it’s my gift to my coworkers today

October 5th, 2018

I’ve been awake for a little over an hour, and I’m already:

1. enraged
2. exhausted

Sometimes that’s just the way it goes. Working under the assumption that my coworkers would prefer it if I not rage-flip my desk within the first five minutes of the day, I am prioritizing bringing the following to work:

1. fresh AAA battery for my noise-cancelling headphones
2. peanut M&Ms (for me, obviously)

And on days like this it’s especially important to remember things that I’m looking forward to — I want to get through this day so I can get to:

1. Super Close: getting out for a fall foliage walk this weekend!
2. Sorta Close: Florida trip with starandrea!
3. Way Out: Another total solar eclipse is going to cross the US in April 2024, and it’s going to be amazing!

(also, what a wild ride of a music video)

October 4th, 2018

Every time I hear Desperate Man, by Eric Church, all I can think of is Seagulls! (Stop it now), by Bad Lip Reading. And every time it makes me laugh, and I think to myself, ‘I have to share this with the internet!’

A side-by-side listen does reveal that the beat is not identical, but certainly similar enough to be noticeable. And I’m just — so happy about that, honestly.

for real this time, probably

October 3rd, 2018

For the last three years, I’ve been planning to take a year off from doing NaNoWriMo, but instead wound up diving in and writing. (Which was great! I loved it!) But I’m trying again. Because it would be nice to do something else in November, and also I have no idea what to write about.

So, barring any last minute inspirations or changes in plans, this will be a non-NaNo-November. I feel a bit unsure of what one does with November, other than write 50,000 words, but I’m sure it will come back to me.

that awkward moment

October 2nd, 2018

Being a fan of the fanfic but not super familiar with the source material sometimes gets super weird. This happens to me a lot with Harry Potter, because I work with people who love the books & movies, and I always want to be all, ‘Yeah, HP is great, absolutely!’ But what I mean is: ‘I stopped reading after book 4 but I just spent the weekend reading a 200,000 word time travel AU and it was A+ fun.’

(Occasionally it comes in handy, because sometimes obscure book things get disproportionately focused on in fanfic. Usually it just leaves me with wacky gaps in my knowledge.)

Here’s a fun fact that came from neither books nor fanfic, but that I learned from my daily trivia calendar: the HP spell “avis” has the effect of “creating a small flock of birds.” (I have So Many Questions.)

Happy October!

October 1st, 2018

winter plants: 2 week update

September 30th, 2018

Two weeks into the great plant over-wintering adventure of 2018, I can report mixed results. The kiwi fern coleus cuttings look spectacular. (They really are the chipperest of plants.) They’ve taken to their new winter pots like champs — leaves look good, they turn to follow the sun, all the positive signs that roots are growing.

The other two are not exactly doing any of those things. The iresine *may* not be totally dead? The persian shield cuttings *look* totally dead, but I’m willing to wait a bit longer just in case. Either way, I started another round of cuttings in water, to see if they like that method better.


September 29th, 2018

Yesterday I woke up to no internet. Clearly this was a crisis, because I somehow felt like I needed to deal with it before I was totally awake. I took the following steps:

1. Stared at phone. Checked settings. Looked for the right network; doubted myself on whether I was remembering what I named the network correctly.

2. Turned the phone all the way off, then back on. Which didn’t help, but was probably a good idea anyway.

3. Turned on computer, to check if it was a phone issue. Not a phone issue.

4. Turned wi-fi off on computer, then back on. Which also didn’t help.

5. Wandered into the living room to find the internet box. Had to move the sofa to get at it, because the apartment was designed for landline telephones (a phone jack in every room!) and not cable cords.

6. All the correct lights were lit up, and there’s only one button on the box, so I pushed it. Nothing happened, so I held it down, and then it started blinking. Began to worry that I wasn’t supposed to push it.

7. Still no internet, so I unplugged the box, and then plugged it back in. (Reassuringly, the blinking stopped.)

8. Success! Internet returned, and I wandered back to doing the usual morning stuff.

9. Only to walk back into the living room later and be completely baffled by the fact that the sofa was in the wrong spot.

fic rec Friday

September 28th, 2018

Okay, first things first:

1. The breakfast was not a buffet. I was definitely late, but not as late as many, because traffic has been kicking my butt lately, and also I’m very bad at guessing when my phone gps wants me to turn at the current stoplight or the next one, because they’re really close together, okay?

2. My workplace keeps talking about hiring more people, and then moving people around to free up desk spaces. You can imagine which of these is a faster process. I feel like I’m working in a ghost town right now. It’s disconcerting, to say the least.

3. I saw this fic floating around, but it wasn’t until bluemeridian recommended it that I actually read it, and it was super fun! regular miracles, just like you, by thisnoise

“Johnny’s building something in Tony’s garage, and I’m not totally sure what it is. I could use someone to be a second pair of eyes, if you’re willing? Just to make sure he doesn’t destroy the building.”

workaday Thursday: breakfast edition

September 27th, 2018

Going to a company breakfast thing this morning! Sometimes I like to pretend that I am one of those employees who can handle things like ‘driving new places,’ and ‘changing my schedule.’

The trick in this case is that technically I have driven to this place once before. (I don’t really remember it, but I must have lived through it!) And also it’s not one of those ‘have to show up on time or you can’t get in’ events. (As far as I know. My guess is that it’s probably buffet-style, so you could fudge a bit with the timing and be able to say you were 1. in the bathroom, 2. in line, or 3. asking a question somewhere.)

My general strategy for company events is to pick a few to show up at, to prove I’m participating and engaged. Show up at the free breakfast, nobody bats an eye when you skip the bowling night. Show up for the non-denominational holiday gift swap, skip the holiday party.

My key indicators of a good event to pick:

1. Takes place during work hours. Huge bonus.

2. Free food.

3. Doesn’t involve drinking.

This one ticks all the boxes, so I’m goin’ to breakfast! If anything noteworthy (aka funny) happens, I will report back.

a meandering post for a meandering day

September 26th, 2018

Yesterday it was so chilly when I got to work that I wore a winter hat for my pre-work walk. And then last night I slept with the window open.

::shakes fist at sky:: Weather! ::opens hand to wave instead:: Also the crickets sound great this morning, well done!

In other news, today’s horoscope includes this gem: “Prepare yourself for an emotionally nebulous, intellectually inconclusive, meandering day.”
(Daily Astrology)