Whistling badass

Friday, 5 May 2017 11:46 pm
apollymi: Doujinshi art, Roy & Ed, no text (FMA**Roy/Ed: These quiet moments)
So, I've survived another week at New Job. I'm tired. I'm so damn exhausted, truth be told, but I've made it another week.

I'm getting a little closer to being official at GSU. What I do have: an ADP account for time management (and HR), an email address, a computer login, and a Panther campus ID card. What I don't have yet: keys, an ADP login card for doing my own clock-ins and clock-outs, and a few other things. I'm not sure I feel like a full-fledged employee just yet.

[personal profile] katsuko and I did go to see Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 today. It was very good. I'm not saying too much more, because... spoilers. But Yondu is a whistling badass, and I adore him. I want to pick up Baby Groot and freaking cuddle him. There are indeed 5 after credit scenes. Kurt Russell chews on the damn scenery every chance he gets. There are plenty of Easter eggs in the credits. I would like to reiterate that I love Peter Quill and I want to see much, much more of him; I cannot wait for The Avengers: Infinity War to come out.

I like what I love most about the Guardians of the Galaxy movies is that they feel very self-contained. It doesn't feel like each movie is setting up the next in the franchise constantly. Like how all the Phase One individual movies set up The Avengers and how The Avengers: Age of Ultron sets up Thor: Ragnarok and how Captain America: Civil War sets up Spiderman: Homecoming... and so on and so forth. No, the Guardians of the Galaxy movies are self-contained and, for the most part, never even venture to Earth/Terra.

And yeah, that's all I've got to say on the matter. I need to get [personal profile] katsuko into a bed, because she has an early shift in the morning.

So.... later, all.

End of April Camp

Sunday, 30 April 2017 10:35 pm
apollymi: Sailor Moon posing, no text (BSSM**Usagi: ☮ (Peace!))
It's the very last day of Camp NaNoWriMo April Edition. It's been a fun right. I can say that I did finish the month with over 50,000 words, which was my goal. I did decide at the last minute that I wanted to write more words than [personal profile] daimeryan_rei, which was probably a dumb idea, since Dirj writes like a mother, and it meant I needed to do a last minute word sprint to get to where I wanted to be. It meant I had to break out Write or Die to get a thousand words in 30 minutes at one point. I'm trying my best to get the words I need, but it's going to be tight. I'm not sure how much awake I've got left in me at this point.

On the other hand, I had a nice two days off in a row, and I think I'm going to get very spoiled on that. It gave me long enough to feel a little less run down. It gave my feet long enough to stop hurting quite as much as they were before.

Tuesday I do have my Benefits orientation, so I'll be getting myself signed up for those in the very near, which is damn nice. That's a nice thing to be moving towards. I'm still not sure if I'm going to go with Single Healthcare or Domestic Partnership Healthcare. It's a terribly important thing to be deciding on, though, so I'm not rushing it. Either way, [personal profile] katsuko still has her coverage through IKEA, which also covers me until mine goes into effect. If I go with single coverage, then in June, during open enrollment, she can change to single as well. If I go with the domestic partner coverage, she cancel her IKEA one altogether.

But that's a saga for Tuesday. Right now I'm not going to worry about it, since it's something I'm not making decisions on until I have all the information in front of me.

And Friday is the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie! I so cannot wait! I need some good, happy Marvel movie. Because my Tumblr is alive with bitching about Captain America: Civil War, and I'm fucking sick of it. It's been the first fandom thing I've blocked on Tumblr.

And I guess it's time for me to get my ass to bed. The morning comes early, since I have to have [personal profile] katsuko to IKEA by 7:00 and myself to New Job by 8:30. Later, all.


Saturday, 7 May 2016 11:24 pm
apollymi: Bakura looking smug, text reads "Lead me into temptation" (YGO**Bakura: Lead me INTO temptation)
Owww... My feet are fucking killing me. I'm so damn glad to be home. Today was a shit show at work, including one person getting fired (at long last, in this case), so I'm glad it's over for now.

All my predictions for Captain America: Civil War were wrong, and I'm very, very happy about that. Still trying to decide my thoughts on the newest Spider-Man iteration that appears in here. Still trying to resist the urge to smack Tony. Cute Stan Lee cameo. And that's all I'm going to say about it, because I don't believe in spoilers unless they're requested.

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


Friday, 6 May 2016 03:19 pm
apollymi: Captain America and Bucky staring at each other, no text (Aveng**Steve/Bucky: Watching)
Okay, time to shape up and do a real entry. I'm tired, I'm a bit cranky, and I'm still cramping like a motherfucker. I hate being on the rag. And I think what I hate most about it is how short my nerves are. I was completely ready to deliver a beatdown to Josh and Nate last night if they had said one more damn thing to piss me off. Honestly, if they had said one more damned thing, I was completely willing to clock out, clock them each one, and then call Carlos to tell him that he would need a new catering lackey and host because I was done. There isn't enough happy meds in my Zoloft to put up with the two of them when they're in pissy moods... and it's worse when it's both of them at the same time, like it was last night.

So, I'm tired, I'm cranky, I'm cramping, and I'm on the rag... but I'm going to see Captain America: Civil War tonight with [personal profile] katsuko! Depending on how that movie ended, I might be in a better mood later. (I hope.)

Frantic Civil War babble )

And since that was a frantic, frenetic babble and a half, I'm going to drop it off now. I need to get ready and go back over to Mirko. ~.~


Thursday, 25 February 2016 03:22 pm
apollymi: Kyo and Yuya with Kyo's sword, black background, no text (SDK**Kyo/Yuya: Still of the night)
I have continued my YouTube foray, mostly skipping around today instead of sticking to one particular channel. I've also been reading some Inception and Captain America fics. I've gotten a few more rejection letters throughout the day, which is no big surprise, not at this point.

