Cupcakes

Saturday, 16 September 2017 11:26 pm
apollymi: Doujinshi art, Roy & Ed, no text (FMA**Roy/Ed: These quiet moments)
I finally got to have my "it's not cancer" dessert. I decided to go with cupcakes. I have a lemon drop one, because I love lemon drop cupcakes from Cami Cakes, and [personal profile] katsuko had a Cookie and Cream one, because what's a celebration if you can't include your best friend and better half? I even posted photos of my "it's not cancer" cupcakes on Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook, because that's how I roll apparently.

I rebought a purse that I had returned for rent money last month, and I feel vaguely happy about this. I liked the purse quite a bit, but keeping a roof over our head was more important.

And yeah, that's about all I've got for today. I'm shortly to head back the hall for bed, and I think that [personal profile] katsuko is going to sleep out on her bed for the night, since Luci has decided she can't stand a closed bedroom door. (But she and Boo need some space, because otherwise the relationship between them is just going to keep getting worse and worse.)

And that's definitely it. Good night, all.

Not Cancer

Friday, 15 September 2017 11:59 pm
apollymi: Manic look Ninth Doctor, text reads "I solemnly swear I'm up to no good" (DW**9th Doctor: Up to no good)
So I had my two/three doctors' appointments today. And the good news is... it's not cancer.

I started my day with the saline ultrasound, and while I was on the bench, they finally got me my results back from the biopsies last week... with the "not cancer" results. The walls of my uterine cavity are very thick for my age and health: about 1.3" centimeters thick. And the wonky periods now have a likely root cause. And that is a 3 cm long, 0.5 cm thick fibroid in my uterine cavity.

And may I say for the record that the saline ultrasound sucked? Because it did. It really did. But it didn't suck nearly as badly as the biopsies did. Plus the ultrasound tech and Dr. Hathaway and I spent a large portion of the time we we doing all this chatting about Captain America, DragonCon, and the Avengers. That helped a lot towards distracting myself.

My second appointment was basically Dr. Hathaway explain the results of the ultrasound today and the one last week. She did discuss with me the fact that I"m going to have to have outpatient surgery to get the fibroid removed. I gave some thought to asking her to just take the whole damn uterus, because I have no interest in keeping it, but somehow I didn't.

All in all, I liked the staff at that branch of my gynecologist's better than the Sandy Springs location. Everyone was a lot nicer, and they all treated me like I had a brain in my head, which isn't to say that the other location talked down to me, but I've been to enough gynecologists who do.

I did a quick lunch with [personal profile] katsuko at The Flying Biscuit. It was delicious as always... and it turned out that it was only five minutes from my primary physician. That was a quick visit. We went over my blood tests, Dr Woodhouse upped my Paxil prescription from 10mg to 20mg, and I got two jabs: tDap and flu. Because I'm hoping not get sick on my birthday this year.

After all that, I went to Panera while [personal profile] katsuko was at Mirko, and after she got out, we did a celebratory dinner at Jinya. I feel like I stuffed myself, but it's a happy thing... Even if it means that I can't quite seem to keep my eyes open now.

So I'm going on to bed. Sleep well, all.

Some results

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 10:26 pm
apollymi: Eternal Sailor Moon against a bright yellow background, no text (BSSM**Usagi: Stand tall (ESM))
So, I got back all but three of my test results. The three I haven't gotten back are my iron levels ones. Per her notes, I have a severe Vitamin D deficiency, severely enough that she called me in a prescription for some to take weekly. My A1C was a bit high, just under Pre-Diabetic levels, so I need to work to get it lowered. My LDL was high, so I need to work on getting down as well.

She also included a note to get in contact with EAP through work. Which sounds good, but I have no time at work to spare to do these visits, so I might see about the online therapist thing offered through work. We'll have to see there. It was one thing to go in a little early at FSU to make up for EAP visits. Plus we had plenty of coverage. At GSU, we are running with precisely the number of people needed... but there's no room for anyone to be out. There's no fallback or extra coverage.

