30-music meme: day 25

Jun. 25th, 2017 06:55 pm
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25 - a song by an artist no longer living

Mother Love Bone -- Man Of Golden Words )

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Jun. 25th, 2017 11:26 am
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I used the c-PAP for three and a half hours last night. Right now, I'm sniffling and sneezing. I fear the two are connected. I washed the reservoir and nasal pillows pretty thoroughly on Friday. I didn't want to try to wash out the hose, but I think I'm going to have to because this makes three occasions when I've had severe allergies starting the morning after using the c-PAP.

I finished two fics yesterday. Well, one is certainly done, barring a thorough proofread. It's gen, so that's not nearly as hard to arrange as it might otherwise be. The other needs a second opinion if I can find someone willing given the moderately obscure fandom and the explicit and potentially squicky content. I've got a couple of people I can ask, but I was a little too fried last night to do it.

We went out for frozen lemonade at Sweetwaters last night. Sweetwaters gives coupons to the middle schools to hand out to every child who gets at least three A's on their final report card, and the school put the coupons in the envelopes with the report cards. Cordelia got hers and got a cinnamon roll. I got a frozen lemonade and a chocolate croissant. Scott got a ginger tea.

We finished that up a little after 8:00, and as we were just across the street from Plum Market, we went over there for the half price bakery goods.

It's been very cool, in the low 70s, so Scott opened a lot of our windows early yesterday afternoon. They stayed open all night and are still open. I don't think this relates to my sneezing because that didn't start until the windows had been open for about twenty hours.

Cordelia has been doing movie marathons. She's currently got about a dozen DVDs from the library. Of course, mostly what she's been doing is listening to her Hamilton CDs over and over (those were a gift from Scott's brother and his family). We listened to a little of that in the car last night, on the way to and from Sweetwaters. I still can't say that it does anything for me, but I'm glad Cordelia has something she's really passionate about.

Both of our Time Capsule storage drives are insisting that they're too full to allow backups. The program is supposed to delete old backups as needed in order to keep making current backups, and we have backups going back at least two years. At this point, anything from 2015 can absolutely go. One of the drives has a terabyte of storage, and the other has three. We have no idea what's going on to make them say they only have a few megabytes of space left. Scott thinks that wiping them is probably going to be necessary. We'll start with just one in case we need the backups on the other before we have clean backups on the first. Scott keeps saying that he needs a lot of time to do this and then getting cranky with me when I mention that it needs to be done (and later today he will be more cranky because I didn't make him do it while he had time).

Maybe he can figure out how to get Cordelia's laptop to backup via Time Machine, too. We've never managed that, and at this point, she's actually got stuff she'd be devastated to lose. It wasn't so important when she was seven.

Progress yay

Jun. 24th, 2017 09:12 pm
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Posted chapter 9 of Glass From Heaven Will Save Them, finally. I got kind of bored with editing and quit for a while, so hopefully I'll be back on track so I can finish posting this before the season is out.

Also, finally got my hands on my Tow Nakazaki All Characters calendar. It's, like, not even really a calendar, though. It came with these weird monthly stickers, and the rest of the actual calendar is just illustrations--which I am not  complaining about because it is so much better than I expected. It's just so great to see Et Cetera illustrations I haven't seen before. I just wish I could scan them instead of using my camera. I thought about sneaking some scans at work, but I'm not sure I'm supposed to be using the scanner/copier for non-work purposes. Actually, it probably doesn't matter, but I just want to be on the safe side. I'm new and all and don't want any black marks from anyone.

I'm back to restricting my spending again. I won't get paid again for another three weeks, because for some reason that's just how things work when you first begin your season with the federal government. Your pay gets delayed before you start getting your regular bi-weekly checks. It sucks. And I have a giant credit card bill to pay along with rent before I get that next check. I should be okay, though. Just no luxury spending.

One more day in the weekend, but so far it's been a pretty rad one.

