Happenings of the day

Sep. 21st, 2014 12:15 am
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Six things that happened today (and one that didn't):

I finished proofreading a novel for Sparkler Monthly and got that turned in--a day later than I'd hoped, but two days ahead of deadline, so we'll call that a win. ^_^ Tomorrow I can get back to rewriting My Love Story!!

I ate most of a pint of raspberries! ("Most of" meaning I shared with [personal profile] scruloose, but he's very kind about letting me hog raspberries shamelessly, because I love them SO MUCH.) I always forget about fall raspberries, but this morning I was briefly talking with Kas, who'd already made his morning market run with [personal profile] wildpear, and he told me there were raspberries and that they were awesome and to tell [personal profile] scruloose to pick some up. *^^*

[personal profile] scruloose and I had a bit of takeout dim sum for lunch when he got back, because it turns out (!!!) we have a Cantonese bakery downtown. With some dim sum options. I don't know why I didn't know this until late last night, and I don't know how long it's been open, but this is AMAZING. (And Google Maps claims it's a seven-minute walk from Casual Job. Dangerous knowledge, perhaps.)

Happy came over to hang out for a few hours! We didn't know she was going to be in town, and I hadn't seen her since...May? Maybe June? She's been hitchhiking and visiting all across the country for the entire summer (including going to the Eclipse festival outside Montreal with [personal profile] scruloose in July), and it sounds like now she'll be back in New Brunswick for at least a little while once she heads back tomorrow, but she detoured here for the weekend. ^_^

[personal profile] wildpear sent me a quick email about something she's writing that I'm excited to see, and also mentioned that she's done a first read-through on some smut I sent her for beta (not the hopefully-funny piece) and that it's looking good. That's a relief. Usually I feel fine about my "quilting" writing process, but I'd revised and tweaked and shuffled and restitched so many things in this fic that I couldn't see anything but the seams anymore.

(We're both trying to get through some things before Unmade arrives--it shipped already!--because it's probably going to swallow her whole for a while, and while it probably won't take over my brain the way it will hers, it'll certainly occupy my head effectively for a bit...and then I'll be back to work.)

And tonight I curled up on the couch with Jinksy at my feet and reread Unspoken in one gulp. Tomorrow, in between doing some rewriting and having Kas and [personal profile] seolh over to watch the Into the Woods Broadway DVD, I'll hopefully manage to at least get started on my Untold reread.

As for the thing that didn't happen...I didn't manage to watch this week's Haven, despite good intentions. And given everything I just wrote about tomorrow (and given that [personal profile] wildpear is coming over Monday evening, and Unmade is coming, and I need to prep for work), I now don't know when I will. Oops? And The Good Wife is coming back tomorrow, I think...and much as I enjoy Haven, The Good Wife gets watching precedence, no question.

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Sep. 20th, 2014 02:54 pm
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I just got an entire basket of yellow boletus (the arguably tastiest mushroom you can find in these parts) for 5 Euro that have to be cooked today. I already have dinner plans but I didn't even care because, 5 Euro! Off to look up recipes. Looks like we'll have an appetizer of boletus. (I just had a little piece uncooked, even that was delicious.)
umadoshi: (kittens - on windowsill)
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...so I may as well attempt to keep it going (although all bets are off once Casual Job resumes). This is essentially a follow-up to my last daily-life post.

--The window in my office has not, in fact, been replaced. Someone came by to do that on Thursday, as planned, but the window he brought was the wrong size. *sighs* So I got up early, wrangled the cats, and moved my desk around (with his help) for nothing. Alas, he didn't realize the problem until the cracked window was out, and then he had to put it back in, and the crack is now worse. ^^; And it'll likely be a few weeks before he/the company can get back to put a correctly-sized new window in, and of course then my schedule will be all over the place...

But all that said, it did at least give me an excuse to clean behind my desk, which sorely needed it. And as a result, three of the kittens' missing small crinklepuff toys (their favorites! Which go missing at tremendous speeds, along with all the other small toys) turned up. There are still probably twenty or so toys of that size unaccounted for, and the number of places that stash can be is dwindling. If they're not all behind the living room bookcases (difficult to move, and impossible to see under), then I have no idea where they're winding up. Possibly in a pocket dimension.

