Another Bus Day

Jul. 28th, 2017 11:37 pm
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Mostly because it was another day of clearing out the old house for my parents. I found a bus I could take that got me home in a reasonable amount of time -- left at 1:52, so I had plenty of time to catch it from Kennedy Plaza, and got me to the Lowe's near the new house around 2:20. Not exactly ideal, but it worked, and I was still home earlier than I would have been if I was still going all the way to Wakefield. That does mean a lot.

Important notes of the day:

-->My technology woes regarding remote deposit are over! . . .And nobody's sure what was wrong in the first place. Apparently the glitch was on the bank site's end. Just glad it's resolved now.

-->Discovered closest preferred bank to us is down the road from my work -- about the same distance away as the RIpta plaza, in fact. This is not precisely ideal (we used to have two in easy driving distance), but this does mean that I can walk down on my lunch breaks and do necessary banking stuff if I have to.

-->Have tried a Dunkin Donuts Mocha Oreo. It was -- all right. Not horrible, but I'm not a big fan of coffee flavors.

-->Finished up edits/new writing on the next Thursday snippet, so that's good. Going to ease myself back into "Fixing You" next week, I hope.

-->Speaking of fanfic, "Secundus" is now up on AO3! This is both to solve my "what the heck do I do for Secundus Sundays?" problem, and to lay the groundwork for me starting on the sequel this November. (Because it's been five years since I finished it and it's about freaking time. "Fixing You" can just learn to share my brain pan.)

-->Yard sale is back on for Sunday, as parents really just want to have it and get it over with. This means I have to get up early that day and be busy, but at least I still have tonight and Saturday to laze around a bit. (And it helps that it was a quiet week for Helloween -- one STALKER set so far. I'll take it.)

-->Restarted Bioshock, this time using my XBox controller. It does seem to work a little better. Making sure I've got the camera angled in the right direction can be a bit tricky (as Jack's wounds from me getting a beatdown from Splicers I can't see to hit can attest to), but using separate triggers controlled by separate hands for my plasmids and my weapons helps a lot with the old one-two punch. And damn it, I am a sucker for games that use the rumble feature. There's nothing like feeling the controller shake in your hand when something goes down on-screen. Good times. :D

-->Got my main tumblr queue set up until next Tuesday. Always a nice feeling to be ahead. :)

-->Goals for tomorrow: A little cleaning, writing (perhaps more snippet fun -- I have been reminded lately that I haven't done much with my poly leanings), watching that STALKER set, and playing Sims 4. Should be doable, even if I have to go to bed earlier than usual.

All right -- think I'll go ahead and watch a WhatCulture video, then get my Valice Multiverse queue done and clear out my inbox before hitting the sheets. Night all, sleep tight!

Friday

Jul. 28th, 2017 01:14 pm
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I've eaten breakfast and lunch, and went to bed at a good time last night, but it's still really hard to think.

Distracted Night

Jul. 27th, 2017 11:31 pm
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Which isn't really good because I DO have work tomorrow, even if it's only a half-day... So here's a quick round-up of the important bits:

-->Spent a good chunk of the work day wondering why I couldn't remotely deposit checks suddenly. Am still not sure, but at least the issue seems to have hit the right person now. I hope. *shrug*

-->Got a check from the law office that did our mortgage papers -- turns out they'd had us pay for our insurance as part of our closing costs when we'd already paid it up-front to Nationwide (despite us TELLING our contact at the bank this), so they just refunded us that money. Which is good, because we could use it. Just a matter of getting it into a bank now...

-->More snippet editing, as that is what I do now. Planning on getting back to "Fixing You" in August, since the final "get everything up here" push is happening this weekend and I need my mental energy for that.

-->Did a little more queuing on tumblr and saving a few things as drafts (that was the main cause of distraction, in fact -- I kept reading fanfics on there)

And considering it's 11:45, I should really just hit the sack now. Answered most of the things I was supposed to answer, anyway (including two comments on Demolition Lovers which made me realize just how depressing it is... I need to write/post more happy Valice.) Night all!

Thursday

Jul. 27th, 2017 12:24 pm
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Was thinking this morning what I said about being a support character, and how it applied. I have to say that I'm content with that. I'd rather be a friend than some big leader, not that such leadership would ever come my way. lol Part of that might be laziness, but I know that part of it is that I don't think I could stand the pressure of being in charge of people. Maybe ONE person, but I'd rather not. God does the in charge stuff better. And by being a friend, I leave a lot of smiles behind, even if they're just laughing at me because they think I'm an idiot. The old saying says to leave the world a better place, it doesn't say to leave it a place where everyone thinks you're boss.