I did get copied on two emails from Reigning Cats and Dogs, checking my character references. So that's a good thing. That's got me one step closer to doing a job I could enjoy, instead of slogging away at the restaurant.

Mining again

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 11:23 pm
apollymi: Steve & Danny hugging, text reads "Stop breaking my fucking heart" (H50**Steve/Danny: Stop breaking my ❤)
I'm mining again.

Okay, so really, I just have 6 or 7 browser tabs open with various faucet sites on them, trying to see what I can gather. So far, just tonight, I've gathered over 180 bits... which sounds like a lot, until you realize it just amounts to about 4¢. Still, it's 4¢ that I earned whilst sitting on my couch reading Steve/Bucky fanfic, so there is that.
apollymi: Captain America and Bucky staring at each other, no text (Aveng**Steve/Bucky: Watching)

The above portion of entry was typed by Miss Boo Bear and her booty. (This is otherwise known as she decided to sit on the keyboard.)

So, [personal profile] katsuko and I renewed our lease today. The rent is going up to $819 a month, which is going to be a fantastic pain in the ass. We're also now required to get renters' insurance, and our lease buyout price is now $1519, two months' rent instead of one.

In annoyance from this, we went to see Ant-Man. It... wasn't as bad as I had feared, given that they fridged Jan in the first five minutes. There is both a mid-credit and post-credit scene. The post-credit one made me want to fucking facepalm and scream "Dammit, Steve!" at the screen. No spoilers from me, but that scene has been going around Tumblr for a week or so now, so I'm not sure how much I need to warn here.

But again, and just for the record...

apollymi: Ginji in taro/chibi mode with teary eyes (GB**Ginji: *wibble eyes*)
Today was a day of prep, I guess is the best way to put it. We rested. We relaxed. We did the "dry run" to where I will be interviewing on Thursday. We attempted a miniature write-in at one of the local Panera Breads. We bought allergy medicine for [personal profile] katsuko and food for Boo, Roo, and Jimi. I shaved my legs in prep for Thursday. Katsuko got my interview clothes clean and hanging up ready to go.

...And then I ended up reading Captain America fanfics. Whoops. I guess that's what I get for having subscribed to the Tumblr feed Steve/Bucky fics on AO3. Even clicking on, like, one in five still makes for a lot of stuff to read. Which is good, because I like reading them, and which is also bad, because I should be writing.

I did manage some words, but they weren't nearly as much as I'd have liked. I'll make it up at Panera tomorrow, after I drop Katsuko off at work.

But still, here's where I'm sitting right now. Hopefully tomorrow will look a lot better. Here we go:

14713 / 20000 words. 74% done!

Heading for a meltdown

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 11:30 pm
apollymi: Bakura looking smug, text reads "He belongs to the dark" (YGO**Bakura: He belongs to the dark)
Not me. Katsuko. At least in this case. She's getting seriously burned out at work. She's working four doubles (10 a.m. until at least 9:00 p.m.) a week, plus two half days, generally over 50 hours a week, while only getting paid for about 40 of them. Yes, there are some legality issues here. Her much younger coworkers constantly ask her to work their hours (and get pissy when she doesn't) while not working any of her hours... and now they're backing out of working lunch shifts, leaving her as the only person working lunch tomorrow. She's technically a floor manager with a manager code, but she's still getting server wages. I've advised her to have a sit down chat with Carlos tomorrow and explain that something has to give... before the thing that gives is her body. Doing this constantly for no recognition or proper compensation is killing her, and watching her do this to herself is killing me. Really, something has to give.

In happier news, I have a very comfortable Jimi on my lap while I type this up and play Sims Free Play. I'm also reading some pretty good Captain America fanfic. I should be working on my site, but I'm holding off on that for now.

Anyway, that's about it. I'm going to finish up this story I'm reading, maybe do a page or two on the site, and then go the fuck to bed. Later, all.

From Mirko

Monday, 8 September 2014 09:50 pm
apollymi: Yuya counting on abacus, Kyo sleeping next to her, colored pink, no text (SDK**Kyo/Yuya: These soft moments)
So I survived my first day. I didn't do the full time; Brendan cut me at around 8:30. That's fine. My feet are fucking killing me, and I have a pretty massive blister on my right ankle. I think it's already come to pieces... the blister, I mean. So I started out the night strong, but I was hobbling by the time the sun started going down, which in turn meant that I kept slowing down. We had a mixup with an appetizer, but other than that, I think it might have gone all right. Not fantastic, but all right. I do have a degree of kicking myself over that appetizer, though. (And I seriously need to memorize the table numbers on the patio. I'm okay with the rest of the restaurant, but the patio is a mystery to me. Katsuko tried to help keep me straight there, but it was an uphill battle.)

I made it about 200 pages into the Dance in the Vampire Bund novel for Seven Seas. I feel like I need to start back over from the beginning, though, because it seems weird to go from page 9 to page 92 without a correction, even if it is 720 pages (I got the last few pages from Adam earlier today), especially when I found 2 mistakes between 6 and 9. It feels like there needs to be more than four mistakes so far.

But that is neither here nor there. Lots to do, less time to do it in.

I actually scribble-wrote a little bit last night, mainly because I was looking through my con notes. I was between the Fun & Inventive Ways of Killing and Worldbuilding 101, and I just started writing. I have no idea what it is or what's going on, other than that there is a body and it's messy. An industrial mulcher is involved. Part of it is me wanting to see an alternate universe with totes for real psychics helping the police and how that would change famous cases, post-Jack the Ripper. I'm not sure if other supernatural things would exist in this, but maybe? At least witches and warlocks, maybe? I'm thinking a big no on vampires and shapeshifters and leave that solely for Endless Loop.

And Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out on BluRay tomorrow. Why do I have to be too broke to buy it? No, wait: I have a little bit of money on my Best Buy card. I can buy it there! Yay! I can has Winter Soldier! What time does Best Buy open in the morning? Ten a.m.? I will be there then to buy it. Needs, people. Needs. You don't even know.

Anyway, that's about it. Later, folks.

From Mirko on Ripley

Saturday, 23 August 2014 10:15 pm
apollymi: Usagi with devil horns and tail, musical note next to her, no text (BSSM**Usagi: ♫ (Devilish))
I'm on Ripley at Mirko Pasta. I brought her with me today so that I could work on DMnet. I finally got the menu to expand and collapse -- which is apparently calling "accordioning" when it comes to HTML and CSS and other web design stuffs -- the way I wanted them to, so now I'm starting to really fly through setting up the site. I think that's a good thing. I've got all the recommendations pages done, except for where I need to add additional stories to some of them, namely Captain America, Fullmetal Alchemist, Yu-Gi-Oh, and the newly added Guardians of the Galaxy pages. I also need content on the Fanfiction pages, both for others' works and my own.

I'm still having a bit of difficulty figuring out why some of the links on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer recommendations page keep opening in a new window, instead of a new tab. It's only on that one page, and it's only for links coming from this one website, so I'm really none too sure what's up with that. It might just be something with that site, but it worked fine on a static HTML page version of the page. So, yeah, I really just don't know. I do know that, on the site of origin, the stories open via javascript into their own small popup windows. I used that for DMnet a while myself before I got tired of coding it.

What I have left to do on the site: make the links pages, upload images so that I can do links and so on, upload fanfiction and any associated images connected to said fanfiction, and... probably some other stuff that I can't think of right now. I have until 24 September to get this finished. I've been working on it a couple of weeks now, but now that I have that plugin behaving, I can start moving more quickly. I've already done more pages today alone than I have since I started this little project back on 09 August.

It's a bit busy in here today, busier than I'm used to seeing it here on a Saturday evening. I'm thinking that this is a good thing. Of course, it's mildly crazy, but I guess there's not really a lot to do for that. I would be hiding out in a corner booth, but with the busy-ness, I'm not even going to try for that, so I'm parked at the bar with a ginger ale. All is good with the world, at least as far as that.

I do have my schedule for work this coming week. It's going to be... interesting. Maybe "crazy" is a better word. Anyway, here it goes:
Sunday: 645a-4p (with Tamika, break from 1030-11)
Monday: 9a-2p (only a 15 minute break)
Tuesday: 9a-5p (with Tamika and everyone, break from 215-245)
Wednesday: 5p-midnight (with Kendrick, break from 815-845)
Thursday: 4p-midnight (with Kendrick, break from 815-845)
Friday: off, Dragon*Con
Saturday: off, Dragon*Con

I'm going to be one seriously exhausted girl at the con, but I guess it will be worth it. Here's hoping anyway. It would be good to get some money coming in sooner rather than later.

And I guess that's really about all I have to say for myself. I'm going to work on the site and read Buffy and Guardians fics while I wait for Katsuko to get off work. Later.


Thursday, 12 June 2014 11:54 pm
apollymi: Trunks staring off in the middle distance, no text (DBZ**Trunks: Sentinel)
First off, regarding the "whoops" of the title: apparently I log into Dreamwidth on my phone so much that my laptop keeps logging me back out of it. Thus, whoops. I'm not sure what I can to do fix the issue, since I use Chrome on the laptop and Safari on the phone for Dreamwidth and 750 Words and the like.

Speaking of 750 Words... Two hundred and fifty day streak, you guys! Oh my gods, I'm halfway to my final goal of five hundred days. I'm officially at the halfway point. Now I just need to keep this bit of a streak going. Like I said, I'm halfway, so I just need to not slack off. Or if I have slack off days, then I need to have something ready to go up on those days. I don't want to lose my streak. It would be rough trying to restart it at this point.

So I've finally got Katsuko starting on that fic series I recced, "Leading the Blind". I'm not sure how far she's gotten in it, since she's reading tons of Teen Wolf at the same time. But I do know that she started it today. Maybe she'll even finish it. I don't know. I'm not sure why I'm bothering so much about this either. Cut for ramble )

What have I been doing today? I drove Katsuko to work, I slept a while, I read some webcomics, I picked Katsuko back up from work, I ate a very late lunch, I slept some more, I started checking out the J-Vlogger drama on YouTube, I talked to Mum before she goes on her week-long vacation with Charlie and Hayden, I watched some more J-Vlogger drama, and now I'm making this post. That's been about it. I have started reading the webcomic Amya, which is pretty awesome and very well drawn. I haven't read more of Elfquest, but I'm sure that's coming soon.

Tomorrow, I have to be at work by 6:45. That means I have to be up by 5:30 in the morning. Ugh, I hate opening shifts! But at the same time, I really don't hate them. They seem to go by a whole lot faster than evening shifts and definitely faster than middle shift. Plus I'm working with Suzanna tomorrow, so it should be fairly chill, as long as I remember to go to the bathroom before my shift (because Suzanna is usually a bit late arriving) and pack my lunch, because I forgot that last morning shift. I really can't take another microwaved macaroni and cheese meal again, even if it is the best of the bad bunch, as far as vegetarian quick meals at work go. (And that's fairly scary.)

