Wednesday, 6 February 2019 10:41 pm
apollymi: Vasquez scoffing at Faraday, animated gif, no text (Mag7**Vasquez: Scoff)
Well, I can't say I really know how well the interview went. It kept getting interrupted, mostly be LaKeisha trying to deal with ongoing testing. So I spent this interview that was supposed to only be 30 minutes (but stretched to an hour and 15 minutes because of interruptions) mostly chatting with the Testing Director, Chris, about fandom and how it's changed from the old Usenet days to now, as well as various ongoing fandoms we have in common... mostly Star Wars (and the disappointment that was The Last Jedi).

But yeah, that's pretty much all I've got. Supposedly they'll be letting the final candidate know by the end of the week, but I'm still not exactly holding my breath here. It would be too much like helpful and a good thing for me to get this position, so I likely won't be getting it.

And now I'm gonna throw myself at my bed and see if I can't make myself sleep off this cough and other grossness.

Post-Star Wars

Sunday, 17 December 2017 10:16 pm
apollymi: Luke holding a lightsaber, no text (SW***Luke: Lighter side of the Force)
I am doing no spoilers here. There are just a few things that I want to say. One, this movie made me giggle way too often. Two, this movie broke my heart. Three, I ♥ Poe Dameron. Four, someone needs to give Kylo Ren a swift kick in the pants. Repeatedly. I nominate Poe. (I could listen to him shit talk First Order bastards all day. Just give me a recording of that, and I'll call my day set.)

So, yes, great movie. Funny. Action-packed. Edge of your seat in spots. But also heartbreaking. Oh gods, heartbreaking. But also, we're never going back to Studio Movie Grill again. So many assholes working there. So much attitude. So many mistakes.

Hopefully, my car should be ready tomorrow. I've missed it. It's damn annoying having to take Lyft and Uber everywhere, especially when it's raining and we can't walk to where we need to go. I think the plan is for [personal profile] katsuko to go pick it up after lunch if it's ready and then pick me up at the train station. Plan? Plan.

But now, even though it's kinda early for us, I think I'm going to start moving in a bed-ward direction, felines and all permitting.

Awake for once

Saturday, 16 December 2017 10:20 pm
apollymi: Jensen & Cougar looking slightly off center, no text (Losers**Jensen/Cougar: Dangerous)
I'm awake for one when it came time to make my entry for the day I guess it's something to at least pretend to celebrate. *deadpan* yay. However, I'm sitting here struggling, try my best to keep my eyes open just a few more minutes, so that I can finish this this up and go to sleep in my actual bed with my actual sheets snd covers... and with two kitties there for the cuddles... and other such good things. Right now, those all sound really, really nice.

Gods, I don't want to go back to work on Monday. I'm reassuring myself that it would only be for two days -- Monday and Tuesday -- before my winter break starts... but that doesn't mean that I still don't want to go back. I'm enjoying not having to deal anything there. I'm enjoying the lack of stress that comes from not having to be there. I'm enjoying the smooth sailing mood that comes from not having to deal with Glynda's bitch ass moods and ongoing drama.

Also, being at home means that I can have donuts, at least for a few more days. [personal profile] katsuko and I are thinking about going on a High Fat-Low Carb diet starting after the holidays, given the good results that Mum and her friends are having on a similar diet. I'm not sure that I could go all the way to the actual keto diet and cut my carbs down to 25g a day (or less!), but low carbs does seem like a good idea. That does seem a workable thing, a thing that is more than mildly successful for her.

Besides, the sickie food she brought me was a HFLC broccoli soup... and it was fucking amazing. I mean, I know I'm biased, because Mum cooking is always good cooking, but this was particularly yummy.

Tomorrow, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Monday, hopefully picking up the car. Tuesday, last day of work of 2017 for me. Wednesday, rheumatologist appointment. Thursday, no plans. Friday, followup at OBGYN and main doctor.

And that's it. Sleep now. Good night, all.

A little better

Thursday, 22 December 2016 10:46 pm
apollymi: Chapter 301 of manga, redeeming power of love, text reads "Even Kyo and Yuya get shojo sparkles" (SDK**Kyo/Yuya: Shojo sparkles?)
This is just a quick post to say I'm a little better. I've been reading some Rogue One fixit fics, and that has been helping. Also I went and bought Star Wars collars for the cats, even though that was money I should not have spent, and now the kitties look very dapper and spiffy. I did find a kitty sweater in the clearance bin and got it for Roo, but he is very not big on it.