Bus Turned Out To Be Go

Jul. 26th, 2017 11:17 pm
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Mom found another one I could use -- required me to leave work a few minutes early, but my supervisor was fine with that. So I got home tonight on the 58 -- fairly smooth ride on a near-empty bus. And it turns out there's a stop at the supermarket that's at the top of one of our cross-streets, so that was convenient. Got home about 5:18, which worked out all right. Helped that tumblr was super-quiet most of the day so I had less to catch up on. I heated up some leftovers for supper and watched Parenthood Part 12 -- James is finally getting the hang of wrangling all his Sims. All the kids are now, well, kids, and Max is on-track to get at least one of the negative traits ("Argumentative," from bad Conflict Resolution) when he ages up. Hooray! XD I should not be so upbeat about James making a Sim into a horrible person, but it's so much fun! XD

Not much else to report. Did some snippet-editing so I'll have that ready for next Thursday on tumblr, and also threw some new fics onto AO3 after I got frustrated trying to change my theme on Weebly -- Nightmares And A Sweet Dream and Demolition Lovers now live on there. Seriously, AO3 is so much easier, I should really just put all my fics on there. . . Definitely moving "Secundus," I can tell you that much. In fact, should probably transfer Chapter 1 so I'll have something for Sunday on tumblr. . .

But that's for later, as it's pretty late right now. Time to reblog a few things on tumblr, then hit the sheets. Night all!

Wednesday

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:58 am
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I feel cruddy. Is anyone who knows what I did last night surprised?

Back To Reality

Jul. 25th, 2017 11:19 pm
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With a bunch of imports at work (one from last Friday, one that came in yesterday, and one that came in today), plus all the other stuff that had to be done. It is the quieter season, but there's always work of some sort. Roster maintenance at the very least. I'm keeping busy.

As are my parents -- it's the last week of June, meaning the last week for us to get the rest of our stuff out of the old house. We're supposed to vacate the place entirely by July 31st, after all. Most of the essentials have been brought over, but there's still a bunch of books to find space for, plus the paper room and Dad's office. My parents are spending all their time packing up what still needs to be packed and moving whatever needs moving. Mom actually suggested that I take the bus to Wakefield after work tomorrow so she didn't have to worry about coming up and taking me home. I found that a bit roundabout (since by the time I got down there, they'd be wrapping up, and I couldn't actually help with anything), so I tried to find a bus that went around the neighborhood. And I actually DID, but it comes from a different direction that I'm used to, and we all ended up having a discussion about whether or not I'd really be able to get home safely, and bottom line I'm getting picked up again. *sigh* I feel a little guilty -- I was just trying to find an option that let them stay down there and work without me having to spend an hour of my life in a bus and then another hour in a car immediately afterward. Ah well, I guess I'll just help out with whatever I can up here. Definitely going to be putting in some hours at this yard sale we have planned. Busy weekend -- but hopefully, once we'll officially moved out, things will calm down a touch. (Probably not, but we can all dream.)

Anyway -- other than that, not much to say. I did manage to find some time to sneak in another set of The Sim Supply's Parenthood LP (he has discovered the joys of camping off-lot to lower Max's responsibility) -- although he's already uploaded Part 12. On the plus side (sort of), Helloween's being a bit quiet this week, and with me having already watched Linkara this week, I'll have less to worry about catching up on this weekend. (Which is a good thing, again because of yard sale.) Also did my Valice Multiverse queue (main tumblr one is set up until the beginning of Friday, w000~), and answered all comments in my inbox. So that's good. Gotta be productive~

And gotta get a semi-healthy amount of sleep, so I should hit the sack now. Night all, sleep tight!

Tuesday

Jul. 25th, 2017 01:05 pm
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Don't feel good. Gotta lay down.

Until Your Rapture Falls To Pieces

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:22 pm
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Yes, finally started playing Bioshock today! Though Steam didn't make it easy -- had to go through multiple updates when I first tried to boot the game up, then the game didn't actually start, then Steam was running so jerkily I decided I was going to watch YouTube videos instead, and then I had to go through one more update before I could FINALLY get the game to properly launch. Ugh -- makes me wish I'd just found a disc copy.

