Jun. 27th, 2017 11:55 pm
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So, I was told I was going to be moved to Charlotte's shift (NOC Sunday-Thurs). I was excited about this, because I was planning to go to Stanbridge next year.

I was told I'd be starting within the next two weeks. I changed my availability.

Except now I'm finding out they hired another full-time NOC shift.

She was being very insistent that I would be moving to full-time NOC. If I'm not, I need to work on finding a new job. I'm not cutting my hours down to half-time.

If they were going to fire me, this is a very roundabout way of doing it, and it's also very out-of-the-blue, since no one has even spoken to me and said I'm doing anything wrong.

If they're moving me to NOC two nights per week, I need to find a new job because I promised myself I would not settle for part-time anymore.

No sewing today

Jun. 27th, 2017 07:45 pm
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Tuesdays are just too much for me, unless whatever needs sewing is like already pinned together and sitting in front of me. I intended to cut out skirt panels, so nah.

I want to write something about how much Harry Potter means and meant to me, but: that too seems really fatiguing because of all the feels.

There was something I did feel capable of writing about, but I cannot for the life of me remember what it was. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Note to Self

Jun. 27th, 2017 09:24 am
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food )

Mama Robin

Jun. 27th, 2017 08:55 am
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A mama robin has taken up residence in a nest in a tree next to my back patio. The nest was occupied last year by a robin, too. Of course, there's no way to know if it's the same robin sitting there now as sat there last year. Regardless, I was surprised to see the nest occupied again. I didn't think robins did that sort of recycling. From what I was able to find on the subject, it's not common but does happen occasionally. Has anyone else seen this sort of reuse of old nests?


Jun. 27th, 2017 01:39 am
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"See, you trust people. I get my news from [Infowars and other far-right conspiracy sites.]

Legit gonna scream at her someday.


Jun. 26th, 2017 07:56 pm
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Just attached the second sleeve! I can't decide if I want to get the bodice basically done and then start in on the skirt, or leave it as-is and just switch things up by working on the skirt for a bit.

With my new-ish habit of breaking sewing projects into small chunks (rather than going "okay, I'm going to spend [amount of time] working on this, now what do I need next?" or "let's just sew until I'm tired"), I seem to be able to write and sew on the same day, which is interesting.


Jun. 26th, 2017 02:02 pm
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Talked to the director about moving to NOC shift in August. Am being moved next week.

Car? What car? It broke down! LOL. (Will be spending money on Lyft at least tonight.) I'm hoping the problem is cheap. If not, I'm going to have to work on replacing my car. I haven't saved money for that! I only started getting full-time hours last month!

Bright (maybe?) side: Tyler is leaving (he wants this. LA, lives closer to his girlfriend) and they are conflicted about Tigger taking over because he doesn't show up too often. Maybe I'll end up taking over? It doesn't pay as much, but the hours work with both jobs way better, and I'd write my own schedule, which in my opinion, is worth an extra $5-10/hour because fighting with the schedule every week is a huge pain in the ass. I feel pretty confident I could juggle both jobs if only I had control over the schedule and making a routine for myself.

The manager is allowed up to 48 hours per week. There are some days you need to be there (Tuesdays for ordering... I think the load usually comes Fridays?) and other days you do not. I think I'd do 10 hour days Friday and Saturday, eight hours Sunday, four-to-six hours Monday-Thursday pending on the store needs. I wouldn't be able to open, but I could close any given night.

Linda really doesn't want me to do Starbucks management because she wanted to invest on me in the front end. But considering my availability change... I might be more useful to her back in Starbucks (if Tigger doesn't work out. I don't want to take over his job, either. He's more knowledgeable than me in that department.) And unlike other people, since I'm looking at trying to do nursing school, I really couldn't care less about my weekends at the moment.

That would fuck up my Himalayan Trek big time, though. If that happened, it would mean neither Tigger nor Tyler would be working at Ralphs anymore. No vacation.... Though to be fair, if I have to somehow figure out a new car, that trip was already fucked.

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[profile] wendelah has been a nurse for 32 years and knows her shit: Go here and see these links for helping to fight for the Affordable Care Act. Yes, it's flawed, but it's a far cry better than what they're looking to replace it with.