So I'm thinking I'm going to start making my vegetable barley soup, because it's full of things that can lower LDL and A1C levels: barley, high fiber vegetables, beans, and so forth. I'm also looking at more recipes that (1) are vegetarian friendly and (2) contain foods that lower A1C and LDL levels. I'm going to see how adding sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts to the vegetable soup goes. I'm going to have to get a blender this weekend, I guess, so that we can start making smoothies at home, because a lot of the articles I've been reading specifically say to avoid smoothies you don't make yourself, because you can't control the amount of sugar in them.

I need to start watching what I eat more. Less soft drinks, for one. I'm going to have to start weaning myself off my morning soda, which will be hard, because I use it to wake up in the mornings. I'm going to have to start being better about eating more rounded meals, instead of just cooking quick packaged meals or getting Taco Bell all the time. I don't know: maybe this will be a good excuse to go back to Happy Herbivore meal plans or planning out what I'm going to eat throughout the week ahead of time. Because, of course, the rest of her advice was to exercise and lose weight. Of course. Because that's so easy.

Tomorrow, I need to call the gynecologist and rheumatologist and schedule appointments with them both. I might try to get all three appointments (these two and my follow-up with the primary) set for the same day, and then I can just take the whole day as a sick day. Get it all over with at once... and make it easier on my coworkers where there isn't a lot of coverage. We'll see what I can manage.

And that's about it. Later, all.

Long day

Saturday, 19 August 2017 11:31 pm
apollymi: Faraday counting his kills on this fingers, animated gif, no text (Mag7**Faraday: Counting kills)
For as little as I did today, it felt both long and exhausting. I mean, honestly, I woke up with a screaming headache, saw [personal profile] katsuko off to work. I putzed around on my phone until I got the text that she had arrived safely at work, and then I went back to bed. Boo hung out on the bed with me, though she did bail when Luci showed up. I slept until around 10:30 or 11:00, got up and fed the cats, and putzed around on the computer. Some of what I did was editing, but mostly it was reading Jurassic World fanfic...

...because every time I try to rewatch the movie, it's usually so late at night that I fall asleep somewhere in the vicinity of the Raptor Motorcycle Gang and wake back up in time for the closing credits. Which, whoops, defeats the purpose of trying to rewatch a movie.

I'm also trying to find my copy of Ocean's Eleven, because I want to give it a rewatch soon too. In part, this is because I'm giving thought to finally giving the fanfic "Chisolm's Seven" a try again. And in part, it's because I love watching Brad Pitt and George Clooney's characters banter and play off each other. It's sort of cute and sweet and just so on point... and I wish I could emulate it in my writing. I try, sometimes, but I think I fall short.

Also, I forgot to say, but as of last Thursday, I've written more than 365,000 words this year. How much of it will ever be seen is something I don't know. I'm enjoying the things I'm writing, but I freely admit that the stuff I'm writing breaks up the fandom OTPs... and I don't even care.

We did the fancy dinner out that we've been wanting to do for months, and it was every bit as good as we were hoping. We got most of the grocery shopping done. And yeah, that's about all I've got to report. I've napped so much today that, while I'm exhausted, I'm not sleepy, so I'm not in bed. I'm tempted to go make a video of [personal profile] katsuko though, since she's snoring away. (Yes, snoring.)

Either way, though, it's time to end this entry. Later, all.
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.

Something quick

Saturday, 13 May 2017 10:22 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, we did the meal with [personal profile] desolate03. It was rather short and all the way down on the side of town where I work, but the food was good and filling. It was a good visit all in all, if short as ever.

And then [personal profile] katsuko and I ended up talking ourselves into writing a semi-canon compliant Faraday/Goodnight fic... and it's approximately 88% hate sex and bad BDSM etiquette. But amusingly, we're both working on that other 12% right now. She's working on the almost sweet sex at the beginning, and I'm working on the post-Battle of Rose Creek set up they need to be having. It's going to be fucking glorious and painful and a train wreck. I'm looking forward to it.

