finally friday

Friday, 18 August 2017 11:51 pm
apollymi: Steve & Danny on couch, text reads "It is what it is" (H50**Steve/Danny: It is what it is)
Honestly, I was starting to think that Friday was never going to get here. Seriously, it's been for freaking ever, it feels like since last weekend. It's been long enough, in fact, that I just sat here and argued with myself for a good fifteen or so minutes that my calendar is correct and that's the right day of the week.

But now that I am convinced, I'm going to celebrate by feeding my kitties some dinner and going the hell to bed. Yay, sleep!

And yeah, I don't even care that my word count for today is low. Sleep... That is my prize today. Sleep.

Good night, all.

zz

Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:53 pm
apollymi: Ninth Doctor, text reads "Oh, look who just graduated from idiot school" (DW**9th Doctor: Idiot school)
Okay, I guess I need to write a little something. I'm not sure what, if anything, I have to say, but words do still need to happen.

Something about Tuesdays and Thursdays brings out the crazies to the testing center. I get the ones who want to argue about each and every little thing (mostly GACE testers, which OMG, they're teachers, why are they always late and rude). I get the ones who are "running late (also, mostly GACE, but sometimes STEP testers). I get the ones who pick their toenails under the desk. I get the ones who heave heavy sighs when I make them take their feet out of the chairs. I get so many rolled eyes that it's freaking ridiculous. I want to tell them that their eyes are gonna roll out at the rate they're going.

Mondays aren't usually too bad. Maybe it's because everyone's having a bad day, and we can all kind of laugh it off with one another as a bad case of the Mondays. Fridays aren't usually too bad, because sometimes we can leave a little early, and usually everyone's just counting down for the weekend, us and the testers alike. And Wednesdays are usually pretty calm. Except yesterday. Yesterday, I met Isla Fisher. That cancelled out any calmness I might have had. I played it cool and didn't say a word about knowing who she was. She was pretty freaking awesome, though, and a much better mum than most of the ones we get in for the (unfortunately named) SCAT test.

Tomorrow is a long day. I have to be at work between 7:30 and 7:45, so that I can leave when the MCAT students are done testing. I'm seriously looking forward to that. I'm ready for an early day. Maybe not the arriving early part of the day, but the leaving early is appealing. But then it's just a trip over to Mirko to get the car then Panera to wait for [personal profile] katsuko to get off from the restaurant. Normally, I would pack up my laptop to take with me for Long Day, but I think I'm just going to stick with the iPad tomorrow.

Saturday, we're going to try to go to the tour at Oakland Cemetery. Saturday's topic is Oakland and the Civil War, which seems topically important right now. I want to find out about parking and all before we go with Mist in September.

Also, the AC is now supposedly fixed. I'm enjoying having airflow without hearing water dripping.

And that's it. It's time to go to bed, since tomorrow is an early day. Later, all!

So hot

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 10:51 pm
apollymi: Split icon, 1st close-up of Ripley's smug face, 2nd close-up of Hicks' grinning face, text reads "Where do you want it" (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley: Where do you want)
So, we have a leaking air conditioning unit in our apartment. It's been leaking for a couple of days. Maintenance came today and shop-vacced it out and replaced the filter. Apparently, he said that it would fix the issue.

Well, it's still leaking water like crazy. We can't really cut the air on any higher than it is right now (78°F/25.6°C) or it starts leaking like crazy. So we have every fan in the house going, and all it's doing is blowing around the hot air. I feel like I'm suffocating. Big time not fun. We slept like this last night, but I was so hoping for a pleasant temperature tonight. (We usually leave the house about 74°F/23.3°C during the evening... but not right now.)

So, yeah, I'm going to see if I can't figure out a configuration for the fans to be in to keep us at least semi-cool.

Good night, all.

Tuesdays

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 11:06 pm
apollymi: Stitch doing an handstand and wiggling his butt, no text, animated (L&S**Stitch: Kiss my ass)
Why are Tuesdays at the testing center always so weird? If weirdos are going to come in, it always seems like it's going to be on Tuesdays. If people are going to try to game their tests to get more time, it always seems like it's going to be on Tuesdays. If something on the computers is going to mess up, it always seems like it's going to be on Tuesdays.

