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Jul. 21st, 2014 02:12 pm
jjhunter: blue monster happ'ly munching munster cheese (monster munching munster)
[personal profile] jjhunter
This 'using a phone as my primary internet tool while my laptop is in the shop' thing when I'm not at work has some unexpected difficulties. For example: I managed to stumble into a popup on the iPhone version of Chrome — and now I can't figure out how to get rid of it without clicking the 'okay [I'll give you my soul permission to download malware onto this phone]' button. It is non-obvious how to force-quit out, and simply backing out of the Chrome app only delays the situation — when I load Chrome again I'm back in the same trap all over again, and the popup denies me the ability to otherwise interact with Chrome to, say, close the tab.

/fails to solve this with her usually excellent google-fu skills


Buffy rewatch.....

Jul. 20th, 2014 03:51 pm
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[personal profile] tabaqui
It's so fun, and a bit bitter-sweet, to rewatch Buffy. So many little moments I'd forgotten, so many excellent episodes.

Currently in the middle of 'Tabula Rasa', which is probably in my top ten of favorite episodes. But this episode - and the ten or so - maybe fifteen? - that preceded it have, once again, completely and thoroughly cemented my intense dislike of Willow.

Jayzus, I just....

When she tells Tara that she 'needs her', it makes me think...that for a long time Willow's been leeching power from Tara, and that's why she ends up going to Rack - to get the boost she needs that Tara has cut her off from.

And I like Buffy a *whole lot more* now than I did upon first watching. Funny, that.

It's also making me re-read some of my old fic and while the cliches and fan-girl-fix-it stuff is all right there and embarrassingly obvious, I really should put more of that stuff up on AO3. (And wow, I'm old - i can't read stuff over at my website for too long, it makes my eyes go crazy.)

Anyway - random post of the day. Feel free to talk about Buffy and episodes and character meta or *whatever* in comments...could be fun! :)
edenfalling: stylized black-and-white line art of a sunset over the ocean (Default)
[personal profile] edenfalling
I will have custody of my parents' spare car from August 4 (give or take a couple days) through mid-October, during which time I will naturally be using my own driveway. But after that, I have no use for it.

Diagonal Neighbor P has asked if she can rent it from me. I have tentatively said yes (and she is using it through the end of July gratis, because I didn't have any reasonable price estimates at the time), but I'm not sure how much to charge her. The only parking rental market information I can find for Ithaca is all Collegetown-based, and Collegetown is not remotely representative of the parking situation in the city at large. (I mean, some of those spaces go for $150 a month or more. There are some that are over $2,000 a year. It's nuts.)

I am currently thinking $25 a month (which is $300 a year) might be a reasonable starting point for negotiation. If Diagonal Neighbor P agrees, that would be awesome. I am willing to be negotiated down to $20 a month, but no further.

On the other hand, maybe I should make an opening offer of $30 a month and see what happens? Or would that come off as asking too much?

Does anyone have any advice?

various things make a post

Jul. 18th, 2014 06:30 pm
edenfalling: stylized black-and-white line art of a sunset over the ocean (Default)
[personal profile] edenfalling
1. Since the smoke shop closed, I have noticed that I feel very out of touch with what is going on in the world. Heck, I feel out of touch with what's going on in my town. This is because over the past eight-and-a-half years, I stopped checking the news online. There was no point. I could walk ten steps from the register and see shelves of newspapers five or six days a week, and I could look at the return shelves in the back room for any days I missed because I was off work. I didn't read all that many articles full length, but even a glance at the front page of two or three papers will give a general sense of what the major current issues are.

Now I have to remember to actively search for news, and I am completely out of the habit.

I do still have a subscription to the Economist, which is a very useful world overview, but that's a weekly and I don't usually get my copy until Monday or Tuesday (instead of Saturday), so it's not an adequate substitute for a daily newspaper smorgasbord.

I have such first world problems. *sigh*


2. I have new neighbors! Upstairs Neighbor E and her partner/husband Upstairs Neighbor T (...well, I think his name starts with a T, but I'm bad with names so I could easily be misremembering) moved in last Friday and Saturday. They have a two-year-old daughter (Mini Upstairs Neighbor C) and thus far seem like friendly and sensible people. They specifically asked for permission to store their bikes on my half of the front porch, and to stash their canoe (they have a canoe, what even) under my back porch. Upstairs Neighbor E also mentioned that she likes gardening, so she may do something about our rather slapdash landscaping. (Landlord Dude only does the bare minimum of yardwork, since he has back and shoulder problems.)

There IS a little designated garden plot in our backyard, but the problem is that the soil in a lot of Fall Creek neighborhood is 19th century landfill. In other words, it's a bunch of coal dust and related gunk, with maybe a one-foot-deep veneer of topsoil. So the more you garden and the more you turn up the dirt, the more this grayish yuck gets mixed in. That is why my old neighbors gave up on gardening a couple years ago and the "garden" is now a nicely stone-lined weed patch.