Game itself plays fine, though. I'm about an hour into it, past a lot of the opening tutorial bits and slowly navigating my way through the underwater city. Which still looks pretty cool for a game about -- 15 years old now? *checks* Nope, 10! Released for Windows and XBox August 2007. So hey, I'm actually starting this series in time for the 10th anniversary. Cool. :D There's actually a Remastered version out now that updates the graphics that I could download for free through Steam, but I went looking online and -- apparently it looks a bit prettier, but it's a glitchy mess. I'll stick with Classic Less Glitchy Mess, thanks. It does still look cool. I'm still getting used to the controls, though -- they're not that dissimilar to the "Alice" games, but I'm having a bit of trouble coordinating my current plasmid and my weapons -- you switch with the right mouse button and attack with the left, and I tend to just hit whichever button I pressed immediately beforehand. Running through the EVE like a leaky faucet right now. The game does come with support for an XBox 360 controller, which I bought (or, well, I had my parents buy me for Christmas one year) for A:MR -- I might change over next play session and see if that works any better. (It has the vibrate feature too, which I love. :D Nothing to sell the immersion of smacking something like a rumbly controller.)

Other things that I accomplished:

-->Some heavy editing on an AU snippet that I ended up queuing for Thursday on my tumblr -- ended up getting a LOT longer than expected. At least I'm being productive? On things other people would want to see, no less?

-->Watched the latest AT4W episode, of a silly manga about an adventuring party that decide to become monster gourmets while on a quest to save the main character's sister from death inside a dragon's belly. Review was fun, but the storyline segment -- holy HELL! D: It's -- just go watch the episode, or look up a transcript, or something. You thought the shit had hit the fan last week? It's splattering all over a WINDMILL this week! Eeeep. . .

-->Watched my final Helloween sets -- The Illusion of Gaia, a SNES RPG that deals with mythology and legend in a semi-educational and surprisingly-dark way. Two sets in and already we've been confronted by a ghost ship, and one of the main character's friends has been eaten alive by a monster fish. Also the hero nearly starved to death while adrift at sea for a month with a runaway princess. It's heavy stuff. But fun, especially with Helloween's commentary. I'm looking forward to seeing more of it.

-->Watched one of The Sim Supply's Parenthood sets -- The One Where James Is Constantly Yelling At His Sims For Being Stupid. XD His own fault for being determined that Max have siblings! This family is such a hot mess, I swear -- at least he's doing a good job of ruining Max's childhood. I wanted to watch the next one in line, but simply ran out of time. It's a half-hour long -- maybe I can sneak it in tomorrow? We'll see. . .

And that's about it. I'm feeling reasonably caught up on YouTube now, and some other things that I wanted to do. Tumblr queue is all set until the beginning of Friday, and I already have an idea for what I want to do past that, so -- yeah, in a good spot, I think. Pretty good Monday, all told, even if the weather was miserable.

I do have work tomorrow, though, so I kinda have to wrap it up here. Night all, sleep tight!

Monday

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:29 pm
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It was storming today. Really really strong wind, big rain. I went out to grocery shop, and the "rain coat" I had wound up soaked through. So I had to buy a storm coat. I got home around four and lay down for a nap. Just got up, and I have a headache.

tldr?

Storm: 1
Tam: 0

Okay, NOW We Have Progress

Jul. 23rd, 2017 11:21 pm
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-->More self-indulgent snippetry, though I've more or less wrapped up what I wanted from them, so tomorrow I can start working on actual "going to show people this" fic again

-->Watched all of Helloween's current S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat sets (one last night before going to bed, the others this afternoon -- the Zone has thrown an emission at Helloween every time, and he had to survive a merc ambush and the world's longest and most tedious 'escort protection' quest, but he got an awesome new anomaly scanner and some great new guns, and has made something of a name for himself in killing evil beasties) and his last two Nier: Automata sets (a curious chunk of the DLC examining the trials of a broken machine called Plato 1728 who formed a "friendship" with a doll and slaughtered everyone around him when the doll was destroyed, leading the other machines to be afraid of dolls and destroy them -- which ended in a MUSIC VIDEO of doll destruction, of all things; and a sum-up of all the "joke" endings he didn't get previously). This just leaves his new 8-bit Saturday RPG, The Illusion of Gaia -- two sets, both about an hour. And tomorrow's supposed to be rainy, so I should have plenty of time to catch up. w00!

-->Got out and about for a bit! The weather was beautiful today, and I couldn't stand spending all my time in my room. So I took a quick hike up the road to the nearest Dunkin Donuts and got myself a frozen hot chocolate. Nummy~ And my parents got a gift card from a couple of their friends for DD, so it didn't even cost me anything. :) And it was nice to walk around and explore the neighborhood a bit. Don't particularly like that there's no sidewalks, but what can you do.