Well, next Tuesday is going to be my doctor's appointment. I'm actually looking forward to it. I'm developing a list of things that I want to talk to her about. On the top of said list is getting back on a new antidepressant. Another high point on that list is the pain I keep having in my right heel, if it's a heel spur or if it's plantar fasciitis or some new bizarre twist on my fibromyalgia, and can I have a note telling my job that it's okay for me to wear tennis shoes. And that suggestion came from LaTrease.

Luci has already ditched her new collar. Seriously, she wore it for two days, if that. I haven't been able to find it yet, and I've been looking since we finally got home. It'll turn up eventually, but it's very annoying since she just got it.

And I think I'm going to try to go on to bed now. Later, all.

So tired

Monday, 14 August 2017 11:09 pm
apollymi: Hansel & Gretel in the woods, text reads "We've got the taste of blood" (H&G: Hansel & Gretel: Taste of blood)
I'm so damn tired, but I'm trying to edit some of the [community profile] 15kinks stories into something like coherency. It seems that, when I was sleeping one night, I managed to open up Scrivener on my phone and just sort of flail across the keyboard. There are words that make no sense. There are words that have to be autocorrect or autosuggest at work all over the place. There are random letters scattered here and there.

And that's why I suspect the phone edit thing, more so than the autocorrect and autosuggest things: there are no numbers or symbols that I'm finding. Nope, it's all letters, like switching over to the next keyboard screen was more than my sleepy brain could handle.

So I'm trying to make it make sense again. It's no easy task. And it's not made any easier by the fact that I'm probably just as close to sleep right now as I was when I did this little bout of sleep editing.

That said, though, I think it's time that I go back to bed and try to make sleep happen for a few hours, until it's time to go back to work again. (sad face) Tomorrow will be a long day, since [personal profile] katsuko has IKEA at 7:00 and then Mirko at 5:00. I'll have to get the bus from the train station to the restaurant, and who knows when I'll be dragging my ass in to Buckhead?

Part of me is sadly tempted to just get off the bus at Panera, instead of going on a mile or so further to Mirko, get the car, and going back up to Panera. The only reason I don't is because there is no guarantee that [personal profile] katsuko would be cut before Panera closes into order to come get me.

But it's still stupidly tempting.

Anyway, that's it. That's all I've got. Good night, all.

Writing

Sunday, 13 August 2017 11:31 pm
apollymi: Faraday in black and white, holding his gun, no text (Mag7**Faraday: Black and white)
I didn't get up to as much writing as I wanted to today. Gods know I tried, but the Nyquil and the headache and the lack of headphones didn't cooperate with this endeavor.

In further explanation, I took Nyquil to go to sleep last night. I slept the sleep of the well drugged, completely unconcerned for any spats the kitty girls might have been having. I barely woke up in time for [personal profile] katsuko to go to work, and I barely stayed awake long enough to get her text that she was arrived safely at work. At that point, I laid back down. Luci woke me up at 9:30 knocking stuff off the fridge, because her leaper is fantastic but her traction is in the negatives. I futzed about on the net for a bit, and then I fell asleep again rather than cook lunch. Yes, I literally decided to sleep rather than eat. I do this on the weekends. I don't care.

The headache, I think, is pretty self-explanatory. I took some ibuprofen, and that seemed to help.

The lack of headphones, however, requires some story time. Probably not much, but some. See, I loaned [personal profile] katsuko my headphones. They're not a great pair. In fact, I didn't even buy them: I found them at Panera about 10 months ago. Which is funny, because it was at Panera that I needed them. And I didn't have them. And oh gods, but the children in Panera today made me want to scream.

I have never before met so many children in one place that made me want birth control. Like, "ladies, I know they're your special snowflake of love and all, but they're making me wish for my uterus to spontaneously jump out of my body and flee to the hills". And "I see someone sitting by themselves trying to get work done... I must sit my three children next to them in the empty restaurant". Fucking Buckhead, man. Fucking Buckhead. It made me want to create a Tumblr just to bitch about it, with the subtitle being Buckhead: Where Southern Hospitality Goes To Die.

And Luci has decided today that she loves Roo's old Purple Mouse. Unlike Roo, though, she does not roll over on her back and put it on her head. She lays sedately next to it and sort of snuggles up to it, like it's her best homie. All love should be as pure as Luci and Purple Mouse.

