Friday Five: fussiness

Aug. 18th, 2017 08:52 pm
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For the record - From the Merrium/Webster online dictionary - Anal or anal-retentive - giving too much attention to details in a way that annoys other people.

1. What are you anal about?
2. Why that and not something else?
3. Are you more or less anal than you were as a young person?
4. When you are suddenly confronted by a situation over which you have no control, what do you do first?
5. Do you wish you could be more or less attentive these days?


1. Punctuality. Not wasting water and electricity. Excellence in my crafts (ie, I will unravel an entire scarf and do it all over again if I notice a mistake in row 2).

2. Those happen to be the things where I feel it is important to strive for high standards.

3. Overall, I am more relaxed, but the things that are important to me (see No.1) are still as important as ever, and so I still insist on doing them right. I don't mind if others have lower standards, except with punctuality; I don't like being kept waiting, especially when I've arrived on time (or even early) for an appointment!

4. My first impulse is to panic, but if I see that there's nothing I can do about it, then I accept that and just do what I can.

5. I am very attentive, but not overly so (in my opinion). I think my attentiveness is about perfect. My memory, on the other hand...

/flops

Aug. 18th, 2017 08:49 pm
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Friends, who's excited for the eclipse?! I sure am! I live in the path of totality too so that's exciting. I've already talked to all of my professors about taking Monday off and I have my little glasses ready and everything. God, I love space. I don't understand what's going on most of the time but dang if it's not all fascinating.

Mom's going to be going with my sister to pick up the puppy in Mississippi so I'll have the house to myself this weekend. \o/ I'm really excited about this ngl. It'll be me and the puppers and the kitties, eating food and watching a ton of tv and...well, reading a ton because that is what my homework for everything is, haha. Anyway, I'm excited and I have a whole list of things I want to get done and I imagine I won't get very much of anything done.

Does anyone have any opinions about the anime Hyouka? It looks pretty cute and I really like high school mystery anime so I'm thinking it might be right up my alley. And speaking of watching things, is anyone else watching The Sinner on the USA channel? Holy crap. It's intense.

The anime and young adult lit tracks for Dragon*con have posted their Saturday schedules!

I'M HYPED )

Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh. The horror track hasn't posted a schedule yet and neither has the writers track. I'm really interested to see what they've got planned.

Anyway, that's really all that's going on with me! I'm working a short day tomorrow, since my sister, the groomer, won't be there so we have exactly three bath dogs. I'll work a little bit, get off, and then have nothing of great import (or at least, nothing outside of my house) until Tuesday.

I am so hyped.
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I'm back! And just in time for the sweet Bannishment schadenfreude following another harrowing week (we watched Last Week Tonight from two weeks and it felt like everything John Oliver joked about happened months and months ago because this is apparently the curse of 2017).

Here's a super brief itinerary:

Aug 9th: To in-law's home in Switzerland
Aug 10th: More in-law's place
Aug 11th: Random hotel in Montreux
Aug 12th: In-law's mountain village chalet
Aug 13th: Back at in-law's place
Aug 14th: Flight home
Aug 15th: Home
Aug 16th: Flight to Sweden + apartment hunting in new town
Aug 17th: Meet ALL the new colleagues + fly back home
Aug 18th: Back at work

Or for anyone wanting to catch up on what I've been up to  in slightly more (but still brief) detail:

Aug 9th: Woke to new plans announced by Family causing me to stress out and then calm down. Flight to Switzerland (resigned to Heathrow's awful Surprise Gate system); family dinner 
Aug 10th: Lovely steam boat trip on Lake Geneva, the mountains still shrouded in clouds
Aug 11th: Original New Plan suddenly replaced by on the spot plan conveyed by phone after fun castle outing; causing me to... just kind of deal because this is what the in-laws are like and stressing out won't change anything. Night unexpectedly spent in random hotel!
Aug 12th: Family thermal pool trip; night spent in mountain chalet... really can't complain.
Aug 13th: Broke away from family to visit my home village & good friends there. Lots of time on trains. Also news from cat sitters that Meenie had escaped and been recaptured!
Aug 14th: Trip home; dealing with crappy Geneva airport (it really is the opposite of what you imagine when you hear the words "Swiss airport"), delayed flight, and general exhaustion from family + too little sleep.
Aug 15th: Errands including dentist (extra fun: discover at 2pm out on run that the 3pm appointment in calendar was 3pm SWISS TIME because Google was being "helpful" and appointment is actually due right now across town from where you're on a run...), unpacking Swiss bags to pack bag for Sweden trip.
Aug 16th: Up at 5am to catch flight out of Gatwick, then tight connection to arrive in New Town for the first time and scout it out before heading to apartment showing.
Aug 17th: Spend all day meeting new people, being introduced to new workplace and new town and doing a ridiculous amount of walking in nice (i.e. not my most comfy) shoes before catching a flight back and arriving home after 10pm.
Aug 18th: Back at work

I am deeply grateful for the Compeed band-aid/plasters that kept my heels from fraying completely, have broken all my steps per week records, and my legs are giving me a preview of what they will feel like in another thirty years.

That said... 

More details about the whole New Job New Town situation )

"Warding gestures*

Aug. 18th, 2017 02:48 pm
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My body: A tiny bit of post-nasal drip leading to slight throat soreness, probably just allerg—

Me: NINE HOURS OF SLEEP, STEAMY SHOWER WITH PINE AND MINT ESSENCE, NASAL RINSE, SALT-WATER GARGLE, ANTIHISTAMINE NASAL SPRAY, STEROID NASAL SPRAY, CLARITIN, AGGRESSIVE TOOTHBRUSHING

My body: —look, forget i said anything, okay?


I refuse to get sick. REFUSE. R E F U S E. J has had a horrid cough for a week and is on antibiotics and prednisone (when they prescribe prednisone to the guy with insomnia, you know it's bad), X is wrapping up a course of antibiotics for a throat infection, and J had to do that for his own throat infection last month. So far I've been fighting off all the respiratory bugs Kit brings home from daycare, but I don't take my ability to do that for granted. And I can't take most antibiotics without serious mood effects because apparently I depend on my gut flora for emotional management, so I have to be extremely diligent about my preventive care.

I'm going to go have spicy curry for lunch and drink some ginger honey tea. Fuck off, germs.

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Aug. 18th, 2017 03:39 pm
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My left elbow is hurting a lot. It's been giving me trouble for a couple of months, but it's now hard to sleep because of it, and bending it and straightening it both hurt like hell. Clenching my fist hurts the elbow, too, as does lifting anything heavier than my cell phone. I'm seeing my doctor next week, so I'm going to talk to her about it then. The pain at night thing is the biggest problem. I can get by without using it to lift/carry most of the time, and I'm managing not to move it much even without wearing a sling.

Neither heat nor ice help, but Tylenol does help a bit. I suspect that being low on sleep isn't helping at all as I tend to hurt more when I'm tired.

This is pinpoint pain, so I'm assuming tendinitis.

Bullet point updates

Aug. 18th, 2017 06:33 pm
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So it's been a hot minute since I've been here. Hi. Hello. Sorry.

My mental health still isn't brilliant but it is improving. I had my 6-week review for being back on the meds last weekend and definite improvement but not as much as Doctor would have hoped. On the same dosage for another 6 weeks, then another review and we'll take it from there.

Last Saturday was a Raintown gig down in Shoreham by Sea near Brighton. A lovely little venue and a sold out gig - which considering it was their first time playing down on the south coast was bloody amazing! And so many people seeing them for the first time. I had a little reserved sign with my name on the front-row centre seat and I got a little shout-out from Paul at the end of the gig for how much I travel around to see them.

MONDAY I had an interview for a permanent job in Birmingham. The back end of last week, an agency I used to work for called me out of the blue to see what my situation was. We chatted for a while - and apparently, there's a desperate lack of experienced purchase ledger clerks in the West Midlands right now and they wanted to send my details over to this client. I met with the client Monday afternoon (I had the day off anyway) and I got feedback yesterday. They want to see my for a second interview - they're calling back two of the five interviewees and specifically said they want to see me first. AWESOME!

