apollymi: Chris and Vin with a heart, no text (Mag7**Chris/Vin: ❤)
I keep drifting off where I'm sitting, which is actually a little embarrassing, I guess. At least it wasn't happening at Panera Bread this time, though. There is a that, at least.

I could have stood for a nap today before taking [personal profile] katsuko to Mirko, but that didn't end up happening. We finally watched Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice for the first time today. I think we were both rather underwhelmed. Wonder Woman was good in it, but I think we otherwise spent most of the movie shit talking the screen. Bat-ffleck was good. I guess. Jeremy Irons' Alfred was good. Again, I guess.

Honestly, most everything I have to say for the film is sort of "I guess". I couldn't find anything to feel strongly about one way or another within the movie... which actually has a lot to say about my feelings on Wonder Woman as well. Neither movie was bad, so to say, but I won't go as far as to say that either of them were good either.

I'm going to have to cut myself off with less than 2000 words today. [personal profile] katsuko has a 6:00 shift at IKEA tomorrow, so we have a very early morning ahead of us. Honestly, if I was smart, I would have already been in bed by now. Of course, we also had Mirko today, so we got home late, which throws everything off as far as sleep goes.

And wow, I spend most of my time on here talking about sleep, don't I? That's actually probably pretty damn sad.

So I'm going to cut this off here, throw myself at my bed, and then go write at the Peachtree Center Mall while I eat breakfast in the morning. Later, y'all.

Holy shit

Friday, 9 June 2017 10:09 pm
apollymi: Faraday in black and white, holding his gun, no text (Mag7**Faraday: Black and white)
Holy shit, the things I'm writing. It's... Well, I'm squirming in my seat because I'm getting a little turned on from my own writing. Jesus fuck. I feel like this is going to be one of my favorite chapters in this story. It'll probably be frequently reread, if nothing else.

Anyway, I survived the work week at GSU. I'm not sure yet if I'll be glad or sad to have LaTrease back in town on Monday. It's better for the department to have that fifth person, but I also feel like we sort of managed okay without a manager on duty. Granted, there were a few times where we could have used a manager, mostly thanks to difficult people, but we managed all right, I think.

We had an ass in today who was taking a mortgage test, who was sent in by Suntrust. He decided he wanted to try to throw his weight around and try to get people in trouble. I gave some thought to not letting him test and maybe getting him kicked out of the testing center, but we decided that it was best not to start all that shit. But gods, it reminded me all over again why I hate bullies.

And yeah, that's it. That's it for me today.

A good plan

Thursday, 8 June 2017 09:55 pm
apollymi: Kyo and Yuya back to back, red background, no text (SDK**Kyo/Yuya: The red strokes)
I'm trying to convince myself that sleep sounds like a good plan.

I'm the kind of tired that requires sleep to correct, but I'm also the kind of tired that nothing sounds good, not even sleep.

That said, I'm still going to be trying to make a bit of sleep happen, so that we can accomplish all the things that need to be accomplished tomorrow.

Gotta get up early and go by the bank. Gotta get money from my Ally account, deposit in the Regions account, pay the rent (late), and go to the train station. If I have money left over, I'm so having breakfast. Then [personal profile] katsuko has got to come home, stop by the office and make sure they see the rent payment, probably do some stuff around the house, and go to Mirko for dinner shift. When I get off work, I have to catch the train to Lindbergh Station then catch the bus to the restaurant until she's done with dinner shift. Though to be fair, I'll probably hang at Panera Bread instead, because I don't want to be drafted into work or have to put up with Josh's bitch ass.

Also I may or may not have inducted my coworkers at New Job into calling Carlos "Car-LaLa" and "Carlito". Because I'm a grown-up like that.

And on that bizarre note, I think I'm going to go throw myself at my bed and see if it accepts me as one of its own. Peace, babes!

Funds

Saturday, 3 June 2017 11:04 pm
apollymi: Ripley staring out in the distance, Newt staring at Ripley, no text (Aliens**Ripley+Newt: Mostly at night)
I think anyone who follows me on here is also following me on Tumblr, but we are massively short on funds for rent.

To that end, [personal profile] katsuko picked up a shift tonight at Mirko. They asked and I decided to grab a hosting shift as well. The money won't be there to help with this month's rent, but it's a little something.

