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I did a little writing last night, less than 300 words. I was just too tired to focus.

When I tried to call a cab for getting to my appointment yesterday, I discovered that the company's phone was out of service. I used it nine days ago for getting to UHS, so it's a very recent development. I was at a point in time when I really couldn't afford to call around to see if any of the other companies I found listed on Google actually still exist (at least one listing was for a company that I know absolutely doesn't), so I ran for the bus.

I got lucky in that the bus was only about half full. I'd expected it to be packed at that time of day (around 8:30 in the morning) because that bus links commuter lots to the university medical center/hospital and to central campus. Possibly the fact that the students are gone made the difference, but I'm used to every bus before 9:30 being standing room only and not letting anyone on for the last three stops before the hospital. (We're four or five stops back, a couple of miles away.)

The clinician I saw agreed that, if I feel worse and am not sleeping using the c-PAP, that it's not actually helping. She prescribed a different mask, just in case that will help. The main reason, if I understand correctly, is that this mask and headgear shift where the hose is so that it may not cause me so much anxiety. Otherwise, we're going to hold off until after I see my psychiatrist on the 20th. The hope is that she can prescribe something, other than Ativan, that I can take at night so that I sleep more deeply. I have no idea what that might be. Benadryl doesn't make me sleepy. Melatonin gives me headaches that last for days. Ambien is off the table entirely because of my genetics being a terrible match for it.

After the appointment was over, I wandered around the medical center a bit, doing Ingress. Then I took the bus downtown, doing more Ingress along the way. About ten minutes after I got off the bus, I reached level 10 in Ingress. I had been hoping to do that on my birthday, but I was so sick that day and the next that it wasn't even remotely an option.

After that, [personal profile] evalerie and I met at Jerusalem Garden for lunch. I got a chicken shwarma sandwich that proved spicier than I wanted to be. I also got fries which the menu said would have sumac on them, but the waitress told me, when she brought them, that they don't put sumac on any more, just a pre-mixed salt and pepper (including cayenne) blend. I wouldn't have ordered them at all if it hadn't been for the promise of sumac, so I was disappointed.

Cordelia ended up eating my leftovers, half the sandwich and a lot of fries, when she got home. She complained about the spice in the sandwich but ate it anyway.
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I managed 18002 words during April. That puts it second in productivity of months so far this year (February was first with over 19000 words). I'm at 64525 words for the year to date. My Camp NaNo goal was 25000, so I didn't manage that, but I think I did pretty well given how April was.

I didn't get dressed yesterday until about 8 p.m. Scott prodded me a bit about it. I don't actually see anything wrong with a single day spent that way. I was still exhausted, and I'd been feeling kind of sick all weekend.

Surprisingly, I'm better so far this morning. I didn't expect that. I had anxiety dreams, so I wouldn't have been surprised to wake with a headache.

We made a trip out to Plum Market to see what they had at their after 8:00 half price baked goods sale. We ended up with a cake, some mini muffins, and some cookies. I think we were all disappointed not to see any bread. My suspicion is that we got there too late. When they first start putting things out, there's usually a crowd, and the bread goes first. I don't think we got there until 8:15.

The last week, Ingress has been running really, really slowly a lot of the time. I can consistently get the basic map, but I can't always get the overlay that shows fields and portals and XM. Hacking a portal often takes several minutes to process, and I can't see my inventory at all. It's always a bit iffy to play when I'm riding in a car or cab that's going fast, but usually, I can see something.

Scott was complaining that I spent too much in March. I need to look at my Discover card bill, because I think he failed to realize that I paid $100 for appointments for Cordelia and bought some clothes for her. I bought some stuff on Amazon, but I'd be surprised if it was the majority of what I spent (in spite of what Scott thinks). My suspicion is that he saw a large number of small purchases and didn't look at the money involved, just assumed. Most of those were things I bought for Cordelia's birthday later this month.

He's not going to like April's bill either because a boxed set of DVDs that I wanted suddenly dropped from $83 to $48 and because I bought him a board game for $40 and a game supplement (not generally available for sale in paper these days. I spotted one for $20 and grabbed it). Our anniversary isn't until June, but those are likely his anniversary presents.

I think he's just looking ahead and realizing that four family birthdays in May, mine, Cordelia's, and both of his parents', makes for an expensive month. Our tradition is to go out for dinner for my birthday and Cordelia's and for Mother's Day. Of course, Mother's Day is likely to be unusually because Scott's parents are back from their trip. Usually, they don't come back until after Mother's Day. (I told my mother that I wouldn't tell Scott's family she's in state so that she doesn't have to figure out a polite way to refuse a Mother's Day invitation. I think her current plan is to invite my brother to join her at the brewpub in Lawton.)

June has Scott's brother's birthday, Father's Day, and our anniversary. Father's Day is generally a big family gathering with all the guys going off to play golf, Scott and his father, our brother-in-law and his father. Sometimes our nephew goes, and sometimes he doesn't. This year, it will probably depend on his work schedule.

I need to try to get to the downtown library some time this week. A hold came in about an hour after Scott picked up the other holds, and that will expire on Saturday. I suppose that, as there aren't other holds on it, I could cancel this one and then put a new hold on the item in a day or three. That just seems unfair to the library staff, you know?

