Sleep...

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:19 pm
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Well, 7 hours or so. I need more, but it's better than SIX.

Tried to do dental things but kid was having too much stress and the dentist was not taking the right tone to help the kid get through it, so... we rescheduled. For January. *sigh* Unless they have a cancellation. Well, we'll see.

I am direly tired of having to park outside. I want my garage back! *sob* But this requires our contractor guy to not have thrown his back/leg out on other stuff. (Like, for instance, getting almost all the siding back on the garage exterior.) I WANT TO NOT HAVE STICKY PINE CONES LANDING ON MY CAR! *sob* I want to be able to get in and out of the car outside of the weather and most of the climate!

I want my garage space back. *cry*

At least my headache went away when I was able to sleep on MY pillow in MY bed.

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Home

Oct. 15th, 2017 11:42 pm
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Have a headache -- probably from sleeping on hotel pillows.

But home. I like home. Home is good.

Very little sleep. (Had to get up early enough to go get hotel breakfast -- they stop serving at 9:30 ON THE DOT. They had cheese omelets which were decent but ugly-looking. I had some of those, orange juice, a couple slices of toast with apple jelly, and TEA. I did "room service" for kid, with bacon, a sausage patty, pancakes, one omelet, and orange juice.)

Have done nothing of use all day, except not fall asleep on anyone.

Spouse has not been sleeping well -- possibly a cold, possibly allergies -- and slept pretty much from when kid and I got back (around 10) till 2.

Lo, and that is all of interest today. And not much interest...

Oh, got some editing done for friend. Yay? I will get him to grok commas someday...

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Accordion to a recent study, replacing words with the names of musical instruments in a sentence often goes undetected.
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Roofer has flu

Oct. 14th, 2017 08:49 pm
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*headdesk*

however, contractor was banging all day, and by the time we heard he wasn't going to be in tomorrow, well, we might as well stick to the Plan of staying here. *sigh*

There are noisy kids in the pool and I am exhausted just listening to them.

Also cannot go into the pool myself, because I do not want to attract sharks. *SIGH*

Edited a chunk of Thing for friend. Pondering whether I should set up the other machine for STO. Dunno.

Finished Strange Practice yesterday.

Tweaked my latest Borg story on AO3. Uploaded s'more SSO Prologue to AO3. Got like maybe 2 paragraphs of dialogue on Copper Leaf Bargains? Yay?

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Working at Dogskull Patch today. Have located the legendary Mason Jar Burial Ground, where these noble beasts come to die.
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Back in a hotel

Oct. 13th, 2017 08:47 pm
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Roofers are DEFINITELY coming this time (and even if they didn't, there would definitely be banging on the house walls), so we are in the oldest hotel/motel in town. (It was the only one that had rooms and was vaguely nearby. All others are full up. I am boggled. What are people in our town for??) We are in one of the original rooms, which used to be an outdoor motel room, so now it's got a window overlooking the indoor swimming pool below.

It is small, especially compared to the awesome one from a couple weeks ago. The bed-lights "turn on" knob is a twist-button thing, but it has to be shoved in and twisted or it doesn't work. The bedside clock was plugged into the power-outlets-and-USB-charger device, but that thing wasn't plugged all the way into the wall socket behind the bedside desk, so the clock wasn't working. Which was probably good, as it meant I didn't try to charge anything and discover it wasn't working! Anyway, the desk was light-weight and thus I could just move it back, fix the plug in the outlet, and ta-da.

The air-conditioner unit is high up in the wall, and has a little airflow-vane that it's waving up and down slowly to circulate the frigid air. I'll have to figure out what to set it to, since it's a little hot when it's not blowing frigid air on me, and way too cold when it is. -_-

But we have probably barely enough outlets for the electronics, and a microwave and a fridge. (No kitchenette this time. Sadness.) And it's not like home isn't 10 minutes away (15 if traffic is terrible).

And I didn't forget my nightgown this time.

(Last night was very rough, and I did not get to bed till 5 in the morning, and THAT was on the foot of the kid's bed. Ugh.)

