([syndicated profile] marciratingsystem_feed Jul. 20th, 2017 02:03 pm)

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The cat is cranky. He doesn’t want to sit on my lap, because I’m wearing shorts and he has a thing about it. (Yeah, I can’t explain it — if I put a blanket over my legs he’d be all set, for like the thirty seconds before we both got too hot.)

He doesn’t want to be under anything. He doesn’t want to be on top of anything that’s too cozy. Lying on the tile floor keeps ending up his final option, but his expression makes it clear that he Does Not Want To Be There.

Anyway, I’ve turned on the AC and moved to the floor so that he can sit *next* to me, which is apparently an acceptable option at this point. This was — not my plan for this portion of the morning, but it’s all good. Any temps over 90F degrees create an automatic option to Just Not on any standard daily plans.

I am like….90% sure I’m going camping this Friday. 

It depends a bit on the weather, but I’m mostly packed, I’ve cooked food that’s currently waiting in the freezer, and I have acquired the third Diane Mott Davidson book to read. 

The plan is to leave work early, catch the train to the campground, camp overnight, and in the morning hike out to a different train station further down the line, about a seven-mile trek, to do a longer endurance test than last weekend’s. Then I’ll catch the train home around noon on Saturday.

If something goes wrong, I can catch an evening train home on Friday until eight o’clock, or starting in the morning at 5:30, with little to no exertion. It’s pretty low-risk and I’m well stocked. I don’t have a sleeping pad, but my backpack has a partial one built-in, and I have one arriving tomorrow (though it might be too bulky, we’ll see). And honestly in this heat, I might just sleep on top of my sleeping bag in any case. 

Worst case scenario, the campground has heated, lockable shower cubicles with nice big floors. I’ve slept on worse. 

Caaaaaaamping! *jazz hands*

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([personal profile] starandrea Jul. 19th, 2017 07:48 pm)
1) community wading pools
2) high spf long sleeve shirts
3) fresh fruit and almond butter biscuits
([syndicated profile] marciratingsystem_feed Jul. 19th, 2017 11:49 am)

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I’m not sure why, exactly, but this month’s weather is hitting all my summer nostalgia buttons. It’s kind of weird and fun all at the same time; I’m not quite sure what to make of it.

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([personal profile] starandrea Jul. 19th, 2017 12:05 am)
1) camp nanowrimo
2) blueberries
3) national park quarters from the denver mint
([syndicated profile] marciratingsystem_feed Jul. 18th, 2017 01:34 pm)

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You know that funny meme that I can’t find right now about the bird that wakes up and thinks ‘what a beautiful day — you know what would make it even better? SCREAMING’

Not only is that a perfect description of my own personal feelings about today, it also matches what the actual birds outside my window are doing!

IT IS A DAY FOR SCREAMING. BRING IT ON.

[Note: This led to a fascinating google thread about why parrots scream, and — if one is to extrapolate to one’s own self — I should follow this simple advice: 1) give myself rewards when I’m not screaming; 2) make sure to touch base frequently with my flock so I know they haven’t gone off without me; 3) identify frightening things in my environment and deal with them as needed; 4) if all else fails, cover myself with a blanket and go back to sleep.]

VERY GOOD ADVICE, THANK YOU INTERNET!

1) writing lots of words
2) finishing chores
3) "light therapy"
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([personal profile] copperbadge Jul. 17th, 2017 08:48 am)
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Housing:

Riel is looking for a roommate in Austin, TX to share a townhouse; she and the other roommate (male) are both grad students, and they do have a cat. Riel is very fandom-friendly. Lease starts in August. You can check out the townhouse here and get in touch at ariellayendler at gmail.com.

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([syndicated profile] marciratingsystem_feed Jul. 17th, 2017 11:42 am)

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Sooooo, I’m super excited to be traveling with starandrea next month to see the eclipse! And of course, packing is my favorite part of trips. (Really, it is. I don’t know why.)

And I had this debate with myself, because it’s a three day trip and that’s counting the travel days on either side, so it’s not like an enormous amount of advance packing needs to happen. But on the other hand, it’s a three day trip, which is basically the most fun to pack for because you really don’t have to leave anything out. There’s none of this ‘I wonder if I can get away with wearing the same pants the whole time to save space in my suitcase’ — just bring three pairs! There’s plenty of space!

