apollymi: Typewriter and paper, text reads "Fanfic writer" (My Writing: Fanfic Writer)
Today is my cousin Lee's birthday. If I'm mathing correctly, he will be 27 years old today. God, this makes me feel old. I remember him being a wee toddling thing. Now he's married with a four-legged puppy child. It just doesn't seem right.

I had a pretty decent writing day today. I'm coming along well enough toward both the 50,000 word goal I've had as my minimum and towards the 65,000 word goal that is my unofficial one as well. I doubt I'm going to go much over that unofficial goal, but we'll see. Who knows what the weekend will bring.

I do know that tomorrow we'll be paying the Verizon bill again, paying the renter's insurance again, and so forth. I do know that Saturday, [personal profile] katsuko and I have tentative plans to go down to the Tanger Outlets in Locust Grove and see about finding at least one new pair of jeans each, possibly at the Levi's outlet store. I think we might try to go see Spider-Man: Homecoming while we're out that day. I don't know yet, though. I think that's all of our weekend plans, though.

Aside from more writing, of course.

And that's about it for me for tonight. I guess I really don't have a lot to say for myself for today. It's been a long one, not to mention a long week, and I'm going to be glad for tomorrow to be over. Hopefully testers will be in better humors next week.

So, yeah, that's it. Later, all.
apollymi: Buffy looking displeased, text reads "Not impressed" (BtVS**Buffy: Not impressed)
I'm trying to type up a long journal entry, because I'm not sure that I have coherency for writing in me today. I'm feeling very... not in my body today. Disassociated, I guess? Honestly, it sort of feels like when my blood sugar used to tank: like my brain isn't connected to my body. I'm not sure how to describe it. I'm not sure that I actually have words in my vocabulary for it. I just know it feels like I'm both too deep in my own head and yet also thousands of miles away from it. And it always gets worse when I have my headphones in (but weirdly, only the earbuds, not the over the ear ones... that I can't find).

I'm also not sure that I'll be able to find enough words to go in here. I'm trying, but things just aren't happening in my brain. It's distressing. I'm far enough ahead in #365k/365Day to take a day off or have a short day, but I don't want to. Slacking off leads to me not getting writing done.

Honestly, I think I'm just going to sit down and read until I can get my brain back in one place, instead of a hundred thousand and yet nowhere, like it feels like right now.

I do need to buy a new good pair of folding headphones that I can carry around with me. The earbuds just aren't good for me in a lot of ways, aside from the weird way they play with these... periods for me. They're also incredibly uncomfortable to me. And yes, I have tried several different kinds of earbuds; they're all always uncomfortable. But I can't find my over the ear folding headphones. I guess it's not a huge loss, because they were only $25 or so, so it's not like I can't find a pair of Bose or Beats headphones or something. But it still makes me mad, because they were better for me and all and grrr...

But that's not what I need to get on Amazon next. I need to replace my screen protector and case. The card case is getting a little loose, and I'm worried about my cards falling out. And I've dropped my phone enough lately the screen protector is cracked in no less than four places. Better the screen protector than the screen, I say. I wouldn't bother replacing it yet, since it's not messing with my ability to see the screen too much, but I keep nicking my thumb on one of the cracks and I'm a little sick of that. The case I have in mind is $10, but I can't decide if I want the heavier duty screen protector or the privacy screen one. I lean towards the heavier duty one, since I keep dropping the phone. So it would be about $30 for both. Hopefully I can afford to get them both on Monday, if we have enough towards rent by then.

And I guess I did manage some words after all, huh?

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.


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.


Saturday, 4 June 2016 03:27 pm
apollymi: Usagi looking determined, no text (BSSM**Usagi: Determination)
I'm doing everything I can today to keep my eyes open. So far, it's not really working. I keep almost drifting off, and that's not really something I want to be doing here at Panera. So I'm sitting in uncomfortable ways to see if that helps. (So far, not so much, but it's worth a try, right?)

Still loving the upgraded phone. It still feels kind of huge in my hands, but it's not an unwieldy kind of huge, so that's good.

Damn it, I'm still yawning. At least I'm not nodding off again? Yet?


Friday, 3 June 2016 11:11 pm
apollymi: Loose jumble of books, text reads "The keyboard makes me their god" (My Writing: Keyboard makes me their god!)
New phone! We went ahead and did our upgrades to the phones, and well, they're kinda awesome. I'm now on the 6s Plus, and [personal profile] katsuko is on the 6s. They're so much faster than the old phones. Love it.