Also, [personal profile] katsuko and I have started posting a bit on Monstrous, both at [community profile] eternal_sailorm and on Archive of Our Own. This is a good thing.

And yeah, that's about it.

Rogue One

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 10:31 pm
apollymi: Faraday staring off, no text (Mag7**Faraday: Middle distance)
So, I did go to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last night with [personal profile] katsuko. It fucking broke me.

First off, on a spoiler-free note, it was pretty damn amazing the makeup jobs done in this film. The problem with making a prequel (that is basically the opening crawl of A New Hope fleshed out more than 30 years after ANH is that, of course, some of your actors are now dead or, at the very least, look nothing like they did in 1977.

I feel like I need to congratulate the makeup artists for making this guy look like Peter Cushing... or Ian McElhinney (Ser Barriston Selmy) look like this guy. Compared to those two makeup jobs, there is a rather obvious CGI version of this at the end of the movie, obvious enough that I wanted to yell at the screen to lay off the blend and smooth tools on Photoshop.

Cut for so many spoilers )

Another somethign

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:06 pm
apollymi: Luke holding a lightsaber, no text (SW***Luke: Lighter side of the Force)
I'm not sure I have anything to say yet again. Im tired, tired enought htat I'm not typing well, but it's been a good and relaxing day. I'm hoping tomorrow is much the same.

And I have tickets to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

[EDIT:] Oh my gods, Rogue One... So did not help! Oh my gods... But no spoilers.
apollymi: Split icon, 1st close-up of Ripley's smug face, 2nd close-up of Hicks' grinning face, text reads "Where do you want it" (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley: Where do you want)
Do I have anything to say for myself today? No, not really. I had the day completely off work, so I slept in as late as I could (aka, as long as Roo would permit me), which turned out to be shortly after [personal profile] katsuko left for her IKEA work. Roo and I relocated to the couch, where I played games on my phone and he napped. Then I napped and he napped with me. Then I snacked my way through lunch and he tried to steal my food before going back to sleep. And then [personal profile] katsuko came home and brought in the vacuum cleaner that Mum stealth bought for me. And then I called Mum to ask if I needed to scold her for stealth buying me stuff again (to which she said, "well, it was only $20 and worked well for cleaning Betsy's place") and we chatted... and Roo napped. And then I fed [personal profile] katsuko dinner (some potato soup we picked up really cheap at Aldi) and Roo napped on one of the boxes next to us. And then I came back to back the hall and chilled with Roo some more. And then we were bad and went to McDonalds for drinks. And then we came home and I started this, along with reading some of [personal profile] sharpest_asp's Star Wars stories that I missed over Camp and putting in various applications... and Roo napped on me.

So, yeah, nothing really to report for today.

I do want to say "thank you" to [personal profile] darjeeling for introducing me to Lazarus, because Roo has made a point of deleting this entry over and over, and it was nice being able to get it back when it disappeared. It's made this easier for me. Thanks!


Tuesday, 5 July 2016 08:38 pm
apollymi: Doujinshi art, Roy & Ed, no text (FMA**Roy/Ed: These quiet moments)
What a lovely day. And that's totally not intended to be a Mad Max: Fury Road kind of thing, though now I'm hearing it in Nux's voice, which makes it much more hilarious.

Mom has a friend who has a friend who is someone high up in the food chain at Home Depot. Supposedly this friend of a friend is going to get me an interview for an admin position there. It's worth a shot... and it has to be better than Mirko Pasta, right? Right now, it sometimes feels like going back to CVS would be better than Mirko Pasta, which is very much not an idea I'm happy with, given how much I hated that job.

I've been supposed to be writing most of the day. Instead, I've been playing around on Facebook and texting Mom and putting in applications, only one of which is really a useful method of spending my time. I've also been going through a backlog of AO3 stories that I have on alerts which have updated. It's surprising seeing just what fandoms are coming in with updates, since they're so all over the place: Avengers, Teen Wolf, The Losers, Star Wars (of all flavors, prequels to original trilogy to the new movie), Fullmetal Alchemist (because I need Roy/Ed fluff in my life often), and Batman (because Jason/Dick is why I need fluff in my life, because they are stupid broken boys in love and I will hear no differently). Seriously, I'm all over the place, fandom-wise.

