Things I Want to Learn and Other Thoughts

Ancient Egyptian language
Python programming
And more!

I’m grateful that fall has finally arrived. It’s my favorite season of the year. There’s nothing like sunny days consisting of cool windy breezes. It’s so calming and refreshing. The magic in the air because Thanksgiving and Halloween are soon to arrive adds a festive feeling to everything about the fall season.

It’s raining and there’s thunder and lightning

I don’t know, but every time I here thunder, I always think of that scene in the Matrix where Morpheus is talking to Neo. The scene where he has to choose the red or blue pill. It’s always interesting to ask someone which pill would they choose.

Getting Advice on Forums About Fertility Issues, IVF and ICSI

My friend’s interested in starting a family. Her and her husband are, unfortunately, having fertility issues and have for a few years. Now, they’re looking into IVF and ICSI. They have been looking for some great forums to get more information about this.

I thought I’d help them out by seeing what I could find online. What I found was pretty informative so I thought I’d share it online, too, which is this website which, I think, is quite informative and helpful. It has forums which is great.

The site has information about fertility issues including IVF, in vitro fertilization. This is where the egg is fertilized outside of the body by sperm and where miracles happen!

I personally know someone who was conceived in this fashion using IVF. Her dad was an older man, in his 50s, and so I think that is why her parents needed help because he had fertility issues.

She is doing well for herself today. She’s a very beautiful, happy girl. She’s in college, right now, and takes part in extracurricular activities. And yes, she’s the pride and joy of her parents. She is their only child and truly a gift from God. You would not know she was conceived via IVF.

There is also information about ICSI on the website, which is Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection. This is the process of injecting a single sperm directly into the egg so that it can be fertilized. I’m definitely going to read more on the website about it and how it helps out with fertility problems.

These are options to try so that you can have a child of your own and have your own family. Not just a baby, but, really a miracle.

At you can check out their forums that have information about fertility, ICSI, IVF and other subjects, as well. Forums are always great because they provide opportunities to ask more detailed questions. Or you’ll see information already discussed on their forums that can help you out.

If you’re having fertility issues, check out the site forum because it educates you and teaches you about your options. Well, I just wanted to share this because I know personally that IVF and ICSI can give great results — miracles — that make people happy and fullfilled. It’s a great option for having your own family.

A day in the life…

So much to write and yet…That would require effort. At the moment, I’m a bit sleepy, but what the heck, why not write till I finally fall asleep. So this will be my poorly spelled stream of consciousness as I wait for slumber to finally catch up with me.

Where to beginnith? Today, I bought two books at the local library. The first one was “Secrets of the Millionaire Mind” by T. Harv Eker. I’ve skimmed through a few pages and it’s looking good so far. First major point I’ve learned in the book is TFAR. Thoughts lead to feelings. Feelings lead to actions. Actions lead to results. Makes sense. Don’t know why, but sounds like something the Yoda Meister would write.

I also bought me a German English, English German dictionary. I plan on relearn German sometime this year and will definitely need a dictionary. I’ll work on my German later, but right now, I’m working on Italian. I have this great book and I’ve already gone through it once. Now, I’m going through it a second time to ‘solidify’ what I’ve learned. Then, I’ll move onto a very intensive few weeks of studying another Italian grammar book. Then after that, I still have my Ancient Egyptian book to go through…I’ve learned some stuff already, but then got sidetracked recently and so somehow wound up going back to my Italian. La ti da, que sera, sera.

Other books I seriously WANTED to buy, but realistically had no room to store were:

=A book on Emily Dickinson poems. She is such a wonderful poet, isn’t she?
=A compilation of Ann Rice’s Interview with a Vampire, LeStat and Queen of the Damned. This is an excellent trio of books…I especially loved the book on Lestat. Ann Rice, unlike most modern authors, has a beautiful style of prose. Her sentences are beautifully worded and descriptive. I hate that short, sweet and to the point style that is so popular nowadays. Ann Rice knows the joy of simply reading for the sake of reading. Sometimes it’s the journey and not the destination…And yes, Ann Rice, gets it! What better way to pass the time than spending it reading and analyzing an enchanting, beautifully, artistically crafted sentence while sipping on a nice drinkie-poo?
=I saw a beginning Russian book. As you can see, based on above, it’s probably going to be a long while before I can get to learning Russian. Since I have no room for a booketh to storeth, I shall passeth oneth thiseth timeth. Well, like Scarlett O’Hara says, “Tomorrow is another day.”
=Frugal Gourmet cookbook. I used to have a few of his books. He’s got the best recipe for broccolli and swiss cheese quiche ever! If you like garlic, then the Frugal Gourmet is your man!
=White Oleander. I heard about this book and was going to buy it and then time passed on and the idea of purchasing it simply got lost in the far reaches of my brain forever to be forgotten. Until today, of course.
=Some non-fiction book about Eleanore of Aquitane. Why? I don’t know. I suppose that time period is intriguing.


What else? Well, I’m a wee bit tired so I’ll write some more later.



Hippolyte Blancard (French, 1844–1924)

June 1888. Platinum print,


(Reblogged from centuriespast)


hi, i hope you had a nice weekend.

i’m going to state a sad and self-evident truth. which is: there are a lot of crappy houses in l.a. some of them are endearingly crappy. some of them are just crappy. and i’m not judging what goes on inside these crappy houses, as i’m sure that lots of smart and well intentioned and creative people do interesting things inside these beige crap palaces. but there are a lot of them. and it can be depressing.

in between the beige crap-shacks, however, there are some gems. like this house, by richard neutra (i think it’s by neutra…don’t skewer me if this isn’t a neutra house. someone said, ‘i think that’s a neutra house’, so i’m just repeating what i’ve been told…i’m ignorant. happily so). 

it’s a perfect internationalist modern gem of a house, with just the perfect amount of goldilocks style entropy. long and sleek and rectilinear, with perfect little clerestory windows and even a couple of cats in the windows (not sure if you can see them in the pictures). oh, and i’m not implying that perfect mid century jewel box gems of houses need to have cats in the windows, but clearly it helps, generally speaking. little mid century cats, ideally, wearing glasses and smoking pipes and talking about the wonders of fiberglass.

it warms my heart that in between the beige crap-shacks of l.a there are these amazing little modernist wonders. and maybe as i become more enlightened i’ll be able to see the beauty and wonder in the beige crap shacks. but for now i just think they’re crappy. unlike this gem. which is the opposite of crappy.



(Reblogged from mobylosangelesarchitecture)
(Reblogged from inhabitude)
Try not to confuse attachment with love. Attachment is about fear and dependency, and has more to do with love of self than love of another. Love without attachment is the purest love because it isn’t about what others can give you because you’re empty. It is about what you can give others because you’re already full.
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(Source: day488)

(Reblogged from inhabitude)

Nothing gets between me and my sleep.

One of my favorite movie quotes is from the movie Tommy Boy, where Tommy says to his pal, “For the love of God, let me sleep!” Nothing makes me roflmao more than that because it so perfectly expresses what an intense sleeper I am. I mean, I take my sleep time seriously. The Germans work hard and play hard. Well, I sleep hard and take it easy hard.

Where am I going with this? Well, last night around midnight I fell asleep in my car. I was parked at a McDonald’s parking lot. My head was leaning against the steering wheel, but I was out 100 percent. Some looney bin escapee knocks on my window shouting gibberish. He was not speaking any language, of that, I’m sure. Then he points northward. I pick up my head, look to the north, look at the guy and then say something like, “Whatever,” and gave him a look like he should shove off. Then I promptly go back to sleep.

Reminds me of my nephew.

(Reblogged from soramiru)