--The kittens have clean bills of health and have had their booster shots. We're still debating whether to get them additional vaccines (rabies and feline leukemia; note that the rabies vaccine is NOT mandatory in Nova Scotia, apparently due to our strain of rabies being centered in bats...?). The kittens are strictly indoor cats, so technically they should be safe on those fronts. But I lost my first family cat to feline leukemia, so I'm not entirely rational about that. :/

(Also, since I usually note their weights here--albeit usually in pounds, which is not what the vet's scale used--Jinksy is currently 4.9 kilos and Claudia is currently 4.7 kilos, IIRC. That's likely more accurate than our usual method of weighing them here, which involves a bag and a luggage scale. But the kittens enjoy having it done, and at least it gives us some idea of their growth/fluctuations.)

--The new Chinese restaurant I'd heard about doesn't appear to exist. O_O But it may soon? Somewhere else? I don't even know. (I'd go into detail, but it's not terribly interesting. Just confusing.) So [personal profile] scruloose and Kas and I went to another Chinese restaurant we know and like instead, so it worked out. But the menu for the place that may or may not exist haunts me.

--Tonight we have a frost warning, and [personal profile] scruloose broke out the duvet for our bed (I think in the name of keeping the window open a bit longer *g*).

A daily-life update

Sep. 17th, 2014 12:27 pm
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[personal profile] umadoshi
--A week and a day before Casual Job starts back up. I'm still taken aback by how early it is this fall, and still have no idea if that means it'll also end earlier than usual or run longer. Mystery!

--Alas, I still don't have a schedule nailed down from one of my freelance editors, and it's a bit distressing that the unusual lapse between assignments from that publisher has coincided with a stretch of time when Casual Job isn't on. Oh, well. I'm sure it'll be fine. It just would've been more convenient to have that break when I'm swamped with other things anyway.

--The BPAL Weenies update still hasn't happened, and someone on the forums was saying that at this point it's going to be the second-latest Hallowe'en update...ever, I think? *checks* Apparently it happened on September 22 in 2004. Late August/very early September is much more typical.

--Tonight we're taking the kittens to the vet for their one-year checkup and a booster shot (and we'll take them back briefly next week for a Feline Leukemia booster; when they got both vaccines at once last year, Claudia had a bit of a reaction, so we're now firmly in the "get vaccines separately" camp). Kas is giving us a drive, for lo, he is awesome.

--Afterwards (assuming all goes smoothly) we'll drop the kittens off at home and then go try out this relatively new Chinese restaurant. (It doesn't even seem to have a page on Yelp yet.) The menu looks very promising. I haven't had Chinese since getting back from Toronto nearly a month ago; we have some reasonably tasty places in Halifax, but I've yet to have anything exceptional here, so it takes a while to work up enough enthusiasm after Toronto to venture out for it here. So here's hoping!

--And finally, rumor has it that tomorrow morning the cracked window in my office will finally (!) be getting fixed. This means getting up at a much more typical time (and not letting Jinksy lull me into staying in bed via the "wouldn't you rather snuggle a kitten than face the world?!" routine), which means trying to get to bed at a reasonable time, but so it goes. I'm just glad it's managing to happen before I head back to Casual Job and my schedule goes back to being completely unpredictable.
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I don't think I have a literal list of "things [read: household objects] that I used to think sounded like gimmicks and later started to think might be useful and then eventually acquired and immediately fell in love with", but if I did, my strawberry huller would be WAY up there. I finally caved and bought one while I was in Toronto last month, long past regular strawberry season, but today [personal profile] scruloose brought a quart of strawberries home from the market (they're lovely), and I got to use the huller for the first time.

And it's basically magic. So very, very worth the $3 or whatever I paid for it, no matter how much it may sound like a ridiculous kitchen unitasker.

I've worn four more Hallowe'en scents since the last time I noted them here. brief notes on Candied Pumpkin, Chant D'Automne, Creepy, and Day of the Skulls )

WIP meme

Sep. 16th, 2014 07:34 pm
umadoshi: (W13 - Claudia pensive (vampire_sessah))
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Via a couple of people, a fanfic meme (that I've also seen phrased a couple of different ways, at that): Post a snippet of your current WIPs without context!