But other than that, it's been a fairly quiet day. We watched a movie at home, I forgot about making dinner until nearly 9:30 at night, and Roo chewed his way into a bag of Doritos. That's been the most noteworthy things of the day.

And on that note, I'm going to back to that 12% of GoodDay happiness. Later, all.

Pepper

Thursday, 11 May 2017 10:01 pm
apollymi: The Labyrinth goblins staring out of dark background, text reads "The goblins are out to get you" (Labyrinth**Goblins: Out to get you!)
Right now I have enough Dr Pepper in me to fuel a trip to Mars. I didn't want to fall asleep at the keyboard again today like I did yesterday, even though I'm running on even less sleep today than yesterday.

Just one more work day this week, and then I have a couple of days off. [personal profile] desolate03 is back in town, so I know that [personal profile] katsuko and I will be having dinner with her on Saturday, though if my paycheck doesn't get here soon, it's going to be an awfully slim dinner... like Taco Bell or something. Nothing wrong with that, mind you, because Taco Bell is what we tend to eat when we're short on cash anyway, but it seems pretty bad to do that when she's only in town a couple of times a year. Maybe it'll be here by tomorrow. I can hope anyway, because I also need to pay the Verizon bill Saturday as well.

The checks are mailed from Alpharetta, so you would think that would mean they would be arriving here soon. I was actually kind of hoping for it to arrive early, in fact. I guess that was hoping for too much, though.

And yeah, that's about all I've got for today. I call myself trying to make words happen on Wicked Ones, but it's fighting me. I got a lovely long, long review for it, and I feel like I need to update it now after that. I've got Chapter 18 finished, but I want more of 19 completed before I post it.

So, I admit to defeat. I'm gonna go do the sleep thing. G'night, all.

Numb

Thursday, 20 April 2017 11:14 pm
apollymi: Faraday and Vasquez fighting back to back, no text (Mag7**Vasquez/Faraday: Back to back)
I'm not sure I've got anything in me today. I'm still feeling incredibly withdrawn from my body and from my mind. All I've wanted to do for days now is just find a vaguely horizontal surface and just collapse on it.

I'm still having to make myself eat. It's actually really hard. Food just doesn't sound good at all, and I get nauseated at the thought of it right now. Well, at least this ought to get some of the weight off me?

Why isn't there more fanfic out there for Wynonna/Doc/Dolls in the Wynonna Earp fandom? There is a sad dearth of them. The threeway chemistry is just too strong to ignore. Dammit, I think I picked up another rare pairing.

And that's it. I've got nothing else in me. Later, all.

Lazy day off

Saturday, 8 April 2017 11:56 pm
apollymi: Stitch doing an handstand and wiggling his butt, no text, animated (L&S**Stitch: Kiss my ass)
Yeah, it was another day off. I wish I could say I was productive today, but I really, really wasn't. [personal profile] katsuko did the laundry, which was a good thing, but for the most part, I did very little. I shuttled us back and forth today, and that was about it.

I did end up taking [personal profile] katsuko to four different places to try to find her some green tea ice cream. It was either that or take her to Nori Nori for the green tea ice cream they serve as part of their buffet. The gas money was actually less expensive, since it's only a couple of dollars, compared to the $22 each we would have been spending at Nori Nori. (Or $32 each, if we had gone at dinner.)

And we found them anyway, so it was all good.

I'm still trying to get caught up with where I need to be for Camp. I'm running about 300 words behind where I need to be. It's not that bad a deficit, when gods know I've had a lot worse, but it's annoying to me. Mostly it's annoying because I know I can get it caught up if I could manage to stay awake and keep my mind on task.

Which so far isn't really happening today. I wrote a little on the zombie fic, and I glanced over the Leverage crossover, and I did a pass over the next chapter of Wicked Ones. But most of my words today have come from responding to comments and the like.