Tell the truth, we're pretty much stuck waiting for her to pick up as many shifts as she can between now and the 9th. I get paid that day, but there are still bills at that point that will need paying. I just don't know how we're going to do this one.

I really thought New Job was going to make a bigger difference in funds. Maybe it will once we get more settled into it.

Last day

Sunday, 23 April 2017 04:05 pm
apollymi: Close ups of Arthur and Eames, no text (Incep**Eames/Arthur: Dream bigger)
Today is my last day at Mirko. It feels like the end of an era... but a good thing at the same time. I've had this job for 2 1/2 years, and it's kept me (mostly) above water in some really hard financial times. But it's also been one of the most stressful times of my life, no thanks to the job. I'm not sad to see it go, but it's going to be weird now that's not here. If that makes sense.

I haven't written nearly as much today as I wanted to, but I'm still going. I'll get there. I'll get my word count in. I will get there. I'll get my words in before I have to go home for the night and do all those other things: cooking lunch, washing my hair, shaving my legs, etc.

And yeah, that's about it. I'm really a boring person right now. We'll see how I am tomorrow, though.

The tentative plan for tomorrow is to be at the train station by or before 7:00. I'll need to get the 7:19 train, so I need to allow myself time to find parking (though hopefully it won't be too long that early in the morning). [personal profile] katsuko will travel with me as far as Arts Center Station, where she will get off for IKEA. I'll go on to Peachtree Center Station, where I will then have a 10 minute walk to New Job. I'm trying to be there before 8:30. Today is sort of the test to see about times and so forth. At 5:15, when I get off work, I'll take the train as far as Art Center Station, get off, wait there for [personal profile] katsuko to get there from IKEA, and then we'll take the train all the way back to North Springs... and then drive the rest of the way home. It is a plan. We'll see how it ends up working, though.

And that's really it. I'm out of words for journaling. Later, my freaky darlings.

So tired

Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:48 pm
apollymi: Drawing of cross-looking chick, holding a teabag. Text reads "No tea No work" (Stock: No tea = no work)
I'm so damn tired. I just want to keel over and cry into my pillow, I'm so tired. For me, that's a whole new level of tired.

A lot of it has to do with how much my feet hurt from wearing my dress flats today. Yeah, those are getting returned to the store. Once the money is back in my account, I'll be going to Payless shoe store to buy my usual flats again. But I had thought to myself that Target should have nicer shoes than Payless. Clearly I was wrong, and sore feet is what I get for trying to think.

I finally managed to get myself a few words ahead yesterday by writing over 3000 words. I just need to do 1600 to 2000 today to at goal or pull a little ahead. If it weren't how tired I was, I would try for that 2000 number, but for now, I'm just shooting for the lowest common number. In this case, that would be 1,667 words.

Either way, though, I might need to take a nap in order to be able to stay up even a little bit to get this done. Yes, I have to nap to write and write to go to sleep. My life, people. OMG.

And yeah, that's about all I've got for me for today. Later, all.
apollymi: Lina making a V for Victory sign and grinning, no text, animated (Slay**Lina: Victory!)
No, seriously, it's been such a long day, and yet I feel like I've accomplished nothing at all...

...except I know I have. I just haven't accomplished writing.

I took [personal profile] katsuko to IKEA at 6:00 this morning. I went to Panera Bread and used their wifi to accept the offer for Job #1. I did the catering. I went up to IKEA and had lunch with [personal profile] katsuko. I went to Target and bought myself two new bras, because I didn't really have any that fit well. (It turned it that was because I was wearing ones that were two sizes too small.) I picked [personal profile] katsuko back up, and we turned in our notice at Mirko, giving our last days as the 23rd. We came back home and waited for my new laptop bag to be delivered. We went to another Target and shopped for [personal profile] katsuko a new bra too, as well as replenishing our base powder supply. We came back home, and I filled out the paperwork for the GSU job... only to find out that our printer is out of ink, so we had to go back to Target for ink. And now I'm so tired.

Tomorrow, I need to go by the bank and see if they can print me a copy of a check for my account, because it's required to set up the direct deposit, which is also required. Because FML.

Benefits, Katarina. Benefits. Free tuition.

No, seriously, I'm thrilled about this, but I'm still not announcing it anywhere else yet. I still haven't heard anything from the HR checks. I'm assuming that's a good thing--a "no news is good news" kind of thing--but I'm also still a wee bit nervous.

Anyway, yeah, I'm going to lay down for a little bit and see if I can't get some creative juices flowing after a brief nap. Wish me luck.

My shot

Friday, 7 April 2017 11:04 pm
apollymi: Zack facing away, text reads "So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams" (FF7**Zack: Judge me only by my dreams)
I am not throwing away my shot!
I am not throwing away my shot!
Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwing away my shot!


Okay, yeah, that's back in my head again. That's hardly the worst thing ever.

I did manage to get all my recipes back off LiveJournal. They're all now on [community profile] lastcraving. I'm a little proud of myself for getting it all ported over, even if the importer wasn't playing nice. Obviously. Or they wouldn't all be on one day.

I'm even thinking about about starting to post more of the recipes I've done up over the last few years on there. So there might be more content before long. We'll see. I'm hoping to start back cooking again soon, maybe with new job.

I sat around Mirko Pasta today, debating on telling Carlos about the job offer but not give a departure date or anything like that: just that I would be starting somewhere else soon. Maybe next time I work with him I'll tell him. Bit too late for it today, after all. Whoops.

And I'm getting those weird spasms I get when I'm falling asleep too soon or when I'm tireed or whatever. Rather than have a whole lot of sleeping sitting up and all tat.

So, good night, all.

A quick today

Thursday, 6 April 2017 11:39 pm
apollymi: Yami no Bakura on a stripy background, text reads "Evil (crossed out 'looks like') IS a gay Japanese schoolboy" (YGO**Bakura: The face of evil)
I'm falling asleep where I'm sitting, so this is going to be a very short entry. (Those are usually the entries where I end up babbling the most, aren't they?) I'm so tired, and I have so much left to do... but I'm so tired. So I think I'll do all the things tomorrow.

I did start typing up a letter of notice for Mirko. I'm a little leery about printing it off and hand it in just yet. Because I don't want to give them the excuse to let me go early, you know? We do still need that little bit of income yet. And that is absolutely something I wouldn't put past any of the assholes at Mirko Pasta. Nope, not in the least.

I'm feeling so damn tired that I can barely see straight. I took a muscle relaxer because my back has been killing me for days. It seemed like a good idea to try to get it worked out before it got much worse. I even gave some thought to going for a massage in the gap coming up between IKEA and Mirko tomorrow, but funds do not currently permit for that. Maybe Monday if it's still feeling all fucked up, tight, and sore.

And I feel a little bad because I wrote at work today, on "Memento Mori" and "Resurrectionist", but I'm really tired. (I keep saying that, don't I?) I'm going to get it typed up tomorrow at IKEA and let it count towards tomorrow's words instead. Plan? Plan. I like this plan, yes.

And yeah, that's all I'm going to get into tonight, because I'm really, really fucking tired.

Goodnight, all.

Today

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 09:55 pm
apollymi: Kyle and Sarah, text reads "Come with me if you want to live" (Term**Kyle/Sarah: Come with me)
So, the phone interview was sort of meh. The connection was so bad that I actually ended up guessing on a couple of the questions I was supposed to be answering. One of those times I guessed wrong and had to to a second answer. This is why I hate interviews that seem to be done on speakerphone, especially a regular speakerphone instead of one of those special conference call phones. Hearing what's being said gets so hard.

The face to face interview, however, went stunningly well. I had a wonderful time talk with Hilary and Bill (yes, those are their names, I shit you not), and the collections they have there are very interesting. Of course, the position I interviewed for was more on the customer service, social media, and administrative side of things. But still, the collection is amazing and so interesting.

I also dropped off the HR forms for the Testing Center job, so hopefully I should be just about in a set place to leave Mirko Pasta by May. That is my hope.

But because I couldn't find my Flats In A Bag, or whatever they're called, I ended up having to do a lot of walking in my heels. They're comfortable as hell, but the pavement down in that area of town is not terribly level or even... and I did end up doing nearly a mile and a half's worth of a walk trying to drop off the paperwork and do the interview and so on.

And that's about all for me for today. Later, all.

Called it

Monday, 3 April 2017 07:33 am
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)
Yep, I called it: it's fucking early, and I'm no more awake now than I was last night. I might even been less awake, as impossible as that sounds. I keep drifting off here at Panera, while I wait for IKEA to open.

