Irma, Pt 3

Monday, 11 September 2017 08:41 pm
apollymi: Jensen playing with the homemade monsters,  text reads "I am sane-ish" (Losers**Jensen: Sane-ish)
So, bear with me here: I'm typing this out on my phone. Our power is completely out. It's been out since around 3:30 or 4:00 this afternoon. At this point, I'm not hopeful that it will be back on before tomorrow sometime.

We had warm Spaghetti-Os before the power went off and cold baked beans after we lost it.

Luci has been incredibly clingy, even for her, since the power went out, right next to one or both of us, especially when the wind picks up again. Given that that keeps happening pretty frequently, it should probably be no surprise that she's been right here as much as she can. Boo has spent the entire day under the bed, so no surprises there.

It amuses me a little that Roswell has lost power, but where Mum lives in Albany only lost water for an hour or so. She got hit with more of the wind and rain than we did, but we're the ones who have been without power. Of course the Atlanta area is woefully underprepared for a tropical storm, so there is a that.

Sadly, this does mean that I didn't get a lot written today. Mostly I did some editing before the power went off, and I'll be counting this entry towards my words for the day.

[personal profile] katsuko had today off IKEA for the weather, but apparently they're expecting people to go in tomorrow. I'm... not happy about this. MARTA is still down, as is Uber, and a lot of roads have debris and standing water on them. I haven't heard how the waterways are looking, but I imagine that the Chattahoochee is up significantly, given the amount of rain we've had so far.

And it's no surprise that Mirko will be open tomorrow and that she is expected to go in or risk losing her job... and I think she wants to quit on her own terms.

And that's about it for me. Later.

Irma, Pt 2

Sunday, 10 September 2017 11:02 pm
apollymi: Eliot, Parker, and Hardison walking, text reads OT3 (OT3: Eliot/Parker/Hardison)
So around noon, I finally got a text that GSU will be closed on Monday. Around 4:00 in the afternoon, I got another text, that GSU will also be closed on Tuesday. Since I have three doctors' appointments on Friday and will not be at work at all, that means -- if nothing else changes -- that I will have a two day work week next week. Monday and Tuesday, the university will be closed for Irma, (if nothing changes) I will work Wednesday and Thursday, and then I will be going to the gynecologist (first for a saline ultrasound and then for an appointment) and my regular general doctor.

I'm keeping in contact with all of my Florida friends and former coworkers, making sure they're all okay. So far, so good, on that front.

I overdrafted the bank account getting supplies in case the power goes out. We bought the literal last bottle of water in the grocery store; we did use the Brita water filter to get some extra water set aside, basically by filling every reusable container we had in the house with filtered water. We've got food that doesn't have to be heated. I've charged up the battery pack for the mobile phones. I've got one flashlight charged up, and the other is on the charger. I did, however, forget to buy D sized batteries for the Maglight flashlight. I have an extra flashlight somewhere in the car, but it's pretty crappy and is only for emergencies.

Things I need to get in case this ever happens again: a new crank flashlight like I used to use for camping, a decent first aid kit, more empty bottles that we can use for water, and I'm sure a few other things that I'm not thinking of right now. I still haven't purchased an Uninterrupted Power Supply for the laptops, but it's on my list of things to eventually get, when money permits. If money ever permits.

If I'd known we were going to have at least one extra day at home, I would have found the money somewhere to get the roach treatment. I would rather do it when one of us will be here, so that we can sweep up the corpses before the kitties get into them.

And the Paxil is starting to kick in, so I'm getting tired, despite all the wind and noise outside. I'm going to try to throw myself at my bed and see if maybe sleep will happened. It's a hope anyway.

So long, my freaky darlings. Stay safe!


Saturday, 9 September 2017 11:26 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)
This is going to be a really quick post, since I keep drifting off to sleep here on the couch instead of writing, like I should be. In fact, writing all weekend was my original intention, but that just didn't happen.

It didn't happen because so much of m attention has been on Hurricane Irma, trying to track its progress, trying to see where it's going and if it's still going to come near or through Atlanta. Right now, it looks like we're only going to get the outer edges of it, and that will still mean some pretty nasty wind and rain.

