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Dept. of Positivity

I Am Glad To Be Here

After having been pretty active online for a change, yesterday was a bit of a return to my old habits.

I'd meant to post about some really nice things that had happened to me on Wednesday, and I didn't get the chance to. Then last night FB's car broke down (we suspect the alternator), just as BB and I were settling in for a nice evening of anime. Bye-bye anime, bye-bye BAM, the remains of which are still in the freezer, and off we went to help him.

He and his lovely lady are extremely financially strapped these days, because his change of work has dropped his pay check significantly (still worth it, he says, because of the decreased pressure and increased sanity). We can't help him out financially this time, so he'll be putting on his big boy boots and figuring out how to make rent and pay for the car at the same time.

BB's been in a bit of a funk today, largely because he's worrying about FB. I understand why, because I worry too.  Gah - we are such typical single-child parents; I'm glad we managed to let go to the extent we've managed - otherwise poor FB would have been coddled into complete inability to be an adult. Thank god he broke free of us!

But we found the time, between the last paragraph and this sentence, to go out in the lovely fall weather - to Costco, of course - and then to fight our worries about FB by watching some particularly fine anime (we're watching an 11-episode series called, quite awfully in English, "Terror in Tokyo", which is really quite amazing) and finishing that BAM that I had to abandon Thursday night. So things are good.

So ... yes, positivity. Three things, right?

1) This - my birthday present from BB, which I think is absolutely wonderful, with TARDIS blue liquid and blobby purple wax; purple is my favorite color, so that's just wonderful.

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2) Watching the aforementioned anime, which has really well done and striking art, and a very good story.

3) And a great conversation with [personal profile] elisi  and [personal profile] owlboy  about interesting personality trait study things. (Hey, guys? No, I'm not ever going to believe in those things, but my goodness, the conversation has warmed my heart!)

And:

4) BB. Always and forever, BB.

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hamsterwoman
Sep. 27th, 2014 04:59 am (UTC)
Oh, I love lava lamps, and that is an especially lovely color combination!

I hope FB's car and money worries are resolved without too much difficulty for him and worry for you!
kaffyr
Sep. 27th, 2014 05:06 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to know that someone else I know loves lava lamps!

I hope the money worries and car problems are resolved, too, but it will probably only happen with a maximum of trouble and angst. I'm bracing myself for it. If it happens otherwise? Then Huzzah!!!!
flowsoffire
Sep. 27th, 2014 06:14 am (UTC)
Fingers crossed for FB! It's hard for single-child parents to let go… my mother has the same problem ;) But you and BB sound like you've done a wonderful job of it!

That lamp is gorgeous :) And personality trait study as in the MBTI system or something else? I've only looked a little into that, but I was pretty interested—I get why some wouldn't be very convinced though, studying personalities is never going to be 100% accurate…
kaffyr
Sep. 27th, 2014 03:49 pm (UTC)
But you and BB sound like you've done a wonderful job of it!

Thanks. He's almost 30, but it's still a work in progress. And most of the time BB and I are certain it's never going to be finished. Heh.

That lamp is gorgeous

Isn't it? It doesn't cast as bright a light as my first one, which was bright yellow; I love the dark blue glow it casts off, and it's larger than my first one, which gives the wax more room to do more interesting things.

And personality trait study as in the MBTI system

I think so, if MBTI refers to the Myers-Briggs system. I always cast a bit of a jaundiced eye on systems meant to categorize or even describe humans, but people I really respect seem to understand and have fun with it, so I won't cry "snake-oil!"

flowsoffire
Sep. 27th, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks. He's almost 30, but it's still a work in progress. And most of the time BB and I are certain it's never going to be finished. Heh.

*laughs* Human beings are a work in progress… Good luck to all of you, then! ;) ♥

I love the dark blue glow it casts off, and it's larger than my first one, which gives the wax more room to do more interesting things.
That sounds lovely :)

if MBTI refers to the Myers-Briggs system.
Yup!

I always cast a bit of a jaundiced eye on systems meant to categorize or even describe humans, but people I really respect seem to understand and have fun with it, so I won't cry "snake-oil!"
Yes, I get you on that. I think the key is taking such things as a tool to gather insight, not something that can fully define people… Of course the fact that it works in categories comes with the assumption that it's putting people in boxes, but those categories are really made of a combination of factors, which already seems to leave room for a human being's uniqueness and complexity—and the describing shouldn't be made to narrow down what a person is like, but shed some light and even broaden the view by exploring various layers of one's personality… This from someone who only knows the bare basics of the system, but that is why I was drawn to it. Reading my type was a bit of a funny experience (though I caught a glimpse of some discussions involving elisi that made it seem that types were A LOT MOAR complex than it seemed at first glance, lol. Still, mine seemed to fit). It seemed comforting and disturbing at the same time, because it was so me, with all the flaws and fragilities involved and it's just very personal…

…I just got into a ramble… sorry XD
davesmusictank
Sep. 27th, 2014 07:15 am (UTC)
That is GREAT LOOKING LAVA LAMP. Oh and late celebrations for your birthday.
kaffyr
Sep. 27th, 2014 03:52 pm (UTC)
That is GREAT LOOKING LAVA LAMP.

Isn't it, though? I never paid much attention to them when I a teenager in the 1960s, but they somehow caught me later in life. I actually use them to cool out at the end of really bad days.

And thank you for the belated birthday wishes!

luckweaver
Sep. 27th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
Lava lamp! Oh, I miss mine now...
kaffyr
Sep. 27th, 2014 03:52 pm (UTC)
You had one, too? What colors?
luckweaver
Sep. 27th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
It was YONKS ago, but I think it was purple?
kaffyr
Sep. 27th, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
Ah, purple, the best color ever!
a_phoenixdragon
Sep. 27th, 2014 03:55 pm (UTC)
Bless...hope FB gets it together in a really clever way. Then again, I rather expect no less!!

Rock on with the positive, sweetie!!

*Happy!Squishes!*
kaffyr
Sep. 27th, 2014 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks, my dear!

*big hugs back*
lost_spook
Sep. 27th, 2014 06:35 pm (UTC)
Aw, love the lava lamp! I hope you're feeling a bit better about the rest of it now & that FB is holding up.
kaffyr
Sep. 27th, 2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
It is truly a most excellent lamp, and I am considering posting a tiny 12-second-or-so video of it in motion, just to show how awesome it is.

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