And one last thing, while I was outside talking to Mum (because our apartment has no god damn mobile phone reception), it started getting dark, and there were lightning bugs! Okay, they're fireflies everywhere else in the world that speaks English, but this is the South and OMG, lightning bugs! I had to move to Atlanta to see lightning bugs again! I never saw a single one the whole time I lived in Florida. So obviously this made my damn day.

And that's it. Later.
apollymi: Grumpy kitten, text translates to "the Kitten of Death has you in sight" (Kitten: Kätzchen des Todes)
Happy beginning of June, everyone. I really can't think of too much more to say on the subject. It's June so doesn't that technically mean it's summer now? Blegh, it's too hot as it is now. I do mean too hot: it's something like 78°F inside the house, and it's 82°F outside the house. I almost wonder if it would help any if I opened the windows.

I've been sitting around rereading Elfquest online, along with more a few fandoms' worth of fanfic: Fullmetal Alchemist, Magic Knight Rayearth, Captain America, and Sherlock. I even tried to take a nap today. A combination of the heat and the living room light prevented me from managing it, though, so I am going to be a whooped ass kitty when midnight rolls around tonight. I come on tonight at 5pm, which is why I'm trying to get this done as quickly as possible before then. See me trying my best not to completely procrastinate? It's not a fantastic effort, but I'm making one at least. It's more than I can say for myself on some days.

Seriously, god damn, it's hot in here! And it's that stuffy, muggy heat that the South is famous for, so it's really sort of miserable... and sticky. Oh gods, how sticky it is.

Katsuko has got hella hours this week at Mirko, because Carlos loves her dearly and always wants her there when he's working, apparently. I think she's either right at or just over 40 hours for next week, most of which will be serving, which is good, because that's generally the better money, I guess. She seems to make bank on Friday and Saturday, and she's serving both of those nights this week, so that's a damn good thing.

I can tell it's definitely getting towards summer. My dyshidrosis is starting to flare up already. Add to that the fact I'm starting to wonder if my psoriasis is coming back, and it adds up to a pretty miserable Apollymi. I sound really old when I start talking like this, I know, but it remains a fact that I hurt. I ache most of the time. One of Mum's plans for if/when I ever get back into a full time job is to have me checked for psoriatic arthritis, to see if that's what's giving me so much grief instead of fibromyalgia. Fibro fits more of my symptoms, apparently, but the fact remains that I do have psoriasis and that can apparently affect joints in places other than where the breakouts are. So who the hell knows? I know Doctor Marie poked in me the eighteen locations where fibro patients have pain and I had reactions to something like twelve of them. I also had the IBS and depression that tends to come with fibro, which is why she went with that diagnosis. However, psoriasis can increase the C Reactive Protein levels, which was one of her main concerns when I was still seeing her; it was why she had me be tested for lupus, after all. So, again, who the hell knows?

Gods, I'm sweating. And I'm running out of time to finish up this entry, so I might end up having to copy-pasta again. I really don't like having to do that, but I have something like ten minutes left to get ready now. It takes me about eight minutes generally, so I don't really have a lot of leeway here.

So, yeah, that's what I'm going to do. To hell with it. I'll make sure to write more earlier in the day tomorrow, before I go in at four o'clock. This five o'clock crap has me all thrown off. That's my story and I'm sticking to it, anyway. Later.

Something of a babble

Monday, 26 May 2014 11:28 pm
apollymi: Bakura and Kaiba fanart, pastel colors, text reads "Jealous yet?" (YGO**Bakura/Kaiba: Jealous yet?)
So... Happy Memorial Day to those who care about it. It's a good holiday, but one of those that the meaning behind it has pretty much been forgotten, as far as I can tell. It's all picnics and barbecues and fireworks these days, it seems to me. But that's a little bit of your Apollymi cynicism for the day.

Today has been... good. Lazy but good. I got up around 9 this morning so that Katsuko could have the laundry from my room... and may I say that it feels weird to have a completely empty laundry basket. Usually there are a few items here and there in it, but today it's completely empty. I thought about trying to lay down on the couch while Katsuko was in the shower, but that didn't work out so well. I did talk to Mum a bit on the phone, which was fairly nice. In fact, we talked her entire drive from Grandmother's to her own house, so about 45 or so minutes. The original purpose of the conversation was for her to let me know what kind of exercises her physical therapist friend said that I should be doing with the fibromyalgia. Apparently that breaks down to lots of stretching of all my muscles every day, aerobic exercise like biking or walking four times a week, and water aerobics wouldn't be amiss. She also suggested that I try to get a massage once a month, but Mum and I are both like "with what money" so that's definitely an "after I get a job again"... and it shouldn't be a deep massage either, just a light one. No deep tissue involved at all. I have a flier somewhere on my desk for a massage place that offers repeat customers a special price, so that might be something for me to look into once I have money again.

I guess I can start putting the small fitness center here on property at the apartments to some kind of use. It really is quite tiny, but there is a treadmill and I'm pretty sure I saw a free-standing bike, so those could well be options. There is the issue that it's only open when the office is open, which isn't terribly helpful for me, since those aren't usually hours I'm free or conscious. I'll come up with something I suppose. It's getting to be too hot to do much in the way of outside walking unless it's on a trail or in the woods or somewhere else shady. I'm not sure I fancy the idea of going to the nearby mall and walking around inside it, but if that's the option, then I guess I'll go with it.

I'm so far out of things to say today that it's really actually kind of sad. I've spent most of the day, when I wasn't resting, reading. I'm still on that Fullmetal Alchemist kick, with some Captain America and The Avengers tossed in there. The story I've actually been reading most of the day is really, really long, but it's making me grin like a madwoman. It's obviously written by a science geek (yay!), because there is just so much in that makes so much sense coming out of Ed's mouth. It's quantum mechanics and stuff like that, things that go way, way over my head, but make sense for the character. And it just makes me happy to see that sort of stuff in a fanfiction. I can't even put into words why it makes so happy, just that it does. Because it really, really does.

