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'Had a day off today. Days off are win. Today was pretty lazy, b/c my only real obligation was to have lunch with [personal profile] diamond9697 and family. =) We met at a local pizza place that has really good pizza (which is saying something coming from me, b/c I don't really like pizza) and there was fandom talk and baseball talk and other talk and pizza having and just stuff. Then there was ice creams and random Trivial Pursuit questions - the ice cream shop had cards in baskets on the tables, don't ask me why. The in-coming T-storm sort of made the decision for us to part ways... otherwise we probably would've been standing at the ice cream shop for most of the night. =)

[personal profile] diamond9697 - on the way back north-ward, depending on what time ya'll head out, there are breakfast-y places we can go. Ping me closer to then and we can try to work something out.


In other news:

I've been trying to catch up on reading the ever-growing stack of comic books that have been collecting over the last few months. Astonishing X-Men I'm still reading and keeping up with mostly, Wolverine Origins I'm really behind on - it's more regular than AXM - but that subscriptions all expired and I don't think I'm renewing that one just now. Probably wait for the TPBs. Dark Wolverine I'm just gonna let run out. It's not that appealing. Dresden I'll keep up with no matter what, b/c it's Dresden. Buffy and Angel I may shift over to TPBs with, mostly b/c comics are just too expensive. Honestly, I'll probably mostly keep AXM going b/c if I can get a couple issues in the middle, I'll have an unbroken string of them and my collector mind thinks that's pretty cool. =)


And: Local MiLB team won their away game tonight - \o/ team for finally winning a game. However, their AA MiLB affiliate didn't fare as well - they lost in the 13th for the 2nd night in a row. Sad sad sad showing for them. I'm only paying attention to the AA team b/c the catcher there was here until mid-way through the season and he got promoted. Which is great, but we kinda miss seeing him play. The AA team isn't that far away, so we may go to one of those games if we can work it right.

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The one in my icon? Yeah, he's apparently decided to play for the one hockey team I can't stand. *sigh* Why? argh. There are 30 teams and when you left one of them you had to go to THIS one? Yes, yes, he's from Michigan and blah blah blah... but argh! <- me venting, deal.

This means if I'm gonna get a Dallas Stars Modano jersey (a new one, he signed my other one so I don't wear it) I either have to find one already done or get one before the official change, b/c IIRC, those shops that do custom player work don't tackle the name on any jersey but the team that player is currently signed to. *sigh - again* B/c, no, Modano or not, I will not wear a Red Wings jersey. Ever. Just won't happen. Steve Yzerman was the only thing I ever liked about that team, but Federov totally ruined it - punky little brat.

In other news... more [community profile] kink_bingo fics in the 'ready for beta-almost' bucket. 'Almost' b/c they're written, they're just not digital yet. What? I can't lug a PC to baseball games or doctor's appt's - that's just silly. But, when you have to wait 30 minutes for a 2 minute appt (which is also silly, lemme tell you), you can get a lot of writing done. =)

updated k_b card )



In other, other news - local minor league baseball team failed AGAIN. They lost last night in the 11th and tonight they just crashed around the 6th. They were AHEAD both games, then just - FAIL. *shakes head* I don't know what they were doing. Though, tonight, they didn't roll through nearly as many pitchers as last night. Hell, we thought they might have to pull the 3rd baseman who has some pitching experience as the back-up relief pitcher last night, they went through so many! Tonight's game, though, was REALLY good for the first four or five innings. It's really sad when they just 'flop' in the middle of the game. Also - the guy who was catching tonight totally needs to hit a homerun or imma tell him he's not allowed to catch here no mo'. It's an unofficial rule - catchers for this team have to have good batting averages. =)


ETA: this edit just out of curiosity to see what the 'crossposts' thingy does after edits. B/c typically it just links to my IJ entry, but this time it also linked to DJ (after typo edit); so, if I edit again, will it pick up LJ or Inksome? test test test....

ETA2: yes it does. First post: IJ; 1st edit: DJ; 2nd edit: LJ; so, I should be able to get Inksome linked there now too. Though, I'd figure it should link 'em all the first time...

ETA3: additional peculiarity - after ETA2, it reverted to just IJ. *ponders and skips off to file a Support Request* b/c that's just weird.

ETA4: and with that last edit - all evidence of crosspost-y-ness went away. hmmmmm

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First - is anyone willing to beta my [community profile] kink_bingo fics? I need to finish the 5th one for my bingo line, but I have the other 4 for that line, plus some others finished if anyone's up to beta. Fandoms include: House, MD, In Plain Sight, Iron Man, and X-Files circa S8/9.

