Back to work

Tuesday, 5 February 2019 11:13 pm
apollymi: Tracy on the phone, looking very unimpressed (FK**Tracy: Not impressed)
Well, I think I see how I rank at work. I think I see how much (or rather how little) I matter to the entire running of the office. Not a single person besides Anastasia asked me how my appointment went yesterday. Well, I take it back: the director Chris asked, but only after I asked how his dentist visit yesterday went. Granted, Richard did wish me the best of luck tomorrow morning, where I'm interviewing for a position at a different testing location within the same department.

If I were to get the position I'm interviewing for tomorrow, it would save me so much time and money and energy. It's literally 15 minutes away with traffic, three exits up the highway from my house. It's just over 6 miles from my house, 7 minutes without traffic. I wouldn't spend an hour and a half getting to work and nearly two hours getting home. I could go to the gym again without it being a huge hassle. I wouldn't be so late getting home that cooking would be a huge hassle.

But I'm trying not to get my hopes up. I did that with the Dunwoody position, and look how well that turned out. And this would be even better than that one, location-wise. And I really just do not want to work with Glynda anymore, Miss "Practically Perfect In Every Way".

And that's all I've got. I'm so damn drained there just aren't words for it.


Monday, 7 January 2019 11:17 pm
apollymi: Jensen & Cougar looking slightly off center, no text (Losers**Jensen/Cougar: Dangerous)
I feel like I should have downloaded a James Bond icon just for this post every year, and every year, I don't do it.

Well, the first day back at work wasn't too bad. Apparently Glynda had a good vacation so she wasn't a raging bitch when we got back in. She even managed to get everyone checked in in pretty good time this morning, so it made the whole day run a bit more smoothly.

I don't think I really have anything to say today. I'm just kinda tired and kinda drained and kinda trying not to get sick... or spend all my Amazon gift certificates on the kitties.
apollymi: Kaiba looking determined, text reads "Where angels fear to tread" (YGO**Kaiba: Where angels fear to tread)
Oh yes, I'm starting to remember again why NaNo is always so much harder for me than either of the Camp months. It's not just that Camp lets you set your own word goal. No, it's more than the end of the year tends to be a bit crazier as far as jobs go and that makes getting writing done in any meaningful way is much, much more difficult.

The interview today went pretty all right. I'm still not certain how likely the odds are of me getting it, but it was a fairly smooth interview, barring the fact that one of the two people who was suppose to interview me got stuck in traffic and was 45 or so minutes late to the interview... and the other is the head of testing that I see every day, Chris. I got a couple of interesting questions that threw me a little, like "How would you describe your current testing environment" and "What is a question you've been asked in another interview that you think would have been helpful in determining a candidate's qualification for this position".

Other than that, when I got to work, Glynda was (predictably) in a mood, enough of one that she had in turn set off Anastasia in a foul mood too. One of the computer decided it was through working, and I couldn't get Tech Support to understand that, if the hard drive is failing but the CPU is still receiving power, it's not going to magically heal itself and start working again if I move it to another station. It took nearly 35 minutes to finally convince Tech Support that sending a new CPU was the best thing to do... and that I could only rack up another five minutes of overtime on the phone with him.

Word count-wise, I'm ending day one on a fairly decent basis. Not as great as I wanted, but not too bad either. Here's where I'm sitting so far for the day:

1719 / 50000 words. 3% done!

And that's it. Good night, my freaky darlings!

Less than a day

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 11:06 pm
apollymi: Future Trunks looking down and blushing, text reads "blush" (DBZ**Trunks: BLUSH!!!)
I can't say the pain is really receding any, but I might be starting to get used to the gag impulse with the partials. I've graduated up to eat a few almost solid foods, but honestly, yogurt and smoothies and shakes have been the easiest to manage. And by "almost solid foods", I mean that I tried again soup today... and it wasn't a completely abysmal failure, unlike yesterday. Better still, I didn't end up wearing most of it. Chewing with the damn things in remains a stupidly difficult thing, but at least I'm no longer actively almost vomiting every time. I'll take that small win.

I'll take the small win of this little stuff. I would love a "big win", so to say, but I'll take what I can get at this point. Small wins are better than no wins at all, right? Right. At least that's what I'm going with.

We did some last minute cleaning before we leave tomorrow morning. Granted, that mostly means a little sweeping and a lot of throwing away, but still, it's something. It also means that anything that could be taken back the hall has been. We just have a few more empty boxes to take outside and another load of garbage to take to the dumpster and so forth, and then I'm tempted to call it good enough.

I'm also going with good enough for the spackle job Dr. Lee did on my broken front tooth. I'm hoping it'll hold up until my interview on the 1st.

