Monday, May 29th, 2017 06:24 pm

Grey Day

Yet another in a springtime filled with them. And we appear to be moving into a summer of more of the same.

I have been doing some paperwork which I have put off doing for far too long. God, I hate paperwork. Even if these days it isn't done on paper. (At least if I'm doing it on the computer I don't have to worry about my dreadful handwriting, or about how to fit answers into boxes not big enough to hold them. Small mercies.)

I've got a creamy tortellini soup going in the crockpot -- a new recipe, so tonight will tell whether it becomes a regular member of the Dinnertime Repertory Company or gets hustled off the stage with a "don't call us; we'll call you." Tastes good so far to me -- but I'm a soup fan, and today's a soup kind of day. Don't know yet how Himself will take it.


Monday, May 29th, 2017 11:45 pm

Sherlock Fic: Exes and Ohs

Exes and Ohs (10335 words) by out_there
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade
Characters: Greg Lestrade, Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Additional Tags: Ex Sex
Summary:

Calling up an ex isn’t smart. Calling again... It’s exponential levels of stupid. But Greg does it and Mycroft answers, so the blame lies with both of them.



Notes: You know, I can't believe "ex sex" is actually a tag on AO3. I'm so amused I had to use it.

Thanks to [personal profile] celli for constant cheerleading, even when I only wrote a few paragraphs at a time. Thanks for [personal profile] misbegotten for betaing and laughing in the right places. Thanks to [personal profile] tehomet for Britpicking with such a detailed eye.

Monday, May 29th, 2017 08:03 am

Raksura Patreon

Since it's Memorial Day in the US (May 29, 2017) I'm leaving the Raksura Patreon story #36 visible to non-Patrons for the day. It's "Moon, Stone, and Ember, on the eve of a court visit."


https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2458567

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 11:19 pm

This needs to be rectified.

It occurs to me that I haven't posted about female anatomy in a while! What's wrong with me? (Please don't answer that; I probably know.)

Vagina 101: A quiz, and more! (Guardian series)


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Sunday, May 28th, 2017 02:54 pm

Jazz fest

Just got back from a weekend up in the northern coast of Trinidad, where they launched a (potentially) annual Jazz festival. We got wonderful weather and I spend all of yesterday on the open air grounds, sitting back, drink in hand, enjoying all these wonderful local artists do their thing.

Here's a pic from the final performance late in the night. She's a young, talented singer/songwriter. (You can hear what she sounds like on YouTube):



It was my bro's birthday, so we ended up popping champagne in the wee hours of the morning in celebration. And below, here's me in my PJs having a cup of tea early this morning, taking in the view before driving home. ^___^ There's a definite difference between Tobago waters (from last weekend) and the Trinidad shoreline. Our waters are way darker, there's a lot more forest/natural foliage and it's not manicured for tourism.


Sunday, May 28th, 2017 11:40 am

Definitely not with a whimper

As I've outlined in pictorial form in my Instagram, our last one was, as my wife called it, "a doozy of a day".

In the morning, we did the boat tour around the Na Pali Coast documented earlier -- not pictured is the actual snorkeling session in a reef far away and accessible only by boat because I was, after all, too worried for my smartphone (although I'd brought both a supposedly waterproof case and a supposedly waterproof bag for immersion). The reef was teeming with marine wildlife, including a school of yellow convict tang fish. WE SWAM WITH A SEA TURTLE, TOO, AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. Both the swimming with it, and the turtle itself. It had clearly seen LIFE, y'all: scratches across its shell, scaly skin deeply-lined, and those old old eyes...

In the afternoon, then, we'd booked a helicopter tour of the island. We flew with Captain John Song, who's actually mentioned in our guide book, and his flying was so soft and smooth that I actually didn't have to be hand-holding during the flight. ;) Way to make us feel safe up in the air, sweeping across the whole island of Kaua'i and into the ancient volcano crater of Mount Wai'ale'ale itself! Unforgettable, and a bit of a best-of tour: We'd travelled the whole island by the ten-day mark; hiking in the West, strolling through the gardens of the South, shopping in the East, and doing basically all of the above on our most-beloved North Shore.

