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Monday, September 21st, 2015
11:42 pm
7-7-7-7 Challenge
Go to the 7th page of a work in progress, go 7 lines down, post the next 7 lines, then challenge 7 other writers to do the same.

Accepting a challenge from asatomuraki, a very fine writer.

Unfortunately, I'm fairly certain that 7 people don't read my LJ, much less 7 writers.

Sadly, I don't have any original fic that I'm currently working on, but I do have an MCU/Agents of SHIELD fanfic I'm working on. (I'll finish this damn thing, but new job is kind of kicking my butt).

So I'll give you a two for one:

Here's a 7-7-7-7 (from the actual 7th page, plus the last word on page 6):

Probably [the arrow was] custom-made for a small cross-bow device. Covert, good for short distances. It also looked as if it had been driven in by hand, so whoever the intruder was had actually been inside the safehouse. The letter inside was typewritten and unsigned; par for the course. There were several typographical errors, which was more unusual.

Dear Deadly Lady with the Homicidal Security System,

As you are no doubt aware, we have been tracking you since Berlin.

Very, very good. She had been certain she had lost them in Stockholm.

And here is a 7-7-7-7-7 (the seventh everything in the seventh chapter, that I STILL haven't finished, despite hoping I would be done in JUNE. Argh. (Alas, this one is kind of boring out of context):

“The main building is definitely occupied twenty-four hours a day, and the guards visibly patrolling clearly have military training. What is not clear is who is manning this facility. Army? CIA? It could even be a private firm. Blackwater and Hammertech are distinct possibilities, but based on the body language and the non-standard guns, it’s not a local militia or mercenaries. These guys have access to custom tech or make it in house. Hill says there are no known HYDRA sites in the area but I don’t know how reliable out intel is, particularly if they are off the grid. This might be a small HYDRA base.”.

If anyone is reading this, feel free to take up the challenge!

ETA: I just realized I had misread the challenge and posted the first seven lines on page 7 in the first bit, not lines 8-14. But I like lines 1-7 better, so I'm sticking with it. Oh well, challenge fail.
Saturday, September 5th, 2015
8:44 am
Nesting Weekend
Good news: I was able to reschedule an experiment so I don't have to go in on both Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend; I only have to go in a few hours on Monday to weigh some little rodents.

So I'm planning a nesting weekend: scrub down the kitchen (finishing up re-washing everything after the Smoking Neighbor Incident, toss out old food, clean out the fridge and put all dry goods in sealed containers because I found a bug in something and we want to nip that in the bud). I also have a bunch of laundry (I'm sorting out all my clothes that have been packed since I moved and this week's clothes all smell like mouse). Maybe do some vacuuming or unpack the books. Work on the holiday socks (3 socks down!) and finish watching Season 3 of the West Wing. Clear out the library books. Maybe finish the story that will not die.

Progress so far:
1. Finished 1 sock.
2. 1 2 3 loads of dishes.
3. Folded an enormous tub of clean laundry. (Socks, so many socks).
4. Found the fugitive knitting needle. SCORE! (It was under the couch).
5. Washed two loads of laundry at the Laundromat and hung up to dry.
6. Troubleshooting on the sock that was on hold due to fugitive knitting needle.
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
5:49 pm
advice needed: cell phone
For my new job I need to have a cell phone so the animal facility can contact me every time a mouse pukes. (Well, any time there is an animal issue. 24 hours a day. Like if a pipe bursts and the animal facility floods. If it floods due to global climate change I'll have bigger things to worry about than mice. Like building an ark out of yarn and Mod Podge).

So, cell phones. I have only had one emergency only prepaid phone and I've never needed to use it and never managed to make a call on it ever. (I did use the voicemail, but there was literally never an emergency). It was a gift more than 6 years ago, so I should probably buy another.

I'll let you guess exactly how much I want a cell phone.

I have no kids, I have no parents, and I have only been in 2 situations in the past um, ten years? when a cell phone would have been convenient and moderately helpful. I am not a cell phone user by nature.

But someone needs to hear about the puking mice and that someone is me.

I need a phone that is a) not heavy to carry, b) can take a crappy picture unless I get a crappy camera instead, c) can be reasonably cleaned when it starts to smell like mouse poo and d) has a cheap-ass phone plan because I already have phone/internet/tv at home and internet at work so I really don't need to be paying top dollar to be woken up at 2 am because a mouse puked.