Still no news on if Georgia State will be closing for the weather. Almost all the counties around Metro Atlanta are closing their schools, including the universities. But the ones within Metro Atlanta are still waffling on the matter, including GSU. So who knows? I might have work on Monday. I might not. At least [personal profile] katsuko is off at IKEA, though that's because it's a regular day off for her, not for Irma.

And as I keep up with the news coming out of Florida, I have to sigh. At least Florida State has already closed and gone down to essential personnel only. If I was still there, I probably would have already packed up [personal profile] katsuko and the kitties and come to Grandmother's, but at least I would have known my job gives a damn about my life and safety. None of this "we're not closing for a little wind and rain" nonsense. For all my issues with it, I can at least say FSU gave a damn about its staff and students, and there are a lot of days where I honest to all the gods miss it.

But there's nothing to be done for that right now. What I am going to do is take myself to bed.

So long, my freaky darlings. Sleep well.

Long ass day

Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:38 pm
apollymi: White background with a black flashing cursor, text reads "It mocks me", animated (My Writing: Cursor mocks me)
it's been a long ass day. tomrorow will be even longer. i should be trying to make some kind of sense, maybe fill in all the information that i need to be sharing, but i'm just so tired. that's where i am right now: so tired.

and it's pouring down rain. has been since around 8:30 this evening. complete with the bridge collapse and this mess, getting [personal profile] katsuko to work tomrorow is going to be a mess. i'm dreading it, truth be told.

i'm still waiting to hear if my catering will be happning tomorrow or not. i probably won't know until after ive dropped [personal profile] katsuko off.

so, yeah, tomorrow's gonna suck ass.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017 09:10 pm
apollymi: Sarah reading a book, text reads "can't talk reading fanfic" (Labyrinth**Sarah: Can't talk - Fanfic!)
This is going to have to be a hella fast entry, because our power keeps flickering with the storm going on outside. I don't know how much longer I'm going to have power and wifi to make this entry, so it has to be fast and now.

I think I mentioned that I emailed GSU about the Admin Coordinator job I applied for. I heard back yesterday, and they're currently verifying references. I also heard back from another job I applied for at GSU, this one in their library's Special Collections department. I would prefer the latter job, obviously. I miss my libraries. I miss my Special Collections.

But I don't want to get my hopes up. I will take either job. I will gladly take either job.

And zombie fic is coming along. It's coming along at the expense of everything else, but it is indeed coming along. And no, I haven't updated any of the places I usually post. I just have been too... something for that.

And the weather is picking back up, so I'm stopping now. Later, all.

Vaguely annoyed

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 10:07 pm
apollymi: Stitch lying on the beach with a lei, text reads "I like fluffy" (L&S**Stitch: I like fluffy)
I'm vaguely annoyed. Just vaguely, though, because Roo is a very sweet kitty man who just wants to help with all the things. Unfortunately his idea of helping is to walk all over the keyboard and constantly bring up the spotlight search tool on OSX. I don't even know how he does it, because it requires pressing both Command and the space key at the same time. Yes, they are right next to one another, but his feet aren't that big.

I have a conundrum, and I'm wondering if anyone else has an answer to it. How do you cut off Skype notifications when you are on a phone call? I got a phone call today while I was at IKEA. My little Skype group was going nuts. I had the app itself cut off during the phone call, but I was still getting notifications for every single message that comes through. I don't want to cut off all notifications, not completely, but I don't want to get them while I'm on a phone call. Can it be done? Or is this something I need to contact Skype support and request be added as a feature? (Because it seems like it should be common sense, IMO.)

And Roo is back in my lap again. However, this time I have thwarted him, because I went back to my bedroom and got my laptop stand. My laptop is no longer on top of my lap but rather is on the free-standing tray, and Roo cannot type. He seems to feel quite gypped about the whole thing.

Also, okay, it's halfway through March, and my area is now getting snow flurries. Snow flurries. In March. In Georgia. What the actual fuck? I don't like this.

I've been working on two parts for Monstrous: After Midnight... and they're both skip forwards. In other words, I'm working on the final battle when the story itself is still in the montage of preparations. I feel vaguely like I just need to get this shit done and over with. Everything. Nothing feels good with writing right now.

