Too much help

Monday, 13 March 2017 11:05 pm
apollymi: Drawing of cross-looking chick, holding a teabag. Text reads "No tea No work" (Stock: No tea = no work)
Okay, I'm having way too much help in the field of doing... well, anything today. The new Skype group I'm in is entertaining as hell, too entertaining to get anything done around them. Coworkers were too loud at Mirko to get too much writing done, even after I was off the clock. And Roo is being too much of a help for me to accomplish much of anything now that I'm at home.

I did manage to get all the newest chapters of stories up on, Monstrous (as appropriate), and [community profile] eternal_sailorm. So I guess I should feel accomplished about this.

I also managed to drink something like 8 cups of tea between Starbucks and IKEA, so it's a wonder I didn't float off into space today. Or maybe the cider helped with that. Because I like my alcohol sweet, damn it. (Which might explain my enjoyment of mead, as well.)

I did get a little bit of handwriting stuff done while I was at the restaurant, so I'm going to work on getting it all typed up now, so I'll be cutting this off here.

Later, all.


Thursday, 9 March 2017 10:56 pm
apollymi: Usagi with devil horns and tail, musical note next to her, no text (BSSM**Usagi: ♫ (Devilish))
Okay, I will warn the world that today was a grumpy ass day, and I'm glad it's almost over.

Everything has been plucking at my nerves, and I really, really don't like it. Newest server has marinated in his cologne? Teeth-grittingly annoying. Claudio keeps hovering at host stand? Annoying. Claudio shows me the ongoing security camera footage of his dog sitting in the doorway... every thirty or so minutes? Annoying. Servers hanging out at host stand to check their phones? Annoying. Newest server is arrogant and thinks he knows everything, but still has to ask for help with so much stuff and still doesn't understand sections? Annoying. Sitting down at the bar and positioning myself so that no one will be near me... and then Claudio pulls a barstool over to me? Let me pull my hair out annoying.

I have only managed a little bit of writing today, and that's annoying as piss too. I've stayed over 1,000 words every day this month so far, and I don't want to break that streak.

I did manage to get regular verse Wicked Ones Joshua to talk to me a bit again. He's... mostly moving towards a better mental place, but he's not quite there yet. He's got quite a ways to go. But he's trying, poor boy. Poor, grumpy boy. I'm going to need to slip him back into the beginnings of the dark place he used to be, though, because I kind of want to write the fight that drove the brothers apart for the last section of Wicked Ones: The Early Years. Because I want to twist the knife on them one last time before I let them be happy again.

Nothing else is really happening with these boys. Monstrous: After Midnight talked a little bit to [personal profile] katsuko the other day. Lev7 is being quiet, mostly because Goody is annoyed at Chisolm and Faraday is a bit shocked at being defended. Trinity is close enough to done that nothing more is really needed from me, aside from some editing. Mostly I've been working on the AUs, because they're eating at my soul. I did manage some, again, on the regular verse of Wicked Ones, but I'm not sure what the point of this particular scene is, other than to have something on Day 4 in Rose Creek. Finally, Memento Mori... I haven't even opened the document all week. I'm a little embarrassed about this. This is why I'm still on the third part of Chapter One, even though I've been working on it since November.

And yeah, that's about all I've got to say for myself for today. Still grumpy, still tired, still ingesting way too tea. All that in mind, I'm going to try to make words happen. Later, all.

NaNoWriMo Day 18

Friday, 18 November 2016 11:45 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
This is me trying to get a quick post out before I go to sleep. I'm beyond exhausted, but I think a lot of that is because I'm getting sick. It was exactly what I didn't want for my one weekend day off, especially with Mum coming to visit. But that doesn't mean that I can breathe through my nose now or go more than a few minutes without sneezing up a storm or coughing so hard that I start crying. I can't even breathe through my nose well enough to take my temperature and see if anything's up there. And while I haven't been feeling well for the past few days, I only got bad in the last hours.

