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...And aged approximately five, don't tell livejournal! I am geeking out! Backstory is that there is this guy named David Eggers who I've never heard of before, but he like wrote some books and stuff. Yeah, let me know if this is the equivalent of looking up and saying 'hey, that thing up there, what is it? It's sooo blue!'

"Eggers currently teaches writing in San Francisco at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit tutoring center and writing school for children that he cofounded in 2002. Eggers has recruited volunteers to operate similar programs in Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Chicago, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, all under the auspices of the nonprofit organization 826 National."

Right, so that's cool, kids learning how to write, and not only to write, but to engage them, at least hopefully. And to be honest, IF I Were a kid, I would totally be engaged on multiple levels. Hell, I practically want to sign myself up! Each branch of 826 has a totally cool theme and they seem to really be pulling out all of the stops on the storefronts!

Check out these links and geek out with me!

The first three are arguably the awesomest. Tho really they are all pretty cool.

Tour the Time Travel Store! Seriously this one is sooo cool!
Robot Milk!

Take a tour through the Boring Not!Spy Store! This one too!
the Boring store
New York Superhero supply!

San Francisco Pirate Supply Site

Space Travel Supply in Seattle!

Bigfoot Cryptozoology Store! <--in Boston![personal profile] liz_marcs!

Michigan Monster Union Local, not quite as cool, don't know that they have a showy front like the others

Learn more about the organisation

So it is pretty awesome to see what is being done. I think every kid needs something this wicked awesome. (I wish I'd had something this sweet growing up!)
fufumira: (falafel)
I can't login without some truly interesting contortions... The main page part doesn't work... the lj portal nope... weirdness.  I've been not commenting on my own journal just to get in... today was a day that very nearly could be called productive. I cleaned all the floors with my trusty combination of a broom followed by a mop, which works the abs and makes one smell sort of like dust and lavender soap. I also made brownies and cleaned up in Gramma's room. Go me! Much earlier in the day (namely two in the morning after trying to fall asleep) I made a stab at a college admissions paper, only to give up when I realised that they probably didn't speak Swahili any better than my half awake brain, and passed out. It sounded so beautiful in my brain, only to go splat on the page.

Why haven't they invented some sort of brain downloader for bedtime yet? I'd really love to save my meanderings and try and make sense of them when I'm awake. Of course there might be a reason one thinks the 'best things' right before sleep. It may be that it saves us a great deal of misery when we cannot read our own meanings in the morning. Sort of like the bar philosophers, drunk on sleeplessness everything seems brilliant.  Like this, I'll probably find this particularly amusing in the morning. [profile] afaeryschild thinks I'm very amusing and/or interesting when I can't overthink things, and someday I'll have to figure this out because I generally have no idea what the frilly heck I've said. Good thing she's not the blackmail type. The most annoying bit is how I have not figured out how to similarly get dirt on her. Not that she's never done anything embarrassing... more like she has way more on me, or at least I think she does, since I have that small not remembering things said past a certain point of sleepiness only she and God really know for sure. Once again, thank goodness she's not the blackmail type. Unless she really is saving it all for one giant and hilarious wedding reception toast. I'd probably take it well though. I probably tell more humiliating stories on myself than she does... I've got to stop doing her job for her. Let her get some bff storytelling in.

Tomorrow (today, whatever) I need to clean my room. It's nice that it's my room. For now. A place to be me, a place to put my things, a place to close my door and sleep in the rattiest pjs I own and not worry about anyone seeing them. It's funny how having your own space motivates a person to try and keep it up... as I am naturally not that neat, it may be a small miracle. But then again, it's my space so it's a choice and not an order. Which makes it up to me, which keeps my naturally rebellious nature out of the way. Being a slob loses a lot of its appeal once it's not an act of rebellion  or protestation of unfair treatment... or my mom and [profile] afaeryschild have finally succeeded in brainwashing me into valuing order. Nah.

Tonight... well last night was sort of bittersweet. This beautiful, sweet, totally smart and amazing woman, died. She started  up a cancer support group the week before she found out her own cancer was back, and untreatable. It's just so weird. She's one of the first people I've met since I moved here that I really felt any kinship with at all. And now she's gone. I know she's in heaven and out of all the horrible pain she was in but it just has really hit me. She's made this really deep impact in my life and we only knew each other a couple of hours. She was a mom and a uni professor, and her cancer was at the end eating away at her brain. I don't know if I could deal... for someone so smart to be attacked in that area just seems so cruel. But she was at such peace. And her family was as well. She got to say goodbye to everyone she loved and she made a difference before she died. I don't know that I have any real right to be upset. My stepma told me the other day, there is no remission from death, only reprieve. [profile] afaeryschild always likes to remind me not to take life too seriously as none of us will get out alive. I want to have that kind of Faith. 

Tomorrow, I think I'll try and take another stab at that essay. I want to get back to school.

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