The sound of millstones falling

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:50 pm
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Sweet merciful jesus and all the baby angels.

It's been a hell of a time. But today, finally, a whole month late, we got our new release out the door. I got the final versions of the publications in 10 minutes after the deadline, largely because people were still sending me content edits and updates until about 2 hours before the deadline, at which point I was on a call with a customer and pretty much unavailable for doing other shit.

There are already more updates pending on the documents we put up this afternoon. But for the moment I'm glorying in the fact that they're DONE, even if it's temporary. (So, so temporary. I look at updates tomorrow.)

For some strange reason, I've been having a lot of trouble with anxiety recently (something about being insanely busy at work and also the world coming apart at the seams?), and there was a very real and huge feeling of a giant weight hanging 'round my neck that went as soon as everything was posted to the website. And then I went and checked in with US politics. Should have gone and gotten a cookie or something instead.

But hey, I wrote a thing. Not dead yet. And maybe tonight I'll actually get some sleep.

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Jul. 26th, 2017 09:37 pm
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"There are real witches out there. You may not believe in them, but I'm telling you that they are out there and they do exist,"

Says the paranormal investigator to a room full of witches in a metaphysical bookstore.

Welcome Reijamira!

Jul. 26th, 2017 05:41 pm
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Welcome new friend [personal profile] reijamira. I hope we become good friends. If for any reason at all we don't click, and you feel the need to remove me. Feel free to, there will be no hard feelings.

Please feel free to look here if you want to know more about me, my likes and so on. If you don't feel like reading all that, then feel free to ask. :)

Disbelief.

Jul. 26th, 2017 06:08 pm
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I'm so upset about what happened in my country today.
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exciting news!

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:03 am
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The Adventure Zone is doing a live show in a city an hour away from me in December! My friend sent me money so I can buy a ticket when they go on sale this Friday. I'm so grateful and excited.

Less exciting is, of course, the US political news today. As a trans person I'm just kind of. Trying to focus on the positive things in my life right now so that I don't get overwhelmed with the negative feelings. Obviously there's a lot of work to do. A lot of fighting to do. But right now I need to enjoy some good things while I try and get a grip on all this.

Reading Wednesday

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:09 am
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What I just finished:
Cloche and Dagger by Jenn Mckinlay
It's our July cozy at the Cozy Mystery Once a Month Book Club and it was cute. Cozy mysteries do not take deep thought and are not terribly graphic and usually have a little romance as well. This one is all that and I found it quite engaging. I will probably read pothers in the series.

What I am reading now:
Dead and Berried by Peg Cochran
The August cozy mystery and it's okay but not too crazy about it yet. The murdered person gets it in a cranberry bog in, you guessed it, Cranberry Cove.
Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by al Franken. Hubby and I both like Al and have since back in the days of SNL. So far, he is quite engaging. I sure do wish we had a man like Al representing our state. Nabbed this book for hubby and it's even a signed copy.
Death at the Little Bighorn: A New Look at Custer - His Tactics and the Tragic Decisions made at the Last Stand (wow, that's a mouthful)) by Phillip Thomas Tucker
It is what it says. I am completely fascinated by George Armstrong Custer and his life and death.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
So far, this one is a bit annoying. Pardon my French but this is a book about a boy born into what my folks called white trash, the people of Appalachia (though I question that a little)who are redneck and don't really aspire to anything more than drinking beer, flying confederate flags and marrying their cousins - you know, Trump voters.

What's next:
Miss Julia Takes Over by Ann B. Ross
The foirst Miss Julia book made fall in love with Miss Julia, who comes into her own in her mid-sixties after her husband dies and she has to make her pown way in a small North Carolina town.
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
I want to see if it is as magical as I remember.

That's it!

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Jul. 26th, 2017 10:43 am
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That feel when you think up the perfect username, but it's already taken on literally every web platform that you use. Because I sure as hell think "illuminaughty" is a clever handle and apparently SO DOES SOMEONE ELSE.

What's even worse is that the username here on dreamwidth is just a blank journal that has never been updated. I can't even request it until the original owner deletes it and dreamwidth purges it.

more NiF thoughts

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:30 am
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-I have five episodes left and am stuck at work right now. The anticipation is killing me

-There is a character/ship trope that is like, one of my bulletproof kinks which is people with more loyalty and devotion than self-preservation instincts, and this is basically every ship and protagonist in this show.

-This show is basically begging for some variation on the Canadian Shack fic, please don't disappoint me here fandom.

