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April 20th, 2012


03:15 pm - 100 Things: Master List [sticky post]
Thanks to tsuki_no_bara, I have landed on a topic for my 100 Things entry: 100 Things I Geek About. I will discuss 100 different things (or 100 aspects of things) that make me geek out. This post will be the tracking post for those 100 items.

1. Words!
2. Yarn!
3. Punny Stuffed Animal Names!
4. Fandom's Relationship to the Source Material
Current Mood: creativecreative

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October 15th, 2014


02:51 pm - New Brookline Parent Column Up!
New holiday-themed The Brookline Parent column up! Read about how Muffin and Squeaker celebrate Sukkot!
Current Mood: creativecreative

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September 24th, 2014


10:39 am - New "The Brookline Parent" Column Up!
In this week’s (slightly early, due to Rosh Hashanah) “The Brookline Parent” column, mabfan discusses the ways in which Muffin and Squeaker remain irrational.
Current Mood: creativecreative

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September 12th, 2014


12:42 pm - New Brookline Parent Column Up!
In this week's "The Brookline Parent" column, I talk about the changes we've had to make to accommodate our new schedule.

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August 30th, 2014


11:33 pm - Welcome to Boston, Students! (An Annual Open Letter)*
So, it's that time of year, when the students return (like swallows to Capistrano) to Boston. And thus it is time for yet another "gnomi explains it all" post. Not that any of the people this post is directed toward will actually see it, but it'll make me feel better.

1. You see that thing in front of you? It's a Really Big Street. Running across it while those fast-moving things (we call them "cars") are barrelling down at you will hurt you more than it will hurt the cars.

2. Moving trucks, while useful, should not completely block any of the following: driveways, sidewalks, crosswalks, intersections. We know you have to move your stuff. However, some of us have to live here, too.

3. Speaking of crosswalks, please learn how to use them. No, really. They're not there purely for the amusement of line painters.

4. Ah, the T. Yes, it's a subway system. Yes, it gets you and your obnoxious friends from place to place. But it is not solely yours. The other commuters might want to be able to, say, read their newspapers free of your loud, obscene comments at 7:15 in the morning. Or even at 5:30 at night.

5. Also, you see those big signs in the T stations that say "There is no smoking permitted on MBTA property?" Those do apply to you. And they apply regardless of what you're choosing to smoke. I'm just saying.

6. We know you're eager to get on the train. But you and your aforementioned obnoxious friends are just making it harder for everyone if you're blocking the door, keeping those of us in the train from getting out. This also applies to people blocking the doors when inside the train; if you move out of the doorway, people will be able to get off the train and you will get to your destination faster.

7. While we're talking trains and etiquette, let's tackle getting to and from those trains. You see the escalator? It comfortably accommodates two people per stair. But here's the deal. Stay to the right if you want to stand and let the moving stairs propel you upwards. Stay to the left if you wish to walk up the stairs. This is established local tradition, and there's no need for the commuters to have to slalom purely because you and your aforementioned obnoxious friends can't be bothered to notice all the people standing to the right of the stairs.

8. Bicycles are great. We're all for them. In fact, we have bike lanes on some of our major streets. Please, however, pay attention to the following important fact: Bicycles are subject to the same laws as the cars if you're riding on the street (which, for the most part, you should be; many municipalities have laws against riding on sidewalks). This means that you have to stop when the light is red and allow the pedestrians to walk. This does not mean that you should barrel through the crosswalk and curse out the pedestrians who have the gumption to get into the crosswalk when you want to be there (despite the fact that they, not you, have the light).

So, welcome to Boston. Keeping these things in mind will make your life much simpler and will also prevent me from thwacking you with my elbow as I strive to get to or from work.

Thank you,
The management.

*Or, whenever I remember to post it or am reminded to post it.

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August 29th, 2014


02:16 pm - New "The Brookline Parent" Column Up!
In this week's The Brookline Parent column, mabfan writes about the journey that got us here as Muffin and Squeaker get ready to start Kindergarten.
Current Mood: creativecreative

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August 17th, 2014


05:44 pm
Today we celebrated my parents' 50th anniversary, and I was asked to be among the speakers. (Because no one comes to parties to hear the speeches, I suggested my parents keep the talky part of the party to no more than 30 minutes. Each of the speakers was allotted five minutes.) I gave the following d'var Torah (talk on the parsha (the week's Torah portion)).
This way to the learningCollapse )
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
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August 15th, 2014


12:05 pm - New Brookline Parent Column Up!
In this week’s The Brookline Parent, mabfan and I take Muffin and Squeaker to Boston Comic Con, where they have many adventures and meet some interesting people.
Current Mood: creativecreative

