Dinnah

Dinnah

20160117_194906At Edmund’s request, I made some lasagna for dinner tonight. At my own request, I also made a pumpkin Pie.

Mmmmm. Pie.

Otherwise, today was a lazy day. I slept in, I read a bit. I didn’t do much else. Haven’t turned on the tv yet today. I might go empty the dishwasher, that’s productive (I did start the dishwasher today, but as it was mostly loaded already, that doesn’t count against the lazy.)

I have tomorrow off from work with tenuous plans of doing something. Laundry, perhaps. Cleaning my office (I know, still on the plate). Who knows.

Started reading Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches tonight. It has sucked me in, so I am going to get back to it.

Nope. Hulu’s Not For Me.

Nope. Hulu’s Not For Me.

huluI turned off Hulu this morning. I just could not justify it. The reason why: it did not give me the whole season for Supernatural (I hadn’t watched it yet this season.) There have been 9 episodes out so far, Hulu was showing 1,2,4,8,9. Missing are episodes 3,5,6,7. The same thing for the other show I haven’t seen yet this season, Once Upon A Time. I can buy both seasons on Amazon prime, and see all the episodes that have been released so far. This is what I’ve done in the past.

Add on the commercials (even if you are paying $7.99 per month), makes Hulu not a fun choice. Not saying that come next season, I wouldn’t pony up the dough. If you are on top of things, it is much easier. But I can’t even guarantee I would be able to keep up, I can’t even watch the shows when they air, it’s too much of a commitment.

We have Amazon Prime and Netflix, and we use both of them, I just don’t need Hulu. Furthermore, neither of those services have advertisements.

I would happily pay for Hulu if it were a similar or better deal than buying the seasons, ads or no ads. If I could’ve streamed the entire season from the get go. Especially when the shows are on regular broadcast television. Nope. Denied.

That said, I have friends who love it. So there you go. At least I got a blag post about it.

Short and Sweet Kitties

Short and Sweet Kitties

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We have got to take down the tree.

Here is a cat pic for you. Enjoy!

Working From Home

Working From Home

My desk

My desk

Been thinking about writing this post for a while, but not actually writing it. And then I realize that I am thinking about it too much, and I should just write the damn thing. So…

I should’ve called this Lessons learned about working from home. Maybe that will be the update, a few months down the line.

Anyhoo. Here are some observations I have about working from home, a month-and-a-half in.

  • It is easier to work in a clean office with a neat desk. I suppose. As you can see from the picture to the right, I am failing (flailing) on both counts.
  • Streaming Netflix and/or Amazon Prime is KEY, especially with series I’ve watched before. Series so far have been Supernatural, Sherlock, and now Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Also important, the shows must be either familiar enough or predictable enough so I can ignore them. Leverage will be a good one, I’ve watched it twice through, same for Fringe. Criminal Minds would be good, even though I’ve not seen them all, because they are fairly predictable.
  • If I don’t bathe first thing in the morning, lunchtime is a great time to take a shower (I know, people say you should treat working from home as if you were leaving the house and going into an office, but I live for ignoring good advice)
  • Regardless, bathing every day is a good thing. I will feel better.
  • I love wearing pajamas every day. I haven’t worn a bra in over a week, that is #winning.
  • Must take advantage of the fact that I work in basement and the kitchen is on the first floor. Enforced stairs! I can eat in my office, but I must keep the food in the kitchen. (I am able to make spearmint tea downstairs, but I’m drinking chai mostly, and that requires half-and-half AKA STAIRS!!!)
  • Space heater is important in this basement room, which seems like it’s NOT insulated.
  • Would it kill me to walk outside once an a while? I mean, really.
  • Try not to work too many 9 or 10 hour days.  Especially in a row.
  • Wear slippers, not bare feet. I will thank me the next time I almost run my foot over with my rolling chair.
  • Find ways to reach out to people I work with – this is a work in progress

There you go, some observations about working from home. I have a pretty sweet set up here. Printer, big monitor to plug my laptop into, a smart TV for the streaming. And I am busy at work, which is a blessing.

Working from home is great.

That is all.

Penwomanship

Penwomanship

20160112_235257I’ve noticed that my penmanship (penwomanship) has deteriorated in the past few years. Somewhere over the last couple of weeks I read something about practicing handwriting, and that really clicked for me. So I bought the Spencerian System of Practical Penmanship In Nine Easy Lessons along with some copybooks – and some cheapo fountain pens I am not going to link to.

20160113_000405I got everything in on Monday, and I went right to work. I played around for a few minutes, no more than a half hour, and I noticed a difference right away. Funny that.

Not that you could tell by looking at my scribbles here, but rest assured they’ve been getting better.*

20160113_000414So I’ve been practicing a few minutes every day (ok, three days in a row). I might even get myself a legit fountain pen, one that can make a thicker line. In a few months. (Or maybe I will learn how to use the pens I have.)

20160113_000423*Except for my capital D’s and Q’s. Admission: I’ve always had a hard time with capital D’s and Q’s. My brain can’t comprehend them. I cheat and “print” them instead.

Three Words for 2016

Three Words for 2016

My 3 Words 2016Chris Brogan is a consultant and best-selling author, and I follow him on many channels. Every year, he picks three words to help him navigate the year.

I am not sure I’ve published my three words before, I think I did it for 2014 (because I found a post talking about my planning it.)

As Chris Explains:

Pick any three words that will guide you in the choices you intend to make for 2016. They should be words that let you challenge yourself as to motives and decisions. They should be words that help you guide your actions.

My year, I am going back to basics. Getting grounded and ready for the next step. I have a new job that I love, and want excel at it. So time to focus (as well as I can).

My 3 words are: Work. Play. Love.

Work.

My life’s work, my geeky day job, my spirit work. All the work. Just working it out.

Play.

Don’t forget to play and have fun. To sing. To create.

Love.

Unconditional love. For myself, for my husband, my family, my friends, heck: the world.

Ready for 2016!

I wrote my three words on January 3rd, and intended on posting about it then, but I forgot. Then I lost my post-it by putting it in my journal so I wouldn’t lose it.

Today the post-it was found. I guess that means I’m ready.

Woo!

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.