ETA: now that I've double-checked the time-frame for completing Bingos... I *might* be able to get more of these done than just the one line. *ponders*

and Friday Five:


# What is your favorite drink of all time? Does it hold a special memory to you or is it just because it tastes good?

Vanilla Coke. At least right now. It changes every few years, but I love Vanilla Coke. I'd prefer Vanilla Coke Zero, but since it's hard enough finding regular Van Coke, I'll take that.


# Tea or coffee or hot cocoa?

All of the above, depending on my mood. I love tea! Hot cocoa is fabulous in the winter, especially w/ a little peppermint in it - however you do yours, candy canes, Schnapps, what have you. And I like coffee, but I can only drink decaf anymore. Regular coffee does bad things to my tummy. Seriously - decaf frap's at Starbucks - best thing introduced in years. =)


# Best summer time drink?

Lemonade. Chik-fil-a makes a lovely diet lemonade sweetened with Splenda, so it's just the right amount of sweet w/o the extra calories and still lemon-tart. Other than that - gimme water when it's hot.


# Worst soda brand ever?

I wasn't thrilled about Jones - cane sugar is lovely, but too much is a bad bad thing.


# Water: flavored, bottled, carbonated, or regular old tap?

Tap water that's been run through a Brita filter is my water of choice. Bottled if I have to. Flavors are useless and taste funny and carbonated water is too much like Alka-Seltzer. No thanks. Unless the carb'd water is mixed in with some alcohol, in which case, yeah, that's fine. =)




So, couple other things - I haz new sunglasses! My old ones were several years old and kind of failed at blocking the sun anymore, so - new ones. Polarized and shiny. Possibly a bit more expensive than they needed to be (though not much more than what it would've cost me to get 'em at the optometrist, considering it costs 'extra' to NOT get the 'script in the lenses - what the shit is that anyway?), but that does mean that I won't toss 'em randomly on the floor or in a bag or something.

Also - checking out Last.fm... so far, pretty nifty. We'll see how long it holds my interest. =)

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Of a sort... dinner was good. The show? Well, think Elvis impersonator who does all sorts of '50's music, but is better at singing Johnny Cash. Really, he wasn't that bad, but he wasn't great. His dancing, however, could use a lot of help.


Now, back to resizing/formatting my photos from Vancouver/Gatecon.

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This week? Yeah, this week was much with the 'I do not have time for anything outside this very tiny list of things and $thing is totally not on it!'. AKA: worked so much OT this week that I will, have monies for my trip in 2 weeks and will probably sleep all of Saturday so I can go to work again on Sunday. (I'm actually gonna go in a bit on Friday - 06/25/10 (was gonna say 'tomorrow', but it's kinda 'tomorrow' already) - but only for a few hours.)

Spoons? Well, I have them, but they are all allocated to working 12hr days this week. And for sleeping. And those 2 trips outside so the dog doesn't potty in the house. But that's kind of it.

12hrs at work, plus 7-8hrs sleeping (OMG if I don't hit at least 7 that's the end of the world right there), plus approx 1hr commuting time and 1hr for getting ready for work leaves very few other minutes available for 'doing stuff'. So, lots of 'stuff' wasn't getting done. Upside? OT pay! That I only get a tiny portion of b/c the taxes will eat me alive, but it'll be *some* monies.

Mostly, I managed to clear out my inboxes of most stuff and skim through all my reading lists. So, if something hugely awesome happened and I didn't comment on it? Plx to not be taking it personal - I just haven't had the brainz for it of late.


I'm still working on my fic stuffs - when I have a spare minute or two (not many of those this week). And I have a couple other little things I've been tinkering with.

I did take a few minutes to skim the article [personal profile] tajasel linked in her post over here about how ADD brains work - at least that blog poster's anyway. What did I notice about that? My brain - not much different. (In case you couldn't tell from the really disjointed posts that I make. *g*)

I don't tend to lose my keys, wallet or phone all that much - unless I put it someplace where my brain hasn't determined that it should always be. Keys always go $here, phone and wallet go $here1 when not on my person, etc. Not kidding, I used to be hyper-organized with damn near everything. As in, I could tell if someone had been in my room b/c something had been moved even a fraction of an inch. That's mostly gone away, b/c I can almost never find anything b/c it's all in a pile somewhere. Not a cataloged pile, but a pile. Funny though, b/c a lot of times I know what's *in* the pile, but not specifically *where* in the pile something is.

