Interview two

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:25 pm
apollymi: Usagi holding Luna, Artemis, and Diana, no text (BSSM**Usagi: Kitties!)
I had my second interview today. I feel like it went pretty okay. I met with the State Librarian for about fifteen or twenty minutes, and then I did a Microsoft Office skills test. I did all right on most of the exercises, finishing the first six and starting on seven (out of ten) in the hour I was given. I think I fucked up the mail merge document, but that's about it. It's been a long time since I've had to do that one.

On the way back home, I got a call from the mechanic, saying he had found the issue, a connecting rod of some sort; he told me, but I was driving and couldn't write it down. It would be about $500 to replace the rod, with labor and all. It would be a short-term fix, one that might keep the car going another two or three years... or two or three months. Whatever the rod was, it completely unthreaded in the area it was supposed to be in. He's not sure what could have made it do that: time and age or something else entirely. If it's time, then the fix should hold me up a few years. If it's something else, then it's probably going to happen again at some point, possibly soon. But the only other real option, aside from fixing this one rod and all would be to replace the entire motor.

Fixing the rod = $500
Replacing the motor = $1500 to $1800

Yeah, you can just guess which one Mum and Charlie went with.

It wasn't going to be finished today, so I had to renew the rental car for another couple days. Since [personal profile] katsuko works at IKEA in the morning and I don't have anyone to go with and drive one of the cars, I won't be able to pick it up tomorrow if they finish it then. I'll have to go Friday morning when we're both free. But that's okay, because I've already heard that Friday's catering should be canceled. At least I kind of hope it is.

I do have a visit to one of my best petsitting clients, Lord Sammy Sam the Grump Master, tomorrow through the 18th, so there is a that. I enjoy getting to see him. He was my first client. He's been my most frequent flyer. He still hisses at me every damn time, hence the nickname.

We posted the new chapter of Monstrous: After Midnight on AO3, but I haven't gotten it up anywhere else. I think I might try to work on that tomorrow.

And yeah, that's about it. I'm going to try to go make words happen on something, likely either Wicked Ones, Monstrous: After Midnight, or Mag7/Lev. Later, all.


Sunday, 25 December 2016 09:08 pm
apollymi: Usagi, wide eyed and excited, text reads "boy porn!1!" (BSSM**Usagi: Boy porn!1!)
What have I done today, other than a metric fuckton of driving?

I didn't sleep, so I got out of bed before 8 this morning to visit with the family. I helped Mum get the food ready for lunch. I let [personal profile] katsuko sleep in until around 10, so that one of us could be well rested for the day. I visited with some of Charlie's family. I ate lunch with everyone. I went with Mum, Betsy, and Jellybean to feed one of Mum's friend's pet goats. I got on the road by around 1:30 with [personal profile] katsuko and drove nearly three and a half hours while she wrote porn. I did the pet sitting for the day.

So yeah, I'm tired, and I'm hoping I sleep really well tonight.

G'night, all.

So early

Saturday, 24 December 2016 04:48 am
apollymi: Hicks holding Ripley back, text reads "Together" (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley: Together)
Gods, it's so early. We're planning on getting on the road in less than an hour, though, so I wanted to go ahead and be waking up, so that hopefully I could be awake on the road. I have nearly six hours worth of podfics loaded on my phone to listen to on the road, and as always, I have plenty of playlists set and ready to go.

[personal profile] katsuko and I managed to get the next chapter of Monstrous: After Midnight posted on AO3, [community profile] eternal_sailorm, and the Monstrous site. So that's out of the way before we leave today.

I got a Christmas text from Cinda. I'm not sure what to do with it. I haven't answered it yet.

And that's all I've got. Time to start getting dressed.


Friday, 23 December 2016 03:11 pm
apollymi: Usagi looking determined, no text (BSSM**Usagi: Determination)
I'm working hard on getting the next part of Monstrous: After Midnight ready to go. While [personal profile] katsuko has the next section (Teddy Q), I have the first of the Seven to appear, so I have a lot of the setup to handle. We're both trying to respond to comments, but it's sort of slow going. We've been too busy writing. She did all of Teddy's part last night, and I did a huge chunk of Faraday's and edited Teddy's.

We've still got some prep to do before we get on the road to Grandmother's tomorrow morning early, but hopefully we'll be able to do all that tonight.