Like I said to both Facilities & Finance bosses; I don't want to leave. I love this job, I love the team, I've worked really hard to build up relationships with my suppliers. But there is currently no opportunity for a permanent position and I would be an idiot to turn down a potential permanent job when it literally came knocking on my door.
I'm not actively looking for another job and if this doesn't work out, I'll keep coming in til they tell me not to.

I think there was something else but I appear to have lost like... an hour and a halfs time somewhere this evening. I started writing this at 18:33, its now 20:12... I'm zoning out quite badly still. ugh.

Ouch

Aug. 18th, 2017 06:14 pm
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Dear Physiotherapist,

There is only one sadist who enjoys making people cry in my life - and that evil bitch is me!

Whilst I appreciate your tough love approach, the 'no pain, no gain' aspect of this regime is not one that I am a fan of.

I would suggest you inflict the pain on my husband since he enjoys that but... he's mine and that's my job.

As I have been informed that inflicting any form of violence upon you would be frowned on, I shall instead take it out on both Jack and Lucy's asses. At least that way some fun will had from the doling out of pain.

Regards,
Samantha

And breathe

Aug. 18th, 2017 04:32 pm
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Things are looking good for the house move. All the paperwork has completed, we've sold our house and we're still on track for moving into the new house on the 26th. I'm a little sick of living in boxtown and not being able to find anything - although we've all three had the chance to have a really good clear out. We're not down sizing but sometimes it's good to out with the old, in with the new.

I'm definitely looking forward to some decorating and gardening and putting our mark on the new place.

Speaking of things for moving, we've found Lucy a new therapist down there - recommended by her current one. We've met a few times and they seem to get on, and she seems LGBT and poly friendly so that's always a relief. Lucy's also got a yoga class sorted and is looking at the various support groups that are available to her. She's definitely stressed and struggling with her mental health but nowhere near as bad as I was dreading. I wish I could help her more. *sigh emoji*

Samantha's leg is healing well. She's got the cast off and now just has a very cumbersome plastic boot on the foot. Shes still walking on crutches and bitching about physios being evil sadistic bastards so I think she'll be just fine!

Tomorrow, incidentally, is my and Samantha's 13th wedding anniversary ♥
She's up to something. I know her well enough to know she's got something planned. She won't tell me. Neither will Lucy.

So yes. Things continue to tick over nicely in Casa Anderson which is always nice to be able to say. Now, we head to the local cinema to see The Dark Tower.

Fic announcement

Aug. 18th, 2017 11:21 am
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The first of my two stories for this year's [community profile] pod_together challenge has gone live today.

Title: The Last on Your Path
Fandom: The Pretender (TV)
Podfic by: [archiveofourown.org profile] fred_mouse
Podfic length: About twelve minutes
Word count: 1686
Rating: Teen and Up
Tags: Gen, Introspection, Pivot Point, Seeing Things
Notes: The challenge requires putting the text version of the story and the audio links in the same AO3 document.
Summary: Sydney's seeing things he knows can't be real. Eventually, he has to listen anyway.

The Last on Your Path at AO3.

The Mist: Redone botanic elves

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:13 am
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A while ago, I wrote up a description of elves for a science-fantasy RPG setting I'm working on. I liked them, but they were based on elves as creatures of Faerie and didn't really have anything science-fiction about them at all, so now I went back and changed them a lot and I think they fit a lot better:

Elf
The elves have always been a people apart. Before the coming of the Mist, the elves were united by the Elven Court of the Elder Wood, the center of elven civilization. There the Queen ruled, advised by the oldest of her people and the spirits of the forest. Even the far-flung communities in other forests paid homage to the Elven Court, their bonds aided by the Emerald Roads that facilitated travel from elven community to community.