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It was, in fact, a dark and stormy night, with a little thunder muttering in the east over the Isle of Dogs, and the people he passed on the street were hurrying to get out of it, heads burrowed down in to hunched shoulders. Nobody paid him any attention as he made his way toward the Blackfriars bus stop: just another man in a dark coat, perhaps paler than most, his black hair combed straight back from a high forehead. The overall effect was slightly spoiled by the fact that dampness made his hair frizz.
--Strange Practice, by Vivian Shaw
(This is a paragraph from the page I'm on in the ebook, which went on sale for a reasonable ebook price, which is why I have the trade paperback (at home) and the ebook, and I'm not going to go quote the bit where the main protagonist's purse gets described and I went YES GOOD BOOK, because I'd lose my place. Yes, my prior sentence is terrible and should be shot.)


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Broken sleep

Oct. 12th, 2017 07:10 pm
archangelbeth: Bleach's Captain Byakuya, three-quarters view. Captioned: sigh (Sigh)
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1: I think my mom's text came in... belatedly. Like, 8am instead of last night. That better be the case, because there is NO circumstance in which I want a non-emergency text at 8 in the flippin' morning.

Especially after getting to bed at, you guessed it, around 4am. Or maybe 3. Still an ungodly time.

But there was the kid having a wake-up-and-need person, and then the PING PING of my phone with the random text, and then somewhere in there the automated pharmacy call happened (yay, pills), and after that the spouse's alarm went off so he could go get food for kid, and eventually I had to get up and eat something because of a school meeting.

And then home and some walking and off to the other appointment (with a stop for snack at a Wendy's), and dinner, and now I'm finally back and at least caffeinated enough that I'm not having to hold my eyes very big and open to keep them from closing.

I need to finish my walking-circle on my watch.

Edit: Just uploaded this. https://archiveofourown.org/works/12345495

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I began to feel as if I was in a poultry themed Greek tragedy. You know how what makes a tragedy is that you can see the character flaws leading inevitably to the end? Well, Kevin is basically a heavily-tattooed Francis of Assisi and by now he was sitting out on the deck in the morning, tossing layer pellets (I got something healthier than birdseed) to Strong Independent Chicken and greeting her as "Sweetie" when he drove up in the truck.
-- https://tkingfisher.dreamwidth.org/1489457.html
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Long drive day - I stayed home.

Oct. 11th, 2017 10:33 pm
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And did NOTHING PRODUCTIVE. Which is kind of annoying but at least I had some time to just putter around being unproductive without anyone near me. Hashtag Introvert.

I think when I finish uploading (to AO3) the SSO Prologue "logs," I will maybe pull out Queen of Lilies and just make sure that it's at least got an off-site backup on DW, in a filter.

(Earlier, we walked. It is tricky to pick up the fallen pears now because WASPS FOUND THEM. Who knew such a tiny pear could hold THREE WASPS? Ugh.)

Still no pounding on house, which is mixed, because while it would be nice to have progress, I have not gotten to bed before 4am for ages now. Plus hoping that our contractor is not having medical issues. Plus I would like to put my car in the garage again someday! Before it snows!

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When it's all over, the words that you dragged out one at a time in tedium read exactly the same as the ones made of white hot inspiration.
--https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/916415190832476167


(This is true. Though I remember at least one white-hot inspiration, and gods but I wish I could do that more.)

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Sleeeeepy. But trash night.

Oct. 10th, 2017 11:07 pm
archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
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Trash has been cast out into the night. In plastic bag, for pickup, but nevertheless.

No pounding on the house today, either, thank goodness. Probably they're having things dry out some. Plus the main guy there has medical issues, so he may've been at the doctor's.

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     Look, you know those Greek tragedies where you can see things coming but are powerless to prevent it? I am in a poultry-themed version.
     And Twitter is a chorus, except that they're mostly demanding pictures of chickens.
--https://twitter.com/i/web/status/916347632108306433 , https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/916347726366900224


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Rain

Oct. 9th, 2017 11:56 pm
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This meant a lack of People Pounding On House, because it rained all day.

The Star Wars trailer came out. The child has been making noises like a demented droid. (eeeeeeee! eeee-eeeble-eeb! b'bweeooo!)

I had a weird dream, that included being in a hotel room (with other people), and then there was a weird bathroom in the closet, and then it was actually stairs down to another room that had a toilet sitting amid water-filled maze-design stuff on the floor, with a regular tub to one side and below, a sort of in-set one, and I looked at it and said, in bafflement at the design, "I dream stuff like this!"

