Lazy day

Thursday, 16 March 2017 10:45 pm
apollymi: Hicks holding Ripley back, text reads "Together" (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley: Together)
I did a whole lot of nothing today. I feel vaguely more human than I did yesterday or the day before, but I also feel like I could use two or three more days of this to be in a better place mentally. I'm still working on it, and mostly it involves sleeping a lot. But I'm getting there. I'm trying.

I still have moments where I just want to go jump off a bridge. I'm not exaggerating. I want to jump off a bridge. I'm afraid of heights. But no, my brain has decided that the 400-to-85N overpass looks really fucking appealing. I drive over it once a week, and I drive under it three or four times a week. It's a constant thought. I tell myself that rush hour traffic is bad enough without a body to contend with too. Some days it even helps.

What I haven't done yet today is write. I've answered questions about writing. I've read other people's writing. But I have done very little of my own.

I need Wicked Ones to talk to me. I need to know what the hell is going on in Joshua's head, post-confrontation with Goody. I know he's working his own way to a better mental place, but he's not 100% there yet.

Damn, I wish all my friends from all my fandoms would watch this movie. I appreciate all the reviews and such I've been getting, but there are just times I want to see what [personal profile] desolate03 or [personal profile] daimeryan_rei think of some of the crap I'm writing right now. Granted, some of the stories are so AU that you almost don't need to have seen the movie. But sometimes we just flat out skip scenes that we didn't change from the movie, so that doesn't actually work.

The cut on my hand is looking a little closer to healed. I almost think the part across the meat is nearly there. It's the part that's closer to the side and the nail that is still lingering. The butterfly bandages have done a great job of keeping it from moving and all, so it is getting a chance to heal up nicely. It ain't gonna be pretty, but hopefully sooner or later, it'll be healed up.

What little I have written today has been on Monstrous: After Midnight. I'm working on the final battle in chunks and pieces. I have a whole mess of things that have to happen. I need to get through the Gatling gun, Fae-raday being shot, Jack Horne turning wendigo, blowing up the Gatling gun, and the aftermath. I don't know what [personal profile] katsuko's plans are, if she's going to try to get us to the point I'm writing, if she's going to tackle the Bogue takedown, or what's happening.

And that's enough whinging for today. I've been working on this for well over an hour now. That's longer than any journal post of any length should take.

Later, all.


Friday, 16 December 2016 11:26 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
Okay, I have a bad case of the sniffles. It's almost embarrassing. But it also seems to be a case of I'm slowly getting better, so that's a good thing, yeah?

On the downside, though, the living room light hurts my eyes, and I am just ready to collapse.

But I also want to be writing. FML. Just FML.

another headache

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 11:32 pm
apollymi: Hicks holding Ripley as Ripley holds Newt, text reads "Family" (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley+Newt: Family)
I'm rocking another headache today, and I'd really like to not be.

I finished making the second pass over that manga and got it sent off to Seven Seas. This one was a fun one called Magia the Ninth. It reminded me of Yami no Matsuei, in a few weird ways.

I wrote a little bit on Main Verse while I was helping [personal profile] katsuko with the laundry today.

But mostly I rocked this headache.
apollymi: Zack holding Cloud, doujinshi art, text reads "Dream of me" (FF7**Zack/Cloud: Dream of me)
I've got a bad case of the headaches, one of those screamers right behind my forehead. Those are the ones that I tend to blame on being lazy during the day and not getting up and doing enough. You know, the "I've rested too much" kind of headaches. Which I fucking hate, because I needed some relaxing today, not a headache.

Also, I fell at work yesterday taking a dirty napkin to the kitchen, so I have a bad case of the all over aches. I didn't damage anything, but I'm certainly sore from it today. It's been me and the kitties and the heating pad most of the day today... and that's been quite fine.

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!

NaNoWriMo Day 12

Saturday, 12 November 2016 09:37 pm
apollymi: Bakura & Kaiba fanart commission, text reads "Apollymi" (Mag7**Vasquez/Faraday: Faded memories)
I'm still managing to stay a bit ahead on NaNoWriMo, though I'm not sure that I'll continue growing my lead as I have been being. I'm trying to fight off a sinus infection before it starts, and I'm none too sure how well the attempt is going. I can't bend over without getting a horrible smell in my right nostril, and it's driving me nuts. Couple that with the cough and headache, and I figure it's another sinus infection trying to slip up on me.

