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Tuesday was a bitch of a Monday

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:33 pm
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Today was not a great day.

I got my sleep cycle out of whack this weekend staying up late reading and then succumbing to napping both days. I managed to get up on time Monday, but overslept today. And I’m still feeling meh, unmotivated. And the dark and gloomy weather ain’t helping much.

I hadn’t been able to motivate myself to get to the grocery store on Monday, so I was out of my favorite breakfast fixins. I stopped off at Cumbies on the way into work, but they were also out of my favorite back-up breakfast foods. So I was stuck with something I really didn’t want. Blah.

On the way into the office I stumbled on the steps. I managed to catch myself and didn’t hurt myself, but there was someone having a phone conversation outside, so I had a witness to my tumble. Soooo embarrassing. So by now I’m feeling pretty put out with the number of small annoyances that have already happened and wondering, “What next??!?!”

I get to my desk and discover that I’ve left my reading glasses at home. But thankfully I have a backup pair (because of course I do, I have cheap drug store reading glasses stashed everywhere). So that didn’t count against my tally of woe for the day. But then I had friend ping me on Facebook about a problem with a mutual friend. This was just a situation I didn’t want to be in the middle of. *sighs* I let her talk it out, but damn it felt awkward.

By lunchtime I had a headache, which is unusual for me. And I was having trouble getting my brain to focus on work. Come on brain, we have to adult today! By 3:00 my headache was bad enough that I dug out the Advil, which helped with the pain but not with my focus issues. Argh, bad brain! No biscuit!

I did make it to the grocery store on the way home. I may have bought some cookie dough. For therapeutic purposes only. And I made myself do a few things around the house when I got home, to try to short circuit the “you’re useless and can’t get anything done” loop that my brain seems to be playing right now.

Baby steps and self care right now. It’s all I can do.

Détente

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:30 pm
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M and A met and talked last night. That's all I know, M didn't post anything more than that they were going to talk and he didn't know how it was going to go.

But today they were at least leaving each other civil comments on Facebook posts (they were always a very chatty couple on each other’s FB, leaving comments and posting things to each other).

I don’t know what’s going to happen with those two, but I’m glad to see that they’re back to at least a little civil interaction with each other.

lets just.. eat cheese.

Jul. 25th, 2017 08:24 pm
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This guy is hilarious!

https://themedievalhunt.com/2015/04/02/get-out-get-dirty/
People like to be social, and they like to do things. This is why historic segments with alot of actives, get more actives.

Now, all things we do might look very planned when it is digested and pooped out in blogform. But mostly they are about as planned as this:

Me: Hey, its supposed to be nice weather tomorrow, forest?
Emil: Yeah, we aint been out since two weekends ago. You finally going to shoot that hornsoundingvideo?
Me: Naa….. dun feel like it.. I need to check up sources…. lets just.. eat cheese.
Emil: Ok, new forest?
Me: Naaa….. lets take the same one as I’m lazy and don’t wanna walk to far before we get to the actual woods.

Time for planning: approx ten minutes.

Time to prepare approx 20 min (including looking for braes -ten minutes)

This is an excellent way to keep your medievaling going and get to use your clothes that you put all those hours into making.


I really envy some of the events I see [personal profile] robinsnest and her friends attending. And I need to try to get something similar going up here. Just a bunch of costumed ladies going out for tea, or playing croquet on the lawn in the park. Any old excuse to dress up in "old timey" clothes and go gad about.

Promptly Quotable #001

Jul. 25th, 2017 10:12 pm
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Write a poem about


“He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.” — Persian Proverb




Poems do not have to match the prompt exactly. Prompts are only meant to inspire and be a jumping off point for your own creativity.


Poems can be posted in the comments directly or linked to your own journal.


Book Post: Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Jul. 25th, 2017 09:59 am
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Ruby, the title character of the book, is a black woman who fled to New York City when she was young but ultimately comes home to a black township in East Texas. Adjusting to life in the South after the freedoms of the North is harder than Ruby realizes it will be, and the pressure of her barely suppressed childhood traumas quickly results in severe mental illness (or, to be more accurate, something modern readers will quickly recognize as mental illness, while the townsfolk mostly blame her for "not keeping herself under control"). Ruby herself believes that she is haunted. As a child, she witnessed terrible things happening to other children, and now the souls of those children flock to her for protection. Readers get the choice of how to interpret these "haints" -- as a symbolic representation of being trapped in a moment of trauma, or as literal ghosts that cling to Ruby's skirts. The situation comes to a head when Ephram, who loved her from afar as a child, sets himself as Ruby's protector amid fierce opposition from his ultra-religious sister.