[personal profile] katsuko is going to work at 6:00 in the morning. There will be nothing open that early for me to kill time at, so I'm going to stay at the house in the meanwhile. I'm hoping that'll give me time to get caught up on... something. I need to be working on Wicked Ones, but I remain discouraged there, so writing on it is hard... plus we're bouncing from one emotional depth to the next in that story. It's whiplash. One minute they're being mean as hell, then they're being the sweet brothers we know they can be, and then there's sudden angst, and yeah, writing whiplash.

But that's a whole other story... and not one for today. Today, I still need 559 number of words to get caught up for today and 888 to get caught up to where I need to be for Camp altogether. Let's see how far I can get.

Goodnight, all. Wish me luck.

Quickly, from IKEA

Saturday, 18 February 2017 07:08 pm
apollymi: Kaiba looking pissed, purple overtones, text reads "Cursed" (YGO**Kaiba: Cursed)
Today has been a bit of a shit show all around. Roo woke me up nearly an hour and a half before my alarm was set to go off, mainly by nibbling on my fingers. I swear: he used to do that when he was a kitten, but then he quit for years... and now he's doing it again. I'm not sure what to make of that. After a version of snacking that passed as breakfast, we went to the emissions place to have Shinigami retested. He failed. The guy at the emissions place said to drive it about 25 more miles, half city and half highway (but no over 60 mph if possible and no cruise control), and then come back and test it again. So, even though the empty tank light was on, I did that, brought it back, and it passed. Apparently, the engine had to reach a certain temperature or something?

To any effect, that left no time for doing anything like lunch, not with having to fill the tank too, so while [personal profile] katsuko was gassing up the car, I ran inside the convenience store and bought whatever looked like it might be filling-ish for a sort of lunch. So [personal profile] katsuko and I have yet to have real food today. Unless crisps and candies count... which I don't think they do.

We have been talking about -- and trying to talk ourselves out of -- a crossover that amounts to "the damn Robicheaux boys meet the damn Winchester boys". In other words, we're talking ourselves out of a Mag7/SPN crossover, using the boys as brothers trope we're so fond of. Because we've already sounded out an entire scene of Goody upbraiding the Winchesters for kicking off an apocalypse. With Joshua more or less live messaging the entire thing to Vasquez. The mental images are hilarious.

Of course there is the not inconsiderable fact that [personal profile] katsuko I quit watching Supernatural after Season Five. Because it still seems stupid to me for the show to go on after the apocalypse has ended.

Plus, they killed off Gabriel. I still haven't really forgiven them for that.

So, anyway, no real food yet today. When [personal profile] katsuko gets off at 7:30, I think we're going to try that, along with grabbing some jeans at Old Navy, since she only has one pair left that (a) are intact and (b) fit her properly.

Other than that, I'm trying to get my words for the day. I only managed 462 yesterday, which was pretty bad but still better than [personal profile] katsuko's 3, so there is that. It's Day 49 of the year and I'm currently at 56,603, so I'm running about 7 days ahead of the minimum of where I need to be.

I have no idea when this post is going to go up. It might have to be when I get home tonight. IKEA's wifi has gotten pretty damn horrible. In fact, it's gotten horrible enough that I'm considering getting a mobile hotspot just for while I'm here. It only connects one time out of twenty-five attempts, and if it does connect, it only stays up for a few moments at the time.

And yeah, that's about it. I've got parts of Monstrous: After Midnight and Wicked Ones I'm working on, so I'm going to do that until [personal profile] katsuko gets off work. Today's chapter of Monstrous: After Midnight will go up when I have wifi that says connected for more than two minutes at a time.

And that's it. Later, all.

Another long day

Sunday, 12 February 2017 10:13 pm
apollymi: Stitch doing an handstand and wiggling his butt, no text, animated (L&S**Stitch: Kiss my ass)
Yeah, I keep using that subject line. It does mean exactly what I think it means. Sorry, we watched The Princess Bride on the big screen for [personal profile] katsuko's birthday, and now all the quotable quotes are back stuck in my mind.

We got up a little later than we had been planning on, and we went back to Midtown to visit with Teak. Michael ended up being delayed getting back into town, so we had to make an afternoon visit for him too, but that was all right. We ate an all right lunch at Willy's Mexicana Grill, had a disgusting (at least for me) bit of Starbucks, did the afternoon visit, and then went to Panera Bread to drink some hot tea and try to write until time to go in to Mirko.

And Mirko was an exercise in frustration... but in a totally different way from Friday. Tonight, the kitchen collapsed under the orders (because we had what amounted to the B team in there) and UberEATS got seriously backed up (because we had the less good Uber guy working, in addition to the backed up kitchen). One of these days, I'm going to take a picture of Armando on his food playing games against the other hostess while food without lids sits in the window getting cold... and maybe I'll send it to Mirko. If I can figure out how to do it anonymously, that is.

I did get a little bit written while I was at the restaurant and before that, but I'm not happy with the amount. The happier Mean Faraday gets, the less he wants to talk... and that blows. I want him to be happy, but I also want him to give me some damn words. I want to write him being happy too, damn it! I want to write him and Vasquez being as fucking adorable as they are in my head.

Anyway, we have a very early day tomorrow, where [personal profile] katsuko has to be at IKEA by 6:00 a.m., so I think we're planning on heading on to bed pretty soon now. Later, all.

A long day again

Friday, 10 February 2017 11:34 pm
apollymi: Trunks just after landing a punch, no text (DBZ**Trunks: Won't back down)
It's been another long day. I had catering this morning, pet sitting for Michael at work in the afternoon, and then hosting at Mirko during the evening. In between all that, [personal profile] katsuko and I had some delicious food: Panera Bread for lunch (which sat on my stomach very poorly) and Jason's Deli for dinner (which was absolutely amazing (and still happy on my stomach, knock wood).

But today I came closer to walking out of Mirko Pasta than I think I ever have. I'm certainly done doing favors for any of our servers; fuck them. I'm sick of being taken advantage of. I give and I give and I give, I get nothing in return. I'm through doing things for them. I'm through doing anything but the bare minimum needed to keep my job until I'm ready to quit... and I'm not entirely sure that won't be in the next few days. Because fuck Mirko Pasta.

I may have gone to sleep four or five times (or more) in the production of this entry. I feel completely wiped. I might go ahead and go lay down again. Or I'll keep trying to get some words today. I dunno. We'll see.

So damn tired

Thursday, 2 February 2017 10:55 pm
apollymi: Captain America and Bucky staring at each other, no text (Aveng**Steve/Bucky: Watching)
I'm so damn tired. I've taken a nap this afternoon, and I'm soon to bed this evening. I'm still so tired that I can't even think straight.

All in all, I don't really have much to show for myself for today. We did laundry. We gassed up the car. We ate lunch. We napped. We went to work at Mirko. We finished gassing up the car. We bought a few groceries, mostly for the cats. We went to the bank. We paid rent. We came home. We ate dinner and watched an episode of Leverage.

Added up like that it sounds like a lot of things, but it certainly feels like nothing at all.

At least I'm running pretty well ahead on #365k/365Day. I've gotten over 39,000 words done so far, and a fair chunk of them is The Magnificent Seven... because these boys don't stop talking.

So... stats and status updates... Wicked Ones, I'm coming up on Day 3 in Rose Creek. Overall, including later scenes that haven't been slotted into place yet, I'm at nearly 40,000 words for this alone. Monstrous: After Midnight is still coming along well. I'm waiting to be told where I'm next needed for writing. Trinity is slow going, mostly because the boys keep demanding porn. "Memento Mori" is on a temporary hiatus. And the Leverage crossover thing? It's eating my damn soul. It's the happy 'verse, after all... relatively speaking.