In a bid to have her read something other than Teen Wolf, Katsuko asked me to send her some FMA stuff. I guess that's the right way to put it. I mentioned in the car that I was trying not to geek at her about the stuff I'm reading because I know it's not her fandom, and she said that maybe I should send her some so that she's reading things other than just Teen Wolf... so I sent her my AO3 bookmarks for one particular FMA author on AO3. It's actually something like 31 stories, because I discovered the author is fantastic and just kept reading a lot of her FMA stuff, at least for the pairings I've been reading until now... and maybe one more, but only because it seemed cute like a cute thing.

And yeah, that's been about it. I'm letting my food digest a bit then I might see about setting up the TV in my bedroom at last and perhaps try some yoga. Maybe. I might do that tomorrow before work. Blegh. Back to fic.


Tuesday, 20 May 2014 03:45 pm
apollymi: Grumpy kitten, text translates to "the Kitten of Death has you in sight" (Kitten: Kätzchen des Todes)
So... I let the day get away from me yet again, and now I have less than 15 minutes to write my 750 words for the day. (Though I could totally be terrible and copy-pasta some of them... or work on them after I get home with a little resetting of the clock. But that's cheating, and I'm going to try not to do that right now.)

I did the interview this morning with Georgia State University. It went... okay, I guess. The phone never actually rang, but I got a voice message from them and immediately called in. It was a bit bizarre. I'm going to have to look at my phone and see if I can figure out what's up with that. There were five people on the telephone search committee, and they did a round robin style interview, which is pretty typical for every university interview I've participated in. Again, I'm none too sure how I did on it, but I don't think I utterly blew it. I hope not anyway.

I also emailed Robin at University of North Georgia yesterday. She got back in touch with me almost immediately to let me know that the search committee had not yet reached a decision, but she appreciated my continued interest in the position. It's better than nothing, I suppose. I guess I'll email her again if I haven't heard anything by next Monday.

Seven Seas also sent me some work that's due on Friday, so that's going to be interesting, trying to get it done at Grandmother's. Those things, the stories they send me, are not what I would call family friendly, you know? Girls und Panzer is probably the closest to family friendly material I've worked on for them to date.

I'm utterly exhausted, drained beyond all comprehension... but I have to be at work by 4 this afternoon. I close with Tameka again, who told me yesterday about her plans to leave CVS. I had not been mentioning it because I was waiting to hear it from her, if she wanted me to know, if it hadn't been Suzanna sharing information that she shouldn't have. Tameka also let me know about Ericka leaving. We talked a bit about how CVS has changed since the new CEO took over, how it is no longer in the Top 5 percent of companies to work for, how it's all about the shareholders now, and so on and so forth. I agreed with many of her points. I also added about how I had to go to CVS for my prescriptions when I worked at FSU and how much of a change I had noticed -- as a customer -- a few years ago: suddenly employees seemed less and less pleased with their jobs, there were fewer and fewer employees having to do more and more work, and so on. I wish I had kept that in mind when I was job shopping.

Part of me still wishes I had said no to the interview in the first place. But I am making money, and I guess that's what counts. That's what I keep telling myself anyway.

Gods, my ankle is killing me today. I tried doing a sports wrap around it, but it started itching something fierce, so I took it back off after a few minutes. I don't know if I'm actually allergic to latex, but it does cause me itches, so who knows? At the moment, I just don't care. I can't summon the will to care about much of anything.

And yeah, I'm only at 600 words, but fuck it: I'm going to copy-pasta until I have 750 for now. If I feel like making words happen when I get home, I'll write some more on some sort of thing then. All I really want to do is go back to bed and lay there and maybe read fluffy Fullmetal Alchemist or Captain America or Gundam Wing stories, but that's not going to happen (because if I call out sick to work, I have to call out five hours early, not fifteen minutes, which I think is a crock of shit, because you can't always know 5 hours ahead of time how you're going to feel, but see the paragraph above about CVS no longer being a top place of employment).

Yeah, I'm just gonna... go now and pretend that I can make it through a work day and not feel entirely horrible or something. Later.

Today in the life

Saturday, 17 May 2014 11:46 pm
apollymi: Kyo and Yuya with Kyo's sword, black background, no text (SDK**Kyo/Yuya: Still of the night)
So it's very late at night. I've had a very long day. Tomorrow promises to be just as long. I did my 6:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. shift today. I have my schedule for next week, barring any last minute Neb changes. As it is, I work just over 23 hours. I think he's trying to make sure I don't get too close to 30 again, seeing as how this week I went over that and I'm not supposed to as a part-timer. I'm tentatively starting to make plans, so I hope he doesn't make any changes to the schedule, or if he does, that they're small changes. So here's how my next week stands right now:
Sunday: 6:45 a.m. until 3 p.m. (1 unpaid break of 30 minutes, 1 paid break of 15 minutes)
Monday: 3 p.m. until midnight (1 unpaid break of 30 minutes, 1 paid break of 15 minutes)
Tuesday: 4 p.m. until midnight (1 unpaid break of 30 minutes, 1 paid break of 15 minutes)
Wednesday: off
Thursday: off
Friday: off
Saturday: off

These are some seriously long days he has me scheduled for, but at least it's over with by early in the week. It does allow me to do other things... if he doesn't change the schedule again. Remember last Saturday, he was still changing the schedule at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

I'm all caught up for now on fanfic recs on DarkMagick.net. I updated the Fullmetal Alchemist and added an additional one to the Yami no Matsuei page. They're... both lengthy now. YnM, in particular, went from having 1 recommended story to have 8 recommended stories. FMA went from having 5 stories to having 22 recommendations up... and it would be 23, but I pulled one of the older ones; it was cute but too silly for my tastes now. I'm going to have to go into my The Avengers and Captain America pages and wrangle them into some kind of shape. I think one thing I need to do is divide The Avengers stuff out based on if it's movie-verse or comics-verse, because I have a fair share of stories for both 'verses. There are some stories that can be dropped from the archive: either the movies have rendered them too AU or I just bookmarked them on DMnet because there was nowhere else I could immediately think to back them up to.