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August 1st, 2014


12:28 pm - New "The Brookline Parent" Column Up!
In the new The Brookline Parent column, mabfan takes on the subject of Muffin and Squeaker's obsession with music from "Frozen."
Current Mood: creativecreative

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July 18th, 2014


12:15 pm - New Brookline Parent Column Up!
In this week’s column, the girls have a fifth birthday party with minimal time for preparation. Everyone has a great time and gets balloon sculptures and face paintings.
Current Mood: creativecreative

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July 3rd, 2014


12:41 pm - New Brookline Parent Column Up!
In this week’s The Brookline Parent, mabfan discusses the Supreme Court case that started in Massachusetts and on which the Court ruled 9-0 was unconstitutional. The incident that prompted the law that was the subject of the lawsuit was not just local; it happened here in Brookline, and he was nearby when it happened.
Current Mood: creativecreative

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June 20th, 2014


06:14 pm - New Fic: The Masterpiece of Nature (G, "Glee," Klaine)
So a while back, I asked if people wanted me to tell them when I wrote fic, and the general consensus was that yes, I should do so. And then I got ridiculously busy and didn't. But I wrote something new! It's on AO3, and the headers are below.

Title: The Masterpiece of Nature
Author: Nomi
Rating: G
Sp0ilers: Through season 5, to be safe
Warnings: None
Word count: ~2750
Beta: Jen
Summary: It’s a damn good thing he likes that Anderson kid.
Notes: Written for "More Than Just A Tie" -- A Multifandom Fathering Fic Fest. Title from here: “The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.” ― Antoine François Prévost
Current Mood: creativecreative
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12:25 pm - New Brookline Parent Column Up!
So… how’s your week going? Mine’s been…interesting. Want to know how interesting, and how Muffin and Squeaker reacted? Read the new The Brookline Parent column.
Current Mood: creativecreative

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June 6th, 2014


12:13 pm - New Brookline Parent Column Up!
In this week's The Brookline Parent column, mabfan discusses recent minor medical emergencies experienced by the girls.

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May 23rd, 2014


03:51 pm - New Brookline Parent Column Up!
Muffin and Squeaker were flower girls for the first time! And so I wrote a column about it. Because they were adorable and I was a ball of stress. Click to read Hail the Bridegroom, Hail the Bride.

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May 17th, 2014


10:58 pm - Lag B'Omer
In honor thereof, prettiesCollapse )

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May 9th, 2014


12:22 pm - New "The Brookline Parent" Column Up!
In this week's column, mabfan discusses the "firsts" in the girls' lives that we've missed.Click here to read "Missing the Firsts."

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April 25th, 2014


12:25 pm - New "The Brookline Parent" Column Up!
In this week's column, Muffin and Squeaker go to the movies, Michael and I finally see "Frozen," and I briefly hate Disney movies.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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April 19th, 2014


10:34 pm - Hayom Yom Chamishi...
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(I missed Friday night and will be missing Sunday and Monday nights, but I intend to do this as much as possible this year... bear with me...)
Current Mood: sillysilly
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April 17th, 2014


09:52 pm - Hayom Yom Shlishi...
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April 11th, 2014


12:06 pm - The Return of "The Brookline Parent"!
As mabfan puts it in the column, We're Back!. Come read the new column and catch up with us!
Current Mood: excitedexcited

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November 19th, 2013


06:57 pm - So...
I've been dabbling in fanfiction again ("Glee," with one could-be-considered-wackadoodle crossover that is "Glee"/"Sports Night"). Would there be interest in my posting any of it here? Alternatively, I could just post the links to AO3 here.

(I should have made this a poll. But then I'd have to think of a "Narf" question.)
Current Mood: curiouscurious
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November 6th, 2013


12:57 pm - Me, When People Respond to Something I Wrote
My internal monologue:

I wrote a Thing!
I posted a Thing!
People like the Thing!
Meep! I need to write another Thing!
Current Mood: creativecreative
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November 4th, 2013


01:35 pm - There Should be a Word for It
That rush of fear at the sudden realization that you've contradicted yourself between the main story you're writing and the outtake you've written to get it out of your brain but that doesn't fit into the main story, and then the relief you feel when you realize that no one other than a trusted friend has seen either piece yet.
Current Mood: creativecreative
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October 29th, 2013


11:47 am - The Evolution of the Writer-Beta Relationship
Early interactions:
Beta: I think it might work better if you rearrange this and do this and change this. What do you think?

Later interactions:
Beta: Change this. You know I'm right.
Current Mood: sillysilly

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