Upstairs Neighbor E sounded like she thought that was an interesting challenge, however, so we shall see if anything changes. :-)


3. I have an appointment with Tompkins Workforce New York on Tuesday, to review my resume and job search strategies. This is a required part of the unemployment benefits program -- they want both to help people find new jobs, and to make sure they aren't mooching around doing nothing instead of actively searching for employment. I will definitely wear my nice shoes instead of my sneakers, and maybe a necklace, but I don't think this is the kind of thing I need to dig out my old suit/blazer jackets for. (Although I should air those out anyway, in hopes of future interviews.)


4. I still have not received the snail-mail letter I am supposed to get from ESC regarding my mentor and the academic advising program, but I emailed them yesterday and they put me in touch with him electronically. He has sent me some preliminary information, and I will email him back tomorrow once I've had a chance to look it over and formalize my plans.


5. I don't recall if I mentioned this, but the tiny pepper sprout with oddly dark leaves that had been refusing to grow basically pulled up its roots, tipped over, and died maybe ten days ago. The other tiny pepper survived and I repotted it into its adult home today, but I'm not putting it outside just yet. It's too small to stake, you see, and I'm afraid that without a stake for a shield, animals will attack it. (It is a tiny pepper. Going by number and arrangement of leaves, it's only a week behind the others, but it's literally only a third of their size. It's like a bonsai pepper. Very cute! But also very strange.)

Tomorrow or Sunday I think I may repot the baby spider plants I cut loose and stuck in water two weeks ago. They have grown some rootlets by now, and I have set up the hanging pots into which I intend to plant them. I'm thinking two or three babies per pot, so they start out looking reasonably full but still have some room to grow.


Jul. 18th, 2014 10:29 pm
kaberett: Sketch of a "colourless, hamsterish"  animal having a paddy. (anxiety creature)
[personal profile] kaberett
I have spent the past two days housebound in an attempt to let my lungs recover. Because reasons I had to pop over the road just now.

I still can't leave the house without coughing fits bad enough to prevent me walking.

I hate being this ill. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it.

'Drat' Is Such A Mild Word

Jul. 18th, 2014 03:47 pm
jjhunter: luminous nightscape of beach with palm tree shadow and stars (moonlit beach)
[personal profile] jjhunter
My laptop is in for repairs for what's likely at least a week. I will be able to check comments, etc. via phone but am unlikely to reply at length or quickly until I have it back.

Darn Fitzbob CrazzleSnickerFitzBerbicFack FerSplackle
kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
[personal profile] kaberett
It is actively triggering. Please please please put it behind a descriptive cut. Please use content notes. Please let me know so I can not. read. it. -- because it does not play nicely at all with my history of disordered eating.

This goes for numbers. It goes for calorie-counting. It goes for target amounts lost. I do. not. want. to. know. If you're not willing to use content notes/cuts, please tell me now so I can unsubscribe, because I need to not see it.

For reasons I completely fail to understand we're now at three in about the past month. I have absolutely run out of cope for asking people politely and individually. Please just don't fucking show me that shit.


Jul. 17th, 2014 04:57 pm
kaberett: a dalek stands at the foot of a flight of stairs, thinking "fuck." (dalek)
[personal profile] kaberett
So far today:
  • e-mailed sleep log to counsellor
  • counselling
  • one difficult conversation
  • daylight lamp
  • eaten two meals
  • e-mailed the research group's mailing list asking people to do the thing to my samples I was unable to do today because I'm housebound
  • e-mailed my supervisor, see previous
  • e-mailed occupational health
  • read & responded to (helpful!!!) e-mail that just came in from my union rep, including a reply to her e-mail from yesterday to let her know I've contacted occupational health
  • e-mailed counsellor to set up next week's session
  • actually taken any of my meds
  • tracked down the way to request a slot at the walk-in clinic, tracked down opening times of walk-in slot, stuck reminder to self in diary, for sexual health screening
  • read e-mail union rep just sent to the building managers she's being amazing ;__________;
  • wrote first draft a letter to the DWP about how my situation's deteriorated since I made my application
Still to do:

  • work out how to summarise the impact my health issues have on my life for the GP
kaberett: Photograph of clementine with perplexed face drawn on. (clementine)
[personal profile] kaberett
CN: difficulty with breathing, all the ongoing stuff.

Read more... )

eta sent, having checked in with about five different people over a variety of media; please feel free to make reassuring noises at me.
edenfalling: stylized black-and-white line art of a sunset over the ocean (Default)
[personal profile] edenfalling
If you have subscribed to me on AO3, I would like to apologize for the stream of backdated stories I've been posting for the past week or so.

I am not the world's most organized person, so it takes me a while to pull together and format each fic. The summaries always exist, but they may not be attached to the story files on my computer. The author's notes may have to be written from scratch, or at least heavily modified in the transition from informal chatting on my journal to formal metadata on an archive site. I have to check the files to make sure all the italics tags are where they should be -- I may have yanked them out, you see, if I posted the fic in question to, which forces people to use their own rich text editor and also eats formatting in general. I have to open the story on my journal to check the original posting date. And then I have to think of appropriate and informative tags.