I didn't get as much written yesterday as I wanted, and I'm still trying to make words happen today, so the word counter is not at the happy place I want it to be for the day, but I'm going to keep trying to make it go further and further. I want this story to succeed. It's a lot of fun, and it could potentially be a good series. Maybe. Potentially. Perhaps.

Anyway, here's the most up to date word count, not counting what else I might manage to get written tonight.

4473 / 30000 words. 15% done!


Thursday, 2 June 2016 11:42 am
apollymi: Sarah reading a book, text reads "can't talk reading fanfic" (Labyrinth**Sarah: Can't talk - Fanfic!)
I'm awake. I swear I'm awake. I wish I wasn't, but I am. I'm a little sad about this.

I don't really have a lot to say for myself today, other than that I wish I was still in bed. I think next year I will not be making the resolution to post daily here, I can say that now: I'm not sure anyone is actually still on Dreamwidth now except me.

If someone is, I do have a couple of fic recs to share. I've been reading way too much lately, which isn't a bad thing, but I haven't had much in the way of recs to share. I have had a few that I passed along to [personal profile] katsuko, but that's been about it; I'm not even sure if she's been reading them.

So yeah, here they are, 4 Star Wars and 1 The Avengers:
Long recs list is long )

And this was a much longer entry than I had had planned for today. Go, Team Me! But now I'm going to go back to reading some of these stories... and trying to stay awake. Later, all.


Wednesday, 18 May 2016 10:45 pm
apollymi: Scarlett looking pissy, text reads "Bitches get stuff done" (GwtW**Scarlett: Bitches get stuff done)
Why did it take me three damn tries to type the number "4" in the subject line above? More than that, why did it take me several tries to be able to make words happen in the previous sentence in a way that made some kind of sense? Words are not my friend today. (And it took me three more tries to type the word "today". What the fuck, self and fingers? What the fuck?)

I'm pretty much all caught up on the fics I've been reading, and I've even reread a few, like Changing Fate and Ouroboros, both Star Wars prequels fics (of massive length).

I'm also working on a Seven Seas editing project, where they've illustrated Pride and Prejudice but need the text checked over. Now, don't get me wrong: I don't dislike Pride and Prejudice. It's actually my favorite Jane Austen story... but that's not saying a whole lot, because I'm not the biggest fan of the Regency era and its writing styles and tropes, especially the "novel of manners" genre. I don't actively dislike it, but it's not among my favorite genres. But it's a hundred bucks, at a time when the catering orders will soon be going away.

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


Saturday, 14 May 2016 11:46 pm
apollymi: Usagi looking determined, no text (BSSM**Usagi: Determination)
Can today just be over?

I still feel cruddy, tired, and in general crappy, but because we were short-staffed, I went into work anyway. I don't feel too bad when I'm sitting down (and it's better still when I'm laying down... as long as I'm laying on my left side), but hosting means spending most or all of my time on my feet. To top it off, I had a headache that was beating in time to the house music. It's the same headache that I've had since at least Thursday.

I am now, however, going to read some Star Wars fic and go to bed soon. Later, all.


Monday, 9 May 2016 11:22 pm
apollymi: Kyo and Yuya back to back, red background, no text (SDK**Kyo/Yuya: The red strokes)
Wow, what a late entry for me today. Actually, most of my entries this week have been pretty late in the evenings, haven't they? Whoops. Well, to be fair, I've been getting out of work fairly late, and I just haven't been getting the writing done before I leave or while I'm killing time elsewhere.

What can I say for today? It's almost over. I'm definitely glad for that. It's been a rough few days, and I'm glad for a few days off now.

But now, I'm just going to read fics and eat my pierogies and eventually go the fuck to bed. Later, all.


Sunday, 24 April 2016 11:39 pm
apollymi: Newt, Hicks, & Ripley checking blueprints, text reads "Family" (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley+Newt: Family 2)
Today... was better than yesterday. It felt busier, since we only had three servers on the floor, even though I'm fairly certain we had a smaller volume than yesterday. But the people who did come in spent more money than yesterday, so there is that. But on the other hand, while people spent more money, they tipped at lower percentages. Which is really fucking bizarre and annoying.