30-music meme: day 24

Jun. 24th, 2017 06:27 pm
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24 - a song by a band you wish were still together

Cinderella -- Don't Know What You've Got (Till It's Gone) )

(this is a cheat because they still tour occasionally, but there's been no new albums since 1994 so tpphht)

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Jun. 24th, 2017 01:42 pm
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Cordelia is now saying that she doesn't want to go to camp in August because she doesn't think she can handle a week without me. She also says that she's sure all of the other kids will be awful people and that there will be so many people present that there's no hope of her managing to spend any time with the people she actually knows.

She's been wanting lots of hugs and cuddling and reassurance that I'll always be there for her. She's also afraid any time she lets herself stop and think (mostly in the evenings). Her days have been pretty full, but she comes home and tells me that, even though she had fun, she missed me horribly. I think she's got some sort of worry that, if she's not checking up on me regularly, I'll just vanish.

I finally listened to the voicemail Cordelia's psychiatrist left. She says that the Celexa ought to stay at a steady level for twenty four hours on a single dose and that this may mean the dose is too low. Cordelia is afraid of upping the dose because she's connected her tiredness to the medication. I need to call the doctor back on Monday to discuss it.

Cordelia has more or less mastered swallowing small pills. Last night, she asked what I take for cramps, and I gave her a naproxen. It took her two swallows to get it down, but she did, and she was astonished to discover that it did help.

Her report card came today. It's all A's with an A+ in gym and an A- in algebra. Cordelia's of the opinion that they can't have counted the algebra final in that grade because she thinks that would have taken her down to B+ or even B range. I can't tell from PowerSchool whether or not she's right. It doesn't actually matter. B grades are good, too, and that particular class has been nasty for all the students due to the teacher not being very good.

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Jun. 24th, 2017 01:24 pm
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I wrote a lot yesterday, a bit more than 2300 words. I find that amazing given that I spent most of the day in a groggy haze, trying to figure out whether or not I had a window for napping.

Scott had to work 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. today. We got a call from the shift supervisor about half an hour after Scott went to bed. The guy wanted to make sure Scott knew he had to come in. He kept stumbling over what he was saying and talking in circles. I'm pretty sure that he had a script in mind for the call and that I blew it up by saying that Scott was in bed and couldn't come to the phone. Scott identified the caller simply based on my description of the guy's confusion.

I ended up staying up a bit later than I meant to because the writing was working well. For some reason, just the thought of needing to go to bed makes me able to produce words and plot and all of that. I think I slept a solid eight hours once I did go to bed, so there's that. I kind of want to go back to bed, though.

Scott has Monday scheduled off because it's our anniversary. I have a couple of minor errands that will be much easier if someone gives me a ride, so we'll deal with those. The rest of the day is ours. Cordelia is now saying that Scott and I should celebrate however we want, including without her, because it's our day. (She said something on the order of "I wasn't involved in your wedding.") This is a change from years past. I don't know that we'll leave her at home, but it's nice that, if we did, she'd be okay with it.

Fiction: Call To Arms

Jun. 24th, 2017 09:28 am
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Title: Call To Arms
Setting: Godfire
Wordcount: 834
Characters: Cherry Alamak, (Aisha Polaris)
Notes: For [community profile] tic_tac_woe, prompt "space war"
Summary: Nephele's scattered colony-nations must hang together, or surely simply hang.

Well, there sure was no going back now, was there )

Fiction: The Serpent, The Chalice

Jun. 24th, 2017 09:28 am
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Title: The Serpent, The Chalice
Setting: Godfire
Wordcount: 542
Characters: Julian Boreas
Notes: For [community profile] tic_tac_woe, prompt "perfection/immortality achieved"
Summary: Temptation falls in Julian's path ...

'Damn it ...' )

Fiction: First Blood

Jun. 24th, 2017 09:28 am
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Title: First Blood
Setting: Godfire
Wordcount: 580
Characters: Julian Boreas, Altair Terra
Notes: For [community profile] tic_tac_woe, prompt "mass migration"
Summary: The first targets barely managed to flee; and many failed regardless.