It's not a difficult process, but it's tedious and a bit mind-numbing, so I deal with the stories one at a time as I have the time and mental energy.

I will keep doing this until I've crossposted the majority of my fic backlog, or until I run out of spoons. I have been writing fanfiction since 2002. I have a LOT of old stories to crosspost.

So if you are subscribed to me, consider this your fair warning: you are going to keep getting "Elizabeth Culmer posted a backdated story!" spam for a good long while.


ETA: All my MN-era Narnia fics are now up on AO3! Tomorrow I think I will tackle the Problem of Susan fics, since they form another sort of easily-grasped unit.

GP went vastly better than expected!

Jul. 16th, 2014 01:10 pm
kaberett: Toph making a rock angel (toph-rockangel)
[personal profile] kaberett
1. My psych meds are now on repeat prescription; I get two months' worth at a time, two issues before review is required, with the intention that I'll still drop in to talk to the GP once every 5-6 weeks. This gives me so much more flexibility. (I ran out of my ~official~ meds Sunday. Good thing I have a stockpile.)

2. Dude actually responded really well to me being extremely stark and uncompromising about how little risk there was in giving me access to sufficient medication.

3. HE HAS GIVEN ME A COPY OF THE DWP FORM. I AM TO FILL OUT THE BITS HE DOESN'T KNOW THE ANSWERS TO/WRITE SUGGESTED ANSWERS, THEN RETURN IT. :D (There was the point at which he went "... you clearly know a lot about this, probably more than me, which makes you easy to work with.")

4. I've referrals for spirometry and a chest x-ray: he agrees that whatever's going on with my lungs is Weird and deserving of extra investigation, and was Clearly Unimpressed that the last time I'd had a spirometry appt at the practice the nurse had gone "yeah wevs" and just done peak flow on me instead.

5. I asked, in passing at the end of the session, about physio with someone hypermobility-aware, because all the standard physio I've had has been actively unhelpful. "She's on holiday at the moment," he sez, "but remind me next time and I'll refer you to our in-practice person who is really good at hypermobility."

Major fucking props to [personal profile] sebastienne, who came down to London late last night in order to accompany me to this morning's appointment (and ate food I prepared, which always makes me happy, and also tolerated me going "BUT SUNDIALS THOUGH" in the Science Museum briefly). I have such amazing people in my life (yes, you): I am so lucky, and I am so grateful.

(Entertainment: twice this week people have forgotten/wordmistaken on the topic of whether [personal profile] sebastienne and I are dating. Polymer chemistry!)
edenfalling: stylized black-and-white line art of a sunset over the ocean (Default)
[personal profile] edenfalling
I've been crossposting a bunch of my older Narnia fic to AO3 over the past few days. I haven't touched the Jadis-centric ones yet, nor the Problem of Susan fics, nor the genderswap AU, and definitely not the random one-offs. I also haven't figured out what I want to do about the really short pieces, and whether or not I want to try grouping all the stories that fit into my "Lost Chronicles" timeline into a single series.

I think I will put all the Problem of Susan stories into their own series, since that's basically how I have them grouped on my own journal master list page. And obviously the genderswap AU is its own series. But the other bits and pieces... nrgh. It would feel odd to post a bunch of tiny ficlets as individual things, but most of them have no unifying theme, nor unifying character/pairing set, nor were they all written for a specific ficathon, so I don't know what the organizing principle could possibly be.

I suspect I will end up posting pretty much everything individually and not trying to corral them into a series.

I might post my timeline as a meta file, though. I believe that is allowed. Or maybe just link to it in the Author's Note section of every relevant story? That seems like an awful lot of work, but I'm not sure a tidier solution exists. :-/


After all that, I will need to get back to crossposting my ancient HP fic. God love a duck, I am not looking forward to that. But it needs to be done sooner or later. (Also, right now my AO3 works statistics look even more hilariously wrong to me than they did when it looked like I only wrote Homestuck and Yuletide fics. Having one of my other major fandoms somewhat correctly represented somehow makes the omissions even more glaring. And at a certain point, that will stop being hilarious and start driving me nuts until I fix the imbalance.)
kaberett: a patch of sunlight on the carpet, shaped like a slightly wonky heart (light hearted)
[personal profile] kaberett
You can tell, because I got home at around 8.30pm after a 12+-hour day at work - most of it in lab - and because actual food sounds difficult and like effort... I have a from-scratch quiche in the oven (membrillo paste made by my mum, caramelised onions, a metric fucktonne of vintage cheddar, rosemary crust), new potatoes coming to a boil on the stove, and dough for chelsea buns murbling away to itself in the breadmaker.

Important Alex Facts: when food is too much like effort, I do this kind of nonsense, because it is ritual and calming and the process is an ends in itself, and as and when everything is done I'll suddenly go "... huh. Food. Sufficient food for the next few days. ... APPARENTLY I AM HUNGRY."

(Meanwhile all the washing up has happened - or at least the first round - and I've sorted the recycling. Domestic bliss, or something.)


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