This book contains serious triggers for rape and child abuse, both of which are referenced below the cut.

I need to discuss this book with somebody (spoilers) )
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On Friday [personal profile] malterre posted a link on Facebook to 5 ScI-Fi Fantasy novels with badass middle-aged heroines. Which made me think of Hunting Party by Elizabeth Moon. The main character is Captain Heris Serrano, who has recently resigned her commission in the Regular Space Service. Her new job is piloting the space yacht of the wealthy and eccentric Lady Cecelia de Marcos. Heris is a middle-aged woman, somewhere in her early forties, and Lady Cecelia is in her early eighties. Both are really great characters. Heris is the sort of brave, smart career soldier you would expect from a legendary military family. Lady Cecelia is the sort of gives no fucks rich eccentric lady that I'd love to be when I grow up.

So of course, when I got home I pulled my copy of Hunting Party down off the bookshelf. And despite the fact that I knew it would lead to a book binge, I started it on Saturday morning. I read it all the way through, then started reading the next book, Sporting Chance. I read that all the way through, then started on the third book in the series, Winning Colors, which I’m still reading.

The first two books are sort of standard space opera (smugglers! Evil superior officers! Political intrigue! Space pirates!) But the third book in the series tackles a more serious issue that has stuck in my head since I first read it back in 1995. In her “Familias Regnant” universe medical technology has figured out how to rejuvenate people, in the literal meaning of the word. Lady Cecelia undergoes rejuvenation and her 83 year old mind now resides in the body she had when she was 40. It’s expensive, but if you have the money, the newest rejuvenation process can be repeated more than once. In the novel Moon explores what problems are caused when the younger generation of the corporate upper class can’t take their positions in the family business because their parents can’t die and refuse to retire. What does it do to a society when we extend our lifespans enough to interrupt our economy? We’ve already seen a bit of this, with the Millennial generation waiting for the Baby Boomers to retire and free up jobs. And there’s more coming, when the Baby Boomers all retire and collect social security and need medical care for decades longer than people used to (when Social Security first started, most people retired at 65 and were dead by 66).

And I always think about this book when I look at the British Royal Family. Prince Charles is more than old enough to retire (he’s 68) but he has not yet even started the job he’s been training his whole life for, being King of England. If Elizabeth lives as long as her mother did, Charles has another decade to wait before he ascends the throne (the Queen Mum was 101 when she died, and QEII is 90). And where does that leave Prince William and his son, Prince George?

So yeah, I spent my weekend in the Book Fort, completely offline. And it was good.

Written

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:08 pm
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  • Some poetry

  • A few poetry prompts coming up

  • emails to people I haven’t in too long, oops

  • not much else


But lots of love, y’all!


Been super busy on the work front and read a book in the last two days on agile IT and did lots of testing while holding off on further documentation that we need. But ugh, we really need customer buy-in to get further on that. I suspect our new approach will help, but I suppose it’s not my job to make it happen. I just hate not making progress on work I actually know what to do next.


There’s other work still on my plate, that I don’t know what to do next.


And tonight I must pack. Have a wonderful evening, y’all!


stuff about stuff

Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:13 am
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Nerd Prom (aka ComicCon) is thus far a bit more professionally terrifying than fannishly interesting. D23 was last week, so Star Wars and Marvel both got their big news out then, generally saving the smaller stuff for SDCC so they can get a participation trophy without needing to share the spotlight. Both arms essentially chose to keep the movie stuff at D23 and do the television and toys at SDCC, which is utterly sensible as well as more traditional. SDCC is the better marketplace for merchandise and Marvel's complicated development rights situation makes San Diego neutral ground for the other studios (Fox, Sony). But I still think it's a little bemusing because of the historical antagonism between Marvel's movie and television sides, especially in a year when Marvel used D23 to launch the Avengers: Infinity Wars promotion machine, aka The Movie Where Everyone Shows Up.

The Defenders trailer doesn't look terrible, mostly because they seem to understand that Jessica Jones is the most interesting person there. Also do note that the kingpins here are queenpins -- Madame Gao and Sigourney Weaver's character -- and that Elektra is back in a key role. Plus Trish and Colleen and Misty and Claire and Jeri Hogarth is around as well. Could the TV side have a better understanding that there is more to success than the Males 18-25 demographic? 