Nothing feels good with writing right now. That's a terrible thought to have. Writing is one of the few things I still enjoy doing, and this damn depression is starting to sink into it as well.

But I'm going to keep on trying to make things happen. That's all I can do, right?

So I'm going to go do that: make things happen.


Wednesday, 4 January 2017 10:45 pm
apollymi: Close ups of Arthur and Eames, no text (Incep**Eames/Arthur: Perchance to dream)
I have had a seriously snuggly kitty all day today. Roo has not wanted to be more than a step away from me all day long.

The Weather Channel is calling for snow this weekend. I'm hoping they're wrong, because we can't afford another few days without both of us working.

It's hard to believe that this time last year we were working towards trying to find a new place and packing. This year, we're settled in our new place with relatively few complaints... but we still haven't finished unboxing. We haven't even replacing the furniture we need to do to make enough room here. We still need to replace my oversize IKEA desk with a pair of smaller ones for us each to have a desk of our own. We do have an entertainment center and a sofa bed for [personal profile] katsuko to sleep on, but we don't have desks that are of sizes we can use in this smaller place.

As for #365k/365Days, I guess it's coming along. I'm continuing to make words work, and they are slow appearing. Today wasn't a good day for writing, not for me, but I'm still trying. I'm certainly not giving up this early in the year.

I am, however, going to continue to plug away on some of the various verses we've been working on, including the Leverage one we've been playing with the last couple of days. I know I need to be focussing on the verses we're currently posting, but in truth, Wicked Ones has a huge surplus before the posting gets to where I am, and the other two are mostly [personal profile] katsuko's babies. I'm in no way helpful on them, really.

Sorry, I guess I'm a bit maudlin right now. Or depressive. I'm not sure which.


Friday, 30 December 2016 11:09 pm
apollymi: Giles carrying books, text reads "book geek" (BtVS**Giles: Book geek)
I'm trying to stay warm. Yeah, it's something like 32°F/0°F here, which isn't comparatively cold to some places, but it's cold for this part of Georgia for this time of year.

And I still have no damn idea where my electric blanket has disappeared to. I'm still approximately 80% certain I put it in my closet when I took it off the bed at the end of last winter. But guess where it ain't? Yup, it ain't in my closet. Of course, I also can't find my Mirko work shirt and apron, which I know was in my closet. I don't get it.

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

So tired

Sunday, 4 December 2016 08:13 pm
apollymi: Doujinshi art, Roy & Ed, no text (FMA**Roy/Ed: These quiet moments)
I think I'm ready to drop. I'm so damn tired and would just like to go the fuck to sleep. It's been such a rollover day. It's been raining and misty, and it just makes me want to go to sleep.

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

A little better

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 06:28 pm
apollymi: Scarlett looking pissy, text reads "Bitches get stuff done" (GwtW**Scarlett: Bitches get stuff done)
It's a little better in the house. Maintenance came by this afternoon and fixed the air conditioning, and it's already starting to feel so much better. I can stand to have kitties on me again.

Other than that, not much to say. I'm still here. I'm still doing hosting and catering at Mirko. I'm still putting in applications everywhere. I'm still bloody exhausted all the time. And I'm still writing.

I'm just a little less hot while I'm doing it.


Tuesday, 13 September 2016 10:20 pm
apollymi: Scarlet Witch casting a hex, no text (Aveng**Scarlet Witch: Change the odds)
I'm sitting in my house, Roo in my lap, slowly roasting. Our AC is on the fritz, and I have no idea what to do for it. We've put in a call to the front office, but I haven't heard back from them yet. I don't know if [personal profile] katsuko has or has not. I do know that I'm down to a tank top and underwear because it's so hot. I have every fan in the house going, and it's just. Not. Helping.

I even tried opening the windows and the sliding door, but I swear that it just made it hotter in here.

And it probably wouldn't be so bad if there wasn't a little fur lump in my lap, but there's no helping. Once Roo decides he's in a snuggling mood, nothing at all is going to dissuade him, up to the end of the world.... and even that's iffy.

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!