I'd be back to Kaua'i any time. That said, and there's no way to not make this a humblebrag -- Kaua'i is the Haiwai'ian island for fit and physically daring folks. I'm not talking about size (we saw super-cute chubby girls hop up and down the hiking trails) or age (some of these elderly HIKER!111! ladies left me in. The. Dust) or having children (the family with three, yes, 3 kids age 1-6 that passed us twice on the Kalalau Trail: chapeau, y'all). I am talking about ability and confidence when it comes to steep heights, slippery slopes, rough seas, shallow reefs to carefully float across, and strong currents that pull at you...sometimes while rain is pelting down at you from above. I enjoyed all of these, greatly, but yeah, that's me and my kind.


Sunday, May 28th, 2017 11:15 am

It's furious balancing

Hey y'all, did you know there's a Rivers of London novella coming out at the end of June? Or possibly September?
The Furthest Station

There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there’s a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.

Enter PC Peter Grant, junior member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Assessment unit a.k.a. The Folly a.k.a. the only police officers whose official duties include ghost hunting. Together with Jaget Kumar, his counterpart at the British Transport Police, he must brave the terrifying crush of London’s rush hour to find the source of the ghosts.

Joined by Peter’s wannabe wizard cousin, a preschool river god and Toby the ghost hunting dog, their investigation takes a darker tone as they realise that a real person’s life might just be on the line.

Amazon says June 30 but Goodreads says maybe June 30 or maybe September 21. *hands* Either way, I've pre-ordered.

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Sunday, May 28th, 2017 08:02 am

Sunday

Good things that happened:

* My husband made short bread from scratch, and it was so delicious. Store bought shortbread is going to taste like cereal from now on.

* I cleaned out the guestroom closet and a friend took the debris away for her school's garage sale. Now you can walk into the closet and see all the stuff like sheets, coats, blankets, dining room table leaves, Xmas boxes, etc that needs to be in there. (One of the reasons we bought this old, comfortable, shitshow of a house is that it has closets in almost every room and they're huge. The downside of that is stuff gets put in them and you forget it's there and just put stuff in on top of it.)

* I also cleaned out and did some rearrangement of my office, mainly getting rid of the desk which wasn't being used since I don't have a desktop computer anymore. A lot of old publishing letters and paperwork went to my archive at Cushing Library, freeing up filing cabinet drawers for things to go into and I gave away some more stuff to the school garage sale. We're going to put a chair in there so people can actually go in, sit down, and read. (The process started with the realization that we didn't actually have to keep the door closed to keep the cats out since Jack and Tasha don't eat paper, plastic, and string like Harry did.)

* I love the new mattress. I'm actually having longer more detailed dreams, or at least remembering longer more detailed dreams, because I'm not constantly waking up trying to find a position that's not painful.

* I lucked into a half-price frame sale and got some prints we bought at Comicpalooza framed and hung up in the hallway.

* I've been gradually trying to get the choking vines out of the front flower bed, and it's sort of almost starting to look better.

* Doctor Who has been awesome. God, I love Bill as much as Donna. I want Donna to get her memory back and she and Bill have to find the Tardis and go off to rescue the Doctor.


Stuff I need to do today:

* Finish off the Raksura Patreon story (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2458567) and get it posted. I'm almost done with it, I just need the concentration to finish a tricky conversation.

* Pull more vines out of flower bed.


Stuff I need to do this week:

* Re-paint the trim in the stairwell.

* Make some serious progress on Murderbot 4.

* more vines


Things I have coming up:

* I'm doing a signing with Rachel Caine at Murder by the Book in Houston, TX, on Saturday July 15, at 4:30
http://www.murderbooks.com/event/wells-caine

If you can't come in person, you can order signed copies of The Harbors of the Sun and The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red and Rachel's Ash and Quill, the latest in her Great Library series, and Stillhouse Lake. Plus whichever of our other books the store can order.

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 07:56 am

Sunday morning gratitudes

There's a lot that's hard right now. So I'm doing what I can to cultivate gratitude:

1. Iced coffee. Turkey bacon. Challah french toast.

2. Cuddling with my kid yesterday and marathoning a bunch of Sword Art Online, which I enjoy as much as he does.

3. My kid is seven and a half today! On his suggestion, we're going to the grocery store later today to get cupcakes to share with friends later this afternoon.

