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I'm home, having arrived on our front doorstep in the wee hours of yesterday morning. I'm exhausted & oversocialized, and I've been diving back into some solitary pursuits that were in my mind when I left & have been languishing for more than a week:

1. Trying to clean the bike grease off my high top shoelaces. They got accidentally greased almost a year ago & I cleaned them at the time, but didn't take them out of the shoes before doing so, under the assumption that grease would only have affected the parts of the laces that were actually showing. When I took the laces out before Christmas (in order to put in red laces for the holiday), I saw that there were pretty large, dark spots of black grease here and there all along both white laces. Yuck. So I'm cleaning them with Lestoil (nasty smelling stuff, but very effective on stubborn grease stains) and crossing my fingers. At the same time, I'm trying to get the glue off of the blouse I wore on Election Night, because I forgot to remove my "I voted" sticker on the front before the blouse went into the laundry, after which the glue is flatly refusing to be removed. I'm putting my faith in Stinky Lestoil.

2. Reading the documentation for my prepaid cell phone, because I discovered on my trip that I don't know how to do some basic stuff like picking up voicemail. Or, you know, ANSWERING the phone. I can make calls, but I couldn't figure out which button to push when the darn thing started ringing in the Dallas airport.

3. Writing some delayed Yelp reviews and Etsy feedback.

4. Hanging the prayer flags I got for Christmas. The most difficult part of this task was the fact that strings of prayer flags get really really tangled really really easily, so I spent a lot of time futzing and twisting strings and untwisting strings and cursing. But now they are up, and they look gorgeous. I keep looking at them and smiling.

5. Loading a bunch of Buffy episodes to iMovie so that I can make a new Spike fanvid to the song "Loser Like Me" (from the tv show "Glee"), contrasting the moments when Spike is nerdy and/or pathetic with the times when he is confident, arrogant, and just basically a rock star. Transferring the files takes FOREVER. Seriously. I've been doing it for the last 6 hours or so, and there's probably another 1-2 hours to go.

6. Perusing The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. Okay, this wasn't on my "To Do" list, exactly, but the books arrived in the mail only a few hours before I flew to Tallahassee, so I hadn't had much time to check them out. They're amazing.

7. Looking up the difference between airport "backscatter" scanners and "millimeter wave" scanners. This wasn't something lingering from before I left, but came up during the trip itself. I always "opt out" of the backscatter scanners, as increasing my likelihood of getting cancer isn't an idea I relish, and this often involves a ridiculously long wait for an Official Fondler to come and feel me up, while I watch dozens of people stroll through the cancer machine in the meantime. But the woman working the machine in Tallahassee insisted that the millimeter wave scanners (which was what they were using) were safe and don't cause the same problems as backscatter machines (including the invasion of privacy, as their machines didn't show nudie pictures of you). My cursory research seems to indicate that the millimeter wave scanners use non-ionizing radiation (like visible light, infrared, microwave, and radio waves) and are much much less dangerous than the backscatter ones. I guess when I'm at the airport and they try to get me to walk into one of these machines, I need to ask which kind it is.

Also, there were some general "returning home" kinds of tasks, like unpacking, doing laundry, and picking up the random home supplies that had run low while I wasn't paying attention to them (both before and during my trip).

Tomorrow, I meet with my writing group, where I will get to make use of a book Shannon gave me for Christmas. For each day, it has a few paragraphs with an anecdote or such that is intended as an inspiration for your writing, and then for each day there is a corresponding writing prompt. I'm going to see if my fellow writers in the group like using it.

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wild_irises
Jan. 10th, 2013 07:02 am (UTC)
Welcome back!

FWIW, abostick59 says "millimeter wave is fine," and he (and I) won't do backscatter. I haven't done the research on millimeter wave, because I trust his physics.

The last time I flew, it was backscatter both ways, I opted out both ways, and they waved me through without a patdown both ways. Very weird.
kimberly_a
Jan. 10th, 2013 07:09 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's very nice to be home.

I didn't notice which kind of machine they were using at SFO, because I had simply assumed that they were all backscatter. They kept me waiting about 10 minutes before a security gal came over to very thoroughly pat me down. There were a few of us waiting at the same time for a while, 2 men and me. It was annoying to wait so long, but I wasn't in a hurry to catch my flight & I seriously object to the backscatter machines, so I waited. I must look like a terrorist, because they've never waved me through & always opt for the up-close-and-personal approach.

In Tallahassee this time, I refused to go through the machine, referring to it as "the cancer contraption," and that's why the female guard there told me about the two different kinds of machines. Otherwise, I'm not sure I would have ever realized, since they look pretty much the same to me.

We should get together.
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