Archives for January 2016

RIP David Bowie

RIP David Bowie

David Bowie in Lazarus

David Bowie in Lazarus

I wouldn’t call myself a David Bowie Fan. I, like everyone else, was surprised to hear he had died. I feel for my friends who are hurting, it must be a huge shock.

Here’s the thing. It seemed to me he had a good death. He knew it was coming, he was ready, and he was meeting it on his own terms. I think that’s a beautiful thing.

Nesting With Supernatural

Nesting With Supernatural

20160110_231814I’ve done laundry (again) today. And I got some nesting done. And I finished (re-)watching season 10 of Supernatural.

If you’re a Supernatural fan, you know that it is currently in Season 11. Because I was unemployed this fall, and I didn’t watch on the cable. So I haven’t seen any of the new episodes yet. Last year I purchased Season 10 on Amazon streaming. This year, I waited.

And since I was so ready to watch Season 11 RIGHT NOW, I signed up for Hulu. And I gave them my payment information; I am going whole hog.

I am so freaking exciting.

Ok. Nite nite, interwebs!

Sluggish Saturday

Sluggish Saturday

Powerball Possibilities!

Powerball Possibilities!

I did not sleep in today; in fact, I got less than 4 hours sleep last night. And, although I drifted off to sleep several times, I did not take a nap. So you can imagine that, as it is after 10 pm, I am super tired.

What did I do today?

I woke up because the cat (LENNY!) was running back and forth across our basement hallway into our bedroom. Lenny is 18 lbs of fun, so as you might have guessed, it was very loud.

I bathed. I put my compression socks on. I ate cookies for breakfast and drank some chai tea. I came downstairs to my office to listlessly peruse the internet. Edmund ordered lunch from the local Chinese restaurant (I usually love what I get, but their chicken fried rice was awful.)

I did a load of laundry, where this happened:

I fixed it by washing my clothes TWO TIMES in the rapid wash (rather than once in Normal). And pouring hot tap water in the dispenser.

After that I realized I did not have a PowerBall ticket. That’s misleading as I usually DON’T have a PowerBall Ticket, but today I figured, what the hey. And now I have 3!

I also picked up pizza at Domino’s for dinner because cooking was not in the cards for either of us.

During Dinner Edmund and I played card game, and I kicked his Ass. So that was good. Then we watched the first 4 episodes of Ash vs Evil Dead, which was a lot of fun: funny, gory, and scary all at once. Loved it.

And now it’s almost 11, and I should be on my way to bed.

Wonder how that’s going to go.

TGIF

TGIF

View of my desk as I write this post.

View of my desk as I write this post.

As I write this, it is just shy of midnight. I won’t finish until after midnight, but I went ahead and back dated this post. Totally legit.

The picture pictured is my desk, with my desk extension (which is also a kitchen cutting board from IKEA) that I am using to put my laptop on. My monitor is hooked up to both laptops (work and personal) the switch for it is the thing with the blue lights.

My office is still not clean. But I got to watch an episode of Arrow with Edmund. We haven’t hung around each other that much this week, I’ve been too busy working. And he’s been too busy working. I think the cats feel neglected too.

Too tired to clean. Looking forward to sleeping as long as I want tomorrow.

I almost forgot to go to sleep.

Night night!

Brain Fry

Brain Fry

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Posting this picture for no particular reason, except CROWS!

There are things I want to write about, but I can’t seem to make my brain worky.

I think I’m gonna have to go to bed soon. It’s taken me an hour to write this much.

I stare at the screen and think of all the things I want to write about, and then I check my bank balance, or start an order on Amazon.com, or wonder if I should get myself a portable monitor, and then I am going down an internet rabbit hole.

Again.

And Supernatural-watching is not working because I am currently watching Season 10 (last season) and some of the episodes make me super uncomfortable.

I think if I lay down to go to sleep I will pass out.

I have people to email.

I want to buy some candles.

I crave sleep.

What was I going to write about, again?

Interweb Hubris

Interweb Hubris

I factory reset the router tonight because we were having SLOOOOOOOW interwebs. And what with Edmund and I both working from home, we need to be using our 150Mbps something something working to its best capability (ours was working at 12Mbps).

I did a couple of internet searches and downloaded the manual, and clicked the button for factory reset.

But what I forgot was to make sure I had the information I needed to reset the router back up again.

And then I didn’t have the right information. And I wasn’t sure exactly what information I’d need. Something in the manual said the info was in the box we got when we purchased it. Having had fair to middling success with keeping electronics boxes around, I searched high and low for something to help me out. I stubbed my toe. I swore. I didn’t find what I needed to find.

So I called tech support, and she talked me down from the ledge.

Pro tip: The Linksys MOdel EA690 has the factory-set password on the bottom of the Modem.

And NOW my interwebs are so much faster!
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Kitchen and Rest

Kitchen and Rest

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My sleep schedule is all whack. Over the holidays I found myself going to sleep later and later. But no worries, because I could sleep in!

And then it was Sunday. And our Landlord was coming to visit. I wrote about this the other day didn’t I. Well, long story short, I stayed up, again, on Sunday to clean the kitchen. I went to sleep at 3 am. Hopes of starting the week off with plenty of sleep, dashed.

But the counter was clean and dishes were being dish washed, dammit.

Right afterward, I took a picture to commemorate the event. Currently, the sink is full of dirty dishes.