And that's it. In a few hours, [personal profile] katsuko and I are headed out on our first real vacation since 2010. Here's hoping that it'll be as much fun as I'm hoping, even if eating will be difficult. Later, all.


Friday, 8 June 2018 10:44 pm
apollymi: Blank background, text reads "Some days the body count will exceed your word count. And that's okay" (Text: Body count vs. word count)
It's finally Friday, and all I can seem to think is "what took so long" and "I'm not ready for this weekend to be over" and "I don't wanna go back to work on Monday". That's a pretty sad combination, in my not so very humble opinion. It's Friday, and I'm already dreading Monday.

Nothing yet from Georgia Tech, but I'm not really expecting anything before the end off June anyway. That seems like a pretty standard turnaround time these days.

Once again, a day marred by throbbing dental pain. I'm not digging it. Anastasia has given me a tentative recommendation for a dentist, one that's at least local to work and on the MARTA. Of all the ones she's been to, apparently this one has done the least amount of jerking her around and the least amount of "what all can we get this person to agree to do". I need that. That or I need someone to sponsor me. Or renew my passport so I can go overseas for the dental work I need done. Even with a new passport, hotel, plane ride, and so forth, it would probably still be cheaper.

Random research pages I've turned up over the last week, because I'm weird:
Word List for Comanche
How to Read Tarot with Playing Cards

And that's seriously, seriously all I've got. I'm gonna take something to try to make the pain die down enough to sleep, then I'm gonna go lay down. If I can't sleep, I'll write... but I'm hoping for sleep. Good night, my freaky darlings.


Thursday, 7 June 2018 11:35 pm
apollymi: Stitch holding his head in pain, no text (L&S**Stitch: Headache)
I feel like my entire week has been off. Why? I don't know. Maybe the interview. Or maybe it's the unbearable toothache. Or the Georgia heat. Either way, I've felt off all week long, and today was one of the worst days of the lot.

Anyway, decent enough writing day today. I can be proud of that at least, right?

Anyway, short entry tonight. I'm about to go drug the pain away for a bit, long enough to see if I can't get some sleep. Good night, all.

What a day

Wednesday, 6 June 2018 07:06 pm
apollymi: Typewriter and paper, text reads "Fanfic writer" (My Writing: Fanfic Writer)
So, I did my interview at Georgia Tech today. I feel like it went well, but I also feel like I say that of just about every interview. How many times has it been true. (Not that many.)

Other than that, the day was fairly quiet. More days like that, that's something I can stand to have.


Tuesday, 5 June 2018 09:50 pm
apollymi: Don Schanke with a paper, looking very unimpressed, no text (FK**Schanke: Schanke is unimpressed)
Well, another week is slowly going back. Tomorrow is my interview with Georgia Tech, and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. It's going to be interesting seeing what kind of things end up happening as the interview processing goes forward. Depending on how much farther the it does end up going in general. Because this position is in charge of a purchasing card, my credit might end up knocking me out of the running in the long run.

And other than that, I've got very little to say for myself for today. I'm gonna go throw myself at a bed and hope for some sleep. Wish me luck.


Monday, 4 June 2018 09:21 pm
apollymi: Bakura and Kaiba fanart, pastel colors, text reads "Jealous yet?" (YGO**Bakura/Kaiba: Jealous yet?)
So, I'm totally debating on whether or not to even breathe a word of this, but I'm a little too excited not to. I have a face to face interview at Georgia Tech on Wednesday. I'm terribly excited. Again, obviously.

It's a nice start to a new work week, that's otherwise going to be filled with a lot of GACE students.

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

Happy girl

Monday, 5 February 2018 08:05 pm
apollymi: Vasquez scoffing at Faraday, animated gif, no text (Mag7**Vasquez: Scoff)
I have had Luci climbing all over me much of the night tonight. She has purred at me. She has helped me type. She has shown me her very clean and shiny booty. She has conquered every snake (charging cable) she can find. She has rolled around in my lap and showed great affections. She's done everything tonight except show me her belly. We're still not quite to that point in our relationship.

Yes, I know: I'm silly. I am the same person, after all, who made a rambling post about Diet Coke last night. Given my druthers tonight, apparently, I will make a rambling post about my cats.

Work went... all right today. Glynda was on decent behavior. LaTrease pissed off Richard, which is just a day ending in "y": something always pisses off Richard, especially at the beginning of the week. (In his own words, he is an "angry black man" through about Thursday, then he's a lot happier.) Anastasia let me know that she really appreciated all the baby shower gifts, but she needed more chocolates; apparently the big bag of Lindt Chocolates we grabbed at the last second didn't contain enough for her tastes, which... fair. And the candidates were all relatively well behaved, just a few GACEs with attitudes.

