Finished!

  • May. 27th, 2017 at 12:42 AM
I finished my Jukebox! I'm pretty happy with it, anyway, so hopefully my recip (who gave me a blank signup) will like it to! I did have some older letter to look at, but you never know what kinds of things may have changed.

Other than that, work was fine. My meeting was fine. I didn't really need to be there but apparently I can take minutes. Wheee. More importantly, it means I know what's going on with things. And stuff I think actually needs more discussion will have to...keeeeep waiting until the director has time (which he legitimately does not atm). I have a training course next week to learn how to do billing, but honestly I think I've mostly figured it out already :p

Now that I have finished Jukebox, I need to get plotting on my Raksura exchange fic! I have some cool prompts to work with, at least.

I also got some edits back on the wiki entry I wrote for my LARP, which shouldn't take too long to deal with, except I need to name things (Ugh!). I also found out that I *can* go to just part of the next event! Which is to say I am able to get a ride home on Saturday night, so I am happy. Yay having cake and eating it too!

May. 26th, 2017

  • 2:49 PM
It's very frustrating that Scott set aside a day for me because of my birthday and all I can do is lie down with a hot water bottle pressed to my belly. And that's after taking naproxen to deal with the cramps. I know my body needs this, but my last period was in October. Couldn't this have happened last week? Or next week?

I finally stopped sneezing and such around 11 this morning. The key when this happens is for me to dehydrate myself which kind of freaks out people who are trying to take care of me. Most of the time, drinking more water is good when I'm sick, but this particular thing won't stop until I dry out enough.

I slept badly last night. Part of that was the runny nose (I didn't even try to use the c-PAP), part of that was the cramps, and part of it was different parts of my body wanting different temperatures. My upper body was cold, but I had to keep moving my feet out from under the blankets and shifting around to find cool spots on the bed for them. Sadly, no cool spot ever last more than about four seconds.

I took a cab to my appointment yesterday and then took the bus home afterward. I probably should have either taken a cab home or waited for Scott to pick me up. I almost missed my stop due to just completely spacing out with exhaustion. I did a little bit of walking around and playing Ingress after my appointment. I'd probably have done a little more, but Cordelia's after school meeting got canceled, and she was worried about where I was.

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I made it!

  • May. 25th, 2017 at 10:39 PM
I mean technically I did already update today, but that was supposed to be for yesterday!

I got a lot of actual work done today? Which was good! Yay! I'm excited! I have a meeting tomorrow which will probably be less exciting, but enh, whatever. the weekend is coming! yay!

And the Jukebox deadline! Ahh! I know I have the story under control at this point, but I still might need to ask for an extension /o\ But my beta'cheerreading folks think it's good so that's also encouraging!

The knitting project I started as a quick portable project for knit night and bus knitting is really not good or that purpose @_@ For one thins, it is cabled lace. For another, the directions are really kind of badly written in some ways. Ahh well. I am enjoying it but it requires more focus than I had anticipated! The yarn is really pretty :3

May. 25th, 2017

  • 6:52 PM
Yesterday afternoon, my laptop decided that Facebook was not a site I should be able to access. I kept getting a message, when I tried to go there, that the site couldn't be verified because it didn't have a valid security certificate. Scott was having no problems getting in, so I assumed a problem with my browser and cleared the cache and the cookies and restarted it. No joy. I tried with Chrome and got the same error. I couldn't get at any page in the domain, not a one.

I restarted my laptop entirely, and that seems to have done it, but... I have no idea what happened there.

I just want to be able to see pictures of my friends' kids and pets and gardens and...

There are two reactions/emojis that I really want on Facebook. One is an option for ::hugs:: when nothing else is quite right as a response to a post. The other is an 'I boggle' in addition to the 'Wow' because I tend to skew Wow as positive/impressed. That may not be how everyone uses it. It's just how I tend to. Something for 'I boggle' would differentiate between positive or neutral wows and a negative.

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where I'm at with tv

  • May. 25th, 2017 at 2:48 PM
HEY HOW ARE YOU ALL sorry I'm the worst at life journaling.

I pretty much stopped watching tv for a long time. I hardly watched anything for a year. If I watched anything it was just random youtube videos that I'd fall asleep to halfway through. And I'd watch things that were available on Netflix because it meant I didn't have to turn on my computer and download something. But lately I've been making the effort to rediscover my true love (television) and get caught up on things.

Shows I'm now current on:

The 100
Better Call Saul
Agents of SHIELD
Daredevil
Jessica Jones
Luke Cage
Iron Fist
Dark Matter
Game of Thrones
Longmire
The OA
Master of None
Stranger Things
Bojack Horseman
3%

Show I'm currently getting caught up on:

The Americans (1/3 of the way through the current season)

Shows next on the list to catch up on:

The Walking Dead (haven't watched last have of season 7)
Killjoys (haven't watched season 2)
Orphan Black (haven't watched season 4)
Fargo (need to start season 3, which is currently airing)
Grimm (need to finish the last couple eps of season 5, and then apparently the show ended with one more season :( so I need to watch that too.)
Homeland (need to watch season 6)

Shows I will one day resume, one daaaaaay:

Continuum (just need to watch that last wrap-up season)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (I don't even remember where I left off)

Shows I stopped watching a while ago and gave up on:

Arrow
Once Upon a Time
Elementary
Vikings
Sleepy Hollow
probably others

I missed you, tv

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In decline...

  • May. 25th, 2017 at 9:52 AM
I don't know why I've been so bad with this lately....

Yesterday I mostly just worked on my Jukebox. And read some Voltron comic to the kids (and myself).

Work computer is having some issues, so posting from phone. Wooh!

Also waiting for my tea to be cool enough to drink...