I do have some things to do today, mainly pick up freshly printed copies of my resume and CV ahead of the interview tomorrow. I need to fill out my paperwork to turn into Georgia State for the background and credit checks I might need for another position there. Yes, both of these potentials are at Georgia State. The one that I'm currently in the background and credit checks stage of the game is in the Testing Center as an Administrative Coordinator. That's the one that's closest to a definite thing.

The one I want, though, is the one I'm interviewing for tomorrow. It's in the GSU Libraries, specifically their Special Collections Department. The position description reads like it was lifted directly from my resume. It would be a good fit for me overall, I think.

But I'm certainly not going to be turning down the Testing Center on the off-chance I get the library job, so I'm turning in the background and credit check paperwork for the Testing Center job tomorrow while I am on my way to the interview for the library job. I'm trying to cover all my bases here. Anything to get out of the restaurant as soon as possible. The sooner, the better, in fact. I would love be out of there by May, in fact. The Testing Center would have me out by the 24th, in fact.

Either way, I'm going to need to scrape up some money to buy some dress shirts and light blazers that are appropriate for warm weather again. I did a quick run through Goodwill yesterday to look, but I sort of struck out. There do tend to be a couple issues with shopping at that particular Goodwill: (1) most of the clothes are size six and smaller, and (2) when the clothes are of a size I can wear, they're raggedy. Of course, there are occasionally good finds there, but it takes some hunting. But when your budget is less than $100 and you need at least five articles of clothes (2 short sleeve shirts, 1 blazer, and maybe 1 dress skirt), needs must afford.

I'm also trying to talk myself out of buying this laptop bag/purse for the work thing, along with a new lunch box, because I can't find my FSU ones. Not right now, obviously, because my budget is $20 and that includes work shirts right now. Or, more likely, food. Let's be realistic. It's probably all going to spent on food.

I need to get back on a set eating schedule and so forth. I need to start packing lunches again. None of this really works well when Mirko Pasta is also a factor. Maybe once it's out of the way, I can attempt to start eating better. It's probably premature, but I've already started thinking of what kind of lunches I can pre-prepare and have ready for work meals. Mostly I've been thinking meals I used to make (Hawaiian Chickpea Teriyaki for instance, or Black Bean and Salsa Soup, or Soba Peanut Noodles, or even "Cheater" Pad Thai) which seem to mostly be Happy Herbivore recipes again. Whoops. Not my fault so many of her recipes are both tasty and easy.

And yeah, that's about it. I'm going to try to write like a mad woman today, see if I can get caught up on Camp NaNoWriMo. And I do still need to go pick up my copies of my resume and CV, so that might be my next step.

Either way, later, all.

a little something

Sunday, 2 April 2017 10:47 pm
apollymi: Luke holding a lightsaber, no text (SW***Luke: Lighter side of the Force)
This is going to be short, mostly because morning is coming soon and I'm seriously exhausted.

(I'm always exhausted.)

I just have to make it through tomorrow at work, then I can have a couple of days off. Well, not really off off, because I do have an interview on Tuesday. I'm trying not to be hopeful about it.

(I'm trying not to be hopeful about a lot of things.)

My fingers don't work, more than just the one that's mummified in bandages right now. I'm just stupid tired, and trying to type doesn't seem to be in the cards. And then there is also the fact that I'm literally the only thing awake in the entire apartment. Boo is asleep on the kitty condo. Jimi is asleep back the hall. Roo is asleep right next to me. [personal profile] katsuko is asleep on the other end of the couch.

So I think I'm going to hie my arse on to bed like everyone else. Because morning is coming early tomorrow.

Long ass day

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

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

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

so, yeah, tomorrow's gonna suck ass.

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.

Long day

Friday, 24 March 2017 11:30 pm
apollymi: Sherlock looking excited, text reads "This is so going on my blog" (BBCSher**Sherlock: Going on my blog)
[personal profile] katsuko and I pretty much walked in the house ten minutes ago. She took fourth cut at work, hoping to make a little bit more money, but not so much. I mean, I think she made a bit after 8:30, but not as much as she had been hoping for. If that makes sense. I don't know if it does or doesn't, because I'm very freaking tired. I've slept about two hours over the past two days, thanks to a throbbing tooth keeping me awake.