Everything was fire )

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Jun. 24th, 2017 05:13 am
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Jun. 24th, 2017 05:12 am

Metropolis, Nevada

Jun. 23rd, 2017 06:32 pm
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I stepped out of my comfort zone today and went on a day trip to Nevada. I wanted to visit the ghost town of Metropolis, but I had no idea what to expect on how to get there. I figured a dirt road led to it, but there was a stretch of semi-paved road (or what used to be a paved road) that was so awful I almost considered turning back. My car is kinda old, even though it hasn't shown any sign of dying any time soon. And it's little. It's not a truck.

But I was so determined to get there. This is the first time I've driven to a place like this by myself.




I love the Nevada landscape. It helps that have an affinity for bleak, austere landscapes. Maybe it's from watching westerns for so many years, or maybe it's because I spent my early childhood on the dry side of the Columbia River Gorge.

The ghost town was so quiet. There was no one else around, though a truck drove by on the road I was parked on. I passed a couple of people on the way there and saw some houses, probably ranchers. Several times I had to slow way down because there were cows on the road. They don't even move until you get really close, and then they're like, "Pft, well, ooookaayy, fine, I'll move."

Pretty much all the land around there is managed by the BLM, as is most of Nevada. Not sure who keeps an eye on on the ghost town, though, probably the BLM. But it appears the town is left to decay with no effort to preserve it. The basement of the school house was still intact, although one corner of the roof had collapsed. I went down the steps a little but didn't go in because I wasn't sure how stable the place was, plus it was really creepy down there. There were lots of modern garbage, places where people had made campfires, graffiti, and some small dead animals, including a dead snake (poor snek. It wasn't a rattlesnake, thank goodness). I almost expected to find a corpse or something, lol. What I saw from the steps was probably all there was anyway.
More pictures under the cut )

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Jun. 23rd, 2017 12:09 pm
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I slept better last night than I did the night before, and the sneezing and such seem to be gone. I will likely keep taking the various allergy medications for a few days in case what I'm seeing is them working rather than the trigger being gone. I'm still pretty tired, so I will likely try to nap later on. Cordelia and I don't have anything planned today, so I think it will be feasible.

I'm debating Camp NaNo. The main thing against it is that it doesn't tend to motivate me to write more or more often. The social aspect only works for me if I know the people I'm interacting with. Then again, signing up costs me nothing (except a lot of emails from the website).

I realized yesterday that the first two pages of a side project I was working on didn't belong in the story at all. They were necessary world building/scene setting for me but would probably bore readers. I can work in a lot of the details that matter later in the story and in small chunks.

Does anyone know anything about the folks running [personal profile] captiveaudience? The maintainers on the AO3 collection are [archiveofourown.org profile] nonx and [archiveofourown.org profile] CaramelShadows. The former looks like a sock, and I don't recognize the latter. The exchange theme, captivity with either Stockholm Syndrome or Lima Syndrome, sounds like something I'd have fun with, but I suspect it's not likely to be a large exchange. At the moment, it looks more appealing than Fic Corner simply because there's nothing in the Fic Corner tagset that I'd be really enthusiastic about writing. There are a number of things I could write and/or request, but I don't know if I'd enjoy writing any of them.

I suspect that part of the problem is that the things I'd be comfortable offering to write are all kind of old and not necessarily the sorts of things that people think of first when signing up for exchanges. There are often specific requests that are things I'd be comfortable writing, but without the specifics, I don't dare offer because there's a lot of those canons that I don't feel I know well enough or have time/access to review properly. The things I can generally offer always have way more offers than requests.

survival tactics

Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:24 am
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If I'm going to see the other side of the weekend, let alone any part of the upcoming week, I need to upend my work backpack and start over because I need to take as many of my most beloved dead people with me to work as I can.