Anyway, yeah, that's about it. Later, all.
apollymi: Zack holding Cloud, doujinshi art, text reads "Dream of me" (FF7**Zack/Cloud: Dream of me)
I'm not sure I really have anything to say today. I'm tired, I'm cranky, and I'm just ready to sign off the world. But at least I'm finally full, which has been a bit of a minor miracle today. I did end up cooking two meals for us today. Lunch was stir-fry with broccoli, cauliflower, chickpeas, and Thai peanut butter sauce, served over noodles. And dinner was a peanut buttery soup noodles, carrots, and sweet peas. Because, in short, I've been craving peanut butter. So I just decided to cook two different dishes with it and didn't really give [personal profile] katsuko any choice in the matter.

We spotted two new cats--or a mama cat and her one kitten--out by the trash bins on the way home tonight. I took some of the dry food that Roo can't eat any more out to them. They ran away, of course, but I'll try to stop in the morning before we leave to see if they ate any of it.

I think, tomorrow, I'm going to try to see about trying Roo on some extra food every day. I want to get his weight back up, and that seems like a good way to go about it. It's better, at least, than trying to keep giving him so many treats a day. Because he's filling up on treats. He's eating so many treats a day that it's getting a bit ridiculous.

And I'm trying to make writing happen, but it's just not working so great today. I'm going to keep trying until it's time to pass out, but I don't have high hopes.

Long

Friday, 20 January 2017 11:14 pm
apollymi: Hicks, text reads "My hero" (Aliens**Hicks: My hero)
Long day has been long. [personal profile] katsuko and I did the catering this morning. It ended up taking two trips, but we got it all dealt with. We even had time for a quick, if disappointing, lunch before I dropped her off at work. I headed over to Panera Bread for hot tea until it was time to take Chloe over to mail a package. While we were over there, she mentioned that she hadn't eaten anything in a few days... and I pretty much immediately dragged her next door to the Mexican restaurant.

So, I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I'll probably say a hundred more times: sometimes my brain can't decide if I'm Team Mom or Big Sis or something with all my friends, both older and younger. Chloe is much younger than me; hell, she's younger than my sister. She's cool to hang with, but every so often, I just want to remind her take better care of herself. Eat real food, not just smoothies. Get some damn sleep. Move out of the crap hole you're living in. Yeah, I guess I am Team Mom or Team Big Sis or something.

I could fall the fuck to sleep right where I'm sitting, but I need to get some more words done for #365k/365Day. I'm running a little bit behind for the day, even if I am ahead overall. Overall, I'm at 24,028 words for the total. So, while I am ahead, I'm trying to stay ahead.

Also, Chloe made the best damn face when I mentioned the #365k/365Day challenge. Like 'why would you do that to yourself'. Because I'm crazy. I am a crazy, crazy lady. Obviously.

So, here's a random list of some of the various things I've researched over the past week or so:
*History of icing (for cakes)
*What kind of food was served at dinner parties in the 1850s
*If someone is sick or bedridden, will a priest deliver Ash Wednesday ashes to them?
*When did people start using iodine for cuts and scrapes
*Opium and laudanum in the 19th century
*How domestic violence in the 19th century was handled
*Best handguns for left-handed shooters
*Spanish diminutives for various names
*...and some very, very raunchy French


Seriously, my research is all over the damn place... and I love it. I've been getting AO3 comments on the amount of research in Monstrous: After Midnight, and that makes my damn day every time. Especially when it's coming from archaeologists and anthropologists. And somehow I continue to be unable to spell 'archaeologist' unless I spell it the British way. WTF, brain?!