-->Played Sims 4! Left it a little late, but it did happen. Emmett had the day off, so I had him go out on a date with Nikal. Got Silver status, mostly because, once again, things went well until Nikal randomly got up and left, then rejected Emmett's attempts to flirt once he found her again. And then she later started flirting again with him on her own. This hot-cold thing is starting to get on my nerves -- I honestly think I might have one of them "just friends" the other. It's really not worth the aggravation at this point. (If you're wondering how I got Silver when she was rejecting flirts, the main goal is just to socialize with your date. That I achieved easily. It was the smaller goals that gave me trouble, and I kinda gave up fulfilling them when I got irritated by Nikal's attitude.) Emmett also bought an observatory (cheaper than I expected!) and got himself another pretty sky print. So that was nice, at least. :)

-->Skim-read my friend Helen's latest Dirk Gently fic -- it's kinda long, and I had the videos to catch up on, but I read enough to really enjoy it and look forward to a second, more thorough read. :) And there's a delightful little shout-out to A:MR in one chapter that made me giggle.

So yeah, pretty good day over all. :) I still need to answer a few things, and there's some videos left in "watch later" that I'd like to watch (including Sim Supply's latest Parenthood sets), but progress has been made! Yay~

Okay, off to do the other things I need to do. Night all!

Sunday

Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:36 pm
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I got some copy work done on 'Sadie'. Now I need a nap.
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Admittedly, this is because two things popped up that I wasn't expecting:

-->Mom asking me to clean the living room and my bedroom after I finished my breakfast smoothie (took a little over an hour)

-->Going out with my parents while they picked up some stuff for the house and getting dropped off at Newbury's for a bit to see if they had the BTTF comics (again, nothing! Really should just order them from BTTF.com from now on) (took about two hours)

Add in more usual distractions, such as:

-->Writing my self-indulgent snippetry for writing times,

-->Catching up on websites not YouTube,

-->Getting stuck on TV Tropes for a while,

-->And the Saturday MST3K episode (The Loves of Hercules, one of the new ones -- decent riffing for the most part, and some funny sketches, but I'm starting to think they just have no clue how to really end episodes -- the last skit went on way too long in my opinion and made little sense),

And it is any wonder that I didn't watch nearly as much as I thought I would, or play any videogames? *sigh* To be fair, though, I did finally get a chance to see the latest episode of Atop the Fourth Wall, and -- whoooooa nelly. I mean, the review itself was bad enough ("Ultimate Power #4," aka the comic that moves at a glacial pace and gets Linkara's dander up with how much traced art is in it), but the plot -- worst fears confirmed, people. Worst. Fears. Confirmed. Man, next Monday's episode had better have some good news. . . (Actually, this is what led me to get stuck on TV Tropes -- I had to check the series' page to see if the new information had gotten updated yet. It has.)

Other accomplishments include a Valice Multiverse queue (after so long on TV Tropes, and not being caught up at ALL on regular tumblr, I wasn't feeling active RP), and my parents FINALLY getting my other curtain rod up -- sort of. After a lot of fuss getting the hooks into the wall, the actual curtain rod itself is -- wobbly. Mom already had to use a big dowel to lengthen it, but the dowel's actually just a TINY bit too short -- there's a connection, but also a big dip at said connection because the end of the dowel is only JUST in the curtain rod. Currently it's all taped together, and they're going out to get other stuff for the house tomorrow anyway, so they'll get a longer dowel along the way and fix the situation.

Other than that, though, it's been kind of a lazy Saturday. Which, to be fair, I can't complain about -- I was just hoping to get through more of the video backlog, you know? Suppose I still can, not like I'm going to bed just this moment. . .but I need some time to catch up with tumblr first, so let me get on that. Night all!

Saturday

Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:24 pm
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It's clear outside again!

It's also hot outside again!

Last night in a dream I remembered God and was able to talk about Him.

Half Day Doesn't Mean More Done

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:18 pm
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I mean, I got a respectable amount done at work -- credit card reruns and rejects, a direct debit, catching up on maintenance, stuff like that. After work, though, I was full of plans for unpacking my room and getting my address changed everywhere and everything.

And then we ran into problems with Cox.

Okay, to be fair, I did either get my address changed on pretty much every site that needed it, and talked to Fiscal at work so they can change my paystubs and get my health insurance updated. But then Mom told me I needed to log into my new Cox account (all the utilities and stuff here are in my name, because, well, legally my house) and gave me all the information to do so --

And my password doesn't work.