My phone interview for today with Georgia Tech had to be pushed off to Wednesday. The person would be conducting my phone interview was running late with other meetings, so... yeah. I'm taking it as meaning, yeah, they really need this position filled, not I'm low lady on the totem pole. Either way, I get the last interview spot, and that will mean that I'm the one that they remember most, for better or worse.

And it's taken me entirely too long to write this much, so I'm going to go throw myself at my bed, since I do unfortunately have work tomorrow. Good night, all.

Guess who

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 09:33 pm
apollymi: Buffy looking displeased, text reads "Not impressed" (BtVS**Buffy: Not impressed)
Guess who did it again. I laid down for an hour nap... and three hours later, I realize that I've slept through my alarms -- yes, through several alarms, on both my and [personal profile] katsuko's phones -- and it's nearly two in the morning. It's gotten to the point that I just open a blank journal entry before I lay down for these naps, so that when (not if) I overnap, I don't have to backdate the entry. Yeesh, there's a plan in place for this.

Work went surprisingly all right today, given the rest of the week. Glynda was on good behavior. LaTrease took it upon herself to be the one to tell her that a majority decided on Friday. Most of the testers were pretty well behaved, and the one that wasn't, well, Glynda ended up having to deal with him over my lunch period. I have a phone interview scheduled with Georgia Tech for Monday in a position that should pay considerably more.

I even managed to pick up the last few things we needed for Friday's baby shower: namely, bags to put everything in. So... go, me, I guess? We also picked up curtain rods, so that we could hang the curtains I got on Amazon, since the new ownership of our apartment complex is slowly fixing things that had otherwise been languishing, including the streetlight right outside my bedroom window. Despite my best efforts, the ones I ended up getting are about two or three inches too short. I'm not sure I want to fool with returning them and ordering longer ones, so I might just try to find a nice thick material and sew it to the bottoms.

And I got a page or so typed up, so I'm a little closer to being caught up on typing to where I am with the handwritten bit. I had intended to type more up over my lunch break, but I ended up scheduling a phone interview during that time. And then I had intended up intending to type a bit more up on MARTA, but there was no way that was happening since it was so jam-packed on there today. And then I had intended to type all of it up after my nap, and... well...

Anyway, I guess I need to go throw myself at my bed once again, so that I can get up in a few hours and go back to work. Later, all.

I <3 Saturdays

Saturday, 14 October 2017 11:42 pm
apollymi: Kaiba and Bakura, close up on faces, text reads "Don't fear the reaper" (YGO**Bakura/Kaiba: Don't fear the reape)
Honestly, yeah, seriously, I love my Saturdays. I love having the day off work. And this Saturday, I didn't even have to do edits on manga. That... makes me ridiculously happy. I'm a bit sick of typing the words "Squeaky Mouse-san" right now. More than "a bit", truth be told, but what can you do? It's money. Granted, only a little bit of money, but still, money.

I'm still managing to make words happen, which is a good thing, as far as I'm concerned. But as for tonight, I think I'm going to go ahead and throw myself at my bed. Good night, all.

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.


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 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.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017 10:35 pm
apollymi: Hicks holding Ripley as Ripley holds Newt, text reads "Family" (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley+Newt: Family)
This is just going to be another quickie post. It's not storming today or anything. I just want to get back to writing. I have a bit of a groove going on Resurrectionist, and I might have finally solved my problem with Wicked Ones, but I need to sit down and work on them to know for certain.

I have a phone interview tomorrow at 11, and I really, really want it to go well. It's in the GSU Library Special Collections, and I've missed Special Collections in particular and libraries in general.

And now it's time to go back to writing. Later, all.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017 09:10 pm
apollymi: Sarah reading a book, text reads "can't talk reading fanfic" (Labyrinth**Sarah: Can't talk - Fanfic!)
This is going to have to be a hella fast entry, because our power keeps flickering with the storm going on outside. I don't know how much longer I'm going to have power and wifi to make this entry, so it has to be fast and now.

I think I mentioned that I emailed GSU about the Admin Coordinator job I applied for. I heard back yesterday, and they're currently verifying references. I also heard back from another job I applied for at GSU, this one in their library's Special Collections department. I would prefer the latter job, obviously. I miss my libraries. I miss my Special Collections.

But I don't want to get my hopes up. I will take either job. I will gladly take either job.

And zombie fic is coming along. It's coming along at the expense of everything else, but it is indeed coming along. And no, I haven't updated any of the places I usually post. I just have been too... something for that.

And the weather is picking back up, so I'm stopping now. Later, all.