And this is hella long, so I'm gonna stop while I'm behind. Later, all.
apollymi: Godzilla - Text reads "Warning: Cranky! Proceed with caution" (Godzilla**Godzilla: Warning: cranky - U)
I marathoned my way through the better episodes of Season Four of Leverage today. [personal profile] katsuko more or less watched over my shoulder. Sort of. Kind of. Okay, mostly she just played on her phone while I watched Leverage. I'll count it, I guess. Separating her from the damn thing is hard enough without trying to fight it for the little stuff. I'm not sure if it's Tumblr or AO3 that's currently eating her soul right now, but she is tethered to the damn thing.

In other news, we got some of that promised snow, but not nearly as much as was promised. They were calling for three to four inches, and it barely dusted the ground. But we did get a gracious plenty of ice. My car was completely iced over, in fact, to the point that we couldn't get the door opened in time for [personal profile] katsuko to go to work, so she ended up calling out.

I even ended up cooking lunch and dinner again today. For lunch, I made noodles with vegetables and a red curry peanut sauce. Very nice. Filling with just a hint of spice. The sauce contained peanut butter, minced ginger, soy sauce, agave nectar, lime juice, water, a hint of sesame oil, and red curry paste. The vegetables I had on hand were carrots and sweet peas; I found broccoli afterwards, or I would have put it in as well. Dinner was a lentil and barley soup. It was good, but I ended up having to go pretty far off recipe to get some damn flavor in it. It was lentils, barley, vegetable bouillon, thyme, sage, poultry seasoning, garlic, celery salt, soy sauce, ham goya (which contains no ham, point of fact), and a shit ton of hickory liquid smoke. I even got to get out the immersion blender and give it a whirl.

I guess, all in all, it wasn't a bad day. I guess. I didn't get a lot of writing done, not as much as I wanted, but it wasn't a bad day. I'm just still on the rag and really, really fucking cranky. I don't want to have to go back to Mirko tomorrow and deal with Rod. Not if I'm still this cranky. Everything is pissing me the fuck off. Scrivener is pissing me the fuck off. The music outside is pissing me the fuck off. Just... everything.

Proceed with caution.

Jesus fuck

Saturday, 31 December 2016 03:39 pm
apollymi: Grumpy kitten, text translates to "the Kitten of Death has you in sight" (Kitten: K├Ątzchen des Todes)
I'm at IKEA, and it's a madhouse. It's the end of the year, and it's an Eat For Free weekend, so every idiot and their mother is out today. I got [personal profile] katsuko here for an 11:30 shift, and it's been insane enough that she still hasn't managed to get her 30 minute break yet. It looks like a broken down wasteland of abandoned shopping carts and screaming children, and really, it's just crazy.

I'm still thinking I might try to do #365k365days over 2017. A thousand words a day is manageable, I think.

After much debate, [personal profile] katsuko and I cancelled our dinner reservations at Rosa Mexicano, and instead we'll be eating fancy pasta (goat cheese and truffle oil, served with Alfredo sauce and maybe some other cheese on top, with a bit of broccoli included in the mix) and drinking our fancy sparkling peach Moscato d'Asti wine.

But mostly, I'm just incredibly nervous because I just posted the first chapter of Wicked Ones to AO3. This is my NaNo baby. This is the story that saved my NaNo, in point of fact. It's my "how I learned to stop worrying and let Mean Faraday talk" story. I think, if I had children, I would worry less about putting pictures of them out into the world.

Anyway, for terror's sake, Wicked Ones is on AO3 and [community profile] eternal_sailorm. I'm... just gonna go hide somewhere.

Eat for free

Saturday, 3 December 2016 01:02 pm
apollymi: Vasquez firing his two guns, no text (Mag7**Vasquez: Shootout)
I hate eat for free weekends at IKEA. I really, really do. It turns into a damn circus, especially once people start leaving their kids on the couches (usually next to me or crawling all over me or across from me). Volume control and indoor voices just aren't a thing that are happening, and I'm starting to regret being nice enough to come along with today.

