oi, long time no post. mostly due to a really bad streak of insomnia; last night was the first good, solid sleep i've had in 12 days. i'd go to bed and then toss and turn, or doze off for an hour and then be wide awake again, and that'd continue throughout the night or day, no matter when i tried to sleep. even making myself purposely physically tired, which usually works, didn't really do the trick this time. i'd sleep for longer, but somehow didn't sleep deeply, so when i woke up i'd always still feel tired.
so today feels great; i am actually awake with the sun, and getting things done.
gave up on the i850's printhead, and since buying a new printhead is almost as expensive as buying a new printer, decided on the second option, and bought a new printer yesterday. sticking with canon, since i've had good experiences with them (the printhead failure being entirely my own fault). it's a pixma ip4300
, and from my initial trials, i am quite happy with it. it was the usual cinch to set up, and actually, even accessing it from linux was a breeze (it's hooked to the big mac and shared over the network). so now the paramour does no longer need to wait for me to get my act together to print out forms.
the abominable sex drive is still with me. i'm accomodating it to some degree (insomnia helps with that), and generally make fun of it, since grousing about it doesn't help. still glad this didn't happen in my teenage years; it would have probably really fucked me up. gayboy is a slut and a romantic, a combination that would be rather painful in reality. however much he is displeased with my body, he should damn well be grateful that i have my shit together emotionally, *snrk*.
haven't done much in the garden, just pulled some weeds, and whacked the grass down in front (once it's past 9:00 today i'll attack the back). am not really in the mood to do much planting this year, but will probably buy tomato and cucumber seedlings. the flowers in the front and the herbs are all sprouting like mad on their own. the landlord wants to dig a new drainage ditch in the back, and is thinking of ripping out everything there, but i think i will resist the elimination of the apple tree. yes, it's already fallen, and yes, it doesn't have good apples, but it provides shade to the back of the house, and a handy play/escape route for the cats onto the roof. since he's eliminated the blackberry thicket on the other side, i think i'll feel better if this escape route remains, since there are dogs that run loose pretty much on all sides of the property, and there is nothing to keep them out.
still immersed in japanese and learning a lot. deep into conjugating verbs. i'll probably make a post on that now that i've pretty much figured out the system. this part is very easy compared to other languages i've learned; very very regular, and the list of irregular verbs is short enough to actually memorize over time (those verbs except for 2 are also regular in their irregularity :). what makes japanese difficult is that generally nothing i know grammatically maps precisely onto it. that's also kind of fun though; it's challenging to build a new mindset, and it's bound to be good for my linguistic brain to be used in new ways.