Roo's still doing much better. He won't let me have a look at his gums, but he's definitely eating better. I'm not sure if he's put on weight, but he does feel a bit heavier when he's laying on me, so... maybe? We'll need to take him back to the doctor on Wednesday to see if he's doing better and if his anemia is being helped by all his medications and such. We've run out of his high calorie cat food from the vet, but we've got him on a grain-free wet and dry food for now. It seems to be helping.

I'm just so tired, even though today was my day off and I did purposefully did very little. Part of it is, I'm sure, the not feeling well. Part of it is likely the depression. And part of is just how much everything, especially work and money issues, is wearing down on me. I need a new job, some place that is hopefully less stress than the restaurant and pays decently, so I can starting working on getting myself out of crippling debt.

In the meanwhile, though, I am going to try to continue to make myself focus on making the words keep coming for these stories. I might wish I had some talent for writing the sexy time bits, but alas, that doesn't come easily for me. I have a few stories that toe the line, but they were a lot of work and I can't say I'm overly proud of those parts of them. Can I blame this on the whole ace thing? I love reading and writing romance-type things, but teh sex? Trying to write it makes my brain freeze up.

And that's a whole lot of babble for a small amount of actual content. I'm gonna leave off here and try to make these damn idiot boys give me my full word count for the day. Here's where I'm at right now, though:

22495 / 50000 words. 45% done!


Saturday, 29 October 2016 03:49 pm
apollymi: Jensen playing with the homemade monsters,  text reads "I am sane-ish" (Losers**Jensen: Sane-ish)
I'm nursing a powerful headache (as usual), a stiff neck, and a powerful bout of exhaustion. All I keep thinking about is how much I'd like to go home and go back to bed. But alas, I cannot do that.

There's an aging goth sitting at the table in front of me, so close I can see a stray hair sitting at the top of the back of her shirt. It's making me nuts; I want to get the stray hair.

We had a couple come in the restaurant last night in costume. He was a male Harley Quinn, while she was Little Red Riding Hood. They were seriously adorable. He had been worried that people might react negatively to them in costume, but apparently my reaction (pretty much, gushing over how cute they looked) reassured him.

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


Tuesday, 11 October 2016 10:20 pm
apollymi: 3 sections, 1st close up of Nick's lower face, 2nd Nick & Cassie at table, 3rd Cassie holding head in pain, no text (Push**Nick+Cassie: Watcher Mover)
Damn, I'm tired. I got up this morning with fairly easily -- sort of -- and [personal profile] katsuko got the catering handled all right enough. We got Chipotle for lunch, hit up an art store in the same shopping center. (She got drawing supplies, while I bought a truly impressive number of pens, so help with my writer's block issues, because weirdly changing pens -- especially for a purple or teal one -- does seem to help.) And I got her dropped off at IKEA all right. It took forever to get home, but once I was there, I hung out with the kitties and even managed a brief nap. So I have no idea why I'm still tired.

But now I'm at the MARTA station waiting for her. We're going to go ahead and do the laundry tonight (and maybe hit the gym while the clothes are in dryer) because we have some thoughts of hitting the factory outlet stores in Dawsonville tomorrow. We've both killed our most comfortable shoes, after all.


Monday, 10 October 2016 11:41 pm
apollymi: Ginji in taro/chibi mode with teary eyes (GB**Ginji: *wibble eyes*)
I'm tired. I hurt. My feet are killing me, and I nearly brained myself on my break today.

I guess mostly I'm just ready to collapse in my bed.


Friday, 30 September 2016 11:45 pm
apollymi: Close up of Hicks' face, text reads "Save your life" (Aliens**Hicks: Save your life)
Well, I made it through the day and all that. Without homicide too! Go me!

Interview today went... okay, I guess.

And yeah, that's about it. Later!


Thursday, 29 September 2016 03:05 pm
apollymi: Hicks training Ripley w/weapons, Ripley looking over shoulder at him, text reads "You started this. Show me everything" (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley: Show me everything)
I feel like I could just drop where I am. I've actually been fighting to stay awake for the last hour or two. I got a fairly decent amount of sleep, for me, at least, but I still feel like just collapsing and sleep for a few hours where I sit. And that's a sort of constant thing.