At least IKEA's Christmas music is of a non-religious variety. That's a small victory, yes? I'll take it, at any rate. It doesn't mean that I don't have my own music going, but that's mostly because I need something to draw out all the damn children. I swear, I'm going to invest in a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. What I have doesn't do nearly enough. What I'm trying to figure out is if the $350 for a pair of Bose wireless noise-canceling headphones or even the $380 for a pair of Beats... or if it would be just as good to get a $100 pair of Skullcandy's.

God, I don't need to get up and go get myself candy. I haven't been doing good today, but I've been doing better. I've managed to get down to 170 pounds/77 kilograms. I still have another 30 or so pounds to go, but this does mean that I'm halfway to my goal. And most days I don't even feel hungry, but I do catch myself eating when I'm bored. And I think that's where I'm at today.

Anyway, yeah, that's where I'm at today.

NaNoWriMo Day 23

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 10:03 pm
apollymi: Faraday and Vasquez fighting back to back, no text (Mag7**Vasquez/Faraday: Back to back)
I cannot say that I've had a productive day, but I've had a relaxing one. Granted, [personal profile] katsuko and I spent most of the day on her couch bed waiting on Amazon packages, but it was relaxing nonetheless either way. We watched YouTube, we ate burritos for lunch, she went and procured McDonalds drinks and fries for us, we watched The Magnificent Seven (the TV show, not the movie this time), and we had a good (vegetarian) Thanksgiving dinner: Quorn fake turkey, mashed potatoes, homemade vegan brown gravy, and broccoli au gratin. And damn, it was good, but I'm so fucking full that I feel like I need to unbutton my pants and let my food child settle a bit.

Hanging out in the living room all day meant that I got to spend some quality time with the kitties. Roo is slowly digesting his food baby and is moving all that extra weight that was making him look pregnant before to other parts of his body. In general, he's just starting to look healthier again. Jimi has spent most of the day hanging out on the back of the couch with us or stealing my french fries from me, because this little cat is a sucker for people food. He bad wanted some of our dinner, but we decided against sharing any of that with him. Boo has been flitting in and out of our area pretty much all day. Right now, though, she's currently settled on [personal profile] katsuko's legs in a way that only Boo enjoys.

Tomorrow, if we're actually hungry again after all today's food, we're going to Loving Hut in Norcross for lunch. We also have plans to go see The Magnificent Seven in the dollar theater in Marietta... because clearly we have issues. These issues seem to have a main symptom of being unable to go more than two weeks without watching the damn movie again. Once our copy comes in, we're probably just going to leave it in the damn BluRay player to save time.

Health is still an ongoing thing. The head cold I've been rocking is starting to settle into my ears, which is seriously not fun. I might try to see about making an appointment for a doctor's visit once I see how much Roo's medicine will be on Friday.

And that's a bit more than I strictly wanted to babble on here. I'm going to go let Mean Faraday rant a bit and see what happens there. Here's the most up to date word count, via NaNo's site:


46967 / 50000 words. 94% done!

NaNoWriMo Day 22

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 07:47 pm
apollymi: Blank background, text rewads "All ship wars should be resolved by threesome fic" (Text: More threesomes!)
So, yeah, words are still coming along. Not as well as they have been being, but they're still coming. My strategy of "stop worrying and let Mean Faraday talk" has continued to prove fruitful, as far my my word count is concerned. It's not always that particular Faraday that wants to talk, because there are so damn many verses playing out in my head. We're even talking about yet another verse or two, with eight days left in the month. What the hell is wrong with us.

Writing stress babble and potential spoilers )

Roo's medicine has been sitting at the vet pharmacy for the last few days, but apparently they keep forgetting to call us to let us know it was ready to pick up. I'm going to go get it on Friday, because they have ridiculously short hours tomorrow, and we're trying to leave the house as little as possible on Wednesday or Thursday. I think the only going out we're planning on Thursday, in fact, is to go to Loving Hut for Thanksgiving lunch.

And yeah, I guess that's about it. I'm going to go back trying to make words happen and see what happens. Here's the most up to date word count:


45471 / 50000 words. 91% done!