A lot of it, I think, has to do with all the smoke in the air from the wildfires still burning here in Northern Georgia. I got sick a lot when we were having wildfires in Northern Florida. Something about all the smoke just sets me off something fierce. It's really not fun in any way that there could possibly be to look at it.

With all this ickiness going on, I haven't gotten a lot of writing done. In fact, I've managed very little. It's good that I have a surplus going right now, because I'm not sure how much writing I'm going to get done over the next few days until I'm feeling a bit peppier.

In the meanwhile, I'm going to sit here on the couch and try to make words happen, while I drink the sickie tea that [personal profile] katsuko so kindly made for me. It's really slow going, but I'm hopeful of at least getting the minimum words for the day done. If I can manage 1667, I'll go to bed happily.


Sunday, 10 July 2016 02:27 pm
apollymi: Drawing of cross-looking chick, holding a teabag. Text reads "No tea No work" (Stock: No tea = no work)
I'm trying very hard to stay awake today, but it's not really working out the way I would have hoped. I keep drifting off on the couch at the IKEA restaurant. I can't concentrate on anything because I've got everything invested into keep awake. I'm on my second cup of hot tea, and it's just not doing enough to wake me or keep me up.

I'm glad that the kitties have been in a mood to like pate wet kitty food, instead of shreds or flaked or anything like that. That meant that when we went to Kroger to get them their wet food, we were able to buy the store brand, and we ended up getting two cans for $0.39 each. Granted, that's just enough for one extra day, since they get two cans a day, split between the three of them, but [personal profile] katsuko works all day tomorrow at Mirko and that way we can get more, enough for the rest of the week. Other than that, I found stick butter on sale for $0.59. So I was able to get the two groceries we needed for around $1.45, which I had enough to change to get $4.00 back... which I promptly put into the gas tank of the car...

And that was all my money until my checks ever fucking deposit. I have $1.09 in my Ally checking account, $1.43 in my savings account, $2.44 in my Simple checking account, and -$568.32 in my Bank of America checking account. The checks that are going in will be about $250 (Mirko) and $100 (Seven Seas, for Pride and Prejudice). Most of that will immediately go into bills, so I won't be seeing a lot of it. I need a fucking full-time job so that I can get that Bank of America account of the negative and start paying off some damn bills, many of which have already been sent to collections.

I do have an interview Friday at The Melting Pot in Roswell for a hosting gig, so that's a good thing. Mom's friend is pretty sure that her mom can get me in for a job with Home Depot. So those are both two possibilities coming down the pipe. I've already spoken to Carlos at Mirko to say that I will be willing to do all five days of school catering for the 2016-2017 school year--but that if I do, I only want to host on days when I have the catering. It would actually do a lot to help my paycheck if I end up having to stay there, and while it is stressful, it's less stressful than having to deal with Carlos' bitch ass.

And now I'm on my third cup of tea with no sign of more wakefulness. I wish it was a worthwhile tea for waking up, like British Breakfast or even Earl Grey, but nope, it's just plain old Lipton's, because that's all they have. I sometimes feel like I should be bringing my own hot thermos and tea when I come to IKEA on days when I'm so sleepy like this, but I haven't started doing it yet. Mainly that's because I can't remember where any of my hot tea mugs are or if they're all still in boxes or if I parted ways with them when we moved like I did a lot of stuff. I would love to get one of the infusion hot tea mugs that they sell at Teavana (something like this) so that I can do my good but loose-leaf hot teas, but they're too expensive for me to invest in right now... not when we have a list of things we need to get for the kitty babies: flea medicine, flea stuff for around the house (yes, we have fleas, can you tell?), a new flea comb to replace one that vanished in the move, and a new slicker brush to replace one that broke in the move, so that Boo and Roo don't suffer in the Georgia heat with their longer coats.

