01. Dragon*Con is in a month! I get to see my people again! There will be awesome [livejournal.com profile] karma_aster snuggling. Also, an awesome Ozai costume on me. And hitting the dealers' rooms! (Seriously, I keep having dreams where I never get to the dealers' rooms. What is this I don't even.)

02. Project Runway has started! New designers, new challenges, same old awesome judges.

03. Transformers: Deadzone is going awesomely. I am getting back into Frenzy again, and I'll be doing some stuff with Pee-Dee soonish.

04. People still want me to write them Transformers stuff. :D

05. Working on auction fics again! Still pretty burntout on AtLA, though.

06. The stuff for Korra looks pretty darn cool, though.

07. I found a copy of the version of "Rocky Road to Dublin" used in Sherlocke Holmes. <3
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( Jul. 2nd, 2011 07:51 am)
Tomorrow, I am heading off into the wild blue yonder and not coming back until next Saturday. I'll pop by to post my Maiko Big Bang on Monday, and I'll be checking my e-mail every day. So if you need to contact me, e-mail is the way to go.
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( Jun. 18th, 2011 02:42 pm)
My work-schedule next week is absolutely abysmal, so please don't expect me to be more than "snarly" at any given point.

I am serious as taxes burned out on AtLA right now. I can't even read it. So if I owe you replies... it will take a while. If I owe you fic, it will also take a while. Sorry about that.

My Maiko Big Bang is scheduled to be posted July 4. Watch [livejournal.com profile] banked_flame for it.
Two Saturdays ago, I had my first Saturday off in months! It was very exciting, especially since my new medicine regime means I get up by 7 or 8 every morning. Instead of going back to sleep, I happily got ready to go to the aquarium!

It's been ages since we've gone downtown to visit that. Sufficient ages that I am no longer covered by my parents' Audobon membership and need to get my own at next opportunity. Once we got inside, though, we set out to find the exhibit we'd come to see: Parakeet Pointe.

The aquarium now has a small aviary with over eight hundred free-flying parakeets. It is so awesome. You can buy food sticks at the door, and if you come in early like we did, the parakeets haven't been stuffed full and will happily climb onto your feed stick, hand, and arm. Sometimes they will also test your edibility and your shirt's edibility.

So much fun!

Last week, [livejournal.com profile] spyridona and I used Netflix to check out Bizarre Foods, because [livejournal.com profile] dunmurderin had mentioned enjoying it to me once. Yes, I am that much of a magpie with random comments.

We loved it. Research material! Food porn! Food seriously-not-porn! Andrew, we are not taking you places where you can eat sheep eyes again.

The first episode we watched was the Morocco episode. I was so taken with the cuisine, I looked up some recipes the next day and cooked them over the weekend. I am happy to report the lamb tangine and ksra were incredibly delicious.
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( Feb. 19th, 2011 07:31 am)
Two days into the new book-buying policy, and the Borders near me starts a going-out-of-business sale.

... Yeah, I'm going to check it out after work.
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( Jan. 11th, 2011 05:36 pm)
I'm going through one of those states where everything feels like I'm breaking down into little pieces. I accomplished a lot today, but my brain is insisting I've done nothing. I can't pull my thoughts together enough to write, and there's this dread in the back of my mind of going into work tomorrow.

I'm reaching this point where I'll take my two-weeks notice into work one of these days, but right now I can't afford to do that without another job lined up. So I send my resumes out there into the void and hate how much New Orleans seems to be a wasteland for the kinds of jobs I want to do.

Not that I even know what I want to do besides "not work weekends" and "please minimize customer interaction".

Not that I qualify for a lot of jobs because everyone wants someone experienced.

(What sucks the worst? I'd be happy in my current job if they just let me read or use the e-mail or SOMETHING when it was slow. I can't talk to my co-workers day in and day out when you trap me in a little building and force me to constantly interact with customers and try to sell them product. I just can't.)
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( Nov. 29th, 2010 06:15 pm)
Well, I'm tired, sore, and a little cranky. On the plus side, tomorrow is a slightly shorter day of work, I'll be sending out resumes when I get home, and [livejournal.com profile] atlaland starts up again on Wednesday.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking, a no-stress little Winterthing gift-comm, is taking orders for stockings now. <3
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( Oct. 7th, 2010 04:02 pm)
Well, it was a lovely day, and there was a classic car cruise-in along the Gulf Coast. This was one of the nicer funerals I've ever been too.

