Sucks

Saturday, 25 March 2017 11:11 pm
apollymi: Hatter talking, text reads "Hell no!", animated (Alice**Hatter: Hell no!)
Today sucked.

I did the catering that Carlos volunteered me for today. So rather than have my day off, I had to go with [personal profile] katsuko to IKEA, so that we could both go get this delivered. Only, once we got there, someone had told the coordinator that we were supposed to do all the setup and so forth. Since we had to wait for the guy to come sign the slip and leave a tip, we did that.

Finally, the dude got there, and when presented with the check, he hands it over to his 16 year old to fill in the tip and sign. She leaves us $80 on nearly $2800 worth of food, with doing twice the world we were told to do. It comes to a 3% tip.

Carlos waived the delivery fee because the guy promised to "take good care of us". $80 is not "taking good care" of us. A 15% or 20% would have been "taking good care" of us. Yes, I will get a commission from this job that will be good, but it won't be until two or three weeks from now. It'll pay next month's rent, not this month's, which was what that tip was supposed to do.

So now I'm pissed. I've already told Carlos I will not be doing any of these for him ever again. My head is throbbing, and I'm pissed. Writing is not going to be occurring tonight, I don't think. I think I'm just going to take the cat off the keyboard, and try to nap away this headache. With a lot of Roo assistance.

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.

Lazy

Saturday, 11 March 2017 11:01 pm
apollymi: Ninth Doctor, text reads "Oh, look who just graduated from idiot school" (DW**9th Doctor: Idiot school)
I have had a lazy, lazy day. And I'm happy with this. I hung out with the kitties, I read for a bit, and I watched Primeval with [personal profile] katsuko off and on throughout the day. It's a nice change from everything else we've been watching, but it does mean that we haven't accomplished much for the day.

We've mostly stared at Tumblr and Scrivener and tried to make things happen, but that hasn't work. We've also joined a Skype group of some of the other Magnificent Seven writers. Not all that many of them, but some of them are ones I've enjoyed. But so far they've all be so nice. That's a good thing.

Roo has finally managed to happy drool on the trackpad so much that it's not working. Thankfully, I do still have the wireless mouse, but I don't like having to use it. It's not my favorite thing to deal with. It's better than nothing or trying to figure out keyboard shortcuts, though, so I'm doing it.

And yeah, that's about all I've got for today. I'm still tired and just... detached. I'm going to sit on my couch, and I'm going to eat some damn jellybeans. That's going to be about it.

Later, all.

Something

Friday, 10 March 2017 11:07 pm
apollymi: Kyo and Yuya with Kyo's sword, black background, no text (SDK**Kyo/Yuya: Still of the night)
It's been a long, long shitty day. I have a whole lot of not wanting to go back to Mirko Pasta ever again. I know I'll have to, of course, because I need the fucking money, but I seriously don't want to. I want to just... sleep. That's it.

I just want to sleep.

I'm just so damn tired of... everything. What's getting me through: reviews, friendly folks on the various websites, and [personal profile] katsuko and the kitties.

I'm just so damn tired.

Well...

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 11:19 pm
apollymi: Trunks just after landing a punch, no text (DBZ**Trunks: Won't back down)
This is an update on yesterday, mostly.

[personal profile] katsuko managed to get in contact with the office while I was in my interview. And seriously, bless Alton. Bless the man. He said something along the lines of "I have no doubt that you reported at the beginning. We'll update your file. If you can find the receipts for doing the two payments, we're all good. If not, you can do two $300 payments. We'd prefer them with this month's and next month's rent, but we would prefer the rent honestly, so if you can't do it on those months, just let us know."

Of course, that's a summary based completely on what [personal profile] katsuko relayed to me.

We stopped by the office after I picked her up from IKEA to discuss the whole cleaning thing. It's more like a warning, because the Orkin man complained. (WTF?! The Orkin man? Complained? Dude comes once every few weeks and just stirs the bugs up.) Office folks asked about my hand, and Krystal even scolded me for not getting someone to drive me to the Urgent Care. Wasn't a lot to do for that, though, when we don't know our neighbors all that well and no one was in the office on a Sunday.

On the other side of this, the massive panicked cleaning we did last night did results in a lot more living room space suddenly. I'm not faulting that. More living room space is nice. We do still need to vacuum my room, and I'm not entirely certain our little vacuum cleaner is going to hold up to that. It does well enough on the tile floor, but the bedroom is the only carpeted area in the house. Well, we'll see.