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Jul. 26th, 2017 08:35 am
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Something Scott ate yesterday has given him an allergic reaction. He and I had lentil soup for dinner last night. I used chicken broth, water, and lemon juice which should all have been fine, so I suspect that the culprit is the sauce packet I added-- That looked safe when I read the ingredients, but either 'flavoring' or 'spice' must include something that's a problem as all of the known ingredients were things Scott eats normally. The thing was explicitly to go with chicken and mostly contained chicken derived stuff.

Maybe he ate something while he was out at his doctor appointments yesterday? We only talked for about two minutes this morning between me and Cordelia getting up and him going to bed. He said he didn't know what was causing the problem, and I didn't want to keep him just to ask more questions.

Cordelia decided to stay home today in order to see her grandparents and uncle who will be arriving around 11:30 to take us to lunch. The main complication of this is that I now don't have anywhere to put the junk that I need to move out of the living room so that people can sit down. Scott's asleep in our room, and Cordelia's asleep in her room. That pretty much leaves the basement.

Scott won't join us for lunch. We decided that it made more sense for him to keep sleeping. We have our biweekly game session tonight, and he's supposed to GM. I kind of think it might be better for us to play board games, but I guess it will depend on he's doing at 7 tonight. We'll also need to stop a bit early because he needs to leave shortly after 10 in order to get to work by 10:45.

I got a lot of chores done yesterday-- Five loads of laundry; filling, running, and emptying the dishwasher; making dinner; cooking two packages of breakfast sausages; breaking down some boxes for recycling; getting the recycling and trash to the curb for pick up; changing the sheets on our bed; rearranging and dusting my bedroom bookshelves; and moving two shopping bags of books from our bedroom down to the basement plus shelving about a third of them.

Oh, and I sprayed a set of clothing for Cordelia to wear at camp. We bought some prometherin (sp?) which is a spray on tick repellent that's specifically for clothing. She's only wearing a t-shirt and long shorts plus underwear and footie socks, so it only helps a very little bit, but a little bit is better than nothing. We're not spraying her underwear or socks (footie socks don't come up past the top of the shoe). The spray bottle doesn't work very well. The only way to get anything out is to hold it sideways, and the stuff is very bad to breathe, so the spraying has to be done outside and then the clothes left hanging outside to dry for a few hours (how long depends on the humidity).

Needless to say, I was ready to sleep pretty early. I didn't end up doing so, but I should have, could have. Part of not going to bed early was that I had trouble making myself stand up to deal with getting ready to sleep.

Scott sleeping during the day really disrupts my routine because I can't really listen to music or watch anything due to noise. I dug up some earbuds, but they turned out not to work well because one gave no sound at all. We'd had them for years without ever opening the package, so either they were defective when we bought them or they deteriorated in storage. I can watch things with the sound off if there's captioning, but I like to be able to hear the dialogue, too.

I also have to be sure that I have all of the things I need out of the bedroom before Scott goes to bed. If I go in there for something, it will wake him. Tomorrow, when the cleaning lady comes, will be interesting.

I'm thinking that I might move the bags of stuff we want to get rid of to the garage. If that stuff gets stolen, well, at that point, we wouldn't have to haul it anywhere to donate it. But I kind of think that someone looking for quick cash isn't going to dig through garbage bags full of old clothing, not when there are things like the snowblower and Cordelia's bike. I'll shut the door, but Scott tends to forget, and he's the one who mostly opens the door (lawn mowing, grilling, etc.).

Fic announcement

Jul. 26th, 2017 08:34 am
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I have posted updates to At the Edge of Centuries (chapter 6 is new), an Amber AU story in my House of Sulfur and Mercury series, and to Auguries of Innocence (chapter 7 is new), a Harry Potter AU.

Both links go to the first chapter of the story in question. Neither story is anywhere near complete.

And I've gotten a comment on Auguries of Innocence that labels is as (good) crackfic. Are long, plotty darkfic AUs generally considered crackfic? I've always found the term a bit slippery in that I know when I read something that I would call crackfic but couldn't define the term apart from pointing at examples. I usually expect short and humorous, though.

update on a paranormal experience

Jul. 26th, 2017 03:02 am
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About a month ago, I posted that I heard something roaring/howling/whatever from somewhere in town. After the paranormal class, my mom and I were talking about weird shit that had been happening, and I brought up that particular incident, and she proceeded to tell me something that really... makes a lot of sense.

So, let me tell you about Muggins the bear.

cut for mistreatment of an animal )

I do think this could be what I heard roaring that night. It makes sense that an animal that spent so many years on the gorge would be bound there in spirit as well, and my heart goes out to this poor bear that she may be able to find peace.

--

In other news:

-something very large and very heavy slammed up against the wall under my window from outside as I was typing this up and there is absolutely nothing out there asdfghjkjhgfdsdfgh

Told Eva about the magazine.