After I finish that, I think my next website task will be to either finish updating the fonts on all my individual chapters of stories, formatting the guest stories because it seems that some of them aren't done yet, working on a new layout, or working on the recs pages on Apollymi's Grimoire. Honestly, they're all a lot of work involved in them, which is why I've put off doing them for so long. I mean, yeah, the sorting of The Avengers recs will take a while first, even without adding all the newer stories I've been reading and bookmarking on AO3, but I'm working on a plan for after that. I'm just trying to tackle things a page or so at the time, so it doesn't get overwhelming.

If I do decide to work on the font updates next, I'll just work on getting one folder done a day or something manageable like that. It doesn't even have to be a big folder, like all of my Yu-Gi-Oh stuff; it can just be like updating Betrüger, so that all the fonts match the rest of the stories. (In example, the updated fonts look like "Frozen", while the old fonts look like chapter one of Betrüger. The old layout and fonts are perfectly serviceable, but the newer ones just look prettier to me. So I'm in the process of making all my own stories look the same, with the same style of header and fonts throughout. Once I'm done with that, I'm going to start making all the guest stories use the same formatting... though I might tackle the gift stories first. They're a smaller number.

Actually, I stand corrected: I already did the gift fics. So that's one thing off my list. It does leave the guest stories, but again, that's for after I've finished my own. That way, once I have the fonts updated, when it's time for the new layout, all I have to do is change color codes in the CSS file. It makes my life a whole lot easier in the long run, by making it more difficult in the short term. If that makes any kind of sense.

So, yeah, that's what I need to be working on. I also need to try to make words start coming for stories, even if not many people are reading them. Even if I have to practically tackle and restrain my beta reader to get her to look things over. I'm enjoying the stories at least, and I guess that's what counts. It's what I tell myself counts anyway, so that's what we'll go with.

And that's it. That's good enough for today. Later.

A relaxing day

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 11:54 pm
apollymi: Cloud leaning on Zack, text reads "Love will find a way" (FF7**Zack/Cloud: Love will find a way)
I have been taking advantage of having today off and so have rested a lot of the day. In fact, I would say that I've rested most of the day. I read a lot of fanfic, mostly Fullmetal Alchemist, but also some Sherlock and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I took a nap after Katsuko went to work and had lots of assistance with that. I listed to some music, mostly anime stuff. I hunted for the first opening theme from FMA:B, and I think I finally turned it up. Yep, the version I found is of fairly good quality, enough that I can listen to it in the car. That said, I ended up adding a lot of songs to my anime playlist... and I don't think it's cheating to add some of the music from Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon or the Sera Myu musicals to the list either.

Seriously, this is one fangirl who cannot wait for the new Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal anime to start. The new art looks good, the original seiyuu for Usagi is back, and I'm seriously excited. I still wish I could afford to get some of the new merchandise that's coming out, especially the new Moon Stick replica... but I seriously don't have over $120 laying around for something like that. My big splurge this month is going to be buying the new Dresden Files book when it comes out.

The weather outside is dreadful... and I actually had to give in and cut the air conditioning on for a bit today. It's raining, and it just got so stuffy inside that it was all I could do to breathe. Anyway, I cut the air on until it was around 72°F in the house, and then I cut it back off. It's still fairly pleasant inside, as long as I don't move around at all, and I hope that will last a bit longer.

I did watch another episode of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood today, which was fun. I do enjoy that series. Again, tastes great, less filling.

So, yeah, the weather outside is awful. It's been raining off and on for the last few days. Before that, it last rained over the weekend. So we've been getting a lot of water incoming for the last couple of weeks. And that spot in our living room just started leaking again. It's fairly sizable, and I'm not sure how they're going to go about fixing it. The plywood of the walls there is already soft from the last time it leaked. I'm... resigned about it. We've had very little work right since we moved in here. In fact, there is a wall electrical outlet in my bedroom that has two places to plug things in at. The bottom outlet works all the time. The top outlet only works if I cut on the 2nd switch in my bedroom. That switch on my bedroom wall works for one thing and one thing only: the top half of that electrical outlet. It literally does nothing at all else. There are outlets in Katsuko's room that are the same way but for the "closet light" that cuts on nothing in the closet, only the outlets. There are two "light switches" in her bedroom that cut on nothing at all; one of the first things we had to buy when we moved in was a lamp for her bedroom so that she could have a light source besides the window.

Yeah, I'm resigned on the whole thing, and it's a lot of why I'm looking forward to hopefully being able to move in August. (Of course August is only three months away, and we have no savings left. Short of a loan, I have no idea how we would go about a move. That's a... wholly depressing thought.) Katsuko, on the other hand, is rather livid about the leak. I think it's a case of "one more straw". While I'm resigned about the things wrong with this apartment, she's distinctly annoyed. I imagine that if I could summon up enough emotion to feel much of anything, I would be a bit livid too.

I'm supposed to get paid on Friday. I imagine about half of my paycheck is already spoken for. I need to get the oil changed in my car, and I need to put at least $100 towards the rent that we still owe. That way we can start getting money ready for next month's rent. *le sigh*

And Roo is wayyyy too god damn interested in what I'm doing so I'm stopping now.