Tuesday, 24 May 2016 10:58 pm
apollymi: Ninth Doctor, text reads "Oh, look who just graduated from idiot school" (DW**9th Doctor: Idiot school)
I finished! I finished! I finally, finally finished Pride and Prejudice .

I was starting to think it wasn't going to happen, but I managed it.

And now I think I'm going to try to find one of my old phone cases. I'm getting a little tired of getting cut (yes, cut) by the screen protector on my current phone.

One hundred and two

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:12 pm
apollymi: Chaucer looking annoyed, text reads "I will eviscerate you in fiction" (AKT**Chaucer: Eviscerate you in fiction)
Okay, I am beyond exhausted, but the first part of the mission is accomplished: I have successfully arrived in South Georgia, and I have taken Grandmother to her eye appointment. That took approximately fourteen forevers, but finally we finished up and went over to Mum's. We actually ended up getting there right about the same time she did. She and Charlie treated us to Mikata's, a little Japanese place in Albany that I've always loved. Bonus for the fact that they cook at the table, which is always a big hit. After that, we killed some more time at Mum's before driving back to Grandmother's.

According to the Swarm app on my phone, I've driven over 250 miles today, so I guess it's not any wonder that I'm so tired... But I am.

Tomorrow, I need to be up and in Cuthbert by 8:00, so that I can do my shadowing with one of Mum's friends, Beth. I'll be doing that most of the morning, and then I'm supposed to meet with another person, Karan, about history and libraries and such. After that, I guess I'll be getting on the road back to Atlanta... and then absolutely fucking collapsing.

And yeah, that's about it. Later, all.

Something again

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 11:26 pm
apollymi: Bakura & Kaiba fanart commission, text reads "Apollymi" (Stock: Tea Party)
I've moved a grand total of 300 steps today. Yes, that is three hundred. Mostly this has been thanks to the fact that Jimi set up shop on my lap and did not want to move. I get Jimi time so infrequently that I didn't have the heart to move him. However, this does mean that none of the things I meant to accomplish today happened, up to and including eating. Until [personal profile] katsuko got home and fed me, I was running on Cheez-Its and Diet Coke. I also didn't get to go to the bathroom until around 11:00 pm.

So, things that still need to be done before we leave between 9:30 and 10:00 tomorrow morning:
* Empty the cat litter boxes
* Take out the trash
* I need to take a shower and shave
* Pack
* Put out enough food for three cats for two and half days
* Stop by Kroger and buy allergy medicine and food we can eat at the XMas Eve party
* Drive for 2 1/2 hours to Albany to Mum's house

I'm not sure yet if Ripley is coming with or if I'm going to try to do posts on the iPad or my phone. I guess I'll figure that out closer to time.

Mostly I'm just sort of 'eh'.

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.

Too much

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 10:58 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)
Roo is sitting in my lap being way too much help. Therefore, this entry will likely be a bit short, since he makes anything on the computer quite difficult when he sets his mind to it.

We're now 6 days late with our rent. We have to have it paid by the 10th. We're still $333 short. We also have at least $210 to pay to Verizon asap... because it was due on the 2nd. My bank account is overdrafted by $120. It never ends. Also, my life sucks.

And that's it.

iPhone 6, baby!

Saturday, 4 October 2014 11:31 pm
apollymi: Annie gives two thumbs up, text reads "Annie approves", animated (BH**Annie: Approval!)
So, yeah, I now have an iPhone 6 phone. For that matter, so does Katsuko. It's so lovely, looking down at that status bar and seeing so much free space. It's also really nice to see things just zipping along, instead of getting hung up ever so often. I haven't tried using it for music in the car, yet, but it did pretty well for everything else. The test phone call I did on dropped, of course, but that's mostly thanks to this crappy ass basement apartment more than anything else. The photo quality looks awesome, and yes, I have taken panoramic pictures of the cats. And time-lapsed videos of the cats. I might even do slow-mo videos of the cats next. I've also done photos in the dark of the cats, and they turned out exceptionally well also.

So yeah, obviously I'm very thrilled by my new electronic pretty... because I'm a big, fat tech geek. We all know it. No point in denying it. Just still need that app for Dreamwidth. I'm living in hope for that, myself. I'm starting to think it's never going to come, because it's been at least four years already, but I still live in hope. Hope is good, right?

Gods, my head is throbbing, but I don't want to take anything for it because I'll be going to bed soon, which requires taking more medicine and I don't want too much piled on top of one another. I don't think one Aleve will make that much difference either way, though, so I'm going to go ahead and take it. Maybe it'll do something enough that I can perhaps sleep.

I had Jimi on my lap briefly, up until I had to open a bottle of soda, before the sound of the carbonation scared him off my lap. Now I have Roo... and he is feeling very unsettled. We'll go with 'unsettled'. It's better than saying that the boy is pacing all over the place.

Anyway, I'm going to finish where I'm at in this story, and then I'm going the fuck to bed. 5:30 comes awfully damn early in the morning, especially when one is hurting and tired but not sleepy.

Later, all.

A quick entry

Friday, 3 October 2014 11:10 pm
apollymi: Stitch with a cape and a swimsuit top on his head, text reads "I'm the goddamn Batman" (L&S**Stitch: I am the goddamn Batman)
I am so exhausted. Today has been forever long, and I seriously was starting to have doubts about it ever ending. I worked with Kendrick part of this morning (and Irene and Tim before that), which is nice, because I like working with Kendrick. That's not just because he's always awesome; it's also because he's one of the few managers at CVS who believes in telling the part-timers what's going, like why hours are being cut back (for every $1000 lower than normal our sales are, we have to cut 5 hours... and we're losing something like $8000+ each week, so we're losing about 45 hours per week... why can't anyone else just say this shit).

After that, I worked at Mirko tonight. It's my last double of the week... and I'm happy for it. My feet need a break.

That being said, however, I think that maybe Katsuko and I are planning on going by either Verizon or one of the local Best Buy stores to see about upgrading our phones tomorrow. iPhone 6, baby. Hopefully.

Anyway, bed now. Things need to happen. Later.

Day Off

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 11:47 pm
apollymi: Trunks sneaking a glance off to the side, no text (DBZ**Trunks: Corner of my eye)
So this is Take Three on this entry. I tried doing it in Chrome on the iPad, Serenity, but apparently it did not much care for me clicking away from it for a few moments to check something, so it deleted the entire entry, like a little bitch. Likewise again for it freezing.

Katsuko and I both had today any and all jobs. I can't even tell you how long it's been since that happened. (Well, I guess I could if I was willing to go back through my journal and hunt for the information... but I am not particularly willing to do that. Sorry. We'll leave it vague for now. Sorry, hikari. I know how you feel about specificity.)

(She is the Arthur to my Eames.)

We were both productive and lazy today. We slept in this morning, only getting up around 10:30 or so for breakfast (Count Chocula!!) and me taking my pills. After playing around online for a bit, I laid down on the couch while Katsuko got a shower. A few hours later, I got up, and we went out and about for a bit. This consisted of: a quick meal (a shared appetizer and two desserts at The Cheesecake Factory), shoe shopping for me (everyday shoes with some support and new, more comfortable shoes for work), a quick trip through the Apple Store (I dig the iPhone 6 Plus, despite its large size, oddly enough, but I will more than accept the regular 6), a longer visit to Spirit Halloween (I bought too much and Katsuko triggered every noise making thing in the store), our real meal of the day at Loving Hut (Golden Tofu!), a stop by Best Buy that took longer than we intended to see how much trade-in we could get our current iPhones towards the new ones (about $50 each, what a damn ripoff), an aborted trip by Verizon (because it was 8:15 and the store closed at 8:00), and then home. I laid down on the couch, but I have yet to attain sleep. Instead, I've been doing Dragons World and Legend of the Cryptids and Pinterest. I've also had kitty flyby visits.

My new work shoes are seriously comfortable. This makes me ridiculously happy. I still have a blister on my right ankle from breaking in my Mary Jane work shoes, so I'm sort of happy to have some that feel like they'll be comfortable right from the get-go. I have to envy people who can wear shoes straight out of the box. That's hard for me to do. My other pair of new shoes are some "sporty" black ballet flats with lots of (pink) cushioning. Again, seriously comfortable. I have a pair of nicer black ballet flats that I have been wearing, but sometimes wearing them feels like I'm walking barefooted, there is so little padding to them.