I keep posting stories to AO3, even though I'm feeling more and more unloved by the day. The ones that are getting comments are not the ones I'm working... or if I've worked on bits of them, it's everything else getting the love. It's very discouraging.

But maybe with some sleep I'll be feeling more pleased with it. I don't know.

I heard back from GSU regarding the Testing Center Admin Coordinator. I'm currently a finalist for it, pending HR, credit checks, and background checks. So... maybe?

Tomorrow is the big catering order: nearly $3000 worth of food to be delivered. I'll get a 20% commission off of it in a few weeks, but supposedly, I should also be getting tipped off of it. I should additionally be getting tipped for the delivery I have to make on Sunday too, in addition to the commission. We'll see. If I do get tipped, it would be a huge step towards getting our rent paid on time with a minimum of overdrafting [personal profile] katsuko's account.

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

Updating on stuff

Monday, 20 March 2017 11:08 pm
apollymi: Close up of Hicks' face, text reads "Save your life" (Aliens**Hicks: Save your life)
All I've written on in the last couple of days has been the zombie fic. Tentatively, [personal profile] katsuko and I are calling it Resurrectionist. I'm not sure if that will just be a working title or an ongoing title. Only time will tell. I even have a writing playlist for it. That's usually a sign that I intend to stick with a story. For whatever that's worth.

I emailed GSU yesterday and heard back today. They're verifying references at the moment. I'm not sure how that affects me, if it does at all. I'm applying to other positions as well while I'm waiting, because I refuse to hedge my bets on one position alone. I need out of Mirko Pasta, and apparently that's only going to happen if I throw as many hooks out there as I possibly can.

That's about all I've got to say for myself for today, though. I've got catering in the morning, which is fine, I guess. I tore my finger open a bit last Tuesday doing all of this, but there's no one available to help me unload it from the van at the school, so I've got no choice but to do it myself, really.

And even though I rested a bit, I'm about to fall asleep here, so I'm going to type up the bits I have handwritten, and then I'm going to go the fuck to bed.

Later, all.

Fuck everything

Sunday, 19 March 2017 11:31 pm
apollymi: Doujinshi art of Sirius Black, no text (HP**Sirius: Do not approve)
I'm pretty sure that's all I've got to say for myself for today: fuck everything.

And let's start with fuck everything about Mirko Pasta. I'm so damn sick of this place. I'm not even sure I could stand to go back for food if I ever manage to quit for good.

The one upside is that I think I've finished making a playlist for zombie!fic.

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 DarkMagick.net, 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.

So, yeah

Sunday, 12 March 2017 10:51 pm
apollymi: Pissed off Vasquez, no text (Mag7**Vasquez: Angry)
I got not a lot to say for myself today. I'm cramping like a motherfucker, but that only started this evening.

We got up this morning with the fullest of intentions of going to Urgent Care and getting my stitches taken out. When we got there, though, it was all "everyone should have been telling you that you can't have them removed here without having to pay extra, because your insurance doesn't cover doing that here". If I did it like the previous two doctors had told me to do, it would have been at least another $65 to $80, on top of the copay for the visit itself. We had to put change into dollars to put in the bank to get up the $20 copay, so there was no way we could do $100.

Got home and I text Mum to let her know what was going on. To say she was pissed would be an understatement. She immediately started texting Jesse and coordinating and shit. And then she started texting us everything we would need to take out my stitches ourselves. And we did. I cut, and [personal profile] katsuko removed. It took us all of 10 minutes, and most of that was because I couldn't get the scissors under the last stitch.

I still feel like I'm being held together with spit and a prayer, but that's more on an emotion level. The hand might be painful and less than perfect, but it's in decent enough shape. So long as I don't overdo anything, I should actually even be okay.

A lot of that "spit and a prayer" feeling comes from work. I'm just so... about it all. If I had another job lined up, I would quit in a heartbeat. Half a heartbeat. But I don't. And I can't seem to snag one. And it's making me crazy. Crazier. Something.

And yeah, that's about it. I did my own damn surgery today, even if it was fairly minor. I damn near lost my mind at work. I'm taking Thursday off so that I don't have to work with Josh's bitch ass two days in a row. So I will be away from the job from Tuesday afternoon through until Friday morning's catering. So maybe I'll be in a mental place where I can handle work again soon. Hopefully. Maybe.

And that is definitely 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.