For the times when it was quiet, I was studying my Spanish textbook. I cannot believe how diffent the book looks, now that my cataract has been removed. The book is called Suenos, and its cover is one of the most garish things I've ever seen! I remember thinking that it was mostly orange, red, and white, with some kind of odd art deco pattern on it that I couldn't make out clearly. With the cataract gone, I now see that the cover is extremely colorful, with splashes of horridly bright yellow, and the whole thing has pictures of people and little objects drawn in bars across the cover, and the colors resemble the colors of tiles you would find on tables in a cheap Tex-Mex restaurant.
I'm astounded at how distorted my color perception was. I remember the narrow orange columns going down the center of each page, and I remember the illustrations, but I don't remember the illustrations being so pretty, before. And being able to hold the book in my hands and read the thing, instead of waiting until I got to class and learning by listening as the teacher went over our workbook exercises.
I don't know how the hell I got a decent grade in that class, because I am now discovering how much I didn't really know. I wish I could take the class again. Anyway, in my down time, I'm going to start redoing the workbook exercises.
The reason I'm refreshing my Spanish is because we get occasional Spanish-speaking callers, and I would really like to not feel totally at a loss when attempting to communicate with them. I need to be able to help them as much as I do the English-speaking callers.
A website to check out: Braille School. How the heck you can teach Braille over the Internet to (presumably) blind people, I don't know, but there it is. I'm curious and have signed up for instruction.
Writing: For anyone reading this journal who read my Imperial Secrets writings, I am currently working on a story about Alarique and Maroise d'Mordaut, a Morgausite priest and his wife who live in Castelle, Dakarta. Maroise surprised me one day by 'explaining' something she did to her husband, and it was such an unusual way of handling fear that I decided I wanted to write it. Viv--Imagine Lilith on August 16, 1997 with slightly different scruples.
I am also still working on Avriet. I'm collecting images of women's clothing for it, of all things. That's easy--I just use clothing out of paintings by pre-Raphaelite artists. But clothing for the men is really hard to decide upon. I don't think I want them wearing hose, yet trousers look too modern. Some of the male characters wear robes, but not all, so I don't know what the other guys wear. Still, maybe something like Winter Silks long johns wouldn't be too bad, with long, heavy tunics worn over the foundation garments. Or maybe they wear leggings; I don't know yet.
Church: An interesting quote from my pastor: "Every saint has a past; every sinner has a future."
TV: I swear, on last night's Crossing Jordan re-run, Woody was doing his best to imitate Jordan's way with people! It was hilarious, but unfortunately, it made him look ridiculous, and I kept wondering what the heck was wrong with him.
I also got to see Dog last night, after Cold Case Files--Yes, I stayed up way too late. It seems that, last Christmas, Dog was in a parade, manning a float with a 'War on Ice' theme--against the drug ice, which is a form of crystal methamphetamine. It was fun seeing that. But hey, was I dreaming, or is Justin no longer on the show credits? I don't remember seeing him credited, last night, nor do I remember seeing him on the show, either. I wonder if he decided to attend college or something, this year?
Layout: I think I'm going to change my journal to the Opal layout. It has what I consider the most efficient formatting of all the journal layouts I've seen, and I like it. I also hope it will have fewer formatting problems than the current one does, whenever LJ tinkers with something.
(Edit): The idea about possibly having fewer formatting problems during LJ tinkering cycles was a vain hope. My 'Recent Entries' page still has too wide a display.
Inspiring Quote: A challenge from shirebound:
Poem in Mother Theresa's Calcutta Orphanage
People are often unreasonable,
Illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them, anyway.
If you are kind,
People may accuse you
Of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind, anyway.
If you are successful,
You will win some false friends and
Some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank,
People may cheat you;
Be honest and frank, anyway.
What you spend years building,
Someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness,
They may be jealous;
Be happy, anyway.
The good you do today,
People will often forget tomorrow;
Do good, anyway.
Give the world the best you have,
And it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got, anyway.
You see, in the final analysis,
It is between you and God;
It is never between you and them, anyway.