And yeah, that's about as much babbling as I can stand to do right now. I'm going to try to get some writing done, since I'm still running behind. I need to write 1400 words to get caught up today, to get to the number I need for the day, and while once upon a time that would have been simple, now? Not so much. I will end this thing with an updated word count, as of 2:30pm today:

8990 / 30000 words. 30% done!


Monday, 13 June 2016 11:08 am
apollymi: Drawing of cross-looking chick, holding a teabag. Text reads "No tea No work" (Stock: No tea = no work)
I'm trying to decide if I have anything really to say for myself for today. I'm trying to work my way through the editing project of the day, but it's seriously slow going (but kind of fun and interesting, nonetheless).

I think I'm gonna get a new cuppa and try to make some progress. It's due tonight, so I'm running a little short on time, but it's a pretty in depth project that is taking a bit of time. All the noisiness of IKEA today certainly is not helping matters either.

Neither is my growling stomach. I put all my money towards gas and paying the taxes on getting our new phones, so I don't exactly have enough for food right now. I'm eating on other people's charity right now.

And yeah, back to work time.


Wednesday, 27 April 2016 08:47 pm
apollymi: Hudson freaking out, text reads "Game over, man. Game over". I find this completely realisitc for the situation (Aliens**Hudson: Game over man! Game ove)
I'm torn between saying that today was lazy and that today was productive. I couldn't get to sleep until nearly 4 in the morning, so I only barely registered [personal profile] katsuko leaving for work. I finally did manage to drag my ass out of bed around 10:30 or 11:00, though, so that was good, I guess. A few hours of sleep is better than none, right?

I got some more reading done. When Katsuko got home, we went and got food, shopped a little, and then came home. I got a little bit of writing done while we were eating, so I'm going to try to get it typed up and then keep going. I'm about 3,600 words away from being done, so I just need to keep plugging along making words happen.

In the meanwhile, though, I'm going to go cook a snack in the kitchen, read a wee bit more while I eat it, and then get back to writing. This is the plan, anyway. We'll see how well I do towards sticking to it.


Tuesday, 26 April 2016 11:13 pm
apollymi: Drawing of cross-looking chick, holding a teabag. Text reads "No tea No work" (Stock: No tea = no work)
Yeah, it has been a hella lazy day today. I got a bit of reading done, but again, I woke up with a headache from hell, and therefore I didn't do very much. We did end up going out briefly to acquire lunch and stop by the mall for some fresh tea and such. We even thought about getting makeup, but the line at Sephora was horrendous so we didn't. I really guess that's about it.

Other than that, it's been reading and trying to nap away this damn headache. I should have been writing, but again, headache.

Now, [personal profile] katsuko and Roo are both snoring away, so I'm going to try to get some writing done tonight and maybe get some sleep. Later, all.


Friday, 11 March 2016 11:59 am
apollymi: Bakura & Kaiba fanart commission, text reads "Apollymi" (Stock: Tea Party)
Another early day for posting... and that's fine. I'm typing basically to stay awake. I feel like I'm three-fourths of the way to asleep, thanks to a night of weird sleep. I don't feel like I ever got down into deep sleep, especially since I kept waking up every hour or so, enough so to even talk to the kitties in my bed and remember the conversations after the alarm went off. Plus the early(ish) morning didn't really help matters any, since [personal profile] katsuko and I ended up having to go into Mirko for a bit to help with the catering. (I'm actually not sure how Rod manages on days when we can't come in to help, because he does a good impression of being overwhelmed even when we are there.)

I'm also people-watching today, because sometimes that helps me stay awake. Katsuko gets her break today around 2:30, so we'll be having lunch around then. Breakfast today consisted of fusilli mac and cheese, because Alfredo made too much, so we sat in the IKEA garage and ate it.

Now I'm about to get my 2nd cuppa tea to see if that'll wake me up some. Tonight is going to suck. At least we only have two reservations. Maybe it'll stay slow enough for Carlos to cut me early. Right now I don't even care.