Tuesday, 28 June 2016 10:25 pm
apollymi: Blank background, text reads "Some days the body count will exceed your word count. And that's okay" (Text: Body count vs. word count)
I'm currently having way too much feline help with... well... everything. Roo has barely gotten off of me all damned day. I actually had to pick him up and carry him to go fix kitty food for the three of them earlier in the day.

It is a bit of a pain, because I had entertained thoughts of walking to the gym today. Between Roo and the bad weather, I didn't get to. That, and it's a 30 minute walk each way. I wasn't looking too forward to trying that today, not with the bad weather. (We had thunderstorms and lightning strikes throughout the afternoon and evening here.)

I did get around to cooking today: broccoli and cheese casserole, which I served with sautéed tofu. Not too terrible for, and we got plenty of protein for once. Next time I'll be sure and put more onion powder in the sauce, though. That was my only complaint with the casserole.

And yeah, that's about all I've gotten around to doing today. I don't really have anything to say for myself. I guess I could post a few dozen Instagram photos I've taken over the last few days, but I'll hold off on that, yeah?


Tuesday, 1 March 2016 08:22 pm
apollymi: Close ups of Arthur and Eames, no text (Incep**Eames/Arthur: Dream bigger)
I'm making this a very quick entry, because I think I'm probably going to be needing to shut off the computer soon, given the weather.

It's been a lovely quiet day, though I will admit to some level of boredom. I'm thinking of starting back doing some Back on Pointe again. I'm actually looking at the old March 2014 calendar because she hasn't released a new calendar for a several months now. But if I'm doing it, then it will be the Beginner one, which means I need to come up with an arms and an abs exercise today. I guess I'll probably stick with the easy ones for now, but at least I'm going to get started doing again.

For what it's worth, I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo again. I'm not sure if words will happen or if they'll be worthwhile, but I'm giving it a go. Join me?


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.

As for today

Sunday, 15 November 2015 10:51 pm
apollymi: Striker Eureka logo, bulldog with bomb in mouth, text reads "Striker Eureka" (PacRim**Striker Eureka: Logo (Max))
I really wish I had something to say for myself today. I ended up with [personal profile] katsuko crashing in my room last night, because I've already put the winter sheets on my bed, but she hasn't done that on hers just yet. We also ended up with all three cats on the bed with us, at least in part because of that. Anyway, the cats managed to pull down the curtains, again, but when Katsuko was trying to rehang them, it set off the alarm, so I ended up having to deal with that and talking to the alarm company while she finished with the curtains.

Because my phone neglected to charge last night, even thought it spent the entire night plugged in, I relocated it and me to the couch to use a different charger, where it finally got to a happy place. And during this time, I ended up dozing off with both boys on me, so it was a nice stay on the couch as far as I was concerned.

Work was... Well, it was work. Rod and Katsuko got into it a bit, but I'm not sure to what extent it's handled now. We ended up with a couple hanging out at the restaurant nearly half an hour after closing, so that put us pretty far behind in getting home. So I'm just going to grab some snacks and have that be my dinner. Later, all.

So hot

Tuesday, 4 August 2015 11:30 pm
apollymi: White background with a black flashing cursor, text reads "It mocks me", animated (My Writing: Cursor mocks me)
Every so often, I have to stop myself and wonder why the hell I live in the Southern United States. It's hot, it's muggy, it's humid as hell, and don't even get me started on the pollen. Most of the day, the temperature hovered around 95°F/35°C. Even this late at night, it's still 81°F/27°C. I'm doing my best to keep the temperature inside the house tolerable, but it's not easy. I dread seeing our utility bill this month.

I bitch about the heat and the humidity and the pollen... but there's something about the South. It's not just the food -- although I'm reliably informed that getting proper sweet tea anywhere else in the world is nigh impossible. It's the atmosphere. It's the people. It's the generous attitudes a lot of people here have. I know there are good people all over the world, but there's something about a Southern drawl that means home.

...But it's still so hot!
apollymi: Heero staring forward, Duo staring off to side, no text (GW**Duo/Heero: Starry Night)
What a shit show of a day.