Suggestions? I literally have no idea how to go about purchasing a phone beyond 'go online and get overwhelmed immediately and cry.' So advice would definitely be welcome.
Sunday, May 24th, 2015
1:47 pm
Posting for the Supernatural Fans
Posting for glasshouses on the off chance you were somehow under a rock and missed this.

I'm about 4 seasons behind so I have no idea who the guy with the princess hair is supposed to be.

Supernatural Parody:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCZy8cAgBlM
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
11:03 am
I now have a phone!
I now have a phone at the new house!

And really fast internet (for me)!

And a craptop of television channels and a remote more complicated than my computer.

Drop me an email if you want the phone number (though I may have sent it on already if I knew your current email).

WE HAVE PHONE! Repeat. WE HAVE PHONE!

Current Mood: connected
Friday, December 12th, 2014
12:25 pm
CLOSED
I have closed on my new home.

(Trying not to freak).

Current Mood: anxious
Sunday, October 12th, 2014
10:18 pm
housing news
House I am seriously looking at. Kitchen is small and badly designed but need to consult on how it could be renovated, bathroom is tub only (no shower) and YES, that IS a window in the tub but according to K, the RE agent, a bathroom renovation to put in a shower would probably cost a few thousand, AND there is a shower and toilet in the basement (inexplicably not in the same room of the basement).

http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2309-Woodstock-Ave_Swissvale_PA_15218_M44847-13581?source=web

The basement has a lot of potential and it has flooded in the past but has been water-proofed. The windows, stairs and trim have original woodwork, but unfortunately there also the original lightswitches (they are push button, very odd), so the wiring will need to be inspected closely. The rooms are large but the closets are small. There was a horror visited upon the attic which used to be a beautiful room out of a Frances Hodgeson Burnett or Jane Austen story and now has a giant central air conditioner on one wall and large duct hoses going across the floors into holes cut into the wall and *weeps* original hardwood floor. What the hell were these people thinking? I've been on IKEA hacks too much because I looked at this and thought 'if we made the hoses longer, could we push them to the perimeter of the room and then just cover them with low cabinets? Could we create a worktable or cabinet around the main device and then put storage cabinets above it so this room could be useable without having to step over 8 inch hoses just to store anything up here? It had a hardwood WINDOW SEAT in the front window, and someone just ran hoses across the room. Like no one would ever use the attic. Ever.

The yard is useable, but needs work. I like how the (hydrangea?) bushes shield the patio, keeping it in shade, but would really prefer a different means of doing that. Like a scaffold that filled in as spring turned into summer with something that takes up less space than a hydrangea. Another fine flaw of the yard is the back kitchen door opens right next to the short, sheltered walkway to the patio and right smack in the middle of the walkway they decided to put the outside portion of the AC unit. Because when I have a plate of hamburger to put on the grill, I want to squeeze past the AC unit to get there. One can access the patio from the grass but it's definitely a WTH feature. I'm going to have to contact an HVAC company and see if this could be moved, um, anywhere else? Even if it has to go on the patio, that's better than blocking the patio.

Thoughts?

Current Mood: chilly
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
3:30 pm
food for thought
Am considering taking a beginners yoga class to improve my core strength, especially since I have been having intermittent lower back pain, lots of stress, and my weight had been going nowhere good and I don't have the energy to anything on weekends other than grocery shopping and laundry.

(I should mention grocery shopping does involve dragging groceries up a hill in a cart. It's a steep hill).

So far, all I have done is ask my younger, fitter co-workers if they think it would help my back and googled for classes in my area. (We will ignore the irony that there is a yoga studio the next building over from my OLD apartment).

Thoughts?
Saturday, July 12th, 2014
10:20 am
chained to confocal
The very expensive confocal microscope went kablooey on Monday and was only repaired on Friday afternoon.

Have a 15 slide backlog to get through. Hence, chained to confocal today.

Feel free to email or IM, I'll literally be here all day.

Current Mood: somewhat resigned
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
9:56 pm
Package alert:
Attn: madmyndi

You are getting a package. When it ships I'll update.

Attn: Uncle Viking and his fiancée? (Valkyrie?)