Anyway, yeah, that's been about it. It's back to work at Mirko tomorrow, followed by a double whammy Thursday and Friday: CVS then Mirko. At least Skylah is going to try to let me clock out and leave early on Friday. This is a good thing. Skylah's good people.

Just got an email that Emory is glancing over my resume for a library position. I'm not exactly holding my breath, but yay!

And now I'm gonna go see about doing my 750 words and then possibly heading towards bed. Later, all.
apollymi: Hansel & Gretel in the woods, text reads "We've got the taste of blood" (H&G: Hansel & Gretel: Taste of blood)
I did my work at Mirko today. We had a full house as far as servers went, and it seemed as though the rainy weather brought all the customers out in droves. We actually had every single table in the restaurant full at one or two different points in the night, which is sort of a first for me. I also finished up that volume for Seven Seas and got it sent off tonight. I feel all kinds of accomplished in getting this done today when I feel decidedly craptacular.

I got up this morning, took Katsuko to work, stopped by the pharmacy drive-thru at CVS to get my prescription (at last), came home, made a first pass over the entire volume of manga, took a nap, go up when I got a phone call from Grandmother asking if I had been able to get my prescription, found out Katsuko was on break and had my first Mirko paycheck with her, got dressed, drove to Buckhead, picked her up, went by my bank and got my check deposited, picked me up some Starbucks (since she had already had some), went back to Mirko to eat, eventually clocked in, worked our respective shifts, left work, bought teas at McDonalds, deposited Katsuko's money in her bank, went by Kroger to buy cat stuff and wine, and finally (fucking finally) came home again. I've just made a second pass over the manga and sent it off to Seven Seas, so I feel as though I have accomplished plenty today.

Tomorrow both Katsuko and I have the day off. I even have the day off both jobs, which I think is pretty damned amazing considering fucking CVS and damn Tamika. I think our plans are to sleep late, maybe go to Joann's, and perhaps even watch a movie. We might also go by a Verizon store and see what the deal is on trading in an old iPhone for the new iPhone 6. Yes, I was going to just stick to the iPhone 5S, but the iPhone 6 has an option to go as high as 128GB. That might take me a bit to fill up, so it might be the better way to go for me. The highest the iPhone 5S goes is 32GB. That's the same size as what I have now, and I'm constantly having to delete things to keep enough space going for updates.

And yeah, I'm really tired now, so I'm going to finish up the Guardians of the Galaxy fics I have open then I'm either going to bed or to lay down on the couch until Katsuko is ready to go to bed. Later, all.
apollymi: Bakura & Kaiba fanart commission, text reads "Apollymi" (My Writing: JulNoWriMo)
It's Sunday, and I have to be at work by 3:00 pm. I'm predicting that today will be absolutely insane, because most Sunday evenings are. Plus I have to work from 3 until midnight, so that's a huge pain in the ass right there. At least I'm working with Kendrick, who is generally pretty pleasant to work with. We never get out of there before 12:30 when it's the two of us. When I called in last night to double-check my schedule, though, it sounds like His Royal Nibs has been making changes to the schedule again. The last time I looked at it, I worked today, Wednesday, and Thursday. But when I talked to His Royal Nibs yesterday on the phone, he started to say something about Tuesday. Maybe he was reading it wrong, but who knows? Either way, I don't doubt there have been changes since Friday. This is, after all, what drives people nuts the most about working for him.

I wrote on "None So Blind" last night. In fact, amusingly, I wrote exactly 666 words on it last night. I get my amusements where I can. This Ryou is one smart cookie. Of course, I seem to be unable to write Ryou's who aren't smart cookies, but this one especially takes the cake.

It's two days until Camp NaNoWriMo/JulNoWriMo starts. I'm still mostly planning on working on "None So Blind", "Crooked Way", and Summer Dream. I will continue to work on other things along the way as well, but those three are my main focus. Just like in April, I'll be doing all of this in Scrivener, and I'll be using SimpleNote for the portable devices, namely KaiPhone and Serenity. Hopefully, that way I'll be on top of things where I can be. Hopefully CVS won't be too much of a downer on the writing front.

Speaking of which, it's time for me to get dressed, so I can get out of here. Later, folks.
apollymi: Stitch lying on the beach with a lei, text reads "I like fluffy" (L&S**Stitch: I like fluffy)
I'm not 100% for certain, but I think that today makes Day 91 for me for 750 words. I see at the top of the screen that I have hit a 90 day streak, and I think that maybe that means I will have 91 after I finish typing up this journal entry. Which means I've been underreporting for a little bit on how many days I have left, but that's okay; it also means that I'm one day further along than I thought I would be.