I keep thinking I need to get my iron levels tested again. I don't know. Maybe. I've had anemia a time or two before in my life.

And now it's time to power my way through an evening at Mirko with Josh working and Jen managing. ~.~

today in the life

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 11:25 pm
apollymi: Test tubes with various coloured liquids in them, text reads "Culinary Scientist" (Stock: Culinary scientist!)
Okay, today has been a crazy day off. I took [personal profile] katsuko with me shopping, and we bought so many groceries. And then we cooked so much food. No, seriously, so much food. Of the recipes I mentioned yesterday, I cooked:
Greens "Quiche"
Peanut Sauce
Baked Tofu
Quick "Queso"
Slow Cooker Bean Chili with Quinoa

The Baked Tofu did not turn out as advertised, so we ended up having to pan fry it instead. The baking process did do a good job of removing the excess water, though, so I might continue doing the tofu as a two step process.

I also ended up making a vegetable soup, with carrots, sweet peas, corn, green beans, barley, cabbage, and vegetable crumbles in a tomato base. It's one I do frequently, but I'm experimenting this time with having less starchy vegetables (such as potatoes) in it -- and adding the cabbage and some liquid smoke.

Some of this we're freezing for a later date, including some of the chili. I think, eventually, I'll end up putting some of the soup up in the freezer for later as well. The quiche is going to be some breakfasts, because we're both very bad about remembering to eat that particular meal.

It turned out that I forgot to buy coconut milk and pink salt for the breakfast pudding, so I did not make that. I might grab them at Publix tomorrow; we'll see.

We also managed a gym trip in there too, so all good. Yay. I'm so tired, though, and ugh, headache.

But also, yay, I have an interview on Friday with Mercer University Atlanta, as an Admin Assistant. Wish me luck!

from IKEA

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 01:25 pm
apollymi: Stitch doing an handstand and wiggling his butt, no text, animated (L&S**Stitch: Kiss my ass)
I'm hanging at IKEA while I wait for [personal profile] katsuko to be cut for the day; I think that's around 4:00 this afternoon, so not all that long at all.

I have tomorrow away from the restaurant (at last). I think [personal profile] katsuko and I are planning on spending it outfitting the kitchen and doing some batch cooking. I'm have thoughts about which recipes I want to make, but I'm still trying to decide on some of them.

Definitely Making
Peanut Sauce (I have a recipe for a simpler version that I prefer)
Tofu Scramble (maybe add kale or spinach or olives to this)
Basic Baked Tofu (for having on hand for quick meals)
Greens "Quiche" (for breakfasts and quick meals)
Quick "Queso" (with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and maybe celery dippers)
Chocolate Breakfast Pudding (oh hells yes)
Slow Cooker Three Bean Chili with Quinoa (removing the tomatoes and adding in chickpeas, removing all peppers)
Superfoods Soup (no peppers or mushrooms)
One Pot Meal Miso Soup (no mushrooms and cut back on soba)

Possibly Making
Soba Peanut Noodles (a bit higher in carbohydrates than I'm happy with but looks so good)
Sweet Potato Daal (ditto from the above)
Moroccan Lentil Soup (without the tomatoes)
Broccoli Slaw Tofu (without peppers)
Cream of Broccoli Soup

And that's about it for me for today.


Sunday, 25 September 2016 11:00 pm
apollymi: Stitch holding his head in pain, no text (L&S**Stitch: Headache)
Okay, this is going to be super, super fast, because my head is fucking killing me, and I haven't had anything to eat since around 11 this morning except for three measly green olives. I don't think anyone reads this anyway.

So, yeah, I'm going to eat my cheapie Chinese food and wait for the Tylenol to kick in, so I can get up stupid early in the morning and do it all over again.


Wednesday, 17 August 2016 11:12 pm
apollymi: Close ups of Arthur and Eames, no text (Incep**Eames/Arthur: Dream bigger)
Well, catering is still ongoing. I did the Christ the King School delivery today, and that one was fairly easy. Tomorrow is Notre Dame Academy in Duluth, which is the furthest one out. It's not nearly as complicated as some of the other ones (*cough* Galloway *cough*); the problem with it is just how far away it is.

But I will make it through, because I am promised my sushi lunch that we've only been trying to get to for the last month or so.

And I have a Seven Seas project that I need to finish up. Apparently, it got emailed to me yesterday, but I didn't see it until tonight. Whoops. And it's due Friday. So hopefully I'll have time enough for it.