Last night, for several reasons, I didn’t get to bed until 4:30 am this morning.

Tonight the plan is bed. Soon. Very soon.

Heavy Heart

Heavy Heart

Giariel, Me, Sethlan, Orion & Bernie

Giariel, Me, Sethlan, Orion & Bernie in 2011

Earlier today I heard that a friend of mine, a fellow student in the Faery Seership path, was in the ICU. I was concerned, but as I saw her last October, and she seemed hale and hearty, not overly so. I sent healing energy (said a prayer), and figured I would check in later. Well, things progressed very quickly, and she passed a little before 8 pm tonight.

Bernadine Weeks, we called her Bernie, was one of those larger-than-life sorts. She was smart, and kind, and the epitome of being a life-long-learner. Sometimes she drove me nuts. I KNOW I drove her nuts. And I am pissed that we won’t be able to drive each other nuts anymore. Unless she haunts me or something (NOT AN INVITATION, BERNIE.)

Me, Sethlan, Orion and Bernie, Circa 2011

Me, Sethlan, Orion and Bernie, Circa 2011 – the same kind of picture, only less blurry and minus Giariel

I’ve known Bernie since the late 1990s, and she always made me feel included. When I needed a place to stay, Bernie opened her house for me without reservation. When I was going through the toughest times of my life, she was there, joining the other people in my cohort/class in providing the emotional support I needed to get through and do the things I needed to do.

Bernie was always there. And she effortlessly made everyone feel welcome. She was passionate and she respected her passions by pursuing them wholeheartedly.

My heart goes out to Bernie’s family, I know they are reeling. Too soon.

And for Bernie, maybe she’s still here? Maybe she’s gone off to another dimension? Whatever the case, I wish her peace and happiness on her journey.

Bloggy Blag Plans

Bloggy Blag Plans

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I had my post for tonight all figured out. And then I went to the grocery store. Making Chili tomorrow  (dammit) and needed the fixins.

I was getting other things too.

Well, the store had been picked dry! I couldn’t reach the diced tomatoes, there were no cranberries  (for Edmund), and there was NO HAMBURGER. You know, an integral part of a lot of chili recipes. Especially MY chili recpie.

Ok. There was one 3lb package of hamburg. I only needed 2lbs. However, the package was open on one end. I decided against.

We live in a small city. So I went to another grocery store. NO HAMBURGER! Seriously?

Fortunately there was hamburger at the last store. Woo hoo! And good thing as they were closing in 15 minutes.

It’s 3lbs, but I can work with it.

IKEA and nesting

IKEA and nesting

I have a p-touch labler and I am not afraid to use it.

I have a p-touch labler and I am not afraid to use it.

I’m working from home now, and I think I like it. I get to talk to people via phone and chat during the work day, and not having to commute is a major plus. Sure, I miss office camaraderie, but the pluses WAY outweigh the minuses.

I don’t have pictures yet, but I am in the process of shifting things around in my office. To help with this, I went to IKEA and bought a couple of furniturey things. One was an “As Is” kitchen cart that’s easy to move to put beside my desk to hold my laptop so I can have a square of free desk space. The other is a storage thing I can use to put other things in (like my spare bag collection – handbags, totebags, duffels.) I’m also, GASP!, getting rid of some of the bags I don’t see myself using anymore. Gave some to my pal Melissa, the rest will be sent off to My Sister’s Place thrift shop here in Ansonia.

I will label things with my p-touch labeler (as pictured).

Right now I am debating on whether I can safely (with a modicum of swearing) set up the storage unit. Mainly because Edmund is sleeping so he can get up early to work. My instinct is no, which means I should probably go upstairs and tackle more of the kitchen stuff I wanted to do before our landlord arrives on Monday (to fix a problem with our kitchen light.) I want to project a pastiche of “we clean our apartment periodically.”

One thing about working from home, or WFH if you don’t want to type a bunch of letters, I find I am inclined to do more “housework” at times. Not so much so Edmund would particularly notice, but it is more on my radar.

If I don’t put together the storage thing, I might just cook something. Maybe a pumpkin pie? I have a hankering. Maybe tomorrow.

Oh. Yes. I mentioned IKEA. So on Thursday I popped over to IKEA after work (we’re only a half hour away), with the intention of purchasing a desk addendum. And then I thought of that corner of my office near my clothes that has been two weird storage things that don’t work overflowing with miscellaneous bags. I decided to ditch the weird things and purchase a 2×2 storage bookshelf-type thing for that area. On a whim I did. I figured it would fit. When I got home I checked out the area. There’s a utility door on that wall, instead of being a little over two feet up, it’s a little over one foot up, so the 2×2 would not work. I kept it in my car, and today Edmund and I went back to return it. And I bought a 4×1 unit. which is longer, and I might have to move stuff around for it, but I think it will end out being a better unit for me.

If I can get my office to not look like early hoarder I’ll share pix.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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Well, 2015 is over. It was a year. Some good, some bad. I’m glad to have ended the year on an up note, with a new job and all.

Edmund has been blogging every day for the past month-and-a-half, I’m thinking of joining him here on the blag. No promises. I didn’t want to miss a day, so here I tap out on my smartphone.

Been watching Supernatural again. I seem to do that this time of year.

Ok. To blag or not to blag. That’s the question.