May. 25th, 2017

  • 8:33 AM
I was hoping to go into town a couple of hours before my appointment today and get lunch and walk around a bit, playing Ingress, but I don't think that's going to happen. I've been sneezing violently off and on. It's raining. Oh, and I have cramps. (On one level, a period would be a good thing, but I really don't want one, not ever again. Also, it would be very difficult for the timing to be worse.)

Cordelia's best friend is home with a concussion. A laptop fell on her head at school yesterday. My assumption is that she was getting one out of the lower rack on the cart while someone else pulled out and dropped one from the upper rack. I wouldn't expect that to be a fall of more than a couple of inches, though, so maybe not. It's just that she's a very tall girl. I can't think how else a laptop would be in a position to fall on her. Even if she was seated, no one would be likely to carry a laptop high enough to drop it on her. And Cordelia said 'fell on her' rather than that someone dropped it on her.

At any rate, Cordelia wants to do something for her friend but rejected every suggestion we made. I'm going to email the girl's mother to ask if there's anything she'd enjoy. If the mother suggests something, I think Cordelia will feel more comfortable with it than she does if we, her parents, suggest things.

Oh, I know! Every time Cordelia visits her friend wants her to bring a particular DVD. A copy of that would probably be a great gift.

Scott's mother called in the middle of my planned nap time yesterday morning. She was taking a walk while Scott's father was at rehab (for heart trouble) and wanted to chat with someone during it. She's very disappointed that my c-PAP isn't making me feel better. Hers apparently did, right away. I explained that, while I wear it, I sleep like Cordelia was six months old and sick and sleeping in the next room. As of tomorrow, it'll be three weeks since I got the dratted thing.

Scott's of the opinion that three weeks is long enough that I should have adjusted and that, since I haven't, I need to talk to someone at the sleep disorders clinic. I'm not sure what they'd have to offer. I don't think it's the specific gear so much as any gear at all. I sleep better when I take Ativan, but I really can't do that every night.

I wrote 1500 words last night but still haven't managed to start my NPT story. I realized after talking to a friend that I was focusing on the wrong character. That other character still needs to be featured prominently, but there's another character who, when I talk about my ideas, is more pivotal. Since that other character was also requested, shifting focus makes sense.

GOT S7 TRAILER!!!

  • May. 25th, 2017 at 12:13 PM
So I was just mulling over how weird it is not to have a proper fall/winter/spring TV season anymore. Everything is so spread out! HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO GET AWAY FOR THE SUMMER WITHOUT MISSING GOOD STUFF NOW. JULY IS GOING TO BE FULL OF AWESOME.


GoT spec based on the trailer )

Also, Spiderman: Homecoming

Is it wrong that I am more excited about watching this movie after seeing Tom Holland's epic lip sync battle performance? LOL 

Apologies to those waiting for Sense8 icons! I haven't forgotten- I'm partly done capping, but I get distracted watching the eps and then forget and then have to try to rewind and then my VLC crashes and ugh. TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES PLEASE TRY AGAIN WHEN YOUR LAPTOP FEELS LIKE COOPERATING

Oh! On a personal note, booked tickets home! Two more months left before we move, yikes. 

Reading Wednesday

  • May. 24th, 2017 at 9:36 PM

[personal profile] lady_ganesh hooked me up with some really good stuff: Maggie Stiefvater's YA series The Raven Cycle. This consists of

  • The Raven Boys (finished!)
  • The Dream Thieves (finished!)
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue (finished!)
    and
  • The Raven King (still reading, unlikely to finish tonight)

Also, apparently some extra-story authorial snippets exist (I only just discovered this while checking the titles of the main series).*

In the little town of Henrietta is a posh boarding school called Aglionby. The mascot of the school is a raven. Eccentric local girl Blue, the scion of a houseful of psychic women (including her mother, Maura), thinks Aglionby boys are nothing but trouble. Local wounded-at-the-core boy Adam is attending the school on scholarship; he has managed to become best buds with the charming and earnest Gansey (that's his last name), whose circle also includes the tough-but-brittle bad boy Ronan. And then there's Noah, who shows up somehow at the off-campus digs that Gansey and Ronan share in an old factory.

Gensey is obsessed with the local ley line, which he thinks will lead him to the tomb of the Welsh hero Owen Glendower. The others are drawn into his search—including Blue, who starts out as somewhat of a mascot but becomes something much more. There are dreams, magic, terror, and lots of fast cars.

Parts of this seem to be the love child of Alan Garner's The Owl Service and the better "After-School Special" types of teen novels, but it's very involving and tremendous fun. The writing has some weaknesses, especially when Stiefvater seems to be marking time until she can get to the Good Bits, but she's very good at action sequences and the spookier parts are truly chilling.

Cut for long and maybe a spoiler or two )

*hrm*

  • May. 24th, 2017 at 10:31 PM



That's a lot of wasted trailer space on a retro-referencing intro most youngsters will just blip right past, but okie then ...

Hm. Animation reminds me of a lot of Exalted illos, lol.

Birthday

  • May. 24th, 2017 at 9:24 PM
I am now glad to be feeling better and just in time as it was my dad's birthday yesterday. We had a quiet day together just catching up and took my mum and him out for dinner.

He is now quite the tech savvy guy as he signed up for Netflix and was showing off by watching Star Trek Into Darkness on his big screen TV. I wasn't going to argue, I mean any excuse to watch Star Trek is OK in my book.

Nearly finished my fic for the Soulmate Exchange (over 2,000 words at the moment and counting) and will hopefully start Not For Prime Time challenge soon.
Traffickers use pigeon to smuggle drugs into Kuwait

A pigeon.

A pigeon with a little pidgie backpack, stuffed full of dope.

The lunacy writes itself

I don't care if the message comes from the Vatican when this is the message. Well worth watching.