Drat, I just crashed my laptop by, as far as I can tell, putting pressure on the wrong parts while changing position (I'm in the bedroom because Cordelia was watching Arrow in the living room). I'm not sure how to deal with this. When I'm using the laptop in bed, I change position pretty frequently. Basically, I moved, the screen went black, and then about five seconds later, the laptop restarted itself. I lost half a paragraph of this entry because TextEdit hadn't had time to autosave it. I was at 75% power, so it's unlikely to have been that.

Today's appointment is PT for Cordelia and is at 5:00. Scott should be home by then. I don't know if we'll both go or if I'll stay home and let him take her.
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We dropped Cordelia off at her friend’s house at about 4:00. Then we picked up soup at Zoup and dropped off our library returns. We also did a small amount of Ingress.

Later in the evening, some folks from the other side in Ingress came through the neighborhood and knocked over most of the portals. I mourn the level 8 portal that was at the church down the street. We don’t get nearby level 8 portals very often.

Scott and I have spent most of our time listening the audiobook of The Daily Show book. It’s kind of fun and kind of sad to be reminded of all of this stuff. The book ends with the Zadroga bill business after Jon Stewart left the show. It’s almost all longish quotes from people who were involved in the Daily Show.

I’m not going to finish the DVD lecture series that I was hoping to return today. It’s not due yet, so that’s not terrible, but I’m only an hour and a half from finishing it and would like to be able to take it back. I have almost enough time. I think I’m going to be, at most, fifteen minutes from the end when we have to leave to pick up Cordelia and deal with errands and the library. If this were a book, I could finish it in the car, but DVDs are harder that way.

I wrote about fifty words last night on my pinch hit. I’m hoping to write more today, but who knows?

I’m a little annoyed with myself. I forgot to check off two things on my Habitica dailies, so my entire group took some damage. I just lost track of time and only remembered at about twenty minutes after midnight, too late.
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The local school district issues one large book that lists the classes at all the high schools rather than separate books for each school. My guess is that this is because students can take classes at other schools if they can figure out how to get there and back in the time they have. The instructions as to what is necessary to graduate aren’t nearly as clear as I’d like and don’t deal with the fact that the school Cordelia will likely attend, Skyline, does trimesters while all of the other schools do semesters. That’s got to change credit requirements for graduation and make taking classes at other schools really challenging.

We ended up leaving for the used book store about 3:00 and getting there about 3:40. We stayed about an hour which wasn’t nearly long enough for me to get through all of the sections I wanted to look at even though there really wasn’t all that much in any of those sections. I looked at children’s books, paperback mysteries, and general fiction paperbacks. Before I got through that last section, Cordelia was urging me to hurry up so that we could go home.

I had a ten page list of authors and titles I wanted to look for. I found four books from it. I wasn’t helped by the fact that I was mostly looking for fiction and the store skews very, very heavily to non-fiction. One of the other two stores specializes in paperback fiction, but it’s in the process of closing down, doing a clearance sale, so Scott thought going there might not be worthwhile. I think Cordelia might find that more interesting since it might actually have more than fifty books aimed at teens.

I poked around on BookMooch a bit last night. I haven’t sent anything out there in about eight years, but I had about ninety points left. Books from folks in the US cost one point. I went through my ten page list and found about fifteen things. I’m trying to decide whether or not I want to offer some of the books I want to get rid of that aren’t worth selling there. Mailing things is a serious PITA, though, and things I really want don’t tend to come up. But it would mean that, if the books went out, they’d go to someone who actually wanted them.

I couldn’t get Ingress to open at all during the time we were out of the house. Scott got in, but I never managed to. I could still get at everything else associated with that Gmail address, so I’m pretty sure it was an Ingress problem. The app kept telling me that that address couldn’t be used and that I should use a different address, but it would then kick me out without giving me the option to do anything at all.

Naturally, as soon as we got home, it opened just fine.
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Our state attorney general’s lawsuit to stop the recount crashed and burned yesterday when it hit a judge who felt that stopping it, that even delaying it, was denying voters in our state their constitutional rights. So, instead of starting tomorrow as scheduled, the recount started yesterday at noon at two sites (Oakland and Ingham counties) and will continue at 9 a.m. today at eight sites. Tomorrow, all nineteen sites across the state will be operating.

The site in our county will open at 9 this morning, and they’re scrambling for observer volunteers. I considered it, but Cordelia really needs me at home today. I think I’ve got things set up so that she’ll be okay for the three afternoons I committed to (W-F). I hadn’t thought that me being gone would be a big deal, but she’s been very upset about other things and wanting me available pretty constantly the last couple of days.

I gave up on my hacking streak in Ingress last night. I had a migraine and couldn’t think through that and the exhaustion. It just didn’t seem important enough to try to do anything about when I couldn’t even bend over to put soap in the dishwasher. (Scott put soap in and then didn’t bother to start the stupid thing. It’s running now.) I even ended up leaving my wrist braces on when I went to bed which wasn’t a great idea because the velcro catches on everything and because wearing them in bed increases my pain levels. The braces are useful during the day for reminding me of things I shouldn’t do (though I end up hurting myself as I contort to try to do things that are necessary, things like brushing my hair or brushing my teeth).