And yeah, I'm deeply out of it, I think, so I'm going to go throw myself at my bed in hopes that sleep will happen. Or something. But hopefully sleep.

too much

Saturday, 12 August 2017 11:01 pm
apollymi: Close ups of Arthur and Eames, no text (Incep**Eames/Arthur: Dream bigger)
I'm just sort of done with everything.

The girls are fighting: growling and hissing and yowling and popping at each other. They've been hissing increasingly at each other over the last couple of days, but today has been the first day they've fought. Boo's stressed, Luci's stressed, and I am so far beyond stressed that I'm just sort of sitting in the corner crying. Boo is acting like she can't leave the front part of the house, Luci is acting like she controls the back part of the house, and I'm so goddamn frazzled by the whole thing. Boo runs, Luci chases, and I keep trying to separate the two of them without touching or favoring one of them.

This is more than my nerves can handle. I know there are growing pains to introducing animals to one another. I know I got spoiled with how well the previous four all got along. But really, I'm not even joking about sitting in the corner crying.

I don't even know what to do, so I'm just going to sit here and fucking cry. Okay?

Tired

Friday, 11 August 2017 11:19 pm
apollymi: The ending of the manga, the scene that makes for happy shippers, no text (SDK**Kyo/Yuya: THAT final shippy scene)
I'm so freaking tired. I keep falling asleep in the weirdest places and the weirdest times. It's actually all I can do to stay awake long enough to accomplish anything right now.

I'm back on my period again. To give some context to that "again" bit, since 05 June, I've had 23 days when I'm not on my period. On 05 June, I started a period that went until 02 July, then I had another go from 18 July to 01 August, and now on 11 August, I'm starting again. In the last 66 days, from 05 June until today, I've had been bleeding for 43 of them.

And this is why I'm worried that my anemia might be back again. One of those days, July 28, I believe, I bled through so many pads in a day that it was ridiculous. In fact, I know I had to change three times in one hour, one of which times I was wearing two pads on top of each other.

I'm looking forward, actually, to my doctor's appointment on the 22nd. I'm hoping I can get my new GP/PCP to write me a prescription for some kind of birth control to get me back to some kind of regular. If not, I'm hopeful she can get me into a OBGYN soon to get me said prescription.

And yeah, that's about it.

Later, all.

dark eyes

Thursday, 10 August 2017 10:01 pm
apollymi: Typewriter and paper, text reads "Fanfic writer" (My Writing: Fanfic Writer)
Apparently, I look like I got punched in the eyes, as dark as the circles under them are. I don't get it. I went to bed at a decent-ish hour yesterday. Maybe it was the getting up at 4:30 that did it.

To any effect, I managed to accidentally fall asleep in Peachtree Center Mall this morning. The security guard I always talk to woke me back up, and we discussed the wisdom of my going for coffee. I ended up grabbing a $5 hot chocolate, but it kept me going a few hours... then I started almost drifting off at work. Anastasia, darling blunt Russian that she is, told me I looked like I had been punched in the eye.

So... I'm going to get this typed up and what I handwrote typed up, and then I'm going on to bed for the night early again. I just hope I'm not getting sick from where we were rained on so much on Monday.
apollymi: Finn von Claret (formerly of Abney Park) in steampunk outfit, no text (Steampunk: Cosplay (Abney Park))
Because gods know I've got no words today...

Rules: Choose any 3 fandoms (in random order) and answer the questions. Then tag some friends.

*I choose:
1. The Magnificent Seven (2016)
2. Yu-Gi-Oh (anime and manga)
3. The Avengers/Marvel MCU (This means all the movies so far, plus Agents of SHIELD and the Netflix series currently out)

the questions )

*tagging:
[personal profile] katsuko, [personal profile] daimeryan_rei, and [personal profile] not_hathor

So tired

Tuesday, 8 August 2017 11:05 pm
apollymi: Faraday at the card table, gun in hand, no text (Mag7**Faraday: Gambler)
I fell asleep on the couch. I'm writing this to you from the future. It's a hungry and yet still very tired kind of future.

