May things

May 14th, 2018

The 5K really combined the trifecta of stressors (driving somewhere new, doing something outside in uncertain conditions, interacting with work people outside of work). Now that it’s successfully completed, the rest of May stretches out before me like a panorama of possibilities.

[Note: It was fun! It was the good kind of stress, but that’s still stress. Good to balance the weekends that include Doing Things with weekends that include Not Doing Things.]

What will I do this week? Not worry about what Saturday’s weather is going to be!

hermit day = best day

May 13th, 2018

There are multiple places I could go today that would be useful to visit, in a general sort of sense. Stores, mostly — use coupons before they expire, restock things before they run out, socialize like I’m capable adult, that sort of thing.

But I am not going to do any of those things! I have officially declared this a hermit day, and will not be leaving the premises. Instead I will hermit around in my pajamas, make some food for the week, put up the hummingbird feeder, and let Josie clean the kitchen floor.

5K caturday!

May 12th, 2018

1. It’s not raining! (at the moment)

2. It’s cold! (probably all day)

3. I’m prepping with a delicious caffeinated beverage.

4. I got up at my weekday time instead of my weekend time to be sure I’d be ready to go. Instead I’ve spent the last 45 minutes reading fanfic.

5. The cat is not sure what to make of this.

6. I’m rapidly re-assessing my clothing plans to make sure I’ll be warm enough. (I hate being cold.)

7. I hope we get free maple water again this year.

8. I thought I would have enough for ten things, but nope, eight is good too.

fic rec Friday

May 11th, 2018

As is abundantly clear based on my reading and writing habits, I am fascinated by stories about what happens *after* people have an incredible experience — when they find a way to create a life they love afterwards.

This is one I’ve recc-ed before, but it was back in 2011, and I had fun re-reading it this morning.

Sea Legs, by st_aurafina

“We’ll be fine,” says Edmund. He puts his arm behind his sister, and claps Eustace on the back. “We just need to stick together.”

workaday Wednesday

May 9th, 2018

Good news: one of my three meetings for today was cancelled!

Bad news: it was the easiest one!

[I’m in a one of those jobs that is well-defined on paper but is operationally somewhat more vague, which means I am sometimes called into (or left out of) meetings seemingly at random. Which is easier now that I have cemented my reputation as ‘the one who always brings a snack to meetings’ and now people just expect me to be munching at some point.*]

[*Which, I’d like to note, wouldn’t even be necessary if I could trust that people would end their meetings at the scheduled time! Seriously, if you say it’s a half hour meeting, and then it drags on for 90 minutes, yeah, I’m gonna need a snack, pal. And maybe an intermission.]

sunglasses all the time

May 8th, 2018

When I got my prescription sunglasses, there were two options for lenses — one of them would be truer colors (the gray tint, maybe?) and one would be higher contrast (the brown tint? I think?). And I was mostly planning on using them while driving, so I said hook me up with that higher contrast, because obviously I can use all the help I can get when I’m behind the wheel.

And by the time I was getting the sunglasses, my prescription had changed ever-so-slightly from my regular glasses. “You probably won’t even notice!” (Which is not… exactly true. It’s not alarming, or anything. But it’s definitely noticeable.)

Which is a long lead up to the story of my morning walks. I have one of those commutes to work which on a good day takes 35 minutes, and on a bad day takes an hour, and when I split the difference it means sometimes I get to work a little early. So I walk down the (dead-end) street and back, it takes about ten minutes, it’s great. And when it’s sunny, and I was wearing my sunglasses to drive, I just leave them on to walk.

It’s awesome. Weird, but awesome. It’s like — morning and evening light is always pretty cool anyway, but now add HIGH CONTRAST and EXTRA GOOD VIEW-POWER. It’s a bit like walking through a surreal, super-saturated movie-scape. PS I love it.

on the road again

May 7th, 2018

I tend to talk to myself while I’m driving, which is one of those habits that’s completely harmless until there’s someone else in the car with me, and then it just seems weird. Anyway, I’ve noticed that I tend to say the same things over and over, and it made me think of those fic challenges where people guess the author based on their usual fic-writing patterns.

And so, should you ever find yourself in a car with me driving, here’s how you’ll know it’s *really* me:

1. (when I’m the one merging) “I can do this.”

2. (when someone else is merging) “It’s a zipper!”

3. (all the time) “Why are you tailgating me?”

it’s a good thing I don’t have guests

May 6th, 2018

me @ me: All the regular sized spoons* are dirty.

me: I could — wash them?

also me: But consider this — I could *not* wash them, and use the ginormous serving spoons instead.

me @ me: Problem solved.

[*I wrote this about my real, actual, eating spoons, but it actually fits surprisingly well with the overall spoon theory analogy? Something happens, and I’m all ‘yeah, so sorry, I’m fresh out of regular-sized reactions, so you’re either going to get nothing, or you’ll get my EXTREME OVER-REACTION because that’s all that’s left in the drawer.’]

is this real life?

May 5th, 2018

I have a 401k through work (I know, I feel very fancy about it). And occasionally I like to check on it, just to make sure the usual graph hasn’t been replaced by a gif of Bernie Madoff laughing, or something.

I’m not sure what to make of the website, though. The home screen offers an animated video titled (no joke) “This alien explains why a better future starts with a better plan.” (It also offers links to illuminating articles including this gem: “Saving more can be a key to retirement success.” You don’t say!)

So, I watched the video. It features an actualfacts space alien, with four arms and two legs, though the joints of the legs make me wonder if perhaps it does not usually stand upright. It’s only 15 seconds long. (That doesn’t seem like enough time to explain much.)

The alien says: “So you’re not saving for retirement because, quote, ‘By the time I retire, aliens could like, take over the world.’ That’s ridiculous. You know nothing of our plans.”

Then it flashes a screen that says “Now is a good time to make a plan.

WHAT. I have no idea what to make of that. I just — WHAT? (Also, the alien makes air quotes with all four hands.)

fic post Friday

May 4th, 2018

Sometimes I get picky about things like ‘how many things I have sitting in my email drafts folder,’ and I make an attempt to get them to a better home.

In related news, I started working on a Power Rangers (2017 movie) fic back around April of last year. Not-so-coincidentally, it was chilling in my drafts. So, here it is. Released to the wild.

(Really just three scenes. No plot to be found here.)

post-movie snippets

Jason had printed BE CAREFUL, like he hadn’t been the main instigator in getting them literally hit by a train. He’d put a smiley face after it, so maybe he was joking?