And yeah, I've got a headache, and I'm thinking about going to bed really soon. Later, all.


Friday, 12 August 2016 03:29 pm
apollymi: Blank background, text reads "What I really need are minions" (Text: I need minions)
I'll be really damn glad when my insurance kicks in through [personal profile] katsuko's job. I am badly in need of a new contact lens prescription, and it's getting dire. That's probably a bit of why I have had such a bad case of dizziness lately. The contacts I have are still in good shape, but they're getting old and a bit foggy. I would switch over to my glasses, but I have a very hard time wearing them to drive when the sun is out... or when people's headlights are on. So yeah, I guess the better summary would be that I have a hard time wearing them while driving, full stop.

I've put in at least four applications today so far. So I guess that makes me semi-productive, yeah? I put in two yesterday as well. That makes for two semi-productive days at least. I'm working all my connections for all their worth. I emailed the person at The Home Depot I usually speak to about jobs, as well as the person who listed the position with them I applied for on LinkedIn. I also have Mum emailing her friend who works at The Home Depot to start that connection talking as well. I also have [personal profile] katsuko emailing the Human Resources people with IKEA since I applied for two jobs through them. I'm casting a wide net, and I'm hoping to catch something sooner or later.

On a slightly more positive note, Mitch took it upon himself to request another pay hike for me with Mirko Pasta. Apparently, Mirko agreed, so I've gotten my second pay hike in a year. Mitch's argument seems to have been that I'm doing a lot more than other hosts in the area, as well as having been at the nearly two years (on 01 September), and even with my previous pay hike, I'm making considerably less an hour than them... not to mention that I'm Mirko's only host at the Buckhead location. So now I'm at least even with other Buckhead hosts, for their starting wage at least. That's... better than nothing, I suppose.

And catering will be starting next week. That'll mean more money coming in. At least another few hundred a fortnight, so that will make a difference. And it'll be in time for Dragon*Con.

Speaking of which, I will be at Dragon*Con this year! [personal profile] katsuko bought the tickets this morning. I don't think we're going to have time to make costumes. So I'm going to see about at least getting together a very quick and dirty Steampunk costume: probably just a corset and either a skirt or leggings. I have one I like, and I already know my measurements (how the hell do I have a 42" waist?!), so I know how much I would be spending: somewhere between too much and more than I can afford. ~.~

And yeah, that's about it for me. Since I'm not at my best, I'm going to allow myself some extra time driving from IKEA to Mirko, not that I want to be there already, but because who the hell knows what Atlanta traffic will be like today.

So... later, all.
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)
Do I have anything to say for myself today? No, not really. I had the day completely off work, so I slept in as late as I could (aka, as long as Roo would permit me), which turned out to be shortly after [personal profile] katsuko left for her IKEA work. Roo and I relocated to the couch, where I played games on my phone and he napped. Then I napped and he napped with me. Then I snacked my way through lunch and he tried to steal my food before going back to sleep. And then [personal profile] katsuko came home and brought in the vacuum cleaner that Mum stealth bought for me. And then I called Mum to ask if I needed to scold her for stealth buying me stuff again (to which she said, "well, it was only $20 and worked well for cleaning Betsy's place") and we chatted... and Roo napped. And then I fed [personal profile] katsuko dinner (some potato soup we picked up really cheap at Aldi) and Roo napped on one of the boxes next to us. And then I came back to back the hall and chilled with Roo some more. And then we were bad and went to McDonalds for drinks. And then we came home and I started this, along with reading some of [personal profile] sharpest_asp's Star Wars stories that I missed over Camp and putting in various applications... and Roo napped on me.

So, yeah, nothing really to report for today.

I do want to say "thank you" to [personal profile] darjeeling for introducing me to Lazarus, because Roo has made a point of deleting this entry over and over, and it was nice being able to get it back when it disappeared. It's made this easier for me. Thanks!

Roo is helping

Sunday, 24 July 2016 02:46 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
I wish I could take a picture of how it looks with me trying to get any amount of typing done around Roo's punk ass. He's in some kind of major love-love mood, which involves his entire head in my mouth if I dare open it and snuggling up to my face. I'm enjoying the latter, because my ear is hurting and he is so warm and purring. It's lovely on a sore ear. It's not too bad as long as I don't have to bend over or lean my head down for any reason, but if I do, blinding pain.