The interview today seemed to go really well. In fact, I described it more as a conversation mixed with the occasional interview-type questions. We even discussed stuff like GSU employee discounts with MARTA, books books and more books, the importance of not leading folks on, and the magic word "no", which would be an important part of this job. I'm hopeful, but I'm not holding my breath.

Carlos did call me to ask if I could do a catering delivery for him on the 25th, because he'll be out of town for his birthday. (Mind you, he just got back in town a few hours ago, from his third or fourth trip home to Miami this year.) It's a day off, but it would be a very sizable commission with a possibility of the company it's being delivered to tipping, so... Maybe?

And yeah, I worked more on the Wicked Ones AU that we are currently calling "the wandering boys". It goes AU after the chapter of Wicked Ones: The Early Years that [personal profile] katsuko is going to be posting Friday. This makes the third AU we've at least started based on various parts of Wicked Ones. And yes, this makes me happy.

And that's about it. Later, all.

Busy ass day

Monday, 6 March 2017 11:58 pm
apollymi: Lina, falm palming, giant sweat drop, no text (Slay**Lina: Fuckwittery (Facepalm))
I'm not even sure what to say for today.

I can safely state that my hand hurts worse today than it did yesterday, so obviously the lidocaine wore off quite thoroughly. We've been doing a bit of an emergency spot clean of the house, so it's definitely throbbing now.

[personal profile] katsuko and I could both swear that, when we moved into these apartments back in January 2016, we paid the $600 pet fee, spread between a few months. We got a notice on the door saying "You have pets and they aren't on your lease - fix this now". As well as one saying to clean the damn house, which we did. Oh god, how we've did. I hurt in all new ways than I was already hurting before. I'm actually waiting on the pain to die down a bit so that I can go to bed.

But I can't find any information with that kind of stuff on it, saying we paid or discussed it with her or writing. Looking back over the lease from last year, they put us down as having no pets, even though we provided information saying we do. So, I guess it'll be our word against theirs, and I imagine ours will lose, since it's apparently our verbal discussion versus their written information.

On a happier note, I did get everything up to date on [community profile] eternal_sailorm and DarkMagick.net, at least as far as The Magnificent Seven stories go. I also updated the Mag7 recommendations page too. So... productive, yes?

And I'm really out of things to talk about already. We need to be going to bed, so that we can get up and get interview/work ready in the morning ahead of [personal profile] katsuko's 7:00 a.m. shift, but all the cleaning we've done today means we're not tired. Sore? Yes. Hurting? Oh definitely. Shaky? Sadly so. But tired? Not even a little.

Lady dammit

Friday, 3 March 2017 11:46 pm
apollymi: Richard III on castle wall, next to sign reading "Not Fair" (HH**Richard3: Not fair)
Sorry. The subject line references my cat Boo, who is indeed a lady, dammit. She might be a distinctly solid state (I'm not going to say she's fat, but she's got some heft to her) and she might be opinionated as fuck, but she's sweet as can be... and when she wants to be on a lap (at least when the lap belongs to [personal profile] katsuko), she'll circle back and forth and polite put one foot up on her lap until she gets permission. Because she's a lady, dammit.

Today was a long day, with catering in the morning, a long gap in the afternoon, and then dinner shift, all at Mirko. It would have been a lot longer if [personal profile] katsuko hadn't called out of IKEA for this morning. She was scheduled to be there at 6:00... which would have meant leaving the house no later than 5:15, so getting up by 4:30. I was already at the point of tired where I was setting dark skittering shapes out of the corner of my eye, which is the point of tired I don't enjoy being. Loopy enough for some all over the place writing? Fan-fucking-tastic. Loopy enough to see shit that ain't there? Pass.

So only doing the catering and not IKEA today meant that I got to get caught up a bit on some sleep. No more dark skittering shapes out of the corner of my eye, which was damn good, I think. If I hadn't had massive amounts of soda today, I would probably already be in bed trying to get some more damn sleep. Mmmm, sleep. It sounds lovely, but I'm a little too wired for it right now.

[personal profile] katsuko and I have just about finished with that scene of great heartbreak on Wicked Ones. We had to scrap about 400 words of it, because it was getting way too close to permanently and irreparably breaking the characters beyond what even we could fix. Joshua was at the point of just emotionally shattering, in a very literal sense, and... yeah. While it was very well written and evocative, it just broke the boys too much to leave in. I much prefer the new version we did today.

And yeah, I'm tired and sore and am giving some thought to giving bed a try anyway, soda or no soda.

So... later, all.

A lazy, lazy day

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 10:14 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 ended up not going to bed until late yesterday, with the thought that we had nowhere to be today, so we might as well do all the writing and stuff we want and to hell with sleep. So yeah, we ended up going to bed around 3:00 in the morning... and then I still woke up before 9:00 in the morning because Roo needed his loving.

I swear, he and Jimi are conspiring against me. Jimi gets himself settled between my knees in such a way that I can't move around in the night... which means I can't move into a position that prevents Roo from settling across my chest. It's like being tag-teamed. They're smart and devious boys, that's for sure.

I have a follow-up interview with GSU set for Tuesday, in response to the telephone interview I had last week. This one will be face to face in the department that I would be working in, with the people I would be working with. So that's a good thing. Also Mum forwarded my resume to a doctor in Kennesaw she's worked with before and who is in need of an Administrative Assistant, so there is that. Maybe. Just maybe. I'm not holding my breath. I'm tired of getting my hopes up and then getting them dashed to the ground again.

Right now, [personal profile] katsuko and I are working on the reconciliation chapter of Wicked Ones... and I want to shake both of these boys. Or smack them both with a rolled up newspaper. They kind of deserve it. They both need to stop and actually listen to each other, and they ain't doing a good job of that, even when finally making their apologies.

So, yeah, we're just going to keep working on that and get it out of the way. That sounds like a good plan. I like this plan. I think we're going to do that.

So, later, all.

Something

Friday, 24 February 2017 11:45 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'm not too sure how man words I have in me today. I'm tired... but what else is new? It seems like I'm always tired.

I did a phone interview today with Georgia State University in the Academic Testing department. Were I to get the job, it would mostly be overseeing testing to make certain that no one cheats, or at least that's what it sounds like from the description. I also went ahead and applied for two more jobs at GSU while I was on the site. It seemed like a good idea at the time. We'll see if anything comes of any of it, yeah?

I'm not exactly holding my breath here. After all, I've lost count how many applications and interviews I've done since I moved to Atlanta in 2013. It has to be over 1,100 applications and 25 interviews, though. I'm starting to think I'm going to be stuck at the restaurant until the day I die... because it's going to kill me.

I'm working on getting the next bit of Wicked Ones posted. I'm also trying to persuade that particular Joshua to let me finish the scene we're in, but he's not in the mood to cooperate. Whatever happened to my talkative Mean Joshua who gave me so many words over November, December, and January? Where did he go? Is it because I bragged on my philosophy of "shut up and let the Mean Faraday talk"? Because if so, not cool, man. I need words. I need all the words.

Gods, I could just fall sleep right where I'm sitting: scrunched up in a corner of the couch in [personal profile] katsuko's room, heading lolling to one side, kitty tucked up to my side. Roo has been a wonderful helper today, after all. It's been a very good thing. I wish he could go do the hosting at Mirko for me sometimes, but I'll take the rest of the help I get from him. Right now it's the "holding the couch down so it doesn't float away" kind of help, which is very, very important, you know.

What I need to be doing when the gay cowboys aren't talking to me is working on the rewrite of Color of Life. Instead, I'm just sort of sitting here, staring at my Tumblr like it's going to do a trick. To be fair, it might. You never really know with Tumblr.

Anyway, I should be writing, but since I'm drifting off and having a very hard time typing without typos, I'm thinking I'm going to call it a night.

Later, all.

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.

Updating

Wednesday, 8 February 2017 10:27 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
I managed to get the latest chapter of Monstrous: After Midnight up on almost all the usual places pretty much immediately after [personal profile] katsuko posted it today. So that's it up on [community profile] eternal_sailorm and Monstrous. I also transferred the entire Monstrous site from the subdirectory to the main directory of that subdomain. It was bothering me. It's fixed now, so maybe it'll quit bothering me.

I have had a great deal of help with everything today, in the orange stripes of a Roo-shaped helper. Every few minutes he's come to sit on me and "help" with everything I'm trying to do. It's not conducive to getting things done.

I did end up taking the car to get looked at by the mechanic that Claudio recommended, at least for a free diagnostic. It took the better part of an hour for him to look it over, in and amidst all the actually paying customers coming in and out. The verdict is... that he can't give me an actual verdict. It's not the easy fix stuff like spark plugs or loose wires. He would have to take off the engine manifold and get down into it to try to find the issue, and that simply could not be done in an hour or so... or for free. If it's an easy fix, then the repair cost could be between $400 and $500. If it's something more in depth, who knows? He even said it would be best for me not to drive it too much, because it could end up making matters worse. I think the problems with this are pretty self-evident, yeah? Given that there is only one car and two people in the household who need to go places.

It just never fucking ends. Hell, [personal profile] katsuko ranted about it over on her Tumblr. I think she's submitted it to [personal profile] copperbadge's Radio-Free Monday thing. Because honestly, we need all the help we can get. At least Katie isn't asking for her $1100 back just yet, because that would beyond break us.

I need one of these jobs to come through for me. Something. Anything. Please.

So yeah

Tuesday, 7 February 2017 10:54 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
Long day has been hella long. I got up ridiculously early and took [personal profile] katsuko to IKEA by 6:00 in the morning. I then went to Panera Bread and tried to stay awake until catering at Mirko time. That ended up going very well; my Greek school gave me cake this time, which is always a nice thing. Like I told the administrator there, never say no to free cake. I helped Carlos out with a few issues in the restaurant that he was having trouble with, mostly the new email system. And then it was back over to IKEA to wait for [personal profile] katsuko to get off work.

I also ended up getting a call back from GPLS. They want me to come in next Wednesday for a second interview. So... maybe that's a good sign? It's going to be a longer visit this time, and it will consist of a half hour meeting with the State Librarian and then an hour long computer skills test. So maybe something good?

I tried to grab a nap when we got home, but of course Roo and Boo didn't permit for that, so instead I ended up catching up on some of the fanfic reading I had been putting off. But hopefully that means I'll sleep good tonight. I'm not exactly holding my breath for it, but I'm hopeful. Yeah, hopeful.

And yet again, I've spent most of the day working on the Mag7/Lev thing instead of the stories that need it. I need words to happen on Wicked Ones or Monstrous: After Midnight... or even Trinity, not the Mag7/Lev thing. But oh no, that's the Vasquez that wants to talk to me. And he has plenty to say. I'm actually having a hard time keeping up with how much he wants to say. And, weirdly, the original thing I worked on during July Camp NaNo is giving some words. I'm not displeased with this part, but I really need Wicked Ones to play nice.

But yeah, that's about it for me for now.

Still sick

Saturday, 4 February 2017 09:42 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
I'm still sick. I'm getting by on DayQuill, NyQuill, and Sudafed for now, but it's still not a lot of fun. I dislike sniffling all the time, and it feels like that's all I'm doing right now. I'm also still coughing, sneezing, and generally feeling cruddy as hell. I'm going to get the gumption up sooner or later to make myself some more hot drink, maybe my lemon mint sickie tea, but I'm not quite there yet.

I also haven't written anything yet today, mainly because I'm feeling so damn cruddy. The fact that I stayed in bed until 11 this morning probably didn't help matters either. Unfortunately that was the latest Roo would permit me to stay abed, though; his tummy wasn't waiting any longer. Which, fair play to him, he gave me that much time at least. Situations were reversed, I'm not sure I would.

Hell, usually he doesn't. Usually if I try to sleep in, he comes and wakes me up by 8:30 or so. I guess he knew I'm not feeling well.

And fuck it, I made me some sickie mint-lemon-ginger tea. Hopefully it'll clear me up enough to sleep tonight.

And now that Roo has arrived to help me type, I'm going to quit that for now and just read. And try to write. But mostly read.

Nerves

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 10:58 pm
apollymi: Ed glares & Al stands behind him, no text (FMA**Ed: Ed is unimpressed)
So, tomorrow's my interview. I am seriously, seriously nervous. I've already pretty much packed all applicable things that need to go with me: my resume, my letter of recommendation, my references, a notepad, and two pens (just in case). I have my iPad charging, so that I have something to do after the interview to calm myself back down. I've got my makeup set out to put on in the morning, and my straightening iron is under the bathroom sink, ready to be used. I have what I'm wearing tomorrow already picked out; I even went out and bought underwear that shouldn't show under my dress pants.

So I'm very nervous, but I think I'm approaching prepared. I hope I'm prepared. I want to be prepared. I want this to go well. I want this job. I need this job.

But I'm not going to do myself any favors if I sit here for hours on end fretting about it. If I do that, I'll just make myself feel worse, and that's the last thing I want to do.

I did manage some writing on Wicked Ones. Yes, I know I need to update both [community profile] eternal_sailorm and DarkMagick.net with all these new chapters. I'm running so far behind in updating, and I really don't have any excuses, except that I'm lazy. I'm lazy, and I'm forgetful, and I just keep not doing it. Plus there is the fact that we're posting a lot more -- and more quickly -- in this fandom than we ever have before. I've written and posted this quickly before -- but not at a sustained pace like this.

Anyway, I'm going to see about heading on to bed, so that I can get up at an appropriate o'clock for getting ready to go and be on time. Well, be early, because the first bus that could get [personal profile] katsuko on to IKEA on time leaves at 8:40, so we have to arrive at least then.

And didn't I just say that I was going to quit worrying about all of this? Because I totally meant to.

Besides, now I have Roo on me again, so using the keyboard is going to be even more difficult. I'm gonna quit while I'm ahead.

Wish me luck tomorrow!

Another long day

Sunday, 29 January 2017 10:21 pm
apollymi: Blank background, text reads "What I really need are minions" (Text: I need minions)
I've been having a series of long days. Today was another in it. Mostly because I'm on the rag, and all I've felt like today has been: (1) a warm kitty laying over my uterus, (2) having a lot of cheap ass and terrible for me cheese, (3) saying a lot of words that I normally find very distasteful, and (4) dropkicking noisy coworker boys across the restaurant. In fact, I think my exact words for what I wanted to do was "cunt punt the noisy ass little fucks across the damn dining room if they don't shut the fuck up". Don't ask me how I'm going to cunt punt them: just know that I fully intended to do so.

However, I've now had my cheese dip--even if [personal profile] katsuko did spring for some fancier cheese dip than I was thinking--and I've watched some Leverage. I'm feeling a bit happier now, so there is less chance of that happening.

We do have to find out what's going on with the Suntrust ATM we usually deposit [personal profile] katsuko's money at. It ate about $63 worth of money and didn't deposit it into her account. Of course, well, that's rent money, so if it doesn't deposit, that's going to be a pretty huge issue. Every penny counts right now, ya know? So we're going into the branch tomorrow morning around catering, to see what exactly they have to say for themselves.

And I managed to get the Mean Faraday to start talking again... only right now he's being a maudlin Faraday. I don't care: he's talking again. Shit's about to go down that will help improve him some.

And Christ, we've been getting the best reviews lately. It's making me feel a whole lot better with this shit, especially Wicked Ones. Mean Faraday appreciates the love. It's got him willing to talk again.

yeah

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:29 pm
apollymi: Duo and Heero embracing, no text (GW**Duo/Heero: No Words)
I feel like I should be a little ashamed of how little writing I got done today. I'm not too much, though. I mean, I am a little. But it just wasn't a good day for writing. I had a low day yesterday. I'm still in that low place today. I'm just doing a better job of dealing with it today.

I've watched documentaries on Richard III and Henry VIII most of the day today. We've done laundry.

I did end up cooking both our meals at the house today: spaghetti "bolognese" (with veggie burger "meat") with garlic breadsticks for lunch and "beer" and cheese soup for dinner (with just extra broth instead of beer, because I didn't have any in the house). So it was a day for classics in our house and my cooking repertoire.

I've also had a lot of feline love and assistance today. Roo and Boo in particular have been with me every step I've taken today. They've been on top of me when I was trying to do any writing, pretty much form the minute I got up this morning.

I've also been watching hair tutorials, trying to figure out how to do one of Daenerys' signature hairstyles. We might have a relatively simple solution, but I'm not sure yet. We'll see how it turns out when or if we try it on my hair.

And my stomach is now fully rebelling against our dinner, so I'm going to sign off here. 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.

Horrible

Saturday, 21 January 2017 09:13 pm
apollymi: Black background, text reads "Rare pairings: oh hell, why the fuck not?" (Text: Rare pairings - why not?)
Roo is practicing his cinnamon roll impression right next to me. So far, I have to give him an A+. He's got the roll right, and he's the right level of sweet for the job.

I've been watching Horrible Histories and Yonderland most of today, mainly because it's been raining like mad. And because I'm a grownup. Really. I am. I promise.

Of course, I'm also watching recipe videos on YouTube. I want to start back cooking... and given how many times veganism has come up at work in the last few days, I'm wondering if it's a bit of a sign. I did enjoy how I felt when I was eating vegan, but it was always more time and money than I strictly had available then and especially now. But there are a lot of people who are proving you can feed one person for a week on $20 completely vegan, so it might be $40 for the two of us... which is a bit doable, especially if we can trim down on eating out. That's what kills our money.

I got the Wii Fit up and running. I'm not happy with my own weight... and I'm less than thrilled with Roo's too. He's hovering between 7.7 and 8.4 pounds. These are both less than he weighed at the vet, when he was 8.8 pounds. But he's acting happier and spunkier too. He's eating constantly, but he's also playing all the time too. He's had more energy in the last month than he's had since we moved to Roswell. Well, except when he's practicing his cinnamon roll-ness.

What I haven't managed to do yet today has been write, which is damn annoying. I spent two days writing a nine-year-old having a panic attack, and now I feel like I need a long hot shower. But the grown-up version of said nine-year-old got snogged and now apparently has no idea what to do with his life. The thief version is debating on whether or not he's willing to participate in this particular criminal endeavor. And the monster one? Well, he's too busy cackling at people trying to figure out what the hell he is.

And yeah, that's where I am right now.

Updates

Thursday, 19 January 2017 01:53 pm
apollymi: Heero staring forward, Duo staring off to side, no text (GW**Duo/Heero: Starry Night)
I managed to get the next chapters of Trinity and Monstrous: After Midnight up on [community profile] eternal_sailorm. So that's a good thing. I still need to get yesterday's chapter of Monstrous: After Midnight up on the Monstrous site itself, but maybe that'll be tonight or tomorrow. Right now, it's a little hard to make too many thing happen, when there is a Boo between me and the keyboard, sitting on my hand while I'm typing. She's a very helpful thing.

I need to be getting dressed, though, so I can go get the emissions testing over with, so that I can find out what needs to be fixed before the actual renewal date of the 22nd. Boo is not sympathetic to these needs, though.

And I feel like I should mention that #365k/365Day is going quite well. With what I've written so far today, I'm at 22,056 words, so I'm a little over where I need to be. I had hoped for more of a surplus than this, but at least I'm ahead for now.

And that's it for me for now. I need to move a cat and start my day. Later, all.

Too much help

Monday, 16 January 2017 11:29 pm
apollymi: Kyo and Yuya with Kyo's sword, black background, no text (SDK**Kyo/Yuya: Still of the night)
I'm trying to type this up and type on various things, all with Roo being right fucking here in the middle of everything. In fact, at the moment, he's currently sitting on my right arm in the crook of my elbow. He's still not back to his full weight yet, though he's getting there quickly enough, but he's still heavy enough that my elbow cannot hold him up. I need to figure out a way to figure out his weight. Maybe if I buy up enough batteries to use the Wii remote and board again soon... Yeah, maybe that'll work.

I managed a little bit of writing, mainly because today has just been hella hectic and because I only had the iPad Mini with me today. I do have a keyboard for that one, but it doesn't always work out as well as using an actual keyboard. Some of the keys are in odd places or require I use special keys to utilize, and it throws off my groove.

So, yeah, here's a little dorky thing. I name most of my electronics. Basically, if it's a Mac of some sort, it has a name. So it breaks down like this:
iMac = Wanda
MacBook - Ripley
iPhone - KaiPhone
iPad 2 - Serenity
iPad Mini - Faraday

I think you can kind of tell which one is the newest of that lot. I mean, I bought Faraday used and with some minor damages, but he's been a good little iPad Mini so far. He's not the prettiest or the fastest or anything like that, but I wanted something small, portable, that used iOS, and that I could connect a Bluetooth keyboard to. Faraday won.

Randomly, I hate bank holidays. My money won't be in my account until tomorrow at this rate, and I had had every intention of going to the gym today to buy out my membership. But since my money didn't deposit, I couldn't do that. If it's there tomorrow like it should be, I'll go do that after the catering. I also will be doing the emissions test on the car, since that has to get done before my birthday and doing it nearly a month in advance will give me a chance to see if there are any issues with it that need to be worked on to keep it on the road before I pay to have the tag renewed by my birthday in February.

I just hope there aren't any actual issues that have to be fixed. Otherwise, it's going to be another GoFundMe campaign for the repairs. Or begging Mum for a loan... again. I don't like having to keep on doing that, especially when [personal profile] katsuko's family doesn't kick in any.

But that's an old rant, one that's not likely to change at any point in the foreseeable future. I'm gonna go try to get some actual writing done now. Later, all.