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November 20th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 20

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It always seems like the short weeks at work are the longest. And I know part of that is anticipation, but part of it is that just about any short week at work means that Glynda will be out and, 9 times out of 10, LaTrease will be out. That tends to mean that I'll have the part-timer, Robert, in Prometric helping me... and that's where things get a bit... ehhh. Robert is technically required, but he gets called in when both LaTrease and Glynda (or two other people, but I can't remember that ever happening) are out. Glynda has taken a lot of vacation time this last year, so he's been called in a lot lately. He's... very salty about this. And the saltier he gets about having to be there, no matter how happy he is to be making extra money, the more abrupt he gets with the testers. Yesterday, he told a tester that, if she didn't quit putting her feet in the chair, he was going to cancel her test. Today, he had the same issue, and he wanted me to write the poor boy up. And I'm sitting there, thinking to myself, "Dude... chill."

I got a bit of writing done on my lunch break and on the train, but the attempt at writing while at the mall was ultimately unsuccessful. I'm not sure if that was due to noise, hunger, thirst, or what, but my concentration was... not.

Still, one more day this week, and then a long weekend. I'm looking forward to it.

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November 19th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 19

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It was such a long day today that it almost feels like it should be halfway through Tuesday already. No, seriously, it's felt like two days in one, as long as today has gone. It's the whole "having to be at work at 7:00 AM and then getting home... whenever" that's doing it, I would imagine. Add in the way I'm all stiff and sore today, and that's probably what's done it.

That said, I have no idea why I'm stiff and sore, just that I am. My hips are a bloody mess, and my ankles aren't much better. My neck and shoulders are in horrendous shape and barely want to hold the weight of my body and clothes, much less my bags. I guess, in deference to that, I'm going to try to go as light as possible tomorrow. I'm not sure how well that'll end up working, but I'm gonna try.

And yeah, that's all I've got. I'm gonna... I don't know... go carefully throw myself at my bed and see if it will accept me? Good night.

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November 18th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 18

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I wish I could say that I managed to be productive or useful at all today, but the most I've managed to accomplish was remembering to feed the kitties, taking care of my cat sitting gig, and making my soup for the week. That's it. I dropped [personal profile] katsuko off at work, did the pet sitting thing, and then came home, intending on being productive: working on the rec archive, unloading and loading the dishwasher, making soup and maybe even myself some lunch, and so forth. Instead, though, I passed out on the end of the couch once I got home and pretty much stayed there until it was nearly time to go get [personal profile] katsuko back from work.

But I'm gonna try to get a little closer to caught up tomorrow. Here's hoping anyway.

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November 17th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 17

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Wow, okay, let's see if I can think of anything to say for today. I had intended to get a lot of writing done today, but sadly, it didn't turn out going that way. Instead I ended up working on the Mag7 Recs Site we were discussing in Discord yesterday. Some eight or nine hours later... I have the beginnings of a site up here... and it's even one that plays nice on mobile devices, if you're willing to go into landscape mode.

But seriously, that's just about all I've done all day. I took a brief break to eat and another to go do my kitty sitting, and that's pretty much been it. I feel like I'm going to see WordPress themes and code and blocks in my sleep, to say nothing of tables. Oh gods, the tables.

Still, let's see how it goes. Maybe I'll just actually pass the fuck out, since I didn't sleep a wink last night.

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November 16th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 16

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What a damn day.

So, let's start at the beginning. On the way into work, I got a phone call from Anastasia: someone had run a stop sign and hit her car, while she was driving with her son. The front end of her car is a total mess, so she couldn't drive it. She called me, because (1) neither of us have a lot of other friends in this damn town and (2) our boss LaTrease hadn't answered her phone when she tried to call and let her know about the accident. So we ended up being without Anastasia and Glynda today. Normally, this would make for a huge bit of problems, but thankfully it was pretty slow for once.

