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Happy Holidays! December 21, 2016

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Merry Yule, Happy Solstice, and Merry Christmas!

Christmas

Hope everyone is having a great holiday season. I’ve attended two gatherings so far, five more to go. Having a great time with friends, and this weekend, I get to spend time with the puppy, too.

Rogue One was a great movie, looking forward to seeing it again. 🙂 Still listening to more Dresden at home – up to book 6 now.  Still working on Captain’s Fury at work. Have another short story collection ready to go next.

Work is good, and fairly busy. I’ve got a handful of applications out for full time work, as well.

Hope everyone has a wonderful, and safe, holiday season.

Advent Begins December 1, 2016

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Today is the first day of December, the first day of Advent. The weather, after briefly warming up Tuesday and Wednesday, has dropped down to winter temperatures. Tomorrow, I will be putting up the last of my curtains to keep it out. With the help of a couple friends.

I had a nice Thanksgiving weekend with the puppy. Watched a very good, very hard fought football game between UofM and OSU, on an actual TV and everything (usually, I’m seeing the poorly broadcast Gamecast on ESPN). I also got my haircut in preparation for my interview tomorrow (good thoughts, please). Not a very Good picture, but here’s what it looks like:

New Hair Cut

This weekend looks to be a quiet affair. Possibly going to watch people bowl tomorrow night. And I’ve borrowed some Lego Harry Potter Wii games from the library. 😉

I’m a good bit into Cursor’s Fury by Butcher, and I got Harm None by Sellars from Audible to listen to next. New D&D campaign has begun in a haunted puzzle house, so that was a really fun start this week.

The holiday season is fully upon us, and I’m still trying to decide about decorating.

Apartment Full of Boxes September 8, 2016

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Living Room w/ Boxes

So, most of my apartment is now packed, and going to stay that way until I move in two weeks. I still have a bedroom and bathroom, and the minimum of needed things in my kitchen, but everything else is packed. At least repeated visits by pest control motivated me to pack early? I stopped by my soon-to-be rental office to see my new place yesterday, and still have to wait a couple days, but also ended up moving my lease signing date up by a day, as they are closing early on the day I intended to sign.

Over the weekend, I set up a WAMPServer on my laptop, install Drupal on said server, and got all the way through Drupal for Dummies, having to adjust for the several years, and therefore versions, since the book had been printed. The point of this was to start working on a genealogical site for all the research I’ve been doing, but not to have it on the internet before it’s complete. So, the intent is to get it all organized and the database filled before it goes anywhere near live online. So far, so good, though the newest version looks far more like WordPress than previous iterations, so I may just end up hand-coding anyway. We shall see.

I also finished listening to What If? and got all the way through Shepard’s Crown, the final book written by Terry Pratchett before he passed into the next world in 2015. The Nac Mac Feegles of his books inspired me to write a silly short story I called Fairy Wishes. I also finished Self-Inflicted Wounds – Heartwarming Tales of Humiliation by Aisha Tyler, on Rich’s recommendation, this afternoon. On the reading front, I’ve recently been trying my brain at Graphic Novels. So, I’ve read Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, Book 1, and Y – The Last Man, books 1 and 2.

Upcoming plans – still hoping, but not betting, on going to the Ren Faire, getting some tech help next week to fix/upgrade my computers, lots of moving of things.

Surprise Party! July 14, 2016

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So, I went to a surprise birthday party this weekend, and the birthday girl wasn’t the only one surprised. ::laughs:: Was visiting another friend, who took me along. I had a really good time, talking about traveling, gaming, and life in general. Ant Man was a fun, silly movie, as expected. And tasty food was had all weekend.

Strawberry Pancakes

Still struggling to find a good work/life balance – or really, work balance – I’m still tired all the time. Though, that might just be the heat. Whitehall library is going well, and it’s really good that Sprawl is so flexible, so it’s working out alright. Just still working out the kinks. This weekend is my first Sunday shift, and next week I have a training day on Wednesday, so I’ve got a long run of shifts in a row. But, yay for extra hours. 🙂

Still looking for a new place to live. Given money constraints, it is tricky, which is why I ended up here in the first place. Things have calmed down a bit around here, so that’s good at least. <knock on wood>

Still waiting on a couple on-hold titles, but I’ve made my way through Catching Fire, and I’ve started into Insurgent in the audiobook realm. I also read the first Y The Last Man graphic novel while I was up north this weekend.

 

What Fun!? April 8, 2016

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This past weekend the weather went completely nuts, and I had to drive through blinding snow to get home Saturday night. I had to pull over twice because I couldn’t see the front of my car. Fortunately, I had a passenger along to keep me calm.  And take pictures:

SnowStorm

 

Sunday at work, was a more relaxed day, but still decently busy. This week I’ve gotten more comfortable on the phone. Still have questions now and then. Starting next week, I’m officially on a team. I hope to meet my Job Coach on Monday. 😉

Finished Time Enough for Love last night and was very nearly, very angry. Next up, Moon is a  Harsh Mistress. I got it just in time from the library wait list. Also working my way through season 2 of Daredevil on Netflix.  Tuesday we got a bit further in our new D&D campaign as our MechWarrior GM has a brand new, super adorable puppy, so he was a bit distracted.