And I've said it before and I will say it again: if you live in America and eat out, if you can't tip your server a decent amount (15% minimum, though 18% is a better place to start), then don't fucking eat out. My rule of thumb is, if you get bad service, tip the 15% but speak to the manager. If you get better service, tip better. Even before I started working in restaurants, though, my minimum tip was 20% and went up from there.

But that's neither here nor there. I'm tired, I'm nauseous still, and I've been off and on dizzy and flushed feeling throughout the day. I'm hoping that wears off by tomorrow (even though I had this yesterday and Friday too) because I have the Galloway catering at 9:00, [personal profile] katsuko has to do a shift at Mirko from 10:00 on, and I have a host shift at 5:00.

Given that it's an early morning, relatively speaking, I should be going on to bed. I might even yet do that, but I want to read a bit more... and maybe try to make a few more words happen on the Camp story I've been working on. The 30th is fast approaching, and I'm still some 5,000 words short of my goal. I'll make it work... somehow... but I'm getting short on time. Lots to do and less time to do it in, is I guess the best summary for this.

Anyway, yeah, tonight: reading and sleep. Tomorrow: catering, writing (hopefully), work, more sleep.

Later, all.


Saturday, 23 April 2016 03:09 pm
apollymi: Heero, Usagi, and Duo, close up on their eyes, text reads "OT3" (OT3: Duo/Usagi/Heero (eyes))
I'm trying to getting myself into a happy place before I go into work today. I've eaten a little food, not a lot, since my stomach is still in the state of rebellion it was yesterday, even before all the bullshit that happened at work. After all of that, I'm just frustrated beyond belief and ready to start snapping at anyone who makes me angry. (You wouldn't like me when I'm angry. Sorry, I had to. It was a moral imperative.)

Consequently, I've been reading instead of writing today. I should be doing the latter, since there's only about a week left in the month, and I still need some 6000 words to reach my goal. Instead, though, I'm going to try my best to get into a calm, somewhat happy place so that I can survive work at Mirko tonight and then I'll try writing.

I'm actually re-reading Changing Fate from [personal profile] sharpest_asp and [ profile] Ilyena_Sylph. Somehow, even though I'm subscribed to the series, I missed several stories in the middle (or read them at times when I was too out of it to process and retain), so now I'm going back and rereading start to finish.

I'm putting off going to work as long as I can, just so I don't have to deal with Carlos or Stephanie. (It's almost always Stephanie.) And I'm debating on one more cuppa before I leave. I think I'll have long enough for that. Yeah, I'll go do that.

Later, all!


Thursday, 21 April 2016 01:39 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)
Today is a palindrome. I don't know, but these things always amuse me.

As usual, when I should be writing, I'm reading. Mainly I'm still on a Star Wars binge, but I'm hopping back and forth between the prequel trilogy (and Obi-Wan/Anakin or Obi-Wan/Anakin/Padmé) and the original trilogy (where I'm mostly reading Han/Luke -- aka, original OTP -- and the very rare and hard to find Han/Luke/Leia -- aka, original OT3), but I'm also reading anything that pops up in my inbox from my various subscriptions.

Despite how much sleep I got last night, I am ridiculously tired today, like I just cannot manage to wake the hell up. I'm trying. Gods know I'm trying. But nothing's working and I'm not sure what else to try. I don't want to fall asleep on the couch at IKEA (again) for fear I might miss my bus.

Yeah, I'm taking the bus today. I'm scheduled to be at work at 5:00, but [personal profile] katsuko works at IKEA until 5:30 and then has to get to Mirko as soon as possible for a shift. The bus would take her at least half an hour -- but probably longer -- so I'm going to take the bus myself and leave her the car. That will make things a little easier -- and cheaper, when the other option for her to get there quickly would be to pay Lyft or Uber to come pick her up and deliver her to Mirko.

I did manage a wee bit more writing last night before I passed out. Not as much as I had hoped, but still, some. But we're now in the time where I can't change my word count goal again, so I have to try to make myself work a bit harder and get things happening. I need a lot more words to hit 15,000 before the 30th.

And yeah, I guess I'm going to leave this here and try to make something happen between now and when I need to leave for Mirko. But for now, I"ll leave you with my current word count:

8916 / 15000 words. 59% done!


