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The importance of the Oxford comma! 
19th-Sep-2011 06:27 am
Originally posted by lalirica at The importance of the Oxford comma!
Thought you all would get a kick out of this one ;)

19th-Sep-2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
LoL! I didn't know it was called "Oxford comma". Learned it early on - 7th grade, maybe? And have used it ever since. Excellent illustration of why, btw. ;)
22nd-Sep-2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you went to a better school than I did; I remember getting marked down on school papers for using it! I think at one point, the "rule" was to only use two commas -- either that, or the teachers decided it looked better, or something.

And you betcha, it is an excellent illustration of why I was correct, way back in those days. ;->

Whew, what a week...and it's not over yet! Miss Arya is at the doc today, getting her second round of baby shots, and her Daddy most kindly volunteered to take the day off work, so "Auld Nan" wouldn't have to comfort an extremely unhappy baby afterwards.

She really doesn't like her swing; first baby I've met who didn't! -- but I think it's because today's swings are timid little things that barely move at all -- I remember the ancient crank-handle baby swing Tamara had, and believe it saved my sanity after her vaccinations. It was loud as hell and a little bit bumpy, and MAN!, did that baby move! :D

Arya (like her Mom) seems to prefer BIG motions and lotsa jounce, LOL. Also, like her Mom and her Grandma, she truly seems to prefer the company of dudes in many cases: if she ever gets fussy, I hand her over to Grandpa Hel, and she settles right down in his arms. :-) She's a total Daddy's Girl, and I'm lovin' it: some day, that little girl is gonna INSIST that her boyfriends treat her right! Oh -- unless she's a lesbian, of course, in which case she'll insist her girlfriends treat her right. ;->

I think we're actually combining here, to raise a healthy, confident and competent woman. It trips me out daily, watching her grow into it, bit by bit.

Anyway! It's unbelievably fulfilling, but also occasionally exhausting, and sometimes I find it hard to yank myself forcibly back into Grown-Up Land! :D
23rd-Sep-2011 04:53 am (UTC)
Oh, godz. I remember the screaming grandchild at vaccination time. Poor, pitiful little thing. I felt like I'd committed child abuse.

And my first daughter hated the swing. When she wanted to be calmed, she wanted daddy.

Don't ever stop posting about your Granny experiences. I'm enjoying the hell out of living vicariously through you. These days, all I ever do is talk to my grand children over the phone. I get to visit them a couple times a year and read to them. I'm the fave grandma only because I send wonderful hats & gloves, and interesting books for b-days and xmas.
25th-Sep-2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
It's a brand-new state of being for me, one that also fits perfectly with the idea of Ashrama Dharma -- I do see myself in a sort of "Elder Advisor" role now, even if I'm not actively dispensing much advice. ;->

Hangin' with a (now) four month old really keeps me in the absolute present moment a lot of the time. There was a time, a few months back, when I purposely experimented with staying in "The Eternal Now" (LOL), I slid into it easier than I'd expected, and continued trying (and succeeding a good bit of the time). It was interesting for me -- I think I'd believed it was impossible for humans, and to do it 100% of the time 24/7, sure, of course I still reckon that's so. I noticed some actual similarities to sleep deprivation, things feel fluid, everything is calm, and I noticed fluidity with my memories as well -- I wasn't forming as many discrete ones, I suspect this has a lot to do with the "timeless" sensation of "eternity" I like to surf sometimes. :-)

There are similarities with watching Miz Arya five days a week, but one big difference: I'm forming all kinds of discrete memories! I suspect it's because it's not jaded ol' me looking at an endless replay of crap I've seen before -- I look where Arya looks, and see it all through new eyes again.

There are a lot of Swadisthan elements to my post-menopausal life, not just sexual (though yes, that too, and it's GREAT!) but many ways, but it's post-Anahata Ka-BEWM! Swadisthan, and thus (for me) lacks the immaturity of the first go-round, but leaves all the sweetness. (It's also post-Manipura Ka-BEWM!, it's not ignorant sweetness, nor is it sweetness without bite.)

I can't even imagine not wanting to be a grown-up with lots of years and adventures under one's belt. It's pretty fuckin' Sweet! ;D
26th-Sep-2011 02:05 am (UTC)
see it all through new eyes again

Love that experience!

I can't even imagine not wanting to be a grown-up with lots of years and adventures under one's belt.

Ya, me neither. Funny thing happened yesterday...
one of my coworkers told me at first glance, I look conventional. Then, she noticed the nose piercing, the ink, and the stuff I mention, here and there. Apparently, the 20-somethings think the rest of us haven't lived? If they only knew... LoL!

27th-Sep-2011 01:04 pm (UTC)
I'm rockin' the "Earth Mother" vibe these days, and thus manage to surprise folks when I say anything that doesn't conform to the ideals of Peace, Love, and Eternal Grooviness -- LOL! };->
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