4. Watching wee birds at my bird feeder, supping on seeds.

5. Friends. Including all of you.

Sunday, May 28th, 2017 01:21 pm

imzy demise

That was quick. It didn't even last a year (not counting the closed beta period). Not that I'm particularly surprised, because I signed up last summer when you could join, but then ended up almost never using the site.

Also, despite having an account, I did not even get an email from them about this. Though I think I may have disabled even import site update messages when I clicked "unsubscribe" back in April on the mails I got back to back about free plushies and pizza parties or some such crap, even though I had been fairly sure in my account creation that I didn't want promo messages.

But frankly the way site messaging was handled there was one of the problems that made the site unusable for me. Even now when I log in I do not see any closing message prominently in my notice box, just a whole bunch of "recommended for you" stuff. I had to click on the Imzy group to see their announcement from May 24th, and only learned about it now by accident after seeing talk elsewhere.

Apparently the final closing date is June 23rd. But I don't have any content there, so I'm not bothered.


Saturday, May 27th, 2017 06:41 pm

5 good things

1. Yesterday, a meeting I stressed over all week was cancelled, and instead I treated myself to a nice lunch and a long afternoon nap.

2. My house is mostly clean, and the new vacuum cleaner works well.

3. The dog's medication is working, which means she no longer pees in her sleep. (Yes, really. Sigh.)

4. I had a lovely lunch (with gelato!) and a long walk in the redwoods with [personal profile] laurashapiro and [personal profile] shrift.

5. There are still 2 more days of the weekend, and I have no obligations whatsoever. This is kind of awesome.

Saturday, May 27th, 2017 04:59 pm18

bzuh



Saturday, May 27th, 2017 12:15 pm

i'll be there in a hurry

This morning I got rid of two shopping bags full of DVDs and CDs that have done nothing but gather dust for years, and also got rid of all the shoes I no longer wear, so that was another trashbag full of stuff that is no longer taking up space. It's small but it's a start, right?

Also, two benadryl and I slept through the night! Progress!

In lieu of having anything interesting to say, here are a couple of links from tumblr that made me laugh out loud:

- Darth Vader is not your 'daddy'

- the scandalous backstory of the new Chargers logo

- this amazing new superhero duo

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Friday, May 26th, 2017 02:30 pm

who does it better than we do?

Generally speaking, I either am totally overprepared for something because I'm freaking out about every little detail, or I completely leave it to the last minute/do it by the seat of my pants, with very little in between, so since I am bound and determined to not fuck up this co-op application process, today I have:

1. gotten a letter from my employer verifying my employment and salary
2. lined up the recommendation letters from people who are not related to me
3. filled out as much of the purchasing application as I can at this moment (since it's been EIGHT YEARS, I had to google to see if any of my old bosses from Big Evol MegaCorp were still there and at least one is - he can direct them to HR to verify my employment if necessary)
4. freaked out a little about my previous landlord, as he is dead and therefore cannot be contacted! But the lawyer was like, there's nothing you can do about that, just put that he is deceased. I mean, I haven't lived there in 15 years so I don't know what the point is anyway, but it's required. *hands*
5. left a voicemail with my current management company asking for a letter verifying my tenancy - I'm afraid this is going to be like pulling teeth and will never happen and will spike all my plans, but dammit, they are professionals and should at least respond on Tuesday (I didn't expect to hear anything back today since it's the Friday before a 3 day weekend).
6. e-signed several documents which all have to be updated since there were typos in the address of the place I'm buying. (The typo was perpetrated by the seller's lawyer, which doesn't fill me with confidence, I must say.)

I'm sorry this is all househunt17! all the time! at the moment. It's basically all I am thinking about, except when I am thinking about how to get Lucy and Wyatt to have sex, and aside from like 3 of you, I doubt anyone is much more interested in that than this, though that might be a little more fun.