I did get to leave work early, but then it was off to the train station and waiting at one of the local malls for [personal profile] katsuko to come pick me up and then go take care of my client's kitties. And then we were finally able to come home.

And when we were coming home, while I was on the phone with Mum, we saw a coyote crossing the street near our house.

So yeah, today was all kinds of weird. I'm glad it's over.

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November 15th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 15

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I'll be glad if I can ever kick whatever it is that's wrong with me, whether it's a bad cold or a mild case of the flu or even a sinus infection. I feel all congested and sniffly and sneezy, and breathing still sucks, but now I'm adding in my ears hurting and a headache. For me, that usually means a sinus infection... again.

Not looking forward to tomorrow. One last day of work this week and then the weekend. It won't be a completely lazy weekend, though, because I have to go sit a couple of kitties tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday.

I think I'm gonna go throw myself at my bed, though, and hope to feel a little better tomorrow. Good night, all.

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November 14th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 14

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Well, I can't say that I'm feeling any better. I'm taking as much zinc as I can stand to in order to try to cut this off before it gets really bad, since -- as always -- I can't take time off work to try to rest and recuperate.

I'm really about sick of all this rain. It's been what? Four or five days of pretty much straight rain. I'm starting to feel a bit like a drowned rat here. And it's supposed to keep going another few days. Is it... wrong to hope that someone declares that it isn't safe to cross the Chattahoochee so I can't go to work?

I need sleep. I think I'm gonna go give it a try.

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November 13th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 13

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Well, this fucking sucks. I woke up this morning feeling run down. By lunch, I had the sniffles. And by the end of the work day, I couldn't breathe through my nose. And now I just feel tired and achy and leaky and sneezy and sniffly and just very overall blah. But of course I can't take any time off work to try to get to feeling better. Especially when Glynda will be out this Friday through Thanksgiving and then LaTrease will be out after that. So I'm just going to front load as much zinc as I can ahead of time, in the hopes that it's actually a cold and not the flu.

I did manage a bit of writing today, split between two stories, but I'm starting to think that this year I'm not going to hit the full 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo. Everything keeps conspiring against me this go-round.

That said, I'm going to take my sick ass to bed and hope that some sleep will help. Good night, all.

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November 12th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 12

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This might be a first for me in a while: I'm not typing this up hours and hours after I originally started the post. I mean, not all of it is going to be written at the same it it's being post, posted ... but most of it was and that' a good step forward.

I ordered Boo a Catit Sense 2.0 Wellness Center from Amazon on Friday. It was supposed to arrive yesterday, but instead it got here today... and I think Boo is in love. She has only briefly moved off it, mostly just long enough to eat. She's let Luci play on it a few minutes... but not for long. I think that qualifies as a hit. I think that these are going to be my next Amazon purchase: the Catit Food Tree and the Friends Forever Automatic Laser Pointer.

I also got some additional memory for the new laptop, so that he's running on 16GB of RAM instead of 4, which has predictably made a huge improvement in his performance, and I got [personal profile] katsuko a replacement for her sugar skull cup that got broken.

And that's it. That's all I've got for today. I'm gonna go throw myself at my bed and hope for sleep to happen. Good night, all.

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November 11th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 11

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Well, today was almost productive. [personal profile] katsuko and I went to one of the local Panera Breads, and we both got a bit of writing done. I don't think either of us got as much done as we wanted to, but we both managed writing, which is still a good thing either way.

Even better, I managed to get some sleep last night, which was damn nice. I'm hoping for some more again tonight. It has helped me improve my concentration a little bit, and I can't help thinking that, if I got a couple of decent nights' sleep, I could rock out on the rest of NaNoWriMo... but I'm none too sure on the likelihood of that happening.

And that's all I've got for today. I'm gonna try to start getting really caught up tomorrow. (My plan had been to start on that today, but I think a little bit more sleep was needed for that. Whoops.)

Anyway, good night and so long, my freaky darlings.