The Inhumans still looks like a train wreck, btw. Game of Thrones by way of Asgard Atalan and we apparently do not yet have the technology to make Medusa not look ridiculous. You can see the bones of something interesting -- the same sort of debate over elitism and isolationism that bleeds into a leadership struggle that's probably going to be handled better in Black Panther -- in the bit where Maximus argues for preemptive war as the only way to survive. But it's buried under CGI and bad wigs. 

Speaking of other studios... Fox is making yet another attempt to retain the Fantastic Four rights by floating a Doctor Doom movie. I have no idea how they pull this off; my original hope was to flip the script and make the FF the bad guys -- canonically, Ben and Reed are not exactly blameless -- but I was belatedly reminded that that is probably a terrible idea in the HydraCap era. What I fear is that they'll aim for Wicked or Maleficent territory and wind up with that version of Dracula with Luke Evans because they can't figure out how to handle that their anti-hero protagonist is actually a bad guy who does unforgivable things and that he occasionally does good things or that his bad things come from a not-entirely-evil place doesn't change that. Every villain is the hero of their own story, but that doesn't make him the hero outside of it. 


Quote of the Day

Jul. 21st, 2017 08:55 pm
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“My life may be a shit show right now, but I have friends that love me enough to help shovel me out.

I’m glad M has got friends to support him through this.

random lunch thoughts

Jul. 21st, 2017 03:28 pm
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I started to do the Wednesday book meme, realized it had been months since I’d last done it--including Beach Week, where I read non-stop--and threw up my hands. I’ve finished/abandoned 20ish books since then and typing them all out is a bit overwhelming. (If you’re interested, I’m here on Goodreads. Also, I'm happy to add/friend you there, too, just let me know.)

I did want to note that I have finally gotten to the end of the published Dresden books – it’s taken almost 2 years, but I’ve listened to every single one of them. This, btw, is a lot of James Marsters in my ears. (This is generally not a bad thing.) The boys are ecstatic that I am not spoilable any more.

It’s weird, though… Between catching up on that and finishing up watching Parks & Rec, my brain is all adrift for what I should be watching/listening to next. Even if I detoured off to something different, there’s always been that next ep/book waiting in the wings. For *years*…

For my tv-watching, I think I’m going for Brooklyn 99 next – it seems to have a similar tone as P&R and for audiobooks, maybe Rivers of London. I’ve downloaded the first of that, but then I got sidetracked on all the Disney podcasts flipping out over all the new stuff from D23. I’ve reached my Disney fanboy limit, though, so it’s probably time to get back into narrative mode. (But if any of you want to talk Galaxy’s Edge, etc, please feel free to chime in in the comments. Also, if you need a traveling partner to Orlando, I do still have that Annual Pass just burning a hole in my (virtual) pocket…)

(I should also do a rewatch of Battlestar Galactica, before DragonCon, and the boys are clamoring for me to go finish up Clone Wars so I can watch Rebels, also in time for DragonCon. Yeah, that’s going to happen…)

Welcome to my World

Jul. 21st, 2017 08:47 am
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This is my journal. It's where I dump my brain. I tell myself that even if I do love comments and comment conversations, I'm not writing for an audience, I'm mostly writing for myself. But I am aware that people read what I put out there, so I also try to provide backstory and context so that other people can follow along and this isn't just some random brain dribblings, well, at least not all the time... I write about my life and adventures, but I also just quote random things that I want to remember, or articles that gave me Thinky Thoughts™.

Very well then I contradict myself; I am large, I contain multitudes.

So when people that I don't "know" subscribe to me, I always wonder, have you actually read my journal? Or did you just click on one of the interests listed in my profile and decide to add me? Do you have any idea what you’re getting into?

You have? Well, OK then. Welcome to my world.

How to be a better friend

Jul. 21st, 2017 08:12 am
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Most of my main circle of friends are people that I’ve met in the fifteen years since I left The Wasband. My closest circle is, not surprisingly, my Guild mates. But I also have a lot of friends that I’ve met through renn faire and reenactments.

But what makes me think that I’m not too horrible a friend is that I’m fairly lucky in that I am still in touch (at least Facebook friends) with:
• My oldest friend in the world (who I met when I was five)
• One of the girls that I went to Montessori school with and have known since first grade
• Another friend from Montessori that I’ve known since second grade (who hunted me down on Facebook)
• The girl who became my second best friend when her family moved to our neighborhood when we were in fifth grade (I think?)
• The girl from France who lived in Lexington for two years when we were in fourth and fifth grade (who also hunted me down on Facebook)

I’ve also got a handful of friends from High School (which was a LONG time ago) on my Facebook friends list. And a couple of good friends from college. And I’ve got two ex-boyfriends on my FB list (I’m not great at being able to maintain a relationship with my exes, it’s often too painful).

But, you can never have too many friends, and keeping friends requires some effort. (Note to Self - put in some effort this weekend.) So I wanted to hold onto this advice on How to be better at staying in touch with friends and being a good friend: a step-by-step guide.

A post in several Tweets )

Captain Awkward

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:31 am
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Every now and then I run across something on the internet that just strikes a nerve. Sometimes it’s someone saying something that I’ve been trying to articulate. Sometimes it’s something that clarifies something I’ve been trying to figure out for myself. Sometimes it’s something that give me Thinky Thoughts™.

And sometimes it’s just someone validating my experience.

Back in 2007, when I was hanging around with Dawn, she took a nutty on me when I didn’t attend a party that had gone from “come over and hang out and watch movies” but swiftly escalated to “Dawn is going to set Julie up with her ex-roommate and they will live happily ever after” after she’d found out we’d stumbled across each other in an online dating site.

At the time I was suffering from a bout of major Depression. I was in therapy and taking meds, but hadn’t quite figured out all my own symptoms and reactions yet, and didn’t yet know how to articulate my own needs. I’d had a rough week at work (more conflict with Bossy Lady and computer problems), it was February (always a rough month for me due to cold and dark), and that weekend what I really needed was to hide out at home in the blanket fort by myself and do some self-care. I definitely did not have the spoons to perform "perfectly normal human" in public, let alone the level of vivaciousness required try to impress a potential suitor, especially not in front of an audience. But Dawn was so invested in playing matchmaker that she was hugely offended when I didn’t show up and refused to answer the phone when she called to yell at me about it.

So you can probably imagine how I felt when I read a recent Captain Awkward post where the Captain stated

The matchmaker’s ego and investment in the outcome < the interest and wishes of the matchmakees.

Oh. Hells. Yes.
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Random stuff I find on the Internet. Today while I was working on Content Models, I was reading a page on our intranet and came across a name I didn’t recognize. So I checked the employee directory, and they were listed as an ex-employee. Since I didn’t know if they were actually a technical writer (and it was hard to tell from the page I was reading, they could have been quality assurance or some other department), I checked LinkedIn. Yep, they were a TW, and then a manager. But I had to snort when I saw this in her profile:

Some of the work I did in this position that I am most proud of involves the Release Note process. I created a proactive process for writing Release Notes during software development, rather than just before a software release. In this way, the information presented in them was more accurate and timely, and the time of the engineers and writers was used much more productively. This process is still in place today.

Um, you haven’t worked here in six years, and there have been major changes in the past two years from what everyone has told me. I’m pretty sure your process is NOT still in place six years later. *eyeroll*

More Vocabulary Lessons

Jul. 20th, 2017 10:06 pm
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I am learning new words right and left this week.

Today it was a discussion of coffee on the department IRC chat (the folks at HQ often take “coffee walks” downtown to stretch their legs and caffeinate off-campus). Someone mentioned that they had “coffee” set as an alert word on IRC. Then my manager suggested they join the #fika channel.

“There’s a fika channel?” They asked incredulously.

“Oh yes, and you probably want to join it.” My manager replied.

At which point I headed off to the Googles to see what sort of coffee/snacky/break thing a fika was.
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Today was a Hump Day worthy of the name.

I had trouble dragging myself out of bed. And when I got up, I had zero desire to go to work. Or do anything else for that matter. I was seriously considering taking a mental health day, but managed to log in to see if I had any meetings or not and there were a couple of things in my inbox that needed my attention that I’d rather deal with at the office. One of these days I’ll get a proper home office, but for now, the convenience of working on my big monitor is enough to get my arse into the office on days like today.

I dragged myself into the office, then fought with myself to try to stay focused all day. I replied to a couple of e-mails from both my product development team and the technical writing team, so that was good. My brain didn’t really want to play along and be productive today, so I’m glad that if I only managed to accomplish a few things, they were publicly visible things. I ended up skipping out just a little bit early (like a half an hour early) because I knew that I wasn’t going to get anything else done that was useful. And I didn’t feel like seat warming when I could be home on the couch.

Ugh, I hope I wake up on the right side of the bed tomorrow.

Quote of the Day – Fear

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:50 pm
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Fear is what happens when you’re doing something important.

If you are doing work that isn’t scary, it isn’t improving you or the world.

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