I'm visual and kinetic - I have to see and do things to 'get' them. If I have an appointment - I have to physically write it down (not type it on a computer) to remember it. My brain recalls that act of writing, but doesn't always convert 'I typed this onna screen' into 'something that needs to be remembered'. Though, Outlook's reminder functionality is v. useful at work. And I need to *see* things to be reminded of them if there isn't a 'kinetic' thing. Like the little card on my desk glaring at me for paying my car registration for the year. Of course, that card doesn't realize that I have to wait until the paycheck is deposited before I can do that.

I also, quite possibly, annoy the shit out of my friends w/ IMs and e-mails. As thoughts hit - things I need or want to tell them - off they go into the IM window or an e-mail. Why? B/c if I do not do it *right now* as I'm thinking about it, it could be YEARS before I remember that I was gonna tell them something. And my brain will stare at that blank space of $thing_i_was_gonna_tell_X until I fucking figure out what it was. Typically, that ping of memory will happen at the most ANNOYING times - like just as I'm about to fall asleep. Yeah, there's a pen and paper on my nightstand for exactly situations like that one, again, b/c if I don't write it down - *poof* it's gone and we start all over.

It used to (and probably still does) annoy the fuck out of my parents, b/c I would say 'yeah, I'll do $thing', but four hours later, I still hadn't done it, no matter what I'd told them. And it wasn't necessarily that I didn't want to do $thing, but that I was involved with something else (and probably had 7 or 8 other 'elses' tag along for the ride) and completely *forgot* about $thing and rather than the parentals learning or devising a way to remind me of $thing that would work, they'd just get pissed off, which led to me not doing $thing (if it was a chore, especially) out of spite, b/c they were pissed off about something over which I really didn't have all that much control. This is part of why I have lists and sticky notes and stuff.

I also have a little dry-erase board that I write temporary things on - like book release dates for Jim Butcher or convention dates or things like that. Little reminder things that I can glance at quickly.

Now, if I could just find a job that worked well with this sort of brain activity, I'd be all set. Anyone know of a job where they don't care if you show up fifteen minutes late every day, have stickies everywhere, giant lists of things, a laptop equipped with Outlook and set, but slightly flexible deadlines? Oh - and they don't mind if you spend 15 or 20 minutes every couple of hours (or 5-10 minutes every hour) doing something that isn't specifically work-related b/c it helps you focus? I totally want that job, as long as it doesn't involve dealing with children or writing or debugging code, (b/c I suck at both with the code) and I just don't have the patience for code or kids. =)

It's almost 0400 - imma going to BED dammit.

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[livejournal.com profile] tesria is holding an auction here to help raise money for [livejournal.com profile] fire_and_a_rose and her family to help pay off medical expenses. There are more details in the linked post. But, the auction items can be anything and the bids can be whatever is feasible.

Also - feel free to advertise all over. Any help is appreciated!

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for right now is - saw Iron Man 2 - it was worth the price of the ticket - can discuss more at length in comments if you'd like... as long as it's tomorrow-ish....

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...in the way that it totally didn't.

I have this shelf that, until this morning, was hanging over my closet and home to a variety of mugs and My Little Ponies. (Yes, I have a collection of MLPs - I like horses. Deal. XD)

This morning, said shelf decided that taking a header into the floor was a good idea. Mind you this happens at 30 minutes before I plan to get out of bed and scares the holy fuck out of both me and my dog.

3 of the mugs shattered into many many tiny pieces. And while, technically, they're replaceable, they were gifts. One my sister got for me when she was in San Francisco, one my mom got at the beach and the third was Eeyore. :( Poor Eeyore.

3 of the other survived with no problems - another from the beach, one from an aquarium and my Ghost of the Robot mug (that one *is* irreplaceable since the band doesn't exist anymore).

The last was dear Richard Burgi and that one just lost the handle, which I should be able to reattach.

I also have a herd of ponies just lying about b/c I don't have anywhere for them to live until I put the shelf back up - with much larger nails, I think. *sigh*

Aside from having to stay 3 extra hours at work, it didn't really suck, it was just LONG hours. Ugh. And I have to do it again on Thursday. Blech. Do not want!

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House last night. Hmmm. Not impressive, yet not sucky. Just kind of 'meh'. What happened to all the good stories and the fun banter? Oh, right, they wrote it out of the show.

Glee tonight - not bad. Then again, Kristin Chenoweth can belt out a tune or two. XD But, I really could've done w/o the millionth rendition of "Beautiful". Can we please pick another 'empowerment' ballad? Please?

