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2017-06-04 06:38 am

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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?"
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2017-05-29 07:02 pm

Is Dreamwidth having a hiccup?

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.
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2017-05-22 05:06 am

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"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.
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2017-05-10 04:50 am

I survived. ;)

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. :)
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2017-04-26 09:09 pm

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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.
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2017-04-17 08:19 pm

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"Some days I wash the floors in milk, some days in orange juice." Tonight I've washed it in cider.
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2017-04-17 08:16 pm

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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.
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2017-04-15 05:27 pm

Our first day of the season doing yard work. :) :)

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.
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2017-04-12 05:27 pm

why breasts? why?

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.
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2017-04-01 02:57 pm

I begin to try to summarize my recent adventures in Seattle...

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... )
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2017-04-01 04:56 am

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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. :)
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2017-03-02 07:13 pm

should be in a movie

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."
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2017-02-26 02:22 pm

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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.
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2017-01-26 08:26 pm

made my week. :)

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.
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2017-01-10 08:49 pm

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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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2017-01-06 06:21 pm

Tea and cake

I spent my day having tea and cake with an auntie and getting all the news. It feels like a different world up there. On the one hand I adore my aunt and think it's a damned shame she's surrounded by crazy people. On the other, when I try to tell Eor the basic outline of who's not talking to who and why it sounds like invented drama. On the third, I think I could write probably write a novel series off it all. I should probably just change the names and go for it.
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2016-12-31 10:31 am

things that annoy me #57915.

When people say they're going to explain something and what they do instead is give you history. Combined with 'Star Power Bait and Switch' where you wait for the star and they do the last third of the presentation, but it's no more in-depth than the part the non-star did.

Weird Al Yankovick Explains AutoTune:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aShimWnbiu4
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2016-12-19 04:07 am

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Anyone can be in Rockland at 0730, right? But can I be there with my shit together? I hate getting up at 0230. I had set my alarm for 0300, but my subconscious waa apparently not sure that was sufficient.

And then my subconscious also was apparently lonely and wanted Eor up, too, because I popped the bathroom door latch by accident, which sounds ridiculously loud - almost like the neighbors are shooting things - in the early morning quiet. In my defense, I had just opened the other bathroom door (there's one at each end) with the intention of going down the back stairs so as not to bother him, and the doors, because it's an old house, hang differently - the front-end door needs to be pushed in tight before the latch is lifted or it makes that horrible noise, but the back-end door needs to be lifted before you can move it out of the frame.

Oh well, off for the fun.
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2016-12-16 04:41 pm

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Well, this was an exhausting day. It's hypothetically my day off, but I had a physical therapy appointment to discuss my wrist and hip problems at 07:30am, did a bunch of errands, and at 2:30 pm had a cortisone injection in my wrist, did another errand and a half, and all during a day that started at -5F and ended at 1F. The cold is exhausting. Getting my wrist iced by a PT person was painful, getting the shot was stressful, the aftermath of the shot is painful. I'm beat.

ETA:
And regardless of how tired and hurty I am, I have to build fires.
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2016-11-03 09:02 pm

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I managed to do a round trip today of 332 miles for work - to Rockland, Bar Harbor, Augusta, then back to Portland. Google says this takes 6 hours 40 minutes, but it took me 9 hours, with road construction, rain, stopping to pee and later to eat, and of course the actual point of the trip, the data downloads I had to collect. However, the good thing is that I knew it would take this long. I have developed a habit of adding a half hour or so to Google's estimate for every two hours, so I shaved an hour off my work time yesterday so I could use it today. So, maybe I'm developing time management skills?

ETA: Only bad thing; I may have food poisoned myself, because I bought some hard boiled eggs at a rest stop and now I feel horrible.