I had a decent writing night last night, but I didn't do a lot to whittle down my deficit all that much. I'm catching up, but it's some kind of slow going. I'm going to finish though. I'm going to get my 30,000 words, and it's going to be awesome. It will happen.

Right now, though, I need to finish getting ready for work at Mirko. I'm going to pack up Ripley and bring her along with, and there will be more writing, especially now that I've finished my latest Seven Seas project.

Anyway, time to get ready to go to work, so I'm going to leave this here with my updated word count. It's not great, but it is what it is... and here it is.

21044 / 30000 words. 70% done!

Another day at IKEA

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 06:21 pm
apollymi: Eternal Sailor Moon against a bright yellow background, no text (BSSM**Usagi: Stand tall (ESM))
I was back and forth for nearly an hour this morning about whether or not I was going to come to IKEA with [personal profile] katsuko today. Obviously, I decided yes, that was the better idea, rather than staying home with the kitties all day. I almost wish I had decided to do that, though, because either she wrote her schedule down wrong or they changed it, so that instead of leaving at 6:45, she doesn't leave until 8:45 now. And that makes for a very long day sitting on a couch with my back to everything (which makes me ridiculously twitchy for short periods and gets unbearable in long periods). Granted, it would have been a long day trying to get anything done around felines, but it might have been quieter and less bright.

Yes, I'm still rocking that same headache as yesterday. It's really... Well, it's a right pain in the ass. I have a headache ease program going on my phone, but it's not making a lot of a difference. Well, I guess some help is better than it getting worse, yeah? The downside is that the headphones I found in my backpack, while they may be good at blocking sound, are terribly uncomfortable in my ears, which isn't helping matters. I'll live; it's just annoying.

The storm outside isn't particularly helping either. Weirdly, all these summer storms seem to coincide with my headaches, enough so that I'm going to go ahead and blame some of them on the change in air pressure or something like that.

I had a decent writing night last night. Today is not shaping up to be the same. Aside from the headache, I also have Pokemon GO and noisy ass people at IKEA distracting me. I had been giving some thought to walking around the Atlantic Station area until [personal profile] katsuko was done for the day, but with this weather, I'm thinking not so much. (It's just that I want that Jigglypuff that's somewhere in the area so damn bad!)

Anyway, yeah, here's the most up to do word count. I'm going to try to keep this streak going, so wish me luck!

16216 / 30000 words. 54% done!

I give

Monday, 18 July 2016 11:33 am
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
So it turns out that I messed up numbering a few days back in March or so, and so my number scheme is all off. So I'm not bothering with it anymore. I'm just going to go back to actual subject lines and such. I still don't have a lot of things to say for myself, other than that I apparently suck at numbering. Probably just as well that the chapters do that for me. Otherwise, it might be Chapter One, Chapter Two, Chapter Four, and so on and so forth. I'm always going to be better at words than numbers.

Though lately, words haven't exactly been my friends either. I feel like I've had to fight for every word that I've written so far this month. But that doesn't mean I'm going to give up. Hell, no. I had a pretty decent day yesterday, and that helped my morale a bit. Even more, the knowledge that I have a fun evening planned for the middle of the week this week helps morale a lot more.

After all, somehow it's the 30th anniversary of Aliens coming to the theater, and I've already apologized to [personal profile] katsuko, but we're going to go see it in the theater here for this week's retro movie at the cinema. This time and any other time. I will admit that I do have a favorite movie. Hells, I've already said that, if we could afford it, we would have gone all three nights it's playing. Finances and work did not permit this, though. So we're going to go on Wednesday night, and I will be satisfied with that. I will make myself be satisfied with that. I won't skip out of work tonight to go to the actual 30th anniversary event.

Since I'm kicking a nasty headache, I have the backlighting on the computer cut way down low, but I can't really do anything about the lights at IKEA. I also can't do anything about the music here at IKEA or the people around me. I think I left my headphones in my other purse. Otherwise I would definitely have them in to cut down on the sound level a bit.

So, since I can't do anything about the noise or light levels and since I'm still waiting on the headache medicine to kick in, I'm going to cut this off here, though of course, I will include an updated word count. I did have a good writing day yesterday, after all, and I feel like I should brag a bit.

14968 / 30000 words. 50% done!