These are in no particular order, and for the most part I'm sticking to WsIP that are far enough along to be in their own files.)

Single non-spoilery sentences from 13 fics (9 Newsflesh [inc. 3 AUs] and 4 Warehouse 13 [inc. Fringe crossover]) )

Positivity meme (day 7/7)

Sep. 15th, 2014 11:44 pm
umadoshi: (Newsflesh - couple time (kasmir))
[personal profile] umadoshi
Last day of the meme! Still not specifically tagging anyone, but do feel free to take it up if you want!

Today I'm thankful for:

1) [personal profile] wildpear and Pumpkin stopping by for a visit tonight. They were a mobile tea party! They arrived with chocolate chip cookies and tea! *g*

2) Getting my and [personal profile] wildpear's copies of Unmade (the third Lynburn Legacy book, due next Tuesday) ordered! Now to hope Amazon ships them in that window of time where the books count appropriately for first-week sales but arrive on the release date, since Casual Job goes back two days later and I desperately want to have the book read before then. (We paid Amazon's fee for "two-day shipping", which claims to mean it'll arrive on the release date; I feel a bit silly about it, but I know that this time next week I'd be kicking myself if I hadn't.)

(The downside to the above is that the reason we had to order online is that apparently NONE of the local stores have ordered store copies. ;_; I made phone calls to try to reserve copies, but no luck. [Kas, if you see this, by definition it means that we appreciate your offer to pick our held copies up, but there is no need.] I assume this is due to the sales numbers on SRB's previous books, and it breaks my heart, because I love her writing so much.)

OH HEY, LOOK! [twitter.com profile] Reader_Fictions just wrote a shiny new review of Unspoken, the first book in the trilogy! In case, you know, you were possibly thinking about checking these books out. Which you should. Because awesomeness.

3) Getting beta notes back from [personal profile] wildpear on the "Shaun gets kicked out of bed" fic, which amused her. Whew. Amusing my first reader makes me feel much better about it actually being entertaining than I did when I only knew it amuses me. *g*

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Sep. 15th, 2014 09:33 am
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[personal profile] sixbeforelunch
Some links.

Cheap Eats: Cookbook Shows How To Eat Well On A Food Stamp Budget. [insert comment about how the nutritional problems of the working poor cannot be solved with cookbooks alone] I like this. It offers substitutions with most recipes, gives shopping tips in the beginning, and has an entire section called "Stuff on Toast".

Why The U.S. Chills Its Eggs And Most Of The World Doesn't. In case you're wondering.

Why Posture Counts More Than You Know. I need to be better about this.

*

Last week I ordered a mattress from Tuft & Needle. It arrived Saturday, which means I've had two nights on it so far. I'll try to come back and do a proper review after a month, but so far, so good. I was worried that the mattress would be too firm for me, but I got used to it pretty quickly. I might still ass a softer pillow top to it, but I could happily sleep on it as it is. The price was more than fair, and the customer service was fantastic.

Next steps: new sheets. While not as important as the mattress, I'm tired of sleeping on bleach stains and pilling. It's on the budget for next month.

Positivity meme (day 6/7)

Sep. 14th, 2014 11:54 pm
umadoshi: (Tutu/ItW "charm for a prince" (bookelfe))
[personal profile] umadoshi
Today I'm thankful for:

1) Claudia coming and snuggling this morning. Before you say, "Yes, but you're ALWAYS thankful for something about the kittens"--which is true!--here's the thing: Claudia is not snuggly. At all. She's very affectionate and loving, and she often loves being petted, and she purrs readily...but I think this was literally the first time she's ever hopped up, entirely unprompted, and settled in to be cozy with me and get scritches. She and Jinksy were both pretty clingy while [personal profile] scruloose was away camping for the past couple of nights, so I don't expect a repeat anytime soon, but it was wonderful.