I added a new app to KaiPhone yesterday, and it has served for much fun around this house. It's called Weather Whiskers, and yes, it is the weather with pictures of cats and lolspeak. Today is a bundled up Siamese saying "I iz catcicle"... because it's 24° and there is a slight possibility of snow. Scrolling over to Cuthbert weather, it's a kitty in a cunning suit wearing a wee fedora, because it's 30° and "overcast. meh". There's a Sphinx with a beaded necklace, a shopping bag, and a purple overcoast for Tallahassee because it's 33° and "Cold. Do not want". Last but not least, I checked a friend's city in Europe, and it's a gorgeous long-haired cat with a knitted sweater because it's 46° and "Swetter Wettr" in the Netherlands. Seriously, this is a too cute thing for showing me things that I am dork enough to enjoy: cats and the weather in places I have friends and family. (I don't know why I like looking at the weather in different places. It's just a thing, I suppose.)

So, Katsuko is off on her way to work for the day. She's a bit of a ticked off hikari right now, though, because for the second time in a row, Movie Tavern hasn't put money into her account on her supposed payday. (It's to the point where she's talking about taking a second job at Steak N Shake, because they're hiring for servers and supposedly servers are paid daily there. Reviews for how the job is at Steak N Shake seems to vary by location, so I'm not sure if I should be telling her to go for it or run the hell away.)

The job at Georgia State University that I was told to apply for finally posted and I have applied for it. It's the Assistant Director of Communications for the School of Public Health. I know I'm guaranteed at least one round of interviews with Frances, but I'm not holding my breath on how well I will do beyond that, since the job would require at least two rounds of interviews. Oh well, it closes later this month, and I don't expect I'll hear anything for a bit on it. I did get an email from Emory saying that my application for a Library Shift Supervisor was being advanced to the hiring manager. I haven't gotten one of those from Emory in a bit. I like the sound of either one. I mean, I'm "under consideration" for four jobs at Emory, there's the AD of Communications at GSU, and so on, but I'm starting to think lowly of my hiring chances right now.

I keep finding myself singing songs from Frozen still. In a way, musically, it seems heir more to The Little Mermaid than to Disney's Tangled, the movie that came out previously. It's easy for me to go from "Love Is An Open Door" or "The First Time in Forever" to "Part of Your World". "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" is heartbreaking. There really isn't any comparison where "Let It Go" is involved, though. It stands too well on its own. The only song anyone seems to be able to compare it to is "Defying Gravity" from Wicked; it's that level. "Fixer Upper" is just too much of a fun song to make comparisons on. I think I would have loved the Demi Lovato version of "Let It Go"... if there wasn't the Idina Menzel version to compare it to. Yes, I have a bit of a girl crush on Idina Menzel... or at least her voice, because her voice is absolutely amazing.

The thought occurred to me that to say the character Anna from Frozen is sheltered is to have a major gift for understatement. I do have to say that I'm rather happy that they're inducting both Anna and Elsa into the Disney Princess, as the 12th and 13th Princesses. I'm a little worried about what kind of outfit they'll do for Elsa, because her Snow Queen dress is gorgeous but high slitted up the side and... umm... very fitted.

But that's about all I have to say today. Once I get my text from Katsuko saying she's arrived all right, then I might go lay down. I had a naughty booby-sleeping kitty Roo, which was exactly given to getting actual sleep, not when he wouldn't settle or, you know, give me much in the way of comfort for sleeping. So I'm going to do that napping on the couch thing that I'm so damn good at.

And that's about it.

(no subject)

Saturday, 21 December 2013 09:37 pm
apollymi: Tracy on the phone, looking very unimpressed (FK**Tracy: Not impressed)
Here's a fun factoid: it's the end of December in the year 2013... and I might be roasting alive. I've gotten wayyyy too used to the temperature Katsuko and I keep our house, so coming to my grandparents' is always a bit of a temperature shock in winter. They believe in using the heater, while we try to get by with using it as little as possible. I told them the temperature our house usually is (somewhere between 65 and 68 Fahrenheit), and their eyes did this amusing little goggling thing. It's somewhere around 75 in here now, and I'm honestly roasting. I'm down to underwear and a t-shirt to sleep in, and I have a rotary fan going to keep air coming into my lungs. Because it's HOT.

