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.
HardCore will be done July 3rd - he got a job with the government agency which follows up complaints about employment practices, so he'll be investigating and confronting businesses about how they treat their workers, and will get to work from home when he's not actually visiting the job sites. (It amuses me that the government enforces such things in the private sector but not for their own workers.)

Duffy's application for the air traffic controller job has finally gone through (it's been at least a year, probably longer) so he'll be leaving to go to school, first, and then will be going back to California, where he went to high school (and, I think, a year of college before he got sick). He'll be reporting there August 5th, I believe, so I imagine he'll be done a few days before that - probably the last week of July.

It sucks to lose people I really like, and two within a month... bleh.

Another girl is leaving, too, but I hardly had time to get to know her. She's getting a job with a college, and somehow it's been worked out (or possibly she's just hopeful) that she'll start in housekeeping but move to Security. Apparently their campus Security gets paid better than we do and gets better benefits, as well as a considerably reduced tuition for classes. I should possibly consider this, though a government job is at least fairly stable in these uncertain times. Maybe when the economy turns up again I'll consider making such a move. Put that on my long term to do list.
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. 21st, 2009 08:04 am)
I just went to fill my travelling honey bottle and there was black powder all over the inside of the top.

Make sure things are completely dry before putting them away.

I do these things so you don't have to. And I blog them so I won't have to make the same mistake twice.
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. 2nd, 2009 08:24 pm)
I may be beginning to get hungry. This is only noteworthy because I've been going for something like 10 hours on breakfast. It was a big breakfast - homefries, bacon and eggs - but I never go that long without getting hungry. Oh, I did have a bowl of icecream at 4:30pm. Still, that's nothing like my normal feeding schedule.

Groceries will have to wait until tomorrow, but laundry is done. Now there's dishes before I can cook, I guess.

The laundromat was quiet this evening. I guess 5pm is a pretty good time to show up.

PS - The new rice cooker is the same brand, but so many details look different, it's weird!
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. 11th, 2009 08:39 am)
I'm reading Fix Bay'nets! and am on Chapter Four: Wounded Men. My goodness, I honestly have never read anything so manly and gay.
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, 2008 06:53 am)
If you have a sealable hot cup and you decide to sterilize it with hot water, and you seal it and turn it over to get the inside of the top well clean... do it over the sink.

At least my counter got nicely washed down.

Oh, and another one I neglected to share with you the other day: If you are heating oil in a pan and it's getting too hot, so that you take it off the heat and start to slosh it around in the pan to let it cool, be careful to not get too rambunctious with your sloshing. If a little oil splashes out into the flame of your stove it can cause a neat flash flame effect, which would be great on a cooking show but is a little startling when you do it by accident. (Then while I was all adrenalined out I went to open a container of honey and ripped the lid right off. Don't touch delicate things when you're full of adrenaline.)

I do these things so you don't have to.
Eor placed an order on the Twinings site the other day, and now we have a beautiful and giant ceramic cannister of English Breakfast, and normal sized boxes of Orange Pekoe, Rooibus and Lapsang Souchong. *does the happy lapsang dance!* Which Eor has requested I not open until I find something airtight to keep it in so it won't stink the whole place up. ;) I wonder if triple plastic bags would do it?

ETA: I think I've found a place. I have an old thermos of my Mom's that I rarely use because it smells like coffee. Now it can smell like the inside of an old sailing ship. :) The only worry in my mind now is that I'll forget that's where I put it.

ETAII: The control key on my new/old keyboard seems to not want to work - at least for the application that I attempted to use it in. :/
Well, I tried to get everything done. I took a long hot bath and did my stretching, did the dishes and made kool-aid. And now there's no time for a proper eggs and toast breakfast. Good thing I ate the last of that calzone three hours ago. I'd better grab a few bites of ... leftover roast, I guess.

If you're ever making grape and orange kool-aid at the same time, and you use a funnel to put the powder in, remember to pour the orange powder through the funnel first. If there's even a dusting of the grape powder on the funnel it turns the orange kool-aid a murky earth-tone color.

Also, I finished book 16 on Saturday...

16) "Small Gods" - Terry Pratchett: Obviously a reread for me, but I was pleased to see that everything pretty much turned out the way I expected it to. I do love this book. :) I recently lent a copy to a guy at the airport (not a co-worker, he works for one of the airlines) and one of my co-workers who also works for the same airline wants to read it when he's done, so I figured I might as well reread in order to be able to discuss it if I had the chance.

ETA: I'm currently reading "Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor" (being the first of the Jane Austen Mysteries)" by Stephanie Barron, mainly because it was loaned to me by a Supervisor at work so I figured it had to get top priority for finishing and getting it back to her. It's a fun read. :) Jane Austen solves a mystery.
The daily dose of crimefighting gay teen vampire boys... (Don't look to me for a recommendation, though; I still haven't found time to finish watching Ep One.)

(Edited on 4/12 to add 11, 12 and 13)

RH + Episode One
RH + Episode Two
RH + Episode Three
RH + Episode Four
RH + Episode Five
RH + Episode Six
RH + Episode Seven
RH + Episode Eight
RH + Episode Nine
RH + Episode Ten
RH + Episode Eleven
RH + Episode Twelve
RH + Episode Thirteen

(edited on 6/3: omg watch these damned shows and talk to me about them!!)
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. 29th, 2008 09:36 pm)
Memo to myself: Looks good - from Yuletide 2004, and I hadn't seen it yet! The Councils of Despair - Aral Vorkosigan/Simon Illyan
Just because I don't want to forget about it, a link to The quotations page - although it DOES give you at least two pop-ups just for hitting it, and demands that you log in to get more information about a quote.

It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.

--P. G. Wodehouse (1881 - 1975), The Man Upstairs (1914)
I've spent most of the day on the SciFi Channel's website watching Tin Man. You can watch all of it there, you just have to endure a short ad at the beginning of each part - which is COOL, I wish other shows would be serialized like that.

Look, I'm going to apologize in advance for what I'm about to say, for those of you who really like this show. I know I come off sounding like an incredibly over-critical cast-iron bitch. Well, that's because I am. Sorry. *hangs head* Yes, I am. And let me say, also, I'm actually enjoying watching it, and am completely hooked and want to see how it comes out, but for those of you who haven't seen it yet, just to let you know so you don't go, "Hey, what the hell'd you get me into?" here's the cons of the matter first...

The directing really sucks (people do a lot of standing still and talking), and the story has gaping holes ("Why would the Big Evil Baddy lock the guy in a metal suit and leave him in the middle of the forest if he was a known resistance fighter? Why wouldn't he be killed?" "Um. I dunno. They had to keep him alive for the plot."), and the writing style is like watching someone Vogue - neat scenes but no transitions between them. They're in a warm city, then suddenly in the next "Chapter" they're in a completely frozen place. No time elapsed, apparently. I had a dance teacher once who said, "Anyone can put together a series of interesting poses. Dance is getting from one pose to another, gracefully."

I like the Lion character, Raw, he's a sweetheart, but it was a bad move, imho, to make him speak in broken English. It's just painful and annoying to listen to. As is the Queen's weird vaguely English and probably put on cut glass accent and stilted phrases. "She knows not." Ow. And Zooey Deschanel looks cute in her leather jacket, but ... well, better directing might have made all the difference for her, you never know.

But how do I know? It might actually compare well to most of the stuff that's out there, currently. Whenever I've seen tv shows in the past few years I don't think I've been impressed once. It seems as though lately people think it's clever and ironic to make something that would have been on MST3K a few years ago. (Which may be why MST3K isn't running any more - too much material!) Just when did the Matel start importing those Chinese toys, anyway? Because I swear some people in the entertainment industry must have been chewing on them growing up.

And in "Tin Man" there's some neat twists with the character developement, and some good slashy chemistry between the Scarecrow guy, Glitch, who is quite cute, and Caine, the Tin Man. And, hey, it's another incarnation of the Oz story, I couldn't stay away. :)
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)
( Nov. 21st, 2007 09:52 pm)
Got home later than usual - took a co-worker to pick up his car at the dealership where he'd left it for maintenance this morning. Yeah, have me drive to a place I've never been in a town I'm not familiar with at night in the rain with someone navigating who's only ever driven there before with a GPS to tell him the way - that's a good idea. My head hurts. If I'd even had a clue where we were going to start with things might not have been so bad, but I was kind of thinking he knew.

Memo to myself: Always check your route before leaving.
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