Which did not, sadly, clue me in.

But I seriously do dream weird architectural stuff like that.

Anyway, the kid is getting to bed relatively early, so I need to finish this up.

Some links (hat tip to conuly)
http://www.thagomizer.com/blog/2017/09/29/we-don-t-do-that-here.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/style/2017/10/05/the-intersex-rights-movement-is-ready-for-its-moment/?utm_term=.42ea49a32f08

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M•• [to arcangel]: WE WILL BE FREE.
arcangel [to M••]: In the meantime, we will have the new fleet resort. Er, colony.
arcangel says, “Risian powerboards work there, but not floaters, alas.”
S_____ . o O ( Wee Willby free, with purchase of another Willby of equal or greater value. )
arcangel [to S_____]: *groan*


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Back safely from Vienna: the trip was smooth, though it started ungodly early in the morning (5.30am Vienna time, 4.30am UK time) in order to finish packing, get across town to the airport rather than paying extortionate price for taxi, etc. Plus there was a 4.5 hour break at Amsterdam. But that's preferable to too short a changeover, and I had reading matter, and Schipol Airport is comfortable and has plenty of chairs, so . . .

Vienna was fantastic. It really was. I walked round a lot of museums (the Art History Museum in particular was stunning), I gained a new appreciation of what happens when you rule a country for centuries and accumulate artworks/private dinner services/etc, I ate too much, I had a splendid time. I also saw Don Giovanni at the opera - gorgeous, gorgeous voices, fantastic to watch and hear and just be there - and Tanz der Vampire at the Ronacher Theatre, which was just plain fun. (Here's the trailer for the show - though I saw it with a different Graf von Krolock, who was still extremely good.) I have to say that while they were both marvellous in different ways, if I'd had the chance to see one of the two again, I'd have picked Tanz der Vampire - though that may be partly because there is no other way to see the show, but there are a number of versions of Don Giovanni more easily available.

I have the rest of the week off, and will be using it to recover, and hopefully get some work done on book five. This was a great vacation, but it was a rather strenuous one - the sort when you feel that if you aren't out seeing Vienna somehow, you're not fully using your time. I would appreciate a bit of sit-down now, and maybe even some sleeping in.

Eight hours of sleep is good.

Oct. 8th, 2017 11:44 pm
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I could use it not-broken-into-chunks, and I'm also concerned that a flying squirrel may've gotten into the bedroom (there were... dubious noises, plus my watch fell off my ipad on the bedside table, and while that might have just been my huggypillow catching a corner on the cord (as I assumed at the time), well...), as the duct tape was not sticking well and the habitrail tube into the cage was not covering the hole in the wall at ALL.

Finished the edity thing. (SPELL OF THE FOLLOWING SPELLS! *snicker*)

Always proof your boilerplate extra hard. O;>

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Bifrons, now, Bifrons is a dank fhtagn Mi-Go, the Fungus Among Us, a sheol mushroom man who truly has his gills together, guggo for anything and antique as a china cabinet. You gibber over to Bifrons’s flop if you want to get your corpus collosum fully corpse-thrusty skull-strummed. The shiitake scenester laired in a scumlord paradise, waterfront view over a black river of boiling slime that pours eternally into one of R’lyeh’s puckered sphincters, the A-Line that leads through the youth-infected artisanal slums and terminates at a certain Mr. Yog-Sogoth’s amorphous, radioactive, but surprisingly elegantly lit pad. What can I say, the Thing from Beyond knows window treatments.
----https://uncannymagazine.com/article/down-and-out-in-rlyeh/


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what is sleep?

Oct. 8th, 2017 01:12 am
archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
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No banging on the house today, at least. So slept in... a little. But there was a phone call. And then spouse got up. And all told, I'd had... well, okay, 7.5 hours or so? Slightly broken. And he probably had that extra half hour before I got to bed (at 4am again), darnit.

I have updated my phone. Hate most of the new UI decisions. Think there should be more font-choice on phones. (Get your giant "INBOX" word out of that app, darnit! You are taking up VALUABLE SCREEN REAL-ESTATE!)