It's also a very, very fucking stressed future. We've got until tomorrow night to pay the $110. It's a $3 processing fee to use it online... which we have to do, because we're at work during office hours. We have exactly $111. So, yeah, we are actually just $2 short of what we need to keep a damn roof over our heads. And it's due by 5:00 tomorrow.

And I'm the only one here who gives a shit.

The power is going to get cut off, because we're going to be late on that again. The only reason we're going to still have car insurance is because I was able to get them to process payment on it on the 18th, my next pay day. The IRS still isn't showing the payment I made on the 4th on my due balance, and it's still all due by the 24th; I think the remaining balance is $50 exactly, but without that updated payment, I don't know... but I do know that the money has come out of my account. I still have to do the oil change, and I still have to replace the damaged tire.

FML. I hate my life. I hate always being a hair's breadth away from homeless. I hate always being right on the edge of broke. I hate having to constantly swallow my pride and ask for money.

I just hate me right now.

Whoops

Monday, 7 August 2017 11:28 pm
apollymi: Annie gives two thumbs up, text reads "Annie approves", animated (BH**Annie: Approval!)
I managed to fall asleep watching commentary on last night's episode of Game of Thrones. At least I managed to stay away while watching the episode itself. No spoilers, but holy shit, the last fifteen minutes. Holy. Shit. Highlights of [personal profile] katsuko and my reactions:
"Y'all are too busy looking at the distraction. Y'all're gonna regret it."
"Lookit Bronn, being all badass!"
"Oh, tell me Jamie isn't that stupid. Tell me. Lie to me."
"Is that Bronn again? I can't really tell."

And yeah, I love Olenna Tyrell in the last episode, but I loved Jon in this one. I loved the reunions. I loved all the reunions. There were so many to pick from, and so many of them were fantastic.

I guess that's about all I can say on that if I'm not going to do spoilers.

I didn't get a lot of writing done, but I did manage more than I have since the first day of the month. The thing is that I've got just over 12,000 words before I've written 365,000 for the year... in August. I'm tired. I'm so tired so much of the time. But I'm not ready to give up on my #365K/365Day challenge. I'm going to finish strong, so help me.

So we had the flat tire last night. We got the spare tire on in the rain last night... only to leave in the morning and find out that the spare was also flat. So we pulled in to the gas station to try to inflate it: no joy. We decided to go get some Fix-A-Flat and repair it ourselves. We did have a very nice anonymous gentleman stop and help us repair the original tire, getting the nail out and patching it with rubber cement. Even with his help, it took 45 minutes, [personal profile] katsuko was late to work, and I am now seriously broke; he spent at least $10 on buying the repair kits, so I gave him the last $20 I had to my name.

But the tire does seem to be at least semi-repaired. It's holding air again, and it rode us from Roswell to Midtown to Buckhead to Alpharetta and back to Roswell today. That's a good sign, as far as I'm concerned. It just has to last until there is money again. I have $50 left to pay back to the IRS. I still need another $40 or so for an oil change. Apparently, we still need to pay $110 to the apartment complex for paying rent late... but weirdly, they're still showing us as having not paid the full rent. (But the letter they sent was dated on the 4th, the day we paid, so I dunno.)

Anyway, so much to do, so much money to spend. So little time, so little money to actually spend. C'est la vie.
apollymi: Kaiba looking pissed, purple overtones, text reads "Cursed" (YGO**Kaiba: Cursed)
This is going to just be a quickie post while I'm working on getting tonight's episode of Game of Thrones to cooperate.

I feel like this whole week has been a very "one thing after another after another" kind of week. (Yes, I'm counting Sunday as part of last week.) I had the jury duty on Monday. I had a long week at work. I keep getting headaches out of nowhere, unconnected to whether I'm wearing my contacts or my glasses. I had someone complain about me on Friday at work (because I wouldn't let her skip line to go to the bathroom). Yesterday, I ended up wasting a good chunk of the morning waiting to get my contacts... and then most of the rest of the day hunched up in an uncomfortable chair at IKEA. Today I spent bouncing between Panera Breads while [personal profile] katsuko was at first IKEA then Mirko.

I've had a screaming headache since around lunchtime. Unfortunately, I had nothing to take for it until I got home around 10 this evening.

And now we have a flat tire on the car from running over a nail. Because fuck my life.

Honestly.

Girlies

Saturday, 5 August 2017 10:50 pm
apollymi: Cloud leaning on Zack, text reads "Love will find a way" (FF7**Zack/Cloud: Love will find a way)
Boo and Luci are still circling each other. I know it hasn't even been a week yet, and it takes a lot of time. I'm just ready for them to start getting along and stop hissing all the time. It's turned to Boo doing the hissing now, while Luci does her best impression of Snake Cat. (And that's a Google Image Search I never want to do again.)

Well, my eye doctor was finally in the office when I went to pick up my contacts. Granted, it ended up taking a lot longer than I felt like it should have for her to confirm that, yes, my contacts did indeed fit and to give me three boxes of my prescription. It certainly didn't leave me any spare time to go home, and instead I ended up taking [personal profile] katsuko on to IKEA. It did mean that I had to sit in an uncomfortable chair for eight hours drinking a lot of hot tea while I waited on her to finish up, but I got some reading done. I didn't get a lot of writing done, but I did read over some of our previous stuff. Hopefully that will be conducive to getting more writing done tomorrow.

That said, I think it's about time for me to pass the hell out again.

Good night, all.

asleep

Friday, 4 August 2017 10:37 pm
apollymi: Ryou holding Thief King Bakura, text reads "Our Farewell" (YGO**Bakura/Ryou: Our Farewell)
I keep falling asleep today. I fell asleep for a few seconds at the time a few times at work. I fell asleep a couple of times at Panera Bread while [personal profile] katsuko was at the restaurant. I keep falling asleep here at home on the couch.

The girls, Boo and Luci, are hissing at each other today. I don't think Boo is in the mood to be terribly nice. She's tolerating the new kitty, but that's about it. Luci is staying out tonight, and we'll see how that ends up going.

Neither of us have had good writing days so far here in August. Maybe once we get our sleep back on an even keel we'll get some more done, but right now, that's not looking so great. Neither of us have topped a thousand words for more than one day so far... but we're both going to keep trying.

But I'm also going to give up on trying tonight. Sleep well, all.

tired

Thursday, 3 August 2017 09:57 pm
apollymi: Trunks staring off in the middle distance, no text (DBZ**Trunks: Sentinel)
Camp is over, so now we're back to the old subject lines... which means there are going to be the old repeaters again. This one is always apt, so it's a repeater. I am going to try not to do it all the time, though, no matter how accurate it might be.

Luci is out and exploring. She and Boo had a very sweet moment of sniffing each other's noses earlier. And miraculously, there was no hissing. There was no growling. Luci might have gotten a little closer to the ground, but not too much. Boo initiated it, and she seems to be pretty okay. There was a hissing moment or two later, when they found each other unexpectedly in the same place (behind the couch and then in the food area).

I think I'm going to be passing out in the very near future, though. I think I'm very, very okay with this. I still don't have a thousand words today, but I'm not trying for it, not right now. Right now, I'm trying for sleep. If I feel a bit better tomorrow, maybe then I'll try to do a full thousand, but it's just not happening tonight.

And yeah, that's all I've got for today. Later, all.

still tired

Wednesday, 2 August 2017 10:42 pm
apollymi: Vasquez firing two guns, flames behind him, no text (Mag7**Vasquez: Fire)
I'm still so damn tired. I tried to take a nap when we got home from GSU today, but that just didn't seem to work. Mostly my brain wouldn't shut off, despite the massive headache I've been rocking since around lunchtime today.

I think I'm going to try again with laying down soon. To hell with the number of words I get done today. I don't even care that it's fairly low. I'm just tired and feeling like hell.

Sleep sounds more appealing than words.

Exploration City

Tuesday, 1 August 2017 10:27 pm
apollymi: Steve & Danny on couch, text reads "It is what it is" (H50**Steve/Danny: It is what it is)
Luci is all up in the exploration thing today. [personal profile] katsuko decided that she needed some time outside the bathroom to try again meeting Boo and seeing if they can get along. Mostly that consisted of Luci doing her best Halloween cat impression at Boo and Boo giving her the biggest "I am disappointed in your attitude, young lady" face. It's sort of amusing.

She is a sleek gorgeous young lady, with lots of love to give. I just hope she starts extending some of that to Boo. I'm Team Boo here.

I'm also just too tired to do much of anything. Tired and just emotionally null and void.

