperback of cryptonomicon.
--some dressy-ish clothes, around size 20-2X, that I thought I would alter but never have, including two silk tanks, two sleeveless long dresses (one black, one silver with black viney things) made out of that stretchy lycra drapy stuff, the black velvet zipper dress from NYE a few years back, etc.
--35MM film, speed 400 (something like 8 rolls, 1 yr old, unopened)

Available until someone takes it or I get sick of it and dump it at the thrift store. :)

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Tuesday, May 9th, 2006
6:41 pm
My grandmother Callison just died. I don't know any more than that yet. Guess I'll be going to Michigan this weekend.

From Huey's blog (also_huey, for those who care):
[EDIT] Early this afternoon, my 88-year-old grandmother, the most caring person I have ever known, laid down for a nap, and while sleeping, suffered a massive aortic anerysm and bled out internally.

I'm so glad I got to spend some time with her the last time I was in Michigan.
I'm so tired of losing people.

Thank you, everyone, for the sympathy and well wishes. They help, tremendously.

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Saturday, April 8th, 2006
9:03 pm - Monkeys!
Hey, anybody want to be a research monkey?

I need people to do a short questionnaire for my final research project. There are different levels of the experiment, of course, so I can't just post it here for you to do (because my mad html skilz are not up to randomizing which one displays if you click through, and I don't have anywhere to put it anyways), but if you drop me an email address (I'll screen replies so it won't ever become public), I will email you the materials and you can email me the questionnaire back, which I will print anonymously (without your name attached) and add to my other subjects.

Here's the official spiel:
(gotta be legal)

Hi! Thanks for agreeing to help!
I’m doing a class activity looking at how employers evaluate job applicants.

Basically, I will give you a job description to read, and then you’ll evaluate a resume from a potential candidate for an Administrative Assistant position.

Your participation is completely voluntary. If you start reading the materials, and you want to quit, just tell me – it’s no problem at all. You can also choose to skip any question that you don’t want to answer.

Your responses will be completely anonymous – I’m not collecting any identifying information, and I’m going to put your response sheets into this envelop, mixed up with all other response sheets, so I won’t even know which one was yours.

Do you have any questions?

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Wednesday, March 15th, 2006
12:20 pm - Aunt Pat
Huey sent this to me:


Library honors the Book Lady Memorial window for Patricia Jahr dedicated March 2
Monday, March 13, 2006
News Staff Reporter
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Now I'm all teary. But in a good way.

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Sunday, March 5th, 2006
9:39 pm - Hee hee.
Poll #685430 Cat torturer or Good Cat Mom?

So, getting tired of having Malia beg me to play with The String (this is not her usual string, which is around 4 feet long, this is the Outdoor String, around 20 feet), I finally gave up and tied it to one of the blades of the ceiling fan in the kitchen. Where she has been happily playing with it for around 20 minutes straight now. Jeff thinks that this is mean, and predicts that she will end up on the actual ceiling fan before all of this is over. Me, I think it's good exercise. So, you choose:

Excellent idea! I'm going to try this.
That's clever, and will definitely help her avoid impending ottoman-shape.
Well, as long as you don't mind the cat spending the rest of her life in the kitchen, forgetting to eat or sleep (did I mention that The String is like crack to this cat?)
That's horrible. Bad Cat Mom.
That's the funniest thing I've read all hour.

[edit: pictures to follow, if we get any good ones. hee.]

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Monday, January 9th, 2006
4:30 pm - A brief hiatus
For numerous reasons, none of which are related to LJ per se, I'm going to be taking a break from online-land for about a week, perhaps longer. No LJ, no email, etc. I'll be checking my main account periodically (for school-related things and to clear out spam before it gets out of control), but for the next while if you need to reach me, best plan to do it by phone.

Have fun, and try not to burn the place down while I'm gone!

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Sunday, December 18th, 2005
2:09 pm - For a friend...
Poll #636235 Awake? or asleep.

Do you think that most people live in a state of diminished consciousness, ie. are asleep?

No, but I understand the question
Yes, but I'm one of the few who aren't
Yes, and it's something I see in myself as well
People are asleep? Ridiculous.

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005
8:40 pm - Oh,
And your social psych treasure for the day, brought to you by my instructor (who just received her doctorate this semester):

The wisdom of the Serenity Prayer

GOD, grant me the serenity to engage
in positive emotion-focused coping strategies
in those encounters I appraise as unchangeable,
the courage to engage in positive problem-focused
coping strategies in those encounters I appraise as changeable,
and the wisdom to know when a situation can or can’t be changed.

Living proof that grad school rots your brain.

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
5:09 pm - Okay, my lovelies...
Anyone own _Pawn to Infinity_? Short stories about chess, collectedby Saberhagen in 1982.

specifically, I'm trying to find a copy of the story _Komoku_, by Daniel Gilbert.

Any assistance appreciated!

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