Wednesday, 6 April 2016 11:04 pm
apollymi: Hicks' face, faded icon, text reads "If in doubt, NUKE IT" (Aliens**Hicks: Nuke the site from orbit)
The month is moving on, and I can't say that my word count is doing the same. I'm trying to write, but when I'm at home, all I really want to do is cuddle the kitties and sleep, so I don't get a lot of writing done here. Plus, I've accidentally ended up on a couple of marathon fics that are taking forever to finish. Mostly it's been Star Wars related stories, because [personal profile] sharpest_asp got me started reading them with some pretty amazing stories, and now I can't seem to stop.

Behold my power to make huge run on sentences! Marvel as I string together more and more phrases, turning simple sentences into wordy phrases and paragraphs!

And yeah, that's about all I've got for right now. I'll be at Panera -- or somewhere of the like, because I'm getting heartily sick of Panera -- and maybe I'll get some actual writing done then.

But I will still leave this thing with an updated word count. Behold!

2296 / 15000 words. 15% done!


Sunday, 21 February 2016 12:19 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
I went and dropped off my sick note with Rod over at Mirko today. He wanted to know what all medicine they have me on and all (and if my cough syrup was the good cough syrup)... and then said that I could have texted him for this. I just replied that I felt it was better to be sure that he knew because I wasn't sure if Carlos would have told him. He kind of shrugged and said Carlos had mentioned something about me being sick all weekend, so I got to be pleasantly surprised that Carlos actually followed through on something, shock of all shocks.

Now I'm curled up in a corner of the IKEA restaurant because this is at least easier than driving [personal profile] katsuko to work and then coming back to get her. She's still a bit shaken up from her incident the other night, not to mention just not feeling well, so... yeah, I'm driving her. We're talking about maybe going to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens again after we get done here today. Maybe.


Saturday, 20 February 2016 11:30 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
Just barely made in before the deadline this time. Yay, go, Team Me!

Yeah, a whole fun day of hanging out with my kitties. No complaints here. Lots of Tumblr, Gordon Ramsey/Kitchen Nightmares, and laziness. Definitely no complaining. I could take this every damn day. [personal profile] katsuko wanted to see Deadpool again, so we did end up going back to that tonight. My vote was Star Wars, but maybe we'll go back to see that tomorrow or Monday. I dunno. We'll see.

Right now, I'm just trying to get through some of my email before the inbox explodes. I've got to drop a note off from the doctor to Mirko tomorrow, because I know Carlos and he will have forgotten to tell Rod anything about my being out sick. So I guess I might try to go along with Katsuko to IKEA tomorrow, depending on how I'm feeling after all that.

So I'm slowly recovering, Katsuko has the very productive cough but no fever... and Jimi has the sniffles. So we're all curled up in my room tonight with the humidifier. And I guess I'm gonna go join them now. Laters, all.


Saturday, 26 December 2015 11:06 pm
apollymi: White background with a black flashing cursor, text reads "It mocks me", animated (My Writing: Cursor mocks me)
I need a different subject line to use. I mean, it's valid, in that [personal profile] katsuko and I are home from work at last. I even managed to resist the urge to murder some of my coworkers. I texted back and forth with Godrod some, which is always nice.

I've been reading a crap ton of Star Wars: The Force Awakens fanfic, mostly Poe/Finn and Poe/Rey/Finn. This is all good with me.

Home again

Friday, 25 December 2015 11:11 pm
apollymi: Kaiba and Bakura, close up on faces, text reads "Don't fear the reaper" (YGO**Bakura/Kaiba: Don't fear the reape)
So yeah, [personal profile] katsuko and I are home again. It's sort of good to be back in Atlanta, though I know I at least had a good time on this visit south. When we got back, we ended up finally going to the movies to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In fact, we just got home from seeing it. No spoilers here, though... other than to say that the slash is strong with two of the major characters. According to Ao3, I'm not the only one to notice this.

Missy B was very pleased to see us upon our return. Roo, Boo, and Jimi were angry at us for being gone so long for a bit, but apparently, we have now been forgiven.

However, we are pretty damn hungry and nothing is open, so we're gonna see about creating some kind of food to consume. Nachos at the theatre did nothing.