Jul. 26th, 2017 02:16 am
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"You should've gotten a subscription to Cricket."

"We already get a subscription to Cricket."

"So? N doesn't."

"N practically lives here. She doesn't need her own subscription."

"Don't you want her to read more!?"

(Okay, she didn't say that last line, but she thought it VERY LOUDLY.)
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I happened to be standing next to a pair of adolescents. First the girl remarked that she couldn't believe she'd lived on the Island 16 years and never taken the Ferry (I couldn't believe it either!) and then her friend, clearly trying to impress her with his experience, found himself in a loop, repeating "It can take them a long time to get off" at least three times. (It CAN take them a long time to get off the boat! There's always somebody who thinks the announcement to disembark wasn't actually directed at them). But I don't think she noticed, so that's all right :)

I hope they had fun! The boat is really the most affordable date in town, and certainly fun if you don't take it every day.

***************


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[personal profile] mirabile, I received your Get Well Soon flowers -- thank you so much! They cheered me up a lot today on my last day of recuperating at home, and will continue to do so at night.



(Feel free to click the thumbnail.)

Also, y'all, I love this show, especially this season: Killjoys up to & including 3x04 ''The Lion, The Witch, and the Warlords'' )

Long time no see

Jul. 25th, 2017 10:59 pm
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So um, it's, um, been, um, awhile. Oops. Life, ya know?

Anyways, I thought I would start out slow back into the journal world and just update this journal about what I am planning to watch this fall. Can you believe it is nearly time for fall tv?!?!?! Where has the year gone?!?!

What I plan to watch:
Young Sheldon - I already watch Big Bang and I watched the "first look" for this on TVline.com. I think it looks cute. Plus it will be fun to see how they develop the other members of Sheldon's family. I am most interested in his mother since she will be played by Laurie Metcalf's daughter.

Will & Grace - Not really a new show and I watched it off and on back in the day. But I have a lot of memories attached to this show and I am interested to see what they do with it.

The Gospel of Kevin or Kevin (Probably) Saves the World [whatever they are calling it now] - I have a soft spot for Jason Ritter. J. August Richards & Joanna Garcia Swisher are also awesome so I gotta give this one a try.

Law & Order : True Crime - The cast is rad especially Sam Jaeger & Anthony Edwards.

The Orville - Well part of me is watching it because it is the same street name as mine (though spelled differently) haha. Also, I do enjoy Seth Macfarlane & Scott Grimes and wacky funny things so I will watch at least the pilot.

Marvel's Inhumans - I am not sure about this one yet. I do watch S.H.I.E.L.D but I mainly watch for Ming-Na and I am pretty behind. Thoughts?


I also have plans for another post about the shows I already watch and how long I have been watching them. I'll have to do just shows that will also be on this fall or it'll be wayyyy too long. Hehe.

What about you all? What are you watching anything new this fall?

Loot Crate!

Jul. 25th, 2017 07:59 pm
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Finally got my Wizarding World Loot Crate today. Fed Ex transferred it to USPS once it got to Seattle, so that delayed it by a day, and my weekend was too busy for me to get to the office to pick it up, then traffic yesterday... But that made it perfect timing, as today is the day, 13 years ago, that I started my journal on LJ. And what better way to celebrate than with Harry Potter goodies, right?

I have to say that this is my favorite Crate yet. So much great stuff in it.
Images behind the cut )

I can't wait to see what the next one will be!
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So tonight my mom and I took a paranormal investigation class. It was a make-up class, because we didn't find out about it initially until after it had already started, so my mom and I and a few others sat in on this make-up class so we could catch up with the rest of the group. Tonight was mostly an introduction to paranormal investigating and what the equipment is and how it works, so there's not really a whole lot to say about that.

We did get to have a quick spirit box session, and the responses that came out of the device were so fucking clear that it's unreal.

There is another class tomorrow night that we're attending as well, in which we'll actually be investigating the basement of the building we were in (it's a metaphysical bookstore) so I'll report more about it tomorrow after we get home.

We just got home a few minutes ago, and I already had a paranormal experience.

I keep my bedroom door closed because I don't want the animals in there, and I generally keep my TV on, both as a light source and because turning it on and off is too much of a hassle to bother every time I leave my room. But I'm walking down the hall toward my room, and I see a shadow walk behind my bedroom door, right through the glow of the TV that shines under my door. I stood there for a moment trying to debunk it (maybe when the picture changes it might appear like a moving shadow?), but I did not get anything similar in the time that I stood there. There was distinctly something there that walked through the glow of the TV.

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