Now I'm off to work on my Big Bang and stuff.

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'Fly-by' since it'll be kinda short and imma go finish my puzzle and find food as soon as I'm done here. =)

I'm supposed to be working on my [community profile] scifibigbang and I've written a couple new pages for it, but, as happens every time you should write one thing, you get a thousand ideas for other things. I'm resisting and just jotting down notes. Trying to work on the bigbang one instead. It's just not always working. Feel free to play 'cheerleader'... one can never have too many. XD


Took my dog for a walk - and by 'walk', I mean 'a mile'. It's half-a-mile from my house to the end of the road and, funny thing, once you walk all the way out, you have to walk all the way back. Found that I wasn't nearly as winded as I thought I'd be. This is a really good thing, really. It took me 20 mins to walk it rather than the 13 it used to take, but I'll take 20 mins and being able to breathe. =)


Now - off to locate foodstuffs and work on my puzzle. After that - back to writing bigbang and poking RP threads. XD

Sidenote: I am totally looking into grabbing a copy of the Dresden Files RPG and seeing what I can do with it. woot! Dresden! *g*

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TV viewing dilemma!

Stars hockey game 3rd period vs. L&O:SVU vs. Season premier of IPS!!!

Sure, I can watch hockey while the vcr tapes SVU like any other Wed, but IPS is in the lurch! I don't have TiVO (since I don't pay for the cable, I don't get to choose), and tho I have 2 vcr's, they won't tape 2 diff channels at the same time... at least, I don't think they will. And I'm not keen on attempting to test that and end up getting NEITHER show.

Alas, I'll have to wait for an online version of IPS.


Hell, I still have Monday's L&O to watch.

How did I do this when I was watching at least one show every night or watching twice as many shows AND hockey?


ETA: crisis averted! USA re-airs IPS at 0100.... *goes to set vcr*

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With my computer desk arrangement - at home, anyway, since I can't rearrange the one at work - I've got it set up so I can stand up and work on the PC. Since I sit all day at work, I figured this would at least have me up and moving around a bit more. I'll be trying it out for a bit and seeing how it goes.

I'll probably bring my 'Joe's' barstool up into this room to use as a seat when I absolutely *need* to sit down for some reason.

So far, it's working out pretty well and I figure it'll only take a day or so for my feet and knees to get used to it.

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Starting tomorrow, I'm on first shift at work. Monday through Friday. Probably for the next couple months.

That is, if, after tomorrow, I'm okay doing the job they want me to do. It's regression testing - which I've done before - but there's also a 'testing lead' aspect to it. That part, I haven't done so much of. I'm one of those people, if you *put* me in charge of something, I can make sure it gets done and I can do the 'in charge' thing, but I'm not usually the one to 'step up' and take charge.

Fortunately, I can still decide to step back if I don't think I'll like working on this - which is always good. And when it's over - probably back to my 2nd shift bit. But, we'll have to wait and see how things go.

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I managed to post every day in Feb ('cept the 1st b/c I didn't start until the 2nd) - a couple were private posts, but that's okay, they still count.

Whether or not the trend will continue, I've no idea. Have to see.



However - last night, played Band Hero w/ my sister for like 3 hrs ('cept for the little while bowling) and had fun trying not to get 'boo'd' off stage. =) We did pretty good - only got boo'd once. We'll have to play again and see if we can advance to 'medium' level. XD

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... even though it has nothing at all to do with this post. I *heart* Jarod. XD

Anyway - snow/rain and work gave me a headache. Seriously, all this cold-ass weather and wind? Needs to GO NOW. Go. Shoo! Go! Now!

My mother has a friend in Florida who was complaining about it being 60* - ack! Shut up! I'd love 60*! Hell, right now? I'd take 50* w/o wind!


I finished the site design for the team at work, with code and everything. Had some help fixing the code. OMG does IE6 suck! Dear workplace, plz 2 b upgrading nao! Though, Firefox did odd things to the layout too, they weren't nearly as odd as IE6. *sigh* Whatever, Supervisor likes the layout and is nearly ready to roll it out to the team.

It's full of iframes and div layers so it's easy to update using .mht files. iframes load the .mht files which are far easier for non-techy types to update. Simplistic web design at its finest. XD

Though, my web coding skillz are still limited to 'copy/paste/modify'. I understand what all the code elements *do*, but getting all the elements I need isn't always my forte. (I have a web form that I still can't get to send data, though that may be host-side and not on my end.) Oh, and I cannot troubleshoot my own code for anything. Missing punctuation will get me every time. *sigh*

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Had my regular haircut appointment today. Found out my hairdresser didn't have my cell phone number, which is why she hadn't called me about redoing my color. (I would've called her, except the only times I ever remembered were on her days off and when I was at work at like 2100 - whoops!) Anyway, I go next Tuesday to redo my color since it all washed out the first time.