You are also getting a package. But you don't read this.
Sunday, May 25th, 2014
9:56 am
My One Day Holiday weekend:
I had to go in to work yesterday (Saturday) and I have to go in tomorrow (Memorial Day), so I'm trying to make the most of my one day holiday weekend. Frankly, I'm kind of getting sick of this 'work all the time bullshit' but these are the sacrifices we have to make to have a full time job with health insurance coverage in the new normal.

Accomplishments today:

1. Woke up.
2. Worked on a Tunisian crochet pot holder. Finished a pair of Tunisian crochet potholders in lattice stitch. Worked on a hat.
3. Started some laundry. Did four loads of laundry and hung it up to dry, put away all clean clothes, sorted through about five billion socks and underwear and put them away.
4. Made scrambled eggs with cheese for brunch.
5. Treated clogged drain again. Still treating, still backed up.
6. Washed dishes.
7. Cleaned old food out of fridge. (Created more dirty dishes, sigh).
8. Put away purchases from Target yesterday. (Had a $10 off $50 or more on food. With the rest of the coupons used, I saved $21.19.)
9. Updated my budget/money tracking. Barring disaster, should have money leftover at the end of the month.
10. Ran to grocery store and put groceries away.



Go me.

Current Mood: productive
Monday, April 21st, 2014
11:21 pm
Recipe: French (sometimes) Onion Soup in the crock pot
I call it French (sometimes) Onion Soup, because it's really something you should do to your own tastes. Don't limit yourself to tradition if there is a variation you like better. You are the one who has to eat it. Also, I don't broil the bread in the soup because a) I like the bread to still be crusty and b) life it too short to scrape melted cheese off my crockery. It's a nice recipe to make overnight or while you're at work and eat leftovers all week. Posted for ceria_taliesin.Read more...Collapse )

Current Mood: well fed
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
9:07 pm
Dear College Alumnae Association:
Dear College Alumnae Association:

Thank you so much for inviting me to my 15 year college reunion. In addition to making me feel old, you have also reminded me that I am also poor and don't run my own life.

It was so nice to get the brochure with registration and pricing materials on April 1st. It was less nice to get it on April 1st when the reunion is on May 22.

While I know many of my alumnae sisters are business owners, trust fund babies, philanthropists, or are the bosses of their own lives, I am not. Like many working stiffs, a weekend away cannot be planned on 6.5 weeks notice. While I am fortunate enough to not have to put in months ahead of time for a vacation day or two, I would have to get plane tickets by, um, tomorrow, in order to hopefully find some sort of deal as I am no longer in a position to spend 28 hours roundtrip on a Greyhound bus for a 3 day weekend. Additionally, due to unexpected expenses in February and March of the dental variety, my savings are currently depleted. In order for me to have been able to budget for this trip, I would have had to have been given pricing and dates sometime in January so I could adequately save sufficient funds to fly to College Town, stay on campus and actually eat overpriced food with my former classmates while I am subjected to photos of their weddings and children on their smartphones.

Please bear in mind that while we all got an excellent education, not all of us reaped the monetary awards, much less have the freedom to run off for a weekend on a whim. (Some of us have money, but have other obligations like spouses and kids, who would have thunk it?)

So in closing, Dear Alumnae Association, while I was so hoping I could have joined you and my classmates at the 15 year reunion, as I had to miss the 10 year due to a stint of unemployment, I will have to miss this one too. I can only hope that in 5 years you will have gotten your act together and maybe sent the registration info before April next time.

--nawilla

Current Mood: disappointed
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
7:41 am
The weather outside is frightful and dangerous
We are having fun here with the Artic Blast. (Thrill). Coldest weather in twenty years around here (not that I was around 20 years ago to experience it).

According to the local news website, the temperature is -8 and it feels like -32 with wind chill. (Farenheit, not Celsius). We have warming shelters open. All the public schools are closed.

The University is open. Yippy-skippy. Boss Lady has not cancelled lab work today. She did mention at the lab meeting yesterday (which she kept fast because no one wanted to stay late because the temperature was dropping and it was already 10) that the busses might not be running and not to start stuff in case we couldn't get in, but technically we are um, still supposed to go in.

So I'm apparently going in but darn it, I'm not going to be happy about it. Hopefully I'm not going to stay too long, but the Transit System claims it's running a normal (if not on time) schedule. It's a bit chilly in the house (that's nothing new), M has not yet made any 'awake now' noises (also nothing new), and I may go into work a bit late if it looks like it will be warmer then, but probably not.

