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Waiting For… January 26, 2012

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It has been a rough week. Some good, some bad. Now I’m waiting. Waiting on one last W2. Waiting on upcoming events. Waiting for calls to be returned. Waiting for mail to arrive.

On the good side of things. Happy Birthday Aunt Terri. Hope you have a good day tomorrow. My nephew is celebrating soon as well. Friends are getting married in three weeks and are throwing a convention to celebrate. So, that’ll be great fun.

Finances and health are balancing out. I’ll be starting Mirena next month, hopefully that will turn out well. One more bill will be fully paid of next month as well. Leaving us down to two, and halfway there monetarily. Looking optimistically towards tax return time, but I haven’t run any numbers yet.

Also waiting on winter. We had some solid ice on Friday last, but where’s the pretty snow? Tornadoes are not winter weather.

 

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Two More Shopping Days Left December 22, 2011

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And it’s raining. So much rain this week. Winter has started with a week of 50+ degree weather and rain storms. Not even fun rain storms. No lightning or thunder, just wet. Not that I really want to drive in snow, but I really don’t like driving in rain either. And people are just as accident prone, either way.

Busy, busy work days. It makes the time fly by, but also makes breaks hard to come by. Lunch, no problem, but the 15s didn’t happen today. There’s just no way to have enough people working to take care of all the customers, so I just run from one to the next for 4 hours at a time. (Lunch break in the middle of the 8 hour shift.)  Only have had one really cranky customer myself so far, and as it wasn’t my fault, so I passed it off to a manager without a guilty conscience.

Got the last bit of wrapping I needed, and will probably be making more Chex Mix tonight. I wanted to make stuffing, maybe next week. I do not want to brave the stores the next couple days any more than my work schedule requires. Looking forward to Christmas dinner with my Brother and family. Also looking forward to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Everybody have a Merry Christmas this weekend. 🙂

Between Holidays December 30, 2010

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Christmas this past weekend, New Year’s this coming. I’m between holidays, and still in the midst of it all. I’m still wrapping presents for the nieces and nephews, still spending Christmas money from our parents, still surrounded by frantic shoppers at work. Still pondering what 2011 might bring.

I submitted a couple short stories earlier this week, to some new (to me) markets: Dream Child and The Demon Within to Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Apex Book Company, respectively. I still haven’t been writing much fantasy lately. It isn’t what’s on my mind these days, but I am trying to find homes for what I wrote before. In which vein, I also pulled a couple stories from markets that were unresponsive for over a year, even to polite queries.

My (admittedly weak) geek credentials were called into question this week, so I have started rereading The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It has been a decade since I first read it, and I’ve only ever seen the newest movie besides. Such a large number of books in my To Be Read stack, but sometimes you just have to go back to the classics.

Speaking of classics, one of my favorite finds of the Christmas DVD shopping has been all the TMNT movies in one pack, on two DVDs. This amuses me greatly. I watched the first movie yesterday and will take great pleasure sharing the second and third with Rich who has not seen them.

Health is fairly good this week. I am indulging a little more than usual to feed my cravings before the New Year hits and I must get back on track again. Winter is a hard time to eat fresh and green, but I can and will do better, I like feeling healthy without medication.

I really need to learn to find good ripe avocados, but I fear this is not the time of year to start that lesson. I have discovered, thanks to a restaurant in Texas and a friend who brought the recipe back, that I enjoy guacamole if it is made their way. Cut two avocados into chunks, squeeze a whole orange and a whole lime over them, add a little salt and (maybe) a little onion powder, and mix together. Delicious. They apparently added onions and maybe peppers at the restaurant, but I don’t like those things, so, simpler the better.  Also not really the season for good oranges or limes, I don’t think. Ah well.

Look for an inspired by the turn of the year post this weekend, unless I just end up sleeping. I have to be at work at 7am Saturday, followed by Christmas with four kids under the age of 5, and then the usual Saturday night. Sunday I may not open my eyes.

The 5th of November November 4, 2010

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Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.

Tomorrow is Guy Fawkes Night. We shall celebrate with V for Vendetta tonight since we’ll be busy tomorrow. Elections were earlier this week, it seems an appropriate time for such a holiday.

St. Ann‘s is still sending us nasty-grams about our bills, even though we keep calling them. Rich will be trying again tomorrow. They’re the last hold out on getting our payments fixed. They aren’t happy with the smaller payments we’ve sent them, but they haven’t been returning our calls in a timely manner, either. Might have to go hunt down their office up the road in person.

Signed a new consulting contract with Bookup. In negotiations with Flowered Intentions. Still seeking my first editing job on Elance. Lots of hours from the B&N this week and next. They tried to give me an extra one today, but I didn’t notice early enough to take a lunch break, so I had to leave at the previously scheduled time or not get paid for half an hour of work. Logging in and out for the Nook counter is really inefficient use of payroll. But the new NookColor looks pretty sweet. Looking forward to a demo device.

November and cold weather is here. Need to sew new buttons on my coat and maybe get a few warmer skirts.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow February 11, 2010

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Storms and snow and sleet and rain and ice and wind. Welcome to winter in Ohio. I don’t know what the official numbers are, but the path through the snow to our parking lot comes up almost to my knees. Not the several feet of snow the papers were reporting further east, but plenty to make life interesting. Once again pondering the Z, but no more answers than we had before. We’re going up this weekend to wish our nephew a belated 4th birthday, apparently we weren’t the only ones that missed the party last week.

Elbow aside, my health is stable. Work is fairly stable, too. Waiting on the tax return to start shifting money and making a couple purchases. Got my car serviced today, had to replace all my windshield wipers, the ice has not been kind to them. Also got a taillight replaced, I think that was the most expensive part of the operation. But it’s done now, no more worrying about getting pulled over for a burnt out lightbulb.

Have discovered spring rolls. Now if only PF Chang’s didn’t have huge mushrooms in them, it would be perfect.

Waiting January 27, 2010

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Two of Five W2s have arrived, the rest should be here this week, right? Right?? I really want to get taxes taken care of, so I know where things stand. I don’t trust unemployment to have not messed us up. I have info to download from three different banks, but I don’t know that any of them amount to much. Not until next year anyway, when we get hit for the liquidation of Ameriprise, though we had him hold some of that back in preparation. I don’t like waiting for paperwork to arrive.  I want to do it now.

I have a few stories still out right now, too. Two are passed the “query if you haven’t heard by…” dates, but with the holidays I’ll wait a little longer before I do.

Things over at Bookup are moving along. We’re actually setting up a membership site now, and it’s going to be SO pretty. And there will be working forums and a helpdesk that actually gets answered. Mike’s working on getting a new version of the product out as well, that will be really cool when it’s ready.

Barnes & Noble is having some major managerial shifting, so things are a little up in the air, there. I’m sitting at three days/15 hours a week right now. I don’t know if that’s going to change, but I don’t see it going up any, that’s for sure.

We had a nice little break in the weather, but we’re back to snow again, now. Pretty snow. 🙂

Things are moving forward, bit by bit. I’m keeping up and waiting for more storms to hit. Hopefully a few with silver linings. Life is good.