I tried to nap yesterday and was in bed for about three hours. I just couldn’t quite get to sleep. I resent that because I could have gotten a number of things done during that time if I’d been functional and because, if I’d actually slept, I might have been able to do something after. As it was, I really did nothing at all. I’m not sure I’ll get much done today, either, because I had to get up with Cordelia when I really needed to stay in bed. I think I can manage the two absolutely must be done chores before I crash— I can get the trash together and out to the bins, and I can make sandwiches for all three of us for tomorrow.
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I was poking around, looking at Yuletide prompts, and found someone interested in crossovers between The Pretender and other fandoms. I looked at their bookmarks, and most of them were things I couldn’t write, didn’t think made sense with The Pretender, or simply don’t know enough about to write. But I spotted one crossover option that I want someone else to write— The Pretender/Psych. I want this, but there’s not a chance in hell that I could write it. Psych is way outside of my comfort zone as a writer.

I don’t know that I will ever write for any of the prompts I’ve saved off. I think I’ve only finished one story based on a prompt like that, and the prompt was about six years old when I did it, and I’d lost track of who had asked for it originally.

I managed to pick up enough points in Ingress yesterday to advance to level 9. I’m unlikely to get to level 10 any time soon as it requires a lot more points. I already have the necessary badges, at least.

The power cord for my laptop completely died yesterday, so now Cordelia and I are trading off time with her cord while we wait for the one Scott ordered as a replacement arrives. It’s supposed to arrive on Wednesday, but who knows? How long my battery lasts depends on how many different things I try to do. If I just use a word processor and my email program, it lasts a lot longer than if I have two browsers and iTunes and chat and…

So I may not be online quite so much during the times when Cordelia’s at home and wanting to use her laptop.

As if balancing out me figuring out what to do to make my foot feel better, my hands are hurting a lot more now. It’s not bad enough that I’m willing to stop using them, but it’s bad enough that I can tell that I should stop.

Oh, and I looked up that thing about the CYP2C9 enzyme system that wasn’t clear to me in my genetic testing results. I understood about half of the Wikipedia article, and everything else I found looked even more difficult to parse. My main takeaway was that I process NSAIDs differently (not clear on if I don’t metabolize them to get them out of my bloodstream or if they work less well or if they dance the polka) and that there are a bunch of other medications that I maybe shouldn’t take that don’t relate at all to psychiatric stuff. For example, Warfarin was mentioned, too.

I want to drop some stuff off at Cordelia’s school today. She’ll be staying late for drama club, so I could go in right as school lets out and take the stuff directly to her teacher rather than leaving it at the office. It’s a bag with 30 or so magazines, so I’m not too worried about being able to carry it.

I’ve got a longish to do list now. There are eight items that are going to be time consuming or stressful and eight items that will be relatively quick and/or not particularly stressful. My current plan is to get dressed, post this, and start on the things that will be quick (less than 15 minutes) and easy to do. I’m not sure if I’ll just try to power through all of them or if I’ll alternate with harder but quick things. The time consuming stuff probably won’t get done until after all of the quick things.

I ought to do some laundry, but I think that’s getting put off until Wednesday because, if I do that, I won’t do anything else. I think I’ve got enough left that I can wear that I don’t need to wash things until then. I mainly want to because of how much is in the hamper.
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I’m up earlier than I wanted to be because I have gas that hurts horribly when I’m lying down but doesn’t bother me when I’m standing or sitting. That’s the opposite of what usually happens to me, so I’m a bit boggled.

Yesterday’s dinner at Totoro was pleasant. Cordelia got sushi and so did Scott’s sister’s entire family. Scott and I and Scott’s sister’s sister-in-law all ordered other things. Our nephew ordered udon on top of the sushi, but he’s seventeen and still a bottomless pit. Because we had told the staff at Totoro that this was a birthday celebration, they brought the sushi for Scott’s sister’s family on a big tray with decorations, mostly made from cucumber peels and including a candle that was perilously close to a sprig of parsley. I kept watching to see if the parsley was going to catch fire, but it didn’t.

The folks at Totoro recognized me and remembered that I always order a bento (I like the variety of different flavors). I only get in there a few times a year, so I was surprised. It’s not as if I’m in there weekly or anything. Service was good. The waitress kept up with refills on drinks and on clearing dishes and such. Scott gave her a generous tip ($12 on a $50 bill) which I’m glad of. I don’t know how the others did in that direction.

We talked with our nephew about his college options. He’s applying three schools, two in state and one out. He’s been putting off making his Christmas list because he can’t think of things to put on it, and all of the adults at the table started suggesting things that might make dorm life (and, eventually, living outside of the dorms) easier. I got the impression that he’s not quite ready to think about that yet.

The restaurant was only about half full, so we sat and talked for a while after eating. Eventually, we went as a group to try to find frozen yogurt. The place that Cordelia found on Google turned out to be closed, so we ended up at a place that had both ice cream and frozen yogurt (the two places were only a block apart). Scott’s sister paid for all of us to have ice cream. For some reason, Stucchi’s idea of a 'small' bowl for adults is two scoops of ice cream (which can be different flavors). Cordelia ended up with a truly small bowl and only a single scoop, so I think they looked at her and thought 'child.' I enjoyed my two scoops, but I’d probably have been better off with the amount she had, and she’d have enjoyed having more.