Usually I don't mind being a responsible adult and all, but when it's -8 this grownup thing does chafe a bit.

Current Mood: chilly
Saturday, November 30th, 2013
11:03 am
Mail Call
Attn ceria_taliesin: You are getting a package in 5-15 business days. It's your Christmas present. No peeking.

(hug)

Attn: Cousin M and Husband D: You are getting a package from Harry and David around December 9. I hope you are actually home.

Attn: Aunt G. You are getting a package from Harry and David around December 9. I hope you are home too, and that it doesn't arrive dead, because it's really cold out.

ETA: ceria_taliesin, your package has shipped. Hee hee. (Still, no peeking).
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
5:39 pm
Apparently it was time for my semi-annual finger laceration
Yes, I cut myself at work again. With a razor. On the finger. No, it is not related to psychological issues unless you count not being patient enough before trying to cut something frozen with a razor.

And then I immediately ran into my boss while I was trying to clot. She thought it should be looked at, I didn't think it was so bad. It really didn't hurt. However, since I had had my hands in the cryostat for an hour right before the injury (the cryostat is set to -20 degrees Celsius, well below freezing) my hands didn't hurt and after an hour when normal blood flow returned it was still bleeding.

Boss Lady applied and band-aid and BD walked me to Urgent Care. (Need to bake cookies for BD). Poor F had to finish my work, and after a two hour wait (during which I read the entire December issue of Martha Stewart Living and several stories in a zombie anthology), I saw the same doctor who glued me back together last year when I cut myself and fainted. He agreed that since I didn't faint this time, this was improvement. More superglue (purple this time) and a fancy bandaid (they gave me extra) and I have to come back in a week to show it didn't get infected, gangrenous or fall off.

Oddly, this has determined that I will have to make the pumpkin pie with the cookie crust (flaky crust is definitely OUT) and it's a good thing I opted for pumpkin over apple because clearly I should not be around knives.

When I got back, half my co-workers had left due to snow and freezing rain and Boss Lady had to leave because her child's babysitter was in a car accident. Heading home now, where I will hopefully get to watch Marvel's Agents of SHIELD which initially wasn't happening because I had to kill 7-9 mice today. Um, yeah, that's not happening.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I'm thankful I still have all ten fingers.
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
1:33 pm
inane correspondence
Dear Sir or Madame,

I am writing in reference to account # 555-555-5555.

I am writing to determine what this is a bill for, if it is legitimately mine, and if the insurance has been processed properly before blindly paying it. (I tried resolving this by phone but your offices were closed). Read more...Collapse )
Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
8:49 pm
Nawilla Gets a Gold Crown (That's Not As Much Fun As It Sounds)
Today I had my first of two to three dental visits to have a permanent gold crown put on my upper right molar. Being that this is the molar just ahead of the wisdom teeth pulled out last year, it was kind of a pain in the jaw.Read more...Collapse )

Current Mood: sharky
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
12:00 am
Nawilla goes to the ER (or Oh Joy! Another Workman's Comp claim!)
I had to go to the ER today. Fortunately the ER is in an adjoining building to the one I work in.

Why did I have to go to the ER today? Because . . . . I was bitten by a very pissed off mouse.Read more...Collapse )

Current Mood: Chewed
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
10:37 am
Not a snow day
We had about 4-5 inches of snow where I live overnight. I opted to come into work later than usual to allow the plows to go through. (We didn't get a plow on our street until 8:30 this morning, and M's grandkids' school had a 2 hour delay, but they are at a higher elevation).

So now I'm here and it's all melting before my eyes. It was a beautiful, fluffy snow that stuck in trees and turned chain link fences into near walls. And by the time I got to work the gutters were running with snow melt and we may not have to shovel the walk it's melting so much as the temperatures rise.

So now I feel kind of silly having come in late, but Dr. Boss Lady sent out an email to not come in if it wasn't safe, so I suspect I wasn't the only one concerned about the big billowy drifts that are melting to nothing fast.

Still, I'm amused that M still said last night that 'maybe I wouldn't have to go in to work tomorrow.' Um, yeah, maybe I won't go in on time, but unless fire and brimstone are raining down, I'm probably going to go in.
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