Today is not the day

Saturday, 10 May 2014 11:06 pm
apollymi: Chapter 301 of manga, redeeming power of love, text reads "Even Kyo and Yuya get shojo sparkles" (SDK**Kyo/Yuya: Shojo sparkles?)
Today is not the day where I have a lot of words to say. The past few days I've had a horrible dose of both insomnia and lethargy. I haven't been able to get to sleep before four in the morning the past two nights (or should I say mornings), and then I'm drowsy during the day before eventually giving in to the urge to nap, which probably is why I'm not tired at night. I didn't even manage to go with Katsuko to Roswell today, even though I was looking toward to spending the day hanging out with my Panera Bread peoples.

I actually only left the house for one thing today: to get my schedule from CVS. I even waited until nearly nine o'clock at night to go get it... and Neb was still making changes. So as of right now, I have the following schedule this week:
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. (30 minute unpaid break, 15 minute paid break)
Monday: 6:45 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (30 minute unpaid break, 15 minute paid break)
Tuesday: 5:00 p.m. until midnight (30 minute unpaid break, 15 minute paid break)
Wednesday: off
Thursday: off
Friday: off (supposedly payday, but we'll see)
Saturday: 6:45 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. (30 minute unpaid break, 15 minute paid break)

I was supposed to have another night shift on Wednesday, but I got out of it by taking Skylah's Monday morning shift... which was originally Rebu's. Either way, I only have one night shift, and I'm quite all right with that. I'm probably going to be cut early one of those days so that I don't go over 30 hours (because apparently CVS part-timers cannot go over 30 hours in a week).

Also, every single time I look over at AO3 on Katsuko's computer, for the last few months or so, it's been all Teen Wolf all the time. I never thought the day would come where I'm the one reading more varied things. Yes, I read a lot of slash, but I read a lot of different series: Final Fantasy VII, Fullmetal Alchemist, The Avengers (and all its attendant tie-in movies, especially Captain America: The Winter Soldier), The Mummy, The Magnificent Seven, Supernatural, Sherlock, The Following... That's three pages of my bookmarks on AO3. Rounding things out, that's what I'm trying to do. My Tumblr probably doesn't reflect this, because right now it's mostly three things: politics, cats, and Steve/Bucky. Because oh my gods, the fucking feels...!

And I guess somehow I need to come up with 750 words tonight, don't I? I'm on Day 217 of my streak, and I would really, really it rather not get broken at this point. I have some 300 and something words to go, and then I'll be done for the night. I can then go back to my fanfic reading. I'm looking forward to that, truth be told. While there is a serious dearth of Envy/Ed stories out there, I'm finding I... don't dislike Roy/Ed and there are a lot of those.

I did finally get all of the things I've written lately up on DarkMagick.net. I also got Apollymi's Grimoire (a.k.a. eternalsailorm.net) up to date on stories as well. One day, I'll even sit down and finish updating the recs for Apollymi's Grimoire. I do need to some updating on the recs on DMnet, and frankly, that sort of takes priority of A'sG most of the time. Obviously. Since I hadn't updated A'sG in a couple of years and all that. Whoops. And that's especially bad, because A'sG has the simpler layout. Part of me would very much like to move DMnet to a simple layout like A'sG has, but there is so much content on DMnet that I'm not sure how feasible that would be.

And I need do a quick bitch about the fact that Neb keeps scheduling me for the one day the bus doesn't run and Katsuko works. Seriously. I know I've told him twice that she works weekends and has the car then. He takes advantage of the fact I live close enough to walk, though... but damn it's a long, hot, sticky, miserable walk. Yes, it only takes half an hour, but it's all steaming pavement and almost no shade on either side of the street. I do obviously don't enjoy it.

And I think I'm close enough to my 750 words that I can stop babbling now. I'm going to finish up the FMA stories I have open, maybe watch an episode or two, and then I might try to make myself go to bed. If I'm doing that, I guess I should not do an episode or two, not with their love for cliffhangers, huh? Anyway, stick a fork in me: I'm done. Later.

Handwritten and not

Thursday, 8 May 2014 11:06 pm
apollymi: Jean Grey as the Phoenix, surrounded in flames and smirking, no text (XMen**Phoenix: The bitch is back)
So I'm handwriting out my journal entry for the day. In part, that's because I'm not at the house as I start writing and I don't want to try typing on my phone's small screen. In part, it's because I'm trying to make the kids in my head start talking. I'm tired, so they don't really want to talk, but sometimes handwriting will draw them out.

And the final reason is just because I love my Lamy fountain pen. It just writes so pretty. I'm still on the inkwell that came with the pen, so it clearly doesn't dry out as quickly as my Yafa pen used to... and that's so very good. I was going through ink way too quick with that pen.

I'm somewhere in the twenties or so in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood now. I had intended to stop several episodes before I did last night, but they kept throwing cliffhangers at me. It was easier to walk away last night from a sudden Hohenheim appearance than from a "oh my gods, they're not going to kill Roy Mustang, are they?!" moment. Yeah, that was a crowning moment of badass for Roy there. Me likey.