Also, there was a fox.
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( Aug. 28th, 2010 05:44 pm)
1) I had to stop reading sign-ups on [livejournal.com profile] atla_crackfic because of people's amazing abilities to phrase things in ways that make me want to gnaw their face off. That said, y'all should still sign up because it looks like it'll be pretty awesome.

2) Cinnamon + cayenne truffles are fucking delicious.
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( Jul. 28th, 2010 10:10 am)
I've got a couple of extra postcards to write for my current batch. I want to send the whole batch out tomorrow without sending the same person two postcards. So! Anyone out there want a postcard?

Just leave your address in the comments. Even if I don't grab you this time around, I'll add you to my address file and you might wind up in the next batch.

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( Jul. 1st, 2010 09:02 pm)
You know what would be awesome? Coming home from work and being able to write at some point in the evening.

The only time this week I've been able to write is Tuesday, when I got off at 1. *Sighs*
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Work is making me absolutely miserable.

I finally got permanent, and the place I'm permanent at has changed since the last time I was there. For one thing, they're putting me in driveup. I've found, after a week of working there, that I can't stand the people in driveup. They're hypocritical, whiny, and rude.

I could deal with that if the branch hadn't suddenly come down hard on non-work internet, books, and anything non-work in general. It's the middle of summer, the driveup and the lobby are both slow, and there is literally nothing for me to do when there are no customers. I'm going out of my mind from sheer boredom.

It's reaching the point where I dread going into work. When I start dreading my job, it's time to start looking for a new job.

I'm going to give it at least until mid-August to improve, but if it doesn't, I'm quitting before Dragon*Con. I'm also going to talk to my immediate supervisor about please putting me in lobby rather than leaving me in the driveup.
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( May. 20th, 2010 10:04 pm)
I'm going to Houston this Saturday to see Sarah Rees Brennan and Holly Black at Murder by the Book. Anyone in the area who would like to hang out? Any open-on-Sunday stuff I should do/visit/see before I head home?
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The Hard Stuff

- CT scan. Oh Lord, the CT scan. Ignoring the disgusting contrast I had to drink down, the injected contrast burned going into my body. This is the first time in a long time when going to the doctor's hurt.

- The commute to and from my current branch.

- Clawing my way out of depression in order to keep writing. Stress almost inevitably triggers a nosedive on my mood, which kills my creativity. Putting in those one hundred words a day on a project felt herculean.

The Good Stuff

- It's probably not cancer.

- Next week, my branch is much closer to home! Also in the opposite direction, so I won't be driving into the sun when I go to work.

- DotM3 has only about four or five (longish) scenes left to write. I might actually finish it this month.

- I'm going out to a jewelry show this weekend, as well as starting to read Changes.

- www.givemeshope.com
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( Apr. 16th, 2010 09:58 am)
CT scan = not something I would ever care to repeat in my life. pH contrast = absolutely disgusting fruit-flavored chalk that I had to drink two full glasses of after six hours of fasting. IV contrast = painful when entering the body.

Oh, bacon, egg, and cheese McGriddle, only you can save the rest of the day.
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( Mar. 17th, 2010 05:51 pm)
I'm sure most of y'all knew that already. However, this isn't about that. (Yes, the title lies. It is like the back cover of a Harlequin category romance.)

I got called into work early today. This unexpectedly gave me a lunch after I had already eaten a hearty breakfast on the assumption that I'd be working my entire shift. By the time my lunch break rolled around, I was still content from breakfast, so I walked across the street to the mall to wander around.

This was probably a bad idea as I discovered the Teavana store had finally opened. One half-pound of loose leaf black tea and awesome new "brew a cup of loose leaf tea without making a horrible mess" device later, I wandered down to Hot Topic.

They had Iron Man t-shirts. Since collecting enough black t-shirts to not need to wash them for several months appears to be one of my life-goals, I got one. The music playing in the store sounded pretty good, so I asked the cashier what it was. Some band I have never heard of (if they are more modern than the 90s, don't play at Dragon*Con, and Seanan doesn't know them, I have never heard of any band), but hey, the cd we were listening to is only $10. Plus buying it gives me a wrist-strap guaranteeing that I get to meet the band if I show up on Saturday at the store.

So that's what I'll be doing on Saturday. (General experience with the music so far: not bad, though it could use less orcish yowling in the background. Not great, either.)
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( Mar. 5th, 2010 12:39 pm)
Taking a leaf from Havi this week, because I feel like I need to.