At least it is a 3 day weekend and summer Fridays start today! I'm meeting L for celebratory drinks later, and my sister is having a BBQ on Sunday (well, it might be an indoor party if the weather doesn't cooperate, but it'll be fun either way), and my oldest and youngest nieces will be celebrating their birthdays, so it's all good.

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Friday, May 26th, 2017 06:02 pm

Classic Vids - YouTube

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Friday, May 26th, 2017 05:47 pm

Will Your Job Be Done By A Machine?

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017 10:33 pm

GOTG

So I saw Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 tonight, and spoilers still use a Walkman )

***

In other news, I would really like to go a year or two without a family medical emergency, y'all. But with luck I'll be able to make Lance Armstrong jokes with P. for the rest of our lives...

So after a committee meeting first thing this morning at work, I schlepped out to the island to meet with the mortgage broker and the lawyer and sign a bunch of documents (so many documents) and write a shockingly large check (and yet not the largest, if this thing is a go). Then he went through the basic steps of the process with me so that I know what's coming (and what's coming is a lot more of the same re: signing documents, also collecting documents and making copies of them, and then after that, writing more checks, but that's not until I have the actual loan commitment, which will hopefully be soon or at least within the time allotted) and then if they approve that, the dreaded board interview. None of which I am particularly looking forward to, but hopefully I sail through with flying colors instead of getting somehow derailed by picayune bullshit, which I've also heard can happen.

We overnighted the documents to the seller's attorney, so hopefully sometime next week the listing will show as "in contract" rather than "active" (if it continues to appear at all online).

Now I am going to eat my face off, since I haven't eaten since 10 am, and then maybe try to sleep. I remembered that I had an icepack in the freezer last night, so during my now-usual 3 am - 5 am sojourn, I strapped that onto my calf where two of the bug bites are, and it helped immensely with the itching. Eventually they'll go away and I'll be able to sleep again. Just have to stand the itching until then. Sigh.

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017 11:25 pm

Topher Spiro on Twitter

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017 05:52 pm

Mystery solved!

Thanks to [personal profile] lilacsigil, who correctly named my unidentified flower as being Scadoxus multiflorus. Also known as blood lily - never heard of it.

Hails from Africa, and is maybe poisonous? Very interesting...

Thursday, May 25th, 2017 02:37 pm

Oh, Yes, I Definitely Have a Cold

It hit me like a hammer late Tuesday afternoon, putting me down for the count for about 12 hours, and leaving me achy and sniffly and bleary-eyed all day yesterday and again today.

And the weather is once again grey and clammy.


Thursday, May 25th, 2017 06:56 am

Fiction

Stephen King/Richard Chizmar )

Madeline Ashby, Company TownFuture work )
Genevieve Cogman, The Burning PageMore Library shenanigans )
James S.A. Corey )

Mishell Baker, Phantom Pains:fantasy sequel )
Laurie Penny, Everything Belongs to the FutureSo many ideas )
Joe Haldeman & Jack C. Haldeman, There Is No Darknessold school )
Ben Aaronovich, The Furthest Stationnovella )
Max Gladstone et al., BookburnersAre libraries the new zombies in fantasy? )

On the one hand, I was overprepared (had brought my painkillers just in case). On the other, I was underprepared. TMI for some, or 'Wednesday' in Germany )


Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 10:19 pm

Back to reality

Back home from Tobago, and back out to work too. :b

I had a wonderful time, and thank you guys for all the good wishes. Here are two more photos from the trip. The first pic was taken on Monday evening as the sun was setting, showing off my hard work decorating around the house/pool, making it all festive for my cousin's birthday celebration.



And the second pic was taken the next morning, as we were packing up to leave. I sat by the pool and did a little sketch in the house guest book, which we all signed. :)



I am quite looking forward to going back to this place when next I visit Tobago. :)

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Oh! One last random thing - This week I took a photo of a flowering plant that we have at home. It's a single stem with no leaves, and it only blossoms once a year, for a very short time. We have had this plant for years, but I have no idea what its name is. So I'm posting it up here in the hope that someone knows what it's called. Can you identify this flower? )


Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 08:46 pm

What I'm Doing Wednesday

books (fiction: Kingfisher, Turner) )

healthcrap a list )

other stuff
What a week this has been. A lot of things have gone wrong, including the hair stylist cutting my hair way too short today, but I've been fortunate in other things and I'm feeling a lot of gratitude. I hope y'all are well!