When we got home, Cordelia wanted to watch a movie with us. After some debate, we talked her into trying Rush Hour. She was mainly interested in that because one of her teachers had quoted it (with profanity excised), but I think that she enjoyed it. We’ve been trying to persuade her to try more of the movies we own, but she tends to assume that, because we liked them enough to buy them, they must be terrible and/or boring. Never mind that she’s liked about 85% of those she’s actually tried. We’re hoping that having seen Rush Hour will encourage her to try more Jackie Chan movies. I think she’ll enjoy the combination of comedy and action. Of course, she may not realize how amazing the stunt work is.

Scott tried to talk her into Wrath of Khan, but she’s really adamant that she will never, ever watch anything Star Trek related.

I have posted more in my Chronicles of Amber dark AU arc. I haven’t linked here because I have the impression that anyone who’s interested is already likely to see those stories and that almost everyone isn’t particularly interested. Which— It’s darkfic for an obscure fandom. I don’t expect readers beating down my door or any such thing. I’m just having fun writing it.

I will note that my Yuletide story is not darkfic. I was a little worried that I’d find it going that way, but it hasn’t. I’ve done one thing in terms of tweaking canon that some readers may not like (and I’m tagging for it), but I’m hopeful that my recipient will because I think that it fits the characters. It’s something that isn’t contradicted by anything in canon (mostly because the focus character is relatively minor and doesn’t get much backstory).

I didn’t have much Achille’s tendon pain from the walking yesterday. It was about three blocks, and I only ended up with a little bit of an ache. It was hurting more when I got up at 5:00 to take my thyroid medication, but now that I know exactly what stretch helps, I was able to to that before going back to bed. Based on the type of stretching that works, I’m pretty sure that what I need to do is to loosen up my calf muscle regularly. I don’t think the underlying problem is actually in the tendon.

I only need about 50000 points to advance to the next level in Ingress. If all goes well, I should be able to manage that today. People from the other side came through the area last night to the point that only three of the portals I have keys for are still held by our side (and none of those are anywhere nearby. Two of them are actually in other towns).
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Sad Ingress news for me— The portal I’d held the longest just went down. I was at 71 days. The longest I’d managed prior to that was 85 days (on the same portal), but I need 90 days to get the next level badge. I don’t expect we’ll be out to Scott’s parents place until Christmas Eve, so I can’t just take the dratted thing back immediately and hope that this time goes better.

I’m also thinking that I may have no choice but to let my hacking streak go. Getting to the church and back tonight to hack the portal took three times as long as it should have and hurt enough that I’m reluctant to stand up to undress and am unlikely to try to get to the bathroom to brush my teeth. I’m sure I’ll regret that in the morning, but right now, my left heel hurts too much. I’m at a hacking streak of 189 days with the next level badge at 360 days. I very much don’t want to start from zero, but I don’t want it enough to deal with this level of pain (not to mention that pain like this means not doing most of my chores tomorrow).
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I’m making slow but steady progress on the game scenario for UCon. I think I have one character completely done but for a few formatting decisions. I think the remaining characters will need about half an hour each to be completed. Right at the moment, I’m fiddling with the order in which I present the character information. I’m not sure there’s a good way to do this. The character I’m working on has a large, fairly indigestible lump of information about their powers. I want that information easily found because the player will need to refer to it during play, but if I put it first, the player may not actually reach the information about the character’s backstory and interactions with other characters.

Right now, I’m thinking to put character name and stats first then follow that with character backstory and such. I’ll either put the powers information at the end or make it a separate document. I may do it differently for different characters. I don’t know. Some characters won’t require nearly as much explanation for what they can do. This character has spells, many of them, and each of those needs to be explained in terms of effect and requirements for casting. (Spells in the game books are scattered. There’s a single section in the first book and then four sections, each attached to a specific npc, in the second book.)

I ended up buying the PDFs of the two game books. They were $12 each, but working from those is a heck of a lot easier in this case than going back and forth between the hard copies and documents on my laptop.

I spent a while walking around and playing Ingress yesterday after my visit to UHS. I shouldn’t have because it made my foot hurt a good bit, but I really needed to do something mindless, and it was pleasant to be outside in the cool air. A few people gave me strange looks for wandering around without a jacket, but I wasn’t cold. I managed to capture some new to me portals and to hack a very few new to me portals as well. I created a bunch of tiny fields (any field created is worth a tad more than 1200 points, so small fields are not terrible things). I used a lot of level one resonators because they were what I had the most of. I knew I wouldn’t actually be able to hold those portals for more than a few hours, tops, and I get the same number of points for placing a level one resonator as I do for placing anything more powerful.

Scott’s mother called while I was out. She just wanted to check to see how I was doing, healthwise. I doubt that it occurred to her that anyone at all could be upset about the election. Of course, she was also utterly convinced that last Monday was Halloween, so who knows? Maybe she didn’t vote at all.

I’m trying to figure out a good way to get my morning caffeine while we’re at the convention. I can take teabags and stevia, but I’ll only be able to use those when I’ve got about half an hour to spare, and I really can’t carry my mug with me as I wander around the convention or put it in my backpack in case I need it later. Usually, we’d just buy a bunch of small bottles of some caffeinated soda pop, but I’m not supposed to have anything like that unless I add massive amounts of psyllium husks which isn’t really doable when drinking from a bottle. I’m also not sure how the psyllium husks would interact with something carbonated; they’re really extraordinarily nasty in hot beverages but okay in cold orange juice as long as I drink it in under five minutes. Taking longer produces sludge that often can’t be poured.