NaNoWriMo Day 20

Sunday, 20 November 2016 01:59 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
I'm a little upset because I forgot to bring my headphones inside to IKEA today. People have turned their kids loose next to me, like I'm the designated IKEA babysitter or something. I really don't care for it, as you may well have guessed.

I'm still feeling poorly, but it always seems to get worse as the day builds on. I start out the day stiff and sore and sniffly. By lunch, I'm coughing and hacking, no matter what I take during the day for it. By early evening, I've moved to adding in sneezing and losing my voice. By the end of the night, I'm coughing so bad that I'm crying, I can't breathe through my nose at all, I'm cranky as fuck, and I just generally feel like hell. Today, at least, it feels like something is trying to break up in my chest, so that's a good. However, it also means that I feel at times like someone is stabbing me in the chest, so that's not of the good. I think I've managed to cough so much that I pulled something, though I honestly couldn't say for sure.

No catering tomorrow. In fact, I think my only catering next week will be on Tuesday. Even then, it will only be one of the two schools that I usually deliver to on that day. Apparently Annunciation Day School is sensibly taking all of next week off. Monday's school (Galloway), Wednesday's school (Christ the King), and Friday's school (Our Lady of the Ascension) are all taking the week off. But Cliff Valley, the second Tuesday school, is staying in until Wednesday, so they'll need their lunch on Tuesday. I'm kind of happy, because it's at least a little bit of money, but not, because it does mean that I won't have Tuesday completely off work. I'll make do, like always, but I was looking forward to that day. Eh, it is what it is.

Writing... I got enough done yesterday as so to not fall behind, but that's about all I can say for myself. I'm going to cut myself off here and get to work on what I need to get done. Here's the most up to date word count first, though.

41403 / 50000 words. 83% done!

NaNoWriMo Day 19

Saturday, 19 November 2016 10:09 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
A very long day summary )

I'm still not feeling too much better, and I don't think I got a lot of rest last night to try to help the matter. I know I didn't get a lot of writing done, not nearly as much as I needed to, but I'm going to try to make up for that tonight.

I did get a new project from Seven Seas, Secret of the Princess, that's due on the 22nd. I'm part of the way done with a first read-through, and I haven't spot anything glaring yet. I might have to ask [personal profile] katsuko to look it over, because I'm not sure I'm with it enough to find small mistakes right now, if I'm on page 63 and haven't found anything yet.

Anyway, I'm going to see if I can't get these boys persuaded to telling me something. Here's the most up to date word count I have going right now.

40241 / 50000 words. 80% done!

NaNoWriMo Day 16

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 11:07 pm
apollymi: Hotaru skipping happily, text reads "The Hotaru-verse is a shiny and fluffy place with skipping" (SDK**Hotaru: It's a skipping happy unive)
We did Roo's vet visit. We had the same technician and doctor as our last visit, so that was good. They both commented on how much better he looked. His temperature was up a bit, closer to where it should be, at 100.3°F. His weight was also up, from 8.3 to 10.5 pounds. The doctor did say that he felt a lot better with how Roo was acting and with his vitals, but he still had some concerns and so did some blood work that we'll hear back on from tomorrow. He did decide to keep him on the antibiotics another couple of weeks, so we ended up having to buy some pill pockets to see that wouldn't be an easier solution for pilling this cat.

I did point out how he grinds his teeth when he's eating, and the vet said that's something some cats just do as they get older and wear them down. He didn't see any infection in the teeth just visually looking, though there was some plaque. He did say that he would like to see some of that new weight distribute to somewhere other than his belly but agreed that it would take a little bit of time for that to happen. He was also pleased with how his gums are starting to pinken up a bit.

He did say for us to keep giving him the rest of the medicine, and he did also decide to keep him on the Predisolone for another two more weeks or until we run out. Sadly, that's the one that's twice a day, so it's a huge hassle. Again, we go some pill pockets to see if that make a difference in the relative ease of the whole procedure.

Grandmother's in the hospital right now with a low hemoglobin count. It's not the first time, but we're taking no chances. So obviously Mum didn't come today, and now the rescheduled date of Saturday is looking a bit iffy.

I've not got as many words today as I would have hoped, given everything going on, so I'll just make content with this, since I do have a bit of a surplus.

Either way, I'll break off here and get back to my writings. Here's the most up to date word count:

33833 / 50000 words. 68% done!

Fun days

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 09:08 pm
apollymi: Animal with a drum cymbal in his mouth, text reads "Eat Drums! (Muppets**Animal: Eat drums!)
Well, it's been a full couple of days, but it's been a lot of fun. But I'm looking forward to being back home in Atlanta. And not just for Dragon*Con. I'll be glad for the peace and quiet and all that.

The time with family is nice, but I miss my cats and my house and everything else.


Tuesday, 30 August 2016 09:11 pm
apollymi: Annie gives two thumbs up, text reads "Annie approves", animated (BH**Annie: Approval!)
Okay, so it's been a full day. Jellybean has dragged me all over the place, and I've had to carry her just about everywhere. My back is going to be killing me tomorrow. I'm also a bit sunburnt about the shoulders and neck.

But it's been a lot of fun. I'm having a lot of fun. I'm just bloody sore and exhausted.

Definitely fast

Monday, 29 August 2016 07:34 pm
apollymi: Chapter 301 of manga, redeeming power of love, text reads "Even Kyo and Yuya get shojo sparkles" (SDK**Kyo/Yuya: Shojo sparkles?)
This one will not be long, in part because I'm doing it on my phone. The iPhone 6s+ is good for a lot of things, but the screen is still smaller than I'm strictly happy with. Oh well. No worries, right?

I'm doing this in a hurry, because once Mum, Grandmother, Betsy, and Jellybean get here, there will be no time for quiet journal entries. And they're probably about 30 minutes to an hour out yet. Yeah, I left Atlanta, had to detour through Statesboro, and still managed to beat them here. Hells, they were just leaving half an hour before I arrived.

It took 5 and a half hours, but I'm here. And I'm freaking exhausted already... pre-Jellybean.


Thursday, 21 July 2016 12:42 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
I woke up this morning sore as hell. I have been feeling stiff and sore the last few days, but today it's pretty bad. It feels like every joint in my body needs to pop and every muscle in my back and shoulders are tight and knotted. This is not exactly an auspicious start to my work week. I will persevere, though. I always do.

So, yes, movie was fucking awesome on the big screen. I was a little impressed with how many lines I could repeat with the characters, as well as the little bits of random trivia I could give . I already apologized to her for dragging her to a movie that used to give her nightmares. (Yes, Aliens used to give her nightmares. She, the one who grew up on Freddy Krueger movies.) Amusingly, she said that the number of times I watched it, either with her or with it playing in the background while she did something else, has desensitized her to it. So that was amusing, to me at least. Probably a silly thing to be amused over, but still, it amused me.

I did a cute video of Boo and posted it on Instagram... and a few other places. Mostly it's her purring and me talking sweet to her. There's also her jumping over Roo while he's sitting on the counter next to her. Because the world needs to hear Boo's squeaky purrs.

I'm sitting here wondering if there is something in the water here today. I've seen at least six very heavily pregnant women walking around and another four with at least four children. I must confess: I don't understand the urge to overpopulate. Isn't one or two enough? But that's neither here nor there. It's their lives and pocketbooks and all that. I just have to listen to their little angels scream. Because no one else thinks they (or their meltdowns) are as cute as you do. And maybe this is just the cynical ace aro in me, but I get sick of people telling me that I would feel differently if I had one of my own. Maybe it's true; maybe I would; but that doesn't negate how I feel right now. I feel like the fact that I have six nieces and one nephew should be the bulk of my family's contributions to the gene pool. I feel like I don't want my father's genetics to be passed on to another generation, because there have been enough mental health issues in my life thanks to him, with both nature and nurture.

And yeah, that's a rant for another day. I shouldn't have gotten off on it.

I'm just... um... going to go work on my Camp story. Yeah, that seems like a safer idea. Here's the updated word count, and later, all.

18636 / 30000 words. 62% done!


Saturday, 28 May 2016 01:47 pm
apollymi: Bakura & Kaiba fanart commission, text reads "Apollymi" (Sanrio**Chococat: Strolling)
Wow, the folks in the IKEA restaurant get more and more rude. Yes, I know you don't like your job. Yes, I know it's an Eat Free Weekend. Don't take it out on me. I have enough to deal with right now to add your shitty-ass attitude on top of it all.

Nothing really to add since late last night. I did talk to Mum a bit while I was waiting to pick [personal profile] katsuko up from work last night, which was nice. It kinda sucks that the only time I can really talk on the phone is late at night, so I can't talk to Grandmother or any of the other family members who keep earlier hours than I do (by necessity and habit).

One hundred and three

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 11:08 pm
apollymi: Ed glares & Al stands behind him, no text (FMA**Ed: Ed is unimpressed)
And now I'm back in Atlanta. It's been a very long couple of days, and all I really want to do is rest. Well, rest and soak in a hot bath for a week. It's roughly 3 hours from Atlanta to Cuthbert, but it can be closer to 4 if traffic acts up, as it is often wont to do in Atlanta.

All in all, it was an informative visit. I now know that, if I decide to go the therapy route, I would indeed be more interested in Occupational Therapy than I would be in Physical Therapy. In part, that's because of the wound care that's involved in Physical Therapy -- and I had enough of looking at horrible infected wounds with Oyaji -- but it's also because there is a lot of physical work to Physical Therapy. Moving patients who cannot yet physically move themselves, dealing with wounds, etc... I'm not sure any of that is stuff I would physically be able to do.

Occupational Therapy, from what I saw today, is more smaller things: getting range of motion back after injuries, helping people manage day to day things, and such. Plus there is just not as much physically moving people around. I guess the better way to put it would be like this: Physical Therapy is moving people to where they need to be, while Occupational Therapy is getting them to where they can move themselves.

(Another gross oversimplification would be to say that Physical Therapy involves everything below the waist, while Occupational Therapy is everything above the waist. That's the oversimplification that Beth offered me to explain the difference in layman's terms, but even she said that it wasn't as accurate as it could stand to be. It's just a quick and dirty way of thinking about it.)

I also met with Karan, a librarian and historian at the college in Cuthbert. She gave me some ideas about trying to get back into libraries, including volunteering to get my foot in the door and some contacts to go along with it.

But yeah, I'm back in Atlanta, and I'm bloody exhausted. I don't think I slept at all last night, and as tired as I am, I couldn't even manage a nap when I got home earlier. I'm hoping sleep is in my future, but I'm not exactly holding my breath on the matter.

And I didn't exactly get a lot of writing done while I was away, so I don't really have much of an update as far as word count, but still anyway, here it is:

5008 / 15000 words. 33% done!

One hundred and two

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:12 pm
apollymi: Chaucer looking annoyed, text reads "I will eviscerate you in fiction" (AKT**Chaucer: Eviscerate you in fiction)
Okay, I am beyond exhausted, but the first part of the mission is accomplished: I have successfully arrived in South Georgia, and I have taken Grandmother to her eye appointment. That took approximately fourteen forevers, but finally we finished up and went over to Mum's. We actually ended up getting there right about the same time she did. She and Charlie treated us to Mikata's, a little Japanese place in Albany that I've always loved. Bonus for the fact that they cook at the table, which is always a big hit. After that, we killed some more time at Mum's before driving back to Grandmother's.

According to the Swarm app on my phone, I've driven over 250 miles today, so I guess it's not any wonder that I'm so tired... But I am.

Tomorrow, I need to be up and in Cuthbert by 8:00, so that I can do my shadowing with one of Mum's friends, Beth. I'll be doing that most of the morning, and then I'm supposed to meet with another person, Karan, about history and libraries and such. After that, I guess I'll be getting on the road back to Atlanta... and then absolutely fucking collapsing.

And yeah, that's about it. Later, all.


Sunday, 6 March 2016 01:33 pm
apollymi: Finn von Claret (formerly of Abney Park) in steampunk outfit, no text (Steampunk: Cosplay (Abney Park))
Still writing on the same story. Still enjoying the hell out of it. Still looking forward to being able to post my first story under the new user name: Adora Addams. (I know there is a way to link AO3 profiles on here, but it is not cooperating with a multiple word profile, so I'm not sure how to solve that problem.)

Anyway, yeah, that's about all I really have to say. I already talked about having a great time yesterday with Mum and Grandmother, followed by a shitty night at work. Now I'm at IKEA killing time until I have to go back to Mirko for the night. Fun and joy, right?


Saturday, 5 March 2016 10:59 pm
apollymi: Jensen & Cougar looking slightly off center, no text (Losers**Jensen/Cougar: Dangerous)
I had a lovely day out with Mum and Grandmother. Of course, it was way too short, given that they only got into town around 11:30 this morning and had to leave by 3:30.

Work was horrible tonight. Nate always complains no matter what, but he was in rare form tonight. He complained when he wasn't getting seated. He complained about who I sat him when I did seat him. He said I wasn't seating him right because I don't like him, which honestly, I like him... when he isn't complaining.