I’ve got a big crockpot full of turkey chili simmering for tonight (anyone want to come over?), and a cocktail party with friends tomorrow night. Looking to be a very good weekend before I get back to work on Monday. I do have to finish lunch and get to Sprawl soon to finish out my workweek.

Keep on Swimming December 3, 2015

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Discovered this week that I did not get the job I was waiting to hear from, when I checked the status on their site. So two more applications out, and a lot more searching has been done. I did hear from my advisor that my internship evaluation is complete and I’m all set to graduate, so that’s excellent.

I also got a haircut: Haircut

I spent two afternoons this week learning. I took two OhioNet Webinars. The first an introduction to MARC records, and the second, an introduction to the differences that RDA brought in comparison to the old AACR2 model. Both were very well done, and informative. I think my notes were as long as the PDF of the presentation. I didn’t get into cataloging classes, so I’m making up for it on my own.

Starbase Indy was a very fun con over the weekend. Mostly spent with my Barfleet family. There was some wandering about a dealers room and an auction, with occasional peeks into panels. We, of course, also watched the UM vs OSU football game in the Lounge. Not as fun for me as it was for the rest of my friends. 😉

A relaxing weekend ahead, and lots more job applications to come, and hopefully some interviews.

Weekly Call Home November 19, 2015

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For those in my reading audience that don’t know. This blog is my weekly “call home” in the digital world. Growing up, my grandmother would call us every Sunday at 4pm, to check up on the family. I don’t like telephones, never have – it wasn’t a good sound growing up – calls in the middle of the night with bad news happen more often when your parents are ministers of aging rural churches. An unexpected ringing phone still sets my heart racing.

So I type.

Spent last weekend cuddling with the puppy and watching tv – some digital broadcast, some Hulu, and some Sling TV. It was fun, I only have Netflix at home. Also did some random cooking. Hash Browns and Banana Fritters from scratch:

Hashbrowns

Banana Fritters

Even made two of the fritters into a S’more, for fun.

Smore

This week has been spent applying for jobs, doing a practice interview with a friend, pondering a professional haircut and preparing for the weekend. Tomorrow, I am volunteering at the ALAO conference in town, helping out the AV guy to make sure that all the presenters have what they need. Then I have events with friends all weekend. It is that time of year.

All Done! November 5, 2015

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Completed both my internships this week. Now, to land a job. 🙂

Halloween weekend went really well. All the things went smoothly and were lots of fun. And I didn’t eat ridiculous amounts of candy. Nor did I buy ridiculous amounts of candy. Good job, me.

This week’s CSA cooking pic, butterkin squash:

butterkin

November now, conventions and holidays galore. This weekend: Stuff with friends, and maybe a BAD OGRE drop by. Pondering the D&D game and the VtM game, but it requires me to get up and over the Granville by noon on Saturday. I might just sleep. But as I’m not planning on going out on Friday, it IS possible.

Next week, my plans are rest, paperwork, writing (semi-seriously pondering NaNoWriMo), and job applications. Then puppy-sitting the Ralphie. 🙂

October Chill October 18, 2015

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Had a great weekend last week. Went up to Cleveland, with some CSA in tow. Which resulted in this deliciousness:

Corned Beef

And, since I did not end up going camping, we went for a hike instead. It was a very lovely day in the trees. We even did some scrambling up a slate-covered hill, to relax away from all the wandering families and pets.

Top Of the Hill

We took the slightly safer way down:

Down the Hill

Things are moving along with my internships. I only have three weeks left. So, I’ve started applying for jobs locally, and have had one interview so far.

I also baked a squash during yesterday’s heartbreaking football game.

Butternut Squash

And then enjoyed the OSU game with friends. That was a nice way to cheer up. And then there was fire and S’Mores. Today, there is beef-less stew bubbling in the crockpot.

Beefless Stew

The Possibilities are Endless… October 8, 2015

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Six weeks down, four to go. So very excited to start the next chapter of my life. Now I just have to get past the application/interview process. I can do this. 🙂 (Well, okay, I need that diploma to arrive, too…)

Really enjoying listening to the Dresden Files on audio. I’m on White Night, and loving every one. I was told I’d get tired of it after awhile, and was given World War Z, too, just in case. But so far, when I finish each one, I just want to start the next.

Got another squash, some more potatoes, some carrots, and onions, some apples and even a tiny jar of real maple syrup this week. I see a stew in my future. 🙂 In the meantime, this was my first ever Roasted Acorn Squash:

 

Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash