baffled by time

July 22nd, 2017

I’m at that point of the month when I’m startled *both* by how much of it has already passed and how much is left. It’s the 22nd! But there’s still more than a whole week to go!

(Part of it is the weekends, I think. July has five full weekends, which hasn’t happened since April and won’t happen again till December, and it makes the month feel extra long.)

Anyway, it’s weekend #4, so I guess I should figure out what I’m doing with it!

fic rec Friday

July 21st, 2017

Because sometimes I just want to read about the Rogue One crew all being okay and teaming up to rescue Jyn’s daughter.

Baby, You Need To Come Home, by aewgliriel

“I’m sorry I stole your blaster.”

He let out a pained half-laugh. “Which time?”

well, in that case

July 20th, 2017

The cat is cranky. He doesn’t want to sit on my lap, because I’m wearing shorts and he has a thing about it. (Yeah, I can’t explain it — if I put a blanket over my legs he’d be all set, for like the thirty seconds before we both got too hot.)

He doesn’t want to be under anything. He doesn’t want to be on top of anything that’s too cozy. Lying on the tile floor keeps ending up his final option, but his expression makes it clear that he Does Not Want To Be There.

Anyway, I’ve turned on the AC and moved to the floor so that he can sit *next* to me, which is apparently an acceptable option at this point. This was — not my plan for this portion of the morning, but it’s all good. Any temps over 90F degrees create an automatic option to Just Not on any standard daily plans.

weather Wednesday

July 19th, 2017

I’m not sure why, exactly, but this month’s weather is hitting all my summer nostalgia buttons. It’s kind of weird and fun all at the same time; I’m not quite sure what to make of it.

#today

July 18th, 2017

You know that funny meme that I can’t find right now about the bird that wakes up and thinks ‘what a beautiful day — you know what would make it even better? SCREAMING’

Not only is that a perfect description of my own personal feelings about today, it also matches what the actual birds outside my window are doing!

IT IS A DAY FOR SCREAMING. BRING IT ON.

[Note: This led to a fascinating google thread about why parrots scream, and — if one is to extrapolate to one’s own self — I should follow this simple advice: 1) give myself rewards when I’m not screaming; 2) make sure to touch base frequently with my flock so I know they haven’t gone off without me; 3) identify frightening things in my environment and deal with them as needed; 4) if all else fails, cover myself with a blanket and go back to sleep.]

VERY GOOD ADVICE, THANK YOU INTERNET!

close enough

July 17th, 2017

Sooooo, I’m super excited to be traveling with starandrea next month to see the eclipse! And of course, packing is my favorite part of trips. (Really, it is. I don’t know why.)

And I had this debate with myself, because it’s a three day trip and that’s counting the travel days on either side, so it’s not like an enormous amount of advance packing needs to happen. But on the other hand, it’s a three day trip, which is basically the most fun to pack for because you really don’t have to leave anything out. There’s none of this ‘I wonder if I can get away with wearing the same pants the whole time to save space in my suitcase’ — just bring three pairs! There’s plenty of space!

I decided I could start planning a month in advance, and this morning I woke up and was all, ‘close enough!’ Let the list-making begin!

summer’s back!

July 16th, 2017

After a few cool and gray days at the end of last week (not unwelcome!), we’re back to sun and summer temps. AND it’s National Ice Cream Day!

caturday CSA

July 15th, 2017

This was week 1 of the summer CSA, so I now have to figure out what to do with all these veggies. Today’s project is making “refrigerator pickles.” I’m not really sure what else to do with what are clearly pickling cucumbers.

So after a quick google search (tip: always include the word “easy” in recipe searches) I’m ready to go. I just haven’t actually started yet. (I’m already using the 2-cup liquid measure to make hummingbird food, and it hasn’t cooled down yet — a perfect excuse!)

[The recipe I’m starting with is Quick Pickled Cucumbers, by Melissa Griffiths. Despite the obvious lie of “total time: 5 minutes” — I have already spent more than that trying to figure out what container to put them in — I like this one because it includes sugar and I am a disaster of a person who likes sugar with everything. Also it says at the bottom that I can’t mess it up. Here’s hoping!]

more work posting

July 14th, 2017

Going in early today to shadow another department.

What I hope this is:
A pre-interview introduction that leads to a new job before the end of the year.

What I have a sneaking suspicion this is:
A way to have me take on more work in my current job under the guise of “helping out” another team, that starts as shadowing and turns into just another job our department is responsible for without me ever becoming eligible for a better position.

There’s a plus side either way:
I’ll get two hours today without strangers berating and belittling me over the telephone! Hallelujah!

PSA:
Seriously, please don’t be a jerk when you call customer service.

fic rec Thursday

July 13th, 2017

So, it’s raining? And I searched for the word ‘rain’ in my pinboard bookmarks, and I had no idea I’d once bookmarked a ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ AU. But lo!

smells like leather and rain, by haribo

(They meet for the first time when she’s in ripped jeans she had to rip herself because they got caught in a fence, he’s in heavy black boots that look warm, and she steals from him. He lets her.)