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 05:09 pm

Gratitudes

1. Lilacs are still blooming all over town.

2. Last night I tried a new (to me) recipe for rhubarb poached in red wine (eaten over vanilla ice cream) and it is delicious.

3. Today has been a better day than yesterday was. That's a low bar, but I'll take it.

4. The sun is shining. I'm home from work. I'm sitting on my mirpesset with a seltzer, enjoying the flowers. (Including the pot of pink begonias that someone gave me last week; secret message to [personal profile] batdina: I am thinking of them as scarlet begonias and that is making me smile.)

5. There is rosé vinho verde in my fridge (vinho rosa?) and later I intend to have some.

How are y'all?

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 11:02 pm

FUCK! SCUM.

The New York Times and other US-based MSM outlets are currently publishing sensitive details likely to impede investigation of the Manchester bomb, details whih they seem to have got from intelligence sharing between US and UK intelligence sources. It shows the hollowness of all the "thoughts and prayers" rhetoric. That's not the behaviour of an ally, it's that of the worst sort of collaborateur, the sort who does it not from conviction but for gain.

ETA I'm not the biggest Andy Burnham fan out there, but I sympathise with him here where the acting US Ambassador seems to be giving him assurances that either can't or won't be kept.


Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 12:15 pm

Did you ever see me like I saw you?



This whole thing where I don't sleep between 3 am and 5 am is not really working for me. I took a benadryl and even that wasn't enough to combat the itching for a while. Why do we need mosquitoes again?

On the plus side, I already had the high key "I'm going to be homeless come October 1!" freakout to L and she talked me down (...so I might catastrophize a little. I've actually gotten much better at not doing it over the years, but this whole thing really trips my anxiety wires), so I didn't freak out too much last night when I transferred $$$ to my checking account in order to cover the check for 10% of the down payment I'll be writing when I go to sign the contract tomorrow.

!!!!

It's still a tentative appointment at the moment (I will be confirming shortly - ETA: Confirmed! /eta), but yesterday afternoon I got a call from the mortgage broker, who was like, "Mike just told me you had an accepted offer. You didn't call and tell me!" (Mike is my lawyer. He works in the office next door to the mortgage broker.) and I said the realtor had told me not to until I had the signed contract, and she was like, "I like to get ahead of the game so you don't have to come in to sign stuff twice!" Especially since I have to take the LIRR to get there (the pitfalls of using people recced by family members who live on Long Island), which means leaving work at like 12:30 tomorrow. Eep!

Keep your fingers crossed, folks. This could be one step closer!

And since it's Wednesday, we've got books!

What I've just finished
Thick as Thieves by Megan Whelan Turner. I meant to reread the whole series before this but didn't get to it. I didn't really need to either, as it wasn't heavily dependent on previous books (...though I guess the Attolian's identity was? Though who else could it have been?). There was a lot more ersatz Assyrian poetry than I was expecting, spoilers )

So I definitely recommend it if you've enjoyed the series so far, and if you haven't read the whole series, I highly recommend it. The second book especially is AMAZING.

What I'm reading now
Aftermath: Empire's End by Chuck Wendig, since it came from the library. It's fine, I guess. It's mostly the events leading up to the battle of Jakku. We finally get more Mon Mothma POV and spoilers )

What I'm reading next
*hands*

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Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 07:33 am

Wednesday

I don't have a New Book Wednesday yet, but here's some good stuff that happened:

* We got a new mattress! Our old mattress was sagging on each side and had a hump in the middle and was getting increasingly painful. The new one was delivered yesterday and so far, so good. At the store we looked at a fancy one that sucked the heat out of your body while you were sleeping, but it was more than twice what ours cost and I did wonder how comfortable it would be in the winter.

* The paperback edition of The Murderbot Diaries is back in stock at Barnes & Noble, Powells, Indigo, BooksaMillion, Book Depository, and Amazon US, if you were still looking for a copy.