And extra psyllium is just what I need right now after weeks of diarrhea, right?

At the physician’s assistant’s recommendation, I took immodium last night, and that seems to have stopped everything dead. I am not altogether convinced that that is better than the situation before. I certainly don’t feel very comfortable. I will probably keep taking the immodium over the weekend simply because I won’t have easy access to be visiting the bathroom every fifteen minutes, especially not when I’m running my Amber game.

Okay, I need to either write more characters or to start packing. Packing may win just because it’s less mentally exhausting and still needs doing before the same deadline as the game. I really, really don’t want to stay up late tonight because Scott and I signed up for a game that starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow. We’ll need time to load the car, drive to the convention, and then get our preregistration stuff. We’ll come home around the time Cordelia gets off of school to pick her up and get anything that we didn’t pack earlier.

Of course, given that I was up late last night, what I really, really want right now is a nap.
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Scott and I did a bit of Ingress yesterday. We went to a park on the other side of town that was all level eight portals held by the other team. We hacked a lot of them and captured four. We didn’t try to capture more because we ran out of time. I hacked quite a few new to me portals on the trip there and the trip home.

From there, we went to Saica, a Japanese restaurant near our house. We finished up in plenty of time to get home before Cordelia did. I just ate my leftovers for breakfast.

We had a Stargate game session last night. It was more of trying to deal with the first contact situation. I was kind of groggy the way I have been the last week or so. Our characters are going to be replaced in the first contact situation by actual experts who know what they’re doing (our characters range in level from 1st-3rd, so we’re not that good at what we do. We’re just the best that the base we’re at has at the moment).

I haven’t managed to watch any of the shows that we normally watch as a family in at least a week. Scott and Cordelia have gone ahead without me. I can tell that I don’t care very much about any of them because I haven’t felt motivated to catch up even though I could. I think I’m two episodes behind on Agents of SHIELD (though Scott and Cordelia haven’t watched this week’s episode either, so I’m only one behind relative to them) and one each on The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.
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My appointment went okay. We’re keeping the Zoloft at 50 mg for at least another month and seeing if any of the side effects go away. My doctor referred me for a blood draw to check my sodium levels and a bunch of other things because there’s something weird going on with how fast water is flowing through me (and we suspect it may relate to the constipation problems, too).

My plan on leaving the appointment a little before noon was to hack some portals that I’d never done before and then go to the library and from there to lunch and still be home by 2:00. What with one thing and another, I got to the library to drop stuff off around 1:30 and caught the same bus home that the cleaning lady was taking to get here.

This means that, apart from some almonds, I haven’t had lunch. This is a very foolish thing for me to have done because I can’t get at the kitchen/dining room until at least 3:00 and quite possibly not until 3:30. If I’d realized I was going to be out like that, I’d have packed some food or at least left something in the living room that I could eat, in addition to the almonds.

On the up side, I got about 130000 points for myself in Ingress and captured about 24 new to me portals (only 11 of those were new to me in terms of hacking). I need another 450000 to go up to level nine. I already have the badges I need for that.

Of course, who knows if I’ll be able to walk tomorrow? I really thoroughly overdid it. I have fairly major problems with not being able to stop myself from doing just a little bit more when I’m doing something like that that doesn’t have clear parameters or where the parameters are large. Some part of my mind figures that I’m there and unlikely to get back and that I haven’t fallen over yet. Doing more all at once and then paying for it seems better to that bit of my brain than doing just the amount I can and maybe coming back another time.
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I didn’t sleep much last night because I was completely unable to fall asleep again after Scott got up. I’m going to try again after I post this, but I’m not particularly optimistic.

I’ve started canon review for Yuletide. I’m looking for three specific scenes that I know happened, but I can’t recall exactly where to find them, so I’m digging through more of canon than I meant to. I’ve now got three story ideas. I have no idea which one to go with. One would be backstory that would shift a lot of canon in subtle ways but still fit. One would be a missing scene. One would be post-canon or possibly a divergent AU (I haven’t decided). And those three ideas are all centered on one particular character. My recipient chose 'any' but added a list of their five favorite characters (it’s a canon with a huge cast of characters). I’d be comfortable writing any of their favorites (I offered any). I can’t recall if all of those characters were nominated, but I think it wouldn’t matter if I’m working from that list. Each of my ideas would use two or three of the favorite characters.

I was going to bake a cake because Cordelia will have two friends over this afternoon, but the mix Scott got wants softened butter rather than oil. I’ve got butter on the counter. It’s been out for two and a half hours and hasn’t softened appreciably. I really don’t want to try the microwave because that pretty much always ends up just melting part of the stick.

Last night, Scott and I realized that there was a portal relatively nearby that was two level eight resonators short of being a level eight portal. Scott could have walked there and back, but I couldn’t, so we drove. We have a lot of level six and level seven portals relatively nearby. I spotted two others that I have keys for that Scott and I could push to level eight, but we didn’t have time to go out to those.

We also bought food at the Syrian place while we were out. Cordelia asked for a spinach pie. They have two sorts, one with feta and spinach and one with just spinach, and we had no idea which one she meant, so we got one of each with the intention that I’d eat the one she didn’t want. After trying them, she ended up wanting both, and I had to insist on cutting them in half and sharing them that way. I got a potato salad that I really enjoyed but probably shouldn’t eat in the evening because the spices didn’t sit well. I also got some cole slaw that I couldn’t eat at all. I took a bite and really strongly disliked the flavor. No one else will eat it, so I’ve thrown it out. I feel a little bad about spending money on it just to throw it out, but I like trying different foods.
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I dropped two of the fandoms I had been going to offer for Yuletide. One of them, I realized that I didn’t own. The other, I looked at the posted letters for it and realized that most of them were asking for things that I wasn’t comfortable writing.

I’m still having cramps. That’s a change from before the IUD. A day or two was usual, never four. Other period TMI. )

I slept badly last night. I just couldn’t fall asleep after we went to bed or after Scott got up. It was only about 70F in the house, but I was too warm under the sheet and too cold without it. I kept shifting around, trying to find cool spots for my arms and legs. Of course, cool spots, once found, only stay cool for seconds, so that meant moving around a lot. I really hope I didn’t keep Scott awake. He sounded like he was sleeping.

Scott did the patching of the back porch yesterday. I’m not sure he got to the weed killing.

We went to the library a bit after 4:30 and did some Ingress while we were there and then around the neighborhood before going home. Some folks from the other faction had come through and captured all of the portals. We weren’t the only local folks working on retaking everything. I need 600000 more AP to advance a level. Scott needs a lot more than that and also needs a badge. We’re working on getting him the badge. I think he needs to make about twenty five more links between portals.

I ended up checking out exactly as many items from the library as I returned. That rarely happens. It’s only noteworthy in an isn’t that a coincidence way, though.

I’m still having trouble getting my writing to flow. I’m eking out a sentence here and there and feeling frustrated. I’m hopeful that, once I get my Yuletide assignment, things will be easier. I write better when I have an intended not-me audience or when I have someone to talk to about what I’m doing. At the moment, I have neither.

Today’s goals are baking bread and creating some Amber diceless characters. I’ve decided that I need to select my scenario villain using a random number generator of some sort. If that turns up someone and I don’t think they’ll work, I’ll try again. Right now, I’m looking at the possibilities and not seeing why any of them would or wouldn’t work well because I’m feeling overwhelmed. If I was planning a campaign, I’d probably have more than one person/faction working on the situation in opposition to the player characters, but I only have four hours.
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I’ve been looking at the current Yuletide tag list. I think there are a lot fewer fandoms I’m comfortable offering this year than there usually are. Many of those I’m willing to offer are things I’ve written before and/or things that always get more offers than requests. I’m trying to decide whether or not I’m willing to put in the work to sample the various nominated songs, videos, and commercials.

Cordelia went out for several hours yesterday. Scott and I didn’t end up doing anything because he was exhausted, and I was groggy. We kept bringing up things we needed to do and then not moving from where we were sitting.

I wrote a few words yesterday but not many. I also started watching about three different DVDs but didn’t get far into any of them. I just couldn’t focus.

After Cordelia got home, we watched most of what we had left of Star Wars: Rebels season 2. We have one episode left because Cordelia suddenly announced that she was done for the evening. One episode should be more than doable today.

The tamoxifen really has changed how I respond to temperatures that I would have found unpleasantly cold. It was in the 50s last night, and I thought it was beautiful for walking around in shorts and a t-shirt. Before the tamoxifen, that would never have happened. Of course, the downside is that we’re spending a lot on electricity to run our AC this summer because I can’t handle heat.

A group from the other Ingress faction came through and knocked everything over after I’d already done my usual walk. Scott and I ended up going and taking back a few portals, mostly at the science center. Coming back up the hill for a second time was a lot harder than I expected it to be. I had to stop a couple of times.
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Cordelia went out last evening to play putt putt with a friend, so Scott and I had the evening to ourselves. We tried to go to Cardamom, a nearby Indian restaurant, but they had a twenty minute wait, and we had no idea how long Cordelia would be gone. We ended up crossing the parking lot to go to Saica, a Japanese restaurant, instead. That’s Cordelia’s favorite restaurant, so we had to get carryout for her.

After dinner, we spent a little time taking back some portals that had been captured by the other faction. The max time portal held for the last week didn’t tick over to 27 days today, so I guess it was that science center portal that I’d had for that long. I’m not particularly optimistic that I’ll manage to hold a portal for 90 days. It’s entirely luck.

I wrote a bit yesterday but not on the story I need to finish. I kind of wrote myself into a corner on that one and need to figure out how to get out of it. The problem that came up is genuinely one the character would have and would need to address. I could have her just not see it until it’s too late to avoid it, but I think that would be making her carry the idiot ball.

I made a decision about the issue I was having yesterday with the pinch hit. I’m going to avoid the option that I was considering problematic. Now I just have to get myself moving on writing that again. I want to finish by next weekend so that I have time to look for a beta reader.

I spent a little time last night working on my UCon Amber scenario. I got as far as naming potential player characters and a few likely npcs.

I slept very well last night which kind of surprised me. I’m just not used to that happening. I’m just glad that the sleeplessness from the Zoloft has been mitigated by taking it early in the day. I think the Zoloft is having an effect on my bowel movements. I’m not pleased by it because, if it’s this bad at 25 mg, I worry that it will be impossible at 150 mg.
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I’m very puzzled. The Ingress app tells me I have a portal that I’ve held for 26 days, and I have no clue at all what portal that might be. I thought I had an idea, but that portal got taken last night, and the counter still ticked over from 25 days to 26, so apparently that wasn’t it, not unless the app is counting oddly which I suppose is possible. I guess I’ll know if it goes to 27 days tomorrow.

Counting back days, I must have captured the portal on the 21st or the 22nd of August. The 22nd, I spent all day waiting for the UPS pick up that never happened. The 21st was a Sunday, and I don’t think we went anywhere except the library. I can’t possibly have held anything down there for that long. Those portals turn over within hours.

I would really, really love a way to get a list of portals I currently have resonators on.

Ah, well. I captured a portal near Scott’s parents’ place on Labor Day that I might hold onto for a while. I can hope, anyway. It’s the same one that I had for 85 days earlier this year. The person who took it from me didn’t bother to maintain it, so I’m hoping they were just passing through and won’t be back.
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My knee was doing better yesterday up until Scott and I went to the library and then walked half a block to a restaurant for lunch. Now, the stupid thing hurts as much as it did before. This leaves me debating what to do today. I need to go to the post office which is a block and a half from my appointment. I was planning to take the bus which would let me off about a block from the post office (and also two blocks from my appointment), but catching the bus requires walking down to the stop which is about four blocks. I also wanted to do some Ingress while downtown because I don’t get that opportunity very often, but I don’t see that happening.

I am less anxious about going out for my appointment than I expected to be. I think it might just be that I’m exhausted and so kind of not processing anything. Or it might be that I still have two hours before I need to leave (unless I want lunch downtown, but I think that would be more walking than I can do). At any rate, everything feels very distant and not dreadfully important. I will get to the post office and to my appointment because I know that I have to, but I suspect I won’t do much else today at all.

The sad thing is that I slept better last night than I had for a while. I took a long time falling asleep (I was up for the bathroom three times in the first two hours), but even when I wasn’t asleep I was very relaxed and almost there.

We had lunch yesterday at a sandwich place near the library. Scott enjoyed his. Mine wasn’t bad while I was eating it, but it sat like a huge lump in my stomach, to the point that I couldn’t lie down and couldn’t eat much for dinner.

I still haven’t finished the Social Security forms. I’m hoping to do it either before I leave for my appointment or while I’m sitting in the waiting room there. I have almost finished my letter. I had to move it from TextEdit to Pages because printing in Pages gives me access to more options with the printer. I don’t know why I don’t get the option to print double sided from TextEdit, but I don’t. Hopefully, my exchange partner doesn’t mind a long letter that doesn’t say much of anything.

Scott canceled our Earthlink service last night. It took about an hour and a half on hold before he could talk to someone and another half hour to get the job done. Please, if you email any of us, check to make sure that you have our Gmail addresses. The Earthlink addresses won’t work anymore. I’ve been using Gmail as my default for the last five or six years, but some of my relatives (my parents) still use the Earthlink address simply because it comes up first when they compose email.

I have about twice as many CDs from the library as I wanted for the week. Part of that is that some things with long waitlists came in all at once, and part of that is that I once again forgot to check how many CDs were included under each title I requested. I usually aim for 4-7 CDs a week. Right now, I’ve got about 15. I think I need to look and see which have holds on them and give those first priority. I’ve also got some DVDs that have holds on them. One is something I want to try to get Cordelia to watch with me, but she may not want to just because I picked it. It’s the new Electra Woman and Dyna Girl movie. I expect it to be pretty cheesy, but I thought it would be fun.

As far as Ingress goes, I’ve gotten the bronze badges in most of the categories in which I’m ever likely to get badges at all. I don’t have the one for doing missions yet (I’ve done two and need to do five for the bronze), and I don’t have the one for destroying enemy resonators (I’m at about 1000 and need 2000). The other badges I don’t have are things I don’t think I’m ever going to do anything toward at all— Glyph hacking, recruitment, and mission days.

I’ve been assigned my posting date for Iddy Iddy Bang Bang. It’ll be next Sunday. I’m trying to decide whether or not, given the length and the fandom and the subject matter, it’s worth making much effort to find a beta reader. I’m pretty sure it could use a fresh set of eyes. There are two more places I can try for finding a beta reader, but they’re both long shots.
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Cordelia has finished season 1 of The Flash and is dismayed to discover that Netflix isn’t currently offering season 2. The DVD/Blu-ray editions come out on the 6th, but they’re more expensive than I’m quite prepared to go without consulting with Scott.

Last night, I actually worked out an estimate as to how far I’m walking every time I go out. It’s about 230 meters from our front door to the portal at the church and 100 meters from that portal to the corner where I stop and turn back. The portal isn’t exactly at the corner where I turn. It’s up the hill a little bit. That means the count is a little off, maybe another ten meters to get to the corner. So I’m walking about 700 meters every day. That doesn’t sound like all that much, but it’s a big deal for me.

And, if I go to the science and nature center, that’s quite a bit more walking. I didn’t last night because it was about 9:30 when I headed out. Cordelia gets worried if I’m out longer than she thinks I ought to be. Then she calls me and lays the guilt on thick.

I had just started back when a car pulled up and a woman leaned out and asked me if I was doing something or another with the Pokemon Go gym at the church. I told her I was playing Ingress not Pokemon Go, and she was enthusiastic about that, too, saying how grateful she was that Ingress players laid the necessary groundwork for Pokemon Go.

I mostly did editing in terms of writing yesterday. I managed to deal with one transitional gap. I dealt with the other this morning. Now I just need to find an ending. I don’t think I’m going to go over 35000 words, but I’m not sure. I might hit 40000.

I slept about ten hours last night. I ended up feeling cold by the time Scott got up, but I didn’t want to deal with finding a blanket, so I ended up putting pillows over my legs as that was all that was cold. I’ll make sure I have a light blanket on the bed tonight so that I can pull it over me if I get cold. I actually dreamed about layering extra sheets on top of myself and was very startled when I woke enough to realize that those weren’t actually there.

Scott made pizza on the grill last night. He’d bought pre-cooked crusts, so we just put stuff on them. Unfortunately, he still hasn’t mastered exactly how to use the grill for pizza, so both pizzas ended up burned on the bottom because he got the pizza stone too hot. The first pizza was edible enough that Cordelia and I could eat it, but the second pizza was pretty badly scorched. I put bits of chicken on both pizzas and green beans on the first one (I didn’t realize there were two at that point, and we didn’t have that many green beans thawed). We used margarine instead of any sort of sauce, and I put on a lot of shredded cheese because I always feel like Scott skimps on it.
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No headache today. Hurrah for that! And I even slept reasonably well. There was a good bit of me being half awake but also dreaming, but I can live with that. I had Scott buy me a new pillow to replace the one I had been using that had gotten really bunched up and twisted beyond my ability to flatten it, but although I specifically said 'thin,' the one he got is too thick. I’m going to see if I can flatten it by sitting on it or something. I told Scott to just get something cheap because I hoped that that would mean it would flatten the way I want it to.

When I’m lying on my back, I’m fine with no pillow at all. When I’m on my sides, I want a bit more pillow than I have (which leads to the bunching and twisting, I suspect). A pillow an inch or two thick is a compromise.

Last night and Thursday night, it was very nice out, mid 60s F, when I went for my evening walks. I went out pretty late on Thursday, so I didn’t go as far as I did last night. Most nights, when it’s too warm to be comfortable, I walk down the hill to the church and around the corner to the cross street and then back. Depending what mods are on the church portal, I can either hack it twice or hack it four times. When it’s cooler, I go another couple of blocks and up into the science and nature center. If it’s dark, I don’t go very far in. There are three portals I can reach from within the range of the parking lot lights and another three that I just can’t.

Last night, I left home a little after 8:00, so I thought I’d be fine going into the woods, but it was pretty dark by the time I was heading back out. I probably shouldn’t have gone in. Also, there were a lot more mosquitoes and other biting bugs than I expected given the temperature. I’m not sure how many bites I ended up with, but nothing’s itching right at the moment.

I did deploy some resonators and some mods and make some links and some teeny tiny fields. I also collected some stuff I can use later. I’ve been going through my inventory much faster than I’m picking things up.

Scott ended up scheduled to work both today and tomorrow but not having to go in early either day. I think he’ll do the grocery shopping on his way home tonight.

I made rice last night in the pressure cooker. I did something wrong, though. The stuff on the bottom came out mushy, and there was a thin layer on top that was just a bit crunchy. I used chicken broth, and Cordelia complained loudly that she didn’t like the taste. I couldn’t taste a difference myself.

Yesterday’s writing was mostly editing. This Amber AU is just too damned long. I’ve currently got it all in one document, but that’s unwieldy. I haven’t broken it up because I’m still editing all the way through as I think of things. Having to pull up multiple documents to find the section I want to tweak would be more annoying than scrolling through. I just have this worry that there’s actually a point where the document will be too long to continue to work. I’m pretty sure that’s a leftover from when I first started using word processing programs and documents could only be so many KB or the program would choke.
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The laundry is washed, dried, and upstairs. The potatoes are still cooling. I’d have thought they’d cool faster than that. I suppose I could just shove them in the fridge, but that doesn’t seem necessary yet. I’ve made Scott’s sandwich, and I have navy beans soaking. I also spent a bit over an hour trying to nap before giving up on it.

The UPS guy came about ten minutes after I lay down. He had a package for Scott and said he was supposed to do a pick up, so I put the CD and paperwork in a bubble envelope and sealed it up and gave it to him. I can’t think of anything else he could possibly have been referring to. I really have no idea what’s going on with that.

In other news, the Ingress portal near Scott’s parents’ place that I’d been holding so long got wiped out a couple of hours ago. I was five days short of getting another level badge for it. That takes 90 days, and holding a portal that long is entirely luck and so doesn’t generally happen. I was really hoping to hold onto that one just another few days. I don’t think there’s anything else that I’ve captured and currently hold that I’ve had for more than a few days, and I’m pretty sure those are all in locations with a lot of Ingress traffic.

Scott has to go in early tomorrow morning. That means it really is on me to try to scrape together something for dinner. He simply won’t have time.

Okay, time to take something for this headache and see if black tea will help me wake up. I wonder if Cordelia would revolt if I asked her to take out all of the trash instead of her doing half while I do half?

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