I left the house around 9:30 this morning, with construction going on around me. I'm sure the poor kitties had trauma today, but I did see on FourSquare where Katsuko stopped at McDonalds, so maybe they got their Trauma Treats. I'll try to remember to ask at a point which is later. I got through Columbus somewhere between 11:00 and 11:30, so I went ahead and grabbed a flatbread sandwich from Subway and ate it on the road. Silly me: Grandmother had vegetable soup in the fridge just waiting to heat up for me, even if she wasn't strictly expecting me today. Usually when I give Mum a day I'm expecting to try to arrive at Grandmother's, she relays it to Grandmother, but I guess it got lost in the potential Georgia State news this time. Oh well. It wasn't too big of a shock, apparently.

The kitties (Prissy, Oscar, Pierre, and Lucy) and dog (Doc) here were all glad to see me, which was nice. I think they remember me as the soft touch, the one who will give them food at any pitiful look, but hey, at least it's being remembered, I guess. We did some walking around and a wee bit of driving about, but mostly we stuck close to the house, which is fine. Grandmother is still not completely over the miniature stroke she had prior to Thanksgiving, so it's best to say fairly close to the house.

Supposedly, I am to help with some last minute Christmas shopping for Grandmother and smartphone shopping for Mum at some point while I'm here, but I haven't the foggiest idea when or anything. I know Mum is thinking about putting her, Charlie, and Hayden on iPhones... and they're looking at the 4S, which is totally unfair. Well, sooner or later, I will have money again, and I can get the 5 or 5S or even the 5C. (Disclaimer: I want the 5S, so I don't have to worry about updating again for a while, but that is neither here nor there.)

I did manage to get my workout in for the day, which is likely why I'm so goddamn hot right now. Again, 75 degree house + cardio workout = roasting Apollymi. It doesn't help matters that I remain the largest I have ever been right now. Add to that the fact that I'm cramping like a son of a bitch, and it just adds up a pretty damn miserable Apollymi.

I'm running short on things to say at the moment, so I'm going to see if I can't force some kind of story out of me. I've been meaning to work on a few things, so I'll just do whatever comes behind a handy dandy cut tag.

Apparently, it's Forever Knight time again )


Wednesday, 4 December 2013 11:12 pm
apollymi: The ending of the manga, the scene that makes for happy shippers, no text (SDK**Kyo/Yuya: THAT final shippy scene)
I had such great plans for what to do today. They didn't actually include me doing... well... fuck all. We did bento lunches at Sushi Itto. We went to the Perimeter Mall, and I bought Katsuko the solid black shoes she is going to need for her work. I also splurged and got a new Vera Bradley wallet. I got Katsuko the same wallet in a different pattern. I got Lola, and she got Canterbury Cobalt. She's going to pay me back for the shoes and the wallet when she gets her first paycheck. I guess I might also need to go with her to Goodwill in the near future and get her some black slacks, preferably with pockets. Hopefully, she'll be paying me back for those too, if we do have to do that.

Other than that, we got hung up in traffic part of the day while they're working on water mains on the corner of North Druid Hills and Clairmont. We picked up groceries. We did dinner. I did us some soft tacos, as a matter of fact. I picked us up some stuff for lunch and dinner tomorrow and the next day as well.

When we got home, we had a note on the door. It said the construction will be starting on our building tomorrow. That means they'll be ripping off all the siding for the building and replacing the back door. So when they get to our house, I'll have to call the alarm company and let them talk me through how to remove the sensor from the back door. Once the door is replaced, I'll get to call them again and have it reattached. I mean, I'm looking forward to the new French doors, instead of the sliding glass doors, but this is a major pain. We can expect a lot of noise, upset kitties, and possible power outages. I'm charging Serenity (the iPad) right now. KaiPhone (obviously, the iPhone) has a full charge, but I'll try to get him a bit more in the morning or overnight. I might even go take the portable DVD player out to the car (since that's the only charger I can find for it) and put it on to charge overnight. I don't know yet.