* I cleared out our guestroom closet and my office and got rid of a lot of random crap.

* I've been trying to get Murderbot 4 started and for about two weeks and finally got the first scene written. It and Murderbot 3 are not sold yet, so keep your fingers crossed.

* I got a Raksura Patreon story started and about halfway finished.

* When we were at Comicpalooza, we walked past the end of the row where one of the big Star Wars cosplaying groups had their booth, and they had a full-size backdrop of a Death Star corridor for people to take pictures in front of. One of the people in a stormtrooper costume was standing in front of it, and as we slowed down to look at backdrop, and the stormtrooper did the voice-synthesizer "Move along, move along" bit. It was pretty hilarious.

* We also saw a full-size Taun-taun with rider costume.

Is there some sort of big current wank/kerfuffle going on right now that I've been totally oblivious to? Somehow I never notice these things even if I'm in a fandom at the time they are happening.

I've seen vague references while browsing my network reading list, but as is usual for me I couldn't connect it to anything. They could maybe be referring to the YOI wank that was even featured in this week's OTW newsletter. (A wank I incidentally also missed happening on Tumblr, but then I'm not into YOI though it appears on my dash from time to time because I'm into Check Please! and there is overlap in fans.)

But I'm not sure. I always miss these things.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 02:13 am

Quick life updates

Now that I'm back on lamotrigine as a mood stabilizer I am much more present in the world, and able to think and write and read and interact with people way more than I have been for the last several years. This makes me very happy. And other people are noticing too. The psych and my shrink, both of whom first met me while I was on the olanzapine have commented that I seem like a completely different person from the one they first met.

I went to see my psych last week for a followup on the new/old meds and said, "I feel like I have my brain back, but I don't much like the brain I got back." In particular I'm having trouble with executive dysfunction and a lot of hyperfocusing.

I told the psych this and she looked at me, fidgeting in her office chair, and said, "have you ever considered that you might have ADHD?"

As it happens I have been pondering that very thing of late. But it's notable that I am 37 years old and she is the FIRST medical professional ever to suggest this diagnosis to me. See also: ADHD presenting very differently in women than in men.

Since I'm still having trouble sleeping without taking low-dose seroquel, we're going to focus on trying to sort that out first, but when I see her again in August we're going to discuss the possibility of going on something for ADHD.

This, by the way, would make all three of us upstairs both bipolar and ADHD. We're all medicated for at least one of those diagnosis but still, there's a reason our household is sometimes, um, volatile. Add in our various physical ailments and Rayne's PTSD and it's a wonder we're functioning at all.

To a certain extent this is part of why I'm poly. I need to have and be part of a support structure not just an individual partner. I think in pairs none of our relationships would be workable, but together we balance each other out quite nicely.

The really awful thing I can't talk about is possibly less awful than it was when I made my last post. Still awful, but no longer horrifyingly impressively awful. This has taken a lot of weight off our household.

I had a shrink appointment today and she said, "have you ever considered grad school?" The answer to which is a somewhat complicated yes. When I was in undergrad I always assumed I would go on to get my masters, probably in Intercultural Communications, but then I fucked up my last semester of university and that kind of crashed and burned. Currently, we're not in a financial/family place where me going to grad school would make sense, but yes, the possibility has entered my mind again.

We leave for Wiscon in the morning, and I am not actually packed, because reasons, so I should probably stop talking about stuff and sort through my clothes and figure out what I'm taking.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 07:18 pm18

them low-down financial aid blues


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 05:18 pm

Dinner Comes Around Every Day

And some days, I just don't want to cook it.

Unfortunately, given the current state of the household exchequer, saying the hell with it and ordering take-out isn't an option. (Not that this town's take-out options are anything to write home about, anyway.) I've got tonight's dinner planned and shopped for and scheduled, so there it is. At least it's a minimal-ingredient, minimal-fuss kind of recipe -- but the mood I'm in, even the small fiddliness of removing a half-dozen uncooked Italian sausages from their casings feels like an imposition.

I can tell that Himself's cold has started moving into my system and settling in, because lethargy and a lack of initiative are how these things always take me.

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