Today was the first day in quite a while where I did a lunch shift without [personal profile] katsuko. Instead, I had Stephanie. The whole morning was spent with complaints. She has four doubles this week. Carlos scheduled her until 4:00 on all of those days, even though she told him she could only work to 2:30. And who did Carlos think she was, giving her all those doubles? (I didn't manage to resist from quipping, "Katsuko, apparently".) She doesn't want to work with the new manager, Rod, but she also doesn't want to work with Mirko. New Manager Rod is creepy. She hates Cesar, the kitchen manager. She thinks one of the other servers, Terry, is creepy. And on, and on, and on.

Cesar let us in the building at just gone 10:00. We got everything set up. Either I don't realize how much of the morning set up Katsuko actually does or Stephanie was slacking, because I caught myself doing quite a lot more than I usually do. I usually do the sweeping, cleaning the windows, stacking the plates, putting the cushions on the outside couch, and sometimes refilling the marking trays, along with anything else that needs done, like replacing the sanitizer bucket and towels. Today I did all of that, plus the mopping, taking down the chairs, and a bit more still.

By the time 11:30 rolled around, the only manager we had in was still Cesar. Both of them are urging me to contact Carlos, so when I finally do, he says he's on his way to at least get the cash register open for us. I hang up with him... and almost immediately, they both start with the "why did you call Carlos, we can manage without the cash drawer" and so forth. Meanwhile, I'm also trying to cancel a false alarm at the house because I don't want the police dispatched to take out the pest control lady.

Carlos got there just after 11:45, and he got us most of the way set up... and then at just gone noon, Rod comes sauntering in. Apparently, we had had no manager scheduled for today's shift, since Mirko is now supposed to be off from managing, with Rod and another assistant manager finally hired for the other store. Today was supposed to be Carlos' first day off in six days, which meant it was supposed to be Rod managing, except apparently no one told that to Rod. So when he got there, Carlos pretty much reamed him out... and not in a good way. Carlos left again by 1:00-ish, and we had Rod the rest of the day.

Lunch shift went pretty okay. I made just enough money to buy my lunch at Tacos & Tequilas. I even managed to help Cesar order some of the Illy espresso beans that Mirko likes so much. Between lunch and dinner shifts, Rod had me do a sit down with a potential new server, Bryan... and then asked me, "If you had to bet $1000 $200 of your own money on whether or not this guy would work out, what would you say?" I replied that I'm not a betting woman, so I wouldn't even take the bet. So he said he probably wasn't going to talk to Carlos about the guy at all; the guy had bad teeth, and he didn't think that was something people in the area (or Carlos) would respond favorably to.

And then I hosted for dinner, scribbled a little bit while I was standing around, got cut, read, came home amid some pretty impressive thunder and lightning, and then pretty much collapsed. It was a shit show of a day, really.

But hey, here's my updated word count:

11114 / 50000 words. 22% done!

So hot and tired

Monday, 22 June 2015 11:30 pm
apollymi: Ginji in taro/chibi mode with teary eyes (GB**Ginji: *wibble eyes*)
It's been in the 90s the last week, and it's been miserable. I hates it, Precious. I dread to see what it's going to be like in August around here.

It's been in the 90s outside for a week or so, but it's been in the 80s inside at Mirko for just as long.

And I still don't know if Carlos is expecting me to serve on Thursday night. I really don't want to, not right now. Maybe I'll change my mind before then... but I sorta doubt it.

Snow day

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:28 pm
apollymi: Hansel & Gretel in the woods, text reads "We've got the taste of blood" (H&G: Hansel & Gretel: Taste of blood)
The weather here has been flirting back and forth with the idea of snow pretty much all day. We had a few flurries over lunch, but none of them stuck. What we did have a lot of, however, was ice and rain. So much ice and rain. And Mirko flat out said that anyone who didn't come to work for the weather or left early because of it wouldn't have a job tomorrow. Katsuko and I did manage to get out early, though, thanks to the fact that -- unsurprisingly -- it was completely dead during dinner shift. So, yeah, we got sent home and all is now good.

But now I'm reading Harry Potter fanfic. For that matter, I'm also still reading The Losers, Leverage and The Avengers fanfic. Because... damn it, OTPs! And for that matter, OT3s!

So now, back to fanfic.