Monday, 8 February 2016 02:44 pm
apollymi: Drawing of cross-looking chick, holding a teabag. Text reads "No tea No work" (Stock: No tea = no work)
I'm so bloody tired. I don't want to have to go to work tonight. I just sort of want to sit in these uncomfortable IKEA restaurant chairs and drink way too much tea. (Too much and too sweet, for anyone but me, I expect. Black tea that's brewed at least 5 minutes, about a Tbsp of half and half... and 3 damn packets of Splenda per cup, equal to about 2 Tbsp of regular sugar.) Today it's all that's keeping me awake, though.

I heard back from Reigning Cats and Dogs today. I have an interview set for Wednesday at 11:30. I just need to get a location for where I need to go. I know it's in Duluth, but that's about it. It's not exactly a deal breaker for me, since I'll mostly be doing my own work, mostly in the Roswell area.

I weighed myself yesterday morning and was pleased to see that I was back down to around 177 lbs. This is a happy thing, as far as I'm concerned. Still a long way to go, but this is something I'm slowly working on.

And scratch what I said above. I just heard back from Reigning Cats and Dogs. I have the address for the interview. I'm a little... confused by the instruction to "dress casually, as you would during a consultation with a client", but I'm gonna go with a nice top, my best jeans, and maybe some cute shoes. It's obviously not meant to be interview style clothes.

The other thing that confuses me is this: "You will need to provide us a background check before employment". I've never had to provide my own background check for a job before. I see a few places offering a paid background check. I'm pretty sure I can get a copy of my credit report for free, but it looks like I'll be paying for the criminal background check part? Maybe? Really, I have no idea.

It was super dead last night at Mirko. We had a grand total of seven tables all night. I think there were about an equal number of to go orders. That's just as well, though, because there was only one server. Well, and [personal profile] katsuko as bartender. Nate whined until he got to go home to watch the Super Bowl, Tyler was supposed to be off (but Carlos keeps forgetting and putting her on the schedule for days she can't work), Jennifer left sick, and Preston no call-no showed... so the only server was Nico. It's bad when the 19 year old is the most responsible one on shift. Rod sent Nico (and Ana, the busser... and Merlene, the dishwasher... and Jesus Martinez, one of the kitchen guys) home at 7:30, once we got permission to close at 8:30 if no one else showed up... So of course -- of fucking course -- someone walked in the door at 8:25, so we ended up staying until 9:30 anyway. Katsuko got her bartender pay for the night, but I ended up having to get off the clock around 8:00, so that I didn't end up driving labor costs up. Either way, though, I think we probably lost money being open last night.

Anyway, yeah, that's about it.


Tuesday, 10 November 2015 11:30 pm
apollymi: Drawing of cross-looking chick, holding a teabag. Text reads "No tea No work" (Stock: No tea = no work)
Well, I feel like accomplished nothing today. Well, no writing at least. I guess technically I got of other stuff accomplished.

Let's see... We got the display changed on [personal profile] katsuko's phone so that now it properly displays colors. Yay! It took over four hours. Boo! I got a 50 minute long massage, finally following through on all of [personal profile] daimeryan_rei's suggestions, and felt absolutely freaking amazing afterwards. Yay! The guy pushed hard for another 15 minutes (and $20). Boo! I made the mistake of going into Sephora and walked away with entirely too much new make-up that I probably didn't need but really, really love. Yay! I spent way too much money on this. Boo! I went into Teavana and tried lots of new teas. Yay! I walked away spending too much money (again). Boo!

I think it's absolutely hilarious that, in a Sephora store where they sell Sephora brand makeup, two different employees both said that they much prefer to use Urban Decay because those cosmetics are better quality. I mean, yeah, they sell Urban Decay there too and it isn't that much more than the Sephora brand stuff, but it's still funny to me.

Also, I am having giggling fits about The Walking Dead casting Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the lineup. I mean, yeah, he's probably going to die horribly. But does this mean that I can now count TWD as part of Supernatural? Because I ♥ me some Papa Winchester.

And that's about it. Later, all.


Thursday, 29 October 2015 03:21 pm
apollymi: Drawing of cross-looking chick, holding a teabag. Text reads "No tea No work" (Stock: No tea = no work)
I'm killing time in IKEA waiting on [personal profile] katsuko to get off work here... so we can both go to work at Mirko. It never seems to end. I take my days off to relax and try to recuperate, and then it feels like I never had them at all. It's funny: I get to relax for two days, but then I wake up on my days back on with my hips throbbing all over again.

But I guess that's neither nor there, because it's not like I can do anything about it until I am no longer at a job where I'm on my feet almost all day. And one seriously needs to come through sooner rather than later. I'm starting to doubt it'll ever happen, but maybe it will.

And I think I might need one more cuppa before it's time to leave IKEA for Mirko. Off to go get that now.


Wednesday, 12 February 2014 11:55 pm
apollymi: Drawing of cross-looking chick, holding a teabag. Text reads "No tea No work" (Stock: No tea = no work)
So I've spent today mostly down with a headache. Nothing was working on it for the longest time, not wine, not Excedrin Migraine, not laying down... and I couldn't get to sleep with it to try that. What did seem to wind up helping was some hot tea, namely my Strawberry Rose Champagne Peach Tranquility tea. What a mouthful! But I'm on my second cup, and the headache is finally easing away. I'm appreciating the hell out of that.

Other than that, I've been working on the Girls und Panzer volume 1 editing. I got almost 200 words for the day out of that, so that's good. I've made one full pass over it, and I'm working on my second one. This is a good thing, I'm thinking. I'll try to make one more pass before I send it on to Seven Seas tomorrow. I don't like only having two pages worth of edits to turn in. I don't care how good their transcriber is for any series: I want to have at least three pages to turn in so that I feel like I earned my $50.

The weather here continues to be dreary. When I got up this morning, there was some snow and a lot of ice out on the ground behind the apartment. Now it's mostly snow with some ice. We did get a goodly amount of sleet and freezing rain, as we expected, and the weather reports are calling for more snow tonight. It's nice and all that. I'm enjoying the whole snow thing, but I'm not digging the whole nothing to do bit of it. So that's something for me to continue to think about. Not that I really put too much thought into the weather beyond "what kind of coat should I put on when I leave the house".

All this going on means that I didn't get any editing on my own stuff done today, which is mostly okay. I do only have 10 days to get it finished before my birthday, but I'll have time again once I finish Girls und Panzer tomorrow.

I used part of my tax return to get a Zagg keyboard case for my iPad Serenity. I did have a Zagg keyboard case already, but the keyboard was sticky, especially on the spacebar key; it was a known error on that model of keyboard, which I didn't know about until later. I got the upgraded Zaggkeys Profolio+ for about the same price I paid for the original folio keyboard case, and it came in today (so at least mail was running). It took forever for the keyboard to do its initial charge, but it's supposed to last up to 2 weeks per charge, so that's not a big deal as far as I'm concerned. It looks a little weird, having a white iPad in a black case, but the white case wasn't one I saw available via Amazon Prime... and I love my free two day shipping too much to use anything else. So far, it's a tentative thumbs up from me, but we'll see how I like it once I lay in bed typing on it.

And I'm working on getting my little paws on several series that Katsuko and I have been meaning to watch: Rurouni Kenshin, Ripper Street, Whitechapel, and Yonderland. Based on [personal profile] van's commentary, we're also getting The Musketeers. I predict that, after watching all of this, it will take me weeks to shake a semi-British accent. (I have weird dialectal issues: if I watch something, I am as likely as not to pick up the accents people on said movie/show speak in. I had a semi-Welsh accent for days after marathoning Series One of Torchwood.)

And that's it. Good night, folks.