March 8th, 2018

Awesome things to do when it is snowing (a lot) outside:

1. Be super happy it is not snowing inside!

2. Drink tea! (or coffee, or water, or juice, or whatever, really — snowstorms are the perfect time to gaze out the window with a beverage in hand)

3. Stay in contact! (always good to let family and friends know you’re okay, and if you haven’t made the obligatory snowstorm social media post yet this winter, this is a great opportunity)

workaday Wednesday

March 7th, 2018

I finally started reading the book club book. Turns out it is actually over 300 pages long, and I guess we’re supposed to be finished before the first book club meeting in April. So yeah, I figured I should start.

I’m now 30 pages in, and it’s fine so far. I’ve gotten used to learning about stuff in the style of tumblr — full of hyperbole, and sprinkled with profanity and pop culture references, so it seems a little bland. Also I’m pretty sure I’m still in the introduction (aka the catchy story to lull you into thinking the book is engaging and accessible) but I couldn’t swear to it. We’ll see!

(Relatedly, I have no idea how a book club works. Am I supposed to remember specific stuff? Is there a test? Will there be snacks? I hope there will be snacks.)

“Cool motive, still murder.” (Brooklyn 99)

March 6th, 2018

I am frequently frustrated (aka I get grumpy at work) by the way people oh-so-casually bridge the chasm between understandable and okay. It usually goes something like this:

Me: ‘I’m upset by this person’s actions.’
Coworker: ‘Would you agree that the feeling that drove those actions is understandable?’
Me: ‘Of course the feeling is understandable, but–‘
Coworker: ‘Well, that’s that, good talk.’

Just because someone’s feelings are understandable doesn’t make their actions okay. I understand people being angry when a product is discontinued, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to scream at the customer service rep. And I understand why someone might be stressed by job pressure, but that doesn’t make it okay to take it out on their employees.

[And Brooklyn 99 has already provided this lesson in a handy quote! You don’t even have to watch the show (I have never seen it, although I hear good things), because the internet is full of gifsets! Thanks, internet!]

[[PS: Re-reading this, I would just like to be crystal clear that no one has been murdered at my workplace. The quote is about murder, because they’re cops? And I think it can be broadly applied in a conceptual sense, but yeah, no murder.]]

not yet

March 5th, 2018

Last week I had a very nice walk with someone who predicted that our current weather pattern was leading us straight back to a drought. Since I wasn’t really sure of our current drought status, I thought it prudent to reply as vaguely as possible.

But now I have relocated the US Drought Monitor map, and can confidently say “not yet.” While there is certainly drought out there, our state is currently drought free, which is — pretty awesome, actually.

must be Sunday

March 4th, 2018

List for the day:

*food prep



Looks like there is only so long I can put off the last one by puttering around with the first two. (About 4 pm, it turns out.)

fic rec found!

March 3rd, 2018

A huge thank you to susannaoh for figuring out I was talking about The Meaning of Geranium, by Endrina (part of the The secret language of plants series).

And of course it turns out I *did* have it bookmarked, and have also recced it before! This is the summary I put on my pinboard bookmark:

“Severus and Remus raise Harry together in secret, which goes great until it doesn’t, and Harry goes to Hogwarts, which goes terribly until it doesn’t, and then everyone fights Voldemort, which is hard even when you have a Seer on your side.”

Which sounds cool! But the series is over 350,000 words long, and that summary just didn’t help much when I was trying to find something based on ‘that one where Percy gets exasperated that his dad keeps getting into life-threatening situations, and I think he gets an awkward romantic moment with someone but I can’t remember who.’

(PS: It was Oliver Wood.)

((PPS: Thank you susannaoh!))

fic rec Friday

March 2nd, 2018

I was going to rec that Harry Potter fic where Percy Weasley is a Seer, and also seriously needs a nap, because I’ve been thinking about it a lot this week, except I thought I’d already done a post about it. But then I went looking and not only could I not find a previous post, I can’t find the fic at all. Which is weird. (I mean, not that weird; I’m not a very diligent bookmarker.)

Anyway, anyone remember that fic? Percy Weasley, Seer, basically had a vision of one of the twins dying and orchestrated years of work into making sure it didn’t happen, also he had to keep saving his dad a bunch of times, and there was a big climactic battle at Hogwarts that involved — something bad that could fly? (I mostly remember being much more invested in ‘Percy Weasley: 10,000% done with this’ than the battle plans.)

Happy March!

March 1st, 2018

Time to turn the calendar page, pick a new phone lock screen picture, and pay rent!

Also, here’s my story of pop culture creep for the week. I’ve been using my phone as an alarm, and the song I picked was ‘Hall of Fame,’ because why not? And anything I hear right when I wake up for a few days in a row tends to get a little stuck in my head, and I find myself randomly humming it throughout the day.

Which is how I found myself the other day walking along and bopping my head to any little bits of song that floated through, and this gem came up:

“Do it for your country, do it for the vine.”

(Of course, then I was like ‘wait, that’s not how it goes, right? Right?’ PS: It is not.)

workaday Wednesday

February 28th, 2018

And last day of February! Yeah, I’ve got nothing other than that, so I searched my images for the word February and got this adorable otter. (I have no idea what the February connection is. Maybe I posted it in February before? Really no clue how the search feature works.)


February 27th, 2018

I’ve been trying out a mindfulness app for almost two weeks, with mixed results. Mostly I fall asleep a lot. I’ve had somewhat better luck with the fitbit breathing relaxation thing — probably because it’s only 2 minutes long and is visual-based, rather than something I’m supposed to listen to.

The app thing is eight weeks, though, so we’ll see how far I get. Hopefully I will end up either more mindful or more rested — I’ll take either!