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Shax smeared a dream of becoming and unbecoming on the bar. It glowered ultraviolet netherhot, curdling into pestilent lumpcream. Shragga [the bartender] shrugged. Shax’s gleeth was always dank here, even if she wobbled in with her Niggurath cultist boy-thing and embarrassed the high-end clientele.
--https://uncannymagazine.com/article/down-and-out-in-rlyeh/


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Still not enough sleep

Oct. 7th, 2017 12:33 am
archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
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I caught a half-hour at the foot of the kid's bed (they're in the front bedroom, so the bigger bed is less awkward, at least...), but still, the contractors came pretty early. And the wall they were nailing tyvek to is... right behind the bed. *sigh*

I'm pretty woozy just now.

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[More from that Stellaris -- or whatever -- game t'other day]
I__ says, “I seem to have eaten a chunk of your borders. Sorry.”
K~~~~~~~ says, “It's okay. When we conquer you, it'll all be cool”
I__ says, “And here I thought we were friends”
K~~~~~~~ :)


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Yay, 7 hours sleep?

Oct. 5th, 2017 09:51 pm
archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
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Not really enough for me, but at least I'm not klutzing around dropping stuff and knocking stuff over like yesterday.

Our contractor and his brother showed up to put tyvek over the bare particle board of the repaired exterior walls. The baseboard is also replaced along the garage. We have made arrangements for Home Depot purchase of a near-match of the original siding (some of the original siding can be re-used -- my, it's faded by the sun! -- but much of it wound up too damaged* to do that), which is much cheaper than ordering the original stuff from a different store. Like, nearly half the price. We went with cheaper. It'll weather to look pretty similar, eventually.

* Try not to put siding on when it's REALLY COLD (like, in February or January), because not only does the siding become a little brittle, but also if you nail it in too tightly, when it expands in warmer weather, it will get cracks and stuff.

One of the pear trees... is not producing good fruit. The skins are covered with black and dubious-looking spots, plus they seem to be over-ripening and going mushy on the branch. Does not make me want to pick them!

The other one... Bartlett, maybe? Is producing a zillion teeny little pears that are mostly perfect and yummy.

Yo, mom. Check out https://www.amazon.com/dp/1549781367 .

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[They are playing some space-empire game. Stellaris?]
I__ says, “Hello hello”
I__ says, “...what message did you get from us?”
K~~~~~~~ says, “Well. You apparently want to graft crap onto our skin”
arcangel laughs
I__ says, “Yeah. Yeah, we do.”
E•••• [to K~~~~~~~]: Resistance is futile.


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Sleep, what is sleep?

Oct. 5th, 2017 12:25 am
archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
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Bed at 5am. Maybe the kid will be sleepier tonight.

Did long drive -- fortunately, I was not the one driving.

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Once again short on sleep

Oct. 4th, 2017 12:58 am
archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
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Got my back cracked today -- by a professional, no worries. It was pretty locked up, he said (and I believe it). Sleeping on hotel beds and being stressed out...

I am keeling over. Lack of caffeine for dinner. I will head up soon. Must remind spouse to install STO on kid's laptop so that can be done and goodies gotten.

https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/915310300366336002 -- HoloWorf
https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/915309890679316480 -- contrails
https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/915308657365176320 -- mushrooms and fungi
https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/915309523610546176 -- closeups of mushrooms and fungi
https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/915308231924297728 -- mysterious blooming plant
https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/915298730139668487 -- earrings
https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/915106146670739456 -- Artisto-manipulated image. Not impressed by the watermark.
https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/915105399375908864 -- SketchGuru-manipulated image.
https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/915103798653259781 -- Picas-manipulated image.
https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/915095823087804416 -- Friskie
https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/915091532067344384 -- Percy got into the bathroom where he isn't supposed to be. He was delicately touching my toes and purring.
https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/915094393794818048 -- Then he settled into my laundry.
https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/915051136364744704 -- Artly-manipulated image.


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---------------------Quoted by w•••••••---------------------
Some people are like onions. Some people are like mold. Some people just need the right environment to truly shine.
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arcangel hee
arcangel says, “Or truly slime?”
E____ ooze ooze
E____ ...actually oozes off to bed, it's midnight and I gotta get up in 6 hours
arcangel says, “Night!”
E____ says, “Goo night~”
E____ was gonna correct the typo but it felt appropriate
arcangel cackles


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