derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Aug. 2nd, 2017 06:31 pm)
I've started to try reading "Perdido Street Station" by China Mieville. After three pages I found myself scanning Archive Of Our Own for Tintin/Captain Haddock slash.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Jul. 21st, 2017 07:52 am)
Well, I did not manage to do anything useful yesterday, or at least not before Eor got home. Okay, two loads of laundry were in process when he arrived, and I was just finishing loading the dishwasher, but that's not much for having been home at least four hours before he was. Today I want to be better. The grass is still wet, but needs to be mowed. The garden needs weeding. When it gets too hot there's a chair in the barn that my aunt started painting while she was here; she only got halfway through the primer coat, so I can keep on with that. Or I can do more dishes, because I dirtied more than I washed, yesterday.

And then there's the guy who lives in my mother's house I should call and talk with. He needs to find someone to co-sign on a loan so he can buy the house, and I suspect I'm going to have to start calling him and telling him that repeatedly. We've offered him a really good deal on it - one third less than it's assessed at for tax purposes. Honestly, this is because we know he can't afford much and we are not interested in anything besides getting rid of the place and recouping what it took in lawyer's fees to get the property line straightened out. But if anyone asks we may say that the low price is in light of the fact that he took good care of the place for my mother. (Living in it completely free - she was even still paying the taxes.)

So, yeah... while it's still cool I should not be reading my Thursday Next book. But I have been, of course. They're facing an outbreak of the mispeling vyrus at the moment. Actually, I'm sure I saw that on the loose yesterday, at work. I had an email from a customer support person telling me that this one report query requires 'enchantment.' In the context of the sentence I read it as he intended it, as 'enhancement', initially, and it was only as I was responding that I noticed that was not what he actually had written. :)
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Jul. 21st, 2017 06:27 am)
I was just looking at the inside of my kettle, and thinking that I don't know if I've ever had scale on the inside of my kettle before, when I realized that the scale has two distinct layers, a darker and a lighter. So it seems likely that it had scale from some previous place we lived and that the layer on top developed in the last four years. I guess I just never noticed or cared before.

I tried lemon juice last night, and I guess I'll do another round today. I think it took some of it off.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Jul. 21st, 2017 05:56 am)
Something I just noticed about DreamWidth and LiveJournal - when I first moved to DW I felt as though the default 100% size text was about the same, but now when I look at LJ I have to increase the text to 140% in order for it to look about the same. Are the folks who run LJ trying to make me feel old in order to make me move on to some other platform? :)
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Jul. 20th, 2017 03:10 pm)
It is so ridiculously hot. And I have the kettle on, because I need tea so badly.

ETA:
Work sent me to a training in the next state, lodgings got messed up, I ended up doing things for work for too many hours in the last two days, and then I was told that because I was IN class and traveling for being in class (not TEACHING the class) I would get comp time instead of overtime pay. Which I think it complete and utter bullshit, because my pay grade is part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The problem with accepting Comp time is that it becomes time off that has to be used, and getting time off when you want it is almost impossible. So I was basically offered the option of go home early today or try to figure out when I would be allowed to use more time off when I can't even use my vacation time. I was so tired that I chose going home early today, and just took a nap.

Now I'm trying to revive myself with tea to see if I can get anything useful done.
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derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Jun. 4th, 2017 06:38 am)
A few years ago a co-worker told me that whenever you have belt loops, you should have a belt through them. Well, the other day I was in a store where the cashier did not have a belt in the loops of her jeans. Yesterday morning I was telling Eor that now that I know there's a rule I'm really bothered when I see someone not following it.

"Rules were made to be broken," he said. "YOU, you're concerned about rules?"

I said that perhaps I've gotten used to following rules, at work.

"You mean you've been broke by The Man? Next you're going to tell me that resistance is futile, Locutus?"
Has anyone had posts disappear? I could have sworn I saw some things Eor posted - book reviews - in the past month or so, but now it's saying the last thing he posted was in December.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( May. 22nd, 2017 05:06 am)
"Normal" people seem to think I'm weird when I try to say that I don't know what I was thinking yesterday. I strongly suspect that everyone is like this, they just don't like to admit it.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( May. 10th, 2017 04:50 am)
At this point I know it's Wednesday, but can I tell you about my Monday? It started with hitting something while I was driving the company car. What did I hit? The boss's car. On the one hand, how much worse can it be? On the other, as the cop we called said, "At least it keeps it in the family." And the boss, who used to be a terror, acted supremely chill about the whole thing. It was just a scratch on the bumper.

Aside from the combination of his car being black, and a dark, small (well, for American cars) parking garage on an overcast day, I suppose the most important factor was that I was feeling stressed and harried. I was on my way to teach a class with the new trainer, who has already proved himself to be back-stabby, and I was getting a slightly later start than I had wanted to, and my direct boss (not the one who's car I hit) was waiting for me to come around and load up some stuff, so I started moving too quickly and without properly checking my seat hight and mirror visibility. I'm usually very careful on that kind of thing, and I guess there's a reason why.