Cue me and Mom trying to reach someone to ask what's going on (we've already had a problem with Mom trying to log into my account on her computer, only for it to take her directly to her and Dad's old account) and being stymied at every turn by automated phone menus and chat-room waiting times. I wanted to just reset my password, but Mom was insistent we not have to do that. We eventually gave up on it -- we'll probably try again tomorrow. *squeezes bridge of nose* So many problems with this damn company. . .but they've got a monopoly around here, and apparently the only other choice, Verizon, is about the same or worse. . .

Anyway, that threw off my day a bit. I did manage to clear out one box, and get a few things sorted out of the others -- mainly, old story journals. And school journals, I discovered -- I ended up tossing those. (Though I kept a couple of old Creative Writing stories.) I also got my financial papers safely tucked away, so that's good. And spent a lot of time putting some old BTTF II trading cards into plastic sheets. What can I say, it was kind of calming to sort through them. Tomorrow I'll see about at least getting my toys into safe places so I don't have boxes everywhere while I'm waiting for this bookcase headboard of mine to appear. I also wrote some more on my self-indulgent fic snippets (some Alicey stuff this time), and did some more couples for that ship meme on my main tumblr. A Doc/Clara and Chelley double feature, and Good old Artie and Trixie from the Telltale BTTF Game. Good times, good times. . .

I'm not at all caught up on tumblr, though, and I haven't watched anything on YouTube. (Listened to a lot of music while getting my journals organized, but no watching.) So I'm going to attempt to tackle those two things before hitting the sack. (Don't think I'm going to get to queuing anything on Valice Multiverse. Just -- not in the mood. And rather tired to boot.) At least that yard sale I was assuming I'd have to get up early for isn't happening until NEXT weekend now. I shall relish the chance to actually sleep in for a couple of days.

Right -- getting on tumblr. At least it hasn't been super-busy today. . .night all!

Friday

Jul. 21st, 2017 12:45 pm
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Parades are noisy. No, I didn't go to it.

Another Hot Thursday

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:17 pm
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Not that I had to experience much of it -- the joys of working in a climate-controlled office and having my own new air conditioner at home. And living in a house that generally stays pretty cool. Got a fair amount done -- credit cards, direct debits, some RP replies, some PM replies -- the usual. Also some more of my self-indulgent snippets, because why not? Nothing really earth-shattering to report. Did some cute memes over on tumblr as well -- if you want to see me natter on about my OTP or my lesser known BTTF kids ship Jules Brown/Marlene McFly, give those a read.

Half-day of work tomorrow -- looking forward to it. There's some important stuff I need to get done -- namely, looking up places where I need to change my address, and getting these damn boxes finally unpacked -- but given I took next Monday off, I should have plenty of time to catch up with my videos, and even watch some new stuff too, maybe-hopefully. Depends some on how active I'm going to be in this weekend yard sale we have coming up. . . And I'd like to get to a Newbury's too, since it's 25% off comics through the weekend, and I'd like to catch up on my BTTF ones. . .

Well, that's something to figure out in the morning, I think. Right now, it's time for bed. Night all!

Thursday

Jul. 20th, 2017 02:14 pm
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I wish I could remember what I was going to write.

Fairly Decent Wednesday

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:24 pm
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If super hot and muggy -- very glad that I was able to spend most of my day in the air conditioning! But yeah, day went by, at least. Got the last of the parish reports done at work -- conquered the adjustment report that was giving me a problem and finished off the exports (we had to tackle those as a team since they were so large). Got a few other things done too, like pledge billing and confirmation e-mails and all that. Yay productivity, I suppose.

At home, I did some more of my self-indulgent snippets, got a lot done on my main tumblr queue (helps that I had some posts prewritten -- I'm up through Saturday right now, and I already have Sunday's posts lined up! Nice to be ahead. :) And then it was mostly just catching up on various websites and the like. Nothing particularly high-stakes, so -- yeah. Quiet night, but I'll take that.

So I should probably go ahead and hit the sheets. Two more days of work -- well, one and a half days. :p Man, I'm really going to HAVE a half-day at the end of the week now. . . Which is good, because not only do I have unpacking to do, I have a shit-ton of Helloween to watch. So much STALKER, so little time. . .but for now, bed. Night all!

Wednesday

Jul. 19th, 2017 12:38 pm
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Happy camel day.

I'm tired of feeling loopy.

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