time to think about something else

October 22nd, 2017

My work schedule is changing again, shifting back an hour earlier. Which is fine, that’ll work out, but it has led me to think far too much about the exact details.

Should I get up earlier? How much earlier? What about driving? Should I change my route? How will traffic be different? What other ways could I go? When should I try them?

All of these are perfectly reasonable questions, they’re just not ones I’d prefer to be spending hours contemplating to no real effect. And so, in writing (just for you, brain!), here is the plan:

1. No change to wake-up time for the first day. Try it, see how it goes, evaluate for day 2.

2. No change to drive in. Leave 10 minutes earlier than usual, assess traffic without having to panic.

3. Take the alternate way leaving work. This will prevent a nutty rush-hour merge, and is a way I’ve driven before.

4. Plan day 2 when day 1 has been achieved.

caturday chores day!

October 21st, 2017

Looking ahead, next Saturday is a 5K, and the Saturday after that I will be on the AWESOME FLORIDA TRIP. Both of which I am super excited about! But it also means that today — a totally regular, no events planned Saturday — takes on a special glow as well.

What shall I do today? So many chores! (Not cooking; that’s tomorrow. But I will clean things! And check things! And maybe do some trip prep!)

((Also I should go to the grocery store. This will… probably happen. I give it 70/30 odds.))

fic rec Friday

October 20th, 2017

Inception fandom ftw, y/y? I mean, this morning I read:

The warp and weft that hold life together, by anamuan

(The one where Eames is Philippa’s kindergarten teacher, and Arthur joins the PTA.)

And I’m pretty sure I had a delighted smile the entire time. Plus, it reminded me that I should go back and re-read:

The House That Cobb Built, by eleveninches

(Sort of the less AU but more cracktastic version of the ‘taking care of the kids’ trope.)

Why does your babysitter look like he stepped out of a J.Crew catalogue? How does he know this Eames guy — who, by the way, is a freak. What has happened to your life, Dom?”

“Well, first I was accused of murder, and it all went downhill from there,” Dom replied.

movie re-watch: Hocus Pocus

October 19th, 2017

1. Allison never gets a last name? Or parents, although they’re mentioned. (As in “this party is full of friends of my parents,” not “yes, they’re around here somewhere.”)

2. I was baffled by all the ‘thee’ and ‘thou’ stuff, but I admit I have zero knowledge of linguistic patterns in 1693. (PS: also baffled by their 1693 outfits! And the fact that he was barefoot in Massachusetts at the end of October.)

3. Pretty sure a lot of decisions about this movie got made by someone saying, “You know what would be funny?”

4. Last year when I saw this movie for the first time, I was ::cough:: a little upset. About the cat. And I considered writing a short fix-it fic to ease my mind. It never happened, but here we are again in October, and apparently I’m not over it, because guess what’s happening for NaNoWriMo?


workaday Wednesday

October 18th, 2017

It’s training week! And meeting day! And Wednesday! (Yeah, basically I’m just writing anything that might make me excited about going to work today.) I’m not *not* excited, but it’s chilly and there’s frost on the car and the blankets look so warm and inviting…

But I have a plan! The plan is this:

1. Make some tea.

2. Make the bed while tea is steeping, to limit blanket temptation.

3. Hot shower.

4. Get out suitcase for UPCOMING AWESOME FLORIDA TRIP! (Gotta go to work to get closer to the trip!)

5. Set up craft project for tonight/the weekend, depending on time.

And…. Go!

so me

October 17th, 2017

other person: “Bringing a positive mindset to everything is so important! I’d like for you to be more positive, because it’s changed my life so much!”

me: “Wow, sounds great!”

also me: [immediately plans entire 50,000 word nanowrimo novel about how important it is to recognize and respect the “negative” emotions and how dangerous it is to ignore them]

asking for a friend*

October 16th, 2017

(*clearly the friend is me)

How early is Too Early to start eating the Halloween candy I bought? It’s just sitting there on the counter. Temptingly.

I’m pretty sure I have way more than enough to cover any potential neighbors-who-wander-by on the night of trick or treat, which means there will be plenty left over. The question is, can I eat leftover candy before it’s actually left over?

These are complex issues for me on a Monday morning. Probably I should just put the candy away somewhere out of sight and ignore it for a week. Future me can deal with this later!

cat update <3

October 15th, 2017

We’ve moved on to an OTC spot-on flea treatment. (I felt like any progress I was making through alternative methods was largely illusory, and it had reached the point where I thought his quality of life was being impacted. Increasing the use of natural treatments had its own risks with less expectation of success.)

After much research, I went with Advantage II, although I got the one for the weight class under his. (He’s pretty close to the borderline, and I figured being a senior cat was enough to tip him over.)

It’s been over 24 hours, and so far he has shown no ill effects. And it’s definitely working. Right now I’m washing all of our stuff (again), and then I’ll move on to vacuuming everything (also again). Meanwhile, he seems much more comfortable.

It suddenly seems possible that the flea saga of 2017 is drawing to a close. That would make me so, so happy.

the mystery box

October 14th, 2017

One day this week, I drove to work, parked, and noticed that a Mystery Box had appeared in our parking lot. Just a random box, full of books, sitting in one of the spaces.

(Watching Doctor Who as a child taught me a LOT about mysterious objects, so I gave the Mystery Box a wide berth.)

Realistically speaking, I assumed this box:

1. Most likely belonged to someone in the building, who was in the process of loading it into their car, or unloading it from their car.


2. Belonged to no one in the building, but had been dumped by a random passerby at some point in the night. (Seemed less likely since there’s a dumpster right nearby, but who knows.)

But the box stayed, untouched, just chilling out in a parking space. ALL WEEK.

Finally, on Friday, I overheard a coworker saying someone in our office had left them there. “But he’s getting rid of them, so feel free to take them if you want,” they said.


This raises — so many questions for me. The whole situation. Just. What?

fic rec Friday

October 13th, 2017

An old school Stargate Atlantis rec this week, via BlueMeridian! (I was so startled to see a livejournal page, and then startled all over again when I started thinking about how much fandom has changed over the last nine years.)

From 2008:

Or Something Like It, by semivowel

(Basically, John gets truth-serumed, and it takes a long time to wear off.)

Rodney does make a spreadsheet. It involves assigning himself, Ronon, and Teyla to all of Sheppard’s most people-intensive on-duty hours. And even with the three ring circus in the mess the other day, and Atlantis’ high-powered grapevine, it still happens at least three more times.