So [personal profile] katsuko is treating me to The Melting Pot, to make up for work.


Friday, 4 March 2016 09:53 pm
apollymi: Bakura and Kaiba fanart, black & purple background, text reads "We'll make something out of nothing" (YGO**Bakura/Kaiba: Something out of not)
Well, I actually started an entry while I was at IKEA earlier today, but I sort of forgot to post it. So I'm making a new post. Eh, whatever works, right?

I've managed to get some writing done. Hooray! I mean, it's less than 400 words, but still, after the writing drought I've been in, any writing is good, yes? And it's kinda dark and kinda twisted, and I guess it'll be the first thing I write under the new pseudonym. Yay? Tentatively, it's titled "Shard". We'll see if I end up keeping that title.

And yeah, that's about it. I've also been rereading a Sherlock/Inception crossover that I desperately enjoy and seriously want to rec: Keep the Car Running. Okay, yes, it clocks in at over 230k. I promise you that it's worth the read (obviously, since I'm rereading it for the 2nd or 3rd time now). The premise is simple enough: if Inception existed in the same universe as Sherlock, there is no way Mycroft wouldn't try to use dreamsharing to get information out of Moriarty. It is a slash fic, with pairings of Arthur/Eames and Sherlock/Watson, fyi. The characters are pretty spot on, the writing is fun and engaging, and it honestly doesn't feel like you're reading a fanfiction that is approximately the same length as Crime and Punishment or East of Eden (yes, those books are over 200k words).

Mum and Grandmother are coming to visit tomorrow, which is gonna be kind of fun. I mean, they'll only be here in the morning and through lunch, because I have to work in the evening, but still it'll be nice getting to see them. I have no idea where to take them for lunch. I don't want to take them anywhere I haven't eaten at myself yet, so that knocks a lot of options off the shelf right away.

Anyway, that's about it. I'm going to go type up some more of what I wrote today and maybe crash a wee bit early, so that I can get up and take [personal profile] katsuko to the train station tomorrow morning. Later, all.


Thursday, 11 February 2016 11:30 pm
apollymi: Close ups of Arthur and Eames, no text (Incep**Eames/Arthur: Perchance to dream)
So yeah, everything just continues to suck. We got a tow truck to take the car to the mechanic at 8:00 am... where I ended up sitting (and pacing and generally being annoying) for the next five hours. No, seriously, it was 1:00 in the afternoon before I had any sort of an answer. Pretty much everything to do with the ignition has be redone, the brake pads have to be replaced, and a whole host of other things. It is going to cost around $1600 to get just the necessary repairs done to the car, not counting the unnecessary ones, which Charlie told the mechanics to hold off on for now. But in the meanwhile, I have a loaner car from the dealership... and I'm not sure I want to give it back. It's officially awesome, and I'm already spoiled on not having to step up to get out of the car or down to get into it.

Top that off with people being shits at Mirko work. Not just coworkers either: customers were shits today like woah.

And we get home to see a note on the door saying that our rent payment was returned with insufficient funds and we have until tomorrow to get the rent payment, plus a $55 bounced payment fee, plus a $110 late fee, to the office. So that comes to $1,011 we have until tomorrow to come up with.

Days like today are designed for the term FML.

And finally, happy birthday, [personal profile] katsuko! I'm sorry the day sucked balls.


Friday, 22 January 2016 10:48 pm
apollymi: Doujinshi art of Sirius Black, no text (HP**Sirius: Do not approve)
I'm not dealing with what happened yesterday. That's nothing I have any interest in getting involved with right now. I'm taking vague glee in the fact that no one has expressed any condolences on the funeral home's website. Is it too much to hope that people are seeing her how she was?

It's snowing here. Well, it's starting to snow here. It's not sticking to the ground yet, so I guess I can't really call it real snow just yet. I don't actually know that much about snow really. It's snowed once in Atlanta since we moved here, and before that, I had seen the stuff all of twice in my life.

Randomly, I think that there would be a good market for sending hate flowers to people. I could do some serious damage with something like that.


Thursday, 21 January 2016 03:00 pm
apollymi: Zack facing away, text reads "So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams" (FF7**Zack: Judge me only by my dreams)
I'm not sure where to go with this. It's... distressing... but at the same time, it very much isn't. Rather than get too much into it and cluttering people's friends page, this is all going behind a cut tag.

What do you do? )