I decided I could start planning a month in advance, and this morning I woke up and was all, ‘close enough!’ Let the list-making begin!

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([personal profile] starandrea Jul. 17th, 2017 12:06 am)
1) cool nights
2) cheerios
3) kittens on tumblr
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([personal profile] dira Jul. 17th, 2017 01:39 am)
Still not great, but better than last week! 

WIPs currently active: 5

Words written this week: 3,259

WIPs that got no words this week: 0

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 104, still inching along. I probably just need to hit a scene break soon, but then I’m going to have to figure out what happens next, so…?

Born in the Blood: 821, and it is distinctly possible that every one of them is terrible, but I haven’t figured out how to make them less terrible so for now I’m just going with it.

Dragon!Bucky/tribute!Steve and Learning to Be a Good Citizen: 490, including realizing that I needed to insert an entire chapter before where I initially started writing. 

All Eternals Deck #2: 598, possibly all getting deleted when I redo the beginning because i figured out that I was doing it wrong…

Slavefic #6: 1,246, DIRELY in need of a POV change. Soon. Yes. 

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([syndicated profile] marciratingsystem_feed Jul. 16th, 2017 12:05 pm)

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After a few cool and gray days at the end of last week (not unwelcome!), we’re back to sun and summer temps. AND it’s National Ice Cream Day!

1) partially melted ice cream
2) talking about stories
3) bare feet
([syndicated profile] marciratingsystem_feed Jul. 15th, 2017 02:26 pm)

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This was week 1 of the summer CSA, so I now have to figure out what to do with all these veggies. Today’s project is making “refrigerator pickles.” I’m not really sure what else to do with what are clearly pickling cucumbers.

So after a quick google search (tip: always include the word “easy” in recipe searches) I’m ready to go. I just haven’t actually started yet. (I’m already using the 2-cup liquid measure to make hummingbird food, and it hasn’t cooled down yet — a perfect excuse!)

[The recipe I’m starting with is Quick Pickled Cucumbers, by Melissa Griffiths. Despite the obvious lie of “total time: 5 minutes” — I have already spent more than that trying to figure out what container to put them in — I like this one because it includes sugar and I am a disaster of a person who likes sugar with everything. Also it says at the bottom that I can’t mess it up. Here’s hoping!]

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([personal profile] starandrea Jul. 14th, 2017 10:06 pm)
I saw a headline in the AARP newsletter that said, "How Do You Feel?" And I thought, "That's why baby Spock in school looked (sounded) so familiar!"

The scene in the first new Trek movie where young Spock is in his learning bubble must be inspired by the scene from "The Voyage Home" where he's re-learning things after being dead. The question that brings the session to a halt is, "How do you feel?"
1) being able to take a vacation!
2) friends noticing you are going on vacation!
3) actually being on vacation!
A mango mixed jelly freeze from Chinatown is the best decision I have made all week.

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([syndicated profile] marciratingsystem_feed Jul. 14th, 2017 11:18 am)

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Going in early today to shadow another department.

What I hope this is:
A pre-interview introduction that leads to a new job before the end of the year.

What I have a sneaking suspicion this is:
A way to have me take on more work in my current job under the guise of “helping out” another team, that starts as shadowing and turns into just another job our department is responsible for without me ever becoming eligible for a better position.

There’s a plus side either way:
I’ll get two hours today without strangers berating and belittling me over the telephone! Hallelujah!

PSA:
Seriously, please don’t be a jerk when you call customer service.

([syndicated profile] marciratingsystem_feed Jul. 13th, 2017 01:54 pm)

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So, it’s raining? And I searched for the word ‘rain’ in my pinboard bookmarks, and I had no idea I’d once bookmarked a ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ AU. But lo!

smells like leather and rain, by haribo

(They meet for the first time when she’s in ripped jeans she had to rip herself because they got caught in a fence, he’s in heavy black boots that look warm, and she steals from him. He lets her.)

1) Kenny Chesney's music
2) lane defenders
3) hot showers
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