And now typed:
And that was as far as I got before dinner got to the table. It doesn't look like much, but it's the front side of one sheet of paper, so there is that. And now that I'm on the computer, I'm all distracted by Tumblr and kittens and Steve/Bucky... because pictures! and cute! and feels!... in that order. And then one of the Steve/Bucky blogs I follow linked me to a fic, and so now I'm reading that fic... and damn it, I should be finishing up this journal post, so that I can watch more Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

Katsuko and I were going to go back to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier today. However, Tameka talked to Neb this morning, and he had her inform me (even though I also talked to him on the phone) that I had modules to complete for my training that were due tomorrow. The most I had heard about these training modules was one of my first days, when I clocked in, I had something pop up on the screen saying "modules due" and I was told not to worry about it. Well, if I had known that I actually did have to worry about or risk losing the job (that I hate), I would have started on it sooner. I probably would have had it done long before now. But no, because no one told me about them in any real fashion, I had to work on them at home tonight instead of going to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier again. I'm very sad about this fact. However, I'm also pretty damned ticked off that I had to spend nearly two hours of my own time off work doing work related stuff that I won't get paid for... and that I didn't get to go back to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier again. Hopefully next week?

So Katsuko starts her new job at Mirko on Monday. I think this is a very good thing for her. It will probably necessitate getting that scooter sooner rather than later, though, if she's heading one way to work and I'm headed the other way. But it will full-time (or close to full-time work) for her, and that's good. That's money we need coming in right now.

Okay, guys, if you can order wine online and you like sweet and fruity wines, this wine is the shit. It is seriously fantastic. I usually try to buy a bottle or so every time I go to Grandmother's and Grandfather's (and have a little bit of money to rub together), and it's worth every penny. Yes, it is very sweet. It's very, very sweet. And you can smell the peach even before you taste it... and it's fantastic. I need so much more of it. It was just what I needed after work today (and while I was doing those modules/test thingies -- no wonder it took me so long). I shouldn't, but I might have another glass before I go to bed... while I watch a few more episodes of FMA.

My feet hurt today, but I guess they don't hurt as bad. I wore my ankle brace and I borrowed Katsuko's knee brace, and between the two of them, they really seemed to help. My right knee is still giving me fits, and my right ankle is still problematic. They just behaved better today. It's weird, though, because usually it's my right knee and my left ankle that give me fits. I think I've been unconsciously trying to keep the weight off my left side, though, and that's got the right side hurting more. I don't know. I just know that my right ankle, right where the heel bone sticks out the furthest, is really, really sore.

And given that I made it okay through work today, I don't know that speaks to my two theories about why I was sick. I ate a bit better today than I did on Monday, so the blood sugar theory is possible. But I also worked the morning shift when there's plenty of light out. I didn't have to hear about the store I was currently standing in being robbed three times at gunpoint in the last year over the night shift. Hell, the worst part of my work day today was the sun glaring on the registers. Tameka and Suzanna made sure that I had a decent day today.

And now, screw it: FMA time.
apollymi: Ginji in taro/chibi mode with teary eyes (GB**Ginji: *wibble eyes*)
It's the end of the first edition of Camp NaNoWriMo for the year. I'm still running behind. I have 1,930 words to go to be done, which is infinitely doable, I'm thinking. I just have to sit down and do them. But first, I need to run the air conditioner for a bit, because there's no way I'm doing much of anything if I feel like I'm dying of warm, sticky, stifling house. It's just not kosher, you know? It's 76°F (or about 24°C) inside the apartment, and it's just sitting like an oppressive wave. To top it off, Katsuko's sick, so she's cold. I have informed her that I have done the putting up with the heat thing, so it's time for her to add a layer, so that I can breathe.

I apparently have a serious case of the staggers going on today. I know a lot of it is how badly my feet hurt and the ongoing battle not to walk too much on my blisters. That has me walking on my toes entirely too much, mostly without thinking about it. So when I tried to rush back to my register, I ran into the support pole in the middle of the aisle and bent my thumbnail back; I've got a nice bruise under the nail from that. I also managed to trip coming down the stairs at home and scraped my elbow, though thankfully not too bad. I'll ben glad to be off my feet for a couple of days, since I have tomorrow and Friday off. I'm looking forward to this so much.

I still don't know if my first paycheck will go in on this Friday or next or even the one after that. I know sometimes it takes a while to sort through businesses' computers. I think I was at FSU three weeks before I got my first check there, after all. I really need the check before then, though, so that I can try to contribute a bit towards the rent we do not have for the month.

Okay, air conditioning has run for a bit, and I can finally breathe some. I guess I'll go cut it back off again for a bit... once I finish this entry. Yeah, once I finish this entry. Not a minute before then, though.

I got a wee bit more written on the Familiars story last night, but mostly I wrote on Crooked Way. You can probably sort of tell that I'm using Write or Die on these chapters: the words are hastily done and there is a good bit of repetition, something my editors eat me up for. It gets me through NaNoWriMo and all its affiliates, though, so I'm not complaining right now.

Okay, I lied. I've cut off the air conditioning already. She was looking particularly chilled. I might have to cut it back on for a few minutes right before we go to bed, though, so that I have enough air to go to sleep. I miss sleep. I haven't done a lot of it in the last few days.

I need to be writing. I know I need to be writing, but I finally did something I've been meaning to do for a while. I finally put all of Of Worlds to Fall into a single PDF file, and it has been on my brain for a few days now that I want to reread it (mainly because it's the Of Worlds to Fall Usagi that keeps wanting to show up in Street Angel, and they're just subtly different). I even made the PDF all fancy with the cover art I did for it and spiffy fonts: Baskerville for the main text, Champignon for the chapter titles, and DorovarFLF-Carolus for the chapter names. I also have a post Captain America: The Winter Soldier story series that I want to reread. Clearly, my brain wants to be on everything except writing. On the last day of April Camp NaNoWriMo, this isn't good.

And yes, I know I should make it a treat for myself: finish up and I get to read. I'm terrible at following through on that, absolutely rubbish.

I'm going to give it a try, though, and see if I can't follow through. Then I guess I can read all the things I want, huh?

So, yeah, later.