Long story short - my hair has a hard time holding color. Red especially. Which sucks, b/c I really like my hair red. So, my hairdresser talked to some people and we're gonna try something different next week. Different, as in, 'let color set w/o heat' and some protein fillers and things before the color and such. And possibly some uber!clarifying before we start.

*crosses fingers that we can get it to work*



*also goes to check to see what's on TV tonight that I'll miss while at work*

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we have Logan in a red shirt, b/c 5 February is National 'Wear Red Day' for the AHA.

It's also 'freak the hell out b/c it might snow' day. I'm really hoping we don't get nearly as much snow as the grocery store shelves think we will.

Actually, snow wouldn't be much of a problem, but ice could be. We're supposed to get both and I'd really rather we didn't. *sigh*

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- but, apparently, February is Post Every Day Month (according to [personal profile] anatsuno). Missed 1 Feb, but if that ends up being the only day I miss, it'll be a huge shock. Considering I posted a whole seven (7) days in January.

Couple things I can toss out here:

1) I hate snow. And ice. And freezing rain. And I'd like them all to be done with now so I don't have to guess if my car will go where I need it to go.

2) Friday, 5 Feb is National Wear Red Day according to the American Heart Association.

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- totally awesome list coming... just watch.


  • got up, checked e-mail, went to work

  • did work stuff, including spending about 90 minutes listening to a co-worker read Chuck Norris jokes (we couldn't get in trouble for this since it was an 'in charge' person who brought them up

  • left work

  • checked more e-mail

  • dropped a quarter, moved stuff to look for it on the floor, found it and another quarter, plus a pair of earrings that I'd been looking for a few months ago

  • decided that I really need to clean the floor space under my dresser tomorrow



are you jealous yet? XD

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Granted, it didn't start out that way. Today actually started out pretty normal. Standard things like waking up, walking the dog, breakfast, e-mail, DW, LJ, IJ checking, things of that nature. More walking of the dog, etc. etc. Dinner with former co-workers, then off to the local minor league baseball game where there was talk of Rick-Rolling (for some reason the guy at the stadium likes to play "Never Gonna Give You Up"), the catcher's dirt-covered ass, the players who were swinging at shitty pitches, the guys in the outfield who were doing a damned fine job catching the ball and figure-skating Iron Man (more on that one later). Pretty standard stuff.

That is - until my nephew (he's 8) starts running around the concrete steps around the seats - he was heading over to talk to the mascot like he typically does - but during one of his 8-year-old fits of 'I must BOUNCE!' he falls and scrapes his head. Mind, the only part we all saw was him getting up and brushing himself off. Well, he walks a couple steps away, then turns around and comes walking back with a statement of 'my head is bleeding'. We're all thinking, little scrape, no big deal. Nope. WRONG. He's scraped himself a nice 1/2 inch long gash about a 1/4 of an inch wide. So, he gets a trip, first, to the stadium first aid station, then to the little area outside the ticket window to wait for the EMTs, then off to the ER (but not in the ambulance, b/c he was stable and it would save my sister the whatever-hundred-dollars transport fee (hooray for conscientious EMTs)).

As of right now, that's all I know - other than, he's gonna be fine, just needs to have the wound cleaned and stitched up. Sis, Grandma and nephew are at the ER, niece is here with me and Grandpa - and the dog *g*. Updates as I have them. and if I forget to update, just poke me - I get forgetful about stuff

ETA - 13 Aug: Nephew got 4 stitches and was sent on home - after 5 1/2 hours in the freaking ER. Someone please tell me *why* there is a need to make people wait that damned long for *anything* in the ER? Especially kids. whatever... i'm too tired to think about that anymore - yes, at noon, still too tired and i can't go back to sleep because i have to go to work at 3

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I found these links on my LJ f'list:

Theory about the 'AmazonFail' saying that it's a troll.

The jackass troll who actually caused it thinking he was funny - he really wasn't. (warning that the comments will make you facepalm.)

Thanks to furikku and cazrolime for the links.


eta: to fix lack of html skillz

eta2: to add link from phoenix refuting the troll

eta3: and damned_colonial is collecting links of potential causes here

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