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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.

September, Can I Move Now? September 1, 2016

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Still no word on fixing my office window leaks, but they want to send the exterminators again on Tuesday. They gave everyone notice, addressed to all the wrong apartments today. I am supremely uninterested in moving everything into the center of the rooms again. 23 days until I sign my new lease. Unfortunately, my boss asked me to switch work days, so I have to sign on my lunch break and do the actual moving after work and/or Saturday morning and/or Monday afternoon. Weee!

NTB sealed my leaky tire again, we’ll see if that lasts. But they could not open my hood to change the oil. I even gave them permission to break the latch, and they still got nowhere. So, sometime soon, I am going to have to go to the dealership and see if it’s fixable at anything resembling a reasonable price, because I really do have to get the oil changed at some point, soonish.

Enjoyed the rest of Trigger Warnings by Gaiman. Weird stories, but nothing terribly disturbing – some a bit ghosty, some a bin akin to Poe. Then, I finally got to listen to the very first of the Pratchett series I’ve been going through – Wee Free Men. Enjoyed it very much. Wednesday, I got most of the way through XKCD’s What If? by Randall Munroe. Very silly questions, answered by science and math. Hoping one of my holds becomes available, because I’m not sure where to go next.

Upcoming events: genealogy cafe, Ohio Renaissance Festival, moving a friend, moving myself, and a Barfleet party.

 

New Adventures August 25, 2016

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The IFLA tour went well, we got lots of complements on our branch. Our management team survived long days at the conference. We’re getting into the swing of the school year, our Homework Help Center is already going strong. And our new branches are well on their way towards opening.

The moving everything into the center of every room for Pest Control was very interesting. Packed all my pewter, and two rows of books in the living room. Discovered hidden things in my kitchen in a cupboard I didn’t know I was using (too high to be useful for me). Emptied my bedroom closet shelf into suitcases, where those things will stay until after the move. Emptied my office closet, most of that went back in Tuesday. Cleaned up the bathroom a bit more, and bagged up everything in my medicine cabinets. I guess it went well, I haven’t seen any more bugs in the outside hall.

More excitement, last night, however. Rain started pouring into my office through a couple of holes in the ?head?board? of the window. Two, full power streams of water just falling down onto the sill. It’s not a place one normally looks on windows, but when I checked, all of mine have three or so such holes, that I don’t recall ever seeing before. I am assured this was not done on Monday, but must have been there before. I’ve never had rain stream into my apartment in the three years I’ve been here, though. They’ve put in a work order to check it out and fix it up. This can’t be good for the walls… Meantime, I have to wastebaskets sitting below the sill, surrounded by towels. Good thing I was awake during the storm last night.

I finished up Hat Full of Sky, and then Audible was having a Two-for-One sale, so I got Felicia Day’s You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) and Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warnings.  The first, I loved, and was inspired by. She’s so young, you might say, why has she written a memoir already? At the time at the end of the memoir, she has just finished some major things in her life, including a lot of introspection and healing, and is unsure, but energized about what might come next. It’s a very heartwarming, funny, and crazy tale of a geeky, hippy-homeschooled, southern girl who chased her passion, and which encourages the reader/listener to do the same.

The second, I’m only a little way into. Other than Good Omens with Terry Pratchett, I’ve never tackled any of his novels, only his short fiction. Fragile Things left me confused and disturbed, and pretty sure I shouldn’t try the longer stuff. So, when this new collection popped up, I figured I could manage more of his short fiction. The introductory section was very interesting to me. He discussed why he wrote each of the stories in this book. Including a story about Ray Bradbury taking time out of his day to talk to a young boy who wanted to be a writer. As with most writers, the advice was to Write, Every Day, even when you don’t want to. Also a good reminder to this astray writer.

So, I’ve packed up my TV early, and set some goals. To find my passions again, to do the work, and stop staring at Netflix with my precious free time. I’ve got a lot do do before and during the move, but in those quiet moments, I need to feed myself, my soul, my heart.

Olympic Weekend August 18, 2016

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Spent most of the weekend with my parents watching the Olympic Games in their Air Conditioned hotel room. Yay, A/C. It was fun, I remember watching the olympics and other sports with them when I was growing up, it was a good time together. Hope my nieces are having wonderful birthdays, yesterday and today. 🙂

Work is going along. I did a lot of book-finding today at CML. We had our first official IFLA tour yesterday, and the Big One tomorrow. I’m nearly to 200 books cataloged on the new collection over at Sprawl. Lots of Science Fiction Book Club editions, and lots more signed editions. It’s very fun.

I finished Memnoch the Devil, and got through Allegiant. Now, I’m on Hat Full of Sky by Pratchett. I think, thus far, I’ve managed to listen to this series exactly backward. Ah well, it’s kind of interesting that way. Like delving into history.

The rental company has decided to do full-building pest control on Monday, one month before I move. So, I’ve got lots of early packing to do this weekend. Weee, fun! 😉

Puppy Days August 4, 2016

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Spending the weekend with the puppy. We both wish we were in Vegas for Star Trek’s 50th, but ah well. Looks like folks are having fun there. I went out to dinner tonight with other folks who couldn’t make it out west. We had a very nice time at Mongolian BBQ. 🙂 A quiet weekend ahead for me. I need to catch up on sleep, it’s been a rough week for it.

I did go see Star Trek Beyond with friends last Friday. I thought it was very good in the new tradition, with a bit more thoughtfulness. Though the 3D did give me a headache, which was unusual for the new 3D style. Finally watched all three Hobbit movies, as well, over the weekend.

Four more books since my last post. Deja Dead, and Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs, a Radio-production of The Hobbit (by accident, I wanted the book to compare to the movies), and I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett. (Also by accident, there were not many Pratchett audiobooks available for immediate borrowing, and I didn’t realize it was the second in the kids series.) I think I’m done with Reichs, though I found these better than the first, it’s just not what I’m looking for in audiobooks. Still waiting for Allegiant to become available so I can finish that trilogy.