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November 10th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 10

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OMG, apparently, I was very, very wrong yesterday. I said I was going to go to sleep. Yeah, no, that didn't happen. I might have catnapped here and there, but I still have yet to sleep since the few hours I got on Thursday night/Friday morning. I am tired enough that I damn near can't see straight and my head won't quit hurting... but I'm still not sleepy.

I didn't get a lot of writing done today, mostly because I couldn't concentrate enough to see straight, but I did end up watching The Devil's Carnival and The Devil's Carnival: Alleluia!, which were... interesting. Good, but odd, if that makes sense.

And yeah, that's all I've got for today. Good night, all. Wish me the ability to sleep tonight.

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November 9th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 09

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I've been staring at this screen for hours now, trying to think of something to say for today. It's been a pretty epic case of WTF all day, and I have not enjoyed it. It was screwy pretty much from the moment I got to work (with a headache). We had attitudes all over the place, which isn't all that typical for a Friday; usually the attitudes come earlier in the week. And weirdly, it wasn't the GACE testers with the attitudes; no, this time, it was all doctors acting up. We had one who wouldn't listen to us who was an all day test and one who wouldn't listen who was a 3 hour test... and we had to write up reports on both of them. I can't remember ever having to do reports on doctors before.

I'm running on almost no sleep, but that's all right, I guess. I'm gonna try to get caught up on that over the weekend. Maybe even now, in fact.

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November 8th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 08

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How the hell is this week not over yet?! It feels like it's been three weeks long, and yet somehow it's only Thursday?! I don't get it.

The swing side of this is that I've gotten to spend some lovely quality time with my girls. Boo has been the ultimate in love-love (purrs and cuddles and occasionally bathing me), while Luci has been joining me every time I go to the bathroom. Luci has even occasionally been sleeping on the bed with me, and Boo has been big on sitting in my lap and distracting me with cuddles while I'm trying to make words happen. It's been really nice... but now I'm hoping for some sleep and lots (and lots and lots) of writing this weekend.

Hopefully tomorrow will be... bearable at work at least. I'm just so ready for this week to be over. Like I can't even put into words how sick of it I am.

Randomly, I miss having a desk to write at. I feel like I got so much more done when I had an actual desk to write at.

And those are all my late night thoughts. Later, all.

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November 7th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 07

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Okay, you guys, I am super glad today is over. I'll be even more ready for this week to be over. I'm tired all the time, almost beyond words, I keep a headache, I'm tired and grouchy... and yet I can't sleep. Not for more than two or three hours at the time anyway. That seems to be just enough to let me get a few hundred words written and make it through the day without biting anyone's head off... but not enough for me to function well.

And yes, I'm still behind on NaNoWriMo. I'm still hopeful that I can get caught up, but it's looking less and less certain. But I'm not giving up yet. Maybe the weekend will be good for writing. We'll see.

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November 6th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 06

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Well, today was... a day. I'm not sure I can say much else on the matter. It was just a day. Of course, being Tuesday, we got all the crazy testers in today, plus a late start due to replacing one camera and a couple of overhead lights. And then my phone started lighting up with messages from Reigning Cats and Dogs, asking me to take on a new client in John's Creek... for one cat for 15 minutes on 2 days. All totaled, I'm not sure it would even add up the money I would spend going there.

Another disappointing day for words, but I'm not giving up, not yet. [personal profile] katsuko is kicking my ass this month. I just can't get my brain to engage, sadly enough. I definitely think I'm going to avoid doing #365k/365Day next year; I think it sort of overwhelmed me.

And that I think I'm just ready to check out, brain-wise. I might not be sleepy, but I'm tired.

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November 5th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 05

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I lost a few hours on this. I sat down to try to make words happen, both on the train and on my way home on the train... but I'm so damn tired that nothing is happening. I start losing time when I'm this kind of tired, and I'm not sure, honestly speaking, if I'm falling asleep for a few minutes at the time or if I'm just so completely zoned out that I've got, I just can't tell. I think the headache's get a little worse each time I zone back in or wake up or whatever.

So despite the best intentions that I have, it's just not going so great.

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November 4th, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 04

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Okay, seriously, I need words to start cooperating. And yeah, granted, that might happen if I actually lay down and get some real sleep, instead of little catnaps here and there throughout the weekend, because maybe then I would be able to concentrate for more than two seconds at the time. To that effect, I'm going to knock off early even though I still haven't come close to my needed word count. Again.

So yeah, I still didn't get anywhere near my needed word count on any day this month except the 1st. I'm hoping that I'll be able to start making that up soon. Once the sleep kicks in, ya know? I deliberately haven't been looking at anyone else's NaNo totals at all, lest I get more discouraged with myself.

And now I'm finally going to hie myself off to bed. Good night, my freaky darlings.

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November 3rd, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 03

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Oh gods, I don't know what to say here. Technically, it's not even the 3rd anymore while I'm typing this up. But I started it while it was still the 3rd, and I'm damn well going to finish it.

I did go by the dentist this morning, after dropping [personal profile] katsuko off at work, and get my upper partial readjusted some more. The tech who worked on it, she trimmed it down in a lot of the places it was causing me pain: around the upper back left of my mouth where it had rubbed the gum raw and towards the upper front left where it was poking weirdly. She also loosened one of the metal wires holding it in place, so that it doesn't feel like it's stripping what remains of that tooth. And finally, she also trimmed down it down along the roof of my mouth, so that hopefully it will quit making me gag quite as often while I'm getting used to them. I'm hoping that these will be the last changes we have to make for a bit, but this is something that I'm very willing to keep going forward on.

Still not a great day for writing, but at least it was better than yesterday. I can say that much at least. [personal profile] katsuko is blowing me out of the water this year... and that's a good thing! I'm proud of her for it!

And yeah, that's all I've got for myself for today. I might go try to nap for a few minutes... or at the very least see about my unhappy bladder. Later, all.

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November 2nd, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 02

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I'm so stupid tired today that I really cannot concentrate. I'm going to have to have a catch up day tomorrow, because I didn't get nearly enough words done to make me happy. So I'm not going to stress about it. I'm just going to keep on writing and see if I can't make up for today. I'm used to the first week or so going quite well, not having a minor upset on Day 2.

I'm not digging it, to say the least.

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November 1st, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 - Day 01

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Oh yes, I'm starting to remember again why NaNo is always so much harder for me than either of the Camp months. It's not just that Camp lets you set your own word goal. No, it's more than the end of the year tends to be a bit crazier as far as jobs go and that makes getting writing done in any meaningful way is much, much more difficult.

The interview today went pretty all right. I'm still not certain how likely the odds are of me getting it, but it was a fairly smooth interview, barring the fact that one of the two people who was suppose to interview me got stuck in traffic and was 45 or so minutes late to the interview... and the other is the head of testing that I see every day, Chris. I got a couple of interesting questions that threw me a little, like "How would you describe your current testing environment" and "What is a question you've been asked in another interview that you think would have been helpful in determining a candidate's qualification for this position".

Other than that, when I got to work, Glynda was (predictably) in a mood, enough of one that she had in turn set off Anastasia in a foul mood too. One of the computer decided it was through working, and I couldn't get Tech Support to understand that, if the hard drive is failing but the CPU is still receiving power, it's not going to magically heal itself and start working again if I move it to another station. It took nearly 35 minutes to finally convince Tech Support that sending a new CPU was the best thing to do... and that I could only rack up another five minutes of overtime on the phone with him.

Word count-wise, I'm ending day one on a fairly decent basis. Not as great as I wanted, but not too bad either. Here's where I'm sitting so far for the day:

1719 / 50000 words. 3% done!

And that's it. Good night, my freaky darlings!

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