2) Getting to see Into the Woods (one of my favorite musicals) on stage for the first time ever, and in the process hanging out with a friend from high school who I rarely see, and who's one of the people I shared a love of the musical with back then. I didn't love the production wholeheartedly; in particular, I had a very difficult time with anyone other than Bernadette Peters playing the Witch, but I expected that going in. I imprinted so hard on the original Broadway cast via the video of that production that all of those performances are definitive for me, but Peters in particular is SO iconic in the role that it would take a truly brilliant performance to please me. That said, this Witch was perfectly solid in the role.

Actually, I think that overall I'd have to say the production was solid but not inspired, but I'm more okay with that than it sounds. I actively enjoyed about 90% of it, and I'm very glad I went.

3) [personal profile] scruloose being home from his camping trip! (And several other friends now being back too, since a small group went.) He even got home early enough that there was time to hang out before I went downtown to see the show. ^_^

Positivity meme (day 5/7)

Sep. 13th, 2014 11:54 pm
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[personal profile] umadoshi
It's been a very low-key and unfocused day--not a bad one, but uneventful to the point that I feel kind of dazed thinking back on it.

Today I'm thankful for:

1) The fact that there weren't very many ants in the kitchen throughout the day, if ants there had to be. (We'll get more traps in there soon.) This is a grim thankfulness, but sincere. I don't do well with creepy-crawly things in my space.

1b) The fact that the shared common yard space has been re-sodded after a bunch of work being done out there. With any luck, future ants will feel no need to invade our house to get away from the upheaval.

2) Snuggles with Jinksy while I slept in.

2b) Kitten photos! Which I note because it lets me link to the post I made today over at [tumblr.com profile] jinksyandthebrain.

3) Getting nearly 1000 words written late last night (hence how late I slept in).

Project Wear All the BPAL Weenies!, day 4: Bite Me (2009), "Croquembouche with almond silk and a drizzle of caramel". I put it on last night an hour or two before bed. It didn't make much impression beyond "vaguely sweet", and now my impression is even fuzzier, so we'll file it under "unmemorable on my skin". On the one hand, I'm a bit sad that I didn't get the almond/caramel notes a lot of people on the forum seem to have; OTOH, at least my skin didn't amp it up into a wall of booze, since I don't like alcoholic smells much.

Positivity meme (day 4/7)

Sep. 12th, 2014 11:44 pm
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[personal profile] umadoshi
(Missed a day! I've seen a lot of people posting two or three days' list items at once when that happens, but I'm opting to tack a day on at the end.)

Today I'm thankful for:

1) Finishing the main read-through on the novel I'm proofreading. There's still work to be done before it's ready to be turned in, but I'm going to let it sit for the weekend and get started on my next rewrite.

2) Getting my copy of the Monstrous Affections anthology in the mail and getting to read "Wings in the Morning" (the story that follows The Turn of the Story. "Wings" was approximately nothing like I expected, plot-wise, but I loved it and felt it was a very satisfying resolution of some things SRB had introduced in The Turn of the Story, particularly in terms of the relationships. Elliot remains my favorite character (TotS is from his POV; "Wings" is not), but seeing him through other eyes was delightful, and I adore all of the main characters. *^^*

3) Getting to hang out with [personal profile] wildpear for a little bit this evening and geek out/squee with her about it all. *^^*

Day 3 of Project Wear All the BPAL Weenies! brought out Autumn Cider (2011), which is "fermented apple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, lemon zest, butterscotch liquor, and orange slices". It was very warm and spicy and played beautifully with my skin chemistry.

(As you might guess from these "write-ups" of each scent, I don't have a terribly discerning nose when it comes to picking out individual notes. The Dead Mouse Incident at Casual Job a few years ago demonstrated that I apparently have a keen nose, but that's a rather different thing. ^^;)

over the mountain again

Sep. 12th, 2014 05:51 pm
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[personal profile] ilanarama
I had all sorts of grand plans for dominating my new age group at the Imogene Pass Run this year, but it was not to be. I did not get the consistent mileage, nor the long runs, nor the trail hill repeats I'd planned. My stupid blisters had kept me from trail-running on our layover day on our July 4th weekend backpack, but I had managed to at least get out hiking at high elevation fairly often, including much of the previous week, and so I clung to my unrealistic hopes until they were cruelly dashed.

Getting ready to start

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