I have many strong, personal feelings on health care and the medical system right now and don't want to dump them on you, so I'm going to disable comments and make a more upbeat post soon. If you want to talk about the ACA or health care, or any of the other interesting political things that [profile] wendelah has linked to, please let the focus be on her post. :)

Big work day

Jun. 25th, 2017 09:03 pm
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Set in one sleeve! Hmm, I should take a picture of the other one with the piping basted on to show how I do it for the blog post. (I don't know if that's the way people normally do it or not, but it's working better for me with a sleeve that's not supposed to be gathered/pleated into the armscye - I always end up making the sleeve to fit and making the armscye a little small and needing to cut into it, so.) It's looking real good.

Question, though. So, this is a Waugh pattern and therefore there is no construction information. I've noticed that most fan-fronts have the gathered panels sewn down on the outer edge to the lining, but occasionally they're just kind of open. People who've done fan-fronts, is there a fit reason for these options? I'd rather sew it down because otherwise I will be thinking about and messing with it constantly, but I'm a little worried that it might hang weird or something. I don't know, I tend to overthink this stuff.

(Finished Thick as Thieves. Will have to reread it before I take it back to the library. I prefer court settings to travel stories, but have to admit that the travel-story-format really works here. <3 <3 <3)
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The Quenda (or Southern Brown Bandicoot, Isoodon obesulus) is a small marsupial of the South-West of Western Australia, and other pockets around the coast of Australia.

Under threat from clearing and feral animals (due to both predation and competition for food), it was very unexpected to see one on the edge of the CBD, in Queen Victoria Gardens in Claisebrook. It was even more unexpected to see it in the middle of the day, right next to the main walk-path! 

They are listed as Endangered in Australia.

Cut for size )

Random birdies at the feeder

Jun. 25th, 2017 01:28 pm
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I took these a while ago and kept forgetting to post them. Just some more photos of birds on our balcony, including a new set we hadn't seen before.

We'd been seeing one redwing blackbird for a while but later it was joined by a second one. Or possibly these were two entirely different birds given their more colorful markings

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Jun. 24th, 2017 11:18 am
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I should have put, under my "positive" column yesterday, about buying strawberries - I'd been walking to Stewart's for milk, and I saw this Amish woman holding a wooden tray with two quarts of strawberries on the sidewalk. (This is a small residential street, not the sort of place the Amish usually set up stationary booths.) I was thinking, "I hope she's selling those, I'd really like to buy them ... but it'd be super awkward if she actually just looks like she's going door-to-door, maybe she's just delivering some strawberries that someone else ordered, I don't know ..." But she greeted me and sold them to me for $3 each! I carefully put them in my tote bag, and they still did squish and leak a bit into the hip of my dress, but it seems to have washed out. So I've been having strawberries and cream (not clotted) for dessert lately, and yesterday Sue happened by an Amish stand when she was returning lightbulbs to the hardware store, and bought me another quart! So much strawberry.

OTOH, would you like to be depressed? Someone unpicked a mantua to turn it into some kind of hideous, shapeless sleeveless fancy dress.

I Did It!

Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:21 pm
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I signed up for the Himalayan Trek in October. I'm just going to pay the extra fees to go alone. It's not that bad, and I'll regret not going places because other people couldn't make time. I just have to figure out airfare.

I was thinking about how having a life you are jealous of vs. constantly saving things for later and decided I had to go for it.

I keep thinking about how nice it would be to just have one job but I think I can wait til nursing is done. At the very least I can wait til I'm NOC shift. Then at the very least I can wait til I'm done with online coursework... then the first semester of nursing school... etc. By the time I'm done rationalizing through it all I'll be a nurse.

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Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:51 pm
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I hope it's alright for me to post this here.

So ...

Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:27 am
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- Normally, I feel kind of down on Tuesdays: first day of the work week, not where I want to be, etc. etc. so I just give myself more leeway to doodle around at work that day and get down to things later, but this week it's just continued all the way through. The change to our open and working hours is really bumming me out - since we're only going to be open until 6pm on Fridays instead of 8, the Friday evening "extra shift" no longer counts as a thing, and each week one of us will work Monday (while closed) and the other Saturday (while open), so there will be no more alternating 3- and 2-day weekends, which means that any time we switch Mondays/Saturdays, one person gets Saturday-Monday off and one person only gets Sunday off. It's not objectively a huge deal, but one of the very few good things about working here was the flexibility and the long weekends. Most frustrating, because I can't even deal with it by going, "well, I'm going to get a different job and open a new chapter of my life!" since I'm already trying that.

- We had a special events committee meeting and I could barely function in it because all I could think about was how deeply I resented board members for coming up with ideas for me to follow up on or criticizing what we're doing because they don't spend enough time with us to realize some problems aren't our fault (e.g. whining that we don't send out enough press releases, when the issue is that not every news outlet we send them to publishes them; complaining that some of our presenters are sucky/barely relevant, when it's not like we have people queuing up to present and I know approximately 10 people in this county). Or signing up to work one shift (or not sign up to work any) at an event where I'm working 5-15 hours of unpaid overtime.

Okay, but on the positive side!

+ I put in for Koa, CoK, and Thick as Thieves at the library on the same day, hoping they would come in the proper order for me to finish the reread first but knowing they wouldn't, and they didn't, and so now I'm reading TaT! It's sooooo gooooood, Eagle of the Ninth meets The Goblin Emperor!

+ I just confessed that lately the board is making me completely nuts, like they've gotten less tolerable or something, and Sue agreed and said that maybe that's why she's been sleeping poorly and feeling not-great, so we're totally on the same page as far as that goes and I'm not a horrible, bitter person.

+ So maybe I couldn't have the green dress on display in the house - the Cranford dress, despite being massively bigger than the form, looks quite good in situ and somehow matches the room well despite being, um, brown-on-brown.

+ I didn't write very much over the past two days, but what I did write I'm pretty happy with. Needs editing, obviously, but this draft is turning out so much better than the first ... I'm going to have to do a compare/contrast thing here one of these days.

John Hopkins

Jun. 23rd, 2017 06:55 am
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So, I finally figured out why I couldn't access coursework through the iPad Pro for JHU. Now I've completed the sexual harassment training and signed up for three courses. (It says you can only sign up for two courses, but... It didn't stop me from signing up for three. It did stop me from signing up for Anatomy, but I will worry about that next quarter.)

It may be a moot point, though, because I need to pay $3,150 in order to take all three courses. I may only be able to afford one or two classes the first quarter. Or not - technically, Kevin is supposed to be contributing to rent now, too. But still, ultimately, the second best nursing program in the nation does not come cheap. Still, I want to do it for a few reasons:

1. The online courses buy me some time in which I can work both jobs.
2. I can transfer units I earn at JHU to Stanbridge if I go to school at Stanbridge, which means potentially skipping the whole CNA or LVN program and going straight into the RN program.
3. It lets me avoid making the choice to go to Stanbridge right away, which gives me a chance to work on earning my way into JHU if I decide the way to get away from my dysfunctional family is by moving to Maryland. (Maryland is cheaper, incidentally.)
4. I already wanted to start building up a good GPA there to sign up for an advanced academic program there someday in the future.

I really want to do that Himalayan trek, but I don't think I can afford it and John Hopkins. Unless it becomes a family trip. So I guess I'll have to talk to Dad. He wants to go, but then we don't sign up. Make a choice, dude.

Now I get to sleep for four hours before getting up for work >_>


Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:52 am
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When I was at the botanical garden, I went into the glasshouse this time to look at the butterflies. I must have timed it right near a release because there were butterflies galore. One rested in my hair for awhile, and I got one to sit on my hand, too. I wanted to share a few of the pictures I took. I hope you like them! :D

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More butterflies )


Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:33 am
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Additional new hobby: going to the free local concerts.

but... the story goes on without me!

Jun. 21st, 2017 07:59 pm
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As far back as I can remember, I've believed somewhere in the back of my head, at a gut level of knowing-ness, that the stories in books go on without me. If I put a book down in the middle, it means the story might go somewhere else that I can't see and won't know. I know this isn't a logical attitude, but it's what my brain thinks.

This has led me to sneaking books under the covers, into classrooms in middle-school, and under my desk at high school. Lead to me sitting up all night when I had to be at work at 8 am the next morning just to *find out.* Hilariously I used to get reprimanded for reading too much. Even as an adult. Of course I was often reading the wrong thing since it was mostly sci fi or fantasy books with lurid covers and crazy stories. But even with other types of literature I've always had trouble putting the damn book down.

Which is why I have trouble with WIPs, I think. I mean, I think in some fashion everyone wishes the story were complete, but I think there are a lot of people who really enjoy the getting there and don't mind if there isn't an end in sight.

Me, it's not the end I mind. I LOVE the getting there. It's that a WIP is like a book I'm being *made* to put down. And not being allowed to pick it back up (because there's nothing *to* pick up).

There are only a couple of writers I'll read WIPs from, and it's only because either I love them so much that I don't care, or that the world is so big it's ok, I wouldn't be able to take it all in anyway. For example:

[personal profile] seperis has been writing the epic, world-eating SPN AU fic Down to Agincourt (Dean/Castiel, eventually NC17, currently at 1,077,012 words and STILL unfinished) and I love that. An enormous take on one of the AUs that the show itself spawned, she asks what would have happened if Dean had gotten stuck at the end of the world? It's so fucking dense, textured, ridiculously complex, and yet I *want to know* what happens. But it's also so sprawling that it's ok that Dean and Cas are sitting around at the end of the world waiting to figure out how in the hell they're going to get screwed over AND screw Lucifer's endgame all at the same time. I mean she brought in Goddesses on this stuff. There's whole subplots that make me want to do research as a reader. I have hope that eventually it'll play out, and I'm fine with them living in the back of my head. Though I still tend to try and read not chapter-by-chapter when she publishes, but entire story-by-story so at least an arc is complete.

the ONLY fic that I've ever been pretty into as a WIP isn't so much a WIP as there are short, self-contained fics that are added to a collection periodically that expand the universe just a little bit more.

[ profile] feather (or [ profile] lalaietha) wrote this pretty long MCU Steve/Bucky recovery fic your blue eyed boys (Steve/Bucky, M, 123,233 words), which is amazing and lovely. It's all about Steve really trying to figure out what *will* help a Bucky who shows up on his doorstep but is relearning how to ask for things, want things, remember things, consider himself human. But then.

Then she started writing shorts in the 'verse.

(even if i could) make a deal with god (Steve/Bucky, Natasha/Clint, Bruce/Betsy, Pepper/Tony,) that has at last count 121 short fics in it. And short sometimes is 1,000 words, but sometimes is like 20,000. Word count on these "shorts" totals 478,092. Also though it's got some of the most amazing OCs ever, like, ever. When she puts a new segment out in this 'verse it's nonlinear, she jumps around, even though the timeline is incredibly well thought out and everything does fit together if you went and decided to read it right now. It also works though because Bucky's recovery is non-linear, and the form fits the emotional tone of his and Steve's life. Some of the fics make me cry. Some make me sigh. Some make me cheer. There's a young girl Mercedes who you will want to make friends with. Actually the best part of this series is that it's populated with incredible women - a vet named Chloe, her girlfriend Paula, even Betsy Ross is clearly Feather's Betsy Ross. Oh and there's a whole other sub-collection for the Natasha-focused stories [to see you there] (mostly Natasha but also Natasha/Clint, and it's another 133,179 words!)

But these two are pretty much it.

Until last night. When I made the mistake of following links from [ profile] BetteNoire's Lucky Seven (Steve/Bucky power-AU, very NC17, 94,264 words) where Bucky is ex-russian mafia and fixes/races bikes and Steve is a very tired superhero to this:

([ profile] silentwalrus, Steve/Bucky, PG13 for violence at this point, 109,211 words)

Steve gets out of the hospital in two days, but just barely. “I’m fine,” he tells Sam, Nurse Eunjung and the phalanx of doctors assigned to make sure Captain America didn’t bleed out and die and get bad PR all over their nice clean hospital. “I have an advanced healing factor. It’s fine. See? I’m standing.”

“That is not standing,” Sam tells him.

“You’re bending the IV stand,” Nurse Eunjung adds pointedly. “Let go and sit down, they don’t grow on trees.”

aka Steve and Bucky's Global Honeymoon Revenge World Tour.

But it's only 12 of 16 chapters done!!

And I didn't realize that until 1:30 am last night, as I'm rounding the corner on their adventures and the boys are getting a little bit lighter and less covered in grim and grime, and there are some truly funny and amazing bits in this and it has all my favorite loves for these two -- Steve getting to have faith in his Bucky, Bucky getting to be a badass but also getting to be fucking wounded and figuring his own way out, Natasha being the one who actually calls everybody for being ridiculous, even herself, and I just....

I don't want it to END per se, but somewhere they're still out there in the back of my brain moving forward in ways that my rational brain knows the fic hasn't moved forward yet. But the irrational gut feeling of me knows that I'm standing still not reading and is worried they'll be going places I can't catch up to.

Thank god for subscriptions.

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