I changed out my mood theme on Dreamwidth, to a gorgeous Samurai Deeper Kyo one by [livejournal.com profile] blue_hobbit. It's not online anymore. I actually had to email her to get a copy of the images. I think people know how little I like emailing people sometimes. It feels a little like cold-calling to me. It was worth for the mood theme, though. It's too gorgeous. Samurai Deeper Kyo doesn't get nearly enough love. (I also added some new Samurai Deeper Kyo icons. Because series love.)

For what it's worth, I'm finally down to one more Gundam Wing story to reread. It's a longer one, though, so it might take a bit. Hopefully not much longer. The more Gundam Wing fics I reread, the more I want to write one. I did post a link to that image that is my desktop wallpaper a while back. It's still percolating in the back of my mind to try to do a story based on it. It wouldn't be the first time I've done something crazy like that. That's where the entirety of Of Worlds to Fall came from, after all: I made a wallpaper with Usagi, Trunks, Duo, and Heero, and it percolated in my mind for a few years until I made an epic length story based on it. The wallpaper I based Of Worlds to Fall is titled "The Past is Never Forgotten"... I kind of wish that I had incorporated more of that theme into the story itself. If I ever get around to playing more in the 'verse, maybe I will.

Of course, right now, this is all supposition. My brain wants to write, but it doesn't want to give me ideas or creative urges. Instead, it wants to give me depression and lethargy and drowning hopelessness. It's not like I get a lot of readers, so why bother writing anyway? I do write for myself too, but I already know the story. I get to see the whole thing play out in Technicolor to myself. Why share it if no one else cares to see it? Endless Loop is the exception to this rule, of course. I never know what Morgan/Bakura is going to do next. I have vague ideas of where the stories will go and what might happen next, but I think the last week of NaNoWriMo might have taught me some lessons about trying to expect too many things in that series, though. Even my more staid and steady character, Nicholas, managed to surprise me.

I guess I'm still a bit maudlin. I wish I could do something about it, but I just don't see it changing any time soon. I'll probably just go back to being pathetic in my little boring world and quit bothering everyone.

On various subjects

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 10:56 am
apollymi: Stitch holding his head in pain, no text (L&S**Stitch: Headache)
I've made my first prescheduled post for Friday, since I'm not counting on having enough time to make all five on Friday night. On that note, I need to remember to bring Ripley and an ethernet cord with me when I head up; the Motel 6 has wifi, but it costs $5 and wired internet is free. I'm all about the freebies.

We've run out of small boxes and tape, so we're going to have to pick those up sooner or later. Definitely the tape, so we can keep making progress with packing. All the VHS tapes are packed, and most of the DVDs are as well. Most of the books are packed, but not nearly all of them. We haven't touched cookbooks, and we've barely started on hardbacks.

I did one of my yoga DVDs last night: Yoga for Weight Loss. It wasn't as hard as I was fearing it would be, but I can definitely feel where I did some stretching in areas. I'm going to try to carve out half an hour every night from now on to do at least half an hour of this, alternating between workouts that are on the DVD. This weekend will have to be an exception to that rule, though. One, I'm not sure our motel room will have a DVD player for Friday night. Two, Saturday night, we'll be at Grandmother's; while they do have a DVD player, they also go to bed before 9:00, so I don't want to keep them up. Sunday, I might have time, depending on how early or late we get back into town.

Also, weight went up again this morning. I'm now hovering at 189.4 pounds... and I hate it. More yoga! More Happy Herbivore!

I have been elected designed grown-up for a trip on Monday to Wild Adventures. Apparently Mum is taking Hayden and one of his little friends there and desperately needs grown-up conversation while they're playing. I'm taking a vacation day to do this. I think Katsuko is planning on taking the day off sick to get some packing done (so yeah, we definitely need to get more small boxes and tape).

I'm trying to decide about when to give notice at work, if it should be Thursday so that it's exactly two weeks notice before our anticipated leave date or if we should wait until we come back having a place. We're setting our anticipated last day at work as August 1, so that we would be leaving at the end of a pay cycle. We're hoping to be out of our place by August 2, so that we won't have to pay August's rent for two places. We'll already be shelling out all kinds of money, with the $900 pet fee and the $50 each application fee and the $100 holding fee... as well as any additional fees that might pile up if they decide our credit isn't up to snuff. I'm still really hoping for Decatur One East.

I've been printing maps like a fiend all day. We've also got a phone holder set up in my car, so I can use it as a GPS. These are all good things, in my opinion.

But now, it is lunch, so I'm gonna bugger off now. Later!