So, no injury, no real damage, but government paperwork took about two hours. And then, of the two hour drive, about an hour and a half was in the rain. People at both ends were under the impression that it was overcast but dry, but the terrain in between brought me about every permutation of rain, on the highway at 70mph, with ridiculous numbers of cars pulled over. It turned into a ten and a half hour long day without real meal breaks (I snacked while driving), and very brief pee stops.

But the class went okay, I think. :)
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Apr. 26th, 2017 09:09 pm)
I am attempting to struggle through the evil which is self-evaluation in preparation for half-year review. (For some reason Eor's company is on end of year review, but I'm pretty sure we're only at the half.) I had an absolutely miserable time at second quarter, when I lost my shit at my manager and told him bluntly that I did not have TIME for pissing around with this review garbage. He was not amused, but I hope he realizes that I was stressed, worn out, and at my wits' end because of over work.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Apr. 17th, 2017 08:19 pm)
"Some days I wash the floors in milk, some days in orange juice." Tonight I've washed it in cider.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Apr. 17th, 2017 08:16 pm)
I had to travel to another office today to deal with a certain individual (I'll label him A), and happened to see another particular individual (she shall be B for the purposes of this exercise). She said, "Good luck with that guy. He doesn't like me." I very nearly said, "Who does?" but it didn't quite pop out of my mouth. I don't know her that well. I'd probably say that to someone I actually liked, but right now I actually don't like her, either.
Actually didn't really do a lot of stuff that was primarily 'outdoor.' Hauled down some firewood from the shed, started restacking some bricks to discourage creatures from coming under the garden fence, peeled up some sprue (pachysandra terminalis, a non-native invasive), managed to finish uprooting a crushed drainage pipe which we'd had to leave halfway rooted last fall. (Playing in the mud ftw!) Mainly looked around and noted the winter damage. It all looks like hell right now, and several trees had fallen in our tiny patch of woods.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Apr. 12th, 2017 05:27 pm)
Every time I come home whimpering in pain from a bra (which is pretty much every day) I wonder why the plastic surgeon said he couldn't take these things all the way OFF. And why he looked to Eor when he said, "Let's just see what we end up with, shall we?" It went over Eor's head at the time that the doctor was seeking his approval as a guy-guy sort of thing, expecting my husband doesn't want them A cups. If Eor had realized that his approval was being sought he'd have said, "I love A cups!"* But regardless I should have walked out on the doctor for seeking my husband's input on what my bra size should be! Why didn't I seek a second opinion? I can't afford to have it done again, either in time or money or discomfort - I really just can't take it. If I could go back in time and change one thing... well, really there's probably billions of more important things in the flow of all time and events, but right this minute my ribs hurt like hell.

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*I say it went over his head, but I know the fact is he wasn't looking at the doctor, he was busy looking to me to see what my opinion was, like any good, supportive partner does. He did not consider himself part of that conversation, it was between me and the doctor.
Seattle, as always, was gorgeous, if a little rainy and overcast. Miss Longshanks (my niece, about 2.5 years old, now) was asking to see sun and rainbows every day, and it usually came out during her naptime, which was just sad. We did see sun while we were on our way back from the Children's Museum my last day there, and a rainbow in the fountain at Seattle Center. Better weather was had during my week there, apparently, than had been seen for months, and flowers were abundant (though it seems to me that they always are). And now, at home in Maine, it began snowing last night, and is still coming down heavily nine hours later. I really should get out there and start pushing some of it around so that when Eor comes home he'll be able to get into the driveway.

But first I must indulge in one thread about Miss Longshanks, The Moisture Festival, and Avner The Eccentric... )
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Apr. 1st, 2017 04:56 am)
I have yet again returned from the wilds of Seattle. The niece walks and talks and crawls on her belly like a reptile. More later. :)
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Mar. 2nd, 2017 07:13 pm)
You ever hear a line and think it sounds like it could come from a movie?

"I'm not saying it's anyone's fault, but Bill... could you stop doing updates to the database? I've got work to do."
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Feb. 26th, 2017 02:22 pm)
Now that I have gone ahead and downloaded all the volumes of The Comfortable Courtesan to my Nook it is completely impossible for me to pull myself away. Indeed, in Volume The Third she has quite perfected the art of the cliffhanger, such that, although nothing particularly overly dramatic happens (Madam C- does not put up with dramaticks) I am drawn on to see how people are interacting. I'm particularly curious how Little V- will do.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Jan. 26th, 2017 08:26 pm)
I've been pretty disgusted with the world in general, lately, but then tonight I got an email where someone asked if they could translate something I wrote (The Worth of a Man - Jules Vern "Mysterious Island" fic) into Russian.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Jan. 10th, 2017 08:49 pm)
It's so nice in the kitchen by the wood stove. It's so very, very cold upstairs in the bedroom. Nights like this, when we were kids, our parents would bring our mattresses to the kitchen and we would all camp out. I miss that.
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