Day 1

August 20th, 2017

Eclipse!trip 2017 is underway! (I mean, as I type this I’m not actually traveling anywhere. But I will be!)

Now it’s time for those pesky last minute questions:

*What did I forget to pack? (There’s always something.)

*How many times will I check to make sure I have my wallet and phone in my bag?

*Do I have enough snacks?

*How much time should I plan for to track down the cat when he “mysteriously disappears” right when it’s time to get in his carrier?

*Will the plants ever get watered?

#me

August 19th, 2017

[comic by lunarbaboon]

fic rec Friday

August 18th, 2017

Found this while reading AO3 fic tagged “dragons.” Because dragons are cool.

Tony Stark and the Sentinel of Liberty: A Marvels Adventure, by Sineala

(I almost didn’t click through because it’s also tagged Marvel Noir, which is — not really my jam. But I’m glad I did! I mostly pretended they were an AU of the Armored Adventures versions of the characters, since I know next to nothing about Marvel Adventures or Marvel Noir, and this story includes the Makluan ring — and dragons! — so that totally worked for me.)

“Oh,” Tony says, in the tired, blasé voice in which one might say oh, not another one. “A dragon.”

Steve can’t summon up any words.

eclipse countdown!

August 17th, 2017

Two work days left! Three days to finish packing! Four days till the eclipse!

How cool is that picture?! [Photo credit: Thanakrit Santikunaporn.] It’s from an article from 2015 about the 2017 eclipse!

workaday Wednesday

August 16th, 2017

coworker: “I can’t get into [program]! It says I’m not connected to the internet!”

me: “…This may sound like an obvious question, but — is your computer connected to the internet?”

coworker: “I think so?”

me: “Can you see other internet things, like your email?”

coworker: “Let me check. Yes! Oh, [program] is working now!”

(Note: This was literally just intended to make my coworker do something else for the five seconds it would take the initial program to load. Isn’t technology great! ::jazz hands::)

who you gonna call

August 15th, 2017

In this case, it’s going to be the landlord. Not quite as exciting as the ghostbusters, but on the other hand, I’m not really ready for the excitement of a ghost mouse in my wall.

(Honestly, not ready for the excitement of a regular mouse either. But I didn’t get a readiness survey before it moved in, so it may not know that.)

Yes, a mouse has returned. (I hope it’s only one.) I’m not really sure what the landlord can *do* about it, since I don’t think the mouse is entering the wall in my apartment. (I’m on the middle floor, so it could have access above or below my apartment.) And it’s not actually *in* the apartment proper, so it’s not like I can put out a trap or something.

But I can’t sleep with it rustling around in the wall *right next to my bed* (ugh), so I am hoping Something Can Be Done. (I’ve already dragged the mattress into the other room, so I did manage to sleep last night.)

Oh, nature.

emojis

August 14th, 2017

Most of the time I feel like a grumpy internet old person, grumbling at the kids to use their words (and get off my lawn, while they’re at it). Because I honestly have no idea how emojis work. I try not to use them, because I worry that I may accidentally pick one that I should have urban dictionary’d first.

(Also, it turns out they look different on different kinds of phones — thanks, tumblr, for teaching me this.)

(But I do have to give them credit for the great “box with a question mark” scene on Brooklyn Nine Nine.)

I often think ‘I should put an emoji here,’ and then I look at the vast array of options and get distracted and I just want to pick one that’s pretty, but then I’m not sure what it means, and I wind up exiting out of the pictures and just typing a colon and an end-parenthesis.

(Seriously, though, I tried to actually type it and my computer automatically converted it to a smiley. But like an only-vaguely-smiling smiley. If I wanted a smiley I would have found one, computer!)

new “recipe” this week

August 13th, 2017

I unexpectedly ended up with an extra cabbage this week from someone else’s CSA delivery. Winning!

Except I really didn’t know what I was going to do with an extra cabbage. This has literally never been an issue in my life before.

Anyway, so I was googling coleslaw, which as far as I can tell is currently a catch-all term for ‘healthy stuff cut up really small, mixed with less healthy stuff that tastes really good.’ And I thought ‘okay, that’s manageable.’

So I chopped up the cabbage until I got bored, and then a little more so it would fit into the dish I’d allotted for this particular endeavor, and I mixed it The Most Delicious Sauce (butter, onion, garlic, salt), and I put it in the fridge and hoped for the best.

Conclusion: I ate it on toast and it was good!

groceries to go

August 12th, 2017

I tried out the “Hannaford To Go” experience yesterday (order groceries online, drive to the store to pick them up). It was interesting.

The best thing about it is that it lets you separate the time it takes to shop and the time it takes to pick up the shopping. So I could pick out my groceries on Thursday afternoon, when I had plenty of time to look at a screen, but couldn’t physically leave to go to the store. (::cough:: I was at work.) And then I could pop over to the store before work on Friday morning and pick them up, a block of time that easily fit driving to the store and back, but would definitely not have accommodated actually shopping.

On the other hand, between the time I placed the order and the pickup, I remembered five other things I probably should have gotten. Also, I’m totally one of those people who has no idea what the product is called, just that ‘it’s usually about here on the shelf, and there’s some purple on the box,’ so that meant I had a second tab open to google stuff to see if I could find enough key words to get it to pop up in the grocery search results.

Still, I promised myself a sticker on the sticker chart for trying something new, and I have a good start on next week’s grocery list, so I’ll call it an overall win.

fic rec Friday

August 11th, 2017

Because I love fics that focus on the crew being awesome — of course they support the command team, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make a game out of some friendly heckling.

Echolocation, by Darksknight

“Oh, um, were we not supposed to know?” The girl with silver hair blushed a deep blue.