The Mist ended that forever. As it washed over the Elder Wood, the elves made a choice. Some of them gave themselves fully to the rule of the forest spirits, forsaking such technology as they used and following the dictates of their shamans. Others saw the changes that the Mist wrought in those creatures it touched and determined to learn from them. They studied the Changed, using all their magic to form bastions among the woods to hold the Mist at bay, and developed the art of fleshcrafting. The former are known as the wild elves, and the latter as the mist elves.

There are rumors of a third group, who fled underground to avoid the Mist rather than ascending to the heights. It is said that the Mist changed them as they fled, that they worship spirits of fungus and spider and unclean things, and that they have tunnels under the surviving lands and raid the surface for slaves. But theses are merely rumors.

Physical Description: Generally taller than humans, elves possess a graceful, slender physique seemingly made of bark, vines and foliage. They vary greatly in appearance, as wild as nature itself. They encompass the colors of all plant life, tending towards shades of green and brown. Their hair grows leaves and branches. The older they are, the more growths they have, sometimes becoming long twisted vines that hang to their waist or longer. Their flesh is wooden, smooth when they are young and furrowing more and more as they grow older until it resembles the gnarled bark of an ancient tree. Their eyes vary from virgin wood green, morning sun gold, rich brown earth, to deep sky blue, but always a solid color with neither pupil nor iris visible.

The wild elves live in the forests and frequently dress in animal skins or clothing of bark and leaves, whereas mist elves wear suits designed to keep off the mist and work with fleshcrafted creatures, or the symbiotic armor given to their warriors.

Society: Where the elves were once unified, now there is a great division among them. The wild elves are ruled by shamans who speak to the forest spirits and look up to the warriors who practice supernatural martial arts learned from the spirits of the animals around them. The mist elves delve ever deeper into the arts of fleshwarping in the hope of discovering the secret of adaptation to the Mist without losing themselves to it.

There are still some similarities, however. Both cultures have a deep-seated appreciation for artistry and craftsmanship, and whether it’s a carved wooden chair or a piece of living furniture, an elven artisan will always work to their utmost and take pride in their work. Magic is held is high esteem, and the lifeshapers of the mist elves and spiritspeakers of the wild elves are some of the most honored members of their communities.

Relations: Others were always suspicious of the elves because of their insularity, and their new behavior has not changed that. It is the wild elves who are the most well-thought-of, because while they are savage and unpredictable, at least their powers are understandable. Wild elves get along especially well with grippli and sesheyans, who share their wilderness homes. Whatever it is that the mist elves are doing in their living strongholds makes the other races nervous, and their appearance, swathed entirely in robes or with visible symbiotic grafts attached to their bodies, does not allay that concern. There are some elves who live in the patchwork human cities that sprang up after the Mist came, but they are often not entirely trusted there, even after long years of residence.

And here's a picture I found on the internet that's a pretty good visual inspiration:



Pathfinder game mechanics )

Exalted stats )

Maybe someday, I'll actually be able to run this.

Vacation in 3-2-1

Aug. 18th, 2017 08:37 am
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As of 5:00 pm Eastern Time, I will be on vacation for a week.

Last night, instead of gym, I did this week's laundry so when I come back with a suitcase full of dirty laundry, I will...have more laundry. But new laundry, not old laundry.

I think I'm finished packing, as well. My big suitcase has everything from my clothes to my laptop; hopefully, I can get it down all the stairs without trouble. I suppose I could move the laptop and such into a knapsack if I had to.

A break will be good.
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As always, I appreciate the wisdom and moral clarity of Daniel Greenfield. As with most of his pieces, this one is a "must read." There's no point in me pulling out particularly powerful quotes because I'd be copying the entire thing.

As with most of Daniel's pieces, every phrase is perfect.

This is wisdom. We would do well to heed it.

I would just go further and say that we have no virtue in and of ourselves. It takes Christ not only to show us what true virtue is, but to enable us to live in it.








Virtue and the Moral Fall of Civilization




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This is not a blanket endorsement of everything she's ever said. But I do appreciate her comments here.



 

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