The Hard Stuff

- Doctors' appointments on Monday. New doctor. Taking a look at the lump on my throat and determining that we need more tests to figure out what it is. Getting scheduled for an ultrasound for next Monday.

- Working at a new branch this week. On drive-up. Learning a whole new system for closing down in the afternoon. Learning how to manage a drive-up. Often being the only person on drive-up. The branch is understaffed with tellers, so there is usually no one who has my back because they're in the lobby.

Getting off yesterday afternoon is pretty hazy in my mind. Dark and weirdly shadowy like I know it couldn't possibly have been, because yesterday was this beautiful sunny almost-warm day.

Not sure if I can take working at that branch more if I don't get some back-up.

- Also, I'm sick. My dreams are weird when I'm sick, and this particular level of sickness makes me lurch into things and be extremely nauseous when I eat. I do not like life.

- I haven't had my period since January. And not late January, either. This is worrying me.

The Good Stuff

- Managed to read two chapters of When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World: the Rise and Fall of Islam's Greatest Dynasty while waiting for various doctors' appointments to begin. Have continued with the reading.

- Reorganized the way my bookshelves and to-be read stack functions. Now I can actually find my reference books when I need them!

- I've managed a lot of writing this week, and I've gotten a few things finished, a few things almost finished, and made significant progress on DotM3.
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There's nothing like being out in weather to make you want to write about it.

It's grey and raining outside, with this heavy overcast that makes it noticeably darker while not being anything like night at all. It's dim out, more than a little cold, and the wind is gusting. You can hear it blowing rain against the side of the house.

I just got out of a hot shower after coming back from the park. When Dad and I left the house to go visit the swans, it was merely heavily overcast, grey, and lightly raining. Since I have today off for doctors' appointments, we decided to go visi the swans and see the new cygnets.

By the time we got to the park, it was raining a little more heavily. But, dangit, we'd come out here to see the cygnets, and we both had good jackets on. Neither of us melt when wet. So we bravely went out under the grey, grey sky to find our swans.

The ducks thought we were insane. They were huddled on the sidewalks next to the lake, feathers fluffed out, heads down, glaring. Behind them, the lake was choppy and grey, darker than the sky. There were coots out riding on it, and a pair of ducks, but most of the park birds were huddling around miserably on shore.

We wandered around for a while, crossing from small artificial island to small artificial island until we spotted the swans. The adults were grazing by the shore, and there were two little grey balls of fluff floating in the water with them. We worried a bit - yesterday there had been four cygnets.

However, once we got over to where they were, we discovered two more cygnets huddling on Mama Swan's back under her wings. As we watched, one of the swimming cygnets tried to climb up there but wound up falling off the other side of Mama.

They were tiny adorable balls of fluff, and the adult swans were mostly indifferent to us. Unfortunately, we'd wound up leaving our bread in the car because of the weather.

We headed back to the car after a little bit longer with the swans. We were soaked by then, hair clinging wetly to our heads, clothes sodden. The ducks were clearly right.
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( Feb. 25th, 2010 04:41 pm)
Possibly the best exchange with a customer I have ever had:

"How are you doing today?"
"I run a burger joint during Lent."

One of the really awesome things about working at a bank is I can just write a check on my account and have another teller cash it. This was very helpful today when a girl showed up with boxes of Girl Scout cookies to sell. Nomnomnom!

Also, I really want some Blackest Night fic to read. I suppose everyone is waiting for it to be over before writing fics, which makes sense. *gnaws on the Lantern Corps*
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Just for the record: New Orleans has gone CRAZY. Took less than a minute to get Bourbon Street filled wall-to-wall and end-to-end with cheering, screaming people after the game ended. (The street itself, not the bars, y'all.) I tried to text Puck right after the game, and it would not go through. My dad tried to call Grandma, and it would not go through. Fireworks? You better fucking believe there were fireworks. Still going on, too.

I could hear the roar of people celebrating in my sleepy suburban neighborhood when I stepped outside. You can hear it inside if they're close by.

Also, the honking is going to drive me crazy if it goes on all night.

Largely contextless Superbowl Commentary on both the game and ads in the form of an IM log )

Hotel rooms in the French Quarter are at 100% occupancy, according to the local news. Apparently a lot of people came into New Orleans to watch the game, because they figured if we won... That's going to be a party to remember.
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