And that's it.
apollymi: Text only, "Security is going to run you down hard" (Incep**Eames/Arthur: Security)
So yeah, Camp NaNoWriMo is now officially over. Jury duty is now officially over. A one cat household is now officially over. It's a day of endings.

I finished Camp with 61,853 words, which isn't so bad, I guess. It's not fantastic or anything, but it's a good word count. [personal profile] daimeryan_rei said she would get me back for beating her word count back in April, and I'll be damned if she didn't. She didn't just get me back: no, she pretty thoroughly stomped me.

I went in for my jury duty. I feel like I spent most of my day sitting in a chair watching reality TV, mainly Hotel Impossible. The first group (of 70 people) was called back around 9:00 or 9:30 in the morning. The second group (of 40) was called back at around 10:30 in the morning. A break was called that was supposed to be for 20 minutes, but most people came straggling back around 11:00. Finally they came up and said that the third trial of the day had been settled without the need for a jury and the potential jurors for that one could go home. Turned out that that was the trial I was supposed to be on, so I got to bail around 11:45. Since the only thing I'd eaten all day had been some PopTarts out of a vending machine, I went to Peachtree Center for some lunch (Thai noodles, with tofu, steamed veggies, and lots of duck sauce). By then it was nearly 1:30, so I decided to call it a day and go to IKEA to pick [personal profile] katsuko up from work and take her to Mirko.

...which is where point number three comes in. Boo has been acting a bit miserable being an only cat, so we had been talking about looking for her a companion. We were denied at FurKids, and we didn't see anyone that really appealed to us at the Mansell Road Humane Society. But for shits and giggles, we decided to swing through the Howell Mill Road Humane Society on the way to Mirko. [personal profile] katsuko fell in love hard and fast with Lucille -- now Luci -- and we ended up bringing her home today as well. She's currently living it up in the bathroom, while she and Boo have slap fights through the door. And me? I'm trying not to have a hundred panic attacks, because right around the time we got to the adoption process and signing the paperwork, my brain started having the mother of all freakouts. I'm not certain at all that I was ready for a new kitty, but we've got one now, so I'm going to have to do some adapting myself.

One last ending: me being awake is officially over. I've been drifting in and out most of the day, and I think I'm going to sign off on trying to stay awake any longer. It's really early, especially for the last night of a Writing Month, but I'm knackered. I'm too emotional to try to stay awake and deal with anything, so maybe some sleep with put me of a better mood and mental capacity to deal with anything.

So that's what today has been. And that's what I'm going to go do: sleep like a motherfucker.

Good night, all.
apollymi: Duo and Heero embracing, no text (GW**Duo/Heero: No Words)
Okay, it's been a kind of lazy day. [personal profile] katsuko and I slept in a bit, until it was time for her to go to IKEA. I tooled around the house and watched a lot of videos. I tried to write.

Mostly I kept falling asleep.

Tomorrow I have to report for jury duty. I'm really hoping that I'm not selected for a trial. While that might be interesting, I'm still in my probationary period at work and I'm not sure how GSU treats this sort of thing. I can't seem to find that information on the website. Color me shocked: the GSU website is a mess. All I can turn up is that it's not covered by FMLA.

And yeah... I'm not sure how much longer I'm going to manage to stay awake. I'm trying very hard to, but apparently it's damn difficult today for me. Truth be told, it's been damn difficult the last few days for me to stay awake. I'm trying, but I make absolutely no guarantees.

I do have jury duty tomorrow. I have no idea how long it will take. I'm hoping that being a white, liberal, female presenting, LBGTQA atheist with a Master's degree will count against me having to stay. The only box I might tick is "lower middle class", if they're looking by income. I doubt I'm the kind of demographic that people want on their juries. Plus there is the fact that I'm more than a little ill. That might count against me. Maybe I should take my cane tomorrow.

Nah, it'd just be one more thing to have to get checked at the metal detector.

Anyway, after I get done (either for the day or for good) at the courthouse, I have to go to Mirko. [personal profile] katsuko is picking up a shift today and Thursday, in addition to her usual Friday, so there is a that. Maybe we'll have enough to make rent and pay some more on bills and what I owe the IRS. Maybe. We'll see.

And that's all I've got time and energy for. Later, all.