30-music meme: day 23

Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:22 am
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23 - a song you think everyone should listen to

Sixx:A.M. -- Prayers For The Damned )

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Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:34 pm
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Hey, John Green finished his book, and it's coming out in October.

As I follow Vlogbrothers, I've seen his struggles about finishing it, to the point where he wondered if he'd ever write a book again. But he finally overcame it with a lot of distancing himself from social media.

If John Green can overcome his mental illnesses and issues with social media to finish his book(s), then so can I!

But at least it wasn't predictable

Jun. 22nd, 2017 06:06 pm
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I finally bought The Great Silence, after finding out the DVD had gone out of print and now suddenly it's expensive. I managed to get it for $25 on eBay. I was really excited.

The ending was horribly depressing and not what I expected at all. It's another "everyone dies in the end" trope. AWFUL. I don't know if I'll ever watch it again! I hate movies like that!

I need fix-it fic. ;_; Or at least another western where the hero wins in the end.

fucking seriously.

Jun. 22nd, 2017 06:35 pm
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In a stunning example of fuck this life, the past week exactly has been a non-stop cavalcade of training a goddamn idiot with no warning given (who then proceeded to turn out to be a lying bastard, and gone as of today), ridiculously long shifts, dealing with edgelords and other aggravations on the internet, and literally being on watch for 48 fucking hours waiting to see if the phone would ring at any time and drag me kicking and screaming back to work on my time off.

And now? Now I'm eating four 12-hr shifts back to back, with literally no idea when I might get another night off after those, and eventually another trainee.

Lovely. It'll go well with the (stress-)sick that bloomed to life overnight, I've already gone from 'throat hotspot' to 'congestion and likely fever' (and ask me how much I actually slept).

Oh, and the fucking leak that's had damage to the living room ceiling that hasn't been looked at in weeks? Of course they're coming tomorrow. Of course.

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Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:11 pm
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I think I'm having allergy problems right now. I started sneezing mid-afternoon yesterday, and by evening, my nose was running, and my left eye was watering constantly. No idea at all why my right eye is clear, but I'm glad of that much. I got about three hours of sleep last night because, any time I moved, I'd start sneezing and/or desperately need to blow my nose. (I'm not sure Scott got much sleep either.) Basically, shifting around makes me feel an itching burn in my sinuses that's really unpleasant. I've gone through an entire box of tissues so far.

I may have to take my box of tissues and a bag to throw the used ones into and vacate the house this afternoon because I'm pretty sure that the stuff the cleaning lady uses will make things much, much worse. But I can't imagine what I'd do with myself for five hours, especially if it's raining.

I'm trying to think of anything that changed in the house yesterday, and I'm coming up completely empty. I also didn't eat or drink anything different or use different toiletries.

My anniversary present for Scott has arrived. I got him some bluetooth earbuds. His old ones died, and he needs them for listening to podcasts and audiobooks while doing things like mowing the lawn.

Cordelia has her volunteer training for working at the library this afternoon. I need to prod her a bit to make sure she actually eats something before she goes. She'll also have to leave earlier than she wants to be because of the bus detour (the training is at the Traverwood branch).

Scott will be going to bed early tonight because he'll need to get up around midnight to go to Top of the Park and get Cordelia. She has asked the friends she's going with if any of them can give her a ride home but hasn't gotten any answers yet. I offered to spring for a cab, but Cordelia balked at the expense. I don't know, though, $11 for Scott not to have to get up in the middle of the night? Sounds like a bargain to me.

I managed nearly 700 words on my NPT story yesterday. I still don't know exactly where it's going, though, and I'm a bit over 3000 words. This does not bode well. Then again, endings often come up unexpectedly and smack me in the face, so maybe I'll find the end soon.

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Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:40 am
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Well, I work about two miles away from this zoo, so I could go and be disdained by this giraffe calf in person.

Theoretically. The air is about the temperature of boiling right now and the idea of actually setting foot on zoo grounds is not that tempting, really, even with the possibility of being personally disdained.
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